Sunday, April 20, 2014

Is the Resurrection a Reality to You? - He’s Alive for EVERMORE!
















This Easter many will go through the robotic motions of celebrating Easter without any possession of the REALITY of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. They will gather with loved ones, family and friends to color Easter eggs; have Easter egg hunts; eat baked ham, candy and fine desserts; maybe watch a sporting event and perhaps even attend church for the first time since Christmas. This tragically happens every year in a never-ending cycle of tradition and hypocrisy. Oh my friend, what is truly needed this Easter is a dose of the heavenly reality of Christ’s triumphant resurrection from the dead (John 4:24)!

The resurrection of Christ from the dead is the centerpiece of all time and ETERNITY. All depended on His resurrection and utter defeat of the tyranny of Death.

The resurrection of Christ from the dead is the centerpiece of all time and ETERNITY. All depended on His resurrection and utter defeat of the tyranny of Death (1 Cor. 15:55, Heb. 2:14-15, Rev. 1:18). Each and every one who has put their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation - as taught in the Holy Scriptures - shall never be ultimately defeated, discouraged or disappointed (2 Cor. 1:9-10).

Oh, what joy to the trusting heart when the King of Fears (Death) is defeated (Col. 2:12-15; Rev. 20:14)! My dear friend, the Easter Bunny in all his "magical splendor" could never accomplish that! REALITY is so desperately needed in this hour not fairy tales and vain traditions that CANNOT deliver a man or woman's soul in that Day of ETERNAL judgment (Rev. 20:11-15, 22:15).

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 15:55-57)

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" (John 11:25-26)

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3)

"Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:8-11)

"Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:25)

This Easter, do you truly know the RESURRECTED Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? He alone can deliver from the penalty of sin and the tyranny of death (John 3:16-17, Rom. 10:2-4, Rev. 1:5). Oh, to comprehend the REALITY of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! It will change your life, and you will NEVER be the same!

Jesus said: "Fear not; I am the first and last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" (Rev. 1:17-18)

As you sit around the dinner table with loved ones and friends this Easter, may you examine your hearts and minds to be sure that you are truly trusting in the saving grace of Almighty God and His Precious Son (Acts 16:29-31, Rom. 10:2-4, Eph. 2:8-9, 1 John 5:10-13). Examine what is taught in the Holy Scriptures for yourself and see (Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-23). May you truly be able to say with all of your heart, "I KNOW Him and the POWER of His Resurrection" (Philip. 3:10a)!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.


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Our Lord’s Glorious Resurrection Body















Many deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, but the Bible proclaims this fact in unmistakable terms. The Scriptures are very specific in describing our Lord’s resurrection body. Consider the following:


1. It was a body that was missing from the tomb (Mark 16:6; Luke 24:3,23; John 20:2,12).

2. It was a body that could be seen (Matthew 28:10,17; Mark 16:14; John 20:18,25,29; Acts 1:3; 1 Corinthians 15:5-8).

3. It was a body that could speak (Matthew 28:9,18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:17,32; John 20:18).

4. It was a body that had hands and feet (Matthew 28:9; Luke 24:39-40,50).

5. It was a body that could stand (Luke 24:14; John 20:19; 21:4)

6. It was a body that could walk (Luke 24:14-15,28).

7. It was a body that could breathe (John 20:22).`

8. It was a body that could prepare a meal (John 21:9,12-13).

9. It was a body that had flesh and bones (Luke 24:39).

10. It was a body that could be touched and held onto and handled (Matthew 28:9; Luke 24:39; John 20:17–"stop clinging to Me").

11. It was a body that could hold and handle bread and other foods (Luke 24:30; John 21:13).

12. It was a body that could eat (Luke 24:30, 41-43).

13. It was a body that still had the wounds or scars from His crucifixion on His hands and on His side (John 20:27).

14. It was a body that could appear in another form (Mark 16:12).

15. It was a body that could vanish out of sight (Luke 24:31).

16. It was a body that could pass through a sealed and secured tomb and through locked doors (Matthew 27:62-66; John 20:19,26). Apparently His body also passed through the linen grave clothes (John 20:6-8).

17. It was a body that could go up into heaven (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9) and that also could return to earth many centuries later (Acts 1:9-11).
Some of these descriptions are very normal, such as speaking, eating, standing, walking, etc. Some of these descriptions speak of activities which are abnormal and unusual: appearing in another form, vanishing, passing through solid objects, etc.

All of this is fascinating when we remember that Philippians 3:20-21 teaches us that the believer’s resurrection body will be patterned after "His glorious body."

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Battle of Concord and Lexington

April 19th - The Shot Heard Round the World

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What If The Lord Jesus Came To America?


















If the Lord Jesus Christ came in our day (2014) to the "land of the "free", what would you expect the majority of Americans to do with Him? Would the "Word made Flesh" be received and welcomed as the Savior of the world? Would "church" goers receive Him with open arms? Would the socially dependent so called "poor", rich and government and educational elites welcome Him with open arms? Would the conservative and leftist media outlets have good things to say about Him? Would His countless miracles of healing the lame, blind, sick and demon possessed win over the masses from sea to shining sea? Well... Tragically the heart of a man is NOT changed by witnessing signs and wonders (Matt. 13, Rom. 10:17). Man will just about justify, excuse and do anything rather than changing and repenting to Almighty God's saving grace (John 3:19-21, Rom. 1:18-32). The history of mankind is full of such godless testimonies (Psalm 106:7, John 5:1-18, Acts 2:22-23, Rev. 11:3-13, Rev. 20:6-15). I guarantee that the majority of Americans who would have saw Jesus would in like manner (Liberals and Conservatives) by the end of His 3 1/2 year ministry would have had enough of Him, His ETERNAL realities, and cries of repentance to a lost and dying world, and at Easter (an American holiday) in 2014 would in unison yell crucify Him and put Him to death! The country we live into day has absolutely NO PLACE for Almighty God, the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ. Self willed religion (a spiritual philosophy), narcissism, independence from godliness and lawlessness dominate our day. So when push comes to shove and the chips are down, when ones back is against the wall and the fat lady sings the true nature of an individual is then revealed and it "ain't" pretty. Such was the heart in Jesus' day and such is the heart of our day.

Man will just about justify, excuse and do anything rather than changing and repenting to Almighty God's saving grace.

As it were, Jesus had absolutely dominated the “news cycle” of His day for 3 ½ years! Jesus would have been constantly talked about in all of the newspapers and on all of the radio talk shows, blogs and main stream media outlets. Sadducees and Pharisees talk shows hosts would ignorantly miss represent Him to the kool aid drinking Israeli masses of conservatives and liberal Jews of Jesus day. His enemies would have be on 24/7 slandering campaigns to change and curb public opinion against Him. His WONDERFUL WORDS OF LIFE and ETERNAL REDEMPTION to a doomed and fallen world would have been called intolerant, hate speech, bigoted and satanic-phobia. There would have been constant polls questioning and asking, “Is Jesus the Messiah?” “Is He good for Israel?” “Do you believe that Jesus is God? etc. Religious and political hacks would have followed Him around Israel protesting, misrepresenting and misquoting His words, miracles and wonders to their godless doom! The oppositional government bureaucrats would have sought to limit where Jesus was to speak and sent their spies out to follow Him to gather incriminating evidence against Him. The unbelieving Israeli socialists would have wanted Jesus to run for leadership as a socialist “cradle to grave” provider of the people without ever addressing their ETERNAL needs. Conservatives would have wanted Jesus to run for office to instill a conservative utopia (in this fallen world) where the people can honor God according to their “OWN” conservative mindset while REJECTING Almighty God’s ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS provision for ETERNITY (Rom. 10:2-4). The poor would have wanted something for nothing and the rich low taxes to grow the economy and their “worldly” business.

Unbelief, is unbelief, is unbelief, is unbelief! If it quacks like an unbelieving duck, and walks like an unbelieving duck it is an unbelieving duck! It was so in Jesus Day and it is so in our day!

