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Edition 383: September 19th 2017.
Letter to devastated Christians:
Don’t neglect to read the last chapter!
Sigh, O sign of failure!
Firstly: I’m a pre-tribber. I believe in the rapture, and wish it was yesterday. But this is not it!
As regular readers know, I’ve rejected the interpretation of the Revelation 12 sign doing the rounds. At first, a few years ago, I did consider it on the condition that other Bible signs would be in place. This was all before praying over it and looking into it. I then quickly put it on the shelf, and then rejected it in total.
I came under a fair bit of attack from various Rev 12-sign manipulators and intimidators.
The Revelation 12 sign has been so popularised that the Washington Post, Boston Globe, CBN and others in the secular media have been reporting on it.
The sign interpretation:
The Revelation 12:1-5 sign and its interpretation is the belief that the “male-Child” of verse five, is the church, which will be “born again” in rapture. (harpazo). They claim that the church was not born at Pentecost only conceived. They claim that the sign is confirmed in verses describing signs in Joel 2:30, and elsewhere. Additional “confirmation” they say is found in Isaiah 66:8, referring to a “nation born in a day”. They claim that the male Child must be a reference to the church because Revelation 12 speaks of the church (at Thyatira) “ruling with a rod of iron”.
Then a giant leap is made to the software programme “Stellarium” (and others) which show a constellation alignment in the stars resembling the biblical sign, but now in astronomical terms. This event occurs on September 23rd 2017, which is presented as the rapture date, which is the same as Rosh Hashanah. They claim that the Stellarium alignment is a once in 7000 year event, making it extremely rare.
●The male Child can only be our Lord and not the church when considering all the surrounding context and other signs for the Jews in other verses. ●The word "harpazo"is used 14 times in the Bible. There is even a satanic harpazo. It can be used of our Lord as well. ●If the church was not born at Pentecost it messes up the relationship of the church age to the Feasts of the Lord. ●Joel 2:30 cannot be used at all because it says what sign it is speaking of, which is the sun, moon and stars going dark at the Second Advent. (Verse31) Besides, Joel is distinctly speaking of tribulation events and has nothing to do with the church age. The use of the term “before” the coming of the Lord does not mean before as in the church age. If you look it up you will see the word can also be translated “because of”!! ●Isaiah 66:7-9 is not speaking of the new-birth of the church. It is referring to the birth of Israel. It even says “Rejoice Jerusalem.” ●The “iron rod” rule refers to our Lord, although a secondary application may include the church in the Millennium.●7000 years in astronomical terms is a drop in the ocean. It is meaningless. The entire convergence is meaningless prophetically. ●The 23rd September is not Rosh Hashanah, which is the 21st – 22nd.
All of the above issues may seem small, but because they have been so dogmatically presented worldwide to prove the rapture date, people are going to be shipwrecked. It is a huge issue!
Because of this new, private interpretation, other doctrines have to be changed in accordance with the domino-effect. Changes are required in the meaning of the new-birth, the way the birth of the church at Pentecost fits the Feast of Pentecost. The meaning of the prophecy of Israel’s birth in one day is now null and void.
There are numerous other doctrinal knock-on problems.
No explanations are given by the signers for all the missing prophetic pieces like plans for a seven-year peace covenant / treaty.
All of this is presented as “100%” proof that the rapture will happen on the 23rd. The entirety of the sign and its interpretation is presented dogmatically as the truth, with the church having been wrong on many of these things all along.
The entire issue is a giant collective error.
Hundreds of new ministries have sprung up on social media promoting the sign. Having many agree with you does not make it truth. It only increases the guilt of all involved, as it damages the body of Messiah.
Collective deception is dangerous because of the contaminated confirmation-bias that runs within it.
Dealing with error:
Bear in mind that the anointing of God is never on error but only on truth. The end result of error is trouble!
Doctrinal error never produces trust. It destroys trust or at least make it very difficult for many to trust the truth once it has been blended with error and exposed as such.
