SIGNS… AND WONDERS…Part Three

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In Part One, I presented a review of the record of the Divine Healing and Miracle ministry of Jesus Christ. This was part, and parcel, of his preaching the Gospel.

In Part Two, I covered how the Divine Healing and Miracle ministry of Christ and his successors, in the Early Church was lost, due to a Great Apostasy from the Messianic roots of the Early Church.

This metamorphosis of a Jewish Messianic Church into a Gentile mixture of gospel elements and Paganism, came into full fruition with the Council of Nicea, in 325 C.E., and the subsequent acceptance by the Emperor Constantine, to make this hybrid Gentile Christianity, the official State Religion.

For a long time, this Great Apostasy held sway, despite the Christian religion being based on supernatural events such as healings and miracles.

Gradually though, some embers were lit, and a people of faith stepped out into the waters to once again demonstrate some supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit of God.

These embers became a slow fire in the 19th century, which started to glow more brightly at the turn of the 20th century.

Such principals as Mary Woodworth-Etter, and John Alexander Dowie took center stage.

The Healing Ministry of the Power of God through the Holy Spirit could no longer be swept under the rug of Cessationism and unbelief.

Finally, a quantum leap was made… the Pentecostal Revival began. People started to seek for more spiritual power to be greater witnesses for Christ.

Following  the  Pentecostal  Revival,  a  general  lifting  of the Holy Spirit (1925-1945) became evident as men started to try to control the Move of God into personal kingdoms and denominational factions.

There was again, some moving of the Holy Spirit, just following the end of the Second World War. This moving, or revival, was typical of all Gentile Church Age revivals…as, it appeared outside of the Established Church control…

Tent Evangelism, and Tent healing and deliverance services, became the new vogue. Out of nowhere, came a bevy of tent healing evangelists, one following the other in rapid succession from about 1946-1952. Several of these lowly Tent ministers and Healing Tent Evangelists became household names in Post-Modern times. Their message was…“Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, today, and forever,” in dispensing healing and miracle cures.

The Flamboyant A.A. Allen was one of the first to appear. The boldest of them, Jack Coe, electrified audiences with his convictions of faith and healing exploits.

The Indefatigable Oral Roberts, who out-worked everyone with his zeal in the healing and deliverance ministry. And finally, perhaps, the most heralded and controversial…the Pentecostal mystic, William Branham.

^ Scenes of Gigantic Tent Revivals were witnessed all across the American landscape and its spiritual landscape following the Second World War.

However, such a demonstration of faith and power was not to last, at least, in its current application of those times. This was all swept away, to be replaced in times ahead, by a totally NEW paradigm…

In the interim though, before this NEW paradigm is revealed, something else did come in, and it was not for the better, as negative spiritual forces sought to undermine and corrupt the return of the Healing and Deliverance ministries to the Gospel.

Though, healing and miracles had been on the scene, there were signs of something greater yet, to appear…But the Enemy came in, to attempt to destroy this edifice of a Gospel with Power.

Part Three…

Era of the Healing Evangelists Wanes into Sorcery

 

The Holy Spirit started to lift off the Healing Ministries in the late 1950’s. The era of the “Healing Evangelists” had commenced right after the Second World War. By the year 1967, what healing evangelists were left had become full-fledged sorcerers.

These had been a mixture of spirit and error; flesh and spirit; but after the Holy Spirit lifted, they had become “angel of light” ministries ( 2 Corinthians 11:12-15) .

The year 1967 was the year of the Six-Day War in Israel, in which the Israeli Defense Forces fulfilled Christ’s Prophecy recorded by  Luke (21:24). As a consequence, the general Call to the Gentiles which started in the house of Cornelius (see Acts 10; approximately 41 A.D. according to Reese’s Chronological Bible) was NOW over… 

God was no longer exclusively dealing with, or calling out,  or converting Gentile peoples as a distinct class, as before. This is why the Gentile Church has been in serious decline in the last fifty years that have followed, and why….there has been none, if any, general moving of the Holy Spirit, which has resulted in a grave moral decline throughout the popular Church, and the world!

^ Following the End of the Times of the Gentiles, and the demise of the Healing Evangelists, a spotlight fell on a Kathryn Kuhlman, above.

 When as a younger woman, Kuhlman attended some Angelus Temple meetings in Los Angeles, California. Kuhlman carefully studied, as Simon the Sorcerer observed Philip the Evangelist in Samaria as recorded in Acts 8, the techniques of Aimee Semple McPherson.

Aimee Semple McPherson, in her early ministry in Pentecostal circuits and circles in California, had an early healing and miracle ministry, that inspired others, like Charles Price, who I covered in Part Two.

This type of ministry, and the persona of McPherson, made an indelible impression on Kuhlman.

In short order at an opportune juncture, Kuhlman adopted a similar order in her meetings and not only dressed like Aimee, but also adopted several of her  mannerisms and theatrical modes.

If you watched the two, side by side, in their respective time periods, and in their respective ministries, you would be surprised how cannily Miss Kuhlman copied McPherson.

Reader, this is just what sorcerers do, just like Simon wanted to copy Philip in Samaria.

Unlike the Healing Evangelists, Kuhlman did not claim any spiritual gifts such as the  gift of faith, or healing, or miracles. Indeed, she seldom laid “hands on the sick.” The only time she did regularly lay hands on someone was when they had already been “healed.”

Upon doing this, subjects frequently “fell under the power” of the Holy Spirit. This was not a new phenomenon and had been a feature of the Pentecostal Revival and before, notably with Mary Woodworth-Etter.

Kuhlman would claim that the Holy Spirit was doing the healings and would call out ailments and afflictions (this is called by psychologists, “psychosomatic healings” ) that she was prompted by the Spirit throughout the audience.

Unlike the Healing Evangelists, she laid no emphasis on faith or Gospel accounts of healing to build up the faith of her listeners. This was highly unusual…thus, more often than not,  her “healings” or manifestations (…”falling under the Power”…)  were received by athiests, agnostics, spiritualists, Eastern religionists, and not upon Christians or people professing faith for healing.

Unfortunately for Kuhlman,  a Christian doctor named William Nolen did some critical research of her meetings and wrote a book, “In Search of a Miracle.” Nolen could not find ONE medically documented healing by Kuhlman. She died in the mid-1970’s, a  wealthy woman with a private art collection. Interestingly enough, an associate of Oral Roberts received the financial assets of her estate.

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Benny Hinn

Following in the steps of Kuhlman about a decade later, there came a Benny Hinn. Hinn also was an aspiring student of Aimee Semple McPherson, and Miss Kuhlman. Hinn was introduced to Kuhlman’s ministry in 1973, when he traveled by charter bus from his home of Toronto to attend her meetings in Pittsburgh, PA. Following this, Hinn often attended more Kuhlman meetings, ostensibly to study her methods…

Indeed, following this, Hinn said that he would frequently visit both of the grave sites of McPherson, and Kuhlman, and commune with their “anointing.” In these sorts of bizarre scenarios, as depicted above with Hinn, who is shown by the grave of Kuhlman, this activity is nothing less than “necromancy,” ….condemned by the Bible.

Despite these Biblical condemnations of communing with the dead, or necromancy, ….Hinn claimed to have received from these “communions,” the respective “Anointings,” of the McPherson and Kuhlman ministries….

As a result, Hinn developed a near identical ministry to that of Kuhlman. Hinn, would also claim NO gift, nor emphasize or preach on faith being the medium of God’s Divine Power.

Much of the same manifestations appeared in Hinn’s meetings, like Kuhlman’s, in which Hinn would announce that the Holy Spirit was ministering in certain areas of the congregation, with certain cures, for that section. This again, is called “psychosomatic healings.” Anyone can claim them, if they have a corresponding, subjective emotional feeling…

How these “healings,” psychosomatic cures, and other manifestations such as “falling under the Power,” were affected, was by seducing the audiences into a pre-hypnotic state, also termed “altered states of consciousness.” In these altered states, audience members could be persuaded, as hypnotic subjects, to demonstrate or manifest any number of these manifestations…

Again, Hinn seldom laid hands on the sick, and only laid hands on those already claiming some sort of healing in the meeting. These were the folks that were being  “mesmerized,” or under “altered states of consciousness,” in which they claimed healing cures.

Once these subjects came forward to the podium to give testimony where Mr. Hinn was officiating, they could easily be more manipulated into “falling under the Power,” when touched, waved upon, or breathed upon, or usually as the case, they were literally pushed down by Hinn. It is a wonder that these people pushed and shoved to the floor were not injured…or, maybe some were…

Hinn had a more dramatic flair than the conservative Kuhlman, in which he could cause again, by “altered states,” whole sections of the crowd to “fall or reel backward by the Power of the Spirit.” This phenomenon was to demonstrate the unmistakable presence of the “Anointing” upon Hinn.

However, Hinn could not, as Kuhlman, so far of 35+ years of his ministerial career, produce ONE medically documented, certifiable healing or miracle.

Moreover, Hinn’s financial excesses are well-known, unlike the discreet Kuhlman, and he has been the subject of major television network exposés leading up to political scrutiny from Senator Grassley of Iowa, who launched an investigation of Hinn’s finances.

