Texas Health Worker Tests Positive for Ebola- Is this prophetic?

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Have you heard the news? Reportedly one of the health care workers who treated the Liberian patient, Thomas E. Duncan, who died last week of the Ebola virus, has also tested positive for the virus.

The health care worker took the preliminary test and state health officials confirmed Sunday that the worker has indeed tested positive.

Dr. David Lakey said, “we were well aware a second case could very well be a reality and have been preparing for the possibility.”

Dr. Lakey who is the Texas health commissioner, goes on to say, “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”

The worker still goes unnamed and unidentified but it has been confirmed this person was with certainty an employee of Texas health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Officials have confirmed that the preliminary tests were held at the state public-health lab in Austin Texas and other tests will be done by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.

Ebola suitsFriends this Ebola virus seems to be on the rise and is no longer a foreign threat, but an enemy that has now planted it’s venomous roots right hear on our home turf; but the question I ask you as christians, is should we be fearful of this new pestilence?

Is this the last pestilence we will see? How many lives will diseases like this Ebola virus claim?

Jesus informed us while He was still here on earth that pestilence would be a sign of His soon return (Matthew 24:7)

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Also by inspiration of the Holy Spirit we know that these pestilence are a result of all the bloodshed that is taking place in the world now.

Strife, war, and bloodshed, with famine and pestilence, raged everywhere. Other nations were engaged in this war and confusion. War caused famine. Want and bloodshed caused pestilence. – Testimonies vol. 1 pp. 268

However as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus and remain active in His commission to take light unto the entire world we can rest assured that God will command His angels to look over us. Take a look at this excerpt from the book “Conflicts & Courage”.

God commissions His angels to save His chosen ones from calamity, to guard them from “the pestilence that walketh in darkness” and “the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” -CC. pp. 337

Friends I wished that I could tell you that the diseases and pestilence will soon go away and everything will get back to normal but prophecy tells us that we’ve entered a phase in earth history in which there is no turning back and the final movements will be rapid ones.

There may be small times of peace in the midst of these calamities but they earth will never be the same again as we previously knew it but with this troubling news there is a very bright beacon of light. The bible is proving itself more and more accurate with every fulfillment of prophecy.

Why is this such good news? This is good news because Jesus says when you begin to see all these things happen look up because your salvation draweth nigh! Amen and Hallelujah! I can’t wait to see my savior coming in clouds of glory to take us home and I hope to see you there.

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Military Deception in Spiritual Warfare- Are you armed?

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Military deception, have you ever heard of it?

Military deception is an attempt to mislead your enemy based on creating an artificial fog of war. This can be achieved by using visual deception, psychological operations, information warfare and tons of other deceptions.

There are two forms in particular I want to direct your attention to today; Feigned Retreat and The Trojan Horse tactics.

Feigned Retreat is leading the enemy through a false sense of security into a pre-posititioned ambush.

The trojan horse tactic may be one you’ve heard of before. This is the art of gaining the opponent to a fortified area under false pretense to later admit a larger attacking force.

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Doesn’t Satan, the adversary to all things righteous and good, use these methods against God’s people? Aren’t his efforts increasing in these last times because he knows his time is short (Rev 12:12)?

Isn’t the enemy wroth with the people of God and doesn’t he want to make war with this same people(Rev 12:17)?

Doesn’t the bible warn us:
Be sober, Be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 kjv

If the bible gives such bold warnings.. why then are we still unaware and unprepared for the attacks of the devil, dear brethren?

Is it because many of us have closed our bibles? Is it due to the fact we choose to take the beautiful verses of peace in the bible and deem them as profitable for instruction but ignore the things that are contrary to our doings?

It is my solemn belief that one of Satan’s goals in these last days is to numb christians to the voice of the Holy Spirit through the prosperity messages being taught by many televangelist and even a large number of local pastors and speakers.

We tend to see rebuke as a bad thing that only breaks people down; so we tend to only talk about the pleasant messages of the Gospel. You know, Jesus walked on water, Feed the multitudes, healed the sick, etc… . Which are all great topics to discuss but there is more to the gospel message than just the miracles of the first advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is also rebuke and instruction in righteousness and a solemn message to every member of the body of Christ to carry the gospel to the four corners of the earth before the probation of mankind ultimately ends.

I think the enemy is trying to take the message of present truth away from the church. Paul makes this statement in Hebrews 10:26:

“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin,”

What a sobering statement. Paul is saying, even after Jesus had been crucified for our sins, that if we continue to sin willfully after knowing the truth about Jesus Christ, then there remains no more sacrifices for our sins.

This is contrary to what is being taught to many today. To some, are being taught that the commandments of God are no longer of any effect to new testament christians because Christ nailed the old covenant to the cross.

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And I agree that there were some laws nailed to the cross which were a shadow of Christ to come, but the moral law (10 commandments) weren’t a shadow of Christ’s coming, or His ministry on earth, or even as His work as our great High Priest in heaven, but instead the commandments which were apart of the old covenant as well are the very character of God written out on stone tablets and in the new covenant are written on stony hearts.

In fact, the bible tells us that breaking the commandments is actually the definition of sin( 1 John 3:4) so if we say the commandments were nailed to the cross then it is now impossible to sin. Which Paul makes it very clear that we can still choose to sin even after accepting Christ (Hebrews 10:26)

Now after covering that I can now explain why I say the devil looks to numb us to the voice of the Holy spirit that we no longer feel guilt for our sins.

First, we need to take a look at what the Holy Spirit’s work in our life is to be.

John 16:8 kjv- And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of Judgement.

Notice what it says the Holy spirit would do for the world. It didn’t say when He comes you would get that Mercedes you always wanted nor does it say He would rebuke the devil’s attempt to keep you from getting that $500,000 house you feel you rightfully deserve does it beloved?

No the scripture says the job of the Holy Spirit is to “reprove the world of sin.”

What does reprove mean?

Reprove- Reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, or chastise.

So in other words the job of the Holy Spirit is to lead us away from sin. We hear Him as a still small voice and through the inspiration of the Holy scriptures but if we don’t read for ourselves and if we only hang on the words of spiritual leaders; when they speak contrary to the spirit we won’t know it and we begin to quiet the voice of the Holy Comforter.

Why is it so important that we don’t quiet the voice of the Holy Spirit?

All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. – Matthew 12:31 kjv

What does blasphemy mean according to the Holy bible?

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. – John 10:32,33

We see that one definition of blasphemy is taking the purgatives of God being only a man. We know Jesus could do this because He was God but for any other man it’s blasphemy.

Let’s take a look at another definition.

And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying,Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sinsbut God alone? – Luke 5:21 kjv

We see that claiming the ability to forgive sins being a man also is considered biblically to be blasphemy.

So how do you blasphemy the Holy Spirit. It’s not one individual act that blasphemes away the Holy Spirit from an individual, but continually denying His work in one’s life. Thus putting your own selfish purgatives above the that of God’s and forgiving yourself of your sins which cannot gain you salvation.

The Holy Spirit’s work is to guide us to the truth(Jesus)(John 16:18) that we can approach His Omnipotent feet and receive mercy and forgiveness for our sins, but you’ll never feel the need for this mercy if you quiet the Holy Ghost and believe that it no longer matters what you do you’re already forgiven for it and there are no consequences.

Please don’t get me wrong our Lord is abundant in mercy and lovingkindness but we are not to take advantage of His grace but instead repent which means to confess and forsake our sins and put our best foot forward in not continually committing the same sin.

Because if we stop listening to the Holy Spirit and feel like this is just the way I am so be it, then that cherished sin can become unpardonable and the devil can be successful in His Military Deception using his own form of Feigned Retreat to steal away your salvation.

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Ooltewah SDA Pastor faith strengthened from persecution in the Soviet Union

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Imagine growing up in a communist society where you’re constantly ridiculed for your faith.

When the leaders in your life such as the Principle and teachers constantly call you up in front of your peers to scold you about how ridiculous your beliefs are.

Try to envision a place where the unregistered leader of the church of your country can be imprisoned majority of his life for being faithful to Christ and close out his days in an Yakutia camp.

This was every day life for Peter Kulakov, who has recently became the senior pastor at Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church, as a child growing up in the Soviet Union.

Reflecting on his childhood Peter disclosed that baptisms were conducted in the dark and bibles were hidden under the double floor of an outhouse.

This is likely due to the confiscation of religious properties which is well-associated in Soviet history since the revolution after 1922.

Peter’s family is no stranger to persecution and ridicule. His father and grandfather both did jail time for the testimony of Jesus and His uncle died in a Soviet prison.

In such European territories it is considered shameful and a disgrace to be a christian and mocking and scrounging are sure to follow all that will accept Christ.

Upon entering the military in 1992 Kulakov appeared before a counsel of officers and boldly declared he could not serve on Sabbath(Saturday) because it was a violation of his conscience and beliefs.

