Saturday, March 6, 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

THE WORLD, NOT THE PLANET PERISHED IN THE FLOOD

 


A BIBLE BIBLE STUDY COMPLIMENTING THE TRUTH OF              TRUE SCIENCE AND THE CREATION OF GOD


      A CONCISE BIBLE STUDY OF
         THE CREATION OF MANKIND IN GENESIS ONE 
        THE FORMING OF ADAM AND EVE IN GENESIS TWO
      MAKING OF MAN INTO HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS OVER A  PERIOD OF 6000 YEARS

DID YOU KNOW THAT
GENESIS CHAPTERS ONE AND TWO TELL OF
TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT EVENTS
EXPLAINED WITH TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT WORDS WITH TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MEANINGS

READ GENESIS 1:1-31
NOTE THIS::
*Day One God Created The Heaven and Earth, Light and         Darkness, Verses 1-5 
*Day Two God Created The Sky and Clouds, Verses 6-8
*Day three God Created The Land, Sea, Grass, and all vegetation, Verses 9-13
*Day Four God Created The Sun, Moon, and Stars, Verses 14-19
*Day Five God Created All life in the Sea and The Air, Verses 20-23
*Day Six God Created All Land Life and Man, Verses 24-31
*Day Seven God Having Finished His Creation GOD Rested, Genesis 2:1-4


READ GENESIS CHAPTER TWO
NOTE THIS:
GOD CEASES FROM HIS LABOR OF CREATION, GENESIS 2:1-4

THAT THERE WAS NO MAN TO CULTIVATE ACCORDING TO PURPOSE, GENESIS 2:5

GOD HAVING ALREADY CREATED MAN AS A SPECIE NOW FORMS MAN FOR A DESIGNED PURPOSE AND ORDAINS HIM TO THAT CONCLUSION, GENESIS 2:6-7

GOD SEPARATES HIS FORMED MAN ADAM, (AN INDIVIDUAL OF A SPECIE STRONGS H120) INTO A PLACE OF MANAGED PURPOSE. HE GIVES THIS MAN HE FORMED FROM THE DUST OF THE EARTH LAWS TO LIVE BY, LAWS OF LIFE AND DEATH. GOD PARTICULARILY NOTED THAT ADAM WAS TO SANCTIFY HIMSELF BY NOT EATING FROM THE TREE (SOURCE) OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, GENESIS  2:8-20.

GOD REACHES INTO ADAM AND GIVES HIM A WIFE WHICH IS THE FLESH OF HIS FLESH AND THE BONE OF HIS BONE, GENESIS 2:24

PROPERLY DEFINING NOT SELF DEFINING WORDS
The word translated in Genesis 1:27 as created was translated from the Hebrew word  bara (baw-raw) Strongs reference #H1254.

The word translated in Genesis 2:7 as formed was translated from the Hebrew word yatsar (yaw-tsar) Strongs reference #H3335.

In Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our image and in our likeness”. 
The word make in Genesis 1:26 is translated from the Hebrew word (ah-saw) which denotes a progressive work such as to bring forth by cultivation, Strongs reference #6213

Humankind as a specie was created (spoken into existence) in Genesis one. God created them male and female created He them. He created them in many diverse kinds, from Neanderthal, to Oriental, to Caucasian, to Negroid, and that He did in abundance.

ABUNDANTLY, Genesis 1 is taken from the Hebrew word H8317, sharats, (shaw-rats) meaning to swarm or abound.

This was His pattern way of creation: for diversity of kind see verses 11, 21, 24, 25.
For abundance in number see verses, 20 and 21, ABUNDANTLY HE CREATED all things.

:Birds of many kinds, one specie many kinds.
:Fish of many kinds,  one specie many kinds.
:Animals of many specie and kinds,  each singular specie separated into many kinds. 
:Reptiles of many kinds, one specie many kinds.
:Humans of many kinds, one specie many kinds.
*Not just two, one male and one female from each specie, of each kind but abundantly of every specie and of every kind. God filled the air, sea, and land with His created life of every specie and every kind.
All specie of every kind were spoken (created from nothing) into existence by God. On the sixth day mankind as a specific specie of every kind was likewise spoken into existence. After God created mankind He then ceased creating and rested from His creative labors.

