"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 . . . . . Our Website is UNDER CONSTRUCTION, please be patient!



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Saturday, December 19, 2015


By James Fire

We  have crossed the midway point in the Gospel of MATTHEW, and have completed chapter 15. We now have the privilege of examining the next chapter that includes a warning from the LORD Jesus to “beware of the leaven [doctrine] of Pharisees” who seek signs from God for their own gratification, but ignore those signs which the LORD has given! 

Believing themselves to be the spiritual authorities of Israel (and in a sense, they were), they expected a warrior Messiah Who would vanquish Israel's enemies, and raise up the nation to glorious heights; of course, with themselves prominently in power.
. . . Wrong! The Messiah came first as the LAMB of GOD and the kinsman goel to take away the sins of the world, and later return as the LION of the TRIBE of JUDAH and the kinsman redeemer as well as the avenger of blood.

In this chapter we also read about the awesome pronouncement of the church and her authority based on the Rock – mentioned for the first time by the LORD. Also the requirements of discipleship are mentioned here. It's going to be a great study!

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Sunday, November 29, 2015


By James Fire

ISAIAH 61:1-6
 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

Here we have before us one of the most well known verses and supreme declarations of prophecy regarding the Messiah. This is the very passage that the LORD Himself quoted during His earthly ministry (LUKE 4:18; The reader should note that He didn't quote the entire passage though, and for good reason! We will get into that a bit later...). 

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Saturday, November 28, 2015


Article One: General Admissions, Observations, and Beginning the Journey

By James Fire

This is a very deep and involved subject; of course careful research must be done and it is my prayerful endeavor to do so. This series will be developed into two primary sections and in each section, a series of articles.

The first section is the one that I am researching, documenting, and writing even now; this will include general information, observations and inclusions or admissions of truth which is generally accepted by all Bible-believing Christians. In this section, we will begin looking into the Old Testament and New Testament writings.

Once complete, I will begin the second section and develop articles for it. This section will re-trace our steps in both Old and New Testaments and go through them with a finer toothed comb so as to excite greater details and evidences that reveals the true canon and why we can express complete confidence in it. 


We have dealt with the subject of truth in an extensive series on TTUF before, using as one of the primary sources, John MacArthur's The TRUTH War; we entitled this series GOT TRUTH? comprised of five articles.     

We also provided some commentary on John MacArthur's book itself, The TRUTH War in a separate article Are YOU A FIDEI DEFENSOR For TRUTH?
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

ON THE ISSUE OF SALVATION: IMPUTATION – It's Doctrinal Validity and Spiritual Necessity

~ By James Fire

I have recently come across, via social media, some professing Christians who believe that the doctrine of imputation is unbiblical. Having never before encountered such bold assertions, I was both alarmed and curious as to what exactly they believed.

How were they then saved? What did Christ accomplish then on the cross?
If Christ's righteousness is not attributed to us, how then can our sins be attributed to Him in His vicarious office of Substitute and sacrificial Lamb?

The answers I received to these questions were wholly unsatisfactory, having not been given Scripture sufficient for convincing me of this aberrant teaching. In doing the research I have found one Professor Vincent Taylor, who likewise believed and taught this doctrine (profile):

““Imputation...can never be anything else than an ethical fiction....righteousness cannot be transferred from the account of one person to another. Righteousness can no more be imputed to a sinner than bravery to a coward or wisdom to a fool. If through faith a man is accounted righteous, it must be because, in a reputable sense of the term, he is righteous, and not because another is righteous in his stead” (Forgiveness and Reconciliation [1948], p. 57). 

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Sunday, October 18, 2015


By James Fire

If you were to examine the professing church (and by professing, I refer to the entirety of Christendom and not the actual body of Christ which is composed of born again believers), including the evangelical division, what would be the two greatest blemishes in your view?

For me it would be religious externalism coupled with hypocrisy and greed or covetousness. Religious externalism without true biblical spirituality is rampant among the Protestant denominations (in the majority) as well as in the Roman Catholic church, and even among some of the long standing evangelical fellowships.

Also in too many evangelical circles, particularly the 'televangelists' we see rampant and flagrant greed as they shear the sheep of their money, even senior citizens whose livelihood depends on their Social Security and retirement funds! They even go so far as make claims that visions of 600 feet tall Jesus' order them to raise millions of dollars to build Christian hospitals, otherwise He will “take [them] home” or that God wants them to have a Lear Jet, a mansion and a yacht! Much of this can be pinned on the WORD-FAITH Movement advocates and followers.

