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Post  Admin on Tue 24 Nov 2015, 1:12 pm

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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Even death has no power over you

Luke 2:26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should 
not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Simeon is not introduced as a Prophet or an Apostle or one having any 
post or Calling (like Anna is introduced as a Prophetess here). He is 
described here simply as a man to whom the Holy Spirit spoke.

Simeon was a very elderly man who desired to see the promised Savior as 
promised in the scriptures. So indirectly Bible states Simeon did 
meditate on the Word of God so knew that the arrival of the Savior was 
at hand and he believed God would fulfill his desire to see the Savior. 
When Simeon saw and held the Savior he declared the favor of God on his 
life and also prophesied like a Prophet (even greater than the 
Prophetess Anna) even though the Bible did not introduce him as a Prophet.

Simeon spoke of how the Savior (Jesus) would be a Rock which will not 
allow the Israelites to continue their way of life in the name of God as 
God's people. The Savior Jesus Christ would cause them to either accept 
God or reject God.

Simeon also told Mary what Mary would not imagine and something that 
would happen after 500years. Simeon told her that after her death (soul) 
people who claim to love her would hurt her most ('a sword shall pierce 
through thy own soul also'). He said God would allow this so as to 
expose the hate they have for Him ('that the thoughts of many hearts may 
be revealed'). In other words all those 'Christians' who claim to love 
Mary and worship her are actually hurting her the most and more 
important is God is allowing this to expose their false love for Him. 
Since they hate God that is why they disobey Him and worship her 
(exactly what Israelites also did by worshipping the Queen of Heaven). 
What these people have done in their hate is replaced the importance of 
the Holy Spirit with her so as to shut the Holy Spirit from taking to them.

One thing the Lord wants us to know today is if we are baptized in the 
Lord and His Spirit then the promise of God in our lives has more power 
over us than even death.

Everyone has to die a natural death but this natural death will not 
touch us until what God has promised in our lives is fulfilled. Also the 
second death which is death of the spirit is completely destroyed 
because the promise of eternal life is in us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your promise is light and light is more powerful that darkness. 
Your promise O Lord is more powerful that death. Lord we pray we mediate 
on your promise and believe in it like Simeon did and we pray Lord we 
learn to hear your Spirit like Simeon did. Let death not be a fear for 
us but just an event in our lives which takes us from one stage to 
another after we complete and receive that we have to in this stage...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 2:25-38

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

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

27And he came in the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents 
brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the 
custom of the law,

28then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29Now lettest thou thy servant depart, Lord, According to thy word, in 
peace;

30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples;

32A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people 
Israel.

33And his father and his mother were marvelling at the things which were 
spoken concerning him;

34and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this 
child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel; and for a 
sign which is spoken against;

35yea and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out 
of many hearts may be revealed.

36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the 
tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband 
seven years from her virginity,

37and she had been a widow even unto fourscore and four years), who 
departed not from the temple, worshipping with fastings and 
supplications night and day.

38And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks unto God, and spake of 
him to all them that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

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God is again at work

Jeremiah 23:14I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible 
thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the 
hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are 
all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Before coming to the message I like to attend to the two words Sodom and 
Gomorrah. They were the two twin cities during the time of Abraham that 
were destroyed by God.

There are very few places where God Himself intervened and took action 
and He did for the benefit of His people. Sodom symbolizes lust 
(burning) and Gomorrah means 'submerge' but comes from the root word 
'merchandize'. If you take a world view of countries of the lust 
industry they are in Europe, if you look at countries which are making 
peak business in the name of Christianity (merchandize which submerges 
the Truth), they too are in Europe. So today's Sodom and Gomorrah both 
exist in Europe.

Let us take for instance another event where God took things in His 
hands - the Tower of Babel. The tower was a temple which He destroyed 
since all the people unified under one deity, a goddess (the chief deity 
of the tower was a female goddess). They lifted this woman above God. 
God not only bought the tower down but cause confusion / 
misunderstanding among the people of the world which is prevailing even 
today.

If you look at religions of the world we find Europe leading in World 
Religion where all religions are unified with one purpose to deny the 
Truth. Since God and Truth cannot be separated thus denying Truth is as 
good as denying God.

Long time back before Arab Spring took place we were getting messages 
about it. Today if you look at our previous messages and today's 
messages we are at another turn in world history which is about to 
unfold in Europe.

We always refer to Europe as Christian countries and I do not understand 
why? Europe has more Catholics and they do not constitute as Christians. 
More than Catholics we see Atheism taking hold of Europe and now Islam 
is taking grip of the European nations. The woman deity that rules in 
name of Christianity and promotes idolatry among Christians is also 
rooted in Europe thus the Tower of Babel of today is in Europe since the 
disciple of this goddess are promoting oneness again.

A few weeks back I was reading prophecies regarding Europe and am today 
seeing them unfold. It is sad what has just happened in France at the 
hands of ISIS. Now the European nations are coming together to fight 
ISIS. A question I ask is 'Can they?'.

The largest part of the top position holders of ISIS come from Europe. 
They are Europeans holding European passports. Almost fourty to fifty 
percent of Muslims in European countries are active radical Muslims, 
unlike in India where we are still under the ten to fifteen percent 
mark. Fighting ISIS is like fighting Islam because the ideology of ISIS 
is Islamic. We do find some Arab nations supporting the fight against 
ISIS but they are those who hold Kingdoms and are doing only to protect 
their personal interest since they know true Islam is communist in 
nature. It neither believes in democracy nor monarchy.

Their prophet became famous in Medina when he bought equality among the 
rich and poor, among strong and weak, among races and tribes. This is 
not about human equality here, but deeper (note men still oppress women 
and white skin is give upper hand over black, since black people are 
compared to Satan so also are black dogs); see their dressing is like 
uniform, even their other traditions and rituals, compare them with the 
communist ideology like that prevailing in China. Communists have the 
Red Book and Islam the Quran, the matter within is not understood well 
but yet the book is more valuable than life itself. Questioning it is 
unthinkable and will result in death punishment.

Fighting ISIS in Europe is like fighting with its own people and with 
the invasion of refugees into Europe by the thousands they have let the 
enemy into the fortress and strengthened them.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You have set all things with regards to the salvation of your 
people in your Word and what is written will come to pass. Lord we know 
we are at the turn of history and we are shaken by what is happening. 
But we know Lord You will protect them that trust in You and do all 
things for the benefit of your people. We pray for your people in Europe 
and ask You to strengthen them today and in the days to come...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Isaiah 21

1The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass 
through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

2A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth 
treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O 
Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

3Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, 
as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing 
of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

4My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure 
hath he turned into fear unto me.

5Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye 
princes, and anoint the shield.

6For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him 
declare what he seeth.

7And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and 
a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

8And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower 
in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

9And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. 
And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the 
graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

10O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of 
the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.

11The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of 
the night? Watchman, what of the night?

12The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will 
enquire, enquire ye: return, come.

13The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye 
travelling companies of Dedanim.

14The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was 
thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

15For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent 
bow, and from the grievousness of war.

16For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the 
years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

17And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the 
children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath 
spoken it

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The Lord takes His revenge

Zephaniah 3: 5,6The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do 
iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth 
not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. I have cut off the nations: their 
towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: 
their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none 
inhabitant.

We always highlight the nature of God being merciful but people do not 
highlight the nature of God being slow to anger. Slow to anger does not 
mean God does not respond at all. Our God is not dead or dumb or 
impotent or forgetful. God is also not a man to blink so nothing is 
hidden from Him even for a millisecond.

Slow to anger means God gives time to change and within that time if the 
person does not change, then there will come a time that God will 
respond hard.

Today’s message tells us, God allows a time for evil (night) but then 
God sets a limit to this evil and then He takes the evil doers to task. 
Anger is not evil and all Christians are called to hate evil, but we 
should know the source of evil and deal with the source not with the 
victims of evil. Sometime victims of evil become perpetrators of evil or 
vessels in hands of evil doers and we should try to rescue them from the 
hold of evil on them. We need to give time for change, but then we 
should not wait forever. Like God awaits so also we too need to attend 
to that evil.

You may think is God man to not know that He waits?

Go knows the result but being righteous He does not give a chance to man 
to point a finger to His Name / Character. Like He knows who will accept 
Him and walk in His ways (those whose names are written in the Book of 
Life), so also He know who will be part of the army of darkness / those 
who will revolt against Light / Truth , but yet He lets them be born and 
do their work. At the end God does have His way for the victory is 
already written and victory is His.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we give glory unto You Lord and we thank You Lord for making us in 
this time where we will see your glory grow. We thank You Lord for bring 
down the strong holds of evil doers and bringing to void their plans and 
making them an exhibit of foolishness and vanity...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Throne to all generations

Psalms 89:3,4I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto 
David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy 
throne to all generations. Selah.

In the whole Bible the word 'Selah' occurs 71 times in the book of 
Psalms and 3 times in the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk means strong 
embrace and he was a man who embraced the wisdom of God very strongly. 
He was one among three Prophets (Haggai and Zechariah) to use the tile 
'The Prophet' to his name. Some believe like a prophet he did not say 
'thus says the Lord' but may have said it in psalms (poems or songs) 
since 'Selah' was a musical note something like a long pause. It was a 
sign to notify the high importance of the sentence. In English text it 
would equate to underlining of the sentence.

If one speaks to the learned Jews (most Jews like Muslims memorize the 
text but do not pursue deeper understanding of the text) about today's 
message they would say this was one of the two most important promises 
of God which they await. Many Jews would say they await a Messiah but 
only the learned ones would say they await two Messiahs according to the 
two promises, one a Prophet greater than Moses and second a King as 
promised in today's message (the Sadducees did not value the books of 
the Prophets so ignored this promise).

If you ask a Christian what today's scripture means and they would say 
Jesus will come to establish His Throne forever.

Religion is mental programing and is like blindfolds to wisdom or 
spiritual eyes of a person. Today's scripture is proof of our last 
message. People go not by what they read or what the text says but go by 
what they have been told or programed. Typical case of misunderstood 
people teaching others, that is why in scriptures always we see God 
blamed the fathers of the Jews for their misunderstanding, but blamed 
the hearts of the Jews for their character.

The scripture does not talk of Lord establishing His Throne but 
establishing the throne of man, 'thy throne' here making David as a 
representative of mankind.

Understand Jesus / God did not humble Himself and become man to 
establish His Throne. His Kingdom was, is and will be forever, and no 
being can and will threaten His Kingdom for He is indeed God. God came 
as man to save His creation and reestablish the kingdom of mankind.

