He Knew In Himself

He Knew In Himself

John 6:61 KJV “When JESUS KNEW IN HIMSELF that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?”

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There are certain things the Spirit of God makes us know just like we know our own name. Another word for this is discernment or understanding:

Colossians‬ ‭1:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”

That’s the purpose of discernment; serving God, and knowing Him better. There are times God will give us a Spirit of discernment when we are in danger:

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

Matthew 12:14‭-‬15 NLT “Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to kill Jesus. But JESUS KNEW what they were planning. So he left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them.”

Sometimes God allows us to see danger ahead. Then it’s our choice to act on what we know. If we are wise we will take precautionary measures to avoid harm. But the simpleton will go on blindly as if he/she sees nothing and must suffer the consequences. Sometimes the consequences are staggering.😳 May we not be simple. May we act properly on the knowledge God gives us in ourselves and be safe from harm.😊

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The Lord Takes Care Of The Innocent

The Lord Takes Care Of The Innocent

Psalm 37:18-19 NLT “Day by day the LORD takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever. [19] They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.”

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The Lord takes care of the innocent or the upright. Joseph comes to mind when I think of Psalm 37:18-19. Joseph was an upright man yet he spent years in prison for a crime he did not commit. “But wait, I thought the Lord takes care of the innocent?” some might ask. And the answer is, “Yes He does.” That doesn’t mean the righteous won’t experience evil or afflictions. Psalm 37:19 says, “They will not be disgraced in hard times,” Not, “They will never go through hard times.”🤔

While in prison for a crime he was falsely accused of Joseph held on to his integrity. He never blamed God for his troubles and remained steadfast worshiping the Lord. But this wasn’t the only tough time in Joseph’s life. When he was a young boy he was sold into slavery by his brothers!😳 That’s right, Joseph’s own brothers were so jealous of him and his close relationship with their father they decided to get rid of him (so they thought). (Genesis Chapter 37) Betrayed by his own brothers, and now in prison for a crime he did not commit Joseph could have easily given up on life and God. But he didn’t. He worshipped God even more! WHAT A MAN!😊 

God was with Joseph while he was incarcerated and took care of him. He even saw to it that Joseph was put in charge of the whole prison and made everything Joseph did prosper. (Genesis 39:21-23) Later God took Joseph out of prison and on the same day made him the 2nd most powerful ruler in the world!😳 (Genesis chapter 41) And who says God doesn’t take care of the innocent who are faithful to Him?😊

LET’S BE LIKE JOSEPH😊

How do we respond when we are treated unfairly and accused of evil things we did not do? Like Joseph we can learn to respond favorably by remaining steadfast knowing our Father sees everything that’s going on. We can trust that God has us in the palm of his hands and will vindicate us at the right time just like he did for Joseph. We may not become the 2nd most powerful ruler in the world like Joseph did but we have an inheritance that lasts forever!😊 We are coheirs with Christ in the eternal Kingdom of God!😊 (Romans 8:17)

Daniel 7:18,22,27 KJV “But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. [22] Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. [27] And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” 

May we remain steadfast, loyal to God like Joseph when we are afflicted by evil and are innocent: 

1 Peter 2:19-20 NIV “For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. [20] But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.”

And may we draw comfort from Jesus’ words below realizing what this all means: you have an eternal kingdom!😃

Matthew 5:10-12 NLT “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS THEIRS. [11] “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. [12] Be happy about it! BE VERY GLAD! For A GREAT REWARD AWAITS YOU IN HEAVEN. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”

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Their Angels

Their Angels

Matthew 18:10 KJV “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven THEIR ANGELS do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

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Little children have their own personal messengers; that’s right, they’re called angels.😊 And they always see the face of God. So why would anyone want to harm a little child? People who hurt children are in big trouble:😠

Luke 17:2 NLT “It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin.”

If causing a child to sin is this serious imagine the penalty for forcing them to commit heinous acts against their will? God will bring fiery judgment on pedophiles who do not repent!🔥

Matthew 10:42 NKJV “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”

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The Heavens And The Waters

The Heavens And The Waters

Genesis 1:7-8 KJV “And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. [8] And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”

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God created waters on earth and waters above the earth, above heaven. This is not a subject often discussed (waters above heaven). I remember learning this as a child. I was also told that God emptied all the waters above heaven during the flood in Noah’s day hence there aren’t anymore waters above heaven. But is that what the Bible says?🤔 No. Listen to what David wrote under inspiration of the Holy Spirit many years after the flood in Noah’s day: 

Psalm 148:4 KJV “Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.”

