Our Message in 8 Minutes! Intro to Mark Virkler and the 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice

Our Message in 8 Minutes! Intro to Mark Virkler and the 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice.

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What Does the Bible Say About the Occult?

The following prohibitions were given to the sons of Israel as they entered the Promised Land.  They apply to us today as well.

“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.  For these nations, which thou shalt possess, harkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God suffered thee so to do” (Deuteronomy 18: 9-14 KJV).

Saul and the Witch of Endor. By Allston, Washi...
Saul and the Witch of Endor. By Allston, Washington. 1820. Oil on canvas. Canvas: 34 5/16 x 47 1/8 in.; 87.1538 x 119.6975 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A consulter with familiar spirits” is equivalent to a spirit medium, and that would include a person who uses a Ouija board.  Familiar spirits are evil spirits.  Conducting séances is a violation of Deuteronomy 18: 9-14 also.

It’s important to find out what movies and TV programs our children are watching and what kind of games they are playing inside and outside the home.  So many games (like “Dungeons and Dragons”), books, and media outlets violate Biblical guidelines concerning the occult.

A Ouija board is often introduced at slumber parties as a game when in fact participating in the “game” opens a door to the occult.  (I speak from experience.)

Many children as well as adults have no idea that scripture forbids these practices.  The Bible also condemns astrology, which involves reading horoscopes.  On the surface, these practices may seem innocent, but they are snares that take our eyes off God and alienate us from Him.  We should consult God, not the dead, evil spirits, fortune tellers, astrologers, spirit mediums, or other gods.

According to I Chronicles 10: 13, King Saul lost his life mainly because he consulted “the Witch of Endor,” asking her to conjure up the ghost of the prophet Samuel (I Samuel 28: 1-25).

The bottom line is seek God, not the occult, and “love the LORD your God with all Thine heart, all thy soul, and all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6: 5 KJV).  God is supernatural.  Satan is a counterfeiter.  Why settle for the counterfeit when you can have the God of the Universe in your life by repenting and inviting Christ into your heart?

NOTE:  Regarding ghosts, I don’t know if the Witch of Endor conjured the ghost of Samuel or simply an evil spirit impersonating Samuel.  In general, I regard ghosts as evil spirits impersonating the dead. 

John Paul Jackson: Dreams and Visions

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John Paul Jackson is a Christian dream interpreter.  He explains the importance of dreams and visions from a Biblical point of view.  According to Job 33: 14-16 (KJV), “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instructions.”

For years I dismissed dreams, although I knew that people had spiritual dreams in Biblical times.   Like many Americans, I bought into today’s Freudian model of dream interpretation as well as the notion that dreams are nonsensical.

Then several years ago, I had a dream or a night vision.  (The Bible refers to dreams, visions, and night visions).  The incident startled me into taking dreams and visions seriously.  While many dreams are not from God, some are.  As the Bible says, “Test everything.”  Be aware that satan can “disguise himself as an angel of light.”  God will never instruct you to do something in conflict with His Word.

I learned a lot about dreams through CDs and other materials that I purchased through Web sites such as John Paul Jackson’s streamsministries.com.  “The Perfect Storm,” “Understanding Dreams & Visions,” “The Biblical Model of Dream Interpretation,” and “Moments With God Dream Journal” are among my favorites.These resources helped me learn how to analyze dreams so that I could understand and categorize them.

The Attributes of God

Praise Him above ye Heavenly Host
Praise Him above ye Heavenly Host (Photo credit: Kentishman)

Years ago I read a book called  THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD (several books use this title) and took it to heart by combining my understanding of God’s attributes with scriptures that supported them.  Then I incorporated these Bible verses into my prayer life to give God glory and honor and praise.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts.  Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

Righteous art Thou and upright are Thy judgments.

For Thou art good and ready to forgive and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon Thee.

Nothing is too difficult for Thee.

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold O LORD, Thou doest know it all.  You have enclosed me behind and before and hast laid Thy hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.  It is too high.  I can not attain to it. (Psalm 139)

Where can I go from Thy Spirit or where can I flee from Thy presence.  If I ascend to heaven Thou art there.  If I make my bed in Sheol, behold Thou are there.  If I take the wings of the dawn and dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Thy hand will guide me.  Thy right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139)

If anyone seeks wisdom let him ask of the LORD.

God is faithful even we are faithless.

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The earth is the LORD’s and all it contains–the world and those who dwell in it.

God is love and nothing can separate us from the love of God.

NOTE:  If you’re in a Bible study group, consider THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD for your next topic.

Psalm 42: 1-2

As the deerThe Lord's Prayer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?” (NIV)

Spending time with God is essential to spiritual growth and maturity.  When you love someone, you desire to be with him or her.  Spending time alone with God should be our first priority.  Reading the Bible, fasting, and prayer are obvious ways to spend time with God.  The most difficult part for me has been learning to listen to God during times of prayer and praise.  I tend to yak too much when I pray and don’t wait for God to respond.  But I’m learning.  I have never heard His audible voice, but He speaks to my spirit when I shut up and listen.

Foto de una carretera en la cual se destacan a...
Foto de una carretera en la cual se destacan anuncios de los restaurantes de comida rápida KFC, Wendy’s y Taco Bell entre otros. Picture of a highway in which fast food ads are featured:KFC, Wendy’s and Taco Bell among others. Taken in Bowling Green, KY. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Listening to God is an art.  Yes, He always speaks to us through His Word (and He will never contradict His Word), but He also speaks to us when we pray and worship Him–if we allow Him to get a word in edgewise.  The problem is that modern man is accustomed to fast food (a.k.a. “fast food mentality”).  We must learn to “wait upon the LORD.”

I have much to say about prayer in general, based on The Lord’s Prayer.  But I’ll save that for another time.  God is waiting for me, and I don’t want to disappoint Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Cahn’s Message at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast 2013

This is a must-see video for every American.  Jonathan Cahn was filled with the Spirit when he told the truth about the moral condition of America at the Inaugural Presidential Breakfast.  If you’re not familiar with him, he is a Messianic Jewish rabbi who wrote “The Harbinger,” which is about 9/11, the aftermath of 9/11, the reason America lost her hedge of protection from her enemies, and the prophecy in Isaiah 9:10.

Is Your Name Written in the Book of Life?

English: Statue of King David by Nicolas Cordi...
English: Statue of King David by Nicolas Cordier in the Borghese Chapel of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Français : Statue du roi David par Nicolas Cordier, dans la chapelle Borghèse de la basilique Sainte-Marie Majeure. Italiano: Statua del re Davide di Nicolas Cordier, nella Capella Borghese della Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Roma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body, all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139: 15-16 NIV).  Is King David speaking of the Book of Life in the above passage?  If so, his name was written in the Book of Life before he was born.  Apparently, the same holds true for the rest of humankind.

Can one’s name be “blotted out” of the Book of Life?  Keep reading.

In Exodus 32: 32-33 (KJV), Moses is interceding for the sons of Israel who were guilty of worshiping  the golden calf:  “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.  And the LORD said unto Moses, whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

In Psalm 69: 28 (KJV), David is speaking of his enemies.  “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

In Daniel 12: 1-2 (KJV), Daniel is speaking of the end-time tribulation preceded by the resurrection.  “And at that time shall Michael [the archangel] stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall  be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

In Revelation 3: 5 (KJV), Jesus says to the church in Sardis, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

The following passage in Revelation 20: 12 and 15 (KJV) concerns what is known as “the Great White Throne Judgment.”  (For a better understanding, read the entire chapter and the one before it.)  “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (verse 12).  “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (verse 15).

THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

Are the Book of Life and the Book of Remembrance the same book or two different books? I think they are different books.  Consider the following passage in Malachi 3: 16 (KJV):  “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.”

THE BOOK WITH THE SEVEN SEALS

The reference to the book with seven seals begins in Revelation Chapter 5.  Only the Lamb (Jesus/Yeshua) is worthy to open the book.   As Jesus unseals the first four seals, four horses (known as the horses of the Apocalypse) come forth, one after the other.  Jesus opens the final seal, the seventh seal, in Chapter 8.

THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE

Is the Lamb’s Book of Life another name for the Book of Life? I don’t know.  Consider the following passage in Revelation 13: 8 (KJV).  “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [the Beast], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

Psalm 139:16
Psalm 139:16 (Photo credit: Sahumerio Love)

Comments welcomed!

 

 

The Old Covenant and the New Covenant

PASSAGES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENTWoodcut illustration depicting Moses with the ...

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares he LORD. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.” (Jeremiah 31: 33a NIV)

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.: (Ezekiel 36: 26-27 NIV)

PASSAGES FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT

copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Last supper by an ...
copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last supper by an unknown 16th century artist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christ established the New Covenant at “The Last Supper” or Passover.  (“This is my blood.  This is my body,” speaking of the elements of Communion and his atoning death on the cross.)

“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3: 3 NIV)

“I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their hearts.”  (Hebrews 10:16 NIV)

Paul and the writer of Hebrews make it clear that the New Covenant is for Jew and Gentile believers alike.  Paul’s wanted Jew and Gentiles to be “one new man,” one in Messiah, redeemed by the blood of Christ.  (Ephesians 2: 15)

QUESTION; What is the difference between the Old and New Covenants as stated in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, 2 Corinthians, and Hebrews above?

ANSWER;  The location.  When you repent and receive Christ as Savior and Lord, God writes His Commandments (formerly on tablets of stone) on your heart.

NOTE:  The Old Testament is another way of saying Old Covenant.  The New Testament is a term for the New Covenant.  The Old Testament is called the Tanakh, which is made up of the Torah (first 5 books), the prophets, and the writings.

The New Testament was canonized around the 4th century AD.  Therefore every time Paul referred to scripture, he was referring to the Old Testament.  The New Testament had not been written.

We are blessed to have Bibles readily available from grocery stores to  book stores nowadays.  I am especially grateful to whomever invented the printing press and to the Gideons for distributing Bibles.

Deuteronomy 4: The LORD, He is God

English: Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deu...
English: Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deuteronomy 6:1-15, Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deuteronomy is the fifth book in the Bible and the last book in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible often referred to as “the law of Moses” or simply “the law”).. Deuteronomy is more than a summary of Numbers. Moses is speaking to the sons of Israel who will cross the Jordan and enter the promised land.  With the Wilderness experience fresh in his mind, Moses shares what he has learned, urging the people not to go after false gods but  to seek, love, and obey the one true God and follow His commandments.

As I read through Deuteronomy 4 this morning, the following verses leapt off the page.  (These are taken from the KJV although I was reading the NASB.)

Ye shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you (verse 2).

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven  (verse 19).

For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God (verse 24).

When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger:  I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.  And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.  And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, or hear, not eat, nor smell (verses 25-28).

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all they soul (verse 29).

In the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them (verses 30b-31).

The LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. (verse 35b).

The LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath; there is none else (verse 39b).

 

APPLICATION FOR TODAY

1) Don’t add or take away from God’s Word.  ( A similar phrase can be found in Revelation 22: 19.)  Don’t replace the  Word of God with the “the doctrines of men” (Matthew 15: 9).

2) Don’t consult astrologers or read horoscopes.  (The occult is a snare.)  Seek God.

3) God is a jealous God.  Worship Him alone.  He alone is worthy of worship, honor, and praise.

4) God warned the sons of Israel that if they went after other gods, He would scatter them among the nations.  [Eventually the sons of Israel became ensnared by idols.. The Assyrians captured the Northern Kingdom.  The Babylonians captured the Southern Kingdom, and took the “prisoners” to Babylon..  After 70 years in captivity, the Jewish people returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the city and the Temple.]

When the Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem  in 70 A.D., the Jews were scattered again among the nations again.

5) The phrase “Seek the LORD” with all of your heart and soul is the prevention and the cure for separation from God.

6) “In the latter days” refers to today.  After 2000 years, the state of Israel was established in 1948.  Today Jews are returning to Israel in large numbers. Thanks to DNA, many of the “lost tribes” have been identified.

7) Noitce that verses 35 and 39 say the same thing: The LORD he is God.  When a verse is mentioned twice in the same passage, it gets your attention.  Seek God, love Him with all your heart, mind, and spirit; for He alone is God.

 

 

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