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Edition 402: January 30th 2018
The church under attack from within:
In this edition I will refer to Spirit-less or non Spirit-filled churches, meaning, those that reject the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of tongues – mostly denominational churches.
Almost unnoticed the enemy has been preparing his final attack against the church as we head for the rapture! A secret, deadly Trojan-Horse is already deep inside the church.
One of the best methods of attack is from inside. In WW11 there was a story in which four columns of soldiers surrounded a city, but the deadly fifth column was already inside – hiding in plain sight.
I’m sure many of the people I will be referring to in this edition, have no idea that they are puppets on a devil-string, and many won’t believe it.
The gifts of the Spirit are not a salvation issue, but may well be a survival issue for many, very soon!
The successful army:
For an army to be successful in battle it needs a number of key, absolutely essential things:
●Weapons of warfare are needed. ●Defensive weapons and armour are needed. ●Offensive weapons are needed. ●Secret intelligence information is needed. ●Coded communication systems are needed. ●Knowledge of the enemy’s strategy is a must. ●Money is needed ●Unity of purpose is needed – and much more.
The above list is pretty obvious. Few would argue against it.
The Bible calls the church an army in a war. (2 Timothy 2:4)
How it all began:
The church was born at Pentecost as a new dispensation. The law was transferred from stone to the hearts of believers. (Romans 2:15) Because this was an entirely new, revolutionary thing God was doing, it was sure to be attacked severely.
God provided new weaponry, new armour and new methods of dealing with the old enemy.
Pentecost saw the Spirit of God descend, baptising those upon whom it fell, in the Spirit, with the evidence of tongues. This new outpouring of the Spirit came with a string of new spiritual gifts to equip this new body – the church.
This all occurred with the birth of the church at Pentecost identifying the church as a new entity.
The coming of the Spirit, tongues and the gifts are inextricably linked together. They were given for a particular time period, which is: “Until we all come into the unity of the faith,” (Ephesians 4:13) and until the church dispensation is over!
The Bible talks of the foundational doctrines of Messiah. (Hebrews 6:1-2) One of them is “baptisms” – plural! (This is water and Spirit baptism as separate events.)
The foundation of our faith is the key. Part of this foundation is: ●The new-birth, ●adult water baptism by full immersion and ●baptism in the Spirit with the evidence of tongues. That’s the “tripod.” If you remove one leg, it will fall over.
The gifts of the Spirit:
The gifts of the Spirit are revealed in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28, Ephesians 4:11-13, Acts 1:8 and many other places. The five-fold ministry gifts are also part of the package, but for the administration and running of this new corporate body of Messiah. They are: ●Apostle ●Prophet, ●Evangelist, ●Pastor and ●Teacher. (Ephesians 4:11)
The gifts include: ●Tongues, ●Prophecy, ● Serving, ● Teaching, ●Encouraging, ●Giving, ●Leading, ●Words of wisdom, ●Words of knowledge, ●Discernment of spirits, ●Faith, ●Healings, ●Miracles and more.
With the gifts come weapons and armour: ●Breastplate of righteousness, Shield of faith, ●Girdle of truth, ●Shoes of prep of gospel salvation, ●Helmet of salvation, ●Sword of Spirit, the word of God. (Ephesians 6:14-20)
The Bible reveals that the gifts of the Spirit, with the evidence of tongues are used for: ●Edification (1 Corinthians 14:4) ●Magnifying God (Acts 10:46) ●Assurance of faith (Romans 8:16) ●Unity (1 Corinthians 12:12) ●Protection, ●Discernment, ●Warfare, ●Power, ●Authority, ●Endurance, ●Self Control, ●Prophetic insight, ●Leading and ●Guiding, ●Speaking unknown secrets to God, ●Praying mysteries to God. And more!
Collectively, all the gifts of the Spirit were given to establish the church, build it up, protect it, nurture it and guide it. The gifts are also for the edification and growth of individual Christians.
They were given to deal with enemy attacks throughout the church age, getting worse as we near the completion of this dispensation.
The attack on the gifts of the Spirit:
The Catholic church and the majority of the denominational churches reject the baptism in the Spirit with the evidence of tongues, which includes the gifts of the Spirit.
They call their doctrine “cessationism”, which mean that the gifts have ceased. They believe that the gifts were only introduced to establish the church, and ceased when the last apostle died! (Who knows where that bit of arrogant craziness comes come from?)
1 Corinthians 13:8 “Love never fails, but where there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease, (in an instant) where there is knowledge, it will vanish away...”
The above verse is very enlightening. The gifts were given at Pentecost as the church was born. The church age will “cease” in a blinding flash at the rapture. Knowledge will “vanish away” (a different original word is used,) because knowledge is not unique to the church, as tongues is, and will dissipate over time.
This verse is one of the great proofs of a pre-tribulation rapture and not that the gift ceased with the last apostle – What terrible presumption!
Some of these non Spirit-filled believers maintain that the baptism in Spirit comes automatically as the person becomes a believer at the new-birth. – Wrong!
Acts19:2 “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? We have not even heard of it.”
Acts 19:6 “When Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, (believers) and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”
Acts 2:38-39 “Peter said to them, repent and let everyone of you be baptised in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the remission of sins (water baptism); and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for this promise is to you and your children and all who are afar off, as many as call on the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:7 “I thank you that I come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord.” (Till the Lord comes – other translations.)
Acts 2:17 “It shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour My Spirit out on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy...”
We see in these verses (and there are many more) that the gift of tongues and prophecy has not ceased. We see that the baptism in the Spirit is a separate act apart from salvation and it comes by choice, after being born-again.
The devils logic:
If the gifts, including tongues, were given to establish the church, and then ceased with the last apostle, logic presumes that the enemy was now defeated and irrelevant.
But the Bible shows the opposite! As we approach the close of the age, the attacks of the enemy will intensify. So why then, was the church given all the weapons of spiritual warfare, armour, and gifts of the Spirit only until the last apostle died?
Sorry, that is the logic of someone with a fried brain (or Satan!)
If you say, in your ignorance, the gifts ceased with the last apostle. You really have no place in the Lords army. How can you be part of an army with no weapons or armour?
●Do you think demons ceased?
●Do you think Satan died with the last apostle?
They say that the Satan and the demons were defeated. Yes that’s right, but they were defeated by our Lord on the cross and not the last apostle standing. Besides, their defeat is positional and will only see complete fulfilment at the Second Coming.
A criticism thrown at those baptised in the Spirit points out the excesses of some people in it, like the prosperity preachers. Of course there are some excesses and some circus clowns, but the essential messages of the prosperity verses in the Bible are quite true.
If you don’t like the excesses, (and I don’t) just avoid them., but you can’t change the Bible!
I agree that a balance with the discipleship verses is needed. But you can’t reject one aspect of truth which gets misused because you deem it objectionable!
Because some misuse a truth, does not nullify that truth! It most certainly is no excuse for believing one of the biggest lies in world history – which is, that the gifts have ceased.
The devil always tries to corrupt the true things of God. In fact he has done the same with the new-birth, water baptism and much more.
If ever there is a time for the all the gifts – it is now!
Identifying the enemy attack:
The Bible reveals that many people, in these end-times will be overcome, fall away, and reject their faith.
Satan knows his time is very short. He is going into attack mode, in overdrive!
Revelation 12:12 “...Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having (increasing) great wrath, because he knows his time is short.”
Ephesians 6:12-13 (Amp) “We are not wrestling against flesh and blood and physical opponents – but against despots, descending powers and master - spirits who are the world rulers and dominators of this present darkness, and against the forces of wickedness in the supernatural sphere. Therefore put on God’s complete armour that you may be able to resist and stand your ground in the evil, dangerous day...”
Beloved brethren, this verse above is profound. I strongly suggest you study it, going into every original word used!
Quenching the Spirit:
What does the word “quench” mean? It means to put out, stifle and extinguish, like throwing water on a fire.
Ephesians 6:16-18 “Take the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one...praying always in the Spirit...”
1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things...”
So, in the above verses, we are told to quench the work of the devil (with the gifts) and not to quench the Spirit!
Much of the church has got that the wrong way around!
