Monday, January 2, 2017

Even Some with Discernment Will Stumble - Part II


Continuing with the previous post, I'd like to address some of the specific deceptions and errors I see popping up in the remnant Christian community. With one exception, I'm not going to name names because I don't want to create ill will or more more divisions in the body. 

Deception #1: If someone disagrees with me, telling him that he might not be a Christian or might lose his salvation if he doesn't agree will really get my point across.

No, what you are doing is akin to condemning someone. Jesus said:

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned." - Luke 6:37

Yes, we should stand up for truth and righteousness and correct others (and ourselves) when necessary. It is true to say that Jesus is the only way to the Father and those who do not believe in Jesus stand condemned already, but it is something else to consign people to hell because they disagree with a particular theological issue.

Our ministry on earth is to follow in the footsteps of Christ. This is the ministry of reconciliation and salvation, not condemnation:

"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." - John 3:17

God will certainly judge all of us. But that's his job, not ours.

Deception #2: I have the gift of prophecy, so my prophetic words, dreams or visions are direct revelation from God and not subject to the Scriptures.

No. Any prophetic word that contradicts the Scriptures is not from God. Period. It might originate from your own imagination, or it might be "second heaven chatter" that was slipped into your mind by demons and fallen angels. We are all mortals living in fleshly bodies who can make mistakes. The devil is tricky, tricky, tricky.

God is not the author of confusion. His words do not contradict themselves and do not change. They stand forever.

All prophetic revelations and interpretations should be weighed against the totality of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. If it doesn't fit, throw it out.

Deception #3: Donald Trump is God's chosen man to restore America and we are getting a reprieve.

If America is getting a reprieve, then perhaps the Lord owes Nineveh an apology, because they actually had to repent from wickedness to get a reprieve, but America has not! 

"Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk; and he cried out and said, 'Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.' Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them...

When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it." - Jonah 3:4-5,10

The only way to delay or lessen God's judgment is REPENTANCE. That does not mean going to church or saying a prayer or voting for Trump. That means we have a change of heart and stop doing the evil things that offend God. America has not done this!

What bothers me so much about the Christian leaders who are promoting Trump and the idea of America getting a reprieve is that their position contradicts the Scriptures. 

When the (in)famous fireman's prophecy from Mark Taylor was announced earlier this year about Trump being God's chosen man to make America great again, I had recently read Jeremiah 28 and the story of the false prophet Hananiah. The Lord impressed on my heart that I was witnessing the same kind of false prophecy today.

God had declared to Judah that King Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon would destroy the nation and carry away the people into exile for 70 years. This was his will and the punishment for Israel's long period of rebellion against him. In fact, it would have gone easier for the Israelites if they had just submitted to captivity, but instead they rebelled against that too and were crushed by Babylon's army.

The false prophet Hananiah announced that God had changed his mind and would break the yoke of Babylon and make Judah great again. But God's real prophet Jeremiah rebuked him, and the Lord took Hananiah's life a couple months later.

I tell you what - you couldn't pay me a million dollars to stand in the shoes of these people making false prophecies about Trump. 

It's true that God has used Trump to expose some of America's sins, but that doesn't mean he was chosen to restore it. The Lord keeps leading my wife and me to 1 Samuel 8, where the people of Israel told the prophet Samuel that they wanted a king instead of prophets to judge them. The Lord said, "They have rejected Me from being king over them." Trump is like a King Saul. He is a test for Christians in America: Will they prefer to follow a man, or will they listen and yield to the voice of the Lord?

And don't get me started about the heaps of evidence that say Trump is NOT what he says he is. 

Deception #4: Since the word for God in Genesis 1 (Elohim) is different from the word for God in Genesis 2 (Jehovah Elohim), it means that Satan and the fallen angels created mankind in their image.

This is not true. There are many words for God in the Old Testament and Elohim is definitely one of them. Just because the word elohim can also refer to magistrates or angels, as in Psalm 82, doesn't mean that Satan and his angels created us in his image.

In fact, the Apostle Paul referred to Satan as a "god":

 "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving..." - 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

This is a reference to Satan's worldly influence and authority during this age, at least until Jesus Christ shows up on a white horse with a sword to deal with him. It doesn't mean Satan created anything. Satan can manipulate creation for his twisted purposes, and even contributed to the corruption of mankind, but he didn't create anything.

Paul also clarified that we are created in God's image:

"For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God..." -2 Corinthians 11:7


Therefore, men and women are created in the image of God, the Lord God, the Creator God.

Deception #5: During the birth pangs or tribulation, a select group of Christians will receive glorified (immortal) bodies and walk the earth with invincible power.

This does not line up with Bible prophecies about the end times. It also presents a temptation to pride, if we start thinking we are God's elite superheroes instead of his humble servants.

Yes, the saints will receive glorified bodies, but we won't walk the earth with those bodies until Jesus Christ returns on a white horse leading the armies of heaven to vanquish the beast, the kings of the earth and their armies. I believe we will be part of Jesus' triumphant heavenly army. In Revelation 19, notice that the bride and the heavenly army are dressed with "fine linen, white and clean." The bride are also soldiers! The description of the Lord's army in Joel 2 also suggests glorified bodies.

The Apostle Paul revealed the mystery of our bodies becoming immortal, as they would have been before the fall in the Garden of Eden:

"Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality." - 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

Note that some Christians will still be alive on the earth at this event. It is associated with the "last trumpet" and concurrent with the resurrection of the just. Here is another description of the same event:

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord." -
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

After the trumpet sound and, by implication, our bodies are changed, we will meet the Lord in the air and will always be with him. It does not say we will continue walking the earth, but that we will remain with the Lord.

After Satan (the dragon) and his angels are thrown to earth in Revelation 12, they will persecute the saints (the woman):

"And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent." -

Revelation 12:13-14
 
But after a short while, the persecuted saints will be delivered from the presence of the serpent. Since Satan will inhabit the earth at that time, the place of deliverance must be somewhere other than earth. Heaven? In any case, this description of events does not support the notion of immortal superheroes vanquishing Satan and his ranks on earth (before Jesus Christ returns on the Day of the Lord). The saints will not be defenseless, having the power of God's Spirit and the authority of Christ, but will not be immortal either.


By the way, the reference to wings of an eagle and the wilderness are an allusion to how God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, including the just-in-time rescue of parting the Red Sea, and bringing them to the presence of God on Mt. Sinai:

"Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, 'Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: "You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself."'" - Exodus 19:3-4

Furthermore, the following verses speak to the overwhelming power of the beast over even the saints during the Great Tribulation, which contradicts the idea of invincible, immortal Christians on the earth:

"There was given to him [the beast] a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him... It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him." - Revelation 13:5,7

"'How long will it be until the end of these wonders?' I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed." - Daniel 12:6-7


The deception of immortal Christians on earth before the Day of the Lord reinforces a doctrine which some refer to as "the manifest sons of God" or "shining ones" teaching: 

http://www.letusreason.org/latrain1.htm 

This doctrine appeared recently at Dan Duval's Bride Ministries and apparently led to pride, deceit and occult practices: 

http://beyondthephysical.blogspot.com/2016/12/why-i-left-bride-ministries.html 

Since I made several positive references to Dan Duval's ministries on my blog in the past, I feel obligated to call this out and say I don't support or condone that ministry anymore.



1 comment:

Stig-Ove said...

I have to say Mike that this is the writing of a man with you know what of steel 💪🏻

Presence in the flesh until the time the Lord Calls one home delivering the gospel as opportunity presents itself is a Christian way of going. Great going Mike!