In 2010, The National Enquirer published photos of Hinn holding hands with televangelist Without Walls pastor Paula White in Rome (see below), in which Hinn admitted sexual improprieties; Hinn was married to Suzanne Hinn at the time. His wife filed for divorce in February 2010 but they later remarried in 2013.

Today Hinn, though claiming more spiritual power than ever, and greater miracles about to soon appear, his ministry is stagnant in repeating the same tired clockwork of manifestations, over and over again, in which his meetings are no longer attracting curiousity and consequently, are in demise.

WATCH THE HAND!part of the Mesmerization Process that is parcel of  Mr. Hinn’s brand of sorcery. Note the trance-like state of Mr. Hinn’s subject, who is fixated upon his outstretched hand…

And like the mere mortal that Mr. Hinn is turning out to be…he has been admitted in hospital visits in which the “faith healer,” has received treatment for reduced oxygen levels stemming from abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation: a condition he has experienced intermittently for over 20 years.

No  doubt, his following has not been aware of that….

Several examples of his teaching and preaching “prowess” are cited by critics and are plain outright, goofy statements, for which he frequently retracts and apologizes for, despite being under the… “Anointing,”… when making such remarks.

However, Hinn’s real talent is the same as Kathryn Kuhlman’s. Both are really “sorcerers.” Like the Magicians in the courts of Pharoah, both are able to duplicate some spiritual power of questionable effect. Such results, beyond surface demonstrations are without substance, and are as “wind without rain.”

As indicative of sorcerers, neither one claimed any spiritual gifts, nor did they generate faith in their hearers for genuine healings or miracles, as the earlier Healing Evangelists had, and earlier Pentecostal luminaries, did.

Instead, of producing ONE documented genuine miracle or healing between them, they “bewitched (or deceived) the people with sorceries” (Acts 8:11).  As a consequence, these sorcerers and others like them in this contemporary era, have plenty of money among them as did Simon, who offered the Apostles money for more spiritual power so that he could demonstrate that power as further sorceries for his own glory, adulation, and  further financial benefit (Acts 8:18). 

Such solicitation and abuse of the accumulation of riches and money have brought reproach on  real Christian ministry.

These individuals are “known by their fruits” and are not genuine servants of God, but rather are attempting to serve twoor, and in several instances, more masters,that Christ warned of (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13).

Hinn has gone so far in acquiring this spiritual power, that he has sought to contact the “dead,” at the gravesite of Kuhlman. His description of such activity is what the Bible condemns as “necromancy.” The penalty in the Old Testament for necromancy was death ( Leviticus 20:6, 27).  No one who engages in “communing with the dead” can be in fellowship with God nor have the sanction of the Holy Spirit upon their lives. Indeed, such an individual is “spiritually defiled” and is defiling others as well (Lev. 19:31). 

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Like a Magician  ^ Noted authority on the Occult and demonology, the late Kurt E. Koch, wrote several books on the delivering power of Jesus Christ, and how to discern demonic  powers.

Koch met and interviewed Miss Kuhlman, above, and others, and attended several of her meetings. Koch came away disturbed, convinced that Kuhlman was NOT a genuine Christian, and listed her, in his book (above right) entitled OCCULT ABC,… as someone that Christians should avoid lest they become spiritually oppressed.

As a young man myself, I attended several of Kuhlman’s meetings in San Jose, California, and the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, in the early 1970’s. Miss Kuhlman herself, laid hands on me three different times in different meetings when I was invited to go upon the podium stage where she was active, with predictable results. Hence, I came away with a similar view as Koch.

I have never attended nor needed to attend  a Benny Hinn meeting to discern him, as his methods were all to obvious to me as he is a dedicated sorcerer.

This concludes Part Three of this series. I will write the conclusion of  this topic in my next installment.

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SIGNS… AND WONDERS…Part Two

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In Part One, I presented a review of the record of the Divine Healing and Miracle ministry of Jesus Christ. This was part, and parcel, of his preaching the Gospel.

The word, “gospel,” signifies “good news.” It certainly was “good news,” when Jesus strode into the towns and villages of Galilee, and the metropolis of Jerusalem,  with his retinue, and “went about doing good and healing all who were Oppressed of the Devil, for God was with Him” ( Acts 10:38b).

Considering the underdeveloped state of medicine and medical technology, in first century Judea, or Palestine, and unchecked fearsome diseases such as leprosy and palsy,  among others at the time, the Healing and Miracle ministry, or SIGNS and WONDERS that accompanied Jesus’s ministry, was indeed singular and wonderful “Good News” to those afflicted and in need of bodily healings and miracles.

Certainly, the Gospels are chock full of accounts of folks who sought out Jesus for special ministry and miraculous cures. Yes, Jesus was not only preaching the “good news” of his coming Kingdom that God would set up,… but he was ALSO the breathing, walking, living, “Good News,” that demonstrated the power of this Coming Kingdom by Signs and Wonders among the People.

Several incidences of Jesus being the literal “Good News” of Healing, Miracles, and Life-Giving Cures are shown above: The Raising of Jairus; the Woman with the Hemorrhage of Blood; Jesus healing a Blind Man; Jesus ministering to the Demonically Afflicted Who called upon him for Deliverance…Jesus Healing the Lame and Blind….In all, some 37 accounts of healings and miracles occurred in the record of the Gospels!

These “signs and wonders” did not cease with the end of Jesus’ ministry, but rather, was spread out, among the Twelve Disciples, later called Original Apostles, and other Apostles such as Paul, James, Silas, Barnabas, and Apollos, plus Evangelists like Philip and Stephen, and others like Ananias. This miraculous ministry always followed the Anointed Preaching of these servants of God.

However, at the close of the Jewish Polity, many of these principals were taken off the scene, and these special miracle ministries became sparse, as there lacked suitable substitutes, to carry on this particular Work, which apparently ended with the cessation of the Jewish Polity.

This however, was predicted, by Paul, Peter, and Jude. They had predicted, or prophesied of a “falling away,” or apostasy from First Century, or Early Messianic Christianity. Indeed, just after the destruction of the Jewish Polity at Jerusalem, post 70 C.E., the Gospel proceeded from Messianic Jewish control to that of Gentile control and influence, as the Jewish Messianic remnants were scattered, and had no further central location as a sphere of influence.

Apostles Paul, Peter, and Jude, All Prophesied of an Imminent Apostasy from, as Jude put it, “the faith once Delivered to the Saints.” No more than a generation following these Warnings, the transition into Apostasy had been completed…This paradigm change has become termed, “Orthodoxy,” in the Gentile Church system, but actually, it is “Heterodoxy,” compared to the Messianic Jewish belief structure, in the First Century Church of the Nazarenes, or the “Way.”

With this ongoing transfer  of control to Gentile believers, emphasis was no longer placed on “signs,” such as healing the sick, or miracles, but rather, elements of Platonic philosophy in the stressing of “gnosis,” or knowledge,…sometimes referred to in the Old Testament, and Apocrypha, as “wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:22; Paul, in referring to this, apparently had noticed this early trend among the Corinthian Gentiles).

This metamorphosis of a Jewish Messianic Church into a Gentile mixture of gospel elements and Paganism, came into full fruition with the Council of Nicea, in 325 C.E., and the subsequent acceptance by the Emperor Constantine, to make this hybrid Gentile Christianity, the official State Religion.

As this process progressed, pageantry and paganism took stronger hold, and morphed into another paradigm, that had no basis or  foundation, from the New Testament record.

This effectively ended, all “signs and wonders.”

This also effectively ended, except for some “troubling of the waters,” the ministry of the Anointed Word, and the true, and genuine Gospel, which did possess…the power of salvation.

This continued for hundreds of years.

Then finally, one day, that started to change…as…

 

The “Water is Troubled” further: the Full Gospel Starts to Emerge Once Again…

 

Slowly, the Revelation that God can and will heal as part of the Message of the Gospel found a following.
One such following was the founder of the Quakers, a George Fox.

Fox developed a significant healing ministry, one which preceded his evangelistic travels to America, from his native England, in the late 17th century C.E.

When Fox prayed for the sick, he practiced the “laying on of hands.” In his Journal, that he kept record of his ministry and movement, there contained accounts of many who were healed, and after his death, a “Book of Miracles” was discovered which listed in detail, some 150 healings under his ministry.

A little later, certain Quakers split off, who had an active millennial vision. These were described as “Shakers,” as they featured certain manifestations of the Holy Spirit in their worship and practice. These believers, under Mother Ann Lee, regularly reported healings through the Prayer of Faith, and the “laying on of hands.”

This sort of activity flowed and ebbed until about the mid-19th century in Europe, when Blumhardt, Stockmayer, and a Dorothea Trudel, became prominent in advocating that Healing was part of the Blood Atonement of Christ. However, this was, with such teaching whether correct or incorrect, gave service to the increasing belief that healings and miracles were possible.

