Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[g] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
When Jesus comes again He will gather all His servants together.  He will separate them by two distinctly different types.  The first type is the faithful and wise servants that have been expecting Jesus' return at any time.  The second type is the evil servant that does not want Jesus to come back anytime soon.  This evil servant lives for today and what he can get out of life here on earth.  This servant does not want Jesus to ever return as he is enjoying all the worldly pleasures.  He does not care about Jesus nor what his future will be like without Jesus.
Jesus will bless the faithful and wise servant with a position of authority in His kingdom because this man loved Jesus and was obedient in all things.  The evil servant did not love Jesus, but loved the world instead.  The above scripture says Jesus will cut the man in two pieces and then cast into outer darkness along with the liars and hypocrites where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in hell.

Friday, August 26, 2016

No One Knows the Day or Hour

No One Knows the Day or Hour when Jesus will return.  But, He did give clear warning signs.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  Matthew 24:36-44 NKJV
“As in the days of Noah were, so also will be the coming of Man be”: Jesus was referring to the indifference of people of that time to the coming disaster.  There is nothing sinful about eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.  However, the people of the end times will be doing these things without any thought of God or the coming judgements.
The application in verses 36-41 is just a Noah was vigilant in preparing for the flood, so should people living in the tribulation be alert.  They should prepare for the return of Christ.  I believe we are living in the end times or last days that the scriptures warn us about.  Many people today are totally indifferent toward the things of God and do not want prepare for His soon return.  I pray that you have prepared your heart and are ready for the Lord’s coming.
Note: The above text and comments are from The NKJV Study Bible, copyright 1997, 2007 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission. However, the last two sentences of the last paragraph are my personal comments.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Warning: Hell Really Exists

The reality of a place called hell is something that most people do not like to think about much less talk about.  Many false pastors and teachers deny the reality of hell and teach their congregation a doctrine of demons that denies the existence of Hell.

Hell was created for Satan and all his fallen angels that sinned against God and was not originally created as a place for man.  Man was created to live forever here on earth, but because of Adam's sin mankind was condemned to a physical and spiritual death.  Man was no longer able to live forever because sin caused death to reside in his body.  Sin caused man to die spiritually and the hell became his spiritual destination at death.

Satan has deceived many in the body of Christ to believe that there is not a hell.  A few years ago I was having a conversation with a fellow Christian about hell and about how God is a jealous God.  A co-worker overheard our conversation and because very upset with us as she did not believe that God has human emotions nor did she believe there was a hell.  She said that a loving God would not send people to hell.  Unfortunately she would not let us tell us tell her what Jesus has to say about hell.  She put her hand over her ears refusing to listen as she walked away.

Hell is not a pleasant subject to read about, but it is a subject that people must be made aware of.  The discussion of hell should never be used to scare people into accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior in order to avoid hell.  To accept Christ is to accept the free gift of salvation.  Jesus shed his blood and His life so that we can be born again and saved from the punishment of eternal death in hell we deserve.  To be born again means that your sinful nature, that you were born with, has died and your new nature in Christ Jesus has raised you from spiritual death until spiritual life.

If you are still not convinced that there is a hell please click here to view the list of scriptures on the subject of HELL.  I do not like to take scripture out of context so please click on the "In Context" for each link.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The True Christian

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
24 "Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
36 "Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
If you are uncertain as to whether you are a "True Christian" watch the following sermon by David Wilkerson

