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Be Noah or be the people who drowned in the flood

Luke 24:8 And they remembered his words,

In today’s scripture we see after Jesus resurrected they remembered His
words. When Jesus was with them He told them time and again and they did
not believe Him. Even when they saw He was arrested and crucified as He had
said they still did not believe Him fully and they deserted Him.

In today’s message the Lord is telling us there are people who do not
believe the Word of God and therefore only believe when they see thongs
have come to past. Jesus said blessed are those who do not see me yet
believe.

God spoke to Noah about the floods and the destruction which the floods
would cause. God told Noah to build an ark and God inspired Noah on the
design and skill in building that ark. The warning was given to Noah and
Noah took almost 100 years to make that ark. There is no time in that 100
years that Noah feared the flood would come for he knew if God had told him
to build that ark for a purpose, until he finished that ark the flood would
not come. He trusted the Lord for he knew the Lord is God and there is no
other God besides Him and that He was in complete control and all knowing.

We see the wicket people on the other were not ignorant of what Noah was
doing for it is written they mocked him and his family. Surely they found
it amusing a sane person like Noah building a very large ship in a desert
place, so they thought him and his family to have become insane thus mocked
them.

In Church today we have people who are like the wicked people who are not
aware of what is happening and what is next. They live for their earthly
desires and they believe God for they have needs and issues. They bribe God
with prayers, by giving tithes and by attending Church services every week.
Then there are people who know about the warning (the end) but do not have
faith like Noah. They are not building the ship which God has commanded
instead have climbed towers and looking at the sky 24x7 waiting for the
flood (the end when Jesus comes again) to come. They do not realize the end
(Jesus’ second coming) would not come until the ship (the commission) is
not done.

Abraham is looked up for his faith but that faith came with a prize of
25years. God had told him to not take any kin with him but he did not
listen and took his nephew Lots with him. It was only after he parted ways
with Lots did God bless Abraham with his promised son Isaac.

The Lord is telling us to be like Noah, to understand instructions, to
believe it and to act on them without deviations. Jesus said until all
prophecies come to past the end would not come yet we have people who
ignore this and instead of building the Kingdom of God, are shouting from
roof tops about the end.

Jesus said if we ask the Father for anything good He takes pleasure to give
it to us. James wrote if we ask God for wisdom He gives. Let us ask God for
the revelation of His Word as He promised us and wisdom and faith to grow
in His Word.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You said yesterday that this year You would reveal things that are
hidden from man. Today You are telling us to ask for that revelation and we
will receive, to ask for wisdom and we will receive. Lord we pray we be
like Noah who believed in You and in whom You took great pleasure and named
along with Job and Daniel as outstanding. You did not name Moses, or
Abraham, or David, or Jacob but You named them for they believed and stood
strong in their faith. Lord we pray your people be focused on the mission
You gave us...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which
he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by
faith.

Matthew 24:36-39

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven,
but my Father only.

37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man
be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered
into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall
also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the
world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Mark 16:15-16

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned.
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Tyrus who rules the sea will be silenced

Ezekiel 27:32And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for 
thee, and lament over thee,What is like Tyrus, like the destroyed 
[silenced] in the midst of the sea?

The word Tyrus means stone or pebble and is equivalent to the Aramaic 
word Cephas or the Greek word Peter. We see in the Bible these words are 
translated as rock mistakenly giving a wrong image of a large rock / 
cliff which symbolizes Truth or Lord. The word rock in Hebrew is Tsoor / 
tsur and in Aramaic is Suha while in Greek is Petra and it is these 
words which are used to symbolize Truth or the Lord.

So what do Tyrus, Cephas and Peter symbolize?

These words symbolize little truths, in other words lies.

Understand Devil is not foolish, he does not lie totally he is a master 
at lying. He is called a deceiver and has lots of wisdom therefore uses 
little truths to deceive. He never completely lies but takes part of the 
truth and tries to mislead his victim. That is why Satan (plural) is 
called king [Dragon] of Tyrus and prince [Beast] of Tyrus.

One may think did Jesus nickname Simon as Cephas / Peter became he was 
evil? No. We see Simon had a problem which we call today as foot in the 
mouth syndrome. Simon having little knowledge of facts and yet would not 
hesitate to speak out as if he knew it all. Almost every time Jesus 
called him by the name Peter we see he did mess up some way or the 
other. Jesus knew of his problem yet used him for His Kingdom. We see 
even after being baptized in the Holy Spirit yet there were times Simon 
Peter did mistakes and was rebuked by Paul.

People ask if a person is led by the Holy Spirit, how they can make 
mistakes. Understand Holy Spirit is not a demon spirit to possess people 
and take full control without a person's will. Holy Spirit is a guide 
and guides those who submit to Him. Almost all are selective in hearing 
to the Spirit of God therefore make mistakes.

In his death it is said when Simon Peter was being crucified he 
requested not to be crucified as Jesus Christ was but to be crucified 
upside down. Now this may look as humility but if someone with wisdom 
and understanding would see this as foolishness. Jesus was crucified as 
a criminal by the Romans and was not the first to be crucified. Would it 
matter how Simon Peter was crucified?

Our Church is filled with Peters, people who know little but think they 
know all. Today, the Lord continuing His message about revealing the 
Truth is telling us He is going to silence the Peters amongst the people 
[sea]. He is going to increase the understanding of the people so as to 
set them on the Rock and no longer on pebbles.

You may think something is going to fall from the sky or like someone 
stated are people going to roll their eyes and go in a trance to get 
revelations?

Bible says God hardens or softens the hearts of people. It does not mean 
God makes people good or bad. God hardens a heart means those how's 
hearts are evil God holds His mercy from them and thus results them to 
be more evil.

Today God is saying He will soften the hearts of the people. Even if 
they are hard His grace/mercy would increase and He would cause people 
to change. We have seen this when a few or an act pleases God He goes 
all the way out to give abundant, like when He curses He curses 4 
generations but when He blesses He blesses at least a 100 generations.

Let us rejoice and thank God for what He is going to do.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we thank You for the great mercies which You are going to shower on 
your people. We thank You for not hardening the hearts of You people and 
letting your grace work. We thank You for letting the Truth be known and 
for opening the eyes of the people...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Exodus 17:6Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock [Tsoor] 
in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock [Tsoor], and there shall come 
water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the 
sight of the elders of Israel.

Ezekiel 28:1-2, 11-13

1The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

2Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 
Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit 
in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and 
not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

11Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

12Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto 
him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, 
and perfect in beauty.

13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy 
covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and 
the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the 
workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the 
day that thou wast created.

John 8:43-47

43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will 
do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, 
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of 
his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye 
not believe me?

47He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, 
because ye are not of God.

Matthew 16:23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, 
Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things 
that be of God, but those that be of men.

Luke 22:31And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to 
have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Matthew 16:17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, 
Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but 
my Father which is in heaven.
 
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A Year of Revelation
Matthew 16:16-19

16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the 
living God.

17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: 
for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which 
is in heaven.

18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I 
will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and 
whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and 
whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

I was asking the Lord what is set for us this year and the Lord gave 
this message.

We did receive a few days back about the Lord bringing change in the 
Church and part of the change process is bringing the Church to the 
Light of the Truth, even though Believers came out from the false Church 
in 1500AD, yet many deceits of the false Church have been like iron 
shackles which hindered the growth of the true Church.

The Reformation Movement was based on 5 Solas (Latin means alone and can 
be interpreted as fundamental)

Sola Gratia - Grace alone

Sola Fide - Faith alone

Solus Christus - Christ alone

Soli Deo Gloria - Glory to God alone

Sola Scriptura - Scripture alone

In the first 3 the Church has been mostly abiding by, but it is in the 
4th and 5th where it is seen as compromising.With regards to 4th Church 
leaders have been touching the glory of God or have been trying to 
commercially exploit the glory of God for the gratification of their 
earthly desires. And with regards to 5th we have seen many traditional 
beliefs and practices which are against scriptures are yet continued by 
Believer Churches.

To deal with the 5th issue the Lord is telling us falsehood is like 
darkness and darkness can only be eliminated by light. Man has been till 
date using human wisdom to understand the things that are hidden from 
mankind. Human wisdom needs something to understand the remaining of 
that something but to understand something that is totally unknown 
requires revelation.

Let me explain by how God did this in my life. In my initial years when 
I was yet reading and studying the Bible and had many questions I would 
put them to the Lord. And God being true what He told me He would bring 
me to the understanding of these questions through dreams. The dreams 
were so perfect like those recorded in Daniel or Revelation, every 
detail of it had great in depth of understanding even small objects or 
its color, shapes, distances, emotions etc. using the same symbol 
language as recorded in the Bible. I was so confident during those days 
that I would many a times tell people who bought matters to me that I 
would answer them in a day or two for I knew if I went to sleep praying 
the Lord would expound the answer of it in my dream.

Now days I do not have dreams like I used to, not because God is far 
from me or I am far from God but only because the Lord has built my 
foundation well and now I need to meditate on that question and with my 
already known knowledge I get to the understanding of it. It may take a 
little longer time than before put God does not fail to make sure that I 
get to know the true understanding of His Kingdom. If I make mistakes He 
brings me to correction and at times these corrections are hard on my 
flesh but till I praise God for correcting me and not letting me to 
linger in darkness of that misunderstanding.

We see in today's message Simon Peter had no vague idea of who Jesus 
Christ was and it was the Spirit of God (Jesus called the Spirit of God 
also His Father since as man He was born of the Spirit) who revealed 
this to him. The key which Jesus spoke of was not an object but the 
revelation.

Catholics think Peter was the rock Jesus mentions in Matthew 16:18. They 
do not realize Jesus spoke to His disciple in Aramaic or Hebrew (when He 
referred to things of the Kingdom of God) and not Greek (the Apostles 
translated the Gospels later in Greek because people outside did not 
know Aramaic or Hebrew). Jesus never called Peter as Peter which is a 
Greek rendering of his name but used the Aramaic name Cephas which means 
stone (more accurately a pebble) this is clearly written in John 1:42. 
The Aramaic word for rock is Suha and not Cephas.

If accurately put Matthew 16:18 would be 'And I say also unto thee, That 
thou art Cephas, and upon this Suha I will build my church; and the 
gates of hell shall not prevail against it'.

Peter was indeed selected to lead the Church but only a section of the 
Church which is the Jewish Christian Church and that too along with John 
and James. It was Paul and Barnabas who were selected to lead the 
Gentile Christian Church. The global Church had no individual as head 
nor was it headed by the twelve disciples. It was led by 5 - Peter, 
John, James, Paul and Barnabas and Paul having better understanding was 
like the lead advisor.

The Word 'Christ' involves two beings one the man and second the Spirit 
on the man. The Rock on which the Church is built is the Spirit of Truth 
and thus Paul also notifies as Christ being the Rock on which the Church 
is built, more referring not to the man Jesus but to His Spirit. If one 
studies Callings, Fruits, Gifts or anything that the Church operates in 
or with is connected to the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Way and His Spirit 
/ Spirit of God is the one who takes us on the Way.

Today God's Spirit is speaking to us and telling us He will reveal 
things to His Church this year which man did not imagine or dream of. 
The Lord spoke to Isaiah in 64:4 and the Spirit of God is saying these 
things God is going to reveal to us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people increase in love for You so that they come to 
know the things which are hidden from them. We pray the darkness of 
misunderstanding that makes them go in circles and not grow in You be 
removed and that they grow and increase, walking in the Light of the 
Truth. Holy Spirit we ask You to open the windows of Heaven so that your 
people may see and know the truth...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 64:4For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor 
perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, 
what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

1 Corinthians 2:9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, 
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath 
prepared for them that love him.

John 1:42And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he 
said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which 
is by interpretation, A stone.

Galatians 2:7-11

7But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision 
was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

8(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the 
circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

9And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived 
the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right 
hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto 
the circumcision.

10Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I 
also was forward to do.

11But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, 
because he was to be blamed.

Wishing one and all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year in the Lord.

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King sits on the foal of an ass

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of 
Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having 
salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal [son] 
of an ass.

I have addressed to this in my previous message but those who have not 
read it and to refresh those who have.

Everyone thinks Jesus sat on a donkey / ass and people saw that and they 
knew the prophecy was fulfilled. It is like you going to the airport to 
receive a stranger and the only identification given to you is that he 
has a suitcase. God does not give such foolish prophecy. Jesus must have 
ridden a donkey n number of times and everyone rode asses since they 
were regular modes of transport. So what was different about this prophecy?

If we read the incident Jesus told His disciples to bring the ass and 
its young one on which no man has mounted. The disciples surely did not 
ask the donkey or its young one this question nor did they ask the owner 
this question, but yet they knew if someone had mounted the foal of the 
ass or not.

Ridden asses are saddled only after they are 2 years old. The colt of 
the ass was not even 2 years of age and looking at it the disciples knew 
for sure no one rode it before. When Jesus went riding into the city He 
did not sit on the adult ass but sat on the foal of the ass that is why 
the disciples put clothes on it, while He took the adult ass walking 
along unused. When people saw this sight they were amused why Jesus was 
doing such a crazy thing. He could have comfortably ridden on the adult 
ass but chose to sit on the young one which could barely carry His 
weight. It was then they remembered the prophecy by Zechariah and 
shouted 'Hosanna'.

Continuing with the message to the Church leaders the Lord is telling 
them if they think they are competent and are sufficiently mature 
spiritually then the Lord is not going to leave them but is going to 
take them along like Jesus did to the adult ass - not mounted and not 
used. The Lord is telling them His glory will be on those who consider 
themselves on the process of learning and growing in Him and having no 
saddles or bondages of mankind.

Paul was looked upon by the other disciples for his understanding of 
scriptures even though he had personally not got by the man Jesus like 
them. Even then Paul never considered himself as knowing all. Paul knew 
he knew little and we read in his epistles is the little of the little 
which Paul understood from the OT. We see he as an Apostle continually 
spent time with Teachers like Luke, Mark and others learning and growing 
himself.

I have been praying for a change in the Church and was happy yesterday a 
Pastor called me to attend a meeting of a few Pastors to give them a 
background of the Bible with regards to Bible manuscripts, its languages 
and translation issues.

