Ever since I was compelled by the Holy Spirit back at the end of October to stop all “warnings” I have had a ache in my heart for much of the body of Christ. Because of that ache I still look for things that will be beneficial in the “tumultuous” days ahead spoken of in 2 Timothy chapter 3………the following is one of those things………please read and consider it.
I haven’t issued any warnings for the past 60 days since I received a prompting from the Holy Spirt to “stop”………so this is not from me but a warning that needs to be listened to and seriously pondered.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. (emphasis added)
After last night’s reaffirmation of the godless condition of our country and the impending judgment that WILL befall us, I find it quite interesting that the part of scripture we are going to look at today will fit so completely.
We looked recently about not being “surprised” and I really wasn’t with last night’s decisions (I was however deeply saddened)…….not just on the leadership chosen for the nation but on the unregenerate condition of the majority of its citizens. Anything & everything that was expressly forbidden in scripture was eagerly embraced by the majority of the populace…….from un-abated abortion to recreational drug use to the marginalization of Israel. But for true disciples of Jesus Christ it was a MANDATE for increased (DEGREE) persecutions (FIREY ORDEAL) & (SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST) that was prophesied to take place before He returns. I really don’t say that lightly as I know that I have been guilty of not following the “MANDATE” given in scripture as much as I should have.
Acts 1:7-8 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and ye shall beG2071My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
G2071 ἔσομαι esomai
Future tense of G1510; will be: – shall (should) be (have), (shall) come (to pass), X may have, X fall, what would follow, X live long, X sojourn.
As you can “clearly” see in the above portion of scripture, spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself, the “MANDATE” was not given as a mere suggestion…….He was emphatic. If we, as born again believers in Jesus Christ, would have spent more time in reaching the lost with the truth of the gospel……..and less time playing church………the spiritual condition of the country would possibly have been different. I am truly guilty of spending more of my “born again” time playing church and helping to produce the “MANDATE” of the apostate church…
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. (emphasis added)
…and I’m sure if we were all honest it would be much of the same in all of our lives. But, just like last night’s nightmare is now history, we must ask ourselves; “where do we go from here”?
I really can only come up with one thing as a starting point……individual & corporate……REPENTANCE! I need to emphasize “corporate” because of the number of times “we” & “us” is used in the following portion of scripture and because Peter was speaking to the whole “church” corporately in its impending “fiery ordeals” in the verses above!
1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
This should be enough for us to chew on for the next few days, and as we accept His forgiveness, pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off with the power of the Holy Spirit……..we will be ready to face any and every DIFFICULTY that WILL come our way in the dark days ahead…….and we will REJOICE.
I have been having this phrase rattling around my spirit for the past couple of days and even though I know I need to concentrate more on preparing to stand I can’t ignore this particular warning. The writers of the New Testament (and its Author) are addressing some critical spiritual issues and reinforcing it with this emphatic wording. I believe that this wording exemplifies the deep love and concern for the body of Christ with its frailties in the areas of deception.
The Greek word for the English word “ignorant” is as follows;
G50 ἀγνοέω agnoeō
From G1 (as a negative particle) and G3539; not to know (through lack of information or intelligence); by implication to ignore (through disinclination): – (be) ignorant (-ly), not know, not understand, unknown.
The interesting thing about this Greek word is its usage in the different translations. The King James uses it in 13 verses 14 times, while in the New American Standard it is only used 3. The 11 times it is used in the KJV have been translated differently, for instance, in the letter to the Romans;
Romans 1:13 I do not want you to be unawareG50, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.
In another case in 2 Peter the translators used a different Greek word altogether;
G2990 λανθάνω lanthanō
A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to lie hid (literally or figuratively); often used adverbially unwittingly: – be hid, be ignorant of, unawares.
2 Peter 3:5-8 For when they maintain this, it escapesG2990 their noticeG2990 that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escapeG2990 your noticeG2990, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
What is important to understand here is the ability of the enemy to capitalize on an area of weakness within the body of Christ……….something he has become a master at. The verses in 2 Peter must be critical to our understanding because it is something God promises will happen because of the promises He kept in what happened in the past. The enemy of our souls wants us to be “IGNORANT” or having a biblical fact “ESCAPE OUR NOTICE” so he can mislead or utterly deceive us into his vein of thinking. In 2 Peter the author is reminding his readers that there will be a worldwide judgment by fire at the very end. Because Satan, (and his minions), know their fate in this judgment they want to distort the “biblical facts” with their own wishful thinking version of the events to mislead those not paying attention…..thus the emphatic warning.
So……….whatever your translation is……………..please take the “facts” to heart and not fall for the Dominionist’s theory of God not having to judge the world because we have successfully “cleaned it up enough” to pacify Him.
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorantG50 G3756of his devices. KJV
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorantG50 of his schemes.
I am going to digress again into another “Popeye” moment with one of his phrases that he proclaimed in a number of his experiences……..“that’s all I can stands…….I can’t stands no more”! The statement was always followed by some kind of knock-down-drag-out brawl, the consumption of a can of spinach and Popeye being victorious over his enemy (usually Bruto). The point I want to examine here is that defining moment when all patience is lost and there is a ‘point-of-no-return’ reached………in a spiritual application.
