FOOD FOR SPIRITUAL WARRIORS

LIVING WATERS  - edited and compiled by S.N.S. - 20/06/19 

    Table of Contents:
    

    Know the Future!   
    Your Questions: Love Is the Answer!   
    Peter’s Transformation   
    Wise Words: Take Action!   
    Getting Things Done: Managing Your Time  

KNOW THE FUTURE!

THE BIBLE and the words of God’s prophets are actually the only real newspapers or news books in the world! All other newspapers tell you what already happened yesterday, so they are not really newspapers, they are history papers! But the Bible tells us what is going to happen tomorrow. It is full of thousands of detailed prophecies, describing specific people, places, times, situations and events thousands of years before they came into being. 

Isaiah 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

ISA.42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

2PE.1:19 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, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

2PE.1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2PE.1:21 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.

Many of these prophecies are about the final period of world history just before Jesus will return to put an end to all of today’s injustices and to set up His own kingdom of love and peace on earth. These last final days of man’s kingdoms on earth are known in the Bible as the "Time of the End," the "Latter Days," the "Last Days," etc.-the time in which you and I are now living!

DAN.2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;

DAN.8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

DAN.12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.


Signs of the Times!

When Jesus’ disciples wanted to know the future and asked Him, "What shall be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world?" He didn’t tell them of only one sign, but many! In fact, the Bible gives us scores of "signs of the times," signs and signals that we are to look out for so that we can know exactly how close to the very end we are.

MAT.24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

MAT.24:14 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.

A drastic increase in international travel, with "Many running to and fro, wandering from sea to sea, as
  a great "Falling away" from the Lord as "Evil men and seducers grow worse and worse, deceiving many" "The love of many growing cold"; resulting in "Distress of nations upon the earth and men’s hearts failing them for fear" - Signs which are all obviously being fulfilled today more than ever before.

One-World Government

AMO.8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

AMO.8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

2TH.2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2TI.3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

MAT.24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

LUK.21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

LUK.21:26 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.

FIERY CONVICTION & ANOINTING OF THE HOLY GHOST

Even though Peter was already a believer in Jesus, before he was filled with the Holy Spirit he lacked the power to stand up for Jesus, which led to his greatest offense-denying Jesus! But the contrast in Peter’s life before and after receiving the Holy Spirit clearly demonstrates that whatever Peter did accomplish was not the result of his own abilities or forcefulness, but because of Jesus, who first lived with him, and then in him by filling Peter with His Holy Spirit. The Bible explains, "For 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 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The wonderful message in this story is that you, too, can have this power by being filled with the Holy Spirit of God! Although it’s not essential to receive the Holy Spirit to be "saved" and go to Heaven, we all certainly need the infilling of God’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit in order to have the strength to accomplish God’s will in our lives.

The primary purpose of the Holy Spirit is to give you the power to be a "witness," meaning one who shares God’s message and love with others. The "baptism" of the Holy Spirit also helps you greatly in your personal relationship with the Lord. It gives you a stronger contact with Him, and better communication through prayer, as well as a much greater understanding when you read God’s Word. The Bible promises that the Holy Spirit will "guide us into all truth" as we study God’s Word

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Have you received the overflowing power of God’s Holy Spirit in your heart? All you have to do is ask! You can’t earn it or be good enough to deserve it, any more than Peter could. It’s a gift, you just have to pray and receive it! "Ask and it shall be given you"

(Matthew 7:7). Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

WISE WORDS
Take Action!

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves

The best plans remain only daydreams until you bring them to life through action.

A mistake at least proves somebody stopped talking long enough to do something.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

If you do what you can, God will do what you can’t!
Don’t profess to believe in something if you’re not doing it.

The kindness planned for tomorrow doesn’t count for today.

If you see it needs to be done, do it!

Do more than exist-live!

Do more than look-observe!

Do more than read- absorb!

Do more than hear-listen!

Do more than listen-understand!

Do more than think- reflect!

Do more than plan-act!

Do more than talk-say something!

Effectiveness: Effectiveness means selecting the best and most important task to do from all possibilities available and then doing it the best way. Making the right choices about how you’ll use your time is more important than efficiently doing whatever job happens to be around.

Self-discipline: Working wisely requires an investment of thought, self-discipline and change. You must be willing to carefully examine your feelings, attitudes and habits about work, and then you must be willing to change your thinking and behavior to that which is most beneficial.

A CONSTANT WITNESS TO OTHERS

Of course, in planning and striving for our daily goals, we should bear in mind that our primary objective and priority should be to love God and give His love to others, by loving, caring, and sharing words and deeds of kindness with those in need.

    (From: Living Waters)

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

LIVING WATERS - Compiled S.N.Strutt 10/06/19

    Table of Contents:
    The Woman at the Well    3
    Success with People: How to Get Cooperation    12
    Wise Words: Keys to Motivation    14
    One Solitary Life    15
    Your Questions: Proof of God's Existence    18
    The Majesty of Choice    19

FOREWORD

WELCOME to Living Waters, a series of unique articles that will inspire, challenge and refresh you-and could possibly change your life! For Living Waters, like the Bible-the all-time best seller upon which this series is based-contains readings that are "alive, full of power, and sharper than any two-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12).
    Living Waters presents Biblical truth in an inspiring, enjoyable and easy-to-read format, bringing the Word of God to life. It shows how those wonderful words written thousands of years ago can be applied to your life today. In God’s Word you will find solutions to many of the problems you face in today’s modern and complex society. It is our hope that these articles will speak to your heart, encourage and inspire you as you progress in your spiritual life.
    You will find that most of these articles are short enough that they will only take a few minutes to read, thus enabling you to read at least one of them daily. If you will take time for the Lord and to read His Word, you will soon be convinced that those moments are very well spent. See how wonderfully encouraging God’s Word can be, and what a difference it will make in your day!

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL
A Story about Living Water
-From the Gospel of John, Chapter Four

    ALTHOUGH the term "good Samaritan" is fairly common, most people don’t know exactly who the Samaritans were and how much the Jews despised them and looked down on them. To the Jews of Jesus’ day, the very word "Samaritan" was an insult. (See John 8:48.) Why did the Jews so hate the Samaritans?
    In the year 720 B.C., Shalmanesser, king of the Assyrian Empire, invaded Israel and carried the 10 northern tribes away as captives to the land of Assyria. He then brought in peoples from Babylon and other distant conquered lands to inhabit the cities of northern Israel where the Israelites had once lived. This region then became known as Samaria. (See 2Kings 17:22-29.)
    These people were heathen at first, but were forcibly converted to Judaism approximately 200 years before Christ. They believed only in the five books of Moses. As Moses had made no mention of Jerusalem being a holy city, the Samaritans didn’t worship in the Jewish temple there. To them, Mount Gerizim in Samaria was the holiest spot where God was to be worshipped, and they built a temple atop it. So, because the Samaritans were a mixed race, and their customs and religious worship were different, the Jews considered them inferior and didn’t associate with them at all.

ONCE, when fleeing from His religious enemies in the land of Judea, Jesus decided to go north to His home province of Galilee. The shortest, most direct route between Judea and Galilee was straight through Samaria, but it was rarely traveled. The Jews detested the Samaritans so much that, rather than even passing through their land, they would cross the Jordan River and make a long detour around Samaria. So it was to His disciples’ surprise that Jesus led them straight through Samaria.
    In an attempt to leave their enemies behind, Jesus and His disciples had walked nonstop for many miles over rough, rugged terrain since early morning. It was now nearly noon, and the sun was hot overhead as they trudged along the high road that wound between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. Coming around a curve in the road they saw an inviting sight: Jacob’s Well, which the great Patriarch Jacob and his sons had dug nearly 2,000 years earlier.
    The thirsty, travel-weary band gathered round the famous well, longing to slake their thirst, but they had no water jug to draw water with and the well was over 100 feet deep. They were also out of food. Only half a mile ahead, in the valley between the two mountains, lay the Samaritan city of Sychar (called Shechem in the Old Testament), so they decided to go on into the city to buy food and drink. But Jesus was exhausted, having had very little sleep the night before, and little to eat or drink all day. So as His disciples continued on down the road into the city, He sat down by the well to rest.
    A short while after the disciples had left, Jesus heard footsteps approaching. Looking up, He saw an attractive woman, clothed in long flowing robes, coming down the road toward the well, an empty water jug in her hands. The way she walked and carried herself indicated that she was a woman who was used to living pretty loose and free. The fact of the matter was, she was the town scandal.
    As Mara (for that is what we will call her here), approached the well, she was surprised to see a stranger sitting in the shade nearby. She looked at Him suspiciously a couple of times. Obviously a Jew, she thought. Hoping He wouldn’t bother her, she prepared to lower her jug into the well.
    "Could you give Me a drink?" Jesus asked.
    Surprised, Mara looked at Him. Surprised indeed, for according to Jewish tradition, it was forbidden for a Jew to drink out of a vessel that an "unclean" Samaritan, and especially a Samaritan woman, had touched.
    "How is it that You, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" she responded rather curtly.
    Jesus answered, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that said to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water!"
    Puzzled by such an answer, Mara retorted, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where can You get this ‘living water’ from?" Seeking to put this Jewish stranger in his place, she tossed her head and said, "Do You think You’re greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his herds?"
    Jesus rose, and walking over to the well, rested His hand upon it, and said, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water that I give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give shall be in him a well of water springing up to eternal life!"
    Now here was an extraordinary statement, Mara thought. Imagine!-Having an inner water supply so she would never get thirsty again? What could He mean by that? Testily, she answered, "Sir, give me this water so that I thirst no more, nor have need to come all the way here to draw water."
    Jesus replied, "First go call your husband, and come back."
    "I have no husband," she responded, with a pretense of maidenly modesty.
    Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you’re living with now is not your husband."
    Mara was shocked! How could this total stranger know such details of her private life? How could He know unless ... unless He were a prophet? Suddenly, an inspiration came to her: Here then would be a good person to ask one of the most controversial and disputed religious questions of the day.
    "Sir," she said, "I can see that You are a prophet." She paused a second, then pointing to nearby Mount Gerizim said, "Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."
    Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain, nor even in Jerusalem. But the time is coming-and has now come-when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him! For God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth!"
    Mara was astonished at His answer. How wonderful, she thought. If only it were true!-If we could just worship God in our hearts wherever we are! She thought about it for a second: Now, having asked a prophet this question was one thing, but still, the person she’d really like to ask it of would be the Savior, the long-awaited Messiah.
    So leaning up against the well, she reflected, "I know that the Messiah is coming, which is called the Christ, the Anointed One. When He is come, He will tell us all things."
    Jesus looked deeply into her eyes and said, "I who speak to you am He!"
    Mara’s eyes opened wide! She stood staring at Jesus, startled. Could He ... could He really be the Messiah, the Christ? She felt her heart begin to pound.
    Just at that moment, they were suddenly interrupted by the sound of a group of men coming around the bend in the road. It was Jesus’ disciples, returning from town, their arms full of bread, fruit and jugs of milk. As they approached and began to sit down with the food, Mara suddenly jumped up, and leaving her water-pot, ran back up the road toward the town a half-mile away.
    Gasping for breath, she came running into Sychar. Shoppers crowded the marketplace, and men sat in the shade of the city gates, resting and talking. "Come!" she called out excitedly, drawing a crowd. "Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did!"
    Many of the Samaritans of Sychar gathered round to hear her tell her amazing story. She then startled them by exclaiming, "And then He told me He was the Messiah!" Seeing her conviction and enthusiasm, many of the people believed her, that the man she had met at the well actually must be the Messiah!
    It wasn’t long before Jesus’ disciples saw a large crowd of people rushing up the road from the city toward them, the woman in their midst, still talking excitedly. The crowd came up to the well where Jesus and His disciples were, and immediately began to urge Jesus to stay with them in their city and teach them. Jesus agreed, and the Samaritans, rejoicing, led Him and His disciples back to Sychar and gave them the finest food and lodging they could prepare.
    For two days, Jesus taught in their city. The people of Sychar were thrilled to hear the wonderful liberating doctrine that there was no difference between Jews and Samaritans in God’s eyes, and that man should worship God wherever he was, not just in some material temple somewhere! Hearing the beautiful words of truth which He taught, many people came to believe in Jesus, and marveling, remarked to Mara, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; for now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world!"
    On the last day, as Jesus and His disciples were preparing to continue on to Galilee, a multitude from the city gathered to bid them farewell and give them gifts of food and wine for their journey. Mara, her heart full of love for Jesus, came up through the crowd to bid Him good-bye. A smile of joy was on her face. She now fully understood the meaning of His words that day at the well, and a spring of living water now flowed in her soul.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
    Jesus did not hesitate to break religious laws and traditions to reach out to lost and lonely hearts with God’s love. Not only did He overlook the cultural, racial and religious differences of the Samaritans, but He also looked past the sins of the woman at the well to see a soul that longed for God’s love and salvation!
    v Jesus told the woman that if she knew what the gift of God was, that she would have asked, and He would have given her living water, springing up to eternal life. This is one of the most beautiful promises in the Bible. This gift of God is salvation, eternal life. Romans 6:23 says, "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." This living water symbolizes not only eternal life, but also the Holy Spirit of God which Jesus promised would live in our hearts if we believe in Him! (See John 7:37-39.)
    Jesus told the woman at the well, "God is a Spirit." The Bible also says, "The Most High [God] does not dwell in temples made with hands" (Acts 7:48). He does not live in religious buildings, nor are man-made temples and churches essential to worship or serve God. Although useful as a place for the believers to worship God in fellowship with each other, churches are not the only place where God can be reached! You can reach God any time, any where, by calling out to Him in your heart, communicating directly with Him. The Scriptures tell us that the true temple of God is not the material building, but the human heart. He dwells within all who receive His Spirit into their life! As 1Corinthians 6:19 says, "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, which is in you?" (See also 1Kings 8:27; 1Corinthians 3:16,17; 2Corinthians 6:16; Revelation 3:20.)
    Even though Jesus had been raised as a devout Jew-and the Jews believed their religion to be "more doctrinally correct" than the Samaritans-He didn’t try to convert the Samaritans to Judaism, or get them to worship God in "the proper temple" at Jerusalem. As long as they believed in Him, Jesus accepted them into the Kingdom of God!
    May you receive God’s wonderful gift of eternal life, and may His Spirit of love well up in your heart too!

PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank You, Jesus, for Your wonderful love-love enough to forgive all my sins. Help me to love and be merciful to others, even as You have loved and been merciful to me. Amen.

SUCCESS WITH PEOPLE
How to Get Cooperation

DON’T you feel more motivated to see through ideas that you come up with for yourself than those handed to you on a silver platter? If so, isn’t it bad judgment to try to force your opinions on other people? Isn’t it wiser to make suggestions, and let the other person think out the conclusion?
    One man who worked three years in the office of a famous American mayor declared that during that time he never heard him give a direct order to anyone. He always gave suggestions, not orders. He never said, "Do this," or "Do that." He would say, "You might consider this," or "Do you think that would work?" Frequently he would say, after he had dictated a letter, "What do you think of this?" In looking over a letter of one of his assistants, he would say, "Maybe if we were to phrase it this way it would be better." He gave people the opportunity to do things themselves. Rather than always telling his assistants how to do their work, he let them work things out on their own, and learn from their mistakes.
    A technique like that makes it easy for a person to correct errors. It enables them to save face, and encourages cooperation instead of resistance. The Bible says, "The servant of the Lord must not strive [quarrel], but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient" (2Timothy 2:24).
    Asking questions not only makes a directive more palatable, but it often stimulates the creativity of the person asked. People are more likely to accept a decision if they have a part in the discussion that caused the order to be issued.
    An effective leader will ask questions rather than give direct orders: "Don’t you think we should do such-and-such?" or "Would you like to do such-and-such?" or "What do you think we should do about it?" Always give a choice and make it voluntary, if possible.

Adolph Seltz of Philadelphia, a sales manager in an automobile showroom and a student in one of my courses, suddenly found himself confronted with the necessity of injecting enthusiasm into a discouraged & disorganized group of automobile sales people. Calling a sales meeting, he urged his people to tell him exactly what they expected from him. As they talked, he wrote their ideas on the blackboard. He then said: "I’ll give you all these qualities you expect from me. Now I want you to tell me what I have a right to expect from you." The replies came quick and fast: Loyalty, honesty, initiative, optimism, teamwork, eight hours a day of enthusiastic work. The meeting ended with a new courage, a new inspiration, and Mr. Seltz reported to me that the increase of sales was phenomenal.
    "The people had made a sort of moral bargain with me," said Mr. Seltz, "and as long as I lived up to my part of it, they were determined to live up to theirs. Consulting them about their wishes and desires was just the shot in the arm they needed."-Dale Carnegie.

WISE WORDS
Keys to Motivation

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
    Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
    "I am proud of you" are five of the most precious words you can ever use to make another person feel important.
    Give credit where credit is due!
    You must look into people as well as at them.
    The sweetest music in the world to most people’s ears is their own name!-Which is natural, because it shows somebody loved them enough to remember, somebody cared enough to know they exist!
    Many people have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.
    Everyone likes to feel important. People are hungry for praise and starving for honest appreciation.
    Praise loudly; blame softly.

ONE SOLITARY LIFE

    HERE is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.
    He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family.
    He never went to college. He never put his foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He never did one of the things that contemporary society would consider a sign of greatness.
    He had no credentials but Himself. He had nothing of this world, only the power of His divine manhood. While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him.
    His friends ran away. One of them denied Him, another betrayed Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial.
    He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth-His coat. When He was dead He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
    Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone, and today He is the centerpiece of the human race, the greatest source of guidance and divine inspiration.
    I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as that one solitary life!
    -James A. Francis.

TO MANY, Jesus Christ is only a person, a subject for a painting, a heroic theme for a poem, a beautiful form for a statue, and a thought for a song. But to those who have heard His voice, who have felt His pardon, who have received His benediction, He is music, warmth, light, joy, hope and salvation, a friend who never forsakes, who lifts us when others try to push us down. We cannot wear Him out; we pile on Him all our griefs and troubles. He is always ready to lift us; He is always ready to help us; He addresses us with the same love; He beams upon us with the same smile; He pities us with the same compassion. There is no name like His. The name of Jesus throbs with all life, weeps with all pathos, groans with all pains, stoops with all love. Who like Jesus can pity a homeless orphan? Who like Jesus can welcome a prodigal back home? Who like Jesus can make a drunkard sober? Who like Jesus can illuminate a cemetery plowed with graves? Who like Jesus can make a queen unto God out of a woman of the street? Who like Jesus can catch the tears of human sorrow in His bowl? Who like Jesus can kiss away our sorrow?
    -Billy Sunday (1863-1935, American baseball player turned famous evangelist.)

    JESUS Himself temporarily renounced the rights of His citizenship in Heaven and became a citizen of this world. Though He was rich, for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich. He not only adapted Himself to our bodily form, but also conformed to the human ways of life, custom, language and dress, that He might understand and love us better, and communicate with us on the lowly level of our own human understanding. This sacrifice He made in order that He might reach us with His love, prove to us His compassion and concern, and convey His message in simple childlike terms that we could understand.
    Jesus was the expression of God’s love, the meaning of God’s love, the communication of God’s love. He taught God’s love, He manifested God’s love, He symbolized God’s love, He is God’s love!
   

YOUR QUESTIONS ... GOD'S ANSWERS!

    Question: Is there any tangible proof that God exists?
    Answer: The marvelous wonders of our universe, the major astral bodies of our solar system, such as the sun, its planets and their moons, as well as the stars of every galaxy, all work in perfect unison. Each stays put where it belongs and only orbits where it’s supposed to be, in the path it’s meant to, so that they never collide. Their courses can be calculated to the split second.
    How could anybody say it all happened by accident? If you have a reasoning mind at all, all you have to do is just look at creation to know somebody had to put it together, design it, pattern it and make it work like it does!
    As Dr. Robert A. Millikan (1868-1953), the great nuclear physicist and pioneer of cosmic-ray research, said, "If you’d say that this watch just put itself together, invented itself, you’d be crazy! And just as there had to be a watchmaker behind the synchronized perfection and order of every watch, so there had to be a divine Designer and Creator behind the intricate precision of the universe."
    The Bible says, "For the invisible things of Him [God] from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power; so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:20). God’s creation is the greatest proof of His existence!
  

THE MAJESTY OF CHOICE

    ONE OF THE mysteries of God’s will and plan is that He has bestowed upon each of us the immortal majesty of personal choice to do either good or evil! This is one thing people don’t seem to understand about God: He likes to give us our choice, even as we do our own children, as long as it is not something bad for us, or bad for others.
    Contrary to popular opinion, God does not choose for us!-We have to choose for ourselves. This is why He put us here and what we’re here to learn: how to make the right decisions through our personal contact with Him, our knowledge of His Word and will, and our love for Him and others.
    Man was put here to make a choice between good and evil, to do right or wrong, to serve God or himself and the Devil. God wants us to discover the benefits of serving Him, and reap the joy, happiness and pleasures of keeping His loving rules for our own good, worshipping and thanking Him for it all in return, as grateful children of our Heavenly Father.
    Thus we can choose to have faith in Him, trust Him and His Word, and obey it for our own good; or, we can believe the lies of the Devil and rebel against God, disobey Him, refuse to believe His Word, and go our own way. God then frequently lets us suffer the consequences of violating His moral, physical and spiritual laws, rebellion against which, and disobedience to which, bring ill health, misery, pain, suffering, man’s inhumanity to man, cruelty, atrocities, wars, economic ills, unhappiness, mental anguish and even insanity!
    Which are you choosing? God bless and help you to make the right choices according to His love, so you can enjoy the good health, happiness and well-being of mind and spirit that comes from following Him and His loving guidelines for us all.

Being A Revolutionary Christian Just Means Knowing God Personally Without The Need For A Crutch Like Organized Religions Which Are Mostly Corrupted - Up With Jesus - Down With Corrupt Money-Making Fake Religions! Who To Fellowship With? Find The Sincere Ones Who Stand Up & Stand Out Like Jesus!

- S.N.S. 10/06/19  

E-mail:Steve strangetruths@outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk

29/05/19

TEMPLE TIME! (A vision)

1. Everybody in this big central room under the dome, they are all looking up like they expect something. People are rushing around out in the wings, like they're busy in the service of the King; but the people here under the central dome just stand there quietly & look up, bathed in that beautiful, beautiful golden glow from above, taking big deep breaths of that Heavenly air that comes down the pipe, getting a whiff of that fragrance now & then. Oh, Lord, for a breath of Thy Heavenly air to refresh us & clear our minds & inspire our hearts & give us visions that thrill us, that set our heads awhirl for Thee, Jesus! PTL!

2. It's just like the people who are so busy rushing around get tired & they have to come in the middle room & look up & take a nice big breath & catch another vision & take another look & get filled up again. it's his temple. Help us to be like that, Jesus, & to remember we can't go on without the heavenly vision You give, a breath of heavenly fresh air, the sound of that sweet music! We just can't go on without hearing thy voice & breathing the fragrance of that wonderful incense & seeing the beautiful starry sky & getting inspired by the upward look!

3. Have you been in the temple of His Spirit today? Are you taking a look upward? Have you breathed deeply of that Heavenly elixir? Have you heard those beautiful notes of Heavenly music-marvelled at God's starry sky, His great Creation, His Universe, to know that all is well & find rest & peace to your souls before you go back to work in the wings?

4. You wouldn't worry & fret so & be so upset if you spent more time with the Lord looking up through that starry dome & breathing that heavenly air & hearing that beautiful music! You'd find peace & rest unto your souls. You just cannot go on if you only hurry around all the time in the wings & you never step into the rotunda & look up through the dome, spending quiet time, seeing heavenly visions & breathing heavenly air & hearing heavenly music & voices! It just totally renews you & completely refreshes you & gives you new vision & fresh inspiration, new strength, rest & peace & joy!

5. Have you been there to get a fresh breath of air from Heaven?-If you haven't, you've really missed something! You're going to get awfully tired & weary & upset & fearful & doubting & discouraged & worried & flurried & hurried because you haven't been renewed in the temple of his spirit with the voice of his truth & the heavenly vision!

6. "For they that partake of these things have strength that ye know not of!"

7. You'll get out of touch if you don't-out of communication & fellowship, out of the victory! You'll run out of strength & wisdom & love & patience & pretty soon you'll just plain run out because you can't take it anymore! Because you've been too busy out in the wings & you haven't come into the Temple to be refreshed & renewed.

8. Are you too busy? Are you in too big a hurry? Is your work too important to stop for a few minutes of inspiration & refreshing from on High, spiritual renewal, physical rest, a little love feast with the Lord? If you've missed a trip into the Temple of His Spirit today in fellowship with all the other crystals, you've really missed something! you'll not last long, you're going to wear out. you'll never make it if you don't stop for awhile under the dome & look up at His starry sky & the peace & tranquillity & mighty moving of the spheres & hear their music!-Up There where all is perfection, perfect order & harmony & peace!

9. Look & live! Stop, look, listen & live! How many times has the Lord told us this, that you cannot live without it? You'd better take time for the Temple or you're going to find out you're running out of time!-Time for that wonderful rest in the Temple! have you had your temple time today?-Your quiet time in His Temple?

10. All you have to do is get alone with the Lord & look up at all His beauties & breathe His Heavenly air & hear His Heavenly music & see His Heavenly visions! "Ye are the temple of the Holy Ghost!" If you don't move in here & get a little of his light, you're not going to reflect much or refract much or catch more of it to pass on to others.

11. How much time have you spent in the Temple today? There doesn't have to be any set time. you can look up through the dome any time of day, anywhere, wherever you are, whatever you're doing.-Just a few quiet moments with the Lord. Anytime, anywhere, you can come swiftly out of the wings & enter the temple in spirit & in truth!

12. You just can't do it very much in the midst of confusion with other voices & clatter going on out in the wings. They are part of the Temple & necessary to the service of the Temple, but you have to get quiet somewhere, sometime. I've found those hours in the morning when you can't sleep are a wonderful time & the view is so beautiful! The night is so quiet & so still. Don't just lie there! Pray! Look & live! Look up! Make a temple of your heart! See what God can do in that beautiful realm of the Spirit!

13. Sometimes you wonder what is the Truth out there in the wings, you get so far out of touch & you have to come back into the rotunda where you get your batteries recharged. Lord Jesus, give these dear ones rest. Help them to spend as often as they can in Thy Temple in that quiet place of rest before Thy throne.

14. You can't do it without Him, Beloved. You'll never make it without His power. A lot of these little tape recorders will run for a while on batteries, but how long will they run on batteries?-You'll run for a while but then you'll have to come back & get hooked up to the current again or you'll run slower & slower till you have nothing left & are just plumb flat!

15. I'm not so smart! I don't know anything but what God shows me & I just pass it on to you. Everything God shows you always works out! Thank you Jesus for the temple of thy spirit, where we can have truth & rest unto our souls! Isn't He wonderful? Then why don't you spend more time alone with Him? If you love Him so much, why don't you act like it?

16. Well, you say, "I've been busy." But how do you know how to do anything or where to go or anything about anything unless you learn from the chief shepherd? How do you know where he's leading unless you follow him? He knows where the green pastures are & where the mountain passes are & where the cool waters flow! He knows where the falls are & where you'll be safe & secure. He also knows the woods in which the wolves hide & He knows the danger spots & you'd better stick close to Him, for I'm telling you, you don't know much at all! You're going to be in trouble! all we have to do is follow-stick up your little antenna & get the signals & follow!

17. Are you on God's channel, or are you so downhearted that you keep looking down? If you're downhearted & downcast, it's because you're looking down too much at the waves. you've got your antenna pointed down towards hell instead of up toward heaven-or outside at all the people & confusion & sheep instead of toward the Chief Shepherd. Are the only signals you're receiving just a bunch of confusion & babble, or have you got your antenna pointed straight up toward Heaven, where you can't get anything but the Lord?

18. It all depends on which way you point your antenna, or you'll get the wrong station or you won't get the signals clear.-You'll get nothing but static from the Devil. If you get your antenna straight up you can't even get those other channels!-All you'll get is God's channel. it's downright hard work out in the wings, feeding & sacrificing & working, ministering to the multitudes. But you'll never have the strength or the vision or the inspiration that you need to do it unless you come back in under the dome & look up in the spirit for his truth!

19. He can solve all your problems in one little glimpse! He can refresh your whole spirit with one deep breath! He can clarify all your thoughts with just one sweet strain of heavenly music! hallelujah! and he can wipe away all your fears & tears with just one little restful moment in that perfect peace he gives when your mind is stayed on him & him alone because you trust in him.

20. It just takes one little glimpse of Jesus to make it worth it all!-And to help you be able to do it all. Is it worth the time it takes in the temple? Take time in the temple!

 Copyright (c) 1998 D.B.Berg

23/05/19

AFTER WRITING ABOUT THE BATTLES IN THE BIBLE BY THE 'GREAT WARRIORS OF FAITH' AND THUS COMPLETING MY LATEST BOOK 'JASHER INSIGHTS' WHICH IS ABOUT 'GOOD' FIGHTING 'EVIL' FROM THE APOCRYPHAL JEWISH BOOK OF JASHER...

