The man in the white Robe you saw in your dreams
This man in the white robe wants you to know that He loves you with a love you can barely understand or comprehend.
This man knows everything about you. He knows your fears and He knows your pain and disappointments in this life. He knows everything about your life from beginning to end, and there is nothing He does does not know about you and your family. You may already suspect who He is, but know nothing about Him. The man in the white robe is Yeshua Jesus Christ the Son of God. He came out of love for He is love, the creator of all things and He obeyed His Father God to come to earth in the form of man for one purpose; to die on the cross and shed His blood for your sins and rise again from the dead. He requires faith that you simply believe that He is the Son of God and repent of your sins and be saved.
This man you saw in the white robe is the everlasting, only begotten Son of the living God who was, and IS and is to come again.
His name is Jesus and is the Prince of Peace, He is the Lilly of the Valley, the bright and morning Star. He is the Savior and King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He is eternal glory and will rule for ever and ever in the New Heaven and New Earth and New Jerusalem coming down from heaven above. He wants you and your loved ones to spend eternity with Him and Millions of other believers from every race, tribe and tongue who have received Him as Lord. This man in the white robe appeared to you because He knows your circumstances, how you have been taught lies from others and how dangerous it is to let others know you follow Him. He came to you because men cannot and are blocked by laws and rules and governments to share the gospel truth with you. He came to you because He is the bread of life and with the water He gives you, you will never thirst again. Inside you will find peace and happiness though the world outside is a cruel and evil place. He will never leave you, nor forsake you and His Spirit will live in you forever.
The Easter season is a celebration of Jesus resurrection and your guarantee of eternal life if you believe in him with all your heart. This man in the white robe is The Way, The Truth and The Life and no man can come to the Father except through Him.
If you believe that Jesus is Lord and Gods Son and believe God raised Him from the dead and confess it with your mouth, you will be saved.
This man in the white robe says “come learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light” All you who are burdened and heavy ladened come to me and I will give you rest and you shall find peace for your souls” Then be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as soon as you can. The man in the white robe named Yeshua Jesus Christ loves you so much that He willingly laid down His life for you to pay for your sins and then arose from the dead to live for evermore and so will you as you repent and confess Him as Lord and live for Him. He is the resurrection and the life!
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The man in the white Robe you saw in your dreams
“I will give wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below”
The prophet Joel made some remarkable statements as he prophesied what the Lord gave him and then hundreds of years later the very exact same prophesy was repeated in the book of Acts in the New Testament (new covenant). Here is the prophesy in Acts 2:17-21: “And it shall be in the last days, says God that I will pour out My Ruach (Spirit) on all flesh. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even on my My slaves, male and female, I will pour out My Ruach (Spirit) in those days, and they will prophesy. And I will give wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth beneath, blood, and fire, and smoky vapor. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious Day of Adonai (Lord) comes. And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of Adonai (The Lord) will be saved.”
The apostle Peter spoke to the Shavuot (Pentecost) crowd of Judeans and all those who were staying in Jerusalem who were devout men from every nation under heaven. They were all amazed because and perplexed because they were speaking in tongues and they were hearing it in their own language. Peter said these men are not drunk as they supposed, but this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel.
Today in the fall of 2013, this gift of the Holy Spirit is available for even you, yes, you. Later on in Acts 2:38-39, the gift of Ruach ha-Kodesh (The Holy Spirit) comes when you ask for it. When you repent (turn away) of you sins and give your whole heart to Messiah Yeshua for the removal of your sins and become baptized the promise will happen if you believe it. For in the 39th verse it says: “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far away, as many as the Adonai (Lord) our God call to Himself. Peter said “save yourself from this twisted generation.” Just like today we live in a twisted generation as there is nothing new under the sun. So those who received his message were immersed. Jesus said take this cup and drink “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (Matthew 26;28). Jesus paid it all for us and His blood alone covers our sins. Church or baptism or works nor anything but Yeshua’s (Jesus) blood washes away your sins. You connect to God through His Spirit when you are saved. Forgiveness is through your faith (believing) in Christ and His grace saves you.
