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Bible Brief from Right Division

November 2, 2018 Leave a comment

Dr. Mike Johnston

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2Ti 2:15 KJV). This Bible Brief provides an overview of the Scriptures, rightly divided.

When “God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1), He also established two programs with ordinances to govern them (Jer. 33:25).[1] These programs operate separately, never simultaneously.

God’s prophecy program was well known. It features Israel as God’s elect nation on earth through the seed of Abraham involving a covenant with him concerning a coming Jewish King and kingdom (2 Sam. 7:13-16) the Lord progressively unfolded through “the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:21; see Luke 1:70). [2]

Conversely, His mystery program was unknown until the Lord Jesus revealed it to Paul (Gal. 1:11-12). It features the church as the Body of Christ and it focuses on heaven and our inheritance there with Christ “kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25).

Immediately following creation, God’s focus is on the establishment of an earthly Kingdom. God’s spoken word to Adam placed him in a beautiful Garden of bountiful blessing (Gen. 2). However, this didn’t set well with Satan who lusted for power (Isa. 14:12-14). Therefore, knowing Adam had the word of God to guide him, his only recourse was to retranslate the Word [3] hoping to cause some confusion and rebellion. It worked. Eve was deceived leading to Adam’s sin of eating from the only tree God had forbidden (Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7). Man fell, and Satan claimed a temporary victory as “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4).

On the heels of the fall, Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden. However, Kingdom plans were not lost. Foreknowing man’s disobedience, the Lord had formulated redemption’s plan (Rev. 13:8) which involved Himself as Redeemer of man and Ruler of the Kingdom man forfeited (Gen 3:15-21; see Isa. 7:14; 9:16-17). Over time, God sent inspired messengers called prophets (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21) to systematically reveal His plans through five Covenants made with Israel unilaterally. These Covenants – all building upon the initial Abrahamic Covenant – were paramount in guiding her, guarding her, and governing her [4] from the calling of Abraham on through the Davidic Kingdom (Gen. 12; Matt. 25:34; Rev. 21-22). The 5 Covenants are:

  1. The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 15:18): God promised Abraham’s family would become a nation, in a promised land.[5]
  2. The Mosaic Covenant (Ex. 19:25): God constituted the 12 tribes into the nation of Israel giving her Laws and leaders to govern her.
  3. The Land Covenant (Deut. 30:3): God promised Canaan to all of Israel in perpetuity for the Kingdom.
  4. The Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7:16): God promised a royal seed from the tribe of Judah in the bloodline of David to rule over the earthly Kingdom.
  5. The New Covenant (Jer. 31:31; see Matt. 26:28; Heb. 8:8): God provided a way for Israel to be permanently reconciled to God in the land, under the Messiah, during the earthly Kingdom located in Jerusalem where His Law would be written upon her heart. [6]

These 5 Covenants form a contiguous prophetic conglomerate featuring Abraham’s Covenant family, under Covenant Law, in Covenant Land, seeking the Covenant King and Kingdom (Heb. 11:8-10). However, although it was well known in an historical sense, it’s date certain was unknown until Daniel codified it into a final 490-year prophetic calendar of seventy-weeks of seven years (Dan. 9:24-27) with two vital stipulations: (1) it MUST be fulfilled by “thy people” (Israel), and (2) it MUST involve “thy holy city” (Jerusalem) (Dan. 9:24-27).

Two-thousand years ago precisely as Daniel had predicted (Dan. 9:24-27; see Matt. 26:56; see Acts 3:18-26) the incarnate God, our Lord Jesus, appeared on earth (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23) in response to the prophets to inaugurate the Davidic Covenant Kingdom (Luke 1). In that capacity, He preached “repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17) to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 15:24). However, Daniel’s prophecy contained a slight hiatus that was fulfilled when Messiah was “cut off” (Dan. 9:26) and crucified, in accord with a veiled prophecy of redemption given to Adam in Genesis 3:15 and pictured in Isaiah 53.

Research experts such as former head of Scotland Yard Sir Robert Anderson have calculated Christ’s rejection by Israel occurred precisely at Daniel’s 70th week leaving one future seven-year period (week) to be fulfilled by Israel before the Jewish Kingdom can begin. Scholars tell us this week begins when “the prince that shall come” – “that Wicked” (2 Thess. 2:3-12) aka the Antichrist (1 John 2:18) – in some manner brokers a seven-year covenant for Israel in the Middle East (Dan. 9:26-27).

Then will begin a kingdom preparatory judgment on Israel that Moses called “tribulation” (Deut. 4:30), the prophets call “the time of [Jacob’s] trouble” (Jer. 30:7; see Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1:15), and John the Baptist referred to as “the wrath to come” (Matt. 3:7). All and all, it is the day of Lord (Joel 2) named first by Joel, that was so firmly established for Israel’s future, the other prophets confirming Joel simply had to call it “that day” (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea). Zechariah is very clear about this period: “That day [is] a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,” (Zep 1:15 KJV) (see also Amos 5:18, 20; Isa. 13:9-11 [7]).

Jesus explained this time of wrath epoch in one of the final messages to His Jewish disciples. It’s called the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21), and it came in response to urgent pleas from Peter, [8] James, John, and Andrew (Mark 13:3) – faithful followers all standing firm on the Covenant promises for Israel’s Kingdom – begging Him to tell them when He would return to inaugurate it (Matt. 24:3; see Acts 1:6). During this briefing, the Lord revealed a series of disastrous signs – more fully revealed by John the Revelator almost 60 years later (Rev. 6-19) – preceding it: First, He linked His message to the Jewish prophet Daniel by referring to the “abomination of desolation” which occurs midway in the Tribulation (Dan. 9:24-27; Matt. 24:15). Second, He twice linked it to Moses’ maiden prophecy which serves as the first mention of a coming Tribulation for Israel (Deut. 4:30-31; Matt. 24:21, 29). Third, He completed His sermon with details of His return to earth immediately following Israel’s Tribulation to establish “the Kingdom prepared (primarily for Covenant Israel) from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34).

From the creation of earth to the Kingdom on earth, this is a Bible Brief you should learn to explain.

[1] “Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant [be] not with day and night, [and if] I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;” (Jer 33:25 KJV)

[2] Except for Romans-Philemon which focus on the Body of Christ, the entire Bible is to Israel and the nations in contact with her.

[3] Modernists do this today in concerted effort to impugn God’s Word to English speaking people, the King James Bible.

[4] Study carefully the strict stipulations laid out in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.

[5] References are from the Old Scofield Reference Bible, available from PMI for a gift of $34. Stamps are welcome.

[6] Notice there is no Pauline or body of Christ Covenant. All 5 of these were given to Israel specifically.

[7] “Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.” (Isaiah 13:9-11 KJV) “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:” (Revelation 6:16 KJV) “And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast [it] into the great winepress of the wrath of God.” (Revelation 14:19 KJV)

[8] Keep in mind Peter’s mission was NOT to the mystery Body of Christ which was yet a mystery. His ministry was to Jews as the apostle to the circumcision (Gal. 2:7-9).

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The Rebellious world we now live in

October 13, 2018 Leave a comment

An international collusion of corruption

The newsletter is about events that take place in the world that affect us, as a people, and as the church. And there is much to cover, so let me begin with two points that will be the underlying theme of this newsletter.
1. The godless are stirred up
2. Do we recognize evil anymore?
How do we define evil? Evil is void of what is good, but to know what is good one must have some ethical, moral standard to measure it by. That has been erased, now evil can be called good.
There are two influences in the world, and they are clashing. One is truth, one of falsehood, one is moral the other is immoral.
The pervasive attitude is “No one is going to tell me what to do even if it is right, I do what I feel.” That is lawlessness. We have a generation of legalized murderers that want to continually be allowed to do what they want with their bodies, even if it is affecting another body. Once called a baby, something that we all once were to come into this world.
It is openly known how those on the “left” (and some on the right) in our country hate our “current president.” They have has lost power in the government and do not like it. Since the election that have tried every means to regain it and thwart the current administration. What they ignore are the many improvements that have taken place for the citizens of the country.
It’s been said politics is life. Today in America, people’s lives are wrapped up in politics. So we begin with the political drama in this newsletter because it has become front stage for all, even for those disinterested in politics. Bear with me as I run through the events because this has lessons that should be applied to the state of the church.
The godless are stirred, threatened by the restraint of morals, those who have integrity. Consider John James running for a senator in Michigan who speaks of faith and family and that men have responsibilities, who is being viciously attacked from the left. The family meltdown is already at nuclear levels but to speak out on this makes one an enemy.
As an observer I see exaggeration and embellishments everywhere, and let’s not forget lying that has become the majority of speech in our culture. This whole scenario unfolding is like producing a Hollywood movie, but it is real life. It has all the drama and emotion of the big screen. The news makes you think it is impromptu and real. But it’s planned, it’s scripted and you have the actors paid by organizations to be vocal. One of them is by the well – known funder of chaos George Soros. This is not a grass roots rebellion, the majority of people involved are paid to lead it and participate in it.
And the activists that are behind the cameras are more than ready to weaponize the information they are reporting. They don’t report all there is, there is a bias in place by what they eliminate. The result is record ratings covering politics as partisans.
We are watching a revolt taking place from those who don’t just disagree, they exhibit hate and anger. Masked men gather together chanting “no border, no walls, no USA at all.” They want an international government instead of state nations.
Masked men have usually been criminals, unless you are a superhero. They were asked if the president showed up at their protest what they would do, comments like a beat down to a murder came from their lips.
The advances of the globalists are being undone by the current administration but the opposition has not accepted this, they are vigorously fighting.
In life there will probably be more you disagree with than agree. The Bible tells us to love your enemies, it also speaks in the end that the love of many will grow cold.” This is not just being indifferent or not caring, it can mean active hatred. Which is what we are seeing now,
The Bible speaks about hatred as murder in one’s heart.
1 John 3:15-16 “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
The Father said of his son “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.” This is why Jesus said “He who hates Me hates My Father also.” (John 15:23) Lawlessness and righteousness are clashing. Without defining each we should understand to do good pleases God, lawlessness is considered evil.
John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own.” John 17:14 “the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” “Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. “
If we side with Jesus the world will hate us. The only love I see increasing is the love of self, the love that Jesus said we need to not have, but to instead love others.
The reaction in politic arena was instinctive and we should have expected it. They voiced their decision not only before all the facts were known, but at the announcement of his nomination. This is called prejudice. Since they could not convince by words or reason, they took action.
The law is the great equalizer when applied correctly, and not abused. They overruled the law had and decided a man’s fate, pronouncing him guilty with no regard what he devoted his life to, upholding the law. Which becomes a strange irony when understood.
His accuser[s] was made a representative of all woman and Kavanaugh became a representative of all men. There arguments against what has been the right way was abandoned and they then became incoherent.
How many people have been falsely accused put in jail for years only to be found out later by DNA or some other evidence they were innocent. There should never be a rush to judgment or decisions made without examining evidence. And yes there was corroborating evidence for his innocence.
We are witnessing a social/political revolution led by those who represent the people. Threats continue to be said and eventually they will become reality (it’s not over by a long shot). If you think this was like seeing sharks circling seeing blood in the water wait until the piranha’s come out.
But there is something deeper that we should not overlook. The clash is also between relative and absolute truth. Between objectivity based on facts, not feelings. This is being fought publicly on TV and the Internet, through social media where most young people get their news from.
Whoever speaks the most and the loudest wins
We now live in a culture being steered by information and by social networks, but is it accurate information? Does it have a purpose that may not be altruistic?
It’s well known the liberals/socialists, “the left” (80-90%) have control over these platforms. It is those who have an agenda that allow exaggerations, lies to be consistently spoken to succeed in their goals of defaming the other side. They are very pragmatic in their approach. The majority of news should be scrutinized by each of us but that can’t be done without applying logic and critical thinking. And that is in short supply these days.
The Alphabet channel news, social media have been the carriers of the disease of disinformation. They present their experts (both sides can do this), interviewing political science graduates, activists who are fully dedicated to “the cause.” They have no reason to be fair. Their commentators then convince you what they think is right. When they do not appeal to logic or reason and give no room to think it becomes dangerous. It’s hard to accept the news as being unbiased when you hear the exact same phrases, all regurgitated for all there talking points. It becomes obvious there is more than reporting going on. The untrustworthiness of public figures is at an all-time high, and for good reason, there is lawlessness in the land of law. We can’t lock up corrupt politicians and are willing to keep others that support them employed at high levels. Truly many have lost all sensibility.
What exactly is taking place? They are bringing people into the collective, to think a certain way. There is real brainwashing taking place as they have their soldiers of confrontation repeat the leader’s words before they take action. A tactic we see in the cults.
Group think is certainly promoted by the news, the media repeats the same phases over and over as they too brainwash the masses. And those who do not exercise critical thinking skills or do not have any logic (the majority) are led like sheep to the slaughter.
The alphabet media channels biased reporting on America goes into other countries (through the airports and internet) which then influences the world against us as a policy of “destroy Trump” is openly watched. It’s not to say that we should not air our dirty laundry when necessary, but the idea of “fake news” does ring the bell loudly. When caught they do an insignificant correction to preserve their image as a news company, no apologies to the people’s lives they tried to ruin. That is why the respect for certain media outlets is about as low as it is for criminals.
The attention of the nation has watched how the new Supreme Court nominee was treated. We have watched the darkest of humanity at work, ignoring the right way things should be done.
What have watched a display of relative truth, truth by feelings conflicting with truth by the facts. That is, “I believe it, therefore it is true to me.” This may not be true to you, but you do not matter because my opinion is more important than yours. Besides this being a perfect example of being close minded, this is
called authoritarianism when exercise through government, it shows the worst of humanity in our sordid history.
The fight escalates. Conservatives have awaken, they never defended their position like they are now. No doubt this is going to continue.
We now see the left using subterfuge, assigning their actions to another. They accuse one side of doing is what they themselves are doing, some call this a transference of guilt. Whatever they accuse you of doing to them, is actually what they are doing to you which has been termed Psychological projection.

A dark cloud now hangs over our nation – Social upheaval is in play
A cultural shift has come upon many people. Like a brain amoeba it has infiltrated our thinking. People are possessed with hatred and anger that they cannot control, it has taken over every fiber of their life. They can’t see past the myopic route they have forged out for themselves that is self – destruction. They are carried by the spirit of the age. They can’t see any other view because this is what makes sense to them as they go by their feelings and it has blinded them.
They have a visceral hatred, a prejudice against those who think differently than they do. There are those who are content or happy with their lives. Apparently this cannot be allowed. Most people mind their own business and want to have peace and less conflict in their lives, but these activists cannot let things slide.
Our country has some within its government who are shameless people without integrity who have their conscience seared. In unity they quickly descended past the shadows into the dark and then to a darker place until no light was allowed.
They did not want to hear truth so they can continue accepting and promoting their lies. Soon “The Lie” will be upon them from which there will be no escape. This is just a preview.
Some have compared what is taking place to McCarthyism. What we are seeing is worse, not since than the Salem witch trials have we seen such hysteria. Uncorroborated, unsubstantiated testimonies that should not, nor cannot make one guilty. The Bible speaks against giving false witness; which is another example of lawlessness.
We are watching people being pronounced guilty first without a presumption of innocence that has been with western culture and ingrained in civilization of the ancient world. There are watershed moments in US history, and we have just seen one.
This is a facet of authoritarian regimes (it was seen in the Inquisition). This is not just inside the government it is becoming the thinking among the people, by “group think.” And that is where the real danger is.
A segment of our population is offended by truth tellers, by those who go by standards. It does not matter how unemotional or careful they are telling the truth, or how logical or right, the other side will always find fault. Why? Because there is something more important to them. This has been seen in certain politician’s actions, but it also translates to religion and other areas of life. It’s often the pursuit of money or power, sometimes it is both.
There is a difference from liberal and leftist. The left does not like losing power, they want to take down America, so we become part of the global community, this why they are angered. The left has declared
war on the constitution, this is really a spiritual war. They know if they change or diminish the constitution and we can be steered toward a one world government. Some people want to control others, they punish them to make them as miserable as they are. There are those who want to serve the country and there are others that care about nothing except getting elected, and lying is second nature to them,
James 4:1-2 “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.”
Make no mistake this whole political upheaval was about abortion as much as anything else. Clearly if he was pro – choice we would not have seen this unfold as it did.
You can’t change the facts on abortion 66 million children, a generation the size of some a countries population were prevented from being born.
I do think this will yield something really bad, in fact it already has. I do not think this shift we have seen is temporary but is permanent. Moderation or finding oneself in the middle is no longer an option. You are either for what is right or for lawlessness.
Truth can be found in strange places
No matter what one thinks of Julian Assange he does give us something to consider with facts we may not know: Generation Being Born Now Is The Last To Be Free
Is the information we receive being reshaped? Technological socialism … you don’t think that can take place, it already has. Discussing politics on social media is weighed in the favor of the radicals: say something against their agenda and wrath of the opposition is heard.
Senior Google Scientist Resigns In Protest Over China Censorship Project
How this revolution began and continues
Our universities are breeding revolutionaries,
But it is apparent that it starts when they are young. Consider this news story that is not unique. “Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School will no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of its morning meeting. (Channel 2 Action News)
Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge.” The decision was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” Zelski said. “Teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting.” That pledge, “will focus on students” civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.” The school tells us exactly what this about by using the term global society (this is something we cover on our new age dvd)
After reaction there were new developments, this story has continued to change since it was originally reported. For the latest AJC version, go to: School reverses Pledge of Allegiance policy after criticism
More than likely our children are being reshaped by the University they attend. The left has already altered the college campuses with their revisioning of history, lies and introduced amoral values.
The youth went to college and once learned “how to think,” not they are taught “what to think.” Academia is defined by its professor’s views, not by facts.

There are those went to further their education in our universities, where agitation and insurrection accompanies their education. The division we see in the country has no end because of those who teach our children and our young adults are made into radicals who hate their own country.
I do not see this getting enough attention. Three concerned liberal academics contend that their fields have been infiltrated by radical theories. They used fabricated authors and credentials in 20 absurd “scholarly” papers — three of which were based on rewrites of “Mein Kampf.”
Each of the papers were peer-reviewed and passed before being published. Which speaks about where our education is at the top.
One rewrote a chapter of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, as a Feminist Manifesto, replacing the parts of Hitler’s words with terms as “solidarity allyship”, “neo-liberal feminism” and “’multi-variate matrix of domination.”
“We intentionally made the papers absurd and used faulty methods to see if they could pass scrutiny at the highest level of academia. Concerningly, they did.” (please be aware of the ads on these sites.)
https://thewest.com.au/news/world/fake-academic-scandal-adolf-hitlers-mein-kampf-words-used-in-embarrassingjournal-hoax-ng-b88979974z
https://gellerreport.com/2018/10/mein-kamp-feminists.html/
http://brandsauthority.com/fake-academic-scandal-adolf-hitlers-mein-kampf-words-used-in-embarrassing-journalhoax/
Today’s future
The new socialistic revolution
Facts are not putty that can be reshaped. Most think all revolutionaries are anti – government, they are not. These want to use the government to control the people. Socialism is a disbelief in God and believes in the state. Socialism has been called soft communism. So many have been taught a share all equality is the best form of Government. We had already tax the rich more than any other country, but France. A certain party of politicians on the left want up to half your wages, which would keep the middle class destitute. We already have the top 1-2% paying 50% of the taxes.
Socialism relies on capitalism to fund it. As Margaret Thatcher said The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. If everyone were socialists what would it look like– we would look like the prime example today –Venezuela.
Marxism is the hatred of God, all religion is replaced with humanistic communism, the state becomes the provider. Which Marx will we accept? Karl or Groucho. You may bet your life on it.
We know by the Bible that technology will be used as a certain man becomes president of the world (elected or not?) who will issue an emblem to be put on people (the Bible calls it a mark Rev.13) to have control over the finances of the world, what you can earn and eat. Equitable redistribution, no private
property is the function of the mark of the beast. Where no one buys or sells, all is controlled by centralized governing.
This is the high tech socialism/communism that is forming. Spiritual socialism, religious humanism is the end goal of all this. The Bibles explanation of where we are headed is a political figure is coming will at a certain point become religious as he declares himself to the world to be God. And with his successes they will believe him.
What is our government?
America is an example of freedom, it is different than many other existing governments. What you hear is that we are a democracy, a democratic government. That is incorrect, we are a Republic. The power of government is held by the people. The people give power to leaders they elect to represent them and are to serve their interests for the betterment. The representatives are responsible for helping all the people in the country, not just a few people.
In a Republic the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people. America may be a called by some a democratic republic, having the best of both, but more accurately the United States is a constitutional republic.
But what happens when those elected think they know better than the people? You have certain segment of the government taking control over the people.
Here is where we make a sobering transition from politics to the church … what happens when certain people in the church think they know better than the Bible and try to have governmental control? The NAR whom are self- appointed authoritarian shepherds claim to have the highest tier of governmental authority over the individual churches by claiming their own apostolic and prophetic appointments. They want to bring the church under a centralized government, them. On the contrary the Bible speaks of autonomous local churches.
They separate people from the Bible just as authoritarian politicians separate people from the law and the constitution. In Scripture they are called Nicolaiten’s. Another is the example of Diotrephes of whom John the apostle writes “Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words.” (3 John 9-10)
Does this not sound like what is going on inside and outside the church. Diotrepehes was undermining the ways John taught. John comments v.11 “do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.”
There are Identity politics and there is identity Christianity. I am of so and so … Copeland, Hinn, Meyer, Branham etc. Even if the person is a sound teacher (which the many are not), is your relationship with him greater or more important than with Jesus by the Holy Spirit? I see this all the time, so and so says,… but have you checked it with the Bible?
When conflict arises the path of least resistance is used, compromise. The early church grew by the conflicts she was engaged in, openly debating and speaking out.
Today many pastors, even apologists do not tackle the really important doctrinal issues much less conflicts with sheep (some of which they cause). They sweep things under the rug to keep the peace in the church for a pristine image. On the other side pastors tell sheep not judge and have them feel as if they are questioning God if they do “touch not God’s anointed” they quote.
I remember it was not too long ago the church cared about the infiltration of false teaching and teachers, now, too many Pastors speak as a liberal, and say God will take of it, wait, much like Gamaliel’s advice.
The Lord is shaking the earth. The same that we see going on in the secular word is seen in the church and with those calling themselves the church. Things that we never thought we would see are happening. Look at the Roman Catholic Church who has outlived its priesthood organization by the public exposure of what they have been doing for centuries. They will either change or crumble.
America was founded on Judea Christian value system and was always a light to the nations because of a witness of Christ went out. That light is now hidden under a bushel we have become like the nations. Atheism, occultism is stronger than ever and the gospel is not what many of the churches are exporting.
Why do we keep repeating our mistakes in the church? Because of the leaders who do not lead. So many teachers want you to support them in their preaching the gospel when all they do is teach on giving to support them, they only talk ABOUT the gospel, they rarely give it or do not give it at all. Their focus is on money, on gain. They live in mansions, fly private jets and claim they are examples of Jesus. No they are an examples of being of the world.
Ask yourself did any apostle live in a mansion, did Jesus. Where does it say this? Scripture please. They go back to Abraham as proof. A man God made rich as he began a nation to be a theocracy. Why not Job who was rich and lost it all and by God’s grace was replenished again. Ask yourself why they do not speak things into existence as they teach those who hear their words. They never use this power they claim to have, they only talk about it. They are co-dependents on you to support their lying lavish living lifestyle.
It’s almost like a appointing a pastor who does not believe in the Bible to teach the Bible. Imagine the majority of the people in the church living by the word? And not some man’s distorted word. What kind of change that would bring to the people.
The word of the Lord become more precious as the light of truth fades away in our nation and the world. Let us continue in our faith doing good works as we see the days growing darker and the Lords coming as being nearer.
May you know the grace of the Lord.
Mike

p.s. The Branham book is going to be available very soon. It is titled “A man and his angel” A Biblical examination of William Branham’s Practices and Teachings: A Compendium of the Prophets legacy. It will be available in only pdf as it will be near 1,000 pages.

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Not What the Inspectors Expect

Have you ever found yourself making a statement like, “Just look at how he is behaving.  I know he can’t be saved,” or “I know he isn’t saved, acting like that.”?  What would lead you to make statements like that?  Are we saved by our actions and deeds or are we saved by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ?  Lordship Salvation and Calvinism have infiltrated many good churches and have even covertly corrupted the way that many believers think about salvation.  What do I mean?  The “P” of Calvin’s T.U.L.I.P. teaches that the saints will persevere.  It is in this teaching that Calvinists say they believe in eternal security.  But is it the believer that perseveres in their salvation by a godly life, or is it God Who preserves the saints by His power?  The Apostle Peter says in his 1st epistle, chapter 1 and verse 5, “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  We will take a look at a few commonly held misconceptions of the day as they relate to the life of the believer and unpack them.

One of the most common comes to us from 2 Corinthians 5:17.  Here, Paul says,  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  I can’t tell you how many people, laymen and preachers, who use this verse to say that a believer just simply will not be sinning anymore.  I have heard people repeat this verse and place emphasis on certain words to illustrate their point.  They look to prove that the verse is saying that a person is a new creature: he has all new wants and desires; all of the old things are gone away: those old things are the desire to sin. But can that really be the case?  Speaking of himself, the Apostle Paul said in Romans 7:14-25, “14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”  I would suggest someone show Paul 2 Corinthians 5:17, except for the fact that he wrote it!  If that verse means what most people say that it means, then what Paul wrote in Romans chapter 7 is in stark contrast to it. That verse has such a richer and deeper meaning than these (mostly) well-meaning people are applying to it.  2 Corinthians 5:17 is a positional verse that describes what has happened to the person that has gone from being an unbeliever to being a believer.  The old conditions of death and an eternal punishment in hell are now gone and have been replaced by many new and wonderful things.  Just a few of the new “things” in the believer’s life include the fact that they have received the new birth, they have eternal life, their sins have been forgiven, they have been passed from death unto life, and many more.

I also hear the book of 1 John often touted as a way of ferreting out unbelievers.  “Look at how John talks about if a person isn’t doing this or that, then they don’t have the truth in them…” is a popular thing for people to say who are of the erroneous belief that John was giving us a litmus test to uncover fake Christians.  So just what is the book of 1 John all about?  Notice that John uses the word “we” quite often; he included himself, a believer, in this group.  We know believers can’t lose their salvation, so what is John talking about?  John is giving us a way to tell if we are in fellowship with the Lord.  You can’t hate your brother, be in darkness, or living in any other type of sin and really expect that you are in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ, can you?  You may be out of fellowship, but your salvation is secure.

At this point, the critic is probably screaming, “Then how do you know if someone is saved?  There has to be evidence?”  You can know a person is saved by what they are trusting in to be saved.  The only way a person can be saved is by believing the Gospel.  When is a person saved?  The instant that they trust Christ at Saviour.  How much evidence is available then?  Only the person’s profession of faith and the Word of God that guarantees He will save them.  How much more evidence is needed at that moment?  God can never go back on His Word and salvation can never be lost, so that evidence is good forever.  “Well, a believer is going to grow and have good works,” you say.  They certainly should.  However, that is not automatic and no two believers will mature at the same rate.  Read Paul’s epistles.  Count how many times he gives instructions to his readers in Christian living, or uses phrases like “know ye not.”  If these things were automatic, then these believers would already be doing them, they already would know what he was explaining, and most of those epistles wouldn’t have needed writing in the first place.  Believers have two natures:  we have our new nature, which is born of God, it is perfect and never sins.  But we also still have our old nature which never gets any better, it never improves.  Paul said in Galatians 5:17, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”  What did he mean by that?  These two natures that we have share the same body and they fight for control of it.  The one that wins is the one that you feed.  Misunderstanding the two natures leads to more defeat in the Christian life than just about anything else that I know of.

How did Paul deal with sin in the life of believers?  As I have stated earlier, I see so many today who will bring in to question the very authenticity of one’s salvation if they do not believe that person is ‘living right.”  But exactly what do they consider living right?  How many times is a person allowed to mess up before they are declared “not really saved?”  Suppose that someone sees that other person when they are having an “off day” and judges them to not be saved!  This type of “fruit inspecting” is dangerous and unscriptural.  It can do much harm to the faith of those who are already weak in the faith.  So just what is the answer?  How did the Apostle Paul handle this sort of thing?  I can tell you most certainly that he did not call into question the salvation of the backslider.  It has been my experience that most of the people who will question a man’s salvation based on their observations and their opinions always seem to forget the church of Corinth.  The city of Corinth itself was known for its debauchery.  Those who trusted Christ as Saviour and were now part of the Body of Christ came from this environment.  This was a church made up of men and women who were carnal; they were often found to be walking after the flesh as opposed to walking in the Spirit.  This church had at least 14 major issues that the Apostle needed to deal with in his first epistle to them.  Fornication was a major problem as well.  One such issue Paul refers to as “such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles.”  It was bad. So what did he do?  He covered all of the problems and then he reminded them of the Gospel. He says in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, “1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”  What does he mean when he says, “unless ye have believed in vain.”? He is saying here that they believed in vain if Christ was not risen from the grave.  But then he goes on to make a rock-solid case that Christ did rise from the grave; that they did not believe in vain.  If anything, Paul is reinforcing to them that they are saved.  He is reminding them about what they believed when they got saved and reassuring them that Jesus is the Christ Who died to pay for their sins, was buried, and rose again.  He goes on to say that we too will be resurrected with new bodies.  Then when he gets down towards the end of the chapter he begins to talk about Christ’s return for His Church.  Why would he do that?  He made a strong case that He came and did everything He said He would the first time, according to the Scriptures.  And now he is driving home the point to them that this same Jesus is going to come again just like He said He would.  The point being that it might just matter what we do in between those two events.   How different this approach is from the majority today who will berate a backslidden brother or even someone that may be doing something that they just happen to not agree with, and attempt to convince them that they aren’t saved because of it.  This sort of thing causes people to either attempt to work for their salvation or just walk away in frustration; either way it robs them of their joy and liberty in Christ.  Paul gave us our example here of how to help the carnal Christian.  He also exhorts us in Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”  He goes on to say in verse 2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”  If there is any doubt as to what the law of Christ might be, we can find it in John 13:34 and right there in Galatians 5:14.  It can be summed up in one word: love.

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Refuting the “Gift of Gibberish” Tongues

Dr. Mike Johnston

Charismatics snub correction by claiming those who oppose them do so in ignorance because they haven’t had THE “experience.” That isn’t true here. I understand the spiritual gifts and tongues issue very clearly. I was a practicing Charismatic for the first few years after I was saved (1975) and an avid apologist for the gibberish movement. Since I was a partaker in this experience, I made it my business to ignore any unspiritual oaf trying to correct me with evidence. Frankly, that was easy. I enjoyed very much the special feelings of spirituality that accompanied being a member of what I’d been told was the enlightened few who sought and received the “baptism of the Holy Spirit”. After all, I’d been singled out for a universe of expectation where anything is possible, and the more bizarre the better. Extemporaneous words of knowledge, tongues, and interpretations – even those conflicting with Scripture – flowed constantly from circus like meetings where so called “prophets” stood and almost shouted predictions that were seldom fulfilled.

However, in this “anything is possible” atmosphere, NOTHING was to ever be challenged if it was performed under the “Jesus name tag”.

Then one day, when the inner nagging got the best of me I decided to study spiritual gifts and the Charismatic claims outside of anyone’s influence. My suspicion was corroborated. Here’s what I found.

The Purpose of Tongues

Everything God does is with purpose (Eph. 1:11). Tongues are no different; they were a sign to unbelieving Israel (1 Cor. 1:22; 14:22; see Isa. 28:11-12). My friend, lest we forget, Israel was chosen to herald God’s goodness to the world and Jesus was the promised Messiah of a glorious coming earthly kingdom. However, knowing they would reject Him, the Lord Jesus instituted a parenthetical group known as the church Body of Christ (Romans through Philemon) to carry on His message up until the “fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25).

Two facts stand out in the five major passages dealing with tongues (Acts 2; 19:6; 1 Cor. 12, 14; and Mark 16:17): They were always “known languages of the world”, and unbelieving Jews were in view as a sign: Acts 2 tongues are given to validate Peter’s message–Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 10 confirms Gentile salvation which Jews would otherwise reject. Acts 19 validates the conversion of some of John’s disciples. In 1 Corinthians 12-14, they signify Messianic fulfillment to unbelieving Jews attending services at Corinth. Please listen my friend. Nowhere does the Bible state that speaking in tongues is a test of salvation or sanctification as maintained by some groups. While the gospel of John was written specifically to show people how to be saved (John 20:30-31) not one mention of tongues. And while God surely wants all Christians to be spiritually mature, 1 Cor. 12:29-30 clearly implies that not all will speak in tongues. To spin the purpose of tongues in another direction is disingenuous, or worse devious.

The Corinthian Chaos

It’s a bit ironic. Much of what we see passing for spirituality in the church today has been adopted from the antics of the most carnal church in the New Testament: the Corinthians. Paul the converted Rabbi, had become an apostle, missionary, evangelist-church planter preaching and teaching multitudes of Gentiles in multicultural settings (Rom. 11:13).

On his Second Missionary Journey all his skills and gifts were tested when he landed in Corinth for a year and one half. It was the capital of the Greek province of Achaia, located on a narrow isthmus 50 miles west of Athens, and served as the major sea trade route between Asia and Italy. By the time Paul penned his first letter to the church, Corinth was a cosmopolitan melting pot for some 400,000 diverse residents. The Jews had captured the banking industry from the heathen priests which of course brought about a constant influx of Jews into the city where tongues, the sign to unbelieving Jews, were necessary and used extensively to prove God was moving in the Gentile community.

Occult Practices and Ecstatic Utterances

The confusion about tongues in Corinth is easy to understand when you analyze their indigenous make-up. Besides Greeks and Jews, people of all nationalities, languages and dialects lived there or passed through. As a result, Corinth was religiously pluralistic and steeped in idolatry (1 Cor. 12:2) which ultimately morphed into an occult mecca where soothsayers, diviners, and spiritists filled the streets along with 1000 temple prostitutes who facilitated wild orgies at the altar of the sex goddess Aphrodite.

Unintelligible prayer “tongues” was common in the Corinthian community but it is not orthodox or Christian. It is a desperately faulty ruse built upon one verse-1 Cor. 14:14- by practitioners that stubbornly ignore its lack of Scriptural support and occult link. Aside from heretics like Montanus, it was not seen in church until the 1900’s (order New Age Charismatic Corruption).

When the gift of speaking in previously unlearned languages surfaced in Corinth, the reference point for those who heard it was tied to idolatry in two ways: To those who were natives of the area, it sounded like the same old gibberish they heard from occult worshipers at the altar of Aphrodite’s temple. But to Gentile visitors who were ignorant or unsaved it appeared as the ranting of rogue madmen (1 Cor. 14:23). So, in order to maintain authenticity and edification God instituted the gift of interpretation of tongues (1 Cor 12:10, 30; 14:5, 13, 26-28). Let me illustrate.

Let’s suppose you speak French and attend a multi-cultural Jewish-Gentile fellowship. One morning a gentleman across the aisle begins to preach in German which to you sounds like “gibberish.” However, if someone in the congregation can translate that German into French, you will be edified (1 Cor. 14:5, 13)

Conclusion

The gift of tongues is the miraculous ability to preach the gospel in a specific language and dialect previously unknown by the speaker (Acts 2:11). Corinth was the only church that had a problem with it. As you can see, their confusion stemmed from their multicultural worship and long history of occult experiences. Those today claiming that ecstatic utterances are the same tongues we find in the Bible are doing so at the expense of sound exegesis and a long history of orthodox truth. What passes for tongues, interpretation of tongues and the word of knowledge today is linked to soothsaying and divining in Israel (Deut. 18:14). When tongues are studied in context utilizing the recognized laws of hermeneutics and spiritual wisdom, we believe the serious student of Scripture will quickly see how real Biblical tongues explains itself.

 

Right Division leads to right conclusions. The Rapture is for the church Body, the Revelation is for Israel

Dr. Mike Johnston

When the Bible is rightly divided, proper conclusions are reached. This is predicated on the fact that Israel and the church are not the same. In fact, they are as different as heaven and earth (Gen. 1:1), and mystery and prophecy; each with separate programs governing them (Rom. 16:25; Acts 3:21).

Israel is God’s elect earthly NATION (Deut. 7:6; Isa. 45:4). She exists from prophecy spoken in “time past” by the mouth of the prophets “since the world began” (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21; see Matt. 25:34). Bear in mind, prophecy enhances or explains events surrounding earth, and Israel’s divine appointment to earth’s destiny, featuring the King and His Kingdom. It is Israel to whom God’s prophets presented five covenants guiding and guaranteeing her future on earth, including a lineage, land, laws, and a Lord – King – that began with Abraham and will continue through the Millennium. It is for Israel that the earthly kingdom was “prepared from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34) and through whom the Messiah was born and to whom He was presented, rejected, and yet one day will return to fulfill the Lord’s prophetic prayer, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth…” (Matt. 6:10). It is to Israel the Lord Jesus explained this Davidic Covenant Kingdom will be inaugurated following His visible Revelation in Jerusalem (Matt. 24; see Zech. 14; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-21) “immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:21, 29).

The church, on the other hand, is a heavenly BODY (Eph. 1:3; 2:6) with an inheritance in heaven. We therefore have no sustaining purpose on earth (study Eph. 1-3; Col. 3:1-6). We exist as a mystery “kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25), given to Paul alone by our heavenly risen Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:20) in a personal post ascension revelation (Rom. 16:25; Gal. 1:12; Eph. 3:1-9). Currently the church occupies a temporary position on earth during Israel’s hiatus between Daniel’s 69th and 70th week (Dan. 9:24-27) to provoke her to jealousy (Rom. 11:11), “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25). The heavenly Body of Christ was unknown to any of the prophets (Rom. 16:25; Col. 1:26) and therefore was never included in their earth-centered prophecies featuring Israel’s Davidic Kingdom, and tribulation (“Jacob’s trouble” – Jer. 30:7) preceding it. Here’s what this means:

While we can easily find Israel and the anti-Semitic Gentile nations on earth during the tribulation – aka “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1), the heavenly Body of Christ – which has been promised deliverance from this divine punishment (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:5-7; Rev. 3:10; see also Rev. 4:1) – is conspicuously absent (Rev. 6-19). In fact, if the Body of Christ (church) is present on earth during Israel’s seven-year tribulation (Deut. 4:30; Isa. 24; Jer. 30-31; Joel; Zephaniah; Matt. 24; Rev. 6-19), the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it. To wit, there isn’t a verse anywhere in the Bible unequivocally placing the Body of Christ on earth for a single moment of Israel’s trouble without redefining the words “saints” and “elect” and “disciple(s)” which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse and Revelation specifically refer to Israel.

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Grievous Wolves

December 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Acts 20:28-29 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

A hungry wolf spotted a lamb drinking from a stream, and decided to make a meal of it. First though, he thought he should have a reason for devouring it. “Little lamb, why are you muddying the water I’m drinking?”

The lamb replied, “Oh no, sir, that can’t be. I am downstream from where you are drinking.”

Undeterred, the wolf snarled, “Well, then why did you call me bad names this time last year?”

To which the lamb replied, “That can’t be; I am only six months old.”

Angrily, the wolf said, “Well if it wasn’t you, it was your father,” and fell upon the lamb.

With his last breath the lamb bleated out, “Any excuse will suit a tyrant.”

The New Testament refers to people who attempt to infiltrate and pick off members of the Body of Christ as “grievous wolves.” The Apostle Paul warned the church that wolves would come in and would not spare the flock. Any excuse would suit them.

Those who wander away from the Good Shepherd, those who are out on the fringes – they are the ones who will be easy for the wolves to pick off.

Christian, where are you? Are you wandering out on the edges, flirting with the world? Does the grass seem greener in other pastures? Beware, for the wolves are lurking. You would do well to stay close to the protection of the Good Shepherd.

Shared from Dr. Jim Scudder Jr.’s Devotionals

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LATTER DAYS: Persia Prophecy Preparation

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

My good friend, Bill Salus, published a book a few years back that continues to hold my fascination. The title is NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN IN IRAN: The Ancient Prophecy of Elam. He presented a thorough treatment of a topic few, if any, writers about Bible prophecy have, to my knowledge, explored in recent times. Today’s news headlines are […]

via Persia Prophecy Preparation? — Terry James Prophecy Line

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