Is the Whole World Deceived–Except You?

Revelation 12:9 says Satan the Devil has deceived the whole world.  “Man, how can they be so dumb!”

Which is more, our overestimation of self or our underestimation of Satan?

Satan is such a Master Deceiver that so many people do not even believe he exists. Even many Christians! A Barna survey in 2009 found that only 35% of Christians thought Satan exists as a living being rather than personifying evil. You’d have to think that figure would be less in 2015.

In the cloak and dagger movies, the perfect strategy is to induce the opponents or victims to think you’re dead and no longer a force to reckon with so you can then carry out your schemes with ease.

Ephesians 2:2 identifies Satan as “the prince of the power of the air” who broadcasts his attitudes and moods invisibly like radio, TV and cell phone signals so that people are not aware of how he is influencing them any more than they are thinking about breathing.

In His Olivet prophecy, Jesus warned that the end times would be so deceptive with false Christs and prophets that if it were possible, the very elect would be deceived (Matthew 24:24). We who have committed all to wanting to be the very elect should take that as a warning to “let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

An Antichrist Man of Sin is coming who will deceive so many by out-of-this-world miracles that appear to be good. We today are being set up to want the assuring miracles and smooth talk he will dispense.

Jeremiah 10:23 says our own hearts are deceitful above all things. We are easy pickings for the Master Deceiver.

What’s the antidote for Antichrist: “a love of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). We must study God’s Word, live it and have a developing relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ.

On Sept. 23 is God’s holy day, the Day of Atonement, focusing on fasting for humility to not be under Satan’s sway and to picture the glorious day shortly after Christ’s return when He puts away Satan and his demons for 1,000 years to usher in the glorious Millennium on earth.

The Bible says Satan deceives the whole world. No exceptions.

“OK, I was blind but now I see.”

Good, but each of us had better keep asking God to show us:  How am I being deceived?

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The Real News About Sept. 13, 23 & 28

The Internet is abuzz about all the calamities that may befall us in 19 days come this Sept. 13.

Hey, take some solace in the fact that the markets can’t crash on that day—because they’re not open on a Sunday.   Anyway, by Sept. 13 there may not be much left to crash!

That the 266th Pope is coming to the U.S. on the 266th day of the year and may birth a terrible policy because 266 days is the typical human gestation period from conception to birth would be scarier if it’s 666 we’re talking about.

The talk about Sept. 23 is that it might be the start of a Jubilee year. It might really help if we emphasize the word might because sources say records for the Jubilee don’t exist. If you accept the premise that Jesus Christ will likely return in a Jubilee year, and we know for Bible fact that He won’t be coming back for at least 3-1/2 years because prophesied events have not started yet, then do you believe that this world can hold on for another 50 years! I won’t be one thinking “my Lord delays His coming.”

Then there’s the dreaded 4th blood moon of Sept. 28—and a Super blood moon at that. All I can say is that the other three have come and gone. I didn’t even see them. And so far, thank God, we’re still here.

The real news about these three dates is that they involve God’s holy days which reveal His plan of salvation (Leviticus 23).

Sept. 13 begins the Feast of Trumpets at sunset. This holyday pictures the seven trumpets blown in Revelation that constitute the Day of the Lord—the last year of the 3-1/2 year periods. Could the seventh trumpet possibly be any more significant—its sounding signifies the pivotal point of human history:

  • The saints are resurrected to eternal spiritual glory—first the dead in Christ and then those still alive.  They are the first fruits of God and will be in the first resurrection which is a better one because they are firstborn to receive a double portion and become the Bride of Christ.
  • At the right moment determined by the Father, they will ride on white horses with Christ as He comes down to stand on the Mount of Olives and punish the rebellious and wicked who will gather to fight against Him, thinking He is an invading alien.
  • The kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of Jesus Christ (Revelation 11:15).
  • Judah and Israel from all around the earth are coming to the holy land in a second exodus that will make the first one forgotten (Isaiah 27:13).

Sept. 23 is the Day of Atonement. That day pictures Christ putting away Satan and his demons for 1,000 years.

Sept. 28 begins the Feast of Tabernacles.  Christ and the saints now made kings, priests and judges usher in the millennium of peace and restoration of all things.

So while there could be bad news coming, for sure Sept. 13, 23 and 28 involve God’s holy days coming with the best news anyone could understand. That’s what we should be all excited about!

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About Face!

After writing 71 posts since mid-December, it’s time for a change.  To be pretty precise, an about face!

