Eyes Wide-Closed: Part VI :: By Denis Bowden

– A primer for beginners/A reminder for waverers –

(with editing help from a sister in Christ, Lynda Janzen)

Redesigning The Creation of God in Our Own Image:

Fallen man does not want anything of God that demands the ultimate price, ‘that he/she must seek atonement through Jesus.’

SIN; THE ALTERNATIVE TO GRACE THROUGH ATONEMENT:

In our fallen state, we strive for immortality, but even that, completely bereft of the influence and worship of God. It is an ‘immortality’ entirely of our own design and making. Moreover, in the design we crave to re-create, there must be given us:

– beauty

– strength

– intellect

– physical prowess

– and, above all, limitless longevity.

For without the constraints of age, deteriorating health and cognitive appreciation, we understand and presume that immortality will enable us to forever pursue the depraved lifestyle within whose excesses much of mankind presently chooses to wallow.

These foul efforts to create, through scientific/medical and engineering efforts, hybrid super-beings are to have few constraints other than they not turn upon their’ creators.’ And, of course, they are to have no concept of Godly good, of filial love or charity. As an entity in its own right, enabled cognitively through supercomputers, ‘its’ preoccupation would lie entirely within its re-designed carcass, as it attempts to maintain its insatiable lusts within the strictures of its programming. The real aim, of course, is that this entity be physiologically and psychologically fused with the mankind gestated by our Creator God.

Anyone or anything coming between those lusts and this ‘creation’ would be destroyed.

Living in our midst are men and women who openly advance this cause. To them, it is not hypothesis. And they have rich and famous benefactors who are presently pouring untold sums of money and treasure to bring this about. Moreover, we know of it because, in their contempt of God and mankind in general, they don’t even attempt to hide it. In fact, they joyously proclaim it!

I see a direct correlation between these aspirations of medicine/science and technology and their intent to forcibly reduce the present world population. Except there be, of course, provision for the nurture and preservation of a selected nucleus of supportive ‘worker bees.’ Their selection and training would have only one end: to support the ‘wonderful’ elitist world that these monstrous antagonists of God hope to build for themselves.

We can also now better understand the ramifications that would have occurred immediately had Adam and Eve also eaten of the Tree of Life. Absent would have been the constraint of all moral restrictions, having been loosened forever as the result of having already eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge of ‘good’ and ‘evil.’

The Bible grants us an insight into this view as we read about the pre-flood world that grew following the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden. Within some hundreds of years later, this world had degenerated morally of its own accord. Then, following interference by those angelic beings that God had instructed to watch over mankind, our women had consorted with them sexually, and the result was straight out of some insanely twisted, pornographic horror movie.

This illegal cohabitation of fallen angels with our women produced all types of hybrids, malformed creatures, including manlike beings of gigantic stature. The ancient Hebraic record, which includes some books not included in the KJV/NKJ Bible, suggests that some of the hybrids were cannibals.

As well, the fallen angelic beings are alleged to have taught mankind the design and making of weapons, the art of warfare, and a host of unGodly skills and practices.

There is a tendency for some to lay blame on the watchers and then the resulting hybrids, but man was not an unwilling participant. And so, when I look at the Godlessness of these ‘New Order’ aspirations, I draw a distinct parallel. The nature of ‘Fallen Man’ has not changed. Nor will it when it is ruled by denial of God. There can only be merit, that is, earned redemption and eternal life for those who, voluntarily ending their denial of God within the repentant brokenness of a contrite heart, call upon the name of Jesus Messiah: “Jesus…Save me!”

Mankind has no right, nor was it ever God’s intent that we should attempt to alter the divinity of the physiological stamp of the DNA that he placed within our flesh, denoting His ownership of our species.

As I type, there are those who have already altered our innate and physical being by alteration of the genome of our DNA. They are earning themselves a terrible condemnation. For truly, this is the work of Satan, who wishes every vestige of the existence of God within mankind and mankind itself to be obliterated.

Scripture teaches that now, in these last days of the passing of the church age, these creatures will re-emerge. And re-emerging they are. Experiments fusing human DNA with mice and other animals are presently producing another day of strange hybrid creatures. It is something out of a science fiction novel but is actually happening in our day and age! And it revisits the pre-flood world, exactly.

Scripture also warns us of the reemergence of demons and the loosing of the fallen angels, who are presently bound.

I read recently that governments are now providing huge sums to facilitate further experimentation of this type. Amazing, isn’t it that so many major ‘achievements’ of this passing world compliment the Word of God exactly.

THE REIGN OF THE KING OF KINGS & LORD OF LORDS:

Hebrews 1:2

“But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”

God decreed that his Son would be appointed the heir to His created world. And when Jesus returns to judge the nations, He will remain to rule the planet Earth. The earth is to be renewed as occurred through the Flood of Noah. A cleansing is to occur until the earth is restored by God to the pristine glory that existed before our temptation and fall.

Note specifically that this verse is acknowledgment that God created the world of man, including the planet itself, through and with Jesus. Thereby we see that as a living ‘entity’ and part of God Himself, Jesus has always existed within the Godhead of the holy Trinity.

We should further remember that the Garden has not been destroyed. It is hidden from us. Man is, in his fallen state, forbidden to re-enter it.

DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH IN THESE LAST DAYS:

What about those institutions we presently call ‘church’?

Not all, but much of it has been claimed by the world.

The denominational church has become weak unto death. Torn apart by heresy and false pastoring, it leads myriad congregations toward eternal death. Much of it, too much, refuses to teach a literal Scripture. Applying that foul adage from the Garden, Did God really say…?’ (Genesis 3:1).

From the allegory of Plato to the pompous pride of men, the denominations have attempted to create, like the ancient King Nebuchadnezzar, another, Bel, a God to suit their own image of ‘how God should be.’

Their ‘success’ can be measured by the eager willingness of converts and congregates to both venerate and worship both strange flesh and idolatrous imagery. The bile also rises in my craw as a physiological reaction every time I hear someone addressed as ‘holy father.’ No one is holy – not one of flesh. Rather, in terms of unholiness, some reign supreme. Even Jesus, while on Earth and in this world, would not claim holiness, allowing holiness only to the person of God the Father.

GOD MUST CONFORM TO US, OR ELSE HE IS UNWANTED, DENIED AND HATED.

We live in the ‘church age,’ but alas, that which the apostles bound in Jesus’ name was long ago seized. False doctrine and dogma are widely manifest within the institution of the denominational churches. These are often exemplified by ritual, special prayers, and incantations that they say are necessary for you to both understand God and to find Jesus. And, of course, He can only be found through your religious affiliation and commitment. We find then that through the ‘church age,’ vast congregations have been given a series of steps they must take and hoops they must jump through if they are to claim their reconciliation with God in a way that will lead to eternal life.

Among the worst manifestations of such practices is claiming specificity of the ‘levels’ of Heavens and convincing congregates that they can earn their way through them with money and expensive gifted donations.

I don’t need to name them. You know them already by their diseased ‘fruit.’

Within 200 years of the deaths of the last of the apostles, most of them, as predicted by Jesus, having died violently, the legacy of Jesus had been adulterated and the church infiltrated by usurpers. That’s another story and not a particularly happy one.

We who attempt to live through Jesus today still see and experience its foul fruit.

FALSE TEACHERS:

False teachers are instantly recognizable by their pride, arrogance, and preoccupation with power, often through which great personal wealth can be extracted. They are murderers of true faith and killers of hope.

To Whom It May Well Concern: Scripture portends that ‘a special reckoning is reserved and promised for you.’

Even the Commandments of God are not sacred to your machinations as you even endorse abortion and succumb to the world view of homosexuality as a lifestyle of sinless domesticity. You even proclaim your own pleasure in your relationship as you read holy writ from a pulpit that was dedicated to God.

2 Timothy 3:5

“Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”

1 Timothy 4:1-3

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”

The Apostle Paul warned of these days: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth” (2 Tim 4:3-4).

These verses speak as a blasting klaxon to warn us against those ‘great pretenders.’ The appearance of godliness is good for business and creates, in the eyes of others, community stature and prestige. Yet, clergy have been convicted of the most heinous of felonies.

Dear LORD, how these verses so well describe modern denominationalism in all its panoply of self-gestated glorification! The white chemise of purity worn to the skin is covered by the royal purple of ‘princes’ to denote rank and status. Many would be more appropriately garbed cloaked in the coal-black robes of mourning and death.

Though all such sin can be repented and thus forgiven, to see the pulpit occupied by the unrepentant themselves breaks the heart of a true believer.

THE ONLY WAY HOME:

Acts 3:19

“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out.”

– There is no other path to God but through Jesus, the Son of God.

– There is no gospel other than the purity of which was taught by Jesus.

– You cannot ‘cherry-pick’ the Scriptures for devious ends.

And contrary to the derisive question and statement made by Satan, ‘God did say what He said.’ And God does mean everything in every syllable of His holy Word.’ And that Word must be read literally and be taken in its entirety for its truths to be revealed to us.

And even that, through a humble spirit, a contrite heart, and much, much, prayer.

John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

And yet, in the face of great adversity and all kinds of personal hardship, the ever-diminishing brotherhood of true pastors, those true to God, themselves, and to God’s Word, still lead ever-smaller congregations homeward.

Thanks be to God!

PREPARE:

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

“In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”

– Everyone will have had the opportunity to know God.

– Ignorance based on denial or derision will not save you.

Hebrews 1:1-2

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”

WHEN AND WHERE DID JESUS TELL HIS DISCIPLED APOSTLES WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN THE LAST DAYS BEFORE THIS WORLD WILL BE SWEPT AWAY?

The setting for Jesus’ great sermon about the last days was the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem, where He sat with His disciples overlooking the temple and its attendant buildings. In this context, the disciples asked,

“Tell us, … when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3).

– It was in response to this question that Jesus laid out the basic moral and spiritual course of the world, right up to His return.

So “Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.

Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

“There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains” (verses 4–8).

False christs? Wars? Rumors of wars? Nation rising against nation? Famine? Pestilence? Earthquakes?

How could it be that …

– centuries before the invention of the printing press, through which millions and millions of Bibles have been produced to teach people about the true Christ;

– centuries before the League of Nations or its successor, the United Nations;

– centuries before great advances in irrigation and agriculture;

– centuries before vaccines;

– centuries before all these things that make today’s life (allegedly) so much better

Jesus, seeing past all these achievements, could nevertheless describe the sad state of current human affairs?

Amazing! Beyond comprehension within the minute limitations of our wit.

Jesus swept away the notion that, over time, as humanity gains more knowledge, more experience, more maturity, it would ‘eternally’ better itself. That is a utopian ideal straight from the maw of Satan, and it leads through arrogant pride, directly to Hell. In those few words, Jesus described that notion for the utter rubbish it was then and remains today.

THE BEGINNING OF BIRTH PAINS:

These things Jesus warned about, however, were just “the beginning of birth pains.” He then described the persecution His followers would face: betrayal, hatred, apostasy and death. Anyone familiar with not only history but also the situations Christians face today in many lands knows how true Jesus’ words were and remain.

Nothing Jesus said gives any indication that humanity will progress morally or spiritually. On the contrary, “because of the increase of wickedness,” He said, “the love of most will grow cold” (verse 12).

Jesus said that just prior to His return, the human condition will worsen.

Then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again” (verse 21).

Tribulation will be worse than anything the world has seen before in its history of calamity, wars, floods and famine.

Jesus pointed to the Flood, using it as a comparison to the last days.

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man” (verses 37–39).

Before the Flood, “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain” (Genesis 6:5-6).

The ‘First Day’ is the beginning of light and physical time.

Gen 49:1 “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.”

Isaiah 2:2 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.”

Act 2:17 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”

2Peter 3:3 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts…”

LAST DAYS CONTRASTED WITH THE ‘LAST DAY’:

The last day is the end of physical time as we presently know it. However, the ‘last day’ also denotes the beginning of eternal time set for the new Earth.

The Bible speaks of a future last day (singular) with only one meaning.

John 11:24 “Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.'”

John 12:48 “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”

John 5:28-29 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”

John 6:39 “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”

John 6:40 “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.

John 6:54 “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

Jesus uses this term, last day, in these verses in the singular, indicating a last day, not last days.

There are several things that Jesus declares will occur on this last day:

– the resurrection of those that believe on Jesus, that He may give them everlasting life, according to His Father’s will.

– the resurrection (for) judgment of those that reject Jesus and receive not His words (John 12:48)

WHEN IS THE LAST DAY?

Matthew 24:36 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

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And so ends this series. I have prayed on it, shed a tear over it, and felt angst as I described those apostates and heretics who have tried and continue to attempt to drag us with them to Hell.

If, through the Holy Spirit touching them, even one new reader venturing upon our website is led to brokenness and contrition, then I am content. And in concert with the many faithful scribes who regularly contribute to the same purpose, I know this to echo our shared hope.

To all new readers,

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, reach out to you this day and convict your soul, that your eyes may, at last, be opened on this, the last day of your denial!”

Maranatha,

Denis Bowden

denisjbowden@gmail.com

This concludes the six-part series, “Eyes Wide-Closed.”

Delusions That Defy Common Sense :: By Dr. Donald Whitchard

Summary: The world system and all who live by it apart are deluded by both the devil and their own depraved minds. They believe they have everything figured out and can live without the intervention of God Almighty. Scripture proves otherwise.

The apostle Paul told the church at Corinth that there is a time to put away childish things and assume the maturity and responsibility expected of an adult or mature young person (1 Corinthians 13:11).

The time comes for everyone to grow up and realize that the world and all you know does not revolve around you, nor cares if what you say or think about a situation gets you somehow “offended” or “bent out of shape,” and you go on a social media tirade to complain about it. Childish behavior is not only tolerated here in America, but it demands that we bend to its point of view or suffer the consequences in one form or another. This is immaturity at its worst within the mental and emotional realm. It is a dangerous form of delusion that will end up crippling if not destroying the mind, the body, and the soul.

Common sense, as well as the Bible, shows that this world, no matter how optimistic or hopeful one’s outlook on life might be, is not going as it should. Even the most skeptical among us will have to admit that what we see, hear, and experience cannot have begun in such a dismal and reckless state. Somewhere on the road of history, something went wrong in our development and character, and we have exchanged potential, goodness, nobility, and foresight into a cesspool of adversity, heartache, confusion, and just plain evil behavior.

We can place the blame on our “evolutionary development” but cannot explain the degenerate lack of moral and ethical standards we should now possess and have brought to a level of brilliance over time.

Darwin and his cronies forgot to put the concept of absolute right and wrong into the DNA of our “ancestors,” whom artists and scientists portray as a cross between a trained chimpanzee and Fred Flintstone. It seems to me that skeptical anthropologists, as well as many man-centered egotistical scientists, have made us believe that we are a bunch of “yabba-dabba dorks” with no real sense of why we are even here and what difference we make in the progression of civilization.

What I am pointing out is that when people throw God out of their lives, plans, thoughts and deeds and ignore the offer of salvation given to us through the Lord Jesus Christ, they delude themselves with every kind of excuse or lame reason for not wanting to submit to Him. They think that in their own minds and actions, they will be able to somehow make everything right with whatever deity might be lurking in the afterlife, if they believe in it at all. We will accept any method we can to make life bearable and tranquil as long as it does not involve God or what He demands of us.

Ironically, it is this kind of delusional behavior that is mentioned in the Word of God (Romans 1:18-23), and I will use His Word to show the types of delusional behavior people generate for themselves as it applies to life and the life beyond.

1) The first instance of delusional behavior was initiated in the minds of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the perfect paradise where all was peaceful… tranquil. They had everything they could ever want, including a pure, loving relationship with God. There was just one place in the Garden where it was off-limits, and to go against God’s decree would mean death and disfellowship.

Read the story, and you will see that despite the blessings they had, the serpent (Satan) convinced them that it was not enough to obey God, but that He was holding out on them by not giving them the ability to be as God on an equal level. Satan had them believing that God was not being truthful with them and really wouldn’t carry out His decree for just a moment or two of carnal pleasure on their part, right? We all know how that turned out. Sinful behavior does not and never has brought anyone fullness of life, and we have paid the price of rebellion and sin since then, becoming enemies of God (Genesis 3:5-6; Psalm 58:3; Matthew 15:8; Ephesians 4:18).

2) We can be deluded into thinking that our nationality and citizenship is the key to salvation. It was not too long ago that most citizens of America considered themselves Christians simply because they lived in a country that was based on Judeo-Christian principles (almost all the Founding Fathers were Christian or had a strong faith in God despite what some history textbooks have said). This concept is nothing new, as the people of Israel thought that since they had been chosen by God to be a blessing to the world (Genesis 12:1-4) over the centuries, surely they were in good stead with Him even if their lifestyle was as reprobate as the pagan Gentiles in the land. The Pharisees believed that their law, observances, rituals, and traditions were acceptable in God’s sight and that they were assured of salvation.

John the Baptist corrected this mindset (Matthew 3:9) and opened many people’s eyes to the fact that citizenship in a country is no guarantee of citizenship in heaven, which is only made possible by the mercy and grace of God (Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9).

3) Not only are citizenship and other factors a reason that a lot of people are deluded into thinking that all is good between them and God, but they’re also deluded by the idea that a lot of repetitions and rote prayers are the way to please God, which is nothing but a form of works. Nothing we do in our own strength will make us right with God, no matter how pious or “holy” we may look or believe. This is one reason I personally do not like to have anyone “repeat the sinner’s prayer” or some other method of securing a “conversion.” They may only be doing so as an exercise or to get rid of you for pressuring them to “make a decision” that leads to a false sense of security and salvation (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 18:9-14).

Again, the Pharisees were an example of this type of religious ritual and were condemned for it by the Lord Jesus (Matthew 6:7). Prayer is an honest, reverent, and intimate time of talking with God – nothing more, nothing less. It is a privilege and blessing, not some repetitious action that goes nowhere.

4) Probably the most tragic delusion is that people believe they have plenty of time to get things squared away with God or to respond to the Gospel. How many people have ended up in hell because they put off the most important decision of their lives? A notable example is where the apostle Paul, who is imprisoned for preaching about Jesus and the resurrection and is in the custody of Felix, a local Roman governor and nobleman. Paul had told Felix and his court about Jesus and His sacrifice for sins on the cross and that salvation is made possible by Him alone. Felix heard the Gospel but never embraced it, citing that he would wait until a “more convenient season” to hear Paul again (Acts 24:22-27). There would be no season for Felix, and Paul would linger in the prison for another two years.

Jesus told the parable about the rich farmer with a huge harvest who told himself that all was right in his life, until God required his soul that very day. He died unprepared and lost in his thoughts that he had all the time in the world (Luke 12:13-21).

Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). There is no guarantee of tomorrow, and you cannot borrow extra minutes to change anything (James 4:13-17). Once you’re dead, you are either in heaven or hell (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15). You don’t get a “do-over” or “second chance.” There are other deluded behaviors and stunts people pull in this life to either avoid, compromise, or make some kind of “deal” with the Sovereign LORD God Almighty that contain everything but the confession of sin, the cry for forgiveness, and the surrender of their life to the Lord Jesus Christ as the Scriptures command (Romans 10:9-10).

I pray that those of you reading this message are not in the categories that I have listed and that your life, mind, and heart are truly redeemed by the Lord Jesus. Don’t fool yourselves into thinking that you can save yourself. That is a delusion that will end in eternal tragedy. Come to Christ today.

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