Archive for March, 2016

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Mar

24.Churches desecrate Sabbath1

Why must we honor the Sabbath and not desecrate it like the churches are doing?

As the parable of weeds narrated in Matt 13 illustrates, one of the tell-tale evidences of Anti Christs is supplanting lies in order that he may change the set times and laws of God.  Also refer Jn 8:44.

Dan 7:25 testifies, “He will speak against the Most High and oppress His saints and try to change the set times and the laws…..”

This is what we have all been undeniably witnessing since the time we were born.  A mad rush for change!  And if we trouble ourselves to look closely they are mostly changes to counter the changes previously made.  Which means more lies to counter existing lies.

In other words we live in a time of increasing chaos and confusion where that which was preordained or preset by God appears to be utterly lost! 

Chaos and confusion, like divisions and delusions, are owing to man’s willful rebellion and disobedience.  Followed by total depravity, they seal our misfortune forever.

The question therefore is, to whom do we turn to for absolute Truth?  And the answer is, turn to the Lord.  Yes, inquire of the Lord.  “Should not a people inquire of the Lord?” (Isa 2:19).

How?  And why?  By the Holy Spirit: “..how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Lk 11:13b).  Because it is His unfailing promise that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all Truth (Jn 16:13).   

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is the ministry of God as Jesus Christ has Himself exemplified to us.  Like the Son of God, the Spirit of God does not speak on His own but speaks only that which is given.  Refer Jn 7:18, “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the One who sent him is a man of truth, there is nothing false about him.” 

If we partake of the Holy Spirit, which is the Living Water, we will never thirst again (Jn 4:14).  There will be no room for chaos, confusions or contradictions in our life.  And what’s more?  It will well up to eternal life in us.  It is the power of God (2 Cor 10:5).

Therefore understand what the Lord means when He exhorts, “‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, BUT YOU WOULD HAVE NONE OF IT.’ “ (Isa 30:15).

For if we had, we’d have then truly understood what is meant by Sabbath or the Rest of God.  Or what is meant by “Worship the Lord Your God, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.” (Matt 4:10); and the full implication of “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you REST.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30).

I have heard fools announce that God was tired after six days of creation work so He needed to rest!  On the contrary God created the seventh day, blessed it and set it apart as holy to teach man about His Salvation and His Rest – the eternal rest of God which He has MADE AVAILABLE FOR MAN. 

FOR THE WORD OF GOD TESTIFIES THAT HE IS AT WORK TO THIS VERY DAY (Jn 5:17) AND THAT HE WHO WATCHES OVER HIS PEOPLE NEITHER SLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS (Ps 121:4).  ISN’T THAT THE REASON THE PHARISEES COULD NOT SUCCEED IN PREVENTING JESUS FROM TEACHING GOD’S WORD, FROM HEALING THE SICK AND DELIVERING THE NEEDY EVEN ON THE SABBATH?  ISN’T THAT THE REASON JESUS REPRIMANDED THE DISCIPLES WHEN THEY BEGAN TO DOUBT HIM BELIEVING THAT HE WAS FAST ASLEEP WHILE THE WINDS LASHED AT THEIR BOAT MERCILESSLY?

Surely then, how can we pretend to honor the Lord of the Sabbath (Matt 12:8) by desecrating the Sabbath?  To honor Sabbath is to honor the Lord of the Sabbath.  It is to proclaim Salvation, the eternal rest and deliverance of God for mankind.

It is to proclaim that the Eternal Sabbath-rest will come to pass when all things would have been accomplished or fulfilled (eg. Jn 19:30, Rev 16:17 etc.), when at last Salvation is consummated with the revelation of the children of God (Rom 8:19-22, Rev 21:5).

This Eternal Sabbath-rest will begin on a Sabbath day of the Lord.  Then all the other days with whatever they represented will disappear for ever (eg. Rev 21:1, 4, 23 etc.).  Only the eternal Sabbath Day of the Lord will remain, ceaselessly, for ever.

Finally, if you find counting the days of week confusing and are not sure where to begin, then let me remind you that  Sunday is the first day of the week.  As the name suggests, it is also the proof of man’s idolatrous reverence to the sun, which is the greater light that governs ‘Day’ (as opposed to ‘Night’), both of which were created by God on the FIRST DAY (Gen 1:3-5 & 16).    

Churches may have renamed Sunday, the first day, as the ‘Lord’s Day’ and replaced it with the original Sabbath day.  But it was only to mislead men into following their teachings and their idolatry.  The Truth is that Sabbath is not meant for man to do as he wishes with it.  Read Isa 56:1-9 for instance.

Let us not forget that God’s Word teaches that the Lord’s Day is the Sabbath (Matt 12:8), the seventh day.  Therefore abide by the Truth.  Because this is also the Day of His Second Coming.  Read Zech 14 and understand it.  For you’d have only deceived yourself if you desecrate the Sabbath and yet hope to be united with Him at His Coming.   

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Mar

23. God’s Day0

Why did God create seven days but name only one day?

Because, simply put, it means that while six days are symbolically assigned for man or the world under man, the last or the final seventh-day is set apart as God’s Day.

For those who do not know, God created this world in a day by day and symbolic progression of six days.  The seventh day was blessed, declared holy and set apart as His day, the Day of Rest (Gen 2:3).

For the last and the final day symbolizes the eternity that was before God created time and that which is once again due to come after time is completed or is no more.

Yes, the introduction of days is basically the introduction of time. Therefore, symbolically, God only names the seventh day and calls it the Sabbath (Ex 20:8) and leaves the six days to be named and used by man as he willed.

Sabbath on the other hand is not given to man to misuse or desecrate.  It is a veritable sin against God!  This is the reason as it states in Mk 2:27, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”

UNDERSTANDING TIME OR FINITY:  The creation of this world in six days symbolizes the time assigned for the regeneration of mankind from sin, curses and death after which God will re-create all things anew (eg. Rev 21:5).

Which means God assigns a prescribed time for man.  Read Dan 9:24. “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy.”

