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Edition 223. September 3rd 2014
God’s enemy, the church!
God’s enemy, the church?
Matthew 12:23 “He that is not with Me is against Me.”
Right up front let me explain, that only a part of the church is God’s enemy. A great part of the Church is with Him, for Him, in love with Him and His word. Much of the Church is His true, beloved, trusted friend! The true Church is the body of Messiah with Him being the head.
I have no aspirations to be the decider of who is who in the zoo! In fact, I really do believe that when the pressure is on many churches that are way out of line, will quickly fall in line.
The purpose of this edition is to examine numerous Bible verses to see what God has to say on the subject.
How can part of the church be God’s enemy you ask? Well, if you know your Bible, you will see just how true this is. We must delve into Bible prophecy, because these issues are of critical importance in this day particularly.
The true Church is the body of Messiah. It’ a living breathing super-intelligent, super-natural organism, made of spirit and flesh. It is not a traditional institutional organisation run by dead men and women posing as pastors.
My friends these are issues of great importance now. The pressures to fit in with the schemes of the devil are intensifying now. Your roots must be deep and secure.
What is the divider?
The big divider between those who are with our Lord and those not, is acceptance and belief in the whole of the Bible, led by the Spirit of God.
A large section of the church has become a great friend of God’s greatest enemy, the god of the world. Much of the church deserves to be deceived, because they have given themselves to the word of the devil instead of the word of God.
The modern sick, diseased church:
If Yeshua preached the same message today as the modern church does, He would not have been crucified!
When the church makes sense to the world it has fallen!
The dumbest thing by Joel Osteen’s wife:
Here is a tragic example (with a good ending) of a person who doesn’t know God, speaking for God to millions. Click Here.
This is an example of just how far the modern church has gone from the true gospel. This single video clip really summarises the tragedy of the modern church.
Here is Victoria Osteen’s new book:
Here is the word of God:
John 12:25 “He who loves his life will lose it and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
It is Satan’s work that glorifies self and the works of the world. The way of God is the way of death to self. Your life is only godly, once the cross has killed self and eliminated all that is of the old-life. Yes we are saved the moment we are born again, but that salvation is of the spirit and not the soul, which must be saved as an ongoing thing.
Satan is the god of the majority consensus and common thinking. Satan casts down the veracity of the Bible. He must get you to see that good is bad and bad is good and there are no absolutes.
He must get God out of the courthouse and schoolhouse and kill the incentive of the ambitious for God. He must get rid of extremism and especially those who are radical for God. What you see on TV is the way to be. He uses the mesmerising power of the media and group-speak. He fans the flames of hatred towards those who really love the Lord and His word.
Many must come to realise that their path is wrong, their course is wrong, their life is wrong with God. People can’t imagine that God isn’t sponsoring their lives. They can’t believe that their earthly successes are all a failure with God.
Every word of the message of Osteen, his wife and others like them are the exact opposite of truth.
►The very first job of any church leader is to teach you to die without dignity.
No you are not valuable and special and worthy. You are a rat! You are offensive to God and full of sin. You are worthless and an empty sounding gong with nothing of value to add to anything.
When you realise and see the extent of your own depravity, and that you are worthy of hell, you are on the wonderful road to glory. If you can’t see that you deserve hell (like me), you don’t know God. It’s only as the cross of Messiah does its deadly work in us and delivers us from the self-life to death and to resurrection life can we see our state.
Today we live in a superficial, celebrity-created world and sub-culture rather than a world of true holiness in the pursuit of God. Me now is the cry of the modern Christian. Self-glorification and self-motivation rather than stewardship and denial of self and the world, is the order of the day. Hedonism at all costs!
SELF-INDULGENCE is the norm today. It is not the way of God.
God’s enemy – a successful life!
You can’t live the Christian life – no one can; only our Lord can live His life in you. Your great life is an obstacle to God because, like those building the tower of Babel, it’s what you can do in and of your own self. It’s only through the glorious exchange of my life for His life that we can be truly successful.
The work of the cross is not to resurrect the old nature, but to slay the old life and deliver you into new life, stripped of sin, holy and right with God. Today there are many enemies of the cross of Messiah in the church. They are not enemies of Yeshua, just of the cross and its application.
Does your church teach you how to die? Does it teach the application of the cross? If it doesn’t it is teaching you to be a counterfeit Christian! It is an enemy of God’s ways and workings. All that emanates from the energy of the flesh is doomed. All that emanates from the energy of the Spirit is of God.
Only in the light of God can we truly see ourselves. All else is the light of lies and the deception and darkness of the devil masquerading as godliness.
Psalm 36:9 “In your light we see light.”
Job 38:15 “From the wicked their light is withheld...”
If you are really in the truth, the full truth, your life will be dramatic, spectacular, different, wonderful, and full of joy, hope, love and of course you are a weirdo compared to the world.
The truth is only offensive to those who have become a living lie. The truth is offensive to those ruled by self. The truth is offensive to those who love the world. The truth is offensive to the demonised.
Some say that the Yeshua took care of all sin on His cross and we don’t need to take up our cross. The funny thing is that these people, on top of denying dozens of scriptures, live worldly lives. Yes sin has been dealt with, removed and its power destroyed by the work of Yesuah’s cross, but we still have the propensity to sin deep in our flesh. We are right with God in Spirit, but must apply the cross to the world, the flesh and the demonic.
God has condemned all sin and its root, the un-crucified flesh. You can’t please God by being good. You can please God by dying to self, then your good is acceptable to God.
Much of the church is trying to make peace with what God has condemned and will bring to destruction.
Once you have tasted the goodness of God in His workings in our lives – how great it is!
Psalm 74:20-23 “Have respect to the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitation of cruelty...The tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.”
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 "Our gospel is hidden to them that are lost in whom the god of this world has blinded the eyes of them who believe not."
You become what you love. Today the deeper Christian life is all but impossible except for the few who are prepared to pay the price.
The modern church is an idol of its own making, devoid of the cross and its application. The true believer sits outside with our Lord! The true believer is the one who loves the entirety of the word of the Saviour.
A lot of the blame is upon the leaders. Sheep don’t stray too far from the shepherd by nature. The false church today is in a leader-created catastrophe. Its leaders are in decline, joining the worldly wolf-packs as the sheep are left to other beasts and are unable to get rid of their base desires and instincts, because their leaders won’t teach them how to apply the cross.
My friends be careful whom you follow in these days.
Separation from the world and to God is the first principle of the successful Christian life.
The spirit of the age:
The Spirit of the Church age has the characteristics of the Lamb and the Lion speaking from the word of God.
The religion of the world has a spirit contained in its religion which is a mixture of the things the world aspires to and promotes, simply packaged as church.
The counterfeit church and its false prophets always tell people what they want to hear.
At the end of the day, few will be saved compared to the many who will be lost, says the Bible. Not because salvation is hard, but because their own pride and self-righteousness has blinded them, and their stupid ministers never taught them properly.
Minister reading this; do you know that you are dealing with the eternity and eternal state of the sheep? Do you know that you are dealing with the subjects of the King? Do you know that you will be paid by this self-same King in eternal reward or loss of reward and possibly eternal hell?
O, Mr. Minister, please understand that you have an incredibly powerful role to play in God’s kingdom. You need to properly feed your sheep, nourish them, protect them, love them and transfer to them, the tools and power to walk in victory before our soon coming great King, Saviour and God.
Excuse me for sharing some personal testimony. I recall being brought down to the ground, literally, a dozen times in abject repentance during lengthy fasts, desperately seeking our Lord. The best times of my life, and I have had many spectacular experiences, have been as I ended a long fast of repentance and seeking our Lord.
In a certain way it’s like the end result of the cross doing its work, delivering you into a whole new life!
The spirit of the age, Satan himself has seduced too many leaders and neutralised them. They have been turned into dirty little puppets of the world.
Proverbs 28:4 “Those who forsake the law (word) praise the wicked.”
Beware the modern church! It has been infiltrated by hordes of wolves masquerading as sheep and shepherds. Many are trying to bring people under the law, while others are pushing demonic hyper-grace. False doctrine is everywhere; deception is growing, just as the Bible said it would.
The fact of the matter is that we are in a spiritual environment with truth and error, God and the devil at war and at work around and about us all the time.
Satan has always resisted Gods work right from the day dot! In our Lord’s time here on earth He had an unrepentant betrayer (Judas) in His midst and a repentant betrayer (Peter). One was eternally lost and the other saved.
Most people don’t know and can’t see that self is inextricably linked with the world and the demonic. Their lives are materialism, prosperity, holidays, movies and entertainment and a valueless, virtue-less existence of horror.
The spirit of the age goes together with the spirit of antichrist. This is the spirit at work in many churches today.
The spirit of antichrist is preparing the apostate church for the coming of antichrist. The world cannot receive the Spirit of truth, but can and does receive the spirit of error. The Spirit of truth leads into all truth. But when a person rejects truth God hardens their heart and their end is much worse.
The big problems today are ignorance of God’s word, the love of the world’s word and a hard heart before God and His word. These together will guarantee your free ride to hell.
The tragedy of God’s enemies:
Matthew 12:23 “He that is not with Me is against Me.”
God’s enemy, the counterfeit church, will attack the true Church. Because we are dealing with the Spirit of God and the spirit of the devil, you can be sure that the false church will make war with the true Church.
The counterfeit church will have enormous support in the mass-media and the sub-cultures of the world. The counterfeit church will betray God like a modern Judas and will make sure and good friends with their ‘good’ god – Satan the god of the world, posturing as God.
Exodus 23:27 “I will send My fear before you , I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.”
Nahum 1:12 “...The Lord reserves His wrath for His enemies.”
Where are the two churches headed?
The counterfeit church, God’s enemy, is headed for unity with world religions. It is headed for ‘peace’ – the peace only the world can offer. It is headed for self-glorification. It is headed for deep, fearless friendship with the world. It is headed for hell in its self-orientated blindness.
The true Church of the living God is headed for doctrinal unity with those who love the truth. It is headed for deep peace with God. It does not serve itself or the world system. It is full of the clean fear of God. It is headed for heaven full of knowledge, understanding and the wisdom of God and His ways.
The Church of truth:
The true Church of the living God is enveloped in His Spirit. It is only in and through the Spirit of God that we have the doorway, into God’s presence and the food of life.
The Holy Spirit is our close friend but He is a supernatural friend. If you lean on Him, He will set you on fire with love for our Lord and His word. If you lean on Him, He will transform you into someone your wildest imagination could not even vaguely comprehend! But there will be a cost! It will cost you everything you are!
If you lean on, trust in and know this incredible Holy Spirit, He will give you knowledge, understanding and the very wisdom of God. He will make your dead letter of the Bible alive with wonder.
The big thing is not so much the truth of the Bible, but that it is alive. The only thing that brings life to it is the Spirit.
God’s enemy and Israel:
John 4:22 “Salvation is of the Jews.” The One who is shortly to return is “The Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5)
Salvation and all that it entails is of the Jew. The coming Messiah is a Jew. All the prophecies of the end time events centre on Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews!
God’s work now is centred on the salvation of the Jews. God’s enemies working with Satan, are working against all of this.
Isaiah 60:12 “For the nation and kingdom which shall not serve you (Israel) shall perish and those nations shall be utterly ruined.”
Exodus 23:22 “If you (Israel) indeed obey His voice, and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”
2 Chronicles 20:29 “The fear of God was on all the kingdoms when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.”
The majority of the false church will have a major part to play in the coming Holocaust. Even now many churches are silent in the face of Israel’s growing danger. Silence is appeasement!
Do you want to know which Church to go to or be associated with? Go with the Church that goes with God’s plans for Israel.
Much of the church today is working against God’s work with Israel. Much of the church today is God’s enemy.
Abraham had a child of the flesh and a supernatural child of the Spirit. The child of the flesh hated the child of the Spirit and still does today in the Palestinian / Israeli situation. The child of the flesh can’t see the work of God. Think about that, Palestinian supporter!
How many churches today are participating in BDS: Boycott of Israeli products, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel? The majority of the denominational churches are, and many Pentecostal churches as well. They are working for Satan against God. They are God’s enemy.
Isn’t the Church supposed to be concerned for the poor? Here it is: Matthew 25:40-41 “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels...”
The context of the verse above is the feeding of the poor, or is it? Being cast into hell is a bit severe for not feeding the poor isn’t it? Well looking below the surface we see something very interesting. Who is “the least of these My brethren”? It is our Jewish Messiah speaking. The least of His brethren would most certainly be either the poor of the family of God or the poor of Israel or both!
Israel without her Messiah is poor. Do you see that this verse also has prophetic connotations? It is speaking to the believers, instructing them to stand with Israel, to open the doors for her to come to her Messiah and not stand in the way of God’s work to the poor of Israel, the yet unsaved.
Do you see the significance of standing against God’s work relating to the Jews and the terrible punishment for those who do?
The media today, specifically, CNN, BBC, Sky and others are fully behind the push for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel is automatically portrayed as the enemy and just as Hitler used the media so the modern media becomes a perfect tool in the hands of the devil. If you can’t see this, you are in danger!
The job of the true Church:
It is to give yourself in total surrender and brokenness to our Lord and His word. It is to make the “Jews jealous”. It is to give the gospel to the “Jew first and then the Gentile”.
Is your church preparing you for what is coming upon this world very soon? Is it preparing you for a major attack on western culture and all the freedoms and liberty that Christianity has brought to us?
Is your church addressing the issues of the day that have a Biblical, prophetic aspect to them, like:
Gaza, Hamas, ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Russia, Ebola, coming world economic collapse, Reform of the EU to include the western Muslim leg. Arising anti-Semitism worldwide. Massacre of Christians by Muslims in many Islamic nations. Volcanoes and earthquakes increasing.
►A friend of mine, Yael Ecktein, Vice President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, said this, “There are many that yearn for our destruction, but Israel’s Christian friends are the candle in the darkness. And this flame cannot be extinguished.”
Are you one of these “candles in the darkness”?
The true Church is alive with glory. It is a magnificent creation of God. It is eternal; it is the very essence of love, peace, joy and other such fruits. It is an exclusive creation only for those who have entered by the new birth. It is formed and sustained supernaturally.
The true Church of the Living God is holy, and pure, united in doctrine. It is the place of soft, broken hearts, right with God.
I took this picture in the wilds of KwaZulu/Natal. It’s my favourite, the cheetah caught in the early morning sun.
Job 12:7 “Now ask the beasts and they shall teach you.”
Shalom and grow in grace!