October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Will You 'Christians' REPENT Too?

Deut. 28:15-20 "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:"
"Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field."
"Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store."
"Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep."
"Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out."
"The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly;"

We need to understand at the very beginning of this article something I, and others, have preached for many years. The nation of Israel is not just that tiny nation of Jewish people there in the middle east! As I stated above, the nation of Israel is made up of TWELVE tribes, not just those of Judah. All twelve tribes are referred to as "The Children of Israel". Jacob had twelve children who became called "children of Israel" because God had earlier changed Jacob's name to Israel because of his obedience to God.

A long time ago, the tribe of Judah set up their own kingdom. They claimed the name, Judah. The rest of the tribes then kept the name Israel and became the nation of Israel.

In the course of time the nation of Israel began to worship many idols and began to move away from the true God of Israel. After a number of years, with Him appealing to them in one way or another (rewards and punishment), He decided to punish them severely by allowing them to be taken into captivity by other nations.

From this captivity, they spread around the world into various lands and, because of their idolatry, lost their identity. They became known to bible scholars as "The lost ten tribes of Israel". The tribe of Benjamin also remained with Judah as a part of the Nation of Judah, WHICH IS, AT THIS PRESENT TIME, CALLED ISRAEL.

With bible study and the help of secular history, the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel can be traced to where they settled. They were only "lost" to themselves because they rejected the ONE SIGN which distinguished them as special children of God. Those who are diligent in their studies can learn the history of their paths out of the middle east and begin to understand where they are today.

That ONE SIGN is the observance of the Seventh Day Sabbath and Holy Days!!

Ex 31:16-17 "Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant."
"It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed."

However, that Seventh Day Sabbath was not the ONLY Sabbath which was included in that sign!! Notice this verse:

Ex 31:13 "Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you."

Notice the plurality of the word Sabbath in that verse. That refers to what is called in scripture, God's Holy Days. One can read what those are in Leviticus 23. They consist of the following commanded assemblies (Holy Convocations);

Passover
Days of Unleavened Bread
Feast of Pentecost
Feast of Trumpets
Day of Atonement
Feast of Tabernacles
Last Great Day

There are days within these feasts which are proclaimed as ANNUAL Sabbath Days. Read the scripture quoted to find out which days of these feasts are Sabbath days!

NO! These aren't "Jewish" feast days!! God tells us in that same Lev. 23 that these are HIS feast days!! Let's look at that scripture:

Lev. 23:2 "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, EVEN THESE ARE MY FEASTS."

Notice!! God CLAIMS these feast days as HIS!!! They are HOLY CONVOCATIONS which means COMMANDED ASSEMBLIES!!!!

Because the Kingdom of Israel quit keeping God's Sabbaths and persevered in worshipping other gods, the True God finally punished the nation of Israel (the ten tribes) by using another nation to take them into captivity!!

Much later, the nation of Judah also fell into idol worship, leaving the worship of the True God behind. After a number of years of their rejecting Him, God allowed the nation of Judah (two tribes) to go into captivity to a foreign nation!

The nation of Judah was punished in this manner for many hundreds of years off and on because of their idolatry, but they never lost their identifying sign. That SIGN was obedience to the Seventh Day Sabbath AND God's Holy Days!

Many today still refer to them as the Children of Israel, and even call their nation Israel, but they are only a PART of the tribes of Israel.

Today America, Britain, Australia, and a few others are the "lost" ten tribes of Israel grown great!

In order to understand prophecy, we must realize that many of the prophecies about Israel refer to these ten tribes. This one fact will help you to be better acquainted with what will happen in the (near) future! Make this knowledge a part of your belief because IT IS TRUTH!!!

Coming back to Deut. 28, we must realize that the blessings and punishments that God talks about in this chapter is referring to the WHOLE group of Israelites, all twelve tribes, and these statements are being made because the nations of Israel are ALL disobedient to the Great True God!

We must also realize that the United States of America was NOT founded upon true Christianity! See also, our article in the archives entitled "Was America Founded Upon Judeo-Christianity?"

It is expedient to realize ALL of this, REPENT of our disobedience to God and begin to return to Him.

Jer 4:1 "If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove."
Mal 3:7 "Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?"

Yes, MANY think they are worshipping God with their Sun-day worship and their national holidays, but they are committing abominations to the Great God!

God HATES these abominations. Here are a few of them: Leviticus chapter 11, Lev. 18:22 through Lev. 20:13, (notice the verses pertaining to homosexuality here also), Deuteronomy 14, Deuteronomy 12:29-31.

Those are just a FEW of the abominations God is talking about. It would be very good for you to do a personal bible study with the word "abomination/s" as the core of the study. You can find those references using any concordance, but I believe Strong's Exhaustive Concordance to be the best for this.

In mentioning all this, where are we today?

Our nation (and our allies) are in a war they do not have the will win. Our leaders and our churches GIVE GOD LIP SERVICE, but their hearts are far from Him. He even states this in:

Isa 29:13 "Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:"

Yes the fear of God, that almost every professing Christian has, is now taught by the "precepts of men!"

Is that where you get your precepts of God? Do you go to church on "your" church day and just accept what you are told by some man who happens to be standing in a pulpit? Do you check in YOUR OWN BIBLE to see if what he is telling you is the truth? Do you realize that God expects you PERSONALLY to draw near to Him through prayer and Bible study where you ACCEPT what God says, even if it is almost entirely opposite of what you have been taught from the pulpit??

Salvation is between a person and God, not between a person and his church!!!

Can you see America going down the tubes? Do you wonder why America can't win these wars they have declared? Have you wondered why America hasn't won a war since the Second World War?

There ARE answers IF you are willing to accept them, and those answers are found IN YOUR BIBLE!!!!

In an article I recently read entitled "How To Lose a War", the author, Joel Hilliker makes these statements:

"If America ever thought it could foster the blossoming of an age of peace-loving democracies worldwide, it must now adjust to a quite different reality. If it ever thought itself strong enough to maintain the status quo, being the world's only superpower, that notion is rapidly fading." (The Philadelphia Trumpet - Sept. 2006)

He goes on to say, "The United States simply lacks a foreign policy with a bite. Just watch the news and you can see it. Suddenly everything is about multiculturalism -- turning the world's worst problems over to feeble international bodies and ad hoc groups of nations with competing interests -- "solutions" that have been proven time and again to NEVER work. The U.S. is hardly acting like the swaggering superpower critics routinely accuse it of being." (Ibid.)

Yes, America's armed forces are entangled in impossible projects (as Joel says) and they are stretched so thin trying to serve as warriors as well as policemen and social workers that all their efforts are diluted by trying to do too many jobs.

Mr. Hilliker continues, "Not for a long time have the limits of America's capabilities been so evident -- nor the confidence of America's enemies so strong! We are witnessing an epoch-making moment: the clear decline of the mightiest military in history! This convergence of circumstances is developing into one from which America WILL NOT RECOVER!" (Ibid. How to lose a war)

He goes on to ask, "What is an enemy? The United States has many enemies -- enemies which, left unchallenged, would quickly cripple its ability to protect itself against them."

The problem, he says, is that Americans are loath to call anyone an "enemy." He states that as generations since world war II have become more privileged and self-absorbed, formerly black-and-white morality has been replaced by a world of grays, of relativism, where even the most depraved behavior can be explained and excused.

Yes, Mr. Hilliker is correct!! We find that people here who, like one man, have had a loved one beheaded by radical Islamists does not blame the radical Islamists --- they blame President George Bush! America has become a nation of people who cannot focus. They cannot pointedly see the evil that is being perpetrated in this world so they blame anyone who is available!!!

God Says: "I Will Break the Pride of Your Power!"

God, Himself, has stated that (because of America's disobedience) He will break the pride of America's power!

Le 26:19 "And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:"

When one looks at the fact that America hasn't won a war since World War II, one MUST realize that something is happening!!

That something is that God has basically pulled His protection from America, Britain, Australia (those of the ten tribes of Israel) and is allowing our enemies to win!

The pulpits of every church should be ringing out with cries for REPENTANCE and obedience to the Great God so that His protection will again be afforded us!! However, that won't happen! They, as well as a lot of the rest of the world, have been DECEIVED into believing they are "good" and that God "is with them" when He is declaring so forcefully that He is calling out to them to change and come back to keeping the Covenant they made with Him at Mt. Sinai !!