In the United States, about the same time, there arose a company of similar pioneers such as Phoebe Palmer, A.J. Gordon, and A.B. Simpson, who practiced the Prayer of Faith and the laying on of hands. In South Africa, the world renowned saintly minister, Andrew Murray, leader of the Dutch Reform Church there, received miraculous healing for a throat affliction, which led to changing the spiritual landscape almost exponentially.

The Healing Ministry of the Power of God through the Holy Spirit could no longer be swept under the rug of Cessationism and unbelief.

Bolder individuals emerged such as Mary Woodworth-Etter, and John Alexander Dowie amazed audiences with their faith and apparent gifts of healing. Dowie’s well publicized healings from his public stage at the Chicago World Fair made him…a national figure…

MARY  WOODWORTH-ETTER:  For  about  40  years, 1885-1924,  Etter  ministered  all  across  the  United States, in an unique healing and deliverance ministry.  These newspaper clippings are only a few from that time period reporting on her work.

Finally, a quantum leap was made… the Pentecostal Revival began. People started to seek for more spiritual power to be greater witnesses for Christ. There were several luminaries that God raised up that heralded the ministry of healing as part and parcel of the preaching of the Gospel.

  < Most notable of the Healing Evangelists in the early 20th Century that the Pentecostal Revival produced was Smith Wigglesworth, left, and right, Dr. Charles Price. A more obscure figure that had unbelievable results in praying for the sick and the working of miracles was a Dutch immigrant to the United States known as Carl Henry (Hjersman), pictured lower right. His book, “Christ, the Great Physician” (lower left, a very rare book ), documents his  ministry in the late 1930’s-40’s

Content and excerpts from Henry’s book and his other book, Exploits of Faith, are used for a college   credit course on faith healing by a major Pentecostal denomination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following  the  Pentecostal  Revival,  a  general  lifting  of the Holy Spirit (1925-1945) became evident as men started to try to control the Move of God into personal kingdoms and denominational factions.

There was again, some moving of the Holy Spirit, just following the end of the Second World War. This moving, or revival, was typical of all Gentile Church Age revivals…as, it appeared outside of the Established Church control…

Tent Evangelism, and Tent healing and deliverance services, became the new vogue. Out of nowhere, came a bevy of tent healing evangelists, one following the other in rapid succession from about 1946-1952. Several of these lowly Tent ministers and Healing Tent Evangelists became household names in Post-Modern times. Their message was…“Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, today, and forever,” in dispensing healing and miracle cures.

^  Such  Tent  Healing  and  Miracle  Revivalists  Nearly Brought a New Paradigm into the Pentecostal Movement. Pictured, left to right top

The Flamboyant A.A. Allen; the first one to appear, and boldest of them, Jack Coe, who nearly electrified audiences with his convictions of faith and healing exploits, which included this collection of crutches in one service;

Pictured, left to right bottom

The Indefatigable Oral Roberts, who out-worked everyone with his zeal in the healing and deliverance ministry. And finally, perhaps, the most heralded photograph of this phenomenon…William Branham, shown here, with a halo “cloud” over his head.

Individuals arose such as William Branham, Oral Roberts, Jack Cole, A.A. Allen and others to preach and practice what they called a “full” gospel.

However, none of these men had the gifts, nor the graces, to have a lasting positive impact as a Wigglesworth, or a Charles Price, had. Indeed, many of these tent healing revivalists went off the scene in ignominy, obscurity, or scandal, …in contrast to their early successes.

^ Scenes of Gigantic Tent Revivals were witnessed all across the American landscape and its spiritual landscape following the Second World War.

Each healing revivalist sought to compete with each other as to who had the largest tent for publicity advantage. Jack Coe, visited a Oral Roberts tent meeting, and measured it, and then had one made just bigger, for bragging rights. Later, A.A. Allen purchased this tent from Coe, and for the duration of this healing ministry period, maintained that he had the “largest tent in the world!”

These activities on the Healing, Miracle, and Deliverance front made such ministries and their claims to be widely publicized throughout the United States. Again, Supernatural Spiritual Events, pantomiming some of the New Testament record of healings, were being brought onto the forefront of public consciousness. For those, who followed such exploits of faith, these were “heady times.”

However, such a demonstration of faith and power was not to last, at least, in its current application of those times. This was all swept away, to be replaced in times ahead, by a totally NEW paradigm…

In the interim though, before this NEW paradigm is revealed, something else did come in, and it was not for the better, as negative spiritual forces sought to undermine and corrupt the return of the Healing and Deliverance ministries to the Gospel.

Though, healing and miracles had been on the scene, there were signs of something greater yet, to appear…But the Enemy came in, to attempt to destroy this edifice of a Gospel with Power.

That is in, Part 3, of this series. This is the end of Part Two.

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SIGNS… AND WONDERS…Part One

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When Jesus ministered here on earth, it was said of him by Peter, how “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with Power, who went about doing good and healing all who were Oppressed of the Devil, for God was with Him” ( Acts 10:38).

 

These good works of healing and delivering individuals from the power of Satan are termed by the Bible as “Signs and Wonders.” Jesus quoted from Isaiah, when preaching in the Synagogue in Nazareth (Isaiah 61:1-2), that “signs and wonders” would be evident in His Ministry. This was certainly confirmed by the authors of the Gospels, that….

“Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in the Synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing ALL manner of sicknesses and ALL manner of disease among the people. And His fame went throughout ALL Syria: and they brought to Him ALL the sick who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, and those who were oppressed by demons, epileptics and paralytics, and He healed them.”

Acts of healing, though uncommon, were not unknown in Jesus’ day. In Jewish culture, godly and divinely inspired men were believed to have the power to perform miraculous cures (a few of these instances are recorded in Jewish Rabbinic writings).

However, the accounts of Christ’s healings are remarkable in several aspects.

No one else was known to cure such a wide variety of afflictions, including blindness, paralysis, leprosy, deafness and dumbness, maimed body parts, in which Jesus supplied lost body parts, as such “creation” is an astounding miracle.

Moreover, Christ brought back people from the dead… such miracles of “raising the dead,” were truly wonders, and miracles that could not be duplicated by others unless they were also genuine believers in Christ.

These signs and wonders confirmed Christ’s status with God and calling (Acts 2:22). Nicodemus admitted that he and other Jewish Elders “know that you are a teacher sent from God; for no one can do these Signs that you do, unless God is with him” ( John 3:2).

When Jesus commissioned the Twelve Disciples, He gave them similar power (Luke 9:1) and commanded them to preach the Gospel… and to heal the sick. Luke records that “they departed,..preaching the Gospel, and healing everywhere” (verse 2).

JESUS SENDS OUT THE “TWELVE”

 ” Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases” (Luke 9:1).

Jesus also commissioned 70 others and gave them the same power and authority; so it is seen that casting out evil spirits and healing the sick was not exclusive unto the Twelve.

Indeed, the Seventy came back and told Christ that even… the evil spirits… were subject unto them in His Name. Is healing the sick and deliverance from oppression part and parcel in Preaching the Gospel?

However, Jesus commissioned these Seventy a little differently…

He REVERSED the order of ministry with them, by telling them to “heal the sick… and announce that the Kingdom of God is approaching you.”

Hence, healing the sick and preaching the Gospel, GO HAND IN HAND with the divine commission in preaching the Gospel!

At His Ascension, Jesus told the 500 there (1 Cor. 15:6) to wait in Jerusalem for His Promise to send the Holy Spirit upon them, whereupon they would be equipped with power from on high (Luke 24:49).

The Book of Acts, the second chapter, records this outpouring upon 120 believers. This “full” Gospel continued to be in evidence by the Apostles and believers throughout the Book of Acts. Some examples of this are listed below :

“And…many wonders and signs were done by the Apostles” (Acts 2:43b).

” …stretching forth your Hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the Name of your holy servant Jesus” (Acts 4:30).

“And by the hands of the Apostles were many signs and wonders done among the people” (Acts 5:12).

Philip, who was an Evangelist, also performed signs and wonders in his evangelization of Samaria.

“Philip went to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the crowds were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. For many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or maimed were healed” (Acts 8:5-7 NLT).

The same signs and wonders were done by Paul and Barnabas in the city of Iconium (Acts 14:3).

Paul told the Roman church that by mighty signs and wonders through the Holy Spirit of God, that he had FULLY preached the Gospel (Rom. 15:19 KJV) throughout his ministerial travels throughout the mid-eastern Roman Empire.

Indeed, the scripture reading in the Gospel of Mark reveals that this power to FULLY preach the Gospel to available… to ALL believers:

“And these signs shall follow them THAT believe; In my Name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues….they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover “ (Mark 16:17, 18b).

Thus, according to New Testament record, this is the pattern of the preaching of the FULL and GENUINE Gospel.

^ Unlike Philip’s simple evangelistic preaching of the Gospel, today’s mass evangelism uses Madison Avenue advertising, targets special groups, is very well financed, and engages in sensationalism identical… to circus acts and freak shows… Here Billy Graham claims “sin-smashing” success… states that his meetings are a “Revival,” and that it is the “greatest” ever in Los Angeles. Graham claims that 160,000 have heard him with 5000 “conversions” in this 1949 “Crusade.”

