V RaptureChrist Newsletter
June 1, 2016

Appearances May Deceive You

Today I saw a tree fall right in front of me. I heard a loud crack and it fell on a parking lot full of cars. Frankly, there was no warning. Big trees can fall, but usually there is a disease and the tree is rotten to the core. However, the tree that fell today did seem healthy, but that was not the case. Insects had been feasting on its inner core. All its strength was gone.

I have seen trees fall before, but usually the ground, made of clay soil, is wet and soggy. Clay is as hard as a rock when it is dry and turns to soft mud when it gets wet. Typically, there is a high wind acting as a lever to topple the tree over. Believe me, today this was not the case. In fact, there was no wind as not one leaf was moving; the weather was nice. Yesterday, we did get a slight sprinkling of rain; however, that was not enough to make the ground wet and soggy.

What I am trying to say is, do not judge on appearances. Those may deceive you. After all, the tree did appear quite strong to me. However, all is not as it seems.

Often people are the same way. Those that appear nice, might not be so nice. All of us must look deeper than the surface to see what is really going on.

Christ says:

Matthew 7:16-19
By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

What does Jesus mean?

I believe that the actions are the fruit of a person. For example, if some people offer to help you, but they suddenly become busy when you really need their assistance, then we judge their fruit to be poor. Case in point, a man might tell a woman that he loves her, but when she becomes pregnant with his child, he runs away. If you ask the man, "who is going to raise your son?" he becomes angry and says, "why don't you shut up!" Actions speak louder than words.

Often, those that brag the most, do the least, and the people who help you might not be those you usually count on. It reminds me of the tall tree that fell right in front of me.

Ezekiel 17:24
All the trees of the forest will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. "'I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'"

Well, the tall tree that fell today looked healthy and green. However, in a few days it will be all dried up. Insects tunnel inside the tree and weaken its trunk until it cannot support the branches anymore. Outside all seems fine, but few understand how weak the inner core is. That part is hidden from our eyes.

There are men who focus on outward appearance. For example, they will marry a beautiful woman. Often they overlook an aspect of her behavior that will destroy the relationship later on.

Lack of foresight can doom a marriage. Most men only see the outward appearance. Instead they should ask if this person will be a good mother for their daughters and sons. After all, young children will spend more time with their moms. What kind of an education will this person provide? It is a proven fact that the intelligence and abilities of your children will be in a large part from your spouse. Please chose one that is wise. A person's true nature stays, but beauty fades away.

Likewise, nations can indeed appear beautiful and strong to us. However, they are morally bankrupt and rotten to the core. This causes them to fall even without a war. People expect nations to fall from an invasion. Yet, the invaders might be like insects that do their damage in secret beneath our prying eyes.

When the tree finally does topple over... it is too late to fix things as the damage is far more extensive than people can imagine. Nations act much in the same way.

Government officials allow movies and TV programs to show immoral lifestyles as "normal;" in each show there has to be a gay or lesbian or dyke; every young girl or boy is shown as having sex outside of marriage. Every celebrity is shown living these corrupt lifestyles. Children grow up imitating these famous people. When these kids get to school they are introduced to science where these children listen to the theory of evolution as a fact, and not a theory. God is never mentioned in school, and among the subjects taught are "sexual education" -- a way to turn girls into whores. Nowhere will any school teach that sex is to be used only in marriage; or that homosexuality is a depraved behavior.

All these actions have steadily weakened our moral fiber and hollowed out our national core. By the time people realize what is going on... it will be too late for this empire.

In 1900 1% of children were born out of wedlock, and since then, there has been a steady rise.

1950 3%
1960 5%
1970 11%
1980 18%
1990 28%
2000 33%
2010 41%
2015 50%

Literally, we have become a nation of bastards, with no show dads and single moms. Not having a father leads to an increase in crime.

Politically correct lie-berals tell us that having two parents is the same as one. However, the statistics tell a different story as we see. Fatherless boys make up 85% of all youths sitting in prison. 

Certainly, a tree is known by its fruit, and what is the fruit of this one?

Fornication

Revelation tells us about the days we are living in. It talks about four main sins.

Revelation 9:21
Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their drugs, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

The word the bible uses for fornication is pornoia from where we get porn. It refers to a sexual  relationship outside of marriage.

God tells us that fornication is wrong. However, scientists are saying that abnormal behavior is normal and that it is good for us. Scientists say that children born from fornication help diversity to increase. What we are not told is that the break down in society due to lack of morals is a serious issue.

We not only see an increase in fornication, but in related sins such as pornography, adultery, bestiality, and homosexuality, but God warns us to keep away from this type of behavior. 

Exodus 20:14
Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Notice that this command is part of the ten commandments, the basis of all our civil laws.

There are many Christians that do not know that simply lusting over a woman is a sin.

Matthew 5:27-29
You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Often, people do not realize the danger found in the internet which is filled with dirty photos, videos and movies. They look at R-rated movies and deplorable TV shows which depict all type of sinful lifestyles. 

Please be vigilant about movies. Even regular movies contain certain improper scenes. Most of us know their purpose. It is a weapon of the devil to try to get us to sin. Do not be deceived, many murderers started out by looking at pornographic pictures.

Observe that a rotten tree cannot stand, but it will fall down. Likewise, a person whose life is full of sin will fall down. Moral strength comes from obeying God's commandments.

1 Peter 1:14-16
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But according as He who did call you is holy, ye also, become holy in all [your] conduct, because it has been written, 'Become ye holy, because holy I am;'


It is God's wish that we be holy and pure. All of us should strive to be like Him.

Remember that some preachers pretend to be close to God, but their heart is far away. Often they will talk about love, but not about living a righteous life.

Jesus says:

John 14:15
If you love me, obey my commandments.

Pharisees in Christ's day pretended to obey God's laws, but they were evil to the core. They claimed to be Abraham's children, but Jesus said that they were the children of the devil.

John 8
37“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 
38I speak what I have seen with my Father, and ye then do what ye have seen with your father.
39They answered and said to him, Abraham is our father. Jesus says to them, If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham; 
40but now you seek to kill me, a man who has spoken the truth to you, which I have heard from God: this did not Abraham. 
41You do the works of your father. They said [therefore] to him, We are not born of fornication; we have one father, God.
42Jesus said to them, If God were your father ye would have loved me, for I came forth from God and am come [from him]; for neither am I come of myself, but *he* has sent me. 
43Why do ye not know my speech? Because ye cannot hear my word. 
44Ye are of the devil, as [your] father, and ye desire to do the lusts of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks falsehood, he speaks of what is his own; for he is a liar and its father: 
45and because I speak the truth, ye do not believe me. 
46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 
47He that is of God hears the words of God: therefore ye hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.

Often, the Pharisees would clash with Jesus, as deep darkness and bright light are mutually exclusive. Yet these evil men did outwardly seem pious.

Matthew 23:27-28
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whitened sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

There are many so called "Bible Scholars" who claim the bible is full of errors, but their purpose is to lead you away from obeying the Lord.

Psalm 12:6
And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

These men with degrees in Divinity are always mocking the truth of the bible, trying to sway your belief in the word of God. These men are liars like their father the devil who is the father of lies.

God states that all the word of God, as stated is the bible, is true, and that all His rules will stay forever.

Psalm 119:160 
The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Jesus also testified that all the word of God is true.

John 17:17 
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 

It is not God's wish that any of us should perish. However, we must obey His commandments. 

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

So, do not judge by outward appearances. God in His wisdom, gave us His laws to guide us to make just and right decisions. Beware of the liars who say that God's law is done away with. Doing what feels right is not always right. God is the only one who decides what is right and what is wrong. Let us do what He says so that we will not feel ashamed at His coming.
May His kingdom come soon.

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