Saturday, August 27, 2022

Letter to our Friends - August 25, 2022

Leonard V. Johnson

Greetings from the Tampa Bay Florida Area:

Again, due to some “family dynamics” at the moment, I’m having to take a short “sabbatical” from filming sermons. And here I believe that it warrants I explain a little further. One of our good friends is in poor health and will soon need dialysis, she lost her place to live and asked if she could move in with my wife and me - and we agreed. She'll be staying with us for a few months. What does this have to do with filming sermons you ask!? Well, it's now difficult to film in our office which is in our home due to noise quality, so I will be looking for a quieter location to film. In the meantime, I’m hard at work catching up on other IMPORTANT work of God.

A Morning Bible Study

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been putting together Morning Bible Studies. There are four completed at the time of this writing:

For this Letter to our Friends, we’d like to ask three questions with short answers to help you and others today.
Question 1: Why don’t we keep Christmas, New Year’s Day, St. Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Easter, or other popular holidays!?
Answer: Because we have learned from God’s living word that He does not teach keeping them. Be sure to read and study Leviticus chapter 23 in which the LORD our God lists for us – the “children of Israel”; the spiritual New Covenant Church of God – His feasts which are commanded to be kept and proclaimed as holy convocations – “these are My feasts.” Also, the Apostle Paul WARNED about this present evil age and its practices and what is associated with them –

“Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and NOT TO GOD, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21) You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22) Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” – 1st Corinthians 10:20-22.

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15) And what accord has Christ with Belial [another name of Satan the Devil’s]? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16) And what agreement has the temple of God WITH IDOLS? For you are the temple of the living God [CHRIST IN YOU!]. As God said: ‘I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.’ Therefore ‘Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. …’

And brethren, this includes NOT playing their violent and vulgar saturated video games!

“ … ‘Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.’ 18) ‘I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.’” – 2nd Corinthians 6:14-18.

Even secular history books and encyclopedias show us that this world’s holidays were never originally true Christian celebrations.
Question 2: Why don’t we eat pork or shellfish!?
Answer: Because God’s living word says that they are forbidden to eat. Be sure to read and study Leviticus chapter 11 along with Deuteronomy chapter 14. Also, it is medically documented that eating them has potential health issues.
Question 3: Why is it that you don’t have any parties or events Friday nights or on Saturdays!?
Answer: Because we keep the holy SEVENTH DAY SABBATH, which begins Friday at sunset and ends Saturday at sunset. This is something that God commands -

“’ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10) But the SEVENTH DAY [which is known as Saturday] is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11) For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and RESTED the SEVENTH DAY. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.’” – Exodus 20:8-11.

Now, while God’s living word tells us that we are to “be ready always with an answer” – 1st Peter 3:15, KJV. It may be that we can only – because of circumstances – give short answers to questions. Like the other day, I was asked question 2 by some unconverted friends. And the answer I gave was the same as I have written here. They finally answered: “Oh, well, the Bible was written by men.”

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In the glorious and holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Minister Leonard V Johnson

Suggested Sabbath Day Services

Here is our suggested Sabbath day service for our scattered brethren and friends around the world:

TWO songs of praise. (our songbook, The Bible Hymnal, is suggested, there is some Instrumental Accompaniment to the Bible Hymnal available on our website).
Opening prayer.
A song of special music. Might we suggest “Hold On To Me” performed by Minister Guy LaMar!?
Sermonette – “Are Two Able To Walk Together?” Additional sermonettes are available on our BitChute channel – URL: Along with our other video platforms.
Announcements – from the deacon or pastor.
Sermon – from the pastor or a guest speaker. The one suggested for this week is “Cry Aloud, Spare Not.” Other sermons are available on the Church of Jesus Christ Online MinistriesUGETube channel.
Closing song.
Closing prayer.

In case you do not receive a ‘Letter to our Friends,' remember that there are many sermon messages on the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries YouTube channel, as well as our Soundcloud Radio channel.

Some World News In Relation To Biblical Prophecy

In Iran this week they’ve been complaining that the United States of America isn’t moving fast enough towards another nuclear “deal.” (See: ZeroHedge: Iran Slams US For Procrastinating On Nuclear Deal’). Notice this from last month with Israel365News
“The United States would use military force “as a last resort” to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.

“Iran cannot get a nuclear weapon,” Biden told Channel 12 in an interview that aired shortly after his arrival in Israel for his first official visit as president.

The U.S. president emphasized, however, that his administration remains committed to reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran.

“I think it was a giant mistake for the previous president to get out of the deal,” said Biden, in reference to former U.S. leader Donald Trump’s 2018 decision to withdraw from the accord.

According to Biden, now the Iranians “are closer to a nuclear weapon than ever before.”

However, he continued, “We can act against [Iranian terrorism] and still have a deal that can curtail the nuclear program,” he said. “I still think it makes sense.”

Asked whether he would authorize the use of force if need be to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, Biden answered: “As a last resort, yes.”