Compare this to the “crusade” that Philip had in Acts 8.

There, Philip evangelized by: the Preaching of the Gospel with “signs following.”

This resulted in many miracles and healings being done as evil spirits were cast out of many and many who were lame and paralytic were cured.

…No,… Philip did not need slick ad campaigns and extravagant claims, as the city of Samaria was filled “with great joy” at the preaching of Philip.

Which Gospel would you rather hear if you had a choice today ?

It is apparent then, that the origins of Christianity were based on Signs, Wonders, and Miracles, by the medium of Divine Intervention. THIS WAS A STAPLE OF GOSPEL PREACHING IN FIRST CENTURY JUDEA.

What has happened?

Popular Christianity today, has NO such Signs, Wonders, and Miracles, by the medium of Divine Intervention. Is it really the SAME Gospel…then?

 

What Happened to the “Full” Gospel?

 

The Apostle Paul and his apostolic contemporaries all predicted a demise and departure from the truth and power of the First-Century Gospel.

Indeed, Paul told the Ephesian Church that after his departure, there would be grievous wolves that SHALL enter in among you, not sparing the flock…men shall arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after  them. Therefore, watch and remember, that for three years I ceased not to warn you  every night and day with tears (Acts 20:29-31).

THE  APOSTLE  PAUL

Paul, warned the Ephesian Church of an approaching Apostasy from the truths and power of the First-Century Church.

 Paul had also warned the Thessalonian Church along the same lines.

The Thessalonians thought that the Resurrection and Return of Christ was about to happen. Paul had to explain otherwise (2 Thessalonians 2).

Paul informed the Thessalonians, that before the Return of Christ would occur, that there would be first…a Great Falling Away…Paul implied that this what was…IMPENDING…

PETER, WRITING HIS GENERAL EPISTLES

Peter, in his second general epistle, predicted the same phenomenon, as Paul did.

In 2 Peter 2:1-3, Peter stressed that he thought the Apostasy was quite imminent. The brother of Jesus, Jude, who wrote the epistle bearing his name, uses very nearly the identical language as Peter, in confirming the prophecy of Peter, of an Apostasy from the practices of the First-Century Church.

    Jude, in his epistle, writes that this Apostasy is already happening, as “certain men have crept in unnoticed” (NKJV); or, “some people have infiltrated our ranks” (The Message) in teaching differently from the Original Gospel, or the “faith once delivered to the Saints” (Jude 3-4).

Whether Jude and Peter ever lived in the same locale, or Jude, from reading Peter’s epistle, added his own impetus, or rather, the same Holy Spirit moved upon both men to write in near similar terms, both men warned their respective constituencies of an impending and immediate Apostasy.

The difference between the messages of the two men, is this:

Peter was warning of False Teachers that were coming on the scene.

Jude followed up, with his knowledge of current events, that, indeed, the False Teachers had ALREADY arrived.

Truly, John the Elder, a generation later, speaks of the Spirit of Antichrist, “that is already at work” (2 John 7-10).

 

THE ELDERS: THE VANGUARD OF THE APOSTASY

 

After Paul’s departing from Ephesus, which culminated by his warning to them (Acts 20:28-38), in which Paul went to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome, the Apostle John came to Ephesus to strengthen the brethren and to depart from the judgments about to set upon the Jewish Polity, as predicted by Christ.

The Church of Ephesus was, perhaps, the largest church that Paul founded on his missionary journeys.  But in conjunction with the Apostle John’s taking up residency there, a group of disciples attached themselves to John, for influence’ sake, just as Paul said.

After John’s decease, these  men claimed John’s  bishopric  and claimed that they were the Apostle John’s protégés, and  called  themselves “the Elders.”  They  assumed  power  and  authority over the Ephesian Church by leveraging John’s influence  (The Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary, Volume 2, pgs. 944, 950-1; The Interpreter’s Bible Commentary, Vol. 12, p. 216; The Original New Testament, pgs.473-477; (as an aside, this author , however, does not understand that the Apostle John was a Levite). 

John the Apostle & John the Elder John the Apostle, dictating his Memoirs, to what he thought was a harmless Amanuensis (secretary). Not so. This amanuensis and others took over John’s Memoirs loosely as their own. A particular individual even changed his name and called himself John also, and took on the authority of a Presbyter (Greek term), or Elder. This position was parlayed  as an Intimate of the Apostles, as Eusebius cites in his History of the Church. The Elder took this standing, in creating a party faction called the “Johannine School,” the first Clergy format, to take over the Church of Ephesus just as Paul had predicted less than a generation earlier…This group styled themselves, The Elders of Ephesus, who began a subtle influence, and control, of all Christian fellowships of Asia Minor, and eventually, Rome. Elder, a Hebrew word, became known as the Latin designation, Bishop…A leader of  Clergy in today’s organized Christendom. An elder in Jewish Polity was only a “servant leader,” not a “a lord over the Flock” as Peter discerned what was going on, yet in his day (1 Peter 5:1-3). False authority and false leadership is the basis of an antichrist system! Just as the House of Annas, in Jesus’s day, held the office of the High Priest amongst themselves, when it rightly belonged to the House of Zadok. This false leadership and authority then, who had bribed the Romans for this position and influence, stood as MARKED opposition, against Christ, or the spirit of antichrist, first revealed.

“The Elders” also tried to extend their “authority” over other churches, as the account in the Third letter of John implies, as Diotrephes rejected John the Elder and his outfit, from imposing their arbitrary “leadership.” As a result, John the Elder wrote his fellow familiar, a Gaius, an intimate associate, and hurled recriminations and accusations against Diotrephes, while praising Demetrius, who was a spy in that fellowship for the Elder, by giving the Elder, “report(s).” 

These “Elders” were the first Vanguard of the Apostasy of the Early Church and the Original, or First-Century Gospel. Signs, wonders, healings, and miracles became less and less a staple, and as a result, many doctrinal and teaching divisions came into vogue… primarily, to draw away disciples, just as Paul predicted! 

Just after the destruction of the Jewish Polity at Jerusalem, post 70 C.E., the Gospel proceeded from Messianic Jewish control to that of Gentile control and influence, as the Jewish Messianic remnants were scattered and had no further central location as a sphere of influence.

With this ongoing transfer, emphasis was no longer placed on “signs,” such as healing the sick, or miracles, but “gnosis,” or knowledge, sometimes referred to in the Old Testament, and Apocrypha, as “wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:22; Paul, in referring to this, apparently had noticed this early trend among the Corinthian Gentiles).

When the Emperor Constantine made Christianity, the “State Religion,” and abolished pagan worship, the Apostasy of the Gospel was made complete with it being syncretized with many pagan elements to make it palatable to the newly “converted” pagan masses.

With this union of Church and State, the then-fragmented Gospel became an accessory to State Power, and no longer possessed any vestige of supernatural or miraculous power as the Original Gospel had. The newly politicized Clergy now treated and interpreted the Gospel accounts of healings and miracles as mostly allegories!

Then, followed for hundreds of years, what scholars and historians call the “Dark Ages.”

                 Although the Age of the Renaissance, or also called the “Age of Enlightenment” coincided with the Protestant Reformation, there was only enough light to be shed on rescuing the teaching of the Gospel from the most obvious pagan elements.  About all the reformer Martin Luther and others could do, was to reveal  that the “Just shall live by Faith,” instead of the systematic application of good works promoted as the means of salvation by the then, Universal Church.  

END OF PART ONE.

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Who Am I?

 

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Who Am I?

Well,… really no one.

I am obscure and unknown.

I am not the son of a U.S. Senator, or a scion of a wealthy European family.

Nor am I a member of a fraternal order such as Freemasonry, Elks, Oddfellows, or Knights of Columbus or Knights of Malta (although I have known a few decent and honorable people who are fraternal order members of different ilks).

Nor I am an offspring of what the Bible calls “the Rich Men,” WHO ARE A PROPHETIC END TIME PHENOMENON, which is spoken of in the Scriptures as having immense power and control, as a result of their wealth, and connection with Satanic and Luciferian activities. These type of folks comprise about 2-3% of the population of the United States. You will always see these people at the top of the heap in whatever enterprise that they are given to be in.

So yes, that means, many of these twisted and deviational behaviour folks are in influential positions, such as celebrities, singers, entertainers, actors, and actresses; business magnates; most all politicians; most all religious leaders; whole intelligence sections; too many of them are in law enforcement, and other captains of industry who are related, linked, or progeny of these “Rich Men.”

Just a handful of “the Rich Men,” and their Agentur, from top left to right, to bottom left to right: Notorious Occultist, Magician, Satanist, and self-styled Antichrist, the late Aleister Crowley; Pat Robertson; Warren Buffet, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Baron Rothschild; Henry Kissinger; the late David Rockefeller; the late Walter Cronkite, who went on to new heights in being the “Voice of the Owl,” at Bohemian Grove rituals; and Bill Clinton, and G.H.W. Bush.

A lot of conspirologists just call them the “Illuminati,” anymore.

