Matthew 17:24-27;22:15, Mark 12; Luke 20, Jesus said, Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, to God what belongs to God. The Biblical accounts of Gospels in Capernaum said tax collectors of two drachma temple tax asked Peter if Jesus pays tax, he said He does. If Jesus paid taxes then what did Jesus teach His disciples? Matthew records two taxes Jesus paid in Matthew 17:24-27; 22:15-22 temple tax and tax to government in Rome. People asked Jesus: “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?” It was a ploy to set a trap for Jesus. But He saw through their attempt to manipulate Him and falsely accuse Him of asking people not to pay. So obliged to pay the tax, Jesus paid His taxes with the coin from the mouth of a fish Peter caught. Tax collector cornered Peter and asked if Jesus paid the temple tax. Later in Matthew 17:2427 Jesus said to Peter at home, “Simon, does the kings collect taxes from their own children or from other people? Peter answered the others. And Jesus replied we don’t want to cause trouble go cast a net in the lake and the first fish you catch open mouth, and you will find a coin. Use coin to pay your taxes and mine.” Take it and give them for my tax and yours.”Jesus told the Pharisees and Herodians to give to Caesar things belong to Caesar in Mark 12. The issue is controversial as people disagree on how the government spends money. Some people feel angry because their needs are not met though they pay tax. The Bible example of Jesus to pay taxes again in Gospel of Matthew Mark and Luke are other account of the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus to find the reason to accuse him. In Matthew 22:15-22 Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap Jesus to use His words against Him.Pharisees disciples with Herodians said “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are sincere so teach the way of God in truth. You are not influenced by men. Tell us, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus, knowing their evil intention said, “You hypocrites why are you trying to trap me? Show a coin for paying tax.” They brought him a denarius and He asked them, “Whose head inscription?” They said, “Caesar’s. Then He said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God belongs to God.” When they heard this, they were amazed so they left him and went away.If Jesus refused to pay or He condemned Caesar they will accuse Jesus of inciting rebellion. People had no choice but to pay as Jesus also did. And Zachaeus a tax collector climbed a tree to see Jesus passing by. Impressed Jesus dined in his home during meal he decided to restore money he extorted by collecting taxes in Mark 2:13-17. In Psalm 24:1, The earth is the LORD’S and everything in it but life requires money to function, pay staff, provide services, resources, processing, printing costs, transporting goods. And maintaining the structures and repairs restoration, regeneration, grounds and gardens etc. Too numerous to list costs of services provided by the nations. Amazon, Google, Wealthy Offshore accounts do not pay tax proportionately fairly like others.Jesus and His disciples voluntarily gave to the Temple tax and state to set a good example. Taxes paid directly to local tax collectors who decided what people pay. Tax collectors paid by charging people more to earn money. Levi, the apostle was the customs official in Capernaum taxed imports and exports as he liked. The Jews hated him because he worked for Rome and betrayed his countrymen. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector for the Jericho district notorious for taxes changed meeting Jesus of Nazareth.People are saying the tax exemption for Churches are unfair making mega rich pastors super wealthy multimillionaires Church members struggle to pay bills, food, mortgage, health insurance, fees or basic necessities of life. Private jets, mansions get bigger, fleet of cars longer but members poor. Its a major source of tension rich multi billionaires are state sponsored in extravagant lifestyles. Schools reduce hours, hospitals cut staff budget reduced. The churches use tithe, offerings, donations, for salaries wages, cost of projects, feed orphans, help poor under the radar, homeless, HIV, disaster flood victims, TV ministry, preaching, teaching Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, Evangelism etc. among wonderful work of God. Admission fee puts people off so first time Benny Hinn was at NEC entry was free. Thousands turned up with no room for overflow solved crowd control next visit with ticket admission. Only a few people turned up venue was almost empty. God said nobody must enter HIS Presence empty handed so Jesus talked about the widow’s mite even poor give. In Exodus 23:15 God said, no one shall appear before ME empty-handed. Also in Exodus 34:20 God said no one must appear before ME empty-handed. Again in Deuteronomy 16:16 God said do not appear before the LORD empty-handed.Gap between the rich and poor widens causing hunger and the stress, pressure, unemployment, lack, in deprived areas. No resources for disadvantaged so most public servants cannot get on the home ownership ladder. Many depend on the food banks despite their hard work and education. Zero hour job wastes time of trained staff without job or income. And the popular highly influential Christian leaders spew wrong ideas as ‘Christian Ideas.’ Don’t be misled…Study the bible yourself to know the truth of the Word of Christ. Read Bible as JesusFollowers and Christian’s. Some think Churches must follow Jesus’ example to provide fairly for the least in society too. So gap between rich and poor widens as many continue to suffer daily, starve and die in the most advance developed wealthy countries. Unfortunately a Class divide disproportionately allocate lion share to themselves as the world watches them flaunt it in their faces daily. 1 Timothy 6:10 says the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Craving more money is cause of all evil in doing so wander from true faith so pierce themselves with sorrow.A Christian family is fined taxes saying it is against God’s will to pay taxes. The Christian family refused to pay income tax because its “against God’s will” but are ordered to pay more than A$2m tax (£1.1m $1.4m) to Australia’s tax office. It is Christian debate Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot and Fanny Alida Beerepoot of Tasmania do not pay income tax since 2011 as their religious right. Their farm was seized and sold by a local council in 2017 for not paying seven years of tax rates. Ms Beerepoot told the court: “We don’t own anything because it is God’s.” The siblings represented themselves in Supreme Court of Tasmania Wednesday, after did not pay $930,000 in income tax or other charges in 2017 ABC News said.Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot (left) and Fanny Alida Beerepoot (far right) seen here outside the court in Tasmania. Mr Beerepoot argued the law of God is the “supreme law of this land” and making people pay tax weakens dependency on God, leading to “curses… in the form of droughts and infertility.” “Transferring allegiance from God to Commonwealth means rebelling against God breaking first commandment,” he said, according to the public broadcaster. In judgement, Associate Justice Stephen Holt said he believed Beerepoots’ beliefs is genuinely held but there is no specific reference in Bible to support their argument. “In my view, Bible effectively said civil matters and law of God operate in two different spheres.” So the siblings ordered to pay sums of – Ms Beerepoot A$1.17m and Mr Beereport A$1.16m to cover income tax, administrative penalties and all interest charges” and costs in court documents. What do you think about various views?
1 Thessalonians 4:16 says For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. The dead in Christ rise first. The “dead in Christ” are Christians who died before return of Christ. They will rise first and return with Him in 2 Corinthians. 5:8. They are in Christ, because they are saved so the Children of God. Redeemed by Jesus the Son of God boldly enter God’s Presence through the Blood of the Lamb of God in eternal life. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord. COMFORT one another with these words from 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18. And in resurrection all who rise first have glorified bodies, meet with those alive and so will rapture together into heaven.And the Lord Jesus Christ Himself will descend from heaven with thousands of angels. At the last trumpet call, the dead in Christ will arise first. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself comes from heaven in the clouds with loud command the dead rise in Christ in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 guaranteed so come back to life. And together with those still alive will go in rapture to heaven as part of our hope in the eternal life. Eagerly waiting for the resurrection knowing RETURN of Christ reunites our families in heaven in the PRESENCE OF GOD. Those who died in God in Christ through salvation of God arise first at the TRUMPET call. All eyes on earth will SEE Jesus SHINING bright as the Sunshine. All in Christ will rejoice exceedingly at this COMING of Christ in rapture and celebrate in Jesus Name.
Is suffering God’s fault for not stopping pain with HIS Powerful Authority over all things? This question causes people to denounce God and turn their backs on the word of God. Despair over many unanswered questions affects people of faith so Jesus asked His disciples if they want to quit too. They answered there is nowhere else to go because Jesus has the word of eternal life in John 6:60-71. The Words of Eternal Life Jesus said to the twelve disciples, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go, You have the WORDS of ETERNAL life.” This is CORE TRUTH of Christianity, so focus extends beyond life in the here and now into infinity. Like the disciples so many people want a PERFECT world without pain or sorrow so disappointed when it is beyond their