FIRST-TRUMP#top..........Sound the alarm in Zion..... ...........................

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. A Priest sounds the alarm on a shofar

 

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23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. (Luke 13:)



When we shop for a loaf of bread we take much diligence to make sure we are getting the best available for the money we spend. We check the ingredients listed on the wrapper carefully to see if it is wholesome and proper for our body. If we have any particular ailment such as diabetes or an allergy we make sure there is nothing in that loaf of bread that will agitate our condition or injure us. Then we check the date stamped on the wrapper to see if it is fresh and not stale.

We do this with everything we purchase, even a pair of socks, that is, check it to insure that it is the best available and that it will not react unfavorably with our body.

In this day and age when there is so much synthetic material and foods on the shelves, getting what we pay for is less and less a likelihood. Fabric is very likely to be made of plastic rather than the traditional field grown textile. Food, even beef and chicken is more than likely to be filled with steroids or no telling what else; and be from animals that have been confined in some way to make them just as less palatable is possible yet bigger in size and far less healthy. The wood we use for construction is not likely to be from trees but rather made from some other unnatural material. Books are read on some electronic gadget of one nature or another or listened to on a tape or CD player. The water we drink is bought in plastic jugs to insure that it is not harmful, or it is filtered through who knows what to remove all the who knows what that is dumped into our drains from which our drinking water comes. And there are days we remain in an air conditioned room because the air outside is not fit to be breathed.

We are very careful with our health doing all we can to make sure that we stay healthy and functional for just as long as we can on this earth of ours. And we look down on anyone who does not do the same, knowing them to be foolish or just not believing of that which we know to be true.


21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. (1Thes 5:).


Checking the ingredients is a logical thing to do. We are told everywhere that we should do this, and further, that we should not just accept what is presented on the surface, but to investigate and assure ourselves that what the package says is true, is in fact what it says it is. We know there are people out there who will tell us anything to get us to buy their product, even when they know it is misleading or altogether false advertising..

This diligent and careful examination of what is presented to us is not only important for our physical body, but for our Spiritual life as well. Even the Bible tells us we should check to make sure what we are being "fed," that is the Spiritual meat we are given by those we listen to, is pure and adequate for our soul.


1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:)


Paul tells us that we should not only keep our body fit, but our mind as well. Our body is useless if our mind is corrupted. We have seen people who have had their mind essentially "go out on them," and if they are still mobile, then they are, in our eyes, not much more than a vegetable. And if their body is altogether vital and their mind is corrupted, they become all too likely a danger to themselves and others if their mind is not functioning properly.

This is also true in our Spiritual life. If we have not been fed the right Spiritual meat, but rather a corrupted or unhealthy diet, then we are very likely to be worse off then had we not been fed at all (2Peter 2:19-22).

What we know, we teach. If we have been taught that which is inadequate or that is false, that is what we teach. If we have been misinformed as to the value of a certain food, we not only partake of that food to our hurt, but we advise others to do the same.


8Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. (Luke 15:)


What we value, we cherish. And if we lose what we value, we turn the house upside-down until we find it. And when we find what is of value to us, we wish to share it with those who are closest to us. Because of this, those we care for most are in the greatest danger if what we value is less than perfect, or is even poison. We feed those we care for that which we have been told is best for us. How many times have you heard of, or experienced yourself, a product being presented as good for us and safe, even by the scientists, doctors, and our government, only to later find that the product is in fact highly dangerous and a poison. Yet we had been trusting what we heard, and by so doing poisoning ourself and our family.


23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 29And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. (Luke 13:)


Jesus had a problem with the Pharisees. They not only refused to believe in Jesus or to listen to what He was telling them, but they demanded that no one else listen to Him as well.


13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (Mat 23:)


The Pharisees had a corrupted view of the law and of God. And they not only followed this wrong road themselves, but they insisted that all who listened to them do likewise. In this way they shut up the Kingdom of Heaven because the One they denied was the door to the Kingdom.


22These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. (John 9:)


Anyone who went against the Pharisees and who listened to or confessed Jesus would be put out of the church. The Pharisees were the great masters of Israel. They were the greatest minds and the most knowledgeable concerning the ways of God. They were the rabbis, the teachers of the Jews, that is, the people of God. In today's vernacular, they would be the Pastors and the Priests.

Along with the Pharisees there were the Scribes. A Scribe devoted his life to the study and the transcription of the Word of God. Because of this occupation they were the lawyers, the one who a person went to in order to learn just what the Bible had to say. However, as is so clear in the Gospels, knowing what the Bible says does not at all mean that a person knows what the Bible means.