After all, that is what they first called themselves…the Order of the Illuminati.

Their common goal is a one-world dominion under the aegis of the “god of this world.” They like to promote everything opposite that the God, YHWH, of the Bible, has said, to do.

I have a goal too.

My goal is to help bring in also….

….A One-World Dominion, called the Kingdom of God, with Jesus Christ as its King, in which the “god of this world,” is bound to inactivity, for quite a length of time!

But despite all these advantages, as seen by those in the world, …all that puts me in good stead with those of a godly calling, as recorded in the Bible.

I am, as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians,  one of the…“not many wise men… after the flesh, not… mighty, not… noble, are called (of God to serve Him)” (1 Corinthians 1:26). In other words,…obscure…

The birth of Christ was remarkably obscure.

It was not heralded as what we might think would be publicized by press and media today.

His birth and its significance was only known to little more than a handful of people!

Christ’s mother Mary, her cousin Elizabeth, and her husband Zacharias, Joseph, and the three Magi were really the only people who knew for certainty what the great event of the birth of the Messiah was, …besides later Simeon and Anna in the Temple.

Throw in a few nearby surprised shepherds as witnesses that were probably too fearful of what others may think to tell to a great extent how that they saw Angels and heard their praises to God,

….and one crazy, paranoid, syphilitic, psychotic King Herod,…

….and there you have it!

No, there was no CNN, nor MSNBC, or fake news organizations, to put their “spin” on things, there, on that day… yet this obscure event in history is observed by over a billion people, and respected to a degree, by another 5 1/2 billion plus, every December as Christmas Day.

Christ’s life was really somewhat obscure.

Think about it.

He ministered for just over three years in a country where there were two to three million inhabitants.

He probably had been heard of by about half of them and seen in person by perhaps no more that 10% of the population.

Of his twelve disciples, six of them were related to him as first cousins, so there was no wide diversity nor notoriety there.

It was pretty much an extended family, as John the Baptist was also his cousin.

At His death, again, only a handful of followers witnessed it.

All told, with all the miracles and ministry that Jesus demonstrated in over three years, only 500 people were on hand to see His Ascension and witness His Resurrected Person from the dead. It was not until the 4th Century that Christ gained “media or celebrity status,” and the widespread acknowledgment and acceptance of Who He was.

This acceptance was prophesied, however, as Isaiah predicted that “in….His Name (authority) shall the Gentiles trust” (Matthew 12:21; Isaiah 42:5, Septuagint reading).

Thus, having established that obscurity is no obstacle with the Purposes of God, it is of little consequence that one is not commended by those of influence who make up the existing Order, or Cosmos.

^ Jesus teaching his disciples in the Temple with Sanhedrin spies, and Pharisaical scribes, looking on critically. Jesus was too hated, and too rejected, to be much of a celebrity in First-Century Judea. It was not until about three centuries off the scene, that Jesus was accepted with fanfare…, and exploitation,… to the benefit of the union of Church and State under the Roman Emperor Constantine.

 

What Am I ?

I am just an individual who exercises a spiritual gift.

Anyone who has been placed into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit can be a recipient of spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:8 ; Romans 12:6; 1:11; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 7).

Indeed, the Apostle Paul commanded the Corinthian Church to desire spiritual gifts, especially that they might prophesy (1 Cor. 14:1). To prophesy is not necessarily to make predictions, but to reveal the Divine Mind and Will of God, to comfort and edify those that believe in and love God.

For instance, in strict dogmas of Rabbinism, Daniel of the Old Testament book by his name, was not regarded as a Prophet, as he never “publicly, addressed the people,” in this vocation, or stead.

Yet, Jesus called Daniel, a Prophet…and yet, Daniel never prophesied, in an acceptable manner, as a Prophetic figure, but Jesus called Daniel a prophet, because he was an…

…Interpreter…

Yes, Daniel interpreted dreams, visions, handwriting on the walls, but, never said, …”thus saith the Lord…” His book of Daniel though, is still quite a revelation of interpretation, when his volume finally becomes “unsealed” soon, …here yet, in the End Times.

Ask someone out here in popular Christendom, what that all means, that is, the unsealing of the Book of Daniel, and you will probably draw a blank expression…a ZERO…oops, the “cows have gone home” look.

Why…the Roman Catholic Church, that bastion of infallibility, believes an atheist like Porphyry, rather than Daniel the Prophet. Even more revealing, is that apostate Protestantism, now called Evangelicals, think along the same lines. If you are not aware of this, then you can perhaps, understand the level of deception that these folks exercise over their respective constituencies!

Jesus is still being exploited then…by organized religion who professes to be his Representative authority over their adherents. It is like the French say: “the more things change, the more, they stay the same.”

 

I am Called though, to be an Interpreter….

 

“If there be a Messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto men God’s uprightness” – Job 33:23.

What is an interpreter ?

It is someone who makes things plain and clear from the muddled mess of confusion.

Perhaps, someone has a message for you but he speaks in such a way or language that you cannot understand. But if there is an interpreter, he can cause you to understand, for he can put into your perspective or language, an understanding. If we are interpreters, we have to know and understand both man’s and God’s perspectives, views, and language…

The burden upon my heart, is… an Interpreter.

Despite having the Bible, and the plethora of modern scripture translations, we do not understand God’s speaking to us all that well.

Perhaps we do not live in close enough fellowship with God, or seek the Holy Spirit enough, to give us a proper application of God’s Word.

We may be like the Ethiopian Eunuch as recorded in Acts 8…

We need a Philip to come along and help us to understand what we are trying to comprehend and understand.

Philip was an Interpreter for God. He had, just made plain, to the people of Samaria the plan of salvation by “preaching Christ unto them.” As a result, there was “great joy in that city” (Acts 8:8). And after Philip made plain the Way of Salvation to the Ethiopian dignitary, the scripture reads that the Dignitary, “went on his way, rejoicing.”

In spite of celebrity Preachers and their media cult status, and their “rich men” connections, there are few, if any, that have any real ability… especially the ability to preach as… Sent from God.

In Luke 4:14, the King James Version reads that “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him throughout all the region round about.” An obscure New Testament translation paraphrases this some, and captures a little better understanding, or perspective, or interpretation for us. It reads the same verse as: “Jesus returned to Galilee as a powerful Preacher, and was the talk of the whole district. When He taught in their Synagogues, everyone applauded Him.”

The margin notes in this New Testament translation adds that the Hebrew equivalent of “Bravo” was used by the Congregation at the end of a good Preacher’s discourse.

…Have you heard any “Bravos,” used by church congregations lately?…

Or, ever at all… I never have, and I assure you that I have a sufficient wide net to know.

One reason that Christ was so heralded was that He was able to make the things of God and eternity, real and plain, to men. This is why Peter exclaimed to Christ, “Lord, to whom shall we go ? You have the words of eternal life” ( John 6:68). John said of Christ, that He came,…“and hath given us an understanding…” (1 John 5:20).

The need for interpreters is spoken of in Job 33:14: “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not.”

Is that ever, evident, today?

Jesus said that “man should not live by bread alone, “but by every word that proceeds (this is present tense) out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). God is not Mute. God is still speaking. Yet, God speaks but man does not perceive nor understand His Voice. God has spoken in every Age. Again, the Bible says that God is speaking, but man perceives it not.

Why ?….

Because there is such a dearth of Interpreters…..

But thanks be unto God, we have the greatest Interpreter of All, Jesus Christ, who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith. Man had transgressed against God and had no remedy to return to God’s Fellowship,… our Eden… But God sent His Son to interpret His Great Love for us and now through His Grace, through His Son, we can experience Redemption and Fellowship with our Heavenly Father.

We too, can be Interpreters, and can share this Redemption by interpreting God’s Love to others that we have experienced through Christ, “Who was truly foreordained before the Foundation of the World, but was made Manifest in these Last Times for you” ( 1 Peter 1:20). We have not just the testimony of Peter, who was on that Mount of Transfiguration who heard the Voice of Excellent Glory, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” We also have the “more Sure Word of Prophecy,…a Light that shines in darkness, unto the Daydawn, and the Day Star” (the Return of Christ, 2 Peter 1:17,19).

This Sure Word of Prophecy is what I am interpreting in the Light of current events in my books, publications, commentary,…and on this website.

Will you join me in having an understanding of Prophecy described by Christ, …to be “Signs of the Times,” or, the End Times?

You can have a knowledge of the future when others are losing hope ! Your steadfastness in understanding the Signs of the Times will succour not only yourself, but also your Loved Ones, as they note a change in you in facing these uncertain times with peace and an unshakable conviction of faith…

Would you wish to be anything less?

Thanks for reading.

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My Take…on the “Mark of the Beast,”…Conclusion…

“PEOPLE EXACTLY…LIKE US…”…ALL HAVE THE “MARK”!

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In the past few months, I have been giving my “take,” on what the popular conception of what the Bible calls, “the Mark of the Beast.”

