Repentance: G3341 μετάνοια (metanoia)
- Strong Definition: (subjectively) compunction (for guilt, including reformation); by implication reversal (of [another’s] decision): – repentance.
- Thayer Definition: a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done.
- Mounce Definition: a change of mode of thought and feeling, repentance; practical reformation; reversal of the past.
What Jesus Says about Repentance
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
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It’s been a couple of years since I last wrote to many of you to share the gospel and a warning of God’s wrath and judgment to come. This time, by a miracle of God, I’m able to include more folk in this email after my Contacts app inexplicably reverted to an older state and, as a result, many of my previously deleted contacts were restored.
Since writing in the summer of 2021, nothing has changed in the world, in that egregious lies continue to abound — with a tragically large number of people seeming to have little-to-no critical capacity but, instead, believe the propaganda created and disseminated by the many organisations, worldwide, which specialise in manipulating public opinion via every possible means, such that few are able to see and understand the reality of the world in which we live. In other words, the satanic worldwide agenda to subjugate and destroy mankind continues apace, not willing that any should survive.
The one true living God, on the other hand, is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
The world has been duped by the devil.
Before you dismiss that statement as absurd, know that the devil does exist. Ask any serious coven member who is willing to talk and they will confirm that not only is THE devil real, but there are multitudes of subordinate devils or demons, all of whom answer to their master. Or, as Bob Dylan called him, the chief commander. And while the devil can and does deliver on certain worldly promises — such as fame, fortune and worldly success — he is a murderer and a liar (John 8:44) who came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Specifically, he desires to steal as many souls as possible, killing as many as possible in the process, and, ultimately, destroying the earth and its cities (Isaiah 14:12-17).
Satan, puffed up with pride, wants to be like the most high, to be the same as the God that created him.
Just like Satan, we are all God’s creation. And just like all of God’s creatures, we are called to obey God. Very few, however, are willing to do so, as Satan has infected the hearts and minds of the overwhelming majority and his spirit is alive and at work in all who rebel against God, the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2).
When Eve succumbed to the temptation of the devil and ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:6), she was motivated by three things: the lust of the flesh (she saw the tree was good for food), the lust of the eyes (she saw the tree was pleasant to look at) and the pride of life (she realised the tree would give wisdom). In that moment, Eve turned from God and his commandment to not eat from that one tree. And in turning, she embraced the world, putting the things of this world above God and his commandment.
In one of the letters written by the apostle John, he tells us to not love the world, pointing to the same lusts that Eve succumbed to:
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:15-17)
Do you love the world?
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)
Are you a friend of the world?
Is your life all about your happiness, your joy, your bliss, your pleasure, your desire, your passions, your path, your plans, your intentions, your priorities, your truth, your feelings, your personal experience, your spiritual experience, your body, your physical fitness, your health, your healing journey, your pain, your trauma, your ailments, your weaknesses, your strengths, your creativity, your achievements, your reputation, your career, your finances, your qualifications, your education, your intellect, your ethnic heritage, your family, your children, your grandchildren, your friends, your pets, your vacations, your hobbies, your sexuality, your sex life, your political correctness, your political persuasion, your philosophical outlook, your opinion, your perspective, your house, your garden, your possessions, your appearance, your clothes, your car, your motorbike, your eco-friendly bicycle, your low carbon footprint, your love and tolerance for others, your humility, your care for others, your charitable works, your community participation?
Is God in your life?
Or are you putting first all of those things that belong to you, affect you and emanate from you so that you can live your best life now? Squeezing as much as possible out of your life in this world? Like Frank Sinatra, are you doing it your way?
There is a way which seems to be right with men, but the ends of it reach to the depths of hell. (Proverbs 14:12) [Brenton]
And if God is in your life, which God, or god, is he?
Is he the Lord God Almighty who created the heavens and the earth? (Isaiah 42:5) The God who declared the end from the beginning? (Isaiah 46:10) The God who gave us his Word? (The scriptures; the promise of everlasting life to those who have faith and are obedient; and Jesus Christ who is the Word of God.) The God who is the King of kings and Lord of lords? (Revelation 19:16) The God who will judge the living and the dead? (2 Timothy 4:1) The God that is a consuming fire? (Hebrews 12:29) The God who is the only Saviour? (Isaiah 43:11) The God beside whom there is none other? (Isaiah 45:6) And before whom we should have no other gods? (Exodus 20:3)
Is he the God that Jesus tells us we must love with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength? (Mark 12:30)
Or is your God the god of this world?
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Or do you not even believe that God exists?
As king David wrote in the Psalms, the fool has said in his heart, there is no God (Psalms 14:1).
While many today believe that everything is relative, there are not fifty shades of grey in God’s Word. The scriptures are black and white. Light or darkness. Truth or lies. Male or female. Good or evil. Righteous or wicked. Saved or condemned. Obedience or rebellion. Hearken or forbear. Everlasting life or eternal punishment. Rest or torment. Heaven or hell. Sheep or goats. Wheat or tares [false wheat]. Wise or fool. Child of God or child of the devil.
The one true living God is not the God of relativism, but of absolutes. He’s not progressing with the times — he does not change (Malachi 3:6), but is the same yesterday, today and for ever (Hebrews 13:8). He is full of mercy and love — he is love itself (1 John 4:16). He is our creator (Genesis 1:1), our lawgiver and our judge (Isaiah 33:22), our strength and redeemer (Psalms 19:14). He is compassionate, merciful and long-suffering (Psalms 86:15), faithful (Deuteronomy 7:9), righteous (Psalms 129:4), holy and true (Revelation 6:10). He is our salvation (Psalms 38:22), our keeper and shelter (Psalms 121:5), our firm support, refuge and deliverer (Psalms 18:2), the God of heaven and earth (Ezra 5:11).
King Solomon wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes in his latter days. He had more wisdom and wealth than any of the other kings of the earth (1 Kings 10:23), and there was nothing he desired that was out of his reach — pleasures, women, wealth, houses, gardens, horses, servants, singers, honours. But at the end of his life, he came to know that it was all vanity and vexation of spirit, that none of it had any meaning or purpose but, rather, was all empty and fruitless.
Solomon begins Ecclesiastes with these words:
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2) [KJV]
And ends with these words:
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) [KJV]
God declared the end from the beginning. He declared, many times over, the Messiah’s first coming, as well as his second coming. The first time Jesus came, he came as the saviour — the blameless passover lamb, the final sacrifice for sin. When he returns, he will come as the judge — executing judgment upon the wicked and unbelieving as he pours out his wrath upon the whole world. Many will be caught unawares, going about their lives assuming the world is going to continue as it ever has done.
And as it was in the days of Noe [Noah], so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe [Noah] entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17:26-30)
But the day Jesus returns will be a day of great fear for all who have rejected him as their saviour.
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:15-17)
The end is coming, folks. Everything that’s happening in the world today fits right into the last days prophecies of those things that must come to pass before Jesus returns to judge the world. The good news is that we all still have time to turn our back on this corrupt world and turn, in faith, to the one true living God. There are no second chances after death. No opportunity to change your mind. No purgatory. No reincarnation. And no lack of consciousness.
Choose this day whom you will serve.
But if it seem not good to you to serve the Lord, choose to yourselves this day whom ye will serve, whether the gods of your fathers that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, among whom ye dwell upon their land: but I and my house will serve the Lord, for he is holy. (Joshua 24:15) [Brenton]
And if you choose to turn, wholeheartedly to God through faith in Jesus, believing that he was crucified to pay for each and every one of our sins — our transgressions against God and his ways, including unbelief and rejection of him — and that he was raised from the dead, you will be saved from condemnation.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Romans 3:10)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23)
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-10; 13)
What this means, beyond not being condemned, is that you will inherit the promises God made to Abraham (Galatians 3:29) and the gift of everlasting life (Romans 6:23). Not in your current body of flesh, but in a new, incorruptible body, just like Jesus when he rose from the dead. And not in this wicked and corrupt world, but in Jesus’ coming kingdom here on earth, where he will rule and reign for a thousand years. It will be a wholly righteous world without the difficulties and pain that many of us go through in this world, in which Satan’s minions are doing all they can to create disease, famine and war. All of which is on the horizon, and is even at the doors (Matthew 24:33).
