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Reader Writes

Dear Russell,

I am enjoying reading your insights on the end times; HOWEVER, I am very, careful who I believe.
As you know, there are thousands of people who all believe that they are right in their interpretation of the Scriptures.

I would like to know who you are, denomination, location, and basic beliefs. I will tell you that I am
Southern Baptist. I plan to use some of your material In Sunday School to answer questions folks have ( depending on your response). We have studied David Jeremiah's materials previously.

I got involved before with someone on the WEB who turned out to be an idiot.

Certainly would appreciate your response as your materials look fascinating. Only one complaint, printing even in WORD is a real problem----TOO WIDE and TOO Many variable characters causing printing to be very, slow.

Anyway, thank you in advance for your time.

Terry

Answer

Terry,
Thanks for writing.   In regards to my "interpretation of the scriptures", in so far as this means my application of events to scriptures, I readily admit I may be wrong, on every page of this website.   However, I am obliged to point out that, except for the return of Israel to their land as prophesied, I am pointing out events that are leading up to (preceding) the events of the tribulation.  Otherwise, I make no statements that so and so is fulfilling tribulation events.  The prophesied events of Daniel, Revelation, Isaiah, Micah, and elswhere can happen only AFTER the rapture.  We can see the prophesied events begin to develop, but, the actual events themselves occur later.
See this outline for more information (and this).

As to my "basic beliefs":

Salvation is a free gift of God through His only begotten Son's work on the cross (plus nothing).
Making a "decision for Christ" does not save anyone.  You must be BORN AGAIN, an action done by the Almighty.
Faith is the GIFT of God.  Faith is formed in the heart of a man by the Lord. 
Jesus Christ is God.  He is the Word of God incarnate.  Read the book of John.
The God of the Old Testament is the same Jesus Christ of the New Testament.  Abraham spoke to Jesus Christ.
The Lord accomplishes His work in us through His Word which is perfect. 
God has manifested His Word above His own name.
for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
The Lord Jesus Christ spoke the universe into existence.
Later He left heaven's glory and took on the form of a servant in order to save His people by dying on the cross. 
The Word of God in English is the King James Bible.
God is sovereign.  His people are the "elect of God."
Any work done without waiting upon the Lord is wrong, harmful, and dangerous to the cause of Christ.
All God's chosen people are taken through a process of santification
God uses suffering to accomplish santification.  Pride is a major obstacle to knowing the Lord.
True praise of the Lord can not come from an unchastened man.
Before praising God, a man must "decrease."
All those not chastened are not truly sons of God.  They are not born again but profess faith nonetheless.  These are wells without water and will be spewed into the tribulation.  Many church members fall into this category.  Works can not save anyone.  Church membership and church attendance can save no one.
You can know if you are saved.  One should enter into God's rest.  This rest occurs as a consequence of santification.  To have an understanding of the Lord we need an attitude adjustment.
God's plan to save us by His Son was made before the foundation of the world.
When God clothed Adam and Eve with skins, He was pointing them to the Cross of Jesus Christ by whom God redeemed the entire creation.  The beauty of the Lord's work is beyond our comprehension.
Praise the name of the Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever!!
He only is my rock and my salvation.

Jesus Christ is going to return and gather His Church before the 70th week of Daniel.  He is calling out from among the Gentiles a bride.  He will remove His bride (consisting of all believers in Jesus Christ, Jew and Gentile) prior to commencing the 70th week of Daniel.  He will then judge the world during the tribulation, the 70th week of Daniel, and He will save the remnant of Israel during this same week.  During this same tribulation, many Gentiles will be saved as well, but the believers of the tribulation will be persecuted and killed for not worshipping the antichrist and not receiving his mark.  At the conclusion of Daniel's 70th week Jesus Christ will return with His bride and destroy the kingdoms of this world and set up His Kingdom with the nation of Israel as the center of His reign.  Israel will be the most honored nation on earth.  He will rule from the throne of David in Jerusalem for one thousand years, after which He will create a new heaven and a new earth for the eternal age in which He will be with His people forever.   Jesus Christ reigns now and forever more!

Jesus Christ fulfilled many prophecies when He came the first time.  He will fulfill the remaining prophecies when He comes the second time.  His second coming is fast approaching.  Are you and your loved ones ready?  

Assuming that you do not deem me an idiot, we can discuss the rest later.


09-07-2006
Reader Writes

Hi Russ my name is ___ Im a __ year old [from ___] who just came across ya site and I was reading some of the stuff ya wrote and find it challenging yet refreshingly true, especially the things ya say about we being nothing and God is everything! Wow very confronting. Im gonna study ya stuff especially the article on being broken, something that i have avoided most of my life, ya see I struggle with homosexuality have been for a while and have done these bad things since i was 6 yrs old, playing sex games with other children until it has finally become such a vice in my life right now. I know God is real and he is calling me. There is not much I can say after reading some of your articles. Icannot justify myself, feel sorry for myself or anything like that I guess. I've been searching for God all my life but this sexual sin which has led me to sexual addictions (masturbation, etc) has hindered me in more ways than one. Wretched person that I am. After reading some of your stuff I guess deep down I know what needs to be done. Can you pray for me as im weary in mind from failure in serving God. This being broken business is gonna rip me apart from the inside out in a major way!! Im alone, just me and Jesus. There are others here but they seem to have there own problems in life but I know i gotta go through this, please pray for me and if ya could write to me too, only if ya want, gotta go bye.....

Answer
____, I am very glad you wrote.  I heard that the nightingale begins it song (when it sees a light way off in the distance which breaks the smothering darkness).  It is true that light only comes to those who are acquainted with darkness and the fears of it.  Apart from being in the lonely darkness, there can be no light.  I know what you mean when you say you are alone, just you and Jesus.    Such is the way of the cross.  Jesus walked it and so do His real children. Jesus Christ was a man acquainted with grief. 
 
Surround yourself with the Word of God.  The page On Being Broken (http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Broken.html) is a good place to start.  The more we know the Lord, the higher He goes and the lower we go.  The fact that He actually called us with an everlasting love is beyond our comprehension when you consider WHO HE IS (and who we are, lost sinners).  The Only Righteous, King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe, the Great I AM, who spoke to Moses, has given His life for us for the plain and simple reason that HE LOVED US before He made the world. 
 
YEA (yes, yes, yes, it is true!!) I have loved thee with an EVERLASTING LOVE: therefore with lovingkindness have I DRAWN thee. Jeremiah 31:3
 
Read this page and all the links at the bottom-  http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Memory1.html
 
Perhaps you find Being Broken as refreshingly true because there is no pretense to our being good in there.  It is simply telling the truth.  God's children will read it and recognize that it is truth.  Those who have no witness of the Holy Spirit in them will just pass on by and never see the truth.  You can praise the Lord that He showed you the truth.  Had He not shown you, On Being Broken would mean nothing to you.
 
___, there is not much I can say after reading (these) articles either.  These truths are overwhelming to me also when I read them.  I cannot justify myself, feel sorry for myself or anything like that I guess is absolutely correct, not only for you, but, for all of us.  Your statement that you are weary in mind from failure in serving God is the place all true believers eventually come to understand.  It is the place of the nightingale's song. Why else would you cast your cares upon Him (if you have not failed)?  Our failures teach us to rely on the Lord only.  Everyone of God's men in the Bible failed miserably.  They denied Christ (Peter); persecuted and killed the believers (Paul); took things into their own hands (Moses); grabbed for their place (Jacob); failed to believe God (Abraham with Hagar); David (when he sought to number the people and when he slept with Basheba and murdered her husband); Saul (when he made a sacrifice to God, which sacrifice God did not want); (Job, of all people) failed to acknowledge the Almighty's work; Solomon, when he brought in idol worship through his wives.  All these men failed in themselves and triumphed in the work of the Lord.  The Bible is a book that tells the true miserable story of men and the triumphant work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is all about Jesus and nothing but Jesus. 
 
After reading some of your stuff I guess deep down I know what needs to be done.
My question for you, ____, is how can you not turn away from sin (seeing how the Lord loved you WHILE you were in sin)?  Freely He loved you before you even knew it.  So, you are FREE IN CHRIST JESUS ALREADY.  Praise God, you are free in Jesus!
 
Leave sin behind you and then forget about it.  Do not think about it, do not focus on it.  Let it go.  You are no longer a servant of sin.  Focus on Jesus Christ alone.  When sin beckons (it will), call it sin, stay away from it and move on.  Freely accept the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
 
God bless you,
Russell
 
PS - the Nightingale is unusual in singing late in the evening; its song is particularly noticeable at that time because few other birds are singing.
 
Can I publish your letter if I leave out your name, age, and country (if you like)?  I believe your letter and the answer will bless people.

Part of Reply from Reader
Also what are your thoughts on the work of the Holy Spirit in regards to change? Could you explain to me the how, what , when, where and why in regards to this?

Part of Answer
Work of the Holy Spirit in regards to change?
Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. 
Remember what I said in regards to focus? Focus on Christ, not on yourself. 
As to the how, what, when, where and why - I have no idea what the Lord is going to do and how He is going to do it.
For starters, read the pages on growing in the Lord.

____, I never did say this, but, lusting after women is just as bad as lusting after men.  Pride is just as bad a sin as homosexuality.
I am married and if i see a woman who is attractive, I just dismiss it and move on. 
 
God bless you,
Russell



End 09-07-2006


09-10-2006
Letter from a Reader

hello
 my name is mike. i was reading your article about Prince Hassan: "who is the prince that shall come?". i was just wondering who you are? just wanted to know some background on you because i'm really interested in what you wrote, but with no disrespect, i want to make sure your not some joe shmo crazy guy. i really love your statements about the bible is never wrong just misunderstood too. i really enjoyed your article and look forward to your reply.
 
Mike

Answer

Mike,
You don't need me to help you decide if what I am writing is based on "jo-shmo-the-crazy-guy."   You have the Bible, the newspaper(the internet) for some facts, and the Holy Spirit.  Just a cursory reading of what I am saying is a clear demonstration of the reverence I have for the Bible.  When I say I may be wrong, I am serious.  I am nothing but a Bible student, who believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible.
 
Articles that i have written regarding potential Middle-eastern kings are speculative.  But they are based on what the Bible says is the origin of the prince that shall come (and what the political goals of the US, the intelligence community, globalist profiteers, and Rome are).   My aim is to convince the reader of the impending REALITY of the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ by showing developing scenarios that could match the Biblical account.  This (hopefully) will encourage the reader himself to go to the Bible and RELY on it.  Thus, the Bible becomes REAL to the reader.    I readily admit I am nothing but a seeker.
 
God bless you,
Russell

End 09-10-2006


10-01-2006

READER WRITES

As a fellow Christian I once believed in pre-tribulation rapture because of teachings I have heard. I was big into the Left Behind series and even got the book about Revelation. However, when I began to read the scriptures, I realized with the aid of the Holy Spirit and much prayer that they were being taken out of context. God revealed to me that Rev 6 and Matt 24 describe the same set of events. Begin with the Sixth seal which describes the sun darkening and moon to blood and stars falling, this is described in Matt 24. Then the fifth seal which shows he martyrs in Rev 6 corresponds to the persecution of the church in Matt 24. The first four seals are condensed into the phrasing kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilence and natural disasters. Please read for exact references. But after these is when the rapture takes place which is after the abomination of desolation in Daniel.  When this was shown to me by the Spirit I prayed for discernment about why we should suffer a portion of the tribulation. The reason for this is the purification of the church Rev 3:14-21 the Laodicean church is lukewarm and God is about to spit her out of His mouth, Matt 24 shows that during the persecution the love of some will grow cold, these are lukewarm Christians who think they know Christ, but are just playing at church and not really committed. Believe me this is hard to accept and understand, it took much prayer and reading the Word, but when I took the Word in context and not just taking bits here and pieces there it all came together and peace flooded my soul.

God be with you and keep you safe, e-mail me with any questions or comments, I too am open to correction based on scripture.

RESPONSE

Let me say, first of all, that I have never liked the Left Behind Series at all.  It is entirely too loose with Biblical facts and it is impossible to discern from its pages where the Bible ends and the fiction begins.  The Left Behind series is no place to discover what the Bible says about prophecy.   As you pointed out, "when I began to read the scriptures..." is the place to go.

Now, specifically, you say "after these is when the rapture takes place which is after the abomination of desolation in Daniel."  Based solely on what your email says, I can not see how you arrived  at this conclusion.  However, if you mean that Mathew 24:15 says that the church "see(s) the abomination of desolation", let me respond to that.  When the disciples of Jesus came to Him and began to ask (Mat 24:3) of these things, there was no church in existence.  The church began at Pentecost, which came later.  None of the disciples present in Mat 24 were members of the church.  Consequently, the "ye" of Mat 24:15 are not church members.  Therefore, the disciples present represent primarily the tribulation Jewish believing remnant and to a lesser extent the tribulation Gentile saints.

Read this particularly the 29 reasons for a pre-trib rapture.   To me the mid-trib rapture is probably the least defensible position of pre, mid, and post trib.  See the book Things To Come by Pentecost for analyses of all three postions.


End 10-01-2006


10-14-2006

READER WRITES

Hi,
 
I've spent a considerable amount of time over the past few days reading and enjoying the articles on your website. After many years of reading this book and that book searching for someway to live out my faith it was refreshing to see someone return to the fact that we simply are nothing and can do nothing without God and that trying to do otherwise is a waste.
 
My personal struggle is how do I discern my motivations from God's?  How can I know that I am following God's will and not mine?  This may be a very basic question but one that has plagued me for years. What advice can you offer?
 
Many thanks! Your site has been extremely helpful to me.

REPLY
I apologize for not having written sooner.  A lot is going on.
 
Once a person is broken, he learns to stop pursuing things PERIOD.  http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Broken.html
 
Wait on the Lord.  http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Wait.html
 
My advice is ask Him questions and then wait on the answer.  This is working for me in ways that you would not believe.
 
Russell
 
So, in summary, TEST what you are doing by ASKING for guidance and He will send the answer.  Do not be afraid to discuss it with Him.

PS - Do right, hold to truth and then let things flow.  Wisdom takes awhile. 

End 10-14-2006


12-03-2006

Question-
how does the bible identify true christians?? how do you?........... david

Answer-
David-
See this page for a description of true Christians-
http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Memory1.html
 
I don't identify true Christians, God does.
 
Russell

End 12-03-2006


12-19-2006

READER WRITES

Dear Russell: 

Yes, Jesus is the only way for mankind when you examine and logically compare Christianity to all the world religions.  But examine the bible as you examine our political times and you will find many many many contriditions inside due to man.  The “History of God” is a good book to read.  Tell me what you think. 

