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Straight Talk…God’s Glory & Resurrection, Rodna Epley

Posted in Gospel, Resurrection, Rodna Epley, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2018 by paulthepoke

RodnaThe power of God is in His glory. Romans 6:4 tells us that it was the glory of the Father that raised Jesus from the dead!

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

What’s really cool is that in John 2:19 Jesus set Heaven’s alarm clock for this to happen when Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

This wasn’t just prophetic as we know the word prophetic. Jesus’ words went into the future and set the timer for Him to be raised from the dead by the Father’s glory!

Jesus was operating in His Father’s glory, the same glory He gave us in John 17:5,22, which is activated by the spoken Word! Wow! His Word amazes me! The fact that we too are supposed to operate in this same glory is even more mind blowing.

John 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

John 17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one…


– So Jesus raised Himself from the dead by His own spoken prophetic word.

John 2:19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

– The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead.

Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

– And the glory of the Father raised Jesus from the dead!

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

The THREE raised Jesus from the dead as ONE!


Revelation: Laodicea, Do Something!!!

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2018 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:14 And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

Jesus is explaining to the church at Laodicea He is talking to them. And He is defining aspects of His character. These are the words of the…

Amen…ἀμήν: verily, truly, so let it be.

Faithful…πιστός: trustworthy, believing.

True… ἀληθινός: real, genuine, literally made of truth as a source.

He is not just faithful and true, He is “the” witness. There is a Greek definite article in front of “witness”. A definite article is a point of emphasis. He is “the” One.

the beginning of God’s creation.

Jesus Christ is the “beginning” or the ἀρχή/arché. He is “the” beginning in a sense of time. He is “the” preeminent ruler. He ranks first. He is “the” chief. He is in charge of God’s creation.

Jesus is talking and this is what He has to say.


Revelation 3:15 I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!

This is a plea from Christ. Do something! Show some passion for the cause of the church. How about some zeal! Jesus would even be okay if you were against Him. At least be cold hearted. Get off your butt and get in the game! Come on!


Revelation 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

The church is described as “lukewarm” or χλιαρός/chliaros. The word can also be translated as tepid.

I will spit you out of my mouth.

This is a classic example of where the translators do us no favor. Jesus is not going to “spit”. This is the Greek word ἐμέω/emeó.

In today’s vernacular, “I will vomit…”

The Lord has a bad taste in His mouth.

Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance.


Revelation: Philadelphia, His Name is Yahweh

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2018 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:12b …And I will write on him the name of my God…

Jesus will write on the believer the name of His God. His name is Yahweh.

The topic of God’s name has been addressed previously to the church at Sardis. God takes the time to repeat the concept of His name to the church at Philadelphia. It bears repeating.

YHWH (scholars refer to this as the Tetragrammaton, Greek for four letters) is the proper name of the Hebrew God of the Bible. The correct spelling is YHWH. Note there are no vowels in this term. Vowels from the name Adonai were substituted and the term Yahweh emerged. Jehovah is a word that has been translated to English from the Hebrew, Yahweh. The name for LORD is Jehovah. It means the existing one. This name is so sacred, Jews refuse to pronounce it. The name is first introduced in Exodus 3:14 when Moses and God are having a discussion. His name is a statement of existence.

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

If one is looking for proof that God created or God exists, you are wasting your time. It is assumed. God is eternal and self-existent. God always has been and always will be. God was before the creation.


Not only does Jesus write the name of Yahweh on the believer, the believer is sealed with the Spirit of God. There are at least 12 verses in the Bible confirming the work of the Spirit in His people.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.

All three persons of the triune God are involved: Father, Son, and Spirit. To borrow a line from Stevie Wonder…

Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours.

This name is a promise for all eternity. We see this at the end of Revelation in New Jerusalem. These are the closing comments of the Bible.

Revelation 22:4 They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.



Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , on January 1, 2018 by paulthepoke


One of the best feelings you will have is having peace in your life. The way to get peace is trusting in God & avoiding negativity in your life. God wants peace for us all, but you can’t have it by depending only on ourselves & others. Peace comes from God. Strive for peace my friends.

Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Romans 14:19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace & mutual upbuilding.

Have a peaceful year my friends!!!

Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2017 by paulthepoke

prayerI’ve always believed in God, but for a long period in my life I hardly ever prayed. I may go to our Father in Heaven when I wanted something, but that was about it. Now I pray every day, sometimes several times a day. I go to God to give thanks. I go to Him to pray for others. I go to Him seeking continued happiness. I go to Him for pretty much everything. I believe He wants that kind of relationship with all of us. You don’t have to be eloquent with words to have a conversation with God. Talk to Him like you do with anyone. He wants to hear what’s in your heart. Give it all to Him & have faith that He is listening. He will give you exactly what you need.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.