control to stop suffering. They turn on God to stop and if nothing happens become vexed and angry with God for not answering their prayers. It is important to stop and first reflect the reality of circumstances all the way to the roots of the problems. Whatever the situation was God consulted before the onset of situation or consequences, risks analyzed in line with the word of God to confront God for events? All who truly understand the WILL of God HIS PLANS and Purpose know they are Higher than man’s thoughts so are not always fully predictable. Shock of inability to control decisions by God makes them feel hurt, helpless, out of control for sufferings. Angry God is unreliable or failed them, badmouth God instead of checking what went wrong. So discouragement makes many abandon God when the cares of this world test their faith. Unlike those prophets who resort to false visions to keep their followers Jesus warned His disciples the going will be tough so they must be tough to get going by faith and endure to the end in Jesus Name. These WORDS of ETERNAL life mean soldiers of Christ know what they signed up for in the course of their duty in God’s call to defend their faith. Prophet Jeremiah experienced similar moments of ups and downs wavering in faith when his messages did not happen immediately as people expected. He declared people will be freed from captivity and return to their homeland as God PROMISED so expected instant result. They turned on God’s messenger so put him in a well to die in Egypt but Ebed-Melech an eunuch from Ethiopia saved his life granted the permission by King Zedekiah. Jeremiah PROPHECY comes to pass Israel nation is building houses, planting vineyards as he did by buying land in Anathoth. Jeremiah lived in old Assyrian empire but in two centuries it declined so fell. Its capital, Nineveh captured in 612 by Babylonians, Medes and Egypt briefly under 26th dynasty (664–525) not strong enough an empire. Nebuchadnezzar made Judah vassal of Assyria when God calls him to prophesy. He said he didn’t know how to speak because he was far too young so received Yahweh WORDS in his mouth and made a “prophet to the Nations.” His messages to the people condemns false worship, social injustice asking them to repent. He proclaimed 7th century Josiah’s reform purification of worship from pagan practices for all sacrificial rites in Temple of Jerusalem to establish social justice reforms in Jeremiah 11. Yahweh wants total loyalty to Covenant of Judea and inhabitants of Jerusalem. No reform made Jeremiah disillusioned because people dealt with externals of religion not inner spirit and ethical conduct. Jeremiah 7:1-15 and 26:1- 24, denounced people depending on Temple security so calls for genuine ethical reform. He predicted God would destroy Temple of Jerusalem like Shiloh, if they continued on that path. Jeremiah banned from Temple for God’s Justice, righteousness denounced selfishness, materialism and social injustice. Spoke against Egypt to his scribe, Baruch scroll message read cut into pieces and burnt. Jeremiah wrote another scroll, so added warning Judah to be destroyed at hands of Nebuchadnezzar’s army besieging Jerusalem. Babylonians put on throne of Judah, Zedekiah (597–586 BCE) followed Jeremiah’s counsel paying Babylonians tribute 10 years had alliance with Egypt. And Nebuchadnezzar’s army captured Jerusalem again in August 586 Yahweh allowed king of Babylonian. Jeremiah’s message to submit to yoke of Babylonia but on way to land of tribe of Benjamin, charged with desertion, in pit saved by prompt action of the Ethiopian eunuch Ebed-melech. Jerusalem fell, Jeremiah promised people bright joyful FUTURE but continued to rebuke fellow countrymen in exile in Egypt. Loyal to prophetic call suffered inner doubts and conflicts in confessions in Jereremiah: 11:18–12:6; 15:10–21; 17:9–10, 14–18; 18:18–23; 20:7–12, 14–18. Jeremiah’s conflict between his deep sense of duty, delivers Yahweh’s message to people. In Jeremiah’s despondent expressions he called God “a deceitful brook. . . waters that fail God deceived and overpowered him.” Yet exalts God: “Your WORDS give me joy and delight my heart so Yahweh is a “dread warrior” fighting by his side. Jeremiah pronounced God’s judgment on the people for their wickedness, false insincere worship and failure to trust in Yahweh on national affairs. He said sin is a weakness and stubbornness of evil heart, some foreign nations more loyal to pagan false deities than Judah was to Yahweh real God by their disobedience to God. Jeremiah spoke on Repentance than any other prophet calls on men to turn away from their wicked ways not depend on idols, false gods and return to their Covenant by loyalty to Yahweh. To repent and live in obedience to Yahweh’s will individually or as nations. Jeremiah, despite despair gives HOPE for the future said, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Houses, fields, vineyards shall again be bought in this land,” is his prophetic future of New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31–34.
Jeremiah suffered but he continued to prophesy Yahweh’s New Covenant to Israel will fulfill old Mosaic Covenant so Yahweh will write HIS law on the hearts of men to know God directly to receive HIS FORGIVENESS. This New Covenant prophecy in New Testament is through Jesus’ BLOOD. Though Israel is punished so many times for idolatory, GOD’S LOVE is forever. When the Ark was captured in 1 Samuel 4:22, God’s Glory exiled from Israel to Philistine to save Israel from exile. Yahweh broke curse of Covenants for HIS people and defeated gods of Philistia by plague of Ashdod in 1 Samuel 5 and 6. Philistines moved Ark, tumours or hemorrhoids (emerods) afflicted people in towns of: Ashdod, Gath, Ekron. Septuagint says mice in country punishment increased tumours in Ashdod (vv. 6-8), tumours and panic in Gath by Ark (vv. 9,10a), tumours, panic in Ekron (vv. 10b-12). Plagues caused by “Yahweh’s hand” in 1Samuel 5:6 Ashdod put Ark in temple of Dagon statue found prostates in front of Ark next morning. The statue of Dagon put in place again prostrates next morning with head and hands broken off. Philistine captivity of Ark brought plagues, humiliated gods of Philistines is returned of full treasure to Israel. Philistines like 1 Samuel 6:6 ends plagues by guilt offering of five golden tumours and five gold mice of the five Philistine rulers. The Ark stops at Beth Shemesh before a permanent home at Kiriath-Jearim. The righteous may fall 7 or more times but GOD RESTORES for HIS NAME SAKE. Jeremiah’s MESSAGE to all Nations is no matter what Israel’s sin GOD RESTORES them for HIS GLORY to prove to all who believe, HE IS LOVE. HE FORGIVES ALL SINNERS JUST AS HE FORGIVES ISRAEL. The Dagon nations God used to punish Israel are destroyed by God and so must repent too in Jesus Name. Despite his sufferings Jeremiah’s PROPHECY continues daily to come into existence by GOD’S POWER. Jeremiah encourages the people to call directly on God in Jeremiah 33:3 as He will answer them. The question is will their requests be in line with God’s Words? What will be their response if God says wait, not now or no will they endure suffering to the end? God’s words says the sufferings of this world is nothing compared to what the LORD has for those who LOVE HIM. Phillipians 1:27 as one believes in Christ so one becomes a partaker of his suffering with great rewards in Jesus Name.
Jesus compares God’s heavenly Kingdom to wedding banquet a king prepared for his son in Matthew 22:2. Many people invited agreed to come but on the banquet day all refused to attend in verses 4-5 giving many excuses. Some of the king’s servants were mistreated or killed in some cases in verse 6. The king sent his army to avenge death of servants in verse 7 extends invitations to anyone servants found so the wedding hall is full in verses 8-10. During feast the king noticed one man was not wearing wedding clothes in verse 11 but had no answer why so is thrown out from the feast “into outer darkness of weeping and gnashing of teeth in verses 12-13. Jesus ends with statement “Many called, invited but few chosen” in verse 14. One said he bought piece of land he went to see in verse 18. Another bought oxen on the way to yoke them in verse 19. Another gave excuse he was newly married so could not come in verse 20. The master of the house heard excuses was angry told servants to go to on streets, alleyways and invite “the poor, crippled, blind and lame” in verse 21.The KING is Father God and HIS Son honoured at banquet is Jesus Christ who came to save but many do not receive him in John 1:11. God sends invitation to all people but some reject Jesus as LORD so refuse to believe in Him. Many prophets, including John the Baptist and disciples murdered in Matthew 14:10. The KING’S anger, wrath, vengeance, desolation in Revelations is on all who reject salvation in Jesus, judged in Hebrews 10:29-31. Their deliberate choice to reject God’s offer by freewill choice in Luke 13:34 by excuses of permissive will of God permanently left God’s Heavenly Kingdom. The wedding invitation extends to everyone, total strangers, good, bad who “did not deserve to come in accept WORD of God sent to all not worthy of eternal life” in Acts 13:46). So GOSPEL MESSAGE Jesus taught, available to all to come just as they are. Garments of righteousness clothes people washed in the BLOOD of the LAMB. Acceptance of Jesus and repentance in HIS Blood is the means Lamb uses to makes all worthy to boldly enter PRESENCE of the KING. So to refuse to put on garment of righteousness provided means wearing old clothes unfit for the purpose of the banquet celebration. Jesus teaches conditional offer KING is obedience to HIS standard requirements to meet criteria of submission to God. God’s righteousness in Philippians 3:9 provides salvation to cover multitude of sins of filthy rags in Isaiah 64:6. Adam and Eve’s sin God took away, replaced with the skins of sacrificed animals in Genesis 3:7, 21. And in Revelation 7:14 God provides heavenly white robes washed in the BLOOD of the Lamb. The KING God provides a wedding garment of salvation for all mankind but some want things done their own way. The WAY of God is the Cross of Christ HIS only way to salvation in John 14:6. Those who refuse to submit to God’s WAY thrown out into the darkness. God sends them into an “outer darkness” eternally as Christ said, “many are invited but few are chosen.” So invitations extends to all people to hear call of God but many reject it. The world rejects Jesus so some people don’t celebrate His salvation. God judges thems as a result of their own choice to approve of rejection of Christ with dire consequences. Kingdom of heaven demands all put away their own old garments by faith to accept righteousness God provides in Christ. All those who reject God’s gift of salvation for their own “good” works will spend eternity in hell. Those who mock or ridicule God’s salvation plan by a self-righteous rejection miss Jesus cross of Calvary VICTORY. God wants all to make sure to receive God’s salvation plan to put on new garments and not retain old filthy garments of sin in God’s PRESENCE. God’s desire is seek to dwell in the HOUSE of the LORD all the days of life to behold the beauty of the LORD and enquire in HIS Temple. In time of trouble HE hides in HIS pavilion in HIS secret tabernacle and sets upon the ROCK of Ages and lifts up above enemies round about. And so offer in HIS tabernacle sacrifices of joy, sing, yes sing praises to the LORD Most High in Jesus Name says Psalms 27:4-6.
In John 11: 35 Jesus wept over Lazarus’ death He subdued and then defeated at Calvary. Jesus loves to save all who receive Him and repent to be saved in the Kingdom of God. Christ’ significant victory over death is life in eternity with Him so does not want anyone to perish. Christ is seated at the Right Hand of God interceding for you for God’s mercy and forgiveness and His gift of eternal life. God is patient for a reason and a season as Loving Father to let in those who accept Christ. like anything with sell by date deadline time runs out as God’s timing is getting nearer. God is merciful, forgiving, wants all to trust Him to have confidence in Him as His Children to avoid hell so still pleading. As a Loving, Merciful father, Full of Compassion God warns, repent to be saved from hellfire.
God loves you and wants all to be saved. Christ is crying over you to accept him, repent before it is too late to be saved from hell fire. Christ will reappear in great wrath eventually to destroy all His enemies, who will not let him Reign and over them. God will punish and deal with despiser of His Gospel in judgment.
There is no exit point to transfer from hell into heaven because is it too far apart and too late. Accept Christ speaking from heaven with infinite tenderness and love to rescue the perishing before it is too late. Yet world promotes sin indulged flesh as lovers of pleasure more than LOVERS OF GOD. Wakie! Wakie! If the trumpet sounds are you saved and ready for rapture, safe, with Christ? It is not too late to choose to accept Christ to repent to change lifestyle. Signs and events are showing you need to be saved as the Child of God to belong to His Kingdom.Printed T shirt’s advertise God’s love salvation message loudly and clearly to hear God. Your soul is more precious than all assets of world put together, priceless, paid for by Christ Jesus so repent and be saved. Life is going in a fast pace as world events reveal the end time prophecies coming to pass daily. Repent means accept Christ and change your ways, be baptized, faithfully live for God, be light to the world. It is easy to obey and trust God, ask for strength and self-disciple to focus more on God as a believer. The Holy Spirit will take control of your life to guide, help and teach you to follow God better in the Name of Jesus. Come just as you are God loves you and will save your soul.Christ will return when God decides time and moment. Only God Knows precise time and moment so redeem the times. Do not take time for granted because 1000 years is like 1 day in God’s Eyes and 1 day is like 1000 years to God. Are you in God’s Kingdom and ready for Saviour Jesus Christ’s in rapture? Red moon signs shows believers be alert.
May the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ bring peace, joy and happiness to you all and your family in Jesus Name.
John looked and saw a great multitude none can count from all nations tribes, people and languages standing before Throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands saying with loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on Throne and the Lamb in Revelation 7:9-10. Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world on the Cross. He paid to ransom people for God from all tribes, languages, peoples, nations in Revelation 5:9. Christ suffered and died to give victory to old martyrs of Revelation 6:11 given white robe told to wait for the Great tribulation martyrs in 3:4 whose robes are made white in the BLOOD of the Lamb in 7:14. Christ’s death on the Cross for sinners cleans all sins in 1 John 1:7. With palm branches in their hands enjoy joyous celebrations in the PRESENCE of God and the Lamb of God. Their robes are made white in BLOOD of the Lamb, Christ’s death and resurrection against God’s Wrath repent of sins. Believe in Lord Jesus Christ from all nationalities or cultural backgrounds join together by love of God and Jesus. Give your life to Jesus Christ and invite Him to take control of your life, repent and ask Jesus to forgive all your sins in Jesus Name with thanks and Glory to God Almighty.