In so many churches today, there is wholesale hypocrisy that's turned many sinners as well as children of church-going-parents away from the faith.
Here in MATTHEW Ch. 15 we will examine all of this and more as we listen  at the feet of The MESSIAH and learn of His KINGDOM MESSAGE!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015


By James Fire

The word “Ouija” (pronounced 'WEE yah') is a contraction of two words, French and German (oui and ja), both meaning “yes” and no doubt referring to the planchette (the flat, heart-shaped device that's used to indicate letters and numbers on the Ouija board; see image to the left) providing answers by spelling them out or by indicating the 'yes' or 'no' printed on the board.

Certainly the producers of the upcoming film OUIJA, directed by Stiles White and starring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, and Daren Kagasoff are hoping for some positive answers by way of ticket sales, when movie goers line up to see a story about “A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.”
OUIJA  movie synopsis.

According to Wikipedia, the Ouija board by name has been around since the late 19th century. Such devices were originally called spirit boards; a form of divination, like crystal balls, tarot cards and similar devices used to divine or foretell the future or any kind of unknown knowledge or information.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015


By James Fire

It has been said so very many times, that “It's always darkest before the dawn.” Today, we see the landscape of mankind, and witness to the darkening of this age, as more and more people are rejecting the Word of Truth and Light. Thus, a new Dark Ages is upon us . . . people are accepting a more palatable, shadowy lie in the guise of New Age and Emergent 'enlightenment'; preferring to see themselves as gods, rather than humbling their souls before the true and living God Who is soon to return.  These are they who think of the Gospel as a social help source empowered by people rather than a declaration of redemption through the blood of Christ.
On that blessed day of Christ's Return, there will be a dawn of true salvation – the beast and false prophet that were ruling tyrannically over the nations will be dispatched to the darkness of Gehenna as the LORD establishes His kingdom from Jerusalem over Israel and all the world, bringing in an era of blessed peace and righteousness.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015


By James Fire

It's become a foregone conclusion that the church of Jesus Christ is witnessing the apostasy in these days. Much of Christendom that had previously “[held] fast the form of sound words” (2 TIM. 1:13) are now “departing from the faith” (1 TIM. 4:1) by the droves. Society as a whole is becoming more and more degenerate as we behold one atrocity after another: grotesque abortion procedures, the exaltation of homosexual unions, the explosion of transgender promotions,especially among our children, the increased persecution of Christians in this once godly nation, the generous liberality that governments the world over are granting to Muslims who increasingly wreak heinous acts of terrorism on defenseless people and on and on . . . 

When I was a very young believer in Christ (over 35 years ago – where has the time gone??), the LORD pressed indelibly on my heart a vital pair of triplet imperatives of truth, namely:

1) GOD
2) His children
3) And their love one for another (GOD towards us, us towards GOD and we ourselves towards one another.


1) The HOLY WORD of GOD 
2) Devoted and persistent PRAYER 

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Saturday, August 15, 2015


By James Fire

For the study of this chapter we will borrow substantially from an article FROM the MIND of FIRE entitled A SERMON ON A DIFFERENT MOUNT where the incident of Jesus Christ's walking on the sea of Galilee took place. There are myriads of applications we may procure in this event, spiritual lessons that we may learn. In the article from my blog, there are a few; as well as this, we shall examine the feeding of the thousands before that incident, and the beheading of JOHN the BAPTIST before that. I invite you to come along with me as we explore the awesome and inspiring and sustaining Word of God! 

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Sunday, August 9, 2015


By James Fire

There are those professing believers of Christ who see the Millennium as a mere allegory; others believe that we are actually living in the Millennial period now. Both views fail to hold a strict and literal view of the Scriptures, and as a result assert a soft, even ambiguous interpretation of God's Word.

Up until now, we have examined many Scriptures on this subject, and we still have a ways to go before we complete this task. What we must ask ourselves in our examination of the many verses that deal with this subject is, Can we interpret this passage literally or not? Is it possible for the LORD God to fulfill these future events in actuality?

I have found that if we can believe GENESIS 1:1, then the rest of the Bible is entirely credible, for what can't God accomplish, Who created “the heavens and the earth”? And just as He created the heavens and the earth, there will come a time, at the conclusion of the Millennial period when the LORD will cause all of creation to vanish away with explosive effect of universal proportions (2 PET. 3:10; REV. 20:11) and make way for a new heavens and a new earth (REV. 21:1)! 
So let us continue in our examination of the Scriptures and see what else we may learn of this astounding age yet to come!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

The FOUR Primary Offices of The LORD GOD YHWH Fourth Office: REDEEMER

by James Fire

By the intent of God's holy will, He has revealed Himself intimately through His Word, the Holy Scriptures. It is the Holy Scriptures themselves, the Word of God that we turn to and learn of the four primary offices of the LORD GOD YHWH:

The offices of GOD as:
1) Creator God
3) Judge
4) Redeemer  

The fourth office of these four, that deals with God as the Redeemer, is the one that we'll now address to complete this series. We will consider this thought as we pore over Scripture and discover what they tell us about God Who is the Redeemer of Israel and of all the world.

