Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Nations - A Biblical Perspective

 













Whenever the word "nations" is mentioned in the Bible, one should understand where God is coming from when He speaks of them.


The Nations of the Earth were:

- Conceived in a concerted, godless rebellion (Gen 11:1-9, Rev. 17:5, Acts 17:26).

- Born (brought forth) in divine judgment (Gen 10, 11:1-9, Rev 17:5, Acts 17:26).

- Reared (raised) in godless unbelief and ignorance (Acts 17:26 -30, Rom 1:18-32, Eph. 2:1-3,11,4:17).


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Note: Only a small remnant of all the nations - from Babel to the end of the age - will place their their faith and trust in Almighty God for salvation (Matt. 8:11, 25: 31-40, Luke 13:29, Rev. 7:13-17; 14, Isa. 60:1-3, Micah 4:1-3, Zech. 8:21-23, John 3:1:17, Rev. 21:22-27, 22:2). These (i.e., the saved of the nations) are the ones whom God foreknew while He spared the inhabitants of Babel from total destruction. In His grace and mercy He chose rather to "babble" their languages and scatter them throughout the world then a total eradicating judgment (note the commandment of Almighty God in Gen. 9:1) - Zech. 14:16; Matt. 25:31-34; Rev. 14:9-14; 21:24.
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As the rebellious inhabitants of Babel were scattered across the face of the earth,they took with them the godless, “alternative reality” and philosophy of the city of Babel (Rev. 17:1-5). As time passed, the nations became immersed and cemented in their godless cultures and philosophies, and they have reaped the horrific consequences of their godless practices unto this day (Acts 17:29-31, Rom. 1:18-32).

    This "Babelology" of a godless politico-religious ideology and philosophy still dominates our world today....
Since Babel’s judgment some forty-two hundred years ago, people in the world today have been living in the aftermath of the “Babylonian unbelief and apostasy.” This "Babelology” of politico-religious ideology and philosophy still dominates our world today, and it has truly hampered Lucifer’s tyrannical designs for global unity, worship and creation of a global fascist state under his sole, sovereign thumb (Rev. 14:8; 17:16-17; 18:2). That is why the term "United Nations" is an abomination to Almighty God since the nations under Satan are still today seeking a godless existence apart from their ETERNAL Creator (Gen. 11:1-9, Dan. 2, 7, Acts 17:22-32, Rom. 1:18-32, Eph. 2:1-2, 6:12, Rev. 13).  Even now, events are transpiring that will soon make Satan’s grand and diabolical design a reality (Matt 24:15,2 Thess. 2:7; 1 John 4:3, Rev. 13, 18:2).

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F. 

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The GREAT Fame and Emptiness of David Cassidy













David Cassidy of the "Partridge Family" fame and Super-Iconic Pop Star of the early 70's, passed on into ETERNITY last November leaving his fans greatly saddened and nostalgic (Eccl. 12:13-14, Rom. 5:12-21; 6:23, Heb. 9:27). It had been revealed back in November that David had died from dementia-related issues, but yesterday it was revealed that David's true fatal illness and death was alcohol-related. Years of fame and alcohol abuse had finally taken its toll on the Mega Singer's body, and in the end, left him ETERNALLY empty and with organ failure. How horrifically tragic is the life of a Mega Star! Emptiness and loneliness are usually their only companions as they walk this life's wide and short road (Matt. 7:13-14). Alcoholism, sex, fame and drug addiction are usually the vain means to find fulfillment for man's ETERNAL void; but ALWAYS loneliness, unfulfillment and death is the price of fame. Just look at how many Super Stars have been slain by this CONSUMING MONSTER in the last 50 years in our super-technological world. Satan does not give that position of fame in his kingdom without a HORRIFIC ETERNAL price tag attached to it (Mark 8:36-38)! Very, very few end up surviving fame's reckless trip and even fewer come to a saving knowledge of their Creator in Spirit and TRUTH (John 1:12, Acts 17:28-30,  Rom. 10:2-4).

Look at how many have been slain by this CONSUMING MONSTER in the last 50 years in our super-technological world. Satan does not give that position in his kingdom without a HORRIFIC ETERNAL price tag attached to it!

The issue at hand is fame's tragic means to an end without a saving relationship to their ETERNAL Creator in RIGHTEOUSNESS. Without Almighty God as one's ETERNAL Savior, this life and ALL its delights can NEVER fill the ETERNAL void in man; only Almighty God his ETERNAL Creator can! The masquerade Cassidy had put on for years of playing the Super Iconic Star and the image he had to live up to in the end had been his demise. Notice what a man who had it ALL had to say at the end of his existence; "I have a liver disease,” Cassidy explained to A&E producer Saralena Weinfield in a recorded conversation. “There is no sign of me having dementia at this stage of my life. It was complete alcohol poisoning.”Speaking of his alcoholism, Cassidy told the documentary producers, "I did it to myself, to cover up the sadness and the emptiness."
  
How TRAGIC and empty to the last! O that David turned in repentance and faith to His ETERNAL Creator to find the TRUE ETERNAL FULFILLMENT' which a son of Adam can ONLY find through Jesus Christ (Matt. 11:28-30, John 10:10, Rom. 5:12-21, Gal. 5:22, Phil. 4:7). As far as I can see in my research of David, David had ZERO desire to be saved from his sins and in repentance turn to Jesus Christ for ETERNAL salvation (Matt. 11:28-30, John 3:16-17). Many will not like that REALITY, but dear friends this is the ETERNAL TRUTH! It is even a very sobering question to ask one's self, "Am I saved and delivered from my sins?"

The Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes is the tragic biography of Adam’s fallen race (i.e., humanity) told by the wisest of all men, King Solomon. King Solomon possessed it all: wisdom, brilliance, discernment, authority, prestige, riches/ wealth, property/ possessions, power, fame, women and glory. Amazingly, as he was reflecting on his life in his last days, he made this very sobering and tragic statement: “Vanity of vanities…all is vanity” (Eccl. 1:1-15, 12:7-8).

In possessing all of this stature and achievement, it never satisfied the ETERNAL void of his heart. All of it did not - and could not - yield peace and contentment. In the end, all of Solomon's great achievements and pomp could never deliver him in the hour of his death. To Solomon, all indeed was truly dust in the wind...

Dust in the Wind, the title of a song released by the group Kansas in the late 1970’s, is a melancholy piece regarding the terrible uncertainties and brevity of earthly existence. There is no certainty, no hope, no expectation, no solution and no deliverance. The song is painted with pessimistic colors and presents a bleak and tragic picture with absolute abandonment and no salvation to be found. All we are is dust in the wind….

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"All we are is dust in the wind..."

What the majority of humanity (and the song) greatly misses is that without Almighty God, our Creator and Sustainer and His righteousness, all is indeed an absolute tragedy, vanity and dust in the wind (Psalm 39:5). My friend, that was never God’s plan and purpose for His creation (Rom. 5:12-21). It is Almighty God’s sincerest desire that all would come to the saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ and have ETERNAL LIFE. The Bible states:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17)

"Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die…?" (Ezekiel 33:11)

"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost" (Matt 18:11)

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matt 11:28-30)

Jesus said, "The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10)

Your existence here in time does not have to end in vanity. Almighty God has a great future plan and purpose for your life.


But as it is written, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him"(1 Cor. 2:9)

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" (John 11:25)

"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 22:5)

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Without Almighty God’s remedy for our sinful condition which is found only in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ, indeed all is truly vanity and dust in the wind.
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"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? " (Matt 16:26)

"Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah" (Psalm 39:5).

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"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 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. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev 20:11-15)


In the end, Solomon fully comprehended that Almighty God was absolutely essential for the existence of man. To know Him is life  ETERNAL with great expectation and purpose!

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for thisis the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" (Eccl. 12:13,14)

Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? To know Him is to have  ETERNAL LIFE and possess  ETERNAL HOPE. May it be your sincere desire to know the One that made it all possible for you to have all of God’s highest and best for your life - both here in time and also for ETERNITY.

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

 

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

74th Anniversary of D-DAY - A Spiritual Analogy















On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied soldiers clambered aboard heaving landing craft and braved six-foot swells, waves of machine gun fire, and more than 6 million mines to claim a stretch of sand at a place called Normandy. Their mission was to carve out an Allied foothold on the edge of Nazi-occupied Europe for the army of more than one million that would follow them in the summer of 1944. This army would burst forth from the beachhead, rolling across Europe into the heart of Germany, liberating millions, toppling a genocidal regime and ending a nightmare along the way. But it all began on this beach in France, with an army of teenagers on a day called D-Day. (link)
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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).
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As we here at the IFB remember the 74th anniversary of this monumental historical event and the valor of those brave men who made up those liberating forces - the spearhead to liberate millions from Nazi oppression and tyranny - I cannot help but think of another highly significant day in the history of mankind which changed the course of mankind FOREVER.

On this Day of days, all was laid on the line for the rescue and liberation of all humanity from the tyranny and oppression of Lucifer (Satan), who is the demonic fascist and oppressor of all the world (Luke 4:5-6; Ephesians 2:1-3; Hebrews 2:14-15). Fallen humanity had been taken into captivity by Lucifer and enslaved in their transgressions. The horrible effects and consequences of Adam's fallen race are deadly and devastating and we all were in great need of rescue from the ETERNAL consequences (Romans 6:23a, 7:24).

The Son of Almighty God debarked of all His DEITY and His ETERNAL glory to bear the Cross of sin and shame for ALL of Adam’s fallen race.

Oh, on this day - The Day of all days - the Lord of Glory, the Son of Almighty God debarked of all His DEITY and His ETERNAL glory to bear the Cross of sin and shame for ALL of Adam’s fallen race (Rom. 5:12-19). He counted not His life precious unto death. He gave His last full measure (John 10:11, 19:30; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 12:2). He paid the price for you and me so that through Him we might be LIBERATED from the oppression and tyranny of the devil (John 8:36; Acts 10:38; Heb. 2:14-15), and DELIVERED from this present evil world (Isaiah 53, Galatians 1:4; Eph. 2:2-3) and from sin and death (Psalm 103:12; 1 Cor. 15:53-57).

HIS infinite love, HIS selflessness, HIS steadfastness, HIS faithfulness, HIS righteousness, HIS commitment and passion made possible our redemption and justification (1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 2:9-10, 12:2). He opened wide the doors of Heaven that ALL might enter in who put their ABSOLUTE TRUST in Him (John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Heb 10:19). AMEN!

The Victory of All Victories!

On the third day, He arose victorious from the grave and He defeated our arch foes - Lucifer, the evil world system, and sin and death (Gen 3:15, 1 John 4:4, 5:4-5; 1Cor. 15:54-57)! He now sits at the right hand of Almighty God to testify and to make intercession for ALL who put their trust in Him (Psalm 110:1; Heb. 1:3, 7:25, 10:12)!

Oh, Glory! Oh, Praise and Laud to the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18-21, Revelation 5)!

HE ALONE has fought and worked to liberate you from your transgressions, sins and bondage!
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Do you know the Great Liberator and Savior of the world as your personal Lord and Savior? HE ALONE has fought and worked to liberate you from your transgressions, sins and bondage! HE ALONE can liberate you from the tyranny and oppression of sin and Satan!

LOOK UNTO Him today (Isaiah 45:22)! He will NEVER turn anyone away. “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound!” (Rom. 5:20) CALL UPON Him today for deliverance (Psalms 18:3, 55:16, 116:13). You will never be the same!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

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