Archive for October, 2012

Jude 6 “..the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day

New T.V. shows and movies covering paranormal subject matter are coming out at an alarming rate. You have Ghost Hunters, Celebrity Ghost Story, Ghost Adventurers, Haunted History, Paranormal Activity 1, 2, 3, 4.. on and on. Are they novice, mislead or experts? Who you gonna call… Ghostbusters, right?

It brings up so many burning questions.. Is what they’re seeing real? Would a loving God who has given so much to redeem us back to Himself put us in a world with spirits of the disgruntled departed around every random corner? When we die are we going to be trapped in the very house where we passed away? Are our loved ones really dead or is some vapor of them haunting the place they last inhabited? Or.. Could the devil be behind one of the most elaborate and widespread deceptions known to mankind? God’s word will set the record straight. Satan does not want you to know the truth in these last days so he can try & trick you. So please pay close attention and take notes.. Before I rip into the scriptures, let me tell you about my own encounter:

My good friend, co-worker and Christian brother Carlos was tragically killed in car accident on the Foothill freeway in Pasadena some years ago. He was only 24 years old. We had done ministry in Cambodia and other parts of the world sharing Jesus with all we came in contact and we studied the Bible together on a regular basis. Then Carlos, my loyal buddy was torn from the pages of the living. I was inconsolable and took the news very hard. I still had a duty to see a shipment of anesthesia machines to the hospital back in Cambodia. We promised the medical missionaries we would have it to them regardless. In a low moment, I had to take a breather and so I went to the restroom to splash some water on my face. After I lifted up from the sink I noticed that someone was standing inside the bathroom doorway glaring at me.. but the odd thing was no one came in before or after me and no one walked in with me. I looked up and it was Carlos!! You could see through him like a vapor. My first thought was, how can this be? I even said it out loud, “You’re dead..how..what..?!” Then I began to think about what Carlos and I studied in the Bible. Immediately I said, “Satan, get behind me!” I rubbed my eyes and the apparition was gone.

What was in our Bible study that got me to realize exactly what was going on? Here are those very scriptures regarding truth on the paranormal and what Carlos and I learned from God’s word:

Luke 8:17 “nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come 2 light.” ~Jesus

Let’s start at the beginning. What is a spirit\soul?

Gen 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” So, When humans were created it was: God + Dirt + Breathe of life = Living Being. A soul is a living being.

Where does a spirit/soul go to at death?

Job 27:3 “As long as my breath is in me, And the breath of God in my nostrils”

James 2:26For as the body without the spirit is dead..”

Eccl. 12:7 “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.” Medically, when oxygen leaves the blood stream death occurs. Biblically, the Body that started out as dust turns to dust again (decomposing). The soul/spirit (breathe of life) returns to God at death whether good or evil.

Also check out Eccl 3:19-21 Animals/Man both go back to dust @ death.

Can a dead person carry out ‘unfinished business’ after his/her DEATH?

Ps 146:3,4 “Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.”

Can the dead bring us special messages, that only they would know?

Ps 6:5 “For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?” Like the pirates of old said, Dead men tell no tales.

How much does the dead know and can they haunt places or locations?

Eccl 9:5,6,10 “For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.

Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”

When will the dead be raised and what will happen to us?

1Cor. 15:52,53 “at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” The last trumpet also called Jesus 2nd coming is explained in detail in 1Thes. 4:13-18

Job 19:25-27 “For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”

John 5:28,29 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice ‘and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.’” ~Jesus

