Friday, January 18, 2019

CHRISTOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF LUNAR ECLIPSE: JANUARY 20-21, 2019



At approximately 10:30 pm EST January 20 (Sunday night)–1:00 am EST January 21, 2019 (Monday morning) most of us who live in either North or South America will be able to view a total lunar eclipse, as long as the sky is clear of cloud coverage. Millions and millions of people may “ooh and aww” over the sight, but how many will truly “see” it and understand its spiritual message? The heavens declare the Word of God and are to be read in our day and time just as they were in ancient ages long ago. From what we know, there were only a few Magi who were aware of Jesus’ birth, and there seem to be even fewer today. So, I consider myself blessed to be able to share with you the true Christological meaning of this eclipse. 

This is what I believe is the prophetic message of this total lunar eclipse: Hold onto your hope!

Lunar eclipses are predictable celestial events that recur in a cycle that astronomers call a “saros,” which basically means a repeating cycle. They occur when the moon is overshadowed by the earth. Because the moon is directly behind the earth and hidden by its shadow, a lunar eclipse always happens when the moon is full and in direct alignment with the Sun and Earth. It can be thought of as a conjunction of three celestial spheres, which is significant in celestial interpretation. The cause of the cycle is that the Moon’s rotation around the earth is not exactly linear to Earth’s axis, which means that the orbital plane kind of floats back and forth. As a result, there is a short cycle of 19+ years and a longer one of 1260 years.



The occurrence of either a solar or lunar eclipse has been historically regarded as an omen of bad news; and there are enough records of tragic events that have coincided with eclipses that this has generally become their universal interpretation. However, even though this particular eclipse’s message can be quite damning if denied, it is one of encouragement to those who have embraced Yeshua as Messiah.

There are several steps to properly interpreting an eclipse: (1) identify the constellation where it is occurring; (2) identify what is visible during the time when it is darkest; and (3) identify the location(s) on Earth where the shadow passes over. 

The lunar eclipse that will happen this Sunday night through early Monday morning (January 20–21, 2019) requires a rather unique understanding and application, due mainly to its heavenly location. Most people who view it will not even notice which constellation it is occurring within, because it is one of the most non-descript of the 12 major constellations. This particular eclipse will be visible in the rear portion of Cancer.  

Cancer is the smallest of the 12 major constellations and this alone is significant. However, when that is coupled with the fact that it is also the most difficult one to see and identify, it prophetically points out that we should keep a very close scrutiny on any small and overlooked aspect of our life that could easily get out of our sight and mind. I believe the main message of this eclipse is that we should focus on the hope we have in Christ and not let it get out of our minds.    

Eclipse location January 20 – 21, 2019


In the circular line of the Sun’s path (the ecliptic) during Earth’s one-year revolution around it, the Sun intersects 12 constellations. Cancer is the least defined of these 12, because of its diminutive size and its small number of visible stars. However, it was divinely arranged to carry the message of our hope: to remind us to look hard for it and to not lose hold of it. Cancer is all about the hope of our inheritance.

Cancer’s prophetic message comes from its position on the ecliptic path and the names of its stars within its constellational boundaries.

The overall message of the Sun’s path is divided into three parts:

·       Virgo–Sagittarius shows the first coming of Messiah;
·       Capricorn–Aries reveals the blessings that Messiah brought to believers; and
·       Taurus–Leo boldly proclaims Messiah’s second coming.

Cancer is within the last group which shows the Lord’s second coming. Taurus (the bull) shows the Lord coming as Judge; Gemini (the twins) shows the Lord coming for His bride; Cancer (the sheepfold) reveals the hope of the inheritance on Earth with Jesus; and Leo (the lion) prophesies of the King of kings during the millennial reign.  

Cancer is about your hope, because those within His sheepfold are the ones who will eternally be in His Kingdom.

During the lunar eclipse this Sunday night and early Monday morning, the moon will be located in the rear portion of Cancer. Those who are aware of this are few and far between, and those who understand its prophetic message are even fewer.

This eclipse is all about reminding us of our hope in Jesus: His promises, His faithfulness, His love and commitment to us, and the hope that is laid up in Him. Of course, the scriptures that verify this are many, but the deeper significance is the timing of this reminder.

