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The Triple Connection

 

We asked our Father Love what new congregations needed to understand first and foremost as a basis of their lives as believers. He responded: forgiveness, identity in Jesus, and the Sabbath.

Those of us who have kept the Sabbath have realized the connection between these three teachings and practices. Allow me to explain.

God calls the Sabbath an identifying sign, a sign of who He is and who we are in Him. It’s a sign “that you may know that I am [the Eternal, the “I am”] who sanctifies you” (Ex. 31:13).

A threefold connection exists in these three main teachings a new believer needs to understand and that few believers have ever accepted. Obviously, Jesus understood this connection. Luke 4:16 says that He kept the Sabbath “as was His custom…” He promptly opened the part of the scroll that established his identity as the Son of God, anointed to preach the gospel of the Kingdom.

The Sabbath in the understanding of the Hebrew letters in the word has the following meaning: return to the covenant or cross. For Jesus it meant to return to His covenant with His Father so He would do and say what He saw His Father say and do. His intimacy with the Father was based in the weekly reminder of His identity in the Sabbath, His oneness with the “I am.” He knew He had been set apart by His Father. Being one with the “I am,” He knew that He was the “I am.”

His identification with the “I am” costs him His life and His reputation. His brothers and sisters thought he was crazy and said so. Imagine the challenge.

I don’t have to imagine it. I was attacked with a life-threatening illness in 1986. God saved me in His mercy from sure death, my former wife being told to prepare for burying me in three hours. God didn’t let me die, but because of my unforgiveness to a ministerial boss, there was a delay. This boss had challenged my identity, which I didn’t understand as a son of my Father Love and a brother of Jesus. That situation obliged my Father to allow problems to bring me back to Him.

I went through twelve years of severe mental illness, wanting to kill myself several times. To this day, twenty years after all who really know me also know I was healed, my immediate family doesn’t think I am healed. Even my family in my native U.S. thinks I am still mentally ill.

As Jesus lives in me, I must call on my Father’s gift of forgiveness to forgive my family, my birth family and the family of my first marriage. Jesus did. He forgave his siblings who cursed him with mental illness. He went through everything we could possibly go through.

The key to the forgiveness Jesus displayed every day of His life was identity. He knew who He was. And that identity was refreshed and solidified every Sabbath day as He was reminded of who His Father was and who He was in Him.

He didn’t allow Himself to be overwhelmed by the opinion of his family and the religious establishment, who called him demon-possessed.

Our Father has taught us to lay down our problems every Friday just before the Sabbath so we could enter into the joy of the Sabbath and have our identity refreshed every week. If we don’t follow that command, we can easily be overwhelmed by our weekly challenges.

God gives also the new moons to lay down our long-term burdens so we don’t have to carry them throughout our lives. We have a “Christian” world that has forgotten the covenant and the cross it represents.

Today, we can emphasize the meaning of the word Shabbat that means, “return to the cross.” Jesus laid down His life for us to give us a new day every day, even if we murdered someone the day before. God always gives us a new day, and a true believer will always forgive us and give us a new day. God forgets our sin. Although a believer may not forget the offense, he or she will not bring it up and considers it as a past that doesn’t exist.

That’s how God want us to consider ourselves, forgiven as if we had never sinned. And that’s where the problem is. Often we can’t forgive ourselves, so God can’t therefore forgive us. He delivers us to the demonic tormentors to drive us back to Him.

You can see why God told us the first teaching that is most important is forgiveness, especially forgiveness of ourselves so we can walk in our identity.

We can finally accept the identity we have in Jesus. Our Father said to Him before He did any mighty works, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

When we accept our Father’s grace to forgive ourselves and others, we can then return to the cross, realizing that Jesus’ blood makes us exactly like Jesus. We can know that our Father sees us like He sees Jesus—exactly. As He is, so are we (1 John 4:17).

John understood. Maybe that’s why he lived so long. He called himself “the disciple Jesus loved.” That’s who each of us believers are, if we will only recognize our identity. It’s easier for Sabbath keepers to understand this truth, but many Sabbath keepers haven’t accepted what their Father offers them—the grace to forgive others and themselves. This is why God told us forgiveness is the first thing.

A Sabbath keeper should understand His identity in Jesus as a beloved son of Father Love, and he should have understood his need to forgive himself and give himself a new day every day. David was a man after God’s own heart. He gave himself a new day after committing adultery and murdering the husband of the woman he slept with.

He didn’t live a live feeling sorry for himself and his fate. Jesus redeemed the situation, allowing him to marry that woman. Jesus had to allow the death of his young son because He hadn’t come to shed His blood to break curses, even from God.

Today we can return to the cross on the Sabbath day, allowing ourselves to see ourselves as totally forgiven with our sins forgotten and erased by our Father because of Jesus’ blood. God has given us everything in the Sabbath day, identity and forgiveness, if only we will take advantage of it. Shabbat shalom!

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Prince Caught in Heresy!

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We love Joseph Prince. We pray for his repentance, and we follow our calling of crying aloud and showing God’s people their sins (Isaiah 58:1). Pastor Joseph believes there is no more law, which means there is no more sin and nothing to confess. But when we see that heresy is being preached, we must come against it and state clearly what the Word of God says.

 

Today, February 25, this man of God declared that Matthew 24 applied only to the Jews, since the Sabbath, mentioned in verse 20, was Jewish.

 

First of all, it’s not true to say the Sabbath was Jewish. Adam was not Jewish. Jesus made the Sabbath for mankind, not just the Jew.

 

Matthew 24 is not directed to the Jews. Jesus was talking to His disciples. While it’s true that most of them were Jews, not all were. The word disciple means follower. These men were followers and believers in Jesus. Today we call them Christians, even though the Bible calls them believers.

 

It’s ironic that the heresy Joseph Prince preaches is mentioned in this chapter, where Jesus warns us that many will come to mislead us and deceive us. The grace revolution is a major deception, which contradicts what the Bible says about the Kingdom of God and its laws of love. God loves all, but He hates lawlessness (Mat. 5:19).

 

Jesus said that the gate to death was a wide one. It doesn’t matter to God how many preachers teach heresy. His truth stands. The belief that this chapter applies only to the Jews is heresy. The belief that Jesus could not sin, and thus was not tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin, is a heresy. It doesn’t matter how many theologians agree with this heresy.

 

Pastor Joseph stated that anyone who minimized the truth that Jesus was fully man was preaching heresy. That’s exactly what he is stating, that Jesus wasn’t really tempted to where he could possibly sin. Jesus  said the flesh was weak, and He was in the flesh. Satan wouldn’t have wasted his time in tempting Jesus to worship him if such a thing wasn’t possible.

 

Jesus had to be like us His brothers “in all things” (Heb. 2:17) in order to truly understand us and be our High Priest. He said He could do nothing of Himself, without the Father’s help, and He says we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5).

 

Will the Jew who endures to the end be saved (Mat.24: 13)? No. Only believers will be saved. Many false prophets will arise and teach lawlessness, and most people’s love (not just the Jews) will grow cold (Mat. 24:11-12). Don’t fall for heresy!

Big Surprise for Joseph Prince!

Joseph Prince made a comment that one day he will regret when he hears it directly from Jesus Christ, since he doesn’t seem to want to hear it, not unlike the whole Christian world. He said the day we keep is a non-critical issue. No! Isaiah 56 shows the truth God has shown us, that the two most critical issues in the body of Christ in the last days are the name of Jesus versus Lord, who is demon named quagmire (ask any high-level witch!) and the Sabbath day, which any dictionary will tell you is Saturday! And you will never read anything different than this seventh day in the Bible. It’s keeping the Sabbath that protects us from the great falling away to lawlessness that sounds so good, but is deceptively false and deadly! “Will the real gospel please stand up?” asks Joseph. Read Mark 1:14-15 and Matthew 24:14 and you’ll see it’s NOT the gospel of grace! Read more…

And Joseph, please receive this from those who know more about the law than you. Acts 15 talks only about men who claimed you must be circumcised to be saved, period. Keeping God’s laws was NOT in question, no matter how many times you may repeat this lie! The foreskin of your heart must be removed, but not the physical foreskin.

Your hero, the apostle Paul, who said his hero was Jesus (1 Cor. 11:1), said this: “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the
keeping of the commandments of God” (I Cor. 7:19).

Is the Sabbath a commandment of God? Yes, the only one He said to remember. If you want to argue about whose commandments matter, notice it says God, not Jesus. Now Jesus was indeed the Word who spoke the Ten Commandments, but we can’t expect the Christian world to believe that. But Paul did say God, to make sure no one would confuse the truth of who said it. People think the Father gave the Ten Commandments, which is false. However, Paul used Jesus when he meant Jesus, and used the term God when He meant the Father.

In reality, they are both God, and Jesus never said anything different from His Father. Here Paul is saying the commandments of God matter. They aren’t a non-critical issue. Actually, every word of God is critical because Jesus tells us we are to live by every word of God. This is called a dabar or word, but it’s one of the most important words ever written. It’s a test commandment (Ex. 16:28).

God gave this manna test, which was a Sabbath test, even before He gave the Ten Commandments officially to His people at Sinai. It’s a test the Christian world hasn’t passed, which is why the Lord, not Jesus, told Joseph Prince, to preach the false gospel of grace. This falseness opens the door to great error, such as the surprisingly inaccurate statement made by Joseph today.

Joseph, we love you and forgive you, and look forward to your repentance.

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