Now concerning the wonders in the heavens and the signs on the earth. Have you noticed things changing in the atmosphere and on earth lately in the past few years? Sure you have and so has everyone on the planet. Storms of epic proportion are hitting the earth everywhere. Just last week the largest Typhoon ever recorded with winds over 235 miles per hour hit the Island nation of the Philippines. Other storms with massive tornados and twisters are ripping up homes all over the country. Massive flooding is happening all over the world in record numbers. And Earthquakes? Earthquakes are increasing at a rate on the planet that even the scientist can hardly believe what is happening. In the past week 965 earthquakes occurred over our planet according to Quake Watch. And this is happening every week, it’s just crazy. And as for signs of people, lawlessness is out of control throughout the nations. In the sky just last week bright meteors shot across the California heavens and recently a huge meteor boomed across the Russian Sky with damaging sounds that broke out windows and light up the sky like a fireball. Now even this past month, scientist have found out they can’t possibly track them all and the increasing threat of massive damage to a city or nation or even a continent looms on the horizon. And if you haven’t heard of the four blood moons, you’re out of the loop.
Four blood moons are coming in 2014 and 2015 with a full eclipse in the middle. This is according to Nasa, and you can check it out for yourself on their web site. The dates are as follows: April 15th (Passover) in 2014, October 8th (Feast of Tabernacles) in 2014. A full Solar Eclipse on March 20th 2015. Then on April 4th (Passover) in 2015, and finally on September 28th (Feast of Tabernacles) in 2015.
Every time this has happen in the past it has had major significant ramifications for Israel and the world. These blood moons falling on Jewish Holidays have grand prophetic meanings. The last time the Tetrads of four blood moons have corresponded to the Jewish Feasts were 1492 (America discovered), 1949 Israel becomes recognized as a sovereign nation and 1967 when Israel defeated all the Arab nations that declared war on her in which she defeated all of them in six days. God is telling us something big is about to happen! Human history will be change. I don’t know what exactly will happen but I do know this is no accident of timing. This was setup since the beginning of the universe by God. Watch and pray and be ready and know God is in control. The bible says when you see these signs look up because your redemption draws nigh. This could very well be dates of God’s judgment on Israel and the nations of the world. Could it be by war or earthquakes or some pandemic? No one knows, but write down the days and stay close to the Lord. The end of the age is upon us. We are living in the end of time and the time of the end.
The Mockers are Everywhere
“It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, Behold , the Lord came with many thousands of His Holy ones, to execute judgment upon all and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.” (Jude 14-16)
“In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most hold faith, praying in the Holy Spirit (praying in tongues) keep yourselves in the love of
God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some who are doubting….” (Jude 18-22)
Throughout the nations, government leaders are mocking the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Millions are proclaiming that Jesus is not deity and the Son of God (especially Islam) and throughout thousands of churches across every continent, they no longer put Jesus first and last, but have given in to the worldly wickedness of the enemies plan of universalism and tolerance that teaches there are many ways to the same God denying the lordship of Jesus the Christ. Now tucked into the very fabric of societies, including government leaders and the media, hidden in plain sight, lays the demonic theme of domination of the masses by deceit, controlled by the elite and the worlds banking systems and public law; the new world order is on the horizon and rising at a steady pace.
With chaos as their right arm of change, they create mass hysteria throughout cities and towns around the globe. As pawns and puppets controlled by the devil, they carry out his plan of destruction and death striking fear in the hearts of men and women. Wearing down the masses, who willingly give up their individual liberties and sovereign freedoms for government control and protection, they knowingly surrender to the god of this world, instead of surrendering to Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
These pompous pride filled men and women, full of lust of every sort; the lust and love of money which is the root of all evil, and the lust for power and control of every evil imagination, hiding from the public their gross sexual immorality and perversion even going after strange flesh, while their friends and allies join them in hardy approval and join them with their dark hearts and their lavish orgies held in secret places reserved for only the rich and powerful. “Truly, these are the ones who by dreaming, defile the flesh and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. They revile the things they don’t understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. Woe to them! They are hidden reefs in your love feasts and feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds of water, carried along by wind; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.”