This is a vital time for us to recognize the truth of 1 Peter 1:4.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. ~1 Peter 1:3–5

The lunar eclipse is located in the constellation of Cancer, which is our hope. This is a word to all who will listen and pay attention. The accurate meaning of the constellation Cancer comes from a star in its rear portion that the Greeks named Tegmine which means “holding.” However, its Hebrew and Arabic name is Acubene, which means “the hiding place.” Most of Cancer’s other star names are either animal-related or refer to mass holding places. In ancient Hebrew lore it was the place where the spirits in Paradise would be kept until the millennial reign, and it reminded them to be faithful to obtain the promise of the inheritance.

In the time before the coming of Jesus of Nazareth (their Promised One), they believed that the Messiah would rule over a kingdom, and eventually the whole world, and that those who embraced Him and lived accordingly would live and rule with Him in His coming kingdom. That promise is still alive to all who follow Him after His first coming. He is coming again and the heavens are proclaiming it.

Cancer’s accurate depiction of a cattle fold or a sheep pen (shown below) shows us that we are set apart for His coming kingdom and that He is the Shepherd protecting the door. John 10:7 was Jesus’ proclamation of the prophetic fulfillment of Cancer’s message.  

Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” ~John 10:7

When He opened His statement with “Most assuredly,” He was getting their attention and letting them know that what He was about to say was important. He is the true shepherd and protector, in this case, of our inheritance. Since the upcoming lunar eclipse is in Cancer, it will prophetically declare that our hope is held fast in the Messiah, so now we must hold fast to the promise.

This is the Christological message of Sunday night/Monday morning’s lunar eclipse: Hold onto your hope.

After observing and studying eclipses, retrogrades, and celestial phenomena from a Christological perspective over the past 25 years, I personally believe that the Lord is saying the following through this eclipse:

The end times are upon you. Hard times may come to you. Be strong in your hope. Be strong in Me and notice that I hold you, but you are to hold onto Me. You may have tribulation, but be of good cheer—I have overcome the world. Lift up your head for your redemption draws nigh. Paradise is real and so is the millennial reign.

When it comes to other keys of interpretation and what else can be seen in the heavens during this eclipse, I believe the answer is basically nothing during the actual event. However, there is an additional celestial “dazzle” to this heavenly picture that will already have slipped beneath the horizon and out of view during the eclipse. That is the constellation Ophiuchus, the warrior. Venus (Hebrew Nogah) will be in proximity of Jupiter (Tsedeq) within Ophiuchus, a constellation that foretells violence upon Earth. Venus, the passionate one, is depicted as fighting for the kingdom, confirming the truth of Matthew 11:12—that the violent will take it by force. Even though it will not be visible during the eclipse, it is still significant because it will be in the heavens shortly before the event. I believe that the Lord is saying through this that we are to prepare for a coming conflict and get ready for a fight. The devil knows that his time is short and he will spare no effort in persecuting the saints. So get ready for a fight.

It is also significant that almost half the globe will be able to observe this eclipse, weather permitting. It is not a secret. It is important to note that the other “half” of the globe, including eastern Europe, eastern Africa, and most of Asia, saw a very similar lunar eclipse almost a year ago on January 31, 2018. I was in India at the time and had a clear view of it. Just like the one coming up this Sunday, that one was also in Cancer, directly in the sheepfold door. The same message was given to them last year and it is about to be given to the rest of the world in a couple of days, almost a year later.

There are several more important points that makes this eclipse stand out from others.

·       It will occur on the 15th of Shevat, according to the Jewish calendar, which corresponds to the one that occurred last year on the other side of the world. In other words, according to the Jewish calendar, both lunar eclipses are occurring on the same date, exactly one year apart and in the same constellation. This portends to be two witnesses of the same truth broadcast to the entire world. Therefore, whatever the message is, God wants the whole world to see it.  

·       Also, this eclipse takes place on the eve of Donald Trump’s third year of his presidency. President Trump has been touted as being a type of Cyrus—a friend and supporter of Israel and an enemy of Babylon. Some have suggested that this is a good sign for him, yet others are saying that it is a bad omen for him. However, since this eclipse covers all of North and South America, and last year’s carried the same message to the other portion of the world, its Christological interpretation seems to be for the whole world rather than just for the USA. 

·       This eclipse will in all likelihood be a blood moon eclipse, which is when the moon appears red due to the penumbral shadow of Earth. Some Rabbis through the years have indicated that this may foretell of wars in Israel, since the Jewish calendar is primarily based upon the Moon rather than the Sun. Blood moon eclipses have prophesied war for Israel in the past, but they can also show victory for Israel as they follow the prophecies of the coming kingdom of Christ on the earth. But again, these two lunar eclipses seem to be broadcasting a much broader message than just to Israel or to the USA.

