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Can salvation be lost?

Can one lose their salvation?

The way I see it those who have been saved or received salvation have been for ever emancipated by Christ.

True followers of the Lord Jesus Christ are no longer in bondage, or slaves to sin. This is due to Christ’s finished work on the Cross which has emancipated us to live in the Liberty which is in Christ.

Denying the power of the Cross of Christ is blasphemy!

The Cross to some people is foolishness, but to others it is the power of God unto salvation! For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. To deny salvation is to deny the power of the Cross, and thereby it is blaspheming God.

When the Lord said “It Is Finished” He meant it!

Therefore anyone who accepts Jesus of Nazareth as Lord are empowered by the power of the holy spirit to overcome sin and the world’s way of living. This is why Christ said that we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

The gift of holy spirit delivers people from the bondage of being children of disobedience, which at one time we all were, and gives them the power to become the children of obedience.

Once an individual has been saved, they each have the personal responsibility to live in the grace, and mercy, of that salvation which is due to the pure precious blood that Christ, as our High Priest, sprinkled on the Mercy Seat in the heavenly Temple.

This ongoing process of salvation is called sanctification. Sanctification is the process all followers of Christ, while living upon the earth, go through as they steward their salvation which in the first place came from God via the gift of faith by grace.

During this process of sanctification we now have a choice which we never had before when we were walking in the darkness of our past. The choice we have been given is to choose not succumb to sin. All normal people know that to never succumb to sin is impossible. This is why, if we do succumb to sin, we have and Advocate or High Priest (Jesus Christ) who makes intercession for us in the Holy of Holies in Heaven.

When we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

He has called and enabled us to reign with Him in His Kingdom and gave us power to be obedient in order to accomplish this high calling in Christ Jesus.

May we all continue to walk worthy of our high calling of God in Christ Jesus!

Simply put, I was saved at the cross. I am continually being saved every day through sanctification, and I will absolutely be saved and changed at the Resurrection.

Bottom line is that salvation is all about God and His mercy, grace and faith. Salvation is not about us and whether or not we have the ability to keep it. Because if this were the case, we would all be forever lost.

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The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD70

I am currently in the process of writing a piece on the sections of scripture covered in Matthew 23 and 24, including the scriptures in Luke and Mark. I am also including scriptures from Daniel, Ezekiel, Joel and others from the Old Testament to provide proof of Old Testament prophetic language used by Jesus Christ when he was answering the questions the disciples asked him in Matthew 24.

Many of the “End Time Prophets” base most of what they are warning about on this section of scripture, which frankly I find preposterous. End Times Ministries are definitely “money makers” for those willing to super impose their interpretations cancelling out the very words of Jesus of Nazareth.

I would like to say the greatest “take away” I have found from Matthew 23 and 24 is that Jesus Christ our Lord loves people so much that he gives them extended grace and mercy, and much time to repent.

According to the prophet Daniel and other Old Testament scriptures, Israel was given 490 years, or 70 weeks to repent and accept the Messiah, but they refused to repent as a Nation and suffered the dreadful consequences of their unbelief.

After confronting the Pharisee and scribes in Matthew 23, Christ then goes on in Matthew 24 to warn the disciples of the impending doom that would come upon Jerusalem and the Temple within that very generation.

Christ showed and taught the disciples what to look for so they would know when to leave Jerusalem before the slaughter that would soon follow.

Josephus writes that because the Hebrew Christians were warned by Christ of what to look for before the destruction would take place, they were spared and not a hair on their heads was harmed.

In my estimation the true believers and followers of Christ have nothing to be overly concerned about as in a future great tribulation as Christ has promised us that we are saved from the wrath to come.

In the past Israel could have been saved from the terrible wrath that caused their nation to suffer great tribulations, but they refused and listened to false teachers and prophets instead of the warnings of the true prophets sent by God and they even rejected their Messiah.

I do appreciate any viewpoint opposing or not any of you may have concerning this incredible time in the history of the world.

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Visions of Jesus Christ the Lord of Lords and King of kings of the ever Expanding Universe

Visions of Jesus Christ the Lord of Lords and King of kings of the ever Expanding Universe
by Frank Manasseri

There are only four men mentioned and written about in the scriptures that were given visions, or glimpses of the future Kingdom of Jesus Christ. There may have been others who were also given this insight, but only Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and John’s accounts are written in the scriptures.

The Prophet Isaiah:
The prophet Isaiah’s description of the future King of the kingdom of God, where
God opened the windows of heaven and allowed Isaiah to see a future vision of the Lord sitting upon his throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isa 6:1-8
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw:

1. The Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2. Above the Throne stood the seraphim’s: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

The Prophet Ezekiel:
The prophet Ezekiel also was given a vision of the future Throne of the Christ:
Ezek 1:26-28

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.(KJV)

The Prophet Daniel:
The prophet Daniel was also given visions in the night of this Holy Heavenly place as recorded in Daniel 7:13-14.
1. Behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

2. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.(KJV)

Dan 8:15-17
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.

16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.(KJV)

Dan 10:5-7
5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.(KJV)

The Apostle John:
The Apostle John received similar revelations of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings in His risen glorified and exalted position which the Father had bestowed upon His Son.

Rev 1:9-19
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.

The Apostle John’s description of the risen glorified Christ who is the Alpha and the Omega:
1. A voice like the sound of a trumpet
2. He said I am the first and the last
3. Like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot.
4. Girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
5. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
6. His eyes were as a flame of fire;
7. And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;
8. His voice as the sound of many waters.
9. In his right hand seven stars:
10. Out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword:
11. His countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.
12. He has the keys of hell and of death

All four of the accounts written in the scriptures paint a most vivid picture of an Awesome King ruling over His kingdom with all authority, holiness, righteousness, sternness and judgment. These biblical accounts depicts the four men who were given these visions, as men who were stricken with and awesome reverence, if not fear of the One coming to rule the world.

There is a day coming when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

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Saul of Tarsus a Religious Terrorist

Saul of Tarsus a Religious Terrorist
By Frank Manasseri

Saul of Tarsus was an enemy of the new movement in Jerusalem known as the followers of the Way. These men, women, and children were severely persecuted and punished. Saul was stopped while travelling on the road to Damascus by one mightier than himself. After being thrown from his horse, Saul experienced a close encounter with the risen Lord Jesus Christ that permanently changed his heart, and the purpose of his life.

The first mention of Saul is found in Chapter 7 verse 58 of the book of Acts concerning the stoning of the first martyr Stephen.

The Stoning of Stephen

Acts 7:54

When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephan, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Saul was present during this tragic incident where Stephen gave a great testimony before the Rulers of Israel of the history of the Hebrews beginning with Abraham and ending with the coming of the Just One.

A few years prior to this these rulers of Israel were willing to kill Jesus because He proclaimed the Temple would be destroyed. It was these very same men who stoned Stephan to death when they heard him state publicly the same prediction of the Temple being destroyed.

Was their reason to protect their religion of Judaism? Or perhaps it was that the destruction of the Temple would cause great financial loss to these leaders? The Temple was the source of wealth and power over Israel and just as it is today, religion still holds a powerful influence over people.
This situation in the first century seems somewhat similar to some of the radical religious extremists that are rising up in our world today. Many of these modern day terrorists are convinced they are carrying out the will of their god, and are willing to die for their cause. This modern day religious radicalism has caused untold amounts of human suffering and despair in many countries around the world today with no end of this dilemma in sight. No one seems to be immune from the growing threats of these fanatics.

In the first century Saul concentrated on one group of people as enemies of God. These were the followers of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Messiah. The enemies of today’s religious terrorist’s are any or all who do not become their brand of religion and submit to their god.

Saul of Tarsus was a bright young Pharisee who was an accomplished pupil of Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law at the Temple School in Jerusalem. Saul was advanced above many who were his equals in his own religion, and he said himself; living after the straightest sect:

Philippians 3:4-6 (KJV)

4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Saul a zealot for his religion was well pleased with Stephan’s slaughter, and became so full of rage and hatred against Christ’s name that he believed that no severities were too great to be implemented on those who zealously made an effort to spread the message of Jesus Christ. Saul consented to Stephan’s stoning and was willing to have the smallest part in what seemed to him the righteous slaying of one of the followers of this blaspheming Nazarene, Jesus Christ. Saul was in his middle twenties at the time of Stephan’s murder.

After the death of Stephan, Saul a devout Jew, was sanctioned and commissioned by the authorities of the Temple to round up the followers of the sect of the Way and cast them into prison. This vendetta began in Jerusalem as Saul entered into every house where the followers of the Way would assemble for their worship of God, arrested men and women, and dragged them along the streets without any regard to age or sex, and committed them to prison. The only reason for this persecution was people believing in Jesus, and embracing the gospel of the kingdom of God.

Saul and his armed escort, like some furious beasts of prey cruelly incarcerated these men, women and children as if they were common criminals. In doing this Saul seemed obsessed with the enforcement of the orders he received from the High Priest and set no bounds to his rage and cruelty. During this period, Saul was a devout religious zealot who believed that he was indeed carrying out the will of his God.

During the first century, the followers of the Way turned from Judaism, to follow men who were teaching that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah. Before his crucifixion Jesus of Nazareth prophesied that sometime in the future, this Temple at Jerusalem would be destroyed and that there would not be left one stone upon another. This came to pass in 70 A.D. when Titus and his armies destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple.

Beginning at the feast of Pentecost the new converts to Christ became of great concern to the Temple authorities as their source of revenue depended on the feasts, sacrifices, and worship, at the Temple. This is especially true after Peter boldly stood up and preached in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost to the very powers responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. The result of Peter’s preaching was about three thousand souls were converted and became followers of the Way.

The very next day while Peter and John were on their way to the Temple, a man who was lame from birth was healed in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. This miraculous event caused no small commotion outside the Temple at Jerusalem. Peter again preached Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah and about five thousand were added to the followers of the Way. Here we see that over eight thousand men, plus women and children were added in just two days.

These new converts were rapidly increasing in numbers and were not all from Jerusalem, which meant this message, would be carried back to their home countries when they returned. Many of these people had travelled great distances to attend the Feast of Pentecost. These pilgrims came from every known country of the time. The Temple authorities were quickly becoming quite alarmed over this sudden exodus from the Jewish faith, and the possibility of diminished income from the business conducted at the Temple.

With the numbers of people rapidly leaving Judaism, perhaps financial issues became a major concern of the Temple authorities. After all, the Temple was the hub of the economy of the nation of Israel. If only a handful had left Judaism it may not have been that big a deal to the High Priest. But for thousands to leave in only two days, must have caused eyebrows to raise and something had to be done to stop this movement of the Way! This is where Saul of Tarsus comes into the picture:

Acts 9:1 and 2(KJV)

1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Saul “breathed out cruelties” and “wreaked havoc” upon this targeted group. This man Saul was so feared that many followers of the Way departed Jerusalem to escape his cruelty and persecution. Undaunted by this exodus, Saul continued to act out upon his Temple orders but Jesus Christ had other plans for this persecutor of innocent people.

Once again Saul being sent out by the Temple authorities and accompanied by an armed group of men was intent on extending the area of persecution to Damascus. While travelling they were suddenly stopped in their tracks and thrown from their horses. A bright blinding light shined around them, and Saul shielding his eyes asked, “Who art thou Lord?” There on the road Saul encountered face to face his enemy, Jesus Christ! Saul was temporarily blinded and instructed to go to a certain place in Damascus and wait. This encounter abruptly put an end to Saul’s involvement with the persecution of innocent men, women, and children, who were followers of the Way.

Some years after Saul’s conversion, he and Barnabas were in Antioch teaching his new found faith to the believers, who were first called or consecrated Christians there. Saul of Tarsus, who was later called Paul, was eventually chosen along with Barnabas, to deliver an offering from the Church at Antioch to the Saints at Jerusalem who were suffering from a famine. Some of the recipients of this charity were perhaps the same people Saul had formerly persecuted. The same bloody hands of Saul that had previously persecuted Gods people were now the instruments of Grace delivering the blessings of God to those in need.

Only the Lord Jesus Christ can take an enemy that has done great harm to His own people and turn a cold heart to become a leading advocate for the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ changed a man like Saul and turned a bitter heart into a loving heart! This is still available today. Let us pray for the conversion of many of the enemies of God and then wait to see the salvation of the Lord visit even His enemies.

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