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The Truth Cast to the Ground

 

Daniel 8:12 - "And it cast down the truth to the ground."

Long centuries before it happened, the prophet Daniel saw powerful men burying the truth from God in the ground. There was a time, in the Middle Ages, when still the printed Bible was not available to common people, and the religious rulers at the time took advantage of their ignorance to formulate a set of dogmas more in tune with their own traditions. These traditions modified the core of beliefs of the Christian Church quite different than it was in the Apostolic Church.

The following list contains some of the biblical truths that were cast to the ground, obscured, or replaced by traditional beliefs:

Truth #1. - Christ ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary. Hebrews 8:1, 2.

After Christ shed His blood and gave His life to rescue the human race from death, He entered the Sanctuary in heaven as the Anointed High Priest to minister, to those coming to God through Him, the benefits of His sacrifice: forgiveness of sins, continual intercession, merciful reconciliation, and the overflowing grace of restoration. "For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." 1 Tim. 2:5. Man has no merits for any of these favors; only the merits of Christ's atoning blood could change man lost condition and implant in his heart the hope of salvation. Through the mediation of this High Priest, Jesus, any human being can obtain mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16. "For there is none other name under heaven giving among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12.

Human replacement: A body of human priests making people believe that they have divine powers to forgive sins.

Truth #2. - The worship of images is idolatry. "Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image... Thou shall not bow down thyself to them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God..." Exo. 20:4, 5. Worshiping images, pieces of wood, stone or metal is a clear indication of one having rejected the Mighty Creator for the unwise choice of worshiping created objects.

Human replacement: At the beginning of the Middle Ages, when Constantine granted legal status to the Christian Church and the idolatrous pagans came in, they let them worship their images. In the church, by 375 AD, it was allowed the veneration of angels and dead saints; and by 786 AD, they could worship the image of the apostles, Mary, and the cross. To do this, the second commandment of the Law of God was not included in the prescribed Catechism, and the last commandment was divided in two to complete the ten.

Truth #3. - The Sabbath of the Lord. "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy..." Exo. 20:8-11. The seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday) was set apart, sanctified by God after the six days of creation. It was given to Adam and Eve to rest on it, and to worship the Creator of all things, forever. Gen. 2:2, 3. No excuses, with His own finger God wrote it on stone for all mankind, as the fourth commandment.

Human replacement: The pagans came into the Christian Church worshiping the Sun on the first day of the week. Their influence tilted the opinion of the powers that be. And the teaching came forth this way: "We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." Peter Geiermann, The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50.

Truth #4. - Man is mortal. Adam became a living soul after God formed his body from the dust of the ground and blew the spark of life into his nostrils. Gen. 2:7. Only God is immortal and the source of life. 1 Tim. 1:17. God gave Adam reasoning powers, the freedom of choice and a clear understanding of his human nature. In case Adam would brake the vows between creature and the Creator, what will happen to him? God said: "But of the tree of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou surely die." Gen. 2:17. The day they disobeyed and followed the Deceiver, the garment of light that was covering their bodies disappeared in a second. Gen. 3:7. And when the vitality in the cells of their bodies wore out they came back to the dust of the ground. "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten..." Ecc. 9:5,6. When Adam is resurrected at the Second Coming of Christ, he doesn't know what happened in the world since he died. We are supposed to tell him!

Human Replacement: The spirited soul is alive somewhere. This idea was taken from the voice that said: "Ye shall not surely die." Gen. 3:4. The serpent was the medium used by Lucifer to seduce Eve; and that lie, the greatest lie ever to befoul mankind has found acceptance in a great number of persons who now believe in the immortality of the soul. For them, the dead ones are still living outside the body. Thank God, that picture is not in the Bible.

Truth #5. - God is Love. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. The loving character of God is revealed by His Law, the Ten Commandments. It is the law of love, liberty and peace. The entire universe of un-fallen beings serve God with love and devotion; only much of the inhabitants of planet Earth have chosen to follow the principles of the prince of this world, that it is to serve self above everything else. Under the rule of free choice, everyone decides whom to worship and obey; but have in mind that this life on earth is the probationary time, allowed by God, to become a child of His Kingdom, or to seal the fatal destiny with the prince of death. Divine justice prescribes total destruction of the rebels in the lake of fire at the time the earth is purified. Rev. 20:14, 15.