So, the Biden/Harris Administration has publicly stated that it may be willing (personally, that type of statement airs a sense of weakness, compared to President Donald Trump’s warning to North Korea – ‘Pyongyang faces fire and fury like the world has never seen if it continues to threaten the United States with nuclear weapons!’) to engage Iran militarily!? With Iran’s frustration and the fact that it sees the USA as the demonizing epithet The Great Satan and Israel as The Little Satan – as we’ve been WARNING this may provoke IRAN (which anciently is considered Persia) to strike out at the tiny nation in the Middle East known as Israel and its attempt at destroying and taking over Jerusalem in a show of force to help unite and lead a prophesied ‘king of the South’ – a final end-time ‘king of the South’ which will rise to power and lead a confederation of predominantly Muslim lands in the Middle East and North Africa (cf. Daniel 11:40-43; Ezekiel 30:2-8). It could be possible that Iran – the number one terrorist nation in the world – may cause many of the ‘troubles’ our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ prophesied would occur in this 11:59 hour! – see Mark 13:8.

And Israel was shown – along with the whole world – the utter weakness of the Biden/Harris Administration – e.g. the Afghanistan debacle! Israel is more than capable and willing to attack, even without US approval!

Yet, Iran does have the ability to cause great damage and destruction to Israel, as well as cause some damage to the United States of America along with our interests abroad. Let us notice something that the Prophet Isaiah was inspired by the LORD God to warn concerning grave damage which is soon to come to JERUSALEM –

Elam bore the quiver With chariots of men and horsemen, And Kir uncovered the shield. 7) It shall come to pass that your choicest valleys Shall be full of chariots, And the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.”

Continuing with verses 8 & 9 – “He [Almighty God] removed the protection of JUDAH. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest; 9) You also saw the damage to the city of David, That it was great; …” – Isaiah 22:6-9.

Elam is a reference to at least some in Iran.

God’s living word – and I say “living” because His word is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword”! – Hebrews 4:12, NASB. As a background, we wrote in the article “Our Roots”

“In the span of 19 different kings and seven dynasties, the kings of Israel rebelled against the Lord our God, the Creator of heaven and earth. And finally, the LORD God warned them that He would drive them out. And He did. The HOUSE OF ISRAEL was taken captive to Assyria on the southern shore of the Caspian Sea. In 2nd Kings chapter 17, we read of this very thing!

“Now the king of Assyria [King Tiglath-Pileser III] went throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria and besieged it for THREE YEARS. 6) In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria and carried Israel [not the Jews] away to Assyria, and placed them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.” – 2 Kings 17:5-6.

Verse 18 – “Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone.”

So, only the Kingdom of Judah remained.

Verse 23 – “Until the LORD removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day [meaning, as it was when this was written]. 24) Then the king of Assyria brought the people from Babylon, Cuthah, Ava, Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel; and they took possession of Samaria and dwelt in its cities.”

In other words, the people called ISRAEL were forcibly relocated by the Neo-Assyrian Empire! They were all moved from their farms, from their cities, and from their homes!

So now they were the ones being called Samaritans in the time of our Lord Jesus. The Jews in the time of our Lord Jesus were from the Kingdom of Judah.”
With that being said, God’s living word has the expression “the Syrians from Kir” – Amos 9:7. Which is a confirmation that Kir of Isaiah chapter 22 includes Syrians. His word also tells us that in the time of the end Kir will be utterly destroyed! – cf. Isaiah 15:1 – “ … Because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste And destroyed.” Since Syria is Iran’s closest ally, certainly military cooperation between the two will occur when Iran finally decides to strike against Israel.

The LORD God’s two-fold prophecy in Isaiah 22 references “Judah” which is the land commonly called Israel. The LORD God will soon allow Israel to be viciously attacked! And certainly relying on her own military and Iron Dome will not be enough!

Grave death and destruction are coming to the modern nation of Israel.

Now, it should be noted that God’s living word shows us that Iran will not end up faring too well. Notice the following in this dual prophecy which does indicate at least a partial destruction before the ‘latter days’:

“The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam [ancient Persia/Iran], in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, 35) ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam. The foremost of their might. 36) Against Elam I will bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven, And scatter them toward all these winds; There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go. 37) For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger,’ says the LORD; ‘And I will send the sword after them Until I have consumed them. 38) I will set My throne in Elam, And will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says the LORD.” – Jeremiah 49:34-38.

Indeed, this latest Israeli air strike against Syria is a cause to ‘WATCH’ – cf. Mark 13:37. Again, sadly the Iron Dome will not prevent this two-fold prophecy of Isaiah chapter 22 from being fulfilled ):

Also in world news – and we’ve mentioned this scourge before in one of our The WatchMan Report’s – the infectious viral disease Monkeypox is continuing. And, as we had mentioned - Monkeypox is chiefly transmitted through sex between homosexuals! As the CDC appears to partially acknowledge as experts look more closely into the details (See: FoxNews: Monkeypox chiefly transmitted through sex between men, suggests CDC update communications strategy’). Sexual immorality continues to contribute to many of our Lord Jesus Christ’s prophesied ‘pestilences’ – Matthew 24:7.

Notice this report from Vanderbilt University
How Does Monkeypox Spread?

Monkeypox can be spread from person to person through close, personal contact (often skin-to-skin contact), including:

• Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
• Touching objects, particularly porous surfaces and fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), or surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
• Contact with respiratory secretions.
• A pregnant person can spread the virus to a fetus through the placenta.

This direct contact can happen during intimate contact, including prolonged face-to-face contact, hugging, massage, kissing, or sexual contact.

(Health and Wellness, Vanderbilt University, How does monkeypox spread? Retrieved 26 August 2022).
This report, however, completely overlooks the FACT that this is almost entirely spread through homosexuals outside of Africa!

Sadly, the majority of the mainstream media is PUSHING an inaccurate narrative concerning Monkeypox. All you need do is a quick Google search and you will see - listed at the top of your page – USA Today: Fact check - Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close contact’! Which states unequivocally that “the claim is wrong on multiple fronts.” Then goes on and actually quotes Dr. Matthew Hamill, an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, “While the outbreak at the moment has predominantly affected the LGBTQ community, that is bound to change.” Touché! USA Today along with a whole plethora of Left-wing news media outlets needs to make up their mind!

Friends, national sins affect us all – certainly, this will spread to heterosexual partners!

But sexual immorality – and in this case sodomy – is the cause of what is now happening with Monkeypox!

Notice the following in this time of the end prophecy –

“THIS know also, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. 2) For men shall be lovers of their ownselves, covetous, boasters, PROUD, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. 3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. 4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5, KJV.

Sodomites – as we have been witnessing; especially since June 26, 2015 – are certainly lovers of their own selves, PROUD, without natural affection, and lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God! And much of the same is true of those who are involved in prostitution.

Also this week in the news – apparently this “Global Warming” is at it again! Europe and much of the Western United States of America are under a severe drought – whereas Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and even Death Valley have seen torrential heavy downpours of rain! (See: CBS News: Europe's drought is the worst in 500 years, officials say, as two-thirds of the continent is under distress’).

Also, notice this from Dr. Dominic Royé who tweeted – “A single map for the worst #drought in 500 years in Europe.” 

The lack of rain gravely affects food production and the drying up of the Rhine River will certainly impact food transportation.

God’s living word directly connects sin and drought. His word shows us that water, rain, and drought will become an even worse problem for various disobedient nations in this end time –

"'I also withheld rain from you [drought], When there were still three months to the harvest. I made it rain on one city, I withheld rain from another city. One part was rained upon, And where it did not rain the part withered. 8) So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water, But they were not satisfied; YET YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED TO ME,' Says the LORD. 9) 'I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, Your vineyards, Your fig trees, And your olive trees, The locust devoured them; YET YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED TO ME,' Says the LORD" - Amos 4:7-9.

"The LORD said: 'Surely it will be well with your remnant; Surely I will cause the enemy to intercede with you In the time of adversity and in the time of affliction. 12) Can anyone break iron, The northern iron and the bronze? 13) Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder without price, BECAUSE OF ALL YOUR SINS, Throughout your territories. 14) And I will make you cross over with your enemies Into a land which you do not know; FOR A FIRE is kindled in My anger, Which shall burn upon you'" - Jeremiah 15:11-14.

Back in Deuteronomy 28, we’ve read it before, He talks about the BLESSINGS and He also talks about the CURSES! God is a generous God – we know that. But He also at times said, “I’m tired of fooling around with you! Here’s what you get!” And there are curses listed back in Deuteronomy 28, and they’re a bit chilling. And I have a feeling as a nation we aren’t far away from finding out what that means.

“’ But it shall come to pass, IF you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, [for there is but ONE God, and ONE Mediator between God and all men, Jesus Christ; Isa. 44:6], to observe CAREFULLY all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: ….’” – Deuteronomy 28:15. 

“’ I will take away its hedge, and it SHALL BE BURNED; And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. 6) I will lay it waste; It shall not be pruned or dug, But there shall come up briers and thorns. I WILL ALSO COMMAND THE CLOUDS THAT THEY RAIN NO RAIN ON IT.’” – Isaiah 5:5-6.

“’ And it shall be that IF you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul [life], 14) then I will give you the rain for your land IN ITS SEASON, …’” – Deuteronomy 11:13-17.

Severe droughts and various weather problems, including floods and high heat, can contribute to food shortages, higher food prices, and even famine!

We are seeing areas of massive drought and excessive rain.

Also notice that the LORD our God uses weather to WARN our peoples to turn to Him – yet, the majority ignore this –

“’ I struck you with blight and mildew and hail in all the labors of your hands; yet you DID NOT turn to Me,’ says the LORD.” – Haggai 2:17.

Friends, God’s living word shows us –

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but NOW commands ALL MEN EVERYWHERE TO REPENT.” – Acts 17:30.

Concluding Comments

The prophet Micah wrote:

The prophet Micah wrote: “Many nations shall come and say, ‘Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD [the Kingdom of God], To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion [New Jerusalem] the Law shall go forth, And the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem” – Micah 4:2.

