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Jude: Once For All

Posted in Gospel, Jude with tags , , , , , , on November 14, 2018 by paulthepoke

Jude 1:3b …I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.

Jude’s message of the gospel is intent, earnest, and urgent. With deep feeling and dire straits, Jude informs that he παρακαλέω/parakaleo or appeals to readers. παρακαλέω/parakaleo as defined by Strong’s Concordance means: to call to one’s side, call for, summon; to address, speak to, (call to or upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, teach, etc.; to beg, entreat, beseech; to encourage, strengthen. The grammar indicates Jude’s intent is continual or as a matter of habit and lifestyle. Jude is pleading with all his heart, soul, and mind.

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Believers are called to chronically contend with intensity for the faith. Faith in what? Faith that was once for all. This is Greek word ἅπαξ/hapax. Simply put it means “once for all”. This is a reminder of the cross work of Jesus Christ. This is how Jesus manages sin, “once for all”. Christ’s one and only death is enough to cover the sins of the planet across the ages.

With Jesus, forgiveness of sin is not a one-time special offer. “For this year only…” No, you can come to Jesus any time you want. Now would be a good time. It does not have to be a special year or date. When Jesus dealt with sin, it was taken care of once and for all time. All people are covered if they are accepting of His effort and payment.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.

Romans 6:10a For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all…

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 10:10 And by that will, we have been sanctified through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Who is this for? The saints.

 

But, Jude is changing course and topic…

 

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Sanhedrin Encourages Temple to Jerusalem Mayoral Candidates, November 2018

Posted in Prophecy, Sanhedrin, Temple with tags , , , on November 11, 2018 by paulthepoke

Matthew 24:15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) …” -Jesus

November 2018: An election for the mayor of Jerusalem is to be held this upcoming week. A mayor’s term is for five years.

The Sanhedrin of Israel is back in the news. The Sanhedrin reconvened in 2005 after a 1,600-year absence. Who is/was the Sanhedrin? They are/were a group of 71 members of Israel’s best rabbinical sages. The group was made up of members from the Pharisees and Sadducees back in the day. The Sanhedrin is/was lead by the High Priest. (Holman Bible Dictionary). Today, they oversee legal matters and future construction of the pending third temple.

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The Sanhedrin has issued a letter to both candidates. The focus of the letter is the building of the third Temple. Here are some Sanhedrin quotes from the letter.

“With God’s merciful approval, one of you will be chosen as head of the city, may it be built and made ready for its ultimate purpose. We call on the candidates as well as the voters to make choices based on truth and on the main aspect of Jerusalem, which is the building of the Temple.”

“Avoiding this essential issue endangers the existence of the city and its identity as the capital of Israel, thereby endangering Israel itself. Every Jew and all of humanity are commanded to ascend to the Temple Mount.”

“We expect you, as candidates, to relate to this role the city has as home of the Temple. This subject is not simply a matter of religious belief but must also be expressed in political, fiscal, and educational terms.”

“Jerusalem in its entirety is sanctified as Holy and is the spiritual center of the world, the throne of God. We urge you to make public your plans relating to this aspect of the city. There are several ways this can be accomplished, such as festivals of holiness to replace those of impurity.”

“Jerusalem must prepare to host the millions of pilgrims who will attend the feasts when the Third Temple is built. We also call on the government to prepare a center for an international body to replace the United Nations and the Hague, one that will be rooted in the Bible.”

For more details regarding the candidates, click on the link below.

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/116619/sanhedrin-jerusalem-mayor-temple/

 

The infrastructure build in Jerusalem and across Israel has begun. The message is clear. Get ready for the Temple.

https://paulthepoke.com/2017/06/28/trend-update-temple-infrastructure-build-june-2017/

 

Straight Talk, God’s Glory Is Limitless… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on November 7, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightEverything in the imagination becomes possible in Christ as our minds are being transformed into His glorious image. It means learning to access the new nature as we put to death the old nature in Christ. This activates the glory of the Father on us and makes us the light of the world where we can turn all darkness into light by simply walking into a room.

