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Fit For The Kingdom Of Heaven?

Jesus shines a new light on many of the teachings of the Old Testament. In Proverbs 22:6, Solomon tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” In numerous places throughout the New Testament we are told by the Messiah one simple thing, “Follow me…” Let’s take His message and apply it to Proverbs. And we will add even more light to the previous post, About my Fathers business. We will be looking at Luke 9:57-62.

 “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.”

We see in these verses that they all have excuses for why they are not wanting to do as Jesus put it, “he that forsaketh not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple.” Are you holding on to possessions? Are you worried about your family? Are you spending too much time looking at and dwelling on earthly things? Are you truly letting go and giving the Lord everything that you have? I could give other examples but there is one very simple golden rule, WWJD, What Would Jesus Do? If He wouldn’t be doing it, chances are, we should be working at getting away from those things, as we draw closer to Him.

We may take time in doing so. Some things will be more difficult then others. Although, as we draw near to Him by putting our full trust in Him, He draws near to us. Let’s now look deeper at the teachings of Jesus from Luke and tie them into Proverbs 22:6. To follow the Lord means to be in the same way with, down a road, to accompany Him as His disciple. We will be looking at the original Greek here in a minute. Christ also tells us, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” As previous posts have covered in depth some of the understandings and principles of this verse, we will focus in on when Jesus says, “but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.” He tells us, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God .” Let’s look closely at the word follow and the word fit.

As we have learned or are learning the Way of Life which is Jesus Christ, we are given a very specific commandment. “Go thou and preach the kingdom of God.” As well as a warning. “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God .” The word fit means, well placed, appropriate, or meet. If we aren’t sharing His good news, who we are, what we are doing here, what He did for us, how He set us all free, and teaching the principles and the ministry of the Messiah, there is a good chance that we are still holding on to something. Because we aren’t loving our neighbor as ourselves, and showing them what the Spirit is revealing to us. As we consider Lot’s wife, we don’t know for sure why she was still holding on, but she was. It is time to let go. It is time to put our full faith and trust in the Lord God. Forsake everything. Does it truly matter what is happening in the world? Does it matter what your friends and family are doing? Don’t you just want to go home, to our Heavenly Home?

As we are letting go of our flesh, our lusts, our passions, our desires, and our wants, He fills us. As we are seeking Him, He leads us. As we spend time in His Word, He guides us. Luke 9:58 is about total abstinence. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication (sex).” See the Bible Study page, read the first three articles, watch the videos, and you will begin to understand why. Luke 9:59 is about asking for the liberty to get rid of all of the problems that you have before you go and share His Word. Why, because we are of our father the devil. Paul made it abundantly clear, “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I… O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” None of us are 100% without flaws. “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.” And Luke 9:61 is about letting go of your friends and family. “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Brethren, go and share the Good News of the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we do, we fully understand, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Or, we have the words of the Messiah to ponder once again, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Don’t be as Lot’s wife. The Lord starts with us where we are. He changes us from the inside. He will transform us by the constant renewing of our minds, “that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” As a child is molded by their parents, we are molded by the Lord. As we grow through faith, letting go, we age. As the principles, understanding, and the Spirit grow within us, we learn more and more what it means to walk in the Spirit. And we, “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God,” so that those around us may pluck and eat from the everlasting Gospel of Peace.

May you be blessed in a full understanding of the Love of God: “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

About My Fathers Business

In Hebrews 6 we are told this by Paul, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God… But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.  And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” We have put our full faith and trust in our Father in Heaven.

When we accompany Jesus as His disciple and have understood the principles of the Gospel, we then begin learning what it truly means to, walk as He walked. “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.” – 1 John 2:5-9. As a child, when we are first learning to walk, we are guided as we take our first steps. As we have gained balance within ourselves, our hands are soon let go. We may stumble, we may fall, but there is always someone there to help us get back up and try again.

And try again we do. We have learned that walking is more freeing then crawling. We are able to do more. We have accomplished something. Now we may find our hands in the cookie jar, or we are in a place where we should not be. Yet, even then, we are guided, ever so with patience. As I have learned the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and know the way, the truth, and the life, many things within me started to change. This world has no power over me anymore.

“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.” – Galatians 5:16-18. I no longer desire to see what the next big thing is in the news, or the media, or with the power of states. I may check in on occasion, yet, I find myself more and more just wanting to dwell in Him. I am learning more adequately the perfect law of liberty. “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” – James 1:25.

