“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out MY Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions and also on My menservants and on My maidservants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29 NKJV). 

Tomorrow marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost (50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus). Tonight at sundown, the Jewish celebration of Pentecost begins. (until sunset tomorrow) Due to the difference in the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar, the Jewish and Christian celebrations of Pentecost are usually on different days.

Nearly 2000 years ago, God poured out the Holy Spirit on the multitude who were in Jerusalem to celebrate the spring harvest and to offer to God their first fruits. The apostle Peter, a Galilean, was speaking, yet everyone from many nations heard God’s message in His and her own language. (Acts 2:1-47). Peter quoted a prophesy from Joel and the near fulfillment of this prophecy is what we celebrate as Pentecost. The outpouring of the Holy Sprit brought nearly 3000 people into God’s family. Signs and wonders were performed by the apostles. (verse 43). The Jewish faith recognizes the giving of the Law (Exodus 19-20) on Pentecost.

The seal of the Holy Spirit shows that we belong to Jesus, who has redeemed us from the Law. The Commandments reveal our sinful nature and show that all are in need of a savior. The growth of the Christian Church happened on this holy day. Will it happen again? Joel says so.

Joel speaks of God giving Israel both the former and latter rains. This refers to the spring and fall rains needed for the seasonal harvests. The fall Harvest is the Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). Since God doesn’t change, we can expect a second and even greater harvest of believers during this Fall Holy Day. In the next post, I will show how this outpouring will occur within the final 7 years of this age and before the return of Jesus. EJ

What God Expects of from US.

Jesus gave up a life of Trinitarian fellowship with the Father and the Holy Spirit, in order to offer up His life as a sacrifice. None of us are good enough to earn eternal life. This payment was put upon the God who took on flesh and became man. His perfect life allowed the Father to offer His son up as an unblemished sacrifice. That one act of selfless love has given every person in world history the chance to enter God’s Eternal Kingdom.

Our job is to believe in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross and to repent of our sins. Jesus needs to be the Lord of every aspect of our lives. We also need to believe that He was resurrected from the dead because without that victory over death, we have no hope. This faith is not merely expressed in a prayer or one feel good moment of an altar call. It is manifest in our daily lives through our thoughts, words and actions. Attending church is not enough. The saints are a called out people who need to charge against Satan’s Kingdom.

The Holy Spirit must reign in our lives and the proof is in the fruits that our lives produce. If someone professes the Christian faith but is not advancing the kingdom, then it is correct to question if that person has saving faith or demon faith. God expects us to give freely of our time and resources to help others. We cannot keep silent when others around us are perishing. Even if God calls us to leave all our possessions behind, we must follow Jesus. Are you willing to bring the message of Salvation to others at the risk of losing everything? Jesus did. EJ

Follow the Formula


th                      Formulas help us to solve problems. If we use the wrong formula or place wrong pieces into the formula, the result will be an inaccurate answer. This same concept is used with understanding the scriptures. The proper formula will give us the correct foundation to draw logical and biblically supported answers. However, many Christians who proclaim the Bible as the Word of God do not follow the following formula consistently or completely.

1) The 5 basic rules for interpreting the Bible. (See section under Book Excerpts)

2) God does not lie and His Word is Truth. (John 14:6, 17:17-19, 18:37-38, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18)

3) God does not change. (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)

4) What is written in the Law and the Prophets must be literally fulfilled. (Mathew 5:17, 26:54-56, Luke 24:25-27)

5) Adding to the prophecies of God’s word will bring down biblical plagues. (Revelation 22:18)

6) Taking away from the words of prophecy will remove one’s share in the tree of life and the Holy City. (Revelation 22:19)

A prime example of drawing an inaccurate conclusion is the teaching that Jesus will NOT rule on earth for 1000 years. (Amillennialism). This teaching denies a literal fulfillment to Revelation 20. Isaiah 65:17-25 supports Revelation 20. We learn from God that there will be a time when Yahweh rejoices in Jerusalem and delights in His people. No infant will die after a few days but someone living to be a 100 will be considered a youth. People will live extended lives like the days of a tree. The ground will harvest a great bounty and the wolf and the lamb will feed together.  (Cf: Isaiah 11:6-9).  From the days of Isaiah, this world has not experienced such a time of peace or prosperity and since death still exists, this cannot refer to eternity.  For those who deny this literal fulfillment, they encounter a major problem if they believe  that the birth of a child king (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7)  and the suffering servant (Isaiah 53) were literally fulfilled in Jesus. These individuals deviate from the facts that: 1)  God does not change and 2) what He says WILL happen. Scripture cannot be manipulated to fit one’s own preconceived notions. If the formula is used inconsistently, Jesus will see these works as lukewarm and spew them from his mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16). EJ


