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Rebellion and Extinction

“We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free” (Romans 8:22-23).

While traveling back to the Lower 48 from Alaska, my husband and I heard on the news about a worldwide protest regarding the environment. Children around the US and other countries were excused from school so they could protest becoming extinct. As we passed through a small Canadian town in British Columbia, we saw the remnants of this protest in a little park. High school students were laying on towels sunbathing or sitting on the ground reading books surrounded by a few signs protesting global warming and environmental concerns. Other than that, they were just using the time to skip a day of school.

Just for basic information, the definition of environment is “the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.” If these children were really concerned about the environment, they should be walking up and down the highway picking up the trash strewn along its sides. Birds and wild animals ingest the numerous plastic bags, bottles, and even clothing that pollute the roadside eventually killing them. Did they ever enter in the little rest rooms in the park to clean them? This is what I do for my environment pick up other people’s trash and clean pit toilets!

What these children have been taught by a godless generation is they are responsible for the entire natural world and every issue surrounding it. These children have been made to feel as though they have to concern themselves with issues they will never resolve themselves rather than just being taught to take care of their 5 square feet of ‘mother’ earth. What would that day have been like to see all of these school students picking up trash by creeks, rivers, rest areas and roadsides? Oh, there may not be such a day because it flies in the face of the narrative of global warming and the depravity of mankind.

I was raised by god-fearing parents to be a good steward of my world – beginning with my bedroom, the bathroom, the rooms in my house. Stewardship means “the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property.” Good stewardship training trickled down into school (my locker), parks (using trash cans), my car (not throwing stuff out the window or allowing it to pile up inside) and ultimately hotels or campgrounds in which our family stayed. I was taught to leave a place better than I found it and trust me, those who say they do that, never do.

We taught our children the same amazing stewardship concept and they have grown to adulthood only to find their peers have no clue about taking out the trash or removing lint from a dryer. Yet it is these same young adults protesting the decaying environment. It’s much easier to sit and pontificate with signs than actually take action. What is that saying? Actions speak louder than words?! Where are their actions?

Recently I learned of an event in London and Germany called the “Extinction Rebellion” (https://rebellion.earth/) I don’t know exactly what it is apart from perusing the website and I really don’t care apart from young people spending a lot of money to go to a country to ‘rebel against extinction.’ Young people who struggle every day to pay rent, buy food and maybe even finding a decent job. Why didn’t they put their funds toward trash bags? Why didn’t they put their time into cleaning up around their own homes and towns?

The definition of rebellion is “an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler or the action or process of resisting authority, control, or convention.” Who is the established ruler these people are rebelling against? What authority are they trying to resist? Who is controlling them? It would seem the very government and authorities that encourage their rebellion should be the authorities and rulers they rebel against. It really is chaotic.

Extinction means “the state or process of a species, family, or larger group having no living members.’ This is a rather egregious term for ‘saving the planet’ and ‘humanity’ and when these same ‘environmentalists’ probably support the killing of millions of unborn babies contributing to human extinction. Let’s not forget supporting homosexual marriage also contributes to human extinction since two same sex people cannot reproduce without the help of outside heterosexual help.

The root of this global movement is the denial and rejection of the Creator of the Universe. This movement is the epitome of humanism and the idea that man can save himself and even the earth. It is utterly preposterous even though there are those who identify as Christians and support such nonsense. We are made of the dust of the very earth these young people are trying to protect, yet we have no power over it other than dealing with our own sin issue of rebellion against the One who made each of us.

The one controlling this rebellion is non other than haSatan, the god of this world. To not see the ‘extinction rebellion’ as a spiritual battle for the soul of humanity is part of the great deception. It is part of the fear tactic that someday humans are going to destroy this earth. But within the Word of God there is always Truth that disseminates the lies if only it wasn’t part of the resistance to ultimate authority.

“So long as the earth exists, sowing time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease” (Genesis 8:22).