Any doctrine and practice that maintains the gifts of the Spirit have ceased or are irrelevant today is “quenching the Spirit,”
You can, and many do, grieve, resist and quench the Spirit, to your own destruction.
A huge part of the church - all of the Spirit-less church does not even know how to identify the enemy, never mind how to deal with him, and his evil entourage!
Demonic spirits get in just like you would expect: ●They walk in because the door is open. ●They come in by invitation of sinful lifestyles. ●They force their way in because of weak opposition. ●They come in through false doctrine. ●They come in through any and all involvement with the occult.
Once they are in, it is much more difficult to get them out and when you do, they come back to see if doors are still open! They often bring seven of their evil buddies for each one that was expelled.
Children are exposed to the demons their parents bring in. The breakdown of authority in the family opens the door for demons in children. They do not have the spiritual defences to deal with these things yet.
Many, many times parents are responsible for demon possessed children!
The character and operations of demons are referred to all over the Bible and the descriptions are consistent. Here are just a few from the New Covenant:
Demons are: ●unclean, ●they defile, ●they entice, ●they enslave, ●they compel, ●they cause addiction, ●they cause mental torture, ●they teach and create false doctrines and deceptions and ●they destroy relationships and authority structures.
Non Spirit-filled churches are largely ineffective in dealing with demons, the occult and the like.
Most of the Spirit-less church is ineffective in building the kingdom of God, because they can only see it partially. They build sectarian, institutional denominations – they can see them clearly.
We need the gifts of the Spirit to supernaturally empower and charge the word of God.
The word only becomes a “sword” in your mouth backed by the Spirit.
We must battle the enemy as we build the kingdom.
The word of truth must offend the word of error. The truth must offend the enemy. Those who love and practise the truth are an automatic offence to those who practice entrenched error.
► Truth is a sword. It cuts and divides between those that love it and those that don’t. Truth divides and conquers. Compromise produces an unholy unity!
Division and disunity destroys:
1 Corinthians 1:10 “Speak the same thing with no divisions among you”!
Amos 3:3 “How can two walk together, lest they be agreed?”
Matthew 12:25 “A house divided will not stand.”
So, if this house called the church can be divided, will it stand? The answer of course is – no.
So, if Satan can create division and disunity he has gone a long way towards causing at least a section of the church to fall. He cannot defeat the true church.
Because tongues used in one sense, is a faith exercise, and the interpretation is by God, it really is the way for us all to “speak the same thing.” It is our one unified language bringing a largely invisible, unseen unity to us.
The statistics for people falling away from the faith and church growth are extremely telling. We have huge numbers of non Spirit-filled Christians, especially in the west falling away. And huge growth numbers among the Spirit-filled crowd.
Some are going to war fully ignorant of the devils devices, with no weapons and no armour. Most of them are not even going to war, because they can’t see it or recognise it. They will be clobbered.
If you reject the baptism in the Spirit, you are exalting your own self-enlightenment, showing that you have little logic, and relying on very weak, stretched presumptions and interpretations of one verse!
When you remove God-given power from the church you are its enemy, though you sit in a putrid pew.
Have you noticed that the non Spirit-filled churches rarely talk of spiritual warfare? They have little or no interest or concern about it, or end-time prophecy (eschatology)!
The Bible says that we are to let our “speech be seasoned with salt”. (Colossians 4:6) Salt is a type of the word and in this particular day, how can you have spiritual conversation with other believers that has no eschatology in the mix?
The damage done:
In rejecting the baptism in the Spirit you are replacing it with the “baptism in self”. (The word “baptism” means, immersion) You then, are the supreme leader of your life, immersed in your own opinions, just like those of Laodicea!
The word “Laodicea” means people or self opinionated.
You are your own leader, defender and revealer of the things of God! No wonder there are over 30,000 so-called Christian denominations!
The Spirit-less churches of the world, collectively have done more damage to Israel than Hitler. They are the architects of replacement theology and all manner of anti-Israel acts. They will soon become far worse in their attacks against Israel.
You need to know how these things work. The church baptised in the Spirit, will get stronger under attack and persecution. The non-Spirit-filled crowd will fall away under attack! (There are tons of statistics available on this from Pew)
A terrible, consistent theme runs through history relating to the Spirit-less churches:
●The entire Catholic church was founded by those outside of the baptism of the Spirit. ●All of the denominational churches, (the word means, division), were founded by those who reject the baptism of the Spirit.
●All replacement theology was founded by those outside of the baptism in the Spirit, although, tragically, some Spirit-filled churches have fallen into that deception in recent times.
●Most doctrinal divisions and confused prophetic insight comes from those outside of the baptism of the Spirit.
You can’t endure in holiness without the power of spiritual gifts.
Building a church without the baptism in the Spirit is building on a foundation of soft sand.
Knowing who to trust in these times:
The problem with non Spirit-filled teachers is not so much what they teach, but what they don’t. (Correction, it’s both!)
You need to know the position of your teacher on these things. It is more important than you think. Ask him, if you don’t already know.
Spirit-less teachers produce Spirit-less followers, spineless, spiritually sleepy, unable to endure - no different to the world and just as evil in many cases.
The non Spirit-filled can’t study the Bible effectively with the enlightenment of the Spirit, because they’ve rejected the revelatory gifts. They can only study what they see before them – the dead letter of the word. They are always behind the curve rather than ahead of it, looking ahead.
Being against the baptism in the Spirit is being at war with truth. You are trying to disarm the church and render it blind in the face of its greatest onslaught ever.
How can you see who is inside the Trojan, when you’re blind and ignorant with no informers?
Whichever way you look at it, the baptism of the Spirit is a divider – a glorious divider, between those who love the whole truth and want all that God has for them, and those who want to be average nothings.
I would rather be identified and associated with those who acknowledge and keep all truth, even though some areas are sometimes misused, than with those who deny huge entire aspects of truth, removing it from their gospel and practice!
By the way, you can’t tell me that strawberry cheesecake is not nice. You fool...you’re too late. I’ve tasted that it’s good. Likewise, you are too late to tell me that tongues doesn’t edify, build you up, fill you with the wisdom of God and give you other gifts too. You’re too late!
I must stress again that this entire subject is not a salvation issue, but a growth and stability issue.
2 Peter 1:12 “We are to be established in the present truth.” In Peter’s day, “present truth” was the New Covenant epistles...the whole lot!
The big take-away here is that satanic warfare is increasing in these days, not dissipating. It is about to take on new forms as well. This is not the time for the church to retreat, assimilate with the enemy, or lie down and play dead (becoming truly dead!)
1 Timothy 4:1 “The Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”
A key “doctrine of demons” is that demons don’t exist and don’t need to be dealt with!
Zebra fun in the sun: I took these pictures in Namaqualand and blended them making the white of the Zebra transparent.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 401: January 23rd 2018
What will give Jews sight?
What will be the big thing that will cause the Jews to awaken to their Messiah? What will be the reason for the veil lifting, blindness departing, and hearts softening?
This is all a very important issue, because it is directly related to the coming rapture of the church, the tribulation period, and the Second Coming.
In looking for the one big reason for the Jews awakening, we need to look at the main reason for their blinding in the first place.
Romans 11:25-26 “I do not desire brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so, all Israel will be saved.”
The word “mystery” is Strong’s G3466 “Myterion.” Meanings: Hidden from the ungodly.
This amazing verse above covers so much in just a few words! When God says that He does not desire that the brethren be ignorant of something, it’s always because they are!
Here He is saying that we should not be ignorant of a “mystery.” This is the same word used to describe the true church, the church age and the kingdom of God.
But this “mystery” (Israel’s hardening) is temporary. It will last until the last Gentile has come in; then salvation goes to the Jews like a flood.
John 12:40 “God has blinded their (Jews) eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, and understand with their hearts, lest they should turn and I should heal them.”
Matthew 23:38-39 “See! Your house is left to you – desolate. You shall see Me no more until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
Here we see that God blinded the eyes of the Jews because they in fact, blinded their own eyes first. They hardened their own hearts by rejecting the Messiah.
The Suffering Servant will suffer no more!
The Rabbis are not keen on Isaiah 53! They call it the “forbidden chapter.” Christians say it reveals the “Suffering Servant” succinctly!
