When Passover is Fulfilled in God's Kingdom

By Francis Frangipane
(En Español)

"Easter" Or "Passover"?

We all know that the early church did not celebrate Easter with jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chickens. The children of the first century church never went on Easter egg hunts. The early Christians celebrated the New Covenant that was fulfilled by Jesus Christ on Passover.

The word Easter actually comes from the Anglo Saxon Eastre, the goddess of spring. As Christianity spread, it became church policy not to undo pagan holidays but, instead, to inject Christian meaning into the cultural paganism of the era. Obviously, colored eggs, rabbits and chickens were not biblical symbols of resurrection but were actually part of the pagan fertility rites of spring.

Manifested in Our Mortal Flesh

By Francis Frangipane
(En Español)

What did Jesus have in mind for His followers when His ministry began? What was His holy objective? I am absolutely convinced that Christ not only came to seek and save the lost, but at the highest levels came to replicate Himself in us. And whether we are just beginning our spiritual journey or we are seasoned servants of many years, true Christianity is nothing less than the living manifestation of Christ in and through us (Gal. 2:20). Indeed, our destiny does not find sure footing until the actual life of Christ emerges through us.

The River of God's Pleasure

By Francis Frangipane
(En Español)

The Clamor of Many Voices
As the days unfold toward Christ’s return, a multitude of voices will clamor for our attention. Additionally signs and wonders, judgments and upheaval will also burst into the collective consciousness of man, demanding our focus. Our world will experience the increase of sin and lawlessness, which will further deplete the love of many Christians (Matt. 24:12). If we are true seekers of the Most High, we must beware the contagious nature of an embittered heart. We cannot allow ourselves to be infected by, or conformed to, the attitudes of angry, loveless Christians.

These are the "difficult times" (2 Tim. 3:1) Paul warns about. Yes, our world is full of artificially sweetened, salt-free Christians who are trodden underfoot by men. We must not assume it cannot happen to us. Yet it is in this very environment that our Father has purposed to reveal Christ in us. Even now our destiny is courting our preparation. Let us press toward full transformation!

Swallowed Up By Life

By Francis Frangipane
(En Español)

The Scriptures tell us that before Christ returns Satan will be cast down from the spirit realm to the earthly realm "having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time" (Rev. 12:12). Jesus warns us in Matthew 24:22 that "unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved." Prophecy after prophecy warns of these days. Satanic darkness is on the face of the earth, and where the devil is, death and destruction are soon to follow.

At the same time, those who persist as overcomers should expect to enter ever-increasing degrees of life. Through repentance and faith in God's Word, if we stay focused on attaining Christ's likeness, through the Holy Spirit we will see more of Christ's living presence restored to the church. I believe before Jesus returns, the church will increasingly be transformed from glory to glory into the Lord's likeness (2 Cor. 3:18). Is that heresy? No. To live apart from Christ in worldliness and unbelief is heresy.