Matthew 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe you have received it, and it will be yours.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Have a praying week my friends!!!

The Religion of Scientism…Featuring Phil Kulis

Posted in Phil Kulis with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2017 by paulthepoke

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


There are lots of things I don’t understand about the cosmos. But in all my years of reading what “scientists” say about the cosmos, it hasn’t instilled confidence in Scientism. On the contrary, the high priests of scientism mathmagically conjure up dark matter and dark energy. They claim it makes up 96% of the universe. Scientism has yet to say what or where it is. Especially now they’re finding out that dark matter doesn’t exist. Their God denying belief system appears more and more absurd.

Scientism attributes randomness to the cause of life. Yet, scientism can’t explain how unconscious, inanimate matter becomes self-aware, aware of other matter, and aware of a supposed goal and purpose beyond matter (that is, self-improvement for its own sake). Neither can scientism explain irreducible complexity. This doesn’t instill confidence in scientism.

When the high priests of scientism have continually changed their estimate of the age of the universe by exponential factors to shoehorn their belief system, it doesn’t instill confidence in their belief system of scientism.


Meanwhile atheists rail against those who believe in God and say they “reject science”. No, believers don’t “reject science”. Science is a method of investigation, not a belief system. Those who believe in God reject scientism which poses as scientific. Scientism summarily rejects anything whatsoever to do with the non-material, which is just as real as the material. It is the atheistic scientism types who are the ones rejecting reality.

The atheists accuse those who believe in God as believing in the “God of the gaps”. The areas of knowledge and understanding do not explain away God.  Scientism thinks God only exists beyond the areas “conquered” by scientism in the minds of believers who are presumed to lack scientific understanding. They believe as science advances scientism will eliminate God.

But that is the furthest thing from the truth. The truth is the explanation of all things confirms God. Their profession of the “God of the gaps” beyond the frontier of understanding actually proves God.

The atheistic advocates of scientism don’t have the answers. They’re just angry with a God they say doesn’t exists. They’re desperately trying to prove wrong the inevitability of their choice for eternity.

Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Hanukkah and the Prophet Haggai

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2017 by paulthepoke

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that starts in the ninth month of the Hebrew year, the 25th day. The ninth month is Kislev.  The holiday lasts 8 days.

In 2017, the holiday will start at sunset on December 12 and runs through December 20 as followed on a Gregorian calendar.

Hanukkah in the Hebrew means “dedication”. The holiday celebrates the re dedication of the Jewish Temple. The holiday began in roughly the 2nd century before the birth of Jesus Christ. The Maccabean Revolt was led by Judas in 167-160 BC. The revolt kicked Antiochus out of Jerusalem. The Jews recaptured the Temple.

The Jews only had enough oil for one day to relight the menorah. But the oil managed to burn for eight days in the Temple. In memory, Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah is not a God appointed feast holiday. It is not part of the Mosaic Law.


Jesus celebrated Hanukkah. The Gospel of John indicates his participation.

John 10:22-23 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.

The event is the Feast of Dedication. And that is exactly what Hanukkah means in the Hebrew language. The city was Jerusalem. The time of the year was winter. The location is the temple, specifically the colonnade of Solomon. Jesus was there walking around the temple.


At this time, let’s introduce the prophet Haggai. The prophet pinpoints a specific time in history. Haggai 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king… The second year of the reign of Darius is 520 BC. Darius was the king of Persia. 520 BC is the year of the writings of Haggai. (Nelson Complete Book of Bible Maps & Charts)


Haggai’s writings pre date the festival of Hanukkah by roughly 350 years. Haggai’s writing begin on Elul 1. This is the beginning of the season of Teshuvah or repentance. He begins with a call to repent.

Haggai 1:1b …on the first day of the month…

Of interest is the date referenced three times by Haggai, the twenty fourth day of Kislev. This is the day before the beginning of Hanukkah. Is Haggai alluding to the Festival of Lights?

Haggai 2:10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet…

Haggai 2:18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid, consider:

Haggai 2:20 Then the word of the LORD came a second time to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying…

Israel is declared a sinful unclean nation by the Lord God.

Haggai 2:14 Then Haggai answered and said, “So is it with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the LORD, and so with every work of their hands. And what they offer there is unclean.

Despite their sin, despite Israel’s rejection of God, despite receiving God’s judgment…God keeps His promises and Israel is His possession.

Haggai 2:19b “…But from this day on I will bless you.” -LORD


The last time this date, twenty fourth day of the month, is mentioned by Haggai, it comes with a prophetic promise to us in the 21st century.

Haggai 2:21-22 “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, and to overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and overthrow the chariots and their riders. And the horses and their riders shall go down, everyone by the sword of his brother.”


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