"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The NARROW VIEW of the SCRIPTURES

By James Fire

Rebuttal to: Why Teaching Your Child to Read the Bible Literally Might Destroy Them… Literally.

Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence and/or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Its primary tenet is simply, “truth is that which corresponds to reality”. Or putting it another way, “the truth is that which is the truth.”
In language, we incorporate significance to words as they correspond with reality. If I write the word ‘house’ – in your mind you picture some semblance of a house with walls, a roof, windows and doors. If I write the word, ‘happy’ you think of the condition and experience of being agreeably content and feelings of well-being.

We can therefore attribute a literal meaning to words, but they can also express a certain figurative meaning as well. When you thought of the word ‘house’ it could have a figurative meaning, in that it could express the idea of a real family lineage, as Joseph and Mary were “of the house of David”. Obviously, they didn’t live in King David’s house, but rather they were, in reality, his descendants.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

BEWARE OF LEAVEN!!!

By James Fire

In Mark’s Gospel, chapter 8, the LORD Jesus fed four thousand hungry souls by miraculously multiplying some bread and fish. He did the same thing earlier in His ministry and fed 5000 (MATT 14:21).

After feeding the multitude in Mark’s account, the Pharisees approached Him and sought a miraculous sign from heaven, for which He rebukes them (having already performed this incredible miracle which they just witnessed).

He and His disciples then leave them all, and get into a boat to depart to the other side of the sea of Galilee. While in the boat, the LORD charged them:

MARK 8:15
15 . . . saying, ‘Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod’.

The disciples however misunderstand the LORD’s meaning, thinking that it was because they had forgotten to bring bread, that He said this.
The LORD then rebukes them for their hard hearts and reminds them of the power He possesses to miraculously produce bread – and in Matthew’s Gospel, it’s recorded that the disciples then understood what He meant:

MATT 16:12 
Then they understood how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

The Pharisee’s doctrine consisted largely in the demonstration of miraculous power. Earlier in Matthew’s Gospel, in chapter 15 the LORD says,

MATT 15:8-9
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Note that – not the doctrine of God, as found in the Word, but the doctrines of men – based on their own thinking and philosophy . . . 
Today, we know leaven by the name “yeast” – it is a fungus that feeds on sugars and carbohydrates and grows very rapidly*, especially in dark, warm conditions. 

I used to work for Pizza Hut, and I would produce batches of dough and buckets of pizza sauce – we would prepare these with specially marked spatulas. We would mix water with yeast using specific spatulas, and mix tomato sauce with water with other spatulas. We would NEVER use the one type of spatula for anything other than what it’s intended for.

One time I took a spatula to mix a bucket of pizza sauce – it was one that was used for mixing yeast. But it had just been washed in steaming hot water from the dishwasher, so I thought it would be OK.

I finished making the five-gallon bucket of sauce, labeled it with the day’s date and placed it in a walk-in refrigerator.

The very next day, I pulled that bucket out to place some of the pizza sauce in the make table where we would make the pizzas, and it was bubbling and rancid. In less than 24 hours perhaps a single small grain of yeast that survived the steaming hot water was introduced into a 5-gallon bucket of sauce and fermented the entire thing!

The growth of yeast can be inhibited, or arrested altogether by salt. If enough salt is added, the yeast can even be killed. Extremes in temperature can also arrest the growth of yeast. Yeast infections (candida) that afflict people (me included) are very difficult to get rid of, once it sets into the intestinal tract.

In the Old Testament, there is much we read about yeast, such as in EXODUS 12 God gave instruction to Israel to purge their homes of all leaven. To search every corner and crevice and sweep it out of the house. They were to do this once a day, each day for seven days. Anyone found eating bread with leaven in it “shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel” (EXOD 12:19). THAT is how serious God took this matter!

Leaven represents the (false) doctrines of men – leaders of religion or philosophy and teachers of any belief system (Islam, Talmudic Judaism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Word-Faith teaching, Occult and Eastern philosophy) that are not in agreement to the doctrine of God’s Word.

