Monday, August 31, 2020

Ecclesiastical Seperation

Romans 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

I was reading some crazy comments today about “fourth degree separation” by Pastors' Paul Chappell and J.D. Greear on Twitter. What in the world is “fourth degree separation”? As far as I can tell, it is a disparaging term used by compromisers to degrade separated believers. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a hellhole of apostasy today! Their new president, J.D. Greear says “Christian should apologize to gays,” and that Christians should stand up and “become the fiercest advocates of the preservation and dignity of LGBTQ people in the gay community.” Get thee behind me, Satan! Dr. Bob Gray Sr. has rightly expressed public concern about Pastor Paul Chappell in Lancaster, California for hobnobbing with the apostate Southern Baptist Convention, speaking for them.

No, what we ought to do is preach the dickens out the gay community! That is, we ought to preach the Devil out of them!!! That is what “the dickens” means! Pastor Jack Hyles often used that term in his preaching. We don't need anymore soft-soap, pink tea and lemonade, pantywaist, girly-boy, Shirley Temple, yuppie, sermonette-delivering, pansy, watered-down, weak-kneed, type of preachers! We need a bunch of earnestly praying, hell-fire and damnation, window-rattlin', barn-stormin', hell-raisin, people-loving, caring, King James Bible only, modern Bible exposing, sin-hating, righteousness-loving, leather-lunged, unwavering, uncompromising, Devil-fighting, free-grace Gospel, PREACHERS!!!

I went to search Google for information on ecclesiastical separation, and I found this hypocrisy from the Faith Baptist Bible College And Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa. I was disturbed by the following hypocritical statements on their college's website by Dr. Arthur B. Walton:
4. Divisive brethren are to be avoided.
Paul wrote: ‘Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). Erroneous doctrine is divisive. Avoid those whose erroneous teachings cause divisions. Since the Scripture does teach that one should separate from unbelievers, then those who do not do so are disobedient to that teaching, and they should be avoided.  
What does this all mean? It means that the Biblical church will not be a part of any association or ecumenical campaign which includes cooperation with liberals. Does not this mean that a local church should not fellowship with other evangelical churches which cooperate with liberals. [emphasis added]
SOURCE: https://faith.edu/faith-news/ecclesiastical-separation-2
In 2018, the college hired Dr. Marty Herron, former pastor of the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam (1999-2018), who is a devout follower of heretic Pastor John MacArthur in California. Dr. Herron is a graduate of Bob Jones University, a once fundamentalist Christian institution back in 1944 when Dr. Bob Jones (1883-1968) was still alive, which has changed for the worst, deteriorating into a full-blown Lordship Salvation preaching nightmare! Dear reader, these people are not Bible-believing Christians, they are Calvinists!

I have been alarmed, just as the Apostle Paul said he marveled (was astonished) that the churches in Galatia had succumbed to a partial faith in Christ plus works based plan of salvation. Paul called it “another gospel” ...
Galatians 1:6-9, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospelWhich is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
It's not just the apostate Bob Jones' crowd. Pacific Garden Mission's 'Unshackled' radio program is saturated with Lordship Salvation. Moody Bible Institute in Chicago openly professes now to be “generally Calvinist on their college website. MBI has honored Dr. John MacArthur for decades, inviting him to speak at their annual Founder's School for pastors. Moody also publishes Mr. MacArthur's damnable heresy in his books! The whole country has gone to Hell theologically!!! I tell you with all Biblical authority that Lordship Salvation is not the Gospel of free grace. 

Lordship Salvation errantly says that faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is insufficient to save a man. In addition, the proponents of the Lordship Gospel say that you must “surrender all to Christ as Lord” and “repent of your sins” to be saved. Yet, you cannot show me these things taught in the Bible. Not one verse in the inspired King James Bible says to turn from your sins” to receive God's free gift of eternal life. Some of the Devil's modern corrupt Bibles falsely say that you have to forsake your sins to be saved, because Satan has perverted God's Word. Hundreds of thousands of churches worldwide are filled today with counterfeit Bibles, false gospels, fake preachers, another spirit and another Jesus (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). As unbelievable as it is, some churches are hiring women, homosexuals and even atheists to lead the church congregation. This is not God's flock, I assure you!!!

Kindly said, if the Faith Baptist Bible College And Theological Seminary are to take their own advice, and separate from those who no longer teach the doctrines of God's Word, then they would have to fire Marty Herron! Romans 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Hey, I'm not the one corrupting grace, Dr. Marty Herron is!

As the new Executive Vice President of the college, Dr. Herron is getting paid a lucrative 6-digit salary. I think that is disgusting. When did Christianity become a stinking business? As Executive President of Bob Jones University, his buddy Dr. Steve Pettit gets paid even more, for preaching another gospel of Calvinist Lordship Salvation, the same as Seventh-Day Adventist false prophetess' Ellen G. White taught. Spiritual crime pays well! I heard Pastor Herron with my own two ears in 2014, while standing behind the pulpit of the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, sinfully tell several hundred people that “it's not enough to admit that you're a sinner, you must also turn away from a lifestyle of sinning.” That is the Devil talking! Anyone who adds to grace is the enemy of the Gospel. The idea that a person cannot merely place their faith in Jesus to be saved, but must commit to turn away from sinful behavior as a requirement to receive God's free gift of eternal life, is a perversion of grace!!!

I say this with all kindness but Biblical certainty, that these people are pulling on the same rope as the Devil. They are sincere religious men. They are good businessmen. But they are deceived by Satan concerning the Gospel! Sadly, Dr. Steve Pettit seems to be their ringleader, impacting the whole group as the new apostate president of BJU. Many thousands of students, faculty, friends, associates and churches look up to Dr. Steve Pettit, so what he teaches is critically important, and must be scrutinized with the light of the Holy Scriptures (1st John 4:1). So I am not picking on BJU or Dr. Pettit, or Pastor Herron, I am examining their teachings against the inspired King James Bible, and they fail the test!

The Bible commands me and you to MARK THEM WHICH CAUSE DIVISION AND AVOID THEM. That means I have to mark (identify) and avoid Marty Herron, Sam Horn, Steve Pettit, John MacArthur, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, Beth Moore, Billy Graham, Chip Ingram, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort and thousands more corrupt preachers who pervert the grace of God. That means I have to mark and avoid Bob Jones University, because they corrupt God's grace. When someone attacks the grace of God, they are attacking the God of grace!!! They are attacking the gift of grace!!! They are attacking the guardian of grace, which is the New Testament church!!! They are attacking the goal of grace, which is the preach the Gospel to the world.

