Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NATIONS FOUNDED BY THE GOD ARE HARD TO FIND, FOR ONLY ANCIENT ISRAEL IS RECOGNIZED AS BEING FOUNDED BY GOD. The Israel Of Today Is Not Considered To Be The Israel Of Old Because It Does Not Contain The Twelve Tribes That Came Out Of Egypt. Many people nevertheless are prepared to accept that modern-day Israel is the nation of God, but most people do not.

Those who believe in the idea of British Israelism believe that England has been favored by God above the other nations. This is because the Bible says that Jacob will become a nation and a company of nations and this has been interpreted to mean England and the British Commonwealth. Also the British Israelite advocates believe the Throne of King David has become the British Throne and this is what is meant by his line lasting forever.
A nation and a company of nations
  • And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall spring from you. (Genesis 35:11)
The House of Judah
  • Then rose up the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, every one whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. (Ezra 1:5)
  • Now these were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia; they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town. (Ezra 2:1)
David's throne shall endure as the sun
  • Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. His line shall endure for ever, his throne as long as the sun before me. (Psalm 89:35-36)
David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel
  • For thus says the Lord: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel. (Jeremiah 33:17)
The king's daughters into the land of Egypt
  • But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces took all the remnant of Judah who had returned to live in the land of Judah from all the nations to which they had been driven— the men, the women, the children, the princesses, and every person whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan; also Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch the son of Neriah. And they came into the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the Lord. And they arrived at Tahpanhes. (Jeremiah 43:5-7)
The Christadelphians website states:
  • The Kingdom of God was the Kingdom of Israel in the past (2 Chron. 9:8). It was overturned because of their disobedience, but the Kingdom will be re-established (Ez. 21:25-27). The Kingdom will return to Jerusalem (Mic. 4:8) when Jesus reigns there on David's throne (Lk. 1:32). [1] 
Ephraim is interpreted as the British Empire and the United States said to be the remnants of the Tribe of Manasseh.
  • The name Ephraim is sometimes used representatively in Scripture for the entire northern kingdom, though it can also refer solely to the descendants of Joseph’s son of that name—prophesied to become a “multitude of nations” (Genesis 48:19). Remarkably, this promise to Ephraim was fulfilled in the British Empire and Commonwealth. [2]
  • Ephraim’s older brother Manasseh was also prophesied to become a great nation (same verse), separating himself from the multitude of nations. This prophecy would be fulfilled in the formation, growth and dominance of the United States of America. [3]
Dr David Reagan writing about the United States in Bible prophecy states:
  • Those who find us in the passage point to Ezekiel 38:13 which says that “the merchants of Tarshish and all its villages” (or “young lions” depending on translation) will speak out against the invasion. The argument is that Tarshish is Britain and the “villages” or “young lions” are the English speaking nations like the U.S. and Australia that were founded by British immigrants. [4]
There is evidence of blessing upon the nations that are believed to have been the inhabited by the Lost Ten Tribes. Whether this is a case of finding nations to fit the prophecy or whether this is what is meant by the prophecies is up in the air as far as many people are concerned.
Meanwhile, God laughs at what the nations of the Earth do, as they oppose Him and decry His laws as impotent and unworthy of acknowledgement. Once the nations of the Earth are judged, then the Kingdom of Lord Jesus Christ will reign over the planet (Psalm 2:1-8). This is when all the nations will be blessed for a one thousand year period (Revelation 20:4-6).

Monday, February 27, 2017

EVEN THOUGH THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN JESUS OF NAZARETH AND MUHAMMAD ARE VERY OBVIOUS FROM READING THE GOSPELS AND THE KORAN, MANY PEOPLE SEEM TO HAVE DIFFICULTY IS DISCERNING THESE DIFFERENCES. This Leads One To Suspect That People Are Not Educated Or Have A Limited Understanding Of Write From Wrong and Right From Wrong. But when people are indoctrinated to believe the lies of evolution and that men were born in girl's bodies and other lunacies, there should be no surprise that identifying the difference between a Savior and a savage becomes difficult.