Don’t be fooled or deceived by the current leaders of the world. Not only world leaders, but by many local government leaders as well, the agenda is removing Jesus out of every aspect of life. Everything from local zoning laws to Supreme Court decisions are undermining and destroying Christian freedoms at every turn. Freedom of speech will eventually be no more for Christians, but will thrive for the world and every kind of evil. Political correctness and tolerance is only for anything liberal and sinful, not for the Christians. Already the norm in the Middle East and most of Europe and Africa, the coming clampdown on the North America Continent is progressing at lightning speed, day by day backed up by evil judges proclaiming liberty to all but actually tearing at the very fabric of truth and justice and the American way.
Daniel speaks of deception and one who will seize the kingdom by intrigue in a time of tranquility who is a despicable person on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred. After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception and gain power with a small force of people. This is the coming Anti-Christ who will deceive the world.
Some catastrophic event must take place for the whole world to give allegiance to this man of sin and Satan’s agenda. Most likely it will be the collapse of the world economy brought on by a nuclear exchange in the Middle East and massive Earthquakes and other weather related catastrophic events. The world will clamor for peace and a new world order. Even at the writing of this blog, peace talks are taking place with Israel and the Palestinians and though God forbids it, the land of Israel will be divided as part of the settlement. The wrath of God will be conferred on those nations who drew up this evil treaty. When you see this take place, the beginning of the seven year tribulation has just begun. I personally believe this treaty could be signed and take place sometime between 2014-2016. The other signs that must take place before Jesus returns are: 1. The Anti-Christ must be revealed. 2. There must be a falling away. 3. The One Word or New World Order must be in place. 4. Heavenly events must take place (moon and stars and sun etc.) 5. The Temple must be rebuilt in Israel (done in the first 3 ½ yrs of the Trib.) 6. The Anti-Christ must desecrate the Temple and stop the sacrifice.
Unfortunately, those banking on a pre-tribulation rapture will be shocked and unprepared for the coming chaos and tribulation. Those who are preparing their hearts and lives now will have a much better handle on what they are about to go through. The rapture cannot take place until the man of sin is revealed and stands in the New Temple declaring himself to be God. (2 Thess 2:1-4)
This is why Jesus said in Revelation 13; 10 “If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.” And again in Revelation 14:12 “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.”
Christians in the West better get right with God, as we have not had to put our lives on the line like in other parts of the world for our faith in Jesus Christ. The time is short, Jesus is coming soon, get yourself ready and have your lamps full……
If you have never given your whole heart to Jesus, do it now, ask God to forgive you of all your sins and confess Jesus is the Messiah and Lord and King of Kings? You must be born again of the Spirit of God. You cannot be saved with head knowledge; you must surrender your whole heart and soul to God. When you do you will be born again by His Spirit as He promised. Then get baptized as soon as you can…….
Salvation is not about “You”
The reason many people have uncertainty about where they will spend eternity is rooted in the very sin of pride in the form of self-righteousness. I’m sure this has come out of left field to almost everyone reading this blog and the majority has never ever thought of pride as the reason for someone doubting their salvation. This is a very dangerous place to be and everyone should judge their hearts in this matter to see where they stand.
Salvation has never been about me or you, it’s always been about God’s love for us sending His only begotten Son to die in our place and shed His blood to wash away our sins (Matthew 26:28). It’s about God’s wonderful mercy and grace and about Jesus giving up His life while we were still sinners to redeem us and bring us to heaven to live with Him for eternity. When people turn inward, they become self-righteous like the Pharisees were in Jesus day. To them it was about what they could do and had to do to gain eternal life, but never totally depending on God’s grace to set them free.
