MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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It is my hope and prayer that you have a blessed Christmas! Today is Christmas day–find a Bible believing church and worship the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

Image credit: NASA

Image credit: NASA

The seven billion+ people of planet Earth have a true and real hope because God gave us the greatest gift of all–a Savior to set us free from the bondage of sin and death. But we must receive the gift, so believe the gospel and be saved! Jesus was born of a virgin, fulfilled the Law, died on the cross for our sins, arose victorious from a borrowed tomb, hundreds of witnesses saw Him, and He ascended on high to the right hand of the Father.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).
And every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11).
Jeff Wingo

REJOICE IN THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS by Jeff Wingo

Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection. Painting by Alexander Ivanov, 1835.

Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection. Painting by Alexander Ivanov, 1835.

Sunday, March 27 is Resurrection Day, the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. Because He died for our sins, was buried, and three days later arose from the dead, we have forgiveness of sin and newness of life in Christ.

Our world needs hope–look at all the evil going on, especially evil done in the name of religion. True belief–faith, in the biblical gospel of Christ sets the soul free from the power of sin and new life begins through the power of the Holy Spirit.

If God does nothing else for me in this life other than save me from my sin, He has done enough: He forgives my sin because of the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary; and if my body is found in the grave at the return of Christ I know that he will gather me up with all the other saints, and I will spend eternity with Him in the New Heaven and the New Earth.

Salvation is found in Christ alone by faith alone. It is not found in religious ritual, the communion wafer and wine, or the act of baptism. Salvation is found by faith in Christ alone. That is what is so freeing about the gospel–I am free from performance. I don’t have to act out in a religious sense for God because the real work for salvation was done by Christ on the cross, by Christ alone.

What could I possibly add to the finished work of Christ?

John 19:30: When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

The phrase “it is finished” tells the whole story. In Greek the words mean “paid in full.” It means that everything necessary to fulfill the Scriptures is fulfilled. There is nothing left to do–the sin offering is complete. Couple that with the resurrection and everything necessary for salvation is accomplished–IT IS FINISHED. What more could we add to that?????

All that is left is for you to do is to make a choice and place your faith in Christ, and the finished work! Paul clearly detailed the gospel for us, and if we believe these truths forgiveness of sin will occur and eternal life will be yours.

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1- 4).

Furthermore, the gospel is realized by faith and faith alone:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

 

Where are the great works or religious rituals you have to perform for salvation? There are none, they are not found in the Bible–salvation comes by faith not by religious ritual and works.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast Ephesians 2:8-9).
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:5-7).

 

Believe the gospel and be saved! Have peace in Christ and He will give you the peace of God which passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7).

Have a wonderful Resurrection Day and thanks for visiting!

Jeff Wingo


As you may have noticed I have taken some time off from writing on the blog. I have been ill for sometime, although I am now recovering by the grace of God; so I appreciate your prayers.

It is not easy writing about heavy spiritual issues continually, although I do enjoy it. When you stand on the front line in the spiritual war you will take a hit now and then–the spiritual battle is very real, as I and others can testify. As Paul wrote, pray for me, “that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak (Ephesians 6:19-20).

I am also working on a new book, although I had to lay it down for a period of time because of my illness. It should be finished by now but because of my illness it is greatly delayed. So pray also that I will be able to pick up my pen and write as the Lord leads. I am very excited about the topic and I look forward to the work of research and writing.

I may be contacted at the following addresses:

Email: jeffreyawingo@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alienantichrist

Once again, thanks for your understanding.

Jeff Wingo

EMBRACING THE BEAST by Jeff Wingo

Saint John on Patmos by Gaspar de Crayer

Saint John on Patmos by Gaspar de Crayer

Those who desire to follow Christ as a true biblical disciple will find that the world will not appreciate your efforts, no not in the least. I think of the recent Christian martyrs in the Middle East and elsewhere. It seems that the spirit of antichrist is gaining more power and influence to destroy the witness of Christ.

Some of those martyred may not belong to the same church group that I do, but nonetheless, if they had faith in Christ, His sacrifice on the cross for their sin, and faith in the power of His resurrection, then they are just as much a Christian as I am.

Now, that does not mean that I subscribe to the ecumenism of the Roman church, other mainline denominations, or any denomination for that matter. The religious systems that most of them espouse these days are mostly anti-biblical, but that does not diminish the plain and simple faith of those who have discovered true saving faith in the power of the gospel apart from religious acts and rituals of the flesh .

To be clear, I believe in the simplicity of the Christian faith. Jesus never meant that to be saved from the power of sin required great devotion to a church system, eating a communion wafer, climbing a 1,000 steps on ones bloody knees to kiss the feet of a crumbling, decaying statue of a long dead saint, or other works including baptism. Baptism itself does not save, nor does it turn a sinner into a saint. At that point all you have is a wet sinner with a false sense of salvation.

The Bible is clear that to be saved from sin requires only faith in the gospel which is this:  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;   And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures…(1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

That is the gospel of Christ, and salvation begins with simple faith that Christ obtained that salvation when He was on the cross–He took the wrath of God that I deserved. Jesus is our sin-bearer, He became that sin before God the Father and the Father poured out His wrath in so much power that Jesus lost the sense of His Fathers presence.

My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46

What more could I add to that? Truthfully, there is nothing I can add and that is why religious systems and works of the flesh will never produce salvation; because those things are an attempt to work around the simplicity of the gospel. If works could produce eternal salvation then Christ would not have faced the cross. At that point the cross would be a worthless act. But the cross is far from worthless–it is actually the power of salvation:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16).

So we are back to the simplicity of the cross. The gospel of Christ is the power of salvation. Not works, not baptism, not the cup of wine or the communion wafer, or the blessing of a preacher or a priest–the GOSPEL and ONLY THE GOSPEL.

“For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Faith and only faith in the gospel produces the power of God leading to the salvation of a sinner–“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17).

Paul said that the word of faith for salvation is in your heart and in your mouth–“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach” (Romans 10:8).

And that faith, that simple faith, is able to produce salvation because it believes the simple gospel message:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
Coptic Egyptian Christians moments before they are beheaded by ISIS militants in Libya.

Coptic Egyptian Christians moments before they are beheaded by ISIS militants in Libya.

When I saw the video a few months ago of the Egyptian Coptic Christians being beheaded for their faith in Christ by ISIS several of the men said, “Yeah, Lord Jesus Christ.” Think of that for a moment–“Yeah, Lord Jesus Christ.”FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED! Its that simple, yet it is also that profound.

Why I have I called this post Embracing the Beast? Its simple. The world and the world system that lies in the lap of the evil one refuses to bow the knee to the only one who can save from the power of sin. Instead they embrace the philosophy and religion of the Beast, which is a Dragon, that Serpent of old, the Devil, who refused the God of heaven and in turn he became a Beast.

The world system hates the simplicity of the gospel of Christ, and so those who choose the Beast act like the Beast, who was a murderer from the beginning.

God sent John the Baptist as a prophet, the last of the Old Covenant prophets, and he was beheaded by a beast named Herod (Mark 6:16).

Herod is just a prophetic picture of the Beast, and the Beast system called Babylon the Great. At the end of days a Beast will rise from the depths of the abyss and bring ruin and destruction to humanity. But before that there is one thing this Beast will do: He will compel his followers to join the Beast system and receive an image in their mind, and a mark on their flesh (Revelation 13: 15-17).

Those who follow the Beast will be branded in their soul, and in their flesh, just like common cattle; and they will become beasts. In that way, those who follow the Beast will fully embrace their godless master: and become marked beasts themselves.

What of those who simply believe the saving gospel of Christ? They will not embrace the Beast and so they will be beheaded–just like the Coptic Christians who simply by faith called upon the name of the Lord–“Yeah, Lord Jesus Christ.”

Revelation 20:4:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Will you by faith believe the simple gospel of Christ, or will you embrace the system of the Beast?

Choose life, choose Christ. But be warned: those who refuse the Beast system will face the fires of persecution. Once the Holy Spirit releases His restraining power this world system will degenerate into Babylon the Great. And the Beast system will begin the work of its evil master, who is the epitome of what it means to be a Beast.

Embrace Jesus Christ and by faith believe the gospel. Yes, true Christians will suffer persecution, but for those who are saved a glorious future is waiting, because “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Thanks for visiting.

Jeff Wingo


If you would like to learn more about the Beast system of Babylon the Great and the coming Great Tribulation, and Bible prophecy then I recommend my book Alien Antichrist, The Terrifying Truth about UFOs and Aliens, Antichrist, and the End of Days.

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Thanks again for visiting. I hope that my articles are a help to you. Please send me your comments, criticisms, and suggestions. I would love to hear from you! If there is a topic you would like me to research and address send that as well.

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DISCERNING THE TIMES: THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST by Jeff Wingo

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The Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin, 1633
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1 John 2:18

 One of the signs of the last days according to the Apostle John will be the appearance of many antichrists. Yes, there will be the Antichrist, and he will come near the end, but in the meantime there are many lessor antichrists laboring to influence billions of people everyday.

Not that they will be insignificant because each of them will cause damage to the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of God; and in their own twisted way each of them will teach attractive doctrines drawing many people astray into spiritual darkness and error.

This is the battle of the kosmos or the world system as defined by the Apostle. It is more than just saying, “that preacher is teaching false doctrine.” It is the prevailing attitude of the age, which is thoroughly anti-God and anti-Christ.

John wrote “and the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19); this refers to “the ungodly multitude, the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.” {1} Interestingly, the word “wickedness” as it is used here, is the Greek word poneros which is used “pre-eminently of the Devil or the evil one.” {2}

In other words, John is saying that the kosmos largely consists of the ungodly sinful mass of humanity lying under the power and influence of Satan–who is the master antichrist.

That is why John said there would be many antichrists. As long as the world endures, we will never experience a shortage of antichrists.

In fact, they are everywhere–in churches they occupy pulpits and teach classes, in the public arena they are the teachers and academics who influence millions of children and college age men and women. They occupy prominent places in the media, using that medium to influence billions through thousands of TV and radio channels each and every day. They use their influence on the Web, in books and magazines, and on billboards along the highways of America, shamelessly promoting products using pornography of various degrees.

In the area of religion they are responsible for the creation and perpetuation of thousands of cults. Indeed, the many antichrists are leading billions of people astray into spiritual darkness through fear, intimidation, and manipulation (and this includes the many antichrists in the Christian church. That is why Christianity is becoming a spiritual wasteland for true Christians).

Sadly, there are billions of people being diverted from the biblical Jesus Christ into a multitude of religions. Once there, they strive to earn their way into heaven, Nirvana, or whatever vision of eternity they are trying to reach.

Unfortunately, John was right–as long as Christ tarries, there will be many antichrists working the kosmos or world system. And all of it is under the influence of the evil one. He knows exactly what he is doing as he leads the Kingdom of Darkness; it is an ingathering destined for an eternity in hell, forever cut off from the Kingdom of God.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).

Are you among the few on the narrow way? If not, you are on the broad way, and Jesus already told us where it ends. Jesus said He is the “way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), so His way is a narrow way, a very narrow way that leads to one place–the cross.

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

Indeed, according to the spirit of the age there are many ways to heaven. But according to Jesus and the Apostle Paul there is only one true path–a narrow way that leads to the cross.

An essential component of the gospel is that Christ died for our sins. In other words, without Christ there is no hope, for we cannot save ourselves from the effects of sin–no one else on this planet is good enough, pure enough, or holy enough. That is why Jesus stepped out of the halls of eternity into our time/space dimension. The only remedy is found in the biblical Christ who died for sinners on the cross of Calvary. Truly, He is the only Savior, He is the only way, and He is the only TRUTH. All other ways are of the spirit of antichrist. Biblical salvation is a very narrow way.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:9,10,13.

Thanks for visiting.

Jeff Wingo


 

Endnotes:

1. Strongs G2889; definition according to Thayer.

2. Strongs G4190; comment by Pulpit Commentary, (1890) on 1 John 2:1-29.

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