Just as God created the world in six days, He gave over to man this period of six days translated into a prescribed time-frame arrived at by multiples of six.  So that at the end of every six, the seven reins in the Rest of God (just as it was following His creation work), thus progressing on until the Eternal Sabbath Rest is achieved.  For example, note how Jesus having accomplished His divine purpose on the cross, rested on the seventh day (Jn 19:42, Lk 23:54 & Jn 20:1).

The seventh day, as aforementioned, symbolizes the Eternal Sabbath-rest of God.  Read Dan 9:25-27, “Know and understand this:  From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, The Ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty two ‘sevens’.…….”

Which means a time-frame of total sixty nine ‘sevens’ will be given over to man for repentance and atonement, after which it will be impossible for man to reconcile with God.  Only the elect among them will survive the terrible time of utter darkness which will follow soon afterwards.

Therefore the seventieth ‘seven’ will be entirely the Lord’s.  (Just like it is symbolized in the Mosaic law by assigning not only the seventh day but also every seventh year as the Sabbath year, which progressively culminated into the fiftieth year and is celebrated as the Year of the Lord or the Jubilee Year.)

Because, even though the above mentioned seventieth ‘seven’ will begin with the revelation and end of the ultimate lawless one, it will climax into the final ‘seven’ which will see the Second Coming of the Son of God and His reign on earth of a thousand years.  It will then herald in the Eternal Sabbath Rest of God, thus finally paving the way for the perfect and complete regeneration of mankind and the world.

P.s:  Read the follow up article following next on why we should honor the Sabbath and not desecrate it like the churches.

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20
Mar

21. Take off your sandals0

TAKE OFF YOUR SANDALS

Why did God tell Moses to take off his sandals before making known the nature of his calling to him?

Moses is a fine example and a fine representative of that class of men who are drawn to the plight and misery of their people and willingly step out of their well cocooned existence to alleviate their suffering.

BUT THE PROBLEM ARISES WHEN, LIKE MOSES, WE BEGIN TO DO IT OUR WAY, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE FACT WHETHER WE RESORT TO VIOLENCE OR NOT.

In the manner Moses first went about it, in the manner he failed and his motives were weighed, and in the manner he invited Pharaoh’s wrath and ended up fleeing for his own life etc. speak volumes in terms of the typical outcome of all such enterprises.  The end result is the same always – an Utopian idea pursued and lost, gone just as it had come!

It is also true that suffering and persecution, and NOT success and praise, are typical of all such enterprises even if charted out with the best of intentions or motives.  BUT OF WHAT GOOD IT IS TO SUFFER FOR THE WRONG WE, LIKE MOSES, END UP COMMITTING IN SPITE OF OUR BEST INTENTIONS?  “…How is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it?” (1 Pet 2:20).

Therefore, take heed and understand that “…..if your suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.” (1 Pet 2:21).  And herein lies the difference.  For most fail to understand what it means to DO GOOD and how to go about doing good so that they are truly able to liberate the oppressed and at the same time are also held commendable before God.

The Word of God TEACHES, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of Righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt 5:10) and EXPLAINS, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and FALSELY say all kinds of evil against you BECAUSE OF ME.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matt 5:11-12).

LET US REALIZE at the very outset itself that we are UP TO NO GOOD when we advocate THE LIE that we can bring peace or wipe out poverty and oppression.

Because when we do that we only oppose God who has revealed all TRUTH concerning this:  no. 1, “YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE POOR AMONG YOU (note, AMONG YOU)…” (Jn 12:8, Deut 15:11); no.2, “…. PEACE TO MEN ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS.” (Lk 2:14, Jn 14:27, Jn 16:33) and no.3, “….FOR ALL WHO DRAW THE SWORD WILL DIE BY THE SWORD.” (Matt 26:52, Rom 12:19-21).

Therefore, reverting to Moses, we learn that even though he had no plans to return to his people after what had transpired, he did in fact end up returning, and what’s more?  In a manner never witnessed either before or since.

To begin with, he was himself a thoroughly changed man.  Most importantly, his message was different.  Therefore unlike the previous time, this time he meets with success, the kind of success that is and will be remembered and sung unto eternity (Rev 15:2-4).

Why?  Because this time he was sent by God (Ex 7:1-5).  It was as the messenger of God that he addressed Pharaoh and his people.   As a result, he not only caused Pharaoh to himself decree freedom for his people but also caused all Egypt and its neighboring nations to witness the power and might of God Almighty who had Himself commissioned him and showed him The Way (eg. Josh 2:8-11).

Spiritually and symbolically THIS IS THE PROCLAMATION OF THE COMING OF THE SON OF GOD who will lead all mankind FROM SATAN’S BONDAGE OF SIN, CURSES AND DEATH TO ETERNAL FREEDOM AND LASTING PEACE, irrespective of their nationality, color or race, all who do not harden their hearts like Pharaoh and his men did but all who will heed His words.  AND ONCE AGAIN WITH UNSURPASSED DISPLAY OF THE POWER AND MIGHT OF GOD ALMIGHTY BEFORE ALL NATIONS (eg. Matt 24:21, Matt 12:17-21, Rev 15:3).

Hence it is also called the Gospel of Peace.  Read Nah 1:15, “Look, there on the mountains, the feet of One who brings Good News, who proclaims Peace!….”  Moses’ vision and calling testifies to it when he receives it at Mount Horeb – both literally and figuratively.

AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHY MOSES’ OLD SANDALS HAD TO GO, IN ORDER THAT HIS FEET WERE READIED WITH THE INFALLIBLE GOSPEL OF PEACE.  For Moses’ old sandals represented the fallible ways of men (Isa 55:8-9).

Therefore, as it reasserts in Rom 10:15, “And how can they preach unless they are sent? …”  For as it proclaims again in Isa 52:7, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring Good News, who proclaim Peace, who bring Good Tidings, who proclaim Salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’ “  To those who are able to understand, let me warn you, the armor of God is not perfected on you unless YOUR FEET ARE  “…FITTED WITH the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace…” (Eph 6:13-18).

As for those who imagine they have succeeded in alleviating the suffering of a few to whatever extent, of what good it is if the real need of man is never met, that which can bring him eternal peace and wipe away every tear, every suffering forever?

Learn from Jesus and His ministry.  Understand why He confronted His detractors saying, “…Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?  Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?  But so that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” (Matt 9:4-6).  Understand that it is vested in His divine nature and eternal power to be able to heal the sick, to feed the hungry, to raise the dead, to free the demon-possessed, to make the lame walk, to make the blind see, to make the deaf hear etc. and as is the case here to say to the paralytic man to get up, take his mat and go home and show it being done instantly.

But as He reminds it was more important to Him that the man first received the forgiveness of his sins even though He knew it wouldn’t go down well with His critics to realize that He had indeed also the power and authority to forgive sins.

The root of all man’s suffering and bondage is his alienation from God.  True and Eternal Peace can only come about by his reconciliation with God.  And unless one is equipped to address this need, one only thrashes about in surging waters to no avail.  And indeed on the Day of His Wrath, He will expose all such hoaxers (Matt 27:21-23, 1 Cor 3:11–13).  

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20
Mar

22. Days of the world0

Why does the world assign a day each for something or the other, for example, ‘Women’s Day’?

It is man who named his fellow-man, the female, “Woman” (Gen 2:23) even though God had named both the male and female “Man” (Gen 5:2).  SINCE THEN NEITHER THE MALE HAS REPENTED NOR THE FEMALE CHOSEN TO LEARN THE TRUTH.

Therefore, man continues to oppose God’s Will at all times.  And his female counterpart only too happy to follow suit.  While he lords it over her, she is only too happy to submit herself believing his lie that she was brought forth from out of him and for his glory!

It does not make any difference to her that the Lord has Himself restored to her her lost glory by electing her and calling Himself “the Son of man”.  And that He has Himself exposed man’s lie once and for all and revealed that He is the Rock out of whom ‘man – whether male or female’ is carved out or hewn (Isa 51:1-2, Matt 26:26-27).

When man transferred the seventh day Sabbath rest (Gen 2:3, Exo 20:8, Deut 5:12) to the first day ‘Sunday’, and pretended to sanctify it by calling it the “Lord’s Day” there seemed nothing more welcoming in his paradise!

It did not seem to matter to anyone concerned that the Sabbath is the Lord’s Day.  The Word of God clearly teaches that the Son of God is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matt 12:8) BESIDES ALSO WARNING that it was not for man to do as he wished with Sabbath since man was not made for Sabbath (Mk 2:27-28).  FOR SABBATH IS THE LORD’S DAY, also called the Lord’s Day of Rest to symbolize the much awaited eternal Sabbath-rest.   And it is the unsurpassed love and grace of God that He made this ‘ETERNAL-REST’ available and known to man in order that all who heed may enter it and dwell with God.

The list of man’s rebellion goes on endlessly even as the man-made division between the male and female is maintained in opposition to God’s Word (Jn 17:21).  And whenever they do seem to cut across their self-imposed boundaries, it is to openly, jointly and unabashedly rebel against God!

Therefore, whether it is within the so-called ‘Christendom’ or outside, this man-made division is unanimously hailed and carefully preserved!!

So when the benevolent man pretends to honor the woman by setting apart a day in her honor, and the women smugly and oh-so-foolishly oblivious to the truth bask in it, the truth is that together they only contrive to oppose God.  By setting apart a day each for either this or that, whatever becomes their fancy, together they contrive to oppose His Great Revelation of the “Day of the Lord”, the only Day set apart to be honored and looked forward to (Isa 13:6, Ps 110:5, Zech 14, Isa 62:6-7 etc.) for it is on this Sabbath Day that He will come in all His glory and avenge His enemies and establish His Kingdom on earth.

It is this Day that will see the True Celebration of the Freed, of the ransomed of the Lord, and therefore it will be the Day of the Righteous, of saints and children of God, of His daughters and His sons – all whose righteousness will from then on shine like the noon-day sun.

 

In passing, here are a couple of spiritual reflections for the spiritual man:

 

1.”Man is so arrogant,

he will dare equal himself to God;

but  will not let equal

a fellow man – male or female!”

 

2.”One has not begun

to pronounce the infallible Gospel,

if one has not begun

to denounce the fallible man.”

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20
Mar

20. The Anti Christs0

Why does the world view the Anti or False-Christs with rose tinted glasses?

The enamoring rosy picture of false ‘Christs’

“Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.  These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction.  They say to the seers, ‘See no more visions!’ and to the prophets, ‘Give us no more visions of what is right!  Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.  Leave this Way, get off this Path, and STOP CONFRONTING US WITH THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL!’ “ (Isa 30:8-11).

And thus, as was wont to, comes about the rosy kingdoms of false or anti-Christ(s) of this world – on demand by the masses!  Remember how the house of Israel rejected their King, the Lord Almighty, to welcome the oppressive reign of men (1 Sam 8:6-9).  Such is the case when the world rejects the True Messiah to embrace the false messiahs of this world.  Take for instance how Catholicism came to be!

The massive success and following Catholicism has garnered; the vast empire it built – its wealth, its kingdom, its military and its city – though directly in contravention to God’s Word; the tremendous sway it holds over a vast majority of population in the world today (unparalleled by any other religion so far) HAS FUELED THE UPRISING OF ALL SUCH FALSE EMPIRES AND KINGDOMS.  All in the ‘Name’ of God, vying with each other and drawing parallelism with one another – whether inside the so-called realm of Christendom or outside.

WHAT IS MORE?  Though currently seemingly dormant, Catholicism is one of the five out of seven powers (Rev 17:9-11) to watch out for as it will soon rear its head, its dominance as of yesteryear, when at last it will be truly and fully exposed.  For then IT WILL OPENLY CONTRIVE WITH THE REST OF THE SIX POWERS, THAT WILL RISE FOR THE SAME PURPOSE, i.e. TO BRING ABOUT THE REIGN OF THE LAST AND THE ULTIMATE ANTI-CHRIST.  Exactly in the same manner in which the so-called synod of church elders contrived together to produce THE BIBLE (the corrupted Word of God – meaning the Word of God along with all its corruptions possible), simply to further the cause of their respective kingdoms while they pretend to profess their strictest affiliations to the Way.

