Justification Retained

But while God can be just, and yet justify the sinner through the merits of Christ, no man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ’s righteousness while practicing known sins or neglecting known duties. God requires the entire surrender of the heart, before justification can take place; and in order for man to retain justification, there must be continual obedience, through active, living faith that works by love and purifies the soul.  {FW 100.1}

Genuine faith will be manifested in good works; for good works are the fruits of faith. As God works in the heart, and man surrenders his will to God, and cooperates with God, he works out in the life what God works in by the Holy Spirit, and there is harmony between the purpose of the heart and the practice of […]

Justification Retained2017-02-08T18:38:06-08:00

1 Timothy 4

Hello ______________________,

Thank you for asking about 1 Timothy 4:4-5.
Here are a few thoughts that I hope will be helpful:
1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats (the word “meats” doesn’t necessitate flesh food. It many times means food in general. Notice these verses which DO use the word “flesh” that is eaten, “Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 1Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”), which God hath created to be received (with this clarification, WHICH God has created to be received, we can conclude that there are some foods which God has NOT created […]
1 Timothy 42016-10-12T22:30:01-07:00

Verses for Revelation 1:5-6, the Seven Fold Praise

Some verses that go along with the ‘seven fold praise’ of Revelation 1:5-6 are as follows:

Verse 5:

  • Faithful Witness: Psalm 89:36, Proverbs 14:5, Isaiah 8:2, Jeremiah 42:5, Revelation 3:14
  • Begotten: Psalm 2:7, John 1:14, 18, John 3:16, 18, Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5, 5:5, 1 John 4:9
  • Prince: Isaiah 9:6, Daniel 8:9-11, 10:13, 21, 12:1
  • Blood: Matthew 26:28, Romans 3:25, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 10:4, 1 John 1:7

Verse 6:

  • Kings and
  • priests: Genesis 14:18, Matthew 12:5-6, 39-41, 42(Jesus declares Himself greater than every priest, prophet and king), Hebrews 7:1, Revelation 5:10
  • Dominion: Daniel 7:14, 27, Colossians 1:16, 1 Peter 4:11, 5:11, Jude 1:25
Verses for Revelation 1:5-6, the Seven Fold Praise2019-04-28T15:44:46-07:00

Remittance of Sins

Question for you: obviously we know only God can forgive sins….so how then do you explain John 20:23 to say, a Catholic, who regularly goes to a priest for forgiveness?

Hello ___________,

The question is good. Here are a few thoughts:

When looking at similar concepts, we must look at Matthew 16:18-23. Christ was saying that Peter was Petros, while He Himself is Petra. Two different words with two different meanings. Peter, or Petros, means a piece of, or a fragment of a rock. Rock, or Petra, means not a piece, but the rock itself. Then He states what sounds like whatever Peter does and says, God obeys and does as well. The “keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” does not mean total access to anything at any time. This is not what was being said. For […]

Remittance of Sins2016-10-12T22:30:01-07:00

Table of Shewbread in Revelation Five

Hello, you said,

“My kids and I have been going through verse by verse of Revelation with you.  I have a question.  You mentioned in chapter 8 that Jesus “the angel” is near the table of shewbread having two crowns, according to Exodus 25:24-25.  I looked up in Exodus and it talks about making a crown of gold round about and another Bible Version said a molding of gold all around.  Here is my question: “Are these two crowns on the table or as I see it as a frame around the table to seal or protect it”  How do you get or see two crowns??”

When looking at the table of shewbread, there are two stacks of six loaves of bread.
Leviticus 24:5 And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake.
Leviticus 24:6 And […]
Table of Shewbread in Revelation Five2016-10-12T22:30:04-07:00

The Millennium & the Holy City

Hello…

You wrote:

“Comment: I am a Seventh day Adventist studying with a Baptist preacher. Could you please tell me how you would answer his question regarding Jerusalem in Revelation 20? I told him that was the New Jerusalem that comes down at the end of the 1000 years. He points out that the New Jerusalem does not come down until Revelation 21, after the wicked have been judged. I showed examples where Revelation is not written in chronological order, but I cannot find any scriptural references that support my understanding that is the New Jerusalem instead of the old. How would you address this? I am really enjoying your sermons on going through Revelation chapter by chapter, I first learned about them through audioverse. Thank you for mentioning your website, I will investigate this site thoroughly. You speak in a way that is […]

The Millennium & the Holy City2015-09-01T18:51:51-07:00

Homosexuality

  1. Exploding the Gay Myth – The Victor J Adamson Story

  2. The All Important Question

  3. Homosexuality in the Bible

  4. Strait Answers to the Gay Question

  5. Making it Real and Practical – Gay Christians Part 1

  6. Making it Real and Practical – Gay Christians Part 2

  7. Sexual Purity, Lost and Found by Danielle Harrison

  8. The Prefix Christian by Ron Woolsey

  9. Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students (May 13, 2016)

  10. Male Transgender Testimony (Short video)

  11. Notes from “The Biblical LGBT”

  12. Kids are not Alright: A Lesbian’s Daughter Speaks Out

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Homosexuality2019-07-03T22:06:50-07:00

The 144,000 – Literal or Symbolic?

Hello Nigel. Thank you for asking. There are a few reasons I believe what I do, so I will set them out in this response so you can then let me know what you believe:

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels (representing God’s providences) standing on the four corners of the earth (symbolic of the entire earth, as the earth is round and has no corners), holding the four winds of the earth (symbolic of the strife and destruction to be let loose in God’s providential timing), that the wind (symbolic of destruction) should not blow on the earth (symbolic of the desolate areas), nor on the sea (symbolic of the populated areas), nor on any tree (symbolic of symbolic of people).

