False Teachers -Titus 1

 

  In the first chapter of Titus, Paul instructs Titus on godly living, selecting godly elders and warning others of false and misleading teachers. The bible tells us many false teachers have gone out into the world and in the last days, there will be many more.  In 2 Timothy 4, we are told that  a time is coming (and is it here now?) when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

( To find Titus: Matthew, Mark , Luke, John, Acts, Corinthians, GEPC (General Electric Power Company – my way of finding Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians ) then the books beginning with the letter “T” follow in alphabetical order…)

Interesting side note from Paul in Titus 1: God promised us eternal life/salvation before the world began- that’s amazing to think about.

  • Description of the Elder’s/Bishop’s /Church leader Titus was to appoint over the cities:
  1. blameless
  2. not heavy drinkers or not given to wine
  3. husband of one wife, faithful to his wife (1 Tim 3)
  4. not quick to anger
  5. not self willed
  6. faithful
  7. all children must be believers and not rebellious or wild (also in 1 Tim 3: For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?)
  8. not be arrogant
  9. not be violent
  10. not be dishonest with money
  11. must enjoy having people in his home, love hospitality (also in 1 Tim 3)
  12. love what is good, wise, just and holy
  13. must be devout, disciplines
  14. must be strong in His beliefs in God’s Word, hold fast to what he has been taught
  15. must encourage others with wholesome teaching
  16. be able to show those who oppose where they are wrong
  17. warn the unruly 1 Thes 5:14
  18. comfort the feeble minded 1 Thes 5:14
  19. support the weak 1 Thes 5:14
  20. be patient with all men 1 Thes 5:14
  21. see that no one renders evil to another 1 Thes 5:14
  22. a life above reproach 1 Tim 3
  23. exercise self control, live wisely, have a good reputation 1 Tim 3
  24. must be able to teach 1 Tim 3
  25. must not be a new believer 1 Tim 3
  26. people must speak well of him, well respected 1 Tim 3
  27. they must be committed to the mystery of the faith 1 Tim 3
  28. Their wives must be respected and must not slander 1 Tim 3
  29. their wives must exercise self control and be faithful 1 Tim 3
  30. they present themselves to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15
  • In Comparison, Paul warns of deceiving teachers: Be Careful! Withdraw yourself from such- False Teachers 

 

  1. Preach Salvation with twisted words- teach things they shouldn’t be teaching
  2. They turn families from the truth, cause people to err (also Jer 23:13)
  3. full of false teaching
  4. They do it for $$money $$
  5. greedy
  6. lazy and gluttons
  7. they have turned from the truth
  8. They proclaim they know God, but their lives deny it by the way they live
  9. disobedient
  10. in their works, they deny God
  11. obsessed with arguments 1 tim 6
  12. don’t teach the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ and the doctrine that accords with godliness 1 tim 6
  13. proud 1 tim 6
  14. know nothing 1 tim 6
  15. secretly bring in destructive heresies 2 Peter 2
  16. many follow their destructive ways – (but the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment 2 Peter 2)
  17. they exploit with deceptive words by their covetousness and greed 2 Peter 2
  18. they speak evil of things they do not understand 2 Peter 2
  19. they feast with you with eyes full of adultery and cannot cease from sin 2 Peter 2
  20. entice unstable souls along the path of destruction 2 Peter 2
  21. they have forsaken the right way and gone astray 2 Peter 2
  22. they follow the way of Balaam who loved the money, fame, popularity of unrighteousness 2 Peter 2
  23. they are wells without water, reserved for the blackness of darkness forever 2 Peter 2
  24. Cause people to stray Micah 3
  25. they chant ” Peace!”  Micah 3 , Jer 23:11-
  26. “haters of the Lord. pretend submission to Him” ps 81:15
  27. they work in the Lord’s house and are profane and wicked Jer 23:11-
  28. they speak visions from their own heart, not the mouth of God Jer 23
  29. To all who “walk according to their own ways, dictates of their own heart, they proclaim, “No evil shall come upon you” Jer 23
  30. They proclaim they have dreamed a dream but it is a lie
  31. try to get people to forget His Name by their dreams Jer 23
  32. They steal words from others Jer 23
  33. They can do signs and miracles Revelation
  34. “They transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.  And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” 2 cor 11
  35.  transform themselves into ministers of righteousness 2 Cor 11
  36. They comfort in vain and speak delusions Zechariah 10
  37. the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood Jer 8:8 – be careful with what you read, weigh it with God’s Word
  38. come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matt 7:15

