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Two Fathers and Two Voices

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #12

We are looking at leadership and doctrine in, John 8:33-39, when Jesus is saying you have another father and it is not God because your father is the devil. Jesus is talking to people who should know better because they have the Word of God and they are God’s chosen people and they are indentified as Believers. Now remember, they did not recognize Jesus when He showed up, yet, as Believers they had the Word of God. Jesus told them there are two fathers, I have a Father Who is in heaven, and you have a father who is Satan. They each have a voice and you are not listening to the Father’s voice that I listen to because you are listening to another voice.

In Verses 39-47, Jesus is saying that you cannot hear My Words because My Words have no place in you but He is talking to people who had what would have been considered the Bible back then. Here, Jesus interacts with Old Testament people and for now we will call them Believers; however, they should have known the truth because they celebrated Passover and everything they knew was pointing to Christ. Even still, they could not receive the truth because they believed in another voice and we wonder if we could be influenced this way.

In Matthew 16:13-23, God the Father revealed to Peter Who Jesus was, and then, Jesus tells His disciples about God’s gospel plan. Now, even though Peter had good intentions he was influenced by two fathers. Peter’s old father before salvation was Satan and his current Father is God, right? And, what do we see here in Scripture? We see that we can be influenced just as well. Therefore, we must be able to discern what is of God and what is not of God.

Let me tell you, Satan’s voice will seem very familiar to you because it will identify with your fleshly urges and it will make common sense to you, but God’s Word and His Voice will not make sense to you. However, as Believer’s, we live by faith and not by sight! The world lives opposite of us because they live by sight and not by faith. For instance, it does not make sense to walk on water or to leave a good job and go into the mission field, right? This is faith and to the world it looks foolish but Who is the voice behind our actions? The voice behind our actions is God and so we hear God’s Word and we go with it in faith but the world hears Satan’s voice and they obey him because they are listening to him! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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Mixed With Faith

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #11

Jesus is teaching the disciples about the prophecy of Isaiah in Matthew 13:13, “…seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” The people listening here were receiving the same message, but some were not digesting the teaching and why is that? Jesus calls it all back to the heart which is the spirit of man because the Spirit of God reveals things to us in our spirit; it is not head knowledge. For instance, Satan knows that Jesus Christ lived but Satan does not believe in his heart that Jesus is the Savior of the World. Some of the disciples couldn’t understand what Jesus was saying while the others, sitting right next to them, wondered how they could not clearly see things as they did. The reason is because it was foolishness to the others. They weren’t seeking the truth and the things of God can only be received by faith.

It is our job to preach the Gospel, but not everyone is going to receive it unless it is mixed with faith. “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:2). God is always speaking to us and when we pick up our Bibles, God is always willing to give us revelation, but first we have to be tuned into Him. When we become Christians an awakening happens and we have a desire for more information because we know that He is alive. We want to know what God expects from us and what He did for us on the cross. We also want to know what benefits we have as Christians and what we should be doing for Him. All of these answers are given to us through revelation knowledge.

Let me explain it this way, imagine yourself in a very dark room and not knowing what is in the room yet everything you need in life is there with you in the room. Then the lights go on and you can see the objects in the room and you are able to move toward them and partake of the things you need. Before the lights went on everything was within your reach but you didn’t know they were there because you couldn’t see them. It is like being thirsty in a dark room with a drinking faucet, but until you see it and reach for it you can’t quench your thirst.

It is also the same thing in dealing with depression, money, or whatever it might be, the Bible lays out for us true doctrine so that the light can go on and we are able to see where God stands on the issue. For instance, what is the difference between you and the person next to you at Church on Sunday? Or, what is the difference between a person maintaining their joy during a difficult situation and one who becomes overwhelmed? Or, what is the difference in a married couple who bring their children to Church and those who don’t? What is the difference between us? The difference is those who live in the light and are seeking God and those who are not. It is the difference between those who spend time seeking what God has given to us through wisdom, knowledge, and understanding because this is where it all starts.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

 

 

 

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The Son of Perdition

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #11

The first verse in, 2 Thessalonians 2, ties together two events: the return of the Lord and our gathering together unto Him. So, as we go through our study of end times we cannot divide the two and set them apart, even though there are others who teach these two occurrences as separate events. I believe it is a singular event, meaning, when Jesus comes back we are gathered together with Him. Then, we read in Verse 3, that before the return of the Lord there will be a falling away first and the man of sin will be revealed, the son of perdition. So, the falling away and the son of perdition must happen before Jesus returns. Now, I want you to understand that the falling away spoken of here in Scripture means apostasia or apostate which is to depart from your faith or to leave your religion.

There are some who teach that this falling away is the rapture of the Church because they believe it is referring to a departure of people. But listen, I believe God wrote the dictionary because God created Noah Webster the man who compiled the dictionary, right? Well, in the Webster dictionary the word apostate means to leave the faith and to depart from the faith. Therefore, apostasia or apostate does not mean the rapture of the Church. So, when you look at the sequence of things, first there is going to be an apostate in the Church, then Antichrist is revealed, and then, Jesus returns and our gathering together unto Him.

We then read that Antichrist does what is called “the abomination of desolation” and this is where Antichrist actually goes into the newly built Temple and proclaims to be Messiah and God. This will start what we know as great tribulation. Next, we are told that something is withholding him, “For the mystery of iniquity does already work only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way” (Verses 7). Remember, we have not left the subject which was the Lord’s return and our gathering unto Him and that Jesus told us there had to be an apostasy first and then the man of sin would be revealed. So, we must stop and ask ourselves who “he” is in these verses and there are several thoughts on this matter.

One of the theories is that he is Michael the Archangel and many Messianic Jews believe this because in, Daniel 12, the Bible says that Michael who actually stands for the Jews stands passively. I do not agree with this but many Messianic Jews and people that I respect think this way. However, there are others who believe that he is the Holy Spirit and the reason I do not believe this theory is because the Holy Spirit is omnipresent and He could let until He be taken out of the way. Again, I believe this refers to the diminishing Church! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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The Hidden Things of God

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #10

We are going to study revelation knowledge today by starting in 1 Corinthians 2:6-14 where Paul talks about the hidden wisdom and mystery of God. The things of God are not natural to man because man cannot naturally know the things of God. They are not instinctively known and this is why they must be revealed to us by God. We can see an intelligent design by God and we can understand in our natural minds and formulate in our senses that God exists. We can comprehend this even though we cannot see, touch, feel or smell God. This is because our five senses cannot engage with Him. In fact, the only things we know about God is what the Bible tells us, everything else we make up on our own. It is by reading the Word of God we come to know Him and have a relationship with Him.

We read in Verse 14, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Verse 9 tells us, “But it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” The reason why these things are hidden from us is because we were spiritually dead and we did not have a relationship with God, but God reveals them to us through His Spirit.

When God speaks to us or gives us revelation and understanding the things we learn must tie back to His Word because anything else is dangerous. This is why it is important when Church leaders get together they really search the Word of God and listen to the Spirit of God to guide them in their decisions. It is the same thing in our own lives, when we make major decisions we must search for wisdom and revelation and guidance in His Word in order for Him to reveal to us His wisdom. When our hearts are not alive to Christ the Bible tells us the things of God will be foolishness to us and why is that? It is because everything in our life has to line-up with our five senses in order for us to take it in. In other words, it has to fit into our human box, but faith and God do not fit into our human box because they are supernatural.

Therefore, we believe in a God that we cannot see or touch and we can’t connect our physical senses with Him. It is by us moving in His direction with unseen faith that we interact with God and the knowledge given to us by Him is light, and why is it light? It is light because we are walking in darkness when suddenly the lights go on and we begin to see the truth. Peter received revelation knowledge from God in Matthew 16:16 when he responded to Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Judas witnessed the same miracles as Peter, but the heart of Judas was closed to the things of God and because of this Judas saw things much differently.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

 

 

 

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Apostasy of the Church

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #10

I want to teach today on the apostasy of the Church so we will begin in, 2 Timothy 2:24-26, and study what Paul wrote about the Church and Believers. Here, Paul is saying that those of us who know the truth should not strive with them that do not, but with patients we should teach them and if peradventure they acknowledge the truth and repent they can recover themselves out of the snare of Satan. What Paul means is that there are many, many Church members that are in Satan’s snare and are being taken captive at his will by buying into to what Satan says rather than what God says. Therefore, those of us who know the truth must patiently teach those who are in the snare out of the situation they find themselves in. It is important to understand that Paul is talking about Believers who have been taken captive by Satan’s doctrine and not God’s doctrine. Believe me, there are members of the Church who have been taken captive and they do not even know they are in his snare!

We read in, 2 Timothy 3:1-5;10-11, that in the last days the snare of Satan is going to intensify and will be more intense then it was during the time when Paul wrote this letter. And, here is the condition of the Church, it is going to look just like the world and it is going to have a form of godliness but it is going to deny the power of the Holy Spirit. Also, the Church is not going to walk in love because you cannot wholeheartedly love someone else when you love yourself more, do you see this? Paul instructs us to look at his doctrine and his manner of life because it is not of the world. He says, listen, if I were self-centered I would have never had gone to Lystra!

God brought the revelation of Scripture to us and it is profitable for our doctrine and it is profitable to instruct and correct us because it is the Word of God that sets the standard and changes us. We cannot get it right on our own! Man left to himself will not find God or the will of God and this is why we look to the Scriptures to teach us doctrine to correct us and to instruct us. But, when you have a Church that is melting away and morphing into the world and not adhering to the Word of God then you have a Church that is spiritually dull and cannot stand under the persecution that is coming! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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A Story of Grace

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #9

Today I want to summarize a story in the Bible where we see covenant and grace working together in the lives of King David and a crippled boy named, Mephibosheth. During this time in history Saul is the king of Israel and his oldest son, Jonathan, is the prince while David is a famed shepherd boy who defeated Goliath, the Philistine giant. Before long, Jonathan and David become very close friends and they go into a covenant together by swearing an oath and making vows to protect each other’s families. Mephibosheth is Jonathan’s oldest son and because of his bloodline, he becomes a beneficiary of the covenant between David and his father. I want you to notice Jonathan willing engaged in an offering of his wealth, position and authority to a meager shepherd boy, but what did David have to offer in return? I’m sure not very much, but even so they shook hands and sealed the covenant and bound themselves to one another.

The story continues in 1 Samuel 20 when Jonathan and David renew their covenant vows with the house of David and the house of Jonathan. Now we jump ahead to 2 Samuel 9 where a battle takes place and King Saul and Jonathan are killed. Once this news reaches the house of Saul, the king’s servants take the king’s family and flee to safety because the enemies who destroyed the king and his son will continue to kill all the heirs to the throne in order to eradicate the bloodline. While running for safety one of the servants carrying Mephibosheth falls and breaks both of the young boy’s legs. They take him to Lo-debar where he lives in hiding and unable to walk or care for himself. He grows up with the understanding that he should be king and he has great wealth back in Israel but David took his throne. He now has a distorted view of David and fears if he ever finds him David will kill him because Mephibosheth doesn’t know about the covenant agreement. In time, David consolidates the kingdom and brings peace to the people of Israel. He then learns about Jonathan’s son. He locates Mephibosheth and brings him back to the palace, but fearing the worst from the tales he has heard, Mephibosheth falls at David’s feet for mercy.

We are like Mephibosheth because we grew up not knowing what belongs to us. We were lost in our distorted thinking and view of God because we saw Him as a merciless judge only we did not know Him. Well, Mephibosheth feared the worst about David and thought he was about to be killed, instead David welcomed him into his kingdom and made him a prince because of the unbreakable covenant agreement with Jonathan. Mephibosheth did nothing to earn what David gave him, in fact, he didn’t even know about it, but now he has servants that will sow and reap the fields for him. King David invites him to eat at the kings table and restored to him all the property that belonged to his grandfather. This is unmerited grace! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

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The Church Fails Under Pressure

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #9

For this teaching I want to spend time in, Matthew 24:9-15, where Jesus is talking about God’s covenant people who are the Believers in the Old and New Testament. Jesus is talking about the Church because He said that the love of many would wax cold. This type of love is agape love and it is an unconditional love associated with the Church. When we read about the love of many waxing cold we often think of this as man toward man, but it also refers to the love of many waxing cold in their love toward God. Jesus also says that you will be offended, killed and hated of all nations for My name’s sake, and again, He is referring to the Church.

Now, you have to ask yourself, how will Believers be hated and persecuted of all nations? It is because we are going to become their enemy and they are going to look at us with disdain and hatred because of the way we live our life. Many will view us as not tolerant and this is true because we are not tolerant of sin, yet, we are lovingly not tolerant. In other words, we do not kill somebody because they don’t think the same as we do. We don’t agree with them but we still walk in love toward them. Even still, Jesus walked in love and the government along with the priesthood still hated Him.