I’m inviting you to look at my new About.  It explains my connection with the loveable Broose the Moose since 1980.  Broose will always be a part of me, but now it’s not Broose writing any more and no more fun facts about moose.  There’s only so many fun facts about moose, where for people it’ll be unending.  And it’s such a shock to google and see how many Broose the Mooses and Blogs from a Bog there are on the Internet.

So it’s time to come out of the bog!   Confession time, it’s really been me, not Broose, writing all this time.  May as well fess up.  Hope you’ll keep reading–let’s still search out questions we share.  And I think you know you are still going to get The Unexpected for Building the Family of God.

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Grateful for each reader and follower,

Robert Curry

King of King of Kings

In this post, I think I can guarantee that you that, no matter how many years you have been a Christian, you will learn something new and exciting–because this 46-year Christian has and I’m sharing it with you!

In my previous post, we saw that Paul was not claiming that Jesus was not God in 1 Corinthians 8:6.

Paul was writing about meat sacrificed to idols who were many so-called gods and lords.   He was teaching that in contrast, the truth is that there is only one God. He knew that this one God is a family that currently has the Father and the Son—but imagine how difficult it would have been to clearly explain that in this situation! He would have likely really confused them even more than Peter says He usually does (2 Peter 3:16).  Talk about TMI!

The Bible gives Paul credit for always striving to “become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). So we see that Paul was very carefully choosing his words.

He was acknowledging God the Father as being the Supreme Being Who rules through His Son Jesus Christ whom Paul usually calls Lord in his writings.

Contrary to common belief that Jesus and the Father are co-equal, Jesus said the Father is greater than He is (John 14:28). Jesus said all things have been put under His feet—except the One who did the putting (1 Corinthians 15:27). Jesus said He came to reveal the Father, and lately we have been learning new insight about the preeminence of the Father.

Remember John 1:1? The One Who became the Son was the Word; the One Who became the Father was God. John in his writings—including 1, 2 and 3 John and Revelation—often refers specifically to what the Father does and what Jesus does, but his use of the term “God” in most cases refers to the Father. The same goes for the other New Testament writers including Paul.   I hope you get excited as you start to notice this in the New Testament!

This explains why Jesus in His final recorded prayer to His Father sounded like Paul when He said “You, the only true God” (John 17:3). And of course, at that time Jesus was limited in power while God and human (John 5:30).

Jesus is honored as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and rightly so. Technically the Father could be dubbed King of King of Kings, but the Bible doesn’t bother fussing over titles because the Father and Jesus are so one—so united. The part to notice in grateful thanks is that we have the blessing of becoming the Kings (Revelation 1:6, 5:10)!

So Paul’s statement about the preeminence of the Father pertains to us.   God the Father and Jesus Christ our Brother, also God, are reproducing themselves.   Eventually they will bring billions more to glory (Hebrews 2:10) in their God Family and Kingdom—more Gods but never with the same beginning, authority and position as them.   We are “a new creation” with beginning of days! We will be happy to always humbly submit to them and carry out their will for eternity.

One day I was amazed to notice something Paul wrote in Romans 1:19-20: “What may be known of God is manifest to them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen … even His … Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”

Contrary to common belief, the Godhead is not a closed triangle where “He who has tried to understand the mystery fully will lose his mind” (Harold Lindsell and Charles Woodbridge, A Handbook of Christian Truth, 1953, pp. 51-52).  It’s a welcoming family circle!

Paul says we have no excuse not to understand the Godhead—the nature of God . We can understand because we understand families.  Thank God for family!  Yes, even your family!  And what we can learn from it to become part of the God family!

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Did Paul Say Jesus Was Not God?

Have you ever had a scripture that bothered you for years? I’m not trying to give you another one!

But by sharing with you one that has been a burr in my saddle for 19 years, you can not only understand this scripture better but you can learn how to deal with a bothersome scripture.

In 1 Corinthians 8:6 Paul wrote, “Yet for us there is only one God, the Father … and one Lord Jesus Christ…”

In 1996 some claimed that Paul said Jesus is Lord but not God:  “only one God, the Father…”  How do you argue with that?

You must see what the rest of the Bible says! And start with what Paul also says …

Paul also wrote in Titus 2:13, “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” The author of Hebrews, generally regarded as Paul, clearly referred to Jesus Christ being Melchizedek who had no mother and father or beginning of days (Hebrews 7:3). And Hebrews 1:8 says the Son was God.

