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Video: When Is The Age of Accountability?

When Is The Age of Accountability?

Welcome to Shining the Light Ministries Bible Study. This week we will be looking at when the age of accountability is.

When Is The Age of Accountability -Shining The Light Ministries -Bible Study – Age of Accountability

Link mentioned in video:

How To Get To Heaven
http://shiningthelightministries.com/how-to-get-to-heaven/

Other helpful links:

Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into
http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/05/12/sins-a-saved-person-cannot-fall-into/

Not of Works:
http://shiningthelightministries.com/2022/10/14/not-of-works/

My Brother’s Testimony – Proof We Are The 2 Witnesses
http://shiningthelightministries.com/AquilaJordanTestimony.pdf

Video: Indwelling Vs. Filling of the Holy spirit

Welcome to Shining the Light Ministries Bible Study. This week we will be looking at the difference between the indwelling and filling of the Holy Spirit.

Link mentioned in video:

How To Get To Heaven
http://shiningthelightministries.com/how-to-get-to-heaven/

Other helpful links:

When is the age of accountability?
http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/10/11/the-age-of-accountability/

Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into
http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/05/12/sins-a-saved-person-cannot-fall-into/

Not of Works:
http://shiningthelightministries.com/2022/10/14/not-of-works/

My Brother’s Testimony – Proof We Are The 2 Witnesses
http://shiningthelightministries.com/AquilaJordanTestimony.pdf

Not of Works

Bible

We are not saved by works, but if your faith does not change you to abstain from evil works and do good works then your faith is vain and you are not saved!

Not saved by works

Ephesians 2:8-9 “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.”

Titus 3:5 “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;”

Faith without works is dead

James 2:18 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Jesus will say He “Never” knew those who do not do certain good works with pure hearts

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

These people will not lose their salvation! Jesus said “I NEVER knew you! That means they were never saved!

Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:
but the righteous into life eternal.”

Notice: this is speaking of helping Christians in these ways not drug addicts and drunkards. We are to visit the Christians who are in jail for passing out tracts in Wal-Mart and wittnessing to women outside of abortion clinics, etc.

We are to feed and clothe Christians more than the lost. Too often churches help the lost, but forget the saved.

People who do certain evil works will not go to heaven

1 Corinthians 6:9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

People who do these things have never been saved! It does not matter if they said a prayer, believed the facts about Jesus correctly, go to church or anything else. If they do any of these evil works then they have never been saved, because they have never truly repented!

You cannot use Grace as a license to sin, like some members of my own family do.

How Dad raised us

My Dad homeschooled and raised my brother and I to be very strict and holy Independent Fundamental Baptist.

He taught us to obey God and not men.

He taught us to never compromise or change from God’s Truth, but to suffer the loss of all things, and die for Christ if need be.

We were raised to endure persecution as soldiers and die as martyrs!

Then suddenly when we were teenagers he began to try to change us.

He had always quoted the Bible verse Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Then he suddenly began to change it by saying “Train up a child in the way he should NOT go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

He started trying to tell us that certain sins were not really that bad. He started taking God’s Name in vain and throwing his Bible at times. My brother and I firmly stood against him on these things, but we just thought he was backslidden. We did not yet know that he was really a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

It was too late for Dad to change us. I was already saved and completely committed to God. My brother thought he was saved, and was very strict. He ended up truly getting saved, when he was 22 after Dad left.

Dad even tried to convince me that NAZI’s weren’t so bad!

An incident happened when I was about 22 years old that completely shocked me and turned my whole world upside down!

All my life both of my parents had taught me very strictly against any kind of racism and anti-Semitism.

My Mother comes from a long line of Northern Holiness preachers who were abolitionists, and some of her family died in the Civil war fighting for the North. I grew up watching lots of movies about the underground railroad, and the civil rights movement. Some of my Mother’s heroes that I inherited are Rosa Parks, Grandma Moses, and Sojourner Truth.

She also loves Corrie Ten Boom and she passed that down to me as well. I watched the Hiding place for the first time when I was 5 years old.

I was spoon-fed a love for Jews and African Americans, and a hatred for Nazism and all racism from birth.

Growing up, I saw my Dad take open public stands against Anti-Semitism and racism!

He had joined a conservative political group once and during one of the meetings one of the leaders started speaking against the Jews. My Dad took a strong stand that night and rebuked those people. He then left that group, and we never had anything else to do with them.

In addition, Dad voted for Allen Keys for President, and got into an argument with a guy at church, who said he did not want someone who wasn’t white to be President.

These were some of the times in my life when my Dad was my hero. He had stood for what was right, and I was very proud of him.

When I was about 22 years old I wrote a blog post fully exposing that the Catholic Church and the Jesuits had Assassinated President Lincoln, and had fully backed the NAZI’s during the Holocaust. When Hitler died a Spanish newspaper said speaking of Hitler that a “Favorite son of the church” had died. (Yes, it is true that some Jews were hidden under the Vatican, but those Jews had converted to Catholicism. The Catholic church always plays both sides, so no matter who wins they can try to manipulate the situation to make themselves look good.)

After I wrote that, my Dad came to me and informed me that he had an Aunt by marriage that had been a NAZI and that her Dad had died as a NAZI in WWII.

I knew that this Aunt and her Mother had come from Germany after WWII. But I had always been told that they “Escaped” from Germany after her father had died. No one in the family had ever said he was a NAZI. They had said that she had been in Hitler’s Youth, but I thought that was a Concentration camp. And in particular I thought it was the concentration camp where they had the children put on a play to fool the Allied Forces into believing that the children were well taken care of and happy. Which was a total lie. They were starved, worked to death, and murdered, just as much as the adults were.

I honestly had no idea that Hitler’s Youth was basically his ROTC program!

I honestly grew up believing that this Aunt and her family were German Jews, had suffered in Concentration camps, that her Dad had been killed in a concentration camp, and that her and her Mother had been liberated by the Allied Forces and allowed refuge in America.

As much as I had been raised to literally despise Nazism and any other form of racism, I never considered any other possibility of who that Aunt and her family were.

Then I write a really good blog post standing against the evils of NAZIsm, and my Dad comes to me and tells me that my Aunt is a NAZI, and I should like Nazis and not be so hard on them. He never said that she repented of those evil beliefs, he did not seem ashamed of it either, he actually seemed proud of it.

