A Musical Interlude; Brad Davis Music.

From the record titled, “Walk On Faith”… I hope y’all enjoy as much as I do!

Brad and his family are very dear friends to me and my family; and brothers for eternity in Christ.

Visit Brad and his incredible recording studio in Commerce, Texas online at… Brad Davis Music

Brad is also a founding member of the band Berea whose profoundly scripturally accurate music can be found here… Berea

Look some of his other stuff up on the YouTube! This dude can rock and roll with the best of em! One of, if not the best flat picker out there. Here’s a sample…

And now, a musical first… a bluegrass version of Bethoven’s 5’th symphony on Spotify. And Berklee School of Music said it couldn’t be done!

Grace and peace to you and yours my friend…

Faith, Not Sight.

I watched this video this morning. Do the same before proceeding with the article. In it, Melissa who is (rightly) very concerned about this “new reality” technology is bringing us, makes this statement…  “We’re going to live in a world where seeing is not believing.”

Ordinarily that would be a horrifying thing to consider. Imagine walking through the world not being able to trust our senses. People can’t, they’d be paralyzed. Yet, in effect, is this not exactly what the Lord asks of us when He says, via Paul:

2 Cor 5:7…  “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”

I already live in that world however, have been for many years now.  It was a hell of an adjustment.  I’m fortunate enough to have a prescient book that guides me.  I am already instructed to walk by faith and not by sight. What I experience by my senses can easily be a lie. What’s written in this book is secure forever.

Psalm 119:89… “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”

There is a stunning dichotomy of realities both in this video with the technology it presents, and in that short verse in second Corinthians. A divide that if missed will lead to utter destruction. Is what we see and experience real?

I am told not to trust my senses because there is one coming, performing stunning miracles as God did when He became a man and walked among men (miracles that will seem very positive to the world – just what the world requires at just the right time) who’s intention it is to deceive the whole world for his own nefarious purposes. Let’s read these words very carefully that we may see what’s taking place here.

2 Thes 2:1-12… “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Paul is advising us not to be troubled or shaken in mind, by what exactly? The mystery of iniquity; satan transformed into an angel of light! The destroyer appearing as the creator. he is something that can be seen… and sensed in every way. The anti-christ who shows up on the world scene at when else but just the right time and gives the world exactly what it wants most. Peace and safety; the miraculous! The world begs for miraculous peace and safety, just not in the Lord, anything but that…

1 Thes 5:1-3… “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”

In this dispensation, as opposed to that time when Christ walked among us and miracles were prophesied, we are to walk by faith and not by sight because what we see can no longer be trusted. That which is seen; the coming peace and safety (Dan 9:26-27, 11:21-24), is FALSE. True peace and safety will only come after God has dealt with sin in this world and in heaven. This current train is headed off the cliff and all we can do is coax people off the train. People love the train… people love technology.

The above video is accurate. Technology exists such that anything we see on any “telescreen” anywhere is no longer trustworthy. If you see me in a youtube video, how can you be absolutely sure it’s me? My image can be taken and manipulated such that anything at all can come out of my mouth. You’ll KNOW it’s me because you can compare my every word with what is written in the King James Bible. Without Bible knowledge, I could tell you anything and you might believe it; because, after all, it’s me right there in the video. Or is it?

The miracles performed by Christ were foretold by the prophets, that’s what makes them sure and special. It is not the miracles in and of themselves that make them awesome, but that God foretold their occurrence… the who, what, where, when and how of them. That’s the essence of why they could be trusted. They were prophesied. Believers could know they were of God because God told the believers they were going to happen. satan can do miraculous things too. he is an incredibly powerful being. The only thing that separates us from being taken in by them is Gods word which instructs us specifically NOT to walk by sight because that’s what satan wants us to do. That’s how he deceives the masses who do not take the Bible literally. The above video demonstrates nearly perfectly how easy his job is going to be.

The contents of this video and the implications are staggering.  What can be believed at all? Did any physical planes actually hit those buildings on 9/11? (Ask Judy Wood.)  If Trump declares war against Iran, did Trump actually declare war against Iran?  If a nuclear weapon goes off in Jerusalem, has a nuclear weapon really gone off in Jerusalem?  Hey, we all saw it on the telescreen…

Bottom line. Believers have something extraordinary to hold on to. A book that tells of our past (Gen-Acts), our present (Rom-Phil) and foretells our future too (Heb-Rev). (See the Bible Chart.) Not the intimate details of our lives, those are of course up to us; but the big picture is displayed for anyone to see. satan, the god of this world, is destroyed; much of the world along with him. Open the book, study the book, believe the book. The book is the only thing that’s absolute and true in our world. By the above video, clearly anything else might be a lie. Of course by the book I mean the King James Bible; the book that even most Christians have left behind.

I’m going to add another video as a follow up to this post. It seems fitting as the same folks produced both. A question if you will… what is your privacy worth? The concept of privacy is rapidly vanishing as technology becomes ever more ubiquitous.

Peter… following Christ and the Law.

For the sake of simplicity, in this post (and likely others), since to Peter were given the “keys of the Kingdom” (Mat 16:19), when I refer to Peter, it is in respect to the twelve (all of them) and what they were instructed to preach to Israel during Christs earthly ministry.  Paul stands alone as the sole Apostle to the heathen (Gal 2:9) for Christs heavenly ministry, post ascension.

What then did a Jewish man like Peter (or any Jew in time past) have to do to be “saved”?  Since the ministry of Christ to Israel began with John the Baptist (John 1:6-7), and since John was a great prophet (Luke 7:28), what did he first instruct those of Israel to do?  John bared prophetic witness of the coming Messiah first and foremost, that the one to come after him was THE Christ (John 1:15), and to make straight the way of the Lord (John 1:23).  In other words, wake up Israel, that which was promised since the world began has arrived!  Repent (of your sins) for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand (Mat 3:2).  Those who believed what John said were straight away baptized with water (Mat 3:6).

What did Jesus Himself instruct Peter to teach the nation?

Mat 4:17… “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, repent: for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mat 10:7… “And as ye go, preach, saying The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mark 16:15-16… “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” 

Jesus and John the Baptist then, are in accord.

Let’s fast forward past the cross and see what Peter is preaching to the Jews gathered from all nations at Pentecost, the feast of weeks.  Peter preaches a scathing murder indictment (Acts 2:22-24 – “wicked hands have crucified and slain”) and all who believed were distraught and asked “what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).

Acts 2:38… “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The giving of the Holy Ghost with power was Gods sign of affirmation, that these were in fact inside the will of God and thus “saved”.  They believed and subsequently did what God required of them.  It seems that all are on the same page then; John, Jesus and Peter, as Peter is doing exactly what Jesus commanded him.  There are a few additional requirements (post salvation belief) throughout the 4 accounts of Christs earthly ministry (note: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are four accounts of a single gospel, the gospel of the circumcision (Kingdom), but not today’s gospel of grace.  Calling these books “the four gospels” as if they told of the gospel you and I need to hear, is tragically misleading as you will prayerfully soon understand.).

In Matthew 24:13-14… Christ adds a requirement while clearly speaking the same things.  “But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”  So now these believers must endure to “the end”… the end of what?  The end of the great tribulation, that period of time known as “Jacob’s trouble” and “Daniels 70’th week” during which the wrath of God is poured out on unbelieving Israel and an unbelieving world.  Jesus return to earth to set up “His Kingdom Come” arrives after this time of near ultimate destruction as prophesied in Joel, which Peter references.  Does Peters testimony agree with this?

Acts 3:19-21… “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Examine what these words are saying… 1) repent and be converted.  Why?  2) that your sins may be blotted out.  When?  3) when the times of refreshing SHALL come (future).  From what?  4) from the presence of the Lord (who is now up in heaven).  Until when?  5) until the time of restitution of all things when Christ shall come again.  So… from the time of these believers conversion to belief in Christ the Messiah, they must “endure” till the time of restitution of all things, or Christs second coming (after Gods wrath is poured out), for their sins to be blotted out.  Their sins are blotted out at the second coming.  What then is “remission” of sin as that is what transpired in Acts 2:38?  Remission is temporary; not yet “blotted out” but the punishment is abated.  They “believed” and are now made fit to “endure”.  This is NOT what you have been taught but is this what the words clearly say?  If we are to be honest, yes, that is what they say.

Jesus placed even more stringent conditions on believing Israel.  As from the beginning, Israel had a covenant agreement with God.  They agreed to follow Gods commandments that they might attain unto righteousness.  Knowing the hearts of men (and to really put the screws to the same) Jesus “doubles down” on the law, thus…

Matthew 5:27-28… “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Not only do these men have to physically abstain from non-marital sexual relations with women, they have sinned if they even think about it!  Is there a man alive in this world today whose mind is completely free from such thoughts?  Show me one; and I’ll show you one liar.  Not only is the keeping of the law (all the law) physical, it is now in the realm of conscious thought.  Their consciences had to be as pure as their deeds.  Is yours?

Jesus also commanded His believers to sell all that they had and give alms.  The rich ruler asks the Lord, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  The Lord answers with a list of commandments to which the ruler replies; “All these have I kept from my youth up.”  What was Christ’s answer to him?

Luke 18:22… “Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

Then to “follow Christ” as most professing Christians believe they are engaged in doing, one must have sold out completely.  “But Jesus was just making a special point to this one person”, you protest.  Scripture replies: Following Peters first sermon where he exhorts the listeners to repent and be baptized: those that did; what did they do next?

Acts 2:44-45… “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; AND SOLD THEIR POSSESSIONS AND GOODS, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.”  This is Divinely instituted communism in the Acts 2 church and this is the way to follow Christ in this world.  Quite clearly, you, dear reader, are not following Christ as He commanded His followers to follow Him.  That is because you are NOT a member of the Acts 2 church which was the Jewish Temple.  How could and why would these believers do this?  As they were to go unto all the world preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, all their physical needs were to be miraculously provided them.  As the “desert Jews” received manna and the “multitudes” received bread and fish, these men had NOTHING physical (or even spiritual) to worry about.

Luke 9:2-3… “And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.  And he said unto them, Take NOTHING for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.

Luke 12:22… “And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

Mark 13:11… “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

These believers were baptized BY Jesus Christ WITH the Holy Ghost and were given vast Heavenly supernatural power.  They could heal the sick, give sight to the blind, make the lame to walk, speak any and all languages and raise the dead; because they had Holy Ghost power as Jesus did and gave them.  This is the fulfillment of prophesy (Isa 35:6).  They could even live in complete harmony with one another as they were all empowered in the same way.  This is HARDLY the world as it exists today.  We can’t even get along with our natural brothers and sisters, not to mention others who are not “like” us…

Something has changed, and drastically at that (if we are honestly reading scripture)…  As we have seen already (Gal 2:9), Peter agreed with Paul the he would NOT go unto all the world preaching the Kingdom at hand, but stay in Jerusalem and allow Paul to take his place to the heathen nations.  Did Paul then preach the Kingdom as denominational churches maintain?  Scripture demonstrates a resounding NO.

Next post : “Paul… following grace.