Minister Michael C. Garrett stated:

“I do not know what my Protestant and Catholic friends do with these verses! I can only imagine that they never read them, or if they do read them they take out a black magic marker and just mark them out. Because it’s the exact opposite of what their religious leaders are teaching them. And I don’t know why they just can’t look into the Word of God and say, “You know, they’ve been lying to me! My religious leaders have not told me the truth! And I’m just gonna reevaluate everything I ever thought I knew about God and the Bible, and the Plan of God.” Well, the reason they don’t do it, is because at this present time, they’re not being called. But, someday they will be. And then they will finally understand. Zephaniah chapter 3, verse 14 – “Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15) The LORD has taken away your judgments, He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You shall see disaster no more.” Verse 17 – “The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, …” God, living on the Earth! Isaiah chapter 2 – which is almost identical to what Micah wrote in Micah 4.”

Dear friends, as we keep this Sabbath let us go forth as our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to, as shining examples of those who strive to live according to the Law of God – the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God.

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,

Monday, August 22, 2022

A Morning Bible Study - Are You Preparing For God's Kingdom?

by Leonard V Johnson

On our short Welcome video we announce that the kingdom of God is coming soon – are YOU prepared!? And how we can help open your eyes to the light of Christ! Because of MOST IMPORTANCE is Jesus Christ. The fact that we teach the living Word of God, the Truth of God, and we help try and explain to you the awesome Plan of God. And we do this here at the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries all from the comfort of your home – via the Internet. With our hundreds of video sermons, online booklets, along with articles on our website –

Will You be one of our Lord Jesus Christ’s servants in His kingdom!?

Are You Preparing to RULE WITH CHRIST!?

And certainly, it begins with repentance, proper baptism, the laying on of hands, and the receiving of the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. One then becomes a true Spirit-begotten child of God – a true Christian. And then, we MUST OVERCOME, and spiritually grow in God’s grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – and in His very character.

Let us begin to properly understand.
1) Even though our Lord Jesus was and is the very Son of the living God and possessed the Holy Spirit without measure, did He still have to learn obedience to God!?
“though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9) And having been perfected, He became the Author of eternal salvation TO ALL WHO OBEY HIM, 10) called by God as High Priest ‘according to the order of Melchizedek’” – Hebrews 5:8-10.

Let us walk and follow our Savior Jesus Christ’s example – learning obedience through our suffering – which perfected Him. Let us always strive to be perfect – through and with God’s Spirit – Matthew 5:48.

Did He overcome and resist the temptations of His carnal flesh, this present evil age, and Satan the devil!?

Our Lord Jesus Christ’s exemplary life – certainly during the 3 ½ years of His earthly ministry – was not a life of ease, and it certainly did not entail flying around in a personal Falcon Fan jet, or even a Gulfstream II! His life was filled with constant trials of every kind! Yes, our Lord Jesus Christ knew what real tribulation was!

’ These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you WILL HAVE TRIBULATION; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world’ – John 16:33.

And, it is SO IMPORTANT for us as true Christians to overcome that He reiterates this to His Church SEVEN TIMES!
2) So, Jesus Christ overcame during His human life and was BORN AGAIN by a resurrection. Where is He presently seated!?
Soon, our Lord Jesus Christ is coming “with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way” as King of kings and Lord of lords to take over the kingdoms of the earth – to establish the GOVERNMENT OF GOD! If you will reject the way of Satan the devil and overcome, He will grant you to sit with Him on His throne – which He currently resides on in the THIRD HEAVEN! – Revelation 3:21.

Have all angels, principalities, and powers been made subject to Him under His Father!?

“ … through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22) who has gone into Heaven [the Third Heaven] and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.” – 1 Peter 3:21, 22; see also Ephesians 1:20-22 and 1st Corinthians 15:27.
3) How great and awesome is the authority that our Lord Jesus Christ has already inherited!?
After our Savior, Master, and Elder Brother ascended to the very THRONE OF GOD, the very seat of the Government of the entire universe, He sent His Spirit. And, about fifty days later – “when the Day of Pentecost had fully come” the Spirit of God descended upon them in A.D. 30/31! Then, “having been built on the FOUNDATION of the apostles and prophets [of the Old Testament], Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone” – Ephesians 2:20 – He built His Church. “In whom the WHOLE BUILDING, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord” which is composed of those called and begotten children of God who have received, and with whom is dwelling God’s Holy Spirit – they are the spiritual temple of God.

Now, the head of Jesus Christ’s Church is not – and never has been – any man, but it’s always been the living Jesus Christ!

And again, here we reiterate – LOOK TO JESUS, NOT MOSES! A God-inspired sermon that literally got Minister Michael C. Garrett persecuted by a great many!

“ … whom He has appointed heir OF ALL THINGS, through whom also He made the worlds.” – Hebrews 1:1-2.

Notice how the New English Bible has translated this amazing verse: “But in this the final age [H]e has spoken to us in the Son whom [H]e has made heir to the whole universe …”! – Hebrews 1:2, NEB.
4) In His kingdom to come will our Lord Jesus Christ be the only inheritor to not just rule on earth, but also His vast known universe!?
Notice this glorious promise - “just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ … For if the inheritance is of the law [meaning, the Jewish customs], it is no longer of promise; …” – because the Old Covenant has been replaced with “a better covenant” – “ … but God gave it to Abraham by promise.” And he says in Verse 21 – “Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22) But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” Verse 26 – “For you are all [children] of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27) For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither [bond] nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29) And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” And, what was that promise!? Romans chapter 4, verse 13 – we read it – “For the promise that he [speaking of Abraham] would be the HEIR OF THE WORLD …” That promise was made to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph – “through the righteousness of faith.” And that promise was also made to all of us!