Monday, August 08, 2016

For Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen

"For many are called, but few are chosen." The title of this article today is actually the last verse of The Parable of the Wedding Feast found in Matthew 22:1-14 NKJV.  I chose this title because of the profound warning that Jesus is giving for us today.  Read the scripture below and then I will explain in more detail as to why this scripture is important for us today.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
1 "And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and[a] casthim into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
For help in explaining the above verses I will be using excerpts and commentary notes from my personal Bible with the following credits:  "From The NKJV Study Bible, copyright 1997, 2007 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission."
  • Marriage refers to a wedding feast (see Rev. 19:6-10).  Jewish weddings in biblical times involved a number os steps.  First, the couple made a marriage contract, which was the basis of the marriage (see Mal. 2:14).  About a year later, the groom went to the bride's house, where the bride was presented to him.  This was followed by a nighttime wedding procession to the groom's home (25:1-13), where a festive wedding banquet was held (see John 2:1-11).  The banquet could last up to a week depending on the resources of the groom's family.  A feast, especially a wedding feast, is often used in scripture to portray God's kingdom on earth (see 8:1125:10; Is. 25:6Luke 14:15-24John 2:1-11Rev. 19:7-9).  In this parable, the king is God the Father and the son is Jesus.
  • Those who were invited - Two invitations were sent out.  The first was sent long before the celebration so that people would have plenty of time to prepare themselves for the banquet.  Those who were invited had received the original announcement.  A second invitation was sent to the to announce that the banquet was ready and they should come right away.  The plea of this verse undoubtedly portrays the ministry of those the Baptist (3:1-12), Jesus (4:17), and the disciples (10:5-42).
  • They made light of it means "they did not care about it."  They were so preoccupied with the here and now that they had no concern for God's kingdom.  (Personal Note: This is one of the things that concerns me in today's world.  Everyone seems so preoccupied and burdened because of to many things that they must do and they really don't have time to truly relax,  think, or even care about God's Kingdom.)
  • Both bad and good probably refers to Jews and Gentiles.  Both groups include some who are morally evil and other who are morally good.  Whatever their condition, people need to respond to the gospel.  The important point to recognize is that this group respond to the invitation, while those who had received special invitations has spurned the king's bidding.
  • Did not have on a wedding garment: Like the others, this visitor had been invited to the wedding, but he failed to prepare himself for it (see Rev. 3:18).  In Revelation, the garment of fine linen worn by the bride of the Lamb is said to be the righteous deeds of the saints (Revelation 19:8.  The man had ignored a basic obligation placed on him when he accepted the king's gracious invitation the the feast - he was supposed to wear clean clothes.  To come to a wedding banquet unprepared or in soiled clothing would've been insulting.  In this parable, the garment may refer to the righteousness of Christ graciously provided for us through His death.  Too refuse to put it on would mean a refusal of Christ's sacrifice or arrogance in believing that the "garment" was something not needed.  If we want to enter Christ's banquet, we must "put on" the righteousness He give us (Eph. 4:24Col. 3:10).  Because this man was unprepared, the king declared him unworthy.  His refusal resulted in the man being sent out of the banquet hall.
  • Bind him hand and foot is a vivid picture of the man's inability to participate in Christ's kingdom.  Someone claiming to belong at the wedding while refusing to wear the correct garment was similar to the Israelites who claimed to be God's people while refusing to obey Him.  This man was an imposter and when he was discovered (as all impostors will be), he was cast . . . into outer darkness, referring to the judgement (8:1225:30).
  • Many are called, but few are chosen: The word called in this instance refers to being "invited," not the call of God as Paul used the word (Rom. 8:28-29).  All Israel had been invited, but only a few would accept and follow Jesus.  Not all those invited will be among the chosen of God, for not all will believe.
The reason this lesson is so important today is because the coming of the Lord Jesus is so close now.  I am so concerned for those that have not taken Jesus and His words serious, even in the church.  I hope you will read this lesson and the scripture links today.  If you are not sure whether  you have been saved or born again please feel free to contact me using the contact form.  Your information is private and will not be shared with anyone else.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

God Is Not Slack In His Promise

Some people think Jesus is not coming back anytime soon therefore they think they have plenty of time to repent of their sins.  I suspect that many church members are also slack in taking God's words serious, therefore are not ready for to stand before Jesus.  The "Left Behind" books and movies gives us a good understanding of those that have not taken God serious.  These are the "Foolish Virgins" Jesus mentioned in "The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins" mentioned in Matthew 25.  God is not slack in His promise as some people think.
Only those who made themselves ready by being righteous in Him will be welcome at the marriage supper of Jesus.  Revelation 19:6-10
6 "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the[a] Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Don't put it off any longer because no one knows the day or the hour of His coming.

