A GUARDIAN, THE WHITE HOUSE , A SNAKE AND A SWORD

God has known all along who would fail us, but we’re not trusting in any man, we’re trusting God. This is a vision the Lord gave me this summer and asked me to keep it to myself, but on my birthday He told me to get it ready. God has not deviated from His plan, He will never fail!

Victoria Boyson~~~~~~~~~~~

A GUARDIAN, THE WHITE HOUSE , A SNAKE AND A SWORD

Many months prior to the election of November 2020, the Lord gave me a very vivid vision of the White House. As a test, I was told not to share the vision. Many times, as things were shaken and people were fearful, I wanted to release it. But as I sought the Lord for His permission, the answer was always no. I finally stopped asking, reasoning that if or when He wanted it released, He could surely tell me. I was given increased revelation about it recently, and I saw that it meant more than I’d previously understood. And finally, I’ve been given permission to now share it.In the vision, I saw an enormous snake coiled around the base of the United State’s White House. It brought intense demonic pressure, increasing its hold over time. As I watched, the snake unexpectedly rose up against the side of the building and opening its massive mouth, prepared to strike down on the White House. Paralyzing it with poison, it seemed it would finally take possession of it.Yet suddenly, an enormous eagle appeared and struck it with a giant rock. Again and again, I saw the eagle propel rocks at the snake, stunning it repeatedly so that it would not be able to strike against the White House. This represented the prophetic intercession of the body of Christ as it continuously released the decrees of the Word of the Lord Jesus against it.I realized the eagle could not continue to just stun the serpent, as, inevitably, it would rise again to put the White House in jeopardy. Then, the Lord expanded the vision for me and I could see, towering behind the eagle, there was a gigantic guardian angel. It made the White House seem very small in comparison as it stood three times as tall. He stood behind the building watching the actions of the serpent and eagle. When at last it seemed the eagle had grown too weary to continue, the angel suddenly drew its sword, raising it above his head with both hands, he prepared to strike at the serpent.With all his might, he drove the sword deep into the head of the serpent. It collapsed with its head sliced open, the pulsating sword driven through it. Its hold on the White House was immediately released and its attack foiled.

I asked the Lord for an interpretation and He revealed the serpent’s name was OPPORTUNIST. A spirit of compromise had hung over the White House, waiting for an opportunity to strike. Betraying all sacred vows, it would strike like Judas betrayed Christ – at the moment when help was needed, it instead turned to attack what it swore to protect. I saw that the pain of shock and betrayal would have brought incredible damage to the nation. Yet, God was never once unhappy or afraid about the attack against the White House. He seemed overjoyed as the opportunist would have to expose itself as it raised its head to strike. In fact, God said, “It’s good.”

Father God always knows what’s in the heart of man and all He had to do was wait for them to make their move, for He knew that it would bring about His plan. For the sword would bring healing to the nations and its name is Sarah. It is powerful, bringing much needed healing after a time of upheaval and devastation.Like a mother, the sword of Sarah will bring JOY to the heart of the nation, as prophecies are fulfilled giving new life and purpose to it! Indeed, like Esther, it will bring deliverance and much needed medicine for the restoration of the nation…and so much more. The sword of Sarah will be driven into the head of the serpent, assuring its destruction – devouring its hold.It is God’s good pleasure that this sword will prepare the people for the days ahead and it will bring much needed preparation for the battles that are yet to be fought. Every treasure we gain comes at a cost, yet our treasure is found not at the end of the journey. Indeed, it will be found in the journey itself.Faith and JoyPeople say America is finished, but, truly, America has not even begun to fulfill the destiny God has prepared her for. Only as the church rises in FAITH and JOY will we see the kingdom of Heaven invade with its prophesied righteousness.Through the years, what I’ve found in serving God is that He is a mystery. His prophecies are mysteries for us to search out the meaning of and, in our searching, we find His heart. Most of the time, He tells us what we’re able to handle at that time. Then, as He begins to manifest His plans for us, He reveals more. It is with a new level of grace we’re able to handle the greater revelation He brings. Though there is weeping in the night and we are awoken by the terror of the enemy, we will rejoice in the disappointments of the opportunist. We have to understand that God is mysterious. He loves to turn back all plans of the enemy, releasing His glory for our good. Though our enemies rage all around us, we are not powerless. Indeed, we are strongest when we are weak, for it is only in seeing our human limitations that we turn to the ONE Who holds the stars in His hand, who can hold the oceans in His palm. And in His victory, we will learn to give glory to God!Indeed, He is an enigma, but what a joyous journey we are on with Him! The prophecies many had given up on will be given new life. He’s making a garment for America of great dignity and triumph and HE IS TURNING OUR FORMER SHAME INTO HIS GLORY AND OUR LOSSES INTO HIS VICTORY!We will start fresh and anew, and He will prepare us to lead other nations into even greater victories that lie ahead. For, though our enemies attack us, it will not be because God is judging America. It will be because God is using America to bring His judgment against our enemies. Be assured in this: God truly loves America and is fighting a war in the heavenlies for us and HE WILL WIN! It will be through the battle that the glory of God will arise on the bride of Christ! God will pour out His mercy on this nation – not because we deserve it, but because we’ve asked for it. We’ve cried out to Him and He has heard us! Though, in the past we trusted in the strength of our UNITY with other NATIONS, building a monument to our unity and allowing them to usurp the glory and worship due GOD’S NAME, it is after seventy years of disfavor that He will now restore America to Himself.America belongs to God! Indeed, the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Yet, He wants to be wanted and desired, that’s what He’s been waiting for. Would He deny you victory when what you’ve asked for was HIM? Truly, we will no longer glory in the strength of man. OUR GLORY WILL BE IN OUR GOD! For, it is IN GOD WE TRUST and it is our God we want! In the wilderness, we’ve discovered our barrenness and we see that all we thought was great was a fallacy, a distraction and a side show. A cry has arisen from even the very young: We want God, we want what is genuine. We want the pure design of God to be accomplished on the earth and in this nation.The sword of JOY will penetrate the heart of the great liar himself, the father of lies, and he will have to let go! This you will see!