My Lord Knows The Way Through The Wilderness

Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

If we don't stay focused on the Lord Jesus Christ as saints, we won't make it! There are many frustrated people today, who are bitter and angry at life. John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 16:33, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.What beautiful and encouraging passages of Scripture! As Christians we should always be at peace, regardless of the circumstances in our life. The reason why is because Jesus is risen!!!

The Lord is our peace according to Ephesians 2:14, “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;To understand this Scripture, you need to understand the layout of the Old Testament Tabernacle and Holy Place. The Tabernacle had three sections. There was the outer court, the inner court, and then the innermost holy of holies. Families were allowed into the outer court. Only the temple priests (the Levite tribe) were permitted into the inner court. But only the high priest, and only with the blood of a spotless slain lamb, was permitted to enter into the holy of holies. Once a year, the high priest entered into the holy place with a lamb's blood, to sprinkle that blood on the mercy seat in the presence of God, to atone for the sins of the people. This was the holiest place of all on earth, where God's presence and the Word of God dwelt. The holy of holies was separated from the inner court by a heavy curtain, several inches thick. On one side of the curtain you had sinful humanity under the curse of the law, but on the other side you had a holy God who pardoned men's sins on the basis of the blood of the lamb!

When Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins, God ripped that thick curtain in two, like tissue paper! Mark 15:37-38, “And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. What saith the Scripture? Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.Carefully notice that the only way to have PEACE WITH GOD is through justification BY FAITH!!! I am so sick and tired of hearing false prophets, like Dr. Steve Pettit at Bob Jones University, who very deceptively talk about salvation by grace through faith, but then add the unbiblical requirement to “turn from your sins to be saved. Such nonsense creates an entirely different mindset in the mind of lost sinners, ensuring that they can never be saved by a counterfeit gospel.

Jesus is our peace! Praise God! I love Ephesians 2:14, “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;Jesus removed the barrier between God and man. 1st Timothy 2:5-6, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” If you read 1st Timothy 2:1-4, we are commanded to pray for our government leaders, because Jesus is in control. There's not a politician in the world that can undo this mess in America today! As much as I like President Donald Trump, he will not save our country from doom. 

As long as ungodly homosexuals have legal “rights” to get married, and “rights” to adopt children, our nation will be under God's curse! Proverbs 3:33, “The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.” As long as abortionists have “rights” to murder children, God's curse will upon our nation! Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Isaiah 1:4, “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” I thank God for the precious gift of His dear only begotten Son Jesus Christ!!!

I was rejoicing about something that I realized the other day. I chose Jesus! God didn't force me to believe. Nobody put a gun to my head and made me accept Christ. I, of my own free volition, received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I CHOSE HIM! That's makes me happy, because it means I have the grand opportunity to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, when I cannot see Him. That requires faith! John 20:29, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.I am one of the blessed, who have believed without seeing! 1st Peter 1:8-9, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.I have heard wicked sinners all my life challenge God's existence. One man said to me many years ago: “Until God knocks on my door and says, 'This is my Word,' I will not believe!” That man is a fool of fools! ...
Luke 16:28-31, “For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
If someone will not believe on the basis of the King James Bible alone, they are well nigh hopeless! The only exception is a godly life, which the Bible says can lead a lost sinner to Christ. Hebrews 12:14, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:Unsaved people watch us as Christians! When they see that we are honest, having integrity, faithful to our spouse, and true to our faith, we earn their respect, which sometimes is the very thing that enables us to win them to the Lord. The same is true of an unsaved husband. The Bible says an obedient wife has more influence over him than the Bible does. 1st Peter 3:1, “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;” One of the best examples is the testimony of former mob boss Michael Franzese, whose born-again wife's faithful Christian walk influenced him to get saved. Apart from the godly influence of an acquaintance, friend or loved one, the Bible teaches that if a man won't heed the Word of God, he is beyond hope.

My Lord knows the way through the Wilderness (vocal singing), all I have to do is follow. You don't have to be a theologian to be saved, you just need to trust Jesus Christ, because of what He did on the cross to pay for your sins. And as a believer, you don't have to figure everything out along the way (I sure can't figure my life out), we just need to TRUST IN THE LORD! Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” I love those Bible verses! Jesus is our peace, for eternal life and all that we need in this troublesome life. No matter what happens to us in this life, whether it be the death of loved ones, sickness, suicide, pain, loss, betrayal, crime, divorce or persecution, our blessed Savior is still on His throne and His Spirit lives within us (Romans 8:9). Just pick up those 'Broken Pieces' and give them to the Lord, at the Savior's feet, and He'll put them back together!!!

This Scripture passage absolutely applies to the Lordship Salvation crowd too! They are wise in their own eyes. Lordship Salvation appeals to human rational—the demand that a person must turn from their sins to be saved. I mean, you cannot expect to receive God's free gift of eternal life and just continue sinning without impunity, can you? Yes and no! Yes, as far as getting saved is concerned, because it is a free gift. No, because if you sin as a believer, God will scourge and chastise you (Hebrews 12:6-8). God is not an absent parent! Furthermore, you may end up in prison if you break any laws. All that is required to be saved is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Likewise, we live the Christian life the same way that we got saved, by faith!

The key to living the Christian life is to always stay focused on the promises of God in the Bible. If we take our eyes off Jesus, we can go downhill quickly! God gave us His Word to keep and guide us through life's storms of life. We have an anchor ladies and gentlemen, and our anchor holds!!! The King James Bible is our anchor! Jesus is our anchor!!! I don't know what tomorrow holds here on earth, but I know He who holds tomorrow! Jesus is precious!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Coronavirus Versus The Lying Media

2nd Thessalonians 2:7-10, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

I found this article on Facebook by Marcie Cox Burnett, which she encourages readers to share. I thought it was worthy of sharing. ...