We are not so powerful to destroy ourselves even though we hear that tale on a daily basis. Yes, there will be a destruction of the heavens and earth and it won’t be caused by humans; it will be the judgment of the Creator of the Universe upon His creation in order to get their attention. It won’t end until every knee bows and confesses that there is a GOD and He has offered a way that is not rebellious through Messiah. Judgement will be doled out by angelic beings and the sounds of trumpets that will make men’s hearts melt. Until that time and those days, children can protest whatever they want while they continue to watch their environment decay or they can be taught about a Creator who desires them to be good stewards of the environment in which they inhabit.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

©2019 Tentstake Ministries Publishing

Stop Americanizing Jesus

Okay. Usually I just pass by this crap and let those (LGBT Christians) who believe this stuff, believe it. But today I feel like dealing with this nonsense that gets passed around social media as if it were great wisdom and enlightenment of some sort. It’s not. It’s stupid and it’s wrong on every level. Here goes:


Jesus was NOT Palestinian. The name Palestine was given to the land of Israel by the Romans. Jesus was not Roman. He was not a Philistine from Philistia either. He definitely was Jewish, with Jewish parents, from the Tribe of Judah and Israelite, a Hebrew. His skin color was olive, not black African or white British or red Chinese. He was Mediterranean, Middle Eastern.


He was not anti-colonialism. He was for entering his Kingdom which is not of this world. It’s not for everyone, only a remnant and could therefore be considered ‘a colony.’ He never taught anyone to fight against the Romans who had colonized Israel, even changing its name. He taught his Jewish brothers and sisters to walk the extra mile carrying their armor if they asked. Ultimately, those who become part of his Kingdom are all foreigners in this world. Our citizenship is somewhere else – a heavenly colony that will one day become the ‘new heavens and new earth’ called the New Jerusalem.


He was not anti-cultural unless it is the culture of this dying world and its sin-infested ideas and demands. He fully lived out his life within the context of his culture, which was outlined by the God of Israel and given to His people. For example, he didn’t eat pork which is in everything these days, even eaten by some Jews. He didn’t celebrate Christmas or Easter or worship the sun god on Sunday. He wasn’t gay, transgendered or even confused about binary and pan. He was a Son and was quite content being a son. He kept the Feasts of His Father, was circumcised on the eighth day of his life, redeemed as a firstborn, learned the Torah (Bible), and lived as a Jewish man within the Jewish culture.


He did not teach socialism, but said there would always be poor people. He did not condemn rich people and was buried in a rich man’s tomb. Though he told a parable about giving each man the same wage for different hours worked, this was a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven and not about a socio-economic system in this world. This parable was about how each man and woman enters the Kingdom the same way. The entrance fee is not based on how hard a man works, but on his works for his Father. He looked at the hearts of the men; the men looked at the wage he paid. The wage of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. If he were dealing with socio-economics, he would have been more of a capitalist because each man will receive a reward for the works he/she has done for the Kingdom. If he works building with gold and precious stones, his works will stand, but if he builds with hay, they will burn.


Yes, he loved all people including tax collectors and prostitutes, but told them to ‘repent’ and turn back to God. His love made them want his ways not their own. He cast demons out of people and set them free from lives of prostitution and even disease. His message never included tolerance of sin and allowing people to live immorally. Why? Because it infects the rest of society. Hence why he healed lepers – so they could return to normal life. He offered hope and a way out of sinful lifestyles. He offered and gave freedom from the distress caused by the sexual sins of the flesh.


Absolutely he respected women because his Father’s teachings and instructions are all about protecting and providing for women and children. He was not for women’s rights and bashing men – white, black or red. He saw men and women as ‘equal’ heirs to the Kingdom. He was not for women’s rights to murder their unborn children – or he would have been murdered himself in the womb. He was not for women’s rights to usurp the roles of men in the world. He loved and respected women FOR their roles in the world as wives and mothers who loved to serve not be served.


Anti-immigrant. I am reminded that he says that not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom, only those who do His Father’s will. There is a difference between being an immigrant and joining a country through its laws vs. being an illegal alien who is kept out. He tells a parable about a man who attends a wedding wearing the wrong clothes and is thrown out of the wedding. For the man wearing the wrong clothes that seemed harsh, but for those who dressed correctly, it was justice. There are ways that seem right to a man, but end in death.

There are gates for entering the New Jerusalem and outside those gates are those who may not enter: “But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars — their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.” It seems that there are those who will suffer and die though they believe all sorts of lies. Christian witches will suffer and die a second death. Idol worshippers and liars will suffer and die a second death. The sexually immoral (LGBTXYZ) will suffer and die a second death. This is what the Bible teaches, if you don’t like it, then don’t pretend to know the Bible. If you don’t like the idea that God wants to transform you into His image, then stop transforming Him into yours!


Of course he wasn’t anti-semitic because he is of the semitic people who descended from Shem. Palestinians ARE anti-semitic and want all Jews/Israelis dead. Again, he wasn’t Palestinian, Roman, or any other nationality. He was Jewish.


As for gay-bashing, he is the visible image of the invisible God and the Word specifically says that homosexual behavior is an abomination to the Creator of men and women. Did he bash? The Scripture never mentions him meeting a gay person, but Sodom and Gomorrah were judged for their ‘behaviors.’ I also know this, had he met a gay couple, he would have told them to ‘repent’ and turn back to God. He would not have baked a cake for their wedding feast!


Fan of Donald Trump? Because he is God in the flesh and the Word of God says that He puts men in leadership for his purposes, I would say that he has a purpose for Donald Trump. Fan? That comes from the word ‘fanatic’ and the only thing he was ‘fanatic’ about was the Kingdom of His Father and those who enter into it. He was ‘fanatic’ about those who are lost and dying because he desired them to know the Truth and be set free so they could live eternally. He wasn’t a supporter of sin, but a redeemer from sin.

While we’re at it, lets just add that the name above all names wasn’t Jesus either – it was Yeshua. So, yes, STOP Americanizing the King of Kings, the Jewish Messiah of Israel. Read. The. Bible. Know. God. Know. Yeshua.

©2019 Tentstake Ministries Publishing

Christmas Carols and the Message

I grew up celebrating Christmas and singing all the the familiar Christmas carols.  It has been many, many years since those days. However, while shopping recently I heard two and the familiar words made me stop and think.

The first was the third verse, I believe, of “Joy to the World.”  “He rules the world with truth and grace ….”  I pondered why all I ever hear from those celebrating this holiday is the grace part and nothing about the truth.  What has happened that the truth of His Word has been forsaken for His grace?  After all, Jesus prays to his Father in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by Your Word, Your word is Truth.”  With only grace, His rule is incomplete.

The second song ended with “born is the King of Israel.” Though I do not believe that Jesus was born at this time, many sing this song with great sincerity.  But as one pastor I knew said a long time ago, you can be sincere, but sincerely wrong.  Apart from that, who actually is the King of Israel and how should His culture, His people and His Scriptures affect one’s walk of faith and one’s understanding of, well, the whole Bible.

As these songs are sung in churches around the world at midnight services by those whose hearts are hopefully filled with joy and peace (there’s a lot of stressed out Christians who claim this holiday ),  I hope and pray that maybe some eyes and ears would be opened to the true identity of the King of Israel, the Jewish Messiah Yeshua,  and the foundation for His coming Kingdom, His Father’s commandments.  I hope the carols sung are not just rote, as they can so easily become, but pierce the hearts and minds of some who sing them because the realities of truth with grace and the King of Israel, apart from the doctrines embraced, should be empowering and life changing from the heart.   They have been for me. 

 

A Wiccan’s View of the Occult

A few weeks ago a friend was reading a website on Occult Holidays and Sabbats.  Curiously, she asked me what I thought about the article and how much of it was fact and how much was not.  Since I am not in the occult, I couldn’t answer her question apart from what I have researched over the years in searching for truth – not only Biblical Truth, but also the truth about other religious practices in the world.  So, I turned to a friend who is a Wiccan.  She willingly shared what she knew and offered to answer any more questions that I may have had.  Her response to the article:

“Satanism is kind of its own entity and I cannot  answer those questions [in the article] for you. In the Craft (Wicca/Witchcraft) there is no Satan in our belief system. We have a lord of the Underworld, but nothing as dark and vile as the Christian Satan. We have “dark gods”, but they are not dark in the same context.  In the Craft we do not sacrifice humans or animals. We may sacrifice herbs and flowers, but never humans or animals. I have also never heard of the Illuminati sacrificing people.   

In the Craft, we worship a multitude of Gods and Goddesses at one time. We remember certain Pantheons based on who “called” to us.  I pray to a total of 11 Gods and Goddesses NIGHTLY.   They are Gods older than the bible.

While we do celebrate a ‘wheel of the year’ and the next Sabbat is Yule which does indeed fall on Dec. 21,  I cannot help you with the Satan side of things because we, as witches,  have to deal with the rule of three which basically says what you put out into the universe (be it love or hate, good intentions or evil) will come back to you threefold in your lifetime and possibly carry over into a multitude of lifetimes (we believe in reincarnation). The symbols mentioned do have deep connections in the Craft especially the star, but again it was around before the bible. The star represents the Five elements of Life (Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit).

