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Please… Please Listen to Grace

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2018 by paulthepoke

Grace is the operating principle of how God interacts with believers in and through His Son. For those who have not accepted the gracious gift of Jesus Christ, they are still under God’s Law regardless of what they believe. Prior to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, humanity was under the Mosaic Law. We are not saved under the Law. The Law points out the fact we are flawed sinners. The standard of the Law defines the fact we are in sin.

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

With the cross work of Jesus Christ, things changed. He paid the price for sin. With the cross, there was a new program. And that program is grace. The undeserved gift is eternal life. We don’t deserve it. We cannot earn it. The grace of Jesus Christ is a free offering to anyone who will take it. The free gift is grace. Grace and free gift are synonymous.

Romans 5:21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?

Grace is an interesting and intriguing concept. Grace makes no logical sense. The more one accepts and uses grace, the more grace multiplies and increases. The sting of sin pales in comparison to the power of grace. Sin is no match. Grace wins in a land slide. Accept grace…

Romans 5:20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…

1 Timothy 1:14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

In 1 Timothy 1, grace is described as overflowing or ὑπερπλεονάζω/huperpleonazó. The prefix “hyper” is used to describe the amount of the number of grace. One cannot measure grace. It is so plentiful, grace cannot be counted. Grace is super, exceedingly abundant. Grace is hyper “cannot be counted”. Definition provided by Strong’s Concordance.

Grace wins…

 

Grace is the difference maker, not the individual. We are granted grace by God. It is not about us. Don’t get cocky.

Romans 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Don’t forget, grace is a gift. There is no amount of good deeds or work anyone can do to earn grace. One can not work for an eternity to earn grace. God is not impressed with your effort. Humble yourself. Get over it because you are not that good. And you are not going to be good enough not matter what you do. Spare God your pride and arrogance. You did not die on a cross to pay for all the sins and transgressions (past, present, and future) of all humanity.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

 

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Lies, Lies, Lies…Thoughts from an American Soldier

Posted in American soldier with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2018 by paulthepoke

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Proverbs 25:18 Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

Leviticus 19:11 You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

Matthew 19:18 “Which ones?” the man asked. Jesus answered, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness…”

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices…

Lying or bearing false witness are never permissible regardless of the circumstances in the Bible. The idea is to absolutely renounce the act of lying.

 

Lying and Taqiyya

Sharia is Islamic Law.  It is the religious legal system that governs the political, social and moral duties of faithful Muslims.  It is what is meant by “God’s Law”.

Lies nose

Does Islam permit Muslims to lie?  Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to “smooth over differences” or “gain the upper-hand over an enemy”.

There are several forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, the best-known being taqiyya (the Shia name).  These circumstances typically advance the cause of Islam. In some cases, by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

Allah does not impose blame upon you for what is unintentional in your oaths, but He imposes blame upon you for what your hearts have earned. And Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing. Quran 2:225

Allah has already ordained for you (Muslims) the dissolution of your oaths. And Allah is your protector, and He is the Knowing, the Wise. Quran 66:2

Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief… except for one who is forced (to renounce his religion) while his heart is secure in faith. But those who (willingly) open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment. Quran 16:106

 

Revelation 22:15 Outside (The New Jerusalem) are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

 

 

 

Trend Update: Temple Infrastructure Build, June 2017

Posted in Prophecy, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by paulthepoke

The Israeli government is on board for the construction of the third Temple. The building of the third Jewish Temple is no longer a fringe idea. The government is looking to facilitate the necessary infrastructure to allow for millions of Jews to travel to the Temple as required by the Mosaic Law three times per year.

The men are required to make their presentation and sacrifice before God at the Temple.

Exodus 23:14-17 Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me. You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. And none shall appear before Me empty-handed. Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord God…

Deuteronomy 16:16 “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed…

Government officials are anticipating the building of the third Jewish Temple. They are making preparations for the incoming millions making the road trip to Jerusalem.

A high speed train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is currently under construction. The last stop in Jerusalem will be at the Western Wall.

Jerusalem light rail

 

A cable car system is being planned in Jerusalem. This has been approved by the Israeli government.

“We need to establish express service bus transportation to the Temple Mount from all parts of the country. The Temple Mount Express bus lines will have special blue and white bus stops enabling Jews to regularly travel directly to the Temple Mount, pray and return home.” -Yaakov Hayman, Chairman of the Friends of the Temple Organization

More hotels are required along with improvements to current lodging in the Jerusalem metropolitan. Discussions regarding improved wider roads are noted. Utility infrastructure is a necessary upgrade.

Israel bridge“We expect millions of Jews coming to the Temple Mount even before the Temple is built, so transportation is a potential bottleneck. We need to open up more entrances to the Temple Mount, since there is currently only one entrance available to the Jews.”  -Yaakov Hayman

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/90393/infrastructure-bring-millions-pilgrims-temple-mount-quietly-constructed/#rL7WrOjUJjKUhhkh.99

 

Trend Update: Passover Lamb Sacrificed in Jerusalem, 2017

Posted in Prophecy, Sanhedrin, Spring Feasts, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2017 by paulthepoke

April 9, 2017: Prior to this year, it was illegal for the Sanhedrin to perform a full scale Temple Passover sacrifice in modern Israel. This year, a court decision changed that. The Passover Lamb was sacrificed in the Old City across from the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. And the lamb was roasted in accordance per the Mosaic Law. The ceremony took place near the Hurva Synagogue.

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/86336/photos-priestly-sacrifices-revived-paschal-lamb-offered-god-jerusalem/#pFU05SXG5B69f2pb.97

Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot: Light

Posted in Fall Feasts, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2016 by paulthepoke

Leviticus 23:33-36 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD. On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the LORD; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.’”

Light is a theme of The Feast of Tabernacles.

Exodus 13:20 Then they set out from Succoth and camped in Etham on the edge of the wilderness.

Succoth is the first place the nation of Israel stopped after the Exodus from Egypt. Succoth is believed to be on the east of Goshen or the western edge of the Sinai Peninsula. The name of this town is the same name for the God Appointed Holiday, Succoth. In the Hebrew, the word means: a booth, tent, or shelters. The nation of Israel led by Moses left their shelter in Egypt.

Exodus 13:21 The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

Notice. Israel was led by a pillar of fire, light, at night. The light was always there and never left the Hebrew people (Exodus 13:22). Israel was guided by the presence of God, the light.

Israel camped with God.

Numbers 9:15 Now on the day that the tabernacle was erected the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony, and in the evening it was like the appearance of fire over the tabernacle, until morning.

Israel’s place of worship in the desert wandering was the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting. Fire or light covered their holy place. Numbers 9:16 So it was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

Roughly 1,500 years after Moses, a Man would claim to be the light of the world.

John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

The ultimate fulfillment of this God Appointed holiday is in the eternal future in the New Jerusalem. The Father and the Son are the substance. They are the light and tabernacle dwelling with humanity.

Revelation 21:22-23 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

God’s Fall Appointed Holidays: What Month Is It?

Posted in Fall Feasts, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2016 by paulthepoke

There are all kinds of calendars. Astronomy uses a Julian calendar. Western society uses a Gregorian calendar. China has their calendar. Lots of people, lots of calendars. Today, Israel operates on two calendars. One is religious and one is civil. Confusion reigns. When is the official new year?

If we are to understand God, we need to get on His schedule and how He defines time. God has one calendar. It was in the spring in Egypt. And God had a conversation with Moses and Aaron. Exodus 12:2 “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you…” God identified the new moon and the beginning. From this point, God went on to explain His Spring Appointments or holidays.

God’s Fall Appointments or holidays start in the seventh month on God’s calendar. The Fall Appointments celebrate the end of the harvest year. Specifically, the Feast of Tabernacles is a thanksgiving for the harvest of grapes (Exodus 23:16).

Leviticus 23:23 Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month…

Numbers 29:1 ‘Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month…

Leviticus 25:9 You shall then sound a ram’s horn abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement…

Leviticus 16:29…in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month…

Leviticus 23:33-34 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD. 

Numbers 29:12 Then on the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation…

Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets is recognized as the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. It is the beginning of the civil new year. Some Jewish thought has this day as the creation of the world or the creation of Adam and Eve.

https://paulthepoke.com/2016/03/06/creation-of-time-the-calendar/

http://www.torahcalendar.com/ORBITS.asp?HebrewDay=19&HebrewMonth=7&Year=2016

God has one calendar and it starts in the spring. The Fall Appointments start in the seventh month of the year as defined by God.

 

 

Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah: Jesus Casts a Shadow

Posted in Prophecy, Rapture, Resurrection with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2016 by paulthepoke

Colossians 2:16-17 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

“Judge” or krinos in the Greek: The action of the verb is continuous.

Meaning of krinos: to approve, esteem, to prefer; to be of opinion, deem, think; to determine, resolve, decree; to go to law, have suit at law.

Do not let any one pass judgment or censure continuously. It is not any one’s place to scoff or mock the practice of God’s appointed holidays. The food of the festival include round challah bread, apples dipped in honey, and pomegranates.

Apples are dipped in honey and eaten for the promise of a “sweet year”.

Tradition has a round challah bread for the Lord as King.

Jews symbolically throw their sins into the river or a body of water. They rid themselves of sin.

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Rosh_Hashannah/rosh_hashannah.html

There is only one new moon festival or God appointed holiday in the Mosaic Law. It is Yom Teruah. Christians refer to this as the Feast of Trumpets.

Numbers 29:1 and Leviticus 23:23-25 state the appointment is a Sabbath Day of rest…you shall do no laborious work.

The Apostle Paul states these elements are a mere shadow of what is to come. The Greek word for “shadow” is skia. It means: an image cast by an object and representing the form of that object.

The Feast of Trumpets is a shadow cast by Jesus Christ.

…the substance belongs to Christ. Toward who do we cast our sins? Who is our King? As believers, we will rule and reign with Him in the Kingdom to come (Revelation 1:6, 3:21, 20:4, 20:6, 2 Timothy 2:12). We are baptized in Christ as believers (Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:3).

Micah 7:19 He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

Numbers 29:1 ‘Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets.

Leviticus 23:23-25 Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.  You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.’”

The Hebrew people have been practicing the appointment every year for approximately 3,500 years on the first day of the seventh month per the Mosaic Law. The Feast of Trumpets is the only new moon holiday on God’s calendar. Yom Teruah is set aside by God with prophetic implications. The Feast of Trumpets is a promise for the future.

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