I was in so much shock, I just walked away from him and went to my bedroom and shut the door.

I never removed the blog post, until I had to take down the whole site after I got sick and could no longer pay for it. And I have never changed my stance against NAZIsm, which I now believe may be part of the reason why I was poisoned.

Keep reading. I have much more damaging evidence recently discovered that members of my own family turned me into the Jesuits causing the Jesuit General to officially order my death, and then I was poisoned at work.

Dad also started trying to bring in Catholic Doctrine

Dad had started a church in our house, but he could not get it to grow. Dad wanted to quit being the Pastor and give the Pastorate to my brother.

However at that time, we believed that a Pastor had to be married, because the Bible says a pastor must be the husband of one wife. (God has now taught us that it means that if a Pastor is married he can only have one wife, because the Apostle Paul was not married.)

Therefore, my brother told my Dad that he could not be the Pastor, because he was not married. Dad tried to tell him that he was married to Christ, so that counted.

When Dad said that it shocked us both. We knew that was a false Catholic doctrine, because Dad had taught us that was a false Catholic doctrine! We are not married to Christ yet we are only engaged to Him. My brother still refused to be the Pastor of the church, and Dad dropped the subject.

Then the Jesuit showed up at my work

Not long after all this a Jesuit showed up at my work and started asking me with questions concerning Catholic doctrine.

I had been working there for 3 years and had never seen this guy before. I did not start this conversation, he came up and started talking to me.

I was nice to him and answered all his questions according to the Bible. Most of the questions had to do with Mary.

He did not say he was a Jesuit, but I knew he was by the way he talked and by his argumentative tactics.

My Dad had had me study the Jesuits and how to refute them all through High School. He even made the book “The Secret History of the Jesuits” my 11th grade History Book.

Soon After That I was Poisoned At Work

For the next 15 years I suffered terribly with seizures and other neurological problems due to mercury poisoning, until God finally fully healed me last year in October 2021.

It took us about 12 years to figure out that my problem was Mercury poisoning.

I also had stage 4 Lymphoma cancer that had spread to my liver. I also had a very small tumor on my pituitary gland. This kind of lymphoma cancer runs in my family. My Grandmother on my Dad’s side died of it when I was only 6 years old. So we knew the cancer was genetic.

However, the doctors were completely baffled at my severe cognitive problems. The cancer did not explain that. I did a lot of natural treatments including DMSO and the cancer, seizures, cognitive problems were all gone after about 5 years.

Later I was poisoned again at another job.

I was completely well for a year. During which time I started working at a retail store. They began to remodel the store and brought in some temporary workers to help with the remodel. One of the temporary workers had also worked with me at the factory where I had been poisoned at about 6 years earlier, but I never suspected that they had anything to do with me being poisoned.

One night while they were still working there I started eating lunch. Suddenly I got a terrible pressure pain in my head and then blood started pouring out of my mouth. I ran to the bathroom and started trying to use cold water to stop the bleeding, but it would not stop. I prayed and God stopped the bleeding. I felt dizzy and I was concerned that I had had a stroke, but nothing was going numb. I decided to go over to pharmacy to check my blood pressure. So I literally ran to pharmacy checked my blood pressure and it was low like 60/35 or something. I did not want to cause a scene and go to the hospital and have to miss work, so I prayed that God would make me feel better so I could go back to work.

He did. I was able to finish my shift that night, but over the next few days all of my neurological and cognitive problems came back. Over the next 9 years I continually struggled with seizures and other problems. All the natural stuff I did especially the DMSO helped but did not cure my seizures this time. The damage was too severe. My doctor tried to put me on many different conventional seizure medication, but they all made me worse. So he took me off of them.

I continued researching trying to figure out what was causing my problems

For awhile we thought maybe it was Mad Cow disease, and the DMSO had been treating it well enough to keep me alive. Mad Cow disease will cause younger people to have the severe cognitive problems like I had struggled with.

There is no conventional cure for mad cow disease, but there is sound therapy that will kill the disease and Apple Cider vinegar, and DMSO have both shown some promise in being effective against it. So I started using sound therapy and apple cider vinegar, but they did not completely stop my symptoms either. After about 2 years I started looking for what else it could be.

That is when I learned about Mercury poisoning.

The symptoms of Mad Cow disease and Mercury poisoning are very similar.

However, usually one of the first symptoms of Mercury poisoning is hallucinations. A person does not start having hallucinations with Mad Cow disease until they are almost dead.

My very first symptom 15 years ago was hallucinations. I was working after lunch and I heard the candy on the line say “Get me, get me get me, before the machine does.” I started to put my hand too close to the blades of that machine to grab the candy, when suddenly I heard a man’s voice say “Dixie, NO!” (Dixie is my middle name and what I went by for many years.)

When I heard that, I immediately woke up and jerked my hand back. I was so afraid I was going to get in trouble. I looked around to see who had hollered at me, and who was going to holler at me even more and write me up. There was no one around, except the young guy I was training, and he was down at the end not paying any attention. I knew he had not hollered at me. He ended up getting fired a few days later for not returning from break and getting smart with the boss.

To this day, I believe God hollered at me and saved my right hand that day.

So, I went back to my doctor and showed him what I had found out about Mercury poisoning. He said he could not really test for it, because it had been so long that it would no longer be in my blood, it had attached to my nervous system. But he could just start treating me for it, and see if it helps. He began to do an intravenous chelation, and I started taking zeolite and eating certain foods and juices like black beans and spinach juice to help get the Mercury out of my system. After about a year all my symptoms were gone except some anxiety and some light seizures.

My doctor said the seizures may not ever completely go away because of the damage that had been done.

I began praying even more for a miracle, but then I started thinking that maybe it was not God’s will for me to be healed because of the prophecy in Zechariah 3:1-10 of Satan standing at my right hand hindering me.

Zechariah 3:

1 “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,

7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.

8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.”

There in verse 1 where it says that Satan was at my right hand to hinder me, I thought it meant that Satan was going to continually try to hinder me from serving God, and I just had to always fight through it and serve God anyway. I also thought that the way he was hindering me was through the mercury poisoning and the health problems caused by it. So, I thought it was not God’s will to heal me.