A friend asked me why I don’t take COVID-19 and the mask situation seriously. I told her that I do take the virus seriously. I believe there is a virus and that it is dangerous. But the people who are disseminating the information to us have a long, long track record of lying to and showing dismissive contempt for American citizens as a whole. 
At one point, the disease was supposed to have a 5% death rate. The death rate has now been reduced to less than 1/3 of 1% worldwide. The truth is I’m not opposed to masks at all. Much like carrying a firearm, I don’t and won’t shame anyone for deciding to wear one or not. Sort of a “my body, my choice” situation I suppose. 
However, when considering the trustworthiness of information coming from our politicians, I’ve been unable to reconcile the fact that 200,000 people protesting in the streets is met with little to no concern, but a bar, restaurant or hair salon with 10 people in it could be disastrous. The idea that a Trump rally of 18,000 people is a significant risk but a group of 20,000 students tearing down statues isn’t, leaves me perplexed. (Okay, not really; I understand perfectly what is going on.) 
Further, how could you possibly take anyone seriously who mandates that free citizens stay at home and wear masks in public, but also calls for the acceptance of millions of immigrants entering our society illegally, with no record of immunizations against more common and deadly diseases every day. 
The truth is that our political “leaders,” just like with guns, drugs, our national debt or sex-trafficking, have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about and no plan outside of what’s handed to them 6 seconds before they reach the podium.
So I choose to protect myself as I see fit. If anyone doesn’t like it, I’m okay with that. Just think of it as a “protest.” That seems to be okay with many people! Okay? Cool.
Here are some related articles, exposing the media hoax. ...
It is blatantly obvious that the powers behind the subversion of America are using this virus pandemic to accomplish the same goals as the 911 attacks, which is to break the will of the American people so that we'll go along with a totalitarian police state, and wilfully surrender our rights. The ultimate goal of all this is a New World Order, which will be a Godless Global Totalitarian Communist Police State! Commander William Guy Carr (1895-1959) has written one of the most definitive books about the forming NWO, called: “PAWNS IN THE GAME” (.PDF BOOK). I was delighted to find a speech from 1959, which Commander Carr gave in Chicago just before his death in 1959. The Bible foretold of these intriguing things.

The Bible Doesn't Teach Us To Pursue Feelings

2nd Corinthians 5:6-8, “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

The Bible commands us to pray (1st Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6-7). Not one passage tells us to look for answers to our prayers. We walk by faith and not by sight. We must pray and then trust God that He knows what is best. God hears every prayer, even the small prayers when we really don't feel like praying. God understands. To be honest, I don't feel like God answers my prayers. The most discouraging book I ever read was by Dr. John R. Rice, called: “Reasons For Unanswered Prayer.” After reading the book I felt like God would never answer any of my prayers, because I am too imperfect to live up to all those standards. 

I believe this. I am God's child and He knows what is best for me (1st Peter 5:7). God knows what I have need of before I even ask Him. The Lord said we don't need to pray long prayer, as the heathen do (Matthew 6:7-8). I am commanded to “pray without ceasing” (1st Thessalonians 5:17). So if I pray and God does seem to answer, it could many several things. Since I know there is a God and I believe He loves and cares about me, I must conclude that God is looking out for my best interests. Perhaps He has already blessed me, by giving me everything I need, so that I don't have to ask Him for anything. I think that is very true. Also, some of the things that I pray for, may not be God's desire for me. I do not know, therefore all I can and should do is trust in the Lord. Jesus said in Mark 11:22, Have faith in God.

I admit that it is very frustrating to me, as a believer, to pray and not see any results from God. But I don't go by my feelings, I go by God's promises in the inspired King James Bible! I keep praying for my needy web visitors. I pray for my corrupted Harvest Baptist Church neighbours. I pray for my dysfunctional family. I pray for my good God to give a redeemed sinner like me the wisdom to find a redeemed imperfect woman to marry. I pray for my ungodly leaders as the Bible commands in 1st Timothy 2:1-5. I believe that God can and does answer prayer when He wants to, but I do not feel like God will answer my prayers, because as far as I can tell He never does, but I am not supposed to act on my feelings, I am supposed to obey the Bible, and God told us to “pray without ceasing.” I have confessed all my sins to God. I am asking according to His will. All I can do is trust Him.

Nowhere in the Bible are we taught to pursue any type of "feelings" that we are saved. Our faith must be based upon the written inspired Word of God, and nothing else. We ought not seek feelings, because they can be deceptive. I have learned that feelings, for me, at least, took about 30 years, to where I could see the Holy Spirit in my life. Kindly, you need to forget about trying to "feel" anything, because that is not how salvation works. I never sought a feeling in my life as a Christian. You have God's bold, plain and irrefutable promises concerning salvation in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, John 3:16; John 6:47, Romans 10:13 and Ephesians 2:8-9. There is absolutely no reason to feel saved. Again, the Bible does NOT teach us to try to feel. It is a foolish thing to do. The question ought to be—Am I saved or not, period? You are either saved or lost, and it has NOTHING to do with feelings!

Anybody who comes to God as a needy sinner, and receives Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sins, believing that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and physically resurrected from the dead three days later, is saved. It is that simple. That is grace. Nothing else is required. Grace is God giving us what we don't deserve. Mercy is God withholding from us what we do deserve. Someone said that G.R.A.C.E. is an acronym for: "God's Riches At Christ's Expense." Jesus paid for our sins with His precious blood. Eternal life is the gift of God, paid for by Christ.

I would NEVER take the liability of saying that you or anyone is saved, because only God and the person knows that. It sounds like you are saved, from what you have told me, but only you can make that determination based upon the inspired Bible. I strongly recommend that you read these three articles by Pastor Curtis Hutson (934-1995)...
  1. http://www.jesusisprecious.org/sermons/printed/curtis_hutson/determines_salvation.htm
  2. http://www.jesusisprecious.org/sermons/printed/curtis_hutson/simple_salvation.htm
  3. https://www.jesus-is-savior.com/BTP/Dr_Curtis_Hutson/salvation_crystal_clear.htm
  4. http://www.godlovespeople.com/sermons/curtis_hutson/clear_presentation_of_the_gospel.mp3
I have noticed in the past, that some people won't read the sermons and books that I send them, but then they keep worrying and asking questions. If they don't want to educate themselves, then they'll always fear the unknown. If you feed a man a fish, you have fed him for a day; but if you teach that man how to catch fish, you have fed him for a lifetime. I encourage you to study these sermons by Dr. Hutson, which are 100% doctrinally accurate. 
“And when it comes to salvation the only thing that counts with God today is the death of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. If you are counting on anything other than Jesus Christ to take you to Heaven, then you are counting on something that God doesn't count. Won't you trust Christ today? If you are not absolutely sure that there was a time in your life when you knew you were a sinner and made a definite decision to trust Jesus Christ completely for salvation, then we urge you to trust Him now.”  [emphasis added] —'Salvation Crystal Clear,' by Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995)

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Generation That Doesn't Look Up

Acts 1:9-11, “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

As the Lord was taken up into Heaven, the angels said that Jesus would someday return in like manner as He left. Jesus ascended into the clouds. We are commanded to LOOK UP for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ladies and gentleman, we are living in the generation that DOESN'T LOOK UP!!! I'm listening to an excellent sermon by one of my favorite preacher, Pastor Danny Castle called, what else: “THE GENERATION THAT DOESN'T LOOK UP!” It is a needful sermon. 

