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Steven Fletcher uses a great deal of math, but while I told him his math is way off, he doesn’t hear anything because as he said to me, “Fred, I have to go… its all documented… God opened the book of daniel, unsealed the calendar, to me… its not about me, I am just sharing what the lord has shown, confirmed by the word and signs in the heavens.”
I’m studying all of these things because I am a visual learner. I have an intricate model of the Temple and Tabernacle that I plan on putting together hopefully soon. That process will enable me to cement the concepts of the Temple in my mind. As a visual learner, I know that I have to “see” it for it to stick. Going through the various processes with my hands and with my eyes, will allow me to make it stick.
If someone starts telling you that in order to be a better Christian, you must begin adding Mosaic Laws, Feasts, and Festivals to your life or you must learn Hebrew or immerse yourself in Jewish culture, they are 100% wrong! However, if you decide to learn Hebrew, more about the Menorah, the Tabernacle, the Jewish Feasts, or something else related to Judaism because you are interested and you want to know these things because Jesus Himself was immersed in them, there is nothing wrong with that!
Because Jesus does not have to deal with anything sinful in His own life, He is free to serve us, those who follow Him. We are told in Hebrews 4:16, that we are to “…draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
As authors Klein and Spears point out, Christians today don’t have an accurate understanding of that passage. We somehow think that because the veil has been torn from the top to the bottom, we can simply run into the Holy of Holies without a care in the world. Isn’t that what the word “boldly” means? No.
Lately, I have been frustrated with the way the English translations of the Bible from the Greek often mask original meanings, making them very difficult at times to comprehend. The truth appears to be that most of what we call the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew, then translated to Greek, then translated to English. I do realize there is some disagreement there, but for me, I am becoming satisfied that it is because of this process, at least some of the teachings of Jesus and others have become unduly clouded.
The main pillar of Christianity is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This is indisputable. Those who reject this truth reject Jesus, plain and simple. In spite of how they say they may “respect,” “revere,” or “follow” Him, if the fact of His sinless life, His atoning death, and His life-giving resurrection is disallowed or denied, then those people have neither respect or reverence and they are certainly not following the Jesus of the Bible. One cannot change the truth about someone and still say they follow that person.
The movie is filled with platitudes primarily, statements designed to make you believe something about yourself, others, and the world. To find out what the three magic words are, the viewer needs to wait until the end of the movie, but you may be way ahead of me by now anyway. For those who aren’t, before I divulge that little secret, let me make some observations about the film and the concept itself.
What people do not realize is that there is a great need within the life of every individual. That need can only be filled by God. However, Satan comes along and does his best to provide substitutes and they work…for a while. In the end, they offer no real fulfillment and wind up doing a great deal of damage to the person, even resulting in their untimely death.
We are – as a global society – being led to the slaughter by individuals whose consciences have been seared because they have wholeheartedly given themselves over to become fully corrupted. They are now incorrigible and the only thing that will stem the tied is the supernatural act from a holy God.
I pointed out how quickly superficiality has overtaken society. In fact, I find that most people won’t talk about how bad the economy is getting or why it’s getting worse. They won’t discuss the problems in the Middle East or how the Bible speaks to these issues. It appears that most people – even many church goers – would rather talk about the normal things in life. They want to talk about football or basketball and many of them act as though things will go on as normal since that’s the way it’s always been.