Edition 78. May 22nd 2011
The counterfeit church: A shock
●Netanyahu: "Israel willing to give up parts of our homeland for peace" (16/05/2011)
●Netanyahu says "peace process is dead now that Hamas and Fatah have united"
●Fatah leader Abbas urges UN to recognise Palestinian state by September and to take legal action against Israel. (Jerusalem Post 17th May)
●Obama chooses the Muslim Brotherhood as his partner to promote American interests in the region.
●Abbas "rewrites" history of Israel. He tells the world in a New York Times article that the Zionists launched an unprovoked military offensive on surrounding Arab states. Netanyahu reacts with fury! "The Palestinians know how to play and manipulate the international community". *** Please read edition 23 titled "The power of the media."
●I find it a nuisance having to comment on this. The 21st May rapture. The problem is that because this guy has been so dogmatic and forthright on a very specific date and time twice, and been wrong, it discourages people from watching looking and knowing the signs of the times. It actually encourages people to become "end time scoffers, saying, where is the hope of His coming." (2 Peter 3:3-4) If I may remind you the Bible says that the days of the coming of Messiah will be just like the days of Noah. No one cared. Everyone carried with life as normal.
The guy who called the rapture on the 21st was so far off. Much of what he had to say had no Biblical basis at all and then of course he comes from California!!
The funny thing though, is that although this guy was wrong again, the time is getting much closer! The wise will be aware and continue to prepare their hearts.
Don't let one false prophet discourage you from looking for and expecting the soon coming of Messiah.
The US is now in grave danger... its biggest danger ever!
Netanyahu rejects Obama's suicidal proposals and attempts to separate Jerusalem from Israel and to redefine Israel's borders according to the world's 1967 borders. God's borders are what counts!
The prophetic Biblical borders of Israel are in Ezekiel 47:13-20 and other places. All of God's borders are bigger and larger than Israel today and not smaller.
Obama insists on Israel's acceptance of the 1967 borders. God insists on His borders. Guess who will win? The US is now in it's most dangerous position ever. This is the precursor to the wrath of God for "dividing the land" (Joel 3:2)
You can mess with the borders of Bongo Bongo land and no one cares, besides Mr. Bongo, but you dare not mess with the Biblical borders of Israel and Jerusalem. God knows the future and he knows that world powers will try to divide the land and the city. God says He will bring judgement on all nations that come against His will, His plan and His borders.
Psalm 105:8-11 "He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded to a thousand generations...to Israel for an everlasting covenant, saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan.
What to watch out for:
We're racing down the road of prophetic fulfilment at quite a rate! Here's what lies ahead in terms of Biblical prophecy:
The city of Damascus must be destroyed soon according to a brief yet unfulfilled prophecy in Isaiah 17. Syria is in the news right now. Obama has promised to "get tough on Assad" This could result in a Syria-Israeli flare up. In fact Assad's cousin Rami Makhhlouf (a government insider) has just threatened that Syria will go to war against Israel if the US enters the fray.
Please be aware that Islamic extremism sees Israel, the US and the western nations as one.
The Syrian uprising is now at a stage where it is unstoppable.
Watch for some huge disaster of monumental proportions in the US. One thing for absolute sure is that the US has already run headlong into God...on the wrong side. Obama has effectively thrown Israel under the bus. This is just what evokes the fury and wrath of God.
The great war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38 & 39) is not a long way off. Watch for the great alignment of mostly Muslim nations against Israel to continue.
Watch for Israel to be drawn into the wider Middle East conflict on the go now.
The failure of most of the church
See also Edition 31: "The power of the cross" and Edition 46: "Truth or error."
***The image above is the answer to the problems we are now going to discuss. It's the receiving, accepting and practicing of the cross and the full word of God. This is the only way to eternal security.
The Bible plots the course of the church age from its foundation through to the end of the age. This is revealed in the messages to the seven churches in the early chapters of the Revelation. It's a brutally honest, shocking revelation. It's God's view of the church.
God condemns much of the church in these verses. There are many other portions of scripture in the Bible confirming this.
These verses of scripture plot the failure of the man-made church.
The bottom line is that we see a large part of the church being spat out and others being cast into "great tribulation." In the midst of this mess we see a strong, powerful, victorious, glorious church being commended and praised by God as it goes forward, in Godly power.
This group of believers is made a special promise by God. He says "Because you have kept My word to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole world."
The original words used here mean "I will keep you clean out away from." The "hour" is widely believed to mean the tribulation period.
How did such a large part of the church go so wrong?
The church by and large is becoming more and more ineffective in influencing the world and it's evils. Why is this? Simply because the light has gone out in much of modern Christendom! Light shines into darkness, but darkness endures where there is no light.
Matthew 5:13-14 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."
Matthew 6:23 "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is really darkness, how great is that darkness."
Salt is a type of judgement. It is also adds flavour and is a preserver. Salt really is a type of the Spirit-led and inspired word of God. This is the duty of the Godly church. It is to speak judgement on the evils of the world, but for the believer it also enriches him in many ways and adds real flavour to his life. Salt working in the believers life will also preserve him in this world and protect him from being drawn into its evil ways.
The same is true of light. It exposes what is in the darkness, revealing the evil and sin of the world. But if the light goes out, darkness comes rushing in and thrives.
Today much of the church world has become a friend of the darkness. It has no light or salt.
Part of the reason why the world is becoming worse in so many respects, is because the church has failed in its duty.
Have a look at these incredibly powerful verses of scripture which speak so clearly of today's world:
Isaiah 8:20 "...If they do not speak according to this word (God's), it is because there is no light in them."
Isaiah 59:9 "Justice is far from us...We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness."
Isaiah 5:20-21 "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who wise in their own eyes."
Isaiah 59:14 "Justice is turned back and righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street."
The above verses show why the world is growing darker. They speak of the inner darkness of modern man. But there is really only one source of true light and that is the true church indwelt by the living word of God. It's obviously still there in some of the church, but in the majority of the church, it's gone.
Please remember that there is only one of the seven churches of the Revelation (Philadelphia) that is without condemnation. It is only commended. This church has the "key of David" This is interpreted in Isaiah 22:21-22 as those who have a heart for the children of Jerusalem.
The church that exalts and applies the cross and the whole word of God is safe.
Yes the Jews are by and large also blind and in darkness to who their Messiah is. But before you jump on your high horse of condemnation please read this:
Isaiah 42:16 "I will bring the blind by a way they do not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them (Israel) and not forsake them."
You see, the Jews are currently in darkness to their Messiah, but the church is currently in darkness to the Messiah being revealed to the Jews as God lifts their veil of blindness.
Be aware that this is no small issue. It has and will continue to split the church. It will be the great divide.
Romans 11 offers a staggering insight into God's wonderful work in respect of the Jew and His threat to the church who oppose His work. This passage reveals that God will re-graft the Jews back into their own Olive tree from which they have been cut off. God threatens the church, that it will be cut off if they come against this work of God.
There has never been a time where the pursuit of and embracing of Biblical truth is more important and vital. Yet at this time much of the church is becoming more and more complacent, deceived and shipwrecked.
The church today has lost its power. It operates in the power of self, reason and its own wisdom. It has lost the power that comes from the application of the cross. This makes a large part of the church a counterfeit. It looks like the real thing but it's a fraud.
Counterfeit Christianity is all around us today. It's measure is the world of today. It has become relevant to the world. It's doctrine has shifted from eternal truths to modern liberal variable-value garbage.
The doctrine of Christ is the truth and is the answer. It needs to be in your church and in your heart.
The doctrine of Christ can be found in numerous portions of scripture. Here are just a few:
Hebrews 6:1-2 ●Going on to perfection. ●Repentance from dead works. ●Faith towards God. ●Baptism (plural= water and Spirit) ●Laying on of hands. ●Resurrection of the dead. ●Eternal judgement.
Warning for those who mess with doctrine:
Galatians 1:8 "If we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you let him be accursed."
2 John 9-10 "Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ, does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor even greet him"
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this, you will save yourself and those who hear you."
Are these characteristics in your church and in your leader?
●Does your church preach the gospel in the nations? ●Has your church got the testimony and faith of Jesus? ●Has your church got a Hebraic flavour?. ●Does it observes the Abrahamic expression of faith to the Jew and the Gentile? ●Do you keep the feasts of the Lord (not legalistically)? ●Do you keep Passover and observe the Saturday Sabbath. (not legalistically)? ●Does your church reject occult based paganism like Easter and Christmas? ●Is your church welcoming and inviting to the Jew? ●Does your church stand with and for the Jew, Israel and an undivided Jerusalem? ●Does your church practice adult baptism and reject infant sprinkling? ●Does your church judge the Jezebel spirit arising in the church today?
●Does your leader love the word of God and is he a passionate defender of true Bible based doctrine? ●Does your leader preach judgement, warn on hell, warn on Babylon arising? ●Is your leader power, property and money hungry? ●Does your leader flee worldliness, pride and ego? ●Does your leader like worldly luxury? ●Does your leader like fame? ●Is your leader in awe of Hollywood and celebrity? Does he go to the movies bowing down to the great satanic god, Hollywood? ●Does your leader flee idolatry and paganism in the church? Is your leader humble, broken and full of Godly wisdom and God's authority? ●Has your leader been a follower of our Messiah for a great many years? ●Is your leader satisfied with a small fellowship? ●Does your leader teach on Bible prophecy and the soon coming of the Lord? ●Can your leader see into the future? ●Has your leader been criticized and ridiculed by enemies of truth? Is your leader highly controversial measured by today's standards? ●Do you get the feeling that your leader will give his life for you?
The satanically driven emergent church movement.
There are so many churches today that are a complete mess. I want to pick on the one of the most dangerous. It's a movement within many existing churches but also a stand alone.
This is a fast growing church movement today. It removes all judgement, removes hell, and the work of the cross. In fact Rob Bell, one of its evil leaders says that all crosses must be removed from churches. They are true enemies of the cross of Christ. As a result they are empowered by the forces of their own reasoning, the world system and the demonic.
The reason why so many millions will be swept away to hell in this huge deception is because they have a problem with God. If you have a problem with God, you will put Him under your feet in judgement. You will reject what you deem objectionable in the Bible. You are in grave danger!! You will subtly exalt yourself above God and His word. People with a problem with God do not have the cross working in them.
I don't know how many people I know who have a problem with God because He judges sin and condemns those to hell who are not saved by the substitutionary work of the cross. They reject the coming wrath of God on unrepentant sinners.
The bottom line in the emergent church is...sin reigns.
God is eternally holy and His new world will be full of perfection and holiness. It will be exclusively filled with those that have been made holy by the work of the cross and the shed blood of the virgin-born Jewish Messiah who was raised from the dead.
The emergent church movement preaches a universal atonement where everyone is saved.
The leadership and ministers in this evil movement are mass murderers. They are responsible for large scale spiritual murder.
"It's pure hatred and murder in action to remove God's warning signs!"
Here are a few quotes from Rob Bell:
"The gods are not angry because God is love."
"If the gospel isn't good news for everyone then it's good news for no one."
"Why blame the dark for being dark"
"Salvation is the entire universe being brought back into harmony with its maker."
"Everybody is following somebody...we are all believers."
"God has reconciled himself to humanity and made peace with all humanity."
"Most of the Bible is history told by people living in lands occupied by conquering superpowers...It's an oppression narrative."
There was no virgin birth. Conversion is not needed. Jesus is not the only way. There is no literal eternal hell.
The above quotes and beliefs are a reinterpretation of scripture. They are the exact opposite of many portions of scripture.
●If you type "emergent church" into the internal search box here, it will take you to the other warnings on the emergent church.
It is the work of the cross of Christ that saves us and the work of taking up one's own cross that delivers us from self or the flesh nature, the world and the demonic. Without it you are at the mercy of the devil himself.
I've said before and here goes again. There's nothing loving about removing God's warning signs! That is hatred and spiritual murder in action. To remove hell and judgement from preaching and teaching is to set yourself up as God's judge...not very clever!!
Interestingly the Bible declares, prophetically, that there will be many of these wolves in sheep's clothing at the end of the age.
Judgement is coming soon upon the world and the cross and Bible rejecting church!
It all went so horribly wrong by the removal of the cross and the true doctrine of Christ. This is just what the devil wants. The answer is to return to the old-school tried and tested truths of the Bible alone. The answer is to die! Yes it's to die to self, the flesh-nature and the world system.
As I decrease, He increases. "It's no longer I that live but Christ that lives through me", says Paul the apostle.
The amazing thing is that most powerful victorious people today are those who are the living dead! They've been crucified with Christ. they operate in His power and wisdom. that is ultimate safety!
1Peter 4:17 "Judgement begins in the house of God."
1 Corinthians 1:10 "Be of the same mind and judgement."
1 Corinthians 2:15 "He who is spiritual judges all things."
Acts 20:31 "Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I didn't cease to warn everyone night and day with tears."
Heaven or hell:
Young woman you represent the true church, the bride of Christ, preparing for the most incredible marriage feats of all time. Just like marriage it's only for invited guests. No unbeliever will be there. No not everyone gets saved like many churches believe today. Salvation is exclusive not inclusive.
Old Buddhist monk, you have a friend in the emergent church. They believe that you will be saved just like your universalist religion teaches. You will not be saved. You are going to hell forever. You have rejected the cross and shed blood of Jesus and become deceived and blinded to your frightening future, unless of course you repent before you die.
Here's one of my own pictures. It's the roots of a wild fig tree. We need to be deeply rooted in the word of God. If so we will be watered by the Spirit of the living God.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!