The Gospel for Roman Catholics

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The Gospel

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Roman Catholics

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Gary Stephen Crous

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The Gospel for Roman Catholics

The Bible, the infallible Word of God, declares in 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Notice that He is called “the man Christ Jesus”. Yes, Jesus Christ was a Man! But He was also God: God manifest in the flesh. In the first chapter of John, we are told that Jesus Christ, “the Word”, is God Himself (v.1). He is the Second Person of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

All men are sinful by nature, and no man can ever be saved from his sins by his own works; his own efforts. The salvation of sinners is the work of God alone. And for this purpose God the Son, Jesus Christ, left heaven, taking upon Himself human nature (without laying aside His divine nature), being born miraculously of a young virgin (Matthew 1:18-25).

He grew up as all men do, with one difference: He lived a sinless life. This was essential because, in order to suffer the penalty for sin in the place of sinners, He had to be without sin Himself – a perfect Man. The totally innocent had to die for the totally guilty, for the punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23).

When He died on the cross, He paid the penalty for sin, and shed His blood to wash away sins (Hebrews 9:22-28). And then He rose from the dead, destroying the power of death (Matthew 28:5-7; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

Jesus Christ is thus the way to eternal life. He is the only way, there is no other, for the Bible says that there is only one Mediator between God and men, and that is Jesus Christ. The only way to the Father is through Him (John 14:6).

Now before we see exactly how a sinner comes to God through Jesus Christ, let us consider the Roman Catholic teaching on salvation. There is only one way to be saved, whether you are a Roman Catholic or not. There is only one Mediator.

No man, according to Roman Catholic teaching, can have assurance of salvation in this life. The Roman Catholic Council of Trent declared that anyone who says they have assurance of salvation is anathema, that is, accursed!1 This means that one can never know whether one is saved or not. You must simply do the best you can, and hope that you have been good enough, by the time you die, to finally reach heaven (after spending an unknown period of time in purgatory).

There are certain things which every loyal Roman Catholic is taught to do, in order (supposedly) to earn his salvation; and each one is said to be essential to salvation. In Roman Catholicism there are seven “sacraments”, and any loyal Roman Catholic will know what these are: Baptism (by which a baby is said to be cleansed of original sin, and when it is supposedly “born again”); Penance (some deed to perform, given to a Roman Catholic by a priest, to atone for some sin; however, when he dies he will go to purgatory to be fully purified before entering heaven); the Holy Eucharist (“transubstantiation” is the doctrine that the bread and wine are literally changed into the body and blood of Christ, so that the Roman Catholic partakes of His actual flesh in the mass; also, Christ is, in effect, re-offered as a sacrifice to God; the mass is said to be the same sacrifice as that which He made on the cross); Confirmation (when the Roman Catholic is said to “receive the Holy Spirit”); and Extreme Unction (called “the sacrament of the anointing of the sick”, received at the point of death).

There are two other sacraments: the sacrament of Holy Matrimony is received when two Roman Catholics marry; and the sacrament of Holy Orders is for men who become priests. Thus the Roman Catholic, if he marries, must receive six of the seven sacraments in order to hope to be saved; five if he does not marry; and six if he enters the priesthood.

The sacraments are considered essential to salvation.2

But even the sacraments are not all there is to it. The Roman Catholic must be subject to all the doctrines of the Roman Catholic religion, regardless of whether or not they are supported by the Scriptures. He must, for example, believe the teaching that Mary is co-mediator with Jesus Christ; that she was conceived without original sin; that one should pray to her; that tradition is equal in authority with the Bible; etc. All the above can be verified by consulting official Roman Catholic works on these subjects. The list goes on and on.

And yet, even if he does all his church requires of him, he still cannot be sure he is saved. The best he can hope for, when he dies, is to go to purgatory until he is purified enough to enter heaven. And he has no idea how long that will take.

That, then, is the Roman Catholic teaching on salvation in a nutshell. And if you are an honest person, you will have to admit that it is a system of salvation by works. In other words, one attempts to earn one’s salvation.

Salvation by works, however, is contrary to what Scripture teaches. As was seen earlier, man is too wicked to earn his salvation by good works. God Himself has to redeem men. Man cannot keep God’s holy law, but Jesus Christ kept it perfectly; and when He died on the cross, He died for the sins of all those the Father had given Him to save.

In contrast to what the Roman Catholic institution says, the Bible, the very Word of God, declares that salvation is by grace through faith. What does this mean?

Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). When we entered the world, we were born physically; but to be born again means to be born spiritually. In the sight of God, sinful man is dead in sins, and in such a state he cannot enter heaven. A person needs to become a new creature before he or she can live forever with the Lord. The new birth is the work of God alone, who opens the heart (Acts 16:14), and gives the gift of faith (Ephesians 2:8,9), enabling the sinner to believe on Christ.

The Bible declares, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). If the Lord has made you conscious of your sinfulness, then by faith, flee to Christ! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Christ died for the sins of His people, and rose again from the dead for their justification (Romans 4:25).

Repent of your sins. Cry out to the Lord to forgive you your sins, and forsake them. The Word of God says, “REPENT, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). In 2 Corinthians 7:10 we read, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation”. True sorrow for sins brings about true repentance, which results in salvation.

Repent, and receive Christ by faith as Lord and Saviour. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “But as many as RECEIVED him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12,13). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). This is the sure Word of the Lord!

Salvation is a gift. It is NOT something we can earn by doing certain things. “For by grace [God’s grace, His undeserved favour] are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves [we cannot earn it]: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast [none will ever be able to boast of having earned salvation by his own works]” (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a gift of God (Romans 6:23). What is more, if you truly come to the Lord in faith and repentance, you can have the assurance that you are saved! “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

The ONLY way to be saved from sin and death – that death which means total separation from God, and eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15) – is through faith in Jesus Christ, in His shed blood (Romans 3:25).