To watch the video teaching based on this last of the four articles, go here.:


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Thursday, July 9, 2015


By James Fire

The LORD Jesus in this chapter is in the process of delivering various parables to His disciples and to the general population as well; previously we looked at why the LORD suddenly began to teach in parables, when He had never done so before.
In brief, parables are good teaching aids for those who are in fact seeking spiritual truth, as these parables have to do with spiritual truth (and not things that pertain to the mundane); for those who reject the truth, or are ambivalent of the truth, parables are a form of judgment upon them, as the spiritual truth contained in them will not be evidential to them. They will remain blind and deaf spiritually speaking and what little truth that they may have, will be taken from them. Only those who seek after and are hungry for truth will understand these parables and will receive more truth as a result (MATT. 13:11-16).
So let us continue in looking at these parables and find the precious truth contained in them, as we glorify the name of the LORD Who alone grants such truth!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015


By James Fire

The title of Messiah as expressed in the Scriptures is a title of Kingship; it certainly stands to reason that if one is a King, then there must be a corresponding kingdom over which they rule. It's an interesting point of fact that the very word 'kingdom' is a contraction of the 'king's domain'.

The LORD Jesus, when in the presence of others, heard them speak of the Messiah, and His response was that He Himself claimed to be the One! See JOHN 4:25-26 and MATT. 16:15-16. The apostles looked to Jesus the Messiah to restore the Kingdom of Israel (ACTS 1:6), and His response was that the Father was keeping the time of that blessed event Himself.

Every where in the Old Testament canon, it speaks of the kingdom of Israel with prophetic authority as well as passages that ascribe the Messiah as the One worthy of ruling such. We shall endeavor to examine many of these passages and discover what this kingdom will entail. 
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

PROPHETIC and PERSONAL Perspectives from 2 THESSALONIANS - Ch. 3

 JUNE 18th and 19th 

Chapter 1 – James Fire 
Chapter 2 – Danny Islas
Chapter 3 – Josh Boubion


This epistle might be referred to as 3rd Thessalonians, but not really. There may have been a forgery supposedly from Paul but actually from an impostor, and that might have been why the Thessalonian church was confused on certain matters. This was alluded to in Ch. 2:2 (“not by letter as by us”).

This letter was written by Paul shortly after the first letter to the Thessalonian saints; both around A.D. 51.

Theme: The Day of the LORD (This phrase is also seen in JOEL 1:15; 2 PET. 3:10 and REV 19:19 and elsewhere). This phrase refers to that period of time when God actively and openly begins to deal with the people of the Earth in judgment, beginning with the Jew and then the Gentile as portrayed in REV 6–19.
It begins with (1) the translation of the church or rapture (“bride of Christ”) from Earth to Heaven and culminates at (2) the Great White Throne Judgment with the 70th week of Daniel (“time of Jacob's trouble” JER 30:7) in which the world will see the 7 year reign of anti-Christ or “the man of sin” (2 THESS 2:3) occurring between those two points.

The saints at Thessalonica were anxious because they thought that the Day of the LORD was upon them, but Paul corrects this misunderstanding in explaining that two crucial events must first happen before this occurs; we will see what those things are in 2 THESS 3.

Outline: Intro: 1:1-4; I – Comfort in persecution: 1:5-12; II – The Day of the LORD vs. the man of sin: 2:1-12; III – Exhortations and instructions: 2:13-3:15; Conclusion: 3:16-18.

STUDY # 3 – 2 Thess. 3:1-18: The Perspective of GOD's WORK ENABLED IN US:
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By James Fire

Christians have long been known to warn this weary, sin-laden planet of 'REPENT! The End of the World is Nigh!'* (sadly though, less and less it seems today) and usually those who proclaim such are seen as “doom and gloomers” who are stereo-typically seen with such slogans on placard boards hanging over their chests. 

Certainly the time ahead when the anti-Christ rules the One World System, empowered by the spirit of Satan, bringing all human souls into subjugation is quite grim to say the least! Scripture speaks abundantly of woes and tribulations such as pestilences, wars, famines as well as disasters like heavenly bodies crashing into the Earth, bizarre demonic creatures plaguing mankind with tormenting stings and unimaginably powerful earthquakes that will level entire cities. 

