December 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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Why Should GOD BLESS AMERICA?

Just as millions of others did, I watched the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with open mouth and tears in my eyes. As the two majestic towers collapsed killing and burying thousands of people from over 63 countries as well as over 300 rescue personnel, I almost could not fathom someone who would do such a deed.

As the day wore on and television continued to cover the atrocities, my reason began to return to me and as many others were doing I asked myself WHY! However, my reasoning is not exactly like others in America. I BELIEVE what God says in His Word, the Holy Scriptures.For many years now I have realized that the "Christians" of this, and other nations, are only giving God "lip service." They talk about God. They go to "church." But they don't OBEY God!! The preachers and priests of the churches of this world teach about a different God than the one portrayed in the Scriptures. They preach and teach about a Jesus who came to "do away" with that old "harsh law of His Father, the Ten Commandments!"

I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but most of the professing Christians of this world DON'T KNOW THE TRUE GOD!! They worship a God that is weak and ineffective, calling that weakness and ineffectiveness "love, mercy, and compassion."

The God and the Jesus I read about in Scripture is definitely NOT the one portrayed by millions of religionists in this world!!

The God I read about (and the one I serve) is a God of POWER and GLORY! He is one who DEMANDS AND COMMANDS us to worship Him IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!

How Does One Worship The True God In Spirit And In Truth?

How does one do that when one doesn't even know the true God? They don't do it very well, I'm afraid.

I am sorry to say that many who call themselves Christian are some of the same people who have their unborn children murdered by abortionist doctors or their aides! They are the same people who claim that Jesus came to "do away with that old law of His Father." They are the same people who claim to believe in Jesus' sacrifice but refuse to observe the time He said to keep this event. They are the same people who claim to LOVE Jesus but refuse to keep His Commandments. They are the same people who claim to know Jesus but can't tell others very much about Him. They are the same people who claim to love God but continue to refuse to keep His Holy Days, calling them "old Jewish days."

They are the same people who live like "hell" during the week and then go to "church" on Sunday, refusing to keep God's Holy Sabbath on the seventh day of the week. Yes, they would rather go to church on the first day of the week using the very weak excuse of claiming Jesus was resurrected on Sunday morning, when that is not the fact!!

They are the same church members who accept many things that God calls abominable including homosexuality, and some even accept the degradation of pornography as not being evil.

I know I will get many letters from people who read this, giving me "down the road" because I dare to call a spade, a spade. I will get many letters from "Christians" denying they do all these things when they have already accepted that "alternative life-style" as something that is not evil.

God says in Romans 1,

16 ∂ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 ∂ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

That is pretty condemning!! God is NOT pleased with an unnatural, ungodly union. He decreed the normal, natural union in the very beginning of the scriptures of Genesis. God said a union, a marriage was to be between a man and a woman.

Gen. 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Also in Leviticus chapters 18 and 20:

Le 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Le 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Do we believe God? If we DO BELIEVE God, we will accept what He says in His scriptures!

Abortion Rights?

People have been convinced that abortion is all right. They have accepted the "spin" emanating from Satan that a woman has a "right" to do with her body as she sees fit. Problem is, it isn't HER body she is murdering, it is her unborn CHILD!

Why is all this happening? Because the people of this great land have turned away from God! They have accepted "another Jesus!" They have quit reading God's Word for themselves and have believed all the lies their preacher or priest has taught them, without doing as the Bereans did after listening to the Apostle Paul. The Bereans searched the scriptures daily to find out if those things Paul told them were true!

Even if the people of today DID search the scriptures checking the things told them as truth, they have had so much "protestant baggage" drummed into their minds, they would almost automatically change the words they read into words they have been taught.

What am I talking about? Well, words such as "going to Heaven when you die." Jesus, our Savior, said very plainly in John 3:13 that no one goes to Heaven when they die!! Read it!

Verse 12 "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

When I have quoted that scripture to someone in past conversations, their inevitable reply is "Well, I know it says that, but that's not what it means." They have been told so many times they will go to heaven when they die, they can't accept anything else and will become very angry when confronted with the Truth.

Only Jesus Has "Gone To Heaven!!"

