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December 25, 2019  

Celebrating Three Kings Day

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When I was raised in Puerto Rico in the 60's, we celebrated Christmas, but "Reyes" or "Kings" was THE celebration of when the three Kings or Magi came to worship Jesus. The night before Three Kings day celebrations on January 6 were special nights. Children all over the island would leave grass out (generally by a manger built or prepared for the occasion) to feed the camels of the Three Kings, and they in turn would leave presents. Many times, Reyes was a much bigger celebration than Christmas. We loved Reyes!

As you grow up, and begin to follow Jesus, you learn a few things if you will study. For example, the names and the numbers of the wise men that came from the East are never mentioned in the New Testament. Not only that, the word translated as wise men (magoi) is not the Greek word for kings (basileon)! Oops! So much for the tradition of the Three Gentile Kings that came to worship baby Jesus, all based on human invention. None of it is Scriptural!

The above may be disconcerting for the unlearned, but the truth will not oppress you. The truth of God's Word will make you free from the traditions of men, if you will allow it. (John 8:32) Here comes much food for thought.

The Wise Men that Came to See Jesus were Magi - Astrologers?

Does anybody but me have a problem with the tradition that the wise men were astrologers of the Magi caste from Babylon? I hope not. For many years, as a Christian, that “scratched” at me on the inside.

We know from Scripture how much God despises all the pagan practices of idolatry that include sorcery (deals with potions and spells), witchcraft (those that cast spells -incantations and curses and invoke (evil) spirits to get their will done), necromancers (those that attempt to speak to the dead, mediums), soothsayers (fortune tellers, and that includes the ouiji boards of today, tarot cards, divination, psychics), spiritists (those that channel evil spirits to tell your fortune), and astrologers (those that tell of events past, present, and future by “reading” the stars and planets). Here are a few verses of Scripture that put in view God’s perspective:

Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:31 NLT)

I will also turn against those who commit spiritual prostitution by putting their trust in mediums or in those who consult the spirits of the dead. I will cut them off from the community. (Lev. 20:6 NLT)

Men and women among you who act as mediums or who consult the spirits of the dead must be put to death by stoning. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Lev. 20:27 NLT)

And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead… The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the Lord your God forbids you to do such things. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11, 14 NLT)

Manasseh also sacrificed his own son in the fire. He practiced sorcery and divination, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the LORD’s sight, arousing his anger. (2 Kings 21:6 NLT)

God calls these practices evil and wicked in the sight of the Lord, arousing His anger, spiritual prostitution, and a capital offense. He is the same today. He has never changed His mind on the subject. (Malachi 3:6)................................

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December 20, 2019  

Jesus Came Up From the Dead Out of the Abyss- The Story of Our Great Redemption #25

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Jesus came up from the dead out of the abyss! (Romans 10:7) As we have stated repeatedly, Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth. (Ephesians 4:9) This speaks of the heart of the earth as in Matthew 12:40, and the abyss in several passages in the New Testament. One such passage is Revelation 9:1-3, where the abyss or the bottomless pit is referred to as the place of demons, a furnace of smoke, and evil. That all means that Hades, the abyss, the bottomless pit, the lower parts of the earth, and the center of the earth are all synonymous terms in the New Testament, and we prove it in this podcast.

Jesus was our substitute in the hell of flames and torment that the wicked rich man went to in Luke 16:23-24! The sacrifice of Jesus in Hades was a part of the first message Peter preached on the day of Pentecost after the Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke in other tongues. (Acts 2:24-31) That was in the first Pentecostal message ever preached! So, Jesus going into hell for us is a Pentecostal, Holy Spirit and fire, message!

Jesus died the deaths and went to the hell of torment, agony, and fire in our place, so that all who will receive His sacrifice and live for Him will be delivered from that awful eternity. I am a believer and follower of Jesus, so when I die, I will miss hell and gain heaven! The same can be said of ALL that will trust in Jesus and in His awesome sacrifice. I hope you are one of His! If not, you can be one of His right now. How?

