Pro and Con 595

Posted 9-10-00

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From: Kamini, the former "Hindi girl" in Malaysia
I do hope you still remember me. Well I have now accepted the lord as my savior but have yet to be baptised etc. I am so much happier and at epace with myself and also other around me. I have just staretd working and have found a babysitter to look after my child. Things have improved so much ever since I have left it entirely to the lords hands.

I still find it a bit diiferent and am not used to going to church but I do read the bible at home everyday and whenever I am free.

Just would like to thank you for showing me the path and for lsitening me out. Thanks again

My reply

Of course I remember you. I have been praying for you. You just don't know how happy I am to hear from you. And to get this wonderful news, "I have now accepted the lord as my savior," is the best kind of news. May God bless you in every way.

I am so glad you knew enough to put everything in the Lord's hands. When we ask for him to guide us, he opens doors and closes doors. We just have to take one step at a time as we walk the Christian walk and go through the open doors and not try to force our way in the closed doors. He knows better than we do what is best for us in every situation.

I'm glad things are better for you. I have a feeling that this won't seem so strange to you shortly. What has happened to you in the past was not all good. However, it brought you to the Lord, so the outcome was the best. Who knows, if those things had not happened to you, you might still be lost. We just have to give the Lord thanks for bringing you to this point, whatever it took.

When you were born into this world, you were born of water, like the water breaking when your lovely daughter was born. When you accepted Christ, you were born again, born of the Spirit of God, born into God's family. Our life on this Earth can end, but our life to come in Heaven with our Lord can never end. You have been born into eternal life. That is so wonderful. That means that I have a chance of meeting you. I'll sure be looking forward to that great day. We have something really special coming. I Corinthians 2:9 says, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." We will be eternally grateful that we accepted the Son of God and were born into God's family.

I'm also glad you now have a Bible. Read the New Testament before you read the Old Testament. Keep me posted on how things are going with you. I care. Others that read my web site have been praying for you too. In Christ's wonderful love

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From: Marie Komarnycky
Recently, I asked you and your readers to pray for my Dad who suffered a stroke. Praise the Lord! He survived the stroke, two seizures and pneumonia and is now slowly coming back to health. Thank you, and please thank all your readers for me, for all your prayers. Truly, our God Is Great and Wonderful.

My reply

Thank you Lord.

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From: Daniel Rydstedt
...You asked me what I thought about Hebrews 6:4-6?

I always thought that this passage was difficult for those espousing the Once Saved Always Saved position to explain, for the one thing that they always come back with when shown any scripture, is "the one sinning was never saved in the first place." This passage goes to great length to make sure that the reader knows that the individual it is talking about is a person who has been born again. In verses 4 and 5 there are 5 phrases describing a Christian, . . . "for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come," . . . so there is no mistake as to who this passage is addressing. It is impossible for these Christians, Verse 6 says, "IF they fall away, to renew them again to repentance". That seems pretty clear, but I have heard people in the OSAS camp take the next part of the verse and say that this passage is saying that it is impossible to crucify the Lord again. That statement may be true, but that is not what the rest of the verse says. It says, "seeing they crucify TO THEMSELVES the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." It is not saying that Jesus has to be crucified again, . . . the sin problem was taken care of once for all time . . . but that willful sin that is never repented of by one reaching the point of apostasy has the effect of nullifying that sacrifice FOR THEM, and makes it as if they are personally brutalizing the Lord of glory just as if they had the hammer and nails in their own hands to be responsible for the horrible deed.

I believe verse 8 makes the balance clear. Once again the balance is that you don't lose your salvation because you sin . . . you lose your rewards and you will lose the opportunity to be the Bride and go in the first rapture, but you don't lose your salvation. I agree with OSAS in a lot of ways. I believe that you are eternally secure as you continue to abide in Him. "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." 1 John 5:12. Hey, I don't want out of this deal. You have to be out of your mind to give up salvation for damnation, heaven for hell and the Word for the world. But that was the point of my other post. There can be a process initiated by continual sin that is not removed through repentance where the heart becomes increasingly hardened and the mind increasingly deceived to the end that that person is not in their right mind. At that point of apostasy, where they finally choose to reject the grace of God, they are given over to a reprobate (grk. word adokimos which means castaway, rejected) mind.

