WHO Do you Say That I AM ?
HIS QUESTION…..Your Answer ? ? ?
Eternal Life OR Eternal Death ?
WHO Do you Say That I AM ?
HIS QUESTION…..Your Answer ? ? ?
Eternal Life OR Eternal Death ?
To mankind GOD has given His image. He has made us a little higher than the angels. However at this time in our imperfect state before Him, God refers to us as “but dust”. Let’s go back in time for a moment to when God made Adam the first man. God reached down into the earth and gathered a handful of dust from which He would create the first man. God is omniscient meaning He knows the future. He knew that there would be a day coming when He would have to sacrifice His only begotten Son on a Cross to bring salvation to the race of man.
So when God gathered the dust to form the first man, it was His tears that wet the dust to turn it into clay as God molded Adam into His Image. These were the first of the many tears of God because He knew what the cost was going to be to His beloved Son on the Cross. He knew that He would have to turn away from the cries of His Son on the Cross-when Jesus roared “My God, My God…Why have you forsaken me?”
Yet God made Adam anyway from the dust mixed with His Tears. Then as Adam awoke a new creation…the first man…Adam stood and stretched his arms out as all of us do when we awake.
And the light that reflected from God upon the first man created the shadow of the CROSS behind the man. God’s eyes looked upon the dust that Adam was made of …and tears filled the eyes of God again.
The Shadow of Mans Cross would be there every morning in this land filled with both light and shadows till the end of mankind’s days. If only every person made in the image of God could come to know JESUS during their journey in life so the weight and burden of the beam could be lifted and carried by their Savior.
But every person cannot come to Christ, because God has chosen and elected the few and not the many. And God did that to bring Glory to HIS Name. But what of free will you say…God said He gave you free will, and He did. He gave you, in your fallen state the ability to choose your sins. But you do not have the ability to choose God as your savior. That choice resides alone with God through the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT.
The question you face is whether or not you are one of the Chosen. The Bible speaks always of a Remnant (the few) whom God chose from eternity past from among the nations of the earth to ultimately be a love gift to His Son.
Are you one of the Chosen? Do you have Royal blood running through your veins? It’s been said that running throughout time is a Crimson Thread representing the Bloodline of the Messiah. Throughout history this bloodline and its attempted corruption has been the main focus of the angel of light who has become the King of Darkness, the god of this world, satan.
Satan is a believer in Jesus. So much so that he has spent all his energy throughout time to stop the plan of Salvation as described in the Bible, the Word of God. And so the battlefield continues to be filled with blood and the war rages on both in the realm of humans and the realm of angels. When God formed us from the dust using HIS tears to make the clay, it did not complete us.
Each of us was born alive physically but our Spirit within us was born dead. We each need to find a personal relationship with JESUS. Only in this way can we gain the assurance of our Salvation and become Born Again by having our Heart Circumcised and our Spirit Quickened and brought to life within us.
The only place this journey to Salvation can begin is within the pages of the book that God Himself wrote for you to read about Himself. His Words, the Words of God will grow within your heart and mind and kindle the flame within your Spirit.
This flame ultimately will consume you so that every thought you have about every circumstance in your life, and the world around you will be measured against the Word of God.
Then you will gain a new perspective about life here. You will realize you don’t belong here at all. Heaven will become precious to you like never before. And most of all you will become more like Christ every day and your heart will become burdened for the lost. Your compassion will give you new eyes to see through every day as you continue to meet those I call the real walking dead…because they have no spiritual life.
You need wisdom and discernment to rely on the words of men who write books about the word of God. But if you read God’s Word out of His Holy Bible you will receive wisdom and discernment from the author of everything, including an understanding of the future.
The Church for too long now has been preaching Christ from the Cross forward. I am sure you know the importance of teaching and learning the whole council of God.
By that I mean, the God I serve shows us His Love and Mercy…but He has another side, one of Wrath and Judgment. So to know God is to understand both sides of who He is. The same applies to His Scriptures. When you are taught only Christ from the Cross forward you are missing the Foundation upon which JESUS stands.
You miss the richness, the beauty, the mystery and the sign posts given by God Himself through Prophecy so each one of us, not just the Jews, could recognize the Messiah, the Redeemer, Gods Christ, when He showed up on the World Stage.