False doctrine also comes through demonic spirits; such false doctrines will increase rapidly and flourish during the apostasy which we are witnessing today. This spiritual and wicked leaven has almost entirely permeated all of today’s churches (MATT 13:33).

1 TIM 4:1 
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith [the doctrine of God’s Word], giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Leaven is also a representation for pride – during the process of dough being leavened, what happens? The dough rises, expands, and gets puffed up. Rising dough by the process of leaven is in all actuality a form of corruption.
There are many verses that address pride, that is being “puffed up”

1 COR 4:6 
And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

1 COR 13:4 
Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; loves vaunts not itself, is not puffed up,

Leaven is also a presentation for sin in general:
There was a young man who was committing incest with his step-mother in the Corinthian church, and the apostle Paul soundly rebukes the church for not addressing this matter: 

1 COR 5:2,6-8
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven [in context this is referring to this sin of incest] leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Any time a person commits a sin – it doesn’t matter what the sin is, when you get right down to the very core issue – it is pride. We sin, because in our pride, we believe we are entitled to have _________, regardless of what God may think. When we commit a sin – we are essentially saying, as Lucifer said in his own pride (IS 14:13-14): “Not THY will O Lord, but MY will be done.”

Resisting the devil, resisting pride, resisting sin means humbling ourselves (that is, submitting under and surrendering our will) before the LORD and seeking His mercy and grace to help us in times of such temptation by His all-empowering grace:

JAMES 4:6-8
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

HEBREWS 4:15-16
15 For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

We spoke about the apostasy a little bit ago – forsaking the Word of God’s Truth in favor of false teachings – spiritual leaven.
I find it fascinating what the LORD told the church of Laodicea in the book of 

REV 3:14-16
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

What is the spiritual temperature of the church of Laodicea? Not hot, not cold, but lukewarm.
The thing about yeast is, if you want to make it inactive, you get it cold. You could reactivate the yeast by then warming it up – the cold doesn’t kill the yeast, it just renders it inactive.

If you raise the temperature up however, make it hotyou will then kill the yeast. It can’t survive in hot temperatures. It also cannot survive when there is a high concentration of salt present.

The temperature at which yeast will flourish is lukewarm!

THAT is why the LORD found the state of Laodicea so disgusting that He wanted to puke – not being cold toward the LORD, or zealously hot for the LORD. But being lukewarm; the perfect spiritual condition that invites false doctrine and deception. That church was deceived because they felt that they were blessed and in need of nothing, when God knew that they were spiritually poverty stricken – blind, naked, barren . . . 

The way to kill spiritual leaven – be it false doctrine, or pride is by being white-hot in love with Jesus! A passion for the LORD, and obedience to Him, will keep us pure of pride and false and deceptive teachings. Like Israel, we need to examine our hearts and see where there may be any pride, or false beliefs and teachings – both are to be looked for in the light of God’s Word, and swept out of our hearts, and our lives.

PSALM 129:23-24
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
The LORD issued warning against ‘spiritual leaven’ in the Gospels: false prophets (false doctrine) and pride – iniquity, rebellion:

MATT 24:11-13
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Many will be deceived because they have no love for the LORD and His Word, and so they will accept the leaven of false teaching. It says that their love will grow cold – those words “grow cold” refer to cooling off by evaporation. 

It’s how our bodies cool off. Water in our bodies rise to the surface of our skin when we get overheated, and when the sweat evaporates, it takes some of that heat with it. Evaporative coolers, what we call swamp coolers work in the same way – the cool water on the pads evaporates as the fan blows on them, and produces cool air.
God’s Word is represented by water (EPH 5:26).

What Jesus said in the verses just quoted in MATTHEW is that because iniquity will abound – that word iniquity means “lawlessness” (it can also mean rebellion, opposition) – it’s an attitude that does not tolerate truth – because they will reject the Word of God in their rebellion, the love for the LORD will grow cold.

