Don’t Study the Bible

If there is one word, one idea that I could promulgate to your soul, it would be this:

Don’t study the bible: comprehend it with your heart.

It’s like being married and watching your spouse cook you dinner for 30 years. You’ve learned every recipe, every ingredient, and every mixing and combining process. You understand when to mix, when to fold, and when to cut. You’ve learned so much you can cook better than your spouse with one hand tied behind your back.

But you never comprehended the why of baking pies and cakes, the purpose of sumptuous dinners, and tasteful picnics.

You never comprehended your spouse’s purpose or character.

In other words, you studied the wrong thing. You understood with your mind, but you never comprehended with your heart.

The Halloween Dream

There is a calling upon our lives, and a warning for those who refuse to listen.

Occasionally I’ll listen to a Dana Coverstone dream. And since like the interpretation of dreams, I will practice using his dreams.

Here’s the Halloween Dream and my interpretation. Listen to the dream first, then the following will make more sense.

The Halloween Dream – Brace Yourself – YouTube

Preface: there is a spirit behind Wokeism that has been working in our culture and churches for a long time. The spirit behind those who would teach that scripture is not absolute is the same spirit behind Wokeism. Please do not presume that the spirit of Wokeism is new: it has been moving in our culture and churches for a long time.

Bob, The builder = the people who parrot and build what leadership says and promulgate their words.

Scare Crow – Doesn’t have a brain.  You don’t need to think for yourself; just do as we say.

Fifteen minutes late is a double-sided coin; it is two ideas. First, we’re late to the game, late in fulfilling our purpose. We – the Body of Christ – should have been doing this all along, not letting a myriad of stagnant ministries (parked cars) do the work of Jesus for us. 

Fifteen implies salvation, healing, and redemption. It means stepping up and ascending. The number fifteen also represents the elevation from the physical to the spiritual. There are fifteen Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) and fifteen steps to enter the temple; the Priestly Blessing consists of fifteen Hebrew words; Hosea redeemed his wife with fifteen shekels of silver.  We are ministers of reconciliation. 

The 15th letter in the Hebrew alphabet is Samech which has a numerical value of 60  (seconds in a minute).  It means to surround, support, and protect.

15 is 5 three times.  5 means power, strength, alertness or wake-up, Torah, grace, ministry, service, gospel, fruitfulness, going forth, fast movement, anointed, prayers, and protection.

The costumed: there are those in some churches and congregations who are pretenders who want to have their ears tickled with cultural morality.

The un-costumed: Others in those churches know that Wokeism is wrong, but they’re committed to something within the organization which necessitates that they remain quiet and non-confrontational toward the truth.

When a masquerader removes their mask, everyone knows who they are regardless of their costume – even those outside the Court of the King and Queen. 

Seeing that the sun was setting at the end of the encounter, we know that circumstances spoke of will arise soon.  They will come from outside the Church to cause the removal of masks.  This will be a negative, anti-Christian cultural pressure.

Those who refuse to heed God’s word will find themselves in a double jeopardy judgment. First, their mask will be removed, exposing their association with the Church and their offense to the surrounding culture. Secondly, they will no longer be able to repent towards the truth they refused to heed and accept.  

Revelation 9:21; 16:9

ESG and Wokeism

Wokeism is a neo-fascist religion, and ESG functions as is its social contract circumventing constitutional teeth.

ESG is a global soft introduction to social credit scores for commerce control.

Wokeism is a neo-fascist religion, and ESG functions as is its social contract circumventing constitutional teeth.

Folks, the core ingredients are all here:

– Digital currency
– Wearable Near Fied Communication devices (RFID)
– A fashionable, irrational, and emotion-driven religion
– A deployable mechanism to force obedience (disease & financial pressure)

Expect continued coalescence of these things driven downwards towards your personal sovereignty.

The Beast of Revelation isn’t just a leader. He’s a leader that emerges from the “sea” of people. The Beast is just as much a way of thinking and governance as a person.

