Endtimes & Prophecy

About end-time events and prophecies; past, present, & future. About the purpose for, and necessity of, prophecy in every generation.

The Heavens Pass Away With a Great Noise

Just what are those strange sounds that people have been hearing and recording all across the planet since about 2008? [1]

Could they be a sign that the heavens and the earth are beginning to break up, as predicted in the bible? I know that’s a frightening thought for most people, but when you know Jesus Christ and His Father, having been Born Again by His Spirit, you won’t be afraid of the “things coming upon the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:35) because you know that God will protect those who belong to Him. To them He says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” – Isa. 41:10

It isn’t the same for those who do not know Christ, who have not surrendered their hearts to Him, nor believed His promise of eternal life for anyone who believes that He died for their sins, rose again and is alive for evermore, reigning with His Father over all of Creation. If this is you, then please heed the prophecies foretelling the signs that signal the end of this age and the return of Jesus Christ to rid the world of evildoers, reward the righteous, and set up His Kingdom on earth.

The Signs —

Isa 34:4  And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. 

“dissolved” = H4743 mâqaq; primarily means to melt, also consume away, dissolve!

Isa 24:19  The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. (As a result of a great earthquake or something else?) 

Isa 51:6  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. 

Both “vanish away” and “smoke” depict the aftermath of a scorched earth! Vanish away in the Hebrew (H4414 מָלַח mâlach) means to “rub to pieces or pulverize; to disappear as dust,” while “smoke” (H6227 עָשָׁן ‛âshân) “means vapor, dust, anger.”

Joe 2:30  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (The result of volcanic eruptions, meteor strikes, rockets, bombs, earthquakes, or a combination thereof)?

“pillars” = H8490 tı̂ymârâh timârâh; columns

Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes. 

From the New Testament —

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

I found this definition interesting in light of the LOUD, strange noises happening the world over; “great noise” = G4500 rhoizēdon; a whir; whizzingly, that is, with a crash: – a great noise.
Not only that, but the word “melt” (G3089) means to “loosen” – break up, destroy, DISSOLVE. And the last part of 2 Pet 3:10 plainly states that the earth and the works in it will be BURNED UP. It would then appear from taking all these verses together, that the entire earth will be broken up by a ”great earthquake” (Rev 16:12) and burned up and dissolved with “fervent heat.” This could come about by the stars and/or planets falling down on the earth as described in Isa 34:4 & Mt 24:29.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 

Luk 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; 
Luk 21:26  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 

“shaken” is a very interesting word, it means to agitate, rock, topple, disturb, incite, move, stir up.

I think the first three definitions well describe what would occur if the earth were MOVED OFF ITS AXIS [2-4], as might be spoken about in Isa 24:20  The earth reels to and fro like a drunk, and sways like a hut. its transgression is so heavy upon it that it will fall and never rise again. Even more compelling is Isa 24:19, where it says “the earth is MOVED EXCEEDINGLY.” (KJV) The Heb. word for ‘moved exceedingly’ is H4131 môṭ which means, to waver, slip, shake, fall: – be OUT OF COURSE!

Every passage examined in this brief study tell of a time when the heavens disappear and the earth is burned up, dissolved. Some have allegorized these and similar passages, I’m of the opinion that these are literal events that will occur at what the bible calls, “the time of the end,” meaning the end of this age. Whether by natural disasters or human manipulation, it will be the hand of God that allows this as judgment upon those who refuse to acknowledge and worship Him as the one, true God of the universe. I’m not making any predictions on when any of this will happen. I’m also not saying that every natural disaster is sent by God, is God’s will, or God’s judgment! However, since the bible has clearly prophesied specific events at the time of the end, wouldn’t it be wise to take its warnings seriously and turn to God in sincere, humble repentance for your sins, receive His forgiveness, and be saved from destruction? Anyway, I think so and I hope you do too. All you need do is believe that Jesus died for your sins, arose from the grave and ascended back to heaven, and make Him the Lord of your life. You can pray along those lines and receive Christ as your personal savior, in a church or by yourself. It doesn’t matter where you say it, I asked Jesus into my heart in the motel room of a Christian who invited me to pray with her. What matters is that you say it and MEAN it will all of your heart; if you do, God will embrace you with all of His heart. If you prayed such a prayer, the angels are rejoicing and the saints welcome you into His household! Luk 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

The Great Day of the LORD Will Come —

Rev 6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? 

Blessed are those who prepare (purify) themselves for that day.

Rev 6:12  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake (caused by meteor or asteroid hit?); and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 
Rev 6:13  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 
Rev 6:14  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 
Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

Amen! What a blessed future have they who believe and put their hope in God alone, for all that He has said will come to pass. You may disagree, but I believe the prophecies and content of the holy bible can be trusted. 

Debra R. Stout, Nov. 6, 2018

Footnotes & Resources —-

Note that I may not agree with all of the content and opinions posted at these sites. I see them as a spring-board for further study and discussion which can lead to new ways of seeing things. There have been many speculations about what could cause a pole-shift, earth wobble, and so forth. Individuals arrive at their own conclusions based upon their review of the evidence, or lack thereof. 

[1] http://strangesounds.org/strange-sounds
[2] https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1255028/Powerful-Chile-earthquake-shifted-Earths-axis-days-shorter.html
[3] https://watchers.news/2015/03/08/inuit-elders-tell-nasa-earth-axis-shifted/
[4] http://www.divulgence.net/ (Lots of info. on natural phenomena here)

THE TWO WITNESSES OF REVELATION_Revised

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, and because I have received a rhema word that he was coming. The question is, was God through Malachi speaking of a literal reappearing of Elijah or something else? 

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, John would go “in the spirit and power” of Elijah. Taking all these scriptures together, is it possible that Elijah to come might not be the actual old testament prophet returning to earth? In other words, Elijah’s coming might not be literal. Might his coming be in the form of a company of believers who go in the “spirit and power” of Elijah, as did John the Baptist? 

What else do the Scriptures have to say about the Two Witnesses? More than I can include in this article, but the following passages might offer some insight as to who they might be. Then again, the book of Revelation specifically says they will be “two prophets.” The question is, are the two prophets literal individuals or is something else meant? 

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

The following passage shows that the ‘two olive trees’ and ‘two candlesticks’ are the ‘two witnesses’ –

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. 

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. [The two witnesses are killed by this beast whoever he/it is. If the witnesses are the faithful churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna (Rev 2:8 & 3:7-10), how could there be a pre-trib rapture of believers since they ascend AFTER the three and one half years of persecution? See Rev 11:3 above].

Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 

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 (these three and one half days are literal days). 

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. (Two individuals, two groups of people, or both?)

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. 

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. 

Might the Two Witnesses be two groups of people who testify of Jesus and perform wonders like those performed by Elijah and Moses?” These two have the power to shut the heavens, so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying. And they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they wish.” Rev 11:6 

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 even though it cost them their lives. 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 also be Christians and Jews who are the “two olive trees.” Refusing to worship the Antichrist, the faithful witnesses escape the damnation of those who do, though it costs them their lives. 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. Their reward for remaining faithful to Yahweh is that they’ll reign with Christ for a thousand years. 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]

If this study has helped you I would love to hear from you. Your email address will always be kept strictly confidential.

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=fE81HrKxHoo

 

 

 

 

A Line of Demarcation Being Drawn & Three Powerful Weapons (Rhemas for Ju’ 30)

Revelation 12:11 — And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 

God showed me today that I’ve often thought of this verse as being relegated to the Great Tribulation period, when in fact, it’s for NOW!

Now is the time for God’s chosen ones to OVERCOME by the Blood of Christ, and by the word of their TESTIMONY, and by not loving their lives unto death!

NOW is the time for them to SPEAK FORTH their individual and corporate TESTIMONIES!

Are you not having victory in your life? Ask yourself honestly, when was the last time you gave your TESTIMONY to someone??

What we fail to realize is that speaking forth our TESTIMONIES is a POWERFUL WEAPON of warfare against the powers of darkness! It’s a weapon that also helps us gain victory over our flesh and the world. It’s a weapon far too seldom utilized!

We also overcome by APPLYING the BLOOD OF CHRIST to ourselves, our families, and our church. But we must APPLY it, not just SAY it, there IS a difference! We plead the BLOOD over us and situations, but we must also APPLY it to the same by faith, believing that we have what we say, Mar 11:23 – 24 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 

NOT LOVING OUR LIVES UNTO DEATH is another powerful weapon against all the strategies of the wicked! When we value God’s Kingdom and plans ABOVE our own temporal lives, we declare that our priorities are right, but also by doing this we OVERCOME the temptations and plans of the wicked ones who work tirelessly to try and ensnare us in their traps. We must be WATCHFUL of how we’re WALKING!! Ask ourselves, “Am I walking with God, or just doing whatever I want?”

We must take a close look at whether or not we’re walking with God, waiting to hear His voice day by day, and then doing what He leads us to do, and if not, we must change directions immediately!!! We must TURN about face, and run back into Abba Father’s waiting, loving arms!! “A LINE OF DEMARCATION IS BEING DRAWN” (*see below) – we’re either on the Lord’s side or we’re on the Devil’s side! The time for ‘fence sitting’ is OVER! We must choose whose side we’re on! Jos 24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

These three weapons of our warfare aren’t often talked about, but they are powerful ones, and they are for NOW not just the great tribulation period. For surely the whole Body of Christ is NOW in a spiritual war, one led by Christ who is the Lord of Hosts (angelic armies). He waits for His Church to HEAR His “call to arms!” We must engage in this warfare if not already thus engaged. This holy warfare is to be engaged with CONFIDENCE that the Church of Christ will have COMPLETE VICTORY over the wicked, for the victory has ALREADY BEEN WON in the Lord’s eyes. God sees the “end from the beginning,” so He already knows the outcome of this holy war. Isa 46:9- 10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 

So, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, DO NOT BE AFRAID nor SHRINK from hearing God’s call to arms, and DON’T BE AFRAID to take up your armor, find your place and position yourself to wage a good warfare until the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ has become the ONLY kingdom on earth!!! Dan 7:13 – 14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. 

Share your testimonies with other believers and the unsaved! Plead the Blood of Christ over yourselves, your families, your church and the nations, and do these two things constantly. Love not your life in this world, that you may gain life eternal in God’s coming kingdom! Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Mar 8:35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

Debra R. Stout, June 30, 2018

*As I was awakening from sleep today, I heard this partial word – “A LINE OF DEMARCATION IS BEING DRAWN…” I didn’t hear the rest of it because I woke up, but I had the sense it was about God separating or making a distinction between types of people; between those who serve His purposes (plans/will), and those who don’t, between those in covenant with Him and those who aren’t. Here’s a video in which nearly the exact wording is used as what I heard as I awoke from a dream [1] about half way or more into the video, “a line of distinction is being drawn between those who serve Yahweh and those who do not.” 

Also this youtube video [2] Chuck Pierce (prophet) speaks briefly about God ‘sorting nations’ this year of 2018 between those which align themselves with God’s purposes and those who don’t. The NATIONS will be SEPARATED as ‘sheep from the goats’ – Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: [divideth = From G575 and G3724; to set off by boundary, that is, (figuratively) limit, exclude, appoint, etc.: – divide, separate, sever.] (This Strong’s definition fits perfectly with the meaning of the term “DEMARCATION”) Both video’s confirm this word of knowledge that “a line of demarcation is being drawn” right now, between those who serve Yahweh and those who don’t. 

“Demarcation” = separation or distinction (often in the phrase ‘line of demarcation’) Source: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/demarcation

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-4tQaCwPeU

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d12WO6h4_zs

 

A DEN FOR DEMONS

 

Today my heart is breaking for the millions of Catholics and Catholic sympathizers in the world because they have been deceived by the Great Harlot, whose judgment draws near 2Pe 2:3. It’s breaking because I know what hell some of them are enduring for their religion and not for Christ, since Christ would never condone much of what their religion teaches. God’s heart is full of love for mankind; He is generous, kind, considerate, gentle as a dove, holy and just. He won’t tolerate murder and injustice forever; one day soon I hope, He’s going to judge and finally give the Great Harlot what she so richly deserves. The whorish church not established by Christ but by Satan will be burnt with fire for all the wickedness and filthiness of her fornication (her betrayal of Christ’s pure doctrine by mixing it with filthy pagan practices) – Rev 18:2 He cried out with a mighty voice, saying: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a den for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit and for every unclean bird and for every unclean and detestable beast. “unclean spirit” = morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean [Strong’s Concordance]  In the Bible, a “whore” or “harlot” is any church which claims to follow Christ but in reality venerates false gods, idols, and incorporates pagan practices of all sorts into its worship. Revelation 18:3 refers to such as one who “fornicates” with the kings of the earth….

Rev 18:3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the fury of her immorality. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich off the power of her self-indulgence.” (No other church has equaled the Catholic Church in immorality and riches)
Rev 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you participate in her sins and receive her plagues! 
Rev 18:5 For her sins have piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes
Rev 18:6 Pay her back just as she has paid out, and give her back double for her deeds! In the cup she has mixed—mix a double dose for her! 
Rev 18:7 As she has exalted herself and indulged herself in luxury, so give her the same measure of torment and grief! For in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen—I am no widow; I shall never see grief.’ 
Rev 18:8 For this reason her plagues will arrive in a single day—death and grief and famine—and she shall be burned down with fire. For mighty is Adonai Elohim who judges her!”

What’s puzzling to me is how anyone can believe that the Catholic faith/church is good, considering its gross doctrinal errors, pedophilia, and fornication. Strong delusion maybe? 2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie… Many have been taught since childhood to believe that the Catholic Church and its priesthood is “infallible,” but the evidence overwhelmingly refutes that devilish doctrine. While most have heard about priests molesting young boys, it isn’t commonly known that nuns have endured  unimaginable horrors at the hands of priests and other nuns, some of whose testimonies you’ll hear about in this article. It seems strange to me that people express concern for animals and the environment but never say much about human suffering. Are animals more important than human beings? Animal rights and environmental protection have become something of a cult these days. Where’s the empathy for those who have been and are still being molested by priests? Where’s the outrage? Could it be that we’re becoming  indifferent to the feelings and pain of others?

Blinded by the pomp and riches of Catholicism, many have been beguiled into believing the RCC is a holy institution and the one, true church which Christ began, when it was really started by a Roman Emperor named Constantine in 313 AD three centuries after the birth of Christ. Constantine envisioned Christianity as a religion that could unite the Roman Empire, which at that time was beginning to fragment and divide. While this may have seemed to be a positive development for the Christian church, the results were anything but positive. Just as Constantine refused to fully embrace the Christian faith, but continued many of his pagan beliefs and practices, so the Christian church that Constantine promoted was a mixture of true Christianity and Roman paganism. Constantine found that, with the Roman Empire being so vast, expansive, and diverse, not everyone would agree to forsake his or her religious beliefs to embrace Christianity. So, Constantine allowed, and even promoted, the “Christianization” of pagan beliefs. Completely pagan and utterly unbiblical beliefs were given new “Christian” identities. For examples of this watch the following video and go to https://www.gotquestions.org/origin-Catholic-church.html

Many have been deceived by Catholicism’s veneer of godliness and aren’t aware of its true nature. The Whore of Babylon is a pagan sun-worshiping cult whose roots go back to the ancient city of Babylon [see the last two links at the end of this article]. From the beginning, the RCC “fell away” from the faith taught by Jesus Christ by mixing it with pagan customs and beliefs, including fertility rituals and idol worship of pagan gods now called by various saint’s names, whose statues adorn Catholic church walls. The Catholic religion is not the “faith once delivered to us” [Jud 1:3] but is Babylonian paganism in disguise; hence her title, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth” [Rev 17:5]. Yahweh God promises to punish this whore for all the blood she has shed – Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. During the Inquisition and Papal crusades millions of Bible believers were tortured to death by Catholic clergymen for what they considered to be heresy against the Catholic church. Read about it at http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/anti6.htm

As followers of Christ, we’re to Eph 5:11 Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Paul’s instructions to the church in Corinth — 

1Co 5:9 I wrote to you in my letter not to mix together with sexually immoral people
1Co 5:10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy or swindlers or idolaters, for then you would have to exit the world. 
1Co 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to mix together with anyone who is being called a brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy or an idolater or a slanderer or a drunkard or a swindler—not even to eat with such a fellow
Eph 5:5 Know for certain that no immoral, indecent, or greedy person—who is really an idol worshipper at heart—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and God. 
Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s judgment comes on the children of disobedience. 
Eph 5:7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 

The Ecumenical and Unity movements are not biblical! Christ followers are not to be joined to a harlot (unfaithful church), nor are they to ‘drink from the cup of devils’!

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 1Co 10:19  What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils

This great Whore shows no repentance or remorse for her fornication, mixing pagan practices with Christianity, making it a Syncretic religion. Nor has she repented of her blasphemies (claims of equality with God) and crimes against humanity.  Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought [Oxford Dictionaries]. Modern Judaism is itself a Syncretic religion having added pagan doctrines and practices from the Babylonian Talmud to the original Hebrew faith during their captivity in ancient Babylon from 607 to 537 BC. https://www.gotquestions.org/Babylonian-captivity-exile.html

While the Catholic Church puts on a good face, I for one am not convinced that the Pope and his subordinates are sincere about ending child abuse within their ranks. For the most part, the Catholic church has covered up her crimes, denied her victim’s claims and compensation for decades until recently and even then it was a drop in the bucket of what’s actually owed them. Forgive the lying abusive priests? Not until they confess, repent, and FORSAKE their wretchedness and not until the Catholic Church forsakes its non-biblical doctrine of CELIBACY for priests which prevents them from marrying, thus inviting sexual abuse and perversions like homosexuality and fornication among priests and nuns. How can a person defend the Catholic religion which abuses women and children and know Christ who said, Luk 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. To defend a religion, especially one that displays the character of a monstrous beast, makes one a party to and therefore guilty of its crimes [see Revelation 18:4]! Even so, there’s opportunity for the worst sinner to get saved from his sin through confession to God not to a human agent, 1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… and repentance (turning away from sin).

Much has been written down through the centuries on the Roman Catholic Church and its exploits in books and other historical writings. Everyone should do their own research on this subject even though it’s difficult to read the hellish testimonies of those who’ve been abused by Roman Catholic priests and nuns. Those who’ve lived comfy lives might not be able to identify with such abuse but those who have tasted of that bitter fruit certainly can. My personal recollection of Catholic priests and nuns is that some of them were down right mean at times. My first-grade teacher, a nun, once pulled my cheeks apart so hard tears ran down my face from the pain. She did that because I got caught talking out of turn in her class. One of my cheeks had been badly injured from a fall and though still bruised, that didn’t stop her. Another time she wacked my knuckles with her wooden ruler for poor penmanship and it was no gentle tap I assure you. I was left-handed which made it hard for me to write at a right-handed angle which comes naturally to right-handed people. There wasn’t much, if any, mercy, understanding, or kindness among most of the nuns who taught at my school. A woman I knew was being battered by her husband, and sought advice from her parish priests who told her that if she left him, she would “burn in hell.” She was so indoctrinated into Catholic dogma that taught the infallibility of priests, that she did what they told her to do, despite the damage being done to herself and to her children. Eventually God intervened and ended that awful marriage. No one, unless they experience it themselves, can imagine the pain and long-term impact of living under constant stress and fear.

Don’t be like the Ostrich who buries his head in the sand but take an honest look at the cruelty of Rome. Dare to read the true stories of nuns who have risked their lives to come out into the open about what they have suffered at the hands of priests and mother superiors inside convents. A particularly heartbreaking story is that of deceased nun Charlotte Keckler http://www.theymetjesus.com/documents/charlotte_eng_part_1/charlotte_eng_part_1.htm Hear it in her own words at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVVYtwyCm9E If after hearing her testimony your heart isn’t breaking, something’s amiss with your thinking or with your heart. Turn to Christ immediately and confess your indifference, ask Him to give you a ‘new heart’ and take away your old heart of ‘stone’. Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. When we hear the testimonies of victims of sexual, mental, and physical abuse, may our hearts break and burn with the outrage our holy and just God YAHWEH feels when anyone, especially one of His own, is treated unjustly and cruelly. I’m certain that He weeps for every single one of them and will one day repay those who afflict them.

More testimonies – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAT_BgtnBc&t=1041s  http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/barbara.htm  https://philologos.org/__eb-ttb/sect74.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfLF1fbLhfg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI0996Ny-SA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EclnR63AeRY https://biblestudiesnz.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/the-image-of-the-beast/

Debra R. Stout, February 23, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clouds Gather before the Storm

Very early this morning as I was worshiping God and praying I started seeing lots of clouds moving rapidly over the earth below. As I continued to pray and worship I got an impression of nations being gathered together against Israel; Gog & Magog came to mind. (Gog & Magog are the names of places in the vast old Islamic Empire [1] which included modern day Iraq, Iran, Libya, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. I believe they’re also names of ancient demonic SPIRITS or PRINCIPALITIES.) In Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions, ‘Gog’ is the prophetic prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and Magog.

When we look at Ezekiel 38:2-3, in it’s proper translation, Gog is referred to as a “chief spirit”. Chief spirits are principalities, like what is told to us in Ephesians 6:12. We find the same type of evil spirit in Daniel 10:13; thus concluding that it is an evil spirit that rules over a territory or group of people. Ezekiel 38:2-3 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,“Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the (chief) prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. [2]

In the Bible, CLOUDS can refer to ANGELS – God’s heavenly hosts, His ARMY (The Church is also part of His Army). Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Jud 1:14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, (hagios as I’ve shown in another post means ‘holy ones’ which usually refers to angels. Some have misinterpreted hagios in Jude to mean the ‘saved’ believers in Christ in support of their Pre-tribulation Rapture theory). By comparing these two verses, it would appear that clouds at least in this instance, refer to the holy ones or ANGELS of the Lord. 

Thus, the clouds may be indicating that Yahweh is gathering together His angelic army to fight against these ancient spirits Gog & Magog, and their armies the Islamic nations, who are gathering together to war against Israel [3-4]. 

