Edition 20 December 6th 2009
In this edition:
●Coming great deceptions.
Truth and error travel the same highways:
There is a principle evident in the scriptures especially in Proverbs. The Bible speaks of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Knowledge is the intake of information, understanding is the digesting of it and wisdom is the application of it.
Knowledge on its own can be dangerous and puff you up in pride, but when it's being done in the spirit, this knowledge becomes revelation knowledge. The original word for knowledge is gnosis, but the word epi-gnosis means knowledge that is above ordinary knowledge.
My job in these editions is to bring you knowledge, which has come to me over a long period of time. It is to me epi-gnosis. It is your job to take it further and transform it to into understanding and wisdom.
There is one very important issue that we need to know in our pursuit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom and this is; It is impossible to know God or His ways outside of His family. If you are not born of the Spirit of God, all the knowledge in the world will still land you in hell.
The Bible declares that the things of the Spirit are spiritually discerned. We need to go through the cross of Calvary to enter the family of God and then we still need to apply the cross to the realm of our intellect. This is the way the knowledge and truth of God comes to us.
To give us further access to the deeper things of God we need to be baptised in water and the spirit. The foundation of salvation is like a tripod and we need all three legs. The new birth, adult water baptism, and spirit baptism. If one or more legs are missing the tripod will fall over.
Isn't it interesting how many believers with one or two of these legs missing just can't see the impassable gulf between the world and the kingdom of God.
The ways of deception:
Deception has spiritual roots but it grows in the ground of ignorance.
Truth, on the other hand, is always rooted in the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God.
The first thing that deception always does is it obscure the cross. When the cross is obscured, the things and ways of God become nebulous and variable. When the cross is obscured, the ways of the world, the flesh, and the demonic become strong, simply because the application of the cross into our lives on a daily basis, breaks and separates us from the power of the world the flesh and the demonic.
When the cross is obscured our minds becomes the playground of all sorts of great ideas...all devoid of God.
When the cross is obscured, people become very worldly, filled with the sins of the flesh and a home for the demonic. When the cross is obscured, try as you much as you like, but you can't see that Satan is the god of the world and the ways of the world.
When the cross is being applied into our lives we receive sight to see clearly and we receive the power to walk in victory.
Today deception is growing on all fronts. It is becoming very powerful and widespread. In many instances it is blatant and in your face. In some cases it is subtle and lurks like a snake in waiting for its prey. Deception is dangerous in all its forms and has immense power.
It is a surprising and shocking thing to read what God thinks of the church, as revealed in the seven letters in the Revelation. Here we see just how successful deception becomes, with many churches falling into the trap of the devil. (Please read edition 11 for more on this)
Deception is essentially a spirit. With this being the case, it's almost impossible to identify it or deal with it outside of the gifts of the Spirit. 1 John 4: 1-6 "Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits, whether they're of God...We are of God and he who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error."
Candidates for deception:
The proud: Personal pride or ego will blind you to the things of God. Pride is essentially trust in self. Humility before God and His Word always gives clarity of spiritual sight. How can you have sight and understanding if God is resisting you. James 4:6 "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud" Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things and is desperately wicked."
The self seeking: James 3:14 "If you have envy, self seeking in your hearts...this wisdom is worldly, soulish and demonic"
The ignorant: Ignorance is a playground for demons. 2 Corinthians 11.14 "Satan transforms himself into an angle of light." In this day and age we need to have spiritual discernment and insight into the fact that Satan can and does appear in many forms. Ignorance of the prophetic word will also set you up for deception. In fact ignorance is one of the curses which comes upon people for failure to obey God's Word. Deuteronomy 28:28. The Lord will strike you with blindness, madness and confusion of heart. This is brought out further in Hosea 4:1-6 which is an amazing discourse on the rise or fall of a nation. It says "Because there is no truth mercy or knowledge of God in the land, the land will mourn...My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge."
Deception of customs and traditions in the church:
False doctrines and idolatry:
There are so many false doctrines in the church today, it would take a book to deal with them all. Some of the big ones that are hugely damaging include replacement theology. These are playgrounds of demons.
Colossians 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception according to the traditions of men".
2 Peter 2:1,2 "There will be false teachers and prophets among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies...and many will follow their destructive ways, because of who the way of truth will be blasphemed".
The way and plan of God for the church is to be in unity. There is only one church. Our Messiah doesn't have many different bodies growing from His neck all divided (denominations) from each other.
1 Corinthians 1: 10 This condemns all sectarianism (denominationalism) as sin! We are to be "perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgement, speaking the same thing" Some may be thinking now that you can't believe I just said that. Well no I didn't...God did!
Sectarianism, denominationalism and division is deception.
Calvinism, Catholicism and other denominations which all have their own different divided sectarian beliefs and ways are all deceived. How can God be divided against Himself?
Bibles: (I will do a separate edition on this some time soon as it is a huge and very important subject)
The Bible is the Word of God or is it? Yes it is in it's original form. It is absolutely vital and of major importance to all true believers who love our Lord. Wouldn't it be logical then that Satan, who is the chief counterfeiter would want to bring confusion into the Bible itself.
Today there are many differing Bibles around. In fact choosing a Bible could be like walking through a mine field.
Very few people know this but as the Spirit of God moved over a group of people who compiled the Word of God, so the spirit of deception moved on another group of people to produce Spirit-less Bible. The two are irreconcilable.
An early church conference dealing with the Byzantine manuscripts (20,000 surviving) became the canon of scripture, inspired by God. The second was the Alexandra conference which authorised manuscripts which were essentially re-written by Origen and viewed as corrupt.
Bibles originating from Byzantine are the truth. Then a latin version came about and then The King James Version in English (which has some minor translational issues) The New King James version, which by-passes the latin version and goes back to the root of the the original manuscripts but is in modern English. It is the best by far.
Bibles originating in the corrupt Alexandra manuscripts include the New International version and many other modern Bibles.
The New International Version yields to modernism. It has 64,000 words omitted (compared to the Byzantine manuscripts) Many of these omissions and changes relate to major doctrines. It has numerous verses completely removed. Revelation 22:18 warns against changing the Word. Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32 also warns of the same thing.
The NIV will soon have a newer version called TNIV. (Today's NIV) This new version has even more changes including a host of changes making it gender-neutral. References to the Son, Father, He, Him and thousands of others have been removed.
The NIV is an exercise in translational treason and has led to much deception today.
You may think these issues are not important. They are the seeds of deception and error, which are becoming more and more dangerous as we move on towards the close of the age.
Very few Christians today know their Bibles never mind which ones are right.
Let me share with you a tragic example.
A friend of mine a while ago came running in with a big smile on his face yelling: "Did you hear...they've found out that Jesus was married and had kids" It just so happens that this individual doesn't know his Bible at all.
Isaiah 59: 14 "Truth is fallen in the street"
Believer, if you love our Lord, you need to love His Word as well. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 Speaks of those that "God will send strong delusion so that they believe the lie, because they didn't receive the love of the truth."
Romans 1: 18 is one of the few verses of scripture in which the wrath of God is evoked. "For the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness."
At the end of the day, deception is always the fault of the recipient. God has given us the answer, which is His Word and the tools needed to walk in truth and victory.
Deception is progressive. This is just the same as our walk with our Lord. It is progressive as well.
Luke 21: 8 "Take heed that you are not deceived"
Daniel 8:25 The coming of the antichrist will be shrouded in deception. "Through his cunning he will cause deception to prosper under his hand."
Deceptions of the world:
The Blue Beam Project will deceive many. Essentially, its a technology simulated second coming. Tests have already been done involving a holographic projection of a "Christ Image" Blue Beam promotes a new world order, one world religion. Holographic images projected from satellites of Christ, Mohamed, Buddha and others will 'merge' into one to produce a new 'One God'
The first step will be to cause a collapse of archaeological and other scientific understanding by bringing in supposed new discoveries that will falsify evidence already in existence supporting the Bible. The purpose will be to cause the masses to reject their foundational beliefs and undermine them, paving the way for a new multi-faith God encompassing all beliefs in a new powerful globalist movement.
The second stage will be a huge world-wide simultaneous staging of optical holograms and lasers with sound in 3D. NASA is involved secretly at this stage. These strong holograms will give the appearance that they have come from the sky, when in fact they will have been projected from satellites. This new unique divinity will in fact be the devil at work. He will explain that the Bible has been misinterpreted and misunderstood on a massive scale, setting the stage for his acceptance.
Some of you may be wondering if there was something wrong with the pizza I've just eaten. This is just ridiculous you say. Oh yes, I say! Well then please tell me why it has been so incredibly easy for someone like dan brown to deceive untold millions of Christians with his "Jesus was married and had kids" story.