Yes, it goes that far back!! Almost immediately after agreeing to keep the covenant they made with God at Mt. Sinai, they began to go astray! That is the existence of most to this very day, they are astray from God and NEED to get back into His Word to find out how to repent and from what they should repent!!!

Most, however, will stumble blindly on their way (spiritually speaking) believing they are "all right" with God and not realize how much they are sinning BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT SIN REALLY IS! They don't know what sin is because almost all preachers don't, or won't, preach it!!

BUT I WILL!!! SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF GOD'S HOLY, LOVING LAW!!!

1 John 3:4 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: FOR SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW."

We need to be really pointed here because there are those who have claimed the word "is" can have different meanings, so let's be very clear about the meaning of the word in the above scripture.

Noun. transgression tranz'greshun
1. The act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle.
2. The spreading of the sea over land as evidenced by the deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata.
3. The action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit.

Well, certainly number two doesn't fit what we are discussing so that leaves us with number one and three. The VIOLATION of a LAW or a duty OR MORAL PRINCIPLE.
And, of course, three "The action of going beyond or overstepping some BOUNDARY OR LIMIT.

Yes, God has created boundaries and limits which He designates as LAWS, in His Holy Word!! Those laws are MORAL PRINCIPLES because they describe God's moral character, and He wants us TO BECOME LIKE HIM!!

Therefore, in the scripture above we could translate it this way, "For sin is the breaking of God's Moral Laws and destroying the Holy Character which He desires us to have!"

The word 'sin' means to "miss the mark" and mankind has so missed the mark which God established for our GOOD!! If we quit sinning, we begin to have some of God's Moral Character!! The more sins we overcome, the closer we are to having God's Character IN US!!

And, of course, you MUST realize that the only way we can completely stop sinning is by having God's Holy Spirit within us, leading us into all truth!! THE ONLY WAY GOD WILL GIVE US HIS HOLY SPIRIT IS IF WE BEGIN TO OBEY HIS LAWS!!!! (Acts 5:32)

It would be a very confusing conundrum if God weren't calling some now to Jesus Christ. (John 6:44)

God tells us who He is calling now, and WHY, in the book of Corinthians.

1 Cor. 1:26-28 "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:"

This doesn't seem to be a very glorifying kind of calling does it? Then why would God call the unwise, foolish, base, and despised people of this earth right now?

It is for a majestic reason!! He gives us that answer in the very next verse of 1 Cor. 1.

Verse 29 "That no flesh should glory in his presence."

Yes, mankind has been trying to take God's glory without doing what God commands them to do to achieve that glory!! There will NO FLESH be able to GLORY in God's presence when Jesus Christ returns to this earth to change the kingdoms of this earth into the Kingdom of God. (Rev. 11:15) All those who remain alive as human beings will be called before Christ in judgment as that Kingdom begins, and it will continue forever from that point.

Everything that is happening right now is for a REASON!! God is testing and trying a few people so that He can resurrect them into His Kingdom at the return of Christ. They will be a cadre of Spirit Kings and Priests who will help Jesus reign over the earth for one thousand years of perfect peace and love!!

That 1st resurrection is referred to analogously in scripture as the "early harvest" and is pictured by God's Spring Holy Days. The "fall harvest" refers to the time AFTER the millennium which will begin with the Second Resurrection!! All who have ever lived will then be resurrected to human life to be able to live their physical lives, having God's Holy Spirit (if they want it) and then to stand before God's judgment seat at the very end.

I am certain this article will raise, or at least it should raise, many questions that couldn't be covered at this time. If you have questions, we would ask that you write a Letter to the Editor and pose that, or those, question/s. They will be answered as quickly as possible.

The very KEY to being resurrected is OBEDIENCE to God and His laws! They aren't "old Jewish Laws". They are laws that define what our very lives should be as we seek to follow Jesus the Christ.

That Salvation IS God's Gift to those who obey Him!

May God bless your understanding and help you to obey Him.

Your friend,
The editor

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