Isaiah 53 Records the entire dramatic tragedy of the rejection of the Messiah and His cross by the Jews. Here is a compilation of the main points, I’ve strung together for easy reading:
“He (Messiah) is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows acquainted with grief. And we hid our faces from Him, we did not esteem Him. Surely He has bone our grief’s and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed...God has laid on Him the iniquity of us all...He was led as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its sheerer was silent...He was cut off from the land of the living and they made His grave with the wicked. He bore the sin of many, and made intersession for the transgressors.”
This is all compiled from Isaiah 53, which is in the Old Covenant. And the Jews can’t see the Messiah here!!! There is only one explanation for that, which is a supernatural blinding.
Here are some other prophecies of our Lord from the Old Covenant:
●He will be born of a virgin. (Isaiah7:14) He will be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2) ●He is God (Isaiah 9:6-7, Psalm 2:7) ●His bones will not be broken and His garments will be divided and gambled for. (Psalm 22:17-18) ●He will enter Jerusalem on a young donkey. (Zechariah 9:9). ●He will be pierced. (Zechariah 12:10) ●He will rise from the dead. (Psalm 16:10)
Why the Jews reject Yeshua today.
The central teaching of the Rabbis, filtering through to the Jews at large is contained in this short discourse below:
They say Yeshua could not be Messiah because:
●Yeshua did not fulfil all the Messianic prophecies. ●He did not bring world peace, which they were expecting. ●He did not build the Third Temple in Jerusalem. ●He did not complete the return of Jews to the land. ●He did not unite the world in the knowledge of God and make all humanity one. ●He was not made king over all the world. ●He did not bring King David back to rule Israel. ●They believe their Messiah must be a descendant of King David’s line. ●Yeshua could not be their Messiah because He was born of a virgin and therefore not of David.
Other major stumbling blocks include the belief by Jews that Hitler was Christian and therefore a Christian mass-murderer of Jews. All the popes, particularly in the Middle Ages were vicious mass-murdering anti-Semites, showing mass Christian hatred for the Jews!
Much of the modern church adheres to the terrible, satanic doctrine of replacement theology, which is a detestable abomination to the Jews, and has driven a horror-wedge between that part of the church and the Jews, causing them to reject anything “Christian” including Yeshua.
The traditions and convocations of Babylon, brought into the church by Constantine, re-characterised the church and made it unacceptable to the Jews.
One of the influential factors these days, in Jews coming to salvation in Yeshua comes from Christian Zionists, who in many cases, love the Jews more than own Rabbis do! Jews have a deeply, ingrained caution and resistance to most Christians because of all the hatred and damage the church has done to them.
The answer to their objections:
The answer to all the objections above is really very simple. The Jewish Messiah has come. But He came to set up a kingdom, which at this stage is invisible. It is a spiritual kingdom awaiting the full physical manifestation.
We who are believers are in the same boat. We have been saved through the new-birth, but we await the full manifestation of it in our bodies.
At the Second Coming and through into the Millennium, all these things will manifest, although they have been achieved and done already, in spirit.
Beloved brethren, these are the things that will very soon begin to manifest. We are already seeing the veil lifting partially. Many of the churches of replacement theology and outside the fullness of the Spirit are perhaps the greatest hindrance to the work of God in this regard. Great, exciting times lie right ahead for the true church.
The spectacular Samson, David & Goliath:
Samson was Hebrew Nazirite, which means, “separated and dedicated.” Although he was a bit of wild radical, he is a type of Israel, and is in fact counted as one of the righteous heroes of faith in Hebrews 11:13, with David, Noah, Joseph and others.
Samson was a Hebrew but he broke the covenant vows and married a non-Jew – twice.
Samson’s mother, Manoah was barren and unable to reproduce. One day God appeared to her and promised to give her a son. This son, Samson, would be the one to deliver the Jews from the Philistines (a type of the modern Palestinians). He made a vow with God never to drink wine or reveal the secret of his strength.
He then married Delilah, a Philistine who was tasked by her people to find the hidden secret to Samson’s strength.
●The name “Delilah” means “feeble” and also “night or darkness.”
●The name “Samson” means “sun child” or “child of the sun.” (Strong’s H8123) It means the one who brings light into the darkness. So here we have “darkness” married to “light.” Not on! (John 1:5, John 12:35-36)
Interestingly, as soon as Delilah deceitfully discovered the source of Samson’s power – his long hair, and cut it off, his power was gone. He then had his eyes gouged out by the Philistines, leaving him blind and powerless.
The blind man, Samson sees God one last time and brings the house down!
The big lesson in this story is that God’s plans for Israel will endure. Israel / Samson’s sin of breaking covenant led to blindness. The Philistines / Palestinians want the secret of Israel’s success. Israel is in covenant relationship with God – not the offspring of Esau. (Arabs)
Israel’s ultimate success will be to bring the house down on the Palestinians. They will receive God’s spiritual sight and power too, to complete the final act.
Breaking God’s covenant leads to spiritual blindness. Israel will break covenant and make a new one with the antichrist, causing many of them to serve Satan in their blindness.
It will take seven years (the tribulation period) for the whole “house to be brought down.”
Israel / Samson will finally destroy the Palestinians / Arabs. (Esau.)
Jews will be fooled by the greatest false prophet ever and annul the covenant of peace that exists between God and themselves with a new seven-year covenant made with Satan. That act is one of the main causes of the tribulation period. But at that time our Lord will open the eyes of the repentant, remnant Jews.
There is so much more in the story of Samson relating to end-times and the Jews. But there is also much with profound meaning in the story of David and Goliath.
● “David:” Strong’s H1732 means “beloved.”
● “Goliath:” Strong’s H1540 “Golyath,” Meaning: “Splendour”
He found favour with his world who thought he was “splendid” in his killing and making war.
Goliath, the Philistine came from Gaza. He was six cubits tall. He had a spear weighing six hundred shekels. He had six items of armour = 666
Interestingly the world has sided with the “splendid one” (666) against Israel. What a stupid world!
This “splendid” evil man had one objective, which was to destroy the children of Israel. That didn’t work out too well for him did it!
Israel, here comes the answer:
Jeremiah 15:19-21 “If you return (repent), then I will bring you back. You shall stand before Me and I shall take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth. Let them return to You, but you must not return to them. (Nations) I will make you, to this people, a fortified bronze wall, and they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the Lord. I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked and I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.”
Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known, I will make darkness light before them and crooked places straight.”
Ezekiel 36:31 “You (Israel) will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and abominations.”
This verse above speaks of repentance coming to Israel. That will be the big thing that will cause the veil to lift. It will bring spiritual light and sight!
The nation born in a day:
The “nation born in a day” (Isaiah 66:8) is a reference to Israel becoming a nation in a day in 1948. But it has prophetic implications and a double reference to Israel being saved in a day or at least very quickly in the near future.
Isaiah 66:7-10 “Before she travailed, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard of such a thing? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Shall a nation be born in a day? For as soon as Zion travailed she gave birth to her children. ‘Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?’ says the Lord. Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her...”
Zechariah 3:9 “...I will remove the iniquity of that land (Israel) in one day.”
Isaiah 26:17-18 “As a woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs, when she draws near the time of delivery, so have we been in Your sight, O Lord...we have as it were, brought forth wind; we have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, nor have the inhabitants of the earth fallen.”
These three verses above all speak of Israel and not the church as the Revelation 12 signers teach! All you have to do is read them and the surrounding context!
Romans 10:19-21 “I will provoke you (Jews) to jealousy by those who are not a nation. I will anger you by a foolish nation...I was found by those who did not seek Me (church): I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me (church), but to Israel He says: All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
I’ve mentioned this many times, but because it’s relevant now, here’s the short version: What could it be that makes the Jews jealous and angry at the same time? The church is most certainly implied in the verse.
Could it be that the rapture of the church makes the Jews suddenly jealous and angry? I don’t know what else fits the bill!
They call themselves, and rightly so, God’s chosen people. And at the rapture God leaves them behind! That will make them jealous and angry at the same time!
This will be part of the reason for the great veil-lifting. Their hearts will very quickly be broken and soften in repentance!
A possible scenario:
Romans 11:25-26 “I do not desire brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery (dispensation change) lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so, all Israel will be saved.”
