Salvation – The Final Stage

July 25th, 2017     

Over the last 6,000 years God has shown that we can not keep the Ten Commandments by ourselves.

As long as we have the knowledge of good and evil, we will continue to sin.

God says that that is not acceptable. So what then is the solution?

One way are another we need to submit to God’s Ten Commandments.

The Bible refers to that as being led by the Spirit.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
– Romans 8:14 (NKJV)

So it is the Holy Spirit that knows how to keep the Ten Commandments, and we need to submit to that.

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
– 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV)

The Holy Spirit will live in us forever.

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
– John 14:16-17 (NKJV)

By ourselves we are selfish and are unable to keep the Ten Commandments. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we can truly love God, and our neighbor. When we are led by the Spirit we can fulfill the Ten Commandments.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
– Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

Consider this verse:

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name [character] shall be in their foreheads [thoughts]. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
– Revelation 22:1-5

Here we see that it is the character of God (the Ten Commandments) that is sealed in our foreheads (thoughts).

We will never be able to sin again.

I hope you grasp what I just said.

Don’t think of this last step as something taken away (knowledge of evil) from you, but see it as something that God adds to us (His Great Love).

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
– 1 John 4:16

God will add to us His Holy Spirit, and we shall become “joined” together.

This is essentially how Adam, Eve, and the angels were before the Fall. They were all sealed with the Ten Commandments in their foreheads.

Life with God is only possible if we keep the Ten Commandments. We must therefore make a choice. A life with God (His Rules), or no life at all.

And that will bring the Great Controversy (good vs. evil) to an end.

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We are His Workmanship

July 23rd, 2017     

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
– Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

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The Old and the New Covenant

July 20th, 2017     

It’s important to understand that both the Old Covenant, and the New Covenant are both based on God’s Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments never change.

The Ten Commandments are sometimes given as “Love God”, and “Love your neighbor”. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two great commandments.

Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
– Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)

Love God =

  • 1. No other Gods
  • 2. No idols
  • 3. No cursing
  • 4. Keep the Sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset)

Love your neighbor =

  • 5. Honor your father and mother
  • 6. No murder
  • 7. No adultery
  • 8. No stealing
  • 9. No lying
  • 10. No coveting

They are Laws of love, and in fact, love is the fulfillment of the Law.

Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
– Romans 13:10 (NKJV)

The Ten Commandments are a reflection of who God is. God doesn’t change, nor will the Ten Commandments. They are always in place.

Over time God has made a number of covenants with man.

The Old Covenant

Salvation by works of the Law (obedience).

Sins were forgiven by the sacrifice of animals.

Note that this covenant was a conditional agreement depending on Israel’s obedience.

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.
– Exodus 19:5-6 (NKJV)

Israel became the church of God. (A holy nation)

The covenant was sealed with blood and water.

For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.
– Hebrews 9:19-20 (NKJV)

The new covenant was also sealed with blood and water.

But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
– John 19:34 (NKJV)

Note that there is a clear distinction between God’s Laws (the Ten Commandments), and Moses’ Laws (more than 600 laws).

The Ten Commandments are inside the Ark of the Covenant.

And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you.
– Exodus 25:16 (NKJV)

But Moses’ laws were outside of the Ark of the Covenant.

Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.
– Deuteronomy 31:26 (NKJV)

It was Moses’ laws that were nailed to the cross, not the Ten Commandments.

Israel in the end broke the agreement by being disobedient, and the covenant was nullified.

In that He says, A new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
– Hebrews 8:13 (NKJV)

The old covenant was nullified when Jesus died at the cross.

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
– Matthew 27:51-53 (NKJV)

From this point onward the Old Covenant has been nullified, e.g. no need to keep the book of Law (Moses’ laws) anymore, no more animal sacrifices, etc.

The change of covenant was prophesied by Daniel about 600 years before it happened.

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.
– Daniel 9:27

The animal sacrifices stopped, and the temple was indeed destroyed in 70 AD.

The New Covenant

Salvation by grace through faith.

Sins are forgiven by the sacrificial Lamb of God.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
– John 1:29 (NKJV)

Jesus died “once for all”.