As an apprentice of glory, He will teach us all kinds of really cool science experiments to do on earth. Jesus walked on water, turned water to wine and raised the dead. He defied the physical created laws of the universe because He operated out of the Father’s glory which has no boundaries or limitations. You could say God operates in the realm of imaginary numbers. If you can imagine it and believe it, then you can do it.

Jesus brought the Kingdom of Heaven to earth, which brought the glory of the Father to earth, and that was the difference between Jesus and us. The really cool thing is (and the part that everyone misses) is that Jesus gave us very same glory the Father gave Him before the world was (John 17:5,22,23).

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The glory of the Father is the key ingredient to us doing all the works Jesus did…and greater works. This is eating at the Father’s table (John 4:31-34). The reason we don’t see many, if any, doing these works is because through man’s watered-down protein shakes and meal replacements the glory of the Father went to sleep. We became blind to the knowledge of His glory (2 Corinthians 4:4). But in Christ, the Father’s glory wakes up and gives sight to the blind, and raises the dead.

So, time to wake up His glory (Psalm 57:8) since it is the very image we are being transformed into (2 Corinthians 3:18). God is awakening our imaginations as a child’s, just as we awaken His glory which permeates Scripture from the first page to the last.

“This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

If you read this to the end…to you it has been given (Matthew 13:11, Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10)

 

Jude: Our Common Salvation

Posted in Gospel, Jude with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2018 by paulthepoke

Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation…

Beloved… This is the noun form of the word αγαπαο/agapao or “love”. In this case, it is the Greek word Ἀγαπητοί/agapetoi. Per Strong’s Concordance, it can be translated as:  beloved, esteemed, dear, favorite, worthy of love. Simply put, loved ones.

Jude is addressing “loved ones” in Jesus Christ. Believers in Jesus are loved.

…while I was making every effort to write you… Jude wants his audience to know he is focused. As a mindset, Jude has been continually intent to make it known to fellow believers. Jude also wants to communicate with σπουδή/spoude. The word can be translated as: haste, earnestness, diligence; earnestness in accomplishing, promoting, or striving after anything; to give all diligence, interest one’s self most earnestly. σπουδή/spoude is where we get the English word “speed”.

Jude is in a hurry to give it all he has to write and write and write to fellow believers.

crossdarkWrite about what??? This is the original, urgent intent of Jude’s letter …our common salvation…

Salvation or σωτηρία/soteria in the original Greek… Soteriology is the field of study of our “salvation”. Defined by Strong’s as: deliverance, preservation, safety; deliverance from the molestation of enemies in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the soul’s safety or salvation.

Messianic salvation as the present possession of all true Christians.

Future salvation is the sum of benefits and blessings which Christians, redeemed from all earthly ills, will enjoy after the visible return of Christ from heaven in the consummated and eternal kingdom of God.

A.W. Pink stated this is a fourfold salvation: saved from the penalty, power, presence and most importantly the pleasure of sin.

 

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

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The gospel of Jesus Christ is our salvation. The Apostle Paul offers what many believe to be the definitive statement on the gospel. This is of the utmost importance as stated by the Apostle Paul. This is the priority. As believers in Jesus Christ we should draw a line in the sand and stick a flag in the ground over this issue. If a person does not get the issue of the gospel of Jesus Christ right, big time eternal problems.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…

Jesus Christ died. He was buried. And He was raised.

This is the gospel message of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the ευαγγελιον/euaggelion. This is really “good news”.

Here is how Strong’s Concordance defines “gospel”. It is the glad tidings of salvation through Christ. This is the proclamation of the grace of God manifest and pledged in Christ. As the messianic rank of Jesus was proved by his words, his deeds, and his death, the narrative of the sayings, deeds, and death of Jesus Christ came to be called the gospel or glad tidings.

The resume of Christ is sequentially ordered in Strong’s definition of the gospel. The glad tidings of the kingdom of God soon to be set up, subsequently also of Jesus the Messiah, the founder of this kingdom. After the death of Christ, the term comprises also the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ as having suffered death on the cross to procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom of God, but as restored to life and exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in majesty to consummate the kingdom of God.

