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Are There Blood Moons Rising? with Mark Hitchcock (part 2)
Gary: Welcome to Search the Scriptures 24/7, a radio ministry of The Berean Call with T. A. McMahon. I’m Gary Carmichael. Thanks for tuning in. In today’s program, Tom wraps a two-part series with guest, Mark Hitchcock. Here’s TBC executive director, Tom McMahon.

Tom: Thanks, Gary. This is part 2 of our conversation, a discussion about prophecy, and, in particular, blood moons. That’s a teaching that’s come into the church, and people are excited about it, but it has raised a bit of controversy. And it should, because we have to question whether it’s biblical or not. The perspective – I don’t care who it is – whatever the person is teaching, if they claim to be speaking for the Bible, then we have a resource to check out what they’re saying, just as the Bereans did in Acts 17:11.
So my guest, as we get on with this, is Mark Hitchcock. He’s the pastor-teacher of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, OK, and the author of a number of books dealing with biblical prophecy, and in particular, that addresses this subject, is Blood Moons Rising, which we offer here at The Berean Call.
Mark, welcome back to Search the Scriptures 24/7.
Mark: Yeah, thanks for having me back again.
Tom: You know, Mark, as we ended last week, we did mention Mark Biltz, the author of Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, and I also mentioned last week that I listened to a kind of casual debate with him over his book and your book, and I’d just like you to just briefly…tell us what [are] your primary concerns about what he wrote.
Mark: Well, I think there are several things. I guess my primary concern is with when it comes to the whole idea of these four blood moons, and there’s this idea out there that these four blood moons that are going to occur on these four Jewish feast days, and there are going to be four lunar eclipses: Passover and Tabernacles in 2014, and then on Passover and Tabernacles in 2015. So that’s a fact, but the real problem I have with that is it’s that really the handling of the Bible to come to the conclusions that he comes to. To me, when you go to the passages that mention the moon turning to blood in Joel 2 and Acts 2 and Revelation 6, and then in Matthew 24 (it doesn’t mention the moon turning to blood, but it talks about the sun not giving its light there). The problem is [that] in all of those passages – the context of those passages is either in the midpoint or the end of the coming seven-year tribulation period, and we’re not in that period yet, because the Rapture hasn’t even happened, so 2015, where they’re claiming all of this is so significant, can’t be the fulfillment of those things because of the timing and the context of those passages.
Another thing is that nowhere in the Bible are four blood moons mentioned! It just mentions the moon turning to blood. It doesn’t mention that it’s going to happen four times. So again, that’s something they’re reading into the Bible that the Bible doesn’t say.
Also, these events in the Bible of the moon turning to blood are supernatural events – they’re not natural occurrences, like a lunar eclipse. When you read the context of these passages, this is God doing this. Also when you go to Acts 2 and to Revelation 6, there are all kinds of other things mentioned other than the moon turning to blood. There’s going to be columns of smoke and all these other different things.
So they don’t take all of those other things – they just cherry pick, kind of, one thing out of there, and then see that as being fulfilled in these four blood moons in these two years.
And so, there’s just really, to me, a host of interpretive problems that you have to make this case: things they’re not…seeing in the Bible that are there, and then other things they’re reading into the Bible that aren’t there.
So I think they’ve built kind of this whole viewpoint and this whole theory and this whole construct of these four blood moons, this blood moon tetrad and how significant it is, really out of passages that don’t say anything close to what they’re building.
Tom: And now, scripturally, Mark, help me out here. Is the blood moon event – is that a one-time event?
Mark: It seems to be. Yeah, it seems to be a one-time event, and, again, you have in Revelation 6, you have a reference there to the moon turning to blood, and then, if you take the passage in Joel 2 and Acts 2 to be the end of the Tribulation, then it could be there, again, another occurrence of this same type of an event, but again, they’re not happening on…it doesn’t mention feast days; it doesn’t mention…so, again, it depends on your chronology in these passages. And some would take it that all of those passages refer to the same period of time, and others would take it that they refer to two different times. But there’s still not four different times, and they’re never really related to Jewish feast days or things like that.
So, my view would be that, yes, there’s an event kind of at the middle of the Tribulation in Revelation 6. These other passages refer to the end of the Tribulation. But, again, that would be…others might disagree on the exact chronology.
Tom: As you know, Mark, Mark Biltz, the author of Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, and also Jonathan Cahn, who’s the author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of Shemitah, are more than implying that, as you allude to, this September very well could be the time when the blood moon triggers world calamity and financial devastation, and so forth. Now what does that say about the timing of the Rapture and the biblical teaching about the Great Tribulation?
Mark: Well, I think, you know, there’s several problems with what they’re doing. One is…to me, what they’re doing is…I would refer to it as a “soft” form of date setting. And what I mean by that is they’re not setting a date and saying the Lord is coming back in 2015, but to me, the Bible doesn’t tell us that there’s going to be a great economic collapse in 2015 or there’s going to be a war in the Middle East in 2015. It doesn’t give us dates for any of these future events. And so, to me, to their credit, at least they’re not saying, “Oh, 2015 is the Lord’s coming.” But they are saying that it is the time of some other great event. And to me, that’s still date setting. And I think it’s dangerous because, again, they don’t know that from Scripture, and if what they’re saying doesn’t happen, then again, it’s this black eye for the Bible and a black eye for God, when actually, it isn’t God at all; it’s them.
So I think that’s the problem with that. But also, by saying there’s going to be all this devastation and collapse and all of this taking place, it’s almost as if they’re predicting the events of the Tribulation to begin this year with the church still here. And I think it’s a confused eschatology – I think at best a kind of confusing of end-time events. But the other thing is, they seem to often say how these things are going to happen, and they come about as close as you can get to saying that the Lord’s coming back, but then they always kind of back away from that.
Tom: Right.
Mark: And I think there’s a danger there, again, of even though they won’t go so far as to say that, to many people who are listening to them, I think you would clearly get that impression.
Tom: Well, let me give you an example. I think you’re wonderfully gracious by giving them the benefit of the doubt. And we do. We want to err on the side of mercy, and so on. But, Mark, as I’ve tracked these guys, it isn’t just what they write, but you see them on different programs, especially programs like Jim Bakker, Sid Roth, where they’re promoting their books and their ideas.
Now, let me just give you some dialogue here between Mark Biltz and Jim Bakker. This can be found at the…well, here’s the address: jimbakkershow.com/video/mystery-sevens-2/. It starts with actually one of Bakker’s assistants, and he says, “The year of the Jubilee, which is next fall,” and then he declares, “I would suggest to you that something so great is going to happen in the world, and to America, that it’s going to call back God’s people.”
