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The Coming Judgement

Arise (Joseph), and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. – Matthew 2:20-23.

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” – Isaiah 7:14-15. Within our own walks of faith, as our understanding of the Gospel grows, we also, should be learning to refuse the evil, and choose the good. As we learn to let go of our lusts, passions, and desires, we begin letting go of the old man as we put more of our trust in the LORD God. It isn’t the easiest thing to do. The LORD tells us this in Luke 5:39, “No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.” Let us expand more on something stated about the Church in the Book of Acts. “For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.” Let us look at the original word Nazarite in Hebrew.

The word Nazarite means, to separate, that is, consecrated as a prince or a Nazarite: to hold aloof, to distant ourselves, to withdraw, abstain from food and drink, from impurity, and even from divine worship (that is, apostatize); specifically to set apart to sacred purposes, that is, devote: – consecrate, separate self. Now my friends, take this Biblical journey of discovery with me, as we go deep into the Word of GOD.

We are told this by Paul in the Book of Galatians, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:14-23.

Let us now look at only one word from above, uncleanness. We will look at the original word first and then the root from which the word is derived from.

The word uncleanness means, impurity (the quality), physically or morally, as well as profligate living, imprudent, reckless, irresponsible, prodigal. Let us now go further into the translation as we look at the root of this word.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14-18. Come out of her, my friends.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Preparation Of The Gospel Of Peace

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. – Ephesians 6:12-18.

My friends, take hold of the Covenant, by passing between two pieces of flesh. We are to exchange one for the other. Each time that we let go of something in this life, it allows that much more of the Spirit to occupy our temples. “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from Heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1-4.,

“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-11.

“For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:13-21.

Remember Lot’s Wife? Don’t look back. “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” – Luke 17:33-36. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” – Isaiah 53:3. Strive to enter in at the straight gate. Forget those things which are behind, letting go, and reach forth unto those things which are before. Take up your cross daily, as we follow after the LORD together.

Review the following my friends, The Parable Of The Poor Widow. “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” – Hebrews 10:5.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Abomination Of Desolation

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. – Luke 13:35. Read that verse once again. Read it until you have committed it memory. That is only one scripture of many that tells us the simplicity that is Christ. Yet, will you believe it? Now… as it is staring you directly in the face, simply believe it… We live in a world where the Scripture has been misunderstood and misinterpreted, put simply, by a whole bunch of people who have no fear of GOD.

In a post titled, The Tendency of Modern Christianity, we expanded on the vanity of man from the pages of Ecclesiastes. It may be a good place to begin your journey there. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 8, “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.” Looking at the Scripture in a whole, how can the LORD be a sanctuary without being your fear and your dread? What is it that you fear the most? Take a moment, and really consider the question. Is it, fear of the unknown? Is it, fear of somebody or something? What about the fear of death? When you fully begin walking with the LORD, the fear and power of death have no foothold within you. Neither, does the fear of what is in this world.

During the ministry of the Apostles, after Christ’s death, simply by reading the Book of Acts, we see that at that time, death had no power over them either. So what is different about today? “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” – Isaiah 29:13. Would you like to understand the Bible when reading it? Would you like to lie down in green pastures and drink from the fountain of living waters every time you enter in?

Begin this journey with me through the Living Word as we swim through the Old and New Testament, comparing Spiritual with Spiritual, and discover Mystery Babylon. Below is a playlist of approximately twelve hours that builds line upon line and layer after layer. Take a walk through the Word with me.

Now my friends, in the plainest words possible I will explain the building within the final few videos within this playlist. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” – Matthew 24:15-21.

