Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Where Is The Real Church?

In a recent PEW study, Pastors, Preachers and Priests scored an abysmal 38% in Biblical Knowledge, while small group members scored an 87%. Worse than that, only 14% of Pastors, Preachers and Priests actively engage in evangelism outside of their church, while an astonishing 92% of small groups members involve themselves in evangelism on a weekly, if not daily basis.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Happy 70th Birthday Modern Israel!!!

Happy 70th Birthday Modern Israel!!!

To celebrate, The United States opens US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Pray for peace in Jerusalem!




Friday, May 4, 2018

Peter, Paul and Philip Made It To England, But Were They First?

Did you know that Paul, Peter and Philip were the only apostles to make it to Great Britain, within the 1st century? This is actually supported in 2 Timothy 4:21, where Paul writes,

"Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers and sisters."

This verse contains the names of the British prince and princess who had become Christians, during the 1st Century.

However, they weren't the first. There are some writings that put Cornelius and Joseph of Arimathea as the first ones to spread the gospel to the isles that is now called Great Britain. As a matter of fact, the first church building, Glastonbury Abby, supposedly erected by Cornelius and Joseph, is thought to be the first publically supported Christian church building ever.

The story goes this way... After Joseph took possession of the body of Y'shua/Jesus, he left the Sanhedrin and began evangelizing for the Messiah. The apostle Philip was trying to find someone to go to northern Europe and spread the Gospel. Joseph and Cornelius volunteered to go to France and then cross the channel. However, this wasn't the first time Joseph had been there. He was a tin merchant who had been trading with people of the isles long before Y'shua/Jesus even began his ministry. There are actually many references to Joseph in the early history of the British Isles.

As an added note, did you know that Joseph was most likely related to Y'shua/Jesus, because it was traditionally the duty of a family member to take care of the body of the recently departed. This is most likely the reason Pilate had no reservations about handing over the body of the Messiah to Joseph for burial preparations.

There's also a legend that Joseph had taken Jesus on one of his trips to the isles, when Jesus was a lad.

It's fun to explore the history and the imaginative minds of the early church. Most of the time, there is always some truth in the legends, but it must be tempered by the actual Word of God.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Understanding The Existence Of God

God is one.

There is no other.

In the Hebrew, it says that God is Echad. The word, Echad, is the word for a unified oneness, not a multi personality oneness as commonly taught, within the Christian church today. It simply implies that God enjoys a multidimensional existence. In the same way that we enjoy a four dimensional reality and have would abilities over a lesser dimensional creature, God enjoys a reality that gives him abilities, to act upon, which far supersedes on our abilities. In Isaiah 11:2-3 and Revelation 1:4-5, we are told that God is a sevenfold Spirit. His existence is only comprehended by the spiritually minded and is beyond normal human understanding, which explains the differing views of the make up of God.

The Father

When the Bible references the Father, it is talking about the guiding personality, the thought processing entity that makes up who God is. The psyche of God, if I may. He is all-knowing and can see the beginning to the end, within our Space-Time and beyond.

The Holy Spirit Of God

The All Consuming Fire Of God, His Holy Spirit is his omni-present existing presence, which circumvents the constraints of time itself. It is how God exists everywhere and at every point in time within our time space reality. His Holy Spirit radiates throughout all of creation. In a crude representation, his Spirit is like radiation, able to permeate all things, even changing our physical make up, while doing things according to his will, without circumventing our autonomy and free will. His Holy Spirit is how our Father gives us abilities and changes our heart and souls to his glory.

The Word of God

The Word of God is his creative conduit, speaking all things into existence and conveying his will to all his creation. It can be both audible and non-audible, physical or non-physical, conveying what the Father thinks, to all who will listen. The Word of God comes in many forms, such as a voice from a burning bush, a voice from a whirlwind whirlwind, the inspiration within our minds and my favorite, the theophany, physical appearances of God in human or material form, culminating in the promised Mosaic prophet, our Messiah, Y’shua/Jesus, the Son of God. Combined with his spirit, the Word of God reveals the ultimate power and will of God to all creation.

The Hand Of God

The Hand of God is his physical impression or expression, within our time space, not to be confused with the Word of God, which is strictly physical. The hand of God results in evidence, not of the physicality of God, but clues to his existence. From the complexity of our DNA, to the protective shield around our solar system, as we race throughout our galaxy, to the fine-tuning of our universe that results in the ability for humans to exist, the Hand of God reveals the fathers handiwork.

The Finger Of God

The Finger of God is when he wants that impression to be conveyed in permanent form such as the giving of the Law on stone tablets or the writing on the wall to Belshazzar. It will be the finger of God that will reach into our existence, at the end of days, when Y’shua/Jesus, the Son of God, will hand over the reigns of the Kingdom to his Father.

The Just Righteousness Of God

The Just Righteousness of God is the dimensionality of God’s existence that reveals why one simple act of disobedience creates an uncrossable chasm between a perfect God and an imperfect mankind. It’s not that God couldn’t ignore the sin of disobedience, it’s the fact that his perfection demands a balancing of the scales. God‘s perfection will not allow his existence to be in the presence of an imperfect mankind, without the cost thereof being paid for in perfect life blood.

The Love of God

The Love of God reveals the Father’s all consuming total commitment to all his creation. It is the relational aspect of his personality. When the first man and woman deliberately disobeyed and fell from his grace, he went to great lengths to reconcile mankind back to him. For thousands of years, the Father set up an object lesson, within his Law, showing mankind, that one act of disobedience created a chasm that no human act could bridge. 

In a totally committed act of love, the Father allowed the fullness of his dimensionality to dwell within the perfectly created man, the Messiah, Y’shua/Jesus. This man, with the fullness of God and his Spirit led guidance, would go on and live a perfect life. He taught the will of God to all who will receive it, completely fulfilling the will of God and giving his perfect life blood, as the ultimate sacrifice for mankind sins, upon the altar of God. He bridged that chasm, so long ago created by Adam and Eve. Now that the chasm was bridged, humanity can now have access to the throne room of God, by accepting the act of our Messiah Y’shua/Jesus, as their own.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"My Creed" Is To Go "Beyond Belief" And "Stand On The Rock"!

In 1990, an album was release, which produced three of my all time favorites. They both come to mind, more times than not, especially when asked about my testimony, concerning my relationship with God. One song is where the apostles Creed was put to music. The other is where that Creed should lead us, Beyond Belief. The last one is where I stand, I Am On The Rock. According to most critics, this album also came as the final nail in the coffin, to those who believe that Rock Music was the Devil's music. I have always asked, "How could it be Devil's music, when it glories God?" Below are the links and lyrics to the videos. 



My Creed

Words and music by Bob Hartman

I believe in God the Father, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ His only son, I believe in the virgin birth.
I believe in the Man of Sorrows, bruised for iniquities.
I believe in the lamb who was crucified, and hung between two thieves.

I believe in the resurrection, on the third and glorious day
I believe in the empty tomb, and the stone that the angel rolled away
He descended and set the captives free
And now He sits at God's right hand and prepares a place for me

This is my creed
The witness I have heard
The faith that has endured
This truth is assured
Through the darkest ages past
Though persecuted it will last
And I will hold steadfast
To this creed

I believe He sent His spirit, to comfort and to reveal
To lead us into truth and light, to baptize and to seal
I believe He will come back, the way He went away and..
Receive us all unto Himself but no man know that day

This is my creed
The witness I have heard
The faith that has endured
This truth is assured
Through the darkest ages past
Though persecuted it will last
And I will hold steadfast
To this creed

I believe He is the judge, of all things small and great
The resurrected souls of men, receive from Him their fate
Some to death and some to life, some to their reward
Some to sing eternal praise, forever to the Lord
And through the darkest ages past
Though persecuted it will last
And I will hold steadfast
To this creed

Beyond Belief

Words and music by Bob Hartman

Based on Hebrews 6:1a, Romans 1:17, Philippians 1:6

We're content to pitch our tent
When the glory's evident
Seldom do we know the glory came and went
Moving can seem dangerous
In this stranger's pilgrimage
Knowing that you can't stand still,
you cross the bridge

There's a higher place to go, beyond belief, beyond belief
Where we reach the next plateau, beyond belief, beyond belief
And from faith to faith we grow
Towards the center of the flow
Where He beckons us to go, beyond belief, beyond belief

Leap of faith without a net
Makes us want to hedge our bet
Waters never part until our feet get wet
There's a deeper place to go
Where the road seems hard to hoe
He who has begun this work won't let it go
And it takes so long to see the change
But we look around and it seems so strange
We have come so far but the journey's long
And we once were weak but now we're strong

There's a higher place to go, beyond belief, beyond belief
Where we reach the next plateau, beyond belief, beyond belief
And from faith to faith we grow
Towards the center of the flow
Where He beckons us to go, beyond belief, beyond belief.

I AM On The Rock

Words and music by Bob Hartman

The earth is shakin'
It's like a bad dream
This world is crumblin'
Comin? apart at the seam but
I am on the Rock
I am on the Rock

Everywhere I'm turning it's only bad news
This bomb is tickin' and we're getting to the end of the
Fuse but
I am on the Rock
I am on the Rock

I am on the Rock, the sure foundation
I am on the Rock, on the Rock
I am on the Rock, His revelation
I am on the Rock

Though the winds may blow
And though the floods may grow
I shall not be moved, 'cause I am on the Rock

The storms approaching, I'm standing high and dry
Firmly planted on the Rock that is higher than I
I am on the Rock
I am on the Rock

Kingdoms failing, they fall around me
Plans eroded, and washing away to the sea but
I am on the Rock
I am on the Rock

Friday, March 30, 2018

It Had Been An Exhausting Night Of Prayer, But Y'shua Stood Strong, Obedient Unto Death.

It was around 1 am and, so far, it had been an exhausting night of prayer, but Y'shua stood strong from the encouragement and strengthening, he got from his attending angels. Y'shua began admonishing his disciples for sleeping and not praying with him, when their attention turned to the sound of the Temple Guard and some Gentile Mercenaries rushing to confront them. The disciples were astonished by the simple uncaring customary kiss upon the cheeks of Y'shua, by which Judah signaled to the guard, as to which one was to be arrested.

“Judah, with a kiss you betray the Son of Man?”

Immediately, Simon Peter picked up his sword and cut off the ear of one of the Temple Guard. With outstretched arms and stepping between his disciples and the Guardsmen, Y'shua said, "Stop this, now! This is not part of My Father's Plan". Y'shua, after picking up the severed ear, reached over and healed the wounded guard. Y'shua turned to the arresting contingent.

“Have you come out with swords and clubs, as you would against a common criminal? Every day I was with you in the Temple, yet you did not lay a finger on Me. But this hour has been appointed as yours, along with the power of darkness.”

Giving himself freely over to the Guard, he was taken to the house of the former High Priest, Annas, and then to the current High Priest Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin Court. For over five hours, Y'shua was illegally interrogated and verbally and physically abused, ending with Caiaphas enquiring of Y'shua,

“I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

Jesus said to him,

“You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Then the high priest tore his robes and said,

“He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.”

During this moment, many of the Sanhedrin remembered the Law stating,

"The High Priest shall not let the hair of their heads hang loose, and not tear his clothes, lest he die, and wrath come upon all the congregation."

They silently gasped at Caiaphas' severe violation of the Law prohibiting the deliberate tearing of the High Priest clothes, but didn't say anything to derail putting this Y'shua to death, remembering that Caiaphas once said,

"Don't you realize that it is better for us that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

After the decision to petition the Romans to put Y'shua to death, they sent him to his first of two meetings with the Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, Pontias Pilate.

After finding that Y'shua committed no crime worthy of death, Pilate attempted to wash his hands of the situation and sent Y'shua to King Herod. However, Y'shua refused to answer any of Herod's questions, so he sent him back to Pilate, who proclaimed Y'shua's innocence. It was at this time that Pilate said,

"It is customary to release a criminal during your feast. Should I release this Y'shua?

The crowd's response was quick and decisive.

"Crucify Him!!!! We don't want Y'shua!"

followed by

"We want Barabbas! "

But yet, at the urging of the crowd, Pilate handed him over to be whipped to the limit of the Law, which is 39 lashes and be crucified. During this beating, the Roman soldiers formed a crown of thorns and pressed it deeply into the flesh of Y'shua's head and mock him, saying,

"Hail King Y'shua!"

Afterwards, at about 11am, Y'shua, severely beaten and surely very weak from the loss of blood, was forced to carry the cross member of his crucifixion stake, to the site called Golgotha, outside the gates of Jerusalem. Somewhere, along the way, the Roman soldiers force a foreigner, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the cross for Y'shua, the rest of the way.

As noon approached, nails were driven through the hands and feet of Y'shua, to hold him to the crucifixion stake. Then the crossed crucifixion stake was erected between two criminals and there they stayed, for the next three hours. What started out as a crucifixion, in the scorching sun, ended up with darkness, by the end.

During this time, Y'shua uttered,

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Y'shua was signifying, that even though it appeared to the Messianic Believers as premeditated murder, it was indeed Man-Slaughter, allowing the Jews relief of the righteous retaliation of the act of Murder.

Then one of the criminals who was hanged beside him blasphemed Him, saying,

"If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us."

But the other criminal, answered and rebuked him, saying,

"Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."

Then he said to Jesus,

"Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."

And Y'shua said to him,

"Be assured, I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Sometime around 3pm, Yahweh, acknowledged that the sin offering was sufficient and separated his fullness out and away and placed the sins of mankind upon Y'shua. Feeling very anguished from his Father's withdraw and the weight of mankind's sins upon him, Y'shua began to look all around and then upwards to Heaven. He then cried out,

"God? .... God? ..... Why have you left me?"

Being left with only his humanity, in rapid succession, he said,

"I thirst"

"It is finished."

"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."

... and Y'shua died upon the Altar of God, as the ultimate sin sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate and asked for the body of Y'shua. He quickly purchased a one piece linen and with the help of the disciples, he wrap his body and buried Y'shua, within his own grave.

All this was done, before six o'clock, the beginning of Passover, when the children of Israel were looking for and sweeping up leftover leaven and hiding it away, in a cloth, for the short time, until the Feast of First Fruits, the next Sunday after Passover, when they would remove the cloth, from its hiding place, where their father had replaced it with a gift.

Additional Interesting Points

1. It is interesting to note that according to the Law, it was the acting High Priest, Caiaphas, that should have been put to death, when he illegally tore his priestly garments. In contrast, it was Y'shua who was put to death. His Priestly garment was not torn. John records this, regarding the soldiers who crucified Y'shua,

“...they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”

The allusion to the Psalm is certainly intended to indicate that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Davidic promise but interestingly, this detail also confirms he Messiah’s perfection with regard to this aspect of the priestly holiness code.

Again, in contrast, Caiaphas violated the requirements of his office by rejecting the Law as well as in rejecting the claims of the Messiah Himself and his arrogant passing of judgment on behalf of God and standing in evaluation over the very Messiah to which his office was to appoint.

2. Also, please note Y'shua means "Yahweh's Salvation", while Barabbas means "The Son of The Father." So, in reality, at the end of the trials, they weren't saying, "We don't want Y'shua!" followed by "We want Barabbas! " Instead, they were actually saying

"We don't want Yahweh's salvation!"

and

"We want the Son of the Father!"

Were they rejecting Yahweh's plan of Salvation and proclaiming that they wanted the son of their own father, Satan?

3. Most scholars believe that Simon of Cyrene was chosen to help with the cross carrying, strictly because he wore the clothes of a non-Jew, signifying that he was a gentile. It this prophesying that the gentiles must join the Messiah and carry the cross in their daily walk?

... and that's what you'll find, When You Search For The Truth.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Rocks Would Have Said, "Hallelujah!!!! Behold The Lamb Of God, The Word Of God Manifested. Redemption Is Here"

Today, as most of the Christian world is celebrating Palm Sunday, to commemorate Y'shua, Jesus, entering the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem, for the last time, in his mortal life. This was supposed to be the most important day of visitation of the Messiah, The King of Kings, Lord of Lords, to the world. However, it turned out to be a presentation of the ultimate Lamb of God, which is a perfect fulfillment of Daniel 9 and Zechariah 9 prophecy. Look here for more information on that.

Daniel 9 and Zechariah 9: Precision, At It's Finest.

On the 10th of Nisan, Palm Sunday, instead of being received as the Messiah, he fulfilled his alternate role of the Lamb of God. For those who wish to know, tomorrow is the actual day, the 10th of Nisan.

Amazingly, yesterday, the Jews celebrated the 10th of Nisan Sabbath. They have been told, from the beginning that this is the greatest Sabbath. Why? "No one really knows." says the Rabbi, at the local synagogue. They continue to search the Kabbalah, Midrash, Mishnah and Talmud, etc., but not the Word of God, for the answer. If they had only read the Word of God for what it says, not what they had been taught, they would have known that it was the Messiah. They missed the day of his visitation.

My wish for everyone, this week, is that they quit taking for granted what the preacher, priest, Sunday school teacher, etc., is saying and get back to the Word of God, which is manifesting in front of our eyes. Reognized that this is the same Word of God, which called forth creation and the first beam of Light upon this earth and manifested 2000 yrs ago and gave us Y'shua, Jesus, the Son of God, our Redemption Lamb of God.

As they rode through the gates of Jerusalem, the crowds cried out,

"Hosanna, Hosanna, Blessed is the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."

Some were saying, "Who is this man?" Others responded, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Recognizing that the crowd was proclaiming a Messianic psalm, the priests became indignant, with Y'shua, They shouted, "Y'shua!!!! Tell the crowd to be quiet. They will upset the Romans."

Y'shua turned to then and said, "If they quieted down, the rocks would cry out."

I've always wondered what the rocks would have said. Now, I know. They would have cried out,

"Hallelujah!!!! Behold The Lamb Of God, The Word Of God Manifested. Redemption Is Here"

...and that what you'll find, When You Search For The Truth.