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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Are YOU A REBELLIOUS Christian?

Do you believe that you are following Christ and that you are a Christian? Do you think that since you believe in God you will go to Heaven when you die? Or perhaps you add to that your attendance in church on Sunday morning (always putting an offering in the plate when it is passed), keeping Christmas, Easter, Halloween and even attending special prayer meetings on Wednesday evening, and then believe you are some really dedicated Christian who worships God fervently?

Have you never read about the TWO trees in the book of Genesis?

Is what I have mentioned really Christianity? Have you EVER wondered if you might not be doing the right thing? Have you EVER wondered if your preacher or priest is telling you the truth? Huh? Have you ever?

Or do you believe that your preacher would never tell you something that was not true, accepting his proclamation that the 10 commandments are no longer in effect, or that they were JUST for the Jews? Do you read your Bible to find out if you are being told the truth?

Do you claim to believe IN God but refuse to accept what He has had written in His instruction book for life? Yes. The Holy Bible!!

Take that belief I mentioned, that you are going to Heaven when you die. Have you ever checked it out yourself in scripture to MAKE CERTAIN that you will go there? Have you run into the scripture in John 3:13 that says:

"And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." (John 3:13)

What about that? Have you stopped to think about all those who have been faithful to God before Jesus was born? How they put their faith into action and then died believing they were children of God even though they did NOT receive the promises at their death? (Heb. 11)

And yet here we have Jesus, the Son of God, telling us that NO MAN HATH ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN!! How do you justify that in YOUR MIND? Surely if anyone has gone to Heaven when they die, it would be Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, King David, and the other of our forefathers! Would it not?

And yet we are told in God's scriptures these words of the Apostle Peter:

"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.
"For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he (David) saith himself, The LORD (God) said unto my Lord (Jesus), Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool." (Acts 2:29 and 35)

King David was, at the time of Peter, both dead AND buried and his grave was STILL with them! Of course, a grave is not a grave unless there is a body in it. It is simply a hole in the ground, don't you see? David was called a "man after God's own heart" in Acts 13:22. But, DAVID IS (still) NOT ASCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS!!!

Jesus plainly said in John 3:13 that NO MAN had ascended into heaven! AND He should know since He was there at the time!! Yes, Jesus had a previous life as THE WORD GOD and He was the God of the Old Testament, which we read about, who led the Children of Israel out of Egypt, who spoke to Moses from the burning bush, who had a special relationship with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (who was renamed Israel)!

That is PLAINLY shown in the book of John chapter 1 and verses 1-14. Jesus, himself, even said that NO MAN had ever seen God (John 1:18 and 1 John 4:12). Yet we are told in Genesis 32:30 that Jacob saw God FACE TO FACE!! We are also told in Judges 13:22 that Manoah and his wife SAW GOD!! Moses SAW God in His pure form after God had placed him in a cleft of the rock and covered him as He passed by. He then allowed Moses to see Him from the rear!! (Exodus 33:22-23)

How can this be?

It is simply the fact, according to YOUR Bible, that no one has seen God (the one who became the Father at Jesus' birth) at any time!

Then WHO was this God of the Old Testament? We'll get to that presently.

Do you BELIEVE GOD? Do you BELIEVE YOUR BIBLE?

If you are a Christian (a follower of Christ) you will! Believing God and believing IN God ARE two different things!! Even the demons BELIEVE (in God) and TREMBLE!!!

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." (Jas. 2:19)

It seems to me, then that there is more to it than just believing there IS a God! We MUST BELIEVE what God says, and THAT is in your Bible ... God's Holy Word!!

Jesus also wanted to make certain that we understood that no one had ever seen God OR HEARD His voice.

"And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape." (John 5:37)

In this scripture we are told, in effect, that the God of the Old Testament WAS NOT the God who became The Father, but rather ANOTHER Spirit Being who was also God!!

We need to read that in God's own words so let's quote a few verses here.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men." (John 1:1-4)

Here we see TWO great spirit beings called God and The Word. We know there are two because The Word was WITH God. And The Word was ALSO God! Verse 2 tells us that He was IN THE BEGINNING (of all creation) with God! We know it is talking about all creation because the very next verse tells us that ALL things were MADE by The Word God. We are also told in verse 4 that He had (everlasting) life in Him. The Word was NOT just some thought in God's mind as many try to teach but actually another spirit being who LIVED WITH (Almighty) God!!

The Word then, with the participation of the Almighty God, created all things! Angels AND physical matter!

Now we come to verses 10-14:

"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:10-14)

Verse 10 tells us He was in the world and that THE WORLD WAS MADE BY HIM. Since The Word created everything that was created, then He is the ONLY ONE these verses could be talking about, don't you see?

Verse11 tells us He came to His own, but they would not receive Him. However, verse 14 is the clincher here!

The Word WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us as THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER!!!

Yes! The Word was begotten in the womb of Mary and was named Jesus (which means SAVIOR). We read that wonderful story in the first chapter of the book of Luke.

Jesus had lived a previous life as The Word who had been WITH God and WAS God. Jesus was the one who CREATED ALL THINGS when He was The Word!! What a MARVELOUS truth!!

Jesus (as The Word) was the God of the Old Testament!!!

He was the one we read about all down through the ages. He was also the High Priest of God, that we know as Melchizedek, to whom Abraham gave TITHES!! (Gen. 14:18-20)

Then we MUST come back to the original question ...

Do YOU believe God? Do YOU believe what I have related to you DIRECTLY from the scriptures? Or do you MAKE EXCUSES because you REFUSE to give up your CHERISHED beliefs in spite of reading what the Great God has said to you in the pages of His instruction book, the Bible?

Are you going to keep MAN'S TRADITIONS rather than what God COMMANDS you to keep? You do know, don't you, that Satan has SUBSTITUTED man's traditions for those God has commanded that we keep?

Yes, Easter is Satan's substitute for God's Holy Passover observance. Christmas is Satan's substitute for God's Feast of Tabernacles! I would ask that you read "Satan's Mirror Image" (link at the bottom) in the archives of our web site The SevenTimes Journal. This will give you many things to be able to know your enemy, Satan the Devil who DECEIVES the whole world. (Rev. 12:9)

What about it? Are you INVOLVED with these worldly holidays, refusing to hear what many are telling you?

This world's holidays are PAGAN TO THE CORE and God COMMANDS you to worship Him IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!! God tells you that it is an ABOMINATION to try to use those things which were used to worship pagan gods.

"Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
"Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it." (Deut. 12:28, 30-32)

For EVERY abomination to the LORD, which He hates, have they done unto their gods!!!!!

Do you REFUSE to believe what God has told you in the scriptures I have related to you above? Are YOU a REBELLIOUS CHRISTIAN? Do you say, "WELL, HERE'S THE WAY I LOOK AT IT ..."!

If you are then there is a time coming when Jesus will say unto you ....

"... I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (lawlessness - breaking of God's commandments)." (Mat. 7:23)

PLEASE !!! CONSIDER YOUR WAYS. Repent of rebelliousness and begin keeping God's commandments, statutes, and laws.

For only: "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:" (Mat. 25:34)

May God bless YOUR understanding of His Word!

Your friend,

Ken Browder, Editor

Please see the link mentioned above: "Satan's Mirror Image"

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