Why Did He Say That? Part 3

Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

I really wonder why he tells us that the way is narrow when everything is supposedly covered by grace? Not only is the way narrow but it is difficult. It’s just not easy to walk as He walked. Why we may ask, is it so difficult?

It is difficult because it is not compatible with our basic nature, we are self-centered individuals by nature. In order for us to follow His example we have to die to self, putting away that egocentric part of ourselves.

Did He not say, He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:37-39)

He tells us we must follow His example, and His teachings. Not just once but repeatedly, and in several different ways.

The Apostle John also tells us, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (1st John 2:6)

What is this narrow path that Yahshua was so insistent about? If we look at what He told the Woman at the well, or His exchange with the young rich ruler we begin to see.

Yahshua said to the woman at the well, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” He pointed out Her sin according to the Commandments of God. She was an adulteress!

He did the same thing with the young ruler. Saying, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”

Yahshua / Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Matthew 19:17-22)

Here He says, if you want to enter into life keep the commandments. And then He pointed out His sin according to the Commandments. The young rich ruler walked away because His riches prevented him from following Yahshua.

At every opportunity Yahshua Christ brought forward the Commandments of God and told us, ““If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)

In the book of Revelation this is confirmed in no uncertain terms, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 22:14,15)

Keeping it simple, Yahshua, our judge, is coming and bringing his reward. And then we’re told that the reward is Heaven for those who have faithfully kept the Commandments of God.

But those who have not are left out side for having believed the lies of Satan, the lawless one.

Until we hang on to every word that Christ Yahshua said, we will never get beyond the Anti-Christ. Nor will we understand the true meaning of grace.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Why did he say that, part 2?

Matthew 7:21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

When Yahshua Christ says that not everyone is going to heaven, He is saying that some will fail to make the mark.  It is vital to our walk that we know why some will be unable to make the cut. He is telling us this much, there are people calling him Lord. but do not do what a true believer does, namely keeping God’s Will.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’”  (Vs 21)

Here is where the difference lies. While they profess that they believe in Him, and they have prophesied in His name, and they have even used His name to cast out demons, and done many wonderful things in Christ’s name, still they are outside of the Kingdom looking in, and why is that? How could anyone be so dense that they do not know that they must follow the Word of God, and walk in His ways?

There’s only one explanation! These people are the congregation of the Anti-Christ. They have believed the lie. The deception that Satan has brought, runs that deep.

Did He not say, “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” (Matthew 24:23-25)

And he tells us, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15, 16)

So many of us have been duped, and when I was younger, I too was among them. But when I understood that there are no contradictions in the Word of God. I came out from among them.

He tells us plainly who it is that cannot be saved when he says, “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Vs 23) Lawlessness is the culprit.

Those who reject God’s Law, will die in their sin. How simple is that?

Here is why the Anti-Christ is called the Lawless one.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I told you these things? 6And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2nd Thessalonians 2:5-12)

Never forget that Christ called us back to His Commandments repeatedly saying, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

So many of my friends say Jesus this, or Jesus that, but have not returned to the Way of Christ!

If this you my friends, you’re in trouble! Repent and turn from your deception!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Why Did He Say that?

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”  (Vs 17)

If the Law had been done away with then why did Yahshua say that He came not to destroy the Law but to fully preach it? The Word fulfill, or Plaroo, in Greek, means to fully expose or to teach. But yet Christians are supposed to believe that while He said He would not abolish the Law, He did away with it? Wouldn’t that make Christ a liar?

Something is very wrong with the doctrine of most Christian churches because of just this one issue, but there’s more.

“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Vs 18)

Look around! The Earth is still here, is it not? And has heaven been done away with? Not according to the Bible! Then the Law is still in effect isn’t it? It would take a real idiot to believe otherwise, but that’s what Satan thinks of us, he thinks we’re stupid!