In this “modern” world we are taught about what I will refer to as the “rapture.” In laymen’s terms, it is not as described. There are not hundreds, thousands, or millions of people that are going to be taken away from what is to unfold before our very eyes shortly. When you as a follower of Christ, or as one who is going before (striving to become what we once were), once you can “see,” “hear,” and understand that humanity is the abomination of desolation, we are to fully let go of everything within this world. This is kind of symbolic of the final boarding call before the “crap hits the fan,” so to speak. This is our last chance to get sealed before the Great Tribulation begins. We, as followers of Jesus Christ are to fully let go, put our full faith in Him alone, and forsake everything in this world. We are to separate, isolate, and be very desolate. We are to take our flight to the mountains and dwell with the Father in Spirit. If you are still holding on to things in this world, NOW is the time to let go. Because, if you aren’t sealed to be a witness, you are free game for all that will unfold. You will be playing with a loaded deck stacked against you. And, unfortunately, there is no certainty of what tomorrow will bring.

Because, if your flight is in the winter or during the “storm,” you are still subject to all that will be unfolding. I am aware that most (the world) have no clue what is coming. There are less of us that know who we are and what we did, but never grasped abstinence. Beyond that are those who have grasped abstinence but haven’t fully let go of the world. And the purification within us came grinding to a halt. Either the cares of this world, distractions, etc., or the fear of those around us caused us to stop walking it out. “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” – Hebrews 10:38. There is no arrival. There is no end game. There is no moment that we get to relax and say, I am done. We have to fully commit to not loving our lives unto death. “Not as though I had already obtained, or were already made perfect, this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” How long did Paul walk with the LORD? Are we somehow better than he is? Are we somehow different?

It doesn’t end with knowing a truth, or portions of the truth. It doesn’t end with knowing the way or portions of the way. It is a daily battle and it is a daily struggle. “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23. And, as I am continually pushing the one most important thing as we are understanding these things, I will do so, even now. “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:19-20. There is no place in Heaven for the man who isn’t teaching men so. I began this journey with the Father with only one thought. I would rather be down here figuring it all out, sharing what I know to be true, while I am still letting go of my flesh with it’s lusts passions and desires, then to have no chance at all. As the days push forward, there is less of the old self here, and more of what the Father is filing me with.

“No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” “And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.” If your desire is still the old man, you aren’t being filled with the new.

Even Paul, after years, tells us about his own personal struggles. “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” – Romans 7:21-25. Are we perfect? Will any of us, while we are still here in the flesh, prior to receiving our perfected bodies, ever be? Paul had to rebuke Peter for doing something wrong. People make mistakes. I have three kids at home. I am quick to admit my faults. Why? Because I know that the LORD sees right through it all, down to our very heart. To my dear friends who are still struggling, what is the life? What is the light of life? How are we to walk in the light of life, if our lights aren’t shining before men? No man can serve two masters, my friends.

Now, as the following has more than one meaning, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Consider, what happens the very moment that the Spirit fills your temple… “And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

If Any Man Thirst Let Him Come Unto Me And Drink

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.  Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is The Prophet. – John 7:37-40.

Six Free Christianity eBooks

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What If We Were Angels?

Why is the Book of Jude in the New Testament? What does it matter what happened to the angels roughly 6000 years ago? What does Jesus say on this subject? What did He know, that we are all unaware of?

The Bible Unveiled – Who Are We? Where Do We Come From?

Understand one of life’s biggest questions and how profound it truly is. Jesus taught us the Truth to this world, and the answers to everything are located within His Words.

Crucified At Golgotha

Calvary or Golgotha simply means, “The place of a skull.” Paul was teaching something very specific on the place where Jesus Christ was crucified. Let’s see what it was.

Are You Following The Commandments of Jesus Christ?

Here, we will begin to understand what Jesus meant when He said, I am the Way. This is one of the mysteries that surrounds full repentance, and after you have fully grasped who we truly are.

Jesus, Abstinence, & The Bible

Let us walk as Jesus walked, together. As we grow in Him, we learn to do as He did, and become how He was. He is the same today, yesterday, and forever. We should choose to become like Him through everything.

About My Father’s Business

As we draw near to the Lord, He has drawn near to us. After we have understood certain Gospel Principles, we are given a very specific task: “Feed my sheep,” and “Preach the Gospel to every creature.” Have you answered that call?

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6:63.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Workers Together With Christ

For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. – 1 Corinthians 3:9-10. I have considered this Chapter in 1 Corinthians and considered the following verses as well.

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. Let us consider the following video…

Even after Jesus’s death, there were descensions within the body of Christ. Consider Paul having to rebuke Peter for fearing those of the circumcision while teaching the Gentiles (Galatians 2). And, this was many years after Paul began his ministry. Peter walked for years with the LORD, and wasn’t without fault. Let is now consider Apollos. “And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.” – Acts 18:24-26.

As followers together of Jesus Christ, we all have a part to contribute. We all have our own work to do. “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” – Ephesians 4:13-16. If we aren’t contributing our portion, even the greater portion of ourselves, we will inevitably fall short at the last day.

““Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.” Consider… your eternal lives my friends. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift up A Banner

The Good Shepherd – A Year Of New Beginnings

What is the New Testament? It is the Higher Law of the Old Testament personified in Jesus Christ. We are His workmanship, personified through Him. “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” – John 10:11-14.

My friends, sit down at the table with me as we break bread, together. “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:35-40.

Previously we have looked at the meaning of the “name” of Jesus Christ. We will quickly review it now. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” – John 3:17-21. Below, we will look at the root meaning of the word name, as well as deeds.

During the ministry of the Messiah, He was teaching in a way that convicted down to the very soul. He was even crucified for it. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was a perfect seed. Here is something to consider from Cornell University, “Though placentas support the fetus and mother, it turns out that the organ grows according to blueprints from dad.” As we know about the differences between Genesis 1 and 2, Jesus had to come from the line of Adam and had to be “wrought of the Spirit,” hence, a perfect seed. Although born in the likeness of sinful flesh, he had to learn to choose the good and refuse the evil. “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.”

I can picture Jesus growing up looking at the world around Him, constantly making tough decisions. I am confident that many of the choices that He made were very difficult. Things in this world have an appeal to them, a luster about them, an appetizing enticement. It is the same for us today. “And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.” Now, to get back to the words that we just looked at the meanings of; as Jesus learned to choose the good, He began a work within Himself that gave Him authority and a certain character. Remember brothers and sisters, “they that are in the flesh, cannot please GOD.” He learned to refuse the evil. He learned to refuse the flesh. I can also picture the days pushing forward, choosing the good, and how with each “act” that He was making, He was being led to the greater Good. His “deeds” were truly wrought in GOD. 

Let us now consider something that Jesus said to Peter concerning the matter. “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” “They that are in the flesh, cannot please GOD.” Knowing that in the flesh, we are of our father the devil, let us now consider Paul’s words to the Ephesians. “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation (our behavior, to live, to busy oneself) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” As each one of us are considering our decisions in life, we have our own difficult decisions to make. We have to learn to choose the good over the evil. In the beginning, it may be as simple as rated R movies, which leads to no movies, and no television. Each step into the “good” leads to that which is better. As we continue our walk into that which is better, we begin to abhor those things that we thought were ok. We start growing in the Spirit, and begin to have His authority and character about us.

Let us now tie it together with John 6:40 and those which “seeth the Son.” “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” We will look at the meaning of seeth and walk it back to the root.

As we have seen, Jesus had to learn to choose the good over the evil. We also need to learn to be a spectator in this world, as we continue each day to choose that which is better. As we are walking with the LORD in Spirit, we experience those things that He also went through. We begin to have more discernment with our spiritual eyes and with our understanding. We begin taking heed to the promptings within us as we learn each day to crucify more of our flesh, with it’s lusts, passions, and desires, as we draw closer to the Father, forsaking all else. As we are doing so, more of His will becomes present within us and then, we understand this fully: “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” We also, as followers of Jesus Christ begin laying our lives down just as He did for the needs and well being of others. We begin to teach. We begin to preach. We begin to loathe that which is evil, wanting nothing but the better, willing to sacrifice every bit of ourselves in the furtherance of the Gospel, even to the point of death.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” My prayer is a simple one this day. As one who has faith in the authority and character of Jesus Christ, my hope is that you will believe on Him and be persuaded by what we all have beheld here this day.

May the truthfulness of the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ find it’s way into your heart, and into your soul, my dear friends. What is the New Testament? It is the Higher Law of the Old Testament personified in Jesus Christ. We are His workmanship, personified through Him.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Where The Spirit Speaks

For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. – Isaiah 56:4-8.

There have been many times within my own life where I have believed that my accomplishments were a thing of value as if I had arrived somewhere. Now, I understand this completely, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” From an early age, we learn about values, education, and what matters in this life. What if, just what if, everything that we had grown to understand, was a lie? No, really. I do mean everything. “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” – Philippians 3:7-11.

As a new day begins, as the light shines forth out of darkness, listen for the stillness amidst the chaos. The very foundations of the heavens and earth may shake, but our faith in GOD stands.

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?” – 1 Kings 19:11-13. The following video will add a depth of knowledge and understanding that leaves me in awe of the LORD God. I pray that He blesses you as He continues to bless me. Before doing so, consider the following from Isaiah 33, “Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?”

Into The Fire – The Fire Is Winter’s Fruit – The Tower, The Wound, The Walk

After a video such as this, I have no other words my friends. Keep seeking Him, and Him only.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

A Not So Merry Christmas

When the Messiah blessed us all with His presence roughly 2000 years ago, He came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, knowing what He was about to face. I can hardly even imagine being able to keep it together. Within my life, and especially these last couple of years, everything within me has changed. I have sought after the very heart of the LORD, and I have found that which was lost. When Jesus returns the second time, it will be very different. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” – Revelation 19:11-16.

Wouldn’t it be wise to know what we all did that would require His death as a perfect sacrifice, and to know why He is returning with vengeance upon His Second coming? “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” – Psalm 51:7-13.

Would one have to know the way, the truth, and the life? Jesus did tell us that no man comes to the Father but by Him. Do you know the way? What about the truth? Where does our life come from? Is it simply believing in any water downed version of Jesus Christ that is being taught to the masses these days? Or, is there much, much more to it? Is there a once saved, always saved Jesus? Why does Paul tell us this, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Why does the Bible tell us that the LORD God is not a respecter of persons? “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.” – Romans 2:13-15. Does that even make sense to you?

What is the way again? Why did Jesus say that He was the Truth? Why does the Bible say, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Do you KNOW the Word of GOD? To know the Word, means that you know Jesus. Have you been born again? Have you been converted and become as little children? Is your only desire to please the LORD, and to serve Him? Question after question, yet where am I going? Well, prepare yourselves. As a servant, you sit in the last chair, at the lowest table. As a servant, you take no claim to fame, nor seek anything of yourself. As a servant, you are not asking for donations. As a servant, all glory goes to the LORD God, the Author and Finisher of our faith. For He alone is worthy, and none of us are good, not even one.

“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.”

Below is an eight part playlist (with potentially more to come) with roughly six hours of Biblical truth, layer after layer, built upon one foundation, with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. Take a journey of discovery with me, as we consider 1 Peter: “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

“In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death. A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.” “Whoso despiseth the Word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.  The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” Some of the things that I have come to understand, have come at a great cost. Especially some of the more recent ones. For my dear brethren and friends, in whom I esteem above myself…

“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:19. Where is the place in Heaven for the man who isn’t teaching men so? “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” – Matthew 6:21-23. “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16.

“But he that had received one (talent) went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.” “Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:” – Matthew 25. Remember, the parable of the sower, specifically the seed that was sown amidst the thorns. The cares of the world and the distractions of life came in and the thorns choked out the Word, bearing no fruit. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”

As one who is very familiar with breaking the words down for deeper meaning, we already have all that we need, dear friends. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words THAT I SPEAK TO YOU, they are spirit, and they are life.” “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.”

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity.”

Car 54 Where Are You???

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Mystery Babylon – The Mark – The Seal And The 144000

To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty (prudence and caution) to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:2-7.

I can make great speeches and tell long tales. Yet, if I have no wisdom, I have no understanding. I can lead a man to waters and tell him to drink. Yet, if I give him no vessel in which to draw out the water, his gasping stays the same. A man who believes that he is something when he is not is a fool before the eyes of the LORD. To fear the LORD brings discretion and judgment. And knowledge of guilt leads to repentance

Below is a very brief trailer for two Scriptural videos that follow. If it intrigues you or causes you to raise an eyebrow, stick around and watch both videos. It’s less than two hours and thirty minutes of your time.

The Mark Of The Beast – The Seal And The 144000 – Mystery Babylon And The Servants (Trailer)

The Mark Of The Beast – The Seal And The 144000 – Mystery Babylon And The Servants – Full Presentation

Part Two – The 144,000 & The Remnant – The Locusts – The Dead In Christ

Within the Old Testament we learn of the story of Lot and his wife. Most of us are probably aware of the story. Looking back, she was turned into a pillar of salt. We see that she was still holding onto things in the world, unable to fully let them go. We are taught in this moment, a very valuable lesson. Jesus parallels this within His teachings. As we consider the angel of the LORD taking Lot by the hand, and leading him out of the city, he is told, “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.” Jesus says the same things to his followers in Luke chapter 9.

“And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Is the LORD leading you and taking you by the right hand, pleading with you to flee Babylon? Is He teaching you in the paths of knowledge and discretion? Are you beginning to understand the meaning of forsaking all that you have? Let us now consider the word’s of Paul. “I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”

Now, let’s tie it into the last video that we just looked at and consider Joel 2. “A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.” – Joel 2:3.

“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?” – Joel 2:12-14.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Shrouded Message From Adam To Jesus

Within the names of the lineage from Adam to Jesus, there is a “hidden” message from our Father in Heaven. Many are aware of the one from Adam to Noah. Very few are aware of the symphony, from The Beginning to End. As expected, we will look deep at the blessing that the LORD God has bestowed upon us, and read what the Father has given us. For anyone questioning whether the Bible is true, this should cast out any shadow of a doubt. I pray that this blesses you in this very unsettled world.

Man is appointed mortal sorrow but the blessed GOD shall come down teaching, His death shall bring the despairing comfort and rest. A Name Renown, a Name that is Known. A Healer, sending righteousness and goodness, to cross over the river. He is a Friend. He is a Shepherd, A BRANCH. He is a Light and a Lamp, breathing out, on a place in the desert. He is a Father of many nations, a Seed forever, He will rejoice to follow; to Supplant. My affliction, GOD hath heard; Behold a Son. I AM hated; GOD hath heard. My Husbandman is joined to Me. I will praise Jehovah. GOD has decided for me. For GOD is my Judge. With wrestling, I have wrestled with GOD, struggled. A troop is coming. I am pronounced happy and blessed. GOD hath given Me My hire, My reward will come. GOD hath endowed Me with a Good Dowry; a Dwelling of Honor. GOD hath gathered up My reproach. He will add to Me; increase. A Son for thee. A Son of the Right Hand. I praise Jehovah. Breach, Burst forth, and Divide, from the walled city; The Exalted One on High; whose kinsman are noble. He foretells, Peace! Strength is within Him. A Servant. A Gift from GOD. A Beloved one of Peace, who sets the people free. My Father GOD; GOD is my Father, my Healer, my Physician. GOD hath judged. GOD is exalted. My strength and power is of the LORD. He hath helped me. The LORD is Perfect, my Possessor. GOD strengthens, for one that hath forgotten. He is My Protector; My Teacher; My Builder. GOD heals. GOD hath established. I asked of GOD. I was sown in Babylon. My Father is Majesty; to be Praised! God will establish; raise up a Helper, Just and Righteous. He will establish judgement. My praise is to GOD. GOD hath helped Me. He is My Help. A Gift; Hope of the Lord, to follow, Supplant. God hath gathered up my reproach; He will add; increase. He is our Deliverer, our Savior.

Adam ~ Man
Seth ~ Appointed
Enos ~ Mortal
Cainan ~ Sorrow
Mahalaleel ~ The Blessed God
Jared ~ Shall Come Down
Enoch ~ Teaching
Methuselah ~ His death shall bring
Lamech ~ The Despairing
Noah ~ Comfort and Rest
Shem ~ Name Renown; name
known
Arphaxed ~ A healer
Salah ~ Sending Righteousness
and goodness

Eber ~ To cross over
Peleg ~ A River
Reu ~ A friend; A Shepherd
Serug ~ A BRANCH
Nahor ~ (Naa) Lamp (-or) Light
Terah~ To breath out; a place in the desert
Abraham ~ A Father of Many Nations
Isaac ~ A Seed forever; He will rejoice
Jacob ~ To Follow; To supplant
Reuben ~ My Affliction God hath heard; behold a son
Simeon ~ I am hated; God has heard
Levi ~ My husbandman is joined to me
Judah ~ I praise Jehovah
Dan ~ God has decided for me; God is my judge
Nephtali ~ With wrestling; God I have wrestled; struggled

Gad ~ A troop is coming
Asher ~ I am pronounced happy: Blessed
Issachar ~ God hath given me my hire: my reward will come
Zebulun ~ God hath endowed me a good dowry; a dwelling of
honor
Joseph ~ God hath gathered up my reproach; He will add;
increase
Benjamin ~ A son for thee; A son of the right hand

Judah ~ I praise Jehovah
Pharez ~ Breach; Burst forth; Divide
Hezron ~ From the walled City
Ram ~ Exalted; High one
Amminadab ~ My kinsman are noble
Nahshon ~ He foretells
Salmon~ Peace
Boaz ~ Strength is within him
Obed ~ Servant
Jesse ~ Gift of God
David ~ Beloved one
Solomon ~ Peace

Rehoboam ~ Who sets the people free
Abijah ~ My Father God; God is my Father
Asa ~ My healer; my physician
Jehoshaphat ~ God hath Judged
Joram ~ God is exalted
Uzziah ~ My strength and power is the Lord; He helped me
Jotham ~ The Lord is perfect
Ahaz ~ The possessor
Hezekiah ~ God strengthens
Manasseh ~ For one that has forgotten
Amon ~ He is my protector; my teacher; my builder
Josiah ~ God heals
Jeconiah ~ God hath established
Shealtiel ~ I have asked of God
Zerubbabel ~ Sown in Babylon

Abiud ~ My Father is Majesty; to be praised
Eliakim ~ God will establish; raise up
Azor ~ A helper
Sadok ~ Just and Righteous
Achim ~ will establish; judgement
Eliud ~ My praise is to God
Eleazor ~ God hath helped me; He is my help
Matthan ~ Gift; Hope of the Lord
Jacob ~ To follow; Supplant
Joseph ~ God hath gathered up my reproach; He will add;
increase
Jesus ~ Our Deliverer; Our Savior

May the blessings of the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the Almighty GOD be with you continually on the road ahead. Please consider The Gospel Of Repentance. As well as the entirety of this website. Life comes by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of GOD. The LORD is my friend. I am here to serve and to please Him only. Nothing has changed in 2000 years. He is still despised and rejected of men, a Man of Sorrows, acquainted with grief. As it was in the days of Noah, and in the days of Lot, is exactly how it is today. “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” “They that are in the flesh, cannot please GOD.”

“Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.” “I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”

Come to the Father as a child, with a heart of humility, and He won’t turn you away.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner