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to have minds for the Lord Jesus,
hearts for the truth, and
hands that are skilled to the task.

Sermons on 2 Peter

THE SCOFFERS ARE HERE

2 Peter 3:17-18 (final words of encouragement)
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Gary Stearman in his book “TIME TRAVELERS OF THE BIBLE” writes:
“As the Word, the Lord created time as a kind of matrix upon which would be built His creation, both in ancient days and in the world to come. To Him, they are universally accessible. He is omnipresent because He has access to the entire timeline. He is omniscient because all its information is readily available to Him.”
“These verses speak of the origin of all that is – brought into existence from absolutely nothing. Something being created from nothing is completely outside human experience.
We are also told that the Word is the originator of life. From the human perspective, life is indefinable. More than just an electrochemical process, it is the inexpressible spark that empowers all living breathing things. No one has ever really defined the nature of life, but anyone can recognize it. Whether a thing is alive or dead is instantly obvious to even the most unthinking of observers. Life is blatantly and immediately obvious.”

In 1872 the British Historian, explorer and philosopher Winwood Reade, published the book ‘THE MARTYRDOM OF MAN’
The work came to be known as a bible for secularists, in which it attempts to trace the development of Western civilization in a manner similar to the natural sciences.
“Thus Man has taken in his service, and modified to his use, the animals and plants, the earths and stones, the waters and the winds…By means of his inventions and discoveries, by means of his arts and trades, by means of the industry resulting from them, he has raised himself from the condition of a serf to the condition of a lord. His triumph, indeed, is incomplete; his kingdom is not yet come…
Earth, which is now a purgatory, will be made a paradise, not by idle prayers and supplications, but by the efforts of man himself…When we have ascertained, by means of Science, the method of nature’s operations, we shall be able to take her place and perform them for ourselves. When we understand the laws which regulate the complex phenomena of life, we shall be able to predict the future……
Hunger and starvation will then be unknown…Population will mightily increase, and the earth will be a garden. Governments will be conducted with the quietude and regularity of club committees. The interest which is now felt in politics will be transferred to science…Not only will Man subdue the forces of evil that are without; he will also subdue those that are within…he will obey the laws that are written in his heart; he will worship the divinity within him…Man then will be perfect, he will then be a creator; he will therefore be what the vulgar worship as a god.”

Listen to what Winwood Reade writes:
“’God is Love’ is illusionary. Murder is the law of GROWTH,
Life is one long tragedy; creation is one great crime. There is only One Man upon earth. What we call men are not individuals but components; what we call death is merely the bursting of a cell; wars and epidemics are merely inflammatory phenomena incident on certain stages of growth.
If we take the life on a single atom, that is to say of a single man, or if we look only at a single group, all appears to be cruelty and confusion; but when we survey mankind as One, we find it becoming more and more noble, more and more divine, slowly ripening toward perfection.” Supernatural Christianity is false, God-worship is idolatry, Prayer is useless, because the soul is not immortal.”

Julian Huxley published the book “Religion without Revelation” in 1941
“It is obvious that any religion which lays primary emphasis on salvation in the next world will be something of an obstacle towards getting the best out of this world as speedily as possible.
Once we have rid ourselves of this doctrine of a Divine Power external to ourselves, we can get busy with the real task of dealing with our inner forces.”

Aldous Huxley became world famous with the publishing of his novel titled: BRAVE NEW WORLD (1932) Under the product description it says:
“Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order – all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.”
Brave New World likewise speaks to a 21st-century world dominated by mass-entertainment, technology, medicine and pharmaceuticals, the arts of persuasion, and the hidden influence of elites.”

What is interesting here is that Julian Huxley and Aldous Huxley are brothers. Julian Huxley is an evolutionary biologist and THE FIRST DIRECTOR OF UNESCO.
UNESCO stands for UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, and CULTURAL ORGANIZATION headquartered in Paris, France.
“UNESCO focuses on a set of objectives in the global priority areas “Africa” and GENDER EQUALITY.”

Anthony Levandowski, a former engineer with Google and Uber, founded the first church of AI in 2017, called ‘THE WAY OF THE FUTURE’. According to wired:
“WOTF’s activities will focus on “the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software.” That includes funding research to help create the divine AI itself. The religion will seek to build working relationships with AI industry leaders and create a membership through community outreach, initially targeting AI professionals and “laypersons, who are interested in the worship of a Godhead based on AI.”
“What is going to be created will effectively be a god,” Levandowski tells me in his modest mid-century home on the outskirts of Berkley, California.
“It’s not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it.?”

Robert Wheeler just released an article titled:
RESURRECTING THE DEAD……DIGITALLY
“In 2017, Microsoft revealed it had patented a ‘CHATBOT’ that could digitally resurrect the dead if actually built. The chatbot uses AI and machine learning technology. Essentially, the chatbot would bring our “digital persona” back to life. Friends and relatives could then talk to our “digital persona”. When the media asked Microsoft about the technology, the companies’ representatives did admit that it was “disturbed” and claimed there were no plans to put it into production.
Believe that if you will.

The technical tools and the personal data are already in place to make these digital resurrections possible. AI chatbots have already passed the “Turing Test,” which means that they have been able to fool other humans into thinking that they (the AI) are human. Globally, most people leave behind enough digital footprints to inform AI programs about their and our conversational idiosyncrasies. Even more convincing chatbots are just around the corner from being released. In other words, a world where humans have been physically altered and linked with the internet. A world where a “single global consciousness” is linked to “cyberized” humans who have been fully merged into the digital world. The “singularity” researchers warned of is now on the verge of being deployed against most of humanity.
The authors don’t know when the singularity will come, but come it will. When this occurs, the end of the human race might very well be upon us, they say, citing a 2014 prediction by the late Stephen Hawking.
According to Kurzweil, humans may then be fully replaced by AI, or by some hybrid of humans and machines.
It’s like science is torn between resurrecting us and making us live forever and ending humanity altogether with risky experiments.”

Matthew 24:21-22
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

I believe that the church in America as a whole is misunderstanding the importance of being witnesses of God’s faithfulness. We may be involved in evangelism, involved in church activities, involved in Bible studies, or involved in preaching and teaching. While all such activities are good in general, they are no prove that we are witnesses of God’s faithfulness.
We live in spiritual and physical dangerous times. This world is changing with lightning speed not to the better, but to the worse. Once again, the Lord “sees that wickedness of man is great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart is only evil all the day.” (Genesis 6:5)
So, how should we live as followers of Jesus Christ? Is there any hope? Can the church in America be turned around? Can the society in America be changed?
The answer to all these questions depends on THE WITNESSES OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS AND THE RESPONSE OF THE PEOPLE.
God spoke to those who are witnesses of His faithfulness through His Word, that was written down by men MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. Everything you and I need to know that pertains to life and godliness is revealed in His word. Notice that we are hearing what God speaks to us because WE KNOW HIM. And because we know Him, we take His word for what it says. We can hear God speak to us through His word.
Warning: A witness hears God speak and as accepted a FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH:
God’s way is better than my way;
God’s truth is better than my truth;
God’s promises are better than my promises;
God’s word is better than my ideas.
We have plenty of examples in the Bible alone of witnesses whose confidence in God and His promises was unshakable.
These witnesses:
• Refused to be deceived by their 5 senses. Their confidence was not in what they could see, taste, touch, hear or smell.
• Refused to put any confidence in the latest news reports.
• Refused to give up when the promises of God did not come to pass immediately for they knew God is faithful.
Moved by the Holy Spirit, they believed that God is 100% trustworthy. His timing is always perfect. In other words; seeing is not believing. This is a lie from the enemy of our soul.
During Noah’s time nearly all people were drugged one the fumes of their egos. Wickedness has become the number one, all-consuming human addiction. So, Noah was listening to God. Noah also had an unshakable confidence in what he heard from God. Noah’s faith in God was uncontaminated. But such faith needs to be tested. And surely, Noah’s faith, Noah’s confidence in God’s Promises would soon be challenged. By whom? By God!
Noah’s acceptance of this mission proved one thing beyond a shadow of doubt. This man had an unshakable confidence in God.
This was not a weekend project, or something he worked on in his spare time or in the evenings. No one to hire, no power tools, no chainsaws, no sawmills, no cranes, no Menard’s or Lowe’s. It took 120 YEARS to build. He did not give up. What a witness of God’s faithfulness.
Are you fully convinced of the faithfulness of the promises of God for your life? Remember, the promises of God are just as faithful, just as powerful, just as reliable and just as true as they were in the days of Noah or the days of Peter. If you have heard him speak to you today and have an unshakable confidence in God you are a witness of God’s faithfulness, moved by the Holy Spirit to bring glory and honor to God alone.

Equipped and Trained

Everything pertaining to life and godliness, all the power we need to live a life that glorifies God has been given to us. All the power we need to overcome the corruption of this world, to overcome the deceptive power of self-help, to overcome the destructive power of false religion, has been supplied by our Lord.
As a soldier of Christ, we don’t have the luxury to fall asleep on our job. The battle is raging and is intense. Everything we need to win the battles has been supplied to us. Now it is our job to get properly equipped.
Moses saw for a few seconds the back of God and immediately Moses’ face began to reflect the divine glory that just walked by him. In other words, God’s glory was bounding off the skin of Moses. However, each passing day this glory on Moses’ face started to fade, because it was only a reflected glory.
Not so on the mount of transfiguration. JESUS CHRIST NEVER REFLECTED GOD’S GLORY, BUT AS JOHN WROTE LATER: WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, THE GLORY AS OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.
This is what Peter is pointing out in his second Epistle, they have seen His glory and heard the voice of God audibly.In other words, they did not tell people about legends and myths or what others were saying about Jesus. PETER, JAMES and JOHN witnessed the glory of God Almighty in JESUS CHRIST.
Today, too many Christians lack of sense of the greatness and awesomeness of God Almighty, which I believe is directly linked to the church’s ignorance of the Old Testament.
We cannot really understand the New Testament apart from the Old Testament. Peter says that we must obey the prophetic word and regard it as a LIGHT THAT SHINES IN A DARK PLACE, UNTIL THE DAY DAWNS AND THE MORNING STAR RISES IN YOUR HEARTS.
At the Diet of Worms, when Luther was called to recant, he said: “Unless I am convinced by sacred Scripture or by evident reason, I will not recant, because my conscience is held captive by the Word of God, and to act against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other; God help me.”

The Day of The Lord

Last week during my sermon I mentioned briefly that God Almighty is in the remodeling business and that the earth will not be entirely burned up as is commonly taught in churches here in America. I am familiar with many of these teachings and yet, the more I study the Bible in its contextual format as well as studying the meaning of the original language, I have found way too many verses in the Bible that challenge such teachings.
The context of 2 Peter chapter 2 deals with the fact that the Word of God is always trustworthy, if we understand and apply the truth that SCRIPTURE MUST BE INTERPRETED WITH SCRIPTURE.
The Day of the Lord, the time when Jesus Christ will come back to this earth, which will be A TIME OF RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS. I don’t think Peter is contradicting himself, period. Acts 3:20-21 and 2 Peter 3:10 must be interpreted in the same context.
Listen, it was no accident that Jesus was a carpenter. Carpenters make things and fix things. The Carpenter from Nazareth MADE THE UNIVERSE, and He is going TO FIX IT. God is the ultimate salvage artist. And what He restores will be far better than the ORIGINAL.

What About That Pre-Text

To accept reformation means to admit the need for correction. All the pre-text messages that lead millions of souls astray must be deleted from our mind and instead, we must embrace the Word of God by OBEYING IT.
It is then when we experience a personal revival that will make us to be a living example of the joy and victory that is ours in Jesus Christ alone.
“So great is the human capacity for self-deception that we can be blind even to our own insincerity.” Dave Hunt
English dictionary : “A pretext is an excuse to do something or say something that is not accurate. Pretexts may be based on a half-truth or developed in the context of a misleading fabrication. Pretexts have been used to conceal the true purpose or rationale behind actions and words.”

When Does the End of The World Arrive?

Why is there so much knowledge available to mankind, yet so much ignorance of the truth of the answers to life’s BIG questions? The answer to these questions and many others concerning the end of the world are not found in the writings of Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, or any other self-professed psychic. They can only be found in the Bible. The Book of Genesis teaches that God created the earth and everything in it to be perfect. However, the nature of the earth changed when Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. This act prompted God to place a curse on the earth, and it radically transformed the nature of the earth itself.
Those who worry about the end of the world or live in fear of a great worldwide catastrophe are not living their lives in accordance with God. For God tells us to live boldly and without fear of the things of this world:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
“Do not fear anything except the Lord Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.” Isaiah 8:13 (NLT)