Thursday, April 14, 2011

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples

Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Today's “Christians” are broken down into thousands of different denominations, divisions within divisions, separate buildings, and some even use their own versions of the Bible! How did things ever get this way? It didn't happen by loving one another as Jesus commanded. Most often it happens because people operate by the flesh and not by the Spirit.

Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
Jas 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Jas 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
Jas 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Jas 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Groups split up into smaller groups, perhaps one of the group has a strong personality and draws others to follow, and then of course, there's the natural inclination to laziness: “why should I study if so and so will do it for me?”

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Other reasons are more appropriate sounding, a division over interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, a refusal of one or more to heed the warnings of the elders, and on and on it goes. Generally speaking, the lusts of the flesh draw away brothers and sisters from one another. Of course there are valid reasons for casting out former brethren, or for leaving a group of believers that won't heed a call to repent. But I assert here, and I've been guilty of it, that most division comes from fleshly behavior, acting like the Pagans we're called out of, and refusing to reason through the scriptures in love and mutual respect for each other, and with proper humility, e.g. it's possible for even the most learned among us to be wrong occasionally!

In the current times we live in, most of us agree we are in what the Bible refers to as the end times, but that's about where the agreements end. Some groups believe that they'll be raptured out before the “Great day of his wrath” is come (Rev 6:17). I don't agree with that belief, but for anyone who wants to reason through the Bible regarding it, I will. The Lord help me to act in love as He has called me to do. If we come together as humble and loving disciples of Jesus Christ, and pray for understanding, for unity, and for truth, the Holy Spirit will guide us “into all truth” (Joh 16:13). Keep in mind, if we are still in disagreement, or inconclusive, after praying and reasoning , we are all still on a need to know basis, it may be the Lord chooses not to reveal certain things yet:

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

This doesn't mean we should stop seeking truth, but it's the Lord's way of telling us, stop, regroup, gather together what you've been shown, and be sure you understand, all of you, and soon He'll reveal more as needed. If we don't act this way, again, divisions will occur, our part of the body of Christ will splinter apart, some will go in opposite directions, one leading this group and another that group, before you know it we're a dozen groups, each sure the others are wrong, and some convinced the rest are on there way to Hell!

This reminds me of a thought, or a dream I had, can't remember which now. I'll have to quickly give you some background so you'll understand. My in-laws and I met a little over 10 years ago, our first meeting was memorable for the fact that it quickly established the rest of our relationship. We had a disagreement on what it means to be a “Christian”, and who might be a good example. They were still jubilant at George W. Bush's “election” and quite pleased that a real “Christian” would now occupy the White house. When I informed them of my opinion of Bush Jr, that pretty much set the stage for the rest of our relationship. Was I wrong to inform them? No. Did I do it from love? No. If I had taken the time to get to know them better, to build on the things we shared, then later in mutual respect and love we could have possibly come to the obvious conclusion about Bush, as now we (almost) all see the bad fruit he bore.

Instead we went from possibly being part of the body of Christ, being more than a family, but actually being brothers and sisters in Christ, to adversaries. Looking back at it, what does it matter really? I was right, they were wrong, they rejected the truth, I tore down their idol Bush Jr., they don't love the truth, they're probably going to Hell anyways, whatever! Right!? Wrong.

Back to that dream, I was in a new place, wasn't sure where, but I knew it had something to with the afterlife. I was dead and was trying to figure out where and what was happening. I looked around and saw people I knew vaguely, not well, then I saw my father-in-law … my heart sank, I had to be in Hell if he was there too! I looked at him, he looked at me, from the way the blood had run out of his face, white as a ghost, he obviously had the same thought!

Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

I've tried really hard to turn things around, to show them the true Gospel, but it may be that they will never receive from me that which God has given me, because of my error in our first meeting. I've forgiven them, shouldn't they have forgiven me too? Yes. But the fact is I played a part in their continued deception by the great Whore AKA the “Church”. I was, and am apparently still, a stumbling block to them. That hurts. The message here is to think before you speak, be careful to not offend if it can be avoided. Act in love and gently correct and reproof, you'll probably get better results than to attack their idols right off.

