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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Others claim that they see in Scripture that we will not be raptured until half way through the seven year tribulation period. Still others claim to believe that the rapture does not take place till the end of tribulation. And then there are those who do not agree that the tribulation period is a period of seven years. Others say it began with Hitler, some since the first pope(368AD) and others say that the period of Tribulation began when Jesus ascended up into heaven, or when Titus destroyed the temple.
Up until now, the argument, discussion if you would, has been all academic. For until now, it had nothing to do with Salvation, only something to discuss, something to divide the church over. Well, my dear Brothers and Sisters, the day of academic debate is over, for the debate has now moved into the real world with very real consequences for making the wrong decision(s). Now it is a salvation issue.
Do a google search using "National ID Card" in the search box and again using "the national id card with 666"and you will find some surprising things. But for now let's just hit on this one thing. The votes are in both houses of Congress to approve a national ID Card. It now appears that the card will be law within the next 18 to 24 months.
No longer can we debate the Bible in an academic manner, for now the Word of God has become a true salvation issue. You see, if we are wrong about being Raptured before the Tribulation begins and we take this new ID Card, which by the way has a number in it that indicates that we are from the planet earth, we may very well be taking the mark of the beast. For you see, the number for earth on this new card is 666.
Guys, we no longer have the luxury of saying "I think..." Now we must be sure. And that being sure starts in Genesis, not Daniel, not Matthew, not Isaiah, not Thessalonians or Revelation, no it starts in the very beginning, the book of Genesis. For if you start by undermining or twisting God's words in Genesis, how are you going to suddenly stop twisting words when you get to the parts of the Bible that deal with prophecy, especially end times prophecy? You see, the Bible very clearly teaches that you can not have the mark of the beast and have your name in the Lamb's Book of Life. You take the mark, you lose your place in the Lamb's Book of Life, for to take the mark is to choose this world and not salvation thru the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus.
So, let's stop trying to second guess God and let's just read what He says and make the perfectly logical assumption that He said what He meant and meant what He said.
Monday, we looked at Genesis one, two and three. We saw how God created the world and how by comparing the Generis one account with Exodus chapter twenty, we can very easily see that each of the days mentioned in Chapter one were plain old simple normal 24 hour days. We learned that God made the entire universe and everything in it and on it in 144 plain old 60 minute hours. In Genesis two we learned more about the creation of Adam and Eve and in chapter three we learned how sin was introduced into the world and how death came about.
Now in Chapter four we are going to start to see, amongst other things, the result of that sin and the effect the lie of evolution has on our understanding of God's word..
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door: and unto thee shall be his(sins) desire, and thou shalt rule over him(sin).
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
In verse 8 we see the first death of a human on earth, there had been no death before that. Then in Chapter three we saw the first death of an animal and the death of the perfect one on one relationship between God and man (see Genesis 3:21). Now in 4:8 we see the first murder of a human, Cain kills his brother Abel over jealousy, coveting, envy.
9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, "I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?" First lie to God.
10 And He said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13 And Cain said unto the LORD, "My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, Thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from Thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me." Here is the first real argument with Godn No, no, Lord you can't punish me, it is too big a punishment...
15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. 16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he built a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. 21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. 23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, "Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. 24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold."
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, she said, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD. (Genesis 4:1-8 ACP/KJV)
Here in chapter four we have another perfect example of how you can not believe both in God and in evolution. The evolutionist says we are evolving and getting smarter, that early man was a real dunce, more monkey than man. Yet, look at verse 22, notice: " And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron" a teacher of how to work in brass and iron?
Look at verse 20 and 21: " And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ." Living not in caves, but in tents, not nomads, but men raising cattle. Not men beating on hollowed out logs drums, but players of the organ and the harp, not two of the more simple instruments to make or play.
The evolutionist say that early man was a nomad, a wanderer living under the stars, following the herds of wild beast for food, yet God says: "And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he built a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch." Named a city after him? How can you be nomad and build a city, better yet, if early man were nomads why would they build a city even if they knew how to?
You see, the evolutionists are out to destroy your faith in the Bible. they have made up fairy tales, called them science, and foisted them on you from the first grade and even kindergarten, all to get you to disbelieve or at the very least second guess the accuracy of God's word, the Holy Bible. Later we will see that man did not even eat meat, according to God, until after the flood.
Evolution teaches a lie, it teaches things 180 degrees opposite of what God teaches. Think about this, they, the evolutionists, claim that we are getting smarter every day and that early man was nothing more than an upright monkey. Yet, remember yesterday that God said:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:26-31 ACP/KJV)
Now think for a minute, God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." When you fall for the evolution bull, the dung that comes out of their mouths, you are agreeing with them that if God made man in His own image, God is nothing more than a upright monkey.
The day of sitting around and figuring that we can academically debate all of the Bible except how we are saved, is gone guys, God has made it that we need to read His word and follow His word. For now, to err is fatal.
If you rely upon others, especially others who deny God and God's ability to articulate what He means, then you are in big trouble. For if you take that national id card and the majority of commentators , including me, are wrong and tribulation doesn't start after rapture, but has already started, then you just found yourself on the opposite side of Christ, with the mark and not in The Lamb's Book of Life.
Get serious guys, get real serious. When that National ID Card comes out, if you take it and it is the mark of the beast, then you are tossed into the lake of fire. If you do not take it and it is not the mark of the beast you will not be able to drive, buy fuel, have a checking account, credit card, or own property, your kids will not go to school and your wife will not be able to shop. And that is just scratching the surface.
The debate on what God means in His book, the Holy Bible just took a hard turn. It left the academic discussion side and has entered into the real life side, the side where knowledge is survival, lack of knowledge could easily mean unneeded pain and suffering here on earth or eternal pain and suffering in the lake of fire.
You had best get used to cracking open your Bible and studying late into the night, for the time has now become very short, 18-24 months and then you make a choice, take the card or not. No second guessing, no reprieves, no exceptions. Even police working undercover will be required to have an authentic National ID Card with their correct and honest address, no po boxes, no phony addresses.
How sure do you have to be? Got a wife? How much evidence will you need to convince her that she can't take the card?
In Genesis chapter 12, God tells Abram to pack up and head out. Abram says to Sari, his wife, "Pack up we are leaving." She says, "Where are we going?" He says, "I don't know." She says, "Where are we going?" He says, "I don't know." She says, "How long will we be gone?" He says "I don't know, pack." She says, "yes my lord", packs and goes with him.
My wife is a lot like Sari, she will abide by what I say. If by that time I have come to the conclusion that we can not take the card, she will cry, she will be upset, but she will say, "OK." And because of the trust she has in me, I will be 100 percent sure that this card is not the mark of the beast and that we are not in the time of tribulation, or we will not take the card. But you know something, over the next 18 months, I will prepare for not taking the card. And then if I find we can, well Praise God, but if I have even the slightest doubt, we are not putting our salvation in jeopardy by taking what might be the mark of the beast.
So, if you do not have a gun, buy one, if you do not have months of food, fuel and supplies, get them. But most important, if you have not been spending hours each day studying the word of God, start.
Lord God of Creation, thank You, thank You for giving us Your written word, the Bible and for allowing us be the temple in which the Holy Spirit lives. Now Lord, I beseech Thee, help me to know, help me to study and help all those others who seek your truth as well, for Lord, just as you left us no choice but to either believe You are God or not to believe, now You have given us no choice but to be sure of when Rapture comes and how long Tribulation is. Thank You Jesus. Amen.
Steve will be doing Friday's thought, we will return to Genesis on Monday.
If you life in the Naples, Maine area, keep in mind that starting Friday October 6th and for the next five Friday nights after tha,t at 6:30 PM we will be doing a Genesis 1-11 series and seminar at the Cornerstone Gospel Church in Naples. You can call me or use the form to e-mail me for further information. There will be child care and there will be snacks. I am not going to try to convince you to leave your church and attend ours, and there will be no request for money. Nor will I tolerate any disruption. Discussion yes. Disruption, NO!
PLease pray for Danny Calhoun, Danny and Theresa Gilpatrick, Seth Winslow, George Robert and this ministry and all involved with it.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May You be with Colby as he is now out of boot camp and into Fleet Marine Corps, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf.
And Lord I ask You to bless those who bless me and mine tenfold for the blessing they are to me.
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac, Cecily, Steve, and Rev. Jim Marstaller to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is Saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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