People loose reverence and respect for the prophetic word, for the Bible, the watchmen and ultimately for God.
Doctrinal error is a playground of pride, ending in poisonous, relationship-destroying bitterness. Manipulation and intimidation are fruits of error and the authoritarianism of the devil himself.
The wise will see these traps from a distance, and steer clear.
We are to be guardians of the truth not apostles of error!
Too many are motivated by the need for, and love of self-importance and self-affirmation. The collective approval of man is always dangerous.
In these dangerous days you need to take heed you are not deceived. If you don’t, you will be deceived. Our Lord said so, so be vigilant. Almost every passage in the Bible relating to these end times is accompanied with warnings against deception and error. You can’t say you haven’t been warned!
Even miraculous signs and wonders do not mean that they are true. The only way to avoid deception is to know the Bible well, and the Spirit of truth – its author.
The Bible says of our Lord: “I am the truth.” Then it says, “Your word is truth,” and then, “the Spirit is truth.”
If you want to walk right with God in all truth, you need to walk closely with our Lord, His word and His Spirit, shed abroad in your hearts. You need the spiritual gifts as well, specifically of revelation and discernment. You need the whole package deal.
The Spirit of truth and spirit of error:
Both will eventually manifest with their fruits. You can already see the pride, anger and bitterness with many of the signers against us who reject the error.
The great danger of the spirit of error is that it progresses, deepens and worsens. It is a big deal simply because it kills the truth. You can’t really kill truth, but you can kill or obscure it in someone else’s eyes.
A person who has been infiltrated by the spirit of error in certain areas quickly becomes un-teachable, because you can’t reason with a spirit of error.
All error has damaging effects. Big errors can wreck people’s lives!
Make no mistake, you Revelation 12 signers, you are responsible for the damage you do, even if that was not your intention.
Many people are legitimately ignorant of the Bible because they are new believers. Many have a low IQ or are illiterate and easy prey for the spirit of error.
But there are heavy warnings for those who lead the vulnerable astray!
Isaiah 9:16 “The leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.”
Malachi 2:8 “You have departed from the way; you have caused many to stumble...”
The spirit of error will be back and many of the same people will be its new disciples – Blind disciples of YouTube, deceived and deceiving!
YouTube is a powerful platform for the dissemination of deception worldwide, quickly, intentionally or not.
Many lives may be spiritually lost or at least damaged because of this. Many will be thrown into confusion and despair.
When people use manipulation like “God told me” they are calling in God to back them up. They are giving themselves great self-importance and self-affirmation. But they will soon see that it is god and the spirit of error whom they’ve called in when their entire castle falls down.
The evangelists and defenders of the Revelation 12 sign have become an exclusive club, condemning others who don’t agree with them. They have elevated themselves, of course without admitting it.
If you join them, I tell you now, you are wrong.
They have become the mockers and scoffers of those who search the scriptures! Of course they say that we don’t search the scriptures because we don’t see what they do.
Bible prophecy is 100% accurate 100% of the time! Yes it is, but the Rev 12 sign version is about to be revealed. Will it be a product of the spirit of error? – Yes, it will!
When teachers come up with new revelation, they need to be especially on guard. It gives them a sense of importance and God-imputed spiritual authority, which has a powerful appeal to pride. That is just when the Spirit of truth leaves them and the spirit of error comes in with illegitimate authority.
I do not believe that the originators of the Revelation 12 sign and a few others have intended to deceive anyone. Their motives are right. But we are dealing with spirits!
The big bottom line in all of this is: Did it come to pass?
Candidates for deception:
Here is a list of the types of people who are candidates for continuing deception:
●Those who elevate an individual - If he said it, that settles it. ●Those who receive private, or personal interpretation of the Bible. ●Those who continue to be deceived over and over again. ●Those with personal ambition. ●Those who are unteachable. ●Those who are ignorant of scripture. ●Those with no fear of the Lord. ●Those who reject the fullness of Spirit.
There are many more – you can add your own favourites.