Today if the world pretends to see the true Way (Acts 9:2) with the eyes and symbolisms of Catholicism just so they can denounce it, it is obviously because they do not seek Truth.  They are no different than its followers, the Catholics, who continue to turn a blind eye, and hence like them have only themselves to blame.

The Truth is that CATHOLICISM IS JUST ANOTHER IDOLATROUS RELIGION of this world, created to beguile the believing masses by pretending to adopt Christ as its central figure among its otherwise numerous deities.  And it isn’t as if its founders readily incorporated the Name of the Holy One of Israel.  No, they only pretended to.  For in reality they gave the Name a twist of their own, with the same passion with which they went about systematically destroying all known survivors and confiscated original writings or historical recordings of the Original Faith.

It is thanks to their connivance the name ‘Jesus Christ’ was coined which in turn produced such derivatives as Christians and Christianity, all of which have come to stay but only to mean differently to different people.  Consequently, the Name that was to mean ‘God with us’, ‘the One who Saves’ or ‘The Savior’ is given the Greek substitute ‘Christ’ for whatever reason, and the meaning itself is lost to the masses.  This is why the Word of God states, “All day long My Name is constantly blasphemed….” (Isa 52:5).

As pointed out, the rise of Protestantism came about exactly in the same fashion and for the same purpose.  If anything, they have only added to the corruption.  One look at their fruits: their various Organizational bodies of churches, their worldly adherence, their lies, their works etc., and it should testify to the fact.  For eg. The Church of England.  Is it a wonder then that today it should seek the counsel of the pope to give a fixed date to Easter, a blasphemous festival like Christmas they helped create and promote?  Together they only ridicule the Name of God and strive to undo His Great and Mighty Works!!

None of these have anything to do with the Truth or the Messiah, the only begotten Son of God.   None seek His Kingdom.  And none His Righteousness.  Each one follows its own teachings, teachings crafted by men, and each one works for its own kingdom, kingdoms for the glory of man.  None enter through the Narrow Gate, and none ever find it.  For as God’s Word testifies, “..small is the Gate and Narrow the Road that leads to Life, AND ONLY A FEW FIND IT.” (Matt 7:13-14).  Further, “Where two or three come together in My Name (in the unison of the Spirit), there Am I with them.” (Matt 18:19-20).

Therefore, when at last the Day of God’s Wrath comes, the mighty ramparts of their making will give way and be “…shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern.” (Isa 30:12-14).  Let him who has ear, hear and understand.  And let him return to his God while he may and be saved.

The Son of God did not preach a religion, but Himself being God’s Word incarnated in Flesh, He taught and preached the Word of God – the Uncompromising, the Infallible, the Irrefutable and the ‘Fulfilling’ Word.  And He proved it by His Deeds that brought the same Words to fulfillment, and He will continue to do so until the last of them are fulfilled or brought to pass.

He did not say, “Convert to Christianity or join the so and so church”.  No!  The Truth is He finds us just as we are, SINNERS ALL, and exhorts, “REPENT AND BE SAVED!”.  He preached His Kingdom, the Kingdom of God and worked for the glory of God the Father.  He taught His Righteousness, the surpassing righteousness of the Holy and Majestic  God.

He did not say, “Build My Church.”  No!  The Truth is He said, “I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.”  His City is not like the cities of this world, built with the perishable things of this world.  His is the Eternal City, the City of God, called Zion or the New Jerusalem, built by the imperishable and eternal souls of His children with Himself as its Cornerstone – incomparable in beauty and glory, unseen and unknown to man and to be revealed only at the Appointed Time of God.

Yes, He came in to this world to DIE, to offer Himself as the Holy Sacrifice, the Holy and Perfect Atonement for our sins.  So that all who seek Life may find it.  BECAUSE IT IS BY HIS DYING AND SUBSEQUENT RISING AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY THAT HE PROVED ONCE AND FOR ALL THAT HE IS INDEED THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD  WHO NOW LIVES ON, ASCENDED BACK IN TO HEAVEN WHERE HE SITS EXALTED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER.

PEOPLE ARE READY TO BELIEVE ANYTHING.  EVEN THAT THERE IS LIFE OUTSIDE THE PLANET EARTH.  THEY WILL GO AS FAR AS TO REPORT SIGHTINGS OF VISITATIONS.  THEY WILL BELIEVE IN UNKNOWN GODS, GODS CREATED BY THEMSELVES OUT OF THEIR OWN IMAGINATIONS AND READILY BOW DOWN BEFORE THEM.  Hence the Word of God testifies of them, “If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”  (Matt 6:23).

BUT SURPRISINGLY (isn’t it?) THEY WILL NOT BELIEVE IN HEAVEN OR ETERNAL LIFE!  They will not believe in the Only True God, the One WHO has since the beginning made Himself known to them and continues to do so (Rom 1:18-20).  They will not believe Him even though He is the Only One to have descended from Heaven:  to live among them, to reveal Himself to them who while in appearance seemed like them proved Himself TO BE ABSOLUTELY UNLIKE THEM, to teach them all Truth, to die before their very eyes only to rise again and appear before their very eyes and sup and fellowship with them once again, to ascend back in to heaven in their very presence, to send them His Spirit and fulfill THE HOLY PURPOSES OF His Most Holy Name not just as their Savior but also as ‘the One who will be with them eternally’ so that all who receive Him may know and believe with certainty that His Promised Return to establish His Kingdom of true Justice, Righteousness and Peace will also be fulfilled likewise.

Finally, to appear smart they will continue to pretend to question, to seek, to inquire, but will never turn to Him WHO Alone has all the answers and WHOSE Promise that those who seek will find, who ask will be given and who knock, the door shall be opened to them, has NEVER failed.

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20
Mar

19. God calls man0

Why does God call man when it was preordained since the beginning that He would send His Son to bring all His divine purposes to fulfillment?

The calling of man versus The Coming of the Son of God

So that not only all mankind but particularly the called among them may understand and see the stark contrast between the two and learn to humble themselves before God.

Pride is the beginning of fall.  It was true of Lucifer, now Satan (Ezek 28:17).  And it is true of man, now the fallen man or beast (Gen 2:23).  Likewise it is true of every man and every nation who once was called of God, until pride got the better of them and all alike fell away, beginning with the nation Israel (Ezek 16:14-15).