These young people today who are pulling down statues of our ancestors, burning down the buildings of innocent people, maiming and even killing innocent people who are merely trying to protect their homes and businesses, are not looking up to Heaven. Our text passage from Acts 1:9-11 says that Jesus ascended into the clouds, up into Heaven. The angels announced that Jesus would return the same way, which we see in Acts 1:7. This is Jesus Second Coming, not the pretribulation Rapture. ...
Titus 2:11-14, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
The Devil will take you down, but the Lord will take you up! You don't see many people looking up these days! We are hearing some crazy things in the national news! In Kenosha, Wisconsin, a bunch of youth were protesting the police shooting and death of Jacob Blake. While the protesters are were marching in the streets, another group of vigilante teenagers open-fired on them with semi-automatic guns and killed two of the protesters. It is tragic seeing teenagers killing teenagers. Why is this happening? It is because this generation does not look up! They are a bunch of misguided youth. They lack any moral compass, having been educated in Marxist government schools without the Holy Bible. Public school are of the Devil. Teenagers are living in fornication out of wedlock nowadays. It is a shame that courtship means nothing anymore, robbing young people of the blessing of the sacredness of moral sex and marriage. Don't let the Devil rob you of your innocence!

Teenagers are smoking all kinds of junk nowadays. They are drinking booze. Drugs are everywhere. Youth are pierced, tattooed and freaky. Young people want to make a difference. They see the blatant corruption in government. They see an epidemic of homelessness across the nation. They see indifference and open sin in the churches. They don't know what to do to change things, so they protest! President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) rightly said: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” I am not saying that is the way to do things, but it is what happens. 

Corruption always leads to anarchy, riots and totalitarianism! Communist Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) said: “The best revolutionary is a youth devoid of morals.” That is what we see in America today, tens of thousands of revolutionaries burning our cities to the ground. They're pulling down statues of famous people, like Christopher Columbus. That is insanity! In case you don't know, this goes much deeper than just some teenagers who are causing trouble. Read what the first head of the World Health Organization (WHO) George Brock Chisholm said in 1954, outlining their diabolical plot for a New World Order:
“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family tradition, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.” —George Brock Chisholm, in a Speech given at the, Conference on Education, Asilomar, California, September 11, 1954
It is not a coincidence that billionaire George Soros is behind the financing of Antifa and other socially destructive groups today. The media sensationalized death of George Floyd in Minneapolis became an overnight national phenomena, with organized riots across the country. This was an obviously planned event, in my humble opinion. As a result, revolution is happening across the country, which is exactly what the architects behind the New World Order want to happen. On every U.S. one-dollar bill in Latin are the words: “Novus Ordo Seclorum,” meaning, “A New Order of the Ages.” These are Freemason occultists in control of our country. They boast of their dark intentions on our money. Their ultimate purpose is to destroy the old order, which is what we see happening before our eyes. Homelessness, chaos, riots, economic collapse. Have you noticed that authoritarians (controlled from behind the scenes by Freemasons) are using the Coronavirus pandemic to destroy the country? This is all by design ladies and gentlemen!

Retired career Navy Commander William Guy Carr (1895-1959), gave this insightful speech just before his death in 1959, exposing the New World Order. In 1970, Dr. Jack Hyles, longtime faithful pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana for 42 years, preached this incredibly insightful sermon called: “WHY THE ANTICHRIST MUST COME SOON.” Dr. Hyles explains that throughout history, dictators always arose from the ashes of ruined civilizations. That perfectly explains why the occult powers behind the subversion of America are working relentlessly to kill, steal and destroy. When their work is done, the Antichrist will rise to power! I believe that, which is what Dr. Hyles also believed, and teaches in this intriguing Bible sermon. I encourage you to listen to it.

Brother Lester Roloff (1914-1982) preached this needful sermon called: “THE BOOK THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!” The Bible says that foolishness sis bound in the heart of a child. Proverbs 22:15, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) preached this excellent truthful sermon called: WHAT HAS DESTROYED AMERICA!” Also, please hear “WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE HOME?” and “WHAT'S GOING ON IN MY NATION?” by Brother Lester Roloff. These are life-changing sermons. 

Oh how we need Bible preaching today! Young people have been taught to despise preachers, hate the Bible, and loathe Christianity by the ungodly lying media. Christians have been blamed for promoting “homophobia, a wicked term created by the Devil's crowd to cast God-fearing believers into a bad light. You better believe that I have HOMOPHOBIA! I am scared to death of men who are sexually attracted to other men. GET THEE BEHIND ME, SATAN! (Matthew 16:23). I don't hate or mistreat anybody. I am nice to everyone, regardless of who they are, but I avoid homosexuals like the Coronavirus! There is something very WRONG with a man who likes other men sexually. 

Homosexuality is perverse, sick, unnatural, abnormal, weird, disturbing and an abomination unto God almighty! If you disagree, you are not right with God and have a wicked heart. I am sick and tired of hearing people say that they have friends who are gay. What they are really saying is that they do not love God, because if they did they would hate evil. Psalms 97:10, “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.If you don't hate deliberate sin (evil), you don't love God, it is as simple as that! 1st Peter 1:16, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Most of the trouble in the Christian life comes from trying to half-way live it. Let's look up! Let's stop looking at our problems. Let's be thankful for the food, health and blessings that we have. Let's stop looking to the world, talk shows, White House, psychology, medicine, philosophy and man for answers! Jesus Christ has always been the answer, and you'll learn about Him in the inspired pages of God's Word. John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.Don't use any Bible except the inspired KING JAMES BIBLE!!! All of the modern Bible revisions are corrupted by Satan! Why keep looking for another Bible, when we have the time-tested, proven and precious King James Bible? With all the hundreds of existing English Bible revisions now available, it is mind-numbing that Christianity Today is actually calling for another translation of the Word of God! You couldn't make this stuff up!

