"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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Friday, July 30, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Leviticus by pastor Chuck Smith 

LEVITICUS 3 & 4: “ENJOYING A BBQ WITH GOD” – by Sonny Islas, Facebook video.

Today’s bible study title will make sense in a moment.
As we study through Leviticus, let’s keep in mind that as God’s people approached the Tabernacle to eagerly bring and joyfully give their offerings, whether it was for the forgiveness of sin or the sake of sheer gratitude towards God, God is there in their midst. In a very tangible way, His voice can be heard and His glory can be seen.

His divine and powerful presence is there in the awesome form of a fiery pillar by night and a cloudy pillar by day (aka The Shekinah Glory of God). And because God is Holy, He sets all the rules and regulations in which His people must approach Him, lest they die. Not because He wants them dead but because they cannot handle His nearness without Him making it possible.

In Psalm 99:7a, 8a King David reflects on this time (Moses’ time) in Israel’s history, and says, “He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar…You were to them GOD-WHO-FORGIVES (In Hebrew: EL NAHSAH).” 
[What’s so fascinating about this Hebrew word is that it not only means, He Who forgives, but also He Who bears (or carries). This points to the One Who would bear the sins of His people (ISAIAH 53), Who would carry His cross to Calvary – the LORD Jesus Christ by Whom we have forgiveness of our sin!]

For thirty other powerful names of GOD in the Hebrew, check out this listing

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

LEVITICUS – A HOLY PEOPLE’s ACCESS to The HOLY GOD – Introduction, Chapter ONE & TWO

Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Leviticus by pastor Chuck Smith 
LEVITICUS 1 & 2: “ ” – by James Fire, Facebook video

INTRODUCTION: We are witnessing the architectural genius of GOD in the building of His ‘cathedral of doctrine’ that we call the Bible. Laying the foundation that is GENESIS which begins the Bible with “beginnings”: the beginning of creation, of the fall of man and its consequences, the wiping clean the slate by way of the Flood and grace granted in a man of faith who obeyed GOD and built the ark; the beginning of institutionalized rebellion at the Tower of Babel, the beginning of languages and nations, the beginning of GOD’s relationship with one man He had chosen: Abraham, the model example of faith whereby the grace of GOD is demonstrated in the LORD’s heart: redemption. And demonstrated in a staged event between a father, a son, and a would-be sacrifice. A dress rehearsal for the Father of heaven and His Son’s performance of propitiation!

This is the beginning of a family of faith, with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.
With the foundation laid in GENESIS and the account of this family established, we move on to EXODUS which means “departure” and the family story has grown into the saga of a nation – it continues with deliverance from Egypt in grand display of redemption once the Passover Lamb was slain – in anticipation of the LAMB of GOD Who takes away the sin of the world.

Then there is the revelation of the Holy Law of GOD in EXODUS, as well as the plans and purposes of the Tabernacle, its various sacrifices and feasts, the priesthood, and the construction of all these things. We see greater revelation of GOD and His truth in EXODUS, and what we learn here is confirmation of what we learned about GOD in GENESIS.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire
Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 39 & 40: “WHEN GOD DREW NEAR/THE GRAND FINALE” – by Sonny Islas, Facebook video

One overarching reality to keep at the forefront of our mind is that GOD rescued Israel out of Egypt - to be with them. To re-introduce Himself to them as the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And as the promise keeping Yahweh, as the GOD of extraordinary powers and wonders beyond human comprehension, and as the One true GOD who is HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
He has come to pick up where they left off 400 years ago and to continue to be their GOD – their Sovereign, their Savior, their Protector, their Provider, their King, their miracle worker, their Sanctifier and Heavenly Teacher (i.e. The Decalogue/Ten Commandments).
This is what the LORD has does for us; He rescued us from this world’s fallen ways and from Satan’s grip - to draw us near and make us His. To be for us all that we will ever need. He is our ONE stop eternal shop!

The Grand finale in Exodus 39 and 40 is that GOD DRAWS NEAR!
These last two chapters in Exodus focus on: The finished work of the priestly clothing and the tabernacle (The Big Tent of Worship).

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A TTUF Report: STRATEGIES as Outlined in WAR of the AGES by Dr. Gregory Reid – Part Five – from Chapter 9 to 24

By James Fire

It’s my express hope that by now, you the reader are captivated enough by these gems of wisdom as provided in the prior TTUF articles that document and elaborate on the strategies and battle tactics found in Dr. Greg Reid’s book WAR of the AGES; captivated enough that you want to get a copy of this book yourself  because from here on out, I will only provide a brief outline of what this book contains.

I’m concerned that some readers after having gone through this ‘Reader’s Digest version’ of WAR of the AGES, they won’t feel a need to get the book. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can’t know the struggle I had in what to include in this summary and what to leave out. I hope you’ll discover and appreciate for yourself the full scope of this work!

I hope to conduct an interview with Greg (printed or video or both?) on this immensely necessary text.

Imagine a General leading his troops into war without any idea of a battle plan in mind – just sort of wing it and trust to fate. What would his soldiers feel about that? I for one know that I don’t have the experience of spiritual warfare as Greg does, nor do I have the depth of insight that he has in these matters. It’s for this reason that I listen carefully when he speaks and take his words to heart once I confirm their validity in Scripture (which consistently happens).