Many were in disbelief at his boldness, as it was well known no one gets days off in the military, yet Peter stood firm on his foundational beliefs.

Afterwards Kulaov moved to the U.S.A. seeking religious freedom and has since then Pastored churches in Indiana and Metro- Atlanta.

In his first 3 weekly sermons at Ooltewah; Peter has shared the stories of the persecutions of his childhood and early life.

Instead of being resentful however Kulakov says he is grateful for the persecution in his upbringing because it has strengthened his faith and prepared his for a lifetime in ministry.

Peter has not forgotten his Russian roots. He has a faith-based television program that broadcasts in Russia, and visits Eastern- Europe several times a year to hold evangelistic meetings.

The story of Peter Kulakov can be an inspiration to us all. When facing various trials we tend to say “why me?” However, Peter’s attitude exemplifies that the persecution has prepared him to better serve the Lord.

You know, it makes me think of this verse in the bible.

And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. – Acts 5:41 kjv

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Redesigning The Bible With Readability In Mind or Deception?

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Thy word is true from the beginning: And every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Psalm 119:160 kjv

Adam Lewis Greene, a Santa Cruz typographer, has set out with the goal in mind to make the bible more readable to today’s ever-developing society.

Greene claims that the layout of the old and new testaments of the bible discourages readers from reading the book from front to back.

He later adds “ No wonder that while 73% of Americans say they are Christian, only 1 in 5 Americans will cop to actually reading the Bible on a regular basis.

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It’s name will be the Bibliotheca, and the idea is to print the bible as just another long book; four attractive hardcover volumes, 2 for the old testament and 2 for the New.

Greene, also goes on to state that the verse and chapter numbers used as reference points are actually new; finding their origin in the Medieval times.

Finally he states, and when I say he I mean Adam Lewis Greene, and not Jehovah, that the bible was meant to be experienced not as a spiritual encyclopedia, but literature.

Now here is my take and personal opinion on the new project the Bibliotheca. While good intension and sincerity may have been at the center of reasoning behind this project, there have been many people throughout the history of mankind that have been sincerely mistaking.

The lack of interest in reading of the bible consistently among the American christians has nothing to do with the lack of readability of the old and new testaments, but more so a lack of understanding and a desire not to be convicted of sins that they hold dear.

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How does the bible tell us that we are to understand it?

Answer: Isaiah 28:10 kjv – For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

The bible tells us we must compare scripture with scripture to understand it and we will only find God when we search for Him diligently with all our hearts(Jer 29:13). So simplifying or modifying the bible will not bring the reader any closer to the Lord. The reader needs to come to God with an open heart and learn at the feet of Jesus.

Who’s job is it to convict us of sin?

Answer: John 16:8 kjv- And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

The answer is the Holy spirit convicts us of sin (see also John 16:13) if we deny the rebuke we feel when we read the more difficult scripture of the bible we deny the Holy spirit working in our lives. Which if is done too consistently is the only sin God cannot forgive ( MT 12:31)

According to the top bible scholars of the world- if honestly admitted- after the king james version of the bible were completed there was no further need for any other translation of the bible.

It’s the closest and most accurate resource we have to the original text. Also in many of the latter forms of the bible it’s been found that some versions actually contain verses that gear different meaning than that of the hebrew & greek translations intended and even gave way to some missing versions and I’m willing to bet my lucky stars friends, that this new project, the bibliotheca, won’t be the exception.

Remember God’s solemn warning concerning His holy word

 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6 kjv

 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:18-19 kjv

Taking away or adding to for a more readable content does make us liable to God for profaning that which is Holy and making no distinction between what’s Holy and what’s profane.

I dare say, that we should stay far away from these “simplified bibles” and cling to the truth of God friends. I will leave you with these scriptures.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 kjv

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Supreme Court rules ObamaCare provision can’t force some employers to cover contraception.

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Supreme Court has ruled that ObamaCare provisions can’t force some employers to cover contraception, that is a mandate for pregnancy prevention.
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This is a great day for religious liberty, right? We saw protestant and Catholic alike come together for the common cause of preventing mandatory abortion. Maybe we don’t differ so much after all.

Why are Christian against the Idea of Contraception Mandates?

While we don’t feel that the government should make laws that outlaw an individual’s right to abort a child; it is a direct violation of the seventh commandment that says

Thou shalt not kill

If this mandate would stand it would mean the violation of religious liberty in which this country was founded on, as well as a violation of conscience.