First acknowledge your sinful condition:

“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

Then repent:

“Repent {change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways, accept and follow Jesus as the Messiah} and be baptized, each of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of your sins.” (Acts 2:34 Amplified)

Then believe that God raised Jesus from the dead to justify YOU, and confess with your mouth (out loud), from your heart, that He is your Lord and Savior:

“Because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord {recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God}, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes {in Christ as Savior} resulting in his justification {that is being made righteous- being freed from guilt of sin and made acceptable to God}, resulting in and confirming {his} salvation.” (Romans 10:9, 10 Amp.)

I’ll leave the importance of baptism in water and consistent instruction for living in God to a good local church and pastor. By “good” I mean an anointed, Word-abiding, Spirit- filled, tongue-talking and praying, healing-ministering, faith-filled church. Don’t waste your time going to a dead, weak, spineless, and gutless church that preaches people out of their inheritance in Christ! Find a powerhouse in Christ Jesus! I would NEVER go to a church that does not believe in winning people to the Lord Jesus, that does not pray for the sick for healing, that does not cast out demons, that does not minister to people the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the manifestation of speaking in other tongues, and that preaches sermonettes instead of the unadulterated Word of the living God!

Be blessed with the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit in this podcast!

If you have not done so, please study the first 24 podcasts to get a clearer understanding of this life-changing teaching. That way you get it in context. 

Download the free book that was the basis for most of this study, “The Story of our Great Redemption: Beyond Human Imagination!” That's the link to get the free 194-page book. I've published five different versions on this subject since 1977. The latest 2013 version in Spanish, “Tres Días y Tres Noches en el Corazón de la Tierra” is 290 pages long. Obviously, the Lord taught me a few more things from His Word. That is the most complete version I have published. In its pages are many of the extra things I brought out in these podcasts that were not in previous versions. Get the free "Tres Días..." PDF here. Glory to God!

December 12, 2019  

Jesus Descended into the Lower Parts of the Earth- The Story of our Great Redemption #24

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Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth. (Ephesians 4:9) This speaks of the heart of the earth as in Matthew 12:40, and the abyss in several passages in the New Testament. One such passage is found in Revelation 9:1-3, where the abyss or the bottomless pit is referred to as the place of demons, smoke, and evil. Each of these terms are synonymous with Hades (translated hell in KJV), and in fact are speaking about the same place of torment and flames of fire as in Acts 2:27-31 and Luke 16:23-24. Jesus was our substitute in hell! Jesus died the deaths and went to the hell of torment, agony, and fire in our place, so that all who will receive His sacrifice and live for Him will be delivered from that awful eternity. I am a believer and follower of Jesus, so when I die, I will miss hell and gain heaven! The same can be said of ALL that will trust in Jesus and in His awesome sacrifice. I hope you are one of His! If not, you can be one of His right now.

How?

First acknowledge your sinful condition:

“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

Then repent:

“Repent {change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways, accept and follow Jesus as the Messiah} and be baptized, each of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of your sins.” (Acts 2:34 Amplified)

Then believe that God raised Jesus from the dead to justify YOU, and confess with your mouth (out loud), from your heart, that He is your Lord and Savior:

“Because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord {recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God}, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes {in Christ as Savior} resulting in his justification {that is being made righteous- being freed from guilt of sin and made acceptable to God}, resulting in and confirming {his} salvation.” (Romans 10:9, 10 Amp.)

I’ll leave the importance of baptism in water and consistent instruction for living in God to a good local church and pastor. By “good” I mean an anointed, Word-abiding, Spirit-filled, tongue-talking and praying, healing-ministering, faith-filled church. Don’t waste your time going to a dead, weak, spineless, and gutless church that preaches people out of their inheritance in Christ! Find a powerhouse in Christ Jesus! I would NEVER go to a church that does not believe in winning people to the Lord Jesus, that does not pray for the sick for healing, that does not cast out demons, that does not minister to people the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the manifestation of speaking in other tongues, and that preaches religious sermonettes instead of the unadulterated Word of the living God!

If you have not done so, please study the first 23 podcasts to get a clearer understanding of this life-changing teaching. That way you get it in context. Be mightily blessed with the Word and the Spirit of the Lord through this podcast!

Download the free book that was the basis for most of this study, “The Story of our Great Redemption: Beyond Human Imagination!” That's the link to get the free 194-page book. I've published five different versions on this subject since 1977. The latest 2013 version in Spanish, “Tres Días y Tres Noches en el Corazón de la Tierra” is 290 pages long. Obviously, the Lord taught me a few more things from His Word. That is the most complete version I have published. In its pages are many of the extra things I brought out in these podcasts that were not in previous versions. Get the free "Tres Días..." PDF here. Glory to God!

December 9, 2019  

The Unexplored Emphasis in Scripture on the Soul and Spirit of Jesus During His Sacrifice- The Story of our Great Redemption #23

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Amazingly, little to no emphasis has been placed on the sufferings of the soul and spirit of Jesus on the cross and in hell. Some deny this truth. Peter preaches this truth by quoting Psalms 16:10 in the first sermon preached after the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost. (See Acts 2:24-31.) The suffering of the soul of Jesus (the soul's innermost part being the spirit) is taught three times in Isaiah 53:10, 11, and 12; "You (God) make His soul was an offering for sin", "He (God) shall see the labor of His soul", and "He poured out His soul unto death". What? His Soul was an offering for sin? I thought His body and blood were the offering for sin? THEY WERE, but so were the soul and spirit because Jesus' sacrifice was the sacrifice of ALL of Himself in spirit, soul, body, blood and all!!! Yet to hear some preachers, the sin offering was ONLY His blood and body. Wrong! There was more involved. Ignorance has been HUGE in this area of the sacrifice of Jesus. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit and through the Word of God, we bring it back into focus.

"Oh, but Jesus taught us in the Lord's Supper to only emphasize the body and the blood for the forgiveness of sins," someone said attempting a rebuttal. That’s only partially right. The emphasis of Jesus was on His body and the New Covenant in His blood. That included EVERYTHING He suffered for us and EVERYTHING He provided for us, spirit, soul, body, and in EVERY realm of life and the world to come (eternity). Nothing was excluded, in His sacrifice or in His mighty provision.

If you have not done so, please study the first 22 podcasts to get a clearer understanding of this life-changing teaching. That way you get it in context. Be mightily blessed with the Word and the Spirit of the Lord through this podcast!

Download the free book that was the basis for most of this study, “The Story of our Great Redemption: Beyond Human Imagination!” That's the link to get the free 194-page book. I've published five different versions on this subject since 1977. The latest 2013 version in Spanish, “Tres Días y Tres Noches en el Corazón de la Tierra” is 290 pages long. Obviously, the Lord taught me a few more things from His Word. That is the most complete version I have published. In its pages are many of the extra things I brought out in these podcasts that were not in previous versions. Get the free "Tres Días..." PDF here. Glory to God!

December 4, 2019  

The Biggest Blunder in all Eternity- The Story of Our Great Redemption #22

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According to many Scriptural references we have given, the evidence is clear. Jesus suffered the deaths, physically and spiritually. After His spirit left His body, He was received into the flames of hell to suffer on our behalf for three days and three nights! The innocent Jesus, the one who NEVER sinned, the spotless ONE, suffered for the guilty. There was one whopping “problema”. Jesus was ushered into hell illegally!! The devil took the bait, and swallowed it along with the boat and the fisherman! The devil misunderstood God’s plan and thought he had finally defeated the Son of God. Oh man, what a “yuge” mistake! No, it was bigger than that. It was a ginormous blunder that he would never live down or get rid of. The devil received the spirit and soul of THE INNOCENT ONE into the bowels of the earth. Satan didn’t understand the mystery hidden in God and he fell into God’s trap. What a story! The Story of our great redemption!

Do you have questions about all this? Listen to the previous 21 messages and those that will follow. Also, get my book on the subject and be mightily blessed! Download the free book that was the basis for most of this study, “The Story of our Great Redemption: Beyond Human Imagination!” That's the link to get the free 194-page book. I've published five different versions on this subject since 1977. The latest 2013 version in Spanish,“Tres Días y Tres Noches en el Corazón de la Tierra” is 290 pages long. Obviously, the Lord taught me a few more things from His Word. That is the most complete version I have published. In its pages are many of the extra things I brought out in these podcasts that were not in previous versions. Get the free "Tres Días..." PDF here. Glory to God!