* The 'end of the world' in terms of the actual destruction of planet Earth is an event that won't be happening for some one thousand years plus seven at the very least. What is meant by this term in biblical language is not the literal end of the planet, but the end of an age. We are currently living in the age of mankind in secular terms, and the age of the church (or the age of grace) in spiritual terms. We are heading towards the age of the 70th week of Daniel (a period of only 7 years) and the Day of Christ (The age of God the Son), Who is coming to rule this world.

The argument has been made before that history is replete with wars, and disasters, famines and diseases – what's so remarkable about these prophecies in the Scriptures?
I always refer people who have asked such questions to MATTHEW 24:8 . . . 

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Sorrows as in birth pangs, or a “woman in travail” There are numerous Old Testament passages that use this phrase, or something similar; likewise there are a number of Scriptures found in the New Testament that use this expression:

JOHN 16:21 
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 

1 THESS. 5:3
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape

In the above two passages these same birth pangs are mentioned, but with two different results; in the latter case, we see “sudden destruction” upon those who are alive to see such days with the somber promise that they will not escape but face judgment for their sins. 

In the former passage, we see that after the sorrow has passed, there is joy for the repentant saints, because of a new born child that's come as a result of the birth pangs. But these global birth pangs mirror labor pains as witnessed in any delivery room: starting out relatively mild and far apart, then increasing in intensity and frequency. This is what all of these prophecies hinge upon, the 8th verse of MATTHEW 24.

We may fairly conclude then that for those who reject Christ Jesus, such 'doom and gloom' proclamations are just that – because they have no hope at all during that time which is fast approaching; nor can they have any hope once it's all over and Christ has returned if they stubbornly refuse salvation by the Lamb of God!

For those of us who are redeemed however, the Second Coming of Christ is called “the blessed hope” (TITUS 2:13), because it signifies the end of sinful man's reign over the Earth, and even more so, the abrupt halt of Satan's vindictive and cruel reign as “the god of this world” (2 COR. 4:4).

Once Christ returns He will set everything in order; bringing down the corrupt, satanically exalted and evil influences, powers, infrastructures and institutions of rebellious mankind and establishing His own reign of righteousness with all holiness, purity, justice, mercy and grace (ISAIAH 40:4; 44:23; LUKE 3:5)!  

Such sublime joy indeed which will cause the saints to forget all of the anguish, persecution and suffering they've had to endure during the wicked time of Daniel's Seventieth Week (a.k.a. The Time of Jacob's [Israel's] Trouble) lasting seven years or even the persecution that Christians are suffering today and throughout the church age - Christians are experiencing these things today in most of the world already, and we here in America may well see such times in our own land before the LORD Jesus Christ catches us at the rapture of the church (which may happen at any moment).Thus, it would be wise to  prepare for any potential outbreak of persecution, which is promised to those who will “live godly in Christ Jesus” (2 TIM. 3:12).

So then, what is this “Millennium” all about? What is its purpose – for Israel? and for the church? What will transpire during this time? Will it be 'heaven on earth' then without any trace of sin, corruption and rebellion? Will everyone be saved at that time? Will the church be in heaven or will we be here back on Earth? These questions and many, many more we will ponder and seek the LORD in His Word for answers, in this series, The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The FOUR Primary Offices of The LORD GOD YHWH - Third Office: JUDGE

by James Fire

By the intent of God's holy will, He has revealed Himself intimately through His Word, the Holy Scriptures; we turn to these and learn of the four primary offices of the LORD GOD YHWH:

The offices of GOD as:
1) Creator God
3) Judge
4) Redeemer  

The third office of these four, that deals with God as the JUDGE, is the one that we'll now continue with in this series. We will be addressing this thought as we pore over Scripture and discover what they tell us about God Who is “ . . . the JUDGE of the whole Earth . . .”

To watch the video teaching based on this article, go here:


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

All For Gaia: Earth Day and Total Transformation for a Post-Christian World

The following article is by Carl Tiecrib and is published here unedited and exactly as it appears in the original article (with the exception of some additional web links) on FORCING CHANGE. This article has been re-published here by permission.

APRIL 19, 2011
This article is a few years old, but the information is as relevant today as it was when first penned.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The FOUR Primary Offices of The LORD GOD YHWH Second Office: LORD

by James Fire

By the intent of God's holy will, He has revealed Himself intimately through His Word, the Holy Scriptures. It is the Holy Scriptures themselves, the Word of God that we turn to and learn of the four primary offices of the LORD GOD YHWH:

The offices of GOD as:
1) Creator God
3) Judge
4) Redeemer  

The second office of these four, that deals with God as the LORD, is the one that we'll now continue in this series. We will be addressing this thought as we pore over Scripture and discover what they tell us about God Who is LORD.