 

I felt inspired to write the following:

'We who count ourselves as real Christians must fight in spirit to be better 'warriors for the truth' - as our planet is fast descending into great darkness'.

'What is needed is for people of great conviction and faith who are willing to stand up for their convictions of what is 'right and wrong' in a world where the lines of 'right and wrong' are fast becoming very blurred.'

Jesus stated that as it was in the days of Noah so will it be in the Days of the coming of the son of Man.- CHAOS!

MAT.24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
MAT.24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood...

'There is coming another Judgment like the Great Flood by God Himself except next time it will most likely be by FIRE in both the Great Tribulation followed sometime later by the Wrath of God.'We will have to pass through the Great Tribulation and come through it with even greater faith!'

'We the faithful ones from all around the world who believe in Jesus - must hold on tight to God’s Word and stir oursleves up in prayer, believe in His promises and perhaps we will see some of the amazing miracles that have been written about in the Bible, as most of the world descends into anti-christ barbaric darkness and the coming 'Mark of the  beast' as the Anti-Christ finally arrives.'

HEBREWS Chapter 11

HEB.11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
HEB.11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
HEB.11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
HEB.11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
HEB.11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
HEB.11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
HEB.11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
HEB.11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
HEB.11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
HEB.11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
HEB.11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
HEB.11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
HEB.11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
HEB.11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
HEB.11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
HEB.11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
HEB.11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
HEB.11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
HEB.11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
HEB.11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
HEB.11:21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
HEB.11:22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
HEB.11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
HEB.11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
HEB.11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
HEB.11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
HEB.11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
HEB.11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
HEB.11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
HEB.11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
HEB.11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
HEB.11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
HEB.11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
HEB.11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
HEB.11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
HEB.11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
HEB.11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
HEB.11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
HEB.11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
HEB.11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

HAVE A GREAT DAY - Steve

E-mail: strangetruths@outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk

HEAVENLY INSPIRATION

HOW TO GET INSPIRED DAILY? WHERE DO YOU GO TO GET INSPIRED? (The following is a work in progress) - by S.N.Strutt 15/05/19

Now this is a very big question and I suppose that there are a myriad of answers to it. It is probably different for different people, depending on people's individual situations. Each person needs tailor-made inspiration that will apply to their unique situation in life and even to their ever changing problems, challenges and responsibilities.

THE CHALLENGE OF AFFLICTIONS & TRIALS

Like many people I get inspired by different things and especially going out in God's nature. I am very fortunate to live in a place where there are mountains and forests. My wife has been unwell for the past three and a half years, and has difficulty walking and is still recovering from a serious head injury caused by a concussion. One of my joys is to be able to take her out in the nature and walk with her for a while when she is well enough to so do, which is not all the time. My wife has to have hyperbaric Oxygen treatment every week to help her brain and other injuries such as her eye and neck. My wife having been seriously injured has deepened both my relationship with her and with God.

HERE IS A BRILLIANT QUOTE:

'When you're asking the Lord and getting His directions and obeying them, you don't miss the mark out of human error, and even when things seem to go "wrong" you're within His perfect will, and thus can have full faith that He's taking care of things and working them out to His glory.'

ROM.8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

1PE.1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

It seems to me that sadly many people fail to include God in their lives in a practical way each and every day. At least it would appear that way?

Most people appear to only start 'listening to God' when things start going terrible  wrong. Shouldn't we give our Creator attention all the time?

GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US &comfort us and inspire us to reach out and help others too. Helping others in itself has healing properties and spiritual beneifts than mankind can't even fathom.

RELIGION? In my opinion it is not enough to go to a church building once a week and leave  God behind for the rest of the week, as apparently is the case with many church Christians.

JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT I personally like to get my inspiration daily from Heaven - that is from Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

The Truth is that God likes to be included in everything that we do and that is why Jesus gave us only two commandments:

MAT.22:37 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.
MAT.22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
MAT.22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
MAT.22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

ORGANIZED RELIGIONS? You don't have to go to churches and religious temples in order to get inspired, as God doesn't REALLY need them. I suppose if it helps you personally to get inspired, then fine, but it is not essential to go to a religious building in order to know God. - Jesus said so Himself:

JOHN.4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
JOHN.4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
JOHN
.4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
JOHN.4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

ACT.7:47 But Solomon built him an house.
ACT.7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
ACT.7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
ACT.7:50 Hath not my hand made all these things?

HOW TO GET INSPIRED? How do I personally get inspired? Each day I take time to read my Bible for an hour. Different people read different books around the world in order to get inspired, but in my opinion the Bible is tops!

1TI.4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

MEMORY WORK  I like to memorise scriptures as they help me to concentrate & focus much better.

PSA.119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
PSA.119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
PSA.119:17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

PRAISE TIME I also like to PRAISE GOD for all His Blessings daily. I also like to pray for many other people around the world.

PSA.22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel

WEAPONS OF THE SPIRIT I also like to use God's Word as a WEAPON to fight against all NEGATIVITY and I also like to claim GOD'S PROMISES daily for His Miracles.

2CO.10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
2CO.10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Another very important thing is that I like to get:

PROPHECY OR ANSWERS FROM GOD daily. I like to ASK GOD about a whole myriad of things and He does answer.

Why is hearing from God on a regular basis very important? In a nutshell -  because it is very comforting and ressusuring that the Creator of the whole universe and behond loves to talk with each one of us and He delights in knowing what we think and need. His answers always work out the best! He likes to talk to us as an intimate friend. He is the most reliable friend and never deserts us.

What people need to know is that God DELIGHTS in our PRAISES and our PRAYERS.

He just loves to talk with each of us. I am sure that God and His  Holy Spirit are always trying to talk to His children all the time. it is just a matter of whether you recognize it as  God talking to you or not.

How do you know when God is speaking to you?

1) It inspires you and gives you hope even in very trying  situations.

2) I can tell you from personal experience that If you do what God tells you to do about a given situation it always works out for the BEST.  The following is a brillant discourse on LISTENING TO GOD:

 FIRST PLACE 

'You must seek Him in the morning if you want Him through the day' 

    1. I am the Lord thy God.... Thou shalt have no other gods before Me (Ex.20:2,3).
    2. The most important time you have to spend is with the Lord!
    3. Take time to be holy. Wholly His and whole in body, mind, and spirit!
    4. If you put anything else before the Lord, it has become your God.
    5. To neglect your fellowship with the King of kings because you're so busy with the affairs of this life can be disastrous to your spiritual life and communion with the Lord!
    6. Dear Lord, keep us from having our lives so full of good things that we don't have time for the best.
  
  PSA.84:10 For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
  PSA.96:4 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: He is to be feared above all gods.
  ISA.42:8 I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images.
  MAT.6:33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  LUK.10:41,42 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (LISTENING to JESUS)
 1CO.10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
 COL.3:1,2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the Earth.

ANY COMMENTS: FEEL FREE TO WRITE US AT : strangetruths@outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk

If you have a TESTIMONY OF FAITH then send it in to us and we will publish it on our website. TKS for listening.

THE CRUCIFICION & RESURRECTION OF CHRIST- PROPHECIED CENTURIES - TO MILLENNIA IN ADVANCE Compiled & Edited by S.N.Strutt   ©  14/04/19

Here is an excerpt from my book 'Ezdras Insights'***,where the prophet Ezra predicted the BIRTH of CHRIST and his CRUCIFICTION 400-500 years before JESUS was even born!

(***'Ezdras Insights') http://www.outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk/420942154

BOOK OF II EZDRAS (Written in 500 B.C).

7.13'For my Son, the Messiah, shall be revealed with those who are with him, and those who remain shall rejoice (in) four hundred years: and after these years My Son the Messiah shall die, (for) all who draw human breath.'

This Chapter 7.13th verse is probably the most important verse in the entire book of II Ezdras.

Why? Because God is directly telling Ezra, who lived around 400+ years before Christ, that God was sending His 'only Begotten Son' the Messiah to the earth in 400 years, from Ezra’s time. God also predicted that His Son, the Messiah, would die (for) all humanity.

Somehow the expression “rejoice (in) four hundred years” has been altered to omit the (in), which could change the whole meaning. However, whoever tried to obfuscate the truth of this verse, made a big mistake, because God Himself goes on to state in this same verse, that the Messiah, God’s Son shall die, so obviously looking at history we find that Jesus Christ fulfilled this exact prophecy given to Ezra, and that he did die some 400 years after the time of Ezra!

What an amazing prophecy about Jesus! ‘after these years my Son the Messiah shall die, (and) all who draw human breath.

Why does it say here that all who draw human breath shall die, which seems totally out of context? In the original text it probably didn’t. The text would appear to have been deliberately altered, in order to change the meaning. In verse 13, where I put a bracket around the word (for), the modern text gives the word (and).

Well, it is true that all of us humans will die sooner or later, but I think that the real meaning here was that God’s only Begotten Son, the Messiah died (for) all humanity, otherwise we would all be destined to spiritual, as well as physical death. <Excerpt from 'EZDRAS INSIGHTS'> - by S.N.Strutt FOR MORE PROPHECIES ABOUT JESUS THE MESSIAH: <http://www.outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk/412291242>

The following are other amazing prophecies about Jesus taken from the Bible hundreds of years before He was even born:-

An outstanding prophecy regarding the Messiah was made by Israel's King David around the year 1000 B.C., or over 10 CENTURIES before Jesus was born. In his prophecy, David gave details of a cruel and agonising death which he himself never suffered:

"I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, it has melted within me...Like a pack of dogs, they have surrounded me; a company of evil doers has encircled me. They have pierced my hands and my feet. They divide my clothing among them and cast lots for my garment."-Psalm 22:14-18.

King David died a peaceful, natural death, so we know he was not talking about himself in this passage of Scripture. But being a prophet, he predicted with unerring accuracy the circumstances surrounding the cruel death on the cross of the Messiah, the CHRIST that was to come. Let's examine some of the details outlined in the above prophecy:

"I am poured out like water...my heart is melted within me." Jesus not only poured out His life for us spiritually, but the New Testament tells us that shortly after He died, while He was still hanging on the cross, "one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately BLOOD AND WATER FLOWED OUT."-John 19:34.

Modern medical authorities have affirmed that in the case of heart rupture-when a human heart literally bursts open under extreme stress and trauma-the blood collects in the pericardium, the membranous sac that encloses the heart and the roots of the main blood vessels. This blood then separates into a sort of bloody clot and a watery serum, thus when the soldier pierced His side, His life was LITERALLY, "poured forth like WATER." (Unwittingly, this Roman soldier fulfilled another prophecy, "They will look upon Me whom they have PIERCED," a prophecy given by the Prophet Zechariah around 500 B.C.-Zechariah 12:10.)

"All my bones are out of joint."-This is one of the horrors of death by crucifixion; the weight of the victim's body literally pulls his arms out of their sockets.

"Like a pack of dogs...a company of evil doers has encircled me." The New Testament tells us that Jesus' wicked and vengeful religious enemies, the Scribes and the Pharisees, gathered around Him as He was nailed on the cross, mocking and reviling Him.-Matthew 27:39-44.

"They have pierced my hands and my feet." This is probably the most astounding prediction within this prophecy. Crucifixion was not practiced by the Jews of David's time. Their religious laws demanded that criminals be executed by STONING. But God showed His Prophet, David, how the Messiah would die 10 CENTURIES LATER, executed at the hands of an empire that did not even exist in David's day, ROME, whose principal means of executing criminals was CRUCIFIXION!

"They divide my clothing among them and cast lots for my garment." In the Gospels of the New Testament we find the almost incredible fulfillment of this prophecy: "When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took His clothes, and DIVIDED them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment (a long robe-like tunic) remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said one to another, 'Let us not tear it, but let us CAST LOTS to decide whose it shall be.'"-John 19:23,24

In 487 B.C., the Prophet Zechariah predicted: "And I said unto them, if you think well, give me my PRICE; and if not, keep it. So they paid me 30 PIECES OF SILVER."-Zechariah 11:12.

On the night that Jesus was arrested by His enemies, the New Testament tells us that, "One of the twelve Apostles, Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said to them, 'What will you give me if I deliver Him to you?', and they counted out for him 30 PIECES OF SILVER."-Matthew 26:14,15.

Over five hundred years before the event took place, God's Prophet, Zechariah, predicted the EXACT "PRICE" that Jesus' enemies would pay to His traitorous disciple, Judas! In the next verse of Zechariah's prophecy, he goes into even more astounding details:

"And the Lord said, 'Cast it unto the POTTER--the handsome price at which they priced Me!' So the 30 pieces of silver were taken and CAST TO THE POTTER IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD."-Zechariah 11:13.

The New Testament tells us that, "When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented, and RETURNED the 30 PIECES OF SILVER to the chief priests of the Jews, and he cast down the pieces of silver in the TEMPLE. Then the chief priests picked up the silver pieces and said, 'It is against our law to put it into our treasury because it is blood-money.' So they used the money to buy a POTTER'S FIELD, to bury foreigners in."-Matthew 27:3-6. The 30 pieces of silver were literally "CAST to the POTTER in the HOUSE of the LORD"!- Just as Zechariah predicted 500 years earlier!

In 712 B.C., the prophet Isaiah predicted that the Son of God would "be given a GRAVE WITH THE WICKED, and with the RICH in His DEATH."-Isaiah 53:9.

Jesus' bitter religious enemies condemned Him as a CRIMINAL, as a WICKED man, thus as He died, the Bible tells us "there were two ROBBERS crucified with Him."-Matthew 27:38. After His body was removed from the cross, "a RICH MAN named Joseph of Arimathaea went to Pilate and pleaded for the body of Jesus, and when Joseph had taken the body, he laid it IN HIS OWN NEW TOMB."-Matthew 27:57-60.-A "GRAVE WITH THE RICH!"

1,000 YEARS before Jesus was born, the Spirit of God prophesied through King David that the Saviour would be resurrected from the dead: "God will not leave His soul in the grave, neither will He suffer His Holy One to see corruption or decay."-Psa.16:10.

King David died and was buried in a grave, and HIS flesh saw corruption and decay. But JESUS was raised from the grave three days after His death!-As the Angel said to the mourners who came to Jesus' tomb, "He is not here, but is RISEN! Why do you seek the living among the dead?"-Lk.24:5,6.

What mere human can choose his own birthplace? Or what mortal man can-or WOULD-cause the officials of a foreign government to order his death by a terribly agonising execution? How could anyone manipulate their bitter enemies to pay a specific price for their betrayal, mock and revile them as they are dying, much less cause a band of soldiers to gamble for their clothing and pierce their side AFTER they've died, & cause a rich man to bury their body in his own personal tomb? Yet Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled not only these, but OVER 300 MORE specific predictions regarding His birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection!-Truly He was--and is-"UNIQUE" in every sense of the word!

Not one of the great recognised religious leaders--not Moses, not Buddha, not Confucius, not Mohammed--ever claimed to be God. True, some have been deified by their followers after they died, but none ever personally claimed to be Deity.-That is, with the exception of Jesus Christ. In fact, He not only CLAIMED to be the Son of God, God manifest in human flesh, but He CONVINCED a great portion of the World that He in fact IS God's Son.

This is probably THE greatest difference between Jesus and all of the other great philosophers, teachers, prophets and gurus throughout the ages. Although many of them spoke and taught ABOUT love and ABOUT God, Jesus claimed that He WAS Love, that He WAS God's Love for the World.-Thus He really knew what He was talking about! Either He was RIGHT, or He was terribly WRONG.-Either He was good, and spoke the truth, or He was evil, a deceiver and a liar!The famous intellectual and former professor of Cambridge University, C.S. Lewis, expressed it this way:

"There is a really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.'-That is one thing that we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things that Jesus said would not be 'a great moral teacher'. He would either be a lunatic--on a level with a man who claims he is a poached egg-or else He would be the Devil of Hell! You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: Or else a mad man or something worse.

"You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronising nonsense about His being a 'great human teacher'. He has not left that option open to us, He did not intend to."

Another unlikely authority on such matters, the emperor & conqueror of nations, Napoleon Bonaparte, also rightly recognised the absolute uniqueness of Jesus, & expressed it in these words:

"I know men, and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the World there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius?-Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon LOVE, and at this hour millions of men would die for Him."

 BUT WHY WOULD GOD SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD?

God LOVES us and wanted us to know His Love. But He knows that He-the great Creator of the Universe-is simply too great a concept for us to comprehend or even imagine! He says, "As high as the heavens are above the Earth, so high are MY ways above YOUR ways, and My thoughts above your thoughts!"- Isaiah 55:9.

He also tells us, "Even the Heaven of heavens cannot contain Me!"-1Kings 8:27.

None of us can really grasp just how great God is, how marvellous and wonderful He is, far beyond the minds of men and the wildest stretch of our imaginations!

But because He loves us and wanted us to know His Love and Salvation, He sent His "only begotten SON"-Jesus-into the World to show us what He Himself is like.

Although He was literally the Ruler & King of the Universe, He chose not to be born in a fine palace with the elite & powerful members of the governments of Man in attendance. Instead, He was born in the humblest & most lowly of circumstances, on the dirty floor of a barn amidst the cattle & the asses, wrapped in rags & laid to rest in the animals' feed trough.

His earthly stepfather, Joseph, was a humble carpenter with whom He lived & laboured, conforming to our own human ways of life, custom, language & living.--Thus He personally EXPERIENCED life as we know it, & learned to understand & love us better, to communicate with us on the lowly level of our own limited human understanding.-He learned to LOVE Mankind.

He saw our suffering & had great compassion on us, longing not only to heal our sick & broken bodies, but also to save our souls and broken hearts!

When Jesus began His life's work, He went about everywhere doing good.-Helping people, loving children, healing heartaches, strengthening tired bodies, and bringing God's Love to all whom He could. He not only preached His message, but He LIVED it among us as one of us. He not only ministered to Man's spiritual needs, but He spent a great deal of time ministering to their physical & material needs, miraculously healing them when they were sick, giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, cleansing lepers, raising the dead. He fed the crowds when they were hungry, & did all He could to share His life & His Love!

HOW COULD JESUS BE GOD, IF HE LIVED AND WALKED ON THE EARTH LIKE A MAN?

Jesus said, "I and my Father are ONE."-John 10:30. Before being born to Mary and living in a fleshly human body, He and His Heavenly Father were together in very close personal Heavenly fellowship, something He had to forsake while He was down here on Earth.

The Bible tells us, "In the BEGINNING was the WORD (Jesus) and the Word was WITH God and the Word WAS God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made...And the Word (Jesus) was made FLESH and lived AMONG us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the one and only Son of the Father."-John 1:1,2,14.

Just before He was arrested and crucified, knowing that He would soon be reunited with His Heavenly Father, Jesus prayed: "And now, Father, glorify Me along with Yourself and restore Me to such majesty and honour in Your presence as I had with You BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE...for You loved Me BEFORE the foundation of the World."-John 17:5,24.

WHY DOES JESUS FREQUENTLY REFER TO HIMSELF IN THE GOSPELS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT AS "THE SON OF MAN"?

He called Himself the Son of Man because He was HUMAN, He was born of a woman just like the rest of us. He had the same kind of body that we have, He had the same feelings that we have, the same human limitations we have, He felt the same kind of weariness and pain.

The Creator of all things willingly stripped Himself of His unlimited power and became a tiny helpless infant. The Source of all wisdom and knowledge had to study and learn to read and write. He left His throne in Heaven where innumerable angels worshipped Him, where all the forces of the Universe were at His command, and He took the place of a servant-scoffed at, ridiculed, persecuted and ultimately killed by the very ones He came to save.

The Bible tells us that Jesus is "a High Priest Who is touched with the feeling of our weaknesses, for He was in all points tempted the same way WE are, yet without sin."-Hebrews 4:15. Imagine!-The Son of God literally became a citizen of this World, a member of humanity, a man of flesh, in order to reach us with His Love, prove to us His compassion and concern, and help us to understand His Truth in simple childlike terms that we could grasp.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE MEAN WHEN IT CALLS JESUS "THE WORD"?

God has always spoken to people in many ways: Through the beauty and wonder of His Creation, through His prophets and messengers, and through His written Word. But the CLEAREST revelation of Himself-of His character, of His Love--is found in His SON, Jesus, Whom He calls "the Word."

Words are the means by which we EXPRESS ourselves, by which we reveal our thoughts, our feelings, our character.-And JESUS is the means by which GOD expresses Himself to us. God's most outstanding means of communication with us, the way that He chose to communicate His Love to the World, was by His Own Son, Jesus.

SO JESUS CAME TO GIVE US GOD'S MESSAGE, TO TELL US ABOUT GOD'S LOVE?

Yes.- But He not only gave us God's message and God's teachings, God's Love, but He IS God's message, He IS God's Love to us.

Jesus, the living Word, revealed God's feelings to us in a way that we could understand and relate to. For example, Isaiah 53:3 tells us, "He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." He wept over the grief of His friends, over the suffering of humanity, and even over Jerusalem, a city that rejected its Saviour and was therefore doomed to destruction.

Jesus was so merciful, so kind and kind-hearted. There were times when He was wearied, worn and virtually exhausted from constantly ministering to the crowds that thronged Him. On one occasion He tried to retire from the busy scene for a little rest and recuperation, but the Bible tells us that when He saw the multitudes who needed His help, He had COMPASSION upon them. He felt so SORRY for them that despite the weariness and pain He felt, He went out and healed ALL that came to Him, and taught them all the wonderful Words of God's Kingdom of Love.-Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:31-34.

There were also times when God's ANGER blazed through Jesus, the Living Word, against pretense and hypocrisy. He told the self-righteous leaders of the ruling religious hierarchy of His day, "If I had not come and spoken unto you, you would not be guilty of sin, but now I have come and EXPOSED you, so you have no covering for your sin!"-John 15:22.

Actually, most of the time He had very little to do with the lofty, rich-robed, powerful and wealthy religious leaders, the Scribes and the Pharisees.-Except when they insisted on annoying Him and raising critical questions, doubts and accusations among those He was teaching. Then He unleashed scathing rebukes against them, publicly exposing them as the "blind leaders of the blind" that they were (Matthew 15:14), even telling them on occasion that they were like "whitewashed SEPULCHRES, tombs, which, although they appeared beautiful, clean and holy OUTWARDLY, were full of rottenness, corruption and stinking dead men's bones WITHIN!"-Matthew 23:27,28.

These religious leaders considered themselves to be the most "righteous and holy" people in town, but Jesus exposed them for the hypocrites, liars, robbers and cheaters of the poor that they were, which of course infuriated them.

But most of the time Jesus avoided the self-satisfied religionists, and spent His time helping and loving the poor, the common man, speaking to them, healing them, feeding them and most importantly, giving them the spiritual answers, Love, forgiveness and Truth that they longed for.

The Bible says that He mingled with and preached to the fishermen, drunks, prostitutes, tax collectors and sinners, and "the COMMON people heard Him GLADLY."-Mark 12:37. But when He went into the temple and gave His message to the RELIGIOUS leaders, they mobbed Him, threw Him out and finally crucified Him!

WHY DID THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF HIS OWN PEOPLE REJECT HIM?

Jesus' message that all that the people had to do was to simply "love God with all their heart, and love their neighbour as themselves" (Matthew 22:37-39), LIBERATED them from the dictatorial stranglehold and control that their religious leaders held over them. His teachings snatched the people out from under the established religion's control, a development that filled the religious leaders with fear and envy. They reasoned, "If we let Him alone, ALL men will believe on Him, & the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our influence!"-John 11:47,48.

These bitter religious foes finally had Jesus arrested and brought to trial on false charges of sedition and subversion. Although the Roman governor found Him innocent, he was pressured and persuaded by the influential High Priests to execute Him. When Jesus' enemies came to arrest Him, He assured His disciples, "They couldn't even TOUCH Me without My Father's permission! If I would but raise My little finger, He would send tens of thousands of angels to rescue Me!"-Matthew 26:53.-But instead, He CHOSE to die.-For you and me! Nobody TOOK His life from Him, He laid it down, He GAVE His life of His Own free will and accord.-See John 10:11, 17,18.

But even His death did not satisfy His bitter and vengeful enemies! To ensure that His followers couldn't steal His body and claim He had risen from the dead-as He had said He would-these false religious leaders had a huge stone placed over the entrance to His tomb, and posted a group of Roman soldiers there to guard it.-A scheme that proved futile, as these same guards became eyewitnesses to the greatest miracle of all.-Three days after His lifeless body was laid to rest in that cold tomb, He AROSE from the dead, victoriously conquering death and Hell and the grave!

IF ALL OF THIS AMAZING PAST HISTORY OF JESUS IS TRUE, WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT GOOD IS IT TO ME TODAY?

In the same text of the Bible where we read the story of His life on Earth, we also find many specific, definite claims that Jesus made regarding Himself.--Claims that you can take at face value and put to the TEST right now. Here are a few examples in Jesus' Own Words:

"I am the LIGHT of the World. He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life."-John 8:12. All of us have had the experience of being caught in the dark before and wishing we had a light so we could see, so we could make our way safely past any dangers, avoid any falls etc. Well, spiritually speaking, when we do not know God and are out of fellowship with Him, we are in SPIRITUAL darkness.

Would you like to get RID of all the darkness in your life? Just like turning a light on immediately chases all of the darkness out of a blackened room, so Jesus will chase all of the SPIRITUAL darkness, oppression, fear and evil out of your life if you will just ask Him to come into your heart! Once you have received the "Light of the World"-Jesus-into your heart, all of the powers of evil and the dark experiences of life will never be able to quench it!

  "ALL power is given unto Me in Heaven and in Earth!"-Matthew 28:18.

The Devil and all of his evil spirits TREMBLE at even the NAME of Jesus! All you need to do is ask Jesus to come into your heart, then you've got the greatest, most powerful spiritual Force of ALL with you.-He is your FRIEND, He LOVES you and wants to HELP you and fill your soul with His Light!

"I am the DOOR, by Me, if any man enter in, he shall be SAVED."-John 10:9.

He is not a closed or locked door that you must try to force open or work hard to enter.-He's an OPEN door! All you have to do is walk through Him and thereby freely enter God's Heavenly Kingdom of Love and Light! If you come to Jesus, He will give you His FREE GIFT of ETERNAL LIFE, and you will KNOW that you belong to Him and are going to Heaven! There are MILLIONS of people alive today who can testify with certainty that this claim of His is TRUE!

"I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE, HE THAT COMES TO ME SHALL NEVER HUNGER, AND HE THAT BELIEVES ON ME SHALL NEVER THIRST."-JOHN 6:35.

Deep in their hearts, most people know that something is missing in their lives. Outwardly they may seem to have everything--money, position, friends etc., all the things that are SUPPOSED to make them happy-yet they still have an emptiness, a hunger that nothing really satisfies.

Jesus said that He is the Bread of Life Who would completely FULFIL our heart's "hunger and thirst." You can find out if this claim is true by simply asking Him to come into your life. See how quickly His Love can SATISFY your hungry heart!-The loneliness, emptiness and dissatisfaction you may have experienced will be replaced with lasting happiness, peace and joy such as you have never known before!

"I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.-No man comes unto the Father except by ME."-John 14:6.

This is an extraordinary claim, and is in fact the heart and soul of the writings of the New Testament.-That Jesus alone is the way to Eternal Life, Salvation and union with God. - Excerpt from 'Who is Jesus?'

 SALVATION    HOW TO GET SAVED?

Finally, I challenge you, that if you have not already prayed to receive Jesus into your heart, so that you can have eternal life, & be guaranteed a an eternal place in Heaven, then please do so immediately, to keep you safe from what is soon coming upon the earth!

Jesus stated in Revelations 3.20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and live with him and him with me”.“He who believes on the Son of God has eternal life.” John 3.36. That means right now!

Once saved, you are eternally saved, and here is a very simple prayer to help you to get saved:-

Dear Jesus,

Please come into my heart, forgive me all of my sins,  give me eternal life, and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Please help me to love others and to read the Word of God in Jesus name, Amen. 

Once you’ve prayed that little prayer sincerely, then you are guaranteed a wonderful future in Heaven for eternity with your creator, and loved ones."For God is Love" (1 John 4.16)

FOR MORE DETAILS ON SALVATIONhttp://www.outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk/418605189

 

THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT: PROPHECY, VISIONS AND SPIRIT-HELPERS. Compiled by S.N.Strutt 01/04/19

Dear friends,

INTRODUCTION

I thought that you would appreciate the following:

'Getting Prophecy' and 'Hearing from God', has been something that I personally, along with my wife have been doing for most of my lifetime. 

I would like to share the beauty of having this 'relationship with the Lord' with others.

Contrary to what most churches teach, we can have personal contact with Jesus, as well as Spirit Helpers and upon occasion God's good angels of Light to assist us.

During the 45 years that I have been a missionary in different countries, I have experienced many miraculous happenings.

I will begin to write about these matters in greater detail.

I did put some of my miraculous encounters in my first book 'Out of the Bottomless Pit' https://youtu.be/A0ZWsjMJDLU?t=3

There are so many amazing experiences that both my wife and I have had over the years, including encounters with God's Angels.

We have also had 'Encounters with Satan's angels' (not by choice).

We have had many prophecies given to us by Jesus and by spirit helpers over the years. We have also had amazing supernatural protection in very dangerous circumstances in different countries.

Hopefully we will we able to tell our story more fully in the hope, that it can help others in some way to realize the beauty of the world to come, of which this life is a mere fleeting shadow.

We are here on earth to learn to love and care for others, and as Christians to teach others about the TRUE JESUS, not the RELIGIOUS DEAD ONE, but the live one who lives in our hearts today.

You can believe in Jesus without the CHURCH SYSTEM.

All you really need is your Bible and to receive Jesus as your personal Saviour, then He and His Holy Spirit will take care of you and will indeed speak to you and teach you what is really important in life:

Not to live for 'SELFISHNESS AND MAMMON', but to live for Jesus and the lost souls of Humanity.

If you are already SAVED, then please become a WARRIOR for CHRIST and dedicate some of your time to telling others 'HOW TO GET SAVED':

Here is the LINK ON MY WEBSITE and the prayer of Salvation. http://www.outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk/418605189

 

We hope that the following writings will be a help and inspiration to you:-

'If you think just because people have gone on to be with the Lord that their job is over, we can prove from the Bible that their job is far from complete! 

According to all we read in the Bible and we've experienced, we have a long way to go, and the spirit world is a heaven-of-a-lot busier than this hell on earth!

Heaven is not the end: it's only the beginning!  My idea of Heaven is not floating around on a cloud strumming a harp by some gift of God! That would be my idea of death! Total inactivity, cessation of movement, total rest is total death! And it doesn't seem to be God's idea of Heaven either! His universe is full of movement, and He'll never stop!

All these people who look forward to death as the end are going to get a big surprise! Death from this life is just graduation from this grade.  In the spirit you're no longer weighted with the flesh and burdened with the problems of the physical life. You've graduated from this grade of this earthly life.

You'll be given the power to do a lot more than you're doing now. And you're going to do it - even more! "Their works do follow them!" (Revelation 14:13b). They haven't finished them: They're still going to be working at them! You got good grades in the last grade and have arrived in the next grade.

That's my idea and I believe it's God's and His Bible's idea, and we're a long way from the end! In fact, according to the Bible, for us there isn't going to be an End! - Eternity has no end!

 

The Spirit World

 

The spiritual realm is an eternal, invisible dimension which exists concurrently with the physical world.

The next world is already here, you know, we're in it! We just can't see it! The other world, the spirit world is surrounding us!

The world of the spirit is also here, and is coexistent with this present world. It's here, not just there! It's also there, but it's also here!

When the Bible talks about Heaven and the heavenly it's usually talking about the world of the spirit; it doesn't necessarily mean some place a thousand miles high or way off somewhere in space. There's another heaven in the world of the spirit that's right here, and you're living and moving in it without even realizing it. [Speaking of God, the Bible says,] "In whom we live and move and have our being," meaning in the Spirit, in God (Acts 17:28). So we live and move in the spirit world as well as in the temporal world. [5] *[However, there are numerous references throughout the Bible to the Heavenly City, New Jerusalem, the 1,500-mile-high supernatural city of God that He has prepared for His people, which will come down from God to settle on the earth, as described in Revelation chapters 21 and 22.]

Right here you're surrounded with the realm of the spirit and "cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1). This room is full of them -- isn't that wonderful? They're observing what we do and enjoying our fellowship, although there's a gulf fixed between, in a sense, and we can't rend that veil except in the spirit, [which is when] the Lord can show us things and we can take a little peek in.

 The "Veil"

Under normal circumstances, a veil or gulf exists between the spirit world and the earthly plane in which we presently exist. However, God, on occasion, opens or lifts this veil in order to reveal things or give special assistance to His children.

Just think of all the angels and the holy spirits that are interested in us, that are all around [us]. But they have to operate under certain rules and they can't put in too many personal appearances or speak out loud unless on some very rare occasions they are allowed to. Most of the time we just have to believe without seeing anything - except we certainly can see how the Lord has worked.

God has laid down certain restrictions and limitations on what [those] in the spirit world can do for those who are yet in the material, physical world and earthly life. He wants you to believe in things unseen because of His Word and to have faith in Him and Heaven and salvation purely through faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 10:17). For if you could see all that is around you in the spirit world, it would be too easy to believe. - And it also might frighten you as you see how the Enemy [the Devil] is operating, as well as the angels of God and the holy spirits of God!

You are usually spared these scenes and the sights and sounds of the spirit world unless you particularly need them for some reason on some particular or special occasion, when you desperately need to see or to hear something to encourage your faith or to guide you or counsel you or direct you or warn you.

Normally ghosts are not allowed to appear.  Those are the rules of the game, unless it's some kind of an emergency. They're restricted from appearing or speaking audibly or touching or making any kind of physical manifestation unless it is some kind of extreme emergency. You'll find in most cases, ghosts, angels or spirits have not appeared to people unless it was really something very drastic. In other words, when nothing else could stop them, when nothing else could get through to them but an audible voice or a personal appearance or touch or feeling.

So [the spirits] are to remain unseen and unheard and even unfelt, except in spiritual manifestations, such as dreams and visions and the still small voices with which [they] speak within your mind and heart, so you will continue to depend entirely on His Word and faith in Him without any other proofs except His constant, faithful, never-ending care, provision and protection.

William Branham [a well-known American Christian faith healer and prophet of God, 1906-1965] used to symbolize it by saying, "These spiritual experiences that I have, these visions and revelations, they're sort of like when I was a little boy. I wanted to see what was going on at the ball game and I couldn't afford to pay my way in, so I used to climb the fence and cling to the top of the fence and peek in.

"That's sort of how the Lord does with me, only I don't do it in my own energy anymore. Now it's like when my big brother used to lift me up and hold me so I could peek over -- the Lord sort of lifts me up and lets me peek in. Then once in awhile I'd find a knothole in the fence where I could see through a little hole, see what was going on with just one eye, but not very clearly."

Regarding the barrier the Lord has placed between the physical realm and the spiritual, the Apostle Paul wrote that our perception of the unseen world is presently somewhat obscured. Paul wrote,

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then [when we leave this life] face to face: now I know in part; then shall I know even as also I am known (1 Corinthians 13:12).

These spiritual revelations - the things that I get and you get and the Lord gives to all of His children in some way at some time - dreams, visions or some revelation - you've probably all had something at some time, some spiritual experience or something, but even then you only "see as through a glass darkly."

They didn't have very good glass in Paul's day. You know, it was pretty murky. We don't really know what he's talking about nowadays because the glass we have is so good, so clear. But have you ever seen those real old-fashioned windows with the big globs in them and wavy wrinkles, and everything you see through it is sort of distorted? That's what Paul was talking about, "seeing through a glass darkly," somewhat distorted.

These [gifts of the Spirit] are all going to be in complete, full, total operation in the next world without any hindrances or "seeing through a glass darkly" (1 Corinthians 13:12).  We're going to be full-grown and mature and we'll have all these gifts - all of'm! - and the wisdom how to use'm! In full power! - Not just partially, not just seeing through a knothole, or a piece of dark glass, like Paul suggests.

He didn't say that your sight's going to be changed; He didn't say that you're not going to see some of the same things; He just said you're going to see it clearer. You're going to see things as they really are, not kind of like I have dreams and visions now in which I don't get everything perfectly clear and I feel like I'm almost looking through a fog sometimes and not everything is always exactly in focus. Sometimes they're extremely vivid and clear, but everything is going to be perfectly clear then and we'll see and know "even as also we are known."

 

The Great "Cloud of Witnesses"

 

The eleventh chapter of the New Testament Book of Hebrews is an inspiring account of the faith and exploits of many of the most outstanding men and women of God who appear in the Old Testament. Immediately following this listing of heroes and heroines of faith, we are told in the first verse of the next chapter,

Seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

The original [manuscript of the New Testament] was not divided into chapters, so you've got to keep in mind the chapter before this in order to know what "great cloud of witnesses" he's talking about. -- All the saints [13] who have already gone on to be with the Lord! And they're not only watching us, they're praying for us!

Immediately after having listed [those in] God's great Hall of Fame and many of the great saints already gone to be with the Lord, he [St. Paul] says: "Seeing therefore we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses!" That ought to thrill your hearts to know that they're watching and they're cheering for you and rootin' for and prayin' for you!

They're all praying for us and they're all watching us, and every now and then God sends one of them down to give us a hand if we need some extra help! They are like our cheering section on the heavenly bleachers cheering for the team, and when you win a battle they really cheer and rejoice! When you win a soul, all the angels in Heaven rejoice, praise God!

Think how wonderful it is that there are millions up there, all watching and praying for you, and lots of them coming down to help you! This is really where the action is! This is where the big test is going on. Once you get over There, well, there is more in store for you, but this is the primary test. - This is what the whole universe is watching, the big game!

They're all watching! They're all rootin' for you!  Imagine how much they must jump up and down and shout when you do the right thing! Every time you win, every time you make a goal, every time you win a soul. I imagine they yell and holler as much as the football crowd does! Why not? They're still human!

A striking example of this "cloud" of spiritual helpers that encompasses God's children is found in the Old Testament story of when the prophet Elisha awoke one morning to find that the king of Syria had sent "a great army" to capture him. Upon seeing thousands of enemy soldiers surrounding the city in which they dwelt, Elisha's servant panicked, until the Lord removed the veil between the spiritual and physical realms and opened his eyes to behold the far more powerful heavenly host that was at that same moment surrounding them:

And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray Thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17).

The Lord told us one time to thank Him for His angels that guarded and protected us! ... Thank You, Lord, for Thy many counselors and the multitudes Thou hast given us at our disposal and our command. Open their eyes as You did the young man to see the multitudes of Thy host! ... Thank You for these who work with us within the veil and the Fifth Dimension! [19] [David often referred to the unseen spiritual realm as the "fifth dimension," as compared with the four dimensions of our present earthly world: height, breadth, depth and time.]

Another reference to many of these heavenly "witnesses" can be found in the following Scripture passage, where a roll is called of the inhabitants of God's great Heavenly City, New Jerusalem:

But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the City of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews 12:22-24a).

 

"Ministering Spirits"  God's Holy Ghosts

The good spirits or "holy ghosts" who compose the "cloud of witnesses" around God's children are not merely witnessing or observing our activities, but they are assigned by the Lord to actively assist and minister to those of us who are still alive here on earth.

"What do you mean? - You believe in ghosts?" Yes, I believe in ghosts! I especially believe in the Holy Ghost and all [God's] holy ghosts, and all His departed saints and the good spirits of the Lord, that we are "encompassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses!"

He's got millions of angels and billions of good, saved spirits, holy spirits, holy ghosts! Every departed saint that's gone to be with the Lord - including those still working down here - is a holy ghost!

The good spirits not only go to Heaven to be with the Lord, but are also operating in the spirit world here, helping us! That we know through personal experience.

Apparently they are on assignment. They don't just drift around in space with no place to go, nothing to do, and not knowing what their specific duties are. They're all so busy! There are a lot of places where they're working, not only in this world but in the world of the spirit. 

Look how that perpetuates the wisdom and the talents and the gifts that God has given each individual! Those marvelous talents and abilities are not lost and gone forever way off in some heavenly places. ... They [are used to] continue to minister.

Oh, we go up to Heaven for a little while if we die now; we go up to be with the Lord in heavenly places ... [but afterwards] an awful lot of us stay right here in a heavenly sphere in another dimension right here on this earth, only in the spirit world, and stay here and help others, as many helpers are helping us right now.

These departed saints are obviously still extremely active agents or angels of God, messengers.

 

God's Great "Lending Library" of Departed Saints

It's like a lending library of God's saints who are, you might say, arranged on heavenly shelves, and you can just pull down any one you need any time - or the Librarian can. God's the Librarian, or His Spirit is. He can hand you any one that you need at any time. Can you imagine! Think how many spirit-books He's collected by this time!

We've got the benefit now of such a tremendous collection of departed saints, men of God, great men of wisdom, administrators, kings, prophets, psalmists and what have you! Look what a collection God's got by this time! - Of all these that have gone on to be with Him! Why, He's got people available for anything you want to know, for anything that needs to be done.

He [the Lord] can call on anybody to give you whatever you need; you just need to want it and receive it and have the faith to give it.  "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" (Matthew 7:7-8).

We have at our disposal the wisdom of the ages and the sages, the wisdom of all the kings and all the prophets that have ever lived. What a collection He's got by this time!  All those that have ever lived are at our disposal. What a great company!

What a great cloud of witnesses! You know what a cloud is composed of? It is composed of billions of tiny little particles of moisture, water, the water of life, symbol of the Spirit and Word of God!

 

The Gift of Prophecy

When the Lord speaks and gives a message through one of His children, either directly or by means of one of His agents (such as an angel or a departed saint), we refer to such inspired utterances as prophecy. Throughout the Bible the Lord spoke to His people this way, inspiring His prophets to give His words and messages to those for whom they were intended. However, before going further, it's important to understand how the biblical usage of the word "prophecy" (and its derivatives) differs from its most commonly associated modern meaning.

In its article on the role played by the biblical prophets, The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia says,

The prophets were first of all forthtellers and spokesmen for God.  All who act in the capacity of proclaiming the Word of God are His spokesmen. It is in this sense that the New Testament believer may prophesy when directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

 The Expository Dictionary of Bible Words adds: The basic word for "prophet" in the Old Testament is "nabi," which means "spokesman" or "speaker." Essentially a prophet is a person authorized to speak for another, as Moses and the Old Testament prophets were authorized to speak for God. ... God called individuals from every walk of life to bring His message to His people. Nor was the message of the prophets primarily predictive. God's messengers spoke whatever word was needed by the Lord's people at their moment in history.

Most people think of "prophecy" as predicting the future, but the word "prophecy" is taken from a Greek word which actually means forthtelling. Not foretelling, but forthtelling.

You don't have to be a fore-teller, all you have to be is a forthteller to be a prophet of God! That's what the word really means, you're forth-telling the Word of God.

The literal word [for "prophesy"] in the Greek means "to forthtell," not always foretell. Prophets do a lot of foretelling, a lot of forecasting, a lot of predicting, that's true under the inspiration of God's Spirit. But the literal meaning ... means "to forthtell the Words of God," to simply give God's Word, whatever it may be, whenever it may be, at any time, at any place, to any people, whenever it is God's will.

In both the Old and New Testaments, God tells us that in the days prior to Jesus' Second Coming, a period known in Scripture as the Time of the End, or the Last Days, that He is going to pour out His Spirit in a special way, anointing many of His servants to prophesy. He says: And it shall come to pass in the Last Days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy (Acts 2:17-18; see also Joel 2:28-29).

When we ask the Lord to fill us with His Holy Spirit, we can then receive what the Bible calls the "gifts of the Spirit." These are special spiritual gifts from our heavenly Father to strengthen and assist us in many different ways. The gift of prophecy is included among the nine gifts listed in the New Testament book of First Corinthians:

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; To another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).

The Bible also tells us that the gift of prophecy in particular should be desired and sought after by God's people. In other Bible passages we are encouraged to desire this spiritual gift, and to let God speak to us and through us via prophecy.

Follow after charity [love], and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. ... I would that ye all spake with tongues [another spiritual gift, usually manifested during prayer, when someone speaks in a language he or she does not know], but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the Church may receive edifying. ... Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues (1 Corinthians 14:1,5,39).

Despise not prophesyings (1 Thessalonians 5:20).

Prophecy, of course, is a very important gift. In fact, Paul practically puts it at the top of the list in the 14th chapter [of 1 Corinthians]. He said, "I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied."

His Word tells us, "covet earnestly the best gifts" (1 Corinthians 12:31). The most common gifts are listed in I Corinthians chapter 12: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, other tongues and interpretation. These are all gifts from a loving heavenly Father to His simple little children to help communicate understanding of Himself and His will, a mere sample of glorious realities to come!

Prophecy is a special gift of the Spirit, one of the nine gifts of the Spirit.   It's the Word of God coming right through your mouth!

The Lord wants you to draw on the Word -- not only the recorded [written] Word, but the living Word.

Hearing from the Lord is our spiritual nourishment -- and you've got to be able to hear from the Lord! The power is always on, the message is always there. God's Spirit is like a broadcasting station, broadcasting all the time. All you have to do is throw the switch and tune in. You have to have the vacuum and sincerely open your mouth and He'll fill it!

The hand of faith turns the knob which makes the contact and throws the switch and turns on what little power you have, and the hand of hope turns with expectancy, feeling for the frequency upon which God is broadcasting, and suddenly His great broadcasting station booms in with tremendous positive volume and power and certainty - and the messages come through loud and clear.]

Channels for God's Communications

Realizing that those who receive spiritual messages, visions and revelations are commonly viewed not as "prophets" but "channels" or "mediums" by much of the world.

You're all mediums (channels) and you're all now going to talk to the spirits, including the one Great Spirit! So you're mediums, you talk to ghosts and spirits! You hear voices, still small voices. -- Maybe not out loud, but in your heart and your mind, right? In the world's way of describing things, you're all mystics because you believe in the mystical, the supernatural, the spiritual. [So in that sense] we're all mystics, we're all mediums!

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a medium is "A person thought to have the power to communicate with the spirits of the dead or with agents of another world or dimension." So in a sense, anyone who communicates with "agents of another dimension," which would include anyone with the gift of prophecy, could be considered a "medium."             Everyone who has Jesus in his heart is a medium - someone whom a [good] spiritual power can possess and use to communicate things which normally under their own power they could not do!

  "Adding to the Book"?

Due to a misinterpretation of a verse in the last chapter of the Bible's final book, The Revelation of Saint John, a number of churches believe that God stopped speaking directly to His people almost 2,000 years ago when this last book of the New Testament was completed. The verse in question says,

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book (Revelation 22:18).

Many other passages in the New Testament, including a number of those quoted above, make it clear that the gift of prophecy was encouraged and utilized by the early Christians. In fact, Jesus Himself told His religious enemies,

Wherefore, behold, I [will] send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city (Matthew 23:34).

The Church was to continue beyond this book [the Bible] which closed its doors about 90 A.D. with the final natural death of dear old John the Apostle, the Revelator. ... But he was not the last prophet of God! Because God's Word says that in the Church there are to be prophets and there are to be those who have the gift of prophecy.

God has spoken since then! God has added words since then to tell us things! And down through the ages, after this book was written, after John, God still had many prophets and prophetesses who continued to prophesy and speak with tongues and interpretation and prophecies throughout the whole 2,000 years of Church history since the days of John and since this book was finished! God's prophets and prophetesses have been continuing to prophesy in these Last Days according to the Word of God, throughout the Church of Jesus Christ, throughout the Family of God, throughout all Christendom, all those that love Jesus, all Christians everywhere, millions of them!

A God who can't talk and can't do anything anymore would be a dead God -- which may explain why so many people's religion seems to be so dead today! But thank God, our God is a live God and He still loves His children and He is still working and still speaking to us today!

Just as He spoke to His prophets thousands of years ago, giving them revelations and information that God's people then needed for their day, so He is still alive and speaking today, giving His Words and revelations to guide His children now! He says, "I am the Lord, I change not!" (Malachi 3:6). 

 

     God's Agents in Prophecy 

I know from personal experience that some of these revelations do come in this fashion. And why not? They did in the Bible in several cases where angelic messengers were sent to convey a message to some prophet of God, or a man or woman of God, even occasionally the angel or spirit of some former man of God, such as Samuel, Moses, Elijah, etc. Search the Scriptures and see if these things be so! [44]

In almost every case of the [biblical] prophets there was some spiritual agent or an angel or someone helping him most of the time. Time and again when the prophets revealed something, they said the angel of the Lord or someone else was there showing them. So it must have been the angel who was communicating those visions, and the prophet was able to see what God was showing the angel to show to the prophet to pass on to the people. (See Ezekiel 40:1-4; Daniel 7:16; 8:15; 9:21-23; 10:all; 12:5-7; Zechariah 1:9; 2:3; Matthew 1:20; 2:13; Luke 1:11-20; Revelation 1:1; 19:10; 22:8-9, etc.!)

Most of [the religious teachers] give absolutely no credit to the good spirits of the departed "dead" as being agents and messengers. And yet, it's there [in the Bible] as plain as day! It makes it all very simple if we realize God uses angels, departed human spirits, etc., as His agents or messengers.

Biblical Appearances of Holy Ghosts

There are numerous instances recorded in Scripture where spiritual encounters and communications with angels or departed saints clearly took place.

Scriptural evidence of this [God using the spirits of departed saints to communicate with those still living on earth] is found in the account of the spirits of the departed prophets, Moses and Elijah, appearing and conferring with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration; the appearance of the departed prophet Samuel's spirit to King Saul; and Saint John's account in the Book of Revelation of his conversation with a heavenly messenger sent by God to reveal to him mysteries of the future.

We will now examine these and other examples from the Scriptures.

 

                Saint John's Revelations

One of the most striking examples in the New Testament of departed saints or "holy ghosts" ministering to a living Christian can be found in the mysterious Book of Revelation, written by the Apostle John, often referred to as John the Revelator. In chapter 19, after receiving a glorious revelation of the future from a heavenly being, John writes:

And he saith unto me, "Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he saith unto me, "These are the true sayings of God." And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, "See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:9-10).

A similar passage from chapter 22 says,

And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel [48] which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, "See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God" (Revelation 22:8-9).

Who was revealing a lot of things to John when he was [taken in spirit to] Heaven?

He thought it was an angel, he fell down and worshipped him, and what did the guy say? "I'm one of your fellowservants the prophets! I'm just another prophet, don't worship me! I'm just explaining it to you, that's all, because you don't understand yet. But I've already been told and I know and I understand and I'm telling you about it!"

He was another Christian, and it sounds like maybe he was a prophet, one of the prophets like John. And John thought it was so wonderful and he was so wonderful telling him all these things, he fell down to worship him and thought it was some kind of an angel. But he said, "Don't worship me, I'm just a guy like you!" -- Which goes again to show you there are lots of people like that up there, all the good spirits.

The Book of Revelation contains a number of other passages where Saint John records messages he heard from departed saints. For example, in chapter six, John writes:

I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled (Revelation 6:9-11).

It is interesting that in this passage John sees and hears the so-called "dead," and identifies these "souls" as "fellowservants" and "brethren" -- the same terms applied to the messenger that he fell down to worship in the previously quoted text. It's also noteworthy that these spirits who had already left this life still expressed concern about "them that dwell on the earth."

In chapter seven, John describes more astounding sights and sounds he partook of during a spiritual trip to Heaven:

 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, "Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen." And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, "What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they?" And I [John] said unto him, "Sir, thou knowest." And he said to me, "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9-14).

Here John beholds an innumerable multitude of people in Heaven, and he then carries on a two-way conversation with one of them, an "elder," who clearly appears to be a departed saint. In chapter five, verse nine, these same "elders" proclaim to Jesus, "Thou hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation," showing that indeed these elders are departed brethren, or saints.

 

Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration

Another outstanding appearance of two very renowned departed saints is recounted in three of the four Gospels, in the description of Moses' and Elijah's meeting with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. These two prophets had left this life hundreds of years earlier, but held what was no doubt an important conference with the Lord shortly before He died for the sins of the world.

[Jesus] took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias [52]: Who appeared in glory, and spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw His glory, and the two men that stood with Him. And it came to pass, as they departed from Him, Peter said unto Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias:" not knowing what he said (Luke 9:28-33).

These two former prophets, Moses and Elijah, had departed from this life many centuries previously, yet God sent them to counsel and confer with His Son! So God can and does use His human servants who have already passed on from this life to minister to and help those of us who are still here!

Think you that this is a strange thing that I should minister to My servants through My servants who have gone before? For even as Moses and Elijah ministered to My Son on the Mount of Transfiguration, are they not as the angels of God sent forth to minister unto thee?

 Even as My servant John was told through the one who showed him great glad tidings of God and mysteries, and told him not to fall down, "for I am also thy fellowservant," so I can use Mine who have gone on before. Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not! Thou art compassed about with a very great cloud of witnesses!

 

The John the Baptist / Elijah Connection

Another mysterious but revealing example of behind-the-scenes spiritual assistance from former prophets and ministers of God concerns the herald and forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist. Before John was even conceived, an angel appeared to his aged father, a Jewish priest named Zachariah, startling him with the announcement that he and his barren wife would have a son named John, who would prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah:

But the angel said unto him, "Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he [John] shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke 1:13-17). 

Some 30 years after John's birth, Jesus told a large crowd something even more astounding about John the Baptist:

And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, ... "But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send My messenger before Thy face, which shall prepare Thy way before Thee.' Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. ... And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" (Matthew 11:7-15).

Later, in the same Gospel, Jesus sheds more light on this mystery:

And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?" And Jesus answered and said unto them, "Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer of them." Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist (Matthew 17:10-13).

We now read that the angel Gabriel said that John would accomplish all these predicted things "in the spirit and power of Elijah," and we also have Jesus saying that John was Elijah. How can this be? How could a prophet in the first century be operating in the spirit and power of a prophet from the ninth century B.C.? And what did Jesus mean when He said "if you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah?" Is this a case of reincarnation, where John literally was Elijah? Clearly not. For when the Jewish religious leaders specifically asked John if he was Elijah the prophet, notice how he replied:

And they [priests sent by the Jewish elders in Jerusalem] asked him [John], "What then? Art thou Elias?" And he saith, "I am not." "Art thou that prophet?" And he answered, "No" (John 1:21).

John the Baptist was predicted as "Elijah which was for to come" (Matthew 11:14), that he would have the spirit and power of Elijah, and now we understand that he actually had the spirit and power of Elijah himself!

So what do you begin to fathom from this business about Jesus saying that John the Baptist came in the spirit and the power of Elijah? (Family member: Maybe Elijah was an actual spirit helper of John, but it doesn't mean that he was necessarily Elijah.) John himself denied being Elijah, personally (John 1:19-21). But Jesus is trying to show people the operations of the Spirit, and that is, John was operating under the influence, obviously, in the spirit and the power of Elijah, in doing what he did in preparing their hearts in those days before Jesus' first coming.

John came in the spirit and the power of Elijah! I believe Elijah was with him, and he was anointed with Elijah's spirit and power.

Saul and the Witch at Endor -

Calling Up the Departed Prophet Samuel

In the Bible's book of First Samuel, we find an account of the disgraced king of Israel, Saul, seeking posthumous counsel from the prophet Samuel, who had died some years earlier. Saul sought after Samuel via the forbidden means of a necromancer, a medium who dealt with familiar spirits. [59] Although Saul had lost God's blessing due to his disobedience, the Lord allowed Samuel to actually appear from the dead and deliver His somber final message to the backslidden king, who was to meet his death the following day.

Then said Saul unto his servants, "Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her."

And his servants said to him, "Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor."

And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, "I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee."

And the woman said unto him, "Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?"

And Saul sware to her by the Lord, saying, "As the Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing."

Then said the woman, "Whom shall I bring up unto thee?"

And he said, "Bring me up Samuel."

And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, "Why hast thou deceived me? For thou art Saul."

And the king said unto her, "Be not afraid: for what sawest thou?"

And the woman said unto Saul, "I saw gods ascending out of the earth."

And he said unto her, "What form is he of?"

And she said, "An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle."And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.

And Samuel said to Saul, "Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?"

And Saul answered, "I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do."

Then said Samuel, "Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?  Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and tomorrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines."

Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night (1 Samuel 28:7-20).

This strange account of a disobedient king using a medium to hear from a deceased prophet has generated a good deal of debate among Bible scholars and theologians, particularly those who claim that the spirits of the departed have no dealings with those who are still alive. However, it is clear from the above passage that the prophet Samuel did indeed speak to Saul from beyond the grave.

The Wycliffe Bible Commentary says:

Modern orthodox commentators are almost unanimous in the opinion that the departed prophet did really appear and announce the coming destruction of Saul and his army. They hold, however, that Samuel was brought up not by the magical arts of the witch, but through a miracle wrought by the omnipotence of God.

The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia adds:

In this instance God sovereignly permitted the actual spirit of Samuel to speak in order to deliver a solemn rebuke to the apostate king. Normally the alleged [familiar] spirit would speak somewhat favorably; in this unique case the inquirer [Saul] was condemned to die on the morrow.

There was a witch in Endor, a fortune-teller, or a spiritualistic medium. Saul sought this witch for information regarding the results of the impending battle. He came to her late one night. He wanted to know whether he was going to win the battle or not.

Why did he have to go to the witch at Endor? He was out of touch with God! He couldn't get through to the Lord anymore, and dear old Samuel, the prophet that he used to go to for advice, was dead. Too often [Saul] failed to seek advice, and when he failed to seek advice from God, God eventually left him! Now when he wanted advice, he had to get it from the Devil instead! --A very sad, sad picture of poor Saul!