Yes, Jesus is the only one who went to Heaven when He was resurrected. He didn't even go to heaven  when He died. It was over three days and three nights later when He ascended to The Father. He returned the same day and stayed here on earth for forty more days, being seen by hundreds after His resurrection. When He ascended forty days later, He sent the Holy Spirit to comfort those who were mourning His death.

The Apostle Peter preached in Acts 2 that King David had not "gone to Heaven."

29 "Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day."
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

If King David (who, God said, was a man after God's own heart) has not ascended (gone) into heaven, then who has? No one, except Jesus, who had to be resurrected by God in order to do so!!

That brings up another belief that almost all "Christians" hold dear and is the central point of their belief and theology. That is the belief in the "trinity."

Although it is not provable in scripture, it is held sacred by all "professing Christianity." In fact, it is so sacred to them that those who do not believe in the trinity are vilified and relegated to the fold of Satan the Devil. (And many of those professing Christians don't even believe there is a real Satan).

Where did the belief about the trinity come from? 

Check our web site archives for the article " Do you believe God is a Trinity? Why?" If you will approach it prayerfully and obediently, asking God to allow you to understand His marvelous scriptural truth, perhaps He will be merciful to you and open your eyes!

That belief came from Satan who wanted to sit in the Third Throne WITH Jesus Christ and God the Father. Satan wanted to be OVER the Stars (angels) of God and OVER the CONGREGATION of God. (Isa. 14:13) He wanted to be LIKE God and Jesus (Isa. 14:14). He wanted to be IN the family of God and OVER everyone else!! However, that has never been God's plan.

While you are in the archives, you might also want to read the article "The Seed of Satan." It also has some teaching about the trinity in it. In fact, if you will read ALL the articles on our web site, you just might be edified and uplifted by what you read there!! I know, however, the teachings of your past will come into your mind and you will reject the PLAIN truth of God as found in YOUR bible.

God and Jesus Demand Obedience!

The person most professing Christians claim to worship is Jesus the Savior. However, they refuse to accept His teachings about the Ten Commandments. He plainly said:

Mt 5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

Even after reading this, people will continue to accept the teachings of their preacher or priest and claim that Jesus fulfilled the law and therefore they now don't have to keep it. They don't read the rest of the chapter that plainly tells them this statement:

Mt. 5:18 "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Heaven and earth HAVE NOT PASSED! ALL has not been fulfilled! Therefore, not one jot or one tittle has passed from the law!! 

ALL God's Laws are still in effect whether you believe it or not!!

In His life, before He became Jesus, The Word wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger into tables of stone!! Yes, the one who became Jesus was the God of the Old Testament. He was the one who dealt with the Children of Israel and the inhabitants of the land they were given. Yes it was He who told the Israelites to go into those lands and kill everyone, man, woman, child and animals!!

Why did He do that? That is the subject of another article later.

Yes, the Christians of this nation (and many other nations) have accepted ANOTHER JESUS that has been preached to them. Paul warned those he was teaching to be aware and not accept a Jesus other than the one He had preached to them. That is in 2 Cor. 11:

4 "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

The phrase "ye might well bear with him" could be better rendered "you will have to bear up under whatever happens because of accepting another Jesus."

The professing Christians of this nation have accepted another Jesus, and another spirit, that Paul DID NOT preach!

Peter preached and kept days that today's Christian refuse to accept and refuse to keep. They refuse to obey the Ten Commandments even though Jesus said:

Joh 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Joh 15:10 "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Fatherís commandments, and abide in his love.

Are YOU in Jesus' Love? Do you love Jesus? You are and you do IF you KEEP His Commandments, and are NOT and DO NOT if you DON'T keep them!!

That is the PLAIN and simple TRUTH!

The question then surfaces again that I asked at the beginning of this article.

GOD BLESS AMERICA? WHY?

As I contemplate the many reasons why, I am saddened by the understanding and realization that the scripture in Revelation 12:9 is so true. Satan truly has deceived the whole world.

Although many wonderful people who are kind, merciful, loving, and helpful profess to know Christ, it is a fact that they cannot, simply because they have been taught wrongly and have accepted into their very lives the belief that God's Laws are no longer in effect. They have been taught wrongly that there is nothing one must do except "believe!"

Since they have accepted that teaching and incorporated it into their lives, they do not know the TRUE God of the Bible.

As we here have said, God only gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey Him!

Acts 5:32 "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost (Spirit or Mind), whom God hath given to them that obey him."

If God has NOT granted a person His Holy Spirit, they are none of His!

Ro 8:9 "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."

Most Professing Christians Are NOT 
Worshipping The True God

With this understanding in mind, most professing Christians, including our leaders, are not worshipping the true God. Why? Simply because they are NOT keeping God's Commandments, statutes and laws! They are NOT OBEYING GOD!! They have not been taught about the True God, nor have they read the scriptures with an open mind, to be able to discern Him for themselves. They have simply accepted what they have been taught from teachers who, themselves, have probably  been deceived!

Then comes the question that was asked the Apostle Peter when he told those assembled that they had killed the Savior of mankind.

Acts 2:37 ∂ "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

Peter's answer was:

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Repentance is turning from one way of living and beginning to live ANOTHER WAY! That way is the righteous way of life which God has documented in Scripture. It is a WAY of LIFE! To live is to DO something.

After we repent of sinning (that is the breaking of the Commandments - 1 John 3:4) and begin to live according to God's commands, we are then baptized (placed under the water in a symbolic "watery grave") and raised up to walk in NEWNESS OF LIFE. We have "buried" that "old man of sin" and begun to live according to God's commandments. That means we KEEP them! ALL of THEM! We don't accept the lame arguments and theological "twists and spins" that many people use to try to "do away" with the law of God.

Most Christians are NOT NOW keeping God's Law! They are observing the wrong days which include Christmas, Easter, Hallowe'en, all based upon pagan beliefs and "spun" into that which is called "Christian holidays."

Many prayed to God after the attack on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon that God would continue to protect them. Many talk shows and interviews with religious leaders presented the idea that for some unknown and mysterious reason God had allowed the attack. The religious leaders rejected the idea that God would or could have CAUSED this attack upon "His" people.

A long time ago God made a covenant and promise to Abraham that if Abraham would OBEY Him, God would bless Abraham with descendants who would number as the sands of the seashore. He also promised that in Abraham's (one) seed the whole world would be blessed. That one seed was Jesus, born of Mary in Bethlehem of Judea. That covenant was re-made with Isaac and Jacob. Jacob's name was later changed to Israel.

When Jacob's son, Joseph, presented Joseph's two sons to Jacob for a blessing, Jacob "named his name on them." That name of Israel was placed upon Ephraim and Manasseh. Those two produced descendants who became those of Great Britain and America!! They were a Great Company of Nations and a Great Nation. If you would like to research that even more, write to the address at the end of this article for a booklet called, "Britain and America in Prophecy." (I think that is the title. They will know what you mean.)

This country exists because of the blessing God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Even though this country was based upon what many call Christian principles, it was based upon a religion from Europe and England that had been corrupted . God has blessed the people of this nation when they called out to Him and when they have fought wars, protecting this homeland, because of His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It can only be hoped that He will, once more, have that mercy upon us.

God has a plan and that plan has a timetable that God is working out. The righteousness of our people now has little to do with how God has blessed America. God has done that in order to extend the time into the future for Jesus' return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

As I have stated, in the past God has allowed and even commanded the complete decimation of a people because they were worshipping pagan gods, and teaching their children to do likewise. This is nothing short of what Americans have done with their worship and their children, even though they don't realize this.

God has prophesied in His Word that there is a coming captivity of Ephraim and Manasseh. He has stated He will use the Assyrians as His punishers.

Isa. 10:5 ∂ "O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Yes, God DOES punish! Yes, God has taken the hedge away from America because of her disobedience! Yes there is a time coming when this hypocritical nation will MEET her punishers and be taken into captivity! Yes there is a time coming when this nation will drop to BOTH knees and worship the true God, begging Him to turn away her captivity and release them to go back to Jerusalem to worship the Lord of Hosts on His Holy Days and in the days He has decreed He will be worshipped! And YES..... God may truly have had a hand in that attack on the twin towers in New York and upon the Pentagon!