To watch the video teaching based on this teaching, go here:


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Monday, April 6, 2015


By James Fire

I am quite eager to begin this study as it opens up a new dimension in the ministry of the LORD Jesus Christ, the Messiah-King of Israel. We will reflect back to some previous chapters as they relate to what our LORD tells His disciples here in this chapter, and begin to explore the Kingdom and the parables that explain it, and LORD willing, come to a greater and deeper understanding as well as appreciation for what has been done by our Abba Father on our account!
Before we begin however, I would like you to read and ponder upon an article I wrote FROM the MIND of FIRE: A Scenario of Four Seeds 
Let us read the opening passage of our chapter for this study:

MATTHEW 13:1-9
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The LORD sits in a ship by the sea side – the sea is often pictured as the tumultuous nations of the heathens (IS. 57:20), who do not know God and are driven by forces unseen so that they are as unpredictable and faithless as the shifting sands. Any politician or celebrity knows just how fickle and undependable the public can be! Even in the ministry of Jesus, He is at one time lauded with palm branches and hails of “Hosanna” and in a small march of days, those people cried out “Crucify Him!”.
Yet here is the LORD Jesus, upon the sea, that is, presiding over the nations as it were in allegorical form. Indeed, He is LORD of all, whether He is received as such or not! And He sits in a boat, a vessel used for His purpose. May we eagerly and earnestly seek to be those “vessels of glory” (ROM. 9:23; 2 TIM. 2:21) that the LORD may use for His honor and holy purposes! 

Here in this chapter, the LORD has a captive audience: multitudes came from miles around, seeking out the words of this prophet from Galilee, but little did they know, that this was no mere prophet, but the Word by which the prophets of old spoke! And what is it that the LORD of glory is speaking to this multitude?
A parable! Let's have a look at this parable and see what we can find out (Note: If you have already read the article FROM the MIND of FIRE, Scenario of Four Seeds, much of this might be somewhat redundant).

3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

That which is sown is of course, the seed. The LORD is speaking to people in terms that they readily understand, and husbandry (farming) was a part of Israel's agricultural, daily life. This is why parables are useful to us: they employ common experiences to relate to things that are not readily apparent in such every day experiences. Planting seed, as common as it certainly is, is still a remarkable process.
These genetic warehouses in miniature form contain within them every piece of information necessary for the production of the life form from which they came: whether you are talking about horses or hay; humans or hogs, poodles, tadpoles or palm trees – these genetic capsules are pre-programmed by our Creator to yield life forms based on the myriad of DNA and RNA codes that we find in all living things. Life from our Creator is the only life that we may possess – it cannot be created in the laboratory, and it cannot evolve from randomness.
The seed here is a type for the Word of God as we shall soon read in the explanation from our LORD.

MATTHEW 13:4-8
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

As mentioned in The Scenario of Four Seeds, there are four different instances that the LORD Jesus outlines here; only one of the four yields seed that brings forth fruit. This should encourage us in our own sowing of the Word, and specifically the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If our yield is 25% of our total evangelization campaigns, we are doing great! Even if less than this, such a percentage should not be disparaged as even our LORD Himself stated that there would be “few who will be saved” LK. 13:23-24. Let us be encouraged therefore in our efforts to win the lost to the LORD!

In verse 4 we read about the fowls of the air – agents in the service of Satan  who is the prince of the power of the air (REV. 18:2; EPH. 2:2), demonic forces that would seek to deflect the precious seed away from the hearts of the slaves of sin. This is why any efforts of sharing the Gospel should be bathed in prayer and be considered the legitimate form of 'spiritual warfare'. We are literally engaging in seeking salvation for some lost soul(s) that Satan would desire to retain in his kingdom (2 COR. 4:4; COL. 1:13) and he will do everything he can to do so! May we seek the LORD in prayer in binding Satan as we would plunder his house and make off with souls that have been saved by the blood of the Lamb (MATT. 12:29)!

In verse 5-6 there are stony places where the seed is received with no small measure of excitement, but because of the stony conditions, lacking in depth and proper nutrition, the seedling dries up and dies under the onslaught of the sun's heat. Such stone-heartedness has ruined many an apparent convert who seem saved, who may conduct themselves in such manner, but have a lack of root in themselves (HEB. 4:1-2; EPH. 3:16-17). Perhaps the very Root of Jesse (IS. 11:1, 10), the greater Son of David, the LORD Jesus Christ, Who is stalled in His advancement to save a soul because they do not fully embrace Him, having issues of hard-heartedness (JER. 4:3; HOS. 10:12) that prevents them from entering into the Kingdom of God.

