The Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
The Lawyer asked, Who is my neighbor?
Jesus then told a story that illustrated the principle of what God means by “neighbor”.
The Law of Moses commanded:
1. Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
2. Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
These two commandments about loving God and your neighbor are the foundational principal of the Law of Moses. The two commandments are closely related because man is made in the image of God (Gen 1:26), and loving one who is like God is to love the source of that image, that is, God Himself (cp. Jn 14:9).
The lawyer wanted a legal definition of “neighbor” so he could apply the Law and probably limit his liability to non-neighbors, like the Jews had defined “work” for things on the Sabbath.
In answer to the lawyer’s question, Jesus appealed to Leviticus 19:18 regarding loving your neighbor and to common sense and gave a recount of an incident where a man fell among thieves where he was beaten and robbed and left to die.
In Jesus’ illustration three men saw the wounded man lying on the side of the road. Two of them were elite religious persons, a priest and a Levite who were the kind of people who were assistants to priests. Both of these men, who knew the Law by virtue of their occupation and were obligated to be an example of obedience to others, ignored the Law in Leviticus 19:18 about this needy man, because it would have cost them money. Because of covetousness, these two religious men did not do what the Law required. They ignored the law regarding their neighbor and hence disobeyed God by their failure to show love to their neighbor. Because covetousness is idolatry, they also disobeyed the first commandment of having a god of things they served before (more than) Jehovah.
Christians also are given a law against covetousness:
Colossians 3:5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. [CSB]
Obedience to the second law (Lev 19:18) puts away greed. The second law of loving our neighbor is basically looking for opportunity to do good to others.
Christians are God’s workmanship created unto good works:
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Christians are admonished:
James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture [Lev 19:18], Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
Anyone that fails to love his neighbor is failing to love God, for man is made in the image of God
1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
Anyone that fails to love God is disobeying the first and greatest commandment of the Law (Dt 6:5): thou shalt love the Lord thy God.
Because covetousness (greed) is at the very root of failing to love God, (For the love of money is the root of all evil, 1 Timothy 6:10), Jesus then says,
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Jesus continues in the same vein in
Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Jesus said these things, because one who is willing to forsake everything shows he loves God more than things.
Who is my neighbor?
Anyone who is in need.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
President Trump has many enemies who wish to remove him from office. I am setting up a prayer vigil for President Trump so that someone, somewhere will be praying to God to let Trump finish his term at all times. God gave Trump to America and the world as a season of grace. When Trump’s enemies get rid of him, the season of grace goes with it. I want volunteers to pray for Trump so that we can have people praying for Trump 24/7/365 to ask God to protect Trump till his full term in over. I have a web site to coordinate prayers where people can sign up for as many 15 minute slots as they wish to pray for Trump at http://signup.com/go/gTgcgFS. The witches have a vigil against Trump to remove him from office. http://insider.foxnews.com/…/witches-cast-spell-donald-trum… Can God’s people do any less to help Trump than witches who are trying to remove him?
Prayer That President Trump Might Complete His Term
Holy Father, thank You for granting us a season of grace by giving us President Donald J. Trump. We praise Your great power and wisdom that were evident in his election against all odds. We thank You that through him You have let us enjoy Your civilization for a while longer. We thank You for Your love and grace and wisdom that are evident from morning till evening, day unto day, and night unto night. Blessed be Your Name! Lord, please extend Your grace even more by protecting him to permit him to finish his term. Lord, grant us grace that You would jam the enemy’s radar, so that he cannot see us or get to us and cannot send reinforcements to hinder this prayer. Please scramble the enemy’s frequencies that he may be hindered in his response against us.
Almighty God, THANK YOU for answering our prayers to confuse the enemy and destroy the works of darkness. We stand amazed as we witness You dismantling the enemy’s weapons against righteousness. We pray Your will be done in and through President Trump in America and throughout the world. We declare victory in the Name above all names – the mighty Name of Jesus!
Thank You Father for letting Your children see Your mighty hand at work in our favor!!! We thank You for the angelic protection around the good people helping President Trump to do Your will for America and to keep Your agenda! Please expose all the corruption in the government and bring it to justice! In Jesus’ name.
Almighty God You arise and Your enemies are scattered and those who hate Your Holy Name flee from Your Face, because the war is for God and the victory is for Him and by Him and for him who You have raised up, even President Trump through our Lord Jesus Christ to Your Name’s honor and glory.
Thank You, Father God, for blessing President Trump. By Your grace and in the Blood of Jesus Christ we bind all evil, and all evildoers that lie in wait against our President Donald J Trump and his family and those who are around him. We pray that no harm comes to Your chosen one. May the wicked be backed down and stumble by Your mighty hands Father God. Amen, and the glory goes to our glorious Father God.
We are humbled and grateful for Your Faithfulness Oh Lord among Your people by giving us a deliverer in President Trump in spite of our unworthiness. We give You HONOR, PRAISE and GLORY, and we ask grace that You would move President Trump to comply with Your will to end the slaughter of innocent babies, in Jesus Name, amen.
We pray that Your Spirit and hand of protection rests upon President Trump, Vice President Pence, their families and the Administration. Give them peace in the midst of conflict and stay the hand of the enemy. You know the constant attempts to assassinate his character; and You also know those who plot to assassinate his body. Just as You walked through the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, we ask You to be with President Trump; protect him and let him come through the fire with not even the smell of smoke, we pray in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ.
Almighty God, we pray against the culture of hostility, violence and death being fueled by the media and liberalism. We pray against those who seek to demonize and destroy President Trump. May that which they seek to do to President Trump rebound upon their own selves. Thank You for a courageous president who is willing to stand up to Washington corruption, career politicians, and the media in order to Make America Great Again – and turn her back to You again. We pray for truth to prevail and we ask You to bless and multiply the effectiveness of his efforts. In Jesus Name!!
Almighty God, we thank You for exposing the Washington swamp-corrupt career politicians who war against Your Will, President Trump and the will of the American people. We pray against those who lie in wait, seeking to ensnare our President. Let them fall into their own traps. We pray that the silent majority will once again unify, rise up, speak up and help President Trump to drain the swamp. We pray that President Trump will rise up to protect the innocent and repeal the law that lets mothers kill their unborn babies.
Lord God, we plead the Blood over America in Your name. Please send Your mighty armies to defeat the forces of evil that would seek to destroy it.
Father, we pray against the godless Politically Correct agenda. We pray against this tool Satan employs to deceive and to manipulate minds to call evil “good” and good “evil”. Let us win this war over the adversary who seeks to silence Christians and promote evil. We ask You to strengthen President Trump as he stands and speaks Truth. Speak to him and through him.
Our Father, we lift up the president to You and pray that the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit and the shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace be firmly secure on him. Let no weapon be formed against him and place a legion of angels around him if necessary.
Almighty God, we pray against lies from the pit of hell in the form of “Fake news” and “Anonymous sources.” We ask You to expose and destroy every source of deception and every false witness – the children of Satan who delight in lying against our President and his administration. We pray this in the all-powerful Name of Jesus.
Dear Father, we ask that You hear our president’s prayer! May his prayerful voice echo through the hallways of Heaven. We pray that angels stand ready near his side as he fights the evil darkness that desires to destroy this world! Let him know about what to pray. Give him strength. Give him resolve. Give him victory. May he lead America to repentance, and grant grace to our nation that he may finish his term.
Heavenly Father we come to You in the Name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We acknowledge You as the supreme ruler of our lives and Savior of men. Lord Jesus, we pray for protection against the evil powers that are coming against Donald Trump and Your will through witchcraft and evil deeds. Lord Jesus Christ we ask You according to Your promise that whatever we ask in Your name to the glory of the Father You would do it. Lord, we remind You of what You said in John 14:13-14 that whatever we shall ask in Your name, that You will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Lord, we ask to God’s glory for You to bind Satan and all demonic-evil spirits and render them powerless against us. We pray their ears would be deaf, their eyes blind, and their voices mute to these we are praying for now, through the rest of today, into the night watches, and into tomorrow afternoon.
Lord, be a high wall about Donald Trump and be his strong tower! Be a mighty defense against all evil and all danger from without and within. Let Your glory shine over him and around him as You guide him to be Your faithful servant and helper of many. Turn aside all evil sorceries and enchantments and let their own evil turn upon those who sent it in accordance with the righteousness of Your law (Dt 19:16-19). We pray Lord for justice against those that seek to steal the presidency from President Trump. May You require it of them in accordance with Your principles of right doing (Ex 22:1, 7)! Be a shield and mighty bulwark against all harm for him and his administration. May Your mighty angels guard and protect him against the powers of darkness, the forces of evil, and their minions among the sons of men. We pray he would follow Your plan and not try to impose his own. We pray that President Trump would complete his term.
Holy Father, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness arrayed against us in constant vigil in opposition to Your Son and all that is good. As we stand in the breach in this vigil against all evil power without and within in accordance with Your expressed will, we ask You would surround Donald Trump with a mighty fortress of protection against all evil. As we lift up our petition to Thy throne of Grace, we confess our sins and repent, and we fortify a mighty wall of prayer about Donald Trump and invoke Your mighty power in defense of our brother. We ask that You stop the effect of these evil powers as they rise up in unison against him. We ask You, our Mighty Lord, for You are gracious and full of compassion, for You, and You alone have all power in heaven and on earth, and You sustain the afflicted and the oppressed. Your ears are open to the cry of the righteous, and we plead the power of the Blood of Christ to cleanse and make holy and sustain Donald Trump, his friends, and his family.
