As Sodom and Gormorrah

Jer 23:14  I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. [1-2]

Eze 13:22  Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life

Jer 28:15  Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie
Jer 28:16  Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD. 

Deu 13:4  Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 
Deu 13:5  And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. 

Who are the prophets today? Well, there are actual prophets but even ministers of the Gospel and any believer can prophesy the word of God. A prophet is someone who hears or sees what the will of God is and then speaks it forth. Every minister or pastor also speaks forth the words and will of God, at least they’re supposed to. Therefore, they too have been entrusted by God to faithfully speak forth His word and His will to the people. But, if they don’t speak forth God’s true word they are guilty of speaking LIES in God’s name and leading His people astray.

Dear people of God, isn’t that just what’s happening in many if not most of our churches right now? The ministers or priests and prophets alike are speaking forth LIES in God’s name when they tell people that it’s all right to go on sinning and committing all manner of FORNICATION, including living in perverted sexual relationships, because God is love and therefore He looks the other way! Not so! While it’s true that God is loving and merciful, He is also Holy and will not lower His standards of righteousness for anyone. If God did that, no one would be saved from their sin or from God’s wrath (anger and judgment of impenitent sinners). Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 
Psa 19:8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Our churches are not only allowing sexual perversions in their midst like gay and lesbian unions, but they’re saying that it’s as holy in God’s sight as heterosexual unions. But they lie, for God’s word says that such unions and relationships are foul and disgusting in His sight calling such acts an Abomination. So when priests or ministers say it’s OK to live in these types of relationships contrary to what God says about them, aren’t these ministers speaking lies? Aren’t they guilty of “teaching rebellion against the Lord,” and “making the people to trust in lies?”

All such ministers “strengthen the hands” of the gays, lesbians, transgendered, etc. – by promising them life and peace which is contrary to what God says will happen to unrepentant sinners. In Progressive (ultra liberal) churches, which I call Rainbow churches because they “affirm” the LGBT lifestyles, the congregants are led to walk around the sanctuary to “wish one another PEACE,” sometimes shaking hands and/or hugging. In such churches you hear the terms “love and peace” but never “sin, judgment, or holiness.” They teach a lopsided, soft-bellied, weak-minded God who hasn’t enough pluck to correct His wayward children. What utter poppycock. God is neither weak-minded nor lopsided and definitely WILL send correction to his children, but the impenitent and impudent sinners who flaunt their sin as in Gay Pride, are going to suffer His wrath unless of course they repent (turn from their sin to right living according to God’s word, not men’s ideas).

God will not be mocked! Whatever a man sows he will reap. Everyone will be rewarded according to his deeds; the righteous will inherit eternal life, the wicked eternal death – Gal 6:7  Do not deceive yourselves; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows that shall he also reap. 
Gal 6:8  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that sows in the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. 

You ministers are in serious trouble with the Lord if you teach men to rebel against God’s righteous commands. It’s a false sense of security and a false peace that you give them as you tell them their sin will never be punished. If they remain in their sin, “won’t return from their wickedness,” they will suffer the torments of Hellfire and you will too, for teaching them to rebel against God. Repent or else God will remove your lampstand – Rev 2:5  Remember, therefore, from where thou art fallen and repent and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy lampstand out of its place, except thou repent. 

The world is definitely going mad and so too are many of God’s ministers and prophets who claim to speak for God but who speak lies in His name. They have become as Sodom and Gomorrah in His sight.

Debra R. Stout, June 9, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] Sodom = “burning” BDB Definition: 1) a Canaanite city, usually paired with Gomorrah, located in the area of the Dead Sea and the Jordan river; both cities destroyed by God in judgment
Strong’s: From an unused root meaning to scorch; burnt (that is, volcanic or bituminous) district; Sedom, a place near the Dead Sea: – Sodom.
[2] Gomorrah = “submersion” BDB Definition: 1) the twin-city in evil with Sodom, both destroyed in judgment by God with fire from heaven; 1a) of iniquity (figuratively)
Strong’s: From H6014; a (ruined) heap; Amorah, a place in Palestine: – Gomorrah.

What’s the Lie of 2 Thess. 2:11?

 

In the end times Jesus warned that that many would believe “a lie,” what was that lie? Could it be that the lie is “once saved always saved?” The way it works is that if you say a prayer inviting Jesus into your heart, no matter how you live after that, you’ll bypass God’s Judgment and go to heaven when you die. Could the ‘eternal security’ or ‘once saved always saved’ doctrine be the “lie” of which Jesus spoke?

I think it is, because there are more than 3 witnesses (scriptures) in the Bible which clearly state that if/when one forsakes (abandons) the Lord, He in turn will forsake that person. Here they are —

2Ch 15:2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you

2Ch 24:20  And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you

1Ch 28:9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever

Deu 31:16 – 18   And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. 

Jdg 10:13 &14  Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. 

Jdg 2:11 – 14  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 

If those verses aren’t enough to convince you, consider that in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent was tempting Adam and Eve, what did he promise them?

He promised them that if they ate of the forbidden fruit, they would not only gain knowledge of good and evil, but that they would NOT die as Yehovah had warned them —-

Gen 3:1 – 5  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil

Now compare that passage with the following New Testament passage —

2Th 2:2 & 3  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 

2Th 2:7 – 12  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

For the sake of those who don’t know who the Restrainer is (because they don’t read their bibles enough!), it’s Michael the Archangel. Right after Michael is ”taken out of the way” (stops holding back iniquity) that Wicked one will be revealed to the world. Also, notice that the “day of Christ” cannot be “at hand” (immanent!) UNTIL the Anti-Christ is revealed. Once the Anti-Christ is revealed to the world, THEN Christ’s coming is immanent, but not before.

What is the “strong delusion?” Feminine of G4108 (as abstraction); objectively fraudulence; subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety: – deceit, to deceive, delusion, error. [Strong’s] 2a1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion; 2b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting; 2c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

The LIE then has something to do with deceit, fraud (fraudulent teaching perhaps?), wrong opinion re morals or religion, error — AND PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS DEFINITION —- and “straying from orthodoxy and piety.

Dear reader, isn’t that exactly where the Church at large is today? Could you honestly say that it hasn’t STRAYED from orthodoxy and piety? Piety is the quality of being religious or reverent.

Orthodoxy is (from Greek ὀρθοδοξία orthodoxía “right opinion”) is adherence to correct or accepted creeds, especially in religion. In the Christian sense the term means “conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early church.” [1]

  1. Adhering to the accepted or traditional and established faith, especially in religion.
  2. Adhering to the Christian faith as expressed in the early Christian ecumenical creeds. [2] 

Orthodoxy is the belief in the standards of accepted and true doctrines taught in the Bible. That which is orthodox agrees with Biblical teaching and the interpretation of the Christian Church. [3]

Over several decades I’ve seen the Church “stray” from the “reverence” of God and His Word, and from the sound doctrines of the faith, which have been taught and accepted for many centuries. What has brought this about is the “mystery of iniquity” which has been “at work” since the Fall of Mankind in the Garden of Eden. Just what is the “mystery of iniquity?” For those who haven’t studied the Bible, it is the “condition of being without law, because of being ignorant of it, or violating it; it is “contempt and violation of law, also wickedness.” [Thayer’s Greek Def.] From G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: – iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness. [Strong’s]

The Church has strayed from orthodoxy by adopting ‘new’ doctrines (beliefs) and practices unsupported by Scripture like employing ‘gay’ ministers and not preaching against ‘sin’ anymore in their services. At the same time, churches show little to no ‘reverence’ for God as they thumb their noses at God’s precious Law – His Torah or teachings in both Old and New Testaments. Actually, there shouldn’t be a demarcation between the two testaments; there should be just one testament with no dividing it in two! It was men who decided to divide God’s Word into two testaments, and it was men who decided to divide it into numbered chapters and paragraphs.  Aside from this, I’ve seen congregants in many churches treat the holy things of God ‘lightly’ which shows irreverence towards them! Real believers show ‘respect’ for God, His true ministers, and for His Word (all of it!). True believers don’t treat the holy things of God lightly but “tremble” at His words and show respect for His Presence in and among them. Yahweh has left many churches because of their stubborn refusal to heed His commands and correction – 

Pro 1:23 – 36  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. 