Saul requested that she bring forth the spirit of Samuel, which according to God's Word, she is said to have done. Maybe she didn't have too much to do with it! The Lord had something to do with it! According to the Bible story, she seemed to be almost as surprised as Saul was that Samuel actually showed up!

The spirits of the departed ones are anything but dead or sleeping! This was actually Samuel's spirit, and he was voicing the Words of God when he told Saul these things. This is no fairy tale: This is the spirit of a departed dead person being called back to talk!

Samuel had to return from Paradise to revisit the earth here and give Saul this message. He didn't particularly like the idea either, from what he said: "Why disquietest thou me?" (1 Samuel 28:15). "I've been in this beautiful place of Paradise and I have to come back to this awful world of yours, and have to talk to you one more time! After all the times that you wouldn't listen to me before; now after I'm dead, you want to listen to me!" He had compassion on him, though, and he came back!

What about the Bible's Warnings against "Familiar Spirits"?

Here are the most commonly quoted passages where God Himself warns against this practice:

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 19:31)

When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).

And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them (Isaiah 8:19-20).

God clearly wants His people to seek and follow Him and His divine guidance, not the mutterings and utterings of anyone whose spiritual powers, gifts or message are at variance with the teachings of His Word. To commune with evil familiar spirits such as those invoked by witches, wizards, sorcerers, etc., is extremely hazardous to one's spiritual well-being. The arch-deceiver Satan can appear as "an angel of light," which is why God's Word exhorts us to "try [test] the spirits." Any spirit which is not of God is to be resisted and rebuked in Jesus' name. As God's Word says, "Neither give place to the Devil" (Ephesians 4:27) and "Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the Devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

So we respectfully believe and heed the Bible's warnings against dealings with evil familiar spirits, witchcraft and sorcery. However, we do not subscribe to the belief that these passages mean that any communication with the spirits of those who have left this life is strictly forbidden by God and is therefore of the Devil. Such an interpretation makes no allowance for good spirits, the spirits of those who loved the Lord in this life and have gone on to be with Him in the next.

This narrow approach was summed up by the well-known American televangelist Pat Robertson:

The Bible is clear in its teaching that we should not attempt to communicate with the dead. Leviticus 19:31 says, "Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God." Isaiah 8:19 adds this: "And when they say to you, 'Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,' should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?"

When we die, we either go to Heaven or Hell. We will join those loved ones who have gone to the same place we have. Until then, the living are forbidden to attempt contact with the dead. So-called ghosts, or spirits who speak through mediums, are really demons masquerading as the spirits of dead human beings.

To proponents of this hard-line interpretation, we ask, if the living are forbidden any and all contact with the "dead," then what about the examples in the Bible where living saints encountered and communicated with saints who had left this life? Similarly, if one believes that God's rule is "no contact" between those in the physical realm and those in the spiritual, then what about the innumerable individuals who sincerely claim to have seen, heard or otherwise sensed the presence of a loved one who has passed on from this life? To dismiss all such encounters as either fraudulent or demonic goes against reason and the nature of God and the operations of His spiritual world as revealed in the Bible.

The word that I [Jesus] spoke in old times was true, for I did not wish for My children to seek out those with familiar spirits, because they were not of Me. Even today I do not wish for My children to seek out those who have familiar spirits, for they are not of Me; they are a counterfeit of the Truth.

Just because I warned My people not to go to those who had a familiar spirit does not mean that I will not allow those that have passed over to This Side to speak to My children, to speak of Me. For did I not stand on the mount and confer with the "dead"? Was I not transfigured? Did I not speak with those [Moses and Elijah] who had gone on before? But I say to you, I did not commune with the dead, for these were alive, alive in the Spirit!

When I walked the earth, did I not say that I had many things to say unto you but you were not able to bear them yet? The time now is right for you to speak of these things. For there is so much counterfeit in the world today that I wish to reveal the true.

Whether your brethren, those of the churches, believe and receive or not, means nothing, for they have not believed nor received much of the message that I have poured forth through you.  But that does not make the message that I have given to you any less the truth. Therefore receive My Truth and use My Truth to preach the Gospel. Use it to stand against the tide of the counterfeit.

In this prophecy the Lord makes it clear that His admonitions against seeking out those with familiar spirits hold as true today as ever. But He adds that those who have passed into the next life to be with Him are not barred from ministering to and communicating with His children who remain on earth, just as Moses and Elijah spoke with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Those who are now with the Lord are anything but "dead," but are enjoying a far better life than they did in their previous earthly life: As the Apostle Paul said, "to depart [from this life] and be with Christ is far better" (Philippians 1:23). When speaking of saints who had passed on from this life, Jesus said of His Father, "He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him" (Luke 20:38).

Also, the Lord is encouraging us to proclaim this message, to speak these things to the world. Despite the fact that the Devil's counterfeit messages are becoming increasingly heard and known in the world, Jesus wants us to receive and publish His message about how He is allowing His people who have passed on to speak to His children on earth. Despite the rejection of this message by many churches, He encourages us to use this as a means to fulfill our main calling and commission of preaching the good news of the Gospel to all who will receive it.

 

Rejection of the Concept of Holy Ghosts by Many Churches

In years gone by, I found that many Christians, pastors and Bible teachers were afraid of the subject because they felt it bordered on spiritualism or spiritism, and that talking about the personal appearances of angels or of saints long dead sounded to them too much like having to do with familiar spirits, dealing with evil spirits and devils, which God's Word condemns, along with witchcraft and wizardry. But may God forgive us for condemning the entire spirit world and being afraid of the knowledge of it, just because the Devil uses it, along with his demons. That would be like some narrow-minded churches which refuse to use music just because the Devil uses it! If we stopped using everything the Devil uses, there wouldn't be much left!

True, witchcraft, wizardry, and dealing with evil familiar spirits, demons and devils are condemned by God; but this does not mean that we are supposed to blind ourselves, ignore, and shut ourselves off completely in ignorance to God's own marvelous spiritual world in which He Himself dwells with His Son Jesus, His Holy Spirit, all His ministering spirits, the angels -two thirds of the spirit world (see Revelation 12:4) -- and all the millions of the spirits of the departed saints! His glorious universe of good spirits in which God Himself and all these others operate, and who constitute by far the vast majority!

The churches are afraid of the familiar evil spirits, against which we are warned, but they seem to have forgotten that there are many good spirits, including the Holy Spirit, the seven spirits of God of Revelation 4:5, and the seven stars or angels or spirits of the seven churches of Revelation 1:20, the four spirits of the heavens of Zechariah 6:5, and the many other celestial messengers, angels or spirits of God mentioned in the Bible, which are obviously all good spirits. "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14).

Indeed they are! -And to deny that they are good spirits is to deny all the angels and the spirits of God, including the Holy Spirit, as well as all the spirits of the dear departed saints of God, including those who appeared or spoke to men of God throughout the Bible, like the souls under the altar in Heaven in Revelation 6:9-11, and even your own personal spirit, saved by the grace of God, which shall join a Heaven-full of millions of the saved spirits of all the saints of God when you die or go to be with Jesus when He comes!

These are they of whom Paul speaks in Hebrews 12:1 as a "great cloud of witnesses" which compass us about - here and now!  And in Hebrews 12:22-23, He speaks of an innumerable company of angels and "the spirits of just men made perfect."

While it is clear that communing with evil spirits is forbidden by God and is to be shunned by His people, it is also clear that the Godly spirits of departed saints are an entirely different "kettle of fish!" We consider the spirits of the departed saints to be our heavenly "teammates," who are striving together with us to spread God's light and Love in this spiritually darkened world. So yes, beware of and shun the Enemy's evil spirits, but don't fear or reject the Lord's heavenly hosts who seek to assist and minister to you.

The Old Testament was pretty hard on familiar spirits, maybe because in those days people didn't have the Holy Spirit to be able to discern the difference between the good [spirits] and the bad ones. But now that we have the Holy Spirit, God's Word exhorts us to discern the difference and try [test] the spirits (1 John 4:1).

Spiritualists are those who have contact with familiar spirits, and although the Bible does warn against familiar spirits, it means, of course, evil spirits. That's why the Apostle says be sure you can tell the difference, "discerning of spirits" [see 1 Corinthians 12:10], because there are some good and some bad. Thank God for the good ones we've got who help us.

 Of course, it all depends on your discernment of spirits and what kind of spirits they are! Just like there are all kinds of people, there are all kinds of spirits! All of the departed saints are spirits -- good spirits! If you're going to condemn all spirits, then you'd even have to condemn the spirit of Samuel who was called back from the dead by, of all things, a medium!  To give poor Saul advice.

If you talk about holy spirits [some religious people] will curse you right on the spot! "Don't you know you shouldn't have anything to do with familiar spirits!" Well, of course the Lord [in the biblical passages condemning witchcraft and necromancy] is talking there about evil spirits. But you know good and well there are both! 

I don't know what they think ever happened to all the angels of God and all of the departed spirits of the saints! What in the world do they think happened to them anyhow? They say, "Oh well, of course they're not allowed to have contact, blah, blah!" Well, there're plenty of examples right in the Bible where people who were not angels of God but were former prophets and men of God had contact with saints of God.

Well, there's only one Mediator between God and Man. One Mediator, [meaning] an advocate, like a lawyer or a defense lawyer, a defense attorney, someone who can mediate between God and us, and who can settle the problem between us, which was sin, and that was only Jesus. But there are oodles of communicators, not mediators, but communicators, beginning with the angels, and ... many of the saints of God. ... It's right here in the Bible!

 

"Try the Spirits"

If we are going to be communicating and interacting with spirits, the question arises, how can we be sure that the spiritual entities we are in touch with are good spirits? After all, we know that Satan is an arch-deceiver, sometimes appearing as an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14,15). So is there a sound means by which we can ascertain if a spirit is of God or not? Thankfully, the answer is a definite yes. God has not left us without a means of discerning spirits. Saint John tells us:

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).

Thank God for the spiritual, but pray to God it is the right spirit!

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God!" -- So some of them are of God! "Because many false prophets are gone out into the world." So therefore if some spirits are false prophets, others are true prophets, right?

Beloved, try the spirits to see whether they be of God or not, because there are spirits which are of God who are ministering spirits to help us, and then others who are just to annoy and trouble us, and we need to know the difference!

If we're not supposed to have anything to do with spirits at all, how are we going to "try" them? And yet that's what [many of] the churches teach today: "Oh, spiritism! - That's of the Devil! It's all of the Devil and it's all demonic and it's all devils and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!" Well, then why did John caution us to "Try the spirits, whether they are of God."

This passage from First John chapter four continues:

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world (1 John 4:2-3).

These verses make it clear that there are many spirits that are "of God." And it gives us a criterion with which to gauge whether a spirit is of God or not: "Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God."

(Prophecy:) The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are life. They must be discerned by My Spirit, that you may have full understanding. For there are many false prophets which have gone out into the world, and you must first try the spirit of these prophets to first see if their spirit believes and has received Me. For he that has not received Me will not speak the Truth.

Those that claim to receive messages from the Spirit, but who do not believe in Me, do not speak by the Spirit of God. For them to be true prophets .. they must first believe on Me and have received Me as their Savior. Those who do not confess Me and who speak words of prophecy receive these things not from the Spirit of God.

For those that know Me and confess Me and receive Me, those that are My children, when they come before Me and become silent, and listen, and wish to hear My voice and wish to receive those things that I have to say unto them, they too must try the spirits. If I send one [a ministering spirit] to speak through them, if I send My message via a messenger, then this messenger will be one who believes and who has received Me.

Hereby know you the spirit of truth and the spirit of error, for when you come before Me in prayer and you seek to hear My voice, and you seek to hear the whispers of those from This Side, know that those that speak unto you must confess and believe that I am the Son of God, and thus must have received Me, received this Truth.

Another means to test a message received from a spiritual source is whether it is in accordance with God's written Word, which is the standard by which we measure truth and error.

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them (Isaiah 8:20).

Remember that not all voices are of God and you must "try the spirits" to make sure that what you're hearing is of the Lord. If it is not according to His Word .. these things are not of the Lord.

Be sure that direct revelation does not counteract nor contradict, but is in line with the Word of God! You have to measure it! Try the spirits! Make sure it is according to His Word, direct revelation from God Himself.

True prophecy won't teach anything contrary, but it sure can fill in a lot of gaps! The Bible is still going to be the standard of measurement.

Another excellent means of "trying the spirits" has to do with the "fruit" or effect that results from the message received by the prophet who is communicating with the spirit. If it has come from God, it will bear good fruit, good results. When teaching His followers about how to discern between true and false prophets, Jesus said:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. ... Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them (Matthew 7:15-20).

If it [a spiritual voice or message] causes you to be discontent or bitter, dissatisfied or unhappy or critical of others -- these things are not of the Lord and you must rebuke the Enemy in Jesus' name when he tempts you with these negative thoughts.

 

Conclusion:

We hope that this discourse on spiritual communication with the Lord and His heavenly hosts has given you a better understanding  of this subject. We also hope it has encouraged your faith that God and His agents are still delivering their messages to His people today!

Thank God, He's not a silent God who shut up when the Bible was finished 2,000 years ago! He's a living God, a talking God, and He still speaks and has been speaking ever since then - talking to His people and His prophets and His children down through the ages, ever since the days of Jesus and His Apostles and the Early Church.

The age-old means of God's heavenly communication with all of His people has always been by oral and mental messages and dreams and visions and heavenly pictures and messages and thoughts, projected directly by His spirits and His angelic messengers in moods of meditation and prayer and trance, that wonderful borderline of the spirit where the soul has one foot in Heaven! So that we [God's prophets] are God's lightning rods to ground His heavenly bolts to earthly man and shock them into the realization of heavenly things!

He still has prophets today, His messenger boys, who relay to the people what the Lord has said and shown to them. And just as the Bible prophets received dreams and visions, revelations and thrilling messages from the Lord and His angels and ministering spirits, so His prophets today do the same! 

If you have not yet personally experienced God's power and heavenly touch in your own life, you can receive Him and His free gift of eternal life by simply asking His Son, Jesus, into your life, He loves you and says, "Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to you" (Revelation 3:20).

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THE KEY TO BEING STRONG IN THE WORD IS: - TO MEMORIZE IT

MEMORIZING THE WORD

 (Compiled and edited by S.N.Strutt 24/03/19)

                Definition: To commit to memory; to learn by heart. In regards to memorizing God's Word, the second definition is even more meaningful, as memorization of the Word should go deeper than mere mental retention of facts or figures, reaching the fiber of our being.

 1. The Lord admonishes us to plant His Word in our hearts.

 * Deuteronomy 6:6,7 And these Words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

* Deuteronomy 11:18a Therefore shall ye lay up these My Words in your heart and in your soul.

* Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

 * Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.

 * Proverbs 7:1-3 My son, keep My Words, and lay up My commandments with thee. 2 Keep My commandments, and live; and My law as the apple of thine eye. 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

 * Luke 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears.

 * 1 Timothy 4:6 [It is a good thing to encourage memorization:] If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the Words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

* 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.

  2. The desire to memorize the Word comes from a love for His Word.

  * Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the Words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

 * Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.

 * Psalm 119:20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto Thy judgments at all times.

 * Psalm 119:40,47,48 [King David prays fervently for a hunger for the Word:] Behold, I have longed after Thy precepts: quicken me in Thy righteousness. … 47 And I will delight myself in Thy commandments, which I have loved. 48 My hands also will I lift up unto Thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in Thy statutes.

 * Psalm 119:72 The law of Thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

 * Psalm 119:97 O how love I Thy law! It is my meditation all the day.

 * Psalm 119:127 Therefore I love Thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

 * Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at Thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil.

 * Jeremiah 15:16a Thy Words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.

3. Memorizing the Word helps keep our hearts right with the Lord.

 * Psalm 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

 * Psalm 40:8 I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart.

 * Psalm 119:11 Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.

 * Psalm 119:93 I will never forget Thy precepts: for with them Thou hast quickened me.

 * Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not My law; but let thine heart keep My commandments.

 * Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain My Words: keep My commandments, and live.

 * Proverbs 6:22,23 When thou goest, it [the Word] shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

 * Colossians 3:16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 * 1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

 * Hebrews 8:10 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, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people:

 * James 1:21b Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.

 * 2 Peter 1:4a Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature.

 4. The Word stored in our hearts gives us strength during spiritual battles.

  * Matthew 4:10 When Jesus was tempted by the Devil, He quoted the Word: Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.

 * Jeremiah 23:29 Is not My Word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

 * Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of Salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

 * Hebrews 4:12 For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 5. Memorizing the Word helps us to be better witnesses and defenders of the Faith.

 * Psalm 119:42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in Thy Word.

 * Proverbs 22:17-21 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. 19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. 20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, 21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

 * Isaiah 50:4a The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.

 * Isaiah 51:7 Hearken unto Me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is My law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

 * Malachi 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with Me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

 * Matthew 12:34b,35a Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35a A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things.

 * Acts 13:32-35 [Paul's good sample of quoting the Word from memory while witnessing:] And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that He hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the Second Psalm, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee. 34 And as concerning that He raised Him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, He said on this wise, I will give You the sure mercies of David. 35 Wherefore He saith also in another Psalm, Thou shalt not suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.

 * Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the Word of faith, which we preach.

 * 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

 * 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

 6. Some day the only Word of God we'll have may be what we've implanted in our hearts.

 * 1 Samuel 3:1b And the Word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

 * Ezekiel 7:26 Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.

* Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord.

 7. If memorizing the Word seems especially difficult for you, here are a few good verses to claim:

 * John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

 * Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 * 1 John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: 15 And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.

 

 

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20/03/19

CONVICTION/COMPROMISE

(Compiled by S.N.Strutt 20/03/19)

He that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind & tossed (Jam.1:6).

1KI.18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal (Another Fallen angel like Satan), then follow him.

PSA.57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

PRO.8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.

PRO.16:3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

ISA.50:7 For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

DAN.3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

HOS.10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty.

HAB.2:4b The just shall live by his faith.

ACT.4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

ACT.28:30,31 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

1CO.9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air.

1CO.10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

1CO.16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

EPH.4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

TIT.2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

HEB.13:9 Be not carried about with diverse and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace.

JAM.1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

JAM.1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

1PE.3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

1JO.3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

REV.3:15,16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot. I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.

Editor: Steve. I have found the following 'Quotes' very useful as a missionary during the past 45 years. In a world which is fast descending into both 'Darkness and Confusion' where right and wrong are fast becoming blurred, it is very important to have CONVICTION as to what is RIGHT & WRONG.

What does Jesus really expect of each of us and what should we stand up for?

 1. The guy who compromises winds up by not pleasing anybody at all!

 2. It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.

 3. A man convinced against his will is not convinced.

 4. What I must do, & not what people think, is all that concerns me.

 5. With God, it's usually all or nothing at all! There's no halfway with the Lord! He abhors the half-hearted, the lukewarm, the indecisive, the compromisers, the "so-far-&-no-further folks"!

7. If you stand by without protest when the rights of others are being violated, soon these same evil forces will be violating your own!

8. If the Devil can't get you to stop, he tries to get you to compromise. He tempts you with half-truths that make you doubt your convictions or not live up to them fully. He knows you'll never make peace with him in your war on evil, so he tries to tempt you with a temporary truce.

9. The only way the Devil can win is to get you to let down your guard for just a moment, or get you to compromise only a few minutes so he can do his dirty work while you're not looking!

10. If you're on fire, the World will come to see you burn!

11. The Enemy of your soul just needs a little time of compromise to get close enough to strike you some mortal blow below the belt! This is the grave danger of the unguarded moment!--Just a moment of unguarded danger that can put you in your grave!

12. To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards out of men.

13. You can't do business with the Devil! You can't declare a truce with Satan & say, "You leave me alone & I'll leave you alone!" The Lord doesn't approve of that at all!

14. Conscience is God's presence in man.

15. To be persuasive, we must be believable,

      To be believable, we must be credible,

      To be credible, we must be truthful.

16. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the Light.

17. Take your stand! If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything.

18. If the voice tells me to do something bad, I know it's the Devil! If it tells me to do something good, I know it's God!

19. First impressions are the right ones, if you're truly following the Lord!

20. Don't try to sell something you're not sold on.

21. I am afraid to work with people who are not sold out to God.

22. I cannot stomach people who haven't got the guts to stand up for what they believe!

23. If you don't tell others, you don't believe it yourself! Something you believe, you talk about!

24. It is so easy to make excuses, legitimate, logical, reasonable, acceptable excuses why you couldn't make it--why you shouldn't be expected to make it, & in most cases most people will accept your excuses, because most people don't have faith either, & in excusing you they're excusing themselves. But is God going to excuse you?

25. Failing to stand up for the truth is nearly as bad as denying the Lord!

26. Sometimes it's good to be stubborn if you're stubborn for the Lord in the right direction.

27. We have to stand pat on our convictions and pay the price for them, the stand-pat price of being a revolutionary!

28. I believe we're right--the rightest of all the rights! We've got the best of everything!

29. After I finally got to trusting the Lord, I didn't care what people thought, I just did what I thought was best!

30. If you let people push you around you'll never get anywhere in this kind of World! You've got to fight for your rights!

31. Someone has said: "It is not enough for a gardener to love flowers, he must also hate weeds."

32. One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who only have interest.

33. If your will power doesn't work, try your "won't" power.

34. You can't face a situation without doing something about it, if you're conscientious.

35. You've got to really believe in your product to speak & preach & sell with conviction!

36. Jesus refused to compromise with the religious system, but rather worked totally outside the existing system, attacked it head-on, ruthlessly exposed it & drove the money-changers from the Temple, & strove to lead God's little children back to the worship of the true Father.

37. If your heart condemns you not, then you have confidence or faith toward God. In other words, if you have such strong faith in the Spirit & in the Word that you know what you're doing is the right thing because of the Word & the Holy Spirit, you can do things that some other Christians can't even do, that they would feel condemned about doing.

39. I think anybody who is ashamed of their convictions must not have enough foundation for their faith.

40. Watch out about compromise. Watch out about any compromise or pulling your punches for advantage, for finances, for protection, for safety, for anything. Be faithful to the message; be faithful to the method; be faithful to the Word; be faithful to the Voice of God;

41. You have to have conviction, or you cannot live, and then you have to do something about your conviction, or you can't stand to live with yourself!

42. There is no such thing as the peaceful co-existence of good & evil! "I came not to bring peace, but a sword!" One or the other has to conquer!

43. You cannot stop the man of faith! You cannot dissuade him! You cannot divert him! He'll go on, with or without you, or right over you, if necessary!

44. One compromise leads to another & eventually leads to complete denial, renunciation & denouncement!

45. The Devil's answer to God's challenge is always a System-preserving compromise.

46. If the shoe fits, wear it! It's the hit dog that usually howls.

47. People don't realise that if they hold one little thing back from the Lord, one little compromise, one little tiny thing from the Lord, they're on their way to backsliding! Because one little disobedience leads to another, one little refusal & denial leads to another, one bit of selfishness leads to more.

49. You're God's ambassador, you're representing the King of kings, the One who runs the universe, do don't let people push you around.

50. The temptation is always to compromise & soft peddle & tone down the message.

Editor: Steve: What do  I define as the MESSAGE. Well for me personally as a missionary for 45 years, it has been to 'WARN people of the coming dangers - such as 'THE MARK of the BEAST' & the soon coming 'ANTI-CHRIST ONE WORLD GOVT'- as clearly showN us in REVELATIONS 13, & II THESS 2 and to also encourage everyone to receIve Jesus as their personal Saviour. (You can see hundreds of TOPICS on this website WARNING aobut many DANGERS and what to do about them.)

The Gospel and the Warning Message according to Ezekiel 3.17-19:

EZE.3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel (The general Public): therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
EZE.3:18
When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
EZE.3:19
Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Remember that without Jesus there is no hope of Salvation.

ACT.4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other (JESUS): for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

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

ROM.10:9 That 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.

ROM.10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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 FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT  

 HOW TO FIGHT SPIRITUALLY!

                Fight the good fight of faith (1Tim.6:12).

 17/03/19. (Compiled by S.N.Strutt)

INTRODUCTION by  Steve: The following are some amazing Bible verses to teach us to 'Fight the Good fight of Faith'

2SA.22:35,36 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arm. Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy Salvation: and Thy gentleness hath made me great.

PSA.144:1 Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.

MAT.16:19 And I will give unto thee the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven.

JOH.18:36 Jesus answered, My Kingdom is not of this World: if My Kingdom were of this World, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My Kingdom not from hence.

2CO.2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place.

2CO.10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

EPH.6:10,11 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.

1TH.5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of Salvation.

1TI.1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare.

1TI.6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

2TI.2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

JUD.3 Ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

REV.12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN  AROUND 1980 AND WAS USED TO TRAIN MISSIONARIES TO STAND UP FOR JESUS, USING THE WORD OF GOD.

1. I love to fight, because I know I'm fighting for the One that's worth fighting for & the souls that are worth winning & the goals that are worth attaining!

2. Keep on believing, don't ever give up! Keep on believing, don't be discouraged! Keep on believing, don't quit!

3. Whatever you do, don't quit!

4. You gotta keep going, you gotta keep sacrificing, you gotta keep forsaking, you gotta keep fighting every day!

5. Whoever has resigned himself to fate, will find that fate accepts his resignation.

6. Winners never quit, but quitters never win.

7. We may lose some battles but we're winning the war!-And the World will soon be ours for God & His Kingdom!

8. Many people's tombstones should read: "Died at 30. Buried at 60."

9. We have not yet begun to fight!

10. Where there's a will there's a way.

11. He that shoots oft, at last shall hit the mark.

12. Victory belongs to the most persevering.

13. My right has been rolled up. My left has been driven back. My center has been smashed. I have ordered an advance from all directions.-Attributed to General Foch, WW1.

14. If you fall, don't just lie there! Get up & try again!-Pro.24:16.

15. Better to fight & lose than not to fight at all! Better to have loved & lost than never to have loved at all!

16. Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,

It's when things seem worst

That you must not quit.

17. Whatever you do, just keep on going for God!-You're bound to make it sometimes if you try often enough!

18. The only way we can ever be conquered is if we stop attacking & give up & stop having the faith to take the initiative.

19. Keep on holding to His Promises!-Don't let go! Keep on standing on the Word!-Don't get off! Keep on going for Jesus!-Don't stop! Keep on keeping on!

20. The people that complain about the battle & then quit just before the victory's won, never get to enjoy it!

21. Keep fighting & you won't lose! Keep wielding the weapon of the Word & you'll win!

22. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves & sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.

23. You have to be a fighter for the Truth of God, even if they kill you!

24. Every day is a battle!

25. We all have besetting sins; we just have to learn to resist them!

26. It's a battle, it's a war, but we're bound to win!

27. If you're a fighter like I am, you enjoy the battle!

28. A victorious knight returned from the battle has more of a shine than one who hasn't been in the battle.

29. Some people are looking for an excuse to do what they really want to do-quit!

30. Surprise is one of the prime elements of successful military strategy.

31. The Devil can't lick you as long as you keep trying. The only way he can possibly lick you is if you surrender!

32. We may not win all the battles, but we're going to win the war!

33. You only win a war in which you lead the attack!

34. You don't have time to sharpen your sword in the middle of a battle, but if your sword is so dull it turns out to be nothing but a club, it's better than nothing!

35. If you run off & hide before the battle's won, God'll hold you to blame for the defeat!

36. You have to fight the Devil & your old self every day!

37. You can never stop battling, you can never stop winning victories, you can never stop progressing, or you'll backslide!

38. Each battle God gives you in which you win a victory is followed with a bigger battle, because He knows He can now trust you with more.

39. Keep a soft heart but a tough spirit!

40. The greater the battle, the greater the victory. The greater the sacrifice, the greater the reward!

41. To get greater victories you have to keep fighting greater battles, & for greater rewards you have to keep making greater sacrifices, & for greater joys you have to keep suffering greater pains.

42. In school I was a fighter for my faith! I knew I was superior in the Lord & my faith & outlook!

43. Don't rescue me prematurely!

44. If you win this battle, He'll give you a bigger battle tomorrow!

45. Make an advantage out of your handicap! Build a bridge out of your broken dreams & set those ships asail again!

46. Don't let the Devil frighten you out with his first "boo" & his lies. "Respect not their proud & haughty looks."

47. You've either got to surrender & make peace with your enemy, or you've got to fight.

48. Just like in any war: Where the battle's hot, you've got to put in the most troops to give it all you've got, & where you've pretty well got the situation in hand, you can kind of let up a little.

49. Try a little "umph" if you want to triumph.

50. If you didn't have the fight, you wouldn't appreciate the victory!

51. If you think the time's coming in this life when you'll no longer have to fight self & sin & the old man, you're mistaken.

52. If you can't take it, you're not going to make it!

53. Some things do get easier! You don't usually have to fight the same battles over again if you get the victory!

54. I like a battle! I love it!-Because I know I'm on the right side, the winning side, & I've got the right Commander & I'm proud & happy to live or die for Him.

55. Anything wonderful can happen in that little margin of time when you do not give up, but keep on believing & keep on praying!