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48. “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.” Peter tells us this, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.” Let’s further look at these verses using the Strong’s Concordance.

We are told to be Holy in all manner of our behavior. See brethren, once we begin letting go of this world, letting go of the things that we once did, letting go of ourselves, we are only about one thing… “Know ye not that I am about my Father’s business?” We shouldn’t be arguing or complaining. We shouldn’t be worrying about that next big sale. We shouldn’t be thinking about an upcoming movie. We shouldn’t be thinking about this world at all. We are to be in the world, but not a part of it. “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.”

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Are you converted? Are you awake? Do you know the Way? Do you know the Truth? Do you know the Life? “So when they had dined (to take the principal meal, to understand the Gospel), Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Do you love the Lord God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind? Then love your neighbor as yourself and get out there spreading the Word. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” May His Love carry you wherever you go. May His Peace go before you with every step. May the everlasting Gospel make it’s way to every lost sheep.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Find Your Way Home – Jesus Christ

Jesus teaches us in the Bible certain principles. If we are to follow them, we will have life, and have it more abundantly. “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” – James 1:25-26

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” 1 John 2:3-6

We will be looking in detail at many of the Messiah’s words and comparing them with one another. We will also compare these teachings with the words of the Apostles to gain even more of an understanding. Let’s look at 1 Corinthians from Paul and then further break down what his message was in the following video.

“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:15-20

Once we gain the full understanding of the WAY and the TRUTH, and repent, we have understood the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet, even after our conversion, something far more beautiful begins to take place inside of us. We move unto perfection. “Be ye Holy, for I am Holy.” The next post will be on the Life, and the full understanding of walking as Jesus walked, and being followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.” – Hebrews 6:1

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:3-4. May the blessings of the everlasting Gospel of Peace continue to take root in your minds, in your hearts, and in your souls.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Lie down in green pastures

Wisdom Of The Spirit

As my personal growth in Biblical understanding has changed me over the years, one thing is for certain. I was not only able to find a treasure buried in a field, I was also able to have that field turn into a evergreen pasture.

“I went and found a treasure buried in a field. Which blossomed into a pasture that I graze on everywhere. And every time that I am out, I want to go back in, and when I come back out again, there is less of me even there.”

The Bible is something truly remarkable. It is awe inspiring. It literally transforms you from the inside out. As I began my journey years ago in my attempt to understand the Word of God, I felt as if I was always coming up short. I went through different churches, different teachers, and different ministers. Yet, one thing kept resounding within my heart, to the essence of my very being. “This is not it. This is not the way.” So I always fell short. I was always disappointed. I never had that peace within me that the Holy Scriptures speak about. What was it that I was missing? What was it that I wasn’t doing correctly? What mistakes were I making? The simple answer is this. I kept putting my faith and trust in man over the Lord Himself, and over His words. The Bible says, “you needn’t any man teach you.” I had a brother who I still hold dear to my heart reveal quite a bit of truths about the Word of Life. Yet even then, the Spirit kept bringing things to my mind that I would have to bring into question. So here I was again with more Biblical revelation and more Spiritual understanding then I had ever dreamed of obtaining. Although, that still, small voice continued saying to me, “this is the Way.”

My life has brought many heartaches, many disappointments, a child with disabilities, and many things that I myself lost. I suffered a stroke and a cerebral hemorrhage a couple of years ago and literally lost everything. I lost most of the use of my tongue. I lost the ability to breathe without a Tracheostomy tube being present. My vocal cords are paralyzed. I have no gag reflex. I lost the ability to swallow for a time. My throat is twisted upon itself and narrow. I suffer with severe light sensitivity and an autonomic nervous disorder. I have numbness and tingling throughout my body constantly. I wobble when I walk. I have balance issues. My nerves themselves in places feel as if they are constantly on fire. And even this isn’t all that I struggle with. The first 9 months of my recovery, I kept asking myself, “why me? what did I do?”

And I felt the thoughts of bitterness slowly begin to creep in. I felt the loss of family, loved ones, friends, a life that I once remembered and the activities that I did, and that we all did together. Gone, all gone. My life was over. There was nothing left. Being at rock bottom isn’t a phrase that can equate the immense and overwhelming emotions that I was having at the time. Yet, there it was again. That still, small voice, “this is truth, this is the way, follow me.” So I let go. I was on the edge of a cliff, ready to fall, hanging on to a sapling that was being pulled up by the roots. “Father, I trust you. All that I ever had, all that I ever was, all that I ever will be is yours.” At that very moment, the change inside began to take place. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” – 2 Peter 1:19.

“For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” – Hebrews 13:5. As I had lost everything pertaining to the flesh, it was also time to begin to let go of everything pertaining to self. Jesus tells us this, “He that forsaketh not ALL that he hath, cannot be my disciple.” My life, what I lost, what I was letting go of, is a manifestation of this principal of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was at the very beginning of my understanding. I was at the very beginning of becoming as a child as the Scriptures says. Nothing in this world made any sense to me anymore.

“As I think, I know nothing. As I KNOW, I understand. As I walk, so I’m led.”

I truly had to become as a child and let go of everything that I thought I knew, of everything that this world taught me, my understanding of religious principals, of all of my education, and of all of my opinions. In doing so, as I had mentioned towards the beginning of this post, I was led to a brother who had knowledge and understanding in certain Gospel principles and was teaching the Bible in a way that I had never seen before. He was breaking down the original Hebrew and Greek languages and expanding on their meanings and definitions. He shared who we all were, where we all came from, why all of us were here, and what it was that we all did to the Lord God by being the Prodigal Son’s. Yet, all of his teachings weren’t entirely correct. It was as if he missed the Book of Romans, and never read the Book of Hebrews. He was telling people to live under the Law.

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” – Hebrews 10:1

I was mesmerized and in a trance by the level of understanding that he had in certain things. In the areas that I wasn’t 100% sure, I just let it go and made justifications for it. So here I was again, putting my faith in a man. “You needn’t any man teach you… this is the way…” I came to the point once again after absorbing all that he was teaching, to go back to the source, the Bible, and read. Not just a verse or two that he was expanding on, but the verses before, and the verses after. Trusting even more, once again, in that still, small voice. As I began to do so, I was converted. I did learn portions of the Truth which is Jesus Christ from this man. But not the full Truth. Which in my life, I had experienced in every other ministry that I partook in. I was familiar with this feeling. I already knew what this was. I began pulling the weeds, so to speak, of all the errors in his understanding and began planting new seeds. Prior to what I would call a moment of clarity, despite all that I thought I knew, I had to dig deep through root words to find what I perceived to be truth. I was still digging for treasure every day and asking myself, why is this so difficult? Even though I had lost all that I had to the flesh, I was bearing no Spiritual fruits. I didn’t have perfect peace.

The Bible says this in Psalm 23, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Where were the green pastures? Why were the waters not still? The second part of the equation was missing. Letting go of everything pertaining to self. As I fully understood this, and believed everything that the Spirit was telling me, the perfect peace came. It was as if the roaring waves inside me had calmed. The tv shows, movies, media, news, etc., that I was watching, I no longer wanted any part of. The stuff that I was doing, I did not want to do anymore. All of my desires, thoughts, and actions were now centered on one thing, Jesus Christ.

“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.” Though I learned a portion of the Truth, Jesus plainly tells us this, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”

We as a disciple of Jesus Christ are to forsake everything in this world, all that we have, this is the Way. Complete and total abstinence pertaining to the flesh. Also the Truth which comes by learning about who we all are, what we all did, and what we must do in order to go back Home. And finally, the Life which comes by communing with the Lord in His Word, by His every Word. As Peter so eloquently put it brethren, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” As I now read the Living Word, when the Bible says, “and His disciples heard it…” I literally understand what is being said. I HEARD it. And this message I share with you. “Rise up to the Truth until the day dawn, and walk even as He walked, as the Day Star arises in your heart, letting go of the former man, and putting on the new. As you do, the sun shines forth, ever brighter, for the darkness continues to fade away. And you forsake the previous things, for the darkness can no longer be seen.” May you all be blessed with the Everlasting Gospel of Peace. For the love of the brethren, my friends.

“I went and found a treasure buried in a field. Which blossomed into a pasture that I graze on everywhere. And every time that I am out, I want to go back in, and when I come back out again, there is less of me even there.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

be holy in all your behavior

Be Holy In All Manner Of Behavior

As many of us our taught at an early age by our parents their belief system of Jesus Christ, some of their teachings become a part of us. They may reference the Bible, their Pastors, clergy, ministers, etc. They teach us, they guide us, they shape us, and they attempt to form us with what they have been led to understand. In their attempts of raising us in what they know, sometimes it doesn’t always work out in the way that the Messiah would have us to learn. We have the J.D. Farag’s, Billy Graham’s, and Joel Osteen’s of the world. Some of us have clung on to their teachings and accepted them as truth. Some of them, we don’t agree with completely. Although, enough of what they are saying makes sense, so we keep smaller portions of it. Others, we disagree with entirely and we may only listen to them once or twice. Then eventually, we kick them to the curb, so to speak. We have a tendency to accept the things that we personally agree with or adhere to. But why?

Jesus tells us, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” We will take a small portion of this principle taught by the Savior and begin laying the foundation. Little children come into the world with no opinion, and with no understanding. I do realize that personal experiences may be different based upon certain things that you may have undergone. For that, I am sorry. I am speaking of children in general. As we have been formed by our parents, we once again need to be completely reformed by the Spirit. And in order to do so, we take the chalk board filled with all of life’s weights and clutter, and wipe the slate clean. I know. It is easier said then done. Yet, this is what is required on our parts. To relearn everything. Because everything that we thought we knew, is opposite of the Lord God. “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” – Romans 8:7.

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” – Romans 8:6-10

OK, so what in the world does this mean? It means that by digging through the Word with all of your original thoughts and ideas, you will be lead to believe as you always have. Forming your own opinions and beliefs around what you already think you know, and what you previously have been taught. For example, only a very few at the time Jesus walked the earth, even acknowledged the Christ. They were in the scriptures, reading them, studying them, and seeking the council within the Old Testament. They were attempting their own growth. How am I so sure? Because even the Apostles weren’t fully aware of Jesus’ words until after His death and until He had opened the Scriptures to them by His Spirit. They all went back to their trades following the Crucifixion. And then… The Messiah expanded on all the things in which He was originally teaching and speaking.

What has changed in 2000 years? Honestly? Nothing. Everyone is still doing the exact same thing that was being done even then. How many Christian religions are there? How many denominations? How many faiths? What about the Catholics? Which one of the many actually know the True Jesus Christ? “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” – Matthew 24:24. “And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.” – Luke 21:8. There are other verses which say this as well. Today, most of us are looking at it the wrong way. Most are looking at it as a man coming saying he is the Christ. With what we know in this world and throughout history, how many people have actually said that they are the Christ? A handful of people? That doesn’t sound like many. That sounds like a few. Let’s deeply ponder Luke 21:8 as we can relate it to the world today.

This branch of Christianity popped up and said, “look, we found the truth, we have the Christ, follow after us and you will be saved.” And all the others have done the same. As the time of the end is drawing near, what is going on? Thousands of worldwide Christian denominations popping up all over the place, and changing all the time. What is it that they all have in common? Collection plates, paid pastors, ministers, congregation leaders, paid tv preachers, cash here, cash there, cash everywhere. “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.” They are all one of the same. There truly are no differences. Let’s now take a look at the Book of Titus and see what is said on this matter. We will resolve this once and for all.

In Titus chapter 1 Paul says, “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” I know, some can say, “Well, they are only doing it to support their families. They are living a modest life, they aren’t asking for that much, are they?” Let’s see what else Paul says in the Book of Acts, “I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.  I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Paul is very clear with the fact that ministries should not be paid for their services, not even donations. This topic is covered in detail, in the link, in the paragraph below. At the time when the Church had all things in common, they all labored, they all worked, or they wouldn’t eat. – 2 Thessalonians 3:10. The Gospel was being preached and taught freely. Freely I have received, freely give. No one likes to hear that though.

So here we all are 2000 years later with a perverted Gospel, taught by man out of the abundance of their own hearts. Because if they don’t give good messages that are easy to be received and that will support them and their families, their flock leaves, and they are left homeless. That doesn’t happen though does it? Let’s play great music, get you excited, get you going, and get you happy. By the way, donations accepted. Then go about your merry way until next time. So once again, the false Christ’s are upon is in abundance brethren. In the last few posts, we covered who we are and where we come from. We covered Jesus Christ being more then just the Truth. We covered Jesus Christ being the Life. And we also expanded further on donations to Christian ministries. As you view these posts, remember the foundation… Be as a child, let go of it all, and wipe the slate clean. Now, let’s all go on to perfection.