For a business owner that has religious convictions, a decree to swallow those convictions violates the company’s freedom to worship according to the dictates of one’s own conscience, but forces corporate worship void of love and personal decision.

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These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. – Revelation 17:13

Catholics and protestants came together to push out the forced abortion act from the ObamaCare administration. On the surface this is a beautiful act of unity but the bible tells us that this is the beginning of something far more sinister.

“When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism (the charismatic movement?) … then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near” (Christian Service pp. 160, 161).

This marks the first time in history that Supreme court has recognized for-profit organizations religious rights under federal law or the constitution.

This also signifies of the greatest testimonies that christians of all denominations should lay aside their differences and just love each other and function as one body.

Moral of this story
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“Today is a great day for religious liberty,” says , counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty which represented Hobby Lobby in her interview with Fox news.

I couldn’t agree more. It’s awesome to see christians unite and make a difference in our nation and in the world. After all the bible does tell us if possible live peaceably among all men.( Rom 12:18)

I wished I could say that it would always be as sweet as victory as we are witnessing now.

Prophesy shows the liberties that America has always has stood on and the morals this great nation was founded on will begin to erode and many christians will begin to back laws that limit the freedom of their brethren.

Unity can be a great thing but the bible commands us to form unity around sound doctrine.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
– John 17:17

There is a quote I’d like to leave you with today from one of the most translated and astonishing authors in the last 200 years, Ellen White, in her classic book, Great Controversy.

ellen“Romanism is now regarded by Protestants with far greater favor than in former years. In those countries where Catholicism is not in the ascendancy, and the papists are taking a conciliatory course in order to gain influence, there is an increasing indifference concerning the doctrines that separate the reformed churches from the papal hierarchy; the opinion is gaining ground that, after all, we do not differ so widely upon vital points as has been supposed, and that a little concession on our part will bring us into a better understanding with Rome. The time was when Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience which had been so dearly purchased. They taught their children to abhor popery and held that to seek harmony with Rome would be disloyalty to God. But how widely different are the sentiments now expressed!” (p. 563).

Remember these words of Jesus: Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Revelation 3:11 kjv

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Lesson on humility and the power of God

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Oppression of The Multitude

In the days of Gideon, Israel was oppressed by many nations for their disobedience to God and constant backsliding, but God so loved Israel that when they humbled themselves He’d raise a judge to deliver them. In this particular lesson, the nation was Midian’s vast and powerful army. Judges 7:12 says they were with as many camels as the sand by the sea(meaning a lot of camel and men).

Many are Called; Few are Chosen
Interestingly enough, Gideon’s army began with 32,000 men. The Lord told Gideon this is far to many they’ll begin to think they got the victory with their own hand( cf Judges 7:2) Church history shows us that a lot of times when there is a great increase in the church and powerful works are being done as a result of the resources available, the people of God begin to become a little self-righteous and within themselves begin to think their good works will earn them a place of favor with God. God wanted it to be understood without a shadow of a doubt, it was indeed Him who delivered them from their oppressors, so He commanded Gideon to send 22,000 of his soldiers home which left him with 10,000 soldiers still.

Gathering the Wheats & Tares
The Lord again said to Gideon, nope, you got too many here, I need the most obedient & humble of servants to carry out My will and deliver my people from the hands of anguish(paraphrasing) So the Lord tested the soldiers by the water and made a divide between the soldiers that lapped water like a dog( humble christians) and the ones who would only fall to their knees to drink( prideful christians). Of those, 300 soldiers, lapped water like a dog; the remaining 9,700 soldiers drank from their knees to drink (cf. Judges 7:4-5)

The Awesome Saving Grace of God
The 9,700 prideful soldiers were sent home and God used 300 men of lowly hearts and humble obedience to conquer the uncountable multitude of the wicked by the hand of their own swords. There are a few morals to this story. The most important is serve the Lord with reverence and trembling, with all humbleness and you’d be amazed at the wonderful and great things He can do
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Satan’s Greatest Deception: Let Him That Has An Ear Understand

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The bible reveals to us that none are perfect excluding the Lord Himself. The bible also tells us in Psalm 19:7, that God’s law is also perfect.

In this article we’re going to take a look at the law of God and how it reflects the very character of God almighty.

There was a lot of confusion regarding the first advent of Jesus, and the purpose of His human manifestation.

Israel were given prophet after prophet, shadows & types, as well as the precepts of God to help them identify the messiah at His for coming.

However, instead of being vigilant and diligent in preparation for the Son of God, Israel became obsessed with the ceremonies and rituals themselves; thus at the coming of Jesus as the meek Lamb to be atonement for the sin of the world, He was  unrecognized by the very people who were supposed to take His gospel to the world.
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Avoiding the same mistake:

We know after the time was fulfilled that all who accepted Chris as Lord and deliverer, Jew & Gentile alike were considered spiritual Israel.

My concern is, has spiritual Israel become so accustom to tradition and ceremonies that we’ve forgotten to look for the return of the Redeemer?

There is no mistaking it that there were some significant changes that were accomplished at the cross of calvary, but what did the changes entail exactly?

Colossians 2:14 tells us exactly what was nailed to the cross, read it carefully.

Notice it says the commandment found in the handwriting of  Ordinances which were a whiteness against you was nailed to the cross.

The wording is extremely important because the commandments in ordinances differed from the 10 commandments given by God and written by His own finger.

If you go to Deuteronomy 31:26 you’ll see that Moses wrote a book of the law of ordinances aside from the 10 commandments and placed it beside the ark of the covenant, in inside the ark where only the Holy 10 commandments spoken by God were permitted.

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The book was to be a witness against Israel and contained shadows and ceremonial laws to help Israel identify Jesus.

This is what was nailed to the cross.

Jesus plainly declared He did not come to Abolish the Law but fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17).

Protest against the 10 commandments:

Some have said Jesus did fulfill the Law so we no longer have to….

I, awkwardly enough, agree.
Jesus’s righteous fulfillment of the law in His earthly life means we no longer have to fulfill the law to be saved.

Did you catch that? Since Jesus did fulfill the law we no longer need to….. AS A MEANS OF SALVATION.

The bible provides us with a clear definition of Sin.

Sin is the transgression of the law (see 1 John 3:4).

Does sin through grace lead to salvation?

So now that we understand breaking God’s law is the very definition of sin, let’s see what the apostle Paul had to say about lawlessness.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue sinning that grace may abound? God forbid (Romans 6: 12).

The idea that grace could be used as a license to sin was absurd to Paul.

Christ kept the law (see John 15:10) and what is a christian but a follower of Christ?

Remember on the last day the ones Christ will ask to depart from Him will be a result of their lawlessness (see Matthew 7:23).
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The bible is consistent in pointing out law-breaking as a bad thing.

A question I’d like to ask is, why would you change something perfect? If something is perfect no alterations could improve the thing without flaw.

Can you imagine an interviewer after the big game asking a player

“You played the perfect game tonight,  no game in history past or present  will be as good as this one, no player will ever play a better game than this one tonight, a quad-tripple-double, how do you plan to doing better for the next game?”

Do you see how much of a contradiction that would be? Remember James 1:25 tells us that God’s law is perfect. What alterations can possibly be added to it?

Some additional food for thought, if the law could be altered would their be a reason for Jesus to be a sin sacrifice?

Couldn’t then God just lower the expectations to fulfill it?

Friends, remember these words I am the Lord I change not Malachi 3:6.

This is why changing the law was totally out of the question and Jesus had to bare sin for us.

Now that undeniable biblical evidence has been provided that the law is still binding let’s move to our final section of the article.

Did you think you were already keeping the commandments?

You may be one who says I have no problem with the commandments and I think we should keep them.

I fact a lot of churches would agree, but did you know there is one commandment that almost all christians have forgotten.

I’ll give you a clue it’s the only commandment that begins with remember.

Did you guess it? If you said the Sabbath commandment… You win!!! Your prize is the seal of God!

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You may be saying is it really that important that I keep the law, but remember breaking any part of the law is sin (see James 2:10) and sin leads to death( see Romans 6:23).

This is why Jesus had to suffer humiliation and torture.

He was wounded for our transgression Isaiah 53:5.

Would you suggest it’s now okay to steal, kill, have affairs, covet, etc…?

Of course not, that sounds ludicrous. To God casting aside His Holy day(Saturday) for a man-made sanctified sabbath(Sunday) sounds just as insane.

Revelation 14:12 declares that the people God is returning for are the ones who keep HIs commandments.

How many? Just 9? No my friend, all 10.

As servants we have no authority to tamper with the Holy law of the Master.

I hope this article has encouraged you to stand firm on the Holy laws of God.

I recommend finding a church that observes all the precepts of God and holds on to the truth as time winds down on this planet.

I would love to hear your thoughts below.
God bless.