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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2

INTRODUCTION

There is no doubt in my heart that this post is not going to be accepted by some people, particularly, the liberal theologians and atheists. Nevertheless, I am determined to write this post about the beginning. There is no other authority to which I shall refer except the bible. I believe the bible gives us an accurate account of the creation of the world and the origin of mankind. We shall look at verses 1 and 2 of Genesis chapter 1.

I. THE FIRST VERSE

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

There is so much information contained in the first verse of the bible. We are given the foundation and the beginning of the whole visible and invisible universe. These ten words are very important and if they are ignored, anyone attempting to describe the origin of the universe will by all means sound stupid.

Here we are:

a) God

There is no questions to  who is the subject of this verse. God is the main character in this verse. It is very interesting that the word for God in Hebrew appears as a plural. The singular for God is ‘El’ but in Genesis 1:1,  it is ‘Elohim.’ So it suggest to us that God is more than one person. Moses clarified this in Deuteronomy 6:4 by saying “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God (Elohim) is one Lord:” God is more than one person but He is one God.

b) In the beginning

We are given the timing of the creation of the whole universe.  It happened in the beginning. Some people would ask, “Beginning of what?” Well, this is the beginning of time and also the beginning of God’s work of creation. This is when everything started. I don’t know if there was a bang or it was just deafening silence but whatever it was, it marked the beginning of the whole universe. And God was there before it started.

c) Created

In this single verse we are also told of the action that God took. He created. The word used in the Hebrew language is ‘Bara.’ This particular word can only be used with respects to God. This is because it is only God who created everything out of nothing. He created everything without the use of pre-existing material. None of us can ever create anything at any given time. We can only make things out of materials that already exist, but to create was only pulled off by God alone in the beginning. Therefore God is the sole creator.

d) The heaven and the earth

• The Heavens

This tells us about what God really created. He created not only time (the beginning) but also He created space (heaven) that can be occupied. He created the heavens in their divisions. I am very much convinced that on the very first day the heavens and the host of them were brought forth. The Hebrew word for heavens is שָׁמָ֑יִם “shamayim.” This word is in the plural form and it suggests to us that in the beginning, there existed more than one heaven. It does not matter how many heavens are there,  what matters is they did not just pop up by themselves. God created them.

• The Earth

Like the heavens, the earth was also created in the beginning. There shouldn’t be any doubt about the origin of the earth. The earth was created by God and the case rests there. The psalmist sang, “Of old hast thou [God] laid the foundation of the earth:” (Psalm 102:25a). God created the earth and established it. He set it up for his own pleasure. He was pleased to create it. The earth was completely his own idea. It is God alone who could have thought of creating the earth and also to know what to do with it. He had the means and infinite wisdom to create it. No evolutionist, astronomer or even an atheist who can possess enough wisdom and knowledge to successfully contend or do any other thing against the fact that God created it all.

II.  THE SECOND VERSE

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

• THE GAP THEORY

This verse has been for centuries a seat for argument among the theologians. There are many views surrounding this verse. With the rise of Darwinian evolution, there has been theologians who came to believe that between verse one and verse two, there are millions, if not billions of years. This idea is called “the gap theory.” There is a suggestion of a pre-Adamic creation, which existed and was destroyed with the earth somewhere between verse one and verse two. As for the author of this post and those who are of like mind, we reject this notion.

• CONTINUATION

It is very clear that verse two is simply the continuation of the first verse. Any intelligent human being can see that the first verse introduces the story of creation by mentioning the earth’s creation in the beginning and then proceeds into the second verse to tell us about the condition of the earth at the moment of it’s creation. If one would continue reading verses 3-31, they would notice that these verses are summarized in verse one. Then in Genesis 2:1-3, the story of the six day creation which was introduced in Genesis 1:1 is concluded. God did not finish the work of creation in verse one and then waited for millions of years to start over in verses 2-31. God started His work of creation on the first day and finished it on the sixth and on the seventh day he stopped creating because He was done. Here is the conclusion statement on creation, “Thus the HEAVENS and the EARTH were FINISHED, and all the host of them.” (Genesis 2:1). This verse tells us that the heavens were created and were completed at the same time as the earth. Exodus 20:11 tells us, “…in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:…

• And the earth was without form and void

Here in this verse we learn that the earth itself in the very beginning was not organized. There was no atmosphere, there was no land but it was a large mass of probably frozen water. There was no life of any sort. The planet was not suitable for any kind of life to thrive there on. There was no sun to give it light and warmth. But God was still at work and six days later the earth would be filled with light, life and beauty.

• And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

This is the first mention of the Spirit of God in the Bible. The Holy Spirit was waiting to begin the work of arranging the earth into a life sustaining environment. He moved across the face of the waters, waiting for God’s instruction. God himself worked the earth by the power of his Spirit. He gave it life and beauty and all was pleasant to Him.

CONCLUSION

There is no question that the Bible teaches that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and that He rested from all His work of creation on the seventh day. The first and the second verses of the Bible give us the introductory summary into the six day creation campaign and there was no million or billion year gap between verse one and two.

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The Passover vs. Good Friday

By Lungisa N Joctrey

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I have been asking myself one question that I couldn’t answer and that question is, “what is Good Friday.” The reason I asked this question is the fact that there is biblical evidence of that Jesus Christ did not die on Friday. To many people this statement is shocking and the reason for that would be due to the fact that many people do not take their time and study their bibles. It is a dangerous thing to rely on another person to read the bible for you instead of reading and searching out for truth yourself. It is not safe to take everything the pastor is saying without testing it against the word of God. People observe the Good Friday holiday due to the Christian facade that is put upon it. It is cloaked with pretentious and unbiblical celebration of the death of Christ while the Antichrist Romish agenda is being carried out by the very people that think to be doing God’s will. First of all, I will from the bible answer the question, “Did Jesus Christ die on Friday?” and lastly I will answer the question, “Should Christians celebrate Good Friday.” All scripture references will be drawn from the King James Version (KJV 1611)

Did Jesus Die on Friday?