So what does Satan have to gain by fooling the whole world? What message is the devil trying to get across by doing this? First, Rev. 12:9 tells us that Satan & his angels (also called demons) are cast here on earth after their rebellion in heaven. The doctrine of the immortal soul (immortality outside of Jesus) is the basic foundation of Witchcraft, Astrology and pagan worship. Jesus is the way (see John 14:6) and God alone has immortality (see 1Tim . 6:15,16). Sorcery claims to receive it’s power and wisdom from the spirits of the dead (See Exodus 7:11, 1Sam. 28:3-25 & Dan. 2:2, also Acts 16:16-18). Regarding our future look at this entry in Revelation 18:23,24 “for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. “And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.” In 2Cor. 11:13 the very apostles of Jesus are impersonated. In vs. 14, Satan who is an angel of darkness transforms himself into an angel of light. Mat. 24:24 Jesus warns us of great signs and wonders in the last days. So demons are pushing Satan’s agenda of immortality outside of Jesus by having Ghost encounters happen. If Satan himself came to you and tried to sell you this lie, we would know from Eden’s first lie (Gen. 3:4) not to believe him. But if the devil can create a shocking event in our life and we tell others (or have a TV show about it) it makes more of an impact and sticks in our head. Satan seeks to impersonate Christ Himself in the last days, said Jesus in Mat. 24:23,24. The human mind works in steps. If you believe a little, then you eventually believe a lot. Makes us more open to suggestion. When Satan temped Jesus in Mat. 4, he wanted Jesus to bow down and worship him. Would any Christian, in their right mind on earth today bow down and worship Satan? So you see Satan must trick us into thinking he is Jesus. Satan will also be working signs and wonders to make the sale.. There is a mark of the beast the devil wants to put on you. More on that later.. Until then, beware, pray & keep studied up in the Word of God.

 “For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.” Luke 20:38

~article by Pastor Pete Walker (please get at me with any questions or feedback)

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“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” ~Jesus in Matthew 7:15  (NKJV unless otherwise specified)

How can we positively I.D. a cult or false prophet? Not just a group that does not believe what we believe but an certified religious sect mislead by dark powers. It all started in the Garden of Eden. The very first cult leader spoke the first lie in our history, “You will not surely die.” Gen. 3:4 said the serpent, that we know today was non other than Satan.

But we know that our slick & slimy adversary went on to make more false promises to insure mankind fell that fateful day at the tree.. Satan continued, “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good & evil.” Gen. 3:5

Important to note: Lie 1 – You will have eternal life outside of your relationship with God by eating the fruit (Gen. 3:4). Lie 2 – You will see things God is denying you & you will be like God (as smart as) by eating the fruit (see Gen. 3:5).

In the rest of Genesis Chapter 3, we find out that Eve ate, Adam ate on Satan’s suggestion. Mankind, through this small act received shame and death entered our DNA (our genetic make up was made for immortality prior to disobedience) for our entire human race. Sin, which is Satan’s toxin was introduced making a separation between God & man right from the beginning.

But we have come so far, right? We would not fall for such a foolish proposal in this day and age…? Well, let’s take a look.. in November 1978 nine hundred people in Guyana, South America drank some grape punch mixed with cyanide on a suggestion of a man named Jim Jones. They all perished on the word of their cult leader. In April 1993, a cult guru calling himself David Koresh led seventy-six to their death in their Waco, Texas compound. In March 1997 the so called “Heaven’s Gate” cult followed the orders of their ‘leader’ to hitch a ride (to Heaven) on the Hale-Bopp comet and they were so convinced that the only way to travel there was to, of course ‘kill themselves after tripping on LSD.’ Which they did on the word of their lair leader Adam Giebel. The only trip these cults all collectively got, in recent history is a ride to the county morgue in a body bag completely duped all the way to dead.

It is so vital for us to be grounded in God’s word, the Bible. These are the last days and Satan is putting in overtime to get this generation as far apart from God as possible. The devil makes big promises and does great wonders through compromised men to pull folks in. It always ends badly and with shame, permanent, irreversible life damage and even death, as I gave many examples earlier.

So what does the Bible say to us regarding cults, secret societies and false prophets (gurus) in these last days?

  1. Whom is behind cults, secret societies & false prophets?: “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rev. 12:9 Just like the Garden of Eden, it be Satan and his angels doing the paranormal activity (more specifics in a later study about that) and nefarious deceptions. This is why Peter sent us these wise words, “”Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (also see Job 2:2) “the devil has sinned from the beginning.” 1John 3:8
  2. Only Two Powers. Sorry, no man made magic: This is something that Satan does not want you to know.. ready? “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.” 1Cor. 10:21 This means there are only 2 power sources, God or Satan. The true Bible Christian will never do something opposite of scripture. Therefore, if a man is preforming magic, prophecy or signs contrary to the word of God… it must be coming from the dark side (Satan). Isaiah of old would tell us, “”If they do not speak according to this word (the Bible), it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20
  3. The Promise of Immortality outside of Jesus Christ: “”I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ‘s appearing,…the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality..” 1Tim 6:13-16 Remember Satan made a statement to Eve in the garden that only Jesus had authority to make & Jesus did say this in John 11:25&26 “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” Cults, secret societies, all the way back to astrology have made claims that only their members are ‘enlightened with immortality.’ If they don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, no immortality. Immortal outside of Jesus was a lie in the garden & until this day untrue.
  4. Prophet, Prophets, messiahs or Jesus impersonator leaders (both male & female) that teach outside the bible or secret hidden things?: Jesus said about these last days, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”(Mat. 24:24) Jesus coming to the earth will be no secret nor hidden in anyway. Jesus Himself said, “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He (Jesus) is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Mat. 24:26, 27
  5. A man or woman becomes an idol?: When a human becomes the center or focus.. “Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.” Psalms 146:3
  6. The Bible is replaced by another book, books or they change the Bible?: “And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” Mark 7:7
  7. Separation from family, friends, pressure tactics to coerce members into submission? “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” ~Jesus said in Mat. 10:38
  8. Deny that Jesus Christ is the center theme in the Bible, Deny Jesus is the Son of God and/or deny that Jesus conquered death on our behalf on the cross of Calvary? Tell us that we can work to get salvation on our own or through someone else?: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

There is so much more I wish to share today regarding cults and secret societies. If you are involved in one of these slimy groups please reach out to one of us here at HeadzUp. It is very serious and we can help you, pray with you & get you free. The good book says that “all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2Timothy 2:10-12 So don’t spend one more day in that lie. And for all others, may this help you to I.D. these last day deceivers so you do not get involved. Until next time, lean on Jesus who is our rock, truth and salvation. Amen. ~Pastor Pete Walker

— Next Up “Beware: Ghost, Paranormal or Demon Activity?” —

Why do bad things happen?

Posted: October 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” Jer. 10:23 (NIV)

 Jesus is not ‘asleep at the wheel’ of your life. God has not forgotten you nor put you on a shelf to get to later. If you know a fellow Christian who is ‘going through it’ right now, you can re-assure them that God is on the thrown. If you are having issues, be encouraged. It may be a wild jungle here on planet earth but God is still & forever king of it.

If I were in charge of my own steps there would be no trouble. I would have millions of dollars in the bank, no traffic, no health issues and difficulties would not find me. My life would be mellow & trouble free all around. Bad things would not even be a thought..

 However, God is in charge. He knows what is best for me & I put my full trust in Him. As it is written in God’s word, “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust..” Psalm 40:4

 God knows. Meaning He knows your past, present and future and is mindful of that with each step we take in life. Meaning God knows what is best for us. We, have the low ground perspective and live in a chaotic world filled with sin. The Lord has a clear and unobstructed view of our life path from on high.

 While we are looking around dismayed, He is looking down with intent for our ultimate good.

 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6

 God will allow ‘bad things’ to happen. The book of Job, the oldest book in the bible tells us this. Also in chapter 1 we are told whom is permitted to do the bad deed to us. Job’s friends were of no help. They told him the typical response we tend to get to this day.. ‘it must be something you are doing wrong.’ They informed him in their various ways. This is not always the case. This is a worldly & judgmental perspective.

 all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

 I encourage everyone to read the book of Job. He found out what we must in life, that God is in charge & He that created the universe & all that is in it can be trusted to lead. When you reflect back to the significant times in your life, it will not be the ‘good times’ or ‘easy going days.’ It will be the adventures and rough patches that God brought you through. Or when God kept you safe in a dangerous situation. Or whatever it may be, you leaned on your Mighty God & He brought you through it. These are the stories we will be telling and re-telling our whole lives and in the life to come in a place called heaven. So when times get rough, look up and say with all your faith: “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” Psalm 46:1,2

 God put us were we are at to trust & obey & lean on Him. He did not leave us to burn, He put us there to learn.

 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1Peter 5:6,7

 Thanks & praise to You mighty, mighty Jesus for You being at the wheel of our lives. ~ Pastor Pete ‘DJ one3’ Walker