RESPONSE
 
First of all, let me say that the notion of any "History of God" seems ludicrous.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.  (Psa 90:2)  So, how can there be any "History of God?"  The notion of a written "History of God" smacks of man elevating himself before he begins speaking.   What man would venture to write such a book with such a presumptuous title?  Clearly, such a man does not know the Almighty.  Of course, the book "History of God" is supposedly a history of man's thoughts about God; but, the author could not withhold himself from choosing the asininely proud title (since it sells).

Now, contrast this with the Bible.  The men who penned the words of the Bible were admitted NOBODYs.  They said so and PROVED it without saying so (by their actions of self-failure) over and over.  What an honest book the Bible is!   God took NOBODYs and put His Word IN THEIR TONGUE so that they could speak and write the VERY WORD OF GOD. 

The miracle is that the Almighty put His Word in MEN and they recorded it for us to read.   The notion that the Bible contains contradictions may only be maintained when one puts a private interpretation on the scripture one is reading.  The contradiction is in the mind of the reader BEFORE the Word enters the reader.  Such a reader can never understand the Bible because he has no enlightment from the LORD by which the Bible is opened to the reader's eyes and heart.

The Bible is not a History of what men think.  The Bible tells the truth about God and His relationship with men FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE LORD GOD HIMSELF.   The Bible needs no one to defend it!!   It speaks for itself.   The Bible destroys the foolish thinking of men everyday and forever.  The Bible will still be standing when the heavens and earth are made new.

Any man who wants to do battle with the Bible is headed for the slaughter.  He is hastening to his destruction wielding his SWORD of LOGIC all the while being humiliated by the WISDOM of GOD.

End 12-19-2006


01-05-2007

READER ASKS

Dear Russell,

Yesterday, the Iraqi Government hung Saddam Hussein and the Shias' including most all the people were happy.
I have to say that I was sad even though he was a cruel dictator he actually believed he was doing right. He believed in the Koran which he thought was the true word of god. His letter he dictated for the public seemed to come from his heart. He was deceived. I am so sad that so many are deceived by their religions.

It has not made sense that our Government would want the Shias' in the Iraqi Government to take control
of Iraq. Our Government has been helping Jordan which is Sunni. This did not make sense until I read-

A Clean Break:
A New Strategy for Securing the Realm
_______________________________
This paragraph explains it.

King Hussein may have ideas for Israel in bringing its Lebanon problem under control. The predominantly Shia
population of Southern Lebanon has been tied for centuries to the Shia leadership in Najf, Iraq rather than Iran.
 Were the Hashemites to control Iraq, they could use their influence over Najf to help Israel wean the south Lebanese
Shia away from Hizballah, Iran, and Syria. Shia retain strong ties to the Hashemites: the Shia venerate foremost the Prophet's family, the direct descendants of which- and in whose veins the blood of the Prophet flows - is King Hussein

Do you think this could be their aim?

God Bless You,

--

Answer
Yes -
 
On this page-
see the 04-16-2003 and 07-16-2006 update
 
 

The aforementioned page and the 06-15-2006 update refer to the following link-

Quote Begins Here>>
from an article published 4-1-2003 (but still full of relevant information) which outlines a strategy remarkably similar to Bible prophecy
http://www.prospect.org/print/V14/4/dreyfuss-r.html

Iran is not the only country where restoration of monarchy is being considered. Neoconservative strategists have also supported returning to power the Iraqi monarchy, which was toppled in 1958 by a combination of military officers and Iraqi communists. When the Ottoman Empire crumbled after World War I, British intelligence sponsored the rise of a little-known family called the Hashemites, whose origins lay in the Saudi region around Mecca and Medina. Two Hashemite brothers were installed on the thrones of Jordan and Iraq.

For nearly a year, the neocons have suggested that Jordan's Prince Hassan, the brother of the late King Hussein of Jordan and a blood relative of the Iraqi Hashemite family, might re-establish the Hashemites in Baghdad were Saddam Hussein to be removed. Among the neocons are Michael Rubin, a former AEI fellow, and David Wurmser, a Perle acolyte. Rubin in 2002 wrote an article for London's Daily Telegraph headlined, "If Iraqis want a king, Hassan of Jordan could be their man." Wurmser in 1999 wrote Tyranny's Ally, an AEI-published book devoted largely to the idea of restoring the Hashemite dynasty in Iraq. Today Rubin is a key Department of Defense official overseeing U.S. policy toward Iraq, and Wurmser is a high-ranking official working for Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton, himself a leading neoconservative ideologue.

But if the neocons are toying with the idea of restoring monarchies in Iraq and Iran, they are also eyeing the destruction of the region's wealthiest and most important royal family of all: the Saudis. Since September 11, the hawks have launched an all-out verbal assault on the Saudi monarchy, accusing Riyadh of supporting Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization and charging that the Saudis are masterminding a worldwide network of mosques, schools and charity organizations that promote terrorism. It's a charge so breathtaking that those most familiar with Saudi Arabia are at a loss for words when asked about it. "The idea that the House of Saud is cooperating with al-Qaeda is absurd," says James Akins, who served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia in the mid-1970s and frequently travels to the Saudi capital as a consultant. "It's too dumb to be talked about."

That doesn't stop the neoconservatives from doing so, however. In The War Against the Terror Masters, Ledeen cites Wurmser in charging that, just before 9-11, "Saudi intelligence had become difficult to distinguish from Al Qaeda." Countless other, similar accusations have been flung at the Saudis by neocons. Max Singer, co-founder of the Hudson Institute, has repeatedly suggested that the United States seek to dismantle the Saudi kingdom by encouraging breakaway republics in the oil-rich eastern province (which is heavily Shia) and in the western Hijaz. "After [Hussein] is removed, there will be an earthquake throughout the region," says Singer. "If this means the fall of the [Saudi] regime, so be it." And when Hussein goes, Ledeen says, it could lead to the collapse of the Saudi regime, perhaps to pro-al-Qaeda radicals. "In that event, we would have to extend the war to the Arabian peninsula, at the very least to the oil-producing regions."

"I've stopped saying that Saudi Arabia will be taken over by Osama bin Laden or by a bin Laden clone if we go into Iraq," says Akins. "I'm now convinced that's exactly what [the neoconservatives] want. And then we take it over."

Iraq, too, could shatter into at least three pieces, which would be based on the three erstwhile Ottoman Empire provinces of Mosul, Baghdad and Basra that were cobbled together to compose the state eight decades ago. That could conceivably leave a Hashemite kingdom in control of largely Sunni central Iraq, a Shia state in the south (possibly linked to Iran, informally) and some sort of Kurdish entity in the north -- either independent or, as is more likely, under the control of the Turkish army. Turkey, a reluctant player in George W. Bush's crusade, fears an independent Kurdistan and would love to get its hands on Iraq's northern oil fields around the city of Kirkuk

The final key component for these map-redrawing, would-be Lawrences of Arabia is the toppling of Assad's regime and the breakup of Syria. Perle himself proposed exactly that in a 1996 document prepared for the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS), an Israeli think tank. The plan, titled, "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," was originally prepared as a working paper to advise then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. It called on Israel to work with Turkey and Jordan to "contain, destabilize and roll-back" various states in the region, overthrow Saddam Hussein in Iraq, press Jordan to restore a scion of its Hashemite dynasty to the Iraqi throne and, above all, launch military assaults against Lebanon and Syria as a "prelude to a redrawing of the map of the Middle East [to] threaten Syria's territorial integrity." Joining Perle in writing the IASPS paper were Douglas Feith and Wurmser, now senior officials in Bush's national-security apparatus.

Gary Schmitt, executive director of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), worries only that the Bush administration, including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney, might not have the guts to see its plan all the way through once Hussein is toppled. "It's going to be no small thing for the United States to follow through on its stated strategic policy in the region," he says. But Schmitt believes that President Bush is fully committed, having been deeply affected by the events of September 11. Schmitt roundly endorses the vision put forward by Kaplan and Kristol in The War Over Iraq, which was sponsored by the PNAC. "It's really our book," says Schmitt.

Six years ago, in its founding statement of principles, PNAC called for a radical change in U.S. foreign and defense policy, with a beefed-up military budget and a more muscular stance abroad, challenging hostile regimes and assuming "American global leadership." Signers of that statement included Cheney; Rumsfeld; Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz; Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter W. Rodman; Elliott Abrams, the Near East and North African affairs director at the National Security Council; Zalmay Khalilzad, the White House liaison to the Iraqi opposition; I. Lewis Libby, Cheney's chief of staff; and Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), the president's brother. The PNAC statement foreshadowed the outline of the president's 2002 national-security strategy.

Scenarios for sweeping changes in the Middle East, imposed by U.S armed forces, were once thought fanciful -- even ridiculous -- but they are now taken seriously given the incalculable impact of an invasion of Iraq. Chas Freeman, who served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, worries about everything that could go wrong. "It's a war to turn the kaleidoscope, by people who know nothing about the Middle East," he says. "And there's no way to know how the pieces will fall." Perle and Co., says Freeman, are seeking a Middle East dominated by an alliance between the United States and Israel, backed by overwhelming military force. "It's machtpolitik, might makes right," he says. Asked about the comparison between Iraq and Hiroshima, Freeman adds, "There is no question that the Richard Perles of the world see shock and awe as a means to establish a position of supremacy that others fear to challenge."

But Freeman, who is now president of the Middle East Policy Council, thinks it will be a disaster. "This outdoes anything in the march of folly catalog," he says. "It's the lemmings going over the cliff."

Here, friends, we have a policy proclaimed in a book in 1999 which advocates a scenario in which a king takes over for 3 kings in Iraq.  Much of this policy originated in Israeli politics through PNAC and "The Clean Break."  These "politics" will lead to a 'consumption' of Israel (Isa 28:22) because Israel becomes ruled by scornful men (Isa 28:14) whose rule leads Israel into a policy called a covenant with death and an agreement with hell (Isa 28:15). Yet eventually they turn to Jesus Christ at His coming (Isa 28:16), though it only be a remnant, Isa 10:20, (they escape the antichrist).  Israel will enter into an association (associate yourselves... and ye shall be broken in pieces) and and will gird itself (with PNAC and Clean Break and the eventual King of Iraq, the wicked counsellor of Nineveh (Mosul) Nahum 1:11) and by so doing will be broken in pieces. (Isa 8:9)  Friends, the panorama of the book of Isaiah is awe inspiring!!
Remember, when Mosul (aka Nineveh, aka Assur), merges with Ammon (Psa 83) is when the antichrist comes to power.  The Assyrian will be the scourge against Israel and shall overflow and go over (Isa 8:8) exactly as he does in Daniel 11:40.  The Lord at His coming shall break the Assyrian antichrist  (Isa 14:25, Isa 30:31, Isa 31:8).
<< Quote ends here

Friends, the strategy of the United States to destabilize Iraq is a deliberate one (as is explained here http://www.prospect.org/print/V14/4/dreyfuss-r.html
and quoted above.)

The sectarian strife is no accident.  It fits the bill to expand the Sunni-Shiite conflict.  The United States is allied with a Sunni King.  "Persia" is essentially Shiite.  The details are difficult, but, the big picture is clear.  The Book of Revelation and Daniel, in many respects, appears to describe a Sunni-Shiite conflict with the antichrist (backed by an incredible arsenal of military power) as the "Sunni".

End 01-05-2007


01-14-2007

READER WRITES

Russ,        I was reading your web site.  I have 3 topics for you.  One concerns a person washing his/her hands before eating.  In the Gospels there are 2 stories concerning this topic.  In one story, some Pharisees and Jesus are talking about things, and a Pharisee asks Jesus why his disciples don't wash their hands before they eat.  In the other story, Jesus is dining at a Pharisee's house for supper, and the Pharisee asks Jesus why he does not wash his hands before eating.  Most Christians claim that a Christian should emulate Jesus.  I think you are one of them. However, most Christians I have met wash their hands before they eat.  You do.  That seems wrong to me.  If Jesus did not wash his hands as a guest of the Pharisee, why do most Christians not follow his example?
      Different topic.  From what I read in the Bible, I conclude that Jesus is pro-slavery.  Most Christians I know are anti-slavery.  Do you think Jesus was/is pro-slavery?  Why or why not?  If Jesus was/is pro-slavery, should Christians be?
      Third topic.   Polygamy.  From what I read in the Bible, I conclude that Jesus was/is pro-polygamy.  What say you?  If Jesus is pro-polygamy, should Christians be?  What Bible passages do you use to come to a conclusion about this?  -Jim

RESPONSE

Regarding hand washing-
If a man is clean on the outside, his heart may be still be in rebellion against God and therefore he is dirty on the inside.  Most religions (including so-called "Christianity" as practiced by many) try to clean up a man on the outside, leaving the man in an unrepentant (and therefore lost) state.  God cleans a man from the inside first, then, his outside can reflect what has happened on the inside.  "Scrubbing" our outside does not make us acceptable to God.  Religious people seek to perform in ways that God will accept, when, in fact, God has already provided the way through His Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ was not a moralist, but He is God in the flesh (read John Chapter 1), the WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Most people who wash their hands before they eat do so to reduce the chances of germs entering the body.  That is the reason I wash my hands (when I do and I don't always).

Specifically,  I would not say that Jesus was opposed to washing hands, but, He is opposed to the "traditions" and commandments of men.  The Bible is full of warnings about following the traditions of men (Col 2:8) and not Christ.

<>Mat 7:15 that which enter in does not defile the man, but, that which comes out of him…  That which comes out of a man proceeds from his unregenerated heart.  The heart of men is wicked and must be changed by the Almighty.

Math 15:3 why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?  It is more important to follow God than tradition.  Those who follow Jesus worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.   It is more important to know WHY a man is or is not washing his hands.   He could be lost and have clean hands and he could be lost and have dirty hands.

Regarding Jesus and slavery-
You would have to give a specific verse for me to know exactly to what you refer.  However, there is no question but that Jesus was Himself a SERVANT. 
Mat 12:18 behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved…
<>Jesus showed us what being a servant was about - self denial and obedience to God the Father.  The Bible says - Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh:  not with eyeservice as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:  and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (Col 3:22-23).  Authority is the most important thing in the Universe.  All authority comes from God.  It is better to honor authority than honor self-rule or self-will.  So much of what is commonly viewed as insisting upon our "rights" is, in reality, self-promotion and disobedience to God.  It is better to be obedient and honor God than to promote one's self. 