To answer this question properly we have to look at the time in which Jesus Christ died, the time and day in which He was buried and the day in which He was raised from the dead. Over and above that we have to consider the words of Jesus Christ which He spoke concerning His death, especially, when He spoke of destroying the temple and raising it in a specified number of days and also that which He said about the sign of the prophet Jonah who was in the belly of the fish over a specified number of days and nights.

Let us first, turn our attention to the book of Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

And gain the Lord Jesus answers the Jews when they require a sign from Him in John 2:18-21 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.”

These words are true, seeing that the Son of God has spoken them. God who cannot lie became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ: He it is that tells the people that “… the Son of man [shall] be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” This tells us that whenever the story of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection is told it must show that He spent three days and three nights in the place of the dead. Jesus Christ spoke of those who were looking for a sign, saying that they will get none except that which has already been given, the sign of Jonah the prophet. Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so the Son of man was to be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The scribes and Pharisees would have believed in Christ if they truly knew and believed the scriptures. They should have believed on Him the more when they had received a report of that the earth shook and an angel descended from heaven and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the grave in which Jesus Christ was buried. This had been told to them by the guards who were watching the tomb. They should have remembered what He said about the sign of Jonah being in the belly of the whale. They should have remembered what the prophet Hosea said in chapter six, on the second verse,

After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”

Jesus Christ did predict His death and resurrection three times, in three different locations. The first location was Caesarea Philippi, the second was at Galilee and the third was on the road to Jerusalem.

Here are the Scripture references:

  • Caesarea Philippi                    :               Matthew 16:13-21, Mark 8:27-33, Luke 9:21-22
  • Galilee                                   :               Matthew 17:22-23, Mark 9:30-31, Luke 9:44
  • On the Road to Jerusalem       :               Matthew 20:17-19, Mark 10:23-34, Luke 18:31-33

In three of these predictions according to Matthew and Mark, Jesus stated clearly that the Son of man shall be killed and “after three days [shall] rise again.” With that being said, it is safe to say that to find out the day on which Jesus Christ died we must look for the day of His resurrection. After we have found such a day, we can then count three days backwards and we will land on the day on which Jesus died, however there might be room for error in doing so because there are two different methods that can be used to count the days, and these methods would produce two different outcomes, one of which would be correct. One method would be to count from the day of His resurrection, meaning we start by including the day of his resurrection and another way we can count is by excluding the day of resurrection, meaning we start by counting the day before the day of His resurrection.

We can find the day on which the Lord was raised from the dead in all four gospels. The gospels do mention the specific day on which Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Let us look them.

Matthew 28:1-8

In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

  • Matthew says “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to down in the first day of the week

Mark 16:1-9

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they anything to any man; for they were afraid. Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

  • Mark says, “…when the Sabbath was past” and in v9 he says “…Jesus was risen early the first day of the week

Luke 24:1-9

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

  • Luke says “…upon the first day of the week…

John 20:1-10

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.”

  • John say, “the first day of the week

So the Lord rose before the dawn of the first day of the week, which is the day the comes after the Sabbath day (or as it is called in the Romish calendar, Saturday). The day that comes after the Romish Saturday is the Romish Sunday. Now counting backwards, one method of counting would result to Thursday and another one would result to Friday. There is no need for us to trouble ourselves with this dilemma because we have scripture to guide us. In the scripture there is another day that is mentioned, the day and the time on which the Lord was buried and that is “preparation day”

  • Matthew 27:57-61 “When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
    • Matthew says “when the even was come,” we will look at the significance of that phrase shortly
  • Mark 15:42-46 “And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.”
    • Mark says “when the even was come, because it was preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath
  • Luke 23:50-56 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.”
    • Luke says of the day Jesus was buried “And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on.
  • John 19:38-42 “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
    • John says that they laid Jesus on that specific grave “because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

What we can gather on these four gospels is that:

– Jesus was buried at night because it is said by Matthew and Mark that “when the even was come” Joseph of Arimathaea came and requested the body of Jesus from Pilate and then went and buried it.

– Jesus was buried on “preparation day” which is the day that comes before the Sabbath. Which means Jesus was buried on Romish Friday because the Romish Friday comes before the Sabbath (which happens to be the Romish Saturday)

Days and Times In The Bible

Days

The points I’ve stated above are still not enough to help us conclude on whether Jesus Christ died on Friday or not. We need some information concerning the way days and times are counted. In the book of Genesis chapter 1, we are told how days begin.

Genesis 1:3-5 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Moses noted that when the first day was created, the order of counting days was set in motion and it is revealed in these words, “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” For the second day in verse 8, “And the evening and the morning were the second day.” The same applies to the rest of the days. The 24 hour day begins at evening and comes to end on the next evening. The 24 hour day it is divided into two portions the first one is Night and the other one is Day. The night begins at evening and the day begins at the

This is not like in the modern day where it is said that the 24 hour day begins at midnight.

Times of the Day and Hours

Just like the days, hours are also calculated differently in the bible from our modern day watches. Consider the parable of Jesus in Mathew 20: 1-16,

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Let me draw your attention to the times the Lord is mentioning in this parable

1. early in the morning

2. third hour

3. sixth hour

4. Ninth hour

5. the eleventh hour

6. Even

The day has 12 hours and the night also, adding up to make 24 hours. Now “early in the morning” refers to the time the sun rises or modern day 06:00am. The “third hour” is 09:00am, the “sixth hour” is Noon, the “ninth hour” is 03:00pm and the eleventh hour is 05:00pm. Hear the protest made by those who were working all day from the morning until end of day, “These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.” The say that the people who were hired on the eleventh hour have work for only “one hour” which means work had stopped at the 12th hour.