We have 2 kinds of people in Church who are like the adult saddled 
donkey. One who think they know all and there is not much to know, then 
there are the other 'ever learning and thirsting lot' but learning from 
men and not for God. These people talk of wisdom and understand but 
their wisdom and understanding is of man and not of God therefore far 
from the Truth. These people give more importance to words of learned 
people who did not and do not manifest the power of the Word. Our Bible 
colleges are filled with the second category.

To the first the Lord is telling them be a foal not an adult and to the 
second to take off those human saddles so that He can ride on them.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord Jesus in your Word we see as man even though You had perfect 
understanding yet You gave over the reins to your Spirit to perfect the 
understanding of the Kingdom of God to your disciples. We see Lord 
people think they are greater than You and thus think they do not need 
guidance of the Holy Spirit to understand about the Kingdom. Lord we 
pray a thirst and fire in the leaders and surrender to your Spirit to 
know and grow in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 21:

2Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway 
ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring 
them unto me.

3And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of 
them; and straightway he will send them.

4All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the 
prophet, saying,

5Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, 
and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

6And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

7And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and 
they set him thereon.

8And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut 
down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.

John 14:14-15

14And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

15Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an 
ass's colt.

Mark 11:2-7

2And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and 
as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon 
never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

3And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath 
need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

4And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in 
a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

5And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, 
loosing the colt?

6And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

7And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and 
he sat upon him.

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Gather the Elders for a Fast

Joel 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and
all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and
cry unto the LORD,

We see among Hindus, they hold a fast on particular day in the name of some
devi (goddess) or devtha (god). We also see in Islam they have the Ramadan
which is 40 days of fast and a must for any Muslim to go Jamnat (Paradise).
Interestingly Muslims do not know that this ritual of Ramadan was a pagan
Arab ritual which Muhammad continued since it was a general public event
and he could not eliminate it like he did with other pagan rituals, so like
the Roman Catholic did to pagan Roman festivals he white washed it and
claimed the Quran fell / was revealed from heaven during that month /
40days even though people know the many years it took to write the Quran.
The latest documents found show the Quran was started long before Mohammad
came into the picture and was by a person (prophet) from Petro (place where
lies the salt pillars, parallel valleys, olive trees etc. mentioned in
Quran are found). It was later in 700AD that the prophet of Mecca replaced
the prophet of Petra (but they did not change the description of the place
as stated in the text).

Fasting in the Bible was made known first by Moses, the Israelites, Elijah,
Ezra and Daniel in the Old Testament. Amongst these the fast of Daniel was
very different for Daniel ate yet fasted. Daniel lived in the King’s (he
was like an Emperor) palace yet abstained from the luxurious food and ate
simple bread and his fast yield the most powerful effect. In the New
Testament Jesus, Paul, Barnabas and the Church Elders too are shown as
fasted.

Fasting for short periods does help clean the digestive system of a person
but spiritually by itself, it does nothing. Fasting is a tool which can act
like an accelerator depending on how and in which direction we focus it. If
focused on the wrong direction it will make us a religious, proud or
self-righteous person but focused on the right direction it can help build
faith. Fast does not bring God down but lifts our belief to God. Fasting
does not shake Heavens but can build our faith which can shake the Heavens.

Jesus was a man of authority (perfected in faith) and did not need to fast
to build faith but yet was led by the Holy Spirit to fast mainly for 2
reasons. Firstly to be broken down so as to be tested/tempted and the
second reason was to be qualified as a Rabbi by the Jews according to
Moses. If Jesus had not complete the forty days fast He could neither have
been allowed to neither preach at the Synagogues as a Rabbi nor be called
Jewish Teacher, even though He has disciples before that. Paul before
coming in the Lord was doing the general way of learning under another
Rabbi for many years to become a Rabbi.

We see Paul in the book of Acts fasted in the ship but when he realized the
promised and believed it he stopped fasting. Jesus never encouraged His
disciples to fast when they were with Him because of which the religious
Jews protested with Him. Matthew 17:21 is a scripture which was not found
in the older manuscripts and seem to be added later that is why some
translations omit it.

Today the Lord is telling us to get the Elders / Leaders of the Church to
gather together to fast. This fast does not mean abstaining from food but
more like Daniel’s fast by abstaining for the luxuries of life. This the
Lord is asking because they are far from the Bridegroom and the Bridegroom
is far from them. Jesus said when the Bridegroom is with them His disciples
do not fast.

If one reads the book of Joel the Lord does not mince words in rebuking the
leaders of His people because they were more concern of their own interests
and their own families but not of the Temple of God. Most of the leaders
may say they are better than other people they way they live their lives.
Let me explain when a cycle breaks a signal or crisscrosses to overtake no
one notices it. But if a buss does the same everyone gets alarmed. Leaders
are held high in the eyes of the people so even small mistakes are
magnified for the church that is why they are expected to live a more
perfect spiritual life and not a more better spiritual life.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord as during the time of Joel all the shepherds are feeding themselves
well and not the sheep. They are not feed themselves with spiritual food
but with worldly food and therefore are filled with worldly flesh. Lord we
pray their flesh be the flesh of the Kingdom of God so that they also feed
the people true spiritual food and not worldly understanding...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 17:20-21

20 And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief: for truly I say to
you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing
shall be impossible to you.

21 However, this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.

Mark 2:18 And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting: and they
come and say unto him, Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the
Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?

Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the sons of the bridechamber
mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when
the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then will they fast.

Acts 27:21-26, 33-36

21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the middle of them, and
said, Sirs, you should have listened to me, and not have loosed from Crete,
and to have gained this harm and loss.

22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of
any man’s life among you, but of the ship.

23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom
I serve,

24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see,
God has given you all them that sail with you.

25 Why, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even
as it was told me.

26 However, we must be cast on a certain island.

33 And while the day was coming on, Paul sought them all to take meat,
saying, This day is the fourteenth day that you have tarried and continued
fasting, having taken nothing.

34 Why I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for
there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in
presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.

1 Corinthians 7:5-6

5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that
ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that
Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

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Let the bones come to life

Ezekiel 37: 3,4And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? 
And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, 
Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the 
word of the LORD.

Most people think this vision of Ezekiel is about bringing the dead to 
life. It is not about bringing the natural dead to life but is about 
bringing the spiritual dead to life. If you see the whole vision is 
about bones. In the Bible bones symbolize character. All vertebrate 
animals (including humans) get their shape according to the skeleton 
they possess.

In spirit man and woman have no difference in gender for when God 
created them it is written 'So God created man in His own image, in the 
image of God created He him; male and female created He them (male 
gender, plural)'. But in the natural God made genders, the male He 
created in His image but the female He created from the bone of man; 
meaning of the character of man He created a female. That is why we have 
marriage which symbolizes God and man becoming one. Wife submitting to 
husband is not to make wife smaller or inferior to her husband but is 
statutes symbolizing man submitting to God. We also see Paul said 
husband love your wives as Christ (God) loves His Church (His people) by 
understanding the design of man and his wife.

Jesus was bruised for our sins. His flesh was torn through with hooks 
like objects tied to the whips with which He was beaten by the Romans 
(Jews used normal whips). Even though His flesh was bruised so much that 
He could not be recognized as a human yet none of His bones were broken. 
He fulfilled the scripture that God protects the bones (character) of 
His righteous and of being the Paschal Lamb.

In today's message the Lord is telling us to speak to the dead bones of 
His people since He sees the character of His people having no life in 
them. He is telling us to prophecy into the bone and like in the vision 
of Ezekiel we too will see the bones come to life and form a mighty army.

It is interesting to note the steps of the bones coming to life.

1. The Spirit (breathe - in Hebrew the word is same) enters into the 
dead bones

2. We see first a rattles or shaking of the bones - shaking off of the 
old character

3. The bones come together - character coming together

4. Covering of the bones with sinews - which is a cloth used like an 
undergarments to cover the nakedness of the person.

5. Coming of flesh on the bones - flesh symbolizes desire

6. Coming of skin on the flesh - skin symbolizes righteousness

7. Then the coming of them to life to form a mighty army

In simple words when we prophesy we need to speak the Spirit of God to 
enter and take over the dead Church. We will then see a shaking in the 
Church and after the shaking, things will fall in place. Once they fall 
into place the Lord will cover the nakedness of the people and after He 
covers the nakedness He will give them a new desire, a desire according 
His Kingdom. It is after they are filled with His desire of the Lord 
then the Lord will cover them with righteousness and after they are 
covered with righteousness they will have life.

In our last message the Lord was talking of a shaking and is today 
telling us He is going to do this so that He brings life among His 
people and makes them a mighty army.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray that You quicken things among your people. We pray that 
this world which does not know You because they cannot see your glory 
may do so by seeing your glory among your people when they come alive in 
You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 1: 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God 
created he him; male and female created he them.

Ezekiel 37:3-10

3And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, 
O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

4Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O 
ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

5Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath 
to enter into you, and ye shall live:

6And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and 
cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye 
shall know that I am the LORD.

7So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a 
noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

8And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and 
the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

9Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and 
say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O 
breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

10So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and 
they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Genesis 2:23And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my 
flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Proverbs 25:15By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft 
tongue breaketh the bone.

Exodus 12:46In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth 
ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a 
bone thereof.

John 19:36For these things were done, that the scripture should be 
fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

Psalms 34:19-20

19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him 
out of them all.

20He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

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Post  Admin on Sat 26 Dec 2015, 9:41 pm

The Church needs change

Jeremiah 12:2,3Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they 
grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far 
from their reins. But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and 
tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the 
slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

When Jeremiah saw the stubbornness of the people to go against God 
Jeremiah prayed unto God the words which are today's message.

If we look at feasts in the Bible even though we are called to celebrate 
them but actually they are opposite to what world sees as celebration. 
The Passover which commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus 
Christ has the Passover Lamb eaten with bitter herbs. The Feast of 
Harvest / Pentecost has people coming together and worshipping God and 
giving unto God. The Feast of Tabernacle which commemorates the birth of 
Jesus Christ has people leaving their houses and living in tents for a 
whole week.

All the feasts in the Bible are anti-pleasure of the natural senses and 
more spiritual. But what we see in Christian festivals, people enjoying 
purely pleasures of the flesh, eating, drinking, decorations, giving 
gifts, going on holidays. It is okay when spiritually small people do 
that but when Church leaders too are part of this carnal-festive the 
heart burns.

People want a God who compromises His righteousness for the world, 
ironically Jesus said the opposite; He said God and world are at logger 
heads, those who love or are loved by the world are far from God and 
those who love and are loved by God are hated by the world.

Just a few days back I was at a Christian book shop which helped 
organize a debate with the ex-main person of IRF (Islamic Research 
Foundation - headed by Zakir Naik); this person was the head of their 
R&D division and now creating his own setup. At this debate a brother 
and I went which was organized at the house of this man. The debate did 
not go in his favor. Before this debate the person would regularly buy 
lots and lots of Bibles from this Christian book shop, more than the 
Churches or any Christians would. But after the debate this person did 
not show his face at the shop. These Bibles were taught to the students 
at these Islamic schools and the person told me the students there knew 
the Bible by-heart even better than most Christians. They could narrate 
a number of Psalms word to word without looking.

Just think if they were taught the Bible and knew it by-heart yet they 
could not understand what the words in the Bible said. The person 
teaching them put strong binds on them that they did not see more than 
what he wanted them to see. The teachings they got were like yoke of 
iron which held them down to the deceit they were in.

If you look at Christian Churches it is not much different. Many leading 
the Churches do not have their basic understanding of scriptures in 
place. They may narrate scriptures like the Islamic students do, but 
like them they are far from its understanding. Their spiritual 
discernment is almost zero. If a person tells them anything which is not 
according what they are taught, they will point a figure at the person 
as being a heretic or anti-Christ.

This bond is so strong i.e. if you say Christ-Islam their eyes will go 
wide open and they will quote scriptures left and right stating how can 
Christ and satanic belief be joined, but if your say Christ-Mass they 
will say it is Christian even though they know that Mass is a pagan 
ritual which mocks the holy things of God more than Islam does.

Another example: check almost 95 percent Churches celebrate the 
Unleavened Bread (Daily Sacrifice - the Table of the Lord) with leavened 
bread; some even used buns with tutti-frutti as the Lord's bread. They 
fulfill the prophecy of the Daily-sacrifice being kept away for a period 
of time by the Little Horn - the Roman Catholic Church.

Today being a special day for me I was praying to the Lord with crying 
from my heart not for anything for myself but asked the Lord for a 
change among His people and this is the message I received.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord Jesus You tolerated the weakness of people and forgave the biggest 
of sinners but those who mocked or corrupted the Holy things of the 
Kingdom of God like making the temple into a market place You drove them 
away turning their tables and destroying their merchandise. Lord we pray 
not for people to be harmed but then save they from spiritual death even 
if they need to suffer physically. Like Paul handed a few to Satan we do 
the same so that they be saved spiritually by suffering in the natural...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Jeremiah 12:1-6

1Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk 
with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked 
prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?

2Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they 
bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.

3But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart 
toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare 
them for the day of slaughter.

4How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for 
the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and 
the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.

5If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how 
canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein 
thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling 
of Jordan?

6For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have 
dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after 
thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.

1 Corinthians 5:4-8

4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, 
and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

5To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, 
that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

6Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth 
the whole lump?

7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye 
are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the 
leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of 
sincerity and truth.

Daniel 8:11-12

11Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him 
the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was 
cast down.

12And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of 
transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it 
practised, and prospered.

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Post  Admin on Wed 23 Dec 2015, 9:17 pm

He fulfilled Righteousness in Truth, so was called Holy

Luke 2:23,24 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that
openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a
sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of
turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

People have a belief that just by believing in Christ they become holy. If
one checks the Strong definition of the Greek word translated as holy is
given as ‘a characteristic of God’ and also written as ‘highest application
is to God himself’.

If one digs deeper into the word it is a compound word which means ‘pure
warmth’ but to understand spiritual terms connected to the Temple (our body
/ Church) it is best to go to the Hebrew word. For example when Jesus said
if we do not eat His flesh we would not have life within us, when we dig
the Hebrew word for flesh roots from the word ‘tiding’ which means Gospel
or message. So although Jesus held unleavened bread in His hand
symbolically yet His Word was what He wants us to receive to have life in
us. In Hebrew the word translated as holy means to separate, to sanctify,
to set apart.

