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Edition 185. December 8th 2013.
The history and future of the church:
Days of immense destruction are before us. The world is about to be rocked like never before. God will have His army of intercessors and warriors, but they will be few and only of a certain type! Make no mistake about that. The true Church of the living God will be small in number but will be the over-comers in this time. Many others will be unprepared and will fall for the enemy and be swept away.
The church is integral to prophecy and these last days. Both the true church and the counterfeit church play a vital role in almost all end-time events. We must know its history and how these things came about, and the prophesied future. We must know the true and false and how they fit into the big picture.
What is the Church?
As God created man in His image, so He created His own Church in His image. The true Church is a living organism in relationship with our Messiah, through miraculous birth and has similar characteristics to the love relationship of a married couple.
As He formed Adam and Eve supernaturally, so He formed a new body called His Body – the Church. You can’t join it or in fact even see it outside of the new birth. You can only be born into it by supernatural birth. The Church is not a religion - it was born and created of God at Pentecost.
The true Church is part of a kingdom, not any institution or organisation. The head is the King.
The true Church must be Messianic in character. This is defined in the Abrahamic expression of faith which is to the Jew and Gentile. It rejects the Babylonian influences on the church, but affirms the Hebraic character of the church with it convocations. It rejects legalism and coming under the dominion of the law.
The grand plot of church history.
Church history is outlined in the scriptures and in history. In fact the Bible gives us the most accurate look at church history. God’s view of church history is unbiased and perfectly true.
The messages to the seven churches in the Revelation show the miraculous plot of Church history from its foundation, into the great tribulation and hell for some, and to glory for others.
These seven letters relate to seven churches in history, but also to our present situation. A further application is the prophetic plot revealed in many of the names and original words.
Here are just a few of God’s key words to His Church in these letters:
Ephesus: (Means- Beloved, becoming relaxed.) “You have left your first love. But to the overcomers, I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)
Smyrna: (Means-Myrrh, a bitter herb, therefore bitterness.) “I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)
Pergamos: (Means- Thoroughly mixed) “Repent or else I will come to you quickly and fight them with the sword of My mouth. To him who overcomes I will give hidden manna and a white stone on which a new name is written.” (Revelation 2:17)
Thyatira: (Means- Perpetual sacrifice) “I gave her time to repent and she did not. I will cast her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation and I will kill her children with death. “Those who overcome, I will give power over the nations.” (Revelation 2:21-26)
Sardis: (Means- Escaping) “You have a name that you are alive but you are dead. If you will not watch I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I come upon you. You have a few names that have not defiled their garments and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” (Revelation 3:3-5)
Philadelphia: (Means- Brotherly love) “I know your works. See I have set before you an open door that no one can shut for you have a little strength and have kept My word. Because you have kept My word to persevere, I will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world. He who overcomes, I will make a pillar in the temple of My God. (Revelation 3:8-12)
Laodicea: (Means- People opinionated) “I know your works that you are neither hot nor cold; because you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of My mouth.” “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come in and dine with him and he with Me.” (Revelation 3: 16-20)
The image above is of all that remains of Laodicea today. It has implications of future destruction as well.
The plot of church history revealed in the names is this: The true original Church, the “beloved”, lost its first love, but it remained strong. Ten successive Roman Emperors creating much “bitterness” persecuted the early Church, but Satan was unable to stamp it out. Then Satan’s ace trump came into play. He “thoroughly mixed” into the church, the error of Constantine and Roman pagan gods. The church now fell hard and created the dark ages. This led to the formation of the Catholic church and the “perpetual sacrifice” of the Eucharist. Then comes the church that “escaped” Catholicism and tried to reform itself, but fell far short, becoming the dead denominational churches. In the midst of it all the church of “brotherly love” is seen with not one word of condemnation against it from God. Finally we see the man-made “self opinionated” church condemned fully by God and vomited out of His mouth. This symbolises all churches that are full of man-made doctrines and opinions.
NOTE: In each of these an address is made to those who overcome! Also note that this is God’s view of His church!
The church of hell:
Nobody wants to go to hell, but very few are prepared to live in a manner that will not get them sent to hell. Godly repentance and sorrow are foreign concepts today.
The church has removed hell from its vocabulary and doctrine, simply because judgement is not popular in these days. “Anything goes” is the chant of the hell- bound. If there were no hell there would be no fear of coming eternal judgment, and hence no need of heaven. Hell is real no matter what anyone says or does. Those who die without salvation will soon find out. There is no salvation or forgiveness in hell! What an incredible shock many will have!
The churches that don’t and won’t teach and preach on hell are to be avoided. Run away from them fast. These churches are directly responsible for the advance of sin and evil, because they have removed hell and judgement. There is no conviction and no fear of God in these churches. No one has a sensitised conscience anymore. These churches have been brainwashed by the world.
Modern Christianity is so incredibly far below the New Covenant standard that the ways of the world are no longer even disguised! Christianity has been so infected that it is poisonous. Today churches need superficial, surface stimulation and motivational excitement to keep so-called converts. This is a mark of the sin-nature and pre-eminence of the power of the flesh at work.
Today most churches have unknowingly “baptised” their members into the world. They are now dead to the full truth of God’s word and very alive to hedonism and the things of the world. This modern church claims to have power, but it is the energy of the flesh. With this superficial sorrow-less, self-confident church come many evils.
The leaders who are worldly wolves have modified the cross to suit their worldly counterfeit selves. The cross of our Lord has become a badge of shame. Amazingly very few can see that they are on a collision course with spiritual disaster.
Golden-calf churchianity is the way of the average so-called believer today. Amusement-mad pagan-filled, Spirit-less churches have spread all over the world. Many of these church members will be eternal members of hell to their utter shock.
The heart that won’t cultivate pure Spirit-led truth and holiness will soon be overrun with a flood of satanic rubbish.
You must want truth to find it. Your thinking must be after truth. You must expel error from your thinking. This is how believing comes. Your thoughts must become a clean sanctuary. This is the doorway to truth and holiness, or all manner of evil and demonic spirits.
Your thinking is the vehicle but not the end. You can’t think through to spiritual reality. Your thinking leads to your beliefs and actions. Reason and intellect becomes the counterfeit if you do not take and apply the cross to your thought-life.
The power of the cross must kill us and get rid of all the scum in us. The power of the cross is available for us to die to self and to bring us to resurrection life now. This miracle-power supplies power to live for the repentant.
The more the power of the cross works in us the more we will be transformed and shine with the glory of God. It is only this power that illuminates our paths and gives us sight.
If your eyes can’t see through Satan’s significant media-mist you are in danger of being engulfed by it. Can you see Satan operating in the media that’s all around us?
Compromise with the world will take the pressure off. Satan will not bother a quitter.
The modern church thinks God is their sponsor and servant. He has not conquered them and they are full of a mixture of truth, error, God, Satan, right and wrong.
Deuteronomy 8:3 “God humbled you (children of Israel) allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna...Verse 16 “So God fed you with manna that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end.”
But here is the great tragedy of the children of Israel and most of the church today:
Psalm 106:14-15 “They lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tested God in the desert. He gave them their requests, but sent leanness into their soul.”
This is the lot of much of the Spirit-less church today. They are “lean” and full of sickly sweet garbage, devoid of the fruits of humility and testing. They are proud, self-centred, self-fulfilled, and self-motivated. They are dead in the hearts.
The Church that burns:
The true love of God in you burns! It is a fire that consumes evil, sin and wickedness and set’s you on fire for our Lord.
The true Church of the living God is alive, but if you touch it, you will be burnt. It’s free and easy to receive salvation, but once you have, you can’t stay the same. You MUST change as the fire of God’s Word burns all the sin and evil out of you. Have you been burnt by God’s love? If not you just might be a member of the great army of counterfeit Christians out there.
Truth does not sit with error. One must get up and leave. Tragically, the Spirit of God will leave if He is not welcomed by you to do His deadly and glorious work of cleansing in you.
The fire of God is holy and will make you clean and holy. Don’t for a moment think it will not burn you and break you in the process. But you are absolutely safe being broken and burnt by God. It will not be more than you can endure and it will be for your eternal glory and good.
You see that little image above? That is an image of love. In God’s great love, caring and mercy, He will not leave you full of sin and evil. What good news that is!
Hebrews 12:28-29 “Since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Our God is a consuming fire”.
Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not My word like a fire says the Lord and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.”
Luke 3:16 “...He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”
Only after the fire of God’s Spirit, in truth has worked in you do you become a fiery servant of His, with His authority burning in you.
Psalm 104:4 “He makes His ministers a flame of fire.”
Jeremiah 5:14 “Behold I will make My words fire in your mouth.”
The consuming fire of God’s love through His word will benefit you greatly, if you open yourself to receive it. You must be open to it and you must want this fire. You must be prepared to sacrifice much in your life and to change radically.
The church is not those who profess belief in the Lord. It is those who have the risen Lord alive in their newly created spirit-lives (the new birth) and it is the fullness of the KINGDOM of God. The kingdom is wherever God’s authority is.
What the church should be:
The Church should be a “light on a hill in the darkness,” but how many are? The local church should be pointing to the King and His Kingdom, but how many are?
The true Church of the Living God will be full of sound doctrine rightly divided and applied. There are very many who fit the bill perfectly. Some I know personally and many others I’ve just heard about. Our God is at work in these evil days creating a glorious church full of holiness.
The true Church must be a messenger of the cross of Messiah and its power and application into our lives.
The true Church must be relevant to the world by condemning it, and shining light on its evil and its god. The Church must be instrumental in rescuing people out of the hell-bound world.
The true Church must be pro God’s word on Israel and must be instrumental in making the “Jew jealous.”
The church must be in unity. Well, it’s so far from that how can we do it? Actually it’s easy. If you have a true KINGDOM vision and understanding, and the Spirit of God in you, you will be in untiy with all others of a similar standing.
A sad deception in the Messianic movement:
There is a sad deception in the Messianic Movement. The Hebrew Roots movement and others have gone overboard in trying to bring people under the law.
Coming under the law again, is what the Judaisers did. They tried to enforce a legalistic approach to the law. You will know them by their fruits! They can’t deal with the writings of Paul, so they reject him and the New Testament epistles. They have a deadness about them. They reject what happened at Pentecost.
Because they reject what happened at Pentecost (The law was changed from external , written in stone to flesh, written on our hearts) they must keep all of the law. They are all raving hypocrites because no one can keep the law. They are all law breakers. As they reject Pentecost in its fullness they also reject the baptism of the Spirit and are dead.
Bear in mind that we are to be “established in the present truth” (2 Peter 1:12) which is the New Covenant epistles.
I consider myself to be a Messianic believer, but more and more I am distancing myself from their legalism and bondage. I would much rather classify myself as a follower of Messiah under grace, with doctrine of the early Church identified from Pentecost until the advent of Constantine.
Galatians 4:21-24 You who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For Abraham had two sons; the one by a bond woman and the other by a free woman. He of the bond woman was born according to the flesh and the son by the free woman, according to the promise, which things are symbolic...”
The exchange of life for new Godly life is only revealed in the New Covenant epistles. If our Lord IS your life there is no need for external laws. He leads by His Spirit from within.
Of course the law has a numerous purposes. It is to show that no one can keep it, and to identify what sin and holiness is. The law which is a shadow, points away from itself to the real substance – our Messiah and His Spirit.
There is a huge difference between obeying God by external laws in stone, and the law of the Spirit of God in our hearts, and never the twain shall meet!
If you are going to live by the law in stone, you must live by all of it all of the time and you will still die by it because you can’t keep it!
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The Church and Israel’s near future:
The Jewish people will soon have the gates of their hearts opened to receive their Jewish Messiah. It is already starting now, but the flood-gates will open in the tribulation period soon to start (maybe even next year).
The true Church must facilitate this and not stand in the way in any form. The image I’ve created above represents the coming of the Lion of the tribe of Judah in judgement to Jerusalem. He will return and supernaturally walk through; opening the Golden Gate (also called the Eastern Gate). The Temple Mount is on the other side of this gate, which will have a new Temple built upon it by then.
But at this time it’s too late for salvation. This is when our Lord comes as the supreme judge, casting all unbelievers into hell.
Today many churches of all persuasions are working unknowingly, directly against God in relation to Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people.
This is a rapidly growing danger for Israel. It is being spearheaded by all churches of inter-faith persuasion. The great shock is that more and more churches are entertaining replacement theology and coming against God’s one-state solution. The counterfeit, camouflaged spirit of Satan will very soon take over these churches, that are mostly within the World Council. They will become the world’s end-time “False prophet.”
This enormous counterfeit, false church will work for the'peace' of Satan relating to Israel, bringing the wrath and judgment of God upon themselves.
At the same time a small group of Christian Zionists and Messianic fellowships will stand with God and His word for Israel – preparing the way for the dramatic, great conclusion of this age.
What you must do:
●Develop kingdom thinking and cast down man-made denominational and sectarian thinking.
●Utterly rebuke, get rid of any ideas of inter-faith.
●Get rid of all traces of any idea that the Catholic church has been or is the custodian of truth. You would be much safer presuming everything originating from Rome to be error to begin with.
●Come out of Babylon and Egypt. These represent the world’s religion and the world- system in this day.
●If you have allowed our great God to prepare you, prepare to be used by God in a new and very exciting and dramatic way very soon!
●If you are the odd one out – praise our Lord for great will be your reward!
Walk circumspectly. Examine yourself to see if you’re in the faith. Don’t sell yourself and be reasoned into wrong by the council of the ungodly. Be radical with God and on the right side. Be a testimony. Stand as a light on a hill and a testimony in this evil hour.
God will only use a certain type of believer in these last days. He will not compromise on the character of His end-time servants even though the time is very short.
Ezekiel 33:6-7 “But if the watchmen sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. So I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel, therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.”
Jeremiah 31:10 “Hear the word of the Lord O nations and declare it in the isles afar off and say, He who scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.”
Isaiah 31:35-37 “Thus says the Lord, who gives sun for light by day and the moon and stars by night, who disturbs the sea and its waves roar, if those ordinances depart from Me says the Lord, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever. If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off the seed of Israel.”
I took this picture in mountains of Zimbabwe. That’s a lone Baobab tree on top of the cliff. In many respects this is our lot in this world. We are well established in God with the precipice leading to hell all around us.
Proverbs 15:24 “The path of life winds upwards for the wise that he may turn away from hell below.”
Shalom and grow in grace!