It is vital to understand that today the things spoken of in Scripture are happening all over the world and they will continue to intensify, and then, more and more Christians are going to apostate from the Church. Saints, even our view of Israel is going to come into question because we see Israel through a different lens than most of our fellow Americans. In fact, we see Israel differently than most of the Church because a lot of the Church is going to wax cold toward Israel.

These verses in Matthew are very important because what is Jesus really saying? He is saying that the Church fails under pressure and people do not want to admit this, but Jesus tells us that many will be offended and deceived and the love of many will wax cold. Yes, there is going to be a remnant and there is going to be a revival, but Jesus is saying at that time people are not going to be able to stand under the scrutiny and the pressure and the trauma that it takes to say I believe in Jesus Christ! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

 

 

 

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The Substitutional Work of Jesus

Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #8

At one point it got very dark when Jesus was on the cross and He roared, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping me…” (Psalm 22:1-2). At that moment all the sins of humanity past, present and future were laid upon Him. He was separated from God and from eternity past. At that moment, Jesus died spiritually as a man. We read in Verse 8, “For He was cut off from the land of the living…” All of our sins from the past and all of the sins we have not yet committed were put upon Jesus and God forgives these sins because of His blood. What we deserved, Jesus took upon Himself as He was substituted for you and me. This is the grace of God. Jesus is the grace of God. Jesus paid for us in spirit, soul and body.

Isaiah 53:10 speaks of His soul, meaning, His mind and we learn that God had to be satisfied with the sacrifice. God the Father, promised His Son, this sacrifice was required for Us to forgive mankind and give them the door to salvation. No mortal man could do this because all men are born spiritually dead due to sin passing through the male seed. All of our sins were poured onto Him and from that point on we see Jesus in a different state, even while still upon the cross.

Prior to this statement on the cross Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34). Next, in John 19:28 He said, “I am thirsty.” Then in Luke 23:46, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” The whole equation changed and from there on He went into the belly of the earth and we will look at that later on in the study. But here we see the Father watching all of this and the Bible actually says that as God watched it He was satisfied with it. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” it was what had been required is finished. When Jesus committed His spirit into God’s hands He turned things over to the Father and the Bible tells us that Jesus gave up the ghost and died. Jesus paid that price for us.

At Christmastime we celebrate His coming into the world and the body that was prepared for Him was for one purpose only. That purpose was sacrificial, to satisfy the court of heaven, and the requirements that are on God the Father to us. God had no pleasure in this. Jesus took away all the sacrifices in the first covenant so that He may establish the second covenant. And who are the beneficiaries of this grace? As Believers, we are the beneficiaries of grace because we have been sanctified through His body and made clean by the sacrificial offering of His body to the Father. The Bible tells us that when He was arrested He could have called legions of angels to deliver Him, but Jesus freely walked into this sacrifice. He wrote about His own death in His Word. Jesus went into the sacrifice knowing exactly what was about to happened. This is grace!

Be Blessed,

Sebastian

 

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Prepare Yourself and Your Family

Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #8

Once more, let me explain the different points of view on the timing of the rapture. If the rapture occurs at pre-tribulation before Antichrist is even empowered you will not have to go through any of the seven seals or the seven trumpets or the seven vials or experience martyrdom. You will not have to go through any of this because you would have escaped it all in the pre-tribulation rapture. And, if the rapture is mid-tribulation then for the most part you will escape things because the first half we live in peace. However, if the rapture is pre-wrath or post-tribulation you will have to go through lots of turmoil in the earth.

As promised, in future teaching blogs I will lay out the Scriptural reasons why I believe the rapture occurs later on in tribulation rather than earlier in the events, but for now I want you to just understand that the rapture does happen. Even though there are different points of view about the timing of the rapture it is very important for you to understand that the rapture will occur. The big question you must ask yourself is: What must I do to prepare myself spiritually and what will I have to do in order to prepare my family?

These are very important questions because if you are the generation that is here on earth, and you have to go through tribulation and you are not prepared for it, than you will be overtaken by the events. In other words, it is not easy to prepare for a hurricane in the middle of a hurricane! Stop and think about this for a minute because how can you board up your windows and your store fronts when there are 150 mph winds outside? How will you be able to protect yourself and your family during the storm if you are not prepared in advance? Listen, you cannot prepare in the middle of the storm you must prepare yourself before the storm! Amen.

Be Blessed,

Sebastian