Paul says God is love but we see in Heaven when the Heavenly beings worship
Him they do not shout Love, Love, Love, they instead shout Holy, Holy,
Holy. When Paul listed the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians he did
not list 3 which he later listed in Ephesians that is Truth, Righteousness
and Holiness (All Goodness). Paul did this because these Fruits are not
among those in Galatians which man can grow. These Fruits are gifts from
the Spirit of God, God the Son and God the Father respectively. It is also
these Fruits are interdependent. It is only after we get Truth (through our
baptism in the Holy Spirit), we receive Righteousness (on Judgment Day) and
after that we get Holiness (at the Heavenly wedding). So even though we are
called holy we will need to hold on to the Truth to truly become Holy.

If we look at today’s scripture we see as an infant Jesus symbolically
fulfilled the Law by the offering of 2 doves but as a man by His death He
filled it in Truth. We see there were two who were set for death and one
had to be set free so the people chose Barabbas and put Jesus to death like
one of the doves was set free and the other sacrificed. Incidentally the
word Barabbas means ‘son of the father’.

The Lord gave us statutes and gave us commandments. Statutes are things
that are done to lead us to the understanding of things hidden. Once the
understanding is revealed to us the statute is not binding on us. We may do
it for others but not for ourselves. Celebration of feasts was one of the
statutes God gave us.

We see God asked for the sacrifice of 2 doves from His people as a statute
but after Jesus fulfilled it at His death we do not offer the sacrifice of
2 doves, the same with the Passover Paschal Lamb because Jesus became the
Lamb of God sacrificed for us we do celebrate the Passover killing a lamb
like the Jews do.

Today God is telling us we who know the Truth do not celebrate feasts for
ourselves but do it for others who are growing in the Lord or do not know
the Lord. Feasts are times of witnessing even though we say ‘celebrate’.
When the Lord told Moses to get Israel to celebrate the feasts He told them
for the children of Israel and the strangers who dwell amongst them.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people walk in truth so as to be covered in righteousness
of Christ and receive holiness from the Father. Lord we pray they
understand the purpose of the thing You have asked us to do. That they do
things with the purpose and not make holy things into rituals...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit in all goodness and
righteousness and truth;)

Revelation 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the
river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve fruits, and yielded
her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of
the nations.

Leviticus 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them,
Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy
convocations, even these are my feasts.

Leviticus 23:44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts
of the LORD.

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Why do men perish?

Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow:
and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we
perish?

We see in today’s message those in the boat (little ship) were worried
about their lives and when they saw Jesus asleep they were upset, they woke
Him and complained. They did not wake Him thinking He could sot the problem
but woke Him because they were in danger and He was in peace. As one
translation puts it they said to Him ‘dost thou not care that we are
perishing?’

The word translated as ‘perish’ also means ‘destruction’ and we see man is
on the course of destruction, destruction of his life and his happiness.
Who put him on this course of destruction? Is Adam or his immediate
ancestors to be blamed for a man’s destruction? Can anyone say they are
going to Hell or Lake of Fire because of Adam or their ancestors?

People would say it is sin which causes them go to Hell. When you ask the
definition of sin, a Christian would say sin is breaking the commandment of
God and a non-Christian would say doing something evil or bad is sin, and
their definition of evil and bad varies time to time and situation to
situation; sometimes the same situation may be good for some and evil for
others.

Coming back to Christians, many do not have a clear idea what sin is. Many
think breaking the 10 Commandants is sin, in other words anything else not
noted in the 10 commandments does amount to sin. When Jesus was asked about
the 10 commandments He put them in just 2 and by these 2 He virtually put
everything under the net.

To understand sin we need to understand the consequence of sin, that is
death or destruction of life, the word used here perish. The Greek word
used here is ‘apollumi’, it is a compound word which comes from ‘apo’ which
means ‘seperation’ and ‘olethros’ which literally means prolonged suffering
which results into consumption of the flesh (the person suffering).

God is life and He is also light and separation from life means death and
separation or obstruction of light means darkness which results in life
perishing. Bible says we suffer because we lack knowledge, and we all know
God is not talking of worldly education but of knowledge and understanding
of His Kingdom. Knowledge and understanding of this world does help us to
some extend but more and more of it does not make one happier and free from
problems, in fact too much of it leads to problems.

God is Truth and when we do not hold on to the Truth we separate ourselves
from God and when we separate ourselves from God we take the pathway
towards destruction. It is not God who puts us on the pathway but it is we
who choose the pathway. There were many occasions Jesus had of compromising
with the Truth before the Pharisees and Sadducees which would have given
Him greater access to the Jews and other people, but we see Jesus did not.
He held on to the Truth at every cost for He knew if it was written it
would come to pass, not by Him compromising but by the power and Spirit of
God.

Jesus said unless we do not become like little children we will not be able
to enter the Kingdom of God. We see a little child holds the hand of its
guardian when travelling. If the child thinks it is smart and can handle
things then it leaves the hand of its guardian. It is this separation that
leads the foolish child towards destruction.

Let us not compromise with the Truth, let us be like little children who do
not rely on their strength and wisdom but always on that of the guardian.

We see many are following the path of compromising the Truth so that they
can fill the Church with people. We have for example Rick Warren who was a
fantastic preacher and teacher of the Word but took the path of compromise
to reach a bigger audience. He merged the Bible with Quran and made
Chrislam, mixing Truth with lies so that he can reach out to be larger
number of people. Would this please God? Is he doing this to please God or
is it something else? We also have people who state all Gods are one and
all religions lead to God so that they can reach out to the masses. If all
religions do in fact led to God then how can they contradict each other and
still be true.

So if we stand in the Truth we need to be separated from the ways of the
world. We may think it may not benefit but we should remember God says He
is the Lord of the harvest. It is He who adds people unto us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people do not try shortcuts or smart ways to expand the
Kingdom of God. They do not realize your Kingdom is founded on Truth and if
the Truth is compromised then they are not building the Kingdom of God but
indirectly the kingdom of the world or the evil one. Lord we pray your
people realize You paid the price so that we receive the Spirit of Truth
and You said it is your Spirit which will lead us to all Truth thus undoing
the separation. Lord we pray we seek the Truth for it is the Truth that
will set us free from sin and the consequence of sin which is death and
destruction...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 8:31-32

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in
my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the
Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way
of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not
the person of men.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by
Jesus Christ.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to
worship him.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive,
because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he
dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide
you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he
shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

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Knowing the birth date of Jesus

Luke 2:36-38

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the
tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven
years from her virginity;

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed
not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and
spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

There are times when the Lord gives you a message to preach or share on
which you would prefer to avoid, knowing people do not like to hear, leave
alone discuss. It is the same case as when God sent Jeremiah to tell the
people not to worship the Queen of Heaven.

Did God not know they would not listen? Yes God did know but then He still
sent Jeremiah to speak to them so that He could convict the people for not
just what is in their hearts but also for the words that came out of their
mouths.

Just yesterday I stamped the toes (figuratively) of some people on this
topic and today the Lord has asked me send a message on this matter. I am
so sick and tired of trying to enlighten people on this topic and would
prefer ignoring it and allowing them to do what they want. But today as the
Lord wants me to touch on this topic I feel the same as Jeremiah did, and
as him, because of the fire in my bones I would not hold back.

People have this very famous saying ‘Jesus is the reason of the season’ and
with this they celebrate this festival called ‘Christmass’. When you ask
them why they are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on the 25th Dec
even after knowing this is not the date? They will say since the date is
not known any day is a good day for celebrating. If you tell them why then
on a birth date of a pagan god, which got converted to the birth date of
Jesus Christ by the Catholic Church so as to deny the pagan Romans from
celebrating the pagan feast? They will tell you ‘every day is dedicated to
some or other pagan god so why not 25th Dec’. They fail to see the trap of
the Catholic Church which Jesus warned of in Matthew 24:24. ‘Great signs’
does not need to be a miracle but the fact that many are deceived by a
little lie is a great sign, the same like Mohammed did with a lie of a cave
and started Islam with over a billion followers.

Let’s take the case of Resurrection Sunday, the Catholic Church to deny us
from celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ started making
Christians to celebrate ‘Easter’ which is another pagan feast (birth date
of goddess Ashtoreth - a fact which the Catholic Church openly accepts)
which also falls on the same day. On that day these ‘Christians’ say what
is in a name, what we celebrate is important so they wish each other ‘Happy
Easter’ and on 25th Dec they say what is in a date the name is important so
they wish each other Merry ChristMass not realizing they are adding that
name of Christ to a pagan ritual called Mass which mocks the Holy things of
God.

It is so true what Isaiah said and which Jesus repeated in Matthew 13:13-15
- they will look and not see, hear and not understand. I will add speak and
not know what they are saying.

Now coming to the fact of the so called unknown birth date of Jesus Christ,
we live in a time after the birth of Jesus Christ so there is not easy
scriptural poofs (date can be traced by tracing the birth of John the
Baptist - unlike from the OT which is more complex) but there historical
proofs as well as scientific proof (astrological - Star of Bethlehem since
we can know the position of the heavenly objects in the sky any period of
time in past, present or future, that too the view from any part of the
earth). We see we have not just Prophetess Anna but also another Man of God
who was not a Prophet but a simple Man of God, who not only knew the exact
time of birth but also the place they would expect to have an encounter
with their Savior. These two including the Wise Men believed scriptures and
followed on the right understanding of the scriptures, this allowed them to
know the time of birth.

Today we have so called ‘Bible People’ who say they are Bible rooted but
are blinded by traditions and joy of the things the world has to offer in
the name of another Christ and another Jesus. They say 'Jesus is the reason
of the season' but thier season has nothing to do with Jesus Christ, look
around people are so busy with celebrations that they have no time for the
things of the Kingdom of God. The things that they do in the name of the
season are so socking, just a few days back one of my most favorite worship
group disappointed me when I saw a video of them singing a ‘Christmas Carol’
named ‘Silent Night’ in Broadway style with all the Broadway glamor.

Today God is tell us there are many among us who call ourselves Men and
Women of God, if we truly are one then how is it that these two knew the
time of the Savior’s birth and we do not know the birthday of our Savior?

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, your Word says the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Lord your
people in spirit desire You but due to the weakness of their flesh they are
deep in deceit and thus do the things of this world. Lord we pray You
strengthen them so strong in the spirit that they break the bondage of the
flesh and overcome the desires of the flesh. Lord, You have asked us to be
holy for You are Holy...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 2:25-28

25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and
the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel:
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see
death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought
in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and
shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect.

Matthew 13:

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and
hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By
hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see,
and shall not perceive:

15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of
hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see
with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their
heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have
desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to
hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

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Mark 13: 15,16 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the
house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let
him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

The Gospel of Mark is not a book of prophecy (for the salvation of
mankind); all that Jesus spoke was teachings or understanding from the Old
Testament. Here Jesus was talking of a dual prophecy, one was concerning
Judah which happened in 70AD when the Romans attacked Judah and killed
every Jew they could lay their hands on. Historians state they crucified
even the women and children. There were so many crucified that they ran out
of wood even after using door posts. They broke down everything not leaving
a wall upright. A small portion of the temple wall is all that remained and
till date the Jews mourn at this wall. This event was more a genocide and
the Romans did this because they were mocked at by the Jews some years
earlier. Secondly this prophecy is also concerning the end days about the
time Satan (the Dragon) is released. When I studied about those times I too
prayed to the Lord that none of my generation survive to see those days.

Today’s message is not because those end days are at hand. But as in 70AD
Jews were advised if they were on roof tops not to go down into their house
but jump from roof to roof and escape (that is what some of the Jews who
remembered the words and saw the signs did in 70AD escaping to the hills).
Those in the field were also told not to go back to their houses to fetch
anything from their house not even a pair of clothes but escape with what
they have on them. They did not see a charging army but just heard the
Romans were stationed away and were coming to destroy them. If they wanted
to save their lives they had to do this and this they had to do when they
saw the sign which Jesus spoke of. In the end days the sign is blood moon
which apparently as nothing to do with the actual moon but with what it
symbolizes. God had told them to do this for life is more precious than
material things or the joy of material things of this world.

Yesterday we received a message about Christians celebrating a ‘feast in
the name of Christ’. We see people give excuses of ‘Jesus is the reason of
the season’ but nothing is hidden from God and God can see the real reason.
God is telling us is our lives not so cheap that for the pleasure of the
flesh we indulge into abominations.

We are not called to do street protests or carry placards telling people to
stop celebrating this pagan festival. We can use this time as an
opportunity to reach out to people to give the Gospel of Christ and save
them but we are not called to celebrate this festival ourselves.

Yesterday a group from a Believer Church requested me for permission to
come to my place to sing carols to which I did not encourage. But another
brother used the opportunity of carol singing in his office and gave the
Gospel to all his colleagues in his office (almost 300 plus) and mostly
un-believers. This I did encourage and rejoiced with him.

Paul tells us as Christians to be watchful and sober and not to let our
flesh destroy our spirit. When we die the flesh will perish but by living
for the joy of the flesh will also cause our spirits to perish.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people realize that they cannot fool You and You Lord can
see all things even the intentions of their hearts. Lord we pray that they
do not sacrifice eternal lives for the sake of joy of the flesh for an
hour. We pray they learn to discern all things and live a sober live giving
more value to things of the spirit and not of the flesh...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 13:14-20

14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by
Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth
understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither
enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:

16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his
garment.

17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in
those days!

18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the
beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall
be.

20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be
saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the
days.

Daniel 8:9-12

9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding
great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.

10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some
of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him
the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast
down.

12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of
transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised,
and prospered.

Daniel 9:25-27

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the
commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince
shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be
built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not
for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the
city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto
the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the
midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,
and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even
until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the
desolate.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-9

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a
thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not
escape.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you
as a thief.

5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are
not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are
drunken in the night.

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of
faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our
Lord Jesus Christ,

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The winepress is full

Joel 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you 
down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is 
great.