When God created man God had given dominion to man over this creation 
(this dimension of God's Kingdom). Man due to sin had lost his rule over 
this creation and caused creation to become his enemy (revolt against 
him). Jesus by restoring the image of God in us helps us restore our rue 
over this creation and thus the throne (rule) of mankind is restored. 
Jesus as man is called Prince of Peace (not King of Peace) and is also 
called Chief Prince (head of all Princes of God / Israel).

Let us understand the battle is ours and Jesus through His Spirit is 
leading us in our battle. We are fighting for what we lost and the 
battle is inwards not outwards. Satan did not rob us but caused us to 
lose. He attacked our image and thus caused us to lose our kingship. The 
stronger we are inside the greater hold we will have on the outside. So 
let us not be distracted with what is happening outside, instead let us 
focus on the inside and bring back the image of God in us (become Sons 
of God), and we will see every being in this creation will bend its knee 
to the Lord.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You created us to rule and due to sin we became slaves. Lord we 
pray by being slaves not to sin but to your plans we work to gain our 
kingship again. Lord let all your people understand when they work for 
your Kingdom they realize they are working for their kingship and their 
kingship is part of your Kingdom and that You are helping them to regain 
their Kingship...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Habakkuk 3:3God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. 
Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

Habakkuk 3:9Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the 
tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.

Habakkuk 3:13Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even 
for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the 
house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

Genesis 1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our 
likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over 
the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and 
over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Matthew 2:6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least 
among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that 
shall rule my people Israel.

1 Peter 2:6Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I 
lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth 
on him shall not be confounded.

1 Peter 5:4And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a 
crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Acts 5:31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a 
Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Acts 3:15And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the 
dead; whereof we are witnesses.

Revelation 1:5And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and 
the first begotten of the dead, and the prince [chief] of the kings of 
the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his 
own blood,

Romans 8:18-23

18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy 
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the 
manifestation of the sons of God.

20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by 
reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage 
of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain 
together until now.

23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of 
the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the 
adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

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The mighty will cry bitterly

Zephaniah 1:14The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth 
greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty [strong] man 
shall cry there bitterly.

I have mentioned this before, there are 2 days (not literal 24hour day 
but a period of time) written as 'Day of the Lord'; one is 'Day of the 
Lord's wrath' and the other 'Day of the Lord's Judgment'. Today's 
message speaks about the Day of the Lord's wrath. One can read the 
Prophet Joel chapter 2 about the days just before the Judgment Day (when 
Christ comes again to judge mankind). Between these two days are the 
glory days of the Church and then a false peace, just before the false 
prophet and Satan being released.

If one studies the seven letters to the seven Churches (Rev 2 and 3) it 
gives details of the seven stages of the Church (after death and 
resurrection of Christ). The Day of Wrath is just before the 6th stage 
and after the 5th stage. Apparently we currently are in the 5th stage 
going to the 6th where the Church sees the unification of all Christian 
denominations and the glory of God will be visible amongst His people. 
For the change to come the Lord needs to revive the Church and its 
people. The people who will see the wrath will be more the inside people 
than the outside people.

One scripture says the Lord (His Angel) will go through His people 
(Temple) starting from the inner court. Let us not think we can fool the 
Lord with our external religious practices.

The people to see the max wrath are the leaders of the Church who are 
misleading the people or putting them in bondages of 'Church authority' 
which is manmade (rooted in Nicolaitan system which the Catholic Church 
follows).

Let us revive ourselves before we come to a stage that God has to.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You Word has set the timeline of mankind and what You have spoken 
You will bring to pass. You are patient and slow to anger but when the 
time comes for fulfillment of your Word You actively pursue and shake 
people from their core. Lord we pray your Church wakes up and understand 
we live in a time of prophesies, a time of shaking...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Zephaniah 1:14-18

14The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, 
even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there 
bitterly.

15That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of 
wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of 
clouds and thick darkness,

16A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against 
the high towers.

17And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind 
men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be 
poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

18Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in 
the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the 
fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all 
them that dwell in the land.

Joel 2:1-3

1Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: 
let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD 
cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

2A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick 
darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a 
strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more 
after it, even to the years of many generations.

3A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land 
is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate 
wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

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From sin to religion

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.

Today again the Lord wants to discuss on bondage and liberty, continuing
the topic we received yesterday.

Before we are baptized in the Lord we were salves to sin and death but
after our repentance and belief in the salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ
we are free from the hold of sin on us. It does not mean we are free from
sin, it just means we do not continue to live a life of sin. It means we
battle sin and try to overcome sin by building faith and increasing the
grace of God in our lives.

Since Christ paid a price for our freedom from Hell by His victory over
Hell, we become slaves / servants unto Him. But the day we are baptized in
His Spirit we are considered free for we have received His Spirit who
enables us to become Sons of God; for scriptures says those who are led by
Spirit are Sons of God. Since baptism is not a ritual but a long process so
also our becoming Sons of God is a long process and continues through
generations until the Truth is complete in us and we overcome like Jesus
and become like Him.

The Lord has been giving us this message yesterday and today because we in
Church are freeing people from the bondage of sin and putting them in
another bondage; a bondage more worse than sin.

If one learns the Hebrew words ‘evil’ it symbolically means depriving or
holding back the prosperity (spiritual) which exist in the Kingdom of God,
‘sin’ on the other hand means missing life that is eternal in Him. So
anything that we do which holds us back from growing in the Lord is evil
and anything we do which deprives us from eternal life in Him is sin.

When we take people who are forgiven due to their faith in the Lord and
deprive them from growing in the Lord by putting them in bondages of
religion or religious practices then we are counted in the category of evil
doers or promoters of evil.

Many Pastors feel it more important to keep believers in Church than to
empower them and send them out to build Churches in whole.

As Christians our battle is inside and our mission is outside. It is the
outside mission that helps us fight the inside battle better. We should
make sure all members of the Church are involved in some or other activity
of evangelizing or service. We need to teach them like Jesus taught His
twelve; we need to put them through mission like Jesus send the seventy in
pairs.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray the Church leaders concentrate more on sending people out of
Churches than bringing them in Churches. We pray they realize unless
Christians do not go out unbelievers will not come in. We pray Lord they
understand the importance of building disciples for You and not disciples
for themselves. We pray your people be led by your Spirit and not be led by
the rules and guild lines of some ministry...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Luke 10:1-21

1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them
two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself
would come.

2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the
labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would
send forth labourers into his harvest.

3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.

6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not,
it shall turn to you again.

7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they
give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things
as are set before you:

9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of
God is come nigh unto you.

10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your
ways out into the streets of the same, and say,

11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off
against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is
come nigh unto you.

12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for
Sodom, than for that city.

13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty
works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they
had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than
for you.

15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down
to hell.

16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me;
and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils
are subject unto us through thy name.

18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and
over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto
you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the
wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for
so it seemed good in thy sight.

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Setting free on the Sabbath year


Jeremiah 34:14 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother
an Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath served thee six
years, thou shalt let him go free from thee: but your fathers hearkened not
unto me, neither inclined their ear.


There are many who argue on the Sabbath day, the seventh day (Saturday) of
the week as the day of rest. People love to quote scriptures pro or against
it. One should also look at other factors like which seventh day from when,
if they truly consider the seventh day as Sabbath. Are people aware that
many times in history days have been added or removed from the calendar/s?
They say seventh day of the week as the Sabbath, but if I reset the week
suddenly will they ok with the seventh day from the time of resetting of
the week or seventh day from the previous seventh day? If it is 7 days from
the previous Sabbath then would they be ok with another day of the week
being a Sabbath. If they stick to the week’s seventh day as being the
Sabbath then are they keeping the instructions of 6 days rest and seventh
day as rest?


Are people aware the naming of the weeks are according to heavenly
(astronomical) bodies Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.
And more amazing is the fact this naming system roots in Babylonian
astrology (around 500BC done according to pagan gods) which was innovated
by the Romans according to Hellenistic astrology in 1 AD and made popular
worldwide in 4 AD. In between 4AD and now, certain Christians used to call
Sunday as Day of the Lord and Saturday as Sabbath. It was the Catholic
Church which had a big hand in making the Babylonian / Roman pagan gods
based week naming system a world standard.


I have never seen people debate on the Sabbath year, or Jubilee year (which
came after 7 Sabbath years). Were they not instructed from the Lord?


In the New Testament we see 55 times the word ‘Sabbath’ occurs and 45 times
in just the Gospels. In the Gospels they are mostly used as reference to
the time of day or in arguments which Jesus had with the Jews. Of the
remaining 10 times 9 times it occurs in the book of Acts alone and only
once does Paul or other disciples refer to the Sabbath and that too it is
referred to along with New Moon day and pagan holidays.


Neither Jesus nor Paul denied the Sabbath, or said we should not keep the
Sabbath but they had a good understanding of it. For them it was not a
tradition or ritual. When Jesus said Son of Man was the lord of the Sabbath
most think He was referring to Himself as the ‘Son of Man’ as the lord here.


Today’s message shows God was serious even of the Sabbath year not just the
Sabbath day. Our God is not into traditions and time of the day or week or
year is not a factor for Him or for His people who are led by His Spirit.
It is by the understanding of the Sabbath year that Paul could state he was
a slave bought for a price by the Lord and was free, yet now he considered
himself as a voluntary bond slave having rights to inheritance as a son
does.


I was just watching today a video on Youtube about what Israelis thought
about Jesus. What you see in the video is that all Jews disown Jesus as
Messiah. Many stated to a extend He left Judaism to start another religion.
But one thing all Jews were proud of was Moses, the Torah and the
traditions of the Jews. Their traditions are more important than the
purpose of their traditions.


Let us who are baptized in the Holy Spirit not be bonded in rituals and
worship God in the flesh, nor let us burden others who are baptized in the
Holy Spirit into traditions. Let us not come to a state that the Lord asks
us the same question which He did to the Israelites in today’s message ‘why
did you not let your brethren free on the Sabbath year?’.


[Prayer Starter]


Lord your Word says there will come a time when your people worship You in
Spirit and Truth. We pray that your people know You are not into rituals
and everything You stated or recorded in your Word has purpose and
understanding and that purpose and understanding is more important than the
letter...


This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.


[Reference Scriptures]


Matthew 12:1-5


1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his
disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.


2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples
do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.


3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an
hungred, and they that were with him;


4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which
was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but
only for the priests?


5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests
in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?


Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.


1 Corinthians 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is
the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is
Christ’s servant.


Acts 15:28-29


28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no
greater burden than these necessary things;


29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from
things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves,
ye shall do well. Fare ye well.