Santa has many tales and legends. The most popular being that he was formerly a bishop of the Catholic church. The colors Green and Red are pretty important: Green represents Earth and Red represents heart and love. Elves are extremely popular in legends.  In some, they are naughty little folk who like to mess with you and your things and in others they represent help and happiness like if and elf visits you, it’s a good thing!  The Number 13 represents – a number.  Sorry to disappoint you.  But in the Craft, it literally is just a number. Same with 666. They are just numbers that inspire fear in some and novelty in others.  Maybe to true Satanists, it does represent something greater, but to me they are just numbers. I wish I could answer your above question, but I hope I did explain a little more [regarding the Craft].  If you ever have questions, please ask! I do not mind sharing what I have learned and continue to learn.”

My comments regarding her response.

First.  Satan is a deceiver, the master deceiver and has a plethora of followers through false religious systems worldwide.  Some claim to follow the Creator of the Universe and are nothing more than wolves in sheep’s clothing; others are clear they do not have anything to do with the Creator and worship other gods and the creation.   The first commandment is that we are not to follow other gods, but only have YHVH Elohim as our first and only God.

Matthew 12:30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”  Yeshua makes it pretty clear that we are either for God, YHVH, or we are not.

Joshua 24:15 “If it seems bad to you to serve YHVH, then choose today whom you are going to serve! Will it be the gods your ancestors served beyond the River? or the gods of the Emori, in whose land you are living? As for me and my household, we will serve YHVH!”  Joshua says that we all have a choice – to serve the God of Israel, YHVH, or other gods.

Second.  My friend mentions that there are gods and goddesses that are older than the Bible.  These are nothing more, nothing less than those fallen angels who desire to be worshipped.  For people who have studied pre-bible history, they are aware there are other mystical stories not found within the context of the Bible.  One example would be Lilith, Adam’s first wife.  Though we are not given any information about this created being in Scripture, we are given the history of what happened in the heavenly realm before Satan was kicked out with 1/3 of the angelic beings and therefore, pre-Bible history may be quite accurate, but not include details necessary for our walk of faith.

She speaks of the ‘god of the underworld’ which comes from Greek thought and is known as Hades. When the Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek, the word Hades was replaced with Sh’ol, meaning ‘underworld’, but more specifically translated into the words ‘grave’, ‘pit’, or ‘hell.’   It is not in reference to an actual burial site, but a place that ‘swallows the dead’ and ‘always hungers for more.’

Isaiah 5:14 Therefore Sh’ol has enlarged itself and opened its limitless jaws — and down go their nobles and masses, along with their noise and revels.”

Proverbs 30:15-16 Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough!” — Sh’ol and a barren womb; the earth, never satisfied with water;  and fire, which never says, “Enough!”

Yeshua speaks about Hades or Sh’ol  several times in the gospels.  Most specifically he holds the keys to ‘death and Hades’ and therefore he is above all other gods and goddesses in the ‘underworld.’  At the end of time, at the final judgment, death and Hades will be thrown into the eternal lake of fire.

Matthew 11:23 “And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.”

Matthew 16:18 “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Revelation 1:18 “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” 

Revelation 6:8 “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

Revelation 20:13 “The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.” 

Revelation 20:14 “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.” 

Third.  Please note the references to the Christ Mass: the red and green colors, the Yule [Yuletide] of December 21 being a Wiccan Sabbat (aka winter solstice), and the five-pointed star (pentagon/pentagram) that is commonly put on top of a tree that is cut down and brought into the home and decorated with silver and gold (Jeremiah 10:1-4). The pentagram is the five-pointed Satanic symbol used in Satanism and occult practices.  As for the number 666, it has become associated with the Mark of the Beast in Revelation, but it may have a very different interpretation than an actual number which is why it is meaningless to this woman and is used to deceive those looking for a tattoo or something else.

Finally, fear is considered a spirit in Scripture and when it comes to the ‘underworld’ and it’s darkness, we should not have the spirit of fear when confronted with it, but expose it.     We should always embrace the Truth of God’s Word and the Light it brings to our paths even shedding light onto the dark paths that others choose to follow as light.  Satan has always worn a mask and will continue to masquerade as an angel of light until he has the whole world worshipping him.    We have been called out of his darkness into the glorious light of Messiah who is the light,  and that should always be our focus whenever we are challenged with ‘darkness’ and ‘other gods’.

“But you are a chosen people, the King’s cohanim, a holy nation, a people for God to possess! Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out ofdarkness into his wonderful light” (2 Peter 2:9).

©2015 Tentstake Ministries

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