THIS IS THE REASON JESUS HAS SAID “…..LEARN FROM ME, FOR I AM GENTLE AND HUMBLE IN HEART, AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” (Matt 11:29).  Yes, none but Jesus Christ Alone has truly exemplified humility of heart by His total submission and perfect obedience  to the Will of God the Father.

In His perfect humility, the only begotten Son of God, having fulfilled the election and calling of the woman (Gen 3:15), by His Coming on earth, then chose to call Himself the “Son of man” (which term is in fact in every sense the female of the man robbed of her God-ordained name – Gen 5:2) so that He may uplift her cause, the lowliest of the lowly since subjected to the fallen man!  Read Lk 1:46-55, “And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He HAS BEEN MINDFUL OF THE HUMBLE STATE OF HIS SERVANT………HE HAS SCATTERED THOSE WHO ARE PROUD IN THEIR INMOST THOUGHTS. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has LIFTED UP THE HUMBLE….”

Yet, here too, it is blatant arrogance on the part of man, i.e. of the male of man (just like it was with the first of them – refer Gen 2:23), to misappropriate the God-ordained honor that is given to the woman in the term “the Son of man” for himself and chart wicked genealogies for the Son of God, painstakingly and of course very foolishly tracing it along their ancestry!  Is it a wonder then that the two genealogies that are made available in the Books of Mathew and Luke should fail to concur????  If the division itself does not testify to the lies, then what will?  For, hasn’t the Son of God Himself denounced these lies?  For examples, refer Mk 12:35-37, Jn 8:56-58 etc.

Yet, are we willing to see Light?  Instead, don’t we love to continue to pretend that the entire Bible is the holy work of God when it is clearly obvious to us by the confusing contradictions (planted for the purpose), the discrepancies, the fallacies, the terrible lies etc. that in totality it is man-induced corruption of God’s Word?  How we ridicule God’s holy Name and bring His holy work to disrepute when we swear allegiance to the Bible and not to the Holy Spirit who Alone may lead us into all Truth in this world that is soon going to be submerged in total darkness, both figuratively and literally (Amos 8:11-12, Matt 24:29, Rev 16:10)?

Understand that all the lies and counter lies that pervade this world including those within the Bible are due   thanks to the UNYIELDING PRIDE OF MAN!  The influence or the sway of pride comes from Satan who, as Jesus reveals, is the father of lies (Jn 8:44b, Matt 13:25).  Let us read what the Word of God testifies about Satan, “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty (in spiritual terms the word beauty means holiness), and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor…” (Ezek 28:17).  Adam followed in those very footsteps and all his sons thereafter down to his sons of the present-day generation.  And they will continue so until the last of them is exposed!

Firstly, learn to distinguish between the Word of God and words of men.  Then learn from the Word of God which traces the sequence of events that leads to the fall of man and to his ultimate and irrevocable Judgment from God.  Understand that it begins with Pride (Gen 2:23) which makes him reject the Knowledge and Fear of God to corrupt Wisdom (Gen 3:2) which is the Word of God entrusted to him to be taught and passed on faithfully.  Thus causing himself to mislead and to be misled, he invites the forewarned Judgment of God (Gen 3:17-19) – a warning to repent and turn to God while he may (Dan 9:24). 

However, undeterred he moves on to rebel against the holy verdict of God (Gen 3:20) and passes on his legacy of unfaithfulness and rebellion to his like-minded sons.  So that the first of them invites sin that crouched at his door to swallow him whole, in spite of God’s warning (eg. Gen 4:6).  Since then the label of sinner has remained stuck to him in addition to his label of the fallen man.  HE HAS CEASED to be the image and likeness of God but has become one with the beasts having lost his old glory and now arrayed in the garments of skin (Gen 3:21) – both in nature and likeness of the beasts!

Now then who can he blame but himself when he finds that he stands as far removed from God as he possibly could be, with the gaping chasm of the Judge and the judged between themselves which he fails to overcome even though he may by humbling himself as the Son of man with the ready help of the Son of God.  Yes who can he blame but himself when he finds that indeed “The Judge is standing at the door” (James 5:9b).

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18. Tower of Babel0

Why did God intervene at the infamous Tower of Babel?

Religion and the Tower of Babel 

Part I

The consequential progression from man’s SELF-ADORATION TO SELF-GLORIFICATION AND WORSHIP manifests his rebellion towards God.  The outcome is his ultimate unfaithfulness towards God: by the creation of what has come to be commonly  known as  ‘RELIGION’.

Just as Jesus testifies, “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the One who sent him is a man of Truth, there is nothing false about him.” (Jn 7:18).  And for examples, refer 1 Pet 2:21-22, Rev 14:5 etc.

So with every religion that man creates, his ultimate lawlessness, his ultimate straying away from God and His holiness, is manifested in all its gory proportion!

Beginning with the very first of them (who began by testifying falsely and deliberately choosing not to attribute the glory due to God but rather to himself, viz read Gen 2:23, “The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh…’ “), we see how at the Tower of Babel, man had finally paved the way for the formation of the first full-blown religion.  Read Gen 11:4, “Then they said, “COME, LET US BUILD OURSELVES A CITY WITH A TOWER THAT REACHES TO THE HEAVENS, SO THAT WE MAY MAKE A NAME FOR OURSELVES AND NOT BE SCATTERED OVER THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH.”  Since then the very term “Babylon” has come to symbolize the rebellion of Babel and has become synonymous with all religions of the world (egs. Rev 17:5, Rev 18:2-8).

The fact that God confused their language, and contrary to their hope and belief, instead of reaching heavens they ended up being scattered over the face of the whole earth (the very thing they feared and wanted to avoid in the first place), fails to open their eyes to date!!!!  Whether as Adam’s sons (eg. Gen 4:14) or as Noah’s sons (eg. Gen 9:19, Gen 11:9) or as Abraham’s sons (eg. Jer 50:17, Ezek 36:19, Zech 7:14) or for any sons of men for that matter (eg. Acts 5:36-37)!