Human Replacement: The doctrine of eternal torment: burning souls for millions of years. That doctrine has been devised to change God's character, to make Him a tyrant. Those who have filled their minds with the terror of that outcome, sometimes have applied the terror of the flames to persons who do not believe the same. Such mind set is feeding the terrorist behavior of the last days.

Truth #6. - Baptism by immersion. "One baptism." Ephesians 4:5. When Jesus was 30 years old, He left the carpenter shop and went to be baptized by John in the Jordan river: to begin the ministry of the Messiah, to fulfill the time of the prophecy, as an example to all of us, and to fulfill all righteousness. "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heaven were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him." Matt. 3:16. At that moment the Holy Spirit descended to anoint Him to begin the 3½ years the Messiah, in person, will be confirming the covenant with the house of Israel, according to the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27. That was precisely 483 years from the decree given by King Artaxerses to restore and build Jerusalem in 457 BC. At that moment the three members of the Godhead were together when the voice of the Father from heaven said: "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3:17.

Baptism is a sign of conversion. The believer is publicly announcing he is repenting and dying to his past life of sin and rebellion; and now he is taking a new life in Christ. "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Rom. 6:4. Through baptism we are added to the body of Christ--His church on earth. If you want to be certain, look for the church of the last days, the remnant church. "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Rev. 14:6-12.

Human Replacement: Invalid forms of baptism: sprinkling, pouring, etc. The baptism of infants is also invalid because the child does not understand the meaning of baptism, repentance and conversion. If you find yourself suffering a health condition, like the thief on the cross, unable to go down into the baptismal pool, trust in Jesus, He did it for you. The promise to Abraham is for you too. "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Gal. 3:27-29.

Truth #7. - The Truth is in the Word of God. "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 2 Tim. 3:16. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105. The Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, commonly called The Bible, it is an unique composition of 66 books written by the prophets and messengers of God during a period of 1,600 years. In it the Holy Spirit guided the mind of the writers to reveal the Messiah to come, within the 39 books of the OT, and in the NT to confirm the salvation provided to all people by the blood of the Lamb of God.

Without the Bible man could not know the truth of what happened on earth six thousands years ago and in the following centuries. With the Bible man can know what will happen on earth a thousand years from now. No other book is like the Bible. It is the unique exposition of God's plan to save mankind. It is the truth from God for everybody.

Human Replacement: Traditions and fictional theories. The stores are full of books to distract the mind with human philosophies and speculations which would dry out any desire to drink from the fountain of life.

Truth #8. - Salvation by the grace of God and faith in Christ. Salvation is freely available to all men by the grace of God through faith in the atoning blood of Christ, who substituted Himself for each one of us. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8) Because God has given each person the choice to accept or to reject that saving grace, only those who accept the divine gift of God's grace, those who accept Christ as their personal savior are showing in their lives, words and deeds the fruits of conversion and of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Their names are written in heaven's Book of Life.

Human Replacement: Tradition has found the way to perpetuate among the different cultures of the world rituals and religious ceremonies which are harmful to the body and do not save anyone.

Truth #9. - "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife..." 1Tim. 3:2.

Human Replacement: Early in the Middle Ages the hard yoke of celibacy was adopted upon the priesthood disregarding the biblical counsel.

Truth #10. - Christ is the Head of the Church. "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matt. 16:18. What was the rock? Christ is the rock, as Peter made the confession: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matt. 16:16. Christ is the immovable rock, "petra." "And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." 1 Cor. 10:4.

Human Replacement: That Peter "petros" a movable stone is the head of the church.

These ten truths, among others, were cast to the ground during the "dark ages" of earth history, according to the prophecy of Daniel 8:12.

One more great delusion incubated in the Middle Ages. When Martin Luther and the reformers were pointing the finger of prophecy to the Papacy, declaring that he was the antichrist and the little horn of Daniel 7:8, one Jesuit priest, Francisco Ribera (1557-1591) came forward and developed a futuristic interpretation of prophecy to deviate those accusations from the head of the Papal system. Another Jesuit priest, Luis de Alcazar, (1554-1613) developed the preterist interpretation, placing Nero as the antichrist. For the futuristic, Ribera took the last week of the seventy-weeks prophecy in Daniel 9 and moved it to the future. In Ribera interpretation the Jews are rebuilding the temple and allowing a vile antichrist in the middle of a great tribulation. The seven years will begin with the secret rapture of the elect, so none of them will have to suffer the scourge of the last plagues. The ones left on earth will have a second chance to be accepted in Christ kingdom at the end of the seven years.

But there is a problem, those scenarios are not in the Bible; the preterist and the futuristic theories were fabricated to save the Papacy of being the antichrist. The seventy-weeks is a block of 490 years without any gap within the years, given to the Jewish nation to fulfill its role of presenting the Messiah to the world. They began with "the command to restore and to build Jerusalem" given by King Artaxerxes in 457 BC, (Daniel 9:25) and ended in 34 AD. The last week was fulfilled in history between 27 and 34 AD with the death and resurrection of Christ in the middle of the week. "Messiah be cut off... in the midst of the week." (Daniel 9:26-27)

History follows the prophecies of the Bible one by one till our days: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, the seventy weeks and the Jewish nation, the antichrist of the Middle Ages and his barbaric Inquisition. All of those are in the past. Today, there is one political superpower, the United States of America; and one religious superpower, the revived Papacy. Those two are the main actors of the final drama, and are in the Bible. (Revelation 13) The actual State of Israel is not on the main focus of prophecy for the last days.

From Revelation 13:12-17 you can extract many changes to the rights and freedoms of the people, when religious laws are added to regulate behavior and conduct, and to satisfy the cry of the majority.

The meaning of these verses becomes clear when taken in consideration:

1. God's warning to those worshiping the beast and the image of the beast. (Revelation 14:9-11)

2. The illicit relation between the religious powers and the political powers in the last days: Mystery, Babylon the Great, which makes drunk the inhabitants of the earth with the wine of her fornication. (Rev. 17:1-6)

3. The disdain to God's law, the Ten Commandments. While God ask His children to remember the seventh-day Sabbath to keep it holy, (Exodus 20:8-11) the popular cry of the world is for Sunday worship in open defiance to Almighty Creator. (Genesis 2:2-3) The argument to be decided on Armageddon.

4. Coming to the seventh plague, three unclean spirits like frogs, "For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles," (Rev. 16:14) They jump out to go and gather the kings of the earth for the battle of Armageddon. The result of the battle on Revelation 19:11-21.

It has been, and more lately, a massive system of false prophecy coming out of the mouth of the dragon, the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (Rev. 16:13) Millions of people are now deceived by the false teaching of a secret rapture, the seven-year tribulation, the rebuilding of the temple, the future antichrist, and a Middle East Armageddon; all part of "the wine" of Babylon.

On the other hand it is the three angels message to guide the people to God's truth. (Rev. 14:6-12) Once the Sunday-Saturday dispute is spread out; once satan deceives the world appearing as if he were Christ (2 Corinthians 11:14); once no more repentant sinners give their lives to the Savior, then Christ stands up in the Judgment with the final verdict (Rev. 22:11) and salvation closes its doors forever. The names of the saved are sealed in the book of life to be rapture on Christ Second Coming. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) The great tribulation begins with the first plague of Revelation 16 upon those who worshiped the beast and his image, whose names are not in the Lamb's book of life. (Rev. 21:27)

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with me." (Rev. 3:20)

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:28-29) Jew or Gentile, all are welcome to come to Christ.

"Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4)

The people waiting for Christ, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." (Rev. 14:12) The Israel of God to be taken to heaven by Christ at the Second Coming. It is your life, don't delay.

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