The Woman is in Labor…Revelation 12 pt 4

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.(Revelation 12:1-5)

The woman in the vision is a spiritual body, the true people of God. Specifically she is Israel, the “daughter of Zion” and the wife of Jahweh. She is in pain, crying out, waiting to be delivered.

In what sense has this vision already been fulfilled? Is there yet a future fulfillment of this part of the vision?

Consider the history of the Holy Nation. What was she chosen to do? God gave Israel, through Moses and all of the prophets, the Word of God. She was to be the custodian and bearer of the testimony of God to all of the nations. Bringing the Word of God into the world and preserving it through all kinds of opposition, internal and external, has been a great part of Israel’s travail.

Bearing the Word of God, has exposed the nation to every sort of persecution, Satanic opposition, and internal strife. Preserving worship, priesthood and sacrifice and temple certainly cost something. Nothing good comes into this sinful world without pain. Child birth is the example and metaphor of his truth.

Israel has also been the specific nation which served as the receptacle of the Messiah. All of her previous history; her Exodus, the Land of Promise, her Kings, the exile and return to the land, the opposition to her from the nations, (and Satan). as well as all of her dealings with God were preparation for this one great task; she would be the people through whom the Messiah could come.

Her sufferings for Christ have served as labor pains, so also her rejection and reproach from this world. Her internal struggles have served her as well. The Prophet Micah said as much when he prophesied to her,

Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth…(Micah 4:9-12)

The Prophet tells us that the nations gathered against her, have misinterpreted Israel’s labor pains, for “their thoughts are not “of the LORD”. They Imagine she is God forsaken, and vulnerable to their ravaging, for who is more vulnerable than an expectant mother?

The Nations didn’t realize then that Israel was travailing to bring forth the Messiah, that thus out of her(Israel’s ) weakness and pain would come the one whose “Goings forth have been of old, from everlasting”.

…But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.(Micah 5:2-4)

There is another sense in which Israel is still in labor. There is coming to this earth a brand new Age, called “the regeneration of all things”(Matthew 19:27-30), and “the glory that shall be revealed”(Romans 8:17-18), in which the Messiah will rule from MT Zion and the nations will stream to Jerusalem to learn of God’s ways.

But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.(Micah 4:1-5)

But that glorious day cannot dawn until Israel, the estranged wife of Jahweh acknowledges her offense, and admits to her one great sin. In that sense you could say that she travails in birth waiting for the Age of Righteousness, the Millennium.

If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;(Leviticus 26:40)

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.(Hosea 5:15)

The phrase above,”their Affliction” is a reference to the coming “great Tribulation”.

The coming of the Lord is likened to the birth of a baby. Jesus likened the signs of his coming, earthquakes, pestilences, wars and rumours of wars, as “the beginning of sorrows”, literally “Birthpangs”. Zion is said to go into travail when the tribulation breaks out as “the pains of a woman with child”.

Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.(Isaiah 26:17-18)

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Sunday Mini Service…What the Brutish do not understand…Psalm 92

PSALM 100

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Here is a “Second Wind “ for the Weary…

And A Psalm for The Sabbath…PSALM 92

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.  When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.  For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.  Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;  To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

I have been made sad by the unfortunate news that Obama has been seeding the Bible belt of America with thousands of Muslims, knowing full well that by doing so he is bringing in a disruptive element, un-assimilable, hostile to all we stand for and a virtual crime wave. It is still hard for me to fathom that the President of the USA hates us!

But then I remembered PSalm 92.The Psalm is a wisdom psalm, about what the stupid (brutish) do not understand. The Brutish don’t get that though the wicked multiply rapidly and are spread far and wide, THEY ARE LIKE THE GRASS,  just as quickly they can be mowed down and burned.This is the destiny of the followers of the false Prophet.

On the other hand, the righteous don’t necessarily spread at the same rate as the wicked, they are rather like the Palm tree, which takes time to establish, but is then fruitful forever.

Let us love the Muslim people, pray for their salvation and see the other side of their immigration, the Devil has brought them here for mischief, but God has sent them into a Christian land for us to be able to evangelize them.

In the meantime, let us worship God acceptably for our God is a consuming Fire!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL, HAPPY SUNDAY, ESPECIALLY YOU MOMS

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The Identity of the Woman Clothed In The Sun…Revelation 12

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.(Revelation 12:1-5)

Who is the mysterious woman, writhing in agony of birth, seen in the vision of the apostle John in Revelation 12?

We have shown that on one level this woman represents the true people of God, the faithful congregation, those who truly worship God, and wait for his full deliverance. But there is a more specific meaning to the Image of the woman in the vision.

Some have speculated that the woman is Eve. We have remarked upon the connection between this chapter and Genesis chapter 3. In Genesis three we see Eve,(Adam also, but he was passive), in a dialogue with the serpent. Eventually she succumbs to the flattery and seduction of the serpent’s lie, and defects from God, with her husband. She is told that she will bring forth a son who would bring salvation, “the seed of the woman”.

Others speculate that the woman represents the virgin Mary, the counterpart to the disobedient Eve. Mary said “Yes” to God even though it meant saying no to herself. But Eve did the opposite. The Roman Catholic Church I was brought up in, featured a large statue of the virgin Mary standing upon a globe. She was crowned with 12 stars and under her feet was the serpent. The blasphemous teaching of this statue was clear, Mary defeated the Devil and set men free. This is none less than a distortion of the original Gospel as proclaimed in Genesis 3,

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:14-15)

The European Union has selected for its flag the 12 starred, so-called “Crown of Mary” based on this mis-interpretation of Revelation 12.

Both of these possible answers for the identity of the woman miss the mark. There is no reason other than speculation, to see either Eve or Mary in this woman.

There are others who believe that the woman is the church, the Bride of Christ. But the church is an espoused virgin, not a pregnant wife. The woman is not the church, for the church is not yet married.

Fortunately there is a specific answer as to the identity of the woman. The book of Genesis offers the key, in the story of the visions of Joseph.

And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?(Genesis 37:5-10)

The woman is clothed in the Sun,Moon and the stars. The dream of Joseph represent the Sun,Moon and Stars as Jacob,Leah, and the twelves sons of Israel. Therefore the Woman is Israel. She is the specific ‘woman’ which the serpent hates and has often tried to destroy. Her seed, the Messiah defeated the Serpent in battle, and it is He that shall soon come to “Rule all nations with a Rod of Iron”.

Israel is a miracle. The beginning of Israel was a miracle, for God wanted to create a new nation, after the nations of the world defected from him in the “Babel” incident. Rather than select a healthy, virile “twenty something” couple to begin a new nation, God chose Abram and Sara, a barren married couple, long past child-bearing age!

Israel’s continued existence is a miracle, for long have the nations of the world sought to destroy her. She was dispersed from her land in 70 ad, and spread from one end of the earth to the other, living in exile for two thousand years.

Of course military defeat, dispersion and enslavement has happened to other nations in history. But the great modern miracle of Israel is that after 2000 years the nation was reconstituted, in May,1948 ad. The rebirth of Israel is a billboard sign to the world that these are the end times, and that there is a living God.

Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.(Jeremiah 31:10-11)

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.(Hosea 3:4-5)

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The Woman As a Prophetic Metaphor…Revelation 12 pt 2

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. (Revelation 12:1)

The visions of Prophets recorded in the Bible are God-given revelations, that we might see spiritual realities otherwise hidden. Often these apocalypses,(“unveilings) use symbolism and metaphor to reveal abstract truths to God’s people.

In apocalyptic imagery, a woman is often a symbol for a spiritual body.

Thus faithful Israel is often referred to as “the daughter of Zion”, or the “wife of Jahweh”. Unfaithful, or backslidden Israel is likened unto a harlot in prophetic imagery.

How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.(Isaiah 1:21)

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.(Zechariah 9:9)

In the New Testament also, the believing church is called “The elect lady”, and “The Bride of Christ”.

Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;(Revelation 19)

For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.(2 Cor 11:2)

The book of Proverbs and the book of Revelation have this in common (among other things), that both texts present to the reader a choice between two women.

In Proverbs we overhear the godly counsel given to the Son of David, warning him of the choices he must make, particularly between two women. The young man is presented with the harlot, the strange woman who flatters with her mouth, but whose guests end up in hell.The father expressly writes to deliver his son from her;

To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.(Proverbs 2:16-19)

All through the book we see her, or hear her crying out to the simple, her false message of wisdom,”Stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant”(Proverbs 9).

We read Proverbs hoping that the young man will make the right choice and are relieved at the end when he does, for there the ultimate virtuous woman is revealed;

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.(Proverbs 31:10-12)

She too has been woven throughout the entire narrative of he book, we see her diligently setting a table, and calling out in the streets to redeem the simple, and honoring her husband before others.

This is about more than wisdom to marry right, nor is it merely an exhortation to sexual morality. The two women are two spiritualities, only one of which is true and saving. Will we choose the true church or the harlot? Will we buy into God’s or man’s philosophy? Will we be spiritual on our own terms or according to God’s Word? Which worldview will we embrace? Will we hold to a God centered view of life or a Humanistic wisdom?

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.(Proverbs 4:5-9)

The Revelation is structured similarly. In Revelation we encounter “That woman Jezebel, which teaches my servants to commit fornication…”, and we see a gaudy harlot, dripping with wealth, clothed in scarlet, and holding a chalice as if she is the bearer of some sacred mystery. But we note that on her forehead are the names of blasphemy, for this woman is horrifying.

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration(Revelation 17:3-6)

But all along, in the Revelation there is presented another more virtuous woman.Though despised and persecuted by the world and by the harlot, she will be revealed to be the Bride of Christ,prepared and purified by tribulation, that she might be made ready to have and to hold to the groom, Christ, the Lord.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.(Revelation 19:7-9)

The woman in the vision, is generally a picture of the true people of God. They wait for Him, and believe in Him, and are willing to bear all suffering for His truth. On one level this is the meaning of the woman.

There is also a more specific identification to this woman, for often apocalyptic visions have layers of meaning. Fortunately we don’t have to speculate who she is, because there is a principle of interpretation that teaches us to let scripture interpret scripture. In the next article we will take a closer look at who she is and what the vision is telling us.

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Read This out loud…Revelation 12 pt 1

 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 

 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12)

I intend to expound on certain aspects of this mysterious vision; but first I exhort you to simply read the vision in it’s entirety, and pray to the Lord tat we all may benefit front this Divinely given revelation.

There are four statements which I want to make to lay a foundation for this exposition of the vision.

1) All of the Bible is one. There are sixty-six books written over a period of one thousand five hundred years, written by 40 different human vessels,and on three different continents, yet all of the scripture is one, a united whole, a seamless garment.Each book has a spiritual relationship with every other book of the Bible.

2) There are some books of the Bible that have a stronger relationship with each other, than others. There is a very strong and continuous relationship between Genesis and Revelation. All of the problems raised in Genesis find their resolution in Revelation. Even the Tree of Life re-emerges in the Revelation. As it was in the beginning, so shall it be at the end.

3) There is a Special relationship between the vision in Revelation 12 and the account of the fall of man in Genesis chapter three. What do we have in Genesis three? A Woman, ( and her husband, who didn’t count for much),a serpent, and the promise of a victorious child to be born, “the seed of the woman”.

By the time we get to Revelation 12, the woman is clothed, and pregnant, and in labor. The Serpent has become a dragon, and has obtained much worldly power, and many victories(Horns and crowns). And the man-child is safely born and caught up to God.

4) I want to emphasize that the Revelation is not entirely chronological. This vision is partially an explanation of what has been happening all along, and partially an explanation of where it is all going.

With that as a foundation we will be looking at the elements of this vision on this site.

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Brother Philip…(Philip Powell)

My friend Philip Powell, a beloved pastor, a teacher of Christ, a Father to many, a mentor and an example, has gone on to His reward in heaven. I wish to honor his memory and the work of Christ in this devoted and fervent minister of the gospel.

Philip is a man who withstood religious hypocrisy and corruption within the Assemblies of God, even to his own personal loss.He put the Word of God above denominational  loyalties, and was eventually vindicated by circumstances, although not by the denomination.

But Philip never sought the praise of men, He lived in the sight of the “Father Who sees in secret…” .

He also stood against the blatant heresies which blossomed within Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism, valiantly teaching the Way of Truth, and rebuilding the scattered flock of God wherever possible, through his writings and preaching. God always answers the “enemy which comes in like a flood” with a standard, and with Watchmen.Philip stands out as one.

As for Philip’s preaching; He was a true expositor of the Word of God. This brother knew and loved the Word of God. Philip  fed the flock as a Pastor , thus showing his love for Jesus.

This was a man who wept while He preached. Time and again as he expounded on the Saviour He loved, his voice would break; when he proclaimed the cross, or the Incarnation of Jesus, and the Love of God the Father who sent Him.

Philip and Aeron (Morgan) are together again, in Glory. How they ministered to me,as a younger minister!

Consider these two servants of God; Aeron, with His face alight with the joy and glory of God as he exulted in the gospel, and Philip with his fiery passion for Jesus, and his broken hearted preaching of the Love of the Saviour. Within a short time both of these men have gone, reminding us that real servants of God are but on loan from Heaven.

I miss them both. We all have many teachers, but how many of them are spiritual Fathers? Two strong voices, and both of them the fruit of the Pentecostal Revivals of the previous century are now gone to heaven.How I loved hearing their stories and testimonies of the blessed moves of God of those days, and of their own experiences as Pastors and ministers of Christ. How they enriched me!

Of course we don’t sorrow as those who have no hope, for we know that Philip has gone to be with the LORD, whom he loved and served.”The Righteous man dies and none takes it to heart, that the Lord has removed him from the evil to come…”. 

Kathy, Mandy and Jeff, David and Jonathan, Our prayers are with you. I have counted it a privilege to have known and served Jesus with Philip, and prayerfully share in your (temporary) loss. Please know that many around the world are grateful for the memory of your husband and Father. May the church in Brisbane also know how they have blessed so many. Be assured of our prayers and love.

For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.  The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.  The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.(Psalm 37:28-31)

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The Scope of the Apostasy… The Delusion pt 1

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;( 2 Thess 2:1-3)

When I read that the President of the United States, Barak Hussein Obama ordered the installation of a gender neutral restroom in the White House, like others I was disgusted and even demoralized. The White House has long been a symbol to many, for it has long represented many Judeo Christian ideals such as servant leadership, human freedom, compassionate use of force, and Government under law and order.

The installation of a gender neutral bathroom is only the latest in a long line of ‘desecrations’ to the White House and various other U.S. institutions held in esteem by freedom lovers everywhere. The Obamas and the Clintons before them seemed to go out of their way to diminish our national symbols.In the case of the Clintons, the installation of  an obscene Christmas tree in the White House, or their renting out the Lincoln bedroom to the highest donors.

The Obamas have used the White House as a backdrop for the honored reception of deserters from the military, sexual deviants, hostile Muslims, the praising of vicious dictators, and the snubbing of treasured allies to the US such as Benjamin Netanyahu. The ‘gender neutral’ bathroom is only the latest insult to the standards and propriety of millions of Americans.

What is going on here? How are we to understand our times? What does the Word of God have to say about it?

What we are witnessing is a genuine moral and spiritual revolution. Fortunately the Word of God has much to say about it. Obama, the Clintons and their ilk are partisans in the revolution, as are most of the world’s “intelligentsia”.

The Scripture I cited above refers to it as the apostasy. The day of Christ is not at hand until the apostasy occurs… . The second Psalm also refers to it, when he predicts a ‘liberation movement’ led by ‘the Kings of the earth and their rulers’.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.(Psalm 2:1-3)

The Kings of the earth and their rulers, is an expression that refers to far more than the political leadership of the earth. Rather it refers to the broader ‘ruling elite’ in the culture, the intellectuals, the governors, the leaders in organized religion, the entertainment and opinion shapers, the media, and sciences, the arts and leaders in medicine, finance and education.

We are told that they come to this ‘counsel together’, this unanimous consensus  which is anti-God and anti-Christ.  Where do they take this counsel? They have been imbibing to for about the last sixty to a hundred years in the places of higher learning. The counsel is against “the Lord and his Christ”, in other words it is hostile to the Judeo Christian revelation.

We all now know the common experience of hard-working parents who send their child to higher education in hopes of a better life, only to be disappointed. The first semester he returns home hostile to the capitalistic system, by the second, he is pro gay. At the end of the third he is virulently against Israel, and by the fourth he doesn’t believe in God anymore!

What happened? The second Psalm tells us what happened. The counsel is “against the Lord and His Christ”.

Then the Kings of the earth launch a liberation movement against the so called “Cords” and “Bonds” of the God of the Bible and His Christ. The moral and spiritual restrictions of the Christian religion have to be stripped away, such as the Christian definition of Marriage, man, woman, and sexuality. The Christian concept of absolute Truth also has to go, and all laws and customs which sprang out of it.

The Clintons, the Obamas and all of our culture desecrators are partisans in this war on reality. They have to trash the constitution and the White House because they are tearing down the old order in the service of the Revolution, i.e. the apostasy.

Too often the apostasy warned of is interpreted as a Christian apostasy, a departure from Doctrine and practice unique to the Christian church. But a study of Christian history will tell us that all along the way , the Christian history has had to contend with false doctrine, heretical teachers, and phony spiritualities. There has always been as much, if not more apostasy in the church as there has been a true church.

This apostasy is something different. It is a World wide departure from revealed truth. There is a sense in which the Christian religion imparted to the world many benefits, which applied whether one is individually converted or not.

The Judeo Christian revelation has given us all the superior Western civilization,with its emphasis on the value of the individual, political freedom, rule by law, stable two parents families, the value of hard work, the protection of children, the sanctity of all human life, civil rights, humility,the role of the male and female, the meaning of family, man-made in the Image of God etc..

The most basic and universal truths about humanity are found in the first eleven chapters in Genesis. The creation and role of male and female, the family, children, Government, culture, in short everything that God wanted us to know as foundational to human life.

What is happening , is the point by point repudiation of these once solid pillars. Who says you have to be a man? Who says marriage has to be between a man and a woman? Why should you want to have children? Brick by brick and pillar by pillar the old order is being assaulted and torn down by the Kings of the earth, their rulers and their willing but naive following.

Obama’s gender neutral restroom is an affirmation of the “Vain Imagination” , that we humans, can redefine ourselves, and find meaning and beauty in this world without God and on our own terms.It isn’t really progressive, in fact it is a regression to the pre- Christian past. As we will see, this doesn’t end well, except for the true believers.

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