The New Testament reveals the mystery of who Christ is. The Old Testament conceals the mystery; yet to those who seek God, that mystery is revealed through Prophecy by the Holy Spirit.
The beauty of our Faith is that we do not believe in Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends. Our Faith is grounded in History, Archeology, Science and most of all verifiable Prophecy. 2 Peter 1:21 says “We have a more sure word of Prophecy….. it came not at any time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
One of the greatest Sermons given by Jesus was Luke 24:13 on the Emmaus road. The two disciples were depressed that the Messiah was killed. Jesus said to them… “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” Beware, Someone Wicked This Way Comes….the False Messiah / Anti-Christ. If you Lack Biblical Discernment you will Follow him to down into the pit , forever.
Listen, can you hear the wind. Its Jesus gently whispering to each of us, to our heart of hearts…always calling …waiting to be heard.
Soon Spring will be here and the trees will have leaves.
And yet again the leaves will be moved by the wind and they will lift up Holy Hands as they pray to the Lord for our Salvation and for US to WAKE UP and understand the times we live in and LOOK UP because JESUS IS COMING .
His Joy is that He finally will come to fulfill His promise to save you from yourself.
My Joy is that He chose to come for me. He comes for all those who take the time to seek the Truth with “all their heart, mind and strength.”
If You Choose to seek Him you will find Him and He will give you faith and strength for this journey called life.
There is no me only Him. I have no will but to do His will only.
I trust not in myself but in His love and care for me according to His Promises in Scripture.
I receive all things from His hand and am glad and rejoice in His mercies that are new every day I live here.
Christ is all around us. If you but look… you will find
KNOW GOD…….and KNOW HIS FOREVER, ETERNAL PEACE !!!
All GODS Children said AMEN.
Romans 10: 14-15 says it all.
How can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?
And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say…
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News.”
Are you keeping the Good News to yourself…
the miracle of your changed heart?
God has filled my heart with dreams of passion, compassion and a desire to walk in the Truth… what about you?
May your Faith give you Courage to do great things, to be bold and touch someone’s life for Eternity.
I serve the God of Ancient Promises that are still coming true today.
The Prophet Isaiah said…”to us a SON is given.”
See for yourself.
In the manger… He is there.
The Apostle Luke said…”this same Jesus will come again in the clouds.”
See for yourself.
In the tomb… He is gone.
I lift up my voice to the Heavens with Praise
To the all wise God of Israel and the Church
…the Almighty, the Ancient of Days…
…the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
To the Father, the One who sent …
To the Son, the One who came…
And to the Holy Spirit, the one who stays…and now lives in me.
Amen and Amen,
FOR MY JEWISH FRIENDS to Consider. Answers from GOD in the Old Testament about HIS SON.
4 IMPORTANT Old Testaments Scriptures very few Jewish people know about yet they are critical Scriptures to prove God is more than one person, has a Son, who came to DIE for your Sins.
A. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning GOD (The Hebrew Word for God is Elohim. Elohim means a multiple of ONE of the Same KIND or Essence) created the heavens and the earth. God is more than one.
B. Proverbs 30: Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the
Water’s in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the
earth? What is His name or HIS SON’S NAME?
SURELY YOU KNOW ! (YOU are accountable to know this !)
C. Who is the SON that GOD is talking about in Isaiah 9: 6 ?
Note His Titles:
For a CHILD will be born to us, a SON will be given to us;
And the Government will rest on HIS shoulders;
And HIS NAME will be called Wonderful Counselor, MIGHTY
GOD,ETERNAL FATHER, Prince of Peace.
D. 10 Names contain the GOSPEL of JESUS, in Genesis 5
Every Hebrew letter or number has a meaning. In our Bible we
read Hebrew names, but what do they mean in English? When we
interpret the meaning of each of these 10 Hebrew names (Adam
through Noah), they form the most fascinating sentence in the
Mahalalel……………………..The Blessed God
Jared……………………… shall come down
Methusaleh…………………..His Death Shall Bring
Noah……………………………comfort and rest.
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow (but) The Blessed God shall come down teaching, His Death Shall Bring the despairing comfort and rest.
How awesome is God, that within the Hebrew names of a genealogy in the Old Testament, He would hide the New Testament Plan of Redemption .
( SALVATION, bought for all through the Death of Gods Son, Yeshua / JESUS ! ) You can read this account in ISAIAH 53: 1-12.
SELFY’s…a must read to the end.
Why are you so in love with yourself?
Who do you think you are?
You live another day only to Live YOUR Will, not Gods will.
God has a mark that will be given to His Own in the Days to come and so will satan. Like sheep there will be a brand on you if you belong to satan. If you belong to God HE will give you something else.
After watching through our media the continuous downward spiral of culture and getting more and more disappointed with the sewage that surrounds me that mocks God, I realized what satans mark will say.
READ the words of God describing the characteristics of the Last Generation to live on the Earth; the characteristics of those, who do not know the True God or Love HIM.
If it describes YOU then you know, who you belong to.
II Timothy 3:1-5,7 “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men (people) will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
If the above describes you then you belong to satan and the title of the mark that will be on your forehead is “SELFY”. The sad part of being a SELFY is that for you Eternity will have no mirrors nor light only darkness.
Satan your leader is the ultimate SELFY!
12 “How you have fallen from heaven,O star of the morning, son of the dawn!You have been cut down to the earth,You who have weakened the nations!
13 “But you said in your heart I WILL ascend to heaven;I WILL raise my throne above the stars of God,And I WILL sit on the mount of assemblyIn the recesses of the north.
14 ‘I WILL ascend above the heights of the clouds;I WILL make myself like the Most High.’
15 “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol (Hell),To the recesses of the pit.
Wake up SELFY, before its too late. You are a tarnished and broken image of the God that made you. There is more to you than this decaying body you adore. You need to turn your eyes upon JESUS and stop looking at yourself.
If you are not a selfy and you live each day doing HIS WILL and not yours, then you have a future without a mirror that reflects you.
Instead you will live in the SON-SHINE; in the light of the Son of God …Jesus.
His light will illuminate a New Earth, a New Creation, and New Universe for you to explore forever in a New Body.
And you will receive a New Name given to you by JESUS.
17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says…. to him who overcomes…I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’
John 10:27…My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
The Bible says that the fallen Angels are believers in the Truth, they tremble at their fate…but there is no Salvation for them through the Cross. Instead they wage war on the bearers of Gods Image…people. They do all they can to misdirect us so we too will share their fate in the lake of fire.
See Jesus through the lens of the New Testament as He speaks of events yet to come that HE will fulfill literally, bodily …and personally.
Fix your eyes upon Jesus in a lowly stable in Bethlehem, and know that He is the virgin-born Son of God.
Fix your eyes upon Jesus and know that, as no other man, He lived a sinless life, and always, without exception, did the perfect will of His Heavenly Father.
Fix your eyes upon Jesus at His baptism in the Jordan River as the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and hear the voice of His Father say, “this is my beloved Son in Whom I am well-pleased”.
Fix your eyes upon Jesus in the synagogue in Nazareth as He testified of Himself with these words: “ The Spirit of the Lord is upon ME, because he hath anointed ME to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent ME to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Fix your eyes upon Jesus as he taught His Father’s truth, healed the sick, restored the sight to the blind, and raised the dead; and, in so doing these things, demonstrated that He had the power to reverse the effects of sin.
Fix your eyes upon Jesus as from the cross with His last breath He spoke these triumphant words: “It is finished”. He was speaking of redemption for which purpose He had come into the world.
Fix your eyes upon Jesus on the third day following His crucifixion and burial and see the empty tomb and know that Jesus defeated satan, light defeated darkness and life defeated death.
Fix your eyes upon Jesus and see Him as He ascended from the Mount of Olives to Heaven, there to be enthroned at the right hand of His Father as our great High Priest, our advocate and intercessor.”
Yes, view our world through the lens of the life of Jesus, you will not despair nor will you be disappointed at history’s end.
The end of the Old Testament speaks of His Coming. The end of the New Testament speaks of His Coming Back. And the Book of Revelation speaks of a new Earth created for people with a new future that will last forever. This promise is for all those who have placed their faith in the Son of God.
Gods Word is simple enough for a child to understand. Yet to adults it seems so very complicated. Why is it so complicated? Why is it so confusing? The Truth can only be one thing…The Truth! There are no shades to the Truth…it is Black and White.
Learned men and women schooled in life with diplomas of importance speak with their own authority about the subject of God. God is not a subject and humanity, without the Revelation of God in His Word has no real knowledge of who God IS.
The words of our political and social leaders and the words from the myriad of differing religious leaders are nothing more than noise if they are not based on the Word of God alone. None of them can truly say they agree with each other, for in reality they form points of view that only agree with themselves.
So the Truth is never heard and the sound of silence is deafening. These opinions do but one thing. They surround the Truth so in essence we cannot see the Truth. It is like the familiar statement that we cannot see the Tree for the Forest. This happens because of our lack of knowledge and most of all discernment.
The Truth remains hidden before are very eyes. We spend our time arguing amongourselves about everything that doesn’t matter. There is no communication, only the battle of individual pride yearning to be recognized. We listen only to ourselves and in the end we will have lived our life for nothing.
We continually, by our own choice, are being bathed in the sound of relentless waves of religious opinions. They are the sound of noise caused by whirlwinds that swirl around us, never letting the sound of Truth; the Words of God penetrate our deaf ears.
Yes the words of men are the sound of silence and their words are deafening.
And so mankind continues to Mock God, because to him the Bible is nothing more than a story, which at best only touches the mind.
God in His wisdom has not left the testimony of Himself with just the words of men. Mankind has been equipped to find the Truth but most have no desire to search for or to know the Truth. God has given mankind the gift of existence and the gift of free will to make choices.
Yet there are other creatures that have been spoken into existence by the mouth of God who were given the gift of existence and of free will. They exist in another dimension, and have lived by sight before the face of God in eternity past. They are eternal creatures that had the choice of accepting or rejecting God…they chose to reject HIM.
For them the Truth remains an elusive echo within their hearts. For them there is no Salvation only Condemnation. They know their fate, and they know the LORD. They tremble at HIS Name, they Fear His Coming…their Destiny is already sealed and they know were they will be spending eternity.
They are the Fallen Angels, who live in the shadows of darkness in our world. God has included their testimony in His Word. It is the testimony of those already condemned. And it substantiates the existence of Jesus the Son of God who existed…before the foundations of the world were made. It is the eyewitness testimony of creatures that have walked with God in eternity past.
Every Knee SHALL BOW
Here I stand, suspended on nothing, naked before the Bema, before the God who is Holy, Holy, Holy. The God of Love, yes; but also the God of Justice. God, who required that my life meet not a standard of excellence but of perfection.
A life not one of us can even come close to living out before Him. Meeting His standard is required for entrance into His Perfect Heaven. Not our standard.
Just a millisecond ago I was in my body. Now my body has gone the way of all flesh, back to the dust it was made of. I am what is left. The essence of who I always was and will now continue to be; a soul and spirit.
The words and phrases of Scripture that have filled my mind on earth now swirl around me. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord”. A moment ago I lived in the physical world. My eyes watched as darkness overtook the world I knew.
Then Blazing light enveloped my being as I was drawn upward by a power not my own. My spiritual eyes now accustomed to this light found myself standing before the ONE who called me into existence from eternity past. The ONE who gave me life as He did you. Life yes, but with a purpose to fulfill. His purpose, not mine or yours.
The word Awe, or for that matter any other word devised by mankind cannot come close to describe the ONE I now stand before. I stand before Him bathed in the light of His love. I feel love surround and envelope me for He is Love. He created me. I have never been loved like this, I do not want to go back to my body or to my life on earth.
No words have been exchanged at this point. Only a gaze between us that seemed timeless. Then, His eyes changed as He looked at me. They became eyes of fire. This light that pierced me, surrounded me, enveloped me became uncomfortable.
I found myself falling to my knees before Him and then further down until I lay prostrate before Him. Face down, with my arms outstretched, suspended in space…forming the Cross. A new feeling of emotion swept over me. I felt alone as I felt the penetrating gaze of His eyes of fire.
The Book of Life was opened before me, His book, His Autobiography. Scriptures poured forth from it swirling around me. As my life unfolded before me, verses came forth and applied themselves to every scene of my life. The verses I had memorized came forth to join the ones that poured forth from His Word.
Then they attached themselves to scenes from my life. They condemned me, for my life did not uphold His commands. We are called to live for HIM, to Love HIM, to Honor HIM. The only way we prove that we are HIS is by obedience to His Word by applying it to our lives.
He had given me life. I was to live that life for HIM as His image bearer, for each of us are made in the image of God. Now it was Scripture, the very words of God that were judging my every act, my every thought…the motives of my heart. My life was now being reviewed. Ernie Pahlek, my words, scenes of life, thoughts of my heart and mind towards loved ones, my circumstances, my choices, my actions and more continued to play out before me…then everything stopped.
Up until now no words had come out of my mouth. I only watched this shared vision of my life before God. Then I heard His voice speak. His words lifted me upright before HIM. It was now my turn to speak on my behalf.
Have you ever taken the time to think about what will come out of your mouth when you stand alone before the God who is HOLY, HOLY, HOLY? This was not the Babe of Christmas, nor was it Emanuel (God With Us)…but the Risen Lord, wrapped in Light, with fire in His eyes. I had claimed Him in life as my Savior and Lord.
The words now formed in my mind. Every accomplishment, every deed I did in my life began with the letter I. Did I truly do it all for HIM? Or, was it for me and the praise, honor and glory others lavished on me. Was I really humble? I claimed to know Jesus as Lord with my mouth. I tried to prove it with my actions and deeds. But God judges only the Heart and its Motives.
Nothing I have ever done entitles me to enter His Heaven. Comparing myself to others or to people in the Bible will not justify me. Isaiah said we are all un- righteous before a HOLY GOD! Only 3 words come forth from my mouth. Lord, Forgive Me.
The thief on the Cross and I have much in common. I tried to live my entire life for Christ. He lived only the last few minutes of His life for Christ. Neither of us are worthy, each of us is equally guilty of Sin before God. It is only His Grace to each of us that allows mercy to flow to us so we can be forgiven and then enter His Perfect Heaven.
It is all a gift from God. Through Faith alone by Grace alone do we hear Him whisper our name and then Turn, Repent, and Accept HIM as Lord. Strength comes back into my body as I rise up to a knelling position. I feel His hands around me lifting me up before Him.
He says, “My sheep hear my voice. I knew you before the foundations of the world were made. The Good work I began in you; I have now completed. You are one of mine and I love you with an everlasting love. Come; let me show you your new home.”
Oh…My God…My Lord…thank you. He takes me to the place He prepared for me. There is a door before me. I turn back and look to Him. I am overwhelmed with emotion and I burst in tears and great sobs. These were tears of great sorrow, and of pain.
I looked behind HIM…faces were everywhere before my eyes. My children, my grand children, my parents, my relatives, my neighbors, my dear friends….all whom I loved in my life. All there before my eyes in one moment of time.
I reached into the air behind Him trying to touch them. Sobbing and choking back the tears I cried with a loud voice to HIM. But what about them? What will happen to them?
He spoke softly to me. This ONE who spoke the Universe into existence. “Ernie, I stood at the door of your heart for 38 years waiting to be invited in. Then I whispered your name and you heard my voice and you opened the door to your heart and let me in.
The decision to open the door to your heart was yours not mine. The same decision is theirs as well. I will continue to knock on the door of each one of their hearts for as long as they live in time. I will wait patiently as I did for you, to be wanted by them. They too as you have, in a yet future moment; will stand before me. They will have to answer my question…”Who do you say that I am?” They two will be held accountable to my Standard of Perfection.
Then the same hands that formed me in my mothers womb, gently wiped the tears away from my eyes. He opened the door before me and said, “Welcome to my home, to your future…for you, the past is gone forever.” “As for them…they have the Law and the Prophets (Luke 16 verse 30 -31).
The Messiah Jesus walked out of the pages of the Prophets and into our world. The world HE MADE. And for a while the Heavens loss became mankind’s gain, and God proved that his mercies are new every day.
At the end of my days, when HIS Throne fills my view, I will sing of HIS Mercies anew, and I will STAND in HIS Presence Forever and ever.
“May the Lord God Almighty, the Ancient of Days, the Lord God of Israel shower you with His Grace and Mercy and Peace…. as you raise your voice with the Apostle Peter’s response to the question Jesus asked him on the Mount of Transfiguration…..
“Who do you say that I AM?” You, are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God”.
Will you be able to stand before HIM when He comes the 2nd time?
HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED ! ! !