Posted by: Nito | May 14, 2016

Spirit, soul and body

Man is a spirit, has a soul and lives in a body (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Body is like a vehicle, equipped with five instruments (senses) that enables man to move in and interact with his physical surroundings. Soul represents man’s personality; it includes his mind, will and emotions. Spirit is the real man; the part that is perfect and made in the image of God (Genesis 1:28), who himself is the Spirit (John 4:24).

Man’s spirit is that which communicates and has a relationship with the Spirit (God). But when the first couple (Adam and Eve) sinned, this relationship was instantly broken (i.e. they spiritually died, see Genesis 2:17) and they were separated from God. Before that point in time they knew and experienced only goodness (God) and did not have any experiential knowledge of the evil (Genesis 3:5). Devil tricked them to trade their immortality for mortality in order to learn what’s not to be learned.

Over time, as man lived separated from God, his spirit became dormant. Man’s spirit (and the relationship with God through his spirit) were not the primary guiding forces of man’s life. The driving force for man became the desires of his heart and imaginations of his mind—the faculties of man’s soul (see the diagram in this post). And those were “only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Such is the sinful nature or “old Adam” (Ephesians 4:22-24) that is passed from one generation to another, and nobody is righteous before God (Psalm 14:3, Romans 3:10-18). So, we need Jesus, because through His sacrifice on the cross we are reconciled with God (see Romans 5:10). Receiving Jesus in our life we become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we are born again.

When we are born again (John 3:3-7) our spirit is the part that is revived and born again. In that moment we receive the new spirit but everything else is still the same. Our body looks the same and our soul still has the same old sinful nature. Our body would change through us taking care of it with physical exercises and a wholesome diet. But to change our souls (hearts and minds) we would need to change the way how we think and act (see Romans 12:2), which is also referred to as “renewing our minds”.

So, friend, if you are confused because you are born again, but still have the same old desires, don’t be discouraged. Paul faced the same issue (see Romans 7:15) and so does every other believer. Mind renewal is a process and it takes time. I pray that God will give you strength and wisdom. His provision and protection follow you everywhere you go and His peace be settled in your heart, in the name of Jesus!

 

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Posted by: Nito | May 1, 2016

Life Begins at Conception

Researchers at Northwestern University have documented the striking event in a new video that accompanies a study published this week. At the moment of conception, the egg releases massive amounts of zinc, which creates a spark that can be seen with the aid of a microscope…

The study may have far-reaching consequences the research team did not intend, such as strengthening public belief in the longstanding scientific consensus that life begins at the moment of conception/fertilization.

Many of those who saw the Northwestern video said it testifies to the beauty of life and the shallow lies that buttress the argument of abortion-on-demand….

(read more here).

Posted by: Nito | January 27, 2016

Father’s Love Letter To You

From: www.fathersloveletter.com

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1)
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2)
I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3)
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31)
For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27)
In me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28)
For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28)
I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12)
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16)
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26)
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13)
And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6)
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. (John 8:41-44)
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (1 John 4:16)
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (1 John 3:1)
Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (1 John 3:1)
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11)
For I am the perfect father. (Matthew 5:48)
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17)
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33)
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalms 139:17-18)
And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40)
For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5)
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41)
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3)
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13)
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18)
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11)
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. (Revelation 21:3-4)
And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:3-4)
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23)
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26)
He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3)
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Romans 8:31)
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (1 John 4:10)
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32)
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (1 John 2:23)
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-39)
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7)
I have always been Father, and will always be Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15)
My question is… Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13)
I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God

Father’s Love Letter used by permission
Father Heart Communications ©1999 FathersLoveLetter.com

Posted by: Nito | January 4, 2016

Did You Know: Your Appointments With God?

In Leviticus 23:2 God is instructing Moses, “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The appointed times (established feasts) of the Lord which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these” (AMP, underlining mine). Father God is telling us that these are His feasts. These aren’t feasts that man has figured out and set up, but are the appointed times we have with God. They are ordained by Him and occur on the exact dates within a Jewish year.

If your boss would schedule a meeting with you for tomorrow afternoon, and you appear in the morning of the day after tomorrow and say, “Here I am Boss, you wanted to see me!?”, what would your boss say? Would he compare you to the five foolish virgins who were late for the wedding feast and were rejected (see Matthew 25:1-13) or would he compare you to the lazy and disinterested wedding guests who refused to come to the wedding having all sorts of “good excuses”(see Matthew 22:2-10).

People say that we cannot possibly know when the end times would come. They base this on Jesus’ words that “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32, NKJV). But, right before He said this Jesus also said, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place” (Mark 13:28-30, NKJV, underlining mine).

Did you know that, throughout the Bible, the fig tree consistently symbolises Israel and her people?  So, when we see that Israel is reborn as a country and nation, and becomes to bud and put forth leaves (which has started back in 1948, when she began again to exist as an independent country) we should know that the end is near. Moreover, the generation that coincides with this event (i.e. the “baby boomers“) will not pass away before the end times would come.

So, even though we cannot exactly know the year of Jesus’ second coming, when the end of the human government on earth would end and the 1000 years of God’s government would begin (see Revelation 20:1-4), we can conclude, with a certain dose of assurance, that this time is very near. We are practically living in the end times, very close to the end.

Even though we don’t know the exact year of Jesus’ second coming, could we nevertheless assume that this would happen in the days that God has set up as His appointed times? If we successfully establish a correlation between Jesus’ first coming (that happened 2000 years ago) and the Jewish feasts, could we have some confidence in conclusion that His second coming would also occur on these appointed days?

Like, if we don’t know the year of His coming, could we assume that the days of His appointments (when we are supposed to gather together and appear before Him) are milestones on His project plan? And we could therefore come to these holy convocations expectant, and if nothing happens this year then we would expect something to happen the next year and so on?

Let’s have a look at the Jewish feasts and what has happened on those days. There are altogether seven feasts: three in the spring, three in the autumn and one in the middle. The first one is the Passover (see Leviticus 23:5) which Jews celebrate in remembrance of the night when the Hebrews, while still in bondage in Egypt, took the blood of a lamb and marked the doorposts of their houses (see Exodus 12:7), so that death, which swallowed up the firstborns of the Egyptians, would pass over them (see Exodus 12:12-13). As a result, the Pharaoh let them go and they were free from the slavery. Similarly, Jesus came as the Lamb of God and at the cross He took the punishment for the sins of the world (John 1:29) and so set us free from the slavery to sin (Romans 6:18). Without shedding of the blood there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22). His blood has covered us and is cleansing us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

Immediately after the Passover the next day starts the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which lasts for seven days (see Leviticus 23:6). At the Last Supper meal, which Jesus had with His disciples a day before the Passover, Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) broke the bread and said, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19, NKJV). The broken bread symbolises Yeshua’s broken body, which was broken for the remission of our sins and was laid down in the grave for us. Yeshua is the bread of life and whosoever believes in Him will never hunger or thirst (John 6:35).

During the Feast of Unleavened Bread (i.e. within the 7 days of this feast) the third appointment is scheduled, which is the Feast of Firstfruits. This feast falls on the first Sunday that occurs within the 7 day period of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:10-11). The Feast of Firstfruits symbolises Yeshua’s resurrection, because He is the firstfruit of those who are raised from the dead (see 1 Corinthians 15:20). We were spiritually dead due to our transgressions and sin, but with Yeshua, God has also raised us (who believe) from spiritual death into an everlasting life. Because of His great love for us, God has made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:1-6).

So, we see how Yeshua fulfilled the first three of God’s appointments 2000 years ago; with His death, burial and resurrection. To really understand the precision with which these spring feasts (appointed times) were fulfilled, we need to know that a day in Hebrew calendar doesn’t start at midnight, like our does, but at 6 PM (18:00) on the previous day (which is a zero hour according to the Hebrew time measurement). Also, we need to understand that the Passover lamb (that was to be slaughtered for the Passover meal), was required to be separated from the rest of the sheep, examined to verify it doesn’t have any blemishes or defects and then was killed on the Passover day at 3 PM (9 PM Hebrew time), so that it could be prepared for the Passover meal in the evening.

Yeshua was brought before Pilate early in the morning on the Passover day (see John 18:28). At 6 AM in the morning (exactly at noon according to the Hebrew time) Pilat succumbed to the angry mob that wanted Yeshua killed so he delivered Him to the legionaries to be crucified (John 19:14-16). He was crucified at 9 AM, which is 3 PM Hebrew time (Mark 15:25), and He died on the cross at 3 PM (9 PM Hebrew time, see Mark 15:34-37). He died exactly at the time when Passover lambs were slaughtered in the Temple in the preparation for the evening Passover meal.

What is also amazing is that Yeshua, the Lamb of God, was presenting Himself in the Temple for the previous three days, so that people could examine Him and see that He doesn’t have any blemishes or defects (just like it was done with other Passover lambs). Therefore we see how Yeshua fulfilled all religious rituals and passed all requirements for the sacrificial lamb. The Lamb of God died on the cross at the same time as the Passover lambs were sacrificed in the Temple. He wasn’t a bit late or too early; He appeared right on time for God’s first appointment—the Passover.

Yeshua said, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40, NKJV). Traditionally, Christians celebrate Good Friday as the day when Yeshua was crucified, but if this is true then Yeshua’s statement that He would be “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” isn’t. There simply aren’t three days and three nights (i.e. 72 hours) from Good Friday to Easter (Sunday). Matthew 27 describes the account when chief priests and Pharisees came to Pilate to ask him to set the guard at Yeshua’s tomb because they’ve remembered His saying that He would raise after three days (see Matthew 27:62-63). So, they’ve also heard “three days”.

Did you know that according to the Jewish law a person must be dead for three days before their death is deemed official? For that very reason Lazarus’ resurrection, after he was in the grave for four days (John 11:14-17), was a great problem for Jewish priests, because a great multitude started to believe in Yeshua (see John 12:9-11). If Lazarus was not officially dead, chief priests could have dismissed his resurrection as fake and explain it to the people in a more natural way. But when his decomposing and stinky body (John 11:39) came to life everybody knew this was God’s doing. Similarly, if Yeshua didn’t spend three days in the grave, His death wouldn’t be official and consequently His resurrection wouldn’t be a miracle.

Did you also know that in Leviticus 23 God sets up two types of nonworking days (i.e. days of rest). Each Saturday (Sabbath, or Shabbat in Hebrew), which is the seventh day in a week, is a day of rest (Leviticus 23:3), but also are some of the feast days, which are also referred to as Sabbaths. According to Leviticus 23:7, such is the day after the Passover (i.e. the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread). In Mark 15:42 we see this day was referred to as Sabbath, but it was actually a Thursday. We know this because the next day, after this Sabbath, three women bought spices to anoint Yeshua (see Mark 16:1). In Luke 23:56 we see the same women spending the whole day (Friday) preparing the spices and then they’ve rested during Sabbath (i.e. a regular nonworking Saturday). Matthew 28:1 says that on the first day of the week (Sunday) women came to the tomb.

Also bear in mind that Hebrew Sunday starts at 6 PM on Saturday and the daylight during the Passover season lasts until 7 PM. So, Yeshua was really “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,” as shown in the diagram below, and He rose up on Saturday evening (which was officially Sunday) during the Feast of Firstfruits, as the first (1 Corinthians 15:20) of those who were raised from the dead. After His resurrection, many saints were resurrected as well and appeared in Jerusalem on Sunday (see Matthew 27:52-53). So, can you see how Yeshua, apart from fulfilling the Passover to the exact specifications, also fulfilled the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Firstfruits as per requirements written in Leviticus? Can you see that when God says these feast are His appointed times, He is doing something important on those days and is expecting us to come and participate?

Jesus was resurrected after three days and three nights

The next appointment with God, as defined in Leviticus 23:15-16, is the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. On this day Holy Spirit came upon the disciples (Acts 2:1-4). Yeshua had commanded them to stay in Jerusalem until they would be baptised with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5), which happened exactly fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits, on the day of Pentecost. So we see that God is doing something on the scheduled feast days. He said those are His appointed times and we could view them as milestones in His plan of redemption. The progress of the redemption “project” is scheduled to be revealed on those feast days and we (as project participants) need to come to the project meeting to reconnect with the Project Manager, realign to the plan and check if a new phase is going to start. So, year after year, we are coming to the scheduled project meetings not actually knowing if this would be the year when a particular project milestone would be met and if a new phase would be started. Nevertheless, we come on the appointed dates expectant and ready (in the case it does).

Hence, the reasoning could be, now that we have established a good correlation between Yeshua’s first coming and the first four feasts, that we take a guess and assume that the last three feasts relate to Yeshua’s second coming. If this is true then we could expect that the most important events of the second coming would occur on the last three feast days. Those three fall feasts could represent the Rapture of the church (event #2 on the end times timeline), God’s wrath (starts after the event #7) and establishing of Yeshua’s Millennial Kingdom on earth (event #10). If this is true, even though those events will be separated by several years, we could be somewhat certain that Yeshua will fulfil them all with the same precision He did fulfil the first four feasts. Many scholars support this view, so let’s examine the three fall feasts, and their symbolism (so that we could see why is this so). Let’s start from the last (seventh) feast, working our way backwards to the fifth feast (the first of the fall feasts).

The last of the feasts is the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34), which represents the time period when Yeshua will establish His 1000 year reign on earth as the King of kings and Lord of lords, and will rule all nations with the rod of iron (see Revelation 19:15-16). If you could describe the Feast of Tabernacles with a single word it would be ‘joy’. Joy of being together with God that dwells on the earth, in a beautiful age filled with peace and love, and where evil is absent (as Satan is locked up inside the Abyss, the bottomless pit, see Revelation 20:1-2). Isaiah describes this time period with the following words: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11::6-9, NKJV).

But before Yeshua comes for the second time, the world will go through a period of distress and calamity. Yeshua mentioned that the Great Tribulation (see Matthew 24:15-21) will start with the event that was prophesied to occur in the middle of the last seven years (see Daniel 9:27), which is marked as the event #5 on the end times timeline. At that time the Antichrist will stop the sacrifices (in the Third Jewish Temple that will be built on the Temple Mount), will declare himself to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) and will set up an idol in the Temple (i.e. the “abomination of desolation” referred to by Yeshua in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14). Antichrist will declare his dictatorship around the world and will force people to take his mark (i.e. “mark of the beast”, see Revelation 13:16). Who will not have this mark will not be able to buy or sell (Revelation 13:17). But everyone who would worship the Antichrist, or his idol in the Temple or receive his mark will end up in hell (Revelation 14:9-11).

Immediately preceding Yeshua’s return God will cleanse the earth from all evil. Antichrist will be removed together with all those that served and worshipped him and who took his mark. This series of events is known as God’s Wrath (placed after the event #7 on the end times timeline). Revelation 16 describes seven angels with seven bowls of wrath that are poured on the earth, causing various diseases and calamities. After the sixth bowl of wrath is poured, Antichrist is mobilising the world’s army and gathering them at Armageddon is an attempt to defeat Yeshua that has come (see Revelation 16:14-16). Antichrist and his armies are defeated (Revelation 19:17-21) and the seventh bowl of wrath starts a great earthquake. This earthquake levels all the mountains, moves all islands and destroys all the cities. What follows after that earthquake is a great hail with hailstones that weigh tens of kilograms (see Revelation 16:18-21).

But before God’s Wrath is poured out on the earth, Yeshua will “harvest” the earth (Revelation 14:14-16) and take all the believers out of the world (event #7 on the end time timeline). They are removed before the wrath, but they did come through the Great Tribulation (see Revelation 7:9-14). Hence, this event corresponds to the “pre-wrath” rapture that some folks talk about. This harvest event is symbolised in the feast called the Day of Atonement, which is the second of the fall feasts and is described in Leviticus 23:27.  It’s also worth mentioning here that there is also a “post-tribulation” view of the rapture, because Yeshua said He will gather His elect at the time of His “official” appearing to the whole world (see Matthew 24:29-31), when the sixth bowl of wrath (event #8 on the end times timeline) is poured out. I believe this talks about the Jewish remnant that will somehow “miss” His earlier harvest, but nevertheless the Day of Atonement for them (i.e. the Jewish remnant) symbolises this later gathering. Perhaps this is the reason (i.e. two distinct gathering of Yeshua’s disciples and people) that the word “kippur” (atonement) used in Leviticus 23:27 is actually a plural noun.

However, the actual rapture proper, the “pre-tribulation”rapture of the firstfruits (also referred to as the “rapture of the church”) which is marked on the end times timeline as the event #2, is symbolised with the first fall feast, which is the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets occurs on the first day of the seventh Hebrew month (Leviticus 23:24) which in our calendars occurs in September or October. The Hebrew New Year begins on the same day and also a ten-day period of repentance called the Days of Awe. The climax of this period (i.e. the tenth day) is the above-mentioned Day of Atonement. During this period one should introspect where they stand in their relationship with God and others. If one needs to ask for forgiveness from somebody, they should do it, because they want to be found worthy at the Day of Atonement (i.e. symbolically they need to be ready for Yeshua’s harvest mentioned above). The reason why this feast is taken to symbolise the rapture is because the Days of Awe represent the tribulation and Yeshua promised that some people will not go through it (see Revelation 3:10).  Those are His selected firstfruits (i.e. not all the church) that will be taken (Revelation 14:3-4) before the last seven years would begin.

So, this concludes the article. Friend, we cannot predict exactly when things will happen but we can make a good guess they would follow the patten of the Jewish feast days. Therefore, get ready because we do live in the end of days. And the best way to get ready is to become a disciple of Yeshua. If you want to do so, say the following with the full conviction of your heart.

Lord Yeshua (Jesus), I repent of my sins. I believe that you died on the cross to take my punishment. I believe that you rose from the dead and will come again to rule the world. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.

Friend, if you prayed this prayer you are born-again, which means that Yeshua (i.e. His Spirit) now lives within you. Find a good bible-based, Spirit-filled church that will teach you and equip you for the days ahead.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Nito | December 24, 2015

Rapture: Have You Missed It?

If you are a Bible prophecy fan like I am, you probably wondered what happened to all the talk about the blood moons, signs in the heavens, Shemitah years and the “scheduled” market crash, Rapture of the church in the Jubilee year and so on.

In the second half of 2015 there was a great number of programs (on Christian TV channels) about Bible prophecy, encouraging us to believe that Jesus is coming soon to take His bride (i.e. the church) home, which is marked as the event #2 on the end times timeline and is called the Rapture of the First Fruits (or the Rapture of the church).

I sincerely thought this is it, as Jesus said: “when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!” (Matthew 24:33, NKJV), but my wife was telling me “but of that day and hour no one knows” (Matthew  24:36, NKJV). Clearly, she was right. “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband” (Proverbs 12:4, NKJV) and “Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord” (Proverbs 19:14, NKJV).

So, if all this prophecy euphoria looks like a Y2K scenario to you; a lot of smoke but no fire, don’t discard it as yet. Us failing to pinpoint a place on God’s calendar just confirms that Bible is always right. We were trying to set a date: it’s the beginning of the Jubilee year, it’s the end of the blood moons, it’s the end of the Shemitah year and so on, but you cannot do that. Otherwise, God would be predictable and devil could use that to his own advantage.

If Jesus said “no one knows” then there will be a certain element of mystery to the events that will unfold, but if He also said “you can know” then we are expected to watch for the signs and be ready. So, this is one of those “Yes” answers, where both propositions are correct. Jesus is saying that we cannot know the exact date, but we can surely know the season. Hence, don’t set the dates, but be ready, or otherwise He will catch you off guard as a thief in the night (see Revelation 16:15).

Nevertheless, to the unbelievers the signs of Jesus’ second coming will not be so obvious.

And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).

We see that it will be a business as usual; people will go about their daily duties, will plan for the bright future (will marry and be given in marriage), will build their business empires (will buy and sell) and assume that nothing wrong will happen in their lives (will plant and build). This to me says that God’s signs will not be so obvious to the unbelievers and I think it is so because He doesn’t want to impose Himself.

If you want to believe, you have to do it by your own free will, even when it looks foolish to everybody else: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18, NKJV). We are not saved by works following a breadcrumb trail of scientific facts, but by grace through faith (see Ephesians 2:8). To have faith means that when God is not scientifically provable, you still believe in Him, regardless of the lack of the scientific evidence.

So, coming back to the topic of the end times and Jesus’ second coming, you might ask yourself “Are we there? Can I really know the season of His coming and prepare myself?” First, Jesus said we should always “be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44, NKJV). Hence, first century Christians took this very seriously and were busy readying themselves for His return. They thought Jesus was coming back during their lifetimes (see, James 5:8 and Revelation 1:3). Even though 2000 years have elapsed since that time, we cannot assume that another 2000 years will go on uneventful—we have to be ready for His near return.

Second, it’s not that you could sin until you see the season of His coming and then you would repent, because the season is already here. The war at the river Euphrates (Revelation 9:14) have already started (marked as the event #1 on the end times timeline). Bible says that after this 6th trumpet war God will issue a declaration that “there will be no more delay” (Revelation 10:6) and “the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets,” (Revelation 10:7, NKJV) when the seventh angel (i.e. the 7th trumpet) “is about to sound.

Ok, so the “mystery of God” will be finished immediately before the blowing of the 7th trumpet (which is marked as the event #2 on the end times timeline) and there will be no more uncertainty about the end times—everybody, that has a little bit of the Bible prophecy knowledge, would know for sure that the end time countdown has started. The end time events would then unfold with the precision described in the Bible and people would be able to “calculate” when to expect Jesus’ second coming (the event #10 on the end times timeline), when He will establish His millennial kingdom on the earth.

So, what we are uncertain about is not the timing of Jesus’ second coming, but the timing of the 7th trumpet, which signifies the Rapture of the church according to the “pre-trib” view. For the comparison of the “pre-trib” view with other views refer to this article written by Dr. Chuck Missler (khouse.org). Btw, those other views could be associated with the events #7 (Jesus’ harvest) and #8 (Armageddon) on the end times timeline.

But, to be sure that Rapture is included in the above-quoted “mystery” of the Revelation 10:7, we need to find if Rapture is spoken of as a “mystery” in the Bible. And, we can find those verses in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (NKJV, underlining mine). 

That doesn’t actually use the word “rapture”, but this same event is also described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (NKJV,underlining mine).

In verse 17, the English phrase “caught up” translates the Greek word harpazo, which means “to seize upon with force” or “to snatch up.” The Latin translators of the Bible used the word “rapturo,” the root of the English term “Rapture.” At the Rapture, living believers will be “caught up” in the air, translated into the clouds, in a moment in time to join the Lord in the air. (this paragraph is taken from Dr. Chuck Missler’s article ‘The Great Snatch?‘).

But rapture isn’t the only “mystery” we can find in the Bible. As explained in Colossians 1:26 a mystery is a truth that “has been hidden from ages and from generations [i.e. the Old Testament believers], but now has been revealed to His saints [i.e. the New Testament believers]” (NKJV, brackets mine).

Until Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection, the following intentions of God were hidden and devil could not have guessed them (if he could, he would had never wanted Jesus’s death):

You might be familiar with the above, as that is applicable to you and me now and has been provided by Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, but did you know that there are two other mysteries (i.e. apart from the Rapture) revealed to Paul and he talks about them in his epistles?

The first mystery is the fact that “blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles” will come in (see Romans 11:25). This says that church has not replaced Israel as God’s chosen people and that Israel is still very important in God’s plan of redemption and is serving as His prophetic time clock. God’s warning to those who hate Israel, and His blessings to those who help her people still applies. For more details see this article from the web.

Israel’s rejection of Messiah Jesus is a blessing for the rest of us (Gentiles), but the 7th trumpet will mark a global awakening of the Jews to their (and our) Messiah. Hence, the end times timeline places Israel’s restoration to strength, as described in Joel 2:17-27, after the Rapture (event #2).

The second mystery, which was touched upon in ‘The Problem of Evil’ series (see part 3, ‘The End of All Evil’), is that Jesus’ sacrifice was to redeem the whole creation (Ephesians 1:9-10) and “gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth,” but also that “manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” (see Ephesians 3:8-12).

This means that God’s decision to destroy devil and his minions (which was made back in the Garden of Eden) will start to execute with the sounding of the 7th trumpet. That’s the reason why the end times timeline also places the Revelation 12:7-9 war in heaven (when devil and his angels are banished from heaven to the earth) at the 7th trumpet. With the 7th trumpet blowing, the gathering of the evidence against the devil and his angels will be finished and he will be expelled from God’s presence.

Thus, all God intentions will be revealed at the 7th trumpet and all of His mysteries would be made known (i.e. “would be finished”). The final stages of the redemptive plan for the whole creation will start to execute a whole series of the end time events. There will be no doubt about it—the whole creation will know that the end has come. And once the end time actions start to happen, the final 7 years before Jesus’ second coming will commence.

We started this article wondering about when would the end times begin, but it seems that we are already deep within the season of Lord’s return. What is unknown is the exact timing of the 7th trumpet, but it seems that the 6th trumpet has been blown already, so get ready.

In the follow up article we will concentrate more on the Jewish feast days to see if we could pick up some clues about the Rapture from there. After all, God said “The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts” (Leviticus 23:2, NKJV, underlining mine), indicating that these are His appointed times, when we should come before Him expectant. Some people call them “dress rehearsals”, indicating these appointments are very important on God’s prophetic timeline.

But friend, if you are reading this and you don’t know Jesus or you don’t have a current relationship with Him (i.e. He doesn’t know you), you might be frightened by all this end time talk. Bible does warn us about the perilous times ahead: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5, NKJV).

However, if you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you will find safety, as that is what His Hebrew name Yeshua (Y’shua) means (salvation, safety). So, if you would like to do so, just simply say the following words and mean them:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.

Merry Christmas

Posted by: Nito | December 7, 2015

The Problem of Evil – Part 3 – The End of All Evil

In part 2 we saw how Satan became god of this world by tricking Eve and Adam to sin. They became mortals and as such came under his power of death. Moreover, all their possessions automatically fell into Satan’s hands, including their authority and power to rule over the earth. Hence, by this single feat, and through their ignorance and naivety, Satan became the god of the earth, or as mentioned in  2 Corinthians 4:4, “the god of this age” . He is also named the “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2.

Almighty Father din’t make Satan god of the earth, Adam and Eve did! So, don’t blame God for the evil in this world. It’s not His fault that Satan, as “the god of this age” brings evil upon the people with death and disease, cataclysms, upheavals and accidents that take innocent lives. Your loving Father in Heaven is not the author of these evil things.

The main complaint that atheists and agnostics have against God, and their strongest argument for not believing in Him, is the existence of evil. However, as described in the part 1 of this series, their logical arguments fail because they try to fit God into their own limited thinking and do not understand all of His attributes. But, there is also one other thing that mankind in general (including most of the believers) fails to understand. It was mankind (i.e. the first people) who created the problem of evil.

Evil in this world would not exist if Adam listened to God. If Adam obeyed God he would  be still alive today (as God created him immortal) and would be ruling this world. God had a beautiful plan for the earth; He wanted people to turn it into a paradise. Mankind was created with a mission—to be the extension of God’s will on the earth: “And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth’” (Genesis 1:28, Amplified Bible).

Mankind was supposed to make the rest of the earth as beautiful as the Garden of Eden. The whole earth was supposed to be filled with life, love, peace and joy. The very things that man is searching for today, in the world around him, are the things that he was supposed to bring into the world himself. It was not God’s design for evil to be even present on the earth, let alone reign on the earth. However, through Adam and Eve’s fault, mankind blew it and now would want to blame God for their own mistakes. The problem of evil was not originated by God and He is not responsible for it.

On the contrary, after Eve and Adam sinned, God immediately revealed His intention to revert the situation and put things back into order, according to His original design. He said to the devil, “And I will put enmity (open hostility) Between you and the woman, And between your seed (offspring) and her Seed; He shall [fatally] bruise your head, And you shall [only] bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15, Amplified Bible). God effectively did two things, 1) He cut short devil’s dreams to be worshiped by humans by declaring enmity between him and the mankind, and 2) He said that a man (i.e. offspring of the woman) will eventually come and put an end to his (devil’s) rule on the earth.

We know that the Seed of the woman is Jesus and that He did receive ALL power “in heaven and in earth” (see Matthew 28:18), but how did that happen? How was He able to take back the power and authority, originally given to Adam and Eve, out of devil’s hands? As was mentioned in the previous post, whoever is stronger, and rules over others, he takes into possession everything they have. When Jesus rose from the dead He showed that He has a greater power (i.e. is stronger) than the power of death (which is devil’s main power). Father then sat Him on His right hand (see Psalm 110:1 and Matthew 22:41-46), and made Him the ruler “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come. And He put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers]” (Ephesians 1:21-23, Amplified Bible).

So, we can see that by the same principle (as when Satan got Adam and Eve’s ruling power and authority after they, as mortals, fell under his power and rule), devil was stripped of all power and authority, because he fell under the higher power and rule of the man named Jesus. That’s why it was so important that Jesus was born, grew up and lived like any other man, because the first man (Adam) made Satan god, and it was required from another man to defeat the devil and take back what was stolen by trickery. Everything that devil took from Adam and Eve was placed back into Jesus’ hands, and the mankind was now able to rule the earth once again, just as God designed it in the first place.

Here comes an interesting question, “Why then evil still exists in the world, if man is once again ruling the earth?” To answer that question we have to ask another: “Who defeated the devil and is set by the Father to rule the universe? Was it Krishna, Buddha, Mohamed,… or any other man, or was it Yeshua Ha-Mashiach (a Jew that we know as Jesus Christ)?” Father God knows there are many good people who follow different religions, but Yeshua Jesus didn’t give the power and authority back to the mankind in general—He gave it only to those who would follow Him.

And it’s not that they would have this power and authority independently from God, like Adam and Eve had, so it was up to them to give it away (and God could not stop it). No, Yeshua’s disciples need to draw from the account of power and authority by using His name. Yeshua said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18, NKJV, underlining mine).

There are few things to understand here: 1) if we want to do something that is not aligned with God’s will, we will not be able to draw from His account, 2) if we use some other name instead, we will not be able to draw from Yeshua’s (Jesus’) account, 3) if we aren’t Jesus’ disciples we cannot draw power and authority from this account, because we aren’t authorised, and 4) if we don’t draw from this account we shouldn’t blame God for not providing the means (i.e. power and authority) to fight the devil and stop the evil he spreads around (blaming God in the process!).

It’s so silly when people worship the devil, because he doesn’t have any authority. He has the power of death, because that’s what God gave him originally, but believers in Jesus have the power over death. They are supposed to “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons” (Matthew 10:8, NKJV, underlining mine). Do you realise that Christians are supposed to reign over Satan and not cringe from him? Do you understand that we should laugh at the devil commanding him to go away in the name of Jesus? He has been totally defeated, his power of death is powerless against Jesus’ power of resurrection; “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55, KJV).

However, what devil can do, and is still doing, is to try and borrow man’s power and authority and use it for his own ends. You might ask, how is he able to pull this off and who would be so stupid to empower his evil schemes? Well, he is still using the old tricks, the same ones he played on Eve and Adam, but this time he is not so open; he is coming at you through your own thoughts. That’s why you are advised not to believe everything right away. Bible tells us: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit [speaking through a self-proclaimed prophet]; instead test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets and teachers have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1, Amplified Bible).

Not all thoughts and voices are coming from a good source. The above Bible quote warns us about false prophets and teachers (i.e. people telling you stuff), and that’s why this post contains Bible quotes and references, so you could cross-check every thought, execute your own research and make your own conclusions. The safest way to validate somebody’s ideas is to check what the Bible has to say about the same topic. Bible is God’s Word and in it you can find answers to all life’s questions.

Satan’s deceptive work on people could be broadly categorised into two streams of activity: 1) get people to worship him instead of God, and 2) make God look bad, unloving, sternly demanding and tolerating evil. The first group of people doesn’t contain only satanists (i.e. people that openly worship Satan) but also everybody else who worships idols and false gods. All those give Satan their power and authority, even though they might be thinking otherwise.

The second group of people doesn’t really trust God, so they stand on the sides disconnected, not understanding His plans for the earth. They cannot draw from Jesus’ account of power and authority, not because God doesn’t let them, but because they don’t believe they could or are entitled to. Hence, they aren’t a real threat to Satan. With every new evil he would send to them (see 1 Peter 5:8) he would try to get them more disconnected from God, more secular, more blended into the rest of the unbelieving world.

So, where does this lead, you might ask? It leads to a secular society where everybody would be able to do what they like and all opinions would be equally valued, except true Christian values, which will be regarded as intolerant and offensive. There will be no absolute standard of godliness, and people will be able to invent their own ways of being “spiritual”. Sounds like something you’ve noticed in the world today? The Bible tells us about the end times when people “will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! ” (2 Timothy 3:2-5, NKJV)

In such an environment the devil will be able to openly establish his dictatorship on the earth.  Bible calls this period the Great Tribulation, and Jesus said it would start when the antichrist (the ruler of the global government that will be empowered by the devil and would serve him) would sit in the Jewish temple (after it will be built on the Temple Mount) and declare himself to be god (for more details refer to this post). Bible says that whosoever would worship him will surely end up in hell (see Revelation 14:9-10) but he would kill those who don’t want to worship him (see Revelation 13:15),

In the Great Tribulation we see a short timespan when Satan’s desire to “be like the Most High” (see Isaiah 14:14) is seemingly fulfilled. Nevertheless, after 3.5 years Jesus will come back (i.e. this is His second coming), destroy the antichrist and his army and establish His kingdom on earth. Devil will be thrown into a prison and a thousand years of peace and prosperity will be ushered in as God’s kingdom on earth is established (see the description of this period in Isaiah 11:6-9). After a thousand years of Jesus’ reign on earth devil will be loosed once more from his prison (for a little while) and will start deceiving nations once again (see Revelation 20:7-8). This final rebellion will end up in devil’s total destruction and he will end up in the lake of fire (see Revelation 20:9-10).

Then people will be judged according to their works and those who worked evil will be destroyed. Revelation 20:11-15 describes how books (of the works) were opened “and the dead were judged according to what they had done as written in the books.” In another place Bible says, “Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?” (1 Corinthians 6:3, NKJV) Hence, these books contain not just someones deeds, but also the list of people who suffered from those deeds, or in other words, the witnesses who lived through the hardship and injustice caused by the evil deeds. Those books contain the condemning evidence not just against the evil people but also against the evil angels who served the devil. They also are judged and will end up in the lake of fire, as everything evil (i.e. Death and Hades) will be removed from Father’s creation and will be destroyed (see Revelation 20:14).

So, that will be the end of the devil (and all evil) and the Eternal Father, who lives outside of time and knows the end from the beginning (see Isaiah 46:10), must have planned it all after He became aware of Satan’s desire to be worshiped like god. He knew the depths of the evil Satan was capable of, but until devil came out in the open (by tempting Adam and Eve) it was hidden and could not be judged. Once he was flushed out, the whole plan of salvation through Jesus was put into motion.

But, the plan of salvation seems to be transcending the boundaries of this little earth. As Satan managed to mobilise one third of the angels to rebel against God (see here for more details), and all of them will be judged (and we shall be witnesses), then redemption through Jesus indeed has cosmic ramifications—the whole creation will be purged from all evil—not just the little earth. By falling, Adam and Eve actually unlocked a huge chain of redemptive events that will touch every corner of the universe. That’s why one could think that the whole thing with the tree in the middle of the garden, and why it was even placed there, was not to test man’s obedience, but to expose Satan’s evil nature.

And with man’s original power and authority, which Jesus took back from Satan, mankind can again rule over the earth and the gates of hell will not prevail against them (Matthew 16:18). But to be able to access this power and authority, which is stored in Jesus’ account, one would have to be authorised to draw from it.

Friend, if you would like that, you need to receive Jesus in your life and make Him your Lord (master). If so, just simply say the following words and mean them:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.

Did you ever thought how was the devil so smart to know that by tempting Eve and Adam to sin he would immediately take over their power and authority on the earth?

Like, how did he know that? He must have heard that God told them: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28, KJV version). He knew they had a complete dominion over “ALL the earth” (see Genesis 1:26, emphasis mine), but how did he know that this dominion would fall into his hands if they would sin against God’s commands? Why wouldn’t it go to somebody or somewhere else, or just return to God who is the source of all authority and power?

God told Adam that he would surely die if he would eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:17 says, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (KJV version). To me the phrase “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” means “dude, if you eat it you gonna die!!!, disappear and be gone forever, like, breathe no more!!!”. Such a phrase does lead us to think that Adam and Eve should have physically died right then and there. However, because they didn’t, we now understand that they’ve died spiritually and became separate from God.

But could Adam and Eve have known that? Could they have assumed that what God meant with “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,”  is that they would “only” immediately separate (i.e. die) from His spirit, but would continue to live physically in a fallen state? Why did they trust Satan (i.e. the serpent) when he exclaimed they will not die? He accused God of lying and implied that Father doesn’t really want what’s best for Adam and Eve: “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5, KJV version).

Satan effectively said, “God lied to you, you won’t physically die. On the contrary, the day you would eat the fruit, you would become like Him!” So, here comes an interesting question. How come Satan knew that Adam and Eve would not physically die, and what God said (i.e. “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die“) would not come to pass? Why did he assume that, after they’ve sinned, God would not kill them, they would not die, and he (Satan) would get all their power and authority? How come he didn’t assume that God would, for example, remove the first couple and create the second one?

The reason is simple. God is love (1 John 4:8) and Bible tells us that “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT version). Father is patient and kind and doesn’t want to kill His own children, “He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9, NLT version). God is a good God and the Old Testament harshness and carnage must be viewed from the right perspective.

When people think of the garden of Eden, they usually think how everything was incorruptible and there was no death. We know that Adam and Eve were created immortal beings, as otherwise God’s caution about them dying doesn’t make any sense. So, from the fact that Adam and Eve were supposed to live forever, and we were supposed to see them and hang out with them today, people assume that everything else: the cattle, the fish, the birds and plants were also created immortal—in other words, people assume there was no death on the earth.

But Hebrews 2:14 tells us, among other things, that devil has the power of death. It says, “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death” (NLT version). So, here is an interesting dilemma; did devil have the power of death before he tempted Eve, or did he receive that power from Adam and Eve? If Adam and Eve had the power of death why would God tell Adam “thou shalt surely die“? Because, if Adam had the power of death, he could have chosen not to die; like, be rebellious to the max! Therefore, Watson, the only right conclusion is that devil had the power of death right from the start. Death was intended for the mortal creations (i.e. plants, fish, birds and land animals) and Satan was the one administering it (outside of the garden of Eden).

That’s why he knew Adam and Eve won’t die, because he wouldn’t let them, at least not immediately. He figured out that if God told Adam “thou shalt surely die“, mankind would become mortals like everything else and would fall under his power of death. And whoever is stronger, and rules over others, he takes into possession everything they have. So, Adam and Eve’s authority to rule and reign over the earth went straight to Satan (when they became mortals). What a deal that was for Satan! He had the power of death and now with this authority over ALL the earth (from Adam and Eve) he became god of this world (see 2 Corinthians 4:4). But, let us remember, it’s not the Father who made him god—it’s His rebellious children who did that!

Satan had a hidden desire to be like the Father, for others to worship him (see Isaiah 14:12-14). When he told Eve, “in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5, KJV version), he was projecting his own desire, because in his heart he was thinking “I will be like the Most High” (see Isaiah 14:14). So, here he was, he had an unique opportunity to realize his dream and become god! If he could somehow get Adam and Eve’s to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would become mortals and would consequently come under his power of death. Then all they had will be his and he will become god of the earth. In no time, people will have to worship him and he will be like the Most High!

Eve (and Adam, but seems like Eve was doing most of the thinking!), on the other hand knew that Satan had the power of death, so she probably thought: “If Satan says we won’t die, then it must be true, as he would know—he is administering death to all the animals. If Satan is telling the truth then God must be lying. God is actually keeping us from reaching our full potential. Maybe our Father has good reasons for it, but I’m ready for more! Yum, this is tasty. See, husband, I’m still alive, take a bite and eat it too. We will surely be as gods!”

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Adam refused to eat the fruit? As the leader of that first family he needed to choose who does he trust more; God who created him and with whom he have conversed in the cool of a day, or his helpmate—the woman who was given to him by the same God. If he had chosen God, Satan would have not become god of the earth, and Adam would still have that title. God certainly expected Adam to refuse his wife’s suggestion to sin.  He told Adam, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it” (Genesis 3:17, NLT version).

Since you have listened,” God said. If Adam had not listened to his wife, if he took a leadership position and refused to eat the fruit, nothing would have happened to him. He would still rule and reign on this earth and maybe Eve would have been pardoned, as she didn’t really hear the commandment about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil directly from God, but from her husband. And there was a little bit of a “Chinese whispers” in regards to that commandment. God told Adam”thou shalt not eat of it” (see Genesis 2:16), but when Eve talked with Satan she said that God said, “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it” (Genesis 3:3, KJV version). Obviously, somebody added to God’s words—He didn’t say anything about touching the fruit, only about eating it. Was this done by Adam to protect his wife? Maybe, as it seems that she genuinely believed in the commandment as she expressed it.

But, this was Satan’s chance to point to that obvious error, and he used it as a springboard to slander God and accuse Him of being a bad Father. Eve fell for it, and Adam didn’t make his stand. What was God supposed to do? Was he supposed to say, “Whoa! Wait a minute, I didn’t want Adam to blew this one up. Let’s forget about all of this and start all over again?” Not quite. Because His Word stands eternal, God could not annul what He have told Adam. Adam would still had to become a mortal and as such automatically fall under the power of death Satan had. With the same automatism Adam’s power and authority went to Satan, who was watching with glee how Eternal Father must punish His own immortal children because He must stay true to His own word.

Dear friend, can you see how truthful and faithful our Father is to His word? The Bible is full of the promises He gave to us. Do you think these promises are empty and without value now that you know your Father’s integrity? If He didn’t care about His word, He could have destroyed the whole universe and started from scratch—who would know? But, God chose instead to destroy the devil by the very people he (devil) has desired to worship him. Nevertheless, that’s a story for the part 3

What I would like to leave you with here is a conviction that Satan is always the bad guy and our Father is always the good guy. Just as Jesus said, Satan was “a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44, NLT version). Having the power of death Satan was a murderer from the beginning. Also, having death he doesn’t stand in truth, because the truth is that our Father gives us love (see 1 John 4:7-10) and life (see 1 John 5:11-12). Therefore, devil is a liar and a father of all lies.

Friend, give devil a boot and turn to your Father who loves you and is offering you a gift of the eternal life. If you want to receive it just simply say the following words and mean them:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.

This post is inspired by the book written by Dennis and Dr. Jen Clark entitled: Releasing the Divine Healer Within – The Biology of Belief and Healing.

I got inspired reading how “the brain has seven cognitive operators that allow us to interpret the world around us as mental perceptions. They control how sensory, thought, or memory inputs are related to each other and are translated into adaptive behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. However, the driving force behind our survival as a species is our emotional evaluation… The emotional operator ‘exists to assign an emotional valence to all the elements of perception and cognition… Without the emotional value function , we would move through the world like very intelligent robots…'” (page 39,40).

In an earlier episode of Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural (see the embedded video below) the authors talk about the ease of being emotionally healed when we yield to Jesus the Forgiver and Jesus the Healer. They mention how all of our wrong thought constructions (i.e. strongholds) build upon toxic emotions that we burry in our hearts. And because the emotional value operator (which is located in the limbic center in the brain) is the one that gives importance to thoughts (causing the will to initiate actions), those emotions we have in our hearts will drive our behaviour. Hence, Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior—one who manipulates]” (Amplified version).

But because Jesus the Healer, when yielded to, heals quickly, those toxic emotions are really easy to get rid of, when you know and receive His love and forgiveness. Therefore, a personal revelation hit me: if your emotions are healed in an instant it practically means that you’ve renewed your mind in an instant. Technically, this is not true, but because emotional value operator is the most important in the human decision-making process, and because your heart is healed, bad thought patterns and memory will not get passed through the emotional value operator as no emotional value would be given to them. Therefore, your will and actions will reflect the healing you’ve received and the strongholds built upon the toxic emotions that Jesus just healed would disappear completely from your consciousness. As Christians we hear about renewing the mind and I always thought of it as a long process, but here is the fresh, new and easy way to achieve the same – let Jesus heal your emotions. To illustrate this point I’ve made the attached infographic.

As he thinks in his hearth so is he

 

Infographic notes (top – down):
– Omnipresent God is written with transparent “ink” to highlight how Father God in not imposing His will upon us. He has “faded” into the background in order to hide Himself and allow us to exercise our own free will. He mainly influences us through our conscience and that still small voice is coming from our innermost being – our spirit (i.e. our spiritual nature).
– Man is a triune being having three parts – a body, a soul and a spirit. This infographic doesn’t show the physical (body) part, but if it would, it would be placed somewhere between the world (shown as a grey cloud) and the “input from the senses” function in the brain.
– Man’s soul consists of the mind, will and emotions (i.e. heart). Mind is shown to contain mentioned seven cognitive value operators, emotional value operator, thoughts, memory and input from the senses.
– The feedback loop is shown between the world and man. Part of the feedback is created by man’s own actions spawned through his own free will.
– There is another input coming directly into man’s mind masquerading as his own thoughts – a demonic influence. Refer to the story in 1 Chronicles 21. It starts with, “Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel” (NLT version). Now, think of it. Did Satan appear to David to tell him about this idea. No, he just placed it in his mind and David, thinking of the benefits of such action, could not be persuaded otherwise (see 1 Chronicles 21:4). Don’t think that all thoughts you think are yours. Examine them and cast “down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Friend, if you want to receive the emotional healing described above, you would need to yield to Jesus the Savior, Forgiver and Healer. If so, simply say the following words and mean them:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.

Then close your eyes and put your hand on your belly. This is where Bible describes your emotional center is – this is the heart Bible talks about (not your physical heart organ). Notice that your focus has shifted from your head into your heart. Open your heart to the Divine Healer, who is now in you (i.e. after you’ve said the above prayer, God has adopted you into His family, He has given you a new spirit, you are born again, and His Spirit lives inside you). Relax, don’t try. Welcome healing power into every cell of your body.

More practical healing “exercises” could be found in the book mentioned above.

Posted by: Nito | October 11, 2015

The Problem of Evil – Part 1 – Are You Good?

Here is a modern definition of the problem of evil (from wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_evil):

  1. God exists.
  2. God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent.
  3. An omnibenevolent being would want to prevent all evils.
  4. An omniscient being knows every way in which evils can come into existence, and knows every way in which those evils could be prevented.
  5. An omnipotent being has the power to prevent that evil from coming into existence.
  6. A being who knows every way in which an evil can come into existence, who is able to prevent that evil from coming into existence, and who wants to do so, would prevent the existence of that evil.
  7. If there exists an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent God, then no evil exists.
  8. Evil exists (logical contradiction).

There is much pride in this logical construction, but it fails on point #3. Here is why:

  • God exists. Everything else lives through Him, by Him and in Him (John 1:3Acts 17:28).
  • Apart from being omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, God is also eternal.
  • Because He is eternal, God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).
  • Only God is good, everything else is evil in comparison to Him (Mark 10:18).
  • Because God doesn’t want any evil whatsoever to exist, He decided never to create the universe.
  • The universe exists (logical contradiction).

What atheists fail to take into consideration is that every human on earth is evil.

Did you ever say a lie in your life, even a little one? Did you ever steal, even a little thing that seemingly nobody would miss? Did you ever hate? When you did, you’ve committed a murder in your heart (1 John 3:15). Did you ever look at another person with lust? When you did, you’ve committed adultery in your heart (Matthew 5:28). Jesus didn’t consider himself good, but said that only God is good (Mark 10:18). Therefore, if even Jesus didn’t consider himself good, why do you think you are good? Human heart is deceitful above all things and is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). By comparison to God you are downright evil and that’s why you need a Saviour (Jesus).

Having this in mind, and following the logic of points #4, #5 & #6, the omniscient and eternal Father, who “declares the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10), or in other words, knows what would happen in the universe before He created it, would  see upfront all of the evil (read “all people”) that would exist in the world, and would decide not to create the universe in the first place. He would want to prevent the existence of evil and hence would abstain from creating the universe.

Because the universe exists we know that this thinking is wrong. Otherwise, God would kill us all long time ago. Therefore, premise #3 is invalid.

Friend, leave atheism to those who war against God. They are hurt inside and they blame God for everything that happened to them. As a Christian I feel for all that are hurting, but I also know the futility of atheism. I was raised as one! I know the emptiness and meaningless of the atheistic life. You die and then, puff, you are no more. Gone forever, like a foam on the river. And when those who remember you die too, you are really erased from all books. Contrast that to the eternal life that Jesus offers! My message to every atheist is: just pause for a second, humble yourself, get down on your knees and say, “God, if you are real, show me!” He will answer and heal you!

The real problem of evil is expressed in the following sentence: “How does God effectively remove the objective evil (i.e. devil and his demonic powers) without simultaneously wiping out His own evil children?” But, let’s talk about that in part 2.

Friend, if you want to receive the gift of eternal life, simply say the following words and mean them:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.

In part 3 we discussed the first version of the end times timeline. In this post a revised version is given (see below). Printable PDF file could be downloaded here. Two changes were made: 1) 6th Trumpet War was extended until right before Antichrist will broker the 7-year peace agreement with Israel and 2) the duration of the 7 bowls is shortened.

To clarify, this timeline doesn’t contain dates, as only God knows when would something happen, but it contains major events, their sequence and duration (when it’s given in the Scripture).

End Times Timeline v2

So, here is the overview. Timeline focuses on the events immediately preceding as well as occurring during the last seven years of the human government on the earth. This is what is called “Daniel’s week” and is described in Daniel 9:27. In part 2, we discussed how Daniel’s week should coincide with the Shemitah cycle, which is becoming visible when we look into the cycle of  stock market crashes in the following years: 1973, 1980, 1987, 1994 (bond market crash), 2001, 2008, 2015 (?).

In the middle of Daniel’s week the Antichrist, who will lead the world government, will sit in the 3rd Jewish Temple and declare himself to be God (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).  Jesus said (see Matthew 24:21) that after this event (which in Daniel is called the “Abomination of desolation”; marked as the event No. 5 on the timeline), the Great Tribulation will start. So, we know that the Great Tribulation will last for 3.5 years, or to be more precise, 1290 days (see Daniel 12:11). But Daniel 12:12 also tells us that “blessed is he who waits and comes to the 1335 days”. This just means that 45 days after the tribulation, Jesus will start his millennial reign as the King of kings and the Lord or lords (marked as the event No. 10 on the timeline).

The Book of Revelation gives us some other durations. It says that the Antichrist will rule for 42 months (a Hebrew month has 30 days), which means he will rule as the absolute (world) dictator and self-proclaimed god for 1260 days (see Revelation 13:5). We know that Jesus will defeat him and throw him into the lake of fire (see Revelation 19:20) after the battle of Armageddon (which is the 6th bowl of wrath; the event No. 8 on the timeline), so that will mark the end of his rule. Therefore, this probably means that during the 30 days after the battle of Armageddon the great earthquake and great hail (7th bowl of wrath) will finalize God’s wrath and the Great Tribulation will end (i.e. tribulation lasts for 1290 days).

The scripture talks about other durations as well, one of which relates to the 126o days of ministry that two prophets of God will have in Jerusalem (see Revelation 11:3). People usually put the start of their ministry at the beginning of the 7-year period (i.e. Daniel’s week), but as they are mentioned after John is measuring the temple, this timeline assumes that their ministry starts when the 3rd Jewish Temple would open.

After Antichrist will kill these two prophets (witnesses) they will be raptured and the earthquake in Jerusalem will destroy their enemies. Everybody in the world will see it (i.e. through the news programs), and people will give glory to God and turn to the Father. In other words, there is some kind of an awakening happening. I’m not sure if the word ‘revival’ would be appropriate for the environment where Christianity is persecuted, but something along those lines will then happen throughout the world.

This ushers the time of the Jesus’ harvest (event No. 7), which happens some time after the rapture of the witnesses, but before the bowls of wrath are poured out. Jesus will take the harvest of the earth and gather his people (Revelation 14:14-16). They will come out of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:14) and they will overcome the beast, the Antichrist (Revelation 15:2). I believe that the rapture of the two witnesses is the last chance for people on the earth to accept God’s offer of salvation through faith in Jesus (Y’shua), because after the harvest the Sanctuary in heaven will be closed (i.e. no access to God) until the 7 bowls of wrath are executed (see Revelation 15:8).

One other thing that people can’t really agree upon is about the timing of the rapture of the church. As you can see, we already mentioned two other raptures: 1) of the two witnesses and 2) Jesus’ harvest, but this first rapture describes the event when Jesus would take his true disciples (i.e. the firstfruits) out of the world before the Great Tribulation would begin. Jesus promised this (see Revelation 3:10) to the church of Philadelphia (a type of the evangelical church), or better said, to those evangelical disciples that would hold fast to what they have until the end. These are the firstfruits (Revelation 14:-3-4) of the believers, the rest of which will be reaped later, during Jesus’ harvest (within the tribulation).

After the rapture of the firstfruits there will be no more mystery about when the end would come. This rapture will undoubtedly signal to all that the end days have arrived and there will be no more guessing about it. Revelation 10:7 says, “but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 also talks about rapture happening at the trumpet call. So, this timeline aligns the rapture of the firstfruits with the 7th trumpet event (see event No. 2 on the timeline).

The immediate event preceding the 7th trumpet is the 6th trumpet (event No. 1) and that’s where the timeline starts. The previous version of the timeline indicated that the 6th trumpet war finished long before the rapture of the firstfruits, but after hearing Bill Silas talking about prophecies of the destruction of Elam (area in Iran where their nuclear facilities are located), the Ezekiel 38 War and the Psalm 83 War in particular, I’ve changed my mind. What caught my eye was the Psalm 83:3 verse, which says: “They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.” It talks about Israel’s enemies coming against Israelis, and some of the Israelis are “hidden”! It looks like these “hidden ones” are 144.000 sealed Jewish believers that are part of the first rapture (i.e. rapture of the firstfruits).

So, this should conclude our “The Book of Revelation” series. A bit later I shall post about Jesus’ epistles (i.e. letters to the 7 churches in Revelation 2 and 3), but this is it for now.

Friend, in this series I’ve tried to give you an overview of what Bible says about the end times and how many signs are converging right now. We are living in the year that prophets spoke about. The world doesn’t have much more time. The time is near when Jesus will come back and you will have to face Him. Will it be on the good terms or bad terms? If you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you can be sure it will be on good terms.

But before Jesus comes back, the imposter, the Antichrist will claim to be the Jesus Christians are waiting for. But don’t fall for that. There will be a false prophet also, who will give his support to the Antichrist and will be working out false miracles. And when we say ‘false’ it means these miracles are not from God, but they will look very, very real, so that even elect might be deceived (see Matthew 24:24).

Your only chance is to become a disciple of Jesus (i.e. make Him your Lord) and start educating yourself by reading the Bible. So, if you want to be sure of your salvation, and get the eternal life as a free gift, simply say the following words and mean them:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.

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