Please consider this for a moment. In the Book of Genesis God had to come down and confound the language of the people who were building a TOWER OF PRIDE to promote their glory and not God. That tower was one of pride in their accomplishments and was to show God they didn't need Him. Their king, Nimrod, even told them that if God decided to flood the earth again, he would destroy God. (Read Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews).

There was only ONE tower in Genesis. Is it pertinent that there were TWO in New York? And is it also pertinent that they are discussing building THREE to replace the TWO that were destroyed?

Is it pertinent that the Pentagon is in the shape of the Pentagram?

The Pentagram has five points, each meaning something in pagan religion. It is a major symbol of the Occult religion.

Many have stated in interviews and speeches that OUR might and power would prevail!! They completely forget, or don't know, that any power we have comes from the Great God and that we would have NO power except that from Him!ALSO... He has stated He will remove the pride of our power if we (the United States)do not REPENT AND RETURN TO HIM!! (Lev. 26:19)

It Is Very Possible God Had His Hand In This Event !

Yes, it is very possible God had His Hand in this event! It is very possible He was trying to WAKE UP America and get her to return to Him, to push away pride and rebellion, to ask Him to get revenge upon our enemies for God has truly said,

Ro 12:19 "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."

If this nation truly decided to look to God for all things, then we would begin to KEEP and OBSERVE ALL of God's Commandments, statutes and laws.

We would demand of our religious leaders that they teach the TRUTH, STRAIGHT from the Word, without interpretation.
We would demand our religious leaders QUIT putting the "spin" of political correctness upon God's Scriptures.
We would demand that the TRUE GOD be taught in our schools to our children!
We would demand that people QUIT MURDERING their unborn children (some of them born except for their heads).
We would demand that homosexuals STOP the abominations they are committing and STOP their abominable path of trying to change our children into homosexuals also!

The President then should declare a day of FASTING AND PRAYER! He should then demand that every one turn back to the TRUE God in obedience and love!

Then maybe God would step in and fight our battles for us as He did in days of old, causing ten thousand to flee before one warrior. Perhaps He would step in and destroy our enemies who worship foreign gods, which are no gods!

Will it happen? I seriously doubt it! There are too many religious and political leaders disparaging the way of God. There are too many reporters, writers, and television media people who demean anything that even smacks of obedience to God's Word. There are too many groups who will "sue" at the drop of a hat when they perceive that someone might just teach and worship God!!

This nation has become a proud and hypocritical nation, believing in their OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS and refusing to do God's Righteousness.

What is God's Righteousness? This has been explained many times here and scripture cited but I will print it one more time for all to see!

Psalms 119:172 ∂ "My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness."

If God is against this nation is there any hope? Yes there is. Remember that great city Ninevah. God sent Jonah to preach to them and condemn them for their sins. NINEVAH REPENTED!! They turned to God and God had mercy on them, sparing them until a later time when they again turned from God and sinned very much. That time Ninevah was destroyed!

If this nation turns to God, repents of their pride, self-righteousness, and disobedience, in sackcloth and ashes (figuratively speaking), and begins to KEEP God's laws, commandments, and statutes, God may have mercy upon them and turn from His wrath!!

Isn't it worth a try America?

You may ask, well, what if America doesn't repent? Is there any hope for me and for other individuals who turn to God and begin obeying Him?

Again, YES!! Salvation is a one-on-one situation with God! He will accept individual repentance and obedience! When you do that He will do this:

Isa 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

He says He will protect you in times of trouble. That a thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it won't come near your dwelling. He will do as He did the children of Israel when they were in captivity in Egypt. He will draw a protective line around you as He did around those in the land of Goshen! You WILL BE PROTECTED!

Ps. 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 ∂ Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

He says you will be His Child and receive a great inheritance!!!

Mt 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mt 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my nameís sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Mt 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
1 Cor. 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 ∂ And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

What more could anyone want? To inherit the earth, everlasting life, the kingdom, immortality. To actually BE children of God and to co-inherit everything that Jesus inherited at His resurrection!!!

And not just that........but to also co-inherit His Glory!!!!

What a wonderful, exciting potential mankind has!! And all they have to do for it is OBEY GOD!

Will I see you in the Kingdom? I truly hope so!!

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To request the booklet "Britain and America in Prophecy" write: 

The Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association 
P.O. Box 747
Flint, TX 75762

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