Now, I will put it all together for you. The “lie” being told believers in these last days, is akin to the lie Satan told Eve in the Garden – that they can disobey God’s law and not die (eternally) as a result! Since the Fall, men are born having a natural bent towards “going their own way” falsely believing that they can live independently from God and not suffer negative consequences for it. Yahweh God makes it very clear throughout the bible, that disobedience to His commands carries penalties, even everlasting death. Men who don’t see this are blinded by their lust.

Gays, lesbians, trans-genders (effeminate) and those who approve of them are in trouble! — 1Co 6:9 -10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God

The following passage describes those who in the blindness of their lusts ARE DECEIVED into thinking that they SHALL HAVE PEACE despite “walking according to the “IMAGINATION OF THEIR HEARTS” —-

Deu 29:19  And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 

Notice what the LORD says will happen to him who does this —

Deu 29:20  The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. 

Compare with Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Rom 1:24 – 27 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 

Notice in the first verse the word “lie” is pertaining to “changing the truth of God” or exchanging that truth for a lie — “changed, change, or changing” From G3326 and G236; to exchange: – change. Also, “to make different” [Strong’s] “truth” 1b) what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth [Thayer’s Def.]

Dear reader, isn’t that what many churches are doing today, changing and or exchanging God’s truth for man-made lies, adopting the doctrines of devils??

1Ti 4:1 & 2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 

In case you were wondering, a conscience seared with a hot iron (or cauterized) is no longer sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s conviction or influence, and is therefore no longer able to distinguish between good and evil – the very promise Satan made to Adam and Eve in the Garden!!

See what a LIAR Satan is? He promised Adam and Eve that if they partook of his forbidden knowledge they would know both good and evil like God did. That word “know” is “yada” which has a broad variety of applications, one of which is to be able to DISTINGUISH between one thing and another!  [Brown-Driver-Briggs Heb. Def.’s] I suggest you look the term up for yourself and get used to doing that, so you can “rightly divide” the Word of God.

Satan LIED big time to Adam and Eve when he tempted them in the Garden of Eden. Satan actually told them two lies, the first being that if they partook of the forbidden knowledge or fruit, they wouldn’t die. The second lie was that not only would they not die, but they would be like God, able to distinguish for themselves (without God’s input) what’s good from what’s evil – (Gen. 3:5).

But you see, when men stray from God’s instructions and persist in going their own way, they eventually become insensitive to God’s voice so they can no longer hear Him. Their consciences become “seared” (cauterized) or hardened so they cannot respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and are lost. This can even happen to a born again believer who “falls away” —

Luk 8:11 – 14  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 

Heb 6:4 – 6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 

Far too many in the church today treat God and His Word “lightly” and in some cases, with disdain. They do this by “changing” or exchanging God’s words with lies, and by making themselves the ultimate authority on what’s right and what’s wrong. In essense, ungodly men end up worshiping themselves (the creature) instead of the Creator – Rom 1:25.

Many have made or are making the fatal choice to “go their own way,” thus rejecting God’s instructions, commands, and laws. They’ve been deceived by their own lusts and by Satan into believing that they don’t need God or His law, that they can go it alone and be just fine.

Dear reader I strongly urge you to take stock of your life in light of God’s holy Word to see if your words and actions line up with its precepts or not. If not, the time to change that is now, not tomorrow, for tomorrow may be too late –  Luk 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee….

Don’t be fooled by Satan, or blinded by your own lusts, the Day of the Lord’s wrath will come! Don’t wait until that day to repent of your rebellion against God’s law, for it will be too late then – Rev 22:11  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. There comes a time when the opportunity for repentance runs out – Luk 13:25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 

False dependence on Church privileges –

In the eyes of Him who “seeth not as man seeth,” who readeth the heart and weigheth actions in the balances of the sanctuary, the worker of iniquity is not only the man who disregards religion and commits open wickedness; but also he who, if he avoid certain sins, avoids them not because he fears God or is constrained by Christ’s love, and who, if motives were analyzed, would be found to have regard to the good opinion of the world, rather than to the will and the glory of Him who called him into being.

You must search your hearts. You must see whether God be first in your hearts; whether your great fear be the fear of offending Him—your great desire, the desire of pleasing Him; whether “old things have passed away,” and “new things”—new tendencies, new upon outward privileges. “The kingdom of God is within you.”

I do not depreciate the means of grace. The “workers of iniquity” may be those who delight in sermons and never miss a sacrament.” “There are multitudes who will go a long way towards heaven and then stop short. They will give up everything but one thing for Christ, and therefore are they near heaven; but they keep that one, and therefore must they be excluded at the last. Almost believers upon earth, they are almost guests at the marriage-supper above.

I would that this might warn you; that this might startle you. If there are any of you who are resting on outward duties and privileges, and have not given your hearts to the Lord, oh! do not shrink from self-examination; be not afraid to know the worst. The “Master of the house” hath not yet “risen up and shut to the door.” You may still secure for yourselves admission at the last. (H. Melvill, B. D. ) [The Biblical Illustrator]

Sobering words, I know, but necessary in light of the times we’re living in. I pray you won’t ignore or treat lightly these warnings in God’s Word but will hear them and be saved from His wrath when He comes to judge the whole earth. Rev 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (The meaning here is, that, as Christians are clothed with the garments of righteousness, they should not lay them aside, so that their spiritual nakedness should be seen. – Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible) Heb 10:26&27  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 

The “lie” spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 11, is that a person can keep on sinning after receiving knowledge of the truth (God’s Word) and still go to heaven – the eternal security, once saved always saved (false) doctrine! It’s akin to the “lie” Satan told Adam and Eve in the Garden, “You shall not die.” Don’t fall for it!

May the FEAR OF GOD return to the Church before the Day of His Wrath comes.

Debra R. Stout ©  April 20, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodoxy

[2] https://www.thefreedictionary.com/orthodox

[3] https://carm.org/dictionary-orthodoxy

Good teachings on the Falling Away — 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAslQqrWpfM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kX8O8OAcJ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bulg4mCHLEs

http://fgcp.org/content/how-identify-false-church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWeUNoR30_0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2eztrXGLtQ

Are Christians supposed to be grabbing their crotches?  

 

Dense Darkness & Resurrection-Rapture Dream

In this dream I was wandering about, crying and praying very hard due to the deep darkness enveloping everything around. The darkness was so dense I could barely see, but heard people crying and calling out to God in much distress and perplexity. Like me they were wailing, “How long is this going to last?” Then I saw many souls rise up from the ground with their arms lifted upwards as they flew away into the sky. Their forms were all white, what we often refer to as ‘ghosts’ which are the spirits of people who have died. In the dream an angel put an all white gown or tunic on me and told me to wait for the others. There the dream ended or that’s all I remembered when I woke up.

