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It’s All About Jesus

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #7

I want to draw your attention to an interesting point here because of all the disciples and apostles, there was a woman named Mary of Bethany that stood out, head and shoulders, above the rest in that Mary understood what was happening. Let me explain it further because every time we see Mary of Bethany in Scripture she is at the feet of Jesus. She is there when Jesus is teaching and everyone knows when Martha was serving and complaining about her, Jesus told her that Mary has chosen the good thing because she is at My feet listening to the Word. And when her brother, Lazarus, died we read that Mary once again sat at the feet of Jesus.

Mary had saved a year’s worth of wages to buy precious ointment for the burial of Jesus because she knew He was going to die. Stop and think about this for a moment because she prepared in advance for His death when the other apostles, after listening three and a half years to His teachings, were still confused at the last supper. But when she poured the ointment on the feet of Jesus we are told in John’s gospel that it was Judas who asked why it was not sold and given to the poor? Jesus told them the poor will be with you always, but you will not have Me with you always. In other words, you need to focus on Me and who I Am and what I am about to do.

Before we look at Judas and the night of the betrayal, I first want to explain that Judas was paid for his information on the whereabouts of Jesus. He was paid to lead the Roman soldiers to an obscure place where Jesus would be away from the crowds. You see, they could have seized Jesus at any time but they wanted to take Him in the stealth of night, quietly. Once He was arrested, Judas told them to lead Jesus away safely. He never thought Jesus would be harmed, but his plan went awry and afterwards he felt remorse.

While we look at Judas as this evil man we have to ask ourselves: What was he thinking? Because whatever his plan may have been Judas thought it was better than Jesus’ plan. Maybe he wanted to move Jesus into a position for his own selfish gain or perhaps it was just for the thirty pieces of silver. Either way, Judas never thought Jesus would be executed or crucified. Can you understand a little more about why Jesus told His disciples that all things were about Him and what He was about to accomplish for mankind? Our focus should always be on Jesus because it is always about Him, not us. Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

 

 

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The Rapture of the Church

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #7

There is something called the rapture of the Church and the body of Christ is all over the place on the timing of this event but everyone does believe that the rapture is going to happen. We will look at what each of these beliefs are later on but right now I want to briefly give you the four scenarios. There are some people who believe in what is called pre-tribulation, meaning, the rapture happens before the seven year period starts. Other people believe that the rapture occurs at mid-tribulation which is at the three and a half year mark. Still, others believe the rapture happens pre-wrath because there is a defined period of time during great tribulation where the wrath of God Himself is poured out on the earth. Then, the last belief is post-tribulation, meaning exactly that, the rapture happens at the very end of the seven year period.

Again, the four scenarios are pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, pre-wrath, and post-tribulation. These are all pieces of a puzzle that we have not yet lived through but here is the important difference: those who believe in pre-tribulation or mid-tribulation, think we are going to be raptured while we are living in great peace. This belief leaves us with no need to prepare because we will be taken out of here anyway, right? However, those that believe in pre-wrath or post-tribulation realize that we will go through a lot of anguish on earth. Therefore, this group must prepare their hearts and minds for tribulation. Can you see the difference?

I want you to know that I will always error on the side of caution when I teach the Word of God. This means, I will always go to a place that is more conservative and may even seem a bit harsher to others, but if I get it wrong then it will not be all that bad, right? However, the leaders in the Church who teach we are taken out of here during great peace, well, what happens if they are wrong? Think about this for a minute because if they are wrong and you have to live through great tribulation and you did not prepare for it then you are going to be very angry! I would rather side on the error of caution and prepare you for what I think would be the optimal time for you to fortify your heart against what might come. This is better than telling you that we are all going to escape tribulation, and then, we do not. I want you to be prepared, be alert, be ready, and be watching for the return of the Lord! Amen.

Be blessed,

Sebastian

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Identified With Him

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #6

The circumcision made without hands is the seal of circumcision in the Old Testament that was a sign to men that they were in covenant with God. In Colossians 2:10 it reads we are circumcised by the covenant of Christ and we have come into relationship with Him. The Bible tells us that we are complete in Him and lacking nothing. It’s not a physical covenant where circumcision is physical, but this is a spiritual covenant made without hands. It’s by faith in God’s Gospel plan that we join the covenant and are identified with His death, burial and resurrection.

It is through faith in God’s plan that we become a party to the covenant. We call this baptism or baptizo and the best example is that we become completely identified with what we are baptized in. For instance, if we take a white garment and immerse it in blue dye then the white garment becomes blue and it’s identified by the blue dye; it is no longer white. We will develop this out more in future blog messages, but it is our faith that joins us to the promise that God gave to Jesus, and then, Jesus gave to us. When we come into that covenant we are complete and we are spiritually alive. Why are we complete? It is because God promised it and He gave us the plan. We have to believe in the plan and who Jesus is and what He represents. This makes us a party to the covenant agreement with Christ. It’s by faith in the spiritual covenant we have everything Jesus did for us because it was promised by the Father to Him and once executed all the promises would pass on to us.

Ephesians 2:4-10 tells us we are driven by the course of this world and the prince and powers of the air. Well, it begins here and we read about what motivates God is His mercy and love toward us. Notice the covenant terms written in these verses and when we start taking in the meaning of these terms, than the Word of God comes alive to us. We are alive because of Him and we are raised up because of Him. We have access to God because of Him. We are accepted of God because of Him. We are a son and daughter of God because of Him. God has agreed to defend us because of Him. It is not because of us! We look in the mirror and we know who we are, we know the defects within us, but the Bible says that even when we were dead in our sins, He gave us Jesus Christ so that our faith in Him would make a fix for us to get out of this mess!

Jesus told us in, John 16:23-24, “And in that day you will ask Me, nothing: Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Jesus is saying, don’t ask Me in prayer, ask the Father in My name. Why is Jesus telling us this? He is telling us this because His name, Jesus, gives us power of attorney to God. Isn’t that a wonderful thing?

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Prepares Himself

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #6

It was through faith and the study of the Word of God that Daniel knew the timeframe that he was living in. The Bible tells us in, Daniel 9:1-5, that he knew the desolation of Jerusalem would be for seventy years which was coming to an end and because of this revelation he began to prepare himself for the change. Now remember, Daniel is reading the scroll while being held captive in Babylon and he knows it is only going to last for seven years because the Lord told him it would. However, the Bible said they did not hearken unto the voice of the Lord and they did not listen.

Let me give you the big picture here because they were supposed to have seed time and harvest. They were supposed to plant crops and harvest for six years and in the seventh year they were supposed to let the land rest for a Sabbath year. This is the same as the days of the week, we work for six days and then we are supposed to rest on the seventh day, the Sabbath. They did not do this for seventy consecutive Sabbath’s which is four hundred and ninety years. They continued with seed time and harvest all seven years and they never let the land rest for the Sabbath, therefore, they owed God seventy years. God then sent the Babylonian army in and took everyone out of the land and brought them into captivity, and then, the land surely rested for seventy years because God got His way. Consequently, for four hundred and ninety years God punished the nation for the years it did not rest.

God then uses another four hundred and ninety year period of time to talk about future events. God said that seventy weeks are determined upon your people and your holy city. We know this time frame means years because we can look back in history and it will show how He breaks it up. Then at the end of the four hundred and ninety years, and I call this the “list of completion” because things are now complete, there is a finish to all transgression and an end to sin and iniquity is reconciled. The reconciliation to the books is to bring in everlasting righteousness and to seal up the prophecy and to anoint the most Holy. All the books will be reconciled and the wicked will be judged and the righteous will be blessed! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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God’s Covenant Promises

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #5

God promised and vowed to Jesus all of the things that we see in the redemption Gospel plan. The same day, Jesus Jehovah, made a covenant with Abram and this is called “The Hypostatic Union” where God bound Himself to man. As we go through the Bible we begin to see God operating and functioning in covenant toward man in the Old and New Testament; in the old as the physical seed and in the new as the spiritual seed. We can count on God to remain loyal to all His promises in Scripture because He is faithful. The things He promises in His Word, God vowed them to Jesus, than Jesus vowed them to us. God did not vow them to us directly because they were all given to Jesus and Jesus represented them back to the Father.

We have this promise from God and we really have to understand that God cannot lie. When we shake hands with someone, sometimes it is a coin toss as to whether or not they will stand by their word and keep their agreement. Other times, we can depend on the person and know that they are going to do what they say they will do. Well, God is going to do what God says He will do. God promised to Abraham a seed that would bless all the nations of the earth and that seed is Jesus Christ. God promised him through his lineage would come the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and we read about this in Galatians 3:16. When we look in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke we see the genealogy, one goes all the way back from Adam to Mary and Joseph, while the other one comes through Abraham. This whole genealogy of Jesus Christ is laid out so that He would come from the seed of Abraham or from the Jews.

When reading the New Testament, anytime we see the words, “in Him, in Jesus, with Jesus, through Jesus or with Him,” it represents covenant, meaning, we are connected with Christ. We quickly read over these terms but they mean everything! We are complete in Him because on our own we are not complete, but in Him we are complete. What this says is that when we first come into Christianity we are like a baby complete with all the parts needed in order to grow into an adult. So when we come into relationship with Jesus we are made complete in Him. There is nothing lacking in us but knowing who we are and growing into who we are supposed to be. We are complete in Him because of the covenant that God made between Him and Jesus then Jesus made the covenant between Him and us. Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian.

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God’s Covenant With Abraham

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #5

God takes this man Abraham and He does something that is very important in, Genesis 17:1-8, because God makes a covenant where He binds Himself to Abraham and his offspring. Satan sees the covenant God made with Abraham and this changes his agenda because now Satan must destroy Abraham and his seed. Satan is intelligent and he knows the seed that will crush his son’s head comes from Abraham and not from humanity in general. This means the seed is going to be a Jew which narrows his focus and now his agenda is to eradicate the Jews from the earth.

This is why we see in every major kingdom, such as the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Medo-Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans, as well as the Russians and the Germans in modern time, have all tried to eradicate the Jews. Think about Hitler in our own generation and how he tried to eradicate a people who didn’t even have a nation. This demonized leader was driven by Satan to destroy the seed and why is that? It is because the Jews are God’s people. Satan is still trying to eradicate Abraham’s seed but now the physical seed is the Church and how is that? It is because the Church is born of Abraham. You see, the physical seed went from the seed of Abraham, to Jesus being born of the seed of Abraham, and Mary who was also from the seed of Abraham. This all means the new destruction from Satan is aimed at the Church which is the Body of Christ.

Now, the whole intention of the Church is to reveal to man, the elect and the fallen angels, the manifold wisdom of God. Well, what is the manifold wisdom of God? It is that humanity who is reduced to flesh as physical beings would believe in an unseen God to motivate and move their lives by faith. That men and women would live their whole life according to God’s Word even though it is a God they have never seen. And, that they would suffer for a God that they have never physically touched. And, that they would give glory to a God that they have never interacted with physically. And, that by faith they would even die and give up their life for a God that they have never met physically! Saints, can you see and understand that we have a great responsibility upon us to glorify God? Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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Covenant Terms

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #4

Hebrews 10:9-21 talks about the New Covenant and Jesus is talking about His coming to the earth, but we also see God saying this is the covenant, meaning, the contract and agreement that I will make with them in those days. A covenant or agreement or contract can be made between two people, two families, two tribes or two nations that come together under the terms of a covenant. Today we have contracts but historically men lived in uncivilized areas based on covenants much like the Native Americans who made covenant agreements as “Blood Brothers.”

