“Let the life of God fill me now…” – song of “Let the Peace of God Reign” – Hillsong Worship

12/2/22

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

“Lord my heart is set on you…..Let me run the race of time, with your life unfolding mine…” Amen and Amen! Please follow URL at the bottom of the video to hear this song.

https://youtu.be/adhfUSF2x-4

A Defect of Mormonism – Part 1 – Refuting the article “What Latter-day Saints Believe About Jesus Christ”: A Background Story

11/29/22

pic from DeseretBook.com

I have been pondering for a while how I can dismantle the lies of the Mormon cult that is making disciples in the world, but not making disciples of Jesus Christ in right doctrine. I thought about going through Wikipedia article for Mormonism, and refuting the main points based on what I know (a limited amount), is spoken against in the Bible. I did find the Mormon website of https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/what-mormons-believe-about-jesus-christ, a (2022 article). I hope to go through their points on the page called “What Latter-Day Saints Believe About Jesus Christ” point-by-point and find biblical refutes, aiming for the truth of God’s Word to cut through darkness in each one – if needed, and to bring the light and life that Jesus always has with Him! I have always believed that if God keeps something from you that you want, He has something better in mind for that desire. I need to find a good verse for that thought, because I know it is the correct thought.

Some Background For Me Studying Mormonism:

I had an acquaintance in college, and her name was Natasha K.*, and I aimed to share with her something that would bring the good news of Jesus into her world. She had been in a horrible car accident that took the life of her daughter and severely injured her leg, so that she had a crutch afterwards. I feel like a Mormon church group of some kind, some person had reached out to her in a most vulnerable state, and witnessed to her after the death of her daughter about the Mormon “truths”. Perhaps she didn’t really have given it much thought, even, but with her mouth she told me that she was Mormon. I hope to be prepared around this group of thought from “Mormonism” beliefs the next go round, because I lost that battle of converting her to Jesus, and I lost her as a connection. I didn’t understand as much then about communicating these kinds of things, so have mercy on me! Now that I try to remember it, I don’t think she had a supernatural occurrence related directly to Mormonism. I think she may have had tried to communicate with her daughter after death, as in communicating with a familiar spirit, falsely representing themselves as a person, what we know of as “ghosts”. She told me about this. Communicating with a familiar spirit is the idea of trying to communicate to a person once they’ve passed on (1 Chronicles 10:13). King Saul did this when he consulted a medium, and was punished because He didn’t consult God first. I don’t recall Natasha K. having any other supernatural experiences, but this experience of losing her daughter and use of her leg in a car crash led her to much hurt and bitterness. I think Natasha should be the reason I do this study. Also, I should for the fact that every time I think about Mormonism, I feel unsettled because I could not begin to explain to someone what Mormons believe, and why believing in Jesus brings more freedom.

The Mark of the Beast – What Is It?

An article on the topic of the “mark of the beast” (referred to in the book of Revelation) written last year, and I’ve just now gotten to read it all! Please follow the Link to view the article and it is also seen below.

The Mark of the Beast: What Is It?

Posted on February 27, 2021 by Wesley Gospel

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.  –Revelation 13:16-18

The mystical dream or vision from which this prophetic statement originated, has haunted, perplexed, and aroused the curiosity of Christians since the beginning of Christianity. Nobody really knows for certain what it means. There are hundreds of speculations that have risen up over the past two thousand years. I did a paper called Portraits of Antichrists when I was in college; it was the last serious Bible research I did before graduating. I came across two academic studies on the Antichrist that still stick out in my mind: Wilhelm Bossuet’s The Antichrist Legend (1896) and Bernard McGinn’s Antichrist (1994). I lend great weight to these books, not because I agree with everything the authors said, as most of their personal views took on a skeptical tone…but because of their massive amount of historical quotations from ancient church fathers and theologians throughout the history of the church on the subject. Bossuet is especially good at pointing out Antichrist prophecies from the Old Testament pseudepigrapha—the visionary books written after the Old Testament canon and just before the New Testament. He shows that these books had an influence on the Antichrist views that Jesus and the apostles had, even before the book of Revelation was written. This view was expressed in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 by the apostle Paul; and was elaborated on by the early church fathers, as in Irenaeus’ Against Heresies: Book 5 and Hippolytus’ Treatise on Christ and Antichrist.

So, back to the text quoted above: Revelation 13:16-18.

1. Revelation 13:16: “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark.” The mark, whatever it is, will be forced on people by the government of the Antichrist. It is a mark in the right hand or the forehead; and the mark will be forced on people by the government. All who resist the mark of the beast, will be executed by beheading (Rev. 20:4).

2. Revelation 13:16-17: “A mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark.” The prophecy is referring to a physical mark that will be put either on people’s right hands or their foreheads; as if to say, the right hand is the preferred location because it is mentioned first; but if a person either does not want it in their hand, then they may choose the option of the forehead; or if someone did not have a right hand, due to amputation, then the forehead was a secondary option rather than the left hand. Why the left hand is not considered is sort of strange: but it seems to indicate some kind of spiritual meaning. In the Bible, the right hand symbolizes strength (Exod. 15:6). Usually people are right-handed and their right arm is their strongest one; and it is usually with the right hand that people write letters and sign their names. For the mark to be in the person’s right hand, first and foremost, appears to symbolize that the mark is the expression of the person’s free will to legally transact business with this mark in their right hand, just as they would use that same hand to sign a check or a contract. The left hand is out of the question, not because of practicality, it seems, but because of its mystical symbolism. The left hand is usually not associated with strength, heart, or business transactions. The next best thing is the forehead, because the head is associated with authority, reason, and decision making. Another thing the forehead could represent is the “third eye” or the psychic vision ability that occultists attribute to the imagination. Many places in Scripture indicate that the Antichrist and his false prophet, whomever they may be, will somehow be involved in the occult and will possess dramatic psychic abilities. Smack dab in the middle of the forehead is where you also see the red “bindu” dot on women in India. There’s something about that place just between the eyebrows or just above it, which indicates occult vision or spiritual eyesight. For the Antichrist to lay claim on that part of a person, is almost the same as laying claim to their heart. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). Antichrist followers will treasure their lives and their money as more important than the Gospel. Many people already do this today, both within and without the Church.

3. Revelation 13:17-18: “The name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.” Nobody really knows for certain what the name of the Antichrist is. If they follow the principles of Biblical numerology, or Hebrew gematria, it might help a little at identifying this person. But there are many criteria that have been laid down in Scripture for identifying the Antichrist. The most obvious one is in 2 Thessalonians 2, which says he will be a global cult leader who will sit in a temple and proclaim himself God and demand that the whole world worship him. Various church fathers thought that different Roman emperors were the Antichrist, with Nero even being identified to the point of his name equaling 666. All throughout history, the Antichrist speculations have changed. As you may know, most of the Protestant reformers and Puritans viewed whoever was the current Catholic pope as the Antichrist. Luther’s pope was Leo X, so he got called the Antichrist by a lot of Lutherans. Luther was excommunicated by a papal “bull” document; and he responded to it with a tract entitled Against the Execrable Bull of the Antichrist. After Leo X died, the Puritans just started to view the Vatican as the Antichrist in spirit; and whoever became the pope at the time was in effect the Antichrist. Catholics returned the insult and called Luther and countless reformers the Antichrist. In World War II, Hitler was speculated to be the Antichrist by a lot of Christians. I think it would be right to say, that evil rulers and many others like them, are only forerunners of the real Antichrist in Revelation 13. They are only what is mentioned in 1 John 2:18: “This is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come.” This verse, if anything is a warning to Christians to be on their guard against the one true Antichrist with a capital “A” in Revelation 13, that will appear someday. But it also says that, even in apostle John’s time, by then, “many antichrists have come,” to which he who wrote the book of Revelation, may be referring to Roman emperors, or to false prophets, and Gnostic heretics.