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
As many of you no doubt know, Jesus spoke in parables — not, as many believe, to make thing more easily understood, but so that those who have ears that cannot hear and eyes that cannot see would not understand.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
One of Jesus’ parables is about the tares and the wheat.
Note: The word tares refers to darnel (Lolium temulentum: drunken tufted grass) — “false wheat” which resembles wheat and which has intoxicating effects upon humans, including dizziness, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness, tremors, blurred vision, confusion, disorientation, coma and death.
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Jesus explained this parable to his disciples as follows:
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
I pray that you have ears to hear, eyes to see and an understanding heart. And that you have received the love of the truth.
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
8 And then shall that Wicked [the Antichrist] be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Please reach out to me if I can help you come to the truth of God’s Word and of Jesus Christ, the only way of salvation.
In Christ Jesus’ name,
the name that is above every name,
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All New Testament scriptures are from the King James Bible. The Old Testament scriptures are mainly from the Brenton translation of the Greek Old Testament, with the minority being from the King James. OT sources are noted.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Isaiah 14:12-17 How has Lucifer, that rose in the morning, fallen from heaven! He that sent orders to all the nations is crushed to the earth. But thou saidst in thine heart, I will go up to heaven, I will set my throne above the stars of heaven: I will sit on a lofty mount, on the lofty mountains toward the north: I will go up above the clouds: I will be like the Most High. But now thou shalt go down to hell, even to the foundations of the earth. They that see thee shall wonder at thee, and say, This is the man that troubled the earth, that made kings to shake; that made the whole world desolate, and destroyed its cities; he loosed not those who were in captivity. [Brenton]
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. [KJV]
Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith the Lord God, who made the heaven, and established it; who settled the earth, and the things in it, and gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to them that tread on it: [Brenton]
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: [KJV]
Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Isaiah 43:11 I am God; and beside me there is no Saviour. [Brenton]
Isaiah 45:6 That they that come from the east and they that come from the west may know that there is no God but me. I am the Lord God, and there is none beside. [Brenton]
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. [KJV]
Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Psalms 14:1 For the end, Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They have corrupted themselves, and become abominable in their devices; there is none that does goodness, there is not even so much as one. [Brenton]
Malachi 3:6 Because I the Lord am your God and change not; [Thomson]
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
1 John 4:15-16 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. [KJV]
Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us. [KJV]
Psalms 19:14 So shall the sayings of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be pleasing continually before thee, O Lord my helper, and my redeemer. [Brenton]
Psalms 86:15 But thou, O Lord God, art compassionate and merciful, long-suffering, and abundant in mercy and true. [Brenton]
Deuteronomy 7:9 Thou shalt know therefore, that the Lord thy God, he is God, a faithful God, who keeps covenant and mercy for them that love him, and for those that keep his commandments to a thousand generations, [Brenton]
Psalms 129:4 The righteous Lord has cut asunder the necks of sinners. [Brenton]
Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Psalms 38:22 Draw nigh to my help, O Lord of my salvation. [Brenton]
Psalms 121:5 The Lord shall keep thee: the Lord is thy shelter upon thy right hand. [Brenton]
Psalms 18:2 The Lord is my firm support, and my refuge, and my deliverer; my God is my helper, I will hope in him; he is my defender, and the horn of my salvation, and my helper. [Brenton]
Ezra 5:11 And they answered us thus, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are building the house which had been built many years before this, and a great king of Israel built it, and established it for them. [Brenton]
1 Kings 10:23 And Solomon increased beyond all the kings of the earth in wealth and wisdom. [Brenton]
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Matthew 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Bob Dylan, 2004 interview: https://youtu.be/hOas0d-fFK8?t=841