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The information contained on this page is written under the guidance of the Holy Spirit using only the Holy Scriptures, as the only authoritative source of truth.


Therefore, where applicable, referring to the original language of the scriptures being presented is vital to obtain the appropriate context, understanding, and meaning of specific words, passages, or phrases etc. for a thorough, proper examination. All scripture is God-breathed with the Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 3:16.


This information is to be used for the instruction and edification of the Church after prayer and careful deliberation is completed by church leadership to decide how best to continue the witnessing work of the gospel of Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth. John 4:24


To get the most out of your personal study, it is recommended that you use an interlinear Bible that provides many scriptural references. Keep in mind that the Holy Scriptures interpret themselves. Therefore, the interlinear notes cross reference many scriptures, which helps to give you proper understanding. You should use the content on this page as a guide. Specifically, it is wise and pertinent that you study the Word of GOD to test that these things written are true. This is actually a requirement for those who seek to find the truth.


The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua)


The Book of Revelation, The Gospels, and the Writings of the Prophets


The Two Witnesses


The Kingdom of God and the Seven Churches


The Remnant and the Great Multitude


The Great Tribulation, the Two Beasts, and the Rebirth of Babylon


The 7 Seals and the Great Tribulation

Click below to view an easy-to-read and understand flowchart!

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What You Should Know

One’s religion does not exclude them from God’s plan. Many people practice their religion or faith out of tradition and what they learned from their ancestors. And many do not even believe in the One True God. They don’t know what God’s plan is; yet they still could believe that God is the source of all life. God knows that when Christ returns visibly to the wicked, lukewarm Christians, those who practice pagan religions or no faith at all will have no choice but to accept Christ as King or perish. These are the ones who will inherit the earth. Yahweh knows that many will run to Him once Babylon is exposed.

Remember, as we have previously read in this letter, the 144,000 and the Great Crowd will no longer be on the earth…for no sun will beat upon them! They will never thirst or hunger again. This is not a reference to life on earth for scripture proves to us that food will be plentiful on the earth as well as water and homes for all. There is no need for food or sunlight in heaven for God is the LIGHT that is Heaven!

Two resurrections will occur: one for the 144,000 who must be martyred for the sake of Christ and the prize of ruling with our King. The second resurrection is for those who have perished on the earth. Christ will allow His judges to assist Him during the 1000-year reign.

Satan, who will be locked in the abyss during the 1,000-year period, will be released to once again deceive earth’s inhabitants for a short time. The dragon will gather his people from the four corners of the earth. Alas! God will surely put an end to wickedness forever! Satan, along with the Beast and the False Prophet will be cast into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death of total and permanent destruction.

Then, on Judgment Day, the resurrected righteous and unrighteous will be judged according to their deeds. Those found in God’s Book of Life will live forever. The wicked shall receive the second death (total destruction) for which there is no resurrection!

We will have to overcome many obstacles, but we will prevail! Our belief in Christ has gotten us this far.

Finally, Paul urges us to examine the scriptures daily to see if the things we are told are true. The Boreans did just that and became enlightened by the power of God’s word.

God will continue to unveil all of religion’s false teachings, and we will expose the truth about what His Word actually says about many complex issues that have continued to plagued mankind in confusion.

With prayer, you will see that the things we have revealed to you are from God and Christ through the Holy Spirit. Many of you have awaited the receipt of this letter. May God bless all of you faithful men, women, and children.

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob be with you all during the great distress! His Christ is ready to invite us all to his wedding table! God will surely be with us through Christ and He will ensure we have all we need to prepare for His Day.

Happy are those who know what they need spiritually! We urge you to study the scriptures with great zeal. The Book of Revelation is the key to everlasting life. It is for our generation. God and Christ are eager to usher in a new heavens and a new earth.

Keep your sword with you at all times. It is a very powerful reminder of God’s infinite power through Christ and God’s Holy Spirit!

Praise Yah you people, for He has become highly exalted! Bless you all in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 18, 19, 20, and 21; Acts 17:11;

Biblical Teachings

The Five Fundamentals of Christianity

 September 23, 2016  Ben Plunkett  4 Comments Biblical InerrancyChristianityFaithFundamentalsMiracleResurrectionSubstitutionary AtonementVirgin Birth

Beginning in the late nineteenth century, the increasing liberalization and modernization of Christian theology tended more and more to devalue what had long been considered the bedrock truths of Scripture. Many in conservative Christian sectors stepped up to meet the attack. They eventually came to see the need for making a definite list of the fundamentals of Christianity, the truths absolutely needed to be accepted in order to be truly considered a Christian. Through the first 20 years or so of the twentieth century this list of fundamental truths had different numbers of fundamentals listed. But the list that has become the most accepted and most respected list was the list of five fundamentals put together by the 1910 Presbyterian General Assembly. Here is the still-valued list of five fundamentals:

1.   The Inerrancy of Scripture

This fundamental states that the Bible is completely without error and fully truthful in all of its writings in the original manuscripts. The debate over this actually gave birth to both liberal Christianity in the late nineteenth century and fundamentalism in the early twentieth century. Liberal theologians claimed that modern science proved that some of the Bible was probably not true and that therefore the Christian world needed to update itself to these scientific findings. Conservative Christians who were alive at the time correctly realized that not believing any one thing that God said, made all of it suspect. Full acceptance of this fundamental led to full acceptance of all of the others. That is, if biblical inerrancy is true and the Bible is fully accurate, then all of these other central points of the Bible are true as well.

2.   The Virgin Birth of Christ

Jesus was not conceived in Mary by a human man but by God the Holy Spirit. This doctrine has been one of the most controversial in the church. And it was one of issues that caused such angst between fundamentalists and liberal Christians. This doctrine is imperative because 1) a belief in the full inerrancy of Scripture demands that we accept this as true, 2) we needed a savior both fully man and fully divine in order for Him to completely and efficiently finalize the sacrifice, and 3) a savior born of a human father would himself have inherited the curse of original sin.

3.   The Substitutionary Atonement of Christ

This is the doctrine that Jesus died in our place to pay the penalty of sin. Because of original sin which was the transgression of God’s law and our resulting sin nature, all mankind was deservedly under God’s wrath and justly condemned to eternal death. Scripture is full of examples of how Jesus was the ultimate sacrificial lamb who was offered up as a blood offering in our stead. To this day there continue to be among fundamentalist Christians varying theories about how exactly substitutionary atonement works.

4.   The Bodily Resurrection of Christ

This doctrine states that three days after he died for our sins He rose again. But it wasn’t just His spirit that resurrected; it was His entire human body. After the inerrancy of Scripture, this is the most controversial and debated Christian doctrine in history. It has been so strongly defended by fundamentalists because it is possibly the most important part of Jesus’ saving work. In fact, it is widely considered to be the cornerstone of Christianity itself.

5.   The Reality of the Miracles of Christ

In light of the new modern science knowledge emphasis of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, believing that Jesus’ could have actually performed miracles came to be seen as irrational. This was particularly the case when all of these miracles were “proven” to be scientifically impossibilities. The liberal theologians, therefore, began to come up with scientific explanations that in reality questioned the deity of Jesus, the truthful recollections of the eyewitnesses, and the integrity of God’s Word.

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The Ten Commandments

Five Keys to God's Law

by Dr Peter Masters

 

Presenting basic rules for opening the Ten Commandments. Without these their deep purposes and challenges are usually missed.

In a grand but dilapidated mansion run as a Christian conference centre, a small group of people were talking in a lounge, and somehow the subject turned to the Ten Commandments. A student, speaking cautiously as if not wanting to offend, said he didn’t find the Commandments very challenging or useful for personal sanctification, because they dealt mainly with extreme sins like idolatry, adultery, stealing and murder. He acknowledged that they mentioned the Sabbath and lying, but still puzzled over the lack of rules on pride or selfishness or bad temper, not to mention many other sins he struggled with.

An older man in the room said the Commandments were probably not specific enough, and he could understand how the rich young ruler could imagine he had kept them all. A young woman felt they were too negative, whereas she wanted positive advice on how she should live, such as that in the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount, or Paul's fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, and so on. These were surely more relevant for Christians.

All these people were earnest Christians who would never have meant to disparage any part of the Bible. A pastor in the group then embarked on a defence of the Commandments, pointing out that they were the source and summary of every other passage in the ­Bible about holy living, covering every conceivable sin – including pride and anger. He outlined their role, scope, and positive features, showing how perfectly they serve modern Christians in the quest for holiness and character.

The writer of this book* was not that pastor, but what follows in the next few pages is the kind of response he may well have given – in more developed form. It will set out briefly five facts it is vital to know about the Commandments if their full scope and depth is to be seen. In summary the five keys for unlocking the Commandments are these:–

Firstly, they reflect God’s character. What a motive this is to respect and study them!

Secondly, they keep their full authority today. It is so important to know that they tower above the old ceremonial and civic laws given temporarily to the children of Israel.

Thirdly, they were designed for believers. Certainly, they are binding on all mankind, but when their full contents are recognised, they are especially relevant to Christian people, even providing rules for worship and for the structure of the church.

Fourthly – and this key has a dramatic effect on how we apply the Commandments – each one covers a whole family of sins.

Fifthly, these Commandments, though mainly expressed in negative form, are also commands to perform the opposite positive virtues. The last two keys particularly revolutionise our use of this mighty code for holiness.

There is nothing quite like these Commandments for stimulating progress in sanctification, once our minds are primed to see all that they teach. In the New Testament we read that keeping them is an act of love to Christ (John 14.15), and also the basis of assurance (1 John 3.18-19). It is true that keeping them cannot save a single soul, but for believers, saved by grace through faith in Christ alone, they are priceless. This book* will follow the five biblical keys as its method of unlocking the riches of the ‘royal law’. 


1. The Commandments ­Reflect God’s Character

First, it is essential to realise that the Ten Commandments flow directly from the eternal character of the holy God, and reflect Him. We must not regard them as an inferior, early version of God’s law; a primitive code designed only for the time of the Old Testament. They have been wrongly called temporary regulations framed to keep the human race in order while living in a fallen world, but they are far more than this. It is because they reflect God’s perfect character that they are the standard by which the world will be judged, and also the permanent rule of life for redeemed people.

Even the great nineteenth-century American theologian Charles Hodge loses sight of this vital fact when he says that the commandments about murder, marriage and property will cease to have relevance beyond this present life, and are therefore ‘not founded on the essential nature of God’. This view is out of line with the traditional mainstream of Bible commentators, and severely limits the personal application of these commandments. Once we grasp that all the Commandments reflect God’s own holy character, then we see that our innermost nature must be shaped by them.

We see, for example, that the sixth commandment condemns murder because it is the unchanging character of God to preserve and to deal very kindly with His people. The Lord will Himself keep the sixth commandment for ever in the eternal glory, where none of His people will ever perish. It is the character of God not to hurt or destroy anyone, aside from the just punishment of sin. Moses (as we shall see) links the sin of murder with that of taking away another person’s liberty, and with destroying the dignity of ageing parents. Whenever people are despised or emotionally crushed, something similar to murder is committed. The chief reason why this is evil is that it is contrary to the character of God, Who is love. We are to become more like Him in lovingkindness – an application which is obvious when we discern that each commandment is based on the character of our glorious God.

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