In the same manner, the apostle Paul admonished young pastor Timothy the following:

2 TIM 4:2-4
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure [will not tolerate] sound doctrine [truth]; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

I said earlier that yeast grows best in dark places. What does the LORD say to the church in:

MATT 5:14
Ye are the light of the world . . . And we are the light only because it’s the LORD’s Light that is in us (JOHN 8:12)! 

I also said that salt kills off yeast. And what else does the LORD say about the church?

MATT 5:13
Ye are the salt of the earth:

Once yeast invades the intestinal tract and candida sets in, as I said, it is very difficult to get rid of it.

Even more so with sin, pride and false doctrine. Better to avoid “an overgrowth” of these spiritual forms of leaven altogether, rather than struggle in trying to be rid of them, once they find a place in our hearts.

Why does Satan want to infest the church with tares (MATT 13:24-30)? With the fowls of the air (which are symbols of demons who infest the kingdom of heaven (MATT 13:31-22). And with leaven (MATT 13:33)?


To interfere with the life of the believer? To sabotage their spiritual life? Yes, but also much more than that – to set up his end goal, which is to fill this world with such pride that they believe that they are gods, with such sin, that their hearts will become permanently hardened against God, and with such false doctrine that they will gladly form a one world religion which will willingly bow the knee in worship of the anti-Christ and Satan himself!


How To Get Rid of Spiritual Leaven:
1) To rid ourselves of pride – read, study, love and follow the Word of God! The Word admonishes us to humble ourselves before the LORD. Stay close to the cross and remain humble!
2) To cleanse ourselves of sin – read, study, love and follow the Word of God! The Word directs us to the cross where Christ's blood was shed for the remission of our sins, as well as seeking the power of the Spirit to sanctify us! Confess sins and repent of them!
And . . . 
3) To protect ourselves from false doctrine – read, study, love and follow the Word of God! The Word of God is Truth, the only antidote for apostasy. We must remain watchful and oppose all false doctrine wherever it may be found!


The world is en-route to global deception and overflowing already with false doctrine (especially of demons), sin and ungodly pride - all the ingredients necessary for the anti-Christ to lead this world into perdition, destruction and hell.
Let us be intent on getting rid of spiritual leaven from our hearts and lives.

For more on this see the following:
LEAVEN, FOWL & GLOBALISM REBORN.

The ONE WORLD LEADER: Whose Coming Is After The Working of Satan.


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The BIBLICAL MODEL of MAN


By James Fire

Let us consider the “first Adam” (1 COR 15:45) = Ah-dawm “Man”. The creation of God as the ideal and the model of man prior to the fall. The following list begins with the letter “I” and addresses Adam’s condition and qualities prior to the fall:
Inspired: The Spirit of God gave him life. The vitality of God indwelt the man so that he became a living soul (GEN 2:7) – self-aware, and integrated with awareness of God. He had fellowship with God. 

Intimate: Yet God said, “It is not good that man should be alone” (GEN 2:18). God determined that Adam needed someone of his own kind for interaction, and develop intimate relationship with Him as well as his significant other, Eve.
Innocence: Both were entirely innocent, not knowing iniquity, corruption and sin (GEN 2:25). We see this innocence dimly mirrored in a baby or very young child. They are unaware of the sin nature within them, or the curse of sin upon this world.
Intelligence: Adam and Eve’s intelligence were unstained by the devastating effects of sin that wreaks deterioration, destruction and death on our own minds. We have no idea of the level of intelligence they possessed, but this “paragon of God’s creatures” would no doubt be superior to any other man in their fallen state. God left it up to Adam to name all the creatures that the LORD created, both land-dwelling and air. Consider how formidable a task this would be, and yet God left this for Adam to do, knowing he was competent for the job!

Having the innocence of a child and the brains of a mega-Einstein we can only imagine how awesome Adam really was – someone that Lucifer deemed as a competitor.
Integrity: Being innocent and untouched by sin, he was without a sin nature at all. While in this state, he had an integrity like no other human being who ever lived. While walking with God, he would be impervious to any assault by the adversary.
Influential: As the steward of the world, this God-given authority would enable Adam to have the most profound influence and governorship over the LORD’s creation.
THEN: Infested: Sin entered the hearts of Adam and Eve and they fell from the position that God had ordained for them and they inherited a sinful nature. Since we don’t really know the God-ordained heights of their position, we can’t really say for sure how far their fall was – but we know it was terrible, devastating, ruinous and tragic.
And now let’s consider the one Who is called “the last Adam” (1 COR 15:45): 

Jesus = Yeho-shuah: “Our God is Salvation”
In Christ we have the hypostatic union: very God from very God, One with the Father, the only Begotten of the Father as well as the quintessential model of man – 100% God and 100% man.

In Him, there was more than mere inspiration of life by God’s Spirit, He was/is God made flesh (JOHN 1:14)!

In Him was pure and unadulterated intimacy with God the Father (JOHN 10:30) and the Holy Spirit (1 JOHN 5:7), and He has an unequaled intimacy with His bride – the church, as well (JOHN 17:21; EPH 5:31-32).

In Him was more than mere innocence, but holiness (ROM 1:4) – the Divine nature, not inherited but possessed by Him (2 PET 1:2-3), being the Second Person of the Trinity.

His intelligence is the highest there is: omniscience (REV 2:23) – all knowing!

His integrity, unlike Adam’s is incorruptible – unable to be infested by sin (HEB 7:26)!

His influence is that of omnipotence – all powerful (COL 1:17; JOHN 1:3)!

We were all children of Adam, and part of the corporation that is the old man (EPH 4:22), fallen human race; but those who place faith in Christ have become members of the corporation that is the new man (EPH 4:24), the recreated human race!

In Christ we inherit more, far more than what Adam lost (ROM 8:17)! Even more than what Lucifer the anointed (and most likely the most powerful) cherub has lost (ROM 8:29)!

QUALITIES of a BIBLICAL MAN after CHRIST

LOVE
JOHN 13:34 
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Some think love is unmanly, that it makes a man soft or feminine or weak. Consider how much Christ loved us, that He willingly died for us (JOHN 15:12-14). Such love inspires bravery, courage, determination as well as compassion and sacrifice. 

It is impossible for us to love one another in the same way that Christ loves us, by our own human effort – it must be Christ Who indwells us and empowers us to do so (JOHN 13:34-35). Christ’s love led Him to Calvary, straight into the destructive power of sin in order to save us (GAL 2:20)! The greatest virtue according to God is not faith or hope – these are however among the top three: the greatest is love (1 COR 13:13)! 

RETREAT:
2 TIM 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Some think that running away is cowardly – but in fact, it can be the wisest thing a man can do, especially if you consider what it is he is running away from or to:
Consider Joseph – he ran away from Potiphar’s wife when she was trying to seduce him into committing adultery with her (GEN 39:12).
Think about King David, probably the mightiest warrior Israel had ever known since the days of Joshua:

PSALM 143:9 
Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
(See also 1 TIM 6:9-11).

HUMBLENESS:
Is humbleness and humility for wimps? Or warriors?
Some people think that being humble means being a door mat for people to walk all over. Humbleness is actually truthfulness about yourself in the light of God’s truth.
I can say with absolute humbleness that I am, in and of myself, a wretched sinner that deserves God’s wrath and judgment (1 TIM 1:15). That I am worthless and no good (ROM 7:18). I can also say with equal humbleness that I am a saint in Christ and because of Christ, I am holy (HEB 12:14), righteous (ROM 3:22) and destined to become a ruler of the world (the world to come; REV 2:26-27).

Humbleness will allow me to overlook others when they insult me (1 PET 2:18-19), or love those that persecute me (LUKE 6:35), but will stand up in righteous indignation if they mock and ridicule the LORD – just as the LORD Jesus looked the other way when He was insulted, but was full of anger when He saw what the religious leaders allowed in His Father’s Temple (making it a den of thieves; MATT 21:13).
It is the humble man that God will exalt in due time, and live to see the pride and power of Satan cast down into ruin!

JAMES 4:6, 10
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

FAIRNESS and FORGIVENESS:
MICAH 6:8
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Men in the world think it’s perfectly fine to do whatever it takes to get ahead; lie, cheat, steal, back-stab, etc. The ends justify the means.
However, the godly man will always seek fairness, never seeking promotion by unethical methods, but by acknowledging the LORD and following Him in all ways (PSALM 75:6-7; PROV 3:5-6). He will always endeavor to be just and fair, and to stand for justice, especially on behalf of those who are victimized by oppressors and predators.

Men in the world will harden their hearts against those who wrong them, and even more: seek vengeance.
The godly man however, will follow the LORD’s example, and forgive any offenses done to him (MATT 6:15); more over He will look to the LORD to judge those who wrong him, but until that Day (HEB 10:30), he will extend mercy always, especially to the undeserving who are worthy of wrath.

DISCIPLINED in WORD and DEED:
Self explanatory:
JAMES 3:2-13
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

THOUGH NONE GO WITH HIM:
PSALM 12:1
Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

The godly man will not fear to stand alone, if he is standing with God in truth. He will remain faithful even when others have failed. He will always seek the help of the LORD in meekness, and not try to ‘man up’ and go in his own strength (MATT 7:7; ISAIAH 40:31). In seeking God’s help, the LORD will never fail him:
vs. 5
5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

Consider Noah!
GEN 6:9 
These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Consider JESUS! The ONLY Sinless man Who followed God perfectly amidst an entire global population of sinners!

WISDOM in the WORD:
The godly man will dismiss the wisdom of this world (COL 2:8; 1 COR 20-21; 2:6), rejecting it outright, and instead cleave to the wisdom from above, that comes from GOD alone, revealed by the Word, which he abides by:

2 TIM 3:15 
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation [justification as well as sanctification] through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

This wisdom will enable good fruit to grow in the godly man: 

JAMES 3:17
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

There are many other verses that speak on being a godly man (or woman for that matter) that may be considered at this following link.

And for more on this subject of a godly man, that is, a saint of God, consider the following TTUF article:

SHOW ME

And bearing the fruit of the Spirit unto godliness:
AFTER HIS KIND

RISE UP O MEN of GOD




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Monday, July 3, 2017

AFTER HIS KIND

By James Fire

We live in an amazing time of rapidly increasing technology. There are some Sociologists who refer to our current time period as a 'technocracy' – where our culture and everyday life is intricately interwoven with our technology and governed by technological experts, particularly where computers and the Internet are concerned. The level of advancement in computing power and information processing in our day and age is staggering.

Consider:


Everyone today has a smart phone, with micro-miniaturized circuitry that enables these palm sized gadgets to function as hand-held computers. The average smart phone in 2016 has more computing power than the NASA Command Center had during the days of the Apollo missions to the Moon back in the 1960’s!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 24 – The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE

By James Fire

The LORD, after His triumphant entry into the City of Peace, riding humbly on a donkey left the people of Jerusalem with a solemn warning. They would not see Him again (once His mission of atoning for the sins of the world was completed), until His return to Earth, greeted by their worshipful hails of “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”. He spoke of His protective guard over His people being removed, and the desolation of the land.

Immediately afterwards, we come to chapter 24 in the Gospel account, and it seems that the LORD and His disciples are departing from the Temple, and He Who build all of creation both the seen and the unseen is given a tour by them of the constructed monument built by Herod the Great. I would presume He wasn’t all that impressed . . . 

Again, the LORD issues another solemn warning which entails the destruction of the Temple – and this happened in 70 AD by order of Caesar, which was carried out by General Titus Vespasian.  

This stunning declaration prompted the disciples to ask three questions: When will these things be (the destruction of the Temple)? What shall be the sign of the LORD’s coming (The LORD’s return which He spoke of previously in Chapter 23), and of the end of the world (age)?


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

TTUF REVIEW of – WONDER WOMAN: A Heroine Whose Time Has Come

~ by James Fire

Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, directed by Patty Jenkins, with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, from a story by Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, and stars Gal Gadot as the titular character with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya in supporting roles. Wonder Woman is the second live action theatrical film featuring the titular character, following her debut in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Jenkins' role as director makes her the first female director of a studio superhero movie.

Wonder Woman was released in the United States on June 2, 2017. It received positive reviews from critics, with many praising Jenkins' direction, Gadot and Pine's performances as well as the screenplay, action sequences, and musical score. It is the first film in the DCEU to receive generally positive reviews. The film set records for the biggest domestic opening for a female director ($103.3 million) and the biggest opening for a woman-led comic book film. It has grossed over $598 million worldwide, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of 2017.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 23 – The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE

By James Fire

When those who speak the truth, do so out of a sincere heart to correct an error, or some misconduct, there are always others who will say “Judge not, lest ye be judged!” or “where’s the love?” Frankly speaking, there are those who tend to lean more heavily on the side of truth than on grace, and vice versa. The One and Only Who ever had these two in perfect balance is the LORD Jesus Christ (JOHN 1:17). There is an increasing tendency today in the church to sacrifice truth ‘in the name of love’ and ‘unity’. As well as this there are among those involved in discernment ministries, some who are cut-throats in the name of truth, well-nigh barren of any grace.

Yet it is the truth that unites us (EPH 4:13), based on the truth of God’s Word (JOHN 17:17) and the Spirit of Truth (JOHN 14:17; 15:26). Nothing could be more loving and compassionate than to tell someone the truth, though it may hurt, though it may bring discomfort, or alarm. People in a burning building will appreciate a person who yells out, “fire!” when there is one. An ailing patient will be grateful to the doctor who truthfully tells them that they have cancer – and prepares them for treatment.

Jesus is God made flesh (JOHN 1:1-3, 14), and we know that God is love (1 JOHN 4:8). Here in the Twenty-third chapter of MATTHEW’s Gospel, we have Love Incarnate saying these things, which, when you think about it, is astounding! If you and I were to say such things, we would probably need to get our blood pressure checked! These words that the LORD speaks, cuts to the bone, and indeed, the Word of God does divide asunder between the soul and spirit and the joints [bones] and marrow (HEB 4:12), but He is saying them in perfect truth and perfect love. Perfectly balanced.
Let us hear what Love Incarnate is saying, and let us not be dismayed if we find some of these things convict us.


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hindered Prayers: Part 7 And Final Thoughts

By Pastor Sonny Islas
Afterword by James Fire


We’ve learned a handful of reasons why our prayers may be hindered. And if we desire to have a rich prayer life, we must take heed to scripture. When we walk contrary to God’s Word, God walks contrary to us (LEV 26:23,24) and therefore puts our prayers on hold. LEV 26:19 says, And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

When Israel refused to obey God’s Word, they experienced Drought and Barrenness – And if we don’t take heed to God’s Word we too will not enjoy the rain and fruit of answered prayers. We don’t want our prayers ricocheting off an iron heaven to a brass earth (where we’re sending up prayers but they’re just bouncing right back!) – like a paddle ball or a game of tether ball.


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

FOUNDED ON THE ROCK: The Sure Foundation of the Saints

By James Fire

ISAIAH 59:13-15
13 In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. 14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. 15 Yea, truth fails; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

Since our society has pretty much committed familicide on all the members and relatives (pardon the pun) of ABSOLUTE TRUTH – those members being justice, integrity, honor, righteousness and many others, it seems even the professing church isn’t even flinching when unbiblical, false teachings and practises are introduced and embraced by its members! It’s no wonder that the Emergent Church Movement has been welcomed with open arms!


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH - Part NINE

By James Fire

For some 1800 years after the diaspora of the Jews from their native land of Israel in 70 AD, the idea of a Millennial Kingdom established in the nation promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob where the Messiah would rule His people Israel (LUKE 1:32-33), even among the most competent of Bible scholars, seemed unlikely. The Jewish people were dispersed throughout the world. The land known as ‘Palestine’ (a name created by Israel’s enemies) was a barren wasteland of parched, dusty deserts and malaria infested swamps. Muslims who owned much of the land around major cities would apply a tax on any tree that the Jews had on their properties to promote further desolation.

Very few pastors and teachers taught that Israel would be reborn, but those who took the Word of God seriously, understood that her day would be coming prior to the Second Advent of Christ!
But before we continue in this series on the Millennial Reign of Christ, I want to address this issue of Israel’s rebirth as a nation (there are some, even professing Christians, who deny the authenticity of the State of Israel and dismiss it out of hand for certain reasons I would like to respond to) and what is in store for her. So, let’s have a look at this amazing prophecy in EZEKIEL 37!


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Monday, April 17, 2017

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 22 – The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE

By James Fire

Here again we have the LORD Jesus speaking in parables; He began this in chapter 13 because of what transpired in chapter 12: the Pharisees attributed the power by which the LORD Jesus cast out demons to Satan, rather than the Holy Spirit, Who anointed Jesus as the Messiah – “the Anointed One”. This was a seriously grievous deed, and by rejecting the witness of the Holy Spirit, by Whose power the LORD worked these miracles (prophesied in Scripture to be signs done by none other than the Messiah Himself; see ISAIAH 61), they were guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

As the national leadership, these Pharisees brought judgment upon Israel by their rejection – the LORD is still reaching out to individual Jews, but this was a pivotal point in the nation’s path (also prophesied in Scripture; see ISAIAH 53). This judgment took the form of speaking in parables, which, for those who reject the truth, will hide truth from their understanding.

So, when the disciples came to Jesus in chapter 13, asking why He spoke to them in parables, He said:

MATTHEW 13:11-17
11 . . . Because, it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

HINDERED PRAYER Part 5 & 6

By Sonny Islas

HINDERED PRAYER – PART 5 

Prayer is essential for the Christian disciple of Christ. Lord teach us to pray . . .

That’s what the disciples asked of the LORD in LUKE 11:1.

So far, we’ve discovered (in Parts 1 & 2 in this series) that (1) marital discord, (2) insincerity, (3) selfishness, (4) coldness (and in Parts 3 & 4) (5) a lack of confidence, (6) overlooking God’s will, (7) not praying, (8) an evil lifestyle (of the unbeliever), and (9) staying away from God’s Word hinders our prayers.

Today I’m going over the next four ways in which our prayers can be hindered.
Hindered prayers is a temporary blockage between us and God. It’s kind of like a blood clot. A blood clot blocks the blood from freely flowing to the heart and in the same way hindrances block our prayers from gracefully flowing to God’s heart.


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

HINDERED PRAYER: Part 3 & 4

By SONNY ISLAS

INTRODUCTION:
In this seven-part series, Sonny Islas, pastor of Eternal Living Word Church (where I currently fellowship) brings valuable teachings and insights on the causes of and cures for hindered prayer.
Since prayer is ESSENTIAL for every Christian, this series which I have attended in service with ready heart and ears is something that must be recorded and provided for all the saints, and so it is with great honor and blessing that I've been allowed to bring these teachings to The TRUTH Under FIRE! May the LORD bless and keep us all, His beloved!

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

The PROGRESSIVE DISEASE OF SPIRITUAL DECEPTION IN OUR TIME

By Gregory Reid

There was a time when ideas like yoga or eastern meditation in the church were only associated with Christ Science churches, Universalist Churches, and a few spurious non-biblical fringe places. In a few scant decades, the walls have been so completely torn down that we not only see no harm in these things, we promote them. This is exactly what Theosophist (Luciferian) leader Alice Bailey predicted would be part of the new age infiltration into the church:
"The three main channels through which the preparation for the new age is going on might be regarded as the Church (emphasis mine) the Masonic Fraternity and the educational field." (The Externalization of the Hierarchy, Page 511.)
So, in fact, this has been underway for some time. It probably began to get a real foothold in our present time with Norman Vincent Peale’s “Power of Positive Thinking” theology, quickly adapted by Rev. Robert Schuller who was really the first modern “megachurch” and “Seeker Friendly” church pastor. Their ideas were once considered a bit of an aberration from mainstream Christian doctrine. But here we are decades later, and seeker friendly and power of positive thinking is normal and unchallenged. The crack into Bible-based evangelical churches had begun to open just a little…
Fast forward: In the last three decades we have opened our doors to things like the laughter movement, barking like dogs and oinking like pigs and calling it the “anoinking of the Spirit,” and worse. A number of leaders challenged these things, but its promoters did not repent of it.
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EVIL - THIS STRANGE PREDICAMENT

By James Fire

This has been a discussion throughout the ages; something that 'saints and sinners' have wrestled with from the beginning when good and evil were perceived and wondered about, and the struggle ensued in an attempt to reconcile their co-existence.

The term "predicament" may be defined as follows:
"noun 1. an unpleasantly difficult, perplexing, or dangerous situation.
2. a class or category of logical or philosophical predication.
3. Archaic. a particular state, condition, or situation.

Defining evil is a bit more difficult; in similar fashion 'holy' may also pose difficult to define.

The problem of evil as we deal with it daily in the news media as well as our own observations and experiences certainly reveals it to be perplexing and dangerous , to say nothing of it being difficult and unpleasant. But deal with it we must.

I hope that in this article I will present some insights into evil and its nature that will prove encouraging and helpful to the reader. So let us begin . . . 


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Monday, February 27, 2017

The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH - Part Eight

By James Fire

We began this series with Part One on March 23, 2015. There has been seven parts to this article and now we are presenting an eighth . . . and we still haven’t exhausted all the Scripture from the Old Testament; and have barely addressed verses from the New Testament (but we most certainly will, LORD willing!). Here are volumes of material showing that Israel as a nation still has a future, a yet unfulfilled future as a kingdom reborn, with her coming King Who will reign from Jerusalem, over all the world.

As I wrote this article, there were 70 nations gathered together to discuss and decide what to do with the State of Israel and the Palestinian people; they took it upon themselves to arbitrate borders of two nations, where God has declared only the one, according to the borders He established, with Himself as the Ruler over the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Fortunately, their agenda was a bust!
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

HINDERED PRAYERS: Part 1 and 2

By SONNY ISLAS

INTRODUCTION:
In this seven-part series, Sonny Islas, pastor of Eternal Living Word Church (where I currently fellowship) brings valuable teachings and insights on the causes of and cures for hindered prayer.
Since prayer is ESSENTIAL for every Christian, this series which I have attended in service with ready heart and ears is something that must be recorded and provided for all the saints, and so it is with great honor and blessing that I've been allowed to bring these teachings to The TRUTH Under FIRE! May the LORD bless and keep us all, His beloved!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

ABLE MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

ABLE MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (this teaching was given at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church on 1/22/17)

By James Fire

2 CORINTHIANS 3:5-7
4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Q: How many ministers do we have here in the congregation today (a few raised their hands)?
Q: Let me ask this then: How many here are born again believers in Jesus Christ (overwhelming majority raised their hands)?
So, let me ask again, but keep all of your hands raised please (everyone laughed):
Q: How many ministers do we have here in the congregation today? There you go, that's the answer I was looking for!

The fact of the matter is, that anyone who is born again is a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of His body, the church. 
He led by example the life of the Servant Leader, and so –  we are all servants of the LORD – and ‘minister’ is just another word for servant.

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