If you ignore Spirit-led Bible teaching, you have no right to hear from God and you won’t, but you will hear the voice of many other spirits sounding like God.
God has told us to judge all things and to judge prophets and prophecy. (1 Corinthians 2:15) Any prophet not willing to be judged must be avoided. The Revelation 12 signers have spewed judgement on all who reject their view and work, and are stone deaf to any judgement on their work.
Counter judgement or firing back obviously means no repentance is required!
Error sticks like glue, but it also protects itself in a dark cloud. If you can get rid of it, it knows you and how vulnerable you are to it, and it comes back. Error is as unyielding as concrete. It is born in a lie. The great Christian error of the Revelation 12 interpretation says: “You search the scriptures, but if you don’t find what we find, we will attack and condemn you!
The Bible does not say, “Study to show yourself approved to the Revelation 12 signers”.
Watchmen are watchmen of the Lord, not watchmen of YouTube! Watchmen are listeners as well. They listen to the still small voice of God in their hearts.
Repentance is a wonderful thing. It sets free from many prisons. Failure to repent is terrible, but a return to error after repentance is worse and a great entrapment.
Have you ever noticed or wondered why it’s always the same people who get hoodwinked and bamboozled into error? I say again – it’s because they have entertained and made welcome the spirit of error.
There is a powerful bewitching force behind the spirit of error. It seldom comes upon people in one big flash. Like a spell, it entices and progresses and becomes more and more attractive, deepening the blindness of the individual as it goes.
If you are really looking for our Lord, you will find Him in your godly fear, and it will produce in you brokenness, holiness and a leading into truth.
The big bottom line is the leading of the Spirit. Knowledge of the scriptures is absolutely vital.
The leading of the Spirit is not the approval of man! The Spirit of God never works through hype and manipulation – never! The hype created around this Revelation 12 sign is a tragedy and a perfect sign that it is not of the Spirit of truth.
Today like never before, people need people they can trust. Not people who go blindly from one deception to the next and most certainly not people who use hype, manipulation and intimidation to gain control.
To be doctrinally correct, you have to have all the pieces of the puzzle together and in their right place. There are still various end-time signs outstanding. You must obey the laws of interpretation and not cherry-pick from one dispensation to another.
Dispensational context is vital to correct interpretation. You can’t take verses from Joel, Isaiah or others in the Old Covenant, dealing with Israel and the Jews and use them for church-age signs.
Your doctrine must not violate other doctrines or contradict other verses, of scripture.
There is a great deal of importance in correct hermeneutics exegesis, application and interpretation. It’s a vital, vast subject and requires much study. But it is glorious and worth it.
In the past many have come up with revolutionary new private interpretations. Many of them have had similar characteristics surrounding them as we have here. They have all been crushed and killed by truth, standing as an eternal pillar.
The verse below is so relative to this situation and our time today:
Jeremiah 23:30-32 “’I am against the prophets’, says the Lord, who steal My words, everyone from his neighbour. I am against the prophets, says the Lord, who use their tongues and say, ‘He says’. ‘Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,’ says the Lord, and tell them, and cause My people to err, by their lies and by their recklessness. I did not send them or command them.’”
My friends, you need to be discerning. You need the revelatory gifts, the gifts of spiritual warfare and protection in these deadly dangerous days, especially now that we are on the verge of it all getting far worse – quickly.
Now that the Revelation 12 sign has failed (if you’re reading this after the 23rd), you signers can’t say that you were right. You must say that you were wrong. If you say you were right or “I didn’t set a date,” you are relinquishing and renouncing responsibility. In effect you are handing over that responsibility to God and saying He is wrong.
Accountability is on language, intention and action. The problem with all the Revelation 12 signers is that there is no caution in their words.
Many are being prepared now to receive false prophecies in greater dimensions and lead God’s people astray. All teachers have a great responsibility upon them. Many have no right to be teachers. They are self-appointed!
Because error in the things of God is a spirit, it is alive and morphs into deception and then into a curse, which is much more powerful and difficult to get rid of. One of its terrible characteristics is that it always comes back and not necessarily in the same form.
Personally, I have no problem with looking at dates and will do so myself in the future again, because God’s word commands us to. But, in this case you can’t have it both ways. It’s simple linguistic logic. You can’t say that the rapture will occur on the 23rd but you’re not setting a date. That is not logical. It is trying to cover all your bases and relinquish responsibility.
What will be interesting to see on the 24th September and beyond are all the excuses. I somehow think few will repent. Some will. Some will disappear into the woodwork. The ones who don’t repent are guaranteed to be the ones that will be back with the next deception.
If its “100% for sure” and “God told me,” and now the 23rd comes and goes uneventfully, the Revelation 12 teachers must now blame God and criticise Him. Obviously it’s God’s fault!
It must be empty excuses, blaming God, or repentance. The latter being the only true way, but that will still leave many shipwrecked believers.
Many of these teachers need to do the right thing and get out of all forms of ministry. Many need to close their YouTube ministries down. In fact, I considered applying for some to be closed, but then I decided against it, due to the last chapter in this edition.
I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. Not all who have got into this Revelation 12 sign are false prophets. A false prophet is one who is of another, false spirit and not just someone who you don’t agree with or have a temporary problem with.
Also bear in mind that attacking an error is not always attacking the person.
But also please note the following two verses:
Romans 16:17 “Note those that cause divisions contrary to the doctrine which you have leaned, and avoid them.”
2 Timothy 4:3-5 “...They will heap up teachers for themselves and they will turn their ears away from the truth...But you, be watchful in all things...”
To those who have been devastated, hurt, injured or attacked by the signers:
So, now that the sign has failed, leaving behind a trail of devastation, what are you going to do?
Back in the 80s I read a book by Gene Edwards entitled “Letters to devastated Christians”, from which I derived the title of this edition. His main point was that it is primarily the responsibility of the individual for getting “devastated” in the first place.
That is largely true, but as I have said here, there is also a great responsibility on the teachers. So healing is needed in both quarters.
As you grow in our Lord, especially in these days, you need to grow in the discernment of spirits, knowledge of God, and understanding of all of His word and godly wisdom.
The way out is costly and is the opposite of man’s way of thinking. It is to forgive, release, let go and learn any lessons that are there to be learnt, and move forward.
In spite of devastation, have an attitude of thankfulness, that you are a child of God. Thankfulness always brings a spirit of grace into your life. Be thankful that things were not worse. Be thankful that you will soon walk in glory with our Lord. Humble yourself in God’s sight and He will lift you up and give you sight!
To the hurt, our Lord says: “I will be a father to you.” But you must meet the conditions: “Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”.
John 16:1 “These things I have spoken to you, so that you should not be made to stumble.”
There is always safety and security in the revealed word of God.
1 Peter 3:13-14 “Who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed. Do not be afraid of their threats nor be troubled.”
Okay, okay, enough said on all of this, but we can’t leave it here. Reconciliation is where to leave it. These things had to be addressed though. Hopefully we won’t have to deal with this again for another 7000 years.
Repentance is a wonderful, healing thing. Because many of the teachers (not all) involved in this are mature Christians, I just know that they would wish to make things right and be right with God and man.
I can only speak for myself. Based on their repentance, and letting things go, I must say to all the signers, that I love you. I want the best for you, as I do for me, so I’m burying the hatchet with no malice. I hold out an olive branch to you and wipe the slate clean.
Dear readers, if you look outside towards the horizon and see smoke rising – that’s a bunch of us smoking a big peace-pipe together.
We will continue to watch and pray. The coming of our Lord draws ever nearer. We will see and know the time.
Isaiah 52:8 “Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together. They shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion.”
I took these pictures out in our wilds. There is the remains of a 2000 year-old Camel-thorn Tree in the desert, a waterfall in the forest, and a girl. I superimposed them all into one just for fun!
Shalom and grow in His Grace!