I want to re-examine the word “apostasy” in scripture to see if it meets the “point-of-no-return” criteria;
from G868; defection, revolt: – apostasy (1), forsake (1).
As we can see by the New American Standard Exhausted Concordance the word “apostasy” is only used once, that being in 2 Thessalonians 2:3;
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,(NOTE: we have already emphatically concluded that the “it will not come” reverts back to verse 1, that being “His comingG3952“)
We have looked at this extremely important portion of scripture several times in the past posts but have never fully examined it in light of its staggering impact. I want us to look carefully at the “from G868” of the above Greek definition;
From G575 and G2476; to remove, that is, (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.: – depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self.
In almost every circumstance when there is”instigation” there is almost always an “instigator“…..that only makes sense. In the case of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 we know the “instigator” as one who wishes to thwart the Truth of God……and it ain’t Bluto! Let’s look at the very first “revolt” or “defiant act” recorded in scripture;
Isaiah 14:12-14 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (Emphasis added)
It’s pretty much a given that this “star of the morning” is Lucifer, or Satan himself…..and you have to ask, in typical Dr. Phil fashion….”so how’s that workin for you, Satan”. I don’t mean to sound flippant with this because it is serious stuff with deadly consequence, however, after his “act of defiance” to God’s will, and the judgment recorded in the verses following Isaiah 14:14, he set out on his “quest” to fulfill his dream (‘ I will make myself like the Most High.’). His first target was Adam & Eve with his “instigating to revolt” against the commandments of God….which resulted in the judgment of God on all of mankind. Next, you see the judgment of God coming on the whole world with the flood because of his “instigating to revolt” of every single air breathing creature except Noah and his family……8 people total. All the way down through history he has not deviated from his goal…….he will
make himself like the Most High!
So to show the extreme seriousness of “APOSTASY “, we really have to apply this “instigating to revolt” or the final act of “defiance to God’s will” to what has been given to us through His Word & His Spirit. Satan’s final act of “revolution” is “instigating” God’s people to revolt (APOSTASY) against God’s Truth (2 Timothy 4) and then to the indwelling of Antichrist to enter the Holy of Holies in the third temple……HE WILL MAKE HIMSELF LIKE THE MOST HIGH!
The APOSTASY, which is well on its way to reaching its goal, is nothing but a bunch of deluded people who have listened to the “instigator” (who has taken on many different forms), believed his proposition and have “defiantly” walked away from the Truth and into something of their own choosing (just like the majority of the world’s population in Noah’s time…….hmmmm……interesting…..didn’t Jesus say something about that?
“For the comingG3952 of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Emphasis added)
So, when is God going to again say; “that’s all I can stands….I can’t stands no more“? According to His Word it’s when the APOSTASY reaches its goal and Satan indwells Antichrist and takes his seat in the temple (his “revealing”).
The moral of the story is simple……be absolutely sure you are listening to the right spirit, and whether or not that spirit’s voice is being validated by the Word of God with the Spirit of God! We are hearing from the “your best life now” spirit (just like those in Noah’s day)………we are hearing from “the purpose driven” spirit (just like those in Noah’s day)…….we are hearing from a myriad of spirits bombarding us with the “I, Me, Myself & I-if it feels good-do it “crowd (just like the Lucifer syndrome)…we are hearing from the “I want it all & I want it now” spirit (just like in Adam & Eve’s day)….I hope you get the point by now, REALLY THINK ABOUT IT!
1 John 2:28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His comingG3952.
THAT G3952 GETS US EVERY TIME……ABSOLUTELY NO WIGGLE ROOM!
This may sound like a simple question and one that is pretty much assumed by much of Christianity, but I truly believe it is the most profound question of our time……just what is it that we are “functioning” in?
S.O.P. we all understand to mean STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE, but H.S.O.P. is maybe not so easily understood……….it is; HOLY SPIRIT’S OPERATING PROCEDURE. It was absolutely necessary for Jesus (the God-Man) to “function” (or PROCEED) using a H.S.O.P.;
Matthew 3:16-17, 4:1 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Emphasis added)
What Jesus was doing here is demonstrating that the S.O.P. of a Born Again believer MUST be a H.S.O.P. to be in obedience. Jesus, who was 100% God & 100% man, voluntarily divested Himself of the 100% God part to show the Born Again believer what was necessary to be in obedience to God (He had to be a sinless MAN to pay the penalty for sin). He was also demonstrating 100% OBEDIENCE to His Father;
Philippians 2:5-8 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptiedG2758 Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Emphasis added)
G2758 κενόω kenoō ken-o’-o
From G2756; to make empty, that is, (figuratively) to abase, neutralize, falsify: – make (of none effect, of no reputation, void), be in vain.
This is why the enemy of our souls tries to disrupt the H.S.O.P. of a believer with his S.O.P., making sure that we are not “functioning” (or proceeding) in obedience. Jesus was VERY clear in His final proclamation before He went to the Father;
Acts 1:6-9 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. (Emphasis added)
I don’t see any wiggle room here………I believe He was PERFECTLY clear……….”you will” & “you shall“! That is what is expected of a Born Again believer………..OBEDIENCE………to the H.S.O.P. anything else is simply the S.O.P. of this world’s system and the schemes of the devil. I hear people all the time say; “well, he just loves God and that’s got to be OK because God is Love”! Jesus’ reply to that worldly (S.O.P.) logic is;
John 14:15-17 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. (Emphasis added)
I don’t see much wiggle room here either…….it’s pretty clear………..it’s all about OBEDIENCE or DISOBEDIENCE. The apostate church, that the S.O.P. of the world’s system is building, is diametrically opposed to the Church that Jesus is building using the H.S.O.P. It comes down to being YOUR CHOICE of what “PROCEDURE” you choose.
CHOOSE WISELY………we won’t get a second chance at the Bema Seat!
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (Emphasis added)
Again……..NOT MUCH WIGGLE ROOM!
TRUTH ABOUT THE TRUTH by Richard Wurmbrand
How much each one of us can suffer depends on how much he is bound up with a cause, how dear this cause is to him, and how much it means for him.
In this respect we have had in Communist countries very big surprises. There have been gifted preachers and writers of Christian books who have become traitors. The composer of the best hymnal of Romania became the composer of the best communist hymnal of Romania. Everything depends on whether we have remained in the sphere of words or if we are merged with the Divine realities.
God is the Truth. The Bible is the truth about the Truth. Theology is the truth about the truth about the Truth. A good sermon is the truth about the truth about the truth, about the Truth. It is not the Truth. The Truth is God alone. Around this Truth there is a scaffolding of words, of theologies, and of exposition. None of these is of any help in times of suffering. It is only the Truth Himself who is of help, and we have to penetrate through sermons, through theological books, through everything which is ‘words’ and be bound up with the reality of God himself.
Anybody want to take a guess as to which opposing spirits are involved in this?????? Let’s see, who was it that was cast to the EARTH for his rebellion.
What kind of an “order” is the antichrist going to put into place….a new __ __
__ __ __ order. Anybody want to take a guess how many of our past presidents have coined that phrase? Time to wake up and smell the coffee…..that will probably be rationed here pretty soon…..like it is in Cuba……
Israeli military and police on high alert for Earth Day
DEBKAfile March 29, 2012, 4:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
A high alert is in place on Israel’s borders, the West Bank and inside the country ready for disorders, disruptions or terrorist attacks Friday, March 30, the annual Israeli Arab Earth Day. Preparations are afoot in Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan to support the event by mass assaults on Israel’s borders. The Palestinian Authority is organizing disturbances in Jerusalem and Jaffa. The central Israeli Arab assembly is to be held at Deir Hanna.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (emphasis added)
G2889 κόσμος kosmos; a prim. word; order, the world: – adornment (1), world (184), world’s (1).
With so many things going on in the Middle East this is something that is a “MUST READ” for every true Believer/Disciple in Jesus Christ!
Matthew 10:32-33 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
In reading through the scriptures this morning I found something very interesting, having to do with the word “deny” in the above verses.
These two verses are tucked away in the middle of a long “command” given by Jesus to His 12 “disciples” (and that is a very important word in light of the last commandment given in this gospel, MATTHEW 28: 19-20).
Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing (G3853) them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; (emphasis added)
The word “instructing”, in this writer’s opinion, is a rather weak translation when you look at the Greek;
G3853 παραγγέλλω paraggellō par-ang-gel’-lo
From G3844 and the base of G32; to transmit a message, that is, (by implication) to enjoin: – (give in) charge, (give) command (-ment), declare.
I say that because of another Greek word that was used for “commanded” in MATTHEW 28:20 (if you don’t know this verse by heart you should read it);
G1781 ἐντέλλομαι entellomai en-tel’-lom-ahee
From G1722 and the base of G5056; to enjoin: – (give) charge, (give) command(-ments), injoin.
Now, what I get out of this is, all of the things Jesus “commanded” the 12 disciples to do as they were “sent out” (MATTHEW 10) – He commanded ALL of His disciples (present & future)(MATTHEW 28:19-20) to “teach” others to “observe G5083” (another very interesting Greek word) all that I “commanded” you;
G5083 τηρέω tēreō tay-reh’-o
From τηρός teros (a watch; perhaps akin to G2334); to guard (from loss or injury,
properly by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), that is, to note (a prophecy; figuratively to fulfil a command); by implication to detain (in custody; figuratively to maintain); by extension to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively to keep unmarried): – hold fast, keep (-er), (ob-, pre-, re) serve, watch. (Emphasis added)
To sum all of this up, and, to tie in the title of this post ARE WE LIVING IN DENIAL ABOUT DENIAL…..I can’t help but wonder what part of “commanded” we misunderstand. If Jesus said that He would deny us before the Father if we didn’t follow His “commands”, I would think He really means what He says. He “commanded” His “disciples” (all of them present & future) to do something……and then reassured them that HE would be a constant, watchful GUARD over them as they did it. I am wondering if we really are in “denial” about all of this…..including verse 10:33! Maybe a better title would be ARE WE LIVING IN
DENIAL ABOUT DENYING HIM BEFORE MEN!