Friday, July 7, 2017

Kingdom Of God And The Kingdom Of Heaven? Are They The Same?

Did you know that there are two Kingdoms spoken of, in the B'rit Hadashah, the New Testament?

It doesn't take long for the perceptive Bible reader to realize that there is a Kingdom of God and a Kingdom of Heaven, mentioned in the pages of the B'rit Hadashah, the New testament. Some say they are the same. Most agree that the Kingdom of Heaven began at the time of Y'shua, Jesus and continues through the end times and into eternity. This is supported by Matthew 11:12.

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."

However, nestled in the Matthew 25:34, we find this reference to a separate Kingdom beginning immediately after the end times.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world."

We know that the Kingdoms are not straightforward. They are mysterious and contains secrets. Matthew 13:11.

" has been given to you to know the mysteries and secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven."

The references to the Kingdom of Heaven are contemporary, not future, and contains warnings concerning the infiltration of Satan and his cohort. While the Kingdom of God can be seen as synonymous with the Kingdom of Heaven, in numerous coinciding verses, we can also see that the Kingdom of God is also in the future, with verses like Mark 14:25.

"Yes! I tell you, I will not drink this ‘fruit of the vine’ again until the day I drink new wine in the Kingdom of God.”

and Luke 13:28-29, which could be seen as pointing back to the Kingdom, mentioned in 25:34.

"You will cry and grind your teeth when you see Avraham, Yitz’chak, Ya‘akov and all the prophets inside the Kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown outside. Moreover, people will come from the east, the west, the north and the south to sit at table in the Kingdom of God."

Could the answer to this question be found in Ephesians 5:5, where it hints at the dual kingdoms of the Messiah and God?

"For of this you can be sure: every sexually immoral, impure or greedy person - that is, every idol-worshipper - has no share in the Kingdom of the Messiah and of God."

Could the Kingdom be representative of the destinies of the Bride of Christ and the Wife of Yahweh?

Or could it simply mean the Kingdom has it's beginning in the Messiah and will be fulfilled, immediately upon the return of the Son of Man?

Only the Spirit of God will lead you into the truth and reveal the mysteries/secrets of the Kingdom(s).

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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Symbolism Behind The 10 Virgins Parable Explained

Did You Know That The Parable Of The Ten Virgins Is Taught Incorrectly In Most Churches?

“The Kingdom of Heaven at that time will be like ten Virgins, who carried their lamps and went out to await the bridegroomFive of them were foolish and five were wise.  The foolish ones took lamps with them but no oil,  whereas the others took flasks of oil with their lamps.  Now the bridegroom took longer than expected, so they all got tired of waiting and went to sleep It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, ‘The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him!’  The virgins all woke up and trimmed their lamps The foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Share some of your oil, because our lamps has been found wanting.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there is not enough for both you and us. Go to the oil dealer and redeem some for yourselves.’ But as they were going off to redeem some, the bridegroom came. Those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. Later, the other virgins came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they cried, ‘Let us in!’ But he answered, ‘Indeed! I tell you, I don’t know you!’ So take heed, because you know neither the day nor the hour, that the Son of Man will come.

Now, let's look at the symbolism behind this parable and learn the truth of the Ten Virgins Parable.

Kingdom of Heaven is consistently used to portray the church time period, from the 1st Day of Sukkot, Pentecost, until the day that the Messiah returns for his bride, the Remnant of God.

Virgins is defined by the Greek word used, within the scriptures, "Parthenos". It means a marriageable person. It is clearly a reference to those who are eligible to be married to the coming bridegroom. Those who believe the Gospel.

Lamps represent the outwardly display of your true nature, or Christ like nature. Y'shua referred to this in Matthew 5:16.

Bridegroom. The scriptures are quite clear that this represents the coming Messiah, the Son of God. This needs to be contrasted to the Husband of Israel, which is Yah, Yahweh Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh.

Foolish is the Greek word, "Moris", which means to be foolish by way of being impious, not showing respect or reverence, especially for God. They are truly godless.

Wise is the Greek word, "Phronimos" which means to be wise, by way of being prudent, mindful of one's interest and needs.

Oil is consistently used throughout the scriptures as the presence or the anointing of one with God's Holy Spirit.

Flasks are a receptacle used to hold something. In this case, the oil or Holy Spirit. Colossians 2:9-10 and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 clearly show that this is our body or the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

Tired Of Waiting is the English translation of the Greek word, "Nystazo", which means literally to be nod or metaphorically to be non-attentive, by way of being neglectful of a thing, delay in taking care of the necessary things of life.

Went To Sleep is the English translation of the Greek word, "Katheudo", which means to litereally fall asleep but metaphorically, to yield to sloth and sin or to be indifferent to one's salvation.

Trimmed is the Greek word, "Kosmeo", which means "to prepare for display, make ready".

Oil Dealer is God, Yahweh, the one that gives his Holy Spirit freely.

Many preachers have taught this parable without any background, to reveal its actual meaning.  Many of Y'shua's, Jesus' parables were warnings about the infiltration of either evil or false teachings into the church. This one is no different.

To give you a little background, Y'shua's, Jesus' disciples were questioning him on what would be the timing of his return, a question that Y'shua, Jesus could not answer, for no one knows the time or day, only the Father knows. That included Y'shua, Jesus. There are some scriptural and anecdotal evidence that points to Y'shua not knowing the day of his return until Yahweh tells him to go and get his bride.

In the end times, the Kingdom of Heaven, the Church, which is different from the Kingdom of God, will resemble the parable of the 10 virgins.  As a sidenote, an alternative reading could be Kingdom from God or Kingdom from Heaven. You can get both from the Greek. 

Toward the end of his dissertation, he brings up the condition of the church, during the end times, just prior to his return. If we take the symbols for what they represent consistently through the scriptures, we find the true meaning of the 10 Virgin Parable.

“The Church, at that time will be like ten eligible believers, who carried their outwardly display and went out to await the Coming MessiahFive of them were impious, not truly showing reverence and respect to God and five were truly respectful of God, Godly, cognitive of what God expects The impious ones carried their outwardly display with them but no Anointing of the Holy Spiritwhereas the others carried themselves, full of the Anointing of the Holy Spirit with their outwardly display

Now the Messiah took longer than expected, so they all became non-attentive, neglectful of the necessary things of life and yielded to sloth and sin and became indifferent to one's salvation It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, ‘The Messiah is here! Go out to meet him!’  The eligible believers all woke up and prepared for display their outwardly display. 

The Godless ones said to the Godly ones, ‘Share some of your Holy Spirit, because our display of their true nature has been found wanting.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there is not enough for both you and us. Go to God and obtain some for yourselves.’ But as they were going off to obtain, the Messiah came. Those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. Later, the other eligible believers came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they cried, ‘Let us in!’ But he answered, ‘Indeed! I tell you, I don’t know you!’ So take heed, because you know neither the day nor the hour, that the Son of Man will come.
The five virgins who have the extra oil represent the truly born again who are looking with eagerness to the coming of the Messiah. They have saving faith, including the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit and have a desire to know and developed a relationship with God, through the Messiah.

The five virgins without the oil represent false believers who enjoy the benefits of the Christian community, without true love for the Messiah and lacking indwelling of God's Holy Spirit. They didn't care to get to know God and were more concerned about the party than about longing to know the bridegroom. In the end, their hope is that their association with true believers will bring them into the kingdom.

A very disturbing characteristic of the end time church is that all believers fell asleep.

Dont' be satisfied to know of God. Get to know God personally, through the Messiah.

The Best Time To Get To Know God, Is Now.

You don't want to hear, "Depart from me, I never knew you."

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Evidence Of Design When Cabbage Cries For Help!!!

Did you know that when cabbage worms attack the cabbage plant, it calls out for help?

That's right. When large cabbage white butterflies, as they are called, lay eggs on your cabbage or your cabbage starts showing signs of cabbage looper or worm damage, it sends off a specific scent. This odor repels other pregnant butterflies from laying more eggs on the plant and attracts two species of parasitic wasps. The wasps swoop in and attack the butterfly eggs and the caterpillars that have hatched from them. Another amazing example of design. However, some will say that this is a great example of evolution. Ok. How did the cabbage know what kind of scent would both repel the worm and attract the wasp? Evolution is still looking for that answer.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Just As In The Days Of Noah

Did you know that the end of days will be like the days of Noah?

What did Y'shua/Jesus mean when he said that? Most scholars believe that the end of days will resemble the days of Noah in both attitude and activity. It doesn't take much to see that our world resembles the society at the time of Noah.

Genesis 6:5 tells us that the people on the earth were very wicked and all the imagination of their hearts were always of evil only and profaned the name of the Lord. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see, that with every passing day the world becomes more and more evil and everything of God is ridiculed.

However, there was one thing that was happening at the time of Noah that hasn't happened yet today. That is the fallen angels meeting with humans to create a hybrid..... or have they?

There are some scholars and researchers that believe todays extra terrestrial presence are indeed the fallen angels attempting to defile humanity. For me, the verdict is still out, but we should not forget the possibility of it happening again.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chag Shavuot Sameach! The Birth Of The Church.

Did you know that today is Shavuot, Pentecost, the 1988th anniversary of the birth of the church? It also marks the day of God giving the church, the Gift of His Holy Spirit, to dwell within us.

Shavuot is also known as the Feast of Weeks, commemorating the 1st wheat harvest time of the year and the day, that God gave the Torah, the Law, to Moses, on Mount Sinai. It is a Biblically ordained feast to be celebrated 50 days after Passover. It is also one the three pilgrimage feasts, requiring a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

In addition, King David, was born and died on Shavuot.

Most interesting, it is speculated, as the future date of the Rapture of the Church, while most believe that the Rapture will occur on a future Feast of Trumpets.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Next Time Someone Accuses God, As Being A Fairy Tale, Remind Them Of The Facts.

Did you know that a new scientific study have calculated the odds of life appearing, on earth, by chance, as less than one in 1010^123?

So, you might ask, as I did, where does it rate with other questions of our time.

Well, science has calculated the odds of there being an omnipotent being, God, as one in 1017. The odds of statistical improbability are one in 1036. They also calculated the odds of statistical impossibility at one in 1050. Statistical Impossibility is defined as,

although not truly impossible, the probability is low enough so as to not bear mention in a rational, reasonable argument.”

So, like back in elementary, let’s put this on a number line.

So, the next time someone accuses God, as being a fairy tale, remind them of the facts.

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Believe And Be Baptized Then You'll Be Saved????

Did you know that one of the main reasons, why there are so many denominations and fractures, within the church, is that people misread the Bible?

I know that's hard to believe. But seriously, there are countless issues that has caused division, within the church. Most of them arise out of misreading the scriptures. One of these is the self imposed requirement to be baptized, in order to be saved. This church fallacy comes from misinterpreting Mark 16:15-16

"Later, Yeshua appeared to the Eleven as they were eating, and he reproached them for their lack of trust and their spiritual insensitivity in not having believed those who had seen him after he had risen. Then he said to them, “As you go throughout the world, proclaim the Good News to all creation.  Whoever trusts in it, then immersed are saved. Whoever does not trust will be condemned."

and John 3:5.

"Yeshua answered, “Truly and Faithfully I affirm unto you, unless one is born out of water and Spirit, one will not enter the Kingdom of God."

First of all, let's look at Mark 16:15-16 again. Please notice that Y'shua was talking about their lack of trust. Also, Mark 16:15-16 ends in two separate statements. One states that those, who put their trust, in the previously mentioned Good News, and then immersed are saved. Notice, it doesn't say, 'will be saved'. That's a very important distinction.

All of Y'shua's teachings contain the 'If/Then structure. If you do this, then either this will happen or your will do this. When you trust, you follow. When you trust, you obey. When you trust, your first act of obedience is baptism. It drives the point home, in the last statement. 'Those, who do not trust, will be condemned.' Notice, it doesn't say anything about those, who do not get immersed. Immersion or Baptism is not required, but a result. Baptism is an act of obedience following putting your trust in the Lord.

Now, let's look at John 3:5, again. Y'shua could either be talking about Baptism or a well know Jewish idiom, 'The Daily Washing', at the Laver. Since Nicodemus appears to not understand, 'Born Again', Y'shua begins to approach it from a Torah, Old Testament angle. This is evident, when Yshua breaks into the example of the serpent, being lifted up in the desert.

So, what was Y'shua talking about? The Jewish idiom, 'Washing in the Laver', is describing our daily washing within the scriptures. He is saying that you won't understand being 'Born Again', unless you are born out of the scriptures, not literally water. You could say, 'Unless you are Baptized in the Word of God and his Spirit.', not Baptism in Water.

Don't take my word for it. Let's ask our Lord, Y'shua.

Remember, when Y'shua said to the woman, who wanted to be saved, in Matthew 9:22, "Your faith has saved you. And the woman was made whole from that hour." Amazing, no baptism.

Don't forget the theif, on the cross, when after giving his trust in Y'shua. Y'shua told him, 'Today, you will be with me in Paradise.' Again, no baptism.

Now let's stop right and pause a moment. There are some that will say that the women and the thief were under the old covenant. Ok, that's fine, but wasn't Nicodemus under the old covenant in John 3:5? If Y'shua was telling Nicodemus to be baptized, in order to be saved, wouldn't he have told the women and the theif to be baptized, since all three were "under the old covenant"? You can't have it both ways.

Finally, let's not forget, Ephesians 2:8-9.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

Why do people want to add to what the Messiah did on the cross? He did it all. He doesn't need our help. However, he does want to act like you trust in him.

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