I had this dream in either 1975 or 76 as I was getting ‘saved,’ but never shared or posted it anywhere, until now. As with other significant dreams and events, I wrote the dream down in my journal. I wasn’t sure but thought it might have been a sneak preview of the Resurrection and simultaneous Rapture of believers. Please note that I don’t hold a Pre-Trib. Rapture position as I believe the Scriptures best support a Mid-Trib. or Pre-Wrath Rapture [1] which is going to occur AFTER the Resurrection of the Righteous Dead

1Th 4:15 – 17, For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not precede them who are asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Do you see it? The “dead in Christ” arise FIRST, THEN those in Christ who are alive when He appears. The First Resurrection (of the Just) and the Rapture of the living saints happen simultaneously, meaning one right after the other, or at least there’s a very short time lapse between these two events.

The Left Behind book and movie series has given Christians a false hope about escaping the Antichrist and the tumultuous Great Tribulation just ahead of us. This erroneous teaching has caused many Christians to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture that will not come to pass. Many will be disillusioned and fall away at that time. However, there is a biblical way of escape that offers real hope, but it’s not the pre-tribulation rapture! – [1]

How wonderful it is to be a blood-bought child of God; those who put their trust in God, live according to His Word, and have been “washed in the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus)” have a glorious future in His Eternal Kingdom. How terrifying and awful it will be for those who refuse Christ’s gracious offer of Salvation and as a result will be cast into the blazing furnace of Hell – Rev 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Related Scriptures – Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Luke 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for apprehension of those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

God means every word He’s ever spoken! Now is the only time you have to choose where you’ll be spending eternity. “Choose Life, not death,” said Yahweh. Obey God’s laws and make Jesus your Lord and savior – today! You must be Born Again to be a child of God. For more information on how to be Born Again (born of God’s Spirit) read John 3:3 & 7, and 1 Peter 1:23 to get understanding. You may also write me at soareeng.eagle@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to answer any questions re this process, and or guide you through it.

Debra R. Stout

Footnote:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG_622aRMZ8

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLOSIONS DREAM

MARCH 23, 2019

Upon awakening this morning I instantly recalled this dream in which I heard consecutive explosions outside the building I and a few other people were in. The explosions came at intervals every few minutes and they were loud. I knew that they were not caused by natural phenomena but were of human origin, most likely bombs being dropped from the air.

I heard a man announcing that everyone was to stay indoors and not go near any windows or doors. He was also telling people that if they gave their allegiance to the powers that be, they would be spared and taken away from the holocaust [1] to a safe place, otherwise they would be left to endure it. The announcer was one of the soldiers or national guardsmen (wearing camouflage uniforms) who were putting people into some kind of large vehicles, trucks I believe, to be taken away somewhere [3]. I saw a civilian man hurriedly stepping into one of them.  

Since the atmosphere outside was filled with thick dark smoke and debris from the explosions, I wasn’t able to physically see what was going on, but saw it all with my spiritual sight.

While this was taking place, I was standing inside a large building of some sort. A man was lying near the crack beneath a door, and I asked a woman standing nearby why he was doing that as wouldn’t he be breathing in some of the smoke seeping in from outside, and wouldn’t that be dangerous for him? She didn’t know why, and all I could think was that maybe he wanted to see and/or hear what was going on outside.

At that point, the Asian-looking woman standing nearby who I had just spoken to suggested that we go deeper into the building to hide. So she and I went to a higher floor to a room where she had been staying. Oddly, all the walls in that place, including the walls and bedding in her room were a soft white color. Her bedding was a bit askew. I had some snack food with me which consisted of just a cereal bar (I think) and a piece of fruit or something; that plus the clothing I had on is all I took with me. I was glad I had the snack food and although it wouldn’t last long, it was something at least. (Maybe having only a small amount of food meant that the holocaust wouldn’t last very long, or that more food would be provided once it was gone? I know my Lord will always provide for my needs and I don’t believe that he would allow me to starve).

In the dream I felt some alarm but also felt that the woman and I would be safe inside the building until the event was over. No time frame was given for this event. 

Debra R. Stout

Commentary:

What was the dream about? Possibly, a conflagration of some sort is coming in which I’ll be protected and provided for, along with my friend, whoever she is. Perhaps her being Asian is a hint that an Asian country, or people, is somehow involved?

I think it’s interesting that the soldiers were offering “safety” in exchange for a pledge of allegiance to a civil authority. That has a familiar ring to it does it not? It immediately brought to my mind that bible passage about “peace and safety” [2]. Note that some civilians were being ‘taken’ away while others were left, which reminds me of a bible passage in Matthew [3].  At the same footnote is a link to two videos offering a different view of this than what’s commonly heard, and is worth considering. Is there a possibility that we’ve misunderstood the meaning of  passages about those who are “taken” and those who are “left?” The Gospel of Luke 17:35-37 suggests that those “taken” away are killed and eaten by the eagles or technically, VULTURES. Thayer Definition: 1) an eagle: since eagles do not usually go in quest of carrion, this may refer to a vulture that resembles an eagle, 2) an eagle as a standard (Roman Military)

It’s a fact that nations are already exchanging their sovereignty and freedoms for a promise of “peace and safety” provided for of course, by the civil authorities! Americans have forfeited many of their rights and freedoms by allowing the civil authorities to take them away through various legislation like the Patriot and Homeland Security Acts, and others [4-5]. Benjamin Franklin, one of our Founding Fathers said, Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

What I find equally interesting is that some of the key provisions of the Patriot Act are due to EXPIRE at the end of this year (2019), at which time congress will vote on what to do about them.

The 2015 update, made in the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures about the extent of U.S. capture of bulk communications data, curbed the collection by the National Security Agency of bulk metadata. That update is scheduled to sunset in December, and one tech-minded member on the House Judiciary committee told FCW he wants the new Democratic majority to take another look at potential reforms to the law. [6]

Why haven’t we heard about this in the news? Maybe some of you have? I know that I have not. In light of finding this out, I suspect that my dream may in part be a type of foreknowledge about the upcoming battle in Washington re voting on certain provisions of the Patriot Act before December 2019, when they expire. It should be made a matter for prayer starting now until congress votes on those provisions in December. Dear Body of Christ, these matters of law affect us all, and prayer is our strongest weapon against tyranny.

Last night just before retiring I heard two words: “Hasmonean dialect.” I didn’t understand but thought it might be important so I wrote it down and forgot about it. I had also been very heavy hearted for several hours but didn’t know why (sometimes sudden inexplicable heaviness of spirit is a call to intercession) and I couldn’t stop crying until it lifted. For some reason I decided to look up Hasmonean dialect after writing this dream down today. Now I wonder if it has any connection to the dream which followed during the night, since that dialect is related to Jews originating in Central Asia [7]; the woman in my dream was Asian. If that is the case, the dream may be a call to pray for them and/or to avert a war in that region which might affect or be directed at the roughly 6, 500 of them now living in Asia. They may not seem important to some, but to God they are. Seeing how they’re of Israel, maybe from one of the Lost Tribes, God would want to protect and keep them through tribulation.