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Jas 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Look at the groups on the Internet, listen to the podcasts, the message I'm hearing the loudest is we have received the hidden knowledge of the Lord, we're the Remnant, the 144,000, the Chosen ones whom God has revealed this to, listen to us, don't question us, if you disagree you're obviously not one of us, you don't love the truth, and numerous other unpleasant implications, etc.. Groups of people formed into little cliques, usually led by dominant personalities, that mock and/or predict terrible things for those that disagree with their interpretations. This isn't my idea of fellowship.

Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Rom 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
Rom 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

The wisest among us must remain humble, must remember that without the Holy Spirit guiding us we would all be deceived. Furthermore, we were all deceived by false doctrines at some point weren't we? It would do us all well to remember the Lord's Words concerning how we want to be treated:

Luk 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

If you are in error you would want someone to gently correct you, not make you feel like an idiot, or an unsaved wretch.

Surely there are circumstances where reasoning through the scriptures, no matter how gently and lovingly, will be of any use. You'll know when you're dealing with unreasonable people, whose aim is not to learn, but to confuse the truth, or to continue the merchandizing of the people. The Pharisees at the time of Jesus' first coming were good examples. Look how our Lord dealt with them, He knew their hearts were evil, but He still spoke the true Gospel to them, and when they refused it He harshly condemned them:

Mat 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Mat 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

He wasn't gentle, He wasn't loving, their actions had proven they weren't seeking truth, but ways to trick Him and to get rid of Him. But, when Nicodemus, also a Pharisee, came to Him, He was gentle and patiently explained the Gospel to him (see John CH 3). And when the rich young ruler came to Him and sincerely sought of Him, Jesus replied:

Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

The Lord knows the hearts of men, we don't, so we'll have to exercise extreme caution before we brand someone as an enemy of the Gospel and unworthy to hear the truth. We are not alone in this world though, we have the Holy Spirit of God to aid us in our work:

1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

There are many things that the Lord will reveal to us, in His time, and we have to be patiently studying our Bibles and earnestly and faithfully seeking the truth. Along the way we'll encounter those whom we're counseled to not “cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Mat 7:6)” And we'll meet our brethren, who also seek the truth, as we do. To honestly know the difference we'll have to continually seek God the Father through His Holy Spirit:

1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

If we find ourselves becoming unloving towards others, extraordinarily harsh in our responses, or too pious and haughty in our responses to the honest truth seeker, then it is time for us to repent and begin again. If we no longer have the patience to defend our beliefs in a fair and respectful manner, then it's time to judge ourselves and seek the Lord, not for new and exciting revelations, but for to create again within us a true love for our brethren, a pure heart and for a renewing of a right Spirit within us (Psa 51:10). In this condition, no matter how much we know or think we know, we are of little use to anyone, because we are such bad examples of the love of Christ that we'll turn away far more than we'll turn to Him:

1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1Co 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Daniel Mark


Friday, April 8, 2011

To the Unbelievers Calling Themselves “Israel”

Read carefully what I am going to tell you, because your response will determine your fate. You yourselves have been duped by your religious leaders, and in the process, most of the world has been deceived also. The Messiah, promised to the children of Israel, has already come. Nearly 2,000 years ago He came and ministered to the children of Israel exclusively, He was rejected, and put to death by the religious leaders of the day. He came to take away the sins of the children of Israel and a few accepted Him, believed on Him, and they were and are saved. He came as “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” When He returns, it is not to save unbelievers, He will be “the Lion of the Tribe of Juda”! Returning to destroy His enemies, you who deny Him, who oppress those that believe on Him, are among His enemies.

His first coming and crucifixion was foretold in the book of Daniel to the very year, still, most of the children of Israel rejected Him. Most of the religious leaders denied Him, and led themselves and their followers to destruction. The blind leading the blind. The book of Daniel says:

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The proper interpretation of the above scriptures places the Messiah's coming and death by crucifixion, and the fulfillment of the prophecies stated at approximately 2,000 years ago, during the 70th week, the prophesy has been completely fulfilled, and any religious leader that claims differently is in error, any that say the Messiah has not yet come are False Prophets!

