THE END-TIME MARK OF THE ANTICHRIST (II)

(…continued from part 1…)

(II)        Romans 5:19 “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” ‘Righteous’ is dikaios (dik’-ah-yos) ‘equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively).’ This fairness of justice that covers the born-again person, translates him to the innocency of absolute holiness. How? The legality of it comes from the celestial assizes, the very sphere of eternity. The Bible does not say, shall ALL be made righteous.” It says, “shall many be made righteous;” and the ‘many’ are definitely the ones who will make the decision to receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. The first Adam, our pristine parent, brought destruction to mankind. Jesus Christ, the last Adam, must perform the prophetic second coming, which ushers us into eternal life. There is no shred of doubt that the trumpet of the rapture will sound three and a half years into the seven remaining years of the 70 weeks (490 years).

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                Romans 6:2-4 2) “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” There is a difference between ‘dead’ to sin (v.2) on one hand, and the ‘dead’ of verse 4. While that of the 2nd verse is apothnēskō (ap-oth-nace’-ko) [which comes from apo (apo) -off- and thnēskō (thnay’-sko): -to die, to be dead; metaphorically to be spiritually dead] means: ‘to die off; of the natural death of man;’ ‘dead’ in verse 4 which is nekros (nek-ros’) means: From an apparently primary word νέκυς nekus means (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively).’ The nekros (i.e. physical)death of Jesus derobed us of the spiritual death resulting from the Adamic original sin. Amen. It becomes, ergo, apropos for us to be seen walking in the engendered ‘newness’ which is kainotēs (kahee-not’-ace): ‘in the new state of life in which the Holy Spirit places us so as to produce a new state which is eternal life.’ The Holy Spirit, the theological earnest of the regenerated soul, is our eternal reassuring terms of divine insurance. It will never expire: for this insurance policy is as eternal as the Holy Spirit. Amen.

How can any of these, of Acts chapter 2, lose the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?

   The Holy Spirit’s indwelling of our spirit realm makes us carriers of Jehovah. What that connotes is that we own the earth: for it says, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men;” in Psalm 115:16. The Antichrist has his own hegemonic day on this terra firma. There cannot be two captains on earth –the Christians and the Antichrist. So, what is the solution? Rapture! O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! [Romans 11:33].

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed –Rapture!

                Jesus was the first to intimate us with the rapture. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left (Matthew 24:40). Incredible! Paul mentioned it in 1Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

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                The book of 1Thessalonians 4:16-17 is more explicit: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.Confer Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13; Philippians 3:20-21. We understand, from scriptural view, that rapture is of Divine operative. How long will it last? 

 (…to be continued…)

Folks, this is why you just must be born again (John 3:7) before your earthly time is up! Pray the prayer of all prayers: the one that gets you born again. Are you ready? It must come from the core of your heart, and believing every word. Here we go; say:

Dear heavenly Father, I come to you now, in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins. I believe that You raised Him from the dead (for my justification). I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!

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THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (one)

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 “…having forgiven you all trespasses…” Colossians 2:13

            Of what stunt am I expected to pull to perfect the finished toil of God as pertaining to the salvation of man? Being told of an engagement in a life-long work of morality to maintain my spiritual regeneration, doubtless, makes me the consummator of my salvation. The Christian soteriological stance is of eternal consequence (John 3:15, 16; 10:28). Do I have the capacity to containerise the essence of divine soteriology? Does theology imbue regeneracy with the power of sustenance, thereby, keeping my salvation as new as when the Author of salvation rose from the dead for my justification? What elbow grease can any Christian consummate to save himself from losing his spiritual regeneration? Having paid in full when He said, “It is finished,” how much am I still owing?  Selah!

           What did God do? He sowed Jesus as a seed faith to serve as the Divine mechanism for the regeneration of fallen Adam. Of course, Adam sinned to turn the perfection of day number six (where God said “very good” compared to “good” of days one to the fifth) into imperfection of mankind. All fell in Adam: the reason for a continual oblational act of exculpation. Then appeared Jesus. He died; the Just One. He rose to save all who would come to Him. Humanity perished in Adam, who could not save even himself. Jesus, on the other hand, rose to save, as the last Adam, and eternally too. The key of life is now in His divine hand. All Jesus had to do was to commit just one sin to plunge us back into hell bound sin. I thank God for His wisdom. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” [Romans 11:33]!