Among Bukharan Jews, there are two ancient theories of how Jewish people settled in Central Asia. One theory is that Bukharan Jews may be descended from the Tribe of Naphtali and the Tribe of Issachar of the Lost Tribes of Israel[7] who may have been exiled during the Assyrian captivity of Israel in the 7th century BCE.[8]

God may want America to provide for them somehow, maybe help them immigrate to Israel or America. As I was pondering this ancient Jewish population in Asia, I wondered if immigration laws might be the link between them and the dream since those laws could make it difficult for persecuted Jews (and Christians) to get out of places where they’re being persecuted and immigrate to countries where they’ll be safe. Did you know that not so long ago our government refused to allow persecuted Christians into the USA?

Even as U.S. policies continue to lead to massacres of Christian communities throughout the Middle East, members of those communities are having a difficult time escaping the destruction.

“Christians are being refused refugee status and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under … sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the US by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution,” noted Pamela Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and of Stop Islamization of America.

But how could the situation have become so dire? While not all analysts agree, at the very least, it has become clear that the fate of Christians and Christianity is low on the U.S. government’s agenda. And without an outcry, that is unlikely to change.

“Our government’s policies in the Middle East are a reflection of our government’s policies at home. The war on Christianity in public life here at home in the schools and courthouses is manifested in the Middle East with the destruction of Christianity in the nations where we have been interfering,” said CEO Art Thompson of The John Birch Society, citing Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and other nations.

As predicted by innumerable experts, imposing “democracy” in Muslim-majority countries has been a disaster for Christians. Asked for an example of U.S. foreign policy benefiting Christians, a senior official with the USCIRF could not name one. Christianity has managed to survive in the Middle East for 2,000 years without U.S. government intervention. But if current trends continue, the religion of Christ could very well be eradicated in the region of its birth within the next few decades. And unfortunately, America will bear at least part of the responsibility. [8]

Do you realize that last paragraph is an indictment against American foreign policy which is covertly contributing to the extermination of Christians and Christianity throughout the world, according to many experts? Body of Christ, we need to pray for our persecuted brethren! I highly recommend Pamela Geller’s website, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, and Stop Islamization of America [9] as a place to start educating yourself about this ongoing holocaust, the extermination of Christians and Jews by those who hate them both. Besides praying for them, we can support organizations which expose the ongoing holocaust with our dollars, along with those elected officials who defend the religious rights of Christians and Jews. We can keep raising our voices against religious persecution of Christians and Jews around the world. We have collective power, it’s just that we’ve been bullied into silence and submission by slick-talking politicians who put their personal interests first. It’s time we show some “hutzpah” and pester them until they heed our demands! [10]   

Debra R. Stout

Footnotes:

[1] A holocaust is an event in which there is a lot of destruction and many people are killed, especially one caused by war. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/holocaust

[2] 1Th 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. In this video a prophetess sees “peace” being taken from the world (April 2019) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB6FfteLK1o

[3] Mat 24:37 -42  But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Click on links to hear a different view of those who are ‘taken’ vs. those who are ‘left’ –  http://[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CojtbN3n1Bw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG_622aRMZ8

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Patriot_Act The Act was opposed by only one vote, the sole dissenting Senator being Russ Feingold[27] who found a number of measures objectionable or troubling. Feingold’s concerns included the way that the bill was passed,[28] aspects of the wiretapping provisions, the changes to search and seizure laws,[29] the expanded powers under FISA that allowed law enforcement to gain access to business records[30] and the changes to detention and deportation laws for immigrants.”[30]

[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act Russell Feingold, in a Senate floor statement, claimed that the provision “falls short of meeting even basic constitutional standards of due process and fairness [as it] continues to allow the Attorney General to detain persons based on mere suspicion.”

[6] https://fcw.com/articles/2019/01/24/fisa-lieu-judiciary-update.aspx

[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bukharan_Jews (The excerpt is found under History; 2nd paragraph)

[8] https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/10970-christian-massacres-a-result-of-us-foreign-policy

[9] https://afdi.us/

[10] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hutzpah “supreme self-confidence NERVEGALL.” It took a lot of chutzpah to stand up to him the way she did.

WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE

CHRIST AS BRIDEGROOMFather God is coming for a church that’s “without spot or wrinkle,” Eph 5:25 – 27  “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, [1] or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” [2]

What does this mean? This speaks of a church that’s pure within and without, a church that has overcome sin and is separated from the world, meaning that although it exists in the world, it’s not OF the world. Rev 2:7  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Rev 2:17  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” 2Co 6:17  “Therefore, come out from among them, and be separate, says Adonai. Touch no unclean thing. Then I will take you in.” 

Every true church is in the process of making itself “pure” and “holy” for without holiness no man shall see the Lord [Heb 12:14]. God means every word He’s ever spoken and it’s the utmost foolishness to think otherwise. This is a huge problem in the Body of Christ today, far too many individual believers mistake God’s patience for liberality – an ‘anything goes’ mentality! And what a BIG mistake it is, for God will not be mocked – Gal 6:7  “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gal 6:8  “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” 

Contrary to popular opinion, God gets upset about the sin, gross immorality, and corruption that’s overrunning many churches these days – Psa 7:11  “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” Sin has consequences – Jas 1:15  “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” which is one reason why God will implement every measure He can to free us from sin.

God the Father gave me a prophetic word-picture (in my mind) of this recently when some food dropped onto one of my favorite shirts which left a grease spot on it. Aghast, I hurriedly wet a paper towel with cold water and rubbed the spot hoping I could remove it, but no luck. So I tried the cold water technique again, along with some laundry detergent, but that didn’t work either. Close to tears at that point, and upset with myself for getting the shirt soiled, I kept rubbing and adding more detergent to the spot. As I was doing this, I heard a familiar Voice from within softly say, “See how diligently you’re trying to remove that spot, and how upset you are that it’s there. Now you know how I feel when I see spots on my Bride’s garment (soul) and how I will do everything possible to remove them so that I may have a spotless bride!”

That’s how God speaks sometimes. It’s a prophetic way of seeing things and events. God may be trying to tell you something through an ordinary happening in your life – are you listening? If you have a listening ear, you’ll hear Him speak. Being preoccupied with the mundane we’re often not paying attention to the spiritual aspects of our lives, so God speaks to us through mundane events to reveal something in a tangible, unforgettable way. While He could have just told me how upset He was to see spots on His Bride’s garment, it was more effective and memorable for me that He used a real-life situation to illustrate the point.

By the way, the spots being referred to in this passage and elsewhere in scripture, are sins which haven’t yet been overcome and forsaken. They could be any kind of sin. Sin has a defiling effect on whatever it touches – Mat 15:19  “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Mat 15:20  “These are the things which defile a man…..” but the Blood of Jesus washes away the sins of those who believe in Christ and receive Him as their Lord and Savior. 1Jn 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

After God spoke to me, I felt humbled and sorrowful for the spots on my garment and repented of all sin in my life that I knew of. After naming and asking forgiveness for each one, I felt clean, as if someone took a brush and scrubbed the inside of me. God’s peace then flooded my soul to the point where I felt I had no need of anything or anyone but Him. Oh glory! There’s no place more beautiful, more holy, more peaceful, more secure, or more satisfying than the presence of Almighty God Jehovah. Let the world pass away and everything in it, the everlasting Kingdom of Heaven has everything I need and want. In the mighty Name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) I pray that everyone who reads this post will find true peace, joy, and life in Jesus who has been given the power to grant eternal life to those who believe in Him – 1Jn 5:11  “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1Jn 5:12  “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 

Seek Him now before the door is shut – Mt 25:10, Luke 13:25!

Debra R. Stout, March 22, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] “spot” = G4695 σπιλόω spiloō; From G4696; to stain or soil (literally or figuratively): – defile, spot.
[2] “without blemish” = G299 ἄμωμος amōmos; From G1 (as a negative particle) and G3470; unblemished (literally or figuratively): – without blame (blemish, fault, spot), faultless, unblameable.

What’s An Abomination Anyway?

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 

‘abomination’ = a foul thing, a detestable thing,1a) of idols and things pertaining to idolatry [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

‘filthiness of her fornication’ [Thayer’s Greek Def.] = impurity, illicit sexual intercourse, 1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. 1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18 1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mar_10:11-12 2) metaphorically the worship of idols, 2a) of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols (as in taking of the wafer or ‘host’ of communion in the Catholic church?) Is the communion wafer or host in any way connected to worship of Molech [1] or other false god? A golden cup” = [Thayer Definition] 1) a cup, a drinking vessel 2) metaphorically one’s lot or experience, whether joyous or adverse, divine appointments, whether favourable or unfavourable, are likened to a cup which God presents one to drink: so of prosperity and adversity. 

Jer 51:7  Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, ‘cup’ = often figuratively a lot (as if a potion); also some unclean bird, probably an owl (perhaps from the cup like cavity of its eye): – cup, (small) owl. [Strong’s Concordance] One’s ‘lot’ in life means one’s fate, what one has been handed.

The significance for Roman Catholics today in participating each week in the purely pagan ritual of celebrating the Eucharist of cannibalism offered to demons, has its own special significance. Whether you want to know it or not, Catholics are paying homage to the supreme demonic deities of the Catholic Church, the real gods hidden behind the facades of false worship.” [2] 

God told me very clearly one time after I had communion at a local Catholic shrine, that He didn’t want me doing that, for it was “an Abomination to Him!” In obedience to His Voice, I haven’t partaken of communion since that day God spoke so clearly to me. I wonder why it is that so many Christians don’t seem to have heard this pronouncement. At any rate, it’s clear that this ‘woman’ (a woman in Scripture used in this context is always referring to a church, a religious body) is full of ‘abominations, filthiness, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, and idolatry. Is not the Catholic church rife with these abominations? She is also the same church that persecuted the saints, being “drunken with their blood” – Rev. 17:6 The Catholic church has persecuted and murdered more ‘saints’ than any other entity in all of world history [3].

1Ki 14:24  And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 

Jdg 19:22  Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. (‘know’ = to know a person carnally in this instance)
Jdg 19:23  And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. 
Jdg 19:24  Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. 

‘sons of Belial’ = notice how God calls those who do this ‘vile’ acts are ‘sons of Belial’ – meaning the demonic spirit behind the acts, the demon who moves people to do them, is none other than Belial himself!
‘Belial’ = worthlessness, base, wicked
‘wickedly’ = bad, evil, injurious, displeasing, broken to pieces
‘know’ = in this instance means to know a person ‘carnally’ (or sexually)
‘vile’ = profane and immoral acts, disgraceful [Brown-Driver-Briggs Dictionary]
‘folly’ = same as vile.

We can see that God considers acts of sodomy to be ‘vile’ and ‘wicked,’ and that the demonic influence or demon spirit behind all such acts, be it sodomy or any other sexual perversion, is the principality Belial. 

Leviticus 18:22 – “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 20:13  – “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT ADVOCATE VIOLENCE OF ANY KIND AGAINST GAYS OR LESBIANS, ETC!! I include this verse only to show how seriously offensive this behavior was (and is) to God who gave the Law to Moses, and although we live in an age of Grace, there are still penalties for sin. Continuous illness and other troubles often plague habitual sinners, even Christians suffer in this way due to non-repentance of various sins. In addition, after the second resurrection of the unrighteous dead, Judgment will be meted to those who never repented of their sinning and never turned to Jesus Christ for forgiveness (Rev 21:7  & 28). The ‘putting to death’ of those who committed certain sins under the old covenant was done to keep the rest of the congregation from becoming corrupted. “The purity of God’s people in the Promised Land was vitally important, as was the continuance of bloodlines (one of which would lead to the Messiah). That is why God demanded the death penalty for those who engaged in homosexual intercourse.” [4] God wanted a HOLY people to call His own, and He hasn’t changed His mind about that – all who are called by His Name, are to be holy, as He is holy – Lev 20:26  You are to be holy to Me, for I, Adonai, am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, so that you would be Mine. [TLV]  1Th 4:7  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. Eph 5:3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. The application for today’s Christian communities, is that within their gates, sin is to be disciplined and eradicated, not accepted as normal! 1Co 5:13  But those who are outside, God judges. Put away the wicked fellow from among yourselves

God takes sin seriously! Homosexuals are not doing right in His eyes, neither are Lesbians – Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature….

Should we as Christians allow ourselves to be swayed by public opinion and the laws of the state that say there’s nothing wrong with Sodomy and other perverse sexual acts, when our Lord and Savior said otherwise? Are we to obey man’s law and thumb our noses at God’s law? 

Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Gal 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Simply put: If you’re a friend of the world then you cannot be a friend of God or of Christ. Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Church at Corinth – 1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 

Definition of reprove = confute, admonish: – convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove. Definition of rebuke = express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions, bring correction, scold. fellowship = From G4862 and G2841; to share in company with, that is, co-participate in: – communicate (have fellowship) with, be partaker of.

Did you get that? Christians are not only to not eat and have fellowship with fornicators, covetous, idolaters, etc., in the Church, but we are to tell them that what they’re doing is wrong in a ‘spirit of meekness’ – Gal 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. (God’s desires the full restoration of every soul! 2 Pet 3:9) Instead, what’s happening in most of our churches these days is that all manner of unclean sexual perversions like Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Transgenders and Bisexuals, are welcomed into the church and their sins are accepted as being normal. Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

“judgment” = condemnation of wrong, the sentence of a judge, the punishment with which one is sentenced
“death” = the misery of the soul arising from sin, which begins on earth but lasts and increases after the death of the body in hell
‘have pleasure’ = From G4862 and G2106; to think well of in common, that is, assent to, feel gratified with: – allow, assent, be pleased, have pleasure.

Isn’t that exactly what most Christian churches are doing these days – allowing and assenting to (agreeing with) behavior which Christ condemns in His Word?

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 
2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. *Note that any words you see in the Bible that are in gray italics were added by translators and were not in the original manuscripts.

unclean = morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean. [Strong’s Concordance Def.]

It’s plain as day that believers in Christ, who Paul was addressing in these passages, are to get away from everything that’s unclean and unholy. God calls Sodomy an “unclean, vile, foul, detestable, idolatrous ABOMINATION! In fact, anything that is worshiped other than the true God, is Idolatry according to the Bible, God’s Word. I guess that would include the holy communion ‘wafer’ which Catholics worship (adore) in the Catholic Mass. No, that tiny wafer is not Christ anymore than a plaster statue of Mary is really Mary. Those bowing down to the Eucharist in adoration are adoring a piece of bread that’s supposed to be the literal flesh of Christ via Transubstantiation [5], which is an Abomination! Sadly, many Catholics don’t read their bibles or have a personal relationship with God but unquestioningly believe whatever their priest tells them. Dear Catholic, if you’re reading this, please read a non-Catholic version of the bible and pray for understanding and for revelation. In the bible you’ll see that no man on earth has greater authority than God, even though the Pope makes such a claim [6] and ONLY God has the power to forgive men’s sins! 