What Abraham Knew (Part 2)


As we  profess our faith in Christ, we must know that it will be tested, most likely against something near and dear to our hearts. Abraham, the father of our faith, encountered such a dilemma.  When he was 99 years old God made a covenant with him (of circumcision).  God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (the father of many nations) and with this change came a promise. Abraham’s barren wife Sarai would bear a son through which Abraham’s descendants would come. (Genesis 17). Imagine what Abraham felt when his greatest hope (a son whom nations would arise from) was put to the test. Yahweh told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering to the Lord. This servant obeyed, saddled up his donkey and embarked on a journey to the land of Moriah with his son. What happened next was to the glory of God. On the third day of the journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place afar off. (Genesis 22:4) The Hebrew word for afar off (KJ translation) is Me rachowq (raw khoke) and has 2 meanings.

1) from a distance

2) time (peer into the future)

While the mount was definitely a distance away from the beleaguered father, it is the 2nd meaning that is of great significance. God gave Abraham a vision of the future and of the Almighty’s plan of salvation. We know this by harmonizing all relevant scriptures.Genesis 22:7-8 shows that Isaac wondered where the lamb for the offering was. Abraham answers by saying that God would provide the lamb. Yet in verse 13 a ram was caught in the thicket and was sacrificed as a burnt offering. Was Abraham wrong about the lamb?

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29 KJV)

” Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad.” (John 8:56 KJV).

“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” (Hebrews 11:17-19 KJV).

When we put all the events of the sacrifice together, it paints a picture of Jesus’ journey (into Jerusalem on a donkey), crucifixion and resurrection. Abraham looked up on the 3rd day and he had Isaac carry the wood for the offering. Jesus carried his cross and rose on the 3rd day. The father of many nations was given the vision of the death and resurrection of his savior. That is why he was able to know God could raise Isaac. The revelation began with the blood and wine that Melchizedek offered and culminated in this journey to Mount Moriah. Abraham named the place Jehovah Jireh (the Lord provides/in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.) Abraham’s patience and faith were rewarded with a look at the greatest sacrifice in the history of the world. -EJ

What Abraham Knew (Part One)


When we study events that transpired in the Old Testament, it is important to look to the New Testament in order to gain deeper insight. Abraham (the father of many nations) had faith in God and was considered righteous. He became a friend of God and was able to speak boldly to the Lord. Genesis 22 makes the connection of Abraham to Jesus through the events of God’s command for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (his only son from his wife Sarah). Isaac carried the wood needed for the  sacrificial fire to Mount Moriah (future site of the Holy Temple Solomon built). This offering was not only an opportunity to test Abraham but to show him, what the ALMIGHTY was willing to do in order to attain salvation for all people. (cf: John 3:16). What we learn from Jesus’ conversation to the Pharisees in John chapter 8 shows the connection that Abraham had to the Savior.

” Your forefather Abraham was extremely happy at the hope and prospect of seeing My day and he did see it was delighted.” (John 8:56 Amplified Bible)

Abraham had hoped to see the salvation of God for some time. The events on Mount Moriah were the culmination of that blessed hope. The seeds were planted previously during a Divine appointment among two Righteous Kings. Abraham returned from a campaign to rescue his nephew Lot. Melchizedek, the king of Salem and high priest of YHWH , met him and brought bread and wine. God’s High Priest blessed Abraham and then blessed the Creator Himself. When Melchizedek acknowledged that God delivered the enemies into the hands of Abraham, the father of all nations responded by giving  him a tenth of everything.(cf: Genesis 14:17-20).