By the way, if Jesus was married and had kids, then that blood line is still around today. If you know your Bible the blood of our Lord was supernatural. It was pure and without the Adamic sin-line in it. This sets the stage for someone in our day to declare that he is the new Messiah being the continuation of the pure blood line of Jesus.
It is only the blood of Jesus that cleanses from sin. Can you see the deceptive power of the devil in dan brown? The world stage is now set for another Christ to declare that he has supernatural powers originating in the blood line of Jesus.
The Blue Beam Project may sound out of this world, but actually its exactly the sort of thing of the devil would do to set the stage for his entrance. It may itself be a big deception.
Weather it comes off this way or not isn't really the issue, what is of critical importance is that need to have ourselves well armed and prepared to stand in the face of many coming deceptions.
The Bible warns of end time "lying signs and wonders"
The sheer numbers that are and will be deceived according to Bible prophecy are enormous to say the least.
Some other deceptions.
Perhaps the biggest most widespread and dangerous deception is that which is adhered to by most unsaved people, but is also very widely manifest in the church. Most unsaved people believe that if there is a God He would not send them to hell, because they are basically good. Many who are not truly born again of God, but do go to church, think the same thing. Well, going to church can't save you simply because it didn't die for you!
God saves no one , neither Jew nor gentile because they are good. He only saves those that gone through the cross.
Neutrality is a curse. The agnostic believes that the truth is unknowable, so they're neutral. Many others believe that absolutes are old fashioned. Isaiah 5:20 "Cursed are those who call evil good and good evil; who put light for darkness and darkness for light...woe to those who are wise in their own eye."
Many believe that truth is not important is relative and open to interpretation. This was the very first sin recorded in the garden of Eden. Satan said to Adam "Has God said you shall not eat of every tree" In other words...question God's authority...a very stupid thing to do!
The purpose of prophecy:
The purpose of prophecy is to give us eyes to see where we are, where not to go and where we should go. It is ultimately to glorify our risen Messiah. It is hated in many circles today, simply because it is in conflict with the ways and goals of the devil and his world. He always slams and brings confusion into whatever is against him.
The prophets of old were often despised by the people back then because they warned people that they were on the wrong track. These prophets of old were often loners, spending long periods of time in the deserts, seeking the face and wisdom of God. They were granted spectacular insight into Gods plans and purposes as they separated themselves from the masses. Today Bible prophecy is more important than ever. It a lot more important that hardly anyone can imagine! Ignore Bible prophecy at your own peril.
Masses will be saved:
One of the most interesting factors relating to the soon coming of our Messiah and the surrounding events is that untold masses will turn to the Lord. The Spirit of antichrist will intensify, but at the same time the Spirit of the Lord will be poured out causing many to get saved.
Joel 3:14 "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision, for the Day of Lord is near."
What is most important these days is to question things. Not in a big deal way, but to look for the truth. Truth can stand scrutiny without any problem. The problem is that so many just accept and receive anything and everything blindly.
Truth stands victorious:
One of the churches mentioned in the seven letters of the Revelation is without a single word of condemnation levelled against it by our Lord. It is highly favoured and commended. It is told; "Because you have kept My Word to persevere, I will keep you from the hour of tribulation coming on the whole world to test it." The church of Philadelphia is a glorious church free from deception, powerful and victorious.
Truth always leads to correct living while error always leads to wrong choices and a life set on the wrong road.
Truth is the road and path to the presence of God while error eventually leads to hell.
James 3: 17 The wisdom that is from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, yielding, full of mercy and with good fruits.
Heaven or hell:
Old man before you died you had every opportunity to make Yeshua / Jesus the Lord of your life. Did you? You know all about it now, but from your eternal home. Where are you now old man? You're not in your grave, that's just the remains of your body! If only you could speak to the living, what would you say? I wonder if it would make any difference.
Young girl, you're alive now, you have your life before you. Are you going to waste it? Heaven or hell is before you and what you do now with the salvation offered by our Messiah of Glory will determine your eternal abode! Don't gamble with eternity!
In closing here is a woodcut impression by Gustave Dore of Lucifer overlooking the Garden of Eden. It is part of a series entitled "Paradise Lost" Yes, paradise was lost as a result of deception, but what is coming will be "Paradise regained and its coming soon!(Thanks to the Adelaide University Library)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!