Posts tagged #Bible

  • Can the dead speak to us? Part 1
    The #ministration of holy angels, as presented in the #Scriptures, is a truth most comforting and precious to every follower of #Christ. But the #Bible teaching upon this point has been obscured and perverted by the errors of popular #theology. The doctrine of natural #immortality, first borrowed from the #pagan philosophy, and in the darkness of the great #apostasy incorporated into the #Christian #faith, has supplanted the truth, so plainly taught in #Scripture, that “the dead know not anything.” Multitudes have come to believe that it is #spirits of the #dead who are the “#ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of #salvation.” And this notwithstanding the #testimony of #Scripture to the existence of #heavenly #angels, and their connection with the history of man, before the death of a human being. 

    The doctrine of man’s consciousness in death, especially the belief that spirits of the dead return to minister to the living, has prepared the way for modern spiritualism. If the dead are admitted to the presence of God and holy angels, and privileged with knowledge far exceeding what they before possessed, why should they not return to the earth to enlighten and instruct the living? If, as taught by popular theologians, spirits of the dead are hovering about their friends on earth, why should they not be permitted to communicate with them, to warn them against evil, or to comfort them in sorrow? How can those who believe in man’s consciousness in death reject what comes to them as divine light communicated by glorified spirits? Here is a channel regarded as sacred, through which Satan works for the accomplishment of his purposes. The fallen angels who do his bidding appear as messengers from the spirit world. While professing to bring the living into communication with the dead, the prince of evil exercises his bewitching influence upon their minds. 

    He has power to bring before men the appearance of their departed friends. The counterfeit is perfect; the familiar look, the words, the tone, are reproduced with marvelous distinctness. Many are comforted with the assurance that their loved ones are enjoying the bliss of heaven, and without suspicion of danger, they give ear “to seducing #spirits, and #doctrines of #devils.” 
    • Betty Jo/ The Journey Luke 16:31 He said to him, 'if they don't do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' That today many still do not believe in Jesus Christ who died, went to Hell took the keys from Satan, and mad the devil anger. Jesus Christ today lives and isn't dead. Amen!! Amen!!
  • An Appetite for God's Word

    'His Word can cut through our spirits.' #Hebrews 4:12 CEV
    As you read the #Bible, #God will give you strength and guidance for your life that you simply can't get any other way. Eliphaz said to Job the #patriarch: 'He bruises, but he binds up; he wounds, but his hands make whole' (Job 5:18 NKJV). That's what God does to you as you read the Scriptures. 'His #Word can cut through our spirits' (#Hebrews 4:12 CEV).
    Others see what we do, but when we get alone with #God and open the #Scriptures, he reveals to us what we are. He brings to the surface long-standing and unresolved issues, and helps us to deal with them. He confronts us over our stubborn habits and shows us how to conquer them. He pinpoints our #selfish and unloving attitudes, giving us a chance to #repent and change our ways. The old #Quakers had a saying: 'Sin will keep you from your #Bible, and your Bible will keep you from #sin.' You say, 'But when I get up in the morning, I'm so busy that I don't have time to read the #Bible.' Then read it when you come home at night! You say, 'By the time I get home from work at night, I'm exhausted and can't #concentrate on anything!' You must rearrange your priorities. If you spend hours watching television, surely you can spend some time each day reading your #Bible. The truth is that we make time for the things that we want, that we value, and that we enjoy.
    So ask God to give you a greater appetite for his Word. Then read your Bible, and watch your appetite for it grow!
  • The Earth Shall Pass Away
    Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. #Matthew 24:35.

    He [#Christ] pointed to the #Scriptures as of unquestionable authority, and we should do the same. The #Bible is to be presented as the word of the infinite #God, as the end of all controversy and the foundation of all #faith.

    The infidel Voltaire once boastingly said: “I am weary of hearing people repeat that twelve men established the #Christian #religion. I will prove that one man may suffice to overthrow it.” ... Millions have joined in the war upon the #Bible. But it is so far from being destroyed, that where there were a hundred in Voltaire’s time, there are now ten thousand, yes, a hundred thousand copies of the #Book-of-God. In the words of an early Reformer concerning the Christian church, “The Bible is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.” Saith the Lord, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in #judgment thou shalt condemn.” Isaiah 54:17. 

    At this time, before the great final crisis, as before the world’s first destruction, men are absorbed in the pleasures and the pursuits of sense. Engrossed with the seen and transitory, they have lost sight of the unseen and eternal. For the things that perish with the using, they are sacrificing imperishable riches.... From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the pages of Holy Writ, they need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. 

    The Word of God is the only steadfast thing our world knows. It is the sure foundation. “Heaven and earth shall pass away,” said #Jesus, “but my words shall not pass away.” 

    “The word of God shall stand for ever.” “All his #commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.” Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 111:7, 8.

    Whatever is built upon the authority of man will be overthrown; but that which is founded upon the rock of God’s immutable Word shall stand forever. AMEN 
  • HE KNOWS HOW TO HELP US WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED
    For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Hebrews 2:18. 

    Though enduring most terrible temptations, Christ did not fail or become discouraged. He was fighting the battle in our behalf, and had He faltered, had He yielded to temptation, the human family would have been lost. 

    The #Bible gives but a bare mention of the #conflict with #Satan in the %wilderness of #temptation, but it was a terrible ordeal. #Christ came off #conqueror, bearing the test and trial in our behalf.

    How little is man able to comprehend the strength of the temptation of Christ! How little does he understand of that ordeal upon which hung the destiny of a lost world! The world’s #Redeemer was not warring against flesh and blood, but against #principalities-and-powers, against the rulers of the #darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. All heaven was interested in this conflict, and what joy, what rejoicing there was in heaven because help had been laid upon One who is mighty to overcome, mighty to save! 

    What an event was this when Christ placed Himself in the position of Adam, and endured the test where Adam had failed, and by this act placed man on a vantage ground, in favor with God, where he might overcome on his own account through the merits of Jesus. In His name, through His grace, man may be an overcomer, even as Christ was an overcomer. In Christ #divinity and #humanity were united, and the only way in which man may be an overcomer is through becoming a partaker of the divine nature....

    Divinity and humanity are blended in him who has the spirit of Christ. The apostle Paul writes, “In all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and #faithful high priest.” ... “We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without #sin.” 
  • The Sins of Babylon
    I saw that since the second angel proclaimed the fall of the churches, the churches have been growing more and more corrupt. The people in the churches bear the name of being Christ’s followers; yet it is impossible to distinguish them from the world. Ministers take their texts from the Word of God, but preach smooth things. To this the natural heart feels no objection. It is only the spirit and power of the truth and the salvation of Christ that are hateful to the carnal heart. There is nothing in the popular ministry that stirs the wrath of #Satan, makes the #sinner tremble, or applies to the heart and #conscience the fearful realities of a #judgment soon to come. #Wicked men are generally pleased with a form of piety without true #godliness, and they will aid and support such a #religion. 

    Said the #angel, “Nothing less than the whole armor of #righteousness can enable man to overcome the powers of #darkness and retain the victory over them. #Satan has taken full possession of the churches as a body. The sayings and doings of men are dwelt upon instead of the plain, cutting truths of the #WordofGod. The #spirit and friendship of the world are at #enmity with #God. When the truth in its simplicity and strength, as it is in #Jesus, is brought to bear against the spirit of the world, it at once awakens the spirit of #persecution. Very many who profess to be #Christians have not known God. The natural heart has not been changed, and the carnal mind remains at enmity with #God. They are #Satan’s faithful servants, notwithstanding they have assumed another name.” 

    I saw that since #Jesus left the holy place of the #heavenlysanctuary and entered within the second veil, the #churches have been filling up with every unclean and hateful bird. I saw great #iniquity and vileness in the churches; yet their members profess to be Christians. Their profession, their #prayers, and their #exhortations are an #abomination in the sight of %God. Said the #angel, “God will not smile in their assemblies. #Selfishness, #fraud, and #deceit are practiced by them without the reprovings of #conscience. And over all these #eviltraits they throw the cloak of #religion.” I was shown the pride of the nominal churches. #God is not in their thoughts; their carnal minds dwell upon themselves; they decorate their poor mortal bodies, and then look upon themselves with satisfaction and pleasure. Jesus and the angels look upon them in #anger. Said the angel, “Their sins and pride have reached unto heaven. Their portion is prepared. Justice and judgment have slumbered long, but will soon awake. Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.” The fearful threatenings of the third angel are to be realized, and all the wicked are to drink of the wrath of God. An innumerable host of evil angels are spreading over the whole land and crowding the churches. These agents of Satan look upon the religious bodies with exultation, for the cloak of religion covers the greatest crime and iniquity. – {EW 274.1}All heaven beholds with indignation human beings, the workmanship of God, reduced by their fellow men to the lowest depths of degradation and placed on a level with the brute creation. Professed followers of that dear Saviour whose compassion was ever moved at the sight of human woe, heartily engage in this enormous and grievous sin, and deal in slaves and souls of men. Human agony is carried from place to place and bought and sold. Angels have recorded it all; it is written in the book. The tears of the pious bondmen and bondwomen, of fathers, mothers, and children, brothers and sisters, are all bottled up in heaven. God will restrain His anger but little longer. His wrath burns against this nation and especially against the religious bodies that have sanctioned this terrible traffic and have themselves engaged in it. Such injustice, such oppression, such sufferings, are looked upon with heartless indifference by many professed followers of the meek and lowly Jesus. And many of them can themselves inflict, with hateful satisfaction, all this indescribable agony; and yet they dare to worship God. It is solemn mockery; Satan exults over it and reproaches Jesus and His angels with such inconsistency, saying, with #hellish triumph, “Such are Christ’s followers!” 

    These professed Christians read of the sufferings of the #martyrs, and tears course down their cheeks. They wonder that men could ever become so hardened as to practice such cruelty toward their fellow men. Yet those who think and speak thus are at the same time holding human beings in #slavery. And this is not all; they sever the ties of nature and cruelly oppress their fellow men. They can inflict most inhuman torture with the same relentless cruelty manifested by #papists and #heathen toward Christ’s followers. Said the angel, “It will be more tolerable for the heathen and for papists in the day of the execution of God’s judgment than for such men.” The cries of the oppressed have reached unto #heaven, and angels stand amazed at the untold, agonizing sufferings which man, formed in the image of his Maker, causes his fellow man. Said the angel, “The names of the oppressors are written in #blood, crossed with stripes, and flooded with agonizing, burning tears of suffering. God’s anger will not cease until He has caused this land of light to drink the dregs of the cup of His fury, until He has rewarded unto #Babylon double. Reward her even as she rewarded you, double unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double.”

    I saw that the slave master will have to answer for the soul of his slave whom he has kept in ignorance; and the sins of the #slave will be visited upon the master. God cannot take to heaven the slave who has been kept in ignorance and degradation, knowing nothing of #God or the #Bible, fearing nothing but his master’s lash, and holding a lower position than the brutes. But He does the best thing for him that a compassionate God can do. He permits him to be as if he had not been, while the master must endure the seven last plagues and then come up in the second resurrection and suffer the second, most awful death. Then the justice of God will be satisfied. 
  • How is Satan Disguised as an Angel of Light Today?
    The rapping delusion was presented before me, and I saw that #Satan has power to bring before us the appearance of forms purporting to be our relatives or friends who sleep in #Jesus. It will be made to appear as if these friends were actually present, the words they uttered while here, with which we were familiar, will be spoken, and the same tone of voice that they had while living will fall upon the ear. All this is to deceive the world and ensnare them into the #belief of this delusion. I saw that the saints must have a thorough understanding of present truth, which they will be obliged to maintain from the #Scriptures. They must understand the state of the dead; for the spirits of #devils will yet appear to them, professing to be beloved relatives or friends, who will declare to them unscriptural doctrines. They will do all in their power to excite sympathy and will work miracles before them to confirm what they declare. The people of God must be prepared to withstand these spirits with the #Bible truth that the dead know not anything, and that they who thus appear are the spirits of devils. We must examine well the foundation of our hope; for we shall have to give a reason for it from the Scriptures. This delusion will spread, and we shall have to contend with it face to face; and unless we are prepared for it, we shall be ensnared and overcome. But if we do what we can on our part to be ready for the conflict that is just before us, #God will do His part, and His all-powerful arm will protect us. He would sooner send every angel out of glory to make a hedge about faithful souls, than have them deceived and led away by the lying wonders of #Satan. I saw the rapidity with which this delusion was spreading. A train of cars was shown me, going with the speed of lightning. The #angel bade me look carefully. I fixed my eyes upon the train. It seemed that the whole world was on board. Then he showed me the #conductor, a fair, stately person, whom all the passengers looked up to and reverenced. I was perplexed and asked my attending angel who it was. He said, “It is #Satan. He is the conductor, in the form of an angel of light. He has taken the world captive. They are given over to strong delusions, to believe a lie that they may be damned. His agent, the highest in order next to him, is the engineer, and others of his agents are employed in different offices as he may need them, and they are all going with lightning speed to perdition.” I asked the angel if there were none left. He bade me look in the opposite direction, and I saw a little company traveling a narrow pathway. All seemed to be firmly united by the truth. This little company looked careworn, as if they had passed through severe trials and #conflicts. And it appeared as if the sun had just arisen from behind a cloud and shone upon their countenances, causing them to look triumphant as if their victories were nearly won. I saw that the #Lord has given the world opportunity to discover the snare. This one thing is evidence enough for the #Christian if there were no other; there is no difference made between the precious and the vile. Thomas Paine, whose body has now moldered to dust and who is to be called forth at the end of the one thousand years, at the second resurrection, to receive his reward, and suffer the second death, is represented by #Satan as being in heaven, and highly exalted there. Satan used him on earth as long as he could, and now he is carrying on the same work through pretensions of having Thomas Paine so much exalted and honored in heaven; and as he taught here, Satan would make it appear that he is teaching there. And some who have looked with horror at his life and death, and his corrupt teachings while living, now submit to be taught by him—one of the vilest and most corrupt of men, one who despised God and His law. He who is the father of lies, blinds and deceives the world by sending forth his angels to speak for the apostles, and to make it appear that they contradict what they wrote by the dictation of the #HolyGhost when on earth. These lying angels make the apostles to corrupt their own teachings and to declare them to be adulterated. By so doing, Satan delights to throw professed Christians and all the world into uncertainty about the Word of God. That holy Book cuts directly across his track and thwarts his plans; therefore he leads men to doubt the divine origin of the Bible. Then he sets up the infidel Thomas Paine, as if when he died he were ushered into heaven, and now, united with the holy #apostles whom he hated on earth, were engaged in teaching the world. Satan assigns to each of his angels a part to act. He enjoins upon them all to be sly, artful, cunning. He instructs some of them to act the part of the apostles and to speak for them, while others are to act the part of infidels and wicked men who died cursing God, but now appear to be very religious. There is no difference made between the most holy apostles and the vilest infidels. They are both made to teach the same thing. It matters not whom #Satan makes to speak, if his object is only accomplished. He was intimately connected with Paine upon earth, aiding him in his work, and it is an easy thing for him to know the very words and the handwriting of one who served him so faithfully and accomplished his purposes so well. Satan dictated much of Paine’s writings, and it is an easy thing for him to dictate sentiments through his angels now, and make it appear that they come through #ThomasPaine. This is the masterpiece of Satan. All this teaching, purporting to be from apostles and saints and wicked men who have died, comes directly from his satanic majesty. The fact that Satan claims that one whom he loved so well, and who hated God so perfectly, is now with the holy apostles and angels in glory, should be enough to remove the veil from all minds and discover to them the dark, mysterious works of Satan. He virtually says to the world and to infidels, “No matter how wicked you are, no matter whether you believe or disbelieve in God or the Bible, live as you please, heaven is your home; for all know that if Thomas Paine is in heaven, and so exalted, they will surely get there.” This is so glaring that all may see if they will. Satan is now doing, through individuals like Thomas Paine, what he has been trying to do since his fall. He is, through his power and lying wonders, tearing away the foundation of the Christian’s hope and putting out the sun that is to light the narrow way to heaven. He is making the world believe that the Bible is uninspired, no better than a storybook, while he holds out something to take its place; namely, spiritual manifestations. Here is a channel wholly devoted to himself, under his control, and he can make the world believe what he will. The book that is to judge him and his followers, he puts back into the shade, just where he wants it. The Saviour of the world he makes to be no more than a common man; and as the Roman guard that watched the tomb of Jesus spread the lying report that the chief priests and elders put into their mouths, so will the poor, deluded followers of these pretended spiritual manifestations repeat and try to make it appear that there is nothing miraculous about our Saviour’s birth, death, and resurrection. After putting Jesus in the background, they attract the attention of the world to themselves and to their miracles and lying wonders, which, they declare, far exceed the works of #Christ. Thus the world is taken in the snare and lulled to a feeling of security, not to find out their awful deception until the seven last plagues shall be poured out. #Satan laughs as he sees his plan succeed so well and the whole world taken in the #snare. 
    • Dean Jones This is one of satans biggest tricks. Many are being lead astray as this sort of thing becomes even more popular.
    • N BrownJohnson It horrifies me how many people BELIEVE these teachings and truly believe that "mediums", or whatever they wish to call themselves at that moment, are actually communicating with the dead and that all there is in the afterlife is "floating around" in joy and serenity, and twisting scriptures to paint a picture of "heaven" so for from the truth and no hell and the worst part is that usually it is grieving families that fall prey
  • DEAR GOD WE PRAY THAT THE WORLD WOULD KNOW YOU. AMEN
    There are many mysteries in the Word of God that we do not comprehend, and many of us are content to stop our investigation when we have just begun to receive a little knowledge concerning Christ. When there begins to be a little unfolding of the divine purposes to the mind, and we begin to obtain a slight knowledge of the character of God, we become satisfied and think that we have received about all the light that there is for us in the Word of God. But the truth of God is infinite. With painstaking effort we should work in the mines of truth, discovering the precious jewels that have been hidden. . . . Jesus meant just what He said when He directed His disciples to “search the Scriptures” (John 5:39). Searching means to compare scripture with scripture, and spiritual things with spiritual. We should not be satisfied with a superficial knowledge.
  • Don't Worry - Philippians 4:6, NLT.
    #Pray #FindPeace #Jesus #Bible #Philippians