This book is indeed a military manual for tactical superiority as revealed in Scripture, and I’m blessed to have it for learning and referring to as the needs arise – and I believe that as this culture has maliciously migrated away from biblical truth, the vacuum that it’s left is being filled with satanic influences, powers and strongholds that is inevitably leading to mass demonization which in turn will bring about a global society that will embrace the anti-Christ once he arrives on the scene - 
and such need therefore will become evident!

In the meantime, there will be those caught in these webs of wickedness and will cry out for deliverance. That is where you and I come in. Are you ready for this kind of battle, or do you feel yourself ill-equipped and intimidated by these malevolent and unseen evil spirits that lust after the destruction of humanity? You can gain such equipment by reading this book and conducting your own biblical study on this subject. We at TTUF have a series on Spiritual Warfare that you might consider useful. Once you understand the authority you have in Christ [link] there will be no need at all to feel intimidated!
So, without any further ado let’s go over the rest of this book in outline form:

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 37 & 38: “The Hebrew Doers of the Word” – by James Fire, Facebook video.

INTRODUCTION: Earlier in the book of Exodus, starting with Chapter 26, GOD described every detail of what the Tabernacle was to look like, and what to use in its construction. The same for all the furnishings of the Tabernacle as well as all of the priestly garb that Aaron and his sons were to wear while officiating in the Tabernacle.

It’s in these chapters we’ll be looking at here, as well as Chapters 35 and 36 previously, that we are seeing the actual construction of the Tabernacle and everything else that GOD revealed to Moses while he was on Mount Horeb (or Sinai).

It’s vital that we not only hear the Word of GOD and pay attention to GOD’s instructions and guidance but also that we obey GOD and do everything in accordance with His Holy will. Otherwise, we don’t get the blessings of seeing ‘GOD’s Tabernacle’ in our midst. Someone else will have the blessing to see this work of GOD, who will obey His Holy will, and we’re left out.
There are many valuable lessons of the spiritual sort we can perceive as we read about the construction of the Tabernacle, as we will, LORD willing, see in this teaching.

EXODUS 37 ~ ~ 

EXODUS 37:1-5
1 Then Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits was its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height. 2 He overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside and made a molding of gold all around it. 3 And he cast for it four rings of gold to be set in its four corners: two rings on one side, and two rings on the other side of it. 4 He made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. 5 And he put the poles into the rings at the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.

As we saw last time, pastor Albert taught us that this man Bezelel, has an awesome name: “protected by GOD” or “in the shadow of GOD”. What does this mean ‘the shadow of GOD’ and how is this our protection?

People who lived in nomadic tribal communities (“tent dwellers”) understood what it meant to dwell under the shadow of other. It was the custom of people in those days, that if they had a visitor, who came under the shadow of their host’s tent, that the host would offer every hospitality to their guest, including personal protection.

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Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire  

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 35 & 36: “ARE YOU BUILDING FOR THE LORD?” – by Albert Lopez, Facebook video

EXODUS 35 ~ ~ 

EXODUS 35:1-3
Then Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said to them, “These are the words which the Lord has commanded you to do: 2 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3 You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do: These are words that always point back to whom we have to give account to, the One who’s eyes matter the most and whose opinion is above anyone else’s.

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Saturday, July 3, 2021


~ By James Fire 

Russ Miller of CREATION, EVOLUTION & SCIENCE MINISTRIES recently contacted me with some fantastic news! He shared the following, and I'm passing it on to all of you, our readers to share with those you know, as well as to keep this effort in prayer - that the LORD will bless these efforts in bringing the truth about creation, the lies of evolution and the testimony of the Scriptures to the classroom.

Here is an excerpt of this message sent to me by Russ:
"Would you like to see all public, private,  homeschool and Christian schools offer an accredited course that promoted a biblical worldview, supported creation, challenged Darwinism, eroded old-earth beliefs, and revealed the Truth of God and His Word? 
"If you think I am just dreaming, think again!
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Monday, June 28, 2021


~ by James Fire

1st THESSALONIANS Chapter Two  

INTRODUCTION:   As we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it’s good to look back in review and note the challenges met, the obstacles overcome, the advancements made in spiritual maturity – as well as observing the pitfalls and stumbling that occurred (Check out Walking w/o Stumbling series) – and learn from these experiences as well as offering the giving of thanks to the LORD in preserving us through all such times.

Paul the apostle is reminiscing on the all too brief time spent with these beloved saints; and yet even in this short period, he taught the Thessalonian church quite a lot, as we shall see! Here he wants to express his love, his commendations, and his desire towards these saints; probably the first official ministration to any church that Paul served.

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Friday, June 18, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 33 & 34: “GOD’s GLORY IN THE ROCK” – by James Fire, Facebook video.
INTRODUCTION: While the people of Israel committed idolatry, bowing down to the molten golden calf images of Apis, the Egyptian god, and corrupted themselves, Moses was on the mountain of Sinai communing with GOD.

He told Moses He was going to wipe them out because of their rebellious idolatry and start the nation over again through Moses and his descendants. Moses intercedes and GOD spares the people – which on the surface makes it seem that Moses is more merciful than GOD, when in reality, GOD in His mercy, anticipating Moses’ intercession, displayed the mercy He intended all along. We know that GOD will only answer those prayers that are in accordance with His will – so He hears the plea of Moses and answers it.
Yet Moses’ own anger rises up when he sees for himself the rebellion and idolatry of the people; he commands those who were on the LORD’s side to strap on their swords and slay the idolators – these were the sons of Levi that carried out this judgment and 3,000 were slain that day.

Moses goes up to the LORD in the mount the next day and intercedes for the people Israel:
EXODUS 32:31-32
Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! 32 "Yet now, if You will forgive their sin - but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written

Here again Moses is a type of Christ, interceding for the people (HEB 7:25), and willing to be blotted out of GOD’s Book, along with Israel, if He would not forgive their sin! Though GOD did show mercy on Israel, He did bring affliction upon them with a plague (EXOD 32:35). And this brings us to Chapter 33:

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A TTUF Report: STRATEGIES as Outlined in WAR of the AGES by Dr. Gregory Reid – Part Four

~ By James Fire

Due to the length of this article, I’ve divided it into two sections (the point at which I divided it was a completely arbitrary decision).


It is my expressed desire for Christians who are aware of the need for genuine, biblically-based spiritual warfare to get a copy of this book as it is the finest I’ve seen in our contemporary age.

For the moment, let us pause to consider what is ‘spiritual warfare’?
There are many good answers to this question; here is mine:

Spiritual warfare is the contention between the Kingdom of GOD and the kingdom of darkness; the point of contention is that of human souls. GOD desires to see us redeemed; Satan desires to see us held fast under his spiritual deception and ultimately the condemnation of GOD’s Holy Judgment. 

It is a war, not over land or resources, or domination of belligerent human powers over the weak by these oppressors who seek to expand their ideologies. It is a war against unholiness, unrighteousness, a war against evil and everything it stands for. Ultimately it is GOD’s War against Satan in the rescuing of humanity that by Adam’s fall was brought under ‘new management’ with Satan, instead of the first Adam, as ruler over this world.

It is by the last Adam, Christ Himself (1 COR 15:45-49), 
, that proper rule over this world is secured and restored.
Thus the preaching of the Gospel is a part of this spiritual warfare, as is intercessory prayer, deliverance from demonic influences of various kinds, and personal holiness because Satan opposes all of these and more: the very truth of GOD’s Word! Proving the veracity of the Scriptures which is apologetics, and discipling the saints are a part of this!

Declaration of prophecy and the arrival of His kingdom on planet Earth to rule from the national capital of Israel, Jerusalem, is included, therefore standing with Israel, and praying for this nation is also part of spiritual warfare.

I think it’s vital that everyone who has a passion for all of the above to read this book. I fear in my zeal to give people a glimpse into this ‘Reader’s Digest’ version, that once they read through this series of articles, they will feel content that they have the basic idea and principles, and not bother to get the book.

Please, by all means, get the book (purchase your copy here)!

So, I will summarize the next couple of chapters and then give a very broad overview for the rest of this book. I prayerfully hope that I will give everyone enough of a taste for this treatment that they’ll ‘be hooked’ and get a copy for their own careful study. The days ahead will require of every true child of GOD, a necessary understanding and ability to implement the exercises and wisdom in this work.
So with that said, on to the next chapter. . .

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 32: “THE GOLDEN CALF” – By Sonny Islas, watch the Youtube video here.

At this point in the Book of Exodus, Moses is on Mount Sinai with God, and has been up there fasting from bread and water for forty days and forty nights. After the forty days were complete, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God on two stone tablets (these details are found in DEUT 9:9-11). 

1 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him

Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain: They quickly reverted to hardcore idol worship and sexual sin - as we will soon see. They became impatient and without Moses, their evil desires could no longer be restrained.

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Monday, June 7, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith
EXODUS 31: “THE HOUSE THAT GOD BUILT WITH OUR HANDS” – by Albert Lopez, watch the Facebook video here.

In the previous chapters we have read about the tabernacle and its furnishings. Now we will read about how it all came to be. God didn’t say, “Let there be a tabernacle” and it miraculously came to be. Although he could of, no; he used His people to carry out His purpose as that is God’s way. 

Chosen people were used to build this tabernacle and everything in it and chosen people are used in order to expand the Kingdom; God’s Kingdom. The Israelites would construct the tabernacle and it’s furnishings by using a wide variety of skills that the Lord had supplied to the builders. 

Their calling and enabling came from the Lord by His Spirit. Let us remember that Church. As Paul the apostle said in:
1 CORINTHIANS 15:10-11
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed

With this Idea specifically in verse 11, We preach to every creature because we don’t know who God has called and chosen (1 PET 2:9). As the Word says, God doesn’t want anyone to perish but wants everyone to come to repentance and a saving faith in Jesus (2 PET 3:9).

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Saturday, June 5, 2021


~ by James Fire

INTRODUCTION: We will be going through some of the epistles of Paul the apostle, beginning with 1 Thessalonians. Currently, we already have 2 Thessalonians on TTUF (from a Men’s Retreat that was conducted a few years ago); we will then proceed to the pastoral epistles: 1 and 2 Timothy and lastly Titus. As they all begin with the letter ‘T’ I thought the title of this series appropriate.