Think about this: When the last Gentile has come in, that’s the end of the church dispensation and the start of Daniel’s final seventy weeks (years). That of course, would presume a pre-tribulation rapture.
What does the term, “has come in” mean? It is Strong’s G1525, “Eiserchomai.” One of the meanings is: “Entrance into a new sate or condition.”
Do you see it? Is this verse, which has been simply read over so many times, also speaking of a pre-tribulation rapture and the close of one dispensation to start another?
I think so!
Is this verse saying that the salvation of the Jews will go into high gear as soon as the rapture has occurred? It most certainly could!
Israel will have to repent for the covenant they will make with the antichrist:
***Isaiah 28:15 “We (Israel) have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol (hell) we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge (tribulation) passes through it will not come near us (peace treaty) for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”
This verse above is one of the most profoundly tragic utterances of a people ever! It is an admission of total defeat, being totally deceived, paving their way to hell by their own word! The Jews thought that by making a new covenant with this deceiver, they would escape the tribulation and have peace!
Here is God’s reply:
***Isaiah 28:16-18 “Behold I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation (Messiah), a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation...Your covenant with death (verse 15) will be annulled and your agreement with Sheol (hell) will not stand; when the overflowing scourge passes through, then you will be trampled down by it.”
Amazingly, our Lord says that the covenant they made will be annulled, but they will go through the tribulation and suffer greatly.
You don’t make peace with the devil!
There are many in Israel who will not repent for breaking God’s covenant and making a new one with Satan, but many will and they will be that “remnant” who will be saved in the tribulation.
The speed of recovery of sight!
Taking numerous verses into account we see that the restoration of “sight” to the Jews of their Messiah happens initially very quickly – in one day. It then continues through the tribulation period.
●We see a “nation born in a day.” (Isaiah 66:8) ●We see: “I will remove the iniquity of that nation in one day.” (Zechariah 3:9) ●We see: All Israel will be saved as the last Gentiles comes in. (Romans 11:26) ●We see something occurring suddenly to cause the Jews to be jealous and angry at the same time. (Romans 10:19-21)
The rapture of the church would most certainly fulfil all of these requirements in a flash!
That would cause instant repentance amongst the remnant Jews and then God completely removes the veil of blindness.
Remember the speed of the rapture? Well that’s how quickly this whole stage will change.
They will be clean:
Ezekiel 36:25-27 “I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you (Israel) have profaned in their midst. The nations shall know that I am the Lord, when I am hallowed in you before them. I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you...I will put My Spirit within you...”
Ezekiel 36:33-35 “Thus says the Lord God, ‘On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt...So they will say, ‘This land has become like the garden of Eden...”
Jeremiah 33:8 “I will cleanse them from all the iniquity by which they (Jews) have sinned against Me, and I will pardon their iniquities...”
The shock-effects of the rapture combined with the repentance of the Jews will be their greatest, most important event ever. It will change them, empower them and set them on fire for our God and Saviour.
The power of repentance will create sudden cleanliness and holiness.
Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death forever and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. The rebuke of His people, He will take away from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.”
Amos 9:9 “I will shake the house of Israel among all nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, but not one kernel will fall to the ground.”
Bear in mind that Christian Zionists and those with a heart for Israel, are working with God to bring sight to the Jews, while the churches of replacement theology are working with Satan, in their own blindness to keep the Jews blind!
Beloved brethren, we are on the verge of dramatic times. Yes I know I’ve said that so many times, but it is drawing ever closer!
I took this picture from a chopper flying over a section of Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg, and added one of my pictures of an endangered black eagle.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 400: January 16th 2018
Four Hundred and more:
This is Edition 400.
Hebrew is an alpha-numeric language. Each letter has a numeric value to it as well. You can simply add up the numeric value of a word. Bear in mind, that numbers in scripture have meanings as well. Hebrew letters are in picture form which have meaning too.
Don’t go overboard with these things!
This is edition 400. It is also a few weeks into the New-Year 2018, and a few months into the Hebrew year 5778. Is there any significance at all to this? I think so, although I’m most certainly not making a “doctrine” out of this. It’s simply interesting. Time will of course tell, as we move on.
The amazing number 400:
The number “400” is assigned to the Hebrew letter ‘Tav’ - ת. It is the 22nd and final letter of the Hebrew alphabet and it means “Spiritual enlightenment or insight.” Some other meanings of ‘Tav’ derived from the verses in which it is used, as well as the pictogram are: Division, death and door.
The left leg of the ‘Tav’ looks like a Shofar, giving it the meaning: “Alarming trumpet blast.”
The ‘Tav’ is made up of two other letters: ‘Daleth’ and ‘Nun’ meaning “judgement”.
The letter ‘Tav’ (400) also means: A sign, the cross, and eternity. In the days of Ezekiel, the pictogram of the Tav was a cross as shown in the diagram below. You can see that the modern “Tav” also looks like a doorway.
The final letter of the Greek alphabet is “Omega” with numeric value of 800 or 400x2. Tradition implies that the first 400 represents God’s initial work with man, and the second 400 represents God’s final work with man. Therefore we have 400x2.
Interestingly, Strong’s G400 is the word: “Anaphoneo” Meaning to ‘cry out with a loud voice of alarm!’ (Luke 1:42)
400 can also be represented as 40x10. 40 is the number of trial and testing, while 10 is the number of divine order, or complete manifestation.
400 can also be represented as 5x8x10. 5 is the number of grace. 8 is the number of resurrection and 10 divine manifestation.
400 is also 8x50. 8 is the number of resurrection and 50 the number of jubilee or release to freedom. This symbolises a perfect divine period.
What incredible significance all of this has, especially for the Jewish people!
The first occurrence in the Bible of the number 400 relates to the misery of the 400 hundred years of bondage for the children of Israel in Egypt, and their release from it. (Genesis 15:13) The Rabbis see 400 in relation to their deliverance by Messiah.
400 is also associated with the rebuilding of temple. There were 400 pomegranates on the two pillars of the Temple. (2 Chronicles 4:13)
Let’s put it all together:
So then, ‘Tav’ represents: Death, division, lamenting, crying out, alarm, judgement, divine order, jubilee, spiritual enlightenment, a sign, the cross, the temple, eternity.
Now the application:
Note that this is simply and application of these things, nothing more.
When applying these things to the Jews and Bible prophecy we need to consider that the Jews will go through much suffering soon and have a ‘death’ and a ‘judgement’ leaving them ‘crying out’ and ‘lamenting’. A great ‘sign’ will appear for them. (Nothing to do with Revelation 12!) They will suddenly receive ‘spiritual enlightenment’ and see the cross of Messiah! This will have eternal consequences for them.
This is all going to happen anyway because it is part of Bible prophecy. In fact some of it is already starting to “warm up.”
Does this mean that things are all going to begin now? I would not be so presumptuous as to maintain that because this is Edition 400, these things are going to start happening now.
On the other hand, as we look into so many other factors and events, it does look very much like we are on the verge of it all starting up now. I would not be surprised! For me personally there is a message here, but as said earlier, don’t go overboard with these things, just keep them in mind.
Is this the year of the great awakening, the veil lifting and the blindness clearing? If it is, prepare for a most dramatic time ahead!
If we are on the eve of Messiah’s revelation to His people the Jews, these are just some of the things which, are prophetically related, and will also take place around the same time:
Soon to come:
●2018 will be the year of intensive spiritual darkness for the world and much of the church, as the light begins to shine into Jewish hearts.
●Within a section of the church there will be a new form of deep supernatural darkness with accompanying lying signs and wonders that will deceive masses.
●This will also be the time of great revival, especially in the east. The church, open to the Spirit of God, and God’s work in Israel, will grow in leaps and bounds in the face of growing persecution.
●There will be a dual outpouring of the Spirit of God and the spirit of evil. Mixture of true and false doctrine will abound, deceiving many.
●New sets and cults will form quickly and lead many to destruction.
●This will be a time when restraint is broken down more and more, and sin and evil gets worse.
●Unrestrained “self” will be the order of the day. “Me now” will be the call of the world! “Instant gratification” will be the burning desire of the masses. It will all be for the common good of the state and furtherance of the universal man. – All doomed.
●The mass-media will become more and more deadly like poisonous vipers, blind and deaf!
●We will see new wars break out and old ones intensify.
Light and dark and the battle for Israel in these days:
Isaiah 60:2-3 “Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people (nations), but the Lord will arise over you (Israel) and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to Your light and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
2 Peter 1:19 “We have the prophetic word made more sure (than seeing with our eyes and hearing with our ears – previous verses), which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”
In these two powerful verses above we have great insight! Bible prophecy is essential and shines as a light in the intensifying darkness. This severe spiritual darkness will cover the whole earth and all nations as it is beginning to do right now. Israel will be saved in this time and become the world’s most powerful evangelists in the tribulation.
So here we have “darkness, deep darkness”, and the light of Bible prophecy shining in the dark, and “dawning” in the hearts of those who believe in it, bringing them into glorious light.
Beloved brethren, I know Bible prophecy has been, and still is being dealt severe blows of credibility by those who have no place being in ministry. But do not discredit it, and do not cast it or its importance down.
Revelation, spiritual insight and understanding is conditional upon obedience to God’s Spirit and a walk of repentance.
It’s important to understand that God does not run around blinding people spiritually for fun! It’s always as a result of man’s pride, rebellion and disobedience in the first place. It happens to the church just as it has done to Israel.
The verse below shows how it happened to Israel:
Isaiah 29:9-11 “Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with intoxicating drink. For the Lord has poured out on you the Spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes, namely the prophets; and has covered your heads, namely the seers. The whole vision has become to you like the words of a scroll that is sealed...”
The Jews here had in fact blinded themselves by rejecting the Messiah who was clearly revealed to them in the Bible, by their prophets. As a result, God blinded them further and “sealed” the vision of Himself to them! What a great tragedy!
It was their actions in the first place that led to them being blinded.
But, all of that has a time-stamp on it! It’s about to all change dramatically! The repentance of the Jews will lead them into God’s light!
Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known, I will make darkness light before them and crooked places straight.”
A great sign:
Jeremiah 32:21 “You have brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm and with great terror.” This was after 400-years of Egyptian enslavement. (Genesis 15:13)
The verse below is part of the discourse of God relating to the salvation of the Jews. If you think Isaiah 66 is familiar, you are right!
Isaiah 66, wrongly used, is part of the great deception presented by the Revelation 12-sign teachers, “proving” that the church gets born-again in a day at the rapture and is not actually born-again now.” They have taken that out of the context of the dispensation for Israel and applied it to the church. They did this to support an entire collection of verses all wrongly interpreted and applied – every one, to produce a great deception.
Whenever you find gross misrepresentation and error by a teacher, who later refuses to repent and correct his great deceptions – run away from them fast, because much more will be coming – mark those words!
Isaiah 66 is speaking to and of the Jews and their coming salvation. It has nothing to do with the dispensation of the church!
Isaiah 66:19 “I will set a sign among them (Jews)...they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.”
Could this be the sign?
Romans 10:19 “I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation. I will anger you by a foolish nation.”
This verse says that something will happen that will provoke the Jews to “jealousy” and “anger” at the same time. Most analysts agree that this “nation” in the verse above, is in fact the mostly Gentile church.
Could this sign for the Jews be the rapture of the church? It would most certainly make them jealous and angry as they, the chosen people are left behind!
I won’t say more at this stage, because I have spoken on this numerous times, but man-o-man it is exciting stuff – don’t you think?
Time is running out! So much has to happen in a short space of time and then eternity! What joy!
God has a secret key for each of us which opens a special room of treasures for us. The world offers many keys to successes – all a waste of time, if not inspired by Him. It’s the ancient, golden key of God that we need to find to unlock great eternal wealth. All the other keys open to empty rooms!
We should not be motivation by seeking to be better than someone else from a pride point of view. We are not to exalt ourselves and put others down. But, nevertheless, there are many important issues and truths in rewards.
Rewards for excellence are part of the package deal! Working for reward alone is putting the cart before the horse. But when the horse is before the cart, the horse does get its reward.
It is perfectly legitimate to know what rewards are coming and why. There are literally hundreds of verses, parables and stories describing in detail much about rewards.
Our motivation is to serve our Lord as best we can. That will be rewarded. You can’t and must not remove that from the Bible.
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do; do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance, for your service to the Lord Yeshua.”
Isaiah 62:11 “Proclaim to the end of the world: Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’”
Matthew 16:27 “The Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father, with His angels and then He will reward each one according to His works.”
There is nothing at all wrong with running a race to win and get a reward. We are in this race really to exalt and glorify our Lord, but He has promised to reward those that do His will, excellently.
We will only be rewarded for the works we did in response to His prompting, leading and calling. So that shortens the list!
An illiterate toilet janitor called by God to clean toilets, and who does it excellently to the glory of God, will receive a greater reward than the CEO of that company who is called to be a CEO, but does it half heartedly.
Bear in mind that many will suffer loss of reward as they get to heaven and some will scrape in with no reward at all. Consider that rewards create an eternal, recognisable state for that person.
What will we be rewarded for and what not:
The Bible mentions five types of crowns given to believers for different things. They are: ●The crown of life (James1:12), ●The incorruptible crown (1 Corinthians 9:25-27, ●The crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8), ●The crown of glory (1 Peter 5:2-4), ●The crown of exultation and rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
There are numerous other rewards for overcoming, service and even martyrdom. (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26. Revelation 3:21. Revelation 21:7, Revelation 22:12 and many more)
Here are a few more general “reward” verses: (Hover your mouse over them.)
Romans 2:6, Galatians 6:9, Matthew 25:21, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Hebrews 11:6.
We will not be rewarded for a glass of cold water given to someone who is thirsty. (Mark9:31)
We will be rewarded for a glass of cold water given to someone, in His name.
We will be rewarded for our “confidence / faith” in Messiah. (Hebrews 10:35)
We will be known in all the universe and in all eternity by our reward status. It is God’s final assessment of us –forever. We can’t go back and do it again!
Number your days:
Psalm 90:10-12 “The days of our lives are seventy years...So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
This is most important and often underestimated. “Numbering our days” does not necessarily mean just counting them although that may be involved. It really means we are to see and take note of the extreme value in the days our Lord has blessed us with.
Each day of our lives has momentous, vast potential.
Our Lord has given us only so many days. We can make those days count for eternal reward or count for nothing!
Consider the following table:
●70-years as a believer = 25,550 days
●50-years as a believer = 18,250 days
●20-years as a believer = 3,150 days
●1-year as a believer = 365 days.
●6-mths as a believer = 182 days.
If the rapture were to take place on Rosh Hashanah (September 10th) this year, that’s 238 days from now for all true believers!
When you think of that, and especially when you compare these numbers to eternity, it’s a very, very short time we have on earth in the service of our Lord. It is this short time that determines our eternal state and our eternal “brightness!”
Do you see the gravity of this? Do you see the importance of not wasting your time with stupid, dumb things and just living for self?
Do you want to scrape into heaven by the skin of your teeth, and have no eternal rewards waiting for you? That’s what you call life’s biggest OOPS!
What can I do?
Many people really want to serve our Lord and get moving in the things of God. So many simply don’t know what to do! You must seek the voice of the Lord for you personally. But here are some more general things you must do:
2 Corinthians 5:15 “He died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”
Let this be your prayer: “Lord, I want to live for You. I want to rise to newness of life even now. Show me what I can and must do for You. Show me your calling”.
“Show me Your heart and passion.”
“Show me how to truly exalt You in my life and glorify You. Lay on my heart Your will for me. Lead me and guide me.”
“Show me how to make my life count for You, so that I may finish my race with joy in you and testify to that.”
“Give me strength to take up my cross, to deny self and to live and walk in holiness.”
I took the background picture of Mooi (beautiful) River Falls in KwaZulu/Natal and the orchid using the light-paint technique and combined them for effect.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 399: January 9th 2018
The End-Time Teacher
The times that the world is about to go into are referred to in the Bible as “times like never were before, nor ever shall be again.” (Matthew 24:21) They are unique!
In these days the “love of many (Lit=most) will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12)
The times are described as “perilous.”
Special requirements are needed for these situations. The end-time teacher, a pastor, or one within another type of ministry platform or office, needs to be specially equipped, prepared and called.