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
– Hebrews 10:10 (NKJV)

The new covenant was first announced in the book of Jeremiah, and also later repeated in the book of Hebrews.

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.
– Hebrews 8:7-12 (NKJV)

Very important to understand here is that God’s Laws (the Ten Commandments) didn’t change!!

God’s Laws were merely written on a different place, e.g. the mind and the heart.

We will always need God’s Laws. It is by God’s Laws that we know we have sinned (transgression of the Law). When we repent it is by God’s Laws.

Just because we’re under grace, does not mean we should continue to sin!!

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
– Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)

The covenant is clearly made with “the house of Israel and with the house of Judah”. Does that mean it doesn’t apply to the Gentiles? No. This all comes down to understanding that we are now spiritual Israel.

But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel.
– Romans 9:6-7 (NKJV)

In Christ we are Israel.

For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
– Romans 2:28-29 (NKJV)

The New Covenant is much better than the Old Covenant.

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
– Hebrews 8:6 (NKJV)

We can go directly to God and ask for forgiveness.

We don’t need to go to some temple anymore.

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
– 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV)

Conclusion

An understanding of God’s Laws being eternal (never changing) is vital.

We will all be judged by God’s Ten Commandments.

And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament [covenant]: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
– Revelation 11:18-19

Therefore we ought to repent with the Ten Commandments in mind.

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
– Matthew 5:48 (NKJV)

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Six Thousand Years of Sin – Do we Need the Commandments?

July 19th, 2017     

Over the last 6,000 years God has shown us time after time that our righteousness is like a filthy rag.

But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
– Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)

I mean, let’s face it, when we stop obeying God’s Commandments, things turn sour real quick.

The ancient world was so evil that it had to be destroyed.

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
– Genesis 6:5-6 (NKJV)

And despite all the signs and wonders that God showed Israel, they too became disobedient.

But to Israel he says: All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.
– Romans 10:21 (NKJV)

God even gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins on the cross, holding nothing back.

When God gave Christ to our world, He gave in this one gift all the treasures of heaven. He held back nothing. He can do no more than He has done to bring men to repentance. He has no means held in reserve for their salvation.
– Ellen White, Calamities and God’s Love; Sin, Judgment, and the Shortness of Time

There is no greater expression of Love than a Father giving His only Son, but even today people muck and ridicule that very act.

We’ve caused God much grief, and God is no longer willing to sustain the world the way it is.

Sin needs to go.

The Solution

God is offering us a new body where “the knowledge of good and evil” will be replaced by God’s Commandments. This is essentially how Adam and Eve were.

With God’s Commandments in place we will then no longer be able to sin. It just won’t come to mind anymore, and we will only have “the knowledge of good”.

But this has to be a choice, because God will never enforce His Commandments on you.

With God’s Commandments in place we will be led by the Spirit.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
– Romans 8:14 (NKJV)

It may sound like something is being taking away from us, but it’s actually the opposite. God is actually adding His Great Love to us!!!

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
– 1 John 4:16

Misery

The knowledge of good and evil (the choice to sin) has caused us nothing but misery.


– Auschwitz

We live in the last days, and must all make a decision.

A life with God, or death.

Conclusion

And what do we need to do to be saved?

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
– John 3:16 (NKJV)

And God will give you a new body, and eternal life.

We need God’s Laws of Love. We really do!

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Forgiving Yourself

July 19th, 2017     

Sometimes we are bogged down with guilt for past sins, and it can be really hard to forgive yourself, and move on.

But God has forgiven our sins, and doesn’t remember them anymore.

So, God says, why are you then still holding onto sin that has already been forgiven? Do you not believe that My Son died for your sins? Did Jesus shed His precious blood for nothing?

Think about that for a while. Do you believe that your sins are truly forgiven?

The apostle Paul knew a lot about guilt. After all, he persecuted the church, and probably had blood on his hands.

Twenty years after his conversion he writes:

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)

Although the Bible doesn’t specifically say “forgive yourself”, it does say to forget the past, and move on. God can not use you, if you dwell in guilt every day.