We ask for Your help, Oh, Lord, for apart from You, we can do nothing. We stand in Your power and grace, and in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we refuse to accept any wrong prayers, wrong words, declarations, and decrees, said about, or against Donald Trump, his friends, and loved ones. We repudiate and annul in the name of Christ those harmful words that are not the will of God, or that are God’s Word that has been exploited or said with a wrong heart or motive to override, control, manipulate, hex, vex, bewitch, confuse, distract, disrupt, and redirect Donald Trump, his friends, his loved ones, his staff, and his supporters in any ungodly way, to adversely affect our minds, wills, hearts, desires, emotions, thoughts, attitudes, ways, and to cause our spirits torment and to afflict us in pain or to cause us to err, and we pray President Trump would complete his term.
Lord, there are those arrayed against us who are deceived in themselves thinking they are using Your power but are drawing on the powers of darkness. Lord Jesus Christ, as these people continue sending forth these wrong prayers, spells, curses, witchcraft curses, witchcraft, voodoos, sorceries, enchantments, incantations, black magic, white magic words, power of wrong words, and have not repented, but continue in their wicked ways, we ask You Lord to deliver them of their strong delusion and send strong conviction upon them in Your love and mercy. We pray for their deliverance out of the snare in which Satan has entangled them. May their power be rendered powerless. We pray you would destroy all their evil seeds. Lord Jesus, we ask that they would lose all interest and power in doing any evil. Destroy all covenants with others who pray in agreement with them and their unrighteous agreements and the power of them. We repudiate their evil in the name of Jesus and by the power of His blood. Lord we ask that these deceived ones will only hear Your Voice and will not listen to a strange voice. Lord we ask You to delete all evil coming against President Trump, his friends, his loved ones, and anyone or anything affected by their evil, including all evil residues, pains, evil spirits, effects, side effects, errors and stings. The ones who know full well what they are doing but persist out of evil, we ask for them, Lord, that what they seek to inflict on President Donald Trump, his friends, and his loved ones be returned upon their own heads in accordance with Your own righteous judgments. May they be caught in their own snare. May their own evil net prove to be their own undoing. Oh Mighty God, we ask that as the wicked ones seek to steal the presidency from President Donald Trump that You require of them what they seek to do to President Trump in accordance with Your divine will.
You are the God of all Creation, the God Who made everything we see around us in this glorious creation; the God of the past, the present, and the future; the great I AM. Your Will and Your Plan for us lie above, beyond, behind, before and through us every moment of every day. Help President Trump, Father, to listen to Your Spirit and grant that he will be among the meek who inherit Your kingdom on earth. Guide our President, we pray, Lord, with Your divine wisdom and understanding.
If it be Your Will, help President Trump to realize his stated goals for the renewal of our nation. We pray he would complete his term. Let him lead our nation in a great revival of trust and hope in You and obedience to You. Bring down the walls of hate and indifference to You and bring down the walls of hatred between brethren. Let Americans be united in service to You. Let him lead America in a great revival of dedication to You and love for You. Let him lead us to exercise godliness in our conduct among the nations. In Jesus’ name! Amen!
May the love President Trump shows for his family be an inspiration and role model. We pray for the protection of every member, including Don Jr and Vanessa in their role as parents to five children; Don Jr and Eric for wisdom in the running of the Trump Organization, health for Eric’s newborn child and Lara as a new mother. We pray for protection, Lord, for all the grandchildren and personal staffs of this family, and we pray that they may have righteousness in their lives. We pray for Your comfort and presence with Donald Trump as he sustains his faith and his family regardless of the great scrutiny and hostility of the dishonest mainstream media.
We pray especially for our First Lady, whose shy and artistic nature, tenacity and devotion to family life are now on view. May she draw strength from You for every day and in all new situations, Father God.
We pray for strength and unity for their marriage as they sacrifice their privacy and luxury to assume their roles as First Family.
We pray also that every spiritual and physical need will be met for every member of President Trump’s staff, the vice-president, the Cabinet, the three branches of our government, and all leaders and officials who can hear Your voice. Your Son came to bring them truth, His word is truth, and may they hear the Word and follow the Truth. May each of them consult Your Word and pray to You and with one another for the renewal of America’s Founding Principles of devotion to God, individual freedoms, free enterprise and free expression. May each of them serve You, the true and living God. May each of them carry the well-being of the People and of the brave military at the top of their minds and hearts as they perform their duties for our nation.
Sustain President Trump as a leader, strategist, planner, protector, and teacher of the People, both empowered and restrained by Your Will. May he faithfully defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. May he seek the Lord his God with all his heart.
We especially ask for the repentance of America that Your grace may continue. May the nation turn from its evil to serve the true and living God. May America fulfill her destiny. May America seek You with her whole heart. May he repeal the laws that permit women to kill their babies. May President Trump lead us in a restoration of the rule of law and the utterance of public truths by Your chosen leaders. We ask these blessings for the betterment of America and the world and for the restoration of righteousness around the world.
We ask that You make President Trump strong in the faith of our fathers, and steadfast in his obedience to the founding documents and principles of the once great land of America. May You guide him to do all Your will.
Open the heart of President Trump and his advisors to hear and respond to the Gospel message if they do not know You. Acts 16:14
Help President Trump and his advisors to accept wise counsel. Proverbs 11:14; 15:22
Teach President Trump to trust in You. Psalm 21:7
Protect President Trump and his advisors from the influence of the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Give President Trump and his advisors discretion, foresight, and understanding in making decisions. 1 Chronicles 22:12
Deliver President Trump and his advisors from opinions contrary to Your Word. Psalm 119:105
Enable President Trump and his advisors to carry out their duties with humility toward You and toward others. 1 Peter 5:5
Give President Trump and his advisors the courage to do the right thing even when urged to do the wrong thing. Proverbs 2:11–15
Give President Trump and his advisors a tender heart of compassion and love toward the people of America. Colossians 3:12
We pray that President Trump would complete his term.
We ask You to destroy the Adversary’s lies in the heavenlies; his suggestions, Words of God spoken with wrong intent of heart, exploits of and misuse of God’s word; God’s words twisted around for a selfish purpose, misuse of God’s authority; twisted and exploited authority, exploits of darkness, trafficking in darkness, along with their evil roots, seeds, trees, fruits, and fallow ground in Jesus Name, amen!
Lord Jesus we ask You to destroy anything coming against President Donald Trump, his friends and his family from the kingdom of darkness (a) through the rest of this day, (b) through the night watches, and (c) into tomorrow in Jesus Name, amen!
We ask You, Lord Jesus Christ, according to John 14:13-14 that You totally remove all that have been, are, or will come against, hinder, obstruct, or block President Trump and his administration of their giftings, Anointings, the Presence of God, their activations, empowerments, impartations, discernment and/or the flow of the Holy Spirit in their lives. May God’s desires, will, emotions, thoughts, attitudes, ways, creative power, and anything else of God have free course in his life, his administrators’ lives, and his loved ones lives.
Lord Jesus we ask You according to John 14:13-14 to destroy all the wrong words spoken, the doors, doorways, entrances, prayers, declarations, decrees, evil, piercing words, their powers, their spines, their works, tactics, smoke screens, distractions, and lies; their ungodly, worldly and deceiving sensations; their disruptions, deceptions, delusions, and illusions; their lying, seducing, perverse, and unclean, lascivious spirits; their evil seeds, roots, fruits, entanglements, trees, fallow ground, and links; their yokes, chains, fetters, irons, shackles, bands, evil tentacles, darkness, darts, arrows, claws, assignments, assaults, attacks, and messengers of darkness, with their effects, adverse effects, side effects, pricks, stings, offenses, pins, needles, ensnarement, entrapments, entanglements, ensorcellments, traps, snares, prisons, poisons, and residues, and destroy these things out of, off of, and away from President Trump, his loved ones, his administration, and from his friends, brothers and sisters, our houses, cars, lands, properties, work places, schools, government officials, church members, and from us.
Father God, we pray You would grant President Trump the grace to have clean hands and a pure heart. May he bear the fruit of the Spirit and show bountiful love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Add to him the Christian graces. Grant him grace to add to his faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly-kindness; and to brotherly-kindness love. May these things be in him and abound that he would be neither barren nor unfruitful in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We pray You would renew his mind. Grant that he will be transformed by the renewing of his mind and be conformed to Your image. Let Christ be formed in him. May he glorify Your name. We pray that President Trump’s love for You may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment and depth of insight, so that he may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, being filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God. We pray that President Trump would complete his term. In Jesus Name! Amen!
We pray You would destroy and reverse from President Trump and his administration all mental blocks and hindrances whether emotional, psychological, and/or physiological effects and trauma, all suppressing, nullifying, neutralizing effects, adverse effects on neurons, any memory loss, paralysis, stunning, fear of man, demonic-evil holds, instruments of unrighteousness, and spells. We pray You would remove from him and his administration all profanities, smooth sayings, and flattery. We pray You would guard President Trump from flirting, persuasions, seduction due to evil, disobedience, pride, unbridled tongue, doctrines of demons, false doctrines, believing a lie, following after false prophets and teachers, being, thinking, or acting contrary to the Word, confusing and debilitating schemes, plans, distractions, false accusations, trauma, bitter root judgments, emotional manipulation, inattentiveness, piercing and probing of his soul.
We pray You would protect President Trump and his administration from all weapons of witchcraft, all forms of witchcraft piercings, astral projections of all types, evil influences, false prophecy-dreams-visions-deception-hidden agendas, words requiring that “we would hear as they hear” or words to “do as they want”, sexual perverseness, selfishness, self centeredness, rebellion, consulting mediums, fear of man, legalism, fear, doubt and unbelief, deafness, dumbness, discouragement and despair, obsessiveness, compulsiveness, covetousness, lack of control, wrong attitudes of a lone ranger, self pity, victim mentality, patterns of destruction, mocking, impurity, murderous thoughts, adulterous thoughts, false words, rejection, memory problems, name dropping, pornography, evil promptings, chaotic magic, black magic, white magic, sorcery, oppression, depression, secretiveness, scars, unforgiveness, stubbornness-rebellion, wondering, and condemnation. We pray You to release warring angels to war on our behalf and destroy all attacks and assaults of the enemy coming against us throughout this day, the night watches, and into tomorrow.
Lord we ask You to release Your ministering angels to attend to President Trump and his administration (a) through the rest of this day, (b) through the night watches, and (c) into tomorrow in Jesus Name, amen!
We ask You Lord Jesus Christ, according to John 14:13-14 to deliver President Trump from self condemnation, demonic condemnation, wrong soul ties, separation, sexual sin, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, bitterness, anger, resentment, strife, seeds of deception, and vain imaginations. We pray You would deliver President Trump and his advisors from enchantments, smoke screens, divination, diverting attention, paranoia, enslavement to anything except God, torments, pains, aches, seduction, control by the flesh, control by others, vile affections, soul ties, cords and lay-cords. We pray You would protect him from robbing of energy, doors of all types not of God, lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, bondages, slavery, pride of life, adultery, fornication, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, lying feelings, curses, ringing of the ears, compromise, avoidance, jealousy, fear, fear of what is coming against him, spiritual pride, practicing a sin habitually, words not initiated or willed of God, false motives and results of these attacks. Please let President Trump complete his term.
We pray You would bless President Trump that he might sow to the Spirit and sow love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, virtue, knowledge, patience, godliness, and brotherly kindness that he, his family, the nation, and the world might reap the fruit thereof. We pray he would sow peace and truth that he might reap the peaceable fruits of righteousness. We pray he would be without fear, except the fear of God, because of his trust in You and his love for You.
We pray You would protect President Trump and his administration from assaults including aches, pains, headaches, migraines, infirmities, infections, diseases, sinus disorders, sleeplessness, nausea, cancer, and etcetera. We pray You would protect him from memes, EMPs, demons, dragons, evil giants, clones, artificial intelligence, hybrids, cyborgs, zombies, vampires, werewolves, Stone-R and the like, death ray, robots, mind control, MKUltra, Operation Monarch operatives and the like, drones, minions, evil forces and/or powers sent upon him and upon us. We pray You would deliver him from all hindrances and obstacles not of You. We ask You, Lord Jesus Christ, that You would fill President Trump and his administration with Your truth and that our people would recognize, receive, and walk in Your truth and revelations. We pray for Your shield and protection for President Trump, the lives of his loved ones, his family members, and friends, his houses, cars, vehicles, lands, properties, work places, schools, government officials, church members, and for us. We ask You Lord Jesus to keep us from receiving and walking in or under any of the influences of ALL wrong words, sorceries, all unrighteous agreements, their power, demons, pain, curses, and generational curses, all the days of our lives, down ten generations, in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, amen!
We ask You, Lord Jesus Christ, that You fill in all areas in President Trump’s life and in each of our lives (which have been set free in our spirit, soul, and body) with Your Holy Ghost and Power, Tangible Anointing, Tangible Presence, Your Healing Virtue, Your Strength, Your Peace, Your Joy, Your Unity, Your Character and Nature to overflowing! Lord please restore all Godly memories and those we need, the flow of Your Anointing through us to touch the lives of others, with all the spiritual abilities.
Lord Jesus, focus us on the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that we only Hear Your Voice and the voices of those you send, walking in the fear of the Lord, being led by the Holy Spirit and Your discernment spiritually and naturally, giving heed to Your signs and wonders and Your creative gifts flowing forth to set the captives free, to make the lame to walk, to cause the blind to see, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Lord fill us with Your Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but Your Truth to overflowing. Hide us in Your secret place underneath Your wings that the enemy cannot see us nor get to us, and these for whom we are praying and interceding. If the enemy even starts to come near President Trump, any of his family members, his administration, or these for whom we are praying, we ask You in accordance to Your Word to throw the enemy and these witches or people who are and have come against President Trump and his administration into a deep staggering confusion from which they cannot recover unless they TRULY repent. We ask You to destroy all their evil plans, schemes, and assignments set against President Trump, his administration, and these for whom we are praying and all evil plans against our lands, properties, persons, and etcetera. Lord those that would hurt President Trump mentally, hurt him emotionally, use him, take advantage over him or harm him in any way; we pray You would keep them from coming near him. Lord we pray Psalms 35 aloud against the enemy.
Psalms 35:1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with [Your people]; Fight against those who fight against [Your servants].
2 Take hold of buckler and shield And rise up for [the help of President Trump and his administration].
3 Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue [us]; Say to [President Trump and his administration], “I am your salvation.”
4 Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek [his] life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against [him].
5 Let them be like chaff before the wind, With the angel of the LORD driving them on.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery, With the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7 For without cause they hid their net for [President Trump and his administration]; Without cause they dug a pit for [them].
8 Let destruction come upon [the evil doers] unawares, And let the net which [they have] hidden catch [themselves]; Into that very destruction let [them] fall.
9 ¶And my soul shall rejoice in the LORD; It shall exult in His salvation.
10 All my bones will say, “LORD, who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”
11 Malicious witnesses rise up; They ask [him] of things that [he does] not know.
12 They repay [him] evil for good, To the bereavement of [his] soul.
[NIV]13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14 I went about as though it were my friend or brother; I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother.
[Yet he did good to them and for them]
15 But at [Donald Trump’s] stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together; The smiters whom [he] did not know gathered together against [him], They slandered [him] without ceasing.
16 Like godless jesters at a feast, They gnashed at [him] with their teeth.
17 ¶Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue [his] soul from their ravages, [his] only life from the lions.
18 I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among a mighty throng.
19 Do not let those who are wrongfully [his] enemies rejoice over [him]; Nor let those who hate [him] without cause wink maliciously.
20 For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
21 They opened their mouth wide against [him]; They said, “Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!”
22 ¶You have seen it, O LORD, do not keep silent; O Lord, do not be far from [him].
23 Stir up Yourself, and awake to [his] right And to [our] cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge [him], O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness, And do not let them rejoice over [him].
25 Do not let them say in their heart, “Aha, our desire!” Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up!”
26 Let those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at [his] distress; Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over [him].
27Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor [his] vindication; And let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”
28 And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praise all day long.
Thank You, Lord, for Your help with this people and this land, and we pray that President Trump would complete his term.
Lord we ask that Your Presence and Your Light arise and shine around about us, and through us, and You would be glorified in us and in me. Lord, be over us, in us, and through us completely. Lord bind my mind to the Mind of Christ, and my will to Your Perfect Will. Lord Jesus keep my heart filled and saturated with Your Heart and Love to overflowing now and throughout all the days of my life here on Earth and into Eternity with You! Lord, come into me in all Your fullness and all Your glory. Come Lord Jesus into me that I can become Jesus to the world. Lord Jesus cause me to hear Your Voice and the voices of those You send only, not that of a demonic or evil spirit, nor strange voice. As You promised, Lord, let us not be deceived. Lord Jesus Christ activate everything You have placed in us to perform and be released to touch the lives of others and bring Your Life and Heaven here on Earth. May we be enabled to fulfill our destiny. Lord, give us this day our daily bread. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven in Jesus Christ’s Holy Name! Amen!
Holy Father, You founded America on the principles of Your ancient law and on the governance of King Jesus. In the same way that You brought destruction upon ancient Israel when they forsook Your way, even so we understand that You will bring judgment upon America for forsaking You, and, like the Lord Jesus, we pray for Your mercy and grace. Lord, we are reminded of the prayer of Nehemiah when he heard the wall of Jerusalem was broken down, for we see your favor toward President Trump is the main thing standing between America and a similar fate. With Nehemiah, we also fast and pray before the God of heaven for the repentance of the once great nation of America:
Nehemiah 1:5 And we [say]: “We pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, 6 please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which we pray before You for [President Trump and his people], [and] Your servants, and confess the sins of [America] which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and we have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant [Jesus and Your servant] Moses.
