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Posted 5-9-02

Bush agrees to neutralize Arafat; PM won't propose exile
By Aluf Benn
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=161125&contrassID=1&subContrassID=0&sbSubContrassID=0

...President George Bush has agreed that peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians must wait until internal reforms within the PA have brought about a governing body that "would be headed by a different person or different people" than the current leader, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

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Subject: Fw: Has not been seen since Birth of Y'shua and More!! Could this be His announcenment the beginnig of Daniel's 70th week?

I'm forwarding this without comment for your interest. (Astronomy is not my strong point ... being limited to the dippers and North star and the trick of using a convenient star to steer a compass course by - changing at 30 minute intervals) Anyway, the link at the end of the article looks excellent. Agape ----- Original Message ----- From: Michael John Rood Re: Has not been seen since Birth of Y'shua and More!! Could this be His announcenment the beginnig of Daniel's 70th week? From: "Jeff Politte" Bob Wadsworth's latest update on this entire phenomenon is posted now at www.atlbible.org/astronomy/02may.htm

Here is a copy of an interesting article from Harvard University regarding the rare planetary alignment that will be happening over the next few weeks: Caution--Planetary Traffic Jam Ahead!...(excerpts below)

My reply

> > ...Earlier, on May 5...The bright planets Mars, Saturn and Venus will group together to form a perfect equilateral triangle in the western sky. This dazzling configuration will be visible almost everywhere on Earth. In the Middle East, this pyramid-shaped specter will hang directly above Bethlehem.Oddly enough, more than 2,000 years ago, this same grouping of planets may have caught the attention of the Biblical Magi. On April 1, 2 B.C., the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus came together to form a perfect equilateral triangle over the city of Bethlehem...

The triangle will still be there awhile, but it won't be equilateral. Mars is the reddest, and Venus the whitest and brightest. That shows us which one of the three is Saturn. It's light is more cream colored.

Hanging directly above Bethlehem baffles me. What Israel sees is essentially what I see, and none of the planets are directly overhead. These 3 planets are on the ecliptic in Taurus. Farther up in the sky, Cepheus has his foot over Polaris, the pole star. Here are 2 pictures from "Your Sky." The 1st is the view from Jerusalem, at 31degrees, 46' 48" N. The 2nd is my view from the Los Angeles area, at 34 degrees, 3' 15" N. These views are almost alike. Your Sky's symbols for Venus (white), Mars (red) and Saturn (yellow) are so large that the triangle is obscured. They just look like they are stacked on top of each other. The planets are all much smaller in the sky than these symbols.

Nine heavenly bodies in our solar system are strung along the ecliptic here. From left to right, they are Jupiter, Venus/Mars/Saturn, Mercury, Sun, Moon, Uranus and Neptune.

> > On May 10, the planets Mars and Venus will appear to pass so close to one another that, to the naked eye, they will seem to become one bright heavenly object.

I isn't hard to imagine that after seeing these pictures.

> > In the Middle East, this pyramid-shaped specter will hang directly above Bethlehem.Oddly enough, more than 2,000 years ago, this same grouping of planets may have caught the attention of the Biblical Magi. On April 1, 2 B.C., the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus came together to form a perfect equilateral triangle over the city of Bethlehem

I can't see how this triangle could show the wise men where the Christ child was located. Surely, that "star" was something supernatural, much closer than the planets.

Dale Sides, info from Bob Wadsworth's web site:
> > Taurus, according to the star names in the constellation, is depicted as a bull, demonstrating the domination of the Lord in the Kingdom coming to the earth. What this shows us is fantastic. It is announcing the long awaited and prophesied retribution of God's wrath against the devil.This massing of planets includes Mars, Venus and Saturn, and they will converge in their closest proximity in Taurus on May 6. Mercury will closely flank the phenomenon so, in reality, four planets are involved in this event. To interpret this we also need to know that each planet has a character it represents: Venus-Jesus, the Bright and Morning Star; Mars-Michael, the Warrior Prince; Saturn-Satan, the Rebel, and Mercury-Gabriel, the Messenger to God's People. The closest triangulation will occur on May 6, but on May 10 Mars and Venus will actually touch in appearance from earth. This shows the closest possible working between Jesus and Michael (the Prince who fights for Israel). They will "tag-team" against Satan (Saturn) in Taurus, showing the end-time fulfillment and defeat of Satan in the coming age. Though it is doubtful that this is the exact timing of the fulfillment of Revelation 20:1-3, it is a close facsimile where Jesus will give the word to Michael and he will bind Satan for a 1,000-year period. This is a preview of "coming attractions."This is the grand finale of what has been announced for the past seven years.
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I'd hesitate to assign this meaning to the event. For one thing, Saturn is the Hebrew Shabbatai, very similar to Shabbat, the 7th day (Satur[n]day) Sabbath. It means rest and, according to Josephus, marks the 7th lamp in the candlestick: (1) Sun, (2) Mercury, (3) Venus, (4) Earth, (5) Mars, (6) Jupiter, and (7) Saturn. Saturn is well named rest. It is the slowest moving of all our planets.

What seems most significant to me is that the present lineup of the Sun and planets includes every heavenly body represented in the candlestick in the temple. If we look at the sky, then down to the horizon near Mercury at sundown, the Sun's glow and Earth are in our view too. Below is the view on May 18, Pentecost. If we include one of Gemini's stars, this view suggests a pretty good stairway to the stars, or stepping stones to Gemini. This constellation ties in with Eph 2:6. It says, "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. The Bride and Bridegroom are sitting on the ecliptic in Gemini.

Luke 21:25,28 says, "there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars (lit., constellations); and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring...And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

Song of Sol. 2:14 (KJV) says, "O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock (i.e., in Christ), in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely." The word "places" is not in the original. This is the secret of the stairs. The YLT has, "My dove, in clefts of the rock, In a secret place of THE ASCENT, Cause me to see thine appearance, Cause me to hear thy voice, For thy voice is sweet, and thy appearance comely."

> > Some Biblical astronomers believe that these celestial events, beginning with the massing of the planets under the heel of Ophiuchus in November of 1995 all the way through to May 2002's events, have been giving the previews of the Great Tribulation. If this is the case, it may show that the Great Tribulation is about to begin.

That seems reasonable.

> > Out of nowhere a comet has come. It was not predicted because no-one knew where it was or when it would come. To top off the massing of planets in Taurus, the comet (named by astronomers as Utsunomiya) will be in the head of Taurus ON THE SAME DAY AT THE SAME TIME. Talk about prophetic, present truth. This is God exclamation point at the end of the sentence.Even as amazing as the appearance of this comet is, another comet is in the heavens now too. Its name is Ikeya-Zhang. It will be positioned between the heel of Hercules and the head of Drago (Draco) on May 7, just as all the events in Taurus are unfolding simultaneously.

That makes this lineup even more interesting. Stay ready and keep watching. Agape

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Re: 2300 days
I hope this Pentecost is our day. I was wondering, though. Is there any other feast day to feast day that equals 2300 days? Like say Rosh Hashana to Pentecost? And including the 7 month time also? I don't know where to look that up but you must know.

Also, if this pope dies, its gotta be the sign. It takes a while to pick a new pope and IF the new one was the beast, we'd be gone before the world knows who it is. Heres hoping I'll see you soon! Up there.

My reply

If I remember right, 2300 days before the 2nd Advent (Apr. 6, 2008) was Dec. 19, 2001. That included the 7 months. If we are counting to the Day of God's Wrath, that has to be on the Feast of Trumpets, not Pentecost.

The time of Rev. 17 is right after the Rapture. V. 14 says, "they that are with him (the Lamb, Christ) are called, and chosen, and faithful." Right after the Rapture, the Beast "IS" in v. 10. He could be the one in power now, but head up the UN and UR as the Tribulation begins. The False Prophet is the one that has not yet come, "and when he cometh (i.e., after 3.5 years, or 1260 days), he must continue a short space" (17:10).

The 70th week of Dan. 9:27 is seven years. There are 7 seals to be broken. For a trial run, let's say that 1 seal is broken each year. That fits Rev. 6. The 4th seal is when the False Prophet becomes Satan possessed and comes to full power. Since the shortening seems to come between the breaking of the 6th and 7th seals on consecutive days, the length of the shortened Great Tribulation could be 2.5 years, instead of 3.5, making the shortened Tribulation 6 years long.

Going to http://www.calendarhome.com/cgi-shl/date2.pl to calculate the number of days between 2 dates, let's rough out the Tribulation using May 18, 2002 (Pentecost) for the Rapture and 360-day years.

The first half of the Tribulation is 3.5 years. If the Great Tribulation is 2.5 years, the first half of the Tribulation would be 1260 days, and the following shortened Great Tribulation would be 900 days (1260 - 360 = 900). May 18, 2002 (Pentecost) + 1260 days = Oct. 29, 2005 (Mid-Trib). Adding another 900 days (the shortened Great Trib) = Apr. 16, 2008 (Nisan 11, 5768).

That seems possible. I think Christ will return on Apr. 6, 2008 (Nisan 1, 5768). The Judgment of the Nations will follow. It could be 10 days later, on Apr. 16.

Let's see what happens on Pentecost. Both May 17 and 18 are Pentecost on my Hebrew calendar. If Michael Rood's time of Rosh haShannah Nisan is correct, we should include May 19 as a possibility.

Hope these figures are at least in the ballpark. Maranatha. Agape

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Re: quick question
God Bless you richly! I am not a 'scholar' but I follow along with much interest and anticipation. I had a thought while reading one of your e-mails. Where it says 'the days will be shortened' or no flesh would be saved.....could those days to be shortened, be taking place NOW, just before the rapture; ie....you suggest that Sept 2007, will be the SECOND coming of Jesus to the earth; if so, and we stay with a 7 year tribulation and a pre-trib rapture, then it would seem we are coming to mid-trib, being 2002 to 2007, leaving 5 years left, not 7.

Do the shortened days have to be during the trib?

So, if the 'shortened tribulation/days' are taking place NOW before the rapture, do we know how many days are to be shortened and, if so, can we count back to a date or a starting point, that would reach Sept 2007? Am I making any sense

My reply

> > Where it says 'the days will be shortened' or no flesh would be saved.....could those days to be shortened, be taking place NOW, just before the rapture...Do the shortened days have to be during the trib?

I think the days to be shortened are the last half of the Tribulation. Mt. 24:15 is Mid-Trib, when the temple is desecrated by the False Prophet. V. 21 mentions the "great tribulation." Then v. 22 says, "those days shall be shortened."

However, the shortening at the end affects the start date. Therefore, it has a lot to do with when the Rapture will take place.

> > you suggest that Sept 2007, will be the SECOND coming of Jesus to the earth; if so, and we stay with a 7 year tribulation and a pre-trib rapture, then it would seem we are coming to mid-trib, being 2002 to 2007, leaving 5 years left, not 7.

I think the 2nd Advent will be 7 months (Eze. 39:12,13) after the Day of God's Wrath. I feel sure that the Day of God's Wrath will be on the Feast of Trumpets, Tishri 1 (Joel 1:15; 2:1-3), and the Second Advent will be on the following Nisan 1 (Eze. 29:17,21), first day of the Jewish Regnal and Sacred Years. This Civil Year that startsTishri 1 must be a Jewish Leap Year with a 13th month for there to be 7 months between Tishri 1 and Nisan 1. The year 5768 (our 2007/2008) is a leap year. I think the Second Advent will be on Apr. 6, 2008, the anniversary of the Crucifixion on our calendar.

> > So, if the 'shortened tribulation/days' are taking place NOW before the rapture, do we know how many days are to be shortened and, if so, can we count back to a date or a starting point, that would reach Sept 2007?...Am I making any sense

Instead of counting from the Rapture "back," I think you mean forward to Sept. 2007. I'll send you a copy of another e-mail that I just answered. It has to do with counting days in the Tribulation.... God Bless, Agape

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Doves, rainbows and shooting stars.....little tokens to us that encourage us to LOOK UP! Sunday night I just had the thought to get up out of bed and go outside at 9:45 and look at the planets. We live in a rural area on the top of a butte and the sky is awesome! I walked out looked toward the west and immediately saw a shooting star that was so close that it had a green color to it and looked almost like a firework being lit off the hill. The timing was amazing to me! Thank you so much for introducing people to the significance of the heavens and lifting our spirits to a higher plane.

My reply

Thanks. I just went out and checked again--no stars showing. I'm glad I can find some pictures of the sky on the Web. This "marine layer" is so thick right now that it may be several more days before I can see the stars. Some mornings lately, we have had thick fog. I missed the equilateral triangle of Venus, Mars and Saturn. Agape

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Ok. I'm scratching my head again. I just watched a live broadcast this evening, Monday, 05-06-2002, of a regional program which featured a Jewish rabbi from the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, who was visiting our area. The same wonderful organization from where your picture of the silver trumpets at the Western Wall comes from. Anyway, he performed the official daily Counting of the Omer along with the Blessing, and he stated that today was the 40th day, 5 weeks and 5 days, into the counting of the Omer. Now, since this live airing was at about 9:00 p.m., I don't know if he was refering to the gentile day of the 6th of May from midnight to midnight, or if he was refering to the Jewish/Biblical day which goes from sunset to sunset, which would be the gentile May 5-6. Regardless, his counting does not appear to follow what you explained to me in your previous e-mail. This is all these rabbis study at the Temple Institute, so I have to assume they are aware of the Scripture in Leviticus. Any thoughts? G-d bless you.

PS: Correction. Toward the end of my e-mail yesterday, I meant to write questioning whether he was refering to the gentile or Jewish day. I should have written May 6/7 for the Jewish day.

My reply

> > I just watched a live broadcast this evening, Monday, 05-06-2002...he stated that today was the 40th day, 5 weeks and 5 days, into the counting of the Omer....this live airing was at about 9:00 p.m

In counting, I did not count by inclusive reckoning. By counting Nisan 17 as day #1, the 40th day fell on May 8. Counting by inclusive reckoning, the 40th day would be on May 7. Since the Rabbi stated this at 9 PM, the Jewish day of Iyar 25 (our May 6/7) was already 3 hours old. Your May 6/7 seems right.

Someone else said the Jews counted the Omer by inclusive reckoning, so that may be the correct way to count. This would make the 50th day on Sivan 6 (our May 16/17). Hope that's the Rapture. (Here is the sky on May 16 through 17.)

The Rabbi would have counted Nisan 16 (Feast of Firstfruits) as day #1. This fell on Friday. Therefore, he didn't start with the following Sunday as some do. Evidently, the Rabbi understands that the Feast of Firstfruits is a Sabbath, a day of rest, even when it falls on Friday. I agree. All feasts are Sabbaths. The "high sabbath" was Passover in 30 AD. It fell on Friday.

Joh 19:31 says, "The Jews therefore, because it [Thursday, the Crucifixion] was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day [Passover, Friday], (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away." Agape

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From: Rich Pope
Re: Isn't tomorrow the big day?
Isn't tomorrow the big "rapture" day some on your site are promoting? I'll be writing you on the 10th to let you know that it didn't happen as I predicted it wouldn't. Then maybe we can discuss you taking your website down because it promotes false hope. I know you want to keep it because you think it does some sort of good (like promote your books)...I know all the Christians out there are just praying to Jesus that the rapture WILL happen then to prove me and all the other skeptics wrong. But you know what? Your prayers will not be answered. I guarantee it. Rich

My reply

< < Isn't tomorrow the big "rapture" day some on your site are promoting?

If you mean incoming e-mail and my replies, we discuss all possibilities (Pentecost seems most likely to me), but have better sense than to predict anything. Until Moses and Elijah return, the world does not have anyone that is a true prophet of God.

Until the Rapture takes place, we are patiently waiting and watching as Yeshua commanded. He gave us the fig-tree parable so we would recognize the time in which we are now living. When Israel, God's fig tree (Joel 1:6,7; Hosea 9:10; Eze. 36:8; Jer. 24:5,6; Jer. 29:16,17) grew leaves (Gaza Strip, Sinai, West Bank and Golan Heights), we knew that the last generation of this age had just been born. (See Mt. 24:32-34; Mark 13:28,29; Luke 21:29-31).

In Mark 13:30, Yeshua said, "Verily (amen, i.e., this is important) I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done." They were fulfilled in the Six-Day War of 1967.

A generation is 40 years, as were Israel's wilderness wanderings. In Mt. 23:36, Yeshua told the Pharisees, "All these things shall come upon this generation." That was in 30 AD. Sure enough, forty years later, on Av 9 and 10 in 70 AD, Jerusalem and the temple were burned on the anniversary of the destruction of "Solomon's" Temple. Those things came upon the Pharisees 40 years later, fulfilling Eze. 4:6's forty-year iniquity of the house of Judah.

The spies Moses sent into the Promised Land entered the land early. Later, as the generation ended for the Israelites in the wilderness, they all went into their promised land, eretz Israel. These were types to show us that some will go into our promised land, Heaven, early. That is the Pre-70th-week-of Daniel-Rapture. By the end of Daniel's 70th week, ALL will have been called to our Promised Land. There are 144,000 Israelites, plus a great multitude that no man can number (Rev. 7), that will enter the heavenly Promised Land at the Pre-Wrath Rapture.

This 2nd Rapture will probably take place in 2007, 40 years after the Six-Day War of 1967. In Mark 13:37, Yeshua commanded, "AND WHAT I SAY UNTO YOU I SAY UNTO ALL, WATCH."

We are now seeing the preliminaries leading to the day when the peace covenant will be "confirmed" (Dan. 9:27). That news shows us how close we are to the 1st Rapture. We just have to wait patiently until Yeshua comes for his Bride, whenever it is. The time seems short now.

> > Then maybe we can discuss you taking your website down because it promotes false hope. I know you want to keep it because you think it does some sort of good (like promote your books).

Sorry, one of my web sites is paid a year in advance. Why? so people that get left behind in the 1st Rapture can read it and know that there is a 2nd Rapture. Does God give a 2nd chance? Of course, as long as we are alive, we all have a chance daily to accept Yeshua haMashiach.

As for promoting my books, that is not the primary reason for my web site. We have been through Bankruptcy already. My brother once asked me if I wrote my book for money. Truthfully, I told him "No." I write because of what the Lord communicated to me.

The reason I spend all my available time studying the Bible and writing, even now, is this. One evening at twilight, tired from typing all day on Ed's old portable college typewriter sitting on a rickety card table in the corner of the kitchen, I grabbed my closed Bible by the heel and threw myself down across the bed, saying to myself, "Why am I doing all this work? It will probably never be published anyway."

Suddenly, my face was just inches above my open Bible. How it opened had to be God's doings. I didn't do it--couldn't have. In the darkened room with no possible source of light, I saw a rectangle of light on Jer. 50:2. I read it over and over in awe. It said to publish and conceal not. I tell you, I've been hard at it ever since.

What were the steps that led me to that day? I accepted Yeshua and gave myself to Him 100%. I asked Him what he wanted me to do. Between that day and the day I told you about above, something else happened. God woke me up in the middle of the night. I was absolutely terrified. My heart was beating like a little bird trying to get out of my chest. I heard this masculine voice say, "Be still and know that I am God." I tell you, I didn't move at all until morning, but nothing else happened.

It was about another 20 years before I understood what happened that night. I was reading the Septuagint. Job 33:15 said, "when a dreadful alarm happens to fall upon men, in slumberings on the bed:) then opens he the understanding of men." The light dawned. So that's what that was all about. I had prayed to understand all the deep things in the Bible, and ever since that time, I have kept seeing more and more in Scripture as I study. The Lord is a good teacher. His indwelling Holy Spirit is in me, helping me to make connections that I probably wouldn't have seen all by myself.

Do you remember that when Elijah was to be raptured, Elias saw it happen? 2Ki 2:11 (Stone) says, "As they were walking and conversing, behold! -- a chariot of fire and horses of fire [appeared] and separated between the two of them, and Elijah ascended to Heaven in the whirlwind. Elisha was watching and shouting, "Father! Father! Israel's chariot and horsemen! And then he saw him no more."

I believe that others will see the upcoming Rapture happen. Psa. 40:1-3 (Stone) says, "I have greatly hoped for HASHEM; He inclined (lit., bent down) to me, and heard my cry. He raised me from the pit of raging waters, from the slimy mud (i.e., from Earth). He set my feet upon a rock (i.e., Heaven), firmly establishing my steps. He put a new song (sung after the Rapture in Rev. 5:9) in my mouth, a hymn to our God; MULTITUDES SHALL SEE AND BE AWED, AND THEY SHALL TRUST IN HASHEM."

I hope you will be among these. Elias got a double share of the Holy Spirit because he saw Elijah go up. I hope you do too. If you accept Yeshua then, you will probably be one of the 144,000 Israelites caught up just before God's wrath falls on Earth to stop Gog's army (Eze. 38) that will be attacking Israel that day. The asteroid of Rev. 8:8 will impact the Mediterranean Sea (Zeph. 2:3-5) that day and destroy all but 1/6th of Gog's forces. It will take Israel 7 months to bury the dead to cleanse the land for Yeshua's return (Eze. 39:12,13). Shalom and agape

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Re: evil spirit sent by God?
Please offer your commentary on the verses below. As I read, I could not help but think how this passage seems inconsistent with other scripture, (James 1:13) which implies that God merely allows temptation and evil but does not send it Himself.

I know that God's Word does not contradict itself and therefore it is my understanding that is faulty.

1st Samuel 16: 14-16, 23 (NASV) says:
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. Saul's servants then said to him, "Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you. "Let our lord now command your servants who are before you. Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well....So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him."

Thanks for your help and faithfulness to this ministry. Sincerely

My reply

Thanks for your kind words.

God is the omnipotent Soverign of the Universe. He can do whatever he wants. There is no higher authority to tell him what he can or can't do. We are fortunate that he is a good God. We couldn't do anything about it if he wasn't.

He does not tempt us, but he does create evil. In Isa 45:7, he said, "I form the light, and create darkness: I MAKE PEACE, AND CREATE EVIL: I the LORD do all these things." The word translated evil is "ra," bad, evil, adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, trouble."

When Israel came into the Promised Land, she was told in Deu 28:15, "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." Israel today still is under these curses. She has to learn her lesson the hard way, and it is her own fault. All she has to do to have peace is get right with God, but she keeps struggling to do it her way and in her own strength. Her way will not bring lasting peace. God's way will, but the curse of Zech. 5:1-4 and Rev. 8:8,10 will destroy civilization as we know it first.

As you well know, there is spiritual warfare going on for men's souls. Bob Thieme calls it the angelic conflict. > > 1st Samuel 16: 14-16, 23 (NASV) says, "Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.

The important thing to notice is that the Holy Spirit of God departed from Saul because of his sin. Saul was out of fellowship with God. This made it possible for a fallen angel/demon to terrorize him.

Where God dwells, demons can't. However, God has given the fallen angels the right during this age to indwell people that do not have the Holy Spirit of God residing in them. It seems that God created every angel individually. One third of them became evil angels, because, along with Satan, they rebelled against God. They are allowed to torment people that rebel against God.

Luke 11:24-26 helps us understand. It says, "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first."

God uses various means to bring his prophecies to pass. Since he is omniscient, when he knows that a person will not accept the Son of God, he can harden that person's heart to bring his prophecies to pass, as he hardened Pharaoh's heart at the time of the Exodus.

In 1Ki 22:19-22, we are told how God can work in a little different situation. It says, "Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a LYING SPIRIT in the mouth of all his prophets (i.e., false prophets). And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so." Among other things, this shows us that a lying spirit will be in the mouth of the last False Prophet.

Although God is free to tempt man, he assures us that he doesn't. We have to trust him not to tempt man. If he said it, it's settled, he won't. He has other ways to bring his wishes to pass.

James 1:13,15 explains, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."

In my own words, it seems that if an unbeliever is given enough rope, he will eventually hang himself. Our only chance to avoid this is to accept Christ and obey his commandments. And what are they all wrapped up in?

Mat 22:36-40 says, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

In 1Peter 4:8, Peter gave believers some great advice. He said, "above all things have fervent charity (agape love, God's kind of love) among yourselves: for charity (agape love) shall cover the multitude of sins." May God's agape love flow through us to others. Agape

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