The Bible clearly says “To love your neighbor as thyself“. If you look in the mirror, can you truly say “I love you” to yourself?

Can you see yourself as God sees you?

We cannot change the past.

All we can do is move on, and make up for it.

Check out this article for more about forgiving yourself.

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Ancient Mysteries

July 19th, 2017     

Check out this website (and its videos) about ancient mysteries.

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Buy or Sell

July 19th, 2017     

From the book of Revelation we understand that if you worship the beast, you will receive the mark.

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead [thoughts], or in his hand [deeds].
– Revelation 14:9

The mark is a sign of who you worship. The mark is placed in the forehead (thoughts), and in the hand (deeds). Even the deeds come from the thoughts, so it’s a spiritual mark therefore, and not a literal mark.

That then rules out the idea that the mark is some kind of RFID chip, e.g. it’s not like you worship the beast, and then one morning you wake up with a RFID chip on your forehead.

When you worship God (by keeping the Ten Commandments) you will also receive a sign in your forehead and hands, except it’s called the Seal of God (a seal of approval if you will).

And thou shalt bind them [Ten Commandments] for a sign upon thine hand [deeds], and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes [thoughts].
– Deuteronomy 6:8

The place “between thine eyes” is where the frontal lobe is. That’s where all the decisions are made.

To sum it up:

Worship Commandments Worship Day Sign
God Ten Commandments Sabbath Seal of God
Beast Commandments of men Sunday Mark of the beast

Those who do not worship the beast will lose their earthly life.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
– Revelation 13:15

Those who do worship the beast will lose their eternal life.

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.
– Revelation 14:10

This is serious stuff. You may be killed for refusing the mark. But then if you take the mark you may lose eternal life.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
– Mark 8:35

This decision is very similar to that of Daniel’s friends who refused to bow down for an image of gold, and chose the blazing furnace instead.

So how will this be enforced?

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak [legislate], and cause [enforce] that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
– Revelation 13:15

From the above verse we see that we will be forced to worship the beast by some kind of legislation.

So there has to be some kind of legal framework (or structure) by which the mark can be enforced on the entire world.

There is indeed a structure like that, and it’s called the New World Order (One World Government, One World Religion, Sunday law, etc).

Wait, isn’t that a conspiracy theory?!?

Actually, no, it’s in the Bible.

And the woman [Roman Catholic Church] which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
– Revelation 17:18

The antichrist will create a New World Order that you can only join if you worship the beast (satan really). That’s their plan.

If you join the New World Order, you will gain the ability to “buy or sell”, but you will be forced to worship the beast (on Sunday).

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
– Revelation 13:16-17

If you refuse the mark you will need to rely solely on God.

The antichrist will throw this world into complete and utter chaos (war, famine, pestilence). Then, in the midst all of the chaos they will present the New World Order as the solution.

So, again, this is all about who you worship.

We either worship God (on the Sabbath), or satan (on the Sunday).

Conclusion

God will deliver all that are in the Book of Life.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
– Daniel 12:1-3

God’s Holy Spirit will be with you the entire time (just like He was with Stephen from the book of Acts).

God be with us all.

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God is Rich in Mercy

July 19th, 2017     

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).
– Ephesians 2:4-5 (NKJV)

We’ve done everything wrong, and God has given us Mercy, and Eternal Life.

Thank you Father.

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Jesus Taught the Ten Commandments

July 18th, 2017     

Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? So Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother.
– Luke 18:18-20 (NKJV)

Sure, He didn’t recite all ten of them, but it’s clear He is referring to the Ten Commandments.

Here is another example.

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
– Matthew 22:36-40 (NKJV)

Summary

Love God =

  • 1. No other Gods
  • 2. No idols
  • 3. No cursing
  • 4. Keep the Sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset)

Love your neighbor =

  • 5. Honor your father and mother
  • 6. No murder
  • 7. No adultery
  • 8. No stealing
  • 9. No lying
  • 10. No coveting

The Ten Commandments are Eternal, and are always in place.

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God Will Avenge

July 18th, 2017     

And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?
– Luke 18:7-8 (NKJV)

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