ALMOST 6000 YEARS AGO GOD FORMED ADAM FROM THE DUST OF THE EARTH BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF MAKING THE MAN HE CREATED INTO HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS

There are true science’s that prove this world, and mankind as a specie has existed far longer than the *5775 years since Adam was formed out of the dust of the ground by God who breathed into his nostrils the breathe of life

PALEONTOLOGY: The study of prehistoric geologic periods, fossils, and life. Although it purports to prove evolution it does not except by prejudicially assuming presupposed conjecture. It does however satisfactorily prove the antiquity of earth and life on earth. 
ARCHEOLOGY: The study of human cultures both prehistoric and historic. Although there are also many untenable presuppositions by reason of evolutionary bias this science does reasonably establish the existence of human cultures far beyond the *5775 years since God formed Adam.  
ANTHROPOLOGY : The science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of mankind.                    

THE UNKNOWN
How much time elapsed between Genesis chapter one, and Genesis chapter two is an unknown. To suppose eons is not unreasonable. What is known is that there were peoples and societies scattered throughout the continents of the earth with many great cultures. Many of these cultures built cities and accomplished many wonderous  things. True science has proven through the above referenced sciences that there were peoples, and cities in what we know as China, and other places over ten thousand years ago. The same is true of the subcontinent of India and is evidenced in many other places. Temples and monuments were erected. Very accurate calendars were developed by the use of astronomy. Written languages were devised such as the Egyptian hieroglyphics and cuneiform of Mesopotamia, Persia and Ugarit societies of what is commonly known today as the Middle East.  From South America to the British Isles substantial evidence proves the existence, intelligence, and genius of mankind many centuries before the reckoned *5775 years since God formed Adam from the dust. 
      Although the literal six twenty-four hour day creationist’ scoff at these sciences there are many evidences proving many of their conclusions in many things. There is no need to deny true science because of the excesses of science falsely so called, First Timothy 6:20-21, to prove the creation of God. Evolution is a false so called science that cannot be proven except to the faithful adherents of its prejudiced conclusions. There is also no need for Christians to become members of some religious flat earth society to believe in creation by God. Truth compliments and proves truth. Once tradition, myth, supposition, and prejudiced opinion is put aside and only real evidence of both scripture and science is presented the truth will prevail. 
                  *5775 dating taken  from the Jewish calendar



HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED

(1) Was there really a talking snake with legs, or perhaps it was a dragon?
(2) Was it really a literal apple or some unknown exotic fruit that gave knowledge?
(3) Where did Cain get his wife, was she his sister?
(4) Why did God mark Cain if Adam and his family were the only people alive who were the men that would kill him?
(5) How did Cain build a city without people?
(6) Did Noah really build an ark big enough to house all earth’s life forms? If so how were the animals subsequently dispersed globally? 
(7) Was the flood really global, covering everything from the North Pole to the South Pole covering the entire equatorial circumference the earth; even Mt. Everest which is 29,029 feet high, a full five and one half miles above sea level? 
(8) Is all humanity really descended from Noah and his sons? 
(9) Is the black race cursed to be servants because of supposedly being the descendants of Noah’s son Ham?
(10) Did angelic beings really co-habit with humans and produce giants who were despotic half human and half angel oppressors of man?

The answers to these and many other questions will unfold once the keys of The knowledge of the truth of creation and its purpose are revealed. Acts 8:30-31, James 1:5

PAY ATTENTION TO THE WHAT, AND THE HOW OF THE WHAT IS SAID,  IS BEING SAID

Genesis 1:5,  “There was not a man to till the ground.” Note: It does not say that there existed no a man. It says, “There was no man to till the ground.” There was no man to bring forth according to the cultivated purpose of God. Mankind existed as a specie of many different kinds. Mankind existed in specie and kind in abundance as did all the other beasts, Ecclesiastes 3:18-20. Man in his natural state of flesh existence is no more relevant and has no preeminence above any other beast God created. Man must be born again, John 3:1-7. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Natural life is natural, whereas Spirit life is from God and is spirit. First Corinthians 2:14 gives us to know that, “the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God.”
    