The False Prophet is the voice that proclaims societal salvation through the ways of the Beast.

The EPOCHTimes: Christians and ESG

What Is Wrong With “ESG” Wokeism

A Problem with Evangelicalism

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God?

I will not receive any brownie points for this blog post, but it’s something that needs exposure.

Consider for a moment that the New Testament does not begin with chapter 1 of the book of Matthew. Instead, it begins in chapter 27, at the crucifixion. So perhaps we might say the New Testament begins just before the book Acts.

As such, it is safe to assert that no one Jesus was preaching to was saved in what we today would consider a Biblical or Classical sense of the word.

A Good, Bible Teaching Church

What Evangelicals call a good message, preaching the word, or the gospel, is more akin to a historical message from the 1700s, known as Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. I have friends – professing born-again Christians – who believe that if they’re not being condemned from the pulpit and don’t feel shame and discomfort, then the sermon is of little value.

This is the value we, as Evangelicals, have placed upon the non-churched: they are people of no value, worms not worthy of the light of God. These sinners deserve the justice of hell, an eternal condemnation of pain and misery.

So we scare and condemn them into heaven, just like Jonathan Edwards did. The very thing God our Father has comforted us against – fear – we recast as the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Isra’el “(Matt. 15:24). With that in mind, who was the audience of His first sermon, the one we commonly call the Beatitudes? Were these people who were saved in the classical sense? Or were these people the lost sheep of the house of Isra’el?

I would suggest that they were lost sheep of the house of Isra’el.

A Better Way

If you have not read Matthew chapter 5 in a while, you need to re-read it. Here are a few links to help you do that:

Matthew Chapter 5
KJV | NASB | CJB | ESV

Did you notice verses 13 and 14?

You are the salt of the earth

Matthew 5:13

You are the light of the world

Matthew 5:14

Jesus wasn’t speaking to born-again Christians. He was speaking to the lost sheep of Isra’el.

How can that be? How can sinners, in the hands of an angry God, be the salt of the earth and light of the world? It’s simple:

Jesus wasn’t speaking to their sin; he was speaking to their design.

In other words, the God of the Universe thinks the best way to help people see their need for Him is not to condemn them of their sins but to tell them who they are.

And that’s a problem with Evangelicalism. We’d rather use a weapon of evil than a blessing of righteousness to reach those who need Him the most.

Adonai Elohim has given me the ability to speak as a man well taught, so that I, with my words, know how to sustain the weary.

Each morning he awakens my ear to hear like those who are taught.

Isaiah 50:4

Taking God’s Name in Vain

Who among you fears Adonai? Who obeys what his servant says? Even when he walks in the dark, without any light, he will trust in Adonai’s reputation and rely on his God.

But all of you who are lighting fires and arming yourselves with firebrands: go, walk in the flame of your own fire, among the firebrands you lit! From my hands this [fate] awaits you: you will lie down in torment.

Isaiah 50:10-11 CJB

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A person’s name is their reputation, character, and personal qualities.

Taking the name of God in vain is not using it as a curse word.

Taking the name of God in vain is connecting yourself with Him and subsequently refusing His qualities, power, and desires.

Adhering to cessationism is taking the name of God in vain.

Justice and Judgment

Don’t look at either of these concepts in the context of good or bad – extract them from those qualities. Neither concept requires a pretext of right or wrong.

Justice and mercy work together. They are sovereign.

Judgment and grace work together. They are not sovereign.

Justice determines what one fairly deserves. Justice does not touch the observed thing; justice is not manipulated; justice sovereignly discovers a fair assessment. Once the fair assessment is determined, mercy may be applied.

Judgment is giving one what they fairly deserve. Judgment touches the thing being observed; judgment can be manipulated. Once the judgment process begins, the recipient may plea with the judge and receive grace.

John 3:18 “The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;”

Satan Doesn’t Want to Fill Hell

Here’s a brain twister for you:

Satan doesn’t care how many people go to Hell or Heaven. If he did, he would have opposed abortion since that filled Heaven with millions of innocent souls.

Satan cares about ruling: power and authority. He has won as long as he can disarm Christians through false doctrines that make them ineffective in society.

As an example, consider the pre-tribulation rapture theology.

Just like the Ten Virgins who believed they had all the anointing required to attend the wedding feast, many Christians believe all they need is the sealing Holy Spirit to keep them safe until the Rapture, all the while praying that the Lord comes soon.

Most preachers have wrongly taught that the blessing is attached to attending the wedding feast. However, the blessing is linked to being invited (Revelation 19:9): both the wise and the foolish virgins were invited, and both participated in that blessing. But the wise virgins understood that disregarding the power of the oil would get them into trouble.

Christians today spend their lives staying out of the way of Secular and worldly concerns, happy to be sealed for the Rapture, and praying that it happens soon. They eschew most things associated with Holy Spirit except that bit about the sealing.

They follow, practice, and elevate doctrine and good bible teaching churches above all else, rather than following and pursuing a living relationship with Jesus.

They look at the parable of The Talents and presume that preaching, teaching, and other noble gifts are the things God expects them to use and perfect, all the while not recognizing that the currency of Heaven is Faith.

They cannot discern between good and evil, even when it stares them in the face through mainstream media and lying government agencies. Essentially, they have become non-effective in doing the Master’s bidding of keeping the house safe when the thief arrives.

A day is soon coming wherein you must be able to discern between the Wolves in sheep’s clothing and those who are simply broken. The wolves have injected the Church with paralyzing and sterilizing doctrines However, it is the broken who hurt people by their actions.

You can restore the broken, but you must exile the Wolves and their false doctrines.

The Seal of the 144,000

What is the seal of the 144,000 in the Book of Revelations?

Someone asked, “please do a blog on the seal of the 144,000 in Revelation.” I said, “sure, I’d be happy to!” But, boy… did I stick my foot in my mouth.

I didn’t realize how out of sorts I would be trying to put pen to paper. I didn’t know it would take a month of Sundays to approach a plausible understanding of those 144,000 people. One can’t just look at the Seal of the 144,000 without falling down a giant rabbit hole.

My Disclaimer

I do not assert that I have approached a final say on this subject: I continue to have questions.

What’s a Seal?

There are two seals, or two marks, in John’s Revelation.

Seal of the Beast

There is too much to unpack regarding the Seal of the Beast – better known as the “Mark of the Beast” – but let’s set some ground rules.

The Beast isn’t just a person; it’s also a kingdom and governance.

After this, I looked in the night visions; and there before me was a fourth animal, dreadful, horrible, extremely strong, and with great iron teeth. It devoured, crushed and stamped its feet on what was left. It was different from all the animals that had gone before it, and it had ten horns. “While I was considering the horns, another horn sprang up among them, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. In this horn were eyes like human eyes and a mouth speaking arrogantly.

Daniel 7:7-8

The Seal or mark is not limited to some printable or injectable device used to enable approvals of commerce. Should that be the only thing we’re expecting to observe, then we will have missed the presence of the Beast when it and he arrives.

The Mark of the Beast reflects a generally accepted paradigm, a way of thinking and behaving: just like the compliance with vaccine mandates and control of commerce during the government-enforced lockdowns. Those who were on board with those actions reflect the attitudes of those who will take the Mark of the Beast.

The Seal of God

This other Seal seems a bit more mysterious: we’re usually not familiar with it elsewhere in scripture, and it seems to be applied to a mysterious group of 144,000 people.

This is a Seal of God, and it has this effect upon its recipients: it protects them from the judgments of God –

And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, holding the seal of the living God; and he called out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth, or the sea, or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”

Revelation 7:1-2

The Purpose of Gods’ Seal

In other words, it is a seal of protection, just like the Ark sealed Noah and his family inside – protecting them from the judgment they were living through. It’s just like the lamb’s blood placed on the door posts, protecting those inside living through the night of death. So then, the Seal of God covers the 144,000 from the judgments described throughout the book of Revelation.

Who are the 144,000

So then, when reading about the 144,000 that are sealed, most people believe them to be a group of people being supernaturally selected (e.g., think along the lines of Calvinism) from the tribes of Israel for some purpose during the tribulation. This purpose is usually described as evangelism.

That was my assumption too. But then I discovered a problem: what followed after that.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” … Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Revelation 14

Actually, I had at least four issues.

Problem #1

First, 144,000 is not such a large assembly of people that we can’t fathom trying to count them. Nowadays, it’s a number far less than a couple of the largest college football stadiums. So they can’t be a group of people “that no one could number.

Problem #2

The ones coming out of the great tribulation are from “every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages.” Yet the 144,000 are specifically from the tribes of the sons of Israel.

Problem #3

In many traditions, the 144,000 are assumed to be Evangelists. But they must do so without the assistance of the Holy Spirit since He has presumably been taken out of the way – at least according to most popular doctrines (2 Thes. 2:7).

Since the people “coming out of the great tribulation” are at the throne of God, they must be those who are saved due to the evangelism of the 144,000 – right?

Problem #4

Nobody repents during the tribulation.

I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and the one who sat on it had the name Death, and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, and famine, and plague, and by the wild animals of the earth.

Revelation 6:8

The star is named Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the waters because they were made bitter.

Revelation 8:11

A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire, the smoke, and the brimstone which came out of their mouths

Revelation 9:18

So then, what is the result of the judgments? Do the people repent?

Revelation 9:20-21

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Revelation 16:9

They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.

Revelation 16:10-11

{the} People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

Therefore, the job of the 144,000 cannot be evangelism because if it were, then we would see repentance and salvation during the tribulation. If we called them evangelists, then we might even suggest that the word of God comes back void during this period:

So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

But even if we assume that the Gospel is used for judgment …

The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already …”

…  a time is coming and even now has arrived, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

John 3:18-21; 5:22-25

… we still cannot excuse nor ignore that those people under the judgments described in Revelations “do not repent.” Therefore, the Gospel’s preaching is not required to enact God’s judgment during the tribulation.

Furthermore, the people who are sealed are protected against the judgment of God BEFORE those judgments are poured out – that much is clear. Therefore, those exposed to the judgments are not sealed; hence, they do not believe, seeing that they are “judged already.

This is another way of saying we can’t have our cake and eat it too. We can’t have those being judged also finding repentance since scripture says, “they did not repent and give him glory,” and yet have them sealed later on so that they don’t suffer under other judgments of God. So the 144,000 are sealed before the judgments are released: “Do not harm the earth, or the sea, or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”

Next things …

We need to continue an investigation into the Seal. Specifically, is it spoken of elsewhere? And if so, to whom is it applied?

Looking at those things will indicate who the 144,000 represent, that perhaps they’re not a literal Ekklesia or Congregation of people but a representation of something else.

Woke-ism and the Beast

Is Woke-ism (aka Liberalism) the new One World Religion?

Try this on for size: Woke-ism is a religion.

A Religion for the End Times

Evangelicals have historically suggested Islamism in a cohort with Christianity would become the new world religion. Primarily because of Revelation 20:4 and Islam’s observable propensity to participate in such things.

But we KNOW the Beast is not just a person – it’s a Government, a way of thinking, acting, and living: the embodiment and practical outward expression of worship.

After this, I looked in the night visions; and there before me was a fourth animal, dreadful, horrible, extremely strong, and with great iron teeth. It devoured, crushed and stamped its feet on what was left. It was different from all the animals that had gone before it, and it had ten horns.

“While I was considering the horns, another horn sprang up among them, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. In this horn were eyes like human eyes and a mouth speaking arrogantly.