The Bible says there were still waters above the heavens after the flood in Noah’s day. What’s also interesting is in this passage the word heaven is plural. That means there is more than one heaven and there are waters above them.🤔 Listen to what Wisdom says about the waters above the heavens:

Proverbs 8:27-28 KJV “When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: [28] When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep.”

According to God’s word the waters above the heavens are deep. But how many heavens are there that we know of? From reading the scriptures I’ve learned there are at least 3 heavens. Listen to what the Holy Spirit inspired Apostle Paul to write:

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 NKJV “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the THIRD HEAVEN. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—how he was caught up into PARADISE and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”

Wow! Paul speaks about being caught up to the THIRD HEAVEN and called it, “PARADISE.”😊This is why I said there are at least 3 heavens. Whether the waters above the heavens are above the first and second heavens separating them from paradise (the third heaven) I cannot say. But I do know that there are waters above the heavens and they are deep waters as the Bible says. 

THE FIRMAMENT IS THE FIRST HEAVEN

Genesis 1:7-8 KJV “And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. [8] And GOD CALLED THE FIRMAMENT HEAVEN. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”

God called the firmament heaven (singular), not heavens (plural). As we’ve seen there is a third heaven which is paradise, which means there is a first and a second heaven. Want to know what is inside of the firmament (the first or lower heaven)? 

Genesis 1:14-17 KJV “And God said, Let there be LIGHTS IN THE FIRMAMENT of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: [15] And let them be for LIGHTS IN THE FIRMAMENT OF THE HEAVEN to give light upon the earth: and it was so. [16] And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. [17] And GOD SET THEM IN THE FIRMAMENT OF THE HEAVEN to give light upon the earth.”

Yes, God created the sun, “the greater light to rule the day,” and the moon, “the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And GOD SET THEM IN THE FIRMAMENT OF THE HEAVEN,” not above heaven in outer space. The sun, moon, and stars are in the lower heaven, the first heaven (the firmament). We were taught the sun, moon, and stars are in outer space above heaven. But that’s not what the Bible says. They’re in the firmament the first lower heaven enclosed below the waters which are above the heavens. That explains why some days you see clouds in front of and behind the sun. Clouds are in our atmosphere, in heaven. If the sun was 93 million miles away in outer space like we were taught there would be no clouds behind the sun.🤔 God’s great lights (sun moon and stars) are right above us inside the firmament of the heaven as God’s word says.😊

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Jesus Thought YOU Were Worth It

Jesus Thought YOU Were Worth It

John 3:16 KJV “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’d rather die for you than live without you.”

That’s the sentiment the cross speaks to me and then some. Jesus thought you and I were worth it. What a loving God!😂

How many appreciate what Jesus Christ did for them? Only a few. (Matthew 7:13-14) And what a tragedy to trample on the son of God and crucify Him all over again:

Hebrews 6:4-6 NLT “For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened-those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, [5] who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come- [6] and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.”

In light of the passage we just read is anything Satan offers us worth turning away from God? Some by rejecting the son of God are crucifying Him all over again?😩 Jesus thought you and I were worth dying for. Do we think Jesus is worth it? Worth our time? Our thoughts? Our devotion? Our obedience? I hope we do. I hope we do.

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The Hour Of Proving

The Hour Of Proving

Revelation 3:10 TPT “Because you’ve passionately kept my message of perseverance, I will also keep you from the hour of proving that is coming to test every person on earth.”


Some think when Jesus says He will keep us from the hour of test (or proving) it means we won’t have to experience great tribulation. But could it mean that He will keep us safely through such a time? That He will keep it from consuming us? That He will keep us from losing our faith?🤔 Could we be in the hour of proving or testing and not even know it?😳 Can anyone think of when our faith has been tested like it is right now?🤔

Jesus said the hour of proving or testing would come upon everyone living on earth not just believers. Again some think the church will not go through great tribulation, that we will be raptured out of here before it all happens. But is that what scripture says? (Acts 14:22 Matthew 24:29-31) And when people are losing their jobs, homes, and more because they refuse to take a vaccine, is this not great tribulation?🤔

Revelation 7:9-10,13-15 KJV “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; [10] And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. [13] And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? [14] And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. [15] Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.”

The scripture clearly says that the multitude praising God and the Lamb (Jesus) in heaven from every tribe, nation, people, and tongue, “have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” It also says, “THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION.” To come out of something means you had to be in it, right?🤔 If you came out of the car it means you were in the car. If you came out of the house you were in the house. If you came out of a bad relationship it means you were in a bad relationship, correct? We the church won’t experience God’s wrath, the world experiences that, but we will go through and hopefully be counted worthy to safely come out of GREAT TRIBULATION as scripture says. There is no reason to fear because Jesus keeps His loyal ones safe.😊

GREAT TRIBULATION

Luke 21:34‭-‬36 TPT “Be careful that you never allow your hearts to grow cold. Be careful that you are not caught off guard, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the worries of this life, and that day will come upon you suddenly like a trap. Don’t let me come and find you drunk or living carelessly like everyone else. For that day will come as a shocking surprise to all. Keep a constant watch over your soul, and pray for the courage and grace to prevail over these things that are destined to occur and that you will stand before the presence of the Son of Man with a clear conscience.”

Since the pandemic everything Jesus warned us about in Luke 21:34-36 has been even more on the rise. Drinking/drunkenness, cold-heartedness, depression, worry, stress, doing any and everything to forget our problems has skyrocketed! These are facts even the controlled news media have reported. People are trying to cope with life during the pandemic. It appears that folks are losing their minds and the love of most has grown even colder. (Matthew 24:12) People are losing their homes, their jobs, and more over vaccine mandates around the world!😳 Some refuse to take the vaccine because of religious beliefs. When you lose your job, your home, and more because of your faith things get pretty real. Think about that for a moment.🤔 Could we be in the hour of testing or proving that Jesus said would come to test EVERYONE living on earth? Is not being able to work or provide for yourself and your loved ones (on top of everything else going on in the world) great tribulation, and a great test?🤔

Jesus knew this time would come. NOTHING catches Him off guard. We are being tested as scripture foretold. It will become increasingly evident as the days go by who really loves God and who does not. What would you call the state the world is in today? The world calls it, “The new normal.” It’s interesting how such titles can divert folks attention away from what’s really going on as prophesied in God’s word. (Matthew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13, Luke chapter 21) If you’re a follower of Jesus and are feeling tired and worn out by the times we’re in I hope this next passage encourages you:😊

Revelation 3:8‭-‬13 TPT “I know all that you’ve done. Now I have set before you a wide-open door that none can shut. For I know that you possess only a little power, yet you’ve kept my word and haven’t denied my name. Watch how I deal with those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews but are not, for they’re lying. I will make them come and bow down at your feet and acknowledge how much I’ve loved you. Because you’ve passionately kept my message of perseverance, I will also keep you from the hour of proving that is coming to test every person on earth. But I come swiftly, so cling tightly to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown of victory. For the one who is victorious, I will make you to be a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, permanently secure. I will write on you the name of my God and the name of the city of my God—the New Jerusalem, descending from my God out of heaven. And I’ll write my own name on you. So the one whose heart is open let him listen carefully to what the Spirit is now saying to all the churches.”

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Hypocrites Are Dangerous

Hypocrites Are Dangerous

Proverbs 11:9 KJV “An HYPOCRITE WITH HIS MOUTH destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.”

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It is the course of wisdom to avoid hypocrites. They are dangerous people. They are liars, gossips, slanderers, revilers, etcetera. Among those responsible for the death of Jesus were the Pharisees, some of the worse hypocrites ever. Like them there are many today. These love to hide behind the guise of God. Imagine using God’s name to obtain your evil desires. That is a special kind of evil. (Matthew 6:23) Fiery judgment awaits them!😩

TURN OR BURN🔥

Is it injustice for God to appoint hypocrites to the lake of fire? God can do no evil, so no it’s not unfair. Imagine all your life pretending to be what you’re not (lying)? Using a phony relationship with God to get people to lower their guard, trick them, and get from them what you want?😇 Then once you’ve earned thier trust and are finished using them you deal them that betrayal blow? Ouch! How painful.😩 You’re also the kind of person that enjoys doing this to people again and again?😆 Nah, it is not unjust for God to send such to the lake of fire:

Revelation 21:8 KJV “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

There’s only one way not to burn: turn! Turn from our sins or we will burn from our sins. Jesus says repent or perish. (Luke 13:1-5) The choice is ours.

THE RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITE😇

I Corinthians 5:11‭-‬13 NKJV “But now I have written to you NOT TO KEEP COMPANY WITH ANYONE NAMED A BROTHER, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.””

God says we are to judge those inside the church who are called brother (Christians) but are living totally opposite of that profession. When Christians sin in ways mentioned above and refuse to repent GOD SAYS, “PUT AWAY FROM YOURSELVES THE EVIL PERSON.” This is not a suggestion it is a command. And it’s not a contradiction of Matthew 7:1 which says, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1) God never contradicts Himself. In Matthew 7:1 Jesus isn’t talking about sins that hurt the church in ways mentioned at 1 Corinthians chapter 5. In 1 Corinthians 5 there was a man who was having sex with his father’s wife.😳 Yes, his own mother or mother in-law. This was a heinous sin! And the church wasn’t doing anything about it. For some reason they did not feel the need to judge the offender. Paul wrote the Corinthian church and clarified that this was indeed a matter to be judged by the whole church. (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)

There are similar situations when judgments should be made for the health of the churches sake. Unrepentant sin of this kind if left unchecked can work through and destroy an entire church. (1 Corinthians 5:6) A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. Yes, Christians are commanded by Jesus Christ to judge such matters with righteous judgment:

John 7:24 NKJV “Do not judge according to appearance, but JUDGE with righteous judgment.”


Sadly when some in the church are approached even gently about a sin they are caught in they take it personal. Oftentimes these words come flying out, “Who are you to judge me?”😠

“WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE?”😠

“Who are you to judge me?”😠 Isn’t that what religious hypocrites say whenever confronted about the most devilish sins? Once they know their masks have fallen off and you can now see them for who they really are they go on the attack. If someone claims to be a Christian and is caught in a sin GOD HIMSELF SAYS to reach out and help the erring brother or sister gently:

Galatians 6:1‭-‬2 ESV “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Sadly when some in the church are approached even gently about a sin they are caught in they take it personal. Oftentimes these words come flying out, “Who are you to judge me?”😠 If this happens to you remember Jesus says you have authority from Him to, “judge with righteous judgment.” Just be sure that it’s truly righteous judgement based only on God’s word and not our feelings. Also remember that we who teach others will be judged too even more severely by the Lord the Bible says. (James 3:1)🤔

If a sin is committed of the nature described in 1 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 11 we are commanded by God to judge those inside the church while God judges those outside. Don’t allow folks to put guilt trips on you for doing what our Father says. People who refuse to repent while claiming to be Christians are dangerous. May we obey God in this matter. (Romans 16:17-18)

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Looking For Antichrist

Looking For Antichrist

Philippians 3:20 NLT “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are EAGERLY WAITING FOR HIM to return as our Savior.”

Where in the Bible are we told to intently look for antichrists, or the antichrist? Nowhere. Where are we told in the Bible to eagerly await and look for the real Jesus Christ and His return? Multiple places in scripture. Many Christians seem to be fascinated with who, “The Antichrist,” is. They appear to be looking for this guy way more than they are seeking the real true Christ. What good is it if I know who antichrist is and I don’t know the real Christ?

Many feel their intense search for, “The Antichrist,” is justified because if they can figure out who this antichrist is they will have a better understanding of when Jesus will return. Hence they view seeking antichrist’s identity as synonymous with the return of Jesus Christ. But Jesus tells us plainly how to understand when he will return. (Read Matthew chapter 24 Mark chapter 13 and Luke chapter 21)

Again, if I don’t know and understand who the real Jesus Christ is through an intimate, personal relationship with Him, what good is it to know who the Antichrist is? I will still be judged and condemned with the rest of the world.😰 I find it very interesting that the phrase, “The Antichrist,” is being inserted in many passages of scripture where it does not appear. And this is being done by many well known and well meaning Bible teachers. These same teachers will say that we should not go beyond what is written, or put any man’s word above the written word of Almighty God as stated in 1 Corinthians 4:6.

1 Corinthins 4:6 KJV “And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us NOT TO THINK OF MEN ABOVE THAT WHICH IS WRITTEN, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.”

