The Church: Past, Present, Future -Prt. 4

Mark 11:17 MSG
17  And then he taught them, quoting this text: My house was designated a house of prayer for the nations; You’ve turned it into a hangout for thieves.

Dateline: 2018

For the church universal, this should be their greatest days, to show the marvellous glory of God, going out into the highways and biways compelling the lost to come to Jesus.

Throughout time the church has experienced revivals of God in their communities.  Sparked maybe by one or two people leading into revivals that saw thousands upon thousands turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let me go back to the 1500’s and a man by the name of Martin Luther.

Martin Luther’s ’95 Theses’ and the Reformation

Taken from: www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-9389283

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, angry with Pope Leo X’s new round of indulgences to help build St. Peter’s Basilica, nailed a sheet of paper with his 95 Theses on the University of Wittenberg’s chapel door. Though Luther intended these to be discussion points, the 95 Theses laid out a devastating critique of the indulgences, good works (which sometimes involved monetary donations) that popes could grant to the people to cancel out penance for sins, as corrupting people’s faith. Luther also sent a copy to Archbishop Albert Albrecht of Mainz, calling on him to end the sale of indulgences. Aided by the printing press, copies of the 95 Theses spread throughout Germany within two weeks and throughout Europe within two months.

His actions created a move that went around the world which we now know as “The Lutheran Churcch”.

Then in 1904 a man, Evan Roberts started to travel around the country and spawned a revival that led to 150,000 people converted and added to the churches and chapels in Wales. (citing: http://truthinhistory.org/the-welsh-revival-of-1904-1905-2.html)

These revivals and many more, like that of the one in Los Angeles on Azusa Street.

The Azusa Street Revival was a historic revival meeting that took place in Los Angeles, California, and is the origin of the Pentecostal movement. It was led by William J. Seymour, an African American preacher. It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915. (citing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azusa_Street_Revival)

Again, they saw multiple thousands saved and added to the churches and chapels around the country, just like that in the early church.

Acts 2:42-47 KJV
42  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

So, we have examples throughout history where the church was in it’s finest hours, days, years.  There was one major thing throughout all of these revivals, they were not personality centered, rather they were God centered.

Preachers acting like some “superstar”, think they are God’s gift to the church.  It seems like their memory has a short circuit for they have forgot who it was that called them to minister.  They have stolen what belongs to God, the glory!

In the infant years of North America being settled little communities sprung up across the land.  They didn’t have steak houses, bars, or coffee house to gather in.  Their lives all intersected at one place, the community church.

It is my understanding that in the Jewish communities around the world that their synagogues are built within walking distance of each community.  Evangelicals could learn a great lesson from this model of worship.

I grew up going to a small country church where tall poplars lined the one side of the yard where in the summer and autumn the corn would grow tall, if you looked out the window of the church you would feel like you were right in the middle of the crop.

We didn’t have any choir or great band, up until the passing of my grandfather the only instrument in the church was my grandfather’s guitar which he played for the song service.  Their was no permanent song leader, the pastor would pick someone to come up at the beginning of the evening service.  It’s capacity for seating would not be any greater than fifty, if even that.

I have often thought about these super large congregations if God himself would approve.  The pastor is the sheperd, yet I would venture to guess he knows very few by first name.

As I turn to the Scriptures I find the Apostle Paul outlining the structure of each local church and it’s objectives.

Ephesians 4:   KJV
11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

I sometimes tune into some Christian programming just to hear some preacher expound on the Word of God.  Then instead they are not preaching, but, has his son preach.  Some of these super churches the pastor is grooming his son to take over when he is called home to glory.  This is nepotism.

In the Cambridge English Dictionary defines nepotism this way:

the act of using your power or influence to get good jobs or unfair advantages formembers of your own family:

In my own opinion I feel this is not Scriptural, because one has to be called by God, not a man.  I have been among congregations where the son is being molded to be the next pastor and I have found their is jealousy, animosity, and sometimes down right hatred.

Now, let me circle back to my opening comment that this should be the church’s finest hour, days, years.  Unfortunately it is not, it has ceded it’s authority in almost all areas where the world needs them.  As spoken by the Apostle Paul apostasy has crept in.

2 Thessalonians 2:   KJV
1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2  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.
3  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;
4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

They have lost their saltiness the very question Christ posed to the disciples.  Someone has said, “the church is becoming worldly, the world is becoming church”.  I feel that this statement is true.  The church of Jesus Christ is to be seperate, different, a light in the darkness, but they have pushed those things aside so that they might appeal and have more attraction to the world.  Preacher, preach the Word, give it to God and let God give the increase.  God’s wisdom is far greater than any finite mind of any preacher on earth.

The church will have to face a great shaking.

Hebrews 12:   KJV
27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

God knows how to get man’s attention so that His glory will be shown throughout the earth.  It may take one or two people just getting together for a serious prayer session.  Or a pastor who has had enough and God begins to renew his spirit and causes the pastor to have a fresh vision.

I am not able to physically be part of a congregation due to my ability to be mobile.  Yet, as I write this sentence the following verse has come to mind.

Matthew 18:20 KJV
20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (emphasis mine)

Now there are a lot of different events where two or three get together even thousands.  This does not mean that Christ is there in their midst.  The difference between a crowd at a football game and what Christ was speaking of is the condition He gave.  They must be gathered together in His’ name.

That is what happened with all of the fore mentioned revivals, just two or three getting together in the name of Christ and seeking God’s face.

 

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The Church:Past, Present, Future Prt. 2

Psalms 19:   KJV
1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psalms 97:   KJV
6  The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Luke 19:   MSG
37  Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed:
38  Blessed is he who comes, the king in God’s name! All’s well in heaven! Glory in the high places!
39  Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!”
40  But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”

For us to truly understand the purpose, place and why of the church we first must understand our place as a Christian.

We are more than just a warm body that occupies a seat in some building with others.  We were created for a purpose, that is to show to the world God’s glory in us.

When God created Adam it was not just so God would have something to admire, for He had the whole of all creation for that.  He created Adam so that He may have someone to fellowship with.  Someone to know the Father’s glory.  He created Eve so that Adam would not be alone in the garden, but to have an another to fellowship with also.  They were to live to fellowship with God and also each other.

When they disobeyed God and sin came into the picture, the direct fellowship that they knew was broken.  The place they lived in that gave them all they need to sustain life was now a place to look back on of where they were cast out of.

God needed a plan, a plan that would restore that fellowship between Him and man.  So He sent His son in the form of a man, a man without the sin nature.  God’s glory in the flesh.

John 1:   KJV
1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2  The same was in the beginning with God.
3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Christ was more than just a man, he was the very essence of God in the flesh.

John 14:   KJV
1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8  Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Christ knew His destination, which was the cross.  He understood that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.  That He would become the sacrifice for the salvation of all mankind.

Hebrews 10:   KJV
1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

Christ death and resurrection prepared a way for us to enter the holy of hollies, to know God in His fulness and glory.

The veil that once hung in front of the holy of hollies which kept man from entering the holy place was now torn from top to bottom.

Matthew 27:50-54 KJV
50  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

The birth of the “church” was about to take place.  For God was about to visit man with the Holy Ghost. God was going to show His glory to man that was never known before.  

John 16:   KJV
7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9  Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Prophecy was soon to be fulfilled in the most unlikliest places with one hundred and twenty dejected people, with the world listening and watching as God’s glory descended in the form of “cloven tongues of fire”.  That day is now called “the day of Pentecost”.  For all those there, their lives would never be the same.

Joel 2:   KJV
28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

Acts 2:   KJV
1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12  And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13  Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14  But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

That upper room was the birthplace of the “church”.

On the next article I will address how God showed His glory through the early church.

The Church:Past, Present, Future -Prt. 1

Ephesians 5:2   KJV
27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Revelation 7:   KJV
9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Dear reader, for this article my objective is to use my words and thoughts to paint you a picture of the church and its glory.  

To look back throughout the history of man, through to the present, and then what God wants of His church in the future.

All throughout time God has shown His glory to men using different means.  He had to for man in his sinful nature could not live if God showed to him his full glory.

To Abraham it was a goat caught in the thickets to replace as a sacrifice instead of his son.  Jacob it was God’s angels that he wrestled with ending by an angel smoting him on his heap.

In the deserts of Egypt He showed his glory to Moses in the burning bush.  To the Hebrews in the wilderness it was when Moses came down from the mountain after spending time with God, then when the Hebrews they could not look at Moses’ face because it shone with the brightness of the glory of God.  Moses also experienced the glory when he asked God to show his face to him.  Instead God covered Moses’ eyes only to allow Moses to see Gods glory in a shadow.

Then while in the wilderness God has the Hebrew children to build the Ark of the Covenant.  He gave the Levites exact measurments, the instruction of what materials to use in it’s building.  He gave instructions that it could only be moved in a certain manner, the placing of beams on each side through rings.  Men were instructed that they were to only use those rods to carry the Ark.  They were warned never to touch the Ark of the Covenant where the glory of God rested.  In it were articles such as the tablets of the commandments, Aaron’s rod that budded, and also a pot of manna.

God instructed the Hebrews when going to war with other nations to carry the Ark of the Covenant unto the battle field.  As long as the were in possession of it, the glory of God, they won all of the wars.

When God commanded them to build the tabernacle He instructed the priests to place it within the Holy of Hollies.  This was shielded from the rest of the tabernacle with the hanging of a heavy veil.  He also gave instructions to the priests what they were to do when entering the Holy of Hollies and also when they were to enter it.  The priests had to be pure.  As the priest was ready to enter the Holy of Hollies there was a rope tied around his waist, because if the priest was not holy he would be struck dead.  The priest had to be pulled out by the rope because only the priest could enter this holy place where the glory of God rested.

There are so many instances of where God’s glory manifested itself in other forms.  The cloud by day, the pillar of fire in the night.  Some Hebrew priests developed the term “shekinah glory”, it’s meaning “he caused to dwell”.  When it was present it was visible to all around, Hebrew children, the soldiers of other nations, even the Eygtians.

The prophet Elihjah called down fire, or the glory of God to show the prophets of Baal that God was truly Lord.

1 Kings 18:20-39 KJV
20  So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
22  Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
23  Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
24  And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
25  And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
26  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
27  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
28  And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
29  And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
30  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
31  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
32  And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
33  And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
34  And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
35  And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
36  And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
37  Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
38  Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

Those are just a few times where God showed His glory to man of all nations.  During those times His focus was on the Hebrew children.  

Let’s be clear, this is not the “church”, it is Israel.  As I have stated before the terms are not interchangeable.  However, the character of God is what is being shown throughout the ages.  His character never changes, he is not a man that He should lie.  His word will never fail.  We can know what His character is like by looking at what He has done in times past.

In the next several articles I will continue my exploration on this train of thought, The Church, Glory of God, Past, Present, And Future.

Special End-Time Briefing – June 9,2018

Daniel 12:    MSG
4  “‘This is a confidential report, Daniel, for your eyes and ears only. Keep it secret. Put the book under lock and key until the end. In the interim there is going to be a lot of frantic running around, trying to figure out what’s going on.’

Matthew 24:   MSG
36  “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.
37  “The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s.
38  Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark.
39  They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away. “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that:
40  Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind;
41  two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind.
42  So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up.

1 Corinthians 13:   MSG
12  We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
13  But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Revelation 2:   MSG
7  “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God’s orchard.”

I Do Not Know Or Understand Everything!

I can say that my understanding of end-time prophecy has evolved over several decades.  Certain ideologies that I once taught I no longer can declare with certainty that I hold the same view as I did in my younger years.

I believe that Bible prophecy is fluid.  Time and events bring to light things that maybe a couple of generations ago could not grasp the understanding.  For instance I am quite sure at the turn of the twentieth century Bible scholars did not understand the word of Isaiah in chapter 66:8

Isaiah 66:   MSG
8  Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? Has anyone seen anything like this? A country born in a day? A nation born in a flash? But Zion was barely in labor when she had her babies!

Yet, this made perfect sense after this prophecy was fulfilled in 1948, it was the independence of the Jewish people, the day Israel became a recognized nation.

Those disciples and followers who were witness to the ascension of Christ Jesus on the mount of Olives believed that Christ would return in their very own lifetime.

Growing up I cannot count how many sermons I heard about Christ could come back at any time.  This was preached with such fervor and conviction.

It is not meant for us to know the full picture of what God has on His own time table.  Yet, if we are tuned to the Spirit of God and listening and watching, God will reveal His time table a little at a time.

Isaiah 28:     KJV
9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11  For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Understanding Bible prophecy takes discipline, a steady hand, and a willingness to learn.  Always ready to stop and hear the Spirit of God even when it is nothing but a still small voice in all of the world’s clammer and loud noise.

1 Kings 19:    MSG
11  Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before GOD. GOD will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before GOD, but GOD wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but GOD wasn’t in the earthquake;
12  and after the earthquake fire, but GOD wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.

Let me state strongly that there is a problem within the borders of North America that is causing many well meaning Christians down a prim rose path.  Preachers travelling through the country, city by city claiming they have a personal word of prophecy for those who attend their meetings.  I use to be of that crowd, but, I can no longer stay quiet.  These meetings are for one thing, one thing only, raising money for the preachers own greedy lusts.

Most of my understanding of God’s Word came from me being awake in the late hours to the early hours of the day, sitting with my Bible open, notebook and pen at the ready with no other distractions around me.  No radio, stereo, telephone, or other people.

Understanding is something like a treasure hunt, you have some clues of where to look, but you dig from location to location to find the small gems of truth in the Word of God.

I never try to study the Bible or even write an article in the daytime hours.  Just too many interuptions.

I am so thankful for digital technology that allows me to sit at a computer and use many different translations of the Bible just to glean nuggets of wisdom.  Now, if I do not take the time to put in the Word of God, it will not be there to give out.  The adage that we were taught in computer classes was this, “Garbage in, garbage out”.

Now let me try to give you my perspective about the events that are happening in the daily news headlines.

I have stated previously that I do not see America in end-time prophecy.  Things that are happening are given me pause.  I have begun to wonder what is it that happens that America and the west are not in the picture in the last days.

We know that there is coming a man, antichrist who rises up and gains the trust of the world.  He sets up a new rule of government.  He gives power to a beast that ushers in a new economy based on whether or not those who wish to buy or sell have the number of man either on his right hand or the forehead.

Revelation 13:   MSG
15  It was able to animate the image of the Beast so that it talked, and then arrange that anyone not worshiping the Beast would be killed.
16  It forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on the right hand or forehead.
17  Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.
18  Solve a riddle: Put your heads together and figure out the meaning of the number of the Beast. It’s a human number: six hundred sixty-six.

In the verses before we see a new religion formed.  He will talk and act like some of the so called “faith preachers” roaming the world.  He will work signs, wonders and miracles.  If you chase after signs, then, you will probably fall under his charm and slick talk.  He will seem like he is of God, wrong, he is a work of satan.

Revelation 13:   MSG
11  I saw another Beast rising out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb but sounded like a dragon when it spoke.
12  It was a puppet of the first Beast, made earth and everyone in it worship the first Beast, which had been healed of its deathblow.
13  This second Beast worked magical signs, dazzling people by making fire come down from Heaven.
14  It used the magic it got from the Beast to dupe earth dwellers, getting them to make an image of the Beast that received the deathblow and lived.

It will take a person that truly knows the true spirit of God to have the ability to discern the true and false prophets.

I feel that “the church” in North America has become ineffectual as a witness for Christ.  They are playing all sides to come out in the middle.  It is in a dangerous place, their witness is weak and they are just going through the motions.

I am watching with great intense interest the events that are unfolding throughout the Asian countries.

The globalization of trade is a given.  It will soon give way to a one world economy as I have already stated.  The currency you have in your wallets and purses will soon be worthless.  This economic crash will be far greater and a profound impact then that of the great depression the the late 20’s and early thirties of the twentieth century.

Another situation that I believe Christians who want to know where we are in the time table of God’s end-times, is the events that are taking place in the Arab countries and the nation of Israel.

Of course any student of Bible prophecy should be watching what Russia is doing.  Never take your eyes off of this country.  I believe that this “bear” has more planned for the region around it and also the world.

Soon everything that can be shaken will be shaken in the earth and in heaven.

Hebrews 12:   MSG
27  The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered.

 

The High Cost Of Living -Part Two

Luke 15:   MSG
11  Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons.
12  The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’ “So the father divided the property between them.
13  It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had.
14  After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt.
15  He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs.
16  He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
17  “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death.
18  I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you;
19  I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’
20  He got right up and went home to his father. “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him.
21  The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
22  “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
23  Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time!
24  My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
25  “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing.
26  Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on.
27  He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’
28  “The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen.
29  The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends?
30  Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’
31  “His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—
32  but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!'”

There is hidden story withing this parble about the son wandering away from his father.  The story I would like to take a look at is the son who stayed with his father.  The son who was faithful taking care of his father’s farm.

The hidden story is about the character of the older son and his total jealousy of his younger brother.

Now the character flaw of jealousy has been around since Cain and Abel.  It has a close relative, envy.  Jealousy can make someone rage with anger, that anger turning into murder.

It was jealousy that caused Joseph’s brothers to sell him into slavery.  Caused King Saul to put out an order to kill David.

One would think that the older brother would be joyous about his younger brother was home again.  Instead he was enraged that his father put on a feast and celebrated that his lost son came back to the fold.

Yes, jealousy is an ugly charater trait that arises in some of us.

I have seen church members get jealous when another member seems to have the favor of the pastor.  It has ripped apart choirs because someone was chosen to sing solo.  I have had musicians get down right angry with me because I may have been able to play in more key signatures than them.

Christ gave us examples of how we should act towards the one who was lost returns to the father’s house.

Luke 15:  MSG

1  By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently.
2  The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.”
3  Their grumbling triggered this story.
4  “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it?
5  When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing,
6  and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’
7  Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

Jealousy comes with a price.  It can lead to a high cost of living!

SPECIAL COMMENTARY – June 1, 2018

* I was in the middle of writing the second part of “The High Cost of Living”.  A couple of days ago I woke up with this hymn playing in my mind:

In Times Like These

Verse 1

In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, The only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid rock!

As I have stated I learned to sing Gospel songs as a young child.  I have sang those songs all of my life, played them on the piano and on the organ.  I turn to these songs when it seems I need something to comfort me, just like some turn to certain foods for comfort.

There are times like the old country song seems appropiate also:

“Stop the world and let me off,

I’m tired of spinning round and round”

Sometimes as I listen to all of news around the world and in my own country of Canada it feels like everything and everyone have lost their mind.  One gets the impression that goal posts have been moved, the rules tossed out, and it is everyone man for himself.

God gave us in His infinite wisdom something man cannot, God’s sure word.

2 Timothy 2:19 MSG
19  Meanwhile, God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. SPURN EVIL, ALL YOU WHO NAME GOD AS GOD.

Romans 3:4 MSG
4  Not on your life! Depend on it: God keeps his word even when the whole world is lying through its teeth. Scripture says the same: Your words stand fast and true; Rejection doesn’t faze you.

I have been giving a lot of thought on the subject of revival.  In the past several days I believe I have had it wrong.  There is something that first must happen to see God sent revival in the land.  That something there must be a hunger and thirst for God and His righteousness.

It is found in the words of Christ during his sermon on the mount.

Matthew 5:6 MSG
6  “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

We know that God will never force himself on a person.  As one preacher put it, “God is a gentleman”.  The reason is God when he created man he gave them the power of choice, freewill.

I am not sure what it will take for people to become hungry for God and His righteousness.  The time period that we call the “grace dispensation” is coming to a close.  Then God turns His focus back on His first choice, the nation of Israel.

I believe there will have to rise up some of God’s servants that will stand in the breach and speak God’s Word to create a hunger, thirst, in the people who hear.  It may come down to the wire.

It is my belief we are just one major event away before we see a total shake up in the world governments, economies, when the son of perdition is revealed.

Things that most Christians take for granite may soon be stripped away to make a way for a false religion to be installed globally, the worship of the beast mentioned in the last Book of the Bible, Revelation.

It is most likely that it will get worse before it ever gets better.

So, let me finish like I started,

In Times Like These

Verse 1

In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, The only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid rock!

 

The High Cost Of Living – Part One

Matthew 16:  MSG
25  Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.
26  What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?

Luke 15:    MSG
11  Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons.
12  The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’ “So the father divided the property between them.
13  It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had.
14  After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt.
15  He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs.
16  He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
17  “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death.
18  I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you;
19  I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’
20  He got right up and went home to his father. “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him.
21  The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
22  “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
23  Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time!
24  My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
25  “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing.
26  Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on.
27  He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’
28  “The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen.
29  The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends?
30  Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’
31  “His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—
32  but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!'”

There are many lessons to be learned in the above portions of Scriptures.

  • The destruction power of greed
  • Jealousy
  • The Open Arms of The Father
  • The Dangers of Focusing On Self

Every young person dreams of going out into the world securing a great job and making great lots of money.  With that money buying all the things you think you need, like a car, nice clothes, comfortable place to live.

As a teenager I use to find part time jobs during the summer months so that I could buy some clothes for school and maybe some extras.  My biggest problem was the more money I earned the more I spent, thinking little of saving some.  I feel most teenagers do not give much thought to the subject of saving.

Eventually I left home, was offered a job working in an orchard pruning fruit trees and everything to do with that type of work.

I had just bought a used 1973 Ford Pinto to take me to work and back home.  I soon found a small apartment nearer to my work.  It only had one way to get to it and that was a flight of stairs.  There was only one door to the apartment, so if I had to leave in an emergency the stairs were my only option.

The next few things on my to – do list was, getting furniture, stocking the fridge and other items needed to live.  On my first grocery trip I got my groceries and headed for the check out.  The cashier totalled my groceries, I paid for them, then looked at what money I had left until the next pay, It was barely enough to buy a coffee and put gas in the car.  I stood there looking at the money and almost started crying.  The cost of living hit me right between the eyes.  No wonder as kids we were told ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’.

Not long after that I was asked by an evangelist to join his team as an organist/piano player and singer.  Well the pay was better than working in the orchard, besides it was something I had prayed about doing since I can remember.

It wasn’t long before I began to fall into the greed of making money through the prosperity gospel.  Soon the evangelist started to let me take some of the services.  I would raise money during those meetings and the evangelist and I had an arrangement on the percentage of the money raised I could keep.  Well, after some time I began to only care about how much money I could raise during any service.

I was changing into something I look back on with much regret.  I was more concerned about money than I was winning people to Christ.

During my time with that evangelist I met all types of evangelists who preached the prosperity gospel and observed what was happening behind the curtains, sort of speaking.  

The high cost of living at that time was my soul!

I now understand the words of Christ:

Matthew 7:   MSG
21  “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills.
22  I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’
23  And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’

I now look back on that with a broken heart and with a lot of regret.

Yes, you can gain the whole world but it will cost you greatly, the price is your very soul!

In the next article part two of “The High Cost of Living” I want to speak to the matter of jealousy and it’s corrosive power in a person’s life.

Special Report:Jail Break Has Happened!

Acts 16:25-34 MSG
25  Along about midnight, Paul and Silas were at prayer and singing a robust hymn to God. The other prisoners couldn’t believe their ears.
26  Then, without warning, a huge earthquake! The jailhouse tottered, every door flew open, all the prisoners were loose.
27  Startled from sleep, the jailer saw all the doors swinging loose on their hinges. Assuming that all the prisoners had escaped, he pulled out his sword and was about to do himself in, figuring he was as good as dead anyway,
28  when Paul stopped him: “Don’t do that! We’re all still here! Nobody’s run away!”
29  The jailer got a torch and ran inside. Badly shaken, he collapsed in front of Paul and Silas.
30  He led them out of the jail and asked, “Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved, to really live?”
31  They said, “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live—and everyone in your house included!”
32  They went on to spell out in detail the story of the Master—the entire family got in on this part.
33  They never did get to bed that night. The jailer made them feel at home, dressed their wounds, and then—he couldn’t wait till morning!—was baptized, he and everyone in his family.
34  There in his home, he had food set out for a festive meal. It was a night to remember: He and his entire family had put their trust in God; everyone in the house was in on the celebration.

I have often wondered about how I would react in different situations.  Sometimes I would muse to myself that I am not sure I could stand against some terrible event.  

As I previously mentioned the loss of my daughter and grandchildren would be horrific to face.

I and my siblings were raised with a healthy respect of police officers.  We were told that if we ever had to be brought home by the police there would be consquences.  Now it would not be abuse, but most privledges would be taken away for a period of time.

When I went through school it was still a practice for unruly students to receive a strap for misbehaving.  My mother told us once if you get a strap at school you may expect one when you get home.  I am sure it would not have happened but it was always in the back of our thoughts.

So as one could imagine I never received a strapping from the school principal nor did I ever find myself in the company of a police officer for something I did wrong.

A I launched out from under the roof of my parents and began life on my own those lessons stayed with me and I still live by them throughout my adult life.  Yet I have learned that not all people have those life lessons instilled in them as youth under the tutelage of their parents and school teachers.

I have also experienced something that other christians taught me when I ventured out into the ministry, that some are very thinned skinned when it comes to going through trials and temptations.  When you meet them and ask how they are doing, the response is a lengthy history of their battles in life and how they feel like no one understands what they are going through.

Now I cannot imagine how the Apostles Paul and Silas must have felt finding themselves in prison for the crime of spreading the message of Christ.  In today’s world if christians in North America were put in this situation the response would be, “my rights have been violated”!

I sometimes think they must have missed the writings in the Gospel where Christ the Saviour warned the disciples that they would be hated and even killed.  The killers would brag they were doing God a service.

John 16:1-3 MSG
“I’ve told you these things to prepare you for rough times ahead.
They are going to throw you out of the meeting places. There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he’s doing God a favor.
3  They will do these things because they never really understood the Father.

Let me say this, “tough times are just beginning for the children of God”!  We better develop a thicker skin when we are going through trials.  What would you do if your life depeneded on whether or not you deny Christ?  Would you be willing to lay down your life for Christ, or would you deny ever knowing Christ?

I have spent almost my entire life singing and playing Gospel music.  I am not to sure at times if I could be strong like the apostles and still sing songs unto the Lord.  

As I am writing this article the following comes to mind:

‘Music has charms to soothe the savage breast’?

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No, not beast – breast.
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The phrase was coined by William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, 1697:

Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d,
And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d,
By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.

Could I have such a strong relationship in my walk with the Lord that even when facing prison bars I could be found singing unto the Lord.  Even greater yet, could I have such an anointing of the Holy Ghost to see God work a miracle that would shake the prison and loose the bars that hold me in a prison cell.

In my mind I can hear the naysayers “the prison was probably built on a fault line, thus an earthquake is what made the prison shake so violently to cause the bars to move.  Either way you look at this, it is still a great miracle!

In many autocratic governments there is an onslaught already happening of christians being jailed for long periods of time.

Listen to what John the Revelator wrote of what is yet to happen on planet earth.

Revelation 13:11-18 MSG
11  I saw another Beast rising out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb but sounded like a dragon when it spoke.
12  It was a puppet of the first Beast, made earth and everyone in it worship the first Beast, which had been healed of its deathblow.
13  This second Beast worked magical signs, dazzling people by making fire come down from Heaven.
14  It used the magic it got from the Beast to dupe earth dwellers, getting them to make an image of the Beast that received the deathblow and lived.
15  It was able to animate the image of the Beast so that it talked, and then arrange that anyone not worshiping the Beast would be killed.
16  It forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on the right hand or forehead.
17  Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.
18  Solve a riddle: Put your heads together and figure out the meaning of the number of the Beast. It’s a human number: six hundred sixty-six.

This is not limited to just a certain geographic area, but I feel this will be world wide under a world wide government.

I question even myself, would I be able to withstand this type of persecution because of my love for the Lord Jesus Christ?

You see, your privilege, status in life, all your money, power, will soon be nothing but distant memories, all these will not help you during the tribulation that is about to engulf the entire planet.  Men committed suicide by jumping off buildings during the great depression in the late 1920’s and 30’s.

Countries where their national currency lost all value people took the cash and dumped it into the streets by wheelbarrel full.

During the upcoming economic collapse and the great tribulation men will cry out for death and death will not come.

Revelation 9:6 MSG
6  When this happens, people are going to prefer death to torture, look for ways to kill themselves. But they won’t find a way—death will have gone into hiding.

I do not want to sound crass, but I have had people tell me “your scaring the hell out of me”!  My reply to them, “great mission accomplished”!

So, my question is this, how is your relationship with God, are built on the rock or on shifting sands?

Matthew 7:24-27 MSG
24  “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock.
25  Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
26  “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach.
27  When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

 

FAITH CLINIC – DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY FREE!

This document was created by me over thirty-five years ago.

A copy was found just recently among some of my grandmother’s belongings.  My aunt told me about it.  

I had forgotten all about it, but I am now making it available for all who wants to download a copy.

It is sixteen pages of Scripture on the topic of “Faith”.  This is pure doctrine, not a “prosperity gospel” message nor is it a “name and claim it” gospel.

This would be a perfect way to launch a Bible Study on the issue of what the Bible says about “faith”.

I have done nothing to edit the document.  It is exactly how I created more than three decades ago.

To download your own copy click on the following link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19-S6CnMGNhVoYwjSTPQh2KdHEbeltFgJ/view?usp=sharing

I am sure you will not regret taking some time to get your copy free of charge.  Please do not take this and charge for a copy to anyone.  Freely you have received, freely give!

 

BABYLON RISING!

*Please Note This Is Not About Politics, Rather A Commentary On The Headlines & Bible Prophecy*

Syria, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Russia, China, Korea North & South…

Jeremiah 50:1-3 MSG
1  The Message of GOD through the prophet Jeremiah on Babylon, land of the Chaldeans:
2  “Get the word out to the nations! Preach it! Go public with this, broadcast it far and wide: Babylon taken, god-Bel hanging his head in shame, god-Marduk exposed as a fraud. All her god-idols shuffling in shame, all her play-gods exposed as cheap frauds.
3  For a nation will come out of the north to attack her, reduce her cities to rubble. Empty of life—no animals, no people— not a sound, not a movement, not a breath.

As I hear the headlines I am not sure if I should be excited or concern.  I guess I am both.

The headlines are beginning to show that End-Time prophecies are beginning to take place at a rapid pace.

All of the countries mentioned are mentioned in connection with end-time prophecy.  I truly feel that these countries are in the headlines is no accident or  coincidence.  

Now, concerning my text for this article.  The above prophecy is still to be fulfilled. 

Ancient Babylon could be found in Persia, now known as Iraq and Iran.  During it’s height of power and influence it was the trading center of the known world.  It is speculation that it’s hanging gardens was one of the seven wonders of the world.

While doing some research I found reports that while Sadam Hussein was alive he was trying to rebuild Babylon to it’s former magnificent splendor.  The Iraq war ended that building when Sadam Hussein was hanged.

I have said in past articles that I do not find a reference to the North America in Biblical prophecy.  I have no sure answer to this, but, something major must happen that renders the countries of The United States, Canada, and the west impotent.  However, I can call to your attention that there have been mighty empires rise and fall.  The cause of their demise is simple, pride and turning to false gods and idols.

The Babylonian Empire is an example of an empire that was proud and worshipped false gods and idols.  Remember, they were the center of socery and witchcraft.  The people believed that they could build a tower and reach God.  God saw their wickedness and caused confusion with their languages.  Therefore, they could not finish the tower because their language was in total chaos.  They no longer could understand each other.

The Babylonian Empire was given many chances to destroy their idol worship and turn to the God of the Hebrew children.

Once again that region is trying to rebuild it’s empire.  As I have stated in times past I believe that the anti-christ will come out of what is known as Iraq/Iran.  I am not sure how they will rebuild the empire, but, Babylon will rise up once again and turn their anger to the nation of Israel.  Babylon will not be alone in this plot for they will have help from neighbour countries and their armies will set their focus to march against Israel.

I do not know what major event will happen to cause all the armies of the countries to assemble and begin their march toward Israel on the dried up river bend of the Euphrates.  They will arrive in the valley of Megiddo.

Revelation 16:1-21 MSG
1  I heard a shout of command from the Temple to the Seven Angels: “Begin! Pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on earth!”
2  The first Angel stepped up and poured his bowl out on earth: Loathsome, stinking sores erupted on all who had taken the mark of the Beast and worshiped its image.
3  The second Angel poured his bowl on the sea: The sea coagulated into blood, and everything in it died.
4  The third Angel poured his bowl on rivers and springs: The waters turned to blood.
5  I heard the Angel of Waters say, Righteous you are, and your judgments are righteous, THE WAS, THE IS, THE HOLY.
6  They poured out the blood of saints and prophets so you’ve given them blood to drink— they’ve gotten what they deserve!
7  Just then I heard the Altar chime in, Yes, O God, the Sovereign-Strong! Your judgments are true and just!
8  The fourth Angel poured his bowl on the sun: Fire blazed from the sun and scorched men and women.
9  Burned and blistered, they cursed God’s Name, the God behind these disasters. They refused to repent, refused to honor God.
10  The fifth Angel poured his bowl on the throne of the Beast: Its kingdom fell into sudden eclipse. Mad with pain, men and women bit and chewed their tongues,
11  cursed the God of Heaven for their torment and sores, and refused to repent and change their ways.
12  The sixth Angel poured his bowl on the great Euphrates River: It dried up to nothing. The dry riverbed became a fine roadbed for the kings from the East.
13  From the mouths of the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet I saw three foul demons crawl out—they looked like frogs.
14  These are demon spirits performing signs. They’re after the kings of the whole world to get them gathered for battle on the Great Day of God, the Sovereign-Strong.
15  “Keep watch! I come unannounced, like a thief. You’re blessed if, awake and dressed, you’re ready for me. Too bad if you’re found running through the streets, naked and ashamed.”
16  The frog-demons gathered the kings together at the place called in Hebrew Armageddon.
17  The seventh Angel poured his bowl into the air: From the Throne in the Temple came a shout, “Done!”
18  followed by lightning flashes and shouts, thunder crashes and a colossal earthquake—a huge and devastating earthquake, never an earthquake like it since time began.
19  The Great City split three ways, the cities of the nations toppled to ruin. Great Babylon had to drink the wine of God’s raging anger—God remembered to give her the cup!
20  Every island fled and not a mountain was to be found.
21  Hailstones weighing a ton plummeted, crushing and smashing men and women as they cursed God for the hail, the epic disaster of hail.

I was raised to believe that the city on seven hills was Rome and that the whore in the Book of Revelation was The Catholic Church.  I would offer this thought that it is really the rising up of Babylon – for it is surrounded also by seven hills.  Babylon was uniquely situated that it could see any army marching towards it.  They built a great wall around it but there was one weakness in their protection, the river that ran through the middle of Babylon.  The Persians dammed up the river and the Persian army used the river bed to go under the gates of Babylon.

I truly feel that all the conditions are ready for us to see Babylonian empire to rise again.

Again, my inner being is a mixture of excitement and also great concern.  

I believe that we are on the precipice of something great that will usher in the King of Kings putting His feet on the Mount of Olives the place of where the disciples witnessed the ascension of the resurrected Saviour, Christ Jesus.