Refer Ps 92:9, “FOR SURELY YOUR ENEMIES, O LORD, SURELY YOUR ENEMIES WILL PERISH; ALL EVILDOERS WILL BE SCATTERED.” Also read Lk 11:23, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.”

Consequently, in addition to all the fears man cultivated earmarking his downfall, from the unholy fear of God (Gen 3:10, Jas 2:19) to mortal fear of Satan and his band of evil spirits (Gen 4:13), he now lives in mortal fear of fellow-man.   And if his existence was not threatened in every manner possible and imaginable (eg. Ps 53:5), he has also come to live in fear of all God’s creations (eg. Lk 21:25-26), most pronounced in his fear of animals (eg. Ezek 34:5), the same animals he had once the privilege to befriend and name (Gen 2:19-20), forgetting how by God’s holy decree the fear and dread of man was instilled in them (Gen 9:2).

Thus every existing religion and those that are being newly added to its ever growing list bears testimony to man’s rebellion towards God, to his deluded and depraved mind, to his total and self-destructive apathy!  Today, as it stands, this world has as many religions as there are languages.  So much so that even the common fabric of a common language fails to unite them and there are divisions within the common language, even so, within the common religion!!  Men are so utterly divided and as their divisions prove, destined to perish (Matt 12:25).  Why?  Because once again God sent His Son to remove whatever semblance of peace man pretended to by bringing further division (Lk 12:51, Lk 11:21-23).  For eg. read Lk 12:52-53, Lk 21:10 etc.

Yet, if one should wonder why the present day man is endeavoring to unite mankind into one global village with one common language (Which is it to be?  The English language or the virtual gibberish of a hotchpotch language that is storming the world today?), it is so that God may expose him completely.  For all that man will achieve for a brief period by it is to bring all mankind, all nations under ONE LAST RELIGION he will create; when he will openly and blatantly exalt himself, even above God, and lead one and all to worship him (Rev 13:5-8).  Thus all the farce, all the deception, that religions collectively are – Judaism and Christianity included,  will be brought above board and the Judgment that follows the holy Verdict of God will come upon one and all (Rev 19:19-21, Ezek 17:21).

Therefore, be warned!  AND RETURN TO YOUR GOD WHILE YOU MAY (Isa 55:6-7).  Read Jer 3:12-13, “Go, proclaim this message……. ‘Return…’ declares the Lord, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will not be angry forever.  Only acknowledge your guilt – you have rebelled against the Lord your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not acknowledged Me,’ declares the Lord.”

Part II

One oft hears statements such as these, “How can man digress to religious and superstitious sentiments in this age of highly advanced scientific and technological development?”  Almost as if to purport that science and technology would provide the answer to this godless generation!

For Truth is whether it is in his quest for religious supremacy, scientific advancement, political fiefdom, military superiority, cultural exhibitionism and not to forget his ever changing philosophical mumbo jumbo or the ever-rising technological neologism, man is constantly testifying to his self-consuming passion for godlessness!  How can then one assume to even remotely associate the word progress with man in its positive sense?  IF ANYTHING, MAN HAS ONLY DIGRESSED FARTHER AND FARTHER AWAY FROM HIS GOD.

Of the lot that are cited above, ‘RELIGION’ TAKES THE TOPMOST POSITION for the kind of godless frenzy and sway it holds over the greatest number of people.  Just as the Word of God testifies of them, “….…MORE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE WOMAN THAN OF HER WHO HAS A HUSBAND.” (Isa 54:1).  This is the reason first Judaism and then Christianity too digressed to become one with the rest of the religions of the world.  Whether one likes to accept it or not, it is the Truth!

And this is the reason in the last days, the judgment that was pronounced and saw its fulfillment on the so-called temple of God in Jerusalem (Lk 21:6) will come upon every high place (Rev 16:19-20, Rev 6:14) on earth built under whatever pretext.  Only the unshakeable Mountain of the Lord’s Temple will be established to be exalted high above all (Isa 2:2, Heb 12:22-24) so that His afflicted people may find their Refuge (Isa 14:32, Jn 14:2-3).  For just as it is promised, it is God Himself who will establish Zion, His holy Mountain (Isa 62, Rev 21:10).  Yes, He will Himself build His Church and nobody else – no man and definitely no nation (Matt 16:18b, Jn 3:21, Heb 12:22-24).  And then all man’s pretenses will be laid bare and punished while all the humble and obedient servants of God will be honored and rewarded for their faithful perseverance to live in His presence for ever.

Why?  Because, from the very beginning, we find God warns His people.  For example read Gen 2:17, Lev 26:30, 1 Kings 13:32, Ps 78:58, Ezek 6:1-7 etc.  In spite of it, all men, including His chosen ones from the very first of them (Gen 2:23), remained faithless and became unfaithful to God.  Read Ps 78:57, “Like their fathers they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.  They angered Him with their high places; they aroused His jealousy with their idols.”  Therefore every high place, every mountain shrine, every lofty hill top, every cathedral, every temple, every church etc. will all be removed from its place in the Day of God’s wrath.   They will all meet the same fate as that of the people of the Tower of Babel (Lk 11:23).

As the Word of God testifies of them, read for example Ezek 16:16-17, “You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution.  Such things should not happen, nor should they ever occur. ………..and you made for yourself  male idols and engaged in prostitution with them.”, these are the religious people, a people blinded by their cursed desire for the male, who willingly forsake their God, their True Husband and Redeemer to prostitute themselves with fellow men!  Theirs is the strength and supremacy of the disintegrating flesh; the perishable kingdoms of man; the offensive and unholy glorification of man and his worship!

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17. Baptism0

Why does the call for ‘Baptism’, which is symbolic of the Great Flood, precede or accompany the ‘Herald’ of the coming Kingdom of God (Matt 3:1-6, Matt 28:19-20) so that the Messiah Himself receives ‘baptism’ before embarking on His mission and demonstrates that all righteousness would not be fulfilled if one disobeyed it (Matt 3:15)?

The reason the call for Baptism precedes or accompanies the Herald of the coming Kingdom of God is that only then one may hope to pick up broken threads and start anew.

