I've had some big changes in my thinking this month. I've been listening to Kat Kerr again, and she has cleared some things up for me in her recent videos. She seems to have a humbler attitude about explaining things and putting people's doubts and fears to rest, instead of expecting us to just accept everything she says as truth.
Her explanation for the contradictions in people's visions of Heaven and Hell make sense. She said that satan has constructed mock Heavens and mock Hells to confuse people. She, and her staff, are praying for a certain individual who claims to have seen Hell, and little children burning there because they watched bad cartoon shows.
Kat adamantly denies that eight–year–olds go to Hell. She says that the age of accountability varies for individuals, is based on their culture and upbringing, and is the point where a person turns their back on God to do their own thing. I totally agree. My age of accountability was when I was fifteen, when I decided to not believe the Bible anymore, because I wanted to go my own way. When I heard that other person speak about children in Hell, I could not fathom a just God sending such young children to Hell, to be tormented forever, based on decisions that they made when they were so young.
Kat is also very clear that Jesus is God come in the flesh, that He lived a sinless life, and was offered up on the cross as our substitute to pay the ransom for our souls, and she is adamant that He is the only way of salvation. She cautions that when an "angel," or an apparition that claims to be Jesus, appears and wants to take us to Heaven or elsewhere, we should always test the spirit by asking if it believes that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, and to not go anywhere with it, if it does not give a clear answer. She said that a counterfeit spirit either won't answer, or will get angry and leave.
But we also have to be alert for complicated answers that can be construed as a yes, without actually saying so; it is a sidestepping of the question. If we don't get a clear yes, then we're likely to be taken to a mock Heaven or Hell. Kat said that you can't convince people, who have been taken to a mock Heaven or a mock Hell, that they didn't see and hear what they saw and heard, because they did have a real spiritual experience.
I think that the mock Heaven and the mock Hell also explains why some pagans see things in accordance with their religion when they are on their deathbeds. Just as it is with the experience of unrepentant souls seeing a bright light at the end of a tunnel, and it supposedly is "God," or "Jesus," loving and accepting them just as they are, sins and all, those experiences are nothing more than satan appearing as an angel of light, as the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 2:14, to lead people away from the truth, so that they will fall into his traps. He is using those people who have near death experiences and testify contrary to the Bible as Judas goats to lead many unwitting victims into Hell.
There was a Burmese monk who was dead for three days, whom Jesus raised back to life at his funeral, when his body was about to be cremated. Athet Pyan Shinthaw Paulu sat up in his coffin and told all who were assembled there that the Christians know the truth, and that he saw Buddha burning in Hell. Many Buddhist monks have become Christians, as a result of his testimony. If you want, you can click on this link to read about PAULU'S EXPERIENCE.
The teaching about children going to Hell and the testing of spirits are two major things that I wanted clarified, and I am satisfied with Kat's answers. What she says about them make me think that she might have read the email I sent her, though she gets thousands of emails, or she may have read my newsletter where I expressed doubts about her teaching, but it could be that other people have written to her with similar concerns.
There are other things that she says that I still don't agree with, but I'm starting to think that she may have been right about some things that I disagreed with before. She may be right that Jesus will not be returning for a couple more centuries. Her vision of the next two hundred years makes a lot of sense to me. She has pointed out that He can't come until the wealth of the wicked has been transferred to the just, and that the Church is not operating in the power of God to the extent that the Bible predicts that we will be in the last days. It says that Jesus is returning for a glorious Church. Also, the Church will be without spot or wrinkle, not indulging in sin or indulging the flesh. The Bible also says the world will know us by our love one for another. It's pretty obvious that we're not there, yet.
Regardless if it takes two hundred or more years for Jesus to return, we should be ready at all times to meet Him, because when we drop dead, that's going to be the Lord's return for us. And there are a lot of souls around us who are dying and going to Hell; let's try to win as many as we can to the Lord and keep them from going there.
Kat speaks of absolutely astounding miracles that will take place before Jesus comes, so that the world will know, without a doubt, that the God of the Bible is real. Some of the things she speaks of happening are really wild, like people being resurrected from ashes, but you know what? God made the Universe. It's not a big deal for Him to restore someone to life from ashes. He can do anything, as long as it does not violate the Law of Love.
I'm on board with that agenda. I want to move in those kinds of miracles, and Kat says that the things we do now are going to have an impact on the last generation of our descendents who will be living just prior to Jesus' return, in regards to how they will operate in faith. I agree that what we do plants seeds into future generations, and I want my descendents to be faithful and mighty men and women of God, who will be able to withstand the awful darkness of those times.
I very much enjoyed what Kat said about the effect of our prayers and praise to God. She said that satan has built things in the second heaven, where he operates. She says that he does not live in Hell, but in the upper atmosphere, and he constructed things up there (in the spiritual realm) to try to block anyone from being able to hear from God, but some people love God and serve Him anyway, and when we praise Him, it blasts holes into those structures. She says that satan has crews who go around and fix the damage, but the more we praise God, the more satan has to take demons from off of their assignments on Earth to do repairs in the heavenlies.
I like the idea of blasting holes in satan's stuff, but that's not why I praise God; I do it as an expression of enjoyment of Him, and of trust in Him. I think that it does even more damage to the enemy when we praise God with our total focus on Him, not thinking of satan at all. It's pretty neat that something that is so much fun can do so much damage to evil.
Kat says that God is going to send fun things from Heaven to bless us here on Earth. I'm on board with that, too. I discovered many years ago that God is fun, and He's funny. If you want to dispute it, stop for a minute and think about monkeys, and kittens, and puppies, and their funny antics; God made them. Who hasn't laughed their heads off, watching baby animals playing? Even the adult animals of many different species are hilarious sometimes.
Even as I was writing this newsletter, right at this point, God gave me a bit of fun. A scammer phoned and tried to tell me that he was from "Windows," and that he had received notifications that malicious software had been downloaded to my computer. I know about this scam; a friend got sucked into giving someone remote access to her computer, and they sucked all her information off of it, then offered to sell it back to her for $100.00.
From the background noises, it sounded like there was a whole roomful of people making these calls. I listened to the caller for a few seconds and then told him that I wanted to notify him that satan had downloaded some bad stuff into him, and he had acted on it by lying to people and trying to steal from them, and that the decisions he was making was going to bring retribution to him in this life, and in the hereafter. I warned him about Hell and told him about God's love, and advised him to get a Bible and read it. He hung up on me.
I laughed because these calls are a great opportunity to witness to people, and if they are monitored by their bosses, then it's an opportunity to witness to more than just one person. Also, the caller was probably located overseas, so it's an opportunity to witness overseas, without having to pay for a plane ticket and other expenses.
As Kat said, God wants to do fun things on the Earth, and He is going to give Christians witty inventions, such as ideas for fun centres for the whole family that offers wholesome entertainment. I learned some years ago, when children laugh when they are having innocent fun, that's a type of intercession that paralyzes the enemy. When Jesus said that, out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, He has perfected praise, He was speaking of babies and children receiving the blessings of God without question, and expressing their appreciation and enjoyment of it. It there any purer way for them to express joy than through laughter?
Another thing that Kat said was that Jesus was poor by Heaven's standards, as soon as He left Heaven, where even the streets are made of gold, but that does not mean that He was poor by our standards. She said that Mary really hit the jackpot when she got engaged to Joseph, because he was a master carpenter, and that they had a beautiful house with lovely furniture in it. You know, that makes sense to me.
Not so long ago, I believed that this family lived as simply as possible, so that they could distribute everything they had above subsistence level to other people who were in need, but Jesus didn't mind when Mary, Lazarus' sister, broke an expensive box of perfume to pour it on Him. He also wore a garment that was so beautiful that the Roman soldiers who executed Him didn't want to tear it, so they gambled to see who would get it. It makes sense that a man who loved his wife as much as Joseph did would use his talents to make a beautiful home for her.
Kat said that, if Joseph hadn't been a master carpenter, he would have been stoned because he refused to divorce Mary, but the rich people were against it because they wanted him to make high–quality furniture for them.
Pondering Joseph's status and the financial benefits of being a master carpenter made me rethink what we've been taught about Mary being only 13 or 14 when she married, because that was the usual age that girls married in those days. I think that it's more likely that she was at least 17 or 18, or maybe even 20.
Mary must have been an extraordinary girl, for Joseph, the master carpenter, to have chosen her to be his wife. She had such a sweet and lovely character that her parents probably kept her home longer than is usual, reluctant to give her up, until a really worthy man came along. And wouldn't they make that worthy man wait a bit, to wonder if he was going to get her for a wife, so that he wouldn't take their precious daughter for granted?
Joseph loved her deeply, and he wasn't likely to settle for someone else, just because he had to wait longer than usual for an answer. It makes sense to me that God would choose a virgin who was a bit older than 14 to be the mother of Jesus; one who was better equipped to be a good mother, and more capable to face the danger of those who wanted to take His life.
Kat also pointed out that the kings who brought Jesus gifts, when He was two years old, were not three travellers in a caravan, but each had their own caravan. She said that they brought more gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts than what the Christmas story usually depicts. Joseph and Mary had ample wealth to support their sojourn in Egypt, and there was probably still some of it left over when they returned to Nazareth.
I'm still chewing on that one, wondering how they managed to get away so secretly in the middle of the night, if they had a lot of luggage. For that matter, if three kings showed up outside their door, with servants hauling in gifts, that would have attracted a lot of attention from the neighbours. I think that three caskets of gifts probably could have tided them over in Egypt and provided them with enough to set up house in Nazareth, but I could be wrong about that.
If it wasn't so that the wise men brought more than three caskets of gifts, then why does Kat believe it? I dunno. But I do know that we should never idolize people and think that everything they say is true. She could be honestly mistaken; I don't think that she deliberately tries to mislead people.
Nobody is above being misled. There are plenty of genuine Christians who have been deceived about a great many things, usually because of unresolved issues that hinder them from correctly interpreting God's word. The verse in Matthew 24:24 about the elect not being deceived is referring to false messiahs who work lying signs and wonders. Christians might not have all their doctrine correct, but when it comes to lying signs and wonders, and false messiahs, they will not REMAIN deceived. Because they sincerely love God, and really do know Him, genuine Christians will eventually be able to discern counterfeit miracles and counterfeit leaders.
The words "to deceive, if possible, even the elect" indicate that the deception will be so powerful and subtle that even God's people could be taken in, for a while, but they will be enlightened before it is too late. If there's a Christian reading this who dogmatically thinks, "Nope; true Christians will never be deceived AT ALL," then just wait, Bub; you're headed for a humbling experience.
People have protested to Kat that Jesus said He had no place to lay His head. She pointed out that this was in regards to the city where He was preaching at the time. He had a home in Bethlehem. He could have returned there at any time. Certainly, when He ministered in Bethlehem, He must have slept in His family home. It wasn't because He was poor that He had no place to lay His head. It was because He was obeying the Father to go out and preach all over Israel.
Kat also drew attention to the fact that Jesus had a treasurer to look after the finances, and that this would not have been necessary, if there hadn't been substantial finances to manage. Might I also add that there was such a degree of plenty that Judas was able to siphon off some of the money that was donated to the ministry, and the rest of the Disciples were not aware that any of it was missing? Jesus was too busy to pay attention to what Judas was doing; He discerned it through revelation knowledge.
Getting back to Jesus' family, Kat is probably right that there were only two kinds of people who were invited to weddings in those days: those who had distinguished themselves in some way, perhaps by being very talented, possibly a great wit who could be counted on to make people laugh, or someone who was quite rich, for obvious reasons. She noted, correctly, that Mary seemed to be quite comfortable giving orders to servants.
Kat said that Jesus went to that wedding in Canaan because He loved going to weddings and He enjoyed dancing. I don't have any problem believing that. The angels dance, and so do the saints in Heaven; Jesus prayed, "Thy will be done, in Earth, as it is in Heaven." It all depends on what kind of dancing is involved. It's not the sensuous kind.
That reminds me; I saw some really amazing dancing on YouTube, and there are probably these kind of GEORGIAN DANCERS in Heaven, among many other kinds. Take and look and see what you think. Jesus would have done this other kind of JEWISH DANCING, where the men danced with men, and the women with women.
The business about the wine; I don't know if I buy what Kat said about it. She said that Mary told the servants to do what Jesus told them to do, because she had seen Jesus turn water into wine many times in their home. Perhaps she is right that the wedding of Canaan was the beginning of public miracles, and that Jesus had performed miracles at home, but I don't believe that is so. I believe the teaching that says that God called Jesus His beloved Son BEFORE He performed any miracles, to demonstrate that He was pleased with Jesus' character, and to highlight that character is more important than spiritual giftings, though it certainly is God's will for us to operate in spiritual giftings.
Kat also said that when Jesus turned the water into wine, it wasn't alcoholic; it was just a delicious grape juice, and He did this every time to His wine when when He was served it. Oh puhlease! If God isn't okay with wine drinking, as long as it is not to excess, then why does the Bible say in Psalm 104:15 that God gave wine to man to make his heart glad? Does fruit juice do that? Well, when my siblings and I were kids, we got awfully excited about our Mom giving us Kool–aid, though it was just coloured, sugary water with a slight bit of flavour, but adults are usually a lot harder to please. Even fresh–squeezed orange juice is received with a measure of complacency. It is the alcohol in wine that makes people loosen up and get jolly.
I think that most of us are probably better off staying completely away from alcohol these days, because so many of us are allergic to it, and therefore disposed towards becoming alcoholics, but in Jesus' day, that wasn't as much of a problem. To be on the safe side, nowadays, if we never drink alcohol, then we don't have to worry about taking a drink someday that will trigger alcoholism.
If Jesus was neutralizing the alcohol in His wine, then why would He not make that very clear to everyone? If it is evil to drink alcohol, even if it is not to excess, then Jesus was not avoiding all appearance of evil, as He inspired Paul to write later on in 1 Thessalonians 5:22. It could be that some of Kat's experiences were filtered through her tradtional Christian upbringing.
She says that the seasons are reflections of some of God's favourite parts of Heaven. There is a friendly forest, which spring was fashioned after. Kat says that the flowers and trees and rocks all have faces and they talk to people. That's too weird for most people, but I can wrap my head around it. God can do anything He wants, as long as it is not a violation of love.
Kat tells the story of a man who was dying and he had a very strange dream, that he told to his daughter. He said that he was in Heaven, walking on the golden streets, and there was a golden tree that was walking beside him, with one of its branches around him, like an arm. He said that the tree really liked him. His daughter thought that his mind was breaking down.
He had another dream that he was in the Throne Room of God with this golden tree, and it was dancing and rejoicing like all the people there. In his third dream about the tree, he was sitting an easy chair in his mansion, and the golden tree was next to him, and had put its roots into the floor. The man's daughter blew it off as hallucinations, and her father died shortly after that. Then she heard Kat telling about the friendly forest, and it made her think that maybe there is a tree in Heaven that really likes her father.
If trees and flowers and rocks in Heaven want to talk to me when I go there, and some of them even love me so much that they want to live with me, I won't object to it. It's only if trees and flowers pull up their roots and follow me around here, and talk to me, that I would worry about it.
The Mountain of Spices is reflected on Earth in autumn. Kat says that each level of the mountain is scented with the aroma of a different spice and the leaves of the trees are fall colours.
Then there is "Christmastown" where it is winter all the time, with snow falling constantly, but it's not cold. Saint Nick lives there and gives presents to people, and the trees are decorated with stars. The trees have gifts heaped beneath them, and the gifts are for whoever wants them. Oh dear. Well, there probably was a very generous saint named Nicholas who liked to give presents to people, and he is now in Heaven, but on Earth, putting the focus on Santa Claus at a time when Jesus is supposed to be celebrated is a problem.
Maybe it's okay in Heaven to decorate trees with lights, but on Earth, it's too much like the Babylonian celebration of Nimrod, especially when it is celebrated in accordance with the Babylonian time table, instead of celebrating Jesus' birth at the end of September or beginning of October, which is when He was born.
Kat says that satan has stolen a lot of things from God, including many of God's symbols, and I agree. I have decided to lighten up about the Star of David, because her explanation of how the one triangle represents the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, integrated with the other triangle, representing the spirit, soul, and body of man, makes sense to me, but the Christmas thing is still too messy a business for me to deal with.
I do not, however, have any objection to people trying to inject some cheer into winter, to alleviate the dreariness of the cold, and the short hours of daylight. If they want to string lights up on their homes and loop them around their yard to brighten up the neighbourhood, let them go for it. Maybe keep them off the trees, though, to avoid the Babylonian custom. I'd string up lights myself, starting in November, and leave them up until the end of February, if I had so much money that the electric bill didn't bother me. God knows my heart, and He knows that I would not be doing it as an invitation to the god of winter to enter my home, but to cheer up my neighbourhood.
Giving or getting presents any time of the year is fine with me. Having a parties is terrific, too, but I still don't want to attach Jesus' birthday to December 25. I want to serve God with understanding, not mindlessly, blindly following traditions, without questioning the validity of them. Though I don't feel obligated to celebrate the Jewish feasts, it still makes more sense to me to follow them, than to follow the pagan traditions. But, if people want to have thanksgiving feasts in December, it seems fitting to me to always include thanking God for the best gift of all, which is His Son. Perhaps more mention should be made of what Jesus did for us on the cross, instead of all the focus being on His birth.
If I had the means, I'd celebrate Jesus' birthday in September, like I did one year when my oldest grandson was one year old. Some people argue that the Bible doesn't teach us to celebrate Jesus' birthday, but neither does it forbid it. My daughter went along with me when I said that I wanted to have a birthday party for Jesus in September; she invited her friends. They wanted to know what it was about, so she explained to them about the Babylonian roots of Christmas. They thought it was cool to have Christmas in September.
I decorated the house, cooked a big turkey dinner, and we exchanged presents. What a lot of fun it was! When I brought out a Black Forest cake for dessert, with three candles on it, and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus, they were all embarrassed, but what could they say? He was the reason we were having the party! They won't ever forget that Christmas.
Here are some photos of our party. The wine that I am shown giving to my grandson was non–alcoholic, and it was Heather who shaved Connor's head. One of her friends called it a chemo haircut. Connor sure loved that party; he's an extrovert and was always the main entertainment when friends came to visit.
I also gave presents to my family, and I explained to them in a letter why I was doing it. It was a great opportunity to witness to them. They looked at me like I was crazy when I handed gifts to them, but they didn't say anything, because everybody likes getting gifts.
My siblings stopped giving presents to me for Christmas, because I no longer sent them presents in December, but it doesn't bother me. December used to be exhausting, but now I love it! I am so relaxed and rested, while everybody else is running around frantically shopping, and going into debt. I just stroll along, enjoying seeing the lights and hearing the carolling, without feeling obliged to knock myself out to meet other people's expectations.
Well, Kat has given me a lot to think about, and I've been enjoying watching her videos again. I even ordered her books for myself and another set for a friend.
I also love to go online to watch Sid Roth's shows, and there was one on there that really excited me. His guest was Jim Staley, who brought forth a teaching on the Paleo-Hebrew for the word Torah. The first letter is tau, which means covenant. That blows me away.
For years, I would not wear a cross because I learned from Alexander Hislop's book Two Babylons that the cross was constructed as a torture device to sacrifice victims to satan, invented by Semiramis, the evil queen of Babylon, who was married to her son, Nimrod. In Chaldee, the word for satan is taitan, beginning with a tau. God holds us accountable for our knowledge, and since that was the most knowledge that I had, it was a matter of integrity for me to refuse to wear a cross or have one in my home.
Ancient Hebrew is actually the original language that everyone spoke before the languages were confused at Babylon. Chaldee is very similar to it. Only some of the words were confused, which made it slightly different from Hebrew. It could also be that Cush, Nimrod's father, who was known as the interpreter of the gods, because he was adept at figuring out what people were saying when their words were gibbled, worked on returning Chaldee to more closely resemble the original language.
In Hebrew, each letter represents a word picture, and the word for the tau is covenant. God intended from the start for Yeshua to be sacrificed on a cross. The way I understood it before is that it represents man's will crossing God's will, but it is much more meaningful to me to understand it as meaning covenant. I have my work cut out for me to go back through my webpages and correct some things that I have changed my mind about.
Jim Staley said that the four letters for Torah mean covenant, nail, head, and revelation, so Torah can be read to mean the covenant of the nail is the head of revelation, or, if you read it from right to left, as Hebrew is meant to be read, it says revealed is the head of the nail covenant. That's pretty exciting!
Someone has disputed that Jim is wrong about how Torah is written, that the second letter is not a yod, but a vav. I looked up vav and it means hook, as in the hooks that linked the curtains to the Tabernacle and it also refers to linking Heaven to Earth. As far as I am concerned, that's just as exciting as if the second letter meant nail. Torah means Revealed is the Head of the Link (Heaven and Earth) Covenant. Wow! You can click this link to find out more about VAV.
Now I no longer feel weird about crosses. I'm going to look for a really pretty necklace that has a cross. Why not? I have a necklace with a dove, and one with an eagle, for their spiritual significance, so I'm going to get a cross, too. I don't like being different from other Christians for the sake of being different. It's not at all comfortable being different from my brothers and sisters, but I will differ from them, if it is necessary. Hallelujah! Knowledge that gets rid of unnecessary conflict is great!
Kat is right that Christians have to stop having the heeby jeebies about symbols that satan has hijacked, but I don't think that we should give up our caution in regards to various things, until we are sure that it really is all right. Otherwise, we're still going to be prone to mind control through subliminals embedded in the media and subconsciously groomed towards the antichrist. We need to keep our eyes open and walk "circumspectly," as the Bible instructs us in Ephesians 5:15.
So, that's it for April. It was a great month for learning, and listening to Kat's videos have helped me feel much more positive about the future, regardless of what challenges it brings.
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