The issue of the gospel is not an intellectual decision. The gospel is a moral issue. Does God exist and does He take the issue of sin seriously? If so, then there is accountability. The issue needs serious attention. Eternal life and eternal death are on the line. The destination of your eternal soul is at stake. This is about getting your heart, soul, and mind right with the Creator.

This good news is for everybody! God does not discriminate. The most brutal, unsavory character can be saved from eternal hell if they believe the gospel message. One can think up the vilest person in their mind and that person too can be saved with their belief in Jesus Christ. We are all equal at the foot of the cross. Even a barbaric Scythian can be saved by the cross work of Jesus…

Colossians 3:11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…

 

 

Straight Talk, Directions and Instructions to the Father’s Glory Kitchen… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2018 by paulthepoke

Directions and Instructions to the Father’s Glory Kitchen:

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  1. Download the GPS app which is Jesus – the Way.
  2. Put on the proper clothing on, the wedding garment, which is Christ in you and you in Christ, a covenant relationship and a two-way street. This is a commitment to Him forever and is the activated state of God’s glory where you are the light of the world and all things literally become possible to you.
  3. Come through the Door, which is also Christ, but avoid the temptation of propping up against the beautiful Door (or the Gate called Beautiful) as a lame man begging for change, or just being satisfied with being “saved”, because you can’t taste the food from the Door. You can only smell it wafting your way from the Kitchen. Walk inside and take a seat at the Table!
  4. The Usher, the Holy Spirit, will navigate you to the Glory Dining Room and show you what to do. In fact, He will be with you through the whole process. He’s your access to the entire operating system of the Father’s glory which can only be obtained in Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:14). You will find your name already on the Table with your plate waiting to be filled by you.
  5. It’s also an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. The food is already hot n ready and on the table so be sure to pile your plate up high and ask for a doggie bag to take home for others! Father is really generous! The Buffet is so delectable that this world cannot imagine the deliciousness of it all. Papa is a meat and potatoes kind of Man. He also likes to fish and grill out sometimes. He is also the true Master Chef (Gordon Ramsey can’t compare) of whatever your taste palate becomes set for, but if you like only Veggies – He has those too. Ever heard of the Tree of Life? (Proverbs 3:13-18). You could also live on the Bread and Wine alone (John 6:53-58) so try to remember…there is much more on the menu. But you won’t find protein powder in the Glory Kitchen.
  6. If you need help deciding, there’s a menu in the form of Word tablet floating in the air in front of you so just scroll down or up through the promises of God and tap on the ones you want then the food miraculously appears in front of you. Anything He’s ever promised anyone in the Bible is available to you off the menu. If you don’t see something on table you want then scroll to one of these menu items and tap it. It’s a blank check for kingdom children who are learning to operate in the Father’s glory. (Matthew 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13; 15:7; 15:16; 16:23–24; James 1:5-6, 1:17; 1 John 3:22, 5:14)
  7. After dinner, Father will teach you how to cook and serve from His own kitchen so you can be a master chef too. This is anything you want to do in life, Him working with you, tag-teaming with the Holy Spirit.

Straight Talk, Glory Kitchen Menu Specials… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightNow imagine for a minute if any of us in the church could only do the first part of what Jesus said in John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

Just think of anything Jesus ever did. And that’s what He said we would do. After grasping that, we could move onto better understanding the greater works which should sufficiently blow your imagination wide open if you consider the menu list of the former. While I could have made a separate menu for the greater works, for this example I simply added it as the last item on the menu. I wanted to focus on the easier stuff first, like raising the dead and walking on water.

Remember, items on this Menu are all things that you will be able to do. Doing is eating in the Father’s House at the Father’s table. Pick out your favorite choices so the servers in heaven can have them on the table for you when you sit. Doggie bags are available so you can take food home for others who have nothing prepared.