And on the heels of that comes this. He says, “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Vs 19)

According to Yahshua Christ those who do not teach the law cannot make the grade. But those who do, will be seen as great in the Kingdom of Elohim. So, we’re given a choice to either be great by teaching as he taught or to be a failure in His eyes.

And then the icing on this cake is, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Vs 20)

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. (1 John 3:7)

Righteousness is attributed to those who do not sin. Something the Scribes and Pharisees could not handle, because they created their own Law based on the traditions they created, not of God nor scripture.

Perhaps this is why Yahshua said to them, “‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Mark 7:6, 7)

Their righteousness was based on their own Laws, not God’s, and then they imposed their laws on the people not keeping them themselves.

When judgment comes and we stand before Our Savior, and we are judged according to God’s Commandments. Knowing this brings a huge cloud of doubt on the teaching of doctrine in most traditional churches today. Why would Yahshua spend three years teaching the Law and then die for our sins if he didn’t intend for us to keep the Commandments.

And why would He say, “If you love me keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

And a few verses after, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (Jon 14:21)

So, after we study the Red Letters in our Bible, the words of Christ Himself. We need to ask ourselves why did He say that? Cast aside the doctrine that Satan’s spawn has dictated to us, and seek the truth of God’s word, and we will find that many of us have allowed ourselves to be deceived because we were too lazy to study the very Word of God that will brings us into eternal life.

Test everything!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Read the Red Letters.

Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 
32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”
33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”
34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples.

Yahshua unfolds before His disciples the events that are going to take place immediately after leaving the upper room. He is trying to prepare them for what will most certainly be a very traumatic time for all of them.

He quotes the prophet as in Zechariah 13:1. saying, “‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’” (Vs 31)

These 12 men love Him dearly, and He wanting to comfort them, telling them once again that after he is Killed he will return to them.

“But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” (Vs 32)

However, Peter is still dealing with the Idea that he will be made to stumble. And he says, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” (Vs 33)

Peter is speaking out of his love for Yahshua, and also out of his pride, and Yahshua responds in a way that will be humbling for Peter. He says to Peter, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” (Vs 34)

Did Peter believe Him? I think not!

He says to Yahshua, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Vs 35)

Now, everyone knows that Peter did deny Christ Yahshua three times, and then the cock that Yahshua spoke of cried out.

The interesting thing about this is that there are no chickens allowed in Jerusalem.  It was against the law to have and to keep chickens in the holy city. So how could there be a cock crowing?

What most do not know was that the watchman on the wall of the Temple was named the cock because his voice could be heard for miles as he cried out the hour. He was the cock that Yahshua spoke of.

But in any case, what Messiah says, we can take to the bank He has never missed the mark, and everything he says is absolutely true.

This is why we must take the time to read and study everything he says, as it is written in the Holy Scriptures. We who believe that Yahshua is the Son of God, and because we believe, we must also follow Him.

How is that possible if we do not understand His heart and His mind, because we have not been able to recall every word he said?

He spoke of every facet of the gospel we profess to believe. How are we to know the truth without knowing the living Word of God, the Logos!

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Yahshua is the Living Word of God, and we will be subject to being deceived by false teacher’s if we do not know His Word,

Study ever word he says, read the red letters in your Bible, so that we cannot be deceived.

How else can we defend against these Liars?

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Open the Door.

Revelation 3:14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 
15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 
16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 
17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—
18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent. 
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 
21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

, “‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. (Vs 14, 15)

Yahshua is speaking to a middle of the road, church. One that is not fully committed, but not fully withdrawn from the faith. This reminds me of so many Churches I have been to myself. Their focus is on their wealth and comfort rather than those things that make us endure the discomfort of visitation, witnessing to strangers, and bearing testimony of How Christ was crucified for our salvation, the actual preaching of the Gospel.

So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Vs 16)

So, here is the Judgment! This kind of church will feel the vacuum as the Holy Spirit departs. It reminds me of churches that have a Christmas tree in their sanctuary, or hold Easter egg hunts. Or a celebration of Halloween, with costumes, candy, pumpkins and all. These Pagan traditions in a church tells us that they don’t know the difference between what is Holy, and what is an abomination.

And where do these things take us?

26 Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 
27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain. 
28 Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the Lord had not spoken. (Ezekiel 22:26-28)

 “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (Vs 17, 18)

It seems that when many of us acquire wealth, we become apathetic toward God. We cease to pray for what we need. We lose our humility before God. We’re no longer aware of what the relationship with Christ requires of us. And from Heavens point of view, we have lost everything of value. In the eyes of Christ we have become wretched, miserable, and poor in spite of our wealth.

The Gold that He refers to is that which comes from the refiner’s fire.

2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap.
3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness. (Malachi 3:2, 3)

Our righteousness is the gold that He values, Not the kind of gold that the world values. We will be ashamed if we stand before Him devoid of this righteousness that we must be clothed in. this is that garment that shines like the Sun.

The salve that Yahshua speaks of is a product that Laodicea produced and sold all over the Mediterranean. and brought them a good bit of wealth. But Yahshua uses it to point out their blindness.

He says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent.” (Vs 19)

When Yahshua rebukes a church or an individual, we need to understand that it is because we are loved. Repentance is simply the first step toward restoration of the relationship and securing our salvation. The next step of course, is to obey Him.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.  (Vs 20, 21)

His requiring our Repentance is Him knocking at our door, and when we respond to His request that we humble ourselves before Him. Is the opening of the door. He can then come in and the sharing of bread between friends is the fellowship that we all so desire to have with Him.

Repentance and a return to the Way of Christ Yahshua is how we overcome the world, and this is what brings us into the Throne room to share the throne with Yahshua. 

“If you love Me keep my Commandments” (John 14:15)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Open Doors

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: 
8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 
9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 
10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 
11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 
12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

“‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” (Vs 7)

Here is another validation the what is true is also Holy, the reference to opening doors is evidenced in our own experience, how many times has Yahshua opened a way for us, or shut a door that we ought not have entered? He goes before us making a way to proceed, as His sheep we are shepherded.

He says. “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”(Vs 8)

He has made a path to follow, clearing the way ahead.  Knowing their weakness, He does this because they have kept His Word, (The Commandments) and have not denied His name. (His Identity as Lord) 

“Indeed, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” (Vs 9)

Apparently, He has a bone to pick with Jews who follow Rabbinical Law, rather than Torah. Because they try to force their traditions on those who are following scripture. Remember Mark 7, where He said, ““Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

These are the very Jews he is referring to, who are persecuting His Church, and He tells us that they are really not Jews. He says the time will come when they will bow before them and recognize their righteousness.

 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Vs 10)

Here is the beginning of His favor toward those who have kept the faith in spite of what the rest of the world is doing, and in spite of the persecution they will have endured. He keeps them from the hour of trial that will come upon the entire world. These are His sheeple, and His remnant, whom he will protect.

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

Hang on to what you have gained, so that No one can steal away from us what we have accomplished.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:8-10)

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” (Vs 12)

Here is what comes of resisting the world and its persecution. This is a cameo of Victory, our overcoming everything that Satan brings to our doorsteps.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1st John 5:2-5)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’ (Vs 13)

Do not be left out of this equation, keep the Commandments, and walk according to the Word of God, just as it is written. Do not listen to those who claim that God’s Law was abolished, they are false teachers.

 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9)

This door is open to you who Follow Christ Yahshua!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Dead Man Walking

Revelation 3:1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 
3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 
4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 
5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

Here is an Assembly that has an angel but is about to lose their place among the seven stars.

Yahshua says to them, “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” (Vs 1)

Having a name means having a reputation, but there is no life in this Church, no Spirit, all talk but no deeds, or actions. I have seen many churches like this, they are financed mostly by one family, who controls everything. And the church caters to them, because of their support. The net result is a dead church, because the truth is no longer welcome under such circumstances, and the gospel of appeasement is taught there, rather than the true Gospel of Yahshua Christ. This kind if church is dead to Christ Yahshua, and there can be no future in it, because of it’s compromised truth.

“Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.” (Vs 2)

You have strayed too far, return to the things that are true, the Gospel just as it was given, and the Law just as it was delivered to you must remain unchanged.

“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1st Corinthians 15:58)

So much is said in the scriptures with regard to remaining steadfast in the lord. We must never allow apathy to creep in.

Yahshua says to these kinds of Churches, “Remember therefore, how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”

There will be a price for Compromising with Satan. Judgment is coming and I would not want to be among these people, or study their doctrine. 

“You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (Vs 4, 5)

Even in this assembly, there are people who have not soiled themselves. They have remained true in spite of their leadership, and the false teaching. And while an entire church is in jeopardy, they will be saved because they have remained true to the teachings of Christ Yahshua.

Overcomers will walk with Yahshua, keeping his commandments, and remaining faithful. Everything in this life is a choice, and those who choose Christ over the things of this world, are set aside and made Holy.  

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 
9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Watch out for Jezebel.

Revelation 2:18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 
19 “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 
20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 
21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 
22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 
23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
24 “Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. 
25 But hold fast what you have till I come. 
26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
27 ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father; 
28 and I will give him the morning star.
29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

Thyatira was an ancient Greek city in what is now western Turkey. Yahshua is speaking to that church!

“I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.” (Vs 19)

This church has done many things right. They have made progress in the area of works, but nevertheless, there are things needing to be addressed. 

“Nevertheless, I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” (Vs 20)

Apparently, they (the church elders) allowed someone who thought they were a prophetess, teach. But in reality, this person is a woman of ill repute. Someone who uses sexual attraction to get what they want, Like Jezabel! This person is a corrupting influence and names her sins, sexual immorality, and the eating of unclean food, that has been offered up to Idols. This makes me remember how many church functions I have attended that ham was served. But like most Baptists, I always gravitated to the Fried Chicken.

 Most women are aware of their sexuality, especially during these days, yet they have no qualms about coming out in skin tight clothes, and made up to attract attention, even letting a portion of their breasts show, what we call cleavage. Doing this whether married or single, is sending a signal that you want to attract the attention of men, a classic sign of a Jezebel Spirit in a woman.

A truly beautiful woman does not need those things, and if we want to attract the right kind of man, we must let our inner light shine. External beauty is going to come to a screeching stop with age, and then what have we to lean on, but what we are inside. Our Spirit!

I know so many truly beautiful women, but their beauty has nothing whatsoever to do with external appearances, I see who they are on a soul level, and they are anything but a Jezebel type.

“And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.” (Vs 21)

All of us have been given time to repent, but refusing to acknowledge our sin, and coming to our knees will convict us, and what Paul said of sin comes to bear. “For the wages of sin is death,” (Romans 6:23)

“Indeed, I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 
I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.” (Vs 22, 23)

There is a price attached to our sinful behavior, sickness, and tribulation, will come to those who do not regret and repent of their sin with her.

Her Children will die the eternal death, and because this is witnessed by entire Churches, they will see that no one gets away with sin, there is Justice. There is no such thing as a secret sin. Yahshua see’s it all!

“Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. 
But hold fast what you have till I come.” (Vs 24, 25)

For those who have not bought into this Satanic trap, and taken the Jezebel bait. Yahshua says, hang on, I am coming!  

“And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.” (Vs 26-28)

Keeping to Yahshua’s way, truth, and Life, has eternal benefits, He gives to those who are able to overcome, the right to rule with Him during His Millennial Reign. Those who do not bow to Him and His ways will be destroyed.

I’m not sure I understand the significance of the giving of the morning star. Except that it is a bright light in the heavens, shining like a precious jewel in the morning sky. A great light indicative of His unswerving righteousness. This would go to someone who has not given Satan even an inch.

Yahshua Has high expectations for our generation, are we overcomer’s, have we managed to avoid the pitfalls of this world. I am so dependent on His grace at this point, but I do know when I’m being tested and most times, I know to resist those temptations. But this is about Churches / Assemblies, those who are charged with bringing others to Christ. My friends these Churches need to be careful what they do and what they allow amongst the flock that belongs to Yahshua.

Did he not say, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves?” (Matthew 7:15)

Some of us are sitting before such a wolf or Jezebel now! You know who I’m talking about.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Let Yahshua Have His Way.

Revelation 2:12“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,
‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13“I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14But I have a few things against you, because you have there, those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
17“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’

The church is spoken to in advance of His coming for one extreme purpose, so that they might repair their relationship with Christ before he comes. “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.” (Vs 13)

He is saying first that this is what you have done right. This Assembly held the line even when they were under the worst kind of persecution. Antipas was a contemporary of the apostle John, very little is said about Him in the scriptures but it seems that Yahshua knew Him by name because of his testimony.
It seems that Pergamon (in Turkey) was known to be the throne of Satan, probably because of so many Pagan temples located there. So here is an assembly dwelling in the very place of sin and ungodliness.

He tells them, “But I have a few things against you, because you have there, those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.” (Vs 14)

The doctrine of Balaam teaches that a little sin doesn’t hurt, especially if it’s profitable. And also, is the seat of the Nicolaitan doctrine to rule over the people. Sort of sounds like our modern-day Democrats doesn’t it, as well as the permissive Christian church.

“Thus, you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.” (Vs 15, 16)

I would not want to be on the receiving end of Yahshua coming with His mighty sword against my Assembly. But this will happen to Churches, and leaders of such churches that Lord over their congregations. Manipulating, and abusing other’s for profit, or just being overly controlling.
This is not to happen among the members of the body of Christ. So, be careful what we do from the pulpit, and how we do it. It’s not that difficult to let Yahshua have His way, rather than our own agenda.

Yahshua said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)

According to what Yahshua says, everything can be done through prayer, there’s no need to push or pull on our part. No need to Manipulate or rule over those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit. Let Yahshua have his way, it’s easier on us and our congregations.
Shalom my friends,
Chuck Greever

Revelation 2:8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 
9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 
10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

The Son of God speaks to the church and says, “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” (Vs 9)

He Knows of their works, He knows also of their tribulation, and their poverty. They have been Merciful and full of Grace towards others, expressing the Love of God for all to see. In spite of their service to others there have been hard times, and their lack of funds is a hinderance to doing more, Yet He says they are rich, speaking of God’s gift of the holy spirit and heavenly riches.

He says to not listen to the blasphemy coming from those who are supposed to be Jews, but are not. They are from the synagogue of Satan. That place that is against Messiah Yahshua, and who preach that a man must be circumcised to be saved. Most likely this is the source of their tribulation.

“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Vs 10)

Here is a message to all of us! To fear not, the things of this world, incarceration, though we may be imprisoned and they may kill us. But do not fear these things. Live for what is on the flip side of this life. I am prompted by the Spirit to remind everyone of what Yahshua had said about persecution and death.

He said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:28-31)

Those who have been saved Know what eternal life is and that when the body ceased to exist we have simply parted ways with a burden and entered into eternal life.

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” 
(John 11:25, 26)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’ (Vs 11)

Persecution and death is coming to those who believe, if we know and understand the prophesy that the Bible brings to bear about the end of days, surely we must know that we are honored to play a part in this time of tribulation and the events leading up to His coming.

My Savior has been kind enough to show me my end, and that I won’t suffer. But that he is waiting for me to come home to Him. I pray the same for you!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever