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The Real Meaning Behind the Jewish Feasts

September 2015

There has been a lot of interest lately in the coming harvest feasts celebrated by the Jews and whether or not it has any implications for us as Christians and Americans. There have been many attempts to answer and decipher its meaning. America has seen tragedy during this time of year and some people have determined it was judgment from God. Because we as Christians have not come into a clear understanding of God’s ways, His movements have often eluded us.

It was during these seasons that I received salvation and pursued a deeper understanding of God and events that occurred during these seasons. The untimely death of a loved one got my attention as I wondered why. I became angry with a God I did not know. God did not have to vindicate Himself to me but He did because He is just that kind of God. He wants us to know that He is always righteous and good. With God’s help I was able understand death and work through the grief process. I began to observe a pattern in deaths around the end and beginning of a year. As a new Christian, the Jewish feasts were unfamiliar to me until much later so it was attributed to some phenomenal related to the end of the year. For years I observed these times of unusual blessings and loss and sought to understand. This mystery was opened up further and further as I grew in Christian knowledge and searched out the ways of God.

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He established patterns in the earth and patterns for His interactions with mankind. God’s laws are universal but His ways are to be understood by His people. There are those that can break down the Jewish feasts in ways that I would not even attempt. My intent is only to understand what God wants from us and how we are to give it. Recently I wrote out a paper of my own research in this area entitled “The Offering God Wants When He Comes to Meet With Us.” Through this research I found my answer and maybe my summary will suffice others as well.

The History of the Feast Times

To understand God, we always have to go back to what He originally instructed us and see the progression of this truth through the scripture. Because God does not change. What He originally wanted, He still wants. It is our sin that has changed the equation. God originally came to meet with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden on a regular basis (Gen 3:8). We saw in Genesis where the sons, Cain and Abel, prepared offerings for God (Gen 4:3). We are not told how these offerings began, just that they occurred. God was pleased with one offering and rejected the other. This story reveals that God expects to meet with His people at set times and that He wants us to offer up something of value to Him at His coming.

In the wilderness, we saw that Moses instructed the Children of Israel in the ways of God and how to please Him. The Israelites were told that several specific times during the year God would meet with them, how they would present their offerings, and that these would be times of a great celebration.

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Deu16:16

The Israelites worked the land and were shepherds so their offerings to God were related to their labor during the year. God expected His people to recognize and bless Him at the end of their season of work where He had prospered them to have success. The combination of their work and God’s favor produced a crop or blessing of which God expected His credit, respect and reverence.

Man’s response to God’s expectation to be remembered at this time would show man’s appreciation and thankfulness for a good and gracious God. Cain, of course, did not show proper respect or appreciation and God was not pleased. What about us? Are we thankful? God has blessed America greatly. Are we showing thankfulness? God no longer expects animal sacrifice, but He does expect from His children thankfulness and reverence.

This coming season is about a tradition of God coming to meet with His children and bringing and receiving something of value in a time of thankfulness for all He has done for us. Will we have an acceptable offering? Certainly there will be praises and worship going up to God as we carry on church services but let us not forget other behavior.

America has recently thumbed its nose to God. The White House was lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate a practice that God hates. Our legislative branch is at war with each other. The Supreme Court has validated and made legal a homosexual life style that God specifically forbade. The nation has removed prayer and the Ten Commandments from public arenas, shunned the stranger, murdered millions of babies while the rich have decried the portion for the poor and many churches have rejected God’s truth and deceived believers. America that loves money and that has made money its god is now poised to elect a new president who appears to worship money. Shall God be pleased with what America has to offer Him when He comes to be celebrated in this season? I think not. America’s present state can be found in the book of Judges where the people were willing to say to anyone: “Come and be lord over us and take this mess under your hand.”

“Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you – Jdg 8:22-23.” (Read the rest of this chapter.)

“When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand…” Isa 3:6.

Perversion of the Season

Many false religious leaders have made a mockery of this time and required of God’s people a substantial money offering during these feasts. People looking for a blessing from God have been taken advantage of and some fallen into unbelief because of it. While God does expect us to give finances to the church that upholds His name and does His work, it is in the normal process of church obedience, not in a lottery to get future blessings. We must remember too, that there were some offering as mentioned by Isaiah that God did not want.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.” Isa 1:11-14  

These verses were followed up with the truth of what God really wanted: Isa 1:17 – “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” God is more concerned about our heart and right behavior (New Testament Commandments) than our offering up vain offerings in an attempt to appease Him. So, like with Cain, an offering from impure or insincere hearts will not be acceptable to God. Malachi 3 helps us to see also that God will not be pleased with our refusal to give godly pastors the portion that is rightly due for the work of the Lord. The New Commandments that Jesus gave us refer to a changed heart. A right heart leads us to do right with our money.

The Expectation of God’s Coming

This upcoming season is about God coming to see what we have prepared as an offering for Him. Will it be good works, a heart of love, fellowship with Him and our brethren, an appreciation and thanks for His truth and blessings or will it be our disrespect? God will come to some in blessings for their good done toward His name but He will appear as a judge to others for their disrespect of His Word and Person. How will we meet our God?

Jewish Traditions Applied to Christians

The Jewish feast of Rosh HaShanah is September 13-15, 2015. It is the Jewish New Year and marks the beginning of a ten-day period of prayer, self examination and repentance. Jewish tradition teaches that during the High Holy Days God decides who will live and who will die during the coming year. It is a time of judgment for mankind and reconciliation with God.

The next significant feast is Yom Kippur – Atonement celebrated on September 22-23, 2015. This feast begins at sunset of one day and ends at nightfall of the next. During Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur and in the days leading up to them, the Jews begin to examine their lives and repent for any wrong doings committed the previous year. This repentance is called teshuvah. Yom Kippur is when the high priest went into the Holy of Holies each year to make an offering for the sins of Israel. The Jews during this time would make amends with those they have wronged and make plans for improving their lives during the upcoming year. Many Americans follow this custom but observe it at our New Year’s Day which starts in January. Where our calendar has gone through worldly changes the Jewish calendar is more exact. Yom Kippur is the deadline for making things right and by its end, God’s “Book of Life” is said to be closed until the next year. It is a time of fasting, repenting and cleansing to renew our relationship with God.

Even though some Christians may have difficulty with these holidays because they represent Jewish traditions, we must realize that our Savior and Christian blessings come through the lineage of Jews and that we must understand both the past and the present to get a full understanding of our God. These practices that we saw exercised in the Garden of Eden were evidently established long before Abraham. Though we do not follow the laws of the Jews, we do obey the spirit of the law and some principles are timeless as are some commands God gave to the Jews, i.e. honoring God and putting Him first. We are admonished through the word:

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Pro 4:7

“But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” 1Jn 2:20

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Joh 8:32

God can move at any time in the life of a person but we are told specifically about His expectations at this time.  Whether for blessing or judging, we would do well to be ready for God’s presence in love and preparedness. Christians are not Jews but we serve the same God and we have been brought into a better relationship with Him through our faith in Jesus Christ. Christ actually taught His disciples about divine visitations and how to be ready for them (Mt 24-44). This is a time when we should reach out to and pray for all souls. While God comes to bless and fellowship with the obedient, the ungodly will find His judgment of sin. There are yet deeper meanings to the season for the believer in fellowship with the Lord and they should diligently seek God for His purposes. We have a standing appointment with the Righteous God over the earth and it is always a good idea to take some time to examine our lives and prepare it to be a time of celebration.

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America Just Does Not Work Without Christianity

Quotes from President George Washington

  • “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”
  • “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained”
  • “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.”
  • “No people can be bound to acknowledge the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency”

Great works are first visions in the mind of those who birth them from the invisible to the visible. The vision develops into a tangible form where others are able to appreciate it. What was a previous impossibility becomes a reality. This concept in manufacturing transfers the visionary’s idea into a workable model or product. Theories are developed into the physical components that make the product perform its visualized purpose. The theories of car manufacturers are worked into tangible products that come off the production line as cars we enjoy without concern of the behind-the-scene process that brought it together. If the car breaks down and we take it to a mechanic who uses substitute parts for repair, it could fail to operate as originally designed. What if an incompetent mechanic decided certain parts were not needed and left them on the shop floor, returning your key to you for continuous driving? Your car would not provide the same experience as the original design. The parts left out may have been key components with seemingly insignificant value but necessary for the smooth operation of the car. Competent mechanics would not be so foolish as to leave out parts of a car designed by the manufacturer. They would get the manufacturer’s guide for the car, find out how the original design worked and put the parts in their rightful places, knowing that every part plays a role in the design of the car.

Scholars from the science and faith communities still try to figure out how the world was created and how it continues to work. There are many theories being adopted and accepted by brilliant minds and then there is God’s answer recorded for all posterity in the bible. The resounding question is what or who created the earth? Everyone examining the evidence acknowledges that it was a miraculous process that brought about life as we know it today. Some agree that there was intelligent design involved in the process rather than the common theories of evolution or spontaneous combustion. Can a car question the manufacturer’s design? Can a bird figure out who made it or why it flies? No, birds merely trust in the Maker and continue to soar. The earth is wonderfully made in such splendor and magnificence that defies our understanding. One could spend a lifetime just examining one aspect of the earth and still have merely scratched the surface of its amazing design. How then can man probe the mind of its Manufacturer or defy His design?

The bible is the manufacturer’s guide for man and the earth. It clearly states that God is the Creator. Many that have tried to redefine or defy God’s creation have long disappeared off the face of the earth but God and His word still remain the same. Biblical Job was a man of enormous wealth and wisdom. He was a devout believer, trusting in God for everything. But in a time of severe trouble, Job found himself wanting to box with God. Here is the biblical account of his encounter with God.

Job said: “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.” Job 23:3-4

After Job had fully laid out his heart in debate and anger, God responded to Job. It is important here to note that God was listening. This great man of fame, wisdom, wealth and faith in God ran into his Manufacturer who demanded to know why Job dared question his maker.

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Job 38:4

Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it. Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? Job 40:1-8

There are people today that are politicians, actors, preachers, scientists, educators, the wealthy, etc. who like Job want to challenge the wisdom of God. They would be wise to read of those who came before them that had similar desires and consider their end.

Not only are there individuals today that want to box with God but the nation of America as a whole has decided to box with God. It goes without saying that the battle is futile but we all have our times when we challenge boundaries. What would be of little impact for one person who wanted to challenge God, nevertheless, would be devastating if a nation took this destructive path. God allows some who insist on their own way to have it until it devours them. Paul called it a reprobate mind in Romans 1:28.

If God is indeed the maker of man and the earth, as the bible states, would He not respond to those that question Him as Job did? God beacons: Come and let us reason together? (Isa 1:18) The maker of an item always provides rules for the smooth and successful operation of its product. God provided rules as well for the successful life of man. These rules were clearly laid out in Deuteronomy 28 for the Israelites that Moses led. The Ten Commandments given by God to Moses for the children of Israel was to show them their sinful ways and their need for a Savior. The wages of sin is still death but Christ, the Savior, came and bore that punishment for all who put their trust in His sacrificial death. God, like any manufacturer of a product, provides His assistance and warnings for misuse of the product. Continuous misuse of an item’s intended purpose brings its own destruction in due time.

America was birthed through the miraculous hand of God as He moved upon God-fearing men and women to bring about development of this nation. Christian faith led many religious denominations and many with faith in God to work together in building a nation where all men could live under God. We have seen the wonderful results of those before us who worked together for the good of the nation. America has prevailed through many internal and external struggles because of Christian virtue in its people. God honored their faith even when they struggled through many opinions to find the right path. Christianity prevailed as an anchor to hold this nation together but yet some now feel that it is no longer needed. Some that have failed to reach their Christian goal no longer want to contend for it. There are senior leaders holding important positions where the baton should have long ago passed to younger warriors to carry on the battle. Refusal to let go of power when the flame of passion has ceased blocks the potential of others that are needed. Our society will always need elderly wisdom for experienced insight and consultation.

America has enjoyed great material success, worldly wisdom and matured to the point of reaching out to help others of lesser strength, but its worldly wisdom also reveals a spirit of arrogance that defies dependence on God. Men and women of great fame, wealth and knowledge have challenged the truth about God. Their own human abilities have risen to the place of false gods. The first of the Ten Commandments and the whole bible warn of this danger of putting God away. World and biblical history are replete with lessons that advise against this attitude.

America was founded with a deep-seated respect for God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Stories of George Washington, a general of war and the first American President, illustrate great faith and reliance on the God of the bible. Washington prayed intensely to God for direction in battle and for the young nation. History records his faith and a prophetic vision given about the nation’s future. Here is a brief summary of the message and where it can be read in its entirety:

“Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union.” (http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/washington/vision.html)

The graduation of the nation of America to maturity should cause it to look back and honor the God who brought it through many struggles to its present success. However, disrespect of one’s maker does not entitle one to continuous blessings.

We have seen moral decline of Christian leadership in America as well as a general disrespect of Christian principles. Christian churches have refused to stand up for Christ and His ways and the nation is suffering as a result. Professing Christians have given over the reins of leadership to non-Christians who use worldly wisdom to lead while Christians have lain back to enjoy their rest and prosperity. Many believers have not been properly taught how to live the Christian life and serve the Lord. Too many have been led by institution-taught pastors with little true experience with Christ. Lack of true Christian leadership has brought us to a deteriorating nation, where sinful ways are dominating. Abrupt changes and deterioration have caused the ungodly to not only advance but also to disfavor and discredit the Christian faith that laid the foundation of the nation. Christians have only a short time to arise and turn things around before the nation lose the strength of Christian leadership forever.   Other nations have traveled a similar path where turnaround is not possible unless God sends a Christian revival. Many now are hearing the trumpets of impending danger but have not gathered the strength to reverse their direction. God said: “I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God…” But before finishing this proposition, He offers: “but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds (Jeremiah 5:5).”

Christian virtue has always caused people to walk in a godly way that respect others. America has prospered because she fought wars to uphold the weak and disadvantaged within its borders and without. Christ taught a principle of giving, where those who had plenty reached back to help those that did not. This principle of reciprocity blessed the nation during past years. Failure to continue in godly principles causes a nation to decline. Where Christianity has always promoted care and love for ones neighbor, the desire for wealth has led to greed where people connive and oppress others. The life lesson of wealthy Americans who failed due to corrupt ways has somehow escaped their knowledge. There are many stories of men of great wealth who had terrible results in their end.

America is experiencing a time where the wealthy are using any means necessary to gain more and the oppression of the weak is of no consequence to them. Ironically, Americans marvel at similar oppression used by those in foreign nations. But these types of situations cause the intervention of God to move on behalf of the oppressed. His defense of the oppressed comes at the detriment of the oppressors. It will affect all as God brings His correction. The Christian way of life laid the foundation for America and is the source of the American creed: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” Failure to maintain the Christian way and this solemn agreement before God will bring the consequences spelled out in Deuteronomy 28.

God’s call is for the Christian community to stand up and bring correction before He steps in with a radical correction that would cause many to suffer. The hearts of the wicked and unbelievers can be changed with the intercession of the Christian community if God’s people would arise and do the job they are called to do as Christian believers. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).” Correction of the wicked will without a doubt include some who are professing to be Christians but who in reality are not. God is calling for us all to consider our ways and make sure we are walking in obedience before He comes to settle the issue of disobedience. God, the Father as our Maker, paid the ultimate price of the sacrifice of His own Son to provide mercy and forgiveness for every lost individual. God sent Christ so that mankind could know the Way that brings life, liberty and His great joy.

George Washington: “I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.”

Let’s remember the history of America and have a Happy Independence Day this 4th of July.

Indictment of Caucasian Christianity

January 2015

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Lk 12:48

We live in a world where there has been an abundant supply of everything needed for survival and comfort though power over resources has often fallen into the hands of the wicked. God ordained that the righteous would prevail in the earth and has had to overthrow the destructive forces of organized corruption time and time again. He placed the earth under the rule of the righteous with the intention that they would prevail against the wicked using His authority and power. If God is to prevail and He will, then righteousness must also prevail. Jesus Christ was sent into the earth to restore the knowledge of God’s righteous way for life on earth. That knowledge has come but men are still excelling in wickedness; and it is time for the righteous to make their voices heard.

At a time when technology and modes of communication dominate our society, one would not expect much hindrance in spreading the gospel to all parts of the world as Jesus commissioned His disciples. However, during this time of ingenious inventions and social ease, there seems to be little interest in propagating the true gospel to all men. There is an explosion of religions, many with man-lead organizations that suppress the Spirit of God and lead believers in a fruitless practice of religion. There is too little guidance that emphasizes the truth that Jesus Himself proclaimed and the gospel message has often been perverted to something that soothes rather than bring soul conviction. Nevertheless, Jesus proclaimed His church and the truth would prevail.

Christianity went into the nations after Christ’s crucifixion and has gone worldwide during the last millennium primarily by Caucasian Christians, who advanced exploration and exploitation of lands from Europe to China, to Africa and the Americas. The Caucasian people that made up the European continent, informally called white people, settled in lands around the globe. We have seen their Christian advancement of the gospel that started before the Christian crusades and that continues to the present day Sunday worship services.

It would be helpful here to study the term “Caucasian,” to understand where it originated and to whom it pertains.

The German philosopher Christoph Meiners (1747-1810) coined the term “Caucasian race” in his The Outline of History of Mankind (1875). The term “Caucasians” was used to relate to Meiners’ theory of only two races: Caucasians and Mongolians of which the Caucasians were considered more physically attractive than Mongolians because they had paler skin, were also more sensitive and more morally virtuous than Mongolians. Later he would make similar distinctions within the Caucasian group, concluding that the Germans were the most attractive and virtuous people on earth. (Writer’s note: And we know how this belief went terribly wrong through Hitler’s Holocaust that incinerated Jews.) Meiners put forth that Caucasians had the “whitest, most blooming and most delicate skin”. Europeans with darker skin he considered “dirty whites”, admixed, with Mongolian. Such views were regarded as the main difference between races. This view was shared by the French naturalist Julien-Joseph Virey, who believed that the Caucasians were only the palest-skinned Europeans.

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752 –1840), a German professor of medicine and member of the British Royal Society, who is considered one of the founders of the discipline of anthropology expanded on Meiners’ popular idea and defined five human races based on color,…Caucasian as the “white race,” as well as Mongoloid as the “yellow race,” Malayan/”brown race,” Ethiopian/”black race,” American/”red race. In the 3rd edition of his On the Natural Variety of Mankind, Blumenbach moved skin tone to second tier importance after noticing that poorer European people (such as peasants) whom he observed generally worked outside, often became darker skinned (“browner”) through sun exposure. He also noticed that darker skin of an “olive-tinge” was a natural feature of some European populations closer to the Mediterranean Sea. Alongside the anthropologist Georges Cuvier, Blumenbach classified the Caucasian race by cranial measurements and bone morphology in addition to skin pigmentation, and thus considered more than just palest Europeans (“white, checks rosy”) as archetypes for the Caucasian race.

Meiners’ classification was not grounded on any scientific criteria and it was Blumenbach who gave it scientific credibility and a wider audience, by grounding it in the new quantitative method of craniology. (Source: http://www.ask.com/wiki/caucasian)

“Wait, do white people really come from the Caucasus? It’s highly unlikely. There are scholarly disagreements about how and when some of our dark-skinned ancestors developed lighter skin, but research suggests humans moved across the Asian and European continents about 50,000 years ago. Some anthropologists think that natural selection would have favored lightening mutations as humans moved away from the equator and faced a diminished threat from ultraviolet exposure. In this case, it’s possible that light skin would have evolved in many places independently.”
(Source: Do White People Really Come From the Caucasus?; How Caucasians Got Their Name, Derek Thompson, Aug. 2008, http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2008/08/do_white_people_really_come_from_the_caucasus.html)

The study of the term “Caucasian” helps us to identify the cause of so much racial tension, even in Christianity. So contrary to the sound, Caucasians do not originate from Caucasus, a land that exists between the Black and Caspian Seas. When we learn that this term was begun by some misguided individual who made up a race category using unchristian and unscientific reasoning in a prejudicial way, it should help us to overcome racial bias that originated from it and find a way to love all people. The Christian faith is intended to reveal the truth and destroy the lies of Satan, from whom dissension and division was birthed, and bring mankind back into the family of God. Whereas the Puritans sought to purify their religion and church, some men both past and present have sought to purify a race based on what they define as outward beauty. The Christian white church must come out of the closet, stand up and denounce this error and pattern that is destroying the unity of Christian believers.

The present day gospel is the story of promises God made to Abraham, the father of the Jews, and its fulfillment through the Immaculate Conception and birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Both believing and non-believing Jews were scattered around the globe after the destruction of the Jewish Temple and this aided dissemination of the gospel message to the nations by the preaching of the early Disciples of Christ. Apostle Paul, a Jewish believer, was commissioned to take the gospel to gentile (non-Jew) nations where it was advanced through verbal and written forms to the masses.

Not only is the history of nations riddled with violence and bloody battles as people sought to gain controlling power over territory but the gospel stories are also riddled with violence as people used the bible to promote their own causes. King James I of England sponsored translation of the bible into a form suitable for people’s personal use on the newly invented printing press. European nations had embraced the gospel but there existed a hierarchical order that denied commoners access to the bible or equal rights and privileges. The Christian Church of England also practiced selling indulgences or receiving money from believers to escape the punishment of God for sin. This practice was protested by the German Catholic priest, Martin Luther, who launched the present day Protestant churches.

The Christian message in Europe migrated to America where there was to be liberty and freedom to worship God without fear of church or government retribution. History records the variety of beliefs and how they overcame these differences to become a unified people. Even those who did not confess Christ (Deists), nevertheless, believed God ruled over the natural elements. United across ancestral and faith lines, the colonists worked for the common good of the nation of America. They were no longer identified by their ancestral heritage but were called Americans and generally referred to as whites, in opposition to those identified by dark skin: Africans, Mexicans, Indian, etc.

It took thousands of years for the Caucasian race to arrive at the unity of government, religion and social life now enjoyed as one society in America. They overcame the inherited disagreements of their native lands and settled into a civility that allowed for the nation to prosper as one people. But unlike the sharing and commonality realized by the European immigrants to America; the dark-skinned American inhabitants from Africa, Mexico, Indigenous People of Native America, and the Islands were not received into this commonality. This latter group of people were considered as outsiders and unworthy of equal enjoyment of the great freedom and privileges of America’s white population. America’s white populations ostracized their own race that were considered poor, ignorant or trash. The Europeans immigrants from across the waters still have not escaped their desire for elitism, privilege or class. Once the height of pride is reached, only the intervention of God can correct it.

Christ died to start a kingdom that would promote a sharing of wealth and resources among Christian believers. Contrary to the European kingdoms, it specifically rejects the discrimination of God’s benefits to people based on any physical attributes. Christ was crucified so that all people could be welcomed into God’s kingdom and share blessings based on faith in Christ alone. This was Christ’s message to the world. The Day of Pentecost saw people of various race, tongues and ethnicity enjoy the outpouring of Christ’s Spirit and birthing into the commonality that is Christ’s kingdom and true Christianity.

This commonality of faith in Christ and acceptance of people without regard to their European heritage is the spirit that started the nation of America. These ideals are why so many lives were lost to free America from Europe’s control. Issues of slavery had already been settled by the Europeans before the colonization of America. Slavery had been found to be ungodly, inhumane and illegal in Europe as Christian evangelists sought to deliver the conscious of the people from the prejudice and elitist spirit of that day. European preachers brought their evangelism against slavery to the American colonies. It took many years and even war to break the practice of slavery in America but it was abolished. Abolition of slavery came by force of war but it was not a total victory for the conscience of Americans as the prejudice of class, religion and color continued to separate its citizens.

American churchgoers today enjoy a great outpouring of God’s power and spirit. The worship of God has grown from solemn ecumenical services to high praise and worship of Christ with joyful singing and dancing like never before. But this nation recently expanded the definition of equality to include all familial situations and sexual orientations that jeopardizes modern Christianity. The religion of Christianity has reached a zenith in America where one can find a Christian church on most any block and yet it barely resembles the faith of the early Christians. Democracy has replaced the priority of Christian practices in America. It is amazing that after more than a millennium of Christian history and the revelation of God that the European immigrants would slide back into the prejudice of pre-American days. The European immigrants fought to abolish slavery; but after their more than 200 years of independence are courting a desire to disregard the Constitution and return to a cast system. What a mockery to its inception and original commitment!

The Christian message of love that should have propelled the European immigrants from abolition of slavery to true American liberty for all has reached a roadblock and rapid decline in the United States. Truly the saying that one-who-does-not-learn-from-his-past-is-bound-to-repeat-it has proven itself true. The Caucasian people set free from past European bondage now seek to return to days of darkness. The Christian message did not deliver their souls. Can one have this darkness of soul and yet obtain heaven? The Commandment of God in the New Testament is summed up in loving God and loving one’s neighbor. Hating a whole race or several races based on outward appearance or other attributes is not the love God commanded. Many souls that left this life with battered, bruised or mutilated bodies will meet those yet to arrive.

Where there were great men of faith (who stood up against the racial bias of the past, there seem to be little representation of that bold faith today. We have seen in America religious men possessing great revelatory knowledge, wealth, technology, hi-tech means of communication and transportation who fail to champion the charge to share Christ’s heart to all people. America has had great revivals that cleansed it of poor judgments, prejudice and habits as it swept the nation. We have even seen a great renewal and revival being birthed through a black man named William J. Seymour in the Azusa Street Revival that brought together blacks and whites from near and far to worship Christ in Spirit and truth. Great church organizations and movements still exist today that were birthed through that revival even though they have settled back into denominations divided by color. A pursuit of wealth and comfort on earth has silenced the tongue and conscience of many charged with representing Christ to the multitudes. Early Christian evangelists traveling from Europe to America kept their charge to reach the lost even under threat of death. Some early evangelists died from sheer exhaustion or bad weather as they traveled exalting the message of Christ. But many of today’s mega churches with cushioned chairs, hi-tech PA systems, and air conditioning will not herald the truth of God’s word.

It takes the naked truth to break the stronghold of lies the devil wants the church to believe. Too few ministers are teaching the unadulterated truth of the Word. Christ taught that you will know the truth and the truth would make you free. But the truth has to be heard for one to choose it over the lie. Perverted messages given to churches cannot deliver the soul from the grips of lies, prejudice and deception so widely accepted in society. There is an army arising against our faith at this hour that is not afraid to die for what they consider to be truth. But many people seeking the real truth have not heard it in these churches. If you wonder why America does not repent of her many sins, consider what the bible asks:

“… and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:14-15)

Christ spoke boldly as did Paul that not everyone proclaiming to be a preacher speaks truth. Paul called it another gospel. The bible has been distributed worldwide and Caucasian descendants of many nations, especially America, have been given greater liberty than any previous people to impact the world. This advantage can be used for good or evil. But to whom much is given, much will be required. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin (Jas 4:17). We saw in history how white Christians sat back as Hitler, seeking a pure race of whites, prepared to wipe out the Jews in Germany. They felt no responsibility to intervene in the problem until it came to their own doorstep. The white Christian church in America is similarly ignoring problems of race, immigration, morality and social issues while focusing on a perverted gospel of compiling wealth. The urgency of Christ’s message has taken a back seat to the promotion of riches. But Christ did not come to preach wealth. His message was salvation, healing and deliverance from captivity of sin and an open door for all people to be birthed into God’s kingdom. Where Christ’s message promised prosperity, it was through obedience to God’s voice. It was never to put the goal of wealth ahead of the other requirements of Christ. Believers are called to first receive Christ’s empowerment to love their fellow man. God’s power of love can dissolve divisive problems as it did after the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Christ was sent into the earth to teach us the way of love. Remember God created a plentiful supply on earth, so Christ’s Sermon on the Mount did not focus on wealth but instead on man’s crucial need of salvation:

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Mat 6:31-33

The congregants of the Church of England had many barriers to the truth that today’s church does not:

• The gospel was written in Latin and access restricted to leaders
• Many laypersons were not able to read and write.
• Personal bibles were not available for everyone to read.
• Many did not have the Holy Spirit.
• There was a lack of spirit-filled preachers.
• They were compelled by law to accept the state-run religion.
• They did not have liberty to protest their leaders.

Americans have liberty and a multitude of methods to understand Jesus’ teachings and escape religious lies. The information age has been very revealing of past and present inequalities. Once our sin is revealed to us, it is time to repent. God, the Father, nor Jesus ever told any people to seek things first and then try to love people but that is what is being practiced as Christianity. It is a lie straight from the pits of hell and Christians should know better.

America is not repenting because there are too few preachers preaching the real truth. It is the truth that sets people free not a white-washed gospel or inspirational messages of self promotion and well being. Christ never spoke to his disciples of promoting themselves above others or of compiling wealth for days of ease. That is a perverted gospel being preached to churchgoers in America. Everyone desires more wealth and churches are feeding people a message of prosperity rather than seeking the Savior. God demands to be first and will not take second place to any idol or money. So there are many people who have missed Christ while seeking wealth. Some of these churches may be mega but they are also poor. Its people are even poorer still while the truly poor in spirit are not helped and the unbeliever and world are still lost.

The Republican Party that fought to free the slaves through American laws are now turning to re-enslave them through enacting laws that restrict voter rights, employment crisis, black imprisonment, poor housing, abuse in policing, inadequate education, etc. The south that fought to keep Africans in slavery by force through war has now found a way to re-enslave African descendants by commandeering the legal system that once overruled them. And the irony of the whole matter is that African descendants, now physically free to choose, are insistent they have no home but America. Many have forgotten the lessons of history and are making foolish new commitments that are destructive. The threats against the nation today are leading the nation frighteningly close to the one world government that is prophesied for the end times.

The European immigrants that came to America to save their souls are now willing to give their souls to save a new version of America that has little resemblance to the past ideals of virtue and integrity. So what is the state of the souls of whites who practice racial hatred? God’s commandment is love and many whites are not showing that divine love for their neighbors who are black, brown, red or yellow.

A house is only as good as its foundation and America’s foundation has not only been weakened, but it has been ripped up and cast aside for a new virtual foundation based on the virtual American dollar. There is nothing new under the sun and God has already prepared His message for our current dilemma:

Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. Jer 2:1- 2.

And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. Jer 2:7)

Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? Jer 2:5

Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? (Jer 2:21)

The leading scripture above was taken from Luke Chapter 12 where Christ warned his disciples: “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy.” Today we would probably say, “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.” But many have drunk the Kool-Aid of deception and refuse to deny the poison. Christ, Himself, warned His disciples of the deception of the religious leaders. No one is limited to the teaching of religious leaders today because every person can get the Word through the bible and God will give clarity. Jesus scolded the scribes and Pharisees for hypocritical leadership. Would He do any different to our leaders today? Jesus said,

“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in (Mat 23:13 )”.

True Christians are those that follow Christ and His teachings. Everything outside of Christ is a lie and will not prosper in the end. Everyone will stand before God in judgment for the deeds done in their body, but greater punishment will go to those given the most as stated in Luke 12. Caucasians that came to America as European immigrants have risen to great privilege and wealth and they have come to realize together what they could not realize separately. But God has already spoken of people coming together as one people and setting out to do that which was evil and perhaps some remember the results.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: Gen 11:6

The nation of American must realize that the richness it has been privileged to obtain was for the purpose of doing good, not evil. This nation and Caucasians have been given every advantage and blessing and they will find no excuse before a righteous God. When it seems that God is no longer watching and there is liberty to do anything one chooses, consider: God removes His hand before allowing one to self-destruct (Rom 1:18, 24).

America derived its success through the transformation of various nations, people and beliefs but now pays no homage to any nation, people or god but itself. Everyone who graduates bestows honor on those that assisted the accomplishment. To credit no one, not even God, is the height of pride but God will not be denied His glory.

God said through Prophet Hosea:

Break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteous upon you (Hos 10:12).”

Jesus proclaimed:

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent ye and believe the gospel (Mk 1:15).”

Repentance requires knowing you have sinned and changing the mind to turn from the wrong to the right.Truth can be difficult to receive because no one wants to admit error. The Holy Spirit said through Paul:

“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).” Jesus said: “There is none good but one, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments (Mt 19:17).”

The indictment against the wicked of every nation, color, ethnicity or belief comes from God, Himself:

Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Isa 1:4

God shows us our sin out of love so we can correct it and walk in truth with Him.  The intercession of Christ through His death was atonement  to save all people. His blood was shed to atone (offer forgiveness) for every sin of every person who accepts it. Christ alone is the way out of the wrath to come. Jesus said, “Surely I come quickly;” therefore every believing soul should cry, Come Lord Jesus.

Note to my white brothers and sisters in the faith:  Efforts to always excel (even to the point of absorbing, assimilating and acquiring what belonged to others), may be evidence of a pride that will cause one to miss God’s ultimate calling for him. “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. (Mk 10:44). God promises to send His followers a prophet from among their own people.  One of your own prophets spoke truths that some thought to be foolishness.  I was blessed to receive of his impartations before he deceased. The biblical Jews missed their Prophet and Deliverer because of looking high when God often chooses to come through things that are low. May the hearts of the people become one in Christ as Jesus prayed to the Father and may we be ready at His coming.  (Jn 17:11).

The writer is first and foremost called of God as a prophet to the church and is the author of the book, “Elephant in the Room: The Economy and Whose Job It Is To Fix It?” As an African American of more than 50 years and 30 years as a Spirit-filled Christian, she is prepared by God to speak to today’s dilemma without the hindrances of church dogmas that conflict with the Word of God. For further information, go to: joycerebapayneministries.com, joycerebapayneministries.wordpress.com or livingit4real@hubpages.com. The book is available at: http://www.amazon.com, http://www.lulu.com or the author at: PO Box 3325, Durham, NC 27702, jrpmail2003@yahoo.com

Whippings and the Image in the Mirror

Whippings…are they legal? Are whippings recommended or permissible for parents to administer to their children? The topic of whipping is trending today in newscasts and social media. Whippings are nothing new particularly for the black community who often grew up under the whipping belt or switch. Many parents in the black community believed that sparing the rod by withholding a good whipping spoiled the child and they had scripture to prove it.

Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. Pro 19:18

There is no doubt that a parent can be abusive in administering corporal punishment and certainly discipline should not be done in an unreasonable manner. But there are some people who are appalled that whipping is done at all. They were not reared with this kind of correction and believe it to be inhumane. Prisons are full of criminals and children that got no correction at home but yet we debate the use of proper corporal punishment while crimes by children have greatly risen from homes without proper discipline.

In the black community, parents believed strongly in corporal punishment and, to make things all the worst, parents would tell the misbehaving child to go get his own switch off the tree outside. And if he did not get a sufficient switch then the parent would go get a proper one off the tree. Many of us learned quickly not to misbehave from mere mention of a switch or a parent’s look that promised a good whipping when we got home. We grew up knowing to do right or we would receive punishment. Teachers, neighbors or other children would report our wrongdoings and we would be dealt with when we got home. But within this generation are many children and adults who were not reared with this fear of punishment for doing wrong. Too many children were consoled with treats as reward if they would just do right or stop misbehaving. Some children are routinely sent to their room or a privilege taken away as punishment for misbehaving. There are many ways of correcting children. Modern instructors believe that corporal punishment is improper. Certainly not all methods are effective and we still debate today about the right way to get misbehaving children to comply. It is true that balance and proper instruction is needed in administering discipline to a child and not all children can be disciplined with the same method.

While we debate whether or not to use corporal punishment for misbehaving children, God has never changed His word or His practice of correcting His children. God believes in the whip. After all the Holy Spirit recorded this instruction for all posterity: “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying” (Pro 19:18). The whip referred to here evidently was severe enough to cause pain and crying. God has used the whip through the ages to discipline Israel and the nations of the world.

I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 2Sa 7:14

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back. Pro 26:3

O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Psa 38:1

And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. Eze 4:13

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:19

And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt: And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them. Jer 24:8-9

The principles of the bible are timeless and given by an Omniscient God who Fathered the first children and disciplined them through several methods. Scripture reveal that God uses various methods of disciplining His children. One of the ways God show adults their sin is through their children. If we look closely we can see our own bad habits and sins in children’s behavior because they are like their parents, the very image. A looking glass shows us our own image so we can see ourselves the way others see us. We look in the mirror to correct a hair out of place or clothes in disarray. Other things can be a mirror for us besides children. Other people committing our personal sin can be a mirror that can sometimes cause us unknowingly to judge our sin as well. David condemned himself by looking at such a mirror supplied by God.

And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; …Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. 2Sa 12:5-7, 9-14

These scriptures reveal that God use mirror imagery to reveal sin. In this example, the sinner was told the crime and punishment during the discipline as a teaching process.

God still uses the whip on individuals and nations to discipline bad behavior. We see God using the whip today but many do not recognize it because they do not understand or believe in use of the whip or use of corporal punishment. When people believe they are good, they cannot fathom being disciplined. God is whipping our nation and parts of the world today but America does not understand she is being whipped. She wonders what is going on because she is hurting but is not use to being whipped. The African American population, of all people, should understand but many black people are not paying attention to world events or are unconcerned. A great deal of Caucasian parents did not practice corporal punishment with their children and cannot easily recognize or understand these signs. But nevertheless America is being whipped to bring about correction. While America has refused Christian guidelines for moral behavior, they are, nevertheless, polling each other in society over what is acceptable or ethical behavior. Here is what God’s word has to say about this practice.

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 2Co 10:12-13

When a child is disciplined they are usually told the reason and given a chance to repent. Because many people cannot hear God speaking, He is telling America its reason for being whipped through the visual pictures brought about by various reporting through the media. People are debating punishment in the news without realizing it. They are debating how to punish wrongdoing or fight back. The worst thing one can do when being whipped by a parent is to talk back, argue the punishment or fight back which usually brings twice the punishment. It is important to be careful what is said while under judgment.

Some people are looking in the mirror at their own behavior through the lives of others but not recognizing themselves because they have no righteous standard by which to judge. We are observing our nation go through a costly and time-consuming process of trying to improve on God’s plan for mankind. The Ten Commandments and the Word of God provided in the Old and New Testaments were planned as instruction to provide mirror imagery that would allow judgment of our own actions. This biblical resource answers the questions that people are still asking:
• What standard really measures what is moral and what is not?
• Is a man’s home his own personal kingdom allowing him to do what he wants?
• Are all people equal?
• Are women less valuable than men?
• Were women intended to be a mere tool for man’s pleasure?
• Is it okay to profit from other’s labor without proper compensation?
• Is wife beating a family matter?
• Is police brutality sanctioned as proper authority?
• What can be done about political corruption?
• What is the proper use of guns?
• Why are teenagers and adults committing suicide?
• What is the worth of the unborn life?
• Should the rich make the rules and lord over the poor?
• Do we owe respect to people in authority?

So while we look at this issue of whipping, we must admit that whippings were intended to be used by parents toward children as discipline and judgment for unrighteous behavior that would bring the child back to right behavior. Consider for yourself: After many years of practicing your particular type of discipline, has it proven to be successful for producing righteous, mature adults, ready for society. We do not agree as a nation about what is righteous behavior so it may take a while for many to see themselves through the mirrors presented before them. Let’s still hope and pray that we as individuals and nation realize the imagery in the mirror and correct bad behavior.

Written: September 19, 2014

QUESTIONING THE AUTHORITY OF GOD

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament  sheweth his handywork.  Psa 19:1

There are many different interpretations of who God is and what name He or “she” should be called.  The more people you talk to the more variety of ways you find about people’s beliefs about God.  Some people insist that God is male while others insist that God is female.  Some people believe God is only a spirit that never came in the flesh body of Jesus Christ. Some people call God Allah, some Jehovah, some Buddha, or various other names for pagan gods and some call Him Lord or Jesus.  There is so much confusion in the area of religious faith even among professing Christians. Some Christians are changing long-held beliefs and teachings about who God is in order to follow the world’s beliefs. History reveals that there have always been times of dissension from the faith as people threw off religious restraints to follow the world into the fleeting pleasures of sin.

One sure thing is that if you diligently seek God, you will find Him (Mat 7:7; Psa 91:15; Act 17:27).  The One True God, who is Sovereign over the world, wants to be found even though He is ever so close to each of us, directing our lives into that discovery. Jesus is today revealing Himself to people who are Muslims, Buddhists, spiritualists, atheists and agnostics. Someone said concerning man’s faith in difficult situations: “There are no atheists in a foxhole”.  There is an inner knowing in every person that realizes there is a God.  God is the Creator Who gives every man the breathe of life and He has declared through Apostle Paul’s writings His efforts to reach to every soul:

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Rom 1:19-21

From the native Indian and African tribes, who believed in spirits; to the erroneous Gnostics Christians, who were spiritualists; to today’s debate about the names, forms and person of God’s Messenger; there have been constant controversies in belief about God.  Religious wars have been fought between Christians and Muslims during the 10th through 12th centuries A.D Crusades and religious disagreement still exists.  But even those, like Saul (Act 9:5) who  resist the Christian faith, are still being led to the discovery of who God is in Jesus Christ and will to know Him eventually as Judge or Lord.

God uses the Word of God to appeal to all kinds of people. Here are just a few categories:

  • Scientists – the bible declares the beginning of all things that is being confirmed by science. The accurate accounting of time itself requires the bible confirmation of the day lost when God held up time for a day of battling Israel’s enemy. George Washington Carver, a black scientist, asked God for help and made hundreds of discoveries from the peanut.
  • Poets – David was an avid writer of songs and poetry as inspired by God, as was his son, Solomon, who wrote Proverbs.
  • Intellectuals/Atheists – God answers the questions of skeptics and atheists in Job (Job 38:4), where God ask the question: Where was man when He, God, formed the world? Job’s confrontation by God caused him to shut his mouth from speaking (Job 40:4).
  • Astrology – the book of Matthew shows that the wisdom of the wisest men and  astrological study led them to seek the Christ, who would rule as king of kings and be Supreme Master of all possible wisdom. The wisdom of the bible still explains the mystery of the heavens and discusses past and future movements of the stars and moon.
  • Experts in Anatomy – God not only made the first man but also performed the first operation and discussed the physique, diseases and cures for the body before modern medicine and technology.
  • Psychiatrists –the causes of a deranged mind and the cure as well as the knowledge of developing and keeping a healthy mind are clearly explained in Scripture (Is 26:3).
  • Architects – Jesus, known as the Chief Corner Stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone and a sure foundation instructs throughout Scripture the building a sure house.
  • The Rich or Impoverish – Job the richest man of his time described God as He who gives and takes away. Satan is actually the thief, but God is the gracious Giver of wealth.
  • Men of Strength or Weakness – the examples of Samson and Gideon show that God can use either weak or strong men because the source of the power is God, who works through men.
  • Athletes and Artists – the strongest man (Samson) and wisest man (Solomon) were given strength by God, as were all the men gifted in workmanship for building the Temple.
  • Sexual Perverts – In Romans One, God challenged mankind about their original gender, sexual purpose and their end through rebellion.
  • Idolaters and False Prophets – were put to the test by God through the leadership of Moses and Elijah to settle issue of who is really God.  False gods were overthrown by God.
  • Power Brokers – God proved His supreme power by destruction of earth by flood, with the exception of eight people who trusted God and God promise destruction by fire in the end (Rev 9:18).

Regardless of the challenge or question, God has already answered it in His written word for everyone from the pauper to the King.  And because the end of the earth has already been written even before it occurs, we know that God will have the final word.  When asking the question:  Who is he, God has chosen to answer through what He does in the elements by fire, water; clouds; whirlwind; through His voice speaking in the mountain, bush or sky; through His prophets; the Word and finally through Jesus Christ.  He declares that “I AM that I AM” (Exo 3:14).  God is whatever we need Him to be at any time.  God is our Father, but promises to be a husband to the barren, our friend, our healer, our deliverer, etc.   Jesus calls believers His brethren.  God is:

  • El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
  • El Elyon (The Most High God)
  • Adonai (Lord, Master)
  • Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
  • Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
  • Jehovah-Raah or Ro’i (The Lord My Shepherd)
  • Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
  • Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
  • Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
  • El Olam (The Everlasting God)
  • Elohim (God) The Lord, Yahweh the God of Israel in contrast to false gods of other nations
  • Qanna (Jealous)
  • Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
  • Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
  • Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
  • Theos: Greek word translated “God.”
  • Kurios: Greek word translated “Lord.”
  • Despotes: Greek word translated “Master.”
  • Father: God becomes our personal Father, revelation through faith in Christ

The Word of God declares who God is but God is willing to prove Himself to anyone who personally challenges His authority as He did with the Old Testament King Nebuchadnezzar:

The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: Dan 4:30-34 

God proved Himself to idolatrous Israel through His prophet Elijah:

And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. 1Ki 18:36-39

Christians believe by faith what God has said about Himself in His Word and we accept the authority of what He has said.  This faith gives to the Christian righteous standing with God that unbelievers do not have.  Unbelievers may insist on proof of God but that proof is before them every day in the majesty of God’s earth while their harden hearts refuse to believe.  Yet the Long-Suffering Lord is willing to show up to win every soul.   He has spoken for Himself through the prophets of the Old and the New Testaments:

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. Isa 44:6-7 

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. Joh 10:25-30

The question is not really about God, who needs not validation, but rather about man’s choosing to believe the God that IS.  If a man is without a harden heart, he can be persuaded by faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  Salvation will come from the drawing of the Lord and the Holy Spirit’s personal dealings with man to convict him.  “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is…” (Heb 11:6).  Jesus spoke very clearly on our choice to believe:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Joh 3:17-21

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Joh 3:16