Those who speak out against the LGBT and Rainbow movements are called “haters.” I know some will read this article and accuse me of not being compassionate or loving but which is more loving, telling someone the truth so that their soul may be saved, or keeping quiet so it ends up in Hell? Eph 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Eph 5:7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them. ⇐ Paul was telling Christians not to be partakers with those who commit these sins, and those listed in the following verse. 

Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 

“Same sex sins are listed along with other sins such as fornication, idolatry, covetousness and drunkenness. Same sex sins are dishonoring, repugnant sins but they are still forgivable. Surely, we have all been covetous at some point in our life, but that does not mean we are automatically going to hell. Scripture is not talking about a single event or many acts of sin, but an ongoing pattern of sin. God is talking about those who never come to Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit turn from their sin. We cannot do this on our own. We are totally dependent on God to stop.

1 Timothy 1:10. Same sex sins are not an acceptable, alternative lifestyle either. It is sin. Here is another passage.

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers . . . (NASB) 1 Timothy 1:8-11

It is clear that homosexuality is not the result of biological heredity. It is sin. God did not make these men and women homosexuals from birth. At its root, homosexuality flows out of the sinful nature of the individual given to it. It is a result of a rejection of God at some point in life. [7]

Not only is homosexuality NOT just another sin, it serves in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, as the primary symbol of end-stage rebellion against God triggering the outpouring of His wrath.  Moreover, the challenge to Biblical orthodoxy represented by an increasingly militant pro-homosexual culture serves as a key litmus test for whether believers will stand with God or the Antichrist in the last days.

It is incumbent upon remnant believers to warn the church against the heresy of “gay theology” and to boldly and forcefully advocate for the Biblical worldview on sexuality and the one-flesh paradigm. [8]

Therefore, let’s not allow ourselves to be swayed by men’s opinions. More importantly, let’s not allow ourselves to betray the One who gave His life for us so that we could be FREED not only from our sins, but from enslavement to the opinions of men that go against God’s heart, teachings, and laws. Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Our “liberty” is not the same liberty the world talks about, which is nothing more than license to sin in every way possible! 

Dear reader, if you or someone you know is in bondage to the sin of homosexuality, THERE IS HOPE in Jesus Christ who alone can deliver you from bondage. All you need do is turn to Him in repentance with Faith believing that He can set you free from this and any other sin and ask Him to save you, and HE WILL DO IT – Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. To hear testimonies of ex-homosexuals and lesbians click on link [12].

So, fellow believer, let’s walk in the LIBERTY given to us by Christ by which we’ve been set free from the world and its opinions to follow “every word of God” whereby we have LIFE! – Mat 4:4 ….It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  

May we be BOLD in our witness, and faithfully REPROVE the “works of darkness” until Shiloh (an epithet of the Messiah) comes again! Amen.

Debra R. Stout – February 16, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.biblelight.net/verita.htm

[2] http://humansarefree.com/2014/10/the-catholic-liturgy-is-satanic-ritual.html

[3] http://www.remnantofgod.org/beastword.htm

[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/homosexuality-death-penalty.html

[5] https://www.gotquestions.org/transubstantiation.html

[6] http://www.remnantofgod.org/beastword.htm

[7] https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-studies/topical-bible-studies/the-bible-on-same-sex-relations/

[8] http://www.scottlively.net/2014/12/26/the-forgotten-last-days-warning-about-homosexuality-in-the-bible/

This link wonderfully rounds out the topic, adding more in depth material from historical and biblical references. I strongly recommend that you read it for a fuller understanding of the history of Homosexuality and its cataclysmic consequences for societies which promoted and practiced it in the past. It is a sin which will bring God’s judgment.

[9] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgKpLEzZl_w

America is modern day SODOM; our children are being indoctrinated into Islam and major denominations are accepting LGBT’s in ministry, even removing biblical language that criticizes the LGBT life-style.

[10] http://www.hope-of-israel.org/homochristian.html

The causes of homosexuality are given in this video.

[11] http://www.hope-of-israel.org/homotruth.htm

[12] https://www.charismanews.com/us/76484-definitive-proof-jesus-can-set-you-free-from-homosexuality

 

 

 

 

SERVING ONE ANOTHER; THE TRUE SPIRIT OF GIVING

Volunteer, Volunteerism, Volunteering“In serving one another we become free,” is a line from the movie First Knight which is about King Arthur’s knights and round table of fame. It’s actually a good message for any generation and a true one. Many already know what it means and they live by it. It’s about serving one’s fellow man and how that service sets you free from being self-absorbed, or at least it can do that for those who serve with the right attitude and understanding. Some who serve do so with the goal of getting recognition from men, or to wield power over others. That’s not what Arthur had in mind, nor is it the right attitude.

The kind of service to others that blesses the giver as well as the recipient is serving others for the sake of helping one’s fellows, expecting nothing in return. Many have experienced the blessings that come from serving others in this manner, and once you get a taste of it, you’ll want more! One thing I’ve been shown, is that when you bless others the blessings always come back to you at some point. They may not come from the same person or place where you sowed your seed of blessing or in the same manner. They usually return to you from an unexpected source, at an unexpected time, in an unexpected way. Even so, that’s not the reason we should serve others. We serve others because in doing so “we become free,” or in other words, we are set free from self-centeredness and selfishness. A saying I love is what Jesus Christ told his followers, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” [1] That includes self-sacrifice of any kind, not only dying. When we serve others we in effect lay down our lives, giving of our resources, time, and energy.

To me, that’s what real freedom is. These days many believe it’s about being able to say or do whatever comes into their minds, but that kind of freedom is often self-serving and destructive! That kind of freedom doesn’t bless or set free, and it’s not the freedom our brave fore-fathers and mothers fought and died for on the world’s battlefields. Their service is a prime example of self-sacrificing service to others and it raises the bar, the standard of excellence, for the rest of us. The best way we can show them our gratitude is to follow their example by serving others with the same commitment, energy, and passion.

I like the idea of “becoming free” as a virtue we aspire to rather than as a right we’re born with. We aren’t born with a right to be free; we’re born to learn how to serve one another. We’re all given opportunities to acquire this kind of freedom and if we’re not serving others in some capacity whether large or small, then we’re not really living and we’re not truly FREE.

As I’ve once said, I’m not a big believer in making New Year’s resolutions, but this year I’m making an exception. My prayer and goal for 2019 is that it will be a year of LOVING AND SERVING our neighbors near and far. Jesus said that our neighbor is any man, woman, or child [2]. I believe that if everyone did this, the world would become a better place than it is at present. I know, some will say that’s impossible and won’t work because the world is only getting darker. At the root of that sense of futility often lays a life-time of negative experiences: broken promises, bitter disappointments, endless monotony, and unanswered prayers. Yet Jesus said that “All things are possible to him that believes.” [3] He never said that faith comes through our experiences, but through “hearing” His words! [4] Therefore, if we’re to have real faith, the kind that transforms darkness into light, we must “hear” His words, and true hearing isn’t just reading and quickly forgetting what we’ve read. When we truly hear His words, they will transform us so that we can become a blessing and a gift to the world – a veritable light in the darkness.

One last point; it’s easy to come up with a reason or reasons why you can’t serve God and your fellow man, but no matter what your station or condition is in life, you can find a way. Serving for the right reason brings blessings to both giver and receiver. Hear now the words of our Savior Jesus Christ who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” [5], and go do it!

Debra R. Stout © December 25, 2018

FOOTNOTES:

[1] John 15:13
[2] Luke 10:29-37
[3] Mark 9:23
[4] Romans 10:17
[5] Act 20:35  I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 

THE TWO WITNESSES OF REVELATION_Revised 4-17-19

Many think the Two Witnesses are going to be the prophets Moses and Elijah because they both appeared at the Transfiguration [Mt 17:1-3] with Jesus. Some believe they could be Elijah and Enoch as both went to heaven without dying. I believe Elijah is one of the two prophets, since Malachi prophesied that he would come before the Day of the Lord [Mal. 4:5-6], and because I have received a Word of Knowledge (a prophetic gift) that he is coming [http://spirit-wind.org/2015/04/set-a-place-for-elijah/]. Many believe Moses can’t be one of the two witnesses since he died and this one scripture says – Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 

However, there were people raised back to life in both Old and New Testaments thus necessitating their deaths more than once. That Hebrews 9 verse was a refutation of the Reincarnation belief that men are reborn over and over again. If that’s the case, then Moses could in fact be one of the Two Witnesses of the end times who come back to the earth three and a half years before Jesus Christ returns! [1] It makes sense when you look at the passages which tell of the miracles performed by these two prophets that are identical in both Old and New Testaments. More evidence for Moses and Elijah being the Two Witnesses is that Moses represents the Law of Yahweh, while Elijah represents the books of the Prophets. These things plus the fact that the scripture says that “fire proceeds” out of their mouths, and that they shall “call down fire” from heaven, and that they shall afflict the earth with plagues whenever they wish – the most obvious conclusion is that they must be men. 

Some think that the Two Witnesses are the Old and New Testaments, but how can either of those books “call down fire from heaven,” or “afflict the earth with plagues?” Besides, the scripture clearly states that these Two Witnesses are two “prophets” – Rev. 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 

Some believe that John the Baptist fulfilled the coming of Elijah based on the following. When God spoke through Malachi the prophet, He said that Elijah would come before He judged the world – 

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. [Malachi 4:5-6] When John the Baptist was born, an angel said that he would go before Christ, meaning John’s ministry would come first, in the spirit and power of Elijah – 

Luk 1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. Luk 1:17  And he shall go before him (Christ) in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Jesus said of John the Baptist – Mat 11:13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Mat 11:14  And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. *(Elias was the Greek rendering of Elijah.)

In Mt 11 Jesus is saying that John the Baptist was the one prophesied to come but as the angel explained in Luke 1, John would go “in the spirit and power” of Elijah, meaning that John would have the same mission and same anointing as Elijah, but was not himself the literal fulfillment of the prophecy that Elijah must come before the return of Jesus to the earth. When John was asked if he was Elijah to come, he flatly denied it, Joh 1:19  And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? Joh 1:20  And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. Joh 1:21  And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No

The question has been raised, are the two prophets literal individuals or possibly two groups of witnesses who stand with the Lord of all the earth in the end times just before Christ returns? 

Two olive trees are mentioned in the Old Testament book of Zechariah, as the ‘two anointed ones’ who stand by the Lord – 

Zec 4:2  And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 

Zec 4:3  And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. 

Zec 4:11  Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 

Zec 4:12  And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 

Zec 4:13  And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 

Zec 4:14  Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth (a thousand two hundred and threescore days is exactly 3 and 1/2 years).

Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Note how Zec 4:14 and this verse both say these ‘anointed ones’ STAND before God)

Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 

Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Men or angels could do this, but I don’t see how the Old and New Testaments could.

Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt (Jerusalem), where also our Lord was crucified. (Would also seem to be men, not books, and why just in Jerusalem?)

Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.  (Don’t see how this can be interpreted any other way than literally as only dead men’s bodies are placed into graves, and their dead bodies are seen by nations etc.) 

Rev 11:10  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 

Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. (Again, how could this be speaking of the two testaments of the bible?) 

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (Some have said this is referring to the Dark Ages when the clergy kept the Bible out of the hands of the common man; an allegorical interpretation).

Who or what are the Two Candlesticks and Two Olive Trees? 

Here we see that candlesticks in Scripture are a symbol for Christ’s churches – (Also Rev. 11:4)

Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks

Rev 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. 

Rev 2:1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 

The two olive trees are also mentioned in the New Testament book of Romans –

Rom 11:17  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 

Rom 11:18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 

Rom 11:19  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 

Rom 11:20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 

Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 

Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 

Rom 11:23  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 

Rom 11:24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 

The ”olive tree” is Abraham’s PHYSICAL SEED while the “wild olive tree” is Abraham’s SPIRITUAL SEED, the Gentiles who put their faith in Christ. 

Some say the Two Witnesses are two groups who testify and prophesy of Christ before the world in the end times, going forth in the “spirit and power of Elijah” just like John the Baptist did, carrying out the same mission as he, to “prepare” people for the Coming of the Lord Jesus — either believing Jews and Gentiles, Christians or Christian prophets, but are they correct? [2]

TO ESCAPE AND STAND —

In Luke Jesus was speaking about the end of the age and the signs, things that would be occurring that would signal His soon return – Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

‘stand’ = 2a) to stand by or near; 2b) to stand; 2b1) continue safe and sound, stand unharmed, to stand ready or prepared; 2b2) to be of a steadfast mind; 2b3) of quality, one who does not hesitate, does not waiver; 1b2) to stand, be kept intact (of family, a kingdom), to escape in safety (Thayer’s Greek Definitions)

Could not “to stand” also mean that these witnesses remain “steady, firm, steadfast, unwavering” in their faith as they go through the end time tribulation? To do so they would certainly have to be of “steadfast mind” people who “do not hesitate or waver.” The two witnesses are KILLED by Antichrist after they finish their testimonies, and after their bodies lie dead in the streets are brought back to life and ASCEND up to Heaven in the sight of their enemies – Revelation 11:7, 8, 9 & 11.  Where is there a pre-trib rapture in any of these verses? To escape doesn’t always mean to be taken away from, or out of trouble and trials. It could also mean to be given the power to resist the temptation to renounce Christ and worship the Antichrist, to “stand” firm in your faith to the end. One of the definitions of “to stand” is to “escape in safety.” There’s lots of precedence in Scripture of God PROTECTING his believing children THROUGH tribulation rather than rescuing them FROM it. Noah, along with his family and thousands of animals were taken into an ark which went THROUGH a great flood [Gen 7:13-8:19], Moses with the Israelites were protected during the plagues and pestilences that afflicted their Egyptian persecutors [Exo 7:2-11:10], David was miraculously delivered and protected many times from King Saul’s attempts on his life [1 Sam 19:1-18]. 

The two witnesses remain faithful to Christ unto death. But before they are put to death by the Antichrist and his followers, they are EMPOWERED from on High to do “mighty exploits” [Dan 11:31, Rev. 11:5-6] on earth that will show the world that God exists and is about to Judge those who refuse to repent of their unbelief. When the two witnesses become empowered and work miracles on earth, we can know that the return of our Savior is very near and our “blessed hope” is soon to be fulfilled. The “blessed hope” is the glorification of our earthly bodies into heavenly ones at Christ’s appearing – Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ…. Php 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Php 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. 

