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Obeying God When the Government Goes Bad

Dr. Rev. Eric Haley l August 22, 2023

Romans 13:1 establishes the existence of government on this earth. It instructs us citizens to be subject to the higher powers and that the powers that be are ordained of God. Government’s primary purpose is to keep its citizens safe. When we disobey our government we are basically going against God. The exception is if the law passed by government goes against the Bible. Acts 5:29 states, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, ”We ought to obey God rather than men.” The late civil rights leader from Georgia’s fifth congressional district, John Lewis called it getting into “Good Trouble,” Government was made for the citizens, not the other way around.

The Bible explains in the book of Daniel that God sets up kings and removes them.

(Daniel 2:21) A king would be equivalent to a president, emperor, or dictator, etc.

America was set up as a Christian nation and a Republic; not a democracy. For example when we say the Pledge of Allegiance. We say, “I pledge allegiance to the flag and to the United State of America. And to the REPUBLIC for which it stands….” A republic is a country that operates by rule of law. Democracy is the method we use to vote officials into office. Also our constitution clearly states in Article 4, section 4 the following words, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion, and on application of the Legislature, or of the Executive office (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic violence.”

The good thing about a Republic form of government is that we use the democratic process to change bad laws into good ones with out violence that was witnessed on January 6, 2022 when the president, Donald Trump tried to over throw the election results. Now we see the results of these vain efforts two years later with individual states exercising their rights to due process.
Let me give you two examples of when citizens disobeyed a law when it went against the Bible. In the Old Testament two midwives disobeyed Pharaoh, the king of Egypt’s law when he commanded Shiphrah and Puah to kill the Hebrew baby boys born because the Israelites where starting to out grow the Egyptians in population. (Exodus 1:15-21) These two midwives obeyed the commandment of God that thou shalt not kill. (Exodus 20:13) Another example is when King Nebuchadnezzar made a decree for everyone to fall down and worship the golden image when they heard the music playing. However, the three Hebrew youth, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused. The reason they refused is because God had a law also in the Ten Commandments.. God had a law in Exodus 10:3-5, that the Jews where not to have any other gods before him nor bow down to any graven image. The price they paid was to be thrown in the fiery furnace. Yet God rescued them. (Daniel chapter 3).

They caused as congressman, John Lewis would say, “Good Trouble.: In today’s vernacular we would call it civil disobedience, a method used by Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

In our culture today many workers are getting in Good Trouble for refusing to go along with demon influenced practices with calling people transgender, fluid, or not being able to use a pronoun to address a person at work or in the classroom. I got news for you. God plainly stated that in the beginning He made us male and female. ( Genesis 1:27 & Mark 10:6) If the church body started standing up to these insane rules influencing our culture just maybe God would stop all these remedial judgments that the world is experiencing today!

What remedial judgements you ask? Pandemics, out of control fires in all parts of the earth, droughts in one part of the earth, and extreme raining in another part of the world, earthquakes in diverse places (one in Monterey county last week) and there are going to be more with increased intensity based on Matthew chapter 24. How about all the senseless mass shootings; organized mobs robbing high-end stores in the mall; and please don’t get me started about the homeless situation and fentanyl drug over doses, just to name a few. So, let’s obey God, and just maybe he’ll have compassion and mercy on us when we turn back to him to make America great again. The Bible states in several places ( Psalm 51:17, Psalm 147:3 and Isaiah 61:1) God loves a broken spirit and contrite heart. Something to think about.

Declaring the Prophetic Word of God: An End Time Overview of Coming Fulfillment

Rev. Eric Haley l May 27, 2023

A test to determine if the bible is a super national book or inspired word of God is to test its accuracy.

The Bible claims about itself in II Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Lets do a close examination of each key word in these two verses.

Scripture is simply the Word of God as spoken to Old Testament Prophets and the Apostles as given to them by the Holy Spirit. Inspiration simply means the words written down did not originate from man’s thinking but an outside source. We know that source to be the Holy Spirit. So how do we know that the Holy Spirit is accurate? Because God the Father sent the embodiment of truth in the person of Jesus Christ to fulfill over 108 Old Testament prophecies (if you condense them all down/some are repeated).

The Law states that to validate something you need at least two to three witnesses; or evidence of proof. First of all the scripture states in the latter half of Revelation 19:10, “…for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The Bible states in the gospel of John 1:1, “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God.” So, based on these words Jesus was with God and is God from the beginning of time as we measure it!

So now let’s just examine a few prophetic Words about Jesus’s first coming. It states in Micah 5:2 that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, Ephratah of Judah. History shows this to be true. This was fulfilled in the New Testament in Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4. The Bible also states in Zechariah 11:12-13, that the Messiah would be sold for thirty pieces of silver. This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 27:9-10. One more just to help you understand how the Bible is corroborated. Zechariah 9:9 claims that king Jesus would enter Jerusalem riding upon an ass. Mark 11:1-11 corroborates this claim that this is exactly what happened on Palm Sunday; the week before Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for the whole world’s sins. The most minute detail is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. II Peter 2:21 explains it this way, “For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

The Bible offers us reproof, so that we can correct ourselves. Reproof is a mild talking to, so that we stop sinning and repent of whatever thing that we are doing wrong. Correction is when God disciplines us so that we return back to him in obedience with a broken and contrite heart. The Bible tells us in Hebrews chapter 12, that God chastens those whom he loves and is a sign that you are born again.

So now that we’ve established that the Bible is a super natural book, let’s quickly examine what’s going to happen in these end times. God tells us that in the last days that here is going to be a preoccupation by all the world’s nations with Israel. You ever notice how Israel is always in the news? The United Nations are constantly passing these false resolutions condemning Israel for defending her borders against terrorist acts. You can read about all these end time events in Ezekiel chapters 38-39. It especially explains how Russia will be in the middle of these entanglements as it makes alliances with Turkey, Iran, and Assyria. Another theme of future governmental movements is that the Bible mentions that the kings of the East will become more involved in world politics. You can read about the kings of the East in Daniel chapter 8 & 11, and Revelation chapter 12 as well as Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39.

Notice how China wants to do away with the the American dollar as the world’s currency and replace it with their Yuan. Notice how North Korea claims to have developed it’s own arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Not to be out done, India now claims to have the world’s largest population with China dropping to number two.

In addition, the Bible warns us in Matthew chapter 24 that mankind will tremble with the constant threat of wars and rumors of wars. Russia just terminated is nuclear agreement recently with the United States, and now Iran is boasting now that it has enough plutonium to make an atomic bomb. You know Israel will not stand idly by and let them launch it.

Finally, in the end time there is coming a new one world government. Our monetary system will be reset. Unless you are a disciple of this new world religion you won’t be able to buy or sell anything. Revelation 13:16-17 reads, “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: 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.” Technology will play a big role in ushering in this last day kingdom that
goes through the “Great Tribulation.” And mankind will experience God’s continued remedial judgments thru nature: global pandemics; droughts & famines; violence & lawlessness everywhere; earthquakes in diverse places increasing in frequency and intensity; and strange weather patterns on earth and in out space. Are you looking forward to Christ’s return. The Bible explains that all these things must happen, but we are to keep looking for Jesus’s return who is the author and finisher of our faith. Something to think about.

The Urgency of Witnessing to the Jews: A Second Holocaust is Coming

Rev. Eric Haley l June 13, 2022

The Old Testament tells us that the Jews (Hebrews/Israelites) are God’s chosen people. Deuteronomy 7:6-7,9 reads, “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people. Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” The Jewish race is proof that God exists.

The Jews are the only race that God has promised the land of Israel to. That’s why it belongs to them and not the Palestinians. In addition God has promised to keep a remnant of believing Jews on this planet as a living witness to Him through his covenant or (contract/promise). And we know the Bible tells us that God cannot lie. ( Numbers 23:19 & Titus 1:2).

This is why satan hates the Jews. The Old Testament is mostly a Hebrew document with some Aramaic sprinkled in. The Savior of the world is Jewish. And a remnant of Jewish believers remind satan everyday the he is not equal nor superior to the God who created the heavens and the earth. Throughout mankind’s history, the devil has raised up evil rulers and empires with the express job of eradicating all Jews on the face of the earth. For example satan raised up the evil Haman in the book of Esther. He raised up Pharaoh in Exodus and influenced him to order all male babies to be thrown in the river Nile. In the New Testament one of the Herods ordered all male babies two years and younger to be killed by the sword when he realized that the wise men from the East had tricked him. In addition Hitler killed over six million Jews during World War II. And we’re not even mentioning how many Jews, Russian’s under Stalin killed.

So, why the urgency to witness to the Jews? The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the JEW FIRST, and also to the Greek.” (anyone not Jewish is a gentile) On the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2, the first converts to Christianity were three thousand Jews in Jerusalem. Acts 1:8 tells us, “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and into the uttermost part of the earth.” This was the order in which the gospel was spread throughout the world. The reason Christians need to witness to the Jews now is that a second Holocaust is coming during the second half of the Tribulation called the GREAT TRIBULATION OR THE TIMES OF JACOB’S TROUBLE.

Zechariah 13:8 prophesizes that two-thirds of the living Jews on earth during the last half of the Tribulation will be killed. It reads, “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.” Zechariah is referring to Jewish people or Israelites. There are approximately fifteen million Jews on the planet right now. Two thirds of 15 million is 10 million. Do you want to see ten million people slaughtered? I think not!

God promised us in Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” God promised Abraham the Father of the Jews that he (God) will bless anyone who blesses the Jews and curse anyone who mistreats the Jewish race. The church did not replace the Jews as some preachers preach this false doctrine called Replacement Theology. God has a plan for the church and the Jewish people. God always keeps his promises! The signs of Jesus’s soon return to earth are all around us: wars and rumors of wars; earthquakes in diverse places; worldwide pandemics (covid, ebola, monkey pox now); famine; weird weather patterns; lawlessness and violence everywhere; doctrines of demons being accepted by the masses; homosexuality prevalent everywhere, etc. And the Bible explains all these signs are going to get worse. So pray for the peace of Jerusalem as it tells us in Psalms 122:6. Witness to the Jew first and you will be blessed. Something to think about.

Central Valley Voice
Central Valley Voice
Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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