I look for patterns everywhere and you can usually find them if you look hard enough. Patterns are easy to understand and easy to remember. One of the first things that we are taught when we are little is to look for patterns in things. Sometimes patterns are on the surface of things and in other times they take some digging. Many times if you look hard enough you can find a pattern in everything, even in creation. In most songs we recite the verses in a pattern. We learn through patterns. We use them in art, in our landscaping, and in the way we do things in general.
There are many patterns in the Bible, such as the 7 cycles in Judges, the seven times the children of Israel walked around Jericho. There are also many patterns in the Old Testament by which the Lord teaches us things in the New Testament.
Man, especially has a pattern that he follows. A pattern that more than once lead him to destruction. It is a pattern of his eyes. What he looks at and too for truth.
In Genesis we see the first part of the pattern of man.
Man at first looked up toward God ? Genesis 2:15-25
We know this from the Genesis account and when we say man, we mean mankind, men and women. God had supplied them with their every need. They were surrounded by everything they could possibly ever need or want and they lived in perfect fellowship with God. Yet man made a decision. A decision that would cost him that fellowship.
Man looked out to someone else about God ? Genesis 3:4
When the serpent, guided by Satan, came to Eve; he told her ?You won?t surely die! God is lying to you!? and man decided to trust someone other than God.
Man then looks to himself as god ? Genesis 3:5-7
?What a man sews ? he reaps?
Satan told them ?You won?t die if you eat this fruit; God is holding something back from you and that something is the fact that you will be like God when you do it!?
Keep the phrase ?As God? fresh in your mind and we will examine it later.
This pattern ends with the devastation of man through the fall. He was now out of the garden of God, out of fellowship with God, and now he was an enemy to God, all because of self
Our next pattern happens a few years down the road.
Man at first looked up toward God ? Genesis 4:26
Man is deep in sin. He has already lost that fellowship that he once had and now with each new birth, this sinful nature is passed ? Genesis 5:1-3
Man looked out to someone else about God ? Genesis 5:29
Were they looking to Noah for something? Was He more important than the Lord to them? Or was it in hope of something?
Man then looks to himself as god ? Genesis 6:1-8
Man had grown away from God. Every imagination of his heart was evil. Whatever he imagined to do, he would be able to do it! Self pops it?s ugly head up again.
This pattern ends with the destruction of man through the flood. God saves only Noah and his family from the rising waters.
A few years pass before our next pattern.
Man at first looked up toward God ? Genesis 8:20-9:1
Noah and his family look to God as their Savior from the flood and they set about re-populating the earth.
Man looks to someone else ?for? God (Notice the change here)
Nimrod ? Genesis 10:8-11
Man looks to himself as god ? Genesis 11:1-9
Man wanted to make a name for himself. He wanted to yet again be god over his own life. Now, here is where it starts to deviate and get more and more spread out and it starts with a myth.
After Noah?s flood ? the people became one and built Babylon, and it was here that Satan found his own virgin ? a beautiful witch named Semiramus. She became queen of Babylon. She also married Nimrod. Satan used both of them to create a cult so powerful that it spread around the world. Multitudes looked to Semiramis as their goddess mother. These two came up with the idea of confessionals, and celibacy for their priesthood.
Nimrod was called by many names, one being Moloch ? Amos 5:25-27, Acts 7:43
And many babies were sacrificed in his honor as Molech ? Leviticus 18:21, Jeremiah 32:35. When Nimrod was killed Semiramis moved quickly to take advantage of the situation. Satan?s phony virgin gave birth to a child and claimed that Nimrod had been reincarnated or resurrected in this child. The boy?s name was Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14). She claimed that her son was supernaturally conceived and that he was the promised seed ? the ?savior? promised by God. In the old fables of the Mystery cults, their ‘savior’ Tammuz, was worshipped with various rites at the spring season. According to the legends, after he was slain [killed by a wild boar], he went into the underworld. But through the weeping of his mother… he mystically revived in the springing forth of the vegetation – in spring! Each year a spring festival dramatically represented this supposed ‘resurrection’ from the underworld. Thus, a terrible false religion developed with its sun and moon worship, priests, astrology, demonic worship, worship of stars associated with their gods, idolatry, mysterious rites, human sacrifice, and more. Tammuz eventually became known as Baal (Judges 2:11)
Semiramis became a goddess with many names:
Baalti (The Madonna); the great goddess; Queen of heaven: The Mediatrix ? Aphrodite: The mother of mankind; some called the Mother Goddess “ISHTAR” (originally pronounced “Easter”). In other lands, she was called Eostre, Astarte, Ostera, and Eastre. Other names for Semiramis, the Mother Goddess includes: Wife of Baal, Ashtaroth or Ashtoreth. The Mother goddess was frequently worshipped as the goddess of fertility – and as a sort of Mother Nature and goddess of spring and sexual love and birth. She was also worshipped as a mediator between god and man. Sexual orgies and temple prostitutes were often used in her worship and in attempting to gain her favor.
As time went on monuments of the goddess and her child appeared in many nations:
In China she was known as ?holy mother? ? Shing Moo.
In India she was known as ?Devaki? (goddess) and ?Krishna? (child)
In Ephesus ? ?Diana? (Semiramis)
In Egypt ? ?Isis? (goddess mother) and ?Horus? (child)
In Rome ? ?Venus? (Goddess) and ?Cupid? (child)
In Israel ? Ashteroth ?Goddess? and ?Baal? (child) ? Judges 2:13
This pattern ends with the deviation of man from his own fellowship.
Man was scattered by God. He no longer was one. He no longer wanted to elevate self. But this only lasts for a little while.
Now let?s look at the pattern in the new church. It is here where things change for the worse
Man at first looked up toward God ? Acts 1:1-14
Man is looking up again. The church begins looking too God, but man is also looking up in another way.
Man looks up except not to God ? Acts 14:1-20
These people in (14:11) proclaimed that the gods had come down in the likeness of man. Keep this in mind because man follows these UFO watchers and only gets worse in his imaginations.
Man looks to someone else ?for? God ? Acts 5:34-37
Men were following self-proclaimed saviors. Sound familiar
It even happened in Christian circles ? 1 Corinthians 1:10-12
This pattern seems to have ended with the denominalization of man though faltering faith
Now we come to the present time. Man has been looking to God but now man has interlaced looking up to God and looking out to man into what we call the church today. We look up to those who we allow to lord over us and tell us what we believe, how we should worship, and what new fad spiritual book we need to read. These leaders teach us that we need to love others and not teach them the true nature of sin. They pander to every seeker driven movement under the sun, every new-age spiritual thinking, and every hip new fad that attract people and ball it under the guise of the new church movement. Long gone are the bibles we have teleprompters to shoot the verses onto a screen) long gone is the need for repenting. Long gone is the need for actual confrontation about one?s sin and the need to rid our lives of it. Gone is the preacher who tells you about the love and judgment of our Lord. Long gone is the true gospel. Long gone is the true Jesus Christ who we once worshipped. He has left the building. He has been absent for a very long time and we have been pandering to a world who sees no difference in our own lives. They see no reason to follow the Christ that the church reflects. A Christ who worries only about money and the next big thing to draw em in! We have taken Jesus out of church and replaced Him with a false Christ. A Christ who models the one to come. The betrayer. The anti-Christ. Long gone is the oneness of the body of Christ. It has been replaced with a million body parts sprawled across the nation, seeking the same Jesus, yet denying that He exists for the other. No wonder we are weak. No wonder our influence. No wonder our outlook. No wonder one person will spend time with another, yet all the while they wouldn?t be caught dead entering the same church building. Long gone is the true worship and praise that we once knew. God is not our audience. We stream our services through the television so we can entertain ourselves. We have become our own audiences and we worship how we want to, like we want to. Self is on the rise again.
We have replaced our Savior with others to worship.
In Catholic circles, they look to God but they look through man. The Pope?s words are seen with the same weight as scripture. They pray to priest in confessional booths to be forgiven of their sins. They look and pray to Mary. The ancient Babylonian religion depicted the goddess mother as the only one who could control her son. In Catholicism, Jesus is seen as the angry son ? who only Mary can appease. They see her as the way to salvation (Luke 1:46-48) They still believe in Jesus; but is it the Jesus of Scripture?
We look up toward others as god
Look at Jim Jones, David Koresh, and various cults
There are groups out there (Raliens founded by Claude Vorilhim, The Ancient Astronaut School) who believe that through Genesis 6 and the book of Enoch that the sons of God mentioned in them are actually aliens in disguise as fallen angels. These aliens came down to earth to start mankind as a kind of experiment. Many believe that these aliens will come back for us.
There are those who believe that God and Jesus are simply mind plants by these aliens (Scientology, founded by L.Ron Hubbard)
These ideas have found their way into many movies and books.
We look inward as gods.
There are those who say we pre-existed as gods and that we will one day be gods again ? with our own universes ? The LDS church believes this; they looked to Joseph Smith. They believe that God is a human who is married and had children with his wife. His first two were the twin brothers Jesus and Lucifer who came to Him with their own plan of redemption for man. He liked Jesus? better and Lucifer has been against them ever since.
Many others believe that we all have the potential inside us to be gods. (New Age Movements, Gnosticism) These include Kabbalah, Buddhism, etc.
The new age movement varies from branch to branch but 2 things remain true:
1) Evolutionary Godhead ? This is seen as the next step of the evolution of man. Man will soon be god.
2) Global unity ? Man, nature, God, all are the same. We have God in us already
In Kabbalah God is shown to have 10 aspects through which creation was realized. They believe that the soul pre-existed. They believe in reincarnation. They also believe that there are two Messiahs, one from Joseph (Jesus was a good man ? a prophet) and now who will be from the line of David. They als believe that one can have a direct relationship with the god in us without a mediator. Without Jesus Christ.
In Islam, they look to Mohammed. Ishmael is the son of promise and not Isaac. (Obviously, do you really think that Hagar would honor the God of Abraham)?
Here is an excerpt from a writing called ?Evidence of the Hadith?
By Maulana Hafiz Sher Mohammad
2. Evidence of the Hadith
We have shown from numerous verses of the Holy Quran that Jesus is not alive in heaven but that he died in his own time as did other prophets. No doubt should, therefore, remain in the mind of any just and truth-loving person about this matter. But, for further satisfaction of the seekers after truth, we now present some sayings (Hadith reports) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, who of course was the recipient of Quranic revelation and its premier commentator, to decide this issue so thoroughly that each and every Muslim would have to bow to the verdict.
It goes on to explain that Jesus must have died because Mohammed died. They see 2 Messiahs (The same as Kabbalah)
In the Jehovah?s Witness they call Jesus the first created being ? the Archangel Michael. He was a perfect man on earth but not God in the flesh
Who do men say that I am? (The world)
What does the world say about Me?
Jesus Asked His Disciples this question. (Who do men say I am?) And the disciples gave a varied amount of answers
1. Elijah because of the miracles that He performed
2. John the Baptist because of the ministry of His preaching
3. Jeremiah because of the many times He wept for Jerusalem and for others
4. Some other prophet and here is where they were partially right. This was that prophet that Moses had told the children of Israel about
The problem was that the people who surrounded Jesus, including the disciples looked at Jesus through fleshly eyes and they could not understand that this Man of God was the God-Man. The Son of God.
That is what people thought back then and it has not changed much these days. The world still looks at our Lord and Savior through fleshy sinful eyes. Recently two things have surfaced in the national public eye.
One was the gospel of Judas. A gospel that makes Judas look like less than the betrayer that he was. It called to mind the movie that ABC showed not too long ago almost about the same thing. Judas looked like the ringleader behind Jesus and Jesus looked like a whiny, hippie, weakling who had no real power from God.
The other is the Davici Code. This book is a work of fiction, yet people have taken it and are running with it. It proposes that Jesus did not die on the cross. It also proposes that He married Mary Magdalene and that they moved to France and had a little girl. Need I say more?
The funny thing is that the hype for both of these things was enormous. People could not get enough of them. News reports, talk shows, blogs, numerous DVD?s to answer them, yet no one seemed eager to understand what the word of God had to say. No one in the world seemed to care what the truth was. It seems that the world will use anything they can to get at Jesus and take His true identity away. Here are a few examples of what the world thinks.
The Gnostic hearsay was around at the time John wrote this Gospel and his epistles.
The Gnostics said that all physical matter was bad and that only spiritual matter was good.
So it gave way to men thinking that sin was ok because man was physical and so if he sinned it was not his fault.
Man also thought that if Jesus were really God then He would not have had a physical body. They believed and taught that He didn’t leave footprints and that He just faked eating food, but John tells us otherwise
1Jo 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jo 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us
1Jo 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jo 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Another false belief at the time was that the Christ persona only came onto Jesus at His baptism and that it left Him just before His crucifixion, meaning only a man died on the cross and nothing more.
Jesus was fully God and fully man. He is the God man
The Gnostics were wrong and the cultist is wrong.
But why do people go towards these cults?
How do they draw so many people in?
They may be crazy. They may take peoples lives and crush them, turning them into zombie like slaves but the reason they draw people in is because at first they do something that the church seems to refuse to do?
They act like Christ!!!!
How do we get people to church?
How do we get people to know Jesus?
By being Christ-like. We need to reflect Jesus to the world around us. The Jesus people see may be only the Jesus they see in me.
Jesus never looked down on anyone.
John 4:5-30 ? Even someone who worshipped differently
John 8:3-12 ? Even those who did not worship
Matthew 9:20-22 ? He never turned away the superstitious
He never turned anyone away!
He never looked down on anyone
What did He say to those who looked up to God ? Luke 7:1-9
What did He say to those who looked to others ? Matthew 8:21-22
What did He say to those who looked inward as god ? Matthew 8:19-20
What did He say to those who looked to things ? Luke 9:61-62
If you know Jesus ? follow Him
If you don?t know Jesus ? find Him
Don?t wait until later. It never says that those fellows ever had a chance again and you are not promised tomorrow. One day our present pattern will end
And those who turned a deaf ear to Jesus will not have another chance.
Why are things this way?
Because we have left our first love ? Revelations 2:1-4
What we need to do is become over comers. We receive blessings when we overcome.
Jesus tells us?. If you over come? I will make things right
?I will give you the tree of life to eat.? We will be eternal, like God
?You shall not die; you shall not be hurt by the second death!? We will surely not die!
?You will receive the hidden manna? What the Kabbalist desires
?You will receive a white stone and a new name? What the Mormon longs for
?You will receive power over the nations (during the millennium)?
?You will be clothed in white raiment He will not blot out your name from the book of life but He will confess it before God and all His angels
?You will be made a pillar in the temple of God ? you shall no more go out!
You will receive the name of God; the name of the New Jerusalem; He will write upon us His new name!?
?He will grant you to sit with Him in His throne!?
All this through one way! Jesus Christ!!!
He that hath an ear; let him hear