Stay Away from Indoctrination and Dogma

"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;" (Ephesians 4:14 NASB).

Monday, September 22, 2014

What is God's Story and Endgame Plan for Humanity?


We are all trying too hard and complicating the message of the Gospel!

The hush words of "don't talk about religion and politics, just love one another," have kept us blind about the condition of the world and what God intended from the beginning for His creation.

Genesis 1:24-26 (NLT) informs us that in the beginning of the world,  24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[a] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[b] and the small animals that scurry along the ground” (Genesis 1:24-26 New Living Translation).

God intended man and woman to be joined as one in perfect union, and to live in harmony with the perfect world He created.

Genesis 2:22-24 (NLT)
22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.

“This one is bone from my bone,
    and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
    because she was taken from ‘man.’”
24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

Adam was not deceived about disobeying all powerful and infinite God, instead Adam chose to obey finite Eve over the Lord.

Genesis 3:11-16 (NLT)
11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”

“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, you are cursed
    more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
    groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike[a] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”
16 Then he said to the woman,

“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
    and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
    but he will rule over you.[b]”

Footnotes:
3:15 Or bruise; also in 3:15b.
3:16 Or And though you will have desire for your husband, / he will rule over you.


Genesis 3:22 (NLT)

THE TREE OF LIFE TAKEN FROM MANKIND

22 Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings[a] have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!”

Footnotes:
3:22 Or the man; Hebrew reads ha-adam.

God took the Tree of Life from mankind, so that we would not live forever, because He knew that the world would become more wicked and depraved due to mankind's self will plagued by Satan. Lucifer, aka Satan, the devil, is the enemy of God and accuser of God's people (Job 1:6-11; Job 2:1-6; Revelation 12). 

Job 1:6-11 (NLT)

Job’s First Test

6 One day the members of the heavenly court[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,[b] came with them. 7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

Footnotes:
1:6a Hebrew the sons of God.
1:6b Hebrew and the satan; similarly throughout this chapter.

Job 2:1-6 (NLT)

Job’s Second Test

2 One day the members of the heavenly court[a] came again to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,[b] came with them. 2 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

3 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”

4 Satan replied to the Lord, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. 5 But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

6 “All right, do with him as you please,” the Lord said to Satan. “But spare his life.”

The Spiritual War between good and evil and God and Satan is a cosmic battle. The Bible tells us that Job was a righteous man, who did not have the power like the rest of us to not be affected by Satan. The story of Job shows us how we can become discouraged in this world and think that God abandons us, and yet still have faith that God's way is right! The story of Job pre-shadows Jesus' suffering as a righteous man, who remained faithful to God, the Father!

God knew that He needed to send mankind a Savior to defeat Satan, because mankind does not have the power without the Lord to overcome the schemes and snares of the devil.

The Gospel we preach is that Christ died to pay the penalty for mankind's disobedience---and conquered death with His resurrection to restore mankind back to the Lord!

John 3:16-18 (NLT)
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

Footnotes:
3:16 Or For God loved the world so much that he gave.


Romans 6:23 (NLT)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

God's Plan for all of humanity is that we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ has completed the work of Salvation, and all we have to do is believe in Jesus as the Only way to heaven to have eternal life after death!

Hebrews 9:27-28 (NLT)
27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

In this life, we do not have to mourn those who have died knowing Jesus Christ or fear death and worry about going to heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18(NLT)

The Hope of the Resurrection

13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died[a] so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.[b] 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died[c] will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words.

Footnotes:
4:13 Greek those who have fallen asleep; also in 4:14.
4:15 Greek those who have fallen asleep.
4:16 Greek the dead in Christ.


Do not believe religious myths about keeping rituals, the law, doctrines and Tradition(s) of men, and doing works to get into heaven. God gave the Jews "The Law" to show them how they could not keep His commands and needed a Savior! Belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to go to heaven.

Romans 3:19-20(NLT)
19 Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. 20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.


Galatians 1:6-9 (NLT)

There Is Only One Good News

6 I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ.[a] You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.

Footnotes:
1:6 Some manuscripts read through loving mercy.


John 14:1-6 (NLT)

Jesus, the Way to the Father

14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Footnotes:
14:2a Or There are many rooms in my Father’s house.

14:2b Or If this were not so, I would have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you. Some manuscripts read If this were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.