Revelation 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east (symbolic of a message growing in strength like the […]

The 144,000 – Literal or Symbolic?2016-10-12T22:30:10-07:00

Is Ordination Present Truth?

There were three items in the earthly sanctuary: a pot containing manna, the ten commandments, and Aaron’s rod that budded. This can be seen in both Old and New Testaments, but notice Hebrews 9:4 putting each item together in one verse, “Hebrews 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Hebrews 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant.”

Aaron’s rod was a symbol for a lot of things, as were the pot and commandments (see the above video for a quick overview), but one thing can definitely be found by reading Numbers 16-17–God’s order in the priesthood is important to Him.

Since we are living today in the […]

Is Ordination Present Truth?2016-10-12T22:30:11-07:00

Daniel 2 – the Iron and the Clay

Question:

P.S. do you know any way of connecting the clay in the feet of Daniel 2 with the church / Papacy… in the Bible ? I know that that is easy with Daniel 7… but what about Dan. 2 ?

Answer:

Daniel 2 can be shown as the church and state scenario through the fact that the iron equals Rome (in the division between the iron and clay, there is an obvious change in the character/position of Rome) and the clay is represented as God’s people in Jeremiah 18. “Jeremiah 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Jeremiah 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Jeremiah 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel that he made of […]

Daniel 2 – the Iron and the Clay2015-07-19T11:19:55-07:00

Why Did God Tempt Abraham?

Hello _______.

This is an interesting question that has led many a Bible student to stop and think further–myself included.
“God cannot be tempted with evil,” according to James 1:13, neither does He tempt any man. But the Bible says, “God did tempt Abraham” (Genesis 22:1, KJV). How can we reconcile this conflict of terms?
“We read that God tempted Abraham, that He tempted the children of Israel. This means that He permitted circumstances to occur to test their faith, and lead them to look to Him for help.” (BC 1094.2)
The Bible says so little about it, we must believe that God’s Word about Himself is true. If God doesn’t tempt man with evil, then that’s what happened. God must have tempted Abraham with something that was not evil. God must have tempted him with a different motive. We can read that Abraham believed that God would […]
Why Did God Tempt Abraham?2015-06-23T11:46:29-07:00

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Considered

1Co 11:1  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

1Co 11:2  Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances (this word is translated ‘traditions’ every of the 13 times but this one in the NT), as I delivered them to you.

1Co 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head (symbol of authority) of every man is Christ; and the head (symbol of authority) of the woman is the man; and the head (symbol of authority) of Christ is God.

1Co 11:4  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head (symbol of authority) covered, dishonoureth his head (symbol of authority).

1Co 11:5  But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head (symbol of authority) uncovered (as though […]

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Considered2016-10-12T22:30:14-07:00

Zechariah 6

I was asked a question about Zechariah 6. Here’s what God lead me to…

Quote:
Are you referring to “Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”??

If so, the BRANCH is the question. Who is that?

Notice a few verses that can be directly applied to Jesus:

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isaiah 11:2 And […]

Zechariah 62016-10-12T22:30:14-07:00

Did Jesus Need Grace?

Hello ……………..,

You said, “Hello pastor, My name is …………….. and i am writting to ask for clarification on some verses i have had trouble understanding. The verses speak about Grace and they are as follows.
(Luk 2:40)  And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
(Joh 1:14)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 

My question is did Jesus need Grace ? And is the Grace spoken of in the above verses similar to that which the apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians ? (Eph 2:8)  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that […]

Did Jesus Need Grace?2016-10-12T22:30:16-07:00

Short Videos while at Secrets Unsealed

Cracking the Genesis Code Promo

ANCHOR School of Theology Commercial

What’s Up with Time Magazine

The Pope Threatens to Punch

A Conference on Family and Marriage

Video Response to a Magazine

Women’s Ordination Symposium Playlist – Bakersfield, CA

Pope Mission Video

Philly Video Update

Hand Drawn Video Response

Worship at Satan’s Throne Promo

Secrets of Pentecost Intro

WO Intro

 

Short Videos while at Secrets Unsealed2019-04-30T21:27:01-07:00

Priesthood of All Believers

Hello ______________,

The text comes from 1 Peter 2:5-10:

1Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 

1Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 

1Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 

1Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 

Priesthood of All Believers2016-10-12T22:30:16-07:00

Churches, Seals, and Trumpets All Historic

ChurchThank you for asking about how the seven churches of Revelation 2-3 can be part of the historic view of the Christian faith starting with the time of Christ and going through to the second coming of Christ. I’ll just say that I’ll be part of this conversation, not the final answer.

There are three sevens in the sequences of the churches, seals and trumpets: 

  • 7 Churches
  • 7 Seals
  • 7 Trumpets

There are pictures of Christ in ministry before each of the sevens:

  • Chapter 1 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 churches. 
  • Chapters 4-5 have a picture of Christ followed by 7 seals.
  • Chapter 8 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 trumpets.

Churches, Seals, and Trumpets All Historic2017-02-08T21:50:38-08:00

Symbolism Matters

This message was presented at a 21 part symposium at the Secrets Unsealed studio, 2014.

Symbolism Matters2019-04-30T22:27:22-07:00

WO Testimony

I have been so blessed by watching the messages on YouTube from the Women’s Ordination Symposium. After watching Julie Mesa’s presentation, I wanted to share a testimony with you regarding my experience in the career lane and as a mother.

I entered Medical School at the age of 35 because it seemed I was not going to ever have a family. I found that doing medical missionary work was my way of sharing my maternal nurturing as well as giving the gospel message. However, I married during school and had my first and only child. It was all I could do to finish school while I had a child at home (or at a sitter’s). I noticed that the majority of staff in the hospital were women, with children at home. I would ask myself, “Who’s taking care of our children?” When I […]

WO Testimony2016-10-12T22:30:19-07:00