For centuries, Christians observe the crucifixion and burial of our LORD Jesus Christ on what is called “Good Friday”. It is the tradition, after all. We know Jesus rose “the third day” and “the first day of the week”, so if one starts with Friday, then Sunday would be “the third...
The majority of Bible teachers interpret the opening verses of Revelation as God the Father giving the revelation to the Son, Jesus Christ, who in turn gives the revelation to John, who in turn is to give the revelation to the seven churches. I believe this to be an interpretation of error, and...
In the Christian world today I run across those who adamantly declare the NAME of GOD is JESUS, has always been JESUS and will always be JESUS. This is known as the “JESUS NAME” movement. Yes, I love the name of Jesus, yet I believe these who insist on the NAME of GOD as JESUS ONLY are...
In reading Revelation 12, many people believe Satan and his angels’ fall from heaven hasn’t happened yet, and will manifest during the 42 months of the Great Tribulation. In Rev 1:19 Jesus instructed John, “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.” ...
Are we living in the last days? I happen to live in the United States of America, so my perspective of the ‘world’ is surely from a “Western” point of view, though I make an effort to pay attention to world news. Many, many Christians have ‘prophesied’ that God is judging America...
In Revelation 3:10 John writes the words of Jesus to the Church of Philadelphia as follows: “Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
My heart is heavy, brothers and sisters. Yes, I recently came into the biblical teaching of God’s Law on Marriage and Divorce. The issue that rips my heart is the question posed, “What if I married in ignorance, a man or woman who treated me horribly. S/he cheated on me all the time, drained...
In this day and age, the majority of the world is not Jewish and does not understand the scriptures from the Jewish perspective. Jesus was born Jewish and lived according to the Torah, which included the 10 Dabarim (Words/Laws/Commandments). Depending on the version of the English Bible we read,...
Many people claim that water baptism is a requirement of salvation, in that if anyone is not baptized in water they are not saved. Likewise, if they have been baptized in water, they are saved. This exhortation is to bring to you Holy Ghost understanding, if you are willing to receive it. Let’s...
Until this week I didn’t understand God’s Law regarding marriage and divorce. I always thought that a marriage could end in divorce, if one or both of the spouses committed adultery (violation of the marriage covenant by sleeping with another), based on Mat 5:32. Let me type out the passage...
Do you believe Jesus is God? Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God? Is He one or the other, or is He both? Trinitarians will say Jesus is God. They will say Jesus is also the Son of God. So, they believe Jesus is both God and the Son of God. If God is the Father, then how can Jesus be both the...
As I read the Book of Revelation, I noticed some similarities between the seven seals, trumpets and bowls (vials). I wondered if there might be an alignment between the seven seals, seven trumpets and seven bowls (vials) because the three sets of seven end with the same event.
I know this sounds shocking, especially if you’ve never known this before. Though Michael Servetus and John Calvin were friends for 20 years, Calvin condemned him to being burned alive at the stake. Green wood was used, as it burns slower and would inflict a longer torment; straw and sulfur were...
Who IS THE ALMIGHTY GOD? The title ‘Almighty God’ is used 432 times in the entirety of the Bible. The Hebrew word for ‘Almighty’ is Shadday. El Shadday is The Almighty God. Isaiah 44:6 “This is what the LORD says--Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the First and I am the...
I would say this is a 'strong meat' question (Heb 5:14). The question came up as to whether God created Satan to be evil, or whether God created all things ‘good’ (as we understand it). Many people have also asked WHY God created Satan, or even allows him to exist. Isa 45:7 tells us, “I...
Jesus Himself told His disciples in John 14:7-9: “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him. Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have...
Remember when a man wrestled with Jacob all night in Gen 32:24-31? In vs 28, that man told Jacob, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven [8280 sarah – to persist, exert oneself, persevere] with God and with men and have prevailed.” Vs. 29 should be observed...
This hub is a collection of scriptures for you to relish in and let the Holy Spirit speak to you, confirming who The Savior is. The Old Testament contains the writings of the Prophets; the New Testament the writings of some of the disciples and Apostles. The same message - given by God throughout...
I never know WHAT the LORD would have me study or write on next, but at this time I have been compelled to take on the task. In order to find out who or what the seven spirits of God ARE, we have to first accept what Revelation clearly states they are: the seven lamps of fire, seven horns and seven...
As they left the Tenderloin behind, Martha felt a sense of relief and grief, all at the same time. She thought of how repugnant it felt walking on those streets ~ kind of like a ‘hell’ of sorts. “Home” surely felt like heaven, in comparison. Then it dawned on her that The Holy God, came to...
The Bible tells us Jesus was tried under the authority of Tiberius Caesar (emperor of Rome) and Pontius Pilate (governor of Rome). He was sentenced to death by Roman crucifixion. Likewise, Herod, the Roman emperor in 37 AD, was yet in bed with the Jewish leaders who were ecstatic about his...
Lone Ranger said, “I'll be honest with you, I am still struggling with this concept of Jesus being The Father.” Answer: Yes, I can imagine. I too, struggled greatly to ask God these questions. The struggle was not in the asking, but in shedding indoctrination, as I received the answers. The...
The phrase “Sovereign LORD” is used 209 times in the Bible; only 7 times in the New Testament. You'd be surprised how many deny Jesus Christ is our only Sovereign and Lord who bought us! (Jude 1:4; 2 Pet 2:1).
In Matthew 13:10-15 “The disciples came and said to Him, ‘Why do You speak to them in parables?’ Jesus answered them, ‘To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted…
Does God ordain child sacrifice? If so, why would He contradict His own Word by asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering (completely consumed by fire)? Does Isaac represent the Son of God? You might be surprised.
The Nicaean Creed states of the Son, "And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds". Is this fourth-century AD traditional teaching something that can be proven by scripture? Are you willing to “test the spirits to see whether they are from...
God told Abraham his descendants would be as numerous as the sand of the seashore. Abraham believed God. It was because of great faith, Isaac’s life was saved ~ by what? The RAM. How often do we focus on the ram? It’s time we do.
There’s a high accountability put on writers because what is written will, no doubt, plant a seed that will stay within the readers’ minds and influence their lives in some significant way. I revere James 3:5, which states “Let not many of you become teachers...
I invite you to continue on with me Part 2 of 2, which will cover the following: Why is Elohim plural? * The Word was with God * Stephen saw God and the Son at His right hand * Delivering up the Kingdom and Subjection of the Son * My Father is Greater than I * The Son doesn’t know the Day nor...
I invite you to read part 1 of this 2-part series, which will cover the following: The First Commandment * The Root of Protestant Churches = Catholicism * Alterations to the Holy Bible * The Trinity added to the Textus Receptus * Interpreting “Us”, “Our” and “We” Passages * The Person...
Jesus promised us in John 14:2 “In My Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” What is this 'place' Jesus is preparing, providing or making ready? This hub will give you a twist...
Can a Christian be demon-possessed? I think the more accurate question is, “Can a 'professing Christian' be demon-possessed?” These are the ones who 'honor God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him' (Mat 15:8). They are also known as 'carnal Christians' and some as down-right...
No sooner did I begin writing, those of all kinds of religious beliefs flooded my way. Their doctrines were voices of differing ‘shepherds’, and what made them stand out like a ‘sore thumb’ was the element of enslavement ~ legalism, oppression, and downright spiritual abuse.
I happen to believe Jesus IS God. I’ve spent tons of hours reading and studying scripture to help me understand and reconcile the subjection of the Son to the Father found in 1 Cor 15:27-28.
I don’t know if you’re like me. It’s taken me 46 years to finally want to know where our Christmas traditions come from. The closer I get to the Lord, the more I am uncomfortable about things I used to be comfortable with. Last year I started becoming uncomfortable and it’s taken this long...
The Christmas story found in the Holy Bible (Luke 2) is cherished by all Christians. The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is the most important event in history, next to the day of His resurrection. While multitudes around the world celebrate “Christmas”, whether they focus on Saint...
There is so much controversy out there about the fourth commandment: “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy [sanctified; set apart]”. Some staunchly believe the seventh-day Sabbath was NEVER changed by God; others argue we have a new Sabbath Day, Sunday. Yet, many say it doesn’t matter...
I’ve just got to tell you, readers; I’m getting excited! Our LORD is coming soon! I’ve just been feasting on all kinds of things this morning, and putting pieces together from several sources, and I just want to share some with you (thus far) because it may build your faith and comfort you,...
Jesus is the Rock of offense to those who would rather stick to their traditional teachings and habitual beliefs. The Jews were greatly offended by Jesus Christ’s teachings. If they are God’s chosen ones, why would the Word of God offend them? The Word became flesh and they crucified Him. Why?...
Today the Lord had me in the Word studying love. GOD IS LOVE. What a beautiful thing! Through the years of listening and reading up on the various types of love, the most astounding is ‘agape’: the love of God.
Have you experienced trials and temptations? Do you know the difference between them? How about from where they originate? What is the purpose of trials and temptations? I hope you join me as we embark on a journey through the Bible to answer some of these questions.
Have you read 1 John 5:7-8? This is what it says in the NAS, “For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” Yet, if you read the same verses in the KJV we get a lot more:
No doubt you’ve heard the doctrinal argument that Pharaoh had no choice in the hardening of his heart in regard to Israel’s captivity and deliverance. Surely, if God was responsible for this, He can also...
I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard and read the teaching that people of the Old Testament weren’t officially “saved” until Jesus Christ died on the cross. In fact, their souls are said to have waited someplace (some call Paradise – in the earth), where they later received the...
There’s just so much ground to cover regarding the predestination theory, as to God’s “choosing” those who are saved and “choosing” to send some to damnation without hope of ever being saved. We’re going to cover a little more on the subject of God’s sovereignty here.
When we hear or read the words “Statement of Faith” what first comes to mind? Each organized church has such a statement whereby those contemplating becoming a member would base their decision to do so or not according to what that church believes and teaches. In most cases some compromise is...
My spirit is grieved in contending with those of "hyper-Calvinism" and their “predestination of the elect” doctrine. This belief limits the love of Christ, in that their bottom line is Christ only loves some of His creation. Their doctrine whole-heartedly teaches that many are born...
I can’t tell you how marveled and astonished I am at the number of false prophets I’ve encountered. I am inclined to wonder about the spiritual realm being directly connected to the physical realm. As I ponder on the scriptures, my mind is asking, “Is everyone possessed?” Why would I even...
Have you ever wondered what the Book of Life is? When did it come about? Whose names are in it? What is the difference between the book of life and “the books” present at the Great White Throne judgment? I don’t know about you, but I want to know if my name is written in the book of life.
In the first of this two-part series we looked at the Great White Throne judgment of God, where John “saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and [the] books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things...
As for me, I’ve certainly encountered the “wise of the world”. These would include scientists, atheists, evolutionists, Gnostics and agnostics. There are those who are deeply educated in world history and philosophy. There are those of other religions that have studied all kinds of material...
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Based on a study of the wisdom of God I would like to share a “taste” of the revelation through His Word to those who desire...
When were giants on the earth? Gen 6:1-4 is the first account of the giants. Those giants are said to be the offspring of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men”. However, we also see giants on the earth after the flood! Who were they and where did they come from?
Just as our own bodies have various “members”, so do groups of people working together toward a common goal. Truly, we are to love our neighbor as ourselves, amen? It is imperative that we recognize each is an “arm” or an “eye” and do our best to contribute to the building up and...
Rain. Imagine it’s raining all over the world. The rain gives life to all things. It is refreshing! It washes clean. It satisfies thirst. Imagine God is the rain. One day, God made two glasses and they were filled with His rain...
There are differing views being taught in the Christian world today about Genesis 1:26-27, which states “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image'. Who is God speaking to in this passage? This study may be a bit overwhelming or "blow your mind"...
...Ever since, believers continue this great commission of witnessing to the world until He comes again. But, what exactly IS witnessing? Did you know there are several meanings for the word all throughout the Bible? I’d like to share with you the various aspects of being a witness for Christ.
Who is GOD? WOW. What a concept to try to wrap our human brains around! I’ve read all kinds of interpretations of the trinity and some of the scriptures cause confusion as to exactly how we are to interpret the entity of God Himself.
Fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ is such a blessing. When people focus on the Lord, praise and pray, study and apply, love and edify each other, it's like heaven on earth. Unfortunately, because all people are sinful and struggle between flesh and Spirit, conflict can arise from time...
The second half of John Chapter 2 takes a completely different turn. While the first half focused on the wedding feast, the second half deals with the jealousy of the Bridegroom!
All throughout the Word, the wedding feast is significant in regard to the kingdom of God. The Jewish wedding feast lasts for seven days (if the bride is a virgin) and three days (if the bride is a widow remarrying). Based on 2 Cor 11:2, the Bride of Christ is presented as a virgin. This wedding...
So many people have lost or are on the verge of losing their homes. The economy has caused a landslide of stormy devastation all over the world. The rains bring a flood and the winds beat against our homes; our very lives as we’ve known them are in danger of being swept away.
What is karma? There are some Christians today that believe in karma, being careful to think, speak and do good in order to rest assured that no evil will befall them. For a Christian to “believe” in karma is to think the “reap what you sow” biblical concept applies to our earthly outcome,...
If you told your boss the truth, would you lose your job? If you told your spouse the truth, would you lose your marriage? If someone told you the truth, would you become angry and end the relationship? The sad truth is people have learned to survive in this world by lying.
Is hell in the depths of the earth or is it some “spiritual” realm in the heavens someplace? Whether or not you “believe” in hell, we’re going to look at some of the clues in the Bible to see if we can shed some light on this hellish mystery.
I would like to do an inductive Bible study with you to show you how to study anything that appears confusing, whether it’s what you read or what you hear. All you will need is a Strong’s Concordance (with the Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries incorporated) and a Bible.
What have YOU been taught about Lucifer? I was taught he was the highest archangel in heaven that wanted to take over God’s throne. He was the leader of music, as instruments were built into his very being. I was taught that he caused a war in heaven and was cast out with a third of the angels...
We are going to review Revelation to observe what it says about the three beasts of the last days. They are the Dragon, the Antichrist (the beast) and the False Prophet. Perhaps you need confirmation that there are indeed THREE: Revelation 16:13 states
Those named as notable “prophets” or “seers” are all over the internet, television and countless books. So much attention is focused on the Mayan and Hopi Indians, Nostradamus, and Edgar Cayce; all of these are referred to as “oracles”. What do they all have in common?
One day, we’re all going to stand before God. Do you know whether or not He will know you? There are those who will have prophesied in His name and yet will be told, “Depart from Me; I never knew you.” Let’s look at what it is that gives us confidence to stand in Christ.
Man is fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image! God has a soul, spirit, mind and heart, just like we do! Only our Creator can powerfully minister to each separately and yet bring wholeness within us because of Jesus Christ.
Within Christian theology, there is a question as to the giants of old, those in the days of Noah. This is a fascinating subject and I’d like to write about why I believe these giants were indeed the offspring of the fallen angels (called “sons of God”) and human women. These giants were...
John the Baptist said in Mat 3:11 "As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." What is the difference?
Many today profess to be “Christians”. How can all these people be Christians when there are some very marked and serious differences in their foundational beliefs? What are the differences? In this hub we will look at the signs of TRUE Christians and COUNTERFEIT Christians.
Mark 8:33 states, “But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter, and said, ‘Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” This hub is about understanding rebuke and the purpose of it. God bless you!
2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23). Jesus says to His children, "Go your ways; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.'" Who are the wolves of the world? Are you a lamb of God? Are you in the Lamb's Book of Life? If so, you have the best Shepherd ever!
Racism is a form of "hate" in its worst sense, and the Word addresses this directly: "If a man says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn't love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" (1 John 4:20).
Matthew 10:34 Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Beliefs either lead to life, damnation, or merely "miss the mark". The Word of God reveals all truth and the truth shall set you FREE! Read on...
God answers prayer when we believe in Him and have faith that He will answer in accordance with His will. Mat 21:22 states "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." Here is my testimony of miraculous answers to my prayers.
Galatians 6:2 states, “Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” So many Christians STOP at this verse, but must pay attention to verse 5, “For each one will bear his own load."
