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A letter to someone in touch with us:
You say, “There are many personal, individual
messages from the Divine that are just that, personal and individual,
meant for God's own
wisdom to tell THAT person that message. Countless religions have been
started this exact way.”
Yes, God speaks to men. That’s what the Bible is all about – the
Creator personally communicating and working with certain chosen men.
And yes, God gives private messages, as when He commanded Abraham to
sacrifice his son, Isaac – not something to pass on to all as a
religious ritual. He also gives messages to His servants to pass on to
the people, as He did with Moses, Jeremiah, and countless others.
And yes, there are those who have made a religion of something that
began with God, as when He commanded Moses to form a brazen serpent on
a pole to save people from their sins. Later, the Israelites began to
worship this object and King Hezekiah had it destroyed to counter idolatry.
God has never been about starting a religion – not even Judaism
or Christianity in any of their many forms. I know this from the Bible,
the greatest and most authoritative source, the one Jesus repeatedly
quoted from. The Bible is very clear on this. I also know this from the
Author of the Bible, Jesus Christ, Who inspired His prophets to put this
fact on written record for our sakes.
Therefore, all religions are manmade and not God’s doing. They
are, essentially, man forming God in their own image.
When God speaks to a man, He makes it quite clear as to whether that
man should keep what he heard to himself or speak it to others. That’s
precisely what He did with the prophets throughout Biblical and post-Biblical
Yet even personal messages, as those to Abraham and others, were recorded
for posterity. Today, saints are made aware of those messages for our
spiritual edification. It isn’t God’s fault, or the fault
of those who received those messages and passed them on, if idolatrous
hearers started a religion out of them.
You say something very true: “There are
many including yourself Victor who claim you heard it from God. Thus
saith the Lord. God instructed
You also say, “I guess everyone these days
is drunk with the ideation of being a prophet to the people.”
There are many such, even as Jesus and His disciples said would be:
“And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Take heed that no
man deceive you. For many will come in My Name, saying I am Christ, and
will deceive many’” (Matthew 24:4-5 MKJV).
Now, W., you’re a thinking man. If we can’t know the
truth, how can we possibly receive Jesus’ counsel and take heed
in order not to be deceived? How can we determine servants of God who
truly hear His voice from those who follow their own imaginations making
false claims? We must hear from God:
Ezekiel 13:1-3, 6-7 MKJV
(1) And the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,
(2) Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy.
And say to those who prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear the Word
of the LORD:
(3) So says the Lord God, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their
own spirit and have seen nothing! …
(6) They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, the LORD says.
And the LORD has not sent them; but they hoped to confirm their word.
(7) Did you not see a vain vision, and speak a lying divination? Yet
you say, the LORD says; although I have not spoken?
If we can’t tell the difference, we’re wolf snacks. And
Jesus assures us that those who choose to play it safe and remain neutral
are the main course. “He that gathers not with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew
You like sayings. Here’s a familiar one: “If you don’t
stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” I’d
qualify that with, “Unless you stand for the truth and nothing
else, you’re dead.”
You say something very true of yourself: “I
can't say for certain any more that He did speak to you, than I can
be certain that He didn't.”
You say something else that seems promising: “Unlike
many others who find fault or question this concept or these people
I realize I simply wasn't there if and when God told you something.”
When one receives the Spirit of God, he can know the truth because Jesus
promised the Spirit of God will lead him into all truth (John 16:13).
He always keeps His promises.
Consider: Because not everyone knows the truth doesn’t
mean no one can.
When one has the Spirit of Truth and hears His voice, he is automatically
granted the developing ability to discern truth from error. Those who
know Him and hear His voice also know whether or not certain others speak
from Him. The Bible calls it a “witness of the Spirit” as
to whether something is true or not, whether God is speaking or not:
1 Corinthians 2:12-16 MKJV
(12) But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to
us by God.
(13) These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches,
but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of
God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged
by no one.
(16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him?
But we have the mind of Christ.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons
of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear,
but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, ‘Abba,
Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that
we are the children of God” (Romans 8:14-16 MKJV).
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all
things” (1 John 2:20 MKJV).
For one member of the Body of Christ to be able to know where others
stand in relation to Christ, the Head of the Body, makes sense. If I
have a friend who looks out for my good, that friend will make known
to me, if he can, those who represent his interests to me and those who
differ with him. Jesus said:
“And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and
the sheep follow him. For they know his voice. And they will not follow
a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of
strangers” (John 10:4-5 MKJV).
“If anyone desires to do His will, he shall know of the doctrine,
whether it is of God, or I speak from myself” (John 7:17 MKJV).
All those who know Him also know those who know Him. They are one, even
as Jesus purposed and promised. Those who are sons of Light aren’t
left in the dark, and they don’t have fellowship with children
of darkness, though they may grow together for a time (Matthew 13:24-30).
God commands His saints to test the spirits in order to know whether
or not something or someone is of Him:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits to
see if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into
the world” (1 John 4:1 MKJV).
You say, “I sometimes believe what you say,
and other times I simply don't agree. I can and should just leave it
at that.” I
don’t mind you disagreeing or questioning. I’m here to make
known the truth. “Ask and you shall receive.” We turn nobody
away, unless they’re belligerent and unreasonable, which has happened
with many, but even then, we deal with them before finally feeling compelled
to turn them away.
- October 21, 2014
A Buddhist Loves Disgraceful Religion
We received this note:
Hello, I just looked at your website. I'm currently a college student,
an ex-Christian, and a follower of Buddhism. I was talking to my catholic
mother about various aspects of theology, and I enjoy doing so because
she is an intelligent human being.
The website you have
is an absolute disgrace to Christianity. It actually is extremely offensive,
and I'm not even saying that because I’m
not a Christian. The radical views and insane preachings of intolerance
are ridiculous and makes the teachings of “Jesus Christ” seem
immoral to those who are not familiar with Christianity.
Instead of taking the bible so literally, you should begin looking at
the world around you and begin helping the advancement of humanity. Since
we don't drive horses anymore or stone women in the streets anymore,
the bible has lost much of its literal practicality.
Read the bible and
apply it’s moral teachings rather than obsessing
on quotes and phrases that exclude groups of people. Although I don’t
particular believe in a single god or “salvation”, I’m
pretty sure that if god did exist he wouldn’t create billions of
non-Christians just to send them to hell when they die. That is the ignorance
of most of today’s Christians, and the downfall of humanity.
Please learn to love human beings and tolerance rather than making others
feel guilty because of their personal beliefs and upbringing.
Paul and Victor's reply:
Can you point out any “insane preachings of intolerance” of
which you accuse us? Can you tell us which of the Ten Commandments have
lost their “literal practicality”? Do you know what Jesus
said about them?
“Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets.
I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, Till
the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in
any way pass from the Law until all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18
Are you in the least familiar with Jesus Christ and His teachings? Here’s
something He said for you to think about:
Luke 13:1-5 MKJV
(1) And some were present at the same time reporting
to Him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
And answering, Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans
were sinners above all the Galileans because they suffered such things?
I tell you, No. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do
you think that they were sinners above all men who lived in Jerusalem?
I tell you, No. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
us, what groups of people have we excluded from hearing the Gospel
of the Lord Jesus Christ, which we preach in order that they might repent
Or do you think that your mother’s church, which employs, aids,
and abets pedophile rapists, isn’t “an absolute disgrace
to Christianity” and in great need of repentance, not to mention
criminal prosecution? Watch Deliver
Us from Evil (the documentary, not the horror flick), and
you tell us.
And what do you know of Jesus Christ and true Christianity, anyway,
as a Buddhist? Buddhism flat-out rejects the Lord God our Savior, denying
men forgiveness of sins and deliverance from the carnal nature that produces
endless suffering. Buddhism is a do-it-yourself denial of Reality - the
Only True Hope for Mankind.
We tell you this because we love you, Josef, not with the false
love of Satan, the lovely
perpetrator of all evil, but with the love of God
Who speaks the hard truths men need to hear about themselves in order
to turn from their destructive ways. You should know that man, enabled
and empowered by false religion, is the great destroyer on this planet.
God describes this phenomenon as a very “loving” and alluring
prostitute, and says this about her:
“And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and
of all those who were slain on the earth” (Revelation 18:24 MKJV).
And you, by taking her side against His prophets and saints, are a destroyer,
as well. You need to repent, Josef, turning to the One we preach, Who
proved His love by laying down His life for you, even while you despised
and opposed Him. Why continue serving the powers of darkness?
In your darkness you say of us, not knowing Whom we know or what we
preach from Him: “Although I don’t particular believe in
a single god or ‘salvation’, I’m pretty sure that if
god did exist he wouldn’t create billions of non-Christians just
to send them to hell when they die.”
Of course God wouldn’t do that, and doesn’t. You’re
talking about false Christianity, not the
Good News of Jesus Christ,
the Lord and Savior of ALL men.
“Ex-Christian”? No, Josef, you’ve never been a Christian,
only a nominal one, like your mother is (and all Catholics are). You
know nothing, nothing at all, of Jesus Christ, Who is God. You are both
because you reject the Light of men, Whom Jesus is. You, Josef, are poisoned
by contemporary Buddhist philosophy and eastern mysticism.
We think you must do much more than just “look” at our site
and make hasty and foolish judgments in ignorance. Repent of your ignorant
and arrogant stance, or perish in your sins.
Paul and Victor
- October 6, 2014
The Fears of the Jews
We got this note from a friend:
Hi, Paul and Victor.
I just emailed my senator from Minnesota, Al Franken with questions
about this new development on Obama siding with Hamas. By the way Franken
is Jewish so I would really like to know what his stand on this is. Hopefully
I will hear something from him and what if anything can be done on our
You realize many Jews have been on the left and anti-Zionist and pro-Obama?
I didn't realize this. What are they thinking? Any idea?
Perhaps inexplicable – the mystery of iniquity. They are
blinded until the time the Lord opens their eyes and gives them a heart
understand. Fear plays a big part in it.
Victor touches on one reason I’m aware of – fear.
easy for me to understand as a Jew, because I experienced, through
my DNA and heritage, how it feels to look like other people around
you, yet be irretrievably different and persecuted for it. At any
moment, some form of anti-Semitism might break forth, and you’re
finished. That’s what it feels like even in a “safe” society,
as the US has been and is presumed to be. The feelings I’m
talking about here are mostly buried. It’s like part of your
atmosphere, the air you breathe without thinking.
Jews who knuckle
under this fear will try to get along with the mainstream
at the cost of truth and what’s right. They will sell out
Israel just so they’re not considered too Jewish or sectarian.
They hope it will make them acceptable, or presume it does, in
save their own skins. Most don’t realize what they’re
doing or why. They actually believe they are being morally fair,
to the “right-wing Zionists.”
There are also Jews who
simply react with loathing to things they perceive as unsavory
about their people and heritage, and thereby
take the opposite
side, even if it’s wrong. Some call these people “self-hating
The Lord delivered me from all these fears and derangements
as he led me on the path of Truth. Bless His Name!
- September 18, 2014
Loving Your Neighbor
Paul answers a good question:
Hi Marina (and all),
You ask about Galatians 5:14:
“For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, ‘You shall
love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14 MKJV).
“Does it mean that if the second command
is fulfilled, the first one is automatically fulfilled too? And vice-versa?”
We would say
that the Second Commandment is fulfilled because the First Commandment
has been fulfilled. After all, doesn’t everything
hinge on loving God with all our hearts and having no
other gods before
Mark 12:28-31 MKJV
(28) And coming up one of the scribes heard them reasoning, knowing
that He had answered them well, he asked Him, “Which is the
first commandment of all?”
(29) And Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments
O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord;
(30) and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all
your strength.’ This
is the first commandment.
(31) And the second is like this: ‘You shall love your neighbor
as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
can see in Galatians that Paul is speaking to fellow believers.
In the verse previous to the one you asked about, he says:
“For, brothers, you were called to liberty. Only do not use the
liberty for an opening to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians
In another place he says to them:
“This only I would learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit
by works of the Law, or by hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having
in the Spirit, do you now perfect yourself in the flesh?” (Galatians
Now we know that those who love (obey)
God (by His
receive His Spirit. So Paul is exhorting his brothers to
one another in the love of God.
Romans 8:12-14 MKJV
(12) Therefore, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according
to the flesh.
(13) For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die. But if you
through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.
(14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of
We need to be diligent to follow through on what God has
given us, and He will take us all the way.
1 John 4:7-11
(7) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God,
and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows
(8) The one who does not love has not known God. For God is love.
(9) In this the love of God was revealed in us, because God sent His
only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.
(10) In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and
sent His Son to be the propitiation concerning our sins.
(11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
teaches us how to love Him and one another by faith, but in the realm
of the new creation in Christ, not in the flesh. The flesh
love God and the new creature in Christ can’t but love God.
Our job is to trust Him by doing our part, whatever He gives each
If you worship God, you’ll obey His Commandments.
If you obey His Commandments, you’ll find yourself
loving your neighbor as yourself. And love has nothing
to do with emotion. It
is a matter
of desire, motive,
- September 7, 2014
A Necessary Warning
I recall a dream I had perhaps a couple of years ago or more
(I dare not take it as anything other than from the Lord), in which I
to submit to the authorities when they come tyrannizing. Yes,
it will be that way. It will seem so very unfair, even diabolical.
The William Raymonds, Mike Adamses, and Alex Joneses won’t
like it one bit. Their reaction and stance is to fight back, to resist
this great move of “injustice.” They will perish by the sword,
all those who resist.
Notice that the above mentioned people, and many
like them, call for justice, law, and order; yes, they call for many
good and moral things,
but they’re missing repentance from sin and faith in God. And
that’s the problem. Raymond, Adams, Jones, and many others
want to have their cake and eat it, too. They can’t have it
All that’s falling on our nations now is because of sin and unbelief,
iniquity and violence everywhere.
We’ve thrown God out, even in
His own Name (adding sin to sin), and now He’s done with our iniquity,
presumption, stubbornness, arrogance, self-importance, and rebellion.
He’s finished winking. The freedoms we’ve enjoyed as nations,
particularly in the West and maybe most particularly in North America,
Here’s what I see, and I say this with a sense of urgency:
I see a distinct parallel or likeness between our situation and that
of when Babylon came against Israel and Jeremiah was calling on the
people to submit to Nebuchadnezzar when he came with his great army.
If the powers that be come to take everything
away from us, including our lives, we must not resist. We must recognize
that Jesus Christ our Lord and the Kingdom of God reign supreme.
God is in full control. His judgment is now here, and He is using “His
servant Nebuchadnezzar” to judge our nations.
or low, rich or poor, deserving judgment will escape, and nobody
with faith and fidelity toward God and deserving justice
will be denied. God is just and merciful to those who look to and
“Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis
Those who resist won’t be able to withstand the judgment.
The rod will only come down all the harder, with no escape from it.
God has put it in the hearts of the powers of this world to bring this
great correction. If we resist, Jeremiah declared, we’ll die,
but if we submit, our lives will be spared. Naturally, Jeremiah was
known as a traitor to his country and to God for his stance and God’s
message by him to Judah.
Why Harvest Haven,
then, and why our “door
to the world” and
all the work and money we’ve put into it, if it’s
all just going down, you may ask? Here’s another wonderful
parallel between our situation and Judah’s when Babylon came
to overcome the Jews and destroy their nation, even their glorious
recall that Jeremiah was instructed to buy a piece of land. This
instruction to him during the coming takeover by foreigners
was a token of
God’s promise that the Jews would return and live in their
land again. I believe the same. God has given us Harvest Haven
and the building
for a plan He has for us and others in the near future (read Jeremiah
For a time, it may look the opposite, like all is lost. If
the authorities come and take away whatever we have, even our
children and lives
(not saying they will – I don’t know the specifics),
we must recognize that every detail is being worked under perfect
from Heaven. We are not to fear or be angry or hateful for these
Yes, on the surface these actions and events will seem perfectly unfair,
unjust - tyrannical indeed. Those we encounter doing this work “against” us
may even appear cynical and proud of their power over us, but we mustn’t
resist. We must let it happen and give thanks to God, Whose judgment
is just. Remember, whatever we get, it will only be because we need
or deserve it, or both.
Let them take us away in chains, without notice,
rights of appeal, or anything else. Submit, submit, submit, and treat
them as angels of
God doing their jobs, for so it is; they are messengers of judgment,
not wielding the sword in vain. God will give us mercy if we believe
and obey. He will move the hearts and turn them as He will. He is
the Father of all spirits. Know that, remember it, and live. Forget,
it won’t go well for you.
Judgment is here because of sin.
Yes, people want their organic food, the right to drink raw milk,
and to have alternative health care, free
access to natural foods and supplements, fluoride-free water, freedom
of choice, and so forth. They demand all their rights, as though
those rights are coming to them. While these things are all good,
they forget their responsibilities toward God and neighbor.
As you’ve seen times without number in our work both at Harvest
Haven and The Path of Truth, the vast majority of people aren’t
listening; not only do they refuse, they condemn and revile us. They
all know much better. We’ve been preaching against sin and urging
faith and fidelity toward God for years, and people just aren’t
listening. What else shall God do, but bring the fires and the rod to
open their ears?
I know that if we walk in repentance and humility, in faith and obedience
toward God, it will be well for us in the end, notwithstanding the turmoil
and suffering, the rejection of those around us, and the great injustices
we see happening, be it with people like the Raw Milk movement, Michael
Schmidt, environmentalists, and so many others out there apparently trying
to do good and right things.
Likely we will experience hardships ourselves, feeling we don’t
deserve what is happening, but remember how Daniel, a righteous man,
and his companions, were also taken into captivity, cruelly ripped away
from their nation, homes, and families, and sent off in chains and bare
feet to Babylon. Yet God kept them and brought them great honor because
their faith was ultimately in Him, without compromise. Remember Daniel
when these things come. Obey and believe God; do right to all, always.
seen the great needs of every kind with many. And we’ve
seen how the Lord opens and closes doors for all those we encounter.
Meeting needs is not our business. Our business is to walk away
from (forsake) closed doors and toward (yield to) open doors, even
his day of great judgment. We need to know and respect whom the
Lord determines to give to, and not who has needs. Self-righteous,
foolish do-gooders help people indiscriminately, but God knows the
hearts, to give
to every man according to the fruit of his doings, according to the
reins of his heart.
We haven’t been able to tell by outward appearance who is
who. Logically, it just doesn’t make sense. Until we pick up their
spirits and see their hearts, we can’t tell, but as some of you
have experienced with customers, for example, you see to whom it’s
given and to whom it isn’t, despite their needs, troubles, and
In all these things, may you not turn against or away from the
Lord and deny Him. Those who deny Him before men, those will He deny
the Father and the angels. Remember God is in full control, and
if we are with Him, He is with us; and if He is with us, who can be against
- August 20, 2014
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