A covenant is more binding than family or allegiance to nations. It is the most binding agreement that any human being can make. The closest thing that we have to a covenant, and it is an actual covenant, is the marriage covenant where a man and a woman choose to be one. They choose to merge their lives together and make an agreement under a covenant relationship. When one man or tribe or nation binds themselves to another, it is not something done haphazardly because it is unbreakable. A covenant is something that you are binding yourself to for life. The Bible tells us that God bound His will and His purpose to man through Jesus Christ. God bound Himself to His own agreement; God made terms and vowed a vow to humanity that He would do certain things. There are seals representing a covenant agreement and I want to go over these seals because they are throughout Scripture.

First, we would split an animal and lay the pieces side-by-side then we would walk through the pieces in a figure eight style signifying we are now one, forever. Next, we cut our hand or wrist and grip each other on the wrist where our blood would mingle. This handshake means what is in me is now in you. You see, the covenant agreement goes beyond generations because it is passed on through the mixing of the bloodlines. It is sealed in blood. It is not only for the two parties but their heirs are going to be bound to one another because of the covenant. There is an exchange of weapons either a bow or a sword that means they will defend each other. Whoever attacks one of them, the other will come to their defense.

In marriage today we exchange wedding rings, but in history they would exchange a robe because the clothing you wore determined who you were and what your position was. For example, if I were a prince in my nation it would mean you would also be a prince in my nation. In the Bible they exchanged robes much like we took the robe of righteousness, the robe of Jesus as the Son of God, in return Jesus took our filthy rags, our shame and our guilt. They would also exchange names giving one another power of attorney to do transactions in one another’s name. Next, there would be a covenant feast or meal where the vows and promises of the covenant would be repeated. Finally, a statue or rock or planted tree would be given as a memorial so people would see it and remember that the two parties are in covenant with one another. As Christians, our memorial is the cross of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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Restore The Earth

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #4

The first three verses of Genesis is when the Spirit of God began to incubate the earth and to warm the planet. I want you to understand that Satan was there in the beginning because earth was his dominion, but after his fall the earth was wrapped in ice and it was without form and void. You see, all life was taken from the earth. Then suddenly, after thousands or millions or perhaps even hundreds of millions of years later, the lights go on and God begins to restore life on earth. In Genesis 2:7, God took the dust of the ground and created a human body and God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and he became a living soul.

Meanwhile, Satan watches as God creates a man who is inferior to Satan as far as creation, power, and movement. Satan looks on and wonders what is happening, and then, God gives the created man dominion over the planet. I want you to understand that God created the spirit of Eve at the same time He created Adam because they are created equal and the same. God then creates all other living creatures upon the earth and Adam names these creatures. Then, God creates Eve and He takes Eve from Adam making Adam a fraction of who he was and now Eve completes Adam and this is the first marriage. God then gives a commandment to man in, Genesis 2:15-17, but He also gave man a penalty that if you eat of the tree you are going to die. This is literally referring to two different deaths, meaning, by the first death you will experience the second death. Satan is looking on and he sees that man has a commandment from God and now Satan’s agenda is to get man to disobey and sin against God.

You will see me use the phrase, “you shall not surely die and there are no consequences to your actions,” several times in my teachings because this is where Satan goes to work in getting man to sin. Satan tells Eve what God said He would do is not going to happen! This is Satan’s first lie to man, so, underline Genesis 3:4 in your Bible because it is very important. This is where we read about the temptation and the fall of mankind but when Eve partakes of the fruit nothing happened because she did not receive the direct Word from God. It was Adam who had the direct Word. Therefore, when Adam took the fruit complete chaos filled the garden and immediately their environment changed. Everything in them and around them changed and the first thing they experienced was fear because they did not have fear prior to this sin. Then depression came in and along with it came low self-esteem and all of the things that we struggle with today in our world came in to the earth because of this sin! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian