Is it Faith or Just a Blind Belief?

By Patrick Hawthorne

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I was reading an article the other morning.  In this article, the author made the argument that much of what is determined to be faith by some is not actually faith, but is more of a blind belief in something.  He went on to write that the Biblical Hebrew word for faith, “Emunah,” actually means, “Reliability, trustworthiness, dependability, steadiness.”

This really made me stop and think.  As I meditated on his words, I began to question my own idea of faith.  Did I believe blindly?  Is my faith a true faith or is it more wishful thinking –  a blind belief in something with no eternal value?  Or…Is my faith relying on, trusting in, depending on, and being steadfast in the Lord?

After much pondering, I then turned my thoughts towards the nature of his argument.  Shouldn’t all faith be blind?  After all, the Bible says to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:9.)  Don’t get me wrong, if someone’s so-called faith is based on nothing more than the outcome of their personal desires, then that would be wishful thinking.

Ah-haaa… wishful thinking equates to a blind belief in something that has no eternal value.

In the end I realized that this guy and I may not necessarily be on the same sheet of music even though we, for the most part, were playing the same song.  Faith is a reliance on, a trust in, a dependence on and steadfastness in the Lord and His promises.  Faith is not wishful thinking nor is it trying to make God move to our own individual drum beat.  Faith is never blind; faith is moving forward in the things of God with our eyes wide open.

Consider the following words from the Bible concerning faith.  “But our way is not that of those who shrink back to destruction, but [we are] of those who believe [relying on God through faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by this confident faith preserve the soul. Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” (Heb 10:39; 11:1 AMP).  By a true faith – Reliability, trustworthiness, dependability, steadiness – in God, we too will frame our world just as our elders framed their world.  Be blessed.

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The Cup that You DO NOT Want to Overflow!

By Patrick Hawthorne

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As many of you are aware, the Lord has been taking me onto a new path of Bible prophecy.  For years, He had me focus on His grace.  It seems like a weird combination until we realize the truth of Psalm 89:14.  “Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne:  mercy and truth shall go before Thy face.”  Our Heavenly Father is as much about justice and judgment as He is grace and love, mercy and truth. Therefore, in order for me to truly understand the prophetic justice of God, I had to first learn of His grace and His love.  By first learning grace, I am able to maintain balance when writing of His judgment. This leads me to today’s topic, “The Cup that You DO NOT Want to Overflow!

“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters:  they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” (Isaiah 1:4).

The world, including the United States, is on a collision course with God’s judgment.  We know this statement to be true because it is written in the book of Revelation. To be clear, the world, as a whole will one day face the wrath of God.  But why does God wait?  Why doesn’t He bring judgment immediately upon all evil doers?  Why does He allow certain people or groups of people to rape, pillage, and murder seemingly without any consequences for their actions.

I, for one, am grateful that He does not pass immediate judgment.  Otherwise I would not be here at this moment sharing this message, and you would most likely not be reading it.  We must understand that God is quick to mercy and slow to judgment for our benefit.  Let us be honest to the truth.  All have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

Yet, God does have a line – a breaking point – when He will drop the gavel of justice.  How do we know when He has reached the limit? We won’t! But His limit, which only He knows, is measured through a cup in which unrepented iniquities are stored.

10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: Revelation 14:10

Someone reading this might wonder, “What is the difference between sin and iniquity?”  Sin is missing the mark, either intentional or unintentional.  It is basically falling off the wagon into something that we know is not right for us.  Iniquity, on the other hand, is not only falling off the wagon, but wallowing in the mud hole while intentionally ignoring the Holy Spirit who is trying to help us up and out.

All too often, the iniquities of a nation are brought about by laws that not only violate God’s laws but also take delight in those who follow them.  A prime example is laws that promote abortion.  Not only have some law makers taken joy in these laws, many have cheered on those who push the laws past their limit.  These laws, which are in violation of Gods law, are by design intended to show that we – mankind – know better than God the definition of right versus wrong.

Can the cup of God’s wrath be emptied without judgment?  Yep…Sure can.  It is called repentance.  A good example is found in Jonah.  Nineveh, whose cup was reaching the full point, was given the opportunity by God to reverse course.  He did this by sending the prophet Jonah to tell them to change, or else.  Taking serious the charge, the city repented thereby holding off Gods judgment for a time.  That was an example of the mercy and truth side of God going before the justice and judgment side.

Again, justice and judgment are the habitation of God’s throne:  Mercy and truth shall go before  Him.  The desire of God is to not have to pass judgment but to bless.  By putting our focus on Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us how to live soberly, righteously and Godly, we can thereby exchange the cup we don’t want filled for the cup of His blessings that we desire to overflow.  Be blessed.

 

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The Coming War? Part 2

By Patrick Hawthorne

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For a clear understanding of this post, please read part 1 first.  You can click here The Coming War? to take you back there.

The roar of the prophetic winds leading to the return of our Lord Jesus is growing louder and louder each day.  The signs, what used to be fragmented and somewhat obscure, are now speeding past at such a rate that they are becoming more of a blur.  If I had but one message, it would be, “Get ready.  Jesus is coming back soon.”

As I wrote in The Coming War?  the key players in  battle of Gog of Magog of Ezekiel 38 and 39, who will come against Israel, will be Turkey (Meschech, Tubal, Gomer, Bethtogarmah), Iran (Persia), Sudan (Cush), and Lybia (Put).  Again, the controversy is whether the word Rosh in Ezekiel 38 is a noun referring to Russia or is an adjective meaning Chief – As in Chief Prince over Meschech and Tubal.

If you look at the map above, notice that none of these nations are direct neighbors with Israel.  The question I left you with in part 1 was, “Why not?  Is something going to happen to those surrounding neighbors that will take the wind from their sails causing them to not join in the fight?  Currently Israel is in disputes with Lebanon and Syria.  Furthermore the peace that Israel had with Jordan is now very strained.  Why would these neighboring nations suddenly decide to bow out of the battle instigated by the King of the North?

A relatively new discovery in Bible prophecy has emerged.  It is the discovery of the prophetic message of Asaph in Psalm 83.  In this Psalm, Asaph prays for the deliverance of Israel from Edom (Esau), the Ishmaelites (east of Egypt), Moab (Jordan), Hagerenes (Saudi Arabia), Gebal (Lebanon), Ammon (Jordan), Amalek (Gaza), Philistia (Golan Heights) Tyre (Lebanon), and Assyria.  (These nations are in red while the nations of Ezekiel 38 and 39 are in green)

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Remember in Ezekiel 38 and 39 that the nations who come against Israel will have a hook, a thought, placed in their minds by God to war with Israel.  They will seek to destroy Israel for its spoils.  As a direct result, it will be God who destroys them with earthquakes, hail, fire, and brimstone.  In Psalm 83, we see a total difference in the reasoning for the attack.  The Psalm 83 nations are joined together in a Confederacy to take back the land for a possession (Psalm 83:12).

What I believe, and this is purely conjecture based on limited information, is that the inner nations of Psalm 83 will launch an attack on Israel that will be so devastating that Israel will have no choice but to unleash weapons of mass destruction to prevent total annihilation.  How can I make such a claim?  It is because of Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 35.

In Isaiah 17, Damascus of Syria will be turned into a ruinous heap in one night. Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on record and is not small by any stretch of the imagination.  What could cause such a destruction in such a short amount of time if not a nuclear weapon?  In Ezekiel 35, we are told the cities of Mount Seir (Jordan) will also be laid waste.  Whether this is through conventional weaponry or not is unknown.  However, they too will be destroyed.

My thoughts on this, and again this is only conjecture, is that Israel, upon being attacked,  will leash such total destruction of these neighboring nations that one portion of the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 will be fulfilled.  That is, the King of the North shall come up against the little nation of Israel that is dwelling safely without walls and bars, and having neither bars not gates.

10 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: 11 You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell [d]safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’— 12 to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. 

When will the Psalm 83 battle take place?  Looking at the current climate of the Middle East, it could be any time.  But I believe the Psalm 83 battle will be the precursor for the Ezekiel 38 and 39 battle.  Get ready because time is certainly short.  Be blessed.

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The Coming War?

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Most of you have probably heard of the war of Gog of Magog written of in Ezekiel 38 and 39.  This is the war in which the Lord will put the thought, a hook, into the mind of the King of the North to come against Israel to plunder the land for its spoils.

While there is debate concerning just who this mysterious king of the north is, it is known that the key players in this battle will be Turkey (Meschech, Tubal, Gomer, Bethtogarmah), Iran (Persia), Sudan (Cush), and Lybia (Put).  The controversy is whether the word Rosh in Ezekiel 38 is a noun referring to Russia or is an adjective meaning Chief – As in Chief Prince over Meschech and Tubal.

While I am more inclined to believe that Turkey will be the primary leader of the north, I do believe that Russia will have a heavy hand in instigating this battle.  We already see this in today’s headlines.  Russia is in the middle of everything going on between Turkey and Iran and the unfolding events surrounding Syria.

February 14, 2019 – Sochi Negotiations – Presidents of Russia (Putin), Turkey (Ergoden), and Iran (Rohani) met to seek a permanent solution to stabilize Syria’s conflict.

An interesting side note from Artscroll Tanach Series on Ezekiel – page 581 – “Oral tradition passed down from the Vilna Gaon, that when the Russian Navy passes through the Bosporus (that is on the way to the Mediterranean through the Dardanelles) it will be time to put on Sabbath cloths in anticipation of the coming of Mashiach.”

Note:  The Bosporus is the strait leading from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara (Turkey).  The Dardanelles is the strait leading from the Sea of Marmara to the Mediterranean. Currently, Russia is going to and fro through these strait’s.  Could these Orthodox Jews be correct?  Is the coming of Messiah imminent?  Of course, for the born again believer in Jesus, we recognize this as the return of Jesus.

If you notice on the map, none of the nations of Ezekiel 38 and 39 are immediate neighbors with Israel. Why not?  Is something going to happen to those surrounding neighbors that will take the wind from their sails causing them to not join in the fight?  Currently Israel is in disputes with Lebanon and Syria.  Furthermore the peace that Israel had with Jordan is now very strained.  Are these neighboring nations going to suddenly decide to bow out of the battle instigated by the King of the North?  What about the destruction of Damascus written of in Isaiah 17 or the destruction of the cities of Mount Seir written of in Ezekiel 35?  When will this take place?  For those answers, you will need to stay tuned for the next post.  Until then, be blessed.

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What If Jesus Announced That He Would Return On…

A very interesting thought. Would we be in expectation or would many party hard then try to repent at the last moment?

Brandon J. Adams

calendarThe following scenario will not happen. “Now concerning that day and hour no one knows – neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son — except the Father only” (Matthew 24:36).

I don’t anticipate the Lord going back on such long-laid plans. After all, the prior verse says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away” (v. 35).

But humor me for a moment, and consider this hypothetical exchange:

Church: “Lord, we faint. We long for your presence. Please, please tell us when you’re coming back.”

Jesus: “Oh, very well. The Father has relented and authorized me to tell you. I will be returning on…”

Global bated breath. People in every village, city, region, and nation await the next words. One of the most significant, weighty questions ever pondered on earth is about to be answered.

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Technology…Smechnology

By Patrick Hawthorne

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The other day, I was riding around on my lawn mower.  Well, let’s just say that I was riding the high side of the swamp land  left by the weekly torrential rains that have plagued North Louisiana from last summer to this spring.  Anyway’s, as I was riding around, I began to contemplate such things as the origin of the universe, how they get the cream filled sugary goodness inside of Twinkies, and  the fact that it is illegal to hunt camels in Arizona – or so they say.   

Suddenly, I had an epiphany.  Technology has increased at such an incredible rate that the average person can be seen instantaneously around the world in mere seconds.  Daniel chapter 12 speaks to this very thing.  It says, in verse 4, that many will run to and fro and  knowledge will be increased.  As a side bar, notice it says knowledge but not wisdom.  You can have the knowledge of Einstein but the wisdom of a gnat.

To continue… We are seeing Daniel 12 explode around the world.  No longer are the air waves reserved for the elite and those with endless pockets full of money.  No longer is the small town country preacher confined to the walls of their local church building.  No longer is the unknown writer confined to the whim of a large corporation whose uppity-uppers decide which work should be shown and which work is not worthy.

No.  Advancements in technology – or it usefulness to solve problems or do new things – is here to stay.  The question is, how do you choose to use it?  As with anything, technology can be used for good or it can be used for evil.  As a Christian, begin to consider how you might use technology for good and how you might use it to reach a lost and dying world.  But never forget; human interaction should never be compromised for the sake of technological interaction.  Be blessed.

 

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Ummm…I Would Like to Make a Retraction, Please!

by Patrick Hawthorne

'Okay, okay... I take it back! Your scrubs don't make your gut look even fatter!'

Ummm… I thought it over.   Well, actually I studied it out and I feel as if I made a serious eschatological blunder.  Yes, I admit it.  I, Patrick Hawthorne, the great theologian (NOT) made a mistake.  In November of 2018, I posted Tipping that Ole Sacred Cow…The Bride of Christ.  I have since studied this out and have come to the conclusion that the Bride of Christ is not New Jerusalem (Revelation 20:11), as I wrote.  Nor is it the Church, nor is it the Old Testament Saints and Prophets.

“Gasp!  What sayeth thou?BLASPHEMY!”

As I explain in the below Face Book Live video, I have come to the conclusion, through a serious study, that the Bride of Christ is made up of not only New Jerusalem, but includes the Church and the Old Testament Saints and Prophets.  As I explain, a house is a structure.  A home, on the other hand, is the structure plus its occupants.  Similarly, New Jerusalem without the Body as a whole is just a city.  With the Body, it is a Kingdom.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me.  That is quite alright.  Dogmatism needs to be reserved for the essentials, not best educated eschatological guesses.  Be blessed.

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