Picking up broken threads or true understanding of the Eternal Gospel is not possible unless one retraces one’s steps to the Crossroads, the only place where one may find the ancient paths and seek the Good Way (Jer 6:16, Prov 8:2).

Let us be very clear that ‘baptism’ is no more meant to purify or cleanse a person (1 Pet 3:21) than the Great Flood was meant to purify or cleanse the earth and its inhabitants.   Rather, as God’s Word continues to testify concerning ‘man’ post flood, for example refer Gen 8:21, “……….. EVERY INCLINATION OF HIS HEART IS EVIL FROM CHILDHOOD…”, it will testify for ‘men’ who boast and bank on ‘baptism’ rather than on seeking the Good Way and abiding by it.

Until the Flood, which serves as the Spiritual Crossroads for all mankind, men who knew God knew and worshiped the One and the Same God (eg. Gen 4:26, Isa 43:11-13). They lived in and about a certain part of the earth and spoke one language (Gen 11:1).   But then the first of religions took birth (Gen 11:4), for religion is nothing but REBELLION TOWARDS GOD.  Consequently God gave them over to their deluded minds and scattered them throughout the face of the whole earth just like He had separated Cain.  For in this itself is the Judgment of God (Lk 11:17).  Thus came about the linguistic diversities, the territorial diversities, the racial diversities….. even religious diversities etc. that is so strongly evident among mankind till date (Gen 11:8-9).  Hence it is called the Crossroads in every respect.

The Seed of the Gospel for the Salvation of mankind and Regeneration of all God’s creation had fully and irrevocably taken root in this world by the time of the symbolic judgment through the Great Flood.  The prophets and servants of God who came after that attempted to reiterate the same.  But they were neither received nor their words acknowledged.  Instead, they were put to death one after another and their words and prophecies supplanted with lies and misinterpretations (Matt 13, Jer 8:8-9).  Moreover, the Oneness of God advocated and reinstated in Noah’s time (Gen 6:18) also came to be shattered completely.  The election of Abraham and Sarah (Isa 51:2), which followed not long after, failed to revive the same, and the calling of the nation Israel to be the light of God among nations was brought to naught as it soon gave way to yet another rebellion, yet another religion!

However, praise be to God, for the Truth which seemed to have been lost in the melee came to be REITERATED AND REINSTATED ONCE AND FOR ALL WHEN THE SON OF GOD HIMSELF APPEARED IN FLESH AND SHED LIGHT ON THE DARKNESS BELOW, CONQUERING DEATH, HELL AND HADES, TO LIVE AGAIN AND SUBSTANTIATE IT FOREVER!  Read Jn 1:1-5.

Thus, by Himself personifying the Word of God and exemplifying the same through His baptism, Jesus Christ once again brings the Word of God to us to exhort us yet again:  “…. ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the Good Way is; and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…’” (Jer 6:16, Matt 5:20).  Also read Prov 8:2, “On the ancient heights along the way, where THE PATHS MEET (i.e. at the Crossroads), She (meaning Wisdom) takes her stand..”

THIS IS THE REASON JESUS BEGINS HIS MINISTRY BY SETTING ALL RECORDS OR LAWS STRAIGHT (REFER MATT 5-7) AND REMINDS THE SO-CALLED TEACHERS OF THE LAW TO LOOK FOR WHAT WAS REVEALED FROM THE BEGINNING (EG. MATT 19:8).  To be sure, just as He testifies, He came TO FULFILL all the laws and righteousness of God so that we may learn from Him (Matt 5:17, Jn 6:45) and not from any man, any church or any religion.

Finally, let it also be understood that it is the reason why God when He renewed His Covenant with Noah established that AS LONG AS THE EARTH ENDURES, He will not destroy ALL LIVING CREATURES as He had done then by the waters (even though rains and floods were to become commonplace).  Refer Gen 8:21-22 & Gen 9:8-17.  Indeed, the ‘rainbow’ is made a sign between God and all life on the earth to remind all its inhabitants that God does remember and keep His Word.

As such, Jesus corrects us when we misjudge events or calamities (Lk 13:2-5).  For example, refer Gen 19:24-25,  Num 11:1, Num 16:31-35, Matt 11:21-24, Lk 11:31-32, Matt 10:14 etc. and understand that in keeping with His  Word these calamities or disasters do not destroy all life on earth but continue to leave behind a vast remnant that they may take heed and be warned to repent and bear fruits worthy of their repentance and be saved for ever (Matt 3:8 & 10).

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16. The Deluge1

Why did God send the deluge or the Great Flood upon the earth?

The ANSWER to why God sent the deluge or the Great Flood upon the earth is more or less ignored or shirked off at face value as one struggles to come to terms with such a prospect as the scoffers of the time.  The only difference being that the scoffers then had never seen a rain until that time, let alone a flood, whilst the scoffers now cannot imagine a world without its seasonal rains and occasional floods. However, today’s post is going to address the all-important question in totality so that many eyes may be opened.

  1. First of all, this was neither an ordinary rain nor the occasional flood we are so accustomed to seeing and hearing about.  This was the deluge that inundated the entire earth for a great length of time.  Hence hardly comparable.  For this was meant to be symbolic of GOD’S ETERNAL JUDGMENT that will come upon the earth and its inhabitants (eg. Matt 24:37-39, 2 Pet 3:3-7).
  2. God’s Eternal Judgment is the Judgment God warned man about right from the beginning (eg. Gen 2:17).  Quiet obviously man failed to grasp it even though the fulfillment of it had already begun with his Spiritual Death in Eden.  (To understand the same better, read Gen 3:7-12, which narrates the immediate consequences of his fall – his newfound feelings of shame and fear, the newfound need for a covering and a hiding place and finally having realized that he had failed in providing the necessary cover, the surfacing of his open and relentless rebellion towards God which manifested itself as he sought to shift the blame not only on to the woman but also on to God Himself!)
  3. What is more?  Physical Death followed as was wont to (Gen 3:17-19), but he remained unmindful and ignorant, all the while increasing in wickedness.  So much so that, while the so-called godly among them became more and more unfaithful to both God and fellow-men (Gen 6:2), the godless blasphemed the Name of God by glorying in their mortal flesh to hero-worship fellow-men (Gen 6:4) who pretended to embody true and ultimate ‘manliness’ by their superior show of size and strength.
  4. It was then God intervened (Gen 6:3a, Gen 6:7, Gen 6:13), yet again, and sent in the Great Flood to literally and symbolically forewarn men of the Eternal Judgment by fire (eg. Mic 7:13) – WHICH WILL BE THE CONSUMMATION OF DEATH IN MAN BY THE LAST AND FINAL DEATH WHICH WILL COME UPON HIM: THE DEATH OF HIS SOUL (Matt 10:28).  And to help man number his days God also shortened his days (Gen 6:3b, Ps 90:10) so that he may begin to see Light and turn to God and be saved while he may.  Read Ps 90:12, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
  5. This is the reason John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah, preached the kingdom of heaven with the symbolic baptism by water, to denote the baptism which is accomplished, in order that he may pave the way for the One who will bring to fulfillment the baptism (i.e. Judgment of the world – eg. Lk 12:49) of the world with Holy Spirit and Fire (Matt 3:11).  Read 2 Pet 3:7, “By the same Word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”
  6. Why Holy Spirit before the Fire?  So that men are without excuse for having not repented and turned to God.  Just as it was for the men during Noah’s time who refused to believe the warnings and scoffed while he preached God’s Word before the Flood.
  7. Why is the deluge not the actual Judgment but only symbolic of the same?  Because the actual Judgment is when ALL THE DEAD shall rise  for the Eternal Judgment of God.  It is the Judgment that will forever seal the fate of their souls (Rev 20:12-13).  So, whether victims of the Flood, or of Sodom and Gomorrah, or of any unnatural or natural causes, even those that will perish as they gather for direct confrontation with Christ (Rev 20:9), all the dead shall rise to be judged according to their deeds (eg. Matt 10:15, Matt 11:22-24 etc.).
  8. Finally, it symbolizes the End of the Cursed Dominion of the ‘Anti-Christ’, who is symbolically the Fallen Male (Gen 3:16), from the very first of them (egs. Matt 24:24, 1 Jn 4:3), and the Beginning of the Blessed and Eternal Reign of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  This is the reason Jesus has stated, Matt 23:35, “And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah….”  Yes, A to Z all the righteous blood will be avenged.  As for the righteous themselves, A to Z, living or dead, they will all partake of the First Resurrection, the Resurrection of the Righteous, and they will sit on thrones and judge the nations along with Christ.  As it is written, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?..” (1 Cor 6:2).  Refer Rev 20:4, Lk 11:31 & 32, Matt 19:28, etc.

 

 

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15. The Nephilim0

Who are the Nephilim? Why is it written that they were found on the earth even after the Flood?

The mention of the giant men called the Nephilim, for the first time in Gen 6:4, is a bone of contention with cynics and scoffers alike. Could the Flood that covered THE MOUNTAINS to a depth of more than twenty feet for a hundred and fifty days not destroy these giants among mankind so that they may survive the deluge to live on quite oblivious to God???!!

Indeed not!!  Ignoring the ludicrous suggestion, let us take a firm hold of things beginning with the very beginning of chapter 6.

We find that Genesis chapter 6 begins with the narration of how sin and wickedness multiplied on earth as men increased in number.  It goes on to highlight TWO OF THE GREATEST WICKEDNESS springing one each from the so-called righteous and the wicked respectively :

Firstly, lets look into this heightened wickedness of the so-called ‘godly’ or the ‘righteous’.  Vs. 2 – states how the so-called godly men or servants or ‘sons of God’ as they were called then became unfaithful to God and seeing that the daughters of men were beautiful “..they married any of them they chose.” 

Hence the pronouncement of God’s Judgment upon them in Vs 3: that His Spirit will not contend with man forever.  For such men, in spite of their calling and election, backslide to clothe themselves with mortality like the rest (Vs 3).  THIS IS IN SUMTOTAL THE PROCLAMATION OF THE COMING JUDGMENT OF GOD BEGINNING WITH THE HOUSE OF GOD (eg. Jer 25:34-38) as we see that even the Covenant of Circumcision failed to open their eyes, and to date ‘men of God’ continue in their unfaithfulness in every manner (eg. Hos 4) – towards God and toward all men, particularly the women.

Secondly, lets look into this heightened wickedness of the ‘ungodly’.  Vs 4 – states how from among the rest of mankind – i.e. from among the wicked, rose human giants, then called the Nephilim, who relied entirely on their physical prowess and valor to make a name for themselves – “…. THEY WERE THE HEROES OF OLD, MEN OF RENOWN.”

Like Esau, they are the ungodly or godless men of this world – advocates of the flesh and God-haters who live for the glory of their flesh alone.  Hence it is written (Vs 5) “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” and that it grieved the Lord that He had made man on the earth (Vs 6).

AFTER THE FLOOD (Gen 6:4), as was wont to happen for such is man, they did spring up once again among the sons of Noah – THREE IN ALL (Num 13:22), and were found among the Canaanites (Num 13:28 & 33) and came to be called the Anakites (Deut 9:2) before they were completely annihilated by Joshua and his men (Josh 11:21-22, Josh 15:14) and they are mentioned no more except in reference to their end (Judg 1:10 & 20).

However, the Truth is that the likes of them continue to spring up everywhere: in every land, in every nation and at all times. Never mind by what names they are called with the passing of time, for instance the Emites (Deut 2:10-11) and the Zamzummites (Deut 2:20-21) etc. who lived during the time of Anakites but were also destroyed just like them.

And today this glorying in one’s flesh has come to be manifested in every manner possible – just so that they may seek renown among men.  If not by brawn, by brain, beauty, birth, bearings (titles), billions, bestowed gifts………. and what other beastly things men value to trade for the sake of name, fame and wealth.  But let us remember, “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” (Lk 16:15b).

So the proclamation of the Coming Wrath of God reasserted itself (eg. Gen 6:7, Mic 7:11). Isa 23:9, “THE LORD ALMIGHTY PLANNED IT, TO BRING LOW THE PRIDE OF ALL GLORY AND TO HUMBLE ALL WHO ARE RENOWNED ON THE EARTH.”