Archive for April, 2010

My people have utterly desercrated MY Sabbaths

April 24, 2010

As I have been reading Ezekiel I am struck by the utter passion the Lord had for the people to come into “obedience”. . But His anger was brought forth due to their disobedience. His Laws and particularly His Sabbath was SO important to Him as evidenced by Ezekiel’s writings.

In Ezekiel 20:10  we read “Therefore I led them out of Egypt and brought them to the desert. I gave them My decrees and made know to them My Laws, for the man who obeys them WILL LIVE BY THEM. Also I gave them My Sabbaths as a SIGN BETWEEN US, so that they would know that I, the Lord,  made them holy” Here we see that the Lord singled out His Holy Day as a “Sign” between Him and His people. Many Christians  believe this “sign” still exists today. I, too, believe this and am “utterly” convinced it’s true.

Then  in Ezekiel 20:13 “yet the people of Israel rebelled against me in the desert. They did not follow my decrees and rejected My Laws-although the man who obeys them will live by them- and they ‘utterly’  desercrated my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and destroy them in the desert.”  What strikes me here is the Lord singling out His Sabbath for special emphasis. . We can really see that He valued this most Holy Day. It’s almost as if the Sabbath is “the Commandment” that the Lord could no longer take being abused. Because we notice special mention of “utterly desercrating My Sabbath”

Again Ezekiel makes the point repeatively,  from the Lord ( Ezekiel 20:20) “I am the Lord your God, follow my decrees and be careful to  KEEP my Laws. Keep My Sabbaths holy, that THEY MAY BE A SIGN BETWEEN US. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God”.   Twice in close proximity the Lord calls the Sabbath a “sign” between us. Can we not realize the passion and pleading from the Lord to the people? Now, can I ask you,  has the Lord changed so much as to “lose” this passion for upholding  His Laws and Sabbath? (Malachi 3:6)  “I the Lord, change not.”

A fourth time AGAIN the Lord says (Ezekiel 20:21) “But the children rebelled against me. They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep My Laws–although the man who obeys them will live by them, and they desercrated My Sabbaths” Notice the Lord keeps referring to “MY SABBATHS”. They are indeed the Lord’s. The seventh day is specially made and is in fact “the Lord’s”.  This day was made also for man that we might partake in communion with Him on “His Day”.

Finally a fifth time the Lord says (Ezekiel 20 :23) “Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the desert that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries BECAUSE they had not obeyed my Laws and rejected my decrees and desercrated my Sabbaths, and their eyes lusted after their father’s idols”

After reviewing the above words of the Lord it is clear that He gave the people great signs and wonders (deliverance from Egypt)but that in return He asked for something . It was to “obey” Him through His Laws and Sabbath.  Today, can we imagine our Lord changing SO MUCH and saying “Ok, My people, never mind My prior words, go ahead and desercrate my Holy Day, it’s ok. We have a new covenant and My Laws don’t really matter anymore. ”  But this is exactly what many are doing today! Assuming our Lord has changed so much and His words and ways have done a complete 180 turnaround. I say NO! Infact by His blood He has put His final stamp on His Laws and Sabbath and we have NO MORE EXCUSE to disobey His Laws or desercrate His Holy Sabbath.

Your light tells the story

April 14, 2010

I believe that our light needs to be dwelt on and God has provided me with the following revelation about this “light”.

Jesus said (John 8:12) ” I am the LIGHT of the world, he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” I  believe there exists  a “real” light within us. It is from God and given to each person upon birth. A  small star as it were. As we grow older and produce more and more sin, this light begins to fade. Similar to a flashlight.We all have had a flashlight go slowly dead and show a fading light. BUT if we live a life that is more pure and we are walking in God’s righteous ways, our light becomes brighter.

Now, this is all seen in the world beyond, we obviously can’t see it. But guess who else see’s this light apart from God and His Angels? Satan and his angels!  That’s right. They roam around the planet observing such light from us. The more righteous we are the brighter it is. The devils notice the ones who are brighter and they are the ones that they particularly focus on. in (2 Tim 3:12) we are told “All that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution”

I received a letter from one of my charities today. The Church was having a service on the Sabbath in Africa. The Pastor told the woman who wrote me that he had a bad feeling for some reason before his service. At the packed service (over 300 people)  the pastor made a powerful call and many came forward to accept Jesus. But near the end of the baptising a loud bang was heard. People ducked for cover. Then another bang. It turned out that some teenager had thrown  big rocks onto the top of the church. Later they found him and he confessed he was sent there from another “church” to disrupt the service.

The devils HATE those who follow God and obey his Commandments. In this case the simple poor people who earnestly obey God. The light was really shining in that service. So be prepared for the devil’s arrows to be thrown your way if you walk righteously with God. Walk in your bright light and don’t be afraid.  (Eph 5:8) “You were in some darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, walk as children of light”. Continue to spread the good news! And praise God you are counted worthly to suffer for the Lord!

What the world would be like

April 4, 2010

Imagine if you will that the people of the world feared God and obeyed His Commandments. Let’s look at the results.

Many remember just recently the tragic and worldwide financial and real estate disaster. It all basically started on Wall Street, with all the big money wheelers and dealers doing their deeds behind the scenes. But just what were their deeds?  It was STEALING and COVETING!  Yes, they were breaking God’s number 8 and number 10 Laws. What would have been the result if they had OBEYED those Commandments?  It would have NEVER HAPPENED! So much misery and suffering would have been avoided. Can you see God’s “reason” for such wisdom in those Laws?

Now, how about Commandment number 6 “Thou shall not murder”  How would the world be if everyone stopped murdering. Think of the terrorists? The burglers? The warring nations and their killings? This one Commandment is SO obvious, it can only be explained that the dark forces have blinded many souls through-out history.

How about stealing? Can you imagine everyone going to bed at night and NOT locking their doors?  Or Cars? Things being left out in the open and keys and locks being thrown away?

Look at today’s marriages. It is said that the divorce rate is close to 50%! And a vast majority of thoses stem from unfaithfulness. If only everyone who is married obeyed God’s 7th Law “Thou shall not commit adultery” Our divorce rate would plummet. No more sex shops, sex magazines,call girls, etc.

The old tradition of weekly family get togethers would be strongly helped if people would obey His 5th law “Honor your Father and Mother” No more disgracing the parents and respect would be the normal way, from children to parents.

And how about the FORGOTTEN Law , number 4 “Thou shall keep the Sabbath day holy”   Many around the world are “workaholics” and never really rest. How would the world be if EVERYBODY took the seventh day “off” and paid homage and worshipped He who created us? By trusting HIS WORD on “which” day to worship.   There would be unity around the world and such peace and rest upon us that we would be miraculously ‘recharged” and bouyant with His love.

My friends, you have just saw a little bit of what heaven will be like.

Angels are working even now

April 3, 2010

It is truly amazing when I come across a story like the following! It shows God never sleeps and uses whatever means possible to get people into the fold of Christ. The following is about a brother in the church who experienced God’s divine hand in action. Told in his words. His name is Hubert Xavier.

My friends and I were relaxing after lunch one day in Grenada, an island in the Caribbean, when a man walked up to us. He pointed his finger at me and said, “The Lord has something for you to do”. Then he turned and walked into the busy marketplace .

We sat there trying to figure out WHAT had just happened. We searched for the man, but he was no where to be found. My friends laughed the incident off, but I thought about it alot. I went to church, but wasn’t close to God.

Then  one day a woman came into the store where I worked  and asked me, “Son, have you given your life to Christ yet?” I had never seen her before, and her comment took me by surpprise. “Lady, I’m preparing to do so,” I told her. She walked away, and when I searched for her a moment later, she had gone. No one else saw her. Could God be trying to tell me something?

I told a friend about the incidents, and he invited me to the Seventh day Adventist church’s Sunday evening Bible study service with him. I went and enjoyed it, so I decided to continue going. He invited me to attend worship on Sabbath morning, but I had to work. Finally I got up the courage to ask my boss for Saturday off so I could go to church.

As my friend and I studied the Bible together, and after attending evangelistic meetings, I became convinced that I had found God’s true church. I decided to become an Adventist. But my boss refused to give me Sabbaths off. My relatives urged me to just go to church Sunday, but I knew what I had to do. So I  quit .

I found temporary work and put my energies into working for God, but that didn’t feed me. One day there was no food in my house. I knelt and told God that I was hungry and begged for some food. A knock at the door interrupted my prayer. It was  a church  elder! ” I was passing by and felt impressed  to stop by and see how you are doing” He said. He gave me ten dollars and smiled. And so God provided .

Eventually I found work with a company where I don’t have  Sabbath problems. As I wait on customers, I tell them what God is doing in my life and invite them to try Jesus too. I’m planting seeds in their hearts and pray that God will make those seeds grow, just as he did in my life.  Hubert Xavier.

 Could they have been Angels? Very possibly. One thing is for sure God’s hand was invloved and in these last days such events will happen with more and more frequency. Just like God gave me several signs to point me in the right direction and to worship in the manner He has said. For if we walk righteously according to His ways and laws we will see and feel His presence. Amen.

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