8 Remember, [we pray], the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; 9 but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’
10 Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. 11 O Lord, we pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let [President Trump and] Your servant prosper this day, we pray, and grant [us] mercy [in Your sight].”
Give President Trump and his advisors the courage to do the right thing though they are threatened with death to the ones they love. Let them do as You command them and trust in Your ability to keep their loved ones safe. Grant them discretion and understanding and deliver them from the way of the evil man, and we pray the way and words of Proverbs 2:11–15 be on President Trump:
Proverbs 2:11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,
13 who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
Thank You for hearing our prayer and for Your provision for our lives. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord our God. May Your Name be praised both now and forevermore.
In Jesus’ Holy Name,
Prayer for repentance in America:
Oh Most loving and kind Father, Your endless grace and mercy flows forth. Before granting the gift of absolution to earnest repenters of sinful ways, You demanded justice would be served for sinful men through the death of their Creator, for a wrongful act cannot be rectified until the just penalty has been paid! Yes, for the salvation of my soul, Jesus, You accepted the price of the cross! Grant me the grace to remain free of debts, my heart remaining flawless before You, making Your absolution truly worthwhile in me! Behold me at Thy feet, O Jesus of Nazareth, behold the most wretched of creatures, who comes into Thy presence humbled and penitent!
Have mercy on me, Father, according to Thy great mercy! I have sinned, yet my soul belongs to Thee, for Thou hast created it, and redeemed it with the Precious Blood of Christ. Ah, grant that Thy redeeming work be not in vain in me! Have pity on me; give me tears of true repentance; pardon me for I am Thy child; pardon me as Thou didst pardon the penitent thief; look upon me from Thy throne in heaven and give me Thy blessing.
Lord Jesus, we know that forgiveness and repentance go hand-in-hand in a Christian’s life. May we always forgive others as we ask for forgiveness ourselves. Lord, help us to repent, for without repentance, we know we are liable of judgment from God. Lord, help us to forgive, for if we withhold forgiveness to others, forgiveness will also be withheld from us. Lord as we pray these prayers focusing on forgiveness and repentance, may we all strive to live as holy as possible by allowing the Spirit to convict us of our sins and to forgive others that sin against us, and let President Trump complete his term.
There are no words to express how filthy I am every time I break Your heart. The guilt and the shame are overwhelming! Lord, I need Your touch right now. I am so sick of being “born again” and still doing the things I hate doing. Like Paul, I am conflicted. “For I do not do what I want but do the very thing that I hate.” (Romans 7:15) I am so sorry! Father, I ask for Your forgiveness right now. I am shocked that my life has come to a point where even some sins don’t affect me at all. Father, I have some hard layers on my heart that need peeling. Please give me a 100% heart of flesh. The hardness is a barrier between us that I can’t stand! I love You and I am so regrettably sorry for my selfish actions. Thank You for Your forgiveness, Lord. Without forgiveness I am doomed. With Your forgiveness I am whole again. I pray You would bring America to repentance, forgive her and let President Trump complete his term. I praise Your Name for Your great goodness! In Jesus’ Name we pray! Amen!
Strength To Forgive Others
With Your forgiveness I am whole again. I praise Your Name! Amen!
I can’t seem to shake the harm that’s been done to me off my shoulders. Sometimes I am wallowing in the anger I feel. Lord, forgive me for any vengeful thoughts that I have. You have called me to forgive every single person that wrongs me. I need Your strength to overcome these trespasses against me. Father, I want to forgive these people. Please cast the devil’s evil ways from me. I want to look at these people and see lost souls that need You. I want to forgive them completely so that You can use me however You wish, to be Jesus to them. Father, I am done with holding these grudges! Forgive me for holding on to them. I cast this burden at Your throne now. Do with me as You please Father to Your Name’s honor and glory. I love You and thank You for Your patience with me in Jesus’ Name! Amen!
Why do You forgive us? I am so thankful for Your endless supply of forgiveness! I can’t fathom how You do it for even one person, yet You do this for every single person! The compassion and grace and mercy that flow from You is absolutely amazing, and I love You for it! Thank You so much for forgiving me every time I sin! You are worthy to be praised! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!
Repentance For Unbelievers
Father in heaven,
My heart grieves for those that do not want to know You. They are lost souls wandering wherever the devil takes them. They are indulging their own desires of the flesh instead of yearning for the life that You give. Father, use me or anyone that You please to show Christ-like love to them. Father, I love these men and women and to think of them in eternal torment is tormenting me! Please let me bring them the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please let me help with the harvest. I pray that the good seeds that are planted in them Lord will be grown by You. You make miracles happen every day and I pray that You make one today in the lives of the lost. I pray in Your Son’s Holy Name! Amen!
Forgiveness For Children
Just as Job continually offered burnt offerings to You for the forgiveness of his children, (Job 1:5) I am praying for the forgiveness of mine. Lord, only You know what they have done. If they have sinned against You I pray that You would forgive them. I pray You would draw them unto You. I pray the eyes of their understanding would be enlightened. I pray that they would seek repentance to make things right with You. Lord, if there is any sin that needs to be forgiven, I pray that You would soften their hearts, lead them to repentance and bring them safely into Your arms of grace and mercy. I thank You for Your unlimited love for us! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!
You are all-powerful! Even Your thoughts produce action, and without Your thoughts there is no action. I pray for our leaders in the government. Lord, they also have power, because you gave it to them, though theirs is limited, and I pray they would use it as You intended to Your Name’s honor and glory. I pray that they would use their positions wisely, for You are the One who has allowed them to lead us, and they are indebted to You. We need strong men and women of faith in these kinds of roles, and I pray You would put people of faith in positions of power and guard them. I pray that our men and women in authority will strive to live godly lives and to repent when necessary. We observe that in the unregenerate, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”, and You have given them power, and they are at risk. I pray You would guard them from corruption, and if there is any corruption, I pray that our leaders would repent and ask for forgiveness, so that our country doesn’t fall apart. If there is any corruption, and they will not repent, I pray they would be brought to justice. I pray You would protect President Trump from all the actions of evil leaders who seek his destruction, and I pray You would let him complete his term. I pray he would repeal the law allowing the murder of babies. I thank You for our leaders and pray for their safety. I love You Father! In Jesus’ Name! Amen! I pray for our leader, President Trump, that You would guide him to not divide Israel.
Our Apostles and Prophets and Pastors and Evangelists and Teachers
I pray for those to whom You have given gifts: the apostles, prophets, pastors, evangelists and teachers around the world. Lord, for these gifted ones to do their jobs, they must teach, and replicate their office in others. If there is any unconfessed sin hindering their teaching, I pray that You would bring them to the deepest valleys if that is what it takes to get them back on the narrow path. We need strong teachers leading our congregations. I pray that You would use the people closest to their teachers to keep them accountable. Lord, accountability is a must in every Christian’s life. I thank You for our teachers, Lord, for they have a huge role to play here on earth, and I pray You would give them abundant opportunities to teach. They have many big responsibilities and I am so grateful that they accept the challenges of teaching. I love You, Lord! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!
There exists a controversy among Christians as to whether Christmas is sinful or not. The camp that believes Christmas is sinful cites Galatians 4:8 as evidence that God disapproves of the observation of days, months, seasons and years. Those that observe Christmas as a Christian holiday cite the liberty in Romans 14:5 to keep whatever Christian holiday one wishes. The way proponents use the texts, they are arrayed in contradiction against each other. Let us look at these texts and see if they are a contradiction.
Galatians 4:8 However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.
9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?
10 You observe days and months and seasons and years.
11 I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.
Galatians 4:8-11 prohibits keeping certain days, months, seasons and years to honor weak and worthless elemental things. There exists, however, another scripture that clearly teaches Christians have liberty to celebrate whatever day they want:
Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
Reconciling the verses
How can one reconcile Paul’s rebuke of the Galatians for keeping holidays with Paul’s admonition in his Roman epistle to not judge brethren for their observance or non-observance of holidays (Rom 14:13)? Let’s analyze the context of Galatians 4:8-11. First we note that Galatians 4:8 references the previous idolatry of the Galatians. Then Paul said they were going back to their pagan practices of worshipping the “weak and worthless elements” (v8) and Paul was concerned lest he had bestowed labor in the gospel on the Galatians “in vain” (v11).
What are “the weak and beggarly elements” (KJV)? The NASU translates the phrase like this: “the weak and worthless elemental things”. It is clear in both translations that something in the context is weak and worthless, but what are the elements/elemental things? “Elements” is translated from stoicheion. Thayer recognizes meanings for stoicheion such as “alphabet”, “the material causes of the universe”, “fundamental principles”, and “the heavenly bodies”. Of these four things, only the heavenly bodies would be something the Galatians had once done “service unto them which by nature are no gods”, i.e. the sun, moon, and stars. The service of the heavenly bodies was practically universal among the non-Hebrew ancients from the days of Moses onward, as this passage from Deuteronomy 4:19 shows:
Deuteronomy 4:19 And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.
20 But Jehovah hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as at this day.
The Galatians had once been part of those heathen that from the days of Abraham God had given up to the worship of the host of heaven and other created things (Rom 1:25). The worship of the stoichieon, the heavenly bodies, involved observing the first of the month when Juno (Jupiter’s wife) was worshipped at the time of the new moon. The nones were celebrated on the 5th or 7th of the month in celebration of the half moon. The ides on the 13th or 15th celebrated the day of the full moon. In ancient Rome December 25th was Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (“Birthday of the Unconquered Sun”). There were other festivals in honor of the celestial gods of the heavenly hosts.
If we understand Paul’s statement of the Galatians turning again “to the weak and beggarly elements” “which by nature are no gods” as meaning the Galatians were turning back to idolatry and the worship of the host of heaven, then admonition about observing days and months and times and years takes on new significance. The Galatians were honoring these “elements” by observing the times of the celestial bodies they worshipped such as the new moon, quarter moon, full moon, and rebirth of the sun after the winter solstice.
Taken in the light of a rebuke against a return to the worship of the host of heaven and honoring those created things that are by nature no gods, Paul’s statements about not observing holidays and having the liberty to observe holidays do not contradict each other. Paul’s rebuke in Galatians 4:11 springs from his concern over the Galatians return to keeping holidays that honored the heavenly host. Paul’s admonition in Romans 14:10 to not judge a brother with regard to whether he keeps a holiday to God or not is in accord with the liberty we have in Christ Jesus. Christians that honor the birth of Christ at Christmas do not contradict Paul’s warning against keeping pagan festivals. Christians that keep a festival to honor the birth of Christ should not criticize those that do not keep the festival and those that do not keep the festival should not criticize those that do. Keeping this holiday or not is a matter of Christian liberty.
I also notice the fact that the date of Christmas is the same as the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. December 25th is also the anniversary of murders, fornication, drunkenness, and war, but that does not mean we celebrate these evils by honoring Christ on that day. While it is more likely that Jesus was born in August after the summer harvest ended, since the best Bible clue as to the time of His birth is the fact the shepherds were then keeping watch over their flocks in the field by night, we cannot be certain. In the winter (e.g. December 25th) the sheep would more likely be kept in a sheepfold near the house rather than in the open field. Though it is likely the date of the celebration of the birth of Christ was influenced by paganism, the fact of His birth is biblical (Lk 2:7).
The Example of God Celebrating the Birth of Christ
It is also factual that the Lord God considered the event of Jesus’ birth significant enough that “when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him” (Heb 1:6). At the command of God angels celebrated Jesus’ birth with a proclamation of His birth to shepherds near Bethlehem (Lk 2:8-12). Following the proclamation of Jesus’ birth, angels celebrated God blessing the world with the birth of His Son and pronounced blessings of peace on the earth (Lk 2:14). If God celebrated Jesus’ birth and commanded the angels to celebrate it, it is certainly appropriate under Christian liberty that Christians could do so. Since Christmas is not commanded, Christians are at liberty to not celebrate it. There should be no chastisement of others whatever one decides to do about the day.
On the day of Pentecost when the church was established, Peter delivered the first gospel sermon and he quoted from Joel chapter 2 and said the world is now in the last days. In the account of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 Peter said the miracles happening on the day of Pentecost were “this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel” and Joel’s prophecies were coming to pass on that very day. Joel said his prophecy would come to pass in the last days, and Peter in essence said, “This is it!”, but what are the last days? In this study we will show that the last days go from Pentecost to the coming of Christ, and the days mentioned are two in number.
Joel’s prophecies cover a gamut of events from the pouring out of the Spirit on Pentecost to the day of darkness at the coming of the Lord. Those events cover 2000 years. We know “last days” must be more than one day, but how can “last days” last 2000 years? If you have 2000 years to go till the end of the world, how could Peter say he was in the last days in AD 33? To see the answer we need to step back from the day of Pentecost and get the big picture.
Peter says in 2 Peter 3:8, “a thousand years [is] as one day”. Peter’s quote is from Psalms 90:4 that reads, “For a thousand years in thy sight are as the yesterday which is past, and as a watch in the night” (Septuagint, Sir Lancelot Brenton version, 1851). Using Peter’s paradigm we can construct the following figure:
The six, 24-hour days of creation are a type of the six, thousand-year days from Adam to the Second Coming (2Pe 3:8). Peter said Pentecost was in the last days (Acts 2:16). The events of the last days extend from Pentecost to the Second Coming (“before that great and notable day of the Lord come” Acts 2:20). That time covers two-thousand years. That is two days in the 1000-years-to-a-day motif. These 2 days are the “last days”. At the end of these days, Jesus will return.
The last days go from Pentecost to the end of the world, but the events prophesied by Joel do not occur on every day of the 24 hour days during that time, because miracles ceased at some point during the last days (1 Cor 13:8-10). In spite of the cessation of miracles for a time, we should note that Joel prophesies miracles will occur in both days 5 and 6 (the last days, plural) of the 1000-year days from Pentecost to the end of the age.
There is an interesting prophecy that is literally fulfilled using the 1000-years-as-a-day motif. The fulfillment of this prophecy helps us to see the validity of taking Joel’s last days to be two, thousand-year days. In Genesis 2 God forbade Adam from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God warned that in the day that Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, he would die. Adam did eat of the fruit, but he did not die physically on that day, but physical death apparently is what God meant by “thou shalt surely die”. We can know God was warning Adam of physical death in Genesis 2:17, for later God placed a sword and an angel at the gate to Eden to forbid Adam’s return “lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever” (Gen 3:22). God put the sword and angel at the gate in order that Adam might die physically. Obviously, Adam did not die physically on the 24-hour day when he ate the forbidden fruit or none of us would be here. How then did God tell the truth? The way that God was true is that Adam died when he was 930 years old (Gen 5:5). Adam died physically on the first 1000-year day, just like God warned. If Adam can only fulfill God’s prophecy by dying during the first 1000-year day, then we have a validation of God’s use of the 1000-year days, and God’s use of them validates our use of them to explain Joel 2 and Acts 2, because all of Joel’s prophesied events did not happen during the first 24-hour day on Pentecost or even the first 1000-year day from Pentecost to the close of the first millennium after Christ.
Often Joel’s last days are understood to be the last days of the Jewish nation based on the “this generation” of Matthew 24:34 being Jesus’ generation and Matthew 24:29’s darkening of the sun having to take place while “this generation” still lives. Peter said what happened on Pentecost was part of the last days, but the thousand-years-is-a-day motif requires the last days cover 2000 years. Obviously, everything Joel prophesied did not happen on the day of Pentecost, and all of it has not happened even yet. For example, all flesh did not receive the Spirit on Pentecost; only the Jews did. The daughters did not prophesy on Pentecost. Old men did not dream dreams on Pentecost. There was not blood and fire and vapor of smoke on Pentecost nor even yet. Likewise, the sun was not turned into darkness, nor has the moon yet been turned into blood since the day of Pentecost. The Spirit was poured out on young men of Israel on one 24-hour day in AD 33 during the first of the last two 1000-year days, but Joel said the signs and wonders would be for “days” plural. If Joel’s days are 1000-year days, the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecies must be spread over more than 1000 years, and they obviously are since some of his prophecies have not yet taken place.
The sun turned into darkness is a literal event that happens at the end of the world. Revelation 6:12 speaks of the opening of the 6th seal where the sun becomes black as sackcloth of hair. Revelation 6:16-17 show that the sun going dark happens on the day that Jesus returns to subdue the satanic rebellion on earth. The opening of the 7 seals of power (7 is complete power) is Jesus exercising all power in heaven and on earth (Mt 28:18) as King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev 17:14, 19:16). This power is exercised at His Second Coming when He retakes the earth (Rev 17:14) and raises the dead (1 Cor 15:23-26) and reinstates the rule of heaven on earth (Rev 21:2-3, Acts 3:21). The sun going dark is a literal event that is yet to happen, just like the Second Coming of Christ.
Jesus also speaks of the sun being darkened in Matthew 24:29. If the expositor can accept the parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24:32-34 as a parable of the restitution of the nation of Israel, then “this generation” in verse 34 is the generation alive when Israel became a nation again (i.e. 1948), and the context in Matthew 24 does not require all things before verse 34 to be completed in the first century. The sun being darkened in verse 29 therefore can happen in our day while the generation alive in 1948 still exists, and when the Son of Man returns to finish bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth.
Since the texts permit an occasion for the literal fulfillment of the sun being darkened at the coming of the Lord, then the texts should be taken in their natural sense, and we should look for the sun being literally darkened before Jesus returns. Revelation 8:12 even describes a time when the fourth angel sounds when the sun does not shine for a third of the day. During that time when the sun does not shine for a third of the day, it is turned into darkness, and Joel’s prophecy is fulfilled, but it does not happen until after 2016, because it has not happened yet. Joel warns of the sun being darkened and the moon turned into blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord shall come. The great and terrible day of the Lord is coming when He comes with fire (Mal 4:1, 2Th 1:7-9), when it will be dark and gloomy (Zeph 1:15), when there is alarm against the high towers (Zeph 1:16, Isa 30:25), when men are stricken blind (Zeph 1:17), and their blood shall be poured out like dust (Zeph 1:18). It is the day the Lord smites the nations with a rod of iron and breaks them in pieces like a potter’s vessel (Ps 2:9, Rev 2:27, 12:5, 19:15). Joel says his prophecy will be fulfilled in the last days before the 24-hour day of the Lord shall come. Joel’s prophecy is not fulfilled until Jesus comes again at the end of the second day in the last two days. We are still in “this is that” which Joel spoke. We will be in the last days until Jesus comes again. Since Peter was in the last two of the 1000-year days before Jesus comes, it was perfectly reasonable to say “last days” on the day of Pentecost, because there could not have been any fewer 1000-year days and still have had days (plural) remaining before Jesus comes.
1. Doles, Jeff. Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the History of the Church. Walking Barefoot Ministries, Seffner, Florida, 2008, pp101-122. Dole’s history of miracles cites a nearly continuous history of miracles from the apostles to AD 687. There is a gap between Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (634-687) and Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) of about 400 years for which he was not able to cite any instances of credible miracles. This corresponds to the silent 400 years between Malachi (370 BC) and John the Baptist (AD 33)
The Bible tells us we cannot please God without faith (Heb 11:6), but how does a person get faith? Romans 10:17 tells us, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” That is obviously true, but is that the only way one gets faith? Actually, the Bible teaches there are two other ways in which one can get faith. Let’s look at a second way. In John 2:23 John says,
John 2:23 ¶Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
In the same way that John said people saw the miracles and believed in Jesus, Paul says we can believe in God from just looking at the world around us (Ro 1:20-21). Seeing and believing is not the same as hearing and believing. Looking at the evidence of God in creation and believing is the same method of getting faith as people that saw the miracles of Jesus and believed.
A third way men can get faith is found in 1 Corinthians 12. Paul there speaks of spiritual gifts and says faith may be imparted as a direct gift from God.
1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
The Holy Spirit can impart miraculous faith. Paul reiterates the fact of divine disposition of faith in his letter to the Romans:
Romans 12:3 ¶For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
Here Paul says God allots or apportions or distributes by measure faith to each one. This is a second testimony to the truth in 1 Corinthians 12:9 where He says the Spirit can impart faith.
Matthew 17:20 contains an illustration of the fact that God can simply give faith. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Jesus says a mustard seed has faith. How does a mustard seed get faith? Since a mustard seed cannot hear to get faith, the only way it could get faith would be for God to directly give it to it. It must be designed into the DNA of the plant. God gave the mustard faith. God can do the same to men.
At the present time faith principally comes by hearing, but as God moves into the pouring out of the Spirit in these last days, faith will come in other ways. It will come by seeing mighty works performed and will come by direct impartation of the Spirit of God. These things will augment the spoken word, as Hebrews says:
Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will
Two witnesses establish the truth of a matter. If a disciple of Christ speaks God’s word, he is one witness. When God gives signs and wonders and miracles to confirm the word, He is a second witness. Two witnesses establish truth, and the testimony to the truth causes men to believe.
I have had a really hard time trying to understand Isaiah 65.20, because the way it reads it flatly contradicts Revelation 21:4’s “no more death”. The King James reads:
Isaiah 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
The problem I have understanding this verse has to do with death for the righteous existing after the resurrection. The context of Isaiah 65:20 is after the resurrection, for it is in the context of the new earth. Verse 17 says, “Isaiah 65:17 ¶For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” Well, we know that when Jesus returns, He will restore all things (Acts 3:21), raise the dead (1Th 4:16), and make all things new (Rev 21:5). Since the time of no death is in the time of the new heavens and the new earth (Rev 21:1, 4), then the righteous cannot die in the time of the new heavens and the new earth, but Isaiah says they will. In contract Revelation 21:4 plainly says, “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”. How does one reconcile “the child shall die an hundred years old” with “there shall be no more death”? The various modern translations are of no help. All of the modern translations of Isaiah 65:20 read pretty much the same. Here are some examples:
NIV: he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth
ASV: for the child shall die a hundred years old
NASU: For the youth will die at the age of one hundred
YLT: For the youth a hundred years old dieth
WEB: for the child shall die one hundred years old
Of course there are many more versions, but I have not found one that circumvents the problem of having death at a time when the Bible plainly says there will be none. This has been an insurmountable problem for me. I even looked at online translations of the Greek Septuagint in hopes that the ancient Greek version might help. No luck. It is pretty much the same. It wasn’t until I found a translation of Justin Martyr’s Dialog with Trypho (Chapter LXXXI) that I finally found a solution to the problem. Justin Martyr was born around the end of the First Century and wrote from about AD 160. He is about the earliest Christian apologist whose writings have survived down to our time. In his Dialog with Trypho he quoted extensively from Isaiah 65 and included verse 20. Those early Christians used the Septuagint as their Bible, and Justin Martyr’s Bible at Isaiah 65:20 read:
“And there shall be no more there a person of immature years, or an old man who shall not fulfil his days. For the young man shall be an hundred years old; but the sinner who dies an hundred years old, he shall be accursed.”
Justin Martyr’s Bible did not have the young man dying at a hundred. To paraphrase it, his Bible said of the time when the new heavens and the new earth have come that a 100 year old man would be considered young. It says nothing about that youth dying when he was 100.
Justin Martyr’s translation helps, but it just peels back the onion one more layer, because the next phrase reads, “but the sinner who dies an hundred years old, he shall be accursed”. “Death” still appears in that phrase. How can we harmonize the sinner dying at 100 with the promise of no more death in the time of the new heavens and the earth?
My explanation of Justin Martyr’s version is that Isaiah is contrasting the state of the sinner with the state of the righteous in the new heavens and the new earth. The righteous people that are born in the new earth and have lived 100 years will be considered young, a mere youth. In contrast, the sinner that lived to the ripe old age of 100 during this life and was seemingly blessed by having had a long life, will find the situation dramatically changed in the new earth. The righteous will live forever, but the long-lived wicked will experience the second death (Rev 21:8). So, even though the wicked man may have prospered on this earth for 100 years, he being 100 years old will suffer the second death in the world to come. While the righteous live forever, the wicked will suffer the second death where “the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever” (Rev 14:11) in full view of all at Jerusalem that choose to see it (Isa 66:22-24).
If you compare Justin Martyr’s version of Isaiah 65:20 with the modern versions, you will find the world “thanatos” (death) has migrated to a new location in the text. In the modern text “death” is associated with the “youth”
NIV: he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth
Justin Martyr: For the young man shall be an hundred years old;
But the modern text does not have “death” in the next phrase:
NIV: he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.
Justin Martyr: but the sinner who dies an hundred years old, he shall be accursed.
It is clear that a textual problem has crept into the text that causes “death” to be associated with the wrong phrase. Justin Martyr’s reading can be harmonized with the rest of the scriptures, but the modern reading of Isaiah 65:20 results in a direct contradiction. My vote is for the First Century reading in Justin Martyr’s Bible.
One might ask how such an egregious error crept into the text at such a late date as after the time of Justin Martyr (i.e. the Second Century). Justin Martyr’s Bible was the Septuagint, and it was translated from Hebrew between 300-200 BC. By the time of Justin Martyr, the Greek OT text of the Septuagint had been around for over 400 years and was well established. One solution is suggested by the early church fathers. Justin Martyr, again in Dialog With Trypho (LXXI-LXXIII), accused the Jewish leaders of deliberately cutting passages out of the Bible as an underhanded means of fighting Christian evangelism. Also Tertullian (c. AD 198) wrote, “[The Book of Enoch] may now seem to have been rejected by the Jews for that very reason—just like nearly all the other portions [of Scripture] that speak of Christ. Nor, of course, is this fact surprising: that they did not receive some Scriptures that spoke of Him whom they did not receive. For they did not receive Him even when He was here in person, speaking in their presence.” Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol 4:16.
By the end of the First Century the Jews were hardened against Christ. A consequence of this was a series of rancorous conferences from AD 90-125 at the Jewish academy at Jaffa in Israel. During this series of conferences the Jews excised various scriptures from their collection of accepted writings (they never had a formal canon before then) and mutilated some works that they retained. Isaiah 65:20 may well have come under the scribal knife during those conferences in order to make Isaiah appear completely incompatible with the Christian book of Revelation that appeared about AD 96.
I believe the text in Isaiah 65:20 was deliberately altered to make it contradict Revelation 21:4’s “no more death”. I believe the problem with the text lies with the Jews that desired to eradicate support for Jesus being the Christ from their sacred writings. Justin Martyr shows how the text read before the Jews tampered with it, and the original reading is harmonious with the rest of the scriptures.
I am a proponent of Types/Allegories like Paul pointed out in Galatians 4:24 of the two wives of Abraham (Sarai and Hagar) who turned out to be living allegories of earthly Jerusalem and Heavenly Jerusalem. I think there are many such allegory/types in the scripture, but an expositor must be careful when presenting proposed modern events that are antitypes of these Biblical types, for the expositor can get off into rampant imagination if he is not careful. Unless the expositor is inspired, all he can say after having offered an antitype explanation for a type/allegory is, “That is my opinion”.
I am encouraged to believe God intends us to look for types by such passages as Hebrews 8:5 that says: “Who [priests] serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.” That passage tells us the designs of the things in the temple were patterns or types of things in heaven. The law and lives of Israel were also types/patterns, for we read in Romans 5:14, Colossians 2:16-17, and Hebrews 11:19 that the lives of people recorded in the OT gave patterns of things to come. Let me present a couple of my own uninspired expositions of some types. I think there is a great parallel in the events surrounding the encounter between Adam and Satan where the older brother murdered his younger, more acceptable brother because of pride, and the account of Cain who murdered his younger, more acceptable brother because of pride. I think there are also many parallels between David and Jesus and between Joseph and Jesus. There is likewise an interesting parallel between Moses who was brought up in the house of the king, but when he tried to save his people, they tried to kill him and he fled to a distant land. Jesus is the obvious antitype, but unlike Moses, He did save His people (from sin), and they did kill him, but He rose up and then went to distant land (Lk 19:12). The difference between Moses and Jesus brings up an interesting characteristic of the antitype. The antitype is always superior in some way to the type, just like New Jerusalem is superior to earthly Jerusalem and the Son is superior to Moses, a servant in God’s house (e.g Heb 3:5-6).
To establish a basis for exploring some types, let me introduce some typical history of Joseph and Israel. Joseph, son of Jacob, was stolen away from his father and made a slave in Egypt. In Egypt God raised Joseph up to be ruler over the world power of the time where he would have the power to acquire enough food to save his family and the world from starvation. Jacob, Joseph’s father, moved to Egypt and before he died he gave Joseph both his blessing and the double portion of the birthright. Because of his birthright, Joseph had two tribes descended from him that came from his two boys, Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob prophesied of these two tribes and said Ephraim would be great, would become a multitude in the midst of the earth, and would become a multitude of nations. Manasseh would also be great, but less than Ephraim, but like Ephraim would become a separate people. These prophecies began to be fulfilled around 960 BC when Joseph and the 10 northern tribes broke away from the house of David. Then in 722 BC the Assyrian king Sennacherib conquered the northern ten tribes and exported these tribes with the descendants of Joseph to Assyria (2 Kings 18:13) where they remained in slavery until the days of the Babylonians. In 605 BC the Babylonians defeated the Assyrians at Carchemish. Thereafter the Assyrians lost battle after battle until they and their Hebrew companions had to flee into the Caucasus Mountains between the Caspian and Black Seas. The Lost Tribes joined the Visigoths and migrated westward. Some of the Ten Tribes stopped in what is today Germany while the majority of the Ten Tribes continued on to settle the west and north coasts of Europe. Ephraim went on to dwell in England where he eventually established the British empire that fulfilled the prophecy where Ephraim was to become a group of nations. Centuries later the persecutions associated with the Inquisition and the Reformation caused Manasseh to leave his settlements in England and western Europe and move to the new world. A large part of the early settlers in America were probably descended from the lost ten tribes, particularly Manasseh. Even today with all the other immigration and purposeful dilution of the Caucasian stock, descendants of the lost ten tribes (predominantly Manasseh) probably constitute 20% of the population of America. You can find more detailed background material on the history of ten lost tribes here: http://www.britam.org/Patriarch4.html#A and here: http://www.britam.org/ListofProofs.html
With that background, let’s take a look at some probably unfulfilled types that are parallel to the events of today. God sent Joseph ahead of his brothers to keep them alive in a crisis. He was first a prisoner, but God raised him up in a day to be ruler over Egypt and to be powerful in the rest of the earth. Joseph was in Egypt and was prepared to keep his brothers alive when they came to him for help. They did not recognize Joseph, but he recognized them, just like Judah does not recognize Joseph is in America today. Eventually, after the famine in the land of Canaan grew worse, the Hebrews migrated to Egypt, where Joseph had been sent to keep them alive. Jacob promised that Joseph’s descendants would have greatness apart from their fellows. That prophecy has been true of England, South Africa, Canada, America, Australia, Ireland and the British and American Empires. Now, calamity is about to descend upon the world, for 2015 is the 7th year of the Pharaoh that knew not Joseph. God has sent Joseph ahead to keep the world alive, and when disaster arrives, the descendants of Judah and the other brothers of Joseph (western Europeans) will come to America to avoid death by the NWO. Stormdancer once posted his vision where the Spirit showed the Jews being forced out of every place around the world (cp. Amos 9:9). They fled first to Germany, but eventually they had to come to America where they built cities along the East Coast.
Israel lived in Egypt 400 years (cp. Joseph in America from 1611-2011), forgot God, went into idolatry, and became slaves. Eventually, a Pharaoh arose (Obama) who knew not Joseph, and he passed a decree that the newborn male children should be cast out that they might not live. Rick Wiles and Sundar Selvaraj (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X-PK4NKGVI) have had visions of dead American children lying in the street. See any parallels there? There have been visions and prophecies foretelling America falling into slavery to the Russians, which is likely worse than the events that lead to enslavement. We remember the groaning of Israel as they made bricks for which they were given no straw by their Egyptian taskmasters, and that speaks about what is in store for America. God heard their groaning, and raised up a deliverer, Moses, and that speaks good things about the future. Moses was a Hebrew raised by the Egyptian royal family, and he had tried to save his people, but was rejected and had fled death and had gone far away to Midian, but God called him later to return to save God’s people. Moses returned to call upon Pharaoh to let his people go a three day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to God. Pharaoh was having none of that and a battle of wills between Pharaoh and God began. Pharaoh’s magicians replicated God’s first two miracles but after trying and failing to replicate Moses’ third miracle, the magicians told Pharaoh that Moses was the point man for the finger of God. Pharaoh was still unrelenting, but God through Moses warned of further plagues. Pharaoh was unyielding through ten plagues that destroyed Egypt. Finally after God killed all the firstborn in Egypt Pharaoh let God’s people go.
In our day there is a Ugandian, John Mulinde, who foresaw in 1995 that America would suffer an economic collapse and said the collapse would be followed by a series of natural disasters and God would remove His protective hand, but that God was not done with America yet. youtube.com/watch?v=yojhJYu3v9k I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds an awful lot like plagues and slavery followed by deliverance. Since Israel did not suffer from the last six plagues, I have hope that God will likewise direct the plagues here primarily at the minions of the New World Order (NWO) in their underground bunkers.
After God delivered Israel by the horrible plague that killed the firstborn, they took their three day journey into the wilderness, but they did not go back to Egypt. God miraculously enabled Israel to journey non-stop three days and three nights into the howling wilderness (Dt 32:10) before they paused to offer sacrifices and worship God. They had peace for 30 days in the wilderness, but when they got to the extreme southern end of Sinai and were shut in at Pihahiroth by the Red Sea (Exodus 14:2-3), the Egyptians found them. The Egyptian outpost on the height at that location (Migdol – The Watchtower) sent a message to Pharaoh that the Hebrews had showed up in the extreme edge of Egypt in the wilderness and were trapped by the Red Sea. Similarly, after God miraculously delivers America from slavery, America will enjoy a time of peace in a mostly depopulated land trapped in a land that will have become largely “the islands of the sea” (Isaiah 11:11). However, “Pharoah” (the NWO) will not be content to have his prey escape even though America’s land is destroyed. “Pharaoh” will send his army into the wilderness of America to destroy Joseph reunited with his brethren. Except, God won’t let them. There is yet another deliverance slated where God has promised, “I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea” (Psalms 68:22), and “the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea” (Isaiah 11:11) and “I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth” (Amos 9:9).
Of course, the great deliverer Moses is dead, so who will be the deliverer of physical Israel this time? The Mount of Transfiguration gives a clue. Three deliverers of physical Israel appeared together on the Mount (Matthew 17:3). These three deliverers were Moses, who saved Israel from annihilation at the Red Sea, Jesus who is to save Israel from annihilation by the Antichrist at Bozrah (Jer 49:22, Micah 2:12), and…Elijah, the fiery prophet, who is to return at the end of the world: “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” (Mal 4:5-6). I believe Elijah will be the deliverer in the coming antitype of the Exodus when God calls His people again from the depths of the sea (Ps 68:22). Here are some images of how America of the future may look: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/upload/5385/images/underwater-map(1).jpg
When Israel journeyed from Egypt in 1466 BC, Jesus went before them in the Cloud (Ex 13:21, 1 Co 10:4). In the second journey through the wilderness, Jesus in the cloud will be there too (the Cloud’s return is noticed in Isaiah 4:5-6. Compare also Rev 14:14 that shows the Son of Man not in heaven but on a cloud on earth before the Second Coming). Whereas Israel along with a mixed multitude (Exodus 12:38) came out of Egypt with perhaps 6 million people and vast herds of livestock, the Second Exodus with reunited Israel will be a greater exodus with perhaps as many as 40 million that return to the land. Like Israel spoiled the Egyptians when they left Egypt (Ex 12:36), the returning tribes will return from the Islands of the Sea with their silver and their gold (Isaiah 60:9).
So you see, the types tie in with prophecy, and they agree with one another, and paint a picture of the near future of America. There are really-bad times ahead for Joseph and his people, but in the end, God will deliver America from a not very long slavery by the Russians and Chinese. Then when “Pharoah” comes seeking the remnant of Joseph and Judah in what’s left of the East Coast in the Islands of the Sea, God will deliver His people and destroy “Pharaoh’s” army. Many will return with Elijah to the Promised Land where God will protect them until the end of the reign of the Antichrist at the coming of the Lord.
Are aliens real? How do they relate to Christianity?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Everything that’s here is a creation of God. He said that He created the heavens and the earth and all that in them is in six days (Ex 20:11). On the sixth day, God created Adam. God gave him dominion over the earth and everything on it. In contrast to God’s fiat creation (God said, and it was so), the alien idea is based on the theory of evolution. That theory was begun by and has been propagated by the elitists to undermine Christianity. The alien idea stems from the theory that life evolves from non-life; therefore, it must have happened at many times and places in eternity past according to the theory of evolution. But evolution is counter to what the Bible says–God created the heavens and the earth and all that in them is in six days.
This present creation has a purpose. Long-term, God made the earth because He delights in exercising lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness, but those qualities require that there be other beings to be the objects toward which God can show lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness. Further, the exercise of these qualities requires that the objects of God’s actions be rational beings of free will. Otherwise it would be God showing lovingkindness to an ornate fence post, that is, a living creature without free will that could do nothing other than what it was programmed to do, exactly like a fence post. Therefore, if God is to be able to exercise those qualities in which He delights and for which He created the universe, He needs sentient creatures similar to Himself, and these creatures must have free will, or else He just has a big video game, and it would not be worth it to Him to do it.
So, to get what He enjoys, God has to create a world with creatures that have free will, but if He does, sooner or later the free-will creature will say, “No!”. Then, unless God has a solution for disobedience, He either has injustice where transgression is not punished, or He loses His creation, because they are alienated from Him due to their disobedience and because of the absence of a just punishment for their disobedience of the Creator. To solve the problem posed by creatures of free will, God designed and created a throw-away age in which He could let disobedience run rampant and show its utter destructiveness; He could show that men need God to provide them good government, because they can’t govern themselves; and most importantly He could provide a just solution for transgression (law breaking) that springs from free will.
To handle the problem of a just penalty for sin, He created a physical world and a man creature composed of two parts: body and spirit. He composed the creature such that the spirit could leave the flesh and the departure of the spirit would result in a condition for the body called “death”. Then He made the wages of transgression to be death. Then through one man (Adam) He brought sin into the world, and through that one man He brought universal death, even on the creation over which Adam ruled (Rom 5:12, 8:22). At the same time God made it impossible for men to live without disobedience (1 Ki 8:46), and He made it impossible for the children of Adam to die for their own transgressions by condemning all of Adam’s children to death as part of Adam’s punishment for disobedience (Gen 3:14). At that point, there was absolutely nothing men could do to save themselves or atone for transgression. It remained for God to bring in the Creator of the universe (Christ Jesus, Jn 1:1-3) from outside of time and space (Jn 8:58) and have Him die for the transgressions of His creation. That satisfied the justice of God. The legal remedy for transgression was paid–death, and the Creator is worth more than that which He created and His death was therefore a legal remedy for all of the sins (past, present and future) for the beings which He created. Since God planned to raise men’s bodies from the dead (Ro 8:11) and to continue the earth forever (Ecc 1:4) there is continuity in the same creation where the remedy for sin was derived, and God therefore had legal remedy for all transgressions for all eternity. When God gets all He wants out of the present age, He can end it, and start afresh with cleansed heavens and a restored earth in which righteousness lives (2 Pe 3:13) and for which He now has a perpetual remedy (Christ’s blood) for any transgression that happens in eternity. He can justly punish the transgressor with a temporal (time delimited) punishment. He does not have to lose a disobedient creature for eternity.
If there are alien races, then the same problem of sin and death, justice, and free will obtains with all of them. It is difficult to see how they could fall under the universal law of sin and death that was introduced by Adam and imposed on Adam’s children and the creation over which he ruled because of Adam’s transgression (Rom 5:12). Because of Adam’s transgression, the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now (Rom 8:22). How did the aliens come to be in pain as a result of Adam’s sin? Why would they have to die because of what Adam did? Therefore it is difficult to see how Christ’s sacrificial death would benefit them. The whole scheme of redemption flows through Adam’s fall (one man) and Christ’s restoration (one man) of Adam’s children through His dying for every man descended from Adam and thereby overcoming sin and death. This does not work for aliens that evolved millions of years before Adam appeared or who were the originators of some pan spermia that provided the germ to start life on earth.
God is going to remove the present starry heavens and replace them with a new heavens (Heb 1:10-12, Ps 102:25-26, 2 Pe 3:10-13). However, aliens are said to inhabit the planets among the stars, but that portion of God’s creation is to be rolled up (Heb 1:12) and burned up (2 Pet 3:10-13) without any promise of a redeemer and any hope. Further, in the world to come, God promises to raise the bodies of dead back to life and to give His sons (the ones that obey Him in this life) dominion over the nations in the world to come (Rev 2:28, 3:21, 2 Co 6:2, Mt 19:28). One of the things He promises the faithful is “the morning star” (Rev 2:28). It appears that the sons of God inherit habitable planets populated with people raised from the dead who were counted worthy to receive everlasting life (Mt 25:34). However, the habitable planets are the places that aliens are supposed to be, but God’s promise is to put men on them and put His sons over them. These things argue against man-like aliens in God’s creation.
There are other beings out there besides men, but they are involved in one way or another with men and God’s scheme of redemption. Men are the focal point in creation, because they enable the demonstration of free will, and they enable the demonstration of the wretchedness of evil, and they made possible physical death, and men provided the means whereby God could justly forgive disobedience. Men provided a realm where there could be a physical body the Creator could assume, such that it was possible for Him to die for His creation (Heb 10:5) and thereby atone for sin. There are also many orders of angels, but they are created beings, just like men (Ex 20:11). Angels were created to support men (He 1:14). Though the angels are immortal, they have been involved with men in sin and death. The Devil, a created being. came down to earth and tempted man to sin in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:1). This fallen angel is directly responsible for the death of all men. About 700 years later there were 200 angels that left heaven and sinfully came to earth (Jude 1:6) where the their giant children caused such sinful conditions (Gen 6:5) that God ultimately destroyed the earth in the Flood (Gen 6:7). God will punish the fallen, created being, Satan, along with his angels, with the second death (Rev 20:14). Their punishment will be eternal suffering in the lake of fire (Mt 25:41). The angels that sinned are to be cast into the Abyss where they will be consciously punished for ever.
There are principalities and powers whose duties involve such things as command over orders of angels or care of God’s zoological gardens or command of some force such as government, war, commerce, death, or the temporary place of the dead (Hades). There are creatures that maintain the order of the creation such as the timely appearance of heavenly bodies (Jude 1:13) and such as operation of the forces on earth (Jer 49:36). Others provide punishment to the damned (Rev 9:3). There are orders that directly serve God in service to Him in heaven such as guards and retinue (cherubim and seraphim). All of these angels are connected in some way with God’s plan centered on man. There were even creatures like centaurs, cyclops, sirens, and giants in days past, but these all sprang from God’s original creation centered around man and descended from men or angels.
There is no mention of aliens in God’s record nor does there seem to be a place where they could fit into God’s plan, so I don’t believe these accounts of aliens. The accounts are either false psyops to prepare men to believe in a planned fake alien invasion, or they are genuine observations of secret technology, or they could occasionally be observations of creatures from the spirit realm such as demons, angels or ghosts or maybe even time travelers from the future come back to see first hand (read only, no changes) what God has done in His plan for men.
These are the reasons why I don’t believe in aliens, but God’s plan does not seem to allow for myriads of alien races that are peers of men. Also, it appears to me that if there were aliens they would already have plainly revealed themselves to men, and there would be no doubt of their existence, just like there is no doubt of the existence of LA or New York City.
A Parallel Presentation of All the Gospel Accounts of the Olivet Discourse
In the Olivet Discourse recorded in Matthew 24 Jesus discussed two questions posed by the apostles:
- When will the destruction of the temple be?
- What is the sign of thy coming and the end of the world?
Understanding the timeline of Matthew 24 is difficult unless you realize “this generation” in verse 34 refers to the parable of the fig tree (Mt 24:32). The fig tree is the nation of Israel (Joel 1:7). The nation of Israel “budded” after a long dormancy in 1948. One or more in the generation alive in 1948 will live to see the coming of Christ. With that understanding, the various texts can be harmonized.
The reader should note that Matthew 24 does not even specifically discuss the AD 70 Destruction of Jerusalem (DOJ), yet there are many that try to force all of Matthew 24 into a figurative description of the DOJ. It doesn’t work, because of the flawed hermeneutic these expositors use. They declare a text to be symbolic because the literal meaning does not agree with their theology, and they then use arbitrary word association to contrive a supposed meaning for the text. That is not a valid approach to Bible study and must be shunned by those that would understand God’s word.
The following charts chronologically align the texts of the various passages having to do with the Olivet Discourse plus some other relevant passages such as Luke 17. By arranging the texts in a chronological layout many of the difficulties that arise from reading just one of the Olivet Discourse accounts are clarified.
This link provides a download of the harmonized scriptures in single document.