A covenant was formed that day and the bread and wine were the offerings. They represented God’s plan of Salvation and the perfect sacrifice offered by Melchizedek. Jesus fulfills this covenant with his proclamation at the Passover Meal. He states that the bread is His body broken and the wine is the blood of the new covenant poured out for the forgiveness of sin. (Matthew 26:26-30). Jesus thus followed in the perfect order of Melchizedek and the “God Appointed” meeting that the Lord set up for Abraham brought the hope and longing he had for the Savior.-EJ


Unprepared Christians

Imagine the following 3 scenarios. A football quarterback going onto the field of battle with knowledge of only half of the offensive playbook. A baseball player steps to the plate and does not understand the 3rd base coach’s hand signals. A student is taking a final exam having studied only a portion of the material that he/she will be tested on. Can any of these individuals expect to be successful? The answer will be a resounding NO! Yet within Christianity there are true God-fearing, Bible believing individuals who are ill prepared for what soon must happen. The reason is simple: there is no understanding of prophecy. In fact many shy away from the prophetic message by claiming that it is too difficult to comprehend. This is a lie perpetrated by our crafty enemy, Satan.

Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. (Rev. 19:10b NSRV).

When we understand this verse, then everything that Jesus says should be understood from a prophetic context. If it is not, than the true meaning of what our Lord is trying to say will elude even the most devout follower. Properly interpreting prophecy becomes much easier when a person submits to the teaching of the Holy Spirit and properly employs the 5 rules of interpretation.

1.)                                                                              Over the next month, many churches will be focusing on the crucifixion of our Savior. The journey to Golgotha will be well documented. Despite reading the same Scriptures from the Gospel, each sermon will be very different. The tragedy is that many preachers will not look below the surface of the verses to mine the veins of gold that prophecy uncovers. Case in point: Jesus is carrying His cross and the women of Jerusalem are beating their breasts and wailing for Him. The King of Kings tell the daughters of Jerusalem to cry for themselves and their children because the time is coming where they will say: ” Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed. Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us”; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ (Luke 23:29-30, NRSV).

History teaches us that in 70 AD, the Roman General Titus tore down the Jerusalem temple and there was a great exodus (diaspora)  of the Judean people from the Holy Land. It certainly would have been difficult for pregnant women and nursing mothers at that time. This event was a near fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy. In order to understand the far prophetic meaning, we must turn to Matthew 24.

“So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days!” (Matthew 24;15-19, NRSV)

Daniel 9:27 defines the timeline of the Abomination that causes Desolation. The beast (anti-Christ) causes Hebrew sacrifice to cease at the mid-point of the final 7 years of this age(Daniel’s 70th Week). So 1260 days into the last period of this Age will be the worst time for women who are pregnant or have infant children. This is what Jesus is telling the women of Jerusalem, so that future generations would be prepared.

Then people will be crying out for the mountains to hide them. Hide them from what? Revelation 6:15-17 provides the answer. All people who reject YHWH (God’s personal name) and are unprepared will hide in the caves and shout to the mountains and rocks to fall on them and hide them from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. They recognize that the Judgment of the Father and the Son is upon them. This is after the opening of the 6th seal and it initiates the year long Day of the Lord. When prophecy is understood and properly interpreted the Christian who has a true love for Jesus and the heart of an overcomer will not only be prepared for the dark days ahead; they will also lead others to safety. This is the purpose of Jesus’ testimonies. The wise must stand up and be counted!-EJ.




Daniel’s 70th week: The Key to unlocking the Return of Christ

Many Prophecy teachers talk about the Final 7 year period of this age and call this THE TRIBULATION. The proper Biblical terminology is the 70th wk of Daniel. It is the final 7 yr period of trial and tribulation (2520 days) for Israel. Daniel 9:24-27 tells us what it is and what event will start off the final wk. The anti-christ will confirm a covenant (of peace) with the many (Israel). We also know that halfway through this final wk., the anti-christ will desecrate God’s Temple and claim to be god.


The Return of Jesus

Solomon wrote in Proverbs that it was the Glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of Kings to search it out.  Many people do not want to discuss the day or the hour that Jesus will return, because Jesus himself said noone knows.  Yet Jesus also told us to know the seasons and signs of his return.  In Matthew 24, He refererences the Days of Noah and equates it with his 2nd coming.  After Noah proved his obedience to God by not only being a preacher of righteousness, but by building the Ark, God told him when the flood waters will come.  In Genesis 7:4 God Says:  ” Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth, for 40 days and 40 nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”  We also know from Amos 3:7 that the sovereign Lord does not do anything without telling his servants the prophets.  We will explore several clues to His return in future posts.