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Robert B. Scott

Return to the Father’s Heart

This crucial book will pave the way for the of coming Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6, who is prophesied to bring today’s absent fathers toward their neglected or jettisoned children and bring the heart of believers back to their Father in heaven. The book offers a solution to a pervasive problem among men today: their inability to forgive abusive fathers. This modern-day Elijah will “restore all things” (Mat. 17:11), including the true gospel of the Kingdom or Family of God, revealing the dangerous error of the grace revolution leading to the appearance of the man of lawlessness, an evil leader who will fight the second coming of Jesus. Click HERE to order your copy today!

 

 

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An Open Letter from God? Pastor Robert Scott

We tend to blame God for delays and disappointments. But have we ever considered His point of view? What might He be saying to us believers today? If we consider Psalm 46, Malachi 4:6, Matthew 24:22, and Matthew 5:13-16, this is what He might be saying:

Be still. Cease striving in your own strength. Be still in My presence, and come to know who I am. I am the God who made the heavens and the earth, and I will be exalted in every circumstance of your life if you allow Me. As you speak My Word and obey Me, My Kingdom will come in your life and My will shall be done in your life and the life of other believers. That is the seed I need in order to be exalted in all the Earth in the very best way. I do not want to be the “Smiter” most Christians think I am all the time. I only smite when it is absolutely necessary. And it does not have to be necessary for Me to smite the Earth with the curse and have to destroy all life on the planet. In Noah’s day there was still a small remnant of preservers whose love and prayers allowed Me to preserve the Earth and those few faithful. But I had to destroy all the rest, or the Earth would have been polluted to the point that My will could not be accomplished. The stakes are higher today even though it is like the days of Noah. The difference is that these are the last days before the establishment of My Kingdom as I exalt Myself and My love on the Earth. But the Millennium in the ideal sense is at stake. Those who qualify will still rule with Jesus, but since everything and everyone would be destroyed if the church fails, they would only be rebuilding the Earth and preparing it for the second general resurrection at the end of the thousand years. There would be no people on the Earth to rule over. That is not what I want, but I have given you, My people, free will, so the choice is yours. I have given you authority and power on the Earth. If you do not use it properly, I will have to destroy all life. For you are My salt, My preservers, and if the salt ceases to preserve, I cannot be blamed. I am giving you the grace, the power, to be the salt and light of the world. You, however, can choose to lose your savor or hide your light. I believe better things for you. When I ask Myself, “Will I find faith, salt, and light on the Earth in the last days,” I want to be able to say a hearty yes. You depend on Me, and you should. But remember that covenant I have with you works both ways. I’m depending on you!

Mat. 5:13-14; “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world…”

Our prayers and our example as we show God’s love through our lives make us the preservers of this world, keeping it from being destroyed totally. As the world gets darker and darker, God calls us to allow His light shine through us to give the world hope for a better tomorrow. By God’s grace we shall not allow our salt to lose its effectiveness to preserve nor shall we allow our light to be overpowered by the darkness around us. We overcome evil with good and darkness with light.


Happy New Year! What's New? Pastor Robert Scott

God’s new year is not in the barren time of January but in the spring as new life is bursting out. The first new moon or new day of the new holy year falls in 2011 on Saturday sunset, April 2, and ends at sunset on April 3. One day all mankind will bow down and surrender their burdens to Jesus at the new moons (Isa. 66:23). The first new moon of the year is a special time to lay down the regrets and problems of the year sp we can start afresh in a brand-new year. Answer to the question, “What’s new?” may surprise you.

What’s new? The answer is, or is supposed to be, you! While we are made new every day (2 Cor. 4:16), God wants us to start the new year brand new. To do we must lay down to Jesus the past problems of the year at our church altar or our personal place of prayer at the appointed and anointed time.

Job’s words beginning in Job 9:27 prophesied the end-time trials that would affect Christians who would not learn to speak out the Word of God and who have not learned to lay down their problems to Jesus. They fail for this reason. But you don’t have to fail to take advantage of these golden opportunities at the new moons to lay down your bad memories to Jesus on the cross. While Job was trying to forget his many problems in his own strength, the words he spoke in conceptual Hebrew encourage us to run to Jesus and surrender our burdens to Him.

Job 9:27 says, “Though I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful’…” The Hebrew word paneh (panah) or countenance becomes the opposite to the word or concept that follows. Here the word that follows is balag or grief, sadness. The simple meaning of paneh is “to turn” and thus turn your face to someone, leading to the meaning “face” or countenance. Definitions of paneh are: comfort yourself with words of life; place your troubles, pain, losses, and cares behind you (implied that you cast them off to Jesus); break free from the negative; remove fear from the forefront and speak out words of a conqueror; change the old, stale bread for fresh showbread; cast off a wrong outlook to be restored, refreshed, renewed, and reconnected to love. The concept of the word is to lift up your countenance in a bad situation to change your attitude.

Translation from conceptual Hebrew of Job 9:27

I will persist and be committed to change by forsaking what drags me down, what makes me sad and negative, what leaves me powerless, feeling abandoned, lacking purpose, energy, and life, and I will vehemently reject negative thinking, speaking, and the use of my time pulling myself downward in order that I may face a change in attitude, being uplifted, restored, refreshed, redeemed, reconnected to love and joy, for I will be renewed from grief, sorrow, selfishness or selfish concerns, destructive thoughts and negative speaking, that I may be strengthened by the Word and promises of God.

Take advantage of this special new moon and new year. Surrender to Jesus!


New Year's is Really This Weekend! Pastor Robert Scott

We have seen how Job’s words (about abortion in Job 3:16) gave our Father Love the legal right according to John 15:1-2 to prune us. The analogy is that Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. Our Father is the Vinedresser. Job’s words gave both Satan and God permission to do things in these last days. Who will we allow to work in our life, Satan or God?

Job’s words allow Satan to try to abort us spiritually, to shake the tree or rattle the branches, but God is given legal right on Earth to work through the trials Satan throws at us to make us into His image, which is His goal for our lives. How’s that for a turn around? Satan may make some fruit to fall with his attacks, but the fruit that remains gets stronger and stronger.

Paul uses a different but in some ways similar analogy. He says that Gentile and Jew alike are called to partake together “of the rich root of the olive tree” (Rom. 11:17), referring to the biblical roots of the Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus tells us to abide in Him (John 15:4,7) and allow His words to abide in us. He is the Word who spoke in both testaments, and we need to get back to those biblical roots if we are to weather the storms Satan will bring to us branches beginning in late 2012.

Without Jesus and without all of His words abiding in us, we will be shaken off the tree. We must abide intimately in Him. How do we do this? How do we stay attached to the Vine?

We abide in His Word, which tells us how to take communion and thus eat and drink of Him. That Word also tells us to meet intimately with Him on the Sabbath day. After all, He poured Himself into that day, into His Word, and into His body and blood that we partake of. We also abide in His (and the Father’s and Holy Spirit’s) love, embodied by His commandments, judgments, and revelations.

We have a great opportunity from Saturday sunset to Sunday sunset (April 2-3) to give Jesus the bad stuff of our year. It’s a special new moon, the first day of the new year in God’s calendar. It’s a time for laying down the regrets and failures of this year to Jesus at our personal (or church) altar and being filled up with His newness to start this new year afresh. All mankind will do it when Jesus returns (Isa. 66:23), so why should we not take advantage of this circumcision of the heart (Jer. 4:4)?

The laying down of long-term problems at the new moon (including the yearly ones this weekend) is the new circumcision. That would take a whole sermon to explain (which I am doing this Sabbath in Edmonton), but it’s too long for a blog and way too meaty for most people. Simply said, circumcision used to be only physical, the cutting away of that which was unclean. Now it is the cutting away by giving to Jesus all that is unclean in our lives, and that is what the new moon is all about.

That’s a lot to digest, and next time we will introduce some more revelations that may be new to you. So chew a bit on that if you like, and be ready for more next time.

Before we go, however, we said we would give you verses about identity in Jesus, which the circumcision of the heart makes possible, so we will skip to a verse (or two) about circumcision (the spiritual version, of course). 

Colossians 2:13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trangressions…
 
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 
My Father has forgiven me of all my sins by the blood of Jesus. My spirit man is alive and perfect in Jesus. Since God forgives me, I choose to forgive myself. 

What is Peace? Part 1 and 2 Pastor Robert Scott

A radio listener named Henry asked us that question: “What is peace?” While that is an excellent question, it reminds us of the question the Roman governor asked at Jesus’ trial: “What is truth?” Truth was so absent that he had to ask the question. And peace is so absent in our society, even among Christians, that we have to ask the question.

The answer is actually quite simple, but to know what peace is, you must have it in yourself or see it in others. Peace is simply the absence of conflict or turmoil among people or in ourselves. John 14:27 says that Jesus has given His peace to us, His disciples. That inner peace is part of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22.

That peace, however, resides in our spirits, which have been made perfect by the blood of Jesus. Whether it is transmitted to our souls, or our hearts, minds, and wills, depends on us. Jesus warned us, saying, “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27). Jesus promised us an abundant life of peace in John 10:10, but we have our part to play. Jesus said that the thief Satan who tried to come to steal our peace. Thoughts and words of fear allow Satan to steal our peace so that it is not able to reside in our souls and be a function of our life.

God tells us to be anxious or fearful for nothing (Phil. 4:6). Paul tells us in Philippians 4 to rejoice always and never to pray in fear but with a spirit of thanksgiving, thinking thankful thoughts and expressing thanksgiving to God as we pray. In that way the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and minds as we stay fixed on Jesus.

When Paul says that the peace of Jesus passes our comprehension, he means that peace is something we can understand only when we see it in others or ourselves. We can even see it by looking at the animals when they are at peace or when they are disturbed.

The peace of Jesus does indeed protect our hearts and minds from the turmoil around us. Jesus was at peace amid a storm, and when he awoke, he spoke to the storm. He spoke peace to the storm. He told us how we could speak to the mountains or problems in our life rather than speaking about them. We could speak to the mountain and cause it to be cast into the sea.

Speaking God’s Word into our circumstances allows us to have Jesus’ peace in our hearts. Being afraid of the storm that swirls around us in speaking out words of fear robs us of our peace.

Isaiah 26:12 gives us a key to understanding peace and causing it to be established in our hearts: “[Jesus], You will establish peace for us, Sense You have also performed the for us all our works.”

As with peace, righteousness is a gift from Jesus, and they work together. Depending on our own strength causes a lack of peace. Trusting in Jesus and His righteousness in us brings peace. We are not performing the works. He is.

Isaiah 54:11 speaks of people who allow themselves to be “storm-tossed,” having no comfort as they are hit by the waves of bad circumstances around them.

Jesus offers the solution in verse 14: “In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you.”

In other words, we confess our sins to our Father and forgive ourselves, accepting Jesus’ blood to erase our sins, we accept His righteousness as a gift (II Cor. 5:17, 20-21). He took our sins and gave us as a replacement His righteousness. As we accept that truth in our hearts, we also receive the His peace.

Isaiah 32:17 emphasizes this truth: “And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”

The English word peace is only a small part of the meaning of the Hebrew word shalom. We want to end this message with a blessing from some powerful Hebrew words, including shalom, but we must first understand those words.

Since most Christians read much of the New Testament, you have probably noticed how often Paul blesses his readers with grace and peace. And a connection does exist between the two. Isaiah 26:12 explains that connection, and it bears repeating, from the NIV: “[Jesus], you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.”

Most Christians don’t understand that grace is an empowerment to do what Jesus calls us to do. In essence, it is Him in us doing the good works. When we understand that Jesus in us is the Grace or supernatural ability doing the works through us, we have peace.

Jeremiah 17 contrasts the man who trust in himself and “makes flesh his strength” (Jer. 17:5). The description of him being “like a bush in the desert” (verse 6) is not a picture of peace.

Notice how God describes the one who trusts in Jesus and allows Him to do the works rather than relying on human strength: “Blessed is the man who trusts in [Jesus] And whose trust is [Jesus]. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when heat comes; But it’s leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit” (Jer. 17:7-8).

Having no fear or anxiety keeps Satan from stealing the peace of Jesus from this man. He lives the abundant life of peace Jesus promised (John 14:27; John 10:10).

It’s all about understanding and receiving the blessing of grace and peace. Before we extend that blessing to you, we should examine the concepts of grace and peace in the original Bible languages.

The most powerful word for grace, only taking a back seat to shelam and shalom as far as words of great blessing in Hebrew, is the word chanan in Genesis 43:29. Joseph said to his younger brother Benjamin, “May God be gracious to you, my son…” The word comes from the root meaning, “incline favor to” or “bend a favorable ear towards.” It means: stoop down to show kindness to an inferior; bestow a kindness; have God’s light shine on a person, exposing him or her for blessings; to beseech a favor from God for a person; ask someone to pray for you; grant a favor to; deal in favor; strength to deal favorably with another; entreat a higher authority for blessing for another; to call for mercy for yourself or another; have mercy.

While mercy is not grace, grace can include mercy. Grace includes the empowerment to get up when we fall by the mercy of God.

Other definitions include: have compassion upon; take us out of a mess we have made for ourselves; pray for another’s prosperity (includes shalom, asking for God’s grace to make them whole); pray for the wholeness of another’s family; make supplication to God for another; to be called of God for a future job. He calls us first for discipling us. We must first learn His Word and be open to Him, to learn from Him.

When Joseph beseeched God for grace for Benjamin, he made Jesus bend His ear to fill all his needs, to be kind to him and his family, to walk in His favor in family prosperity, and that Jesus would find a job for Benjamin to do and please God. We need about 60 words to only partially say what Joseph said in one word, chanan, one of the most powerful word blessings you can give in conceptual Hebrew.

When a person cried out to God to receive back his cloak he gave as pledge, so he could be warm and sleep at night, God said, “I will hear him, for I am gracious” (Ex. 22:27). The word is channuwn or channun, “to be gracious.” Its multiple meanings are: move to respond to one’s need; ask God to respond to our need; call an injustice to be corrected, and the right to ask God to correct it; have God speak into an evil or hardship; have God redeem you from a problem or a debt; have God declare His mercy on you; favor in the eyes of our accusers, creditors, or bosses; overcome human relations problems (overcome with God as well); beseech God for His justice to come into a problem; pray for God’s grace that allows for empowerment in all difficulties or problems – even a persistent sin; to find God’s blessing of faith, hope, and love bestowed on us for obeying His voice.

The most powerful word involving grace, however, is chanan from Genes is 43. We will use that word in giving a priestly blessing to you believers, many who will have also accepted their anointing as priests of God.

Remember that as spiritual priests or Levites we have a covenant with our God that guarantees life and peace (Mal. 2:5). Our part of that covenant is to stand in awe of the name of Jesus, relying on His power in us so that no words of fear or unrighteousness is found on our lips as we walk in His peace (Mal. 2:5-6).

One of the most powerful blessings in the Bible is contained in Numbers 6:22-26. It is no coincidence that it also contains two most powerful words of blessing in the Hebrew language, shalom and chanan, or gracious. Jesus told Moses to tell Aaron to bless Israel, the believers, with this potent blessing.

We pray that you will be able to receive these encouraging words of blessing today: “[Jesus] bless you, and keep you; [Jesus] make His face shine on you, And be gracious [chanan]to you; [Jesus] lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace [shalom].”


What is Peace? Part 1 Pastor Robert Scott

A radio listener named Henry asked us that question: “What is peace?” While that is an excellent question, it reminds us of the question the Roman governor asked at Jesus’ trial: “What is truth?” Truth was so absent that he had to ask the question. And peace is so absent in our society, even among Christians, that we have to ask the question.

The answer is actually quite simple, but to know what peace is, you must have it in yourself or see it in others. Peace is simply the absence of conflict or turmoil among people or in ourselves. John 14:27 says that Jesus has given His peace to us, His disciples. That inner peace is part of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22.

That peace, however, resides in our spirits, which have been made perfect by the blood of Jesus. Whether it is transmitted to our souls, or our hearts, minds, and wills, depends on us. Jesus warned us, saying, “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27). Jesus promised us an abundant life of peace in John 10:10, but we have our part to play. Jesus said that the thief Satan who tried to come to steal our peace. Thoughts and words of fear allow Satan to steal our peace so that it is not able to reside in our souls and be a function of our life.

God tells us to be anxious or fearful for nothing (Phil. 4:6). Paul tells us in Philippians 4 to rejoice always and never to pray in fear but with a spirit of thanksgiving, thinking thankful thoughts and expressing thanksgiving to God as we pray. In that way the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and minds as we stay fixed on Jesus.

When Paul says that the peace of Jesus passes our comprehension, he means that peace is something we can understand only when we see it in others or ourselves. We can even see it by looking at the animals when they are at peace or when they are disturbed.

The peace of Jesus does indeed protect our hearts and minds from the turmoil around us. Jesus was at peace amid a storm, and when he awoke, he spoke to the storm. He spoke peace to the storm. He told us how we could speak to the mountains or problems in our life rather than speaking about them. We could speak to the mountain and cause it to be cast into the sea.

Speaking God’s Word into our circumstances allows us to have Jesus’ peace in our hearts. Being afraid of the storm that swirls around us in speaking out words of fear robs us of our peace.

 Isaiah 26:12 gives us a key to understanding peace and causing it to be established in our hearts: “[Jesus], You will establish peace for us, Sense You have also performed the for us all our works.”

As with peace, righteousness is a gift from Jesus, and they work together. Depending on our own strength causes a lack of peace. Trusting in Jesus and His righteousness in us brings peace. We are not performing the works. He is.

Isaiah 54:11 speaks of people who allow themselves to be “storm-tossed,” having no comfort as they are hit by the waves of bad circumstances around them.

Jesus offers the solution in verse 14: “In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you.”

In other words, we confess our sins to our Father and forgive ourselves, accepting Jesus’ blood to erase our sins, we accept His righteousness as a gift (II Cor. 5:17, 20-21). He took our sins and gave us as a replacement His righteousness. As we accept that truth in our hearts, we also receive the His peace.

Isaiah 32:17 emphasizes this truth: “And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”

The English word peace is only a small part of the meaning of the Hebrew word shalom. We want to end this message with a blessing from some powerful Hebrew words, including shalom, but we must first understand those words.

Since most Christians read much of the New Testament, you have probably noticed how often Paul blesses his readers with grace and peace. And a connection does exist between the two. Isaiah 26:12 explains that connection, and it bears repeating, from the NIV: “[Jesus], you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.”

Most Christians don’t understand that grace is an empowerment to do what Jesus calls us to do. In essence, it is Him in us doing the good works.  When we understand that Jesus in us is the Grace or supernatural ability doing the works through us, we have peace. 


Jesus Wants Our Heart Pastor Robert Scott

God Wants Our Heart

When we accept Jesus, we often refer to having given our heart to Jesus. But that does not fully happen at that moment. We state our desire to give Him our heart, our deepest inner motivation and desires. Nevertheless, the only part of us that Jesus that He can live in is our spirits, which have been cleansed by His blood. Our spirits became alive in Jesus when we accepted Him (Eph. 2:5).

That is, however, only the beginning. We just experienced a death in the family, and so there will be a short pause in the blog entries. We experience the death of the old man when we are baptized, as Romans 6 explains. But the death of the old ways is different from the death of the old man. We are indeed new creations in our spirits. We must understand, however, that our souls, or minds, hearts, and wills, are not yet made new like our spirits.

God’s cry for His people has always been, “O, that there was heart in them that they would keep My commandments,” as Deuteronomy 5:29 shows. God has always wanted the hearts of His people.

God wants our hearts circumcised (Jer. 4:4). We don’t have to cut the flesh to be saved spiritually, even though physical circumcision is a powerful covenant. Baptism only begins the process of spiritual circumcision. The New Covenant circumcision has been overlooked by the religious world.

What is it? It is none other than the laying down of the works of the flesh at the new moon (Isa. 66:23). We lay down our burdens and long-term sins to Jesus at the altar at that time, allowing Him to cu them off from us as the foreskin is cut off in circumcision. Jesus cannot renew us if we hold on to our pains and sins. We must be willing to change and lay down that which is not of Jesus.

Jesus is waiting on us to surrender the old and accept the new, in our hearts. He wants to abide in our hearts, not just our spirits. He cannot do that without our permission.

The coming new moon beginning at sunset Saturday, April 2 and ending a day later at sunset is a special new moon. It is the first day of the holy year. Why don’t we take advantage of this opportunity to lay down all the mess of the last year to Jesus and start totally new? We will be inviting Jesus to abide in more than our spirits, but in our hearts. He can then give us more of His identity, and thus more of His power and authority.

This leads us to talk once again about our identity in Jesus…

I Corinthians 5:21 He made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

I am no longer a sinner, so I have ceased saying that lie that so many Christians speak because of deception. Jesus took my sin on Him on the cross. He has taken my sin and given me His righteousness. Wow! What a deal! That’s divine exchange. God My Father looks at me like I am Jesus. That’s how righteous I am. I am as righteous as Jesus! It’s not mine; it’s His! I reject any curses from people who try to remind me of sins of the past that God has forgotten, and I remind myself that Jesus has given me the gift of His righteousness.

Zechariah 2:8 For thus says the [Eternal] of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of his eye.”

In the conceptual Hebrew, when God says we are the apple of His eye (also in Psalm 17:8), He is saying, like a proud father, “That’s my boy! That’s my son! That’s my daughter! I’m so proud he or she is My son/daughter.” As our Father told Jesus before He did any mighty work, “You are My Son, in whom I am well pleased!”


Look in Advance at Our Coming Prophecy in the News about Hatred of Israel Pastor Robert Scott

 Why Such Hatred of Israel?

 It doesn’t take an astute observer to realize how much the tiny nation of Israel is hated today. Not only the Arab world, but the United Nations as well has shown hatred to Israel. Most people don’t know why this is so, and they don’t realize that the term Israel means much more than the small nation in the Middle East.

First of all, we must understand that the patriarch Jacob, whose name was not flattering, had a change of name after he persevered with God. Jesus renamed him Israel, meaning overcomer with God or believer. Followers of Jesus are called the “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16).

 The “commonwealth of Israel” (Eph. 2:12) is not only a spiritual reference. In our coming book on 2012 we discuss what we have given numerous radio broadcasts on, the truth that the British Commonwealth and the U.S. are indeed the two lost tribes of the ten that truly bear the name Israel. Genesis 48 shows that Israel put His name principally on Ephraim and Manasseh, the Commonwealth nations and the U.S. They are the only two brother-like nations that could possibly have fulfilled the prophecy of prosperity and subsequent demise experienced by a nation and “a company [or commonwealth] of peoples” (Gen. 48:4,15-16,19).

Job’s prophecies started it all. He spoke out many things as a righteous man, including Job 3:3 where he cursed the day, saying, “Day, perish.” His curse applies to those who are of the day, the believing nations and the true believers who know and follow Jesus.

His words allowed Satan power, but also opened the door for God to show more power. That’s why Jesus convinced Satan to test Job. Knowing the end from the beginning, He knew what Job would say, positive and negative, and He knew those words would open the door for Him to bring about the ultimate end of Satan’s power.

Job’s words influenced people and events throughout history. One of those events was tragic beyond words, and it has been one of the major reasons Israel (in all of its meanings) has been so intensely hated and persecuted.

By cursing those people of the day, Job was opening the door for believers themselves to bring reproach upon themselves by their actions. We all know of some of the scandals that have affected famous evangelists. They have rocked the Christian world and caused unbelievers to be turned off of Christianity and to hate believers even more.

What happened in Genesis 34 was the outrageous act of treachery that started it all. Simeon and Levi, the most violent of Israel’s twelve sons, were the perpetrators that brought shame on the whole family of Israel and terrible anger from Israel’s enemies. They did more than kill their enemies after tricking them into being circumcised and being too weak to resist (Gen 34:25). Extra-biblical accounts tell of the unspeakable way they murdered them, outrageous acts that had never been seen even among the worst of the pagans.

Because of the bloody circumcision, the act and the backlash of hatred against Israel was sealed in a blood covenant. Judah, who became modern-day Israel in 1948, aggravated the backlash against the Jews, only one of twelve Israelite tribes. The Jews were not solely responsible for Jesus’ death. All mankind caused him to come to lay down His life voluntarily because of the many sins that required His death. They decided to take the responsibility by their words (Mat. 27:25).

The Leviticus massacre in Genesis 34, sealed in blood, and the Jews’ words accepting responsibility for Jesus’ blood were important factors in allowing the Holocaust. Ironically, the German leaders learned this bent for atrocities from the very Israelites taken into captivity by the Assyrians, who migrated later to Germany.

Blood covenants have power. Levi and Simeon caused a backlash against Israel throughout history, coming to a horrible head in these last days.

Have you noticed how hated both Israel and America are today? Have you noticed how biased the media, governments, and judges are against spiritual Israelites, the believers. Don’t speak a word of truth about Muslims or gays, but it’s open season on Christians. People today don’t want to hear the name of Jesus.

Matthew 24:7 prophesies the earthquakes we are seeing today, especially in Japan. Only two verses later Jesus says “they will deliver you [mainly the believers but including physical Israelites] to tribulation [meaning the Great Tribulation], and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.”

America, the Commonwealth nations, Israel, and real Christians all bear the same name, the name of Israel, the believers [in Jesus], even if we have not lived up to that name. Manasseh means “forget,” and that’s exactly what the U.S. has done. They have forgotten God and even forgotten that they were once His Sabbath keeping people, hearing the voice of Jesus shout out the Ten Commandments from Sinai.

This persecution has already begun. One example is the United Nations. Who do they rule against? The answer: Israel, America, and believers in Jesus. They want to make a law against blaspheming the name of prophets of false religions, but they hate believers who want to follow Jesus and apply the principles of the Bible.

The U.N. actions are only a small foretaste of what is to come. But if you grow in Jesus and become strong in Him, you don’t have to face the brunt of the persecution to come in the Great Tribulation (Rev. 3:8-10; Luke 21:36).

The words Job spoke and the actions evil Israelites perpetrated long ago caused the perfect Jesus to be persecuted and hated. The physical and spiritual people of Jesus face the same fate. We simply need to be sure we are hated because we are following Jesus (John 15:18) rather than shaming Him by our ungodly deeds as did Simeon and Levi.

Accept your forgiveness and your righteousness in Jesus. Walk in His grace and empowerment to be a light to the world that hates Jesus. Those who love Jesus and obey Him will indeed be hated, but those who truly shine the light of Jesus will be spared the worst of what is to come. God says of those very elect who forgive those who hate them, “…I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him” (Mal. 3:17).

Fathers out there, you know how much you love your children. Be sure that our Father loves us much more than we can love our own children. If we continue to show our love for our Father as hatred abounds around us and love grows cold (Mat. 24:12), He will spare both us and our children. Not a hair of our head shall perish, because our Father’s love is greater than any hatred from men.


When Things Aren't Going Well — Be Encouraged! Pastor Robert Scott

We interrupt the flow of this blog that has been accenting 2012 to bring you a special good news bulletin: when things aren’t going well, God still loves you!

God has a word in His Bible for every circumstance. Listen if you need it to Habakkuk in chapter 3 at the end of chapter: “Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines [the finances aren’t goings so well, and the outlook looks even bleaker], Though the yield of the olive should fail [the oil of God’s anointing will not fail!] And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in [Jesus], I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The [Eternal] God is my strength, And He has made my feet like hind’s feet, And makes me walk on my high places.”

We should understand that the above is not God’s perfect will for us, but He meets us where we are, and He is good all the time.

God met Paul where he was. He said, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:11-13).

The Japanese in the recent catastrophe give us in the Western world a powerful example. Anderson Cooper of CNN marvelled at the attitude and discipline of a people who have made civility and community a habit. They endured long lines to receive the necessities of life, never complaining, as many Westerners would do. No looting whatsoever was reported. When rations were short, people shared with each other. These people were thankful for whatever food or water they received.

All this being said, God does not want us to be in want. In that famous Psalm 23, David said, “I shall not want.” He said that Jesus would prepare a table of provision for him in the presence of his enemies, even the demonic enemies that try to steal from us and squander our possessions. We need not only to rejoice in our humble circumstances, but to express thanks to our Father Love that He is preparing that table for us even when we cannot see it manifest yet. We do not have to resign ourselves to living in lack. That would be capitulating, giving in to Satan.

We must confess our sins and rescind in Jesus’ name any words we have spoken in a negative mindset that have contributed to the present difficult circumstance. We can rejoice that we are forgiven, forgive ourselves and others, and rejoice as well that our Redeemer Jesus is already at work to restore us to where He wants us to be, not lacking wealth but distributing it as the lights of the world.

When financial and other problems abound in our lives, remember that God’s grace or empowerment abounds even more: “And God is able [if we allow Him and thank Him for it] to make all grace abound to you, so that always have all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed…” (II Cor. 9:8). Notice the abundant use of the word all. Jesus is our All in All, the I Am who is all we need. We need to embrace Him in our hour of need, thankful for the little we may have, and thankful that He will be faithful to supply our every need (Phil. 4:19).


Healing Questions Answered Pastor Robert Scott

 Today we will depart from our usual format to answer some questions about healing from a radio listener...

Q: If the devil can make you sick, doesn't that mean that you are married to the devil and not God?

A: Accepting a gift from Satan or his demons such as sickness does not necessarily constitute a marring to Him or his demons.

Q: How does ignorance on a subject make you subject to Satan’s will and not God's purpose? 
Are you not responsible for what you know?
Why would God allow sicknesses just because we don't know something? 
Isn't that just cruel and unusual punishment?

A: James 4:17 and John 9:41 show us that we are indeed only responsible for what we know. God is referring here to judgment. We are not judged eternally and spiritually for what we don’t know. God has ordained, however, laws that are automatic, the law of sowing and reaping and the law of cause and effect.

God says His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6). An example would be the Sabbath day, the seventh day of the week. Almost all Christians today are missing out on this blessing because pastors have accepted without question the tradition of Sunday, which is nowhere to be found in the Bible. God gave free will to the church and the pastors, and He is allowing this lie to go on until His time is right here in the last days to reveal this truth in a more universal way so He can prepare a bride for Jesus at His return.

Another example would be the following: you adopted a Chinese girl, not fully realizing that girls are not appreciated when born in China and many curses come against them, curses of sickness and death. Your girl gets sick and dies, and you wonder why God allowed it. There again, the church has chosen to ignore the subject of curses, and so many Christians do not understand they have the power of their tongue to reject such curses with communion when it is required.

God speaks plainly of curses in His Word, and the Holy Spirit is willing to teach anyone who asks about how to break off curses in Jesus’ name. The knowledge is available. It’s simply that we have trusted shepherds who have rejected the Word of God, as Hosea said, rather than trusting God and His Word. Admittedly, Satan has cleverly hidden such knowledge, and it does require faith to receive it, but the knowledge is there for those who seek it earnestly.

Your question reveals the common attitude we have toward God today in the Christian world. Yes, it may seem like God is cruel for allowing these tragedies. But when you understand His plan, revealed in the holy days that the church has rejected and mocked, you understand that it is Satan, not God, who is cruel.

Not reading the First Testament and asking God for understanding has created a false idea about God among Christians. They see Him as a cruel Father in the “Old” Testament when in fact it was Jesus who was the God of the First Testament. They have a hard time seeing the Father or the two other members of the Godhead as the God of love and justice. He is Love (1 John 4:8), yet He is also a God who is just. He will not compromise with His laws. He alone chooses when to show mercy in His infinite wisdom, and often people are healed who do not know Him or who know Him but don’t know how to say the right words to receive the healing.

God has allowed the Christian world to reap the consequences of the falseness and lies it has accepted. How else can the church come to repentance if the people do not see the results of their false ideas and practices? While it is indeed tragic to see the sickness, death, and accidents that abound in the church today, God lovingly meets everyone who reaches out to Him where they are, and Jesus intervenes to redeem the evil circumstances. While it is not God’s perfect will that is produced, He gives the comfort needed and those affected learn lessons from these tragedies. They did not have to happen, but we must remember that God did not cause them. Satan did.

When a parent tells a child not to go into a certain room because of a danger of accident in that room, and the child goes in anyway and gets hurt, is that cruel and unusual punishment? If you look at the analogy as a group analogy, where the child is the church, you can see that the church has knowingly at one point in time rejected the truth of God’s Word, and has ventured into the dangerous room and been hurt.

The church seems to be waiting on God for some answers, while God is waiting on the church to wake up and repent. He will not leave the end-time, nonchalant church without a warning and without revelation.

Your prayers can speed up that revelation and warning so the church can be made ready for Jesus and receive the healing she needs. That healing will begin to manifest among the individuals in the body of Christ.

God has not forced pastors to cease being “stupid” as He calls them in Jeremiah 10. They have done great damage to their flocks, and God’s judgment on them will soon be swift, but not cruel or unusual.

In the meantime, you have come to a place where the knowledge about healing has been released in books and broadcasts. Avail yourself of these teachings, so that your healing and the light of your example will give hope to others and exhort them to make the changes necessary in their lives that will lead to their healing.

Tracy
Sherwood Park     


The Truth about 2012 Pastor Robert Scott

 America signed its death warrant as a nation in legalizing abortion in early 1973 (only a month shy of 40 years later judgment would begin to come, beginning December 21, 2012). Repentance could have changed that, but God gave them seven days in addition to all those years between that fatal day of September 11, 2001 until the Day of Trumpets on September 18, 2001 to repent. It didn’t happen.

Our Western, Anglo-Saxon nations were called by God to be godly nations that would spread His truth to the world, but just the opposite has occurred. We have abandoned God and spread filth to the world. It’s “game over” for America.
It is not, however, over for those God is calling to be a part of a great end-time harvest. And for us whom He has called or is calling, Job’s words have good news for us.
Jesus set Satan up to test Job, knowing that words would come out of his mouth that would give Jesus permission to both allow Satan to test God’s people and at the same time allow Jesus to defeat Satan and cause His people to defeat him.
How could this happen? Job’s words of abortion gave God permission to abort those few who would permanently turn away from Him after being enlightened, but also to abort the sins and bad habits in the lives of believers through the pruning process of John 15.
When we stay close and strongly attached to Jesus, the Vine, we bear fruit. This allows the Vinedresser, our Father Love, to prune us so that we “bear more fruit” (John 15:1-2).
This might be a good time to get out our Bibles and read aloud John 15. Reading out loud activates almost all the senses and has a way of causing the words we read to enter out hearts. If you choose to do this, it will prepare you for next time, when we will discuss some of the principles embodied in John 15, and more. See you next time. Have a blessed day!
 
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in [some translations say, the faith of the Son of God] the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
 
Wow! Jesus loved me enough to die for me so that He could live in me and do His works of faith in and through me. I can do nothing without Him. I have stopped trying to do things in my strength. Jesus is my strength.
 
 
Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in transgression, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
 
My Father Love loves me so much that He gave Jesus so He could have me as His son/daughter. I was born dead in sin because of what Adam did, but when I accepted Jesus, He gave me the seed of life, which begins to germinate when I bury my old self in baptism by immersion. What’s more, my spirit is now alive in Jesus. So the real me was raised with Jesus when He was resurrected, and I sit beside Him in heaven, looking down on Satan, the demons, and all my circumstances. In my dominion covenant with my Father in heaven, we rule from our heavenly position, changing facts by speaking out the truth of God’s Word.