Friday, July 29, 2016

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world

Can you believe how crazy the world have become? Jesus warns us that tribulation will become a way of life, but I suspect that most of us thought it would never happen. Well, it's here now and we have not seen anything yet. The good news is in John 16:33 Jesus told His disciples to be cheerful in tribulation because He has overcome the world. I believe Jesus' words in this very applies to all His disciples past, present, and future. I know some believers assume we, the church, will be raptured out of here before the tribulation starts, but it's too late as it's already started. And, I predict it will only get worse.  Even though things are going to get worse Jesus tell us to be cheerful during tribulation.  What will we have to be cheerful about?  I believe the answer is He has overcome the world and will soon put a stop to the tribulation as long as we overcome in Him.  I do not like to take scripture out of context so please read all of John Chapter 16 for the full impact of Jesus' words.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world

Just as Jesus overcame the world He expects us to overcome the world. What does it mean to "Overcome"? To overcome is to prevail in spite of adversity, to successfully solve a problem or defeat an opponent, or to be consumed with something.   It means to fight against the adversity and never quit or give up.  In the last days there will be a lot of adversity and chaos.  Only the strong in the Lord will resist the temptation to take the easy road.  I believe Christians will be so hated be the world that people will murder Christians because they think they are doing the world a favor - Read John 16:1-4.

In these last days there false teachers teaching false doctrines that are leading church members to destruction.   Jesus tells us to enter through the narrow gate, but few will be able.  Many prefer the easy road that leads to destruction.

23 "Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”

And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’  Luke 13:23-25New King James Version (NKJV)

This verse reminds me of "The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins" - I mentioned this parable  in my previous post.  The last days will be a time of judgment coming on the earth for her many sins, but I believe it is very possible it will be a time of testing for the Church.  Only the true Church will overcome the world even unto death just as Jesus did.

In the last days many people will not be prepared for the tribulation and will be in a panic for food and water.  They will be in such fear they will agree to take the mark of the beast just to survive.  Once they take the mark they have doomed themselves and can never repent again.  Those that take the mark will no longer be the person they once were.  They will become like zombies or the walking dead and hell bent on killing Christians.

The overcomer knows and understand the signs of the end and prepare themselves for what is coming.  The overcomer is sealed with The Holy Spirit and does not fear what man does to him.  The disciples of Christ trust the Lord Jesus with their lives and are willing to lose their life because they know they will soon be with Jesus.  In those last days many Christians will have their heads chopped off, but they are not afraid as they overcome the world.  They look forward to the time when they will have a new and glorified body and to be will Jesus for all eternity.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Perfect Wedding For The Perfect Marriage

Based on what I see happening in the world today I believe that the Lord Jesus' Second Coming has to be very soon.  He's coming back for His bride and He will take her to heaven for wedding feast before the wedding.  From what I understand about the Jewish wedding feast custom the feast will last for seven days, and then after the wedding feast the marriage ceremony will take place.  Many believe this to be symbolic of the Rapture taking place before the tribulation and I will not get into this discussion right now as there is much debate as to whether the Rapture will happen pre-tribulation or post-tribulation.

What I do I know is perfect bridegroom, Jesus, is coming back to get His perfect bride, the Church.  The bride will be perfect, without spot, without wrinkle, or blemish.  All are invited to the wedding and all are invited to be a part of the wedding party.  The bride and those making up the wedding party are one.  They all make up the Church.  But wait a minute, the Church, as we know it today, is not perfect, not without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.  So how can Jesus be coming back for a Church that is so divided by denominations and doctrines which war against itself?

You may disagree with me, and that's okay, but I see a similarity between the modern day church and the harlot that Hosea married as mentioned in the book of Hosea.  Please do not misunderstand as I am not saying that all of the church has become a harlot, but I am saying that many in the church is not with spot, wrinkle or blemish.  I believe there is a part of the church made up of true believers and disciples of christ and then there is another part that professes to be a so-called Christian church, but are more anti-Christ than Christian because the pastors have led their flock astray through trying to be politically correct.  These pastors prefer politically correctness over being obedient to God's word and His ways.

The answer is Jesus is not coming back for a divided Church.  He is only coming back for His True Church, a sanctified church.  The non-sanctified portion that has the Christian name church branded on it's buildings will be left behind when Jesus comes.  Why do I believe some professing Christians will be left behind?  I think Jesus give us the answer in "The Parable of The Wise and Foolish Virgins" found in Matthew 25.

In all Jesus' parables Jesus is giving training instructions for us to live by.  But, I believe in this particular parable He is prophesying about future event.  “The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins” is Jesus' way of warning the Church that only 50% of the so-called church is ready for His coming and the other 50% will be left behind because these people do not know Him and He does not know them.  Notice in this parable the wise virgins were what I call "Prep-per's" as they were prepared for the bridegroom's coming even though there was a delay in His coming.  The foolish virgins kind of gave up on His coming any time soon and did not keep themselves expecting and anticipating His coming.  I think this group symbolizes those people that are deceived by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life as mentioned in 1 John 2:15-17.

Jesus gives us a couple of other prophetic warnings for the church and the whole world.  Jesus warned that the end times will be just like the days of Noah and Lot.  Jesus is warning us that judgement is coming on the whole world, but He will protect those that listen to His voice and do what He says.  Noah was such a man and He was also a “Prep-per".  Noah prepared the ark just as God told Him to do and as a result Noah, Noah's wife, three sons, and their wives were saved.  The flood judgment and the ark is a symbol of the rapture as the family of eight escaped death and the judgement that came on the earth as a result of sin.

In the days of Lot the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were known for their depravity.  Lot and his family made their home among the wicked people of Sodom, but the Lord had plans to destroy the two cities because of their evil doings.  The Lord sent two men (angels) to Sodom to bring Lot and Lot's family out of the city before the judgement fell on the city.  When the towns people found out about the two men and the entire town, men and women, surrounded Lot's house for the purpose of dragging the two men out in order to have their way with them.  I'm not going to tell you the whole story as I want you to read the account for yourself in Genesis 19.  Read also Jesus' words in Luke 17:27-29.  

Like the story of Noah, Lot's story is a picture of the rapture of the true church.  God will deliver His people in His own timing.  Based on all that is currently happening all around the world I think it is pretty evident that we are in the "Last Days" that Jesus tells us to prepare for.  I believe Jesus will take the True Church out of the world by what we call the Rapture, but no one knows the day or the hour when He will come back to get us.  There are some Bible scholars that suggest the Lord could catch the Church up to meet Him in clouds be before the tribulation begins and then there are other Bible scholars that insist that the Church will not be caught up to meet Christ until after the tribulation period is over.  I tend to believe that Jesus' soon return will be in two separate events.  First, based to the scripture I have mentioned previously, the Lord protect and delivered His people from the judgments in each case.   The second event is Jesus' physical Second Coming physically on Mount of Olives.

Another example is when the Lord deliver the children of Israel from hard during the plagues He sent to the Egyptians as mentioned in the Book of Exodus.  The Israelites were protected from the ten plagues of judgment while the Egyptians suffered.  The Lord protected the children of Israel from the angel of death while the first born Egyptians were killed by the angel of death.  The angel of death passed over ever household that painted the innocent blood of a lamb on the side post and crossbar of their doors.  This is a symbol of Jesus' death and salvation for those that are covered by the blood He shed for our sins.

The point of today's post is for us to not be concerned when Jesus is coming back for the Church whether before the tribulation or after the tribulation.  I know there is a lot of debate on this subject and there are some good arguments on both sides, but the key for the Church to have prepared herself and is ready for the wedding.  Read Revelation 19:7-9 and then read Revelation chapters 19-22.

The time of His coming is near and the True Disciples of Christ will have prepared themselves and are ready to be married to Christ.  I pray when you stand before Jesus you will hear him say: 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Perfect Family

The Lord breathed life into His male and female earth-people creations. He created them in the image of Himself with a plan for a "Perfect Family" that is patterned after His "Perfect Family". Our Heavenly Father is the head of the family as He is the symbolizes the head of the house. The next person in the "Perfect Family" is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is probably the most misunderstood part of the Holy Trinity (one God made up of three persons), but The Holy Spirit is a symbol of the female part of the husband a wife pattern of the family. The Holy Spirit is not a female, but represent the motherly side of the couple. I know some of you think I'm crazy as you may have never heard of this before, but please bear with me.

