The Warfare Is Confessional…war on the saints pt 15

And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. (Luke 12:11-12)

Notice that Jesus says “When they bring you before…” not “…If …they bring you before…”. Sooner or later every last one of us Christians on some level will be called upon to make the good confession. The setting is never a favorable one, it will range from either mildly hostile to absolutely death dealing hatred, but we are being and will be called upon to make our confession.

We don’t have to rehearse our confession, the Holy Spirit will give us what to say when we are called up before various human tribunals. It will just come out of us naturally, this good confession of truth, in the day of our own trial.

This blessed promise of the Holy Spirit’ s help , presupposes that we are in a vigorous spiritual war, and that all of us are participants, wittingly or unwittingly.  The issues range from the very fear of man all the way to the danger of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit!

And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.(Luke 12:10)

The Spirit will help us, whether we be brought to account in the synagogue, or before a secular judge or in the presence of hostile friends and relatives, or perhaps at Human Resource offices at work. We will know what to say and have the power to say it boldly.

The further assumption of this promise of the LORD Jesus, is that the nature of the battle in the spiritual realm is in large part confessional. The Holy Spirit will empower us to confess, to affirm the truth of God in the face even of hostility. God wants a witness people who will stand up and bear witness to the truth in the DAY of The LIE.

This is why we, the church, remain in this world which is so hostile to Christ.

“You shall receive power when the Holy Ghost comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses from Jerusalem, Judea, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth”. (Acts 1:8)

It so happens, that we now live in this day that the LIE of Satan is now the prevailing wisdom, embraced by virtually the entire earth. “The Whole world lies in the wicked one”.

Spiritual warfare is affirming the truth in the day of the lie.

But the promise above, about what to expect when called upon before hostile witnesses, to speak the truth, also presupposes that the teaching easing up to it is incorporated into your life. In this brief passage, Jesus is teaching us the preparation for the spiritual warfare.

In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. (Luke 12:1)

First of all some issues have to be settled in your own heart.

Jesus would have us beware of the influence , inside of us, of hypocrisy.

What does Hypocrisy mean? To practice hypocrisy, one has to pretend to be what one is not, or to pretend not to be what one is. The Spiritual warfare we are already engaged in demands that we have done with pretense in every form.

I am not trying to be anything anymore! I am not trying to be a “cool Christian” or a “Relevant Christian” or to be seen as a “loving and nonjudgmental Christian” in comparison with the rest of the church. Away with all pretense, it is time to make a new commitment to get real.

The only one who is ready for the Holy Spirit to give him the power to make the “Good confession” without rehearsal, is the one who has already broken off with hypocrisy. He is the one who needs not “rehearse” anything in that hour.

After all, Jesus teaches us, Hypocrisy is shortsighted, because sooner or later everything is going to be seen for what it truly is!

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.  Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. (Luke 12:2-3)

Next, Jesus would have us decide once and for all, Who it is that we truly fear…

And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.( Luke 12:4-5)

The real Spiritual warfare demands that we figure out who we are going to ultimately fear. Remember that ‘fear’ in this sense is not limited to dread, angst or fright…fear also refers to ‘regard’. Which audience do you play to? Who do you fear most, God or man? What can man do to you, beyond death?

The one who settles this issue of fear, doesn’t need at all to rehearse what he is going to say when he is called up to make the good confession, He knows who it is that he answers to, fears and regards.

He says God has power to cast body and soul into hell, whereas all man can do is kill your body. This sounds gruesome, but Jesus goes on to assure us that it is alright to fear God, for He is good, Righteous, kind and attentive to us…

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.(Luke 12:6-7)

We can only ultimately fear one master…we cannot have dual fear.

Finally, We have to really know what it means to confess Jesus before men…for the spiritual warfare is confessional.

Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:  But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. (Luke 12:8-9)

What does it mean to confess Christ before men? What does it mean to deny Christ?

A very basic and intuitive understanding of this scripture  would say that if a Christian is captured by Atheists or other agents of AntiChris, and demanded, “Deny Christ or die!”, to confess Christ would be to admit you are Christian, even if it cost you your life. We would all hope that in that moment we would confess Christ, and “Love not our lives even to death”, as countless martyrs through the centuries.

This is true and a valid understanding of this verse, but not a complete understanding of it.

Confessing Christ is not limited to merely admitting to be a Christian. To confess Christ is to identify with all that Christ stands for, represents, and has taught.

It is confession and not Profession. Confessing Christ presupposes that to do so would be to expose the soul and possibly the body, to difficulty and opposition.In our setting here in the west, it is not enough merely to say “I am a Christian”, there is little or no danger in that because the word “Christian” has undergone radical broadening, to the point that it means little or nothing.

Remember that we live in the day of the lie, and any of us will be called upon to confess to the truth in various settings.Confessing Christ means to confess the Truth of Christ.

Truth, even the Truth of Christ and the gospel is vast, we must ask ourselves, Which Truth?

The answer is , Whichever truth the Spirit of AntiChrist is currently contesting, distorting and outright denying.

In the 1500’s in the days of Luther, it was the truth of Justification by faith which was being denied, and the warfare was carried forward by the reformers who re-emphasized this wonderful doctrine, even in the face of persecution by the organized church and its power to burn heretics at the stake.

What Truths are being contested now? Which teachings of the LORD and his Christ  are being opposed and distorted, to the destruction and damnation of the human race? That is where the spiritual battle rages, and where the great confession is called for.

To confess Christ in these days is to bear witness to issues such as the Christian teaching on marriage, sex, gender, the roles of man and woman, the repudiation of homosexuality, and other perversions in the face of the rapidly changing Worldly consensus. This is the spiritual airfare.

If the LORD would have a people who would confess Christ, in the day of the Lie, what is the other side of the war?

Satan would pressure people, especially Christians, to be forced to not only shut our mouths about the teaching of Christ, rather he would have us to be pressured and even forced to confess to that which we know in our hearts , isn’t true at all!

Remember the Christian baker, the Christian Bed and Breakfast, and the lovely woman in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage documents to Sodomites? These are the spiritual warfares, these are the ones who refused to deny Christ.

 

 

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The Serpent and The Dragon…war on the saints pt 14

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.(Revelation 12:1-4)

The enemy of God and of man comes to us either as a serpent or a dragon. We have commented on the subtlety of the serpent in an earlier chapter, in his seduction of our first parents, through loaded questions, implied accusations against God, and through the centuries via his crafting and dissemination of various soul destroying philosophies, and false “knowledge” calculated to estrange men from the Creator and damn them forever.

This is the subtle side of the Devil.

Subtlety is necessary when one is on the outside trying to gain access, or to seduce in order to gain something from the unsuspecting. Serpents slither and whisper, they insinuate and crouch in their coils until they have the opportunity to strike.

But as the vision of Revelation 12 shows us, the Devil is both a serpent and a Dragon, depending upon the situation.

In a nutshell, Revelation 12 is the corresponding chapter to Genesis 3.

What do we see in Genesis three? A woman, a man (who didn’t account for much), a serpent, and the promise of a virgin born deliverer, “the seed of the woman”.

By Revelation twelve, the Woman is clothed, and pregnant, writhing in labor. The “Seed of the woman” has come, and been taken up into heaven. The Serpent has become a great red Dragon, with seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns upon his head,(He has much poet and has won many victories).

What is the essence of this mysterious symbolism, revealed by the Holy Spirit? The Woman, represents the true people of God, Israel in particular. The child taken up, is the LORD Jesus Christ, who came , died, rose again, and will soon return to rule the nations with a rod of iron.

The great red Dragon is identified in the 12th chapter of Revelation,

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. (Revelation 12:9)

Literally the text calls him, “… That serpent of old…” . He is the same person as the one who lured Adam and Eve to their spiritual suicide in the garden.  That serpent is also a dragon.

Wherever in the world that there is still a strong Judeo Christian influence , Satan is forced to make war on the saints and on mankind in general , as the serpent. He must employ lies, subtlety, the use of heresy, vain imaginations, reasonings and philosophies, and a flood of deception.

However, where there little or no Judeo Christian influence, Satan  reveals as the Persecutor of the Holy People, the Dragon who openly devours.

In Revelation 12, the Dragon waits for the woman (Israel), who is pregnant, to bring forth the Seed of the woman (The Messiah). This was the meaning behind the attempts of Pharaoh to take Abrahams wife, and Isaac’s wife, and The Pharoah’s attempt to kill Hebrew children, and Queen Athaliah’s attempt to win out the children of the Son of David. The Dragon was behind all of this all the way down to Herod, slaying the babes at Bethlehem.

“… and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”(Revelation 12:4) 

By this time, no subtlety was necessary, The Dragon was able to be open about his malice and to “Kill, Steal and Destroy”… as Jesus told us he would

The Dragon’s power is vast and fearful, but he till must serve God. He is allowed to be the serpent, and the Dragon, yet his malice in the war He makes on the Saints,fulfills God’s glorious purposes.

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.(Revelation 12:12-13)

The Dragon knows his time is limited. He will soon be cast to the earth, and this will usher in a greater persecution of Israel and the church than ever seen before. Already in the Muslim world, as well as in the Hindu and Bhuddist world the saints have been suffering a severe persecution by the dragon.

We know why He would attack the true church…they bear witness to the Truth of God in the face of the LIE, which is being recieved and accepted throughout the world.

But why does the Dragon yet seek to destroy the woman, the children of Israel ? He failed in his attempt to wipe out the “Seed of the woman”, the man child has come and done his saving work and has ascended to heaven, the Dragon failed.

Certainly Israel is at present under the deception of the Dragon, as are all the nations. Why is she a threat to the dragon?

The Dragon knows that God’s promises are invested in the woman. He has said she will endure forever, and that He would place them back in the land, and in one day would save the entire nation. If Israel could be wiped out before any of this is fulfilled, God would have failed to keep his Word.

Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.  Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:35-37)

In this way the woman is still pregnant and is in labor pain, she has already born the pain and reproach and trial and privilege of bringing the scriptures into the world, and being the site of the only true worship on earth, and she has been the receptacle nation of the seed of the woman, Satan has failed to halt any of these things.

But Israel is yet in labor with one more very important thing, that is that the Kingdom of God and the New Age of Righteousness cannot commence until she repents of her national sin. This is the meaning of the great tribulation and time of Jacobs trouble, God is pressing her to repent, and Satan seeks to destroy her through the Kings of the earth.God told her;

 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)

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 12:15-17)

 

 

 

 

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The Kings Of The Earth Serve Satan… war on the saints 13

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. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2:1-4)

There is a ruling elite that has emerged in this modern world, which is at war with the God of the Bible and of Christ. The second Psalm is a prophecy of these men, calling them the “Kings of the earth and their rulers”. It is important to note at this point that this description is not limited to political figures, presidents, prime ministers or leaders. “The Kings of the earth and their leaders” refer to political and governmental figures indeed but is not limited to them.

What the Psalm is referring to is what we would call the “ruling elite” in all areas of influence in society. These men are the leaders in education,religion, entertainment, banking and finance, economics, the cultural movers and shakers, the shapers of men’s opinions, the gatekeepers in modern life.

The Psalm tells us that in the last days these “cultural guardians” will “take counsel together against the LORD and his Christ”. Where have they taken this counsel? How have so many of our elites come to an Anti-Christian consensus? It turns out that they received that counsel in our institutions of higher education.

The Psalmist also warns us that the “Kings of the earth and their rulers” are carrying out their counsel against the LORD and his Christ, by conducting a “liberation movement”, breaking Judeo/Christian society away from all of the former strictures and constructs which once formed western society.

The Kings of the earth and their rulers have been on a long march through every one of our institutions, tearing down or plucking out by the roots the moral and spiritual foundational supports of our culture; the value of life, the meaning of humanity, the definition of marriage, Judeo/Christian sexuality, the differences between Genders, they destroy the unity of Society by agitating and exploiting disaffected identity groups.

These cultural elites have foisted upon the people of the west a philosophy of Nihilism.

This philosophy has been evolving in academia and has seeped into the mainstream of our society through the media, entertainment, and education is called Multiculturalism. Multiculturalism seemingly started out as a celebration of the “diversity” of humanity, and the recognition of the contributions of cultures other than western.

This philosophy evolved into the manifestly erroneous idea that all cultures are in fact equal in value, and that any assertions of cultural superiority in any area (by Westerners),is proof of bigotry.

The end point of the evolution of this errant philosophy (Perhaps it was the goal all along), is that all cultures; i.e. Third World, African Tribal, Islamic, Bhuddist, Hindu, communist , etc, are superior to classical Western Culture.

Western Culture, the most successful, humane, reasonable, liberating,reductive, just, humanly elevating,merciful civilization the world has ever seen, is now portrayed as racist, exploitive, bigoted, greedy and murderous. The “left” has succeeded in slandering the West in spite of the manifest success of the culture. The youth of our culture especially, have been indoctrinated into this diabolical lie.

I believe the reason for this “Vain Imagination” is because of the fact that it is Western Civilization which is associated with Christianity, having sprang pout of it.

Thus the cultural flavor of the day, (In the face of the mysogeny brutality, hatred, open bigotry,blood lust and fervent murderous expansionism) is Islam. In the face of universal Islamic “Rape waves”, murder, assault, terrorism in astonishing magnitude ,Our cultural elites not only insist upon the “Peacefulness of Islam”, but seek to engorge our formerly civil and orderly societies with millions of Muslims who openly hate and want to kill us.

This was all prophesied in the second Psalm.

The Kings of the Earth feature in end times predictions in both old and new Testaments. For example Isiah tells us that one of the reasons for the final devastating judgments coming on the earth, s that the Kings of the Earth have broken the “Everlasting Covenant”.

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant….It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth the kings of the earth.( Isaiah 24:5, 21)

The Hosts on high refer to the judgment of the Principalities ,powers and rulers of the darkness of this age”  but the Kings of the Earth refers to the human ruling elite.The Lord will soon punish them for what they have made of this world.

The Kings of the Earth have participated in a world wide rebellion, against the LORD and his Christ. Psalm 48 tells us that their rebellion also involves resistance to God’s plan for Jerusalem…

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.  God is known in her palaces for a refuge. For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.  They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.  Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.(Psalm 48:1-6)

The Kings of the earth are already assembling against Jerusalem. The U.N. is nearly unanimous of its condemnation of Israel’s possession of Jerusalem, and The Pope recently prayed openly that Jerusalem would remain divided! The same Pope announced himself at the 70th UN general assembly in 2015 by saying, “I have come in my own name and the name of the Catholic church!” .

Make no mistake, Pope Francis is one of the powerful “Kings of the Earth” which hav taken sides against the LORD and His Christ.

This is a direct defiance of God himself and will soon bring the final judgment. But they are all being led by Satan and his evil Spirits and in many cases do not realize it.

Revelation 16 tells us that demons , in the form of frogs will come out of the AntiChrist’s mouth to bring all of the Kings of the earth into war.

 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(Revelation 16:13-14)

When Jesus actually returns, out of the shadow to resist Him personally, will step the Beast, the Kings of the earth and their armies…

And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.(Revelation 19:19

But they will not be able to face the Lamb of God in his full wrath…

And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,  and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!  For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”(Revelation 6:15-17)

These “ruling elite” are some of the tools Satan employs to make war on the Saints.

 

 

 

 

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The World Lies In the Wicked One…war on the saints 12

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.(I John 5:10-21)

We cannot do a study of Satan’s War on the saints without facing the reality the Apostle John warns us of, that the Whole World lies in the power of the Wicked One.

What does this expression mean?

The ‘world’ here refers not to the earth, it refers to the way all of humanity has organized itself to the exclusion of God. Man is in flight from God and ha always sought to make for himself an Eden without repentance. Every society on this earth reflects this in different ways, whether it be the Islamic Ulema, the Hindu and Bhuddist world, the Communistic and Socialistic world or even the affluent Atheistic societies which have arisen in Europe, America and the entire western world, from the ashes of the Judeo Christian world.

The ‘World’, referred to in the greek usually as the cosmos, which means the ‘order ‘ or the’ adornment’. The ‘world’ is the ‘order of things’ , what we call the system, the way things operate, (other than in the Kingdom of God).The Cosmos is Man organizing himself without God.

As a fish wouldn’t know what water is, so we do not realize the ‘order’ around us until we are called out of it in the Gospel. All I ever knew was the Age, ‘the ways of this world”,and maturity brought us all into more ‘worldly wisdom’.

None of these things are consciously  formed, humanly speaking, but there is a mind working behind and through the world, i.e. the “Prince of this World”.

Thus we are told that the World hates Christ, and will not glorify God. The World cannot receive the Holy Spirit, for it doesn’t know Him or Christ, neither does it have the love of the Father.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:18-19)

Another word often translated in the New Testament as ‘the world’ is Aion, which means “Age”. Galatians 1 tells us that “Jesus delivered us from the evils of this present Age”.

We are explicitly commanded to “Love not the World”. In order to do this we need to recognize that which is of this world, so that we can separate ourselves from it’s evil influence.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.(I John 2:15-18)

Here we learn that the “things of this World” are a fallen value system consisting of three primary values;

*  The Lusts of the flesh- this is the inordinate desire to experience things, everything, on our own terms and to the exclusion of God.

*The Lusts of the eyes-this refers to the inordinate desire to have things, on our own terms and to the exclusion of God.

  • The boastful pride of Life-This is the inordinate desire to be whoever we want to be, with no consideration for the will of God or no acknowledge of Him.

Remember that the serpent tempted the first couple to eat the fruit, so that they would be “as gods, knowing good and evil”. What this meant is that they would be given the power to choose for themselves what good and evil are, they wouldn’t need to rely on God or accept his Word , they themselves would decide for themselves what would be good…or evil.

This was the birth of the “Order”, and this was the commencement of “the present evil age”, an entire world, autonomous creatures, independent of the Creator, and on their own!  The couple would “Adorn themselves”in a vain effort to ease the pain of their shame and sorrow. This is what it means to be worldly, to live independently of God on one’s own terms.

The World, it has been said, is “the social organism of sin and evil”, for it excludes the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The true “God” of this world is Satan himself and he hold the whole world in the power of wickedness and deceit. The World is deceived. Blind men,(Agents of Satan) are being used to guide other blind men to the pit of eternal destruction.

The “Prince of this world” has a doctrine for every kind of man, a false religion to at least give a pseudo answer to the nagging spiritual nature of fallen men. He uses the false religions of this world to do so, and he especially uses that horrible counterfeit, false Christianity to deceive millions of people into a false and unfounded satisfaction for their uneasy consciences.

All false religions are worldly, and ultimately they are demonic. They usually end up persecuting the true religion, as Cain slew Abel.For the present, “this is their hour and the power of darkness”.

The World and it’s lusts are passing away. God has already passed a sentence of judgment upon it, and his attitude toward it is uncompromising. There will be no improving the world, or making the world a better place;

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (2 Peter 3:10-13)

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The New Gnostics …war on the Saints pt 11

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen (I John 5:19-21)

Certain men, rejecting the truth, are introducing among us false stories and vain genealogies, which serve rather to controversies, as the apostle said,25 than to God’s work of building up in the faith. By their craftily constructed rhetoric they lead astray the minds of the inexperienced, and take them captive, corrupting the oracles of the Lord, and being evil expounders of what was well spoken. For they upset many, leading them away by the pretense of knowledge from Him who constituted and ordered the universe, as if they had something higher and greater to show them than the God who made the heaven and the earth and all that is in them. By skillful language they artfully attract the simple-minded into their kind of inquiry, and then crudely destroy them by working up their blasphemous and impious view about the Demiurge. Nor can their simple bearers distinguish the lie from the truth.

For their error is not displayed as what it is, lest it should be stripped naked and shown up; it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, and made to seem truer than the truth itself to the inexperienced because of the outer appearance.(Introduction to Irenaeus’s “Against All Heresies”)

I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.(I John 2:21)

The church is undergoing perhaps her final assault from within, as she has been beset with a new wave of gnostics, who have come in pretty much the same character as the ancient ones that Irenaeus described in the quote above.

What is a “Gnostic”? A Gnostic is a “Knowing One”. Gnostics redefined the knowledge of God, what it means to know and communicate with God. They were elitists who sought “deeper knowledge” than that revealed in the gospel.Gnostics deposed doctrine, dismissing it as mere head knowledge.

They held forth a “salvation” which was self realization, rather than rescue through the blood of Jesus from the wrath of a Holy God. That self realization wasn’t for  every christian, only the elite, who are let in on the secret knowledge.

Once again there is the appeal of a “secret knowledge” available to “elite” Christians, the so called “Secrets of the Kingdom” available to the initiated. The same attacks are being launched on “Dogma” also. The “dry dusty doctrines of another day” are being jettisoned by the new Gnostics, in favor of “New Revelation” , or  “Present Truth”.

We see also the same hatred and rejection of the God of the Old Testament, the lack of teaching of the Law and Prophets, the history of Israel and its application to the church.

Gnostics influenced me early in my walk with Jesus. I was given a pack of Kenneth Copeland and Hagin teachings, and entered into the “deep revelations”, of the “Word Faith” heresy, where I learned such “revelations” as the following; that the believer is just as much an incarnation as Jesus was, and that faith is a force, (not doctrines) and that we all could learn to use the laws of faith to get what we need. ( If this was true, we wouldn’t need God, we would simply learn the “laws of faith” and control it like the force. )

The deepest darkest core of the gnostic teaching was that we believers are in “God’s class of being”, in other words, “We are little gods” who just don’t realize it yet.

According to the modern gnostics,Jesus himself was a man of Faith, upon whom came the Holy Spirit. He knew all of the “laws of faith” which was why He could die on the cross. Anyone could do so if they had the same “Revelation knowledge” as Jesus.

One current gnostic is the very popular Word Faith preacher Kenneth Copeland. Here is a sampling of some of his teaching.

Kenneth Copeland (What Satan Saw on the Day of Pentecost, audiotape #BCC-19, side 1)

“Every prophet that walked the face of the earth under the Abrahamic covenant could have paid the price if it were a physical death only. When He said ‘It is finished’ on that cross, He was not speaking of the plan of redemption. The plan of redemption had just begun; there were still three days and three nights to be gone through.”

Kenneth Copeland (What Happened from the Cross to the Throne, 1990, audiotape #02-0017, side 2)

“The Spirit of God spoke to me and He said, “Son, realize this. Now follow me in this and don’t let your tradition trip you up.” He said, “Think this way — a twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain.” And I threw my Bible down… like that. I said, “What?” He said, “A born-again man defeated Satan, the firstborn of many brethren defeated him.” He said, “You are the very image, the very copy of that one.” I said, “Goodness, gracious sakes alive!” And I began to see what had gone on in there, and I said, “Well now you don’t mean, you couldn’t dare mean, that I could have done the same thing?” He said, “Oh yeah, if you’d had the knowledge of the Word of God that He did, you could have done the same thing, ’cause you’re a reborn man too.”

Kenneth Copeland (Substitution and Identification, 1989, tape #00-0202, side 2)

What blasphemy! A whole generation of christians have been swept away and corrupted on the deepest level by accepting this evil man and his demonic teachings.

John Wimber was a Quaker, who came into the  Charismatic movement, became a teacher of “Church Growth” and eventually taught a famous coarse at fuller Seminary,MC510 “Signs,Wonders, and Church Growth” which launched a signs and wonders movement, spreading gnostic teachings throughout the earth. Eventually this movement becme the Vineyard fellowship.

Of interest for this book is how Wimber taught that a “Paradigm Shift”in thinking was necessary to bring the church into “Power Evangelism”.

Wimber, Kraft, White and Williams, as well as many other Third Wave teachers, have been calling for a “paradigm shift” for some time now….  A paradigm shift is a total exchange of your world view! …What is the shift? It is from a primarily Western, rational, logical, objective point of view to an Eastern, subjective, experiential paradigm. Haven’t we been subtly taught over the years, that the Western mind set is cold, calculated, rational, based on just the observable facts? On the other hand, allegedly, the Eastern is mystical, from the heart, and based on experience?

Wimber teaches, “We must remember always that the Bible was written in the Middle East, not with rational assumption, that we bring to it as we try to understand it, but with an experiential assumption.” I interpret him to be saying that the Bible is not so much an objective book, but a subjective one. Not so much for understanding God mentally, but for experiencing Him intimately.

In another tape, Wimber explains: “You tell someone from the Far or Middle East that cotton only grows in warm semi-arid climates. England is cold and wet. [Ask them] Does cotton grow in England? The answer you’ll get is, ‘I don’t know, I haven’t been to England.’”11 Or, “I can’t say unless I’ve been there, (experience).” This is the new paradigm, a down playing of doctrine or “head knowledge” in favour of mystical experience. Another variation of this is, “God is bigger than His written word,” translated, God wants to bring you into experiences that aren’t in the limits of scripture. Just knowing God “doctrinally” is not sufficient, you now must have self authenticating experiences. All of these attitudes are the end result of the New Paradigm. This is the shift from primarily objective, to subjective thinking in our approach to truth!(Weighed And Found Wanting;putting the Toronto Blessing in Context)

Perhaps the premier proponent of gnosticism in the Evangelical and Charismatic Church these days is Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Assembly, in Redding, California. Johnson’s church is the current version of the “Toronto Airport Vineyard, Brownesville Assembly of God,” pilgrimage site, where people influenced by gnosticism come to ‘experience God’.

Through the church and most notably through the ‘worship team’, a popular rock band called “Jesus Culture”  Bethel Assembly reaches hundreds of thousands with it’s gnostic message of anti doctrinal, experience based, new age emulating  power evangelism.

I believe Bethel literally represents the final stages of the apostasy, the slide into the Occult which I wrote about in my revised version of my book,“Beware the New Prophets” ,

Here is an example of this redefinition of Christianity and the Knowledge of God  in occult terms promoted by gnostics such as those associated with Bethel. From an article in a magazine called “The Christian Post” entitled Bethel Responds to Christian Tarot Cards Controversy;

The 8,000-member church in Redding was accused of working with a Melbourne, Australia-based group known as Christalignment, which claims to have worked with many churches in that country to do such readings, but Bethel responded by saying that Christalignment is not formally affiliated with Bethel and nor does it use “Christian tarot cards.

Bethel admitted the leaders of Christalignment, Ken and Jenny Hodge, are connected with several of their church members as the Hodges are the parents to church evangelist Ben Fitzgerald, and said the church leaders “have a value for what they are seeking to accomplish.”

“They (Christalignment) stand in agreement with the Scriptures that all occult practices (like tarot cards) have no place in the Kingdom and should not be used,” Bethel said in a statement.

Christ Alignment staff describe themselves as “trained spiritual consultants,” and say on their website that they “draw from the same divine energy of the Christ spirit.”

“We practice a form of supernatural healing that flows from the universal presence of the Christ. We draw from the same divine energy of the Christ spirit, as ancient followers did and operate only out of the third heaven realm to gain insight and revelation,” they say.

Satan has seduced large segments of the professing church, into gnosticism and the occult. Like Saul, in the last desperate hours of his life, some have gone into darkness, seeking power and a “Word” of comfort, having already rejected the Word.

 

 

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AntiChrist Would Spiritualize Jesus Christ…war on the saints pt 9

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. ( I John 4:1-6)

The Saints of God are resisted in this World by an unholy Trinity. The Holy trinity is of course the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Ranged against them and especially against the saints, are The World, The Flesh, and The Devil, that Serpent of old.

The Flesh lusteth against the spirit, the Devil resisted the coming of the Son of God, and those who have succumbed to the love of this World,  have none of the Love of the Father in their hearts.

We see here that the AntiChrist spirit is also called “the spirit of error”, which is obviously opposed to the Truth, revealed and propagated by the Holy Spirit.

What specifically does the Bible mean by the expression “The Truth”?

Is this a general or specific term when used in scripture. Are we talking about all truth, i.e. mathematics, science, physics, history , current events or simple veracity? Obviously , when Jesus proclaimed that his mission was to “bear witness to the Truth” before Pontius Pilate, he was not referring to Truth in General,

Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. (John 18:37)

The Bible is true and never wrong in anything it says about history, the natural world , physics etc, but “The Truth” is a more specific and even a Theo-technical term.

The Truth refers to the only sure depiction of the Spiritual reality; Who we are as humans, why we are here, what went wrong with the world,  what sin is, who God is, How we can be reconciled to Him, What happens after death, and most important of all, the Truth is the Incarnation of God, in the person of Christ, who came to save us from our sins.

How would man know any of the answers to any of the above questions without a revelation from God himself? We can learn a lot of things about this created world by observation and experiment,(Science) and it is the province of man to search them out as being the (fallen) regent of creation.

But Only God can show me I am a sinner,  that there is a heaven and a hell and that this is a moral universe, thus there is a final judgment for all of us. We would have to take his word for it, there is no way we could discover these things on our own.

The core of the Truth is the Incarnation, that God became a man, in the person of Jesus Christ. Heaven and earth cannot reveal this to us, but the Father in heaven testifies to it. The Incarnation of Jesus is the core of Divine revelation, it is the answer to the problem of sin and men’s alienation from God, God became a man, a real man!

The man hanging between heaven and earth on the cross of the curse, and wearing the crown of the very curse of God, was none less than the second person of the Godhead. How could God die? Only by becoming a man.

The Spirit of AntiChrist is keen to ‘spiritualize ” Jesus Christ. This is how the Devil attacks the faith of the church. He denies the incarnation in some way, He seeks to make Jesus into an abstract concept, a symbol, perhaps an exceptional human being but not God in the flesh!

What John literally says in the passage above is “Every Spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come (And remains) in the flesh, is of God”. As I wrote in amy book “Mending The Nets”

The gospel accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection have a markedly physical emphasis. We are told that the cross is wooden, the dying Jesus is thirsty, when pronounced dead by the guards, his side is pierced with a spear, and blood and water flow out. The disciples have to pry Jesus’ dead body off the cross , spices are used to embalm Jesus’ body, and a stone is rolled over the mouth of the tomb.

On that first Easter morning, the disciples race to the tomb, and have to stoop to enter it. We are told that when they saw the embalming clothes, they believed. Jesus appeared to them and told them to handle him. When he ate fish with them, you couldn’t see the fish go down his esophagus because Jesus isn’t merely a spiritual entity, he is in the flesh!

False teachers who had arisen in the earliest stages of church history, called “Gnostic”, (“Knowing Ones”), redefined Christianity to conform to Greek Philosophy. In the Platonic cosmology, the physical realm is evil and salvation  means release from all physical bounds.

Some Gnostics taught that Jesus didn’t really Incarnate, he only seemed to, (Docetism,”Seemed to”). There are Gnostic gospels which feature a Jesus who makes no foot[prints in the sand and is ethereal and even see through. He didn’t really “suffer, die and was buried”but only seemed to. John seems to be countering this heresy in his epistle.

He also counter another form of this heresy, called “Adoptionism”, which taught that Jesus was an ordinary human being, who was anointed at his baptism, (Christed) and this “anointing” only remained with him, until the crucifixion, where it lifted, and he went back to being a mere human being.

In other words, He was only “Christed” between the water and the blood. This is why John assures us through the Holy Spirit that Jesus , the Christ of God, “Came by water and  by blood…”. In other words He came into the World as the Christ of God, and never ceased being the Christ of God, through his death, burial, resurrection and ascencion to heaven!

Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.( I John 5:5-6)

But AntiChrist seeks to deny this central revelation from God. Why?

If AntiChrist can “spiritualize Jesus”, than anything can represent “Jesus”, false prophets, false revivals, deluding spirits, deluded people who believe that they too are as anointed as Jesus was.

The Spiritualization of Christ and of christianity is a prime component of the coming demonic deception soon to be perpetrated by the AntiChrist and the coming army of deceivers, seducers and apostates.

When people spiritualize Christ, and let go of the reality that Jesus Christ is a real man who came n the flesh, they then spiritualize the rest of the Bible, and they produce “Spiritualized” Love and “Spiritualized” righteousness as well.

They do not end up truly loving individual people in deed and in truth, rather they “love everyone in the world” with an “unconditional love”. They do not live under the impetus of the Law of Christ which calls for real righteousness, true repentance of individual sins and lawlessness, rather their “righteousness” is merely spiritual, it is “Who they are ” in Christ and not in anyway dependent on a relationship of obedient trust.

Because of this over spiritualization of Christianity, Many are untroubled by obvious false prophets such as Todd Bentley, who left his wife and children for his secretary, but still goes about giving people words, and “healing them” in between his ridiculous “sermons” which really are nothing but empty anecdotes” of his experiences with Angels, Demons and even “Jesus”.

But their righteousness is only spiritual, as is their love, because their Jesus is also a mere spirituality, not a real, concrete person who came and remains in the flesh. He is a figure in dreams and imagination, but makes no moral demands, because in the gnostic scheme, Actual sin doesn’t hurt your relationship with God, all that matters is “Who you are” in Christ. They would do well to heed John the Apostle on this point, for they have departed from “The Truth”,

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.( I John 3:7-8)

 

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Gog currently Invading Syria…Turkey in Prophecy pt 10

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,  Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,  And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:  And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.  Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.(Ezekiel 38:1-7)

The international coalition, headed by Gog, and described in Ezekiel’s prophecy,(ch 38) , has invaded Syria, to attack western backed Kurdish forces, and reportedly to clear the Alleppo district of ISIS strongholds, and to clean out Kurdish forces in the district of Idlib.

The coalition consists of Russia, (Gog and Magog?), Turkey, (Meshec,Tubal, Gomer, and the House of Togarmeh), Persia, (Iran and Hezbullah), Ethiopia (Sudan and Somalia), and Libya,(Most of the “Free Syrian Army” is composed of Libyans).

Turkey Invades Syria

Turkey’s army and international coalition forces on Wednesday started an operation to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town, a statement from the Turkish prime minister’s office said.

“The Turkish Armed Forces and the International Coalition Air Forces have launched a military operation aimed at clearing the district of Jarablus of the province of Aleppo from the terrorist organisation Daesh,” it added, using an Arabic acronym for IS group.

All of the above named coalition is now functioning in and around Syria, in an area not too far from Israel. Alleppo is  326 miles from Jerusalem. The Russian military, heavily involved in Syria for years in an advisory capacity has amassed it’s largest Air, and Sea deployment of forces since the end of the Cold War on the coast of the Meditteranean,  according to Amir Tsafarti in  his January 18, 2018 Update “Gog is Coming”

Persia,(Iran) has been in Syria for seven years, fighting the Sunni militias who are seeking to supplant the Bashir Assad government. The “Free Syrian Army” is almost entirely made up of militias and conscripts from Libya and even Sudan and Somalia (Biblical Ethiopia).

In the prophecy of Jeremiah, which predicts the end of Damascus, events are described which are currently occurring before our eyes.

Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet. Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail.  How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!  Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the Lord of hosts.  And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad. (Jeremiah 49:23-27) 

Hamath and Arpad are two towns in the North of Syria, currently known as Hamas, and Tel Rifaat, according to Craig C White of High Time To Awake ministries;

What is Jeremiah telling us? Obviously this prophecy is concerning Damascus, Syria. In the verse above, Jeremiah mentions two cities. Hamath and Arpad (or modern day Tell Rifaat) are both located in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border. Today Hamah is Syria’s fifth largest city.. Hamah is further south but still close to the Turkish border. Arpad is modern day Tell Rifaat located about 25 miles north of Aleppo and about 20 miles south of the Turkish border. These cities are located along the path of an invasion launched from Turkey headed towards Damascus.
According to Jeremiah 49:23 the people of northwestern Syria will hear intelligence reports that the Turkish army is about to invade Syria. The army’s target is Damascus and they are coming through their cities! The people of northwestern Syria are terrified. Their hearts faint with fear…

The expression “I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus…” is an ancient way of saying, “I will raise up an army against Damascus”. We are currently seeing that army, in Damascus, sent to invade the very districts of Hamath and Arpad that Jeremiah the prophet predicted.

This means that Gog and his antiChrist coalition are already in Syria, and heading south…towards Israel! Jesus is coming back soon!

 

 

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