In verse 7 we see that there are thorns which choke out the seed – that is, those things of this world (both legitimate and not; see 1 TIM. 6:4-10) that crowd out the growing seed and eventually squander the life of a soul in the pursuit of lesser things. Thorns are first seen in the Word as a curse as a result of sin entering into creation through Adam (GEN. 3:18). We are admonished to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness so that having our priorities established properly, the LORD will bless us with these things we have need of (and save us the problem of worry over their procurement! See MATT. 6:32-33; 7:7).

And finally we come to verse 8 where the seed is met with good soil, that is, properly prepared soil conducive to the reception of seed and proper growth!

8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

There are those who might perceive in this verse, a proof text for some inherent goodness in the heart of man; however, though the word for 'good' in the Greek used here means “worthy, good, noble, an outward sign of inward good” one must look at this in context. 

The suitableness of soil would mean that it is free of anything that would impede proper agricultural advancement; likewise in the spiritual sense, the state or condition of the heart must be suitable for salvation – this intimates a heart that is mournful over sin and rebellion against God (MATT. 5:4), that have repentant hearts (MATT. 3:8; LUKE 3:8; 2 COR. 7:10; ROM. 2:4) and are seeking God in truth (HEB. 11:6). In these and in many other verses it is God that takes the initiative in leading sinners in the way that leads to salvation; if not for this, then we all would remain lost, astray from righteousness like sheep without their shepherd (IS. 53:6).

It is upon such ground as this that God may work His work of redemption, leading the wayward sinner to the LORD Jesus Christ (JOHN 6:44) and having received salvation by grace through faith, produce such fruit as is pleasing to the Father, and for His glory (JOHN 5:8; PHIL. 1:11)! 
Note that not all produce the same amount of fruit – but the fruit produced is indicative of the condition of the heart: as seen previously, a good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit, but each “after their own kind” (MATT. 7:17-18); whatever the amount of fruit, if it is good fruit, it comes from the life of a good person, whose goodness is not their own, but instilled by the LORD whose goodness it is and is inherent upon salvation.

It is when the seed of God's Word is humbly received by the repentant sinner, and the Spirit of God indwells their heart, that this seed germinates there and the Life of Christ is aflame with spiritual vibrancy, bringing the very fruit of the nature of Jesus in the life of the saint (GAL. 5:22-23).

9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear

A most interesting phrase; one that the LORD repeats throughout the Gospels and Revelation MATT. 11:15; 13:9, 43; LUKE 8:8; 14:35 as well as REV. 2:7, 11, 17; 2:29; 3:6, 13, 22; REV. 13:9; 22:17. 

There must be a willing heart if one is to receive the truth of God; the willing heart must be a seeking heart (JER. 29:13). Those who are not willing, and apathetic about seeking God cannot expect to learn any more about God than what they have already been given. So those with “ears to hear” are the ones equipped to truly discover more of God according to the truth as found in His Word. Let's keep this in mind as we proceed.

MATTHEW 13:10-13
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, 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.

The disciples noticed the change in teaching methods by the Messiah and they asked Him about it. Why teach in parables? Some have said that they make great teaching tools to bring greater understanding. Yet what our LORD reveals here tells us something a bit different.

The LORD explains that the revelation of “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” is granted to an exclusive group of people – only to those who have “ears to hear”. For those who seek God in truth, they will find the truth of God; and not only that, but greater and deeper truth (“more abundance”) because of their love for both it and the God of truth. 

However for those without a love for the truth, who decline in seeking truth, they shall not have “ears to hear” with, and so they will not receive any further truth, but even that which they have shall be taken from them (and leave them with falsehoods and deceptions; see 2 THESS. 2:10-11). 

In this case, the truth spoken about here are “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,” which for the Jewish people, entails the kingdom of Israel and the Messiah Who will reign over the world from Jerusalem. Because the leadership represented in the Sanhedrin rejected the Messiah and the witness of the Holy Spirit via the miraculous deeds the LORD accomplished by the Spirit (even the deliverance of a demoniac who was rendered mute by Satan) the Messiah began to alter His presentation of truth, couching His teachings in parables so that only the true seekers would understand, while those who rejected the witness and miracles of the Messiah would remain spiritually blind and deaf (See JOHN 9:39-41). 

In a very real sense, the commencement of the LORD's teachings by parables was a form of judgment against those who refused to acknowledge Him as the Messiah-King of Israel. Those who recognized Jesus for Who He is, gained even more spiritual truth and understanding (MATT. 16:16-17). The apostles then, are given this knowledge. Still, these parables are in a broader sense, applicable for the kingdom of God pertaining to this present day for the church – and describes the supreme battle between the forces of good and evil and the final end of evil itself (see vs. 41 in this chapter).

MATTHEW 13:14-15
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.

It is the most serious indictment that the religious have always hated the spiritual truth of God's Word; favoring self-righteousness as a result of religious accomplishment and prestige over salvation by the grace of God, they are left with nothing but blindness, deafness, and hardened hearts that will not be converted or healed! This is why it's often been said that religion will send more people to hell than 'sex and drugs and rock n roll' ever will! 

In the One-Man play St. John in Exile, performed by Dean Jones, I recall the apostle John's answer to the question: “If the people loved Jesus so much, why did the religious leaders hate Him so?”
John's answer: “They preferred their kingdom to God's” How true, sadly so; see MATT. 27:17-18.

Incidentally, if you have never seen this awesome performance, you can now see it in full on youtube, free! Click the link here and book mark it for later viewing!  

MATTHEW 13:16-17
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.

Think of the tremendous privilege that we as Christians have, that the LORD has given us such insight into the Word, by the very Spirit of God (JOHN 14:26; 1 COR. 2:13; EPH. 4:20-21), by the personal tutoring of the LORD Jesus Himself! I cannot begin to tell the number of times when in the midst of studying His Word and the LORD would guide me through the Scriptures to reveal something beautiful and awesome to me; it would leave me in tears of such appreciation, that He would deign to show me, a little speck of living mud, His profound and deep truth! Such things that even the prophets of old didn't know, much less understand.

MATTHEW 13:18-23
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Note that in each case where the seed is unfruitful, the enemy has interfered with spiritual progress. He will use his agents of wickedness to steal the seed away; he will use persecution or tribulation as the means to offend the half-converted; he will use the allurements of this world to entice the would-be saint and strangle any chance for life out of them.

It is those whose hearts have been properly prepared with repentance and genuine thirst for truth, a real hunger for righteousness and a humbleness to admit one's own spiritual poverty (See 2 COR. 7:10; MATT. 5:6; PSALM 43:3; MATT. 5:3; LUKE 18:13-14) that will not be thwarted by the enemy's attacks and attempted sabotage of their spiritual rebirth and life, but will go on to “perfection” in maturity in Christ (HEB. 6:1).

Any who has ever tended a garden will tell you that it is a high maintenance project; one has to be sure the soil is properly turned for efficient irrigation, that weeds are not allowed to grow, that animals don't ravage the growth of foliage, and more besides.
Spiritually speaking it is no different; we must tend the garden of our hearts under the supervision of our Savior and disallow those things into our lives that would prove detrimental to our lives in Christ. 

The parable outlined above is the basis for all of the parables that follow; let's have a look at the next one:

MATTHEW 13:24-30
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn

Here again we see the enemy employing methods and means that would interfere with the LORD's work of salvation and spiritual growth in His beloved. The good seed is sown in a husbandman's field. While men slept the enemy came and sowed tares in the midst of the good seed.
Note that it's while men slept – spiritual vigilance is so very needed, especially in today's church, where heresy and bad doctrine is promoted by more and more pastors and Christian book-selling celebrities. Our watchmen seem to be wavering and falling by the wayside, becoming fatigued by the relentless call of duty to be on guard! Sleeping is done at night, and it is the spiritual night of darkness of the times (ROM. 13:12) in which the enemy is sacking the church with sacks of tares, to infest the church!

From the above RED PILL article: “And our Father is keeping us securely so that the watchmen need not watch in vain; just as the LORD Jesus prayed for us in John 17:11. The LORD preserves those of us who are His (see Psalm 16:1-11).

“So the work of these watchmen, those whom the LORD has established to watch over the saintly souls in the church (Hebrews 13:17) need not be in vain, or unsuccessful because of the tremendous, nigh overwhelming influx of apostate teachings, beliefs and practices. God will enable them, if only they seek Him and yield to His perfect will in all matters and not compromise or become slack; even if it means that many will take offense at their biblically accurate teaching and holy conduct, and as a result leave, taking their tithes with them.

Tares will absorb vital nutrients from the soil, diminishing the robust crop of its own vitality; they will look very much like the valuable crop, but not bear fruit of any good kind. It is the enemy who plants the tares, the husbandman who plants the good seed. 

So we see both the LORD God and Satan, each planting their own kind into the kingdom of heaven; we see so much of this in the church today, and this is why we witness a 'mixed multitude' of saints and unrepentant but religious sinners in our congregations. Our churches are weakened, the body is limping, Satanic interferences are running amok, and the night of deception is upon us.

We must not be deterred however, nor discouraged, for the “night is far spent and the Day (of Christ's return) is at hand”! If the Word goes forth with the power of the Holy Spirit to convict and expose darkness, the tares will be less welcome (even if some remain ever present to the end when our LORD Himself shall remove them from His kingdom)!

The servants here seem bewildered about this mischief though the LORD knows full well what has happened; we ought not to be ignorant of Satan's devices (2 COR. 2:11) but remain always watchful and leaning upon the LORD for His strength by the Spirit – for our enemy is tireless and resolute: but if we rest in the grace of God and allow His enablement, we shall outlast him and be victorious! We will stand opposed to the Rick Warrens, the Rob Bells, the Brian McLarens, the Doug Pagitts as well as the Robert Schullers and Todd Bentleys and the myriad assortment of heretics that vainly proclaim their own words as though they were God's.

The tares are here to stay – until the LORD allocates their fate to the fire: that is, the very hell fire that most of the above mentioned people don't even believe exists! The LORD shall indeed preserve His own (in His “barn” - and what a glorious barn it is!), and this is something that we adore Him for: that He is able to judge the wicked in any nation, and yet preserve His righteous ones in the midst of such judgment!

PROVERBS 11:8, 21
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. 
21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. 

2 PETER 2:9
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 

PSALM 91:8-12
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Suffice it to say that while in this world of sin, we the church and in a general sense, all the saints of God can and should expect opposition and persecution (2 TIM. 3:12) by the enemy and his agents of iniquity; yet the KING is coming, and when He arrives, He shall certainly deal with Satan, his kingdom of darkness, and “all things that offend” as He establishes His own righteous reign over the Earth as the MESSIAH-King of Israel and KING of Kings over all the world!

Here ends part One of this study; we shall examine MATTHEW 13:31-58 in the next study! Read more!

Friday, April 3, 2015

The FOUR Primary Offices of The LORD GOD YHWH - PART ONE

~ By James Fire

To know any individual, we may observe them and learn some things about them, but after such extensive observations, we would come to the limits of knowledge obtainable by this means. Any intimate knowledge of such an individual must necessarily come as revelation by that individual as an intent of their will.

Likewise there are things that we may know about God by observing His handiwork, the creation itself, and of ourselves, the members of humanity; yet, again we come to the limits of such knowledge even after a life time of observations, because of limits placed on creation and ourselves – those limitations being primarily the curse of sin which has tainted creation, and providing at best an incomplete, or even a warped portrayal of the Holy God (another such limitation is the incomplete knowledge we have at our disposal as a race of sentient beings).

By the intent of God's holy will, He has revealed Himself intimately through His Word, the Holy Scriptures. It is the Holy Scriptures themselves, the Word of God that we turn to and learn of the four primary offices of the LORD GOD YHWH:

The offices of GOD as:

1) Creator God
3) Judge
4) Redeemer  

The first office of these four, that deals with God as the Creator, will be addressed first.

You can also watch a video teaching based on these articles, beginning with the first of four, here.


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Saturday, March 7, 2015

PROPHETIC and PERSONAL Perspectives from 2 THESSALONIANS – PART 2-B of 3

2 THESS. 2:8-17

Chapter 1 – James Fire

Chapter 2 – Danny Islas, supplemented by James Fire
Chapter 3 – Josh Boubion, supplemented by James Fire

Theme: The Day of the LORD (This phrase is also seen in JOEL 1:15; 2 PETER 3:10 and REV 19:19 and elsewhere). This phrase refers to that period of time when God actively and openly begins to deal with the people of the Earth in judgment, beginning with the Jew and then the Gentile as portrayed in REVELATION 6–19.

It begins with (1) the translation of the church or rapture (“bride of Christ”) from Earth to Heaven and culminates at (2) the Great White Throne Judgment with the 70th week of Daniel (“time of Jacob's trouble” JER 30:7) in which the world will see the 7 year reign of anti-Christ or “the man of sin” (2 THESS 2:3) occurring between those two points.

The saints at Thessalonica were anxious because they thought that the Day of the LORD was upon them, but Paul corrects this misunderstanding in explaining that two crucial events must first happen before this occurs; we will see what those things are in 2 Thess. Ch. 2.

Outline: Intro: 1:1-4

I – Comfort in persecution: 1:5-12
II – The Day of the LORD vs. the man of sin: 2:1-12
III – Exhortations and instructions: 2:13-3:15; 
Conclusion: 3:16-18

We now continue with our study in Chapter 2 of 2 THESSALONIANS, picking up in vs. 8, which in context deals with “the Day of the LORD vs. the man of sin” (2:1-12).

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