The Hebrew word for ripe is bikkuwr or bakkurah but here the word 
translated as ripe is bashal which is mostly translated as seethe (10), 
boil (6), sod (6) and bake (2). Only twice it is translated as 'ripe' 
once here and the other in the dream of the chief butler which Joseph 
interpreted. The word actually refers to time or season like being 
ready, not to the goodness of the objection. This scripture does not 
talk of harvest or of saving souls but talks of judgment over those who 
do not know God and whose evil has increased very much.

We see in past whenever evil increased over a certain threshold God 
intervened and took things in His hands. He did this to protect the 
interest of His sheep. Bible says He is so possessive of His sheep that 
He can sacrifice nations for His sheep.

One may think God is cruel and not merciful when He causes disasters to 
fall on people. But when we see things from a birds eye perspective we 
ourselves will say God how do you tolerate these people and You alone 
can bear them. People may look very good to us but their evil is not 
hidden from God.

We see every year during December and January the numbers of death 
increase and one reporter stated by 13percent after tracking the period 
1985 to 1996. In Britain during these months it was found in the period 
between 2000 - 2010 death rates increased from 149 daily to 166 daily 
with 25th Dec and 1st Jan peaking.

Yesterday I went to a non-Christian school for permission to distribute 
material (story books and New Testaments) about Jesus to the students 
since they are celebrating His birth. The person at the office told me 
being a minority school (of another belief) they do not promote any 
religious material to their students. As I was coming out of their 
office I saw posters on the notice board with big pictures of 'Santa 
Clause'. They welcome 'Santa Claus' during Christmas but not the Jesus 
of whose birth they seem to celebrate. In another 'Christian' school the 
principal a so called 'loving and gentle' Nun on hearing the word 
'Bible' like of chased us away.

People are not aware the word Santa Claus means Holy Man and what they 
have done is made a mockery of a Man of God by dressing him up in a 
costume and making him distribute toys and sweets. If ones goes through 
all the Christmas symbolic things connected to this celebration one 
would see how they are mocking the spiritual things of God. People 
celebrate 'Christmass' thinking they are pleasing God by taking the name 
of Christ and celebrating a pagan festival, but this period makes God 
most angry than any other period.

Today's message talks of disaster or deaths on hand in the coming day. 
We see God does not get angry so much with those who do not know Him but 
gets angry more with those who know Him yet act like those who are 
ignorant - the Believing Heathens.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray sense prevails among your people that they be more in the 
spirit and less in the flesh. We pray they stop making excuses and mock 
the holy things of your Kingdom just to enjoy things of the flesh. We 
pray for wisdom for your people...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Joel 3:11-15

11Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves 
together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.

12Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: 
for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

13Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for 
the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the 
LORD is near in the valley of decision.

15The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw 
their shining.

Genesis 40:8-11

8And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no 
interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations 
belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

9And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my 
dream, behold, a vine was before me;

10And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, 
and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe 
grapes:

11And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed 
them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.

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Who are His sheep?

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for 
the sheep.

We see Jesus Christ calls Himself the Good Shepherd. The Greek word for 
shepherd as a metaphor means someone who directs, controls, cares, 
assembles.He specifies He is not a hired man who does not take full 
responsibility of His sheep but He is the owner of His sheep, in other 
words the sheep are His.

Let us today look at His sheep and why does He use the word sheep for 
His people. The Greek word 'probaton' translated as 'sheep' specifies a 
four legged, tamed animal accustomed to graze, small cattle. What is 
interesting the word is derived from the word 'probaino' which means 'to 
go forward'.

If we shortlist the criteria of the sheep

1 Four legged / using all four limbs (hands and legs)

2 Tamed

3 Grazing

4 Small

5 Moving forward

Four legged:-

In the Bible hands symbolize works and legs the way of life. We 
Christians are called to works, not the works of righteousness but are 
called to do the works of faith. Whatever we do to justify our goodness 
(righteousness) is worthless before God and will not save us. We do the 
works of faith, because we believe in His Word we put what we believe 
into action. If we say we believe and we do not do what we believe then 
can we really say 'we believe or have faith'?

We are saved by grace and grace is receive via faith, so if not faith no 
grace, and no works of faith then no faith and thus no grace. So as a 
Christian we need to be working Christians doing the mission of Christ.

We also are called to live our lives like Christ since we claim Christ 
(His Spirit) in us. It is His Spirit that allows us to call God our 
Father. So as a Christian we are called to live a Christian life. Thus 
we as Christians are a four legged sheep meaning we use both our hands 
and legs in our Christian walk.

Tamed:-

Submission to God is very necessary to be a Christian. Being baptized 
means rejecting sin and submitting to Jesus Christ and His Spirit. Bible 
says the plans of God are light (good) and anyone who obstructs light 
caused darkness and darkness is death. So as Christian we are called to 
be tamed, tamed towards God - that is the Good Shepherd.

Grazing:-

Jesus said when we believe Him He gives us the Living Water (Life giving 
Water - symbolizing understanding) and when we drink that water, springs 
of Living Water will flow from our bellies (from within us after we 
digest the understanding). In other words a true Christian would be a 
source of true knowledge and wisdom because he or she feeds regularly on 
the Living Word.

Small:-

The word small as a metaphor symbolizes being innocent and timid. We as 
Christians are called to be innocent to evil. We are also called to 
understand there are many things we need to grow in and thus do not know 
all and have all.

Moving forward:-

We as Christians are people on a journey to the Promised Land which is 
Heaven. This world is just a place we are passing by. We do not a have a 
permanent residence here thus symbolically described as people living in 
tents.

I have listed the criteria of being His Sheep but if we look at the 
negative side as who does not become His sheep.

Any Christian who does not live (at least make an attempt to live) his 
or her life as Christ and does not do the works of faith.

Any Christian who does not feed himself or herself regularly on the Word 
of God.

Any Christian who does not submit his or her life fully to God.

Any Christian who does not distance oneself from evil and does not know 
one's spiritual status.

Any Christian who does not move ahead spiritually.

Let us look at the above and see are we doing these and where we fail to 
truly be His Sheep.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray we understand the criteria required to be your sheep. Lord 
we pray we meet these criteria in our lives so as to be true Christians. 
Help us to re-evaluate our spiritual lives and show the glory of God in 
us like people saw Jesus Christ as man...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 10:11-18

11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

12But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep 
are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and 
the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the 
sheep.

14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

15As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my 
life for the sheep.

16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must 
bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and 
one shepherd.

17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I 
might take it again.

18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to 
lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I 
received of my Father.

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Share the Shewbread

Mark 2:25, 26 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, 
when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 
How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high 
priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for 
the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?

Study of the design of the Tabernacle is an awesome study to understand 
God, mankind and His mission for mankind. People think God put Himself 
in the Holy of Holies, may be in for a surprise when they study what the 
Ark of Covenant actually symbolizes. To study the Cross of the Lord 
Jesus Christ one needs to study the Ark of Covenant.

Now both the Son and the Spirit placed themselves in the Holy Place. The 
Holy Spirit was symbolized as the candlestick with seven candles. The 
Son was symbolized as the Shewbread. One can understand what it means 
when Jesus said 'I am the Bread of Life and whoever eats me will have 
life', by studying the Shewbread.

The Shewbread consisted of twelve loaves made of the finest flour. They 
were flat and thin, and were placed in two rows of six each on a table 
in the holy place before the Ark of Covenant. They were renewed every 
Sabbath and those that were removed to give place to the new ones were 
to be eaten by the priests only in the holy place. The number of the 
loaves represented the twelve tribes of Israel. Like Paschal Lamb was a 
shadow of the Lamb of God - Jesus Christ, in the same way the Israel of 
the Old Testament is a shadow of the real Israel - Sons of God (this is 
not substitute theory as people state it to be). No one can become 
Israel without Christ for in Him and through Him alone is the True 
Israel - way to become Sons of God.

It is by the understanding of the Shewbread, David had the courage to 
eat it and share it with those with him. He did this although knowing 
that it was strictly for the Priest. Peter by understanding what David 
did and understanding the Lord Jesus Christ said to those in Christ 'you 
are a Royal Priesthood'.

Jesus quoted on this event while explaining about the Sabbath. You may 
wonder why? Jesus wanted to tell them what they think or understand in 
the natural is not what reality is .e. when God said 'Priest' it was not 
that from the flesh and blood of Levi but the one who is separated unto God.

Let us who are called to be Kings and Priest unto God eat of the 
Shewbread and share this Shewbread with those amongst us. It is Holy 
Bread what came from Heaven to give us life, and life eternal.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people know You more by the study of the Tabernacle 
and study of the things within it. Lord we pray they understand your 
mission of salvation of mankind and the importance of your mission by 
the fact You put your mission above You. We pray Lord they receive of 
the true Shewbread and have the power to become True Israel - Sons of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Leviticus 24:5-9

5And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two 
tenth deals shall be in one cake.

6And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table 
before the LORD.

7And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on 
the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

8Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, 
being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.

9And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the 
holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD 
made by fire by a perpetual statute.

Exodus 25:30-40

30And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway.

31And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall 
the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his 
knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

32And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of 
the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the 
candlestick out of the other side:

33Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one 
branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a 
knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.

34And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, 
with their knops and their flowers.

35And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop 
under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the 
same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.

36Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be 
one beaten work of pure gold.

37And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the 
lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.

38And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold.

39Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels.

40And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed 
thee in the mount.

Numbers 4:7 And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of 
blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and 
covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon:

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy 
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him 
who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

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He became poor so that we could become rich

John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son
of man should be glorified.

There is this one scripture 2 Corinthians 8:9 which is most loved by many
preachers. They love it for the people love it. One famous preacher a few
days back stated ‘we all need money and the more money we have the better
work we can do for the Kingdom of God, money is essential in this world and
without money we cannot be successful’. One of the ‘miracles’ he performed
was he asked people to count the cash in their wallets and check their bank
balance online. Then he prayed and asked them to recheck, and some of them
found an increase in amount in their wallets and some found an increase in
their bank balance. He said this increase of a few thousands was a sign
that God will bless them financially the days to come.

When we look at the Bible we see another picture. Jesus said it will be
almost impossible for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus said a
servant cannot serve 2 masters, serve God and serve mammon. The word mammon
in Greek means treasure which means wealth or any precious thing / object.

When Jesus gave His disciples their final test He sent them in pairs
without extra pair of clothes or extra pair of sandals, with no food or
money. He sent them with the basics which they had on their body and with
just a staff in their hands. And when they trusted God for their needs they
saw the wonders of God work through them.

When Jesus had to feed thousands He had an option to use the money which
was in the money bag by which He would feed them whatever little it
fetched. He chose not to use the money but by the power of God He got the
little food He had in hand to be multiplied and fed them all till they were
satisfied. Jesus always showed that although money was not evil, the love
for money was evil and that love would even hinder a person from going to
Heaven.

You may wonder why I spoke of 2 Corinthians 8:9 with regards to today’s
message. To understand it we should see if Jesus was indeed poor?

Bible shows Jesus did not wear old, tattered clothes but wore decent good
clothes. He did not wear them for style or status but wore them for
spiritual symbolic reasons. We know these clothes were good because the
soldiers at His crucifixion did not want to tear His vesture instead cast
lots to see who gets it. Also when Jesus was born the wise men gave Him
gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Firstly it is not written anywhere
that there were 3 men, 3 is assumed because of the types of gifts. Surely
there were more for their caravan got the attention of the governor of that
region. Also they did not gift a gold ring or a small piece of gold; since
it says ‘gold’ surely there were lots of gold jewelry and the same with
frankincense and myrrh. History shows these gifts were symbolic and were
given to only great Kings like Emperors. So these gifts were not in small
quantities. With these gifts the whole family was well provided for years
to come. So the family was never in need or poor.

Understand poverty is a curse and riches a test. A person is poor because
he or she does not know God or believe in Him and a person becomes rich
because he or she puts God in second place. Definition of poverty or riches
various from country to country, city to city and area to area, Bible
defines poor as one who has needs which are not met and rich as one who has
extra which is not necessary. A person like Abraham who is said to be rich
in the Bible, according to historical data was upper middle class citizen
at that time. There are historical records of the size of his army compared
to the size of armies of other rich people that existed at his time. His
medium sized army was more famous for their valor and skill.

2 Corinthians 8:9 poverty does not talk of lack of worldly riches. God
created this world, He also created the gold, diamonds and precious gems
from just His breathe so how could He be poor? Bible says He made Himself
lower than the Angels (man) so that we would be lifted up. Jesus says when
man resurrects he will be like the Angels. Angels are called Sons of God
and Bible also says He came so that we who believe may have the power to
become Sons of God.

Let our eyes not be focused on the wrong riches. At the end this world will
perish and nothing will remain. When we die nothing we have will we take,
not even a penny or paisa. Even our clothes and the flesh (natural beauty)
we will leave behind to perish to mud. The only riches we take are not the
worldly riches but our spiritual riches.

God spoke to us yesterday about the carnal mind and spiritual mind. Today
He is telling about our carnal riches and our spiritual riches. Our earthly
/ carnal riches will burden us and pull us down and on the other hand our
spiritual riches will lift us and take us to higher places in Heaven.

Jesus became poor in spirit that we may become rich in spirit. Let us look
at ourselves and see if the mission of Jesus has been successful in our
lives. Let us take an asset inventory, an audit of our spiritual riches.

In today’s message God confirms at the end man will be rich, now we need to
know if we would be among them and where among them will we be.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord we know the world teachings, understanding and values are against the
teachings, understanding and values of the Kingdom of God. We pray lord we
trust You for our needs of this world but do not put our hearts to desires
of this world. Help us to be focused on your Kingdom and always remember we
are just passing by...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that,
though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his
poverty might be rich.

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the
other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Revelation 3:17-19

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need
of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and
poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be
rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of
thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou
mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and
repent.

Mark 6:7-9

7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two
and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save
a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:

9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young
child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when
they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and
frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting
lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They
parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

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Son of Man, Son of God, Christ and God - The Son

Luke 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of 
sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

Ask people about God and of who He is and they will be dumbstruck. They 
may tell you He is Spirit but would not know what Spirit means or is. 
They may tell you about His attributes like He is Holy, He is love, He 
is merciful, omnipotent, omnipresent etc. but yet they will not be able 
to answer properly about Him. At the end they will say He is a mystery. 
And from where do you hear these words about mysteries being taboo; from 
the Catholic Church.

Sadly most of the understanding of God comes from Catholic doctrines. 
That is why they have understanding called 'Trinity' (which relies on 
individualism thinking) while the Bible talks of Godhead (which is 
concentric - one within another). Jesus told people that time, and is 
tells us even today 'you do not know the Father because you do not know 
Me, if you had known Me you would have known the Father'.

It is true most people who follow Christ and called themselves 
Christians are little aware of who the Lord Jesus Christ really is and 
since they do not know Him they do not know who God is.

Catholics think Jesus was both God and man in the flesh and this 
understanding is carried even by many Believer theologians. They lack 
basic understanding of divinity and mortality. They gauge all things 
even in Heaven according to human or earthly understanding. The word 
'spirit' means life and how many theologians speak of various kinds of 
life. Because man has one life thus they think all beings have one life 
in varying strengths. Because God has eternal life and God promised us 
eternal life in Heaven, theologians have made man to have eternal life 
or have spirits that have eternal life here on earth even before we go 
to Heaven!

Catholic logic goes as this - Jesus is God and God is Holy so for Mary 
to give birth to Holy Jesus she too needs to be Holy, so the term 'Holy 
Mary'. You will find Christian apologist will argue with them stating 
Jesus was born as man in the womb of His mother, so Mary was mother of a 
man and not of God. But then these same apologist state Jesus was both 
man and God in the flesh, at the same time; so how are they proving the 
Catholics wrong?

In the Kingdom of God there are beings with simplex life (one life i.e. 
Angels and man), complex life (many lives in one being i.e. Cherubs) and 
endless life (God - Father, Son and Spirit). When we use the term Divine 
one or Elohai /Eloahh (Elohim /Eelohiym - plural) in the Bible, it 
speaks of the one who has endless life.

Ever thought leaving for the Cyclops (that lives in water) all the 
millions and trillions of creatures God created have two eyes or no eyes 
(all of these live underground or in water, none on land). So all land 
animals have 2 eyes. Could not God design a land being with one or many 
eye? He could but yet He did not. Some of the creatures He made are with 
complex eyes, having many eyes in an eye yet two.

You may wonder why I am talking of eyes. See scriptures Cherubs have 
multiple eyes within themselves and hands and legs and wings. They are 
spirit being do they have physical hands, legs, wings and eyes?

Bible uses the term God (The Son), Son of God, Christ and Son of Man for 
Jesus Christ. Do we know what each term means? In today's scripture we 
see Jesus state Son of Man is the one who was delivered unto His death 
and not God (The Son). Paul says 'He was our sacrifice', thus He had to 
be one from us, like us. Paul also says anyone who does not state the 
Lord came in the flesh (become mortal) then that person has the spirit 
of the anti-Christ, means goes against the purpose of Christ.

Let us pursue to know the one we believe in and follow. The reason we do 
not know the one we follow that is why many are deceived, misled or fall 
off the path.

Mostly we find man is being teaching man about God and not God teaching 
man about Himself. That is why we have great learned people like Bart 
Erhman who once upon a time was considered a New Testament scholar and 
today is the most famous atheist, he is the most used person by the 
Muslim Dawahs to attack Christian theology.

If we have to grow in our understanding of God we cannot expect this to 
happen with man teaching man. It is high time we start thirsting for 
revelation knowledge of God and at the same time we confirm this with 
the Word of God. Let us not depend less on books written by people who 
were / are far from God or spiritually little like it is currently 
happening in most Bible colleges.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, since ages man has been teaching man and there are a fist-full who 
are learning from You. And these fist-full are shouted down by the 
majority who are far from You. Lord we pray your people have a spirit to 
hear and confirm doctrines with scriptures like the people of Berea who 
did not require Paul to write to them or guide them via letters after 
they were preached once in person. Lord your people see in the natural 
with two eyes, but in spirit use only one eye their natural 
understanding. We pray your people see with both eyes in spirit and 
understand all things visible and invisible as You have designed them to 
be...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 8:19Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, 
Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have 
known my Father also.

John 1:51And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, 
Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and 
descending upon the Son of man.

Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; 
and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, 
saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is 
to come.

John 5:22-29

22For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto 
the Son:

23That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He 
that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth 
on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into 
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

25Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when 
the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear 
shall live.

26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to 
have life in himself;

27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is 
the Son of man.

28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are 
in the graves shall hear his voice,

29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection 
of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

John 14:10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in 
me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the 
Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Acts 17:10-12

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto 
Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they 
received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the 
scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were 
Greeks, and of men, not a few.

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Backsliding of Men of God

Jeremiah 34:15,16 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my 
sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had 
made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name: But 
ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and 
every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to 
return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants 
and for handmaids.

Jesus said He did not come for the righteous but came for the sinners, 
He said the healthy do not need a physician but the sick do.

Paul said can anyone say he is not a sinner, if he says he is not a 
sinner and no sin is in him then he is a liar.

Such scriptures give many Christians the liberty to sin and continue in 
sin. They ignore scriptures in which it is written Christ came to free 
us from the bondages of sin and dead and where Paul says, how can we who 
have light in us live in darkness?

It is true no Christian is free of sin but that does not mean we are 
called to continue in sin. Every Christian is called to fight a battle 
not with sin but with the sin nature. None of us can fight sin but 
because we have Christ in us and the nature of Christ dwells in us we 
are expected to overcome our sin nature and thus destroy sin from its roots.

Knowing the reality that no Christian is without sin now can Men or 
Women of God be free of sin? No, they too struggle with sin like other 
Christians. But when it comes to Men or Women of God they have more 
responsibility. They hold up the Name of the Lord and if the Name of the 
Lord is let down, then that upsets God more than anything.

We know God is very possessive of His Name and scripture say He lifts 
His Name above. Lifting His Name does not mean God is proud. Firstly the 
Name of God does not refer to what we call Him but means His Nature, His 
Character, WHO HE IS that is why when Moses asked Him what His Name is 
He said with anger I AM THAT/WHO I AM. The same was His reaction when 
Jacob asked Him His Name. And the foolish Jews thought His Name is ‘I 
AM’ and they went ahead to pronounce it in a particular way to indicate 
it referred to God. Some theologians think when Jesus used the term to 
Himself, He instead of using ‘I was’ used ‘I am’ therefore the Jews 
thought it was blasphemy. The Jews would not stone for grammatical 
mistake but were very sure when Jesus used that term I AM for Himself by 
saying it the way they said it for God. Today also you will find 
religious Jews do not state the word God and would write in English as 
G-d. That also applies to the word Yahweh as a mark of reverence they do 
not pronounced it in Israel like we do so all over the world.

God honors His Word because He honors His Name and would not let His 
Name down. When Men and Women of God stand on the pulpit or in public 
area they do not stand in their name but stand in the Name of the Lord 
and if they do anything that would let the Name of the Lord down then 
God will not spare them like He says in today’s scripture.

Like other Christians, Men and Women of God too have weaknesses but they 
are expected to deal with them in private or amongst other spiritually 
mature brethren and not before children of God or strangers. Today’s 
warning is for those who let His Name down, God is telling them to 
repent soon or less He would deal with them like He dealt with the sons 
of Aaron or with Balaam.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, You were, You are and You will always be the same for You are 
perfect and You do not compromise. What changes about You is the 
appearance of your glory which is manifested more and more. Lord we 
pray, we who are your children may understand we hold your Name and 
because we hold your Name we are called to live a life which is pleasing 
to You and worthy of your Name. Lord we pray You strengthen your people 
and specially those anointed by You for your Kingdom’s work. May they 
not let your Name down and thus experience your wrath...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Exodus 3:13-14
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of 
Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me 
unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say 
unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou 
say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

John 8:58-59
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham 
was, I am.
59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and 
went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Revelation 1:4,8
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and 
peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from 
the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, 
which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

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Confusing with regards to the birth of the Lord

Luke 2:1-5

1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from 
Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed [enlisted].

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into 
Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he 
was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

Most English Bibles due to bad translation give the wrong picture that 
Joseph and Mary went to their native place (since both were from the 
house of David) so as to pay taxes. They consider that since Mary was 
the wife of Joseph at that time thus she had to tag along Joseph to be 
taxed in his native place.

Firstly the Greek word 'apographo' translated as taxed is wrongly 
translated since it means 'to record' or 'enlist'. The Roman Caesar 
Augustus (ruled between 29BC to 14AD after his uncle Juliet Caesar) had 
given a degree that the whole land of Judea's census is taken with 
people registering in their own native place. The month of August is 
named after Caesar Augustus, before that this month was called Sextilis, 
Augustus means honorable. One historian went on to state during the time 
of Jesus there is no war or great battle recorded in whole history and 
it was a time of peace so people engaged themselves in building and 
reorganizing themselves well that is why Augustus called for a census to 
be taken. The last known battle during that time was the battle of 
Actium fought between Augustus (his real name was Octavian) and the 
combine forces of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra (Jesus indirectly referred 
to this historic event in one of His parables).

Secondly at this particular time Joseph and Mary were not married. The 
Greek word translated as 'espoused wife' means fiancee. People do not 
realize like in Christian marriages so also in Jewish marriage (in fact 
we partly follow many things from Judaism) a marriage is not commenced 
until the couple mate / have physical relationship. We see it is clearly 
record in Matthew Joseph did not have physical relationship with Mary 
until she delivered Jesus. So they were husband and wife only after 
Jesus was born. The prophecy of virgin birth was a sign and need for the 
birth of Jesus and not in any way a glorification of Mary.

I do not know why people are foolish to pursue Mary to be a virgin even 
after birth of the Savior. Catholics think virginity symbolizes purity, 
thinking as Mohammad did that is why he gave people dreams of sex with 
virgins in heaven. Surprisingly Popes married between 300AD to 1500AD 
and yet were called Holy Father. In fact the most unholy things one can 
think of were done by many Popes during this time making this era to be 
called 'dark ages of the Church'.

God made reproduction and man made sex. If reproduction is unholy them 
marriage is an unholy union, the purpose of marriage is to have a family 
and to have a family one needs to reproduce so reproduction is not 
unholy. Paul who was not married yet called the physical union between a 
husband and wife a holy union. It becomes unholy if it is outside 
marriage and the intension is for pleasure and disrespect of the partner.

Bible says all flesh is corrupt, only Jesus as human was the only human 
whose flesh was not corrupt and this He proved by transfiguring. If 
people understand the design of man scientifically and biblically they 
would know we have sickness and problems due to corruption in our 
design. Bible shows since our flesh is corrupt we have to die a natural 
death but when the Truth is complete in us (we overcome) those who are 
alive will rapture which in other worlds means transfigure and enter the 
spiritual world without dying. Jesus overcame singularly and we overcome 
collectively. That is why Paul gives us assurance by saying one day some 
of us will be taken up in the cloud (raptured), confirming that we will 
overcome.

Sin is not in the human flesh and Jesus being born in the womb of Mary 
who was a sinner (that is why she needed a savior) could not be infected 
with her sins or curses. Curses do get transferred to the child but sins 
do not get transferred, the sin nature does and that too both from 
father to children and not mother to children even though the child is 
physically born in the womb of the mother. The mother's sin nature and 
curses get transferred only through the father when they become 
one/mate. The spirit seed is in the father before it conceives in the 
womb of the mother when the physical body comes alive. That is why we 
see always man was blessed / cursed for his generations to receive them 
and not the woman.

We need to understand Jesus was required to be born of a virgin so that 
no corruption or sin nature is found in Him. After Jesus was born it was 
senseless for Mary to be still remaining a virgin. Bible says she had 
many children from her marriage with Joseph and if she did not then she 
would have been considered cursed and not blessed.

The birth of Jesus is the most misinformed event; the evil one has 
purposely done this so that Lord is not glorified. Let us enlist 
ourselves unto Him and enlighten ourselves and other so that God is 
glorified by the Truth being revealed.

[Prayer starter]

Lord we pray that the truth is revealed about You coming as man and how 
You overcame so that man does not lose his opportunity to enter Heaven. 
Lord we pray people are set free from the bondages of deceit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Prayer]

Exodus 34:6-7

6And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD 
God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and 
truth,

7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and 
sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity 
of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto 
the third and to the fourth generation.

Hebrews 7:10For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec 
met him.

Deuteronomy 5:9Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve 
them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of 
the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of 
them that hate me,

Matthew 1:23-25

23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and 
they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had 
bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he 
called his name JESUS.

Mark 6:3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of 
James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here 
with us? And they were offended at him.

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Who is against Christ?

Acts 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined 
before to be done.

I like what Barnes puts in his commentary on this verse I have 
reproduced it below:-

"Ver. 28. For to do, etc. See Barnes "Ac 2:23"; See Barnes "Ac 3:18". 
The facts which are brought to view in these verses are among the most 
remarkable on record. They are briefly these:

1. That the Jewish rulers were opposed to the Messiah, and slew him.

2. That the very people to whom he came, and for whose benefit he 
laboured, joined in the opposition, so that it became the act of a 
united people.

3. That the Romans who were there, as a sort of representation of all 
pagan nations, were easily prevailed on to join in the persecution, and 
to become the executioners.

4. That thus opposite factions, and dissimilar and prejudiced people, 
became united in opposing the Messiah.

5. That the rulers of the Roman people, the emperors, and statesmen, and 
philosophers, and the rulers of other nations, united to oppose the 
gospel, and brought all the power of persecution to stay its progress.

6. That the people of the empire, the mass of men, were easily prevailed 
upon to join in the persecution, and endeavour to arrest its progress. And,

7. That the gospel has encountered similar difficulties and opposition 
wherever it has been faithfully presented to the attention of men. It 
has become a very serious question why this has been; or on what 
pretence this opposition has been vindicated; or how it can be accounted 
for. A question which it is of as much importance for the infidel as for 
the Christian to settle. We know that accusations of the corrupt lives 
of the early Christians were freely circulated, and the most gross 
accounts given of their scandalous conduct were propagated by those who 
chose to persecute them. (See Lardher's Credibility.) But such accounts 
are not now believed; and it is not certain that they were ever 
seriously believed by the rulers of the pagan people. It is certain that 
it was not on this account that the first opposition arose to Christ and 
his religion."

We see there were 2 types of people who opposed Christ. First were the 
Jews who misrepresented God and then there were the Romans who hated 
God. We also see even though both were not on the same line yet both 
united in their intentions against Christ.

Bible says the Jews delivered Jesus to death due to envy. The Greek word 
translated as envy here should not be misunderstood to be 'jealousy'. 
The root of this word comes from 'corruption'. In other words due to 
corruption (Paul uses this word for sin) the Jews delivered Jesus Christ 
unto His death.

We also see the Romans who were pagans for they worshipped all kinds of 
gods (representing those who hate God) have all their beliefs based on 
the fact, to allow them to sin. They may say sin is evil but then you 
will also find them having beliefs that justify they sin. Good and evil 
is always grey and not black and white. The same is the fact with other 
worldly religions. Thus these two due to sin oppose the Truth (Christ).

The world loves sin and they would not like to part ways for sin. If any 
one comes between them and sin, even though they are diverse in beliefs 
or anything yet they will unite against that power.

We see today many religious leaders that hate Christ talk of communal 
harmony between religions. Everyone may think this is good but look at 
it deeper. Does Christianity promote physical violence in any way? NO. 
So who is promoting violence? It is them who are doing it. So when they 
say peace it means they will not fight each other. It also means the 
difference between their gods and their beliefs they will ignore or 
compromise. Now can a Christian be part of this harmony? NO.

Firstly Christianity does not promote violence so it is already a belief 
(religion) of peace. Secondly a Christian will never compromise the 
Truth so there is no way a Christian can stand along with any other 
religion in mater of beliefs even though a Christian promotes love 
towards all mankind.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You have said in your Word if we are your disciples the world will 
hate us for they hated You first. They hate You because they love sin 
and You hate sin. Lord we pray we will know we are Christian when we 
hate sin and due to that the people in the world will oppose us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Mark 15:10For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

John 15:18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before you.

2 Corinthians 6:17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean; and I will receive you,

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Divisions in the Church

Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every 
kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city 
or house divided against itself shall not stand:

When a Believer speaks to a Catholic, the Catholic will refer to him or 
her as 'protestant' reminding the person that the Believer Church was a 
part of the Catholic Church before 1500AD and they protested against the 
Catholic Church. They indirectly want to imply, 'you were a part of us 
but now you are not'. You will also find them frequently telling you 
that the Believer Churches has hundreds or thousands of denomination 
while they are a united lot. They often remind us the term 'Catholic' 
means 'Universal' therefore they are the mother Christian Church. Then 
there is this other lot of open minded Christians who propose that 
Catholics and Believers should come together ignoring the differences 
since both are 'Christians'. Can Muslims or Jews and Believers come 
together with one theological mind? If not then how can Catholics and 
Believers come together? You may think we have the same belief but it is 
when we have proper theological understanding and knowledge of Church 
history then only will we Believers know where we stand.

Divisions in the Christian / Believer Church started during the early 
Church itself, during the times of the Apostles that too even before 
Paul accepted Christ. The book of Acts records the first division due to 
cultural reasons. The Jewish Christians (Hebrew speaking) and the 
Grecians Christians (Greek speaking) had started differentiating 
themselves from each other primarily due to their languages and 
secondarily due to traditions or way of living, dressing, food etc. If 
you note Luke does not say either Jewish Christians or Greek Christian 
but notes them by their language as their differences.

Can a Christian be a person of language, culture or traditions? To 
understand this we need to first understand the root definitions of the 
terms. Firstly the Greek word for division comes from the root words 
which mean to cut through according to likeness in other words means 
groupism. Now with the Apostles there, who were strong in faith and 
theology thus, this groupism was not due to theological reasons but due 
to language and culture.

Language is a means of communication. People in different regions have 
different languages and knowing their language helps us to communicate 
with them. Language is for the purpose to bring people together and not 
separate them. Just because one speaks another language can we 
differentiate them, so also is the same with culture. In simple terms 
culture is the common things (in way of living) between the people 
living in a region. An example is if the people of a region choose to 
wear red color as part of their dressing for many years then wearing red 
becomes a part of their culture. Culture can also be a bowl where 
religious beliefs are unknowingly accepted and followed by people of 
other beliefs in that region. For example if the reason of choosing to 
wear red is rooted to honoring a pagan god of one religion then in the 
name of culture the people of the other religion are honoring that deity 
unknowingly. Wearing red is not wrong but Christians wearing it as a 
culture is wrong. In India many pagan Hindu beliefs are part of 
Christian way of life in the name of culture.

Christianity has no languages, no cultures, no groupism, not even 
different countries for there is only one language of faith, one culture 
of love, one group that is in Christa and one country that is the 
Kingdom of God. But yet as a Christian we respect every language, every 
culture (which is not religious in nature), every race and every country 
(especially the one we live in).

Coming to Catholics, people are not aware they too have many 
denominations or divisions between them. There are 24 denominations (23 
+ the Roman Catholic Church) which acknowledge the Bishop of Rome (Pope) 
as the head, and then there are many others Catholic denominations who 
do not. They may not be part of the Roman Catholic group but yet are 
Catholic for they follow the same theological belief and consider 
themselves the mother Church differentiating mainly in who leads them.

The primarily theological difference between a Catholic is they believe 
in another Jesus and another God. Their Jesus as a Savior is not 
competent enough to save them therefore they need Mary to intervene. 
They have replaced the Holy Spirit with Mary as the Comforter and 
Intercessor.

Jesus is the Way and the Holy Spirit the one who leads us on the Way and 
they have made Mary as the one who needs them on the Way not the Holy 
Spirit. Jesus paid the price and became a sacrifice so that we receive 
His Spirit and thus become Sons of God again. This spirit which comes as 
Mary speaks contrary to the Word and tries to nullify the sacrifice of 
Jesus. Can this spirit be from God or anyone associated to God. In 
simple words Catholics are led by this ungodly spirit thus are not 
Christians. Catholics stand along with Muslims or Jews who do not 
believe in Jesus Christ or believe in another Jesus Christ.

Every Christian irrespective of the denomination who believes in God the 
Father, His Word, His Son Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and Way to God 
and believes the Holy Spirit as the one who needs us on the Way, is a 
Christian and should consider himself or herself as part of the one 
family in Christ. We may have difference in theological understandings 
but that difference should not hinder our oneness; but we should pursue 
to remove that difference but healthy discussion and prayer. At last we 
should remember it is the Spirit of God that reveals all things and He 
alone through the Word is the one who leads us to our inheritance in Heaven.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people be one and You are one. Lord we pray they may 
like the Son surrendered to the Father putting the Father above Him and 
the Father lifting Him, so also they surrender to the one family in 
Christa and the family work to lift each one. We pray the Spirit take 
more and more hold of your people...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 8:26-27

26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what 
we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh 
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the 
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the 
will of God.

Romans 8:34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ [Jesus the man and 
the Spirit on Him] that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is 
even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession [word is on 
the 3rd person] for us.

John 16:16A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little 
while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

John 20:21-22

21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath 
sent me, even so send I you.

22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, 
Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

Galatians 4:6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of 
his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

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Teaching and healing

Matthew 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

We read many a times Jesus did not just heal some people but He healed 
all the people who approached Him. In today's message we read a similar 
kind of situation which says the multitude followed Him and He healed 
them. This same event is recorded in Mark 10:1 and here Mark does not 
talk about Jesus healing them but talks about Jesus teaching them.

Bible is the Word of God and the Word of God is Living Word which gives 
life. If we are giving the Living Word then that Word should heal; heal 
not only the body but also the soul and spirit, working from inside out. 
In many places we find Jesus did not just heal them but when He saw 
faith in them He said 'be whole' implying the person is restored.

In Churches we also see they teach the Word of God but yet we see people 
do not change for years and they keep struggling in the same areas. If 
we are teaching the Living Word then why is this Word not healing (not 
just physically) or changing them? The question is are we giving them 
Living Water or just knowledge?

We see Jesus said when we drink the water of this world we will thirst 
again but the water He gives will cause a water spring inside that 
person that will result into everlasting life. In another scripture we 
see this water spring is related to the Holy Spirit for Jesus said it is 
His Spirit what will open our minds and bring us to all understanding.

When we give knowledge of the Word but understanding of man, using the 
wisdom of man then people may be please but this understanding will not 
change people or renew them, it may help them for a period bit will not 
cause eternal effect in them. When we give revelations that is knowledge 
of the Word but understanding that comes from God using the wisdom of 
God then it is not just 'understanding' but understanding that comes 
from the Spirit and this understanding is what changes people. Jesus 
said only when we believe in Him this will happen. The problem is we 
choose not to believe Him fully, we pick and choose what we like and 
leave what we do not.

Let us surrender to the Lord (Holy Spirit for He is the author of the 
Word) fully, believing every word and not picking and choosing what we 
like. It is only when we do that we will find streams of Living Waters 
(understanding) flowing through us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we want streams of Living Water to flow from our bellies. Lord we 
pray You help us to totally surrender to You and your Word. Let not our 
flesh hold us back. Help us to make ourselves and others whole through 
your Word and your Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 19:1-2

1And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he 
departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;

2And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

Mark 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea 
by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; 
and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

Matthew 9:22But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, 
Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the 
woman was made whole from that hour.

Matthew 14:36And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his 
garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Matthew 15:28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is 
thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made 
whole from that very hour.

John 4:13-14

13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water 
shall thirst again:

14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never 
thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of 
water springing up into everlasting life.

John 7:37-39

37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, 
saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly 
shall flow rivers of living water.

39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him 
should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that 
Jesus was not yet glorified.)

John 14:26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father 
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all 
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

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Teaching and healing

Matthew 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

We read many a times Jesus did not just heal some people but He healed 
all the people who approached Him. In today's message we read a similar 
kind of situation which says the multitude followed Him and He healed 
them. This same event is recorded in Mark 10:1 and here Mark does not 
talk about Jesus healing them but talks about Jesus teaching them.

Bible is the Word of God and the Word of God is Living Word which gives 
life. If we are giving the Living Word then that Word should heal; heal 
not only the body but also the soul and spirit, working from inside out. 
In many places we find Jesus did not just heal them but when He saw 
faith in them He said 'be whole' implying the person is restored.

In Churches we also see they teach the Word of God but yet we see people 
do not change for years and they keep struggling in the same areas. If 
we are teaching the Living Word then why is this Word not healing (not 
just physically) or changing them? The question is are we giving them 
Living Water or just knowledge?

We see Jesus said when we drink the water of this world we will thirst 
again but the water He gives will cause a water spring inside that 
person that will result into everlasting life. In another scripture we 
see this water spring is related to the Holy Spirit for Jesus said it is 
His Spirit what will open our minds and bring us to all understanding.

When we give knowledge of the Word but understanding of man, using the 
wisdom of man then people may be please but this understanding will not 
change people or renew them, it may help them for a period bit will not 
cause eternal effect in them. When we give revelations that is knowledge 
of the Word but understanding that comes from God using the wisdom of 
God then it is not just 'understanding' but understanding that comes 
from the Spirit and this understanding is what changes people. Jesus 
said only when we believe in Him this will happen. The problem is we 
choose not to believe Him fully, we pick and choose what we like and 
leave what we do not.

Let us surrender to the Lord (Holy Spirit for He is the author of the 
Word) fully, believing every word and not picking and choosing what we 
like. It is only when we do that we will find streams of Living Waters 
(understanding) flowing through us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we want streams of Living Water to flow from our bellies. Lord we 
pray You help us to totally surrender to You and your Word. Let not our 
flesh hold us back. Help us to make ourselves and others whole through 
your Word and your Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 19:1-2

1And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he 
departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;

2And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

Mark 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea 
by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; 
and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

Matthew 9:22But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, 
Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the 
woman was made whole from that hour.

Matthew 14:36And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his 
garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Matthew 15:28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is 
thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made 
whole from that very hour.

John 4:13-14

13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water 
shall thirst again:

14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never 
thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of 
water springing up into everlasting life.

John 7:37-39

37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, 
saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly 
shall flow rivers of living water.

39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him 
should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that 
Jesus was not yet glorified.)

John 14:26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father 
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all 
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

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Forsaken by God

Isaiah 54:7,8 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great 
mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee 
for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, 
saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

There was a Muslim person debating with Christians and he told them if 
your God could forsake His only Son then what is the guarantee that He 
will not forsake you?

In today's message the Lord is talking of forsaking us in His anger. If 
we see, both in Hebrew and in Greek the word 'forsake' does not mean to 
reject. In both Hebrew and Greek this word actually means to leave. In 
scriptures it does not mean a total separation but increase in distance.

Let us visualize a mother walking a child and in between the child 
leaves the hand of the mother and get left behind. Soon the mother 
reverts back and collects the child to hold more closely (our God is not 
a forgetful God like a forgetful mother).

Anger effects love. In humans anger breaks the bonds of love but Godly 
anger does not break the bonds of love, it only causes disconnect for a 
short period, but afterwards causes a greater bond of love to be build.

In today's message we see God say 'for a small moment I forsook you' and 
that is because of our disobedience towards Him, but then He says with 
'greater mercies will I gather thee'. He does not say with mercies as 
usual but says with greater mercies.

Jesus was aware of the suffering He was going to go through at the hands 
of the Jews and more at the hands of the Romans for these are written in 
the scriptures. He never feared the suffering but when the time came for 
Him to be separated from the Father He feared that. His love and oneness 
with the Father is not explainable and to break that even for a moment 
was unthinkable for Him. That is why He was grieving and sweating like 
blood drops. He even desired to reject this separation by telling the 
Father top take away the cup. But then for the greater love that comes 
after He accepted it.

Today the Lord is telling those who find themselves distant from God; do 
not be sad for soon they will experience greater joy and love from Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You showed us the true meaning of love and for the sake of love You 
at times forsake us so that correction may be bought in and greater love 
may be experienced. Lord we know if You have chosen us You will never 
reject us. You are God and You know the beginning from the end. Lord we 
pray during the times of distance we do not lose hope and thus elongate 
the period of separation...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Mark 14:35-36

35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, 
if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take 
away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be 
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never 
leave [to give up on] thee, forsake thee.

Isaiah 49:15-16

15Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have 
compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not 
forget thee.

16Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are 
continually before me.

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Do not lower the Heavens

John 7:33,34Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, 
and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not 
find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

Islam has made Paradise (Jannat) a pleasure garden where any person who 
dies or kills an infidel in the name of Allah is served in Jannat by 72 
virgins in a garden (like the one before the Taj Mahal which is made to 
design) and given fresh wine to drink all day (Paradise having DAY and 
NIGHT!).

You may feel sick and think what kind of pervert mind would associate 
God to lust and intoxication, but Christians as not far behind in 
lowering the Holy abode of God by their lack of understanding. We see 
many people (including famous Preachers) who claim to have visited 
Heaven and returned (Paul himself was not sure if it was visitation or 
vision). Christians think when a Believer dies they immediately go to 
Heaven. Ask them about Judgment Day and they say it is only for those 
who are alive then. They fail to read what Paul writes in Romans 'WE 
ALL' will stand before the Judgment Throne this is also confirmed again 
in 1 Corinthians.

People also think in Heaven we will stand in a large crowd all the time 
and sign and worship God. There was an Islamist preacher who said the 
Christians would go to their boring Heaven to sing and worship all day 
and they will have sex with virgins daily (sorry cannot put his actual 
words).

Islam has made Heaven into a cheap sex garden and 'Chirstians' have made 
Heaven into a large resort having walls around it, with many mansions 
all made of gold, including the streets, with previous gem all over the 
place like a luxurious retreat center.

To tell you personally I would not like to go to such a Jannat or such a 
Heaven; how long can one enjoy such pleasures of the flesh or eyes? 
Solomon was an art collector. He loved beauty so much that he married a 
hundred beautiful women and these landed getting him to go against God. 
But thank God the real Heaven is nothing like these and is beyond the 
imagination of man. When man does not understand the basic element 
'spirit' what will man understand the spirit world?

Today's message we read Jesus say where He is going we cannot come. 
People do not know the reason why? If you ask them they say because we 
are sinners. They do not know the meaning of sin and why sin cannot 
exist in Heaven. People do not know the difference between sin and evil. 
All sin is evil but is all evil sin? Bible says the Law bought sin into 
existence, for without breaking the Law one cannot sin. So before the 
Law Satan was there so evil was there. Bible says after man sinned God 
said now man has come to know good and evil and has become like one of 
us. Is God evil or can evil exist in God? What it means by we being made 
incorruptible or the corruption in us being removed so as to enable us 
to enter Heaven.

Let us not lower the Heavens or make Kingdom of God cheap like fairy 
tales. Let us renew our minds and understand the Word of God and the 
Kingdom of God in its Truth.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we ask for forgiveness that we have made Heaven a cheap place by 
our carnal minds. Lord we pray You open the minds of your people, fill 
them with knowledge and understanding by giving them wisdom that comes 
from You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of 
us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take 
also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

1 Peter 1:18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with 
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation 
received by tradition from your fathers;

1 Peter 3:3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of 
plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

Revelation 3:18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that 
thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and 
that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes 
with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

John 3:6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born 
of the Spirit is spirit.

Acts 2:31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that 
his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

1 Corinthians 15:50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot 
inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Romans 14:10But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at 
nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of 
Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of 
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, 
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

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Love or delusion

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any 
comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

A day back I was having discussion with a few brothers on the works of a 
Catholic 'saint'. She is well known for her social work among the 
destitute and sick who are forsaken by society. We were discussing if 
she was projected Christ in her through her works?

When I was very young (was a Catholic then) I had the privilege twice to 
personally meet her and felt very humble in her presence. She held me 
and spoke to me about serving the unfortunate and being part of her 
ministry. I was touched by her words and every year during my birthday I 
would visit her center and make my contribution towards her ministry.

As I came into the Lord and grew in the Word, its understanding make me 
raise questions as to what she was doing is it what God has called us to 
do as Christian? There are two things which opened my eyes to the truth 
one is the understanding of love and other of works.

Let us take an example of a mother who loves her child very much, so 
much that she does not let her child down at all for she fears the child 
will hurt himself. This happens years after years and this child grows 
up but because of the 'love' of the mother the child is not going to 
school or to play for he can neither stand nor walk. Would anyone call 
this love? This so called 'love' is foolishness and this mother has 
become the worst enemy of her child.

Bible says God is love not because the most important characteristic of 
God is love. If you see in Heaven the Heavenly beings do not praise God 
saying Love, Love, Love but praise Him by saying Holy, Holy, Holy. God 
is called love because man did not know love until God came as man and 
showed us true love. God showed us love is something that is selfless, 
it build and prospers not according to the understanding of man but 
according to the understanding of God. In some translations the Greek 
word 'Agape' is rightly translated as 'charity' and not 'love', for what 
man understands as 'love' is not what God means.

Coming to works, works is important but works without faith is useless 
works, so also faith without works is useless faith. For a Christian 
faith and works need to go hand in hand, with faith leading works and 
not works leading faith. We were called first and chosen to good works 
not called because of our good works.

All Christians are called to do good works but what kind of work is very 
important to understand. When Jesus spoke about the Son of Man on 
judgment day separating the sheep from the goats on basis of serving the 
hungry, naked, thirsty and homeless He did not mean natural / social 
service. Note if He would have really meant social service then He would 
have used terms like sick, weak, orphan, widows etc. as used like in the 
OT. Look at the lives of Jesus and His disciples who stand as examples 
for us. They did reach out to the poor, weak, hungry, widows etc. but 
they did not focus on it. They healed the sick but did not sit looking 
after them in their sickness. The Apostles did not find it right to 
dedicate their precious time for these natural services but they 
concentrated on spiritual services. For natural services they chose the 
spiritual young, those growing in the Lord.

In worldly terms we can compare natural service and spiritual services 
to physical development and mental development of a child. Both are 
necessary and have to go hand in hand; one without the other can cause 
damage to the person. Also mental development is always given greater 
importance than physical development since we humans are intellectual 
beings. This is as per our worldly prospective.

As Christians we are spiritual being living in a physical body. On death 
our physical body perishes and goes to dust but our spiritual being 
continues to live. We are called to give service to the spiritual being 
more compared to the physical being while not ignoring it.

We as Christians are people on mission to save souls for Christ. On 
Judgment Day God will not ask us about our natural services but about 
our spiritual services if we have served those who hunger for Him, those 
who thirst for Him, those who are far from Him (homeless) and those who 
do not know Him (naked).

As Christians we are led by the Word of God and the Spirit of God to 
good works. As Christians we do not do good works but walk in them, 
works which are already set for us even before we were born. In OT the 
Spirit of God was not given to all mankind so they concentrated only on 
works of the flesh but we are blessed with the Holy Spirit who leads us 
to works of the Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word is lamp to our feet and light to our path. Lord we pray 
as Christians who can see things ahead may concentrate on things ahead 
while not ignoring the immediate needs. Let us understand it is not our 
works that will please You but our fulfilling the mission we are called 
for which will please You. We are called to be like You Lord. To be 
merciful and patient but above all be full of love. Love not according 
to man's understanding but according to You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 25:31-46

Acts 6:2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, 
and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and 
serve tables.

Romans 9:11(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any 
good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, 
not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Ephesians 2:8-10

8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it 
is the gift of God:

9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, 
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for 
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good 
works.

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The fall of the False Bride

Ezekiel 27:34 In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the 
depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of 
thee shall fall.

When I started understanding Callings the Bible became easier to 
understand. In my earlier day people used to frighten me about reading 
the book of Revelation. As a Catholic when I had not read the Bible 
people used to tell me if I read the book of Revelation I would not 
sleep, it is like a horror film. Even today Believers are advised to 
read the book of Revelation at the last. People do not understand the 
name of the book is 'Revelation' which means the Lord was revelation 
something to the written given here as John things which was already 
written or documented. This book is similar to Daniel, who was 
meditating on the Word given through the other Prophets and the Lord was 
making him them understand by dreams and visions.

In the OT Callings were not revealed clearly since Christ (the Head of 
the Body) was not revealed fully so all were called Nabi which means Man 
of God and mistakenly translated as Prophet. Daniel by Calling was not a 
Prophet but was a Teacher. The same was with Joseph son of Jacob and 
John who wrote the book of Revelation. People are told it was John the 
Apostle who wrote Revelation but when I checked up half of the 
theologians contest it. If one goes but book dates too it shows that the 
John who wrote Revelation was not John the Apostle. Also by other facts 
stated in scriptures it can be proved in multiple ways that this John (a 
Teacher) who wrote Revelation was not John the Apostle and today's 
message is also a proof of this.

We read in Revelation 17 and 18 about the fall of Babylon the Great 
which is the False Bride. If you read this revelation came from this 
chapter of Ezekiel and from prophecies given other Prophets. What God 
advised for us was also valid for Himself. When He said Truth should be 
established by the mouth of two or more, even He made sure every 
prophesy important for the salvation of mankind was spoken by 2 or more 
Prophets. So every understanding should have at least 2 or more 
supporting scriptures and none against it.

As I stated before, the Church is moving from one stage (5th stage) to 
another (6th stage) which will be a glorious stage. Many people are 
shouting hoarse that the end is at hand (7th stage), they are missing to 
see what the Lord is doing. The shaking we see is not against us but for 
us. It is time for us to move ahead, a time of the great harvest. Like 
today's message it speaks of the fall of the Catholic Church (the 
younger daughter of the false bride, the elder daughter being the Jewish 
Church) which is deceiving people, instead of leading them to God in the 
name of God she is destroying the lives of them that trust in her.

Soon we will see the financial resources of the Catholic Church getting 
into problem and this business empire that it has built will soon tumble 
down. So instead of hiding or sitting and praying the whole day we 
Christians are called to move out and reach out to the lost souls 
especially the Catholics and Muslims (with whom the Lord has started His 
work since 5 years).

Now is the time and like Joshua battled let us get into the spiritual 
battle. Joshua knew the Lord was with him and the Lord seeing that faith 
made still the Sun and Moon for him and caused rocks to fall from the 
sky on the enemy. Joshua not only killed the whole army of the enemy but 
pursued the 5 kings who were hiding in the caves and killed them. We are 
called not only to save the lost souls but to also expose the hidden 
lies and deceit of the enemy.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people do not hide out of fear but understand now is 
the time of the great battle, the time for the great harvest. We pray 
they have boldness in them. We bind the spirit of fear and deceit and 
break the hold of these spirits on your people. We speak courage, 
wisdom, understanding and passion for the lost into your people...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 17 & 18

Ezekiel 16:44-47

44Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against 
thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

45Thou art thy mother's daughter, that lotheth her husband and her 
children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their 
husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father 
an Amorite.

46And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at 
thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, 
is Sodom and her daughters.

47Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their 
abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast 
corrupted more than they in all thy ways.

Ezekiel 23:1-4

1The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

2Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

3And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in 
their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised 
the teats of their virginity.

4And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: 
and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their 
names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Zechariah 5:6-11

6And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. 
He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

7And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman 
that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

8And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the 
ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.

9Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two 
women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the 
wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the 
heaven.

10Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear 
the ephah?

11And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar [means 
country of 2 rivers - Egypt means dual strait]: and it shall be 
established, and set there upon her own base.

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John the Baptist prepared the way

Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius
Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and
his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis,
and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,

When a King arrives in court we find an announcer giving a shout so all can
be at attention. Bible says John the Baptist was Elijah who did not die but
came back with the purpose to announce / prepare the way for the arrival of
the King and Savior our Lord Jesus Christ.

Soon in a few days almost all Christians will be involved in an unchristian
activity of celebrating a pagan god’s feast as the birthday of Jesus
Christ. If you question them, they would say the date is not written so any
day can be celebrate in His remembrance. If you go by what they say you
will find their argument justified.

In most Islamic countries Christians use the term Allah for God since they
are told Allah means God. They do not know the word Allah means ‘the god’
and points to the chief deity among the 360 deities that existed in the
Kaaba during the time of Mohammad. Thus Allah is not God but a pagan god
chosen by Mohammad as the only god after he destroyed all the other 359
gods. It is the ignorance of the Christians that causes them to call the
Lord by the name of a pagan god. The same is the case with celebrating the
birthday of our Savior.

The Bible takes pain to give multiple historic references with regards to
John the Baptist’s birth and as stated here about his ministry. This
information is very important with regards to tracking the birthdate of
Jesus Christ since the difference between the two is six months. After the
Angel told Mary about she being six months pregnant, she went to meet her
cousin Elizabeth and Bible says the child in Elizabeth’s womb leapt with
joy. Mary then lived with her for 3 months and it is after this that
Elisabeth delivered.

If one studies the feasts as declared by the Lord in the OT, they are all
shadows of the events concerning the Lord Jesus Christ (and His Spirit /
the Holy Spirit). If one tracks the dates of the birth of Jesus Christ
through the dates of John the Baptist we find the birth of Jesus Christ
falls on the Feast of Tents / Feast of the Tabernacle / Feast of
Ingathering.

If one understands the Feast of Tents / Feast of the Tabernacle one will
understand the birth of Jesus Christ. It is called Feast of Tabernacle
because He is our Tabernacle and He came to make us part of the Tabernacle
so that day set the foundation of the eternal Tabernacle. It is also called
Feast of Tents because He was God who left His glorious abode, humbling
Himself He became man, thus by this God dwelt in a body of flesh as man by
becoming 100percent man (Bible states He became lower than the Angels). He
came to free us from the bondage of this flesh (carnal) so as to again
become the glorious being we were created as in the beginning.

You can gauge the foolishness of most Christians from the simple fact they
think Jesus was born in a stable surrounded by cows, sheep, goats and
donkeys. It shows how lies of Catholic traditions have blinded people’s
eyes that they read and they do not understand, they look and they do not
see, they hear and they do not realize.

Look at the scripture it says while they were waiting for a room in an inn
Mary gave birth to the child, warped the child in a swaddling cloth and
placed Him in a manger. People do not realize firstly it happened while
they were waiting for a room in the inn. Secondly after birth they put the
child into a manger which is a wooden box kept (outside the inn) so as to
feed the donkeys tied there. If we need to put the birth of Jesus in
today’s modern date His birth would be in a parking area of a hotel since
the donkeys were the mode of transport during that time like cars are of
today.

Let us not be blinded by the beliefs of the Catholic Church into
celebrating Christ Mass which was a high Mass celebrated to keep the pagan
Romans from celebrating the birth of their Sun god.

The birth of Jesus Christ (Feast of Tabernacle / Tents) is a very important
feast for us and is commanded by the Lord to be celebrated till the end of
time as a statute, same as with Resurrection Sunday (Passover) and with
Pentecost (Feast of the Harvest).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we thank You for being a sacrifice for us and making is possible for
us to return back to You. We were doomed to death and You came to give us
eternal life. Lord we need to understand the importance of your birth. Lord
since most Christians celebrate a pagan feast they do not realize the
importance of your becoming man. We pray they start to celebrate the Feast
of Tents/Tabernacle/Ingathering and know why You commanded we spend time
together in fellowship as one family by leaving our houses...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son
in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

Luke 1:5-11

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest
named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters
of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments
and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both
were now well stricken in years.

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before
God in the order of his course,

9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn
incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time
of incense.

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right
side of the altar of incense.

Luke 2:4-11

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into
Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was
of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in
the inn.

Exodus 23:14-17

14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

15 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep: seven days thou shalt
eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, at the time appointed in the
month Abib (for in it thou camest out from Egypt); and none shall appear
before me empty:

16 and the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labors, which thou
sowest in the field: and the feast of ingathering, at the end of the year,
when thou gatherest in thy labors out of the field.

17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord
Jehovah.

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Making disciples for themselves

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye 
compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make 
him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

In today's message we see Jesus rebukes the scribes and Pharisees for 
destroying other people by making them not only like them but worse than 
themselves.

Confront a Catholic priest with regards to the wrong which the Catholics 
congregation is doing like idol worship or reciting prayers or other 
things and he will agree he knows it is wrong but he will still not open 
his mouth and stop them. Ask him as to why and he will say because he 
fears those above. He is not talking of God here or the Angels but his 
superiors. The same with a Jewish Rabbi he too knows what the scriptures 
say and what they do is in contrast yet he will not let go of these vain 
tradition just because he fears those above him. This is not restricted 
to these 2 sects of worshippers of God for we see this happening even 
among Believers (Christians).

Look at main stream churches, their main aim is to keep people in the 
Church and for that they have rules and regulations. If someone new 
comes into the Church thirsting for the Word of God they will first give 
them their doctrines and tell them to study them. If the person 
questions their doctrines then that person is rebuked and even outcaste. 
They have a system that the senior most Pastors are unquestionable, same 
like the Catholics consider the Pope as infallible or Jews of their 
Chief Rabbi.

Look at Christian Evangelist and Preachers today they are drawing people 
to themselves and not to God. How do you discern a person making 
disciples for themselves or for the Lord? Look at the people around that 
person. If you see the same lot of people, and in the same place, 
learning from that person for many years then you can be assured that 
the person is making disciples for himself.

There is a Catholic evangelist I know from the time I was in the 
Catholic Church that is more than 12 years back, and even today he 
teaches the same things which he taught then with not even 20percent change.

Have you heard of the fable keep live crabs in a bowl overnight that too 
with the lid uncovered and you can be rest assured none will come out. 
This happens because if anyone is climbing out the one below pulls his 
down.

While teaching on Satan one brother said 'who needs Satan when we have 
Believer brothers in Church'.

Jesus is a model of perfection and He Himself did not try to keep His 
disciples to Himself. He taught them, enabled them and then handed them 
over to the Holy Spirit whom He knew was the perfect Teacher. Jesus knew 
that as man He could not do what the Spirit of God could do.

Let us build people not to follow us but to follow the Spirit of God. 
Once they start to follow the Spirit of God then they cease to be our 
students or disciples but become our colleagues and coworkers.

Paul called Timothy his spiritual son. Paul was an Apostle and Timothy 
an Evangelist. But the time Timothy settled down, was independent and 
strong, Paul started to call him his coworker and not his spiritual son. 
In the Kingdom of God no man is anyone's student forever, but they are 
students of the Holy Spirit forever for there is not true Teacher other 
than the Holy Spirit.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray that people stop making disciples for themselves and thus 
harden the hearts of those under them even more then themselves. Lord we 
pray the Church moves ahead in the Kingdom of God and not just grows in 
size, for even if the whole world becomes Christian but none enter 
Heaven then the Word will be void and the sacrifice of Christ become 
void. It is better few enter than none. Let your Church know it is You 
who adds people for You are the Lord of the Harvest...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 3:7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to 
his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned 
you to flee from the wrath to come?

Matthew 12:34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good 
things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Matthew 23:33Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the 
damnation of hell?

Matthew 10:24A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above 
his lord.

Matthew 23:8But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all 
ye are brethren.

John 14:26But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will 
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your 
remembrance all that I said unto you.

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Prophecies concerning Judah and Jerusalem

Isaiah 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and 
Jerusalem.

Just a few minutes back I saw a clip of an Islamic scholar / preacher 
quoting their scriptures about the house in the seventh heaven. He said 
the Quran states if that house would fall it would fall right on the 
Kaaba. He quoted this to prove that the earth is still and the Sun 
revolves around it as the Quran states. He said if the earth was 
revolving than the heavenly house would fall in the sea or in some 
barren land.

He also took another 'logical case' case of traveling from Saudi Arabia 
to China. He said if the earth was revolving then the plane would have 
to just stop in sky and China would come to the plane. Also if the earth 
was revolving the other way then how is it that the plane manages to 
catch up with China; that should have not been possible.

We may not know to laugh or grieve at the intelligence of these 
spiritual leaders who are blinded by what they read and these very 
characters are leading people by the millions. When we look at them and 
at Christianity, the story with Christian leaders is not far behind.

It is truly sad when one understands with wisdom as to what Christian 
Churches and Bible Colleges are preaching. Let take for example today's 
scripture which talks of Judah and Jerusalem. It speaks of them as two 
different identities. The region given to Judah was known as Judea and 
Jerusalem is a chief city (capital) of the region of Judea. It would be 
like saying the leaders of Delhi and the leaders of India.

Let us take the next two verses which speaks of the Lord's house on 
mountains and it speak of another place Zion. Is Lord a man to stay in a 
house on top of mountains? Also are people aware Zion is another name 
for Jerusalem. The term Zion means fortified city. It was used to 
Jerusalem when David ruled it, but interestingly this city had no walls 
around it at that time it was later that Solomon build walls around it.

Solomon was a wise man but not a Man of God like David was. When David 
said Zion he did not talk of natural walls. Same is the case with 
prophecies regarding the House of Jacob, or House of Israel, or 
prophecies with regards to Judah, or Jerusalem, or Zion.

Let us not behave like the foolish Islamic preacher, our God is full of 
wisdom and Bible says if we pray and ask for wisdom He happily gives us.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God we pray You bless your people with wisdom. You people are far 
from knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God, leave alone to 
knowing the mysteries of your Kingdom. They believe Heaven is made of 
physical gold and gems and is like a resort floating in the air having 
walls and gates made of pearl. Lord people are so bounded in the flesh 
they have made the Kingdom of God as a kingdom of the world. We pray a 
revival of Truth amongst your people...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 2:2-3

2And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the 
LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall 
be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

3And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the 
mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will 
teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion 
shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

2 Timothy 3:7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of 
the truth.

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Who are the children of Satan?

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is 
withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are 
burned.

Religious Christians normally call those who do not know God as children 
of Satan and those who know Him as children of God. You may be in for a 
surprise.

Read as to whom did Jesus call as children of Satan? Was it the pagans 
or was it the rebellious, religious Jews? People who knew God or the 
ones who did not know God? People who do not know God or are not 
interested in Him are not called children of Satan but are called 
children of vanity. Bible puts them as grass which grows its life time 
and withers and later is put in fire. The goodness of worldly man is 
like flowers of the grass which last a season / period and perish. These 
people however good they may look they do not have real spiritual fruits.

Now you may ask me bro then who are called 'children of Satan', the real 
'haters of God'?

Satan in the OT is symbolized as a goat. We see devil worshippers since 
ancient times make a man with a head of a goat. Does God hate goats or 
are goats evil? No.

When we say flock it includes both sheep and goats. When Judgment Day 
comes Jesus said He would separate the sheep from the goats. The sheep 
would be on the right hand and the goats on the left. Those on the right 
would enter the Kingdom of God and those on the left would be punished. 
They are not punished for not doing social work. The Apostles themselves 
did not do social work although they supported it. Understand the 
feeding, clothing, sheltering and giving water to the thirsty is more 
spiritual than natural. It is about feeding Living Bread (knowledge of 
the Word) to those who are spiritually hungry, clothing in Righteousness 
those who are spiritually naked, sheltering those who are spiritual 
orphan and giving Living Water (right understanding of the Word) to 
those who thirst for life. In other words those who do not do that or do 
things contrary to that may not stand with the sheep and may find 
themselves as standing with the goats. So even if you are a Preacher or 
Pastor and doing things contrary to the above then beware you may be 
counted among the goats.

Satan is a Cherub, one who was close to God and knows God better than 
the Angels but he refused to walk in the ways of the Lord and resisted 
the light thus caused darkness. Satan is a deceiver and children of 
Satan are those who are like Him deceiving. They are not people ignorant 
of God but people who know God and yet do not follow Him thus 
misrepresent Him. They are people who know the ways of the Lord and yet 
resist His ways. So where would you find the children of Satan, out on 
the pubs or in illegal social places? Maybe, but more of them will be in 
churches and at prayer meetings rather than in those places.

The Lord said either you be warm or be cold but if you are lukewarm I 
will spit you out of my mouth. God loves them who love His ways of 
righteousness and truth. He has mercy on those who do not and history 
will confirm He allows them to exist and perish but those who 
misrepresent Him, He is known to show His anger on them.

If you call yourself a child of God, then you are expected to live your 
life in His ways. One needs to BE A Christian and not just call oneself 
a Christians or do rituals like going to Church, giving alms, praying 
etc. these things do not make you a Christian.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, people think Satan who is evil would be ugly and thus they think 
his child would be spiritually ugly. But they fail to realize Satan is a 
deceiver thus his child would also be deceivers. They would misled 
people in Your name and lead them to destruction. They are people who 
keep people busy in fruitless things, people who resist Truth and do not 
allow the Truth to be spoken. Lord give us discernment to discern you 
people from those who are of Satan...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 8:42-47

42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I 
proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will 
do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, 
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of 
his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye 
not believe me?

47He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, 
because ye are not of God.

Matthew 25:31-46

Psalms 103:15-16

15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he 
flourisheth.

16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof 
shall know it no more.

Isaiah 40:6-8

6The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, 
and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

7The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD 
bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

8The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall 
stand for ever.

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Can we venerate Mary?

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in 
heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

When one asks a Catholic 'why do they worship Mary', they would say 'we 
do not worship Mary, we venerate her'. Now ask them what is the meaning 
of venerate and then these people would show their confusion. They would 
say 'respect', does that mean they do not respect other men and women of 
God in the Bible and why do they do not do to them what they do to her? 
They would then say she is special for she is chosen. So it comes back 
to the question what 'special veneration' are they doing to her?

To understand the term 'venerate' one needs to go to the Bible. The word 
exists in the prayer 'Our Father' and is translated as 'Hallowed', it 
also exist about 26 times in the New Testament and is translated as 
'Sanctify' or 'Be Holy'. If one reads the scriptures where this word is 
used one would understand the underline un-holiness of the Catholic 
Church i.e.

Jesus says in John17:17 sanctify [venerate] them through the Truth; they 
word is Truth'

Hebrew 13:12 the writer (Paul) says Jesus sanctifies [venerates] us by 
His blood (sacrifice).

Now tell me what exactly are Catholics doing sanctifying or declaring 
Holy or hallowing Mary or the name of the Mary and by what means or 
method? By worshipping or serving her idols and images? The very things 
God forbid!

Catholics should realize when they are venerating Mary, they are not 
actually venerating her but they are un-venerating themselves. They are 
making themselves unholy by doing things contrary to the Word. It is 
another thing that they do not realize the Mary they 'venerate' is not 
actually the mother of Jesus but another spirit that comes in her name 
and it was this very spirit which also caused the destruction of the 
Israelites at the Hand of God. They should also realize it did not 
happen immediately, even for them God waited for many years to change 
and then took them to task.

They should stop trying to fool God or His people by using terms they do 
not understand themselves. Are they replacing the Word of God with their 
'Mary' or are they replacing the Savior with her? If you observe 
minutely you will see they are actually doing that. To go to Jesus they 
say go through Mary thus putting her above Jesus and making her their 
chief Savior, whatever this spirit says they believe blindly and 
overrule the Word of God which this spirit contradicts.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord Your Word say You are a Zealous God and You would not share your 
glory with anyone else. Lord it is only your Word and your Sacrifice 
that sanctifies us; it is the Truth that we receive by our faith in your 
salvation which sets us free from sin. Lord we pray our brothers and 
sister who are still in the Catholic Church may be set free from the 
deceit that blinds them. We speak their eyes be opened. We speak light 
into their darkness and we pray for abundant grace over their lives...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

John 17:19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be 
sanctified through the truth.

Hebrews 13:12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people 
with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

1 Thessalonians 5:23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I 
pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto 
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 22:11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which 
is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be 
righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Jeremiah 7:18The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, 
and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, 
and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke 
me to anger.

Jeremiah 44:17-23

17But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own 
mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink 
offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and 
our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: 
for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

18But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to 
pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have 
been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

19And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out 
drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour 
out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

20Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, 
and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,

21The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets 
of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and 
the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not 
into his mind?

22So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your 
doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; 
therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, 
without an inhabitant, as at this day.

23Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the 
LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, 
nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is 
happened unto you, as at this day.

1 Kings 11:5For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the 
Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

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