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Support your beliefs with the pillars of faith



Support your beliefs with the pillars of faith

There may be times when we feel that the Holy Spirit is far from us. We may think that the reasons are because we’ve done something wrong or maybe we didn’t have enough faith. During these weaker moments doubt can creep in, possibly even bitterness since we are confused as to why we lack faith. How much more do I need to believe?

Faith is much more than just believing Jesus is the Messiah. So, how do we examine our faith?

The Jewish sages used to teach about  pillars of righteousness and love. This is spoken of  in both the Torah and New Testament in regards to how we should love our Father.  Yeshua says to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Jesus repeated what was written in the Torah to remind those listening what they had obviously forgotten. They had failed to see that loving our Father with all our heart, soul and mind would cause a more sincere obedience. And there would be no need for man-made ordinances.

Recently I heard a Rabbi give an interesting lecture of what it means to have faith. He gives a great example where Moses accuses the people of not trusting God. In Deuteronomy 1 it says:

The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,  and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’But for all this, you did not trust the Lord your God…

Reading the Old Testament, it’s hard not to think how in the world the Hebrews would disbelieve God and why they kept backsliding.  If God had done all those miraculous things in our presence there’s no way we wouldn’t have faith…right?

We are given an example of how this train of thought goes back millennia in Matthew 23. It’s nothing new. We think if we were in that situation that we would have done something different. We might have. But as history has shown us, more than likely we wouldn’t.

The Rabbi went on to talk about how faith is based on three key components.  Imagine faith as being three pillars holding up a roof. Each pillar in this analogy represents a component of your faith, and the roof that sits on top is trust.

So what do these pillars represent?

  • The first pillar is Empathy/Love. – We need to know and believe that God cares about our suffering no matter the circumstances; that He is empathetic to our emotional, physical and spiritual needs. This reassures us of His love.
  • The second pillar is Power. – We need to know and believe that God has the power to help us in whatever situation we find ourselves.
  • The third pillar of our faith is Understanding. – We need to know and believe that God has understanding of our human condition as well as knowing that He understands our heart and mind.

Understanding is a tough one for us to comprehend. We seem to feel as if God has plenty to take care of, therefore my little problems are just something I have to deal with on my own. He doesn’t really pay attention to the little every day things that we’re going through since they are so small in comparison, does He?

When we doubt that He really does get involved in our little lives then we don’t completely place ourselves in His hands. This inadvertently causes us to feel as though God can’t or doesn’t  fully understand us or our situation, and in turn we don’t fully understand God. Unfortunately, this causes a lack of intimacy in our relationship with Him.

So, what is the hardest pillar? For the answer we must look to the past.

While in the desert the Hebrews didn’t lack belief in their Creator. As Moses stated they saw all those miracles, however it wasn’t belief in His existence or power since that had been made completely obvious.  Rather, it was the belief that they could be loved that much.

In Deuteronomy it states:

You went to your tents and began to complain. You said, ‘The Lord hates us! He brought us out of the land of Egypt just to let the Amorites destroy us.

One of the reasons for not believing that God can really love us that much is that we know we have fallen short. We feel we do not deserve our Father’s love or forgiveness, although He freely gives it. This concept is nearly impossible to fully grasp. But when we do allow ourselves to accept this, then and only then can we begin to fully trust our Father. In other words, If we have each pillar in place then we can fully trust God.

These pillars are to show us that we may not be trusting our Father. Even when we are told that He will not let us fall, we hesitate in letting go because we don’t truly believe we are important enough for His attention. However, when we let go completely and surrender ourselves to Him then the intimacy with our Creator goes to a new level. This can only be experienced when its no longer about your will.

Our level of intimacy with our Father isn’t based on how much we do, but how much we give of ourselves. We must realize that there’s nothing we can do to deserve His love, but there’s a lot we can do that pleases Him…even when we feel distant or as though He just isn’t there any more. Is it easier to act nicer when our parents are around, or when we think they are gone?

Can we relate to the Hebrews? In hindsight of another person’s situation we can always judge what should have been done. It seems so obvious after the fact.  But, chances are we would’ve made the same mistakes. In fact, we are probably making the same mistakes now.