56. It's a struggle to live!-It takes faith & courage & fight & a lot of real hard work to live the faith life!

57. People who faint, faint first in their minds; they sort of give up mentally or spiritually first.

58. Give me some men who are stout-hearted men,

Who will fight for the right they adore!

Start me with ten who are stout-hearted men,

And I'll soon give you ten thousand more!

59. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!

The strife will not be long.

This day the noise of battle,

The next, the victor's song.

60. The men of faith will challenge,

Both men & Satan's wrath.

But the beaten men will compromise,

And walk the beaten path.

61. Let your drooping hearts be glad;

March in Heavenly armour clad;

Fight, nor think the battle long,

For soon shall come the victory song.

62. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

63. That's what you joined the army for, to fight!

64. A good soldier knows how to fight-how to wield the weapon of the Word!

65. Hope never quits, faith never stops trusting, & love never fails!-If you keep fighting!

66. God didn't call you to a playground but a battleground.

67. The best way to stop an attack is to counter-attack! The best defense is an offense!

68. We are in a fight to the finish, & the victory is ours, praise be to God!

69. Don't depend on yesterday! Get inspired today!

70. An attacking initiative is what wins a war.

71. When things get tough, you've got to fight all the harder! When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

72. If it's worthwhile, it's worth fighting for.

73. We need to get more militant, more aggressive, more specific & go on the attack, take the offensive & hit the thing head on immediately!

74. How do you get the victory? You just keep fighting!

75. It's impossible to win a defensive warfare! To win a war you have to launch an attack!

76. Never let yourself get put on the defensive!

77. The size of a dog in a fight doesn't count as much as the size of the fight in the dog.

78. The trouble with some of us is that we stop trying in trying times.

79. Victory loses its value unless we use it as a means to even greater ends.

80. The Devil's kingdom's in distress,

When we wage our war & win success!

But the Devil's kingdom able to rest

When we don't fight & give our best!

81. Don't give in until you win!

82. The more difficult the obstacle, the stronger one becomes after hurdling it.

83. A good set of Triers beats a wagonload of Sighers!

84. With battles to fight & a war to win,

You need to be a soldier that never gives in!

85. "The voice of their father will encourage them to fight the battle!"

86. Victory isn't just walking across the goal line...it's struggling through opposition to the goal.

87. Fight discouragement!-Pray & read the Word!

88. May God give us fighters who like to fight for the Lord with the weapon of His Word & who enjoy defeating the Devil & who know they can't lose & who like to win victories!--Conquering heroes that like to live & fight & die for Jesus & their brethren & the truth!

89. Let's be fighters that know how to attack!-Who are always ready to give an answer to every man that asketh of us, who have the guts & the conviction to answer!

               

91. I am not amazed or at all dismayed at the challenge of the Enemy. I like a fight! I like to prove that God's right!

              

95. You must be willing to fight for your convictions!

96. When the Enemy comes up & challenges you, you don't go on the defensive, you don't start backwatering or sidestepping & coughing & wheezing & spitting & stammering & stuttering & getting rattled & scared & backing off. You attack him, you go on the attack, you take the initiative & sock it to'm!

97. Take the initiative! Get on the offensive! Attack! Be the aggressor, quit trying to defend your position. You don't have to defend it.

98. God's Own children & His Own characters, His great men of the Bible, used some very clever tricks & political ploys & whatnot to get their rights, from Paul's demand that he be treated as a Roman citizen all the way back to Abraham & Sara, so there's nothing unscriptural or illegal about standing up for your rights & getting what's coming to you.

99. If you're a fighter like I am, you enjoy the battle. When you know you're fighting for the right you don't mind the battle. You enjoy a challenge & test to show your strength!

100. I don't do business with the Devil! I don't care to have him around, & I'll scrap it out with him any day before I'll reach any compromise & live with him!

101. We are at war with the Devil & the lies of the Devil! We are an army who is fighting spiritually, not with violence, not with arms, but with the Word of God. We are fighting for the Truth, & you have to be a fighter for the Truth of God even if they kill you!

102. Jesus was a revolutionary, He was not a reformist. He attacked the system of His day. He didn't attack the government because the government was of God, even the Roman government. But He attacked tooth & tong in no uncertain terms the false religious system of His day & the advocates of it & the participants of it & the leaders of it.

103. We're not reformists, we're revolutionaries. We're not trying to change the old system, we want to get rid of the system that is not of God & go back to what Jesus taught & the Apostles lived. We want to sweep clean, not patch up!

104. We're a bunch of rebels, rebels for the Lord, rebels against the System, rebels against convention, rebels against conformity & traditionalism & ceremonialism, but rebels like Jesus, Who was a Rebel for the Truth & a Rebel for the true naked Word of God!

105. A great deal of God's Work has to be to tear down the old in order to build the new, to tear down false conceptions, untrue ideas, shaky foundations, traditions of men, by which Jesus said, "Ye make the law of God of none effect."

106. We are waging a worldwide war-Not on the side of the political left, not on the side of the political right, but on the side of the only One Who is really right, & that's God! It's a much bigger battle & we have much greater enemies!

107. The Lord & His angels & you are far more powerful than the Devil & his demons! Even Satan has to obey your commands in the Name of Jesus! He might fight against you for a while, like he is, but sooner or later he's going to have to knuckle under.

108. We who have Jesus have more power than Satan! We have more power than the demons, because we have the power of God & the powerful of His Spirit of Love! "At the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow!" (Phil.2:10).

109. You have to baptise yourself constantly in prayer, soak yourself in the Word, memorise & quote constantly to the Devil & to yourself. You have to wage a militant warfare against the Enemy!

110. We rebuke you, Satan, in Jesus' name & all your powers & angels & evil spirits. Thank You for Thy great mighty army, Lord, that surrounds us, that resists all the powers of Hell though they be let loose against us. Even one angel is enough to deal with them all! The angel of the Lord encampeth around them that fear Him & delivereth them! Thank You Lord for all Thy goodness & mercy. Help us to stay close to Thee in the charmed circle of Thy protection, in Jesus' name!

111. When you rebuke the Devil, you don't do it calmly. You get angry & practically yell & shout & curse & scream at him. You get so angry in the spirit (Eph.4:26,27.)

113. Just like two generals at war: God is the One who usually takes the initiative & the Devil can't act until after God's already acted because he doesn't know what God's going to do. Once in a while he tries to pull a fast one & act first, but usually whenever he does he makes the wrong step, he does the wrong thing, which literally hangs him, trips him & exposes him.

114. I'm not always all sweetness & love!-God is not only love, but the Word says He is also a consuming fire for the wicked! Jesus does not always bring peace. When people reject Him, He often brings a sword.

119. This is a war! If you are not willing to risk your life, you might as well quit! When the Enemy attacks, instead of crawling into your holes you ought to come out in full force & sock it to him, even if you have to die in the process.

120. Every attack of the Enemy only results in greater publicity for the Truth & adds greater numbers to those who will follow the Truth.

121. There are times when the Enemy is firing that we'd better pretty much stick to our trenches & our shellholes a little while & not unnecessarily expose ourselves to the fire. It's when the heat is on that you have to be particularly careful & prayerful & wise.

122. The best defence is an offence & a counter-attack, even though it is dangerous. Any kind of an attack is dangerous in any man's army. When you go on the aggressive, on the attack, on the offensive, you're bound to have a few casualties, but that's the only way you win wars. You don't win them by fighting a defensive warfare.

123. Lord, give us the courage to stand up for our convictions & stick to our guns, Lord, of Your Word & the Truth. Help us not to pull any punches because of the little lies of the Devil. Help us all to continue to be faithful, diligent & wary of the evil devices of the Evil One. Help us not to allow ourselves to be ever caught in any of his traps, to watch our step & be wary & beware of the Enemy & his devices. Help us not to be afraid of the Truth, Lord, not to be afraid to tell Thy children the Truth or even the World the Truth.

124. You don't win by retreat, you win by attacking.

125. When the Enemy attacks, it really gets us on the stick & on the ball & back close to the Lord & praying & working & fighting back & revives us spiritually & kills that old lazy lethargy that sets in when everything is going to smoothly & so easy that we don't have to stir up ourselves or fight or work very hard.

126. The best thing to do is stay out of the Enemy's way when he starts screaming too loud. The screaming doesn't hurt you much, but when they start putting on the screws & the pressure, then that's time to get out of the way.

127. When you're being persecuted, the best thing to do is stop, & let them know you've stopped & you've left & you've gone & you're out of their hair, then they'll quit bothering you. That's what the Devil is after, he wants to get rid of you.

128. When the heat's on, you lie low undercover, & when the heat's off & people have forgotten about it & are interested in other things, you can sometimes sneak back in quietly undercover & do a little bit again, if you can get away with it.

129. In school I was a fighter for my faith! I frequently stood up for my faith & spoke out against what was being taught, & spoke out against the teachers & spoke out against the text books & against whatever was contrary to God's Word.

130. When you attack the Enemy, he tries to hit back. Nevertheless, God's Word says if you attack him with great faith, if you resist him, "he shall flee from thee". That doesn't mean you're not going to have a little fight before he runs. He may fight a little bit, but if you keep on fighting he can't take it, he will turn & run. When the Enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God will raise up a standard against him.

131. He who fights & runs away lives to fight another day.

132. Discretion is sometimes the better part of valour.

133. Don't give up the ship too soon. Don't be rescued prematurely, & don't let them just scare you out without actually being driven out. The Devil tries to scare you out & just says "Boo!" & some people run.

134. We are not wicked & we have not done anything wrong but sometimes it's better to run away so we can live to fight another day.

135. There were times when Jesus & His disciples did hide out to avoid unnecessary trouble, but there were also times when they had to stand up & protect the sheep, especially from the verbal attacks of the enemies of the Truth. They usually tried to avoid contact with the religious Pharisees, but when the vipers kept picking on them to the point that it was confusing the sheep, Jesus would sock it to them so hard, refuting their lies, that He made them so mad that they wanted to kill Him. On these occasions He didn't try to hide, He was contending earnestly for the faith & the sheep.

136. Don't take the Devil's no for an answer, push ahead until you totally defeat him!

137. The Enemy always start shooting when you're going over the top & attacking him. It's proof that you're hitting him where it hurts & accomplishing something. It doesn't mean that you should turn around & run, it means you should keep fighting all the harder until the fighting is impossible.

138. All anger is not sin. The Apostle Paul tells his readers to "be angry, & sin not." To be altogether incapable of anger would be to offer no antagonism to the wrongs & oppressions of the World.

139. Never despair, but if you do, fight on in spite of despair.

140. Don't you understand the power of your father in the Spirit? I have power over all the demons of Hell & Satan & all the machinations of the Evil One! They're celebrating the victory of David your Father over Evil! Oh, there's no power that is greater than me & Jesus!

141. Once you're in the battle, it's too late to sit down & count the cost. You've either got to win or lose, & I hate to lose just by retreating, unless I'm really beaten. Once you're in the battle & engaged in these ministries, you almost have to keep fighting until they drive you off & think that they've gotten rid of you & to their way of thinking won the battle.

143. You can hardly back out before you're even beaten without admitting defeat. Why give in & give up & retreat just because the Devil says "Boo!"? You almost have to continue until you're actually stopped.

144. "You must go & must march & you must conquer hearts at His command. You must obey, for this is the Will of God that ye enter in & possess the Kingdom, for this is your day, for the World is given unto you."

145. You've got to be militant, you've got to be positive, you've got to rise up & fight the Devil, not just be passive!

146. If you're a fighter, you've got to lose your temper sometimes & get angry at the Devil & sock it to him.

                 

(SOURCE: From the original writings of D.B.Berg -1980)

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16/03/19

Thank You, Lord, for tears: They help wash our eyes and our heart, and they wash our mind and clear our thoughts.

The Greeks call it catharsis, a purging or a purifying.

Sorrow was purifying and edifying and brought out the real motives and the real values.

Thank God He and His service are not all sorrow and tragedy, but He gives you a few trials and a few testings and a few hard things to go through to bring out the sweetness and the best in you.
Like a beautiful flower pressed and crushed, but out comes the perfume! - We learn a lot of lessons through sorrow. - And some of the most precious lessons you learn from the Lord come out of deep dark experiences. - "Now you don't know, and thou canst never find such joy until thou hast found such heartache and thou hast found such deep, deep sorrow! Only from such deep sorrow can spring forth such light, such satisfaction! Only from such pain can suddenly come forth such surcease and relief! Only from such death can life be born anew!"
"He gives me joy in place of sorrow. He gives me love that casts out fear. He gives me sunshine for my shadow, and beauty for ashes dear!" - "O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee; I trace the rainbow thru' the rain, and feel the promise not in vain, that morn shall tearless be."


DAILY MIGHT No.1 (February 9)

15/03/19 ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITE QUOTES- STEVE

Take up that white-hot sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and cut the Devil to the heart!

It's impossible to win a defensive warfare!

To win a war you have to launch an attack - you have to go on the offensive! You have to be positive! The attacking initiative is what wins a war! - Let's declare war on the Evil One!

Let's declare war on the Old Boy himself! Hit 'im back - the Devil that is! Sock it to him with the Word!

That's the way Jesus did it! He just quoted scriptures: "It is written!" The Devil ... can't take the Word! -

We're wielding the most powerful weapons the world has ever known ... love and the Spirit and the Word, and these three are one! - The ultimate weapon!

Stand strong in the power of His Spirit wielding accurately the Sword of His Spirit which is the Word of God, mighty to the tearing down of strongholds! -- The Devil's spiritual stronghold in the hearts of men!

That's our Battle! That's our Revolution! And it's one we can't lose! We're destined to win!

My God, give us fighters who like to fight for the Lord with the weapon of His Word ... conquering heroes that like to live and fight and die for Jesus and their brethren and the truth!- (D.M 1 MAY 1ST)

14/03/19

MOUNTAIN MENBRAVE PIONEERS CLIMBING A SPIRITUAL MOUNTAIN 

INTRODUCTION:Editor:Steve: The following discourse originally given in 1969, is in my opinion absolutely brilliant as to 'How to be  a Fighter for Jesus' and not a coward. One who knows how stand up for their convictions as to what is 'Right and Wrong' It is a discourse which is needed even more today than when it was originally written. See what you think:-

1. MATTHEW 5-GREAT DIFFERENCE IN MOUNTAIN & MULTITUDE. MOUNTAIN IS OPPOSITE OF MULTITUDE. Jesus left the multitude behind. The mountain peaks are never crowded. I climbed many mountains & I was almost always alone. Why?
1) It's hard work.
2) Not very many people desire to climb mountains.
3) It's lonesome.
4) You have to forsake all to do it.
5) It is apt to cost you your life.
6) Lots of scratches & bumps.
    

2. LONG AFTER THE VALLEY WAS IN DARKNESS I COULD STILL SEE THE SUN. THERE IS MORE LIGHT ON THE MOUNTAIN. The valley is almost always dark-full of people & things, but usually in darkness. The mountain is windy & cold but thrilling! You really have to have the feeling that it's really worth dying for!-ANY MOUNTAIN-THE MOUNTAIN OF THIS LIFE, THE MOUNTAIN OF ACCOMPLISHMENT, THE MOUNTAIN OF OBSTACLES, OF DIFFICULTY-IF YOU'RE GOING TO CLIMB THEM, THEY HAVE TO BE WORTH DYING FOR, to brave wind & cold & storm, symbolic of adversities. But on the mount alone you feel so close to the Lord! The voice of His Spirit there is so loud it's almost like it's thundering! The voice of the multitude is so loud in the valley, you can't hear the voice of God. The silence on the mountain peak is deafening! You get a real "high" on top of a mountain! It's a thrill! It's almost terrifying!

3. OF COURSE, IT'S EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. YOU'RE NEVER SO NEAR THE ABYSS AS YOU ARE WHEN YOU'RE ON THE BRINK! One little misstep will end you right down at the bottom again. You'll hit bottom so hard! Strange thing about mountain climbing-ONE REASON THAT IT'S SO DANGEROUS IS IT'S MUCH EASIER TO CLIMB UP THAN BACK DOWN AGAIN. Once you're up you may never get back-one of the prices you pay for climbing mountains. Most mountain climbers who were lost were lost in the descent because when you are going up you can see where you're going but when you're going down you can't see. How many people who go back really see what they are getting into? They think they're going back to the easy way but they never realise what they're getting into by going back.-A terrible let-down! You have a peculiar feeling like you don't want to leave the mountain. No inspiration in it. There is a certain drive-almost a spiritual thing going up. You'll risk anything. But going down?-No inspiration, no goal, no accomplishment. You're just sliding back down into the morass of humanity & mire of the multitude.

4. ONLY PIONEERS CLIMB MOUNTAINS-people who want to do something that no one ever did before-people who want to get above the multitude--beyond what has already been done & accomplished. PIONEERS MUST HAVE VISION-VISION TO SEE WHAT NO ONE ELSE CAN SEE; FAITH-FAITH TO BELIEVE THINGS NO ONE ELSE BELIEVES; INITIATIVE-INITIATIVE TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO TRY IT; COURAGE-THE GUTS TO SEE IT THROUGH! On the mountain you are the first to see the Sun rise & the last to see it set! You see the full circle of God's glorious creation! You see the World in its proper perspective with range after range to be conquered & a World beyond the horizon of normal men! A World beyond their vision & beyond their horizon! You see distant peaks yet to be climbed! You see distant valleys yet to be crossed. You see things that the men in the valleys can never see.-Can't even comprehend because they can't see it. And you can see the 360o circumference of the total horizon-the entire scope! It's like seeing all of life from its beginning to its end & understanding. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE LIVING IN ETERNITY; WHEREAS DOWN BELOW THEY'RE LIVING IN TIME.
 

5. YOU GET OVER HERE IN THIS LITTLE MULTITUDE & THIS LITTLE MAKE-BELIEVE OF MAMMON & YOU CAN'T SEE ANYTHING BUT TIME & CREATURES OF TIME & THINGS OF TIME, WHICH ARE SOON TO PASS AWAY, BUT YOU THRUST YOUR HEAD ABOVE THAT OF THOSE AROUND YOU IN THAT MULTITUDE & YOU YOURSELF BECOME A MOUNTAIN IN THEIR MIDST & THEY RESENT YOU & they resist you & they fight you because they can't understand you & because they don't want you. They don't even want to KNOW there are mountains! They don't want their children to HEAR there are mountains! But when you appear to be on a mountain while they are in the valley, they hate you because it's obvious you are above them & they don't want anyone to be above them. They want to keep you stuck in the mud like the rest of them. THEY DON'T WANT IT TO BE KNOWN THAT THERE IS ANY PLACE ELSE TO GO. They don't even want their children to know there is anything else or any other place to go or a way to get there! They want to keep them shut in down in the valley & in the mud & in the mire!
 

6. DO YOU REALISE THAT SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL WARS HAVE BEEN FOUGHT BETWEEN THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THE VALLEYS & THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED ON THE MOUNTAINS? There have always been wars between the mountain people & the valley people. The mountain people are always tougher, huskier, hardier, but fewer. But they always survived, because they always had their mountains to flee to & the valley people could never follow because the valley people weren't tough & husky enough to climb, so they would chase them up a little way & let them go. They just wanted to get rid of them. They didn't want to conquer mountains. They just wanted to get rid of the mountain people. The mountain people were just thorns in their flesh & pricks in their side. They proved someone could live somewhere other than in the valley, something THEY said was impossible.

7. HISTORY IS FULL OF EXAMPLES OF MOUNTAIN PEOPLE CONQUERING VALLEY PEOPLE, but seldom of the valley people conquering the mountain people. But the danger has always been that when the mountain people had conquered the valley people, they themselves settled down in the valley. So therefore it is better for mountain people to be at war with the valley people--unending, continuous, inflexible war with the valley, lest the valley get them too. THE DANGER IS WHEN YOU MAKE PEACE WITH THE VALLEY, WHEN IT BECOMES SAFE FOR YOU TO GO DOWN INTO THE VALLEY, the greatest danger is safety & securi ty, because then you lose that wild freedom & liberty of the mountain!
 

8. THE VALLEY LAND IS MAN'S COUNTRY--THE HIGH LANDS ARE GOD'S COUNTRY. Man dominates the valley--only God dominates the mountain, & the men living on the mountains know this. But men living in the valleys--they think they are God, because they dominate themselves. But those on the mountains live so close to the things which are so frightening & terrible & dangerous they have to live close to God. The men in the valleys have become so secure they don't need God because they have forgotten there is any God.
 

9. IT'S A ROUGH & RUGGED ROAD, A HARD & A HEAVY LOAD, & THE PEOPLE YOU MEET AREN'T ALWAYS KIND-on the way up. But they're even worse down in the valley & IN THE VALLEY THEY WILL DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO DISCOURAGE YOU FROM CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN. There aren't many places to live on the mountain-little rugged shelters, lean-tos. Not much to eat, cold & windy, but it's a thrill even to die there. BETTER TO DIE ON THE MOUNTAIN THAN TO LIVE IN THE VALLEY! Because whoever read in the newspaper about the man who slipped & fell on the city street, but the man who dies on the mountain even in far-off Switzerland, you'll read about in the newspapers here! Because at least he dared to try. BEATEN PATHS ARE FOR BEATEN MEN, but mountain peaks are for the mighty pioneers!
    

10. YOU TAKE THE MOUNTAIN & YOU'LL LEAVE THE MULTITUDES BEHIND & THEN YOU'LL KNOW WHO THE DISCIPLES ARE! Only Jesus' DISCIPLES came unto Him. When He went up into the mountain, the only ones who had the priceless privilege of hearing the World's most famous sermon--the only ones who really heard from Heaven that day were the ones who left the multitudes and took the mountain-the ones who followed Jesus all the way!
    

11. YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO WAIT TO SEE IF IT CAN BE DONE. You only hear about the people who either made it or died trying. BUT WHEN YOU MAKE IT, THE MOUTH OF GOD WILL BE OPENED UNTO YOU. He'll speak to you face-to-face. He Himself will teach you & reveal to you the greatest of His secrets!
    

12. SO WHAT DO YOU HEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN? YOU HEAR THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO ECHO AROUND THE WORLD! WHAT DO YOU HEAR IN THE STILLNESS? WHISPERS THAT ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY! Eight people came down from one mountain-Noah & his family from the Ark on Mt. Ararat-& they were never the same & the World was never the same! One man, Moses, came down from a mountain & a whole nation was never the same & they changed the World! And JESUS & HIS DISCIPLES CAME DOWN FROM THIS MOUNTAIN IN MATTHEW 5 & CHANGED THE WORLD!
    

13. WHAT CHANGED THEM THAT CHANGED THE WORLD?-WHEN THEY HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD TEACHING THEM THINGS THAT WERE COMPLETELY CONTRARY TO WHAT WAS BEING SAID IN THE VALLEY!
    

14. THE POOR IN SPIRIT ARE A MOUNTAIN PEOPLE. They that mourn dwell on the mountain. THE MEEK ARE FROM THE MOUNTAINS. "Blessed are they which do hunger & thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." THE PEOPLE ON THE MOUNTAIN HUNGER & THIRST & ONLY GOD CAN SATISFY THEM. The people down in the stinking valley can't see any further than the end of their nose & are satisfied with themselves & are full-& He sends them empty away!
    

15. "BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD." Peacemakers with whom? Make peace with the enemy? Peace with the valley people? Peace with the Devil? Peace with the liars? Peace with the deceivers? How can you be at peace with the valley when the valley refuses to be at peace with you? You come to make peace & preach peace, but what happens? They are for war! YOU CANNOT MAKE PEACE WITH THOSE WHO WANT WAR! WHO THEN CAN YOU MAKE PEACE WITH?--PEACE WITH GOD & PEACE WITH THE PEACEMAKERS.-Peace with those who want peace, as the Angels sang, "Peace on Earth toward men of GOOD will." How can you have peace toward evil men & men of evil will? With them it is impossible. NO PEACE TO THE VALLEY PEOPLE.--JUST WAR. THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO IS CONQUER THEM. THE EASIEST WAY TO CONQUER THEM IS TO LET THEM ROT IN THEIR OWN INIQUITY-become weak & lazy, fat & sick with their own sin. Then they're no match for the mountain people!
    

16. YOU ARE PERSECUTED BECAUSE YOU ARE RIGHT & THEY CANNOT STAND THE RIGHT! THE VALLEY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN DARKNESS SO LONG THE LIGHT BLINDS THEM & THEY CANNOT STAND TO FIND OUT YOU ARE RIGHT & THEY HAVE BEEN WRONG. They don't want to be exposed. They don't even see things like you do. To them confusion is peace. That's the kind of peace they understand. THEY HATE FOR YOU TO COME ALONG WITH REAL PEACE BECAUSE IT REVEALS TO THEM THAT THEY DON'T HAVE REAL PEACE. It disturbs their peace. So they'll lie & deceive & say all manner of evil against you falsely. But "rejoice & be exceeding glad for great is your reward in HEAVEN!" Not HERE always. Of course, if you live in the continual Heaven of His peace & joy you get a lot of that reward right now! You're already in Heaven in Spirit. The Kingdom of Heaven is within you, so great is that reward of Heaven in your heart, & great is your reward in the Heaven hereafter.
    

17. DID YOU KNOW WHAT NATIONS HAVE STAYED FREE LONGER THAN ANY NATIONS IN THE WORLD?-Switzerland in the top of the Alps, & Afghanistan & Nepal in the top of the Himalayas! Other civilisations have come & gone & they are still here! One reason they are still free is that they don't have much anybody else wants. Nobody wants their mountains but them. "I'll take the mountain!"-Eze.17:22-24.
    

18. POWER & GREATNESS WERE SYMBOLISED BY MOUNTAINS, never valleys in the Scriptures. "MOUNTAIN of the Lord's House." God's House is a MOUNTAIN. YOU are a MOUNTAIN. He speaks of the KINGDOM OF GOD as a MOUNTAIN that becomes so great it fills the whole Earth! It speaks of Zion as a mountain. "Out of Zion shall go forth the Word of the Lord." The Word of the Lord shall go out from the MOUNTAIN of the Lord's House--Zion. Jerusalem is in the top of the MOUNTAINS, believe it or not. It was one of the rare MOUNTAIN cities of the World & the Hebrews were a MOUNTAIN people. Where are the Phoenicians today? They were rich & powerful but they lived in the valleys. All those who lived in the valleys are GONE, but those who lived in the mountains live TO THIS DAY! Are you a MOUNTAIN MAN or a VALLEY VILLAIN?-THERE'S DEATH IN THE VALLEY! LIFE IS ON THE MOUNTAIN! GET OUT OF THE VALLEY!-"Flee as a bird to the mountain, ye who are weary of sin!"

(Excerpts from Mountain Men - Compiled by S.N.Strutt from a lecture by D.B.Berg 12/69)

LEARN TO BE A WARRIOR FOR GOD THROUGH USING HIS WORD TO THE FULL!

INTRODUCTION: written by S.N.Strutt - 10/03/19

On this part of my website, I am going to put BASIC INSPIRATIONAL WORD, AND GOD WILLING SOMETHING EVERY DAY:

(PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO READ THE NEW TESTIMONIES & NEW ARTICLES by both myself and others, AFTER MY INTRODUCTION)

In a negative world, it is very important for us each to keep our own minds POSITIVE and our hearts constantly encouraged, in order for us to be the 'WARRIORS of the SPIRIT' that we can be.

Anyone can become STRONG SPIRITUALLY if they make the RIGHT CHOICES.

I personally don't need ORGANIZED religion TO FEED MY  SOUL, and in fact I found ORGANIZED religion to be a hinderance. Why? because the churches generally DON'T EMPHASIS THE GREAT IMPORTANCE OF THE WORD OF GOD TO NOURISH OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES!

In my experience whether or not you go to church or not is not what's important.

It is my wife and my own conviction that to God what IS important is to 'Love God's Word' and to give it FIRST PLACE in your life.

JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD:

JOH.1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
JOH.1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
JOH.1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
JOH.1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

To become a WARRIOR IN THE SPIRIT it is important to KNOW that we are all in a great spiritual fight against SATAN, and that only CHRIST & HIS WORD can help us to FIGHT with all of our MIGHT & become more than conquerors. 

EPH.6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
EPH.6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
EPH.6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
EPH.6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
EPH.6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
EPH.6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
EPH.6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
EPH.6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The following verse is just fantastic for keeping ALL OF OUR THOUGHTS POSTIVE:

2CO.10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2CO.10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2CO.10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

PHI.4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

ADVERSITY: ROM.8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him (JESUS) that loved us.
ROM.8:38
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
ROM.8:39
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

MEMORIZING SCRIPTURES SUCH AS THESE MENTIONED ABOVE, CAN GIVE YOU AUTHORITY IN THE SPIRIT, AND GREAT BOLDNESS TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT, AS WELL AS THE POWER TO STAND UP AGAINST EVIL

JOH.1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

ACT.1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Once you fall in Love with God's Word,(JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD), then you are going to get so full of it that you will want to WITNESS to OTHERS.

God would prefer if all of His children WITNESS to others about JESUS AND SALVATION, WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF BEING A WITNESS, AND SECONDLY TO THAT: TO WARN OTHERS OF THE DANGERS OF THE EVILS IN THE WORLD:

EZE.3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel(ALL PEOPLES): therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
EZE.3:18
When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
EZE.3:19
Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

The question to ask ourselves is: Am I my brother's keeper? This means to 'SPEAK THE TRUTH' in order to both WARN and HELP others.

DON'T PUT UP WITH THE 'COMPROMISES' OF SATAN'S MATRIX, AND MAKE-BELIEVE WORLD.

GOD HAS ONLY TWO COMMANDMENTS:

MAT.22:37 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.

MAT.22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

MAT.22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

MAT.22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

N.B I AM ASSUMING THAT THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE READING THIS, ARE ALREADY SAVED, BUT IF YOU ARE NOT SURE,THEN PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK ON MY WEBSITE, THAT EXPLAINS ALL ABOUT HOW TO GET SAVED: http://www.outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk/418605189

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13/03/19 Editor Steve: This video is excellent, although it starts out with many 'DISASTER MOVIE CLIPS', it does end up giving a lot of TRUTHS and emphasizes the importance of JESUS and exposes the EVIL. It also shows that we need God's Word. That Jesus is the DOOR to ETERNAL LIFE

12/03/19 EXCERPT: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed this video be sure to like and subscribe.

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LATEST: 11/03/19 - STEVE:

 

THE FOLLOWING  TESTIMONY HAS JUST BEEN SENT TO ME FROM THE USA FROM A FRIEND, AND I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS SO GOOD THAT I DECIDED TO SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE ON THIS WEBSITE. IT IS CALLED:

 

TESTIMONY OF THE 'VOICE OF THE WORD OF THE GOD' -by JOHN BENJAMIN USA. - 11/03/19

PERSONAL MIRACLES - FROM JOHN AGGSON SR.:This one just happened yesterday

We were visiting our dear friends Jack and Janice G. I had been going through many trials of late and under quite serious attack from satan in the spirit world: telling me I’m not even saved and Jesus and God don’t love me… that I’m heading for hell for my sins and all that I’ve tried to do for the Lord over time is meaningless, etc… Many Christians are going through things like this at this time.
 
We had just listened to John Kilpatrick – one of the greatest of the end-time Christian leaders and prophets (who incidentally has a son named “John Michael!” We have a grand son named that! Hmnnn?) –anyway, he was talking about how we are nearing the end so closely that satan has gone literally mad knowing that he has a small time – so he’s out to discourage every Christian any way he can.
 
Well, in the midst of our conversation after supper at the G.s’ house I had to go to the restroom. I had been praying and praying as I’ve been so discouraged of late. The first thing I see is a plaque on the wall with a verse: Zephaniah 3:17, which has a phrase in the middle of the verse that says: Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV) The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
 
Immediately my eyes fell on the words, “He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
 
I don’t know if you’re familiar with how the Holy Spirit often works but when my eyes fell on those words they jumped off the wall plaque at me! I literally walked into the bathroom, saw them and fell backwards awkwardly stumbling back out of the room!
The message hit me like a ton of bricks! I knew the Lord was trying to tell me that He loved me and was still going to use me and that – as John Kilpatrick stated very clearly – that Satan had been attacking me to discourage me and render me useless.
 
I was so excited! I went back out and told everyone what happened and how I knew it was the Lord. We then went home AND HERE’S THE MIRACLE THAT IS SO ASTOUNDING! The book of Zephaniah takes up only ONE PAGE out my entire Bible. It has only 3 chapters – all on a full page and a half of another. Now think for a minute how miraculous it would be if I were to want to look up that verse once again to study it out and OPENED RIGHT TO IT! –Out of a huge Bible with hundreds of pages and you’re looking for ONE!
 
WELL THAT’S JUST WHAT HAPPENED! As I picked up my Bible I had the funniest feeling that I was going to open RIGHT TO THAT PASSAGE! SURE ENOUGH, I opened my bible to begin hunting for the tiny one page book of Zephaniah AND FOUND MYSELF STARING RIGHT AT IT – AND NOT ONLY THAT BUT THE SAME EXACT PAGE AND VERSE THAT ZEPH 3:17 WAS ON!!! THAT FOLKS IS A TOTAL MIRACLE! The Lord was trying to encourage me that I had really heard from Him and to be encouraged! Needless to say – I WAS AND AM!
 
In my life of nearly 50 years of receiving and believing in Jesus and studying the Bible deeply – this same event has happened countless times. I can’t even remember them all. But just to share two here that are outstanding here are a couple more:
 
As a young Christian I asked the Lord one morning what He would like me to study out of the Bible for the day. The Holy Spirit spoke right to me (As John 14 and 15 says it will) –and said, “I WANT YOU TO BEGIN READING THE BOOK OF JOSHUA!” Well, to my utter amazement, I got out my Bible and opened it to begin hunting for the book of Joshua – AND FOUND MYSELF STARING DIRECTLY AT THE TITLE PAGE TO THE BOOK: “THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK OF JOSHUA!”
 
I like to fell over backwards with shock! How’s that for the work of the Holy Spirit – which is also called, “The Helper?” I’d say that’s pretty big “help” to have you open right to it after being told that!
 
Another time I was hunting all over the Book of Daniel for a specific end time verse and couldn’t find it. I asked the Lord where it was and again, the Holy Spirit said, “It’s in Ezekiel 38 & 39.” I got my Bible out and opened it to begin to hunt for Ezekiel 38 & 39 (which is also only about two pages in length out of a whole giant book with hundreds of pages) –and I found myself staring at the large print title at the top of the page – EZEKIEL 38 on one page – AND EZEKIEL 39 on the other! How incredible is that? I also immediately found the passage I was looking for.
 
I could go on and on as this has happened more times than I can count or even remember! And it’s not like there’s some kind of crack in my Bible from having studied those passages so much that the Bible just falls open to them… I’ve had it happen in more than one Bible – that’s brand new and never been hardly opened! Also I’ve tried deliberately to open again and again to these verses just to see if there was some kind of way the Bible had been formed over time to open to them - only to become amazed that I couldn’t do it again! Truly – each one was a total miracle.
This proves that Jesus is real and like John 14:21 says – “He will REVEAL HIMSELF to those who receive Him as their Saviour and earnestly seek Him for the truth!”
 
This is just one type of personal miracle He has given me and many others. I have so many miracles I want to share with you all before I pass on – and I will try – over a period of time, to share at least the main most profound miracles I have experienced personally.
 
To state just a few: My wife and I have seen a man healed of cancer right in front of our eyes in broad daylight – I prayed for a man who had been dead of a heart attack with no vital signs for at least 45 minutes and at the mention of the Name of Jesus instantly came back to life – I’ve been taken to heaven as a young Christian to view a mansion there – and I’ve seen an Angel appear to me face to face – a bearded kind looking man in a white robe and sandals with a message for me.
 
All of these things along with many many more were all done in the Name of Jesus ChristThe King of Kings and Lord of Lords – to Whom belongs all the credit and power for these marvelous events.
 
Jesus said in John 14:14 that He would do these things for ANYONE who receives, loves and serves Him. I am no one special. Sorry for the long note but I had to send this to you having just had this incredible event occur – proving once again the amazing REALITY OF JESUS! He and His help and Salvation is your’s for the asking! -John Aggson Sr. (John Dad to many – Dad and Grandpa to many) (Please share with friends if you feel led. )
 

INSPIRATION FOR YOUR SOUL

THE WORD OF GOD IS THE FOUNDATION OF FAITH!

How do you get faith? It is a gift of God and it's available to you or anyone else who wants it. You just have to want it and ask for it. The problem is, people don't usually want it until they need it! And then they suddenly find they don't have the faith they need because they have no background of faith or trusting God's Word, no foundation! After all, how can they have faith in something they know little or nothing about?
    Just as no good building is without a good foundation, there is no faith without the Word, because faith in God is built on His Word! So if you feel like you're weak in faith, there's a simple cure: God's Word will increase your faith!
    Faith comes, it grows, by hearing the Word of God (Rom.10:17). As you faithfully read and study the Word, as you meditate on it and even memorize it, every word will inspire, strengthen and increase your faith!

Fill your mind and heart with positive, encouraging, strengthening, faith-building thoughts from His Word and you'll soon be amazed at the faith you'll have!

True faith, the kind that can stand any test, the kind that works miracles and the kind that lasts, built on the solid rock foundation of His Truth!


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ARE YOU ON THE SPOT?-TURN AROUND AND PUT GOD ON THE SPOT!

    The Lord loves to precipitate a crisis! He sometimes lets things happen to make us pray and believe Him for the answer. He wants us to be specific and take a definite step of faith by making specific requests and expecting specific answers! Specific prayer puts both God and ourselves on the spot, but it is also a sign of our faith, which pleases God!
    But some people are afraid to ask the Lord for definite answers to prayer for fear they won't get them, and then they'll be embarrassed because their prayers weren't answered!--And that might be a reflection on their spirituality or even hurt God's reputation! "What if He doesn't answer prayer? What will people think of our faith and our God?" So they just generalize in order not to be pinned down in case they don't get an answer!
    But God loves to be put on the spot because He knows He'll never fail! He'll never fail as long as we meet the conditions, exercise our faith in prayer and obey His Word. And when He answers it will be a testimony to His Word and His faithfulness, as well as to our faith in expecting a specific answer! So tell Him exactly what you need or want done, and He won't fail!

 

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SUFFERING MAKES YOU EITHER SWEET OR BITTER! IT HUMBLES YOU OR HARDENS YOU, ONE EXTREME OR THE OTHER!

Everybody has tests and temptations and trials and tribulations, but it's how you handle them that makes the difference! Those who resist to the bitter end shall suffer a bitter end for sure, but those who through hardship, trial and tribulation repent, return, change and seek forgiveness, shall YET be saved!
    The question most people ask is, "How could GOD do such a thing to ME?" They don't realize that it's the DEVIL who is always around to ask those questions to try to make them doubt the Lord and even criticize Him and try to make themselves righteous with God! They're almost offended at God for letting it happen. They actually resent it, like Job did at first!
    But many times suffering turns people to God and inspires them to plead with Him for forgiveness and to repent and to ask God to save them. They realize that God is dealing with them and they ask, "Lord, why did I deserve this? Why did I need it?"
    From the desert of loneliness and despair came Hagar's "Thou God, seest me!" From a heart tested and tried came Job's, "I know that my Redeemer liveth." From a broken and contrite heart was David's, "Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."

09/03/19 THESE ABOVE 3 INSPIRATIONS ARE TAKEN FROM
DAILY MIGHT No 2 (© D.B.Berg - 1980)

 

"THE BIG LIE of EVOLUTION EXPOSED!"            

 1. HITLER SAID IN "MEIN KAMPF" THAT IF YOU TELL A LIE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROPAGANDA, TELL A BIG ONE!Because the BIGGER the lie is, the more people are apt to believe it, because they can't possibly believe you would dare to tell such a big lie unless it was the truth!

 2. SO THE DEVIL WAS SMART WITH EVOLUTION. HE TOLD THE BIG LIE: "In the beginning, God didn't create the Heavens and the Earth; it just happened by some kind of a big accident, forces working on the materials, and blah, blah, blah. Therefore, man is merely a beast who evolved from lower forms of beasts over millions of years, from one species to another, and life originated itself spontaneously from chemicals!"

 3. THIS DOCTRINE OF DELUSION HAS BECOME THE GENERAL THEME OF MODERN SO-CALLED SCIENCE, and is therefore no longer true science, but pure, imaginary, evolutionary bunk! Evolution is now referred to as the "great principle" of biology. But a principle, according to the dictionary, is a foundation truth, or fact, the basis of other truths. And if you know anything about evolution at all, you know it has never been proven to be either a truth or a fact, much less the foundation or the basis of other truths.

 4. Now when I'm talking about evolution, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT OR MINIMIZING THE TRUE SCIENCE OF TRUE BIOLOGY, which can be proven--how plants grow and animals propagate and multiply and so on. I'm talking about a wild, fictitious fairytale of imagination which they have never come close to proving!

 5. THERE IS NO PROOF FOR EVOLUTION! It has to be believed, therefore it's a faith, therefore it's a religion! So they're teaching a new compulsory religion in today's hallowed halls of higher learning. Even the great high priest and founding father of this new false faith, Charles Darwin himself, confessed that "the belief (note the emphasis on belief) in natural selection (evolution) must at present be grounded entirely on general considerations. ... When we descend to details, WE CAN PROVE THAT NO ONE SPECIES HAS CHANGED ... NOR CAN WE PROVE THAT THE SUPPOSED CHANGES ARE BENEFICIAL, which is the groundwork of the theory."

6. Darwin's ardent apostle and dedicated disciple, Thomas Henry Huxley, likewise admitted that his own opinion was NOT grounded on any true scientific facts or evidence, but was more of a "religious" expression: "I beg you once more to recollect that I have no right to call my opinion anything but AN ACT OF PHILOSOPHICAL FAITH."

7. SO EVOLUTION IS REALLY A RELIGION OF UNBELIEF IN GOD. And that's its whole purpose; To eliminate faith in God and to foster the false doctrine of devils that the creation created itself and God had nothing to do with it, so there doesn't need to be a God--it could have happened without Him!

8. This attitude was made evident at the Chicago Darwinian Centennial in 1959 where 2,500 delegates assembled themselves to commemorate the hundredth years since the release of Charlie's book The Origin of Species. The noted evolutionist Sir Julian Huxley, Thomas' grandson, declared in his sermon to the congregation, "EVOLUTION HAD NO ROOM FOR THE SUPERNATURAL. The earth and its inhabitants were not created, they evolved. We all accept the fact of evolution. The evolution of life is no longer a theory. It is a fact. It is the basis of all our thinking!"

9. IT'S LIKE WHAT THE IDOL-MAKERS SAID TO ANCIENT ISRAEL THAT DAY THEY MADE THE GOLDEN CALF: "Behold these be thy gods, O Israel, fall down and worship!" ( Ex. 32:4 ) But today the calf doesn't even have to be golden anymore! In fact, it can be a monkey, or a tadpole, or any creeping thing. "Behold, these be thy gods, O Israel, crawl down and worship the little tadpole and a little bit of jelly, a little wriggle-tail and the four four-footed creatures and creeping things. These are thy gods, these are the creatures that made you, this is what you came from, they are your creators"--this is exactly what evolution teaches!

 

LIFE FROM NON-LIFE?

 

10. AT THE CORE OF EVOLUTIONARY THEORY IS THE BIG ASSUMPTION THAT LIFE SOMEHOW AROSE FROM NON-LIFE, that by pure CHANCE the right chemicals happened to be in the right place, in the right arrangement, at the right time, under the right conditions, and by some mysterious, unknown electrochemical process -- POOF -- life created itself! This assumption is completely contrary to a universally accepted and proven law of science, known as the second law of thermodynamics, which states that "All processes (left to themselves) go toward a greater state of disorder, disorganisation, disarrangement and less complexity."4

11. In other words, INANIMATE MATTER NEVER INCREASES ITS OWN ORDER, ORGANISATION OR COMPLEXITY--THESE ALWAYS DECREASE! And even if the elements could arrange themselves into a certain definite pattern, as is necessary for life, they could not make themselves a living cell because LIFE is not a mere physical arrangement of chemicals! The likelihood of this happening is so far-fetches that Princeton University Professor of Biology Edwin Conklin has said: "The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop."

12. As for the so-called "simple cell", from which the evolutionists say all living creatures have evolved, Look Magazine declared, "THE CELL IS AS COMPLICATED AS NEW YOUR CITY." The well-known evolutionist Loren Eisely likewise admitted in his book, The Immense Journey, that "Intensified effort revealed that even the supposedly simple amoeba was a complex, self-operating chemical factory. The notion that he was a simple blob, the discovery of whose chemical composition would enable us instantly to set the life process in operation, turned out to be, at best, a monstrous caricature of the truth."

13. Can you imagine a dictionary, a chemical factory, or New York City, coming into existence by itself--POOF--without any assistance from an intelligent designer, planner or creator? Such is the logic of evolution's imaginary assumption that the infinitely complex "simple" cell accidentally came together and came alive by blind, unguided chance! Commenting on this assumption, the British biologist Woodger said, "It is simple dogmatism--asserting that what you want to believe did in fact happen." The absurdity of this evolutionary logic is only amplified as we move on to the even more complex, multi-celled forms of life.

 

THE EXISTENCE OF SPECIES

 

14. ACCORDING TO EVOLUTION, TODAY'S PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES ARE ALL MERELY TRANSITIONAL FORMS, part of an endless chain of life whose links are gradually evolving into more advanced stages. For this reason Darwin regarded the classification "species" as "a mere useless abstraction" and "as one arbitrarily given for the sake of convenience."

 

15. THIS IS IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION TO GOD'S WORD which states that all living creatures were created "after their kind" with the ability to bring forth seed, or fruit, "after their Kind." ( Gen. 1 ) Now this word "kind" is the old King James translation of the Hebrew word "min", which today's scholars have translated to which today's scholars have translated to mean "species" So today's living creatures are not the result of some sort of transmutation of species, but definite set species! Not natural selection, but God's selection! Not evolutionary adaptations, but God's Creations!

 

16. WE NEVER HEARD YET OR THEY NEVER PROVED YET THAT ANY DOG EVER BECAME A CAT OR A CAT A DOG! There are all kinds of dogs and all kinds of cats, but there are no dog-cats or no cat-dogs! Because God created everything "after its own kind" and they can't possibly get out of that kind. They may vary within their kind or specie, but they'll never change into another! It's impossible!

 

17. THESE FACTS EVEN DISTURBED DARWIN, who questioned, "Why, if species have descended from the other species by fine gradation, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms? Why is not all nature in confusion, instead of the species being, as we see them, well defined?" The answer to Charles' question is simple! All he had to do was read Genesis Chapter One and he could have known that species have not descended from other species, but were created by God in orderly, set "kinds"--and that's why all nature is not in confusion!

 

HYBRIDS

 

18. BUT HAVEN'T THE SCIENTISTS WORKING WITH GENETICS PRODUCED NEW SPECIES OF HYBRID PLANTS AND ANIMALS? Doesn't this prove that entirely new species could have evolved from the interbreeding of different parent species? NO! The accepted definition among the scientific community of a species is, "A group of organisms that freely interbreed and produce fertile offspring." And the rare hybrids that can be produced by crossing two species are not "fertile offspring," but are sterile! As The Collegiate Encyclopedia acknowledges, "The infertility of species hybrids is one mechanism by which species can remain distinct."

 

19. In other words, GOD HIMSELF HAS PLACED THE BARRIER OF STERILITY AGAINST THE MIXING UP OF HIS ORIGINAL APPOINTED "KINDS." An example of this is the mule, which is a species hybrid between a male, ass and a female horse. Although outwardly appearing to be a new species or "kind", it is impossible for a male and female mule to reproduce mule offspring!--They cannot bypass the unmovable boundary of sterility! The only way to produce more mules is to continually cross a male ass with a female horse. This God ordained biological principle was verified by the famous evolutionary professor of zoology, Richard B. Goldschmidt, who wrote, "No where have the limits of the species been transgressed, and these limits are separated from the limits of the next good species by the unbridged gap, sterility."

 

MUTATIONS

 

20. WHAT ABOUT THE EXTENSIVE RADIATION EXPERIMENTS THAT HAVE PRODUCED ACTUAL MUTATIONS AND CHANGES in creatures such as the fruit fly? Isn't this ample evidence to prove that similar mutations could be the "chief building blocks of evolutionary change," as Sir Julian Huxley has called them, and as most scientists and educators today claim them to be?

 

21. NO! NONE OF THE MANY THOU SANDS OF SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS WITH MUTATIONS HAVE EVER PRODUCED A NEW "KIND" OR SPECIE OF ANIMAL OR PLANT--NEVER! All of the geneticists and evolutionists, with all of their knowledge and intellect, under "perfect" laboratory conditions, and using their modern radiation techniques that speed up the occurrence of mutations a million-fold--they have utterly failed to change or mutate one "kind" into another! Yet these same evolutionists somehow expect us to believe that blind, unguided chance has produced the millions of beautiful, varying and complex forms of life on the earth today!

 

22. And as far as mutational changes being the "chief building blocks" of evolution, Hermann J. Muller, who won the 1946 Nobel prize for his contributions to the science of genetics, said, "IN MORE THAN 99 PERCENT OF CASES THE MUTATION OF A GENE PRODUCES SOME KIND OF HARMFUL EFFECT, SOME DISTURBANCE OF FUNCTION. ... Most mutations are bad; in fact, good ones are so rare that we may consider them ALL as BAD." To illustrate the effect of gene mutations on an organism, H. Kalmus stated in his book, Genetics, "A popular comparison would be with a watch; if a part of the mechanism is altered by some change, it is very unlikely that the watch will be improved by the accident."

 

23. A CLEAR-CUT EXAMPLE OF THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF GENE MUTATIONS OCCURRED IN HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI, JAPAN, AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II. The members of the populace that escaped immediate death from the hellish atomic bombs used against these cities were subjected to varying degrees of atomic radiation--resulting in thousands of mutations. None of these mutations produced any new, superior, advanced forms of human beings, as evolution might lead us to expect. Instead, the pitiful victims of these gene mutations suffered deformities, damage and death!

 

24. DRUGS AND CHEMICALS CAN ALSO CAUSE MUTATIONS, as countless victims today can sadly testify. One of the most widely known instances of this in recent years was the tranquilizer THALIDOMIDE. Again, none of these chemically-induced mutations were beneficial to the "human species," but rather resulted in cruelly deformed babies, many without arms or legs! These tragic examples certainly affirm the assertion of Dr. W.E. Lammerts, former director of research for Germains Seed Company, that "biologically, ALL mutations are defective!" They are by no means the purely theoretical "building blocks of evolution" that some liars claim them to be.

 

THE FOSSIL RECORD

25. IF THIS BIG, RIDICULOUS, IDIOTIC LIE, THIS COMPLICATED, FABRICATED FRAMEWORK OF FICTION CALLED EVOLUTION WERE TRUE, THEN THERE SHOULD BE MORE MISSING LINKS DUG UP THAN ANYTHING ELSE! If there were billions of years of evolution, we'd be up to our ears in missing links!

26. Even Darwin realised this, and so said, "As by this theory innumerable transitional forms ("links") must have existed, WHY DO WE NOT FIND THEM EMBEDDED IN COUNTLESS NUMBERS IN THE CRUST OF THE EARTH? ... The number of intermediate and transitional links between all living and extinct species must have been inconceivably great. He then answered his own question about these missing links by declaring: "I believe the answer lies in the (geological) record being incomparably less perfect than is generally supposed."

27. BUT NOW, 120 YEARS LATER, DARWIN'S EXCUSE IS TOTALLY RIDICULOUS! Literally hundreds of millions of fossils have been extracted from all fossil-bearing rock strata and none of them are "transitional forms" or missing links--they all obviously belong to a definite species! In fact, it is estimated that over 100,000 different, distinct species of fossils have been found! Yes, no "links"!

28. A.S. Romer, professor of zoology at Harvard University, recently summed up the present situation when he said: "'LINKS' ARE MISSING JUST WHERE WE MOST FERVENTLY DESIRE THEM, AND IT IS ALL TOO PROBABLE THAT MANY 'LINKS' WILL CONTINUE TO BE MISSING."

 

THE MONKEY-MEN

29. THERE ARE NO MAN-APES AND NO APE-MEN, and all that baloney you read about and see pictures of in most of today's biology textbooks is just hellish, fiendish, tommyrot! All those half-ape, half-man ape-men and man-apes, screaming and grinning and groaning like a bunch of horrors from some nether-world down in the depths of hell are imaginary monsters created by the fiendish mind of the Devil and promulgated by men.

30. And although we do not usually like to soil our fingers or pollute our minds with the dirty lies of dirty liars, it might be helpful to some of you if we at least balance the scales with the truth while pointing out a few of the ridiculous boners and fallacies of the theory of  "the descent of man," which is currently taught as gospel truth and historical fact by most of today's "educators."

31. This might at least clarify the issues in your own minds and give you a little more effective ammunition to fire back at them in defense of the truth so you can "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you," as the Apostle Peter said ( 1Pet.3:15 ). We will now briefly examine the most famous of the fossil remains which are supposed to have been the forerunners of modern man and the theories surrounding them.

32. YOU WILL NOTICE THAT THE EVOLUTIONISTS HAVE CHOSEN SOME VERY LONG AND DIFFICULT-TO-PRONOUNCE NAMES FOR THEIR "MISSING-LINKS", the foundation stones, or bones, on which their faith is built. Doing this sort of thing envelopes it all with a shroud of mystery and even puts a little superstitious awe into the minds of the average laymen. Like many other religious authorities, the high priests of the "sacred cow" of false-science has done this to give credence to their faith and to gain reverence for themselves!

33. Darwin claimed that "The Simiadae (monkeys) branched off into two great stems, The New World and The Old World monkeys; and from the latter, at a remote period, Man, the wonder and glory of the universe, proceeded." In other words, great and glorious man evolved himself from a monkey and was not created by God in His image, as the Bible says!

34. However, THE SCIENTISTS SOON FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE to reconstruct a halfway believable evolutionary chain showing man rising from the ape family, so they had to cook up a new theory--which they promptly did!

35. NOW the modern evolutionists believe that man came not from the apes, but from an older, more primitive primate who was the common ancestor of both the apes and man! But as far as any fossil evidence to prove this new theory, New Scientist magazine commented: "The unmistakable correspondence between man and anthropoids points clearly to a common ancestor. BUT IT HAS NOT YET BEEN FOUND AND WE MAY HAVE SOME DIFFICULTY IN RECOGNIZING IT."

36. As for any EVIDENCE to prove early man's progressive evolution FROM this supposed "common ancestor," the prominent evolutionists who wrote the book The Primates confessed, "Unfortunately, the early stages of man's evolutionary progress along his individual line remain A TOTAL MYSTERY."

37. Scientific American likewise stated: "The nature of the line leading to living man ... remains A MATTER OF PURE THEORY." So the very basis or foundation of the evolutionary teaching that man has descended from a lower, ape-like form is "a matter of pure theory," cooked up by a bunch of nincompoops who are perpetrating on the world what the Bible refers to as "the VAIN BABBLINGS OF SCIENCE FALSELY SO CALLED." ( 1Tim.6:20 )

38. The first actual fossils that the evolutionist classify as "the earliest known form of man" are said to belong to a species called "THE AUSTRALOPITHECINES," or the "man-apes" of Africa. Although their brains were only a third as large as modern man's, it is theorised by some that they were toolmakers and therefore men. But even many of the evolutionists, including the famed explorer and anthropologist J.T. Robinson, have disputed this, claiming that the tool-making was not done by these so-called "man-apes" at all, but by true men!

39. Another well-known evolutionist, Le Gros Clark, warned of the Australopithecines: "The terms 'man' and 'human' can only be applied to them with some reserve, for there is NO CERTAIN EVIDENCE that they possessed any of the special attributes which are commonly associated with the human beings of today." And R.L. Lehrman, another evolutionist, wrote in his book, "AUSTRALOPITHECUS WAS MERELY AN UPRIGHT, INTELLIGENT APE, NOT A MAN. The small braincase bearing heavy ridges over the eyes, across the back, and down the center was like that of any ape."

40 The next fella the evolutionists usually show us on their near little evolutionary sequence from monkey to to man is "PITHECANTHROPUS ERECTUS," whom they affectionately refer to as "JAVAMAN" for short. He was discovered in a Javanese river bed in 1891 by Professor Dubois, a young Dutchman who was greatly influenced by the erroneous teachings of Ernst Haeckle. Haeckle was an ardent German evolutionist who concocted and was caught in several 'scientific' frauds' openly praised and perpetrated evolutionary theory as a means by which he hoped to destroy Christianity and all faiths in God, and was the first to construct the imaginary evolutionary "family tree" showing how life rose from non-life and how today's creatures evolved from more primitive forms.

41. The section of Haeckle's fraudulent family tree that most interested and eventually obsessed young Dubois was the branch which led from ape to man, where, by an act of blind faith, Haeckle had placed an unknown, undiscovered "link" whom he named "Pithecanthropus erectus," which literally means "walking ape-man."

42. DUBOIS WAS CHALLENGED WITH THE THOUGHT OF PERSONALLY DISCOVERING THE "MISSING-LINK" and soon forsook home and career as he set out for Java, where in 1887 he began a determined search, digging doggedly for the as yet unknown bones. Then four years later this dog had his day and Dubois' moment of glory arrived as he gleefully made his announcement to a waiting world: At last, out ancient ancestor, the long sought "link" between man and monkey was found! Thus was "Java Man" born and christened with the name his godless godfather Haeckle had reserved for him, "Pithecanthropus erectus."

43. HIS FAME AND ACCLAIM WERE IMMEDIATE and today in almost any museum of natural history you can find elaborate busts and reconstructions of him, giving his viewers the impression that they are beholding a creature who was found like the mastodon, embedded in ice, perfectly preserved for our awe and admiration. Or if you prefer full-colour portraits of him romping about in his natural habitat with his friends and fellows, you need but consult any standard textbook on biology or anthropology and there you'll find him in colourful detail--showing that, indeed, the very hairs of his head are numbered.

44. Little does the uninformed person imagine that these awe-inspiring masterpieces are the reconstructions of THREE MOLAR TEETH, A FRAGMENT OF A SKULL CAP, AND A LEFT THIGH BONE -- found over 50 feet apart in an old riverbed in Java! Neither do they tell you. as does the 1949 textbook Mankind So Far, that after the world had accepted Dubois' "missing link", "One voice alone now cried that the Java Man was not a man, but a giant, tree-walking gibbon. ... And here it was that Pithecanthropus felt the unkindest cut of all. For the voice was the voice of Dr. Dubois himself." Yes after further studying his fossils, Dubois decided and announced with certainty that "Java Man" was merely an extinct ape or monkey, and was not the "missing link" after all!

45. "THE DISCOVERY WHICH RANKS NEXT IN IMPORTANCE," reports the Encyclopedia Brittanica in its 1946 edition, "was made by Mr. Charles Dawson at Piltdown, Sussex, between the years 1911 and 1915. He found the greater part of the left half of a deeply mineralized human skull, also part of the right half; the right half of the lower jaw, damaged at certain parts but carrying the first and second molar teeth and the socket of the third molar or wisdom tooth. …

46. "Amongst British authorities there is now agreement that the skull and the jaw are parts of the same individual." These remains came to be known as the famous "PILTDOWN MAN" OR "EOANTHROPUS DAWSONI" (dawn man of Dawson) in honour of their devout discoverer, Charles Dawson. However, Dawson's honour soon diminished and another "missing link" bit the dust as the world found out that Piltdown Man's resurrection involved considerable monkey business! As Science Newsletter tells us:

47. "ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS FAKES EXPOSED BY SCIENTIFIC PROOF WAS PILTDOWN MAN, found in Sussex, England ... and thought by some to be 500,000 years old. After much controversy, it turned out to be not a primitive man at all, but a composite of a skull of modern man and the jawbone of an ape. ... The jawbone had been 'doctored' with bichromate of potash and iron to make it look mineralized."

48. PILTDOWN MAN'S TEETH ALSO REVEALED SOME NOT-TOO-PRIMITIVE DENTAL WORK: They had all been filed down to make them appear more ancient. In fact, Reader's Digest pointed out: "Every important piece proved a forgery. Piltdown Man was a fraud from start to finish! ... All the circumstantial evidence points to Dawson as the author of the hoax." 33 --HA!

49. The next gentleman the evolutionists introduce us to in this imaginary journey on their non-existent road from monkey to man is a certain "NEANDERTHAL MAN." He is often kindly referred to as "the best known of our fossil relatives," and like "Java Man" you can easily find convincing full-colour photograph-like portraits of him hunting and cooking his supper, chatting with his mates around the campfire, doing his household or cavehold chores, etc. In such illustrations he is usually very hairy, ape-like and moronic looking, just what you'd expect a "missing link" to look like. However a recent edition of  The Collegiate Encyclopedia wrote regarding Neanderthal Man's bestiality:

50. "As a consequence of preconceived notions as to what Neanderthal Man should have looked like, an unfortunate myth has been perpetrated upon several generations respecting his appearance. He has been traditionally represented with a bull neck, knock knees, a stooped gait and a rather bestial appearance. The truth is that Neanderthal Man had none of these traits, that he walked erect and that his appearance was almost certainly not less benign than that of contemporary man.

51. "A remarkable fact about Neanderthal Man is that in males brain volume varied between 1,425 and 1,641 cc. with an average of 1,553 cc. The average brain volume of contemporary man is about 1,350 cc. Thus the average size of the brain in Neanderthal Man was substantially greater than it is contemporary man." 34

52. SO THE SO-CALLED "NEANDERTHAL MAN" WAS "NOT LESS BENIGN" IN HIS APPEARANCE THAN YOU OR I, AND HIS AVERAGE BRAIN SIZE WAS "SUBSTANTIALLY GREATER" THAN OURS! This indicates that mankind is not evoluting--but if anything he's devoluting or degenerating which is what I've said for years. Man today has devolved and degenerated--and that's why you can see some people running around today looking like missing links, because of degeneration and sin and devolution.

53. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE BIBLE PREDICTED ABOUT THE END TIME when it said, "In the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves ... ever learning (today's educational system!), and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth ... evil men and seducers shall wax (or grow) WORSE AND WORSE, deceiving and being deceived!" ( 2Tim.3 ) And this is what's happening today--mankind is not "progressing towards perfection"35 as Darwin promised, but is growing "worse and worse" as the Bible predicted!

54. This same "Last Days" passage also warned that "THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE (the truth); but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears (ears that want to be tickled with lies!). And THEY SHALL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, AND SHALL BE TURNED UNTO FABLES!" This time has come, and these days are here, and their ears have turned from the truth and they are turned unto fables!--Like evolution!

 

                55. Another disturbing problem which confronts and baffles the evolutionists is the fact that THE REMAINS OF MODERN TYPE, "HOMO-SAPIENS" MEN HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE SAME STRATA AND EVEN IN EARLIER, MORE ANCIENT STRATA THAN THE SO-CALLED "PREHISTORIC" MEN. Professor A.M. Winchester said in his book, Biology and its Relationship to Mankind, "The remains of Swanscombe Man in Europe, the Kanjera Man in Africa, and others suggest that true man (modern type) may have existed as long as 300,000 years ago,* which would have made him a contemporary of homo erectus (Java man)."

 

                * Later in this lesson you will see why we do not agree with this "300,000 years" calculation--we are merely quoting Prof. Winchester here to show you that even the scientists must admit that modern men were around at the same time as the so-called "Java Man."

 

                56 Other remains of modern-type men found in a lower, older layer than their supposedly more primitive "prehistoric ancestors" were unearthed in 1947 at FonteChevade, France. As for these fossils, whose brain volume was calculated to be 1,470 cc, The Collegiate Encyclopedia states, "In FonteChevade Man we have the EVIDENCE THAT HOMO SAPIENS (MODERN MAN) ACTUALLY PRECEDED NEANDERTHAL MAN IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE." 37

 

                57. SO HERE THE EVOLUTIONISTS HAVE TO ADMIT THAT "HOMO SAPIENS," normal modern-type human beings, WERE RUNNING AROUND AT THE SAME TIME AS THE PITHECANTHROPINES (JAVA MAN) AND WERE HERE BEFORE THE NEANDERTHALS--BOTH OF WHOM WE'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE EVOLVED FROM!--HA! Isn't that just absolutely RIDICULOUS?! I mean, it takes more faith to believe evolution--it takes more faith to believe this incredible, fictitious, fairy tale of man's origins than it does to accept God's simple, beautiful, inspired explanation in His Word!

 

THE FIRST MAN

 

                58. IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IT SAYS, "THE FIRST MAN ADAM WAS MADE A LIVING SOUL." ( 1Cor.15:45 ) Adam was the first man! Not the end of a long series of the process of evolution, but the first man! There were no ape men, there were no men before Adam, he was the first. And it says Adam was made--he didn't grow, he did not evolute, but he was made, and he was made a living soul!

 

                59. "SO GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD CREATED HE HIM;male and female created He them." ( Gen. 1:27 ) Just in case you don't get it the first time around, God repeats it. It says "God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him." He didn't look like some ape man or monkey, or some fish or bird, He created him like Himself, God. He made man like Himself, in many ways, as an illustration of Himself.

 

                60. And God formed man out of what? Previous forms? Apes? Beasts? Birds? "AND THE LORD GOD FORMED MAN OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND, AND BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATH OF LIFE; AND MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL." ( Gen.2:7 )

 

                61. Which was there first--the man or the life? The body, the man, was there before God breathed life into it! This was not some kind of a thing that developed through the process of evolution from lower forms, but was a fully-formed man's body, made out of the dust of the ground. And if you know anything about science at all and chemicals and body chemistry, you know that the body is composed of a little over $ 3.00 worth of chemicals and about 77% water. Where did those chemicals come from?--The dust of the ground, right out of the ground! "Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return!" ( Gen.3:19 )

 

                62. So the fully-formed body of Adam lay stretched out there before God breathed into it the breath of life. And until that moment he was just a dead body, stone cold dead, not a spark of life in him! Then God breathed into his nostrils, already fully formed, but dead, not yet alive, NOT DEVELOPED FROM A LITTLE BIT OF JELLY, BUT A FULLY-FORMED, FULLY-GROWN MAN, lying there on the ground made out of dust, mud! God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man, at last, became a living soul! Hallelujah!

 

EVOLUTION'S BROKEN CRUTCH: PALAEONTOLOGY

 

                63. DO YOU KNOW HOW THE EVOLUTIONIST SUPPOSEDLY PROVES THE AGE OF HIS FOSSILS, how old they are? He says, "Well you know, I know this fossil here is so many million years old because I found it in a strata of rock that the palaeontologist told me was that old." And do you know how the palaeontologist tries to prove how old his rock strata is? He turns around and says, "I know that this strata is that old because the evolutionist told me that his fossil is that old." The petroleum geologist J.A. Jeletzky admitted this when he wrote, "The fossils and their presumed evolutionary sequence provide the sole basis for the division of rocks into time units." Isn't that ridiculous? It's a vicious cycle, both liars supporting each other's lies, because lying is their business!

 

                64. THAT'S HOW THEY SUPPOSEDLY PROVE THE AGE OF THOSE BONES AND ROCKS: BY THE DAMNABLE LIES OF DAMNABLE MEN. One liar supporting his lies in the light of another liar,--they're both supporting each other! Blind teachers of the blind, both falling into the ditch! ( Mat.15:14 )

 

                65. NOW WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT TRUE SCIENCE, the science of true geology, which is not guesswork but actual facts, what they really know about the rocks and what they really know about the earth. That is the literal true science of geology. We're talking about the guesswork of palaeontology, the geologists that went out on the limb and started guessing how it got here, and how long the rocks have been there, and so on, which is all pure fabrication and guesswork!

 

THE AGE OF THE EARTH

 

                66. IF PALAEONTOLOGY SAYS THE WORLD IS SIX BILLION YEARS OLD, AND THE BIBLE SAYS THE WORLD IS ONLY SIX THOUSAND YEARS OLD, WHICH ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? The average church-going Systemite thinks, why science, of course! It doesn't even occur to them to doubt science, the sacred cow of science. "Oh my, it must be that the Bible is wrong."

 

                67. SO EVEN MOST SO-CALLED CHRISTIANS TODAY HAVE TRIED TO COMPROMISE WITH SCIENCE-FALSELY-SO-CALLED--and instead of bringing their faith up to the level of the Bible, they try to drag God's Word down to the damnable level of man's foolish wisdom and vain theories. No longer does a Christian need to believe that the Bible means exactly what it says; it ain't necessarily so. When it says "six days" it doesn't really mean that. When it says "In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth and the Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep," it doesn't really mean that! It wasn't in those six days; it was billions of years ago.

 

                68. AND NOW WE FIND MORE "CHRISTIANS" WHO BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION THAN THOSE WHO DON'T! More Christians who believe in the so-called "gap theory" and the lies of the geologic ages of the world than don't! More Christians who believe the world is billions and billions of years old than don't! They believe the lies of false geology, believe the lies of evolution, more than those who believe the truth of God's Word! So even the Church is getting sucked in! We have finally reached those days of delusion so strong that Jesus predicted, that if it were possible, even the very elect might be deceived! ( Mat.24:24 ) God help us!

 

                * The concrete proof or evidence to Christians or believers of the Bible that they cannot both believe these false sciences of evolution and palaeontology and also believe the Bible, is the genealogical chronology of Genesis. To figure it out, you simply add up the number of years between sons, between the father's birth and his son's birth, until that son becomes a father and down the line. In other words, from Adam's creation to the birth of his son Seth was, according to  Genesis 5:3 , 130 years. And then from Seth's birth to the birth of his son Enos was 105 years, and so on. You go through all of these genealogies in Genesis until you get to  Gen.47:5-12 , which says that Jacob entered Egypt at the age of 130 years. Next,  Ex.12:40,41  shows that the Children of Israel dwelt in Egypt 430 years, and in  1Kings 6:1  you see that Solomon began building his temple 480 years after the exodus from Egypt, which was in 1012 B.C. Then just figure out the number of years from 1012 B.C. until today. Simply add up all of these "years" from Adam to today, and you will find the age of the Earth according to God's Word. Remember, the Earth was only six days old when God created Adam. ( Gen.1:1-32 )

 

AGE OF THE EARTH CHART

 

[Each column delimited by tabs.]

 

BIBLE References -- GENEALOGIES           EARTH'S AGE    ACTUAL DATES

 Gen.5:1,2  -- The Creation of Adam                              6 days    4160 B.C.

 Gen.5:3   -- Creation of Adam to birth of Seth              130 yrs. 130 yrs.  4030 B.C.

 Gen.5:6   -- Birth of Seth to birth of Enos     105 yrs.  235 yrs.  3925 B.C.

 Gen.5:9   -- Birth of Enos to birth of Cainan 90 yrs. 325 yrs.    3835 B.C.

 Gen.5:12   -- Birth of Cainan to birth of Mahalaleel   70 yrs.    395 yrs.  3765 B.C.

 Gen.5:15   -- Birth of Mahalaleel to birth of Jared      65 yrs.    460 yrs.  3700 B.C.

 Gen.5:18   -- Birth of Jared to birth of Enoch               162 yrs.  622 yrs.  3538 B.C.

 Gen.5:21   -- Birth of Enoch to birth of Methuselah   65 yrs.    687 yrs.  3473 B.C.

 Gen.5:25   -- Birth of Methuselah to birth of Lamech 187 yrs.  874 yrs.  3286 B.C.

 Gen.5:28,29   -- Birth of Lamech to birth of Noah      182 yrs.  1056 yrs.                3104 B.C.

 Gen.7:6   -- Birth of Noah to the Flood                          600 yrs.  1656 yrs.                2504 B.C.

 Gen.11:10   -- The Flood to the birth of Arphaxad     2 yrs.     1658 yrs.                2502 B.C.

 Gen.11:12   -- Birth of Arphaxad to birth of Salah      35 yrs.    1693 yrs.                2467 B.C.

 Gen.11:14   -- Birth of Salah to birth of Eber               .30 yrs.   1723 yrs.                2437 B.C.

 Gen.11:16   -- Birth of Eber to birth of Peleg                34 yrs.    1757 yrs.                2403 B.C.

 Gen.11:18   -- Birth of Peleg to birth of Reu 30 yrs.    1787 yrs.                2372 B.C.

 Gen.11:20   -- Birth of Reu to birth of Serug 32 yrs.    1819 yrs.                2341 B.C.

 Gen.11:22   -- Birth of Serug to birth of Nahor            30 yrs.    1849 yrs.                2311 B.C.

 Gen.11:24   -- Birth of Nahor to birth of Terah            29 yrs.    1878 yrs.                2282 B.C.

 Gen.11:26   -- Birth of Terah to birth of Abram           70 yrs.    1948 yrs.                2212 B.C.

 Gen.21:5   -- Birth of Abraham to birth of Isaac         100 yrs.  2048 yrs.                2112 B.C.

 Gen.25:26   -- Birth of Isaac to birth of Jacob              60 yrs.    2108 yrs.                2052 B.C.

 Gen.47:5-12   -- Birth of Jacob to entering Egypt        130 yrs.  2238 yrs.                1922 B.C.

 Ex.12:40, 41   -- Entering Egypt to Exodus                  430 yrs.  2668 yrs.                1492 B.C.

 1Kg.6:1   -- Exodus from Egypt to beginning of construction of Solomon's temple             480 yrs   148 yrs  1012 B.C.

B.C./A.D. -- 1012 B.C. to year 0      1012 yrs.                4160 yrs.                0 AD/BC

 

                Year 0 to today    1977 yrs.                1977 yrs.                1977 A.D.

                TOTAL YEARS from Creation to today [1977]           6137 yrs.

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* All references are from the King James Bible.

 

                69. Well, they say, "COULDN'T THOSE SIX DAYS OF CREATION IN GENESIS CHAPTER ONE HAVE BEEN EONS, AGES?"--I don't know what in the world is the matter with these people! If they believe in God at all, why do they seem to think God had to have so much time to make the world? My God is big enough to create the whole Universe! You think He couldn't have done it in six 24-hour days? He could have done it in six minutes!

 

                70. As Doctor Albert Einstein said in one of his last statements, which is not very widely publicized by our dear "truth" seeking evolutionists (God only knows what their "Ministry of Truth, 1984," has done with it by this time!), "Now that we know these principles of nuclear fission and fusion, we now realise that THE EARTH AS WE KNOW IT COULD HAVE COME INTO EXISTENCE IN A MOMENT OF TIME," BOOM! Just like that!

 

                71. YOU'RE EITHER GOING TO HAVE TO BELIEVE IN SIX STRAIGHT 24-HOUR DAYS OF CREATION FROM THE BIBLE, OR YOU BELIEVE THE BIBLE'S A LIE! Because God told the Jews, "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: In it thou shalt not do any work. … For in six days the Lord made Heaven and Earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: Wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed it." ( Ex.20:9-11 ) If each of those original "days" were a million years long, as some of these compromisers say, then it means the Jews had to work and do hard labour for six million years in order to enjoy their "seventh day" rest of another million years! Of course, now they're saying creation took six billion years!--So a billion-year Sabbath!

 

                72. YOU HAVE TO INTERPRET SCRIPTURE CONSISTENTLY. You cannot say this means that over here and it means something else over there. If God made the Heaven and the Earth in six days, and God's Word says so, I believe it, and if then He told the Jews to work six days just like He did and rest on the seventh day just like He did, it's obviously a physical impossibility for anybody to work six billion years or six million years or even six thousand. These days here are regular, 24-hour days just like we have today!

 

                73. SO DON'T TELL ME, YOU DEISTIC AND THEISTIC EVOLUTIONISTS, THAT GOD CREATED THE WORLD BY SOME LONG, DRAWN-OUT PROCESS OF EVOLUTION--there's no such thing! It's impossible! He could have if He wanted to, but He didn't! Like old Dr. Koger used to say, God could have made a better berry than a strawberry, but He didn't! These verses here, in the second chapter of Genesis, are a few more of the many that knock that Deistic evolution doctrine right in the head:

 

                74. "THE LORD GOD MADE THE EARTH AND THE HEAVENS, AND EVERY PLANT OF THE FIELD BEFORE IT WAS IN THE EARTH, and every herb of the field BEFORE it grew. ..." Did you get that? He made every plant of the field, when? BEFORE it was in the earth! He made it full-grown and perfect, and then He planted it! How about that? And every herb of the field, what? Every herb of the field BEFORE it grew! When? BEFORE it grew! Evolution says that it just gradually developed and grew. He made everything full-grown, mature, including plants, animals and man! So now you know which came first; the chicken, not the egg!

 

                75. Another interesting point is that all plant life was made on the THIRD day of creation and the sun was created on the FOURTH. ( Gen.1:11-19 ) If these "days" of creation were thousands or millions of years, all vegetation would have perished in darkness-they had to be 24-hour days!

 

                76. BUT WHAT ABOUT THESE RADIOACTIVE DATING METHODS that they use to try to prove the earth and mankind are so many million or billion years old, contrary to the Bible? These methods are based on PURE ASSUMPTION AND THEORY! Take the Carbon-14 method, for example: This means of dating is based on the amount of radioactive carbon found in the remains of once-living organisms. This radioactive carbon, or radio-carbon, is a substance which is formed by the sun's cosmic rays as they enter the earth's atmosphere. It is then absorbed only by living plants and animals. So when the organism dies, the C-14 in its remains begins to slowly decay & is not replaced. Hence the paleontologist tries to measure the amounts of C-14 left in his fossil to determine how old it is.

 

                77. However, "ONE OF THE MAIN ASSUMPTIONS OF C-14 DATING," according to "Science" Magazine, "is that the atmospheric radiocarbon level has held steady over the age-range to which the method applies." But what if the C-14 level has not held steady? What if it has changed? Science Digest answers: "It most certainly would RUIN some of our carefully developed methods of dating things from the past. … If the level of carbon-14 was less in the past, due to a greater magnetic shielding from cosmic rays, then our estimates of the time that has elapsed since the life of the organism will be TOO LONG" And this is exactly what has happened!

 

                78. THE LEVEL OF CARBON-14 WAS LESS IN THE PAST! Not only due to a greater magnetic shielding, but also due to a great moisture covering which the Bible calls "the waters which were above the firmament" or atmosphere. (See  Gen.1:6,7 .) This water-blanket veiled the earth protecting it from the powerful cosmic rays! But during the Flood, when God opened up the fountains of the deep, and the Heavens poured down and it rained for forty days and forty nights, apparently that envelope of moisture that protected us from those harmful cosmic rays was removed.

 

                79. THE FACT THAT THESE "WATERS ABOVE THE FIRMAMENT" DID SHIELD THE EARTH FROM THESE C-14 FORMING COSMIC RAYS IS MADE APPARENT IN THE SCRIPTURES: Immediately after the Flood men's lives were shortened to almost one-tenth of what they were before the Flood! Now science has proven that cosmic rays are what cause aging and finally, along with your sins, bring on death.

 

                80. So when that cloud covering disappeared, those deadly cosmic rays began to really come through. and instead of living eight, nine hundred or a thousand years, all of a sudden they began to live only about 70 to 120!

 

                81. So what does all of this prove? It proves that their big assumption that "the atmospheric radio-carbon level has held steady over the age-range" is a FALSE assumption! It has not held steady, as the present atmospheric conditions didn't even come into existence until after the Flood! So their "carefully developed methods of dating things from the past" ARE "ruined"! And their "estimates of the time that has elapsed since the life of the organism" ARE "too long"! Even "Science Year" has confessed, "Scientists have found that the C-14 concentration in the air and in the sea HAS NOT REMAINED CONSTANT OVER THE YEARS. as originally supposed."

 

                82. Another interesting fact is that THEY HAVE NEVER YET FOUND ANY SUBSTANTIAL ARTIFACTS OVER FIVE OR SIX THOUSAND YEARS OLD. The World Book Encyclopedia confesses this by saying: "The earliest records we have of human history go back only about 5,000 years." This is why they always refer to their theoretical time-periods over five or six thousand years ago as "prehistoric," because there is no historical evidence to prove such a time existed! It's all guesswork and speculation designed to support their big fairy tale of evolution!

 

WHY EVOLUTION?

 

                83. "IN THE BEGINNING, GOD," NOT CHAOS, NOT SOME NEBULOUS CLOUD OF GASES, BUT "IN THE BEGINNING GOD, CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH!"--the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the right Book, praise God!" In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth." Now either you believe that, either you believe what God's Book says, or you're going to take what some liar says!

 

                84. THIS IS THE PREMISE AND PREFACE AND FOUNDATION OF THE ENTIRE BIBLE! In the beginning, first of all, what? God, there's God! And God did what? He created the Heavens and the Earth! So if you don't believe in either one, then you're off the beam. There's a God, and He created the Heavens and the Earth! And this is the basic foundation: If you don't believe this, you can't believe anything!

 

                85. BECAUSE WHEN YOU DOUBT ONE, ONE WORD IN THE BIBLE, YOU'LL SOON DOUBT THE WHOLE BIBLE! Why? What happens in a court of law with the testimony of a witness, when one thing he's said is proven to be a lie? what do they do with his entire testimony?--They throw the whole thing out, including the true things he said, because they can't believe it and every word will be in doubt. If he lied about one thing, maybe he lied about another? And that's the way it is with the Bible. If you can't believe every word of it, then you can't believe every word of it, then you can't believe any of it!

 

                86. JESUS SAID, "HAD YE BELIEVED MOSES, YE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED ME... But IF YE BELIEVE NOT his writings, how shall ye believe My Words?" ( Jn.5:46,47 ) Now, what's the first of Moses' writings, upon which all five books are based? GENESIS! "In the beginning. ..." all about creation, the history of Israel and the beginning of God's dealings with man.

 

                87. If they had believed that book of Genesis all about creation, God, then they would have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. WHAT, THEN, DID THE DEVIL KNOW HE HAD TO DO TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM BELIEVING IN CHRIST? He knew he had to destroy their belief in the writings of Moses, in the book of GENESIS in particular, the creation, the glorious creation! He had to destroy their faith in this, and this would prevent them from believing anything else, the Bible, Jesus, or anything else, anything, if he could destroy their faith in creation! And how'd the Devil do that? By what doctrine or what big lie?

 

                88. EVOLUTION!--THAT WAS HIS GREATEST LIE and greatest manufacture and most clever piece of teaching, evolution! As ridiculous and idiotic as anything you could possibly study, because it has NO FOUNDATION IN FACT whatsoever; there's no evidence for it, no discovery yet has been made to prove it! As one of its top exponents, Margaret Mead, the famous contemporary anthropologist wrote in her own introduction to her textbook on anthropology: "We as honest scientists must confess that science has yet to discover one single iota (tiny speck) of concrete evidence to prove the evolutionary theory!"

 

                89. AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOD'S GREATEST CREDENTIALS ARE, THE GENUINE PROOF OF HIS AUTHORITY? HIS CREATION!! His glorious creation is a constant testimony of the existence of a divine Designer and Creator, as Romans 1:20 says, "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made (His Creation), even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse!" And that's why the world wants to reject creation and say it's all just a meaningless, chaotic evolution: Because if the world and its inhabitants are God's creation, then they're His property--and if they're His property, then He's got the right to be Boss--and they don't want God to be Boss! Therefore "they did not like to retain God in their knowledge," in their education. ( Rom.1:28 )

 

                90. "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS!" ( Rom.1:21,22 ) They got so smart they could do without God and the Bible, and so they became what?--FOOLS! Absolute fools, who "changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. ... Who changed the truthof God into a LIE, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator!" ( Rom.1:23,25 )

 

                91. So Why? WHY DID THE DEVIL AND MAN COOK UP THIS RIDICULOUS, IDIOTIC SCHEME OF EVOLUTION? To try to get rid of God! To try get rid of God and the knowledge of God, "as they did not like to retain God in their education." And since they threw God out, and they threw Creation out, and they threw the Bible out, they had to cook up something new! As Prof. L.T. More of the University of Cincinnati confessed, "Our faith in the idea of evolution depends upon our reluctance to accept the antagonistic doctrine of special creation." They didn't want the truth any more, so they had to figure out some big lie! And that's why they cooked up evolution!

 

THE LOGIC AND RESULTS OF EVOLUTIONARY THEORY

 

                92. THE LOGIC OF EVOLUTION IS IF YOU'RE JUST A BEAST THEN LIVE LIKE ONE! If you came out of hell, live like hell, and go back where you came from! After all, if there's no Planner then there's no Plan! If there's no Ruler then there are no rules! If there's no Judge then there's no judgment! If there's no God, then there's no right or wrong! If life is only "the survival of the fittest," then there are no crimes! If in a fit someone kills somebody, why he's the "fittest" and should be allowed to "survive!" After all, it's not the poor brute's fault, he's just an animal, that's just the way he evolved, it's just the savage in him from his ancestors coming out!

 

                93. HITLER OBVIOUSLY WAS A FIRM BELIEVER IN EVOLUTIONARY PHILOSOPHY, and he continually repeated this theme in his speeches. "The whole of nature," he said, "is a continuous struggle between strength and weakness, an eternal victory of the strong over the weak." Doubtless, many repressive regimes have found it only too easy and convenient to attribute their mass murders and political purges to "natural selection's" elimination of the weak in favour of the strong!

 

                94. SO THE BIG LIE, EVOLUTION, THE BIGGEST LIE IN THE WORLD, IS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OF THE WOES AND THE ILLS THAT THE WORLD IS SUFFERING TODAY, including selfishness of economy, confusion of government, horrible mishandling of crimes, and all the rest of it--one grand, great, awful mess, due to what? Refusal to believe what Moses said--the writings of Moses in Genesis, the book of beginnings! And by refusing Moses' writings they reject Jesus Christ as well! So instead of His loving laws of "As ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" and "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" ( Mt.22:39 ; 7:12 ), all they've got is the cruel code of dog-eat-dog selfishness!

 

                95. No wonder we have so much crime and so much murder and everything else! Because you're your own judge! THERE'S NO STANDARD EXCEPT YOUR STANDARD, and you can make any standard you want to! We're devolving, that's for sure, devolution instead of evolution! We are going downhill instead of uphill!

 

                96. PEOPLE TODAY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE, THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY'RE FROM, WHO THEY ARE, WHERE THEY'RE GOING. They don't know what to identify themselves with, the 'search for identity'. Who am I? What am I supposed to be? There's no God, no Bible, no rule-book! They doubt everything, they can't believe anything except the philosophy of existentialism: "I exist, therefore I am. All I know is I'm alive."

