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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Jesus The Messiah - What Are The Odds?

One of the most wonderful witnessing experiences I have had, so far anyway, was leading a 96 year old Jewish woman to the Lord on Christmas Day, 2015, while visiting a nursing home in Sierra Vista, AZ. At 96 she was sharp as a tack and she shared her life story with me over an hour or so. Every so often I would interject something biblically relevant as an example that fit into her life. Mostly, I listened. At the end I shared a brief explanation of Jesus as the Messiah. She knew the OT scriptures and grasped this immediately. One thing I want to share with you is the mathematical odds of Jesus fulfilling OT prophesies.
Odds of fulfilling just 8 OT Prophesies
The odds of one man fulfilling just eight OT Messianic prophecies is 1 in 10^17. That would be one followed by 17 zeros, 100,000,000,000,000,000. In order to comprehend this, if you took 10^17 silver dollars and laid them out on the state of Texas, they would cover the entire state two feet deep. If you marked one of those silver dollars with a sharpie, stirred the whole mess thoroughly and then blindfolded a man and told him that he could pick up just one silver dollar that has the mark on it, those would be the same odds as having the OT prophets writing just eight prophecies and having them all come true in one man.
The chance of one man fulfilling 48 Messianic prophecies found in the Tanakh (Old Testament) would be 1 in 10^157, or 1 followed by 157 zeros! Yet, This is the number of obvious OT prophesies fulfilled by Jesus.

Examples of fulfilled Messianic prophesies:
1. Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem
Micah 5:2; fulfilled in Matt. 2:1-7; John 7:42; Luke 2:4-7
2. Messiah is to be preceded by a Messenger Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; fulfilled in Matthew 3:1-3; 11:10; John 1:23; Luke 1:17
3. Messiah is to enter Jerusalem on a donkey Zechariah 9:9; fulfilled in Luke 35-37; Matthew 21:6-11
4. Messiah is to be betrayed by a friend Psalms 41:9; 55:12-14; fulfilled in Matthew 10:4; 26:49-50; John 13:21
5. Messiah is to be sold for 30 pieces of silver Zechariah 11:12; fulfilled in Matthew 26:15; 27:3
6. Messiah is to be born of a virgin
Isaiah 7:14; fulfilled in Matthew 1:18-2:1; Luke 1:26-35
7. Messiah is to be executed by crucifixion, by having His hands and feet pierced
Psalm 22:16; fulfilled in John 19:28
8. Messiah is to be given vinegar to quench His thirst
Psalm 69:22; fulfilled in Matthew 27:34
9. Messiah is to be executed without having a bone broken
Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:21; fulfilled in John 19:33-36
10. Messiah is to be raised from the dead
Isaiah 53:9-10; Psalm 2:7; 16:10; fulfilled in Matthew 28:1-20; Acts 2:23-36;13;33-37; 1 Corinthians 11:4-6

Right before I left I leaned in and told her that Yeshua was waiting for her. She just said ‘I know ‘ as the tears came pouring down. To think, 96 years and to finally come to the truth, just awesome.
Don’t keep your faith to yourself...blessings

Monday, December 3, 2018

Principalities & Powers - Fallen Angels of the Second Heaven

Paul speaks of principalities and powers in Ephesians 6:12, saying that we as believers “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Principalities and Powers are specifically mentioned six times in scripture and implied by definition even more…but what are they and where are these “high places?”
A principality is defined as ‘a relatively small geographic area, within a larger geographic area, ruled over by a prince or other chief ruler’. Powers operate within a kingdom, a principality, or even an empire. So, a principality has regional power or capacity to act, exerting control or influence over that region. We know from Paul that our struggle isn’t against physical beings but against these invisible enemies and that they reside in “high places”. To shed some more scriptural light on the idea of how a demonic principality functions, we can look at Daniel 10.
In Daniel 10, Daniel has been fasting and praying for some 21 days and has a vision – and an angelic visitation from Gabriel. Gabriel explains to Daniel that his prayers were heard from day one but that he had been doing battle with the ‘prince of the kingdom of Persia’, trying to break through to Daniel with the prophetic answer to his prayer. Gabriel further explains that the Archangel Michael had come to his aid. He also mentions the ‘kings of Persia’, implying that he had been doing battle with a principality, the prince of Persia, who had been given great authority and power. From this one illustration we see principalities and powers at work - and even though they aren’t specifically labeled as such, they meet the definition perfectly - If it walks like a duck…
But Wait! Didn’t Jesus Disarm Principalities and Powers in Colossians 2:15??
“When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.” (Col 2:15 AMP)
How is it possible that Jesus disarmed principalities and powers and yet, in Ephesians 6:12, written some 30 years after the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, Paul says that it is against these very same powers that we do battle? Just for giggles, let’s look at the Greek for the meaning of the word ‘disarm’, or ‘spoiled’ as it is in the KJV.
Disarm (spoil) in the Greek (G554; G575; G1562), means to strip (separate) one of his garments; to unclothe.
Clothing, garments, armor, etc. in scripture is almost always symbolic and representative of power, praise or righteousness – i.e. Isaiah 61:3; Job 29:14; Eph 6:10-18, etc. It also means to bare or expose one for their true being.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, He disarmed the principalities of their power, exposing them as being completely powerless against Him. This was evidently, according to scripture, a temporary thing. The answer as to how this could possibly happen lies back in Daniel 10. The prince of Persia had been defeated by Michael - just as the principalities of Colossians 2:15 were defeated by Christ - allowing Gabriel to break through to Daniel. So, if that principality was defeated, wouldn’t that leave a big, gaping hole in the demonic forces in “high places”, that Paul referred to as being very active 30 years after Christ’s ascension? Daniel 10:20 explains how this is possible:
“ Then he said, “Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the prince of Greece is about to come.” (NASB)
What Takes Place on Earth is Reflected in the Heavenly Places
Did you catch it? The prince of Persia was being replaced by the prince of Greece! The demonic is like rust, it never sleeps and there are always replacements waiting in line to jump in. This also speaks to another topic - what happens on earth is reflected in the heavens. At the time that all this was going on with Daniel, the Persian empire on earth was about to be conquered by the Greeks in the form of Alexander the Great. Remember, principalities are ‘regional’ entities. The prince of Persia was located in the second heaven (in between earth and God’s throne) above Persia, over what is now Iran. Alexander the Great was a Grecian king who conquered Persia in 324BC and this is what Gabriel was referring to when he said ‘the prince of Greece is about to come”. What takes place on earth is reflected in the heavenly places. This basic concept is stated in Matthew 18:18: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” This also speaks of the power we carry, on earth and in heaven.
We know that these entities were created by Jesus, which means they have a purpose. Colossians 1:16 says “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for Him”
The really good news is that we believers are seated in Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6) and have been given all authority over every demonic entity on earth and in the heavens and that through His precious blood we can defeat these entities the same as He did.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Demonic Open Doors, Demonology and Deliverance

A lot of preachers warn believers against open doors to the demonic but the fact is that the vast, vast majority of demonized Christians were infested before salvation when every door and window was wide open. The demonic most often takes root during the formative (and mostly innocent) years of womb to mid-teens due to emotional /psychological trauma, whether real or perceived - I.e. imagined or planted by the enemy - and if not dealt with after salvation can linger without the afflicted being able to even fully comprehend where it came from in many cases.
Womb infestation can be caused by unwanted pregnancy, for example, which can be sensed by the unborn in the same way that playing certain music or singing to them can while in the womb. The unborn are sensitive to external stimuli including the mothers emotions, especially when voiced out loud. The resulting rejection detected by the unborn can have lasting effects even into adulthood if not dealt with post-salvation and in many cases the afflicted has no idea as to the root cause. Human memories of childhood only go back so far with clarity. Unexplained feelings of unworthiness, anger, resentment, etc can surface with little to no present stimulus. The person can be viewed as being ‘naturally disposed' to negative emotions as a result.
The message to open door messengers is that post true-salvation infestation usually only takes place due to willful rebellion. The presence of the demonic in believers is due to a time when ALL doors were open while living in a natural, sin state which every human being is born into. When dealing with demonized believers we should always look to life prior to salvation first, unless there are current overt signs of rebellion.
The issue is that the vast majority of church leaders have no understanding of the demonic, don’t know how to deal with casting the spirits out and either ignore or ostracize the afflicted. The title of ‘deliverance minister’ only exists because of this ignorance. Ignorance simply means that one isn’t informed - the negative aspects of ignorance come into play when it is by choice. Deliverance has become a specialty ministry when it was intended to be a part of ministry in general.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Replacement Theology, Fulfillment Theology, Dominion Theology and the Promises of God.

"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said (anything) and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" Numbers 23:19
Every promise of God will be fulfilled, including Old Covenant promises to Israel and the Jewish people, but today there are false teachings that make God out to be a liar.
These false teachings include:
• Replacement Theology
• Fulfillment Theology and,
• Dominion Theology
In the first, Replacement Theology, the Church is now the sole expression of the purpose of God on earth and as such is the “New Israel of God.” The Jewish people, having failed God and have forfeited the promises made to them in the Abrahamic Covenant and especially those that promise them everlasting possession of the land of Canaan for the purpose of world redemption - not to mention God's HQ in the earth during the millennium reign of Christ and His body.
Fulfillment Theology teaches that Jesus in His own life and body fulfills all the promises that God made to the Jewish people in the Abrahamic Covenant including those that have to do with bequeathing to the Jewish people the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession.
In Dominion Theology, the Church is destined to take dominion over the world and set up a type of global expression of Christendom. Once this has been achieved, in that the seven mountains of human activity have been Christianized, Jesus will come again. In other words the Church, the body of Christ, ushers in the Millennium before Jesus comes and therefore there is no need for a restored Jewish state in the land of Canaan to do so. Only a restored Church can accomplish this and thus this false teaching asserts that a new type of empowered Christian is going to emerge who will bring about the Kingdom of God to the world in a new and dynamic manner. The emphasis here is on man, not God. Consequently, once again, Israel’s modern-day restoration is irrelevant and therefore has no biblical credentials. Dominion Theology is nothing more than a re-invention of an old teaching called Post-Millennialism.
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope that is set before us.” —Hebrews 6:13-18

Sunday, June 17, 2018


In English, you’ve seen it written “alleluia” or “hallelujah.” The more accurate way to spell it is Halleluyah, which is actually two Hebrew words joined together: Hallel (Praise) and Yah, which is a shortened form of YHVH, the personal name of the Lord God of Israel.
The hallel-u is a command to ‘you’, but it’s plural — that is, “You all, praise.”
Why do we praise Yah?
Psalm 150:2 “For His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness.”
In other words, we praise Him for everything He is, everything He has done and everything He is going to do.
How do we praise Yah?
Psalm 150:3 says we are to “praise Him with dancing as well as with the sound of the trumpet, harp, lyre, tambourine, strings, pipe, clashing of cymbals, and with our voices”
Those that think heaven is going to be quiet, controlled worship are in for a shocker.
“Let everything that has breath Hallel-u Yah, Hallel-u Yah — Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord.” Praise Him like you mean it!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:1instructs us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (KJ) In Greek, the word translated as 'substance' literally means "underlying reality' or 'underlying truth upon which something is built".' Hope is built on an underlying truth that we know by faith. Therefore, without faith, true hope doesn't exist.
In Psalm 27:13, David tells us “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.”

If we can’t believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord (by faith) we will despair. Therefore, despair is the result of having no hope - and hope is dependent on what? Faith.
The only thing that keeps us from despair, depression, negativity and fear is believing – having faith.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Passover! (Easter, Resurrection Day)

Belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior (justification) is the elementary foundation of a life-long process. 1 Peter 1:3-4 speaks of the imperishable inheritance reserved for believers in heaven. Ephesians 1:18 tells us that Jesus has an inheritance - in believers. It is our maturiting in Christ through the ongoing process of sanctification that brings His inheritance in glorification:
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints”
This Easter I also pray that all believers continue in Christ, always seeking more of Him, that He may be further glorified in us... "moving beyond the elementary..."


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Mark 11:23-24

I know of no other scripture that can radically change the way we pray the way that Mark 11:23-24 can. In these few lines Jesus tells us point blank that *we* have the power to *speak* into situations and remove the obstacles (mountains) that not only stand in the way of fulfilling our purpose in Him, but in our own, personal lives. He doesn't define what kind of mountains these are, which should indicate the inclusion of *all* mountains. Health mountains, money mountains, personal character mountains, career mountains, spiritual mountains - any and ALL mountains.
He follows this by stating that *whatever* (anything, all inclusive, ALL - there's that word again) we ask for in prayer and believe that we have *already received it*, we will have it. Note that this doesn't mean that we necessarily possess whatever it is at the time of prayer - although this is the standpoint of approach - but that IF we truly believe that we already have it, that we *will* have it. This can be difficult to wrap our heads around because it places the thing we're praying for not in the future, but in the here and now - already in our possession. This also leads us to pray from a thankful position, instead of a begging position. If someone hands you a bowl of ice cream you don't turn around and say "where's my ice cream?", because it's right there in front of you. You would thank them for the ice cream and dig in. (You can probably tell I've been dieting) The same is true with this approach to prayer. If God has already provided you with something, you thank Him - even though the tangible evidence of having it isn't there yet.
This doesn't call for a long, drawn out prayer either. It's very simple and direct. To use this formula in prayer might go something like this:
"I speak to (cancer, poverty, pride, etc) and I tell you that you have no place in my life. By the authority of Christ vested in me, I command you to go in Jesus name, now! Lord, I thank you for (whatever the mountain was blocking you from - good health, income, a new job, etc) and I receive it now in Jesus name! Thank you Lord."
That’s Optimistic Trust.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Laodaicea and Today’s Church

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
Laodaicea was part of the Roman province of Asia and was located about 100 miles west of Ephesus in a valley where the Lycus river flows into the Meander river. Laodaicea was a center for trade and the merchants were wealthy. In fact Laodaicea was the financial hub of the entire region around it. About six miles northwest from Laodaicea was Hierapolis, which was famous for its mineral hot springs. Hierapolis had an aqueduct system that flowed down to Laodaicea. The issue was that by the time this hot water reached Laodaicea, the water was lukewarm and undesirable. Recent archeology of the Roman pipeline has also shown that this water was heavy with calcium, making it almost unpalatable for drinking. In contrast, the nearby city of Colossae, just a few miles upriver from both Hierapolis and Laodaicea, and for whom the book Colossians was written, had refreshing cold water sources. Jesus uses this analogy because he knew the people would know exactly what he was referring to. The hot water of Hierapolis served a purpose in bathing and cleansing. The cold water of Colossae also served a purpose, refreshing drinking water – but the lukewarm, unpalatable water of Laodaicea was neither good for cleansing or drinking. Think of it this way - when your morning coffee is no longer hot and becomes tepid or lukewarm, you don’t want to drink another drop and, if so disposed, would literally spit it out rather than swallow it. Another idea which may or may not come into play was that chilled and warm wines were popular drinks at the time. When a guest arrived for dinner or a gathering, his host might offer him wine chilled with snow, or wine mixed with hot water. To be offered lukewarm wine was an insult to the guest and a mark against the host. The Laodiceans are likened to the lukewarm wine that a banquet attendee would despise. They are tepid, objectionable, and something to be vomited out of the mouth. This idea also fits with the overall imagery of the message to Laodicea, which ends with an explicit reference to a banquet. Further, the Laodiceans didn’t welcome Jesus as an honored guest, leaving Him outside the door knocking to get in - they were horrid hosts. On either account, hot or cold is acceptable in the eyes of God, but being neither on fire for God nor a thirsty seeker is not. He finds this state of being unabsorbed, bored and undecided an unpalatable middle ground to be spewed out of His mouth.
The overall state of the church today, especially in America, can very easily be described in the terms as Laodaicea – a boring, undecided and undedicated mess of a middle ground. The majority of churches today offer “a form of godliness, but deny the power of God” from operating within them. They are neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm, unpalatable and calcified with mediocrity. The church today in America is rife with political correctness, seeking a lukewarm middle ground in order to try and please everyone. Pastors are calcified with fear of losing members if they cross the line into preaching truth with power – that is IF they themselves walk in the same. Jesus refers to such as “wretched and miserable” and advises them to “be zealous and repent.” He tells them that He is standing at the door and knocking and, if answered, He will come in and banquet with them. The question is and has been for decades now, will the church respond to the knock. Will the church rid itself of "playing church" complacency and operate in the power that God has offered or will it continue in lukewarm mediocrity.

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