Second Vision – A Rug of a Nation!

The Lord also reminded me of a vision of America He shared with me many years ago. The Guardians – Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael – stood at each corner of America. I saw the United States of America as though it were a giant rug and, as the angelic held each corner, they began to shake it out. I saw the angel Uriel holding the corner of the rug near Washington state, Michael held Southern California, Gabriel held it at Florida and Raphael at Maine. Brilliantly vivid and majestic, these great warriors rejoiced as they shook out the rug of the United States of America.It sounds startling, but it wasn’t a bad thing. It was bringing new life and shaking off the old dead things that were hindering the beauty of our nation and restoring it to its genuine glory. It was shaking off the declarations of darkness and transforming it to its former great-strength, returning its focus back to God! As the angelic continued to shake, I saw warriors were rising up on the rug. I saw buildings representing ministries, which had been held down under the demonic declarations of the enemy, were now suddenly rising up and gasping for a breath of fresh air. Many ministries that were well known but under terrible attack were given much needed victories over the darkness attacking them. But surprisingly, I also saw many ministries which had not yet risen to prominence were now able to. The former ministries which had taken the brunt of the current demonic attack were now given help and relief by the newly released ministries. Working together, they brought peace to those who were afraid of the chaos occurring in this nation and restored honor and integrity to the house of God.As the angels continued, freeing the rug from the spiritual dirt and debris from the demonic declarations of darkness, they rejoiced, exclaiming “It’s a new day!” Jubilant over the great advances they were making for the kingdom of heaven on the earth, they shouted gleefully “It’s Invasion Day!” And they laughed, reveling in their triumph as the kingdom of heaven pervaded the earth.Even though many were startled by what was happening, the angels celebrated the chaos, for they knew terror would soon be turned to faith, and tears would release great rejoicing. “It’s a new day!” I kept hearing them say. “Out with the old wine skin! Behold the Father has purchased A NEW RAIMENT to replace the old! A garment of JOY! Victory! Faith and Righteousness!”Beloved, this is the day the LORD HAS MADE, proceed and advance with shouts of JOY

Vision from Victoria Boyson, January 2, 2021

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CPR: Church and her need thereof.

One of the reasons why I can believe what she, Sidney Powell, is saying is through personal testimony. In 2016, when I knew nothing about Donald Trump, only thing I knew about him was that he has a lot of financial wealth and told people “you’re fired”. I also knew nothing about Hilary Clinton, I don’t think I even knew she was Bill Clinton’s wife. I had a dream about her in 2016 that she was going to win her candidacy through means of witchcraft. The following year, it came out that she was indeed involved in witchcraft and there were charges against her that she cheated her way ahead of Bernie Sanders.

People are trusting the news who are swimming in the flow of the entertainment industry and believing them when they report “no voter fraud”. Yet, 4 years ago, when their preferred candidate did not win, they claimed it was because of election meddling and fraud. Cannot have it both ways. Do we actually know our 2 times table? There was a time when the news reported facts. Go back to years ago when Joe Biden was caught in the act of plagiarism, it was reported and he dropped out of the race. Today, not so. Or go back to 2006 when CNN actually reported on the concerns of the Smartmatic software. (See reference videos below.) As a software engineer, I cannot begin to tell you how easy it is to fraud the system in a matter of seconds.

No one will ever be able to convince me that the Corona virus is not some multi-dimensional attempt to destroy God-given freedom of choice and speech. Ultimately, it’s an attempt to play God. There can only be one spirit behind this attempt. Years ago, a Christian missionary told me that China is the devil’s footstool. That was hard for me to hear at the time because I have sort of “soft spot” for China. But if I am being honest, and I put my feelings aside, and look around in China, it is obvious. “Dragons” are everywhere. I remember standing in the subway station in Beijing to be greeted by signs that said “In education we trust”. Their government in their anti-God agenda has allowed for a spirit that is not of God to guide them. When you have little to no standards, you open up yourself to demonic influence.

Years ago, I had a dream about a nation under tyranny by its government. The people were starved and malnourished in the dream. I had some more dreams about this nation and I found out subsequently this nation was North Korea. It came to my attention later on that North Korea indeed has an issue of how they supply food to their people. They have state media propaganda and government is worshipped over God.

I don’t believe God is pleased with either Republicans or Democratic. But I am certain that His angers burns hotter against the party that promotes sexually immoral practices and the party that promotes killing the innocent child in the womb. I believe God is more interested in exposing corruption than He is about simple party wins. For people it’s just about their political party, I believe for God it is about a lot more than that: revival of His Church, getting people saved and His Word that will never pass away.

If you’re glued to the narratives of the main stream news outlets, those are the false doctrines you need to be aware of. Do your own organic research. Get unpopular opinion. Check it with God and His Word. We’ve come to a place where we like things to be microwaved and laid out for us. Those days are gone for the main stream media has been infiltrated by the enemy. It was a gradual process much like the little foxes which spoils the vine. We live in a “domino effect” society. If our leaders are trusting the false information from the “news”, then how can they make wise decisions? But God. Time to look up, since yesterday we were supposed to be looking up.

I don’t know for certain what God is going to do with America or allow to happen to her. But I know what I believe He showed me, some of which I will hold to myself until confirmed through physical manifestation. As someone who sort of hid inside the church as my safe space (I was wrong to do this, in God is where I should have hid and continue to hide), I have never been so upset at what I am seeing happening in the church. A kind of sickening complacency that is stifling the work of the Holy Spirit, much like those masks that we are wearing today. CPR: The church needs CPR. Compassion, Prayer and Repentance. And once we grow in these practices, I trust by God’s grace we will develop discernment. God is looking for bold warriors, willing to stand unashamed of His Word, spoken in love and seasoned with grace. We should be ashamed to say that we have gone so spineless that a bulldozer of a man called Donald John Trump had the quality of boldness that is lacking in the church. But I have hopes for him too, that he won’t just be Donald, but also be John.

We should keep praying for not only our own immediate needs, but interceding for others. Even if we think they don’t deserve it, it’s really nothing compared to what Christ did for us on the Cross. And I believe in praying for our “enemies”, we truly reflect Christ. At the end of the day, that’s where we are aiming. That’s who we are looking to, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Don’t Laugh At Him”

I was watching this video the other day and I laughed. I don’t believe I was laughing at him, but how he was talking. I then heard a voice “don’t laugh at him”. I knew immediately that this was God by the nature of delivery of the message. It didn’t come to my head, but my heart. “Still small voice”, audible, but still not audible. God, who reads hearts, knew the condition of my heart when I laughed. I felt immediately convicted and repented.

People will say that Democrats and Republicans are cut from the same cloth. Perhaps so as human beings are the author of the parties. Yes, God used a baby killing Pharaoh to show forth His power. Yet, that was the situation the people were already in. On the other hand, if we have the choice to choose religious freedom over barbaric acts of baby killing, and sexual perversion, why are we throwing up our hands, saying “God is in control” and not playing whatever part we need to play in the body of Christ?

I am deeply saddened and discouraged by the division in the body of Christ concerning things that are clearly written in the Word as wrong. All because we have chosen to look at external appearances. No choice, I believe, is a choice. I am saddened that some leaders of churches have not noticed in their spirit the urgency of what’s happening. And I don’t mean fret. Anyhow, is it because we are divided in our hearts among ourselves within our walls, so we are not in tune to what’s about to come against the church and ultimately the dissemination of the Gospel? Or is it a much greater spiritual issue? God knows. I know however, I am not alone in my thinking. And while that doesn’t mean my thinking is factual, it doesn’t mean false either. I saw this written by a faith leader, and I tend towards agreement with what he is saying, though the rebuke sounds quite harsh.

Let me be clear, I do not mean tell people who to vote for, but leaders I believe have a responsibility to the people to point out what the Word of God says and point people to the platform that more closely aligns to His Word. Ultimately, people have been warned and they choose what they choose in the end. Hopefully, those people don’t complain when curses fall on the land due to sin running rampant which was legalized by their choices. If as individuals we cannot do anything physically, we as the church can always do something spiritually (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It’s called praying. I pray that all evil altars set up deep in the political fabric of the US will continue to be exposed. That there will be repentance and revival will overtake the land. And all the wealth that nation has stored up will be further used to advance the Kingdom of God. Maybe like Sodom, she has gone too far, I don’t believe that, but let me leave that there for those who do. Yet, didn’t Abraham still intercede for the people?

I believe people need to be careful with what they hear (1 John 4:1). Even coming from those they trust. I am now convinced that the main stream news is on an anti-God agenda. It’s a form of state programming that we find in communist nations like North Korea, with the mother of communism being China. I believe that people’s minds are being targeted by this form of “polite” indoctrination, having an appearance of light but denying the power of God. I believe the same spirits that promote the violence and perversion in many of the Hollywood films and music industry are also behind main stream news outlets like CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and many more. It’s sad, who can we trust? We can trust God. We hear something, we ought to pray about it and align it with what we read in the Word of God. Seems obvious, but actually hard to do. We are being bombarded with information. We come from different cultures and our experiences shape how we view things. When I pray about unsettling issues, I ask “God am I wrong, what am I missing?” Without even looking, He quickly sends a message on the very question I was pondering. God doesn’t want us wandering in confusion. That’s not His style. When we put aside our own wants, and keep open to God’s agenda and correction, we get answers, clear ones.

Yes, the Lord Jesus absolutely is in control. And He gives us choices. The debate among churches when it comes to God’s sovereignty and free will is unsettling (1 Timothy 1:4). The two can exist just fine. Anyhow, we shall without a doubt reap what we sow. Let’s not grow weary of doing good. Be blessed!

Be United (In Love) / Be Imitators of Christ

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These guys finishing the hospital in a matter of days reminds me of the Tower of Babel and what man can do together when united. Lots of people have figured it out. You’ll often hear there’s no “I” in team. Speaking of which you may have heard of United Airlines, Manchester United, United Health Care…to name a few.

When there is some conflict in my life, I am propelled to find a resolution because there are two things that are very dear to me, probably my most important “ambitions”, if I can call them that.

  1. To imitate Christ
  2. To hear from God

I like to speak often on the subject of love because of the examples God illustrated throughout the Bible. And I want to imitate Godly love as much as I can while on earth. The Bible says the greatest of these is love, and that God is love (1 John 4:8). God is holy (Revelation 4:8, 1 Samuel 2:2). I cannot imitate Christ in His holiness and ignore His mercy, ignore His long suffering etc. Then I would have no holiness at all (James 2:10). In my understanding, they are all involved with one another; God’s holiness, love, mercy, long suffering, justice (Galatians 5:22-23)… You try to keep from sin and forget to show others mercy and love without prejudice, can make you come across as self-righteous (Luke 18:11). We all know how God spoke to self-righteous people, particularly in the New Testament. See John 8:44. Yikes.

I am convinced that harboring ill against people in our lives is one of the quickest way to our own down fall. God told us specifically if we have something against our brother to go solve that issue first then come back to the altar (Matthew 5:23-24). That would seem that such emotions can hinder our interaction with God. And if we fail to follow that command then how can we do what He is about to say next? Or at least do it with a peace of mind without the anxiety/concerns of the broken relationship. You might say easy to say. Of course it is easy to say but hard to do. Easy to say that I want to build a company, but building one is very hard to do. Anything worthwhile hardly ever comes easy or without cost (2 Samuel 24:24). Except for the free gift of salvation to us. Except for Jesus, it costed Him a lot. So still, costly.

I sort of made it my business to pursue peace, even when the other person appears wrong or is wrong. It isn’t my job to punish anyone (Romans 12:17-19). I can let them know they have hurt me and pray for God’s strength to move on. After all, as long as l am here in this body, I will from time to time fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And I will in turn need the other person to show me mercy. Don’t wait for an apology. I know, it is rough. When someone hurts us, we want them to come make the first move. But they may never. Our part is to protect our relationship with God at all costs; protect what He has blessed us with from being stolen from the enemy. Strife makes us more susceptible to sin. Sin can lead to a foothold, and a foothold can lead to a stronghold (Solomon 2:15). Let other people be responsible for their part. Don’t let your part be dependent on someone else first fulfilling their part. I am not talking about “forgiving and forgetting” in a situation like this. I am just talking about forgiving. Forgetting part has to do with trust. And trust once broken can only be rebuilt when both parties do their part. At least so it appears to me, as we do not have the ability to read hearts and unless we see a different pattern of actions  or attitude from the one who wronged us, trust is very hard to regain. But we can forgive and we ought to in fact. Joseph forgave his brothers (Genesis 50:20). Jesus forgave us.

Once we have done our part, God gives us the peace to move on even if the other person still hasn’t made amends (Matthew 10:14). But we will never get that peace unless we complete our part.

The more each of us strive for protecting our relationship with God by doing our part to live peaceably and so keeping with our quest to imitate Him, the more unity we can attain. The more unity we attain, the more we can do together for each other, and for others “outside our circle” who also need help. We can build/sustain our “hospital”, the Church, faster when we are united in thought and purpose; when we are united in love. And love isn’t just saying ‘I love you’, or giving gifts when times are good. Love involves sacrifice. And a relentless pursuit to bring about healing, even when the coughs of sickness seek to devour, kill and destroy. The sickness may have been brought about by bad diets, and an appetite for what may not be good. But get the hospital up and running anyways. Pursue peace, healing, forgiveness and in doing so, fulfill the ultimate purpose in being imitators of Christ.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God” – Ephesians 5:1-2

“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” – Colossians 2:1-3

 

Consider Your Eternity.

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I don’t watch a lot of sports. I am aware of some of the stars through the tele, internet and even through my elder brother.

I was wondering what was the purpose of Kobe’s death at this very time. We are all appointed to die and then a judgment (Hebrews 9:27). But what was the point? It occurred to me that because he was so popular it must be because through it, people will consider eternity. There’s tragedy in various parts of the world. When tragedy occurs in what’s important to us, it’s more than likely to cause us to think deeply. If one tragedy doesn’t affect us, another most definitely will. We’re all going to die at some point. In Kobe’s, what seems to us early death, he’s still going out with a final grand act. If I may say so.

May God comfort all those who are mourning because of his death and the death of the others on the chopper with him, as well as others who are mourning/hurting for other reasons in life. And may that grief drive us closer to Christ or into a relationship with Him. At the end of the day, the most important legacy we can make for ourselves is the one which drives the question “what did you do with Christ?”. Hopefully the answer that will be given based on our fruits and the confessions of our mouths is “(S)He lived for Christ”.

I am not going to get deep into the why Jesus over other faiths debate. I think it is obvious that it’s either Jesus or nothing at this point. No other faith is as attacked and ridiculed as Christianity. One might say that’s because it is the most popular faith in the world, but it is attacked in regions where it is not even popular. It is attacked in television shows, in real life, and on a daily basis. Satan doesn’t spend time fighting what’s false. He’s not going to fight against his own projects. They are distractions, filled with confusion. If he gets you caught in one of them, then his purpose fulfilled.
So don’t get caught up in the distractions.

Consider your eternity. Consider Christ. And if you have already done those, good for you. Keep on with the upward press towards the goal of that high calling in the one and only Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s not easy, but more than worth it!

It’s Not Normal

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A family pet kitten called Meshach died today. My brother was out washing his car and she followed him out. Because he was there she assumed all was well. She let her guard down and trusted the world. Unfortunately, because the world is not operating according to God’s original plan, she got killed by a neighbor’s dog.
Sometimes, we let our guards down too. We lack the discernment to see that some things are not our friends, and not there to build us up, but to tear us down, steal from us, kill and destroy us. I am guilty of this, and still healing from wounds caused by poor and sometimes sinful decision making. I’ve acknowledged this, and looking forward to God’s help in rebuilding me, restoring me better than the former, returning to me everything stolen and everything I foolishly, like Esau gave away. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, trust not the world, nor the things in this world.

“And I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, and the consuming locust, and the cutting locust, My great army which I sent among you.” – Joel 2:25

What does that look like?

1. It looks like daily prayer. Daily listening to God. You can be anywhere: driving, bathing, doing domestic chores; it doesn’t matter, talk to God daily, and often. Be open with every emotion, and let Him know when you feel wronged and when you have done wrong.
“Never stop praying.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“Leave your troubles with the LORD, and He will defend you; He never lets honest people be defeated.” – Psalm 55:22

2.After you’ve come to God letting Him know what’s on your mind (He of course already knows what the problems are, we just put our faith in action when we talk to Him), don’t stop there. Use scripture related to your case so as to focus on God’s promises, instead of the problem. The Bible says that we can remind God of His promises. This shows that we are not focusing on the problems but the faithfulness of His Word to heal, comfort and deliver us. See this list: http://reapwhatyousow.org/remind-god/

3. Always thank and praise God for who He is. The world is full of pain. But that’s not God’s fault. He didn’t want it this way. Even in the storm, He is still the Good God, our Good Good Father. Besides, praise is also a powerful weapon which confuses the enemy. When we are going through hard times and we choose to worship Jesus, this is especially annoying to Satan, because he wants to keep us in a pit of despair.

“In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

4. Listen. Practice listening to God. He speaks in various ways, but always in alignment with His Word. He may speak as a still small voice, through a friend, even maybe a non-friend, through a song, through dreams, through an event or occasion and the list goes on. Don’t limit how you should hear Him. He’s creative and purposeful. He knows just what we need, and when we need it. So trust Him.

“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.” – Psalm 85:8

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”- Proverbs 3:5-6

It’s not normal the heartaches of the world, because it is not part of God’s original design. Sin brought pain and death. It is up to us, with God’s grace to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and not let our guards down. The enemy is very persistent, and we must be violent in prayer. We must keep a constant flow of communication with God. Then when He instructs through whatever way, we need to trust and obey. He’s coming back again, so this struggle is only for a moment until we see Jesus again on His second return.

Be very blessed indeed.

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In loving memory of my cat Meshach. Rest in peace where ever is that place God takes His animals. If there is one…God knows. But I know that you Mesh, are in no more pain.

Synagogue of satan?

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1. Yes, God loves the Syrians just as much as He loves people of other nations. But I beg to differ that the current Israel is of the “Synagogue of satan”. Certain individuals or groups may be, but not the whole of Israel. Israel should neither be highly exalted or looked down upon. Israel is still the nation through which the Lord Jesus chose to work through His plan of salvation.
“Now if some branches have been broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others to share in the nourishment of the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, remember this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.” – Romans 11:17
I have never witnessed anti-Israel preaching to bring about blessing. Both the Palestinians and the Israelis are guilty of wrong doing.

2. Whatever people think of Trump, he should be prayed for. If Trump is a TYPE of Cyrus (not actually Cyrus, just similar) as described in Isaiah 45…then I’ll remind myself of Psalm 105:15.
America (and much of the world) is too far gone spiritually to elect anyone who is the epitome of righteousness. Sometimes God uses the pagan to bring about His will. Below is one man’s testimony (says he believes God spoke to him). I cannot dismiss it because I have no scriptural reason to. Just something I take as possibly true.

“Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in My people these days. Trump does not fear man nor will he allow deception and lies to go unnoticed. I am going to use him to expose darkness and perversion in America like never before, but you must understand that he is like a bull in a china closet. Many will want to throw him away because he will disturb their sense of peace and tranquility, but you must listen through the bantering to discover the truth that I will speak through him. I will use the wealth that I have given him to expose and launch investigations searching for the truth. Just as I raised up Cyrus to fulfill My purposes and plans, so have I raised up Trump to fulfill my purposes and plans prior to the 2016 election. You must listen to the trumpet very closely for he will sound the alarm and many will be blessed because of his compassion and mercy. Though many see the outward pride and arrogance, I have given him the tender heart of a father that wants to lend a helping hand to the poor and the needy, to the foreigner and the stranger.” – Jeremiah Johnson

Obama on the Bible

 

Someone might ask, well aren’t these valid talking points?

They are misguided. Let’s address his message and see. I will not address whether the US is still or no longer a Christian nation. Or whether or not the nation should be ruled via Christian principles. What I will address are the passages that Obama misrepresents. For some Christian, he sure doesn’t seem to have much faith in what’s written in the Bible. But that too I won’t bother to get into.

Whose Christianity would we teach? Biblical Christianity. Explain scripture with scripture, and things iron out very easily. So then it is not JtM’s Christianity or Obama’s Christianity, but Biblical Christianity that’s important.

There are some things which, with a non-seared conscience (1 Timothy 4:2), people just know inherently are either morally right or wrong.

“Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the Law, do by nature what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law, since they show that the work of the Law is written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts either accusing or defending them. ” – Romans 2:14-15

Slavery

It really is something else that Obama would stand there and suggest that the Bible is condoning the cruel form of slavery that we know of today. If it did, then why even bother to free the Israelites from the Egyptians? Scripture makes it clear about how we are to treat others.

“And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him” – Ephesians 6:9

So obviously, if a passage seems to be speaking favorably of someone owning slaves, then there are also rules on how those people are to be treated. And once we understand these rules, we see Scripture is in no way condoning mistreatment of others. So the slave-master relationship, is really as we have today an employee-employer relationship.

Eating Shellfish

Back then, they didn’t have the methods of cooking or certain sciences (at least not without divine revelation) as we do now. Shellfish needs to be prepared properly.1 God wanted to prepare a healthy heap of people to bring the Messiah out of. Not a set of sickly people. Who would listen to the Gospel from a bunch of miserable looking people?

“And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.” – Daniel 1:15-16

Daniel’s testimony influenced the Babylonians. A sick looking Daniel would have hurt the mission.

Straying from the faith

Deut 21:18-21
I suppose he is referring to Deuteronomy 21:18-21. Obviously it is not referring to no light rebellion since: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4

This obviously lets us know how parents are to treat their children and how to train them up. So if a parent were to be stoning their child to death, obviously it is concerning serious matters.

In fact, Obama’s quotation of the passage is in err since the verse is not even talking about straying from the faith, though obviously someone in such rebellion has already strayed. If straying from the faith was the problem, then what’s up with the story of the Prodigal Son? Obama makes it seem as if the Bible is saying if a child decides to no longer be a Christian, they are to be stoned. Sorry Obama, but that’s Islam.2

Deut 13:6-10
If Obama is speaking of Deuteronomy 13:6-10 in regards to leading people away from the faith to worship other gods, then we know from other areas in Scripture that idol worshipping often involved human sacrifice and other forms of wickedness.

“He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.” – 2 Kings 16:3

“They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal–something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.” – Jeremiah 19:5

Even so, how could the Messiah come from a people who were busy worshipping idols? Who would even recognize Him? They struggled to recognize Him even when they were at their “best” or “most religious”.

“Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus replied, “Philip, I have been with you all this time, and still you do not know Me? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” – John 14:8-9

“Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.” – John 8:19

I don’t see anywhere in Scripture which teaches that people are to be stoned for straying from their faith; strays can be found. Stoning is the punishment for a deeper, much more treacherous kind of rebellion. Even if there were such teachings about stoning for “straying from the faith” in the Old Testament, then it is clear from the New Covenant, that Christ’s sacrifice offers mercy for the stray, which was so beautifully described from the story of the Good Father, normally called the Prodigal Son.

Summary

The Bible must be read full-circle. Can’t just pick out a bunch of passages and call it George or call it a day.3 It is very easy to fall into the lime light or same line of thinking if we are not careful to study or do the research ourselves, even if the talking points are favorable for our own worldview or ideology.

References:
1. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/risk-shellfish-2026.html
2. http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Persecution_of_Ex-Muslims
3. https://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/let’s+call+it+a+day.html

QA: Does the Bible Teach Works Based Salvation like Water Baptismal Regeneration?

Short answer, no it does not. But what about Scripture like:
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16

“And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” – Acts 2:38

Doesn’t that teach that water baptism is a prerequisite to salvation?

coc-doctrineAgain, no, the Bible does not teach that we need to do anything more that believing in Christ in order to receive salvation. I know, there are denominations out there like the Church of Christ1, who will preach differently. But their teaching is unbiblical. They will accuse anyone who teaches in accordance to Ephesians 2:8 to be teaching that good works are not important. Good works are certainly important! But they are not the means to salvation, but only the evidence of it.

In Scripture we see “believe and confess”, “believe and be baptized”, or “believe” by itself. Why is that? Why don’t we just see “believe, confess, be baptized…” always listed together if the sum of salvation is equal to the total of “man’s” parts? You will see as you follow below.

When the Bible says believe in Jesus and ye shall be saved, it is talking about a belief that acts. The new believer is expected to produce fruit in accordance with their repentance. Otherwise, the so-called believer’s “belief” or faith would be dead and similar to the belief of demons.

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?” – James 2:19-20

Understanding the differences

That doesn’t explain why Acts 2:38 is written that way you may say. But when Scripture appears to conflict, the solution is simple, find other passages in Scripture to explain the “troubling” passage.

“To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” – Acts 10:43

So which is it, is baptism or believing the cause of remission of sins? How do we reconcile Acts 2:38 and Acts 10:43?

There is no problem at all really when we think about what baptism represents.

“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4.

Baptism is symbolic of Christ’s work for us. We are not physically killed with Christ, obviously. Baptism is simply a public expression by the believer of where he/she chooses to put their faith in for salvation from their sins; baptism represents the person’s belief. So Acts 2:38 and Acts 10:43, are in fact saying the same thing.

Advocates of baptismal regeneration may ask, where do we get that wording from. If you are asked this, you can simply respond to them that they too must use phrases to express what they understand which are not verbatim in Scripture. Take for example the doctrine found on the Church of Christ website. Notice they say: “Though God’s part is the big part, man’s part is also necessary if man is to reach heaven.”. Where in the Bible is there this wording? There isn’t. They just believe that Scripture teaches like this, they believe this teaching is supported. So if you are ever presented this objection, remind the supporter that they too do the same.

“And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 3:21

Advocates of water baptismal regeneration will just take the first clause and say: “see, water baptism saves you”! But will ignore the rest of the verse, which explains what the verse is saying fully. It’s not saying the act of being immersed in water saves, notice “not by removing dirt from your body”, but “as a response to God from a clean conscience”. One can see that baptism is being connected with belief. In the Old Testament, we know that the blood of bulls and goats didn’t actually save (Hebrews 10:4).

The Old Testament Jew was saved before he brought the offering. That offering was only his outward testimony that he was placing faith in the Lamb of God of whom these sacrifices were a type…Water baptism is the outward testimony of the believer’s inward faith.2

Looking at the verse differences logically we see:
“They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” – Acts 16:31
Here belief = TRUE, therefore salvation = TRUE
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Here confession = TRUE, belief = TRUE, therefore salvation = TRUE
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
Here belief = TRUE, baptized = TRUE, therefore salvation = TRUE
In all cases, salvation is the result/sure/true. We see belief appearing on its own, and salvation is still true.

In Mark 16:16, notice even the next part of the verse says:
“but he who does not believe will be condemned”
Emphasis is on belief. Assuming Mark 16:16, is referring to water baptism, if it was necessary unto salvation, then the clause would have been:
“but he who does not believe and is not baptized will be condemned” Yet, we know that’s not what Scripture says.

Advocates of baptismal regeneration and works based salvation for the matter, simply add the works together to produce salvation. They view the works as supplements to produce the whole salvation. But it seems the Bible teaches about a kind of belief with by-products or belief that produces fruit in keeping with repentance.

If water baptism and other works were necessary prior to salvation status being reached, then someone who only ever heard or read verses like John 3:16 would be in trouble. Soldiers who believed in Christ on the battle field and died there without getting baptized with water, or confessing publicly with their mouth to others about their faith, would still go to hell.

Again, when the Bible says believe and you will be saved (Acts 16:31), it is talking about a special kind of belief. Just like Galatians 5:22-23 is speaking of a special kind of fruit.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Notice it says “fruit”, singular. That suggests the items in the list are things that encompass one another. For lack of better words, they are one in the same or by-products of one another.

If salvation is the sum of parts as stipulated by doctrines like from Church of Christ, then such supporters can never claim to be saved or be a Christian. By their own false doctrine, their salvation is not sure and Jesus is a liar because He said whoever believes has eternal life (John 3:36). For works based salvationists, it is only after they have lived out their total lifespan and completed all parts (hear the Gospel + believe + repent + confess + get baptized with water + live out a Christian life = salvation) will the sum of the parts make the whole salvation. Otherwise, if such supporters can claim that they are saved at the time of any just 1 or some of those parts, then salvation cannot be equal to the sum of all the parts as listed in the doctrine of denominations like Church of Christ. Again, what about people who die soon after believing in the Lord? What if they never got to share their new faith with others, or never got the opportunity to be water baptized?

Case of past historians/preachers

Advocates of works based salvation may even try to argue on another angle. They may ask you if you disagree with all the people from the past who taught works were necessary prior to salvation. Don’t get into that argument, because you must stand on their false premise when you answer. The answer to that objection is simple: since the idea is understood differently from Scripture initially from each party, then looking at the the teachings of others, we will continue to understand the idea the way in which we first understood it from Scripture. Say for example:
If A sees a particular colour as dark green and B sees the same colour as light green, then no matter when they see that colour again, they’ll continue to see it as they saw it initially. Basically, we do not need to get into the believe or believe not preachers from the past debate; it is irrelevant and advocates of works based salvation use it to trap you into making you feel that you are placing your understanding above great preachers from the past or making yourself out to be smarter than they are.

Case of the thief on the cross

You may be tempted to bring up the case of the thief on the cross. After all, only thing he did in regards to his salvation that we see from Scripture was believe in Jesus. Advocates of works based salvation may respond that the command of baptism came after, that the thief got saved by Old Testament terms3. However, Hebrews 11 doesn’t appear to draw any contrast between faith of believers after Jesus’ resurrection and before that time. Some may actually say that we don’t know if he didn’t do anything before that time; I say we don’t know that he did!

Case of Jesus’ Baptism

You may even be tempted to bring up the case of Jesus being baptized with water though He was/is sinless. Advocates of works based salvation will simply claim that Jesus was baptized for a different cause. And of course agreed (Matthew 3:13-17), but they are the ones claiming that water baptism is necessary for the remission of sins.

Case of Cornelius (and his household)

Also, you may be tempted to bring up the case of Cornelius; believing that he was already saved before getting baptized. They will claim that the Holy Spirit had not touched down and opened for Gentiles as yet. They don’t believe Cornelius was saved prior to being baptized, though there is better support for him being saved since Acts 10:1-3, rather than later after Peter’s preaching. The event in Acts 10:44, suggests the outpouring was for the Jews’ understanding, not that God hadn’t already accepted the Gentiles and was in that moment now accepting the Gentiles.

“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” – Acts 10:34-35

Cornelius was already fasting and praying to God before the event in Acts 10:44, and God heard him. Which suggests some kind of proper communion with God.

“So Cornelius said, ‘Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing’, and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God’.” – Acts 10:30-31

“We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does His will.” – John 9:31

In this case, the deeper we go into studying works based salvation, we see how it makes man dependent on other man for salvation. What if Peter didn’t understand the vision, or worse didn’t go to meet Cornelius? Poor Cornelius would be doomed to wait on some other preacher. In order for this false teaching “to stand”, other Scripture must be twisted or ignored.

Works based salvationists cannot explain the reason for the differences in the verses throughout Scripture

Besides for the response of Jesus’ baptism, the other poor exegesis result because they started out falsely to begin with. And so they will jump around Scripture to “explain”, even appearing to make a different form of salvation for Old Testament believers. Yikes. Yet, in all this “explaining”, they cannot come up with a reason (even a false one) for the differences in Scripture; like when we see “believe” appear on its own and other times when it appears with “confess” or “be baptized”. Works based salvationists simply try to add works/parts/catalysts together and create their own standards for salvation. And some may be sincere, and some perhaps stubborn to change. God alone knows their motives. Yet we know:

Jesus replied, “This is the work of God: to believe in the One He has sent.” – John 6:29

There is only one kind of work we have to do in order to be saved, and this is not talking about any dead kind of belief or faith. Support of that is seen in James 2:19-20, Matthew 3:8, John 14:15 and other verses which makes it clear that true faith in Christ results in obedience.

Summary:

Argument by works based salvationists Response
If you don’t believe salvation is obtained by man having done these things, then you teach good works is not important. This is false, and a cop-out. Because even they will argue that water baptism etc are not works, but in the same breath, they will accuse you of teaching against good works. I think they very well know that many of us who disagree with their teaching, absolutely believe good works to be important, just that we believe good works are the result of true faith/belief.
The Bible does not teach water baptism, confession, repentance etc to be works. In order to harmonize their teaching with Ephesians 2:8, they will claim that water baptism etc are not works, and may say they are parts of the process or catalysts. Whatever wording we use, whether we say “work”, “catalyst”, “part” does not matter because even John 6:29 calls believing a work.
Are you making yourself out to be smarter than those from the past who taught this doctrine? Don’t get into that argument. It is based on a false presupposition, a false start. If they understand from Scripture the colour dark green, and we understand light green, then no matter who follows after we will see as we did initially.
You are not relying on the Bible alone. Lots of people when they don’t hear what they want to hear will say this. Particularly when you are trying to explain your understanding of what Scripture is teaching. But in reality, everyone when explaining themselves,
use words or phrases which are not verbatim in Scripture. You can always point the person back to their doctrine and point out words which are not found in the Bible but used in their doctrine. Obviously they believe what is written in their doctrine is supported by Scripture, and same for your own statements of faith. If they are honest, they won’t argue on this.

 

Disclaimer:
1. Not claiming that water baptism is not important, you should be baptized at the earliest opportunity. Baptism is very significant. Your faith should bear good fruit in keeping with repentance.
2. Times above we have just automatically assumed that when baptism is mentioned, it is referring to water baptism. But it really doesn’t have to be, and that is a discussion for another topic. Taking a deeper look and not automatically assuming water baptism when Scripture is silent, further irons out the clear teaching of faith alone salvation, that obviously is evidenced by good works.

References:
1. http://church-of-christ.org/how-does-one-become-a-member-of-the-church-of-christ.html
2. https://www.gotquestions.org/baptism-1Peter-3-21.html
3. https://www.gospelway.com/salvation/thief_cross.php

Gay Awareness: The Biblical Truth

Very well said!

Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” – Matthew 16:24