Paul instructs Titus to STOP THESE FALSE TEACHERS and BRING THE PEOPLE BACK  (  I just read that same thing in Haggai this morning, that He calls the people to return to Him)  Make them strong in the faith, stop listening to Jewish myths, religious myths and commands of men. We must stop and check ourselves and our beliefs- traditions? commands? Are they myths and commands of men deep rooted in our teachings/beliefs or are they the Truth of God’s word?

Looking at #8 above – ” They proclaim to know God, but their lives deny it by the way they live”, ask yourself does my life proclaim not only that I know God, but that my life honors Him. Do my words, my works, my actions, my thoughts, music i listen to, shows I watch, entertainment – Am I an example of a godly life that honors God?

 


 Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord,“And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Jer 23:28-29

 

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-false-teachers/

What brought me to this study today? I decided to read and study Haggai and Titus this morning. There was so much to learn and meditate on  . I believe it’s almost everywhere, it saddens me. Sometimes it’s so obvious and other times it’s hidden, it creeps in slowly.

I have a lot more verses to share and interesting facts about Balaam, maybe I’ll have time to post later.

For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Mt 24:24

https://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/gatekeepers-watchmen-you-are-to-speak-out-the-lord-has-called-you-out-to-be-bold-today/

Salvation for the Jewish People : Valley of Dry Bones

  Then I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds so they did not blow on the earth or the sea, or even on any tree.  And I saw another angel coming up from the east, carrying the seal of the living God. And he shouted to those four angels, who had been given power to harm land and sea,  “Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.” Revelation 7:1-3

 

 What might the winds in the passage represent? (Jer 49:36-37, Daniel 7:2)

If I wasn’t recently reading through Ezekiel, I probably wouldn’t have caught this, but hear me out.If we search the scripture to find out more about the 4 winds we see that at times the 4 winds scatter people, they also release the beasts from the sea but in Ezekiel 37 – the chapter on dry bones- the 4 winds bring breath into the bodies formed from the skeletons in the valley. (Keep in mind: Rev 7 talks about the tribes of Israel being sealed immediately after the verse about the 4 winds)

 ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’” Ez 37:9b

Before we can move on, let’s go over some things from Ezekiel 37 so you can see this come together. (And hey! Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong-Is Ez 37 symbolic? Or is it specific? Or is it both? Who knows!  that’s my disclaimer) Here’s what we know about the bones in Ezekiel 37.

  1. The bones are in a valley vs. 1 (Joel 3:14- could this be the valley of decision?)
  2. The bones are the people Israel 11 – “The whole house of Israel”
  3. They are bones of people who once lived and died vs 3
  4. They died in their sins because they needed to be cleansed vs 23
  5. When they were given new life, they were given God’s Holy Spirit and they would return to their land- this hasn’t happened yet so we’re going to say it’s talking about the last days
  6. They stood on their feet and became a great army. Also Zech 12:8, could this also be the army of Revelation 19:14? (That’s debatable, but they are considered a great army that goes out and fights for the Lord in the last days, no talk of white robes though- only those died in tribulation)
The Valley of Dry BonesPhoto: flickr artist Loslwl https://www.flickr.com/photos/loswl/4830572938

Okay so here we know that the 4 winds gave breath/life to the whole house of Israel that died. Notice also the very next verses in Revelation 7 talk about the tribes of Israel being sealed. Also, notice the winds weren’t allowed to harm the earth or sea (yet) but we don’t know if this wind just caused the prophecy of Ezekiel 37 to come to pass. In Rev 7:4, the People of Israel were marked with the seal of God and in Ez 37, they were given God’s Spirit (v14).  What is the seal of God? Consider the verses below

  • 2 Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
  • Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
  • Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye aresealed unto the day of redemption.
  • 2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

So considering the word seal and the verses above, let’s move on knowing that these tribes of Israel are sealed for salvation by the Holy Spirit.

But how did this happen? Well we know the bones were given new life, but we have more clues to this moment. Let’s go to Zechariah

  • Zechariah 12:8-10 On that day the Lord will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the Lord who goes before them!  For on that day I will begin to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died

Look at this! Zechariah talks about the last days and a Spirit of grace and prayer poured out on the family of David. Does this prove the Holy Spirit’s seal of revelation 7 and Ezekiel 37? Possibly! We are told, in the verse above, that the people of Israel will see Christ, the Messiah, His piercings and mourn for Him as an only son, as a firstborn son who has died.

  • Ez 39:29  .  And I will never again turn my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit upon the people of Israel. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!

Could this also be the valley of decision, since we know the bones were in a valley Ez 1 and Joel 3:14-16 talks about a valley of decision in the last days?

  • Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Putting this together: The dead of Israel are given new life, they see and believe in Christ and are sealed by God – but there’s more! Let’s move on because Jesus is going to cleanse them on this very day with water, a fountain, river :

  • Zechariah 13:1 “On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity.
  • Ezekiel 47:1 The River of Healing ] In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side.
  • Ez 36:25-27 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.  And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.

More Proof that this chapter in Zechariah is about the Last Days:

  • Zech 14:1-9Watch, for the day of the Lord is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you! I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem.Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he has fought in times past. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart,On that day life-giving waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half toward the Dead Sea and half toward the Mediterranean,] flowing continuously in both summer and winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth.

I know there’s more , but for attention’s sake, let’s put some things together, assuming these verses are talking about the same day, time and moment.

This is between the 6th and 7th seal of Revelation. There will be a day and a time that the Lord God will rise of the dead of Israel who died in their sins and give them new life and a new spirit. (Consider  1 Thes 4:14-17 link in to prove  this – the dead will rise first, and also salvation is for the Jew first and then the Gentiles Romans 1-2 which may prove the Jews rise first and are given a new spirit then the dead in Christ rise up before those alive on earth rise up- and maybe this is why Jesus tells many they will see the Son on man returning on the clouds- because they will be alive again!!!)

More proof! And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.Matthew 24:30

They will be sealed with the Seal of God and nothing will be able to harm them on earth. They will see Jesus, they will mourn for Him as an only Son. A river of cleansing will cleanse them from all their sins. They will be a great army for the Lord and will rise up in the last days to fight for Him.

  •  Are these 4 winds the same 4 winds in Ezekiel that give life to Isreal?
  •  Are the tribes mentioned in Revelation 7 that are sealed the same army that God rose up out of the valley?
  • Is this the valley of decision from Joel?
  • Is this where the people of Israel see Him who was pierced and mourn for Him?

Joel 3:21- the last days war, God will pardon the peoples sins that He has not yet pardoned

Jer 3:26
Oh, my people, dress yourselves in burlap
and sit among the ashes.
Mourn and weep bitterly, as for the loss of an only son.

