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Prophecy

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.


We use the Holman Bible as our primary translation of the Holy Scriptures. We find it very useful to compare it to other translations to give you insight on the message of God.


The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua)


As Christ foretold over 2000 years ago, “This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited Earth, as a witness to all nations, and then the End will come. Matthew 24:3-31. These passages have been misinterpreted by many scholars who have taught that the “the good news” was preached to the entire inhabited world by apostles and disciples of Christ after the destruction of the temple in 70 AD.


The gospel was assuredly preached to many nations and peoples and yes, the temple was destroyed; however, the apostles asked Jesus three questions:

The first inquired as to the temple’s destruction. The next question asked for signs of His coming, and the final question asked when the end would come. Jesus answered all of the questions from the apostles as scripture confirms, but they were three separate, distinct questions for which he answered accordingly. These were different periods of time.


An important matter to note is that once Christ sacrificed himself as the lamb of God once for all time, no other temple sacrifice would ever be required again or even looked upon by YHWH with acceptance or the forgiveness of sins. Christ is our only mediator and high priest. So, the destruction of the temple does not fulfill all of the prophecy. It was only the beginning. Its destruction actually confirmed that Christ is high priest in heaven.


Since Jesus Christ’s ascension to heaven, each generation has preached and believed the return of Christ would occur during their lifetime. However, we know this was not the case.


The word “imminent” has been consistently used to describe the return of Christ. The inappropriate use of the word has caused many to presumptuously proclaim the second advent with specific dates that have caused great disappointment and loss of faith in believers throughout the ages. Could this disappointment and loss of faith have been avoided? Yes.


The bible repeatedly tells us that Jesus’ return would occur “like a thief in the night.” If a thief is plotting and planning to break into a home or business, he surely does not let the owner know which day or hour he plans to do so. The thief will strike suddenly and without advanced warning, which is exactly how the return of Christ shall be.


Further, Jesus revealed that concerning the hour of His return, that only the Father knows the exact day or hour. But, we are told that His return would be “at hand” or “near”. So, we could expect the second advent of Christ at any time many say.


Jesus Christ, Son of God, spoke of warning signs, prophecies and a great tribulation that must happen before He returns.

Many will say we have experienced many things spoken of such as wars, earthquakes, floods, and famines, false prophets, and messiahs. Yes, indeed we have. Christ prophesied all these signs would come to pass but the end is not yet. These things would only be the beginning of sorrows.


We have even had periods of tribulation throughout history. However, Christ’s words speak of a “great tribulation”, which has never occurred before nor will ever occur again. This type of tribulation is global and so catastrophic that it must be cut short so that the elect of Christ are able to survive.


Obviously, the tribulation is a world-wide event that will be so powerful and destructive that God decides to intervene; thus, the return of Christ then becomes imminent! It is a future, prophetic event that has not yet been fulfilled. We are to be certain of this as the Rock upon which our faith is built has not established His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.


When Jesus spoke of the warning signs and prophesies, He gave us a direct clue as to when to expect Him and that is by using the word, “generation.” If we understand why Christ used this particular word, we can use scripture and a comprehensive study of Jewish history to see that to the Hebrew Israelite, a generation generally refers to a 40-year time period.


Remember, YHWH allowed His disobedient people whom He exiled from Egypt to die off as they wandered in the desert or “wilderness” and only allowed their descendants to reach the promised land, Israel, under the leadership of Joshua. The temple’s destruction also occurred 40 years after the prophecy given by Christ .


Therefore, when Jesus Christ said when the “abomination that causes desolation spoken through the prophet Daniel stands in the holy place” is when the Great Tribulation begins, and the generation experiencing such horrific acts never before seen or to be repeated again, can feel confident that our Savior’s return is imminent or occurring during their lifetime.


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


Now, what about this mysterious book of Revelation? The mysteries of the gospel can best be summarized by a thorough understanding of the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation is simply that, a revelation or “unveiling” of things to come. Apostle John was inspired to write Christ’s words as a witness for the generation mentioned in the book of Matthew and Luke. Revelation 1:1-3; Matthew 24:14-28.


The book of Revelation was intentionally shrouded in symbology. Christ wanted to seal up the prophesies contained in this book just as He often spoke in parables, analogies, and metaphors during His earthly ministry. He knew that those with wisdom would be able to uncover the hidden meaning of His words.


The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John provide us a vivid account of the ministry of Christ. We can find passages in the book of Revelation that provide us with information that reveals its true meaning concerning the end of this world. The same goes with the prophets of old. Many of their writings have a double fulfillment: one for the nation of Israel’s past and future. Revelation shows the culmination of all of the biblical writers’ inspired promises.


Specifically, we can see that God’s purpose is to create a new heavens and a new earth, with New Jerusalem at its center. The kingdom of God being restored-a marriage of the bridegroom and His bride.


Therefore, our generation will surely not pass away before all of the prophecies Christ spoke of over 2000 years ago have been fulfilled. People will die; however, a “number no one could count” will live to see prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 24:34; Revelation 7:9-17.


The Two Witnesses

Through the power of Yahweh and His Messiah, the two witnesses will arrive. Being sent by Jesus, these two prophets will testify on behalf of our Savior. The two witnesses will have power to smite the earth with plagues, and they will be able to annihilate their enemies. Jesus, during His earthly existence, allowed the apostles to see a vision of the two witnesses who are symbolically “Elijah” and “Moses”.


This vision can be understood because of the deliberate use of “fire coming out of their mouths” and

‘striking the earth with all plagues.” These two anointed ones or (sons of oil literally translated from the Hebrew) were selected by Christ Himself as the “two olive branches who stand beside the lord of the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:11-14; Revelation 11; Matthew 17: 1-13.


With the above understanding from the book of Zechariah, we see that the two witnesses cannot be the old and new testaments because of the Hebrew. It was the error of the translation that has caused this prophecy to be misinterpreted. Any Hebrew scholar will confirm that this is truth. Also, there is no scriptural support for the witnesses being the actual Moses and Elijah. The Scriptures actually prove otherwise.


Once the testimony of Jesus Christ has come to an end, the beast that “comes out of the bottomless pit” will wage war against these prophets of God and kill them. Yet, after three and a half days, these men will be resurrected and will amaze the world by ascending to heaven at the sound of loud voice! Then soon afterward, a great earthquake will cause a tenth of Jerusalem to fall and kill seven thousand people.


Those who survive give glory to the God of heaven. Scripture tells us the resurrection of the two witnesses, the great earthquake in Israel, and the survivors who praise God ends the second woe to the earth! Revelation 11: 7-14.


The Kingdom of God and the Seven Churches


At the sound of the seventh trumpet, the Father and the Son have proclaimed the Kingdom of Heaven on earth…kingdoms of the earth will be their kingdoms. No more false predictions and wolves in sheep’s clothing in the Church. Yahweh has allowed Jesus Christ to commend and/or reprove the Church to keep it clean and Holy.


Therefore, the seven churches are literally of the first-century faithful and symbolically of the 21st century; the seven churches are in existence during the events mentioned in the book of Revelation. Each of these Churches will receive judgment or praise according to their works. Revelation 11: 15-19; Revelation 2-3.

Remember, Satan and a third of the angels or “stars” will seek to destroy the Church; however, God will protect His people just as He did in the days of Moses and Elijah. Thus the woman (or Church in biblical symbolism) will be “carried away to the wilderness”. Revelation 12:1-6.


Remember, the time has come for us to make a stand for Christ. The 144, 000 anointed remnant of spiritual Israel are beginning to prepare mankind for the final days of this wicked world. We will explain to you what Christ has revealed to us by the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Soon, Jesus Christ will empower His people to do great things by enabling us to spread His gospel throughout the earth in a very rapid manner just as in the days of the first-century church.

Though Yah is ever-unchanging, He realizes that our generation has become inundated with technology; therefore, any appropriate method to do His will is totally acceptable as long as it is delivered in “spirit and in truth.” John 4:24.


The Remnant and the Great Multitude


Jesus Christ, or in Hebrew, Yeshua HaMashiach is now revealing the prophecies in Revelation.


Those of us close to Him have and shall continue to receive these prophecies. We will be able to see the prophecies with new light as the Holy Spirit feeds us with accurate knowledge. Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28-32; Proverbs 4:38.


For a time, we will trample upon our enemies with the power of the spiritual sword and the mightiness of His power! We will be protected for a time until the remnant are killed at the hands of the two beasts. The Great Crowd, whom St. John sees in his visions, will stand before the throne of God in heaven having left behind their physical bodies in exchange for spiritual ones.


The remnant (the 144, 000) are sealed before the great tribulation because of faith and blamelessness. John writes those who have this seal are like “virgins.” These 144,000 judges or priests will assist the Messiah by gathering the great multitude mentioned in the book of Revelation and ruling with Him during the millennial reign. The number 144,000 is a literal number of those chosen out of the tribes of Israel. Remnant or remaining piece of Israel come from those who are direct descendants from the tribes of Jacob.


The 144,000 literally sing a new song, which only they know. Remember, they are not a part of the great multitude. The bible clearly reveals the songs the great multitude will sing; yet the 144, 000 have a special song that only they will know. When the 144, 000 are united with Christ in Heaven during the first resurrection, they will sing this song triumphantly, for the Holy Spirit will give them the melody. The great multitude do not see death. No where in scripture do we find that they rule with Christ. They are the “other sheep”. We implore you to do biblical research to recognize this truth.

Revelation 7:1-8, 14:1-5, 20:4-6, 6:9-11.


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

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During the Tribulation, underground worship will once again be the way we have to hear God’s Word. Think of Roman oppression or Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Many devoted servants of Christ are currently being persecuted or even killed for their faithfulness. The book of Revelation shows us that persecution becomes a worldwide epidemic as well as famine, disease, poverty, and death. There will also be many false Christ’s, prophets, and miracles to deceive many!


Jesus told us that conditions get so horrific that God must cut the days short for His people to survive!


The two beasts, who are wicked humans during and after the Great tribulation, will reestablish the Roman Empire to its former glory. These men are cleverly working with the leaders of the world. The two beasts have convinced the world that they are, in fact, acting for God and His Son! Look for an image or idol to be erected. All who are not in the book of life will worship the beast and its image.


We can easily recognize these beasts by the fruit they bear. The Vatican has boldly professed to change the times (days of the week), alter the Ten Commandments to allow pagan worship of idols, relics, statues, and rosaries! Even the leaders of this wicked church are receiving worship that rightfully belongs to God!

At Satan’s authority, this political ruler (or anti-Christ) and the false prophet will unite the world in a false sense of peace as Paul said 2,000 years ago. Worship as we know it now will change forever very soon. Consider this the time of Daniel, who prophetically foretold that this day would come for us in our time. After this declaration of peace, Christ will return visibly and as Apostle Paul writes, “instant destruction” will be poured upon the wicked.


Since Christ informs us that the gospel will be spread throughout the earth and then the end will come, the world’s declaration of peace, the abomination of desolation entering the temple, and Christ’s return will occur almost simultaneously. Matthew 24:9-15, 21-24, 29-31; Revelation 6:1-17 and 17:1-18, Daniel 3:1-7, 7:1-12; 8:1-27; 2:21, 7:25; 1 Thessalonians 5:3, Exodus 31:12-17.


Though our times will be filled with God’s power, we still have to endure until the end. Matthew 24:13.


In Conclusion


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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