First things first….

First and foremost you should be paying attention to Christ. He is the Author and Finisher, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. Nothing was made without Him. Nothing gets past Him. He is our intercessor and our complete sacrifice. He is the Only One we should be lifting up.

I seek to lift Him up daily. He is the One who wrote Revelation. He is the one who talked to the disciples on the Mount of Olives. He is the ONLY ONE who can open the Scroll with the Seven Seals. No ONE ELSE IS WORTHY! It is not the Antichrist who does it, not the Church, not the world’s religions, ONLY JESUS.

The reason for this, HE is the God who became a living, breathing, bleeding CREATION and DIED and CAME BACK TO LIFE. Anybody who denies this is upholding the spirit of Antichrist. Buddha didn’t die for you, Muhammad did not die for you, Vishnu did not die for you, the planet Venus did not die for you. There is NO OTHER MESSIAH.

That being said, we MUST listen to what He said, “If the master of the house had known at what hour the thief would come he would have stayed awake.”

Jesus did not say this to threaten us, or sell an impossibility. We CAN know the TIME of the End. He said just like we can see the forsythia blooming outside (OKAY the “fig” but we here in Dahlonega have the forsythia and pears busting out…) We should keep our oil lamps filled up and KEEP WATCH. We can know, Paul said we could. Jesus said we could. We could KNOW the season without a doubt. Previous generations could not say that. We can.

We are about to see unprecedented things come upon the world as we know it. I am NOT a conspiracy theorist, I am a disciple of Christ. I do not care what the Illuminati is doing, I care about what the Word says, Satan is and has been doing. And it just so happens that he (I refuse to capitalize his “h” *grin*) is behind nearly ALL of the major world religions, world powers, empires, economic, political, and spiritual. He ALWAYS has been.

Don’t you see? He is the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air, the dragon. He is cast down to earth knowing his time is SHORT. He is seeking those he may devour. He is working in the workers of iniquity. He has “children” of his own. Those who are of the world, slaves to sin, and the realm of the wicked.

He has always operated in this capacity since the garden of Eden. You say, “But God is the Sovereign here.” Yes and no. GOD ALLOWED IT! He ALLOWED Satan to be in control here for the time being, whether we like it or not. That is what happened. You can ask Him why when you get to Heaven. If you’ll just please believe that He did it for the best possible GODLY purposes and TRUST HIM. I’m not going to go into the “problem of evil” here…..thank goodness…..

HOWEVER, Satan is here. He’s at work. He’s doing nasty terrible things nobody wants to talk about. The few who are willing to talk about it are called quacks, fundamentalists, spiritual warfare freaks, doomsayers, apocalyptic maniacs, fear/hate mongers and many other terrible names.

Having said that, Satan is PRIMING the world for Antichrist. He hasn’t had this big of a job since helping Rome conquer her Empire.

For instance, there are now 7 billion people in the world, (not between 200 & 400 million as in Jesus’ day). There are about 195 countries, probably more than 1,000,000,000 TV’s in the world, and 22 major world religions (not to mention the 1000’s of minor ones, and myriads of sub-sects, etc.)….

I believe he has been planning this grand scheme since day 1. Since the Tree. He has been planning it and it is coming to fruition. It has been put on fast forward over the last 100 or so years, but he’s been at it a LONG time.

All he has to do is this: get rid of God. And set himself up as god. No big deal right.

Well it turns out humans are pretty pathetic. They believe that they are wretched, flawed, lonely, small in the universe, unsuccessful at life, and in need of a god. They know their crops fail, their children die, that plagues kill, and that old age wrinkles the body and brittle’s the bones. They have a hard time believing that God does not exist. They look to the skies, build statues, perform rites, and offer sacrifices. They write tomes, go on quests, and seek their souls. They have a deep need for God.

So Satan has to re-write human history and literature, reinvent human technology, and reprogram human thought. He has succeeded.

He has succeeded in doing this since he was allowed to change some rules in the 1800’s. Ideas like this had been around MUCH longer, but they became global in scale, because during that time, EVERYTHING began to be global in scale. The 1800’s was the dawn of globalism. God had kept it nicely in check with flood, confusion of languages, distance, and lack of technological advance. God was about to allow something that had been painstakingly slow previously. He was about to allow the acceleration of human ability and cooperation through technological advances. He pressed the fast forward button on time and history, hurtling us to the end of our very existence, knowing that the fullness of time was about to “come in.”

Planes, trains, automobiles, computers, wireless technology, atom bombs, biotechnology, ALL OF IT. MAJOR MAJOR exponential advances that could have taken humans 1000’s more years to come up with on their own. Who assisted them?
Why the lord of this world, of course. He has been doing it for a long time if you have read the book of Enoch. If not, you can see him doing it through pagan innovation to have more money, power, possessions, longevity, etc.

See, the great Satan wants to make HUMANS gods. He wants to make humans think that they are gods. He knows he does not have the power to overthrow God. He knows he cannot convince them that he is God. But he knows that God did something rather silly, in Satan’s mind anyway it is downright hilarious. He knows that God gave humans the ability to overthrow Him. But only temporarily. In their lifetime. While they are alive, they can throw off God and say, “never the less, I will“. God made humans with the ability to CHOOSE Him. Free will. Choose me, or not. Have it your way.

Why does Satan think this will help his campaign? Because he knows if they throw off God during their lifetime, they are AUTOMATICALLY UNDER HIS MILITARY CONTROL. It’s the rules. He has temporary dominion over earth, he’s the commander here for the time being, and he can have all the people he wants. As long as they dis God.

So back to why he wants humans to think “they” are god…. Humans are rather dumb. They have never seen planets created, universes organized, angels assembled. They are under the shadow of a sin sick, illness laden, black cloud of a planet. They are “new” in the cosmic scheme of things. They are babies. He can control and manipulate them.

Throughout history he has been fooling them with idol worship, animal worship, crazy winged creature worship, land worship, king worship, ocean worship, sky worship, all kinds of insane things. They are easy prey. (Remember how pain filled our lives are, how short-lived, how frail.)

Well now he has the PERFECT religious system to catch them with. It is just a delightful mish-mash of ALL of them. And, as always with Satan, it has just enough of a kernel of truth in it to make it seem truly perfect. If you don’t know any better.


To Be Continued….
See Part II for further elaboration on this not so new religious system.

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Law & Grace

May 20, 2008

Law and grace are two opposite ways in which God deals with the human race. We can describe them as dissimilar principles under which He tests man. Or we think of them as two covenants that He has made with His people: “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
Under the principle of law, man receives what he earns or deserves. Under grace he is spared from what he deserves and is enriched beyond description- all as a free gift. The two principles are described in Romans 4:4, 5: Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Grace and law are mutually exclusive; that is, they cannot be mixed……. .. If by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace” (Rom. 11:6).
Law is a conditional covenant: God says, “If you obey, I will reward you, but if you disobey, I must punish you.” Grace is an unconditional covenant: God says, “I will bless you freely.”
The law says Do, whereas grace says Believe. But believing is not a condition; it is the only reasonable response of a creature to his Creator. And it is not meritorious; no one can be proud that he has believed on the Lord. He would be foolish not to believe on the only dependable Person in the universe. Under law holiness is required but no power is given to live a holy life. Under grace holiness is taught (Tit. 2:11, 12) and the necessary power is given.

Someone has put it this way: “The Law demands strength from one who has none and curses him if he can’t display it. Grace gives strength to one who has none and blesses him in the exhibition of it.” The Law brings a curse: “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them” (Gal. 3: 10). Grace brings a blessing: ” Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24). Under law boasting is encouraged, but under grace it is ruled out. “Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith” (Rom. 3:27 RSV).

There cannot be any assurance of salvation under law: a man could never know whether he had performed enough good works or the right kind of good works. Under grace there is full assurance because salvation is a gift; you know when you have received a gift! A person under law could not have true security because he could not be sure he would continue to meet the requirements.

Under grace the believer enjoys eternal security (John 10:27-29) because his salvation depends on the work of Christ. There is no salvation by the law. God never intended that anyone would ever be saved on that principle. The purpose of the Law is to show man that he is a sinner. “By the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom. 3:20) -not the knowledge of salvation. Salvation is by grace (Eph. 2:8,9). It is the free, undeserved gift of God to those who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their only hope for heaven. Under law sin is aroused (Rom. 7:8-13); under grace it is despised. When sinful man is put under law he immediately wants to do what is forbidden. It is not the law’s fault, but the response of sin in man’s nature. Under grace, sin is despised. The memory of what our sins cost the Savior makes us turn away from them. Under law the work is never finished. That is why the Sabbath, the seventh day, came at the end of a week of toil. Grace tells us of a finished work, so we begin our week with the Lord’s Day, our day of rest.
The Law tells what man must do. Grace reveals what God has done in Christ.
The Law is a system of bondage (Gal. 4:1-3); grace is a system of liberty (Gal. 5:1). Men under law are servants; men under grace are sons.
The Law says, “Thou shalt love.” Grace says, “God so loved…”
The Law says, “Do and thou shalt live.” Grace says, “Live and thou shalt do.”
The Law says, “Try and obey.” Grace says, “Trust and obey.”
Under law a wayward son was taken outside the city and stoned to death (Deut. 21:18-2 1). Under grace the prodigal son can confess his sin and come back into the fellowship of his father’s house again (Luke 15:21-24).
Under law the sheep die for the shepherd. Under grace the shepherd dies for the sheep (John 10:11).
The superiority of grace has been described as follows: grace is not looking for good men whom it may approve, for it is not grace but justice to approve goodness; but it is looking for condemned, guilty, speechless, and helpless men whom it may save, sanctify, and glorify.

I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

 

*(From AgapeCafe – Yahoo Groups – Don’t know author.)