No, Not So!!!

No, Not So!!!

No, Not So!!!

Lord I pray your word would minister life to its readers today to your glory in Jesus name. Amen, Hallelujah! Hope you had a good week? Thank God for mercies.

I want to draw your attention to some of the things that we often overlook in our Christian walk today and hopefully, you will make amends where necessary. Some you already know about, others you may not know. We say them, not thinking. Please take time to research these things and get right on them. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge” “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall” (2 Peter 1:5 & 10)

My main text is found in the book of (Hosea 4:6a) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge…when we don’t act on the information we have, it is tantamount to “…rejecting knowledge”

The Bible encourages you to “study” the scriptures “to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Now if you can rightly divide the word of truth, you can wrongly divide same. Note this: Everything in the bible is truly stated but everything is not a statement of truth. That is why you need to study the scriptures so you could “…rightly divide the word of truth.” I will show you what I mean in a minute.

I want to believe you have heard this statement before “The Lord gave and the Lord had taken away?”

Eh eh, No, not so! That is not scripturally true, though truly stated by Job in the Bible; it is not a statement of truth. Let’s read the exact statement. “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And (Job )said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1: 20-21) That was a statement from the mouth of a grieving man not an inspiration from God. In Numbers. 23:19 it says “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” The New Testament tells us in Romans 11:29 that “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” that means when you are given, that’s it. It’s yours. Though, it’s possible that for whatever reason you could mess up things for yourself and allow the devil kick you around like a leather ball on a muddy pitch. That is not the fault of God, you allowed it.

  1. You must have heard people or even you say things like “Holy Ghost we worship you

No, not so! First of all, you do not and cannot worship the Holy Ghost! He is not to be worshiped. Worship goes only to the Father and the Son Jesus. Yes, He is part of the Godhead but the three have their different job specifications, the roles they play. God the Father is the Father of all from whom all blessings flow. The Son is the “connection” to humanity, our Salvation and the Spirit – the Energizer (For lack of better word) but they are ONE GOD.

The Jews wanted to stone Jesus because He ‘being a man’, claimed He was God (John 10:33).  Jesus doesn’t dispute that He is a man, and both He and the Jews are talking about God as a third party.  He says He is the Son of this God, they say that’s blasphemy.  Jesus has just said, ‘I and the Father are one’ (in John 10:30).  But He doesn’t say ‘I am the Father.’

The Father is in the Son, and the Son is in the Father (John 10:38), but they relate to each other – they are not ‘the same’.  John 1:1 says, ‘The Word was with God’ (distinction), ‘and the Word was God’.  We can’t say, ‘The Son is the Father’, but we can say ‘the Son and the Father are One’.  They are not one Son, or one Father, but One God.  They relate to each other by the Holy Spirit.

They relate eternally and perfectly – they are always relating, and are never separate.  The three ‘persons’ of the Trinity are not separate.  But they are always Father, Son and Spirit, because they are always relating as the Father, the Son and the Spirit.  So although the three persons are not separate, they are distinct.  They are not ‘the same’.

It says in Luke 4:8 “…Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” and several other places in the Bible.  Matthew 2:2 “…Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship himMatthew 14:33 “Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God” but not The Holy Ghost. There is not one single scripture that even suggests it. Part of His job is to:

Give life (John 7:38) Give gifts (1 Corinthians 12) Counsel us (John 14:26) Encourage us (Acts 9:31) Intercede on our behalf (Romans 8:23) Build us up (Romans 8:27) Lead us to obedience (2 Corinthians 3:5) Bring us to mind (1 John 2:20, 27) Energize and make us effective (Acts 1:8)

Don’t be lazy. Take time to check those scriptures out. To receive worship is not part of His job description.

  1. There is a popular song with lyrics that goes something like this “everlasting Father, everlasting Son, immortal Holy Ghost be thou glorifiedand a prayer that says Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost

Kai! No, not so!  You cannot give glory to the Holy Ghost. It’s not allowed. Not a single scripture supports it. From the book of Genesis in the Old Testament on to the book of Revelation in the New Testament, glory goes to the Father and the Son. Not one verse even suggests glory to the Holy Ghost. You have information now. Stop it. I have a whole write up on that subject. Please go to our website, the address is above.

  1. There is another one. Ever joined in singing this song with the following wordings Angels are singing you are worthy o Lord, you are worthy o Lord?”

No, not so! I’ve got news for you. Angels do not sing!!! (By the way, it was actually the twenty four elders that said it, not angels The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, (Not Singing) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Revelation 4:10-11) You will never find a single verse of scripture that says angels sing. Music and worship was the job of Lucifer back then before he fell and was thrown out of heaven. He and only he was God’s worship band. He had a built-in orchestra in him. Ezekiel 28:13 “…the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created…” after he got thrown out of heaven, God made man of the dust of the ground and empowered him with will power. Made man and gave him only, the ability to speak, sing and wave his hands unto God in praise. Birds can sing, animals can make sounds (talk) trees wave their “hands” branches but man alone has the ability to do all three in worship to God. That is why scriptures abound encouraging us to worship and sing praises to God, both in the Old and New Testament.

 

  1. People say three (3) wise men came to see Jesus when He was born.

No, not so!  The truth is that the bible never mentioned any figure. “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem” (Matthew. 2:1). They gave him three gifts and that was it. Think about it. Why would King Herod and the whole of Jerusalem be troubled because some three guys came into their city? (Matthew. 2:3) Historically they travelled in caravans in the desert because of bandits. A caravan could consist of between one hundred and even over five hundred people, camels and mules depending on their mission. They had food, arms and a small army for protection. That was why the city was stirred when three different groups of caravan came into town. It was the crowd influx that caused the commotion.

 

One plus one…

Have you ever been at a “Christian” wedding ceremony? If yes, then you must have heard some ministers make a statement like “One plus one equals one”. That is supposed to be in reference to the union of marriage.

But ah! No, not so!!! One plus one can never be equals to one. Not in heaven, on the earth or under the earth. One plus one will always add up to two anywhere. But first let us see how it came about.

In Genesis 2:24 God said “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”

Matthew 19:5 “…For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

Mark 10:8 “…And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh”.

In the Old Testament, Genesis 2:24 the Hebrew word translated CLEAVE here is the word dabaq,  pronounced daw-bak’ and in the New Testament Matthew 19:5 and Mark 10:8  the Greek word is the word proskollao, pronounced pros-kol-lah’-o they both mean the same thing . To cling or adhere, be joined or glued (together) same word is used and translated in 1Corinthians 6:16 “What? know ye not that he which is joined (kollao)  to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh God was referring to the act of SEX in Genesis. Same thing Jesus talked about in the gospels. Paul reiterated in 1Corinthian. 6:16. As you see above. The sexual intercourse is the only time a man CLEAVES (clings or adhere, be joined or glued (together) to a woman to be one flesh. Just like the believer in Galatians 3:28 “…for ye are all one in Christ Jesus…” The error is in the word PLUS, the addition. John 17: 21 “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” And many other scriptures, but for space. No, you cannot say one PLUS one but rather, say one in one equals one. That equation is correct anywhere in heaven, earth or under the earth.

 

“Welcome the Holy Ghost”

Very often you hear ministers pray and invite the Holy Ghost to be present in a service or an event. But I don’t see any such example in the scriptures. What I see is the promise the Lord Jesus made to the Church in Matthew 18: 20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  This statement is called a “hapax legomenon.” That phrase is Greek and it is a term used when only one instance of a word of phrase is recorded. This is the only place in scripture you will find a direct statement like this from the Lord. He is the one present in the midst. That automatically brings along the Holy Ghost. It’s like you and your shadow, it goes with you everywhere. Once you are gathered IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, His power is supposed to be automatic, unless there is something amiss. In the book of Acts, chapter 1:4, The Lord told the Apostles not to leave Jerusalem until they are endued with power when the Holy Ghost comes on them. That was at the inception. They gathered in His name and the Holy Ghost came on them. Remember Paul and Silas in jail? Acts 16: 25-34. They prayed and sang. The power of God (Holy Ghost) came down and liberated them. If at all anyone needs welcoming, it is the Lord Jesus and not the Holy Ghost who by the way is the silent member of the Godhead.

 

“Angel”

This is in passing. Though not a crime in itself, I just want to give you information, so you would know. Ever heard phrases like “You are my Angel” or just “Angel” as a phrase, name or word of endearment? You might have even used it at one time or the other, most probably talking to a child or an endeared one. What about pictures of flying babies depicting angels?

No, not so. To start with angels are neither female nor babies. There is not one scripture that portrays angels as such. They are “MEN” but not necessarily male. Man as in the Hebrew word ‘iysh, pronounced eesh meaning “to be extant, a complete man as an individual not a part of a whole.” There are one hundred and ninety four (194) verses of scripture in the Bible with the word “angel” (singular). None portrays anything like a female or a baby.

Now, who or what is an angel? There are two words translated “ANGEL” in the Bible. In the Hebrew Old Testament mal’ak, pronounced mal-awk’ and the New Testament aggelos, pronounced ang’-el-os. They both mean the same thing; “a messenger; specifically, of God.”

Angels with the “S” (plural) are mentioned at least a hundred and eight (108) times in the Old Testament and a hundred and sixty five (165) times in the New Testament. There are nine (9) types of angels. These angels are on a hierarchy and grouped into spheres.

FIRST 1:

  1. Seraphim (singular Seraph) – Isaiah 6:2 – These angels are closest to God. They praise God and represent His love. There are only four of them. Their primary mission is to protect the throne of God. They have six wings: two cover their faces, two cover their bodies, and two cover their feet.
  2. Cherubim (singular Cherub) – Genesis 3:24 and Ezekiel 10:1-22 – These angels are the second highest in the nine hierarchies of angels. They are intercessors of God. Their mission is also to protect the throne of God. They are fierce angels. When they come to earth, they have great power of apocalypse nature. They have four faces: one of a man, one of an ox, one of an eagle, and one of a lion.
  3. Thrones – Colossians 1:16 – Their name literally means throne or “highly ornamented chair.” These angels dispense God’s divine judgment. The lower hierarchies of angels need the Thrones to gain access to God.

SECOND 2:

  1. Dominions – Colossians 1:16 – These are the angels of leadership, regulating the duties of the angels. They give power to heads of government and other authority figures. They have the appearance of humans with wings.
  2. Virtues – 1 Peter 3:22 – These angels are known as the Spirits of Motion and they control the elements. They govern all nature and perform miracles. They provide courage, grace, and valor.
  3. Powers – Colossians 1:16 – These angels have the task of controlling the border between heaven and earth. They are warrior angels who fight against evil. They are the angels of birth and death.

THIRD 3:

  1. Principalities – Colossians 1:16 – These angels look over groups of people. They are in charge of the world’s nations, cities, and towns. Their duties include taking charge of religion, politics, and the duties of the angels on earth below them.
  2. Archangel – 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – This angel is the chief angel, guardian of people and all things physical. The archangel appears only in human form and has the task of being God’s messenger to people at critical times of need.
  3. Fallen Angels – Jude 1:6. These are “the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”

So next time when you call or address someone by the name “Angel” you should know what you are talking about.

 

Holy Ghost fire: I’ve always wondered where that came from. This is supposed to be a phrase used to destroy the enemy. “Holy Ghost Fire?” There is nothing in the Bible that even suggests it. The Holy Ghost is a gentle Spirit. The closest thing to fire connecting the Holy Ghost is found in the book of Acts of the Apostles in Chapter 2 Verse 3 “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” It was an appearance like “cloven tongues like as of fire. It was not any destructive force seeking after an enemy. At the beginning when He sat upon the disciples, the Bible records in verse 4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” That said, now I ask, which one of the Apostles called on the Holy Ghost Fire? None. Can you find any scripture to show for it? I say No, not so! You cannot say “Holy Ghost Fire” In the Bible from the Old to the New Testament, God is the only one known and called the Consuming Fire.  Deuteronomy 4:24 “For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.”

Deuteronomy 9:3 “Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.”

Hebrews 12:29. “For our God is a consuming fire.” The Holy Ghost was introduced to us in the New Testament to be the helper of the Church in all ramifications. Not a destroyer, God does all the avenging Himself. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19

You say “but people shout “Holy Ghost Fire” and get results”. Sure they would, it’s the scriptures it must deliver. Not just that, man is designed to be creative. Magicians, most cult and occults use the Bible and get results, but it doesn’t make them children of God nor does it make it right. For the believer, scriptures have to be properly applied “… precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” Isaiah 28:10b

 

Holy Ghost, I decrease for you to Increase: That statement came from John the Baptist and it was not in reference to the Holy Ghost. It was to Jesus at His baptism. John 3: 22-36 verse 30 records “He must increase, but I must decrease.” So, No, not so! You cannot pray that prayer in reference to the Holy Ghost, it hast to be to Jesus the Christ.

Pleading the Blood of Jesus: What in the world is “pleading the blood”? What does it mean and why do some Christians do it? A couple of reasons I believe. It is because of the traditions of men and their lack of understanding of the scriptures.
The blood of Jesus is very important and it cannot be disputed. But this is about using the blood of Jesus by “pleading it” in order to get protection, job, fight enemies, cast out demons etc. The idea of “pleading the blood” in itself is not even a biblical concept. It is more like what you find with a juju/voodoo man and his incantations. The blood of Jesus has already been pled in our behalf by Jesus and it washed away our sins and made us children of God, redeemed and justified.  Hebrews 10 There’s nothing else left to plead. On the cross Jesus said “it is finished”. When a new believer receives Jesus as Lord and savior, it is the blood at work there. And that is not the job of any man but that of the “…Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus Hebrews 3:1b. Now we simply have to just believe the Gospel and obey it. Nowhere do we read of the apostles “pleading the blood”, but we do read throughout the New Testament that they overcame Satan and trials by faith, confidence and absolute trust in the Lord, in His name –Jesus. It’s not the “PLEADING OF THE BLOOD “so called that does the job but Faith in His name. You see, we are not the High priest but kings and priests. “…And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:6 in any case there can only be one High Priest at a time. Jesus is the one and only high priest today and forever. That authority was not delegated to us in any sense. Like in the Old Testament, it is only the high priest that has authority to plead the blood over anything God directs him to. Jesus did that on the cross for the world.

In the Old Testament motifs, the blood was sprinkled in the holy of hollies for the people by the high priest once a year. But the objects were those set apart for the Lord, strict instructions were given by God himself on this matter. The high priest could not sprinkle the blood on anything his heart desired. This was done only on the objects God set apart in the temple. It was sprinkled on the ark and the mercy seat for their forgiveness.  We see no such practice by the apostles or instructions in the epistles to do any such sprinkling or pleading of the blood on anyone (even those demon possessed or oppressed).

Only the high priest handled the blood to go on the mercy seat for the forgiveness of sins. In the New Testament, that high priest is now Jesus. Jesus is the only one who can “sprinkle” His blood, NOT US. We can’t physically touch it today nor can we apply it somewhere else spiritually. We are priests and not the high priest, Jesus Christ is the only “…Apostle and High Priest of our profession…” Hebrews 3:1b. 2:17; 4:14; 5:5; 6:20; 8:1; 9:11; 10:21.

In the Old Testament, when the children of Israel had any encounter with God, they usually named God after that experience. For instance if He defeated the enemy for them at war they called Him a name Exodus 15:3 “The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.” Jehovah-Sabaoth– The Lord of Hosts – I Samuel 1:3, if they were healed, Jehovah-Rophe– The Lord The Healer – Isaiah 53:4-5, and so on. But now, God has wrapped up all of that in one name, Jesus. In Hebrew that means Savior. I dealt with it extensively and the write-up is on my website. Please go check it out at this link below

http://itsthefellowship.com/index.php/2015/09/15/pleading-the-blood-is-it-scriptural/

The only thing the believer was given as weapon from the Old Testament to the New Testament is the NAME of the LORDJesus. NOT THE BLOOD of Jesus. The blood is meant for the High Priest alone to handle and we are not High Priests, we are PRIESTS. It is THE NAME OF JESUS which is above every other name that is available to all believers today to do battle with. And please forget about that verse in the book of Revelation 12:11. It has nothing to do with the Church today, it is still in the future. Please just go read the write-up at the link I provided above for the details.

From the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, what I have found repeatedly written and used is the “NAME OF THE LORD”, people called upon the NAME OF THE LORD for deliverance of any kind.

Now let me jolt you a bit. Did you know it is a wrong interpretation of scripture and teaching to say that the precious blood of Jesus Christ is meant to protect the believer from any evil, demons or Satan’s attacks? On the contrary, it protects you The Believer from the unfathomable wrath of God not from Satan or any demonic attacks. That’s a whole topic in itself, but in a nutshell I will give you a few scriptures to prove what I just said.

First, remember way back in the Garden of Eden, what happened? Man sinned; God spilled blood on man’s behalf. Genesis 3:21.Why did He do it? Simple, so God will not destroy man. Not just that, we later learnt why. God said in Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” The natural thing for God to do to them at that time was to destroy them according to natural justice but for Grace, He spared them and instead innocent animals took the punishment and died in their place. That extended Grace saved man from the wrath of God.

Second, the nation of Israel was to leave Egypt, what happened? They were instructed by God to sprinkle the blood of “innocent” animals on their door posts and window lintels and it was recorded that “…the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Exodus 12:13 Why was that necessary? Again, Just to save the children of Israel from imminent death, -God’s wrath.
Please Note: This verse did not say “when Satan sees the blood…” but rather it says “when He, God Himself sees the blood, He will pass over” in other words, He will spare them from imminent death.

Third, for the Gentile nation to be engrafted into God’s family, (Romans 11:16-24) we all needed salvation, what did God do? He sent innocent Jesus to die in our behalf; (like the animals in the previous occasions) shedding His blood for our propitiation. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” 1 John 2:2
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 Again, just to save us from His wrath.
I have not found a single scripture yet that is available to the believer using the blood of Jesus to fight Satan or his demons. I am open to any real correction on this.

No, not so! We are not to call or conjure His blood for anything. Like I told you earlier, we are priests and not the high priest. The scriptures have told us about the “…Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus Hebrews 3:1b. It is only the High Priest that is authorized to handle the blood. Right from the Old Testament to the New Testament, the only thing God gave us has always been HIS NAME for whatever request we may have.
“Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the NAME of the LORD.” Genesis 13:4
“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the NAME of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45
“All nations compassed me about: but in the NAME of the LORD will I destroy them.” Psalm 118:10
Our help is in the NAME of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8
“The NAME of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous run to…” Proverbs 18:10.

Colossians. 3:17 tells us to “do ALL in the NAME of the Lord Jesus”. None of His servants in the Bible called on His Blood BUT His NAME. According to Him “whosoever calleth on the NAME of the Lord shall be saved” Romans. 10:13 again not His blood. We are to “trust in His NAME.” Psalm. 20:7; 118:10-12 not the blood.
In Acts 22:16 Paul commanded people to wash away their sins by “calling the NAME of the Lordnot His blood. We are to do ALL in His NAME.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a NAME which is above every NAME…” Philippians 2:9 But what name are we talking about? Philippians 2:10 tells us
“That at the NAME of JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth”
There are a lot more scriptures buttressing this fact but I believe the ones I gave you will suffice for now. If you need more, you can look them up yourself. I rest my case for now.

If there be any questions, please just send me a mail at yopesson@yahoo.com and I’d be glad to respond to you.

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