·       One more item of interest, this eclipse will occur when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth of the year. This will cause it to appear about 14% larger and almost 30% brighter than normal, providing an exceptional viewing for those who are able to see it.

The clear message to the world’s population is that the Lord Jesus Christ is the One who holds and protects our inheritance. He is strongly exhorting us to believe this truth and to stand firm in the end times.

This is great news for those who love and follow Yeshua, but it is a foreboding one for those who do not. There is an inheritance in Christ that is literally out of this world and beyond to the next one to come. It is an eternal inheritance and kingdom, so hold fast to it. It is our hope and anchor in times of trouble. If you do not have an inheritance in Christ, sell everything you have (figuratively) and buy the only true gain in this life—hope in Him and eternal life.

So, when we see the lunar eclipse between 10:30 pm EST on January 20 and 1:00 am EST on January 21, remember that millions may be observing it but not truly “see” what we do—a powerful reminder of our hope in Christ. The heavens do indeed declare His glory (Psalm 19:1). It is as if the Lord Himself is sending us a note that night and early morning, reminding us to have hope in Him and only Him. The rest of the world may be enamored by the light show, but we know the Creator of it and our hope is in Him alone.

Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. ~Luke 21:28b NKJV


Friday, September 28, 2018

SIX ROMAN CATHOLICS ON THE SUPREME COURT!


A recent media statement during the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination piqued my curiosity to search out Brett Kavanaugh’s affiliation with the Jesuits. Bingo! Direct hit! This motivated me to continue my internet search to find out the religious affiliations of all the Supreme Court justices, including Anthony Kennedy who recently retired. When I saw that six of the nine members are Roman Catholics, with three of these six attending Jesuit schools, and potentially still connected to the Jesuits, I was stunned. I shouldn’t have been, since the Jesuits are infamous for stealthily embedding themselves into areas of strong influence.

Is this coincidental? Consider this: In the USA, percentages of religious preference show that almost 50% identify themselves as Protestants, while only 21% as Catholics and 2% as Jews.     (http://www.pewresearch.org/ article, “If the US Had 100 People: Charting Americans’ Religious Affiliations.”) This indicates that the religious make-up of the Supreme Court justices is a little off balance, meaning almost 67% of the Supreme Court justices are Catholic when only 21% of the US population is Catholic. Shouldn’t there be at least one bombastic Baptist—or at least a moderate Methodist among the mix? Also interesting is that three of the nine justices are Jews, when only 2% of the population identifies themselves as such. However, the almost 67% Catholic makeup of the justices is more disconcerting, and I suspect it is not accidental. If Kavanaugh does get appointed, the number will stay the same since he is replacing the seat held by Anthony Kennedy, a Catholic too. Is there reason for concern?



For all who have never heard, or have forgotten, history records the influence of Jesuits on the US. In his book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, Charles Chiniquy chronicled how the Jesuits planned the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and also disclosed their plot to control our nation. His book documents that the Jesuits have schemed throughout our country’s history to control the United States, and over a century later it appears they have gained control of the highest court in the land. This is a covert effort to control our judicial system through the Supreme Court. The statistics do not lie—there are six Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court—with three of them potentially connected to the Jesuits.

Chiniquy was a Catholic priest sent to Illinois in the mid-1800s to establish a Roman Catholic community. They were doing this throughout the Midwest to create voting blocs that would allow the Roman Catholics to gain political control in the US. Their desire was to transform the US into a sort of Roman Catholic satellite country. When they realized that Chiniquy was not going along with their program, they tried to take his property and his reputation and quite possibly get him hung in the end through rumors of harming a young woman. A concerned stranger told him of a young Illinois lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, and so he sought his counsel. In order to win the verdict for Chiniquy, Lincoln revealed their lies and treachery and exposed them openly in court.

Note: It is suspected that the revelation of the Jesuit’s plot to control the US fueled Lincoln’s drive to become President. Lincoln himself said about the Civil War, “This war would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits.”

The Jesuits vowed to kill Lincoln (http://www.truthontheweb.org/abe.htm), and after he was elected President of the US, they plotted to assassinate him on the way to his inauguration (https://www.newhistorian.com/6006-2/6006/). In his book, Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly revealed that the money to assassinate Lincoln came from Canada; however, the missing piece not mentioned in his book was that the Canadian Jesuits supplied that money. John Wilkes Booth was a Roman Catholic who was strongly aligned with the Jesuits, as was Mary Surrat, and all of the people John Wilkes Booth sought out for refuge after the assassination. (For more information on this, check out the Chick Publishing tract series on “Alberto” and learn of the almost unbelievable subterfuge and treachery of the Jesuits. “Alberto” is available at http://www.chick.com/m/catalog/comics/0112.asp.)

Again, if Brett Kavanaugh is given the empty seat on the Supreme Court, there will still be six Roman Catholics on the SCOTUS, with three potential Jesuit connections. The last Supreme Court justice appointee, Neil Gorsuch, attended the same Jesuit preparatory school as Brett Kavanaugh. What a coincidence! Two Supreme Court justices who were Jesuit trained and programmed attended the same Jesuit academy and will have potentially received consecutive seats. This should make all of us sit up and take notice.

The House of Representatives is composed of 55% Protestants, and the Senate is composed of 58% Protestants—both of which make sense when you look at the overall percentage of Protestant Americans.
(https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/3/religious-makeup-of-115th-congress/)
But there is not even one Protestant within the Supreme Court justices. Instead, there are six Roman Catholics and three of them are Jesuit-trained.

Note: Not as though I am exactly pro-protestant, US history shows that 68% of all Supreme Court justices have been Protestants. In 2010, the last Protestant, John Paul Stevens, retired and for the first time there was not one Protestant on the court.

The questions we should be asking are as follows:

·         Who gave President Trump the list of candidates for the Supreme Court?
·         Does the panel questioning Kavanaugh know that he is a Jesuit and that they have an agenda to control our country? Do they even care?
·         Is the panel in on the subterfuge, perhaps along with the rest of the congressmen—or are they in the dark about the plot of the Roman Catholics to control the judicial system?
·         More importantly, do the millions of Bible-believing, conservative, Christ followers who elected President Trump—those who screamed about the next president choosing so many Supreme Court seats—know that two Jesuit-trained Roman Catholics could be consecutively installed into the highest judicial positions in the land, not for a few years, but for life terms?

The reality that there are six Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court, with three being Jesuit trained, is not coincidental. I believe this has been carefully and stealthily orchestrated.

Note: Many of the facts in this article regarding the Lincoln assassination can be found at   http://www.truthontheweb.org/abe.htm, “The Jesuit Connection to the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.”

For a teaching on the Jesuits by Dr. Dale M. Sides, listen to “Sons of Belial Update: The Jesuits Did It,” available at https://www.lmci.org/library/play_media.cfm?itemid=753.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Simple Christianity



But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. ~2 Corinthians 11:3

There are nine usages of “little children” in the book of 1 John that reveal simple Christianity. The truths contained within these “little children” usages are vital to all of us as believers, but especially to those who are new to the faith. Are you new to the faith? Or do you know someone who is? Do you struggle with understanding what the really important issues of life are in the Christian faith? Perhaps you are mature in the faith but still need to be reminded of these truths. These “little children” lessons are truths that God wants all of us to know and understand. They teach us “the simplicity that is in Christ,” which applies to all of God’s children, regardless of our maturity level; and they chart out the lifestyle of a true Christ follower—the lifestyle Satan tries to beguile us from walking in.

The small, five-chapter book of 1 John contains nine usages of “little children.” We can think of it as a primer for newborn believers, with nine basic rules for Christian living. These salient truths our heavenly Father wants us to know, understand, and apply are like the basic lessons our earthly parents gave us as little children when they instructed us to “say your prayers every day,” “don’t take candy from strangers,” “be kind to others,” and “don’t play in the street.” The “little children” lessons in 1 John are simple, yet priceless, practical instructions for Christian living.

I heard once that the gospel of John was the best place to begin reading to learn about Jesus, and it is true that it gives an overall perspective of who He is; however, 1 John shows us how to have fellowship with Him and His family.

These are instructional lessons for little children in the kingdom of God and are words of comfort like a good earthly father would use in order to tenderly teach his young children. And yet, they also have words of warning that set boundaries to protect us from the evil one and his false prophets. Above all else, they contain the number one lesson of loving others, which is the key to successfully living in His family. 

Before jumping to the lessons, let’s look at a comparison of 1 John, which according to tradition was written to the believers in Ephesus, and the epistle that Paul wrote to the Ephesians.


Comparing the Book of 1 John and the Book of Ephesians

First John and Ephesians are flip sides of truth—one being deep or complex and the other one being simple and practical. Paul wrote the epistle to the Ephesians (the deep one) about ad 62. He addressed it to the believers and to those who were faithful in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:1 KJV). It is perhaps Paul’s deepest revelatory writing. He was a deep thinker, and even Peter said that some of the things he wrote were hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16). He was “Dr. Paul” of Tarsus, a very well-educated man, and his writings reflect that. When I was first saved, I was told to read the book of Ephesians. At my early Christian age, it definitely challenged me to go deeper into the things of God. I’m thankful, because the fruit of that depth is still being produced in me today. However, there were some foundational things lacking that are found in 1 John. We need instruction so simple that even a fool need not err therein. We need the simplicity that is found in Christ.

First John (the simple one) was penned by John the apostle and it too was addressed to the believers in Ephesus. The time of its writing is estimated to be around the same time as the book of Revelation, which John wrote while imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos, circa ad 90. That means some of the same believers Paul wrote to 28 years earlier may have still been in Ephesus at the time of John’s epistle. The message of 1 John shows us how we are to live simple Christianity. Although it was written specifically to the Ephesians who were newly born again, it also addressed the mature believers and reminded them of the simplicity that is found in Christ.

Another comparison between these two epistles to the Ephesians is that John was much older than Paul when they wrote their epistles. Older and, perhaps arguably, a little wiser than Paul would have been at when he wrote his epistle, which was probably around 57 years old. We know that all scripture is given by inspiration and all of it is accurate, but some writings are deeper than others and some are simpler to understand than others. Each one has a unique and separate profit.

Since John wrote his epistle at an older age than Paul wrote his, I believe he probably had gained a greater practical wisdom. He had personally known and walked with Jesus and was called the disciple that Jesus loved; Jesus had, in fact, entrusted the care of His mother to John at the cross. He was a refined, hard-working fisherman from Galilee who, while imprisoned, wrote some simple instructions to those he called “little children” of the faith. On the other hand, the epistle of Ephesians was written by a doctor of the law who was perhaps more concerned with doctrine and teaching but was led by the Holy Spirit to share the depths of truth that God had revealed to him. Maybe the same people that Paul taught the doctrine to needed to hear the sage wisdom of one of Jesus’ apostles when he called them back to simple basic Christian living 28 years later. Just as Ephesians is deep, 1 John is very practical. In my opinion, 1 John is a lot easier to understand; therefore, perhaps it should be the first book of the Bible that we recommend to new Christians to read. The epistle to the Ephesians is protein; whereas, 1 John is milk.

This is simple Christianity.


Who was John?

John was one of Jesus’ apostles and closest friends. He was referred to as the disciple that Jesus loved, and love is undoubtedly the biggest lesson to learn from 1 John. Why not learn it from someone who not only lived and walked with Jesus, but was entrusted with the care of His mother? Jesus must have seen the love that John walked in or He would not have trusted him to take on such a relational and personal commitment. I can see Jesus choosing John to write this. This is the disciple that Jesus loved.

As I began my serious quest into 1 John, I decided to do a little background research on the Apostle John to try and “get inside his head” and really understand the man who wrote this letter to the Ephesians. I had already done this with the Apostle Paul in the past and some of the other writers of Scripture, but never with John. As I share several things I learned about him, I hope it helps you to understand more about the revelation that God imparted to him.

John and his brother, James, were hard-working fishermen bc (before Christ). They were called “the sons of thunder,” perhaps because they were boisterous and loud—maybe using some of the salty language associated with today’s fishermen. They were among the first apostles Jesus called to follow Him, and we can only imagine the amazing transformation they must have gone through. They saw the miracles Jesus did, witnessed Him in His resurrected body, were present at His ascension, and received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. John and Peter healed the lame man at the temple gate (Acts 3), and then John lost his brother James, who was brutally martyred (Acts 12:2). Think of the lessons he must have learned throughout his life, especially after he met and followed Christ.

As mentioned before, he was the disciple that Jesus loved (which is testified of three times). Jesus loved not just his spirit but also his soul, because John 20:2 says that Jesus loved (phileo—brotherly love or friendship love) him, which means he liked him. Jesus considered him a friend who could walk beside him when they traveled and probably even slept next to when they stopped for the night. They were close companions. We know Jesus entrusted His mother to him (John 19:26), which indicates John was a caring and loving man. It makes sense that God would choose him to pen this basic, yet vital, message of simple Christianity.

A few years ago, Vicki and I visited Ephesus and saw what many consider to be the burial site of John the Apostle. According to history and concurred by our tour guide, John had been exiled to the Isle of Patmos where he miraculously survived being boiled in oil, and from where he wrote the book of Revelation and the three books of John. After his exile, he returned to Ephesus where he later died and was buried. It is common knowledge in the Ephesus area that Mary, Jesus’ mother, went with him, and there are even monuments there memorializing her. John followed through on Jesus’ dying appeal to take in His mother. John was a caring, kind, and loving man who kept his promise to Jesus as He was dying on the cross. He must have been an amazing man.

John was a man of love. His writings reflect his simple practicality just as Paul’s reflect his complex education. John was as simple as Paul was complex. The epistle of Ephesians may arguably be Paul’s deepest written revelation, and as profoundly complex as Ephesians is, 1 John is simple and practical. Also, I find it interesting that both of these giants of New Testament scripture received their most profound revelations while imprisoned. Think about it.

Even from the beginning of 1 John, it is easy to see that these are basic lessons. The first chapter lays out the foundation of Christianity with these two points:

·           We are to have a relationship with the Father and His Son
·           God sent Jesus to forgive our sins so that we could have that fellowship.

First John 1:4 gives the purpose for the writing: that your joy may be full.

Throughout 1 John the Father seems to be saying, “Little children, I called you into joy, freedom and power, not into bondage and defeat.”

Note: This study of 1 John will never suffice for your personal reading of it, but it can serve as a guide to take you through the book. Each of the usages of “little children” holds a powerful message and lesson. Each of these usages will be covered in the following sections with the verse in its title.


Usages of ‘Little Children”

There are nine different usages of “little children” in 1 John. Seven of them are expressed by the Greek word teknion, which means a very small child, and the other two by the Greek word paidion, which means a child who is just a little older, but still small. Both words are extensions of their respective nouns, referred to as diminutives. A diminutive makes something smaller and endearing, like a boy calling his girlfriend “baby,” or you calling your dog “the cutest little thing.” Both Greek words are important to our study as we look at these basic lessons for simple Christian living.

So “little children,” please sit down and learn these primary lessons. If you already know them then please take the time to deeply reconsider them, and give the new believers a good example by living them.

Lesson One—1 John 2:1—If we sin, Jesus is our defense attorney.


The first lesson to new believers is do not sin. But if they do sin, Jesus is their defense attorney and has them covered. Chapter 1 talks about this as well, exhorting us to do what is right but still assuring us that Jesus will be there for us if we fail. Not only did He pay the price for our salvation, He also paid the price for our forgiveness and restoration into fellowship with the Father.

Lesson Two —1 John 2:12—Our sins are forgiven.

I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. ~1 John 2:12

The second lesson to new believers is that our sins are forgiven. This exhortation is similar to the first, which is God’s way of emphasizing it. He tells us twice that because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, our sins are forgiven and they will not separate us from Him.

This portion of 1 John is written to three categories: little children, young men, and fathers (King James Version). Each has specific instructions, but what is addressed to “little children” settles the righteousness issue.

Lesson Three—1 John 2:13—Get to know your heavenly Father.

I write to you, little children [paidion], because you have known the Father. ~1 John 2:13b

The third basic instruction for simple Christianity is get to know your heavenly Father. The Greek word for “known” in 1 John 2:13b is ginosoko, which means to know by experience. God wants His little children to get to know Him by experiencing His fatherly love. In Old Testament times, God’s people had to wait until the Sabbath to really fellowship with Him, but because of the blood of Jesus, His children can freely access His presence and experience perpetual fellowship with Him. Jesus paid the ultimate price so that we could intimately know God, so why not enjoy getting to know Him as your heavenly Father? (My book, You Don’t Have to be Smart to Walk with God, available at our LMCI.org e-store, is also a helpful resource.)

Lesson Four—1 John 2:18—The Anti-Christ is in the world.

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. ~1 John 2:18

The fourth basic instruction for simple Christianity is the anti-Christ is in the world. Our loving heavenly Father warns us that Satan will come after our faith. The seed that falls by the wayside is gobbled up by Satan before it can grow roots (Mark 4:15). Little children in God’s family are instructed to beware of the “antichrists” that are already in the world; and there are other cautions in 1 John about the enemy and his deception. Just as earthly fathers do not let their kids take candy from strangers, our heavenly Father wants us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Satan is coming after our faith. Be on guard.

There are also other three places in 1 John that tell us to be on guard because we have an enemy.

Lesson Five—1 John 2:28—Have confidence, not shame, before Him at His coming.  

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. ~1 John 2:28

The fifth basic instruction for simple Christianity is have confidence, not shame, before Him at His coming. Having hope in Jesus’ coming is more than looking forward to being raptured and taken off the planet. It does include that, but the exhortation is given that if we have that hope of seeing Him face to face, we will keep ourselves pure (1 John 3:3). From the end of chapter 2 through the first part of chapter 3, it talks about looking like Him when He appears. We should have hope in His coming and that hope should inspire us to be pure just as He is pure.

The hope of Christ’s return and His coming kingdom is our undergirding strength. Regardless of what happens in this world, we have an inheritance that is reserved in heaven for us (2 Peter 1:4). Have hope!

Lesson Six—1 John 3:7—Let no one deceive you.

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. ~1 John 3:7

The sixth basic instruction for simple Christianity is let no one deceive you. This is a bold lesson from the Father, and it again reminds us of the previous instruction—that we have an enemy who wants to deceive us. We can know his people by their fruit, just as we will know a true Christ follower by his fruit. This is a great lesson to all of us who are taught to love one another. Pay attention to the fruit that is being produced by others (as well as the fruit we are producing!). Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits (1 Corinthians 15:33).

New believers, in particular, should consider the company they are keeping and how it affects them.

Lesson Seven—1 John 3:18—Love one another.  

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. ~1 John 3:18

The seventh basic instruction for simple Christianity is love one another. In John 13:33 and 34 (written by the same Apostle John), Jesus told the “little children” that they had a new commandment—to love one another as He has loved us. That is a tall order, but one He has given us the ability to fulfill. The truth about the transforming love of God is woven throughout the gospels, as well as the epistles written by Paul, Peter, James, and John.

Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). First John 2:15 instructs us to not love the world or the things of the world. Even though these are simple lessons, love is a deep one to walk in and develop. According to Ephesians 3:17–19, it has four dimensions! Love is a big lesson that must be understood and is truly the law of life for a genuine believer. As we live His love, He perfects it in us—so much so that it expels every fear in our lives. Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

Walk in love.

Lesson Eight—1 John 4:4—He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ~1 John 4:4

The eighth basic instruction for simple Christianity is He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. This lesson for little children again shows the conflict that we have walked into, being in God’s family. But this exhortation is that greater is God’s power in you than the temptations or devices that will come against you. This verse should build great confidence in you. There is a spirit of antichrist in the world, but greater is Christ in you (Colossians 1:27) than all of Satan’s power in this world.

There should never be any reason for you to fear Satan and his kingdom. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. No fear! (Remember, His perfected love in you will expel all fear.)

Lesson Nine—1 John 5:21—Keep yourself from idols.

Little children [teknion], keep yourselves from idols. Amen. ~1 John 5:21

The ninth basic instruction for simple Christianity is keep yourself from idols. The culture in Ephesus was centered upon the idol worship of Diana of the Ephesians. This is telling the new believers in Christ to come apart from their old way of living. In our culture it is not so much worshiping an idol of stone or wood or even gold—it is the worship of self. This last exhortation to us as little children is very powerful. Follow only after the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not let the things of this world distract you from your true, first love—Jesus.

Keep God #1. This verse in The New Living Translation reads, “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts.”


Summary

The following table summarizes the lessons of “little children” from the Epistle of 1 John. These instructions apply to a “newborn” believer and to us all, no matter how mature we are in our spiritual lives.

Reference
Lesson
1 John 2:1
Sin not; your advocate is Jesus.
1 John 2:12
Your sins are forgiven by Jesus Christ.
1 John 2:13
Get to personally know the Father.
1 John 2:18
Antichrist is in the world; guard your salvation.
1 John 2:28
Have hope and be pure.
1 John 3:7
Take heed of the company you keep.
1 John 3:18
Love in deed and truth.
1 John 4:4
Remember your power. Fear not!
1 John 5:21
Keep God first.

Keep it Simple!

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. ~2 Corinthians 11:3
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