Wednesday, April 27, 2011

7 churches of Revelation

Question Received:

What are the seven true religions or seven true churches?

My Answer:

In answering your question as you asked it, it seems to be an oxymoron that their would be seven true religions.
Only on religion or faith can be true. We state that Christianity, humanity's only hope, is in the life death burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Through the shedding of His blood and His death, Jesus Christ the only Son of God, paid the penalty of His believers as they broke the law of God. We know through experience and the Bible that all have sinned. The wrath of God intended for law breakers was poured out on Jesus Christ on the cross. We inherit, when turning to Jesus Christ for salvation, peace with God and eternal life. I plead for you, if you have not already to hear the Word of God, repent or turn from sin and towards Jesus Christ, and receive forgiveness of sins an, salvation and eternal life.

The seven churches were actual churches in the book of Revelation. Jesus Christ gave the Apostle John specific messages to seven churches around 90 A,D.
John 1:19-20 [ESV]
" 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches."

The lampstands are understood to hold the gospel fire of the the saving gospel that churches are to protect and share.
The angels might be angels. Angel means messenger. So the angels represented as stars might mean literal angels or the pastors of the churches that receive and give the message of the gospel.

In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 personalized messages are given to the seven churches. These messages are for the specific churches. The messages are also for benefit for all churches from then to now. Churches today can look at the commendation, criticism, instruction and promise that Jesus Christ gives to the seven churches and learn from these messages.

The seven churches are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

You can read the many lessons given to the churches in Revelation chapters 1 and 2.

The churches have a central message. Stay true to the life saving message of the gospel, stay strong and gospel focused, do not get side tracked by outside influences and do not forget or compromise the gospel. We need this messages in our churches today.

After the messages to the churches the book of Revelation focuses on the last days of the the world as we know it, the rapture, the tribulation, the return of Jesus Christ as he triumphs over evil, judgment of sinners and Satan and demons to eternal damnation, rewards believers for obedience, establishes a millennial kingdom and then the new Heaven and Earth is revealed. Some book!

It is essential that you examine your life and look at the ministry of Jesus Christ [God's perfect Son who paid for the penalty of your sins on the cross], pray to repent of your sins, receive His pardon and Peace with God and eternal life.
I pray that you have or will. If you are a believer it is essential you share your faith with family, friends and people you meet. As you read the book of Revelation you will see the end of days can come at any time. The Lord might delay His return for years also. But we know are days on Earth are numbered. Get ready. We will all meet the Lord either at the judgement of believers where Christ judges us righteous by his work on the cross and rewards us or at the sheep and goat judgement where the non believer in Christ is sentenced to the lake of fire.
Get yourself ready!

Monday, April 25, 2011

World's # 1 Problem answered

What is the world's #1 problem?
Global warming? World famine? World economics? War?
No.
The answer is FOOD POISONING=Personal Sin.
Now please read the rest.
How can I tie in the "Worlds #1 Problem" with Easter?
Because on Resurrection Day or Easter often a beautiful well rehearsed church program, or gospel presentation does not connect our problem THE BAD NEWS [we are sinners heading for God's Wrath]with the gospel THE GOOD NEWS [Jesus took on God's wrath on the cross that was intended for us and connected us to the Father and gives us eternal life].
You can not get the Good News unless you understand the bad news.
This Easter was the first in 17 years I have not preached in a worship service.
I planned to attend three "worship" services during the Easter season. None of the services, including an Easter Sunday morning service, included preaching [No I am not making this up]. Yes, these were all three different conservative evangelical churches. Two were Baptist and one was from another denomination. Biblically I do not know if worship actually occurred if their was no Word of God proclaimed. I decided to skip one of the three services when I found out their would be nothing but instrumental music.
Heard a lot of singing praising the Lord at the services, and that is great.
I heard a lot of Jesus is love. Non Christians agree that Jesus seemed to be a loving person. Non Christians always talk well of Jesus until it is stated He said He is God and "King of Kings and Lord of Lords". If we do not declare that in church where will we be able to declare it? Non Christians can be loving and do nice to terrific things for other people. We need a solution for sin and that solution is a Savior.
I heard a lot Jesus died-that is sad-but he came back to life again which is good.
But why? Are we aligning the right question with the right answer?
Their is a lot of controversy about Rob Bell and the Love Wins book about how this minister figured it all out after 2,000 years and the church is really just about being loving. None of the services mentioned referenced or were directly influenced by this book that I know of. No connection was made on why the gruesome murder of Jesus Christ happened, and the horrifying scandalous thought that God the Father was pleased to "crush" his own son.