I, personally, would not own any slaves if it was legal. That is not to say that I condemn anyone who did own slaves in the past.   However, if I found myself as a slave, I would be obedient as if my master was the Lord. (Col 3:22-23) 

I have seen employers who USED employees and I have known employees who USED their employers.  It is all a matter of attitude.  I have known people who ran homeless shelters and referred to the residents as MINE.    These attitudes do not honor God.   Obedience is about honoring God.  A little grace goes a long way when you allow it to direct your attitude toward people.

Regarding Jesus favoring polygamy-
That is a new one for me.    I would like to see scriptures to support this.  1 Tim 3:2 says we ought to be the husband of one wife I believe that is what we should do.   

What we do is often less important than WHY we do it.


End 01-14-2007


02-12-2007

READER WRITES
Beloved,
Calvary greetings to you. I wish you a fresh grace and enabling power to carry you through.

Pls. i will like to have understanding on the following
1. For a christian who misses the rapture what can he/she do to be with the Lord at the end of the age?
2. What are the events of millenia reign?
3. What are the requirements of making the rapture?
Pls. your prompt response will be highly appreciated
Remain blessed
Thanks

REPLY
1. If you miss the rapture, you will be forced to make a choice between the mark (and temporary life) or salvation through Jesus Christ (and certain death).  Read the link and you will see clearly what the choices will be.  Today it is not punishable by death to believe in Jesus Christ.  Not too long after the rapture (probably 3.5 years, but, I could be wrong about the exact length of time) it WILL be punishable by death.

3. The requirements for making the rapture are on this page

2. The events of the millennial reign of Jesus Christ are numerous.  Whole sections of books have been written describing the characteristics of the millennial reign of Christ.  All the characteristics are in the Bible.

Some are-
Jesus Christ will be on earth ruling with a rod of iron from the City of Jerusalem

A great temple will be built in Jerusalem (see Ezekiel chapter 40) and Jesus Christ will be there (people will line up daily to pass through the temple to worship the Son of God, the Son of David, who will be seated on the throne of David which will have NO end).   The lines at Disney World are nothing.

Water will proceed from under the throne of God and out into the land of Israel.  When the feet of Jesus Christ touch down an earthquake will open the ground to totally change the landscape in Jerusalem.  See the excellent charts of Clarence Larkin in Dispensational Truth.

Those nations who go not up to worship Him will receive NO rain

Israel and the saved Jewish remnant will be honored as the first among all nations.
Once a Jew is recognized on the street, the people will seek his presence as a blessing to them (because he knows God)

A new unity will exist among Israel, Assyria, and Egypt as a blessing to the people of all 3 nations.

Only the saved will enter the millenium, but, children will be born to those who enter the millennium in their natural bodies.  Some of these children will become the sinners who follow Satan at the end of the millennium.

Believers will rule as Kings and Priests with Christ

The earth will blossom as a rose

Longevity will increase greatly (what was formerly considered old will be considered as but a baby)

There will be no war

The Lion will lie down with the lamb

The curse will be lifted from the earth and children will lead formerly wild beasts and the beasts will not harm them

The earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord

Righteousness will prevail, true judgment will be exercised and the earth will be blessed



End 02-12-2007


03-04-2007

Letter from Reader

Dear Brother,
 
My name is ___ and in the year 2004 I accepted Jesus but still some sin I am having I want to leave this but I can't so please please please please pray to God to forgive me because every day I am telling to Jesus that I will leave this sin but I am not leaving I don't want to perish I wan to go to heaven so please please Pray for me and ask God to clean my sin and make me holy and use me for his glory.

Response

Dear __,
Change your focus away from your frailities and toward Jesus.  All of us are frail.  All of us are sinners. Just admit you are a sinner and let it go. 
 
Stop holding false expectations for yourself.  You are still a sinner.  If you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you are no longer a sinner in God's eyes, even though you still have a sin nature.  Read this PRAYERFULLY.
 
http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Memory1.html
 
Fall onto Jesus!!!  Surrender to Him!  Rely on Him!   Do not rely on yourself.
 
Russell


End 03-04-2007


04-01-2007

Letter from Reader

Dear Russell,
I have written previously with prayer requests for my son, who injured his hand at work.  He is continuing to heal, thanks to all the prayers of God's people.  We continue to wait on the Lord to complete His work.
My question has to do with the identity of the antichrist. Won't it be necessary for him to be part Jew or at least be able to trace his ancestry to King David in order for the Jewish people to acknowledge him as their Messiah? Could this possibly involve the British royal family, who already claim to descend from and rule from David's throne? I've done a small amount of research on the subject and wonder about this.  There has also been talk of occultism connected to them for many generations.
May God continue to bless you and your work.
In Christ,

Response

Won't it be necessary for him to be part Jew or at least be able to trace his ancestry to King David in order for the Jewish people to acknowledge him as their Messiah?
Well, as i see it, there is no clear verse that says they WILL accept him as their Messiah.
So, though it may be true, it is not mandatory they accept him as Messiah.
Interestingly enough, there are those who maintain that the Jordanian has an ancestor named Abraham on his British side through his mother Antoinette.
To me there is no direct confirming scripture that says the antichrist will be a Jew.  This conclusion is made solely from inference, a weak method.
 
Could this possibly involve the British royal family, who already claim to descend from and rule from David's throne?
Well, I have seen those who say that -
a) the Brits are the Jews (British-Israelism, 10 tribes of Israel)
b) the Brits are actually "Assyrian" and that the true Assyrians are actually the Europeans. 
 
(a) has been used to say "Israel" is not actually in the Middle east.  The fact is true Israel is the believing physical seed of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob.
(a) has been used by geopoliticians (Vatican and others) to politically attack the nation Israel .
My question is - when Israel flees from the antichrist in Revelation, will it be Europeans fleeing to Petra?  I doubt that.
 
(b) is used to say that the antichrist will arise in Europe, a doubtful conclusion, and perhaps irrelevant to your question.  However, the idea of (b) is another one of those public "Brit" ideas. 
 
To me, one must start with the scriptures to develop any truth.  Neither (a) nor (b) seem to start with the scriptures.
 
However, one could say that the eventual antichrist will be a man approved by the West (which includes the Brits).  Starting with a "Brit" idea (to me) seems to be unproductive (and it causes confusion).
 
That is just my opinion,
Russell


End 04-01-2007


04-22-2007

Subject: ISAÍAS 42:3


HOLA, MI NOMBRE ES _____-, DE SANTIAGO DE CHILE. YO ESTUDIO EN UN INSTITUTO BÍBLICO BAUTISTA Y TENGO UNA TAREA EN EL RAMODE "CULTURA EN LOS TIEMPOS BÍBLICOS"  MI PREGUNTA ES: ¿CUÁL ES EL SGDO DEL PASAJE, POR QUÉ SE LE COMPARA AL SEÑOR JESUCRISTO CON ESOS OBJETOS? LE AGRADECERÍA SU COMENTERIO. DIOS LOS BENDIGA!

EL PASAJE ES: ISAÍAS 42:3

Dear ____,
I am not very good in Spanish.
The Spanish verses on my site were translated by another reader who knows Spanish.

I will tell you in English.

In reference to Isaiah 42:3, see also Mathew 12:20.

POR QUÉ SE LE COMPARA AL SEÑOR JESUCRISTO CON ESOS OBJETOS?
Jesus is not being compared to these objects.  Jesus is INFLUENCING these objects.

Notice this- A bruised reed is near death.  We are the bruised reed brought  to near death.  Once Jesus has taken us to near death in the process of  breaking us, He does not utterly and completely finish us.  So, He does not  break the reed already "bruised."  Once we become weak, the Lord can teach us truth.  He, of course, makes us weak.  This does illustrate how EXTREME the LENGTHS are to which the LORD takes us in order for us to be taught TRUTH.  It is a powerful experience and it is a FEARFUL THING to FALL into the HANDS of the LIVING GOD.  
(Hebrews 10:31) See http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Broken.html

A smoking flax is on its last puff of smoke.  It is near total extinction. Jesus will not bring it to its final extinction but will cause the believer to enter into self judgment which brings the person He judged to the GREAT truth of the victory won by Jesus Himself alone.  To truly understand this truth, such near death extremes are necessary to bring the believer to self judgment.  The Bible says The Lord shall judge His people. (Heb 10:30) Being a bruised reed and a smoking flax is HOW it is DONE.

God bless you,
Russell

End 04-22-2007


04-29-2007

Reader Writes

Hello. I find your web site very interesting. I have some questions for you.

First, due to our current situation in the U.S. (United States). Do you feel that we will be (NEAR or AT) a THIRD world status by (or NEAR THE START) of the tribulation?

We seem to be falling so fast. I have read web sites that state the opinions of others, rangig from: We will be (THIRD) world status due to an (economic) crash, OR, we will be attacked (by some kind of weapon).

I have attempted to find where our country may be in the (names in the new testament), however, I failed to find any (MAJOR) mention of the U.S. in the endtimes. The U.S. is listed as one of the (house of David) lineages, but NOTHING about it in the endtimes.

Could it be that even before (the RAPTURE) that the U.S. is a collapsed country? Some have stated that the U.S. (MIGHT) economically collapse due (TO) the RAPTURE?

Any thoughts?

Thank you.



Response

You pose some interesting questions.
 
There are many situations working against the U.S. at the moment.
a) The debt of the country is high and increasing.
b) The dollar is under pressure (vis-a-vis the Euro).  If petro-dollars are circumvented, Euro-denominated oil sales, the dollar falls apart.
c) The US military is under serious pressure and is stretched to the limit.
    (The active officer corps has many misgivings, a lot of it unspoken, about US policies).
     The inactive officer corps appears to believe that Iraq was the dumbest thing in history.  Of course, they are not looking at the
      situation from an international monetary perspective.
     We have spent 500 billion dollars (one half a trillion for those counting) to effectively destroy Iraq.
d) NAFTA etc and the immigration policies are designed to eliminate the middle class in the US (among other things).
e) We are spending more money on globalist military concerns than US military concerns.
f) Transnational corporate interests have become the defacto foreign policy of the United States.
g) There is no way the US can repay the debt and the balance of payments in trade is worsening.
    (the question is - when will it become in the best interest of debt holders, e.g., China, to move their assets into non-dollar               denominated holdings?)
h) The destruction of all fiat currencies appears a certainty.  This will cause a mad rush into barter, which WILL be controlled by government eventually.  Such a development could lead to the marking program of the book of Revelation.  Perhaps this is more important than the role of the United States per se.

The protection of the US "tax" of the world vis-a-vis a non-convertible and ever decreasing dollar is the real basis for the Middle-East policy of the United States. The US policy is not about spreading democracy, stopping terrorism, seizing oil, etc.  The policy is to stop the total collapse of the dollar from Euro denominated oil sales.  What happened in Iraq in 2000?  Saddam sought to sell oil in Euros!!!   What happened to Saddam?  Remember, Saddam was brought to power by the United States.  Who else is threatening to sell oil in Euros? - Answer- Iran.
 
Since the dollar is effectively backed by oil, any Euro-denominated oil sales would be catastrophic to the American "empire" (the "empire" is effectively an economic necessity).  Note- The dollar has gone from 1.19 dollars to 1.36 dollars within the last 6 months.   Somebody believes this scenario is possible.  Regardless of their original reason for the US invading Iraq (and it is clear they intended to overthrow Saddam before Bush took office), they now are in a position of a military enforcement of the dollar "tax" on the world.  Such is the nature of a fiat currency.
 
I refer you to this link- http://www.energybulletin.net/12125.html for some history.
 
and this analysis-
 
At any rate, no matter what the British decide, should the Iranian Oil Bourse accelerate, the interests that matter—those of Europeans, Chinese, Japanese, Russians, and Arabs—will eagerly adopt the Euro, thus sealing the fate of the dollar. Americans cannot allow this to happen, and if necessary, will use a vast array of strategies to halt or hobble the operation’s exchange:

· Sabotaging the Exchange—this could be a computer virus, network, communications, or server attack, various server security breaches, or a 9-11-type attack on main and backup facilities.

· Coup d’état—this is by far the best long-term strategy available to the Americans.

· Negotiating Acceptable Terms & Limitations—this is another excellent solution to the Americans. Of course, a government coup is clearly the preferred strategy, for it will ensure that the exchange does not operate at all and does not threaten American interests. However, if an attempted sabotage or coup d’etat fails, then negotiation is clearly the second-best available option.

· Joint U.N. War Resolution—this will be, no doubt, hard to secure given the interests of all other member-states of the Security Council. Feverish rhetoric about Iranians developing nuclear weapons undoubtedly serves to prepare this course of action.

· Unilateral Nuclear Strike—this is a terrible strategic choice for all the reasons associated with the next strategy, the Unilateral Total War. The Americans will likely use Israel to do their dirty nuclear job.

· Unilateral Total War—this is obviously the worst strategic choice. First, the U.S. military resources have been already depleted with two wars. Secondly, the Americans will further alienate other powerful nations. Third, major dollar-holding countries may decide to quietly retaliate by dumping their own mountains of dollars, thus preventing the U.S. from further financing its militant ambitions. Finally, Iran has strategic alliances with other powerful nations that may trigger their involvement in war; Iran reputedly has such alliance with China, India, and Russia, known as the Shanghai Cooperative Group, a.k.a. Shanghai Coop and a separate pact with Syria.

Whatever the strategic choice, from a purely economic point of view, should the Iranian Oil Bourse gain momentum, it will be eagerly embraced by major economic powers and will precipitate the demise of the dollar. The collapsing dollar will dramatically accelerate U.S. inflation and will pressure upward U.S. long-term interest rates. At this point, the Fed will find itself between Scylla and Charybdis—between deflation and hyperinflation—it will be forced fast either to take its “classical medicine” by deflating, whereby it raises interest rates, thus inducing a major economic depression, a collapse in real estate, and an implosion in bond, stock, and derivative markets, with a total financial collapse, or alternatively, to take the Weimar way out by inflating, whereby it pegs the long-bond yield, raises the Helicopters and drowns the financial system in liquidity, bailing out numerous LTCMs and hyperinflating the economy.

Effectively, the US is forced to continue spending enormous amounts of money to save the dollar (on military campaigns in "Southwest Asia") .  Yet, such spending makes the dollar's inevitable fall intensify.  Logically, we have war and/or economic disaster in the future.  When all this will occur is anybody's guess.  You can bet the US is strategizing late at night to find a way to alter the Iranian petro-dollar situation.  So far, they have avoided the Iranian Euro bomb.  The Euro Bomb is a far greater threat than any nuclear capability of Iran.
 

End 04-29-2007


05-02-2007

Letter from Reader

While studying the book of John this week the question came up “why did John refer to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved”.

<>In researching this I came across this website and this book. The attachment is a 17 minute sermon I hope you get a chance to listen. <>If you do I would be interested in your thoughts.

http://thedisciplewhomjesusloved.com/


Response

(note - the author of the book says that John did not write the Book of John, but Lazarus did.   He cites John 21:20 and 21:24 as his evidence)

My comment..

John 21:24 ..."and WE know that his testimony is true."  We can't be Lazarus or any other individual.
 
why does mr phillips omit this phrase?  "We" obviously wrote the last phrase and probably the whole verse.  So, it is wrong to suggest that one person wrote the entire book of John.
 
Russell

PS Referring to "Lazarus" with the phrase "his testimony" precludes the penman from being "Lazarus" because the penman is referring to the other disciple in the third person.

End 05-02-2007


05-04-2007

In response to the exchange of 05-02-2007, I received a letter from a reader, my elder son, Greg.  I agree with Greg, by the way, and I want to go on record as saying that it was wrong to say that "we" wrote the last phrase.  I believe it is correct to say that one person wrote the book of John.  Whether it is Lazarus is not 100% clear.

More importantly, the use of the word "we" in John 21:24 is significant because "we" includes you and me potentially.
"We" can KNOW that his testimony is true.  The work of the Lord is what makes this so.

Which brings me to the REAL author of John - the Holy Spirit.  The whole point of the mystery here (the disciple whom Jesus loved) is that it is always the Lord who is the author (and finisher).

John 1:13
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The Book of John is about the REVELATION of Jesus Christ - who He is.  This revelation was made to the author - the author of the book of John and the author of this sentence.  Praise the name of the Lord Jesus Christ forever!!

He is the Only God and Saviour, a mighty King forever.  This Jesus actually loves me personally and personally revealed Himself to me.  I just can not comprehend how such a beautiful thing could have been done for me down here in Hooterville, but He did, and I AM A WITNESS to it.   What a wonder He is!!

I will say this in regards to Lazarus.  He that has been resurrected is a changed man.  No one else but he that has been resurrected can come to complete fellowship with the Lord.  No one can be resurrected who has not known the fellowship of His sufferings.  I will not tell you how this happened, but, I will tell you that the following verse is a reality to me.  Death is a prerequisite to being resurrected.

That I may KNOW HIM and the power of HIS RESURRECTION and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made comformable unto HIS DEATH...  Phil 3:10

End 05-04-2007


05-13-2007
Reader writes-

In your article where you suggest what needs to be done for man to be saved you failed to mention several points the most important being.

Baptism!!! Mark16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

There is no easy route to salvation. These are the true steps to salvation, one must Hear the word of God (Rom, 10:14), Believe (Heb, 11:6), Repent (Luke 13:3), Confess (Rom, 10:10), be Baptized (Gal, 3:27) then and only then can one be saved.


Response


For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body... 1 Cor 12:13
Can a man who is a deaf mute who is allergic to H2O be saved?
 
There is plenty of discussion about repentance on the webpage... confession is a result of faith, not a cause...
Confession comes automatically to the repentant (about which there is plenty on my salvation page and other pages).
 
<>Baptism is the work of God by which we enter the body of Christ.  It is not a church ritual.  Jesus baptizes by fire and the spirit.  If H2O baptism is required, I am going to hell (to be plain about the matter).
 
Care to comment?  Perhaps, we can put the conversation on the website.
 
So, I believe i mentioned ALL points you describe below.
My confession is the page itself.  Read the page.  Is there a confession there?
God produces confession, that is why I do not elicit it from the reader.
My job is to give the Word of God to people.
The Word of God will produce ALL.
 
Other believer's confessions are automatically produced by the Almighty.
No one will be standing at the pearly gate saying, "You did all, except confess, go away."

The problem with these ideas is that it is NOT about US and what we do, it is about the LORD Himself.
Saving FAITH (given by the Almighty as a free gift) produces everything God requires.
 
"WE" do nothing.  There is no punch card of tasks for the elect.  Once the Almighty and His Word get hold of a man, salvation WILL occur.


End 05-13-2007


06-09-2007

READER WRITES

Russell:

I have visited your web site. It saddens me greatly to hear the doctrinal things you teach about my Heavenly Father. Do you pray using his name? Before reading the Bible pray for his guidance.

Lets start with the KJV bible. You and a lot of other people do not realize who does it belongs to. Read what is says in the front of the cover...  King James Version.

That which is of my Father dos not says that. The true Bible consist of 49 books. It was handed to us to cherish. There is not a single bible version  without errors. None are the true Bible. In order to find it you have to pray and search like he told us
to do.

Also it loads my soul with grief that you believe in the trinity. There is only one Elohim, the Heavenly Father.

May you find His Word and true meaning!

RESPONSE

Regarding, Read what is says in the front of the cover...  King James Version.  You and a lot of other people do not realize who does it belongs to.
Read what it says in front of all modern English Bibles (post 1881) ---- COPYRIGHT ----
The King James is not copyrighted and "belongs" to nobody (except the Believers who died for it and those who STILL believe it.)
Read what is says in front of the NIV and its progenitors (Lockman Foundation).  So, I guess they "belong" to Mr Lockman.
Question, why don't all modernists call the NIV the Westcott and Hort Bible?

Regarding It was handed to us to cherish.  Which Greek text was handed to us? The Textus Receptus of the KJB or the Wescott and Hort Greek of the NIV, RSV, ASV, NASV, etc.  So, I guess all the people who believed the text handed to us to cherish
were just plain wrong until Wescott and Hort handed us brand new texts that disagree within themselves in over 1000 places in the gospels alone.

Regarding- There is not a single bible version  without errors.
Guess the Lord was wrong in Psalms 12:6-7 when He said that His words were kept FOREVER.  If they are kept FOREVER (and they are) and if It was handed to us, then would it not be WRITTEN DOWN for us to handle?   Well, if you believe the NIV, you have an out here. The NIV does NOT say the words of God are kept!   How can BOTH be the Word of God?  Read John 3:16 in the NIV.  It says YOU and I are not God's sons.

I invite you to PROVE one significant error in the King James Bible.  Correction, I invite you to PROVE one error in the King James Bible.  There are TONS of errors in the NIV.  It was deliberately corrupted in Vaticanus and Sinaiticus and Westcott and Hort secretly slipped in the corrupted text and had the committee swear to secrecy. Dean Burgon had this to say of the Westcott/Hort text:

It is, however, the systematic deprivation of the underlying Greek which does so grievously offend me.  For this is nothing else but a poisoning of the River of Life at its Sacred Source.  Our revisors stand convicted of having deliberately rejected the words of inspiration in every page, and having substituted for them fabricated readings which the church has long since refused to acknowledge or else rejected with abhorrence, readings which survive at this time [1885] in only a little handful of documents of the most depraved type.

Scrivener says-
"[Lachmann’s] fallacy [which West and Hort followed] .. acted upon the astounding assumption that “eighty-nine ninetieths” of our existing manuscripts and other authorities might safely be rejected, in order that we might be free to follow a few early documents of bad repute.”

You see it is all the modern English Bibles versus the King James.  The King James is translated from one text and all the others from another (corrupted) text.  No one denies they are different. Two different things can not be the Word of God.  Believe the corrupters of the second century- third century if you want.  These men HATED the Word of God and changed it.  While you are reading "covers", read the epistle dedicatory of the King James committee to see the ATTITUDE of the translators.

Regarding- There is only one Elohim, the Heavenly Father.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elohim
Elohim (אֱלוֹהִים , אלהים ) is a Hebrew word which expresses concepts of divinity. It is apparently related to the Hebrew word ēl, though morphologically it consists of the Hebrew word Eloah (אלוה) with a plural suffix.
In Gen 1:26 it says Let US make man in OUR image.

End 06-09-2007


07-14-2007
READER WRITES (excerpts)

Subject Line- The World is Getting More and More Confusing

Greetings!
How can one be a man of reason and a man of faith?  It seems to me that you are both.  I guess it depends towards what ends you apply reason is a possible answer.  If one acknowledges, rightly, the limitation of one's own reason, I suppose this is a start. 

But then, how does one /choose/  an interpretation of faith?

Furthermore, the idea of Jesus as God bothers me in a few ways.  First of all, why was Jesus required if He is part of the Trinity (an aspect of God)?  God, in this interpretation, must have a naturally forgiving nature - but this is at odds with Old Testament recounts. 

Creationism, another problem, there is some conflict with scientific dating of the earth to 4.6 billion years ago.  How can one reconcile such conflicting accounts, when there are fossils, and carbon dating, and suns and stars of apparent prehistorical origins?

<>How can I choose a God out of rationality and not out of fear?  How can I believe in a God out of faith, when faith, it seems is a matter of grace?

There is so much self-defeating, or self-nullifying, in Christian belief I have a hard time knowing how to positively choose to be a believer as opposed to flickering in the breeze of time. 

Best wishes,

ANSWER
How can one be a man of reason and a man of faith?
He that cometh to come to God  must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  (Heb 11:6)
...Let God be true but every man a liar...  (Rom 3:4)  [If they differ.]
Reason and faith are not mutually exclusive, however, the reason of a man is tainted by a corrupted heart. 
The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (Rom 8:7)
For this reason, God must "quicken" a man in order for him to believe.  The Word of God itself is God's instrument to accomplish this.  Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.. (Isa 1:18)  This is the reasoning of scripture- we are sinners, without any ability to come to God, and yet God saves us through His Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Man's problem is that he wants to be enthroned.  Man refuses to give up his throne.  Man wants to be in authority and, short of a miracle, he will not submit to the authority of God.

But then, how does one /choose/  an interpretation of faith?
No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation... (2 Pet 1:20)
This is referring to the men who WROTE the Bible.  They were moved by the Holy Spirit to direct their writing.
The reader of the Bible is no different.  God makes known his words to us. (Pro 1:23)  Then opened He their understanding that they might understand the scriptures, (Luke 24:45)  Consequently, we do not choose an interpretation; it is given to us.

First of all, why was Jesus required if He is part of the Trinity (an aspect of God)?
To show that death is truly the wages of sin.  Jesus did NOTHING of Himself.  He had to submit to the Father's will even though He had no sin.  No self-righteous WWJDer understands this concept.  WWJD?   -  die.

God, in this interpretation, must have a naturally forgiving nature - but this is at odds with Old Testament recounts.
Sin is an awful thing.  The Almighty is Holy and righteous.

Creationism, another problem, there is some conflict with scientific dating of the earth to 4.6 billion years ago.  How can one reconcile such conflicting accounts, when there are fossils, and carbon dating, and suns and stars of apparent prehistorical origins?
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Psa 90:2)  There are plenty of men in the community of science who choose to interpret facts in ways that keep them on the throne. (See above).  Fossils and geologic strata are circular reasonings.  Furthermore, the earth is FULL of catastrophic geology, yet, many scientists insist on calling it "gradualism."  Example- the earth is COVERED in sedimentary rock.
Who are we going to trust - men or God?  The Word of God will stand forever and it will trample the notions of men trying to escape the inevitable.

How can I choose a God out of rationality and not out of fear?
You do not choose God, you SUBMIT to God.  The FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.. (Pro 9:10)

How can I believe in a God out of faith, when faith, it seems is a matter of grace?
Now we are getting somewhere.  Once you agree with God that you are a sinner, you will NEED a Savior.  You will NEED Grace.
No one can be saved who does not need a Savior. Only sinners did Christ come to save (I am come not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance- Mat 9:13).  Since all will not be saved and all are sinners, then, He is saving only those who KNOW they are sinners.

There is so much self-defeating, or self-nullifying, in Christian belief I have a hard time knowing how to positively choose to be a believer as opposed to flickering in the breeze of time. 
The true Gospel is the end of the authoritative self.   <>And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.   (Mat 21:44)   We can either fall on Christ in DEPENDENCE or he will fall on us in judgment.  The point is to agree with God regarding who He says we are and who He says He is.  Anything less than this and NO SALVATION can occur.  Anything less than this is a false way and the one on the false way is a thief and a robber.

End 07-14-2007


07-19-2007

LETTER FROM READER
Hi,
 
I read this on your site (from "Stephen"):
 
"I suspect that the little horn will be an Islamic leader who will gain a great following and these will be the ones who will worship Satan and his christ...We need to watch this very carefully if it turns out that Islam is the cult religion of the beast."
 
To which you replied:
 
"Certainly possible, but, do not count out the influence of the Vatican."
 
In your article you go to great lengths to refer to what's written in the Bible as opposed to what someone has said. And yet, the above quotes have the words "I suspect" and "Certainly possible". I can use the same terminology too.
 
As a Muslim I have great respect for Christianity and I would never say anything like what has been said above. I actually find the above quite offensive. Do you know anything about Islam or Muslims? I think the attached pdf is a good start.
 
Peace
 
Mohammed
 
PS. I just happened to stumble on your site by accident. I'm not on a "mission".


RESPONSE
Thank you for your email, Mohammed.  I believe we should all live peaceably.

I love you, Mohammed, and peace to you.

Perhaps, you misunderstood what was being said. I will answer your specific objections momentarily, but, first, let me give a few quotes from my website. 

Quoting-

Commentary: Only by the mercy of God is anyone saved; there is NOTHING we can do to earn salvation .  Not membership in churches, not membership in ANY denomination, not being Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, Confuscian, not baptism, not sprinkling, not being good, not refraining from sin.  The ONLY thing that saves us is the Grace of God through faith in the Only Begotten Son of God and His finished work on the cross.  He saved us, regenerated us, renewed us.  END QUOTE

Quoting-
What good does it do you if you understand all there is to know about prophecy (or any religion of any kind) and you are LOST?   I encourage all - Muslim, Jew, Gentile, Protestant, Catholic to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He stands at the door and knocks.  What is your answer?  We know that the Bible says many will be saved into eternity.  Will you be one of these?  If you are a cab driver in Fallujah, a Coptic Christian in Egypt, an Assyrian, a Jew, a teacher of Islam in a madrassah, a King in the Middle east, or the President of the United States (being religious does not save anyone, nor does invoking the name "Christian" or Jesus); it is not too late to accept the Lord.  (The Lord said He would make a great nation of Ishmael (the progenitor of many Middle Eastern people); He is not done with this work.) True Christians loathe the Clash of Civilizations and wars on religious groups. True Christians LOATHE the war on Islam. It is against every precept of true Christianity.  True Christians are fearful of the policies of preemptive war and their awful consequences. Let each individual be persuaded in his own soul.  Nations can not be converted by any means, let alone force, only individuals, and then only by the work of the Lord (not by me).  No one will win any clash of civilizations.

To those who say I favor Israel only- As to all Israel being of the Lord the Bible says - Romans 9:6-7 ...or they are NOT all Israel, which are of Israel: neither because they are the seed of Abraham are they all children..

