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These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
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...”
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them (Israel) in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them, says the Lord God.”
Isaiah 41:11 “Behold all those who were incensed against you (Israel) shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.”
Isaiah 44:18 “They do not know nor understand; for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see, and their hearts so they cannot understand.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah and to identify the rift, and the needed restoration. There is much in the church that needs to change before it can be fully reconciled with the Jew. Likewise, changes in Jewish thinking are also needed.
8th November 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
The tree-huggers delight:
The Bible uses plants, trees, colours, animals, birds, numbers and more to describe people and nations. It is the subliminal symbols that are of great significance and meaning, especially in relation to Israel.
Did you realise that the entire course of Israel’s history is plotted in the trees? There is much more to these symbols and metaphors - for another time.
Here are some amazing messages blowing in the wind, relating to Israel.
►The Olive tree: (Romans 11)
These trees have very deep, well established roots. They are sometimes called eternal trees, because they are so hardy; they live for many thousands of years. An ancient olive tree appears to die, but then miraculously, new shoots appear out of the dead wood continuing its existence.
The olive tree produces a rich olive oil which has numerous uses, but is also a type of the Holy Spirit. Olive oil is required to keep the temple menorah flames burning. This symbolises light. Olive tree leaves are symbols of peace. Remember the dove bringing back an olive branch to the ark after the flood of judgement.
The root of the olive tree is symbolic of God Himself. The root is called, “holy.”
Biblically, there are two olive trees of importance. The natural olive tree, is symbolic of Israel, and the wild olive tree, is symbolic of the church. The wild olive branch was “grafted” into the natural olive tree, thus partaking of the goodness of the root.
The national emblem of Israel includes two olive branches.
An ancient olive tree grove:
►The Fig tree:
The fig tree is symbolic of spiritual fruitfulness after severe pruning or judgement. It relates to Israel in the tribulation period, awakening to spiritual life.
The fig tree is unique in that its blossoms appear before the leaves. It should have fruit appearing before the leaves. This is why our Lord cursed the unfruitful fig tree, causing it to die. The root was not destroyed though, and a new tree full of fruit, is about to appear.
When the disciples asked out Lord what would be the sign of His coming, He listed a number of judgements to fall on the world. But one of these was the sign of the fig tree.
Matthew 24:32-34 “learn the parable of the fig tree: When is branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. So also you when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the very doors. Assuredly, I say to you, ‘this generation (of Jews) will be no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.’”
Present day Zionism and the awakening of the Jews, as well as modern anti-Semitism are signs of the fig tree putting forth leaves and about to produce much spiritual fruit.
►The Almond tree:
The almond is the first tree to flower in its season, which at the end of winter. The flower has five petals to it, five being the number of grace. The temple menorah, a symbol of light, has oil cups or containers in the shape of almond flowers.
The Hebrew word for “almond” is “shakeid” which also means to “awake” and “watch”.
The almond is symbolic of Messiah’s resurrection. It speaks of the supernatural power of God as seen in Aaron’s almond branch that budded in one day. (Numbers 17:8)
Jeremiah 1:11-14 “The word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ I said, ‘I see the branch of an almond tree.’ Then the Lord said, ‘you have seen well for I am about to perform My word.’ And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, ‘what do you see? And I said, a boiling pot and it is facing away from the north.’ Then the Lord said to me: ‘Out of the north calamity shall break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.’”
The message here is that as the almond (Israel) flowers and buds she will be plunged into the tribulation period.
Jeremiah 31:28 “It shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy and to afflict them, so I will watch over them to build and plant says the Lord. In those days they shall say no more, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes...’”
Psalm 80:8-9 “You have brought a vine out of Egypt, You have cast out the nations and planted it. You prepared room for it, and caused it to take deep root and it filled the land.”
This vine, Israel, is described as “the choicest vine.” But it is a vine that also has within it a “winepress.” (Isaiah 5:1-2) The “winepress” speaks of the crushing tribulation to come!
God planted Israel as a “noble vine” of the highest quality, yet it became an alien, degenerate vine. This speaks of Israel's rebellion to Messiah. (Jeremiah 2:21)
As with the olive and the fig tree, the vine will bear its good fruit in its time, which is just around the corner!
►Other trees symbolic of Israel:
Joel 1:12 (Context: Israel is invaded in the tribulation period) “The vine has dried up and the fig tree has withered; and the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree. All the trees of the field have withered. Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.
But we know that Israel's story does not end in the tribulation. Joy will return.
The Cedar: Symbol of power, royalty and majesty. The Oak: Symbol of strength and stability. The Palm: Symbol of military victory and victory in Messiah. The Pomegranate: Symbol of abundance and joyfulness. The Acacia: Symbol of beauty. The Myrtle: Symbol of God’s favour and blessing.
The grand summary:
Israel is: Deeply rooted in God with an eternal future. Israel contains the light-producing oil of the Spirit of God and soon will be Messiah’s light of the world! Israel will be at peace soon. The church is a “wild” family member of Israel through our joint root in God. Israel will become fully fruitful after pruning. Israel’s ripening fruit is a sign of Messiah’s coming. Israel will bud and come to life supernaturally in a day and then bring the light of salvation to the Gentile world. Israel will go through the winepress of tribulation, be attacked from the north and fall under calamity, because she was the choicest, noble vine and yet gave herself to paganism. (Baal) Finally Israel will fulfil God’s call and plan in power, majesty and strength, abundance, and blessing.
All of this is revealed in the nature of this forest of trees, and the corresponding Bible verses. How can you not be a tree-hugger!
Edition 450: January 1st 2019
We get ready, the world get’s “ready”
The Bible verse for the year 2019 is:
Proverbs 28:4 “If you forsake the word of God you will praise the wicked.”
That verse above, can be applied to so many situations. I am applying it to 2019
Isaiah 30:8 “Now go and write it before them on a tablet, and note it on a scroll that it may be for time to come – forever and ever.” (This verse was foundational for this ministry – still is.)
We get ready because we see our Lord’s coming getting closer every day. We also see the world’s god, Satan getting closer. The world gets ready for the antichrist in total blindness. They don’t even acknowledge his existence, nor see our Lord’s soon coming.
The unsaved don’t know that they are getting ready! They don’t know that spiritual forces of wickedness are leading them, and driving them down, down, down. They “praise the wicked.”
Their “readiness” leaves them unready, empty, exposed and open for the coming slaughter!
The year ahead for the world:
The defining moment of 2018 is the announcement of the US withdrawal from Syria.
It has profound 2019 implications. It will result in a most important war prophetically. It will end in the destruction of Damascus, (Isaiah17) which will lead to the Ezekiel 38&39 war dubbed WW111, which will be just before or just into the tribulation period.
As regular readers know, I place the rapture of the true church here, before the tribulation.
Both of these wars, and others prophesied for this time period, will involve Israel and see the start of her large scale spiritual eye-opening and veil-lifting.
2 Chronicles 20:29 “The fear of God was on all those kingdoms of those countries when they heard that Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.”
This will not be a year of love and peace for the world. It will be a year of hate and war – intensified. Hatred by the unsaved for the saved, and for Israel, will escalate dramatically.
This will be the year of war! It will be war amongst nations, war against Israel, war against the true church and its truth, and war for your soul.
This will be the year of an increase in witchcraft and occult activity of various sorts. These satanic activities have the goal of controlling people. Much of it will filter into the compromised church.
“Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.” (1 Samuel 15:22-23) Where there is rebellion to God witchcraft follows. This is the lot for the end-time world.
Witchcraft is a cursed work in the church too. (Galatians 3:1-10) “Who has bewitched you?” It substitutes grace for rules. The result of all manifestations of legalistic witchcraft in the church is a curse, not just an error. You don’t get free without specific spiritual deliverance.
Man thinks that man’s problems are due to his environment, both on a personal and a macro level. But the truth is; all man’s problems are due to sin in the heart and this is increasing dramatically in these days.
This will be the year the mass-media manifests the beast in its heart shamelessly and blatantly. The world is programming its own, through the media, with its own “truth” emanating from the “father of lies.”
For world peace, the world’s way, the cross which is exclusive, must be removed and the law of God must be cast down so that the law of the world and its god can come in.
The law of the world is: “Do what you will” and “Me now.”
This is going to be a year of upheavals in the natural world like never before.
The only solution is the cross.
The year ahead for believers:
John 12:13 “They took branches from the palm trees and went out to meet Him crying, ‘Hosanna, blessed is the king of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord.”