The Grace of our Father allows us the opportunity to get to know Him through His Son.  But, it’s our faith that determines how far we go in that relationship and how much faith we have is determined by how much we give of ourselves. If we don’t believe He loves us enough to be involved in our lives, then we fail to realize what the sacrifice of His Son really meant.

There will be times when our faith seems weak, when the circumstances change and for whatever reason we seem to get off track. But, the only way for us to not fall victim to Satan erasing all we have learned is knowing and believing that God understands us, He loves us and He has the power to save us.


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The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture



The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture

In many scriptures of the Bible, there is a “falling away” or discussion of great deceptions that are coming to the world. It has been hard for believers in Christ to comprehend the possibility of the masses falling away from Christianity because faith has been a powerful part of society for nearly two millenniums, but we are seeing it today. Moreover, we are seeing the spreading of a seed that will cause further apostasy among believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior: the myth of a pre-tribulation rapture.

Most who have gone to church in the last hundred years have likely considered the possibility at the very least that the rapture of the church will occur before the tribulation that is spoken of in many books of the Bible, including the Book of Revelation. Some estimates put it at 90% of the Christian church believes in a pre-tribulation rapture. The vast majority of popular churches teach that believers will be called up to Heaven before the tribulation. Simply stated, the Bible does not support this claim.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Jesus will come in the clouds and call up those who are believers. This will not happen prior to the tribulation. The sun and moon will be darkened, and then He shall return. The majority of churches that teach Imminency, the concept that Jesus will return at any moment and His people will be raptured at that time, point to one verse to counter the argument of signs that will precede His second coming:

Matthew 24:36

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

This is obviously a true statement. It is also one that is completely misunderstood. The fact that we nor anyone else can know the day or the hour does not mean that He can come at any time. Throughout the Gospels and the writings of Paul, we hear of things that must happen before His return. It is not for us to know the day or the hour, but the season will make itself very evident. We will see certain events occur. One of those series of events are known as the Great Tribulation.

Why it is believed

The simply answer when asking why so many people, even “educated” church leaders, is that we want to believe it. It’s human nature to want to avoid persecution, war, sickness, and beheadings, all of which are spoken of as parts of the tribulation. If someone of authority tells us that we will not have to go through these things as long as we believe, it’s a message that can resonate. Those who hear the truth, that we may be living in the end times and that as a result many of us will go through great suffering due to our faith – it’s just not as positive of a message.

The not-so-simple answer is that Satan is pushing this as part of his agenda. It is Satan that rules the earth. His goal is to pull as many people away from the faith as possible, which is why he and his minions began deceiving Christians at their core starting in the early 19th century with the doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture. He has brought about and continues to bring about waves of deceptions to pull people away from even considering the Word of the Bible, but this particular deception is to attack those who are wanting to be strong in their faith. It’s designed to shake the spirits of the believers to the point of non-belief.

Think about it. If you make people believe that they are not going to face suffering, that they are “special” and will avoid all of the troubles that will engulf the world, then they are weakened as a result. They will not be ready. When the tribulation does begin and they’re still on this planet going through it, they will begin to question their own faith. They will not be prepared to fight against persecution. They will be more willing to be deceived in order to save their lives. They will be more open to deceptions of the Anti-Christ. They will be more likely to worship the false messiah to take his mark in order to buy and sell. They will see the formation of the one world government, the one world economy, and the single world leader and they will do so more willingly than those who have their eyes open.

This is arguably the greatest deception that Satan has pulled off thus far.

Why churches teach it

Building a church is not as black and white for most as it is for others. It’s much easier to build one with a happy message than to try to build one through promises of fire and brimstone, persecution and suffering. There are those sitting in the seats of church leadership who realize that a pre-tribulation rapture is not correct but they continue to preach it in fear that their congregation will shrink or disappear altogether if they go against the grain.

As with any man-made organization, the Christian church world has a “club” among the leaders. There are those who are in the club and those who are not in the club. Those who are in the club are able to speak at events, sell books, build up an online following, and prosper as a church. Those who are not in the club have a much harder time finding relevance in this world. Today, the club is made up of pre-tribulation rapture teachers. If you’re not preaching a pre-tribulation rapture, you can’t be in the club.