Note:
In Genesis 1:28-31 God commissioned mankind as a natural specie to subdue the earth, and have dominion over all natural living things. God also allowed mankind to have every tree, fruit, plant, and animal for food forbidding none. The whole of the natural earth was mankind’s to subdue and possess. Yet in Genesis 2:5 there still there was no man to fulfill Genesis 1:26 and be made, (formed) into the image and likeness of his creator. An analogy might be we have many many men here but we have not a one licensed plumber qualified to do our plumbing according to code. There was not a man qualified to bring forth according God’ original plan in making man in the image and likeness of God.

So plentiful was mankind he was likened as being dust in his multitudes of number, Genesis 13:6, Genesis 28:14, Numbers 23:10, First Kings 14:7 connecting to and explaining the dust of, First Kings 16:2, Second Chronicles 1:9.

Mankind was created. Adam was formed from the dust, (chosen and set apart from masses of humanity). God spoke creation into being. He afterward formed and breathed life into Adam. God breathed his life into Adam, Genesis 2:7, In  John 20:21-22, Jesus upon commissioning the twelve “breathed on them saying receive ye the Holy Ghost”. This statement is in stark similarity to God breathing into the nostrils of Adam. It seems very evident that the breathing on or into is the giving of life in illustrative statement thus denoting the giving of authority for the accomplishing of a certain task. The task of Adam was to initiate the fulfilling of the purpose of the creation of God to wit, the bringing forth in the image and likeness of God.  The divine purpose of the commissioning of the Apostles was to empower them to accomplish the harvesting and judgment of that world.    
A man can form an image from stone, wood, or metal. He can mold clay into form, but he cannot breathe life into it. Man can formulate religious ideas and systems but man not give life through them. Man can form from clay but only God can create clay from nothing. No man can create anything from nothing. 
(1) Out of the masses of created humanity (DUST) God formed Adam.
(2) God gave his formed son whom He breathed life into a special and separated place (called metaphorically the Garden of Eden) where Adam was protected and provided for. (Paul recognizes heavenly places as being conditions of relationship with God wherein The Spirit, blessings, and hope of God was dispensed, Ephesians 1:3, 2:6, and 3;10 proves this concept. A heavenly place is a place in God a place where we can thrive in His purpose’s.)
(3) God gave Adam a wife, Genesis 2:21-25. Then, after the fall in Genesis 3:20 Adam called his wife Eve, the mother of all living. All being all that are according to the plan of God through Adam to Abraham to Jesus Christ Galatians 3:29. The ungodly are not so they are like the chaff the wind drives away, Psalms 1:4. 
·      For consideration : Even as God centuries later brought Abraham forth out of the land of Ur and commissioned him to produce a holy nation, so He did with Adam. God gave Abraham his sister Sarah to wife. Sarah was Abraham's sister, Genesis 20:20, by another mother. The nearest a woman could be to qualify as a wife. Why do we not consider that Eve, like Sarah was the nearest to thing Adams heart in the same way? It is an idea consistent with the pattern of God.  Abraham insisted his son Isaac be married to a woman who was near kindred, Genesis 24:4, then Jacob marries his uncle Laban’ (his mothers brother) daughter Rachel, after marrying her sister Leah. With this in mind why is it not conceivably plausible that Eve was also a near kins-woman? There is no variableness in God, James 1:17. Neither God or His Son Jesus Christ change, Hebrews 8:13.  

DUST IN SYMBOLISM
Genesis 13:6
Genesis 28:14                     
First Samuel 2:8   SYMBOLICALLY MANKIND IN HIS MULTITUDES ARE AS DUST                                   
First Kings 16:2


TREES IN SYMBOLISM


Judges 9:8-15
First Chronicles 16:33
Isaiah 14:8
Ezekiel 17:23-24
Zechariah 4:1-14
Matthew 3:10                     MEN ARE LIKENED AS TREES IN SYMBOLISM
Mark 8:24
Mark 11:11-14
Luke 3:9
Revelation 7:3
Revelation 11:4


 THE SIN IN THE GARDEN

God commanded Adam to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The ungodly are a tree (source) of knowledge of good and of evil. The ungodly masses reason, they conclude, they evaluate, they judge, they influence without God or His ways and purposes in consideration. Throughout the scripture the people of God are told not to mix and mingle with the heathen, gentiles, who are the ungodly. God has consistently taught His people to be separated from the world, and all that is in it. We are to love not the world, nor the things that are in the world. Whenever we imbibe or ingest the attitudes, concepts, and values of the ungodly we are eating from that tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and his wife Eve were instructed to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That is to say they were not to associate with, learn, interact, or cohabit in any way with the heathen. 
   Eve transgressed this commandment then persuaded Adam to do likewise. Jesus called the false religious leaders of Israel “SERPENTS” Matthew 23:33. He also declared that they devour widows houses, Matthew 23:14, Mark 12:40, Luke 20:47, could this not be equated to eating dust? Is it not worth considering that Eve fell under the influence of a pagan idolatrous religious leader who deceived her into doubting and losing faith in God? The idea of a literal talking reptile, which lost its legs and now slithers about eating “dust”, is most certainly a far more fantastic thought. God separated Adam from all other humanity commanding him to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  What is referenced as being a garden, (a place of cultivated production), is the place in God where His chosen people are separated unto Him for His divine purpose of bringing forth in His image and His likeness. The church, (a place of separation unto God) is to be a garden, a place and condition unspoiled and uncompromised by ungodly opposing values, ethics, principles, teachings, attitudes, and morals. Although hidden in figurative metamorphic terminology this is exactly what Genesis is speaking of.    


NOAH AND THE FLOOD

GENESIS 6:1-22

KEY QUESTIONS 
*Who were the sons of God in verse two?
*Who or what were the giants in verse four?
*What is meant by Noah was perfect in his “generations” in verse nine?
*Does the word EARTH, (Hebrew word erets, eh’ rets) Strong’s H776, denote the   entirety of the planet in Genesis?
*Was the entirety of the planet under water?

As previously proven there are many mythological concepts adapted from pagan religious practises and teachings which have blurred and confused the reality of biblical truth in many areas. The idea that God has ever had, or now, has more than one Son in Heaven is biblically untenable. Jesus Christ is and forever was the only Son of God in the sense of being supernaturally existent before or since the creation of this world. The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ was the beginning of the creations of God, Revelation 3:14. Factually it was, according to scripture, Jesus that God created the worlds by, Hebrews 1:1-2, John 1:1-10, Colossians 1:16-17. God created man through the linage of Adam to conditionally become the sons of God, John 1:12, First John 3:1-3. 
*The sons of God in Genesis 6:2 were the descendants of Adam through the righteous linage of Seth. 
*The word giants of verse four, Strong’s reference #H5303 is properly translated as tyrants. Tyrants are men who ruled by oppression and abuse of power. The mixed union of the seed of Seth and the seed of the ungodly obviously afforded a social intellectual advantage of knowledge and opportunity to those born of that illicit union.   
*In Genesis 6:9 the word is generations as in posterity of his birth linage, note chapter 5 verse one. This says that Noah was perfect in posterity not character during his generation. He was not of mixed linage. He had no ungodly ancestry. He was of pure extraction. He was descended from Adam to Lamech his father. Adam fathered Seth, who fathered Enos, who fathered Cainan, who fathered Mahaleel, who fathered Jared, who fathered Enoch, who fathered Methuselah, who fathered Lamech, who fathered Noah who therewith fulfilled ten generations direct from Adam.  
It was the plan of God to produce a seed line of people who were chosen of Him to ultimately produce the manifested sons of God, Romans 8:19. The corruption of His plan by intermarrying with the ungodly grieved God so much He determined to destroy man and all else. After the flood God continued His plan through the linage of Shem unto Abram who became Abraham to whom God made promise unto Christ who’s seed we who are Christ’s are, Galatians 3:29. Again it is notable that it was ten generations from Noah by direct paternal linage to Abraham. 
 The evidence does not afford a plausible argument supporting a global flood some 4,300 years ago.  There is however geological and archaeological evidence allowing us to know that there was a flood in the great crescent area from the Black Sea to the Mesopotamia valley area. That world; the world of Noah; the part of the planet, (not the whole planet) where God was working his divine plan was destroyed by God in a flood. The ark was real, and the flood was real. I however do not believe kangaroo’s, polar bears, alpaca, llama, penguins, or American bison to name just a few were on the ark. All animal life nor all humanity on the planet was annihilated in the flood. Only the animals and the humanity that occupied that part of earth died in the deluge of the wrath of God. Geological evidence should not be dismissed, or adjusted to purpose by prejudice of traditional religious opinion. 
      The word translated earth in Genesis 7 comes from the Hebrew word erets, (eh’rets) Strong’s H776 which means land at large or any part thereof, be it country, field, ground, and is not necessarily comprehended as the entirety of the planet. Which demands the question, (did Moses or any of the ancients even have a comprehension of earth as a planet?) Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Greenland, Australia, other islands or other lands were not flooded.  The multitudes of (kinds) of peoples of those lands were also untouched by the flood. India, the Orient, had great cities cultures and civilizations before, during, and after the flood of Noah. These peoples whom God had created as recorded in Genesis one, who also had obeyed their commission to fill the earth were not deluged. 
     In Genesis 8:4 it is noted that the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. The word is mountains not mountain. Recently while visiting the Smokey mountains I parked my motorhome in a valley of that beautiful mountain chain. I was not camping on the top of the Smokey’s but it is reasonable to say I rested my RV in the Smokey mountains whether on the top of a mountain, the foothills or a valley within the mountains I rested myself and vehicle in the Smokeys. 
The word Ararat is properly understood to mean (Armenia) that is to say the Armenian mountains, Strongs  translation from the Hebrew reference #H-780. The word translated mountains  is, reference #H-2022 a range of hills, in effect, hill country. The true understanding of these words with the knowledge that the bible does not say the top of Mount Ararat gives a whole new perspective into understanding the reality of reasonably being able to accept the flood of the antediluvian world as a regional and not a global deluge destroying all life on the planet.  

