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Edition 38. April 26th 2010
In this edition:
●The Kingdom of God
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The glorious eternal Kingdom
Firstly we must identify what the Kingdom of God is. You may be shocked to find out!.
The Kingdom is essentially everything that is and will be under the headship of the KING of KINGS. It is therefore not the church. The church (not all of them) only makes up part of the Kingdom.
The Kingdom is: Those within the church that are born of the Spirit of God. The unsaved that will become saved at some point (God knows them) It also is the Jews and Arabs that are and will become truly saved. It is heaven and all of the universe, as well as this earth. The earth and the entire universe are going to renovated and purified.
In a certain sense even hell is part of the Kingdom of God, simply because Yeshua / Jesus has authority (the keys) over hell, but we won't get into this now.
In essence the Kingdom of God is infinitely greater than we can imagine.
This Kingdom has a King. We need to understand just who He is.
Let me tell you who He is not. He isn't the lamb...gentle Jesus meek and mild who came to this earth as the suffering servant. Yes of course its the same person but that's now past. Its the resurrected Christ...the Lion of the tribe of Judah. It's our Jewish Messiah as He is now and will be forever.
Many people incorrectly call the book of Revelation, Revelations. It is THE Revelation (singular) of Jesus Christ. Yes the book contains many revelations of various things, but the central issue is the unveiling and revealing of Yeshua / Jesus as He is now and will be for all eternity. No wonder the book itself promises a double blessing to anyone who reads it!
Right here we have one of the biggest problems of our day. Most believers have very little idea of who their King is. They are taught very little of the full truth and as a result have an incomplete, half baked spiritual state. They know plenty about Jesus as He was when on earth, but nothing of who He is now.
Our King of Glory:
I want to share with you just some of the descriptive terms used in the Revelation of our wonderful risen Messiah. He is:
"The Beginning and the End the First and the Last". "The Almighty, The Son of Man, The Son of God". "His eyes are like a flame of fire, His feet are like fine brass and His voice is like the sound of many waters". "Out of His mouth goes a sharp two edged sword and His countenance is like the sun". "He is the judge of all." "I am alive forevermore." "I have the keys of Hades and death." "I will give him to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God." "I will give you the crown of life" "To them that overcome I will give power over the nations...I will give him the morning star." "And they shall walk with Me in white for they are worthy...I will not blot his name from the Book of Life." "He has the key of David...He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of God."
"He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone and there was a rainbow around the throne...from the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices...before the throne there was a sea of glass like crystal." You are worthy O Lord to receive glory honour and power"."Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive riches, wisdom, strength honour power, glory and blessing." "There shall be no more curse, no more tears...behold the tabernacle of God is with man." "His name is KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS."
Some other titles for our risen King found in the scriptures include: "The Lion, the Eagle, the Fortress, the Tower of our strength, Lord of all the earth, The consuming fire, the Judge of all. The Light of the world"...and many more.
We need to develop Kingdom mentality with Kingdom eyes! As we do this we will be more and more liberated from worldly mentality. Kingdom mentality is all about resurrection life. Its about life on the far side of the cross.
Kingdom mentality liberates us from human or man orientated thinking. Obviously it liberates us from all church division. You can't be Kingdom minded and be content with a divided church...impossible! Earthly minded people form and create divisions out of their non-kingdom view. Jude 19 "These are soulish people who cause divisions, not having the Spirit."
Only the Kingdom is unshakeable and eternal:
The Bible declares: Hebrews 12: 26-29 "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also the heaven...Therefore 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."
We are fast approaching a grand climax of conflict between good and evil. Both will grow and ripen together. But God will shake everything that can be shaken. Everything that people hold onto for security will be shaken. Perilous times are coming. John 9:4 "The night is coming when no one can work." Isaiah 60:2,3, 15 "Darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people, but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you." vs 15 "I will make you an eternal excellence." (This is speaking of the Jew, but it does applies generally to believers.)
There is a dramatic and somewhat shocking statement from God in Revelation 22: 11 "He who is unjust, let him be unjust still, and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him be righteous still and he who is holy, let him be holy still."
This simply indicates that the times we are entering into now are going to see the fence of separation between good and evil rise higher and higher. It also contradicts the theory that in the end all will be saved. That verse says let the wicked and evil be and let us get on with our King's business. It is only our Lord's holy Kingdom of righteousness that will endure.
Let me tell you another shocking thing. The church (much of it) will be shaken to the ground! "NO", you say, "its the Kingdom". Well, I say, "no its not". The divided sectarian church is a creation of man and will not survive ultimately. Yes those who are born of the Spirit of God within churches will be saved, but institutionalised, organised modern churchianity is a kingdom divided and destined to fall.
I want to ask all pastors, very reverends and priests in their pretty frocks this question: If there will be only one body of Christ in eternity with no divisions, why have them now? The answer is simply because they don't have a Kingdom vision or mentality and have no fear of God. Many of these leaders say they are seeking the Lord, but they won't find Him, because He's not in those churches! God's message to the seven churches in the Revelation is shocking. Please see edition 11 titled "Glory and Horror."
The Kingdom is deep!
The Kingdom is within us declares our Lord, but the Bible also says that unless you are born again, you won't see the Kingdom. So we need spiritual eyes to even get a glimpse of the Kingdom. "Deep calls unto deep" says the Bible, and this is really where we need to go in terms of study, prayer and devotion. No casual enquirer will find the deep things of God. We need to pursue Him and wait on Him with abandonment. To those that hunger for righteousness they will be fed...to them even bitter is sweet.
Sometimes it seems that the Kingdom is far off. This is simply to cause us to become more diligent in our pursuit of God. It never ceases to amaze me how shallow many Christians are. They are bound by the distractions of the god of this world and all their works will be burned up like fire hitting grass.
Draw away from the conventional my friends! Your Christianity must be a glorious adventure and a constant discovery of new things as you go forward and deeper with our Lord. You can't live on second-hand revelation or on the wisdom of other people. Yes they can inspire you, but you need to go on to the depths of God personally and in solitude. You will stand alone before God one day and you alone are answerable and responsible for your spiritual development.
This 'me now' generation of superficial Christians are worldly wise and Kingdom ignorant. They have an imaginary Christ and essentially an imaginary salvation!
Hosea 2:14 "I will lead her into solitude in the wilderness and there I will speak to her heart." Psalm 119: 130 "The entrance of Your word gives light, giving understanding."
The Kingdom is perfect..A call to perfection!
It goes without saying that the Kingdom of God is pure, perfect, holy and without fault. On this side of eternity we, unfortunately are not, but dwelling in our hearts is the pure, perfect and holy One. Our re-created spirit is perfect already. It's the soul or mind area that needs all the change. But if we have the Perfect One in our hearts and He has made us perfect in spirit, all we need to do is surrender our minds to Him and He will leads us on to greater things.
Hebrews 6:1 "...Let us go on to perfection." Now this obviously doesn't mean that we will never sin. It means that we need to be moving forward to deeper maturity. It is gloriously symbolised in Proverbs 4 :18 "The path of the righteous is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day." As a child of the King and a citizen of His Kingdom this is what we need. You need to be moving ever forward with our Lord. If you're not, you are in danger of losing momentum and backsliding.
We become what we passionately desire!
There are two sides to our development as believers. The first is our internal growth and the second is our actions. Too many times the internal character negates what we do!
There is coming a time soon where we will stand face to face before our Lord and everything in us and about us that is not pure and of Him, will be stripped out. Amazingly Jesus says in Mathew 5:48 :Be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect." In this day and age that's quite a statement, but nevertheless it stands! Yes this relates to attitude and relationship, but it most certainly has effects on our outward actions.
2 Peter 2:3-4" His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given us exceeding great and precious promises that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." This discourse ends in verses 10 & 11 "...if you do these things you will never stumble and so an entrance will be supplied to abundantly into the everlasting kingdom."
You see, if we add to our faith and move forward with our Lord now, it will be so, so worth while and we will be forever thankful!
On a practical level, to mature in our Lord we need some serious internal development in terms of pure doctrine, prayer, and getting to know our Lord more intimately. In terms of our outward actions we need to make some serious changes in direction and the things we do and don't do and this needs serious discipline.
On a personal level, I can tell you that I'm really drawn to people who know our Messiah deeply and are holy. They stand out from the crowd!! They have an incredible depth to them, which you can sense. They condemn the world not with words, but just by their actions and the things they deny themselves and will have no part in!
After all this is the message of the cross isn't it. The tragedy of our day is that too many churches and their offspring are actually enemies of the cross! Philippians 3:18 speaks of these people. No cross, no denial, no forsaking, for us they say, Jesus did it all. They aren't enemies of Christ, they are enemies of the cross of Christ and the application of it. Read it.
The application of the cross deals with and kills the influence of the world, the power of the flesh and the demonic in the believers life. No cross...you're a friend of the world, the flesh and the devil!
Godliness the Godly way is a life of purpose, meaning, depth and reality. It's like an illusive fragrance, the fragrance of our God. People know you've been with God. They may not respond, but they know that you are His. If you are no different to the people of the world, you're a giant failure of a Christian!
It's so exciting to meat someone who is a Godly radical and who is totally different from the world and its ways...its inspiring! You want to get inside their head and discover the wonders of what (or who) motivates them to be like this.
If we have the living God, the King of Kings in our hearts by the new birth, His characteristics will impact us and we will be drawn to His will and ways. This creates in us a glorious identity crisis. There has to be a growing clash in our very hearts between His ways and our old-nature ways.
If God is in our hearts, He is perfect and therefore we will be drawn to perfection. We will know what it is and be empowered to get there, if we throw off the hindrances and surrender to Him.
Psalm 119: 133 "Direct my steps by Your word and let no iniquity have dominion over me."
Job 41: 5,6 "I have heard of you Lord by the hearing of my ear, but now my spiritual eye sees you and I repent in dust and ashes."
Isaiah 6:5 "Woe is me for I am undone...I dwell in the midst of the unclean; for my eyes have seen the King."
The feasts of the Lord have amazing typology wrapped up in them. The feasts plot our journey. The feast of Passover relates to the crucifixion and our salvation. Then comes the feast of Pentecost. This relates to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the infilling of the Spirit, which gives us power to live the Christian life. Finally, we have the Feast of Tabernacles. This relates to our dwelling in our Lords presence. I'm not talking about heaven here, although that is the case as well. What I'm really referring to is a new dimension of dwelling in the secret place of our Lord now, which only comes through absolute surrender! Very few believers today know this place! It is the highest level of intimacy, relationship and Kingdom living. It is the place of deep inner rest and untold joy.
This is our Kingdom journey. It's from Passover to Pentecost to Tabernacles or from salvation to power to dwelling in His presence.
You are of infinite value to our God and His Kingdom. The image below is of the Hope Diamond. It is the most valuable in the world. It's like a piece of dung compared to the value of you in the Kingdom.
This is the end of our salvation.
The conflict of the ages
Romans 14:17 "The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." This is really the full characteristic of the Kingdom in just one verse. The Bible contrasts it in various places with the characteristics of the unsaved world. There is no peace for the wicked and all of its works are worthless.
Hosea 4 Speaks of the downfall of a nation, but the principle can be perfectly applied to an individual. It says because there is no truth or knowledge of God in the land, the people will break all restraint and the land will mourn. So it is the knowledge of God that causes restraint in us.
Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint."
Proverbs 28:4 "Those who forsake the knowledge of God, praise the wicked."
We need to die to and forsake the moulding influences of the world deep within us. Every aspect of Hollywood and it's people is rebellion to God and His ways. It will all end in hell, yet this is the subtle major influence of the majority of Christians today.
In this day we need to know our Lord more deeply, yet this is the time of bubble-gum, shallow, digital-head Christians with no time or desire for the deep things of God.
Complete character renovation and desire-change doesn't come easily, because of all the pressure of the world, but it is so, so worth it!
Genesis 32:28-30 Records the time when Jacob wrestled with God and almost endured. That's how strong the power of the flesh is. But then when Jacob gave up and allowed God to triumph, he called the place where it happened Peniel which means "I have seen God face to face and my life is now preserved."
The way to victory in our personal conflicts is the way of absolute surrender in all humility to our King. We need to reject and forsake the ways of the world.
Amazingly, with our Lord's help, you can battle something for a long time and then one day you wake up and you just know you are free, transformed and renovated. Sometimes that comes quickly, but most times its a conflict and battle that takes time, either way it's the way to glory.
It's good to know that the conflict of the ages has already been won positionally and will soon be completed in time and space.
"Thy Kingdom come" says the Bible. Many will never see it. For many it's here already. The future aspect of the Kingdom will see it's full manifestation in total glory with the total defeat and destruction of everything that is of the kingdom of this world and its god Satan. Enlightened self interest should dictate whose Kingdom you need to be a part of! The fullness of the Kingdom of God is coming anyway, weather you like it, believe it or not. Please make the right choice.
The Kingdom is eternal, universal, timeless and theocratic. Did you say theocratic? You mean it's not a democracy? You mean God won't consult me and consider my views? Yes. The Kingdom can't be joined. People can only enter it by birth. It can't even be seen outside of the new birth! It is not the church. It's above the church which by definition is only those born of God and not those who think they are Christians because they've joined a church. The Kingdom of God is great and it's our eternal home!
My friends, we are entering exciting times. Times of great short-lived conflict and horror and a time of glory forever more!
Psalm 110: 3 "Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power, in the beauties of holiness."
Isaiah 9: 7 "Of the increase of His government there will be no end..."
Heaven or hell:
Old lady, if you get born again you will see the Kingdom of God. You don't even need your natural eyes to see right into eternity. If you are born again you will see wonderful things with your spiritual eyes. You will become part of things too magnificent to even explain in language. My dear old friend...you need to be born again and made new now, your days are just about up.
Young woman you have your future ahead of you, but its not going to be as long as you think. Time is short. You may be caught out if you intend delaying your entrance into the Kingdom of God. Even in the short time left, you have incredible potential to fulfil God's call and plan for the remainder of your life. Do you know that just like a jig saw puzzle piece, God has a plan and a place that only you can fulfil in His Kingdom? Don't gamble with your life!
In closing here is a woodcut by Gustav Dore entitled 'Paradiso'.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 37. April 19th 2010
In this edition:
●Our glorious future.
The glorious future that awaits us.
It would be very nice if we had eyes that could see well into the future, wouldn't it? Well, I'm now going to help you look deep into the future!
As you read this you may think I've lost my marbles (some of you may think that anyway), but read it all through before you jump to conclusions.
You are going to see some amazing and wonderful things as well as some horrific things for those who set themselves up as God's enemies. We will look back into distant history, well before the creation of Adam and look forward into the eternity of eternities!
So, come along with me on this most glorious of journeys. It's a drama to put a million Shakespeares to shame. Actually it's all very real and true and will involve you anyway!
The pre-Adamic period:
It's important to look far back in time, before we look into our glorious future. This gives us a greater understanding and perspective of God's eternal purpose. As a side offering it, it also answers many sceptics! It explains much in terms of science, geology, zoology, astronomy and creationism itself.
Genesis 1:1-2 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."
There is a great gap of perhaps millions of years between Genesis 1:1 and verse 2. Verse one uses the original Hebrew word "tohu", which means "with form and order". This implies that God created the earth with form and order. Verse two: "The earth was without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep..." In the original text the Hebrew word for "void" here is the word "bohu", which literally means "to become and empty, desolate wasteland". The word translated "without" is the original word "haya" which is a verb meaning "to become."
The presumption here is that God created the earth perfectly and it became a desolation. Verse two says that God was hovering over the face of the waters" This implies that the earth had been through a pre-Adamic flood and judgement. The next verse says "let there be light" The words used here are not creative but permissive, implying that light was already in existence, but now brought forth again.
So, we could accurately say then that God created the earth with form millions of years ago, it then went into a major destruction, and was re-created with form and order six thousand years ago, to become the home of modern man.
Now, when we come to Satan we see that when Adam and Eve were wondering around in the glorious garden of Eden, he had already been cast down to the earth and was no longer Lucifer, which means "light-bearer". So, when was Lucifer cast down? The answer is when he led a rebellion of other angels against the authority of God long before Adam.
Here is something very interesting. In Ezekiel 28:12- 18 we see the casting down of Lucifer."You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden the garden of God....You were perfect in your ways until iniquity was found in you...By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence and you sinned. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom and I cast you down to the ground and laid you before kings."
Again in Isaiah 14: 12-15 we see a similar thing." How you are fallen from heaven O Lucifer, son of the morning, how you are cut down to the ground. You who weakened the nations."
These verses all imply that there was a pre-Adamic world of people and nations with kings. We are told nothing about them. I've learnt that when God sheds no light on a subject, we should leave it alone. All we know is that there was a pre-Adamic world, which was judged and destroyed. That world could have lasted for millions of years and would perfectly explain the old-earth theory, including the extinction of the dinosaurs. It would also explain perfectly the fact that many dinosaur bones are found in the same sedimentary fields as fish species.
The pre-Adamic world would perfectly explain the scientific and geological theory that this earth is millions of years old. The chronology in the Bible from Adam to now is 6000 years. Many mistakenly believe that the earth is therefore only six thousand years old as well.
This also gives a lot of credence to creationism and not evolution. In fact evolution is a denial of the second law of thermodynamics, which states that everything, left on it's own runs down. Natural selection produces devolutionary chaos.
God's creation is one of glorious intelligent order. Before his fall, Lucifer was the demonstration of the glory of God. The pre-Adamic period was most probably a time of perfect order and glory, until Lucifer fell. There is also something to be said about the name Lucifer. It means "light bearer" Well, if he was a light bearer, who were the recipients. It couldn't have been nobody.
Lucifer was the bearer of light to the pre-Adamic world.
When we come to the garden of Eden, we know that it was perfect. Nature itself was full of the glory of God. Only after the sin of Adam did the curse come onto man and nature.
The reason for presenting this short discourse is to explain that this old world was once full of the glory of God. Its important to know that spiritual conflict with Satan has caused all the troubles in the world in times past and now and will for a short while still, until he is bound for a thousand years and then finally banished to hell forever.
The short nutshell story is this: After the second coming of our Messiah and the following judgement, He sets up the 1000-year reign. Satan is bound for this time and the earth is restored to the way it was before Adam's sin. The Bible sheds much light on this period of glory. If you think this sounds a bit like science fiction consider that the Bible says "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love Him" (1Cor 2:9) In other words what's coming is beyond our wildest imagination!
There is a big difference in the scriptures between those in the millennium that have been previously resurrected and the living saints. Those that get saved during the tribulation will go through to the millennium in natural bodies, but with no effects of the Adamic curse in them.
There will be many people born during this time. They will have longevity restored to them, but they will be in normal bodies until the end of the millennium. They will give birth and marry and some will die in ripe old age.
The main characteristics of the millennium are:
It will be a time of full knowledge. We are told that "we will know as we are known".
It will be a time of worldwide purity, holiness, peace, joy, rest, comfort, abundance, justice and freedom. (with no taxes) These are found in: Revelation 14:13, 21:27, 21:4, 21:6.
It will be a time where the miraculous and supernatural will be normal.
There will be a universal language and no racial barriers or injustice.
There will be no democracy in the millennium. It will be a pure theocracy!
There will be a newly built millennium temple on the temple mount in Jerusalem. (Ezekiel 40-48) This is not the temple that will be built shortly. That is the tribulation temple from which the antichrist will proclaim himself god.
The curse placed on the earth at Adams fall will be lifted and nature itself will be perfected. The sun will shine more brightly as will the moon. (Isaiah 30:26 & 32:15-17) It will be a time of perfect weather. "The lion will lie down with the lamb" The hand of God will be over all of creation.
Romans 8:19-21 "The earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God...because the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
Do pets go to heaven:
There is no doubt that the millennium and the future eternal state will be rich with animals of all sorts, but the Bible is not absolutely clear on our pets. If pets do go to heaven the amazing thing is that many of their owners will never see them again because they will go to hell! Animals do have an innocence to them and God most certainly does say plenty in favour of animals.
There are a number of verses where "all creation" is referred to as being liberated. This could mean pets as well. If it relates to resurrected pets...we will have to wait and see. The above verse (Romans 8) is one that is often used to indicate pets in heaven.
I must tell you that while I was writing these words, one of my beautiful dogs suddenly came in and started jumping up on me for no reason, with a funny look in her eyes!
Our eternal state and age:
Philippians 3:20-21 "Our citizenship is in heaven...He will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body."
The body of our Messiah and King is the prototype for us. After His resurrection, He was transformed into a new being. It was physical, but also had spiritual dimensions to it. He could eat, be seen and touched, and then just disappear. He could appear anywhere even through walls or locked doors.
His age at the time was about 32. Interestingly a recent study demonstrated that DNA (the fabric of our make up) reaches about 32 years and never ages beyond that. If we are going to live for eternity we will most likely be restored to around 32 or so, forever. The resurrection body will be perfect. There will be no deformities, sickness, or any such thing. We will be forever young and forever perfect! We will maintain recognisable form and character with no glitches.
1 Corinthians 15: 49 "We have borne the image of the man of dust (Adam), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man" (Christ)
We will have important differences from each other:
We will reign with Christ but some will be given greater authority than others. (no communism here) Luke 19 presents a parable in which we are told that some will be given authority over ten cities and some over five etc.
Daniel 7:27 "Then the kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and all dominions shall serve and obey Him."
Daniel 7:18 "The saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever even forever and ever." Verse 22 "And the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom."
The above verses are spectacular to say the least! Can you see what they're saying? Verse 27 implies that there are many kingdoms under heaven. Perhaps this refers to other worlds in the universe. Our reign with Christ will be universal. How amazing is this?
We will all have certain rewards given to us that will be eternal, based on what we did in this life. The Bible declares that not even the smallest deed will go unrewarded! Rewards are also represented by five crowns. These are the crown of life, the incorruptible crown, the crown of rejoicing, the crown of righteousness and the crown of glory. These are different and given for different things and only to those who qualify for them. Rewards are also represented in the analogy of fire hitting wood, hay, stubble and gold, silver, precious stones. Obviously only the latter three endure. We all produce all six, but the key is to have very little of that which will go up in a puff of smoke and lots of what will endure!
What we do now sets our eternal state. There is no going back for a second chance! 1 Corinthians 3:13 "Each one's work will become manifest; for the Day will declare it...If anyone's work which he has built endures he will receive a reward; if anyone's work is burned he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved so as by fire."
Rewards relate to different positions of authority on this earth in the millennium and in the universe.
Daniel 12:3 "Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever."
2 Peter1:10-11 "Brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never fall; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom."
Travel in the millennium:
Aren't you sick of traffic jams, grounded flights or getting the 4x4 stuck in the mud? Don't you wish someone would come along and invent a magic carpet? Well, here comes something to put any magic carpet or supercharged Ferrari to absolute shame:
Our resurrection bodies will be able to transcend physical laws. We will be able to travel at the speed of thought! We will be able to travel throughout the universe, to visit different galaxies, solar systems, planets and stars.
Are there other life forms out there? I'm pretty sure there are. We will soon find out anyway. We do know that the Bible is full of weird, strange and wonderful creatures, so why wouldn't there be life out there?
How about Ezekiel 10, which speaks of cherubim (angle beings) with four faces and four wings and human hands which went in metallic wheels within wheels which travelled in four directions at great speed!
The eternity of eternities:
The curtain is only occasionally drawn back to give us only slight glimpses of eternity, but just enough to set us on fire with love, hope, encouragement and endurance.
The final enemy, death will be destroyed forever.
The eternal city is an eternal city of great glory. It's eternal! When all is said and done it descends to and joins somehow with the renewed, cleansed, pure earth.
It is highly likely that a new universe will be our 'playground' or domain.
We have three citizenships in our lives. These are the nation into which we were born, the nation of Israel and an eternal heavenly or kingdom citizenship.
In preparation for the eternity of eternities, just at the end of the millennium, Satan will be loosed for a short period to tempt those who've been alive in natural bodies. This makes it consistent in the sense that all people get their allegiances to our Lord tested at some point. It completes Satan's interference with mankind and sees him finally cast into hell forever. Hell was created for Satan, fallen angels and demons. It was never created for human beings, but all those who reject the salvation plan of God automatically align themselves with Satan and end up in hell too.
Hell has different degrees of punishment. Mathew 11:22 "It will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgement than for you. Luke 20: 46-47 "Beware of the scribes who desire to walk in long robes, love greetings in the marketplace, the best seats in the synagogues, who devour widows houses and for a pretence make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."
There are many sections of scripture that describe hell and the suffering of those who are there. Some of the phrases used include: "A tongue on fire", "weeping and gnashing of teeth", "unquenchable fire" "place of torment"
Don't let anyone fool you, hell is real and eternal. There are more verses of scripture in the Bible speaking of and warning of hell than there are on heaven. It will be worse than worst prison.
Because churches today, don't preach on hell or even mention it, this doesn't mean it's all just going to go away.
What is absolutely staggering is just how glorious our incredible future is within our Messiah's kingdom. To miss it all and end up in hell forever is the greatest tragedy of all time.
It's very important to realise that each one of us were created for a purpose. In a sense we are all like a piece of a jig-saw puzzle that fits into God's grand, glorious, eternal big-picture. The unsaved have stolen their lives for themselves, with tragic future consequences. We who are born of the Spirit of God have a wonderful future. Paul knew this, which led him to say that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to come.
Seek our Lord and His truth:
The bride eyes not her garment,
but her dear bridegrooms face;
I will not gaze at glory, but on my King of Grace.
Not at the crown He gives,
But on His pierced hand.
The Lamb is all the glory
Of Immanuel's land.
Matthew 6:20 "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven"
2 Timothy 2:12 "If we endure, we shall also reign with Him."
Heaven or hell:
I knew you well! I also know you've forsaken our Lord. How tragic! Soon we will enter a new world, where friendship with all wildlife will be normal, but only those who are His will participate in the coming glory. If you don't believe the central theme of this edition, that's fine, but please, please don't underestimate the gravity of the two eternal destinations that lie before us all. Don't fail to give your life to our Lord and never even consider taking it back for one second!
All nations and cultures will soon bow down to our glorious King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will be King and Lord over all tribes in the millennium. Don't cling to what is not of God. His salvation is centred around pure un-corrupted truth. In our Messiah's kingdom we are now and forever will be one in Him.
In closing here is a wonderful painting by Maxfield Parrish entitled "Enchantment"
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 36. April 12th 2010
In this edition:
●The Sabbath Day (Shabbat)
●Important news items.
●200 Jerusalem busses are now driving around with posters on the sides declaring that the 3rd Temple will be built soon on the Temple Mount. The posters replace the Al Aksa mosque with the new Jewish Temple. Some of the busses travel through Arab neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem. This is part of a new campaign which will run for some time. The words say: "May the Temple be rebuilt speedily and in our day."
Mica 4:1,2 "Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house (Temple) shall be established on top of the mountain and shall be exalted above all hills and people shall flow to it...The word of the Lord shall go forth from Jerusalem." (See edition 5 for more on this.)
3rd Temple poster
●In a shocking report carried a few days ago, World Net Daily says that the Obama administration encouraged resistance by Palestinians and the protesting of Israel's presence in eastern Jerusalem. A senior Palestinian Authority official said in Ramallah after meeting with the US envoys that they were encouraged by them to put more pressure on Israel by various forms of protest. This is the first time the US Administration has taken such a directly pro-Palestinian stance against Israel.
●A report carried a few days ago by Ha'aretz, says that Israeli leaders are now preparing for a worsening of the relationship with the US. Sources say that Obama is trying to gain power over Israel's actions relating to Jerusalem's borders, settlements, the return of so-called refugees and other things.
●The Washington Post reported a few days ago that Obama is now working out a new comprehensive peace plan to impose on Israel within the next six months!
●Israel PM Netanyahu "Jerusalem was always and will always be ours" (Jerusalem Post)
Obama, you and yours doing the work of the devil and seeking to divide the land of Israel with your two-state solution, you should take note of these words from the mouth of God. Jeremiah 12:14-17 "My evil neighbours who touch the inheritance of My people Israel, I will pluck them out of land of Judah. After I have done this I will return and have compassion on My people and I will bring them back to their land." Isaiah: 26:15 "You have increased the nation, You are glorified, You have expanded all the borders" (of Israel) This is God's one-state solution and with increased land!
Zechariah 8:3-7 "I will return to Zion and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem , Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of Hosts, The Holy Mountain." vs7,8 "Behold I will save My people from the land of the east and from the west, I will bring them back and they shall dwell in the city of Jerusalem."
God has an amazing, wonderful plan for Jerusalem, but Satan has a counterfeit plan, led by Obama and his merry deceived men.
The tragedy of our day is that so very few Christians know the Bible and it's pure clear doctrine on these issues. But they do know well the word of the media, Hollywood, celebrities and the like. They are charging, hell-bent down the devil's two-state road to temporary peace, which leads to conflict and ultimately hell itself. Many blinded, deceived Christians today are doing the devil's work with him and some are in the same boat simply by their silence.
The Sabbath day:
What this is not about (so relax)
This has nothing whatsoever to do with the the organisation called The Seventh Day Adventists. I have no part with them. This edition is designed and aimed at exposing one of the biggest errors to come into the church, how and why it happened and what the answer is. As you will see my source is pure Bible.
What this is about:
This is all about our Lord's divine pattern. It's about knowing what it is and what its not and restoring the truth to those who have lost it . Act 3:19-21 "Repent and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the time of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets, since the world began."
This edition is about restoring things to the way they should be. The above verse combines the coming of our Lord with the restoring of things to their right place and into their right condition. Be very sure that there are many who would absolutely love to see our Lord return soon and be ready in as many ways as possible.
The Sabbath was always and still is the seventh day which is Saturday (Starting Friday 6pm) This can be proved by simply turning to any encyclopaedia or these verses: Genesis 2:1,2 Genesis 2:2. Exodus 20:10, Mark 16:1,2 These all speak of the Sabbath being the seventh day which in our time is Saturday. The calendar was changed in 1582, but only to keep up with the solar cycle. This change did not alter the weekly cycle at all. The seventh day remained Saturday.
Deuteronomy 4:2 "You shall not add to the word which I commanded you neither shall you take away or change anything from it."
Yeshua / Jesus, Paul, the Gentiles and the early church were all Sabbath observers:
It was the custom of Yeshua / Jesus, the apostle Paul and the early church to worship on the seventh day or Saturday Sabbath. Luke 4:16 "As His (Jesus) custom was He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day..." Acts 18:4 "Paul reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and persuaded both Jews and Gentiles." Acts 13:42 "When the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath." Actually it was also the custom of God the Father to observe the Sabbath! Hebrews 4:4 "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works."
Exodus 20:8 "Remember the Sabbath to keep Holy. Yeshua /Jesus says "If you love Me keep My commands." (One of the ten commandments)
Some arguments against Sabbath observance include: ●It was changed to Sunday. Yes I know it was...read on my firiend!. ●"We keep the spirit of the law". ●Jesus nullified it and we don't need to keep the ten commandments. If you don't need to keep the ten commandments then obviously, murder, theft, adultery etc are okay! How can you say that you need to keep those ones but not the Sabbath. I've never heard of keeping nine commandments!
I simply don't know what "keeping the spirit of the law" means. If you murder someone you can't say to the judge, "I keep the spirit of the law." So how can you not keep the Sabbath Holy and say you keep the spirit of it?
Yes I agree that keeping the ten commandments legalistically won't get you saved and breaking one won't cause the loss of salvation for those that are saved. Yes we are under grace and not law, but the Spirit of the living God will always lead us to obey His word. He leads from the inside out, whereas the law leads one to be good from the outside in. There is no justification for ignoring, tampering with and changing Gods word!
Mark 2:27 "Jesus said that the Sabbath is made for man". He never nullified it anywhere.
Isaiah: 56: 6 "Also the sons of the foreigner (Gentiles) who join themselves to the Lord to serve Him and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants - everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath." ...This is an end time verse read it again, it commends the Gentiles who don't defile the Sabbath! Isaiah 58:13 "If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My Holy day and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honourable...then you shall delight yourself in the Lord and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth."...What a clear wonderful verse!! Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints, here are those who keep the commandments of God". John 13:15, 17 "I (Jesus) have given you an example that you should do as I have done...If you know these things happy are you if you do them."
What about going to church on Sunday?
Acts 20:7 "On the first day of the week (Sunday) when the disciples came together to break bread..."
There is one other example of the early church meeting on Sunday. This is well and true, but it does not nullify keeping the Sabbath holy. It does not change the Sabbath to Sunday. The Sabbath should be kept or observed in some way by all believer no matter what day they meet on.
Of course keeping the Sabbath holy and meeting or worshipping on the same day is easiest, but worship should never be done on one day of the week anyway.
Again, there is no justification anywhere for keeping nine of the ten commandments and not keeping the Sabbath holy
Worship in the Millennium:
Isaiah 66: 22, 23 "For as the new heavens and new earth, which I will make shall remain before Me, so shall your descendants and your Name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me says the Lord."
The above verse shows one very interesting thing. It shows that Sabbath worship will continue into the Millennium and even into eternity. This means that the Sabbath was holy in the Old Testament and well into the future. So why should it be observed on Sunday in this time period?
Who changed the Sabbath?
There is no argument even from the Catholics themselves that they changed the Saturday Sabbath to Sunday. There is no Biblical justification for it anywhere! In fact the Bible is very strongly against changing these things! Dan7:25 "He (Satan) shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High and shall intend to change times and law, then the saints will be given into his hands." Ezekiel 22: 26 "Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and the unholy...they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them."
The Catholic church in its early days disregarded the Jewish Sabbath and changed it, believing that it had the "ecclesiastical power and authority" to do this. You can find all of this in the Catholic Encyclopaedia.
By exalting its authority above God's and instituting all these occult-inspired changes, the modern church has moved very far from what it was and should be. It has become flooded with the world and its god.
The Catholic instituted horror:
"In this sign go forth and conquer." While looking into the sky one day Constantine had a vision of a flaming cross with those words blazing above it.
Constantine was the tenth successive Roman emperor to govern over Israel. He was a worshipper of Babylonian occult religions and practices. After seeing that sign in the sky he stopped the persecution of Christians and made it the official, compulsory religion of the time. But to make it more acceptable to the masses, he introduced and mixed in numerous Babylonian practices, most of which the church still blindly accepts today.
Constantine replaced truth with a form of religion mixed with the occult. He was the forerunner of the Catholic sect. It's very important to understand that Catholicism fits perfectly into the definition of a sect. The early church was unstoppable even in the face of extreme persecution. It was united and had an Abrahamic flavour (to the Jew and Gentile) The early church kept Shabbat / Sabbath, Passover (not Easter) and all the feasts of the Lord. It practiced adult baptism and not infant sprinkling. This powerful early church was rooted in Truth and Biblical traditions. It had its roots in Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Israel, Jerusalem, the Jews, Jesus and the Bible. Catholicism is rooted in the occult, Babylon, Italy, Rome, the Vatican, the Pope and parts of the Bible. The early church was around before the Catholics and it is the pattern, not the Catholics whose main claim to fame was that they caused the dark ages and murdered untold millions in the inquisitions.
The Catholic sect came along afterwards. It was not the first or early church. It is a sect. It got rid of the Biblical practices and traditions and introduced Satanic, Babylon-rooted occult practices. It changed and replaced truth with error. This was Satan's ace. Occult traditions were brought in to make the church more acceptable to the world, but Satan's chief purpose was to alienate the Jews from the church and keep them from salvation. The original church with it's large Jewish membership and Jewish / Biblical flavour, was now gone and as the dark ages advanced, the Catholic church became more and more evil with its now occult / Babylonian roots.
Instead of being a haven of salvation for the Jew and Gentile, the Catholic church now became an institution spear heading the mass murder of the Jews.
Observing the Sabbath, all the feats of the Lord (that's their name, not Jewish feasts), and others have been replaced or ignored by the Catholics. It's not my intention to go into them all here, but I can assure you that there are many. The terrible situation is that these changes have become such deeply entrenched traditions, that they are not easy to tear down.
Today most protestant and evangelical churches have bought into this hook line and sinker. They might not be Catholic, but they have most certainly rejected the Biblical traditions and followed the Catholics into the darkness of Babylonian traditionalism. Most people have most probably not even considered these issues.
The Catholic sect has most certainly been very successful in making the modern church foreign to the Jew. Why is this important? Very simply because Gods Word says (New Testament) that the gospel is to go to the Jew first and the the Gentile. The salvation of the Jews brings the Messiah back.
I'm not saying that all Catholics will not be saved in the end. Yes, very few will be saved, but some who are truly born of the Spirit of God will be. The institution as a whole is the big problem. By the way, the message to the church of Thyatira in the Revelation relates perfectly to the Catholics. Read edition 11 on the messages to the seven churches for more on this.
Solar Invictus was a Roman sun-god with origins in Babylonian religion. Constantine worshipped this sun-god and had coins made depicting it. He decreed that a day for all those under Rome's authority would be set aside as a day of rest. This he called SUNday in honour of Solar Invictus. December 25th was also set aside by him as the day to mark the birthday of the sun.
Below is a depiction of Sol Invictus from ancient Babylon. This rock engraving is now in a museum in Turkey. Next to it is an aerial picture of the Vatican forecourt, which was also designed with Sol Invictus in mind according to many:
There is more than enough archaeological and historical evidence to prove that Sunday was set aside by the Catholic church (and it's forerunner Constantine) in honour of the pagan god Solar Invictus. There are many many other sun symbols throughout Catholicism and the Vatican itself.
The Holy Saturday-Sabbath was changed to incorporate pure paganism!
How the church has alienated the Jews for 2000 years
The Jews have always venerated the seventh day, Saturday-Sabbath. In fact today much of Israel grinds to a halt on the Sabbath. Jews have always worshipped on the Sabbath. By changing the Sabbath to Sunday, the Jews have been neatly side stepped by the Catholic church. The Sunday worshipping church is foreign to the Jews. They have been into Babylonian captivity once before, why would they want to do so again?
Worship was always conducted in the temple in Jerusalem on the Saturday- Sabbath and that's coming again!
Isn't it interesting that we have a huge counterfeit "temple" not on the temple mount but on the mount of Rome, called the Vatican. They replaced Passover with Easter, the Saturday Sabbath with Sunday, they changed adult baptism for infant sprinkling. They says salvation is not by the new birth but by church membership.
Gods end-time work will involve bringing the gospel to the world through the Jews not the Catholics. No wonder the Catholic church will be at the forefront, leading the false prophet and antichrist onto the stage.
The changing of the Sabbath to Sunday is only one of the many acts of the Catholics to redefine Biblical Christianity, replace truth with error and keep the Jews from the church.
How to keep the Sabbath:
The best example is simply to look to our God. He went through the creation process for six day and rested on the seventh (Sabbath) So, it is Saturday that should be set aside as a day of rest. The Sabbath is also a time of celebration and worship, so we should use this day for these things.
If people want to meet in church services on Sundays, that's not the big issue. They should still "Remember to keep the Sabbath holy"
Legalism is a ditch on one side of the road and liberalism a ditch on the other. Doing things out of legalism will not endear you to God. Obedience out of love is the answer.
This is very simple yet very profound: If you have the living God in your heart by the new birth, its worth listening to His voice and following Him. This is why the true believer will always want to be holy, pure and true, even if it takes some time to get there. There will be someOne in his heart drawing him ever closer to God and flashing a red light where there is danger. If our Lord is in your heart, you will hear His voice. How can you ignore Him and replace His voice with the voice of a pagan-rooted church that has defiled the Word for the last 1500 years?
Please note that salvation is not dependant on weather you believe and receive this message. Salvation isn't dependant on weather you go to church on Sunday or not. Salvation is dependant on weather you have the living Messiah in your heart and nothing else. As such we should desire to be one in Him and follow His ways. His ways are alive in our hearts by the Spirit of God and in His Word also by the Spirit of God.
A new Messianic era:
Today thankfully there are more and more true Biblical Christians who celebrate Shabbat (the Sabbath). Some that I know of and am involved with, will no longer run services on Sundays. They include a Shabbat celebration in their worship which is on Friday evenings from 6pm, when the Sabbath starts. Some of these Christian churches have become what we would call Messianic congregations and are actively involved in restoring the Jewish, Hebraic and Biblical roots of the church weather they be Jew or Gentile.
The majority of these congregations are united in Sabbath observance, the recognition of the Feasts of the Lord, keeping Passover, adult baptism and many other things rooted in the Bible. These things were found throughout the early church before the Catholic-induced dark-ages descended on the world.
Our Lord is coming soon for a pure bride. Restoration of the Messianic, Abrahamic church is here already and starting to gather momentum.
This is the true, exciting, new work of God. It's alive and vibrant and it's leaving the traditionalists behind! It goes without saying that these people become very unpopular with those who cling to their traditions. People get very offended when you come against their traditions. I can assure you that my aim isn't to offend anyone, but to present the truth.
With God's help and if we really want to, its a wonderful, glorious thing to shake off the dust of the devil and move afresh, along our Messiah's pure path with Him leading us.
This edition should be read together with edition 21 titled "The damage done to the Jews by Christian traditions"
Before the coming of the Lord there is going to be a great restoration of things lost (and changed). Many are open to it, want it and welcome it and many not.
The Bible shows in prophecy that a very large percentage of the church will become part of the end-time false prophet. It will amalgamate with many other religions. It will keep its Satanic originated traditions. The Bible also shows that a great many will go on in truth, rejecting non-Biblical traditions and obeying Gods profound voice.
Most of the church that is clinging to it's Babylonian traditions is a dying dinosaur. The Spirit of the living God has left them. They now operate in the energy of the flesh. Unfortunately it awaits a horrific future. Many church people today are awakening to the fact that there is so much more out there, but they are being held back and imprisoned by their blind and deaf leaders.
Seek our Lord and His truth:
The Lord is coming soon. He is coming for those who love Him and His word. Is there a stirring in your heart? There should be, simply because as our Lord's coming nears, so His Spirit is being poured out more and more ahead of Him. It's like a pure, beautiful aroma in the air, indicating that He is near.
Some will scrape into heaven smelling of the smoke of their useless burned up works and some will enter receiving eternal rewards of great glory. When you get there, you can't go back and change things. Your eternal reward state is determined now!!
Mark 7:13 "You make the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you handed down, and many such things you do."
Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest anyone take you captive through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of men according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ."
Colossians 1:28 "Him we preach warning every man and teaching in all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ."
Heaven or hell:
Your traditional blue blanket and your pretty feathers make you important in your tribe. You may think you're important and others may think so too, but it's what the living God thinks that counts! There are some things within your tribal traditions that are harmless, but many of your cultural practices are rooted in witchcraft and the demonic. Heaven will not accept you unless you have the living God in your heart through the new birth and you've forsaken all of the traditions that are an offence to God.
I will not call you Pope, because you are not my father. Yeshua / Jesus commanded us not to call anyone father because their is only One. Your pretty traditional golden hat is actually a tribute to the Babylonian fish-god Dagon and the pretty suns on your front are actually a tribute to the sun-god and the origin of Sunday. Your Sunday Sabbath was born in hell and inflicted upon untold millions of unsuspecting Christians!
In closing this edition here is a woodcut by Gustav Dore of Moses presenting the ten commandments to the people after receiving them from God. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 35. April 4th 2010
In this edition:
●The Nostradamus (and others) Deception
●You may have noticed that I've removed all Google ads from this website. The reason is that certain cults, disguised as Christian, repeatedly change their names so that they could be "allowed". As soon as I blocked one, it re-appeared with another name. So Google isn't that clever after all!
The Nostradamus deception:
●I would encourage you to read edition 23 on the power of the media as a supplement to this edition.
This article is the result of a flood of new documentaries recently aired worldwide on the History Channel. Some titles include "Nostradamus 2012", "The Nostradamus effect" and others dealing more generally with 2012 and related subject matter. I believe that Hollywood has also jumped on the bandwagon with some similar movies, which I'll ignore.
One thing you can be very sure of is that the unsaved world is incapable of being led by the Spirit of the living God. Hollywood in particular is a total playground of demons. It is led by the spirit of its god, the devil himself all the way through.
●The History Channel (broadcast on various cable / satellite TV networks worldwide) is not much better. It mixes truth, error and deception to suite the story. Sensationalism sells, but we need to bear in mind that truth is the issue. Yes the Bible is full of incredible sensationalism, but IT alone is the full truth. Mixing truth and error is much the same as mixing poison into a good steak.
●Programs being broadcast on National Geographic are more and more becoming a disguised attack on truth. There have been new programs giving credence to other books that the Holy Spirit did not include in the original Bible, like the gospel of Thomas and others. Other programs examine things like the flood of Noah, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. They come up with so-called natural phenomenon explanations. This of course denies the supernatural, and most importantly the judgement of God. National Geographic is a champion of the devil's religion of humanism.
James 3:11, 15 "Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening...this wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic."
The History Channel presents the teachings of Nostradamus, the Mayans, the Aztecs, the Hopi Indians the ancient Egyptian and Islam as collective truth. These may have some similar tenants to Bible prophecy but this does not make them the truth. Satan is a deceiver and comes an an angle of light.
Who was Nostradamus?
He was a French seer of the 1500s with Catholic roots. He was also well known for his research and manufacture of various herbal mixtures. He was expelled from university for this. He then moved into the study of the occult and changed his name to Nostradamus. He wrote 6,338 prophecies, some in trance-state. Many were based on various end-time prophecies of the Bible, which he knew well, but he twisted and added to them in various ways. He hired himself out to give psychic horoscopes. One of his clients was queen Catherine de Medicis. He admitted that his primary source was the occult.
Most ignorant people point to some prophecies of Nostradamus that were supposedly fulfilled and then give him huge credit. The truth is that most of his prophecies are so vague and nebulous that you can make them say almost anything! The fulfilment rate is therefore just as nebulous.
The images or paintings and sketches recently unearthed that are now being called the "Lost book of Nostradamus" are equally as vague. you can read all sorts of things into them.
I most certainly understand that Satan does know much about the future as well and does "share" his knowledge with his disciples, but beware, there is poison mixed in here.
The world will not end in oblivion as claimed in these programs. The present world system (socio, political, economic) or order will end with the second coming of our Lord and then a whole new world order of glory, peace, love and joy will come into place for 1000 years on this same earth. It will be purified and restored to the way it was supposed to be, and the way it was before the fall. The curse on nature that came about at Adam's fall will be lifted. Everything that is wrong with the environment will be put right by our Messiah.
Yes monumental troubles are coming first, and yes billions will be killed in the tribulation period, but there will also be a great revival during the time period, which of course these programs say nothing about. They are spin- doctors of fear, hopelessness and failure.
The Armageddon deception:
The battle of Armageddon will not occur in 2012! It will have no similarities with the Nostradamus prophecies at all. Armageddon occurs right at the close of the seven-year tribulation period. If it is to occur in 2012, we would be well into the tribulation now, which we are not in any way. Armageddon is a very short conflict in Israel, which sees our Lord destroy all the armies of the world and enemies of God gathered in Israel then.
Christ Himself puts an end to Armageddon, not the military powers of any nation.
Armageddon will involve demon spirits of various forms manifesting in various ways and satanically charged armies of people. It will culminate in their destruction and the setting up of the millennium and the reign of righteousness for 1000 years.
These programs present doom and gloom without hope and coming glory. They show and present a world deteriorating fast largely at the hand of man. They're mostly right about that, but what they don't show is the fact that Christ paid for the sins of man on the cross. He paid for all the evil, all hatred and all conflict on the cross. Our Messiah will return not with a crown of thorns but a crown of eternal glory.
He will not return as a gentle Lamb with forgiveness but as a roaring lion with judgement. Now is the time for forgiveness and salvation, don't wait until it's too late! "The Spirit of God will not strive with man forever" says the Bible. By the time the world gets to Armageddon it will be too late.
Other deceptions in these programs:
Satanic cults, the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Hopi Indians ancient Egyptians and Islam are some of the others quoted in the History Channel programs. Credence is given to them above God's word! They all have some prophecies of coming destruction. This does not make them right. For example one program declares that Jesus will return to the earth with the Muslim Mahdi and put an end to war, setting up a world of peace. What they don't tell you is that Islam believes this, but that Jesus, the prophet, will be subject to the Islamic Mahdi! (have they got a surprise coming!)
The Bible truth:
The Bible shows very clearly in thousands of portions of scripture that huge conflicts, upheavals, disasters, and destructions are coming soon. It is all part of the judgement of God on a Christ rejecting world. Many of them will be far worse and severe than presented in these programs.
Gods time clock for all of the end time events to kick off, is Israel and not earthquakes and natural upheavals. Yes nature will throw a wild tantrum as these things approach, but the only time that they are significant is when aligned and combined with all the prophecies relating to Israel.
Biblical evidence supports 2011 rather than 2012 as the start of these events, or the start of the tribulation period. See edition 9 for more on this.
Conclusion...The bottom line:
The big satanic bottom line presented by the History Channel is this: They say to prepare for the coming of Armageddon you need to be good. Do good works they say. They close the programme by quoting from Islam..."you need to be and do many good works."
The big Godly bottom line is that you need to be saved and set free. You need to know our Lord and His word. Good works are only acceptable to God after salvation and once you've been born into His family.
The big Godly bottom line is that the Bible reveals massive disasters, troubles and judgements of God coming soon, while hope, comfort and peace is coming to those that are His. The Bible reveals that you had better be filled with fear and terror if you are not born into God's family. Gods word is true. It reveals what is coming, how its coming, when its coming and what you can do about it. Only the fullness of Bible prophecy adds up and falls into place like a giant jig saw puzzle.
The big bottom line is that only the true God offers real hope in His salvation plan. None of these false prophets offer any such thing! None but the Bible shows how to be gloriously saved and walk in freedom, victory and joy!
What is the point in being warned about the coming antichrist, wars, tribulations and troubles and remaining unsaved, destined for for hell?
Be warned on this: Adding to or taking away from Gods word always produces a cursed result! A little bit of truth doesn't make error right.
Seek our Lord and His truth:
The entire end-time message if rightly and fully understood and presented is a very powerful tool of evangelism. Everyone wants to know about the future. It is up to the believers to study these things out, to know all about them, to be able to offer a defence and correct interpretation of the soon-coming earth-shaking events and to offer salvation, hope and victory to those that are searching
Romans 8:18-21 "For I consider the sufferings of this present age, not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of all creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God...because the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
1Thessalonians 4:17,18 "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 thus we shall always be the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."
Nahum 1:2 "He reserves His wrath for His enemies."
Heaven or hell:
"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision" says the prophet Joel (3:14). There will be multitudes who will look on the horrors that are coming and be very sorrowful. They will reject salvation and trust in themselves. Many will curse God because of His judgements on the world. This will be the beginning of their eternal suffering, which will be far worse than the seven-year troubles coming upon the world soon. These troubles are for a short season. Hell is for eternity.
Great multitudes will look to our mighty God for salvation in the coming cataclysmic days and find it. They will leap for joy as the true and living God of glory brings hope, peace and promise into their lives. They will cry with excitement, knowing that our Messiah, King of the universe is about to judge the world and bring in everlasting glory.
In closing this edition here is a painting done by Michelangelo of the prophet Joel. He was given incredible insight into the close of this age and coming world conflict. He saw the judgement of God on the nations at the time when the world was trying to divide the land of Israel (Joel 3:2) He is the prophet who declares: "Prepare for war, wake up the mighty men...let them beat their ploughshares into swords. But unlike Nostradamus, Joel says: Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning".
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 34. March 25th 2010
In this edition:
●Identifying cults and sects.
How to identify cults and sects.
Firstly I want you to know that I have no interest in proving myself right and others wrong. I have absolutely no interest in towing the line of any church group or doctrine. My one and only motivation in all of the Prophetic Scroll is for you to get to know our Lord and saviour more deeply and intimately. I want the best for you as I do for myself. I want you to know God and Him to know you!
One of the major signs of the soon coming of the Lord is the arise of cults and sects. Yes they have always been around, but they will become a plague in the days before the return of the Lord. If this is true then we need to be aware of them and know how to identify them so that we can steer clear.
In what is called the Olivet discourse our Messiah is asked by His disciples what will be the sign of the end of the age. He then goes on and lists a bunch of things. Five times in this short discourse, He warns of coming deception. In fact the very first thing He says: Mathew 24:4 "And Jesus answered and said to them: Take heed that no one deceives you, for many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ and will deceive many." Further on in the same discourse Jesus says vs 24 " False christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible even the elect."
Firstly, lets identify what a sect is. This will offend a great many, but if you have a problem with it please note who I'm quoting and go and speak to God about it.
Corinthians 1:10 "Sectarianism is sin" (This is the title of this discourse in the Bible) "Now brethren I plead with you, by the name of the Lord, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions (sects) among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgement."
"Divisions" is simply another word for denominations. Denominations are sectarian by there very nature. They all speak and believe different things and not the same thing as this verse commands.
The other day I saw four different denominational church buildings each with different names, one on each corner, within view of each other...what a terrible situation.
A sect (short for sectarianism) is simply a division or denomination. This doesn't mean that they aren't saved, although many denominations would be suspect on this front.
That one shocking verse above is the entire desire of God for the church wrapped up in one verse. Its called UNITY. Unity is the opposite of sectarianism. Unity is the way to success and power.
Sectarianism (denominationalism) is not okay. In this day we are about to see an outpouring of the Spirit of God and the spirit of the devil at the same time. Sects are in grave danger of being swallowed up by the powerful forces of darkness masquerading as an angel of light.
Sects always overemphasise certain areas of scripture and ignore others. This always creates an imbalance and is the very reason why the divisions exist. Today many churches only preach half-baked, nice, happy motivational sermons.
There is only one pattern for the church. There should be one church divided only geographically. This is no small issue as revealed in the incredible judgements of Christ upon the divided church in the Revelation (Messages to the seven churches.) For more on this see edition 11 titled "Glory and horror".
Personally I believe that some sects will repent and go full on with our Lord in time to come, but many will join the great end time, false world church, which will become the tool of the false prophet and Satan himself at the close of the age.
The early church started off in unity. It was divided geographically only. For example there was the church in Jerusalem and the church in Antioch etc. it was in 300 AD when Constantine arrived on the scene that division started. He was a forerunner to the Catholic sect which came about in 600AD. Division and error in the church was the cause of the dark ages!
Sect is short for sectarian, which means division or denomination, while God demands unity. With this being the case we have to say that the church at large has failed in this regard.
Romans 16:17 "Now I urge you brethren, note those that who cause division (sects or denominations) and offences contrary to the doctrine which you learned and avoid them."
Unity, not sectarianism:
What is the answer? The answer is exactly what God says in the above verse and no less! This is; "speak the same thing, have no divisions and be of the same mind" The modern Messianic movement has divisions within it, but it is a lot further down the road to unity than all the regular divided up churches.
Here are just a few verses of scripture on the need for unity:
Ephesians 4: 25 "Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbour, for we are all members of one body."
John 17: 11 "That they may be one as we are one."
John 17:21 "That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in Me and I in you. May they also be one in Us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."
Can you see how important the above verse? The disunity in the church is the very reason why the world does not believe!!
Churches would do well do dissolve their hierarchical, institutional organisations, repent, believe God's word and form one church!
If sects generally refer to sectarianism in the church, cults are no such thing. A cult is a religious organisation that is a complete fraud through and through. It's worship is illegitimate and in most cases it worships false gods. Many cults mix aspects of the Bible with their own doctrines.
Characteristics of cults:
The one single big thing is the rejection of the full work of the cross of Christ. As a result these people will always be led by the spirit of self, reason, good ideas and ultimately the devil himself.
Cults are almost always characterised by domination and control and are often very legalistic. Now of course there is a ditch on both sides of the road. Heavy enforced legalism is the ditch on the one side and complete liberalism or absence of order is the ditch on the other side.
Cults are always characterised by misdirected worship (sometimes in a subtle form) of their hero - leader. Cult members often imitate their leader in mannerism, voice and other areas. They become clones of their esteemed leader.
Cults always centre on and over-emphasise certain portions of scripture at the expense of others. They pick and chose the verses that suite their religion and ignore others. They are most concerned about building their own empire rather than the Kingdom of the true and living God.
There are many cults with leaders who have a messianic complex and preach and teach much about end time things. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water! End of age doctrine comes from the Bible. If a cult leader thinks he is the messiah, you wouldn't throw out the true Messiah would you? So don't throw out end-of-age doctrine because some cults preach it.
Cults often have an illegitimate excessive desire for and control of money. Again don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, running a ministry, evangelism and the like is very expensive. There is a difference between excellence in ministry and a satanic love for money and using it illegitimately.
Cults always become very critical of everyone that isn't in their fold. Their criticism is self originated and judgemental of the fact that others aren't like them. They discourage seeking and studying the fullness of the Bible. Again, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, the Bible commands us to expose, condemn error and seek truth.
A cult will always undermine the importance of doctrine. They will say things like "don't worry about doctrine" and then insert their own self opinion as doctrine. Acts 20:27 Paul says "I've declared to you the whole counsel of God."
Many things in a cult may seem just like the real thing, but a cult is essentially of a wrong spirit and therefore even its right is wrong!
Many cults come very close to the truth. that is the nature of deception. You can't deceive someone with a $3 coin. Some say that the way to stay safe is to have a leadership structure that is spread out through the presbytery. That's rubbish. God always raises a leader, calls him, and places him. The issue is not so much what is done but in what spirit its done.
The Bible says that Satan comes as an angel of light. It's worth bearing that in mind. He may be able to duplicate and camouflage his religion, but if you have the Spirit of the living God in your heart, you will always see a wrong spirit within cults. In fact you will always be in conflict with the spirit of the devil.
1John 4:1-6 "Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits weather they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world...We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error."
Jude 18-19 is very insightful indeed: "In the last days there will be mockers, walking according to their own ungodly lusts, these are soulish persons who cause divisions, not having the Spirit."
How to stay safe:
The major central thing is to accept, receive and apply the work of the cross of Christ in all its ways and dealings into our lives. The application of the cross into our lives will defeat self, the world, the demonic and release the Spirit of God into us in a new dimension. The second big thing is to have and maintain a soft, broken and teachable heart before our Lord and to develop a love for the truth and pure Bible doctrine.
If the Spirit of the living God is alive and at work in our hearts He will lead us into all truth. He will lead us and give us a desire within to obey Him and move forward with Him in a loving way. He will lead those in the chains of bondage to freedom, if they truly want the Lord of truth to be Lord of their lives.
A true Spirit led leader will always direct you to the heart of our Messiah. His life's motivation will be to get himself into the presence of God and get you there too. He will know God and therefore have the fear of God in Him, he will know the truth thoroughly. He will warn you, edify you, uplift you, feed you good food (including lousy vegetables). He will be led by oceans of peace and there will be a witness within your heart that this leader is a servant of the living God.
A true leader will be seen to have Christ in Him, but will turn all worship to our Lord. He will have a real love for you. He will want to see you grow in the grace of God. He will will also be involved in corrective actions, rebuke and severe dealings when needed.
He will know God so intimately himself that he knows that he will stand before God answerable for everything he has done including his deep hidden motivations. This is why his big thing will be to see Christ formed in you and not himself formed in you.
A true leader will guide you into all truth, without adding or subtracting to the Word in any way. Paul said "I have not shunned to preach to you the full counsel of God"
It is quite correct (as the Bible reveals) to follow a God given leader, who is himself following the Lord by the Spirit with all the fruits evident. A true leader will be a man of humility but also of authority.
James 4:6 "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud."
Thessalonians 2:9-10 "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders, and with unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie."
1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons."
2 Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears from the truth."
2 Timothy 3:1-5 "Know this that in the last days perilous times will come, for people will be lovers of self...having a form of godliness, but denying its power. And from such turn away."
There are huge amounts of people, billions in fact, who are and will fall hook, line and sinker for end time, false counterfeit religion. Yeshua / Jesus warns of it, Paul the apostle warns of it and the Old Testament is full of examples of how serious false, illegitimate worship is.
The amazing thing is that neither you nor I nor anyone in history has ever been able to live the Christian life successfully. God can live the Christian life. So the answer is simply to die to self. As I die He lives...that's the way to unity and absolute safety!
The big thing to look for in a church is the cross of Christ. It must be central in the preaching and teaching.
A friend of mine recently got involved with a church that I didn't know. I looked it up on the net and listened to a few podcasts. I read through all the sermon titles going back years. There was not one single teaching or even mention of the cross. There was plenty of self motivational, you-can-do it type of hogwash. Not surprisingly its a church of cursed replacement theology! This church operates in the energy of the flesh.
Oaky it's not an outright cult, but I would be full of fear to even walk in there!
A divided church has no power, it is incapable of fulfilling it's God given role.
Its good to bear in mind that many outright cults began as a 'normal' church. With the cross obscured, error and division comes in and further down the line hell itself takes over!
People seek and want power. They want power because it gives them acceptance and makes them feel important. This is the desire of the flesh and soul. It will be increasingly met and fulfilled by the devil in these days.
Seek our Lord and His truth:
Your heart and soul is at risk in these days. The devil is roaring, seeking whom he may devour. The pressures are enormous and all around us. The great satanic god, Hollywood, is at work. Music, advertising and media of all forms are predominant in this post-modern, post-truth world of variables. Much of the new Christian generation is a shocking rebellion against God. It is and will lead to hell.
The good news is that it's simple to stay safe and grow in our Lord. It may not always be easy, but it's simple. You see, we have been so indoctrinated with the ways of the world and watered down Christianity, that's its difficult to break away from this norm. But its simple. All you need to do is die to your own effort, call on our God with all your heart and trust Him to lead you on in truth to glory.
John 8:31-32 "If you abide in My word you are My disciples indeed and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
Psalm 16:11 "You will show me the path of life, in your presence fullness of joy at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
A soft, broken, humble heart before our Lord, a hard heart to the devil and a cultivated ongoing love for truth is the way to safety in these times and just for good measure, the way to God's heart.
Heaven or hell:
So near yet so far, far away! At Calvary our wonderful Messiah offered salvation to two people about to die right next to Him on their own crosses. They both stepped into eternity right then. One called out for salvation and received it just in time, while the other refused. Young woman; salvation is very close to you. Very soon it may too late for you and your beauty will be exclusively for the devil and all of hell to admire. An unsaved friend of mine was killed in a head on accident the other day. She died so suddenly her eyes remained open. She had no time to call on the Lord!
Old man, even at your age, salvation is a breath away! You still have time to call out to our Lord and saviour. If you do (or have) your future is one of untold and unimaginable glory...for ever. Don't wait until its too late. You need to do it now. You will live forever and its up to you weather its in hell or heaven.
In closing this edition here is a painting by Rembrandt of Moses casting down the ten commandments just given to him by God. His anger was because the people had cast down the truth in favour of idolatry, just like most of the world today! Isaiah 59: 14 "Truth is fallen in the street."
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!