The Devil's New World Order is upon us. Although we cannot stop the NWO from coming, we can fight against Communism. I am so wearied with neo-evangelicals today. Particularly the Bob Jones University crowd, whom I am well familiar with on Guam. They use the Devil's Bible revisions, preach the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation, and couldn't care less about the truth. I am despised and rejected by them, as was the Lord Himself for telling THE TRUTH. Read what Pastor Harry Ironside (1876-1951) had to say 80 years ago about his generation back in 1937... 
“Therefore the crying need of our degenerate times is for a revival of true old-fashioned, Christ-centered, Bible preaching that will call upon all men everywhere to repent in view of that coming day when God will judge the world in righteousness by His Risen Son.” —Pastor Harry A. Ironside, a quote from chapter 16 of the excellent book: “EXCEPT YE REPENT” 
Pastor Ironside is exactly right, “the crying need of our degenerate times is for a revival of true old-fashioned, Christ-centered, Bible preaching that will call upon all men everywhere to repent in view of that coming day when God will judge the world in righteousness by His Risen Son.” Amen Brother, Amen! Don't miss what he said: We need BIBLE PREACHING that will call men everywhere to REPENT (change their mind to believe THE GOSPEL), to escape the coming judgment and wrath of a holy God upon a wicked world! The answer is not in Washington DC, it is in Heaven. God still sits and reigns upon His throne. The answers to all of life's problems are found in the inspired pages of the Word of God.

Colossians 3:1-3, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Psalms 119:165, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” When a man has his affection set on heavenly things above, instead of the world's things below, then nothing can offend us. That is, nothing can throw us off-track for God if we live above the clouds. The things of this world continually change, and you can be thrown off guard easily. But when you anchor yourself to the unchanging truths of God's Word in Heaven above, those things NEVER CHANGE! Amen and amen! Nothing can offend us if we're on the side of God, truth and righteousness. 

Men Die In Very Strange Ways

Proverb 27:1, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

I picked up one of my old books from my library today titled: “Sword Scrapbook II,” by Miss Viola Walden (1915-2007). The book is a collection of edifying writings published over the decades in the Sword Of The Lord Christian paper, founded by Dr. John R. Rice in 1934. I found the following edifying article, which I want to share with you dear reader:
Men Die In Very Strange Ways 
People have died in peculiar, almost unbelievable ways. 
Harold Lee Duncan was mowing his lawn. His wife and two children were watching. Suddenly Duncan grabbed his left side, walked a few steps, staggered, collapsed, and then died. A half-inch piece of wire, no bigger than a pencil lead, had been hurled by the power mower he was using. His death was sudden. 
A 24-year old newspaper reporter, Jost Lemann, put a bottle on top of his head and asked another man to shoot it off. J. Poetschke took aim with his .38 calibre pistol, pulled the trigger and missed. The bullet penetrated the head of Jost Lemann. He died on the spot, and the “William Tell” episode ended in a tragedy.
A little girl, Theresa Conn, was playing hide-and-seek with her dog. She hid a ball on the table and waited for her dog to find it. The large Collie dog jumped up on the table to get the ball. In doing so, the steel table was upset and crashed on Theresa's head. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The dog unwittingly had killed her. 
Carlos Umbos was fishing in Pampanga, in the Philippines. Police reported that he opened his mouth to yawn. A fish jumped in and became stuck in his throat. He chocked to death before the fish could be pulled out. 
Mario Cianca entered a funeral parlor and saw a man rise with a satisfied smile from a coffin. He died of shock. Pedro Fernandez, the owner of the parlor, had been measuring the coffin for a client about his own size. The shock of what he thought he saw was too much for Mario Cianca. 
People have died in amazing different ways. But the most important thing to consider is, “Were they ready?” How they died is not so important, but they should have been ready. Death—with one's boots on or off—is final. To be ready is all important. 
Goliath died, being hit by a stone; he was not ready for death. He had defied the God of Israel. “The stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth” (I Sam. 17:49). 
Stones also caused the death of Stephen, but he was ready. He had glorified the name of Jesus by his outstanding witness. When the stones crashed against his body, his face shone as the face of an angel. “They stoned Stephen, calling upon God and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59). 
King Saul of the Old Testament was not ready. He had disobeyed the Word of God. Samuel told him, “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. . . . because thou hast rejected the Word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee. . . .” (I Sam. 15: 22, 23). “Saul too a sword and fell upon it” (I Sam 31:4). 
Saul of Tarsus died by a sword, too, but he was ready when he bent his head at the command of the executioner. His testimony was, “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (II Tim. 4:6, 7). 
When death comes your way, friend, what matters how you die? Wire, bullet, dog, fish, shock, stone, or sword will make no difference. The big question is: Where will you be in eternity? god's solemn word is, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). He further says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa. 1:18). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31)—Arthur W. Townsend, as used in “Salvation” magazine). 
SOURCE: Sword Scrapbook II, page 65; ©1969 by Miss Viola May Walden
(Weird, spooky, and tragic stories of people who passed in odd ways or on strange days)

Oh friend, life is short, Hell is hot, and eternity is s long time! Please make sure that you have been born-again. Forgiveness of sins and eternal life are a free gift from God! PLEASE DON'T MISS OUT!!! All you need to do to get saved is to GET OUT OF THE WAY, and let God save you through faith alone in His dear only begotten Son. What saith the Scripture? Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

Just submit to God's righteousness, which is solely through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 4:10-11, “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” The preceding passage refers to the example of unbelief of the Jews in the Wilderness. Hebrews 4:1-2, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” 

Americans have heard the Gospel preached for decades, but most still refuse to believe it. Time is running out friends! Today could be the last day of your life, and someday it will be! Search the news for healthy youth who suddenly die, and you will be surprised! According to the Mayo Clinic, 1 in every 50,000 young athletes will suddenly drop dead from cardiac arrest! Are you ready for death my friend? It could come at any moment. Are you ready to meet your Maker? Amos 4:12, “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.”

The Devil has no great interest in destroying the church; he would rather run it! Churches today aren't anything like what they were 75 years ago. The power of the Holy Spirit is missing today. There is no zeal. There are hardly any “Amens” from the pews. There is no prayer from the pulpit or the pew. Most pastors today aren't preachers! It is a matter of lack of faith. I tell you—HELL IS REAL!!! Oh how we as preachers must warn people of coming judgment and the fires of Hell.

Here is an excellent quote from the mighty man of God, Dr. Lee Roberson (1909-2007), concerning eternal punishment:
“Somebody says, 'The thought of Hell is so horrible.' Well, my friend, so is cancer, so is tuberculosis, so is the grave. Someone said, 'I believe sin ought to be punished, but not for eternity.' That's your view, not God's. 
Again another says, 'I don't believe in the wrath of God.' Then you don't believe your Bible. The Bible says the wrath of God abideth on the one who doesn't believe in Jesus Christ. He is lost forever. 
Now, these things come to us out of the Word of God. The teaching of eternal punishment should give us a hatred for sin. We ought to hate sin. The reason we have changed so much in this day in all of our churches is that we are not hearing much on this subject. Therefore, we endorse sin. We engage in sin. We camouflage the sin in our lives and allow things to go by, instead of hating sin as God wants us to hate sin . . . 
The teaching of eternal punishment should give us a passion for the souls of men.” 
SOURCE: Dr. Lee Roberson, from the book, “Disturbing Questions... Solid Answers,” chapter 16, pp. 196-198; copyright, Sword of the Lord publishers, 1978.
I couldn't have said it any better. Pastor Lee Roberson is correct—believers are no longer passionate about soul-winning because of sin tolerated in our churches, because pastors have stopped preaching about Hell. Who cares anyway? Today's ecumenical clergy cannot discern one Gospel from another, going along to get along, promoting dozens of corrupt nationally-known ministers who propagate ANOTHER GOSPEL, and sanction three-dozen different Bible translations. Can we really consider this of SOUND MIND?

There are literally thousands of ways to die! Life Will Be Over Before We Know It. Here's a news story about a 13-year-old boy who died after from having cheese thrown at him (he was allergic to it).


Death Is Final, So Please Be Prepared

As we read earlier, in the first helpful quote I shared with you, it doesn't matter so much how a person dies. What does matter is whether or not you are ready to enter into eternity. Are you ready Freddie? Death is final! There is no such thing as the Roman Catholic invention of Purgatory! You won't find any such teaching in the inspired Word of God. If you have any sense at all dear friend, run (AND I MEAN RUN) away as fast as you can, from the Satanic cult of Roman Catholicism (and that includes Orthodox Catholicism too). Catholicism is a prisonhouse of religion!!! You don't want to be a part of that accursed mess!

What saith the Scripture? James 4:13-16, “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.” The wise man receives Christ as His personal Savior, so he can escape the fires of Hell and gain eternal life. You cannot go wrong with trusting (relying upon) Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, receiving His sacrifice on the cross as full-payment for your sins, believing that He raised up bodily from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). JESUS IS RISEN!!!

There are millions of unsaved religious people in this world who are familiar with the name of Jesus (demons know Jesus' name too - Acts 19:15, “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”), and many of them are even serving a superficial persona of Jesus (Matthew 7:21-23); but in reality, they have no concept that God's salvation is only obtained through the imputed righteousness of God, which is through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:3-4). Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” Satan uses religion to blind people from the saving-power of 'THE GOSPEL' of free grace (2nd Corinthians 4:3-4). A devil's favorite activity is to make religious people feel comfortable in their false hope, to con them into living the Christian life without ever being born-again! This is exactly what happened to the religious group in Matthew 7:21-23, to whom the Lord sternly said: “I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.”

Every day in the newsmedia, there are reports of people dying OF ALL AGES!!! I read yesterday about 71 soldiers being killed in Africa. And then I read about a volcano erupting in New Zealand, which has so far claimed 16 lives. I could go on for hours mentioning recent deaths. In fact, it you do the math, dividing the world's 7,800,000,000 people by the average 70 year human lifespan, and then divide that number by 365 days in a year, you get 305,283 who people die EACH DAY! Wow! That's per day my friend!!! Heaven's angels must be busy! Do a little more math and you'll discover that on average 212 people die EVERY MINUTE in the world! Our time will all come soon enough.

In 1st Samuel 4:18, the prophet Eli was old and heavy set, whom upon hearing that the Ark Of The Covenant of the Lord had been stolen by the Philistines, fell back and broke his neck so that he died. Even the healthiest man alive is still going to die. That is why the Scripture tells us 1st Timothy 4:8, “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” Please don't miss that friend; working out at the fitness center is only temporary (I say no pain, no pain...lol). However, applying the PROMISES of God to our daily lives will yield both temporal and eternal results. That is why I tirelessly spend much of my time humbly laboring on the internet through my ministry (it is God's ministry), to reach souls for Jesus Christ, “as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27b). I see Him, do you? (Romans 1:20).

Concerning the prophet Moses, we read in Hebrews 11:25-26 that he chose, “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose!!! Amen! I spent the first half of my life acquiring things, and the last half of my life losing them (i.e., lost marriage, lost home, lost retirement, lost career, lost pets, lost health, lost confidence; and I'm still losing...lol). Do you know what you get when you play a Country song BACKWARDS? Why, you get your wife back, your home back, your car back, your dog back...lol. Yeah Buddy!

Are you ready to die my earthly friend? Have you received God's free gift of eternal life through faith alone in the Lamb of God? 1st Thessalonians 4:14, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” This is The Gospel (Good News) that Jesus DIED and ROSE AGAIN! BELIEVE IT and the work is done. John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Do you believe on the only begotten Son of God? I do! Jesus is precious!!!


Titus 2:13-14, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

Friday, August 28, 2020

Lessons From The Book Of Obadiah

Obadiah 1:1, “The vision of Obadiah.  Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.” Psalms 137:7-9, “Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.”

It's 586 BC and Babylon is about to invade Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar is the cruel unsaved king of Babylon at this time. Many people are about to suffer and die in war. While this horror is all transpiring, a group of enemies are outside the city watching—the Edomites! The invasion begins! Valiant Jewish men are being killed in battle. The Babylonians are ravishing the women. Pregnant women are being slaughtered. The soldiers are burning the buildings and city. Little children are being dashed to pieces against the stones. And the Edomites are clapping their hands, cheering on the Babylonians, saying: “Destroy it all! Rase the city flat to the ground!” The Edomites were horribly wrong to rejoice in the Calamity of their neighbors, and their kin as well. Proverbs 24:17-18, “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.”