***Alert reader, Marilyn just brought up a great point – when exactly does this happen? Is it before or after the 1000 year reign on earth because clearly Revelation 20 tells us the Christ reigns on earth with those Martyred in the last days but what about the rest of mankind, what about Revelation 19 when Christ and His army wages war against the ungodly on earth.  When do the dead rise up? If it’s before the 1000 year reign, where are they if they are not on earth with Christ, and would it be after the 1000 year reign…..and then when exactly is the wedding feast?
  Is the 1000 years the same as the new Jerusalem… or maybe everyone is there and only those martyred reign as kings and priests, but again I thought we would all be priests ministering for Him.
   Another question was, what about the Pharisees -Jesus asked God to forgive them because they didn’t know what they were doing- so what happens to them…and He also told  the Pharisee that he would see Jesus descending down from earth.
    This is what is so awesome about God’s Holy Word. He will reveal things to us at just the right time. I don’t claim to know anything, but there is something here – a putting together of a puzzle piece, a mystery – that we will one day understand. God’s word is God’s word and interpretation, theory and ideas belong to man. Only the Holy Spirit can guide us into Truth. Ask for guidance, have a berean attitude, searching the scriptures when you are taught anything. God bless!!!

What’s in the Quran? Khalifa Koran and bible prophecy

What’s in the Koran? Is it really different than the bible? Is Allah the same God as the God as Israel? Who is the long awaited Promised One spoken from ages past? Is it Jesus or was it Mohammed?

Let’s start with the Quran translated from the original by Khalifa, Ill use a few other versions if necessary for understanding.

Khalifa uses this verse many times : Quran 3 :19 The only religion acceptable to God is submission.

Most people wouldn’t have a problem with this verse, which is exactly the idea. Allah wants them to find common ground. In fact, the coined term is : “A common term between us and you”.  It calls for peace between Christians and Muslims HOWEVER…looking at the verse above we have one discrepancy and that is the definition of ‘God’. (if you see the term ‘people of the book’ or ‘people of the scripture’, it refers to Christians and Jews)

It is believed by Muslims that the quran is  the new purified scripture. The old testament and the new testament are filled with errors and mistakes so Mohammed, through the visions he saw of the man/angel giving him new messages in order to purify and edit the old scripture. brought forth the purified version. Hence, we now have the quran aka  the final testament.

Khalifa’s second verse he uses to find common ground with Christians is the following :
Quran 2:62, 5:69 Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, and the Christians, the converts; anyone who
1- believes in God, and 
2-believes in the hereafter, and 
3-leads a righteous life, 
will receive their recompense from the Lord; they have nothing to fear, no will they grieve.

Sounds good, right?  We can all find some truth in that, BUT again we come down to what god? Who are you serving? Who do you believe? The bible tells us that Jesus is the only way to salvation, He made a way for us to be before a Holy God. He made us right before God. All through the old testament, there needed to be a sacrifice so we could be made right before God. Yet Allah says Christ was never crucified, it was only made to seem that way so Christians would be deceived.

Proof: 

  • That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- [171] O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: chapter 4:157-171
  • Say: “If (Allah) Most Gracious had a son, I would be the first to worship.”  Glory to the Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of the Throne (of Authority)! (He is free) from the things they attribute (to him)! 83] So leave them to babble and play Allah says there is no Son It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son.

Again, let’s read the last part of the verse above:  Quran 2:62. 5.69 above say that all who believe including Christians and Jewish will receive their recompense from the Lord and have nothing to fear if they believe and lead a righteous life.

What’s wrong with that verse? Well, for starters it shuts up Christians and Jews – who – whaaa? oh? ohhhh, so allah accepts Christians and Jews – really? Let’s look whats really written:

  • Allah actually curses them : The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! Q30
  • In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: “Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every – one that is on the earth? Surah 5:17

Allah and denies the Son

  • 5:60-65Say “Shall I inform you of something worse than that, regarding the recompense from Allah: those (Jews) who incurred the Curse of Allah and His Wrath, those of whom (some) He transformed into monkeys and swines, those who worshipped Taghut (false deities); such are worse in rank (on the Day of Resurrection in the Hell-fire), and far more astray from the Right Path (in the life of this world)…... Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do mischief. And if only the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) had believed (in Muhammad SAW) and warded off evil (sin, ascribing partners to Allah) and had become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V.2:2) We would indeed have blotted out their sins and admitted
  • The people of the book reject the truth and will not depart until they see clear evidence. Those who reject the truth ( the people of the book) will be in hell fire to dwell in , for they are the worst of creatures. But those who have faith and do good deeds are the best of creatures, and their reward is gardens of eternity. 98:1
  • say people of the book, do you disapprove of us, for no other reason than that we believe in allah, and the revelation , and perhaps that most of you are rebellious and disobedient 5.59
  • People of the book wish they could turn muslims back to infidelity only because o of their selfish envy 13:109
  • People of the book say only they enter paradise, but they say it with vain desires, say ‘prove it’ 13:111
  • Even if you were to bring to the people of the book all the signs, they would not follow. They follow their own desires and are indeed clearly wrong S 2:5  .
  • And they say: “None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian.” Those are their (vain) desires. Say: “Produce your proof if ye are truthful.” Chapter 2 111 

I’ve only just begun…. we’ve only hit the introductory pages with specific scripture on the first pages . Lets go to the Quran introduction page – Proclaiming One unified religion for all people by Khalifa ( God help me)

This specific Koran (there are a few translations) starts off quoting 5 scriptures from the Holy Bible that they believe prove that Mohammed was the long awaited one prophesied through Moses and Malachi. Let’s start off with the introduction page in the quran that tries to confirm that Mohammed is the messenger purifying and unifying the old and new testaments into the final testament as stated in 3:81

Quran 3:81 God took a covenant from the prophets, saying “ I will give you the scripture and wisdom. Afterwards, a messenger will come to  confirm all existing scriptures. You shall believe in him and support him. He said “ Do you agree with this?, and pledge to fulfill this covenant?” They said, we agree and He said You have thus borne witness and I bear witness along with you.

Here’s another version of the same verse:  And [recall, O People of the Scripture], when Allah took the covenant of the prophets, [saying], “Whatever I give you of the Scripture and wisdom and then there comes to you a messenger confirming what is with you, you [must] believe in him and support him.” [ Allah ] said, “Have you acknowledged and taken upon that My commitment?” They said, “We have acknowledged it.” He said, “Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses.”

The above verse is saying that God asked us to confirm our belief of the Messenger to come and believe in Him.   God gives scripture and wisdom…sounds good. A messenger will come to confirm all existing scripture….. but wait! What messenger came to confirm all existing scripture? Was it Mohammed as he claimed himself to be or was it Jesus, who fulfilled over 300 old testament prophecies? Below we dive further into scripture to discover who this messenger is using the quoted scripture on the introduction pages of the quran:

They believe that Mohammed is God’s messenger as described and they quote Luke 17:22-36 to prove it:

 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see the day when the Son of Man returns, but you won’t see it.  People will tell you, ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here he is,’ but don’t go out and follow them.  For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man comes. But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation.

 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.  In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.  Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home.  Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!  If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.  That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.” “Where will this happen, Lord?”] the disciples asked. Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”

It’s very interesting that they will point out this verse to prove Mohammed was one the world was waiting for, saying part of the scripture is true and yet deny that Christ suffered because plainly it is written along the same lines in the very next sentence:  But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation” In other words, parts of the old and new testaments are selected and other parts are deleted and refuted.

According to the Khalifa quran (supported and read by 70-85% of Muslims), God’s messenger will purify the scriptures and unify them into one universal message – according to the Koran, this happens to be Mohammed. However as far as purifying or unifying of the scriptures – we see instead a new book written claiming that the other two were completely wrong. Mohammed’s “purification” was nothing more than denying Christ as the savior, denying the resurrection, denying the cross, denying the Jewish people and their promises from God, denying salvation through Christ and a deep rooted hatred for Christians and Jews.

Another verse noted by Khalifa, author of his translated quran is Matthew 27: 24 as proof as Mohammed being the messenger:

“For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes”

He’s trying to tell us that the savior to come was Mohammed…. But let’s look at the full context of this scripture:

26 “So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! 27 For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. 28 Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.29 “Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened,  the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky,   and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.[h] 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world[i]—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.

They claim this verse was  Mohammed but …was Mohammed’s appearing in the heavens? No it wasn’t. Was there deep mourning when he arrived? No sir. (actually if you read Zechariah 12 below, mourning is mentioned among the Jewish tribes when THEY LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY HAVE PEIRCED- you see God has a salvation plan for the Jews. God loves them with an everlasting love, yet allah despises them them and wishes them to hell fire)  Read Zechariah 12

10 “Then I will pour out a spirit  of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died. 11 The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo…..On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity

Look at that – “the one whom they pierced”. this is prophecy fulfilled in Christ, yet allah says this is not true. God promises a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins, there is no such promise for the Jewish people from allah.

Do you see how they are completly opposite? One God has a Son and loves the Jewish people, He came to save the Jew first and then the Gentile. Yet allah, on the other hand, has tossed aside all scripture and prophecy even though we know it to be fulfilled in Christ. He denies the Son. Scripture tells us that the one who denies the son is an antichrist.

Look again at the scripture quoted above that they believe describes Mohammed: Did Mohammed have his own angels he could send out with a mighty blast? No, in fact, if you read Mohammed’s book, he had no idea who it was that was giving him this new testament. It was his blind cousin who said : It must be the angel Gabriel! In fact, if you read biographies on Mohammed, they say that Mohammed was concerned that it was a jinn (demon) or one who was transforming himself into light as to deceive.

Also mentioned by Khalifa, quran translator,  as a prophecy of Mohammed is the old testament verse Malachi 3:1

“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

According to this verse, Khalifa claims this is referring to Mohammed, but this verse comes up again in the New testament  Matthew 3, let’s take a look:  Pay attention!

As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind?Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces. Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet.10 John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,

‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    and he will prepare your way before you.

11 “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is! 12 And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing,[d] and violent people are attacking it. 13 For before John came, all the prophets and the law of Moses looked forward to this present time. 14 And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come.[e] 15 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

You see, Jesus tells us clearly that John was the one prophesied about in Malachi 3, not Mohammed.  But since Mohammed  “purified”  himself into the position of John and Jesus, it’s up to you on what you ultimately decide to believe.

Most importantly we know and were warned :

If someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough… For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  2 Corinthians 11:2-4, 13-15

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” Galatians 1:8-9

Khalafa was a smart educated man, he spent his life studying the quran and works of Mohammed, yet with all his knowledge, he did not have wisdom from God. For all the worlds knowledge is foolishness to God. He has trapped the wise in the snare of their own cleverness. (1 Cor 3:19)

As I finish today’s word…and I’ve only just begun, the scripture that comes to mind is :

Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful 1 Corinthians 1:27

“The heart of many will grow cold” – or has it already begun? Matthew 24. HWC- the global current sweeping through the world (Heart Waxing Cold)

 Has your heart waxed cold? Has your mind strayed away from God’s principles? False teaching, worldly influences and a spirit of wickedness have slowly manipulated people. This wickedness is waiting to rule over you.

Ask yourself, who comes first?

  1. you?
  2. God?
  3. mayyyyyybee other people (but only if you like them, and they’re nice)
  4. animals? (not that animals aren’t important, but let’s get real here – most people love their dog more than their neighbor)

Don’t you see what is about to come upon us? Jesus warned us in Matthew “the love of many shall wax cold”

In Matthew’s verse “Love of many shall wax cold”, the Greek translation is: the agape love of many people shall turn “physco”. The meaning in bible dictionaries for this term is cold/ breath and or blowing. Physcros and physco are both translated in scripture as cold.  Further research for a Greek definition of physco revealed the following: related to the soul, mind, also a study related to the body, nature, medicine or the physical world.

The word cold in this verse from revelation :“So then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth”is psychros meaning : cold, sluggish, inert, in mind. This version of word is used 3x. It seems, in this verse, to be a metaphor for cold personality- a cold mind.

 “the love of many shall wax cold”

Here are the options that this verse may mean:  In the last days, the love of many will grow:  uncaring, unloving, worldly, selfish, making our own ways, worshipping nature, following worldly ideas, medicated, worshiping things of the world….worldwide just as a current of wind blows through an area so this wickedness will try to consume all.

2 Timothy 3 goes into greater detail: “In the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Put others first!

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Phil 2

This week, I was studying the story in Matthew about how Jesus fed the 5000. Jesus had actually gone away to get rest after John the Baptist had died, but the crowd followed Him. I noticed how Jesus put the crowd before His needs. He needed rest, He was probably deeply saddened by John’s death and maybe also consumed with what was ahead for Him. He wanted to have quiet rest time and prayer with the Father, but He put his needs aside for all the people. This is the true shepherd, He laid down his life and all He had for us. Don’t get me wrong- we all need time to rest and pray- But Christ put the people’s needs first and trusted God to give Him the rest He needed. It makes me consider myself and times I have pushed my kids aside because I wanted my own time, or times I have ignored someone who needed my help because of my own selfishness. Often we need to remind ourselves – it’s not all about us. Me, me, me!

Consider your ways

Stop for a moment and imagine today was your last day. You are before the Lord God, would He say this to you ?

My child, I gave you much time and had a plan for you, what have you done with the time I’ve given you? Do you know how much of your day you gave to your own selfish wants – the computer? The television?  ………….. So much needed to get done, so many harvesters were needed. Why don’t your children know Who I AM? Why didn’t you come when I called you? Why did you choose the world over Me? Where is your gold and what can you buy with your money now? I was hungry and you ignored me, I was thirsty, but you turned your head. I was lonely but you didn’t care. I wanted to be your friend, I reached out for you, but you scoffed and turned away.  I kept knocking, but you didn’t open  the door. You honored me with your lips, but you knew your heart was far from Me.

The Sweeping Current of cold self centeredness aka  HWC (heart waxing cold) the new earthly phenomenon.

I sense it, do you?  It’s as if this selfish cold hearted spirit is knocking at my door waiting to rule over me. I have to remind myself to love others. In fact, I’m finding these last few weeks a real test and a struggle to be caring and loving to others. If I wasn’t grounded in the word and prayer I know I would not have noticed it. Maybe there is an intense war for God’s people going on right now that we don’t see. A verse that comes to mind as I write this is from Revelation 12 Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them[a] in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 1Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Heart waxed cold HWC headlines: from propheyupdatenews.com on 1-7-14

HWC: Boy, 13, Kills Cousin Over Xbox…
HWC: Man fatally stabs wife in argument over cable bill…
HWC: Stockton Couple Accused Of Dismembering Roommate, Burning Torso In Campfire
HWC: California priest beaten to death with wooden stake, metal gutter pipe

How does our enemy work?

First, he tries to steal the Word of God from our hearts. Once that is done, we soon begin to make our own ways and our own man made laws. Second, he tries to distract you from God’s word and promises. He sends arrows of doubt, fear and worry into your thoughts trying to destroy your faith. Thirdly, he gains a choke hold over you and blocks out God’s word through deceit, riches and all the world has to offer.

Matthew 13:19-Therefore hear the parable of the sower:  When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.  But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.  Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.  But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

What can we do?

We can begin by putting on the warfare we have been given in Ephesians 6 and living by the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. Revelation tells us we can overcome the wicked one by “the blood of the lamb and by our testimony”. 2 Timothy gives us more insight: follow right doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance,  persecutions and afflictions.

“ But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

Who comes first in your life?

Your pet? Your neighbor? Yourself? God? Your club? The poor? The rich?

Let’s talk: Recently a dog in my neighborhood needed to be put to sleep. He was paralyzed, deaf and blind but a sweet lady tried to help him. A local organization raised $15,000 to help the animal get wheels for his back legs, physical therapy in a pool, and weekly psychology visits – I’m not kidding you. He lived about 7 months before he died. It was amazing to see this outpouring for a dog- surely it was a kind gesture, but I don’t see the same kind of love outpouring for people. It doesn’t take a lot of searching to find someone in need. How few reach out to help the people around us who are struggling.

Here’s something else that bothers me – SeaWorld’s Blackfish episode. The outpouring for the whale and mother has been astonishing. Singers have cancelled events at the theme park and it’s made a mess for them. Now I don’t know much of SeaWorlds reply, and certainly the situation bothers me, but let’s get real. If we really want to close down SeaWorld, let’s close down pet shops, fishing fleets, zoos and hey! Wait a minute- do we get the same outpouring of concern for the 60 million aborted babies?  Today is January 17th, since the new year began, 1.8 million babies have had their skull crushed and brains vacuumed out ( A hollow tube with a knife-edged tip is inserted into the womb. This instrument is then connected to a vacuum machine. The vacuum suction, 29 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner, tears the fetus and placenta into small pieces which are sucked through the tube into a bottle and discarded or a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus. The teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the unborn child. This process is repeated until the fetus is totally dismembered and removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove them** from Lifesitenews.com.) or had chemicals/salt poured over their bodies until they die. Where’s the nation’s uproar for that? No – somehow in our “psycho/physcros” minds we seem to care more for an animal than we do for a struggling mother with children or a small infant in a mother’s womb. This certainly is the generation of phychros – those of a cold mind towards people.

Sidetrack: I have to give a Shout out to SeaWorld Orlando for saying MERRY CHRISTMAS! I was in shock! Coming from happy holiday land (lauderdillians), I was amazed that a theme park would not only proclaim Jesus but have praise songs to Him all day long! Whoohoo for SeaWorld. In the first week of January, we walked through the gate and heard blasting through the park “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing. Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!

The shops at SeaWorld had nativity sets and children’s books of Jesus!  So yay for them, for being one of the last standing establishments to honor Christ. As my family was leaving, this song echoed through the park.

 “Come, adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the newborn King 
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
See Him in a manger laid Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth! Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, With us sing our Savior's birth. 
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

Okay, so I got off track, but I had to share that good news with you. Let’s go back to our study……..

We were talking about the coldhearted people in the last days. As Christians- I want you to ask yourselves if you have in anyway become cold. Keep your eyes open to your ways and thoughts; be careful not to become coldhearted and uncaring for others. I believe there is a strong current, like a mighty force, sweeping through the land that we all would become uncaring and unloving to others. Another definition used for this word is breath- putting it all together – it’s as if a strong current is sweeping over people turning their hearts cold towards others.

Besides selfishness, I think sometimes we can become cold hearted by the cold heartedness of people around us, but we can’t let that influence us.  Jesus is our example of how we should treat others. He didn’t fight or shout, not did he break the weakest reed (which means he didn’t crush those already brokenhearted and weak). He asked forgiveness for those who crucified Him, can we find that same forgiveness and mercy for others within ourselves?

Hear the Word of the Lord:

 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,  and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.2 Timothy 3 1-17

Revelation 3:15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth

Matthew 24 : Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),  “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.  Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.  Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[d] is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[g]49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Dear Lord,

What has happened to us? Has the current of filth and worldliness caused us to drift so far we don’t realize our ways anymore? Lord, open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to your call. Set our feet back on the right path and give us discernment when we start to slip. I know you are always there for us, but keep us from honoring you with only our lips and not our hearts. Give us a love for others as Christ has. Teach us to consider others above ourselves. Forgive for our cold self-centeredness. Let us be a light in this world that would lead others to your kingdom. Give us a love for others, give us a heart of mercy , a heart of grace and forgiveness as you have showered upon us all through Christ your Son, In Jesus name, Amen.