What Our God Did For Us

Hello everyone. Yesterday morning I read this quote from Melito of Sardis, and so while I had time this morning while on vacation, I really wanted to share it with you my readers, because it really touched my heart.

And so he was lifted up upon a tree and an inscription was attached indicating who was being killed. Who was it? It is a grievous thing to tell, but a most fearful thing to refrain from telling. But listen, as you tremble before him on whose account the earth trembled! He who hung the earth in place is hanged. He who fixed the heavens in place is fixed in place. He who made all things fast is made fast on a tree. The Sovereign is insulted. God is murdered. The King of Israel destroyed by an Israelite hand. This is the One who made the heavens and the earth, and formed mankind in the beginning, The One proclaimed by the law and prophets, The One enfleshed in a virgin, The One hanged on a tree, The One buried in the earth, The One raised from the dead and who went up into the heights of heaven, The One sitting at the right hand of the Father, The One having all authority to judge and save, Through whom the Father made all things which exist from the beginning of time. This One is “the Alpha and the Omega,” This One is “the Beginning and the End” The beginning indescribable and the end incomprehensible. This One is the Christ. This One is the King. This One is Jesus. This One is the Leader. This One is the Lord. This One is the One who rose from the dead. This One is the One sitting on the right hand of the Father. He bears the Father and is borne by the Father. “To him be the glory and the power forever. Amen.” (Melito of Sardis 2nd century AD)

I thank the Lord my God for the blessing of salvation, a man who is truly not worthy. To all my readers, have a great day today, while you think on this. It is truly a blessing to be saved, and in the hands of the Father, now and forever. Oh what we have to look forward to, nothing on earth, all the troubles, all the heartaches, all the disappointments, all the hurts, and sadness that comes while being in these bodies of ours, will never take away the joy we have, and the peace we feel, knowing what is to come for eternity because we believed, and became obedient to Him, the One we love, Jesus. Amen!

Troy

King James I…Persecutor Of Christians Part II, William Bradford, [Domitian]

Hello everyone, and thanks for coming back. Today we are going to continue on now with the second persecution under Emperor Domitian. Both Nero and Domitian were persecutors of the Congregation of Jesus during the time of the Apostles, before the great falling away occurred. The Congregation was new and pure, and following the exact teachings of the great Apostles, and the Congregation was growing leaps and bounds, Jews and Gentiles alike. So satan set out to destroy the Congregation, and he used these two emperors to do just that. What’s interesting about Domitian is, he was our first glimpse into a form or likeness of antichrist, and therefore his tactics should be made well aware. Remember satan always repeats himself, just like history does. So let’s get started with Domitian, and I will again refer to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.

First however, I don’t believe I properly introduced Mr. Foxe, so here is a brief introduction.

John Foxe was born at Boston, in Lincolnshire, in 1516, and died April 8, 1587. He is most famous for his publication of “Foxe’s Acts and Monuments of the Christian Church” more commonly known as “Fox’s Book of Martyrs.” In the 1550’s, the Church at Geneva, Switzerland, was very sympathetic to the reformer refugees and was one of only a few safe havens for a desperate people. Many of them met in Geneva, led by Myles Coverdale and John Foxe. There, with the protection of the great theologian John Calvin ( author of the most famous theological book ever published, Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion) and John Knox, the great Reformer of the Scottish Church (Kirk), the Church of Geneva determined to produce a Bible that would educate their families while they continued in exile.

Now before I go on, you might be wondering why John Foxe and William Bradford used the word “church,” and not congregation. The Geneva Bible was translated using the word “church” instead of congregation. Later in another post, I will be looking at the history of the Geneva Bible and the King James Bible together. I use congregation because that’s how the Bible is really translated, but a lot of great men and women, then and today use the word church, meaning congregation, because like us, they also were taught to believe that the word “church” was a proper translation for the body of Christ. Nothing on this earth is perfect, nor anything handed down to us is perfect, however the message God wants us to have, and receive from these translations, will be no doubt relayed to us, satan cannot stop that. God’s true word and message is perfect, and no power, dominion or force, can keep God’s message from us, what He wants us to know, He will let us know. Ok, well let’s move on to Domitian.

From Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

The Second Persecution, Under Domitian, AD 81- The emperor Domitian, who was naturally inclined to cruelty, first slew his brother, and then raised the second persecution against the Christians. In his rage he put to death some of the Roman senators, some through malice; and others to confiscate their estates. He then commanded all the lineage of David be put to death. Among numerous martyrs that suffered during was Simeon, bishop of Jerusalem, who was crucified; and St. John who was boiled in oil, and afterward banished to Patmos. Flavia, the daughter of a Roman senator, was likewise banished to Pontus; and a law was made, “That no Christian, once brought before the tribunal, should be exempted from punishment without renouncing his religion.” A variety of fabricated tales were, during this reign, composed in order to injure the Christians. Such was the infatuation of the pagans, that, if famine, pestilence, or earthquakes afflicted any of the Roman provinces, it was laid upon the Christians. These persecutions among the Christians increased the number of informers and many, for the sake of gain, swore away the lives of the innocent. Another hardship was, that, when any Christians were brought before the magistrates, a test oath was proposed, when, if they confessed themselves Christians, the sentence was the same. Timothy was the celebrated disciple of St. Paul, and a bishop of Ephesus, where he zealously governed the Church until AD 97. At this period, as the pagans were about to celebrate a feast called Catagogion, Timothy, meeting the procession, severely reproved them for their ridiculous, idolatry, which so exasperated the people that they fell upon him with clubs, and beat him in so dreadful a manner that he expired of the bruises two days later. (bibleprobe.com)

It’s interesting that Domitian was in power as a form of antichrist, written in the Book of Revelation, at the time John received the vision of the coming antichrist, in the last days. There are definitely some parallels between the two, that I want to examine. First let’s take a look at this antichrist Domitian.

Domitian was born in Rome on October, 24 AD 51, the youngest son of Vespasian, Roman emperor (AD 69-79) and Domitian I, a treasury clerk’s daughter. Vespasian was appointed to the prestigious proconsulship of North Africa in AD 59, and seven years later was granted a special command in the East by the emperor Nero (AD 54-69) to settle a revolt in Judaea; Titus, Domitian’s older brother by at least ten years and Vespasian’s eventual successor as emperor, had married well in the 60’s and was chosen as a legionary legate under Vespasian in the East.

There is actually very little written about Domitian’s Christian persecutions, aside from John Foxe’s account, therefore a different approach must be taken to find out more. In order to do that, we will turn to the Bible, to possibly find out more. To dive in deeper to what Foxe wrote let’s break it apart, because we already know encyclopedias can be very cunning and lead people away from the truth, and still be factual to some degree.

Let’s start with Domitian killing his brother. Today there is no way to find hard evidence, however after careful digging I did find this. This I found at (ancient.eu), and in my eyes, and with what John Foxe wrote, this seems plausible and makes the most sense considering the type of man Domitian was.

From (ancient.eu) title,”HE WAS TREACHEROUS AS WELL AS SECRETIVE, FEELING NO AFFECTION FOR ANYONE (EXCEPT WOMEN).”

His ascension to the throne came on September 14, 81 AD when Titus died of natural causes while he and his brother were traveling outside Rome.

So far we see at the time Titus fell ill with a fever, he was with Domitian traveling abroad, so he was in Domitian’s presence.

Later, rumors circulated that Domitian may have had a hand in his brother’s death, possibly by poison. Gossip also ran rampant that the new emperor had at one point even plotted to overthrow his brother and take the throne for himself. Whether or not he had a hand in Titus’s death.

As Christians, we know rumors are but rumors, and gossip should not be listened to, and generally is not the facts. However, we also know that sometimes, there is a little truth in a lie, a little truth in a rumor, a little truth perhaps behind the gossip, but I hate gossip, to me gossip is talk behind someone’s back, and is slanderous, and that’s why God hates it to. But it does all depend on who knows what, and how they know it, and are they the one’s who started the rumors. Many crimes have been solved by detectives, by so-called rumors on the streets.

Well that’s going to have be it for this post do to time restraints. Domitian is going to take a little more time, and a lot more investigative work than Nero did. A lot about Domitian’s persecutions is not easily found. Actually it seems that Domitian’s history was written, to put him in a brighter light, so to speak, but we will uncover the truth. This will be my last post for the month of September, I’m going on vacation, which is much needed, so my next post will be the very beginning of October, so I hope you will come back then. Until next time, may the Lord bless your search for truth, leaving no stone unturned.

King James I…Persecutor Of Christians, Part II, William Bradford, [Nero]

Hello everyone, thanks for coming back. Let’s take off right where we left off last post, with William Bradford speaking of the persecutions.

So as in the ancient times, the persecutions by the heathen and their emperors was not greater than of the Christians one against the other:- the Arians and other their complies against the orthodox and true Christians. As witnesseth Socrates in his second book. The violence truly ( saith he) was no less than that of old practiced towards Christians when they were compelled and drawn to sacrifice to idols; for many endured sundry kinds of torment often rankings and dismembering of their joints, confiscating of their goods; some bereaved of their native soil, others departed this life under the hands of the tormentor, and some died in banishment and never saw their country again.

The like method Satan hath seemed to hold in these later times, since the truth began to spring and spread after the great defection made by Antichrist, that man of sin.

So let’s go back now and examine this closely. The paragraph I’m going to be looking at first was actually in my last post, but I will rewrite the highlights. William Starts out by saying that satan had to change his strategy in his war against the Gospel. “He then began to take him to his ancient stratagems used of old against the first Christians.” Let’s go back and look at the early persecutions by the emperors that William was talking about. To do this we will go right to the book William mentions; Foxe’s Book Of Martyrs, the book is actually mentioned later in his writings, it is a very fascinating but sad book to read however, our brothers and sisters from our past, had to endure some very horrific things. It’s violent, brutal and torturous, just like Satan is. He hates Jesus, and he hates those who hold the truth, and are His, because he knows he has already been defeated by the New Blood Covenant, and he has but a short time. I’m going to be looking at the two emperors that persecuted the early Congregation, when it began, and was not hidden yet. When it was true to the teaching of the Apostles, and not fallen away yet to the apostasy and heresies, of the man made “church,” that satan has used, and is using, and will use again in his war against Jesus, and the one true Gospel. The following is from Chapter II, of Foxe’s book. You can go to (bibleprobe.com) to read the entire chapter.

The First Persecution, under Nero, A.D. 67: The first Persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome. This monarch reigned for the space of five years, with tolerable credit to himself, but then gave way to the greatest extravagancy of temper, and to the most atrocious barbarities. Among other diabolical whims, he ordered that the city of Rome should be set on fire, which order was executed by his officers, guards, and servants. While the imperial city was in flames, he went up to the tower of Macaenas, played upon his harp, sung the song of the burning of Troy, and openly declared that ‘he wished the ruin of all things before his death.’ Besides the noble pile, called the Circus, many other places and houses were consumed; several thousands perished in the flames, smothered in the smoke, and buried beneath the ruins.

Let’s examine this, and go more into detail here. Let’s take a look at the man satan used first, to attack and kill some of Jesus’s Congregation, that William speaks of.

Nero born in 37 AD and reigning for more than 13 years, from 54 AD till his death in 68 AD. Nero was born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. He was the only son of Gnaeus Domitrius Ahenobarbus, consul of Rome, and his wife Agrippina. Agrippina was the younger sister of another infamous emperor Caligula. After a failed murder plot of her brother, she was exiled out of Rome. This proves insanity does sometimes run in the blood. Friends it gets worse. Domitrius Nero’s father died in 40 AD. Caligula was eventually murdered in January 41 AD making Claudius, Agrippina’s uncle, the Roman emperor. Claudius allowed Agrippina to return from exile. Big mistake on his part, but this guy was a real piece of work also.

After poisoning her second husband, Agrippina married her uncle, Emperor Claudius, in 49 AD. It was the fourth marriage of Claudius and he had his previous wife Messalina executed in 48 AD. Doesn’t this sound a lot like Henry VIII, Satan not only uses the same tactics, he also uses the same type of people, because they are like him, evil. At age 13, Nero was adopted by Emperor Claudius and took the name by which he is famous, Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus. Being older than his stepbrother Britannicus, Nero became heir to the throne. In 53 AD, Nero married his stepsister Claudia Octavia, daughter of Claudius and Messalina. Claudius died in 54 AD, and many historians believe he was fed poisoned mushrooms by Agrippina. Imagine that. Claudius’s death made Nero Emperor in 54 AD, before he had turned 17. He was the youngest ever Roman Emperor till that time.

Nero was unsatisfied with his marriage to Octavia and began an affair with Poppaea Sabina, wife of his friend and future emperor Otho. Agrippina opposed this affair and responded by promoting her stepson Britannicus as the true heir to the throne. Britannicus died in February 55 AD under mysterious circumstances. He was probably poisoned by Nero. In AD 59, Nero ordered the execution of his mother.

Nero divorced his wife Octavia on grounds of infertility and adultery. He later had her executed in June 62 AD. Sounds again just like Henry VIII, evil just repeats itself over and over. Nero then married Sabina in 62 AD. The couple had a daughter who died in infancy. Sabina died in 65 AD reportedly due to Nero kicking her in her belly during her second pregnancy. In early 66 AD, Nero married Statilia Messalina after forcing her husband to commit suicide. In 67 AD , Nero ordered the castration of Sporus, a former slave. He then married him, which historian Cassius Dio claims was, because Sporus bore an uncanny resemblance to Nero’s dead former wife Sabina.

Now before I go back to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, I want to look at one more thing. During the burning of Rome, did you notice what was called the noble pile called the Circus. What was that? Well I will explain. It was Circus Maximus, Circus Maximus was a chariot racetrack in Rome first constructed in the 6th century BC. The Circus was also used for other public events such as the Roman Games and Gladiator fights. It was also used as a place to entertain the public, witnessing the brutal murders of Christians, as probably the Colosseum was used also. We will be getting back to that later, but let’s look at the word Circus.

Circus: Webster’s Dictionary- drop down to the third definition and you see a obsolete: circle, ring

Circle: Webster’s Dictionary- Origin: Middle English cercle, from Latin circulus, diminutive of circus, circle, from or akin to Greek krikos, kirkos ring

Church: Webster’s Dictionary- Origin Middle English chirche, from Old English cirice, ultimately from Late Greek, neuter of kyriakos of the Lord, master; akin to Sanskrit sura hero, warrior.

Now when you look at the above three words you see three separate, distinct words, with three separate meanings, don’t you. One would never think to somehow join these three words together, except for some churches today might as well be a circus. Well let’s dig into this, leaving no stone unturned. As we saw above the word Church, would mean house of the Lord, or the Lords house. This in itself is a very poor derivative since it refers to a place (house) and not a assembly or congregation of people, the way the Lord intended.

Ebenezer Cobham, Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable written in 1898, reads this regarding the word “church.”

“The etymology of this word is generally assumed to be from the Greek, Kuriou oikos (house of God); but this is most improbable, as the word existed in all the Celtic dialects long before the introduction of Greek. No doubt the word means “a circle.” The places of worship among the German and Celtic nations were always circular. ( Welsh, cyrch, French, cirque; Scotch, Kirk; Greek, kirk-os, etc.) Compare Anglo- Saxon circe, a Church, with circol, a circle.” (beinaberean.org)

If “church” is derived from the word “circle” how then did the original Greek word ekklesia become “church” or “circle?”

Throughout England, pagan religious gatherings were always held at a circle. The druids with their Stonehenge, the Celts, and Saxons also met at stone circles, to worship their gods. Many of these stone circles still exist today throughout England and about twenty eight are found in Wycliffe’s Yorkshire area. Many of the the first English Christian buildings for worship were located on these circle sites, or were built using stones from these circles. Through this association the people of Wycliffe’s day continued to call these buildings a “Kirk” (Scottish), a cirice (Old English) , or chirche ( Wycliffe’s version), each variation meaning “circle” and describing a place-occult-and not the people. (beinaberean.org)

The pagans were using the word “church” long before Christians ever began using it. If you go back to the Greek again and the meaning is “the Lords house” or “house of the lord” what lord are they referring to. It cannot be Jesus, this was before Jesus. It referred to the “sun god” and this god goes way back and is part of the mystery religions, and this sun-god has many names that go all the way back to ancient Egypt. I will be going over that later in this study. It’s referred in the Bible as Mystery Babylon, but that will come later. It was Constantine that worshiped the sun god Mithra. This god was famous among the pagans, and this god was worshiped in a building or temple. When Constantine was supposedly converted to Christianity, he converted his Mithra god into the Christian house, or church. Supposedly He was the one that transformed the called out assembly, (Congregation) into a church recognized as a building. Therefore just like King James I, Constantine had control over the Church and state, full power over everything if you will.

Where am I going with all this? The word church has it’s pagan origins, therefore I won’t even use it now, when I talk of the Lord’s Congregation. The word has absolutely no business being in the Bible, and it relates to the Circus where are brothers and sisters were martyred. Circus, Circle, Church, this is how they all relate, and today Christians use this word for Christ’s body, a pagan word with very evil origins. Does this sound right? This was a very cunning act on satan’s part. By doing this he now was able to gain control, whereas he could never have control over the Congregation, it belongs to God, nobody or nothing can touch it and make it false, a lie. So satan had to form this lie of a man made institution called the “church” to be able to call away believers from the faith into the lie, to be able to manipulate it and use it for his various purposes. But those whom fell away were not true believers, they did not stay the course by faith, but were able to believe a lie. I will be doing a post soon on this very subject, and using scripture to show what battle is raging between Jesus and satan constantly. Back to Foxe’s Book Of Martyrs.

This dreadful conflagration continued for nine days; when Nero, finding that his conduct was greatly blamed, and a severe odium cast upon him, determined to lay the whole upon Christians, at once to excuse himself, and have an opportunity of glutting his sight with new cruelties. This was the occasion of the first persecution; and the barbarities exercised on the Christians were such as even excited commiseration of the Romans themselves. Nero even refined upon cruelty, and contrived all manner of punishments for the Christians that the most infernal imagination could design. In particular, he had some sewed up in skins of wild beasts, and then worried by dogs until they expired; and others dressed in shirts stiff with wax, fixed to axletrees, and set on fire in his gardens, in order to illuminate them. This persecution was general throughout the whole Roman Empire; but it rather increased than diminished the spirit of Christianity. In the course of it, St. Paul and St. Peter were martyred. (bibleprobe.com)

So we see this demon possessed madman in a fit of total insanity, light Rome on fire. Then when the Romans suspected it was him, he turns around like the total coward he was and blamed the Christians. During that time, the early Congregation of Believers was pure, there wasn’t the man made pagan “church” yet, therefore satan had to use the pagan Emperor of Rome to attack and kill the believers. The Romans already didn’t like the Congregation so it was easy for Nero to pull this off. It even became entertainment for the Romans, to watch the Christians being slaughtered. It’s easy to see what a nation without God, with rulers and leaders that do not know God, can become. Our nation is not far away from this. Brutality can sweep a nation overnight, when that nations Godly morals has been purposely stripped away from it; that is our nation now. Wherever you remove the one true God, satan will always fill the void that’s left, and then what you have left is a ungodly society just like Rome, that is capable of doing some very horrific things, things unthinkable really. Satan crept in and took advantage of this insane Emperor, and was able to kill Paul and Peter, and many other devout men and women. Paul and Peter was truly a thorn in satans side, and by their work, the Congregation was growing, and even after these murders, we are told it did not cause believers to shrink back in cowardice, instead through the strength of the Holy Spirit, the Gospel moved forward even more. Satan uses death, and destruction; Jesus uses grace, mercy and love to further His advancements in the war to further His Kingdom. People don’t want much to do with Jesus anymore, they love instead the pleasures of sin and what this world offers, unfortunately what they really have chosen is satan, even when more than likely they don’t even realize it, because they don’t care much anymore to think about it. That’s a very sad place to be. Today’s world is; if it feels good do it. In the end however it won’t feel good, it will be eternal torment, Jesus “says there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth,” that’s the choice they are making.

Nero’s death was caused due to a revolt led by Servius Sulpicius Galba. The Roman economy suffered due to Nero’s grand reconstruction of Rome. The instability of the empire was furthered by revolts in Britain and Judea and conflicts with Parthia. In 65 AD, there was a plot to assassinate Nero but it was discovered and the conspirators executed. In March 68 AD Gaius Julius Vindex, governor of Gallia Lugdunensis, rebelled against Nero’s tax policies, He recruited another governor Servius Sulpicius Galba, and told him to declare himself emperor. As the rebellion spread, support for Galba increased. On a false report of the Senate planning to beat him to death, Nero asked his private secretary, Epaphroditos, to end his life. He therefore died on June 9, 68 AD after reigning over the empire for more than 13 years. Good riddance!

Well that’s it for this post. Next post we will be looking at Domitian, he was the first antichrist figure to persecute the Congregation of Believers. He was the emperor that put Jesus’s beloved disciple John in prison, where he saw the Revelation of Jesus. Until next time, may the Lord bless your search for truth, leaving no stone unturned.

King James I…Persecutor Of Christians. Part II, William Bradford

Hello everyone, thanks for coming back. In this post, I will be taking a look at the first hand accounts of William Bradford. First I would like to add a little biography of, in my eyes, a very great man. So let’s get right to it.

Synopsis: Believed to have been born in 1590, William Bradford became a leading figure in the Puritans’ Separatist movement. He and congregants eventually sailed from England on the Mayflower to establish a colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where Bradford became longtime governor after a devastating winter. He died in 1657, with much of the history of the settlement recorded in his two volume work, Of Plymouth Plantation. (biography.com)

It will be from these writings I will be taking his accounts of the persecution led by the Royalty of England, against the Puritan Separatist.

Background: William Bradford was believed to have been born in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England, in March 1590, with records indicating his baptism being held around this time. His parents died early in his childhood, leaving Bradford in the care of various relatives. Attending a religious service in Scrooby before his teen years, the youngster joined the Separatist denomination, a more radical branch of Puritanism that believed in removing itself from the Church of England. He and other congregants eventually fled to the Netherlands to escape persecution, though in their adopted land, they still faced attacks, due to the country’s affiliation with England’s King James I. (biography.com)

Before I continue on here, I want to bring something to everyone’s attention. It’s interesting to note, that after the Bible was able to be published and printed and available to the public. It didn’t take long for the truth of scripture to leap off the pages, and for those to see that The Roman Catholic Church was in full Apostasy. The Church did not adhere to most of what scripture said, and this in itself started the Protestant reforms, with Martin Luther, John Calvin, William Tyndale etc. However when the Puritans saw that the Church of England was this ugly mixed mess of Catholicism and Protestantism, called Anglicanism, they knew it was time to Separate and stay true to God’s most Holy Word. They were not compromisers, like King James and those who remained in the Church of England, they had integrity and held fast to the truth, and was not going to let anyone, or any church, or any King force them to do otherwise. This is the true congregation of Jesus, the true believers, not the “church” as some would like to believe. The Holy Spirit moved through the pages of the Bible, and the truth came to light. This is why the Roman Catholics didn’t want the people to have Bibles, they didn’t think they had God’s wisdom like they thought they had, to understand the Word. They were wrong, again the “church” shows it’s true colors, colors that are not of God, but of man. Now let’s go right to William Bradford and let him tell us what it was like, under the persecution by the “church” and under today’s Protestant denominational “churches” Royal Saints of England. I pray they wake up, and learn the truth.

Of Plymouth Plantation: Chapter 1

[The Separatist Interpretation Of The Reformation In England, 1550-1607]

It is well known unto the godly and judicious, how ever since the first breaking out of the light of the gospel in our honourable nation of England, ( which was the first of nations whom the Lord adorned therewith after the gross darkness of popery which had covered and overspread the Christian world), what wars and oppositions ever since. Satan hath raised, maintained and continued against the Saints, from time to time, in one sort or other. Sometimes by bloody death and cruel torments; other whiles imprisonments, banishments and other hard usages; as being loath his kingdom should go down, the truth prevail and the churches of God revert to their ancient purity and recover their primitive order, liberty and beauty.

Ok let’s take a look at this and break it down, so we can clearly understand what William was telling us, and reading now in the twenty first century. We need to understand, and learn from this man. He starts out with, what I was saying earlier, that in England the Bible was translated, and the truth of the gospel came to light. Before was the dark days of popery, or the pope and the Roman Catholic Church. He then goes on to say that this “church” with its apostasy and false doctrine overspread the Christian world. Remember only the hierarchy of the church had the Bible, which was printed by hand, and interpreted to say exactly what they wanted it to say. The commoners did not have the Bible to read like we do, all they could do was trust what the Pope and other hierarchy was telling them. This was truly the dark ages, the truth from the early Apostles was now fully hidden, and the Congregation severely wounded, by Satan through the false satanic church, of the Roman Catholics. Satan was in full control of it and was using it to keep salvation away from the people. And it was working, but our God said no more, and He allowed the people to come out of the darkness of Satan and the Roman Catholic Church, and learn once again the one true gospel, the gospel of the early congregation of believers. Then William goes on to say that it was satan, that attacked through various different ways the congregation of Jesus, to try to destroy the spreading of the gospel, and the truth. Satan did this using a “church.” And Satan used this church to fight against his number one enemy, Jesus. Then William goes on to say that satan was worried that his kingdom should go down, and the truth prevail, so that the churches (congregation) of God should learn and revert back to their ancient purity and recover their primitive order. The primitive order is not the “church,” the primitive order is the congregation of God. The One Congregation of God, not thousands of “churches” satan can use at any moment in time for his purposes, because the “church is man” the “congregation is God.” The “church” enslaves and holds one in bondage, to their doctrines and traditions, but as William said, that the congregation would revert to their ancient purity and recover their primitive order, which is liberty and beauty, Amen. See so far now, how my earlier posts should be starting, I hope, to make much more sense. Let’s continue.

But when he could not prevail by these means against the main truths of the gospel, but that they began to take rooting in many places, being watered with the blood of the martyrs and blessed from Heaven with a gracious increase; he then began to take him to his ancient stratagems, used of old against the first Christians. That when by the bloody and barbarous persecutions of the heathen emperors he could not stop and subvert the course of the gospel, but that it speedily overspread, with a wonderful celerity, The then best known parts of the world; he then began to sow errours, heresies and wonderful dissensions amongst the professors themselves, working upon their pride and ambition, with other corrupt passions incident to all mortal men, yea to the saints themselves in some measure, by which woeful effects followed. As not only bitter contentions and heartburnings, schisms, with other horrible confusion; but satan took occasion and advantage thereby to foist in a number of vile ceremonies, with many profitable canons and decrees, which have since been as snares to many poor peaceable souls even to this day. (histarch.illionois.edu)

I have so much to break down here for you, and to comment on, but time is rather short today, so I will stop here till next time. But I really want to stress how important this is to know and understand exactly how satan works. There is coming in the future a persecution that is so great that nothing in the past will compare. It will be a persecution against Jesus’s Chosen Remnant, by the anti-christ (satan), it’s very important to fully grasp how satan works, because as William Bradford said, he (satan) reverts back, he repeats himself, and in the future we are his targets, he’s coming after us, because we hold the truth, we must prepare. Again next post I will break the above paragraph down and then we will move on, there is much more, until next time, may the Lord bless your search for truth.

King James I… Persecutor Of Christians-cont.

Hello everyone, and thanks for coming back. We left off last post with the question. Is Britannica Encyclopedia being biased, or just plain hiding the facts? Well because our topic for this part of the study is King James and his part with the Puritans, I scrolled through this thirteen page article to where King James Is mentioned and this is what was written.

Puritan hopes were again raised when Calvinist James VI of Scotland succeeded Elizabeth as James I Of England in 1603. But at the Hampton Court Conference in 1604 he dismissed the Puritans’ grievances with the phrase “no bishop, no king.” Puritans remained under pressure. Some where deprived of their positions; others go by with minimal conformity; and still others, who could not accept compromise, fled England. The pressure for conformity increased under Charles I. (Britannica.com).

Really? That’s it? That’s all we are going to get on that Britannica? Give me a break. Look friends, at some of the words they used. Pressure, conformity, compromise. We see they where under pressure, they would not conform and they would not compromise. And this I’m to believe caused them to take their wives and children, brave the sea and all it’s dangers, disease and illness, to finally make it to the New World, and then brave the elements and dangers on land, establish relations with the Indians, and begin building first, their shelters, and find means for food, and eventually build a colony, because of pressure. A phrase “no bishop, no king” and all of a sudden it’s, Oh no we can’t put up with that! We will not compromise! You sir, although your a wonderful King and a great upstanding Christian Calvanist from Scotland, there will be no way we can compromise, with some of us losing our positions (probably in the church, however Britannica didn’t even clarify that). We shall, our great Christian King, risk perils, disease and possibly death to flee England! This our great noble Christian King is OUTRAGEOUS! This article my friends to me is OUTRAGEOUS!

It gets even worse though. I looked up the same thing in Encyclopedia by Farlex, which is an on-line encyclopedia that searches many different encyclopedias for answers to one’s search. This is what I found.

Throughout the sixteenth century British Puritans lobbied for Church reform. The majority of high-ranking officials in the Church of England opposed them, as did Queen Elizabeth I and her Stuart successors. In the early seventeenth century, small groups of English Puritans sought religious freedom by immigrating to America.( Encyclopedia by Farlex)

Can you believe what you just read above? I swear they think we’re all stupid, to think, that’s all it took for the Puritans to just up and leave. High ranking Officials opposed them. That’s it? How? Why were they opposed? And what’s worse they used King James and his son Charles’s last name Stuart. You could ask the so- called millions of Christians in the world today, and I bet 99% could not tell you what King James last name was. That my friends is a bold face cover up, plain and simple, they don’t want you to know that King James and his Son Charles persecuted Christians, and the reason is, they would be persecuted by Christians. They don’t want that mess, so they keep it hidden to appease the Christian masses. That’s how hailed, how great of a saint, how wonderful of a Christian King James is thought to be by Christians today. If they knew the truth about the man whose name is on their Bibles, it would rock their faith to the core. There would be a huge shift in the church, many just walking away world wide, and there would be a massive decrease in Church membership, because, if they found out that King James was this horrible power hungry madman, how could they trust the very Bible his name is on. But not the Congregation of Jesus. His children do not put their faith or trust in any man. Remember the movie A Few Goodmen? Where Jack Nicholson said the famous line “You can’t handle the truth.” Well most Christians today really can’t handle any truth at all, they don’t want to hear it, they like things just the way they are, and whatever you do, don’t rock their world with all this crazy conspiracy stuff. But we as members of the one true congregation of God, we can handle the truth, and not only that, we don’t want to remain asleep, we want the truth, we are truth seekers, give us the truth, we are tough, we can take it. That’s right, I would rather deal with the truth, and acccept the facts, than believe and live under a bold face lie.

And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Matthew 22:16

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23

God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Even the spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:17

That’s us, that’s what I want. I want the truth because the truth is the Lord. I want the Lord, and I want to know him, and he know me. I don’t want to follow the world or mans lies, because it suits me and sounds so good to my ears, it just makes them tingle it sounds so good. Nope not me, give me the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The truth is in God and is God, lies and deception are of the devil. I choose God. So I knew, to get the facts of what really happened to the Puritans, I needed a eyewitness account, so I went in search for that very thing.

Meet young, fatherless William Bradford, born in 1590, joined the Scrooby congregation and would be among the 125 uncompromising separatists who fled to Holland in search of religious freedom. Loving God’s Word, he read through the Bible at age 12. Through this man, we now have actual written documentation of what really happened during the reign of this fine upstanding Christian madman King James I. Isn’t it strange to see those two words together, Christian and madman. Can you be both? The more I find out about King James the more I’m leaning toward madman. So let’s take a journey back in time with William Bradford and get to the truth, from what I would call a reliable source, and not the Britannica Encyclopedia. Let’s do a little recap starting with Queen Elizabeth to really get a full view of the times Mr. Bradford was about to be born in. William was born in 1590, so let’s go back about thirty years in England to around the year 1560.

1560- The Geneva Bible was translated from the early Greek and Hebrew texts by British Puritans. Refusing to compromise their faith, they fled to Geneva for refuge from British persecution.

1564- Jan Hus, a teacher at Charles University in Prague, Bohemia ( Chzechoslovokia) was “burned at the stake” for following his conscience and preaching from the Bible to thousands of people, thus defying the Catholic hierarchy. He translated Wycliff’s books on church reform and, like the Puritans that followed him, stressed the authority of God’s Word and personal purity. ( Pilgrams, Bible, Persecution and Thanksgiving www.crossroads.to)

Here we see again what I have written about earlier many times. We see division, evil, chaos, violence, between two different faiths. One is wrong, in this case the Anglican Church of England. Remember under “Bloody Mary’s” rule she persecuted Protestants, but under Queen Elizabeth’s rule now they are persecuting anybody that does not conform to the Church of England. Remember that the Anglican Episcopal Church is nothing but a conformist Church, they take a little they like from the Catholics, and take a little that they liked from the Protestants, came up with their nice little can’t we just all get along doctrines, started by Henry the VIII. Then put the King or Queen, whoever is charge at the time, in full power and control of it, and then made nice Christian like decrees. Such as follow this church, and this church only or suffer persecution and possibly death. Death if your speaking out to a large group of people and influencing the masses, if you do that then you die. And even though we are such wonderful, loving upstanding Christians, (sarcasm) we are not going to kill you in a loving gentle way, NO WE WILL NOT! We are going to kill you in a tortuous, horrific way. Perhaps, Britannica left all this out because the Anglican Episcopal Church of England is still around to this very day, they wouldn’t want to get the churches hierarchy all up in a frenzy, they might burn the editors of Britannica at the stake, who knows. Again, does this sound like the congregation Jesus said he would build upon Peter? Absolutely not, this is of satan, and it’s a clear case of satan persecuting Jesus’s congregation of believers, and doing it through the quise of the “church,” the man made church that satan uses all the time. Ok let’s continue.

1596- The term ‘Pilgrams’ was first used…in the ‘Confession of Faith’ they adopted and, in later references, to their own idea of life on earth as a pilgrimage toward “heavenly bliss.”

1590’s- Committed Christians with access to Bibles began to guestion the old Catholic traditions which still influenced the new Protestant churches in England. These “Puritans” longed to see a more “pure” church, freed from the bureaucratic forms that clouded the truth of the gospel. They wanted to continue the “reformation” of the Church, bringing into line with Biblical guidelines. Some of these Puritans called “Pilgrams” or “Separatist” had little hope that the government controlled church could be reformed. They wanted to separate themselves completely from the Anglican Church of England. But that was against the law. So when they decided to start new congregations (proper word used here) and live by God’s word, they were persecuted.

Early 1600’s- One of the Separatist congregation was led by William Brewster in the village of Scrooby ( or Sruby) in Nottinghamshire. But these Puritans had little freedom to worship God and follow His Word and their consciences. Non- conformity was punishable by imprisonment and torture. (crossroads.to)

And that takes us to William Bradford, and also my stopping point for today. Next post we will be looking at writings by William Bradford concerning the persecutions of that time, so keep coming back. May the Lord bless your search for truth.

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King James I… Persecutor Of Christians

Hello everyone, and thanks for coming back. Before I start this part of our study, I need to update you. In my last post, I re-edited it to clarify myself when I wrote that the man made institutionalized church is of satan. I hope you will go back and read it, but in essence what I was saying is this. The church is a man made entity, there are good ones and there are bad ones. Some are of God and used by Him, and some work for satan and his agendas, and purposes and may not even realize it. There are over 5000 Protestant denominations alone, not including the Catholic Church and so on. When I talk about the church, I’m talking in the biggest picture ok. If I’m going to talk about an individual church, I will name it out. Satan can control and influence the church, but he can’t the congregation of Jesus. He can persecute us, imprison us, kill us, tempt us to fall into sin but we will repent and turn back to God, we won’t stay in that sin, because we belong to Him. However satan does not have the power to control or influence the Ekklesia, The Congregation of Jesus. We are His and He is ours, we make up His body of believers. I hope it’s making more sense to you, if you were confused or offended. Remember this, it’s the easy way to explain it to others also. The Congregation is only one and we are one with God through our Saviour Jesus. The church is thousands and can belong to God or satan. In this study I will be able to show an example of what I’m trying to explain, so this part of our overall study came at a perfect time. Now to continue with the topic at hand. Here is where I’m going to embarrass myself a little, but it is what it is. In High School I got D’s in History and English, which should be no surprise to you considering my writing and punctuation and so on. If it wasn’t for industrial arts classes I wouldn’t have even graduated probably. I was much more into music, guitars and cars, and definitely not into school. Here’s how bad I was. If you were to ask me who George Washington was, I would probably at the time answer something similar to this. Well there’s something about a Cherry tree and he couldn’t tell a lie, he crossed a river in a boat, maybe the Delaware, I think, and our first president, and he fought a war to get that, Lol. Maybe I wasn’t that bad, I’m laughing because that’s pretty bad. The Lord is saying, well you just lost half your readers on that one. Seriously, if you would have asked me why the pilgrims came to the New World, I would have answered something about being oppressed by a king, but I don’t know which king, and the Catholic Church. That is what I really believed, for many many years. So for those like me who didn’t know, let’s explore the truth.

The Christians that we will be exploring during this time of persecution, were called the Puritans. Their religion was called Puritanism. The following will be excerpts from Britannica.com

Puritanism, a religious reform movement in the late 16th and 17th centuries that sought to “purify” the Church of England of remnants of the Roman Catholic “popery” that the Puritans claimed had been retained after the religious settlement reached early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Puritans became noted in the 17th century for a spirit of moral and religious earnestness that informed their whole way of life, and they sought through church reform to make their lifestyle the pattern for the whole nation. Their efforts to transform the nation contributed both to civil war in England and to the founding colonies in America as working models of the Puritan way of life.

Now when I read that, it really sounds to me at the end that it was actually the Puritans fault, to try and change a nation, and by doing so they caused a civil war to break out in England. Is that how it sounded to you? Well let’s look closer at this right here before we go any further, because the truth seekers we are, we really don’t trust the way Encyclopedia’s like to word things. Their information may be correct but their wording and phrasing can really lead one astray, so let’s find out for ourselves. Was Britannica being biased? Because what I just read sounded more like this. If it wasn’t for them dang Puritans, we would have never had a civil war in England over all this religious reform.

Let’s take a look again at what was going at the time of King James’s rule of England. King James I took over where Queen Elizabeth left off. King James was also King James VI of Scotland, so by being king of Scotland he also became the head of Scotland’s church, which was Protestant and of the Presbyterian faith. So King James was Head of the Church of England and the Church (Kirk) of Scotland. The Presbyterian beliefs are rooted in the thought of French reformer John Calvin. In addition to common Reformation themes of justification by faith, the priesthood of all believers and the importance of the Bible. Presbyterianism also reflects Calvin’s distinctive emphasis on the Sovereignty of God and a representational form of church government.

Let’s stop here, because of lack of time, but in my next post we will look at what the Puritans beliefs were, and then continue to move on from there. Until next time, may the Lord bless your search for truth.

King James I, The Motive Behind His Crime. conclusion

Hello everyone, last post I left off with King James I. And today’s post will be the conclusion to the motive behind his crime. One of the words I used to describe him, was a coward, now I want to explain myself further on this. King James I, had the chance to change Christianity. If he knew about the true congregation of Christ, he could have used that in his translation of the Bible, but rather he opted out of doing that very thing. In quoting King David.

“I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.” Psalms 40:10

King James did conceal the truth, and he either did it knowing exactly what he was doing for his own agenda, or the mystery of the Lord’s one congregation of true believers was hidden from him. We know from all the information we have gathered on this King so far, I really believe it was both. I still have more to uncover on this King that the Protestants hail as a great man, but I want to stay focused on what we have uncovered concerning his motive. We now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this man had a agenda. We know that he wanted to purposely maintain the institutionalized man made church, for the sole purpose of having full authority and control over it. But you see nobody has control over the universal congregation of true believers under Jesus, but Jesus, and nobody can. It’s impossible! This congregation of believers as David talked about, which has proceeded onward under the New Blood Covenant, is only under the authority of God. No king, ruler, or satan himself has any power over it. No king by his own agenda can gain control of it, because it is not of this world, it is of God. We whom are members, are in the world, but we are not of this world, if you truly belong to His Congregation. Listen again, to what King David said concerning this.

“Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.” Psalms 74:2

How did God purchase it? By the blood of His Son. It’s His congregation not mans. It’s His inheritance, He redeemed it for Himself, and we it’s members are those who are the redeemed ones, called out from the world. No man can touch it; not even the gates of hell. If you want to measure a King or ruler, measure him against King David. He was, and has been to this day, the greatest king that ever walked this earth, seconded only to Jesus himself. The King of Kings and the Lord of all Lord’s. A lot of times when I hear a sermon and King David Is brought up, they talk about his sin concerning Bathsheba. Yet they, the Protestant churches praise King James like he was a saint, but far from it might I say. The Differance is David loved the Lord, he sought after him with his whole heart, and tried to live his life in obedience to God. And when he failed and fell into sin he repented and turned back to God, and was made right again with God, and God forgave him. That’s right, no record is found where King James repented of his many, many sins. But David did, that’s the differance. So to all those people that seem to like to bring up David’s sin, probably to make them feel better, because he was so loved by God. I say this. Get off his case, and do some truth searching yourself, and get the real facts on a man that you do praise. WAKE UP! You are believing a lie. Don’t expect to just always hear the truth from everyone that proclaims to be a Christian. Satan rules this world now, and he is the father of lies, you must seek The Lord, and you must seek His Truth, and yes that takes time and effort, it doesn’t come easy. What? I got to find time somewhere in my busy schedule, and open up and study, not just read my Bible? Yes that is what I’m saying. Trust me everybody finds the time to do the things they want to. It’s all about where your heart is, or whose will your following, your will for your life, or the Lord’s will for your life.

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, he double minded.” James 4:8

” For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” Matthew 13:15.

Oh I can here the Protestants now saying, you took that verse right out of context Troy, Jesus was talking to the Jews. No Jesus was talking to everyone that is in rebellion, whether under the old law Covenant of Jesus’s day, or under the New Blood Covenant, it’s toward anyone who is in rebellion towards God. When Jesus was on earth performing His mininstry who was He constantly at odds with? The Pharisees and Sadducees. And what where they apart of? A man made institutionalized form of Judaism, with there own added rules, and traditions, which Jesus hated. What do you think Jesus would be saying to The churches if He was on earth today? The exact same thing because they have taken the truth and turned it into lies. The reason the Protestants would say I took this out of context, is because the word church also did another very damaging thing concerning the truth. The word church is now considered the gentiles and that has caused separation from the Jews. This is where you get your different theologies, such as replacement and separation theology, which I will be covering in this study in length later. Everyone who keeps coming back, and stays with this study will be very well informed on many, many things. In short many of the churches today believe that, what was taught in the New Testament pertains only to the Church, and what was taught in the Old Testament pertains only to the Jews and Israel. Again this is another lie and leads people astray. Don’t worry, I will be covering all this later in detail to where if right now, you don’t understand or confused, you will not be. God is not a God of confusion, but when I was indoctrinated I was always confused when reading because nothing seemed to fit. It was like the Bible was always contradicting itself, and when read in light of the false doctrine of man, it was contradicting itself. What would Jesus say to the prosperity and blessing Gospel of Joel Olstien, what would he say to Joel face to face? What would Jesus say to the Zionist Gospel of John Hagee, that says the Jews don’t need salvation under the sacrificial blood of Jesus preached to them, because they are all saved in the end? What would Jesus say to John? When people bow down and kiss the feet of the pope like he was Christ himself, or when they call a priest father, or confess their sins to a man in place of Jesus. What would Jesus say to the them? Lies, lies and more lies, this is what Jesus would say to them.

“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:19

“And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How Hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:23

“Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3

“Jesus answered , verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of the water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5

That goes also for the Jews Mr. John Hagee

“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your father, which is in heaven.” Matthew 23:9

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5

These are the things Jesus would be saying to all these lies and heresies. So please don’t tell me I took that out of context, because you do not understand truth, you are indoctrinated and have been taught to believe a lie. It’s time to come out of that lie, so you are not accountable for it as they will be.

, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:44

The church is a replacement in the Bible for the congregation of Jesus. It is a man made institution, and is of the devil, and has been used by satan many times. This does not however mean all churches by any means. There are some great assemblies doing great things, with great Pastors, Elders, and members. This is not what I’m talking about, but there are some churches that are doing the work of satan, and they don’t even know it. Even Satanists call their assemblies church, the Church of Satan for example. Church of Latter Day Saints, The Jehovah Witnesses, these all use the word church. There are over 5000 different Protestant denominations, and The Roman Catholic Church and all their spin offs. God does not recognize the church because it is not of God, but is of man. Remember, One God, One Son who is God, One Spirit, One Baptism, One Gospel, One Doctrine, One Congregation of Believers. When you think of God think one, when you think of church think thousands. God recognizes people that may be members of certain churches, and Pastors and elders, but He does not recognize the church. If there is an assembly that is non-denominational and teaches the truth of scripture, and teaches the truth of the congregation of God, The chosen remnant of Jesus, then that my friends is not a church, but an assembly of believers meeting together, as members of the congregation. It’s that simple. Can a member of a church still be a member of the Lords congregation? Absolutely, it’s about that person’s walk with the Lord, the Lord knows who are His. Can a Pastor be a member of the Lords congregation and still be Pastor of a church, that is denominational, unlike the one described above? Absolutely, however if he has gained knowledge of the truth, and still doesn’t teach it, he is under a greater condemnation, because he is still teaching a lie to keep his job, “his career so to speak” because the elders won’t let him teach anything other than their denominational lies. That is going to be between him and God, I wouldn’t want to be accountable for that however. Later I will have a post on what the Bible says constitutes being a true follower of Christ, and a true believer in the congregation of Jesus, it’s not a secret however it’s all over the New Testament, it is not hidden in a corner.

As I said earlier in my last post, that I would go over the Church of England that King James I was head of, but then I thought what’s the point. But basically it’s a conformist Church. It is a mix of Roman Catholicism and Protestant reform doctrine. It’s Anglican and contains sects such as the Protestant Episcopal Church. It is very liberal in nature, and now allows woman, and gay priest. It’s a church like most that will conform more to the world to please those in the world, than the true teachings of Jesus. This is the one the Protestant saint King James I ruled over and the title to his Bible the “Authorized” Version, because it was Authorized for the Anglican Church. The Church of England, his so called stamp was on it. If you attend a Roman Catholic Church, or any other conformist church, get out now. Here is a Biblical description of the Congregation of Jesus and a description of the man made church.

The Congregation of Jesus:

“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God-and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4: 2-6

“That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Ephesians 4:14

“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:6

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the father knoweth me, even so know I the father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” John 10:14-16

I will be looking again at this above verse later in another post breaking it down more.

This is the man made institution, the church:

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgement now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:1-3

If you at this present time are attending or a member of a church that conforms to the world, or preach’s any other Gospel that is not taught by the Apostles, the one true Gospel of The Messiah, Jesus, get out now. Don’t let this judgement fall on you, don’t be apart of it in anyway, or support it financially. GET OUT! RUN!

So the church is just like their saint King James I, they are power hungry, money hungry, boastful, arrogant, cowards. Cowards in the sense that if they know the truth, but remain in the lie, and teach others the same just to remain in power, and not let anything bring down their doctrine or theologies, and stand for the truth and repent, they are cowards.

So with all the evidence that I have brought before you, and laid it openly on the table for you to observe. I think we can all conclude that King James’s motive was for power and wealth through the church, so therefore considering the evidence I hope that you will find him as I have, and that is GUILTY!

In my next post, we will be looking at King James and his persecution of Christians. That’s right, can you believe it? The Protestant saint King James I, persecuted Christians. Keep coming back, until next time. May the Lord bless your search for truth.

King James I, The Motive Behind His Crime. cont.

We left off in my last post with Queen Elizabeth, I will continue on from there. Then we will take a look at Queen Elizabeth’s half sister Queen Mary commonly called “Bloody Mary.” Then I will move farther back in the blood line, and look at King Henry VIII. This is where the chaos, blood bath of violence, and division started during that period. None of which of the above are attributes of our Lord Jesus, although we are to believe that it was Jesus that formed this institution of religion, starting with Peter called the “church.” As always there is much reading that can be done, on these people of English Royality, but I’m just going to hit the highlights that I need, to present my case for the Lord. At the end I will do a quick recap to hopefully, bring it all together for all of us. Like any wealthy, and powerful people go, this you will find is a complete dysfunctional mess. Ok back to Queen Elizabeth.

After the death of her half sister Mary, “Bloody Mary” on November 17, 1558, Elizabeth came to the throne amid bells, bonfires, patriotic demonstrations, and other signs of public jubilation. When a girl in an allegorical pageant presented her with a Bible in English translation – banned under Mary’s reign —Elizabeth kissed the book, held it up reverently, and then laid it on her breast. Spectators were thus assured that under Elizabeth, England had returned, cautiously but decisively, to the reformation. Before continuing on, let’s take a look at “Bloody Mary,” Queen Elizabeth’s half sister.

Mary I (February 18, 1516 – November 17, 1558), also known as Mary Tudor, was the Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. She is best known for her aggressive attempt to reverse the English Reformation, which had begun during the reign of her father, Henry VIII. The executions that marked her pursuit of restoration of Roman Catholicism in England and Ireland led her denunciation as “Bloody Mary” by her Protestant opponents. During her five – year reign, Mary had over 280 religious dissenters burned at the stake in the Marian persecutions. After Mary’s death in 1558, her re-establishment of Roman Catholicism was reversed by her younger half- sister Elizabeth I, a daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. More on Henry coming up. Back to Queen Elizabeth.

If Queen Elizabeth died childless, the Tudor line would come to an end. The nearest heir was Mary, Queen of Scots, the granddaughter of Henry VIII’s sister Margaret, King James I’s mother, whom you will remember was basically kicked out of Scotland. Mary, a Catholic whose claim was supported by France and other powerful Catholic states, was regarded by Protestants as a nightmarish threat that could be best averted if Elizabeth produced a Protestant heir. However she did not, and this led to her having Mary of Scots beheaded, she remained on the throne until her death. Then along comes King James I, but before we get back to him, let’s take a little look at King Henry VIII,

King Henry VIII, (born June 28, 1491, Greenwich, near London, England—died January 28, 1547, London), king of England (1509 – 47) he presided over the beginnings of the English Renaissance and the English Reformation. Henry had many wives, only one survived. His six wives were, successively, Catherine of Aragon ( the mother of the future Queen Mary I “Bloody Mary”), this marriage was annulled. Anne Boleyn ( mother of future Queen Elizabeth I ), she was executed. Jane Seymour ( mother of the King Henry’s successor, Edward VI ), died in child birth. Anne of Cleves, their marriage was annulled. Cathrine Howard, she was executed, and Catherine Parr, she was fortunate enough to survive this mad man. The fates of Henry VIII’s wives can be remembered with a rhyme: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. The beginnings of the Church of England actually came about from this crazy king’s marital affairs. Here is the story.

King Henry VIII created the Church of England in 1536 as a result of a dispute with the pope, who would not permit Henry to get a divorce from his wife Catherine Aragon. The Church of England is a Anglican Church, ( I will cover that later ), and one should say that the Anglican Church was established simply because the Roman Catholic Church disallowed divorce; and, the then Queen Catherine of Aragon was incapable of providing him with sons. King Henry VIII of England was less concerned with church doctrine, and more with practical matters. Desiring control over religious dictates in order to divorce Catherine of Aragon, he had himself ( as opposed to the Pope ) declared to be the supreme head of the Church of England. Now doesn’t this sound like a fine upstanding christian man that should be head of his own “church.” The rest of his story is a complete mess, but if interested, there is a lot to read on this power hungry, crazed, madman that established the Church of England that is present to this day. All I have to say on this matter is, I don’t want to hear anyone say that this is the so called “church” that our Lord Jesus was talking about when He told Peter “upon this rock I will build My Congregation.” This man made instituitionlized form of religion is of satan, and him only. The violence, blood shed, chaos, and division is not from our Lord, but is of the devil.

Ok, to continue on now, we are going forward again to King James I. From Queen Elizabeth to King James I. Before James was 12, he had taken the government nominally into his own hands when the earl of Morton was driven from the regency in 1578. For several years more, however, James remained the “puppet” of contending intriguers ( the practice of engaging in secret schemes) and faction leaders. After falling under the influence of the duke of Lennox, a Roman Catholic who schemed to win back Scotland for his mother, the imprisoned Queen Mary, James was kidnapped by William Ruthvan, 1st earl of Gowrie, in 1582 and was forced to denounce Lennox. So you see so far James converted for a short time to Catholicism. The following year James escaped from his Protestant captors and begun to pursue his own policies as King. His chief purposes were to escape from subservience to Scottish factions and to establish his claim to succeed the childless Elizabeth I upon the throne of England. Realizing that there was more to be gained by cultivating Elizabeth’s goodwill,( a proper term used, for kissing up to Queen Elizabeth) than by allying himself with her enemies, James in 1585 – 86 concluded an alliance with England. Therefore in his own unsteady fashion, he remained true to this policy, and even Elizabeth’s execution of his mother in 1587 drew only formal protests. So we see that as King of Scotland he forms this alliance with England, by kissing up to Queen Elizabeth and those loyal to her, and then says very little about, and frankly probably doesn’t even care about his mother being beheaded, a year later. Why? Three years before this alliance, he was converted Catholic and scheming to win the throne back for his mother. Now I realize that he was just a puppet king for the Scottish factions, but still, this guy was all over the place. I mean, did he really know what he believed in? He was a power hungry man and he and others behind him, had a plan where they could rule Scotland and England for their ruling, power agendas, that’s why? James succeeded to the throne of England on the death of Queen Elizabeth I on (March 4, 1603). Later I will explore one possible agenda, and expose the group behind it, it may shock you, but we have to look at it, to evaluate and decide what could possibly be part of this agenda. I will cover it, and let you decide. So right here is a great place to do a quick review and lay it all out simply, in succession starting with the psychopathic, madman Henry the VIII.

  • Henry VIII — King of England, remembered more for his many wives, and the English Renaissance, and the Establishment of the Church of England. Today’s Anglican Church, not for scriptural reasons, but because he couldn’t get his way with the Pope on a matter of divorce, with his first wife. Known for his marital affairs with very young women whom he would eventually make his wives, and possibly behead if it suit his mood that day. Big name in the Protestant Reformation. Really?
  • King Edward VI — Edward was the only legitimate son of Henry VIII. His mother was Jane Seymour, she died 12 days after his birth, he succeeded the throne upon the death of his father Henry. In January 1553 Edward showed signs of tuberculosis, and it was determined to be fatal. In his six year reign, he allowed Protestant reforms to begin taking place in the church.
  • Mary I or Mary Tudor “Bloody Mary”— First Queen to rule England. Persecuted Protestants in a vain attempt to return Roman Catholicism back to England. For three years rebel bodies of Protestant’s, dangled from gibbets, (an upright post with a projecting arm for hanging the bodies of executed criminals as a warning) and heretics were relentlessly executed, some 300 being burned at the stake. A fine upstanding Catholic woman no doubt. She’s one for the Catholic Church to be proud of.
  • Elizabeth I— Seconed Queen to the throne. Half sister to Bloody Mary. Revived the Church of England, and it was a mix of Roman Catholic doctrine, as well as Protestant doctrines. She saw to it that The Book of Common Prayer, and the Thirty Nine Articles of Religion, became important texts that outlined moral doctrine and worship principles. These were rules and doctrines, you had to follow and believe in the Church. They are easily attainable on-line, if you want to read them. She beheaded Mary, King James mother while she was imprisoned in England.
  • Mary Stuart — Queen of Scots. Mother of King James I. Devoted Catholic that caused her to be, beheaded as a threat to the English throne. Her unwise marital and political actions provoked rebellion among the Scottish nobles, forcing her to renounce her throne in Scotland, and flee to England.
  • King James I— Was king of Scotland as King James VI. King James I as King of England, became head over the Church of England. Had his own Authorised Bible published. He had little contact with the middle classes, and he suffered from the narrowness of his horizons. Loved wealth and extravagances. He was a power hungry, arrogant, prideful, coward, whom seemed to enjoy all the world had to offer, but much, much more on King James. To be continued, until next time. May the Lord bless your search for truth.