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The Naked Truth

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We have an old saying called "The Naked Truth". The true meaning is "The Absolute Truth". Just what is The Absolute Truth?

Just prior to Jesus being turned over to those wanting Him crucified, He prayed to the Father. The prayer started out like this.

John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

The entire chapter, (twenty six verses), is made up of this prayer. Verse 17 contains the following statement.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Although God's Word, the Holy Bible is Truth, it does contain some lies. Lies not told by God through His prophets but by others. One in particular is none other than ole pretty boy himself, Satan. Every time the ole Devil opens his mouth a lie rolls out. It's usually so close to The Absolute Truth that it fools people.

In the Garden of Eden:
Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God then made Adam a wife.

Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Note they were naked and not ashamed. Later in the Bible we see that nakedness was regarded as a shameful thing.

Let's look at a couple of incidences showing that to be so.

2 Sam 10:4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.

2 Sam 10:5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.

Isa 20:4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Hey the ole serpent is telling the truth so far.

The serpent is one of Satan's names. He has many and some are listed in Rev 12:9.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

It's probably a good time to look at this next verse which describes the ole serpent as a liar and the father of it.

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.

Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree[1] which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch[2] it, lest ye die.

1 "TREE": 6086. 'ets, ates; from H6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence wood (plur. sticks):-- + carpenter, gallows, helve, + pine, plank, staff, stalk, stick, stock, timber, tree, wood.

6095. 'atsah, aw-tsaw'; a prim. root; prop. to fasten (or make firm), i.e. to close (the eyes):--shut.

2 "TOUCH": 5060. naga', naw-gah'; a prim. root; prop. to touch, i.e. lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphem., to lie with a woman); by impl. to reach (fig. to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.):--beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch. .... According to Webster's dictionary a euphemism means, "To use a less direct word or phrase for one considered more offensive".

One of the definitions of the word touch is (to lie with a woman). See Gen 20:6 for an example. Considering the subject matter from Gen 3:3 thru Gen 3:16, we must conclude this to be what happened. There certainly is no mention of an apple tree in the Garden Of Eden. Trace the word tree to it's prime. It means (to close the eyes). In Gen 3:5 Satan tells Eve that her eyes would be opened. What a deceiver! The tree of knowledge of good and evil is Satan. God refers to Himself as a Green Fir Tree. See Hos 14:8. He also refers to His children as trees. Jesus being the Tree Of Life.

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

In Genesis 2:17 God said "thou shalt surely die". Note Satan added only one little word. The word not. The Naked Truth here, is that Satan, the ole serpent, is lying. The wicked will eventually perish, (or die), in the lake of fire, after the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ. Anyone teaching that everyone, even the wicked, lives forever, is merely repeating this lie told in the Garden of Eden- "Ye shall not surely die". See Rev. 21:8. See Rev. 20:11 - 15. See Mat 13:49 - 50. Preachers, teachers, and lay people of the Christian community are telling people today the same thing, "Ye shall not surely die". You will be in torment forever, burning in hell. They say everyone is going to live forever. To them, it's just a matter of where??? But what does God say about it?

Ezek 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Now here we have words straight from Jesus Himself.

Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Next we have Satan continuing his lies and flattery with Eve in the garden of Eden.

Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened[1], and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

1 "OPENED": 6491. paqach, paw-kakh'; a prim. root; to open (the senses, espec. the eyes); fig. to be observant:--open.

Here Satan tells Eve that her eyes will be opened. Trace the word tree (in Gen 3:3) to it's prime and you will see that it means (to close the eyes). Also note the word gods, (little g). To me, Satan's trying to make Eve believe that there are many gods, and not just one God. ....Again, the naked, or absolute truth, is Satan's lying. What else can one expect from the father of lies?

"TREE": 6086. 'ets, ates; from H6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence wood (plur. sticks):-- + carpenter, gallows, helve, + pine, plank, staff, stalk, stick, stock, timber, tree, wood.

6095. 'atsah, aw-tsaw'; a prim. root; prop. to fasten (or make firm), i.e. to close (the eyes):--shut.

Gen 3:6 And when the woman[1] saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant[2] to the eyes, and a tree to be desired[3] 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.

1 "WOMAN": 802. 'ishshah, ish-shaw'; fem. of H376 or H582; irregular plur. nashiym, naw-sheem'; a woman (used in the same wide sense as H582):--[adulter]ess, each, every, female, X many, + none, one, + together, wife, woman. Often unexpressed in English.

2 "PLEASANT": 8378. ta'avah, tah-av-aw'; from H183 (abbrev.); a longing; by impl. a delight (subj. satisfaction, obj. a charm):--dainty, desire, X exceedingly, X greedily, lust (ing), pleasant. See also H6914.

3 "DESIRED": 2530. chamad, khaw-mad'; a prim. root; to delight in:--beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, ( X great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).

Note the meaning of the word pleasant in this verse. One hardly LUST after fruit. Also note the meaning of woman in this verse. One definition is (adulteress). Check out the word desired also. Beginning to get the picture. Eve did not eat fruit from a fruit tree. Sex is what she partook of. Think of those silver tongued devils who prey on widows and elderly women in today's time. It don't take much to fool most people. Some men and women can be persuaded to have sex, especially if one pretends to love the other.

Satan, the father of all lies, even tried this on Jesus Christ who was God in the flesh.

Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

Luke 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

Luke 4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Jesus quoting correctly Deuteronomy 8:3.
Deu 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment[1] of time.

1 "MOMENT": 4743. stigme, stig-may'; fem. of G4742; a point of time, i.e. an instant:--moment.

How could Satan show Jesus all this in an instant? Remember, he's supernatural, and there's no time in Heaven. At least not as we know it.

Luke 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

Luke 4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

Now we know what Satan wants. He wants to be worshiped. When Satan shows up we must do like Jesus did in the next verse.

Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Jesus quoting correctly Deuteronomy 10:20.
Deu 10:20 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

Aren't you glad Jesus didn't sell out here. I think Eve and Adam did sell out. When Satan comes tempting, Will YOU? If it had been you or I in the garden, we would have probably done likewise. Don't be so quick to blame Adam for our problems. Satan either. We're responsible for our own actions.

Now more of Satan tempting Jesus.

Luke 4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:

Luke 4:10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:

Here Satan is quoting, or maybe I should say misquoting, Psalms 91:11.
Psa 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee
in all thy ways.

Note the difference in these scriptures? Change just a little here, and a little there, and Satan has things his way.

Luke 4:11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

The scripture Satan misquotes this time is psalms 91:12.
Psa 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

He added (at any time). I think Satan slipped up here and gave away, (to the wise ) the main thrust of his operations in the latter days. (THE RAPTURE THEORY) or sometimes called the (ANY MOMENT DOCTRINE). The pre-tribulation rapture theory claims that Christ could come at any time. Isn't it strange that the phrase was started by Satan himself. I believe this is the stumbling stone talked about in Rom 9:32 - 33.

Luke 4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Deu 6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

Luke 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season[1].

1 "SEASON": 2540. kairos, kahee-ros'; of uncert. affin.; an occasion, i.e. set or proper time:--X always, opportunity, (convenient, due) season, (due, short, while) time, a while. Comp. G5550.

Satan returned and was present at the last supper. See Joh 13:27.

John 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

If the ole Devil had the gall to try this on Jesus, he certainly will try it on us, when he comes again to this earth in person. Satan is coming in one of his masquerades to beguile, or seduce, us to. ... Spiritually of course.

2 Cor 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent[1] beguiled[2] Eve through his subtlety[3], so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

1 "SERPENT": 3789. ophis, of'-is; prob. from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, fig. (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, espec. Satan:--serpent.

2 "BEGUILED": 1818. exapatao, ex-ap-at-ah'-o; from G1537 and G538; to seduce wholly:--beguile, deceive.

3 "SUBTLETY": 3834. panourgia, pan-oorg-ee'-ah; from G3835; adroitness, i.e. (in a bad sense) trickery or sophistry:--(cunning) craftiness, subtilty.

2 Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed[1] into an angel of light.

Let's be sure to look at the definition of the word transformed.