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            The germination of Jesus bore fruits. They are called Christians -the new species of the creativity of Jehovah. Is there any crop that builds a silo for itself? Is it not the farmer who puts the valuable fruitfulness into the preserving silo? Jesus is the vine -the true vine. God the Father is the Husbandman who places the regenerated new species of creation into Christ, the Eternal Son, in whom is life -life eternal. As no man can save himself, no man can, as well, maintain this newness of spiritual life in Christ Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of the saving faith. Amen!

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          Colossians chapter two is quite informative in this regard. Let us look at verse 13 which reads, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” The word ‘dead’ is nekros (nek-ros’): ‘From an apparently primary word νέκυς nekus (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively.’ The next word ‘in,’ is en (en): ‘a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state).’ ‘Sins’ is paraptōma (par-ap’-to-mah): ‘a side slip (lapse or deviation), that is, (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression.’ Then we have ‘quickened together’ suzōopoieō (sood-zo-op-oy-eh’-o): ‘to reanimate conjointly with (figuratively).’ The word ‘with’ which is sun (soon) is ‘A primary preposition denoting union; with or together [but much closer than meta (met-ah’) denoting accompaniment; “amid” (local or causal) after, behind; or para (par-ah’) ‘from, of, at, by, besides, near], ‘that is, by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.’ Charizomai (khar-id’-zom-ahee) is the Greek for ‘forgiven’ and it is defined as: ‘to grant as a favor, that is, gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue.’ We have ‘all’ which is pas (pas): ‘any, every, the whole.’ The word ‘trespasses’ is the same as the above paraptōma.

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 He is risen! Forgiven forever!

            From the definitions above, the natural man’s deadness has its locational state in sinfulness. Mankind, in his Adamic nature, is nothing but a walking cadaver. Now, for the gentile nation of Colosse, which had no partaking of the Divine circumcision treaty, they were ‘doubly dead.’ Having agreed with the sooth of John 3:3 “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God;” and had gone ahead with its Romans 10:9-10 actuation, a miracle which only God could perform occurred. His rise from the dead had established a reanimation of believing souls! Christ Jesus happens to be an eternal Being. From that eternity past the Trinity had resolved to save the Adamic race.

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart and meaning it:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”     

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TRINITY OF THE GODHEAD (4)

Omniscience of the Members of the Trinity:

            Erudition of Saint Paul was at its peak, in his bid to fathom God’s knowledge in Romans 11:33 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Jesus is also, like the Father, omniscient. Colossians 2:3 says of the Christ, “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” John 10:15 is quite lucent with the asseveration of Jesus. “As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” The verb, ‘knoweth’ and ‘know’ are the same ginōskō (ghin-oce’-ko) ‘to “know” (absolutely).’

                The starkness of this reality is that only God can know God absolutely! The Holy Spirit cannot be left out in being a Partaker of omniscient Personality as 1Corinthians 2:11 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” reveals. The word ‘knoweth’ here is eido (ei’-do) ‘1. to see, to gaze (i.e. with wide-open eyes) 2. to discern or know experientially.’ If He knows what Christ knows then we definitely have Three Personages in the Godhead. Selah!

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things (Romans 11:36)

Omnipotence attribute:

                There is no gainsaying the Eternal Father’s almightiness even if Luke 18:27, “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God;” is silent about it. An eminent Job could not hide the prevalent truism of “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee” (Job 42:2). Revelation 1:8 is an unveiling of Jesus as the ‘Almighty’, the Greek of which is pantokratōr (pan-tok-rat’-ore): ‘he who holds sway over all things; the ruler of all; the all ruling, that is, God (as absolute and universal sovereign).’ This is the Lord Jesus whom the world would gladly see as nondescript –just one of the prophets.

                The Spirit flexed His unbelievable muscles of salvation in Romans 15:19 “Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” His potency keeps us on the spiritual journey of righteousness. Romans 15:13 reads, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” He must indwell the saved souls, so innumerable -a proof of HIS ubiquity, a sole preserve of the Divinity. “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” [Ephesians 3:16].

Omnipresence is an attribute of the Trinity:

                David could not hide his sheer awe of Him in Psalm 139:7-16. Verse 7 reads, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” The wisest Solomon in the Book of 1Kings 8:27 acclaimed of God, the Father, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” This took place at the dedication of the great Jerusalem Temple. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” [Matthew 18:20]. This is the express declaration of Jesus, the Second Member of the Godhead. Imagine the billions of prayers around the earth? How can one Christ be ubiquitously present wherever prayers are offered? Simple! Jesus Christ is Omnipresent! That makes Him God.


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The seven lamps of fire [Revelation 4:5]

                Revelation 5:6 “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” The Holy Spirit cannot but be ubiquitous as well. “Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out” [Act 5:9]. Nothing escapes His (Holy Spirit’s) searching eyes.

 (…to be continued…)

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THE CONSUMING FIRE!

The plain truth is that people do not know this God of creationism.

It really amazes me when I hear people say, “We’re all going to be with the Lord when we die”. Everybody believes his deceased loved one “has gone to be with God”. Which God? That is always the bone of contention. Jehovah, the God of creationism, has had it all spelled out in His holy writ who will and how to ascend to Him after the earthly sojourn. Non-compliance with John 3:3 will not get one introduced to Romans 10:9-10, the only ritual that paves the righteous way to eternal bliss. It would not even surprise me if some should be made to believe that, “when we get to heaven God, the merciful, will listen to our pleas.” Some believe that God is too merciful to throw anyone inside hell. The Bible says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” [Hebrews 10:31]. How can people forget the hellish shower of conflagration that Jehovah used to annihilate the population of Sodom and Gomorrah?

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They, obviously, do not have the flimsiest idea who He is. Hebrews 12:29 says, For our God is a consuming fire. The word ‘consuming’ is katanalisko (kat-an-al-is’-ko): ‘to consume utterly.’ He destroys disobedient people! The God I know will not allow obeisant competitiveness. “We’re all serving the same God”, I have always heard people intone. They are most certainly, not talking about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. His covenant name is Jehovah. You cannot have any spiritual rapport with Him until Jesus is introduced to you. You cannot be bowing down to some traditional deity, a certain First Cause, Great Spirit or whatever name you choose, and think that you are in an ethereal relationship with the Most High. As long as it is not the God of the Bible (I hope I do not sound like a stupid bigot?), forget it; you are not in any spiritual business with the true God.

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When God gives the donation of sanctification, justification and righteousness it is always an event of forensic invention. God does not need any witness to endow you with justification. He, the LORD God, is the Witness; and He is the Judge! He looks into your heart of faith in Jesus, and knowing fully well that you mean it from your heart, God imputes your faith as righteousness. “He does not do an infusion” (as FAUSSETT puts it) “which carries an implication of character change.”

The Lord did the needful: He took charge of your life personally; garbing you in the righteousness of justification. He now owns the justified new you absolutely! He cannot go back in His gabble backed pronouncement. And when I dwell on this well thought out covenant of Him I just cannot help wondering what a good God is Jehovah! All I hear myself exclaim is: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out [Romans 11:33]!” He is so good so much that He binds Himself by His word! Not that He is in bondage, not at all! He is so good that He wants His saints to be absolutely safe! And I declare, “What a God of mercy He is!”

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Isaiah 45:7, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” This verse tends to see God as an accomplice to evil perpetration. The word ‘create’ is bârâ’ (baw-raw’): ‘(absolutely) to create i.e. without any existing material.’ Yâtsar (yaw-tsar’) is the Hebrew for ‘form’ and it means: ‘to mould into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively to determine (that is, form a resolution).’ ‘Make’ is ‛âśâh (aw-saw’): ‘to do, fashion, accomplish, work, make, produce (using an existing material).’

From extant elements God formed light, and made peace looking at the pleasant cohabitation between couples. Darkness and evil are synonymous. He is neither of them: for it is written in Genesis 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” He plucked darkness and evil (out of nothing) to deal decisively with devilish inclinations.

It was on the day man that could not be found where God expected him to be for the simple reason that he had entered into the putrefaction of the sinful nature, and dead spiritually, that the inevitable judgment of, “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;” and “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” of Genesis chapter 3 verses 17 & 19 respectively. God is truly not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). (…to be continued…)

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