Sunday, May 7, 2017

God Hates Religion

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” – Revelation 3:15-19

We are to abide in Jesus daily. Jesus makes that clear in the 15th chapter of John. We are to forsake this world, the riches of this world, the entrapments of this world (even the ones in the church), and the cares of this world and abide in Jesus. That means that Jesus is to be exalted above ALL other areas of your life EVERY DAY.

God provided manna in the wilderness in Exodus 16, every day. It was only good for the day it was gathered and then it rotted and turned into worms if it was saved (except the two days worth so they would not gather on the Sabbath). God has never been a God of weekly lip service, special ceremonies or special holidays. He has always commanded and demanded our daily attention. It is no different with Jesus. He commands and demands our daily attention on Him. That is what is meant by the word ABIDE.

Don’t believe me?

This is how God opens up His judgment against Israel as He delivered it to Isaiah:

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?”
Says the Lord.
“I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
Or of lambs or goats.

“When you come to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts?
Bring no more futile sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Even though you make many prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood. – Isaiah 1:11-15

Do you still believe that God winks at sin? Do you still believe that Jesus gives a free pass on Sunday morning for whatever you did on Saturday night? Do you think that God is going to continue to tolerate your religious acts apart from abiding in Him daily? I don’t believe you can read the above passage and be content in giving Sunday lip service to Jesus. Jesus is not a salve to put on your wounds. Jesus is not a bandage to cover your ouchies. Jesus is not there to give you a free pass for your Saturday night sins. Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and commands your daily presence.

There is a greater question that must be asked of those who confess Jesus as Lord and an enormous warning to be delivered to those who are trusting in their religion to save them. (Go and read my last post when you finish this one.)

Are you among those who Jesus never knew?

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” – Matthew 7:21-23

Standing alone, it is pretty easy to clearly understand that having a relationship with Jesus trumps all other good works you might do, but if that isn’t enough, the six verses before these three make it clear that the fruit one bears testifies to their true nature and the four verses after them tell you where you ought to be investing your efforts. John 15 makes it very clear how one who bears Jesus’ fruit is to act. If you have no desire to abide, as in John 15, or build upon the solid Rock, then you need to repent and seek a new relationship with Jesus.

God Will Not Be Mocked By Your Religious Practices

Not only should the above passage from Isaiah have you trembling concerning your Sunday lips service attitude, but you need to be aware that if you are not abiding in Jesus, the Word of God, on a daily basis, then you will be among those who are deceived by the false teachers and the Anti-Christ. Both the False Prophet and the Anti-Christ are already in this world, so you better wake up and start paying attention. Pay attention to these words of the apostle Paul:

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-7

All of my adult life I have sought to understand what is meant by the phrase "holding to a form of godliness, but denying its power." The Holy Spirit has led me to a full understanding of it. It relates to what we just read in Matthew 7. When we deny our relationship with Jesus, we deny the power of our salvation. It really doesn't take a lot of wisdom to understand that if the branches deny the sap of the vine to flow through them or become disconnected from the vine that they will quickly die. Besides the death of never being connected, denying our daily relationship with Jesus puts us at risk for deception.

Deception will come and already has come in the form of religion. Deception is in the common Christian symbols and traditions that you probably see in your church on Sunday. Without the guiding of the Holy Spirit, to guide you into all truth (John 16) and the relationship connected to abiding in Jesus on a daily basis, even the scriptures are a stumbling block.

There is no wisdom, there are no codes, and there are no professors or teachers that can give you a full understanding of the Word of God. The Truth can only be found through the guidance of The Word, The Light and The Truth (John 1). The Truth stands on its own apart from what you believe or what you’ve been taught. All things must be tested against the Word of Truth. Apart from Jesus and Him glorified and exalted in your life, you WILL BE DECEIVED.

Abide in Jesus Daily

Give up your religious practices and your dependence upon religious rites and symbols. Instead, abide in Jesus every single day. Exalt Him above all other things in your life and seek His wisdom and His guidance through the Holy Spirit and through His Word. We all get off track, but in order to continue to abide in Jesus; we must recognize our wandering and rebellion, repent of it and get right back into abiding. BE RESTORED NOW!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Don’t Get Too Comfortable With Your Religion and Religious Practices

And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” – Matthew 24:2

In the past several months and even into the last few years, Matthew 24 has been consulted over and over again as people search for signs of the times and for clues as to what is coming. I’ve referred to this chapter several times myself and just like many, I’ve skipped over the most important warning Jesus gives in Matthew 24. It wasn’t until the Lord directed me toward the obscure references of Shiloh that finally saw what Jesus was telling His disciples and US in this passage. Before we go into that, let’s build the scene.

Earlier in the week, Jesus, the King who comes in the name of the Lord, has ridden into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt fulfilling prophesy and doing it on the 10th day of the first month in connection with bringing the sacrificial lamb into the home before the Passover. As the Triumphal Entry is taking place and the very stones of the ground are crying out that He is Lord, Jesus begins to weep for Jerusalem. As He arrives at the temple, His weeping turns into anger and He cleanses the temple. Following the cleansing of the temple, Jesus rips into the religious leaders and pronounces judgments upon them.

The chronology and timing of isn’t clear between the three references, but it is possible that Jesus left the temple to cool off. Please don’t take this to be certain, because it might not be the case. Instead, place yourself inside the character of one of the disciples who has been watching all of this take place. You’re expecting that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is about to set up His earthly kingdom. Having seen the zeal with which He had cleansed His Father’s House, you assume that bringing up how beautiful and majestic God’s House is would be a safe move, right?

That’s when Jesus delivers the jaw dropping statement above. In essence He said, “Don’t be too taken by that or too impressed by it because not one stone of it is going to stand upon another.” The disciples followed along behind Him quietly as they passed through the Kidron Valley, and then went up the other side onto the Mount of Olives. When they stopped to rest, one of them had the guts to ask, “When will all of this take place?” That’s when Jesus delivers the prophesy which so many people have been referencing. Let’s leave that alone and go back to the jaw dropper, because there is a gem to be found in that single statement.

We know that He was talking about the future destruction of the temple, but there is deeper meaning in it, especially if you lay that statement beside the one found in John 2:19, “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’” In that statement He was referring to His own body as John points out in verses 21 and 22. They fit together more closely than you realize, but you have to go to Jeremiah to start getting a handle on it. Just as a hint, both statements are connected to Shiloh. Let’s go see what Jeremiah said.

 “Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know,  and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the Lord.

  “But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. And now, because you have done all these works,” says the Lord, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer,  therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. – Jeremiah 7:8-14

This judgment continues on and Jeremiah repeats it again in chapter 26. Let’s get some more background into what God is talking about in this prophesy. Shiloh is an obscure reference to Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah spoken of in Revelation, but we’re not going there just yet. What Jeremiah is talking about is a place called Shiloh, which was a holy place where the tabernacle was set up after the Israelites entered the Promised Land. You hear about Shiloh throughout the Old Testament all the way up until you read about the Philistines capturing the Ark of the Covenant and then you never hear of it again until this prophesy of Jeremiah.

Shiloh and the tabernacle were wiped out by the Philistines and that is why you never hear of it again. Jeremiah’s prophesy is making reference to what happened to Shiloh for what is going to happen to the temple and then Jesus repeats the judgment again. If you compare the judgment that Jesus pronounces on the religious leaders in Matthew 23 with the judgment of Jeremiah 7, you see that they are very similar. It would take an entire book to make a complete comparison between the two, but we can boil it down to something very profound, which applies to US.

Read verses 8 – 11 of Jeremiah 7 again:

“Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know,  and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the Lord.

Basically, God’s judgment against Israel in Jeremiah's prophesy and Jesus’ judgment against the Jewish leaders is that they were running off and doing whatever they pleased, sinning freely, worshiping other gods, stealing and killing and doing all sorts of wicked things, and then rushing back to the house of God to confess their sins and trust in the religious rites, ceremonies, worship services, communion, tithing and singing hymns of praise. They were trusting that they could do anything that they wanted to do because they could always go back to the temple of God to set things right again.

Does that sound familiar to any of you? Let he who has eyes to see and ears to hear understand.

God set up the tabernacle so that He could come and dwell among the people as they wandered through the dessert and as they came into the Promised Land. God brought them out of Egypt, He parted the Red Sea for them, He gave them sweet water to drink in the dessert, He provided them with manna and quail as they wandered on a daily basis to feed them, He gave them His law as a civil code for them to live by and establish a nation and then He asked of them to keep Him in the forefront of their lives. God asked the people of Israel to EXALT Him above all other things in their lives. Look at the challenge Joshua laid down in Joshua 24:14 and 15:

“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Brothers and sisters, CHOOSE WHO YOU ARE GOING TO SERVE! Exalt Jesus over all of the other things in your life or do not. To put it in the same blunt language of Joshua, please excuse me in this, but it is URGENT that you understand this… CHOOSE TO PUT JESUS AHEAD OF ALL OTHER THINGS IN YOUR LIFE OR GET OUT OF THE WAY so you will not lead others astray along with you.

You might be insulted right now, you might be angry, you might be frightened and you might want to turn against me. Fine, but understand something first, running out and doing whatever you please, exalting the things and the circumstances in your life, putting your head in the sand and hiding, arguing with me or calling derogatory names on Facebook and then running back to your religious practices and your church with the same arrogance which the people of Israel had with both the tabernacle and the temple will not bring God's blessing upon you.

God has been very gracious in providing us with signs of His coming wrath so that we might escape it. God has withheld the evil of the earth from attacking with its full force. Over the past several years He has slowly been pulling back His hand as a warning to us that the times which Jesus talked about in Matthew 24 are coming. Just like a woman in the pains of labor, they have increased in frequency and intensity and they will continue to do so.

God has given us hints of what is coming in all parts of the world, in some cases, right in your own back yard. He will draw back His protection just as He did when He allowed the Philistines to destroy Shiloh, the Babylonians to destroy the temple the first time and the Romans to destroy it the second time. Jeremiah’s words, Joshua’s words and Jesus’ words ought to shake you out of whatever slumber you are in and draw you to TABERNACLE with your Lord.

I promised I would visit the meaning of the person of Shiloh. It is a very powerful and sobering connection as well. The person of Shiloh, who is Jesus, was referred to only once in Jacob’s blessing upon his son Judah (Genesis 49). In that blessing, he called Judah a lion’s whelp who would rule over his brothers until the person, Shiloh, came. What is extremely powerful and telling is that in Revelation 5, when Jesus takes the scroll containing His inheritance from God, He is referred to as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. That title is given to Him in no other place in the Bible. Look at what is sandwiched between those two mirrors of Genesis 49 and Revelation 5!

While you’re trying to decode the riddles of Daniel, Revelation and Matthew 24, you’re missing the whole point. While you’re constructing time lines and wringing your hands over whether we’re going to go through a pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib rapture, you’re missing the whole point. While you’re watching wars break out, hovering in front of your televisions and computers for the latest world news and what it means to end times prophesy, you’re missing the point. While you’re looking to the skies and wringing your hands over the star alignments and planet X and sunspots and meteors, you’re missing the point. What is the point?

Jesus wants to tabernacle with you. Jesus wants to pitch His tent right beside yours every night and eat breakfast around the camp fire every morning. Jesus wants to be your temple. He wants to be lifted up in praise and thanksgiving every day.

Don’t look on Him as the people of Israel looked upon Shiloh and later upon the temple. Exalt Jesus day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Drink the sweet water He provides so that you will not thirst. Eat the manna and quail He provides so that you won’t go hungry. Trust in Jesus for your salvation, your protection and your deliverance. Let Jesus be exalted in your salvation and in the salvation of those around you. The day is quickly coming when not a single stone of the temples which you have built for yourselves will stand upon another.

Look at what Jesus told His disciples after explaining the time of the end to them:

“For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:35 and 36.

Lord, Jesus come and take dominion over your people and over all the earth. Amen.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


This is just an annoucement to let you know that Quail Songs is changing up its format a little bit for 50 days starting on Friday. Here is a video link with the announcement which you are welcome and encouraged to share with family and friends. Let's really did into Jesus, the Word of God, through the season of Pentecost and watch how the Word takes root in our lives and causes us to produce fruit.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Get Your Talent Out of the Ground

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ – Matthew 25:24-30

I woke up in Medellin, Colombia this morning complaining. It took several hours of praying, worshiping and reading God’s Word to get me out of the gloomy mood I was in. Why was I gloomy? Unlike many who will read this I don’t have the luxury of sleeping in late on a Sunday morning, getting my family loaded into the car and head down to the local church where I can meet with my friends and other church members, preach, pray and sing, and then get back in the car and head over to Furr’s Cafeteria for lunch.

With fond memories I remember going to the fellowship/breakfast time at the Evangelical Free Church that I attended in Grand Junction, Colorado. Those breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy while visiting with fellow believers was a great way to warm up for a worship service in which our pastor taught sound Biblical doctrine and called us to use our gifts to better those around us. Like most who read this, I left stuffed to the gills with the Gospel, but did absolutely nothing with it. I don’t know if the term “spiritual gluttony” exists, but it should, because that’s really what it was.

I no longer have that luxury of spiritual gluttony on Sunday mornings. You see, I fell in love with a woman from Medellin, Colombia and chose to come live in her home. It’s also become my home. There are no First Baptist, First Presbyterian, First Methodist, Evangelical Free Church or any other Protestant Churches available for me to attend in Medellin and if there was, hopping in the car and going to one wouldn’t be the order of the day. There are thousands of Roman Catholic Churches, but joining myself to them is firmly against Jesus’ call on my life. My only spiritual fellowship comes from afar and it is often very limited.

As I prayed about this and lamented to Jesus this morning, He pointed out that He had spent more than 40 years preparing me for what I’m doing. He made me comfortable with being alone and silent when He placed me on the back of a horse on my family’s ranch in Colorado where you often spent hours without seeing any other human. He has grounded me in His Word and taught me to trust in it above the voice of the preacher. He’s given me a wife who prays and supports me in all that I do and her family who loves me and supports me. He has given me family and friends across the world who uphold me with their prayers and support as well.

I could have fought the enormous battle of trying to take my wife to the U.S. (where illegal immigrants receive amnesty, but legitimate ones aren’t allowed in without going through a mountain of red tape and a fortune in cash), but that’s not what Jesus had in mind for me. He brought me here to delivery me from unrepentant sin and for healing and He accomplished that in my life. He also brought me here to bring the Gospel to a people who are greatly deceived by the Roman Cult. He gave me wisdom and understanding concerning the errors, but He has forbid me from attacking those errors head on. He has given me one charge, just like He has given every one of you. He has asked me to exalt His holy name and present His gospel of salvation. He’s given me the skill to draw out the scriptures in a way that draws people to Him. I could attack and debate and prove the great wisdom that He has blessed me with, but that’s not what He’s asked me to do.

I have the understanding that not all who receive the gospel will be saved. I also understand that not all who cry out Lord, Lord will be saved, but it is not given to me or anyone else an understanding of who is and is not truly saved. It does not matter. Jesus did not tell us to sort the weeds from the wheat, He told us to help harvest the wheat. So, I awaken every morning at 4:30 a.m., I send out the daily devotionals that reach people from Malaysia and Australia who are halfway through their day and to those on the West Coast of the U.S. who have only been in bed for a few hours. These devotionals are in both English and Spanish (thanks to the help of my wife). They reach people right here in Colombia and around the world exalting the name of Jesus and drawing all who can hear His voice calling to them.

After I send out the devotionals, I spend time in the Word and praying for Jesus to be exalted in the lives of my friends, family and those who read the devotionals who I do not even know. It is usually 7:00 a.m. before I am finished with this work I’ve been given and I’m ready to start my work day.

I tell you these things not to boast, but to tell you that I am weary. Jesus feeds me enough daily to get me through the day, but I have no “spiritual gluttony.” I lie down at night exhausted and praying that Jesus’ voice will be heard by even a few of the 4 million lost and deceived who surround me in Medellin. I pray for the 700,000 people in Peru who are without homes and clean water and for the lives of the thousands of fellow Colombians who were made homeless, widowed, orphaned and had their children snatched away from them in Mocoa. What hope do you think these people have when they have been taught empty doctrine which calls them to pray to a dead woman, fashioned in the image of the goddess Ashtoreth, and long dead saints who have no power to deliver them? I pray with great earnestness that the Lord will give me enough time to reach the lost sheep that I am sent to minister to before such a catastrophe hits them.

Wealth was never given to me. Authority and position have eluded me. I have been blessed with one great gift and I have to use it to my very best ability. For too long, I buried my talent in the ground and basked in “spiritual gluttony.” Thanks be to Jesus that He did not allow me to leave it buried, because had I left it buried, I would have been just like the man in the parable of the talents above.

I’m calling out to you to dig up your talents and use them. At the very minimum, you can support me with your prayers and make certain that Quail Songs and Canciones de Codorniz are shared with anyone and everyone who might need to have Jesus exalted in their lives on a daily basis (I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t). You, your friends and your church can be of enormous support to me with your prayers and encouragement. As you’re basking in “spiritual gluttony” today, remember the command you were given, remember the parable of the talents and remember that there are those who are in desperate need for Jesus to be exalted in their lives.

Let he who has ear to ear and eyes to see understand that the big fish is swimming your way and Ninevah has need of a prophet. The field is white for harvest and the workers are few. Though I am weary and I long for those former days, I would not trade my exhaustion for them and hide my talent in the ground. Rest will come when I’m called home and weariness will be forgotten.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. – Mark 13:35 & 36

You might not have been one of the ones goofing off when this warning was called out in school, but I know that every one of you has heard it. Even adults, in the workplace, have heard the warning, “The boss is coming!” Jesus used this example in His parables of the Kingdom of Heaven and of His own return in Matthew 24 and 25 as well as Luke 12 and 19 and also Mark 13. There is really no way for anyone who has read the Word of God to miss the point of this illustration. So, with that in mind, pay attention: He Is Coming!



Sort of anticlimactic, huh? Please excuse my moment of dramatics. Jesus is coming, no one knows the exact day or hour, but we do know it is soon. There is a massive movement of people who are focused on the Fall feasts of the Jews wrapping up the Year of Jubilee. Their arguments have merit. Biblical scholars can point to a ton of very solid pieces of prophetic evidence to support their position. They make total sense, they really do. I would be convinced right along with them except for something that I’m about to share with you.

In my opinion, the Fall feasts in connection to the sign of Revelation 12 in the heavens, approach almost disqualifies it because EVERYBODY knows about it. Everybody is looking at those days. Everybody is preparing to either be caught up in the rapture or to mock those who set the date. I posted a blog last week about Expecting the Unexpected when it comes to Jesus. We know that He will come when He is not expected. I’m going to offer two suggestions concerning the Fall dates that should point you toward caution in placing too high of expectation in those dates.

1) Since EVERYONE knows that many are focused on the Fall dates, it makes it very easy for a powerful WORLD entity (I’m not going to speculate on who, but they are there) to pull off an enormous deception.

2) Thanks to modern technology, haven’t we already, in essence, seen the heavenly sign of Revelation 12? Don’t get overly technical on this. We know what the sign looks like and when it is coming. The first thought that comes to my mind about this being so obvious is STUMBLING BLOCK.

C) I had to do it (this is a serious matter, but it is also a time of rejoicing). We don’t know if there will be a pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib rapture when it comes right down to it. We don’t even know the exact starting point of the tribulation. If you get right down to it, we can’t really be certain of the entire seven year tribulation idea, because in reality, it was put together as a counter-reformation teaching by the Jesuits. That one probably hit you a little harder than you expected.

What we can say is that the SEASON is here and we should be watching. I’m going to lay out several prophetic connections that can suggest a different time for a pre-trib rapture below. THESE ARE NOT DATES THAT I AM SETTING, but each of them has equal merit to the dates set during the Fall feasts of the Jews. To start with, I want to point out something to draw your attention away from being too caught up in the Jewish Feast dates. Ready?


Does that come as a shock to you? It shouldn’t. We are not and never have been under the covenant of the Jewish law. Are we called to obey God’s commandments? Yes, and even to love the law of the Lord, but we are not Jews. We are under a new covenant. Christians have only two feast days, though we aren’t even compelled to celebrate those. They happen to match up with two Jewish feast days. Passover (Resurrection) and Shavout or Weeks (Pentecost) are our two high days, so to speak. I point those out only because if you are going to connect Christian observances with Jewish feasts, those two make a great deal more sense.

Here are alternated dates that hold equal status in terms of God following a scheduled rapture:

1.      Nissan 10 (10th day of the 1st month) There are more connections to Jesus, His purpose, His work and His return to this date than to any other date in the bible. Here is the short list:
a.       The Passover Lamb was brought into the home on this date and kept there until the day it was to be prepared for sacrifice.
b.      Joshua and the Israelites crossed over the Jordan and into the Promised Land on this date.
c.       The Triumphal Entry of Jesus, who came into Jerusalem (the home) and was kept there until it was time for Him to be prepared for sacrifice.
2.      Passover 14th through 21st of Nissan (Death and Resurrection). There are pretty powerful connections to this date as well.
a.       The lamb was sacrificed and its blood was placed on the doorposts of the houses, covering those inside from the judgment of God’s Angel of Death. Following the passing over by the angel, the Israelites were set free from bondage, fled into the dessert and were delivered across the Red Sea out of reach of Pharaoh, who was very swiftly judged and destroyed.
b.      Jesus was slaughtered and taken down from the cross, the Bible says, “on the day of preparation.” He was resurrected on the 3rd day as the first fruits of the New covenant (this day happens to also be a First Fruits feast of the Jews).
3.      50th Day, Shavout, Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). Fifty days were counted from the first day of the Passover. On the 50th day (sort of matches the Jubilee, don’t you think), was a celebration of the first fruits of the wheat harvest.
a.       The 50th day out of Egypt was the day God’s Ten Commandments were issued to the Israelites, declaring His new covenant with His people.
b.      Pentecost was the day that Jesus delivered on His promise of the Holy Spirit dwelling upon those in the New Covenant of Christ… that’s us. When you couple this with Jesus talking about the harvest of wheat… well… It has to make you wonder, right?

Just to mess up all of those who are bound to set dates for a pre-trib rapture, there is always the illustration of the Bride and Bridegroom. The Bridegroom goes to prepare a place for His bride and will come back at a non-specified date. Why isn’t it specified? Because when the Bridegroom prepares a place for His bride in His Father’s house, He cannot go and get her until the Father inspects the addition, which was added onto His house, and declares that the house is ready for the bride to come. That could be ANY day and one of the reasons that Jesus said, “of the day and hour, no one knows except the Father.”


Please understand that I am not scoffing nor mocking the return of Jesus. I am mocking the modern day Pharisees who believe that they can fit Jesus’ return into a box. The SEASON is upon us. We know that our time draws near because we can see that God is about to have His last seven years of dealing with the Nation of Israel, which is what the dates and time frames in Daniel and Revelation are specifically addressing. As Christians, we can be warned that the time is upon us as we see God’s prophesies concerning Israel playing out along with the signs that are being revealed throughout the world.

It makes sense that Christians will be dealt with separately from the Nation of Israel and everyone else, because of this, we will either be caught up and taken out of the world before that happens or we will be surrounded and protected while the tribulation is played out. If Jesus is to call us out, It would behoove us to have our eyes fixed on the next ten days for that to take place. If it does not happen in that time frame, keep your eyes open for the wedding feast to be called at whatever time throughout the spring, look with great anticipation again at the time of Pentecost.

It is my opinion and it is worth as much as you paid for it. If Christians are not taken up between now and September, then we’re probably not going to see a pre-trib rapture and we’ll see the events of the tribulation unfold very clearly and literally before our eyes. If that is the case, we can hope in a mid-trib or post-trib rapture and be secure in the knowledge that Our Lord will surround us and protect us.


We are in the season. End Times events will begin to unfold at a breakneck pace from this point forward. You should DEFINITELY have or be putting your spiritual house in order and trusting in Jesus ONLY for your salvation. You should not be distracted by anything but that which EXALTS the name of Jesus and gives all glory to Him. ABIDE in Him daily, watch and pray, for your redemption draws near.

NOTE: If you need help getting your spiritual house in order, refer to the following link or contact me directly. There is no more time to waste.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. – Luke 21:35

 I’m a couple of days late with this. Yes, I meant to say days.

On God's calendar, the New Year,  and the first month of God's year, just began with the sighting of the first sliver of the moon on the evening of Wednesday, March 29th. According to God's calendar, we just began the New Year.

This is significant because in the Jewish law, on the 10th day of the first month, the Jews were to bring a spotless lamb into their homes. This lamb was to be the symbolic sacrifice that celebrated their deliverance out of Egypt. It was the blood of this lamb on the door posts which caused the Angel of Death to Pass Over them. To make things very clear that He was the perfect sacrificial lamb, Jesus rode into Jerusalem (Israel's home) on a donkey on the 10th day of the first month. Later in that week, He was sacrificed in the same way and for the same purpose as the sacrificial lambs of the Passover.

It is likely that few of those who are reading this post are Jews. As Christian, we are called by the name of Jesus, but we share two feast days with the Jews. Both of which are extremely significant. The first feast we share with the Jews is the Passover, though we look at it a little differently with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday and then Jesus' death and resurrection. For Christians, this is our feast of deliverance out of bondage, because our sacrificial lamb, Jesus, was slain for us and we were covered by His blood so that death will not come to us.

The other feast we share with the Jews is Pentecost, which is the Jewish Feast of Weeks or Shavuot. This was a celebration of the bringing of the covenant and the first fruits of the wheat harvest for the Jews. For Christians, Pentecost was the arrival of Jesus' covenant of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, the New Covenant, but the significance of the first fruits of wheat shouldn’t be lost on us either, as Jesus often refers to the planting and harvesting of wheat in parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. (This is incidental to my post, but in Daniel's counting, Shavuots had extreme significance and are regularly misunderstood when people discuss End Times prophesies.)

While everyone's focus is on the fall festivals of the Jews, especially those setting dates for the rapture, the beginning of the tribulation, etc., we Christians need to focus on OUR festivals, because we are not a part of the Jewish covenant. We are a part of the NEW covenant of Jesus. Though we cannot know the exact day and hour of Jesus' return, we can know the SEASON. I believe that the next 60 days or so, are HIGH times to be looking for His call to us to come away to Him. At the same time that I am eagerly looking forward to that event, these are also times when it is easy for us to be deceived by a false messiah or a false prophet.

Be careful with any celebration or teaching which exalts anything EXCEPT Jesus, His sovereignty, His glory, His grace and His work in salvation.

Among the false teachings to look for are individuals standing up and declaring themselves to be the Messiah, Christ, Jesus or the Savior… seems like a no brainer, right? Believe it or not, there are those who, "hearing flattering words," will turn aside and follow a false teacher or a false messiah, because their words smack with honey. Beware of teachings that exalt freedom, peace, safety, security, unity, tolerance, the environment, health care and new world order. (Environmental and health care are political objectives that tend to go beyond their stated objectives and are focused on gaining complete control over how people live, work, buy and sell.)

Yes… I did list freedom above.

Apart from God’s righteousness, freedom is rebellion against God and is a MAJOR stumbling block. It is better to be bound to and abiding in Jesus as a slave than to be free apart from God’s righteousness. (I will take up this topic in a different blog someday.)

The signs and season of Jesus’ return are here and we should be anticipating His return. Jesus tells us how to anticipate His return after explaining what the End of the Age would look like in Luke 21. He said:

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:34-36

Do not be a dweller of this earth who are concerned with the snares and cares of this earth!

We are dwellers of heaven who are on a missionary trip to the earth. If your heart and your hope rest in the things of the earth, then you need to ask Jesus for a change of perspective. If you continue as a dweller of the earth, then you are putting yourself at risk to be deceived. Return to Jesus, focus on abiding in Him and being a dweller of heaven whose hope is in heaven and not upon this earth.

Today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are four critical days in the Quail Songs and Canciones de Codorniz devotionals. Their purpose is to draw you into a deeper abiding with Jesus as your true Lord and Savior. I’m asking three things of everyone who reads this post:

1.  I am calling you to pay attention, read and apply the words of scripture that are being shared these four days to your lives. Whether you agree with me or not is not important. Apply the words of scripture that I am sharing to your life.
2.  Share these devotionals to family, friends and acquaintances that need Jesus in their lives or need to experience renewal in Him.
3.  Pray that Jesus will be exalted in the lives of your friends, family and acquaintances throughout these four days and throughout the coming season.

Exalting Jesus above ourselves and all other things is the best defense against deception.

Here are the links to the English and Spanish versions of the Quail Songs Daily Devotionals:

Quail Songs

Canciones de Codorniz

May God bless each of you in this New Year.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Second Coming: The ONLY Thing to Expect Is the Unexpected

No matter how big of a box you build, God won’t fit inside of it. No matter how clever you think you are in figuring out the riddles contained in the scriptures concerning the second coming of Jesus, God is still going to work beyond your wisdom to carry out His will. Therefore, the ONLY thing to expect concerning Jesus’ second coming is the unexpected. His second coming will be just like His first; unpredictable. Consider this passage from the seventh chapter of John:

Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.”

 But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?”

 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”

 Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”

 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”

 They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.” - John 7:40-52

Jesus didn’t fit into their box. According to what they knew about Him, He didn’t come out of Bethlehem, He came from Nazareth in Galilee. We only know better because we have the gospels and the books of the New Testament. The major point to understand here is that Jesus didn’t fit into their box; in fact, Jesus was a law breaker because He healed on the Sabbath and He was a blasphemer because He claimed to be the Son of God. Look at another discussion between Jesus and the Pharisees in the fifth chapter of John:

“But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” – John 5:36-40

We are in exactly the same situation now. Those who are building boxes (or timelines) to fit Jesus into for His second coming are committing the exact same error. In fact, when I called out a particular date setter concerning an error in his interpretation, He told me that I am ignorant, another not so nice name, which I won't repeat here, and then assured me that his timeline was elegant and bulletproof and was put together by great theological minds.

We can see the signs, just as Jesus said we would, but we don’t really know the who, what, when, where, why and how things are going to play out. There are plenty of holes that no one knows how to explain. Here is an example of one of those errors, but there are many.

Many are saying that a third temple must be built so that the Anti-Christ can stop the sacrifice in the temple. Yet the scriptures teach that our bodies are the temple in which Christ now dwells in spirit and truth. Additionally, Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, which fulfilled the purpose of sacrifices; atonement for sin. With those two things in mind, why does God need a third temple and why would He be angry if sacrifices in it were stopped? I would think that the exact opposite would be true. The building of a third temple and resumed sacrifices would anger God, because it rejects the new covenant that He made through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.

Let me ask a few more questions. Isn’t there already an abomination which causes desolation sitting in a place where it should not be? Isn’t there an anti-Christ sitting on the temple mount of Jerusalem? Could we be constructing our timelines based on certain passages of scripture that we draw out to use as building material and by doing so we’re missing critical truths? The Pharisees did, what makes us think we are above that now?

Return to the passage from John 5 above. Why didn’t the Pharisees see the truth? Jesus explains clearly in verse 38, “But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.” Constructing timelines and boxes to hold God in are completely backward and cause the scriptures to become an enormous stumbling block.

Brothers and sisters, work on causing the Word of God to abide in you rather than using it to build a box in which to put God. Jesus will come in the same way that He came the first time; unpredictably. The only thing to expect is the unexpected. Be found in Jesus, because the who, what, when, where, how and why won’t matter when it all plays out. The ONLY thing that will matter will be whether or not you and Jesus have a relationship.

NOTE: Pay close attention to Quail Songs this week.