Mystery # 1 : This is the Christ
John 7:40 reads, Many of the people therefore when they heard this saying, said of a truth this is the Prophet others said, this is the Christ, But some said, shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said that Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
In today’s MOB, we take a look at the importance of knowing Christ and as we soon shall discover even more important is the question, does Christ truly know us? Yeshua made it clear when he was on the Earth that many would come in his name in the last days. From the start we have referred to all the false teachers, false prophets and inevitably false messiahs that would say they are the christ. The Lord has made it known to us that we not to be tossed to and fro, when out of the mouth of a man or woman comes the words, there is the christ, he is in the chamber or he is over here or over there. Perhaps someone has seen the christ in the wilderness. Perhaps someone has seen the christ heal someone, surely that must be the christ, correct? For only God would desire to heal someone, right? False! We know the devil, the old serpent; the dragon is a counterfeiter of the Lord, (from the ancient days of Egypt as far back as ancient Samaria and Babylon) and the spirits of darkness have tried to fool many that they are benevolent and have good intentions. They lie that they are here to protect us, that they are our creators and that we are destroying the Earth and they are here to save us from ourselves. A celestial type Jesus imitation may someday come out of a flying saucer along with some demonic entities who are all disguising themselves as aliens here to help us. Sound too crazy to really happen? Look at our World now and see how crazy the times we are living in really are!
These spirits of darkness when not pretending to be aliens are also pretending to be ghosts and other so called “paranormal phenomena” that we do not understand. Why else are familiar spirits false representatives of loved ones? They have psychic powers and that is why they can and do read the minds of those they plan to target and manipulate into believing they are the deceased or a loved one that has passed on. They particularly like to target very vulnerable individuals who have just lost a loved one. The more tragic and emotionally charged an individual is, the more likely they will be an attractive target to demonic entities for they prefer them over someone who is rational and is using reasoning. When reasoning is minimized and an appeal is made to dampen the pain of hurt and loss, these demonic entities step in to fill the void since God’s Holy Spirit does not occupy that person.
The true Antichrist (as we will discuss later in The Book of Revelation study yet to come) is the one who will mimic initially the Lord Jesus Christ, but make no bones about it, the Antichrist is fully possessed of Satan, he is the spawn of Satan and the Spirit that shall rise someday from the bottomless pit. So let’s not go completely off topic and go back to our featured scripture passage. The people that became divided were confused about what the prophets had said about where the Messiah would originate from and whose seed he was from were in fact not trusting the Lord. They know in part what scripture had said about the origins of the Messiah and the Messianic prophecies to come, but they simply did not really know the Lord.
Some called Jesus a prophet (much like the Muslim faith does today in the Koran) but he is never seen as the Son of God and certainly not the Messiah. Some call Yeshua as being an enlightened master (like many in the new age movement) but really only one of many enlightened masters that have developed or evolved with the “christ consciousness”. We can all achieve similar “godliness”. Some Jews while have never expounded who Jesus was to them in their studies have said in some commentaries that he might have been a radical rabbi and that is it (certainly not God never mind Mosiach the Messiah).
So who do you say the Lord is? Much like the division of the people of Jerusalem went through do you have division in your our heart, about who Jesus /Yeshua is? The Lord made it clear in Ch.8 of John who he is to all those who would doubt him. John Ch.8 V.12, Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Of course the Pharisees would have none of that type of talk as their minds and conscious had been seared with an iron.
In V.19 the Pharisees that were engaging Jesus in conversation asked the Lord where his father was since Jesus just mentioned his Father that sent him bears witness of him. Yeshua answered that the Pharisees did not know him or his Father, for if they had known him they would know his Father also. Jesus made it clear, that they were of this World, not just physically but spiritually, even mentally. Yeshua even tells them they will die in their sins, if they choose not to believe in him. So when you hear that this is the christ, make sure you have asked God’s Holy Spirit to give you the discernment, to try the spirits to know what is truly of God and what is of the flesh and the World never mind that which is profane and of the devil.
For only God knows our hearts and only God knows the fruit one can bear. A good tree will bear good fruit as it is rooted in the Lord while a bad tree bears only bad fruit, as it rooted in the World. The World is at enmity with God, it’s that simple. You are either for the Lord or you are part of the World and against God. Those are the Lord’s own words. Jesus tells the Pharisees that the Pharisees believe not because they are not his sheep. Yeshua’s sheep hear his voice and Yeshua knows them, and they follow him. They know who Christ is so they follow him with no fear or reservation. The good Shepherd of the flock will lead his sheep to safety and true peace and tranquility. We may go through a few valleys of tribulation or even the valleys of the shadow of death in some instances but the Lord’s Rod and Staff are there to comfort us as we are led beside the still waters.
Psalm 23:6, Surely Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Mystery # 2 :Spiritual Blindness
John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Today’s MOB covers a very important topic, spiritual blindness and how it relates to the god of this age. You notice god is in lower case which should be a “tip off” that we are not
referring to the Lord God Almighty when we speak of the god of this age. We will get into that in just a bit. Let’s take a look at the background of this scriptural text as always to make sure we capture the
proper context that scripture is being addressed in. Yeshua had been talking with the Pharisees and as was custom in pretty much all of their engagements, the Pharisees misunderstood the message that Yeshua was trying to convey to them. Jesus had performed many miracles and yet the Pharisees refused to believe as well as others who had also witnessed the Miracles of God. It began with the Lord saying in John 12:35, Then Jesus said unto them, yet a little while is the light, lest darkness come upon you; for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.So Jesus was making a distinction between the children that walk in the light and those that walk in the darkness and because the Lord had done so many miracles and yet many still refused to believe upon the Lord. The Prophet Isaiah’s very words were fulfilled stating in John 12:38, That the saying of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake,Lord, who hath believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? For it had been the Prophet Isaiah that said the people had hardened their heart, and that they can’t even see with their eyes, for they are blind. They are spiritually blind. The Lord told these very people that he came in to this World, as the light of the World, so that all those that believed on him, should not abide in darkness.
Let us go to a couple of chapters prior to John Ch.12, to John 9:39, Yeshua is talking to a man who was born blind and whom Jesus cured of his blindness. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world that they which see not might see: and they which see might be made blind. The Pharisees sensed that the Lord might indeed be referring to them, asked if that was the case. Jesus made it clear to them in John 9:41, Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. The reality of the blindness we are talking about here is not physical, it is spiritual. They are blind to the fact, that they are sinners, in need of redemption, and they will die in their sins without repentance and without redemption. The god of this World and of this age has done his best to generate the great deception to take place that many a man and woman will believe the lie and will be deceived by it. 2 Corinthians 4:2 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. The god of this World, Satan and the spirit of this age, the Antichrist spirit, the false spirit that is upon the Earth at this very time, is causing a lot of havoc with those who do not have a solid foundation of belief in their lifes.
New Age Mystism or better known as Mystery Babylon, is ancient and is anything but new. Mystery Babylon has crept into some circles of the Apostate Church, whether it be teaching Yoga classes (seems innocent enough until you study where Yoga comes from), different types of meditation that go beyond what scripture has defined as proper methodologies that are biblically sound. Even the diluting of the gospel so that many paths lead to god (not the God of the Bible again) is ecumenical in nature and is leading to the one world religion and the New World Order. So no matter if your religion is Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Muslim, Islam or any other, it won’t matter with the one world religion, for there is no need for either doctrinal differences or discussion of sin to be atoned for in the Beast system. All who worship the Beast and take the number of his name will be told the lies to make them deceived into thinking they are anything but damned. We know this to be a lie of course.Indeed the apostate Laodicean churches that have steered away from sound doctrine are the ones that have been and will continue to be the magnet for both demonic activity and are the hardest ones hit by demonic deception. A watered down “Gospel Lite” is what is preached, free from using scripture concerning the need for repentance, free from using scripture concerning the need for repentance of sin, free from scripture deals with the holiness of God and the need for a true spirit led Christian to demonstrate the fruit of the spirit and not resemble the carnality of the world.
Revelation 18:4 states, And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Indeed there is a need to be set apart of the World. We are in the World, but not part of the World. What happens when ones becomes spiritually blind? They begin to cater to the spirit of the age, they act like the World and they talk like the World. We know that Yeshua told us that to love of the World means one is at enmity with God. For we cannot chose 2 masters, it is one or the other, the World (and the god of this world) or God. God is no friend of the World and neither should we be either.Now this doesn’t mean that we should be indifferent to the people who live in the World, for they are by definition our neighbors and apart from God, we are to love our neighbor as our self, the second commandment after loving the Lord our God, with all our heart, might and strength. We go back to 2 Corinthians 4:4, the god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of those who do not believe and have rejected the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 26:18 is even more direct about this concept of spiritual blindness and where it comes from, to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.Our eyes must be open, to see, but also because the eyes are the windows to the soul. When are spirit, body and soul are all open to receiving what God has for us, the devil has no foot hold on us and will flee. God promises he will deliver us from this spiritual blindness when we come to him with a broken and contrite heart, he will not turn away. Spiritual blindness, we are seeing more and more of it in this time we are living in. The best way to avoid any of this is use your eyes to keep your eyes focused solely on the prize and hold on beloved.
John 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be, that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, they parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
Mystery # 3 : Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing
So there was Jesus on the cross, very close to death. Below him, the soldiers were casting lots as if they wanted a souvenir as if they had just watched a sporting event and needed a keepsake of this “epic day.” Little did they know that not only were they putting to death the Son of God, the Messiah and savior of mankind, but they were fulfilling scripture written many hundreds of years before. That scripture came from Psalm 22:18 which is regarded as one of the Messianic Psalms (see the MOB we did on this subject). While it is true that parts of Psalm 22 were written by David concerning the anguish he was experiencing while being hunted down by Saul, v.16 –v.18, are very messianic and concern Christ’s ordeal on the cross. V.16 says They pierced my hands and my feet. V.17 –says None of Christ’s bones were broken as this verse alludes to and then we come to V.18, They part my garments among them and cast lots upon my vesture.
As we know the Lord himself tried to clear up many misconceptions the Jews had about why he was here and what he was planning to do. He mentioned on many occasions that he was not here to take away from what the Prophets had said before he was the fulfillment of what the Prophets had spoken about. The Lord himself indicated that all his works would be fulfilled by the prophetic scriptures. In John 19:28 it reads, After this, Jesus knows that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith I thirst. We go back again to the Psalms, this time we look at Psalm 69:21 which states, They gave me gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Again a Psalm written by David which was a cry of distress at the time has a messianic prophetic element to it as found in this scripture. For sure enough just as in Psalm 69:21, we read in John 19: v.29 -30 that the roman centurions (who were the ones standing around the cross at the time) did in fact give him a plant full of vinegar and put it at his mouth. Once again God’s Prophetic word rings true as another Messianic Prophecy is fulfilled.
Then finally Psalm 34:20 reveals still another messianic prophecy concerning Christ’s crucifixion. In Psalm 34:20 we read, He keepth all his bones: not one of them is broken. Sure enough we read in John ch.19 v.33 that they came up to Jesus with the intentions to hurry up the death process by breaking his legs and causing his immediate death as sun down was approaching and the Jewish leaders at the time did not want the dead bodies still on the crosses as Shabbat (the Sabbath) approached. They came to Jesus and noticed in V.33 that Yeshua was dead already. So they did not break his legs. In V.36 we read, For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, a bone of him shall not be broken.
John wasn’t finished yet in John 19: v.37 he wrote, And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced. This of course has been prophetically fulfilled in a number of places in Zechariah 12:10 and the Book of Revelation no less in Ch.1:7. It is also featured in the Messianic Psalm 22:16 which reads, For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. It turns out there are close to 353 prophecies that were fulfilled by Yeshua Ha'Mashiach from the Old Testament to the New Testament. This is why we read in the Book of Revelation 19:10, That the Testimony of Jesus is the spirit of Prophecy. Yeshua himself, the living Word of God told all those that had ears to listen that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses and in the prophets and in the psalms concerning me. (Luke 24:44) The Lord also mentioned in the Book of John Ch.5 V.46, For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
Perhaps nowhere is there better scripture concerning this, then Jesus's own words that he spoke in the synagogue to the Jews, who were about to be outraged by the claim that the Great I Am stood before them, God in the Flesh. Luke 4:20-21, Then he rolled up the scroll, returned it to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him and he began by saying, Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. The Lord told them plainly that the Son of God was here and the scriptures that the Prophets had written about many years before, had come true, this very day.
The Lord Jesus Christ preached the acceptable Year of the Lord to the Jews in the Synagogue that day. He let them know that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives held in the bondages of sin and depravity, as well as recover the sight of the blind and those with all types of diseases, ailments and deformities. The message was not well received by the Jews as they were not ready to hear (what to them was incredible blasphemy) what this young man, this son of Joseph the Carpenter was claiming. They never could see what God had already done and what God was doing both now and in future prophetic events, in order that the same scriptures they had read over and over again would be fulfilled.
Revelation Ch.22 V.7 Behold I come quickly: blessed is he that keepth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. The Lord wants us to embrace the prophecies that have been fulfilled and the prophecies yet to come. He does not want the prophecies to be sealed but to be known to us all.
The Lord God Almighty wants us to rejoice that he has kept his word all the while keeping his truth and his righteousness intact, despite whatever adversaries have been put in his way and in our way, God always has and always will prevail. God has proven this through what he has fulfilled in scripture and what he will continue to do, forever and ever.
The Book of Acts
Mystery # 4 : Pentecost : The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2: 2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
The Day of Pentecost, the day the apostles were baptized by the Holy Ghost. What a day in the annuals of the followers of Yeshua Hamashiach. Jesus had promised that he would send the Holy Spirit, if you recall back in John 16:7-8 Nevertheless I tell you the truth : It is expedient for you that I go away : for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of riotousness and of judgment.
Jesus wanted to let the disciples know that Comforter will be there to bring remembrance to them that the Lord is still with them (in Spirit) when they needed it most. The significance of this was that he would ascend back to his rightful position of the right hand side of the Father. The Lord Jesus goes on to tell the disciples that the Holy Spirit will guide them into all truth and he will show them things, to come, so there is a Prophetic element to it as well. Mainly the Holy Spirit will glorify God and be a source of encouragement to the disciples (and us today) to keep pressing on and not become discouraged even though the World seems to be so full of darkness and evil most of the time.
The most important purpose of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus mentioned, was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The Day of Pentecost is also known as Shavuot in Hebrew. Shavuot actually means "weeks" as in the Feast of Weeks – connecting the giving of the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible –the Pentateuch). Shavuot is the culmination of the seven weeks between Passover and the giving of the Law. So the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost and filled every believer in the upper room and they began to speak in other tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them the ability. This was just one result of the baptism of the Spirit. Those filled with the Holy Spirit were now able to speak in other tongues (in other languages) that they previously did not understand.
V.6 tips us off to the fact that these tongues were not some unknown Heavenly language, because when a multitude gathered, those witnessing the tongues were confounded because these men speaking tongues spoke them fluently in his own language. V.8 reinforces this by stating, And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Tongues here emanates from the Greek word dialecto, which is where we get our word dialect and it’s referring to known and understood ethnic languages.
What happens sometimes is the types of tongues described above get confused with the types of tongues found in V.3 and V.4. V.3 which refer to cloven tongues. Sometimes some readers of the Bible get these two descriptions of tongues mixed up with the unknown tongue or 1 Corinthians 14:2 (which has a whole chapter devoted to the gifts of the spirit and the speaking of an unknown tongue). In this passage and in some others, the word tongue not tongues is singular and means glossa in Greek. This is a type of ecstatic utterance which is meant to be directed to God alone and not man. This is one thing that the Apostle Paul mentions in the presence of other men and women, and interpretation is always needed and required. There was indeed amazement, from those that witnessed the Day of Pentecost. What we need to take note of however is that the use of tongues in this instant was for the form of evangelism and was a witnessing tool, a tool used to reach out to unbelievers and a way for God to be glorified as well. The evidence for this is there as we read in V.11; We do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. V.12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, what meaneth this? Nowadays some Christians will just out of nowhere go off on some mindless babbling with their "heavenly tongues" that ends up confusing many people as to what it is the person is actually saying and as well in all truth, makes the person doing the babbling as coming across as somewhat deranged especially to an unbeliever. As well, the use of tongues in this instance can only be seen as for self edification and not edification for the body of Christ.
Some skeptics and mockers thought it was the “new wine” and that the men were simply drunk on strong wine. Peter explained the men were not drunk, but that God had poured out his spirit upon all flesh. In a moment we will look at the context of these very well-known words in Bible Eschatology as quoted by none other than the Prophet Joel. But it would be Peter this time, which was requoting the Prophet Joel’s original prophecy found in the Old Testament. Looking back to Joel’s prophetic words, we can see that a few of the prophecies were fulfilled here at Pentecost but that most of them to this very day have not been fulfilled so we know that they are for the very last of the last days (our time right now). In fact Peter connected the events of this day to the Prophet Joel’s prophecies with the coming of the Day of the Lord. We know from looking at the prophecies of Joel in previous MOB’s, that these prophecies are mostly for the very last days, which we are now in play until the fulfillment going forward until Yeshua’s return.
Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:17 are key verses concerning God’s Plans on what he intends to do in the End Times. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. The verses go on to say that as God pours out his spirit, God will show wonders in the Heavens and in the Earth. Then some of the things we already have covered in our series of Day of the Lord MOB’s, we know the Moon will turn scarlet red like blood, and the Sun will be turned black like utter darkness, all before the great and terrible day of the Lord shall come.
So there it is, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, more signs and wonders and miracles of God Almighty. God was indeed glorified on the Day of Pentecost. God is rightfully glorified when every person truly repents of their sin and accepts the Lord as their personal savior and then automatically has access to the Holy Ghost from that point forward. Perhaps you haven’t accepted the Lord just yet, and your day of Pentecost is still looming.
If, and when times of trouble and tribulation come and they will for the Lord promised it, have no fear beloved, God has sent his comforter, the Holy Spirit to accompany you in your walk , to strengthen your resolve and give you the boldness to follow the Lord.
Mystery # 5 : Beyond Babylon: The Tabernacle of Idolotry
In this MOB, we will take a look at a statement made by Stephen the very first apostle of the Lord Jesus to be martyred for the faith. The Passage which encompasses Acts ch.7 is known as Stephen’s Sermon and it led to him being stoned to death. We will look at this passage now found in Acts 7:43 where we read, Yea , ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the Star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them : and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
Stephen was addressing the fact that the Jews who were once in thewilderness while Moses was high up on Mount Sinai, approached Aaron and asked him to make them a golden calf, a representative of the gods they had left behind in Egypt. The calf was made and worshipped and sacrifices were offered unto it. It was a horrendous abomination of treachery on display by the Israelites. After obeying God for sometime, the Israelites knew what the proper preparation was for an acceptable offering unto God. The people then turned their back on God and began to worship the ancient Canaanite God Moloch who required child sacrifice by parents making their children pass through the ceremonial flames and fire often if not always burning them to death in the process. This is the same demonic spirits at work today with the insanely high amounts of babies killed by abortion and child ritual murders taking place each and every day around the World. It was the Phoenicians who inhabited Canaan (which is part of modern day Lebanon, Syria and Israel) between 1550 BC and 300 BC.