Around the first of October I was reading this passage again, and God showed me that this was only talking about Satan trying to hinder me from getting saved, not anything else. Well, I got saved when I was 12 years old, so that is already past.

(Satan did try to hinder me from getting saved. I was very angry with God for a few years after my Grandmother died on my Dad’s side. I am the only granddaughter, so we were very close. I was only 6 years old, when she died of cancer.

However, God was able to remove my anger from me, and I got saved at the age of 12.

God showed me that it was His will to heal me, because he had given me Zeolite which safely removes mercury from the body, before I even started having seizures. I was just having some cognitive problems at that time.

God also reminded me that I do have power over the Devil through the Name of Jesus. I do not have to allow him to hinder me. Jesus said not to rejoice that we have power over the Devil, but He never said not to use it.

After I realized all of this, I asked Aquila to anoint me with oil and pray over me for full healing from the mercury poisoning and effects. We also told the Devil to go away in the Name of Jesus and that he could no longer hinder me in any way from serving God.

When Aquila anointed me with oil and we prayed, God immediately healed me in October 2021. I have not had any more of those problems.

As I mentioned above, I had started taking zeolite for a few weeks very earlier on after I started having hallucinations and before I started having the seizures. I had wondered if maybe the Jesuits had poisoned me with something. A woman at work had even asked me if I thought that maybe I had been poisoned.

So I started taking zeolite, which removes all poisons, heavy metals, cancer, and viruses from the body. It will remove just about anything from the body that is not supposed to be in there.

It helped a lot and I was feeling much better, but it was a new thing and very expensive. I thought I could not afford it, so I stopped taking it. Now that I am well, I know that I could have afforded it, I just thought I could not, because my mind was not working right at the time. If I had continued taking the zeolite back then, I may never have started having seizures, and I may never have gotten that sick.

Since God had provided me with the zeolite at that time, I do not believe it was God’s perfect will for me to ever get as sick as I did.

It is God’s job to provide for our needs, but it is our job to recognize and make use of that provision.

I pray everyday that I never miss God’s provision like that again.

Dad wanted to Euthanize me

When I first got sick I suffered from severe cognitive failure, where at times I did not even know my own name. One day I heard Dad talking to Mom saying he wanted to Euthanize me. He even said “How long do you allow someone to live, if they don’t know anything”?

This was a huge betrayal to me. For 2 years from about the ages of 20-21 my Dad had worked closely with me trying to save the life of Terri Schiavo, who sadly ended up being euthanized in 2005.

During those 2 years my Dad and I bonded like never before. Many times he would come home from work and I would get up from the computer where I had been working on Terri’s case. Then he would sit down, I would sit on his knee, and we would work on her case together.

He taught me all the Biblical and Constitutional arguments against Euthanasia, and he taught me how to write those arguments out, post them on my website, and send them out to any government officials who might be able to save her life.

From the age of 12, he had taught me how to fight against abortion the same way. Me sitting on his knee while he taught me how to be a voice for the voiceless.

Now I had just heard my Pro-Life hero say that he wanted to euthanize me!

A flood of adrenalin hit me, and my body went into flight and fight mode! I immediately downloaded and filled out a legal document call a “Will to Live.” Stating that I in no way ever wanted to be euthanized or “allowed to die.” I also designated my brother as my legal guardian in the “Will to Live.”

Canada had offered Terri Schiavo asylum, if someone could have gotten her there. Therefore, I told my brother that if I got bad enough and Dad started to take legal steps to euthanize me, then he was take me in my car and get me to Canada and beg for asylum. One of the last things I ever said to my brother, with a look of fear and desperation in my eyes, before I completely lost my cognitive abilities was “Don’t let them kill me!” He promised me he wouldn’t.

Soon after that I did completely lose all awareness and recognition of anyone. There are about 5 days I still have no memory of. My Mom and my brother have told me that I slept most of that time, and they were very careful not to let Dad know that my mind was gone. At the end of those 5 days I woke up in the middle of the night, and I started dying. Jesus asked me if I wanted to live and I said “Yes.”

The next morning when I woke up my mind was much better, and ironically that evening it was my Dad who came home with a supplement called DMSO. That ended up curing my cancer, restoring my cognitive abilities, and controlling my seizures.

So, it would seem that Dad saved my life, but in light of what I just heard from my cousin a few weeks ago, I wonder if Dad really meant to save my life, or if was he just being a Catholic Jesuit playing both sides and covering his tracks.

Over the next 15 years I struggled a lot with seizures, mini strokes, and anxiety. I did not want to live that way, so I was determined to get fully well! I continuously looked for anything that would cure me. I did hyperbaric oxygen, chelation, sound frequency therapy, specialized diets, different supplements, and we anointed me with oil and prayed for healing a lot. Finally one day in October 2021, God fully healed me when again my brother anointed me with oil and prayed over me.

What my cousin told me a few weeks ago

One of my cousins on my Dad’s side has also had some problems with the Catholic church. His daughter was given food that she is highly allergic to by a Catholic woman.

A few weeks ago this cousin dropped a bomb shell on me when he just up and said “I reconciled our family with the Catholic church.” And they gave me a gift of $70,000 for peace.

I said “What do you mean you reconciled our family with the Catholic Church? When was anyone in our family ever involved with the Catholic church? We were raised Baptist! And what are you doing taking money from the Catholic church? That is a trap!” (We have always supposedly been Baptist since our Grandparents made professions of faith in the early 60s right before my Dad was born.)

Then he began to backtrack and say “I didn’t really reconcile with them. I just agreed to make peace with them and accepted the money. They gave me the $70,000 over a 6 month period and I cleaned it by charging them really high prices for food through my Door Dash business.”

I said “So wait a minute, you had to clean the money? So it was illegal money?

He then tried to backtrack again by saying it wasn’t illegal money, he just cleaned it by putting it in tax shelters and investing it.

I then told him “You know I find that number $70,000 to be very interesting because that is the exact amount of money that Dad spread a rumor around that Mom had after he left. Mom never had $70,000. If she had we would not have lost the house and lived in a tent for a while after Dad left. Apparently you and Dad are in some kind of illegal activity with something to do with the Catholic church. And you two have betrayed us by making some kind of pact with the Catholic church against us, because you took money from them. You don’t ever make an agreement with and take money from someone evil like that! You know the Catholic church has been trying to kill my brother and I for years!

He then said that we could make peace with the Catholic church too, “Just tell them what family your from.” My jaw hit the floor! And I was like “Are you out of your mind? There is no way that we will ever deny our faith, bow to Rome, and go crawling and begging the Catholic church for peace! We would die first! You have told us everything we need to know! You have denied your faith, betrayed us, and joined yourself to the whore of Revelation 17! We are completely cutting off all communication from you, because you have made an agreement with Rome, and we can no longer trust you with our lives!” We will pray for your soul that you get saved!

I now believe that my Dad and my cousin are involved in some kind of organized crime.

When I was about 19 I started working my first job, and of course a lot of young guys at work started showing interest in me. Most of them I was able to run off very quickly by just asking them some doctrinal questions.

I was talking to my Dad one day about some guy that ran off real fast when I brought up the Bible, and my Dad said “Well if you ever have any trouble with any guys just tell them that your Dad has ties to the Arkansas Mafia. He laughed when he said it, so I thought he was joking. I had never heard of an Arkansas Mafia, I thought he made it up.

However, after Dad left a few years later my brother told me about something that he saw when he was 16. That made me think that maybe Dad was not joking.

What my brother saw when he was 16

When my brother was 16 years old he walked out of his room and froze in terror, because he was afraid that if Dad saw him at that moment Dad would kill him, so he quickly went back into his room.

When my brother walked out of his room that day he saw Dad with blue medical gloves on doing something with a bag of white stuff. He also saw the door bell sound box taken apart on the coffee table, so apparently that is where Dad had been hiding the bag of white stuff. My brother said nothing about it for years until after Dad left, then he told our Mother and me. To this day we believe it was a bag of some kind of drugs.

About 2 Decades later in 2021 I asked my Grandad about Dad ever being involved in drugs

Early in 2021 I called my Grandad and told him about what Aquila had seen Dad doing almost 20 years earlier at age 16. My Grandad seemed nervous and said “I cannot say rather your Dad has ever been involved in drugs or not.”

What Grandad said to my brother the next time my brother called him

A few months later Grandad caught Corona virus and was in the hospital in California. He was in his 80s so we knew it could be serious. We called him to check on him and as soon as Grandad heard my brother say “Hi Grandad” he said, “Your not dead yet? Your not dead yet? Your not dead yet”? And his voice became angrier each time he said it.

My brother said, “No Grandad I’m not dead.” Then my brother told him about a semi that had pulled out from a stop sign and tried to hit us earlier that day, and that it would have hit on my side, so I was the one in more danger of being killed. At that point Grandad kind of went crazy. He got defensive and started saying that he had not been anywhere around us, and that he had been in the hospital. My brother had not said anything about Grandad having anything to do with that Semi trying to hit us that day. He just simply told him about it.

Then Grandad started talking about the Semi that had hit my brother over a decade earlier when he was driving my car. Then my brother said “Grandad I’m not talking about what happened years ago. I’m talking about what happened today.

Someone tried to kill your only granddaughter today. We were just driving down the highway and this semi just pulled out and tried to hit us. I had to swerve and hit the gas to get away from him.

Then Grandad said, “Well, what does it matter if someone tries to kill her or anyone else”?

At that point we were both shocked and scared. I told my brother to not say anything he would regret, because God would kill Grandad soon in order to protect us from him. My brother quickly said something like “I love you and have to go, bye.” And hung up the phone. That was the last time we ever spoke to our Grandad. A week later Grandad died due to his lungs being severely damaged by the virus.

We now wonder if our youngest brother was killed, because he may have seen Dad with drugs.

Our youngest brother seemingly died by an undertow grabbing him, while we were at the beach. He was only 10 years old.

However Dad refused to go check on him when Mom told him something was wrong. Dad got mad at her and told her not to cause a scene. Mom can’t swim. I went out to get him, but when I tried to grab him the undertow grabbed me and pulled me under, someone was able to pull me out, but they could not grab him too.

When I got back up, Dad had already passed me and was asking where my brother was. I pointed and said he’s right there, but he was caught in the undertow and it took him before anyone could grab him.

They recovered his body 10 min later.

Before our youngest brother died, he claimed to have a white bat hidden in a red box in a hole in the floor under his bed. He told me not to tell Dad. Well, I told Dad because I was afraid the poor little bat was going to die. Dad asked my youngest brother about the bat, and he said he had made the whole thing up.


After he died, I looked under his bed and found there was no hole, so I figured he had just made it up.

Then, one day we were cleaning my room and when Mom moved my bed, we found a large whole under my bed, but there was nothing in it. Mom immediately called Dad and told him that we had found a large hole in my floor under my bed, and she was afraid animals would come up through it. We used to have Bob Cats and copper head snakes under that house.

Dad blew up, because we had found that hole, he got really mad and started cussing. He was not at all concerned about my safety or anything like that, he was absolutely furious that we had found that hole. I thought that was really odd at the time. I had never seen him act that way before.


Now, since I know that my brother saw him one day years later with what looked like a bag of drugs, I wonder if Dad had been hiding drugs in that hole before, and it just happened to be empty when we found it.

And the thing about the “white bat” in a hole in the floor under a bed, was he trying to say “white bag” in a hole in the floor under a bed.

Although he did say it was under his bed. But he had also gotten into secret codes. So, was my youngest brother trying to give me a secret code. I don’t know.

I was only 13, I had lived a sheltered life, I did not know anything about drugs, I had never suspected that Dad was involved in drugs, I had no idea at that time that my youngest brother may have been trying to tell me that Dad was involved in drugs, and that if I told Dad about the “white bat” it would get him killed!


During autopsy they found a small round bruise on his bottom and thought that maybe he had been stung by a jelly fish. Then they said he had not, they claimed they did not know what it was.

However, A hypodermic needle bruise could look the same way. Did Dad or someone else somehow give him a shot of something that day that ultimately caused him to drown? I don’t know.

In addition, after Dad left, my Mom and brother told me about something that happened one night after we came home from our youngest brother’s funeral.

The boys’ bunk beds had been put in Mom and Dad’s room for warmth because we were living in a really bad trailer house that was hard to heat.

They said that one night soon after we came back from the funeral some people came up to the house with flashlights and Dad quickly told Mom to be quiet because they would kill her if she saw them. Then someone shined a flashlight right onto our youngest brother’s bed, and then they left. Like they were wanting to make sure he was dead. Who were those people? How did Dad know them? And why did they want to make sure that a 10-year-old little boy was dead?

I did a Google search a few days ago and found out the Arkansas Mafia is Real

In light of everything that has happened over the last 25 years, I realized that apparently my Grandad was, and my Dad and cousin are involved in some kind of organized crime.

I typed Arkansas Mafia into Google and hit search, and was shocked at what I found. Oh ya, they’re real alright!

Another name for them is the “Dixie Mafia.”

My Dad always said he named me Dixie because he liked the Southern Belles. He thought they were high class and pretty. Now, I wonder if that is really true, or if he named me after his criminal gang.

I mostly go by Desiree, Des, or Desi now. My Mother named me Desiree after her best friend.

The Arkansas Mafia are involved in drug running, gun running, illegal gambling, and prostitution, and they kill anyone who is a threat to them.

They are very loosely organized so that makes it hard for the law to bust them.

Furthermore, they have a history of having members who are seen to be upstanding in the communities. Including law enforcement and preachers!

These people are evil, and any other family members I find to be involved with them I will cut off all communication with them immediately too. I want nothing to do with evil criminals!

A few dreams my brother and I had after Dad left that we now know we true warnings from God

After Dad left 12 years ago I had dreams about Dad being in some kind of criminal group.

I also had a dream that both my Grandad and my Dad had been involved in poisoning me at work.

I also had a dream where I saw my Granddad and another family member dressed in all black and they took masks off their faces. Then a voice, which we now believe truly was God, said “They are not who you think they are, they are evil, and I am going to destroy them.” Then He showed me my cousin that just told me all that about reconciling with the Catholic church, and said He was going to kill him too.

I had another dream that Dad had tried to sell my brother and I on the internet. And that an old man (who had just suddenly showed up and started helping us out a lot after Dad left) was actually a government agent investigating Dad for trying to sell us on the internet. The next time we saw him I decided to tell him about the dream, but not tell him about his part in it. When I decided this, we were all standing in the yard talking and he had his arms resting on mine and my brother’s shoulders (He had become like a grandfather to us). I told God that if the dream was true, then have the man be so shocked that he take his arms off of our shoulders. Well, I just told him that I had had a dream that Dad had tried to sell my brother and I on the internet. That guy had such a reaction! He immediately jumped back, took his arms off us, walked all the way around the back of his truck and left. We figure the dream was true, and he got really scared that his cover was blown.

Interestingly enough, I have had 5 kidnapping attempts on me since Dad left, by complete strangers, in broad daylight. Is somebody trying to collect? I don’t know, but I carry a gun and have now been trained in hand to hand combat. I do know how to kill someone with my little pinky, hopefully I never have to.

Personal defense or defense of another is not a sin. Vengeance is a sin. Jesus told the disciple to take swords. They weren’t for pretty accessories!

My brother had a dream that Dad was actually a Catholic, and we were running from him, because he was after us to kill us.

For many years we were not sure if all these dreams were really warnings from God or not, but now I think it has pretty much been proven that they are.

How my Dad betrayed me another way

About 5 years ago we started going to a church where the Pastor and 2 of the Deacons had been our Pastor and Deacons at another church when we were teenagers.

I had had a dream that God was going to destroy these people as well, but I begged God not to destroy them, I thought that maybe if I prayed enough for them and we started going there I could somehow find out why God was angry with them and get them to repent.

We had been going there for about a year and I could not figure out what God was mad at them about, and I began to think that maybe the dream was not of God.

I had always seen one of the Deacons and that Pastor as father figures. I wanted to give the Deacon a Father’s Day card, but then I thought that maybe we were too close in age and it may look inappropriate. So I checked his birthday on his Facebook profile and found that we are only 15 years apart . I knew that neither he, his wife, nor anyone who had known us for 20 years would think anything bad about it because he was my first youth Pastor, but I was concerned that some of the older leaders in this church who had not known us for 20 years may think it inappropriate . So I gave a Father’s day card to the Pastor instead. He was about 70 years old, so I figured no one would think anything wrong about that. I also never thought that he would take it wrong. I had known him for 20 years, and he always preached high moral standards, and I highly respected him.

Then the Deacon’s oldest son, who was only 18 months old when I met him at the age of 12, was getting married (made me feel old). Anyway, at the wedding, this Pastor walks up to me and says, “I love you” in a quiet, sneaky way that seemed wrong. I was shocked. I could not believe what he just did!

After that I began to pray even more for him, and we warned him that God had said He was angry with him and wanted to kill him. I also began to distance my self from him. Eventually we ended up leaving the church.

Well, I recently told one of my Dad’s sisters about this incident with this Pastor. I did not say exactly what happened, I just said he made a pass at me.

Next time I spoke to her on the phone, she said that she had told my Dad about the incident. My first thought was uh oh Dad is going to kill him, or at least he called him up and threatened to kill him!

But what my Aunt said next completely shocked me. She said he got all excited and asked if he had a grandchild!

He was not angry at all! When he heard the word pass, he interpreted it to mean rape, and instead of getting angry, he gets all excited that he may have a grandchild!

What happened to my Dad who always said that he would kill any man who touched me outside of marriage?

Well just for that, I may never get married and have children until my Dad is dead! And If I do get married and have children before my Dad dies, I will do whatever I have to do to keep him away from them.

He has proven to be absolutely evil, and I do not trust him at all now.

I mean, how much more evil can a person get?

Personally, I feel that this was the biggest betrayal of my life? What happened? Did 2 men who taught me to be pure and have high moral standards conspire together to rape me so my Dad could have a grandchild?

And is that why I have had so many kidnapping attempts on me? Is Dad sending men to kidnap me and rape me, so he can have a grandchild?

I immediately told my Aunt “No! The scumbag never touched me! I did not allow it to even get close to going that far. He just said “I love you” in an inappropriate way, and I started distancing myself from him, and eventually we ended up leaving that church. If he had tried to touch me I would have broke his neck! I don’t care who he is!

Now, I just look to God as my only father figure.

Why would Dad raise us so strictly one way, and then try to kill us for turning out that way?

We have found two possible answers to this question.

  1. Dad was doing a social experiment to prove that there is no God and no individual thought. He may have been experimenting with the idea that a person’s beliefs and values are only dictated to them by their environment and society. Therefore, Dad could have taught us one way, then suddenly changed and taught us the exact opposite, and we would have just followed him like blind sheep right to the slaughter!

However, the experiment backfired and blew up in his face, because there is a God, and He saved me, when I was 12 years old! So I could not change in the ways Dad wanted me too.

My brother was not saved yet, but he had individual thought, so Dad could not just change him either.

So, the experiment failed. What do you do with failed experiments? You destroy them. Which is exactly what he has tried to do.

2. He did it intentionally in order to sacrifice us to the Devil.

However, that did not work either. When my brother and I each died or almost died at different times due to poisoning, God immediately either raised us from the dead or miraculously healed us.

I had a really bad seizure and died about 4 years ago. While I was being carried to heaven I was saying “No God, the people still need me.” Then I saw the white light of the city, and the light flashed out at me twice, like God said “Go back” and I was carried back to my body.

My brother was at work right after lunch about 2 years ago, when he suddenly collapsed and God caught Him. He said, “God I don’t want to die yet.” Then he felt God take like an invisible coat off of him, and he was fine. He has never had any other problems. God immediately healed him fully.

My brother was working alone when that happened, but later he had to go over to another line, and a guy looked at him, got really scared and ran to the Supervisor and asked to be moved to a completely different part of the plant. That guy is openly a Catholic.

And he even told my brother once that he wanted to eat someone and drink their blood. That sounds very Satanic.

We also had a dead squirrel put in our driveway one day a few months ago that looked like it had been killed in a ritualistic way by a Satanist.

The Jesuits and the Illuminati Satanists were started by the same man, and many Jesuits are also secretly Illuminati.

Therefore, it is possible that Dad is also Illuminati, and he raised us as strict Christians, in order to sacrifice us to the Devil.

I have never heard of a Satanist actually doing that before, but I have heard of them having a baby for the soul purpose of sacrificing him or her to the Devil. So I guess it could be possible.

We wonder if that Pastor I spoke of earlier was also involved in poisoning my brother. This happened not long after we left that church, and we had told them that we believed that I had been poisoned at work by Jesuits.

My brother had been working that job for over a year with no problems. Not long after we left that church he started having trouble with Jesuits at work, and then he was poisoned. He is also constantly harassed by lowlifes at work trying to get him to chase women and do drugs. He just started preaching at them, and they are starting to back off.

We also wonder if that Pastor was involved in poisoning me years ago. Even before I was poisoned I had dreams that that Pastor was sitting in the office at my work. What connection does that Pastor have with that place? He has not worked a secular job in decades and he never worked there. Did he have something to do with me being poisoned?

We now wonder if that Pastor is also secretly a Jesuit and part of the Arkansas Mafia too. It really looks like he could be.

I tried to save my family from God’s judgment

When we had those dreams years ago, I begged God not to kill them. I thought that maybe I could lead them to Christ. Over the years I have given them the true Gospel, but they continually reject it.

After that conversation with my cousin I took my hands off and told God to do whatever He thinks is best with them. A week later God struck my cousin. I heard that that cousin was just diagnosed with a liver disease that runs in our family. It is terminal. I am leaving him in God’s hands. He knows the truth. All he has to do is accept it.

A person cannot use grace as a license to sin, trample over the Blood of Christ, slap His face, and spit in His face, and go to heaven! He will not be mocked!

Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

To learn how to truly be saved please read my page How to get to Heaven http://shiningthelightministries.com/how-to-get-to-heaven/

My brother and I will never bow to Rome or become gangsters! We would die first!

Daniel 3:17 “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Philippians 3:8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”

Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

My brother and I are the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 we will see the Catholic church destroyed!

After my Dad left my brother got saved and God began to show us who we are. These blessings come mostly through my Mother’s side of the family.

The Bible even prophesies that our father would be evil, but it also prophesies that he may get saved.

Today during this Feast of Tabernacles God has told us that it is now time for us to start being more public about who we are.

To read my brother’s testimony and see all the proof of us being the 2 Witnesses and what all that entails please go to http://shiningthelightministries.com/AquilaJordanTestimony.pdf

This is why God strikes people so quickly sometimes when they are a danger to us.

Psalms 68:1 “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.”

Jesus Is Coming! Are You Ready?

Romans 14:11 “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”


Jesus Draws Everyone To Salvation

All Are Drawn To Salvation

Jesus said in John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

Atonement is not limited

Calvinist who say that only a chosen few can be saved are calling Jesus a liar!

Jesus said that if He was crucified He would draw all people to salvation. He’s not going to draw someone to salvation and then refuse to save them!

Here are a few more verses that show that everyone can be saved:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 12:46 “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”


Acts 10:43 “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”


Romans 10:11 “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Matthew 12:50 “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

1 John 5:1 “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.”

The evidence of this drawing is simply a desire to commit your life to Christ, not tears, or any emotion.

The Bible say that the natural person hates God and thinks salvation is foolish. They have no desire to be saved.

We cannot of our own minds just decide that we want to be saved.

Therefore, if someone wants to be saved then that means God would have to be drawing them to salvation. Because we are not even capable of even recognizing our need for God without God drawing us.

Salvation is a decision not an emotion!

Preachers who tell people they can’t be saved because they rejected God too many times, and God is not drawing them to salvation, even though they want to be saved, are evil wolves in sheep’s clothing! They are not saved themselves and they hinder others from getting saved!

If you have been told that you cannot be saved, You have been lied too!

You can be saved. God wants to save you no matter what you have done or how many times you have rejected Him.

Please go read my page How to Get To Heaven now and do what it says to get saved!

Will A Person Go To Hell If They Have Never Heard The Gospel?

This is a much debated issue in Christianity. Today we will look at what the Bible says about it.

Nature shows there is a God

Romans 1:

18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

God says here that everyone is without excuse because nature clearly shows that God exists.

