angel

For several long and trying days I had been going under great adversity from the enemy, it was consistent of the attacks Satan had brought in the past, but until recently, the attacks were not as severe. But recently it seemed as all hell had broken out in my life. Irregardless, I pressed on and continue to press on. Last night I had a powerful night vision in which I saw the Lord – my savior Jesus Christ. Let me state here and now that I have never had an encounter that I literally saw the Lord or an angel, but last night I did. Here is what took place:

In the vision I found myself standing in a darkened room – a church. There were many people circling around me and they were saying very ugly things, they were filled with darkness, yet as I said, this was in a church. I knew in my spirit that I was going to die, how I knew that I do not know, even now, as I type this out on my keyboard I am still not sure how I knew – but I knew. Within seconds I could feel the first of a series of bullets hitting me, I could feel them piercing my body as I felt the pressure of the flesh piercing metal of steel attack my body. I said to myself  “I’m going to die.” I fell to the ground, my face hitting the wooden flooring – the attack stopped.

It was then that suddenly the doors to the church opened and a bright light filled the room, the crowd was literally shaken and fled, that’s when I saw him – Jesus. I looked up and saw his white robe, his shoulder length hair flowed somewhat as he approached me, yet I could not see his face for the brightness of his presence. I reached up with my left hand extended, when he reached with his hands and grabbed hold of me. It was at that moment when it seemed as though all the weight and care of this world seemingly disappeared as I softly spoke “Jesus!”. I felt something begin to fill my spirit, then I noticed that a soft, blue tinted light seemed to come down from his body as it began to cover my hand then my arm and up my body. It was then that I felt a difference within me, I felt a renewed spirit within me and as Jesus stood me up, we began to walk out of the church and the vision ended.

Since the night of that encounter something has been very different in my life as well as my spirit, as if something has changed, a sense of a more deeper meaning of Christ has engulfed me and I desire to do more, not that this experience surpasses my faith salvation experience, but that it was God appearing to me in such a way to bring me comfort for the work ahead. Yes, I believe the religious of the world will come against me as they will all those who proclaim the cross. But regardless what may come in the future, my work in China, India, Iran, Russia, wherever God leads me, there is a calmness which has been settled in my spirit knowing that everything is alright for Christ is with me. That is the greatest promise Jesus has made, that he will never leave us nor forsake us.

Christopher

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virginia

Dear Pastor–

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no such a place called Hell. Papa says, “If you see it in The Bible, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth; is there a place called Hell?

- Virginia

Dear Virginia,

Your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a place called Hell. It exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, just as heaven exists. Alas! how sad it must be to know that there is even such a place called Hell. Yet it was not always this way. For long before you were born, far, far in the distant past, before even time began, God had everything perfect, but a thing called sin entered into the realm of space and time and because of sin, the rebellion of God’s most precious angels (Lucifer), God had to sadly make a place called Hell, not because he hated what Lucifer done, but because God is righteous and disobedience must be punished. So God created within the earth this place called hell. Had God not set this placed called hell into being, there could be no justice in our world today, no penalty for sin and wrong doing, it would make our life today impossible to tolerate.

Not believe in Hell? You might as well not believe in Heaven, angels, Jesus or the Bible! You might find a minister who would say that Hell is an imaginary place, no one has ever saw it, but they would be denying the very word of God they were supposed to defend. Unfortunately Virginia, many ministers today say there is no such place called Hell, it’s become a popular position many would like to take, but they are wrong. For many, many years ago Jesus told us of a story of a rich man who had much in this life, great wealth, many friends, a large home – he had become content in all he had earned. Then Jesus spoke of another man named Lazarus, Lazarus was poor, a beggar who looked upon his rich neighbor with great need. Each day the rich man would pass Lazarus asking for something to eat, for Lazarus had no food to put in his belly, and no home to dwell in, nor a nice soft bed to sleep in much like the rich man had. Yet time and time again, the rich man would pass his poor, starving neighbor without offering to help him. Then one day something happened that would change their futures, for one evening Lazarus died and Jesus said two angels came and carried him away into the loving arms of Abraham, to have eternal rest. But the rich man also died, but there were no angels who would come and carry him away, instead, horrible, filthy monsters, with great claws and outstretched arms with pointy knives for fingers took hold of the wealthy young ruler and escorted him down into the earth, opening the gates to this place called hell. It was there, in this place of torment Virginia, that the rich young ruler called out in terrible torment, so much so that Abraham could hear his cry across the great gulf which divided them both. Father Abraham asked him why he was crying? He deserved the punishment he was receiving. The rich young man who was now in this place called hell pleaded for Lazarus to come and dip his finger in cool water to quench the tip of his tongue because the flames were so great. But Father Abraham reminded him that while in life he had much, but he denied Lazarus any food, not even the very crumbs off of his table, nor did he offer to help Lazarus when he ached with pain from the great sores upon his body that only dogs would come to remedy the pain for him. No, Father Abraham reminded the young man that his justice and penalty was fair and so it should be until the great white throne judgment.

Just because you cannot see it, doesn’t mean it’s not real. You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal truth that lies ahead for us all in eternity, some to everlasting judgment in this place called hell, others to everlasting joy, beauty and glory beyond because they have placed their trust in Jesus Christ. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding as this place called hell. But it was never made for you, but for the Satan and his angels. Not for you, nor for I.

No Hell? It resides there to this day. Even today, many, many thousands of years have passed and even to this very hour, that same rich young ruler is pleading for that same request that someone, anyone, would quench the fiery torment of hells flames. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he and all those who follow Satan will continue to make Hell their eternal home. But there is hope Virginia, and it is found in the written word, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever will believe upon him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Yes, Virginia, there is a place called Hell. Yet the good news is Jesus paid the price so you and I would not go there, that is the greatest truth we should all hear and embrace.

Christopher

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world church

In 2004 a Muslim militant killed over 300 children in Russia shocking the nation and revealing the true nature of Islam. In 2013, two Muslim men in Great Britain, killed a British soldier in the Woolwich attack, eventually being shot by police. 2014 China, Muslim militants killed over 29 people in Kunming, Yunnan province. The Muslim militants that survived not being shot by Chinese authorities were days later executed. December 2014, Sydney Australia saw 2 dead as well as the gunman, a militant Islamic cleric who declared “There is no god but Allah” before being shot to death by police. Now in Pakistan a school for children were attacked by militant Muslim soldiers, killing 132 children. All the attackers were equally shot and killed by the military responders.

Satan is a master deceiver, he’s been at this game of deceiving men long before Adam was created, it’s his ability to shroud his lies that makes him dangerous. The recent attacks by Islamic militants that the world is seeing is part of that greater deception that is coming. Satan knows the world he controls will not accept Islam as a global dominant religion, nor even an Islamic Antichrist – he knows that full well. Islam will never be trusted to dominate the world nor allowed to because of its sharia based ideology where human life is not valued, that women are considered product, where children can be raped or given into marriage. Satan understands that, and instead, he’s using Islam to 1. Exterminate these people and 2. To bring about his greater deception – World Order.

I know I’ve been hammering this lately, but it’s been on my spirit, and when God begins to deal with me in such a way, then it tells me I’m on the right track. I believe all of these tragic, deadly events are to do one thing, bring about a global effort to stamp out this rigid ideology of conquest by the sword in today’s 21st century. This is a red herring and while Satan is keeping the church occupied with “stuff” that truly doesn’t matter, we’re missing the bigger picture – a new global kingdom coming to rise. I believe a spirit of “peace” is about to come, but only after the world’s nations, including Russia, China and the U.S. as well as Israel, will end radical Islam as we know it, and out of the ashes will come a more tolerant Islam, reigned in by the Roman Catholic Church. With open visions of Mary being seen by Muslims worldwide, I believe a spirit of deception will eventually come to bring about religious peace, but it will be sent by the evil one – Satan himself. There has to be order in chaos to bring greater order. This, I believe will cause all men to finally speak the prophetic words of the apostle Paul, “While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

In this subtle peace, it will give way to allowing Israel to finally become a producer of the world’s resources, from oil and gas to wheat, Israel stands to truly become a nation with much treasures, so much so that its enemies will desire what they have. Ezekiel 38 and 39 spells this out in the word. The rise of a “super church” will have major implications upon the religious system of the world. This super church will be more tolerant of evil, immoral beliefs and ideas that the Bible clearly rejects. From homosexuality to occultism, the super church will pave the way to a global ecumenical movement that has been in the works for decades, but only now are seemingly coming to pass.

This is the reason why spiritual leaders such as Kenneth Copeland, James Robison, Joel Osteen and especially Rick Warren are working double time to establish this ecumenical offering to the church today whereby the evangelical church will come into a spiritual oneness with the Roman Catholic church, it is out of this union, or religious establishment which will one day bring forth the man of sin – antichrist. We are just only now seeing these events truly begin to form.

Something the Lord revealed to me not long ago was that at some point in the near future, we will see a spiritual deception (or move) occur, the Lord spoke it in such a way that there will come a false spiritual move, a false Azusa street type of move of Satanic origin. I see a day coming where a revival of genuine occult activity will begin to divide the church to the point where there will be no grey area between what is right and what is wrong. This would seem to confer with scripture when the word says that men will call evil good and good evil, I believe that has more to do with spiritual gifts and not just doctrine. Where occultists, mediums masquerading as “prophets” will attempt to bring great deception with the power of Satan, yet the true church will stand opposed to the power of Satan, exposing it for all to see, there will be no question where one stands in the future.

With the recent signing between the Vatican, Muslims and Hindu’s over human rights, it sends a signal that something is brewing in the supernatural realm that our human eyes cannot see shaping before us, and with the recent remarks by Rick Warren within the past 2 weeks (at the time of this article) calling for the return of the evangelical church to once again embrace the Roman Catholic church, the foundation of this “super” church is nearing and is at the door. This can only cause us to know the times we are living in and realize that soon and very soon the second coming of Jesus Christ is nearing, and his delay is almost over.

Christopher

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islam

Recently, Islamic spiritual leaders from places such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, among others, gathered together to deal with a problem they believe will cause great harm to Islam and the Muslim believers. Their worry wasn’t over war, terrorism, ISIS, the West. Their worry? Mars. Or to put it more plainly, traveling to Mars.

As ignorant as that might sound, it once again proves the point that not only is Islam a backward thinking religion, it’s a religion which thrives on fear, fear of change, fear of rejection, fear of others, fear of prosperity, fear of other religions, fear of other Muslims. Is it any wonder why the nation of Islam has not produced a civilization by themselves? Or created a vast wealth of infrastructure? Much of what Islam boasts in their towering buildings were all created by foreigners. One would think that with all the problems facing those who live in the Middle East, from sectarianism with other Muslim factions, terrorism, political rivals, economic hardships, the Israeli conflict, one would think that logic and human reasoning would influence those within the Islamic religion to come together and face the task at hand. Yet once again to the rest of the world we see the ignorance of a religion whose entire worry is not the woes of mankind, but space travel to Mars. Is it any great wonder then why Islam is for the most part recognized as the fastest growing ignorant religion on the earth? I believe so.

There is a dramatic shift taking place within some factions of Islam, a coming to terms with the culture of the day and understanding that change, unless promoted and agreed to, will bring it into the new world we now live in, failure to accept this change will unquestionably bring its ruin. This is not an endorsement of Islam, more so, it’s an understanding that things in this world are changing quickly to bring us into a final period known to man as the “last days”. Yet the major Islamic factions who are the voice of Islam refuses this assertion and instead, desire to bring about a tyrannical rule upon the world, the only problem is, the world won’t allow it to occur. This will no doubt, bring us into a world conflict of the old regime of Islamic philosophy and the world’s desire to build a bridge to a one world order. The stumbling block? Radical Islam.

So how does this relate to the end times and what is and is not truth as it relates to the last days and Bible prophecy and Islam? There are many teachings found by men who would have us to believe certain ideas, as well as information flooding the internet to what is “truth”, the problem is, much of it has to do with another agenda and not necessarily what the word of God has to say.

When we look at Bible prophecy and Islam, we must separate fact from fiction, more importantly, hysteria versus reality. In order to understand end times prophecy we must remember one important rule – proper Hermeneutics. In other words, interpret prophecy by the word and not through the scope of today’s headlines. It’s a sign of imbalance when someone sees what’s going on in our world and then takes a few scriptures to prove something when the reality is that particular scripture, when read in its full context means something entirely different than what the expositor would try to make it say. Today we can see this confusion when it comes to Islam and the last days. With Islam flooding the headlines of our newspapers, being the lead story on late night news, it’s easy to assume particulars as it regards to the rise of Islam across the world, but many try to then add to scripture to make scripture say something it does not suggest nor imply. This is because in some ways political and social agendas still play apart in prophetic interpretation, and nothing can be seen more dire when it comes to end time beliefs and Islam than American preachers basing their end time eschatology and Islam influenced by patriotism. This makes their doctrines not only confusing, biased and manipulative, it serves as a warning that their interpretation is not by the spirit of God, but by pure patriotic pride.

So the questions that are commonly asked are:

1. Is Islam going to take over the world?

2. Is Islam the religion of the antichrist?

3. Is ISIS the army of the antichrist?

4. Will Islam bring the world into sharia law?

5. Will America be an Islamic nation?

6. Where does Islam fit into end time prophecies?

7. Does prophecy reveal Muhammad as the coming antichrist?

8. Will the Mahdi be the false prophet or the antichrist?

9. Is Islam one of the beasts mentioned in Daniel’s prophecy?

10. Does Islam promote peace and freedom?

11. Will Islam invade and conquer Israel?

How we understand bible prophecy is how we can determine what is and what is not true. With this in mind, we can now begin to properly examine scripture and determine what is truth and what is myth. Fact from fiction.

Q. Is Islam going to take over the world? A. If one was living in 1938 eastern Europe at the time when Nazi Germany, under the rule of a tyrannical dictator named Adolf Hitler, was rising up in that hour, that person could easily believe that the real possibility of the cold and brutish army of Nazi stormtroopers would sweep across Europe, then the world. The problem with Islam compared to Hitler and Nazi Germany is, there is no centralized form of Governmental rule, not to mention Islam has no great army or military infrastructure to challenge the world unlike Germany of the 40’s or the Soviet Union in the cold war era. Is Islam going to take over the world? The reality is that Islam is divided (Sunni and Shitte) between views and ideologies. The factions which are dividing Islam today such as ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood are not only proving Islam is weak, it is proof that Islam cannot get past their past. The nations of the world are beginning to formulate a plan to eradicate militant Islam. Russia, China and the UK, are beginning to restrict and in some cases, deport those who voice a message of intolerance and hate in their Muslim rhetoric. Will Islam take over the world? Unless the United States and the super powers relent their influence in the world any time soon, Islam has absolutely no chance of dominating the world at this time, or any time in the future.

Q. Is Islam the religion of the antichrist? A. Daniel 9:26 tells us the rise of the man of sin, the one named “antichrist” “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.” Daniel is giving us several things to consider, 1. The death and resurrection of Christ (Messiah) then his return to heaven. 2. The PEOPLE of the PRINCE (antichrist) who is to COME will destroy the city (Jerusalem). This happened in 70 A.D. by the Romans. So here we have a working knowledge that the future coming man of sin will not come from an Islamic statehood, but from the region of the central power – a Roman Europe. If we take Daniel literally in this verse, it’s clear to me that the coming man of sin is gentile, not Islamic or comes from the religion of Islam. Keep in mind that Islam does not consider Israel a legitimate nation, nor does Islam desire to see any good out of Israel except its destruction. Anyone coming out of Islam would already have a belief system which says Allah is God, that Muhammad is his prophet and the Koran is the law of the world. This also would go against scripture, for Revelation 13:14 tells us the antichrist makes himself an image which all are required to worship “and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.”  The problem is, it is a crime punishable by death for a Muslim to make an image of anything to worship, not even Muhammad or Allah can be made into an image. When we take this into account and carefully consider the facts, Islam cannot be the religion in which the man of sin will come from in the future.

Q. Is ISIS the army of the Antichrist? A. No. It is not. ISIS has less than 30,000 ground soldiers who are virtually using stolen, left over military equipment and weapons, or some shipped from Syria into the hands of these Islamists who are determined to cut off the heads of every living person who does not convert to Islam, and even then they are killing in vast numbers of Muslims in their quest for an Islamic state. The problem is, ISIS is nearing defeat, as most of the world is preparing for a final battle that by all accounts will largely bring an end to ISIS and radical Islamists. It is not the army of the antichrist.

Q. Will Islam bring the world into sharia law? A. The form of Islam currently in the world today would like to, but the overall reality is that no, it won’t and here’s why – the world has changed since the time of the Ottoman Empire and the Turks. Islam today would desire to bring the world under Sharia law, but the reality is, it’s simply not possible, nor does it fit into end time prophecy. Extremist groups such as the al-Qaeda spinoff known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have become notorious for executions by stoning and crucifixion. They apply punishments rarely used in Islamic history. Vigilante justice also takes place. Honor killings, murders committed in retaliation for bringing dishonor on one’s family, are a worldwide problem. This all places Islam back into the mindset to most of the free world which says Islam is a backward religion – and they would be right. Sharia law, if we view it through the lens of scripture would never be applied or forced upon the world, for the word speaks in Revelation that a world currency, a mark of the beast will be forced upon the world. Even economically, sharia law can become financially burdensome. The fact is, there is no free economic prosperity under such methods of religious institution such as can be found in sharia law.

Q. Will America be an Islamic nation? A. No. There are still only 2.6 million muslims living in the U.S. This is a far cry from Islamic change that could take over the United States of America. The reality has still been one that says America is a Christian influenced country with no affiliation with outside religions such as Islam.

Q. Where does Islam fit into end time prophecies? A. There is still much debate and speculation as to where Islam fits into end time bible prophecy. Yet here’s the problem – there is no concrete evidence that says Islam is specifically mentioned or going to be used in the last days.

Q. Does prophecy reveal Muhammad as the coming antichrist? A. No, there is no scripture reference that ever says Muhammad will be the coming man of sin. The Bible makes it clear that “it is appointed unto man to die ONCE, then the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)

Q. Will the Mahdi be the false prophet or the antichrist? A. That again is a topic of great discussion. While Islam does teach that the Mahdi is coming, the argument even in Islam suggests that both divisions of Islam cannot agree on such beliefs. But it must be made clear, as Christians, we do not accept any prophecy or prophetic utterances by another religion outside the realm of the cross. To even suggest or apply the beliefs and teachings of Islam brings into the scriptures great deception (leaven). It is my belief based on my understanding of Islam, there can be no genuine or true Mahdi simply because it does not fit into scripture concerning the false prophet or the antichrist himself. I must equally add that Islam was in fact a Roman Catholic invention at the time of inception.

Q. Is Islam one of the beasts mentioned in Daniel’s prophecy? A. Revelation 13:2 “And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.” I believe if we look at scripture collectively we can then examine scripture and see that these nations, Iran ,Syria, Iraq and Libya will be used and ultimately face it’s greatest defeat in the Ezekiel 38-39 war.

Q. Does Islam promote peace and freedom? A. Not at all. The Qu’ran does not promote peace and love for their fellow man. It promotes hate, slavery, war, rape, torture, every evil thing one can think of, Islam supports it. This makes Islam a hard argument for a religion of peace upon the world, nor does it prove that the man of sin will promote Islam or come out of it. The world has faced 2 world wars due to evil rulers, this will be no different.

Q. Will Islam invade and conquer Israel? A. It will try. In Ezekiel 38-39 as well as Psalm 83, we read of the Islamic nations coming together to invade Israel and destroy it, but God himself will render Islam it’s greatest and final defeat. This, I believe is the coming war that looms on the horizon and will send the world into the final stage for a World Order.

We must be careful when we examine scriptures when we deal with things which are current in today’s headlines and not confuse them with assurance that they are “the” signs of the end times.

Christoper

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heaven

It’s been 3 and 1/2 years since the day I heard the sounds of heaven. It happened one particular night while I was deep asleep, when, without truly understanding it, everything seemed to open and I was allowed to catch a glimpse (or sound) of what heaven was like. The following account is my own experience and though I at no time saw with my own eyes the splendor of heaven, my ears did and what I heard both captured my heart as well as my mind. Here is that account:

I was in a deep sleep the night God allowed me to hear a glimpse of heaven. The word says in Joel 2:28 that in the last days “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”. I cannot fully explain what I heard, for only my sense of hearing was opened to that spiritual realm, but that experience allowed me to grasp this knowledge, that where Christ was, I wanted to be. As I slept, my spirit was awakened to the realization that the dimension between this world and the next had been opened and suddenly I was literally “hearing” the full spectrum of heaven. I lay listening, my ears grasping the compelling chimes, the soft melody which was playing around me and I knew I was hearing that heavenly song.

It was then all of a sudden I heard the most beautiful melody I have ever known, it was as though this dimension had literally opened up and I could hear the sounds of heaven. I heard angelic singing in such a way that it captured my soul as I lay in that spiritual state. Multiple upon multiple voices, all praising the Lord rang out in such a way that my soul literally leaped. If my eyes had been opened, there would be no question I would have seen the glory and splendor of the kingdom of God. This is why I believe God used my ears to be opened up, because my ears could grasp what was happening without contradicting scripture (Exodus 33:20 “But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”

I could hear birds singing, a river flowing, angelic voices singing a melody that my soul recognized but my mind could not understand, although my spirit and soul recognized it, yet my human mind did not understand, yet I knew this melody, and it was wonderful to hear for it was soothing to my soul. The sounds of heaven seemed to last for a period of time, then I could sense in my spirit that it was beginning to fade. I then spoke within the vision or dream if I could but write down the words I was hearing, then immediately the eternal curtain began to close. Without warning, the veil was shut and I was back in my bed, weeping as I realized that I was back in this reality, this carnal flesh and not in the presence of the most high.

I wept and wept throughout that night because I had such an experience where my ears, not my eyes, heard the glorious music, praise and worship that was occurring in heaven. Yet a comfort overcome me, a subtle peace gently reminded me that one day I would once again be present to hear those wonderful sounds, but this time I would see them with my own eyes. It reminds me of an old familiar hymn I use to sing as a child in that old Pentecostal church those many years ago growing up:

There is coming a day, when no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye
All is peace forever more, on that happy golden shore
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon his face,
The One who saved me by his grace;
When he takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.
There’ll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no more pain, no more parting over there,
But forever I will be with the one who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Oh i’ve got a longing, i’m homesick to go
To a land without heartache
No more sorrow or woe
There’s nothing that can hold me, in this world below
I’m homesick for Heaven, i’ve got a longing to go

What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon his face The One who saved me by his grace
But when he takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Christopher
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PetersonMessage

It has sold more than 10 million copies and was ranked #9 of the top selling Bibles in 2013 by ECPA (source). With endorsements from such spiritual leaders as Billy Graham, Billy Graham, Chuck Swindoll, Christianity Today, Dan Quayle, Bill Hybels, Gordon Fee, J.I. Packer, Jack Hayford, Jerry Jenkins, Jerry Savelle, John Maxwell, Max Lucado, Richard Foster, Rick Warren, Rod Parsley, Tony Campolo and Warren Wiersbe, among many others, Peterson’s The Message Bible has found a genuine place within the modern evangelical, as well as Charismatic and Pentecostal church world today.

We are told throughout the word that in the last days grievous wolves would slip into the fold, devouring the flock. The problem is, many are not doing what it takes to know who those wolves are and how they are devouring many within the body today, because they have resisted the call to “study to show thyself approved”. In fact, the sentiment today is in direct contradiction to the word to expose false teachings, to expose false teachers, instead, many have adopted a more tolerant view of teachings which, out of fear of being called “troublemakers” or “intolerant” they have allowed these men to sneak in unawares to divide and then destroy the body, all under the guise of religious political correctness. Case in point – the general acceptance by many within the modern church of Eugene Peterson’s The Message Bible.

Galatians 1:8 we are warned about false gospels and those who come preaching them; “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” When we begin to examine the life, beliefs and teachings of Eugene Peterson, we begin to better understand not only his agenda and directive, we also gain a deeper understanding as to why he is making an imprint into the minds of not adults, but of the young and impressionable. It is my personal opinion that the Message Bible and its radical departure from the core text was purposely designed for the younger generation and not the older generation before it, why? Because the older generation, those who have been rooted and equipped with the spirit of God, will see through the veil of mysticism and new age teachings Peterson’s “Bible” is promoting. The sad truth is, the reason why the Message Bible was purposely geared toward the younger generation (35 and under) is due to two (2) things, Biblical ignorance and Spiritual immaturity.

While Peterson considers himself Pentecostal, he is officially a licensed minister of the United Presbyterian Church. An ecumenical advocate, Peterson openly supports and even encourages the union between evangelicals and the Roman Catholic church. Not only has Peterson removed the very themes of Biblical standards, he has purposely chosen to exclude many important truths from his Bible – but why? Why change or even omit such things as “Lord” when it refers to Jesus Christ, replacing it with “Master” which is a derogatory declaration of Christ which the religious used against the Lord, even Judas referring to Jesus as “master” and not “Lord”. By subverting the term “Master” instead of “Lord” Peterson denotes the authority and deity of Jesus as God, instead, what Peterson attempts to do is make Christ a teacher, a new age guru and not the son of God he rightly is. It’s a subtly that unless one is rooted in the contextual grammar of the written word they won’t notice the slight variations Peterson is attempting to accomplish.

So what else has been deleted in The Message Bible? Here are a few things which Peterson has removed:

1. God’s Holy name

2. Sinful nature of man

3. Homosexuality and its sin

4. Adultery

5. Sexual Immorality

Some would ask what is the harm of Peterson’s attempt to re-write the Bible? The problem is what Peterson is attempting to lose (the cross) and instead replace it with the power of the resurrection. This cannot be done, for it is the cross which redeemed man, not the resurrection. The resurrection was never in question, but it is the cross which satisfied the sin debt, it is the cross which washes away the sins of man, not the resurrection – the cross. “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22)

in his book Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Peterson makes his cross-less claim in his statement where the emphasis is on the resurrection instead of the cross:

Peterson says this:
“We live the Christian life out of a rich tradition of formation-by-resurrection. Jesus’ resurrection provides the energy and conditions by which we ‘walk before the Lord in the land of the living (Ps. 116:9). The resurrection of Jesus creates and makes available the reality in which we are formed as new creatures in Christ by the Holy Spirit. The do-it-yourself, self-help culture of North America has so thoroughly permeated our imaginations that we don’t give much sustained attention to the biggest thing of all, resurrection. And the reason we don’t give much attention to it is because the resurrection is not something we can use or manipulate or control or improve on. It is interesting the world has had very little success in commercializing Easter, the way it has Christmas. If we can’t say, as we say, ‘get a handle on it’ and use it, we soon lose interest. But resurrection is not available for our use; it is exclusively God’s operation.”

Yet notice what Paul says in Galatians 6:14 “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Notice Paul does not say “I boast in the resurrection” but he boasts in the cross. It is the cross which redeems man, which gives the believer Holy Ghost power – not the resurrection. The resurrection is the life we receive thru the death Christ paid. But Peterson would deny us this truth.

Peterson uses the term in The Message Bible “As above, so below”. Why? Why would Peterson use a new age root word which has its very foundation in witchcraft and the occult? Could it be because Peterson is disciple to the occult world himself? I believe so. Make no mistake, there is a genuine plan to not only water down the word of God, but make the living word of God a social experiment to adapt itself to the changing social behaviors of the day, but the word of God does not change, but it remains faithful to its foundational truth and that truth is sin is sin and man’s problem is his wicked heart, Peterson’s Message Bible removes man’s central problem (the sin nature) and rejects the concept of Original Sin, and instead makes man out to be something which can redeem himself through his own efforts. This is the heresy we are told to expose in Ephesians 5:11.

When we look at Peterson’s Message Bible, we come to only one conclusion – it’s heresy. Not only heresy, but it’s equipping young people into an understanding that is grooming them for the coming World Order for religion, a religion based on another gospel, another message and another Christ. This makes Eugene Peterson’s Message Bible a doctrine of devils, created by the devil to destroy the church and render it powerless. But God has a remnant who is exposing the depths of the devil to call that which is false into question and reveal it to all that it is a product to destroy and not redeem. Such is the work of Eugene Peterson and his Message Bible.

Christopher

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There is no question today that the #1 threat to our world is not Communism, Socialism, economic hazards or mad dictators. The #1 threat in our world today is a religion, to be more precise – religious hate, and that hate is representation of the one thing which has become the world’s problem – Islam.

By the end of the 6th century A.D., two great empires dominated much of the Middle East: the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire and the Sassanid Persian Empire with its capital in Ctesiphon, near modern day Baghdad. Throughout the following centuries later, the world saw major transformations, social as well as political growth in not only economic development but also in science and inventions which played the part in the world’s transformation from primitive sustenance growth and development, to advances which brought with it social standards by which people could live their lives with some comfort and ease. Life was beginning to rapidly change for the world – except for the Middle East – namely Islamic countries.

The evolution of the Muslim world has been more complex as well as productive, its rigid theocracy intertwined with a radical worldview, or “Caliphate”. The last true Islamic revival took the form of the final Empire – the Ottoman Empire. Yet within decades, the ideology of the religious Muslim leaders drove Islam into the ground. Islam’s rejection of science, technology, individual liberty, national sovereignty of other nations puts Islam back where it found itself under Ottoman rule – extinction. Why? Because the world as we know it today will not change, nor will it bend to Islamic order, irregardless how many radical factions rise up in this hour, the truth is, Islam is the last remaining stumbling block to a world order, but eventually Islam’s desire for world domination, just as Nazi Germany found out much too late in 1945, all paths to tyranny lead to ruin.

Within the past 5 years the world has seen the removal of men such as Libyan ruler Qaddafi, Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak and Iraq leader Saddam Hussein (*2006), all of these men were removed due to the influence and might of the United States, the void we left was quickly filled up with radical Islamists who adhere to the fundamentalist form of Islam – Shiite theology, these consist of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS (ISIL), Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolution and Hamas. It is the Shittte’s who demand Sharia law upon the world. They are the radicalized form of Islam, while the Sunni’s themselves refrain from demands of war and hatred against others. Fundamentalist Islam denounces rights for women, it rejects Capitalism, it removes all rights and instead dictates a more theocracy form of rule by one ruler – the supreme Ayatollah. The reality is more clear to the rest of the world that Islam is fighting for its very survival, and it’s a losing battle.

The steps being made now with the world Governments are clearly beginning to take notice and soon the prophetic events as outlined in Psalm 83 as well as Ezekiel 38-39 will eventually begin. Why? Because in order for a world system to emerge, the last remaining stronghold (Islam) is standing in its way, and many Muslims know it. The balance of power is beginning to shift once again.

Russia is currently doing everything in its power to prevent jihadist groups from spreading into its territories, while China, France and even Europe are now quelling the tide of radical Islamic growth by regulating entry into its perspective countries. China has a zero tolerance toward Islam and even restricts Muslims to traveling throughout its vast nation, not to mention its monitoring of said Islamic groups to a large degree. The world is about to deal with one last great war, not a war on economic, political issues, not even about Communism, those 1950’s cold war era ideas are a thing of the past, instead the world is about to face a more darker war, a war which will finally end the radicalization of Islam, a war of beliefs, a religious war.

Everything the world is desiring is beginning to form, a U.N. form of world religion that not only the Roman Catholic Church is pushing, but the evangelical church is backing as well. Russia, China, India forming economic agreements. The world stage is clearly heading toward the day when every single hindrance will be removed, including Islam, and out of this final move will come the global push for world stability, one which this coming world war will bring, for the people will desire peace and safety. This will then give way to the greatest deception known to humanity – world peace. How this will arrive is anyone’s guess, but we know this, the foundations are now being put into place, the building blocks are being established, the sentiments are clearly rising across the world, and the religious tolerance is giving rise, the only thing keeping this from occurring right now is Islam. Remove Islam and we begin the march to a World Order. So too shall prophesy be fulfilled. ” While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

Christopher

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