To those who say I am opposed to the Moslems, I know that Abraham is the Father of many- As to Hagar and her child Ishmael (many Moslem nations) -- Genesis 21:17-18 ...fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

To those who say I am for the Gentiles only- As to the Gentiles -- Romans 11:18 Boast NOT against the branches...  There is NO room for pride
--

END QUOTE

So, my point in making these quotes is that I believe a person of any persuasion can be reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I also have very little respect for “religion.”  If you read my website, you will see that this is true.  You will also find true the fact that I have little respect for men and men’s traditions (if they differ from the Bible).

Now, to your specific objection-First of all, you quote what Stephen said and attribute it to what I said.

In fact, here is the text to which I responded 

http://jesus-is-the-way.com/ACEURome.html

QUOTE-

More from Stephen-
I suspect that the little horn will be an Islamic leader who will gain a great following and these will be the ones who will worship Satan and his christ. The covenant will be a perversion of the Abrahamic covenant that God has with Israel. He will claim it (confirm) for Islam. The religion already teaches this now. We need to watch this very carefully if it turns out that Islam is the cult religion of the beast. It may not seem that the Islamic world can match western military power, but Satan and Abaddon are very powerful angelic beings and this may make  the difference.

Certainly possible, but, do not count out the influence of the Vatican.

END QUOTE

I must be due email from Roman Catholics too because I said effectively that the Vatican could be the “cult religion of the beast.”  What I effectively said is that a “christian” religion could be the cult religion of the beast.  I guess the problem here is that you may not understand what REAL Christianity is.  To repeat, I am saying that false “christianity” can be the cult religion of the beast.

The fact is I despise all this anti-Islam talk in the United States and I have said so over and over and over.  I have many “christian” friends who call me a nut-case for opposing anti-Islam talk.  Frankly, I think anti-Islam talk is just plain wrong and is playing into the hands of the devil.  See the http://jesus-is-the-way.com/ClashOfCivilizations.html

What you are interpreting as anti-Islam is in reality anti-religion.  Religion is man’s trying to get to heaven in ways other than the one God gave.  God save all His people!   The vast majority of Americans are ignorant of God's intention to save Ishmael.

My point in this email is a PERSONAL MESSAGE to YOU, not to Islam.  However, let all of Ishmael turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.

I respect you, Mohammed, but, I have to tell you what is in the Bible. I see no advantage gained from being a Catholic or Protestant or Muslim if one does not accept Jesus Christ.  You say that you have great respect for Christianity.  Does that include respect for the following statement by Jesus – “if you believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins?” (John 8:24)

In John chapter 1 it says that In the beginning was the Word and Word was with God and the Word was God…He was in the world and the world was made by him and the world knew him not…the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…  This says plainly that Jesus Christ is the Creator and that the Creator dwelt among us.  Nobody else can make this claim, not the Pope, not any prophet, nor any other man ever to walk the planet.  Jesus Christ is GOD IN THE FLESH.  Anyone that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist… (1 John 4:3)   This can not possibly mean that someone says that a prophet named Jesus has not come. ("Everybody" says the prophet Jesus, including the lost)  It can only mean that God has not come in the flesh.  In other words, saying Jesus is not God in the flesh is the spirit of antichrist. 

I did not say that.  The Bible said that.  Do you respect the Bible?

 Jesus saith unto him  I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me. (John 14:6)  This verse is the essence of jesus-is-the-way.com.

Micah 5:2 says that out of Bethlehem will come the future ruler of Israel whose goings are from EVERLASTING.  The baby born in Bethlehem eternally existed as a Spirit BEFORE the world was created.

Jesus Christ (the man) was conceived in the body of a virgin by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus Christ is the only man who was not born a sinner.  Jesus was ETERNALLY co-existent and co-equal with God the Father and Jesus said so.  So, Jesus can not be just a prophet.

If Jesus is a prophet; then, He is also surely God.  If He is not God, then, He is a liar and a crazy man BECAUSE JESUS SAID HE WAS GOD ALMIGHTY.

 Jesus Christ personally created the universe and John chapter 1 tells us this is true.  Jesus said to the Jews “Before Abraham was, I AM.”  (John 8:58) The Jews sought to stone Him for this saying in that he made himself equal to God Almighty. 

Do you still respect the above teachings?  They are TRUE CHRISTIANITY.   I read your pdf on Islam. It reads just like the teachings of most “Christianity.”  In other words, much of what you quote is about morality and I can see where you could respect “Christianity.”  Most Protestant church folks teach the same things – morality.     The Bible says THERE IS NONE THAT DOETH GOOD, NO, NOT ONE (Rom 3:12).  Your pdf says – the most beloved unto God is the person who does good unto God’s family.   If there is NONE that doeth good.  That would include everyone including you and me.  Which do you believe – Rom 3:12 or the pdf?  They are not the same.

Your pdf uses the term “beloved.” The Bible tells us clearly who the beloved is - “and Lo a voice from heaven saying this is my BELOVED SON, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mat 3:17)  Jesus Christ is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.  (John 3:16) Your pdf says that there is no god but God.  Jesus Christ said I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE!  (John 10:30).  Are you willing to accept the Jesus Christ of the Bible or will you believe the pdf?  They are not the same.  There is truly only one God and He is in 3 persons, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.

That is the real issue, not “Christianity”, not Islam, not Catholicism.  The real issue is -what will you do with Jesus Christ?

I love you, Mohammed.  I have no axe to grind with Islam or any other religion.  However, I am compelled by the Word of God to speak the truth in love.  Falsehood is EVERYWHERE in all "religions."  The fact of the matter is that there may not even be THE cult religion of the beast (per se), but, the truth is the truth.  Jesus said He IS the truth.  I believe Him.  The Bible says NO LIE IS OF THE TRUTH. 

I truly believe in SUBMISSION to the Almighty.   See this page http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Broken.html

Peace and God Bless you, Mohammed,

Russell

PS Write me any time as long as you are willing to have a peaceful discussion.  Like you, I am not on a “mission.”  I just believe that the Words of God are important.

End 07-19-2007


07-22-2007
QUESTION FROM READER
Could you help me out with a question I have about our timeline? Everyone seems to think that the rapture of the Church is the next big event, and its right around the corner. But if it's true that we go on for 6000 yrs and then go into the Lords rest for 1000 yrs to make up the 7000 yrs. Then why does every one think that 2007 is the time for the Rapture  or even close for that matter?. The Hebrew calander is the oldest calander unlike our Gregorian calander. According to the Hebrew calander the year is 5767 we still have 233 years to go just to reach the 6000 yr mark. Can you answer that for me please
Thanks, George

RESPONSE
First of all, believing that the rapture is the next event on the prophetic calendar and believing it will be in 2007 are two entirely different matters.  I believe the rapture is the next event that is revealed in the scripture chronology.  Therefore, it is the next event on the prophetic calendar.  I have no idea if it will be in 2007 or 2240 (the Talmudic date). Nor am I claiming that it will be in any year specific.  That, however, does not change my anticipation of the bridegroom coming for His bride.  I hope it is today, but if He tarries, He will guide our hearts into the patient waiting for Him.  I do believe that His coming is imminent and that events leading up to the Coming of Jesus Christ are accelerating.  My website has discussions of how current events could lead to tribulation era fulfillment.  I document an increasing number of these events.  That is why I believe it will be soon. Israel has been a nation since 1948.  How long will the fig tree be young? 

Just to digress for a moment, look at the situation without a Biblical perspective. Purely from a worldly perspective regarding the economy, the war on terror, the national debt, the demise of the dollar, the potential loss of US sovereignty via the NAU, the ambitions of globalism, the elitist promoted illegal immigration for HUGE dollars (or Ameros?) in profits, the inflamed middle east, the constant harping regarding "Islamo-fascism", the real degradation in constitutional government in the United States (and a vice president who is not a part of the executive branch of government?), the precedent of preemptive war, the promotion of the "long war", the precedent of lying to enter a war, the militarization of the United States and the rise of "assymetrical warfare", wire tapping US citizens, laws that could be used to make anybody a terrorist, arrest without habeas corpus, renditions, the rise of the al-Qaeda bogeyman that makes more videos than the Walt Disney company, and the constant attempts by every means possible to get a national ID program, the existence in American of an actual government organization called Homeland Security (that runs seemingly everything) , the ever increasing monopoly grab of the food supply by big business, the elitist planned population reductions, the propaganda against any and all fundamentalist viewpoints, the political correctness of America, the mandate to cure global warming; can this last 200 years?  I doubt it. 

The man who made the 4004 BC calculations for the creation was Bishop Ussher.  You can see some of the problems associated with the calculations here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher_chronology

He actually came up with 4000 BC, but made an adjustment to 4004.  That adjustment is documented in the article.

Here is a discussion of various attempts to calculate the Creation date.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dating_Creation

All of these are problematic.  All could be wrong.

Here is the Talmudic methodology.  (I need not point out that Talmudic tradition believes the Messiah is yet to come.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seder_Olam_Rabbah

This method is problematic as well.  Examples (quoting from the text, emphasis added)

Adhering closely to the Bible texts, he endeavored not only to elucidate many passages, but also to determine certain dates which are not indicated in the Bible, but which may be inferred by calculation. In many cases, however, he gave the dates according to tradition, and inserted, besides, the sayings and halakot of preceding rabbis and of his contemporaries.

There are so many errors in the various calendar systems that no one “knows” what year it is.  Add to this complication the fact that God has stopped counting days/years in certain prophecies which deal with the Jews (when they were out of favor, for example) and the further possible complication that “those days should be shortened” (do not know if it is length of days or number of days). 

Suffice it to say, that I do not put much emphasis on what year it is in any case.  It is not inconceivable that certain adjustments would need to be made at either the beginning or the end of the millennium to arrive at the totals (in addition to any needed adjustments during the tribulation or even prior to the tribulation). 

Here is another issue which could relate to “global warming” as well and that is the (observable?) phenomenon of solar recession.  Simply put – a variation in the nearness of the earth to the sun (nearness increasing) resulting in a slight decrease in the mean solar year.  Let the globalists fix that! We have already observed that the solar year and the sidereal year are different.  Which one applies?

To make matters even more interesting (and actually expand the topic), I cite this page-

http://aish.com/societywork/sciencenature/Age_of_the_Universe.asp

I quote (emphasis added)-

Even if the Torah was seeing time from Adam, the text would have said "a first day", because by its own statement there were six days. The Torah says "Day One" because the Torah is looking forward from the beginning. And it says, How old is the universe? Six Days. We'll just take time up until Adam. Six Days. We look back in time, and say the universe is approximately 15 billion years old. But every scientist knows, that when we say the universe is 15 billion years old, there's another half of the sentence that we never say. The other half of the sentence is: The universe is 15 billion years old as seen from the time-space coordinates that we exist in on earth. That's Einstein's view of relativity. But what would those billions of years be as perceived from near the beginning looking forward?

The key is that the Torah looks forward in time, from very different time-space coordinates, when the universe was small. But since then, the universe has expanded out. Space stretches, and that stretching of space totally changes the perception of time.

Imagine in your mind going back billions of years ago to the beginning of time. Now pretend way back at the beginning of time, when time grabs hold, there's an intelligent community. (It's totally fictitious.) Imagine that the intelligent community has a laser, and it's going to shoot out a blast of light, and every second it's going to pulse. Every second --- pulse. Pulse. Pulse. It shoots the light out, and then billions of years later, way far down the time line, we here on Earth have a big satellite dish, and we receive that pulse of light. And on that pulse of light is imprinted (printing information on light is called fiber optics - sending information by light), "I'm sending you a pulse every second." And then a second goes by and the next pulse is sent.

Light travels 300 million meters per second. So the two light pulses are separated by 300 million meters at the beginning. Now they travel through space for billions of years, and they're going to reach the Earth billions of years later. But wait a minute. Is the universe static? No. The universe is expanding. That's the cosmology of the universe. And that does not mean it's expanding into an empty space outside the universe. There's only the universe. There is no space outside the universe. The universe expands by its own space stretching. So as these pulses go through billions of years of traveling, the universe and space are stretching. As space is stretching, what's happening to these pulses? The space between them is also stretching. So the pulses really get further and further apart.

Billions of years later, when the first pulse arrives, we say, "Wow - a pulse!" And written on it is "I'm sending you a pulse every second." You call all your friends, and you wait for the next pulse to arrive. Does it arrive another second later? No! A year later? Maybe not. Maybe billions of years later. Because depending on how much time this pulse of light has traveled through space, will determine the amount of stretching of space between the pulses. That's standard astronomy.

15 billion or six days?

Today, we look back in time. We see 15 billion years. Looking forward from when the universe is very small -- billions of times smaller -- the Torah says six days. They both may be correct.

What's exciting about the last few years in cosmology is we now have quantified the data to know the relationship of the "view of time" from the beginning, relative to the "view of time" today. It's not science fiction any longer. Any one of a dozen physics text books all bring the same number. The general relationship between time near the beginning when stable matter formed from the light (the energy, the electromagnetic radiation) of the creation) and time today is a million million, that is a trillion fold extension. That's a 1 with 12 zeros after it. It is a unit-less ratio. So when a view from the beginning looking forward says "I'm sending you a pulse every second," would we see it every second? No. We'd see it every million million seconds. Because that's the stretching effect of the expansion of the universe. In astronomy, the term is "red shift." Red shift in observed astronomical data is standard.

The Torah doesn't say every second, does it? It says Six Days. How would we see those six days? If the Torah says we're sending information for six days, would we receive that information as six days? No. We would receive that information as six million million days. Because the Torah's perspective is from the beginning looking forward.

Six million million days is a very interesting number. What would that be in years? Divide by 365 and it comes out to be 16 billion years. Essentially the estimate of the age of the universe. Not a bad guess for 3300 years ago.

The way these two figures match up is extraordinary. I'm not speaking as a theologian; I'm making a scientific claim. I didn't pull these numbers out of hat. That's why I led up to the explanation very slowly, so you can follow it step-by-step.

Now we can go one step further. Let's look at the development of time, day-by-day, based on the expansion factor. Every time the universe doubles, the perception of time is cut in half. Now when the universe was small, it was doubling very rapidly. But as the universe gets bigger, the doubling time gets longer. This rate of expansion is quoted in "The Principles of Physical Cosmology," a textbook that is used literally around the world.

(In case you want to know, this exponential rate of expansion has a specific number averaged at 10 to the 12th power. That is in fact the temperature of quark confinement, when matter freezes out of the energy: 10.9 times 10 to the 12th power Kelvin degrees divided by (or the ratio to) the temperature of the universe today, 2.73 degrees. That's the initial ratio which changes exponentially as the universe expands.)

The calculations come out to be as follows:

The first of the Biblical days lasted 24 hours, viewed from the "beginning of time perspective." But the duration from our perspective was 8 billion years.

The second day, from the Bible's perspective lasted 24 hours. From our perspective it lasted half of the previous day, 4 billion years.

The third 24 hour day also included half of the previous day, 2 billion years.

The fourth 24 hour day -- one billion years.

The fifth 24 hour day -- one-half billion years.

The sixth 24 hour day -- one-quarter billion years.

When you add up the Six Days, you get the age of the universe at 15 and 3/4 billion years. The same as modern cosmology. Is it by chance?

But there's more. The Bible goes out on a limb and tells you what happened on each of those days. Now you can take cosmology, paleontology, archaeology, and look at the history of the world, and see whether or not they match up day-by-day. And I'll give you a hint. They match up close enough to send chills up your spine.


The point of Doctor Schroeder is that time is perceived relative to one's perspective (and that the Bible is true and scientific).  He has a book called Genesis and the Big Bang.  In this book he shows the convergence of science and the Bible.  From my vantage point it is time to get right with the Lord.  There are less and less worldy options available every day.  I would warn everyone I could about the prophecies of the Bible.  It is never too early to warn the people, but, one day soon it is going to be too late.


End 07-22-2007


08-17-2007

READER WRITES

The following is the testimony of Scriptures which is the basis of my belief that the Anti-Christ will come from Turkey. I tried to explain as simply and plainly as possible.

1) There are four KINGDOMS in the dream of Nebuchadnezzar.

The first kingdom is of Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 2:37)
The second is the Median and Persian kingdom (Dan 2:39; 5:28)
The third is the Grecian kingdom (Dan 2:39; 8:21)
The fourth kingdom is NOT NAMED in the Scriptures. It was assumed to be Roman kingdom, but that is a false assumption as we will prove going forward. This fourth kingdom was represented by the iron legs, AND the iron+clay toes, who are the ten kings. It is in the days of THESE KINGS that the God of heaven will setup His kingdom (Dan 2:44)

2) The four beasts of Daniel 7 are four KINGS (not kingdoms) which SHALL ARISE (Dan 7:17).

Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar are ruled out to be one of them because these kings SHALL ARISE when this dream was interpreted in the first year of Belshazzar (Dan 7:1). Further, note that the first three beasts lived even AFTER the fourth beast was slain. That shows that all these 4 kings are CONTEMPORARY with each other, and the FIRST THREE kings will have their dominions taken away, but will have their lives prolonged AFTER the 4th beast is killed (Dan 7:11-12). This delivers the final blow to the "standard" teaching that these 4 beasts of Dan 7 are to be identified one-to-one with the 4 kingdoms of Dan 2.

But the FOURTH beast is also a KINGDOM in addition to being a KING. See Dan 7:23. The fourth beast is identified as the FOURTH KINGDOM upon the earth (Dan 7:23). This takes us back to Daniel 2, where we have all the 4 kingdoms mentioned, and 3 kingdoms identified. Daniel 7 throws light on the FOURTH kingdom of Daniel 2. It was represented by the iron legs, AND the ten toes made of iron+clay, who were TEN KINGS. Note that in Dan 7:24 we read about the ten kings again, but typified in the ten horns of the fourth beast.

The following is now the whole picture:

a) First kingdom - Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon (Dan 2:37)
b) Second kingdom  - Median Persian kingdom (Dan 2:39; 5:28)
c) Third kingdom - Greciean kingdom (Dan 2:39; 8:21)
d) Fourth kingdom - Iron legs, iron+clay toes (Dan 2:40-44); Fourth beast with ten horns (Dan 7:23-24).

3) Once we get these 4 kingdoms clear, then comes the whole truth out. There is NO Roman, or revived-Roman kingdom in the whole picture. It is a FIGMENT OF IMAGINATION of some Bible teachers, who are workmen that need to be ashamed (2 Tim 2:15). They just followed SECULAR history instead of the Holy Scriptures.

The first three kingdoms of Daniel 2 have come and gone. The FOURTH kingdom is yet to come. When this FOURTH kingdom comes, there will be a KING (represented by the 4th beast of Daniel 7), who is contemporary with 3 other kings of Daniel 7. Out of this fourth kingdom shall come 10 kings (Dan 7:24), which are also the ten toes of Daniel 2.

It is out of this fourth kingdom shall another king ("LITTLE HORN", Dan 7:8) shall arise. He subdues 3 of the 10 kings (Dan 7:24). He will be diverse (that is, different) from the FIRST (Dan 7:24). The "FIRST" here is not the 1st of the 10 kings, but the king who is the fourth beast. Remember, the beast itself is a KING (Dan 7:17) in addition to being a KINGDOM (Dan 7:23). The saints will be delivered to the hand of this king (little horn) for 3.5 years (Dan 7:25). This "little horn" is the anti-Christ in his FINAL beastly appearance.

4) We now know that the anti-Christ ("little horn") comes out from the fourth beast of Daniel 7, which is yet to come. The fourth beast is a KING, and a KINGDOM comprising of ten kings (horns) and another king (little horn, anti-Christ). It is in Daniel chapter 8 that we read more about this "little horn".

Ram with two horns is the kings of Media and Persia (Dan 8:20).
He-goat is the king of Grecia (Dan 8:21).
The first king of Grecia is the great horn of the goat (Alexander, Dan 8:21).
This great horn is broken, and 4 horns arise, which are 4 kingdoms (Dan 8:22).
These 4 are Greece (West), Turkey (North), Syria (East) and Egypt (South).
This agrees very clearly with the history about Alexander's 4 generals who headed 4 parts of his broken kingdom.
We read about them and their progeny a lot again in Daniel chapter 11.

We read in Daniel 8:23, "And in the LATTER TIME of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up." It is in the LATTER TIME of their (that is 4 horns) kingdom, that the little horn will arise.

The little horn will arise OUT OF ONE OF THE 4 HORNS! See Daniel 8:9. Now the question is, out of WHICH one of the four? If we can answer this question by the Scriptures, then we will know where will this king come from. There is SOME information in Daniel chapter 8 itself. See verse 9. This little horn will wax TOWARD the SOUTH, EAST and towards the pleasant land. If he was already in EAST, how can he wax TOWARD the east? And how can wax toward the SOUTH if he were from the south? That narrows down to his location to either WEST or the NORTH.

5) It is in Daniel chapter 11 that we find the actual direction of this little horn.


We now learn that there will be 3 more Persian kings to rise (Dan 11:2), making the total 4 (Darius plus other 3).

After these Persian kings, a mighty king will arise (Dan 11:3), who is Alexander, identified as great horn of the he-goat in Daniel chapter 8.

His kingdom shall be broken, and four kingdoms will arise (same as the 4 horns).

The history of the kings of the south and the north and their children are described from verse 5 onwards.

We will trace the king of the NORTH in Daniel chapter 11. The SOUTH is identified as EGYPT (see v.8 ).

6) There is not one single king of the north in Daniel 11, but several. I will mention them all below:

a) The first "king of the north" mentioned in verses 6, 7 and 8.
b) One of his sons is now the "king of the north" and would go to war with the king of the south (verses 10-11).
c) This guy returns to south again (, and he will finally "stumble and fall, and not be found" ( v.19).
d) In his estate comes up a raiser of taxes (v.20), but will be destroyed within a few days, neither in anger nor in battle. Note that this might not be the immediate next "king of the north" but one who will rise in his estate. That can account for time gap between (c) and (d).
e) In his estate comes up a VILE PERSON (v.21), and obtains the kingdom by flatteries. His opposers are overthrown, including the "prince of the covenant" (v.22). He will go against the king of the south (v.25 ) and returns (v.28). This is his FIRST conflict with the south. There are two more of his "returns" to the south (see v.29).  His second return to the south is in verse 30. At this time, he will have intelligence with the apostate Jews, who will pollute the sanctuary and take away the daily sacrifice, and place the ABOMINATION that maketh DESOLATE. This event BEGINS the great tribulation (Mat 24:15,21). His third (or "latter", see v.29) return to the south is found in verses 40-43, but the tidings from the EAST (see Rev 16:12) and the north will trouble him, so he will goes forth to destroy (v.44). He places his palace in Jerusalem, but will finally come to an end (verse 45, see also Rev 19:19-20).

7) Therefore, the little horn that comes out of one of the the 4 horns in the latter times (Daniel 8:9), comes out of the kingdom which was towards the NORTH. Alexander's kingdom was broken, and 4 great kingdoms rose, in 4 directions. In the LATTER TIME, out of ONE OF these horns comes the little horn. We have now identified which horn is this. It is the one which spread to the NORTH. Northern kingdom is TURKEY! East is Syria, West is Greece, and South is Egypt.

8) We can also pinpoint the location within Turkey from the Scriptures. It is PERGAMOS! We are told that Satan's SEAT is there in Pergamos, and Satan DWELLS there (see Rev 2:13). Make no mistake. None of the 7 churches were historical. They are all FUTURE. The Lord warned some in Thyatira that He will cast them into Great Tribulation (Rev 2:22).If they were AD 90-100 churches, then all of them would have been dead by now, and cannot be cast into the great tribulation, making the words of the Lord Jesus Christ null and void. Satan has a SEAT. You can find that in Rev 13:2. The dragon gave the beast his power and his SEAT. The location of his seat is in PERGAMOS! It is the "seat of the beast" (Rev 16:10), upon which the angel  poured the 5th vial. That was the "tidings" from the NORTH he received, while Rev 16:11 is the tidings from the EAST mentioned in Daniel 11:44.

Do you know where is Pergamos? Ah, where else? It is in Turkey! Check it out at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pergamos.

In Christ Jesus,

RESPONSE

Yours is an excellent piece for many reasons.
I agree with almost everything you said.
Most everything you say is on my site (in one form or another)
 
I agree with you regarding the myth of the revived Roman Empire.  http://jesus-is-the-way.com/ACEURome.html
 
I agree that the antichrist will come out of one of the 4 kingdoms of Alexander the Great.  I agree with your interpretation of the 4th beast as well.  It never was Rome.
This view is based solely on Secular History as you describe. http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Assyria.html
 
I agree that Pergamos is the seat of Satan.  (I describe my view of this here).  http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Babylon.html
(search for Pergamos).  Your application might be better than mine.  Time will tell.  Perhaps we are both right on Pergamos.
 
I agree with you regarding the 10 kinged kingdom.
 
Here is where we differ.
 
http://jesus-is-the-way.com/beastempire.html
I say-
 Daniel 8:9   And out of one of them [ one of Alexander the Great's 4 divisions ] came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east and toward the pleasant land

If this kingdom waxes EXCEEDING GREAT,
TOWARD THE SOUTH,
EAST,
and the PLEASANT LAND (Israel/Palestine).


Follow me here:  these directions point to 3 mutually exclusive compass directions.

 The kingdom is growing in THREE (3) directions.  If the kingdom was West of Israel, EAST and the PLEASANT LAND would be the same direction.  Therefore, the kingdom is NOT west of Israel.  If the kingdom was North of Israel, the SOUTH and PLEASANT LAND would be redundant. Therefore, the kingdom is not north of Israel.  This leaves SOUTH of Israel and EAST of Israel as our 2 choices.  We have to eliminate the SOUTH of Israel because the antichrist attacks and conquers the
king of the south - Egypt .
 
You say-
If he was already in EAST, how can he wax TOWARD the east? And how can wax toward the SOUTH if he were from the south? That narrows down to his location to either WEST or the NORTH.
Answer- if he is in the East, he can wax further east and the same for the south.  Waxing eastward is exactly what Alexander did.
If he is in the north why would the Lord say south and toward the pleasant land?  I believe your logic here misses the point of Israel/pleasant land.
 
Other than the above, your piece is better than virtually every other piece I have seen. 
It is well worth publishing.  So I am publishing your letter on my site.
 
God bless you,
 
Russell
 
PS -  Chapter 11 of Daniel describes the King of Assyria as the king of the North (not the king of of the east)  You call Assyria "east".  Most of chapter 11 is historical.  Dan 11:36 begins the time of the willful king.


End 08-17-2007


08-19-2007
LETTER FROM READER
The rapture would be great.  I mean to miss the pouring out of God's wrath, to meet Jesus in the clouds.  Yes I would love to go before the tribulation.
 
However, it would better to be prepared then be offended.  How do you explain the great falling away (2 Thessalonians 2:3)?  Also I have a hard time believing God is going to have a wedding feast in heaven while He is pouring out His wrath on the earth.  Looking at the church in Acts, that was its greatest time in history.  Why would He pull out His messengers in the greatest time where He would be glorified?
 
Bless you.  You are brother and I am glad for that.  I believed in the rapture, but realized that maybe I should look into it a bit more.  I just don't want you to be offended when we are still here and wrath is being poured out.  However in that time God will protect His beloved.
 
Angela


RESPONSE
Thank you for the email, Angela.
 
The great falling away-
from
http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Rapture.html
 Reason #10
The work of the RESTRAINER in 2 Thess 2.

The Thessalonian Christians were concerned for fear the rapture had already taken place and they were in the day of the Lord. The persecutions which they were enduring, as referred to as in the first chapter, had given them a basis for this erroneous consideration. Paul writes to show them that such a thing was impossible. First, he shows in verse 3 that the day of the Lord could not take place until there was a departure. Whether this departure be a departure from the faith or a departure of the saints from the earth, as already mentioned in verse 1, is beside the point here. Second, he reveals there was to be the manifestation of the man of sin, or the lawless one, further described in Revelation 13. Paul’s argument in verse 7 is that although the mystery of iniquity was operative in his day, that is, the lawless system that was to culminate in the person of the lawless one was manifesting itself, yet this lawless one could not be manifested until the Restrainer was taken out of the way. In other words, some One is preventing the purpose of Satan from coming to culmination and he will keep on performing this minstry until He is removed  (vv.7-8). Explanations as to the person of this Restrainer such as human government, law, the visible church will not suffice, for they will all continue in a measure after the manifestation of this lawless one. While this is essentially an exegetical problem, it would seem that the only One who could do such a restraining ministry would be the Holy Spirit.  This problem will be considered in detail later.  However, the indication here is that as long as the Holy Spirit is resident within the church, which is His temple, this restraining work will continue and the man of sin cannot be revealed.  It is only when the church, the temple, is removed that this restraining ministry ceased and lawlessness can produce the lawless one.  It should be noted that the Holy Spirit does not cease His ministries with the removal of the church, nor does he cease to be omnipresent, with her removal, but the restraining ministry does cease.