19And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. (Luke 24:)


There were none higher in the church than the High Priests. If there was anyone who should have been in contact with God the Father it is the High Priests. This office was created by God Himself to a mediator between Himself and His people. Only once a year could anyone come into the presence of God, and that singular person was the High Priest only, and then he must go through a very strict purification process. Yet it was this person, who stood between the people and their God, who called for the blood of the very One he was supposed to be listening to.


15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. (Mat 7:)


We have seen throughout the Gospels that those who were deemed to be the Godly were in fact wolves in sheep's clothing. These wolves demanded that everyone in their charge listen to them, and to them only. And the closer a person was to those wolves, that is, the more into the church of the day they had climbed, the more likely they were to be led astray. We see that the Galileans and the Samaritans were far more likely to receive and believe Jesus then the highly respected religious; and these were looked down upon as less than dogs by the church leaders of that day. The thieves, the prostitutes, and the worst of offenders could see what the religious leaders could not. But had these criminals followed the religious leaders rather than their own hearts they would have been condemned by God as were the religious leaders, even though they might have been praised by their fellow man.


44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? (John 5:)


We judge with our eyes. If a loaf of bread looks fresh and healthy, and if it is nicely presented at the bakery, then we assume it will be good for us. In this same way if a person seems righteous to us, then we assume they are righteous. We automatically take for granted that a Pastor of a church or an Elder is of a high caliber, decent, honest and knows the Scriptures and follows them. That is our assumption. But what if we were to learn that the church and the doctrine of this upstanding person is that of a church we consider to be heretic or even of the devil? This is exactly what had happened with the righteous of Jesus' day. Those who wore the religious garments and carried the big Bibles under their arm proved to not be of God, but of the devil. And the ones who could recognize this least was they themselves and those they endeavored to most impress with their sanctimonializm.


18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Mat 7:)


There are going to be many branches of the tree called the Church that will discover that they have been led astray and that they have become unfruitful branches. Many are taught that being unfruitful is ok with God as long as they are baptized into the proper church. The Jews were baptized into the only Church that God had created and ordained for a thousand years and more. Yet time after time those who thought they could go their own way discovered that their own way led to oblivion. God demanded absolute obedience from them, and those who did less, were destroyed. We are told that God is the same today as He has ever been (Heb 13:8). And we see in Revelation that He is going to do to those who say they follow Him now the same as He did to the Jews time and time again. Dead branches are burned.


9And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:)


The religious of Jesus' day counted on their religiosity and their birth as children of Abraham to save them and bring them into eternal life. We learn that what they trusted as true just was not so. Today we have people also trusting in their self-proclaimed form of righteousness and their attachment to a church or a doctrine to save them without following the commandments of Jesus. What do you suppose will happen to these people?


Many who follow the broad road will discover when it is too late that the road they were on was not the correct road. They will find that the road they should have followed is the one that Jesus and the Apostles followed, that is, the straight and narrow road of submission and obedience.

As illustrated above, there are going to be many who call upon their works to justify them. But all their fine works will have been for naught if those works were not part of the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit of God. It must be God's work that was done to qualify for eternal life; not our own works with the intent of satisfying our own ego or our associates, or to place our self in a bargaining position with God. And the only way to produce the Spiritual is to be in possession of the Spiritual.


Does the wrapper of your loaf of bread say you're automatically filled with the Holy Spirit when you are baptized in water? If so, perhaps you had better check out the ingredients for yourself. Take the loaf apart and put it under a microscope and see if those little black chunks you see just might not belong there.


34Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. (John 7:)

Many claim to be seeking God. Living rooms are filled with people lounging on their sofa with a beer in one hand and a bag of chips in the other watching a preacher or an X rated film, and yet claiming to be searching for the Lord. But these extremes are not the only seekers who are off base; many are just far enough off the road to be deceiving themselves while looking oh so good, to themselves and to others. Consider once again the High Priests and the Pharisees.


1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Mat 25: See again Luke 13:23-30 and Mat 7:21-23)


You may have been told that the five foolish virgins are really not Christians at all but rather people of the World who just think they're Christians. I take a different view. I assume that when Jesus says "virgins," He knows what He is talking about and that He meant "Virgins." Of course I assume also that the Bible is written to the Church rather than to the World who does not even claim to believe the Bible, even though some of the World try very hard to disprove the Bible. And since I believe the Bible is written to me and not unconverted sinners, I take it that when Jesus presents His parables, He is talking to me and not Joe Blow down the street who has his back turned to the Lord. But that's me: what do you think?

In the parable of the virgins, there were five who did not remain alert and dedicated til the end. They were among the wise virgins, and they appeared as one of the wise virgins, but they were not wise but perhaps in their own eyes. They had their lamp indicating that they were waiting. They had all the trimmings and the appearances of one waiting for their Lord. But they, unlike the wise virgins, had let their lamps burn out. They had not prepared for the long haul.


25And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? (Luke 14:)


27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body (1Cor 11:).


5Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. (2Cor 13:)


11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Mat 24:)


15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (Rev 3:)


16And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. 18And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. (Mark 4:)


The wise virgins carried with them plenty of oil in their lamps, plus a reserve just in case the night (which we are in now, an age of Spiritual darkness [1Thes 1:5-9: Rev 22:5]) might extend longer than they believed it would. They apparently realized there was a chance that their lamp might run out. It may have been that the foolish virgins were taught that the lamp they were in possession of would never run out of oil, that once it had been filled, it would last forever. They, as do many foolish virgins, did not bother to read the instructions for themselves to see if this was true or not. They just took what they were told on "faith." Perhaps had they read this:


3Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 5And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 9And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Mark 4:)


What happened to the seed? Some fell on good ground. What happened to the rest?

Who is the Sower and what is the seed?


37He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; (Mat 13:)


The one who sowed the seed is Jesus. How did Jesus sow the seed?


23And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. (John 12:)


Jesus, as the original seed, had to die and be "planted" in order to raise up a crop just like Him, that is, His Body (of which He is the Head), His Church ("called out ones" assembly). The seed is the Word. But just what is the Word: Is the Word a bunch of words put together in a book?


1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:)


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.


17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 18Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles. (Mat 12:)


20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Mat 1:)


30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:)


The Word is God. The seed is God. The seed is the Spirit of God. If the seed that was sown is the Holy Spirit, then doesn't it follow that the seed that landed on the wayside, and that fell on the rock, and that landed among thistles which all died away illustrates that the Holy Spirit can leave a person if that person doesn't continue in fellowship and obedience to God?


20Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. 24For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits. (Rom 11:)


24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1Cor 9:)


Paul seems to think that there is a way for those who have been baptized to fail, including himself.

Now you might have an understanding of these Scriptures which indicate that I am wrong regarding them. And you just might be right. But the point that I am making here is, not whether we can lose the Holy Spirit, but rather the importance of reading for our self what the Scripture says and not following the notions that someone else has taken on them. It's our eternal life that is at stake. It deserves as least as much consideration as a loaf of bread, don't you think?


We are taught that the Bible is written so that everyone, sinner and saint alike, can fully understand it. Is that what the Bible says of itself? Or is that what God says of it?


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 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 show you things to come. (John 16:)


9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1Cor 2:)


10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (Mat 13:)


11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Rev 3:)


18Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. (Luke 8:)


There are many possible applications for this verse. However, one that would be hard to deny is that if we have knowledge of God, and we walk in that knowledge and seek more from God, that He will give us that knowledge. But if we don't have Truth, but rather we walk in error, what Truth we have will be taken away from us and we will be left with nothing but the belief that we have Truth (Luke 11:9, 13, 52; John 9:39-41 Rev 3:17).


We are warned against being deceived. Who would deceive us? Certainly not the World if we are following the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is instructing us. Then, if we are supposedly a believer: who might be the one we would listen to that could possibly deceive us? (2Tim 4:3-4; 3:13; 2Peter 2:1-2; Titus 1:10-11)


13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1Cor 2:)


The Word of God is Spiritually discerned. The carnal mind can't understand the things of God. Nor would the carnal, unsaved man have any need or desire to try and understand the Word of God. However someone who is a follower of God; Someone who has turned their life and their destiny over to God; Someone who claims to love God with all their heart: that person would surely have no desire greater than to study what God has to tell them and to dedicate all their efforts to making sure they are in the will of God. They will study the "ingredients" carefully and often, and question anyone who says something that doesn't fit the understanding they have acquired from their own reading of the Word. Wouldn't you say this of a true believer? No? Why not? You would say this of a true believer? Then how is your study of the Word coming along?


9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: (Isaiah 28:)


Those who have grown past the milk of the Word, that is the bare basics (Heb 6:1-2) and are moving on to the meat of the Word, will find their going a lonely route because in most of the churches milk is all that is supplied and meat is denied. Whatever is to be learned will be built up on the basics (if the basics have been correct, which is highly unlikely) like the education we are given in school. We don't study second grade work until we have completed the study of first grade work satisfactorily. If we don't study what we are given by the Holy Spirit and put it into practice, we will be given no more (John 11:9-10; Psalm 119:105; Luke 8:18).


Those who rush off and think they understand what God has said without having altered their lives and viewed what they are taught from God's perspective fall into the category below:


yet they would not hear. 13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:)


We teach what we know. And we fully believe what we teach. Those who deceive are usually deceived themselves and believe they are teaching truth. But regardless of how sincere the one who teaches, or the one who trustingly follows is, if the road they are on enters a desert with no water, both will die of thirst.


It is the common view today that all are going to heaven, although some add to this that there will be a purging period for some. Others believe that all are going to heaven without purging and that there is no hell. Still others believe that only those who attend their church and believe as they do are going to heaven and that everyone else is going to hell. And, of course, there are those who believe that we are bugs and that there is no God, heaven, or hell.

Those who believe in the concept that a person who is baptized in the right church with the right words spoken over them cannot lose that salvation regardless of how bad they sin or if they then refuse to follow the vow they took at their baptism (if they even did take such a vow) might consider this:


9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1Cor 6:)


14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (Rev 22:)


We are told to check the ingredients to see if we are being fed something that might do us damage. But not only what we eat will do us harm, but so can other problems within us cause us pain or even death. We are to be diligent to keep our self free form illness, germs, viruses and cancers. Any small element within us that should not be there can slowly, and secretly, be taking our life, even though we are feeling just fine about our self and our activities.


3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5For every man shall bear his own burden. 6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Gal 6:)


There are certain rules that we have been given whereby we may know that we are on the right track. God has given us sign posts with which we may gauge if we are truly moving as we should, and on the correct road we should be on. When the sign posts disappear, or if we have not checked the Map to see what sign posts to look for, we may be so far off course that we are blind to the reality of our situation and believe we are on course and all who are truly on course are lost. And if we check with all those on the wrong road with us, they will all confirm that you, and they, are the only ones on the right path.


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. (Psalm 1:)


1As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 32:)


36Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Mat 22:)


6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Mat 5:)


7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Rev 2:)


1And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, (Rev 22:)


14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (Rev 22:)


How has your appetite been lately? Have you been craving the right foods? Has your hunger and your thirst been after that of the Spiritual? Or have you found yourself craving and satisfying your appetite with the junk food of this world?


6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Heb 11:)


39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. . . . .. 44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? (John 5:)


11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:)


33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Mat 6:)


7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Mat 7:)


23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (Luke 13:)


Have you noticed that all through the Bible and throughout history we see where everyone became of the same mind? We have Sodom that might have been spared if there were but five people who were not unrighteous. (Gen 18:28). We have the Jews in the wilderness and at later times falling into disobedience and being left to die in the wilderness for their unbelief, and later disbursed into all the nations. We have Capernaum, Bethsaida, and Chorazin who Jesus condemned ( Mat 11:20-23). We have the entire world that became so corrupt that God had to wipe out His creation and begin again (Gen 6:5). We have the entire council of the Jews that came together to condemn Jesus to death, and after that refused to believe the signs (the resurrection) they said they were desirous to see in order to believe (Mark 15:1; 8:11-12; Mat 28:12-13). An through all this, we see at the end of the wold that all will turn against God, and He will once again destroy His creation and begin again (Rev 13:7-8).

David said "Blessed are they who walk not in the council of the ungodly (Psalm 1:1). Who is it you walk with?

It would seem to me, considering all this, that anyone who really desired to find the Truth would not be looking where everyone else is looking, and they would search the Scriptures for themselves, calling upon the Holy Spirit for guidance, and praying with all diligence that the Lord would show them to the Truth.

Like mindedness is what the world and the churches are calling for (Ecumenicalism). But is the like mindedness of God? Or the like mindedness of the Godless? What direction do you see the World and the churches taking today in the name of Ecumenicalism? (By the way, didn't we have that very thing under the Roman Caesars and under Hitler?)


29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 25:)


7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Rev 2:)


I ask again: are you checking the ingredients yourself? Or are you trusting the one who is selling you the bill of goods to read and interpret the ingredients for you?

If you believe there are ingredients that will harm you, and may even kill you, I'm sure you would not trust this responsibility to anyone but yourself. You would learn all you can about every element of that loaf of bread and assure yourself that it was proper fodder for you and your family's body.

If you believe the Bible. If you believe in God. If you believe there is a Heaven and a hell, and that your eternal future is at stake: would you do any less with the Spiritual ingredients you are handed? And if you do less with your eternity than you would with a loaf of bread, what do you think that says about your faith?


References


21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Mat 7:)


3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2Tim 4:)


13But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2Tim 3:)


22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:)


1But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (2Peter 2:)


10For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. (Titus 1:)


5This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1John 1:)


4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Rom 8:)


9Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. (John 11:)


105Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments. (Psalm 119:)


19Quench not the Spirit. (1Thes 5:)


18Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. (Luke 8:)


 

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