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Edition 297: February 3rd 2016
Why The Prophetic Scroll will never be main-stream:
Why The Prophetic Scroll will never be main-stream:
The Prophetic Scroll will never be mainstream simply because God’s word will never be mainstream!
I recently received an email from a regular reader. He was bemoaning the state of the church. He said that he loved The Prophetic Scroll and saw it as his spiritual “food”. He said that he wished The Prophetic Scroll was more mainstream, so others could also partake.
That got me to thinking about this whole issue of mainstream Christianity.
►If I ever become mainstream will someone please shoot me!
I never planned not to become mainstream. I just write as I am led and inspired and from personal experience.
So, for your benefit I am presenting you with some of the thoughts and revelations that formed my early Christian life. My hope and prayer is that they are a testimony for you. What follows is why The Prophetic Scroll will never be mainstream!
What do we mean by “mainstream”?
There is a mainstream of biblical truth that runs throughout history, which is of the Spirit of the living God. This is the supreme standard, which is holy, unmovable and eternal.
1 Timothy 3:15 “...The house of God, is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.”
But there is also a “mainstream” within the church that has become infused with tradition and error. This is essentially the “majority consensus”. It is the major beliefs of the church and its leaders and is not necessarily biblical truth at all.
The mainstream church has become a prostitute, selling itself to the gods of the so-called church fathers and the god of this world. Its main biblical characteristic is lukewarmness. In its quest not to offend anyone, it has become a rotten stench in the nostrils of God.
It has become relevant, and compatible to the modern climate of the world, conforming to current evils and sin. Its values and virtues have become variable with the absolutes of doctrine and biblical truth being cast down and in many cases becoming the enemy.
In fact pure biblical truth has become the new enemy to many mainstream churches.
Flexible, feel-good, ear-tickling doctrine is the way of the mainstream church.
Mainstream is what the masses want and demand. Mainstream is what the devil wants and demands.
Mainstream must seek the approval of men. In other words the masses call the shots! After all, that’s what democracy is all about!
Galatians 1:10 “Do I now persuade men or God, or do I seek to please men? For, if I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Messiah.”
John 12:43 “They loved the praise (Lit= approval) of men more than the praise of God.”
Mainstream must fit in with the world because the world is the essence of real mainstream!
Mainstream has many doctrinal components of truth missing. The biggest is the preaching, teaching and application of the cross.
1 Corinthians 1:18 “The message of the cross is foolishness to them who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:14 “The natural man does not receive the things of the Sprit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
The power to move forward and be led into all truth comes from the cross.
Philippians 3:10 “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”
This will always be the central message and power behind The Prophetic Scroll.
There are very many ministries and churches, mostly spirit-filled, who are still in the dark about God’s plans for Israel in these end times. You can be sure that many of them will turn in favour of Israel as the Spirit of God is poured out more and more.
There is nothing wrong with being ignorant of a biblical truth and then coming into it and going with the flow when the truth is revealed and becomes known.
There is a new wind blowing in some of the spirit-filled churches. Some of them are notorious for going overboard on the prosperity message and self-glorifying, motivational teaching. Some of these are now starting to wake up to the hard school, discipleship message. They are starting to preach end-times and beginning to favour Israel.
Will you stand in the way of these churches re-joining the fold of balanced truth because you had a problem with them in the past? Don’t do it.
The big, irreconcilable and dangerous problem, comes from those ministries, mostly non-spirit filled, who stand in the way of God’s revealed will and directly oppose what He is doing. In most cases these churches have already been handed over to false spirits.
How is your heart?
The ministry of The Prophetic Scroll will always have two sides to it. It is aimed at your head and your heart! As regular readers are aware, this ministry deals with Bible prophecy and your heart before our Lord.
Psalm 39:3 “My heart was hot within me. While I was meditating, the fire burned.”
Again, how is your heart?
Are you on fire for our Lord while, meditating, being in prayer, or just thinking about all things eternal?
Jeremiah 20:9 “...His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.”
Being in and led by the Spirit of truth is the most exciting thing ever. Very seldom do I wake up without a sense of excitement in me for the day ahead.
Is your heart dancing before our Lord? Do you feel that you are “flying” high with our Lord?
For me, the most exciting thing is to see so many of you move forward with our Lord in heart and truth.
An amazing discovery:
Genesis 28:16 “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.”
Before I was saved, I recall believing I knew more than God. After all, He was not keeping up with the times. His word spoilt my fun. He was such a big-deal, telling people to love Him.
After I was saved I was presented with two options from two church types. The first told me that God thought I was so special and valuable and precious and would never harm me or offend me. He only wanted me to be happy and wealthy, having it all together.
The second path before me was from the church that taught me that I was a big fool, idiot, imbecile, presumptuous arrogant jerk, and a simple-minded moron. They told me that I deserved to go to hell, because I was full of sin and a worthless piece of nothing just like a worm.
I was instantly drawn to this second hard-school, real deal discipleship crowd who pulled the carpet out from under me. It wasn’t long before I rejected most of the me-centred, motivational, self- elevating ministry and went full on with the heavy stuff.
I recall swallowing everything I could on dying daily and taking up my cross. I went overboard on fasting, studying, praying and worshiping this great God whom I thought I had known, but had not even started to know.
Only as I began to die to self, and in proportion to it, did I begin to see the value, the magnificence and glory of our Lord and His kingdom.
Of course I believe in financial prosperity, because it’s all over the Bible. Of course I believe in some of the motivational ministry for the same reason. What I reject out of hand is riches, honour and glory for me, myself and I, – for the un-crucified self to have fun, fun, fun in the world.
Before being filled with the Spirit of God you must be emptied of self. We must go through the soul agony of loss of all our ideas and idols. We must become detached and removed from our self- will and exaltation. We must go to the school of silence and be shut up before God.
Matthew 21:44 “Whomever falls on this stone (Yeshua) will be broken; but on whom it falls will be grinded to powder.”
The message of brokenness is the most powerful of all. It leads to eternal wholeness and holiness before God. It is the message of the cross.
You see, your self-life will be broken. You can do it now or have it done by our Lord when you stand before Him at the “bema” (judgment) seat for rewards or loss of reward. (2 Corinthians 5:10.)
Most Christians today know all about prosperity, but know nothing of soul-poverty in the deeper pursuit of God. We have difficulty paying the price of soul-poverty because we don’t see the value. The local mainstream minister says a Ferrari is valuable – idiot! (Actually I did once have a beautiful Ferrari in my garage. It wasn’t mine. A friend bought a new home and couldn’t get it up the ridge in his driveway, so until it was lowered, my garage was full of red pride)
In your quest for riches and pleasure you will not find God. You’re looking in the place of peril, pride, death, arrogance, evil imaginings, greed, idolatry. The esteem of the world is not worth the effort. The more at home you are in this world, the greater your problem and the greater the work you will have to do to die to it.
In all of our hearts there is a throne of pride and a cross lying on the ground in front of us. You have to get off the throne to pick up the cross.
Some great eternal thoughts:
Ecclesiastes 12:9-11 “The Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge, yes he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written and upright – words of truth....The words of the wise are like well-driven nails of one Shepherd.”
Jeremiah 6:16 “Stand in the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it.”
The beliefs of modern man are going further and further away from the truth. Because truth is being cast down, there is no restraint in the world. The wicked heart of man is now free to fill the world with evil.
You can choose to be arrested by the truth or by the evil errors of the world. The former will set you free in spirit while the latter will imprison and trap you in bondage.
Beware; the world wants you for itself. It wants you to be like them! They want you to join their “club” and believe everything they believe. The world church is no different.
If you turn away from God and forsake His ways and word, in these days you are on thin, thin ice! You will automatically see things the world’s way. You will come against Israel! You will also become pro-Palestinian. That outrageous statement actually has many roots in the Bible.
Proverbs 28:4 “If you forsake the law / word of God, you will praise the wicked.”
But think about this: What does it mean to “praise the wicked?” The Bible says that the heart of man is “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9)
It is the heart of man or the self made man and the self-life, outside of the new birth and the cross where evil resides. So, could we say then that if we forsake the word of God (or any part of it), we will elevate and glorify self and self-will and the ways of the world? – Yes absolutely!
Some more great and eternal thoughts:
Isaiah 28:7 “...They err in vision, they stumble in judgement.”
Prophecy, my friends creates true biblically based vision in your life. Without it you are floating around, being tossed around with every wind of doctrine. Prophecy is the anchor of your vision and hope.
Without it, the result is unrestrained sin and wickedness. People judge anything and everything to be okay.
The Spirit of God has been replaced with multitudes of other spirits masquerading as the truth of God.
When truth is of the Spirit you can trust it supremely, even if it hurts at first. You can trust and respect it. If you choose to love this godly truth come hell or high water, it will love you back with an eternal, deep, never-ending love.
►Many people hate the truth, because it knows them! Do you know that the truth is alive and it knows everything about you? The truth is one with the living God. It knows where you went when no one was looking.
It even knows your thoughts of good and evil. You can’t get away from it – ever. Imagine having someone looking over your shoulder all the time. That is what the truth is like. This is why the truth is not liked by so many.
But if your thoughts and resulting actions are right in heart and truth, you can freely love the truth as your best eternal friend.