The prophecy of the 70 weeks as relayed to Daniel by the Angel Gabriel is broken down into 3* parts: 7 weeks, 62 weeks and the final week, the 70th week. It begins at the decree to rebuild Jerusalem issued by Cyrus approximately 457 BC. The decree to and subsequent rebuilding of the Temple took approximately 7 weeks or 49 years. The 62 week period is from the last book of the Tanakh given to the children of Israel, Malachi, to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. A period of 434 years. The 70th week, the final 7 years, starts with the coming of the Messiah (27 AD) and His baptism and the Holy Spirit of God descending upon Him (Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks). Half way through that final 7 years, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was crucified (30 AD) by the Romans, because of the treachery and deceit of the religious leaders of the children of Israel, and the consent of the people who were deceived by them, (and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease) and roughly 3 ½ years later with the stoning of Stephen (book of Acts 6:8-15, 7:1-60), an early martyr for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the 70th week ends (34 AD), and by roughly 40 years later, Jerusalem was completely destroyed as predicted in Daniel (and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;) and by the mouth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ:

Luk 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
Luk 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
Luk 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Over the years many efforts have been made to discount or discredit the book of Daniel. Ranging from it was not written by Daniel, to it was written after the events foretold in it, to changing a few of the verses to make it of no effect in foretelling the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ, whether it's already happened or still to come, etc.. Various vested interests have sought to change the words and dates and times to benefit their own particular prejudices and have been successful. Millions of Jews have died, believing falsely, their Messiah was still to come. Today, unbelievers in “Israel” and apostate Christians have formed alliances to continue rebuilding an earthly kingdom, as if it could somehow bring about salvation for either one. It will not, and the latter could care less about the former's state of salvation, their desire to rebuild an earthly kingdom comes from a twisted view of the Bible and has nothing to do with loving or caring about the unbelievers or Jews in “Israel”. The first two of the three Abrahamic religions have a current common enemy thanks to false flag operations and continued propaganda: the Muslims. Behind all this deception, using the deceived as moral high ground to hide their wicked actions, is an unseen group of people, surely aligned with Satan himself, that seek to control all the resources and peoples of the lands they covet. These evil deceivers are like puppeteers controlling each side (including all three of the major Abrahamic religions) with strings, fomenting hatred of each side for the other, ensuring continued death and slowly gaining the evil desires of their blackened hearts and souls.

Seek the Lord diligently and see if this is true! Pray, study and seek the truth, don't listen to others, find out for yourself:

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

As the unbeliever's strive to reclaim an earthly kingdom like Solomon's, killing the innocent along with their perceived enemies, as they plot to rebuild a temple and restore animal sacrifices as a way to salvation, remember the scriptures, which say to do so is of no use:

Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. (the book of Isaiah)

Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. (the book of Isaiah)

From the book of Hosea:

They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD. What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD? For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles. The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

Your religious leaders are blind fools, twisting the Word of God to fit the traditions, and fleshly lusts of men. 2,000 years ago they led your forefathers to reject the Messiah and today they are leading you to hate and reject the only one who can save you!

From the book of Isaiah:

Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

That tried and precious cornerstone is the Messiah, Jesus Christ! The only way to break the covenant with death and hell is to accept the covenant offered that the Blood of Christ purchased for us, for you! “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” He is the corner stone of the true Temple which the Lord Himself will bring to us who believe, it can't be built with human hands, and it cannot be won with money or wars, but by faith alone! He is the one Moses prophesied of:

The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. (from the book of Deuteronomy)

Again, for 2,000 years now, those that have not “hearkened” to, or obeyed and believed in Him have died in their sins! Time is short, turn to the truth. Remember, when you see Him coming in the clouds, if you live that long, it's too late, your time will have passed you by just as it did the children of Israel at His first coming. May the Lord our God change your heart so you come to believe and accept the only path to reconciliation with Him.

The book of Hosea says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

Daniel Mark


* My understanding of the 3 parts of the 70 weeks was advanced by an excellent article by James Lloyd which can be seen here: