We will now analyze the biblical evidence related to the subject of Israel. Are those in the Church who place a great emphasis and focus on the literal nation of Israel, biblically justified in doing so?
Our study of Israel will be based on the Bible alone, and not upon the opinions and interpretations of other religious books and authors. And, you will probably be surprised to find that so many scriptures are being completely ignored, when it comes to this topic. Continue reading
The final days of American involvement in the Vietnamese War were hectic. The North Vietnamese Army was about to overrun Saigon, and our nation was quickly evacuating all American personnel before this occurred. Any Americans left behind were certain to be tortured or killed.
What would have been your impression of our military leaders, if they had told the remaining Americans that they could either board the evacuation planes currently there, or they could catch other ones coming later; notwithstanding, that no other evacuation planes had actually been promised by the “Commander and Chief”? You would probably agree that the military leaders had created the false impression that there would be a second chance to escape the coming destruction; thereby having diminished the urgency of the situation, which caused some to procrastinate and eventually be destroyed.
Fortunately, our military leaders did not dispense such misinformation during those climactic days in Vietnam when people’s lives were literally at stake. However, many church leaders are guilty of dispensing similar misinformation concerning the climactic days of earth’s history, which is giving millions the false impression that they will have a second chance to be saved after Jesus has raptured faithful Christians to heaven.
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Tagged antichrist, Bible, God, Jerry Jenkins, Jesus, Left Behind, post tribulation, pretribulation, Secret Rapture, the tribulation, Tim LaHaye
There was a dog breeder and trainer who had become internationally famous for his expertise in breeding and training dogs to fulfill specific “callings” in life. Some were bred and trained to be aggressive watchdogs, some to herd sheep, some to be “seeing eye” dogs for the blind, and some to be loving playful, cuddly puppies ideal for children.
Probably one of the reasons for the dog breeder’s success was his great love for each and every dog he handled. He gave each one the same tender care, whether it was to be a future watchdog or a child’s house pet. He truly valued all of them equally, although each would have different “callings” in life.
Our English words, baptism and baptize, come from the Greek words “baptisma” and “baptizo”.Baptizo (baptize) means to be overwhelmed, “fully wet” or washed.Baptisma (baptism) means immersion or submersion; that is, to be plunged into liquid and to sink below the surface.It is interesting and significant that every reference to the baptism of people in the New Testament uses these Greek terms, baptizo and baptisma.Therefore, every New Testament baptism involved people being immersed, submerged or dipped below the surface of the water.
It is common knowledge that many Christian denominations today simply sprinkle people with water, but they still refer to it as baptism.However, this does not constitute baptism in the true New Testament sense of the word.There is, of course, a Greek word for sprinkling, and that word is “rhantizo”.Rhantizo is used several times in the New Testament.It is used to describe how Moses “sprinkled” blood on the people, the book of the law, the tabernacle and its vessels (Hebrews 9:19-21).It is used to depict how Moses kept the Passover and the “sprinkling” of blood (Hebrews 11:28).It is used when telling Christians that they have come to Mount Zion…..to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of “sprinkling” that speaks better things than that of Abel (Hebrews 12:22-24).And, Peter also uses the word, rhantizo, when he refers to the “sprinkling” of the blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:2).However, rhantizo (sprinkling) is never used when referring to New Testament baptism.From a biblical standpoint, denominations who practice sprinkling are not actually baptizing people.
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What is “preterism”?It is a doctrine teaching that all prophecy has been fulfilled, including the prophecies in the book of Revelation regarding the antichrist and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Preterism includes many unique and strange teachings.It teaches that the Roman emperor Nero was the antichrist of the book of Revelation.Preterism teaches that Jerusalem is the “whore” or “harlot” of Revelation chapter 17.It teaches that Jesus’ second coming took place in 70 AD when Jerusalem was destroyed by Roman armies; moreover, that these events in 70 AD constituted the “time of the end” and the “end of the age” referred to in Scripture.Preterism also teaches that the book of Revelation was written before 70 AD, which is a necessity for the preterist doctrine to be plausible.
You will find this article to be both blunt and urgent. I make no apologies. The time is at hand. I believe that we have crossed the threshold, and all Christians in this morally compromised nation, who are attending biblically compromised churches, need to demonstrate, through their words and actions, to whom they give allegiance. I ask you to read this article in its entirety, and then to pledge your allegiance to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ above any and every other pastor, theologian, ministry, congregation, denomination, creed or human tradition. I exhort you as Joshua did the Israelites: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve……..As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
Revelation 18:1-3 depicts an angel with great authority coming down from heaven and proclaiming: “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” Then, in Revelation 18:4-5, the Apostle John states: “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” Who or what is this “Babylon” which has apparently housed God’s people, because they are told to come out of her?
Posted in Babylon Is Fallen
Tagged Abomination, Babylon, Calvinism, Creation, Evolution, Graven Images, Hell, mega churches, Once Saved Always Saved, prosperity gospel, Revelation, Sabbath, Sunday, Ten Commandments, women elders, women pastors
To learn about the antichrist we must go into the book of Revelation, especially chapter 13. And, as we do, I believe that we find Satan’s ultimate counterfeit of God. Satan knows that God is a “trinity”, one God, but manifest in the three distinct divine persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Isaiah 14:12-14 reveals that “Lucifer”, Satan’s original name when he was still an unfallen angel in heaven, wanted to become God. He said that he wanted to become “like” the Most High. So, now, during earth’s final days, Satan tries to pull it off, by establishing his own false trinity, an “unholy trinity”, on earth.
In June of 2000, I preached a message titled, “Judgment of America”. I stated that “a storm is coming upon America” because of the following abominations: the practice of infanticide via abortion, honoring homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, respecting other false religions as equal with Christianity, exalting the “Big Bang” theory as Creator rather than God, and expelling the Bible and God from our public schools and other public institutions. I stated that “the storm was coming”, judgment from God. Fifteen months later America was humbled by the terrorist attacks on 9-11. I’m not trying to exalt myself as being some kind of a prophet, for anyone who faithfully studies their Bible could have arrived at the same conclusion, as you will see demonstrated from Scripture.
After 9-11 America had a brief superficial revival, which dissipated fast. Why? It was because there was no true repentance. The abortion mills kept running; fanatical extreme gay rights legislation continued to be adopted; atheist evolutionary concepts continued to brainwash our children in our public schools; activist courts continued to expel God and His commandments from our society; and, false religions continued to be elevated to equal, if not superior, status with Christianity. In fact, the same “false religion” that had attacked America was being revered as a good and peaceful religion that worshipped the same God as Christianity.
Is sadism really being embraced and taught by the vast majority of Christian leaders? Not only is it being embraced and taught, acceptance of it is required by church leaders or you will be labeled as being part of a cult.
Israel is a hot topic in both the political and religious realms. America has favored and supported the nation of Israel for many years. Evangelical denominations and churches also express the same support, and they assert that Israel is still God’s chosen nation and people. Many Christian conservative leaders insist that all of God’s blessings, covenants and promises, which were made to Israel in the Old Testament, are still valid today, because they were said to be eternal or everlasting; moreover, they claim that Jews worship the same God as Christians, but that Muslims worship a different god than the God of Christianity and Judaism.
Are these things true? Do Jews worship the same God as Christians? Is Israel still God’s chosen nation? Are Israel’s Old Testament blessings and promises still valid today? Or, is it possible that the New Testament nation of Israel is the complete opposite; could they actually be a type of “antichrist”?