Here’s the deal; God sent His law to show us that we could never be sinless and keep His commandants and that we need a Savior or there is little hope. The self-righteous attitude is this: “I got this, I can do this on my own by just following the rules and if you don’t follow the rules you will be lost.” Now get you bible out and start banging everyone you see on the head! I got it and you don’t and you better listen to me. Regardless of the denomination or the group involved, everyone thinks they have the truth or correct biblical doctrine. The Baptist believes you can’t lose your salvation which is true unless you totally renounce Jesus and walk away forever knowing what you’re doing, and then there no longer remains grace for you and it is impossible to renew you again to salvation. It doesn’t mean that someone who has fallen away like the prodigal son did can’t come back to God, because once a son always a son. The Assembly of God came up with the term “backslider” and teach that you can be lost if you have any un-confessed sin in your life when you die. This is totally against what the word teaches because Jesus died once for all. He is not going to die again and you can’t be born again every time you sin. What you can do is ask forgiveness and it’s forgiven. However; the blood of Jesus constantly cleanses you from sin or no one would ever make it into heaven. We sin all the time, everyday and most of us don’t even know we are sinning, like not loving our neighbors or turning away from someone in need etc. Anything not done in faith is sin the bible says, so there you go, no one is immune to that. The Church of Christ says you must be baptized to enter heaven but also put loads of other works you must also do in order to get there. Just like the letter written to the Galatians, they are bewitched, having started in the Spirit, but then walking in the flesh denying God’s power living self-righteous lives and never coming to an understanding of the born again experience that Jesus said must happen, never speaking about grace or faith, but like the Pharisees of old, they follow the rules and no change ever takes place in the heart for most. The Catholic Church is also very legalistic and full of rituals that mean absolutely nothing but to the Priest. Many masses in those churches don’t even talk in the same language the people understand and they rarely teach anyone how to get saved or born again if ever. Praying to Mary who is not God is so off the charts when never does the bible teach that. Memorized confessions of Hail Mary’s, not from the heart, doesn’t clean anyone’s sin. Then there are numerous other churches with list too long to name who do nothing but teach good little social messages devoid of the Spirit while accepting any and all comers teaching all religions lead to God which is pure demonic heresy. Many occult practices are prevalent and the lies of Islam are also accepted to their shame. Houses of political propaganda and denying even the deity of Jesus Christ, these churches are not churches at all, but houses of the enemy, spewing lies and deceiving multitudes of people.
Many, many people are born again and saved in the named churches above and many want to do what’s right in the sight of God. There are lost and saved in most all churches. So what is the difference and what does the bible really say? The ones born again are those who are not trusting in anything or anyone but Jesus Christ as their Savior, those who have called out to God in true repentance and confessed that Jesus is Lord and the Messiah and believe God raised Him from the dead and believe that Jesus blood cleanses us from all sin have salvation. The others are the self-righteous ones depending on themselves and what they did or are doing or can do, instead of Jesus and Him alone. (Just like I used to do) Here are some things for you to consider.
Understanding grace removes the legalistic performance mentality and sets you free. Pure and simple, salvation is a gift period, it has nothing to do with your performance, it’s a gift so no man can boast. In today’s vernacular it’s like take it, its free and shut up your bragging about how much you’ve done, your goodness is filthy rags to God. God is not going to love you any more or do anything more because He’s already done it for you. He is waiting for you to acknowledge that fact. You can’t get God to love you more than He does at this very moment. His love is everlasting which means without conditions forever so stop trying to do things that you think will make God love you more. He did not spare His own son, but gave Him up for you! Grace is unearned, underserved, unmerited favor and you got it directly from God if you will just believe by faith! And what is faith? It is not something you do to get a positive response out of God. Faith is simply your positive response to what God had already done by grace. Faith believes that God is who He said He is and rewards those who believe His word. Oh many say “I believe God can do anything” but they don’t believe God will do anything for them personally. Yes He will! Its unbelief that stops your salvation, your healing, your prosperity, or any answer to your prayers! Why do people even pray if all they do is beg God in unbelief? Hoping and a wishing ain’t gonna get the job done. Praying in faith believing will.
It’s not a lack of faith that causes prayers to go unanswered; everyone has a measure of faith. Its unbelief and being double minded tossed to and fro wavering in your belief system or what you were taught instead of believing what the bible says is the problem. Unbelief comes from your “thought process”. Faith comes from your heart and the knower inside your spirit knows. Three types of unbelief are: (1) Ignorance-due to lack of knowledge(2) disbelief- being taught wrong(3) natural unbelief-using your senses and walking by what you see instead of walking by faith no matter what’s in the natural. Fasting and prayer gets rid of unbelief.
Take the load off and rest in Jesus and you’ll stop fretting about everything and have peace even in the storm. “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL. But this Man (Jesus), after He had offered one sacrifice for sins FOREVER, sat down at the right hand of God. For by one offering He has perfected FOREVER those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10) Your sins are forgiven forever, and ever, all sins past present and future! How many of your sins were in the future when Jesus died? All of them! Are you born again? Do you know your spirit has changed at some point in your life? You must be born again of the Spirit of God to see the Kingdom of Heaven!
“Who also has SEALED us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a GUARANTEE” (2 Cor 1:22). In Him we have redemption through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sin, according to the riches of His Grace.”(Eph 1:7) “In Him you also trusted, after heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having BELIEVED, you were SEALED with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the GUARANTEE of our inheritance …”(Eph1:13,14) “ And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were SEALED for the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30)
Do you get it now? When you receive the Holy Spirit after believing with all your heart and confessing Jesus as Lord, God seals you spirit by the Holy Spirit and nothing can penetrate your born again spirit, no sin, nothing! It’s your flesh that sins but your spirit is sealed by God forever. That’s why all true believers go to heaven and there is no sin in your sealed spirit as no sin can enter heaven. Our sealed spirit is our guarantee! Then after the Gentiles received the spirit, they were baptized in water just like the early believing Jews as Christ commanded. And the eunuch got saved and was baptized by confessing believing with all his heart and confessing “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” And Peter said “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him RECEIVES FORGIVENESS OF SINS.” (Acts 10:43)
If you know you are truly born again, then your spirit bears witness of this fact. If not, are you willing to stake your eternal soul on your current belief? It’s not about you, it’s about what Jesus did for you, it’s a gift, take it by calling out to Jesus and confess Him as the Son of God and ask Him to save you and baptize you in the Holy Spirit. Then get baptized as Jesus commanded……
Your Big Mouth
The words that you speak during your time here on earth have the power to bring life or death to you, to your family, to friends and to everyone you meet in your life. Jesus is the word of God and became flesh and dwelt among us John 1 states and all things came into being through Him. In fact everything was brought into being by the words He spoke. Incredible as it may seem to the human mind, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things have been created through Him and for Him (Col 1:16).”
Now since Jesus spoke everything into being, His words were super powerful, and the words He spoke definitely had life in them. Now as humans He gave us the power to bring life or death into our realm of daily existence just by the words we speak, in fact, He said all of us will be judged by every single solitary word we speak while we are alive. That’s a scary thought if you fear God, but there is hope.
When being questioned, (actually being harassed), by those in the Synagogue in Matthew 12; Jesus made some very profound statements about words that people speak. “…For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” I know what you’re thinking; oh my, I have said thousands of things that were wrong, things hateful, things in anger, things in judgment of others, curse words, and just plain cursing others by slamming them in some form or another by what I have said or written which comes out of my heart.
People speak out curses never realizing what they say are actually curses heaved upon others. A parent says “you’ll never amount to anything” throwing curses on their children. Husbands and wives throw out curses on each other during a verbal fight, over any number of issues. Throwing out curses even on themselves with statements like “I’ll be damned” used as an idle statement meaning “I am surprised or I can’t believe that.” In today’s social media you see it over and over again, the idle things people say in texting abbreviations beginning with WT* or OM*G or any number of other blaspheming texts. Jesus said every careless word, every means all inclusive, every word will be part of your personal judgment.
If life and death are in your tongue or in your heart to be texted out by your fingers, shouldn’t you be very careful what you say and write? Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tounge, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Never has cursing been so accepted and the “F” bomb used by even elected officials and the general public everywhere in public domains. More and more cursing is ok to use on television and most movies are becoming a cesspool of garbage to the ears damming the very God who loves us so much. Everyone has cursed with their mouth and cursed others at some point in their lives, whether realizing it or not, but there is hope.
If words are so important, then when it comes to your salvation and where you will spend eternity, your words carry the weight of life or death. That is exactly why Romans 10:8-11 states: “But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart—that is the word of faith which we are preaching. That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Surely you have done this! If not do it now!
If God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins because of Jesus; then the words we pray in repenting contain life and God hears us and forgives us. All of us need to ask God to forgive us for every idle word and every cuss word and every curse we have knowingly or unknowingly placed on others by our big mouths or written words by simply asking Him to forgive us for all the wrong things we have spoken or written and tell God we take back; all the evil words we have said or written in our lives. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).”
In the Day of Judgment our words will condemn us or our words will justify us. Those who deny Jesus in this life will be denied eternal life and the Lord will use the words they spoke while alive on earth and by their own words they will be lost. God doesn’t send anyone to hell; they go to hell by their own words and their own choice. Words of faith can be positive or negative, but all words have faith behind them, either for good or evil……That good word of faith is near you and in your mouth, speak it out from your heart.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through FAITH; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”(Eph 3:14-19)
Moving about the earth on your daily journey, at work or play; guard your Big Mouth by holding your peace and speak words of life to people not cursing them, but blessing them. Don’t curse God, but bless Him. Every morning you wake up pray and ask out loud to God for His grace for the day and then by your own mouth receive it in faith and watch how this will actually change your life. You may not have any fewer problems, but you will have His grace to go through anything and everything without the normal stress this life can bring. God loves you so much and wants you to have peace everyday…….
(This is a re-blog of May 2011 as it has gotten hundreds of hits from all over the world and it still continues to this day. Why? Because some people know there has to be more than just the salvation experience and those seeking more of God will find Him patiently waiting to answer as they open up their hearts by faith in His word.)
How in the world can you possibly live an overcoming life in this wicked world without the fullness of the Holy Spirit? How can you possibly go from day to day with all the troubles in this life without the power to overcome and succeed? Do you really believe you can make it all on your own by whining and crying to God to forgive you every day because you don’t have the willpower in yourself to walk daily with God? Let me ask you a question, why would God give the early church the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and all the nine gifts of the Spirit and not give them to us in the 21st century? Can you honestly say that God loved the first century Christians more than He loves us? The answer of course is NO! If the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and changes not, doesn’t that mean He really is the same today?
Now think about this; why would He give the early church power for individuals to witness and live for Him and leave us in the 21st century to go through life with no power from God and let us just gut it out by our own willpower? (Like we can really do that) He would not and He didn’t! So many churches do not teach the full gospel of Jesus Christ, they just pluck out the verses to meet their doctrine and forget the rest and have zero power in the spiritual realm. Many churches rarely even mention the Holy Spirit and so their members are clueless because they don’t seek the truth out for themselves. If you can pay attention and be serious about this subject for a few minutes (that is if you really want to know why it’s real) Then we can reason together providing you can put your doctrine aside for a few minutes and forget what you have been taught for just a little while. Open up your heart and you’ll see it.
Not only is Jesus Christ the same today, but He actually says signs and wonders will increase as the end of this age draws to a close and God did say “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams.(Acts 2:17)” Jesus did not do one miracle, not a single one, until He was baptized in the Holy Spirit after He was water baptized by John the Baptist! And neither did any other Christian! Didn’t John the Baptist say “I baptize you with water but one who is coming after me will baptize you in the Holy Spirit?” After then and only then did anyone including Jesus perform any miracles. And who did John say would baptize you in the Holy Spirit? Jesus Christ Himself baptizes you in the Holy Spirit! This is a totally separate experience than when you received the Spirit in salvation. How is that you say?
Would you agree all the Apostles were saved as were many believers in the early church, but Jesus told them not to do anything until they receive the Holy Spirit not many days from now. This is the LAST THING Jesus told them so the importance was Significant. He told them this in Acts1:4,5. Then in Acts1:8 Jesus said “But you shall receive POWER after the Holy Spirit is come upon you….” Then it happened, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. NOT just the Apostles, but everyone in attendance. Speaking in tongues happens every time you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Now it is possible to receive the baptism and not speak in tongues until a little later (like a few days or so) but that is because your mind is fighting to believe that speaking in tongues is real for today, because you have been taught all your life incorrectly by the doctrine of your church or preacher or priest or someone else. And know this…God does not hit you up on the side of your head and make you speak in tongues. It is an act of faith just like salvation. You have to start speaking and talking not worrying about what your words sound like as you mind is unfruitful the bible says and you won’t have any idea what the strange sounds or words mean, but God will understand you perfectly. For we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit does inside us; with groans and utterances to deep for the mind to understand (1Cori 14:2)
Paul says in 1st Corinthians 14 Desire earnestly spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy…Now I wish you all spoke in tongues…..For if I pray in a tongue my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful….I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all…..So then tongues are for a sign to unbelievers…do not forbid to speak in tongues!!! Stop fearing speaking in tongues! Do you want to taste the sweet Spirit of God or not? Relax then, and the sweetness of God will come on you when you ask and believe. It will feel like an electrical charge, but not hurt and will be sweet love of God. Sometimes you won’t feel anything until later. There is nothing to be afraid of, God loves you so much and Jesus wants to give you His power.
If you follow the book of Acts, you will notice three distinct things happening throughout the book. First, they believed in their heart that Jesus is Lord and His blood washed away all their sins, (water can’t do that) Secondly, they were water baptized after they believed as a sign of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and Third, they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith by believing or by prayer or by the laying on of hands by some other Christians. These were regular people like you and me not Apostles. The book of Acts is full of examples of this second encounter with God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. How could anyone from any denomination read the book of Acts and not believe the experience is for all believers? There is only one answer, because they have been taught wrong by their church. Let’s take a look at prime examples of unbelief taught by churches today…..
In Corinthians, it states that love will last and tongues and prophesy and knowledge will pass away when the Perfect comes.”For we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. So, people say see, there it says it will pass away. First of all, we still have knowledge, in fact its increasing so fast everyday that you can hardly keep up with it. Secondly, then face to face (when the Perfect comes) means that when we are face to face with Jesus in heaven. He alone is the perfect one. Its not talking about the bible as there are some mistakes and wrong translations of certain Greek or Hebrew words to English. Jesus is the Word but only He is perfect. You won’t be looking face to face with a bible. So yea, all things will pass away when we are in heaven with Jesus because we won’t need them then, but love will remain forever. In this evil world we need the power of the Holy Spirit and everything that goes with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit including the gifts to live victorious in these coming perilous times. The worst things get, the more you will need the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Let me ask you another question. Why would chapter 14 of first Corinthians say pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy if it wasn’t for today? Answer is it would not be in the bible. And how are you going to have spiritual gifts unless you have the second encounter with God by the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Answer is you won’t. And why did Paul say in verse five, “Now I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy? Answer is you are supposed to speak in tongues. If you pray in a tongue, your spirit prays, but your mind is unfruitful it says in verse 14. And again in verse 39 it says “desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. In church, only two or three speak in tongues but someone that has the gift of interpretation must be present to interpret the tongues, but in your private prayer life you can speak in tongues all the time or anytime to edify yourself. And when you don’t know what to pray, you pray in tongues and the Spirit in you will talk directly to God! What a blessing to have in this evil world.
Just a couple more points I would like to make about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:39 it says “ For the promise is for you and your children and all who are far off as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.” The promise is what? Look at the verse above. The previous verse says….. and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for you today and last forever until Jesus comes back as many as the Lord shall call to Himself. The Holy Spirit didn’t stop or go away in AD 61 as some unbelieving preachers teach, no, it’s for today just as it was in the first century. And why doesn’t the gifts manifest when people get baptized in water? Because they don’t believe it, have not been taught correctly and/or they are trusting in the water instead of the blood of Jesus to wash away their sins. Many will be shocked when they die, because Jesus will say depart from me I never knew you. Why? Because they were never born again of the Spirit. They were practicing their religion just like the Pharisees did in Jesus day. The born again experience and the baptism of the Holy Spirit can only happen from the heart by faith believing in the full gospel.
“Luke 11:13 says “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit for those who ask Him? Have you ask Him? You see here you don’t have to be sinless or perfect to receive the Holy Spirit that is a lie from Satan to keep you from believing it. The devil is a liar, forget about those negative thoughts when you’re seeking the baptism and just believe God. You were a sinner when you first believed weren’t you? We all are sinners and fall short but Jesus blood constantly cleans us.
So, if you want to have more of God and you believe the word, then it’s time to ask Jesus right now to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, to completely fill you with His Spirit of love. If God says He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit then He will! If you ask for a fish will He give you a stone? No, He will hear your prayer in faith and answer you. Here is a good way to pray. Just get alone and lift up your hands right now and ask Him and surrender yourself to the Creator, our Lord and thank Him for doing what He said He would do. Pray this prayer if you need help…..
Father, I know my need for your power to live in this Christian life and be a bold witness for you. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. By faith, I receive it right now. Holy Spirit, you are welcome in my life, come and fill me up with power from on high. Thank you Lord for this wonderful gift….Now you can do what Mark 16:17 says “And these signs will follow those who believed; in My name they will speak in new tongues… they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover …More teaching on this subject in my other blogs….
Jesus said in Matt 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”