Nehemiah 8:10 Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

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Glory Kitchen Menu Specials:

  1. Turn water to wine (John 2:1-11)
  2. Heal the sick / oppressed (Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:32-34)
  3. Cast out evil spirits (Mark 1:21-27, Luke 4:31-36)
  4. Catch fish miraculously when no fish are around (Matthew 5:1-11)
  5. Make the paralyzed walk (Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-2)
  6. Stretch out withered hands (Luke 6:6-11)
  7. Calm raging storms on the sea (Mark 4:35-41)
  8. Heal blood issues (Matthew 9:20-22)
  9. Raise the dead (Matthew 9:18,23-26)
  10. Make the blind see (Matthew 9:27-31)
  11. Make the deaf hear, the mute speak (Matthew 9:32-34, Mark 7:31-37)
  12. Feed way over 9,000 people with only a few fish and several loaves of bread (Matthew 15:29-39; John 6:1-15)
  13. Walk on water (John 6:16-21)
  14. Pull money out of a fish’s mouth to pay taxes (Matthew 17:24-27)
  15. Heal dropsy, leprosy, being crippled (Luke 13:10-17; 14:1-6; 17:11-19)
  16. Anything else you want! A blank check! The greater works! (Matthew 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24, John 14:13, 15:7, 15:16, 16:23-24; James 1:5, 1:17; 1 John 3:22, 5:14-15)

 

Disclaimer: All ingredients and spices used in all recipes are totally organic, non-allergenic, non-racist and all that stuff. They include: peace, joy, love, hope, faith, favor, willingness to yield, treating others above ourselves, humility, wisdom, revelation, knowledge of God (aka, knowledge of the glory), et al.

Where’s Cana? Water to Wine

Posted in Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2018 by paulthepoke

water-to-wineJohn 2:9-11 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in Him.

August 2018: Tradition has Jesus’ water to wine miracle at Kafr Kanna. The “Wedding Church” is located in this town in northern Israel. Archaeology may be providing a new location five miles north.

Tunnels have been located with references to “Kyrie Iesou” in the ancient Greek. Translated to English, this would be Lord Jesus.

This is the location of Khirbet Qana. This was a Jewish village from 323 BC to 324 AD.

Located in the tunnels were an altar, shelf and the remains of a stone vessel. There was space for five additional vessels.

John 2:6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

For all the teetotalers out there, Jesus is throwing one hell of a party. Jesus subjected a wedding party to 120-180 gallons of wine. And He kept the good stuff (120-180 gallons) for the end of the party after the people have drunk freely. 

I conjecture this event is a foreshadowing to His wedding party when He marries His bride the church. You want to be invited to this party! Any one out there want to wag their finger and lecture Jesus?

Dr Tom McCollough who leads the dig had the following observations.

“We have uncovered a large Christian veneration cave complex that was used by Christian pilgrims who came to venerate the water-to-wine miracle. This complex was used beginning in the late fifth or early sixth century and continued to be used by pilgrims into the 12th-century Crusader period. The pilgrim texts we have from this period that describe what pilgrims did and saw when they came to Cana of Galilee match very closely what we have exposed as the veneration complex.”

Dr. McCollough also pointed to the Jewish Historian Flavius Josephus.

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“His references to Cana align geographically with the location of Khirbet Qana and align logically with his movements. The reference to Cana in Josephus, the New Testament and in the rabbinic texts would argue the village was a Jewish village, near the Sea of Galilee and in the region of lower Galilee. Khirbet Qana fulfills all of these criteria.”

As for today’s tourist trips to  Kafr Kanna, McCollough had the following observations.

“When tourists visiting Israel today are taken to Cana, they are taken to Kafr Kanna. However, this site was not recognized as a pilgrimage site for those seeking Cana until the 1700s. At this point the Franciscans were managing Christian pilgrimage and facilitating easy passage rather than historical accuracy.”

“I would argue our excavations warrant at least a reconsideration of the historical value of John’s references to Cana and Jesus.”

For more in depth research, pictures of the site, artifacts, see the link below provided.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6114063/Experts-Israel-uncover-tunnels-say-spot-Jesus-turned-water-wine.html

 

 

 

 

 

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