Friday, January 25, 2019

Weekly Bible Study – January 28, 2019; Study: The Angelic Conflict. Part 7. The worlds were framed not from nothing, but rather made from invisible things.


The Angelic Conflict. Part 7. The worlds were framed
not from nothing, but rather made from invisible things.
2Co 4:3-4; Gal 2:16; Job 1; Heb 1:1-2; Psa 8:3-5

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Angelic Conflict. Part 7. The worlds were framed
not from nothing, but rather made from invisible things.
2Co 4:3-4; Gal 2:16; Job 1; Heb 1:1-2; Psa 8:3-5


Point 5 in our doctrine of the angelic conflict: Satanic and Demonic attacks during the Church-age.

We have seen that during the Church-age, demon attacks are limited to two categories: 1) For the unbeliever, demon possession, or demon influence, in which demon doctrines enter the soul. 2) For believers, attacks are limited to demon influence, in which the doctrine of demons invades the right lobe of the soul (1Ti 4:1-5).

Satan’s organization is described in Eph 6:12 (corrected translation), For our warfare is not against blood and flesh [people’s souls or their O.S.N.—old sin nature], but against the rulers [the highest ranking demons in Satan’s organization, such as Abaddon or Apollyon and Beelzebub] against the powers [demon officers who have phenomenal authority] against the world forces of this darkness [Satan’s demon ambassadors who control many of the rulers of this world] against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places [spiritual forces of evil in the atmosphere around the earth, the stellar universe, and even in the presence of God to represent Satan]. This is why Eph 6:11 commands us to Put on the full armor from God so that you might always be able to stand firm or hold your ground against the strategies or the schemes of the devil. We are to take all the power that the Lord has provided, the spiritual weapons and the Problem Solving Devices, and put them to use, in order to stand up to everything Satan throws our way. We are involved in a conflict between two kingdoms, and both kingdoms are after our soul.

Satan plans offensive action against the human race, especially against believers, and this action demands defense on our part. Defensive action is dependence on the Lord by remaining behind the wall of fire. Eph 4:27 is a command for defensive action, And do not give the devil an opportunity. The Greek word for opportunity is topos, and it means a place or a room in your soul. This verse is warning us not to give one room in our soul to the devil or the kingdom of darkness. The only way to prevent that is through our intake and application of Bible doctrine. Bible doctrine is pleasant to the soul, Prov 2:10, For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; (see also Prov 19:8; PRO 24:4; Ecc 7:12). On the other hand, rejection of Bible doctrine produces destruction, Isa 5:13, Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; Hos 4:6, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

So, just as doctrine gives the rooms of the soul pleasure and freedom, a lack of doctrine in those rooms produces slavery and bondage. David said in Psa 139:23-24, Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. The Lord wants to deliver us from bondage, and not to condemn us, or make us feel guilty. He wants to set us free. Psa 139:12 says, Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee. Unless a believer is free from this bondage of his soul, or this room of secret faults or sins, the believer will never enjoy true freedom. That room will be like a dungeon or a prison in the life of the believer. The Lord desires to set us all free from this guilt, condemnation, fear, insecurity, self-introspection, and low self-esteem, John 8:32, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:36 says, If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. (Psa 68:6; Isa 61:1; Isa 42:7; Psa 69:33, 146:7b; Jer 15:11).

So, the believer is commanded to be on the defensive against Satan’s strategies. This is because we are in a conflict, and defensive action is a grace function. Believers are dependent upon the grace provision of God. Eph 6:13 is a command for defensive action, Pick up and put on the full armor from God that you may always be able to hold your ground in the day that evil attacks you. The evil day is the day you are attacked by any system of evil. James 4:7 commands us, Hold your ground against the devil and he will flee from you. The ground is the spiritual advance and momentum that we have achieved from making positive decisions toward doctrine. It is easy to lose your ground, and lose the doctrine that you once had. 2Jo 1:8 warns us, Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished [your momentum and spiritual growth], but that you may receive a full reward [imputation of your escrow blessings in time and eternity].

1Pe 5:8-9 Be sober minded [attain spiritual self-esteem], be alert, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for some believer to devour; therefore, hold your ground against him by standing firm in doctrine. What God has provided for us, He provides in grace, and the defense of grace has no weaknesses. When we use our human strengths and abilities against Satan, we are defeated, but with grace we win. Encouragement for defensive action against Satan is found in 1Jo 4:4, Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

We are to be on the defensive against Satan because he and his angels in the angelic conflict use offensive action. In human history, the sovereignty of God and free will of man coexist by divine decree because human history is an extension of the pre-historic angelic conflict. This is the reason why you are here. Satan learned that he cannot attack the sovereignty of God, which is incorruptible, so he attacked the volition of God’s creatures. Satan tries to make creatures choose against the Creator, and for the creature, and he came up with a plan to attack God through His own creatures. The greatest attack on human volition occurred in the dispensation of the hypostatic union against the humanity of Christ. Jesus Christ was attacked constantly, and He was tempted beyond anything we will ever know. Heb 4:15, For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality; rather our Lord has experienced everything, except sin.

Satan’s offensive began in the pre-historic angelic conflict when he revolted against God with the thought, I will be like the most high God (Isa 14:14). The result of which is stated in Rev 12:3-4, And another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven, and threw them to the earth. The result was a great trial, in which Satan and all fallen angels were condemned to the eternal lake of fire. Matt 25:41, “depart from me you who have been condemned into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.” Satan was already judged and condemned before the creation of the human race. However, Satan was granted an appeal, and so mankind was created to resolve the angelic conflict. All the witnesses in the appeal trial are members of the human race. Satan’s strategy is designed to attack the human race and corrupt human volition at two critical points:

The first is at the point of the Gospel where Satan attacks to obscure the content of the Gospel, and to corrupt the fact of faith in Christ alone for eternal salvation, 2Co 4:3-4, And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

These are blind to the brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God that we will ever get. Satan’s objective is to establish systems of religion in which the works of mankind replace the function and mechanics of the grace of God. The Gospel is attacked by the teaching of salvation by works, or faith plus something else, and of course this is a direct attack against scripture, Gal 2:16, Knowing that a person is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Christ Jesus… for by the works of the law no flesh will be justified.”

Rom 3:28, For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

Eph 2:8-9, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

We know very well that we are not right with God by means of keeping the law or trying to keep all the rules, but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. The Jews had the best system of rules the world has ever seen, however, Gal 3:24 says, The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Or Rom 3:9, What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; All of us start out in identical condition: as sinners.

The second point of Satan’s attack is on the believer where Satan attacks volition to cause rejection of doctrine. Satan seeks to obscure the importance of doctrine through false doctrine, legalism, distractions, and false scales of values, among other ways. By neutralizing the importance of Bible doctrine, the believer is hindered from executing and living inside the PPOG [predesigned plan of God for your life], including glorifying God in the midst of the angelic conflict.

We are to be on the defensive against Satan and the fallen angels. The question which comes to mind for many people is: If the devil and his angels have already been sentenced to the lake of fire, then why does God allow them to be free today? We can answer that with a principle found in the word of God, Rom 9:22-23 says, What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,

In context this deals with the unbelief of the Jews and the saving of the Gentiles; however, the principle can still apply to Satan and the fallen angels. Note in verse 22, God is demonstrating His wrath, and in the angelic conflict, God is directing His wrath toward Satan and the fallen angels. He is also making His power known to all of His creatures as He is enduring, with much patience, the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, namely Satan and the fallen angels. God is doing this, as verse 23 says, in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, namely the members of the human race, which He prepared beforehand for glory, which is another answer to why the angelic conflict.

Because Satan cannot directly attack God, he must concentrate his attack on humans who are vulnerable to Satan’s offensive strategy. His hope and plan is to get mankind to attack the character and nature of God as a third party in the conflict. This was Satan’s whole purpose in attacking Job. It’s interesting to note that the oldest book in the Bible, from the standpoint of writing, is the book of Job which is written in Archaic Hebrew. Job was written long before Moses lived, and long before Moses wrote the first five books in the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). The book of Job is pre-Mosaic in its authorship. This is important because it means that the very first book that God gave man starts out with a scene in the courtroom of heaven in the midst of the angelic conflict, and a man being entered into evidence testing. Job is a book that really gives us some insight into the angelic conflict, and why we are here. Remember that we are all here for one reason only and that is to bring glory to God, and that’s it! This is why Isa 43:21 says “The people whom I formed for Myself, Will declare My praise.” Isa 43:7, “Everyone who is called by My name, I have created for My glory,”

In Job 1:1, There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was blameless, upright, respecting God, and turning away from evil. This does not mean that he was perfect; he had a dark side, like we all do, and Job had an Old Sin Nature as well. Verse 1, however, describes his spiritual prosperity. Job was blameless, he was a spiritually mature believer. He was upright, he had victories in spiritual growth. He feared, or respected God, which is a reference to his personal love for TLJC [the Lord Jesus Christ; that is, the coming of the Messiah, The Redeemer]. And the fact that he turned away from evil illustrates his grace orientation. Remember that evil includes both moral and immoral degeneracy. In verses 6-10, we have the beginning of Satan’s offensive action against God’s people and the angelic conflict. Job 1:6, Now there was a day when the sons of God [angels] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, who was the Designated Accuser, came along with them. Job 1:7, And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” Satan always started the courtroom session by making it clear that while God had put Adam in charge of the world as its ruler, Satan had taken it over. Remember, before the human race was created, Satan was the ruler of planet earth. It was his headquarters long before any human creatures existed. When Satan and the fallen angels were sentenced to the lake of fire, one of the things God did was to shut down Satan’s headquarters. This is the reason why Gen 1:1-2, says, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth became formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; This all took place during the pre-historic angelic conflict, when God covered the entire earth with ice. After this, Gen 1:2b tells us, and the Spirit of God began to move over the surface of the waters. This was actually the beginning of God granting Satan’s appeal.

The earth had to be restored for man’s occupancy. The first two verses of the Bible give key clues that become more and more important concerning the doctrine of the angelic conflict, and bring into sharp focus what has happened throughout Earth’s history, as well as human history which has comprised the last 6,000 years. All the evidence points to the fact that the Earth is much older than many conservative Christians who have embraced the young Earth theory would hold. It is possible to decipher this from the first few verses of the Bible provided we look at what the original Hebrew language conveys. Unfortunately, most believers of the Genesis account of creation read it in their own language, and because of the differences in languages, these translations lose much of their meaning, and allow for misinterpretations. We need to realize that when God went through the creation steps outlined in Genesis, they were a minor undertaking. For human beings, it is a complicated process, but for TLJC [the Lord Jesus Christ], it was a simple task. Therefore, the writers of the Bible, in the words they selected to tell about God forming the world and universe, describe the work as an almost casual operation, a light bit of work. For example, Heb 11:3 makes perfect sense in this context, when the writer says, By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. In other words, God simply spoke and worlds were created. This also alludes to the Word of God that John wrote about in his gospel, as well as the destroying sword that comes out of the mouth of the returning Messiah at the end of the Great Tribulation. This presents the idea both of creation through arranging materials, as well as the idea of a carpenter at work. While it seems likely that this creation involved a change of spiritual things into physical, it isn’t a matter of making something from nothing.

Let’s see how all this applies to the Genesis account. In the first verses of the Bible, the idea of creation is conveyed by the verb bara. Gen 1:1, In the beginning God created (bara) the heavens and the earth. The Hebrew word for created is the verb bara, which means to create, cut down wood, to shape, to fashion, or dispatch. Bara shows that God’s creation of the world wasn’t the work of creating it from nothing (as is often the mistaken view people have); rather, it connotes devising something that has already existed into a finished form. God created the heavens and the earth out of something, namely, the Word of God. Heb 1:1-2, God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. Or Heb 11:1-3, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

This explains that the worlds were not framed from nothing, but rather made of invisible things (reformed from some past materials). The point is that God did use something to create the universe, namely the Word of God. God’s creation of the world wasn’t the work of creating it from nothing, but devising something that has already existed into a finished form. The word bara suggests light work; this is reflected in Psa 8:3-6, When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him? Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than God, And dost crown him with glory and majesty! Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet, KJV. The implication here is that the work was done simply by moving just His fingers, with hardly any effort at all. In an age when men pride themselves in what they create, imagine how foolish the most creative of artists or scientists of today’s culture might appear to God Who has such capabilities. It should also be noted that what is translated into English as the beginning in Gen 1:1, is the Hebrew word reshiyth, which denotes the first in a series of things, or the first or the principle thing. This isn’t the starting of the heavens and the earth, but a statement that they were part of the beginning period, before the creation story when the restoration of the earth came into being.

It tells us that God made the heavens and the Earth, but it doesn’t give us a clue as to when or how. When Hebrew writers wanted to note the actual beginning of a time, such as the time of day, or when a harvest commenced, the word employed was most often techillah not bara. This passage of the Bible denotes a period during which that first state of being took place, and during which God created the heavens and the Earth. This may seem like hair-splitting but it has important ramifications, because it points to the idea that other events have taken place before or during this beginning period, even outside the realm of time and space as most people know them. The mind-boggling complexity of the situation is reflected in the phenomenal logic of the beginning in the Gospel of John: John 1:1-3, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. The phrase came into being in the Greek, presents a good opportunity to see how the N.T. writers viewed the idea of the first verse of Genesis as well. The Greek word for beginning is arche, where the word arch comes from, and it indicates not simply a beginning, but a chief period of time, with the idea of a ruler’s magnitude of power is behind it. In John the phrase “In the beginning” also conveys the idea of a period of time, not the beginning or creation of things but just a starting point for the human race. The word translated into English as “came into being” is the Greek verb ginomai. This word conveys the idea of causing something to become something else or to assemble something into a whole.

So, here again the idea is not of God (through Jesus Christ) creating the universe from nothing but rather assembling and forming it into a whole, much as a potter might form a pot or a carpenter frame and build a house. A similar idea of the universe was conveyed by the ancient Greeks; their word cosmos, often translated world or universe, actually suggests a creation that is fabricated from other materials, becoming polished or adorned as it is fashioned. The word doesn’t suggest something created from nothing, but rather that the worlds were made of invisible things. So, the earth had to be restored for man’s occupancy, which came long after the creation of the earth. However, man’s occupancy on planet earth didn’t last too long before Adam and the woman fell and then Satan became the ruler of the world again. Satan always considers this one of his greatest victories. So, it is not surprising to find in several accounts where Satan and the fallen angels are present in heaven, Satan bragging about the fact that he has just come from roaming about on the earth, (his kingdom) and walking around on it (Job 1:6). Here is arrogance rejecting the authority of God even though he is doomed to spend eternity in the lake of fire. We find the same thing about Satan when he is imprisoned for 1000 years during the Millennial reign of Christ. The first thing he does when he gets out of prison is to start a conspiracy and a revolution. In Rev 20:7-8, And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog [refers to Satan] and Magog [refers to Satan’s followers], to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. Arrogance learns nothing whether it’s arrogance in a criminal or arrogance in a law-abiding citizen.

So, in Job 1:8, And the Lord said to Satan [since you have been roaming about on the earth], “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”

With the statement “Have you considered my servant Job?” Job is now entered as a witness for God in the historic appeal trial of Satan and the fallen angels. This is the greatest privilege you could ever have as a believer.


The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Internet Church Service – January 27, 2019; Sermon: The Eighth Commandment, “Thou Shall not Steal” refers to anything natural or spiritual, including people.

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The Eighth Commandment, “Thou Shall not Steal” refers to anything natural or spiritual, including people.


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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word


Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: The Eighth Commandment, “Thou Shall not Steal” refers to anything natural or spiritual, including people.


The eighth commandment in Exo 20:15 “You shall not steal.”

Lo’ tignob — correctly translated “You shall not steal” refers to anything that falls under the category of things that are natural or spiritual, including people.

Your life is protected; marriage is protected, and the family is protected, all by commandments in the Mosaic Law.

One of the main reasons for the Mosaic Law was to reveal to mankind what sin is all about.

Gal 3:24 “Therefore the Law has become our tutor or school bus to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.”

The Ten Commandments and the principles of freedom that are intimately related.

Divine Institution #1 Volition = that which protects your freedom and your life and so a commandment is given to prevent others from taken your freedom away.

Divine Institution #2, Marriage, – we are given all the doctrine necessary to protect those involved in the marriage; Exo 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.”

Divine Institution #3 the family, which is to protect those involved within the family unit in Exo 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother so that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”

We have a command in our passage that deals with the stealing and violations of the property or materialism you own or possess; Exo 20:15 “You shall not steal.”

This commandment establishes the divinely given right” of the individual to own personal property and possessions, and it limits government interference to the protection of this property.

There are two words coming up that we need to recognize; The word for Temple and the word for Body and what they refer to.

The Greek noun ‎‎naos = a safe place to dwell, a shrine or a temple.

It is true that your physical body is a temple of the Holy Spirit but so is your “spiritual body, the Church,” which you are a part of forever, is also called a “temple of the Holy Spirit.”

Every time the word Temple is used we need to define and recognize if it is a real temple or is it the spiritual temple that is in the passage.

There are times when the word Temple is used and it refers to the spiritual Temple or a group of believers who are worshipping the Lord together.

Soma = a “physical body” or a “spiritual body,” which is His church also known as the “body of Christ.

So, soma refers to your body, literally or figuratively, meaning your physical body or His spiritual body, which is His Church which you are a part of called the “body of Christ”.

Temple = ‎naos which can be translated “the temple” referring to the temple of your physical body or it can also refer to the Temple of your spiritual body which is His Church.

Notice here the temple is called “we” not “you” referring to the those in the church.

It is when we recognize the intimate relationship and fellowship we can have with our Lord when we realize that we are His Church, His body,
His bride.

The analogy indicates that the members of the body of Christ are formed into one organic whole with a common plan, a common goal, common objectives, and a common purpose.

“One body” emphasizes the status of unity among the members of the body of Christ.

The baptism of the Spirit results in the creation of both the new spiritual species and the royal family of God.

It is designed not only to give us the most fantastic happiness and blessing in every circumstance of life, but also so that we can get along together.

We are not combined by the same genes; we’re combined by something far greater through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.

The body of Christ is composed of two categories of Church-age believers.

a. Those located on earth.

b. Those located in heaven, who have died physically.

You will never live in the new until you truly believe that God gave you a new nature and that new nature learns how to reject the old life and recognize the new life for the new creature.

People have a tendency to forget that all people are sinners, including the pastor who must be very careful not to allow anyone to make a role model out of him or for that matter a “role model” out of anyone.

Ecc 7:20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

Gal 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

The only true role model we should have is the one we develop in spiritual adulthood in our occupation with Jesus Christ.

Prov 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.”

When things seem to be chaotic and are filled with confusion that is when you need to: “Trust in the Lord not in people!”

When you find yourself in a situation that is filled with “Cosmic Thinking” Do not lean on your own understanding.

You cannot change other people; you can only change yourself.

You cannot change yourself through Christian fellowship, but only through perception of Bible doctrine.

Your relationship and your fellowship with God is the major issue.

Changing yourself is a matter of consistent perception, metabolization and application of Bible Doctrine from which comes the consistent use of the ten problem solving devices of the predesigned plan of God.

The most dramatic change in the life of any believer occurs when he is using all ten of these problem-solving devices.

Relationship with God must precede relationship with people. Christian fellowship is secondary to perception of doctrine.

Christian fellowship is not the source of spiritual growth or momentum.

1. It establishes wrong priorities in the Christian life through the influence of confused believers.

2. It is a distraction from Bible doctrine through preoccupation with romance or friendship.

3. It is the acquisition of legalism through association with legalistic and arrogant believers.

4. It involves antinomianism, therefore association with promiscuous believers, which is also distracting.

5. Using Christian fellowship as a dating bureau or a marriage pool is a distraction from growing in grace.

6. Christian fellowship often results in acquiring erroneous views of doctrine, or the ridicule of doctrine in a group of Christian believers.

7. Christian fellowship uses people as a crutch rather than learning and using the ten problem solving devices of the Christian way of life.

8. A lifetime friendships develop among positive believers while they’re growing in grace.

9. Encouragement from conversations among believers of like faith and practice.

1Co 3:16 Do you not know that you [you is the second person plural = ya’ll or believers] you all are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you [second person plural = ya’ll]?

1Co 3:17 If any man destroys the temple of God that is the church of God, — [notice the temple of God is called the Church of God.]

God will destroy him, for the temple of God is Holy, and that is what you [Second person plural = you all are.

“not discerning” – the value of the impeccability of our Lord’s physical body as well as it can refer to His Church, the spiritual body of Christ or the Temple of God.

Not discerning the blood of the Lord or His spiritual death is to reject the Work of the Lord and Word of the Lord.

Phil 3:18 For many keep walking, concerning whom I have warned you many times, and now continue to affirm, even weeping, the enemies of the cross of Christ.

Which is why true fellowship should be based upon 2Co 5:16 Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh or according to human viewpoint but rather divine viewpoint;

It is Eph 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

The divine viewpoint of the church or the temple of God is found in such passages as John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

It is Heb 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but gather together for the purpose of encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.

Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.

For the best results and for the correct and the most accurate translation of any passage, it is wise to stay under the authority of the principle we call “ICE.”

1. Isagogics is the historical setting of the passage.

2. Categories is the systematic theology developed from combining Scripture with Scripture.

3. Exegesis is the grammatical and syntactical analysis of the passage from the original languages.

As we go forward in the PPOG and fulfilling our personal sense of destiny, it is important that we also know not “what glorifies the Lord” but “how to glorify the Lord.”

1Co 3:17 that God will destroy him, for the temple of God is Holy, and that is what you are.

Because you have not judged or evaluated the Lord’s body, His church, His temple, correctly.

For this reason many among you are weak [mentally] and sick [physically], and a number sleep or died.

Because they did not or do not discern the Lord’s spiritual body which is His church, also called His Temple.

For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep or died because they did not or do not discern the Lord’s physical body which He kept impeccable or His spiritual body which is His church and His Temple.

The fact that His spiritual body presently also known as His church, His Temple will forever be known as the bride of Christ for all eternity and it cannot be overstated or should ever be taken for granted; Prov 20:25.

The bride of Christ will be occupied with her right man, TLJC, for all of eternity and she will do whatever her husband desires for all of eternity.

Do you operate with the Temple of God with your spiritual gift when needed, well, Rom 12:6 says And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly:

Do you neglect or reject your spiritual gift for 1Ti 4:14 says Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you.

1Pe 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Notice the three main words I mentioned, exercise, neglect, serve.

Exercise — Rom 12:6, let each exercise their gift accordingly:

Prin. The operation of your spiritual gift has been given to serve others in the Temple of God or the Church of Jesus Christ.

How do you judge yourselves rightly?
PSD#1 – Rebound or confession of sin or rebound and recovery, if needed or necessary. 1Jo 1:9

If you steal something, you are a thief who thinks you have the right to take what you can or whatever you are lusting after.

Because Satan loves to torture us to try and get even with us because our husband, TLJC, already shut the lid on his Angelic butt when He defeated Satan and the kingdom of darkness on the cross.

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Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Weekly Bible Study – January 21, 2019; Study: The Angelic Conflict. Part 6. Abaddon/Apollyon. The destroyer and exterminator.


The Angelic Conflict. Part 6. Abaddon/Apollyon.
The destroyer and exterminator. Rev 9; 2Th 2:1-12; Mat 24;
Isa 2:12-22;, 24:7-23; Jer 30:7; Joel 2:1-11; Zep 1:14-18

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


Study to show yourself approved to God!

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The Angelic Conflict. Part 6. Abaddon/Apollyon.
The destroyer and exterminator. Rev 9; 2Th 2:1-12; Mat 24;
Isa 2:12-22;, 24:7-23; Jer 30:7; Joel 2:1-11; Zep 1:14-18


Point 4. The Angelic Conflict. Two Categories of Fallen Angels.

Category 1: The non-operational angels. Under this category there are groups of angels who are in prison at this time, but will be let out in the future. We have already seen the first group who are in an underground prison called Tartarus. These angels, in Gen 6, attempted to infiltrate the human race by producing a group of super-creatures called the Nephilim. The second group is found in Rev 9. Rev 9:1-8, And the fifth angel [a Seraph angel] sounded [his trumpet], and I saw a star from heaven [Satan] which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit [the abyss] was given to him. And he [Satan] opened the abyss; and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the atmosphere became darkened by the smoke of the pit. And out of the smoke locusts [the first demon army from the Abyss] invaded the earth; and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And they were commanded that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, except the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they [the demon assault army] were not permitted to kill anyone [mankind living in the cosmic system during the Tribulation], but to torture them for five months; and their torture was like the torture of a scorpion when it strikes a man. And in those days [last half of the Tribulation period] men [believers and unbelievers living in the cosmic system during the Tribulation] will seek death and will not find it; and they will long to die [an intense desire to die] and death will allude them. And the appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads, as it were, crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. And they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions.

Beauty is used by Satan to attract and destroy. Beauty can either be a source of appreciation or one of distraction. The appreciation of beauty demands humility, the basis of capacity for love. The distraction of beauty leads to arrogance and means no capacity for love. The key is to know what is behind the beauty, is there character, integrity, honor, and sensitivity, or is the beauty just a fa├žade that hides the teeth of the lion, and hence; the formula for torture. In this passage the teeth of the lion represents power, cruelty, arrogance and torture.

In Rev 9:9, we have their battle equipment, And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. The breastplates of iron in the ancient world were considered to be the best piece of defensive equipment. This indicates that they cannot be defeated, and the only defense against them is fellowship with the Lord. The noise going into battle is awesome, which paralyzes their victims with fear before the attack is made. Fear is self-induced misery, and is destroyed only with courage. Most of our problems would be solved if, instead of fearing to face them, we walk boldly through them. Whenever we fear something, we give that which we fear power over us. In Heb 2:14-15 we read, Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. In reality, it’s not death that should be feared, but never beginning to live. We are designed by God to be rational creatures, but fear makes us irrational. So, fear is an irrational and an emotional sin. If you have fear, worry, anxiety or insecurity in your life, you are sinning in those particular areas (Rom 14:23).

The only thing we have to fear is Heb 4:1-2, Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to really live, Heb 13:6, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me? (see Psa 56:4). To face your fears, and not be afraid, is the final test of maturity.

Back in Rev 9:9, note this demonic army first hits with sound, before they hit with their weapons. Remember the victims of the attack are in this situation because they made bad decisions from a position of weakness. Bad decisions regarding the cosmic system and false doctrines result in demon influence on the believer and unbeliever, and in some cases demon possession of the unbeliever. No one resides in the cosmic system apart from his own consent. The greatest power you carry in your soul is a greater power than the attack of demons, your volition, which God gave you to resolve the angelic conflict. Today the attack against believers is not physical pressure, but mental pressure, not physical violence, but spiritual violence. Today’s attacks are legalism, the false doctrine of tongues, losing your salvation, having to tithe and that morality is living the spiritual life. But, in the Tribulation, the restraining ministry of God the Holy Spirit is removed (2Th 2:1-12) and when the attack comes it will be visible, audible and tactual.

So, we see that the locusts represents the audible attack, noise which intimidates. The scorpion represents their weapons that torture. Rev 9:10-11, And they have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt or torment or torture men for five months. They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.

They have limited authority and power, because all authority and power originates from God. God does not permit this to happen until the end of the Tribulation period, which is the justice and grace of God, in giving men time to repent. Abaddon is a word or name that occurs often in the O.T. as a synonym for Sheol or Hades (see Job 26:6, Prov 15:10-11). In Job 28:20-22, Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding? Thus it is hidden from the eyes of all living, And concealed from the birds of the sky. Abaddon and Death say, “With our ears we have heard a report of it.” (See 1Pe 3:19-20).

Abaddon is also the name of a demon prince. It is perhaps his title, and not his real name, just like Satan and the devil are titles. In the Greek his name is Apollyon, which is very close to the Greek word Apollo, who, next to Zeus, was one of the top demons. He was the most widely revered and influential of all the Greek gods. Apollyon actually means the exterminator in the Greek. So, in the Hebrew he is called destruction, in the Greek he is called the
exterminator
. There is only one other fallen angel who may have been equal: A prince called Beelzebub. Beelzebub deals in the realm of deceit whereas Apollyon deals in the realm of the military.

Beelzebub is the prince in charge of covert warfare against the human race, in charge of operation fake-healer, which is Satan’s plan to give demons and Satan’s human servants credibility in the Christian community. Beelzebub is the demon in charge of the Engastromuthos demons who, when they possess the body of an unbeliever, attempt to reproduce the gift of tongues as it occurred on the day of Pentecost and for forty years thereafter. Even believers are led astray by this trickery, 1Co 14:22, Tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to unbelievers; When the early church began, the gift of tongues was in a known language, Acts 2:11, We hear them in our {own} tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.

It is only gibberish, nonsense and rubbish that’s out today. There is a lot of nonsense that Christians practice which is not demon possession, but in many cases is demon influence. Beelzebub sponsors activities to give credibility to Satan’s human servants who are easily identified as people who allege to perform miracles of healing. No one has been healed with a miracle, by a person, since 70 A.D. God, occasionally, will directly heal a person in response to prayer, however, the great power in the post-canon period of the Church age is the power of the Word of God. Jesus Christ did heal, but only to give a hearing to His message. He did not heal every one in the world! The Pharisees knew that throughout human history Satan would use miracles to try and deceive the human race. Matt 12:22-24, Then there was brought to Him a demon-possessed man {who was} blind and dumb, and He healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed, and {began} to say, “This {man} cannot be the Son of David, can he?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”

When Beelzebub orders demons who are causing illness to exit a human body, there is instant healing. Notice in Matt 12:24, Beelzebub can order them out, and that’s what they claimed that TLJC [The Lord Jesus Christ] was working for Beelzebub. When a victim goes to a so-called divine healer (who is working for Satan), Beelzebub orders the demons to withdraw causing an instant and real cure. If people think that the divine healer has great power and is therefore from God then they listen to false doctrine from a fake healer.

So, there are three groups of angels who are in prison at this time and who will be let out in the future:

1) The angels of Gen 6.

2) The first demon assault army incarcerated in the abyss at this time, Rev 9:1-12.

3) The second demon assault army stationed underneath the Euphrates river, Rev 9:13-21. This army of 200,000,000 demons will be sent into action at the sounding of the sixth trumpet.

Rev 9:13-21, And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they might kill a third of mankind. And the number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone. A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone, which proceeded out of their mouths. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads; and with them they do harm. And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.

This demon army is led by four demon general officers, and they will actually kill one-third of the people of the earth who are involved in the cosmic system. Remember that this is the time of Satan’s frustration in the angelic conflict. Rev 9:13, And the sixth angel sounded [this is another winner angel from the first angelic conflict blowing a trumpet], and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, the golden altar is analogous to the golden altar of incense which was in the Tabernacle or the Temple, and it represents the imprecatory prayers of the Tribulation saints in Rev 6:9-12. All trumpet judgments in the book of Revelation are administered in answer to the imprecatory prayers of Tribulational believers. Imprecatory prayers are prayers which invoke or plea for evil or a curse to come upon someone. They are legal and valid for other dispensations, but not for the Church-age believer. In the church age they will not be answered. The four horns of the golden altar which is before God, reminds us that all answers to prayers including imprecatory prayers are all related to our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross. Our prayers are answered because Christ went to the cross and took our place.

In Rev 9:14, the order to release the commanders of the second demon assault army is given, one commanding the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” This is a command to release certain demon princes or generals. The only demons permitted to operate on planet earth presently are disembodied spirits. Today, demons cannot make any sexual infiltration or physical assault of the human race because they do not have bodies. So, this command is a mandate to do violence, starting with the four demon generals. Each one of these demon generals command a great demon assault army, which have bodies, weapon systems, uniforms, patches, and they are a full military organization. They are held back under planet earth and there is no way they can escape until God permits it. These four demon generals have been imprisoned for a very long time for violating some type of principles in the angelic conflict. We don’t know when or why, all we know is that they’ve been there since the beginning of the human race.

The Euphrates river is 1700 miles long and is important in history. Somewhere along this river they are incarcerated. In keeping with the concept of Hades below the surface of the earth, it is assumed that their prison is underneath the Euphrates, and the river would also be long enough to provide a barracks for 200,000,000 demons with bodies. The first order from the elect Cherub angel to the angel holding the sixth trumpet, is to release the general officers who will then release the army. So fierce was this army group that it was imprisoned in a separate area from the demons who are in Tartarus. This is a very hard core, search and destroy army group. This is an attack from demonic frustration because the angelic conflict is about to come to a complete end for all of the demons. They are going to be placed in Hades until the Great White Throne Judgment where they will be cast into the lake of fire forever, Rev 20:13-14, And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

In Rev 9:15 we have the time and the objective of the second demon assault army, And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they might kill a third of mankind.

This army group will be composed of four hard core tough armies of fallen angels. The four demon generals have great genius and fantastic ability. Each one will be responsible for 50,000,000 demons fully armed. Their objective, as stated, is to kill one-third of mankind, believers and unbelievers in the cosmic system. There will only be one group that they cannot kill, certain demon possessed unbelievers will be exempted from their attack for the purpose of making the final attack in the Tribulation against God’s plan. That final attack will be religion, which is found in Rev 17 and 18. They have been prepared for a certain hour, a specific time permitted by God, because nothing can happen in history apart from divine consent.

Let’s get some principles down concerning this passage so far:

1) While demons in the past have attacked the human race, the only visible attack occurred in the antediluvian civilization [antediluvian civilization was before the flood], where it was a genetic attack through sex. It involved the Nephilim, the fallen ones, these are angels who are called beni ha elohim, the sons of the gods.

2) The invasion of the human body is demon possession. The invasion of the human soul and personality is demon influence. These are the only demonic attacks that can exist today.

3) There will be a direct assault on the human race by demon armies with bodies and they will be visible after Satan is cast out of heaven during the Tribulation period.

4) Once Satan is confined to the earth, and no longer has access to heaven, he has no need for the majority of those human servants who serve him in the cosmic system, believers and unbelievers.

5) Satan uses this second demon assault army group to destroy his own human servants. He will have one third of mankind killed, that’s the one third in existence in the last half of the Tribulation. So, in reality one half of the human race will be wiped out during the Tribulation period.

6) Certain demon possessed unbelievers will survive this attack, but they do not change their attitude, they had a warning in the first demon assault army, a chance to make the right decisions, but they continued to worship demons.

The Tribulation period is the dispensation of the greatest power struggle in history, because it involves not only people, but angelic creatures as well. It was prophesied in the O.T. in many passages and we will note excerpts from some of them. In Isa 2:12-22 For the Lord of hosts will have a day {of reckoning} Against everyone who is proud and lofty, And against everyone who is lifted up, That he may be abased; And the pride of man will be humbled, And the loftiness of men will be abased, And the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. But the idols [or demons] will completely vanish. And {men} will go into caves of the rocks, [They will run for rock caves and cliff hideouts to hide from the terror] And into holes of the ground Before the terror of the Lord, And before the splendor of His majesty, When He arises to make the earth tremble; Stop regarding man, whose breath {of life} is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?

Isa 24:1-6, Behold, the Lord lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface, and scatters its inhabitants. And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor [status during this time is absolutely meaningless]; Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.

Isa 24:7-23, The new wine mourns, The vine decays, All the merry-hearted sigh [No more wine, no more vineyards, no more songs or singers, the good times are gone forever]. The gaiety of tambourines ceases, The noise of revelers stops, The gaiety of the harp ceases; For thus it will be in the midst of the earth among the peoples, As the shaking of an olive tree, As the gleanings when the grape harvest is over; Then it will be that he who flees the report of disaster will fall into the pit, And he who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare; For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of the earth shake [Chaos pours out of the skies, and the foundations of earth are crumbling]. The earth is broken asunder, The earth is split through, The earth is shaken violently; So it will happen in that day, That the Lord will punish the host of heaven, on high, And the kings of the earth, on earth [That’s when God will call on the carpet those rebellious powers in the skies and Rebel kings on earth]. And they will be gathered together {Like} prisoners in the dungeon, And will be confined in prison; And after many days they will be punished [They’ll be rounded up like prisoners in a jail, surrounded and locked up in a jail, and then sentenced and put to hard labor]. Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, For the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, And {His} glory will be before His elders [The God of the Angelic Armies will take over, ruling from Mount Zion and Jerusalem, splendid and glorious before all his leaders].

In Jer 30:7, it is called the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] distress. Jer 30:7, ‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it. In Joel, the Tribulation period is called the day of the Lord. Joel 2:1-11, Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the Lord is coming; Surely it is near, A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, {So} there is a great and mighty people; There has never been {anything} like it, Nor will there be again after it To the years of many generations [a black day! a Doomsday! Clouds with no silver lining, like the dawn light moving over the mountains, a huge army is coming]; Their appearance [this will be the demons from Hades] is like the appearance of horses; And like war horses, so they run [This is the angelic army seeming like galloping horses]. With a noise as of chariots They leap on the tops of the mountains, Like the crackling of a flame of fire consuming the stubble, Like a mighty people arranged for battle. Before them the people are in anguish; All faces turn pale [the people panic, faces white with terror]; They rush on the city, They run on the wall; They climb into the houses, They enter through the windows like a thief. Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark, And the stars lose their brightness [they arrive like an earthquake, sweep through like a tornado. Sun and moon turn out their lights, stars black out]. And the Lord utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the Lord is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it?

It is a period of divine judgment according to Zep 1:14-18, Near is the great day of the Lord, Near and coming very quickly; Listen, the day of the Lord! In it the warrior cries out bitterly. A day of wrath is that day; And I will bring distress on men, So that they will walk like the blind, Because they have sinned against the Lord; And their blood will be poured out like dust, And their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the Lord’s wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Back in Rev 9:16, And the number of the armies of the horsemen or the cavalry was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. Note that John didn’t see them all but he heard the number of them. These are shock troops, these are not invisible demons such as we have in the world today which are disembodied spirits and invisible.

In verse 17, their description is given. Rev 9:17, And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire [red] and of hyacinth [blue] and of brimstone [yellow]; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions;

Instead of having a military patch as the first demon army which was a crown like gold, this demon army group has three colors on their breastplate, a distinguishing insignia for a military organization. The phrase and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; is a comparative connotation and it has the idea of power, it doesn’t mean these are actual and literal heads, it simply means the concept of the tremendous shock when they hit. This is an assault group that attacks straight ahead with great success, with great mobility, fire power and shock.

So we have Rev 9:17, And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of red and of blue and of yellow; and the heads of the horses resemble the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone [sulfur]. This is their fire power or their weapon system.

Rev 9:18, A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues [the fire, the smoke and sulfur], by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone, which proceeded out of their mouths. The word plaques means a killer. This fire, smoke and sulfur are all killer agents. The point is that this demon assault army takes no prisoners. The casualty list is one third of the world’s population in the last half of the Tribulation and refers to those members of the human race who are living in the cosmic system. Since one fourth of the population has already been killed (Rev 6:8) at this time one half of the people of the earth have been executed.

Rev 9:19, For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads; and with them they do harm. Notice the power is in their mouths and their tails illustrating the principle that they have weapons in front and in back.

In verse 20, we note the arrogance of the cosmic survivors. Rev 9:20, And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;


The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Internet Church Service – January 20, 2019; Sermon: The Eigth Commandment "Thou Shall not Steal" is for the the protection of your freedom and property.

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The Eighth Commandment "Thou Shall not Steal"
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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word


Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: The Eighth Commandment "Thou Shall not Steal"
is for the the protection of your freedom and property.


We have now come to the eighth commandment in Exo 20:15 “You shall not steal.”

Lo’ tignob = “You shall not steal,” — stealing refers to anything that falls under the category of things that are natural or spiritual, including people.

Your life is protected; marriage is protected, and the family is protected, all by commandments in the Mosaic Law.

One of the main reasons for the Mosaic Law was to reveal to mankind what sin is all about.

Divine Institutions

1. Volition. (You are free to either accept or reject TLJC=The Lord Jesus Christ)
2. Marriage
3. Family
4. Nationalism

Divine institution #1 Volition = is that which protects your freedom when it says; “You shall not murder.” Exo 20:13.

Divine Institution #2, marriage – we are given all the doctrine necessary to protect those involved in the marriage; — Exo 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.”

Divine Institution #3 the family – protect those involved within the family unit; Exo 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother so that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”

We have a command in our passage that deals with the stealing and violations of the property or materialism you own or possess in Exo 20:15 which says “You shall not steal.”

This commandment, “You shall not steal” is for the protection of your freedom and your private property.

This commandment establishes the divinely given right” of the individual to own personal property and possessions, and it limits government interference to the protection of this property.

This was a test that certain the early church went through in the book of Acts; Acts 5:1-11.

They lied to God,

They lied to the church.

They stole from God

They stole from the church.

The early church had individuals in it who lied, who stole, and was definitely a 2Ti 3:2 type of believer; “They will be lovers of self, lovers of money.

The word for Temple and the word for body and what they refer to.

“Temple” — The Greek noun ‎‎naos = a safe place to dwell, a shrine or a temple.

It is true that your physical body is a temple of the Holy Spirit but so is your “spiritual body, the Church,” which you are a part of forever, is also called a “temple of the Holy Spirit.”

There are times when the word Temple is used, and it refers to a Natural Temple or the actual building itself during the Church-age.

Temple – it refers to the spiritual Temple or a group of believers who are worshipping the Lord together and the Lord is blessing them because they fulfilled;

Psa 133:1 (A Song of Ascents, of David.) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

The noun soma meaning a “physical body” or a spiritual body, which is His church also known as the “body of Christ.

Temple — the noun ‎naos which can be translated “the temple” referring to the temple of your physical body or in reality it can also refer to the Temple of your spiritual body which is His Church.

The noun ‎soma which refers to your body, literally or figuratively, meaning your physical body or,… it can also refer to His spiritual body, which is His Church.

That is your physical body but also a reference to the spiritual body that you have been called to in 1Pe 5:2, where you are to glorify God with your Time, Talent, and Treasure and operating in your spiritual gift.

This is a passage that definitely uses the word “body” referring to the Church, the Royal Family of God.

2Co 6:16 “For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Notice here the Temple is called “we” not “you” referring to the church that you are a part of.

It is usual to regard these verses as referring to the individual Christian, but the Epistle here is addressed not just to a believer but “unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, 1Co 1:2.

1Co to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours: the apostle Paul gives us a very serious warning concerning not only our communion and fellowship with the Lord but how the church should have communion and fellowship with one another.

The problem of Christian fellowship originates from the trend to emphasize relationship with people over relationship with God.

This is when interaction with people becomes the criterion of the Christian way of life instead of the execution of the PPOG and the glorification of God.

This is usually manifested by such statements as we must love each other or the issue is not doctrine but love.

It’s not that Christian fellowship is wrong, but it is overemphasized so that today believers are not growing up spiritually.

1. Christian fellowship is never a substitute for fellowship with God.

2. Christian fellowship is never a substitute for learning Bible doctrine.

3. The execution of the PPOG [predesigned plan of God] and subsequent glorification of God only occurs through the consistent perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.

4. Execution of the predesigned plan of God and subsequent glorification of God does not occur through Christian fellowship.

5. God always provides a right pastor for positive volition.

No pastor should ever get in your way to grow spiritually and that includes the pastor himself.

Ecc 7:20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

Gal 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Prov 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.”

When you find yourself in a situation that is filled with “Cosmic Thinking” Do not lean on your own understanding.

You cannot change yourself through Christian fellowship, but only through perception of Bible doctrine.

The point is that your relationship with God is the major issue.

Changing yourself is a matter of consistent PMA [positive mental attitude] and application of Bible Doctrine from which comes the consistent use of the ten problem solving devices of the predesigned plan of God.

The most dramatic change in the life of any believer occurs when he is using all ten of these problem-solving devices.

Relationship with God must precede relationship with people.
Christian fellowship is secondary to perception of doctrine.

Christian fellowship is not the source of spiritual growth or momentum.

1. It establishes wrong priorities in the Christian life through the influence of confused believers.

2. It is a distraction from Bible doctrine through preoccupation with romance or friendship.

3. It is the acquisition of legalism through association with legalistic and arrogant believers.

4. It involves anti-nomianism, therefore association with promiscuous believers, which is also distracting.

5. Using Christian fellowship as a dating bureau or a marriage pool is a distraction from growing in grace.

6. Christian fellowship often results in acquiring erroneous views of doctrine, or the ridicule of doctrine in a group of Christian believers.

7. Christian fellowship uses people as a crutch rather than learning and using the ten problem solving devices of the Christian way of life.

8. A lifetime friendships develop among positive believers while they’re growing in grace.

9. Encouragement from conversations among believers of like faith and practice.

Now, look at 1Co 3:16 Do you not know that you [you is the second person plural = ya’ll or believers] you all are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you [second person plural = ya’ll]?

1Co 3:17 If any man destroys the temple of God that is the church of God, — [notice the temple of God is called the Church of God.]

God will destroy him, for the temple of God is Holy, and that is what you [Second person plural = you all are.

Verse 19 tells us to be God’s fool is the path to true wisdom.

That is not discerning the value of the impeccability of our Lord’s physical body as well as it can refer to His Church, the spiritual body of Christ or the Temple of God.

Not discerning the blood of the Lord or His spiritual death and His finished work on the cross where He died for our sins and also for those in the Temple or His Church.

True fellowship should be based upon 2Co 5:16 Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh or according to human viewpoint but rather divine viewpoint;

Eph 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

The divine viewpoint of the church or the temple of God is found in such passages as John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.

For the best results and for the correct and the most accurate translation of any passage, it is wise to stay under the authority of the principle we call “ICE.”

1. Isagogics is the historical setting of the passage.

2. Categories is the systematic theology developed from combining Scripture with Scripture.

3. Exegesis is the grammatical and syntactical analysis of the passage from the original languages.

As we go forward in the PPOG and fulfilling our personal sense of destiny, it is important that we also know not “what glorifies the Lord” but “how to glorify the Lord.”

The apostle Paul said back in 1Co 3:17 that God will destroy him, for the temple of God is Holy, and that is what you are.

Because you have not judged or evaluated the Lord’s body, His church, His temple, correctly.

For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep or died. Because they did not or do not discern the Lord’s spiritual body which is His church, also called His Temple.

“because they did not or do not discern the Lord’s physical body” which He kept impeccable or His spiritual body which is His church and His Temple.

His spiritual body presently also known as His church, His Temple will forever be known as the bride of Christ for all eternity and it cannot be overstated or should ever be taken for granted; Prov 20:25.

The bride of Christ will be occupied with her right man, TLJC, for all of eternity and will do whatever her husband desires for all of eternity.

Do you operate with the Temple of God with your spiritual gift for in Rom 12:6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly:


Do you neglect or reject your spiritual gift for 1Ti 4:14 says Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you.

1Pe 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Notice the three main words I mentioned, exercise, neglect, serve.

Exercise — Rom 12:6, let each exercise their gift accordingly:

Neglect — 1Ti 4:14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you,

Serve — 1Pe 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another

I.P. (Important principle): -The operation of your spiritual gift has been given to serve others in the Temple of God or the Church of Jesus Christ.

How do you judge yourselves rightly? PSD#1 [problem solving device #1] – Rebound or confession of sin or rebound and recovery, if needed or necessary.

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The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.