When we look at the troubles of this world that is controlled by Satan, we can either get discouraged, or realize that God is in control and has a plan. "We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one" (1 John 5:19 NLT). 

"Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live" (Galatians 1:4 NLT).

The Lord will destroy the world's false religious and political system and establish Himself as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19 and 20).

The Endgame of God's Plan is to destroy evil and make all things brand new! 

God will make all things new, and once again He will dwell amongst mankind as our God!

Revelation 21:3-5 (NLT)
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.[a] 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

Footnotes:
21:3 Some manuscripts read God himself will be with them, their God.


Revelation 22:1-2 (NLT)

THE TREE OF LIFE RESTORED TO MANKIND

22 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit,[a] with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

Footnotes:
22:2 Or twelve kinds of fruit.


Like Job, we must remain faithful to God, and lead by example, so that others may want to personally know the Truth of God, Jesus Christ, and His teachings about Salvation and righteousness (right living) as outlined in the Holy Bible. "Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32 NLT).

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:  "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).

Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the rituals, religious lies and Tradition(s) and hedonism of men and women.

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother David Johnson, XU

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1 Timothy 5:17-18 (NLT)

17 Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,[a] especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”[b]

Footnotes:
5:17 Greek should be worthy of double honor.
5:18 Deut 25:4; Luke 10:7.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Young Man concerned about Jehovah's Witnesses


Recently, I was talking to a friend's son, and he told me that his girlfriend, a Jehovah's Witnesses, has got his ear, and he is concerned about her religion. I said to him, "At least she is coming to church with you," and he said, "Yeh! But she is going to have to convert."

Hopefully, the young man, who is 23 years old, will read this post, and sit down with his girlfriend in prayer and Bible study to come to the Truth about Christ, so Jesus can be at the center of their relationship and respective lives.

The concern that I have had for years about Jehovah's Witnesses is that they complicate Christianity, think that their religion is the only true form of Christianity, and claim that only 144,000 people will go to heaven!

RELIGION IS NOT CHRISTIANITY!

The holy scriptures advise believers to not be yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), and that Christians should be of one mind (Romans 15:5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Peter 3:8; Philippians 2:2).

The Lord's Statute about forbidding His people to marry people with strange religious practices was clear to the Israelites;
Deuteronomy 7:3 (NLT) You must not intermarry with them. Do not let your daughters and sons marry their sons and daughters,"

Philippians 2:2 (NLT)
2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

But what happens when you fall in love with a person who is an unbeliever or who is a little spiritually confused? 



Now! If you are already married to an unbeliever, before you run out to divorce Court, please read the Holy Scriptures below:


1 Corinthians 7:13-14 (NLT)
13 And if a believing woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. 14 For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. 15 (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the believing husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.)

The problem I see in marrying a person that you are not equally yoked with in faith, is that you often end up having almost the opposite belief about God. I was married for 13 years, and never knew that my wife did not believe in the need for Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, until after I was divorced. Anyway, I became a prodigal son of God and married outside the church by the Justice of the Peace, and at the time was involved in syncretizing Hindu/Buddhist' beliefs and yoga with my supposed Christian faith.

I had dinner one night with the young man and his Jehovah's Witness girlfriend, and his mother. At dinner, the young lady started asking me questions about what I knew about Jehovah's Witnesses.

Jehovah's Witnesses Meetings for worship and study are held at Kingdom Halls. Jehovah's Witnesses are assigned to a congregation in whose "territory" they usually reside and attend weekly services they refer to as "meetings" as scheduled by congregation elders. The meetings are largely devoted to study of Watch Tower Society literature and their own translation of the Holy Bible.

The religion's position regarding conscientious objection to military service, and refusal to salute national flags has brought it into conflict with some governments.

The young man's Jehovah's Witness girlfriend told us at dinner that she believes that we worship Jesus and that Jehovah's Witnesses only worship God.

I think that the young lady, and Jehovah's Witnesses are confused about Jesus as both God and man, and the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! Christians pray to Jesus as our Redeemer, Lord and Advocate with the Father.

1 John 2:1 (ESV)

Christ Our Advocate

2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

My job as an evangelist is to follow 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5, and TEACH (as The Great Commission call for Christians to do twice in the King James version of Matthew 28:19-20). We must compassionately try with long suffering to help people understand the need for a Savior in this world, and help lead people back to the simplicity of faith in Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible as the only doctrine of God.

Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
19 Go ye therefore, and TEACH all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 TEACHING them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
[CAPS EMPHASIS ADDED]

2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NKJV)

Preach the Word

4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at[a] His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Footnotes:
2 Timothy 4:1 NU-Text omits therefore and reads and by for at. 

The Apostle Paul wrote:

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 • New Living Translation (NLT)

3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.

The best thing that the young man can do is to continue to date the young lady, as he and his mom seek to evangelize and lead the young lady to a better understanding of the simplicity of Christ and the Truth of the Holy Scriptures---apart from manmade religion, dogma, Tradition and rituals.

MORE ABOUT JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

In 1870, by Charles Taze Russell and others, formed an independent group in Pittsburgh, PA, to study the Bible. During the course of his ministry, Russell disputed many beliefs of mainstream Christianity---including immortality of the soul, hellfire, predestination, the Trinity, the return of Christ, and the burning up of the world. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only their religion represents true Christianity, and that other religions are part of Babylon the Great (Revelation 17) and will soon be destroyed.

Jesus Christ used a parable to warn about sin and hellfire in Matthew 18:9; "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire."

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE TRINITY—INSTEAD, THEY BELIEVE JESUS IS GOD'S CREATION AND JW BELIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD’S POWER AND NOT A PERSON.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that references in the Bible to the Archangel Michael, Abaddon (Apollyon), and the Word all refer to Jesus Christ as a Spirit. [1] However, the Holy Scriptures tell us that there is a Trinity of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

1 John 5:7-8 (NKJV)
7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth:[a] the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

John 1:1 (NKJV)

The Eternal Word

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

John 1:14 (NKJV)

The Word Becomes Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 14:6 (NLT)

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

John 14:15-17 (NKJV)

Jesus Promises Another Helper

15 “If you love Me, keep[a] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Footnotes:
John 14:15 NU-Text reads you will keep.


Titus 3:4-5 (NKJV)
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,


Most importantly, Charles Taze Russell disputed that Christ would return in the flesh to rule on earth. However, Isaiah 9:6-9, prophesied Christ's birth to flip over the mark of the beast, 666, and Antichrist government. Revelation 19 and 20 states that Christ will come again to rule on earth.

Revelation 19:11-16 (NKJV)

Christ on a White Horse

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[a] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[b] followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp[c] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

I want you, the reader, to read the passages of Scriptures below and see if you too make the connection between the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and Revelation 14 to those VIRGINS, who are going to be left on the face of the earth as a witnesses to the nations about Jesus (Yeshua), the Christ, during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 13 through Revelation 14:6-13). 

Revelation 7:1-3(NKJV)
The Sealed of Israel

7 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”

Revelation 14 (NKJV)
The Lamb and the 144,000

14 Then I looked, and behold, a[a] Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having[b] His Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. 3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed[c] from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no deceit,[d] for they are without fault before the throne of God.[e]


THE 144,000 ARE VIRGIN MEN AND THE REMNANT OF THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.

REVELATION 20:4-6
The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a[a] thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT THE BELOVED CITY OF GOD IS JERUSALEM, SEE VERSE 9 BELOW ABOUT THE CAMP OF THE EARTHLY SAINTS.

REVELATION 20:7-10
Satanic Rebellion Crushed

7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[b] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND WATCH TOWER SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS TEACH THAT JESUS CHRIST BEGAN TO RULE IN HEAVEN AS KING OF GOD'S KINGDOM IN OCTOBER 1914, and that Satan was subsequently ousted from heaven to the earth in 1914—misrepresenting Revelation 12. They believe that Jesus rules invisibly, from heaven, perceived only as a series of "signs." They believe Jesus' presence includes an unknown period beginning with His inauguration as king in heaven in October 1914, and ending when He comes to bring a final judgment against humans on earth.

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES INTERPRET REVELATION 14:1–5 TO MEAN THAT THE NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS GOING TO HEAVEN IS LIMITED TO EXACTLY 144,000, who will rule with Jesus as kings and priests over earth. [2]. Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not believe in Hell or fiery torment. Jehovah's Witnesses consider the soul to be a life or a living body that CAN die. [3]. Disfellowshipping is shunning members.

In January 1917, the Watch Tower Society's legal representative, Joseph Franklin Rutherford, was elected as its next president. Significant changes in doctrine were regularly introduced during Rutherford's twenty-five years as president—including the 1920 announcement that the Jewish patriarchs (such as Abraham and Isaac) would be resurrected in 1925, marking the beginning of Christ's thousand-year Kingdom. On July 26, 1931, Rutherford introduced the new name—Jehovah's Witnesses. By the mid-1930s, the timing of the beginning of Christ's enthronement as King, and the start of the "last days" were each moved to 1914. [4] Jehovah's Witnesses’ failed predictions supposedly approved by God keep changing!

Nathan Knorr was appointed as third president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society in 1942. Knorr commissioned a new translation of the Bible, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, the full version of which was released in 1961.

Some Bible scholars including Bruce M. Metzger, former Professor and Bible editor at Princeton Theological Seminary, have said that the translation of certain texts in its New World Translation of the Bible is biased in favor of Jehovah's Witnesses' practices and doctrines.

FROM 1966, JEHOVAH’S WITNESS PUBLICATIONS AND CONVENTION TALKS BUILT ANTICIPATION OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT CHRIST'S THOUSAND-YEAR REIGN MIGHT BEGIN IN LATE 1975, or shortly thereafter. The number of baptisms increased significantly, from about 59,000 in 1966 to more than 297,000 in 1974. By 1975, the number of active members exceeded two million. Membership declined during the late 1970s after expectations for the start of Christ’s Thousand Year Reign in 1975 were proved wrong.

Jehovah's Witnesses claim to make predictions about End Time prophecies, stating that they receive their predictions from God. However, many of Jehovah's Witnessses' predictions have been proven wrong---and they have changed their dates numerous times. God does Not change His mind!

Numbers 23:19 (NLT)
19 God is not a man, so He does not lie.
    He is not human, so He does not change His mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?

    Has He ever promised and not carried it through?

2 Peter 1:20-21 (NLT)
20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding,[a] 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

Footnotes:
1:20 Or is a matter of one’s own interpretation


We can only try and lead people to the Truth of Jesus Christ, God's Word, and inspire them to seek a personal relationship with Jesus.

We must leave the results up to the Holy Spirit---that is what it means to Preach the Word, Teach and Evangelize!

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:  "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).

Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the rituals, religious lies and Tradition(s) and hedonism of men and women.


Godspeed, love and Truth,
Brother David Johnson, XU

NOTE: If this Biblical teaching was beneficial to you, please make a donation to this mission to rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). My full time job now is to Preach the Word, rebuke in the name of the Lord false doctrines and dogma, and reprove and exhort with all long suffering (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

1 Timothy 5:17-18 (NLT)

17 Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,[a] especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”[b]

Footnotes:
5:17 Greek should be worthy of double honor.
5:18 Deut 25:4; Luke 10:7.

Footnotes:

1. Hoekema, Anthony A. (1963). The Four Major Cults. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans. p. 291. ISBN 0-8028-3117-6.

2. Penton, M.J. (1997). Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses. University of Toronto Press. pp. 280–283. ISBN 0-8020-7973-3.

3. Hoekema 1963, pp. 265–269

4. Crompton, Robert (1996). Counting the Days to Armageddon. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co. pp. 109–110. ISBN 0-227-67939-3.








Saturday, September 6, 2014

If Your Body and Feet Are Clean, You're Ready to Work!


Greetings!

Last week, I wrote about the difference between the clean and unclean, and the different type of cleaning that each type of individual needs in the eyes of God. This week, I want to dive a little deeper into why I think Jesus cleaned only the feet of His apostles.

I was praying this week, and the Lord said, "Explain the significance of having clean feet!"

John 13:6-11 (NIV)

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

By Jesus cleaning His disciples' feet, He was preparing them to put on an essential part of The Armor of God, before sending them into battle.

Often, people will travel around the world to do missionary work, and that is alright. Nevertheless, if you look down where your feet are already planted, there most likely is a need in your immediate community, or nearby neighborhood for a Godly mission!

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are some people who make grandiose plans to go into business---never thinking about the Lord's work.

James 4:13-15 (NIV)

Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

When Jesus was washing the feet of His apostles, He was preparing them to have only one job and one mission---and that was to have their feet shod in the work of spreading the Gospel.

Last week, I was inspired to write about the above Scripture of John 13:1-11, and how Jesus said that, "Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean..."

If Your Body and Feet Are Cleaned by Jesus, 
You're Ready to Work!

My friends, if you are not aware, I must tell you that we are in a Spiritual War against evil. Many people do not have to worry, because they believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. But what about the lost and spiritually confused---people who think that they can be part of the world's way of looking at and doing things.

1 John 2:15-17 (NASB)

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

Notice how 1 John 2:17 explains that the world is passing awayJames 4:14 reads, "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."

This world in its present form is Not only temporary, God is going to destroy this world and all its wickedness....God plans on making all things new without evil (Revelation 21).

Until that time, we are susceptible to the ruler of this world...

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)

4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Recognizing that this world is evil and controlled by Satan, requires that our body, mind and soul be cleaned by the cleansing blood of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life through "Easy Believism," we become a child of God.

1 John 5:1-4 (NLT)

Overcoming the World 
and Faith in the Son of God

5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ[a] has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

Footnotes:
5:1 Or the Messiah.

If Your Body and Feet Are Cleaned by Jesus, you will do your best to follow God's Word as outlined in the Ten Commandments and will accept the New Testament as your life guidebook.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.  


You're Ready to do the Work of God, once your feet are cleaned by Jesus---meaning you seek to be His disciple and to intimate Him! Next, you must put on The Whole Armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NLT)

The Whole Armor of God

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[b] 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[c] 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.[d]

Footnotes:
6:12 Some manuscripts read you.
6:15 Or For shoes, put on the readiness to preach the Good News of peace with God.
6:16 Greek the evil one.
6:18 Greek all of God’s holy people.


Ephesians 6:15 (NLT) says, "For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared, Or "For shoes, put on the readiness to preach the Good News of peace with God." We can stand firm on the Word of God and look where our feet (that have been cleaned by Jesus) are presently planted---to put on the "shoes of readiness" to preach the Good News of peace with God. Don't have one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow, and soil the PRESENT station where God has your feet planted. I can only say this, because I was about to move again this past week, because the grass seemed greener in a different part of town.

The Lord has made it clear to me that it is not enough for me to simply Internet evangelize...He has put a new family in my life to minister to along with my own three daughters. In addition, God wants me to be a pillar right here in my neighborhood---and get involved in my local church and community to preach Christ to the lost and spiritually confused!

Would you like to be cleaned by Jesus?

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:  "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).

Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the rituals, religious lies and Tradition(s) and hedonism of men and women.

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother David Johnson, XU

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Clean and the Unclean Need a Certain Type of Washing


Wow! Wow! Wow! I am amazed each time I read the Holy Bible!

John 13:1-11 (NIV)

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

Take a look back at verse 2 of John 13:1-11, and identify who prompted Judas to betray Jesus. This is the spiritual war that has gone on before the creation of the world... Satan, "The Father of All Lies," has continuously throughout the ages prompted Celestial and human beings to betray the Lord.

The devil does Not trump God! Last week, I wrote reminding people that the Lord will always present a way out of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Footnotes:
1 Corinthians 10:13 The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested.

Therefore, let's look at this issue of; The Clean and the Unclean Needing a Certain Type of Washing.

In the case of Judas in the above Scripture, Jesus knew that Judas had already made his decision to abandon the faith. What Satan had tried to use to keep the children of God scattered and apart from the Lord, actually brought the Jews and scattered children of God together.

John 11:45-55(NIV)

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.

“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”

49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.

55 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover.

GOD WAS IN CHARGE OF THE PLOT TO KILL HIS ONLY SON, JESUS, TO CLEAN AND REDEEM MANKIND

NOTE VERSE 51 ABOVE
"He [Caiaphas] did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one."

It is clear by God's Word in the Holy Scriptures, that the Jews did not kill Jesus... 

Rather God was in charge of the Plot and Play in His-Story to sacrifice His Only Son to cleanse and redeem His children!

In Jesus washing the feet of His apostles, we see the ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. Jesus explained to Peter (who did not understand why Jesus wanted to wash his feet), why there was a need for Peter to be cleansed by Jesus and what this type of cleansing meant for believers.

John 13:6-10 (NIV)

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

Have you been cleaned by Jesus?


 Are you humbly and symbolically washing the feet of other believers and non-believers by the way you take part in your church ministry---and Mission in the world?

Would you like to be cleaned by Jesus?

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:  "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).

Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the rituals, religious lies and Tradition(s) and hedonism of men and women.

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother David Johnson, XU