My friends NOTHING is EVER new under the sun! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (Eccl. 1)! Whether conservative unbelief or liberal unbelief (politically or religiously), Unbelief, is unbelief, is unbelief, is unbelief! If it quacks like an unbelieving duck, and walks like an unbelieving duck, it is an unbelieving duck! It was so in Jesus day and it is so in our day! What is absolutely key to know the reality of what is going on in our world is that the master of this fallen and godless world of Jew and Gentiles has the same ol playbook but repackaged into whatever deception that is needed for the hour . Lucifer has - then and today - countless unbelieving godless demonic kool aid drinkers to do his will (1 Cor. 4:3-4, Eph 2:2-3) who (conservative, moderate and liberal) REJECT Almighty God’s saving grace which comes ONLY by His dear Son Jesus Messiah (John 3:16-21, 14:6, Acts 4:12). Conservative, Moderate, Liberal, Progressive etc… ALL are lost and ALL are fallen (Rom. 3:23, 5:12-21). Whatever part of the spectrum one might fall in we are all equally a broken egg who desperately need redemption and a PERFECT (a perfect egg) atoning propitiation (Rom. 3:23, 5:12-21, 1 John 4:10)! That my dear friend is the bottom line and is our greatest need for our temporal existence here in time today (Rom. 6:23).

A "Christian" ideology will not save you. A moral life will not save you. ONLY faith in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ will SAVE you from the wrath to come!

May I ask YOU this very simple question? If the Lord Jesus came today to America, would YOU receive Him as your Savior? The test to see for yourself  is will YOU receive God's Word witness to Who He was? That is always the crossroad for an individual. A "Christian" ideology will not save you. A moral life will not save you. ONLY faith in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ will SAVE you from the wrath to come (John 3:16-17,36,  1 Thess. 1:10). My dear friend, see for yourself and take this simple challenge from Almighty God's Book. It will be then and there that YOU will see if - in the end - you would have yelled with the multitudes 2000 years ago "CRUCIFY HIM!!" or SAVE ME Lord Jesus! In the end the choice is ALL yours. would will it be? May you choose life my dear friend!


The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

The ONLY Thing That Can Wash Away The Sins of The World















Each year the world's biggest religious festival takes place with nearly two million pilgrims taking a dip in an Indian holy river that has claimed to have washed away the sins of 120 million people in the last 60 days - (see more of story).

Dear Friends, to keep it simple, a dirty river has ZERO power to forgive a man's transgressions against Almighty God, neither does traditional workings and customs or humanitarian works and efforts towards ones fellow men (Rom. 6:23, Eph. 2:8-9). Since the scattering at Babel the nations of the world have all tried to come up with human remedy to answer the haunting effects of guilt and ones transgressions against Almighty God (Rom 1:18-32). Transgressions are against Almighty God and His ETERNAL and moral absolutes and all must give an account to Him (Rev. 21:11-15). Almighty God has provided a Savior and a RIGHTEOUS remedy to redeem and cleanse man from ALL his transgression and that remedy is found in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17, 1 John 2:2, 4:10). Listen to what the Word of Almighty God has to say about cleansing.
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The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:19).
 
but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:19).


The Blood of the Lamb (click on link for the ALL Bible verse which speak of Christ's precious blood)
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Nothing But The Blood of Jesus!

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus; What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.Oh! precious is the flow, That makes me white as snow; No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see, Nothing but the blood of Jesus; For my cleansing this my plea, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone, Nothing but the blood of Jesus;Naught of good that I have done, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace, Nothing but the blood of Jesus; This is all my righteousness, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome—Nothing but the blood of Jesus, Now by this I’ll reach my home—Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Glory! Glory! This I sing—Nothing but the blood of Jesus, All my praise for this I bring—Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

It is only with the blood of the Lamb that one can be clease. Do you know the Savior of the world? May it be that you surely do for then will your sins be washed white as snow (Isa. 1:18)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jesus’ 3 Days and Nights in Sheol Paradise After His Crucifixion!

















It was after the crucifixion of the Messiah of Israel that Satan and godless Israelites rejoiced in their demonic triumph of unrighteousness. They thought that they had done away with “This Man”, this Miracle Worker, this Preacher of RIGHTEOUSNESS, this violator of the Sabbath, this One who claimed to be Almighty God the Son and it was exhilarating to their godless mind (Matt. 27, Luke 23). As the Sabbath day was about to begin these godless men made their preparation to finish “their” Feast of Passover and partake in “their” man made traditions (Matt. 15:7-11, 23, John 18:28). Satan the original architect of darkness (John 8:44) was making plans to further His darkened Kingdom and in the delusion of his mind, rejoicing at the murder of the Messiah at the very hand of unbelieving Israel. How perfect must have this thought been in this angelic madman’s reprobate mind? The very chosen nation of Almighty God (Deut. 4:13, 7:6, Rom. 9:4-5), the Apple of His eye (Deut. 32:10, Ps. 17:8, Zech. 2:8), the beholder of all the covenants and promises for the world (Rom. 9:4-5), and nation which was to bring forth the Seed (Messiah) of Abraham (Gen. 22:18, Acts 3:25, Gal. 3:16, Rev. 12:1-5) had been Satan’s chief vessel (Acts 2:22-23, 7:51-54) in the death, violent murder, eradication and violent crucifixion of Almighty God the Son, who abided in human flesh (Isa. 9:6-7, Micah 5:2, John 1:14, 1 Tim 3:16). As these haters of reality - in the physical and spiritual world - went about their delusional godless existence after this barbaric slaying; unknown to them in the abode of the dead something else was taking place.

When the Lord Jesus willingly gave up His ghost on the cross in the ninth hour, His Spirit departed into the nether regions of the earth called Sheol or Hades, the abode of the dead.

When the Lord Jesus willingly gave up His ghost on the cross in the ninth hour, His Spirit departed into the nether regions of the earth called Sheol or Hades, the abode of the dead (Matt 12:40, Luke 16:22-31, Eph. 4:8-10, 1 Peter 3:19). This abode is where the spirits of just and unjust men awaited (some excitedly, while the majority horrifically). The Just for the first resurrection (Isa. 26:19, Dan. 12:2, Rev. 20:4-6), while the others in EXPONENTIAL fear for the Day of ETERNAL Judgment that would come at the end of time (Matt. 25:41, Rev. 20:11-15).

Sheol, the abode of the dead, which is in the center of the earth (Matt. 12:40, 1 Peter 3:19) is made up of two compartments. One called Sheol Hell, the other Sheol Paradise (Luke 16:22-31). Between these two realms is a great fixed gulf which neither side can cross (Luke 16:26). These two realms are FOREVER separated by the cross of Jesus Christ (John 3:36). Sheol Hell is where the unredeemed and unregenerate spirits of man from Cain unto the last unsaved individual of time awaits for their ETERNAL sentence in the Lake of Fire coming up at the end of time (Rev. 20:11-15). Sheol Paradise is where the redeemed from Adam to the thief on the cross await for the completion of Christ’s redemptive and atoning work on the cross (Eph. 4:8-10, 1 Peter 3:19, 4:6).

Between these two realms is a great fixed gulf which neither side can cross. These two realms are FOREVER separated by the cross of Jesus Christ.

When Jesus entered into the realm of the dead both groups saw His glorious entrance as He entered into Sheol Paradise. Oh beloved, what rejoicing to the redeemed prisoners of Death’s undeliverable hand (Heb. 2:14-15)! The very One in whom these individuals from Adam to the thief on the cross had put their trust in in times past, God’s propitiation and redeemer for their sinful souls had descended down into their presence to let them know that ETERNAL salvation and deliverance was a mere 3 days away (Eph. 4:8-10, 1 Peter 3:19, 4:6)! As Jesus Christ abode in Sheol with the redeemed, the once dwellers of time and earth who had now been subject to the nether realms of Paradise rejoiced and fellowshipped with their Savior! These who had placed their trust in Almighty God's Lamb did not esteem the world's pleasures and godless appetites but looked for a city and Maker who was Almighty God and who hungered and thirsted for RIGHTEOUSNESS more than decadence (Heb.11:13). As the third day came Jesus told those in Sheol Paradise that He would now rise because of His perfect and sinless life and ETERNAL redemption for these was now FULLY complete (Matt. 12:40, 1 Cor. 15:55, Phil 2:1-11, Rev. 1:18)!

As the tormented and lost looked across the great fixed gulf and saw Christ arising up into the realms of the physical world three days later and they fully comprehended that their doom was FOREVER sure.
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As the tormented and lost looked across the great fixed gulf and saw Christ arising up into the realms of the physical world three days later and they fully comprehended that their doom was FOREVER sure. Horrified and filled with fright their hearts surged to EXPONENTIAL levels of fear. For these godless and lawless transgressors of time knew then that FOREVER their fate was sealed and they would FOREVER give a full account for their deeds in the flesh when they once walked on the earth. For the Savior of the world had paid the price and now would be Judge of ALL (Rev. 20:11-15) As Satan saw His Creator arise from the abode of dead, his prison hold for all of Adam's fallen race, he also was filled with absolute EXPONENTIAL dread and knew that his doom was indeed sealed (Gen. 3:14-15, John 12:31). What is absolutely amazing is that Satan is still relentless in seeking to destroy the work of God in light of the horrific dread that is as a battleship chain around his neck (John 8:44).

As Jesus arose, He made himself known to his disciples and 40 days later when He ascended into Heaven, He took with Him the spirits of the redeemed to be in His and His Father’s presence in Heaven.
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As Jesus arose, He made himself known to his disciples (Matt. 28, John 21) and 40 days later when He ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:9), He took with Him the spirits of the redeemed to be in His and His Father’s presence in Heaven, to await the first resurrection from the dead in which these redeemed will receive a resurrected body of righteousness, which they will be given to perfectly serve and worship the Triune God for EVERMORE (Dan. 12:2, Eph. 4:8-10, Rev. 20:5-6, 21, 22:1-5)! This first resurrection will take place some 2000 years later at Christ glorious return to planet earth at the Battle of Armageddon when He is to reign for a 1000 years (Rev. 19:11-21, 20:4-6).

When Jesus rose from the dead and then was then seated at the Right hand of the Father forty days later (Psalm 110:1, Luke 22:69, Acts 2:34, 7:55, Heb. 12:1-2), He then ten days later on the Feast of Pentecost established His called out assembly (i.e., the church - Acts 2:1-4) made up of Jews and gentile (1 Cor. 2:13, Gal. 3:28) believers to be an exceedingly wondrous chosen vessel for His glory while Israel is set aside for a season (Rom. 9-11). This “called out assembly" (i.e., the church) would be -each member - individually given the Holy Spirit of Almighty God (John 14:16), have the risen Messiah’s and Father’s Personal indwelling ( ), be seated spiritually at the very Right-hand of Almighty God , and blessed with ALL spiritual glory, praise and lauded as sons of the ETERNAL Father! They also would be given diverse gifts to be used for the glory and outworking of Almighty God until the Rapture. My beloved, who can even begin to comprehend the EXCEEDINGLY EXPONENTIAL wonders that the risen Messiah, the ETERNAL Son of Almighty God has done for the redeemed and for those who love Him (1 Cor. 2:9, Rev. 21, 22:1-5). My beloved, it will take all of ETERNITY to even begin to just taste the WONDERS AND ETERNAL LOVE of the Father.

My beloved, who can even begin to comprehend the EXCEEDINGLY EXPONENTIAL wonders that the risen Messiah, the ETERNAL Son of Almighty God has done for the redeemed and for those who love Him.

As Jesus ascended into the lower regions of earth and then ascended, He took captive the very captor of the redeemed - DEATH and Sheol - and set the redeemed of Adam's race free FOREVER (Rom. 5:12-21, Eph 4:8-10).

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Cor. 15:55)

"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." (Rev. 1:18)

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26).

My dear friend, Do YOU believe this? Do YOU believe that Jesus IS the resurrection and the life? I pray to Almighty God that you do! For our ETERNAL destinies are based on what one has done with Jesus Christ the Savior of the world (John 3:16-17, 36). We have two groups of individuals whose destinies are FOREVER settled that testify to the living that we will be in one place or the other in FOREVER'S ETERNAL future. This Easter may you - as the thief on the cross did (Luke 23:42-43), receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. You will truly FOREVER NEVER be the same!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.


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