We will be co-rulers, joint heirs with Him!

“The Spirit [itself] bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. 17) and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, …” – Romans 8:16, 17.

We, true Christians, are heirs – joint heirs with Jesus Christ. And, God willing, are destined to inherit and help rule EVERYTHING which the LORD God has created – whether visible or invisible – when we too are BORN AGAIN at the sounding of the LAST TRUMP! - cf. Revelation 11:15-19.
5) Does God’s living word tell us what His resurrected servants the prophets and the saints will be doing for the FIRST THOUSAND YEARS in His kingdom!?
’ And he who OVERCOMES, and KEEPS MY WORKS until the end, …’ – either upon death or the resurrection unto life – “ … ‘to him I will give power over the nations 27) ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ – as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the Morning Star.’ – Revelation 2:26-27.

The Morning Star being Himself – see Revelation 22:16.

“and He has made [or, rather “will make” – I add editorially] us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – Revelation 1:6, NASB.

Notice chapter 20 of the Book of Revelation – of REVEALING –

Verse 4 – again from the Hebrew/Greek Key Word Study Bible; the New American Standard Bible“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls [psychē, meaning “life”] of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their FOREHEAD and upon their HAND; and they came to life and REIGNED WITH CHRIST FOR A THOUSAND YEARS.” – Revelation 20:4.

Now, in short, as Minister Michael C. Garrett writes, “There are quite a few places - Revelation 13:16-17; Revelation 14:9-11; Revelation 15:2; Revelation 16:2; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:4. Six references in the Book of Revelation where it refers to the ‘mark of the beast.’ Now, the term ‘the mark’ – if you look up in your concordance or your lexicon under your Bible study helps – it describes an actual something. An actual thing – a symbol. It’s not a concept or an idea.” 1

And again, here we reiterate – If God says something more than once, it is worth paying ATTENTION! In His living word, when you see something repeated over and over, you NEED to realize that God is truly trying to get you to wake up and to understand that this thing is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!

God’s living word clearly shows us, brethren, that we will receive – God willing – positions of rulership on this earth as “priests” – teachers. And, that the 144,000 will receive administration positions in the very assistance to Jesus Christ our soon-coming King of kings and Lord of lords over all the kingdoms of this present evil age – see “Who Are the 144,000?”

These positions and responsibilities are in addition to the gift of eternal life –

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 6:23.

So, we MUST overcome, spiritually grow, prepare and develop, for our service to our “HUSBAND” (Revelation 19:7-9). All Spirit-begotten children of God are now in training for significant positions in helping Jesus Christ teach and rule in the world tomorrow His Way.

’ And behold, I AM coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.’ – Revelation 22:12.
6) Does our “spiritual works” in this life determine our reward in His kingdom!?
’ For the Son of Man will come in [or rather – with] the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.’ – Matthew 16:27.

There is a vast difference between being “saved by grace,” and “rewarded according to WORKS.” And, to properly understand, you need to understand just what “salvation” is, and just what “reward” actually means.

We just quoted the Apostle Paul explaining what the wages – or the consequences – of sin is. He said, “the wages of sin is death.” He didn’t say, the wages of sin is ‘burning in hell and being tormented forever and ever.’ Or, being in ‘limbo.’ Or, some other –

I recall when I was five living next to reincarnationists or something like that – and their son, who was about my age, had sat on an ant pile outside, but wouldn’t kill any of the ants that had swarmed his body and were stinging him – because he was taught by his parents that ants were his reincarnated relatives! Well, no, ‘the wages of sin is DEATH!’ “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We are not immortal. We are inherently temporary.

What is meant by ‘each according to his “works”’!?

I believe it’s incumbent upon me to briefly explain here just what our Lord Jesus Christ means – using His living word – of “works.”

There were some of the Gentile converts there at Corinth that wanted to be followers of the Apostles Paul, or Peter, and others of Apollos. Yet, the Apostle Paul – as we do - points us to be followers of JESUS CHRIST!

“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the LORD GAVE TO EACH ONE? 6) I planted, Apollos watered, BUT GOD GAVE THE INCREASE.” – 1st Corinthians 3:5-6.

Our beloved Paul was showing them, and by extension – us, that he and Apollos were mere humans, and that it is God that increases the fruit of the Spirit – which includes spiritual GROWTH.

He continues – “So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but GOD WHO GIVES THE INCREASE.” – vs. 7.

“Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” – vs. 8.

So, our “works” do earn wages – either good or bad. Evil works earn eternal DEATH – cf. Revelation 21:8. Righteous works earn a position or a reward in God’s kingdom -

But, make no mistake – “For by GRACE you have been saved through faith, and that NOT of yourselves; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, 9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.

10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10.

If God willing, we make it into God’s kingdom, it will be by the GRACE OF GOD, undeserved – as God’s GIFT. Yet, our spiritual good works, as instruments in God’s hands, which He uses in His WORK ON THIS PLANET, is the most important work or activity on earth today! And, it contributes greatly to our individual and personal spiritual GROWTH!

So, again our Lord Jesus Christ does the ‘works’ within us! And the FOUNDATION did not come by our works! It was God’s doing! He GAVE us the FOUNDATION to build upon. And that FOUNDATION is CHRIST JESUS! – Christ In Us – cf. 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 2:20; 4:19; Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 1:27 – by the Holy Spirit! Yet, we must continue to build upon that Foundation. We must “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” – 2 Peter 3:18.
7) By what principle can we – of ordinary ability and humbleness - qualify to take on far greater responsibility in His kingdom!?
’ He who is faithful in WHAT IS LEAST is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11) THEREFORE if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon [wealth, assets], who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12) And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?’ – Luke 16:10-12.

We learn to rule and teach – and be trusted by others – by being faithful and conscientious in whatever we do – living by God’s Law and His living Word.

What will our Lord Jesus Christ say to those who have been faithful over the little that He has entrusted to their care!?

’ After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20) So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21) His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. ENTER INTO THE JOY OF YOUR LORD.’ – Matthew 25:19-21.

As Minister Guy LaMar has stated previously – we too believe that Satan the Devil and his minions are viciously attacking and placing obstacles in the way of this ministry. Making it difficult to minister to our brethren and friends. But, the LORD our God is seeing us through. And, at this moment in time has blessed us with a few things – and we MUST be faithful servants over these few things. We all need to cling to our heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ to see us through! For even the one who considers that he or she only has a little can qualify to rule over much – in God’s kingdom!

Again, this wonderful parable by our Lord Jesus illustrates the fact that we will be rewarded according to our spiritual works. But it also illustrates another point – our LORD God’s complete fairness in rewarding His servants – taking into consideration their own limitations – e.g. not everyone has the finances to build or rent a church building.
8) In what way did this lord, who represents our Lord Jesus Christ, divide up talents!?
Now, as He teaches us in His Parable of the Talents; as well as Him speaking of the glorious kingdom of God – if you’ve been given God’s Holy Spirit, you’ve been given a great amount! – whether you have more or less of His Spirit – you’ve been entrusted with great wealth!

’ And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to EACH ACCORDING TO HIS OWN ABILITY; and immediately he went on a journey.’ – Matthew 25:15.

Now, we, dear brethren, are a very ‘special people’ – whether we realize it or not – we are the children of God, we are the chosen ones – the ones who possess God’s revealed truths. And, it’s vitally important that we use this great wealth – and stir it up! But, notice that the quantities were not equal. The amounts were given according to each servant’s ability.

The Greek word translated “talents” is talanton, meaning “weight and monetary unit” 2 which pictures spiritual gifts. God knows some have more ability, aptitude, education, personality, strength, or better opportunities than others.
9) What did the servants do with the talents given to them before their lord returned and settled accounts with them!?
’ Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17) And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18) But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.’ – Matthew 25:16-18.

Jesus Christ’s kingdom will be in relation to what the Apostle Paul wrote concerning the Church of God:

“And God has appointed these in the Church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps [or rather, helpers], administrations, varieties of tongues [or rather, languages]. 29) Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30) Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues [or rather, different languages]? Do all interpret?” – 1 Corinthians 12:28-30.

So, in this respect – God’s chosen children – His firstfruits – are (and shall be in His kingdom) “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, …” “it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, …” – 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 3:2.

And, as I say to Father God and our Lord Jesus always, “I would be blessed and happy to just have the privilege to shine Your shoes, of which I am not worthy.” – cf. Luke 3:16.

The servant who was given five talents doubled his spiritual gifts. Likewise, although the servant with two produced less in number than the one with five, he also doubled what he started out with. He did as well in proportion to his ability.

10) In what capacity is our Lord Jesus now serving true Christians?

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest [and be thankful for that every single day of your life!!] who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our [profession, our covenant, our agreement with God]. 15) For we do not have a High Priest …” - the English translation here is very distorted; what it’s saying is WE HAVE A HIGH PRIEST who can sympathize with our weaknesses, who can be touched by all of our problems. Because He too, as a human being, was “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” – and in doing so, He qualified to relinquish the power of Satan the devil over our lives. We are no longer under the power of Satan the devil, we are no longer under the prospect of eternal death. But now we’re under the rulership of the great High Priest Jesus Christ, and He is offering to us - all of us – eternal life! Not just help in the age to come, but blessing and help in this age! Notice what Paul said in Verse 16 – “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16. It's truly breathtaking, exciting, and an incredible calling! A glorious and wonderful future!

Are You Preparing for God’s kingdom!? □

1) Garrett, M.C., The MARK of the BEAST, 24, Oct. 2019, pg. 15.
2) “about 57 to 80 lbs.; a talent of silver was about 6,000 days’ wages (denarii) of a common laborer and a talent of gold was about 180,000 days’ wages, often implying a vast, unattainable amount: - talents.” Strong’s #5007.

Scriptural Index:

New Testament - Matthew 5:48; 16:27; 25:15-21; Luke 3:16; 16:10-12; John 16:33; Acts 2:1; Romans 4:3, 13; 6:23; 8:16-17; 1 Corinthians 3:5-8; 12:28-30; 15:27; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 2:20; 3-18-19, 21-22, 26-29; 4:19; Ephesians 1:20-22; 2:8-10, 20-21; 3:17; Colossians 1:27; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:14-16; 5:8-10; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 3:18, 21-22; 1 John 3:2; Jude 1:14-15; Revelation 1:6; 2:26-27; 3:21; 11:15-19; 13:16-17; 14:9-11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:7-9, 20; 20:4; 21:8; 22:12, 16.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

the LIE of the TRINITY

by Guy C. LaMar

The Holy Spirit is NOT a person or a third member of a so-called Trinity.

THE TRINITY doctrine is from the Church of Satan the Devil – the Roman Catholic Church.

The Trinity doctrine is a LIE!

The Holy Spirit is the power by which God the Father and God the Son accomplish Their will. It is the essence of God within.

The impregnation of the Holy Spirit from God the Father as a spiritual begettal is granted freely to each true believer upon repentance of their sins, proper baptism by immersion, and the laying on of hands.

This begettal of the Holy Spirit is the earnest assurance of the promise of eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ.

It is the power of God, which makes each begotten child of God a partaker of the divine nature and imparts the ability to develop the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The indwelling of God’s Spirit imparts the power to each individual to live in accordance with God’s will and to OVERCOME the temptations of human nature, this evil present age, and Satan the Devil.

As the spiritually begotten believer seeks to serve and obey God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will help lead him/her into all TRUTH that is contained in the living word of God – the Holy Bible – which is essential for salvation.

The Laying On of Hands

The laying on of hands: a special act performed by an ordained minister of God. It is done by asking God the Father through Jesus Christ in prayer to confer a spiritual gift or blessing upon someone.

The laying on of hands is required for the receiving of the gift of God’s Spirit following proper water baptism.

The laying on of hands is also for the anointing of the sick with pure – preferably first cold pressed – olive oil for healing.

The laying on of hands is also for the ordination of those selected for spiritual or physical service to the Church of God.

The laying on of hands is also for the blessing of the children.

It is also for a special blessing during a marriage ceremony, and for other special blessings.

In the Book of James – a very brother to our Lord Jesus was inspired through God’s Spirit to write –

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15) And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” – James 5:14-15.

“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14) But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom [from] heaven.’ 15) And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.” – Matthew 19:13-15.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “ … ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16) The one who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but the one who does not believe shall be [judged]. 17) And these signs shall follow those who believe: in My name they shall cast out demons; they shall speak with new languages; 18) They shall remove serpents; …’” – “enemies who harass and destroy are compared to serpents (Isa. 14:29; Jer. 8:17). 1

“ … ‘and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them in any way; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.’” – Mark 16:15-18, NET.

“Then Paul said, ‘John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6) And when Paul HAD LAID HANDS ON THEM, the Holy Spirit came upon them, …” – Acts 19:4-5, 6.

“And the saying pleased the whole multitude [the multitude of the disciples]. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6) whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.” – Acts 6:5-6.

“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ 3) Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.” – Acts 13:2-3.

“Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15) who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16) For as yet [it] had fallen upon none of them. They had ONLY been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

18) And when Simon [Simon Magus, aka Simon the Sorcerer; the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church] saw that THROUGH THE LAYING ON OF THE APOSTLES’ HANDS the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money.” – Acts 8:15-18.

‘He who has My Commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me’

Anyone who does NOT obey and DOES NOT keep God’s commandments is NOT His! Thus, they DO NOT have the Holy Spirit of God. They have their own idea of just what the Holy Spirit actually is – but they truly are NOT His!

God does not bend His rules to fit people’s imaginations of what their religiosity or tradition claims.

The Holy Spirit is only within those who are TRULY OBEDIENT TO GOD and forsake their own lives for Jesus Christ and who OBEY GOD’S COMMANDMENTS – summed up with the TEN COMMANDMENTS!

“I have been crucified with Christ, yet I live. Indeed, it is no longer I; but Christ lives in me. For the life that I am now living in the flesh, I live by faith—that very faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20.

“He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and DOES NOT keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” – 1 John 2:4.

“Then Peter said to them, ‘REPENT, and let every one of you be BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” – Acts 2:38.

“’ IF you love Me [‘If you are loyal to Me’], keep the commandments – namely, My commandments. 16) And I will ask the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that it may be with you throughout the age: 17) Even the Spirit of the truth, which the world cannot receive because it perceives it not, nor knows it; but you know it because it dwells with you, and shall be within you. … 26) But when the Comforter comes, even the Holy Spirit, which the Father will send in My name, that one shall teach you all things, and shall bring to your remembrance everything that I have told you.” – John 14:15-17, 26, NET.

“But you ARE NOT in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10) And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11) But if the Spirit of Him [God the Father] who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit [which] dwells in you.

12) Therefore, brethren, we are debtors – not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh [see Galatians 5:19-21]. 13) For if you live according to the flesh YOU WILL DIE; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, YOU WILL LIVE. 14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the [children] of God.” – Romans 8:9-14.