I have ran the gamut of the many interpretations of what has been promoted, or thought to be, such a “mark.” The theory responsible for much the rampant confusion of what the “mark” may be, is solely the domain of Jesuit Futurism, or what they have subverted the former Protestant church wing, or Evangelical Church, or Fundamental Church, into, but, what is called Modern Dispensationalism.

Incredibly, the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists have bought into this,…lock, stock, and barrel… of a rehash and re-make of Father Ribera’s Jesuit soup of Futurism, which he formatted way back, in 1585 C.E.

If you were to resurrect some Protestant Reformers from yesteryear, who knew exactly the “source” for this subversive teaching, and showed them what was going on nowadays, they would probably prefer to go right back into their graves. They would do this, than to again, “reform” something that is even worse than the Roman Catholicism that they faced in their day.

Yep. The Deception is that…BAD….And worse, those deceived are in the greatest   slumber.

Yes, …This “Mark of the Beast” that, has been taught by so many modern dispensationalists,… to be…so many different things…

In my lifetime, I have seen the following items claimed to be such a “Mark of the Beast”:

A United States Social Security card; or, some kind of tattoo, akin to Jews in German concentration camps; or, identification papers made urban legend by German Fascist or Soviet Communist regimes (of which, “your papers please” is a well worn movie line in post World War II films of the Cold War genre);  or yet, a UPC number, or bar code, as on some laundry detergent or candy bar; or still yet, sophisticated respective U.S. State Driver’s Licenses, which license contains bar code information on the individual, an unflattering photo, with additional ID bar codes tracking the individual down to their credit history and any possible legal issues, possible eye iris scans, et cetera. Or yet, yet still,… a microchip, planted on the surface of the hand or somewhere on the forehead…which, keeps getting smaller and smaller…and now, the nano-chip…if that is not outdated already?

All of these “technologies” were touted as the “Mark of the Beast” by Modern Dispensationalists, at one time or another, or even yet presently…

They were, and are WRONG! They have lied. 

Isn’t it just fascinating though, how these false teachers can adapt, and never apologize for misleading the masses.

Instead of admitting their mistakes, they just ignore their errors, and plunge into a “new threat.”

These Dispensationalist teachers, who are numerous, according to a prophecy by a Glenn Cook, are not to be undone by the progress of modern high technology. No more than a new technology makes their conclusion of what the “Mark” is, obsolete and outmoded, these actors make another end-around to keep the deceit going, by changing not only the “goal post,” but the end zone line.

Now, if you are an Evangelical type believer trying to take all this in, by reading this perhaps the first time, then you have admit that the Modern Dispensationalism Belief System sure has taken the Popular Church, by storm, …without any debate.

Now, isn’t that strange? Rather, it is amazing!

In Early Christianity, the Early Church debated all different kinds of questions, and doctrines, and teachings. Law and Grace; Faith and Works; Judaising ministers; the introduction of the Gospel to the Gentiles; Paul’s unique interpretation of the Gospel to the Gentiles; the distribution of goods in the church at Jerusalem among rival groups of Hellenistic Jews, and the Sephardic Jews, of Judea; and so on, it can go.

All of these topics were controversial, heated, debated, and settled on, by the mediation of prayer and leading of the Holy Spirit, with much fanfare.

Yet, our Modern Dispensationalist Promoters have no such problem. They never needed to debate one iota…or jot or tittle…!!!

Now again, isn’t that strange?

Rather, isn’t it amazing!

You see, When you subvert an institution, you do it from the inside-out, with money, more money, yet more money, and of course, promises of influence, power, and control. I mean, this is how the Devil tempted Christ during his 40-day fast in the Judean Wilderness….the same modus operandi! You do this first,.. like today’s Progressive Socialists, aka, Marxists, by subverting the institutes of Higher Learning. Hence, in no time, Frankist and Jesuit agents were integrated into many of the Evangelical higher education institutes  in training young ministers in which they could subvert them into this belief of Modern Dispensationalism. The Dallas Theological Seminary is perhaps, the best example!

And, this all happened… in the 19th Century…AMAZING, huh?

 

THE    REAL   DEAL

 

The real deal is, that these Futurists, keep pointing to the “future.” There is nothing ever PRESENT with them! This way, they can keep deceiving millions of nominal Christians that all this scary Bible Prophecy stuff, like their version of what the Mark of the Beast is,… is…. still well into the future, and ho-hum,…why worry…be happy!!!

When the Papal authority convened the Council of Trent, their whole agenda, openly called The Counter-Reformation, was to dodge and evade what the Protestant Reformers had been saying about the Popes, and the Catholic Church. These same Bible prophecies and passages that the Reformers identified with the Papal and Church abuses, then,…PRESENTLY…was with great effect…But, the  Council of Trent and its Counter-Reformation agenda INSTEAD deflected, by putting these prophecies and passages, well off into the future, and thereby, shifting attention away from the many abuses of this institution: like the Inquisition, confiscation of Bibles, and Persecution and murder of religious dissidents.

They have done the exact same with this “Mark of the Beast” business…

Now, why exactly would the Catholic Church and its infallible dynasty of Papal Chairs want to do this?

That’s an easy question.

Again, to deflect attention away from them, which if you applied a Historicist or Continuous Interpretation of the Book of Revelation—as ALL PROTESTANT REFORMERS DID–You would find this Mark of the Beast business directly linked to them!

Yep, the Mark of the Beast has been with us,…for centuries!…It is not somewhere over the Rainbow, in yet some far-off time warp…but it has been going on, PRESENTLY, without missing a beat, for nearly 1300 years!

It’s simple then… if you belong, by attendance and ascription of faith, to the Catholic Church and its system, which all of Christianity does right now, as they are deceived by this Mother of False Religion…you already have the Mark…

And, you have it, in your hand and in your forehead!

Nope. The Mark of the Beast is not some technological marvel… yet to revealed…it is but real simple stuff…that millions of nominal faith adherents already possess.

HOW TO HAVE THE “MARK OF THE BEAST”

 

Out here in the Great Babylon system, you have particular churches, denominations, and persuasions. These churches instruct their following as to what to say and do. The churches, because they are all divided, each promote differentiating characteristics.

These characteristics are known as their “mark.”

For instance, someone of the Baptist persuasion will preach or teach doctrines or characteristics of the Baptist sect. Someone from the Assembly of God will teach or preach their particular characteristics. So it is, for the whole system of organized Christendom.

The Bible describes this phenomenon as a “mark,” or differentiating characteristics.  This “mark” is shown symbolically, in the Bible, as on the “hand,” or “forehead.” What this signifies in prophetic language, is what a person does (hand), and what a person thinks, or believes (head).

Hence, a Baptist will do those things which a Baptist will do. What a Baptist does, to be in good standing with their denomination, is to attend Sunday School, and services regularly. They must read their Bible with the Baptist denomination preconceived interpretational slant. They must believe in Cessationalism, or that the Age of Miracles, as contained in the New Testament record has ceased… long ago. Anyone who believes that God can answer prayer in a miraculous fashion, are mental defectives, and potentially dangerous people. Baptist members cannot deviate from their Baptist Bible interpretation. They must be like robots, or automatons, in being rigid and closed-minded as to any other persuasion that they may be exposed to.  There is no free will as to believe what one wishes, unless one does so secretly.  This is true for all such sects in the Great Babylon system. As a Baptist, they must be baptized in water, in symbol with death in Christ. They must also give liberally to the church, and mission work.

Individual believers in the System then, MUST take the “mark,” or identifying characteristics, of their respective organizations, demonstrated by the individual’s actions, thoughts, and beliefs. Otherwise, if the individual should deviate from such a “mark,” then that individual is ostracized, shunned, avoided, and persecuted by their local church, and the denomination in general. They are labeled a false believer, a false professor, and a false prophet, depending on the influence of the individual.

You can extrapolate this with any of the sects in Great Babylon. To be a good Catholic, you must attend church and partake of the Mass; you must pray to the Saints; you must confess your sins to a priest; you must be able to give liberally for the many fundraising activities that the Catholic Church promotes, as they never can get enough money…despite being one of the four richest entities in the World! This includes bazaars for used donated items for resale; bingo nights; casino nights; fish frys; Date nights; special priestly blessings; fellowship dinners; pie and cake raffles, and the endless litany of other for-profit activities. Of course, you also have to subscribe that the Pope is infallible; his edicts are ironclad with heavenly authority; you must also believe in the many relics, shrines, sham miracle sites, and shrine sites of demonic activity posing as divine phenomena, and other idolatries that the Catholic Church promotes as proprietary to their church; and that priests are to be celibate, and women as nuns, or celibates as well, are an accepted Christian practice, when they are both pagan practices. Of course, this is not all-inclusive. I am sure I am missing a few more items…but the reader, can get the picture!

Again, you can go up and down the ranks of denominations, to determine each of the sects of the System’s “marks.” The prevailing “mark” is the antichrist spirit. They have their own elevated authority. They are all claim the exclusive path of salvation. They do not need Christ, as a ministering Spirit, or the Holy Spirit to lead and guide them. This, they do for themselves. Yet, they presume, like the Pope, to be exclusively acting in God’s stead.

Conversely, despite their many divisions and infighting, which is a sham in reality, they are paradoxically “all for one, and one for all.”

“People exactly…like us”…ALL have the “Mark.”

If you attack their System, you are attacking ALL of them. If you attack an individual sect, for instance, the Church of Christ, without endorsing or subscribing to another one of the System’s sects, like the Evangelical church, then you merit the ire of the whole System. If you want to remain in good standing and fellowship…you must partake of their “Mark.” If you do not, you will encounter constant persecution.

This particular facet is a historical fact. Whenever there was a revival or moving of the Holy Spirit, historically, which was always “outside” of the established Church, the Church mobilized extensive persecution of the “new” move.

The Catholic Church is the Mother Church. The respective sects, who attempted to “reform” the Mother Church, NOT REPLACE IT or ERADICATE IT, going on five centuries now, are now in mass deception from the influence of the Mother Church, and are known now, as “daughters of the Mother, or Harlot.” In prophetic language, a “harlot” is a false religious way or system. The Bible states in Revelation 14, that God will send angelic ministries behind some group, band, or respective individuals, to call out God’s People still held captive in Great Babylon.

Images from last month’s blog…

These “called-out” ones will come out of this Great System of Deception, and will repudiate the Mark of the Beast. They will discard the respective practices of each sect that they are emerging from. They will be a part of the True Church, which the moving of the Holy Spirit, as implied in Revelation 14, will form.

Meanwhile, judgments will emit from God to destroy this System. The System, or “harlot woman,” shall receive judgement “double unto her double” which she has filled already…”double,”… “plagues in one day.”

Do you have the Mark of the Beast? Do you wish to get rid of it? Then, get out of the System of Great Babylon, by no more believing on their falsehoods, and engaging in false works.

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My Take…on the “Mark of the Beast,”…PART FIVE…

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I have been featuring a prophetic tract, by a Glenn Cook, in recent posts. Cook made a number of prophetic events to occur. I have catalogued these predictions, in which several of them, have either been fulfilled, or being yet fulfilled presently…This phenomenon, is what I term, “real-time” prophecy.

I have shown in the very last installment, several of these prophecies, which I will review again here, for the reader:

Glenn Cook prophesied of:

~ A Preparation Time. This is implied to have started about the time in which Brother Cook wrote this tract, in 1913.

~ A Great War, being held back, which is identified with the War of Armageddon.

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~ However, in this “time of preparation,”and before this “Greatest Revival,”  the practice and function of being “born again,” would not be stressed nor mandated,… as necessary to enter the Kingdom of God. This suggests a trend of “easy believism,” without the commitment of discipleship in undergoing a character transformation, or Christian conversion. This is exactly what has happened!

~ Instead, there would come about a “great mass of prophetic teachers…” I listed some of these popular teachers, who are practically “household names.” Yep, if you are, or had been, following any of these folks, who are not “born again,” then you have been part of their “great work,” or deception, as predicted by Brother Cook.

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~ This…along with a “great mass” of… professed “believers.”

ALL OF WHOM… WOULD NOT BE “BORN AGAIN,” according to Brother Cook.

~ And that, these false teachers and false professors, as that is what they are, without genuine conversion,  would perform a “Great Work.”

~ This “Great Work” would consist of getting their adherents, a “great mass of believers…not born again”…by getting them focused on being “Kingdom-minded.”

~ What this focus, of being “Kingdom-minded,” is:

  • A preoccupation with an IMMINENT RETURN of Christ. Christ’s Return is hardly imminent…False Christian Religionists have been stressing an IMMEDIATE and IMMINENT return of Christ for about 150 years now. It is still going on…

  • The teaching of the Rapture, another important tenet of Modern Dispensationalism, has fully subverted the popular church. This  Rapture teaching, as developed by Modern Dispensationalists financed by the “Rich Men,” usurps the event of the Resurrection, which in itself, shows that this is a false teaching.

  • An unhealthy engrossment by individuals, of a Christian profession, with a preoccupation, in going to,… or being in… “heaven,” or a “life in heaven,” as evidenced by the trending phenomenon by those who publish such reports, dreams, visions, and other subjective events. These profit-motive visionaries have created an industry for gullible folks filled with false assurances of personal salvation, in purporting grand visions of… heaven;.. hell;…”streets of gold;” …Angelic minstrels; ..demons wandering about; and other such blarney which the Bible never says that, …that such, is “in heaven.” There are so many competing “visions” of “heaven,” as seen below, that it is difficult to discern any correct description.

Just a handful or two, of the great influx of commercially acclaimed books on this fanciful topic of those who purport “heavenly experiences,” which such experiences approach a level of necromancy, forbidden by the Bible.

The Bible goes in no such detail as shown by the titles of the many books shown above. In no instance, does the Bible mentionPurgatory;.. visions inspired by Satan;… or the use of phrases such as being “embraced by the light;”… “after-life;” …“nine days in heaven;” …“God’s country;”…”the veil,”… and such like descriptions.

Such a book genre, of this magnitude, is a morbid interest which is also being “Kingdom-minded,” just as Cook predicted, which has been unheard of, in any other day or age.

~  And, that, this “Great Work” would be wildly successful.

However, despite all of this “Great Work,” and hoopla,…Brother Cook declared,…”the REAL WORK is still ahead.”

Brother Cook said that this “real work” would not be “of a nature that man can glory in, and seek leadership.”

Brother Cook announced that this sort of glory seeking, false authority, and fake leadership, had been the history of the Church Age…but that a NEW ORDER WAS AT HAND!

Brother Cook declared that “all selfish plans” had to be given up.

Brother Cook proclaimed that the main activity of the Church Age, was to “build cities and put our names on them.”  This cryptic description alludes to the building of vast denominational entities in which the names of their founders, or their founder’s activities or mission, would be singular and prominent.

That is again, is EXACTLY WHAT HAS HAPPENED!

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A NEW ORDER IS AT HAND….

 

It is evident, that change is coming. Something is being moved aside…

The present organization and system of Post-Modern Christianity is very much in trouble. Its numbers are waning, its financial resources are drying up, its dogmas and teachings have been discredited, much as fables from another time,…such as the Dark Ages… The very vast majority of its adherents are not active followers or disciples of Jesus Christ, but relics, of an apostate system, which relies on profitable business models, and the promotion of false assurances of salvation and “heaven-going,” …akin to the sale of sin indulgences by Tetzel, sanctioned by Pope Leo X. This… organized deceit…, is a fake substitute for an active, living faith of the Body, or Organism, of Christ.

The reason for all this decline, is obvious.

When something is dead, it needs to be removed…out of sight…

Something is coming…to replace it…and supersede it.

Like all prior paradigms, this will not be welcomed. It will be persecuted by the existing structure.

Yet, Brother Cook was not alone in predicting an emergent “New Order.”

Sir Isaac Newton predicted the same thing…about three centuries ago!

He declared:

Newton prophesied this, based on his interpretation of the Scriptures, in which he wrote, in his lifetime, a sum of four million words on Bible topics. Newton stated that such a phenomenon would occur, in his calculations, early on in the 21st Century. This “body of men,” much like the individual herald, John the Baptist, would be ordained to set forth, by Angelic Agency, the fulfillment of Revelation 14.

THE THREE ANGELS OF MID-AIR…Revelation 14

The first Angel, as described in Revelation 14:6, has the “Everlasting Gospel,” to preach to all peoples, nations, and kindreds, and languages, that are living upon the earth. This Angelic agency proclaims that the …“HOUR IS….COME,” with the admonition of worshiping the True God.

The emergence of this Angel, IMPLIES THAT THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL, has not been a PREVIOUS staple of the Age, or PRIOR presence, or Ministry. In other words, IT HAS BEEN MISSING FOR AWHILE!

The Second Angel, which follows the First, directly, cries out that… “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, who has made all the (nations, i.e.,) Gentiles to drink the wine of the passion of her immorality.”

The reader can note here…that Gentiles,… not Jews, have been drinking, and are drunk, on the Wine of Great Babylon…Interestingly, the essence of Jewish belief, despite its limitations in rejecting Christ as the Messiah, is not part of, this Great False System of Religion, and its deception, termed, “Babylon,” which means “confusion,” or “confusion of tongues.”

Sure enough, this Great False Religious System has many voices, and many names, to influence its adherents. They all speak, in a “unified” confusion, each demanding their own place. Their teachings, differing much from each other, to the point well past contention, are like so many confusion of tongues, or languages, in which only those who follow their particular dialect or teaching structure, will assemble into a respective class, separate from each other, however, this separation is only nominal. When anything of significance does come to threaten some or part of the whole System, the System and its followers, UNITE, to crush it.

This further Call to Babylon, repeated in Revelation 18:4, addresses its adherents who, are commanded to, “Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.”

 Brother Glen Cook

Brother Cook wrote that…“A New Order is at hand…”

He wrote that the selfish and carnal plans of men orchestrating in the Spiritual Realm, WOULD END….

Cook wrote that men had been “building cities and putting our names in them.”

Cook predicted that these structures “must fall, as the Name Babylon, is IN ALL OF THEM!”

Cook’s prophetic insights of the”Preparation Time” that we have since been in, since he penned these words in 1913, then eventually leads us to the SAME time of the Angelic Agency of Revelation 14, along with the “exhaustive” prophecy (Malachi 4:5-6) of a John the Baptist Herald-type ministry…which would precede the Return of Christ.

This Malachi prophetic ministry, or Elijah/John Baptist/Prophetic ministry will CALL out a people for His Name sake. They will bring attention to the Prophecies, and the literal interpretation of present End Time prophecies. They will call out God’s People out of the Babylon System. They will announce its judgements.

Just as John Baptist had prepared a ministry and following for Christ, in which, there were hardly anyone who believed on Christ, had not already been baptized in the Jordan River, and were following John. So shall there be a similar effect. These Heralds, with the ministry of the Latter Rain Outpouring, shall gather a people.

The Judgements upon Great Babylon will also come upon “any man who worships the Beast, and its Image, and receive HIS Mark in his forehead, and or, in his hand.”

And this, will be the next topic, in the conclusion of this series.

Thanks for reading.

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My Take…on the “Mark of the Beast,”…PART FOUR

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I have been featuring a Brother Glenn Cook, whose prophetic tract, published in 1913, has foretold a good deal of what has been happening on the Christian Evangelical front, in the 20th, and so far, the 21st Century.

I have done this in this manner, instead of putting forth the usual arguments against tenets of the mass fraud of what is called, Modern Dispensationalism, in this series of articles, as a other-worldly fear of a diabolical threat of a so-called “Mark of the Beast,” which in itself,..threatens the very existence of humankind…

Popular adherents of this Modern Dispensationalism, who keep their paranoia at exaggerated levels upon their followers, which borders past soundness of mind, extrapolate that none can “buy…nor sell..without this Mark.” This then, suggests a mass, worldwide, compliance,… just to subsist, or eat. In other words, such non-compliants will all starve to death!

However, the Bible says absolutely no such thing!

Indeed, the Bible has instead, promised, that any such threat of a worldwide famine… will never occur, as part and parcel of the “Rainbow Covenant.” (Genesis 8:22).

So much then, for this scenario….Which then leads us to conclude, that to, “buy or sell,” must mean something else, which is consistent with the prophetic language and symbols, throughout the Book of Revelation. Taking anything much in a literal interpretation from Revelation, written in such a manner as it is, is highly erroneous, and flagrantly, absurd…

So, instead of such arguments, I chose to go to the root of the matter, in which I found contemporary prophecy to describe such a belief movement, such as Modern Dispensationalism, and how it would completely subvert Evangelical and Fundamental Christianity.

It has.

In the first three installments of this series, I have shown that Brother Cook correctly identified this phenomenon. I have already listed several facets of Cook’s prophecy such as a:

~ Preparation Time

~ A Great War, being held back, which is identified with the War of Armageddon.

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In this graphic, the Battle of Jerusalem, of the War of Armageddon, is taking place,… amidst a nuclear blast. In reality though, no nuclear weaponry will be used in this Battle, as even Gog and Magog, that is, the Russian Autocrat, and his Federation forces, want very much to spare the city of Jerusalem, as its value as an Islamic Shrine, will be incalculable. The city will be valued much more greatly then, since the Islamic Shrines presently located on Temple Mount, will be utterly and thoroughly destroyed already. Gog will not want to risk alienating profoundly, many of his allies…that is, the Moslem World.

For that matter though, nuclear weapons are already obsolete, and surely will be, when this War is fought, some 45-60 years from now. Instead, there will newer and more efficient weapons of mass destruction, several of which, already are being developed and “under wraps” for this event…The Elite are planning their own outcome of this world polity ending event…in which they think,…that they will win!

~ This War of Armageddon, is being held back, so that “the greatest revival in history” will occur. This revival, Cook is referring to, is the Prophecy of Joel, in the Old Testament, in what Joel termed, “the Latter Rain” outpouring.

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Joel’s “Early Rain,” as occurring on the Day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts 2. We know this to be a fact, as Peter declared it as…”This is that,…” The Early Rain was a regional out-pouring that continued in parts of the modern world, then, for about a generation. The Latter Rain, unlike the Early Rain, will not be regional, but…global…in its application. It’s work will be worldwide, upon “all flesh,” but cut short in duration, compared to the Early Rain. There will not be a large window of opportunity or time, for those wishing this blessing, to squander.

~ However, in this “time of preparation,”and before this “Greatest Revival,”  the practice and function of being “born again,” would not be stressed nor mandated,… as necessary to enter the Kingdom of God. This suggests a trend of “easy believism,” without the commitment of discipleship in undergoing a character transformation, or Christian conversion. This is exactly what has happened!

~ Instead, there would come about a “great mass of prophetic teachers…” I listed some of these popular teachers, who are practically “household names.” Yep, if you are following any of these folks, who are not “born again,” then you have been part of their “great work,” or deception, as predicted by Brother Cook.

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~ …along with a “great mass” of… professed “believers.”

ALL OF WHOM… WOULD NOT BE “BORN AGAIN.”

~ And that, these false teachers and false professors, as that is what they are, without genuine conversion,  would perform a “Great Work.”

~ This “Great Work” would consist of getting their adherents, a “great mass of believers…not born again”…by getting them focused on being “Kingdom-minded.”

~ What this focus of being “Kingdom-minded” is:

  • A preoccupation with an IMMINENT RETURN of Christ. Christ’s Return is hardly imminent…seeing how many End Time Prophecy events are YET to be fulfilled, termed the “Signs of the Times.” Jesus himself stated, that a lack of attention to the ongoing “Signs of the Times,” in disregarding the REAL TIME of his APPEARING, as implied, is tantamount to hypocrisy! False Christian Religionists have been stressing an IMMEDIATE and IMMINENT return of Christ for about 150 years now. It is still going on…

  • The teaching of the Rapture, another important tenet of Modern Dispensationalism, has fully subverted the popular church. This teaching is completely erroneous, and creates a false hope. There is no raising of the Dead, without the RESURRECTION, a cardinal tenet of the real Christian faith. The Rapture teaching, as developed by Modern Dispensationalists financed by the “Rich Men,” usurps the event of the Resurrection, which in itself, shows that this is a false teaching. The Rapture theory, has so many “holes” in its story, that it is easily dispensed with, by adepts in Bible understanding.

  • An engrossment by individuals, of a Christian profession, with a preoccupation, in going to,… or being in… “heaven,” or a “life in heaven,” as evidenced by the trending phenomenon by those who publish such reports, dreams, visions, and other subjective events, who are either mentally imbalanced, deranged, bogus, or demonized. These profit-motive visionaries have created an industry for gullible folks, in purporting grand visions of heaven; hell;”streets of gold;” Angelic minstrels; demons wandering about; and other such blarney which the Bible never says that, …that such is “in heaven.” There are so many competing “visions” of “heaven,” that is difficult to discern any correct description. Rather instead of this vague confusion, the Bible talks about, in more reserved terms, a “new heaven,” “a new earth,” and a “New Jerusalem” without sea or oceans, coming from on high, with some of these FEATURES… only…

Just a handful or two, of the great influx of commercially acclaimed books on this fanciful topic of those who purport “heavenly experiences,” which such experiences approach a level of necromancy, forbidden by the Bible.

The Bible goes in no such detail as shown by the titles of the many books shown above. In no instance, does the Bible mention Purgatory, visions inspired by Satan, or the use of phrases such as being “embraced by the light;” “after-life;” “nine days in heaven;” “God’s country;””the veil,” and such like descriptions.

These supposed well-meaning authors, many of whom are exploiting grief-stricken readers, overwhelmed by a loss of loved ones, and interest in where their loved ones may be in the hereafter, are even endorsed by Televangelist celebrities, no doubt, for a fee. Such a book genre, of this magnitude, is a morbid interest in being “Kingdom-minded,” just as Cook predicted, unheard of, in any other day or age. Instead of such an unnatural interest in a heavenly ambiance, you would think that becoming a citizen of that Kingdom now, would not only be a sufficient conclusion, but ensure personal mental health, instead of being victimized by such “authors,” who cannot verify their fantastic claims, and who prey upon folks on an disturbed emotional level, for their commercial benefit.

~  And, that, this “Great Work” would be wildly successful.

However, despite all of this “Great Work,” and hoopla,…Brother Cook declared,…”the REAL WORK is still ahead.”

Brother Cook said that this “real work,” would “seal” the true believers. He said that this “work” would not be “of a nature that man can glory in, and seek leadership.”

Brother Cook announced that this sort of glory seeking, false authority, and fake leadership, had been the history of the Church Age…but that a NEW ORDER WAS AT HAND!

Brother Cook declared that “all selfish plans” had to be given up.

Brother Cook proclaimed that the main activity of the Church Age, was to “build cities and put our names on them.” This cryptic description alludes to the building of vast denominational entities in which the names of their founders, or their founder’s activities or mission, would be singular and prominent.

And thus, it is…

I will be talking about this “New Order at hand,” in the next installment of this series.

Thanks for reading.

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