God created mankind in all his diversity of kind; which is now called race. No race evolved or adapted. All races; (kinds) were created by God, and all races survived the flood. All humanity was created by the design of God according to a diversity of kind. There is one specie of humanity with many kinds. That specie is human. There are diverse kinds of our specie, but we are all of the same specie and are all equally created and accepted by God as humans. We are different but equally loved by God as proven by the choosing of God for the purpose of becoming his manifested sons throughout eternity. The big divider as regarding God and his plan is not our kind, or our gender, our language, or our nationality according to the flesh. Our identity is found in our relationship to God and our place within the plan of God. Are we the Israel of God, (chosen people of God who walk with God), or are we gentiles, (ungodly people)? Galatians 3:26-29, Revelation 5:9, Revelation 14:6, prove conclusively to we who believe the scripture that we who are Christ’s  and as such are Abrahams seed and are for this cause we are the Israel of God and heirs according to the promise.  
We who are Christ’s are the continuation of the fulfilling of the plan of God in as revealed Genesis 1:26. Through Seth who after ten generations from Adam brought forth Noah a man perfect in his generations, who ten generations later was the direct ancestor of Abraham who’s seed we are through Christ perfect in our generations.         

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

THEY WERE SIMPLY QUITE DANGEROUSLY INSANE

 Frequently I am asked:  "If you do not believe that evil spirits, and demon's, are out of body living supernatural entities, how do you explain, Matthew 8:28-34, (please read this scripture now) where Jesus cast them out? How did they recognize who He was? And if they were not entity beings how did they enter the swine causing the swine to run into the sea? I find these question's very valid and worthy of an honest answer. 

The phrase translated "two possessed with devils" in the KJV is translated in the most ancient of texts, {the Aramaic Peshitta}  as being " two lunatics". I think that no reasonable person would venture to claim that persons living in a cemetery, tearing off their clothes, and attacking passers by were not insane, or that is  "lunatics". I thus offer that the so named devils of the KJV were in fact a case of two persons  with severe mental illness. The word devil is properly understood by literal definition as a tormentor. A tormentor can be someone, or it can be something such as an illness or infirmity. One  mistake people of religious prejudice make is always making the word devil, or devils a noun thereby denoting a devil, or devils as being a person, or persons of supernatural origin.  I offer that deafness which was often denoted as being possessed by a devil is not an entity, neither is muteness, nor is any other physical or mental infirmity. I further offer that to opine otherwise is because of superstitious predispositions. 
Then arises the consideration of these two lunatics recognizing Jesus Christ. It is assumed that in so recognizing Jesus Christ these two madmen were supernaturally endowed with knowledge that natural men were not privileged with. Might I also note that in verse one of Matthew 8:1 we read that multitudes followed Him. He was a celebrity because of His miracles and His teachings. It was common knowledge that He was thought by many to be the promised messiah. These two insane men were insane but not unaware of the events of the time. Insanity does not mean ignorance or the lack of lucidity. It simply denotes mental imbalance's that result in irrational behaviors. Many educated, astute, otherwise seemingly  balanced persons are also mentally ill. All one needs to do to ascertain this truth is visit a hospital for the mentally ill and engage several of the patients in conversation. The two men at the tombs recognized Jesus Christ (verse 29) the same way others recognized Jesus Christ. He was famous, Matthew 4:24, Matthew 9:26, Matthew 14:1.   
 Now let us address the matter of His being asked by the lunatics, "Art thou come to torment us before our time?" Have you ever read or heard of bear baiting? In times of old in primitive societies it was common to capture wild bears, lunatics, criminals, and other such undesirables, tie them up and torment them into frenzied rages. Though cruel this was a primitive form of entertainment that brought laughter and was a source of amusement in cultures that had precious little to do to escape the drudgery of ancient primitive societies. History tells us that just before dusk was usually the time  of torment. That was when these things happened because from early dawn to early evening there was simply too much work to do. Tormenting included being tied up, urinated on, screamed and jeered at, rocks and sticks thrown at you as well as any other tormenting thing anyone could think of. 
LEGION, In Mark 5:9, and Luke 8:30, it is recorded that Jesus asked, "What is thy name?" receiving the answer, Legion, for "We" are many. The "We" were both the two lunatics and the mental torments that these two benighted souls were daily tormented with. So many were their torments in fact that they could not  begin to tell it all. Their torments were legion. 
 Now to the swine. This is difficult but it also has a reasonable and plausible explanation. Scarce is the evidence of the reality of the event however no doubt there was the event of Jesus casting out the torments of the lunatics at Gadarenes. The best explanation available is to be found in the Aramaic Pashitta. Aramaic was the language spoken in Palestine and by our Lord. The ancient Pashitta is the most accurate of literal translations of scriptural texts from time. I depend on my preferred KJV  of the bible above all others when preaching, however we know that the KJV is the seventeenth translation from the Catholic latin vulgate so at times when teaching it must be complimented by deeper research resources such as concordances, bible dictionaries, Strongs, etc. The Holy Ghost moving under the authority from God is the only final authority. 
In the Aramaic Pashitta,  Matthew eight verse thirty through thirty-four reads as follows:
Verse 30: Now there was near them a herd of swine feeding.  Verse 31: And the lunatics kept asking him, saying: If you are going to heal us, permit us to attack the herd of swine. 32: Jesus said to them, Go. And immediately they left and attacked the swine, and the whole herd went straight off the cliff and fell into the sea, and were drowned in the water. 33: And they who fed them ran away and went into the city, and reported everything that happened, and told about the lunatics34: So all the city went out to meet Jesus and when they saw him, they urged him to depart from their borders.

In the telling of the event Mark of the KJV said in verse fourteen of the fifth chapter of his gospel that legion was , "Clothed in his right mind".
Then in the KJV of Luke's gospel we read Luke 8:36, says that he that was possessed of the devil was healed. 
Amen so be it. No religious superstition needed. God is sovereign. He alone is the only supernatural power.    

Sunday, February 28, 2021

SO MUCH FOR FEELINGS

Years ago  I heard Brother Billy Watson quote this little limerick. I do not know the origin of it, but thought it very pithy then, and think that it is now.


Three men were walking on a wall, Feeling, faith, and fact.
When Feeling took an awful fall, and Faith was taken aback.
So close was faith to Feeling, That he stumbled, and he fell too. Fact remained and exclaimed, Never fear! then pulled up Faith, And in so doing brought up  Feeling too.


Feelings come, and feelings go, but facts remain. Jesus said, "Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words shall not pass away", **Matthew 24:35. Paul wrote that we are to "Prove all things" then, "Hold fast to that which is good", First Thessalonians 5:20-21. 
Thank God for feelings, but hold fast to  the facts. Jude wrote that we are to, "Earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints, Jude 1:3-4, because certain men had crept in teaching lies and therewith turning the grace of God into lasciviousness.   
There are those who say, "Trust your feelings." I find no scripture for this advice. Do you? I, however find  an abundance of scripture for trusting what is written. Jesus trusted the scripture while being tempted in the wilderness, Matthew 4:1-10. 
The Spirit of God is not a feeling. The Spirit of God is a fact. The Spirit of God is neither fickle, or fearful. The Spirit of God has no need of feelings, which are both. The Spirit of God is what gave us the scripture, Second Peter 1:19-21. Knowing this, why are some men calling themselves ministers fearful of searching the scripture and proving what is good?
 I recently heard a man challenge the proving of truth with book, chapter, verse. This man suggested that we instead "trust our feelings. We, who know God trust God. We, who know God trust His Spirit which gave us His Word. We who know God trust His Word. We do not fear using His word, which He gave by His Spirit, to prove all things.
I once heard a man say something very foolish concerning a certain bible truth being questioned, "I know that you have more scripture on your side, but what I believe just feels so good." I recall thinking can this man really be so silly, so foolish. God deliver us from the unreasonable, so that we may reason together and be like the church at Berea who were more noble than those at Thessalonica, Acts 17:11. As for lovers of truth they will want the truth even it does not feel good, agree with the things they've believed or previously taught. Then there is this fact, Second Thessalonians 2:10-12. False teachings, and those who believe false teachings will result in many being damned. 


** It is to be noted that these words were spoken in Matthew 24:35, by The Lord  were during the context of His prophecy of the imminent destruction of Israel according to the flesh?
  

Thursday, February 25, 2021

GENERAL MINISTERS MEETING CANCELED

After seeking the council, and advice of a sizable number of pastors, and in  consideration of the ongoing apprehensions of many other ministers and assemblies, I am of this date, and with statement of notification cancelling the general ministers meeting previously scheduled to take place on April 19-23-2021, here at the Jacksonville Assembly Of The Body Of Christ. I do apologize to any and all who may be offended or inconvenienced by this cancellation. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

THE SECOND CHAPTER OF THE SECOND BOOK OF MOSES THE TWENTY SECOND VERSE

 A STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND

It was in about 1990-91, when Brother Clyde N. Patton, while  attending a meeting at the Assembly at Tyler Texas, gave me a paperback book titled "THE GAY AGENDA BLUEPRINT " saying that I needed to read it. I read it, but however did not really believe what it described therein could possibly happen in my generation. How terribly, and sadly wrong I was.  

Not long before his death I heard Brother Clyde N. Patton publicly say, "I don't know this world anymore, and I don't like it." Many of the values, attitudes, morals, behaviors, rights, and wrongs we grew up being taught, and held to be true and dear were no longer so. 

Right has become wrong, whereas wrong has become right. What was esteemed as bad, evil, and sinful in the world I knew and loved has incrementally become esteemed as being good. Whereas what was esteemed good in the world that I knew, and loved has also become incrementally what is esteemed evil in this world present day world, Isaiah 5:18-21. All of which brings to mind an observation of God found in Genesis 6:5-6, before He determinedly eternally judged that wicked, and perverted world with the flood, Sparing only eight souls to continue the commission given to Adam through his progeny unto Jesus Christ.          

At the time of hearing those words first spoken by Brother Patton I could not appreciate the dismal reality, the significance, or magnitude of concern of this disappointed man of God. Neither could I comprehend this grief in his sad observation in old age. Now as I find myself a year older than he was when he passed from this life I find myself sharing the same sentiments. Like him, I also find myself being " a Gershom, that is to say,  "A stranger in a strange land".

 Name means identity. Jacob which means deceiver had the identity of being deceitful. Jacob wrestled with an angel and had an epiphany experience wherein his identity was changed to Israel which means   "He who prevails with God" ......  I now, like those who went before me,  realize  that my name is also "Gershom",  Exodus 2:22.

May God save our children, and their children too from the wrath to come. Even as the Antediluvian world, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Jewish world, all perished in wrath, (Matthew chapters 23 and 24), so shall this  "evil and adulterous world" also perished suffering the wrath of God.  What. did all these societies have in common? They all gave themselves to moral abandon in promiscuity, homosexuality, bi-sexuality, fornication, adultery, pedophilia, beastiality, and worse  degenerate, and depraved activities as are unimaginably possible. All these behaviors are acts of rebellion, and abominable blasphemies against God, and His creation by design, and purpose. It is a fact, God does turn those who refuse Him, or His ways over to a reprobate mind, Romans 1:21-32, be they the called, or be they those who never heard, or those who once knew, but then choose to turn away. 


 

        


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM AND FOR HIM, AND WITHOU HIM WAS NOT ANYTHING MADE THAT WAS MADE

Ephesians 3:9                                      

Hebrews 1:1-2

GOD CREATED ALL THINGS BY JESUS CHRIST HIS SON

 Being a firm believer that God created the world, and all life, both living and extinct, does not necessitate believing that He did so in six twenty four hour days. The Hebrew word in Genesis for day was. "yowm" which is translatable as being the warm hours of a day (sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next sunset) or figuratively an indefinite period of time, sometimes called an era, or epoch. 

Some, on hearing someone say that they do not believe the earth is only six thousand years old, but conceding to geological, archeological, paleontological, ancient writings, and other scientific evidences pointing to a much older dating will immediately conclude, and accuse that person of believing in evolution hence denying guilty of denying the existence of God or as being the creator of all. This is both sad, and is totally untrue.    

There are many Christians who as I do, believe true science while faithful believing that "God is, and that God is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him" Hebrews 11:6. Believing in true sciences, (properly understood) does not conclude one into blind disregard, and denial of factual evidences. This earth, and the many life forms on it are manifestly evidential of being many millions of years older than the nearly six thousand years since Adam was formed from the dust of the earth, Genesis 2:5-7. 

God created mankind on the sixth creative day, Genesis 6:26. God then rested from His labors. God then afterward formed Adam, a man of designed purpose, from that which he had created. These two words both mean, and imply two entirely different things.  

ALMOST 6000 YEARS AGO GOD FORMED ADAM FROM THE DUST OF THE EARTH BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF MAKING THE MAN HE CREATED INTO HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS

There are true science’s that prove this world, and mankind as a specie has existed far longer than the almost six thousand years since Adam was formed out of the dust of the ground by God who breathed into his nostrils the breathe of life.

PALEONTOLOGY: The study of prehistoric geologic periods, fossils, and life. Although it purports to prove evolution it does not except by prejudicial assumption, and presupposed conjecture. It does however satisfactorily prove the antiquity of earth and life on earth. 
Believing in the extinction of prehistoric species does not correlate or conclude in believing in specie evolution. 
ARCHEOLOGY: The study of human cultures both prehistoric and historic. Although there are also many untenable presuppositions by reason of evolutionary bias this science does reasonably establish the existence of human cultures far beyond the *5775 years since God formed Adam.  
ANTHROPOLOGY : The science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of mankind.                    

THE UNKNOWN
How much time elapsed between Genesis chapter 1 and Genesis chapter 2 is an unknown. To suppose eons is not unreasonable. What is known is that there were peoples and societies scattered throughout the continents of the earth with many great cultures. Many of these cultures built cities and accomplished many things. True science has proven through the above referenced sciences that there were peoples and cities in what we know as China and other places over ten thousand years ago. The same is true of the subcontinent of India and is evidenced in many other places. Temples and monuments were erected. Very accurate calendars were developed by the use of astronomy. Written languages were devised such as the Egyptian hieroglyphics, cuneiform of Mesopotamia, Persia and Ugarit societies of what is commonly known today as the Middle East.  From South America to the British Isles substantial evidence proves the existence, intelligence, and genius of mankind many centuries before the time reckoned by the Jewish calendar as some six thousand years since God formed Adam from the dust.
      Although the literal six twenty-four hour day creationist will scoff at these sciences there are many evidences proving many of their conclusions in many things. There is no need to deny true science because of the excesses of science falsely so called, First Timothy 6:20-21, to prove the creation of God. Evolution is a false so called science that cannot be proven except to the faithful adherents of its prejudiced conclusions. There is also no need for Christians to become members of some religious flat earth society to believe in creation by God. Truth always compliments, not contradicts, but rather proves truth. Once tradition, myth, supposition, and prejudiced opinion is put aside and only real evidence of both scripture, and science is presented the truth will prevail.