Posts Tagged ‘holy’

Separation by Sex

The Lord Jesus Christ commanded that those follow Him must separate themselves completely from the world. The more a Christian learns to obey God’s word, the more separated from the world he becomes.

It is interesting to note, that God explains the requirements of true repentance, before the Messiah will come back to save those in Jerusalem. The final requirement is that the Jewish people separate by sex. Each extended family will meet together, but the women will meet separately. This same command extends to war, purification, and divine service. As the apostle Paul said, the best work for God is done by those who are single, and not encumbered with pleasing their spouse. A single person really should not try to become married. God has a special plan for those that are single, that he cannot give to those that are married.

When it comes to true repentance, we have to step away from our marriage is to truly accomplish it. For it to be real, it cannot be coed.

It is a very interesting thing to watch; when a woman enters a room with there is only men. That lone woman becomes the center of every individual man’s attention. It does not matter what the men were doing before she entered. They might’ve been praying, pouring out their hearts to God, or intently studying Scripture, but a woman enters the room, and every man becomes distracted. They cannot focus on what they’re doing anymore; their concern goes out to the woman.

In order for men to focus, they cannot have a woman present. They can have other men present, but they cannot have any females present. The same follows when men repent, they cannot be around even a single woman. They must be around other men. Not being a woman, I suspect the opposite is true as well. Women cannot truly be themselves, and be honest, unless they are with those of their same sex and family.

It used to be unheard of, in any Christian church that the men and women would sit together. Men would sit on their side, or in front, and the women on their side or in back. Children sit with the womenfolk, but as they mature, the boys would move to sit with the men. It is often very interesting to notice that in churches today, once the romantic intrigue ends up dating and courting, this seems to naturally happen. The wives go off by themselves in the nursery, and spend the church hour socializing with other women and children. Whoever is in charge of keeping order in the church, knows that they must visit the nursery and kick out as many women as possible. Even the teenage girls like to hang out there, unless they are trying to catch the eye of some stupid fellow.

Jesus warned us that we must separate ourselves from the world, forcing racial integration, imposing coed living, and worshiping in a coed environment, has done much to break down both the appeal and effect of our churches today. We may not be able to change the status quo, and we may feel like we are stuck with a coed lifestyle, but if we dared to be different, and dared to be holy, maybe we would find out that God’s way is actually better! Of course it always is!

From Zechariah 12.

Lucifer Darkness

Our devotions have brought us to Isaiah 14:12 again. What an amazing verse.

A deep look at the Hebrew words causes the meaning to be a bit different than the English rendering implies.

First of all, Lucifer is a Latin term, and it was superimposed upon the text from Latin translations.

Second, Lucifer is simply “bright” or “shiny.” This means that he is not made of skin, as we are, but a different being with a shiny appearance instead of dull.

Third, the word for Lucifer is tightly tied to mourning. Meetings with this personage bring mourning in its wake. It is the opposite of an inspiring figure, it is the infamous and degrading figure.

Fourth, “Son of the morning” is a very poor rendering and translation. He is the Son of the predawn. This is quite different from the dawn or the early morning. It is the coldest, most miserable, and darkest time before dawning. But this is the one concept that brings hope. With Satan in the King of Babylon, the world can know that there will be a bright morning soon. It is the Darkest of the Dark Age and soon light and warmth will come and the darkness, cold, and suffering will be over.

The only reason Satan can be an “angel of light” is because it is so dark, he can make a shiney appearance. In the light, he is nothing. In the dark, he almost can be noticed. Christ in contrast, shines light throught the realm when He is present, and scatters darkness. Satan needs darkness to be noticeable. In the light, he is just another creature.

Joseph Scriven story

Well, we have worked on this story for several years, and finally got an edition finished and on the website! Joseph Scriven was an obscure man, but what a testimony he left behind! Because he was willing to stay in his small corner, seeking to exemplify an unselfish and holy life, quietly performing important feats of help to the poor and widows, he left a lasting impression on not only the farming community where he lived, but in the legacy of that private poem for his mother known as “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Almost every week this hymn is requested by those that attend our little chapels, and now the folks have the story to go with it.

We hope this story will help our brethren in Christ! The links are:

Joseph Scriven life story

What a Friend We Have in Jesus hymn story

God’s Clearing of the Earth

Isaiah 24:1 talks about how God is going to clear off the earth on His Day! The terms have been translated in the terms of one who loves the world, the buildings, the people, the temples, the immoral artwork, the general glitter and glamour of amusements and entertainments.

But there is a holy and pure view of such things and the way things are today cannot be left with a pure and holy society. They must go! The filth and immorality of mankind have polluted the earth, the ground, the waters, the seas, and the atmosphere. The skies are filled with useless debris that governments and mega-businesses use in all kinds of evil snooping and entertaining.

So, God announces that He is going to empty things out! He is simply going to clear away the detritus and pollution so that there will be a fresh and clean earth on which to build a proper way of life.

The first action word of “laid waste” is actually to empty something out. It is to take the contents of something and dispose of it, or pour it away. It is similar to taking some kind of awful drink and flushing it down the toilet. It is the purging of the earth of everything so that it is fresh and clean and ready for use.

The next action is that of making it “waste” or open. It is the removal of all the clutter that abounds on the earth so that it is open and cleared of junk. It is speaking of the removal of the buildings and contents as well as the huge expanses of buildings and clutter that mankind puts on the earth and covers the land. We make the best of soils useless by covering it up and hiding it under monstrosities. The land needs a complete clearing by God so that mankind can begin to live as He desires in an uncluttered, calm, quiet and holy atmosphere, free of immorality, temptations of every type and endless attempts at programming and brainwashing that goes on all the time in a city.

The next action is to twist the surface and distort it so that it does not have the old landmarks and buried filth of this world. The earth had one huge upheaval in Noah’s day that turned the earth upside down and crushed almost all evidence of the world before the Flood of Noah. God will do this again, removing the foundations that have been dug and uprooting the diggings and underground systems that exist. God will in essence plow up the world and plow under the cities so that they are no longer around to be found.

Then the last action will be to scatter away the people that lived in an area. The worst thing that could be done is to allow a civilization to rebuild. Evil kingdoms of the past have been destroyed for the good of all mankind. Usually their own depravity brings on plagues and a lack of an ability to withstand attacks of all kinds. This leaves them susceptible to destruction, but the ruins entice stupid people to try to rebuild the old gross societies and once again establish that which God destroyed. God will not only turn the land upside down and inside out, but He will drive the few survivors away from the area, so they have to become established in a new areas, without the cohesion and support that mankind tends toward from the times of Cain and then the Tower of Babel.

So it is not so much that God is going to destroy everything, but the words indicate He is going to open things up and clear away the junk that we are surrounded with everywhere! Sure, if you love the filth of this world, you would call it ruined and lost, but if you love God and want the best for mankind, you will call it opened up and cleared away! You will call it fresh and clean. You will call it a new heaven and a new earth!

See the verse and the subjects, words and place in the timeline at Isaiah 24:1 in the Prophecy Guide.

Automatic Moral Growth

Revelation 22:11 puzzles some people, but it is really very simple in the Greek and other languages. The point is that people are not morally static in their development. A person’s character develops one way or another all the time. We have the ability to shape our souls to either be holy, righteous, honorable, pure, clean, etc. or to shape ourselves more and more in dishonesty, harmfulness, evil, filthiness, morbidness, sadness, etc.

We do not stay at one level and freeze ever! We are always moving toward the image of God-likeness (godliness) or away from God (eternal damnation).

Our souls are always moving, they do not sit still. A person that lies, starts out with little lies, and if let to get away with it as a child, grows to an adult that is a chronic liar and frankly cannot tell the truth. Only God can break such a trend, but it is with much effort that it gets changed. Otherwise the person will grow in impudence to the point he becomes a monster.

This is frankly the major reason God shortened man’s life from the 1000 years He first gave to just a 10th of that. A millennia of developing corruption is simply too much.  The path of our life is set early on in life, and very little changes after that.

Hence the old proverb to train children in the way they should go, and they will be the same when they are older. Training is not easy, and is harder than parents think. Training is a consistent lifestyle day in and day out. It is a disciplined life. An undisciplined child will be even more undisciplined in adulthood. It is just a fact of life.

But there is good news. A person that applies themselves to being holy, when young, will grow in holiness throughout their lives. As they mature, they will be more holy. As they age, they will be even more holy.

So what about the people that were “holy” in adulthood, but are perverse in old age? I would say they were corrupt in adulthood and only had the airs of holiness, but inwardly they were quite sinful. As they aged they lost the ability to hide their true condition, and the real inner person shows. They lived a life of shameful degradation, and not true holiness.

So, in Revelation, the warning is given as to why there is a Heaven and Hell. People increase in the moral condition they choose. A wicked person continues to become more wicked even after death. There is only one place such a soul can go. They cannot be in heaven, because such growth cannot be tolerated. They must be placed in hell, and isolated and uncomfortable so they cannot harm others. They must have their bodies removed, so they cannot harm themselves. They must be suspended forever in torment, to control the development of the prison they have locked themselves into for eternity.

A person that is holy, pure, totally observant to the laws of God and His Word, are those that will grow that way forever. They will continue to devote themselves to the study of Scripture and the carrying out of God’s instructions. They will be useful servants to God for eternity. God thus rewards them for their pure lifestyle and has great benefits for them.

The world’s society is so harmful to holiness, it is amazing God does not strike us all down now. The word used is Unjust for the first horrible condition. This is a person that literally rejects the law of God and goes their own way. Such a person is harmful, hurtful, wrong, and committed to being unholy. The Old Testament as well as the New Testament explain what it means to be clean before God. There is a certain type of clothing and clothing style that will be worn. There are only certain foods that will be eaten and all others prohibited. There are daily devotions and prayer times that will be observed unconditionally. There are all kinds of things to learn to do and be, but they cannot get started, if we are “unjust.”

For a case in point. Women of the world want to dress like men, go where men go, do what men do, and act like men act. They were created to be beautiful and supportive creatures, not calloused, single, man-acting, man-hating beings. Men wear pants, so women insist on purging all dresses and wearing the blue jeans men wear, but as tightly as possible. That is something they can change. Women cannot normally have beards, so they insist that men shave so they have woman like faces. Men are to have short hair, so women cut their hair short so they can be free of their beautiful hair which was to serve as a covering for them. On it goes, and there seems to be no end. The result is a whole bunch of orphans roaming the streets, not being raised by anyone, and so destroyed in mind and body by adulthood, they cannot hold a job to support their lifestyles. They expect society to provide their wants and wishes.

The cycle keeps doing downhill every year as corruption increases. It gets so bad that God has to step in and completely destroy whole cities and regions to halt the evil.

We must make the right choice each day and hour! Not doing so harms our future and ourselves!

Drinking Nazir and Silent Preachers!

God chose out the most elite among the young mature men of Israel to be nazir and prophets. Nazir were those who made a vow to God and could not let anything get in the way of fulfilling their vow, not even stopping for a fruit drink, or cutting their hair. They were to be steadfast in reaching their goal and then returning to the Temple to be purified and released from the vow.

Paul became nazir to obey God and go to Jerusalem again, probably for a feast day. Even though he was an apostle to the Gentiles, and hundreds of miles away, he made a vow to return and make a required feast. Others served God in this way, always seeking to obey God and vowing to perform His duty in some fashion.

Prophets, or better known today as Preachers, were also sent by God with a message to Israel, and told to make sure the Israelites heard. Often the best way to do that was to get up at one of the great feasts and repeat the message to the crowds that gathered at the Temple to sacrifice and listen to speeches.

The normal Jewish reaction was to make those that were nazir drink some kind of fruit drink, knowing that such violated their vow to God. In other words, they did not consider such zealous obedience to God as deserving respect. They belittled it and forcibly sought to undo the vow by disqualifying the person under obligation by a vow given by God.

Regarding the prophets, they would command they not speak for God, and that they just be quiet. Those that persisted were executed. Often God’s spokesman was just one against a thousand that spoke what people wanted to hear, and completely opposite what God wanted said.

God is going to put Israel through another holocaust because they refuse to follow His Word or His spokesmen. They completely reject His Son, Jesus, the Messiah.

The problem is, God focuses on Israel and their problems, and the reason He will continue to pummel them till they get things right. Where does that put the Gentiles? If God is really angry at what the Jewish people do to the men of God, what will He do with the Gentiles that are even worse when it comes to holy people?

The holy men of God today are either without work, in prison, or dead. They are not allowed to speak openly about the things God says. America was the last place on earth where Baptists fought to have a right to speak openly about God’s word, have the children of America taught God’s word and prayer and to freely worship God without restrictions. These hard fought for measures have been cancelled in the United States so that it can be like all other nations, the majority of which kill Christians in mass killings after using them as slaves of the state to perform inhuman work in deadly conditions.

Meanwhile, clowns and entertainers have taken over the function of holy men, saying only things that fill the coffers of self-serving luxury and immoral depravity. They have taken the holy atmosphere of solemn worship and hymn singing done in the homes of the devout and built huge warehouses for the seduction of humanity, and the extracting of wealth from even those that have nothing. They make promises that never are fulfilled and become apt at lulling a nation into a stupor as it falls into disaster and under God’s curse.

Which crowd do you support and identify with today? Is it the broad way to your own eternal destruction and punishment or the one that is only for the persecuted but heavenly focused individual?

These thoughts come from Amos 2:12

Elite Young Male Preachers

Again, we have the wording that points to the prophets (preachers) and nazarite (holy men) of Israel that God appointed as being the best there could be chosen. They were the elite, mature, well-rounded young men of Israel that where chosen to be spokesmen for God.

Why is it that every Gentile idiot and worthless bastard thinks they are God’s spokesmen today? Even women and children think they can speak for God. The fact is that only the very elite and respectable can be God’s chosen men for the job and it takes very little to become disqualified. One wayward child in the family and the pastor is sidelined. One misstep in reputation (whether earned or not) means automatic dismissal. God’s man has to be completely above reproach in all areas of his life at all times.

Ahab and Jezebel liked to pick the worthless vagrants to be priests for Baal, because they make great “spiritual” men. People like them, they have access to everything they want that is evil and it is all condoned as being “spiritual.”

Frankly such people as leaders makes a mockery of God and holy living. People love the drunkard as a leader because they are clowns and permit any kind of evil vice thinkable. But!!! God never chose them nor are they of the elite among young mature males.

What makes the situation even worse is these scoundrels are the ones that have honored positions in the seminaries that train the worthless among society to be church leaders! When was the last time you met a truly holy person who worked as a professor of theology, Bible, pastoral ministries, counseling, or anything else? Get to know them and they are the most worldly among men. Follow their lifestyle when away from home and one would wonder how such a person (women are wrongfully honored there too) could claim to be a Christian, let alone a spiritual leader.

It seems every vicious murder in prison believes they are called to be evangelists and pastors simply because they were not executed for their crimes! If they get out, they often become well-honored in religious circles! So very sad.

If we allow the church to get away with having known criminals, pedophiles, pornographers, alcohol users, and immoral and even female leaders, how do we expect to have anything less as politicians? People want entertainers and not holy people who confront their tastes for evil. They choose churches based on how they feel when there, and they choose officials based on how the candidate makes them feel. Stores are chosen, not because of quality, but because of quantity and glitz.

Take a look at the Prophecy Guide to see what God says about how His representatives are chosen: Amos 2:11 in the Prophecy Guide.