Remember that the Beast controls commerce: manufacturing, healthcare, food, and transportation (because without the mark, no one can buy or sell).

And also, remember that Social Credit scoring is becoming a thing. A predecessor to controlling buying and selling will be access to credit and banking based on socially acceptable norms. This is happening now: certain businesses are denied credit and banking services.

Finally, recall that Norway is tracking the purchases of all its citizens, a thing Biden’s handlers want to bring here.

A logical follow-on is the denial of the purchase of specific goods and services, not because of bad credit, but because the Government needs to control particular resources. Again, an approved way of thinking and living.

Enter Woke-ism, and its effect on Social Credit scores and, consequently, a Government mandated limit on buying and selling.

So then: do I have any takers? Shall Woke-ism be the new One World Religion? I think it might just be.

What is God directing His people to do right now?

We are entering a time and season, unlike anything we’ve seen before in this nation. I believe that crime, famine, riots, and increased government oppression are on the horizon. So what should we be doing, and how should we be prepared?

The Tree of Life: Testing Everything

Examine yourself – Not to see if you’re “in the faith” (saved) but to see if you’re eating from the Tree of Life (TOL), as opposed to eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (TKGE). We could call eating from the TOL “being in the faith” from a certain point of view.

The TKGE is used for assessing life through the soul. The mind, will, and emotions – but don’t forget logic and reasonings, as those come from the mind, too.  Eating from the TOL involves testing everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – before stepping into it. 

Would you like examples of learning how to get everything? I’ve got them.

  • Do you need to go to Wally World for supplies? Do you have a choice as to which one to visit? Test it.
  • Need groceries, and you have a choice of where to go? Test it.
  • Any other decision you need to make, then test it.

We must learn the “voice of the Lord” in the mundane to enable ourselves to discern the voice of the Lord in the critical things yet to come. Otherwise, we’ll miss the important stuff through confusion. Additionally, we may not always have the opportunity of peace and safety when testing the voice of the Lord.

Also, note that the “voice of the Lord” is not equivalent to the “word of God” (Psalm 103:20). They are related, but one is not the other. Ask me if you have questions about what I mean. Lastly, the Husband and Wife make a single unit – learn how to test things together.

I’ll provide another post soon to provide some simple steps we can perform to begin the journey of learning the voice of the Lord through testing everything.

Seeking God First

The next thing is tangential to the eating from the TOL: Seek God for His sake, but NOT to be approved. 

The best example I have of what I’m talking about is the nature of KJV-only-ism. The KJV-only doctrine’s core is that we “must read the right thing, to believe the right thing, to do the right thing so that we can be acceptable to God.”  

Bible worship is a real thing, and we learn Bible worship primarily through exposure: it is a thing we catch along the way. It is in the same vein as worshiping God the Father, Son, and Holy Bible. It places Holy Spirit as a random effect that shows up now and again but doesn’t have any real necessity other than sealing one in salvation.

1 Chronicles 22:19 – Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God;

Psalm 14:2 – The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

Isaiah 55:6-7 – Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.

Amos 5:4-6 – For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel, “Seek Me that you may live.”

Sins & Repentance

Live in repentance. Only two of the seven churches of Revelations were approved; the others were rebuked and (presumably) had their lampstands removed. Those five churches were like the olive tree that Jesus withered because it was not producing fruit out of season.

Don’t confess sins you’re unaware of committing. If you don’t know that you did it, don’t bring it to the Courts of God in sorrow and repentance.

Don’t confess the same thing twice unless you do the same thing twice. Doing so indicates a lake of belief and trust (faith) that God has forgiven.

Prayer – Don’t Beg God

Not too much to say here, but we must learn to stop begging God.

Almost every prayer we hear from the pulpit is man’s idea and is usually tantamount to begging God.

Learning His voice means we learn how to act like the Kings and Priests He has made us be: we make declarations for things to be done, and we make decrees to alter the environment within the realms we’ve been given authority.