He is to forewarn, to disclose the ways of God, to reveal the plot and plan of God and the devil. He is to impart, proclaim and divulge what the Spirit of God is saying now.
He is to blow the trumpet and beat the drum, shine the spotlight, and roar like a lion. He is to shriek – Mayday, mayday, mayday, hit the siren button and show the way to victory, peace and safety.
The pastor must be a called and equipped teacher. Not all teachers must be pastors in terms of the five-fold ministry gifts.
Conditions for the end-time teacher:
The only way you can really know who you can trust in these end times is by knowing the word of God yourself. It is your measure. A real, active, alive knowledge of the Spirit of God and especially the revelatory gifts of the Spirit are essential.
The Spirit of God is the teacher, revealer and the discerner. The end-time teacher, obviously, must know how to “read” hear and obey Him.
●He must have eyes to see – spiritual eyes!
●The end-time teacher must know his Bible backwards and especially Bible-prophecy. He must know the Holy Spirit and be baptised in the Spirit. He must operate in the revelatory gifts of the Spirit.
●The teacher must win and warn with the wisdom of the word. He must resist, and rebuke the things of the devil. He will be loved and hated!
●He must be known for his cross-bearing, fear of the Lord, brokenness and the preaching of it.
●He must be free from falling into deceptions.
●He must preach “all scripture.” (Acts 20:27)
●He must have a track record of fasting, prayer and study of God’s word.
●The end-time teacher will be known by his doctrinal stability and personal restraint.
●He must be free from the dictates of the kingdom of the world in all ways.
●He must walk in holiness.
Characteristics of the false teacher:
The Bible warns that in these days there will be many false teachers and deceivers.
The condition of the ground (heart) for error, deception and false teaching and false prophecy to grow in, is hard ground. Hard to God, and soft to the devil, that is. It is a heart full of pride and a lack of repentance which hardens the heart and blinds the eyes to the true deep things of God.
False teachers are often bitter, unforgiving people. Remember that a “root of bitterness” spreads and poisons many. (Hebrews 12:15)
The false teacher will lead people away from the cross, or at least be silent on the power of the cross. If they had the power of the cross at work in them, they would not be false teachers!
The false teacher will always produce false doctrine in some shape or form. Their false doctrines are rarely one-off items and often linked to a string of others. They normally worsen in time.
The deadly teacher’s death progression:
A simple error in a teacher is no big deal, because it can normally be corrected easily on repentance. But if not checked, there is a crossover point where a deadly spirit comes in and takes over.
●Error becomes a “hobby-horse” and intensifies, blinding the victim to the error.
●Deception follows error and others join in. Deception is far deeper in meaning than a simple error.
●A sect, meaning “section” within the church is the next deadly stage. Private interpretation and selected doctrines ignoring others, is the order of the day. Control begins to manifest.
●A cult is the final stage, where Satan rules supreme. The word “cult” comes from the word “culture” meaning illigitimate works and worship. Heavy domination and control take over.
The pathway is: Error – deception - sect – cult.
There are many signs along this deadly pathway, ultimately leading to hell. The biggest almost universal common factor is seen in the accompanying spirit of legalism, which is similar to witchcraft. It rarely manifests all in one go. It is progressive.
A key to identifying error or deception in teachers is often seen in their manner of operation. Many times they were “safe” teachers before. At some point, pride and self righteousness came in with an un-teachable spirit.
Be absolutely sure of this – they have no anointing of God although they claim it. Their “anointing” and “blessing” is a fraud of manipulative words, designed of the devil to entrap the weak or gullible.
They will ignore the majority consensus of a truth, bringing in new revelation, and gather around themselves an exclusive club- like group of supporters.
They believe that their inner circle is the real truth and all others are wrong and must be excluded from their “club”. They will speak against pride, using that as a cloak to hide their own pride.
Anything that is tinged with legalism has no Spirit of God in it. Legalism has an attractive spirit drawing people in. It is riddled with exclusivity. It manifests in control and bondages rather than liberty. It believes it owns its truth and it is that truth doorkeeper.
They say the opposite, but they are divisive, creating disunity in the body. This has been on the go since time began!
Listen to warning bells in your heart and see the spiritual red-lights flashing!
Knowing the works of the devil:
Satan’s “truth” is error. It is also “truth,” led, inspired and illuminated by him and his demons. Satan’s light masquerades as light but is deadly angelic darkness! (Matthew 6:22)
Revelation without the Spirit is dark light and dangerous because it looks real. (Luke 11:35)
The church has had an abundance of light, yet some have hidden it under a bushel! (Matthew 5:15)
“The truth will set you free”, says the Bible. But the truth in the devil’s hands will bring you into bondage in the name of freedom!
Satan wants you to accept and love him. He will use whatever he can to draw people onto that road to enslavement.
If you are really concerned about something that may be truth or error and you don’t know what to do. Judge it according to all truth – the Bible. Judge it according to the New Covenant epistles. Judge it according to well established truth from reliable sources. Judge it according to the still small voice of the Spirit in your heart. Listen to it, hear it and do it.
If you follow a particular teacher, take note of their track record in predictions and prophecies. Take note of their use of manipulation and lies. Above all take note of their repentance or lack of it, after they have fallen into an error.
By the way, most YouTube “prophets” and predictors have a 100% failure rate! They are also the ones who have never repented for the enormous damage they have done to the church.
Take note if the teacher you are concerned about is baptised in the Spirit with the evidence of tongues or not. This is essential for this day. I would go so far as to claim that any teacher without this baptism will not be able to remain consistently in the truth.
John 16:13 “When He, the Spirit of truth has (fully) come, He will guide you into all truth...and show you things to come.”
One of the most incredible fruits and benefits of knowing God’s word deeply is that it makes you a true psychologist. It makes you your own psychologist! It gives you insight and understanding of why people, including yourself, do things.
You can go and lie down on the couch in your lounge and analyse yourself – free. (Just don’t do it when others are watching you!)
The good teacher:
The end-time teacher must take you from time to eternity. He must lift you out of worldliness and the complacency of much of the church world today.
The real, true teacher must direct you away from himself! He must teach you how to follow and hear from someone else – The Spirit of God. Of course he must do that successfully.
Far too many preachers want to keep the sheep under their control. Sheep are God’s own people, not any others. Far too many men behind pulpits want to keep the sheep perpetually lazy. That keeps them in a job!
There is a huge danger in non-called teachers and ministers of the gospel.
As a teacher, you transmit what you are! So be careful out there. What are you transmitting?
Many times receiving a teacher’s words carries with it a transfer of the spirit of the teacher, because he is an authority figure.
Here are a few things which can be transmitted from an authority figure to the brethren: ●Authority, ●leadership, ●wisdom, ●encouragement, ●blessings, ●gifts of the Spirit, ●ministry gifts, ●the Holy Spirit. Also: ●Deception, ●error, ●discouragement, ●curses – and much more.
Judging the teacher:
Who you are at the very core of your character will manifest in your teaching. If you as a teacher have never been brought down to the ground and crushed like a worm in brokenness you will always be a dangerous teacher, full of self.
Teachers have an incredible responsibility upon them. They will receive a much stricter judgement. (James 3:1) They must be empty of self and full of God’s Spirit.
We are to “test the spirits to see if they are of God” (1 John 4:1)
Luke 6:40 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.”
1 Timothy 6:3-5 “If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to the wholesome words of Messiah and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words from which comes envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wrangling of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.”
2 Timothy 2:14 “Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive with words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.”
There’s a reason why the same teachers always produce hogwash and fall into deception. The reason is that Satan knows he can use them. He knows their vulnerabilities. He knows that they are full of self – which is his domain!
He knows that they are full of pride of place (material standing), pride of grace (their own spiritual views,) pride of face (acceptance by others.) Satan knows that certain types won’t repent of error. He’s got them! (This analogy is from Derek Prince.)
It is up to you to judge these things in a teacher from whom you receive.
The teacher must be known by:
The teacher must be known for walking in the fear of the Lord, knowing it and teaching it. He must elevate and exalt the cross of Messiah and the personal walk of cross-bearing.
He must always elevate the tri-une God.
●He must uphold the veracity and authority of the entire Bible with no changes, additions or subtractions. ●He must not mix false doctrines with truth. ●He must not mix the philosophies of the world with the truth of scripture. ●He must not change or rename well established doctrines, bringing in new revelations.
Beware of progressive revelation. New revelation will never throw out the old. If any new revelation is of God it will simply shed new light on truth that has been there all along.
The end-time teacher must be able to endure hardship. (2 Timothy 2:3-4, Hebrews 12:7) He doesn’t sit complaining and whining about his tough time. He must not own an AK47.
Be careful of the manipulative methods of many, when peddling error. They use all sorts of “biblical” manipulation to get support or sympathy for their cause. They try to solicit love and empathy for themselves and more importantly, their gross errors.
The safe end-time teacher is one who is consistent. He knows well-established doctrine deeply. He is forever slain by the veracity and power of the word which he always elevates and exalts.
Beware of anyone criticising truth-seekers while holding onto gross error themselves! Never turn the other cheek to the spirit of error!
Be careful of the teacher who is neutral to the great sins of the world today.
Derek Prince once said: “A Christian who does not know his Bible has no right to hear from God.”
Titus 1:9-13 “Hold fast the faithful word as you have been taught, that you may by sound doctrine both be able to exhort and convict those who contradict...Therefore rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith.”
2 John 1:10-11 “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”
Romans 16:17 “I urge you brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned and avoid them.”
2 Thessalonians 3:14 “If anyone (in the church) does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.”
Gods purpose for Israel:
The end-time teacher will have Israel in her proper place. Israel is the spine of prophecy. Everything is connected to it. All God’s purposes and plans are wrapped up in the final seven years, very soon to begin.
Exodus 19:5-6 “If you (Israel) will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation...”
Do you know there is a Jewish Lion in heaven right now? He is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Jews).
Jeremiah 30:5-7 “We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear and not of peace. Ask now and see whether a man is ever in labour with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labour and all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.”
There will be much more on this in the next two editions, God willing.
The end-time teacher must keep the pressure on!
Pressure produces growth and chases the riff - raff away. That’s what you want!
Many people come into the church and appear to be gloriously saved. They exhibit all the fruits of the Spirit. They make lots of “fruity” noises, pray loud and long, sing and dance like a prisoner released. Then when the pressure is on it’s all over and they’re gone.
It was hell fire and brimstone preacher Charles Finney 250 years ago, who had the most amount of converts remaining faithful to the Lord all their lives! He was no easy-believism preacher!
Think about this: The eternal reward state is compared to many things. One of them is, “wood, hay, stubble / gold, silver, precious stones, being hit by fire. (1 Corinthians 3:12) It is the first batch that goes up in smoke with no enduring result. It is also that first batch that is common and always around in large quantities!
The second batch is enduring, valuable and rare, not readily available or seen. What are you? What have you worked all your life for in service to our Lord? Are you a unique, rare, an exquisitely, spiritually beautiful being?
Another thing worth considering is that before your works stand the test of time, they must stand the test of fire! This fire is fair, beloved brethren! God gives rewards, but also fire to test them!
The final judgement is an eternal judgement. The one who does the most within God’s will, gets the most in reward! That’s the exact opposite of socialism, communism, Marxism and the like!
The end-time teacher sees the future!
It’s an awesome thing to see into the future! It is shattering, humbling, stirring and encouraging.
Daniel saw the future and was forever changed. Joel saw the future and was humbled. John saw the future and fell to the ground as dead. Many others had dramatic encounters and saw visions of hell, heaven, great glory and more. They were all affected severely and visibly.
God entrusted to these people His word on these powerful end-times, for all to read, study and see. These are some of the things the end-time teacher must know well and proclaim and teach.
The entirety of the end-time message is a most dramatic and powerful tool.
Colossians 1:28 “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Messiah.
These are critically important days for you personally, and the corporate church. The church is under attack from outside and within.
Satan’s chief weapons, the world system and gross error are advancing. But you can and must advance further, higher, and better.
These are some of the most exciting times ever for the end-time teacher. What an incredible responsibility God has given him. What a day to live in!
I took this picture from a chopper, early in the morning flying in the Monks Cowl area of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 398: January 2nd 2018
How to be strong!
There is nothing stronger in the world than Spirit-led biblical truth.
That is just like your strong spine, when it is in its correct place.
We are now in a time where spiritual strength is going to be needed like never before.
Evil spirits are getting stronger as their demise nears. They will soon be too strong for most.
In these end times, the Spirit of God has provided supernatural strength, which is far superior and stronger than all evil and demonic spirits. But it is only effective when applied. Spiritual armour and weapons must be part of your foundation and used in the coming onslaught.
Many of the things in this edition are radical and revolutionary. They will make you feel uncomfortable, but if you take it all to heart it will produce the goods and make you stronger.
The shaking to come:
●“The earth trembled and shook.” (Psalm 77:18), ●“He will remove all things which can be shaken, so that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.” (Hebrews 12:27) ●“The heavens will tremble and the earth will be shaken out of its place at the fury of the Lord.” (Isaiah 13:13) ●“The people will faint with fear in the great shaking.” (Luke 21:26) ●“I will shake all nations.” (Haggai 2:7) ●“The fish, birds and animals and all men on the earth will shake at My presence, even the mountains will be thrown down.” (Ezekiel 38:20) – And many more.
From the verses above, note the nature of the great shaking to come. It will hit the earth, the mountains, the animals, the heavens, all nations and individuals. There will be no place to hide.
Most of this occurs in the seven-year tribulation period, but there will be forerunners to it all.
The big thing to be aware of is that everything man trusts in will be shaken. The main shaking will be in the hearts and thinking of man. They will be clobbered psychologically like never before as their world shakes, rocks and rolls!
But there will be those who cannot be shaken. They will be the strong, stabilising factor for the falling world. But more about that further down.
Requirements to stand strong:
The most powerful thing is to know our God and His word well.
You do not love God more than you love his word. A person with no or little knowledge of God’s word does not know Him at all and will not stand in the coming onslaught.
Today many Christians are no, or little different to the world. They love the world just like the unbeliever. They are discipled by YouTube, TV and the movies. They have the same disdain for the pure virtues of God as the unbeliever. They are full of wickedness. They think they are saved.
Have a look at these amazing verses below. How relevant they are for today!
Job 21:13-14 “They (wicked) spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, for we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways. Who is the Almighty that we should serve Him, and what profit do we have if we pray to Him?”
Isaiah 28:22 “Do not be mockers, lest your bonds (that bind you up in wickedness) be made strong; for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts (armies) ‘Destruction is determined even upon the whole earth.’”
You see, many Christians are “bound” to the world and they will shake and fall with it!
Be careful of the acceptability of sin. Don’t be neutral to it. It always progresses downward and becomes worse when you accept or justify it. The “beauty of holiness” also expands and grows.
We need to begin to prepare right now to enter eternity. We need to strengthen our spiritual stature and standing. We need to sink our roots deeply in God. We need to clean our lives up!
You must be ready to die to self, the world and the flesh nature. This is the way to be strong in the Lord. You need to apply the cross to all three areas.
Stand strong in fear!
That may sound like a contradiction, but it is in fact more powerful than you can imagine.
Fear makes you strong, not weak. Fear of the devil makes you weak. There are two types of fear spoken of in the Bible. One is negative and the other extremely positive.
It is the fear of the Lord that we need for growth in knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
The fear of the Lord is your thought-filter. Sin always begins in the thought realm. The active, learned fear of the Lord, checks our thought life right at the root.
The fear of the Lord causes repentance and humility which in turn creates deep wisdom and more.
Do you want to be an effective witness for our Lord? The fear of the Lord, not your church, not the Bible School or Seminary is the answer:
“Knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men.” (2 Corinthians 5:11)
The fear of the Lord is similar to the fear created in a child by physical discipline. (Proverbs 13:24) That is love in action, while the lack of it is hatred. Applying that principle to our Lord we have to say that if God does not discipline us, He hates us.
In fact, God calls you illegitimate if you are without His chastening. (Hebrews 12:6-11)
Chastening or discipline done correctly is love in action!
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world (Amp: ‘Fashioned after its customs and ways’) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
A better translation of the word “renew” in the verse above is “exchange.” When we see the world through thinking which is exchanged for God’s mind, it’s a more radical and permanent thing.
“There is strength in unity”, says the slogan, and it’s true. Biblical unity is a truth that creates strength. But be careful; it’s not blind unity with anything and every way. Pooling resources is logical for strength, but will produce destruction and judgement from God when that unity is not around truth. Ask Babel about that!
Pooling resources around error makes you strong in error by the power of Satan. Pooling resources around truth and in the Spirit of God makes you strong in Him.
The key of repentance:
Repentance is an extremely powerful force. An ongoing walk of repentance is very powerful.
Repent and believe is the order. You cannot believe without repentance first. You can, but you won’t last. Lack of repentance leaves you double minded, unstable, and in the worst of both worlds.
Repentance is not remorse. Remorse is related to self pity while repentance is much deeper, involving life changes.
Matthew 27:3 “Judas the betrayer seeing that he had been condemned, was remorseful...he found no place for repentance.”
Repentance produces cleanliness and holiness. It produces a new clean walk in a new direction.
Matthew 3:2 “Repent for the Kingdom is at hand.”
In the larger sense, repentance cleans out all the garbage you believed that kept you as an unbeliever. In the ongoing sense it cleans you as you move forward, daily with our Lord.
Without true, deep repentance, you can never stand strong. You will always be unstable in your walk with our Messiah. You will be clean, then dirty, stable, then unstable – you will be a pain in the neck!
More keys for standing strong:
The knowledge of Bible prophecy makes you strong. Knowing what is coming, when and why, is very powerful. You will not be knocked over by a shaking world. The knowledge of Bible prophecy is one of the most powerful tools to fix your life in anticipation of your ride to glory!
The knowledge of Bible prophecy gives you the stability and strength that others will come looking for when their world starts shaking. It makes you a strong pillar for them to hold onto.
The true teacher must point you upwards. He must teach often on things to come and our glorious eternal future. You’ve heard the garbage: “He’s so heavenly minded he’s no earthly good”. If you want to be truly godly-good to the world you had better be extremely heavenly minded!
Today we are in a world of mass ignorance of the scriptures by modern, instant, digital, pop-up Christians. They have no depth and no deep experience of the things of God. Listening to many of them talk sometimes makes me feel like I need to take a shower afterwards.
Joshua 1:8-9 “This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? ‘Be strong and of good courage; do not b afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’”
How strong is your foundation?
Many times friends have asked me to join them going to a movie. The last movie I went to was in 1980. So I always decline, which always creates an issue with them. Whether you say so or not, when you stand separately from the world - that is a judgement. You are judging them and their world to a degree. That’s why there’s an issue! Don’t back down, let them freak out!
You must set your heart, mind and soul to agree with God and His word, right from foundation stage. He does not change – we must. It’s a revolutionary thing setting your life to “agree with God.”
Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together lest they be agreed?”
To agree with God, you must agree with His assessment of you as a fallen sinner worthy of hell. You must agree with His one and only answer for that – the cross. You must agree with all the “hard sayings” of the Bible and both the “goodness and severity of God.”
In many instances, standing strong in these days involves being bold and brave. You need to make a stand against what is terrible commonplace with most people these days!
You must be well acquainted, experientially, with the foundational doctrines of Messiah which are found in Hebrews 6:1-2.
Your promise box:
You know those nice little “daily bread” promise boxes with a selection of nice feel-good verses in them for granny? Well, Lord bless granny, but here’s the real-deal daily promise box:
●“If you find your life you will lose it.” (Matthew 10:39) ●“I die daily to self.” (1 Corinthians 15:31) ●“Take up your cross daily.” (Luke 9:23) ●“Fear the Lord.” (Psalm 34:7) ●“Love not the world, nor the things of the world.” (1 John 2:15) ●“Hate your life in the world.” (John 12:25) ●“I count not my life dear to me.” (Acts 20:24) ● “Death works in me.” (2 Corinthians 4:12) ●“I must decrease, He must increase.” (John 3:30) ● “Fall on this rock and be broken.” (Matthew 21:44)
Application of the things in the list above is the way to a strong, abundant life in Messiah, and the way to give granny a heart attack!
Many Christians name and claim “abundant life” for themselves, but never get it because they leave out the “promise box” above.
These verses above relate to our walk now as disciples of the Lord. They would be called “temporal truth.” We also have a host of verses that we would call “positional truth” which relate to our position in Messiah. It’s all done already. For example:
We are a “new creature in Messiah.” We are the “righteousness of God in Him.” And many more like these. Don’t mix up temporal and positional truth. Both are needed, rightly divided.
Generation curses and blessings:
Far too many Christians are clueless about the operation of curses, even within their own lives. Many types of sinful activity and beliefs will produce curses in people’s lives. But many are also innocent victims of generational curses coming down from an origination a long way back.
These curses can affect entire ethnic groups, families, businesses and right down to individuals. They result in poverty, low intellect, barrenness, failure on many fronts. Most times it’s like a dark cloud hanging over them that just won’t go away.
Many times one individual with the insight and anointing of God can break those curses and set an entire nation free!
Exodus 20:5 “You shall not bow down to them (idols) nor serve them, for I the Lord your God are a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.”
Genesis 12: 3 “I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (To Abram and his descendants, who are Isaac, Jacob, Israel and the Jews.)
Cursing the Jews brings a curse from God! That is part of God’s protection upon the Jews!
Genesis 22:16-18 “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing (offered Isaac) and have not withheld your only son, in blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and the sand of the sea and your descendants shall possess the gate of your enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Note in the two discourses above that idolatry and sinful practices produce curses, handed down. And note that obedience to God produces many handed down blessings.
All forms of the occult and witchcraft produces curses, and there is plenty of it in the church today!
Witchcraft in a family will break it up. It is a most powerful family destroyer.
You the destroyer!
To stand strong in these days you must receive and obey the things of God, but you must also throw out and destroy the works of the devil in your life.
One of the requirements to stand strong in these days includes rejecting that which makes you weak. You can’t stand strong on a broken leg.
It’s not good enough to be a believer. You must be an active disbeliever or unbeliever too in the things of error, deception and the devil.
All godly truth is anointed of God and will manifest in the fruits.
All deception is anointed by Satan and will manifest in the fruits.
You must destroy, get rid of, and throw out all beliefs that are mixed with error, paganism or the occult. You must seek to be clean and pure doctrinally. Don’t try to mix the truth with error or the occult or any such thing...And that includes huge amounts of Babylonian influence in the church!
Being radical is the way to safety and stability. (The word “radical” comes from the root word “radix” meaning “root.”)
Be a radical destroyer of sin in your life.
You must be known by what you reject, not just what you accept and believe!
Entertaining sin invites it to stay. It then makes itself at home. It then becomes part of you and creates a spirit of heaviness in you.
The Bible speaks of “Messiah in you the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) But when sin has taken root in you, so has Satan, and that hope of glory is obscured and changes to fear of hell.
Psalm 119:28 “My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your word”.
Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know your name will put their trust in You; for you Lord have not forsaken those who seek you.”
Deep thoughts to make you strong:
●Worldliness is the way to spiritual weakness and the way to defeat. Worldliness is the way to hell.
●The world dumbs you down. The word wises you up.
●Truth can be the bait to get you to believe the lie. Satan is not afraid of using truth to achieve his objectives. Truth, even with accompanying supernatural signs and wonders is no guarantee of godly truth.
●False doctrine, error and idiot-theology can wreck people lives. It can compound people’s problems. A wrong spirit corrupts a good one. (Deuteronomy 22:9-11)
●In the face of encroaching and intensifying evil – be more righteous still! (Revelation 22:11)
●Throw the Jezebels and witches out of the church.
●Being radical is the way to being an oddball in the world’s eyes. But you will be safe with God!
“Write the vision”. (Habakkuk 2:2) Write your own spiritual diary. It is good to see where you have been and what has been important to you. It is also good for others to see.
Know Him, know the Spirit, know the Bible and know the preacher and teacher that you receive from. He must be a preacher aiming at your heart and your head! He must preach and teach the fear of the Lord in the fear of Lord. He must know and teach the centrality of the cross.
I took the background picture of the giant baobab tree in Zimbabwe and the elephant in Botswana. I used a transparent blend to merge the two giants together.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!