You Can See the Future

You don’t even need a prophetic gift to see the future. All you have to do is understand the laws and cycles of sowing and reaping, seedtime and harvest, winter and summer, cold and heat, day and night. First the natural, then the spiritual.

Prophetic gifts are like the icing on the cake of wisdom.

Genesis 8
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

Jesus is not an Option He is LORD

Jesus was never meant to be preached as an option. He was meant to be preached as Lord a.k.a. supreme ruler and King. If you present Jesus as an option, you are giving Him a demotion, essentially denying the “Lord.”

Christian Hip Hop or Christian Rap?

Hip Hop vs Rap

2 Timothy 2:14
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

I don’t often get into the whole hip-hop versus rap debate, because it’s a quarrel about words, and often ends up being a waste of time. When someone wants to strive & argue about words without a clear definition of those words, they are not trying to help you – they are trying to subvert you, i.e. destroy your identity.

Let’s seek knowlege and understanding, and end the debates, so we can focus on Christ.

Simple Facts and History

Where did the word “hip hop” come from?

The etymology of the word hip hop extends from two different words.

“Hip” is a word that means cool, current, and in the know. That word has been used since 1898.

“Hop” is a movement that takes energy to lift your feet from the ground.

The term “hop” has also been used to denote a party with dancing. Everybody’s heard the Christmas song: “Rocking around, the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop” is a song written in 1958, by Brenda Lee.

The actual music & expression was originated by a DJ, Kool Herc in 1973. All it was was a dj spinning a party, and deciding to repeat the breakbeat on 2 records instead of just spinning one. This, plus his rhythmic microphone talking a.k.a. rapping made it easier for people to dance.

A few years later, Zulu Nation “Culture” was originated by Afrikan Baambata… who was a gangster who liked the way DJ Kool Herc remixed music. He switched his gang from crime to music in 1975 when he started djing.

Hip Hop in the business was originated by promoters and businessmen in the late 1970’s. The phrase “hip-hop” was coined by a rapper from the Sugar Hill Gang on the widely promoted song “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979. This is where the word “hip-hop” became its own term.

Hip Hop the religion was originated by KRS one in the late 1990s. He made it up.

All these men are still alive as of today. But which one originated the actual music? If you look at a calendar, the originator was obviously DJ Kool Herc. For the originator (not the followers), it was just a new way to mix music and motivate the crowd at a party. The actual term “hip hop” was just two separate words that were put together by a rapper to describe the new form of party music.

Understand this: there is no sin in inventiveness, creativity, technology, or in the spirit of wisdom. These things come from God.

However there is sin in joining with idolatry, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.

Babylon’s Confusion vs Kingdom Accuracy

So why is hip hop called so many different things? Is it a gang, a culture, a business, a religion? Or is it just music and expression? Does it even matter?

Babylon is all about confusion, and men trying subvert others. I’m more concerned about teaching people how to be “Christian” – whatever they call their music. Teaching people how to really follow Christ is my goal.

Because you could call your music the so called “right thing” and still be wrong as the doctrine of Jezebel or the error of Balaam. You could have the right title and still be a syncretistic idol worshipper presenting Jesus as one god among many. What’s more important is to teach people how to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.

If someone says: “I hate hip hop, I only do Christian rap!” But they still copy the world, they still follow the doctrine of Jezebel and Balaam, they still won’t serve or support their church financially, they still want fame and a record deal with Babylon, and they still want to buy & sell and promote their books, cds, dvds, brands, etc. in the church (which is supposed to be a house of prayer)… Then what’s the point? They are no different than the world system, even if they grabbed the so called “right title.” There is no spiritual profit.

All the zeal, passion, and conviction in the world, without the passion to seek the knowledge that goes along with it…. can be very unfruitful. God is sending out sharp arrows not random buck shots.

In other words, if you are arguing between the words hip hop & rap, you’re in the wrong argument! Instead of worrying about hip hop vs rap let’s define what a “Christian” is!

Sight Reading vs Phonics

A newer way to teach children to read is sight reading. It gets quicker results and quicker confidence because it teaches children to look at pictures and words and memorize them. However, in the long run, teaching children phonics – which is how to break words into pieces and sound them out- produces better readers. The shortcut is easier but the fundamental method produces stronger results.

In the same way, it’s better to teach someone concepts from the Word of God and give them permanent building blocks of understanding than try to have them “sight read” based on debatable concepts. Sight reading can get quicker results, but also can cause fundamental understanding to be lacking.

Shortcuts to Holiness don’t Last Long

In the same way we could get quick results by teaching people that TV is demonic and was invented by a Satan Worshipper. Whoever believed you and threw away their TV would probably benefit greatly from it. They would be smarter, less covetous and lustful, and their family would communicate better. However, even though it would benefit the person that believed it, that doesn’t make it necessarily true. It’s better to teach people in truth and from the heart how to limit or eliminate their television viewing based on the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.

Truth that is implemented from understanding and from the heart usually stands the test of time. The Word that is implemented without solid understanding can be easily stolen or lost in tribulation (Mark 4).

Let’s not lose focus on Jesus Christ.

Don’t get caught up in unfruitful and questionable arguments with people whose goal is to subvert you with zeal. Just be a true minister of the Word of God and the purity of Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:2
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

Proverbs 19:2
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

3 Reasons People Reject Israel – and 12 Keys to Understanding Israel

ISRAEL vs PALESTINE

These scriptures on ISRAEL are so easy to understand. They are only hard to understand if:

1. you have dispensational blinders covering your bible, or
2. if you are jealous/wounded/hurt about Gods plan to redeem the earth through Israel, or
3. you reject the spiritual authority of God and want no natural evidence of His rulership displayed on earth.

Romans 11
11 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew…
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Israel is Evidence

Israel is a political, national, historical, and geographical evidence of the existence of God. If unbelievers or muslims can mitigate, limit, or destroy Israel and keep bible prophecies concerning the land of Israel from coming to pass, they feel they don’t have to acknowledge that the God of the Bible is really in charge.

For 12 Keys to Understanding Israel please click here!

http://www.ldolphin.org/twelvekeys.html

Marketing and Ministry? The Word is the Product, NOT You!

Jesus did not say: “When the talented celebrity Christian’s brand is lifted up, their marketing skills will draw all men unto me.”

Jesus said, When I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto me!” Yes, he was talking about the cross, but he was also giving a prophetic statement on how his disciples were to do evangelism.

Marketing and branding of talent doesn’t win the lost. Taken out of balance it is often used to turn ministry into a great acting job, aka “hypocrisy.”

That’s why Jesus said “The Pharisees do their works to be seen by men.” The Pharisees were hypocrites and their “converts” ended up twice as hell bound as they were. See Matthew 23.

2 Corinthians says “We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for His sake.”

The rules of engagement for marketing a car or a natural product or service are different from the biblical requirements for conducting a ministry. If you try to mix the two worlds without a good biblical foundation… the results can be dangerous.

To put it simply: in the kingdom of God, the message is the product. If you aren’t marketing the message you are creating an idol.

There is a difference between marketing the message, and marketing “self” and hoping the message somehow sticks later.

If you are a minister of Christ part of your responsibility is to focus on Christ Himself. If you start to focus on lifting up yourself or your brand/talent, you end up really not leading anyone to Christ, but to your own error. As a minister, marketing should be for communication purposes only, not as an end in itself. The message should be the product, not the brand.

What if Chryslers commercial with eminem just showed eminem, instead of the car? Maybe people would just find out later more about the 300… That’s what most gospel music marketing has turned into. They put the product (the Word of God) last and market their brand instead. Don’t market yourself market the Word of God. Your talent should be used only to display the product (the Word of God).

Most ministries start marketing themselves when they either don’t have a word anymore or they don’t want to really obey it. Then they become the message – because they don’t have a message anymore.

Pure ministries do not have to bait & switch because the Word is the Bait and the Word is the only Switch they want. Ministries that put branding and people pleasing first are a source of corruption, and they just do it for the money.

Celebrity Christianity? A lesson on Real Repentance, Fruit, and Discipleship

When a “celebrity” gets saved its all about what God can do through their “influence” and “platform”… and somehow all Jesus needs is rich talented people to endorse him.

When they are un-discipled, unfruitful, divorce their spouse, poison the people of God with their compromise and return back to the vomit they came from… all you hear is the wicked gloating that Jesus wasn’t real in the first place.

Jesus did not say: “When the talented celebrity Christian’s brand is lifted up, their PR and marketing skills will draw all men unto me.”

God doesn’t need our platforms, he needs our obedience. Real repentance has real fruit. We don’t need celebrities to endorse Christ. We need humble people to submit to the obedience of Christ.

Any wolf can cover their fangs and put a sheep mask back on. Look what Zacchaeus did. Then look what these fake celebrities do. It’s not real repentance. Real repentance has the fruits of humility, immediately and in the long-term.

Luke 19

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, for so much as he also is a son of Abraham.

10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Watch, and Pray, and CHANGE

If you are watching and praying, and paying attention to the news… especially to Israel (God’s prophetic calender)… then you know that God is ACCELERATING a lot of things spiritually. Make sure you watch and pray on a deeper level. Recommit your life to Jesus Christ.

But also, make sure that you are on the GOOD SIDE of the immutable laws of sowing and reaping. Change what you actually DO, amend your ways, and bring God the FRUITS of repentance. TODAY!

Daniel 4
27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.

Luke 9
8 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.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, for so much as he also is a son of Abraham.