Today people again are speculating new things about the Antichrist and the mark of the beast. For a while, people thought the mark might be a bar code tattoo. I have been aware of a unique speculation since the early 2000s: that the mark of the beast will probably be an RFID chip, about the size of a grain of rice, which can be injected into the right hand or forehead with a syringe. This chip could be scanned and used for debit card type transactions just like in Revelation 13:16-17. While Christians should be on their guard against technology like this, as it advises us to be on guard in 1 John 2:18, we shouldn’t be irrational in our speculations. But be rational; and be Biblical; we can’t throw out all the other Biblical criteria and isolate only certain parts of the Antichrist picture. Some people in the past year have speculated that the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer is either the mark of the beast, or a pre-cursor, and as such, people shouldn’t get this shot, even though people are dying from the disease by the millions. Again, we should do as Wesley did with his theology and decision making: resort to Scripture, reason, church tradition, and spiritual experience, and then really ask ourselves if our opinions and views are sound and valid, before we go about preaching them with absolute certainty: proclaiming dubious things with the certainty of a Biblical prophet, things which are merely end-time speculations, and greatly lack the Biblical criteria of genuine Antichrist activity.

2 Invisible Kingdoms – Derek Prince

11/12/22 Great word! Please follow the link below the video to view this video.

Festival icons for the Christian year by John Baggley 2000

“(Jesus) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have the redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). KJV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAtzIg5U7Lg

Christiana – Pilgrim’s Progress 2 Free to Watch on Youtube

Amazon.com images

11/22/22 This is a good older film, and I don’t remember its story, although I know we’ve seen it before. Click on the play button, and if that doesn’t work, please follow the link below the image to get to the youtube free viewing of Christiana’s story – Pilgrim’s Progress Part 2 (1980).

https://youtu.be/SyqblAlhMRU

Walking The Wrong Way

11/21/22 Video by Derek Prince

Food for thought. I do believe that Christians can appear and perhaps be successful in the world, though, but it must be in terms of what the Bible defines, and not what society does.

Makes me think of some verses that are important for our family now – Proverbs 30:8-9 “Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die; Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor wealth, but give me this day my daily bread.”

The Hunger and Thirst for God – John Boruff

Photo by Alex Gorin on Unsplash

Throawback to May 2, 2022

https://youtu.be/aVL0OAO8Gd8

John made a video and I attempted to summarize what he taught.

Matthew 5:6, John 6:35 We read and learn from Jesus, who is talking from the point of view of His deity when He said “I am the bread of life”, and “whoever comes to me will never hunger and whoever believes in me will never thirst”. He said these things because of his position with God. Like a specific craving we may have for a food (see photo of lady with pretzel above), we have a craving within us that must be recognized and which must also be satisfied. Our craving comes from regeneration, the born-again experience, and from the presence of the Holy Spirit inside the person’s body. The Holy Spirit takes residence within our body. The Holy Spirit’s presence fills that hunger and need for the tangible presence of God. The felt, feelable love, peace, and fear of God are found as a permeating sense of the presence of God. Deuteronomy 8:3 “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (see again Matthew 4) God is there! It’s not an idea, you can feel and learn so from personal experience, spending time reaching out to God and letting Him know you want to feel Him near. The hunger and thirst for God is the desire for God’s presence right now, His heavenly lights coming down to you, and/or his angels being with you. This also has to do with the power of God. “You are wrong”, Jesus said to the Sadducees, “Because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God”, but we are to believe in the validity of the Scriptures because of the reality of the inspiration of the Scriptures by God, reaching out to speak to man. It is only the Holy Spirit that can produce such cravings, hungerings, and thirsting after righteousness in you. God, God, God-centric thinking is from the spirit of God! If you have a real understanding of God, He will be desired by you!

God bless!