When you reject the truth you are on thin ice – no you are doomed! You will believe many lies in its place. You will fall for the devil. An inversion takes place and error, lies and deception become part of you.
Some great thoughts on prophecy:
Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secrets to His servants, the prophets. A Lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken!”
Isaiah 45:11 “The Holy One of Israel, his maker says ‘Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and the work of My hands.”
John 14:29 “I have told you before it comes about that when it does come to pass you may believe.”
John 16:1 “These things I have spoken to you that you should not be made to stumble.”
If you have not done so, please read those wonderful verses above and take note of the gravity and major importance of what they are saying.
●Firstly, prophecy is scary as revealed in Amos. That is because the world has gone astray and is at enmity with God, which is a lot more scary!
●Secondly, Isaiah says that we can know things to come if we ask and seek, especially related to Israel, which is the context here.
●Thirdly, John reveals that prophecy is a brilliant tool of evangelism causing people to “believe.”
●Lastly, John says that prophecy reveals obstacles and where we should not go.
Bible prophecy is the great “I told you so.”
The desire and objective of The Prophetic Scroll:
We are entering a time of universal darkness, emptiness, barrenness and dryness. But there are those who hunger and thirst for the purity, holiness and the righteousness of God. My great desire is to see you advance with our Lord.
Many want to be saved but won’t surrender fully. They end up as twilight Christians half in the shadows. Their sick religion offers plenty and demands nothing. They can’t advance with our Lord. The truth they have soon erodes away as it must. How can you compromise with a cross? They have not gone all the way with the Lord. They have moved forward until they reach their cross lying in front of them!
You’ve heard that the gospel is good news. No it isn’t!
It is very bad news for the unrepentant sinner. It is bad news for me, myself and I and for my ego. It is bad news for my connection and relationship with the world. We are eternal pessimists and the greatest optimists. For it all to become the greatest news ever we must take up our cross, deny ourselves, hate our lives in the world, then the triumphant resurrection works its wonders in us.
Do yourself a favour, put to death and mercilessly kill your reason, logic and knowledge. Let the severe sword of the Spirit of God help you in this great exchange of your life for His.
An incredible, powerful, majestic exchange will begin to take place. You will see that your clever head knowledge was the essence of stupidity and now the very knowledge, understanding and wisdom of the living God will begin to fill you.
Our Lord has won the most incredible victory for us, but He will never force it on anyone. You can live for the devil if you choose, with the Lord’s victory lying on the ground under your feet.
Too many have a convenient Messiah, as significant as washing powder. They have a sponsor -Messiah that they can put away when necessary and call on when needed.
So, is the gospel good news? Absolutely no and absolutely yes!
Some more desires and objective of The Prophetic Scroll:
We are entering a time when a great many will come seeking our Lord and His truth. Many churches will become part of this great, exciting drama as they return from their excesses into the fullness of truth.
As revealed in prophecy, many enemies including large numbers from churches forsaken by the Holy Spirit will attack truth-seekers and those of the truth.
The fence is rising, the divide is becoming greater. Soon it will become an impassable gulf! There are characteristics evident in the lives of those on both sides of the fence.
On the one side there are people not satisfied with what the world can offer them. They desperately want to go deeper with our Lord – and they will!
Then there are the superficial ones with a need for entertainment. They are spiritually bankrupt. They are parasites on the world with the saving blood of Messiah in them, but they are sitting there sucking up the blood of the devil!
Satan hates the true, real Christian because He is now separated from his grip and control. The believer is now a member of the family of the living God and he was once in that family of Satan. He hates us because we were once his bond-slave and we’ve been freed to become bond-slaves of our Lord.
Some keys: Set your heart’s desire on holiness rather than happiness. Seek ways, means and opportunities to take up your cross daily. Make eternity judgements rather than time judgements.
If you are a scholar and not a seer, you have missed it totally. Don’t seek head knowledge primarily. Seek to see.
Are you in a state of being, just existing from day to day or are you in a state of becoming and are you in a radical, revolutionary, exciting transformation?
The winds of the world are blowing towards hell at an ever increasing rate. Soon they will be the worst hurricane ever. You don’t need to do anything to go with these winds, just lift your feet and do nothing. You will arrive at your dreaded, terrible destination. A yacht must set its sail in a particular determined manner to track and make headway into the wind.
Is your Lord a Lion and a Lamb? Is He wonderful and terrible?
Self and sin is the hazy veil that hides the face of God. Too many have a blurred fog for truth and doctrine because they are too lazy or demon filled to be radical with their lives. You can’t bring light and darkness together.
John 1:23 “This is the voice of one crying in the wilderness; make strait the way of the Lord”.
I took this picture in the Drakensberg Mountains. This is the Cathedral Peak with one lone tree on the way up.
Shalom and grow in grace!