Thursday, July 4, 2013

Seal of God vs Mark of the Beast (Parable)

The kingdom of heaven is like a computer program that is set to run at its appointed time. And each man will bring to it a two-digit input as an entry code, which is patterned like this: 
[righteousness of man][righteousness of Christ]. 

These codes are as follows:
[0][0] Error: fallen man did not obey God (access denied)
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
Acts 3:19-23 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’
Acts 26:19-20 Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. 
Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’
John 14:15 If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Acts 17:30-31 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.
[0][1] Error – corrupted data: failure to endure (access denied)
Matthew 10:22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
Ezekiel 33:13, 18 When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die. 18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it.
John 15:6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
[1][0] Error fraud: false discipleship (access denied)
Luke 6:46 Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Matthew 7:21-23 21 “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. 22 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?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 
Matthew 15:7-9 7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:  8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
[1][1] Truth: man redeemed through Christ (access granted)
1 Corinthians 6:11 ... But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
→ 1 John 3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 
Romans 2:5-11 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.


Now the parable is this:
The codes [0][0], [0][1] and [1][0] are the mark of the beast, and those with it are those on the broad way that leads to destruction, and many are they who go by it (Matthew 7:13).
The code [1][1] is the seal of God, and those with it are those on the narrow way that leads to life, and few are they that find it (Matthew 7:14).

Who has ears to hear, let him hear.

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Luke 13:24
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Philippians 2:12
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Luke 17:26-32
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot's wife.

Remember that as Christians, disciples of Christ, we are in a spiritual war for our souls (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:12) and we follow a Commander whose strategy against sin which leads to death is perfect and guaranteed to lead sinners who obey Him and repent and continue in obedience to his word to be changed by Him (Romans 5:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17), FREED FROM SIN, to walk to the final victory where the reward is eternal life. Only those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:3-7), that is, born again (John 3:3-7) believers who walk continuously in holiness and righteousness (Luke 1:68-75; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:16) will be saved. If you obey Christ He will change you into the man or woman you need to be to enter his kingdom. Just as Adam became a mortal man when he sinned, so do you need to be restored to life through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith then is faithful obedience to God's Word (Hebrews 5:9). The Gospel is plain. Salvation is not found through following men and religious organizations. Life is found in the Word of God (Matthew 4:4; John 6:63). Don't make the mistake of defining this walking/talking/breathing that you are experiencing as life. There is more to life than that and the fullness of life is only found in God. Hear Him. Seek Him. Find Him and live... your Life to the fullest!