  • Jesus was called Immanuel—“God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
  • Jesus was the God of the Old Testament—before Abraham was  and the Rock Who followed them.
  • Jesus asked the Father to restore Him to His former glory (John 17:5).
  • Jesus let people worship Him.

What did the deity deniers say about all that? Mistranslations!

My own take back in 1996 was that putting all the scriptures together, a must principle for rightly dividing the Word of Truth, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is God.

The best I could do back then was fall back on Peter’s analysis about Paul—that he has written “some things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:16).

Burr removed in 2011!

We must look at the second half of Paul’s scripture, not just the first. Does “there is one Lord, Jesus Christ” mean that the Father cannot also be Lord?

Matthew 11:25 says “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.” The Father is called Lord in Psalm 110:1 and Revelation 11:15.

The Father and Jesus Christ are family—so united—so one—and are both intimately involved in relationship with us as Their children—that Jesus can be called “Father” in Isaiah 9.

More understanding in 2015: Read the whole verse!

What really clears up this bothersome verse for me is to read Paul’s whole statement—not isolate five words—as I did in 1996! The “one God … of whom are all things” I’ve always known to be the Father! The “one Lord … through whom are all things, and through whom we live” I’ve always known to be Jesus Christ!

This scripture bothers me no more. Yet how many times do we come back to a verse in the Bible and discover even more depth of understanding!   Guess what:  Paul has way more for us in this one verse.  Don’t miss my next post.

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“Yours Is the Kingdom & the Power & the Glory Forever!” Has a Personal Meaning

Jesus gave that exuberant praise to the Father as the ideal way to end a prayer (Matthew 6:13).   Today while praying it occurred to me that there is another big meaning to that glorious phrase—a very personal one!

KINGDOM

The gospel Jesus preached was “the gospel of the kingdom of God” (Mark 1:14).

Paul persuaded people “concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets” and he “solemnly testified of the kingdom of God” (Acts 28:23).

My New King James Bible has 1,393 pages of instructions but clearly spells out our priority: “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).   You can be living the way of life of that glorious kingdom NOW!

POWER

The Kingdom of God is already the supreme power of the universe! You can already experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life NOW!   But God speed the blowing of the 7th trumpet when “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ” (Revelation 11:15).   Jesus Christ will rule from Jerusalem, all nations will flow to it to be taught, and Judah and Israel will become the model nations for the Gentiles that they were meant to be. For the 1,000 years of the Millennium and for the Great White Throne Judgment, Jesus and His saints will establish His Kingdom of God on earth, no doubt preparing for service throughout the universe!

Something else happens when the 7th trumpet blows: Hopefully you will hear “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).

GLORY

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” promised Paul in Romans 8:18. God the Father and Jesus His Son are going to share it all with you!

Yes, far more than the wonderful down payment and foretaste we have now, at that time YOURS is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!”

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Willingly Cut to the Heart

We dread heart operations and don’t want to go under the knife on such a life and death organ.

So how could we want to be willingly cut to the heart? Spiritually this is the best thing that could happen to us!

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

A good example? I would have admitted to not being as humble as I should be and to sometimes displaying too much pride. But arrogant? C’mon, no way!

Then one day while reading James 4:13, God convicted me that I was actually saying almost word for word what was written there: “Today we will go to Canon City [my Colorado hometown], spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit probably about 40 percent.” I was flipping houses and somehow God quoted me centuries in advance!   He nailed me for relying on myself and not saying “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

About the same time, family members and brethren on different occasions made comments about me being arrogant in some matter! Before their comments would have escaped me, but not when God was wielding His two-edged Remington my way!

Since then I have been convicted to strive to overcome boasting in arrogance (James 4:16).

The Bible has power beyond pages and ink because every word is God-breathed by Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:16). We want daily Bible Study that convicts us to do what God wants. And we want to daily seek the mind of Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:5) who is the living Word of God.   We want daily prayer that looks to God to humbly correct us to do His will not ours.

So we cry out like David did: “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10). And add Jeremiah’s qualification: “Correct me, but with justice … lest you bring me to nothing” (10:24).

We can trust Jesus Christ to be a merciful heart surgeon because our High Priest came and lived as one of us and knows our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). Then He allowed Himself to be willingly lacerated and beaten so we can be healed mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Why wouldn’t we then want to be totally surrendered to Him and to His Word?

Willingly cut to the heart!

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