    Thus, this ministry of the Restrainer, which will continue as long as His temple is on the earth and which must cease before the lawless one can be revealed, requires the pretribulation rapture of the church, for Daniel 9:27 reveals that the lawless one will be manifested at the beginning of the week.
 
--
Speaking of Wedding Feasts, while God is pouring out His wrath-
There were 8 people in the ark while all others were being destroyed.
 
God will not "pull out his messengers" during the trib.
Read about the 2 witnesses and the 144,000 who will preach during the trib.
Also, the martyrs themselves will be witnesses in that they will refuse the mark.
 
The reason God's church will be removed is to KEEP THEM from the dominion of Satan.
God is not "removing his witnesses", He is saving His people.
Even at that, read of the GREAT number of tribulation saints God will save during the trib (Rev 7:9)
 
Read all 29 of the reasons for a pretrib rapture.
 
God bless you,
Russell

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LETTER FROM READER
Hello Russell
 
I am sorry to put this question to you since it is not  related to the end times events.  Although I need some solid advice/direction on a family issue that has put my brother and I in turmoil.  
A little background for you.....my brother has followed the Lord since he was a teen and has always referenced GOD in the advice he gives.  I would say he helped lead me to the Lord about 7 years ago.  So we have a history together sharing in each others Christian walk.  He is Married ... [and so am I].  My brother's energy has been in his business.  ... [my brother] basically he is a millionaire.... with the Big house, Nice Cars, Boat and Lavish vacations.  Let me first say that I love my brother very much and I am very proud of him. I have always looked up to him and sought his advice in numerous matters. 
   So yes I have had some trying times in my life.  .... [my husband and I] both work , he has been at his job for [many] years and I have been at mine for [many].  Money runs tight, and yes there have been some bad buying decisions in the past.  Now the times are worse than ever, with a repossessed car, a house in near foreclosure and a garnishment for wages pending from a credit card.....WOW, things have never been worse for us financially.  We tithe but I will admit, we are not  faithful with it.  I have asked my brother for money in stressful times such as these, you know, 1500 here, 1000 there......and I have ALWAYS paid him back within 2 weeks.  Back When our bank accounts went frozen from the nightmare credit card/garnishment (1 Year ago) I asked my Brother for 15,000 with promise to pay him monthly.  He denied me and said he does not want me to be a tail to him since it would not make for a good relationship between brother and sister.  I was hurt but eventually got over it.  Now times are worse than even back then and I got creative and asked if he would put Money for a Certificate of Deposit and then I would use that as collateral and pay all my bills off except my first mortgage. Then I would pay the bank loan while he gains 5% interest on his CD. ...  Well he has denied me once again with this creative way to get the bank involved as the middle man.  Of course he feels the same.  It would mess up our relationship..blah blah blah.   ... So okay, am I wrong here?  Should I not be asking him for money or a loan?  I am so confused.  I'm not so sure I could do that to him if the tables were turned.  Actually, I  do know for a fact that I would never let his home be lost, his car be repoed.......   Am I off track here?  My parents are in financial need as well from Hospital bills (they both have had cancer).  ... Everyone tells me it's not right about the money, ...   But I need a honest Christian view on all this someone who doesn't know me or our family (an outside view).  I love my brother, is his denial to help with money biblical?  HELP!
 
Your sister in Christ,
 
RESPONSE

Thank you for writing.
 
It does NOT matter (for you) whether your brother is right or wrong.  It does not matter whether his motives or reasons are good or bad.
(Your brother is in charge of his own responsibilities to God.)
 
The only thing that matters here is how you respond to trouble. 
 
Let your brother go.   There are plenty of things that happen to us over which we have no control.  It is NOT our job to correct others.  It is our job to call upon the Lord.
 
Fall upon your knees and become dependent upon the Almighty.  Whatever it takes, start living within your means.  Pay off your debts and trust the Lord.
 
God bless you,
Russell
 
PS     Even if you go bankrupt, you can always use this as a time to draw close to the Lord. 
         Use this as a time to get your attitude right before God.
PSS  One other thing- Stop tithing and pay all your bills.

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LETTER FROM READER

I DO HAVE A MAT.24 (question) FOR YOU.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF A GENERATION(70)? AND DOES THAT GENERATION START IN 1948 OR 1967 ETC.

RESPONSE
The more important question is WHEN does it start.  I agree.  Just do not know the answer.
My take on it is that "the beginning of sorrows" is the beginning of the tribulation.
It COULD be the lead  into the trib
I make no judgment on this.

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LETTER FROM READER

First off, let me explain who I am. I am a 61 year old, blood bought, bible believing (KJV) Christian. Went to a Bible Baptist Institute many moons ago and read many commentaries, & books over the years on Blble prophecy and some of what I was taught I no longer concur with because my main source now is strictly the Bible and they just don't match up. Not that I am right and everyone else is wrong but I am unable to read many books & Internet articles without getting frustrated at what I read.
 
That is why I am writing you. Your Website does not upset me because you do bring up some intreesting things to ponder. I have read and own many of the same books you reference and possibly some that you haven't or at least you didn't mention. I agree with you on may things such as a pretribulation rapture, EU is not the 10 horns and Gog is not Russia, etc. I don't agree with you on some other things such as Daniel 9:27 vs Isa 28:18, length of the tribulation (42 months) and the churches of Revelation 2-3 (doctrinally) are tribulation churches (not the Church) and are Jewish, etc.
 
The purpose of this e-mail is just to let you know that you do your prophecy home work well and don't flow with many who take some Phd's word over the Bible. Many Christians are taught what to believe and could not back it up if ask to do so. You many be wrong on some things and I may be wrong OR we may both be wrong but we will definitely meet in glory. Keep up the good work, you do have some great articles to ponder and keep me on my toes.
 
I am leaving on vacation this afternoon for a week vacation at the lake. No phone, TV or Internet. However I will have my trusty 66 caliber KJV.
 
In Christ Jesus - Ed


End 08-19-2007


11-22-2007

Letter from Reader

I am very young and I have been a Christian for a very long time . I have two questions: If baby's die or if they are taken in the rapture do they get saved?
    What if you sinned all your life and then when you are about to die you ask Jesus to forgive you. Will he?

Response

For your first question, read this- http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Children.html
 
For the second question-
All true believers in Jesus Christ will be saved, regardless of when they are saved.  However, token words do not save anyone at any time.
The sinner's prayer is not a commandment to God that He should obey and save us.  Only those who are truly repentant are saved.  Everyone of us deserves hell because we are sinners by nature, whether or not we commit acts of sin.  One "act of sin" is having no faith and faith is the gift of God - Ephesians 2:8-9.
 
No one is rewarded salvation because they have not sinned.  Sin is the very essence of all people.  We fail to see the utter depravity of man.  Read this-
http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Broken.html
 
Russell

End 11-22-2007


12-12-2007

Question from Reader

I have a few questions Mr. Russell. This is not related to Bible prophecy but for my own Christian spiritual growth.
 
I was wondering, I have deleted all the mundane music I use to listen to fervently. How will that allow my spiritual life to grow in Jesus Christ? And, have I made a wise decision in deleting them from my computer and throwing away all my old cd's and replaced them with Christian ones?
 
And last question, are all classical music bad to listen to since they are just instrumental music? Is it wrong to listen to classical music while serving Jesus?
 
I know these are far-fetched questions, but I would like to know what you think.


Answer

I think these are great questions.
if I don't use your name, can I post them?
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Remember when David danced before the Lord?
His wife criticized him for it.
He was having too much fun, I guess.
 
(not being facetious here)  Was he dancing to gospel music or Hebrew Funk?  Neither?
 
Me personally, I can not stand most "Christian" music.
It is more often (not always) somebody whose music has over-reached what has/has not happened on the inside.
Like everything else, who initiated your "music" - us or the Lord? 
 
I had rather listen to classical music than to listen to something with a pretense.
At least I can enjoy the beauty of the music which is really a mathematical presentation of the creation.
I can sing any lyrics I want to Handel's Messiah.
But, He shall reign for ever and ever never gets old.
I love Handel's Messiah.
 
There is actually a technical definition for music and most modern music is excluded.
I also like to listen to TOTAL SILENCE.  Try it.
 
I had rather hear Louis Armstrong tell the truth than some "Christian" artist tell a lie.
There are all kind of lies.  Do you know artists whose presentation is about them and not about the music?
It just comes out when they perform.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion on music and performers, but, one I feel falls into this category is JG.
I had rather list to Michael Buble' sing about love than JG sing about anything.
Something about "us" is not from the Lord unless we are admitting the truth about ourselves.

I did not send my kids to "Christian" school because I did not want them to think that what they saw was the definition of "Christian."
I don't even like to use the word "Christian", I prefer the word believer (because today "Christian" means anything).
 
Ask the Lord to SHOW you something and see what He does.
 
God bless you,
Russell
 
It is not what goes into us that condemns us...


End 12-12-2007


03-23-2008

Reader Writes
Hello,
 
Your site came up in a search on the mark of the Beast. The real mark of the Beast is described in the Scriptures and the description is verified with the Scriptures. Please, read the following and the references very carefully before rushing to erroneous conclusions:
 
REV 13: THE MARK OF THE BEAST – 666! DO YOU ALREADY HAVE THE MARK OF THE BEAST?
 
Do you know that almost every adult, who calls himself or herself a Christian, already has the Rev 13 “mark of the Beast”? Yes, this is true and it has been true for a very long time. Ask God for Wisdom to understand:
 
The mark of the Beast, the lie of 2Th 2 and physical water baptisms, performed after Ac 11, are all the same evil. Impossible? No! Six times, we read that John baptized with physical water but Jesus Christ must baptize us with His Holy Spirit, Mt 3; Mk 1; Lk 3; Jn 1; Ac 1; Ac 11. Jesus Christ's saving baptism is the one and only spiritual baptism of God’s New Covenant according to Scriptures such as Mt 20; Mt 28; Mk 10; Mk 16; Lk 11-12; Lk 24; Jn 1-7; Ro 1-8; 1Co 6:9-20; 1Co 12:12-13; Gal 3; Eph 4:4-7; Eph 5:25-32; Col 1-2; Jas 1:16-18; 1Pe 1-3; etc. After John the Baptist went to prison, Jesus Christ began His earthly Ministry. During the time of His earthly Ministry, His apostles did not baptize anyone in or with physical water. Don't stumble on Jn 3:22-4:3, John the Baptist wasn't in prison yet and the Apostle John's Gospel is not in chronological order. So, if the apostles did not perform any physical water baptisms during Jesus Christ's entire earthly Ministry, what makes anyone think that Mt 28; Mk 16; Ac 1-7; Ac 9; Ac 12-28; etc. are about physical water? They aren't! They are about “Living Water”, “the Water of Life”, that we must also spiritually drink! Read Jn 7:37-39; Rev 21-22. Did the apostles have a temporary problem accepting non-Jews without first putting them through some of the Jewish rituals? Yes, they did in Ac 8; Ac 10 but what did Peter learn in Ac 10-11? Peter learned that he had opposed God! Non-Jews will be included in God's Plan of Salvation in the very same Way as the believing Jews – through sincere repentance and faith that lead to obedience, Mt 3-7; Mk 1:14-15; Jn 8-21; Ac 11; Ac 15; Ro 1-16; Gal 1-6; etc. Until we receive God’s saving New Covenant baptism from the Lord Jesus Christ through God’s Word, we have no Grace as God defines it and no salvation. Multitudes may think they have God's Grace but they do not, exactly as it has been prophesied to happen in these Last Days. This is the reason for all of the confusion among denominations, sects and cults. They have all invented their own false gospels instead of believing and obeying what Jesus Christ taught and told them to do, especially first of all in Mt 6:33a. What is it, exactly, that we must find first? Did you begin where Jesus Christ told us to begin?
 
Read Jn 1-7; Heb 1-13; 1Pe 1-5; Rev 1-22. Pay careful attention to the descriptions of the saved 144,000 in Rev 14:1-5 and the Voices of Rev 1; Rev 14. What must be “written” on our “foreheads”? God's Name, also called: “The Word of God!” "Living Water" is a description of God's Word in Spirit and in Truth. God's Word must be written in our minds and on our hearts as God's “Water of Life” that we must also spiritually drink!
 
Who had physical rituals for washing their “hands” instead of ceasing to do evil? The Jews of 2000 years ago, especially the unbelieving Jews, who symbolized all of the false Christians to come, Mt 15; Mk 7. How are these Jews described in Rev 2? As “a synagogue of Satan”, the same “Beast” of Rev 13, who persecuted the early true Christians. Who is the second “synagogue of Satan” in Rev 3? False Christians, who have followed in the footsteps of the first Beast, exactly as prophesied in many OT and NT Scriptures. They also wash the outside with physical water but leave the inside full of greed, wickedness and dead men’s bones, Mt 23; Lk 11-12. The second synagogue of Satan also persecuted true Christians, especially the true Christians of 350 years ago, the ones perfectly prophesied as the Philadelphia church in Rev 3. These true Christians founded Philadelphia, USA, after proving all of the carnal churches and all of their related carnal institutions are false!
 
What "sea" did the Beast come out of? The symbolic “Red Sea” where the symbolic wicked got wet and drowned, Ex 12-15. What is it that true Christians cannot "buy" or "sell"? God's Gospel Truth since God's Gospel Truth cannot be bought or sold with money, Isa 55; Mk 11; Rev 21-22. False Christians try to buy and sell but all they have to offer is lies from Satan, 2Co 11:1-15; 2Pe 1-3! Where was “666” revealed? In Isa 66:6 of the Old Covenant but primarily in Jn 6:66 of the New. Like the disciples of Jn 6, who rejected Jesus Christ and His Word, false Christians have refused to accept the fact that God is Spirit and He must be worshiped in Spirit and in Truth. God's Light and Living Bread are spiritual, His Living Water is spiritual and the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ, when it is symbolized by the Wine, is spiritual, Jn 1-7. What was symbolized in Jn 2:1-11?
 
God's New Covenant is spiritual; it is impossible to belong to the Law of Sin and Death and be saved. We must leave the Old Covenant and belong to the Law of the Spirit of Life, Ro 1-8. How do we go from the Law of Sin and Death to belong to the Law of the Spirit of Life? The correct answer is simple and short; it will take a couple of sentences or a small paragraph to explain. Only true Christians will know the correct simple short answer because we have experienced it. False Christians, who belong to the synagogue of Satan, do not know the correct simple short answer, 1Co 1-3. Do you know? Do your "teachers" know? If not, then you have a most serious problem that you must not ignore! Start over. Begin with Mt 6:33a. Contact me anytime regarding God's exact original Gospel Truth. Freely have true Christians received and freely we will give!
 
In the service of the Righteous One from God the Father,

Response
I agree with  most things you said about water baptism (because H2O baptism does not save).
I believe in the one baptism (of the Spirit).
see http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Broken.html
 
However, it is a stretch to equate water Baptism with the mark of the beast.
What you are saying is that all people will be compelled during the trib to take H2O baptism.
 
The mark of the book of Revelation is plainly in your forehead or hand (says the Bible in Revelation 14:9).  Is water baptism in your hand?
I doubt it. 
 
God bless you,
Russell

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Another Reader Writes

Hi Russell,   I have been reading many of the topics esp. the 4 you  recommended at first.I would like to have your opinion on some of the  points-"pride and self-reliance greatest sin". Aren't all sins equal,sin  is sin ? Also "sorrow better than laughter" Dosen't God want us to be  happy?In your E-mail earlier we were talking about the broken reading,you  said many"normal" do not understand it,but what is normal anyway? My  friend says "it's a setting on the washing machine".Thank you ,Sincerely.

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Response
That business about the washing machine is hilarious.

Regarding pride and self reliance-
All men are sinners.  The only men who can come to the Lord are those who give up self-reliance.

Therefore, self-reliance is the ultimate sin. Pride is that part of the heart which prevents men from seeing this truth.

Sorrow is better than laughter because through it one is lead to repentance.  (2 Cor 7:10)
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.  Sorrow is better than laughter : for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.  The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.  It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.    -- Ecclesiastes 7:2-5

If one pursues laughter, it will elude him. One does not come to God through laughter. Joy and laughter are two different things.
See my discussion of weeping and rejoicing.

Spurgeon discusses sorrow-
http://www.peacemakers.net/unity/sorrowandsorrow.htm

As to "normal", probably a poor choice of words.  A better choice would be nominal.
There are many nominal "Christians".  A "nominal" Christian is not a believer, but a religionist, an unrepentant
church-goer.  The churches are full of these.  "Nominal" Christians are people who do not steal, lie, and commit adultery,
but have not "fallen" on the rock in dependence.
See all the above.

Russell

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Another Reader Writes

The truth is "in" Jesus, according to the scriptures. So why do so many look to methods of interpreting the Bible that are "outside" of Christ and the teaching of  scripture?
    Many in this age have a knowledge of the Bible, but how many have the knowledge of Christ that it speaks of?
        
The scriptures don't teach the doctrines of men, but they do teach the doctrine of God, the doctrine of Christ.
     Therefore, the doctrine of Christ only teaches Him as the Way of understanding, and the doctrines of men teach ways of understanding the scriptures that are outside of its teaching and Christ.
 
   There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
    Many know and teach this same scripture, yet without Christ as the Key of knowledge, and only Way of understanding, the same are fullfilling it.
    With so many ways of understanding Gods word that seem right unto men, who will repent in this age for handling it deceitfully, and come unto the Way, the Truth and the Life, Who saves us from death? 
   
    Why are so many who teach the Bible and even profess the name of Jesus, offended and unbelieving when they are told that He is the ONLY Way of understanding? Though all are confident that they have "rightly divided" the word of truth, just as many are divided in their knowledge and understanding thereof because they have stumbled at that stumbling Stone, and Rock of offence, Who is Christ Jesus.

Response

I agree.   I do believe Christ is more than the way of understanding.



End 03-23-2008


09-15-2008

Question

Greetings brother Russell in Christ.

If the 70th week is still future,why does Scripture say Jesus confirmed the covenant in Galatians 3:17 which quotes Daniel 9:27?
 
The pre 1800 Puritans and 1st 2nd and 3rd century Christians believed it was Christ that fulfilled Dan 9:27 and not some future Anti-Christ.
 
In Christ.
 
Brother Miller.
 
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.{St John 3:16} AV KJV

Reply

Galations 3:17 is a clear reference to the old Testament law (Abrahamic or Mosaic covenant) which was 430 years AFTER God's covenant of promise to Abraham.    Christ is the fulfillment of ALL the covenants including the future Davidic Covenant. 
 
Christ did not fulfill any covenant 430 years after His promise to Abraham.  The Mosaic covenant (430 years after the promise) did not disannul the promise to Abraham.  There is no quoting of Dan 9:27 here. 
 
http://bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Bible.show/sVerseID/29120/eVerseID/29120




End 09-15-2008


10-25-2008
Letter from Reader
But I am so angry right now.  I worked so hard last week, everything was in place. Everyone was happy.  The inspections were 99% with a small technicality and the CEO, an aging and somewhat semi-retired woman, told me to take this last week off... I was told I had an attitude problem, a customer complaint, and just wouldn't listen.  She said she wanted things run her way, the old way.
 
What does this sound like to you?  I have never been so devastated.  I put my heart, soul and talents to do the best that I could do.
 
Now I am told to go back on Monday.  I just want to quit, but I need the money right now.
 
Should I seek God's direction and look for something else? I don't think this is going to get any better.  In a way, I think there is some jealousy there?  Could this be possible?
or am I looking at it all wrong?
 
God Bless


Response
God has already given you the correction you need.  Simply respond to it.  God told you to come back Monday.
Do it.  (God can use anything and anybody to speak to us.  We just need to believe that is what He actually does.  He actually uses believers, non-believers, and ANY circumstance to TEACH His children and nothing will stop Him because He wants to teach us.  If we are not getting correction, we are not His.)   Rejoice!!    You have been corrected!! 
 
This time when you go back to work remember what God taught you and think about it everyday and your attitude will automatically change as long as you have the right attitude toward God.
Do not even try to change your attitude.  Focus on what HE IS TEACHING you. 
 
Now, what did God teach you?   Hmmm.
 
Here it is -  http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Rest.html   What are we to DO ?      Answer- Rest.  
If My yoke is easy and my burden is light, is it fair to call our burdened attitude "Christian"?   Is a burdened attitude IN Jesus Christ?  Hardly.  Jesus SAID easy and light.
If we are burdened by our attitude toward obligation, is it not because we are not walking in Christ but are simply FAILING to trust Him to bring to pass what he desires?
Why do we do this?   We believe it US !!!   We believe it is NOT the Lord!!!
 
Wait on HIM
http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Wait.html
 
He is in charge.  including making people "jealous."   http://jesus-is-the-way.com/GodinChg.html
 
God intends to BREAK YOU of self reliance.  http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Broken.html
There is nothing more beautiful than being broken.
 
Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and DIE it abideth alone, Go ahead and let Him "Kill" you.  Once you are dead, all these problems disappear with NO EFFORT on your part!
 
Praise the Living God, the LORD Jesus Christ
Russell


End 10-25-2008


11-06-2008

LETTER FROM READER
It (your website) warrants no more than the following response. Your website is ridiculous. The filth that you speak of the Masons is warped and grossly inaccurate. You need to get off the Conspiracy bandwagon and put your mind to works of good instead of trying to falsely soil the good nature, reputation, and intentions of many a fine men who are proud to be Freemasons. You obviously read all the slanderous websites and completely drink the Conspiracy tool-aid [sic, kool-aid] until you are content with your own bent mental perceptions and bible-backed ill-drawn conclusions. I would say I was being a bit harsh, but there it is...all your dirty laundry out on the world wide web for all to see and wonder how you come up with such nonsense. You insult me as both a Freemason and an Army Officer to spew such trash. You should be completely ashamed of yourself, but I don't really think you will spend more than a second in circumspection and only try to mount some silly retort to my obvious and well-founded conclusions. So, I look forward to your response and implore your to actually come up with something that holds water.

Someone with some common sense who does not wear their religion on their sleeve.

RESPONSE

Carl,
 
Thank you so much for your email.  There is very little about Masons on my website (in proportion to the total). 
There is one page on the Washington Monument and some references to European Masonry.
 
Have you read my entire website?  If not, how can you characterize it? 
If you want to characterize what I said as ridiculous, feel free to PROVE in writing that what I said is false.
If you succeed, I will publish your work. 
If you fail, I warn you, God Himself may gain control of your spirit and you will leave Masonry for good knowing that Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY.
This is a risk you will have to take - an honest evaluation of the truth may lead one into the belly of the whale.  I warn you now.  Once you have been in the Whale's Belly, there is plenty of time for CIRCUMSPECTION aka furnace of affliction.
It is a FEARFUL thing to FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD!!
 
My grandfather was a Mason.  When we were growing up he spent much time with us and we loved him greatly.   At his funeral the Masons did the service.  They wore white aprons which they explained were "their righteousness."   My Bible says "our righteousnesses are as filthy rags."    Which position is true?

When it comes to true Biblical doctrine, I usually stand alone against the doctrines of most "churches."   True Masonic doctrine is one of these "churches."  My disagreements are not limited to those of Masonry.    Anyone who teaches the goodness of man is calling God a liar.  God says THERE IS NONE GOOD, NO NOT ONE.

Is He correct or not?   I dare you to read Romans 3 - Romans 9 of the King's Bible and remain a Mason or any other kind of religionist.    
 
In general, I am not referring on my website to Masonry on Main Street in the USA.  I am referring to people and organizations to which you have probably never been introduced,one example being the P-2 Lodge which was a center of Leadership that lead all the way to the papacy of John Paul II.  This is not fiction.  This is what happened and it is well documented by people who were present.  One example was the Jesuit Malachi Martin, a personal friend of John  Paul II.  See Martin's book The Keys of this Blood which chronicles the role of the CIA and the P-2 Lodge in world politics. 
 
I apologize for insulting you as a Freemason and an Army Officer.  Would you prefer that I repudiate Jesus Christ if His doctrine disagrees with Freemasonry?  

As to being ashamed, I will say this-
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This gospel is what I give to readers. 
Read this http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Memory1.html
 
Take heed that you follow God and not men.   I can tell you truthfully that conspiracy websites, particularly those on Freemasonry, are not a place I frequent.  Nor are they a source of any of my information.  In fact, most conspiracy websites are part of the real conspiracy in that their purpose is disinformation.  Read that last sentence again.

In all my references to Freemasonry, I give ample references for the reader to examine, none of which are conspiracy websites.
 
There are many well meaning Masons in the USA.  There are many well meaning Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, 7th Day Adventists, etc. 

Well meaning does not guarantee conformance to Biblical truth.   
 
Will you fall upon the rock in obedience or will the rock grind you to powder?  http://www.jesus-is-the-way.com/Broken.html
 
God bless you,
Russell
 


End 11-06-2008


03-22-2009

LETTER FROM READER

Please pray for me that I may be filled with the love of God 'shed abroad in my heart'... over the years I have completely lost the ability to truly love anyone and I am fearful that my love for Jesus has also grown cold.  I don't know how to get it back.
 
Blessings,


RESPONSE

Dear Friend,
 
Read this page- http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Broken.html in a prayerful manner and allow the Word of God to speak to you.
LOVE is a gift of the Holy Spirit.  It is not to be manufactured by us; let God do it.
 
Turn this completely over to Him and talk to Him about it.  Be TOTALLY dependent on the LORD and He will work this out.
Be His child and let Him be your Father.   Please read this too http://jesus-is-the-way.com/TheTruth.html
 
Let GOD's TRUTH about who HE is and what HE HAS ALREADY DONE be your source of comfort.
 
God bless you and please write me again,
Russell

Also read this page http://jesus-is-the-way.com/Room316.html and meditate on John3:16


End 03-22-2009


04-24-2010
Reader Writes

It's been a while since my last email. I hope you are doing well and are in good health. Just wanted to catch up on some things. I read your last posting and God's timing is spot on with what is going on in our country and around the world.

I have a few questions. What do you think of Alex Jones (radio host)? He believes that by getting the truth out it will stop what these globalists are trying to do. Do you think that what he is doing is wrong or just a foolish act that will get nowhere? 

Some of the stories he brings out to light ties in to everything that is going on with this new world order agenda. And do you believe that this New World Order fiasco is giving way or opening up the door to the antichrist and his rule?

Also, do you think we are heading to a new war consider we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? And who will be the target this time. Most people believe that it will be Iran. I think if a new war breaks out it will be other countries involved as well.  

I hope you can answer some of those questions brother. But if you can't we will wait on the Lord to see what His plans are for the world. Things are getting really strange. And the eerie part of all is how these major earthquakes have gotten worse in intensity. A friend of mine called 2010 the year of the earthquakes, but I told him that the Bible does mention that there will be earthquakes in various places. Do you also think that earthquakes and natural disasters will start getting worse in the upcoming months?  

God bless brother Russell. And may our Great Lord Jesus keep you safe. You are always in my prayers.

Much love in Christ.

Your brother,



Response

It's been a while since my last email. I hope you are doing well and are in good health. Just wanted to catch up on some things. I read your last posting and God's timing is spot on with what is going on in our country and around the world.

_____, It is great to hear from you, brother. My health is good and I appreciate your asking.

I have a few questions. What do you think of Alex Jones (radio host)? He believes that by getting the truth out it will stop what these globalists are trying to do. Do you think that what he is doing is wrong or just a foolish act that will get nowhere? 

In my opinion Alex Jones works for one of the “bad guys”, more than likely the Vatican. Read this again Babylon.html

Alex is trying to get the conservatives to take action and if they do, they will be used in a setup to create the need for "martial law."  This will act to do two things
1) bring down the freedom the US enjoys and solidify the emerging fascist state
2) victimize the Protestant fundamentalists and constitutionalists and categorize their movement as "terrorism"

Remember, according to Malachi Martin, the Capitalist West (including the US) is to be eliminated.

Some of the stories he brings out to light ties in to everything that is going on with this new world order agenda. And do you believe that this New World Order fiasco is giving way or opening up the door to the antichrist and his rule? 

It is giving way to a fascist state which later is to be presented to the antichrist in a Biblical endgame.

Also, do you think we are heading to a new war consider we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? And who will be the target this time. Most people believe that it will be Iran. I think if a new war breaks out it will be other countries involved as well.  

That question is difficult to answer. I do not know and it is not easy to predict either. I believe a lot is going to happen soon, economically and politically and socially. Our society could actually break down. Look for “incidents” to begin to happen in association with the “tea party.”  These will be setup by infiltrators into the "tea party."

I hope you can answer some of those questions brother. But if you can't we will wait on the Lord to see what His plans are for the world. Things are getting really strange. 

So true.

And the eerie part of all is how these major earthquakes have gotten worse in intensity. A friend of mine called 2010 the year of the earthquakes, but I told him that the Bible does mention that there will be earthquakes in various places. Do you also think that earthquakes and natural disasters will start getting worse in the upcoming months?  

It appears that the earthquakes will continue to increase as will the other “birth pangs.”

God bless brother Russell. And may our Great Lord Jesus keep you safe. You are always in my prayers.

God bless you too, ____ . Thank you so much for your prayers especially.



End 04-24-2010




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