If you record the phrase, “Always check with God before you accept a message as being from Him,” and then play that recording out loud on a continual loop, you’ll get a good sense of what we teach you in our material. God is the Supreme Authority. God is the One you’re supposed to be serving, obeying, and following, not humans. Humans lie—both intentionally and unintentionally. Humans don’t begin to have a complete grasp of truth. Humans are very limited, foolish creatures who possess no spiritual wisdom of their own. This means that when a human says to you “I have a message from God for you,” your immediate response should be to say to God in the privacy of your own soul, “Hey, God, this person is claiming to have a message from You. Are they legit or not?” You always need to ask God. Always, always, always. It doesn’t matter if the person talking has given you 1,000 messages before that were all legitimate. For all you know, their next message could be pure hooey. Humans will never be reliable sources of truth, which is why giving them your blind trust is guaranteed to lead you spiritually astray. So no matter who is talking, no matter what titles they’re using, what degrees they’re waving, or how nice their website looks, you must check with God. Continue reading Understanding 1 Kings 13: Why Yahweh Fed His Prophet to a Lion
The book of Psalms is a collection of 150 different songs which don’t come anywhere close to being in chronological order. Instead, as we read through the book, we find ourselves leaping forward and back by centuries between various psalms. The collection begins with entries by David. But when we reach Psalm 90, we find that it was written by Moses who lived and died long before David was even born. But between David and Moses, we have Psalm 74—a psalm that was penned after the fall of Jerusalem, which occurred many centuries after David’s lifetime. So when you’re in the book of Psalms, you need to stay sharp and be on the lookout for clues as to when the specific psalm you are reading was written.
As we’re going to learn in this post, historical context plays a huge role in determining whether a psalm writer was honoring God with his sentiments, or being a mouthy little twerp. Today the Church teaches you that the entire book of Psalms is Divinely inspired. In doing this, she is encouraging you to embrace soul attitudes which God says He hates and celebrate those attitudes as God-honoring. But wait—aren’t we being a bit extreme? Do the psalms really go so far as to model attitudes which God hates? Yes, they certainly do, and that’s not something we should be fluffing off as no big deal. Continue reading Psalm 74: Asaph Flaunts His Contempt for Yahweh
As he compiles a collection of prophetic messages from Yahweh, the prophet Ezekiel occasionally slips in a clue as to what year it is. Just as prisoners often mark time by how long they’ve been incarcerated, Ezekiel often dates his messages by referring to how much time has passed since he was personally dragged out of his homeland by the fearsome Babylonian army and forced to relocate to the capital city of the empire that is slowly destroying what’s left of his beloved Israel. Continue reading Ezekiel 20-21: The Sword of Yahweh
In our lesson Ezekiel 13-14: Yahweh Condemns False Prophets, we made our way through all of Ezekiel 13 and the first half of Ezekiel 14. In that passage, Yahweh was focused on the issue of Jewish false prophets and the folks who were keeping them in business. As we learned in our previous lesson, it’s a very dangerous thing to turn the concept of Divine prophecy into a game. When we misuse Yahweh’s Name and Authority, we end up on the wrong side of His wrath. Continue reading Ezekiel 14: Yahweh Stands Alone
In Ezekiel 13-14 we find a very intense speech from Yahweh which gives us some fabulous insights into how He views false prophets. Since most of the prophets you come across in the Church today are complete phonies, this passage of Scripture is very relevant to you. It’s very dangerous business to go around speaking messages for God which He hasn’t authorized you to speak. Even when you’re spreading sunshine and cheer by promising everyone that brighter days are coming, you are personally heading towards some very dark days if you’re speaking without God’s Authorization. God’s Name isn’t some toy that we get to play with. When referring to Him is just some clever marketing strategy we’re using in order to boost sales and gather customers, we’re getting in line for some very nasty discipline. When you’re messing with God, you’re messing with the Originator of concepts like vengeance and wrath. You’re dealing with the Creator of both Heaven and Hell—a Being who has no qualms about torturing you forever if you get too attitudinal with Him. Given the fact that God controls your quality of life, your location, and your capacity for suffering, how stupid is it for you to intentionally provoke Him? You can’t war against God and win. Continue reading Ezekiel 13-14: Yahweh Condemns False Prophets
Ever feel like there is hardly anyone left in your country who really cares about God? Ever feel like evil is winning the day while God is off in another universe not even noticing how bad things are? This is how sincere believers in Isaiah’s time felt. The vast majority of Israelites were entrenched in spiritual rebellion and Israel’s society was a cesspool of immorality. Crime was out of control. All of the law enforcers were corrupt. And while evil doers were partying on, true believers like Isaiah were feeling totally bummed. Where was Yahweh? Continue reading Isaiah 58-59: Rebellious Jews & Warrior Yahweh
In Bible times, all nations had national gods, and Yahweh was the national God of Israel. In modern times, we don’t have national gods, and this greatly affects the way we view things like wars. Today, if America and China attack each other, the world would see a bunch of humans warring against each other for the usual human reasons such as greed or pride. But if instead we were operating like the folks in Bible times, then we’d see things very differently. America would have national gods who all Americans honored, and China would have national gods who all of her citizens honored. When America and China attacked each other, what the world would see is the gods of America going up against the gods of China. You see, it would no longer be a human war. The humans might have started the tiff, but their gods would be the ones who would finish it. If China won the war, then Chinese soldiers would go back to their country and a huge celebration for the Chinese gods would commence. Meanwhile, American soldiers would return to their country and a huge mourning and pleading ceremony would be held for their gods. Both countries would shower their gods with gifts and offerings, but for two different reasons. The Chinese would be trying to reward their gods, while the Americans would be trying to appease their gods who they would assume must be mad at them for not defending them well. Continue reading Understanding Yahweh’s Wrath: Judah’s Alliance with Egypt (Isaiah 30:1-17)