●Hosanna (Strong’s G 5614): The word comes from the Hebrew root word - Strong’s H 3467, “Yasha.” Meanings: Salvation, set us free, victory, preserved, avenged!
The palm tree and branches are biblical symbols of victory, triumph and eternal life. Do you see how the symbol of the palm ties up with the word meanings above?
Hosanna is forever tied to our Lord’s entrance to Jerusalem.
2019 will mark the entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem, not physically yet, but by His Spirit in relation to His saving work with Israel. Hosanna to the Lord!
This will be the year for many Christians to experience “Hosanna” in its fullness.
As we get near to Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) we will see and know if all theses word meanings above are about play out in rapture. I think so!
Revelation 7:9 “After these things I looked and behold, a great multitude, which no one could number, of the nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, standing before the throne of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.”
Palm branches are etched into the Millennium temple (not the third temple) Ezekiel 40 – 44.
Many believers will move forward in leaps and bounds with our Lord this year, the wave of salvation sweeping the eastern half of the world, and the Middle East will increase.
Job 36:7 “He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; but they are on the throne with kings, for He has seated them there forever, and they are exalted.”
Many sleeping Christians will awake with a huge jolt, but others will go to satanic sleep!
Many will backslide and fall away due to the intense pressures of this year. (Applied pressure strengthens some, and causes some to give up.)
Backsliding always begins in the heart.
Job 8:12-13 “While the plant is yet green and not cut down, it withers before any other plant. So are the paths of all who forget God. The hope of the hypocrite shall perish.”
The judgement of rewards for believers will show how much you have been conformed to Him.
This will be the year of a clash of truths -The real truth and the watered down compromised truth, which is a real lie. The true wisdom of God has stood forever and will continue to stand. All those who mess with it will fall.
1 Corinthians 2:7-8 “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew, for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
We have been hidden in Messiah. (Colossians 3:3) When He appears we will be like Him. (1 John 3:2) We will appear fully saved, body, mind and spirit and full of glory.
Be careful of the company you keep! It does have effects on you. Be careful of the customs and traditions you participate in – they do have effects on you. Even the city you live in may have effects on your spiritual progress.
It is vital as a believer, especially a young believer, to have a spiritual father, be it a church a ministry or a person.
The greatest problem in the Christian world today – by far, is ignorance of the word of God, inspired and led by the Spirit. This creates an ill-prepared and equipped army in the face of the biggest troubles ever to hit the world.
The root cause is no fear of the Lord.
Don’t water down the fear of the Lord or change its meaning as many do. You will never even see the benefits if you do. When you put all the verses together relating to the fear of the Lord, it will produce in you: The terror of the Lord, trembling, repentance, and brokenness.
Multitudes of incredible, deeply rooted benefits stem from the fear of the Lord.
You don’t go to heaven in the rapture because you believed everything correctly about the rapture! You go to heaven because your heart is right. Your heart can be right with God from day one of salvation, while other things get in line and follow along.
One of the beautiful aspects, of the glory of eschatology is not just the coming of the Lord, but it is also the destruction of the final enemy which is death itself and Satan’s fruits of sin, temptation, disease, war, hatred, murder, lies, and all things not of God.
Isn’t it wonderful when you meet someone and discover that they’re a brother or sister in the Lord? It’s as though you’ve known them all your life. Then you discover that they know nothing about eschatology and have no interest because their church has formed them that way! It spoils your day.
It’s becoming quite rare to find people with a fully open heart to God and all of His word.
Treasure people that strike you in the heart! It is God’s doing.
The year ahead – Admonitions and warnings:
As the birth of our Lord approached, the message from the prophets was “Repent for the kingdom is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2) That is the case now. There is no neutrality. Repent or perish. (Luke 13:5)
Repentance, much like the fear of the Lord, produces many wonderful things including stability.
This year will see a flood of false prophets, false teachings and heresy, all trying to attack God in you.
Beware of those with private and new interpretations of scripture, especially when they contradict other doctrines or verses. Beware of those who blindly follow other blind guides. “Fools feed on foolishness.” (Proverbs 15:14)
Beware of new doctrines. New doctrines are always false!
Beware of those in pride seeking admiration. They and their wolflings are in grave danger.
Beware of all teaching and doctrine that interferes with Gods’ call and plan for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. In many cases it’s subliminal.
Beware of all ministries that are silent on God’s plans for Israel. Run, run as fast as you can to get away from all ministries of replacement theology! If you get on the wrong side of God on this issue at this time, it will have eternal consequences for you!
Don’t join or follow a cut-off, severed branch – there are many, especially on YouTube!
Beware of ministries not centred in the New Covenant epistles. Beware of ministries of pride, in legalism and trying to bring you under the law. They are cursed, and will get worse.
Beware of ministries that won’t touch eschatology.
Beware of complacency with God. We are at the very tail end of the grace of God in terms of a dispensation. We are close to the transition time to wrath. God can, does, and will cause an entire rebellious nation to fall into greater error! Have a look at the verse below!
Isaiah 30:28 “His breath is like an overflowing stream, which reaches to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of futility; and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
The “bridle” above, is their own pride and rebellion to God.
God’s response to the world’s rebellion is most politically incorrect. He laughs at the nations raging at Him. (Psalm 2:1-5) He does not open a dialogue of discussion, After a good laugh at them, He destroys them in His wrath!
Beware of love and good: The modern humanism-based church has set up good as God and love as a means to salvation.
People talk a lot about love. They say – all you need is love. Then everything will be okay.
People say that love is of God and God is love, so that’s all we need. They are right, but so wrong! Love is a person. In fact more than that, love is a crucified and resurrected person. If God is love, without the cross that love is hatred and ends in hell.
What is love? The Bible says: “Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for another.” So love is the cross of Calvary – the only, exclusive instrument of salvation.
Goodness and love are fruits. Fruits do not save you because they didn’t die for you.
The new church in line with new world thinking, does not recognise absolute truth. It has no fear of the Lord. It has no division between the holy and the unholy. It has no repentance, no obedience. It believes more in Santa Clause than the cross of Calvary! It is inoffensive to all but God.
There is an amazing principle of deterioration revealed in Ezekiel 22:25-29. It shows corruption setting in from the prophets to priests to princes to the people! How amazing, and how true!
It’s good to always bear in mind that as goes the spiritual, so goes the natural!
Israel is awakening:
Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly (timely) spoken and in due season is like apples of gold.”
Israel, here is your apple of gold:
Israel, it is your time. Your enemies surround you, but your God is with you and for you and on your side. You, together with your God, will have the last laugh! (Psalm 2:4)
Psalm 17:8-9 “Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me.”
Zechariah 2:8 “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you (Israel) touches the apple of His eye.”
The “church” never defended the Jews when they were persecuted, particularly in the Holocaust. In fact, the Catholic church murdered millions of Jews in the inquisitions.
The silent churches have shown their colours – the flag of surrender and capitulation to the world and its god. (Luke 11:23)
Now, you spineless churches - don’t stand in Israel’s way when they, with God’s backing, defend themselves! In fact many churches today are stumbling blocks to Israel.
I see many believe that the USA will not stand with Israel when she is in conflict. I do not believe that. Yes President Trump has ordered the Syria pullout. But when things really heat up the US will be there. Either way, Israel will prevail.
Ezekiel 37:10 “So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them (dry bones), and they lived and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.”
Note in this amazing verse above, of the valley of dry bones (Israel in rebellion) coming to life, we see more than that. They arise as a great army. The timing is not coincidental.
In 1948 one day after Israel’s miracle birth in a day, (Isaiah 66:8) five Arab armies attacked her in what became known as the War of Independence. Israel, surprisingly won with a rag-tag volunteer army. This was an exact parallel of the Egyptian armies pursuing the children of Israel immediately after they were let go by Pharaoh.
This will be the case again as Israel comes to salvation, beginning in one day. The world will immediately attack, beginning the seven-year tribulation in which the whole world will lose.
Remember that God directed David’s stone to the head of Goliath, killing him. The same will be true as God defends Israel in coming conflicts.
The two verses below show the tragedy of Israel’ rebellion causing them to become a “reproach” and then the spectacular turn around as she is regathered and comes back to life:
Daniel 9:16-17 “O Lord, according to Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city, Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all who are around us...Cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate.”
Zephaniah 3:20 “At that I will bring you back and gather you. For I will give you (Israel) fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth...”
Let’s have a look at another incredible portion of end-time scripture relating to how God will bring Israel back, save her and use her as an instrument of destruction and war on many nations:
Micah 4:11-13 “Many nations have gathered against you (Israel), who say ‘Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.’ But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor understand His counsel. He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hooves of bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples. I will consecrate their gain to the Lord, and their substance to the Lord of the whole earth.”
“Iron” in the verse above is a type of crushing strength in the Bible and “Brass” a type of judgement.
Jeremiah 31:4 “Again, I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice (Lit= dance of the merrymakers.)
Isaiah 35:10 “The ransomed of the Lord will return and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
Please don’t ever forget this simple, yet most profound collection of just a few words. These few words are more important than all the books on world history ever written! These few words will have massive, eternal consequences for those that believe them and those that reject them:
Israel:●Elected ●Rebelled ●Rejected ●Regathered ●Repented ●Accepted ●Used of God.
►Pray, praise and proclaim the word of God .Prayer must be warlike but with tears! Be vigilant, watchful, defensive and offensive to the enemy in your prayer.
Be eagerly expectant of the Lords coming. That rules out the majority!
Daniel 11:32 “...The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
Eschatology is absolutely vital for your spiritual health. It is becoming more and more significant and important now, even as it is attacked and cast down.
To ignore prophecy is to ignore God. There is a great danger in ignorance of prophecy. “If you won’t hear Yeshua the prophet – you will be utterly destroyed! “(Acts 3:23)
Our rewards are compared to a number of things in the Bible. One of them is a wedding garment! Some will have a pure white wedding garment full of big holes!
Hosanna, hosanna – many blessing to you!
Strength for the year! This is a mix of an elephant and baobab tree picture of mine.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 449: December 25th 2018
Throwing off weights.
Hebrews 12:1 “We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
2 Corinthians 5:10-11 “We must all (believers only) appear before the judgement seat (Lit=reward seat) of Messiah that each one may receive the things done in the body, whether good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men...”
Surprisingly, the verse above, speaks of the need for believers to “know the terror of the Lord.” Amazingly, this “terror” is found amongst the rewards being distributed to believers for their works!
How can that be a terror? It is a terror because this reward judgement includes the loss of rewards people would have had. And also because the reward-state is eternal! Some will be saved, “so as by fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15), but with no eternal rewards at all – forever.
Today people mock and scoff at Christians who use these severe tactics in evangelism. As a result, their coverts are nearly always, spineless, useless, half-baked, worldly sell-outs.
A world imprisoned and weighed down.
The world is racing blindly to its soon coming catastrophic end. Darkness is spreading.
You see light much more intensely when you are in darkness. But only if your eyes are open to see the light, and that’s the tragedy of the day. The ways of the world have rubbed off on believers, so much that their spiritual eyes have become dim.
“I am the light of the world”, said our Lord. He then transferred that light to the church. “You are now the light of the world” This light has supernatural qualities and power! But Satan knows that, so he comes as an “angel of light”, deceiving many, which removes the power from the light!
The church has become full of non-biblical ways. It’s just about impossible to de-paganise the church, but it is easy to de-paganise yourself. You may end up being a bit of an oddball compared to some churches, but you will be right on the mark with the kingdom of God!
It’s not really a matter of how you see things, but through whose eyes you see things. When you see things through the enlightened eyes of our Lord’s word, led by the Spirit, there is bright glory!
We are ambassadors for Messiah in this world. We are called to be successful representatives of our home, not our host country – the world.
Today the church is a consumer customer of the world! The church is called out of the world. When the world beautifies the church with a nice haircut, it’s like Samson losing his power.
Today, the church has lost the fear of the Lord.
What follows are some principles in contraposition of the fear of the Lord. I’ve compiled this list this way to give a deeper look into this profound subject.
When people have no active fear of the Lord, (which comes by choice) Here are some results:
●They will have unanswered prayer. ●They will not find the Lord. ●They will have no godly counsel in their lives. (Proverbs 1:28-30) ●They will be full of pride and arrogance and have no fear of evil. (Proverbs 8:13) ●They will be pulled down by evil. (Psalm 115:13) ●They will be lacking in godly wisdom, knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 9:10) ●They will have no life of reward. (Proverbs 13:13) ●They will have a perverse, foul mouth. ●They will not be enduringly clean and holy. (Psalm 19:9) ●They do not change. (Proverbs 19:23) ●They will have no secret counsel with God. (Psalm 25:14) ●They have no overall blessing on their lives. (Psalm 55:19) ●They will not have the mercy of God in their lives. (Psalm 147:11) ●They will have no stability and strength in their lives. (Isaiah 33:6) ●They continue their former rituals. (2 Kings 17:31-33)
There are very many more!
If there is one big take away from this list, it is that no fear of the Lord creates people with no fear of evil or sin.
You cannot fear a God you don’t know. But you can and must begin by your determined choice. As you get to know Him in reality, (not just words), the more your fear of Him increases! Only those who know God and fear Him are eternally safe and in a glorious position.
►Don’t mess with or try to dilute the fear of the Lord. Don’t try to redefine it as most minsters do. That will compromise you in many areas.
When you compare yourselves among yourselves, your standard becomes “yourselves,” and not the word of the living God, led by the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 10:12)
Error does not become truth because the whole world believes it. Mixing error with truth does not sanctify error – ever! (Isaiah 5:20)
The soon-coming antichrist sits on the throne of the temple declaring himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4) Satan has always desired worship and to be enthroned in people. He is already enthroned in the lives of the unsaved and many shallow and counterfeit Christians.
Today our Lord is calling the radical Christian to a unique, deep relationship, in which He alone is enthroned, and served by His own.
Job 17:9 “The righteous will hold onto his ways, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.”
Proverbs 15:24 “The path of life winds upwards for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below.”
Guard your eyes, ears and heart:
I really can’t add one word of explanation to these verses below. They are so profound and simple! Read them and digest them.
Jonah 2:8 “Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own mercy.”
Psalm 119:37 “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.”
1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Test all things; abstain from every form of evil.” (Even the appearance of evil)
Psalm 97:10 “You that love the Lord – hate evil.”
Ephesians 5:11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.”
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your word.”
Psalm 69:32 “The humble shall see this and be glad; and you who seek God, your hearts shall live.”
Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”
Today, the world is ripe for judgment, and we know it is coming soon. But much of modern thinking has seeped into the church almost unnoticed.
Below are the major avenues used by the devil to infiltrate the church. These are psychological terms, but they offer incredible, accurate insights. These are perpetrated by the mass-media, the world of entertainment, and the like:
As you read these terms and descriptions below, just think of how many situation you know, where they apply perfectly.
●Sublimation is the term for unacceptable behaviour being transformed over time into acceptable actions and impulses.
●Naive realism is the psychological term for the human tendency to believe that what they see and hear is real and true and must take precedence. Those who disagree with them are branded irrational, biased or heretics. Naive realism entrenches systematic error based on false majority consensus. They believe that they are the only really objective ones. It is similar to “Availability heuristics,” meaning that he more times a topic has been in your face, the more important it must be. Content or truth is not important.
Group speak, is simply crowd psychology, which produces a false confirmation bias.
●Blind spot bias is the failure to see the impact of one’s own error and judgment, while seeing only their own view, through tunnel vision. It is ever more evident as God and the devil blind more and more people. Their blind spot grows and soon becomes a blinded life!
●The devil says good morning! There’s nothing wrong with “good morning” but coming from demon possessed or oppressed people – it’s a manipulation to gain respectability before administering the poison! Of course I’m not referring to “good morning” literally, it’s the overall principle. People often use all sorts of manipulative techniques to gain respect, while they really have ulterior and hidden false motives.
It’s good to have these things above defined, because you can then more clearly see and identify them when they appear – and they are worldwide.
You shall be holy:
As mentioned above, the fear of the Lord is one of the ingredients that produces holiness. But there is another most powerful factor involved. It is a “trembling”!
2 Corinthians 7:15 “...How with fear and trembling you received him. (Titus)
Philippians 2:12 “...Work out your salvation (from inside to the outside) with fear and trembling.”
Isaiah 66:2 “...On this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
Here we see that a product of the fear of the Lord is “trembling”. In these early church examples, they were to sanctify their walk with trembling. They were sent out and ministered with trembling. (There are more examples too)
Fear and trembling before God, produces holiness! In fact, trembling, further defines what the fear of the Lord is.
Compare this attitude to the modern proud, prouncing preacher and the weak shallow church of today. (In many cases)
Again, don’t try to dilute “trembling.” One of my spiritual fathers, Derek Prince often said: “The fear of the Lord means to fear Him.” The same applies to “trembling.” This is one of the ways true biblical holiness comes into your life.
Holiness is directly linked to your true success as a believer. It is also linked to the corporate success of the church. Holiness is linked to the success of your spiritual warfare and that of the church.
Joshua 7:13 “...Thus says the Lord God of Israel: There is an accursed thing in your midst O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”
Deuteronomy 23:14 “The Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you.”
Isaiah 43:12 “I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord.”
2 Kings 17:33-42 “They feared the Lord (appeared to) yet served their own gods, according to the rituals of the nations. To this day they continue practising the former rituals. They do not fear the Lord...So these nations feared the Lord, yet served their carved images; also their children and their children’s children have continued doing as their fathers did even to this day; they do not fear the Lord...”
Exodus 23:1-2“You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. You shall not follow the crowd to do evil...”
The verses above show what caused Israel to fail and fall many times. It is also the reason why Israel and the counterfeit church, will fall for the antichrist when he appears. It is remnant Israel that will quickly make right!
This is all a powerful lesson.
One powerful destroying verse:
Isaiah 66:5 “Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His word: Your brethren who hated you (those in replacement theology), who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, ‘let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy. But they shall be ashamed.’”(Verse 8 speaks of the nation of Israel being born in a day.)
Who is the “brethren that hated Israel?” Who are these brethren who tried to “cast Israel out”, who will be ashamed later on? This is a perfect description, prophetically speaking of the churches of replacement theology and anti-Semitism!
Shame is coming their way. These churches have no fear of the Lord and no trembling at the word! They are dangerous counterfeits. When the pressure really heats up – beware!
This evil, demonic replacement theology has become an accepted tradition in many churches today. It is a weight that needs to be rebuked, cast out, cast down and thrown off.
Psalm 114:7 “Tremble O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob. (Israel)”
Often you can tell what a church believes by its decor! Israel is the thread that runs through time. Now, the “middle wall of partition” between Jewish and Gentile believers has been broken down, but God’s final act will be His completed work with Israel again.
A church that has only Christian decor normally has no heart for God’s plans for Israel. A church with some Christian decor and some Hebraic decor speaks volumes and is welcoming to Jews.
The power of traditions:
There is a particular blinding force that operates in traditionalism and customs, especially those born in the occult and pagan devil worship, like Christmas and Easter.
At Christmas time, Christians put up a tree and decorate it with lights and little gold and silver balls, which originate from Babylonian pagan customs of worshipping the sun and the moon gods. I dare you to ask your minister, why the Christmas tree?
Numerous other pagan-born practises are done. You can look up the occult origins of every single Christmas tradition by simply typing in “Pagan origins of Christmas and Easter.”
Mark 7:13 “You make the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
Churches that celebrate Christmas and Easter always have the same chant, which is actually a lie. They say: “We don’t serve the Babylonian gods of Christmas and Easter, we just use the names”. Well actually, they use the names and numerous pagan practices as well!
I’m not getting into this now, but be aware that these traditions originate in Baal worship.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Catholic church originally introduced these pagan practises essentially to keep the Jews out of the church. How successful they have been at that!
I heard one minster actually say that’s it is okay to mix pagan traditions into the church, because that gives it a wider audience.
For all its life, the Catholic church has lied about the Jews and presented a Jew-less gospel. For 2000 years rabbinical Judaism has lied about the nature of the true gospel. And in both cases their people have bought it all and it’s become tradition.
Note below, that the coming salvation of the Jews will be Christmas-less (No trace of Baal.)
Zephaniah 1:4 “...Against the inhabitants of Jerusalem, I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, the names of the idolatrous priests, with the pagan priests.
Exodus 23:13 “Be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth.”
Jeremiah 10:2 “Do not learn the way of the pagans.” (This goes on to condemn the cutting down of the fir tree and decorating it with gold and silver balls.
Can you now see clearly how Naive realism, Group Speak and Blind-Spot bias have duped nearly the entire church? These are all weights that weigh you down spiritually.
Romans 13:12 “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”
Ephesians 4:22 “Put off concerning the old man, which grows corrupt...”
The following two verses speak of the sin of homosexuality, but could also apply to other sinful things becoming traditions.
Romans 1:18-21 “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness...For they are without excuse...And their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Romans 1:24 “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness in the lust of their hearts to dishonour their bodies among themselves.” (“God gave them up,” also in verse 26 &28)
The easy, cheap way – to failure!
The modern church tries to find acceptance with the world by participating with it in its traditions. Much of the church today has created an environment of easy-believism. This is why there is very little deep biblically identifiable, radical change in modern jelly-Christians.
Be aware of this: That, which costs you nothing, does nothing and it has no value. So, we have a church full of happy little nothings! The curse of the modern church is mixture of truth and error, paganism and purity, right and wrong and wishy-washy, non-descript doctrine.
Yeshua said: “count the cost” when you come to Me. (Luke 14:28)
There’s a big problem in church evangelism today. “Come into my life Lord.” is all wrong. If your thinking is: “My life must come into Your life, Lord,” that’s right!
When we appear before the judgement seat of Messiah, we will be stripped of everything. Those who think that they can pull the wool over God’s eyes will find out how wrong they are. Those who have blindly followed the ways of the world will pay for it.
How wise it is to fall before the Lord in total surrender now and cast off weights that beset.
The raised anchor allows the boat to move forward. The ballast released from the balloon allows it to go up. The opened handcuffs and shackles of prison allow you to go free.
Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast in the liberty by which Messiah has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yolk of bondage.”
There are so many weights that the modern church has to cast off. I know, according to scripture that most people will not cast them off. Don’t let that be you. The price is too high!
I took the background picture in the beautiful Namaqualand Desert and superimposed one of our pincushion proteas on top of it.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 448: December 18th 2018
The failure and triumph of world peace:
In this edition, I’m returning to one of my favourite subjects – world peace, or lack of it! I’ll be looking more deeply at the spiritual forces at work, for you benefit, so that you can take heed! It is extremely relevant for the world and the church today. You must be aware of these things for you own safety, your edification and spiritual growth.
Firstly, world peace is totally impossible within the current world order. Glorious world peace is coming soon in the dispensation called the Millennium, under the full Lordship of Messiah.
Haggai 2:7-8 “I will shake all nations and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations (Jerusalem)...and in this place I will give peace.”
Ancient spirits are at work, and coming into the open. We saw this in the operations of Nazi Germany and Hitler’s plans for a Jew-less new Aryan millennium of peace under the Nazis.
●The Nazi Swastika, now appearing all over Europe and other places in the world is an occult symbol meaning ongoing or rotating, global peace and well-being. In some cultures it means spiritual perfection and well-being, with no Jews. So, the meaning of the Swastika is – “World peace with no Jews”.
●The word “Aryan” means: “Of noble (perfect) birth”. In some definitions the word includes, no Jews in the birth line!
The Aryan people originally came from the Nordic regions and further north in present day Russia, from an ancient village called Arkaim.
●The name “Arkaim” means: “The meeting or marriage of the sky and earth”. It is connected to legends of alien and UFO visits and various evil spirits.
“Gog and Magog” are names from the great Ezekiel 38 & 39 prophecy of WW111, in which they come down from Russia to invade Israel.
Gog was a giant god-like demon spirit. It will possess the Russian leader when this war takes place, just like Satan will fully possess the person to become the antichrist.
●The name “Gog” means: “Mountain” or “high place.” It is associated with elevated pride, and the demonic “high places.”
●The name “Magog”: means “covering.” It has a connection to covering by demon spirits.
So now if we put this all together we come up with:
●World peace with no Jews. ●Perfect birth with no Jewish lineage. ●The meeting of sky and earth, (the transmission of demons). ●The demonic covering through the high-place of exalted pride.
Perfect birth without Jewish lineage removes the new-birth which is of The Jewish Messiah.
As you consider the points above, note that this is exactly what is on the go in these days!
The marriage of hell and the marriage of heaven:
As mentioned above, the name “Arkaim” means: “The meeting or marriage of the sky and earth”. (With occult connotations.)
The “marriage of sky and earth” here is an occult concept in which there is a transfer of spirits and an equalisation of them. Holiness is not in this marriage! It is a new world order concept and an attempt to produce peace. It is none other than the Babylonian idea of mixture of good and evil.
Babel was an attempt to reach God by a bridge or a gate between earth and heaven.
This marriage of sky and earth is a marriage made in hell, and for those who will end in hell. It is the kiss of death!
But now have a look at this beautiful, poetic, verse of absolute truth:
Psalm 85:10 “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth and righteousness shall look down from heaven.”
Please note in the verse above, that we also see a meeting of sky and earth, but this verse has no occult connotations or meanings. It is a pure and holy meeting!
Here we see a heaven made marriage! This is the kiss to beat all kisses! This is the kiss of God and the kiss of life eternal!
A sleeping beauty, Israel, is soon to be awakened by a supernatural marriage kiss from God!
Genesis 28:16-17 “Jacob (Israel) awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.’ And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’”
This verse above is gloriously prophetic. As Israel awakens from a long spiritual sleep, and recognizes her Jewish Saviour, which is the gateway to glory, she will be instantly struck with awe and repentant fear.
The same spirits at work today:
●Egypt, a type of the world, was a place of captivity for the Jews. The Egyptians tried to build a world empire of peace with no Jews.
●Babylon was a place of captivity for the Jews. Its tower was an attempt to reach God in the sky as part of their world-dominance of the day – but without Jews.
●All following world empires tried to build world peace with no Jews.
●The Catholic church became a world political dynasty in the 1700’s Its capital is the Vatican. It is still an official political state. The Catholic church, right from its foundation has tried to be a world religion / state. It tried to eliminate the Jews, and keep them out of their church through numerous means, the worst being the mass murder of millions of Jews in the Inquisitions.
●We all know the Hitler / Nazi story and their attempt to build an Aryan, Jew-less 1000 year world order of peace.
●Iran (Persia of old) is trying to build an Arab / Islamic world power with no Jews.
●Today, Islam is trying to build a world of Islamic peace with no Jews!
The incredible consistency is that every attempt at world peace throughout history has been without Jews, or with them being captive in those particular empires.
The amazing thing, and I understand why “God sits in the heavens and laughs” (Psalm 2:1-2) is that world peace will come with the nations destroyed, Jews saved by a Jewish Messiah and becoming kings and priests in a new world of peace - the Millennium, with Jerusalem as the world capital!
What a slap in the face for the world and its god!
The following two verses are an indictment against the church and its neglect of taking the gospel to the “Jew first”. (Romans 1:16) It is also an indictment against rabbinical Judaism.
Isaiah 59:16 “God saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him...The redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob, says the Lord.”
Ezekiel 34:2-11 “Prophecy against the shepherds of Israel and say, ‘Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not they feed the flocks?...You have not brought back what was driven away, nor sought was lost; but with force and cruelty you ruled over them. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the beasts where they were scattered...My sheep were scattered over the whole earth, and no one was searching or seeking for them...Therefore O shepherds, I am against you...Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.”
The doom of world pece!
The Jews object to Yeshua as Messiah, because He did not bring world peace as they expected. But He did and He will! The kingdom of God, and His peace, is now in our hearts as believers. It will soon become an external kingdom of world peace too – after the tribulation.
But tragically, because the Jew is looking for world peace in the present world, they will find it in the promises of the coming antichrist! There will be some sort of land for peace deal, but it will be their souls for peace!
Many Jews will accept the fateful peace deal, but not all, because great masses will begin to be saved right from the start of the tribulation.
If only the Jews could see that kingdom is here already and the full manifestation of peace is coming only after the sword of massive war.
Matthew 10:34 “Do not think I came to bring peace on the earth. I came to bring a sword.”
Obadiah 1:15 “For the day of the Lord upon all nations is near, as you (world) have done, it shall be done unto you; your reprisal shall return on your own head.
World peace without Jews, Israel and Jerusalem in their rightful place is impossible. It will never happen – not in a million years.
So, you think you can have world peace without the Jewish Prince of peace? So, you think you can have personal peace without being saved by the Jewish Messiah? It’s impossible!
The people of the world believe in the replacement of the ways of God with their traditions, customs and opinions of the world and its devil – Satan. They believe they are safe because the masses think they are safe.
They believe that God will hear their prayer, listen to them and open His doors of heaven.
So many think they can pray for world peace and God will hear. Many institutions, and even some so-called church organisations think they can build world peace, through interfaith.
A wonderful world – gone to pot and worse!
A man made world-system is in fact a Satan – made world. He is the god of the world and you can’t take him out of it. A Satan – made world can’t have Jews as part of their framework, from Satan’s point of view, because the Jews have a separate, godly call and destiny on their lives.
So the big thing is that all world peace or globalism efforts can’t have Israel participating.
The reason for globalism in the first place, is because Satan can then control all components of it. He is the ultimate controller. But he can’t control what is of God. Satan can’t control the Jewish Messiah or the Jews predestined to be saved.
Satan’s global world-peace system is coming, for a short season, through hatred disguised as love.
The world has chosen a loser as its god. Don’t you choose him too!
Romans 16:20 “The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly...”
The great big mistake of the ages is that man, as Adam, is born without sin. People think they will be saved because they are basically good. In other words, man fits the Aryan description of perfect Jew-less birth. BUT the truth, is only those born of perfect Jewish blood, of – Yeshua, Jesus, Jesu, Yesu, Jisu, UJesu, Desu, Gesu (and more) are saved!
God shuts doors blinds people and turns a deaf ear.
God shut the door of the Ark of Noah, seven days before the flood came to keep the unrighteous out. (Genesis 6:16, 7:4-16) God shut the door to the five foolish virgins. (Matthew 25:10)
God not only shuts doors, He turns a deaf ear to the prayer of unbelievers:
John 9:31 “We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears them.”
Job 35:12-13 “They cry out but He does not answer, because of the pride of their evil. Surely God will not listen to empty talk.”
Isaiah 59:2 “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”
Isaiah 1:15 “When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.”
Job 38:15 “From the wicked their light is withheld...”
You must be born-again into God’s family for Him to be your father, and for you to participate in family benefits.
How is world peace coming?
Shock of all shocks for the world! World peace is coming through the world’s great enemy – Israel! Yes of course it’s coming through our Lord, but His agent will be Israel. Why not the church? Because the church will be gone in the “twinkling of an eye”!
Isaiah 60:2-3 “Darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; (In the tribulation), 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.”
Isaiah 2:3-4 “Many people shall come and say, ‘Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths. Out of Zion shall go the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many nations, and shall rebuke many people. They shall beat their swords into plowshares , and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither hall they learn war anymore.”
Isaiah 9:7 “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom...”
Zechariah 8:3 “I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.”
The above verses occur as the tribulation ends and the world goes into the Millennium.
The triumph of world peace:
On the wings of the destruction of the present world order and its attempted peace, like a seed springing to new life or an egg hatching, The true new world order of glorious peace will emerge.
At the end of the long, winding day, world peace will finally arrive. It will be a world fully restored to glory, with no curse, no sin, and no wickedness. It will be a world of perfect peace in the natural environment too.
It will be a world of holiness, purity, incredible abundance, beauty of sight sound and everything good you can imagine. It will be a world of saved Jews and Gentiles from all nations, out of the tribulation slaughter, and the saved church in glory.
Isaiah 51:3 “For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”
Salvation of the Jews: One day / three days!
Mark 14:58 “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days, I will build another, without hands!”
Matthew 12:40 “As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
In the verses above we see the classic three days and nights relating to the cross of Calvary. Now have a look at the following verse relating to the coming salvation of Israel:
Hosea 6:2 “After two days, He will revive us, on the third day He will raise us up that we may live in His sight.”
The application of the biblical day for a thousand years principle means that after 2000 years and into the next, which is now - they will be raised up to salvation. But the more direct application relates to the three days after crucifixion, which is when our Jewish Messiah was raised.
In fact this Old Covenant verse is telling the Jews who their Messiah is!
How will the salvation of the Jews take place, or at least begin?
Zechariah 3:9 “...I will remove the iniquity of that land (Israel) in one day.”
Isaiah 66:8-9 “Who has heard of such a thing? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she gave birth to her children...Rejoice O Jerusalem and be glad with her, all you her love her.”
This verse above speaks of the national birth of Israel in a day in 1948, as well as the coming spiritual birth of the Jews.
There are other verses I’ve used before, showing that the Jews will see and understand who their Messiah is – suddenly!
These “one-day” and “suddenly” verses will be caused by the rapture of the church, which will end the church dispensation and begin the seven years of tribulation and make the Jews “angry” and “jealous” at the same time, since God took the church and left them behind. (Romans 10:19)
Here are some other interesting three-day verses:
Acts 9:9 “He (Paul) was three days without sight and neither ate nor drank.”
Exodus 8:27 “We will go three days into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God as He commanded us.”
You must be born-again of perfect Jewish blood – the blood of Yeshua our Lord.
You can choose the glorious true Prince of peace. If not, you have chosen the “prince of perdition”. (Utter destruction) This term, “prince of perdition”, is used for Judas and for the antichrist!
Hitler’s “final solution” was part of the reason for his own demise. The world’s “final solution” because it is also Jew-less will be its own demise as well. God’s “final solution” will put them all to shame in destruction.
World peace comes through spilt Jewish blood – that of our Messiah!
The end purpose in all of this is: Rend your heart and pray that you are led into all truth. If you are not saved, you need to get saved right now! If you are saved you need to strengthen yourself in the knowledge of God’s ways and word now!
Psalm 55:18 “He has redeemed my soul in peace.”
I took the background picture in the magnificent Namib Desert and the fish eagle in the Okavango Delta – Botswana, and blended then together.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 447: December 11th 2018
Pre-Trib only, works:
The Pre-Tribulation rapture of the church is the only position that fully works and fits in with all scripture, dispensations and pure logic! It is really liberating and exciting when you see how it all fits.
The key to the pre-trib rapture is in the church and Israel!
What I have to share with you today is new material, from the ancient scriptures. You will be challenged to deny this and come up with any other view! More than anything else, my motivation here for you is the same as it is for me, which is not to prove positions, but to turn your heart in surrender to our Lord, and seek Him and His holiness afresh.
What I’m going to do in his edition is compile some simple, well known differences between the church and Israel. I’ll then presume that the church goes through the seven –year tribulation (or any part of it) and show you the powerful impossibility!
Identifying the church:
The church was born in an instant, by new covenant on the day of Pentecost, as the law was transferred from stone to the hearts of believers and the Holy Spirit came to dwell in the hearts of believers through the new birth.
The church is a distinctly separate dispensation, which was born supernaturally, is supernatural and has its own language – tongues.
None of the above factors are found in the Old Covenant dispensation or the others.
The Old Covenant, as a dispensation, began on the original day of Pentecost as Moses came down from the mountain with the law in stone. This dispensation is not complete yet. On our modern-day of Pentecost, the dispensation of the law was put on hold. The final seven years – the tribulation period, will complete the Old Covenant, shortly. But for this to occur, the church age must end.
Proof supreme of who the “restrainer” is:
The Bible reveals the unique identity of the restrainer of evil and the antichrist. Some say he is the angel Michael. Some say he is the Holy Spirit. Some say he is the church, and some say he is the church, indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 “Now you know what is restraining, that he (antichrist) may be revealed in his own (set) time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”
●The word, “what” is neuter gender, and “He” is masculine gender. This is important!
The term “out of the way”, is the Greek word “Ek” (Strong’s G1537), meaning, “clean out of the way, with force”. It is used for the rapture in other verses too. It is the rapture.
The “restrainer” is a reference to both a thing (neuter gender - verse six), and a person (masculine gender - verse seven). Note in verse six, “what” is the neuter gender word, and in verse seven, the “He” is capitalised, and is the masculine gender word. You would never call a person a “what.”
So here we have a sure mystery! The only way that this can work is if the “what,” in neuter gender, refers to the church, and the “He”, capitalised, refers to the Holy Spirit. That clears that up!
We could accurately say this: When the church indwelt by the Spirit, is removed by rapture, the antichrist will be revealed. Now re-read the verse above bearing in mind what I’ve explained. You will now see how well it fits together.
Yes, the Holy Spirit will still be here during the tribulation, but He will operate the way He did in Old Covenant times. People saved in the tribulation will not be born-again in the same way we are now.
We, the church, filled with the Spirit, are the restrainers now. The world will soon see how much we did restrain, when we are gone!
In the tribulation there are no gifts of the Spirit in operation. If there were, the saints could bind and cast out Satan. He is unrestrained in the tribulation.
The sign of the temple:
We could say that a symbol of the church age is no temple in Jerusalem. A symbol of the tribulation dispensation is a new, soon-coming temple in Jerusalem.
The church age began within a very short time of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Literally, as our Lord died on the cross, the temple veil was torn and it was left empty.
At the birth of the church on the day of Pentecost, the disciples were filled with the Spirit, with the evidence of tongues. This was the beginning of the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit for the church age. This was where the born-again church became the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
If the church goes through the tribulation and it is the temple of the Holy Spirit, why would the church need a temple in Jerusalem in the tribulation?
The sign of the New Covenant:
The covenant God made with Israel is mentioned 74 times in the Bible in different ways. The covenant is exclusively for Israel alone. This covenant includes the land of Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews as a nation.
Genesis 17:7-8 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”
But then with the advent of the church, God made a new covenant, exclusively with and for the church. This covenant does not include land or a city. So now we see Israel and the church separated by their covenants.
If the church has replaced Israel, or goes through the tribulation, then we, God’s people in the tribulation, come under the covenant for Israel!
Psalm 89:34 “My covenant I will not break, nor alter My word that has gone out from My mouth.”
Remember that part of God’s covenant promise to Israel relates to her future as a blessing to the nations in the tribulation.
Isaiah 60:21 “Your people (Israel) shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.”
Isaiah 49:6 “...I will give you (Israel) as a light to the Gentiles, (nations) that you should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.”
If the church goes through the tribulation these covenants are all mixed up and don’t fit.
The sign of the land of Israel:
If the church is God’s work now, why would it need the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem? God never gave the land of Israel, with eternal covenant, to the church.
The Messiah was given as the light of the world. He transferred that to the church. The church is now the light of the world. But now we see a huge switch! Israel is given as the light to the world (Gentiles) in the seven-year tribulation.
Isaiah 42:6-7 “I, the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand. I will keep you and give you (Israel) as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes...”
So what happened? Why the big switch to Israel as the light? The church went in rapture.
The land, the city and the Jewish people are distinct from the church. The two must be seen and viewed through prophetic, biblically-based glasses.
The sign of Jewish evangelists:
In replacement theology, the church replaces Israel. That means that the church must go through the tribulation, because it and not Israel is the agent of salvation to the world. That, of course denies God’s call upon Israel and numerous end-time promises for Israel!
The 24 elders (Revelation 4:4) are representative of the leadership of the church and not Israel. They are clearly identified (in original words) as humans (not angles), and they are males. They are viewed in heaven seated on thrones, when the tribulation begins on earth.
We see another group of leaders in Revelation 7:4-8 and Revelation 14:1-5. These are the 144,000. They are all Jewish males. These represent the Jewish apostles /evangelists of the tribulation period. They are not the 24 elders.
If the church goes through the tribulation, this all becomes a big messy mess of interpretation.
The sign of the church’s language:
A sign of the beginning of the church age is tongues. That identified the birth of the church. Tongues and the gifts were not here in the Old Covenant.
Now let’s look at a mystery proof of the pre-tribulation rapture:
1 Corinthians 13:8 “Where there are prophecies they will fail (Lit=vanish away); whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.”
Here is the amazing thing: Tongues, a sign of the birth of the church, will continue and then suddenly cease. The original word means just that. They will cease in an instant. But prophecies, which are for all dispensation, will vanish away over some time.
It is the rapture that ends the church in an instant that also ends its unique language.
By the way, I totally reject all teaching and belief that tongues and the gifts ceased with the death of the last apostle. That is heresy.
If the church goes through the tribulation, then this is all messed up.
The sign of the peace treaty:
The church is part of the kingdom of God now and forever. The kingdom is called, “The kingdom of peace.” (Romans 14:17)
What the Bible reveals in a number of passages in Daniel and elsewhere is that there will be a peace covenant agreed to, but that this very peace treaty will bring immediate destruction. It will kick off the seventieth week (of years) of Daniel 9:27) The entire tribulation period will not see one day of peace at all – only trouble, war, calamity and judgement.
A peace plan or initiative or covenant does not mean peace is coming. It does not mean that the first three and a half years of the seven-year tribulation period will be a time of world-peace or even peace in Israel.
The second half of the seven years will see a greater intensity, called the “wrath of God.” But make no mistake the wrath of God, the wrath of Satan, the wrath of man and the wrath of nature, joined by the “riders” of death and destruction will be on earth through the entire seven-year period.
In fact the make-up of the original word “tribulation” relates to the very opposite of peace. It has a lot to with the psychological aspects of man in this time.
Tribulation: (Strong’s 2347) Pressing together, distress, stress, oppression, affliction.
The reasons for the seven-year tribulation are many, but some are surprising indeed!
Perhaps the most astounding reason for the seven-year tribulation is the actual peace treaty or covenant itself.
Daniel 9:27 “Then he (antichrist) shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wings of the abomination shall be one who makes desolate...” (See more on peace: Daniel 8:24-25).
The word “confirm,” above means “to give strength to” or “to enforce.” The word “covenant” means “a treaty” or a “constitutional alliance”. It is the same word for God’s covenants.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 “You know that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. When they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape. But you, brethren are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” (The word “Day” is a reference to the entire tribulation period.)
Note in the verse above that peace does not come when they say “peace and safety”! Sudden destruction comes! So don’t tell me that peace is coming to the world for the first half of the tribulation!
The word “sudden” above means: Unexpected, unforeseen, and instant. (Strong’s G160)
God reserves His wrath for His enemies. (Nahum 1:2) If we as believers have the indwelling Spirit, God is in us! How can God pour out His wrath on Himself?
Through the new birth, we have peace. God is peace. His kingdom is of peace.
If the church goes through the tribulation, none of this chapter would make sense.
The sign of the covenant of death:
The tribulation begins with a new covenant, a covenant of death!
The very thing that reveals and identifies the antichrist is the Daniel 9:27 covenant. In agreeing to it, Israel must break its existing covenant with the true God. They will think it’s a peace, safety and security covenant, but God says it’s a covenant with death!
Isaiah 28:18-22 “Your (Israel) covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with hell (antichrist) will not stand; when the overflowing scourge (tribulation) passes through, then you will be trampled down by it...I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a destruction (Lit=complete end) even upon the whole earth.”
Isaiah 24: 4-6 “The earth mourns and fades away; the world languishes and fades away. The haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate...”
We need to understand that God hold’s the whole world accountable! They have pressurised Israel for ages to give in to Palestinian causes. They have pressurised Israel to give in to demands on Jerusalem. The covenant of death was made with the “many,” which will be many nations, and with Israel.
The many nations here may be the UN or the new soon-coming Europe, or both.
The tribulation will be centred on the Middle East but, comes upon the whole world.
Isaiah 30:27-28 “The name of the Lord comes from afar, burning with His anger, and His burden is heavy; His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue like a devouring fire. His breath is like an overflowing stream, which reaches up to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of futility; and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.”
If the church goes through the tribulation, this all means that the church will make this fateful covenant with death. Yes I agree that the apostate, counterfeit or backslidden church will be part of it all, and go through the tribulation, but most certainly not the church with God in their hearts.
The most powerful sign of all:
In the seven-year tribulation period, which is the next dispensation, completing the Old Covenant, now on hold, believers will not be born-again with the indwelling Holy Spirit as they are now. They will be saved, but their salvation will be the same as it was in Old Covenant times.
If the church goes through the tribulation period, (any part of it) as some teach, does that mean the church would have to give back the indwelling Holy Spirit and become un born-again and revert to salvation the way it was in Old Covenant times?
Do you see what I am saying? Just use some plain logic. It could never be that the church would have to give up its new-birth and indwelling Holy Spirit. It is impossible.
You can’t have two types of salvation from two different dispensations running side by side with each other.
Where does that leave the church when the tribulation begins? – Raptured!
What I have just put before you is an absolutely undeniable proof of a pre-tribulation rapture.
Some post-tribulation rapture impossibilities:
If the church goes through the tribulation, the following verse means, that when all Israel is saved, the church will be saved!
Romans 11:25-26 “I do not desire brethren that you be ignorant of this mystery, lest you 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.”
●In the tribulation period, the remnant Jews have to flee to Petra. If there is a post tribulation rapture; that means that the church has to go to Israel and flee to Petra!
●If the church goes through the tribulation, the Palestinians would be all over the entire church.
●The church is a mystery. Israel is never referred to as a mystery. Only her hardening in part is a mystery. (Romans 11:25)
●The church age ends with the appearing of our Lord in the air at the rapture. Israel’s history culminating in the seven-year tribulation ends with the Second Coming of our Lord to the earth.
If the church goes through the tribulation, there are very many, not just one or two verses that simply don’t make sense. Yes, yes I know all about the few verses that imply a post-tribulation rapture. When properly studied and taken in view of dispensations, they all fail.
I have written many editions on the rapture, under “Editions by subject” and “Rapture.”
The only position that fits the requirement of all scripture, the inner witness of the Spirit and pure logic, is the pre-trib rapture!
I have a lot more to come on these subjects in coming editions that will surprise you!
Oh yes, one last thing. When does the rapture happen? It is soon!
I took this picture of the Rhino in one our game reserves and added some texture effects and trees.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 446: December 4th 2018
The Bible itself, like a giant jigsaw puzzle of the ages, gives a picture of what right division and application of scripture looks like. So if you’re trying to build a doctrine that doesn’t look like the overall end picture, it is you who is wrong and needs changing.
Heresy: Strong’s G139 “Hairesis. Meanings: To choose for oneself or selective division.
It means to choose how much you will accept and reject. Heresy is cherry-picking within doctrine, rejecting other doctrine. It is a “damnable” practice according to scripture.
Galatians 1:9 “If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”
The overall purpose of heresy is to get you sidetracked and into error, away from the truth.
Obviously, we have to be selective, but not at the expense or contradiction of other verses and doctrines. Everything must add up.
There is a big difference between interpretation of scripture and application. For example there are many things in the Old Covenant that may not be interpreted as being for us in the New, but they can still be examples for us today.
Bible dispensations (Ephesians 3:9-10, Hebrews 1:1 Colossians 1:25) are essential for keeping things in harmony and order. But there are those who over- dispensationalise, saying that nothing from one dispensation relates to the next. They are in a ditch.
Heresy is a particular end-time plague. It has brothers, sisters and cousins, who are: False prophets, false teachers, deceiving, seducing spirits. It will intensify in these days, but it has been a major problem and the chief cause of division throughout the age.
●Heresy is a spirit. It is a “spirit of error” within the church, mostly perpetrated by leaders and teachers. It is evident in those who are not led by the Spirit of truth.
Heresy is a church issue, it’s not external. One of the great problems is that it causes disunity and division in the church, which then prevents many from being saved. Have a look at this shocking verse below, and note how important unity is:
John 17:20-21 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me, that they may be one, as You Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
Biblical heresy has a dramatic, negative effect on the church and on the world. The world looks at the divisions and thinks God must be confused!
People fall for heresy because they are of the same spirit. ●They are ignorant of the scriptures. ●They are ignorant of the devil’s devices. ●They have no Spiritual gifts of revelation, protection or spiritual gifts of warfare.
People fall for heresy because they have a preconceived, erroneous belief on some issue and then chose selective verses, and cherry-pick to back them up.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 “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. They will turn away their ears from the truth and be turned aside to fables.”
1 Corinthians 11:18-19 “I hear that there divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must be factions among you, that those who are approved may be me recognised among you.”
The evil power of heresy:
1 Samuel 15:24 “Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned because I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and your words, because I feared the people, and I obeyed their voice.’”
1 Kings 18:21 “Elijah came to all the people and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him.’ But the people answered him not a word.”
A double minded person is unstable in all his ways, says the Bible. Today, the power of the devil in the mass-media, entertainment, and the opinions of the masses is extremely strong and influential.
People, especially the young, acclimatise to room temperature. Its getting cold in here!
If you want to be a successful Christian in these days, you have to break this evil power. You must cast it down and throw it out. You can be so easily led into deception by the voice of the majority of the people. You can and must be led into separation from the world and its ways by our Lord.
Romans 16:17 “I urge you brethren, note those who cause divisions among you contrary to the doctrine you learned, and avoid them.”
Jude 1:18 “I told you that there would be mockers in the last time, who walk according to their ungodly lusts. They are sensual persons, causing divisions, not having the Spirit.”
When you are going the right way with our Lord, it will cause godly division!
John 7:43 “So there was a division among the people because of Him.”
I wonder how many church leaders have ever obeyed this verse below:
Titus 3:10-11 “Reject a diverse man (Lit= Heretic) after the first and second admonition (warning) knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.”
Heresy will warp you. I know many who have become badly warped!
Isaiah 47:10 “You have trusted in wickedness, you have said, ‘No one sees me,’ your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; and you said in your heart, ‘I am and there is no one besides me.’”
The word “warped” means: twisting, inverting, corrupting, or changing, to lead people away.
Once a church leader or teacher has been warped by heresy, he changes into a pulpit-wolf. He is a minster of division and growing error.
The church consists of spiritual babies, adolescents, teens and the mature. All must be well fed. Wolves make bad babysitters!
Acts 20:27-31 “I have not shunned declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and the flock, amongst which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers...After my departure, savage wolves will come in not sparing the flock...And from among you men will rise up speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after themselves...Therefore watch!”
You can trust God’s truth. It is the great edifier. Bear in mind that part of being edified involves being terrified, which is just what the full truth does. Don’t cut out the severe and hard sayings, and the warnings of God!
Knowledge alone of the word, without the Spirit produces proud, arrogant, clever idiots. Pretence is not spiritual experience. You need to see through it.
What heresy is, and is not:
Heresy is not just a few minor differences in beliefs in the church. Those, we will always have. They should not be reasons for division.
A church must be well established on the foundation of the six major doctrines of Messiah in Hebrews 6:1-2. All true doctrines of the Bible can be found within this foundation.
Heresy attacks any of those foundational doctrinal beliefs.
Differing beliefs, especially within some cultures are fine, as long as the foundation is solid.
We must have unity within the foundation. Bear in mind that the church is the “pillar and foundation of truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15)
Heresy is a more intensive division and is clearly rooted in a spirit of error, attacking the very foundation of major beliefs.
How to identify this spirit in church leaders, teachers:
A Bible teacher must be be trusted. This divine is earned over time. It must be apparent in its longevity, endurance and consistency. It must be tested, and have visible biblical fruits. A teacher carries within him spiritual privilege, which carries great responsibility.
Teachers and leaders who fall into heresy have problems of pride, lack of repentance, and no fear of the Lord. Their fall into heresy is often a repeating pattern.
Sometimes people fall into heresy because they are products of this superficial instant, pop-up world. Their knowledge of scripture is shallow. They are not called.
The Bible teacher must be fully open to the entirety of the work of the Spirit of God, including openness to the gifts of the Spirit. This is an urgent need in these days of coming great attack on all the things of God.
Don’t waste your time on those with no time for God and His word, and don’t waste your time with teachers who are not clearly led by the Spirit. They are not qualified to be teachers. These are dangerous days indeed!
1 Timothy 4:1-2 (Amp) “The Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in the latter times, some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines taught by demons, through hypocrisy and pretension of liars whose consciences are seared.”
2 Peter 2:1-2 (Amp) “In those days there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines and destructive heresies, even denying and disowning the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves, swift destruction...The truth will be maligned and defamed.”
Galatians 5:16-21 “Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh....If you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law. Now, the works of the flesh are evident, which are: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissentions, heresies, envy murder, drunkenness, revelries and the like...Those who practise such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Many of you reading these very words have fallen for much heresy. The deeper you get into heresy, the more difficult it is to get out. There is a cross-over point where the spirits at work will lead you to become a full-blown cult member.
Heresy stabs at the essence of major doctrines of the Bible. Its activists choose and cherry pick their verses, but because they are led by the spirit of the false angel of light, they are producing a hell-hole, devoid of God. They are producing idols of their mind – for destruction.
At the end of the day, the heretic stabs, and cuts up the Bible to suit his demons!
Delightful dogs and despicable hounds:
Are you a sheepdog? Are you a true watchdog, a watchman on the wall? You need to be able to detect wolves in sheep’s clothing! There are many wolves among the flock. The Bible said that it would be an end-time plague. The true sheepdog knows the true sheep, and barks and warns when he sees the wolf disguised as a sheep.
But there are so-called sheepdogs, and shepherds who are dumb, stupid, blind, and asleep, and can’t see the wolf, and can’t bark to warn the sheep of the wolves. They can’t bark because they are despicable, dumb hounds!
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
Isaiah 56:9-11 “All you beasts of the field, come to devour, all you beasts in the forest. His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, they love to slumber...They are shepherds who cannot understand. They all look to their own way, everyone for his own gain from his own territory.”
Do note the problem: “They look to their own way.” That is the wrong way for any watchman or teacher to look!!
People follow their leaders, which is well and good when the priests are priests of God. But when they not, there’s always trouble ahead. And by the way, today it is fashionable to question and disrespect authority of all forms, but especially the authority structures of God.
Did you know that God is going to destroy some people’s mothers?
Hosea 4:4-6 “...Your people are like those who contend with the priest. Therefore you shall stumble in the day. The prophet (false) will also stumble with you in the night; and I will destroy your mother (false religion). My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge (of God), I will reject you from being a priest for Me.”
The danger of heresy is that it knocks on and affects many other doctrines.
Heresy and Israel:
Because God has a soon-coming, mighty plan for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews, all things relating to this are under growing attack.
The greatest demonic-led attack on Israel by the church is replacement theology. It may not fit the traditional definition of heresy, but it is!
The beliefs of unsaved Israel now, is pure heresy at this stage, but because of the uniqueness of Israel, we know that is soon about to change.
Consider the following most important line of words:
Israel:●Elected ●Rebelled ●Rejected▐●Regathered ●Repented ●Accepted.
The words above are the most important in the world! They spell God’s entire plan of the ages, in a few words. In fact these six words above encompass more than a million books on the subject!
The thick division bar represents a horrifying division. Church ministers of replacement theology stop at the division bar. They believe the first three words, but then stop. You could name that thick bar Adolf! They insert the church right there replacing God’s climactic, glorious plan for end-time Israel with themselves.
The rapture will take place somewhere just after that division bar.
Please let this sink into your thinking. I’ve intentionally created this as a simple yet powerful illustration of the greatest drama of all time.
This will rock the world. Great heresy is already before us. We see it in growing anti-Semitism and all things that fall under the demonic Swastika – the symbol of world peace without Jews.
May I share with you a personal issue?
When I was a kid my mother taught at a Hebrew nursery school. From those days, she drummed it into me that the Jews had a special calling upon them and were to be respected and loved. We lived in a Jewish neighbourhood, so I grew up influenced by the Jews, Jewish customs, and Jewish girlfriends. I’ve always had a strong, enduring connection to them.
Now, as a believer, I can always tell, in five seconds, if a Bible teacher or minister has a heart for Israel or not. Sometimes I know it before he opens his mouth.
The big thing that I note and can feel and identify is - does he see Israel like a prodigal son – just like the Father does? Is there an excitement that the lost son is on his way home? Is there a spark in his eyes? Is there a heart-witness?
Some pastors preach excellent but terrible sermons. Their stuff is good – all from the Bible, but it is what they are silent on that gives them away!
Heresy grows. It seldom comes manifest in its mature form.
It’s good to bear in mind that we are in a spiritual environment. Nothing is static. You are moving forward or backwards at any time.
People are on a journey. They are hot for our Lord, or warm, or lukewarm, or cold, or dead, or a habitation of demons.
The Spirit of the living God will warn you of heresy (if you have the gifts in operation) He will set off alarm bells and warning lights – that’s the time to get out and run away from it, not later on, after it has grown.
Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.”
1 John 2:26 “These things I have written to you, concerning those who try to deceive you.”
Any teaching that interferes with or changes established doctrine on salvation is a heretic. Any teaching that in anyway adds to or subtracts from the full revealed Bible is heresy.
●All forms of replacement theology end in heresy, because it gets rid of Israel now and ultimately leads to replacement reality and the antichrist!
Replacement theology is cherry picking and choosing selected verses above others, which refute their overall picture. It is the most widespread, enduring heresy ever.
●Coming under the law is a modern heresy, which includes some modern movements.
●Gnosticism and its offshoots is heresy.
Some of the following are pure heresy and some may not be heresy yet, but become so when in practised in excess:
●Emergent church teachings. ●Hyper-grace. ●Seeker sensitive movement. ●Liberal theology. ●Liberation theology. ●Universalism. ●Origenism (allegorical interpretation) ●All theology and teachings that underplay or avoid the full message of the cross, which includes the resurrection and ascension and the Second Coming.
If you are in a good church moving forward with our Lord, and your source of spiritual food and growth is good, pray for your leaders. Pray that it remains so. Pray that they continue on the cutting edge. Pray for your leaders! This is not a game, or a club, or an entertainment show! This is about eternal life – forever and ever.
Church history is full of shipwrecks -doctrinal shipwrecks and their wrecked captains! But right in the middle, the true stand securely.
New, intense doctrinal errors are arising, and will get worse as the coming of the Lord of glory, and the lord of evil approach!
Dividing and applying the truth must be Spirit led. "Rightly dividing" truth has a subtle presumption that it is right. In many cases it is, but it can be a powerful tool of the devil too.
The big questions to ask of any teacher are these: Does it glorify the living God. Does it exalt Him? Does it draw people closer to God? Is it costly to your ego and self-life? Does it all add up consistently with all doctrine? Does it bear witness in your spirit?
There is a huge shaking coming. Thankfully, it will shake many awake!
It’s a wonderful, glorious refreshing thing to be bathed in truth in these days!
I took these two pictures in the Chobe River area, Botswana.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!