This article will answer the question of “Apostolic Succession,” what it is, who has claimed it for themselves, and to whom it rightfully belongs.
Jesus warned to watch out for “false prophets/teachers who come to you as wolves in sheep’s clothing.” The Book of Revelation states that the “whole world” has been deceived by a certain religious entity who is the “Mother” of them all. Let’s take a closer look at this and see what it all means.
God speaks in mental pictures. If you consider the relationship between a man and a woman as a similitude of the relationship between God and His people, you can understand how He feels when His woman gives her good stuff to another. In many different places, God makes mention of Israel as His wife and He is as her husband.
In Ezekiel, chapter 23, Israel – the northern kingdom of Samaria is spoken of as Ahola and her sister Judah is as Aholibah. First Ahola committed whoredoms with the Assyrians and she defiled herself with idols. Hence; idolatry is equated with committing adultery against God. When Aholibah /Judah saw this, she did more in her whoredoms than her sister.
Both of these sisters committed whoredoms in that they turned away from their husband and doted after other gods. For this reason, their God gave them over to their lovers and their ways. For this reason, they have been oppressed and given over to all manner of suffering. But if they return to Him, He has promised to take them back.
They say, if a man put away his wife and she goes from him and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? Shall not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, says the Lord.
Lift up your eyes unto the high places, and see where you have not been lain with. In the ways you have sat for them as the Arabian in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land with your whoredoms and with your wickedness.
and a time to every purpose under heaven:” (Eccl 3:1)
Ever since the foundation of the world, there has been a set time for everything in the heavens. This is fairly common knowledge, as there are apps that can show you what the sky looked like on any given date. Just like the Moon, planets, & stars follow a certain path in the sky and never deviate from it regardless of the year of their appearance, the same is done on Earth by those of God.
“A time to be born & a time to die…
…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which has been planted;” (Eccl 3:2)
The Prophets of God have always come at a certain time, and that time has always been the perfect time of their appearance on the stage of history. When they have proclaimed God’s Word, they have both planted the Good Seed in the minds of those who hear & plucked up the false grains grown from bad seed. (see Matt 13) Those announcing the Righteous Message of God do so at the perfecttime and then leave when their time is done.
Likewise, the celestial bodies in the sky appear at their proper time and afterward disappear. Recently there have been some amazing shows in the skies, or heavens, involving the Sun, Moon, & Stars because they were set in motion long ago to appear now. The same is being done on Earth, for now is the time!
“Proclaim Liberty thro’ all the Land to all the Inhabitants thereof…”
This proclamation is etched on what is known as the “symbol of American Independence” – the Liberty Bell housed in Philadelphia, the City of “Brotherly Love.” But where does this saying come from?
It is a quote from Biblical Scripture, Leviticus 25:10 pertaining to the Jubilee called for by God after He brought the House of Israel out of their oppression in Egypt…
Exodus from Egypt
“For the LORD our God, it is He that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:” Josh 24:17
Jesus said we should pray in this manner: My Father who is in heaven; Holy is Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven…”
If you’ve seen our presentation on The Firmament, you know there are numbers and signs contained in the two greatest bodies we see in the heavens, the Sun and the Moon, relating to their diameters in relation to the two great structures in God’s Word, Noah’s Ark and the Ark of the Covenant. These contain measures only the Creator could have known from the very foundation of creation. These two heavenly bodies will be the stars of a great show coming soon!
As of 2005 54% (3.6 billion people) of the world’s population considered themselves adherents of an “Abrahamic religion.” Christianity being the largest at 33%, Islam second at 21% and Judaism at 0.02%. All “Abrahamic religions” claim a direct lineage to the Biblical Patriarch, Abraham.
Jesus said, If you are the children of Abraham, you would do the works of Abraham. So let’s see how well connected these “religions” really are to Abraham!
The ‘Beatitudes’ address those who are: “poor, in spirit; they that mourn; the meek; those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; the merciful; pure in heart; the peacemakers; persecuted for righteousness’ sake.” Y’hoshua said to those people, “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so did they persecute the prophets who were before you… You are the Light of the world, a city set on a mountain… to give light to all that are in the house… Let your Light shine before the people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. That’s in Matthew chapter 5. It sounds like he’s talking to the children of God who are the “Lights of the world.” In fact in Romans 8:19 Paul says, “For the earnest expectation of the whole creation waits for the manifestation of the children of God!” Now that’s amazing! Where can these people be? Who is expecting them?
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the Day of the LORD is here in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:14
“Now therefore reverence the LORD, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and you serve the LORD. And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; For the LORD our God, He it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore we will also serve the LORD; for He is our God.” Joshua 24:14-18 Continue reading “The Valley of Decision”
If we look to the Nelson’s Bible Dictionary to find out about the Firmament, it tells us it is an “expanse of sky and space in which the stars and planets are set.” Genesis tells us that God made the Firmament on the second day of creation to divide the waters above from the waters below (Gen 1:6).” and “…on the fourth day of creation God placed the stars, the sun, and the moon in the “Firmament of the heavens.” (Gen 1:15-18).
The Seed of Abraham
The Firmament reflects the greatness of God who created it. God made a Covenant many years ago with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and his seed that keep His Commandments.
“The Firmament shows forth His handiwork.” (Ps 19:1).
In the Day of Tribulation, a time such as there never has been, God’s people will be delivered from evil, and “those who are wise, shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever.” (Dan 12:1-3).
“After this manner you pray, ‘My Father, who is in Heaven, Holy is Your Name; Your kingdom come, Your Will be done, upon earth as it is in heaven… and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” -Jesus, Mat 6:9, Continue reading “What or Who is the Firmament?”