It’s a catch-22 for many. Not all do it because of ignorance or greed. There are those who teach it because they feel that a message that can resonate with more people is better than a message that alienates many. In other words, they realize that they are not teaching this particular issue properly but if they can misinterpret this one little point, they’ll be able to get the other important messages out to more people. It’s a misguided attempt at an honorable sentiment that is actually more dangerous than not reaching the people at all. We believe there is a likelihood that many people will fall away in the last days, but others will open their eyes as well. If they open their eyes and start reading the Bible, they will see what they had missed their whole lives and will have an opportunity to head down the right path before it’s too late. If, however, they are weakened by expectations of a pre-tribulation rapture, it will be more difficult to bring them back to the truth.

Debating the Issue

It is sad when I read some of the assertions of those who continue to fight the truth of post-tribulation rapture. They are often excellent writers or orators fighting from a misguided perspective. For example, in the book Triumphant Return by Grant Jeffrey, he states:

Several incorrect premises have caused some to reject the pretribulation Rapture and accept the position called the “postribulation Rapture.” The first premise is an emotional contention that it would be unfair for the modern Church to escape to heaven scot free to escape the martyrdom that other believers have experienced.

In all of our studies of those promoting a post-tribulation rapture, I have never heard this premise before. It’s appalling that Jeffrey would lead with such a poor premise, as if trying to mislead the readers into believing that the post-tribulation doctrine is so weak that those who believe in it are emotional and ignorant simpletons.  Below, you will see videos of people who have formed their doctrine based solely on the Word of the Bible, who make it crystal clear that a post-tribulation rapture is without a doubt the reality, and that the theory of a pre-tribulation rapture is damaging to those to which it is taught.

The Words of Jesus Christ should be the resounding end of any debate that He will return before the tribulation:

Matthew 24:29-31

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

There are other verses that also make it clear, but this is obviously the most specific. There are those who will say this is referring only to the Jews. There are those who will use charts and graphs to convince you of a pre-tribulation rapture. They will point to interpretations by Darby, Ephraem the Syrian, and Scofield as proof. Do not be misled.

Rather than point to the evidence or attempt to debate the concept, I will defer to a few people who have done more research on the subject than me. Please take the time to watch these videos and share this article. It’s important that believers are prepared for what’s to come. Whether it’s today or in a thousand years, we cannot allow people to be guided down a path that can lead them to be part of the falling away the Jesus spoke of in His ministry. We must open our eyes, see the truth, and spread it to all that we can.

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Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls: ‘Stop pretending you’re a victim because you broke the rules and rolled up your skirt’



Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls Stop pretending youre a victim because you broke the rules and rolled

Students at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego are protesting their dress code. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence; there have been plenty of protests over the years, especially by feminists, in opposition to school dress codes that require girls to wear skirts. But this protest is different. The students are protesting because girls are no longer allowed to wear skirts.

Principal Kevin Calkin, the principal at Cathedral Catholic High School, changed the dress code in the most recent iteration of policy. Now, it states: “The most significant change is that skirts will no longer be an option for girls. Dress code is a perennial challenge. The dress code exists for at least three good reasons: to foster unity, to encourage modesty, and to minimize pressure to conform to particular styles or clothing brands. Basically we hope to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not on outward appearances.”

But students brought signs and demanded the old policy be put back in place. Signs had various messages from “My body, my choice” to “Even Jesus wore one.”

The policy was put into place after the principal and others on staff had handed out “hundreds of hours of detention” to girls who would break the knee-length minimum for skirts, especially by rolling up their skirts to reveal more of their lower bodies.

One America News host Liz Wheeler lambasted the students, who apparently can’t tell the difference between rights and privileges. Only in America can students feel so victimized because they can’t wear skirts to school.

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Isaiah 5:11 – ‘wine inflame them’



Isaiah 511 wine inflame them

Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! – Isaiah 5:11 (KJV)

Alcoholism has been shown to be a destructive addiction, one that hurts both the individual as well as those around them. There is spiritual damage that happens as well. If you know anyone who has fallen under the evils of alcoholism of if you are addicted yourself, prayer is absolutely necessary. It can be one of the most debilitating habits that destroys lives. More importantly, it can destroy souls.

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