Most scholars believe this epistle represents the first one that the apostle wrote (around 49-54 AD; though some believe Galatians to be the first), and among the earliest writings of the New Testament. These two epistles to the church of Thessalonica have extremely pertinent doctrine contained in their pages; they are also full of exhortation, commendation, and admonition, and not without some doctrine of significance as well. Let’s examine more about this city and the men of GOD called to minister there. . .

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Thursday, June 3, 2021


~ by James Fire


As we saw in Part One, the combination of powers and unification of political and religious entities makes a formidable weapon against the populations down through history which desired freedom and independence. We examined the duality of such power in ancient Babylon with the maneuvers of Nimrod and Semiramis who learned this well, as did Tammuz.

The Roman Catholic Church during the Dark and Middle Ages likewise saw the value of such that fed into its own corruption.

H.G. Wells spoke on this once, saying that the new world order must eradicate all opposition and in place of a world full of sovereign states, erect a global government led by the power of a global “world religion” (see full the quote below).

We see that this will in fact be the case, as we read in REVELATION 17 & 18; at least until such a time when the Beast has had enough of this Mother of Harlots, and he will then direct those under him to decimate her (REV 17:16-17)!

Yet we observe still the amalgamation and coalescence of powers being centralized into a global unity; and on the political side, there are numerous powerful organizations whose purpose is the establishment of a one world government, and they are engaged in making it so with such organizations as follows (these are linked to articles for your consideration (Note: TTUF does not necessarily agree with every assertion and truth claim in the following articles; ALSO: We as Christians have ZERO reason for fear as we see these things coming to pass, exactly as the LORD warned us about them; to ignore these things is unwise, to be anxious over them is unwarranted - JESUS REIGNS!!! So let's have our focus on the LORD, the MISSION He has given us, and get spiritually prepared for the storms just ahead of us):

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Church Assembly: How Important Is It?

by A.M. Kisly

"Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of blood is to a sick man."  
D.L. Moody


Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live in a place where it is Illegal to be a Christian?

We have had the blessing of living in a free country, though times they are a changing. The first amendment to the United States constitution begins, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Fast forward almost 250 years and religious freedom is one of the most pressing issues in American culture today.

In many parts of the world, it is near impossible for believers to gather together for church. They do not live in a country with religious freedom for all. They do not have big beautiful church buildings, comfortable pews and air-conditioning, but millions of them meet in underground churches that must change locations continuously so as to not draw attention to themselves. They don’t have large congregations to enjoy fellowship with other believers, they secretly meet in small groups, and seldom meet otherwise. They do not have extravagant multi-member worship bands with amplified sound. They sing a song together very softly. It takes a lot of effort on their part to meet together as believers, and even though they run the risk of being arrested or killed, they continue to meet. They are hungry for God’s Word, and Christian fellowship.

Are we?
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Tuesday, June 1, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 29 & 30: “Holiness is Golden” – by James Fire, watch Facebook video here.

INTRODUCTION: In the second half of the book of Exodus, in Chapter 20 and forward, we have seen the giving of the 10 Commandments, and Chapter 21-24 got into the specific details of the Law. From Chapter 25 to 27 GOD gave His instructions for the materials and construction of the Tabernacle. Chapter 28 deals with the office of the High Priest which was appointed to Aaron, and here in Chapter 29 GOD gives more instruction regarding the priesthood under Aaron and in Chapter 30, the building of the various furnishings for the Tabernacle, and in the next chapter GOD continues His instruction on these furnishings and implements and reminds His people to keep the sabbath. 

Then Moses makes his way down from Mt. Sinai where he received all of this from GOD and witnesses the people’s corruption through idolatry.
But without further delay, let’s get into these two chapters:

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Monday, May 31, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith  

EXODUS 27 & 28 – SERVING GOD HIS WAYby Sonny Islas; Video was not available this time.

Regarding the Tabernacle (The Tent of Worship, where God graciously condescends to dwell with sinners) and everything that happens there, we can clearly see that God is detailed when it comes to how He wants us to serve Him. What many people fail to understand is that God has clearly prescribed in Scripture both in the OT and in the NT - exactly how He wants to be worshipped/served/obeyed/loved.

In Exodus 25:40 God tells Moses,
And see to it - that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” In other words, God’s saying “do it My way Moses – period.” Jesus says the same thing in Matthew 28:20 – The Great Commission – “teaching them to observe (keep, do, perform, obey) all things that I have commanded you…”
People who ignorantly and arrogantly say that they can serve God their own way is the equivalent of offering a turtle on the altar instead of a lamb or a bull as God has commanded. Or like taking the LORD’s Supper with Dr. Pepper and Skittles instead of bread and wine (or something similar). As we’ll eventually see, Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu were killed/burned alive by God, just because they did worship/serve God their own way (Lev. 10:1,
2). And in the end, ALL the Nadabs’ and Abihus’s of our world will eventually become toast!

God has clearly prescribed in His Word/The Bible exactly how He wants to be served in every area of life both inwardly and outwardly, whether its faith, praying, marriage, divorce, sex, parenting, work, worship, civil duties, preaching, and everything else to do with the local church. The point of it all is this: God is God, and we are not. God knows best and we just don’t. KNOWING, LOVING AND DOING the perfect will of God is the ultimate thing, and it can only be found where it has been revealed - in God’s Holy Word – for Moses, it was “on the Mountain”.