Getting back to verse 8 of Hebrews 6, it reads, "But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned." Because of the thorns and briers, the sins of that Christian, they will be rejected . . . rejected from being a part of the Bride and rejected from going in the first rapture. It next says, "they are nigh unto cursing" or close to or near to being cursed. Notice it does not say that they are cursed, but that they are near or on the road that will lead them to being cursed. It they repent they can jump back on the narrow path leading to blessing and life. But if they continue in their sin on the road to loss and eventual destruction, they can reach a point in their life that they are so hardened that they make a final choice to reject the grace of God. In that instance there is an end to the road and this verse describes that end as hell . . . "whose end is to be burned". That seems to be confirmed in the passage in Jude (verses 12 and 13) that refers to the "twice dead" as ones "to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever".

There are many OSAS advocates that walk in intimacy with Jesus, faithful and without spot or blemish. This message does not affect them at all. But at the same time there are those that even take the phrase Once Saved Always Saved, as an excuse to condone sin in their lives. This is highly dangerous, for because of the seductive, enslaving power of sin that remains unrepented of, many will lose their rewards and a few could very well over time reach that point of apostasy and end up being burned in the lake of fire forever. I have much more evidence from the Word of God that I will be putting in a book that I am working on tentatively entitled "Eternally Secure, Sure! . . . But is it possible to give your salvation away?" Your Brother in Jesus

My reply

I have noticed several times that there are exceptions to general rules. This seems to be one of them. Forgive me if I go over some of the same ground as I think this through.

Adokimos, translated reprobate 6 times, rejected 1, and castaway 1, is a revealing word to trace out. I'll put them all down for comparison.

Rom. 1:28 says, "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."

II Cor. 13:5-7 says, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be REPROBATES? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not REPROBATES. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as REPROBATES."

II Tim. 3:8 says, "Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, REPROBATE concerning the faith."

Titus 1:6 says, "They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work REPROBATE."

Heb. 6:8 says, "But that which beareth thorns and briers is REJECTED (castaway), and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned."

Re: thorns and briers, Isa. 9:18 says, "For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns." Isa. 10:16,17 says, "under his glory (closer to Earth than Heaven, surrounded by 'the glory of the LORD,' Eze. 1:28) he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire. And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it (the burning asteroid) shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day (the 1st day of the millennial Day of the Lord)." Eze. 2:6 says, "And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house."

I Cor. 9:24-27 says, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a CASTAWAY." I have thought this just meant being left behind at the 1st Rapture and forfeiting this golden (incorruptible) crown, but does it have 2 meanings, as many things in Scripture do?

> > I believe that you are eternally secure as you continue to abide in Him.

Jn. 15:4-9 says, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love." Thanks for setting this forth so clearly. Agape

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To: "Chadiwck Everette Harvey," whzup13@hotmail.com
Hi! Well, I don't really want to become embroiled in an argument with you, and Marilyn doesn't need me to defend her, but whatever your mood was at the time of writing, it came across as being very unpleasant. It did not appear as if you were writing with love and compassion to a sister in Christ.

My intention was not to embarrass you - I wrote to Marilyn to support her. I don't know her - we live on different continents - but at the end of the day, she is my sister in the Lord and needs encouragement and building up as much as any other Christian.

If you are bent on exposing false prophets then I assume you are also writing to other proponents of the pre-trib rapture. People such as Lyn Mize, Jim Bramlett and Paul Bekker.

You know that if our belief is wrong and not God-inspired, then it will not stand. Acts 5 v 38 : "Therefore, in the present case I advise you : Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God." This may have been said about the Apostles but it can be equally said in this case.

Let God be the judge of who is right and wrong. If you are walking in His will, He will bless you.

I'm going to request that you don't e-mail me again. As Christians we should be standing in unity, not tearing each other apart. As Paul and Barnabas parted company in Antioch because of a "sharp disagreement" (Acts 15 v 36-40) I would prefer not to "keep company" with you - we are unlikely to agree on the Rapture and I don't want to argue about it. Regards
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Note: Mk. 9:50 says, "Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another."

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FWD: Re: Daniel - Revelation
Daniel is very basic to understanding time elements of the End Time. We start with
Dan.2 - Gold head Silver chest Brass belly- Iron legs
Babylon--Medo-Persia--Greece--iron-clay feet

Dan.2:44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never to destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. 45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold--the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.

Dan.7 Lion--Bear-3ribs--Leopard--Dreadful B.
Babylon--Medo-Persia--Greece--iron teeth
another horn -- 10+ 1 =11 -- 3 plucked up -- 11 - 3 = 8

Dan. 7:24 The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings.

Dan. 7:12 As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion-world rulership-taken away, yet their lives-nationalism- were prolonged for a season and a time. (They will exist as nations for a season and a time; end times.)

Daniel 8-Ram-Goat Medo-Persia-Greece

Daniel 9 - Seventy Weeks - seventy sevens - Gen. 29 - Jacob worked for his wife a week = 7 years. 1 day = 1 yr.
- from command to restore & build Jerusalem to Messiah-7 wks = 7 sevens = 49 yrs.
Messiah cut off after 62 wks=62 sevens =434 yrs.
prince who shall come shall confirm a covenant 1 wk- 1 seven = 7 yrs.
= 490 years = 70 sevens = 70x7

Daniel 11 - explanation of chapter 8

Daniel 12 - time - times - and half a time = 1 yr.+ 2 yrs + half yr. moed-moedim- half a time-from time daily sacrifice is taken away and abomination that makes desolate set is 1290 days.
Tishri 10-2520 days-Tishri 10
l------1260-----------------l------1260---------------l Joel
l---------1290---------------l 2:15-17
Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to 1335 days.
Tishri 10 - 2520 days - Tishri 10
l--------1260----------------l------1260---------------l
l------1335--------------------l
Hanukkah - Kislev 25
Compare Daniel - Revelation

Dan. 2-10 toes
Dan. 7-10 horns + l = 11 - 3 (plucked up) = 8
Rev. 12-7 heads-10 horns-7 crowns
Rev.13-7 heads-10 horns-10 crowns
Rev. 17-7 heads-10 horns-8th is of the 7
Micah 5:5-7 shepherds-8 principal men
Zech. 11:8-3 shepherds cut off in one hour.

Micah 5:5 Assyria - modern Russia; 'this man' is the Messiah whose birth is foretold in vs. 2. 3 shepherds-kings are removed before the midway point. The land of Russia is going to be affected too in vs. 6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: Russia has been having wars with a.c. in Europe and running low on supplies or oil and heads to Israel for a spoil. God miraculously delivers Israel at that time and the nation believes in real Messiah because of preaching of 2 witnesses and 144,000. Then all hell breaks out when abomination is set up and a.c. declares he is god and they say no, the God of Heaven helped us and we look for His Messiah.

My reply

Here is what I think. In Rev. 17:14, the Pre-Trib Rapture has just taken place. Those "that ARE with him ARE called, and chosen, and faithful." The 10 kings "have received NO KINGDOM AS YET" (v. 12). The setting is at the Rapture and before the 10 kings are crowned in Rev. 13:1 as the Tribulation begins.

Therefore, from the vantage point of the Pre-Trib Rapture, the 5 kings/kingdoms that have fallen are Babel (where the MOTHER of the Mystery Religion of Babylon began), Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome. The king that "IS" is the Tribulation Pope, Ecclesiastical Rome, the Pontifex Maximus ("the name of blasphemy," Rev. 13:1) of the United Religions.

The king that is to come is the False Prophet, who comes to full power Mid-Trib. The "eighth" of Rev. 17:11 is Satan himself, the tail of the great red dragon. He inhabits the False Prophet until the FP is deposed on the Day of God's Wrath. Then he comes out and operates on his own. Therefore, the False Prophet is also called the tail, but only because the tail of the dragon is in him.

Isa. 9:15 says, "The ancient and honourable (the Tribulation Pope), he is the head (the 6th head of the great red dragon); and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail." The False Prophet is the 7th head of the great red dragon, inhabited by the tail of the great red dragon, who becomes "the eighth" on the Day of God's Wrath. The False Prophet is "ANOTHER little horn" of Dan. 7:8, "ANOTHER" that "shall rise after them" (the 10 kings) of Dan. 7:24, and "ANOTHER beast" of Rev. 13:11.

The 1260 days, the 1290 days, and the 1335 days of Dan. 12 all date from Mid-Trib when the abomination of desolation is set up at the temple. Agape

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Well, then we will have to agree to dissagree on this issue, as I believe the later part of this email that I had sent you, which came for a hebrew expert of many years, and is very wise. But Marilyn, I have something I want you to listen to, if you have not hear it already. Its a real audio 15 min of JR Church, and Blood Red moons, Weddings, and Rosh Hashana.. It will make the hair on your neck stand up, as he is calling for Wednesday September 27th, for the Rapture. And it makes sense , as the New Moon starts on that day, and also, Jewish Weddings occur "Only" on Wednesdays... Wedding of the Messiah.... Anyways, he goes into details that will absolutly stagger you.. Please listen when you have time, and let me know what you think.. Here is the link to listen to it.. God Bless...
Note: I heard part of it, and didn't hear anything new in that, then got cut off by my server because it cuts out periodically because of network traffic. It is dated 1997, so I wonder. If there is anything new, maybe someone that has better luck than me can fill me in on the details. What I heard was J.R. Church telling about 2 blood moons in 1996 and one to come after his talk, on Mar. 23, 1997, all 3 associated with Feast days. That's pretty far back and things I already knew. He mentioned the Hale Bopp comet. Where it cut out, J.R. was talking about the war with Iraq being over the night before Purim. That is old news too.

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Re: Creation vs evolution
I read on your site some banter on creation theory, gap theory, evolution theory, etc. I did not take time to read it all, so this is not a comment on the argument.

I have studied creationism and evolutionary theory for 30 years. I am a graduate of Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in Mining Engineering and all this has been very confusing. But I do know there is a right answer that works.

Long story short-Dr. Gerald Schroeder, of the University in Jerusalem, has written a book called, "The Science of God" and "God and the Big Bang". I believe that he has finally nailed it, and I suggest that all Christians read it as it brings peace the conflicting argument.

Jesus said that our traditions make the Word of God ineffective. I believe that Creationism is just such a tradition. A good theory that has become a tradition in the church.

PLEASE READ THE BOOK.

My reply

Thanks. I don't know if we can manage to get it, but it sounds interesting. Agape

Note: Excerpt from another email: "The person who wrote you said the second book was "God and The Big Bang", but a search of the author, Schroeder, says the title is actually "Genesis & the Big Bang." (She is sending me the books, bless her heart.)

His reply

The book is available on Amazon.com - and thanks for the info on Ephraim.

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My apologies for not having emailed you for so long. I do read your site every day so you and Ed are still on my mind daily. I hope you are both doing well.

I see the old subject of "the falling away" has resurfaced in the last few posts as per the following from P&C 591: "explain to me 2 Thes. 2:3...the falling away....please inform me how it could mean departure or rapture."

If those who insist it means a "falling away" of the church before the antichrist is revealed, so be it. John says that whoever denies that Jesus was God is antichrist. This means the church of today is antichrist since a belief in the Blood is no longer required by the mainstream churches. The church has, indeed, fallen away. Therefore this prophecy is fullfilled and there is no other prophecy standing in the way of the Rapture.

For those who insist it means a departure, the Rapture, before the antichrist is revealed, so be it. These believe there is no other prophecy standing in the way of the Rapture.

Both sides end up at the same point of agreement. Agape

My reply

Good to hear from you. I keep praying for you and wonder how you are when I don't hear. We are ok. Ed still goes to exercise at Cardiac Rehab.

Thanks for your input. I hadn't thought about it in exactly that light....Agape

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Re: Hopeful
I receive the Lord about 8 months ago, and for some reason was steered to your site and have been reading it every day. I thank you so much! I can't wait to meet you in the air. I so wish that it would happen soon! It is amazing what happens to you when you receive him as your savior. Your life will never be the same (as you know). My question is: Is there always consequences to your sins even when you ask for forgiveness, and if so, are they dealt to you while on earth? I also wonder what it is that I should be doing, what is my mission now that I am born again? I ask God to give me the answers, but have not gotten a clear one. Sometimes I think that my job is really insignificant in the scheme of things and wonder if I should quit and find something that helps others. But thanks again, I need your insight daily, and may God Bless You a Thousand Fold!

My reply

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, life can't be the same if we have really accepted Christ as our Lord and Saviour. The times I have attended crusades, I get teary-eyed thinking that those people have no idea how their lives will change. One college-age boy that came to our house to study with me back c.1969 said that he could go out to bars and do the same things he did before, but the difference was that he didn't have fun doing that any more. He enjoyed a whole new set of activities, including going to church and Bible study. All of a sudden, when you put Christ in command, doors open unexpectedly and others close. We should know that it is the finger of the Lord showing us where to walk. We should go through the open doors and leave the closed ones alone. Don't force your way in. It is closed for a reason. Our best interest is in the Lord's leading.

> > Is there always consequences to your sins even when you ask for forgiveness, and if so, are they dealt to you while on earth?

It is totally up to the Lord. Christians are punished here, because they are never going to be punished later. The quicker we confess our sin and get back in fellowship with the Lord, the less chastisement we will usually get. He is our Father, and he trains us up in the way in which we should go. He wants us to be responsible citizens with the right moral values. He wants us to be happy and well adjusted individuals, kind and loving, He wants us to make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. Life is not all a bed of roses. Some adversity makes us better for having faced up to it. We learn patience and develop other good qualities. II Peter 1:4-11 gives us a good list.

Another thing we need to know is that when we make a spiritual step upward, we are going to be tested to see if we will let it go or hang on tight. It doesn't last forever, and what seems like cursing will soon turn to blessing. The firmer our will, the quicker it will be over. They enemy will keep pestering if we waver, and go bother someone else if we are firm. They are not going to work where there is no hope of making you fall back, and the Lord would not allow it anyway. Testing is limited. We just have to hang on until it is over. Then the blessings come, our reward for withstanding the test.

> > what is my mission now

I don't know, just keep praying for the Lord to guide you and keep walking the Christian walk one step at a time. The Lord will show you. What makes it seem like we don't exactly know where we are going at times is because we aren't in the driver's seat. We will get where we are supposed to go anyway as long as we keep following his leading.

We find things in Scripture that we know we should do. One is to be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us. When we are ready, the Lord will bring the subject up in conversation in the most unexpected ways. We just have to silently say, "Thank you Lord, guide me," and let the conversation go where it will, just sharing what you have found.

It's 1:09 AM, gotta get some sleep. Agape and God Bless you too.

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Re: Just Encouragement, That's All. Hi Marilyn and Ed,
The only purpose of today's note to you is to encourage you, after all it is one of the Lord's Commandments of 1Thess 5.

In NO way am I being critical of any of the people who keep asking you basically the SAME questions over and over and over. They just can not see some things for reasons only the Lord must know. I talked to you about the falling away, departure, rapture over a year ago and we nailed that one down in two sentences, in agreement and never discussed it again. I am fascinated that this and other issues keep repeating themselves over and over and over.

I have thoroughly researched and prayed without ceasing over EVERY thing you have printed on the site, and I have no questions or opposition at all. So that is why I am writing, to encourage you to keep up the patience, you have much more than I have. That teaches me something also. Maybe that is why this is taking place. Agape

My reply

Thanks. I think that a lot of the same questions are just because different people tune in, each wanting to know the same thing and not realizing how many times we have been over this ground. Agape

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