Lucifer's name is only found once in very few versions of the Bible and he is called "star of the morning (helel), son of the dawn" in the original text. The results of my study were startling in that it appears most evident that Lucifer is the spirit of antichrist who mimics the real "bright and...
Satan was given power and dominion of the world and is called the “god of this world” who has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. So what are the characteristics of Satan? We can overcome him!
"If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake. He who hates Me hates My Father also.” Verse 25 “…THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.” The Bible teaches worldly hate and righteous hate; worldly love and Godly love...
Luke 16:16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached.” John 1:17 “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”
Matthew 19:17-19 "... if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. Then he said to Him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER; YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; YOU SHALL NOT STEAL; YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS; HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR...
The word "covenant" is that of a "testament" or a will. Thus, we get the term "Last Will and Testament". It's a binding contract of inheritance to the beneficiaries of that covenant. The reason we have the "Old Testament (or Covenant)" and the "New Testament (or Covenant)" is because one is made...
The Law of Moses is what is known as the Jewish Mitzvot contained in the first five books of the Bible (the Torah). The Old Covenant made through the Law was replaced by the New Covenant of grace through faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
"The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved."
The topic of HELL is the most unpleasant topic in the world today, even amongst Christians. 2 Tim 4:3 states "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled..." So, if you are ready to endure sound doctrine, keep on reading.
This hub is to address those who believe that since God created evil, it’s His responsibility for the devil that causes us to SIN. When Adam and Eve sinned, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent, but isn't it interesting that they didn't blame God? Should they have?
GOOD is a master and EVIL is a master. The Word says in Matthew 6:24 that “No man can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.” Have you ever been in the middle of a war? There are only two involved: GOOD and EVIL.
While studying the book of Revelation, much was said about our heavenly home. The Bible teaches of the current heaven and earth and also of a new heaven and new earth to come. Because of the awesome clues of Paradise, the New Jerusalem and the Tree of Life, it is revealed that the saints that have...
"But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:23-24)
Are you feeling drawn to your Savior? This hub is to share with you what it is to be saved and the simple prayer of asking Jesus Christ into your heart to be your Savior today. He accepts you just as you are and freely forgives all of your sins. Are you ready?
The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 14:13, "Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret." It is important to note that 'translation' and 'interpretation' are two different things. Anyone can translate a human language; spiritual tongues cannot be translated; they are...
This is a true story. My friend Carla had a mysterious illness that caused her to have black-outs. She had suffered this for two years. Medical doctors could not figure out the cause, but God miraculously revealed and healed her!
How do we KNOW we’ve received the Holy Spirit? Jesus said "You will know them by their fruit". Also, the Holy Spirit gives Spiritual gifts to us. Do you know what the fruit and gifts are? This hub will teach us more about the evidence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
People, whether IN the church or OUTSIDE of the church, claim the church is filled with hypocrites! Not only are there hypocrites in the Christian church, it is indeed a huge practice of those who make these accusations against Christianity itself! Just what is a hypocrite? Read on!
"Tithing" under the New Covenant is one of the hottest debates in the church today. Are Christians commanded to tithe? Do not be deceived! The Bible is clear about this issue; Jesus taught about it and so did His apostles. Let's take a look at what the New Testament teaches.
144,000. Ever heard that number? Who are the "elect" of God? Is it some group of a particular faith only? Have they already been chosen? Are they the only ones going to heaven? Who are the chosen ones? The Bible tells us clearly who they are, and how all believers are grafted in!
This hub is to review the book of Revelation and the experience of believers and those who become believers throughout the Great Tribulation. Daniel 12:1 states, "and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued."
There are several "Christian" faiths out there in the world, and yet what distinguishes the true from the false (the cults) has everything to do with who they say Jesus Christ is. The Bible alone proves the identity of Christ beyond doubt.
Since the Great White Throne judgment doesn’t appear to happen until after the thousand-year reign of Christ, where do our souls exist in the meantime? Are we simply dead with no spiritual existence or do our souls survive our physical bodies to dwell someplace? Let’s look at what the Bible...