Last Wednesday pastor Albert taught Exodus Chapters 25 and 26 regarding The Ark of the Covenant, The Table for the Showbread, The Gold Lampstand, and the Tabernacle. At times it’s difficult to picture or even try and imagine what these things must have looked like, so I went ahead and made some slides to help with that. Visuals will be really helpful here. 

For our TTUF readers, you can click on this link and see what these things looked like. 

Today, scholars estimate that it would cost approximately 100 million dollars to build this same Tabernacle – due to all the gold; The Tabernacle was about the size of a modern single wide mobile home).

Today I will be covering Exodus 27 and 28 which consist of - The Altar of Burnt Offering, The Court of the Tabernacle, The Care of the Lampstand, and the Garments (clothing) for the Priesthood. I have some slides prepared for these too.

And again, for our TTUF readers, you can check out the various garments of the Levitical priests and the high priest at the following site.

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Saturday, May 29, 2021


 ~ by James Fire

Note: It is not my intention to demean or offend Roman Catholics in this or any other article on TTUF. I was once a Roman Catholic myself and much of my extended family still is. I love them all. What this article is about is ascertaining the facts as history and current events have revealed them, and to search the Scriptures, GOD’s Word, to determine truth.

We at TTUF have already treated the religion of Roman Catholicism in a four part series the ROMAN CATHOLIC Church: It's Dogma and Destiny (the latter two articles of that series is essentially what we have here, but this two-part article will have updated information and pertinent revisions), revealing by Scripture that much of their practices and doctrines are unbiblical. In examining this religion I realized that there was too much information to cover in that series.
This article is not an apologetic, but a review of the Roman Catholic Church in light of its past, its current course in our present time and where it’s heading in the future.
We’ll cover a little of the history of this religious institution, some of its beliefs and practices and how it relates to other religions as a leading force in our world today in ecumenical circles and what the Emergent Church has to do with it.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A TTUF Report: STRATEGIES as Outlined in WAR of the AGES by Dr. Gregory Reid – Part Three

WAR of the AGES: from Chapter Five

We continue now with a summary treatment of this book, gleaning only some of the gems of wisdom concerning matters of spiritual warfare as given by Dr. Greg Reid.


While the existence of Satan and demons is disparaged today, especially among apostate seminaries and pastors, the reality of these nefarious beings is incontestably affirmed in Scripture, both in Old and New Testament passages along with two other prominent passages referring to Satan: EZEK 28:12-19 and ISAIAH 14:12-15.
Note from James:
Even agnostic scientists are conceding the plausibility of highly intelligent extra-terrestrial and alien beings of non-corporeal existence (essentially beings of pure mind, and bodiless). This is an apt description of angels, both holy and unholy.
EZEKIEL 28:12-19
12 "Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. 14 "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. 16 "By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. 17 "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you. 18 "You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you. 19 All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; You have become a horror and shall be no more forever

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH - Part Five: Continuing the New Testament Examination

~ by James Fire

While there are more subtle references to the Millennium and related events recorded in New Testament Scripture, being of a more obscure nature, I decided that I’ll address these verses I have included here.
What we have seen thus far, in most respects are clear and insightful declarations of truth that incontrovertibly indicate that the kingdom of Israel, with a ruling king, governing over the nations is a plan that GOD intends on fulfilling.

Israel was not ultimately rejected (though for a time they were: see HOS 1:9-10; 2:23; ROM 11:17-23) but given a sort of ‘time out’ and are blinded generally speaking concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ, their Messiah – while we Gentiles are given the opportunity to receive salvation, known in the Scripture as the fulness of the Gentiles (ROM 11:25), and once the church is completed (“fulness”) then GOD will turn all of His attention back to Israel and at the conclusion of His chastening (Daniel’s 70th week), “all Israel shall be saved” (ROM 11:26) when the king of Israel returns, who will then establish His reign for 1,000 years:

This covenant with Israel, established with Abraham in GENESIS Chapter 15 is an unconditional covenant that depends solely on GOD’s faithfulness, not Abraham’s – or Israel’s, and it’s fulfillment as far as GOD is concerned, is ‘a sure thing’!

ROMANS 11:27-33
 27 For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins. 28 Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. 33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

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Friday, May 21, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 25 & 26: “GOD’S DWELLING PLACE WILL BE WITH MEN” – by Albert Lopez, Facebook video.

INTRODUCTION: When we left chapter 24, Moses was busy being a courier or messenger; going back and forth between God and the Israelites (God’s people). We read in the last verse that Moses remained on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights. This is a long time! This is not like when someone says I’m going to go run an errand and be back in a few hours. Or when someone goes on vacation and comes back a week or two later. The people were probably starting to wonder many things like pastor James said the last time; like he may had been killed by God; or maybe he ditched them after all they hadn’t been too nice to him. Meanwhile God and Moses are fellowshipping, and Moses is getting direction for the people.

These chapters contain instructions for the Tabernacle and the furniture that would be in it and the clothes they would make for the priests. The attention given to the details shows how catastrophic the worship of the golden calf was (EXOD 32) when compared to the instructions of true worship. It is ironic that God had instructed them how the people should worship Him, and yet they did it the way they wanted.

It is no different today with the world and sadly also in the church. The world knows no better, but we were given instructions by God’s Holy Word and His Holy Spirit yet we decide to worship the true God our own way, on our own terms. Let us ask for grace and a hunger for Him, church. It may be that whatever difficulties or obstacles are in our way, God wants to use them so that we may go hard after Him, to seek Him diligently and wholeheartedly!

Jesus told the Samaritan woman:
When the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

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Monday, May 17, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 23 & 24: “The FINE PRINT of the LAW” – by James Fire, Facebook video.

INTRODUCTION: What we saw in the Ten Commandments in EXODUS 20 is the template, the outline, the framework of the entire Law of GOD. What we see in subsequent chapters are in many parts, an expansion of those ten laws with greater detail.
Then there are other aspects of the Law that deals with the various feasts and ceremonial holy days, which we will get into. Also the plans delivered by GOD to Moses for the tabernacle, which is a worthy study all on its own!

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Sunday, May 16, 2021


In HEBREWS 12:14 it says,
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

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We want to see the LORD don’t we? So we must pursue holiness.
I believe that those who have trusted in Christ, are born again, who have Christ’s righteousness transferred to them have that position of holiness placed upon them; so as the Father looks down upon us, He sees the righteousness, the holiness of Christ upon us.

And it’s those who have these blessings upon them that will seek after practical holiness – that is, growing in daily experiences of transformation from carnality and sin to spiritual maturity and holiness. They become more on the outside what they are inside!

Throughout my life as a Christian, I’ve had the recurring question come up periodically: What does it mean to be holy - and what is holiness? 

The stock answer and a valid one to be sure is “purity from all sin and evil.” As I thought about that I came to the realization that:

Holiness is an absolute purity or completeness in all of the godly virtues as well as an absolute purity or completeness from all sin and evil. 

If one looks at Jesus, GOD incarnate – that is GOD made flesh (a human being) there is your supreme example of holiness in heart, in nature, in word, and in deed. He is absolutely the fullness of all that is holy – the completeness of love incarnate, truth incarnate, as well as grace, peace, joy, justice, mercy, compassion, knowledge, and wisdom incarnate and all else that is good, including goodness incarnate! You could say that holiness is ‘spiritual wholesomeness’, completeness, with nothing good lacking at all.

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Saturday, May 15, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 22: “Concerning Beasts, Burglary and Blasphemies” – by James Fire, Facebook video not available.

INTRODUCTION: We continue now with examining some finer points of the law in these next few chapters, and we see that GOD is watching over every aspect of Israel’s society, how He wants things to be done.
This is how it is for a believer in Christ; living for GOD is of course not only for Sunday church meetings and deals only with our ministry during such assembling for services, but it encompasses our entire lives.

We’ll be seeing a lot of laws where if they are broken, the penalty is death. Critics point to such passes to prove that GOD is blood-thirsty and cruel.
Yet the LORD is making a point: He is GOD, the Creator of all things, thus all things are owned by Him, which means He is LORD: He gets to make the rules! And being GOD, He is worthy of obedience. Only a rebellious, sinful heart would despise obedience to the LORD. And GOD is making another point: that we should take obedience seriously, for disobedience is rebellion and sin and such bear the wages of death, because GOD is holy and cannot associate with sin. Therefore, any soul that sins, is separated from GOD (which is why we all die, because all have sinned, and are separated from the only source of life!).

GOD is also all about private ownership (a concept that Socialists and Communists despise) and commands that justice is carried out on any that steal, kill and, or destroy – such citizens of this fallen world are apt to do, following the example of “the god of this world” who is himself the master thief (JOHN 10:10).

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brainwashed America: The DocuMovie (Free Viewing)

Posted by: Anne Kisly

This DocuMovie shows the Systematic Process and Historically Documented Facts on how the Vast Majority of Americans have been Unknowingly Brainwashed over Many Decades to Embrace and Assist in the Cultural Marxist Demonic Revolution that is Almost Complete in the United States of America.

This is a wake up call for All Americans, and a final warning to repent and turn to Christ for salvation.

Satan has been busy deceiving the masses, blinding their eyes to God our Creator, and the truth of His Word.  But is all lost?

Have we have abandoned this world to the unbelievers, to the ungodly, to the Christ-haters?  Those who hate God, those who hate truth, those who love darkness and hate the Light are affecting every single person in this land.  They are taking this country and turning it into a haven for evil - the devil's playground. 

As Christians we are called to be salt and light in this dark world. Our lives, our witness, our testimony ought to be drawing other's to Christ. The bible is clear that we are not to be deceived by the vain philosophies of men. We are not called to join forces with this world.  We are not to compromise the truth of God's Word.  We are not led by emotional feelings, or popular vote. We are to follow Jesus, walk by faith, put on truth, Biblical Truth, and stand on every word of its solid foundation!  

As we experience the fulfillment of end time Bible prophecy, we will witness society  disintegrating into violence and immorality.  The explosion of immorality can be compared to the evil that existed in the days of Noah. That's where we are today.  We are witnessing the very signs that herald the soon return of Jesus!

Jan Markell puts what is happening into perspective, “The world is not falling to pieces, rather the pieces are all falling into place.”  Very well said!

Christian, there is hope. God has promise to never leave us or forsake us. As the pieces fall into place, the Bride of Christ will soon be taken to her Bridegroom! Those of us who are believers must continue to serve the Lord in this world as salt and light, standing on the authority of His Word, and refusing to give into the demands of a pagan society no matter the cost!

Twelve Historically Documented Tactics Actively Used By The Communists To Capture The Minds of Americans & Collapse The United States From Within -  Brainwashed America DocuMovie - by Brannon Howse, WorldviewWeekend


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A TTUF Report: STRATEGIES as Outlined in WAR of the AGES by Dr. Gregory Reid – Part Two

~ by James Fire

Introduction: We're continuing to glean precious wisdom from the pages of Greg Reid's book and adding a few comments of our own, with links and information here and there. Let us continue examining these biblical strategies:

There isn’t a sane soldier on the planet who would even think about entering the field of battle without his munitions. Well behind enemy lines or securely in a home base, he can find enough security to lay these things aside.
Yet when we consider that this entire world is “the field” in the LORD’s parables (MATT 13:38), and that we should look at it as a battle-field (and the LORD Himself as our only refuge), because Satan is the ruler of this present world system and his ideologies as well as his dominion is entirely at odds with those of the LORD, we really can’t afford to think otherwise.
We’ve read stories where a king is leading his armies to war, and before arriving, they would sometimes need to camp because they are that far from the battle. Still, as a precautionary, they would sleep in their armor! We likewise need to wear our armor, and…

1 PETER 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 21: “Slavery Laws for Israel” – by Albert Lopez, Facebook video not available.

INTRODUCTION: When God gave the 10 commandments, He didn’t expect Israel to keep the law; He wanted Israel to turn to Him because they would not be able to uphold the law on their own strength and with a sinful heart they would not want to.
The theme of dependency on the Lord has been shown time and time again with the Israelites, seeing that God had taken them through situations beyond human capabilities so in those situations God would show Himself mighty and the people would marvel and understand that He is God and they were not. 
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Sunday, May 2, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith  

EXODUS 20: “THE TEN COMMANDMENTS” – by Sonny Islas, YouTube video.

INTRODUCTION: Mount Sinai is a pivotal point for the Nation of Israel because it’s here that Creator GOD - YAHWEH, is going to introduce Himself as Israel’s official King. Seeing that mountains represent kingdoms in the Bible, Mount Sinai served as a visible throne where God was and revealed Himself audibly and gave His governing laws – The Ten Commandments. This is a Theocracy where God Himself rules the people. Having God as your king is a blessing! And Israel is about to receive this blessing, but they don’t realize it, even though Moses does!

By the way, the Israelites were very familiar with Kings making laws for their people to keep. I.e. An ancient Babylonian King named Hammurabi was around near the time of Abraham. He created what is known to be the Hammurabi Code of Laws (282 rules). These laws were engraved on a black stone pillar in the shape of a finger – The Decalogue was engraved on two stone tablets by the finger of God (Exodus 31:18). King Hammurabi’s stone pillar and laws were similar to yet inferior to The Ten Commandments. 

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Friday, April 30, 2021

FIGHTING FIRE with FIRE - Preparing for Persecution For Righteousness' Sake

~ by James Fire

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We have covered this subject before in FROM the MIND of FIRE with the article Are You Persecution Proof?,  and the days being what they are, I feel a need to revisit this issue as the likelihood of persecution here in America seems only a matter of time - it's been happening for some time in isolated, individual cases, but it has yet, in a very overt, direct way, to strike at the heart of the church from coast to American coast – yet! But soon!

We see more and more solid indications that persecution in one form or another will be visiting our American shores (The Covid19 PLANdemic is a rather underhanded, back door method). It's my fervent prayer and desire that this article will encourage, even inspire the saints of GOD in these darkening days of dire and dread to remain steadfast and courageous in the face of such stark opposition and do "great exploits" (DANIEL 11:32b) by the power of GOD and for His glory!

It’s been a viable tactic of fire fighters for a long time now, to “fight fire with fire”. The idea of course is to go ahead of a fire raging out of control and burn up anything consumable, so that by the time the wildfire reaches that area, there is no fuel to consume, and the fire simply dies out. To ensure that the fires of persecution don't have a debilitating, destructive effect, we need the Fire of GOD to refine us, purging out the things of the flesh, any weaknesses that the fires of persecution could feed on!

ISAIAH 48:1-22 speaks about the hypocrisy of Israel that only feigned a love for truth and righteousness (see ISAIAH 48 vs. 1-2) and proved to be obstinate, hardheaded, and stiff necked in their rebellion (vs. 4). God knew that Israel would become spiritually diseased, desecrated, compromised and corrupted much as the Western church has become today. 

He provided the solution: “the furnace of affliction” so that they would be refined as silver is refined (silver has always been the Old Testament symbol for redemption) so that His holy name would no longer be polluted by Israel’s pathetic, defamatory testimony (vs. 10-11). 

He sent judgment upon the nation through Babylon that brought them under subjection (vs. 14). Ultimately God will redeem the nation of Israel by the One that God the Father and the Holy Spirit sent: the LORD Jesus Christ (vs. 17). Israel frustrated God by her unfaithfulness when He wanted to bless them to overflowing but couldn’t because of their obstinacy (vs. 18-19), yet He will one day indwell His people and cause them to walk in His statutes (EZEK 36:26-27).

This refinement in the furnace of affliction brings sanctification and holiness, the burning away of spiritual dross – that is, sinful habits and practices; brings spiritual strength, resolve and purifies our faith so that we can endure anything that the enemy attacks us with.

God’s holy fire will burn away those things in us so that when the fires of persecution come our way, there is no weakness, no relenting – nothing that the enemy can use as ‘fuel’ to break us and cower us into submission. There will be nothing left to burn!

Each of us will know this purification in our own God-ordained personal forge. Like the sword whose metal has been tested, beaten, refined and purified, so too will we be able to endure any battlefield the LORD places us in – and like that sword, we will not break in the heat of battle!
Then there are times when God uses persecution itself as a refining fire; persecution as with any fiery trial has a way of stripping us our pride, our self-reliance, our attraction to the things of the world, and it resets godly priorities as the greatest of goals, letting lesser things fall away. In so doing, the LORD gains our chiefest affections and devotions so that we, like the nation of Israel, cry out to Him with a heart of contrite repentance (PSALM 51:17; 34:18) and find the sweet fellowship – the fellowship of His sufferings (PHIL 3:10).

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

JEWISH PREPARATIONS for the MESSIAH - Signs of the Times By Dr. David R. Reagan

~ By Dr. David Reagan of LAMB & LION/CHRIST in PROPHECY ministries
                    To read this article from the original website, go here

The Temple Mount as viewed looking east from the Mount of Olives. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is at the left end — the building with the dark dome. The building with the gold dome is an Islamic shrine called the Dome of the Rock. It is situated where most Orthodox Jews believe the first two Jewish Temples were located. The closed gate on the wall to the right is the Eastern Gate or Golden Gate. The gorge between the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount is called the Kidron Valley (Photo by the author, taken in 2007).

End-time Bible prophecy focuses on the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Accordingly, I have written two books about the Jews in prophecy. One is titled, The Jewish People: Rejected or Beloved? (2014). The other is titled, Israel in Bible Prophecy: Past, Present & Future (2017).

The first book about the Jewish people was written to demonstrate how evil and unbiblical are two theologies concerning Israel that dominate Christendom today — namely, Replacement Theology and Dual Covenant Theology. Replacement Theology argues that God has no purpose left for the Jewish people. Dual Covenant Theology maintains that Jews do not need Jesus because they can be saved through the Mosaic Covenant by following the Ten Commandments.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 19: “Sanctified at Sinai in Sight of GOD” – by James Fire, Facebook video.  

INTRODUCTION: Our life with GOD is a journey which He started when He first revealed Himself to us through the Scriptures. Hopefully, we progress and grow in our relationship with the LORD so that as that relationship becomes more intimate, the LORD blesses us with progressive revelation, that is, deeper and greater revelation of Himself as found in the Word. And it’s when we see more of GOD’s nature, this spurs us on to greater and deeper love and intimacy with Him, just as He desires!

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Monday, April 26, 2021

A TTUF Report: STRATEGIES as Outlined in WAR of the AGES by Dr. Gregory Reid – Part One

~ by James Fire

Over the course of more than four decades as a Christian, I have read many books on spiritual warfare, and most of these I ended up shelving because they were unbiblical in too many ways to count.
There were however a few books I examined that are indispensable and I will include this list at the conclusion of this first article.

Among these resources on spiritual warfare I must endorse Dr. Gregory Reid’s treatment on this subject as second to none in our contemporary age.

The complete title of this work is War of the Ages: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan’s Kingdom. Here is a link where you can get your own copy.

This book is more than 385 pages and covers every aspect of spiritual warfare in detail; I would highly recommend this book to anyone, and particularly in our current situation, because the great enemy of the church, Satan, has been emboldened to such a degree as to rear his ugly head and blatantly revel in his wickedness as it’s been manifested in the societies of this fallen world.

I recall a scene from The Hobbit where an Elven Prince was reluctant to confront the enemy:

Legolas: It is not our fight.
Tauriel: It is our fight. It will not end here. With every victory this evil will grow. If your father has his way, we will do nothing. We will hide within our walls, live our lives away from the light and let darkness descend. Are we are not part of this world? Tell me, Mellon, when did we let evil become stronger than us?

The church has been asleep on the battlefield for far, far too long, and we must rise up in these last remaining hours and not neglect challenging the enemy who has defied of the armies of the living GOD!

I believe this ostentatious display of devilry we are witnessing today is preparation for the reign of anti-Christ, the Beast, the One World Leader who will be indwelt by the very spirit of Satan and demand worshipful allegiance from every living soul alive during this last and final page of humanity ruled by the god of this world (2 COR 4:4).

The purpose of this series is to present in abbreviated form, some of the essence of the chapters of this book, in the hopes that it will encourage the saints to get their own copy and study it alongside their Bibles for themselves. This is spiritual boot camp that will prepare the saints to become the true soldiers of Christ we were reborn to be; ready not just to enter ‘battlefield Earth’, but to aptly and ably confront the enemy, impede his advancements in our nations, and release many of the P.O.W.s from his prison camps.

Note: In order to condense this sizeable work into a more abbreviated treatment, I will rephrase, condense and amend statements made from this book, but without altering their significance or diminishing the truthfulness employed therein; I may interject comments, observations and Scripture references of my own throughout this series.

Therefore without further ado, let’s get into this needful and competent work and start examining these strategies to be implemented in our spiritual bootcamp and subsequent warfare! 

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