Hopefully, as you are experiencing and learning new things, you truly are letting go of self and forsaking it all just as Jesus commanded us. Take the time to deeply ponder the revelations within these posts. Take the time to pray about them. Take the time to seek them out on your own. “Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life… But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians 3. May the everlasting Gospel, the very ministry of Jesus Christ and the Apostles, find you in peace. May the questions that you ask be answered, and may the hope that is within you, change from a flicker to an everlasting brightness. May you all be blessed through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Light Of Life – Who Is Jesus Christ

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. – John 1 KJV.

In the transitive property of equality which is typically taught at the 6th grade level and higher we learn, if a=b and b=c, then a=c. Let’s take this simplicity and now apply it to John Chapter 1.

As most of us are aware of this verse, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” It states who the Messiah is, here in Isaiah chapter 9. Let’s go even further. As most of us are also aware of this in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Let’s now look at what the word Immanuel means in the original Hebrew language from the KJV Bible and the Strong’s Concordance.

Here again we see that Immanuel literally translates to, “with us is the Almighty God.” But that’s not all, today we are slashing prices, all that we have we are giving away! The Door is open, come in and freely receive. All that is offered here is a gift… The name Jesus which means Jehoshua in the original Hebrew, literally translates to the Self-Existent Eternal Jehovah that saves.

Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence, simplicity, and absolute perfection, many still refuse to believe one of the very first principals of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Messiah was the Lord God made flesh. “The WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us.” In John 8:12 it says, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” How are we to have the light of life in us? By filling ourselves with the Word of God. “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. By reading a verse here, or a verse there, we are never able to obtain the fulness of the Good News. By taking one verse by itself without comparison and without reading and understanding the context, we will never know the Truth which sets us free. Life comes by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4. May The Everlasting Father, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace, shine upon you and within you.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

So You Know The Truth – Jesus Is Also The Way And The Life

In the last post we discussed who we are and where we come from using only the KJV Bible with expanded meanings and quite a few revealing Scriptures to support these facts. Jesus Christ said in John chapter 10, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

As we covered John 10:34 previously, Jesus said when quoting Psalm 82, “Is it not written in your Law, I said ye are gods.” He stated that all of us, every last one, from the beginning to the very end are all angels. If you didn’t read the last blog post you can SEE it here. One of the mistakes that I previously made when reading the Bible was attempting to interpret what is being said. Such as, “I think it says this,” or “I believe it says that.” The best advice that I can give, would be to begin to look at the Word as literal before anything else. If Jesus says we are gods, He means exactly that. If Jesus says we are of our father the devil, He is quite literally telling us the truth. Christ doesn’t lie and the Bible doesn’t either. Let’s briefly look at Psalm 82 again as a review.

We are told that they know not, neither will they understand. Who is it speaking about, what will not be understood? The fact that it plainly and in a literal sense, states that all of us are angels, that were cast down, and cast out of Heaven that are all going to die like men and be judged. The Gospel is simple. The simplicity that is Christ. We have a tendency to overcomplicate things when trying to figure things out. Let’s now go back into John 10 where Jesus is speaking about being the Door, us being the sheep, and look to see if in these verses, it tells us who we are. We will also expand even further with the Greek and look at one of the root words.

In John 10:4 Jesus says, “And when he putteth forth his own sheep…” The Greek translation means to eject, to cast out, to send away, to throw down in a more or less violent or intense manner. Once again, we are being told what happened to us all. Now let’s take this understanding of the Truth and expand further, so that we can also understand what Jesus means when He says, “I am the WAY, the Truth, and the Life.” Below is the same verse with an another word highlighted.

Jesus tells us that His sheep follow Him and they know His voice. The word for follow means, a road. Think of it as a journey with the Lord, properly to be in the same WAY with, that is, to accompany Him specifically as a disciple. Now let’s learn what the WAY actually is and what it means to follow the Messiah wherever He goes.

As we have partook from the Word by comparing Spiritual with Spiritual, let’s make a few more connections from within the video. “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. As we take a closer look at the below slides and the original Greek we can see what Jesus means when He says these words.

We are told by the Messiah to deny ourselves through abstinence and by literally disowning ourselves. Daily, we are to self deny our flesh with it’s lusts, passions, and desires. He finally says that we are to be in the same WAY with Him, to follow Him down a road, and to specifically accompany Him as a Disciple. The Greek word for follow is akoloutheō or Strong’s Concordance number G190. It is the same word as noted above in the video, when used elsewhere in the Bible, as well previous slides in this post. So to be in the Way with the Lord Jesus Christ is to follow Him by His example. Now let’s finalize this with something even more profound. Had it not been for my dear brother Jamie Black and the discoveries in the Bible that we find together, as we are walking this walk of faith, this connection may not have been made by us.

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” – 1 John 2:3-6. Let’s look at the meaning of the word walk.

The word walk means to deport oneself, to live, and to follow as if His companion. So to walk as Jesus walked is quite literally to be in the same Way with Him. In essence, to live by His example. By denying ourselves through abstinence, deporting ourselves through letting go of the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life. By following Jesus, and accompanying Him down the road that He paved for us while He was here in the flesh. Let’s look at this word G4043 being used in Galatians chapter 5.

“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.”

Once again it is the same word and the same meaning. So to walk in the Spirit is as exact as Jesus saying, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Brethren, when Jesus tells us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, He is saying much more. Loosely speaking as translated the Way means, “I am the WALK, the Path, The Road, the Journey, a means to an end, and the example that you are all to follow. You are to turn from yourselves and turn back to me by abstinence, no more sex, and leave it all behind just as Lot. Don’t look back even once, for anything. Accompany me as my disciple, and I will give unto thee Living waters which ye know not of. Come to me daily through self denial and taste and see that I am good. For my very words are Spirit and in them is life and that life is the light of men. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your better, more beautiful works, and by them behold the very Glory of God. The very will of God, even your sanctification is to abstain from sex. All the Law and the Prophets are fulfilled in me. I have given you a better way, a more glorious path to follow. Walk in me and you will have life. Repent, turn from yourselves and I will set you free.” “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” – John 8:36.

May you be blessed by the Fountain of Living Waters, the Word of God, even Jesus Christ Brethren.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Who Are We and Where Do We Come From?

The answers to all of the questions that we seek are located in the Bible, the very Word of Life. The Scriptures say, Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. May the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ find you abundantly in all things brethren. As we look at the words of the Prophets, the Apostles, the Book of Jude and even the words of Jesus Christ, we begin to understand that all of them were teaching the same things.

In Isaiah 61:1 it says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” Jesus reaffirms this message by fulfilling it in Luke 4:18 when He says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” So we must logically begin asking ourselves, “what exactly does this mean? Who are the captives? Who are the prisoners? Who are the blind? Who are needing to be set free? As we look at the time of the Messiah, the Israelites were expecting that the Savior would come and free them all from the Roman occupation. So they had to have been aware of Isaiah 61 and other similar verses throughout the Old Testament. Yet, when the Christ came, He didn’t free them from the earthly leaders of this world. So, once again, who possibly could the prisoners and the captives be? Let’s now go deeper throughout the KJV Bible and compare numerous teachings so that we can fully grasp the depth of these words. It is time to make a choice. Are you going to take the red pill? Or will you take the blue pill and stay asleep, living your life with the questions that you truly seek, left unanswered?

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” – 2 Cor 4:6-12

The evidence is nearly without measure once you know this Truth and begin further seeking it out in the Bible. As we become aware that we truly are angels and you admit to the Father just as the Prodigal Son who took his eternal life, came to the earth and wasted his eternal life on riotous living and prostitutes, you then tell the LORD God, “Father, I am sorry, forgive me, I just want to come back Home, please forgive me.” Jesus reaffirms this parable when He says, “He that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” So you make the decision to turn back to the LORD, back to the very beginning, when we all were in Heaven, before we chose Lucifer or the Devil as our father. “Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do, and because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” You may soon begin to make sense of certain things. Why would a loving God allow some people to be born in extreme poverty, while others are on the opposite end of the spectrum? Why would a loving Creator allow all of these bad things to happen to us? Is it starting to make sense now, why we all are going to be judged? “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” It makes a lot more sense that we all screwed up, came here, and the LORD God came to save us all from ourselves. All that is required on our behalf is belief, understanding, repentance, and becoming as a child.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” – Psalm 51. Above are two verses in Isaiah 30 where he speaks upon pronouncing utterly unclean our flesh and casting it away from us. Just as the Prodigal Son, just as Jesus said to forsake it all, just as the above quoted verse. We can look elsewhere and understand this, “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.”

Welcome to the Matrix… Once again, same theme, and the exact same message. You come to your senses, you literally wake up from your sleep, “Arise O’ sleeper wake up from the dead,” realize exactly what you have done, turn back to the Father, tell Him you are sorry, let go of everything in this world, letting go of your flesh, forsaking it all, and begin your journey with the Spirit in teaching you personally the Word of Life. Even this makes more sense now, “ If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” See, your family and friends aren’t TRULY what they appear to be. Just as Jesus said, “Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

We aren’t from here, we don’t belong here. We are all strangers and pilgrims on the earth. We all reside in a foreign country, also known as the earth. “And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.” – Hebrews 11:15

I pray that this message of these Gospel Truth’s were well received and understood by you all. As we grow in His Spirit, by filling ourselves with more of His Word, it becomes easier to let go of the things in this world. And with understanding comes the burden as well, “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. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” May the everlasting Gospel of Peace, the Beginning and the End, the very Word of Life bless you immeasurably in all that you do. Find peace and trust in the Lord God, the Self Existent Eternal Jehovah, even Jesus Christ.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

What Christian Ministry Are You Donating To And Why? It Is Better To Give Than To Receive.

Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. – Acts 20:33-35. I find it truly remarkable that Paul wasn’t just an Apostle. He made it abundantly clear that he also worked full time for a living. As we know that he was a maker of “tents” for the Lord God, we also learn in Acts 18:3 that he was a tentmaker by occupation.

How many Churches, Pastors, and Ministers operate off of donations claiming that they are doing the work of the Lord God? Why don’t we look at the Bible’s actual take on this matter and resolve the issue once and for all. As we plunge deep into the Word of Truth with the KJV Bible and word meanings, we will solidify what we as a body and as a whole should know and understand. May this understanding resonate within you, and may the Spirit give you clarity pertaining to those in whom you put your faith and trust in.

Jesus told us in Matthew 6, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” We also know in Romans that Paul says, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” We live in a world today where nearly all those “claiming” to be preaching the Gospel are driving fancy cars, living in luxury homes, paying for their kids college tuition, going on vacations, going sky-diving, selling gold or precious metals, and the list goes on and on. At the time of the Apostles, Peter tells us this, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” The very few that were originally sent out by the Savior were only provided for their needs. Not their wants, not for covetousness or for their lusts. They didn’t have fancy iPhone’s, they weren’t browsing Amazon shopping, planning big banquets or social get togethers. They were preaching the Word of God.

Those who were preaching the Bible were ready to die for their beliefs. They weren’t hiding behind TV screens, YouTube Channels, etc., having security guards present, or refusing to go out in public to share the Good News. They were stoned, mocked, spit on, flogged, beaten, slapped, crucified… They weren’t telling you that it is OK to defend yourselves. Jesus didn’t, the Apostles didn’t, the early church didn’t. They fully believed what they were being taught by the Spirit and trusted God more then they feared man. Why do we all today put our trust and faith in people who line up with our beliefs, have certain preaching styles, or look a certain way. Personally, I am disabled. Pertaining to the flesh, I had to lose everything to find the 100% Truth which is Jesus Christ. And that is exactly what is required. “He that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” Those who are truly coming in the name of the Lord, bring the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of Life, and give freely as it has been given to them.

May this website, the videos, and the Scriptures help you in your path of finding the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I did. Continue seeking the Lord in all that you do, for he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Who Are The 144,000 In Revelation? Are You A Wise… VIRGIN?

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. – Matthew 25:1-4

“Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.” – Joel 1:8. “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” – 2 Cor 11:2. There is an overall theme within the Bible as we begin looking at the word’s of Jesus Christ and as we consider the word abstinence. We are told by the LORD, “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” – Matthew 10:38. Below is the verse in the KJV Bible with the original Greek highlighted and expanded upon.

As we look further at the meanings, we begin to see that He is speaking about self denial and being in the same way with the Lord. As well as accompanying Jesus as His disciple. Follow along through a journey of Revelation 14, and additional supporting Scriptures that we can cross reference to help us in our understanding.

I will be leaving you today with only one thing to further ponder. Are you, as a bride adorned to her Husband, prepared for the soon return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? May you be blessed in your understanding, and may your eyes and ears be continually opened up to receive the Living Word of Truth.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner