Easter

Posted: March 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

As this year has gone on and God has brought me out of my complacency with everything that I have been taught, certain things have stood out more than others. 

About 2-3 weeks ago I started thinking about Easter, why we celebrate it, and whose idea it was to celebrate it. Growing up, I have always just believed that it was a celebration of the death and resurrection (mainly resurrection) of Jesus. I’ve always questioned the bunnies and eggs around Easter, but was always taught that it was just a celebration of life. Made sense to me, so I didn’t question it much and just went with the flow of the church and family around me. 

This year I started looking into it a bit though, and realized a couple of things. 

1) Jesus was crucified around Passover and it is mentioned as such in the bible. 

2) Passover this year isn’t for another month!

So my question is, how can we possibly say that Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of our savior, when the holy day that marks his resurrection is still a month away? Granted, the argument can be made that our calendar is not the same as the Jewish calendar. However our “Easter” is determined by the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox (there are definite pagan reasons for this as well) whereas Passover is celebrated on the 15th of Nisan every year. 

The “Easter” we celebrate on the day we celebrate it has nothing to do with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, rather the resurrection of Semiramus (Ishtar) the moon goddess, the wife of Nimrod, mother of Tammus (Ezekiel 8:14). 

There is SO much more that can be said on this subject and honestly I would suggest you research it yourself, don’t just take my word for it.  Now, you can tell me “Well we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we don’t believe in any of the other stuff”. You don’t have to believe in something for it to be true, there are millions who don’t believe in Jesus. Doesn’t make him less real. I would venture a guess that you give Easter baskets full of candy eggs and bunnies (symbols of the fertility god Ishtar) to your friends and family, as well as having Easter egg hunts (again, egg symbolism). 

All I’m asking by this post is that you don’t  take things as they are because you have always been taught it. I am finding a lot of things are not true that I have been told. 

Watchman

Posted: January 25, 2016 in Scripture Commentary

Through my recent studies, I have listened to a lot different, preachers, researchers, evangelists, etc. Some of these men and women have said they have felt the call of God on their life to be Watchmen. Usually this calling is in regards to warning the people of God (mainly, but also anyone else who will listen) about things that God is showing them and what is to shortly come to pass, some of which would blow your mind.  I did some light study on what they meant by being a “Watchman”, but didn’t give it too much thought as I felt the it didn’t apply to my life.

Well, I was wrong.

Not only does the term Watchman apply to my life, but it also applies to every other person that claims to be a follower of Jesus. This last week I was listening to a gentleman who goes by Gonz, and his word of encouragement was from Ezekiel 33.  After he got done with his video, I felt God pressing me to look more into it and read it myself, which I did. What I read, and the implications of it but such a conviction on my heart that I realize should have been there since the day I submitted my life to Jesus.

Ezekiel 33:1-6

And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people, then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’

In summary, what God showed me is that all of us who are saved and are professing Christians are Watchmen. How do I figure this? Well, once you are saved you realize what you are saved from, eternal judgement and damnation from God. We are aware, that God will bringing a sword upon this land (Revelation 19:15) and if we don’t warn the inhabitants (meaning EVERYONE, like Jesus commanded us to before he left Matthew 28:19) then their blood will be on our hands and God will require an answer from us as to why we ignored his command to warn of the imminent danger.

God may upgrade my understanding of this later, but for now, this is what I see!

Jeff

Rapture

Posted: January 22, 2016 in Deep Theology

This topic has been weighing on my heart for a while now and while I am not going to go into a lot of in depth discussion in this post, I do plan to cover it more later. This is going to be one of the shorter posts I have written on this blog and it is more to plant a thought bug than anything.

In Christian circles there is always a back burner, small group discussion topic that comes up of when the rapture is going to happen. Some say pre-trib, some say mid, and some say post. The bug I want to plant in your thoughts for tonight though is for all of those who, like me at one point, were raised and taught to believe that we will be leaving before the tribulation even starts and won’t have to deal with it. Now, I will upfront say that I really, really hope this is the case. I would love to be gone and chillin with Jesus and not have to deal with the nightmare going on down here, but a thought has struck me as I’ve done more digging into the word…what if we’re wrong?

You may want to entertain the idea that we will NOT be taken before the tribulation and have to go through some, if not all of it. Why do I say that? Well because the more I study the more I think we’ll be here. Also 2 Thessalonians 2:3 says there will be a great falling away in those days, which doesn’t make a lot of sense, until you think “Hmmmm, would people think Jesus was false and the Bible a lie if they had to live through part or all of the tribulation when they had been taught all their lives differently?” Would you doubt and fall away thinking it must be a lie?

I don’t write this post to bash your belief structure on the rapture and it’s timing (I will do that in another post!). God has just laid this post on my heart in order to get the church thinking, what if we’re not gone…..what does that mean for me?

 

Jeff

 

Enmity

Posted: January 11, 2016 in Deep Theology, News Stories, Nuggets

As the new year starts, obviously there is that obligatory “New Years Resolution” phase that everyone goes through. Now, I have jumped on that train before, only to get about as far as everyone else and then give up. So yes, while I have made some goals for the following year, I also took it a step further and broke those year long goals down into, monthly, weekly, and daily goals I could easily meet. This way I never lose track of what I am aiming for.

All that to say, is that one of the goals I have set for myself in the coming year is to read through the Bible in a year. As sad as it may sound, here I have been a Christian for nearly 30 years, and I have not once read through the entire Bible. It seems rather hypocritical to claim to believe the Word, say I live by it, argue debates using it, yet never have read through the entire thing. I am very excited to do this and have already learned so much.

Now, I am the type of guy that when I decide I am going to dedicate my time towards something and research it..I rarely go halfheartedly. As such, I am always listening to different preachers, evangelists, podcasts, etc to grow my knowledge in both the Bible, and practical application of it. As I started the through the Bible in a year program, I read a verse that I must have read hundreds of times growing up. I have heard sermons preached on it, Sunday School lessons taught on it, and different podcasts mention it. However, this time around the verse stuck out to me, it was reiterated and expounded upon in a podcast I listened to that same week…and then the newspaper hit.

Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.

Before I discuss how this verse applies to the newspaper and web articles I read this past week, I want to touch on a couple of different points.

  1. This verse has, for Christians anyway, a very personal victorious connotation. Many theologians have deciphered this as meaning Jesus’ victory over Satan.  We know that Jesus most definitely has victory over Satan, and that through the lineages, Jesus is a decedent or “seed” of Eve, therefore I’m not going to argue that point too much. This is the part of the verse that has been used in countless sermons over the ages, and inherently I don’t necessarily think there is anything wrong with this.
  2. The second point I want to make in regards to this verse however, is the first half and the implications that it HAS and has HAD for the world as a whole for countless generations. God says “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed”. In case you are wondering and aren’t sure, enmity means hatred. Pure, burning, unspeakable hatred.

Taking the meaning of enmity, and the direct correspondence between Eve and her seed, let’s look at the world. Everything that is not directly from God is done as a distraction from Him. Why you may ask? Because Satan, that serpent of old, HATES us. He will do everything he can to destroy our moral compass, our spiritual connection with God, and to watch us crash and burn because of his HATRED. He is doing everything he can to destroy the way things God would want them simply out of spite. Oh, God said don’t lie…well it’s not lying if you only fuzz the truth or you’re protecting someone. Oh, God said don’t kill? Well it’s not really killing if it’s not born yet right? Oh, God said Man and Woman? Well what if God made a mistake and made you WANT to be the opposite sex?

I bring up that last point for a reason. God does not cause gender confusion, He made you with a certain body part for a reason. It is not like God made you on the crafting table of heaven and said “Oops, cut too much off…oh well they’ll figure it out”. No, He knew you in your mothers womb and you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14). But Satan, because of his enmity between the woman and her seed (us), is trying to skew that through demonic influence, spiritual strife, and corrupt legislative practices. In case any of you missed it this week, Washington state now has a law that states “If a man identifies as a woman, he is allowed the right to use the woman’s bathroom, locker room, etc”. If you complain, you are being discriminatory and can be fined. (More Here) This will only cause problems as sexual predators “claim” to be transgender and then get access to your wife, daughter, mother, etc. Ladies, I would seriously consider NEVER using a public restroom again.

One thing to remember in this entire…mess, is that the battle is not just what we see. Please, contact your legislatures, congressman, etc. but as Paul said in Ephesians 6, our battle is NOT against flesh and blood… Our battle is being fought in the heavenly places against an enemy that hates us and wants to see nothing more than the complete and utter corruption and destruction of God’s amazing creation. Fighting this battle on the physical realm is very much necessary, but don’t forget the spiritual battle as well. This is not just about our flesh and blood bodies, but about our souls. God died for ours, Satan just wants us to die.

 

Jeff

Bad Habit

Posted: December 30, 2015 in Personal Commentary

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The end of another year approaches, and again I am drawn to writing a blog. I think it has been every break from school that I get rested and feel like writing again, only to lose the excitement  for it about 2 weeks back into the grind. I am fairly certain that this will once again be the case, but what’s it going to hurt to try.

I have personally been on an emotional roller coaster over the course of my life, but particularly the past 10 years. Even with all of my ups and downs God has been, and continues to be, extremely patient with me. The face that everyone sees is not the face of the real person, very few people actually know who I really am. Some know me more than others but I’m still not sure  if anybody really knows who I am in my head. Can’t say that with absolute certainty though because frankly I still don’t know who I am.

All that to say, since this past summer (and yes, I do have an earlier post about it), I have been on an intense journey to find the truth out about a lot of things. These discoveries can be summed up into 3 different categories:

  1. First, things that make you go “hmmmm”. There is nothing too grand about these little nuggets of thought. They are merely things that I have stumbled across that I never noticed before. These may also be things that have popped up in the news or passing conversations.
  2. The second category of things are a little deeper. These are things, mainly theological in nature, that rock the boat if you will. Being raised in the church and never really living outside of that realm of influence, there are some things that I just took as “the answer” without really questioning them. I have since begun to question these things and I am finding answers to things that I didn’t know needed questioning. So just know, if you read some of these things, realize that I am not only challenging my thoughts on these matters, but I am purposefully asking you to go down this bumpy road with me and question some of these “facts” that we just take as law.
  3. The final category of discoveries I am delving into are what some researchers like to classify as “fringe” topics. I prefer this method of labeling these discoveries and research areas as it sounds much nicer than saying “conspiracies” and labeling me a “conspiracy theorist”. I will say up front though, that these topics and these discussions will be done on a completely different website I have set up. I’m doing it that way so that it does not detract from the important topics I plan to discuss here. I plan to touch on topics here that relate to Salvation, our walk with Christ, and what the Bible actually means and says (I am quickly becoming a Biblical literalist). On this other site I will be delving into topics that still pertain to our lives both as humans and Christians, but may cross the line of sanity as some see it. I do not want these topics to skew your perception of me and my ability to present the gospel in a lucid manner.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV)

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good”

This verse has become the starting point on this road of discovery I am taking. God’s word tells us, me, to prove all things and to hold fast that which is good. The important part of this verse that really sticks out to me is the word “All”. All means all, no matter how fringe, no matter how insane, no matter how hypocritical your church doctrine may make it sound. I say your church doctrine because I believe we have come a long way from where Jesus wants his body of believers to be. Too many of our churches have become very similar to the Synagogues of the New Testament.
Whether your house of worship is a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Jehovah’s Witness Meeting House, a non-denominational house of worship, a denominational house of worship, your science textbook, or your boat on the lake, the Bible is the Bible, and it says what it says. We have become so caught up in what this or that “interpretation” of the Bible is that we have lost what it means to be a follower of Christ and have instead become more interested in telling people what they want to hear in order to increase our numbers or increase their happiness. We do acts
to be noticed and say the prayers that make people comfortable, well if that’s what you’re going for…you have your reward already (Matthew 6:2 and 6:5)

I fully realize I will be upsetting friends and family and may even lose some of you due to my hard lined, crazy ideas. While I do not relish the idea of losing people that are close to me in life, I have lost friends and family before, but usually to stupid things. This time it will at least be for something worthwhile.

I also want to say as a final note, a lot of the blogs I will be posting both here, and on my other site are merely steps in getting these thoughts down on paper. Some of these things I do believe wholeheartedly and some of these things I am merely in the process of researching and it is where my research is taking me at the moment. If I do more research on a post I made and change my stance, I will do my best to update the post, re-post it, and discuss changes brought about by my research. I also welcome constructive criticism. I am on a quest to prove things, and to hold on to what is good, and true. If you have feedback for me please e-mail me. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Bring on 2016, and let’s hope I can be more consistent with posting blogs and my research this time around!

Jeff

**Important Notes**

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Look up that verse for yourself and compare it in different translations…it starts to become pretty frightening when you realize that different translations of the Bible MAKE that verse say two, drastically, different things. Try to read it for what it says, not what you think it says or what a different interpretation makes it say.

SCOTUS

Posted: June 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

To all of my friends that are happy about yesterday’s decision, I am happy that you are happy😀

If this is where you want to stop, you may use these words to paint me in the light that makes you most comfortable. If you want to continue to hang out with me, keep me on your Facebook page, or read what I write without being upset about how I feel on this subject…seriously, you probably don’t want to read anymore.

For those of you who “may” agree, or to those of you who want a reason to be upset, throw all of the same arguments at me and debate my logic and how irrational it is (when most of you know I am not irrational). Please, continue reading.

 

 

 

I will not be quoting scripture, as it is foolishness to most. Nor will I be trying to indoctrinate you with what is right or wrong, everyone knows what it is even though they may ignore it. I am simply stating my stance, take it or leave it, on the subject so you know where I, and perhaps several others, may stand.

1. To my friends that are gay. I am happy you are happy. I do not agree with the decision, I think it was made in a poor manner, but I am not going to deny what the law says.

2. To my “Christian” friends who are very supportive of this decision, to the point of bashing your supposed brothers and sisters in Christ, it is not my place to judge. That position is God’s and God’s alone, I will say, however, that I am disappointed.

3. To judge a person because they sin differently than me is about the most hypocritical stance anyone could take. I don’t like the lifestyle and sin you commit not because it is homosexuality, but because sin is sin. Just as much as I do not like liars, murderers, or myself when I cuss and let “lewd” speech exit my mouth. They are all the same, thankfully beyond my reasoning and logic God is willing to forgive those screw ups (no, there is no need to point out every scripture verse in the Bible that judges my sin too…I am fully aware of those and know I am in violation just as much as you are. Again, thankfully God is just and merciful and will accept the payment of another for my screw ups)

4. May seem stupid to some, but I am really torn about the rainbow flag being used. Yes I understand the history of the flag and how it came to be. I do find it interesting however that it has eventually become the colors of the rainbow (at least those commonly stated as the colors of the rainbow). You use it as a symbol of your pride and lifestyle, God used those colors as a promise. So while I hate seeing those colors used in that way, I do like the constant subtle reminder that the promises are always kept.

Like it or hate it, this is my stance on the subject. It took me a while to decide whether or not to post this, I then decided that I could not be justified in being upset about the decision, the rainbows everywhere, or the blatant disregard for everyone else’s opinion but my own if I didn’t let my opinion be known.

Sin is Sin, legal or not.

Interesting Week

Posted: May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

So, I have had some very interesting things happen over the past week that have triggered an insane hunger for knowledge and deep desire for study.

A month or so ago I found a very interesting video on YouTube, now in place of TV I watch YT videos of video games, etc to fill my free time. I enjoy playing games and watching others play. However, in the side bar I saw something interesting that caught my eye. I do not remember the exact title of the video, however it was something to do with “Strange Sounds”. So I watched it, because I am also an extreme sci-fi nut, and what I saw/heard was very interesting. This individual was video recording (with their phone) a sound that resembled, to my ears anyway, a grinding metal. Almost sounded like something you would hear out of a movie when a half-built skyscraper was knocked over. Thought it was momentarily interesting, but this is YouTube and videos, things can be edited.

I did not give this video much thought again until the middle of last week when something interesting came across my Facebook feed, a friend had liked a post about a ministry mentioning strange sounds and nightmares being reported around the world. Well, of course this brought up my previous video experience and so I once again decided to delve into the “strange” side of YouTube. Now, I will say right off the bat, YouTube videos can easily be edited and changed so I took everything with a grain of salt, but I found it very interesting to watch several videos from all around the world which contained these weird “metal, banging. trumpet” sounds. Several people are saying that these sounds are from God and signal the end of time. 1. God is not a God of fear, so if you are having nightmares related to these sounds….No! 2. I don’t see a specific verse in the Bible related to weird trumpet sounds outside of Revelation 8, which also mentions side effects of these trumpets, I hesitate to say that these sounds are a sign of the last days. Not counting it out, just hesitant to make that concrete statement.

Along with this sidebar search taking up most of my weekend, I also saw a friend I haven’t seen in quite some time, well actually he delivered my pizza. Weird thing was, his only comment to me upon delivering my pizza was, “Have you heard of the Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn?”. I hadn’t (which surprised some of my family, I tend to go on Prophetic studies and rampages occasionally), but thought it weird that now, of all times, this would be brought to my attention. He didn’t say much else, left with the tip and me wondering about the timing.

I have now spent the rest of the weekend delving into YouTube, the Bible, websites, podcasts, etc trying to piece so many weird happenstances together, and what I’m coming to is both amazing, and frightening. I have always wondered about the return of Christ (as I think most Christians do), and have always looked around for signs. There are plenty spelled out in the Bible, but I have always hesitated into just jumping  on the bandwagon. I have been an individual who not only lives by faith, but wants as much proof as one can find to substantiate my faith. Maybe that is wrong of me, however there is so much out there that God has given us that not only shows his presence, but answers so many questions.

Over the past year I have had several instance of people saying “Hey, look at this!”, or “Hey, have you heard about such and such or looked into such and such?”. I have to admit, I have been very selfish the past few years and have spent very little time with God or my Bible. The things people have told me about have seemed like chance/happenstance and never really held my attention. I brushed it off as conspiracy theories or false hopes. Granted some of them are, however, I am learning that some of these things are not random occurrences but may, in fact, be blatant signs of the “hour”.

If this is the case, which I am beginning to believe it is, what are we as the church doing continuing in our daily routine. Why do we continue to preach on mundane issues, repeat the same Bible stories over and over, and maintain our little “cliques”? Now, more than ever, I believe is the time that we should be out nearly pleading with people over their very souls.

To some of you, I may now sound like a nut job, but to those of you who know me…I have never denied that😀

I can’t explain the unbelievable pressure and desire I have at this moment to study more, discover more, and share more than I ever have in the past. In this post I have used happenstance, weird occurrence, chance, etc to explain this series of events, I want to make clear that 1 or 2 may be weird odds, but there are too many things lining up at the same time to make believe it was a weird week. That paired with my desire to learn and study more lead me to the conclusion that God has laid this study out for me for some reason.

I don’t know if I will be posting anything else or not, I’m not going to make that promise, however I do want to put my thoughts to paper (or bits and bites) and this may be the medium I use.