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JOB 8 8For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: 9(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)

Recently, I have received many e-mails from people who had but one question to ask me.

“Jacob, do you believe in re-incarnation?” “Is there biblical proof?” “What is re-incarnation?” “Is this belief heretical?”

It struck me as strange that all of a sudden, sooooo many people would be asking me about re-incarnation. One day I received three seperate emails about the subject, from three different people from different places on the globe who don’t know each other. So far, this week alone, I have received about six questions about the subject.

The surprising thing I found with each of these individuals, is that they were beginning to wonder the very thing I had wondered years ago… And that is, why are some people born happy, healthy, and prosperous and have relatively good lives, and why are others born with terrible diseases, born in impoverished, war torn countries, where they are murdered, raped and more. The scripture states, God is no respector of persons, but this would certainly show that the odds were stacked in the favor of some, while they weren’t for others. It also didn’t seem very fair to me, that only some people would experience privledge and health, while others would never experience this. This was the genesis of my research into the belief of re-incarnation. And what I found, was that not only was this a commonly held Hebrew teaching, found in the scriptures, but it is also found in the holy books of almost every single world religion.

Now, since no one really knows for certain whether or not this is a one time around journey, or a many time around (until we get it right) journey, I would like to point out why I believe that re-incarnation (not the way you have been taught it) may indeed be the path all of us take.

So a word of warning to those who are not open minded to hear alternative view of how God may finish his creation in victory, click another link and move on until you are drawn to return, because this article is not for everyone.

But for those who are made of a stroner metal, I really hope that this paper will at the very least open a dialogue for us all and we may even begin to see re-incarnation in a new and exciting light.

Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

When I was born, I came into this world not knowing of the terrible disease I would suffer from, or the abuse, abandonment, and more that I would have to endure. Today, my trials and testing have yet to come to their end. Now, if God is in control of all things as I so often claim, it would be a terrible thing to put on an “innocent child” through such disease and suffering, not to mention a man who desires above everything to know His will. So how does one come to terms with this?

You see, here is a problem for a majority of the Religions of the world. How do they in one moment say, “If you don’t accept Christ you will burn for eternity in Hell” and then explain to a grieving parent whose two year old child that dies, “not to worry.”

You see many people look at a baby after being born as innocent, pure, with those chubby cheeks and pudgy belly. Most are born healthy and we thank God, others are born with missing fingers or toes, or premature, and have rare conditions; some unfortunately die days after birth. Once again, for a God who does not esteem one man above another, this would seem so unfair.

Now the Religious Church (not all faiths) but many of them teach, life is a one shot deal…. Christianity being the biggest faith to reject the idea of reincarnation. They teach that our life is unique and we are only given ONE CHANCE to get it right. It doesn’t matter if you a bushman living in the rainforest worshipping a toad, or a wall street exec, it doesn’t matter because all MUST do what these Religious teachers say, or else! They believe this is a one-way trip, and that we had better get in line with their beliefs or we will be damned, lost, massacred, or tortured endlessly. (A God of Love they say) – They see our lives as limited to 80 -100 years of age and then buh-bye. Here comes Heaven or Hell.

Yet a majority of scripture states we are seated in heavenly places, that we were with God always, that we are infinite in Christ, and that God knew us, before we began to identify ourselves as Joey, Darrel, Ziek, Earl, or Jessie.

Jer. 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…”

So many religious circles face a crossroads of sorts. They don’t want to lose members, and they must be able to “Give every man an answer” … and when a child who clearly does not understand the truths of the kingdom or Christ dies, how can they tell those parents that those poor kids are going to Endless Hell… They can’t, nor will they. So they have to come up with some clever explanation. But making up stories is not the best business to be in.

So many people look at these babies, and cute little kiddies around us, they say they are innocent, and sure they are in a natural sense, so some Religious Circles, Evangelicals Especially begin to coin a new teaching, they call it “AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY”. Bingo, this is their way of getting out of another heretical teaching they call Eternal Torture (Hell).

In a Nutshell (Because that is where this doctrine belongs) they teach that until a child reaches the age of 12, he is innocent and basically gets a free pass. Catholics do the same, by baptizing babies, so if they die, they go to heaven as well… But I’m afraid to say “church” all of these teachings are OTHER GOSPELS.

For we know there is but ONE WAY to the FATHER and that is through the SON (Christ).

Romans 10:9
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

I find it bizarre that many would demand people claim Christ in one breath, and then say, well if they are too young, no worries, they will be saved, especially since scripture clearly states without confession of the Lord Christ and the taking on of his nature there is no salvation… Now, of course, I believe ALL WILL BE SAVED eventually… just want to add that in.

Philippians 2:11
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

You see, everyone does it eventually. But that is beside the point. This whole “AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY” thing is what we call ANOTHER GOSPEL. It says, “No you don’t need to believe, confess, and do the will of God, you can just be a dumb kid and die and that’s it, your golden!” – WRONG PEOPLE WRONG!

Galatians 1:6-8 6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Now why do they teach ANOTHER GOSPEL, which is clearly untrue and “heretical”? The reason is they want to give an explanation to their congregation, when children die. They want to itch their ears. And since they start by saying, ONLY BY ACCEPTING CHRIST WILL KEEP YOU FROM INFINITE TORTURE when a young child dies who hasn’t done this and clearly couldn’t understand what that even means, they have to create ANOTHER GOSPEL to appease their congregants, or their tithe box would get a bit lighter.

Now I will tell you, that NOT ONE CHILD that has ever died is GONE! AND NOT ONE HUMAN BEING on this planet will EVER FACE AN ETERNITY OF FLAMES!

Hebrews 8:11 …for all shall know (intimately acquainted) me, from the least to the greatest.

God will have ALL MEN to be saved, but His ways are above ours. And since so many of us have been brainwashed to believe that our lives are only a “one time around” deal, it is hard for us to imagine that God could do save everyone. Especially because so many people do terrible things and never reap what they sow in “this one time around life” as they see it.

So another “HERETICAL” teaching that many religious Christians teach today is that… in the moment before death, Jesus comes to everyone and gives them one last chance to accept Him… This leaves those congregants that grieve, hope that their teen that killed themselves, or those that died after doing horrible things may have seen the error of their ways in that moment before death and accepted Christ… and what is this? WELL IT’S YET ANOTHER GOSPEL!

We know, Jesus said, unless a Man take up his cross he is none of his. Salvation is a process, like birth. You cannot just say LORD I BELIEVE, and then you enter heaven’s gates. (Especially when most people don’t even know what Heaven is to begin with) – Here’s a hint, IT’S WITHIN YOU!

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

So you see, SALVATION is NOT about saying “this or that”… it is about DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER… There is but one way into the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and that comes through much tribulation unfortunately, at times.

Acts 14:22
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

And the only way into the Kingdom is through the sheep gate. To do this, you must hear and follow the voice of the Christ. And when you do this, guess what you become?

John 10 1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

You see to try and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven ANY OTHER WAY but through the sheep gate, the same is a thief and a robber. Those who teach OTHER GOSPELS are thieves and robbers. (This is why we see and hear of so many thieves and robbers in scripture, they are an allegory of those who believe OTHER GOSPELS)

But the amazing part is the second verse in John 10

2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

When you enter in, YOU become the SHEPHERD of the SHEEP. And who is the Shepherd again? 🙂 This is the great mystery and this is the salvation of us all, CHRIST IN US, the HOPE OF GLORY. When you find out who you are, you are no longer blinded by who you aren’t. The Truth sets you free.

So for those that teach, that wicked men don’t need to reap what they have sown, but can say “Lord, Lord” and then be forgiven and enter the Kingdom of Heaven, well, you guessed it ANOTHER GOSPEL and they got another thing coming, LITERALLY!

The only way to salvation is to have complete faith, wisdom and be ONE with CHRIST and to DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER.

John 5:30
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

He also went on to say…

John 8:28
…I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

Why? Because through a bunch of suffering he learned obedience.


Hebrews 5:8
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

And what’s good for Jesus is good for us. We all learn through the things we suffer. But we would not suffer if we had not sinned.


Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So what does all of this have to do with Bonnie’s email to me. Well I am setting the stage here. Because I have a belief, which is not a popular one, but it helps explain many of the world’s problems, and why so many terrible things seem to happen, and yet remain unexplained.

I was once asked if God healed my Crohns Disease, because I have been in remission for quite some time. I responded and said, God gave me the Crohn’s Disease to heal me! Chew on that for a moment “Church”

Have you ever wondered why some are born with such privilege and others with such pain and poverty? If God is no respecter of persons, then why?

Acts 10:34
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

And if, as some believe babies and children enter this world SINLESS (Which is not true by the way)

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Psalm 51:5
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

And if ALL HAVE SINNED and are sinners even before birth, how is that possible?… IF LIFE IS ONLY A ONE TIME AROUND RIDE? Well the answer is simple, this isn’t our first go around on this rock called Earth.

I don’t buy this whole, One Man in the Garden years ago sinned and then we all suffer because of it. Here is the reason. God does not change. The same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. There is nothing new under the sun!

Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

So, if God doesn’t change, then he wouldn’t blame one man for another’s sin. If your neighbor killed someone, would God hold you accountable if you didn’t know about it? Of course not. The same is true, for this nonsensical teaching that because of one literal man Adam’s sin, that all of us now are paying the price.

Well here is the NEWFLASH for you, ADAM (which means HUMANITY AS A WHOLE) HAS SINNED. We ALL have falled short, WE HAVE DONE THIS. We have sinned. We are NOT BEING CORRECTED because of another’s fall.

In ADAM (our ignorance) we ALL DIE. So, you see, this is why there is not one child that is born into this world that is SINLESS. The only on without sin, is CHRIST – (The quickening spirit within us)

You know, Even the meat-head religious leaders of the day, understood that all were born in sin.

John 9:34
They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Isaiah knew about reincarnation, as well as being sinful from the womb.

Isaiah 48:8
Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.

So if all be SINNERS in need of a SAVIOR, then guess what, when a child dies, he doesn’t get a one way ticket to heaven, he simply has moved onto to lesson 2, or 3, or 763… and his or her death became a judgment upon that child’s house, and that CHILD has now moved on to another life to learn more from. I know sounds too far fetched, but with God all things are possible. We must remember…

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap
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Rom 2:6
Who will render to every man according to his deeds
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Gal 6:5
For every man shall bear his own burden.

Gen 9:6
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed:

Rev 13:10
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

The question I ask, is do you believe this? Do you believe God says one thing and changes his mind and does another.

Isaiah 46:11 God says: “I have spoken it, I will bring it to pass

You don’t get a free pass because you’re on you’re death bed and scared. You don’t get to live a life of hurting others and then, go to an altar call and be on your merry way to heaven. What carnal nonsense the religious have taught. If truth be taught, then we would NEVER HURT OTHERS, we WOULD BE CHARITABLE, we would not be greedy, seedy, and there would be no needy!

This is the patience of the SAINTS, BECAUSE EVENTUALLY everyone will pay the piper and learn to let go of the reigns and say “Not my will Father but yours be done” – And in their reaping what they have sown, they will submit themselves to the Father and all things will be His.

Hopefully the loss of that child will have taught those that love the child the lesson that they so desperately needed to learn.

You see, what if, life was not a ONE TIME AROUND DEAL? What if the Potter has power to make, remake, break, reshape, and make again, and again, the pot until it is the perfect image of the Potter?

Jeremiah 18 3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Why is it we limit God? Why is it we would rather see God as this distant monster that treats some better than others? Why is it, we don’t believe that God can finish his creation in victory?

The reason is simple: Man is blinded by the temporal world, Man believes this is it for him. He is a god but believes he is mortal Ps 82. This is why, Man is DEAD (Ignorant and suffering) because he does not believe the Truth, THE DEAD KNOW NOT GOD!

But if you want to find a reason as to why some are abused and others comforted, if you want to know why some suffer and others simply live a carefree life without even thinking about God… then you MUST consider, that there is more to life, than this LIFE YOUR LIVING ALONE.

Yes, I am talking about reincarnation. From a philosophical stand point it would explain why some are born with disease while others do drugs and party and never even sneeze. It would explain why there are some that are so well off and others that are so poor.

Look at the parable of the RICH MAN and LAZARUS for a moment. See it through different eyes now. The Rich Man was greedy, hoarding his belonging, never helped poor Lazarus… But after their physical death, we see how the Rich Man now Suffered because he did not do well with what was given him in life, and the poor man was comforted.

Luke 12:48
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

There is a law at work in the law of this land. It is called REAPING AND SOWING. A majority of Jesus’ teaching was about this. He understood that when people hurt him, he must forgive them. He taught that if someone was to persecute or attack, you are to forgive, if they are to steal from you, you are to give them more… WHY would Jesus teach such a thing. It is because he understood, that if you are suffering you have brought that suffering unto yourself and if you fight against it, you are throwing that karmic ball back into play, and you will yet again have to reap what you sow.

Matthew 5:25-26
Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

REINCARNATION – BIBLE STYLE!

I know even writing that word has caused many of you to cringe, and some to even say, JACOB IS A HERETIC. Well, I am simply a man that wants to know the truth no matter what the cost. And I am willing to accept that whatever suffering has come upon me, was to bring me to God, because at one point I was away from God. What I endure today, I committed against others yesterday, or so I believe.

Genesis 15: 15And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

If this belief was taught, and embraced, we would see so many others giving where they have not given before, forgiving where they have not forgiven before. We would see that our actions have consequences and that, saying LORD LORD means absolutely nothing.

Ecclesiastes 1:4-9 (abr)Generations come and generations go…What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” If there be nothing new under the sun, than everything that is, has already been. Ever get deja vu?

Jesus taught on the subject often, and it was, and still is a common orthodox Hebrew belief.

Matt 24:34
I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

There is a reason that “this” generation will never pass away, it is because this generation has always been, ever growing, ever learning, ever moving closer or farther away from the Spirit of Truth and Redemption.

Many refuse to accept this idea, yet in the same breath they will believe Jesus when he said, John the Baptist was Elijah Reincarnated. The common belief was that a man returned to reap what he had sown, that is why the disciples asked Jesus whose sin was it that the Man was BORN BLIND? (How could it have been his sin, if he was BORN BLIND and it was his first time here?) Many believed Jesus was one of the prophets back from the dead. But put that all aside.

GOD IS A GOD OF THE LIVING NOT THE DEAD! Job understood God and this principal.

Job 1:20-21 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and he fell to the ground and worshipped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Job 14:14
“If a person dies will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.”
“My RENEWAL to COME?”

Read this passage from Psalm 90 carefully. See how the LORD has been our dwelling place for GENERATIONS not a generation. How he destroys a man and then says return.

Psalm 90 1Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. 2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. 3Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. 4For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. 5Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. 6In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

We are to understand the ETERNAL THINGS OF GOD, the INVISIBLE THINGS OF GOD, by the VISIBLE/TEMPORAL things around us. We see seasons of life, death, rebirth, death, etc. etc. Notice in the above passage Man is compared to the grass, we spring up, we bloom, we flower, we dry up, we shrivel up, we die, and the process repeats again and again and again.

That is why it is so important to do GOOD IN THIS LIFE. To not hoard what we own, to hurt others, to not have faith, to be STILL AND KNOW THAT GOD IS GOD! To understand that God is in control. So regardless of what happens to us in this life, if we continue to seek God and do good, if we give it shall be given, if we forgive, we shall be forgiven…. If not in this world, than in the WORLD TO COME.

Mark 10: 29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Now, remember, eternal Life is to know God and Christ. That’s it. The WORLD to come is not HEAVEN. For HEAVEN IS WITHIN.

Luke 18:30
Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

John 12:50
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

(This is ETERNAL LIFE – To know God – NOT TO PARTY IN THE PEARLY GATES)

We even see how when trouble came to David, he didn’t even know if he brought this pain and suffering unto himself or not.

Psa 7:8
O lord if I have done this? (asking to be saved from those who persecute them) 15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

Psa 7:16
His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

There is only one way for this to happen, and that is if THIS LIFE WE LIVE IS BUT A MOMENT, but the LIVES TO COME are where the FUN REALLY BEGINS.

Oh I know what you will all say… “It is appointed for all men to DIE ONCE and then comes the judgment” – Well, we aren’t talking about physical death people.

To be CARNALLY MINDED IS DEATH. And then comes the judgment from it. And that may take more than one go around.


And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)
– and remember “Judgment begins at the house of the lord.” Not in some battlefield where people are sent off to eternal torment.

Job 33:29
Behold, all these things does God do — twice, even three times with a man — to bring his soul back from the pit that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.

Did you catch that? God does things again and again and again to us, for us, so that we may be ENLIGHTENED AND BE BROUGHT INTO THE LIGHT OF THE LIVING!

This is the GREAT NEWS! This is why we never need again suffer for the soul of a lost loved one, most likely they are still around you, near you, and most likely, you all will be reunited again in this very world, so that together you will find your way back into the LIGHT OF THE LIVING.

This is why with every death at that very instant somewhere in the world there is a birth. If you raped, you will be raped in the world to come. If you mocked the obese you will be obese, if you were prejudice you will be that which you were prejudice against. What better way to learn to love, than to walk a life or two or fifteen in the shoes of those you have persecuted.

Why do you think Jesus said, “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58) – Because JESUS was! As are we all!

The heart of BIBLICAL REINCARNATION is found in the parable of the TALENTS. Matt. 25:14-15 Again, it [the kingdom of heaven] will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.
This idea that God gives people varying amounts of abilities at birth – each according to his ability – is a law that even Origen believed to teach pre-existence and reincarnation.

“It can be shown that an incorporeal and reasonable being has life in itself independently of the body… then it is beyond a doubt bodies are only of secondary importance and arise from time to time to meet the varying conditions of reasonable creatures. Those who require bodies are clothed with them, and contrariwise, when fallen souls have lifted themselves up to better things their bodies are once more annihilated. They are ever vanishing and ever reappearing.” —Origen

But what about Josephus, who also recognized reincarnation.
“All pure and holy spirits live on in heavenly places, and in course of time they are again sent down to inhabit righteous bodies.” —Jewish historian Josephus who lived around the time of Jesus
And Jesus from the Gnostic Gospels. “Souls are poured from one into another of different kinds of bodies of the world.” —Jesus Christ in Gnostic Gospels: Pistis Sophia

But of course, you know that in many other faiths, Gnosticism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, And even we find this evidence in the Koran

“God generates beings, and sends them back over and over again, till they return to Him.” —Koran

Or the KABBALAH – “As long as a person is unsuccessful in his purpose in this world, the Holy One, blessed be He, uproots him and replants him over and over again.” (Zohar I 186b)

But I know to quote from the Tao Te Ching, The Koran, The Upanishads, the Dhammapada and Gita, is a turn off to many Christians, which is why this blog usually teaches strictly from the scriptures.

But you would be surprised how many great minds, saw the importance of reincarnation!

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” —Voltaire

“I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence.” —Socrates

Now I understand I can even quote Mark Twain. “I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna.” —Mark Twain.

But the fact remains, this is something you must be taught by the Holy Spirit. Put aside the incredible amount of sense it makes, and hope it gives us all. Put aside, the countless references in scripture, put aside the fact that “With God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE” and really ask yourself, would you rather believe this is it?

And if this is it… When will the MEEK INHERIT THE EARTH?

When will… the “Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.” (Heb. 11:32-35)
When will those that have “left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or wife or children or land for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age – homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields … and in the age to come, eternal life. (to Know God) (Mark 10:29-30)

If Reincarnation is True. Than we must begin to live our lives differently. We must trust the words of the LORDS PRAYER…

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” – We will be forgiven as we forgive. We will be loved as we love.

We are like seeds, planting with our words and actions and it may take many years to see the harvest of what we have planted. But if we believe you go to Church, confess Christ and still live like the devil that when you die you will inherit heaven, you got ANOTHER LIFE COMING. So it is time, to pray and seek, and ask God if these things be true. It would explain the suffering in the world, but fret not, for those who suffer today will be encouraged and comforted tomorrow, if they learn to turn to the Creator that is within.

I will leave you all with this last question to ponder from Ecclesiastes, and I will hope that this essay answered why, even seemingly righteous people suffer terribly, (it is because they weren’t always so Righteous, and in fact it may be their suffering that will lead them to the ETERNAL LIFE and PROMISE LAND we all seek.

Eccl. 1:7-11
“Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.”

MUCH LOVE
JACOB

ITCH MY EARS ALREADY!


COME ON, ITCH MY EARS ALREADY!

This weekend I wrote this article but wasn’t sure if I was going to share it. But tonight I was feeling FRISKY!!!!!! So listen up people because this one may get ugly!

Okay so here’s the deal, no one likes bad news, right? Everyone wants to be told, hey everything is going to be okay, you don’t need to suffer, God doesn’t want you to be sick, God wants to be rich! “BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED!” …

Okay, first, let me address, the whole “By his STRIPES we are healed line.” – Jesus learned obedience through the things HE SUFFERED! Okay, news flash people, the servant is NOT ABOVE THE MASTER, what is good for the King is good for his joint heirs! How can we be healed by another’s stripes, you ask? Well, when you are CRUSIFIED WITH HIM, His stripes are actually YOUR STRIPES. As we are all ONE in Christ Jesus, and if we are ONE, then HIS STRIPES ARE OURS and VICE VERSA!… Too much?… Okay, I’ll try and explain this one in another essay, but pay attention now because I’m about to write one of the most “UN – itchiest articles of all times”

Many people won’t like this one. But just because you don’t like, don’t make it any less true! Nah Nah na na Nah!

I have titled this essay, “ITCH MY EARS ALREADY!” I would love to tell you, my F.I.V. infected adopted stray cat Oreo gave me the idea when he came up to me this morning and jumped on my keyboard until I gave him the old scratchity scratch, but Oreo does not get this honor.

The idea for this paper came to me when driving to the store. I turned on the car radio, which is always programmed to the Christian Radio station because all other music is of the devil! And anyone who says different, is of the Devil too! … Kidding folks settle down in the peanut gallery. As it turns out, we have a pretty awesome Christian Radio station out here that plays amazing music in the morning because I gotta have me my Kirk Fraklin and Third Day! Not to mention RICHIE RIGHTEOUS, WHO IS THE BOMB DIGGITTY DOOO!… But did I get my southern gospel size helping of Christian tunes tonight? NO!

Like all Christian radio stations, time is purchased by preachers to further the “good news of the Gospel”, or at least whatever their “version” of it is… And we all know, how different VERSIONS there are… Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Trinitarian, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah, there are more divisions in the Christian faith then in any other major religion. But they all have one thing in common, many of those who grace their doors all crave a good serving of that down home FEEL GOOD PREACHING!

For years, I had thought the “Itching ears” passage in Timothy, spoke of the “damnable heresies” we all know and love and share door to door, especially like the nice Jehovah’s Witness ladies who came a knocking yesterday asking me if I “knew the Truth”… “What is Truth?” I replied with a smirk on my face and then graciously took her flyer…
Well, I believed those “damnable heresies” to be false beliefs, false doctrines, vain traditions etc… But tonight, I understood for the first time, what this passage in Timothy really meant.

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

It sounds like a bad joke… So I turn on the radio and I hear this big name preacher screaming, “I am telling you God is doing something… If you have given up on your family, don’t! If you have lost your children, get ready to find them again! If you have suffered, if you have hurt, if you feel like you can’t TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!” — Insert big audience reaction, … “Then get ready, because GOD IS DOING SOMETHING! He is going to turn it all around for you, he is going to heal you, he is going to bring that loved one back, He is going to give you every little thing your heart desires!!!! Because GOD IS GOOOOODDDDDD!”

Then it hit me! I said to myself, “He’s telling them, exactly what they want to hear.” I mean sure, who wouldn’t want to hear everything is going to come up roses when all you smell is the manure of life piling around you! And I got sad, because I knew he was lying to them all.

WHAT JACOB? … Yeah, I know, we all want to believe that God is going to make everything all right, and YES, I promise one day, we will come to stature of the perfect man and the knowledge of the truth. And that day, we won’t care what we have endured, we will have learned to endure it joyfully, because we will have understood that it works patience, and that our present suffering will be as nothing compared to the glory revealed in us later…

But right now, itching people’s ears is not setting anyone free. Promises of hope mean nothing to those who continue on in their illness, thinking, “If only I had more faith.” Empty words mean nothing, to those who continue giving more than they can afford to only find their home foreclosed on.

This man’s words were empty. Thousands of people were in that audience, and I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that for thousands of people, things were not going to miraculously turn around over night. The reason, is because our lives, our troubles, our circumstances are more lessons for us than they are plagues that God does not want us to endure. What we suffer actually brings us closer to God than never having to struggle to begin with. And when we negate the importance of our struggle and our suffering, and say, God does not want thus in our life, weu miss the most important thing God is trying to teach us.

Hebrews 5:8
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

There is no greater teacher than the pain of a mistake. If you have ever done anything foolish, and God knows I have… Like that time I tried to impress the kids in my neighborhood by sticking my tongue to the frozen flagpole and ended up stuck there until the fire department came. I became the laughing stock of the town. Thank God, My wife finally forgave me for doing that last year…

My point being, when we do something foolish that causes us pain, we think… DUH! I’LL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN!

For someone to say, that God doesn’t want us to go through what we are going through, does a hell of a lot more harm than good.

Here’s the reason, you’re in the situation to begin with. So what are you chopped liver? What is God like, “Well I don’t want Jacob to be stuck to that flagpole but he just needs to have more faith?” No, to say that God does not want this or that in our life is to say God is not in control. And believe me, the CONTROL is all about our REAPING WHAT WE SOW… But, we’ll get to that.

And then you have those miracle healers, you watch them on TV and its like a miracle a minute, people cured from cancer, jaundice, back problems, but never gullibility (I wonder why that is?) Listen diseases go into remission, I have Crohns, asthma, and terrible gas (insert smiley face) — Now if God is all about healing the FLESH (which he wants to perish) how come amputees don’t have their arms or legs miraculously grow back. Can God not handle this feet? Of course he can. But the point is, what we suffer is what is healing us to begin with. And once we learn this, it makes our disabilities easier to handle.

Now am I saying, God doesn’t heal? Of course not, but its not, “BE WHOLE IN THE NAME OF JEEEESSSSSUSSSS!” and then you fall over to the floor and some over weight men in three piece suits, two sizes to small, pick you up, stick a microphone in front of you, and you say… “I’m healed!”

Now, birth is a process, so is healing. Cut yourself and see how long it takes. It heals, sure, but not in one instant. And whatever is bound in the earth is bound in heaven… Whatever is without is within. If you want TRUE HEALING, If you want a way out of your suffering, find the cause, the way any good doctor does. There is a reason, Jesus is called the good physician. A Physician finds the source of a problem and gives you your medicine! SO WE HAVE TO LEARN TO TAKE OUR MEDICINE and not go to these knucklehead multimillionaires to gets our ears itched.

If you heal the inside first, the outside will follow. These are words to live by.

I mean really what do you think Jesus, who is TRUTH, was going around and healing? The Blind, the Deaf, The Lame, The Leprous, the Demonic and The Meatheads.

Scripture is an allegory “Church”, I am not going to argue over whether or not, he literally healed anyone, as it doesn’t matter at all if he literally healed anyone, as God looks to the INWARD MAN, not the OUTWARD MAN. The Outward man Perishes, the Inward Man is renewed!
I had a conversation with a dear friend who told me, “God doesn’t want people to shrivel up and die.” I replied, “Name one that doesn’t.” It is determined, that this flesh body, this temporary Buick we are driving around in perishes. WE DO NOT! But, we learn a great deal through this wondrous pilgrimage that has been set before us. We learn through the things we suffer, so why not learn to enjoy the ride and learn from the signs along the way.

Many religious leaders today are promising all sorts of awesome things instead of telling us that we reap what we sow, that we must endure until the end, that “through great tribulation we enter the kingdom”, that “he who does not pick up his cross” is none of His!

No, the preachers talk about healing your club foot, finances, relationships, health, family, and when that’s not enough, they throw in the future bliss of eternal buffets in heaven, std free relations (notice I didn’t use the “s” word). And, of course, my favorite, being poofed away to the clouds while God torments those evil chooches who got that dreaded chip implanted in their hands so they can buy food at the grocery story, HOW DARE THEY!… (I think I should add a good old fashion LOL for that last one.) I mean the truth is so much easier to believe than the lies this world will feed you.

Is there not a greater comfort knowing you are suffering for a great purpose, than believing God doesn’t want that for your life? Would you rather believe God has somehow overlooked this minor detail called Crohn’s disease and abuse, (which I suffered from both)

When people told me, God wanted me to be free from Crohn’s, I thought, “Than He must not be a very powerful God, because I’m in intensive care right now enjoying my third blood transfusion”.

Now I want to add, that I have been symptom free for three years now. What has changed? Has God healed me? Sure, why not? And if I get sick again, did God give it back to me? Sure, why not. The Lord giveth and the lord taketh away… BUT ONLY BECAUSE I NEEDETH IT… and because in the end, like Job, I am DOUBLEY BLESSED and I’m not talking double your pleasure, double mint gum blessed, I’m talking, unity of the spirit…. But if I am meant to suffer a terrible death to further my journey to the Kingdom, what choice do I have but to accept, if the Lord gives there is good reason, if the Lord takes away there is good reason. Whether I live or die, I do ALL UNTO THE LORD.

You know usually, I like to break down the scripture and show the allegory of it. But these scratching scratchersons are doing the world and their so-called flock a terrible disservice. And I will tell you why. There is a way out of suffering and our pain. And that is by LEARNING OUR LESSON.

Paul learned the hard way. I learn the hard way. I hope you all aren’t like me. Listen, because, I’m about to give you the keys to the Kingdom here!

WHAT JACOB? HOW DARE YOU? ONLY JESUS CAN GIVE THOSE KEYS OUT? – He gave the keys to us, and now I am going to give ONE MASTER KEY to you all!

I HOPE YOU STAYED WITH ME, because IT IS WORTH IT!

You cannot BELIEVE your way out of your situation, you must change what it is that got you into your situation. In other words, You are reaping what you have sown! I KNOW, I KNOW, there are people suffering with terrible diseases right now, who were probably sweet as pie in this life. And my carnal nature wishes it weren’t so. But my higher nature, understands there are greater things at work here, that many of us aren’t ready to accept. But we never truly know what has gone on, do we? We don’t truly know, why one is blessed and one seems cursed. If God does not respect one over another, then why are some born with privilege and others without. Well, I’m afraid, I’m not ready to share that one with you. But I am ready to share, what Jesus shared. And it was ALL OVER HIS MINISTRY!

I learned this lesson, when I tried to get a free lawnmower bag from the Home depot because a year earlier my lawnmower didn’t come with one. I didn’t believe they would honor my purchase, so when I told them I bought it and it didn’t have the bag, well, I just left out the little detail about it being a year old… I didn’t lie to the guy, but I wasn’t completely honest and I could have been… The instant I left, the thought came to my head, clear as day “The lawnmower is going to break” … One week later, I had to spend two hundred dollars as the mower broke down, and I returned that bag… But learned the lesson of reaping and sowing. A MASTER KEY.

I want you to think now about everything Jesus taught.
1) Forgive your enemy
2) Love those that hurt you
3) Pray for those that persecute you
4) Give to those that steal from you
5) Live by the sword die by the sword
6) Reap what you sow
7) Give and it shall be given
8) Forgive and it shall be forgive
9) Show mercy and mercy will be shown
10) Love and be loved

Look the list goes on and on. Now, think about it. Why would Jesus say, you reap what you sow and then say, forgive you enemy… Well, if you reap what you sow, your enemy you brought on yourself and if you don’t forgive this enemy and you return violence for violence, it is like your throwing the karmic ball back into play.

Yes, that’s right I used the word “Karmic”, what you got no love for the Buddha? Everyone loves a half naked guy who smiles with a big fat belly! … Or is that just me? (snicker, snicker)

Jesus was teaching us the way into the Kingdom, and the ONLY WAY IN, is to DO UNTO THOSE AS YOU WANT DONE UNTO YOU!

Think about that verse. “Do unto others, AS YOU WANT DONE UNTO YOU” – he understood, that our thoughts, our words, our actions, are causal and there will be a rebound effect. So, he implored everyone, to take their lumps joyfully as their reward for doing so would be great. The reason, is IF THEY DIDN’T, they don’t break the CURSE!

Jesus was simply was teaching that whatever comes around, goes around. This is a great lesson, if you can bear it. There is a purpose for your suffering. You are not going through hard times for no reason at all. And you will not be going through these hard times for ever. Once you learn whatever it is you are meant to learn from these hardships you will see these burdens fall away.

When our actions get us into trouble, there are consequences. The appropriate course of action is to admit your fault, not blame some outside entity and continue on in your sin.

Now Jesus wasn’t saying stay in an abusive relationship, continue to stay where someone is hurting you, quite the opposite, on the cross he forgave everyone, rose above them and never hung with them again! Hung was a poor choice of words I admit. But thank God he did for us all! The Pattern Son. And now we must Hang on our CROSS! Not go to some millionaire preacher to tell us that God doesn’t want us to hang on it.

So yes things may stink for the moment, but take a moment to ask God what you are meant to learn from them. See where you can love. See where you can forgive. See where you can step out in faith. We all have hard times, we all suffer, and we all will overcome, but there is only ONE WAY TO DO THIS!

It is through the straight and narrow gate of Love!

So the next person that tries to scratch your ears for you, you can tell them to scratch something else… your nose.. because… well, because, it’s, it’s itchy of course.

Try LOVE on for size and watch your true healing begin.

Peace out!
Jacob