The scripture clearly says that we should, “not think of men [any human being] above that which is written.” Let us obey God and not human personalities. We are told in the Bible to TEST EVERYTHING, no matter who says it. (1 Thessalonians 5:21 Acts 17:11) As we are all growing in our relationship with God and our knowledge of Him it shouldn’t surprise us that the best of us get it wrong sometimes. Job, the most righteous man in all the earth was taught a few lessons by a much younger lad named Elihu. The older prophet Samuel when he went to the house of Jesse to anoint the Lord’s next king over Israel thought that it was one of David’s brothers because of how good looking he was. But God told Samuel he wasn’t the one the Lord chose. Aaron, Moses’ brother and fellow servant of God literally made a golden calf; an idol, for the people to worship. Oh how we all do sin and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) So don’t let it be a huge surprise if we or anyone of us need a few tweaks when it comes to our doctrine.😊

As established we need to know Jesus Christ intimately way more than anything else. Then we won’t get the mark of the beast, or worship His image, or worship antichrist, etcetera. More importantly we won’t miss out on the return of the real Christ.

Hebrews 12:2 NLT “We do this by KEEPING OUR EYES ON JESUS [not antichrist], the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”

NOW WHO IS ANTICHRIST?

The Bible tells us plainly who and what antichrist is: Here are the only 4 places in the Bible where the word antichrist is ever used. Read them, study them, and study the surrounding contexts of scripture. And remember 1 Corinthians 4:6, “NOT TO THINK OF MEN ABOVE THAT WHICH IS WRITTEN.”

1. 1 John 2:18 KJV “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, EVEN NOW THERE ARE MANY ANTICHRISTS; whereby we know that it is the last time.”

My friends that was written about 2000 years ago. And God said, “EVEN NOW there are MANY ANTICHRISTS,” not just one. Antichrists (with an “S” on the end meaning more than one) have been around for a while.🤔

2. 1 John 2:22 KJV “Who is a liar but HE THAT DENIETH THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST? HE IS ANTICHRIST, that denieth the Father and the Son.”

God clearly says anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ; the Messiah, the Savior of the world, that person is antichrist! WOW!😳 There’s a whole lot of antichrists running around, aren’t there? Not just one. We interact with antichrists everyday; at work, at school, at home, etcetera. But do not fear.

3. 1 John 4:3 KJV “And EVERY SPIRIT THAT CONFESSETH NOT THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME in the flesh is not of God: and THIS IS THAT SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and EVEN NOW ALREADY IS IT IN THE WORLD.”

Here God says that antichrist is a SPIRIT.😳 A spirit that says Jesus Christ; the Messiah, the savior of the world did not come in the flesh. Isn’t this spirit in so many folks today? Some say Jesus was just a great prophet and not the Messiah. Others say Jesus is just a fairy tale. And others deny Him in other ways. All these have THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST and are antichrists the Bible says.

4. 2 John 1:7 KJV “For MANY DECEIVERS are entered into the world, WHO CONFESS NOT THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME in the flesh. THIS IS A DECEIVER AND AN ANTICHRIST.”

Do you see who the Bible says antichrist is? So why are so many focused on just one guy who’s supposed to arrive on the scene? One reason is because many well meaning Bible teachers are inserting the phrase, “The Antichrist,” in passages of scripture where God never put it.

“THE ANTICHRIST”

God tells us again in 2 John 1:7 that antichrists are deceivers who deny the coming of Jesus Christ; the Messiah, the true Savior of the world. ANYONE who denies Jesus “THIS IS A DECEIVER AND AN ANTICHRIST,” 2 John 1:7 says. Did you notice that scripture uses the phrase, “AN ANTICHRIST,” and not, “THE ANTICHRIST?” Did you also notice that NOWHERE in the only 4 places in the Bible where the word, “Antichrist,” appears do you see the phrase, “THE ANTICHRIST,” meaning only one? Instead you saw written in God’s word that there are MANY ANTICHRIST DECEIVERS. You also saw that antichrist is a SPIRIT. And, “THAT SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST,” has already been in the world for a long time.

REMEMBER THE BEST OF US SOMETIMES GET IT TWISTED🤔

In 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 we see an antichrist that God calls The Man Of Sin, The Son Of Perdition, The Lawless One, or The Man Of Lawlessness, etcetera. But nowhere in that passage is he called, “THE ANTICHRIST.” Isn’t it better to stick to what is written in God’s word and call a thing what He calls it? Some will say I’m playing semantics here. I will say adding words and phrases in the Bible where they do not appear is very dangerous! It changes the whole meaning of what is written.

If great servants of God like Job, Aaron, the prophet Samuel, and many others needed tweaking in their beliefs and doctrine are we so proud to think we never will? And I understand that some are thinking, “There’s a Bible teacher I really like who constantly uses the phrase, “THE ANTICHRIST,” where that phrase is not written in scripture. I have quite a few Bible teachers I’ve enjoyed listening to over the years as well who insert the phrase where it’s not written in scripture too. All I can do is encourage you and myself to obey WHAT IS WRITTEN in 1 Corinthians 4:6, “NOT TO THINK OF MEN ABOVE THAT WHICH IS WRITTEN.” (KJV)

THESE BIBLE CHARACTERS ARE ANTICHRISTS

The rider on the white horse in Revelation chapter 6, the beasts in Revelation chapter 13, the last beast in the book of Daniel, the son of perdition in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, and so on are all referred to as, “THE ANTICHRIST,” by many. Again, I understand why many insert that phrase in certain Bible passages, because these guys are all indeed vicious antichrists! But let’s be honest; the Bible never called them, “THE ANTICHRIST,” meaning the only one. That’s what the word “THE” means; one and only. That’s why Jesus is called THE way, THE truth and THE life. (John 14:6) He’s the only way the only truth and the only life. There is no other. But when it comes to antichrists—the son of perdition, the 4th beast in the book of Daniel, the two beasts in Revelation chapter 13, the rider on the white horse in Revelation chapter 6 and so on—are one of many, even if they are bigger antichrists than others.

As earlier stated, some of us work with, go to school with, even share the same home with antichrists everyday. And many of these are quite necessary. But sadly many Christians wouldn’t know an antichrist if he/she bit them because they have grown accustomed to looking for just one guy or girl to arrive on the scene.😳 “That spirit of antichrist,” is indeed deceiving and conquering many. (Revelation 6:1-2) False teaching is largely to blame here though unintentional. Do you see why it is so important to stick to exactly what is written?🤔

All of us fall short in what we say the Bible says. Let us be determined to stick to what is written please on this matter and on all Biblical issues. The beast in the book of Revelation chapter 13 is called, “The Beast.” The son of perdition in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 is called, “The Son Of Perdition.” The beasts in the book of Daniel are called, “Beasts.” These are all antichrists! Yes they are! But never are they called the only one.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

More importantly let us remember what binds us all together as God’s children. It is not who knows the most and can explain scriptural doctrines better than others. What joins us all together is love in Jesus Christ Himself. We are all members of His body called to love one another which transcends all knowledge and all wisdom.😊 The purpose of writing this was not to prove anyone wrong. Our Master says it is the truth that sets us free. (John 8:32)

Ephesians 4:16 NIV “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

1 Corinthians 13:1‭-‬3 RSV “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

John‬ ‭13:35‬ ‭KJV “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Colossians‬ ‭3:12-14‬ ‭GNT “You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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Jesus Separates Sheep From Goats

Jesus Separates Sheep From Goats

Luke 12:51-53 KJV “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: [52] For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. [53] The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”

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Jesus foretold there would be a parting of ways between the closest individuals. His teachings would be the cause for this. Hence it is He who is doing the separating. Sheep agree with Jesus and follow His teachings. Goats disagree with Jesus’ teachings and refuse to repent. Religious goats pretend to follow Jesus but only obey their lusts. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives etcetera are all affected by the mighty words of God.

“THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE”

Sometimes the truth frees us from bad influences we’re not aware of. These may be close relatives. How difficult it can be to see the evil in someone you love?🤔 But as you hold tightly to the word of God the truth about ourselves and others becomes manifest. That’s just how powerful God’s word is:

Hebrews 4:12 NKJV “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

If you love God and believe in His word what He says will be first in our lives. Others (goats) put their feelings first. These different views cause divisions between kinfolks. (Amos 3:3) But make no mistake about it, Jesus Christ Himself is doing the dividing. When you follow God hatred will come at you from all directions:

Matthew 10:21‭-‬23 NLT “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed. And ALL NATIONS WILL HATE YOU because you are my followers. BUT EVERYONE WHO ENDURES TO THE END WILL BE SAVED. When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next. I tell you the truth, the Son of Man will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel.”

Jesus says this is a matter of life and death. Family ties are not spared. Remember this when the Lord separates you from those who dishonor Him. Remember this when you are persecuted even by those you love. Many who claim to serve Christ will be followers of their own lusts the Bible says. (Romans 16:17-18) If we are His true sheep Jesus will separate us from all goats one way or the other. Though this may be painful it’s what the good Shepard does to protect His sheep.😊

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