Moloch also had ties beyond Canaan, including North Africa where Moloch was renamed Kronos. In Greece, Kronos was the father of Zeus and at times Molech and Ba’al have been used interchangeably. Ironically the worship of Molech did not cease until the Israelites were taken into Captivity in Babylon. Babylon was of course incredibly pagan, but the one thing the Babylon religion did not support was human sacrifice. The Jews were cast into a large pagan civilization in Babylon and this ended their attraction to Molech for once and for all. That was at least until the Synagogue of Satan (who are not real Jews but Satanic Zionists) began to do the work of the Old Serpent Satan.
It is interesting to note that in the same sentence that Stephen mentions Moloch he mentions the star of the false god Remphan. This is the star that has been mistaken as Israel’s symbol, the so called Star of David. There is no such thing in scripture; by the way it does not exist. Many have been misled by this satanic deception. The star has origins in Jewish Cabbalism. As it turns out Moloch, Chiun and Remphan are all names for the star god Saturn, whose symbol is a six pointed star is formed by two triangles. Sound familiar? This satanic hexagram has been passing itself off as the icon for the State of Israel, what incredible satanic delusion. The Prophet Amos recognized this connection as we read Amos 5:26 -27, But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Molech and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, who name is the God of Hosts. So you can see Moloch and Chiun are all tied together in their star of their god. Be not deceived, this is not the star of the God of Israel, this is not the star of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The truth be told the hexagram was brought to the Jewish people by King Solomon who unfortunately turned to witchcraft and idolatry after he married the Pharaoh’s daughter in 922 BC. The hexagram was named the Seal of Solomon. Solomon used the Egyptian magic and witchcraft to help him worship Satan. He built Altars to Ashtoreth and Molech (Saturn). It was not until the 1800’s in Germany, when the hexagram resurfaced as part of the Rothschild coat of arms. It was then that the six pointed hexagram was named the so called Star of David, a totally fabricated and unbiblical development cooped up by none other then the Satanic Zionists.
The hexagram is widely used in the occult (the star is often referred to as the Talisman of Saturn) and is featured prominently in druidism, freemasonry, astrology, the New Age and Wicca practices, not to mention as a common symbol with Satanists. Remphan was an ancient Egyptian god. In the Septuagint (the translation of the Hebrew Bible into a Greek translation), Remphan (who is also known as Kijun and Chiun) is an ancient Egyptian idol, how sad it is that this idolatrous false god’s star was featured on the flag of Israel, when the state of Israel was created in 1948. Interesting that it was the United Nations who recognized the state at that time, they most likely recognized the star as well. The six pointed star is even seen above the eagle on the back of the American one dollar bill. The “In God we Trust” phrase on the currency might just not be the Lord God Almighty but the small g of this world, Satan. The Mormon Church’s Temples that teach their cultish false doctrines also use the 6 pointed star on their Temple buildings. Is this even more deception involving the star?
God desires to take those that have turned on him and have committed Idolatry to a place beyond Babylon. God wants to take all in bondage out of the captivity of their personal Babylon and redeem them fully and set them free. Before anything else can happen, one must see the sin of idolatry for what it is, sin and an abomination before God. The Jews did not like hearing Stephen preaching this, perhaps they felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon them. They choose the easy way out, they chose to stone Stephen instead of just repent. What is your idol beloved? Remove the plank from your eye or the rose colored lenses, so that you can see clearly see sin for what it is. Let God show you who you are truly with him (his robe of righteousness) and your robe without him (your robe of filthiness).
We leave you with these words also from Stephen’s sermon, Acts 7:49 which reads, heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: What house will ye build me? Saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? What of your house, what have you built for the Lord beloved? Are your treasures stored here on Earth where the rust and moths corrupt or are they stored in Heaven?
Let God take you beyond Babylon, replace the idols of your life whether it be, actual statues and idols, shrines, addictions of all sorts, sports, sex , music, entertainment including TV and movies and whatever else has become your idol that you worship in place of God. We did a MOB on this sometime ago, so please feel free to refer to it. The bottom line is God has provided a way out for all who seek true liberty and freedom from Sin and forgiveness and restoration.
Mystery # 6 : Sorcery : Bewitching the people
Acts 8:9, But there was a certain man, called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: In today’s MOB, we look at a time when there was great persecution against the Church in Jerusalem. Shortly after the apostle Stephen was mercilessly stoned to death, the Gospel was being proclaimed in Judea and Samaria. One of the apostles who had traveled to Samaria was Philip. Philip was performing miracles with the power the Lord had given him through the Holy Spirit. Philip was casting out of many a person unclean spirits and demons as well as healing those who were crippled and had an assortment of infirmities and diseases.
News spread through Samaria of the Power of God and this attracted the attention of many a person. One such individual was Simon Magus also known as Simon the Sorcerer. Simon was a man who had used Sorcery to “bewitch” the people of Samaria. Now those who had witnessed and heard of Simon’s exploits attributed his powers as being from God, calling him the man with the great Power of God. In reality the truth was, all who “bought in” to Simon’s sorcery were duped and were indeed bewitched. They were duped by none other than Satan himself. The word bewitched in Greek is the word mageménos which means "to be out of one’s mind." This goes beyond mere astonishment, it truly is a form of witchcraft, where the person subjected to this, is in fact brainwashed.
We see the same thing today in popular culture with people seemingly going out of their mind. We have people taking bath salts and all kinds of powerful hallucinogenic drugs that people take that seem to make them become incredibly violent and dangerous and often end up harming themselves and others while acting like they have gone crazy or even demonically possessed. Sorcery and witchcraft is used in the Music industry, in Movies and all forms of brainwashing are used in everything from putting viewers into a hypnotic trance or at least subliminally conditioning them through certain Syndicated News and TV programs and Commercials. Some of this brainwashing is so subtle that on a conscious level, someone may not even be aware of the subliminal conditioning going on. The masses are the sheeple as some call those who barely blink an eye to the thought of being manipulated mentally (and even physically in some cases). The truth is most of us are often used as pyschological guinea pigs. Nowadays many in society lack the ability to do any critical thinking for themselves, as we are told the way we should think has already been predicated by the institutions around us, from government to education. The cookie cutter effect to make everyone the same is in full swing. This is necessary to build not only the New World Order but the One World Religion as well. Some would say religion is the opium of the people; it would be hard to argue that TV is not the opium of the Masses as well. Need further proof ?
Former Church of Satan High Priest and now deceased, Anton Lavey said more than on one occasion that TV was the new god, and was the major mainstream infiltration for the new satanic religion. There you have it. Now you take all those in the popular culture or the “pop” culture as it used to be called once upon a time, throwing up an assortment of Illuminati hand signs as well as the Cornuto (the Devil’s hand sign) are all there to reinforce over and over again the acceptance of a Satanic New World Order. The minds of millions and millions of people are being conditioned and brainwashed to accept this. This is a type of sorcery as well, or bewitching that we have seen escalate in the last 30-40 years, with the attraction of the occult at an all-time high especially among the younger generations.
So it was Simon the sorcerer was very popular in Samaria. The difference maker however was when Philip preached about the Kingdom of God, the people were not only receptive to the message, and they became followers of Yeshua and were baptized.
Even Simon believed and was baptized. Simon however was obsessed with the miracles and signs that Philip had performed. The other apostles heard that Samaria was receptive to the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ and so both Peter and John were sent to Samaria to join Philip. The apostles laid their hands on these new believers, that they may receive the Holy Ghost. Again Simon witnesses this and wanted to pay the apostles to teach him how to lay his hands on people in order to receive the Holy Ghost. To Simon these were parlor tricks, done like a side show magician in a carnival, he had yet to understand or comprehend the Power of God.
Simon asked the apostles to give him the power to lay hands so that others can receive the Holy Ghost. Peter scolded Simon telling him his money was useless because God’s Gift of the Spirit could not and would not be purchased with money, it was and never would be for sale. Maybe some of the modern day prosperity preachers out there can take a note of this. God doesn’t care about money, for the riches we save up are not of this Earth, they are heavenly riches. God doesn’t need anyone’s money, anyone’s tithes and offerings and money is not the measure of a man’s blessings from God. Nor is there anywhere in scripture that indicates that God’s Riches and blessings equal wealth. When God did bless someone in the Bible with wealth such as Jacob and such as Solomon, it as never because they had requested it first. God blessed them despite the fact they were sinners and because to God it was the right thing to do at the time.
Peter went one step further and stated to Simon in Acts 8:21, Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter; for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. So Peter was telling Simon, he better get his act together and in fact he tells him in the next verse, to repent of his wicked thoughts and pray to God to be forgiven. Peter indicated he was sure Simon was caught up in sinfulness. Simon then asked for prayer that God would not be wrathful upon him. We have to trust scripture that he along with the other Samarians believed in the Lord and that is why they were baptized.
So what can we take away from this scripture? We know the Antichrist will make his entrance with a splash, we know that he and the false Prophet will use all lying signs and wonders to fool as many as possible that he is the one, the Messiah. The Antichrist will fool the Jews, he is their Messiah, to the Hindus that he is their Vishnu, to the Muslims their Mahdi and on and on. There will be enough deception for all races and creeds to be deceived by these false acts of sorcery and witchcraft. The Antichrist will use every brainwashing trick, every demonic black arts spell and ritual to conjure up the demons necessary to fool enough of the masses into buying into the Mark of the Beast and worshipping him. You saw how the people believed Simon the sorcerer that his false signs and wonders were from God, when in reality they were from the dead.