In the Greek Septuagint translation of the Bible, Gog is the king of locusts in Amos 7:1. We know these aren’t physical locusts because Proverbs 30:27 says that locusts have no king. Revelation 9:11 describes supernatural locusts, but their leader is the angel Abaddon, or Apollyon, not Gog. A parallel passage in Joel 2 tells us that a supernatural locust army removes Gog’s army, which shows a spiritual battle that manifests in the physical. In other words, a supernatural army of locusts directed by Gog appears to work through a physical human army to come after Israel, but God protects them with his own army of locusts. [5] 

Literal locust insects do not have a leader or “king” (Proverbs 30:27). So this very well may be referring to a demon host, indicating that Gog, leading the armies in the Ezekiel 38 & 39 prophecy, will be a demonic being or fallen angel. This seems credible, knowing also that Gog will return 1,000 years later, as seen in John’s vision (Revelation 20:7,8). Furthermore, it is possible (I believe probable) that this demon, “Gog,” will possess or inhabit two different men, over 1,000 years apart, to lead armies against Jerusalem. The first (human) leader will die and be buried (Ezekiel 39:11), while the second one will be devoured from fire coming down from heaven (Revelation 20:9). [6]

Apparently, there are two Gog-Magog wars; one occurring just prior to or at the start of the great tribulation as foretold by the prophet Ezekiel and the other occurring at the close of the Millennium as depicted in Revelation 20 –

Ezekiel indicates that Gog knew that he would lead this battle in “former days.” This is further evidence that Gog is not just a human. Gog is also mentioned at the end of Christ’s millennial reign, when a rebellious Gentile army will come against the Lord in Revelation 20. Gog himself is not in this war, as Revelation 18:2 shows that the area of Babylon will be a prison for all the demons and foul spirits during the Millennium. So if Gog is a demon or evil spirit, he will be among them, since Scripture shows that only Satan gets released to deceive the nations before the second “Gog and Magog War.”  In short, Ezekiel 38-39:16 covers one regional event, and Ezekiel 39:17 thru the end of the chapter covers another event on a global scale. It is not uncommon for separate events in prophetic passages to appear written as just one event. There are several passages of Christ’s 1st and 2nd Comings in the Old Testament which show this. (Click here for examples). In this case, Ezekiel 38-39 appears to describe the opening and closing scenes of the Tribulation. [5] (*Bold & colored text added by me for emphasis)

There are those who believe that God is completely finished with Israel and the Jewish people but that’s not what the Scriptures say. They say God still has a remnant who will turn to Yeshua [7] and accept Him as their Savior when their blindness is removed. Rom 11:1-2  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbidRom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of graceRom 11:11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance

Yahweh is saying in these verses that He has a remnant of Jews whose temporary blindness will be removed at a preordained and appointed time. When that time arrives they shall understand that Yeshua, the ‘one whom they pierced,’ is their promised Messiah and the savior of all who receive Him; they will repent and be saved. The Jews were blinded so that the gentiles could get saved and provoke the Jews to jealousy. The Jews were originally CALLED by Yahweh to be a “light to the gentile nations” – Isa 41:8  But thou, Israel, art MY SERVANT, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. (Emphasis mine)

Consider that the Lord who’s doing the talking in this passage, can’t be speaking of Jesus – was Jesus “taken (seized) from the ends of the earth?” No, but the Israelites certainly were.

Isa 41:14  Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Jacob was never used to refer to Jesus, and Yahweh would never refer to His Son as a WORM! So God is speaking of MEN in this verse, as in the ‘men’ of Israel.

In this passage, I believe that Yahweh God was referring to the actual people of Israel and Jacob whom He chose to be His SERVANT and called to be a light to the gentiles – Isa 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and MY SERVANT whom I have chosen: Isa 43:12  I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. As we know, Israel failed at least in part to be that light – to be faithful ‘witnesses’ to the nations that Yahweh is the one and only true God because they turned to worship false gods in the course of time. However God has promised to save a remnant of them in the latter days and since God cannot lie, He will keep that promise, that covenant which He made with their forefathers. Dear reader, do you see that the LORD in Isa 43:10 and 12, calls the Israelite people His SERVANT? It has to be people He’s referring to for He said “there was no strange god among” them. We know that Yeshua could never have worshiped a ‘strange god’ for the true God Yahweh was always His God, and His Father. Read Matthew, Luke, and John for confirmation. Plus, the LORD said they were His “witnesses,”  plural not singular. If Jesus was in view as the Servant, wouldn’t Yahweh have said “you are my witness” instead of “ye are my witnesses?”

The coming WAR between Israel and her Islamic neighbors may be the catalyst that will open their eyes to the truth that Yeshua is their Messiah – Zechariah 2:10-13 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” 

Notice that Yeshua is speaking when He says, “Then you (Israel) will know that the LORD (Yahweh) of hosts (angels) has sent Me to you. Yeshua (or Jesus) up to this point had been “rejected” by the Jews (Judah) as their Messiah (or savior). Also note that He’s saying He will “AGAIN CHOOSE JERUSALEM” and “take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land!” This hasn’t occurred yet but it will, for the LORD of hosts has spoken, and His word settles every question. 

The Jewish remnant that survives the Tribulation will, at that point, recognize that He (Jesus) is their Savior and Lord:

Zechariah 13:9 – “I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.'” [5]

When all this will happen I can’t say. All of the pieces have to come together first and fit into God’s perfect timing, which they will. In the meantime, those who belong to Yeshua wait expectantly for Him, having purified their hearts, minds, and souls with the washing of the water of His Word and having put to death the sin nature within them by the power of His Spirit – Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Rom 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 

The righteous wear white robes in Heaven to signify their righteousness and how they purified themselves from everything that defiles flesh and spirit while waiting for Yeshua to come and gather His Elect from one end of heaven to the other. – Rev 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints

If you’re unsure about your salvation or whether or not you’re ready for Jesus’s return, now would be the time to make sure by turning to Him in sincere sorrow for your sins and receiving Him as your Savior. He’ll forgive your sins and give you a new heart that wants to do right – Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them

Write me if you have questions or concerns.

God bless you.

Debra R. Stout, December 2, 2017

FOOTNOTES:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClKMzSRtnn8

[2] https://understandingwhogodis.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-truth-about-gog-magog_30.html

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBSbDf_YXYw

[4] http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/12/middle-east-on-edge-after-trumps-dangerous-jerusalem-move/

[5] http://www.trackingbibleprophecy.org/gog_magog.php

[6] http://tedmontgomery.com/bblovrvw/emails/Ezek38&39.html

[7] Yeshua is the proper Hebrew name of the Messiah or Savior whom Christians call Jesus. Since I’ve witnessed demons fleeing at the name of Jesus, I’m not dogmatic about which version of His name is used. However, Jesus is the Greek version of the name of the Son of God. The King James as well as most modern translations of the Bible use the Greek Jesus instead of Yeshua and inserted ‘God’ and ‘LORD’ in place of Elohim and Yahweh. This causes confusion among people for they don’t know who is actually being spoken of in many instances and assume God and LORD are referring to the same Person, or one is the Father, the other is the Son. To be accurate, God means el-o-heem Plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: – angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty. The term LORD means yehôvâh From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069. [Strong’s Definitions]

Sons of God vs. Sons of Satan

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

1Jn 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 
1Jn 3:12  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. 

Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one
Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 

Jesus was speaking here to Jewish scribes and the sect of the Pharisees who were questioning Him about His teachings and claims of divinity. Some of those Jews believed on Jesus after hearing Him speak that day. Read John 8:1-30.

There’s a teaching that the “seed” spoken of in Genesis and elsewhere, is the physical offspring from sexual union between Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden when he seduced her to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This teaching claims that Cain and his posterity were the physical offspring of Satan. [1] This “serpent seed” doctrine also claims that the descendants of Cain are the Jews. Others who’ve studied this topic have arrived at different conclusions. Cain and his descendants may have been wiped out by the great Flood, pestilence, disease, beasts, famine, or war. Maybe Yahweh didn’t think Cain’s line worth mentioning after Cain became the first murderer? Maybe God didn’t mention him or his descendants because He had chosen a DIFFERENT bloodline (that of Seth) to be the one through which Yeshua would be born into the world. Makes sense to me that Yahweh wouldn’t want the bloodline of a murderer to birth Yeshua (Jesus) Ha Mashiach (the Messiah).

Perhaps you did not notice that, besides Cain and Abel (who was murdered), Adam and Eve then had another son called Seth, and Noah’s line of descent came through Seth, not Cain. 1 Chronicles 1:1 states, “The descendants of Adam were Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah.” 

Have a read of Genesis 5:3-32. 

Cain’s descendants are mentioned in Genesis 4:17-26 and also that Seth was born later to Adam and Eve, who fathered Enosh and all the way down to Noah. Perhaps confusion comes with thinking the Lamech mentioned in chapter 4, having Cain as his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.. is the same Lamech mentioned in chapter 5. However, THAT Lamech had Methusela as his father, whereas the Lamech of chapter 4 had Methushael as his father. 

I think that clears the misunderstanding up. There is no list of descendants from Cain after the flood. [2]

You can find the Serpent Seedline doctrine on the net, but always do your own investigation; search the Scriptures, comparing scripture with scripture. Pray and ask Yahweh to reveal the truth to you about everything.

The “children of the Devil” —

1) commit sin; their works are evil

2) are liars who don’t abide in the truth; there’s no righteousness or light in them

3) murder the righteous

The Sons of God —

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 

1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 
Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 

Dear reader, are you seeing a pattern throughout these verses that the “sons of God” are those who have “received Christ as their Lord and Savior,” who “believe on His name,” “who believe that Jesus is the Christ,” and are “led by the Spirit?”

Characteristics of the sons of God —

1) they believe that Jesus is the Son of God, Savior of mankind

2) they receive Him as Lord and savior and are instantly “born of God” or “born from above”

3) they’re led by the Spirit of God

4) they “overcome” the world, the flesh, and the devil

Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. 

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 
1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 

Conclusion —

It would appear that the Serpent Seedline teaching that Cain was the physical seed of Satan and Eve (Adam’s wife) is speculative or inconclusive if going by the books of the Bible that were accepted as inspired. The books not accepted as inspired, referred to as extra-biblical, contain some details on these topics not included in most of our bibles today, such as the Gospel of Phillip, book of Enoch, and the Zohar (the main source for the teachings of the Kabbalah) [1] which are Gnostic works not accepted by most Christians. 

Debra R. Stout © October 7, 2017

FOOTNOTES:

[1] http://parablesblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/foundations-serpent-seed-doctrine.html
[2] https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AwrBT7R9VdlZ.VoAaW5XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyOTAxbDliBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM4BHZ0aWQDQjQ3MDdfMQRzZWMDc3I-?qid=20160120025000AAjnzLb&p=were%20the%20descendants%20of%20Cain%20wiped%20out%20in%20the%20great%20flood%3F

ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE SAVED?

Image result for pictures of a sick seagullOn this bright but breezy Sunday afternoon I was out walking when I saw a woman sitting on a granite block (of which there are many in New England) beneath some trees in a park. At first I walked on by but then I heard a ‘still small voice’ tell me to go back and hand her a tract. So I went back to where she sat and asked if I could give her something as I reached out to hand her a tract. She thanked me and asked if I was Born Again, to which I answered “Yes.” Are you? I asked. She answered in the affirmative adding that she was kind of in a bad place right now and didn’t like getting close to people. I didn’t ask why, maybe because I was in high spirits and didn’t care to hear anything negative. For some reason however, I listened to her pour out her story for the next forty minutes or so. She began by telling that she didn’t attend church anymore, and had a strict religious upbringing by an abusive father whom she more or less, despised. She further expressed she was tired of Christians who say that God ‘allows’ suffering and we just have to accept it without questioning. Then she said she had given up questioning God about things as she felt she hadn’t gotten any answers.

After dropping those bombshells on me, she asserted that we couldn’t really know or understand God, or make any sense out of our experiences, so it was useless to try. I’m pretty sure that line of reasoning didn’t originate with her but came from someplace else, perhaps from an ancient belief system called Deism. [1] Deism is the belief that God is distant, unknowable, and impersonal; a god who doesn’t get involved in or intervene in human affairs. It means we’re basically on our own, left to fend for, and figure things out for ourselves. Could one call it Abandonment Theology? Another belief system that’s been around awhile is Existentialism, which basically asserts that man exists for his own sake, unencumbered by the restraints of religious dogma and demands of a righteous God because there is NO God. [2] In other words, ‘do- your- own- thing’ because there’s no purpose to life outside of pleasing yourself and fulfilling your desires. 

Make no mistake about it, these belief systems were inspired by ancient demonic SPIRITS who still roam the earth, seeking whom they may devour! [1 Pet 5:8] They’ll devour the lukewarm, the misinformed, the deceived, and those who love their lives in this world more than they love God. [Jn 12:25] They might be influencing your thoughts even though you don’t realize it. 

Further into our conversation the woman said that although she was ‘open to God,’ she wasn’t convinced that the New Testament scriptures were inspired of God since men wrote them fifty years after Christ’s death and resurrection. She reasoned that since she can’t remember what she said only yesterday, how could the disciples recall with any accuracy, what they’d heard and seen fifty, a hundred, or two-hundred years after the resurrection of Christ? This is a perfect example of how human intellect can get in the way of knowing God. So I asked her, “What would convince you that they’re inspired?” She replied, “Nothing on this earth!” Have to admit, I stood there in stunned disbelief at this supposed believer’s unbelief. There’s nothing quite as disturbing as a believer’s unbelief. Near the end of our brief encounter, I felt there wasn’t much more I could say to her because she really was not open to the Truth. Her final remark to me was, “You’re entitled to your opinion.” Wow that felt like an insult, since I had spent a good chunk of time listening to her and speaking God’s truth to her. I didn’t take offense realizing that she was just trying to defend her unbelief by labeling God’s Word as merely men’s opinions! To reinforce her stance, she added that everything we hear from anyone is just their opinion which you either believe or you don’t. She was wrong as the Holy Spirit still speaks through God’s servants [3]. People having her mindset can’t truly believe in ANYTHING, as it leaves them with NOTHING but a joyless, meaningless existence. How can one have joy who believes that life has no meaning and God is strict, distant, and uncaring, which she alluded to by saying how God allows suffering but does nothing about it. Truth is, God HAS done something about it. He sent His only begotten Son to die for men’s sins, bearing their griefs and sorrows [Isaiah 53]. But the truth can’t set you free if you don’t believe it.

Despite claims of being ‘open to God,’ her doubts about the reliability of His Word told a different story. It’s questionable how one so FULL OF DOUBT could be Born Again, but if true, she was definitely having difficulty in her relationship with the Lord. Believers have dry periods where they find it hard to sense God’s presence, pray, and worship. There are also times when doubts assail them but those moments should be short-lived. Persistent doubt and unbelief can lead to spiritual barrenness, drought, and spiritual death. When you have a vital personal relationship with God, you’re FULL OF THE JOY OF THE LORD. This woman had NO joy; her face was sullen and her eyes were dull. Believer’s faces SHINE from reflecting God’s glory [Exo 34:29]. The more I thought about these things, I began wondering if she had just pretended to be a believer in order to engage me in a debate. One tactic of the devil is to place people in your path who’ll speak disparaging words to try to discourage you in your faith, and or, plant doubts in your heart about God’s goodness. Isn’t that how the Devil tricked Eve into eating the Forbidden fruit?

The woman I met in the park certainly sounded more like a spokesman for the devil than for the Lord. The truth about God is that he’s NOT distant or uncaring. The fact is Jesus Christ HAS done something about all the evil and suffering in the world. He died for sinners so that “whosoever will” may come to Him in faith, and have eternal life [Jn 3:16]. The key is to be willing; God isn’t going to force or make anyone come to Him. We’re each given a choice as to whom we will serve, “Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, But you’re gonna have to serve somebody…” [Bob Dylan lyrics to song, “Gotta Serve Somebody” 1979] Funny, I should think of Bob Dylan, who at the time he wrote that song, claimed to be a Born Again Christian, but later on defected from the faith! [4]

This encounter reminded me that not all who say they’re Born Again really are. Many sincerely think they are, but their words and actions don’t line up with the Truth. The proof is in the fruit, and we’re told to “try the spirits” as well [1 Jn 4:1]. A truly Born Again (born from above by the Spirit of God) person will bear the “fruit of the Spirit” in their lives which is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Meekness (humility) and Self-Control [Gals 5:22-23]. The woman I met in the park, displayed a good deal of intellectual pride (instead of trust), and stubborn resistance to all my efforts to share biblical truth with her. It’s also possible for one who has been Born Again, to FALL AWAY. This is where the woman could be headed in my estimation. “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, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance…” [Heb 6:4-6] In the end of days the Bible prophesies there will be a “great falling away” [2 Thes 2:3]. Doubting God’s Word and His goodness, is a treacherous, slippery slope that can lead you into Apostasy and spiritual death. As the woman and I walked out of the park together, she stopped to look at the river and spotted a seagull laying motionless in the mud at the river’s edge about twenty feet from us. Its wings were only half open, and it moved just its head. The woman commented that the gull was “dying.” She also pointed out some little fish that were swimming around in the water, but I saw none. At the moment I didn’t think much about it, but later the thought occurred to me that maybe the gull and absence of wildlife around it, could be prophetic signs of the woman’s spiritual condition. I had sensed a substantial amount of heaviness and gloominess about her which could be a sign of spiritual oppression. What’s certain is that her mixing of philosophy with Christian faith, and her over-intellectualizing is dangerous to the health of her faith and soul. Dear reader, WATCH your words and thoughts to be sure you’re not mixing your faith with the vain philosophies of men which can DESTROY your faith in God and the Bible! Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

When you’re born anew you begin a new life that’s joined to the spirit of God who’ll never leave you, and will guide you constantly if you let him. So, who’s it going to be? Who are you going to serve; yourself, the Devil, or God? It’s the most important decision you’ll ever make in your life so give it lots of thought, counting the cost. Yes, there IS a cost to being one of Christ’s disciples, so make no frivolous or shallow commitment to Him for He hates ‘lukewarmness.’ [Rev 3:16] He wants fully surrendered, zealous believers who’ll lavish their love and worship on Him, and are willing to lose their lives for His sake. [Mk 8:35] Despite the costs of following Jesus, the benefits FAR outweigh them! In the Bible are thousands of wonderful promises for those who faithfully love and serve Him. How do I know that God cares about human suffering? I know because I’ve spent lots of time getting to know Him through studying His Word and by praying and listening to Him. How do I know that His Word is trustworthy and reliable? I know because I have TESTED it. I have STOOD on God’s Word many times when I was all alone raising a severely disabled child, and it was ALL I HAD to get me through long, anxious nights. Plus, it is written, 2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 

I’ve PROVEN God’s Word true by applying it over and over in various circumstances, and found it to be as SOLID as granite! Looking back, I can see how not always having human help available CAUSED me to lean hard on God and His Word, which made my faith STRONG. It wasn’t easy, but learning to trust His Word paid huge dividends for me in the short, and long run. Not that I never make mistakes, but they’re way less often and not catastrophic ones like they once were, due to having stored up so much of His Word in my heart. [Ps 119:11] You can do likewise and get the same good results, if you’re willing to trust and not give in to fear and doubt.

Just remember, not deciding to serve Jesus Christ IS a decision to serve yourself and the Devil. At the moment of physical death your eternal future is sealed, there’ll be no second chances. If you choose to serve Satan, you’ll eat the bitter fruit of death in hell with him and other unrepentant sinners. Why not serve Christ, while you still can, and live with Him forever?

Debra Stout © August 27, 2017

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/deism.html Deists deny the Trinity, the inspiration of the Bible, the deity of Christ, miracles, and any supernatural act of redemption or salvation. Deism pictures God as uncaring and uninvolved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deism  Deism (/ˈdiː.ɪzəm/ DEE-iz-əm  or /ˈdeɪ.ɪzəm/DAY-iz-əm; derived from Latin “deus” meaning “god“) is a philosophical position which posits that a god does not interfere directly with the world. It also rejects revelation as a source of religious knowledge and asserts that reasonand observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single creator of the universe.

[2] www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=existentialism  Existentialism in its purest form is any philosophy which states that existence precedes essence; that is to say, that there is no inherent purpose in life (though … http://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_existentialism.html Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes individual existence, freedom and choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life, and try to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe. It focuses on the question of human existence, and the feeling that there is no purpose or explanation at the core of existence. It holds that, as there is no God or any other transcendent force, the only way to counter this nothingness (and hence to find meaning in life) is by embracing existence.

[3] It’s disheartening so many believers are misinformed about the gifts of the Spirit which are just as valid and available to believers today as they were in the early Church period. The super-natural gifts given at Pentecost have NOT ceased, Cessationism is a lie, and a doctrine of Demons.

[4] http://www.openculture.com/2014/08/the-religions-of-bob-dylan.html

Any questions re this or any other post, you can email at the address provided under “Contact Me” on my Home Page. Also, if you’re sure you’ve been Born Again yet you really struggle with feeling God’s presence, can’t worship or pray, and have little or no joy or peace in your heart, maybe it’s time to seek counsel. I have no counseling degree, but I have the Holy Spirit. So if you want to contact me via email, I’ll consult with you to see if there’s something I can do to help you. I’ll make myself available to the extent that I can, short-term. May Yahweh bless you.

Elijah Is Coming Soon (Revised)

Image result for pictures of Elijah the prophet“SET A PLACE AT THE END OF THE TABLE FOR ELIJAH; LISTEN WELL TO HIM, FOR HE’S COMING SOON” ~ Feb. 26, 2003

This prophetic word was dropped into my spirit by the Lord, as I was waking up on my birthday, when He often gives me a prophetic word, scripture, or personal exhortation.

“Set a place at the table” –

The Jews always set a chair, a knife and fork for this prophet at their marriage-feast, whom they suppose to be invisibly present. For the Church to ”set a place at the table,” means to be in a state of expectation and readiness, watching for his return.

To ‘set a place for Elijah’ also means to ‘welcome’ him and treat him as an honored guest. When we sit at table we’re usually ready to eat. So should we be eager to partake of spiritual food from God’s Word and through his spokesmen, always ready to listen. The Jewish people venerate Elijah at their meals, marriage feasts, the end of Shabbat, circumcisions, and Passover seders. According to Jewish folklore, “Tishbi yetaretz kushiot v-abayot-the Tishbite [i.e., Elijah] will answer all unresolved questions.” In other words, after Elijah returns to the Jewish people to proclaim the advent of the messianic age, he will resolve questions of Jewish law that confounded the rabbis for centuries. [1]

Elijah’s Mission —

1) To announce the immanent return of Jesus Christ, or Messiah to the Jews (though many still don’t recognize Him as their messiah).

Jewish Talmudic belief is that Elijah will announce the advent of the Messiah at the conclusion of Shabbat which is supposed to be a foretaste of the messianic age. [2] The deeper, spiritual truth of the Lord’s Sabbath has been lost over time but is starting to be restored to the Body of Christ by those operating in the “spirit of Elijah.” Such will convince many Jews of the truth that Jesus, whom their forefathers rejected, is their true Messiah as they see Christians return to the “ancient paths” – Jer 6:16  Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. 

2) To prepare a people to receive their God.

Like Elijah, John the Baptist preached ‘repentance,’ the first step in preparing people to receive God. Isaiah prophesied that John the Baptist would “prepare the way of the Lord” – 

Mat 3:1  In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, Mat 3:3  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 

People’s hearts have to be “prepared” – made ready, the hardness of them softened, which is done primarily through preaching. As we know, the Jewish leaders didn’t listen to John the Baptist and didn’t receive Jesus as their prophesied Messiah, but rejected and murdered them both! Obviously, their hearts remained hardened and unchanged. However, many of the Jewish people did believe the words of Christ, and did “receive” Him. Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…

3) To preach a message of REPENTANCE. 

Mat 3:2  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Elijah will preach to all men to “turn back” (Heb. ‘shoob’) to their Maker, Yahweh. To turn back means the same as to “return to” and “come back” to Him. Who needs to return, come back, or turn back to God? ALL who have backslidden or drifted away from Him, those in the Body of Christ who have become “lukewarm” and “carnal” who have neglected their spiritual walk, leading “worldly” lives nearly devoid of spiritual works and faith. Such give little acknowledgment or thought to God, whose lives are filled with worldly cares and pursuits. These need to “turn back” to God, like the ancient Israelites did, after backsliding and returning to Yahweh after He chastised them. God exhorts people to ‘turn back’ to Him that they might escape utter destruction. In turning back to God, one repents of his sinning and starts living a life pleasing to God, in accordance with His Word, the Bible. 

4) To bring a message of RECONCILIATION.

Mal 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 
Mal 4:6  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. 

To “turn the heart of the fathers to the children” and “the heart of the children to their fathers” – is that not a picture of reconciliation? This speaks primarily of men reconciling to God their Maker, but also may apply to brothers reconciling to each other, such as Christian and Jewish believers in Jesus Christ. This reconciling will be the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to “make of twain one new man.” Dogma will no longer cause separation and division among them, as both will come to realize they’re “one in Christ.” Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 

To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children. By a very expressive figure of speech, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the rest of the patriarchs, are represented here as having their hearts alienated from the Jews, their children, because of their unbelief and disobedience; but that the Baptist should so far succeed in converting them to the Lord their God, that these holy men should again look upon them with delight, and acknowledge them for their children. Some think that by the children, the Gentiles are meant, and by the fathers, the Jews. [Adam Clarke’s Commentary] 

This “turning back” also includes Christians returning to the roots of their faith, to their spiritual “fathers” who are the Israelite patriarchs from Abraham to Yeshua. In recent times many Christians have begun returning to observing the Feasts of Yahweh such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets, Feast of Tabernacles, Shabbat (Sabbath) and more which the bible states are for ALL followers of Yahweh. These feasts aren’t just for the Jews, the Bible clearly states that the Sabbath was the LORD’S sabbath which was to be “perpetually” observed [3] by ALL who follow Him, in every age. Contrary to popular teaching and opinion, the seventh day sabbath isn’t and never was Sunday, according to God and to His Word the Bible. Not one verse in the Bible affirms Sunday as the Sabbath day, for Sabbath had always been kept on the seventh day from the New Moon which set the seven day cycle for the entire month. The cycle restarts after each New Moon siting. A council of men in 321 A.D. [4] changed the biblical sabbath (and other things) in order to conceal God’s truth and promote worship of the false Sun god. The Elijah company of prophets are now restoring God’s feasts which have been lost, ignored, neglected, and rejected by most of the Church ever since Emperor Constantine “changed the times and the laws” of God by instituting a pagan (non-biblical) time keeping calendar. Our current Gregorian solar calendar isn’t in sync with God’s Creation calendar which was Lunar-solar, the only calendar that accurately keeps time the way Yahweh intended, by both the sun and the moon [5] whereby one can easily find God’s feasts. These proven historical facts can be found in the text of the Bible and are also available on the web. 

5) To bring a message of HOPE and RESTORATION.

Mat 17:1  And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 
Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 
Mat 17:3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 
Mat 17:4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 
Mat 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 
Mat 17:6  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 
Mat 17:7  And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 
Mat 17:8  And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 
Mat 17:9  And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. 
Mat 17:10  And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 
Mat 17:11  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 
Mat 17:12  But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 
Mat 17:13  Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. (*Elias was the Greek rendering of the Hebrew name “Elijah.”)

Jesus told his three disciples who were with Him, that Elijah had already come in SPIRIT in the person of John the Baptist, Luk 1:17  And he (John the Baptist) shall go before him 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. 

What if the coming of Elijah isn’t a literal re-appearing of the Old Testament prophet, but a vast group of people sent to deliver a message throughout the world in a display of power and anointing like the prophet of old? 

God must have had a reason for allowing several of Jesus’s disciples to see this vision. Perhaps it was so they wouldn’t give in to despair after Jesus’s death and to show them that those who put their trust in Him will be likewise glorified, a “blessed hope” for all who believe – Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour 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. 

Image result for pictures of a lamb lying down with a lionWhat message brings more hope for the believer than the soon return of Jesus the Messiah, and His thousand year reign on earth called the Millennium? The Millennium will be a time of great peace, rejoicing, and rest for the entire world – when all things will be ‘restored’ to their original order and perfection. Mat 17:11  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. “restore” 1) restore to its former state, 2) to be in its former state. [Thayer’s Greek Definitions] Also read Isaiah 65:17-25. Obviously, Elijah of old didn’t restore all of Creation back to its original state. The ‘all things’ which the end time Elijah company is to restore, are the teachings and doctrines of Yahweh which have been discarded, distorted, altered, or ignored over the centuries! 

There’s a strong exhortation in this prophecy to ”listen well to” Elijah. By this we know that what he says has great import for all of Abraham’s seed, both Jew and Gentile. It’s a call to hear and to receive the message of Repentance, Restoration and Reconciliation spoken through the Elijah company in the world today. 

Debra R. Stout © March 14, 2017

FOOTNOTES:
[1] http://www.reformjudaism.org/passover-mystery-fifth-cup  (Section: Passover Seder)

[2] http://www.reformjudaism.org/passover-mystery-fifth-cup (Section: Havdalah)

[3] Exo 31:16  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. Exo 31:17  It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. 

[4] Constantine created the earliest Sunday law known to history in AD 321. Chamber’s Encyclopedia says this: Unquestionably the first law, either ecclesiastical or civil, by which the Sabbatical observance of that Day is known to have been ordained, is the edict of Constantine, 321 A.D.iii

[5] Gen 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 

*All underlining, bold, and italics, are mine. 

“God is in Control As Age-Old Plan Unfolds”

We’ve reached a marker, a point in history at which many are reversing God’s order of things, like male and female, right and wrong. They’re doing this by changing their sex via hormonal manipulation, and blurring the demarcation between the sexes by cross-dressing and same-sex marriage. These trends aren’t really about individual rights or freedom to make one’s own choices, but about reversing God’s natural order of things and removing God, His Name, and His Law from every sector of society in an effort to create chaos and destabilize it. This is what the Progressives, and others like them, are after, this is their game plan and they will do anything to accomplish it.

Various movements have been slowly progressing towards this end for quite awhile, but now, they’ve become MILITANT, demanding ACCEPTANCE from society and that society change its mores to suit their beliefs and life-styles! Many in these movements spew vile speech in the name of ‘freedom’ of course, the very freedom brave men and women fought and bled for in order to protect their freedom of speech, and other freedoms which these bullies abuse to push their agenda. Bullies don’t have enough I.Q. to know how to negotiate with others for what they want, or how to live peacefully side by side with others of different persuasions, different faiths, different colors, and different creeds. One reason is they really don’t care about PEACE. Peace isn’t their goal, nor EQUALITY. These bullies don’t want to be merely equal, they want to PUSH their beliefs and life-styles upon society at large. If they had their way, every child in America would be exposed to and INDOCTRINATED into the Gay, Lesbian, Trans-sexual, Trans-Gender life-styles. If Progressives had their way, traditional marriage between one man and one woman would become defunct, and be rejected by future generations in favor of same-sex marriage. Today the term, CHOICE is associated with everything that’s ungodly, anti-Christian, anti-Bible, and anti-life. Satan has surely done a good job at deceiving many with his TWISTING of terminology – nothing new there, the Serpent did the same thing in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve [Gen 3].

What none of these bullies realize is that while they’ll be allowed to cause trouble for a season, their causes will fail in due time, and in the end they’ll be judged and sentenced to everlasting flames, unless they repent of their wickedness. Those who refuse to repent will face judgement and be punished accordingly.

Psa 2:1  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 
Psa 2:2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 
Psa 2:3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 
Psa 2:4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 
Psa 2:10  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 
Psa 2:11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 
Psa 2:12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. 

While wrath awaits the wicked, God has provided a ‘way of escape’ for those who turn from their sins to Him for forgiveness, cleansing, and restoration of the soul. Only righteous Christians who’s sins are covered by Christ’s Blood, escape God’s wrath because they believed in and received Christ as Lord and Savior during their life times, Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Everyone else is subject to the Law of God which states, “the soul that sinneth shall die” (spiritually). That law still binds those who refuse to receive Christ, Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

Hiding behind a facade of equal rights, the wicked plot to create ‘chaos’ through rioting, violence, wars, genocide, false flags, plagues, disasters, spreading disease, economic collapse, destruction of the family, sexual perversions, corrupting the school system with Socialistic dogma, degrading God and His authority, disintegration of society, and shattering societal norms into a thousand little pieces. “Ordo Ab Chao” [1] or “Order out of chaos,” written on America’s One-dollar bill, is a goal the United Nations [2] is vastly involved in.

“Secret Societies have a great motto ‘Ordo Ab Chao’ meaning ‘Order Out of Chaos’. Agendas are formulated designed to give the powerful more power. Chaos is created, and media blitzed. Then cries go out for solution. Laws are passed which could never have been passed without the chaos. The order, has reigned through deception of the masses, and the agenda is accomplished.” –James Arthur, “Mushrooms and Mankind”

It would be to America’s (and the world’s) advantage to dissolve the United Nations, for it is an EVIL, corrupt organization due to its Socialist-Marxist-Communist core beliefs and plans for the world. I’ve often felt that the U.N. was a major player in the End-times game plan, and could be the headquarters of the New One-World Order government. “The United Nations is a de facto global government and does not rule by the consent of the governed. The United Nations is a global government to which American politicians of both parties have surrendered our Constitutional rights.” [3]

“On transfer of sovereignty to the United Nations, those who do not conform to United Nations authority will be considered RESISTERS and declared ENEMIES OF THE GOVERNMENT. Public statements in support of the old ways and favoring continued United States nationalism will be considered ENEMY DOCTRINE.” [4]

Once society is destabilized, it becomes easy prey for a ‘take over’ by some ideology like the Progressive/Socialist movement. If one takes a look at the past rise and fall of nations, this is easily seen. Nations become weak through careless, greedy, or inept rulers, and when they turn away from God and His laws, as did Israel many times.

The United States of America started out as a God-fearing nation, one which honored God and His laws, and which based its government upon biblical principles [5]. Thus, if America turns her back on God, will she not incur judgments like Israel did? God hasn’t changed his modus operandi, He’s the “same, today, yesterday, and forever” [Heb 13:8]. I really like that about Him because I don’t have to worry what kind of mood He’s in on a given day, if He’ll ever stop loving me, or if He’ll withdraw His salvation on a whim. Thankfully, God isn’t fickle like man! In my opinion, nothing this world has to offer can compare to the glory, riches, and honor that will be given to those who receive Him now. This world is just a ‘temporary’ dwelling place for Christians, who know that their real, everlasting abode is with God and Christ in the New Jerusalem, the City of God which will descend from heaven.

When Jesus Christ returns He comes to depose all ungodly governments and thrones, to round up the wicked for the flames, and to gather His Elect unto Himself [Mt 13:49, 24:31; Mar 13:27]. Who’s side are you on? Are you on the side of the unjust wicked, or God’s side? Exo 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me.” There is no middle ground! There is no compromising! Jos 24:15 “choose you this day whom ye will serve!” Mind you, God hasn’t changed! He’s still asking every man or woman, “Who’s side are you on?” If it be God’s, then come over to Him, if it be the devil’s then to him you may go, but woe to you if you do! The Devil or Satan, has nothing but fear, enslavement, hatred, murder, deception, death, darkness, and everlasting damnation to offer you! I can’t understand WHY anyone would want to follow Satan when his reward is only eternal damnation in a fiery hell. The only explanation which makes sense, is that they’ve been ‘blinded’, and therefore can’t see that they’re being manipulated and used by him to do his dirty work on earth, 2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not….

Despite all the raging and tumult of nations, God has given his Elect many wonderful assurances such as Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 

No matter what wicked plans unfold, the Almighty God is in control!
And all His saints say “Amen!”

Debra R. Stout, January 28, 2017

FOOTNOTES:

[1] This term Order out of Chaos, in Latin Ordo ab Chao, is the slogan of the 33rd degree of Freemasonry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_ phrases_(O) http://www.orwelltoday.com/stagedevents.shtml 
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations
[3] https://beforeitsnews.com/prophecy/2016/01/pope-francis-exposed-the-one-world-religion-has-arrived-and-is-now-being-executed-video-2476626.html
[4] https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_un04.htm
[5] https://www.fbalions.org/editoruploads/files/Middle%20School/Our%20Nation%E2%80%99s%20Biblical%20Foundation.pdf