Isaiah 53:10
"But the Lord was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand."

That "guilt offering" was made on behalf of you and me as our sin made it necessary for the LORD to crush his own Son to pay for our sins and to make it right with God. The wrath of God was inflicted on Jesus because of our sin. It was a propitiation -an appeasement - for God is Holy and we are not. We have to be made holy in the eyes of God.
Jesus did not die because of Romans, Jews or to be a social justice martyr.
Jesus died because of "Food Poisoning" as the fruit used in the garden infected Adam and Eve and us. This disease is inherited as the whole of humanity is damaged by sin.

Our sins are great -but do we confess it and preach it in our ministries? Is their teaching that their must be repentance of sins, AND then a profession that "Christ is Lord" to be made saved by God?


So how is the"The World's #1 Problem" avoided in church.

All three services declared the victory.
But what was the victory over?

Our victory is over our #1 problem is----FOOD POISONING!
A.K.A. our heinous sin.
Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in America with a huge media ministry says
in USA Weekend Easter Sunday 4/26/11
we are just missing the mark.
"I tell people, "You are created a masterpiece..' If you are missing the mark, that's what sin is. You are missing the best of what God offers you."
Missing the mark language comes from breaking down the Greek word for sin.
I do not see the use of bringing missing the target in archery as a definition for sin.
As in most subjects we try to avoid, God clearly defines sin in His word.

1 John 3:4 [ESV]
"Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness."

Lying, murder, rape and brutality-whoops- humanity is just not "missing the mark" humanity is breaking the bow and throwing it down in defiance." And if you think you are off the hook because "I am not like thoses people" you are wrong.

Jesus made it clear in the "Sermon On The Mount" [Matthew chs 5-7] that if we hate we are no better off than a murderer. If we think evil thoughts we practice the same sin as that of any sexually immoral person.
In Luke 18 Jesus asks the young ruler if he has obeyed the commandments when the ruler is asked about eternal life. This fine young man lied to Jesus. He said he had kept them all. He then violated the first commandment, having "no other gods before me, by refusing to forsake all and follow Jesus.

What is the Good News then.
We were fallen and can not get up. But we have a champion who makes us right with God His Father.
We are liars, thieves, murders and blasphemers-and can not stop it-or atone for it.
We have a Savior who atoned for our many sins.

Romans 5:8-10
" 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

The innocent Lamb of God took the punishment for all believers from Adam till His return. Have you heard the Good News repented and confessed Jesus as Lord?
Jesus paid for out sins in the most brutal and crushing way-and even more scandolous is this-as it pleased his Father-to see the perfect one-His only Son- crushed-we the liars, thieves, murderous blasphemers.
Jesus was not just a loving sympathetic man.

He was and is flesh and God.
The payment to please the wrath of God for violators-shatterers of the Law like us.
Now that's a Savior I'll die for.
Food poisoning-sin entered into the world with the first Adam-the last Adam Christ dealt with it.
1st Corinthians 15:45
"45So also it is written, "The A LIVING SOUL " The last Adam became a life-giving spirit."

Jesus Christ is the only solution to the world's #1 problem sin. His answeris His blood to make us right with God. His resurrection confirms and shows us the victory.
He did not come to be a life coach or a motivational figure-He came to save us from our sins. Matthew 20:28 [ESV] "28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
How is the Christian Church Universal, the light bearer of the gospel,so often missing this?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Statues of Jesus

Question Received: Is having a statue of Jesus wrong?

My Answer:

During the time of the Reformation in the 1500's Protestants, in their reaction to the excesses they saw in the Catholic church, removed most if not all art from church in places of worship. The Reformers saw abuse in how pictures and statues were used withe prayers, veneration and worship practices. Statues and icons are used to day in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and some Protestant churches. A scripture sited in support of removing art in worship is the second commandment-

Exodus 20:4-6 [ESV] 4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Statues of Jesus, or any likeness of God or any creature are of course not to be worshiped. Moses warned the people about making objects of worship or even an object representing the Lord who they had not seen.
Deuteronomy 4:15-18 [ESV] "Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, 16beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, 18the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth."

Many Protestant churches have a picture of Jesus in them. Yes, there are some people who see this as wrong. Almost every church that has printed Sunday School material has a picture of Jesus in it. We of course should not worship or be superstitious towards or pray to a piece of art.
Is having a statue of Jesus wrong. No. Is worshiping the work of art wrong? Yes.
Is thinking there is power or superstition associated with the art wrong? Yes.
If you think their is something more to art than art you would be wrong and in sin.
We worship the Creator and not a creation.
One caution. A picture or statue can slant thinking in making assumptions that are nor true. Leonardo Di Vinci made a portrait of John that has led many people to view him as feminine, and led further art of John to do like wise. Art celebrating the Lord is not wrong. We do not worship it. However, I would be very discerning of any art work that declares to depict something unknown like the physical appearance of our Lord.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baptism Is No Small Thing

Question Received:

I have put my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior, but have yet to be baptized. Can one still be baptized by a church and not want to be apart of it, if you do not agree doctrinally? Or does it mean you have to be a member there?



MY ANSWER:

Congratulations on your salvation experience in Jesus Christ. We believe that baptism is by immersion after a person is converted.

You are right not to take the awesomeness of Baptism lightly. We believe it is an ordinance of the church, not a sacrament.

A sacrament dispenses grace. An ordinance shows the significance of what Jesus Christ has done. Yes, baptism shows what has happened in the washing away of your sins by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross for atonement of our sins. Yes, Baptism shows membership in the universal and usually the local church. Yes, baptism shows death to self and sin in the grave of water by immersion. There is even more.

The sinless Jesus Christ was baptized as he started his public ministry as you can read below in Acts 3. You should follow Him. His baptism "fulfills righteousness" and marked the beginning of His public ministry. All Christians have a public ministry whether it is as a lay person or clergy. The local church body you fellowship with is VERY important. You need to be apart of one.



Matthew 3:13-17 [ESV] 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 15But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. 16And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."



The following Scripture in Romans shows why we sinners when converted are baptized. Baptismal belief and practice is one of the most divisive subjects in the universal church. Are you willing to agree with baptismal beliefs you do not agree with? Do you understand when you find a local church to fellowship with you might have to be baptized again due to the doctrine of those who baptized you?



Romans 6:3-4 [ESV] "3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life."



Many churches teach baptism also as your entrance in the church. Your salvation is your entrance into the universal church. Baptism is the entrance into most local fellowships. Most churches usually allows transfer to other like minded congregations. Remember baptism is understood differently by different churches and denominations. Some churches and denominations do not even believe in the act of physical baptising as they spiritualize the significance of baptism..



In the below passage from Acts 8 the Ethiopian Eunich hears the word, is converted and baptised. The Eunich then departs back to Ethiopia and Phillip leaves him. The Eunich we assume took the gospel back to Ethiopia which had no New Testament church. Spontanious baptism was great in that situation. No church New Testament church was yet in Ethiopia.



Acts 8:34-39 [ESV]34And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?" 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?" 38And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing."



If you live in America you should be able to find a church you are in agreement enough to join. Baptism, along with salvation, evangelism, missions, spiritual gifts and church government, and end times belifs are things you will find are no small things in the life of a church. I would want to be baptised by believers who were like minded and in whose local ministry I would want to minister. Some times spontanious baptisms are called for. In most cases in America I would say a time of learning is the wisest choice to prepare for baptism. Do not delay your search. Know why and into what belief you are being baptised and by who.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Satanic Lies and Perseverance [A.K.A. Eternal Security]

Question Received:
I asked Satan to come into my soul a while back because I was angry at God (long story). Later on I turned back to Jesus and became a Christian again. However, Satanists say once you dedicate yourself to Satan, or invite him in your life, there's no turning back. Is that true?

MYANSWER:
Satan is a liar and is not an enabler of power to people but a deluder of their minds. He has no need to do favors for his so called followers. They are doomed unless they get saved. Satan wants to destroy all of humanity.

Jesus says this about Satan-

John 10:10 [ESV]"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

The Devil or Satan is a liar so his followers deal in lies. As Jesus further states about the Devil-

John 8:44 [ESV]"You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies."

About the fact that Jesus Christ keeps believers in a state of salvation Jesus said-

John 10:28 [ESV]"28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand."

Know you are a sinner, repent and confess Jesus is Lord. No liar in Hell can keep you from His salvation.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Humility Eludes The Lost

Question received:
Thank you for your quick response. I did read the information you provided me on your page about the rich young ruler. I guess the gist of my question was: why did the rich young ruler have to give up his wealth after he was already convinced that he was a sinner? Thanks!


My Answer:

The ruler, who through tradition Christians have called the "Rich Young Ruler" was not convicted of sin. Jesus lovingly challenged him. When Jesus asked the ruler "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone." This what is called a Socratic question. A question is answered with a question so the inquirer will answer his own question correctly. The right answer, of course is Jesus is good because He is God in the flesh. I imagine, from reading all of Luke 18 that the ruler was a young man of influence. He must have had wealth, reputation and power. He was the best of the best of people of that community. The ruler was not good enough to receive eternal life with out the Savior One thing the ruler did not have was the understanding that he was a sinner. Jesus asked the ruler if he had kept the commandments concerning adultery, murder, theft, bearing false witness and honoring our parents. The fine "Rich Young Ruler", the best man I feel that society had to offer, lied to Jesus. The ruler did not understand, as Jesus taught in the Sermon On The Mount, that if you broke these commandments in your mind and heart, then you are as guilty of violating this commandments if as one who has physically carried out their sin. The ruler did not think he was a sinner. He wanted eternal life. The ruler never mentioned he wanted to repent of his sins. The historic doctrine of original sin says we are all sinners and were bore sinners. The doctrine of original sin does not say we all sinned as much as we could or as much as others. We were born into sin and need a Savior.
Luke 18:18-23 [ESV]18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these I have kept from my youth." 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.

Jesus actually had asked the ruler the commandments concerning people relating to people. When Jesus Christ asked the ruler to sell all and give to the poor, he was not giving all a command to chuck all material wealth. Jesus asked the ruler to distribute his wealth to the poor to show the ruler he was breaking even the first two commandments dealing with placing other gods before the Lord, and that the rulers wealth and position was his idol. The rulers wealth and position was his idol and center of worship. Jesus was showing the ruler, and us, that we have all broken all the commandments. Galatians 3:24 tells us the commandments are a tutor or school master to lead us to Christ. We can only receive eternal life because of the atoning work of jesus Christ on the cross when he atoned for our sin.

The First Two of The Ten Commandments Exodus 20:1-6 [ESV]

1 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 "You shall have no other gods before me. 4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.



In Luke 18 the ruler does come into the kingdom of Jesus Christ. The ruler does not confess or repent of his sin. This rich man does not receive the priceless yet free grace of Jesus Christ. Jesus did not run him down or beg him to "sign up". I heard an old revivalist said the modern church would have welcomed the ruler and made him a trustee or head deacon. Would churches today take this man in looking to a big tithe, rather than evidence of a changed life.

The Apostles were even amazed by this. Jesus said it was difficult to be saved, especially the rich. This is where, Luke 18:23, Jesus said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into the kingdom. It is not hard, it is impossible for any of us sinners to get saved by any other way but by the grace of Jesus Christ. We humble ourselves in repentance and accept the free gift, rich and poor alike. The ruler would have to humble himself before the Lord as all subjects of His kingdom must do.

Luke 18 [ESV] 24 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, "How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." 26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" 27 But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." 28 And Peter said, "See, we have left our homes and followed you." 29 And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life."

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Bodies now in Heaven and Hell?

Question Received:
Do we have a spirit or spiritual or resurrection bodies in Heaven. How can a spirit be thirsty like the rich man in Luke 16? Does a person in hell have a spiritual body? When do we get these resurrection bodies?




My Answer:
To answer the question we have to look at Scripture. In this passage below the poor man was immediately carried to Abraham's side,or bosom. This is the place of God, or what we refer to as Heaven. The rich man died and went to Hades. The question often asked is this passage a parable or a true story? This passage is in a chapter that has parables but this account is not stated a s a parable. The rich man was in anguish and did thirst. To my knowledge their is no description of what type of spiritual body one has after ascending into Heaven or Hades. So we have a man in agony in Hades. We have a a man at Abraham's side being comforted. Feelings are felt with sensations both good and bad as the passage tells us. The full description of the spiritual believer both saved and unsaved is a mystery and can only be speculated on. It is a mystery and we do not need to build a doctrine with so few biblical facts known. But here we do see a spirit being thirsting. We get an account of people going to Heaven with no description of any change. We know that Jesus said he was going to prepare a place for us [John 14:2,3] -so their will be a new Heaven and Earth [Revelation 21:1]. Our Resurrection bodies will come after the return of Christ for believers first [Rev. 20:5-6] and then for the lost [Rev. 20:13-15].

To summarize your questions from scripture-
1) When a Christian dies do believers get a temporary spiritual body or are they only spirit?
We do have a spiritual body as described briefly in this passage.
2) Does a person in Hell have a body? Can it be thirsty or in agony?
A spiritual body until Revelation 20:13-15 occurs. Yes they are thirsty and in agony..
3) Will we all, saved and unsaved, one day get new resurrection bodies?
Our resurrection bodies will be given in the return of Christ in Revelation in the future as described in Revelation 20.
Luke 16:19-31 (English Standard Version)

The Rich Man and Lazarus
Luke:16:19-31
19"There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried,23and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.' 25But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.' 27And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' 29But Abraham said, 'They have) Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.' 30And he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' 31He said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets,) neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'"

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Troubling Verse-My,God, My God Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Question Received: Well, My question is why Specifically this language mentioned in Mathew 27:46 and translated rather than rest of the saying this language is not mentioned in theBible?

MY Answer: Jesus Christ's agony on the cross is understood in your stated Scripture. Matthew 27:46 [ESV] "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" This language that is stated in this Bible verse is Aramaic. Jesus in His agony is crying out in the every day tongue of His people. Scholars say the first two words are Aramaic or Hebrew with the rest being Aramaic. This can be a troubling verse as it seems Jesus is totally defeated.

Jesus, the Word of God as stated in John 1, seems totally beat down physically, mentally and spiritually. The Word was actually quoting the Word he authored from Psalm 22:1 which says "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?" Psalm 22 goes further into the depths of agony that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross. The Psalm ends in a rousing and complete account of God's complete and total victory accomplished by His son Jesus Christ on the cross as He atoned for the sins of God's people.

Jesus Christ, The Word, took comfort from the prophetic Word He authored in the time of David, hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was incarnated in Bethlehem. Jesus Christ showed His deity and oneness with God. Jesus Christ the man looked to the Word He authored to grab at inspiration and strength at His most crucial time of life. This should inspire us to do the same. Jesus as the God man is declaring victory where defeat seemed sure. Some people at the cross thought He was calling on the prophet Eli. Jesus was in full unrestrained agony looking to the Word. He assured and declared that this horrible path He traveled led to ultimate victory of God for our gain over sin, death, hell and the grave.

A Question On Seeing Christ In The Flesh Today

QUESTION RECEIVED:
Concerning Kenneth Hagin I want to know! Since Christ Himself said: then if anyone says to you, look, here is the Christ! Or there! Do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Matthew 24:23-25.... How then, should any of his former numerous claims of seeing Jesus be believed by many people. Apart from that, many have claimed to have seen Jesus. Is Kenneth Hagin then a true prophet or a false prophet!


MY ANSWER:
Matthew 24:23-25 [ESV] "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it. 24For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you beforehand."

This passage deals with Christ's return in the last days in a physical appearance. This passage is in the middle of a prophetic passage that describes the timing and circumstances of the physical return of Christ to Earth in the last days.

Concerning Kenneth Haigin- I do not know about and can not vouch for his claims of seeing Jesus Christ in the flesh. With any claim of seeing the actual physical body of Jesus Christ in the flesh, betwen His Ascension and return, we must ask it the claim lines up with any Bible passages? The Apostle Paul heard from the Lord after the Ascension. He is referred to as an apostle not a prophet. Their are no prophets today who hear the actual word of God spoken to them personally. We have the prophetic word of God in full. A man might be viewed as a prophet as he speaks the word of God. Man is not given prophetic utterance- direct word for word quotations- from God today.

The Apostle Paul heard from Christ in Acts 9. Christ contacted Paul from Heaven not in a physical bodily appearance. Paul heard the voice and was then blinded by light.

When testing any one's claim to see Christ it must be countered with scripture. If any extra biblical [new information not previously taught in Scripture] information is given about Christ you can be sure that it is a false claim.