John 15:15-27 — Abide In My Love: The Upper Room Discourse Part 8

Dear Friends,

In late 2020 I drew a parallel between the new world order and Nazi Germany. At that time I said it is 1938 and we are all Jews. A little more than a year after I made this observation, this same parallel was made by Dr Robert Malone during his New Year’s interview with Joe Rogan; ie we are falling prey to the same ‘mass formation psychosis’ that engulfed Nazi Germany. Yet the problem is not simply psychological. Now as then, there are spiritual issues at play.

Like America, Germany was a world leader in science and technology, a country that enjoyed many blessings from heaven. Like America, these blessings came out of a respect for the word of God. Germany was where the Gutenberg Bible was printed, followed by Luther’s Bible. This led to a strong Protestant Reformation. However, in the 1800s, the Germans embraced the critical philosophy of Immanuel Kant. They began to critically analyze the Bible as a work of literature. This method, known as higher criticism, seeks to correct the Bible, rather than letting the Bible correct the reader. This led to the unraveling of morality in Germany, making the country ripe for the rise of the Third Reich. The same perversions that the Weimar Republic was infamous for are rearing their ugly head now in America, only worse.

Here in America, higher criticism has been taught in our seminaries for the last hundred years. It is for this very reason that the church in America is in such a sorry state. The church in these last days is marked by scandal and corruption. One popular preacher, Andy Stanley, has even said we no longer need the Old Testament. This same move was made by ‘Christians’ in Nazi Germany. The church is weak, to be euphemistic. (Rev 3:17) I was amazed at how, with few exceptions, the churches of America cowered in fear behind closed doors in March of 2020, not having the slightest idea what was being done to them. I went to church as usual only to be met by a church worker who spoke to me through a glass door — afraid to even open it, much less let me in. After a time, some churches began to understand they had fallen into a trap and fought back. When the mandates were rolled out, Christians who had a relationship with God seemed to instinctively know not to take the shots, even if they were not well versed in the latest medical news. That is the key. We need to concentrate more on developing our relationship with Jesus and less on the current trends in Christianity.

So how do we correct these errors? Before we look at our text, let us take a reasoned look at the culture. The truth is there are a lot more Christians than typically perceived by the general public. Likewise, there are a lot fewer LGBT people than typically perceived by the general public. The reason for this misperception is that the LGBT people are loud and proud while the church stays quiet. We let them shame us into silence. That is not love. Love is the major theme of Jesus’ instructions in John 15. The way we love the world is by telling them the truth. Love and truth are closely linked to one another. To see this truth illustrated, read John’s first general epistle and underline the words ‘love’, ‘true’, and ‘truth’ wherever they appear. You will soon see an abundance of these words protruding from the pages of your Bible. We are to share the truth in love. Trying to appease the world never works. The people of Sodom did not have any inclination of ‘tolerating’ Lot’s beliefs like he ‘tolerated’ theirs. Likewise, the world has made its mind up about the church and they have no intention of tolerating us. In fact, they hate us, as Jesus points out in the text below. When Christians go to protest their pedophile celebrations, it is the Christians who are arrested, not the pedophiles. Nevertheless, we still have to love them, by telling the truth. (Click here to see the testimony of someone who found out the truth about ‘transitioning’ too late, after he had already been deceived by the lie. He uses strong language because he is angry about what they did to him, but I think his story is something people need to hear.) Appeasement is not part of our armor, but the truth is. I do not think the church is going to reform the world. The locomotive of the new world order is moving forward at full speed and nothing is going to stop it, but we must always tell the truth: Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.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. … I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

If one had found himself in Germany in 1938, the wisest thing to do would have been to escape while there was still time, not to try to reform the Third Reich. God is preparing a way for us to escape the new world order. It behooves us to prepare. We prepare by studying and obeying the word. (John 15:3) Jesus called this abiding in Him. (John 15:4-7)

Give us understanding Father, as we read thy word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

John 15:15-27
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

This is a key verse that we need to spend some time unpacking.

There has been a question over the translation of the Greek word dulos as ‘servant’. Some feel that the word should be translated as ‘slave’. Slave is what the word literally means, but we have to consider the spiritual context as well, for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. I trust God knew what He was doing when He translated the word as ‘servant’. Someone may protest and say that it was not God who translated the word, but men. Well, consider that God promised to preserve his word:

…..The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
…..Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Psalm 12:6, 7

God used men to translate the Bible just as He used men to write it, but the Holy Spirit was overseeing the process and preserving God’s word for us. (Matt 24:35; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21) In fact, the original autographs were a translation. Jesus and the apostles spoke Aramaic, not Greek.

If you are offended by this line of reasoning it just goes to show how much the system of higher criticism that I referred to above has affected the thinking of Christians in these last days. It is Satan that wants you to question and critique the validity of God’s word (Gen 3:1), rather than simply accepting God’s promises to give us a pure Bible. If we trust that we have God’s word as He promised, and therefore obey it, Jesus calls us friends just as He called Abraham his friend when he believed and obeyed. (Gen 15:6; Gen 22:18; Isa 41:8)

…..And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
James 2:23

Not only did Abraham believe and obey God in his trial with Isaac in Genesis 22; Abraham believed God when He told him what He was going to do in the future. (Gen 15) Jesus is not asking any great thing of us like He did Abraham, simply that we love one another. That is the commandment that is repeated over and over in this section. (John 13:34; 15:12, 17) He is also asking us to believe in the glorious future that He is preparing for us. If we do these things, Jesus calls us his friends. (John 15:14)

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
John 15:15-27

 

So to sum up, we find ourselves at a unique point in time as the rise of new world order is quickly transitioning from the ankles at the bottom of the legs of iron in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, into the feet of iron mixed with clay. In order to successfully navigate these waters, we must:

1. Abide in Christ, aka the Word. (John 15:5ff)
2. This means believing and obeying his word. (John 15:12ff)
3. This means letting the Spirit lead, and telling people about Jesus. (John 15:26f)
4. We are not going to reform the world. (2 Cor 6:17f)
5. We need to get ready for the new world. (Rev 21)

We live these points by abiding in Jesus’ love. In this chapter Jesus tells us As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. He tells us If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. He tells us This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. He tells us again, These things I command you, that ye love one another. What exactly does that look like? Read Colossians 3. I highly recommend you open your Bible and meditate on Colossians 3 and John 15 in their entirety. The principles in these chapters are key to surviving and thriving as we await our Lord’s return. That may sound impossible in this economy, but I am not talking about earthly riches. I’m talking about thriving spiritually, which is entirely possible. Father, thank You for your Son. Thank You for all the precious promises we have in thy word. Increase our faith in your word and in your Son, Father, that we may abide in his love, that we may be ready when You send Him to fetch us home. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Prophecy Update: If you are a regular reader of these notes, you have probably noticed I have been emphasizing the rapture even more than usual. While several things point to the soon return of Christ, there are other reasons to believe it might be a while. I recently ran across some data from The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, at Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary. Their 2022 report, The Global Status of Christianity, shows that the church is growing worldwide. While the church in the West is in decline, the church in Asia and the global South is growing. Evangelicals have increased 48% since 2000, while Pentecostals/Charismatics have increased 50%. While the church is declining in ‘Christian’ countries, the church is growing in non-Christian countries. In 1900, 95% of all Christians lived in a country where Christians were the majority. Now that number is just above 50%. This leads to persecution in these countries but many are also being converted. 2.56 billion people now identify as Christian. That number is split between Protestants and Catholics about 50/50. Furthermore, this increase in the number of Christians has led to a decline in the number of martyrs. In 2000, the status report showed 1.6 million Christians killed for their faith over the previous ten years. In 2022, their estimate was down to 900,000. Also, with more Christians comes more Bibles. According to the report, 90 million Bibles will be printed this year. That is up from 54 million in 2000. With these kinds of numbers, it is easy to see why our Father may not be in a hurry to send Jesus back. These numbers also tell us there is a great harvest waiting for laborers to go and work the fields. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

John 15:5-14 — Coronavirus Part 14: The Psychic Wars – The Upper Room Discourse Part 7

Dear Friends,

As I write this post, world ‘leaders’ are gathered in Geneva discussing how to impose a WHO pandemic preparedness treaty on the US and the rest of the world. If they are successful, it will be a major step forward in the march toward the so-called Great Reset.

Father, give us understanding as we read thy word and consider these things, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 15:5-14
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
John 15:5-14

 

In the 20th Century, MK Ultra research revealed the human mind to be programmable. The MK Ultra program was discovered in 1975 by a congressional committee headed by Senator Frank Church. I wrote about it in Dragon Slayer Jesus Christ. If we are obedient to Jesus’ instructions above to abide in Him, which means abiding in his word, our minds will be properly programed by the manufacturer and therefore immunized against the viruses of the new world order media. In other words, we will be in control of our own minds — Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; If we are not abiding in the word, our minds can be hacked and taken over by those who want to control our behavior. Much planning and effort has taken place over several decades to prepare the public for the so-called Great Reset. This has been a longterm, multi-faceted program. Consider this recent recruiting advertisement from the US Army:

This is the same Army that has mandated the toxic mRNA shots and purged soldiers who refuse, mind you. The advertisement clearly shows that our government engages in psychological warfare. It would have to in order to convince the public to accept the dictates of the WHO. The WHO blatantly lied to the world for the last two years to give cover to Red China. From the very beginning of the so-called pandemic, it was clear that the director-general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was a puppet controlled by China. He repeatedly claimed there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission and praised China’s response to the virus — the same China that welded the doors shut on peoples’ apartments.

The warfare we are talking about is not merely psychological, but spiritual in nature. Hence, my description as psychic. Most of the spiritual warfare that the Bible speaks of takes place in the human mind. It is now clear that the so-called pandemic was, among other things, a psychic attack on the human spirit; a salvo to begin the process of the Great Reset. As discussed in previous posts, the so-called pandemic was planned in advance and carried out with military precision. In many ways, it was also a physical attack, but that is a topic for another time.

Although most of the world is enjoying the easing of restrictions, this is merely the calm before the storm. We are seeing a degree of normalcy again, but we are also seeing the effects of the lockdowns and mandates. People continue to die from the shots. Shortages and inflation are setting in. Things look dark, but nothing is as it seems. The weapon of the enemy is fear. The weapon of the Christian is the truth. If we follow the instructions of our Lord and abide in his word, we will be immune to the fear the enemy wants use to entrap us. It is a matter of trusting the Lord above all others. The enemy wants you to be scared of the next wave of crises but Jesus is asking you to trust Him and fear not. Jesus forewarned us of all these things and they indicate our redemption draws near.

The people of planet earth are being psychologically prepared to receive the one-world leader and take his mark in the right hand or forehead. The use of masks is a psychological submission technique. In the 1800s, African slaves were forced to wear masks. Even today, women in Islamic countries (who are considered chattel) are forced to cover their faces. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

The unilateral control of the media has allowed the new world order to use ‘flooding’, the technique of simultaneously sending their messaging into all sectors of society, thereby controlling the narrative. This technique was used to counter anyone who offered common sense solutions to their all-out assault on our freedom and health. For example, when the cheap, safe (safer than aspirin), and effective ‘wonder drug’ that won a Nobel Prize in 2015, Ivermectin, was offered as a therapeutic for COVID, the message that flooded the public was that it was a ‘horse paste’ and that a study ‘showed it to be ineffective’. (If you live in the US, you can get a prescription for Ivermectin at myfreedoctor.com.) Although these were blatant lies, those who receive their information from the controlled mainstream and social media were none the wiser.

How did they pull all this off? The answer to that is far too complex to cover in this post, but let’s take a look at some of the early psychological research that laid the groundwork for this ongoing worldwide psychological operation (psyop).

The three experiments we will look at are:

1. The Solomon Ash Conformity Experiment
2. The Milgram Torture Experiment
3. The Stanford Prison Experiment

1. The Solomon Asch Conformity Experiment:

In the 1950s, Solomon Asch conducted experiments where people were asked a series of simple questions. Participants were instructed to give blatantly wrong answers. The test subject, however, was not given these instructions. In one experiment, for example, the group was shown pictures containing a series of lines and asked to identify the longest line. At first, the test subject would identify the proper line. But after a few rounds of questions, he would go along with the group and say one of the shorter lines was the longest one, even though he knew it was not. These experiments have been reproduced several times with the same results, showing how easily people can be manipulated to comply through simple peer pressure.

2. The Milgram Torture Experiment:

In the 1960s, Stanly Milgram proved in a laboratory setting that people will blindly obey authority. Like the Solomon Asch Experiment, the Milgram experiment used an actor who was given information the test subject was not given. The test subject was seated at a console which controlled electrodes that were connected to a person for the purpose of shocking him. The test subject was told by the professor, a person in a position of authority who wore a white lab coat, to shock the person whenever he gave an incorrect answer. There was not really any shock administered, but the actor was instructed to feign pain and agony, as if he was, in fact, being tortured by the test subject. The experiment proved that people will willingly torture others if instructed to do so by an authority figure.

3. The Stanford Prison Experiment:

In the 1970s, Philip Zimbardo used volunteers to simulate a prison setting. The volunteers were divided into two groups, guards and prisoners. Almost immediately, the test subjects accepted their roles, with some of the guards becoming sadistic and inflicting psychological torture onto the prisoners. Many of the prisoners passively accepted their punishment, and would even harass other prisoners who tried to stop the psychological abuse. The abuse included things like forcing the prisoners to strip naked, being given only a bucket to use as a toilet which was not allowed to be emptied, being forced to sleep on the concrete without a blanket, and solitary confinement in a dark closet, while the guards pounded on the door and shouted at the prisoner. Some of the prisoners ‘went crazy’ and were released from the experiment early. Zimbardo saw no ethical problems with the experiment and did everything he could to keep it going until an outside observer witnessed what was taking place. This brought the experiment, which lasted six days, to an end.

 

It should be plain to see how these experiments were played out in real life right before our very eyes over the last two years. We saw the creation of a worldwide prison complex with willing participants who readily subjected themselves to abuse. These experiments took place around fifty years or more ago. Although they were not part of the MK Ultra program, they indicate how pliable people can be. The new world order has continued their research and even has access to ultra-sophisticated artificial intelligence to aid them in their pursuit of mind control over the public. If you read my last post, you may have wondered why I included the REM video at the end. If you study the lyrics and the images used in that video, they reveal the long game played by the new world order. Thy lyrics were written in 1987 and the images were compiled in 2006, but if you are familiar with the MK Ultra program, you can see their plans for the Great Reset embedded in that video. On the other hand, we Christians have something far more powerful and more sophisticated than they do: GOD. The Lord has told us what to do:

…..Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
…..And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:31, 32

…..I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
…..And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:1, 2

…..Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 1:6

…..Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4:6

…..Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
…..And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Revelation 19:7, 8

If we keep our focus on Jesus we will not give into fear, as they prepare us for the next big scare: monkeypox. According to Dr Peter McCullough, monkeypox is not an airborne virus like the SARS viruses are. It does not affect the respiratory system like the SARS viruses and it is easily treated with therapeutics. Once again, this mysterious outbreak was the subject of a tabletop exercise in 2021. And right on cue, the prescient US government is ready with monkeypox vaccines for a whole new round of fear. In Europe, the quarantines have already begun.

When faced with WWII, Franklin D Roosevelt famously said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” It is true that hard times are ahead, but fear is not the answer. We need to face each challenge as it comes. At the beginning of the so-called pandemic, Mike Adamsaka the Health Ranger, was spreading hysteria that would have made Anthony Fauci blush, saying we were all going to die of COVID and we all needed to mask up. At the time, I said the alternative media were falling into the trap of the new world order and we had nothing to fear from COVID. Now Mike Adams is talking about a possible land invasion by China in the US, based on a leaked Chinese document. In previous posts, I entertained the idea that a prophetic dream posted on YouTube by Pastor Dana Coverstone about an invasion from China may be credible. We are not to despise prophecies; we are to judge them. (1 Thess 5:20; 1 Cor 14:29) My judgment is that we should remain cautious but not be afraid. Mike Adams has a strike against him because of the way he hysterically bought into the fear at the beginning of the so-called pandemic, but it would be illogical to think just because he was wrong about that, he must be wrong about everything. The leaked document Adams referenced speaks of a pending attack on Taiwan. I don’t know about a simultaneous attack on the US but I have had my eye on the threat from China for over a decade. If it turns out to be true (and that is a big IF), if there is a Red Dawn event where China invades the US, there is still no reason to be afraid. War is part of human history. If it comes, we need to face it with courage. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, but if you allow yourself to fall prey to fear, you are giving Satan the home-court advantage. If you keep your mind on Jesus and on his word, you will have both courage and the home-court advantage. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. If you follow the mainstream media you are getting bad intel. If you look to your Bible and reliable Christian voices, you will acquire the wisdom to make good decisions. David Knight, for example, is a Christian commentator who discusses the news from a Christian perspective. Another possible scenario that I believe is more likely is a cyber attack. They have been telegraphing one with the Cyber Polygon drills and I believe it is prudent to take steps to prepare. The Boy Scout motto is a good one: Be Prepared.

In closing, it is painfully obvious that the church in America has lost its way. Major, high-profile ministries that Christians have looked to for leadership for decades have imposed mandates for shots on their staff. High profile pastors have pushed the shots. I do not believe that these people are willing partners with the new world order. I think they have been deceived. They are casualties of the psychic wars. Either way, the end result is the same. Anyone who is pushing the shots cannot be trusted. It is my prayer that these people will realize that they are no longer walking with Jesus and repent. Joseph and Mary went a day’s journey without Jesus before they noticed He was no longer with them. (Luke 2)

“An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”
— John F. Kennedy

CONCLUSION: We are in a psychic war. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Our weapons are prayer and the word of God. We fight our enemies by loving them. Avoid mainstream and social media. Kill your TV. As much as possible, look to Christian sources for news and entertainment. Stay in the word each day. Tell others about Jesus and prepare for his soon return. Father, help us to trust You. Please direct our paths. Help us to prepare to meet You, that we may ready, clothed in the righteousness of your Son when You send Him to fetch us home. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

We walk by faith, not fear:

“We create the fear.” — President Frank Underwood, House of Cards
“Frank Underwood got it from me.” — Barack Hussein Obama

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John 15:1-7 — The True Vine: The Upper Room Discourse Part 6

Dear Friends,

As Jesus continues with the Upper Room Discourse, God’s judgment is drawing near for Israel. It was only some 38 years before Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24:2 was fulfilled. Jerusalem was razed and their magnificent temple was destroyed. All because they rejected God’s Son. In our day, judgment is coming soon for the rest of the world as well; also for rejecting God’s Son. (1) You may be asking yourself, where can I go to hide from what is coming? The answer to that question is that safety is not found in a place, it is found in a Person. The psalmist wrote Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. (Ps 119:114) This is how Jesus was able to face the cross with courage. He knew He was safe because He was trusting in the promises in the word. He knew the cross could not defeat Him.

At the end of Chapter 14, Jesus said Arise, let us go hence. It appears Jesus continues his teaching in Chapter 15 as they are en route to Gethsemane. If so, they would have passed by the temple on their way. Being Passover, the full moon would have illuminated the temple for them to see atop the temple mount. Above the temple gate were golden vines with grape clusters as big as men (Josephus, Ant., xv, 11 § 3; BJ, v, 5 § 4). Jesus and the disciples may have even passed by a vineyard as they made their way through the Kidron Valley to Gethsemane at the base of the Mount of Olives. The point is that the disciples were very familiar with the symbol of the vine and what it represented. For a Jew, the vine represented Israel (Ps 80:8-14; Jer 2:21; Hos 10:1) Jesus knows that soon his disciples will be personae non gratae in the temple; in effect, cut off from the vine of Israel, outcasts who nobody will buy from, sell to, employ, or associate with. For a Jew, this was a terrible fate. Jesus, therefore, prepares them for what is coming.

Give us understanding, Father, as we read your precious word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 15:1-7
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

This is the seventh of Jesus’ I am statements in John:

I am the bread of life
I am the light of the world
I am the door
I am the good shepherd
I am the resurrection and the life
I am the way, the truth, and the life
I am the vine
(the true vine)

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

I believe that when Jesus said He would take away every branch that did not bear fruit, He was talking about the Jews who rejected Him. (2) They claimed to believe in Messiah but there was no fruit on that vine (Matt 21:19; cf Luke 13:6). It can also mean a professing Christian who has no fruit in his life. There is a sin unto death … (1 John 5:16) When Jesus said He would purge every branch that bore fruit, I believe he meant He would purge the disciples out of the corrupt vine that rejected Him, the true vine. It also means purging other things that do not profit out of a believer’s life. The word for purgeth could also be translated as ‘cleanses’. The Reina Valera version translates it this way (ie limpiará, lit cleanses). We can see this meaning in verse 3. Jesus cleanses us with the word that we may bring forth more fruit. But what is fruit?

Fruit is:

Souls won with the gospel — John 4:35-38; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23
Holiness — Romans 6:22
Giving financially — Philippians 4:17
Helping others — Colossians 1:10
Righteousness — Hebrews 12:11
Praise to God — Hebrews 13:15
And finally Galatians 5:22, 23 — But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

If you chop a branch off from the vine it will die. It will no longer bear fruit. Incidentally, fruit bearing not only requires abiding in Christ; it requires humility. The branch that bears the most fruit hangs the lowest.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If there is no fruit in the life of a Christian it is probably because he is not in the word. Trying to produce fruit apart from the vine is an exercise in futility, for without me ye can do nothing. If you are abiding in Christ on the other hand, the fruit grows naturally like grapes on a vine. The vine does not need to struggle and strain to produce grapes; they just grow naturally.

6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:1-7

 

The word for abide is translated continue in John 8:31. The way to abide in Christ is to continue in his word. By continuing in God’s word and thus abiding in Christ, we can then begin to see the fruit that Jesus desires of us. In verse 2, there is no fruit (branch taken away), then a branch with fruit, which Jesus separates and cleanses so it can bring forth more fruit. In verse 5, we have the branch that abides in Christ and brings for much fruit. To this kind of branch, the kind that continues in God’s word and abides in Christ, Jesus says If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. This sort of branch will be asking for things that are in accordance with God’s will and God’s nature. (Jam 4:2) When this sort of branch receives a ‘no’ as an answer to prayer, she trusts God and knows that God knows best. (Rom 8:28) This is the sort of branch I want to be. We are coming to the place in our day where we may suffer the same sort of persecution that the disciples were faced with after Jesus’ death and resurrection. That is okay though because if we abide in Christ we are abiding in the true vine, and He will never leave us or forsake us. Father, thank You for all the precious promises we have in your Son and in your word. Thank You for the hope we have of everlasting life with You in heaven. Please use us to bear much fruit for you and your Son and your Spirit, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

(1) As a nation and as a planet, we are under the ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. Thankfully, we serve a God who turns curses into blessings. (Deut 23:5; Neh 13:2) Before we talk about how God can turn the curses into blessings, let’s look at the curses.

In my post on April 17, I said we have seen an end of free and fair elections here in the US. The release of D’nesh Dzousa’s 2000 Mules has confirmed this once again. A curious side note in 2000 Mules was the observation that not only did prosecutors use geospatial location data to arrest the January 6 political prisoners, but they were being tracked via their cell phones before January 6. Another side note mentioned in 2000 Mules was how the voter-fraud investigators used their geospatial location data to catch a murderer. You do not necessarily need the gift of prophecy to see where this is leading. (Rev 13:16-18)

In my last post, I implied that our federal government here in the US is a lost cause. There has been a lot of recent news that confirms this. The real reason (one of many) we are deeply involved in the war in Ukraine is because the new world order has fifteen bio labs there (not to mention the corruption connection of the Bidens in Ukraine). The new world order bio labs were called out by the Russians and they appear to be telling the truth. Undersecretary of State, Victoria Nuland, admitted that these labs exist to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 8. I could be accused of being a Russian agent for pointing this out, but then again I’m not the one who received $3.5 million from the wife of the ex-mayor of Moscow (full Senate report here). Inconvenient truths like this are the reason we are getting a new Orwellian Ministry of Truth headed up by Miss Information Nina Jankowicz, who incidentally worked for the infamously corrupt Ukrainian government as a ‘strategic communications expert’. (There is that Ukraine connection again.) We have completely lost our moral high ground. At least in Russia, it is illegal to attempt to groom or otherwise influence anyone under 18 concerning matters of sexuality. Here in the US, even the ‘good guys’ allow it after the third grade. Advocates claim it is a virtuous thing to sexually confuse and groom children when it is, in fact, an old Marxist practice used to break down the foundations of society and divide families. (It also works well for the depopulation agenda.) It was recently confirmed by a whistleblower that yes, parents who object at local school board meetings are indeed tagged as potential terrorists by the FBI.

Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical companies are still pushing forward with plans to give the jabs to infants only six months old. This, as world ‘leaders’ will discuss handing over American sovereignty to the WHO for ‘pandemic preparedness’ when they meet in Geneva later this month. In Leviticus 26:17, God said if Israel despised God’s statutes, those who hated them would rule over them. It happened to them and it is happening to us. Their target to have the treaty fully implemented is 2024. This treaty has no legal basis: see here and here. If we surrender our sovereignty, what is to stop them from fencing Americans into their neighborhoods like residents in Shanghai were fenced in to their neighborhoods? Those who brought us to this place need to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity, as some are attempting to do.

Allowing adults to engage in or be afflicted by these abominations is bad enough, but to allow these abuses against children is nothing short of satanic. One may wonder how the world could come to the point where they are worshiping the dragon in Revelation 13, but we are, in fact, seeing the foundation being laid before our very eyes. The only thing left standing in their way is the body of Christ. While people protest the possibility that Roe v Wade may be undone, Satanists have argued in a court filing that abortion is their right as a ‘satanic ritual’, which brings me to my last point. The fight over the Roe v Wade case, in addition to all the other points above, drives the point home that we are at a crossroads. This truly is a historical moment in time. The sixties transformed American culture and one of the results of this transformation was the Roe v Wade decision a few years later in 1973. Aside from the millions of innocent lives at stake, the leaked decision in the Dobbs case, if it stands, could have other far-reaching implications for the power of the Supreme Court. An in-depth discussion on the Roe decision and its implications can be found here. If the decision does not stand, it could very well be the last straw. God is merciful but He will not suffer our rebellion indefinitely. Inflation and shortages may be just the beginning.

If this ‘state of the nation’ synopsis is all there is, we can suppose that we are, indeed, cursed. But you have to consider how God fits in. As I said before, does not God turn curses into blessings? If you read these things, take them seriously, and sigh or cry over them (Ez 9:4), if you have received Christ as your personal Saviour, then I have good news for you. God is preparing a mighty deliverance for those who are truly grieved over the abominations taking place on planet earth. The rewards for those who love Jesus and are willing not only to die for Him, but to live for Him, are inconceivable, indescribable, what Paul called unspeakable. If you decide to turn a blind eye, or ‘go along to get along’, just remember that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for sexually deviant behavior, making an example out of them. (Jude 7) The vine of this earth is ripe for judgment (John 15:6; Rev 14:14-20) If you are ready, however, you will be spared. (Ez 9:5f)

(2) Nevertheless, the Bible prophesies a great revival in Israel yet future with much fruit. (Rom 11:26)

 

John 14:7-31 — Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled Part 3: The Upper Room Discourse Part 5

Dear Friends,

In the comic strip, Peanuts, Charles Schulz had the theologian Linus tell his friend Lucy that God gave us the rainbow as a promise He would never again destroy the earth with a flood. Lucy said that was very comforting, to which Linus replied, “Good theology is like that.” Chapter 14 began with Jesus’ directive to not let our hearts be troubled. In this post, Jesus supports his directive with doctrine; sound doctrine that will instill in our hearts an assured and steady sense of shalom.

Father, give us understanding as we unpack the precious words that your Son has for us in this section. Increase our understanding of You, your Son, and your Spirit. Give us wisdom. Give us the peace that passes understanding, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 14:7-31
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Although the Godhead consists of three distinct Persons, the three are one. All thee are always in perfect agreement with one another at all times, yet each plays his specific role: Jesus points people to his Father; the Father draws people to his Son. The Holy Spirit points people to Jesus and lives in our hearts by faith. The three are so alike that Jesus says we can know what the Father is like by looking at Him. Like Jesus, his Father is a God who loves us, especially the ones in the background who no one else cares about. He is a merciful God who loves sinners and is a Friend to them. He is a God who goes to great lengths for the good of his people. Jesus never put Himself first. He showed no regard for his own comfort but lived to serve us. That is what God the Father is like. He loves us just as Jesus does.

We accept the doctrine of the Trinity by faith, but we can spend a lifetime contemplating it. It has been said that the Trinity is like Neapolitan ice cream, inasmuch as Neapolitan ice cream is three, yet one. The three members of the Godhead are so alike that it appears Jesus may have referred to the Spirit as the Father in verse 10. Likewise, although Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, He dwells in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. (Eph 3:17) A solid belief in the Trinity is essential for the peace that passes understanding. Doubting the Trinity opens the door to confusion and anxiety. Jesus emphasizes the importance of the Trinity by beseeching us to believe Him:

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

We only see a few dedicated followers of Jesus in the Gospels, but when Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, 3000 people got saved. That is a greater work. When a soul turns to Christ, that is a greater work than giving sight to the blind or even bringing a young maid back to life.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.

In his first general epistle, John wrote And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14f) In other words, when you see your prayers getting answered, you know you are praying according to his will. Before I left Los Angeles a couple of years ago, I was keeping track of my prayer group’s petitions with a yellow legal pad. When a prayer was answered, I would highlight it. I had almost an entire legal pad filled with prayer requests that were about 99% highlighted. The thing about that prayer list is there was not a single prayer for anything fleshly or superfluous. Verses 13 and 14 have caused some people to become angry and doubt God’s word because they had a prayer that was not answered. If that has happened to you, you may want to ask yourself if you follow what Jesus said in the next verse: Do you love Him, and are you keeping his commandments. If not, you are trying to cash someone else’s check. That is what the late Dr Harry Ironside said about Jesus’ promise in verses 13 and 14.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

The third Person in the Godhead is a primary source of the comfort that Jesus wants us to have, hence his name, the Comforter. He is also called the Spirit of truth. This is where things get tricky. I have had people tell me that the Book of Revelation is too scary to read. I have had people tell me that the name of this website — End of Days — is too scary. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable — ie before you have peace, you need purity. You need truth. Truth can be daunting, but the righteous are bold as a lion. Truth can be unpopular, but Christianity is not a popularity contest. It was Luther who said, “One with God is a majority.” Let’s gird up our loins (Eph 6:14) and explore the truth a little further.

19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will  keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

The word ‘keep’ appears in some form four times in the verses above. Jesus said if we love Him, we will keep his words. If we do not love Him, we will not keep his words. This is what Strong says about téreó, the Greek word for keep:

5083 tēréō (from tēros, “a guard”) – properly, maintain (preserve);
(figuratively) spiritually guard (watch), keep intact.
téreó: to watch over, to guard
Original Word: τηρέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: téreó
Phonetic Spelling: (tay-reh’-o)
Definition: to watch over, to guard
Usage: I keep, guard, observe, watch over.

You can see above that one of the definitions of téreó is observe, but it also means to ‘guard’, to ‘keep intact’, and to ‘preserve’. This is the same word that Luke used in the Book of Acts when guards were charged to keep prisoners from getting away (eg Acts 16:23). In other words, we are not only responsible for obeying Christ’s words, but preserving them as well. (Deut 4:2; Jer 26:3; Rev 22:18f) Jesus is issuing a warning here, much like his final warning at the end of the Revelation: Do not subtract from or add to my word (Rev 22:18f). Not long after Jesus made the proclamation above, many of his words were edited out of the New Testament by fake Christians known as Gnostics. They did this in an attempt to make the New Testament more closely fit their pagan beliefs. Gnosticism was a first-Century pseudo-Christian cult based in Alexandria, Egypt. In editing the New Testament, they removed several words, including entire verses and even entire passages. In a few of their manuscripts, Mark’s entire account of the resurrection is omitted. This is why some new versions of the Bible place the passage in brackets or footnote it, calling its authenticity into question. More here.

The manuscripts that were edited by the Gnostics in Alexandria were rejected by the church until they were used to compose the Greek New Testament of B F Westcott and F J A Hort, which was used for the Revised Version of 1881. Out of all the ancient manuscripts still extant today, the vast majority agree with one another. They are therefore called the Majority Text. These Majority Text manuscripts were used to translate the KJV, Luther’s German Bible, the French Olivétan Bible, and virtually all of the other translations that appeared across Europe as a result of the Reformation. Fallacious diagrams in study Bibles that imply the KJV was not translated from the original Greek are simply wrong. The Minority Text, which came from the Gnostics in Alexandria (most notably, manuscripts Aleph and B), was heavily relied on to translate the Revised Version of 1881 and virtually every other new version since. These minority texts contain all sorts of omissions and errors but most notably, they consistently demote the deity of Jesus Christ, as do the new versions that rely on them. For example:

1 Timothy 3:16 MAJORITY TEXT: God was manifest in the flesh
1 Timothy 3:16 MINORITY TEXT: He appeared in the flesh

Some omissions are more subtle:

Ephesians 4:6 MAJORITY TEXT: One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Ephesians 4:6 MINORITY TEXT: one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Universalism)

Jesus said if we love Him, we will keep his words. Doing so will give us better discernment to guard against the nets and snares the enemy tries to trap us with. Today, Neo-Gnostics are appearing in all sorts of places. They range from the radical Heaven’s Gate cult that committed mass suicide in California in 1997, to the QAnon cult, to other assorted personalities that are popular in the freedom movement. We need to stay informed, but we must also be aware of the booby traps. The gold that Jesus spoke of (Rev 3:18) is not found in ‘secret spiritual knowledge’ or gnosis — it is found in the Bible. (Rom 11:33) John gave detailed warnings against Gnosticism, especially in his first two general epistles. If we heed Jesus’ warnings and John’s warnings (ie the Holy Spirit’s warnings) to keep Jesus’ words, if we treasure his words above all else, we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. (John 8:31f) Part of this means keeping our focus in the right place. My focus is on the Bible and the more sure word of prophecy contained therein. All the signs Jesus gave us to look for are going off like air-raid sirens, sounding the alarm to prepare for Jesus’ soon appearing. Even if Jesus does not come back soon, you definitely want to have your doctrine straight and your armor on considering what we are facing. If your focus is on trying to put our Humpty Dumpty republic back together again, you are wasting your time on wood, hay, and stubble. If you feel called to be involved in politics I would recommend you work locally, where you can still have an effect.

25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

There is that commandment again to not let our hearts be troubled. Read verse 27 three more times.

28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

There are certain ways that a father is ‘greater’ than his son (stronger, smarter, etc), but that does not make a father more valuable than his son. Jesus humbled Himself and took on human flesh for us. He submitted to the will of his Father. That does not make the Trinity any less of a reality. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it [his death and resurrection] is come to pass, ye might believe.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
John 14:7-31

 

In conclusion, the main themes in this section are the importance of believing in the Trinity, the importance of preserving God’s word and obeying what it says, and the importance of letting the Spirit lead — all things which the Gnostics attacked. Also, not to worry. (v 27) The new world order is doing everything in their power to put our brains in a blender but if you will trust in these three things, the Trinity, God’s pure word, and the leading of the Holy Spirit, you will find your confidence increasing and your anxiety abating more than you ever thought possible. Many books by top-notch language scholars have been written on the subject of new bible versions and the manuscripts underlying them. For further reading, I recommend Which Bible? by Dr David Ottis Fuller (Grand Rapids International Publications, 1970). For any further questions, I recommend Jeremiah 33:3: Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. For more on the freedom movement from a Christian perspective, I recommend Dragon Slayer Jesus Christ by yours truly (the paperback version; the ebook is only 99¢ but you get what you pay for). Finally, Let not your heart be troubled: Jesus went to prepare a place for us and He is almost done. He created the world in six days, but He has been working on our new place for almost 2000 years. It is going to be a sight to see. Meanwhile, they are doing everything they can to deceive people about the rapture, like preparing people to think maybe it was someone like Thanos from the Marvel series who did it. Or to think that maybe we caught a comet, like the Heaven’s Gate people said they did. We know different. We know Jesus is coming back soon. Let’s be sure we have plenty of oil in our lamps (ie be sure we are filled with the Spirit) as we prepare to meet Him. I know that many who read these notes are suffering. Do not give up. Jesus is with us to help us overcome whatever this world throws at us. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

…..Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3

Father, increase our faith. Help us to be wise, to fear You, to walk in your ways, and to be ready when You send your Son back for us. Please account us worthy through faith in your Son to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before Him. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Soon and Very Soon

John 14:6 — Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled Part 2: The Upper Room Discourse Part 4

Dear Friends,

In this post, we will look at Jesus’ statement concerning the exclusive nature of everlasting life. When Jesus told us not to let our hearts be troubled, He qualified this order by giving us something to look forward to: the place He is preparing for us in his Father’s house. Jesus then told us how to successfully obtain this promise. Give us understanding, Father, as we read thy word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

…..Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6

In other words, our inner peace is contingent on Jesus’ promise that He will come back again and take us with Him to his Father’s house. In essence, Jesus is telling us to put our helmets on (Eph 6:17) and prepare for the rapture of the church, which is pre-trib, and saves us from the day of his wrath. To make our calling and election sure, we must therefore trust in Christ alone. If we are looking to any other thing, our good works, for example, or anyone other than Jesus, we are making our calling and election less sure. The exclusivity of Christianity (faith alone in Christ alone) is tied to the doctrine of grace — the offer of everlasting life free of charge because my debt has been paid in full on the cross at Calvary. Under the new covenant of grace, not only are our good works incapable of getting us into heaven, our bad works are incapable of keeping us out of heaven. (1 John 1:9 et al) When Jesus died for us and rose again, He paid for all of our sins (our bad works). We all fail, but Jesus never fails. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life: It is the Shepherd’s job to get his sheep back home and I trust Jesus to get me there, just as He said He would. (John 14:3; Phil 1:6; et al) John 14:6 is Jesus’ sixth I am statement in the Book of John:

I am the bread of life

I am the light of the world

I am the door

I am the good shepherd

I am the resurrection and the life
I am the way, the truth, and the life

I am the vine

These Bible basics are more important than ever in the age of COVID. In previous posts, we have looked at many different proofs showing how we are for all practical purposes at war. From the very beginning, it was clear that this was a religious war, as they started releasing inmates and jailing pastors. Many Christians who knew very little about vaccines or the new world order knew not to take the shots. Why? Because when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. Religious wars that target born-again believers are nothing new, but this is the first time we have seen anything quite like this. The reason we see this worldwide deception is because we are transitioning from the legs of iron in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Dan 2) to the feet of iron mixed with clay. The legs have tapered down to the ankles as Rome faded into the background, yet Rome still wields an enormous amount of power behind the scenes. After the rapture of the church, Rome will again take center stage as her false prophet points people to the Antichrist.

In the days of the cult of the deified emperor, Roman citizens were compelled to offer a pinch of incense to Caesar and call him ‘Lord’. The Christians refused, since paying homage to any deity other than Christ violated their conscience. For their civil disobedience, they were thrown to the lions as entertainment for good Romans citizens. We are not quite there yet, but as we see virtually all common sense thrown to the wind, it is clear that we are being conditioned for what is coming, the dictate to bow down to the image of the beast and take his mark in the right hand or forehead. For the time being, one of the most important ways we must fight this war is by standing together. Our Lord is a Lion (Rev 5:5). As his followers, we must act like lions as well. Lions will stand together when facing a wild pack of laughing hyenas. There is strength in numbers and there are more of us than there are of them:

One of the ways we can do this is to stand with people who are persecuted for resisting — people like Canada’s Pastor Artur Pawlowski, who was sent to prison for standing with the Canadian truckers who resisted the government’s ‘vaccine’ mandates. I highly recommend this update on Pastor Pawlowski. He is a lion:

You can help Pastor Pawlowski with his legal fees by going to saveartur.com.

Another way we can fight is by forming our own systems that are uncoupled from the establishment pharmakeia system. That is what the people in Arizona at Freedom Healthcare are doing. If you do not have a private healthcare association that honors the Hippocratic Oath in your country, maybe you could start your own. Freedom Healthcare was started by an ordinary sister with no background in the medical field.

In closing, there has been a lot of chatter about the viral documentary video featuring Dr Ardis on the Stew Peters Show. Dr Ardis made some very sensational claims about snake venom and its role in the pandemic. I do not doubt the sincerity of Stew Peters or Dr Ardis, at all. In many ways, however, I am skeptical of some of the claims made in the interview. On the other hand, Dr Ardis spent months researching the subject and I believe we should at least consider what he said. I agree with the perspective of Dr Lee Merritt but before we look at what she has to say, let us consider one of the symbols talked about in the documentary, the symbol of the medical system. Why does the medical community use Hermes’ caduceus (wand) as their symbol? The Greek god Hermes (Roman counterpart, Mercury), was the messenger of the gods. (As in messenger-RNA?) He was also the god of merchants (commerce), which makes his symbol a fitting symbol for the medical community.

The caduceus closely resembles the DNA double helix. We have discussed predictive programing in previous studies and incidentally, the plot of reptiles manipulating human DNA has been woven into several films (like the TV series V – The Visitors, for example). Any connection of these plots to the shots is anecdotal and unprovable, but it is something to think about. After all, we know that it is Satan, that old serpent the devil, who is behind all this. As far as the idea that we have to ‘watch the water’ goes, that is nothing new. I have filtered my water for years and you should too, even if you don’t live in Flint, MI.

Finally, because we are at war, we have to consider these things but we must not let them consume us or dominate our thinking. For we 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. We must take every thought captive and stay focused on Christ — on his promises to us, contained in his word for us. We serve the Prince of Peace, not the god of fear. The enemy uses the power of fear to control people, which is why Jesus commands us, Let not your heart be troubled: Father, thank You for the peace that passes understanding. Help each of us to be as bold as lions, that we may stand in the power of the Holy Spirit, having done all to stand. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

…..But his [the blessed man] delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:2

…..He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them [the NWO] in derision.
Psalm 2:4

…..I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
Psalm 3:6

…..I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

…..Destroy thou them [the NWO], O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
Psalm 5:10

John 14:1-6 – Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled: The Upper Room Discourse Part 3

Dear Friends,

In the preceding chapter, Jesus told the disciples He was going away and they could not come with Him. He told them one of them would betray Him. He told Peter he would deny Him. Upon hearing this, they immediately stopped their bickering over who was going to be the greatest. Instead, they started to solemnly question which one of them would betray Him. Jesus’ words hit them like a bucket of ice-cold water, waking them up to the reality of the situation.

Now, having brought the disciples back down to earth, Jesus strengthens them by putting things in their proper perspective. Give us understanding, Father, as we read thy word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

John 14:1-6
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:1-6

 

This was before Twitter, the Internet, or even the printing press. Although the disciples were not bombarded with distressing data concerning the current geopolitical situation, the Roman soldiers patrolling the streets of Jerusalem told them exactly what the current geopolitical situation was. Jesus’ triumphal entry, only a few days prior, had them walking on air, expecting to be kings shortly. They were finally going to be free from the yoke of the Roman Empire. Or so they thought. Jesus gave them the bad news first: No, you are not about to be freed from the yoke of Rome. I’m going to be smitten and you are going to be scattered. (Matt 26:31) Then, Jesus gave them the good news: I’m going to rise again. (Matt 26:32) Furthermore, I’m going to prepare a place for you, a place in my Father’s house. I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Jesus’ exhortation in verse 1 is in the imperative mood. A free translation might be, Don’t worry, just believe in Me.

Are you worried? Much like the disciples, if we could only believe and take seriously what is coming shortly, we would not be the least bit worried. On the other hand, you would have to either be an ostrich or a nun in a cloistered monastery to not be at least a little concerned, but that is no way for a Christian to live. Burying one’s head in the sand will not stop a predator. It will only make one more vulnerable. (Even an ostrich knows this. The thing about the head in the sand is a myth.) As for monasteries, although we are not of the world (John 17:16), Jesus does, indeed, send us into the world. (John 17:18; Mk 16:15) So, following the pattern that Jesus modeled for us, let us first look at the bad news:

• We are just beginning to see the effects of a worldwide holocaust, a government-sponsored VAIDS pandemic (Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). The so-called novel coronavirus merely baited the trap. The so-called vaccines are the real bioweapon (not to mention the only permissible therapeutic, remdesivir). A detailed analysis of the VAERS database has revealed that the lethal batches of the Pfizer shots were sent to red states. Just as we have a two-tiered justice system, we also have a two-tiered medical-malpractice system, where conservatives are much more likely to receive a lethal injection under the guise of a vaccine.

• The laughing hyenas who have taken over society are coming after the children. Not just by way of American schools and corporations, but worldwide. They now even have a pedophile gatekeeper on the SCOTUS.

• While we were distracted with the war in Ukraine, Shanghai, one of the most populous cities in the world and a major center of finance, business, and manufacturing, went on lockdown 2.0. (Not because of a single death, mind you, but ‘cases’.) This will, of course, further exacerbate the supply chain crisis. Eerie video of Shanghai residents screaming for help is yet another reminder that there is no going back to normal. Regarding the war in Ukraine, Russia is arguably the world’s biggest exporter of energy in the form of natural gas, at 576 million tonnes of oil equivalent per year. Without Russian energy and fertilizer, both of which are being choked because of sanctions, they are effectively choking the world’s food supply — a move similar to Stalin’s Holodomor that killed far more than Hitler’s Holocaust. To help move this process along, the US is culling millions of chickens and turkeys. For cover, they are claiming there is a bird flu outbreak which they say they are thwarting by use of the same PCR test hoax they use for COVID. I believe this is all being done by design and will ultimately lead to the famines predicted by Revelation 6:6; 18:8.

• We have seen the end of free and fair elections at the federal level in America.

• Hyperinflation of the US dollar is underway, again a result of policy decisions. Cutting Russia off from the SWIFT system has led Moscow to start trading energy in roubles and other currencies. China is following a similar course. It appears this has effectively ended the petrodollar, the agreement that OPEC would only trade in US dollars. The Petrodollar Agreement, sometimes called Bretton Woods II, was created by Henry Kissinger and implemented by President Nixon in 1973. The rest of the world followed suit. Therefore, the US dollar kept its status as the world reserve currency, by loose extension of the Bretton Woods Agreement. The collapse of this system is leading to the creation of a “new world settlement currency … based on blockchain.” This quote is from Sergei Glazyev, a higher-up at the EAEU and a former adviser to Putin. His prediction about a new world currency based on blockchain was echoed by Pippa Malmgren at the recent World Government Summit in Dubai:

This, of course, will lead to the mark of the beast which John wrote about in Revelation 13. Unlike Bitcoin, this new digital currency will be centralized. It will also be programmable, tailored to each user in terms of what they are allowed to purchase. (Or, they may not be allowed to purchase at all, depending on their social credit score.) See, all the unbelievable propaganda we are witnessing — you will eat bugs, you will own nothing and be happy — is pushing us to accept this. Once they have destroyed things to the point where people have lost faith in all of their institutions and leaders, they will be ready for one world government. (This was predicted in the Christian film Early Warning over 40 years ago — forward to 3:30 min.) Following the Hegelian Dialectic (thesis—antithesis—synthesis), they are creating a scenario so horribly unacceptable, that when a world savior bursts on the scene, everyone will welcome his solution of a mark in the right hand or forehead with open arms.

These bullet points are the ice cubes in the cold water meant to wake us out of our slumber — the bad news. Here is the good news:

Jesus has conquered the grave. He said Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Jesus’ promise to come again is closer than ever. Although no man knows the day or the hour, the second bullet point in the bad news section above indicates how close we are (not to mention what they are doing to children with masks, shots, and therapeutics). Just as Lot and his family were ‘snatched away’ by angels before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, I expect those of us who are ready will soon be snatched away as well. Each of the markers Jesus gave us to indicate his soon return are flashing red. I began writing about these trends over twenty years ago and since then they have only continued to accelerate in one direction — toward the creation of the new world order and the imminent return of Christ. Satan wants you to focus on the bad news, but if you see these headlines for what they are — indicators of Christ’s imminent return — they are then eclipsed by the good news of the gospel:

• Jesus died for your sins. (Rom 5:6)

• All you have to do to be forgiven is repent and receive the free gift of everlasting life by faith alone in Christ alone. (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8, 9)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

• Jesus is coming back again. (John 14:3)

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:1

• The invitation to receive Christ is open to everyone. (John 3:16) Simply pray this: Father, I am a sinner. I receive your Son as my personal Saviour. I repent of my sin and turn toward You and your Son. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart. Thank You for the precious blood you shed for me on Calvary. Please take control of my life. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Please direct my path. I pray this in your holy and precious name. The name above all names. Amen.

In closing, it was Benny Prasad — a living example of the resurrection power of Christ — who said, “Safety does not come from the absence of danger, it comes from the presence of God.” As long as we let God’s love reign in our hearts, we have nothing to fear. The devils of fear, hatred, and bitterness are what we must guard against. Perfect love casts out fear. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Not only did Jesus conquer the grave, but He is coming soon to take us home. In the New Jerusalem all things will be set right. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Jesus knows what He is talking about: Let not your heart be troubled

 

John 13:20-38 – Love One Another: The Upper Room Discourse Part 2

Dear Friends,

In our last post, Jesus began his Upper Room Discourse after his Last Supper. Although John does not record the events of the Last Supper, in Chapter 7 he recorded the words of Jesus that explain the meaning of Holy Communion: See here and here. After the supper was ended, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. He then quoted Psalm 41:9, as He prepared to make a startling announcement: One of them is going to betray Him.

Father, give us understanding as we continue in your precious word, which is more than our necessary food, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

John 13:20-38
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, God said I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied (Jer 23:21). John said that if you receive a false prophet or even wish him God speed it makes you a partaker of his evil deeds. (2 John 11) This places a tremendous amount of responsibility on us to discern who was sent by God and who was not, but Jesus assures us that we who are his will know his voice. (John 10)

21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. [John refers to himself this way five times in his Gospel.]
24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

There is an entry in Martin Luther’s journal that says he woke up startled one night, to find Satan looming next to his bed. Luther said, ‘Oh, it’s only you’ (loose paraphrase) and went back to sleep. Luther understood that Satan is only a created being who could not harm him without obtaining permission from God. (Job 1; 2; Ez 28:13, 15; 1 John 4:4)

Although Judas had already made the deal with the Pharisees and although Satan had possessed Judas, Jesus was still in control. Jesus allowed Judas to make his own free-will decision, but now He tells Judas it’s time. Time to go and do what he decided to do.

28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

Curious that none of the other disciples suspected Judas, is it not? Are we any different though? There is an abundance of harlot churches preaching new world order doctrine, and no lack of parishioners in these pews. Oftentimes, even born-again Christians do not recognize that the occupants of these pulpits are wolves in sheep’s clothing. We should pray for discernment. (Rev 3:18) Jesus said Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

31 ¶ Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
36 ¶ Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

Peter is often faulted for following afar off after Jesus was arrested, but here Jesus tells him not to follow at all. Jesus knew what would happen when He was arrested (Zec 13:7; Matt 26:31); He therefore said that where He was going, Peter could not follow. However, knowing that Peter would try to follow Him anyway, Jesus tells Peter that he is going to deny Him. (He then told him not to let his heart be troubled. More on this in our next post.)

37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
John 13:20-38

 

Jesus began by saying if we receive those who He sends, we receive both Him and his Father. In verses 34 and 35, Jesus tells us how to discern whether someone has indeed been sent by Him. You can tell by their love. Love is the first fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5. It could be argued that all the other fruits flow from the fruit of love. Jesus also said Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Love is something that can be feigned, however. Judas had everyone fooled, right up until he betrayed Jesus with a kiss. In order to have discernment and make wise decisions concerning love, we need to be fruit inspectors. I believe we should always err on the side of grace with the common people, but when it comes to church leaders we need to be more rigid. This was the pattern that Jesus followed. Pastors need to be held to a higher standard. (Jam 3:1) As for the rest of us, this is our new commandment. 34 and 35 are the key verses in this section. The old covenant said love thy neighbor as thyself (Lev 19:18), but Jesus said that we are to love one another as I have loved you. It is not a suggestion. It’s a commandment. John 13:34, 35 need to be memorized, often repeated, then implemented. (Matt 19:26; Phil 4:13)

 

Prophecy Update: In verse 19, Jesus emphasized the importance of prophecy. Jesus said He told them that one of them would betray Him to increase their faith when it came to pass. A good understanding of prophecy is of paramount importance, not only to understand what is happening in our world in these last days, but to increase our faith. Ukraine, which has been front and center in the news for the last month, is going to be the first country in the world to have a universal ID app linked to a vaccine passport and social credit scores. This is the Great Reset being implemented. This new form of ID will spread around the globe and eventually lead to what Bible prophecy calls the mark of the beast. Meanwhile, school districts are requiring EKGs as part of the physical for high school sports, since the shots are causing heart attacks in high school athletes. Yet despite this elephant in the room, nobody wants to state the obvious: That the shots are killing people and those who forced them on us should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. Instead, they just pretend that everything is normal. They make up new reasons why people are dying and create new names for health conditions that did not exist before the shots, like Post-COVID Stress Syndrome, Excessive Grief Disorder (over the loss of loved ones), and even ‘Winter Vagina’. If a pastor tries to justify the shots that is not love (v 35). At best, it shows he has no discernment. It may even be an indication that he is a Judas. These things may sound troubling, but they do not have to be if you have them in their proper perspective. Father, we know and believe that You are in control. We know and believe that You are going to send your Son soon to take us home. We know and believe He is making all things new. Help us to love one another and get ready. Come quickly Lord Jesus, in your holy and precious name. Amen.

John 13:1-19 – Jesus loves to the End: The Upper Room Discourse Part 1

Dear Friends,

In this post, we begin a new section in John’s Gospel, Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples before his death and resurrection. Jesus begins this intimate teaching with his disciples in the upper room where He had his Last Supper (Mark 14:15). This meal was the traditional Passover Seder (Matt 26:17ff). The Seder begins with the words, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” The disciples probably answered that question in the same way Jews do today: Because we were slaves in Egypt, but the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm. As Christians, however, we know that Jesus delivered us with both arms outstretched, and with both hands nailed to a cross. After they leave the upper room, they will make their way to the Mount of Olives as Jesus continues the discourse. We will be looking at John 13-17 as one unified message, commonly known as The Upper Room Discourse. These five chapters, although they cover only a few short hours, contain about half of the red-letter verses in John’s Gospel. This is where Jesus’ most transformational and earth-shattering instructions are given. The Upper Room Discourse has been called ‘the Holy of Holies of Scripture’. Jesus always saves the best for last.

Father, we are living in unprecedented times, watching as many of the things your Son gave as indicators to mark his Second Coming are transpiring before our very eyes. We know and believe that You are more than able to protect us and supply all our need according to your riches and glory in Christ Jesus. As we begin this new section in your precious word, help us to lift out all that You have to say to us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

John 13:1-19
1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come [cf John 7:30; 12:23, 27] that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

Jesus said [L]o, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. He is the one Person you can always depend on. Knowing He will soon be crucified, He is focusing on his disciples and his final instructions for them. That is loving unto the end.

2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;

John is the only gospel writer not to include the Last Supper. John focuses more on Jesus’ words than the events of the gospel. John therefore picks up after the supper has ended.

3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Jesus could have sent Judas away before the meal, or before the foot washing, but He is loving his enemy, even as He commands us to love our enemies (Matt 5:44). He is leading by example (v 15).

6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. [Cf John 15:5]

To be effective servants of Christ, we need to let Him minister to us, then work through us as we minister to others. Peter does not understand what Jesus is doing, but he will understand later (1 Pet 5:5-7).

9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

Peter is confused. Jesus is telling them that they are clean because they are washed by the word. (Ps 119:9; John 15:3; 1 Cor 6:11; Eph 5:26; Tit 3:5) Jesus chose this time to tell them this because He is about to go to the cross, thus fulfilling the promises in the word. They did not need the foot-washing to cleanse their souls. That was not the purpose of the lesson. Jesus did not need to give Peter a sponge bath. They were already clean, but not Judas.

11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

James wrote be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Does that mean we are to literally wash each other’s feet? Some Christians think so. When I am at a meeting where some brother wants to wash my feet, I let him do it, but I do not think that is necessarily what this means in 21st century America. The rule of thumb I was taught is that if a gospel practice is also recorded in the Book of Acts and the epistles, we should continue it in our church services. This would apply to the Lord’s Supper, for example. Foot washing, however, does not meet these criteria. This was an object lesson. Paul was not in the upper room for the foot-washing, but he understood Jesus’ object lesson perfectly (Phil 2). If we are to do what Jesus said when we serve others, the lower and more humble the task, the better. (Jam 4:10) It might be more practical today to wash someone’s dishes (or maybe his bedpan) than his feet.

However, when I first arrived in India in 2014, I was having trouble garnering interest in the gospel from the local people. My usual method of open-air ministry, leading worship on the guitar and then preaching and teaching, was falling flat. Then a fellow missionary emailed me and suggested I try foot washing. There were plenty of homeless people with dirty feet so I figured it was worth a try. To my amazement, the first time I started washing someone’s feet, a crowd immediately gathered to watch what I was doing. Those who had their feet washed appreciated it very much. When I was finished washing feet, everyone listened attentively as I taught the Bible. The doors to their hearts were unlocked and many received Christ as their personal Saviour. This made me happy, just as Jesus promised it would. So yes, there are still places where literal foot-washing is practical. In India, the caste system is very much ingrained into the culture, even today. The Sanskrit word for caste, varna, literally means ‘color’. The highest caste in India is the Brahman caste, the ones with the lightest skin. The lowest caste, the Dalits, have the darkest skin. To see a white man washing the feet of homeless people was a curious sight that caught the attention of passers-by. This may sound strange if you live in the West where many people no longer see color, but to them it was a big deal. In the West we still do, however, treat people very differently depending on how much money they have. Jesus wants us to be servants to all, regardless of money or social status (Jam 2:1-9). He led by example and played the role of a servant.

18 ¶ I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
John 13:1-19

 

So again, Jesus begins his discourse with an object lesson. Jesus was not merely performing a service for the disciples; He was teaching them to have servants’ hearts and to be servants of all. This lesson is for all of us but perhaps especially for pastors. ‘Minister’ literally means ‘servant’. Therefore, a pastor should be the one to serve others, not vice versa. If it sounded like I was speaking disparagingly of the Indian culture above, consider this American anecdote: Back in the early days of Calvary Chapel, when hippies started coming to their little church, many of the congregants protested to the pastor, Chuck Smith. They complained that these young people were attending services with no shoes and ruining the new carpet. The next week before church, Chuck was at the front door washing the feet of the hippies before they entered the building. It is said the hippies liked it and eventually they even started wearing shoes to church. So yes, America has stuck-up religious people just like everywhere else. (This story took place around the time of the Civil Rights Movement, mind you, when much of America was still segregated.) If you’re not satisfied with my explanation of the foot-washing as Jesus merely leading by example (v 15), here is the deeper spiritual meaning: Our feet are where our sandals are (Eph 6:15). Our walk needs to be cleansed by the water of the word for our gospel to be effective. By applying the word to our hearts, Jesus applies the blood to our souls. That is why the water turned to blood in the Exodus (Ex 7:20). The gospel needs to be used when evangelizing. To be effective, we have to keep our feet clean. If we are going to win souls for Christ, we need to let Him wash us, and our feet in particular. That means abiding in the word and using our Christian bar of soap — 1 John 1:9.

In verse 18, Jesus quotes Psalm 41:9, David’s account of his betrayal by Ahithophel. When Jesus read Psalm 41 (cf Ps 55), He knew it was an allegory of how Judas would betray Him. Judas hung himself just as Ahithophel did. He also knew that despite his betrayal, Judas would not triumph over Him (Ps 41:11). When Jesus read the story of Joseph, He knew it was an allegory of how He would be betrayed by his half-brothers, ie us. He also knew that He would be exalted to rule over his brethren just as Joseph was. Jesus may have thought on Psalm 40:7, 8 as the time of the cross drew near: Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. The word is all about the Word, ie Jesus (John 1:14 et al). If you knew you were about to be crucified, what would you be doing? John’s Gospel not only emphasizes Jesus’ deity, but also his humility. In Jesus’ last hours He washed the feet of Judas and the other disciples, ie the one who would betray Him and the ones who would forsake Him and flee. (Mark 14:50) He did this even as the disciples were arguing over who would be the greatest. (Luke 22:24)

 

Coronavirus Update: Thankfully, a judge struck down Big Pharma’s request for a deadline of 2076 to release all of their test data for the mRNA shots. Their initial release (the first of many) shows there were nearly 158,000 adverse events from the shots prior to the emergency authorization. According to RFK Jr, even their own six-month trials showed that you are 500% more likely to die of a heart attack if you receive the shot. This is what the new world order is trying to distract us from by shifting the focus to the war in Ukraine, a war which they provoked when they started working toward making Ukraine part of NATO, something they promised never to do. All they would have to do to end the conflict is agree to make Ukraine neutral. That should be a viral meme: Neutral not NATO. If the war continues to escalate and leads to mass depopulation, all the better for them and their agenda. The Greeks had a proverb, “Those who the gods destroy they first make drunk with power.” According to Psalm 2, we have nothing to worry about. God is not worried. They are drunk with power and God is going to destroy them. Yet even the most corrupt of the new world order plutocracy can receive forgiveness if they repent and receive Christ (Ps 2:12). If you find yourself troubled by current events, that is an indication you need to spend less time worrying about the news and more time meditating on Scripture. Go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to take your burden from you. He is able. If you see evil in the world that upsets you, don’t simply wash your hands as Pilate did. Wash someone’s feet.

The next time somebody accuses you of buying into ‘conspiracy theories’ that only stupid or gullible people will fall for, share these two quotes with them:

Commercial and political interests have systematically corrupted people through schools and the press.
— Albert Einstein

In two weeks the sheeplike masses of any country can be worked up into such a frenzy that they are prepared to put on uniforms and kill and be killed for the sake of the sordid ends of a few interested parties.
— Albert Einstein

John 12:37-50 — Coronavirus Part 13

Dear Friends,

With this post, we will finish John 12 and the last words of Jesus’ public ministry before his Passion. The keyword in this passage is believe. Pay special attention to how Jesus uses this word in the section below. Give us understanding Father, as we read your precious word. Have mercy on us Father, as we patiently wait for your Son to come back for us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 12:37-50
37 ¶ But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

Miracles do not lead to faith. This was proven over and over in the Old Testament and reiterated here in the New Testament. It is the word of God that produces faith. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
42 ¶ Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44 ¶ Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
John 12:37-50

 

The words of Christ are life everlasting (v 50), which is why the new world order hates the Bible. Ie, because the new world order is a cult of death. Let’s get down to specifics: Life insurance companies in America saw an unprecedented 40% increase in the death rate among working-age people in 2021. (The majority of these deaths were not due to Covid-19.) According to The Times of India, in 2021, non-Covid insurance claims skyrocketed, with “heart attacks and cardiac arrests … up 40%.” These numbers, which are taking the insurance industry by surprise, surfaced immediately after the shots were rolled out. Furthermore, cancer cases in the US military are up 300% since the shots were mandated. These numbers clearly show that death and deadly diseases drastically increased immediately after the shots were rolled out.

Aside from the direct attack on our health, the shots are being used indirectly to impose economic sanctions. The shots are now mandated for truckers delivering to and from Mexico and Canada. These restrictions will have an adverse effect on these economies, much like the restrictions that adversely affected the incomes of individuals who were forced out of employment. These de facto sanctions are akin to acts of war. Ie, wars between nation-states usually begin with sanctions to weaken the economy. The effects of these de facto sanctions will be both harmful and intentional. Furthermore, the other far-reaching changes that have been taking place worldwide are all preparing the way for the four horsemen of the apocalypse. By constructing a surveillance grid with digital IDs and social credit scores, they are preparing the way for the Antichrist (white horse). By stoking tensions with Russia over inconsequential issues like Ukraine, they are preparing the way for the red horse (war). By intentionally cutting off trade, reducing the amount of available energy (one of the main topics of discussion at the recent meeting of the World Economic Forum), and depleting the freshwater reserves, they are developing the conditions required for the black horse (famine) and the pale horse (death). The mandates and passports have nothing to do with health. They are part of an overarching war on humanity. They are silent weapons for quiet wars. If you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you can see the implications of these unprecedented current events.

That brings me to the main point of this post. If you are a regular reader of these notes, I’m sure you know that the mRNA shots were developed using fetal tissue (eg HEK-293 cell lines). I’m sure you know that the mRNA shots contain ingredients that have not been disclosed, as the shots do not come with the ususal package inserts. I’m sure you know that the shots were never approved but only given ‘emergency authorization’ which is very different from FDA ‘approval’. These things should be enough to convince anyone not to take them but for a Christian, the matter is much more serious. Consider the following words of the apostle John and take special note of the Greek words used:

…..And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries [Gk pharmakeia] were all nations deceived.
Revelation 18:23

Strong’s Concordance 5331
pharmakeia: the use of medicine, drugs or spells
Original Word: φαρμακεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: pharmakeia
Phonetic Spelling: (far-mak-i’-ah)

…..For without [not allowed into heaven] are dogs, and sorcerers [Gk pharmakos], and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Revelation 22:15

Strong’s Concordance 5333
pharmakos: a poisoner, sorcerer, magician
Original Word: φάρμακος, οῦ, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: pharmakos
Phonetic Spelling: (far-mak-os’)

I believe these two verses plainly show that the shots are part of the worldwide witchcraft (Gk pharmakeia; Lat pharmacy), or sorcery, that the new world order uses to deceive all nations. The ‘vaccine’ agenda is the lynchpin that holds their plans together. In many ways, the new world order is an extension of the Third Reich. The World Economic Forum has the same objective of world domination that the Third Reich did. Only the means to achieve this objective have changed. The spirit is the same. Much of the experimentation that took place in the Auschwitz concentration camp was geared toward inducing infertility, something the shots are clearly intended to do, as they disrupt women’s menstrual cycles and cause miscarriages. Moreover, we still have no idea what the long-term effects of these shots will be.

But what if you have already taken the shot or shots? First of all, you have not taken the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be implemented by the false prophet in the middle of the seven-year tribulation period. (Dan 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matt 24:15-21) It will be a mark in the right hand or forehead and be connected to the number 666. (Rev 13:16-18) Look into different ways to detoxify your body. Ask the Lord to repair your immune system and look into nutraceuticals along with a healthy organic diet. Settle it in your heart that you will not defile your temple with any further shots. Just because the shots are not the mark of the beast does not mean they are pleasing to our Lord. Use your discernment. Prepare your heart and your temple to meet the Lord. Above all, look to the word of God and believe on the gospel. [H]is commandment is life everlasting.

In closing, it has been ten years now since Bill Gates gave his infamous Ted Talk where he said he wanted to use vaccines to depopulate the earth. The shots are not only purging people out of the population, they are purging Christians out of the workforce in many places, out of the medical field in many places, out of the police force in many places, and out of the US military. Little by little, the walls keep closing in as they continue to restrict access in new ways for those who refuse the shots. It is more important than ever to resist and demand our human rights and dignity. It is more important than ever that we stand together with those who resist, like the truck drivers in Canada and worldwide who are resisting the mandates. We only need to resist a little longer, and Jesus will be back for us. These things indicate we are going home soon. (Luke 21:28) In the meantime, we must believe. If you believe on Jesus Christ and his promise of life everlasting in the world to come, the scheming of the new world order will not divert you from the narrow path that leads to the straight gate. If you believe your Bible, you are not going to be conformed to the new world order. You will be transformed by the renewing of your mind. If you believe on the precious promises prophesied to come in the kingdom age, you will hold fast to your faith and do your best to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. You will remember your identity in Christ and you will act accordingly. You will likewise walk accordingly: circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise (Eph 5:15). Let us prepare ourselves and be ready. (Rev 19:7) The way to prepare and make ourselves ready is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 6:29) The next five chapters of John will be ideal for this endeavor as we continue in our study.

Finally, although I have touched on a few key points concerning current events that relate to Bible prophecy, the truth is we have not even scratched the surface. We began this series on the coronavirus to look at different ways to determine the truth about news items. If nothing else, we have learned that the official narrative from the media (which has become the public-relations arm of the government) is a lie. In fact according to a recent poll, the US scored last out of 46 countries in trust of the media. One of the key ways that the media attempts to manipulate us is the way they try to acclimate us to the status quo. If you find yourself ‘getting used to’ the way things are, consider these words from someone who woke up one day and found herself in a Nazi death camp:

“People wonder, how is it we didn’t do something. We didn’t run away. We didn’t hide. Well, things didn’t happen at once. Things happened very slowly. So each time a new law came out or a restriction, we said, Well, just another thing, it will blow over.”
— Renée Firestone, Holocaust survivor

 

…..Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
…..For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
…..And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1 John 2:15-17

…..For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
…..Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Philippians 3:20, 21

…..Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
…..In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
…..And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
…..And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
…..Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
….. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:1-6

 

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John 12:20-36 – The Way of the Cross

Dear Friends,

When we left off in Chapter 12 of John, Jesus had just entered Jerusalem on a donkey as the people cried Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. The Pharisees were fit to be tied, but Jesus simply brushed them off and went about his business. Father, give us understanding as we continue in John’s Gospel. Speak to us through your word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 12:20-36
20 ¶ And there were certain Greeks [Gk Hellenes] among them that came up to worship at the feast:

Just as Gentiles came to see Jesus after his birth, they now come to see Him before his death. John emphasizes that Jesus is the Saviour not just of Israel, but of the world. (John 1:29; 3:16; 4:42; 6:33; 8:12; 10:16; 11:51f.)

21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

The cancel culture was alive and well in Jerusalem, so much so that some were afraid to be seen with Jesus (v 42). These Greeks, or Greek-speaking proselytes from among the Gentiles, had no reason to fear the Pharisees since they would simply return to their own country. Solomon wrote The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. In other words, it is safer to fear God and be canceled, than to fear man and keep your respectability. People need to see Jesus, and it is up to us to show Him to them, regardless of the consequences.

22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

Jesus, like Paul, is all things to all men. Rather than quoting Scripture, which these Greeks may not have been familiar with, Jesus gives them a parable that is scientific and philosophical in nature, something the Greeks would relate to. Jesus’ parable shows a fundamental principle of life in Christ — dying. Jesus said If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23) Therefore, Paul said I die daily. There is no getting around the cross for a Christian. We cannot climb over it, dig under it, or circumvent it in any other way. The only way for a Christian is to take up the cross, die to self, and follow Christ. When we do this, the fruit and rejoicing follow. If we choose to live for self, we will be without fruit and we will abide alone.

28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. [*]
29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

The cross is an offense (Gal 5:11) and those to whom Jesus was speaking were offended. They understood his meaning and they did not want to hear that their Messiah was going to be lifted up from the earth. They were happy to cry Hosanna when He was riding into Jerusalem, but now that He is speaking of crucifixion, they are saying who is this Son of man?

35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
John 12:20-36

 

In this passage, some Greeks come looking for an opportunity to meet Jesus. They approach the only disciple who had a Greek name, Philip. In turn, Jesus gives his last public teaching before He goes to the cross. Jesus gives this discourse just before Passover, as people from all around the Roman Empire have come up to worship. You might say He gives them the answer to the riddle of life: Look to the cross. Die to self and follow Christ.

Around four hundred years before the birth of Christ there lived a Greek philosopher named Socrates. Socrates lived in a time and place with many parallels to modern-day America. Athens had a pagan culture that worshiped the pantheon of gods who lived on Mount Olympus. Things were tense politically and there was much public debate. Although the Athenians treasured free speech and held it to be sacred, they were quick to cast it aside in the case of Socrates. Basically, the charges against Socrates amounted to forsaking the gods of the Athenians and corrupting the youth with his radical ideas. For example, Socrates introduced other new gods and he believed in being guided by an inner voice, rather than merely participating in festivals and sacrifices. Socrates had become very unpopular after some of his students became traitors to Athens. In other words, Socrates was tried for going against the official narrative of the day. He was found guilty by a vote of 280 to 221 and sentenced to death by drinking hemlock. I do not think I know the names of any of those who condemned him, but everyone has heard of Socrates. His ideas have had a major influence on Western culture. Although Socrates was not a Christian, he practiced what he preached and he did not fear death. He faced his sentence with courage. Therefore, his courage to live and die for his beliefs makes him an example for all.

“He is the richest who is content with the least.” ― Socrates

“Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are.” ― Socrates

“To believe without evidence and demonstration is an act of ignorance and folly” ― Socrates

“If you want to be wrong then follow the masses.” ― Socrates

“Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks?” ― Socrates

“I am a fool, but I know I’m a fool and that makes me smarter than you.” ― Socrates

“Death will be an unspeakable gain.” ― Socrates

 

We see cases like that of Socrates throughout history. A wise person (or persons) persecuted and condemned by wicked men who think they are doing God (or the gods) service. Indeed, when the Dearest and Best, a Man who never wronged anyone but blessed us all, the only One who was ever truly innocent, our blessed Kinsman Redeemer — when He willingly left glory and came to save us, what did we do? We crucified Him. He came to show us the way and that way is the way of the cross. Jesus is unique in that He did not die as a martyr for his beliefs. His death was part of an overarching plan to save us all. He died in our place, paying the penalty for all our sins. As a perfect Sacrifice without spot or blemish, He was uniquely qualified to die in our place. When you receive Christ as your personal Saviour, his righteousness is imputed to your account. If you reject Him, you will die in your sins, separated from the God who created you for all eternity. If you receive Him, you will live with Him in glory for all eternity. However, before you receive the crown you must embrace the cross. That is what Jesus taught us as He led by example.

Much like many of the martyrs we read about in the history books, those who love the truth (Christians) are looking at an increasingly dangerous political climate in these last days. For example, the state of Washington is considering involuntary internment camps for those who refuse to comply with vaccine mandates. This, despite the fact that these mandates keep getting struck down by the courts. Whether anything will come of this is anyone’s guess, but the fact that they are even considering such a thing in America should tell us something about where things are headed. Things are getting darker as the night our Lord spoke of approaches (John 9:4), which makes his words above all the more important: Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.

 

Father, help us to take up our crosses daily and follow You. We know and believe that your Son died for us and rose again. We know and believe He is coming back again. Help us to die to ourselves that we might live for You. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

* Each of the three times that the Father spoke to the Son from heaven were connected to his death and resurrection: 1) His baptism spoke of his death and resurrection. 2) The transfiguration spoke of his death and resurrection. 3) The passage above speaks of his death and resurrection. The death and resurrection of Christ are how we find and know God.