There are many differences that are evident in the lives of Jesus and Muhammad. The most notable are the works testified to have accompanied Jesus’ public ministry. For during a period of two years, [1] Jesus performed some incredible miracles and raised three people from the dead. This ministry culminated in Jesus being raised from the dead, after having been condemned to death and crucified on the cross of Calvary, for nothing other than that people hated Him and preferred to release a murderer.
  • Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barab′bas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he was wont to do for them. And he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barab′bas instead. (Mark 15:6–11)
  • And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified.” So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:23–26)
Significantly, Jesus had a forerunner who testified of Him and announced His arrival. In this regard, Jesus did not appoint Himself. Rather another person anointed of God bore witness to Jesus as being the Son of God.
  • Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know,even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness, “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”(John 1:29–34)
Importantly, we would have to say that apart from the fact that Jesus empowered people with the Holy Spirit, after He had been raised from the dead, and His message spread without having to turn people into cowards, so that they would submit to the disciple’s message upon the threat of death. Christians died willingly rather than deny the Son of God. True Christians have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the joy of salvation. In the days when Christians were fed to lions, they had no doubt of Lord Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. For them to be martyred for the name of Lord Jesus Christ was an honor.
The distinctiveness of true Christianity is the willingness to believe that God will honor His word and glorify His name in those who keep His Word and lay down their lives for the sake of others. War and fighting are not what God has for Christians. If they were, Jesus would not have told His disciples that they would be known by their love for one another (John 13:34-35). Those who do not practice are not Jesus’ disciples.
Not to tell the truth and warn people of the dangers ahead is to be unloving. The truth needs to be articulated, nonetheless, even if it is a warning that is scoffed at, or people feel that exposing their folly is not nice. We who know the truth have to share it. However, telling the truth does not mean beheading people, if rejected. Jesus set the example, when Pilate asked Him what is truth (John 18:38) and when He was arrested (Matthew 26:51-53).  Consequently, those who take up their cross and follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24) are doing what is required of a Christian.
What is clear, Muhammad did not see fit to take up his cross and follow Jesus. Neither did Muhammad have a forerunner as Jesus did in John the Baptist.

ROMAN CATHOLICS HAVE MANY DIFFERENT TEACHINGS THAT CONTRADICT THE BIBLE BUT ALSO TEACHING THAT IS FOUND IN THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD. The Bible Bears Witness To Lord Jesus Christ And Those Who Do Not Submit To Him Individually Do Not Belong To Him. When Lord Jesus Christ returns to Earth in physical form He is coming to bring judgment and peace.

Called Roman Catholic to distinguish them from the Universal Church that does not submit to the Vicar of Christ in Rome, those who are members of this organization subscribe to the idea that the world will eventually come under its reign. Once the reign of the church is complete then the day of judgment will happen.
The official Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
680 Christ the Lord already reigns through the Church, but all the things of this world are not yet subjected to him. The triumph of Christ's kingdom will not come about without one last assault by the powers of evil.
681 On Judgment Day at the end of the world, Christ will come in glory to achieve the definitive triumph of good over evil which, like the wheat and the tares, have grown up together in the course of history.
682 When he comes at the end of time to judge the living and the dead, the glorious Christ will reveal the secret disposition of hearts and will render to each man according to his works, and according to his acceptance or refusal of grace. Catechism of the Catholic Church, part 1,section 2,chapter 2, article 7
Whether this is what individual Roman Catholics really believe is another matter; for many think it is okay to disobey what is required of people by the Lord God and see nothing wrong with seducing innocent children, even raping them. Not only this, there are the issues of the Pope claiming to have the power to authorize people, who have died, to answer prayers, and instruct adherents to pray to these individuals, even erecting statues of them for parishioners to bow before as they make their requests. Contrary to the Bible, marriage is prohibited for priests and nuns. Then there is the portrayal of Jesus still being on the Cross and the priests using magic to turn the wafers into the very person of Lord Jesus Christ (transubstantiation). Not to mention the many murders and massacres of people that have been done by Roman Catholics authorized by the Pope in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ.

  • You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
  • Any one who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:15)

There is a difference between pointing out iniquity and committing murder. Those who are of the truth hears the words that are true.

  • They are of the world, therefore what they say is of the world, and the world listens to them.  We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. (1 John 4:5-8)

The irony is that within the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are statements that are true, but it is the doers of the truth who are saved, not the those who call upon the name of the Lord to do the work of the Devil. Therefore, when we read what some of the Catechism states, concerning the judgment, we read the true words of Scripture.

Christ reigns through the church but not through the Roman Catholic Church that promotes many mediators between man and God.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

THE BIBLE IS SAID TO BE THE WORD OF GOD AND BY READING IT PEOPLE CAN OBTAIN LIFE; LIKEWISE THE SAME IS SAID OF THE QURAN. The Truth Is That We Can Be Influenced By What We Read, But This Depends Upon Whether What We Are Reading Makes Sense. The argument about which book makes the most sense, the Bible or the Quran, will depend upon how much the person reading them desires the truth.

Much depends upon the reason for reading the Quran or the Bible. If the reason is to find points for criticism then nothing is going to change. If the reason is to prove the truth of the either book, then views could change.
A person who reads the Bible just to say that they have read it will not learn anything. Likewise, we can expect the same with the Quran.
I attempted to read the Bible at the age of twelve but gave it away as a boring book that just listed genealogies. I did not get to read about the flood of Noah. Moreover, I was reading the King James Version and I found this a turn off, period.
Some eight years later, the second time I began to read the Bible, I read a paraphrased version called The Living Bible. This time I was able to read everything up to, and including, the book of Job. My impression was the Creator was the judge of the Earth and a God of justice. After that I met Lord Jesus Christ, having sought God to show Him to me. Then, after having met Lord Jesus, the Bible came alive and I read the book of Matthew (Chapter 1 to chapter 17:13) some twenty times for some reason. It was as if I was lead to do this.
When I read the Quran, I was about twenty-six. I found the Quran to be uninspired, repetitive, boring and a very trying read. Muslims I spoke to told me that this was because I was reading an English translation; whereas, in the Arabic, the Quran is inspirational. I tried reading another English version but gave up very quickly. Later on, as part of a comparative religion course I had to read extracts from the Quran. Since then I have read various passages to see what the Quran actually states, when people have given me cause to do so.
When having read some of the Bible twice and I was still bereft of knowing the truth of what I read, I decided to seek the resurrected Jesus. However, upon reading the Bible after I became a Christian, I discovered that it had become very meaningful and contained disguised truths about the Creator’s plan for mankind.
Unless any other book impresses me in the same way as the Bible does now, it would not register as divinely inspired as far as I am concerned. When I read the Quran, there was nothing there that registered as being inspired by God. The same when reading other texts that I have read—the exception being some of Matthew Henry’s Commentary On The Whole Bible.
A person who is genuinely seeking the truth will question everything. The Quran says that we are to honor the prophets and believe in One God. These prophets are those in the Bible. The Old Testament of the Bible says that God has a Son. The New Testament states that those who deny the Son of God do not know the Father (1 John 2:23).
If anyone were to read both the Quran and the Bible, the logical conclusion would be that if the Quran says that we are to believe the prophets, this is what we have to do. Therefore, if the Bible says that God has a Son who has to be acknowledged in order to know the Father, following the current line of logic, this is what we ought to do. Moreover, not to see whether the Son has risen from the dead would be unscientific and evidence of a lack of genuineness in one’s quest for the truth.
From the Quran Tafsir Ibn Kathir website [1] that discusses the idea of whether Allah Honored Some Prophets Above Others we read:
Allah states that He has honored some Prophets to others. For instance, Allah said,
﴿وَلَقَدْ فَضَّلْنَا بَعْضَ النَّبِيِّينَ عَلَى بَعْضٍ وَءَاتَيْنَا دَاوُودَ زَبُورًا﴾
(And indeed, We have preferred some of the Prophets above others, and to Dawud We gave the Zabur (Psalms)) ﴿17:55﴾.
In the Ayah above, Allah said,
﴿تِلْكَ الرُّسُلُ فَضَّلْنَا بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ مِّنْهُمْ مَّن كَلَّمَ اللَّهُ﴾
(Those Messengers! We preferred some of them to others; to some of them Allah spoke (directly)) meaning, Musa and Muhammad , and also Adam according to a Hadith recorded in Sahih Ibn Hibban from Abu Dharr.
﴿وَرَفَعَ بَعْضَهُمْ دَرَجَـتٍ﴾
(Others He raised to degrees (of honor)) as is evident in the Hadith about the Isra' journey, when the Messenger of Allah saw the Prophets in the various heavens according to their rank with Allah.
If somebody asks about the collective meaning of this Ayah and the Hadith that the Two Sahihs collected from Abu Hurayrah which states, "Once, a Muslim man and a Jew had an argument and the Jew said, `No, by Him Who gave Musa superiority over all human beings!' Hearing him, the Muslim man raised his hand and slapped the Jew on his face and said, `Over Muhammad too, O evil one!' The Jew went to the Prophet and complained to him and the Prophet said,
«لَا تُفَضِّلُونِي عَلَى الْأَنْبِيَاءِ، فَإِنَّ النَّاسَ يَصْعَقُونَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ فَأَكُونُ أَوَّلَ مَنْ يُفِيقُ، فَأَجِدُ مُوسَى بَاطِشًا بِقَائِمَةِ الْعَرْشِ، فَلَا أَدْرِي أَفَاقَ قَبْلِي أَمْ جُوزِيَ بِصَعْقَةِ الطُّورِ؟ فَلَا تُفَضِّلُونِي عَلَى الْأَنْبِيَاء»
(Don't give me superiority above the Prophets, for the people will become unconscious on the Day of Resurrection, and I will be the first to be resurrected to see Musa holding on to the pillar of Allah's Throne. I will not know whether the unconsciousness Musa suffered on the Day of the Trumpet sufficed for him, or if he got up before me. So, do not give me superiority above the Prophets.) In another narration, the Prophet said, (Do not give superiority to some Prophets above others.)
The answer to this question is that this Hadith prohibits preferring some Prophets above others in cases of dispute and argument, such as the incident mentioned in the Hadith. The Hadith indicates that it is not up to creation to decide which Prophet is better, for this is Allah's decision. The creation is only required to submit to, obey and believe in Allah's decision.
Essentially, what the Quran Tafsir Ibn Kathir website tells us is that what each prophet has stated, especially, Moses and David, is on a par with Muhammad. But when we read what the Bible states and then seek out God to show us the truth because we do not want to be deceived, we have to acknowledge David had two Lords.
  • The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool.” (Psalm 110:1)
This has to make us think how can the Prophet say that there are two Lords when God is One. Unless, of course, the Heavenly Father has a Son. This issue was raised by Jesus in the Gospels.
  • But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet.’ David thus calls him Lord; so how is he his son?” (Luke 20:41–44)
Could a Christian, who knows Lord Jesus Christ (as I do), change his or her views? Impossible. Could a non-Christian have their eyes opened to accept the Bible? Mine were. Could a person who does not know Lord Jesus Christ read both the Bible and Quran and become a Muslim and denounce the Bible as a forgery? Certainly.
What we want to believe, we will believe. However, if we are genuinely seeking the truth, we will question everything to see whether it will hold up under scrutiny and not permit preferential bias or a closed mind to rule our thinking.
The reality is nobody asked to be born into this world. Nobody asked to be born just to die. Nobody (unless they possess eternal life) has any answers to how a life governed by death can be meaningful? It is the sign of insanity to even try. So the only way we can find the truth is to go straight to the source of Life.