Let put this in order

early in the morning    :               06:00am

third hour                         :               09:00am

sixth hour                         :               12:00pm

Ninth hour                       :               03:00pm

the eleventh hour          :               05:00pm

Even                                    :               06:00pm or Sunset

Matthew, Mark and Luke are showing us that Jesus died around the ninth hour, which means he died around 03:00pm (see Matthew 27:46-50, Mark 15:33-37, Luke 23:44-46). It is quite clear that Jesus Christ died while the sun was up, in the vicinity of the ninth hour (03:00pm) after the global darkness saga. When the evening came which happens to the beginning of the new 24 hour day, Jesus Christ was buried. So literally, He died on the afternoon of the one day and was buried on the evening of the other. We know from our earlier discussion that Jesus was buried on “preparation day” which is the day that precedes the Sabbath. We also established that preparation day is Friday, since that is the only day which comes before the Sabbath or Saturday. The information above give us a very good picture of that Jesus died at 03:00pm on the afternoon of the day that comes before preparation day, that is to say, the day before Friday which happens to be Thursday.

Now let’s paint a clear picture, Jesus Christ died at the ninth hour (03:00pm) Thursday, the even came which spelt the beginning of Friday, Jesus Christ was then buried and somewhere between the end of the Sabbath (on Sunday eve) and the dawning the first day (Sunday), He was raised from the dead and on Sunday morning He was not found in the grave.

Does this fit the three days and three night prediction?

Let us look at the tables below:

The Passover vs Good Friday (Tables)

As you can see the tables above, the three days and three nights prediction is flawlessly fulfilled. The information on Table 1.1 is based on how the Jews in biblical times counted the days and times, while Table 1.2 show the same information based on the modern day view of days and times. Both these illustrations show that Jesus Christ died on Thursday, which counts as Day 1 and was buried on Thursday night/ Friday Eve which counts as Night 1.

This information shows that Jesus couldn’t have died on Friday if he rose early before the dawning of Sunday. Good Friday makes it impossible to count three days and three nights from Friday to early Sunday morning. Thus we can draw our conclusion that Jesus died on Thursday afternoon and not on Friday.

Should Christians Celebrate Good Friday?

Seeing that we have shown from the scripture that Jesus Christ didn’t die on Friday, it quite obvious that true Christians have nothing to do with Good Friday. There is no scripture reference where we are commanded to celebrate such a holy day. Of course the bible wouldn’t say “Good Friday” but instead it could have said “Good Preparation day.” We are not ordered to celebrate such a day. We are commanded to observe the Lord’s Supper to His memory in Luke 20:19-20,

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Apostle Paul also reminds us of the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26,

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

The Holy Communion is the one we are commanded to observe in order to remember the Lord. All these Holidays: Easter, Good Friday, Christmas and others are not from the Lord and therefore Christians must avoid participating in them. It is not wrong to worship the Lord on any day but it is wrong to celebrate Good Friday or Easter in the name of the Lord. That is like worshiping the devil to the glory of God…that doesn’t work.

  On the morning of the Sabbath Day (10-01-2015) at 07:08, I received an SMS from brother Jono saying, “Hi man of GOD hope c u street later ta j” I couldn’t respond to it because I wasn’t really sure if I was going to town that day, after all I enjoy resting on this day. It is the day of rest, is it not? After deep thinking I decided to get ready and I took my back pack which is always packed with some tracks, a digital camera, a video camera, my KJV Bible and a bottle of water. I got my bicycle ready and I cycled 9.03Km for 25minutes to town. When I got to our favourite preaching spot, (that is to say the city centre) right outside City Hall of Pietermaritzburg, I phoned Brother Jono and told him that I was in town. I didn’t know if he was coming to town or not but he thanked me for letting him know.

While I was getting ready to preach, I heard a car hooting. I looked and to my greatest joy it was Brother Gary. He went and parked the car and then joined me. While we were busy discussing some theological controversies we have encountered on social networks, we were joined by Brother Aziz and minutes later Brother Jono joined us.

 

 

Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15
Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15

I was then greeted by a Muslim man whom I had known while I was in prison and I started a short lived debate by simply asking him as to when he will become a Christian. I can’t recollect the actual words that were exchanged but it was about Jesus being the Son of God, a thing any good Muslim finds to be blasphemous. After that I took the stand and preached on Jesus Christ coming to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). While I was preaching we were joined by Brother Philip and he assisted in handing out gospel tracts. When I made the end of my speech, Brother Gary preached next, raising his voice to glory of our God and Saviour Yahshua haMashiach (Jesus Christ) while Brothers Jono, Aziz, Philip and I, handed out tracts. While I took some pictures, I spotted Brother Mandlakhe Mncwabe coming towards us and he joined us in handing out tracts.

DSCF1902After Brother Gary had made the end of preaching, we said our goodbyes and all the brothers departed except Mandlakhe who was chatting with me while I was getting my cycling gear ready (that is gloves, cap, sunshades and some good music). When we were about to part, this young man by the name of Mxolisi came to us. He had been standing by while I was preaching and he was listening to what I was saying because I had changed the language from English to IsiZulu.

Before he could tell us anything about himself, I picked up from his tongue that he was a member of the TACC. He told us that he was listening to the preaching but he could not understand the part where I said God punished His Son on the cross. I then explained from Isaiah 53, how that it was prophesied that “it pleased the LORD to bruise Him” linking it with Jesus’ well known cry, “Eli Eli lama sabchthani!!?”

Isaiah 53:4-12 KJV

(4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

(5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

(6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

(7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

(8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

(9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

(11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

(12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

He then asked us if we had received the Holy Spirit. This is the question I always get when I converse with the TACC people and I enjoy answering it. So we answered him, “No one can believe on the Lord Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit, because according to Jesus the Holy Spirit is the one that comes to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Paul also tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed and no one can say Jesus is the Lord except by the Holy Spirit”

“There is a lot of misunderstanding here” He said, “What I know is, in the book of Acts when the people of Samaria had believed the apostles were called for to lay hands on them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. And when Simon the witch saw that “through the laying on of the hands of the apostles the people received the Holy Spirit” he produced money asking if they could sell this power to him. You see there, it shows that one can only receive the Holy Spirit through the laying on of the hands of the apostles”

DSCF1907“You are mistaken” I interrupted, “You see, Acts 8:18, tells us of Simon’s opinion based on his observation. He was not an apostle therefore we cannot be taught by his opinions. This is Simon’s opinion and not the ultimate rule that one would ONLY receive the Holy Ghost through the laying on of the hands of the apostles. There are accounts on the book of Acts where believers received the Holy Ghosts without having the apostle’s hands laid on them. One elephant in the room is Cornelius. Peter did not lay hands on anyone in the house of Cornelius but they received the Holy Ghost while Peter was preaching. Paul himself received the Holy Spirit when he was in Damascus, there was no apostle there. Ananias was not an apostles but he laid hands on Paul and He received the Holy Spirit ”

(Acts 9:17 KJV)

“And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

“But what do you say of the people that Paul asked if they had received the Holy Ghost sinced they believed and they said no, and they hadn’t heard that there was any Holy Spirit?” He asked

“The people that Paul found in Ephesus in Act 19:1-6- were not Gentiles and they were not Christians, but they were Jews who were the disciples of John the Baptist, since they were baptized by John the Baptist. Now Paul was compelled to preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ and after that they were baptized again in the name of Lord Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit came on them.”

“I believe you are now answered on the issue of receiving the Holy Spirit, can we move on?” Mandlakhe asked

“Yes, I would like to ask you, what do you say of the resurrection of the dead?” Mxolisi asked

“The Bible says the dead will rise from their graves, just like Jesus was raised from His grave, as we all know that the disciples and the women found His grave empty. I know that your church the TACC, teaches that the dead are saved through the works of those are yet alive and they come and live in the bodies of the living in order to perform good deeds. That is not true, because firstly, the book of Ecclesiastes tell us that the dead have not a part in anything that is done under the sun. Secondly, the book of Revelation tells us that on the last judgment the dead are judged based on what is written on the books, according to their works. Those who qualify for heaven are those who have their names written on the Lamb’s Book of Life. There’s one way that anyone could have his name on that book. It is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“But there were people in the times of Abraham who had never heard the gospel…” said Mxolisi

DSCF1904“Abraham heard the gospel, as it is written, “Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness” You see, he was justified by faith before the coming Jesus Christ, same goes for Noah. As for the people who lived before the days of King Shaka (for the gospel came to this land in the days King Shaka) where the gospel wasn’t heard, Paul says of them, “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another”  It is God’s business to deal with those who haven’t heard the gospel but I tell you the truth, that the laws of God were written in their hearts, therefore their conscience made them aware of what right or wrong. Those who have sinned without the law shall perish without the law and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.

DSCF1905“I have no argument on this matter” Brother Mandlakhe added, “I take what the scripture says, the person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved and the one who doesn’t believe will go to hell, that is enough for me”

Romans 2:12-16 KJV

(12) For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

(13) (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

(14) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

(15) Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

(16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

“Are you guys from Faith Mission?” Mxolisi asked

“No, We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” I replied.

He then took my number down and promised that he would try to connect me to some of the TACC guys who might try to explain their faith to me. I responded, “That would be great, I wish to meet them because it seems like there is a lot of deception you have been taught by your pastors. I don’t blame them but I blame their teachers. You need to search the scriptures yourself and not just take the words of men. Do like the Bereans in Acts 17 who searched the scriptures in order to see if what the apostles taught was true or not.”

Amen.

ALL GLORY TO OUR GOD ALONE

 

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 2 Peter 2:1-3

BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

The subject issue of false prophets is all over the bible. It is certainly not a new thing. What makes it appear new to many people today is that we have not been taught how to spot or mark false teachers, thus when we finally learn, we find ourselves shocked because we’ve never thought that the most trusted of the clergy could be false prophets. It is always scary to discover that the so called “men of God” could be wrong. I remember 6years ago, I used to defend Benny Hinn as the man chosen by God to heal the people. I didn’t want to hear any criticism concerning him and I believed that one day I will meet him and he would lay his hand on me and I would be healed of any disease in my body.

In 2011, God opened my eyes and showed me the heresy contained in Hinn’s teachings and also in the teachings of other TBN/FAITH teachers. I then held to Chris Oyakhilome and believed his teachings were true but then again while watching his program on television God showed me that this man was not to be trusted. I was sadden by the realization of the heresy preached by the men on television.

These men are not preachers, they are shop owners. They sell lies in exchange for money. Every bit of truth (if any), is sold for money. My estimate is, 70% of their teachings is about money. Sometimes they demand the money and sometimes they beg for it. These calls for money are always coupled with threats or promises which are supposed to be from God, and such, will be carried out based on whether one gives money or withholds it.

Apostle Peter warned us in his second epistle,

    1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

(2 Peter 2:1-3)

The passage above is showing us the deeds of these false prophets. He says that, they will privily (secretly) introduce damnable heresies (false teachings). This means these false prophet will not come out in public and say “Hi everyone, I am a false prophet and I’d like to give you false teachings” but they will come in as good guys and give these false teachings under the radar.

The Lord Jesus Christ has taught us to watch out for these false prophets and he likens their unscrupulous behavior to the viciousness of wolves. This is what he says,

    “15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

(Matthew 7:15-20)

These deceivers are “coming in sheep’s clothing,” that means they come in as believers. They look, talk, sing and act like Christians but their mission is to deceive. Peter says, “through covetousness shall they with feigned (deceptive/fictitious) words make merchandise (business) of you.” Yes, he said they will make merchandise of you. Don’t you see how crafty they are in using the scriptures in order to pick your pockets. They talk about “revelation knowledge” and this knowledge of theirs seems to be more interested in your money than in your spiritual well being. They always teach messages that are encouraging self glorification rather than Christ glorification. They love money and physical wealth more than the God who made the heavens and the earth. Not only are they false teachers but they are idolatrous false teachers.

DECEIVING AND BEING DECEIVED

Many of these false teachers are very sincere in their “faith.” They truly believe that what they teach the masses is the truth of God. They call upon the name of Christ out of sincerity, yet, they remain deceived because most of what they teach does not honor the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus warned,

    1 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

(Matthew 7:21-23)

You see, these people sincerely called Jesus “Lord” and in His name they prophesied, cast out demons and performed wonders but the Lord Jesus Christ will say unto them, “I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Paul also gives a number of warnings against false teachers, and he shows them to be deceived.

    “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

(2 Timothy 3:13)

These false teachers will grow worse and worse in their deception. They will continue to deceive and being deceived and deceiving one another. They will continue to sow divisions in the body of Christ by introducing these damnable heresies. Unless we learn to mark them and avoid them, we too shall fool into their falsehood and find ourselves spreading their lies, like the wind driving a wild fire.

“17 Now I beseech you, brethren MARK THEM which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. – Romans 16:17-18

BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS!!!

The Two Evils
Introduction

You might be having questions in your mind regarding the title of this post. I wouldn’t blame you if you do have questions because I would do the same if I were in your position. Needless to say, the whole world is surrounded by (if not drowning in) evil. All the wickedness that we see in the world is due to that people have committed two greater evils before God their creator. And we shall discuss these evils shortly. All scripture references will be taken from the unadulterated non-copyrighted Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible (1611). The main purpose of this post is to warn God’s people and to give glory to God.
Point Raised
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13
As we all know that these are the words of God by prophet Jeremiah. Our God who will not tell a lie spoke and His infallible word remains. God said and is still saying in His word that His very own people have committed not one but two evils. These two evils are:

  • They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters
  • And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water

God exposed the sin of His people yet they refused to repent. He warned them but they would not return from their ways. They have provoked the Lord since He brought them out of the land of Egypt the house of bondage. They saw His wonderful works, they saw His deliverance, His provision but they would not refrain from provoking the Lord to anger. Their children were also a stiff-necked people, they went and whored after strange gods and forsook the Lord and the Lord sold them to their enemies. The Lord had mercy on them and raised up judges to deliver them and to judge among them.

They continued to provoke the LORD and they demanded a king in the days of Samuel the seer. They rebelled against their eternal King who lead them, fought for them and provided for them. The Lord gave them the king out of the tribe of Benjamin. Saul the Benjamite sinned against the LORD by not taking heed of the command that God gave concerning the Amalekites that he should surely destroy them and everything that belong to the Amalekites. Saul allowed that the things which were accursed be brought to the land of Israel that they may be offered unto the LORD. The LORD was sorely displeased and rejected Saul as king. The Lord sent Samuel to anoint David the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son Boaz the husband of Ruth the Moabitess.

1. “They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters”
The first evil that has been committed by the people of God is that they have forsaken God. They have removed themselves from the very fountain of living waters. This is rebellion at its best. Forsaking the LORD is to rebel against Him, His laws and everything that He had put in place. One evidence of that people have forsaken the LORD is that they start refusing His word. They claim that the present times are more advanced than the word of God. They attempt at all times to change the scriptures by omitting what they deem irrelevant for these times or that which is offensive to the general public. They add their own words which would agree with all their abominable lust-filled idolatrous lives.

We live in the time where the Lord Jesus Christ, the very source of life is being forsaken by many. Many churches have removed Jesus from His throne and they have put their own false christs to rule over them. Though they say “In the name of Jesus” it is only another “Jesus” they are calling. This attack against the true God and Christ was seen by the Psalmist and is found in the second psalm, being laid out in this manner, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3) The nations and all the rulers of the world have ganged up against God and against his anointed. They say “let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.” They have removed all ties between them and God.

Instead of total surrender to the Son of God, the people have distanced themselves from the true God and censored anything that glorifies Christ on circular media. They allow only that which would blaspheme. The non-discerning Christian will be deceived thinking what they see and hear on television is the truth, while the name of Christ is being desecrated before them and they be busy nodding amens to all the circular religious television garbage.
In most government institutions, it is okay to say the word god but as soon as you say Jesus Christ, it becomes a problem. The societies believe in a god but not the true God. They would settle with anyone who says “god” because anything can be called “god” thus giving room to pluralism which says, “You have your god and I have mine.” This is to turn away from the One True God who made all things.

The modern day churches have deviated from biblical evangelism and biblical preaching of the word. Churches are now built by means of entertainment and motivation. Circular/demonic music is now played in what is supposed to be (by circular definition) the house of God. Repentance, Judgment, Hell and other gloom and doom sort of messages have not only been tossed out the window but they have found their place in the nearest garbage bin by these circular church builders. Church meetings are no longer about “Thus saith the Lord…” but instead they are about “You need to speak the word over your life…” The truth of God is being turned into a lie. That which is created is now being lifted far above that Creator who is blessed forever. Amen. The people of God have forsaken the LORD. They have committed an evil thing.

2. “And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water”

The people have not only forsaken the LORD but they have found an alternative for God. This is the second of the two evils. The people ran after Asher and Baalim, the gods which were no gods at all. To say “they hewed them cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water” tells us that the people have replaced God with inferior or useless alternatives. They forsook the very spring of living waters and put their trust in that which cannot hold the water due to that it is broken or weak. They entrusted their lives to self made gods and systems of men. They made their own religions instead of living by the words that proceed from the mouth of God.

Some people have denied the existence of God and opted to believe that nonsensical idea of evolution which is based on nothing but fiction. The Roman Catholic people have removed Christ (as if it were possible) from running the church and they appointed the Pope in instead. The Pope decided that faith on Jesus Christ is not enough for salvation, thus he glorified Mary the mother of Christ. This over glorification of Mary is deception because this catholic Mary is just an anthropomorphization of Isis, an idol of the heathens. The Hindus bow to every abominable idol which they themselves have made and not only that, but also, just about anything is a god to any Hindu. Muslims have opted to follow their false prophet Elijah Muhammad who dared to write a book and renounced Jesus as the Son of God. Muhammad started his own religion based on a lie, just like any other false religion.

TBN, God TV and other few “multi-million dollar pastor” owned networks have been spreading lies in the name of the Lord. They perpetrated the old lie of the serpent which he told Eve in the Garden of Eden, saying “Ye shall be like gods.” They have removed the teachings of Christ and have spread men’s teachings. The Bible is now a reference book and their books are now the “must have” pieces of scripture. Often you hear them quoting from their books rather than quoting from the gospels or from any other book in the bible. If they happen to quote the bible, it would be to back the heretical points they have raised by misrepresenting the scripture or reading from the perversions of scripture which they have translated themselves in order to suit their abominable and damnable heresies.

People have hewed themselves broken cistern that can hold no water. They have trusted in the words of men and have rejected the infallible life giving Word of the True and Holy God. They condemn the bible as irrelevant to this day and age. They have put their trust in what they believe, only on the basis that “the pastor said so, therefore it must be true.” The churches today have formulated their own ways and have strayed from the way of truth. This is evil and it will not go unpunished unless the church returns to the very spring of living waters. God is that spring of living waters.
There is no need for false fire and false rain. These wicked preachers forsook God the very spring of living and now they stand in their churches shouting that the “rain of the Holy Spirit is falling” not realizing that they are just being blessed by demons and not God. How can God be in something He is not part of? If God were to bring the rain of fire, would all these sinners and hypocrites survive? Will God change and be the friend of those who blaspheme His name? God forbid! Surely He will utterly do away with the wicked who persist in their wickedness. As the LORD spoke about the destruction of the cities of Israel because of their evil doings, He is warning us today and we should take heed.

“Hast thou not procured this unto thyself,
in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
when he led thee by the way? And now what hast
thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor?
or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria,
to drink the waters of the river? Thine own wickedness
shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore
and see that it is an evil thing and bitter,
that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. ”
(Jeremiah 2:17-19)

When there is enmity between two parties and one discovers that he cannot afford to wage war against the other, he would then send a mediator to negotiate the terms of peace. The terms of peace will be the layout of conditions to which the weaker party must subscribe, in order to avoid war or being destroyed by the stronger party. This body of text will discuss the terms of peace which God has laid down for us in order to be partakers of His Holiness and Kingdom. All scripture references will be based on the non copyrighted and unadulterated Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible.

The human race has entered into enmity with God through sin. We have become rebellious and have completely rejected the word of God and His holy laws. We owe to die and be cast into hell which is the perfect flaming justice of the true and holy God. The terms of dealing with sin are DEATH, as it is written:

    Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)

    For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom 6:23)

Every soul that committed a sin has to die. Since man began to sin, death came into the world and therefore everyone that is born of a woman must die. Death has been a fair end for all those who were born in sin (Psalm 51:5). All of them that are born are shaped and born in sin. If that was not true then little children wouldn’t die because only the soul that sins requires to die. The scripture proves to us that indeed we have all sinned and therefore fall short of the glory of God (Roman 3:23). This is a horrible position even to imagine, yet it remains true that we do not deserve to get to heaven or to behold the face of the holy God. Such knowledge has been placed within us and therefore the fear of death have found its place in our hearts because it is quite evident to us all that the worst is yet to come, once we crossover that river of death.

It appears that there is nothing we or anyone can do in order to change the fate of sinners which is hell fire. Though our situation is so grim, we must also know that God loved us and have proved His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. While we were in the filth our sins and while we were yet the enemies of God, Christ came to die for the ungodly.

    And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Rom 5:5-10)

The text above tells us that while we were yet without strength Christ died for the ungodly. The question is, if Christ died for us while we yet sinners, does it mean that everyone is saved? The answer is no because there would be no need for the gospel to be preached and for the churches to be established. There would be no need for anyone to be told to repent. This sacrifice of Christ doesn’t automatically cover everyone. If it was so then there would be not a single person in hell and the book of Revelation would read differently, since there would be no further need for the human beings to be informed of the lake of fire.

There are terms and conditions that need to be ascribed to in order for the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus to apply upon someone. These terms are God’s terms and no one can change or bypass them. They stand sure and must be adhered to. Many people miss these conditions and then assume that they would go to heaven because of the fact that God is love. They think that heaven is for all people that pray at night or think about God a day or two even though they are living in sin.

One of the Terms of Peace that has been laid down is that people must REPENT.

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost… Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord… And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30)

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3, 5)

Repentance is a requirement for forgiveness. One must repent and not only so but must also forsake the sin and look unto God for forgiveness and salvation. True repentance comes from God. People must seek the Lord and ask for true repentance () which leads unto salvation because only God can grant such repentance as shown in Acts 5:31 and Acts 11:18.

The Second of the Terms of Peace is that people must believe on the Son of God!!

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24) “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1)

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:31)

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts 8:37)

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” (Acts 19:4)

The Scriptures constantly tell us that we must believe on the Son of God in order to have eternal life. Jesus told Nicodemus that “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:14-18) and John the Baptist also confirmed: “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:35-36)

To believe on the Son of God is a command from God (1 John 3:23). No one can get eternal life unless they believe on the Son of God. This means all the religions in the world no matter how much following they have managed to build, they will end up in hell unless they repent and believe on the name of the Son of God, whom God sent to the world so that the world might be save through Him. Jesus said, “He that believeth on him is not condemned but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.” So everyone who wants to be saved must believe on the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Third of the Terms of Peace is that one must be Born Again

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:3-6)

This is a condition many seem to ignore or make fun of while others claim to have experienced it and some seem to be quite unsure about it. Many preachers come with different views on the subject of being born again, and that is the reason why we should rely on the scriptures and hear what it has to say to us about being born again. The majority of the so called Christian churches do not teach on the subject because they don’t believe it or it goes against the tradition of the church and there it remains censored. This condition has to be met by everyone who wishes to see or to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus says except a person be born again, the same will not see the kingdom of heaven and unless he be born of water and Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven, who can argue with the words of the Lord Jesus amongst the churches of God? Only a fool would do such a thing. Jesus Christ the owner of both heaven and earth tells that the prerequisite for anyone to enter the kingdom of heaven is to be born again.

Being born again refers to the complete transformation and change that occurs at a heart level of human being. It is only possible by the workings of God alone. Paul writes, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Paul is describing that being born again is not possible outside the Lord Jesus Christ. He is telling us about a change that comes over those who come and dwell in Christ. To say that, “old things have passed away” does not only refer to the sin committed in the past but it talks about the person that enjoyed those sins. It talks about a new creature that only God can bring to existence. It is the creature that has a changed heart and mind. It is the creature that loves that which God loves and hates all such things as God hates. It is the fulfilment of the promise that was made through the prophet Ezekiel, saying:

    And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:” (Ezekiel 11:19)… “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

It is God that changes a person and the first place where a change must begin is in the heart. God is able to change the heart. The heart is where all the actions of a man come from. It is also said of the heart by the wisest man in the bible that: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). Whatsoever thing that is in the heart will always come out by the actions of the body or the speaking of the mouth. See also Matthew 12:34, Mark 7:18-23 and Luke 6:45. A sinner sins because it is his nature to do so and his heart is full of wickedness and deceit (Jeremiah 17:9) and it is therefore necessary that he be made into a new creature in order to qualify for entry into the kingdom of God.

The Fourth of the Terms of Peace is that people must FORSAKE ALL FOR CHRIST!

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-33)

This condition is the most difficult of all the conditions laid down. It requires that one be fully surrendered to God. It also demands that God be made a priority in all that pertains to the lives of those who say they love and serve God. No one can serve two masters and that is why a person must forsake all that which is of the world, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. The bible tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, which means God Himself dwells in us. How can then God rule half the body and the devils take care of the other half? God is not looking for a share percentage of the man’s life but he asks for all or nothing. What? Have you not read how the master laid down these conditions, setting his foot down stating, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Is the Lord teaching us to hate our families and not to love them? Of course not, He is simply telling us that, if our love for Him does not exceed the love we have for our families and our own lives, then we are no worthy to be his disciples. If we had to choose between the Lord and our families, and we choose our families over the Lord, then we are not worthy of him. If we would choose to save our lives by means of denying Christ then we are not His. If we choose to compromise the word of Christ in order to gain worldly friends and increase our church attendances then we are not worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unless we deny ourselves and take up our crosses daily and follow Jesus Christ we would never be His disciples. One must completely die to self and be completely alive in Christ to be fit for Him. These are the condition laid down by the king and anyone that claim to be born again and yet have not subscribed to these terms of peace, the same is a liar and is yet awaiting to be saved.

The Most Miserable Church – The Paid Sheep Membership

The modern day church is the most embarrassing and miserable church to my opinion. It has moved away from the truth and it is being slowly infiltrated by all sorts of wicked evil beasts that seek to kill and destroy all the flocks of God. This modern day church is fast asleep while the devil and his cohorts march in freely all the way from the door to the pulpit in order to teach the people of God with one objective in mind and that is to lead them astray. The so called bride of Christ is actively committing adultery with idols and heretical teachings and practices.

I am very concerned by the ignorance of the Christians of today. Many Christians know just about anything that is happening in the world than they know about what God has to say in the bible. The young people know more about the music charts and the pop idols than knowing the will of God for each day. Church buildings are packed with goats that go there for entertainment and they wear name tags that are labelled “Christian – A Paid Sheepfold Member.” The church is losing its status of being the sheepfold of God and has now become a place where goats meet to pay the hired clowns who will in return feed them all the garbage that get no one to heaven. There are no more sheep in most churches because

  1. The goats chase them away
  2. The shepherd clowns/wolves fed on them and then turned their sheepskin into clothing in order to attract more sheep that will come and be served for dinner, while the goats enjoy the show.
  3. The owner of the sheep, the Master Shepherd has taken them away from these blood thirst wolves and placed them under the care of the true shepherd who serves the will of his Master

Whatever the reason is, it remains true that many church buildings have become night clubs and movie theatres, some have gone to such an extreme as to become a circus, where all sort of demonic activity is for show. There are more motivators than preachers and sin is never challenged because the paying goats will be offended and therefore cease the funding of the circus. The goats are never interested in becoming sheep because they will have to change their diet and lifestyle, so instead of being transformed they think it would work better for them of they buy or rent the sheep status. The Sheep Membership status is charged according to the level of the wage or salary that the goat earns from their work. The requested share of the salary or wage is 10% and then the goat will be encouraged or sometimes threatened to give a little more in order to get more benefits which are only reserved for sheep. You may want to call that Sheep Membership Plus Account. That is often backed up by Malachi 3:10-12.

It is very strange that this section of the bible is well emphasized in the modern church buildings, while other sections are not well attended to.  For example, chapter 20 of Exodus verses 8-11 which talks about resting on the Sabbath Day and the keeping of this day holy. It seems like the wolves are not interested on the rest of neither goats nor sheep, they are making business with the Tithing law and there is very little chance that the Sabbath law will benefit any of the wolves. If tithing were to be kept because it is the command from God and that God promises to protect and bless the sheep, why is not the law of the Sabbath kept because it is also command from God and God made promises to the keeper of this law?

Let us look at these laws

The law of Tithing as quoted in Malachi

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.”  (Malachi 3:10-12 KJV)

And now, let us look at how this is to be applied and who should benefit on the proceedings brought as per application of the law of tithing, as shown in the book of Deuteronomy.

Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.” (Deuteronomy 14:22-29 KJV)

As we can see in Malachi 3, that God commanded that the tithes must be brought in the storehouse so that there may be food in His house. The statement “that there may be meat (food) in my house” is by no means referring to the house(s) of God’s servants nor of the Levites nor of the prophets. It refers to the house of God.  The beneficiaries of the collections of Tithes are stated in Deuteronomy  and these are:

  1. The Levite
  2. The Stranger/Traveller/Pilgrim
  3. The Fatherless/Orphan
  4. The Widow

I have much doubt that all these beneficiaries receive their fair share of the proceedings from the tithe collections. I am not off the mark by so saying, because, first of all we don’t have the Levites in the churches today neither can the pastors nor the preachers qualify to be addressed as such. If the Lord Jesus Christ did away with the law as is taught in the modern day churches, then the Levites shouldn’t exist because they were appointed under provision of the law, which would be now inapplicable.  If the law is no longer applicable, the principle of tithing will then be of no effect because it is only enforced by the law although this principle did not originate from the law.  Tithing was first done by Abraham when he met Melchizedek the priest of the most high God (Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 7:1). To say that it was instituted before the law was given by Moses’ hand does not mean that the people must be forced to keep this principle. The Sabbath was also made known before Moses came.

The law of the Sabbath was instituted on the Seventh day when God finished the work of creation.  The week has always been seven days and on the seventh day God commanded rest. Why don’t we hear these hypocritical prosperity preachers teach people this command? It is because this command offers no gain for them. So, as much as tithing has a promise, the Sabbath keeping also has a promised attached to it, see Isaiah:

Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.” (Isa 56:1-8)

As you can see that God is making a promise on Sabbath keeping, not only to the Israelites or the Jews but also to the non-Jewish people, the Gentiles (to be exact). We the non Jewish Christians have enjoined our self to God through His Son and are claiming to be keeping the commands of God in keeping the tithing principle, but we are doing ourselves no justice because we have neglected another command on which God has even a better promise than that in Malachi, when he says on the quote above, “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”

Besides the heresy and the twisting of scripture that is brought in by the wolves into the church, I am concerned by those individuals who call themselves Christian and yet at the same time doubt or ignore the Bible or are offended by it. I fail to comprehend this behaviour. These people only read the nicer parts of the bible and the hard condemning negative part of it they ignore. They say they trust the word of God which is the bible, but at the same time they distrust it in the matters pertaining to sin and the punishment thereof. A vast majority of those who claim to be Christians are failing to believe that there is a place called hell. They doubt that God can cast people into such a horrible place.

I don’t blame these people. The blame must be laid upon their teachers who should be telling them the truth but are cowards and therefore opt to lie to them, giving them false hope concerning the future. I am not surprised that even the preachers do not believe in the straight forward biblical preaching of the gospel anymore. This is evident by the amount of events and activities that appeal to the flesh which the churches are organising in order to increase attendance in their local church buildings. When these people (the unbelievers) get into these church concerts they get entertained and are told that God loves them. They walk out justified in their sins, knowing that God loves them no matter how much they get to sin.

Many of these goats find a platform in these churches to perform and build their fame. Their sin is not challenged as long as they use their talents for God. They can get themselves a girlfriend from this church and fornicate with her as long as he uses his talent for God and also use his talent to bring in more goats like him who will bring in the tithes and offerings to help the pastors and the shareholders of this church business get rich. He can sing worldly music as long as he throws a few words like Jesus, Lord or God in his demonic song. No one will suspect him if the song says Jesus. It doesn’t matter what he sings about Jesus as long as the song say Jesus or Christ then the song is Christian and can be sung at church to entertain the ever demanding paying goats.

On the contrary  to the mentality of the cowardly goat centred churches, the bible teaches in the book of Revelation saying,

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

And  again in 1 Corinthians, “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” (1Co 5:9-13).

And again “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1Co 6:9-10). There is no nicer way of the saying this except for the Bible way!!