“But as it is written [Isaiah 64:4]: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ 10) But God has revealed them to us THROUGH HIS SPIRIT. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” – 1st Corinthians 2:9-10.

Also, notice verse 11 – “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”

“But the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is love [agape in Greek], joy, peace, longsuffering [or rather, patience], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23.

And, the Apostle Paul admonishes his protégé, Timothy – along with all of us – to stir up this glorious gift – “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but OF POWER and OF LOVE and OF SOUND MIND.” – 2nd Timothy 1:6-7.

Sealed with the Holy Spirit

“The earth [became] without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” – Genesis 1:2.

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you WERE SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, 14) [which] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” – Ephesians 1:13-14.

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us IS GOD, 22) who also HAS SEALED US and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” – 2nd Corinthians 1:21-22.

So says the LORD – “’ Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.’” – meaning, RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!

“On the last day, that great day of the feast [of which we call the Last Great Day], Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38) He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’

39) But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” – John 7:37-39.

“Whoever has been BORN OF GOD [meaning, in the resurrection; see cf. 1st Corinthians 15:46-53] does not sin, for His seed [the Holy Spirit] remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been BORN OF GOD.” – 1st John 3:9, NKJV.

Continuing here – “By this standard are manifest the children of God and the children of the devil [note vs. 8]. Everyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, and neither is the one who does not love his brother 11) For this is the message that you heard from the beginning – that we should love one another.” – 1st John 3:10-11, NET.

“You are of God, little children, and have OVERCOME them [what Minister Michael C. Garrett has called “a Sour Spirit”], because He [Jesus Christ] who is in you is greater than he [Satan the Devil] who is in the world. 5) THEY ARE OF THE WORLD. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6) We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” – or rather, we can discern between a “Sweet Spirit and a Sour Spirit.”

Verse 7 – “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves IS [eventually, I might add editorially] BORN OF GOD and knows God. 8) He who does not love does not know God, FOR GOD IS LOVE.” – 1st John 4:4- 8.

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3) as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4) by which have been given to us EXCEEDINGLY GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature [of being BORN AGAIN in the glorious kingdom of God], having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5) But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, ADD to your faith VIRTUE, to virtue KNOWLEDGE, 6) to knowledge SELF-CONTROL, to self-control PERSEVERANCE, to perseverance GODLINESS, 7) to godliness BROTHERLY KINDNESS, and to brother kindness LOVE.

8) For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9) For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

10) Therefore, brethren, BE EVEN MORE diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11) for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly INTO THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.” – 1st Peter 1:2-11.

God the Father Calls

I can preach until I’m blue in the face and beg people to open their eyes and put aside their fluffy religious garbage, but UNLESS God the Father has called them, then they will NEVER know the REAL JESUS!

’ NO ONE can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him at the LAST DAY.’ – John 6:44.

‘The last day,’ speaking of the resurrection day – the last trumpet!

Satan the devil, who is the god of this world, has deceived the whole world (2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9). At some point all mankind will have been tricked into believing the lies of the evil one.

We go through this world’s professing lies – deciphering – to find the living truth of God!

Just preceding the glorious return of Jesus Christ – “So the great dragon was cast out, …” – cast out of the atmosphere – “ … that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast TO THE EARTH, and his angels [or rather, demons] were cast out with him.” – Revelation 12:9.

Friends, we ONLY gain closeness to Almighty God by keeping His commandments and keeping His Holy Days – OBEYING HIS LAW! Otherwise, we are only following religious fantasy!

I repeat – NO ONE, absolutely NO ONE, has the Holy Spirit sealed within them (and that’s not to say that a small portion of God’s Spirit is not allowed from time to time in a person who hasn’t been following the FULL Law of God to be used for His will and purpose) UNLESS they OBEY and APPLY to the RULES OF GOD as instructed by Him in how to be gifted the Holy Spirit.

We MUST keep the commandments and the Holy Days as did our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

“WHOEVER believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2) By THIS we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. 3) For this is the love of God, that we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. And His commandments are not burdensome.” – 1 John 5:1-3.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ kept His Father’s commandments. It was Jesus – who was known as the Word, the Logos – see John 1:1-3, 14 – who wrote with His very own hand the TEN COMMANDMENTS!

And, according to our Lord Jesus – paraphrasing: Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will by no means pass away. And, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. – see Matthew 5:18; 24:35.

A true Holy Spirit-led Christian OBEY’S GOD’S LAW! They do God’s will! Not their own human carnal reasoning!

Now, one can claim that they have the Holy Spirit all they want, but unless they follow to the letter the instructions of God in His living word, they are just living a lie!

The LORD God tells us through His servant Moses – “’ I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; THEREFORE CHOOSE LIFE.’” – Deuteronomy 30:19.

The facts are the facts.

The only way you truly have the gift of the Holy Spirit is if you have done and continue to do what the LORD God – the very God of our forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – commands!

Period. □

1) Unger, M.F., Unger’s Bible Dictionary, “Serpent” Moody Press, Chicago, Ill., 1966, pp. 997.

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