Taking all the above scriptures together, it would appear that the “two witnesses,” “two anointed ones,” “two olive trees,” “two candlesticks,” are all one and the same. They are possibly two anointed and empowered groups of faithful followers of Yahweh or two churches, of which there are hints in the book of Revelation [Rev 2:8-11 & 3:7-10] who resist the Antichrist. They may be Christians and believing Jews (the “two olive trees” mentioned in Romans 11:21 &24). Or, perhaps it’s both the literal prophets Elijah and Moses along with two companies of faithful  Christians and Jews who bear witness for Christ to an unbelieving, rebellious world just prior to His return? Time will tell, but for now we know that —

Those who refuse to worship the Antichrist, escape the damnation of those who do, though it may cost them their lives. Their reward for remaining faithful to Yahweh is that they’ll reign with Christ for a thousand years and live with Him for all Eternity. Jesus said that those who lose their lives for His sake will find them again. [Ref’s: Rev 20:4, Mt 16:25, Luke 17:33, John 12:25] Whoever the two witnesses are, they are killed then raised from the dead in the sight of their enemies after they have finished their testimonies.

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God speed to His Two Witnesses and a blessed Rosh Hashanah to all!

*Please note that nowhere in this article have I claimed to have the ultimate truth on this subject. All I’m doing here is exploring possible scenarios based upon what a large number of scriptures seem to indicate; it’s up to the reader to search the Scriptures for him/herself and to “test” all things – 1Th 5:21  but test all things, hold fast to what is good, [TLV] 

Debra R. Stout, September 12, 2018

Resources:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiFfwZsNf-Q

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE81HrKxHoo

 

 

 

 

 

CHURCH ARISE!

Diversions, such as holidays for one (most of which aren’t based in truth to begin with), distract the Church from its calling, which is to bring in a great harvest of souls for God – Luk 10:2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 

The Devil never takes a holiday or vacation! He’s a restless being who ceaselessly roams up and down in the earth – Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…. Not that it’s wrong to take a vacation or have fun, but never at any time should the Church become complacent about its adversary! He loves catching God’s people off guard and strikes when they least expect an attack. This is why the Word tells us to be ‘sober’ – temperate, dispassionate, circumspect; and to be ‘vigilant’ – 1) to watch 2) metaphorically give strict attention to, be cautious, active 2a) to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]. Strong’s Concordance has it as, ‘keep awake, that is, watch, be watchful!’ 

Satan is no fool, he knows how to keep the Church occupied with a lot of nonsense and diversions of various sorts. While the enemy is taking over our cities, towns, and country, the Church acts as though it were powerless against him and thus, does nothing. What a contradiction of all that Christ said about His Church and commanded His Church to be and to do! Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Read also Mark 16:15 – 18)

The Church should be watchful and vigilant so as to be ready to take action at any moment. The Church should always be on guard! Too often I’ve made the mistake of thinking that the war lie up ahead somewhere in the hopefully distant future when all the time it was right in front of me! I pray you won’t make the same mistake. Part of the problem is that church members are programmed to be PASSIVE instead of active. During services they sit quietly, rarely uttering even an Amen, contrary to scriptural injunction for members to share whatever the Lord reveals to them – 1Co 14:26  How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Tradition has replaced the Holy Spirit in today’s churches. In place of  fresh revelation from God coming through its members, the Church offers the stale bread of man’s philosophies and dead religious dogmas, rehashed a hundred times over. Most church services are strictly rehearsed beforehand, leaving no room for anything like the Holy Spirit to move or to speak! The leadership doesn’t allow its scripted program to be interrupted, not even by God! What’s the leadership afraid of that it so severely limits the unction of God’s own Spirit within its walls? Could it be afraid of loosing CONTROL over its congregations, of how matters will be conducted? But wait, isn’t that the Lord’s business? Indeed it is.

Some time back I witnessed a pastor halt worship in his church when he saw someone start to heal a disabled person right there in the service. That same pastor awhile later spoke to his congregation, saying that they weren’t ready for God to work healing miracles among them! What made that pastor think to thwart God’s purposes? How audacious! Where’s the trust that God is able to handle what He initiates?! Since when does God need man’s approval before He acts? 

Maybe some don’t understand the seriousness of the battle between good and evil in this world, and how determined the Devil is to overthrow all that is of God. 2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. How long will the Church remain passive while the harvest rots beneath clods of dead religion and carelessness? How long will the Church sleep while the world withers like a vine beneath a scorching sun? Who will stand in the gap? asks the Lord, and whom shall I send? Eze 22:30  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: Isa 6:8  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (May every believer in Christ answer the Lord this way!) 

Therefore, I pray that the Lord will send a mighty wind of His Spirit throughout the Church to blow out its dead religious doctrines and works! I pray for the Spirit of God and holy angels to go and break up its clods of control, carelessness, self-seeking, worldliness, love of mammon, and overbearing leadership that’s suffocating its members! I pray that all church leaders who bow to the dictates of Babylon the Great will either fall under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, or be removed from their positions, so that the Church can once again BREATHE in the breath of the Living God! May they be replaced with godly leaders who will allow God to be God and won’t quench God’s Holy Spirit in church assemblies.

Heavenly Father, send forth a loud trumpet blast to arouse your Body from its slumber! Church arise! Awaken from your sleep! The Enemy runs amuck across the land, wreaking havoc, destruction, and spreading wickedness, while the Church sits by on the sideline and watches as though it were watching a show! Church, this is NO SHOW, it’s a SHOWDOWN between God’s Kingdom and the Devil’s kingdom, between the forces of good and evil. [1] Father, call your Church to take up arms and march throughout this land against the kingdom of darkness and as its boots hit the ground may they make such a noise that the earth will shake and the enemy will quake!

Let the sound cause such confusion in the enemy camps that they will run in fear in every direction not knowing which way to go or where to hide! Heavenly Father, cause your army to conquer every foe it finds until NONE are left in the land! Spare not even one who serves Satan and the will of Babylon the Great. Cause every throne of iniquity in this city, state, and country, to be dislodge and replaced with your right rule. Dislodge, dislodge, dislodge – every seat of power and authority which serves Babylon! Dismantle Babylon the Great (the whole system) in our land, brick by brick if need be. Replace wicked leaders in our government with god-fearing ones who will uphold your just decrees and carry out your will throughout this land!

Church of Christ it’s time to ARISE! Arise therefore from your rest slumbering ones, hear the trumpet call and take your place among God’s Church triumphant! 

Debra R. Stout, July 1, 2018

Footnotes:

[1] This comes from the Church sitting idly in their seats during services while only the pastor gets to speak, causing members to take a passive view of their faith. That’s NOT how individual members should see their roles, for they’re to be ACTIVE in every aspect of their faith as the Scriptures profusely point out. There’s an element of passivity in the Church today that would make the early followers of Christ (most of whom were Jews in the beginning) tear their clothes. The tearing of one’s clothes is an ancient tradition among the Jews, and it is associated with mourning, grief, and loss. More important than outward shows of grief are true sorrow for sin and genuine repentance of the heart. The prophet Joel relayed God’s command: “Rend your heart and not your garments” (Joel 2:13). https://www.gotquestions.org/tear-clothes-Bible.html