If ever there was a time and a need for discernment it is now. So many so called preachers, who work directly for Satan, are planted by the Church of Satan for this very thing, to fool and deceive church goers. Some of these “plants” deceive their victims in handing over their pocket books, but there is something for more damaging and sinister going on. The root of damnation is the falling away from God that these false pastors and teachers are leading their congregations willingly down the road of apostasy and they reinforce this with fake healings and false miracles all in the name of god. For it
is not the Holy and righteous God they serve, it is the small g of this World, Satan who they serve. Things are not what they seem for we are not battling against flesh and blood but principalities and high places. We must never forget that this is not a physical battle it is a spiritual battle.
1 John 4:1 is a very pinnacle verse in scripture when it comes to spiritual discernment, all followers of Yeshua should pray to God to have a measure of discernment. It is part of your survival package in the last days, that and wearing the full spiritual armor of God. 1 John 4:1 reads Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets are gone out of the World. We are to try the spirits, to know what of God is and what is not. Miracles from God are one thing but sorcery magic and the occult (which so many of the general public seem obsessed with these days) comes only from one source, the father of lies, the prince of darkness, Satan.
Witchcraft and sorcery beloved are sins that if not repented of, will lead one down the road to certain damnation before the Almighty. Do not be one of the bewitched, those who slip into a trance induced mental coma all the while, the siren’s seductive call, lures you down the rabbit hole on a road of deceptive evil. The whole process will be deceptive in fact one will not even know they are participating in evil for scripture says in the last days, there will be those that call evil good and good evil. In fact the whole process will never appear to be evil for Satan wants you to think he is either the comical cartoon red guy with horns and a pitchfork or even better, he wants you to think that he doesn’t exist at all. He will seduce with the appearance of light and almost angelic soothing for Satan loves to masquerade as an angel of light, but be not deceived he is the roaring lion seeking to whom he will devour. So also be not deceived that sorcery is of the devil. Flee from it.
Mystery # 7 : The Dangers of Worshiping Planets
Acts 14: 11-12 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycania, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.
At first glance some may think that the title of this MOB’s edition is quite foolish. But here is the shocker, many on the Earth are actually worshipping planets both knowingly and unknowingly. Perhaps you are skeptical and say, that sounds ridiculous, how can that be? How can someone unknowingly worship a Planet? Let’s take a closer look into this and then we’ll let you draw your own conclusions at the end, okay? A little background needs to be addressed first. A number of the apostles were preaching the gospel and on a mission that had taken them from Cyprus in Greece, to Antioch and then Paul and Barnabas headed towards Iconium and then Lystra, which are part of Turkey. It was at Lystra, which was a part of Turkey, where a crippled man who never could walk in his life was healed and Paul had declared that due to his faith he was healed. This once crippled man stood upright on his feet at the command of Paul and did so.
The man then began leaping and walking around. The crowd was astonished and began saying to one another in an excited voice that the gods had come down to Earth in the likeness of men. They called Barnabus, Jupiter and Paul they called Mercurius or Mercury, because he had been the chief speaker of the two of them. Indeed the people of Lystra thought that their heathen gods had come down from their place of residence in human form. Paul and Barnabas did not understand what the people were saying because they spoke in the language of Lycanoia.
The so called priest of Jupiter was ready to make a sacrifice to these 2 “supposed” gods because of this. Paul and Barnabus were very upset and rent (tore) their clothing and ran among the people telling them they are not gods, they were men just like them. They mentioned that the people of Lystra needed to repent of their heathen ways and turn to the living God, the maker of Heaven and Earth and all things contained in it. Paul would end up getting almost stoned to death because they had interfered with the planned sacrifice they had intended to go through with.
Beyond this story, what was going on in Lystra that the people were so sure that the gods were visiting them, and they had the ability to conceal their true identity by appearing to look like human beings? Hermes was the messenger god and the son of Zeus in Greek mythology. Hermes was also known as the guide to the underworld. There were all types of worship and cults being developed that centered on Hermes in and around the 3rd Century BC. The people of Lystra had no problem believing that someday Hermes and for that matter even Zeus, would make themselves known to the people. When Paul and Barnabas showed up, the people automatically presumed that they were witnessing miracles performed by deities and the deities they knew best were Hermes and his father Zeus.
Now Zeus (as many people are somewhat familiar with) was the sky and thunder god. Zeus is considered as the father of all gods that are worshipped in Greek mythology. In the original King James which we presented as our feature scripture Barnabas is not known as Zeus but Jupiter and Paul as Mercurius (Mercury) and not Hermes. So when we add the planets like Jupiter, Mercury, the Sun and Saturn together, and we combine it with a pagan type of worship, what do we really end up with?
It turns out all the planets have names of gods of mythology. Interesting isn’t it? Wonder what the connection is? Let’s take a look. Mercury got its name from the winged messenger of the gods. Venus was the Roman goddess of love and beauty; in fact the Babylonians called Venus the name Ishtar after their goddess of love (where have we heard that name before? –see an older MOB on the Queen of Heaven). Mars is named after the roman god of war, Jupiter was the roman king of the gods and Saturn was named after the roman god of agriculture and harvest. Uranus was named after Uranus, the father of Saturn, at one time the king of gods. Only the Earth is not named after one of these false heathen gods.
Some may say, well they knew all that already, but what does that have to do with me in the modern age. "I don’t worship old mythological Greek gods," you might say. Many religions embrace the worship of the planets as being key to their beliefs, such as in Hindu astrology. Moon worship is common in many religious belief systems that cover a vast geographical area including Egypt, Babylonia, India, China and Africa. Pagans of course worship the Moon and the Moon Goddess as well. This includes the Winter Solstice, the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice, the fall Equinox and Sam Hain which we know as the horribly misunderstood Halloween (which we have covered in a previous MOB) on October 31st.
Saturn worship has been well documented over time, going back to ancient times. It was believed even before the Great Flood that God had sent to stop the gene contamination propagated by the Fallen Ones and their offspring, the Nephilim. It was thought that Saturn ruled the Kingdom of Atlantis and was the supreme god and ruler of all kings by many who have adopted this heathen/pagan belief system. We see the influence even today. Isis in the news, for one after another atrocious act of terrorism and unconscionable brutality upon one another, and Isis was supposedl known in mythology as Saturn’s eldest daughter.
Semitic civilizations including those of the Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes including Hebrews have always referred to Satan as “El” a type of supreme deity after represented as a black cube. Even some ancient Hebrews had represented Saturn with the six pointed star which has become known as the Star of David and can be found on Israel’s flag. We just showed you a couple of MOB's ago that this star is nothing more then a Satanic occult hexagram symbol. Some researchers have noted that Israel is the combined names of Isis, Ra and El. We include that here because it is interesting to note and nothing more. After all it was God who named Jacob Israel, so how could there be anything bad with that? Even in the Roman Catholic Church and through the ages of Catholic art we see over and over again evidence of the idea of sun worship with depiction after depiction of Christ and others with a Sun like halo around them.
Many today look to Astrology and the Horoscopes for their answers for today and tomorrow, while others worship Mother Earth and the whole Gaia pagan/ Earth Day movement to become with nature is more evidence of a turning away from Judeo-Christian belief Systems. The science books have all been revised to embrace the deception of the biggest of lies of them all, that science is not a religion. It is of course a faith system or even a religion as it revolves around a belief system. Science would have you believe all is empirically proven in the lab and hypothesis are then played out in the real world and made fact. Well is not Evolution part of Science? Evolution has no proof it's real either, it is entirely based on a faith system of belief. Where indeed is the proof?
Science does not always back itself up as ironic as that sounds and evolution is a good case of that. Science makes superstitions and hypotheses such as the Theory of evolution and yet there is not one thread of evidence showing a fossilized remain of a living creature caught in the process of evolution. Instead every fossil remain is a complete and intact creature fully evolved, where are the intermediate species to be found? They aren’t found and Darwinists and evolutionists (who are nothing more than God and creationist haters) know this. It takes faith to believe that evolution took place even without any evidence to support it. No one can explain the force that sparked the creation of matter to form the necessary ingredients for life to have begun in the first place without God being the instrumental element to begin Creation. This of course addresses the God particle that the CERN scientists are trying to uncover. Science is a faith and a lie, not much different then what is being taught about the planets and the false god names they have been given. So if a planet is not a planet what is it really?
The Bible describes stars and not planets. These stars are described as massive gigantic stones of fire floating in what we refer to as outer space but in reality is the First heaven (we covered this in our very first MOB ever). The Book of Enoch called the stars, the Sun and the Moon as luminaries and addresses them as intelligent living creatures. Another interesting fact from the Book of Enoch is that the wandering stars that many want to refer as planets are actually a type of angelic being that has gone off course (way off course) and disobeyed God’s commandments. Now we will state that the Book of Enoch was never part of the original canonization selection (those scriptures that were authorized).
That being said, Jude himself quotes from the apocryphal Book of Enoch and the early church accepted the Book of Enoch as acceptable information. In the Book of Jude the wandering stars (again really angelic being mistaken for planets) were being punished by God for their disobedience. Why would a star be punished if it were not a living creature that could be held accountable for an act of disobedience? The answer is simple, it wouldn’t but an angelic being would, especially a fallen angel. Jude 1:13, Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. This is the judgment of God being described here, a judgement reserved exclusively for the unredeemable fallen angels, some who are banished and chained up in the depths of the underground waiting for the day they can be loosed come the hour of Tribulation to unleash their terror upon the Earth.
One last comment on science before we leave it behind, science and occultism’s teachings are similar when it comes to spreading the dark deception about the false gods and the origins of these so called “planets” to even those in the Church who lack any sense of true discernment or are somewhat biblically illiterate (they don’t seek out God’s Holy Spirit or a biblically sound teacher of the word to help them understand the Bible better). The “planets” Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, the Sun and the Moon, Mercury are in fact all seven planetary spirits or fallen angels all hell bound waiting for the fate to be sealed by the judgement of God. The Earth certainly has the characteristics of what a planet is supposed to be according to the description found in Merriam-Webster and that is of a large, round object in space (such as the Earth) that travels around a star (such as the sun). Now is the Sun really a Star? Science says yes, the Bible, No. Now here is the interesting part. Merriam –Webster goes on to say that the word planet goes back to ancient Greek as the word planēt- (which literally means "wanderer"), which is derived from "planasthai," a Greek verb which means "to wander." Where did we just read about wandering, wasn’t it in Jude 1:13? Are you starting to see a pattern here?
So what’s really going on here and why should you even care about any of this? A type of brainwashing and conditioning of the mind has been put into full effect for decades and decades with the so called ‘expert’ scientists and “figure heads” from NASA who claim they know best even though so much of what they say seems to be wrapped in deception and lies. We will not even get into the controversial topic of whether man ever went to the Moon, but it is interesting that there are so many that are so skeptical about that fact. Think about the whole polarizing topic of whether there is other life in the Universe besides of that found on the Earth and how NASA has used this information or at the very least controlled the flow of information regarding this topic over many decades. What is the important tenant being challenged here? It’s the concept (for us as believers in the Lord) that God created us in his own image and he is the one and only source of all creation. He is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega the GREAT I AM. If nothing else the Darwinists and the Humanists want to create a distraction from the truth of the reality of an all-powerful Creator we call GOD. Why? To avoid the stigma of sin, it can all be answered in the Mystery of Inquiry and man’s sin nature and desire to sin without fear of consequence. Would have Adam and Eve still sinned if they would know in advance what would befall all of mankind and the magnitude of the consequences of the Original Sin? Would biting the apple Satan offered them in the Garden of Eden have looked that inviting even then? I think not!
The schools and institutions of “higher learning” have propagated these lies with every text book doing it’s very best to dispel God the Creator and his creation with fairy tales about evolution. We’ve all been lied to in the name of education which again is more conditioning than anything else. We grew up believing the lie that there are such things as Planets with these false god names. There are no planets, they don’t exist and the names we’ve given them are all part of the satanic lie to worship these planets which are nothing more than fallen angels hiding behind false gods in reality. We have already proven that fact. So forget all that you thought you knew when it comes to the planets. For as we have come to see there are many in the World who seek to take their guilt and seared conscience and soak it in disbelief, misinformation and lies. Perhaps no better scripture says it best then Romans 1:20, 25, 28. For the invisible things of him form the creation of the world are clear by seen, being understood by the things that are made, even in eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Because that, when they knew God they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to binds, and four footed beasts and creeping things.V.25 Who Changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more then the creator, who is blessed forever, Amen.V.28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do these things which are not convenient.
There it is, from God himself. This is why these lies exist; man is trying to flee from God’s Judgment, so that he can live a life free from sin. Obviously he can’t do this, he can’t build a Tower to Heaven (the Tower of Babel), he can’t worship false gods in high places and expect to create the glory that can only come from God himself, he can’t sin as he pleases and hide in the clefts of the rocks in order to hide from the Lord of Lords and King of Kings when he returns. Sin will be found and be made manifest as we stand before the Great White Throne of Judgment one day and give an account for our lives. Will you stand in God’s grace on that day or will you continue to fool yourself into thinking that the consequences of sin are negligent? That will be most regretful beloved, for one will have all eternity to regret it and yet there will be nothing to do about it, it will be too late.
Look to the night sky, and see not planets but look up for indeed, your redemption draweth nigh beloved.
Mystery # 8: Wolves Among the Flock
Acts 29:29, For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.Shortly after a riot that took place at Ephesus (do to some backlash against Paul and the Apostles for exposing the goddess Diana for the false god that she was and remains to this day), Paul departed for Macedonia and Greece. Sometime later, Paul returned to the place of his previous strife and trouble, Ephesus. Paul gathered up the Ephesian elders in order to address some issues of concern with them. Paul stressed the need for repentance toward God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul’s plan was to return to Jerusalem in time for the observation of Pentecost. Paul let them know that in all likelihood they would not see him ever again (at least not in this lifetime). He let the elders know that he had given his all to the service of Christ, and it was at this point that he gave the leaders a fair warning for them to take heed over themselves and their flock. For the Holy Ghost of God has made them overseers that were to feed the Lord’s flock with spiritual nourishment. For indeed the Lord has purchased the church with his own blood. It was at this point and time that Paul mentioned the Grievous Wolves and how they would enter among the church brothers and sisters, looking like the church, sounding like the church when all along they were predators looking for easy prey, the sheep to slaughter. Wolves do the same thing in the wild, they go after the young preferably, or the weak, the old and crippled. They go after those who cannot defend themselves or those foolish enough to stray from the heard. The wolves single out their target and then get their sharp fangs ready for the kill.
Paul describes these grievous wolves as well in V.30, Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. By perverse things, we are referring to things that God would not have one dwell on, such as carnal sins of lust, which are often sexual sins. Really any sins that would drag a brother or sister down in their walk with the Lord as well as alienate them from the rest of the body of Christ is of the same potential damage. One of the first sign s of a backslidden Christian is their refusal to keep attending Church, often finding reasons to stay away. It’s only time before sin manifests itself in the backslider's life. At one time iron sharpened iron and God knows that the flock needs one another and that they should be together to pray and support one another, together as one body. So Paul tells the elders to watch and be mindful of his warning about the grievous wolves. For Paul’s intention was not to reprimand the elders but to build them up in the Lord, in order to strengthen their resolve. Some of today’s church (or what has been identified as the church) has become apostate, following the World’s ways, accepting that bondages to sin are okay, that backbiting and gossip are okay and that scandals common to the World have also crept into these Worldly apostate churches.
How many times do we have to hear about a pastor of a church needing to step down because he has been exposed in an illicit sexual relationship with one of the congregation or an adulterous affair outside the church? For if it’s okay in the rest of the World why not the church? Well there would be no problem if it wasn’t for the fact that the Lord has told us to be holy just as the Lord is Holy. Much of the problems, stem from these planted grievous wolves, doing Satan’s bidding as well as the Jezebel spirit that has caused many a man with Godly “intentions” to fall into lust, adultery, fornication or get into a bondage with pornography. This is a taboo subject in most churches but is one that needs to be dealt with as it is running roughshod over many churches everywhere and Satan loves every moment of it. Once the spiritual head of the household is removed from the picture, the family is greatly weakened and that household cannot claim to have Christ as its head, there is a great weakness in the 3 cord strand (Christ, the Husband and the Wife) because of sin. The results? Infidelity and divorce rates for Church husbands and wives rival that of the World and that is very wrong indeed for Christ has intended the Husband to love his wife as Christ so loves the Church. And it doesn’t end there, some Christian youth instead of being brought up in a healthy and spiritually nourishing environment are getting into drugs and before they know it, they drop out of everything and begin to be like the World and begin edging closer to the gateways of hell. How Satan most love that as well.
In the Book of Revelation the Lord God speaks to this very church in Ephesus. Ephesus was sixty miles Northeast of the Isle of Patmos, where the Apostle John (the Revelator) had his visions we now know as the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord himself tells them, he has something against the Church of Ephesus and that is they had left their first love (the love of God). Their love for God has grown stale and become a mere going through the motions of religiosity and there is no longer a viable relationship with the Living God. The Lord tells them to repent (Just as Paul had done previously) for he says he will come unto them quickly and he’ll remove his candlestick (his gift of grace and redemption) out of there.The Lord tells the church of Ephesus to be overcomers just as Paul had called them overseers just as Paul had called them to be overseers previously. The reward for those that overcome the World in Christ’s Name, will be to eat of the Tree of Life forever just as Adam and Eve ate from the tree way back in the Garden of Eden before the original sin took place. The Church of Ephesus represented the apostolic period of the Church’s history between AD 30-AD 100 and some of what is being said by the Lord has prophetic implications on the church of latter times, which is the Church of these end times we are living in right now, today’s church.The Lord is explicit in telling all those that say they follow him, to repent of their sin, to turn away from the bondages that they have fallen into, to be set free from sin. However those caught in the snares of the grievous wolves are often those that have not sought the Lord for strength, for spiritual cleansing and renewing as well as guidance and strength. These will be as lambs to the slaughter. The grievous ones will drag them down from the flock and devour them. The one thing that we must always remember is while we say we know the Lord, does the Lord truly know us or are we deceiving ourselves? That’s all that really counts beloved. Works are great if the intentions are right, for we also know that faith without works is dead from the Book of James. We need to feed and clothe the poor and the homeless, rescue the orphans and the widows and the down trodden and those facing injustice, those in jail, those being persecuted, those who cannot stand up for themselves like the unborn. These commands by God will never change, at least until the Lord calls us home.
Yeshua says he stands at the door and knocks, if anyone hears his voice and lets him in, he has promised to sup with them and commune with them and in no wise, shall he cast out anyone who seeks him with all their heart, will and might. We know there is a great falling away taking place. We also know that a major reason for the falling away is due to the fact that there is a great apostasy taking place in the Church today. Some of the “so called Bible believing churches” (we can know them by their fruit, scripture says as a good tree cannot bear bad fruit and vice-versa) are becoming more ecumenical and will eventually go hand in hand with the rest of the World into the One World Religion in preparation for the worship of the Beast and the Antichrist. Jesus told us perhaps how best to deal with the grievous wolves. In Matthew 10:10 Yeshua said, Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves. The Lord is the Good Shepherd and keeps the wolves away from his sheep, protecting his flock. As the World becomes more antagonistic to the gospel even here in North America, as the true persecution of the church intensifies, the wolves will gather around the flock, looking to see where they can find the “soft belly” of their prey, the church, to attack. The Lord wants us not to fear however as perfect love casteth out all fear and the Good Shepherd has already laid his life down for his sheep.
The adjective for the word grievous in Greek is barus which means"heavy" in the context of grievous wolves being a heavy burden for anyone to deal with. Remember what the Lord said, come to me all who are weary and heavy ladened and I will give you rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Turn to the Lord beloved in times of difficulty, in times of persecution and when your faith is being challenged. The Lord will chase off the grievous wolves from you, the Good Shepherd always comes back for each and every one of his flock. No matter who you are or what you have done in your life, there is forgiveness, there is redemption, there is the Good Shepherd, Yeshua Ha'Mashiach. He is always there for you, always to protect you against the grievous wolves.
Mystery # 9 : God are you out there?: The Invisible Things of God
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead: so that they are without excuse.
The Apostle Paul was in the City of Corinth where he wrote the Book of Romans somewhere around the spring of A.D 56. Writing to predominantly a gentile audience Paul wanted the readers to know that by looking just at nature alone, never mind anything else, God has made it known that he is all powerful and very, very, very real. We can’t learn everything from God’s Creation alone, we can’t know for example that God is all loving, righteous and just, never mind holy and long suffering full of mercy and grace.V.19 backs up the idea that we can only learn so much from God’s Creation, because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. We gave this MOB the title, God are you out there?, for a reason. Many skeptics, agnostics and atheists are asking this question at this very moment. They see a World full of violence, injustice towards the treatment of little children and helpless people being killed, massive amounts of the poor & homeless and poverty stricken people starving to death in massive amounts all over the Planet. Yet the unjust seem to go unpunished and get away with murder, literally. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer and more and more every day decent law abiding citizens are becoming vilified. What is going on and where is God in all this? This is what the skeptic, the agnostic, the atheist and sometimes, if we are honest with ourselves, even what the believer in the Lord may think deep down inside their most private thoughts.So where are the invisible things of God and what are the invisible things of God, that God himself has made known to the World. Here are just a few amazing “things” to wrap your thoughts around: as found in Psalm 19:1, lets us know of some of the major invisible things of God, the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork. So we have Heaven, we have the Earth, and what about the sky, the oceans and bodies of water, think of all the life teaming on land and in the water. Think about all the magnificent clouds formed in the sky, think of all the stars in the Heavenlies. Think about the complexity of the Human body, all the cells and vessels and veins and muscles and tissue and nerves and neurons and cones and rods all firing in the eye alone. Think about the molecular structure of the planet to give life, think of the complexity of genetic coding of a DNA strand. Think of the human brain, the different lobes all functioning in such a complex fashion. All this points to an intelligent and deliberate design, call it creation with a cause.
We take it all for granted. The wonder of the birth of a baby, all the species and incredible variety of animals, plant life on the Earth is diverse and complex. Think about the chemicals needed to mix to form life, to sustain life, all of this done perfectly and flawless. Think of the gravity of the Earth and how it is perfectly positioned on it’s axis. None of this is a coincidence, nor just some random happening, it all points to an intelligent creator with cause and intent to create and design, and it points to a super intelligent designer. The reality is that there is no part of life that we know of, that hints or suggests that any of Life on our Planet has happened by accident. The vegetables and food that we eat and that sustains us is also complex. God has provided all of it for a purpose and a reason. Let’s take a look at another scripture. Colossians 1:16, For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities, or power: all things were created by him, and for him. That pretty much sums up everything that is created including all of us. We see what God has created and the physical evidence of it and yet we cannot fathom or comprehend the Kingdom of God, what it is like and what it will be like when we finally get there. So God says clearly in V.20 all are without excuse that God has revealed himself and his glory to all as the creator God of the Universe. This is the state of the unbeliever as described in V.21, Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful but become vain in their imaginations, and in their foolish heart was darkened.These are those that have taken God for granted completely, they had never given thanks to God for what he has done for them. We live in an age of entitlement, of people being spoiled rotten, that is until it’s all taken away from them. Their imaginations have become vain, their foolish hearts darkened. They think they are wise, but God considers them to be fools. What some of these, (who practiced pagan rituals) did is they took the glory of God which is incorruptible and exchanged it to create gods in their own image, as well as creatures of all sorts. God then let them remain unclean in their lusts in their hearts and they dishonored their bodies between themselves. We see that today with pornography, prostitution, and sexual deviations of all sorts. Wasn’t Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed for at least part of this very reason? The strongest of terms is used in V.18 of Ch.1 which states, For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Indeed sin will be punished and ungodly men who refuse to repent will experience the Wrath of God poured out upon all flesh. No matter how much the ungodly resist God’s Holiness and wrath, it will be revealed by God when the time is right to do so.
Romans 1:9 goes on to talk about the controversial topic of same sex relationships and no matter what the Bible version one gets, the original Greek text does not cover up the words for vile affections nor natural use. God’s standard bottom line is not man’s standard, no matter whether they say they were born this way or not. One thing one must know is that God does love all sinners and that is true. God will never love one’s sins however, for he can’t he is holy and pure. God does love everyone, for he is God the Creator. He is Abba, Father, but some refuse to turn back to him and truly repent of their sins.Sadly in V.28, we see the results of turning away from God’s Ways and seeking man’s vile imaginations, And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to reprobate minds, to do those things which are not convenient.
If God sees that someone loves their sin, he will let them continue to sin, for a season. They will be given over to a reprobate mind; they will turn towards unrighteousness, fornication, all forms of wickedness, murder and evil, and sin of every sort. These reprobates will no longer have any affection for anyone and will become unmerciful and no longer will be able to display affection. In fact the final verse of Ch.1 of Romans, which is probably the most condemning of all verses in the entire Bible states, Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have no place in them that do them.Sadly beloved the reprobate mind will lead one to death and Hell. It all started with a lack of thankfulness, of not being grateful and not acknowledging the Invisible things of God, God says there is no excuse for anyone on the Earth; he has made all things evident. So when next time, someone asks or even you ask, “Where are you God, are you out there?” You should be replying or knowing that God is here, God is there, God is everywhere. God is from everlasting to everlasting, the Great I am, the Alpha & Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is and only is, the one true Living God and he has made himself known to us, whether we admit it or not.
Mystery # 10 : God's Golden Chain : Predestined by God
Romans 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestine to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called and whom he called, them he also justified and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
There may not be another topic in all of scripture that is anywhere as sensational as predestination. The very idea boggles the mind and at first glance it may seem to contradict what we have come to know as “free will” for some may say, if God predestined some of us, how can one say that we truly had a choice in whether we chose God’s Way or not. The answer as we will see has all to do with God choosing us and not the other way around, and as far as contradictions go, we will return to that in just a little bit. We know one thing if God never intended the Lake of Fire to be for anyone but the fallen angels and demons, then that meant he fully expected his creation, man to be with him forever in his eternal bliss. As strange a thought as this might be, what if God had originally predestined all of mankind to be with him forever but through the mystery of iniquity with Adam and Eve God had to reaccess his “predestined inventory” and realign it somewhat. We are not proposing this idea, as there is no scripture to back it up, we are merely being hypothetical. What makes more sense however is the idea that God is all knowing and knew that man would fall and sin and despite that he already knew who would freely come to him and recieve the gift of redemption and who would not.
Now let’s take a closer look at our featured passage in today’s MOB. According to Romans 8: 25, the Father God foreknew us before the foundation of the World, before we were created, perhaps before the first man was even created. So was all man predestined at that time or did God know which ones would be the ones to truly desire to follow him? God had a plan to conform man into the image of his son, Yeshua. The plan was to call us, justify us and then ultimately glorify us. This is sometimes referred to as the Golden Chain of Redemption and today we indeed we will strive to obtain a Biblical understanding of just what Predestination really is and what it isn’t.
The Book of Ephesians Ch.1 V.4 -5 indicates we were chosen before the foundation of the World. The word predestined in the scriptures can be traced back to the Greek word proorizo which means “determine beforehand” and “ordain” and “to decide upon ahead of time.” In the simplest of terms, predestination just means God has everything planned out ahead of time as he knows what’s going to happen before it actually takes place.
We know from our feature scriptural passage that God knew ahead of time that certain individuals would be conformed into the likeness of his only begotten Son, the Lord jesus Christ. To be even more to the point, God predetermines who will be saved and consequently, on the flip side, who isn’t. Somehow God knows who we are and what’s in our hearts and he doesn’t interfere or try to influence with the decisions we make as much as he knows in advance what decisions we will ultimately gravitate towards. It may seem unfair to some that God actually does choose individuals who have willingly been conformed into the image of his son, Yeshua and will be suitable for redemption and Heaven. On the other side of things, others are slated for an eternal existence in Hell. It is important to note that God in all of his sovereign Glory actually doesn’t force us one way or another in our choices nor does he manipulate us but instead lets us choose either destination by our own choices we make. In that way when we all stand before the Great White Throne of Judgement no one can blame God for the choices they have made by themselves although there will be those who will be gnashing their teeth and will continue to hate God and blame him for everything as they go into perpetual darkness and an eternity of torment and Hell apart from God.
The bottom line is that God knows our hearts; he knows what direction we will ultimately head in and what choices we have decided upon God is long suffering and is very patient with those that are struggling in their faith and even those who are not sure of what they believe The only problem is time may run out on some of those struggling in their faith. The Window of the Age of Grace does have a deadline and no one should wait until Yeshua returns to make their decision. We must never forget that no one, absolutely no one, deserves grace, nor does anyone deserve to be saved. All our righteousness is like filthy rags to God the Father. Only the atoning and cleansing blood of the sacrificial lamb, Yeshua Ha'Mashiach, who has washed our robes whiter than snow and freed us from the condemnation of our sinful existence, can save us from Hell. Without the Lord’s Sacrifice on the cross, we would all go where we deserve to go, and that is Hell.
Now back to the question asked earlier about free will contradicting the idea of God choosing whom he will save and not save. The operative word is choose, Jesus died for the sins of the entire world and yet not all on the Earth will choose him as their savior when in fact he is their one and only hope. God never rejects anyone who believes in him, he will in no wise cast out that person. Again this is the Golden Chain of Redemption we are dealing with as God first foreknew us, then predestined us, then called us, justified us then finally will glorify us one day in his Heavenly kingdom .Hallelujah!
Predestination though recognized and overly understood to a degree is hard for most believers to comprehend and for the unbeliever unfathomable and it remains a mystery to us that God may reveal to us someday, when the time is right. Until that time it remains what it is, and joins the ranks of a Mystery of the Bible, a MOB.
We close with this, Romans 11:33 which reads, Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgment and his paths beyond tracing out!
What a Great God we serve. Our God has loved us all before the foundations of the World even began and if we choose to embrace it somehow it just will turn out, he chose us first.
Amazing love, HOW CAN IT BE ? Amazing love indeed beloved.
Mystery # 11 : The Chosen People: Chosen By God
Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? how to maketh intercession to God agents Israel.
The Apostle Paul wanted to communicate a very important message to all those in Rome who could be reading his Epistle. He wanted them to know that God was anything but done in dealing with his chosen People, the Israelites, the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. With the spreading of the gospel to the Gentiles, there had been some misconceptions by some of the Gentiles that God had given up or forsaken Israel. Nothing could be further from the truth.We believe this scripture is so important because it mentions that God foreknew the people of Israel before they even existed as a people. This is a showing of God’s Grace for Paul is quick to mention that these very same Jews killed just about every Prophet of God at one Time and that it was only a matter of time before they would come and kill him as well. Paul recounts the time when 7000 Israelites refused to bow done to the image of Baal during the time of the Babylonian Exile. Paul speaks of a remnant being present and more importantly the election of grace and what it truly means. Paul admonished the people of Rome that grace and works must not be confused with one another.. The People of Israel could never have obtained grace through works; they only gained grace through election. Still many in Israel have been blinded to the truth of God’s Plan of redemption. We have talked about spiritual blindness before and in V.8 we read, According as it is written God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear unto this day.
So not only are many in Israel, spiritually blind they are deaf to the hearing of the truth as well. The Spirit of slumber is a demonic spirit of laziness and is a very common demonic spirit infecting the apostate church of today for the most part. It was King David who said, that the Israelites would fall into their own snare and stumbling block for their eyes will be darkened, so they cannot see. However when the Israelites stumble and fall, that is when God sent his message to the Gentiles to provoke the Jews too jealously. We find that the Gentiles have been grafted into the olive tree and are adopted sons and daughters. The branches (the Jews) were broken off the tree to begin with due to their unbelief. So the big question Paul asks here is if God spared not the natural branches (the Israelites), take heed lest he also spare not thee (the gentiles who are to be grafted into God’s Tree of life).So what Paul ends up saying is, that if God is going to all this trouble to make sure the Gentiles are grafted into his plan of redemption, how much more will God want to make sure the natural branches are preserved as well? For God’s Intentions are for all of Israel to be saved, not just a remnant. A very important prophetic verse is next, and is key to this MOB's intended message. V.25, For I would, not, brethren that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise to your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the gentiles be come in. So what Paul is saying here, when the Gentiles for the most part have been saved and grafted in, then finally the blindness of the Israelites will be lifted and they shall be saved. V.26 And so all Israel shall be saved as it is written, there shall come out to Zion the Deliverer and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. V.27 For this is my covenant unto them, which I shall take away their sins: We know from the Book of Jeremiah 32:40, that God’s Covenant is an everlasting Covenant with Israel.
Paul mentions that the elect are beloved for the Father’s sake. Paul reminds the Romans that in the past, when they chose not to believe God, God was still merciful to them. God wants to be merciful to all, yet God is Holy. As Paul says, how unsearchable are God’s judgments and his ways past finding out. No one can know the mind of the Lord, who can counsel the Lord, no one. For all things are for God’s Glory and God foreknew this (which does indicate a type of predestination not only for the Jews, (the Natural branches of the tree) but the Gentiles grafted into the tree), before the very foundation of the Earth.God keeps his promises for his chosen people and for all of us that are grafted into the Olive Tree (the Tree of Life) by God’s Amazing Grace.
Mystery # 12 : Unmasking the Mystery of God
Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.
You are of course reading the latest MOB, our current Mystery of the Bible edition, and so today we focus on the paramount mystery of all, which it turns out is no mystery of all. This mystery concerns the unmasking of the Mystery of God, revealing the true identity of God as the Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh to us. When Jesus walked the Earth he made it known that he and the Father are one, if you have seen Jesus you have seen the Father as well. This mystery is also of God’s Revelation, that he lives, breathes and loves us and has been made known to us through the ages. Through the Gospel being declared to the 4 corners of the World, through the preaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, the very same scriptures that the Prophets of old had taught about, that the Commandments handed down from God to Moses on Mount Sinai concerning God’s Desire to establish an everlasting covenant, has been made known to all nations. So Paul ends his letter of exhortation to the Romans that they acknowledge the revelation of the mystery of God as manifested through his begotten son, Adonai, Yeshua Ha’ Mashiach. This was not the first time that Paul addressed this mystery of revelation. Paul explains in his letters to the Ephesians that Christ the Lord has made known to him this mystery and how it played a vital role in impacting his life to the point that his conversion from the persecuting zeal of Saul on the road to Damascus to the beloved apostle of Yeshua, Paul would have never come about. Paul writes in Ephesians 3: 1-7, For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles –if needed you have heard of the dispensation of the Grace of God which was given to you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets; that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of his power.
We included that entire passage of V.1-7 because it is loaded with all types of theology and understanding and we will look at it more closely in just a little bit. But first let’s examine the dispensation of Grace which was revealed in it’s infancy over time from God through the ages at the birth of Man (Adam never understood that it was God’s Grace that they were granted everlasting life to begin with). However it was conditional in the sense that they were warned not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, which of course they did. God continued to introduce the concept to man that he desired communion with them not just in the here and now but in his everlasting Kingdom to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the Patriarchs of the faith. In Deuteronomy 32:15, Moses refers to the Lord as the Rock of his Salvation, a phrase we hear far more in the New Testament then the Old Testament. Moses explains how man fell away from God, provoking God to jealousy, by worshiping strange and false gods and abominations, provoking God to anger. Moshe says in Deuteronomy 32:17 that they sacrificed unto devils, not to God, to gods whom your fathers feared not. Then again in the next verse, Verse 18, the Lord is again referred to as the Rock. V.18, Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. How much the men and women of today would fall into that category, whole generations of people forgetting the very creator God who formed them. Rather they want to believe it either all happened by random accident or a bunch of aliens called the pleadians that came millions of light years away just to save the human race because they created us in the first place like we were some sort of test tube experiment. What nonsense this is to any rational thinking person never mind the God of all creation.
In Deuteronomy, Moses continues to use the phrase the Rock in V.30 and V.31, saying, For the rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. So Moses is referring to their false gods as types of a false rock and not the one and only Rock of salvation, Yeshua. V.37 And he shall say, where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted. The concept of grace is introduced in V.39, in describing God Moses says, See now that I, even I am he, and there is no god with me : I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. Only God delivers, only God provides salvation is the point being made here. V.40 –The idea of the eternal spirit is also known as Moses says, For I lift up my hand to heaven, and to say, I live forever. The fulfillment of the dispensation of Grace of course was fulfilled at Calvary’s cross, when the veil of the temple was torn between God and man forever. The Lord gave Paul the knowledge of the mystery of Christ, that God came in the flesh as the one to carry our sins and atone for them once and for all, to take the mystery of iniquity and bruise the head of Satan once and for all and to take the sting of death and Hell away once and for all for those seeking God’s Forgiveness and mercy through the act of true repentance of sin.
Paul states in Ephesians 3:5 that the Mystery of Christ was not known initially to man but through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit revealed the revelation of the mystery of Christ, to the apostles, the Gentiles who became partakers of the promise of Christ by the spreading of the gospel. God has sought to dispense the truth and knowledge of who he is, through his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ and his Earthly Ministry. This is why he gave sermons, the beatitudes, taught in the temples and synagogues as well as the mounts. This is why he did the miracles and all types of signs and wonders to draw man unto the Father in order to prepare them to come to know and understand the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 3: 9, Paul writes, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things.The fulfillment of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ is of course partly revealed by that which must shortly come to pass as described in V.1 of the Book of Revelation, which is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John. We will review the significance prophetically of the Book of Revelation in a very special extended MOB to come. God wants us not to be naive of what is to come, he wants us not to be dismayed or act as the heathen will act, when all goes down as prophesized and just as important if not exceedingly more important, God wants the mystery of Christ to be revealed to us all. It is his will that none should perish and that the dispensation of Grace be dispensed to one and all. At one time God was a mystery, imagine if God created Adam and Eve, planted them in the garden and just left them to wonder and fend for themselves. Would they have ever wounded how they got there, who created them, who created this wondrously, beautiful garden that had all that they could have wanted and more.
God says we are without excuse, as we discovered in a recent MOB, God has made himself known to us all. The revelation of the mystery of God has been made known to all men, to all women and now the Mystery of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ is being made known through God’s Holy Spirit. Daniel 2:28 says there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. Yeshua himself said in Matthew 13:11 saying, To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven.So what are these mysteries? 1 Corinthians 2: 7, but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the age to be or glory. The mystery was predestined beloved, but is now manifested to God’s Saints. For what purpose is the mystery made known to us all? Colossians 1:27. To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. The riches of the glory of this mystery is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul would go on to write in 1 Corinthians 2:7 concerning true wisdom and where it comes from, he leaves no doubt that it comes from God and that amazingly enough is a mystery to some. 1 Corinthians 2:7, But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. The hidden wisdom Beloved, is truly the wisdom of God and it is only a Mystery to those that do not know God. Pray that God is no mystery for anyone. For it is our responsibility as we are the stewards of the Mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1)
Mystery # 13 : Exposing the Hidden things of Darkness
We know from scripture that eye have not seen nor ear have not heard, nor has it entered the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9) and with that we know and understand a bit better that certain supernatural things to do with God are invisible to us and not known to us currently in our fleshly state. However what of the things that are hidden that are of darkness? Those things that God has kept from us, in order we neither became too frightened or distracted in thinking or dwelling and desiring those things that are good and pure and come from the Father above? We read in our selected feature passage today, taken from 1 Corinthians 4:5, Therefore judge nothing before the time until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. Here we see Paul writing to the church in Corinth which is in the Southern part of Greece. What Paul wrote was no doubt targeted at the people of Corinth for they were known for and wide as wicked and immoral. Paganism was running rampant among the people as well, as many heathen religions worshipped Aprhodite, the goddess of love and beauty. As a direct correlation to this, prostitution was alive and well in the city and especially in what was known as the Temple of Aphrodite.
But is that all there is to this passage, was Paul only writing to the Corinthians? Of course not, for the proper context has to do with the Lord coming again, his 2nd coming. It is prophetic and a written piece of eschatology. In the first part of the passage we see Paul admonishing the church to not judge anything before the Lord comes back. Now why would Paul tell us that? Well for one thing, we are not to judge unless we of course are willing to be judged right back by God no less. For another thing, Paul is saying when the Lord returns, all secrets will be made known and at that point no one will have to be concerned about judging or being judged because everything will be out of the bag for once and for all on every single living person as well as those who had formerly lived on the Earth since time began and man walked the Earth. Indeed all things hidden will now be revealed before God Almighty no less. It’s called the Great White Throne of Judgment. Man’s attempts to have sin remain a secret will end on that day as those sins will be made known. For example, everyone who had bared false witness to another and their victims will be vindicated on that day as will victims of rape and abuse as well as murder and robbery and assault. Every faithful servant of Yeshua will also be rewarded for being a doer of the word (not just a hearer of the word). However there is more to this passage than this. Let’s unpack it even further and get down to the essential meaning behind what Paul is saying here. For our own sake, the Lord has kept some things from us for our own good, crazy as that may sound. Some of the things that God has kept from us are surprisingly, really good things. The Lord has not told us all that much about Heaven & eternal life or what it will really be like to live forever in God’s presence other than a few passages here and there in the Bible.
There is a big reason for that; it would be a major distraction for most believers to know so much more about Heaven and eternal life in general then they do already. Where do you think the phrase came from, Too heaven bound, to be Earthly good. If we knew how good Heaven was, we would stop living with the urgency that Christ expects of us, to go out and preach the Gospel and to love the Lord they God with all they strength and all they might and to love the neighbor as thyself. However in this passage the light that Paul is speaking of here is the hidden things of darkness which as we covered in part is the exposing of all sin in all of us, every deed, every act. Every thought will be made known by God. The light will shine in the darkest recesses of our hearts, where only the Lord can know it. The Lord also has been hiding things of the darkness that he knows we cannot stand up to, such as the full demonic revelation that will come upon the Earth during the time of the Tribulation when the abyss of Hell will be opened up and all the demonic horde that are held in their spiritual captivity, will be loosed to strike terror upon the Earth.The Lord has kept from us the things that are hidden in darkness of the evil potential of man. Pedophiles for example hide behind what looks to be supposedly highly respected positions of authority and distinction in Government, Religion, even in Royalty (in some instances) as well as in the Hollywood Entertainment Industry (where it’s rampant). On the day, when the Lord comes, they will be outed. No one will be able to hide from the Lord. All will be made known. Doers of evilness of all sorts, sorcerers, Satanists, practioners of witchcraft of all sorts, those who give glory to false gods while counting ritual acts of abomination and human sacrifice, will be made known. Child abusers, wife abusers, violent and cruel people with no sensitivity will all be made known, on that day to the Lord. The New World Order and the Illuminati and those who desire to cull the World’s population to a number they are satisfied with (as stated in the Georgia Guide stones) to depopulate the World’s population, because after all most if not all us are “useless eaters” and they are so special (in their own eyes), their evil deeds will be made known to the Lord.
No one will escape the Light of the Lord’s justice including all those who have been starved to death decades and decades upon decades of people in Africa and India (and all over the Planet) who also have been experimented on with every lethal drug in order to create genocide because of vile evil racism, will all be exposed. Lovers of evil, greedy World rulers who give no thought to the sanctity of life (global acceptance of abortion and insane amounts of child abuse and killing) never mind the honor of God, there deeds and actions will be made known on that day.All will be made manifest for the Glory of God, for righteousness to prevail, for good to conqueror evil. Vengeance is the Lord’s beloved, not ours. The day will come, when those that say evil is good and good is evil, when justice will be handed down and God’s World will be brought back to order. The Lord explains it best to John the Revelator in Revelation ch.22, V.11, explaining that despite it being God’s Will that none shall perish. God knows he has to separate the goats from the sheep, the wheat from the chaff. V.11, He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy let him be holy still. The Lord says blessed are those that do his commandments and they may enter in through the gates into the city of the New Jerusalem, but the others whose sins were manifested and made known and never repented V.15 speaks of their fate. V.15 For without are dogs, and sorcerer’s, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
The things of darkness will be made known to God, we cannot hide anything from him. So confess with your mouth, get right with God, while there is still time, before the Lord comes, so when the light is shone on you, the Lord’s Light can shine back and not his condemnation.
Mystery # 14: Seeing the Unseen : the Essence of Faith
Recently we covered a MOB on the hidden things of God that have to do with darkness. Today we reverse everything as we look at the things that are hidden that have to due with the essence of faith, that is things unseen. This is the tenant of the Christian faith and the most paramount building block to salvation and redemption in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s take a look at this critical passage together.2 Corinthians 4:18, While we look not at the things which are seen, nut at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.So here is Paul writing to the Church in Corinth admonishing them to never give up and to keep shining the light of Yeshua in their lives, so that as many unbelievers will see that light and draw themselves towards God. It is the inward man that needs to be renewed daily, so that man does not grow weary and that the great commission is fulfilled without becoming a burden. Hardship and even Persecution (which is happening in many part of the World-especially Muslim and Islamic Countries where men and women are coming to Christ through dreams and visions) which is fulfilling the scripture that in the last days both young and old will dream dreams and have visions. Paul tells us that persecution is regarded as a light affliction that lasts only for a moment in time, in the greater scheme of things (eternal life).The essence of faith as Paul describes is not looking at the physical world that we can observe, it is looking at the things that are unseen. For the physical world is just temporary since they do fall apart, but that which is spirit, which is unseen, is eternal and will last for an eternity. This of course includes our spirit, it will go to one of two places ultimately and the place it won’t go, is simply into the ground. Merriam-Webster defines faith as "a firm belief or strong conviction that means taking everything at face value."
Hebrews 11:1 says it very straightforward, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. So we hope for the things we choose to believe in even if we don’t see them. So someone comes to you and says how can you believe there is a God, when you can’t see or hear God. How do you know he is real and not just part of your imagination or made up to appease your fear based existence?Job 19:25 states For I know my redeemer liveth and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Job had great faith and so did the following individuals (as addressed in Hebrews Ch.11). By faith, Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice then Cain. By faith Enoch was translated and never died. By faith Noah prepared the ark for a flood that Mary ridiculed him of believing it would happen. By faith Abraham followed and obeyed God to travel a great distance to find a land of promise. By faith Abraham obeyed God to the point he was prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac if God would have demanded it. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau while he was dying. By faith when Joseph was dying he was adamant and confident that someday he could be buried in Israel and not in Egypt. By faith Moses abandoned Egypt’s riches and followed God instead. By faith the Israelites passed through the Red Sea. By faith the Walls of Jericho came down. By faith Rehab never perished. The writer of the Book of Hebrews, who was most likely Paul says he could go on and on, as he left out many Heroes of the Faith such as Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,and of course David, who without faith never would have defeated the giant Nephilm , Goliath. As well we cannot forget Samuel and the Prophets of God who all demonstrated great faith at certain times. What of the greatest faith of all, that of the faith of resurrection and restoration that the Lord Jesus Christ had displayed on the cross at Calvary?
In Luke 23:46 while on the cross and mere seconds from death, Jesus confirmed his faith in his Father, And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, “Father in to my hands I commend my spirit and having said this, he gave up the ghost. The word commend means to deliver, to entrust, to give, to hand over, and that is what Yeshua did. He handed over his spirit to God, the Father. Psalm 31:5 says almost the same thing, into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. When one believes that the Lord is the Way, the Truth and the Life; they have faith. Jesus had all the faith he needed, even though his humanity did show through on the cross as well (wondering why God had forsaken him) which is his humanity coming out. So to, we must live by faith brothers and sisters. We must walk in faith for we are justified in our faith and we walk by faith, not by sight and not by the things seen but the things of God that we choose to believe in such as the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the acknowledgement of God the Father as well as Heaven itself. We may be at home with the body presently and absent from the Lord, but the Lord is still with us, as the comforter, the Holy Spirit resides in us, to give us comfort that the Lord is always with us, always, until the end of the World and the Kingdom to come (the World without end).
Remember Jesus’s words to Thomas, who had to touch the Lord’s hands and see the wounds made by the nails driven into his palms. John 20:29 Jesus said unto Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that had not seen, and not have believed. That is faith beloved that is saving faith.