The third part of the Holy Trinity is the Son Jesus. Jesus symbolizes the children of the born by earthly parents, which makes up the "Perfect Earthly Family". Jesus is the Heavenly Father's first born son who came to the earth to be born a earth man through the birth canal just as all humans are born. Jesus is God and He is God's Son and is a man at the same time. The Heavenly Father, The Holy Spirit, and Jesus are all one. The Lord is made up of three parts just as man has three parts; spirit (the inner man, the spirit that lives forever), soul (mind, will, emotions), and body (man's earth suite that was designed to live on earth forever).

Most of us can understand the roll of the Heavenly Father and the Son, but the Holy Spirit's roll is very misunderstood.  Even though the Holy Spirit is a servant the Holy Spirit is not weak.  The Holy Spirit is obedient to the will of the Heavenly Father.  The Holy Spirit is the one that baptized Jesus with the power to carry out the Father's will among men. It was the Holy Spirit that gave Jesus, the man, the power to raise the dead and heal the sick. It was the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.

Jesus told his disciples that He must go to heaven, but not to worry because He was sending the Comforter to them. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, our gentle guide, the still small voice that whispers in our hearts. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and our helper as long as we are listening to His voice. 

There is so much that the Holy Spirit does through us and for us that we are not even aware of and we take for-granted. There is a very good article about the Holy Spirit that I recommend because it explains the ministry of the Holy Spirit better than I have in this article; Seven Attributes of the Holy Spirit by Tony Abram.

When we pray it is the Holy Spirit that brings answers to our prayers. When we pray it is the Holy Spirit that sends the ministering angels with the answers to our prayers. When we lay hands on the sick and pray for them it is the Holy Spirit that heals the sick and raises the dead by His power and not ours. 

We are often afraid to pray for the sick because we are afraid they will not get well. Our job is to pray in the name of Jesus by faith and let the Holy Spirit do his miraculous work. We should always pray in Jesus’ Name expecting to receive even if we do not see the immediate evidence.

It was the Holy Spirit that impregnated the virgin Mary. Mary was not violated as her hymen was not broken as it would have been during sex. The Holy Spirit has the power to preform miraculous works in the human body. There is no limit to the healing power of the Holy Spirit. The bad news is the pulpit has been teaching doubt and unbelief in the area of healing instead of faith in the power the Holy Spirit.

The very air I breath is God's breath breathing life in my body. I am a temple of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit resides in me. The Holy Spirit renews and restores my body all day long. It is the Holy Spirit in me that gives me the power to complete my calling though faith and not by my vain works.

 Jesus wants us all to be a part of His perfect family, but unfortunately only a few make it into the family.  Jesus reveals the only way to make it into the "Perfect Family".   He explains the mystery by telling about two different gates that people can choose to go through.  There is the wide gate, that most people choose, which leads to destruction or hell.  Jesus also explains the narrow gate that very few people choose, but leads to life in the "Perfect Family" in Heaven.   

How does one choose the path to the narrow gate?Jesus reveals the key is through paying attention to  His words and doing what He says: Matthew 7:21-27 and Revelation 22:14

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Beware of False Prophets Part 2

"Set a watchman the in the tower . . . " Isaiah 21:5  A watchman is a person that stands guard in the tower on or the wall.  He is constantly looking out for an approaching army in order to warn the people.  He is constantly looking for an attack from the enemy.  He is what I call a "prepper" as he prepares for whatever may come.  A watchman is a prophet, a pastor, a teacher, a priest that is a "prepper" as he prepares the hearts and minds of the people through teaching God's word.  He prepares his flock by teaching them the ways of the Lord and how to overcome.

To me there are only two kinds of people; one kind has taken to Lord serious and has prepared for His coming, and then there is the other kind that has not taken the Lord serious and has put off being prepared for His coming as mentioned previously in The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.

Jesus warns us to Beware of False Prophets in Matthew 7:15-16 .   Jesus teaches us the way to tell false teachers from teachers of the truth is by their fruits.  Fruits here refers to more than their deeds as it includes their doctrine.

The Bible tells us that we should work out our own salvation in Philippians 2:11-13.  I think what this means is for us to not waste our time being confused by the sermons we hear, but rather seek the answers in the word and the Lord reveal to you what you need to know and trust in Him for all things, even those things you do not know or understand.