How to Win Spiritual Battles

There are 2 critical phases to winning spiritual battles in spiritual warfare. Unfortunately, most people try to skip phase 1 & go straight to phase 2. That is why they have no victories.

Phase 1: “Submit to God”

Phase 2: “Resist the devil & he will flee from you.”

With God’s powerful grace, you cannot lose.

Without God’s powerful grace, you cannot win the battles. Grace only comes to those who humble themselves & submit to God.

What events happen before and after the Resurrection of the Just?

“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2, NKJV)

“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, NKJV)

“And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:31, NKJV)

“And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.“” (Luke 14:14, NKJV)

The Beginning and Ongoing Birth Pangs
The Tribulation Period
“All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:8, NKJV)

Ongoing and Increasing Deception
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:4, NKJV)

Ongoing and Increasing False Christs / Messiahs
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” (Matthew 24:5, NKJV)

Ongoing and Increasing Wars / Conflicts
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a, NKJV)

Ongoing and Increasing Famines – Pestilences – Earthquakes
And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” (Matthew 24:7b, NKJV)

Increasing Tribulation, Murder, and Hatred by all Nations of Christ’s Disciples

“”Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” (Matthew 24:9, NKJV)

Increasing Apostasy, Betrayal, and Hatred Among many Disciples Resulting from Tribulation, Murder, and Hatred by all Nations of Christ’s Disciples

And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” (Matthew 24:10, NKJV) “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,” (2 Thessalonians 2:3, NKJV)

Increasing Lovelessness & Apathy among many Disciples Due to Abounding Lawlessness

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12, NKJV)

The Gospel of the Kingdom Preached As a Witness in All the World to All Nations

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14, NKJV)

Salvation for the Disciples Who Endure to the End
“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13, NKJV)

The Great Tribulation Period
“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22, NKJV)

The Restrainer is Taken Out of the Way
“And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7, NKJV)

The Man of Sin, Son of Perdition is Revealed
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering

together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, NKJV)

Transition from Tribulation to Great Tribulation is Marked by the ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION

“”Therefore when you see the ‘ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” (Matthew 24:15-16, NKJV) “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, NKJV)

Great Tribulation that Has Never Occurred Since the Beginning of the World or After This Time

“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21-22a, NKJV)

The Days are Shortened for the Elect’s Sake
And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22b, NKJV)

People Falsely Proclaiming Christ is ‘Here’ or ‘There’ to Deceive the Elect “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.” (Matthew 24:23, NKJV) “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” (Matthew 24:26-28, NKJV)

Great Deceiving Signs and Wonders by False Christs and False Prophets Intended to Deceive the Elect

“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24, NKJV) “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, NKJV)

** Note: The true coming of The Son of Man – Jesus Christ will be across the sky, in the clouds, like lightning that flashes from East to West AFTER His sign appears in heaven. “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be…” “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:27, 30 NKJV)

The Sun & Moon Go Dark, the Starts Fall from Heaven, and the Powers of the Heavens are Shaken

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Matthew 24:29, NKJV) “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.” (Revelation 6:12-13, NKJV)

The Sign of the Son of Man Appears in Heaven
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:30, NKJV) “Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” (Revelation 6:14-16, NKJV)

The 144,000 Jewish Servants of God are Sealed
“After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed: of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.” (Revelation 7:1-8, NKJV)

The Resurrection of the Just – Gathering of the Elect
“And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:31, NKJV) “And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.“” (Luke 14:14, NKJV)

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, NKJV)

The Dead in Christ Rise First (Resurrection), then those Alive in Christ are Caught Up (Rapture) with them

“And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air….” (1 Thessalonians 4:16b-17a, NKJV) “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”” (Revelation 7:9-17, NKJV)

No One Knows the Day or the Hour of the Resurrection of the Just “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matthew 24:36, NKJV) “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:42, NKJV) “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44, NKJV) “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-2, NKJV)

The Marriage of the Lamb
“And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Revelation 19:6-8, NKJV)

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”” (Revelation 19:9, NKJV)

“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Thessalonians 5:9, NKJV)

The Time of Wrath
The Wrath of The Lamb

“And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”” (Revelation 6:15-17, NKJV)

The Seventh Seal is Opened
“When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.” (Revelation 8:1-5, NKJV)

“So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” (Revelation 8:6, NKJV)

“But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21, NKJV)

The Wrath of God

“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”” (Revelation 11:15-18, NKJV)

Seven Bowls of Wrath
“Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.” (Revelation 15:1, NKJV) “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.”” (Revelation 16:1, NKJV)

Babylon is Destroyed
“Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.” (Revelation 16:19, NKJV) “And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!” (Revelation 18:2, NKJV)
“For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’ “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’ “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”” (Revelation 18:17-20, NKJV)

The LORD on a White Horse and His Armies
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16, NKJV)

The Birds Called to the Supper of God
“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”” (Revelation 19:17-18, NKJV)

The Beast and False Prophet are Captured and Thrown into the Lake of Fire

“And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.” (Revelation 19:19-20, NKJV)

The Kings of the Earth and Their Armies are Killed by the LORD
“And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” (Revelation 19:21, NKJV)

Satan is Imprisoned in the Bottomless Pit for a Thousand Years
“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.” (Revelation 20:1-3, NKJV)

The Resurrection Righteous Reign with Christ for a Thousand Years
“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4-6, NKJV)

Satan is Released from Prison and Leads a Final Insurrection
“Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city.” (Revelation 20:7-9a, NKJV)

The Final Insurrectionists are Consumed by the Fire of God out of Heaven “And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.” (Revelation 20:9b, NKJV)

Satan is Cast into the Lake of Fire
“The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10, NKJV)

The Resurrection of the Dead and Their Judgment Before the Great White Throne

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.” (Revelation 20:11-13, NKJV)

Death and Hades are Cast into the Lake of Fire
“Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” (Revelation 20:14, NKJV)

The Resurrected Dead are Cast into the Lake of Fire
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15, NKJV)

The First Heaven and Earth Pass Away and a New Heaven and Earth Appear

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.” (Revelation 21:1, NKJV)

The New Jerusalem Comes Down out of Heaven
“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”” (Revelation 21:2-4, NKJV)

Second Chances

On the last leg of a trip to Texas, I stopped in Longview to get gas. While I was standing next to my vehicle looking for the fuel app on my phone to get a discount, a woman walked up behind the car and startled me. She was parked at the next fuel pump in a black Chevy Impala.

She apologized, showed me a dollar and said she didn’t have enough gas to get where she was going. She asked if I could give her some gas money. I lied and said that I didn’t have any cash. She thanked me, looked around, got back in her car and drove away.

I was immediately convicted by the Holy Spirit, and the LORD gently said to me: “Give to everyone who asks of you.” (Luke 6:30)

I grieved in my heart and asked the LORD to forgive me. I immediately prayed and said: “LORD, if she is Yours, have her turn around and come back.”

I looked down the row of fuel pumps to the end and saw her turn her car around and come back. I thanked the LORD for His mercy and waived her down. She got out and came over. I told what had just happened and handed her a twenty dollar bill.

She was almost in tears and asked if she could hug me, and thanked me. I gave her a hug and said: “Praise the LORD!”

She left and went to get gas in her car.

Praise the LORD for His tendermercy & loving kindness that gives us a second chance to do obey.

The Church is Not Israel & Has Not Replaced Israel

Because of Replacement Theology, Gentiles since the Reformation have been taught that the Gentile Church has replaced Israel in the promises of God.

This is biblically and patently false!

God did not make a covenant with the Gentile church. The Church is NOT even Gentile in it’s very nature. Christ Jesus is the very root of the natural olive tree that is Israel, with believing Jews as the natural branches and believing Gentiles as the wild branches grafted in. Grafted in to Israel by God’s New Covenant with Israel that he promised in Jeremiah 31:31 to ISRAEL!

The Church was birthed by God the Father through Jesus Messiah as a result of the New Covenant promised by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Christ Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Holy Spirit is the institution of that New Covenant and the recipients were first and foremeost, believing Israel (Jews!). The last recipients will also be Jews! In fact, many Jews are coming to faith in Yeshua the Messiah even now in spite of being mostly neglected by Gentiles in the Church because of Replacement Theology.

In these last days, the fulness of the Gentiles is coming to it’s foretold end and God the Father is turning again to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, the natural branches.

Just as the unfaithful natural olive branches that rejected Jesus as Messiah were broken off and cast into the fire ?to make room for the faithful wild olive branches…. So the unfaithful wild olive branches will be broken off (because of apostasy) and cast into the fire ? to make room for the natural olive branches that are faithfully turning to Jesus as Messiah in these last days before His return to establish His kingdom on earth in Jerusalem, and sit on the throne of David.

Are All Jews to Blame for Jesus’ Crucifixion?

There are so-called “Christians” today that are still trumpeting this libel that dates back to the 4th century. It is an anti-semitic smear that is rooted in the unbiblical false doctrine of Replacement Theology (e.g. that the Church has replaced Israel in the covenants of God).

While this is not an exhaustive response to that question and many of the implications influencing it, here are some things to consider.

First, by reading the biblical gospels & Acts, we learn that it was many but NOT all of the Jewish religious leaders (scribes, Pharisees & Sadducees) in Jerusalem that were responsible for the false accusations, arrest, and religious trial of Jesus.

They were not ALL the Jews in Jerusalem, or Judea, or Perea, or Galilee, or Samaria, or even throughout the Roman empire.

In contrast, remember that ALL of Jesus’ first disciples (the twelve, 70, 120, 500, then 3000+ after Pentecost) were Jews. The entire early Church were Jews! And God has preserved a remnant of Jewish believers in the Church ever since.

Based on those facts alone, the answer is clearly NO. All Jews (of Jesus’ day) were NOT to blame for His crucifixion.

Next, the Jewish leaders at that time had no authority or power to crucify Jesus (see John 18:28-31). Judea had become a Roman province around A.D. 6 and capital punishment (death penalty) was the Roman Governor’s prerogative. That is why the Jewish leaders had to take Jesus to the Roman Pontius Pilate to request the death penalty. So, it was the Gentile Romans that actually crucified Jesus, the Jewish Messiah.

Third, the idea that all of the descendants of “those Jews” are all personally guilty of crucifying Jesus is absurd.

So, as the Apostle Paul so comprehensively explains in Romans chapters 1-3, everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Not a single one of us is righteous, whether Jew or Gentile.

The penalty for sin is death. Since we have all sinned, we ALL die, but not just physical death. According to God’s Word, there is a second death that is eternal torment in the lake of fire that no one can save themselves from by our own merit, no matter what. None of us can bribe a Holy and just God with our “good” actions, money, prayers, or anything else we have to get out of that death penalty.

But God, so loved EVERY human being that He has created, not wanting ANYONE to perish from the second death in the eternal lake of fire, sent His only begotten Son (who preexisted with Him as God) to become a sinless human being in order to take the punishment EVERY ONE of us deserved when He was crucified on that cross.

It is written that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. The only acceptable blood atonement God would accept had to be from a SINLESS human being. So God became that SINLESS human being, a JEW from the JEWISH tribe of Judah & descendent of the JEWISH King David, kist as He prophesied by His JEWISH prophets beforehand… to die and rise from the dead first for the JEWS, and also for the non-JEWs.

Finally, anyone (JEW or GENTILE) who accepts the God of Israel’s gift exchanging our sin nature with Christ’s righteous nature through faith in Jesus’ atoning death & resurrection, receives entrance into the Kingdom of God under Christ Jesus’ authority, the indwelling & empowering Holy Spirit, resulting in eternal life instead of eternal torment in the lake of fire.

Anyone (JEW or GENTILE) who rejects Jesus’ atoning death & resurrection, remains condemned to that second death of eternal torment in the lake of fire.

So the next time anyone wants to point their finger at the Jews, or the modern nation of Israel, and try to condemn them for “crucifying Jesus” … remind them of this: “Let the one who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

She Who is in Labor

”Therefore Israel will be abandoned until she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of His brothers will return to the children of Israel.“
‭‭Micah‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬ ‭BSB‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/3034/mic.5.3.BSB

“She who is in labor” is based on Isaiah 7:14 and prophesies forward to Luke 1:31-33, Matthew 1:18, and Luke 2:7.

It ALSO is the reference for Revelation 12:1-5

In Revelation, Mary is the embodiment of the nation of Israel during the time leading up to Christ Jesus’ return to establish the Kingdom of God on the Earth from Jerusalem.

Sarah and Elizabeth are also types of “she who is in labor” in that they were past child-bearing and had “dead wombs” and then, by a supernatural intervention of God, became pregnant.

This foreshadows the nation of Israel, being regathered from the four corners of the earth since 1948 and becoming “pregnant” with the hope for Messiah. The “birth” will be when the nation of Israel as a whole (what’s left of them at the end of the ‘time of Jacob’s trouble’ – the Seventieth Week of Daniel the prophet) cries out for the Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah to save them when they all say: “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD.” Thus fulfilling Jesus’ prophecy recorded in Matthew 23:39.

”For I tell you that you will not see Me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’”“ Matthew 23:39 BSB
https://bible.com/bible/3034/mat.23.39.BSB

Do Disciples of Jesus the Messiah Have to Keep the Dietary Laws? – Commandments Regarding Food

Under the Old Covenant and the Law of Moses, God forbade the children of Israel from eating certain foods. First, Gentile Christians were never included in the Old Covenant or subject to the Law of Moses. Second, Jesus fulfilled the entire Law of Moses (all 613 commandments as a whole singular unit) and rendered it inoperative for anyone who puts their faith in His atoning death & resurrection as The Lamb of God (See Romans chapters 5, 6, & 10).

Under the New Covenant and the Law of Christ, God allows all foods to be eaten as long as the person’s conscience is clear about eating them. God also allows individuals to decide for themselves if they want to voluntarily refrain from certain foods for the benefit of others, or for their own conscience sake, but not to put a legalistic burden on others.

1 Timothy 4:4-5 “For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

Now someone might say something like: “So does that mean I can eat pot-laced brownies, or psychedelic mushrooms, etc?”

The answer is no and there is at least two other primary commandments under the Law of Christ and the New Covenant pertaining to that.

1Pe 2:15-16  “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.”

Gal 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Greek word here for sorcery (also called witchcraft in some translations) is Pharmakeia.

What is Pharmakeia?

The use of mind-altering substances to induce an altered state of consciousness.

Why is it forbidden in both the Old & New Covenants?

It brings a person under the influence of demonic forces and a false spirituality that is fleshly, soulish, and carnal, and it inhibits their ability to reason allowing spiritual deception. It also brings a person into bondage to their flesh and those same demonic forces.

All of that is contrary to the work of the Holy Spirit. Our freedom in the New Covenant under the Law of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit does not give a person the license to justify sin.

Learn from Joseph – Store up Grain for the Famine

Amos 8:11 NKJV

““Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.”

https://bible.com/bible/114/amo.8.11.NKJV

Genesis 41:31 NKJV

“So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe.”

https://bible.com/bible/114/gen.41.31.NKJV

Genesis 47:13 NKJV

“Now there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.”

https://bible.com/bible/114/gen.47.13.NKJV

What did Joseph do when he knew there would be a famine?

⁃ He stored up grain in the storehouses

Genesis 41:35-36 NKJV

“And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.””

https://bible.com/bible/114/gen.41.35-36.NKJV

Genesis 41:49 NKJV

“Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable.”

https://bible.com/bible/114/gen.41.49.NKJV

What can we learn from Joseph?

⁃ since we know according to God’s Word that there is a famine of the Word of God coming, we need to store up the Word of God in the storehouses.

⁃ What are the storehouses? We are: our minds & hearts are where we store up the Word of God (grain, bread)

– The grain (Word of God stored in our hearts & minds) will not only sustain us during the famine for the Word of God, but we will be able to distribute that Word to others just as Joseph did, and just as Jesus had His disciples do.

Jesus fed the people in the wilderness. He distributed the bread through His disciples.

Matthew 15:33-37 NKJV

“Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left.”

https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.15.33-37.NKJV

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Correct Doctrine Matters More Than You Think

Before Paul talks about persecution in his letter to Timothy, he first talks about DOCTRINE. If the doctrine is wrong, the rest doesn’t matter. Without proper scriptural doctrine, people will be deceived and deceive, and grow worse and worse (2 Timothy).

2 Timothy 10

“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

II Timothy 3:10-17 NKJV

https://bible.com/bible/114/2ti.3.10-17.NKJV

Has God Abandoned the Nation of Israel?

There are many today that teach or believe that because Israel rejected Jesus as their Messiah, God has abandoned them to judgment and replaced them with the Church.

Biblically, this is a dangerous false doctrine.

Christ Jesus is firstly the ROOT of Israel. He is THE Messiah of Israel, from the tribe of Judah, descendant of king David according to the physical, and pre-existent as God the Son & the Word in the tri-unity of the Godhead (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit).

All descendants of Israel are His flesh & blood and recipients of the God of Israel’s covenants.

The Apostle Paul, by the Holy Spirit states emphatically in Romans 11 that God has not cast away His people (Israel), in fact God has not only maintained a remnant of Jewish believers as individuals in the Church, He is also keeping His covenants with Israel the NATION to bring about their salvation as a NATION, even though the nation is currently in a state of unbelief & subject to the curses of Deuteronomy until, as a unified nation they recognize Jesus as their true Messiah & cry out “blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD!”

Once the fullness of the Gentiles (non-Israelites from all nations) has been grafted in to Christ along with the remnant of believing Israelites as the complete body of Christ, THEN the LORD will also finish His covenant work to “turn ungodliness from Jacob”, take away their sins as a NATION, and fulfill to completion His New Covenant promises with ISRAEL & JUDAH according to Jeremiah.

The Apostle Paul’s Answer in Romans 11

“I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.

Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

For if the first-fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches.

But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”” Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 15-18, 25-27 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/rom.11.1-27.NKJV

God’s Promise of a New Covenant with Israel & Judah

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”” Jeremiah 31:31, 33 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/jer.31.33-34.NKJV