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Jesus Christ: A Brief List of Fulfilled Old Testament Messianic Prophecies

PROPHECY AS PROOF

ALL of the prophecies below were made hundreds, some thousands, of years before Jesus Christ was born. Looking in the face of how He literally fulfilled them all (plus hundreds more), it is an impossibility that He is not Messiah, Savior of the world. The ONLY person… past, present or future… who could fulfill all these prophecies is Jesus Christ. 

In Isaiah 46, the Lord reminded the prophet, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done…” Isaiah 46:9-10.

Jesus said to His disciples, clearly pointing back to what He had said to Isaiah several hundred years before, “Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, you may believe that I am.” John 13:19 (Remember, the “He” at the end of verse 19 is in italics, meaning it was not in the original. So Jesus was really saying the I AM, the One true God of the Old Testament, was the One who became flesh and was at that very moment speaking to the disciples.)

The 100% accurate and fulfilled prophecies throughout the Bible are THE great internal proof that it alone is God’s book to mankind. Regardless of what many of today’s popular preachers are touting, may we soberly seek to understand the importance of prophecy in God’s Word.

For an excellent audio teaching on prophecy as the great proof of God’s Word, go to: Bible Prophecy Proof Jesus is The Christ, Jewish Messiah, God in The Flesh – TheBereanCall.org (Dave Hunt)

Fulfilled Prophecy Tenakh/Hebrew Scripture New Testament
His pre-existence Micah 5:2 John 1:1, 14
Born of the seed of a woman Genesis 3:15 Matthew 1:18
Of the seed of Abraham Genesis 12:3 Matthew 1:1-16
All nations blessed by Abraham’s seed Genesis 12:3 Matthew 8:5, 10
God would provide Himself a Lamb as an offering Genesis 22:8 John 1:29
From the tribe of Judah Genesis 49:10 Matthew 1:1-3
Heir to the throne of David Isaiah 9:6-7 Matthew 1:1
Called “The mighty God, The everlasting Father” Isaiah 9:6 Matthew 1:23
Born in Bethlehem Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1
Born of a virgin Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18
His name called Immanuel, “God with us” Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23
Declared to be the Son of God Psalm 2:7 Matthew 3:17
His messenger before Him in spirit of Elijah Malachi 4:5-6 Luke 1:17
Preceded by a messenger to prepare His way Malachi 3:1 Matthew 11:7-11
Messenger crying “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” Isaiah 40:3 Matthew 3:3
Would be a Prophet of the children of Israel Deuteronomy 18:15 Matthew 2:15
Called out of Egypt Hosea 11:1 Matthew 2:15
Slaughter of the children Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew2:18
Would be a Nazarene Judges 13:5; Amos 2:11;
Lam. 4:7
Matthew 2:23
Brought light to Zabulon and Nephthalm, Galilee of the Gentiles Isaiah 9:1-2 Matthew 4:15
Presented with gifts Psalm 72:10 Matthew 2:1, 11
Rejected by His own Isaiah 53:3 Matthew 21:42; Mark 8:31, 12:10; Luke 9:22, 17:25
He is the stone which the builders rejected which became the headstone Psalm 118:22-23; Isaiah 28:16 Matthew 21:42; I Peter 2:7
A stone of stumbling to Israel Isaiah 8:14-15 I Peter 2:8
He entered Jerusalem as a king
riding on an ass
Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 21:5
Betrayed by a friend Psalms 41:9 John 13:21
Sold for 30 pieces of silver Zechariah 11:12 Matthew 26:15; Luke 22:5
The 30 pieces of silver given for the potter’s field Zechariah 11:12 Matthew 27:9-10
The 30 pieces of silver thrown in the temple Zechariah 11:13 Matthew 27:5
Forsaken by His disciples Zechariah 13:7 Matthew 26:56
Accused by false witnesses Psalm 35:11 Matthew 26:60
Silent to accusations Isaiah 53:7 Matthew 27:14
Heal blind/deaf/lame/dumb Isaiah 35:5-6; Isaiah 29:18 Matthew 11:5
Preached to the poor/brokenhearted/captives Isaiah 61:1 Matthew 11:5
Came to bring a sword, not peace Micah 7:6 Matthew 10:34-35
He bore our sickness Isaiah 53:4 Matthew 8:16-17
Spat upon, smitten and scourged Isaiah 50:6, 53:5 Matthew 27:26, 30
Smitten on the cheek Micah 5:1 Matthew 27:30
Hated without a cause Psalm 35:19 Matthew 27:23
The sacrificial lamb Isaiah 53:5 John 1:29
Given for a covenant Isaiah 42:6; Jeremiah 31:31-34 Romans 11:27/Galatians 3:17, 4:24/Hebrews 8:6, 8, 10; 10:16, 29; 12:24; 13:20
Would not strive or cry Isaiah 42:2-3 Mark 7:36
People would hear not and see not Isaiah 6:9-10 Matthew 13:14-15
People trust in traditions of men Isaiah 29:13 Matthew 15:9
People give God lip service Isaiah 29:13 Matthew 15:8
God delights in Him Isaiah 42:1 Matthew 3:17, 17:5
Wounded for our sins Isaiah 53:5 John 6:51
He bore the sins of many Isaiah 53:10-12 Mark 10:45
Messiah not killed for Himself Daniel 9:26 Matthew 20:28
Gentiles flock to Him Isaiah 55:5, 60:3, 65:1; Malachi 1:11;
II Samuel 22:44-45; Psalm 2:7-8
Matthew 8:10
Crucified with criminals Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 27:35
His body was pierced Zechariah 12:10; Ps. 22:16 John 20:25, 27
Thirsty during execution Psalm 22:15 John 19:28
Given vinegar and gall for thirst Psalm 69:21 Matthew 27:34
Soldiers gambled for his garment Psalm 22:18 Matthew 27:35
People mocked, “He trusted in God, let Him deliver him!” Psalm 22:7-8 Matthew 27:43
People sat there looking at Him Psalm 22:17 Matthew 27:36
Cried, “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?” Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46
Darkness over the land Amos 8:9 Matthew 27:45
No bones broken Psalm 34:20, Numbers 9:12 John 19:33-36
Side pierced Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34
Buried with the rich Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57, 60
Resurrected from the dead Psalm 16:10-11; 49:15 Mark 16:6
Priest after the order of Melchizedek Psalm 110:4 Hebrews 5:5-6; 6:20; 7:15-17
Ascended to right hand of God Psalm 68:18 Luke 24:51
LORD said unto Him, “Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool Psalm 110:1 Matt 22:44; Mark 12:36;, 16:19; Luke 20:42-43; Acts 2:34-35; Hebrews 1:13
His coming glory Malachi 3:2-3 Luke 3:17

314 Messianic Prophecies

  1. Genesis 3:15…         He will bruise Satan’s head… Hebrews 2:14, 1 John 3:18
  2. Genesis 5:24…        The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated… Mark 6:19
  3. Genesis 9:26,27…    The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem… Luke 3:36
  4. Genesis 12:3…        As Abraham’s seed, will bless all nations… Acts 3:25,26
  5. Genesis 12:7…        The Promise made to Abraham’s Seed… Galatians 3:16
  6. Genesis 14:18…      A priest after Melchizedek…Hebrews 6:20
  7. Genesis 14:18…      A King also… Hebrews 7:2
  8. Genesis 14:18…      The Last Supper foreshadowed… Matthew 26:26-29
  9. Genesis 17:19…      The Seed of Isaac… Romans 9:7
  10. Genesis 22:8…        The Lamb of God promised… John 1:29
  11. Genesis 22:18…      As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations…Galatians 3:16
  12. Genesis 26:2-5…      The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer… Hebrews 11:18
  13. Genesis 49:10…      The time of His coming… Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4
  14. Genesis 49:10…       The Seed of Judah… Luke 3:33
  15. Genesis 49:10…       Called Shiloh or One Sent… John 17:3
  16. Genesis 49:10…       To come before Judah lost identity… John 11:47-52
  17. Genesis 49:10…       To Him shall the obedience of the people be… John 10:16
  18. Exodus 3:13,14…      The Great “I Am”… John 4:26
  19. Exodus 12:5…           A Lamb without blemish…1 Peter 1:19
  20. Exodus 12:13…         The blood of the Lamb saves from wrath… Romans 5:8
  21. Exodus 12:21-27…     Christ is our Passover… 1 Corinthians 5;7
  22. Exodus 12:46…          Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken… John 19:31-36
  23. Exodus15:2…            His exaltation predicted as Yeshua…Acts 7:55,56
  24. Exodus 15:11…          His Character-Holiness… Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27
  25. Exodus 17:6…           The Spiritual Rock of Israel… 1 Corinthians 10;4
  26. Exodus 33:19…         His Character-Merciful… Luke 1:72
  27. Leviticus 14:11…        The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood… Luke 5:12-14; Acts 6:7
  28. Leviticus 16:15-17…    Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all death… Hebrews 9:7-14
  29. Leviticus 16:27…        Suffering outside the Camp… Matthew 27:33; Hebrews 13:11, 12
  30. Leviticus 17:11…        The Blood-the life of the flesh… Matthew 26;28; Mark 10:45
  31. Leviticus 17:11…        It is the blood that makes atonement… 1 John 3:14-18
  32. Leviticus 23:36-37…   The Drink-offering: “If any man thirst.”… John 19:31-36
  33. Numbers 9:12…       Not a bone of Him broken… John 19:31-36
  34. Numbers 21:9…       The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted up… John 3:14-18
  35. Numbers 24:17…      Time: “I shall see him, but not now.”… Galatians 4:4
  36. Deuteronomy 18:15…     “This is of a truth that prophet.”… John 6:14
  37. Deuteronomy 18:15-16… “Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me.”… John 5:45-47
  38. Deuteronomy 18:18…      Sent by the Father to speak His word… John 8:28, 29
  39. Deuteronomy 18:19…      Whoever will not hear must bear his sin… John 12:15,
  40. Deuteronomy 21:23…      Cursed is he that hangs on a tree… Galatians 3:10-13
  41. Ruth 4:4-9…        Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us… Ephesians 1:3-7
  42. 1 Samuel 2:10…      Shall be an anointed King to the Lord… Matthew 28:18; John 12:15
  43. 2 Samuel 7:12…      David’s Seed… Matthew. 1:1
  44. 2 Samuel 7:14a…    The Son of God… Luke 1:32
  45. 2 Samuel 7:16…        David’s house established forever… Luke 3:31; Revelation 22:16
  46. 2 Kings 2:11…             The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated… Luke 24:51
  47. 1 Chronicles 17:11…       David’s Seed… Matthew 1:1; 9:27
  48. 1 Chronicles 17:12, 13a… To reign on David’s throne forever… Luke 1:32, 33
  49. 1 Chronicles 17:13a…     “I will be His Father, He…my Son.”… Hebrews 1:5
  50. Job 19:23-27…               The Resurrection predicted… John 5:24-29
  51. Psalms 2:1-3…             The enmity of kings foreordained… Acts 4:25-28
  52. Psalms 2:2…             To own the title, Anointed (Christ)… Acts 2:36
  53. Psalms 2:6…              His Character-Holiness… John 8:46; Rev. 3:7
  54. Psalms 2:6…               To own the title King… Matthew 2:2
  55. Psalms 2:7…               Declared the Beloved Son… Matthew 3;17
  56. Psalms 2:7-8…         The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated… Acts 13:29-33
  57. Psalms 2:12…           Life comes through faith in Him… John 20:31
  58. Psalms 8:2…             The mouths of babes perfect His praise… Matthew 21:16
  59. Psalms 8:5-6…         His humiliation and exaltation… Luke 24:50-53; 1 Corinthians 15:27
  60. Psalms 16:10…          Was not to see corruption… Acts 2:31
  61. Psalms 16:9-11…       Was to arise from the dead… John 20:9
  62. Psalms 17;15…         The resurrection predicted… Luke 24:6
  63. Psalms 22:1…          Forsaken because of sins of others… 2 Corinthians 5:21
  64. Psalms 22:1…          Words spoken from Calvary, “My God…” Mark 15:34
  65. Psalms 22:2…          Darkness upon Calvary…Mt. 27:45
  66. Psalms 22:7…          They shoot out the lip and shake the head… Mt. 27:39
  67. Psalms 22:8...         “He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him”… Mt. 27:43
  68. Psalms 22:9…          Born the Saviour… Luke 2:7
  69. Psalms 22:14…        Died of a broken (ruptured) heart… John 19:34
  70. Psalms 22:14,15…    Suffered agony on Calvary… Mark 15:34-37
  71. Psalms 22:15…         He thirsted……..John 19:28
  72. Psalms 22:16…         They pierced His hands and His feet… John 19:34,37; 20:27
  73. Psalms 22:17-18…     Stripped Him before the stares of men… Luke 23:34,35
  74. Psalms 22:18…        They parted His garments… John 19:23,24
  75. Psalms 22:20,21…    He committed Himself to God… Luke 23:46
  76. Psalms 22:20,21…     Satanic power bruising the Redeemer’s heel… Hebrews 2:14
  77. Psalms 22:22…         His Resurrection declared… John 20:17
  78. Psalms 22:27…         He shall be the governor of the nations… Colossians 1:16
  79. Psalms 22:31…        “It is finished”… John 19:30
  80. Psalms 23:1….         “I am the Good Shepherd”… John 10:11
  81. Psalms 24:3…           His exaltation predicted… Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9
  82. Psalms 30:3…          His resurrection predicted… Acts 2:32
  83. Psalms 31:5…         “Into thy hands I commit my spirit”… Luke 23:46
  84. Psalms 31:11…        His acquaintances fled from Him… Matthew 14:50
  85. Psalms 31:13…        They took counsel to put Him to death… John 11:53
  86. Psalms 31:14,15…    “He trusted in God, let Him deliver him”… Mathew 27:43
  87. Psalms 34:20…        Not a bone of Him broken… John 19:31-36
  88. Psalms 35:11…         False witnesses rose up against Him… Matthew 26:59
  89. Psalms 35:19…         He was hated without a cause… John 15:25
  90. Psalms 38:11…         His friends stood afar off… Luke 23:49
  91. Psalms 40:2-5…        The joy of His resurrection predicted… John 20:20
  92. Psalms 40:6-8…      His delight-the will of the Father… John 4:34
  93. Psalms 40:9…         He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel… Matthew 4:17
  94. Psalms 40:14…       Confronted by adversaries in the Garden… John 18:4-6
  95. Psalms 41:9…         Betrayed by a familiar friend… John 13:18
  96. Psalms 45:2…         Words of Grace come from His lips… Luke 4:22
  97. Psalms 45:6…         To own the title, God or Elohim… Hebrews1:8
  98. Psalms 45:7…         A special anointing by the Holy Spirit… Matthew 3:16; Hebrews1:9
  99. Psalms 45:7,8…      Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed)… Luke 2:11
  100. Psalms 55:12-14…   Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy… John 13:18
  101. Psalms 55:15…       Unrepentant death of the Betrayer… Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19
  102. Psalms 68:18…       To give gifts to men… Ephesians 4:7-16
  103. Psalms 68:18…       Ascended into Heaven… Luke 24:51
  104. Psalms 69:4…         Hated without a cause… John 15:25
  105. Psalms 69:8…         A stranger to own brethren… Luke 8;20,21
  106. Psalms 69:9…         Zealous for the Lord’s House… John 2:17
  107. Psalms 69:14-20…   Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion… Matthew 26:36-45
  108. Psalms 69:20…       “My soul is exceeding sorrowful.”… Matthew 26:38
  109. Psalms 69:21…       Given vinegar in thirst… Matthew 27:34
  110. Psalms 69:26…       The Saviour given and smitten by God… John 17:4; 18:11
  111. Psalms 72:10,11…   Great persons were to visit Him… Matthew 2:1-11
  112. Psalms 72:16…       The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground… John 12:24
  113. Psalms 72:17…       His name, Yinon, will produce offspring… John. 1:12,13
  114. Psalms 72:17…       All nations shall be blessed by Him… Acts 2:11,12,41
  115. Psalms 78:1.2…       He would teach in parables… Matthew 13:34-35
  116. Psalms 78:2b…       To speak the Wisdom of God with authority… Matthew 7:29
  117. Psalms 88:8…         They stood afar off and watched… Luke 23:49
  118. Psalms 89:27…       Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings… Luke 1:32,33
  119. Psalms 89:35-37…    David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever… Luke 1:32,33
  120. Psalms 89:36-37…    His character-Faithfulness… Revelation 1:5
  121. Psalms 90:2…          He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2)… John 1:1
  122. Psalms 91:11,12…    Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ… Luke 4;10,11
  123. Psalms 97:9…          His exaltation predicted…Acts 1:11;Eph. 1:20
  124. Psalms 100:5…         His character-Goodness… Matthew 19:16,17
  125. Psalms 102:1-11…    The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary… John 21:16-30
  126. Psalms 102:25-27…   Messiah is the Preexistent Son… Hebrews 1:10-12
  127. Psalms 109:25…       Ridiculed… Matthew 27:39
  128. Psalms 110:1…        Son of David… Matthew 22:43
  129. Psalms 110:1…        To ascend to the right-hand of the Father… Mark16:19
  130. Psalms 110:1…        David’s son called Lord… Matthew 22:44,45
  131. Psalms 110:4…       A priest after Melchizedek’s order… Hebrews 6:20
  132. Psalms 112:4…        His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al… Matthew 9;36
  133. Psalms 118:17,18…  Messiah’s Resurrection assured… Luke 24:5-7;1 Corinthians 15:20
  134. Psalms 118:22,23…  The rejected stone is Head of the corner… Matthew 21:42,43
  135. Psalms 118:26a…     The Blessed One presented to Israel… Matthew 21:9
  136. Psalms 118:26b…     To come while Temple standing… Matthew 21;12-15
  137. Psalms 132:11…       The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body)… Luke 1:32
  138. Psalms 138:1-6…      The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings… Matthew 2:2-6
  139. Psalms 147:3,6…      The earthly ministry of Christ described… Luke 4:18
  140. Psalms 1:23…          He will send the Spirit of God… John 16;7
  141. Song of Solomon 5;16…    The altogether lovely One… John 1:17
  142. Isaiah 6:1…            When Isaiah saw His glory… John 12:40-41
  143. Isaiah 6:9-10…        Parables fall on deaf ears… Matthew 13:13-15
  144. Isaiah 6:9-12…        Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words… Acts 28:23-29
  145. Isaiah 7:14…           To be born of a virgin… Luke 1:35
  146. Isaiah 7:14…           To be Emmanuel-God with us… Matthew 1:18-23
  147. Isaiah 8:8…             Called Emmanuel… Matthew 28:20
  148. Isaiah 8:14…           A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense… 1 Peter 2:8
  149. Isaiah 9:1-2…          His ministry to begin in Galilee… Matthew 4:12-17
  150. Isaiah 9:6…             A child born-Humanity… Luke 1:31
  151. Isaiah 9:6…             A Son given-Deity… Luke 1:32; John 1;14; 1 Timothy 3:16
  152. Isaiah 9:6…             Declared to be the Son of God with power… Romans 1:3,4
  153. Isaiah 9:6…             The Wonderful One, Peleh… Luke 4:22
  154. Isaiah 9:6…             The Counsellor, Yaatz… Matthew 13:54
  155. Isaiah 9:6…             The Mighty God, El Gibor… Matthew 11:20
  156. Isaiah 9:6…             The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth… John 8:58
  157. Isaiah 9:6…             The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom… John 16:33
  158. Isaiah 9:7…             To establish an everlasting kingdom… Luke 1:32-33
  159. Isaiah 9:7…             His Character-Just… John 5:30
  160. Isaiah 9:7…             No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace… Luke 1:32-33
  161. Isaiah 11:1…           Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer… Matthew 2:23
  162. Isaiah 11:1…           A rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse… Luke 3:23,32
  163. Isaiah 11:2…           The anointed One by the Spirit… Matthew 3;16,17
  164. Isaiah 11:2…           His Character-Wisdom, Understanding, et al… John 4:4-26
  165. Isaiah 11:4…           His Character-Truth… John 14:6
  166. Isaiah 11:10…         The Gentiles seek Him… John 12:18-21
  167. Isaiah 12:2…           Called Jesus-Yeshua… Matthew 1:21
  168. Isaiah 25:8…           The Resurrection predicted… I Corinthians 15:54
  169. Isaiah 26:19…          His power of Resurrection predicted… John 11:43,44
  170. Isaiah 28:16…          The Messiah is the precious corner stone… Acts 4:11,12
  171. Isaiah 29:13…          He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word… Matthew 15:7-9
  172. Isaiah 29:14…          The wise are confounded by the Word…I Corinthians 1:18-31
  173. Isaiah32:2…            A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place… Matthew 23:37
  174. Isaiah 35:4…            He will come and save you… Matthew 1:21
  175. Isaiah 35:5…            To have a ministry of miracles… Matthew 11:4-6
  176. Isaiah 40:3-4…         Preceded by forerunner… John 1:23
  177. Isaiah40:9…           “Behold your God.”… John 1:36;19:14
  178. Isaiah 40:11…          A shepherd-compassionate life-giver… John 10:10-18
  179. Isaiah 42:1-4…         The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer… Matthew 12:18-21
  180. Isaiah 42:2…            Meek and lowly… Matthew 11:28-30
  181. Isaiah 42:3…            He brings hope for the hopeless… John 4
  182. Isaiah 42:4…            The nations shall wait on His teachings… John 12:20-26
  183. Isaiah 42:6…            The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles… Luke 2:32
  184. Isaiah 42:1,6…         His is a Worldwide compassion… Matthew 28:19,20
  185. Isaiah 42:7…            Blind eyes opened… John 9:25-38
  186. Isaiah 43:11…          He is the only Saviour… Acts. 4:12
  187. Isaiah 44:3…           He will send the Spirit of God… John 16:7,13
  188. Isaiah 45:23…         He will be the Judge… John 5:22;Rom. 14:11
  189. Isaiah 48:12…         The First and the Last…John 1:30;Rev. 1:8,17
  190. Isaiah 48:17…         He came as a Teacher…John 3:2
  191. Isaiah 49:1…           Called from the womb-His humanity… Matthew 1:18
  192. Isaiah 49:5…           A Servant from the womb… Luke 1:31;Phil. 2:7
  193. Isaiah 49:6…           He is Salvation for Israel… Luke 2:29-32
  194. Isaiah 49:6…           He is the Light of the Gentiles… Acts 13:47
  195. Isaiah 49:6…           He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth… Acts 15:7-18
  196. Isaiah 49:7…           He is despised of the Nation… John 8:48-49
  197. Isaiah 50:3…           Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation… Luke 23:44,45
  198. Isaiah 50:4…           He is a learned counsellor for the weary… Matthew 11:28,29
  199. Isaiah 50:5…           The Servant bound willingly to obedience… Matthew 26:39
  200. Isaiah 50:6a…         “I gave my back to the smiters.”… Matthew 27:26
  201. Isaiah 50:6b…         He was smitten on the cheeks… Matthew 26:67
  202. Isaiah 50:6c…         He was spat upon… Matthew 27:30
  203. Isaiah 52:7…          To publish good tidings of peace… Luke 4:14,15
  204. Isaiah 52:13…        The Servant exalted…Acts 1:8-11; Ephesians 1:19-22
  205. Isaiah 52:13…        Behold, My Servant… Mt. 17:5; Philippians 2:5-8
  206. Isaiah 52:14…        The Servant shockingly abused… Luke 18:31-34; Matthew 26:67,68
  207. Isaiah 52:15…        Nations startled by message of the Servant… Romans 15:18-21
  208. Isaiah 52:15…        His blood shed to make atonement for all… Revelation 1:5
  209. Isaiah 53:1…          His people would not believe Him… John 12:37-38
  210. Isaiah 53:2a…        He would grow up in a poor family…. Luke 2:7
  211. Isaiah 53:2b…        Appearance of an ordinary man… Philippians 2:7-8
  212. Isaiah 53:3a…        Despised…. Luke 4:28-29
  213. Isaiah 53:3b…        Rejected… Matthew 27:21-23
  214. Isaiah 53:3c…        Great sorrow and grief… Luke 19:41-42
  215. Isaiah 53:3d…        Men hide from being associated with Him… Mark 14:50-52
  216. Isaiah 53:4a…        He would have a healing ministry… Luke 6:17-19
  217. Isaiah 53:4b…        He would bear the sins of the world… 1 Peter 2:24
  218. Isaiah 53:4c…        Thought to be cursed by God… Matthew 27:41-43
  219. Isaiah 53:5a…        Bears penalty for mankind’s transgressions… Luke 23:33
  220. Isaiah 53:5b…        His sacrifice would provide peace between man and God… Colossians 1:20
  221. Isaiah 53:5c…        His back would be whipped… Matthew 27:26
  222. Isaiah 53:6a…        He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind…Galatians 1:4
  223. Isaiah 53:6b…        God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind… 1 John 4:10
  224. Isaiah 53:7a…        Oppressed and afflicted… Matthew 27:27-31
  225. Isaiah 53:7b…        Silent before his accusers… Matthew 27:12-14
  226. Isaiah 53:7c…        Sacrificial lamb… John 1:29
  227. Isaiah 53:8a…        Confined and persecuted… Matthew 26:47-27:31
  228. Isaiah 53:8b…        He would be judged… John 18:13-22
  229. Isaiah 53:8c…        Killed…. Matthew 27:35
  230. Isaiah 53:8d…        Dies for the sins of the world… 1 John 2:2
  231. Isaiah 53:9a…        Buried in a rich man’s grave… Matthew 27:57
  232. Isaiah 53:9b…        Innocent and had done no violence… Mark 15:3
  233. Isaiah 53:9c…        No deceit in his mouth… John 18:38
  234. Isaiah 53:10a…      God’s will that He die for mankind… John 18:11
  235. Isaiah 53:10b…      An offering for sin… Matthew 20:28
  236. Isaiah 53:10c…      Resurrected and live forever…. Mark 16:16
  237. Isaiah 53:10d…      He would prosper… John 17:1-5
  238. Isaiah 53:11a…      God fully satisfied with His suffering… John 12:27
  239. Isaiah 53:11b…      God’s servant… Romans 5:18-19
  240. Isaiah 53:11c…      He would justify man before God… Romans 5:8-9
  241. Isaiah 53:11d…      The sin-bearer for all mankind… Hebrews 9:28
  242. Isaiah 53:12a…      Exalted by God because of his sacrifice… Matthew 28:18
  243. Isaiah 53:12b…      He would give up his life to save mankind… Luke 23:46
  244. Isaiah 53:12c…      Grouped with criminals… Luke 23:32
  245. Isaiah 53:12d…      Sin-bearer for all mankind… 2 Corinthians 5:21
  246. Isaiah 53:12e…      Intercede to God in behalf of mankind… Luke 23:34
  247. Isaiah 55:3…          Resurrected by God… Acts 13:34
  248. Isaiah 55:4…          A witness… John 18:37
  249. Isaiah 59:15-16a…  He would come to provide salvation… John 6:40
  250. Isaiah 59:15-16b…  Intercessor between man and God… Matthew 10:32
  251. Isaiah 59:20…         He would come to Zion as their Redeemer… Luke 2:38
  252. Isaiah 61:1-2a…      The Spirit of God upon him… Matthew 3:16-17
  253. Isaiah 61:1-2b…      The Messiah would preach the good news… Luke 4:17-21
  254. Isaiah 61:1-2c…      Provide freedom from the bondage of sin and death… John 8:31-32
  255. Isaiah 61:1-2…        Proclaim a period of grace… John 5:24
  256. Jeremiah 23:5-6a…      Descendant of David…Luke 3:23-31
  257. Jeremiah 23:5-6b…     The Messiah would be God… John 13:13
  258. Jeremiah 23:5-6c…     The Messiah would be both God and Man… 1 Timothy 3:16
  259. Jeremiah 31:22…        Born of a virgin… Matthew 1:18-20
  260. Jeremiah 31:31…        The Messiah would be the new covenant… Matthew 26:28
  261. Jeremiah 33:14-15…    Descendant of David… Luke 3:23-31
  262. Ezekiel 17:22-24…    Descendant of David… Luke 3:23-31
  263. Ezekiel 34:23-24…    Descendant of David… Matthew 1:1
  264. Daniel 7:13-14a…   He would ascend into heaven… Acts 1:9-11
  265. Daniel 7:13-14b…   Highly exalted… Ephesians 1:20-22
  266. Daniel 7:13-14c…   His dominion would be everlasting… Luke 1:31-33
  267. Daniel 9:24a…       To make an end to sins… Galatians 1:3-5
  268. Daniel 9:24b…       He would be holy… Luke 1:35
  269. Daniel 9:25…         Announced to his people 483 years, to the exact day, after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem… John 12:12-13
  270. Daniel 9:26a…     Killed… Matthew 27:35
  271. Daniel 9:26b…     Die for the sins of the world… Hebrews 2:9
  272. Daniel 9:26c…     Killed before the destruction of the temple… Matthew 27:50-51
  273. Daniel 10:5-6…    Messiah in a glorified state… Revelation 1:13-16
  274. Hosea 13:14…      He would defeat death… 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
  275. Joel 2:32…          Offer salvation to all mankind… Romans 10:12-13
  276. Micah 5:2a…        Born in Bethlehem… Matthew 2:1-2
  277. Micah 5:2b…         God’s servant… John 15:10
  278. Micah 5:2c…          From everlasting… John 8:58
  279. Haggai 2:6-9…        He would visit the second Temple… Lu. 2:27-32
  280. Haggai 2:23…          Descendant of Zerubbabel… Luke 3:23-27
  281. Zechariah 3:8…       God’s servant… John 17:4
  282. Zechariah 6:12-13…  Priest and King… Hebrews 8:1
  283. Zechariah 9:9a…      Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem… Matthew 21:8-10
  284. Zechariah 9:9b…      Beheld as King… John 12:12-13
  285. Zechariah 9:9c…      The Messiah would be just… John 5:30
  286. Zechariah 9:9d…      The Messiah would bring salvation… Luke 19:10
  287. Zechariah 9:9e…       The Messiah would be humble… Matthew 11:29
  288. Zechariah 9:9f…        Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey… Matthew 21:6-9
  289. Zechariah 10:4…        The cornerstone… Ephesians 2:20
  290. Zechariah 11:4-6a…    At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders… Matthew 23:1-4
  291. Zechariah 11:4-6b…    Rejection causes God to remove His protection… Luke 19:41-44
  292. Zechariah 11:4-6c…    Rejected in favor of another king… John 19:13-15
  293. Zechariah 11:7…         Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant… Matthew 9:35-36
  294. Zechariah 11:8a…        Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them… Matthew 23:33
  295. Zechariah 11:8b…         Despised… Matthew 27:20
  296. Zechariah 11:9…           Stops ministering to the those who rejected Him… Matthew 13:10-11
  297. Zechariah 11:10-11a…    Rejection causes God to remove protection… Luke 19:41-44
  298. Zechariah 11:10-11b…   The Messiah would be God… John 14:7
  299. Zechariah 11:12-13a…   Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver… Matthew 26:14-15
  300. Zechariah 11:12-13b…   Rejected… Matthew 26:14-15
  301. Zechariah 11:12-13c…   Thirty pieces of silver thrown into the house of the Lord… Matthew 27:3-5
  302. Zechariah 11:12-13d…   The Messiah would be God… John 12:45
  303. Zechariah 12:10a…       The Messiah’s body would be pierced… John 19:34-37
  304. Zechariah 12:10b…       The Messiah would be both God and man… John 10:30
  305. Zechariah 12:10c…       The Messiah would be rejected… John 1:11
  306. Zechariah 13:7a…        God’s will He die for mankind… John 18:11
  307. Zechariah 13:7b…       A violent death… Matthew 27:35
  308. Zechariah 13:7c…       Both God and man… John 14:9
  309. Zechariah 13:7d…      Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him… Matthew 26:31-56
  310. Malachi 3:1a…          Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah… Matthew 11:10
  311. Malachi 3:1b…         Sudden appearance at the temple… Mark 11:15-16
  312. Malachi 3:1c…        Messenger of the new covenant… Luke 4:43
  313. Malachi 4:5…        Forerunner in the spirit of Elijah… Matthew 3:1-2
  314. Malachi 4:6…       Forerunner would turn many to righteousness… Luke 1:16-17
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Rugged Cross“The choice we face is not, as many imagine, between heaven and hell. Rather, the choice is between heaven and this world. Even a fool would exchange hell for heaven; but only the wise will exchange this world for heaven.” -Dave Hunt, An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars: In Light of God’s Word

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters.” Matthew 6:21-24a

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, maker of the Star Wars movies. Over the last four decades Star Wars has consistently won the hearts and minds of viewers of all ages and is arguably one of the most lucrative and widespread cinematic enterprises ever to hit the silver screen. And with Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm back in 2012, provided the Lord tarries, Lucas’ legacy and message are all but guaranteed to thrive for years to come.  According to an online article from USA Today, “Disney expects to more aggressively expand the Star Wars film schedule, Iger [Disney CEO] said in a statement. Following the release of Episode VII in 2015, “our long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years,” Iger said. Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, Iger said, would follow “probably on a cadence of every other year and then go from there.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/10/30/disney-star-wars-lucasfilm/1669739/

Over the years, many studies have examined the marketing and message of the Star Wars industry in hopes of gleaning some of its “industrial magic”. It truly is one of the first movies ever to build such an enduring and successful toy/product line reaching almost four decades and spanning around the globe. Anyone alive in the late 70’s-mid 80’s should be able to testify to the Star Wars fan frenzy every December. There were literally empty toy shelves across the country and frantic parents braving the rain, sleet, and snow to make sure their children had the latest and greatest Star Wars action figures and accessories.

Very few movies have ever cemented themselves so thoroughly into the psyche of the masses.  Its enduring popularity alone should cause even the moderate Christian to pause and inquire a bit further. Interestingly, there are not that many resources thoroughly examining the spiritual/biblical implications of Star Wars.  With that in mind, along with the long anticipated Episode 7 on the virtual horizon, I hope this brief article serves to help readers understand some of the core concerns with the Star Wars message.

A Brief Testimony

As a child I was mesmerized by the Star Wars movie series (IV, V, and VI).  I had watched them so often I could recite almost every line from all three movies.  My parents did not raise me in the New Age (New Spirituality) or any religion for that matter.  My temple was mostly the theater and my doctrines formed from the movie mysticism I fed upon.  I can say without equivocation that Star Wars was one of the greatest influences on the false understanding I grew to embrace pertaining both to God and to myself.

There may be readers thinking that compared to the horror and gore riddled throughout today’s TV, video game, and movie entertainment, Star Wars is really nothing more than a benign sci-fi alternative featuring fanciful creatures, heroes, and villains from galaxies far, far away. But nothing could be further from the truth. Arguably Star Wars doesn’t contain much graphic gore. Neither is there much in the way of swearing, sex, and intense violence, but there is most definitely a message; one that is diabolical and deceitfully destructive through and through. It is a message that resonates with people from around the world and was intentionally designed to cement one simple idea into the hearts and minds of everyone watching, “May the force be with you.

The rest of this article will focus on several main points that readers should then be able to use to share with others. Hopefully these tools will add light to a message that has very much been injected and embraced even by many Christian families.

Point 1: The Family Structure

For a variety of reasons moms, not dads, tend to be the spiritual leaders in their households. And since that’s the case, moms are usually the ones guiding the spiritual landscape of their families. But who’s typically more interested in sci-fi, guys or girls? Typically guys are.

Over the years, I’ve spoken with many parents and fellow teachers and when talking with moms and female teachers, I almost always hear the same two basic responses, “I’m not even interested in things like Star Wars” and “I’m just happy my husband is doing something with our son”.  Can you see the problem here?  If moms are typically the spiritual leaders and they are not interested in the very thing their husbands and sons are bonding over, then how does that family really know if the messages they’re feeding on are spiritually “safe”?  The simple answer is they don’t.  

Point 2: George Lucas’ Message

It’s easy to forget that this world is full of messages and most of them don’t even originate from the pulpit.  Some messages might be hard to “swallow”, especially when shared with a Christian crowd. That old phrase “a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down” can definitely be applied to today’s media/entertainment industry.  Granted, some films are mostly made for entertainment value with little real content behind them; however there are others that have seemed to find a perfect mix of “sugar” and “medicine”. In other words, there are some movies that do a very good job of feeding the audience their message in such an entertaining and amusing way that the medicine (message) is widely and readily received.

disney-bought-george-lucas-ideas-for-the-new-star-wars-trilogy-and-then-scrapped-themGeorge Lucas is a master storyteller. He understands the nature of the viewer quite well. Some might argue that the message behind Star Wars is really not that intentional and that Lucas simply wanted to tell a story that would translate well on the big screen.  The following article shows a little insight into what Lucas had to say regarding the Star Wars message and his own understanding of what he was actually teaching the audience:

“Lucas, even after Empire, said as much in his story conference talk with scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan and director Richard Marquand before they started shooting Jedi:

      Kasdan: The Force was available to anyone who could hook into it?
      Lucas: Yes, everybody can do it.
      Kasdan: Not just the Jedi?
      Lucas: It’s just the Jedi who take the time to do it.
      Marquand: They use it as a technique.
      Lucas: Like Yoga. If you want to take the time to do it, you can do it; but the ones that really want to do it are the ones who are into that kind of thing. Also like karate.” http://www.starwars.com/news/so-what-the-heck-are-midi-chlorians

Despite any arguments to the contrary, Lucas most definitely understood what he was doing when he wrote the Star Wars saga. He understood how to to introduce a spiritual message that would appeal to the masses in a very personal way. Unfortunately, it worked.

Point 3: The Main Message

When audiences, both young and old alike, exit the movie theater, there is one simple message they will undoubtedly take with them, “May the force be with you.”  This sounds harmless enough, right?  Wrong! One day I was in another teacher’s classroom after school and her fourth grade son came in. She asked him to help pick up all the music stands and arrange the chairs. After she walked away, he looked at me with his hand stretched out, a smile on his face and remarked, “I wish I could use the Force right now.”  Understandably, he was somewhat just saying he didn’t want to work that hard in rearranging his mom’s classroom, but even though he might not have grasped the implications, he clearly understood the appeal.  After all, wouldn’t it be nice if we could tap into some sort of energy to manipulate both minds and matter to our will?  Oh, the flesh would love it!  We wouldn’t even need to summon a genie out of a lamp to do our bidding. We could actually become the genies and do whatever we wanted.  Isn’t that an appealing message, especially to children!  The apostle Paul, however, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit reminds us, When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11). The message of Star Wars, albeit simple, has been effectively taught with mass appeal and long lasting devotion. 

Point 4: The Main Character

As with all good stories, audiences have favorite Star Wars characters. Some are cute and others are brave. Some are perfect villains and others great victors. But there is arguably one character that rises above the rest; one character without whom the Star Wars story would not be a story at all. That character is the Force.

Star Wars SignThe new movie coming out December 18th, 2015 is number seven in the saga and entitled Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In one of the movie trailers, the voice of Luke Skywalker states, “The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.”

There are many clues woven throughout the saga as to how the Force actually works, but without getting too in depth, the Force is simply an impersonal energy/power that is neither good nor evil. This amoral Force is nothing new. George Lucas simply borrowed concepts from Hinduism, witchcraft, etc. and repackaged them to appeal to the masses.  Sorcerers, yogis, and shamans have long understood the reality of some power that can be “tapped” into and used to both benefit self and others.

Again, despite those who might think otherwise, the Star Wars Force, although a false replacement for the true God, is neither good nor bad. It is neither right nor wrong. Nor does it really care one way or the other about anything.  The western mind thinks in terms of morality, i.e. good vs. evil, however the Force is actually better understood in line with the yin and yang found in many eastern philosophies and religious practices, i.e. Taoism. The white side (yang) is not necessarily good. It simply is what it is. The black side (yin) is not evil. It is not understood to be anything other than the other side of the yin. Both are actually necessary and neither can be strictly measured morally.

As chapter 8 of the Huainanzi (an ancient Chinese text that consists of a collection of essays) claims:

“Yinyang embodies the harmony of heaven and earth, manifests the forms of myriad things, contains qi to transform the things and completes various kinds of things; yinyang extends and penetrates to the deepest level; begins in emptiness then becomes full and moves in boundless lands.” http://www.iep.utm.edu/yinyang/

This same article also explains, “Yin and yang are the qi [life force]of the universe. These qi flow within the natural as well as the human worlds. Thus qi, a force arising from the interplay between yin and yang, becomes a context in which yinyang is seated and functions.”  In other words, both sides (light and dark) are necessary for the force to properly function and eventually harmonize.  Witchcraft is understood in much the same way. White magik, although supposedly benevolent, is not defined in a morally “good” sense. Nor is black magik inherently evil. However since witchcraft has become so popularized in the west over the last few decades, there has been much westernized confusion mingled into its actual teachings.

One online article states, “Star Wars producer George Lucas said, “The Force is neutral, and it can be used for good or evil… The Force has two sides. It is not a malevolent or benevolent thing. It has a bad side to it involving hate and fear, and it has a good side, involving love, charity, fairness and hope. If you use it well, you can see the future and the past. You can sort of read minds and you can levitate and use that whole netherworld of psychic energy.” [TIME magazine – May 19, 1980]  His description of “the Force” seems to be right out of the occult and witchcraft. Constance Cumbey first alerted Christians to the New Age Movement’s occult association in her book The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow. She refers to Eva Dowling’s comment in a New Age “bible” that “…one may enter fully into the spirit of the ‘God of Force’”, which, in the New Age Movement, is a central spiritual being.  “Force” is a technical term used in witchcraft, which is what the films feature. Black (“bad”) and white (“good”) witchcraft are contrasting uses of the force of nature, which is defined as neutral but can be employed either way.” http://wordandtheworld.homestead.com/StarWars.html

Another online article says, “Christian author Pastor David J. Meyer, once a practicing witch, explains the true meaning of “May the Force be with you.” He wrote: “When real witches have sabats and esbats and meet as a coven, they greet each other by saying “Blessed be”, and when they part, they say “The Force be with you.” Both sides of this “Force” are Satan. It is not a good side of the force that overcomes the bad side of the force, but rather it’s the blood of Jesus Christ that destroys both sides of the satanic Force.”  http://www.vigilantchristian.org/starwars.html

The Star Wars Force is nothing less than the mystical and ancient power that has tied all religions together throughout the centuries.  It is not the same as the personal God of the Bible, but instead the Force provides the potential for people to have their own power as they discover how to tap into this universal power, essentially causing them to ‘evolve’ into their own gods.  This power has no will of its own, nor does it have a mind. Ultimately, who gets to make their own decisions, choosing their own fates and fortunes? We do. The Star Wars Force is really just a repackaged version of the original lie which Satan has been spreading since he first spoke with Eve in the Garden- “You shall be like gods…” (Genesis 3:5). 

The Force is not simply some creative, made-up character to help propel the Star Wars saga. In truth, it is the oldest and most popular of Satan’s lies, the one used to plague and propel billions of people into a horrible, Christ-less eternity.

Interestingly, the Force is actually found in the Bible. In Daniel, the Lord wrote pertaining to the Antichrist, “But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things” (Daniel 11:38). [Emphasis mine]  This is the only time this Hebrew word is translated “forces”.  It is perhaps more than a little interesting that the only time God’s Word uses the idea of a false “god of forces” is to describe the Antichrist himself.

Point 5: A Jesus Replacement (An Anitchrist)

There are all sorts of occult ideas riddled throughout much of today’s media/entertainment; however there is a consistent theme routinely employed to pull in audiences. The story usually starts with a child or young adult who is either an orphan or in an environment he/she wants to escape from. The young person soon finds a mentor, or the mentor finds the child. And what is the mentor’s message?  “You’re special. You’re different. You have so much hidden potential within you. You just don’t know it yet. You have the potential to lead people to victory.” It then becomes the mentor’s duty to help the young, naïve child discover how to exercise his/her untapped mystical skills through a variety of eastern practices, i.e. mindless meditation, visualization, etc.  Soon the mentor takes a backseat, letting the student become the leader in some sort of rescue mission to save humanity.

Luke with LightsaberThis kind of message is often confused within Christian communities who are too often looking for ways to build bridges to a lost and deceived world. Over the years there have been a variety of so-called Christian books, Bible studies, and outreaches based on movies such as The Matrix, Star Wars, etc.  When The Matrix was still really popular, I had a seventh grade student who insisted that Neo (the main character in The Matrix; similar to Luke Skywalker) was a type of Jesus.  Plenty of people have made the same incorrect connection with Luke Skywalker.  After all, Luke rises in power to rescue the universe.  But there is one big problem with this conclusion.  In every occult based movie, whether Dune, The Matrix, or Star Wars, the main character rises in power to rescue civilization, but not for the purpose of knowing the personal and loving God who created the universe.  They always rise up with a message of self-discovery leading to self-deliverance which is passed on to others so they too can become their own empowered self-deliverers (gods).

This isn’t the message of the true Jesus Christ, rather the message of the “God of forces”, the Antichrist. This is the message of Satan, and it’s been the same lie since the Garden of Eden!

After peeling away the personalities and general likability of Luke Skywalker, Obi-wan Kenobi, Yoda, other Jedi knights and masters, viewers are left with the clear conclusion that these characters are nothing other than wizards, sorcerers, and priests practicing mysticism in hopes of ascending until they reach their final goal: godhood.  Interestingly, there has been a steady interest and acceptance over the last couple decades in actually developing and practicing a Jedi Knight religion, especially in the UK. It’s being called Jediism and is recognized as an official religion. In the 2010 UK census, almost 200,000 people identified as holding to the teachings of the Jedi Knight. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9737886/Jedi-religion-most-popular-alternative-faith.html. Clearly, many people around the world understand the mystical doctrines which have so very plainly and intentionally been intertwined into the Star Wars storyline.

Sorcery’s rebellious foundations and seductive and dangerously deceptive doctrines all come from devils and are completely opposed to the true Gospel. Because of this, the Lord has understandably given very harsh consequences for those practicing such things.  Carefully consider a few familiar Scriptures:

  • “A man also or woman that has a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death…” Leviticus 20:27.
  • “There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.” Deuteronomy 18:11.
  • “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” 1 Samuel 15:23. [Emphasis mine]
  • “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.” Galatians 5:21-23. [Emphasis mine]
  • “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8. [Emphasis mine]

Point 6: Altering the Very Character of God

“It’s just a movie” is often the excuse heard when people are confronted with content concerns.  Perhaps we too have essentially said the very same thing, maybe not aloud, but by our actions. While it is clear that movies are a modern form of entertainment, there is nothing that says entertainment is intrinsically harmless. Those who have become addicted to and corrupted by pornography can testify that movies can be much more than just movies. Again movies often contain messages and messages (words) have meaning. Once those messages are embraced, even a little bit, they have at least the very real potential of altering our view of the truth.

Jesus said, “If you stay in My Word, My disciples you will be, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). Ultimately, the goal of God’s Word is to know God.  Jesus taught that the Word of God is the seed which needs to be planted in soft hearts. But the world has seeds as well. The Bible doesn’t have the market cornered on the meaning of life.  There are many false ideas of life and its purpose, all of which emanate from the deepest of all concepts… the character of God Himself.  The highest goal for any human is to truly know God, to understand and know the One who created this universe, the One who rescued humanity by dying for all their sins so we could freely and fully return to Him through His one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is our door, our only door, yet Satan is subtle and knows that in order to keep people from coming he must provide other doors. And to keep Christians for growing closer to our Savior, at least some of those doors must look pretty close to the original.

Specific to Star Wars, since the main character (the Force) is really a pseudo-type of god, the danger with this movie’s message in particular is the potential it has in manipulating viewers’ understanding of the true God revealed in the Bible.  There are many ways of corrupting our understanding of the Lord; however one of the main methods is two-fold: deprivation and supplementation.

If a person is deprived of the truth found in God’s Word he will most likely be much more susceptible to receiving a supplemental replacement.  This won’t necessarily mean a believer replaces his ultimate understanding of the true God for a lie. It does mean that a lie can be introduced as a supplement (in addition to), over time leading to a synthesized (mixed) god.  Some of the believer’s understanding will be biblical and some will not.  This of course is true at some level for all of us since we all deal with the flesh and the world every day; however we should all be seeking to increase our understanding of the true God, not running out to be fed a bunch of amusing lies.

There are several so-called Christian books and articles seeking to make comparisons between the Force and the Lord God of the Bible. The issue here is that although there may be a few similarities between the two, there are also differences and it’s always the differences that make the difference. As within all areas of life, one does not learn to exercise discernment by simply focusing on similarities. We must always examine the differences if we are to actually build our understanding properly.  A doctor never simply looks at what’s right with her patient. She must examine what is wrong if she is to correctly diagnose and treat the person. The same is true for the mechanic, the teacher, the parent, etc.

A few vital differences between the Force and the true God of the Bible:

The Force The True God of the Bible
Impersonal Personal

(John 17, 1 John 5:20)

Part of Creation Outside of Creation

(Genesis 1, John 1:1-3, Col. 1:16)

Not a Savior The one true Savior

(Isaiah 45:21-22, John 3:16-17)

Point 7: The Faith of Feelings

Trusting in our feelings is one of the biggest lies ever sold to humanity. Sadly, we live in a generation that is not only encouraged to embrace their feelings, but celebrate them regardless of how depraved. The moral line that at least used to be outwardly recognized has now been erased and replaced by a much more deceptive and subjective standard – feelings.  There seems to be no part of today’s society that does not tell us to “let our hearts be our guide” and Star Wars is no different. Consider a couple excerpts from the following articles:

“Unraveling Absolutes by focusing on subjective feelings:  “God is perfect and absolutely perfect. Obi-Wan teaches Anakin the concept that absolutes belong on the evil side when he says “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.” As Christians we understand that Jesus was without sin and God is absolutely good. By teaching Anakin absolutes belong on the evil side, Obi-Wan is teaching a Luciferian concept that the God of Moses, absolutely good, is evil.” http://www.vigilantchristian.org/starwars.html

Referring to Obi-Wan’s teacher, the author of Naming a Jedi writes, “He became Qui-Gon Jinn, a powerful Force-adept who relied on his subconscious urges (‘the will of the Force’) to a degree that discomfited those around him, a quality destined to bring both great suffering and, in the end, the salvation of the galaxy. Young Obi-Wan would learn from him a commitment to trusting his instincts, something he would pass on to Luke decades later (‘trust your feelings!’). … “In Star Wars, there is more ambiguity — ‘use the Force’ and ‘use your instincts’ are synonymous, and yet one implies faith in the supernatural and one implies faith in the self. I explain this as two different ways to characterize the intuitive impulses that well from within us….”  Originally from Naming a Jedi. Quoted in- http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/star-wars.htm.

While Luke is unsuccessfully learning to use his lightsaber during training, Obi-Wan Kenobi instructs him to cover his eyes and let his mind go blank and simply trust his feelings.  Basically to become an expert in the Force, Luke and all Jedis must cease from thinking and instead put all their trust in their feelings.  There isn’t one single Scripture that even eludes to mankind ever putting trust in their hearts.  There are plenty of verses, however that give very clear reminders of just how deceptive and destructive the human heart truly is. Here are just a few examples:

  • “Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that does good, no, not one.” Psalm 53:3
  • “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
  • “He that trusts in his own heart is a fool…” Proverbs 28:26a

To See or Not to See (Should you see the movie?) 

Some will say yes. Some will say yes, but then want to point out the errors to their children. Some will say no. No matter what direction people are led, may we choose to be led by the Lord and His Word, not man’s opinions and certainly not our own personal feelings. Job’s reminder to make a heartfelt  covenant with his eyes most definitely applies to every area of our lives, including the entertainment we choose to watch. (Job 31:1)

A few things to consider… Some will choose to see the movie and simply dismiss it as entertainment. Hopefully this article has helped to address enough issues to make it clear that Star Wars is far from simple amusement. For those who might choose to watch the movie with their families and then point out the errors, you may want to evaluate the most beneficial way to teach about the dangerous errors of doctrine and practice. For example, do we take our children to strip clubs or bars to explain the issues of drunkenness and lust? There may be wisdom at times in engaging head on with particular errors, however involving our children, especially our young children in these engagements, is questionable at best.  We also might need to be honest with ourselves, making sure we really want to examine and expose error and not simply find a reason to enjoy a little “entertainment”.

Now what?  What to do from here? 

Although this article is specific to Star Wars, I hope it encourages readers to remember that all media contains messages, many of which are not made for the purpose of glorifying the Lord. Keep praying and studying God’s Word and continue keeping your ear to the ground. There are always new avenues for the enemy to transport his lies; however the lies are typically not that different. Repackaged? Yes. New and improved? Not really.  The basic story in Star Wars is found in many books, movies, and video games.  Don’t be afraid to engage your children. Ask them questions. If they have a favorite show, book, or video game, children typically won’t hesitate to tell you everything about it. Be patient and let the Lord work in their hearts and minds as you continue reading the Word and praying with them.

The goal isn’t so much to get believers to stop doing certain things as it is to get them to keep growing in their love for Jesus. As we draw closer to Jesus, we will always begin to see just how destructive this world really is. As the song goes, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”  Teach your children to understand and know the Lord by studying His Word and personally praying to Him regularly. (1 John 5:20-21) In doing so they will begin to understand they’re not giving anything up by letting go of this world.  After all, it’s difficult to cling to Jesus when both hands are full of the world. But when we see the glory and splendor of our King, how can we do anything less than hold tightly to Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength?  Ultimately, no matter what the influence, it should always boil down to one simple thing… love Jesus more, and love the world less.

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6

A few helpful resource article links: (While the information in the articles below is helpful, we are not necessarily endorsing everything from these ministries. As always, we are all responsible for searching the Scriptures, as well as examining the avenues of Satan’s lies for ourselves.)

 

eagle-nebula[1]The closer we get to Jesus’ return, the more the discussion continues migrating to outer space. The more errors that continue being exposed from evolutionary philosophies focused on planet earth, i.e. geology, genetics, etc., the more the argument gets launched deep into space.

In all the arguments and discussions involving the so-called final frontier, aliens seem to be the new missing link. The problem, however, is that even if aliens were real, they could never bring salvation to the sinful soul. They could never solve the issue of evil. They would simply serve as one more missionary field to be evangelized.

“You are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside Me there is no Savior.” Isaiah 43:10-11

Below is an insightful and biblical Q&A regarding extraterrestrials from Dave Hunt (The Berean Call).
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Question: What’s your view of extraterrestrials?

Answer: “There are many biblical reasons for not accepting the idea of intelligent life beyond earth other than angels and demons.”

“First of all, it would be impossible for morally responsible humanoids anywhere in the universe to keep from sin. If they had the genuine right of choice, it must inevitably have been used to disobey God. Thus they would require salvation.”

“Secondly, Jesus Christ is the only Savior, and His death is the one and only perfect sacrifice for sins ever offered in the universe (Hb 9:23-28;10:12-14). If there are morally free agents on other planets, they would have to believe in Christ for salvation.”

“Thirdly, God has gone to great lengths to give us an historically verifiable record of His Son’s death and resurrection at the hands of eyewitnesses and this message is contained in a Bible which can be verified in many ways by the inhabitants of earth (geographically, archaeologically, etc.) and which would not be available to ETIs. It would seem both unfair and a violation of God’s way of dealing with mankind for beings elsewhere in space to be required to believe in a Savior who was crucified on a distant planet.”

“Fourthly, the Bible seems to indicate that this earth is the only such place in the universe. When Satan is cast out of heaven, he comes to earth; it is on this planet that the battle will be fought resulting in Satan’s defeat and imprisonment in the abyss; it is on this earth that Christ will reign for 1,000 years while Satan is locked up; it is to this planet that Satan will return when he is released; and it is on this planet that Satan will meet his final defeat and his eternal doom will be sealed.”

“Finally, if life happened by chance on this earth and evolved upward, then it could seemingly happen elsewhere in the universe. But if, as we believe, human life resulted from a purposeful act of God, and if sin is inevitable for such beings, and if the human soul is the prize for which Satan and God do battle, then it hardly makes sense to have this same process repeated on countless other planets throughout the cosmos.” ~Dave Hunt

 

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For those who’ve had loved ones go on ahead of them to their home in glory, today (Resurrection Sunday) truly is THE DAY that brings eternal hope that we’ll soon meet again.

“If the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead…” 1 Corinthians 15:17-20

The resurrection of Jesus is not wishful thinking to make loved ones feel better.  Jesus not only historically died, but historically raised Himself from the dead. Praise God, He is the alive forevermore!  (For several excellent articles on the historical evidence of Jesus’ resurrection, go to: Resurrection of Christ.)

In Revelation 1:18, Jesus reminds us, “I am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”  

“For You are my hope, O Lord GOD: You are my trust from my youth.” Psalm 71:5

“You are  my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Your word.” Psalm 119:114

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

 

 

Boy Reading the holy bible“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 

As parents and teachers, we have so many balls in the air at any given time, losing track of what’s most important can happen quickly. With all the business of our days, it’s easy to let too many opportunities slip by. With the eternal destinies of this next generation at stake, it’s this author’s opinion that we, as Christians, should not only make good use of the many teachable moments, but we should also be THE most intentional in actually making opportunities to biblically train those we’ve been entrusted with by the Lord.  Before entering their land, the Lord through Joshua commanded the priests to set up stones. Why? These stones would be used as an opportunity to generate discussion and training for the next generation of Israel. “That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?” Joshua 4:6.  If the Lord can use stones to remind Israel’s children and fathers of His greatness and glory, how much more so His Word!

With this in mind and Resurrection Sunday literally right around the corner, there are several activity ideas included below that might serve as intentional and biblical teaching opportunities for years to come. Perhaps some of these family ideas could even replace those traditional “Easter” children’s activities, too many of which have really nothing to do with Resurrection Day.

1. Clue Hunt- Choose several key Resurrection prophecies, print them out, fold and place them in little plastic tupperware containers and hide them around the house or yard. Have children search for them, then put the verses in Bible book order. Later look them up and even find the New Testament fulfillment verses. Talk about why true clues (prophecies) are so important in trusting God’s Word.

The following link serves as a great resource containing many of Jesus’ Old Testament prophecies and their New Testament fulfillment — https://unityinthetruth.com/2017/04/22/old-testament-prophecies-of-jesus-christ-prophecy-as-proof/.

2. Find the Lamb- Purchase a small stuffed lamb or print a picture of a lamb. Look up several of the main Old Testament and New Testament verses referring to The Lamb. Starting on Palm Sunday, put the Lamb in different rooms of your house. Do not hide it. Remember, starting on what we call Palm Sunday (Nisan 10), the Jewish people were bringing lambs to Jerusalem to be observed until they were killed on the 14th. Jesus was coming not to hide, but to be observed and found sinless.Lamb on Rock

For each location you move the lamb, include one of the Lamb verses. Once someone finds the Lamb, he/she will get to read the verse at breakfast or dinner, then discuss it further as the Lord leads. (Some of the main “Lamb” verses in the Bible- John 1:36, Genesis 3:21( Possibly a lamb was killed to cloth Adam and Eve), Genesis 22:7-8, Exodus 12:5-6, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, 1 Peter 1:19, Revelation 5:11-13, Revelation 7:10, Revelation 12:11, Revelation 15:3, Revelation 19:9, Revelation 21:22-23,27, Revelation 22:3, John 3:16)

Also consider playing the following song- “You are My All in All“. It’s a great reminder of  Jesus being the Lamb of God and our All in All.

Author’s Note: When showing cartoon or live action movies portraying Bible accounts, please use wisdom and discernment. Many Bible movies claim to be about Jesus, however actors of Jesus are not Jesus. We do not know what Jesus looked like, plus He no longer looks like He did while He was here. We definitely don’t want to unintentionally put a false image in place of the true Jesus revealed to us by His Holy Spirit as we read His Word. Also, we must be careful to explain to children that there are always subjective dialog and events in Bible movies that are additions to Scripture in order to make a Bible account make sense as a film. Ultimately, make sure your children understand what is actually in God’s Word.

3. Set it Straight- Choose small sections of the last few weeks of Jesus’ life prior to His crucifixion. Print them out and cut each part, then put them in a bag. Shake the bag to mix them up and then dump out the verses. Have one person or a group put the events in order. Time each group to see how quickly they can do it.(Possible reference chapters to choose events from: Matthew 19-28, Mark 13-16, Luke 18-24, John 12, 18-21.)

4. Match ‘Em Up- To keep from getting lost we need to know our addresses. Print out several New Testament fulfillment verses and their addresses surrounding Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. See the link for Activity 1- Clue Hunt.  Print and then cut out each of the verses and addresses separately. Mix them up in a shoe box or bag. Work in groups to match up the verses and addresses. Time each person or group to see who can do it the fastest.

5. Focusing on Passover– Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was paralleled with the Jewish Passover. He entered Jerusalem on the same day as the lambs for Passover, Nisan 10. He was crucified on the same day as the sacrifices on Nisan 14. (For one audio article touching on some of this information, go to: Was Palm Sunday a Fulfillment of Prophecy?)

6. Greatest Prophecies! With older kids, take time to explore two of the Bible’s most amazing prophecies- Isaiah 53 and Daniel 9. To begin further study on these two chapters, go to- The Doctrine of Salvation in the Book of Isaiah and Daniel 9:25 Q & A

7. The Last Adam Video by: Answers in Genesis/The Creation Museum. This excellent 15 minute video focuses on Jesus being the Last Adam. It is definitely worth watching as a family.  It is both tastefully and biblically done. You may want to watch ahead of time to determine if it’s appropriate for your younger children.  Go to: The Last Adam video OldRuggedCross_B&W(15:00)

Interestingly, the children involved in these activities won’t be the only ones growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we, as adults, read through the Scriptures, prayerfully planning the activities in hopes of training young people, it is inevitable that we will grow as well.

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20 


A couple other articles on biblical prophecy to encourage and bolster our own understanding: 

 

 

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“We are raising a generation on the spiritual junk food of religious videos, movies, youth entertainment, and comic book paraphrases of the Bible. The Word of God is being rewritten, watered down, illustrated, and dramatized in order to cater to the taste of the carnal mind. That only leads further into the wilderness of doubt and confusion.”  ~Dave Hunt

When driving through a big city, it’s easy to get distracted, redirected, and even lost.  We can find our eyes quickly wandering from the road, pulled away by the bright lights and tall buildings.  Street signs are literally piled one upon another with arrows pointing in every direction, not to mention all the chaos of car horns and sirens.  Sometimes the same thing can be said when trying to navigate our Christian walk.

Truth-vs-lie 2It’s easy to get pulled in a lot of different doctrinal directions, misled by the opinions of men, especially as a young believer. God’s Word instructs us to “Be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive…” Ephesians 4:14.  Sadly, there are too many teachers willing to offer their confusing and often times contaminated philosophies to unsuspecting seekers stopping to ask directions, sending them the wrong way down bumpy avenues and dark alleys.

As a born again believer in Jesus Christ, it’s essential to diligently navigate using God’s Word, not man’s opinions or doctrines of devils. One thing that seems to get many Christians misguided in their doctrinal direction is the false notion of evolution.  If a young believer begins reading Genesis at face value it won’t be long before it occurs to him that the Genesis account of creation is in direct contrast to evolutionary teachings.  Now this young believer has a choice.  He can either ignore the first several chapters of Genesis, assuming they are mythological, he can read it as it’s written, or try to blend the evolution and literal creation accounts together.

The goal for the rest of this blog is to provide the first two of five key “sign posts” to help navigate through the concerns and confusion of the evolution vs. creation debate in hopes of keeping born again believers headed in the right direction.

signpost 5Sign Post 1:  The literal intent of Genesis.  Too often people decide to deal with the creation/evolution debate by categorizing Genesis as allegory or mythology.  The problem with this is threefold.  First, the text itself is written as a historical not an allegorical account.  Most Hebrew scholars agree that the Genesis creation account is meant to be understood historically, not simply as some metaphoric storyline. (Note: Mentioning scholars here isn’t to lift up men, but rather to make the simple point that those studying the Hebrew text as a career do have sound input for this point of the argument.)  Of course this doesn’t mean these same scholars have chosen to believe the creation account, but they do at least agree that the text itself is intended to be taken literally, not allegorically.

Dr. James Barr (Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University), who himself does not believe Genesis is true history, nonetheless admitted as far as the language of Genesis is concerned that-

“So far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Gen. 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that (a) creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience (b) the figures contained in the Genesis genealogies provided by simple addition a chronology from the beginning of the world up to later stages in the biblical story (c) Noah’s Flood was understood to be worldwide and extinguish all human and animal life except for those in the ark.” 1.

Making the Genesis creation account allegorical would be akin to believing your car’s navigation system was not meant to be taken literally.  This would not only add confusion, but would inevitably and continually get everyone in the car lost, rendering the navigation device useless.

Secondly, Jesus Himself quoted from Genesis as a literal text.  For example, when asked about divorce, referring to Genesis 1 and 2, He said, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female? And said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Matthew 19:4.  Also consider that every writer from the Bible referencing people from Genesis 1-11, i.e. Satan, Adam, Eve, Enoch, Noah, etc. always did so in a literal way. None of the men moved by the Holy Spirit to pen God’s Word ever gave even a slight indication that Genesis was anything but a true historical record.

The third issue with allegorizing the beginning chapters of Genesis is simply this: If the beginning is not historical, then where does the allegory end?  Genesis means book of beginnings.  It’s the record of the how the universe, earth, and mankind began. It’s also the account of the origin of God’s appointed nation, Israel.  There are no grammatical differences indicating chapters 12-50 are to be understood any differently than the first eleven chapters.  Therefore if the first eleven are intended to be allegorical, then why wouldn’t the rest of the book follow suit?  Ironically, those professing Christians claiming the beginning of Genesis is mythological usually don’t ascribe the same interpretive philosophy for the remainder of the book.  This is inconsistent and contradictory at best.  Genesis is meant to be read as the text is written.  Just as it is in any other book, if there are analogies or allegories, it will be clear from the text.

signpost 7Sign Post 2:  Evolution is not a science, but a religion.  Although we exist in a post-modern society, we are still heavily influenced by the philosophies of the early to mid 20th Century.  That is to say we are still quickly beguiled by whatever calls itself science.  There was a time when men believed science was going to be the answer to all the world’s problems.  The issue here is most of mankind’s real problems are caused from his own corrupted, sinful heart and science has no ability to reach the spirit of man.  So in order to supplement the innate lack within science itself and in hopes of making a total departure from the True God of the Bible, men have chosen to ascribe scientific terminology and credentials to spiritual notions.  If you put a robe on a man and place him behind a pulpit he appears religious, however if you put a lab coat on the same man and place him behind a lectern, he appears knowledgeable and scientific regardless of how existential his teachings are.   This is probably the most important sign post of all.  So many people have been duped into believing that evolution is scientific when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. (Note: Due to the overview nature of this article, I will not delve too deeply into this sign post, but because of its importance, several links are provided below for further study.)  Considering the following quotes by two non-Christians:

“In fact, evolution became in a sense a scientific religion; almost all scientists have accepted it and many are prepared to ‘bend’ their observations to fit in with it.” (British physicist, H.S. Lipson)2.

“Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion—a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit in this one complaint. . . the literalists [i.e., creationists] are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.” (Michael Ruse, History and Philosophy Professor, Author of The Darwinian Revolution (1979),Darwinism Defended (1982), and Taking Darwin Seriously (1986). 3.

Real science, the science that builds rocket ships, makes satellites, etc. is not the same as “molecules to man” evolution.  Operational science cares nothing about the meaning of life. If interviewed, most would readily admit that the meaning of life is a spiritual, not scientific pursuit. Yet, in the ultimate sense, evolution attempts to serve as a framework with which all knowledge must be weighed against; a framework that is supposed to explain what life really is all about. Evolution is, in fact, not just a story about where all things originated from, but a story about where we are and where we’re headed.  It actually serves as the overarching historical record of everything related to this universe and mankind. The big picture of evolution really does attempt to be the answer for the origin and meaning of all life.  When all its scientific garb is stripped away, evolution is a spiritual philosophy attempting to replace God’s Word and sadly even God Himself! 

Many may also not realize that evolution, the idea that one creature has the ability to shift into a totally separate and distinct creature, is the basis for every occultic, shamanistic, and polytheistic belief system.  Consider the following quote from occult researcher and Bible apologist, Dave Hunt:

“Evolution plays a key role in the occult.  Theodore Roszak pointed out that mysticism is ‘the parent stock from which the theory of biological evolution springs.’  Anthropologist Michael Harner reminds us that ‘millennia before Charles Darwin, people in shamanic cultures were convinced that humans and animals were related.’  Evolution, as the core belief of Hinduism and witchcraft,is at least as old as the theories of reincarnation and karma, in which it is a key element.” (Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion, p. 20.)

In fact, the natural (or better stated, spiritual) progression of evolution follows that man only has one final step in his ascension.  That step — godhood.  Sadly, this is the very lie that Satan himself was self-deceived by and later fed to the entire human race. (Genesis 3:5Isaiah 14:14.)  Robert Jastrow, the founder and director for many years of the Goddard Space Institute that sent Pioneer and Voyager said, “Evolution could have been going on in some planets 10 billion years longer than on this planet, and those beings would be as far beyond man on the evolutionary scale as man is beyond a worm. And when we see them, they would seem like gods to us.” 4.

W. L. Wilmer is one of the leading authorities on masonry. In his book, The Meaning of Masonry,   he says:   “The evolution of man into superman—(see, we’re not just talking about evolving in the human beings, but evolving upward to godhood.)—the evolution of man into superman was always the purpose of the ancient mysteries. Man who has sprung from the earth and developed through the lower kingdoms of nature to his present rational state has yet to complete his evolution by becoming a godlike being, and unifying his conscience with the omniscient.” 5.

It is this writer’s biblical conviction that the philosophy of evolution will never be abandoned in the minds and hearts of men, not because it’s so essential for scientific advancement, but because evolution is utterly crucial as THE framework for spiritual deception.  Evolution is, in reality, the ultimate framework deluding billions of hearts and minds into believing they might actually have a chance to become their own gods.  Evolution is as the Bible calls it, a “science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20) and stands in direct and complete opposition to God’s Word. It leads many to destruction and many believers into an ineffective walk, doubting their faith in God’s Word, fearing men instead of God.

As we choose to faithfully follow God’s Word, may we carefully consider the sign posts placed along the way.  God has lovingly given us His true and perfect Word to keep us from getting lost and from misdirecting others from the truth that is found in Jesus Christ alone.  

“Evolution is really at the heart of [the occult].   This is how we become gods, and evolution of course, causes you to believe in some kind of a force innate within the universe that is moving us in the direction of godhood.   Therefore, if you can tap into this force through yoga or some other spiritual technique, and you can accelerate your progress towards godhood and gain this power.   So evolution plays a really important role and also plays an important role, it has cost an awful young people their faith.   Of course you can’t destroy real faith, but an awful lot of young people who were in Christian homes, who believed in God, who believed in the Bible, when they are confronted by some bright professor in a university or even in high school who says, look, Genesis is a myth, that’s not the way it happened, it happened through evolution.   And because this is science speaking they believe it, well then they’ve had the rug pulled out from under them, and an awful lot of young people have turned away from God from Christianity because of evolution.” ~Dave Hunt, Audio Discussion of The Occult Invasion, Pt. 3)

“Your Word is true from the beginning.” Psalm 119:160a (KJV)

“Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.” Proverbs 30:5

“Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” Psalm 40:4

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16

(Part 2: Posted Soon)

Helpful Articles for Further Study: (Please note that although all the articles below provide excellent insight to the necessity of believing a literal, 6 day creation as taught plainly in God’s Word, this blog does not necessarily support every teaching found on other websites, especially those dealing with the promotion of Calvinistic doctrines, i.e. T.U.L.I.P. and Replacement Theology.)

Footnotes:

  1. J. Barr, personal letter to David Watson, April 23, 1984.
  2. H.S. Lipson, “A Physicist Looks at Evolution”, Physics Bulletin (V. 31, n.d. 1980).
  3. Michael Ruse, “Saving Darwinism from the Darwinians,” National Post (May 13, 2000), B3.
  4. http://www.thebereancall.org/content/world-getting-ready-son-perdition
  5. http://www.thebereancall.org/content/occult-invasion-revisit-part-three-evolution-demonic

This video, courtesy of  Once Lost Ministries, is based on a previous post entitled “Christ Esteem or Esteeming Christ“.  

 

Jesus said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26-27

 

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Bible Light Bulb ImageLovers of Self- A Sign of the End: We live in an era that is literally saturated with pop-psychological jargon.  From the news stands to the TV to America’s school curricula, Freudian, Jungian, Adlerian, etc. philosophies have inundated the human perspective at every turn. Although men have always been lovers of self, there has never been a time in history where the solution for all men’s ills has been so falsely sold as simply having high self-esteem.

Yes, worldly thinking will continue to get worse and worse, but having it flow so pervasively throughout the body of Christ is truly a sign of the last days!  “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves… Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:1-2a. 3, 7

The Holy Spirit’s warning here isn’t for the world, but for the church and one of the men who has arguably most  infected the body of Christ with the false doctrine of self-esteem is Dr. James Dobson. Dobson has authored or coauthored 36 books and sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide. The Focus on the Family radio broadcast reportedly reaches 200 millions listeners in 164 countries each day.  His grandfatherly demeanor perhaps gives the impression that his advice can only bring healing, but sadly the seeds of deceit planted by his worldly philosophies will continue producing unrighteous fruit until the Lord returns with His saints.

Dr. Dobson has unashamedly expressed innumerable times that the biggest problem in all humanity is low self-esteem. Therefore it would stand to reason that his number one solution for mankind is not the Gospel, but a good self-esteem.  In his book Hide or Seek he says,

  • “… whenever the keys to self-esteem are seemingly out of reach for a large percentage of the people, as in twentieth-century America, then widespread ‘mental illness,’ neuroticism, hatred, alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, and social disorder will certainly occur. Personal worth is not something human beings are free to take or leave. We must have it, and when it is unattainable, everybody suffers. … a sizable proportion of all human activity is devoted to the task of shielding us from the inner pain of inferiority. I believe this is to be the most dominant force in life” (Hide or Seek, pp. 20-21, 152). (Emphasis added.)

There are several excellent resources (posted below) on the subject of James Dobson and the problems with self-esteem.  The purpose of this post, however, is to expose a layer beneath this, examining a repackaged version of self-esteem that may be less easily detected.

Two Techniques: In every industry there are those talented enough to sell.  Whether it’s an idea or product, to get ahead in the business world, it is important that one understands the nature of sales. For some this comes quite naturally and for others it takes study and practice.  Two basic techniques of selling might be called “Problem/Solution” and “Repackaging”.  The first is what Dr. Dobson is famous for.  He presents the problem as being low self-esteem.  He does this by telling many stories, the kind that tug on your heart strings and before you know it your feelings end up trumping your intellect. You begin developing an emotional connection with the misinformation.  Given enough time, the listener also develops an atrophied ability to reason.  Then, after you are so emotionally invested, Dr. Dobson triumphantly declares the sole solution being a healthy self-esteem. Although this technique is worth an in depth examination, the second sales technique will be the focus for the remainder of this post.

“Repackaging” has been around since almost the beginning of time.  Satan repackaged the fruit of knowledge of good and evil as a product that would bring wisdom, not death.  After all, wisdom is a good, godly thing, right?  Yes, if it’s from the Creator.  Creation, however,can never bring men true, everlasting, and godly wisdom!  “Repackaging” can also be thought of as the Trojan Horse approach.  The whole purpose to this technique, of course, is to make whatever you’re selling seem more appealing to the person you’re selling it to.

When it comes to the idea of self-esteem, there’s most assuredly been a “repackaging” over the last several decades in hopes of making it more palatable, even to  many fundamental Christians.  The history of this modern day “repackaging” really goes back to Norman Vincent Peale and Robert Schuller. (For more, see The Berean Call’s newsletter articles “Toward the Prize” and “Psychology in Prophecy”)

Too many of today’s professing Bible teachers have continued offering millions of followers this destructive fruit as the ultimate form of wisdom, carefully keeping their teachings hidden in biblical jargon.  They talk of Jesus and godliness, yet carefully woven into their messages is the idea that Christ has come to heal us of all our negative self-concepts, that Christ has come to bring about a “healthy” self-esteem within us.  They say, “Let’s focus on Jesus”, but too often Jesus is not their ultimate goal. What many of them really mean to say is, “Let’s focus on Jesus so we can finally feel good about ourselves.”  To illustrate this better, consider this brief illustration.

  • A boy goes to school sad because he’s picked on every day and never first in line.  He’s never chosen first to be on anyone’s team at recess and at lunch he has trouble finding a place to sit.  He comes home every day feeling bad because he just isn’t popular at school.  Then one day the boy discovers a beautiful rock as he explores his backyard, a rock like no other.  It’s full of colors. Parts are shiny while other sections are clear.  When held up to the light the rock shimmers and glistens, sending the sun’s rays bouncing in every direction.  He decides to bring it to school for show and tell and immediately everyone wants to see the rock.  Suddenly the boy is the most popular kid in school.  Everyone wants to be his friend.  Then one day he loses the rock.  He looks everywhere, but can’t find it.  He reluctantly goes to school, but once the other kids find out he no longer has the rock, the boy goes back to being ordinary and quickly loses his popularity.  His sadness comes knocking and he’s quick to let it in.  A few weeks later, the boy begins digging, but this time not in the dirt, but in his Bible.  He finds another Rock, but this time it is Christ.  He finds the Savior and calls out to Jesus, asking Him to forgive his selfishness, to forgive his sinfulness against the Creator.  The boy gladly receives God’s full and free pardon and adoption into God’s family.  As the boy begins searching and studying the Word, he quickly realizes that his selfish pursuits were simply that, selfish.  He finds Galatians 2:20, Luke 9:23, and Luke 14:26 and soon begins to understand that life is not about feeling good about himself, but simply turning from self to God, serving Jesus, not the flesh.

In this little story, the boy first used a rock to make him feel good about himself. Then he found the true Rock, Jesus Christ, who taught him that Jesus isn’t here to make him feel good about himself, rather to free him from self so that he could finally begin learning about the God who is eternally good.  This story sums up what much of Christianity has become.

You see, too often the popular teachings of self-esteem have been carefully repacked to appear biblical so they will more readily be acceptable to those in the church.  For example, people will say that Jesus came to make us feel good about ourselves.  Another goes something like this, “Once Jesus is in your life, you can now have a healthy self-image, realizing how worth it you are. After all Jesus died for you.  He paid the ultimate price proving how valuable you are.”

On her website, in a section entitled Everyday Answers, Joyce Meyer says, “We all need to accept ourselves, embrace our personalities and even our imperfections, knowing that although we are not where we need to be, we are making progress. Jesus died for us because we have weaknesses and imperfections, and we don’t have to reject ourselves because of them. God wants us to love ourselves and enjoy how He’s made us!” (Emphasis added.)

Rick Warren, arguably today’s most popular teacher of self wrapped in Christian garb, has for years focused on having a good self image.  An interesting side note: Rick Warren was trained for years at Robert Schuller’s Institute at The Crystal Cathedral.  A quote from Pastor Warren’s Daily Hope devotional posted May 12, 2013, says,  “For years psychologists have told us that our self-esteem comes from what you think the most important person in your life thinks about you. Make Jesus the most important person in your life, and it’ll change everything. God’s Word says you’re lovable (John 3:16), capable (2 Peter 1:3), valuable (Luke 12:6), forgivable (Psalm 103:12), and usable (Ephesians 4:12). Let that tape become the soundtrack of your life, and you will never be the same.”

Jesus dying on the cross doesn’t prove my worth, rather the price of my sin.  Yes, He paid it all, but it’s not like Jesus went to Jostens Jewelry to buy a diamond ring.  It’s more suitable and biblical to say He went to the judge to pay off in full mankind’s penalty, a fine that was infinite in cost.  Such a high-priced penalty doesn’t denote value, but the extent and severity of my crime.  His death reveals the extent of my sinfulness and the depth of His love.  Jesus didn’t die for creatures that were worth something, but for creatures that were so not worth it!  I don’t deserve His forgiveness, nor does God somehow see a diamond in the rough, some glimmer of hope.  I am hopeless and rebellious to the core.  God’s love  is not based on me, rather solely upon His own infinite character!  After all God is love.  In other words, it is the love God is that motivates His actions, not my loveliness!

Christ-Esteem: In recent years, the phrase “Christ-esteem” has begun circulating the pulpit as a way of replacing self-esteem.  And while I agree that our focus must be on Christ, it seems to this believer that the phrase “Christ-Esteem” still lends a bit of credibility to today’s psychologized Christianity, saying we must focus on Christ in hopes of realizing how lovely we really are.  Loved, yes!  Lovely, no!   Paul said it this way, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing…” Romans 7:18.  The only good in me is Christ!  He is my hope of glory.  Being that we’re in such a psychologically defined society, it’s every believer’s responsibility to be extra cautious in the language chosen when teaching the truth of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.

Esteeming Christ:  Instead of saying I have Christ-esteem, I’d rather declare that I esteem Christ.  Webster’s online dictionary defines Esteem as “to set a high value on : regard highly and prize accordingly.”  Jesus is not simply in my life. He is my Life!  Jesus does not simply enter my heart and mind to make me a better man.  He comes to transform and renew me into His image, living His Life in me and through me.  John the baptist said it best, “[Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.John 3:30.  He should be my all in all! Clearly, my highest aim is not to esteem self, but to esteem Christ and Christ alone.  My pursuit to do so should be pure and careful.  It should be thoughtful and bold.

Our love for Christ should go beyond all men’s opinions and teaching, no matter how popular and kind the man may be.  God is not a respecter of persons, nor should His children.  Using the phrase “Christ-esteem” might be a little thing, but again, due to the psychologically redefined language flooding our world today, I choose to speak clearly and carefully, not desiring to confuse the Gospel to its hearers.  Reflecting the heart of every sinner, Isaiah wrote, “He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”  Isaiah 53:3.  As an enemy of God, I esteemed Him not.  As a blood-bought sinner, I can truly and whole heartily declare my sole desire is to esteem Jesus Christ above all!

“[May] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:17-23

For the You Tube video discussing this article, go to: “Christ Esteem or Esteeming Christ”.

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