1 "TRANSFORMED": 3345. metaschematizo, met-askh-ay-mat-id'-zo; from G3326 and a der. of G4976; to transfigure or disguise; fig. to apply (by accommodation):--transfer, transform (self); to change.

He'll be disguising the Word of God. ... Through the many modern translations it's going on now, (in this the early 21st. century).

2 Cor 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

The Naked Truth here is, they're coming disguised. Don't let your end be the same as theirs.

There are some in the Christian community that don't seem to think Satan will actually be here before Jesus Christ. That they'll all be taken out to meet the Lord in the air. Flying out of here I guess. Well, there are some scriptures that say just the opposite. The following scriptures are The Naked Truth about the matter. Maybe I should say, The Absolute Truth about the matter. Remember that Satan has several names? Well, two more of his names are The Man of Sin and The Son of Perdition. The Apostle Paul writes of this.

2 Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Now for flying out of  here:
Ezek 13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them,

Ezek 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?

Ezek 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

Ezek 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.

Ezek 13:21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 13:22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:

These verses in Ezekiel is God describing how He feels about people flying to save their souls. If He's against it, we should be to.

When will Satan and his angels be here?
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

How do we overcome at this time? By the blood of Jesus Christ and by our testimony. Our testimony? What's this?

Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils[1]; and in the synagogues[2] ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony[3] against them.

1 "COUNCILS": 4892. sunedrion, soon-ed'-ree-on; neut of a presumed der. of a comp. of G4862 and the base of G1476; a joint session, i.e. (spec.) the Jewish Sanhedrim; by anal. a subordinate tribunal:--council.

2 "SYNAGOGUES": 4864. sunagoge, soon-ag-o-gay'; from (the redupl. form of) G4863; an assemblage of persons; spec. a Jewish "synagogue" (the meeting or the place); by anal. a Christian church:--assembly, congregation, synagogue.

3 "TESTIMONY": 3142. marturion, mar-too'-ree-on; neut. of a presumed der. of G3144; something evidential, i.e. (gen.) evidence given or (spec.) the Decalogue (in the sacred Tabernacle):--to be testified, testimony, witness.

Isa 45:4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed[1]: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

1 "SEALED": 4972. sphragizo, sfrag-id'-zo; from G4973; to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation (lit. or fig.); by impl. to keep secret, to attest:--(set a, set to) seal up. ....... Check out the word attest in Webster's dictionary. "To affirm to be true or genuine. Specifically to authenticate by signing as a witness. To put on oath. To testify to a belief"

Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

That is when some will be giving a testimony. Remaining true and loyal to the Real Jesus Christ and not that cheap imitation called Satan.

Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Water as a flood out of his mouth? No. Words, lying words, out of his mouth to deceive. ... Remember Eve in the garden and Jesus in the wilderness?

Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Now who's he after? The Christians. The True Christians. The ones that have the testimony. Remember the testimony?

Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

Hey some are  gonna be speaking out against them. What are they gonna be speaking? The Naked Truth. The Absolute Truth.

A little more about Adam and Eve:
Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were
naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Notice here they sewed FIG leaves together and made themselves aprons. They used the aprons to cover the part of the body where the sin was committed. You don't cover your mouth with an apron, even after you eat an apple. The so called preachers, teachers, etc. would be closer to the truth if they claimed Adam and Eve ate a fig. .... If God had told them to be fruitful and multiply, would they have felt the need to cover up anything?

Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Gen 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

Do you honestly think that by eating an apple, you would suddenly realize that you were naked?

Jesus doesn't want us to feel ashamed or embarrassed as Adam and Eve were. He wants us the be fully clothed.

Rev 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Clothed with what? The Bible tells us what our clothing is gonna be made of.

Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

The Absolute Truth here is the fact that in Heaven there'll be no nakedness or shame. The next three verses is Jesus talking.

Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

We have another old saying. It's a figure of speech or an idiom that means "a situation that one is not prepared for". It's usually stated something like this. "Don't be caught with your pants down".

When this time comes, make sure The Naked, (or Absolute), Truth is, ... that you're fully clothed and not caught with your pants down.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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