 

                97. EXISTENTIALISM MEANS THAT ABOUT ALL YOU KNOW IS YOU'RE ALIVE, YOU EXIST'. Now that they're taking LSD, smoking marijuana and everything else and they get into the realm of the spirit, they're not even sure of that! ABSOLUTE CONFUSION! Totally unrelated, no identity!--Why? Because they've lost touch with the only concrete frame of reference, and that is God, and His explanation, the Bible! No book, no standard to go by, nothing!

 

IN CONCLUSION

 

                98. WE CANNOT CONVINCE YOU THAT EVOLUTION IS A LIE! Because if you haven't got enough sense to see that and appreciate the truth of the Bible, if you would rather believe in evolution than the truth of God's Word, then be deluded and deceived, 'cause that's what you will be! He said, "Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved ... for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth!" ( 2Thes.2:10-12 ) And if you don't like the truth, you've only got one alternative and that's a lie!

 

                99. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE TRUTH YOU DESERVE TO BE DECEIVED! If you don't want a life-saver, drown! If you haven't got enough sense to recognize the truth when you see it, may God have mercy! And He has had mercy in trying to give it to you. But one of these days, instead of having mercy, He's going to have justice and you're going to get what's coming, and what we all deserve, except for the mercy, of God! I know this sounds like pretty rough language, but I'm just telling you what's going to happen to you if you don't want the truth; sometimes it helps wake people up!

 

                100. Jesus said, "IF THE LIGHT THAT IS IN THEE BE DARKNESS, HOW GREAT IS THAT DARKNESS!" ( Mt.6:23 ) How horrible to think that you're right when you're wrong! How horrible and heinous to think you've got the right kind of belief when it's a fake and a farce and a phoney and nothing even resembling reality!

 

                101. But if you want God's plain, simple truth, all you have to do is HUMBLE YOURSELF AS A LITTLE CHILD AND ASK HIM TO OPEN YOUR EYES AND COME INTO YOUR LIFE. This is why Jesus said, "I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent. and hast revealed them unto babes!" ( Lk.10:21 ) And, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven!" ( Mt.18:3 )

 

                102. FOR GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN GIVE MEANING TO THE UNIVERSE and purpose to the planets and love to our hearts and peace to our minds and health to our bodies and rest to our spirits and happiness to our lives and joy to our souls and the wisdom to know that "the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom"! ( Prov.9:10 ), and "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God!" ( 1Cor.3:19 )

 

                103. JESUS IS "THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE!" ( Jn.14:6 ). PRAY AND ASK HIM TO COME INTO YOUR HEART, forgive your sins, and give you a new life, and He will! He promised: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock: If any man hear My Voice and open the door, I will come into him" ( Rev.3:20 ). "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ( Jn.8:32 ) Free from sin, self, hypocrisy, and the damnable lies which deceive and delude so many--like EVOLUTION!

105. P.S. To those of you who know and love the truth and your fellow man: We hope this lesson will encourage you to STAND UP for your convictionsand to take the initiative in ATTACKING with vigorous and vocal PROTEST the diabolical lies of the Devil being spouted with such Satanic venom by his high priests of man's vain knowledge in an educational system designed by the Devil to destroy faith and exalt man and make you a devotee of creation rather than its Creator!

106. STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH AND FIGHT FOR YOUR FAITH! Give clear ringing testimony before others that they, too, may know the truth so that the truth may set them free!

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

                1. Life and Letters, Darwin, Vol.2, p.210

                2. "Biogenesis and Abiogenesis," T.H. Huxley, pres. address before Brit. Ass. of Adv. Science

                3. The New York Times, Nov. 29, 1959

                4. American Scientist, Vol. 43, Oct. 1955, p.595

                5. Readers' Digest, Jan. 1963, p.92

                6. Look, Jan. 16, 1962, p.46

                7. The Immense Journey, L. Eiseley, p.199

                8. Ibid., p.200

                9. The Origin of Species, Darwin, pp.56, 59

                10. Analytical Concordance to the Holy Bible, Young, Eighth Edition, 1939, p.564

                11. The Origin of Species, Darwin, p.156

                12. The Collegiate Encyclopedia, 1970, Vol.9, p.68

                13. The Material Basis of Evolution, R. Goldschmidt, p.165

                14. Evolution, The Modern Synthesis, J. Huxley, p.115

                15. Scientific American, Nov. 1955, p.58

                16. Time, Nov. 11, 1946, p.96

                17. Genetics, H. Kalmus, p.93

                18. Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, Lammerts, Mar. 1961, p.6

                19. The Origin of Species, Darwin, pp.157, 294

                20. Ibid., p.157

                21. Genetics, Palaeontology and Evolution, A. Romer, p.114

                22. The Descent of Man, Darwin, p.165

                23. New Scientist, Mar. 25,1965, p.800

                24. The Primates, S. Eimerl, I. DeVore and the editors of Life, p.177

                25. Scientific American, Nov. 1966, p.53

                26. Science, Dec. 13, 1957, p.1238

                27. The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution, Le Gros Clark, p.172

                28. The Long Road to Man, R. Lehrman, p.115

                29. Haeckle's Frauds and Forgeries, Assmuth and Hull

                30. Mankind So Far, William Howells, p.136

                31. Encyclopedia Britannica, 1946, Vol.14, p.763

                32. Science News Letter, Feb. 25, 1961, p.119

                33. Readers' Digest, Oct. 1956, p.182

                34. The Collegiate Encyclopedia, 1970, Vol.11, p.283

                35. The Origin of Species, Darwin, p.462

                36. Biology and Its Relation to Mankind, A. Winchester, p.604

                37. The Collegiate Encyclopedia, 1970, Vol.11, p.286

                38. Bulletin of the A.A. of Petroleum Geologists, Apr. 1956, Vol. 40, p.684

                39. Science, Dec. 10, 1965, p.1490

                40. Science Digest, Dec. 1960, p.19

                41. Science Year, 1966, p. 193

                42. The World Book Encyclopedia, 1966, Vol.6, p.12

                43. The Dogma of Evolution, L. More, p.304

                44. Hitler's Words, A. Hitler, p.3

 

 

(Written by D.B.Berg. Copyrighted 1977)

THE POWERFUL KEYS OF THE KINGDOM

15/02/16 Introduction by Steve, author of this website:-

As a missionary for many years, I have known about the awesome power of the "Keys of the Kingdom" and during my many years as a travelling missionary, together with my wife and family, I have seen many MIRACLES of HEALINGS , SUPERNATURAL PROTECTION & SUPPLY.

Since knowing about the Keys of the Kingdom (Matthew 16.19), many more MIRACLES have been happening.

These Keys were originally given to the early disciples of Jesus, by Jesus Himself, but the Lord himself has told Christians from different denominations independantly, to  USE THESE POWERFUL SPIRITUAL WEAPONS today, as the world is quickly descending into great darkness, and these powerful weapons will be essential, for all true Christians who really mean business, in the near future to both destroy evil, and to protect their loved ones from harm & danger:- 

"And I will give you the Keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

(MAT.16:19)

The Keys

As the Lord's elite Endtime army facing the final showdown and greatest battle between Heaven and Hell of all history, He's telling you that without availing yourselves of the fullest and greatest manifestations of His power that He's making available to you, you're not going to make it. From that perspective, is it any wonder that He has increased and augmented the original power of Heaven that was available? That's what all this "calling on the Keys" is about.

(Jesus:) There are many barriers between Heaven and Earth, between the realm of the spirit and the realm of the flesh, but the Keys, which are a spiritual power, immediately part the veil and provide access to the full power of Heaven.

The spiritual world is vast, and I have allowed the Enemy control of certain sectors of it for now. The Keys were created to part the veil‚ to give you instant access to My power. The Enemy seeks to stop you from gaining access, and his efforts to block or hinder you will increase even more as you draw closer to the End. That is why you need the power of the Keys to access My full power immediately, instantly, in the blink of an eye. The Keys give you direct access to the power source of Heaven, the awesome and mighty power that could, if it were My will, destroy every last demon of Hell, including the Devil himself, in an instant.

The power of the Keys--and the other weapons of the spirit--empowers your prayers more than ever before. When you call on the power of the Keys in prayer, you heighten and increase your prayer power. The Keys create a slit or an opening in the veil between your world and Mine, and in an instant, in a split second, you can access full, tremendous power from Heaven. This is what you will need in the days to come when My power and the Keys' manifestations will be clearly known and seen.

The Keys will bring on-the-spot power‚ direct answers, and are created specifically for times when tremendous surges of heavenly intervention are needed in an instant, according to My will.

There will be times in the future when there will be such a deep understanding between Me and My brides that they will be able to utter (either with their mouth or in their thoughts) a single word, an access code for a new weapon, and they will know that I will answer them.

In the time it would take to say, "I call on the Keys," you would be: 1) Using the weapon of prayer, because you would be communicating with Me. 2) You would also be using the power of the Keys. 3) You would be using the weapon of praise, because in your heart and spirit you'd be calling, proclaiming My greatness. 4) You'd be loving Me intimately, because you'd be linked to My Spirit intimately. 5) You'd be using heavenly thought power, because that would be the glue linking everything together.

The Keys are activated by faith, and without full faith, you won't be able to access their full power.

Prayer--your avenue of communication with Me--is the basic ingredient that must be present, and then all of the other new weapons enhance it. Praise enhances the power of prayer. The Keys enhance the power of prayer. Loving Me intimately enhances the power of prayer. Prophecy enhances the power of prayer‚ because you can receive direction on how to pray on the spot, as I speak to your heart and show you how to pray most effectively.

Here is how the Lord describes this magnificent gift:

a. Complete access to all of Heaven's power, and dominion over death and Hell.

b. The means to get the job done.

c. Full access to every power source of Heaven.

d. The code to unlock every solution.

e. The means to bypass all impossibilities.

f. All the Keys to Heavenly resources.

g. In your Keys, you have liberty and freedom.

h. The power to release those in bondage.

i. The power to overcome all evil.

If these different spiritual weapons didn't enhance prayer and work greater change in the spirit world--through defeating the Enemy, speeding answers on their way, and much more--then what would be their purpose?

The Keys do hold power, and they are vital for My warriors of today, because they do enhance prayer and make it many, many times more effective.

With "The Keys," you'll be able to access the greatest power of Heaven available to you. It will be many spiritual weapons interlinked and in play at the same time, but the Keys will be the ones that will pierce the veil for the miracle to come through.

The Keys are a very real entity--a part of the fusion of My power, which is the power that can cripple and defuse the Enemy's power most effectively.

Only recently, as we have entered the Last Days, did I find it necessary to reveal to you the full power of the Keys of the Kingdom, this additional portion of My power and your anointing for these Last Days. You must have all three parts, My loves--Me, My Word, and the Keys--for we are one.

You must let Me‚ My Word, and the Keys become one with you, for unless all three are an integral part of your life, I will only be able to use you to a certain degree, but never fully.

There are chemical compounds on Earth, such as water, which is made up of the elements hydrogen and oxygen. Well, in the spirit it's like that too. I‚ plus My Word, plus the Keys, combine to make the fuel, power, spiritual stamina, authority, and everything you will need in the days to come--and today, now, is when you must prepare. It's an Endtime phenomenon, a spiritual fact!

You will never find a key promise that is contrary to the Bible, any more than you would find My Word of true prophecy contradicting the Bible. They are one.

Each of My children has the power to connect to this Key that unlocks the treasures of Heaven, the jewels from Beyond, My Words and the wonderful mysteries of the Spirit. All they have to do is ask.

The Keys are Me! The Keys are My power. The Keys are My Word. The Keys are My love. The Keys represent all that is available to you in the form of spiritual power released for this day and age.

Every time you use the Keys, your faith grows and you learn a little bit more about them.

The power of the Keys has always been available, but it was hidden behind a veil, a veil of understanding, that I have torn down only now in these Last Days, so that you might have the spiritual weapon you need to see you through the dark days ahead--the darkest days ever known to man, for which you will need the brightest and most pure and powerful light of Heaven--the light of the Keys, to illuminate your path!

The Bible is a guidebook, it is your foundation; it contains all the principles upon which all your doctrines must be based. And yet there are many things that are mentioned only briefly, or sometimes cryptically--but they are there just the same.

Ultimately it is a matter of faith whether someone decides to believe or not, just as it is when someone decides to receive Me. In the end, My sheep will hear My voice and will follow Me.

I have not replaced the promises I've given in the Bible; I've enhanced them with the promise of the Keys.

The Bible is the foundation of the Keys.

The Keys are activated and enhanced by many different factors, including your faith, which comes from your personal connection with Me and the Word, your yieldedness, your determination to persevere in prayer, and your skill at wielding specific Keys for specific situations.

The Keys won't use their power to give you something just because you ask for it‚ unless it's in accordance with the Lord's will at the time. Remember that essential phrase, "In conjunction with My will."

The Keys have power, but only to do what's best for you and the Lord's overall plan.

The Lord hasn't put a lot of conditions on the Keys. He's basically given them to you with very few limits or boundaries. At the same time, the spiritual principles that apply to answered prayer and His Word also apply to the Keys. He assumes you understand that when the promise says‚ "Call on the Keys and I will supply all your needs," that this means within His will and what He knows is best for you and others and His work.

If you're generally meeting the spiritual standard of His Word and living the life of a disciple, then you can use the Keys and expect miracles--in accordance with His will.

The ultimate purpose of the Keys is to win souls, to reap the final harvest.

You must remember, My loves, the aim, the purpose, the goal, the final end result of why I put such power in your hands--which is to win souls to My Kingdom! This is the reason for it all. This is the reason for such great possession of My Spirit within you. This is the reason I give you full access to all of Heaven's power.

The outpouring, the power, these blessings I give you, My loves, are all to this end--that you might reap the harvest that awaits you. This is where your eyes must always be focused. This is the goal. This is your purpose. This is the reason for it all, the purpose behind everything you do‚ the reason I place these Keys in your hands, the reason I come to you now, to possess you in such a great way. The reason for it all is to win souls, to reap the final harvest in the end of days. Time is short, dear loves‚ so very short, and the night is fast falling--this is why I pour out My Spirit as never before.

The main battle will be for the souls of those who are in the middle, those who have not yet decided, those who are lost and trapped in the bondage of the System.

Without the quality of a deep love for Me, dedication, and yieldedness to Me, the Keys give no power. … The gift of the Keys is only for those who go further, who love Me, who live for Me, and who give their lives for Me. The gift of the Keys is for My Endtime disciples.

This is one of the most priceless gifts ever given to man. Aside from the gift of salvation, when Jesus came to Earth to give His life for your sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, which God bestowed upon you when Jesus departed, the gift of the Keys grants you an unparalleled wonder.

When you call on the Keys, remember that you are calling on a living, moving, powerful, spiritual phenomenon.

You must call specifically on the power of the Keys, or the power of the Keys of the Kingdom. The more specific you are, the better. The Keys are activated in part by faith, and the more faith you demonstrate in calling on the Keys by name, showing that you believe they are real and exist, the more responsive power you will receive.

* ”I call on the power of the Keys.”

* ”We claim the power of the Keys of the Kingdom.”

* ”I take hold of the power of the Keys.”

* ”Release the power of the Keys into our hands.”

* ”Deliver the power of the Keys unto us, for Your glory.”

* ”We harness the power of the Keys of the Kingdom.”

* ”We reach out to the power of the Keys.”

When you begin to pray, you must specify that you are calling on the power of the Keys. Say those words in your first or second sentence. The power does not come on until you call for it. Avail yourself of the power of the Keys from the moment you begin interceding. That is the first step. That opens the door for miracles. So call! Call on the power of the Keys. Say the words. You cannot harness the power of the Keys if you do not call on them by name. They beg to be used, but they must be called upon by name.

Using the Keys in your prayers is really simple. It doesn't require eloquence or a lot of deep understanding of all the intricacies of the Keys, it just requires saying the words. The power of the Keys is not activated until you say the words, until you actually verbally call on the power of the Keys.

Even if you just say that over and over, “I call on the power of the Keys,” that would do the trick. That would immediately put at your disposal all the awesome power of the universe.

So your Keys of the Kingdom prayers can be very much like what you pray now, just with this addition, this recognition and direct clear reference to the Keys, an obvious acknowledgment that you want to avail yourself of this power.

In the years to come, the world is going to go through thousands of upheavals and rumblings in economies, in governments, in people's lives and hearts. They're going to go insane with worry, for the world will be in such chaos that there will be none to turn to except Me. Their hearts will be torn and brutally suppressed by the powers that will rise in an attempt to salvage this world. But I tell you now, as sure as My promises will not fail, this world is coming to an end.

They have invoked the last protocol before the rise of the Antichrist, and it's only a matter of time before his rise and revelation. He has taken his throne, and even now has been crowned as the king of this world. The leaders and the rulers of this world have bowed at his feet.

You will see his armies go forth to crush those who are his enemies--those whom the world regards as evil or oppressors. He does this to attain a false air of righteousness, but he will bring peace to this world--seeking to upstage My Own peace. Though fake, it will bring a measure of stability to the world--but not until this world has trembled under his hand, and not until many things are broken down before his face.


Faith will be the key to all these miracles I have spoken of--faith to believe that, "Yes, I can through Christ," "Yes, there are no limits to Him," "Yes, there is no mountain that cannot be moved through a-grain-of-mustard-seed faith."

My Father told Me what I needed to do was focus more on the power of the Keys than on the obstacles I faced. He said I needed to forget about looking at the obstacles and set My focus only on the power I had access to. I had to acknowledge that the obstacles were there; I had to acknowledge there was a problem; but when I was faced with an obstacle, I was to instantly focus on the power, focus on the Keys, focus on My Father, on His Word, and on what I knew to be true.

I had to focus on His Word, on the power of the Keys, not on the circumstances that surrounded Me. He told Me clearly that what I had to do was to ignore all other possibilities of solutions to any given problem or obstacle I faced. I had to ignore all other voices crying out to Me and only focus on the Keys.

How was I to do this? I was in the flesh as you are, surrounded by the things of the Earth. I was not exempt from carnal thinking. My Father said it was simple, really--a simple matter of faith alone. I had to focus on His power rather than carnal thinking, and the way to do this was to exercise My faith in His Word, in His promises to Me, and most importantly, I had to not only claim His promise, but I had to act on the Word I was given.

I was to look fully to My Father by putting the instruction He gave Me into action; this was focusing on the power. I would shoot up prayers and hear from My Father on the spot, but the key to focusing on the power was to take immediate action and do what He told Me to do, and do it right then if He was so leading.

The key was not only in calling on the Keys, but in following through. By taking action, by being a doer of the Word that I was given, there was no room to even contemplate other possibilities, which would block the power of the Keys I had available to Me. Being a doer of the Word, obedient only to the will of My Father, was My declaration of faith. Obeying and acting on the Word--the power of the Word--opened the floodgates for the power of the Keys to flow through Me.

Focusing on the power is ignoring all possibilities other than what the Keys and My Word can do for you. Focusing on the power is refusing any alternatives other than using the Keys and standing on My Word.

If you will allow Me full possession and will put on My mind, our minds will meld. And as you take on the totality of the mind of God, your thought power will be increased; your mental and spiritual power will be greatly enhanced.

We need the Keys in order to fulfill our destiny.

In the darkness you will need to be masters of the Keys.

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Paul McGuire: radio talk show host, author, feature film producer and television commentator.

Paul McGuire is the author of 22 books, such as the best-selling, "The Day the Dollar Died" and "Are You Ready for the Microchip? Paul is the host of the syndicated television show, The Paul McGuire Report. Paul McGuire hosted the nationally syndicated talk radio show, "The Paul McGuire Show" for 10 years. Paul McGuire is a television commentator and has been a frequent guest on the Fox News Network and CNN.

Paul is the producer of two science fiction films in Hollywood. The History Channel did a 2-hour special with Paul McGuire entitled "Seven Signs of the Apocalypse." Paul has interviewed numerous world leaders, Presidents and Prime Ministers. Paul lives in Los Angeles, California.

At fifteen years old, Paul was demonstrating with radical activist Abbie Hoffman and made an honorary member of the Black Panther Party. However, while studying "Altered States of Consciousness" at the University of Missouri, Paul had a miraculous experience hitchhiking in a remote area similar to the movie "Field of Dreams." Paul re-thought his socialist and humanist world view and rejected it as completely false. Paul has devoted his life to communicating truth to people.

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By Paul McGuire

2013: DAWN OF THE LUCIFERIAN ERA

PART 2 of 2

By Paul McGuire - December 24, 2012 - NewsWithViews.com

December 24, 2012

Let me close with these words: you have direct access to a power far greater than yourself to make changes that will protect millions and drive back the Luciferian forces of darkness. You can access that power anytime you choose, but you must actively choose to do so. That power is a divine power and it is accessed by faith. Jesus Christ called it the "kings of the kingdom." If you trust in Christ, you have the keys of the kingdom and now you must use them wisely for your life depends on it and the lives of all those you love. First, you must understand that you are in a spiritual war with the Lucifer and his forces. But you have been given the power to overcome him.

In its simplest form, this is how you use that power. This is how you release its full energy. This is how you spiritually overcome and conquer! You pick a target or situation in your mind. Remember you are not fighting against people, but principalities and powers. You make sure that your heart is cleansed and pure even if it means asking God for forgiveness. Then you simply pick up and use the keys of the kingdom He has given you. You come before Him with childlike faith and you simply asking Him, with whatever measure of faith you have. That may be the faith of a mustard seed or the faith of a molecule. Then you ask God in the name of Jesus Christ what you want and what you are asking for. Your request does not have to be long. But I suggest that on a daily basis you keep asking until you see the results, even if it takes years!

You can and should increase your requests. You will discover that many of your requests will be answered quickly and some may take a lifetime. As a spiritual warrior you simply do not give up! You keep asking in faith until you are released from asking or it is done. But you never give up due to discouragement or unbelief.

Now what happens when you ask in prayer is not spiritual magic. This is not a ritual or a rabbit's foot. Your asking comes in the context of your relationship with the Personal Living God of the Universe, not a religious practice! When you ask, making that cosmic connection, your are releasing an enormous amount of spiritual power that can change situations, stop things and release things. If you were to actually see the power of what you were releasing in terms of Quantum Physics it would be the release of energy that could exceed the energy released in nuclear blast releasing either positive or negative energy. This energy travels outside of space and time through what is called the invisible realm, spiritual world, or parallel universe. Its force is not constrained to space and time, because it moves faster than the speed of light in an eternal dimension. There is no limit to what it can do.

In addition, the release of this energy or force is not contingent upon how spiritual or holy you are. The release of this energy is purely based on faith which means unmerited favor. When you gain practice in releasing this energy which is simply a very high form of prayer, you develop the ability to become a true spiritual warrior. It is essential that you use this form of prayer along with wisdom, intelligence, and understanding; otherwise you are going to limit the effectiveness of the power you release.Again, you are operating with the keys of the kingdom. In practicing this form of prayer you are engaging in spiritual warfare with overwhelming force. You need to grasp the degree of power you are working with and how it will cause certain changes in your life.

You have now moved from being a well-intended person who wants to see good done, to a spiritual warrior who can release overwhelming force. But, I must warn you, this is not a game or a hobby; once you begin this you are held accountable for it. The only thing that will restrain its capacity to accomplish its goals is your own personal failure to not understand the full extent of the power you are dealing with. In the Book of Revelation, it talks about becoming priests and kings. The kingly authority you have been given is built upon your understanding that you are a priest first.

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THE FUTURE OF AMERICA: COSMIC WARFARE, PARALLEL UNIVERSES, AND THE MATRIX

By Paul McGuire

January 28, 2013
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Everything we see in our nation and world is the product of information from an invisible realm or parallel universe. What happens in the invisible realm produces, whether good or bad, the reality we see. Physicists believe that the human race has unlocked four forces: gravity, electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force. We now live in a world where scientists believe there are eleven dimensions and they are literally trying to develop a “theory of everything.” A growing number of scientists believe there is a fifth force which is psychic or paranormal. This might be what Einstein meant by “reading the mind of God.”

Today there is a great deal of talk about a secretive elite who have access to occult-based advanced and ancient science. Usually, this secretive elite is composed of a small number of men who control international finance, governments, science and the media. This elite are represented by what could be called the top of the Luciferian pyramid, like the one on the back of the U.S. dollar. However, when you look closely at the top of the Luciferian pyramid you see that it extends way beyond the present dimension in which we live into the invisible realm or parallel universe.

If you don’t like what you see in reality, then you must learn how to enter this invisible realm and access what some call the “Keys of the Kingdom.” These keys are spiritual mechanisms for changing reality. They are also referred to as spiritual weapons. They are the fastest, most efficient and powerful way to release power into the earth that can change reality!

Think of the keys as a way to release the most powerful force in the universe into our reality. Currently, our world is filled with chaos and upheaval. There appears to be an opposing force at work that is composed of Luciferian energy. Through Bible prophecy we know what the great plan is and what this force intends to do with humanity and the world.

Just as there is the force of Lucifer, the most powerful fallen angel, who is leading a revolution against God with one third of the angels there is also the force of the Personal God who has a completely different plan for Mankind. This Personal God has been attempting to teach man about the enormous cosmic authority that He has placed in Man’s hands. When we go back to the Garden of Eden, which was a real place and was located somewhere near the region of Iraq, our ancient ancestors Adam and Eve were given that authority to rule the earth. Adam and Eve, who were made in the image of God and carried in them the DNA code of God, were created to be rulers over planet Earth and have dominion over it. The only condition was that they obey the Word of God. At a certain point Adam and Eve disobeyed the Word of God and listened to the voice of Lucifer, who was residing in the serpent. They put Man’s reason and logic above the Word of God. The result was that they were disconnected from the Life Force of God and the Fall of Man occurred. War, chaos, disease, weather changes, and death entered the world. In addition, Lucifer gained the temporary legal right to be the ruler of this world.

So here we are in what is called the last days and our world is hemorrhaging and experiencing the convulsive birth pains that Jesus Christ outlined in the Signs of the Times.

Throughout the Bible there are constant references to this other universe or invisible realm. The King of Syria had sent his armies to kill the people of Israel. Elisha the prophet had a servant who was terrified by the armies all around them. Elisha had the supernatural ability to see into the invisible realm and he prayed to God that his servant’s eyes would be open. Suddenly his servant saw that the larger armies of the Lord were all around them along with horses and chariots of fire. These were the supernatural armies of the Lord.

It is still possible to have your eyes opened and look into another dimension and see the massive supernatural armies of the Lord. Jesus Christ taught all those who follow His teachings how to use the supernatural keys of the kingdom which can change reality in the physical realm. This is no peripheral issue with Christ…it is central. He has restored both authority and dominion to those who are synchronized with His Word. The problem in America today is that people are only using resources in the physical dimension to solve problems. Millions of people have been seduced by the lie which denies the existence and reality of the invisible realm and other dimensions.

Mankind throughout history has used science and technology to harness power through fossil fuels, nuclear power, and other sources of energy. Many of the men like Einstein, Tesla and Edison did not come up with inventions and sources of power purely through logic, reason and mathematics. It is true those sources played a significant role. But if you read about their lives you will see that all of these men had to develop methodologies that allowed them to access information supernaturally from another dimension.It is possible to access on a personal level, a societal level, and a global level the most powerful force in the Universe. It is not until men and women begin to learn how to access and direct that power that there can be change on a national, global and cosmic level. All of this works within the framework of the prophetic plan of God, for that is one of the laws regarding its use.

I would add that this is not a game we are in. We are not living in a Matrix or a simulated reality. This is not a rehearsal. This is it; this is the countdown. Many people have been in a trance or asleep. I pray that a mega-load of adrenaline will hit their central nervous systems and they will wake up and see. The hour is later than you think.

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AMERICA IN PROPHECY, BABYLON AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER

Paul McGuire

March 4, 2013

Therefore when He (God) has called upon people in history to do things that changed the outcome of history He has already included that in His planned outcome. In the same way this Infinite Personal Living God of the Universe is calling upon countless numbers of people to respond to His divine call. In all probability this God Who Is There is calling upon you now to help participate in His plan and to choose with an act of your will to take certain actions. Among the infinite mathematical probabilities He has already taken into account the outcome of such actions and included it in His prophetic plan.

It is possible to step outside the matrix of reality which has now resembles a computer generated illusion and understand that if you have the faith of a little child you can access the Keys of the Kingdom, along with the supernatural authority that goes with it. This authority was given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It was also given to the disciples of Jesus Christ who were instructed to pass it on to anyone who would believe. When the term power

from on high is used in conveying the Upper Room Experience of the disciples, it is not used in a religious sense. It literally means incredible force and power that can be released into this world for numerous reasons.

One can study Bible prophecy along with the Luciferian plan, but if this study leaves you powerless, you have missed something in your analysis! The Infinite Personal Living God of the Universe has downloaded enormous power into your hands and you are expected to use it. This cannot be perceived on religious terms; it must be perceived on real terms. As such, when faced with opposition of any kind, you must learn how to access this supernatural power and use it. History is not fixed and you have been given the power to change it.

 

 

 

Paul McGuire "The Keys to the Kingdom and Bob Cornuke "Temple"
 

 

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