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Enforcing His plans by force

Luke 1:63, 64And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His 
name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened 
immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

We always talk of the free will that God has given us. We as humans have 
a choice to choose life or death. If we choose life by believing and 
surrendering to the Giver of Life then all our wrong doings are forgiven 
and we get to go to Heaven to live there eternally else after our 
natural death we suffer in a prison our every wrong doing until our 
spiritual death (which is in thousands of years but is not eternal). The 
punishment of those who choose death may sound terrible but even more 
terrible is the suffering of those who believe in the Giver of Life but 
do not accept His life giving Word. The punishment of those who believe 
in Him yet reject His Word is beyond imagination and Bible says it was 
intended not for man but for the fallen angels.

In today's message we see another aspect of God which may question free 
will. Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth had a special role to play in the 
coming of our Savior. They were to be vessels for the messenger who 
makes way for the coming of the Savior. This was prophesied by the Lord 
and had to be fulfilled at that time itself. Understand the time for the 
coming was precise for many reasons and could not be delayed or advanced 
by even a day. We see Zacharias was a godly man who had great love for 
God and did his best to walk in righteousness (His ways), but his faith 
was not very strong and God knew his weakness. God knew Zacharias had 
the ability to speak loose words of disbelief and thus hamper the coming 
of the one who makes way for the coming of the Savior, so God shuts the 
mouth of Zacharias (ability to speak) and when the prophesy was 
fulfilled God opened His mouth. So we see even though we have choice at 
times God uses force.

Did God take away the free will of Zacharias by shutting him for nine 
months of his wife Elizabeth conceiving till until she gave birth? 
Actually NO.

God knew Zacharias would have been the happiest person to be the vessel 
in the great plan of God for the salvation of mankind. But due to his 
lack of knowledge and a shaky inner man he would have delayed the plan 
of God.

For Abram to be known as Abraham God gave him many years, but for Jacob 
to be known as Israel God had to take things by force, thus wrestled him 
as a man.

Understand when it comes to personal choice or personal salvation God 
has lots of patience, so gives us ample time. But if our decision can 
affect the life of others especially mankind in whole then God does not 
allow delay. We see here in the birth of John the Baptist God took 
things by force, God knew the willingness of Zacharias but the margin of 
delay due to the unsteady faith of Zacharias was a factor God could not 
afford so God took it by force.

Today God is talking to all those who feel their life has been drastic 
of stirred violently, if you feel that way then you could be an 
important person in the plan of God for the salvation of others or 
mankind in whole. You may not know it today but when the story gets over 
you will see the great Hand of God in your life.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You dwell beyond time and time is not a factor for You. You Lord 
can see all things across time and thus You know all. You know our 
hearts Lord what it is now and what it will become thus You call us by 
our name for You alone know our names. Lord we pray we understand your 
ways and overcome our weakness so as to not come to a stage that You 
need to take things by force in our lives for what You declared in your 
Word You will surely bring to past...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Overcoming temptation

Mark 14: 37,38 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto
Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and
pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the
flesh is weak.

It is very interesting when a person understands the design and functional
working of a spiritual human with regards to spiritual matters. For today’s
message I could preach like all, talking of how important prayer is and how
it helps overcome temptation. But when understand the design of man it is a
logical step and thus without doubt a necessity, by this we not only come
to know the importance but also know what prayer is or how to pray.

Without going through details and scriptural proofs, like our body is make
of head, hands, legs, torso etc. our inner man composes of 5 parts:-

Discernment

Throne

Mind

Nature

Conscience

Our physical body connects to our spirit man through our 5 senses that is
our sight, our hearing, our taste, our touch and our smell. The senses feed
our inner man and cause our inner man to react. The 5 sense connect to the
inner man through discernment. I call this part a pump like our natural
heart. Like our natural heart cleans our blood (which is life) bringing in
the bad blood and sending out the rich purified blood (although it does not
do the actual cleaning, it is very important in the process). If our
discernment is good even if we see or touch or taste or hear or smell
things which way harm us spiritually but our spirit man will yet be strong.
That is why what goes in does not necessary defile us but what comes out
shows how defiled we are.

The throne is our will. Anyone or anything that is seated on the throne
rules our being. If Lord or His Kingdom is seated on our throne we dwell in
the Kingdom of the Lord, if the world is seated than we are in the world,
if evil is seated on this throne then we in the kingdom of Satan. Also we
need to note when the world is seated on our throne then Satan gets an
indirect control over us.

Mind is where all our knowledge, wisdom and understanding is, it is also
the table on which our inner man works.

Nature is our Character. Like the throne (will) has a say over our being so
also our nature has a very important say. Our nature is like the skeleton
and beauty of our spirit man. Unlike the shape of our physical skeleton is
fixed and only grows in size our spiritual skeleton can change drastically
in shape and size. It is our nature that limits the growth our spirit man
like our natural legs limits the travelling of our physical body. When we
say a person is on fire for God that means the nature of that person seeks
the Nature of God.

Our spirit man connects to our spirit through our conscience which we
usually call our sixth sense. It is through our conscience the spirit world
communicates to us or takes control of us. That means the Lord / Kingdom of
God communicates through our conscience and so also evil spirits do through
this very part. If we have a strong (right) conscience and always control
our conscience well then we are called strong spiritually and thus let our
spirit have a greater say over us, thus led by the spirit. We receive
strength or are weakened spiritually through our conscience.

Why I explained the inner man in today’s message so that you understand
prayer. Although we use our natural body and our senses to pray, our actual
communication happens through our conscience to the spirit world. If we are
not communicating through our conscience rightly during prayer then we are
either become mechanical in prayer or toys in the hands of evil spirits (we
though we pray). We can be in prayer even if we are not using or physical
body but only or inner man communicating to God through our conscience. The
more we use our conscience the more strong we become. It is more important
how strongly we use our conscience not how much time we use it for. So a
short period of strong praying is better than long hours of weak praying.
It is not important how long we pray but how strong we pray. Like in a gym
we need to tune our exercise according to the results we aim for so also
our prayers or way of praying should be tuned.

The Greek word used for temptation here also means testing. Temptation is
wrong inputs or infection getting into our inner man to cause corruption.
Testing on the other hand are inputs which shakes or test the parts of our
inner man. Testing that comes from God does not pass our sustaining limit.
We should realize the importance of prayer since praying strengthen us and
helps us overcome temptation / testing.

Today’s message we see Jesus says ‘watch and pray that lest ye enter into
temptation / testing, the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak’. He
is not talking of physical flesh as being weak but about our discernment
which connects and feds our inner man. To strengthen our inner man through
discernment it is very hard and it also takes time, but to strengthen our
inner man through our conscience it is easier. So during temptation or
testing we should always fall unto communicating with God (payer).

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray that we understand the power of prayer. We understand that the
spirit is real and the flesh temporary. We understand all things are first
existent in spirit and then manifested in the natural. We pray that we live
a prayerful life, not just praying more but praying more effective. Help us
live our lives in such a fashion that our prayer in more powerful to
overcome all temptation and testing...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

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 [experience], and not of commandment.

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent
to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and
our labour be in vain.

James 1:13-14

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot
be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and
enticed.

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The simple minded fools

Romans 16:25 - Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to 
my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the 
revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, 
according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all 
nations for the obedience of faith:

Just 2 days back I was visiting a Believer church to meet an old friend 
whom I met after many years. He had and has a great heart for God. I 
knew him when I was in the Catholic Church and part of a ministry where 
we together used to reach out to the lost. I was happy to see him join a 
'Prophetic school' which has a 3 months long course on 'prophetic 
evangelizing'.

My friend introduced me to another student who was a Pastor from south 
India. When I was encouraging the Pastor about deeper study of the Word, 
the Pastor surprisingly told me 'not to get too deep into all this, one 
should be simple and concentrate on the Gospel'. 'The Gospel is very 
important just stick to it'. He went on emphasizing and quoting verses 
from the book of Romans.

Later I came to know I friend was still in the Catholic Church, yet he 
called himself to be a 'Word rooted person'. When I asked him how could 
he stand, sit or walk with the ungodly as Psalms 1 states, he was 
justified in another way. He knew the traditions and the teachings of 
the Catholic Church are contrary to the Word of God, He stated if he 
needed to save those from this Church he needed to be in it. I did not 
understand his terminology of saving and saving from what by keeping 
them in the wrong? He too spoke to me quoting from Romans.

What really upset me was the Believer bro who was part of the Catholic 
ministry we were in way back but came out along with me and was yet 
justifying our friend. He was saying it is only the grace of God that 
saves people and we should wait for the right time, for the right grace. 
He too was quoting verses from the book of Romans.

The letter to the Romans was not the first letter of Paul yet leads all 
his other letters since it is the signature letter of Paul. To know Paul 
and his doctrine (understanding) one needs to learn this letter. Sadly 
it is the most misunderstood and abused letter in the NT. Christians 
misquote verses from it to justify their unchristian beliefs and deeds, 
or their lethargic spiritual life. It is believed Paul wrote this letter 
in 55AD and wrote it on his 3month trip to Corinth. This letter was 
written by Paul giving great thought on the various topics. John 
Chrysostom the Arch bishop of Constantinople 349 – 407 was so impacted 
with this letter that he had it read to him twice every week.

For example let us take the topic grace in Romans.

We qualify for grace by our belief in the redemption that is in the 
Savior (Lord Jesus Christ).

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption 
that is in Christ Jesus:

Grace comes through faith. That means if I do not have faith in God then 
I do not have the grace of God. It also means the amount of faith I have 
also defines the amount of grace I can operate in. So I must increase 
faith so that my grace increases.

Romans 5:2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein 
we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 4:16Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the 
end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is 
of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is 
the father of us all,

Justification can be done by grace or by works. If I choose works to be 
justified by God then I reject grace. Israel (people) did receive the 
grace of God (Jeremiah 31:2) but when they chose to be justified by 
works (law) then they lost the grace of God. So grace can be rejected or 
lost.

Romans 4:2-4

2For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but 
not before God.

3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted 
unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not 
reckoned of grace, but of debt.

Romans 11:5-7

5Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to 
the election of grace.

6And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no 
more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise 
work is no more work.

7What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the 
election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

God increases grace on us when sin (temptation) around us increases, but 
this grace does not give us a green card to sin. If I sin more because 
grace is more, than I land rejecting grace and thus loose grace totally.

Romans 5:20-21

20Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin 
abounded, grace did much more abound:

21That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through 
righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:1,14,15

1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the 
law, but under grace.

15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under 
grace? God forbid.

Paul also states grace is not equal to all. Grace increases according to 
faith, according to our situation (increase of sin) and also according 
to our calling / mission. He also states grace is given in a specific 
area and not general to cover all areas i.e. I may have lots of grace to 
overcome a particular weakness very easily but in another weakness I may 
little grace and may need to battle in that area. But God says even that 
little grace is sufficient. It is here where it is written the strong 
take by force. So we cannot say we will wait for the right time or wait 
till grace increases. God says if we are under grace we have sufficient 
grace and we need to overcome by force (spiritually) like increasing 
faith/believing and walking in the promise.

Romans 12:3,6

3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among 
you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to 
think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of 
faith.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to 
us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

If we look at just one topic 'grace' in Romans we see it crushes many 
false belief on grace that exists in many Christians (I do not want to 
list them here).

In today's message we see Paul specifies Gospel, preaching / teaching of 
Jesus Christ and the mysteries of the Kingdom of God as separate items. 
Jesus did speak on mysteries of the Kingdom of God but He touched only 
the basics and He said the Helper He sends will reveal more of His 
Kingdom (all that He holds).

So let us understand the Gospel (the good news of hope of salvation in 
Jesus Christ) is the basic step and it allows us to stand before the 
Kingdom of God and knock on its door. It is by our baptism in Christ and 
His Spirit that we walk in through the door and enter the Kingdom of 
God. Thus let us not be simple minds and be victims of vanity think by 
standing at the door we are in the Kingdom.

[Prayer starter]

Lord, people think the Bible is simple and thus Christianity is simple. 
They do not realize even though You were full of wisdom and of Spirit as 
man Jesus yet You studied the Word and grew through in understanding 
from a small child to an adult. We on the other hand who are not perfect 
like You have been spending years and yet know very little of your Word. 
Help us understand our limitation and not be victims of simplicity and 
vanity...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Jeremiah 31:2Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the 
sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause 
him to rest.**

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Psalms 1

1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor 
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he 
meditate day and night.

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that 
bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; 
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in 
the congregation of the righteous.

6For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the 
ungodly shall perish.

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What is your name?

Luke 1:60,61 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be 
called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that 
is called by this name.

There are many people whom I know who hate their names. If they had a 
chance and it was not complicated or lengthy they would change their 
names immediately. I too was one among them for my name was made to 
rhyme someone else's name in the family. It took me time to accept my 
name. Here in today's message the comment of a relative of Elizabeth 
shows by tradition that names were given after another relative or 
ancestor.

In the Bible we see all important individuals had names which had 
meaning and this meaning was important to understand the individual or 
the mission of the individual.

To understand the level of Christian misunderstanding is to understand 
their understanding of names, for i.e. the very first name in the Bible 
is not understood by them. It was good I am in Information Technology 
that to understand names it became easy for me. When I teach on name the 
first question I ask people which takes them aback is 'what is the name 
of Adam?'

If one uses Strong Hebrew Lexicon will find 2 records for the word Adam 
one 0120 and one 0121. 0120 is recorded as 'man' and 01021 is recorded 
as 'red' / 'reddish'. Coming back to my question 'what is the name of 
Adam',this may sound foolish but if one realizes this word occurs 561 
times in the Bible and only 27 times it is used as a name all the other 
times it is translated as man or as an adjective meaning reddish 
(symbolizing full of life).

Did Adam have a name no and yes. When God created the first human He did 
not give him a name and referred to as 'man' since he was the only one 
of his species and being the only one he did not have a name for the 
name of his species was his name.

Understand when we have only one object of its kind at home like a TV we 
refer to it by just saying 'TV' but if we have 2 or more then we need to 
add something to identify which TV. We may say 'bedroom TV', 'drawing 
room TV' etc. thus letting the person know which TV we are referring to.

Names are given to identify a person or object from among others. In the 
NT we see people who had common names were given nick names or called 
along with their father's name so as to identify them from among others 
in society. In case of John the son of Elizabeth whose name was common 
we see he was referred to (nick named) as John the Baptist identifying 
him by what he did.

The first person to have a name was not Adam but was Eve, which Adam 
gave to Eve. Later in Genesis 5 we see the term Adam became a name since 
it was also adjective when God called all the generations of Adam as 
Adam. This also was a curse since the nature of Adam was passed down all 
his generation that is why we need to disconnect from the nature of Adam 
and connect to the nature of Christ to be saved. Man became corrupted by 
default not because the sin of Adam is passed down unto us but because 
the sin nature is passed down.

This terminology of name I understood because of my name which if it is 
unique (on the internet) and if one googles will direct them to me 
alone. But then with others all have someone or the other with that 
name, that too just in this life time, just think across ages how many 
people will exist with the same name. I too now have people (young 
relatives) having my name (but they are not live on the internet yet), 
so I asked the Lord what 'name' is written in the 'Book of Life'. Then I 
understood the name by which the Lord knows us is not our natural name 
but by our spiritual name and what amazed me is learning about our 
spiritual names. The spiritual name we are known by is not what we are 
but what we will be (finished product); so all of us live towards our 
spiritual names.

Just think of it our God calls us by what we will become not by what we 
are, and we worry about what we will become.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord God You alone are God and there is none other than You. When Moses 
and Jacob asked your name You were not pleased. Lord we pray we 
understand the name You call us by and do not fear or have anxiety of 
what will happen to us. We pray we be focused on our mission knowing it 
will be done in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scripture]

Genesis 2:7-8,19

7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed 
into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

8And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put 
the man whom he had formed.

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, 
and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam [man] to see what 
he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, 
that was the name thereof.

Genesis 5:1-2

1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God 
created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

2Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their 
name Adam, in the day when they were created.

Genesis 3:20And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the 
mother of all living.

Exodus 3:13-14

13And 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?

14And 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.

Genesis 32:29And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy 
name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And 
he blessed him there.

Ezekiel 20:44And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought 
with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor 
according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

Isaiah 65:15And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for 
the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:

Isaiah 66:22For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, 
shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name 
remain.

Luke 6:22Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall 
separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out 
your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

Revelation 3:5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white 
raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I 
will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 20:12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; 
and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the 
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were 
written in the books, according to their works.

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Infant Jesus!

Acts 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and 
wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

One thing that amazed me even when I was a Catholic is the people 
worshiping 'infant Jesus'. They make statues of a baby and pay homage to 
it, burning candles, putting flowers etc... My question was why a baby 
to be adored when we (as Catholic) were doing it to a grown up Jesus? It 
was the grown up Jesus who saved us not the infant Jesus.

The Catholics have 3 types of Jesus, one an infant, one of 12years and 
one of 30plus, all these because the Bible records them - assumingly. I 
used the word assumingly because if one checks today's scripture the 
Greek word translated as child is the word 'pais' which means servant. 
The few times it is translated as child or son it refers to a servant 
child or young male servant, thus this word is not about the age but 
about the status of being a servant.

I was studying about slaves for I am preaching on this topic this Sunday 
at a Church. I was surprised to know the word occurs only twice in the 
whole Bible, once in Jeremiah and once in Revelation. In Jeremiah it is 
added to the text for readability so in the whole Bible the word slave 
is only once that is in Revelation and it is connected to man becoming a 
slave to the false Church. One may say the Bible is full of slavery 
specially the OT is full of slavery (most Muslim point to this), I too 
thought so until yesterday. It is only yesterday when I studied the 
words slave and servant (the different types) did I understand. Then I 
became more proud of the Bible - our God hates slavery.

The Greek word for slave is rendered with 2 meanings one which means a 
dead body and the other shadow. A slave means a person who has no life 
of his or her own and no independence or identity for one self. A slave 
is a person owned or possessed forever like an object bought.

The word which is mostly mistranslated as slave is the word which refers 
to bonded servant. A bonded servant means a person who is possessed for 
a period of time, for reasons like not being able to pay a loan or even 
a hired person for a job is called bonded servant.

We all work or have worked in offices as employees; can we call 
ourselves slaves of the company? We are hired for a job and are paid for 
a period of the day to do a specific job. Since we have given a period 
of our time we are under a bond for that period so we are bonded 
servants or employees of our company. We see the Roman commander used 
the same word bonded servant to his soldiers. What is more interesting 
is even those won over by the Israelites by war were considered bonded 
servants not slaves. They were free to go after a period of 7 years 
(Sabbath year). If they wished not to leave then they were considered as 
an extended part of the family having rights in that family.

The Lord's choosing 7 years as a period of release is not because the 
Lord loves the number 7 or the Lord is in numerology. Numbers in the 
Bible are symbolic and is studied in a field called Bible Numeric. The 
number 7 (called cardinal number) is to do with the Holy Spirit (the 7 
Spirits of God that is why symbolizes wholeness).

We too are called bonded servants of Christ when are baptized in Christ 
for our lives is bought for a price. The day we are baptized in the Holy 
Spirit (symbolizing 7 years) we are no longer bonded servants but we are 
set free and now become family having rights.

When we lay hands to heal it is by the authority of Lord Jesus Christ of 
who He is. He being Part of God and God Himself had humbled Himself and 
became man to serve man. So when we call Him a servant, He became not a 
servant of God but a servant of man, He served and serves man. The day 
He finishes His job of bringing man back to Heaven He will un-humble 
Himself and return to His glory which He had before the world was 
created (the time He humbled Himself). Paul and Peter used the term 
bonded servant to themselves even after their baptism in the Holy Spirit 
because they were bounded to the job of Christ. Being Christians, we who 
were bought for a price and are free and are yet bonded, bonded to the 
job of Christ bringing people to the light of the Truth and doing it 
with signs and wonders.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray your people be blessed with wisdom and understanding to be 
free from the vanity and deceit they are in. We pray they understand the 
price You paid for them and they understand the freedom they have in 
You. We pray they understand You hate slavery and love Sonship and have 
called us to be Sons in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Jeremiah 2:14Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn [slave]? why is he 
spoiled?

Revelation 18:10-13

10Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, 
that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy 
judgment come.

11And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no 
man buyeth their merchandise any more:

13And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, 
and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, 
and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

Acts 4:27-32

27For of a truth against thy holy child [servant] Jesus, whom thou hast 
anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the 
people of Israel, were gathered together,

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

29And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, 
that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

30By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may 
be done by the name of thy holy child[servant] Jesus.

31And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were 
assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and 
they spake the word of God with boldness.

32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one 
soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he 
possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

1 Corinthians 9:17-18

17For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my 
will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

18What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may 
make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in 
the gospel.

19For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto 
all, that I might gain the more.

Matthew 23:11

11But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant [diakonos].

Matthew 8:9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and 
I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he 
cometh; and to my servant [doulos], Do this, and he doeth it.

1 Corinthians 6:20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God 
in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

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 Jesus coming to our Churches

Mark 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me 
not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

Jesus was born in a Jewish family, He fulfilled prophesy given to 
Abraham and David. But we see Jesus was like Martin Luther of the Jews, 
He caused Jews to be reformed into Christians. He taught them 
understanding which was contrary to the Jewish understanding and thus He 
was considered a heretic and false prophet by the Jews. They hated Him 
and still do that their books write as He died and was sent to Hell and 
is burning in pots of boiling oil.

In today's message we see Jesus went to the Jewish synagogue (temple) 
daily. Let us ask the question did Jesus go to the synagogue as a 
Jew?The answer is NO.

A Jew goes to the synagogue to pray for he or she thinks the presence of 
God is in the temple. But we see with Jesus when He wanted to pray He 
went to a garden or to mountain tops or in the wilderness to be alone 
with His Father.

Jewish synagogues do not have any statues of people like say a Catholic 
Church has, yet Jews are strong idol worshipers if not as much as the 
Catholics. If one goes to a Jewish synagogue it is full of symbolism and 
these people worship the symbols without understanding.

Does a Jew know the Star of David symbolizes Jesus Christ; that the Key 
of David refers to authority in Christ; the 7 stick Candle stand 
symbolizes the Holy Spirit? Everything in the Jewish Synagogue is 
symbolic and almost all fulfilled in Jesus Christ so the existence of 
these symbols now become idolatry, it is like a Christian still killing 
a lamb on Pascal Feast.

Symbols are for understanding and they themselves are not holy but what 
they symbolize may be holy. Like a crucifix is not holy but the 
sacrifice of Jesus Christ on it is holy. Can we kiss the sacrifice of 
Jesus Christ? Thus kissing a crucifix or even wearing it as a holy 
religious symbol terms into idolatry. Jesus said the world will know us 
as His disciples not by what we wear but with what we are, the way we 
live our lives.

We Believers may say we do not have any idols or symbols in our place of 
worship but you may be surprise even today if Jesus Christ were alive as 
human amongst us He may not worshipped His Father in our gatherings, He 
would still go to a remote or excusive place to worship.

Our Churches may not have physical idols or physical symbols but yet are 
full of idols in form of traditions. Many of Believer denominations 
follow traditions or rituals rooted from the Catholics Church. Some of 
them have made new ones which may surprise a spiritually mature person. 
Like there is a 'Word rooted Church' were a preacher is asked to share 
the message which the Lord has put in his heart. After he shares the 
message the Pastor adds his input to the message confirming the message 
as authentic and then comes the senior Pastor who also has to say a word 
for at least 5mins on that what the other Pastor said. So he certifies 
the authenticity of the Pastor's message which legitimized the message 
given by the Lord to the preacher. One would say this is ok if it 
happens once a while but when it happens at every service it come as an 
amusement.

Yesterday we received a message on worshiping the Lord in spirit. Today 
the Lord is telling us to ask ourselves if He was alive as man amongst 
us would He come to our Churches and worship amongst us. Or would He do 
like He did to the Jewish synagogues come only to preach in our Churches 
but worship elsewhere.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God your Word says our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak. 
We desire You but our carnal nature is so bonded in traditions and 
natural things that we fail to worship You in Spirit. We pray Lord we 
see what we are doing and change our ways. We pray we are led by your 
spirit and not by the understanding of man...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 14:23And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into 
the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone.

Matthew 26:36Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, 
and saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go yonder and pray.

Luke 6:12And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the 
mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God.

Numbers 21:9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and set it upon the 
standard: and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, 
when he looked unto the serpent of brass, he lived.

1 Samuel 6:5Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images 
of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the God of 
Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off you, and from off 
your gods, and from off your land.

2 Kings 18:4He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut 
down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had 
made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: 
and he called it Nehushtan.

Acts 7:42-43

42But God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is 
written in the book of the prophets, Did ye offer unto me slain beasts 
and sacrifices Forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?

43And ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of the god 
Rephan, The figures which ye made to worship them: And I will carry you 
away beyond Babylon.

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Praying always in spirit

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the 
Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication 
for all saints;

Like some questioned me initially I too had that question. If we were to 
pray in spirit then why do we need to speak? God is not man that He 
needs to hear our words, since He can read our thoughts even if we think 
He will answer.

Yes it is true we do not need to speak words when we pray, BUT that is 
when our spirit is in tune with the Spirit of Lord. Bible says the 
desires of the righteous are answered by the Lord, even before they 
speak out He will answer them.

One needs to be a person who worships the Lord not just in words but 
also the way you live your life. Righteousness (what is right in the 
eyes of God) is wrongly understood. We cannot by any way measure or 
touch the righteousness of the Lord. The righteousness the Lord expects 
from is according to our little understanding of His Kingdom, not our 
misunderstanding but our right understanding. So according to God, it is 
not just what we don't do but what we do also has more value. That means 
we cannot call ourselves righteous just because we do not rob, do not 
tell lie, do not hurt others etc., we are called people pursuing 
righteous when we bless others, love others, help others, guide others 
etc... By doing the Will of God we automatically stop doing things that 
displease God. The Greek word translated as supplication is the word 
'deesis' which means more 'seek', 'indigence'. Paul says we need to seek 
in spirit.

We pray vocally, more for ourselves to know what we are praying and for 
others to hear, for us and them to be encouraged because our spirits are 
weak. Even when we speak words but our hearts speak otherwise, God will 
hear more the words of our hearts than the words of our mouth.

We may impress people by praying in many words or by screaming and 
shouting but God does not get impressed with all this. What God hears 
and answers is the words that come from our heart, seeing from what 
depth they come from and how true they are.

I always tell people the most powerful prayer that Jesus said was the 
prayer 'thank You' and the prayer Our Father is just the ABCD of prayer. 
We are not called to narrate the prayer 'Our Father' but to prayer like 
that, which means use it as a template and prayer. Also to say the 
prayer 'thank You' requires very strong faith.

As Catholics we would narrate standard prescribed prayers. The first 
time they would make you feel good but then they came out like nursery 
rhymes. The prayers were so automated that even if the person was half 
asleep yet the 'praying' would continue. Later when I came in the Lord 
and I learnt about prayer I realized they angered God more than pleased 
God. Firstly the way they were said and secondly what was said since 
almost all Catholic prayers speak contrary to the Word of God. They are 
like accusing God of lies or mocking God by mocking His Word. It was one 
of these so called prayers which is so dedicatedly said by all Catholics 
that is the 'Rosary', which opened my eyes to the truth of Catholicism.

Let our prayer be our personal communication to God. We may communicate 
as an individual or as a group. As a group let us all know what we seek 
and let us all agree in spirit with the person if there is someone 
leading others in prayer.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word says we do not receive because we do not ask. Your people 
Lord also do not know how to ask that is why they do not receive. Lord 
we pray You teach your people to pray and that they may live a prayerful 
life not by continual praying but a life that makes prayer more effective...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Psalms 37:4-6

4Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of 
thine heart.

5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it 
to pass.

6And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy 
judgment as the noonday.

Isaiah 1:15And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes 
from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands 
are full of blood.

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

James 4:3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may 
spend it in your pleasures.

Mark 11:24Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and 
ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

1 John 3:22and whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his 
commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.

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You Egyptian fishermen will mourn

Isaiah 19:8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle 
into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters 
shall languish.

We learned in one of our recent messages the Lord spoke to us about what 
he meant by the term He used for Simon Peter 'fisher of men'. Previously 
due to lack of understanding of the term I used to use the term 
'fishing' to 'evangelizing', but then I was uneasy using this.

Christians who nurture or lead others growing in Lord are called 
Shepherds or Pastors, but we cannot use the term fishermen to them.

The scripture the 'Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want' has nothing to 
do with worldly needs or wants. It speaks of spiritual needs or 
guidance. The green pastures symbolize spiritual nourishment.

Just to refresh when the Lord told Simon Peter He would make him a 
fisher of men, He did so because Peter was a very business minded person 
(he used to do fishing business along with John and James). To get Simon 
Peter to acknowledge Him, Jesus had to show him a sign and the best sign 
for a business man is a big sudden unimaginable boom in his business.

Today the Lord is going to do the antithesis of what He did to Peter. 
Today's scriptures speaks to all those who are business minded. It 
speaks of Egyptians which in Hebrew means 'dual strait' and symbolizes 
people of God living a worldly life.

The Lord is our provider and He provides us all our needs. But those who 
replace the needs by wants and put them ahead of the position the hold 
for the Lord and expect God to meet them will be in for a great 
disappointment.

In Church there is a person who comes from a business community and has 
accepted the Lord. But the purpose he has done this is because the Lord 
saved him from financial disasters. He looks up to the Lord only for his 
financial problems since he does not have time or importance to give to 
other things. He comes to Church and stands many a times to testify how 
the Lord has blessed him in business and the other times he sleeps. Of 
late has become more honest, he leaves before the preaching starts.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You love your people and there are times when out of love You need 
to disappoint them or chastise your own. Lord we pray that your people 
overcome this materialistic world. Let them know the difference between 
need and wants. Let them understand the difference between desire and 
greed...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 19: 4-10

4And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a 
fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

5And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted 
and dried up.

6And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence 
shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.

7The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every 
thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.

8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the 
brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall 
languish.

9Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, 
shall be confounded.

10And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make 
sluices and ponds for fish.

Psalms 23:1 Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

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The appearance of things

Luke 24:11 And their words appeared to them as nonsense, and they 
believed them not.

We see in today's message when the women returned from the tomb and 
reported about the resurrection of Jesus Christ the scripture says the 
eleven did not believe. The scripture uses very appropriate words while 
recording this, it does not say that they just did not believe, it says 
'it appeared to them nonsense' so they did not believe.

The ability to know something requires the person to have the basic 
foundation very firm. If I do not know the ABC of a thing than the DEF 
would be foolishness to me. When anyone does not understand something 
the person is not to be blamed for the misunderstanding, we need to 
realize that the basic understanding is lacking thus the person fails.

The eleven disciples of Jesus were taught by Jesus and one cannot argue 
about the wisdom and capability of Jesus as a teacher, yet we see the 
disciples had problems in understanding what Jesus taught them. The 
problem was not with Jesus but the problem was their pass knowledge of 
the Judaism religion was too strong to allow the truth to settle in. 
Jesus as man was 100percent man thus when they heard another man teach 
them they had many difficulties to accept it fully. Doubts and previous 
misunderstand became their hurdle to accept the Truth.

The only one who could deal with them was the Holy Spirit and it was 
through the Holy Spirit they understood all what Jesus taught them. 
Jesus knew of this problem therefore told them that the one whom He 
sends would clear everything for them.

When I was a Catholic my understanding came from the Catholic Church, so 
based on that understanding I would see all things and thus all other 
things seem nonsense. But when the Holy Spirit exposed the true face of 
this Institute, the face of deception and one which is under the power 
of the great deceiver, it was after that I made my mind not to believe 
even the smallest thing of this Church. It was only when I erased every 
understanding that I had received from this Church that I started 
quickly understanding the Truth.

We see Catholics are so prone to deception due to their false 
understanding of the Truth that they believe the spirit (woman) that 
appears as Mary is actually Mary the mother of Jesus. Because they 
believe this woman is Mary the mother of Jesus they shut their ears to 
every word spoken against her or things this spirit protects or professes.

Yesterday I managed to get a brother out of this Church because he knew 
about Islam and when he saw the Pope acknowledge Islam and its books as 
holy he got shaken. He questioned his priest and they failed to justify 
him with an answer. Ultimately they spilled out the truth that they knew 
it was wrong yet they have to keep quiet because they feared their 
master the Pope. The brother told them he feared Christ for Christ is 
his master.

Deception is not restricted only to the Catholic Church for even the 
Believer Church which has separated itself from this Church has not 
separated itself fully from the understandings of this Church. Even 
today Believers unknowingly follow the traditions and false beliefs of 
this Church.

It is only boldness and thirst to know the truth that can break barriers 
of falsehood and deceptions.

Bible says the Spirit of God gives us boldness and also the initial 
Spirit of God we receive by faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is 
the Spirit of Truth which is one of the seven Spirits of God (we receive 
the promise, after that we need to claim Him).

If we believe in the sacrifice if Jesus Christ and have yet not received 
and baptized in the Holy Spirit let us claim the Spirit of God. Let us 
ask Him to come into our lives, and let us surrender to Him. When He 
comes into our lives He fills us with boldness and opens our minds to 
understanding of the Kingdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God You sent your Son to become man and pay the price for our 
sins so that we can receive your Spirit. It is only by the working of 
your Spirit we receive back the image of You that was lost by sin of 
Adam and Eve. Lord we pray your people receive your Spirit and they 
surrender to your Spirit. That your Spirit of Truth works in them and 
sets them free...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 23:8-10

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

9And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, even 
he who is in heaven.

10Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, even the Christ.

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.

John 16:12-15

12I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he shall guide you into 
all the truth: for he shall not speak from himself; but what things 
soever he shall hear, these shall he speak: and he shall declare unto 
you the things that are to come.

14He shall glorify me: for he shall take of mine, and shall declare it 
unto you.

15All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that 
he taketh of mine, and shall declare it unto you.

Acts 4:31And when they had prayed, the place was shaken wherein they 
were gathered together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, 
and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Romans 8:15For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; 
but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

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Across the brook of Kidron unto the Garden

John 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his 
disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he 
entered, and his disciples.

We read in today's message Jesus crossed the valley of Cedron / Kidron 
(Hebrew) to enter the garden. The Lord wants us to mediate on this 
aspect of crossing the valley of Kidron to enter the Garden for we too 
will have to do so. The Lord is not talking of the valley which is in 
Jerusalem but the valley that is in our life and in the life of every 
human. To understand this we need to understand the brook.

The Hebrew word Kidron means darkness. Darkness by itself does not exist 
for it needs to be created and one needs to proactively create darkness 
like light is always at work (light are particles traveling in a 
direction). We also say this because by default light exist and darkness 
comes to existence when light is restricted. To keep darkness one needs 
to always keep obstructing light similarly evil needs always keep 
breeding evil to be evil, if evil just stops breeding evil light will 
overtake it and remove darkness.

God is Light and He exists from the beginning or before the beginning. 
Why I say before the beginning because the Bible starts from the time 
when darkness was created by one third Angels rebelling against the 
plans of God and God making man with the purpose to be the source of 
light. The Bible ends with the darkness being removed by the light 
shining through man (who is lower than the Angels and went through 
darkness himself for a period) overcoming the fallen angels. So in short 
the whole Bible is about crossing the valley of Kidron / darkness.

Let us study the history of the valley of Kidron in the Bible to 
understand Kidron.

We read about David passing this valley with his close associates, when 
he fled his own son Absalom. After the adultery affair of David with 
Bathsheba his son Absalom won the hearts of the people and revolted 
against David. It is written David was ashamed at he did and crossed 
this valley with weeping when he fled his own son.

The valley also became famous for being a place where flit of the city 
and specially the temple was discarded into this valley. It was like a 
city sewer where unclean (spiritually unclean) things were discarded. We 
even see the idols connected to the vain beliefs of man being discarded 
here. Later we see even the 'unclean' people cast off from the city 
dwelt here. It is this place which gave birth to concept of hades / hell 
being a place of fire burning since there was perpetual burning of 
garbage here in this valley.

Initially this valley was called a cemetery of the common men. The 
people who were poor would usually bury their relatives here in this 
valley. Later the Jews started considered this place as being the most 
sort after place to bury their dead because of their misunderstanding of 
referring this valley as the valley of Jehoshaphat. Since they lacked 
understanding they thought this valley was a promise of God for their 
dead. Jesus said God is the God of the living not of the dead so you 
will not find any special or extra ordinary instructions towards dealing 
with dead bodies.

Over all we see the things associated with this valley of Kidron 
symbolizing Hell are darkness, death, filth, vain traditions, 
backsliding, spiritual uncleanliness and lack of understanding.

Jesus crossed the valley of Kidron and entered the Garden and His 
disciples who followed Him also did. It symbolizes the Son of Man Jesus 
overcoming Hell to ascend to Heaven and we who are His disciples will 
also overcome the valley darkness and enter Heaven for He did.

The people who will be caught in Kidron are those who are spiritually 
unclean (even though they know God for the filth of the Temple were 
discarded here), people who have made man made traditions a religion and 
humans or human made objects as gods, people who backslide even if they 
were great Men of God, people who hate the plans of God and love 
darkness, even those people who have the wrong understanding of the 
plans of God will land up in this place.

The Lord is telling us even if we are not God haters but are believing 
Christians yet we have the danger of landing in destruction. So let is 
make our feeble feet strong, let us walk the path of holiness, let us be 
clear of the plans of God so that we are not deceived to believing vain 
things.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray You help us strengthen our weak feet to be strengthen. We 
pray for grace and courage so that we fall not and if we do we instantly 
get up and are back on our feet. We pray for discernment that we know 
the things holy from the things unholy and keep ourselves from the 
unholy things. We also pray for clear direction of your plans so we do 
not waver in our path to You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Samuel 15:23And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the 
people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, 
and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.

2 Samuel 15:30And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept 
as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all 
the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went 
up, weeping as they went up.

2 Chronicles 29:16And the priests went into the inner part of the house 
of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that 
they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the 
LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.

2 Chronicles 30:14And they arose and took away the altars that were in 
Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them 
into the brook Kidron.

1 Kings 15:13And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being 
queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her 
idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.

2 Kings 23:3-6

3And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to 
walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies 
and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the 
words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the 
people stood to the covenant.

4And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the 
second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the 
temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the 
grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without 
Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto 
Bethel.

5And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had 
ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and 
in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto 
Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the 
host of heaven.

6And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without 
Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and 
stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves 
of the children of the people.

Jeremiah 26:23And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought 
him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his 
dead body into the graves of the common people.

Joel 3:2I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into 
the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people 
and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, 
and parted my land.

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Luke 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which 
were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from 
henceforth thou shalt catch men.

We see Jesus tells Simon (whom He named Cephas - later translated to 
Peter, this is after He named him) that He would make him a fisher of 
men. Before I come to the main point let us also look at the same record 
of how Jesus gets Simon to follow Him in the other Gospels.

We know Luke wrote the Gospel to bring in line the things which were 
missing or matters that needed details (not correction but adding or 
emphasizing the important points). Luke records Jesus's interaction with 
Simon to get him to follow Him. If we ignore Luke's record we may think 
this catching of fishes was the first interaction of Jesus with Simon. 
But we see in chapter 4 after preaching at the synagogue and before the 
incident of catching abundant fishes Jesus left for Simon's house and 
heals his sick mother in law. It shows Jesus knew Simon from before and 
this is again highlighted by Luke stating Simon was a business partner 
of John and James Zebedee.

We know John and James were first cousins of Jesus for they were 
children of Salome the sister of His mother (whom Jesus also called Mary 
for He gave her the status of His mother like He also did to Mary the 
Magdalene). Salome/ Mary was the wife of Cleophas who was nicknamed 
Zebedee (people with common names were given nick names or called along 
with their father's name). So we see Jesus was closer to John and James 
than He was to John the Baptist who was the son of His mother's cousin. 
Since Jesus knew John and James from before He also knew their partner 
Simon. It was only after Jesus' commission of becoming Rabbi not just 
master but official teacher which enabled Him to preach in Synagogues by 
His 40days fasting in the wilderness according to that of Moses else He 
would have had to study under another Rabbi like Saul/Paul was doing, 
that He got His 12 select disciples in place. So Luke was clearing the 
matter by adding the missing details. On the other hand we see the 
Gospel of John starts with the incident of Jesus naming Simon as Cephas.

Why I wanted to clear this because Jesus used the words 'Fear not; from 
henceforth thou shalt catch men (be fisher of men)'. Note Jesus 
highlights 2 things towards Simon 'fear' and relating 'souls to fishes'. 
Simon and his group were astonished with the large catch of fishes so 
there was an element of surprise not an element of fear but we see Jesus 
uses the word fear. Also are souls of the Kingdom of God fishes? In what 
way can anyone relate the two? One is catch to kill and consume which 
the other is not caught but released from bondage of death and 
destruction and set free and given eternal life.

Like in the case when Saul came to know the Lord, the Lord prophetically 
spoke of the mission of Paul, here too when commissioning Simon we find 
Jesus prophetically spoke the 2 weak areas of Simon which he would 
overcome. We know from the later incidents of Simon how fear took hold 
of him and he denied Jesus 3 times so fear was a factor of Simon. 
Secondly we also see after the death of Jesus the first thing that Simon 
does on turning back to his regular life is go for fishing which was his 
business. We also see he was so engrossed in his business that Simon did 
not realize that his clothes were fallen off and he was naked, but he 
continued fishing. It was when he was told Jesus was there he puts his 
clothes on.

When Jesus told Simon 'I will make you a fisher of men', Jesus was not 
relating the souls to fishes but was telling Simon that his focus will 
not be business but the Kingdom of God.

Today the Lord is talking to all who have the spirit of Simon (alike to 
Simon), all those who have fear in them and all those who give more 
importance to their livelihood or business than to God's Kingdom.

Our Churches are filled with lots of these Simons. They love God but due 
to fear do not boldly witness Him, they do not have time for God's work 
since business is the first priority for them and when they get some 
free time they will then think of doing God's work; but due to their 
zealous passion for their work they rarely get this free time.

The Lord is telling them today 'fear not, I will make you a fisher of 
men'. He will fill them with boldness and He will change the focus of 
their life and the passion of their life.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we thank You today for speaking unto the Simons in our Church. We 
thank You Lord for filling them with boldness and for redirecting their 
focus and purpose of their lives. We need more and more laborers filled 
with boldness and those who know the importance of saving souls...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Luke 1:1-4

1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a 
declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

2Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were 
eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

3It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all 
things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent 
Theophilus,

4That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou 
hast been instructed.

Luke 4:38-39

38And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And 
Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought 
him for her.

39And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and 
immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

Mark 1:16-17

16Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his 
brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

17And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to 
become fishers of men.

John 1:40-42

40One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, 
Simon Peter's brother.

41He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have 
found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

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.

John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It 
is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt 
his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself 
into the sea.

Acts 9:15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen 
vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the 
children of Israel:

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Who hates God the most?

Luke 23:4,5 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I 
find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce, saying, He 
stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from 
Galilee to this place.

Pontius Pilate was a Roman procurator appointed under the Governor of 
the province. His job was to make sure the taxes towards the Roman 
Empire were paid and that law and order was maintained in his territory. 
So one of his activities was to judge over civil and criminal issues.

We see Jesus was found to be innocent by Pontius Pilate according to 
civil laws of the land. But we see it was the Jewish High Priest and his 
troupe that accused Jesus as being a criminal and they were doing so 
according to their law. So according to them (their understanding) they 
were fully justified in punishing Jesus. What law did the Jews follow 
and are following? Can they by the Law given by the Lord find the Lord 
Jesus Christ guilty?

The Jews followed and follow a law which they think is the Law of the 
Lord given through Moses but that was and is their thinking and not 
reality. Paul in his letter to the Jewish Christians in Rome exposed 
that these people followed a law that led to death and not life which 
the Law of God gives.

Jews due to their lack of understanding followed the Law in the text / 
letter and not in its understanding. Paul used the term the letter kills 
but the spirit gives life. Paul was not talking of the Holy Spirit but 
the spirit or understanding of the text.

One should give this matter a deep thought. We get our understanding of 
the Kingdom of God via the written Word and how is it that following the 
written Word can cause death?

The problem lays in taking part of the text or taking a matter out of 
its actual reference and building an understanding on one's 
misunderstanding.

Jews follow scriptures partly or without its context of reference and 
based on that mistake they created the 'law of Moses'. It was these 
misdirected people who thought they were 'people of God' who made them 
the worst enemies of God for they hated Him.

Today's message opens our eyes to the worse enemies of God and those are 
the half knowledge and misled religious people. Ask many Christians why 
they do not thirst the knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of 
God; why they do not study deep the things of the Word and Kingdom of 
God? They will say they are happy with knowing what they know they do 
not want to get confused by studying deeper things. That is why the 
Preachers also teach them what they already know and this pleases them.

The Lord is telling us we can actively or passively become enemies of 
God by our attitude towards His Word. Jesus said either be warm or be 
cold but if we are lukewarm He would spit us out of His mouth.

One can be an active or passive religious person by one's attitude 
towards God's Word. God hates halfhearted people / stiff-necked people 
who are active or passive religious people for they make directly or 
indirectly make God their enemy. They may say 'Lord, Lord' and may be 
attending daily prayer services but due their confused understanding 
they misled others whom the Lord loves. They may think they are doing 
God work but they do not know how much wrath of God they are bringing on 
themselves.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word says a foolish friend is worse than an enemy. Lord the 
people who call themselves Christians, your people and have no knowledge 
and understanding of the basics of your Word they are misleading the 
world. They fail to show the Living God in them and thus cause people to 
worship Baal a god unknown. Lord we pray the people have a thirst for 
your Kingdom and your Word and not let their foolishness make You their 
enemies...

We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 2:29But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is 
that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is 
not of men, but of God.

Romans 7:6But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein 
we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the 
oldness of the letter.

2 Corinthians 3:6Who also hath made us able ministers of the new 
testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, 
but the spirit giveth life.

John 8:43-45

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.

John 7:19Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the 
law? Why go ye about to kill me?

Acts 28:23And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him 
into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, 
persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out 
of the prophets, from morning till evening.

Revelation 3:16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor 
hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

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For the sake His Kingdom be one

Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be 
likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

I like the NASB translation of this verse; it uses the more appropriate 
words 'perseverance' and 'encouragement' instead of patience and 
consolation.

Generally speaking the term patience is too broadly used, but 
technically and biblically patience is the most difficult virtue to have 
and one requires many Fruits of the Spirit to have patience. It is not a 
Fruit but more a Fruit Salad.

Today's message talks of being of one mind. People think being of one 
mind means to have the same understanding which is just impossible.

We all can have the same understanding on certain topics but in all 
topics we will surely have some of other difference. That difference 
would be small like in importance, definition or big in sense of 
theological differences, but there will always be some deviation.

If we look at the Apostles they too even though being one had difference 
(highlighted between Peter and Paul, Paul and Barnabas). Their 
difference was in the level of understanding and not in purpose. The 
oneness in them was the purpose and that purpose was the purpose of 
Jesus Christ.

We Christians fight over differences of knowledge and we belittle people 
who know less or even if they know more than us. This nature is contrary 
to the nature of Christ.

Bible says Truth came through Christ even though the Word was with man 
even before the Lord came as man Jesus. As man Jesus Christ the Lord was 
100percent man and He studied scriptures like you and me do, but since 
He had the fullness of the Spirit and was blessed optimally in all 
spiritual gifts, He had the most perfect knowledge and understanding of 
scriptures and of the Kingdom of God. Do we find Jesus mocking people 
for their lack of understanding of scriptures? Even when Jesus rebuked 
the religious Jews He did not belittle them for their understanding, He 
exposed their wrong or deceitful intentions, but not their understanding.

Let us not look of what or how much we know, for true understanding of 
the Kingdom of God does not come by our efforts but comes as a gift (a 
revelation) from God that is why Bible says we who are in Christ will 
make the wise of the world look fools. If knowledge and understanding of 
the Kingdom of God would come purely by human efforts than the wise who 
put great efforts to learn would have had it all. Understand this also 
does not mean we need to sit under some tree and meditate on God and we 
will know all. Each revelation that comes from God is like a tool which 
helps us dig better and search better and understand better. The more 
and better tools we have we can search and understand better. Here we 
need both tools and we also need to search, so efforts are required to 
know more of the Kingdom of God.

The wise man as well as the man blessed with revelation both put effort, 
the difference between the wise person and the person blessed with 
revelation is that the wise man digs with his bare hands while the 
person with revelation digs with heavenly tools. The wise man just 
barely scrapes the top and is pleased but a man blessed with revelation 
digs deep, also he knows the more the tools the more deep he can get and 
what he receives comes not by least efforts and thus does not take pride 
in himself. So a man of revelation will never boast of his efforts or 
his knowledge and understanding for he or she knows it is a gift of God 
and the efforts he or she put was nothing compared to what he or she 
holds. Jesus did not say 'you will know all things by your efforts'; He 
said His Spirit will lead us to all understanding and show us all things 
of His Kingdom.

The Church is filled with wise people and it is because these people 
know by efforts that is why they take pride in what they know. To change 
one would require surrender to the Spirit of God and one of the most 
effective surrender is praying in Tongues.

Let us be one, if not by understanding but at least by our purpose which 
should be the purpose of Jesus Christ.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord we pray the division between us be removed let your people operate 
less in the flesh and operate more in the Spirit. Lord we pray your 
Spirit take hold of your people and lead them in oneness and that your 
glory come soon on earth as in Heaven...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 1:19-21

19For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will 
bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this 
world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, 
it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Matthew 11:27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man 
knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, 
save the Son, and to whomsoever the Son will reveal.

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.

John 7:39(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 20:22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto 
them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

John 16:13-15

13Howbeit 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.

14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it 
unto you.

15All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he 
shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Romans 16:25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my 
gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation 
of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught 
it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:3How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; 
(as I wrote afore in few words,

Ephesians 1:17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of 
glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the 
knowledge of him:

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Laying of hands to heal

Acts 28:8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a 
fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and 
laid his hands on him, and healed him.

When one joins any Church the Church elders or the Pastor will ask you 
if you have done your foundation course.And what do they teach you in 
the foundation course - the Gospel, Salvation, grace and faith.

If you look at the Bible this is just the first part of the foundation 
course which every Christian should go through. The second part of the 
foundation course is rarely taken in Churches and they are – Baptisms 
(Water and Spirit), laying of hands, Resurrection of the dead and 
Eternal Judgment.

What I have noticed many leaders themselves are not clear of the later 
topics and that is the cause of misunderstandings and doctrine issues in 
the Church. It is lack of understanding of these foundational topics 
which have caused denominations and breaking of the Body. If the 
foundation is weak and not set can a structure stand?

Today's topic speaks of laying of hands. Laying of hands is done for 2 
reasons one for imparting of the Holy Spirit and for healing. What is 
interesting in both cases it is not necessary to physically lay hands to 
do those tasks.

First we need to understand why we need to lay hands. Man is weak in the 
flesh and relies more on his natural senses. So what he hears sees or 
feels make great impact on his faith. These can work both ways they can 
build as well and destroy. When a person hears a good report it can 
encourage the faith of that person. When a person sees the manifestation 
of the Word of God it can encourage the faith of that person. The same 
way touch also encourages the faith of the person. Like a good report 
encourages so also a bad report discourages and shakes the faith.

Jesus or His Apostles did not need to use touch with every person to 
heal them but those who were weak in faith they did. One does not need 
to touch the part of the body which needs healing for it is not the 
touch that does the healing; the touch is for encouraging the faith. 
Surely touching that part of the body may increase the faith of the 
person but matters what part of the body it is. Touching certain parts 
may cause discomfort to the person or may cause disturbance to the 
spirit of the person praying, more over important is the people around 
should not have misunderstanding of what is happening, so it is safe to 
lay hands on the head for all purposes of praying for healing.

We also lay hands for imparting of the Spirit. Again it is not necessary 
to lay hands, when Jesus imparted the Spirit of God to His Apostles He 
breath in them after His resurrection. At Pentecost what happened is the 
manifestation of the Spirit and baptism of the Holy Spirit. Paul advices 
imparting of the Spirit is not to be taken likely and one should be very 
careful before doing so since the Spirit of God can build as well 
destroy for the Spirit quickens. If the person surrenders, the Spirit 
builds, if the person resists, the Spirit will break that person. So 
first bring the person to surrender to God before imparting the Spirit 
by laying of hands or speaking the Word (prophesying).

To be perfect in healing one needs to understand sicknesses. Healing is 
a gift and also a Calling but in both cases it works through authority. 
As one grows in his or her understanding the person perfects healings. 
It is not necessary every person has to get healed even Jesus could not 
do so for the cooperation of the recipient is required. Faithlessness 
can block healing that is why we need to encourage the faith of the 
person to heal.

Worship is one great way for encouraging faith that is why most Healers 
during big events have worship before they start healing. In smaller 
groups we can use testimony for encouraging faith before doing healings. 
Faith can be in God, His Word or even the Man of God and his authority 
to get healed. Like the woman (who was not a Jew) who suffered 13 years 
with bleeding issue touched the hem of Jesus clothes to get healed. 
People think she was humble and perseverant that is why she touched the 
hem. Understand in a crowd the worse thing to do is bend; one can cause 
stampede and people to topple over one another. She did that for she had 
understanding of the Jewish dress and what the blue hem of their clothes 
symbolizes. What she touched is the authority of Jesus thus she could 
steal a healing / get healed without the knowledge of the person 
involved in doing the healing.

Putting or anointing a person with oil is also similar to laying of 
hands. In scriptures they have specified the oil to be olive oil that 
does not mean we need to now start using olive oil or since coconuts 
were not available there and olive was common thus they used Olive oil. 
In the Bible Olive tree symbolizes the people and olive oil symbolizes 
testimony. We are called more to encourage the person with testimonies 
before laying hands and healing, applying oil / laying hands is not 
necessary (while applying we touch the person so both is done). We see 
many leaders who lack knowledge of scriptures sell 'holy oil' to make 
money. Even taking personal objects of an anointed Man of God is not 
approved by God. When the people did God that with Peter, Peter not 
stopping them but encouraging them (they even considered his shadow 
holy) caused God to get angry and we see the persecution in the Church 
started after that. In the case of Paul they stole his work clothes to 
heal themselves and since it was not with Paul's approval thus nothing 
happened.

God has given us authority and it is His Word that heals so let us not 
let the process take the center importance place but be focused on what 
actually does the healing but use the process for the advantage of 
getting the work done.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord your Word says when man sinned the image of You in man got 
corrupted and sickness started to manifest, man realized death was at 
hand and he was mortal. It was then man realized the danger of being far 
from You and how life comes from You and death come when we distant 
ourselves from You. Lord we pray we realize as Jesus You gave us all who 
believe in You the authority to heal. Let us encourage people weak in 
faith by laying hands and they come to know You and glorify You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Hebrews 6:1-2

1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go 
on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from 
dead works, and of faith toward God,

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of 
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Matthew 9:20-21

20And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve 
years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall 
be whole.

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

James 5:14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the 
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name 
of the Lord:

Hebrews 1:9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore 
God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy 
fellows.

Acts 14:9-11

9The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving 
that he had faith to be healed,

10Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and 
walked.

11And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their 
voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us 
in the likeness of men.

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Focus is on the little

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also 
in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

All those who have a passion for the Kingdom of God want to do something 
big, a great event, a great revival, a grand Church and so on. Every Man 
of God dreams of great things. But when God had to give an example of 
His most righteous He did not name Abraham, nor did He name Moses, or 
David, or Jacob, or Jeremiah, or Isaiah, or even Elijah. Like any person 
when God had to give names He did not name the least or average but 
named those that shine on the top in His eyes, and we see God named 
Noah, Job and Daniel.

Understand in this world we may be most famous Men of God but in the 
eyes of God we may be average or even little. God does not look at how 
famous we are in this world for doing His work or how many people we 
bought unto Him or for being a blessing unto millions.

We are like vessels, we may be used to serve the most finest of things, 
we may be put on the top or even at the center of the banquet table but 
when God needs to value the vessel He does not look at what was served 
in that vessel or where the vessel was placed, since He is the one who 
provides what is served and it is He who places the vessels at its 
position. What God looks at is what the vessel is made of.

Understand more than what we do outwards, Lord looks at what we do 
inwards. He looks at things like perseverance, persistence, consistence, 
endurance, patience etc. for these are impossible to possess without 
having Fruits of the Spirit.

Today the Lord is saying He is a gemologist, a goldsmith, a diamond 
dealer. He looks at quality more than quantity. He does not look at what 
you do but at what you are. He looks at the little things that you do in 
your everyday life. You may not have a big following here on earth but 
God has planned greater things for you in Heaven. Do not be surprised if 
we find the most famous Men and Women of God may not be holding top 
positions in Heaven when we all meet there. They may be standing with 
the common Angels and some simple ones on earth may be stage most near 
to His glorious Throne in Heaven.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are God, all-knowing and all-seeing. There is nothing that is 
hidden from You even if it is done in the darkest of places. You know 
weakness and You Lord do not look at our mistakes but look at the 
efforts we take to fight them. Lord we pray we pay attention to the 
little things in life more than doing big propaganda, that we show Who 
You Are more than what You can do. May we not be among those who asked 
You your Name...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Ezekiel 14:14Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, 
they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith 
the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 14:20Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith 
the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall 
but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

Genesis 32:27-29

27And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for 
as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

29And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he 
said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed 
him there.

Exodus 3:13-14

13And 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?

14And 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.

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The coming back of Elijah

Matthew 17:11,12And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall 
first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is 
come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever 
they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

When I came in the Lord and having a Calling of a Teacher of the Word 
the Lord led me to write on various topics, among them was on Creation. 
As the Lord was teaching me on this He bought to my understanding the 
design and purpose of His creation. I was made to understand life and 
death and Judgment Day but there was one thing that did not fall into 
all this and that was people like Elijah and Enoch who did not die and 
were lifted up. At that time this did not logically fit into the design 
of Heaven and Earth. Later as I was meditating on this the Lord opened 
my understanding to this too by making me understand the levels of His 
Kingdom. Paul too was make to understand this and he was so lost in this 
vision at that time that he could not confirm if he really was lifted up 
or he had a vision of it. Later we see Paul was cleared of this doubt too.

When we say Heaven we by default refer of the upper 3 levels of Heaven 
which are separated or guarded and no corrupt being can enter there 
including man or fallen angel. The only being ascended up is Jesus 
Christ for no corruption (sin) was found in Him. All who die believing 
in the Lord sleep in the Lord in a level know as Grave which is below 
the level we live in. Below Grave is the level called Hell which is not 
under the control of Satan (as Catholic doctrine states) although he is 
bound there. Hell like Peter rightly states is a prison in control of 
the Angels of the Lord. There is no fire in Hell, the fire which the 
Bible talks of is inside the being imprisoned there it is their sins in 
them that burn like never ending coals of fire (that is why in the 
parable the rich man asks for water to be put on his tongue not on him).

What I could not place in all this understanding of the levels was these 
2 people from the Old Testament who were lifted up, if they could not go 
to the upper 3 levels of Heaven (since they were yet not redeemed from 
corruption), where did they go? If they have to die and be judged to 
enter Heaven then when would they return? The Jews somewhat also knew of 
the fact no man can go to Heaven unless they were redeemed and judged 
that is why they eagerly await the promised Savior (they are still 
awaiting since they have rejected Jesus Christ). It was only when I was 
made to understand the level between us and Heaven that I understood 
where these people who were lifted up went.

When the Jews raised the question of Elijah coming back as prophesied 
Jesus told them that he had already come and they had put him to death 
and that person was none other than John the Baptist. Jesus said like 
Elijah came as John the Baptist with a mission and was put to death so 
also He (Son of Man) who came with a mission would be put to death by 
them (though not in the same fashion).

To understand the penance oriented mission of John the Baptist, reason 
of him living in the desert and eating things like locus, baptizing 
people in water etc. one need to understand the spirit of Elijah. No 
other Prophet in the Bible exists of whom his spirit is referred to in 
particular other than Elijah.

Enoch and Elijah were not taken up because they were better than other 
or just like that; they were taken to return back to play an important 
role in the timeline of mankind. Elijah came as John the Baptist who 
declares the arrival of the Savior. In the timeline there are 2 other 
characters 'the two witnesses' who are very important and they show up 
just before Lucifer being released, the rapture and thereafter coming 
again of Jesus Christ and Judgment day. When I knew this the thought 
came to my mind who is that person who will come with Enoch as the two 
witnesses; is there an opening for application? But like the Bible says 
it is complete so also this part of the story is complete and then I was 
told who the second character of the two witnesses was.

The Lord wants us to understand life, death and the Heavens. It is not 
possible to do justice to this topic in this short message so each one 
should study it in depth. Let us not be deceived by Catholic doctrines 
(understanding) which are unbiblical and sadly still believed by most 
Believers leaving for their concept of Purgatory which they created to 
make money and which caused the Reformation movement.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Spirit and Omnipresent, even though You are present 
everywhere including Hell, yet your Throne / Seat of glory is in the 
Uppermost Heaven where no one has access to other than the Son. After 
man sinned You exiled all corrupt living beings from the Upper 3 levels 
of Heaven. But your love for man caused You to send a Part of You to be 
humbled and become man and via your Spirit You redeem and make man whole 
so as to be able to return back to the Upper Heavens. Lord we pray your 
people understand these basic things so that they are not deceived by 
this world...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Malachi 4:5-6

5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the 
great and dreadful day of the LORD:

6And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the 
heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth 
with a curse.

Genesis 5:24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

2 Kings 2:11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, 
that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and 
parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

2 Corinthians 12:2I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, 
(whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I 
cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

Revelation 11:3-12

3And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a 
thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

4These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before 
the God of the earth.

5And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and 
devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this 
manner be killed.

6These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their 
prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite 
the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

7And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that 
ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and 
shall overcome them, and kill them.

8And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which 
spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

9And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see 
their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their 
dead bodies to be put in graves.

10And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make 
merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets 
tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

11And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered 
into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them 
which saw them.

12And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up 
hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies 
beheld them.

Luke 23:43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day [it is 
'that day' the day when Jesus comes in glory, the topic they were 
discussing - Jesus Himself went to Hell and resurrected on the 3rd day 
and did not go to Heaven that day] shalt thou be with me in paradise.

1 Peter 3:19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

Revelation 20:7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be 
loosed out of his prison,

Luke 16:24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and 
send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool 
my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

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