Those who do not believe in Jesus are already condemned to Hell

John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

God Promises that those who diligently seek Him will find Him

Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God promises here that if a person diligently seeks God then God will make sure they hear the gospel and have an opportunity to get saved.

I have heard about people in secluded tribes realizing from nature that the true God could not be their idols, but a single all powerful God who created everything. They then began to ask God to reveal Himself to them. Then after many years a missionary came to them and told them the Gospel and they got saved.

God gives everyone a chance to get saved, no one has an excuse. He reveals Himself through nature, and then He makes sure that anyone seeking Him does hear a clear presentation of the Gospel and has an opportunity to get saved.

The Mark of The Beast

Anti Christ

Every time you turn around someone is saying this or that is the Mark of the Beast.

When I was a small child they were saying it was credit cards or bar codes.

When I was a teenager they were saying it was the tracking chip some rich people were putting in their kids to protect them from getting kidnapped.

About 10 years ago they were saying it was the chip in the credit cards.

Now they are saying it is the Covid-19 vaccine, and that if you take the vaccine you are condemned to Hell!

I have news for you:

It is none of those things!

Today we look at the truth concerning the Mark of the Beast according to the Bible.

Both the Beast and the False Prophet must be in power, fully revealed, and the image of the Beast must be set up, before the Mark is instituted!

The Bible says in Revelation 13:11-18:

11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

So before the Mark of the Beast can be instituted a well known world leader will suffer a deadly head wound and he will be healed by Satan.

Then another Beast, a false preacher, will show up doing all sorts of miracles including calling down fire from heaven, and will deceive people into worshiping the first Beast.

Then not the Beast himself nor the False Prophet, but the people under orders of the False Prophet, will build an image of the first Beast.

Remember Nebuchadnezer and his image. Whoever did not worship his image was killed, or at least thrown into a fiery furnace. Nebuchadnezer and his image was a small prelude to the Beast and his image. And just like Nebuchadnezer got saved in Daniel 4, the Beast can get saved too.

After the people build the image, the False Prophet gives life to it. Literally the Devil possess the image and causes it to speak and order the deaths of people who refuse to worship it.

Therefore, until these things happen, the Mark of the Beast has not been instituted yet.

It is impossible to accidently take the Mark of the Beast.

The Bible makes it vey clear that you must knowingly worship the Beast in order to take his Mark!

Revelation 13:12 “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Therefore, if you must question whether or not something is the Mark of the beast, it is NOT the Mark of the Beast!

A person can still repent and be saved after taking the Mark!

The Bible says:

Revelation 14:9-10 “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:”

People will go to hell for worshiping the Beast just like they go to hell for worshiping any other false God, but nowhere does the Bible say that they cannot repent and be saved.

The Bible also says All liars will go to hell. Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Does that mean if you ever tell a lie you are condemned to hell and can never repent? If that were true no one could be saved!

The Bible says some people Overcome the Mark!

Revelation 15:2-3 “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses
the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.”

These people had worshipped the Beast and taken the Mark and then got saved, probably through the ministry of the 144,000. There is no other way someone could get victory over the Mark, but to get saved and publicly renounce it! These people will then be martyred for forsaking the Beast.

The Bible says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

God has never refused to save anyone, and God will never refuse to save anyone. As long as a person is still alive they can repent and be saved, no matter what sins they have committed!

Even during the Millennial Reign Jesus is still saying “Whosoever will let him come!”

Revelation 22:16 “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

In closing, the Mark of the Beast will not be instituted until the Beast and the False Prophet are both fully revealed and the image of the Beast is publicly made and set up by the people.

Furthermore, the Bible says people can gain victory over the Mark! Therefore, those who take the Mark can repent and be saved!

Assurance of Salvation

The Bible says we can know we are saved.

1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

So we know we are saved if we have believed in Jesus.

Remember though believing in Jesus not only means to believe the facts about Him, but to commit and yield our lives to obeying Him. The word “believe” in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).

The Bible says we know that we are saved because we keep God’s commandments.

1 John 3:24 “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

1John 2:3 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”

This does not mean a Christian is completely sinless, but that they truly strive not to sin. To Learn what to do when you do sin see my post about 1 John 1:9. Furthermore, there are certain evil sins that a true Christian can never do like murder, rape, theft, hate God etc. To learn more about this please read my post “Sins A Christian Cannot Fall Into.”

Whether or not a person truly gets saved when they make their profession of Christ is determined by the quality of the “soil” meaning the pureness of their heart.

In the Parable of the Sower Jesus talks about a few groups of people who “believe,” but only one group truly gets saved: The ones who receive the word into good ground meaning they believe with a pure heart.

Mark 4:14 “The sower soweth the word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 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.

20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”

Jesus also said that only the pure in heart will see God.

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

The other 2 groups only received the gospel for selfish reasons. They only received it for their own benefit, so as soon as things got hard or they found something else that seemed more beneficial to them they abandoned Christ.

This is why we should never present the gospel to someone by saying something like “Say this prayer and all your problems will go away!”

The Christian life is a life of sacrifice not of self gratification!

Life is full of problems whether you are saved or not, and many times being saved can cause many problems, because the world hates you.

John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”

When a person comes to God for salvation, God can see the motives of their heart, and if it is not pure, He does not save them. A person must come to God in humbleness sacrificing their lives to obeying Him, not in greed demanding earthly things from Him!

The Bible says God gives believers eternal life.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

This means once we have it, we have it forever!

The Bible says no one can pluck us out of God’s hand.

John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.”

Notice it says His sheep follow him. A person can know that they are saved because they have believed the facts about Jesus and they have truly yielded their life as a sacrifice to Him.

More helpful posts:

1 John 1:9

“How to Overcome besetting Sins”

“How to have Victory Over Sin”

“Christians Will Not Get Away With Sin”

Atonement

The word atonement means to cleanse, cover, reconcile, forgive, and pardon (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries #H3722 and #G2643).

Our sins must be atoned for with blood in order for us to have a relationship with God.

and Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

In the Old Testament God established animal sacrifices to atone for sin.

God killed animals when Adam and Eve sinned.

Genesis 3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

After Adam and Eve sinned, God killed 2 animals and made coats to clothe them. It can be inferred here that these 2 animals were also sacrificed to cover their sin, because throughout the rest of the Old Testament animals were sacrificed to cover sin, even before the Law.

Cain and Abel’s offerings were for sin.

Genesis 4:3-5 “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.”

Cain and Abel’s offerings were meant to be sin offerings, (not tithe offerings as my Dad taught me), because Hebrews 11:4 says they were sacrifices and Able had witness that he was righteous because of his proper sacrifice.

Hebrews 11:4 “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

A person is never said to be righteous because they give their tithes. A person is only said to be righteous if they have atoned for their sins through a sacrifice, and it must be a proper blood sacrifice. Vegetables are not accepted.

Job made burnt offerings for his sons possible sins.

Job 1:5 “And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.”

Under the Law of Moses God established a Day of Atonement once a year.

Leviticus 23:26 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.”

Exodus 30:10 “And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD.

Once every year the High Priest of Israel would kill a lamb and take its blood into the Holy of Holies and sprinkle the blood of that lamb onto the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant to atone for the sins of the whole nation of Israel.

Today we receive Atonement through the Blood of Jesus.

John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Hebrews 10:
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”

We no longer have to keep all those strict rules of the Day of Atonement and sacrifice animals to receive atonement for our sins (which did not give full atonement because the sins were only covered not washed away and a new sacrifice had to be made every year). We have been set free from that part of the Law, and we now have full atonement through Jesus Christ. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can atone for our sins. God will not accept anything else, not even good works, keeping the law, going to church, or baptism.

Rom 5:8-11 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

To learn how you can receive atonement for your sins through Jesus Christ please read the page “How To Get To Heaven.”

The Purpose of Water Baptism

Baptism

Water baptism is an outward testimony to others that you have been saved, and the first act of obedience to Christ.

Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Water baptism is a picture of salvation. It shows that we have died to sin, our old man of sin is buried, and we have been raised again to live a new life in Christ. Baptism should only be done by immersion, to show being buried with Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

However, since water baptism is the first act of obedience to Christ after salvation, then anyone who refuses to be baptized did not truly get saved, because in order to get saved you must commit to obeying Christ.

Therefore, baptism does not save anyone, but anyone who refuses to be baptized shows that they did not truly get saved.

That is why Jesus said in Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Some people, like the thief on the cross next to Jesus, never have the opportunity to be baptized, but he would have been if he had had the opportunity.

Salvation is of the heart not physical actions.

If someone, has it in their heart that they would be baptized, but never gets the opportunity, then God accepts the intent of their heart.

The Apostle Paul said this in 2 Corinthians 8:12 “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”

Now I know that the Apostle Paul was not specifically talking about baptism in 2 Corinthians 8:12, but it establishes the principle that God does not hold it against us if we cannot do something, as long as our hearts are yielded to doing it if we had the opportunity. And that can be applied to baptism.

If people had to get baptized in order to get saved, then Jesus would not have told the thief next to Him that he would go to paradise.

Only saved people are to be baptized. The Bible never says that babies are to be baptized.

 John the Baptist said that people had to repent before they could be baptized, and Phillip told the Ethiopian Eunuch that he had to believe in Jesus with all of his heart before he could be baptized.

Acts 8:36-38 “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”

Even in acts 2:38 the Apostle Peter said “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

The word “for” in this verse means “backward” and “of” which means “because of”( Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries #1519 in the Greek.)

Furthermore, there is a comma after the word repent and the whole phrase “and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” is in between 2 commas. This means this is a parenthetical phrase. This shows that a person is baptized because their sins were remitted by the repentance. This means a person receives remission of sins when they repent (turning away from sin to obedience to Christ), and then they are baptized because they have already received the remission of their sins, when they repented.

It also shows that a person receives the indwelling of the Holy Ghost when they repent before baptism, because the whole baptism phrase is parenthetical. This means that if the whole parenthetical phrase about baptism is removed, it still shows that a person  gets saved (receives the indwelling of the Holy Ghost) when they repent.

In addition, the word baptism in 1 Peter 3:21 is figurative, not literal baptism in water (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries #908 in the Greek). This is speaking of baptism of the Holy Ghost, which is the same thing as being indwelt by the Holy Ghost.

1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

Remember John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize people with the Holy Ghost and with fire.

Luke 3:16 “John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:”

Salvation is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

Since a person receives the Holy Spirit when they repent and believe in Jesus, then they are saved when they repent and believe in Jesus. Water baptism is a picture of salvation. It does not save anyone.

People have to make the decision to repent before they could be baptized, and then them being baptized in water showed that they believed in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

A baby cannot make the decision to repent and believe in Jesus, and all babies are protected by God and not held accountable for sin.

Therefore, there is no reason to baptize a baby, and nowhere in the Bible does it say to baptize a baby.

Salvation is a decision, those who have never been capable of making that decision are protected and not held accountable to God for sin. If they die they go to heaven.

Furthermore, children are not held accountable to God for their sins, only adults are.

You can learn more about this from my blog post “The Age of Accountability” at

http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/10/11/the-age-of-accountability/

In closing, a person is not baptized in order to receive salvation, but to show that they have already received salvation,

Repentance Includes Restitution

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You Must Decide To Right Your Past Wrongs In Order For God To Save You

The Bible says in Ezekiel 33:14-16 “Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.”

Even Jesus Said That Zacchaeus Was Saved Only After He Had Said That He Would Restore Anything He Had Stolen.

Luke 19:1-9 “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.”

John The Baptist Said To Bring Forth Fruits Meet For Repentance

Luke 3:7-13:

7 “Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.”

Paul Said To Prove Yourselves That You Are Saved!

2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.”

2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

The word perfect here means that you do not rebel against God and willfully sin.

We are human, we will make mistakes, but we are never to rebel against God.

To rebel against God is to look into the face of Christ while on the cross, spit in His face, and tell Him “I don’t care what you suffered for me, I am going to do what I want to do!

If you can do that, then you are not saved!

And there are some sins that the Holy Spirit will never allow us to do once we are truly saved. Learn more about this from the post “Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into.”

God Demands Holiness! Not Lip Service!

Isaiah 29:13-24:

13 “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:
21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
22 Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.
23 But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.
24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.”