The way to heaven is not a complicated system. It is a Person. Call upon the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

A Roman Catholic who is converted to Christ must (and will) leave the Roman Catholic institution. The reason is clear. This false religion does not teach that a person is saved by grace through faith. It teaches salvation by works. All that Romanism teaches about salvation is contrary to God’s Word. It says that no-one can have the assurance of salvation; the Bible says that those who are truly saved can have this assurance. It divides sin into two classes (mortal and venial); the Bible makes no such distinction. ALL sin brings death (Romans 6:23). It teaches that baptism is essential to salvation; the Bible teaches that baptism is simply a sign to show outwardly what has happened inwardly. A Christian is to be baptized, not in order to be saved, because he already is saved (Acts 2:38-41: repentance comes before baptism).

Roman Catholicism teaches that one must do penance; but the Bible says that one must repent. Penance is some external work, which is not good enough: God requires a change of heart. Roman Catholicism teaches that men must confess to a priest, who forgives them; but the Bible says that only God can forgive sins (Luke 11:4; Matthew 9:6).

The Roman Catholic religion teaches transubstantiation; but the Bible declares that the Lord’s table is something Christians are to partake of simply in remembrance of the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). The bread and wine do not really become His flesh and blood. They simply represent it. Rome teaches, in effect, that Christ is re-sacrificed in the mass; but the Bible says that Christ does not offer Himself often, but has offered Himself once, and once only, on the cross (Hebrews 9:25-28).

Rome teaches that one must be confirmed; but nowhere is confirmation mentioned in the Bible. It is a human invention. Likewise, there is no scriptural foundation for what is called “extreme unction.”

As for the doctrines concerning Mary: 1 Timothy 2:5, as was seen, makes it clear that Jesus is the ONLY Mediator between God and men. Mary herself admitted that she was a sinner, by calling God her Saviour (Luke 1:47). So she could not have been conceived without original sin. Nor are we to pray to her, for she was only a mere mortal, and men are to pray to God alone (Luke 11:2, etc.).

Tradition is equal in authority with the Bible, according to the Roman Catholic religion. But how can human traditions be as authoritative as the Word of Almighty God? God’s Word is the final authority (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Isaiah 8:20, etc.).

As for purgatory: nowhere in the Bible is this mentioned. Heaven, yes; hell, yes; but not purgatory (John 14:2; Revelation 21:8; etc.). The saved shall go to heaven, the unsaved to hell. This is God’s revelation. Purgatory is a human invention.

Receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, by faith! Repent with all your heart of your sins! And leave the Roman Catholic institution! It is not a Christian church, but an impostor, described in Revelation 17 and 18, and called the Great Whore. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

SHAUN WILLCOCK

ENDNOTES:

1. Council of Trent, Session VI, “Decree on Justification”, chapters 9 and 12, and Canons 13 and 15.

2. Council of Trent, Session VII, “Decree on the Sacraments”, Canon 4.

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Which Resurrection Sunday?

It is Sunday April 16, 2017, time is 23:50 and for the past hour or so I have had thoughts mulling around in my head and have felt compelled to fire-up my laptop and record what needs to be written.

So which resurrection Sunday are ‘Christians’ referring to as a plethora of social media has been shared this Sunday April 16, 2017. For starters can we be certain that this is the correct Sunday to be remembering our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection day? When does the calculations actually start to find out when the Lord Jesus Christ was actually crucified at 33 years of age. To start, does the calculations commence at 6BC? or is it 5BC? or maybe it should be 4BC? The only problem is how was the Son of GOD born pre-dating His birth when Christ’s first advent separates History into B.C. and A.D. – Before Christ and anno Domini (in the year of the Lord). Christian Theologians and Historians have this quandary of ever-trying to explain the nativity of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, that is His birth Before Christ. Perplexing as this might seem, let’s move to A.D. 2017 and see whether we as ‘Christians’ are supposed to be celebrating Christ’s resurrection on the correct Sunday?

According to the Bible our Lord Jesus Christ was raised to life after His crucifixion and death on the first day of the week (Sunday). Jesus raised to life in the Resurrection “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10). According to the Bible that would be three days after His death at the Passover which is Nisan 14 into Nisan 15 the Feast of Unleavened Bread. So, according to the Jewish calendar, if the Passover in 2017 fell on Monday April 10, 2017 at sunset which is the beginning of the Jews’ Passover Nisan 14, 5777, and on April 11, 2017 at sunset was the Feast of Unleavened Bread (see Leviticus 23) when Yeshua haMessiach, our Lord Jesus Christ, ate the Passover, i.e. the Passover is prepared and the Passover lamb is killed (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13) and “Now when the even was come,” in the evening the Passover meal is celebrated and eaten (Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:14-18), and Christ being crucified thereafter, that would make resurrection Sunday April 16, 2017 five (5) days later and not the biblical three (3) days!*

Using man’s customs and traditions to celebrate Easter is akin to the Roman Catholic Mass of re-crucifying Jesus Christ over and over again in their transubstantiation practice when you continually ‘celebrate’ His resurrection every year. As Christ died only once and so He was also only resurrected once, as we read,

9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 
10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. ~ Romans 6:9,10

How many times is Christ resurrected? Surely, yes, we do remember that Christ was resurrected, but to ‘celebrate’ “the tomb is empty He is risen” every year would imply that He has resurrected again, and again, and again, . . . when Christ was raised once and “I am alive for evermore” (see Revelation 1:18). The problem arises that His resurrection is not even being ‘celebrated’ on the correct date and day in accordance with the Biblical time frame. Even the apostle Paul exhorted the Corinthians to keep the feast with “sincerity and truth”, as we read,

7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 
8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. ~ I Corinthians 5:7,8

But we must be careful that we do not end up in bondage practicing the “weak and beggarly elements” of legalistic day observances as we are to be wise and heed this warning, as we read,

9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 
10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. ~ Galatians 4:9,10 

Please DO NOT misunderstand me – I certainly rejoice at the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it needs to be done orderly and in accordance with GOD’s Holy Word. Therefore, our Lord and Master Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper for all born-again believers so that there would not be contentions surrounding “days, and months, and times, and years”, as we are commanded to remember Christ until His second coming as follows, for it is written,

23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ I Corinthians 11:23-26

Otherwise, the practices all look like the pagan Roman Catholic traditions that unfold with the various assortment of cross bearing processions that take place at the Vatican, in Jerusalem, amongst the Egyptian Copts, Eastern Orthodox and many other religious acts the world over (even including crucifixions enacted!) that shows no unity of faith and practice. We Christians are to be a peculiar people in unity serving and worshipping Christ in spirit and in truth with no division.

Soli Deo Gloria

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* See a related blog posting Man’s Tradition of Easter Misses the Mark Again!!! (April 11, 2017)

The Lamb of GOD

This is a new Gospel tract . . .

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The Lamb

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GOD

~ An Easter Message of the Passover Lamb ~

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Gary Stephen Crous

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The True meaning of Easter has nothing to do with easter bunnies and chocolate eggs.

It has all to do with the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD, offering Himself as a Saviour for sinners who will repent and believe upon His Name. In the Gospel of John we read, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) and the apostle Paul also said, “. . . For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:” (I Cor. 5:7). We need to stay away from man’s customs and traditions and hold fast to GOD’s Word. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Jesus Christ gave a prophecy concerning His death in Matthew 12:39,40 as we read, “39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

And according to the Bible Scriptures this prophecy was fulfilled and so Christ was not crucified on ‘Good Friday’ according to man’s customs, traditions and religious beliefs. Here are the Biblical facts why.

ELEVEN-DAY BIBLICAL CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT (From The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Gary Stephen Crous)

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Sunset (9th Nisan) – FRIDAY [sixth day of the week]

Sunrise

1Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. ~ John 12:1

This was when Mary, Martha’s and Lazarus’ sister, anointed Jesus Christ’s feet with a pound of ointment of spikenard (see John 12:3) the day before His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (see John 12:12).

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Sunset (10th Nisan) – SATURDAY (Sabbath Day) [seventh day of the week]

Sunrise

The Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1,10; Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29,37,38; John 12:12). The Messiah is the paschal lamb of the Jewish Passover as God Almighty had commanded that a lamb without blemish was to be set aside on 10th Nisan (Exodus 12:3) and this lamb would be killed on “the fourteenth day of the same month: . . . in the evening” (Exodus 12:6).

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Sunset (11th Nisan) – SUNDAY [first day of the week]

Jesus went to Bethany with His disciples (Mark 11:11).

Sunrise

On the morrow when they came from Bethany, Jesus cursed the fig tree (Mark 11:12-14), He cleansed the Temple and taught (Mark 11:15-18).

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Sunset (12th Nisan) – MONDAY [second day of the week]

And when even was come He went out of the city (Mark 11:19).

Sunrise

And in the morning they passed the fig tree and He speaks of the Power of Faith (Mark 11:20-24) and He teaches on forgiveness and addresses the question of authority (Mark 11:25-33). Jesus then teaches extensively (Mark 12:1-44, 13:1-37; Luke 20:1-47, 21:1-38).

1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. 2But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people. ~ Mark 14:1,2 (Cf. Matthew 26:1,2 and Luke 22:1,2)

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Sunset (13th Nisan) – TUESDAY [third day of the week]

Sunrise

Judas Iscariot plans to betray Jesus. This event took place sometime after Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and before the first day of Unleavened Bread as we read in the Apostle Luke’s account:

1Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover . . . 7Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. ~ Luke 22:1,7

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Sunset (14th Nisan) – WEDNESDAY [fourth day of the week] – Passover (Leviticus 23:5)

Sunrise

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Sunset (15th Nisan) – THURSDAY [fifth day of the week] – First Day of Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6)

The Passover is prepared and the Passover lamb is killed (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13).

“Now when the even was come,” in the evening the Passover meal is celebrated and eaten (Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:14-18)

The Lord’s Supper is instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19,20)

After the meal, they depart for the Mount of Olives and Peter’s denial is predicted (Matthew 26:30-35; Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:31-34; John 13:36-38)

Jesus and His disciples go to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 17:1-26)

Jesus is betrayed and arrested (Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11)

Jesus’ Trials –

· Before the Sanhedrin by Annas and Caiaphas the high priest (Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:54, 55, 63-71; John 18:12-14, 19-24)

Sunrise (First Day – part)

Jesus’ Trials continue “And straightway in the morning …” (Mark 15:1)

· Pontius Pilate the Roman governor (Matthew 27:1, 2, 11-28; Mark 15:1-14; Luke 23:1-7; John 18:28-40, 19:1-16)

· Herod Antipas (Luke 23:8-12)

· Pontius Pilate the Roman governor (Luke 23:13-25)

Jesus is lead away to be crucified at Calvary (Golgotha)–

· 3rd Hour (9am) – Jesus is crucified (Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24, 25; Luke 23:33; John 19:18)

· 6th Hour (12pm) – 9th Hour (3pm): There were three hours of darkness over all the earth (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44)

· 9th Hour (3pm) – Jesus died giving up His spirit (Matthew 27:46-50; Mark 15:34-37; Luke 23:46; John 19:30)

Fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Part of One Day, No Night

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Sunset (16th Nisan) – FRIDAY [sixth day of the week] – The Preparation Day (First Night – full)

Jesus is taken off the cross and buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathae and Nicodemus – when evening was come, the day before the Sabbath (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-55; John 19:38-42).

54And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. ~ Luke 23:54

As it was the day of preparation and the Sabbath drew on no body could remain up on the cross on the holy preparation day and the Sabbath day. Also, according to Deuteronomy 21:23, it commands that “a body shall not remain all night upon the tree”. When this is mentioned in John 19:31 the high Sabbath day is in reference to a Sabbath day during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Sunrise (Second Day – full)

Fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Two Days (1 part + 1 full), One Night (1 full)

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Sunset (17th Nisan) – SATURDAY [seventh day of the week] – Sabbath Day (Second Night – full)

In the grave (Luke 23:56).

Sunrise (Third Day – full)

Fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Three Days (1 part + 2 full), Two Nights (2 full)

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Sunset (18th Nisan) – SUNDAY – First Day of the Week – The Third Day (Three days dead Thur./Fri. – Fri./Sat. – Sat./Sun. and raised on the Third Day) (Third Night – part)

Jesus raised to life in the Resurrection “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10)

Fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = THREE DAYS (1 part + 2 full), THREE NIGHTS (2 full + 1 part)

Sunrise

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Born-again Christians (see John 3:3,5-7) are commanded how to remember their Lord Jesus Christ, “23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (I Cor. 11:23-26)

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Man’s Tradition of Easter Misses the Mark Again!!!

This is why our Lord Jesus Christ gave us His table to remember His death,

26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ I Corinthians 11:26

The world over ‘celebrated’ Palm Sunday on Sunday April 9, 2017 when in actual fact our Lord Jesus Christ would had ridden into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey on Nisan 10, which according to this year’s Jewish calendar Nisan 10, 5777* fell on Thursday April 6, 2017. So the custom of man missed the Scripture instruction. Nisan 10 in Jewish tradition is related to the reading of Torah as can be seen at the link hereunder,

י׳ בְּנִיסָן תשע״ז

Parashat Tzav / פרשת צו

Next read in the Diaspora on 08 April 2017. Parashat Tzav is the 25th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

On Monday April 10, 2017 at sunset was the beginning of Passover Nisan 14, 5777, and on April 11, 2017 at sunset will be the Feast of Unleavened Bread when Yeshua haMessiach, our Lord Jesus Christ, ate the Passover.

ט״ו בְּנִיסָן תשע״ז

Pesach / פסח

Passover (Hebrew: פֶּסַח Pesach) commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.

Pesach begins at sundown on Mon, 10 April 2017.

So dear friends, how does Easter/Passover now take place on this coming Friday April 14, 2017 after the true Biblical Passover? A very similar situation took place in 2016 as can be read here: Which Date in 2016 for Easter or Passover? As Christians we should stick to what the Holy Bible instructs us,

23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 [my emphasis]

And by the way, our Lord Jesus Christ was not crucified on ‘Good Friday’. Here are the Biblical facts why.

ELEVEN-DAY BIBLICAL CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT (From The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Gary Stephen Crous)

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Sunset (9th Nisan) – FRIDAY [sixth day of the week]

Sunrise

1Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. ~ John 12:1

This was when Mary, Martha’s and Lazarus’ sister, anointed Jesus Christ’s feet with a pound of ointment of spikenard (see John 12:3) the day before His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (see John 12:12).

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Sunset (10th Nisan) – SATURDAY (Sabbath Day) [seventh day of the week]

Sunrise

The Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1,10; Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29,37,38; John 12:12). The Messiah is the paschal lamb of the Jewish Passover as God Almighty had commanded that a lamb without blemish was to be set aside on 10th Nisan (Exodus 12:3) and this lamb would be killed on “the fourteenth day of the same month: . . . in the evening” (Exodus 12:6).

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Sunset (11th Nisan) – SUNDAY [first day of the week]

Jesus went to Bethany with His disciples (Mark 11:11).

Sunrise

On the morrow when they came from Bethany, Jesus cursed the fig tree (Mark 11:12-14), He cleansed the Temple and taught (Mark 11:15-18).

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Sunset (12th Nisan) – MONDAY [second day of the week]

And when even was come He went out of the city (Mark 11:19).

Sunrise

And in the morning they passed the fig tree and He speaks of the Power of Faith (Mark 11:20-24) and He teaches on forgiveness and addresses the question of authority (Mark 11:25-33). Jesus then teaches extensively (Mark 12:1-44, 13:1-37; Luke 20:1-47, 21:1-38).

1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. 2But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people. ~ Mark 14:1,2 (Cf. Matthew 26:1,2 and Luke 22:1,2)

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Sunset (13th Nisan) – TUESDAY [third day of the week]

Sunrise

Judas Iscariot plans to betray Jesus. This event took place sometime after Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and before the first day of Unleavened Bread as we read in the Apostle Luke’s account:

1Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover . . . 7Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. ~ Luke 22:1,7

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Sunset (14th Nisan) – WEDNESDAY [fourth day of the week] – Passover (Leviticus 23:5)

Sunrise

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Sunset (15th Nisan) – THURSDAY [fifth day of the week] – First Day of Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6)

The Passover is prepared and the Passover lamb is killed (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13).

“Now when the even was come,” in the evening the Passover meal is celebrated and eaten (Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:14-18)

The Lord’s Supper is instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19,20)

After the meal, they depart for the Mount of Olives and Peter’s denial is predicted (Matthew 26:30-35; Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:31-34; John 13:36-38)

Jesus and His disciples go to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 17:1-26)

Jesus is betrayed and arrested (Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11)

Jesus’ Trials –

  • Before the Sanhedrin by Annas and Caiaphas the high priest (Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:54, 55, 63-71; John 18:12-14, 19-24)

Sunrise (First Day – part)

Jesus’ Trials continue “And straightway in the morning …” (Mark 15:1)

  • Pontius Pilate the Roman governor (Matthew 27:1, 2, 11-28; Mark 15:1-14; Luke 23:1-7; John 18:28-40, 19:1-16)

  • Herod Antipas (Luke 23:8-12)

  • Pontius Pilate the Roman governor (Luke 23:13-25)

Jesus is lead away to be crucified at Calvary (Golgotha)–

  • 3rd Hour (9am) – Jesus is crucified (Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24, 25; Luke 23:33; John 19:18)

  • 6th Hour (12pm) – 9th Hour (3pm): There were three hours of darkness over all the earth (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44)

  • 9th Hour (3pm) – Jesus died giving up His spirit (Matthew 27:46-50; Mark 15:34-37; Luke 23:46; John 19:30)

Fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Part of One Day, No Night

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Sunset (16th Nisan) – FRIDAY [sixth day of the week] – The Preparation Day (First Night – full)

Jesus is taken off the cross and buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathae and Nicodemus – when evening was come, the day before the Sabbath (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-55; John 19:38-42).

54And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. ~ Luke 23:54

As it was the day of preparation and the Sabbath drew on no body could remain up on the cross on the holy preparation day and the Sabbath day. Also, according to Deuteronomy 21:23, it commands that “a body shall not remain all night upon the tree”. When this is mentioned in John 19:31 the high Sabbath day is in reference to a Sabbath day during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Sunrise (Second Day – full)

Fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Two Days (1 part + 1 full), One Night (1 full)

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Sunset (17th Nisan) – SATURDAY [seventh day of the week] – Sabbath Day (Second Night – full)

In the grave (Luke 23:56).

Sunrise (Third Day – full)

Fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Three Days (1 part + 2 full), Two Nights (2 full)

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Sunset (18th Nisan) – SUNDAY – First Day of the Week – The Third Day (Three days dead Thur./Fri. – Fri./Sat. – Sat./Sun. and raised on the Third Day) (Third Night – part)

Jesus raised to life in the Resurrection “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10)

Fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = THREE DAYS (1 part + 2 full), THREE NIGHTS (2 full + 1 part)

Sunrise

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Soli Deo Gloria

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Footnote:

* A date converter from the Gregorian calendar to the Hebrew calendar can be found at: www.hebcal.com/converter/

[The same unbiblical situation with secular feast days plays out every December 25th, too!]

#RiotingStudentsMustFall

To All Whom This May Concern

This open letter is written concerning the violent riots that are taking place at the universities around the Republic of South Africa by the students demanding “free tertiary education” with their #FeesMustFall campaign. History is repeating itself and the ANC/SACP government is greatly at fault for how the masses are acting! In times past the youth were encouraged to rebel against the wicked apartheid government and today they are rebelling against their very own wicked ANC/SACP government, too, for we can read in GOD’s Word,

2  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. ~ Proverb 29:2

South Africans are mourning at present!

Students at the Durban University of Technology march as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education continue. Picture: Rogan Ward. Credit: REUTERS

Do you notice the political war regalia being worn?

Holistic Education Diminished

Due to the South African ANC/SACP government removing from its school system the Holy Bible as the standard and true authority for holistic education, starting each day with prayer to the GOD of Creation YEHOVAH, Darwinian evolution which is the religion of atheism has taken the Holy Bible’s place and is now promoted and taught in our school systems as part of the curriculum to the young minds of this generation and the generations to come. Teaching the theory of evolution – which is not an observable science – is GOD-hating and a Marxist attack on the Creator, thus spreading lies that all of Creation that can be seen came into existence by millions and billions of years stemming from a “big-bang”, so the story goes. The atheistic attempt to remove GOD the Creator from the equation is promoting the lie that humanity evolved from an organism known as the “last universal common ancestor (LUCA)[1][2][3] which lived approximately 3.5-3.8 billion years ago,[4] although a study in 2015 found ‘remains of biotic life’ from 4.1 billion years ago in ancient rocks in Creation vs. EvolutionWestern Australia.[5][6]”. In all of this, I wonder how this gels with South Africa saying humanity started in their “Cradle of Humankind” where “in 1935, Robert Broom found the first ape-man fossils at Sterkfontein”.[7] This is the figment of deceived  imaginations of wretched mankind who sadly masquerade as teachers, lecturers, scientists and professors, and who tell the fanciful theoretical stories that man has over millions and billions of years evolved through the animal kingdom resulting in their nearest relatives being primates – also known as apes / monkeys!

The Truth of the matter is, for we read,

18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 
20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 
21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 
22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 
23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 
24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 
25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. ~ Romans 1:18-25 

By diminishing the Truth into a bold-faced lie through the education department coupled with the outlawing of corporal punishment – for those who do not know, it was caning or lashes for ill discipline or failure to follow school rules and regulations and for not doing one’s homework or fighting at school – the government has created a disrespecting lawless generation of scholars. Scripture teaches the following,

13  In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding. ~ Proverb 10:13

24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. ~ Proverb 13:24

15  Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. ~ Proverb 22:15

13  Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. ~ Proverb 23:13

14  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. ~ Proverb 23:14

3  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back. ~ Proverb 26:3

15  The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. ~ Proverb 29:15

UKZN campus arson destruction Where no discipline is you have the breeding of lawless delinquents. Whilst the government has enforced their man-made laws, the parents of this current generation of school and university students are responsible before GOD for how they have raised their children. Whilst many are pagan and heathen for not following after the One and Only True and Living GOD YEHOVAH (YHVH), it is for this very reason that they are not GOD fearing and therefore they are not educating their children according to GOD’s Word, for

7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverb 1:7 

10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. ~ Proverb 9:10

10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. ~ Psalm 111:10 

This generation is not GOD fearing, but a government-created generation of reprobates who will go to Hell if they should die in their wretched sin (lawlessness)(see 1 John 3:4) and on Judgment Day they will be eternally condemned to the lake of fire which is the second death (see Revelation 20:14), unless they have their “. . . repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). For it is written,

27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ~ Hebrews 9:27

Dumbed-down Standard of Education

The University of KwaZulu Natal Pietermaritzburg campus resembles a war zone again this evening after students erupted in violent and disruptive protest. This in turn led to police and security tear gassing the students The school education system has been downgraded, and the standard of the pass rate and tertiary education qualifications have also been lowered. In the past (pre-1994), in order to obtain a university entrance you had to pass Matric (Standard 10, now Grade 12) with distinctions in your subjects at the Higher Grade level. This was applicable in writer’s Matric year in 1982, and although he passed he did not qualify for a university entrance. If you just scraped through your Matric year, you would most probably not be seeing the inside of the university lecture rooms.

Dare writer say, post-1994 students with the present minimum requirements to obtain a university entrance, bearing in mind the pass rates were of a higher standard of education, being either the Higher Grade or the Standard Grade levels, these were the applicable grades:

  • A = 90% – 100% (Distinctions)
  • B = 80% – 89%
  • C = 70% – 79%
  • D = 60% – 69%
  • E = 50% – 59%
  • F = 40% – 49%
  • FF = 35% – 39%
  • G = 30% – 34%

Using this yesteryear system of grading for possible university entrance, it is ridiculous to think that you can qualify to study for a Higher Certificate with a minimum “G” grade in the language of learning and teaching, a Diploma with a minimum “F” grade and a Bachelor’s Degree  with a minimum “E” grade![8]

South Africa should be ashamed of this standard of higher education! Ha – what a joke. Further, many who are shouting the odds as so-called “Student Representatives” for “Free Education” are by their hateful devilish rhetoric inciting violence, lawlessness and anarchy! This is what can be expected from a society lacking the reverence and fear of GOD, morals and proper education! If representatives are making their anarchist violence a racial-thing again demanding “decolonised education” then they should start by decolonising themselves with the benefits of westernised / colonial homes, cell-phones, vehicles, clothing, straight-hair and eye-lashes, money-systems like banks, internet and computers, medicines and hospitals, sciences, architecture, engineering, law degrees, writing utensils, books and encyclopaedias, water and electricity infrastructure, etc., etc. And remember Universities and employment are colonial practices!

Tertiary Education is a Privilege

Whilst at the PMB campus, the William O’Brien residence was torched early last week. Tertiary education is NOT a must – it is a privilege. First the student must excel at school to gain a university entrance pass with distinction passes. Then if he/she has money to pay for the degree they can make an application to enrol. If you have no money then you take out a loan or get a bursary to enrol, or as applicable at present the promising poorer students can obtain financial aid from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). If you still have no money you go out and get a job (well this worked well in the past). Today there are highly qualified students with LLB Law Degrees, B.Proc Degrees and the like who cannot even be employed due to a lack of jobs, which includes a majority of “born-free” matriculants in the job-seeking market. No jobs you might say. Well sign up with SAPS and fight crime and arrest the students burning down the universities in vandalism and arson or do some national service with the SANDF and you will be able to get an education through them!

In The Witness newspaper dated October 5, 2016, the following was reported:

NSFAS [National Student Financial Aid Scheme] has supported more than 1,6 million students from poor backgrounds, most of whose parents had never seen the door of a university or college. This year alone, NSFAS is dishing out R14,2 billion to support more than 200 000 students at universities.

The minister [Blade Nzimande] said the exemption of NSFAS-qualifying students and the so-called “missing middle” from fee hikes would cover about 75% of university students.

So if this is true, it appears that there is financial aid being offered to assist with tertiary education fees for the poorer students, but no, they all want free tertiary decolonised education. Which brings us to the point of many who are crying for free education yet they are from privileged backgrounds where they have attended private schools. Here are the Top 10 of SA’s most expensive schools[9]:

SCHOOL BOARDING PUPIL DAY PUPIL
1. Hilton College, KZN R219 500 N/A
2. Michaelhouse, KZN R208 320 N/A
3. St. Andrews College, EC R199 140 R88 950
4. Roedean School for Girls, GP R196 539 R107 670
5. Kearsney College, KZN R195 800 R134 800
6. St. John College, GP R194 231 R115 067
7. St. Andrew’s School for Girls, GP R189 830 R102 400
8. St. Martins, GP R184 460 R112 000
9. Bishops, WC R184 120 R105 520
10. St Stithians, GP R181 693 R104 770
— Maritzburg College, KZN R95 230 R38 330
— Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool (Affies) R62 765 R31 760

So, let me understand this. All the children who attend at just these top 10 most expensive schools (plus Maritzburg College and Affies to show the affordability) cannot afford University Fees? Are you saying, most of the matriculants who attend expensive schools do not attend university? If the violence continues in the universities, the only true losers will be the truly poor students who do want an education. Should the universities close, the rich will just use their wealth and send their children abroad for education, both in schools and universities.  

Free Education Will Not Work

Firefighters extinguish the fire at the William O'Brien Res at UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus on 26 September 2016. Image by: Yasantha NaidooFree education will not work. If free education is given students will not have the drive to truly excel. As it is at present we have many, not all, undereducated students taking on higher tertiary education. Whilst writer did not attend university to study, he surely did attend university frat parties! Nothing has changed. Varsity students party hard and this behaviour is commonly seen in and around the UKZN Pietermaritzburg precinct. Giving university students free education will create even more irresponsible students who spend their parents’ money on luxuries such as fashionable hair-extensions, clothing, night-clubbing, parties, alcohol and drugs. Even recently during a police raid at the UKZN residences marijuana was found on campus! “No fees” will create a mentality for students to flunk without any consequences. It is worrisome that the students’ attitudes could degenerate to: “If I fail so what! Someone else is carrying my costs!” Many already have this attitude and are busy flunking. With the present lack of respect for authorities – lecturers, police, security, the government and your neighbour (fellow man) – and a lack of respect for other peoples’ property, it is clear that the students who are engaging in violent, lawless acts are criminal and a menace to society with hatred and murder in their hearts. It can also be expected that lectures will be skipped with no consequences to parents paying hard-earned cash, for it all will be free. Students won’t feel it in their own pockets when they mess around and they will be even less accountable to their parents. In fact the parents should thrash their revolting children and get them back to their studies!

At Howard College in Durban, the law library and a nearby cafeteria were burnt down.Having “free tertiary education” will certainly create a hive of slothfulness where students will make the university campuses their place of lazing-about (which is already the practice for many) at someone else’s’ expense; guaranteed at the taxpayers’ expense! There will not be the need to complete one’s studies and go seek employment, so how will the universities police the number of students in attendance. The lecturers who are siding with these rogue students cannot even think clearly as to how this will all pan out and who is to pay their salaries or pay for the chemicals, for example, in practical science lessons. Nothing comes cheap! South Africa, a once prospering nation, can ill afford more fiscal burdens as this country teeters one level above “junk status” – the equivalent of insolvent Zimbabwe!

Surely, if university students want “free education” then they should also be willing to work for free if and when they eventually find employment! I am sure they will not! Like in life, you want something of worth, you need to pay for it. Nothing is for mahala! Wise up!

The Judicial system is failing

SAPS enforcing law and Order The violent arson destruction of university and public property that presently runs far in excess of R600-million nationally needs to be recovered some way. Those responsible for the vandalising and destruction of property should be brought to book to repay the repair costs or, at the least, do jail time. The old adage: “You do the crime, you do the time” should be enforced. The judicial system, especially in the Gauteng province, is failing the law-abiding citizenry of South Africa by allowing, in certain cases, arrested students to be released with a mere warning. This is preposterous! The judicial   system is sending these criminals straight back into the battle to fight another day. However, the Pietermaritzburg courts have detained – at the last count – eighteen UKZN students in custody without bail. It is yet to be  seen what the outcome of these cases will be. We do pray for true justice to be done with jail time for violent arsonists, that a clear succinct judicial order will be sent out that lawlessness will not be tolerated! However, do not hold-your-breath for the UKZN has a restraining order in place that is being violated daily by rebelling students!

Further, whilst a court session was in progress regarding the bail for the UKZN students, witchcraft was Impepho customtaking place outside the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court with students “summoning the ancestral spirits by burning impepho”. Scripture is very clear that no person is to consult with the dead in necromancy. We read,

10  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. ~ Deuteronomy 18:10,11

GOD has made only One to be a mediator, as we read,

5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; ~ 1 Timothy 2:5

GOD calls this an abomination and people dealing with ancestral spirits in witchcraft will receive Hell fire unless they repent towards GOD! Also the “protestant churches” that have aligned themselves with supporting violent student protestors are nothing but harlot daughters of the great Harlot Roman Catholic “church” as we can read: “. . . MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (see Revelation 17:5). 

VIDEO: Students outside PMB Magistrate’s Court calling up “ancestors”

“Peaceful” Demonstrations

The students have a right to “peaceful” demonstrations according to the South African Constitution, which should however not infringe upon the rights of others. That would include the students who do not want to engage in protest to continue unhindered with their studies which have been paid for in order for them to write their examinations and possibly obtain their degrees. They have constitutional rights too. Disrupting lectures will inevitably have a knock-on effect where if the academic year cannot be completed this year, the courses will have to be done next year at further costs. Have the riotous students ever stopped to think (if that is possible) that by destroying the university campuses their unlawful actions will eventually result in no place to study and obtain any degrees or diplomas for this current generation and the following generations to come. The riotous students do not care about the wellbeing of the upcoming matriculants who would want to enrol in the next academic year come January 2017 for there will probably be no places available for them, let alone a place of learning. Your barbaric actions are impinging upon the rights of others. Not only are the students being affected, but so is the man on the street who has the right to move about unhindered without being pelted with bricks or having to run a gauntlet avoiding violent acts and having his property vandalised.

It would appear from the much media footage that there appears to be sinister third forces orchestrating these protests. The student representatives are inciting violence, lawlessness and intimidation against students that want to get on with their studies and their lives. If the protests were conducted in a peaceful manner no law enforcement with shotguns, rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas would be needed.

For he beareth not the sword in vain

There is a Biblical mandate that GOD commands in His Word concerning the government using force to maintain law and order, where we read,

1  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 
2  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 
3  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 
4  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 
5  Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. ~ Romans 13:1-5 

Protesting students confronting SAPS' Law Enforcement Officers This particular portion of Scripture deals with government authority. We also read in Daniel 2:20-22, as it is written: “20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: 21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” Whilst governments are generally evil and wicked in their dealings, the evil and wickedness of men cannot be ascribed to a holy, perfect and good Creator GOD. And whilst we read in Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” we still are commanded to be subject unto the higher powers (the government). We can see that the government does not bear the sword in vain for those that keep the law, but for the lawless. Back in the first century A.D. the authorities had swords, but nowadays in this context they bear shotguns, firearms, bullets (metal and rubber), stun grenades and teargas. The “lawbreaking reprobate students” are those who do evil in the aforementioned Romans’ portion of Scripture.

VIDEO: SAPS justify legal restraint

The SAPS are not engaging in “police brutality” as the wretched rioting students claim, for they are enforcing the law for which they have been employed to do, who should be righteous ministers of GOD. If anyone takes the law into their own hands and physically assault and throw life-endangering projectiles at Law Enforcement Officers then you can expect to meet force with force. Jesus gives a stern warning in Matthew 26:52, “. . . for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” The police never instigated the outbreak of violence, arson and destruction. If you keep the law, no harm will come to you. Act in a devil-possessed manner which is evil, then expect the full might of the law to come down on you!

VIDEO: Clashes at UKZN Pietermaritzburg Campus

Some of the Molotov cocktails and petrol found at at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg’s Malherbe residence on Thursday. (Supplied) In The Witness dated October 7, 2016, it is also reported that ‘Molotov Cocktails’ – a Russian-Franco Communist weapon of origin used by the ANC during the Apartheid years – and petrol was located in the UKZN Pietermaritzburg Malherbe’s residence (pictured above). This is why the revolting students want the campus security and SAPS removed from campuses. It is so they can engage in lawlessness and anarchy! How much longer must this violence A student is injuredcontinue? Until someone loses their life? If these violent protests continue then the government needs to implement a State of Emergency and get the military involved and arrests need to be made rounding up all illegal anarchist protestors! This is a situation waiting to implode! If the students cannot act in a civilised manner then the powers that be should shut all universities until such time that law and order is established. However, this is what the third forces would want, an age-old communistic ploy to create mayhem and then order out of chaos, from the Latin ORDO AB CHAO.

If these rioting students are the “leaders” of tomorrow, I fear for this nation and for their souls. #RiotingStudentsMustFall

Soli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

Items [1] to [6] hereunder can be found at Wikipedia: Evolution –

[1] Kampourakis 2014, pp. 127-129

[2] Doolittle, W. Ford (February 2000). “Uprooting the Tree of Life” (PDF). Scientific American. Stuttgart; Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. 282 (2): 90-95. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0200-90. ISSN 0036-8733. PMID 10710791. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2015-04-05.

[3] Glansdorff, Nicolas; Ying Xu; Labedan, Bernard (July 9, 2008). “The Last Universal Common Ancestor: emergence, constitution and genetic legacy of an elusive forerunner”. Biology Direct. London: BioMed Central. 3: 29. doi:10.1186/1745-6150-3-29. ISSN 1745-6150. PMC 2478661. PMID 18613974.

[4] Schopf, J. William; Kudryavtsev, Anatolly B.; Czaja, Andrew D.; Tripathi, Abhishek B. (October 5, 2007). “Evidence of Archean Life. Stromatolites and microfossils”. Precambrian Research. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Elsevier. 158 (3-4); 141-155. doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2007.04.009. ISSN 0301-9268.

[5] Borenstein, Seth (October 19, 2015). “Hints of life on what was thought to be desolate early Earth”. Excite. Yonkers, NY: Mindspark Interactive Network. Associated Press. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 

[6] Bell, Elizabeth A.; Boehnike, Patrick; Harrison, T. Mark; et al. (November 24, 2015). “Potentially biogenic carbon preserved in a 4.1 billion-year-old zircon” (PDF). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences. 112 (47): 14518-14521. doi:10.1073/pnas.1517557112. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 4664351. PMID 26483481. Retrieved 2015-12-30.

[7] http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cradle_of_Humankind

[8] Parent24.com for Matric Passing:

Firstly, there are three pass levels:

1. Higher certificate
2. Diploma
3. Bachelors Degree (which was commonly known as an exemption).

Here are the pass requirements for each of these levels

Higher certificate pass requirements
  • Must obtain 40% in your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 40% in two other subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for three other subjects.

It is important to note that one of your languages must either be English or Afrikaans to qualify for a Higher Certificate.

Diploma pass requirements
  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 40% for four other High Credit subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects.
Bachelors Degree pass requirements
  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 50% for four other High Credit subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects.

[9] http://www.702.co.za/articles/2977/sas-most-expensive-schools-and-are-the-fees-worth-it

The Royal Agricultural Show 2016 Evangelism

2016 Royal Show Logo It has been a long while since we have reported what has been taking place in the local harvest field only by the grace of GOD. Our outreach at the Royal Show this year took place on the 28th and the 30th May and the 3rd June 2016.

Praise GOD – this year the security guards gave us a rest. Marius, Jono, my wife Tammy and Gary handed out Gospel literature and the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was lifted up!

Spoke to a Muslim man named Saayheed (?) who agreed to have a discussion on camera if his face would not be shown. Well, he allowed his face to be shown when he decided to move off camera. The conversation really took a turn when Saayheed denounced that Jesus Christ is the Son of GOD and that he does not believe in being “born-again”! Saayheed then hastened to end the conversation. It is clear that Islam does not serve the One and Only True and Living GOD of Creation Who is revealed in the Holy Scriptures, GOD’s Word being the Bible!

The discussion together with part of the open-air preaching which followed can be viewed on the play-list hereunder:

Other conversations were also had, especially with an Indian hawker selling avocado pears named Roy, who is backslidden in his faith in Jesus Christ. Gary shared the Gospel with Roy dealing with the severity and mercy of GOD our Saviour Who is angry with the wicked every day.

11  God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. ~ Psalm 7:11

A day or so later Roy was presented by us with a whole list of printed Scripture verses and a new Authorised Version (KJV) Holy Bible – he agreed to take it and read it!

Pedestrian crossing preaching Cee-Jay next to a RooikatSergeant Padayachee second right

On day 8, Gary took his wife Tammy and grandson Cee-Jay into the Royal Show Grounds. Gospel tracts were handed out as we walked in and around the stalls and a long discussion was had with a Sergeant Padayachee as we discussed the Naval Marines and its disbanding. He also willingly showed us around their displays explaining how the Army is now involved in fighting the rhino poachers in game reserves. Whilst in an ops-vehicle Gary then after relating to the dangers of being in the military transitioned to the Law and Gospel of Grace of our Great GOD and Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ, after finding out that Sgt Padayachee had a Roman Catholic background.

We humbly request all believers to join us in prayer for one-another and for those who GOD has ordained to hear the Gospel of His Son Jesus.

Hereunder, are previous links to our RAS Evangelism . . .

Soli Deo Gloria

Maritzburg United vs. Platinum Stars, 2016 ~ Preaching

The following preaching took place on Saturday evening February 13, 2016, outside the Harry Gwala South Gate before the Maritzburg United vs. Platinum Stars ABSA Premiership soccer match. Here is a four part playlist, in total +40 minutes:

Reference is made to certain soccer stadium tragedies which can be viewed at the following links where fans went to matches, but never returned home because they lost their lives ~

>> Heysel Stadium, 29 May 1985, European Cup Final between Liverpool (England) and Juventus (Italy) – 39 dead, 600 injured.

>> Hillsborough Stadium, 15 April 1989, English FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest – 96 dead, 766 injured.

>> Ellis Park Stadium, 11 April 2001, Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates – 43 dead, ?? injured.

The question is, were those souls ready? And Are You Ready? If you should die, where are you headed – Heaven? or Hell?

27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ~ Hebrews 9:27

Soli Deo Gloria

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