Who exactly were the Edomites? I'm sure you're familiar with the Old Testament story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis. Jacob and Esau were twins! We read that the struggle between Esau and Jacob began even in the womb...
Genesis 25:22-23, “And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
As these boys grew old, they were very different from the other in their personalities. Jacob was a mama's boy, a plain man, who stayed inside the house. Esau hung around his father, Isaac, and became an outdoors man, a skilled hunter who put food on the family table. One day Esau had been out hunting and came back so hungry that he felt faint. Jacob was so selfish that he refused to even feed his hungry brother, unless he sold him his birthright, and in a foolish carnal moment Esau did. Later, Rebekah coached Jacob how to deceive his father Isaac, to steal the blessing which was intended for his brother Esau. The conspiracy worked. Isaac was broken-hearted, betrayed by his own wife and son, and Esau was enraged with a spirit of anger and vengeance toward Jacob. 

To save her son's life, Rebekah quickly sent Jacob away to go live with her brother, Laban. I wont go through the whole story here, but I encourage you to listen to the intriguing story in the book of Genesis. Jacob was a deceiver. Jacob failed God. Jacob made mistakes in his life. Jacob was a conniving thief and a wimp. But thank God for His wondrous grace! People look at the outside of a man, but God looks upon the heart of a man. 1st Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” Twenty years later we find Jacob wrestling with the angel of the Lord (Jesus) all night long. Jacob refuses to let the Lord go, unless He blesses him. The Lord crippled Jacob, by touching the hollow of his thigh, giving him a permanent disability. Amen! God knows best!

I think the Lord did that so Esau would feel sorry for his crippled brother. So God bless Jacob by crippling him, in my humble opinion, saving his life!!! It is interesting that God asked Jacob his name. Do you remember when Isaac asked Jacob his name and he lied to his father, saying that he was really Esau? Isaac said that the voice sounds like Jacob, but the hairy arm feels like Jacob. Had Isaac followed the voice, he wouldn't have been deceived. Amen. Isaac went by his feelings instead and was deceived! Jacob fled for 20 years, running from Esau's wrath, and now the Lord is once again asking Jacob his name as they wrestle? The Lord changed Jacob's name that night to Israel. Jacob had been a scoundrel, a schemer, a dirty thief; but now God has made him a prince! 

We should have called the Patriarchs: “Abraham, Isaac and Esau, but Esau made a bad decision, which he made way back in Genesis...
Genesis 25:24-34, “And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:  And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.”
There are a few important lessons to be learned from this intriguing story. Decisions are always connected with consequences! The magnitude of Obadiah concerning the Edomites can be seen in Genesis 25:31-33, when Esau comes in and sells his birthright"
  1. Esau didn't realize what he had - Esau failed to see what he had! All the things that he was entitled to in a birthright was traded for a $5 bowl of beef stew! Esau sold his life's birthright for a pizza! Esau reasoned within himself that a birthright wouldn't do him any good if he were dead. That is how hungry he was.
  2. Esau was more concerned about taking care of the immediate than his future - This is what the foolish Prodigal Son did, who failed to wait. Achan is another great example, who after the Battle of Jericho kept back some valuables (gold, silver and Babylonish garments), which God had forbidden. Consequently, Achan and his family were all killed as punishment (Joshua 7:20-24). The ironic thing is that if Achan had waited just one more battle, God allowed the Hebrews to keep all the spoils of war in the Battle of Ai (Joshua 8:2). Another example is Abraham and Sarah, who refused to wait for God's promise of a son, so they took matters into their own hands. Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
  3. Esau sold his birthright rather cheaply - What a discounted price! Judas betrayed the Savior of humanity for 30 pieces of silver (the price of a slave). I am amazed how many people in Scripture threw things away so cheaply! David could have had any wife he wanted, but he went after Bath-Sheba, a married woman. Esau traded his birthright. Judas sold his birthright. Lot lost his birthright. The prodigal son wasted his birthright. Samson gave away his birthright. We do the same thing, don't we.
Oh how foolish was Esau! Esau's name was later changed to Edom. And Jacob's name was later changed to Israel. Jacob became the father of Israel. Esau became the father of the Edomites. So now you can see where the family tension in Obadiah originated from back in Genesis. Since Jacob had betrayed his brother Esau, stealing his blessing and manipulating him out of his birthright, the whole extended family hated Jacob for generations that followed! So now we are in the book of Obadiah, and we see the descendants of Esau, the Edomites, rejoicing over the fall of Israel. This brings the book of Obadiah alive, knowing that the animosity felt by the Edomites toward Israel originated back with Esau and Jacob. 

Here is a lengthy passage from the book of Obadiah, indicting the Edomites for rejoicing at the calamity of their brothers and sisters in Jerusalem, as Babylon destroyed them:
Obadiah 1:10-15, “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them. But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity; Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress. For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.”
The prophecy in Obadiah 1:10 has been fulfilled...
The nation of Edom was literally “wiped off the map”; so much so that skeptics of the Bible argued that they were a mythical people. Henry Morris, in his book, The Bible and Modern Science, relates the discovery of the Edomites and its significance, “Edom and Edomites are mentioned time and again in the Bible, but were completely forgotten in secular history until the nineteenth century, when references to them were found in Egyptian and Assyrian monuments.  Thus the critics, who had maintained the Edomites to be legendary, were again routed” (p. 33). 
As the Bible records and archaeology confirms, the Edomites, the descendants of Esau (Gen 36:9), lived high in the clefts of the rocks (Jeremiah 49:16), southeast of the Dead Sea.  George Davis describes Petra, the capital of Edom, this way, “Petra presents a stupendous sight with its rock-hewn buildings, carved out of the very mountainside itself, of beautiful rose-red stone.  It was practically impregnable from the assault of enemies.  There was just one long canyon-like entrance, where a small force of soldiers could protect the city from being taken by a large army” (Bible Prophecies Fulfilled Today, pp. 50-52). 
Though Edom lived high in the rocks, God said He would bring them down, even if they made their fortifications reach the stars (Obadiah 3-4).  Not only did Obadiah predict the downfall of Edom, but so did Joel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Malachi- six Bible writers in all.  And, these men not only predicted the defeat of Edom, but their disappearance- a disappearance so complete as to make the skeptics laugh about their very existence.
SOURCE: Old Paths Monthly - The Disappearance Of Edom | Download .pdf
The Edomites dwelt in the safety of the mountains for thousands of years, located to the southeast of the Dead Sea. They thought they were invincible, and they would have been as a nation, if had they had simply not rejoiced in the calamity of Jacob's descendants (Israel). The mountainous land that once was Edom, speaks for itself concerning its eternal demise:
“Today the land stands deserted, a mute testimony to the sure Word of the Lord.  Petra is a remarkable example of the literal fulfillment of prophecy.  This great ancient capital with its theatre seating 4,000, its temple, its altars and its monuments, is now silent and alone, decaying with the passage of time.” —David Higgins, “The Edomites Considered Historically and Prophetically” 
“Scorpions and owls abound among its ruins.  Burckhardt, one of the boldest and most daring of travellers, says he never knew what fear was until he came near Petra.  At nightfall the jackal is heard from the top of the rocks, answered by another far up the Wadi.” —Herbert Stewart, The Stronghold of Prophecy, p. 71 
“I would that the skeptic could stand as I did, among the ruins of this city among the rocks, and there open the sacred Book and read the words of the inspired penman, written when this desolate place was one of the greatest cities in the world.  I see the scoffer arrested, his cheek pale, his lip quivering, and his heart quaking with fear, as the ruined city cries out to him in a voice loud and powerful.” —Alexander Keith, Evidence of the Truth of the Christian Religion, p. 339
Malachi 1:4b makes a disturbing statement toward the Edomites, “The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.” Wow, I would hate to be a descendant of Esau! We ought never rejoice in the calamity of others. If king Zedekiah and Israel had obeyed the Lord, they would not have been destroyed by Babylon in 586 BC. They got what they deserved! Yet, the Bible still says it was wrong for their neighbours in Edom to rejoice, as if they had done it to Israel themselves! And these were more than neighbours, they were family! It was in a real sense, the battle between the Hatfield and McCoy families! 

Even today in 2020 we see certain groups of people hating others, because of bad things that happened decades (if not centuries) ago! All across America Antifa and the liberal media are inciting hatred between blacks and whites, still making an issue of slavery that happened back in the 19th century. They are doing the same thing as the ungodly Edomites, hating the descendants of people who had absolutely nothing to do with slavery. The Edomites weren't rejoicing because sin was being punished, but because it was payback in their minds for what Jacob did to Esau. 

Likewise, many blacks rejoice when they hear of bad things happening to white people, blaming them for the injustices of slavery which happened centuries ago. God sees this woeful wickedness! So you had better be careful what you think in your heart toward others, because God is weighing your thoughts in the balance. Proverbs 24:12, “If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?” 

And God forbid that someone should hurt a child of God. Matthew 18:6, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.If we are to truly love our neighbour as our self, then we cannot rejoice in the pain, loss and suffering of others. God sees every man's heart and, all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:13b). The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Amos, Obadiah and Malachi all prophesied concerning Edom. The King James Bible is the inspired Word of God!

We read in Psalms 137:7-9, “Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.” The word “rase” means to tear something down to ground level. The Edomites hated the Israelites so much that they wanted Jerusalem torn to the ground by Babylon. Jerusalem was utterly destroyed in the aftermath of Babylon's invasion. Since the writer of Psalm 137 mentions these things, we know that the writer was alive after the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. In his helpful book called: “The Story Behind The Psalms,” Pastor Jack Hyles says he thinks Ezra was the writer. I agree. Granted, we know that God Himself is the divine Author of all the Holy Bible! 

Bible students tend to think that all the Psalms were written by king David, but in fact David only wrote about half (73 of 150) of them. There were at least seven known writers: the sons of Korah, Asaph, Solomon, Ethan, Heman, Moses and others. And as I just shared with you, I believe Psalm 137 was written by Ezra. I found this helpful hand drawing online...



It is clear to determine from reading Psalms 137, that the writer himself was carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon and is now in captivity (verses 1-3). It is also clear to see that the writer is hurting in his heart, reminiscing the ungodly vindictive spirit of the Edomites, while all this evil befall the Jews. Could you imagine if the infamous Golden State Killer broke into your home, and while he was assaulting your family, your neighbours were watching next door in delight through their window, clapping their hands and cheering the assailant, doing nothing to help? That is exactly what the Edomites did to the Jews. God was so angry that He forever cursed Edom. Malachi 1:4, “Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.

We learn from the book of Obadiah, the devastating and lasting impact that wrong decisions and sin can have on a person, and generations to come! This all began with a woman, Rebekah. We read in Genesis 27:6-29 that Rebekah masterminded the whole plot, and conspired with Jacob to deceive Isaac. That was a wicked thing to do! So many saints don't want to wait on God to do things in His way, time and place. So they manipulate the situation. Pastor Jack Hyles has a great MP3 sermon about this topic called: “Either Let Me Do It God, Or Do It My Way!” That is what Abraham and Sarah sinfully did, getting Hagar pregnant instead of waiting for God to keep His promise. That is what the political powers behind the present-day state of Israel sinfully did in 1948. God promised that He would restore the nation of Israel when the Jews repent toward God (Hosea 3:5-6). The Jews have not repented toward God yet! So modern-day Israel is a counterfeit, just as was Ishmael, not the son of promise, not the fulfillment of Bible prophecy!

Little did Rebekah know, that her ungodly manipulative behavior would cause an entire nation to form (the Edomites) who hated Jacob's offspring! Think about that. Likewise, it was Haman's ungodly wife, Zeresh, who came up with the horrible idea to build a gallows 75 feet high, to hang the innocent Jew Mordecai upon (Esther 5:2). Instead, Haman and Zeresh's ten sons were hung on those very same gallows, as Mordecai watched in complete safety and exoneration of the false accusations against him by wicked Haman (Esther 9:14). God turned the table on wicked Haman and his foolish wife Zeresh. Her big mouth cost her her husband and ten sons. Think about that! She lost her entire family because of one idea she blurted out! Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

The book of Obadiah is an intriguing part of the Word of God. There are so many practical truths that we can glean from this wonderful book of the Old Testament. Just these nine verses in Obadiah convey so much meaning, when cross-referenced with other passages in the Bible. Our great God cares about people. We see that time and time again in the Scriptures. It is sad to see such lingering hatred many generations later. You'd think that at some point people would learn to let go, trust the Lord, and love each other. Galatians 5:14, For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.By God's grace, may every born-again believer choose to walk in the Holy Spirit, so that we will love one another, which is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25).

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