Then Biltz agrees enthusiastically, and Bakker jumps up with Biltz actually grinning approval: “Oh, people! You’d better get ready!” And Bakker then supplies his reasons why the Jews would leave the US and return to Israel: “There has to be a collapse of our economy.”
Biltz responds to Bakker’s “Am I close?” by saying, “Yes, you’re right on.” And Biltz adds that “the Tribulation is a seven-year cycle that will follow the cyclical Shemitah cycle.”
Bakker responds: “You feel like maybe we should prepare for the Tribulation?”
Biltz: “Definitely!” He then adds, “I think we have one year to really prepare for God’s coming.”
Bakker adds: “You say that right out flat! You didn’t even give a disclaimer! Now say that again.”
Biltz: “If it doesn’t begin next year, it won’t begin for seven more years. But I don’t know if we have much time.”
Then Bakker jumps up again: “We have the “Year of Food” [offer] for $550! One of these days it will be all gone. One more event – I’m telling you. We have the “Time of Trouble,” and that’s a seven-year food offer, and that’s for a donation of $3,000. That’s [7,700 (corrected)] meals.”
Mark, at least, that’s kind of a fear-mongering thing. What their motivation is, I’m not going to judge their heart, but it just seems like a promotion not only that’s not supported by Scripture, but it increases fear among people. And, you know, we’ve seen this, as you mentioned before, date setting is always wrong, with regard to the Scripture, but the outcome, the consequences – people sell their homes, people move to the country. They, you know, basically, financially…I’m not saying where their spiritual walk is, but basically working out of fear, it destroys lives, even to the point of suicides, and so on.
Mark: No, you’re right. I mean, it’s tragic, and another problem with what he said there, as you just read, is that destroys imminency.
Tom: Yes.
Mark: Because he’s saying, “Okay, if doesn’t happen now, then it can’t happen for seven more years.”
Tom: Exactly.
Mark: Jesus says we’re to be looking for the Blessed Hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior. He says we’re to be waiting up for our Savior and for His return. When someone says these things, and they don’t happen now then can’t happen for seven more years, to me, that’s problematic. And I agree with you. It is fear-mongering, and it smacks of commercialization and merchandising. And so, it’s not good, but what we see, though, and I see this time and time again, and I try to point this out to folks, is one of the real problems, and I’m aware of this in my own life, in my own teaching, error begets error.
Tom: Right.
Mark: You get one error, and then it tends to compound itself in another error and another error, and so, again, that’s why we want to go back to the Bible. And the Bible is our plumb line, it’s our standard, and what we say, we want it to be consistent with the Bible. When you get off of that, especially in areas like this, where people are…people are very susceptible in these areas. Again, I’ve said this a couple of times, but the days we live in are uncertain. There’s a lot of fear out there, and it’s easy to prey on people’s fear today. It is! And we want to give people hope. We want to tell them that Jesus is coming – that they can have their hope and their trust and their faith in Him and be delivered from the coming wrath. And that’s the message that we have for people today. When that is abused in that way, it’s sad and unfortunate.
Tom: You know, we also – thinking of the body of Christ – we want to encourage, exhort, and I’m thinking about 2 Timothy 4:3, that declares (prophetically, by the way) that the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. So our exhortation, you as a pastor, a pastor-teacher, our exhortation is to get into the Word of God. Now, do you see that as a major reason, when people aren’t into the Word of God, why so many Christians are vulnerable to these blatant abuses of biblical prophecy today?
Mark: Sure. That’s the big problem we have. Really, all of these different areas. One of the areas where there’s a great lack today is in discernment. You know that. That’s what your ministry’s about. But people don’t know the Bible, and so they are susceptible to these kinds of things. And I think a lot of people know that. Again, I read these books, and they just pull a few scriptures out of some different places about the moon turning to blood and kind of weave this whole theology out of that, and again, they’re not looking at the context of the passages, the timing of these things, the source of them, how many of them there are stated in Scripture, and all of that. And people who are undiscerning – and I think, you know, people… there’s a sense with a lot of people that they want these things to be true. They read it, and they want it to be true, and they’re looking for things out there to kind of grab onto and hang onto to give them some kind of solid foundation and give them some hope. And there are people that are coming along and giving them these kinds of things.
It’s a serious thing. You mentioned I’m a pastor of a church, and James 3:1: Don’t let many of you become teachers, knowing as such you will incur a stricter judgment. We have a responsibility to handle the Word accurately and to be shepherds for people and not to come in and lead people astray.
So that’s why I write books like this. I do have a passion for God’s truth, and I have a passion for the Lord, but I also have a passion for God’s people, and when I see them being led astray by things like this, then I like to try to do what I can to try to correct the record.
Tom: And certainly where we can equip them, especially as things get more difficult. And, fellowship! So important. Like-minded brothers and sisters in the Lord who are into the Word of God. They need each other. We need each other, and all of that.
Mark, a while ago I wrote an article for The Berean Call, and the title was “Is Your Eschatology Showing?” And the point of the article was that Christians who are ignorant of the events of the Scriptures that are going to take place prior to Christ’s return, really are vulnerable, I think, to unwittingly supporting agendas that are contrary to what the Bible says will take place.
Now, eschatology – some people may not know the term, but it’s just chronology that the Bible lays out about what’s going to take place, and it’s not a mystery, is it? You know, certainly there may be some things where we’re not given all the details, but basically, the chronology is there. But these guys, it seems to me… When I say “these guys,” those who are writing these books, Mark, they couch them in “mystery.” Everything’s a mystery, like “Shemitah.” But I think that’s attractive to people. They say, “Oh, listen to this! This is secret. This is a mystery. This is esoteric.” What do you say to that?
Mark: Well, there is an allure and a seduction to things like that…you know, this new thing that’s been discovered, or whatever they are, and I do think you’ve hit on something there. There is an attraction to that, and, again, with this world we live in, people want to be in the know. If there’s something out there that can give them some special insight, they want to know about it. But, again, we go back to the Bible, the book of Revelation, the very first of the book, it’s called the apocalypsis of Jesus Christ. The word “apocalypis” means to take the veil off something, to uncover it. So, it’s a book we should understand. It’s not the covering, the hiding. It’s the uncovering, and it’s assumed that we can understand it because the very third verse – it’s the only book in the Bible with a blessing attached to it. It says, “Blessed is the one who reads, the one who hears, and the one who heeds the words written in this book, the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.”
So again, this is something we should be able to read, to hear, to understand, to obey, and so when things come, like blood moons – I think that’s why a lot of these things attract people. “Blood moons.” It sounds kind of…I don’t know, kind of creepy almost, or kind of mysterious, or… You know, “blood moons,” “Shemitah,” the whole 2012 thing was based on the Mayan calendar. So, all of these kind of things, I think, have an allure, but again, if you just go back to the Bible and see what the Bible actually says, really, as you pointed out, the overall scenario, or the template, that the Bible lays out for the end times is not really that complicated.
We all believe He’s coming back. We believe there’s going to be a final resurrection, a final judgment, there’s a heaven, and there’s a hell. That’s what we all agree on, regardless of our particular viewpoint on the end times. But there’s all these kinds of things out there, again, to kind of draw people in, and when people see these kinds of things that are new, and new discoveries, the antenna should immediately go up; the alarm button should go off, the flashing lights should go off in the mind that this is something we need to proceed and enter into with caution.
Tom: And, Mark, as you mentioned last week, we see things developing. We see the apostasy growing. We don’t see very specific prophecies being fulfilled, for example, we mentioned 1948, the restoration of the nation of Israel, and so on. You know, from my writings, I’ll take a verse like 2 Timothy 3:1-2, “Mark my words, in the last days, there will be perilous times. Men will be lovers of their own selves,” and I can apply that to a generation – the psychological generation, okay? Because it really deals with loving of self, which is what psychology and humanistic psychology teaches.
So, anyway, without locking things down, as you pointed out, we don’t know the timing of this, when it’s going to happen, but things do seem to be closer than they were. But here’s my concern. As I mentioned, if you don’t have an understanding of the chronology of what will take place according to the Scriptures – now, help me out here, Mark – the next kingdom that I see developing, according to the Scriptures, is the kingdom of the Antichrist.
So again, we don’t know when, but we see this in development, my point being that do we keep our eyes open to certain things that certainly develop that may seem good – for example, Rick Warren has his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan. He’s trying to solve all the problems of the world by bringing different religions together – I mean, that’s not my idea, folks. That’s all documented. Or you have, the Kingdom/Dominionists. They believe that Christians need to take over the world before Christ can return. We have, among the young people, we have a popular group Jesus Culture, and their eschatology is Kingdom Dominionism. That’s what the lyrics of their songs – and they’re incredibly, hugely popular. So my point is that if we are not aware, at least for a heads up, if we’re not aware of the chronology of Scripture, we can buy into a program that’s working for the Adversary, not true to Scripture.
Mark: Well, no, that’s right, and you know, it is interesting, in the early church there were things about the end times that were being taught that greatly upset people. We have in the book of Thessalonians, the whole book of 2 Thessalonians – the first part of it, they’ve been sent a spurious letter, a counterfeit letter as if from Paul that they were in the Day of the Lord. That the Day of the Lord had come. And they were confused… So one of the reasons we need to understand prophecy is because we do live in days of great deception, and a lot of the deceptions are about the end times. There’s a lot of cults out there gaining great traction in people’s lives by teaching false views about the end times. Because they know people are interested in this. So that’s kind of their entrée into these things. So, it is very important – and, again, not every person is going to be a Bible scholar and understand all the intricacies of the end times, but it is incumbent upon us as believers to understand what the Bible says about these things so we don’t get pulled in and sucked into these, I would call them “fads,” that come along.
Tom: Right, and some of them have… they’re so much a part of Christendom, for example, I mentioned the article, “Is Your Eschatology Showing?” Last week I mentioned coming to Christ at the time when The Late Great Planet Earth was the most popular book, and I didn’t know about prophecy, didn’t know about the Rapture, and so on. But in terms of eschatology, my church, my former church, the Roman Catholic Church, they were amillennialists, okay? They believe we’re in the Millennium now. So that’s had an effect over millennia!
Mark: Sure it does! It does, and if you believe that we’re going to go through the Tribulation period, that has an effect now. If you believe that you know the day when Jesus is coming back, that affects the way you live now. There’s all of these things…what we believe about the future does have ramifications for now in our lives. And we need to understand. What I see today, this is really an ironic development, I would say today in churches, at least during my lifetime, there’s less being taught about Bible prophecy and eschatology by far than ever before. Less being taught, but we need it now more than ever!
Tom: Exactly!
Mark: We’re the generation that needs it now more than ever, and yet, it’s being taught less. And I do think that that is a plot of the enemy, a strategy of the enemy, to silence pastors and preachers and teachers on this. The people don’t have an appetite for it any more, and I think that again, many people will be caught short and caught unaware because they’re not being taught these things. They’re victims, really, for these kind of things that come along that create all kinds of panic and fear and so on.
Tom: Yeah, and it doesn’t have to be that way, which brings me… Mark, we’ve got just about a couple of minutes left, but here’s my question. As I mentioned to you, you’re really making a wonderful contribution by your prolific writing, and I mean prolific, folks, by informing Christians about erroneous teachings and false interpretations of prophetic scriptures, but, Mark, what would you say, in these last few minutes, to our listeners – how would it be best to help them to avoid being deceived in apostasy as it increases, seemingly exponentially in our day?
Mark: Well, I think, you know, again, the main thing is to be involved in a local church, supporting a local church where the Bible is taught, availing themselves of the resources that are out there today. Every place I can think of in the New Testament – just a few that pop into my mind here where it mentions the idea of apostasy, is in 2 Timothy 3 – a long chapter about apostasy. Of course, that’s where the passage is that says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness, that a man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished for every good work.” And you have the book of Jude, you know, all about apostasy. You go down to the end, and it says we’re to be building ourselves up in the most holy faith, which again, is the study of God’s Word and the Scripture. So, when you think about the great need we have today – and, again, it’s not just to study the Bible, though, for head knowledge. We need to know the Bible and be passionate about the Bible and be passionate about living the Bible, and allowing the Bible to be transforming our minds and our lives. And that is, to me, the great defense that we have in this world today, where there are so many ideas out there – so many wrong ideas and so much false teaching. I know that doesn’t sound real flashy, maybe, to people, but I do think that to be Bereans, it is exactly what you always say, to study the Scriptures to see if these things are so. That is the great defense God has given to us in these days.
Tom: Yes, it’s available, and He’s equipped us. He’s given us not only His Word, He’s given us the Holy Spirit, and He’s given us fellowship to encourage one another in all of this.
Mark: Yeah, what I would say, it’s the Word of God, it’s the Spirit of God, and it’s the people of God. Those are three great resources that we have.
Tom: Well, my guest has been Mark Hitchcock, and Mark’s book is Blood Moons Rising, but he’s written a number of other books related to prophecy, so I would encourage one and all to check them out. And, Mark, I really appreciate so much what you contributed, and God bless you, bro, and thanks for being with us!
Mark: Well, thank you very much, and I appreciate you all and the work you’re doing, and may God continue to have His rich hand of blessing upon you and upon that ministry.
Tom: Amen!
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First and foremost…be a fruit inspector looking for true doctrine.

I like to think discernment starts with one’s self.  You do have to be right with God. Not just a believer but totally surrendered to Him. 24/7.  I also learned that Christians can be deceived.  How is it that Christians can be deceived? It is because they may not love the truth or that they are not familiar with the Word of God.

Self-examination is difficult but this must be first dealt with. If you will not discern what is wrong with your own life, then you will never be able to discern the spirit of another.

We are to test all teachings, prophecies, and prophets.  People who speak for the Lord… should bear the fruit of the spirit. The fruit is not just good works. Look for the fruit of true doctrine. If you only look at good works, then you may be open to deception because even non-Christians can do many good works.

Many have told me that they were misled because they got lazy and no longer checked what they were being taught by their leaders  or the books they were reading, against the Bible.  So this is imperative. 

Discernment is also one of the spiritual gifts. This spiritual gift of the Holy Spirit is the ability to distinguish between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error, between holiness and evil.  It can be a sense you have about someone or the Holy Spirit will give you a warning about a situation or a person. 

I have had the experience of discernment especially when needed.  Not long ago when a so-called “prophet” began to criticize and persecute me, the Lord let me “sense” his spirit which was cruel and dark, and then let me “see” his hatred in a dream. It took awhile to shake-off this evil from me, but i have been praying for this man ever since.

As you walk with the Lord he will guide you through all things.  By his Word, you can test all things. As your relationship with the Lord deepens and matures so will your discernment because his Holy Spirit will bear witness to these things.

When you face a certain situation, pray about it  and ask the Lord to grant you discernment.  Spend time with Him in prayer and worship.

The Bible is the key to truth..Read it and read it again.. It is the manual for how to live. It comforts and ministers to you.  It is protection against deception, as all things are to be tested against the Bible.

It is essential in these times of spiritual deception that we ask the Lord for the spiritual gifts and put-on the spiritual armor of God.  The Word is both an offensive (sword) and defensive (armor) weapon.

II Corinthians 6:7  By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and the left.

Ephesians 6:17 …and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 

The purpose of the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as discernment is meant for the good of the body of Christ.  We are to use our gifts to edify and strengthen others.

I Corinthians 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

So it is okay to want these gifts and to pray for them.  Just remember that the power of these gifts is not of yourself, but it is the power of the Holy Spirit.  Do not touch this power. The power is God’s glory… not man’s.

So to discern man’s truth against God’s truth:

Pray for the gift and guidance of the Holy Spirit and then compare what man says and does against the Word of God in the Bible. 

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I like this prayer by A.W. Tozer:

“Lord, may I be one of those ‘whose souls have been illuminated by the Holy Ghost.’ Grant to me ‘the blessed gift of knowing.’ Then be pleased to use me for Your glory today.  Amen.” 

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 hpb.gif In 1875 Helena Petrovona Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society in New York.  What is Theosophy?  Theosophy translates into Divine Wisdom.  Theosophy holds that man is evolving spiritually and that someday will be as one with God. Blavatsky wrote “Isis Unveiled” and “The Secret Doctrine” which were channeled to her by an Ascended Master Kuthumi who lived in the 19th century. Djwal Khul also called the “Tibetan” was also an Acsended Master who channeled to HPB. She introduced Buddhism and Hinduism into the West .

“Blavatsky saw her mission as sublimely messianic: to save the world…Theosophy had been associated with the Gnostics and the Kabbalists. Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophy was nothing less than an attempt to synthesize Brahmanism, Buddhism, and Occultism into a new religion. The plan was to introduce these occult teachings throughout the West, and this in turn has created what we now know as the New Age.  It advocated a universal brotherhood of humankind, wise men of superhuman knowledge who lived in the Himalayas.  It was her conviction that these men had trained her and then sent her out into the world with permission to disclose some the secret knowledge that could light up a pitiless and incomprehensible universe” (Meade).

Madame Blavatsky wrote:

 “I was the first in the United States to bring the existence of our Masters into publicity; and . . . exposed the holy names of two members of a Brotherhood hitherto unknown to Europe and America (save to a few mystics and Initiates of every age), yet sacred and revered throughout the East, and especially India.”

 If you have read any of my previous articles you know who i think Spirit Guides, Ascended Masters, deceased relatives, and inner voices are. They are truly fallen angels or demons who are stepping in to deceive those who think they are in commune with some higher being.  The allure is gaining some kind of secret knowledge, and who doesn’t want to be in on a “secret”, but if you use occult methods, expect occult results.   As you may see, the plan that was put in effect so long ago is coming to pass.  More and more people are accepting yoga and meditation as a way to improve their life, improve spirituality, and come closer to God.  But in truth, deception is taking place as predicted in the Bible. Even Christians are buying into Contemplative Spirituality which can lead to communion with the pit.

Alice Bailey

After the death of  HP Blavatsky…. enter Alice Bailey who claimed that her teachings came from the same Occult Brotherhood that taught HP Blavatsky . . . . Bailey’s guide professed to be the same Djual Khool that was one of HPB’s teachers. Bailey also declared that her guru was the same Master Kuthumi that Blavatsky knew.

After misfortune in Alice Bailey’s life she and her three children settled in California where she met two women who introduced her to Theosophy.  She had her first contact with a master calling himself the “Tibetan” in 1919. He wanted her to take dictation. Alice states:

I heard a voice which said, “There are some books which it is desired to be written for the public. You can write them. Will you do so?” 

She wrote 19 books that were channeled directly to her between the years 1919-1949.

Here is an excerpt from “For Many Shall Come in My Name” by Ray Yungen

To occultists, the significance of the Alice Bailey writings was that they foretold that in the coming Aquarian Age “the teachings of the East and West must be fused and blended before the true and universal religion–for which the world waits–could appear on earth.”*  There also would be a “Coming one”, whom she called “the Christ”, who would not be the Lord Jesus Christ whom Christians await the return of, but an entirely different individual. This man would embody all the great principles of occultism, chiefly the divinity and perfectibility of man, and consequently expect recognition and honor as to his own lordship and divinity. (page 32)

The Lucis Trust

 “The Lucis Trust is the Publishing House which prints and disseminates United Nations material. It is a devastating indictment of the New Age and Pagan nature of the UN. Lucis Trust was established in 1922 as Lucifer Trust by Alice Bailey as the publishing company to disseminate the books of Bailey and Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. The title page of Alice Bailey’s book, ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’ was originally printed in 1922, and clearly shows the publishing house as ‘Lucifer Publishing CoIn 1923. Bailey changed the name to Lucis Trust, because Lucifer Trust revealed the true nature of the New Age Movement too clearly. (Constance Cumbey, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, p. 49). A quick trip to any New Age bookstore will reveal that many of the hard-core New Age books are published by Lucis Trust.”

This quote can be found here:

http://freemasonrywatch.org/lucistrust.html

Those who are unaware of the New World Order influence on the United Nations need to open the above  link.  It is truly frightening.

*this sentence sums up the entire theme of “A Time of Departing”

Here is a photo of a Taize service…..I finally remembered that i had found information about Taize on the Lighthouse Trails Research website.  Taize is a prime example of how contemplative spirituality is compromising the church.  It appeals to the youth and is Buddist oriented with a Catholic flavoring.

   Taize – Another Avenue Through Which Contemplative is Entering the Church
 

Taize Community in FranceTaize Community is an international, ecumenical communityin France. Taize Worship is practicing the silence with icons, candles, incense and prayer stations, and is a very contemplative/Buddist oriented community attracting young people from around the world.

As an article on Taize worship explains:

Short chants, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character,” the brothers explain in a brief introduction printed in the paperback songbook. “Using just a few words, [the chants] express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being.

While it is apparent that Taize is rooted in Eastern mysticism, it is equally apparent that it is being incorporated more and more into Christendom. Below are some examples of Christian ministries and schools that are introducing people to Taize worship.

Columbia Bible College (BC, Canada)

Eastern Mennonite University (Virginia)

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Wheaton College

Youth Specialties

Seattle Pacific University (Washington)

Renovare (Richard Foster) – page 2

Here is a link to the newsletter containing this article 

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletter020507.htm

Here is the link to my orginal article about Taize

https://kimolsen.wordpress.com/2007/07/30/crisis-in-the-church-taize-what-is-it/

Scanning the Religion section in our local newpaper a couple months ago I came across an article inviting people to come to a Taize (pronounced teh-ZAY) outdoor worship service for music and chanting… Huh?  What is this all about?..I wondered.  I kinda forgot about it till yesterday when I ran across a church web-site promoting a Taize service. 

A google episode revealed that Taize started in the little village of Taize in the heart of the Burgundy region of France.  Taize was founded by Brother Roger Schutz (murdered by a worshipper in 2005)and was established in 1949. In this monastic community the brothers sought to awaken spirituality, promote peace and unity by ecumenism.

The worship service consists only of music, chanting, and silence.  There are no sermons, programs, announcements, etc.  I never did find out if they took an offering but I will assume probably so. (They light lots and lots of candles) On the Taize web-site in France there were some snippets of a CD to listen to.  This music was extraordinarily beautiful, monastic in nature.  When I got to the videos on YouTube though the music sounded more like the strained uncertain singing in my own church. The lyrics are most commonly Latin. This is so everyone will have a tough time learning the words, I guess. Actually it was stated that the phrases were easier to sing in Latin.  I looked at alot of videos and they only showed the singing and not the chanting.  No one filmed the silence. Not good viewing material I suppose.

I found many churches are using the Taize services including, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and other non-descript denominations. This makes me very nervous.  Below are a few excerpts of the web-sites I found among many.  I included the web address for verification.

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Good Friday  – SERVICE

LIGHTS: Scene 1. The Worship Leaders enter the sanctuary from the side doors. In silence they reverence the altar, then sit in their regular chairs. The Lector reads the lessons from the ambo, but the Pastor may deliver the sermon while seated. All stand for the bidding prayer.

As the cross is carried to the altar and during the reverencing of the cross, the tower bell may toll with at least 30 seconds of silence between each ring. Tolling may continue until the beginning of the final hymn. Alternatively, the bell may be tolled three times.

Members of the congregation who wish, come forward singly or in small groups to reverence the cross or pray, while the congregation sings Taizé chants. At the end of the Adoration, LIGHTS: Scene 3, (dim, Jesus window off). The congregation sings a hymn, a final sentence is said, and the Pastor and Worship Leaders leave in silence through the double doors at the side. Members of the congregation may remain in the sanctuary for prayers and meditation.

Taize service brings peace, healing to congregation

in Bethel Park

Thursday, July 26, 2007

By Margaret Smykla

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07207/804283-55.stm

Of the Taize Sung Prayers service at Christ United Methodist Church, Linda Williams, minister of music and worship, said “we like to think of it as an oasis from the hustle and bustle of our lives.”

Taize is a peaceful service of quiet prayer, songs, meditation, anointing of oils and prayers for healing and reconciliation. The prayer songs are often sung over and over again like a mantra, and are sometimes drawn from holy scripture.

The songs are frequently sung in different languages. There are no sermons or announcements.

The Bethel Park church, 44 Highland Road, holds the roughly 40-minute service at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in its sanctuary.

The next Taize service will be on Wednesday. It is open to the public.

 http://www.ctkelc.org/worship/TaizeWorship.html

A meditative service in the tradition of the ecumenical community of Taizé, France is held every Saturday at 6:00 pm. The services are centered around the silent meditation on Holy Scripture and the celebration of the Eucharist. The songs which have become the hallmark of Taizé spirituality are woven through the entire service.

Taizé Service to Include Prayer Around the Cross on the first Saturday of each month.
.A wooden cross on the floor of the altar sanctuary confronts worshipers with the suffering of Christ on behalf of humanity. In its presence the suffering of the world and our own burdens come to light. Christ gave salvation to all on the tree of the cross. It is the tree where life might be restored. Worshipers may choose to meditate on the cross from the pew or may enter the altar sanctuary and kneel at the cross.

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What bothered me was the chanting and the silence which can fall into contemplative spirituality. This is definitely a red-flag area so I am not endorsing Taize.   I didn’t find any teaching from the Bible. There is no call to repentance, no praying for forgiveness, no preaching of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  No anything really, except the presence of a cross.

How can people come to know Christ without the preaching of the Gospel? But this is becoming more common  in the churches of today,  a spirituality with no Holy Spirit. No message of sin. People don’t want to hear about sin anymore. They just want to go to a church, sing, meditate, and feel good about how “spiritual” they are.  I guess that’s fine if that is all you want, but I pray that you long and thirst for the Word of God.

Look here for more information about Taize:

https://kimolsen.wordpress.com/2007/08/02/crisis-in-the-church-more-about-taize/

kim

I had the opportunity to listen to Sarah Leslie speak at a discernment seminar  in SpringHill, Florida  February 2007 . Here is an article covering much of what she taught. 

What is the New Age Movement?

A brief synopsis

By Sarah Leslie

 

See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. (Col. 2:8)

 

During the 1970s America underwent a rapid and profound transformation from a culture that was primarily Christian to one that is now mostly pagan. In the 1960s the Beatles rock group had imported eastern religion via their guru Marharishi Mahesh Yogi and popularized drug use. Eastern mysticism believes that each man determines his own truth – a very subjective way of looking at reality. In eastern religions Jesus isn’t THE way, THE truth, THE life, he is just an ascended spiritual “master” who is but one of many truths about spirituality. Jesus is not seen as the Son of God who died for our sins on the cross and was resurrected. Rather, in eastern and pagan religions, Jesus is put on a par with other deities who are worshipped, and in some case even called by the names of these other idols.

 

It is important to understand the roots of what is now called the “New Age” movement. Constance Cumbey, a Christian attorney from Michigan, was the first one to alert evangelicals to this movement in her landmark book, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow (Huntington House, 1983). She discovered that the modern move towards pagan religions and occult practices was actually initiated in 1875 by an organized group of Satanists who called themselves the Theosophical Society, headed up by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Their goal was to unite all world religions. From channeled demonic transmissions the Theosophists wrote extensively about how they would destroy Christianity and replace it with the occult. Alice Bailey, another Theosophist leader, wrote two dozen books laying out the specific instructions for creating a “New Age” on the Earth. The Lucifer Publishing Company (now Lucis Trust) published her writings which are still available for purchase and can be found on the Internet. Constance Cumbey warned:

“Plans for religious war, forced redistribution of the world’s resources, Luciferic initiations, mass planetary initiations, theology for the New World Religion, disarmament campaign, and elimination or sealing away of obstinate religious orthodoxies – all were covered extensively in the Alice Bailey writings.” (p. 50)

 

The Theosophists believed that they could best achieve their goals by remaining underground for a period of years and by infiltrating the world’s religious, educational, medical and governmental establishments. Their conspiracy surfaced to public view in 1976 when a modern disciple of Alice Bailey, Marilyn Ferguson, published a bestselling book called The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s (J.P. Tarcher, Inc.). This book had a prominently displayed “666” logo on the cover, representing the Theosophical belief that this number would invite the “Christ” to their New Age. Ferguson divulged the “Plan” and bragged about how it had already become an integral part of American society.

 

A foundational doctrine for the New Age movement is the belief that humanity is evolving, and that we will attain a higher level of consciousness and emerge as a new species (homo noeticus or homo universalis). A corollary doctrine teaches that truth itself is evolving, and that our understanding of spiritual things is becoming enhanced as we work collectively for a common good on the planet. Perpetual change is seen as a method to constantly accelerate this evolution. Visioning techniques, borrowed straight from the occult, are also used. Other occult methods have been mainstreamed into medicine, education, social sciences, business, and even the church. Marilyn Ferguson even ominously suggested, “Evolution may be speeded up by certain genetic mechanisms.” (p. 160)

 

Disunity with this Plan is seen as a hindrance to this coming “paradigm shift” in which a benevolent “New Age” of peace will transform the planet. The New Agers expectantly await their own messiah, a New Age “Christ” figure (also known as Maitreya) who will institute peace on earth.

 

Constance Cumbey’s original warnings went unheeded by evangelical leadership. Over the past three decades Christians began to rapidly replace the Scriptures with this mystical “New Age” worldview. These new doctrines didn’t come into the church all at once, but in small doses of leaven, often placed in books and teachings by key evangelical leaders. The effect of this leaven has been disastrous in the church.

www.discernment-ministries.org

www.herescope.blogspot.com

What fun and fellowship I am having since I started this little blog.  I didn’t know what I was doing when I started and I still don’t but that’s OK. 

When I started studying discernment and apologetics I found that there was no one in my church who was really interested in starting a discernment group.  I have a few friends that I always talk to but I have been worried about wearing out my welcome with them. Then I found a blog on wordpress that was very interesting and was soaking it up.  Then I found that I could start my own blog in a few seconds.  They weren’t kidding. 

I have really discovered that there are many who feel the same way as I do, that the church is in deep trouble.  Mysticism has  crept in by various forms, there is no longer repentance, sin is an inconvenient term, and church leaders are more concerned about attendance than saving souls.

I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank those who have welcomed and encouraged me to be bold and to stand-up for Jesus Christ. He is what it is all about. I know that I cannot change anyone’s mind and I don’t want to try to win an argument  with anyone, because it is God only, who can intervene and open someone’s eyes and show them the truth.

There surely is a remnant.  I am so grateful to the Lord for my new friends.

kim

Recommended blog sites

http://thegreatapostasy.wordpress.com

http://tejasfan.wordpress.com

http://riderforjc.wordpress.com

http://earthquakeresurrection.blogspot.com

http://morebooksandthings.blogspot.com

http://kclick.wordpress.com

This woman kept e-mailing me because I had been searching online for other Christians who have had an earthquake warning similar to mine and she was answering my inquiry.  I felt bad because I had initiated contact with her group, but I felt I was being told, “STAY AWAY FROM THEM.”   So…I asked myself…..who are “them”?

Dominionism was one of the first  end-time deceptions that I became acquainted with.  I still really don’t understand all of it because it involves so many different groups of people and it is a system based on change and networking.  Yes, change. Chaos even.  In fact the more chaos the better.  Why? It bands people together, just like 9/11. It makes the people cry, “Do something”. When you see or hear the terms restoration or reformation used in reference to create some kind of  change in the church there usually is  dominionism behind it.

Here are the names of some movements that need to be questioned and this is an extremely shortened version.

Latter Rain

Joel’s Army/The Manifest Sons of God

The New Apostolic Reformation

The Elijah List

Here is a good description of the Latter Rain movement by Orrel Steinkamp.

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 This is from www.ditc.com

Deception in the Church

COMMENTS
by Orrel Steinkamp

The Plumbline contends that the original seedbed of spiritual warfare evangelism can be found in the fertile soil of the Latter Rain.  From this seed plot of 50 years ago, many hybrids and mutations have developed.

The Latter Rain originated in a series of revival meetings in 1948 at the Sharon Orphanage and Schools in North Battelford, Sask., Canada.  By late 1949 the AOG, in the USA and Canada, declared this movement to be heretical and false.

– A Summary of Latter Rain Teaching –

1. The purpose of the church is to establish on the earth the kingdom of God.  The reason the church has failed its mandate, is that early on it lost the offices of Apostle and prophets.

2. In the last days God will restore these offices to lead the church in an endtime holy war and all evil will be defeated.

3. A worldwide revival will break out and the majority of the world will be won to Christ.  Signs and wonders will include blessings upon those whom the apostles and prophets bless and cursing upon those whom they curse.  Through intense worship and praise (Tabernacle of David) accompanied by prayer, fasting and spiritual warfare the church will defeat all demonic strongholds and territorial spirits upon the earth and in the heavens.

4. Some adherents of the Latter Rain (though by no means all) believe that the second coming of Jesus will occur with a spiritual experience of believers in which believers are incarnated into the body of Christ upon the earth.  This body of Christ will rule the nations.  Others in the movement saw the church taking dominion over the earth as a prelude to the return of Jesus from heaven to earth.

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The above summary covers a huge arena of false teachings and practices.

JOEL’S ARMY (The Prophetic Message) : “God is raising up an army in the last days to execute judgment and dominion on the Earth”.  This is what the false prophets are saying, that the church will become Christ, giving them supernatural abilities (The Manifest Sons of God), to hand out judgment. When this is done then Christ can return to Earth. This completely eliminates the literal “catching away” or “rapture”.  Much of this teaching was taken up by present day “apostles” Paul Cain, (who has been disgraced of late by counts of alcoholism and homosexuality), and Mike Bickle, who are continuing in the  tradition of the Kansas City Fellowship movement.  Bickle is now head of IHOP, International House of Prayer in Kansas City.  I have been told that Bickle’s church has been marginalized  and is considered a cult by the locals, but he has a program on GOD TV.

Again we see that man is taking on God-like qualities and that man will have to “take over” for Jesus.  This is the same Dominion/Kingdom Now error being taught.

THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION

From a brochure advertising a C. Peter Wagner’s conference.

“The New Apostolic Reformation is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit that is changing the shape of Christianity globally.  It is truly a new day! The Church is changing. New names! New methods! New worship expressions! The Lord is establishing the foundation of the Church for the new Millennium. This foundation is built upon apostles and prophets.  Apostles execute and establish God’s plan on the earth”.

Wagner has also been an aggressive promoter of the Spiritual Warfare movement.  The terms “strategic-level intercession”, “territorial spirits and mapping”, “prayerwalking” and “demon power encounter”, can be traced back to Wagner.

Giving the current-day so-called apostles and prophets (the foundation of the new church) the importance of the early apostles, allows them to create a new gospel.  Their revelations are pumped out on a regular basis  on the Eijah list.  Chuck Pierce, Kim Clement, Ryan Wyatt, Bob Jones, Francis Frangipane, and Cindy Jacobs are all contributors and are considered false prophets.

The proposed five-fold ministry is quite interesting.  The offices are Apostle – Prophet – Evangelist – Pastor – Teacher. Of course the latter 3 offices are  totally controlled by the Apostle – Prophet offices.  We are already hearing current leaders referring to each other as “apostles” and “prophets”.  It is by this means that the church will be controlled.  The church will be told what to believe by the evangelists, pastors, and teachers, who will be dominated by those in authority, who of course will be receiving new “revelations”.   Add to this, the concept of small cell churches all reporting and tithing to a “mother” church and you will have a pretty good idea of what the new “spiritual” leaders of the future have in the works for total control and manipulation.

A quote from C. Peter Wagner of Global Harvest Ministries

“Since 2001, the body of Christ has been in the Second Apostolic Age. The apostolic/prophetic goverment of the church is now in place….We began to build our base by locating and identifying with the intercessory prayer movements.  This time, however, we feel that God want us to start governmentally, connecting with the apostles of the region.  God has already raised up for us a key apostle in one of the strategic nations of the Middle East, and other apostles are already coming on board.  Once we have the apostles in place, we will then bring the intercessors and the prophets into the inner circle and we will end up with the spiritual core we need to move ahead for retaking the dominion that is rightfully ours.   (11/01/05, Global Link newsletter Global Harvest Ministries, Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Okay….. so who was the “them”  that I was warned about?

I was contacted by a regional director of www.latterglory.com a Latter Rain ministry, full of signs and wonders manifestations. Take a look at their website.

Their featured writer is usually Dutch Sheets who partners with C. Peter Wagner

Dutch Sheets is the Senior Pastor of Springs Harvest Fellowship in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he has pastored for twelve years. He has served on the faculty of Christ for the Nations Institute, now serves as an instructor for Christian Life School of Theology and is a guest lecturer for Wagner Leadership Institute. He serves on many ministry boards and is a best selling author with Regal Books (a division of Gospel Light). He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, Africa, Australia, and much of Europe teaching and ministering to the Body of Christ. He is now traveling across America challenging believers for passionate prayer and world-changing revival.

So as usual, Dominionism falls into the same category as spiritual mysticism and the practice of making oneself a God. This pattern repeats itself over and over again in many false movements today. Man will not live by faith alone like the Bible instructs, so he  feels he has to try to change God’s will or change circumstances here on earth to his liking, just to satisfy his own self-inflated ego.

kim

PS… There is something I would like to add.  This article is so short that is really does not do the subject matter any justice at all.  All I want to do is warn Christians about false ministries and then they can do further research.  I met two amazing women at a Discernment-Ministries seminar in February.  They are Jewel Grewe and Sarah Leslie.  They have been researching dominionism since the 80’s.

Check out these two sites for their imput and their great service to the Lord.

http://discernment-ministries.org

http://herescope.blogspot.com

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Have you ever prayed yourself into a corner?  What I mean is ..have you wanted something so badly that you have asked the Lord over and over again for it?  Have you ever been told that if you speak out your wishes outloud that they will come true?

Oh, how wonderful it would be if this would only be true…or would it?

There are many preachers out there, especially on Christian TV that are promoting word of faith, health/wealth prosperity teachings.

“Give us your money and you will be blessed 100 fold”.  “Speak out your words of faith and you will be healed”…If you have read the statistics of negative results stemming from these practices I would have to say that the beliefs are truly biblically unfounded, promote greed and are self-serving.

Do I believe that God still does miracles today?  Yes, most definitely.   But are there many Christians out there who are willing to lay out everything, give up their lives, their possessions to serve him? Are there still those who daily seek to live in  righteousness and give Him glory?

People are seeking riches, signs and wonders, and desire “experiences”, and wonder why God is withholding the  miracles in their lives. Truly, the miracle is that God in his patience and love is witholding  his judgment.

Consider these statements from Word of Faith promoters and preachers….

Kenneth Copeland “You’re all God. You don’t have a God living in you; you are one!..”(“The Force of Love.” Tape BBC-56)

Paul Crouch  “I am a little God!…I have his name. I’m one with Him. I’m in covenant relation. I am a little god!. Critics, be gone!”  (Praise the Lord, TBN July 7 1986)

Benny Hinn  “When you say I am a Christian, you are saying, I am mashiach in the Hebrew. I am a little messiah walking on earth, in other words, that is a shocking revelation ..May i say it like this? You are a little god on earth running around. (Praise-a-thon TBN Nov 6 1990)

Whenever one inflates oneself to God’s level, one is in dangerous territory and this is truly delusional. Leading others to do the same is shameful.

There are harmful consequences for those who believe they can speak forth their words to gain prosperity/wealth/ health.  When the believer falls ill, loses their job, never seems to have any “victories” in their life, that person may wonder “what have I done wrong?”, “is my faith not strong enough?”,” am I not positive enough?”.   The Copeland’s teach that any negativity is a lack of faith. When troubles come, and it always does, the believer is  defeated and depressed by the lack of blessings. These disillusioned ones may turn away from God completely because of these false teachings and of discouragement.

A good example of suffering in the Bible is the story of Joseph.  He went through 13 years of loneliness and humiliation, all of it undeserved.  Joseph never complained (which is astounding), but notice that God did not change his circumstances.  Instead, because Joseph knew that God was always with him, even in the worst of times, he was finally triumphant and became Pharoah’s #1 guy.  Even then, Joseph gave God all the Glory. The truth is that the Lord allows suffering to train us, mold us, and lead us for his purposes.

Suffering is one of the Lord’s greatest tools for strengthening our faith. God wants to bless us but not with the things that the world desires. 

Mat 6:20-21 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

In March my husband and I were vacationing and doing the tourist thing with the local shops, and we went into a jewelry store. I happened to see a beautiful gold band with an opal and it looked just like a ring I saw years ago and wanted very badly.  It also had a man’s matching ring.  We looked and looked and thought this would be a great new set of wedding rings for us.  I said, let’s think about it. As we walked out of the store I heard in the spirit, “Store up your treasures in Heaven”.  I told my husband that “The Lord wants us to store up our treasures in heaven, so we can’t buy the rings”.. “Oh, okay” he said, and I forget all about them. When I knew that the Lord did not want us to have these rings, my desire for them vanished. 

Do not listen to man’s unbiblical words but instead know the Bible and the Lord will speak His words and guide you.  

If you are seeking or praying for POWER..instead ask for HUMILITY and that the Lord will use you as He sees fit.

If you are seeking PROSPERITY/WEALTH…instead ask God what He wants you to GIVE UP.

If you  want HEALING , instead ask the Lord in His mercy to give you or someone else ENDURANCE and STRENGTH while suffering, like Paul who endured the “thorn in his flesh”.

These things are not bad in themselves, and He will bless us and answer prayer as He sees fit, but we are not to love the world and we are to  deny ourselves.

Philippians 4:11-13  “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and i know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound  and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me”.

kim

articles on the Word of Faith teachings can be found here:

http://www.apologeticsindex.org/c53.html

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/word-faith.html

The body of Christ is on a collision course. The day will come when the fact will be realized that the church has completely fallen away from faith. A day of apostasy, truly a day of sorrow.  But the Lord always keeps a remnant which is good news indeed.

Many will ask, what do you mean the church has fallen away? Look at all the church goers.  l go to church every Sunday, pray and believe in God. But you know what? This is not enough.  The reason being is that a great deception is infiltrating the church of today.  Yes, people do go to church every Sunday, but what happens the rest of the week?  Work, play, eat, sleep, work, eat, play and so on it goes.  Back to church on Sunday to pay your respects to God making you appear respectable, and back to the old same routine, back to your same old self.

So, one has to ask himself… Can one be devoted to the Lord only one day a week? Is one day a week of righteousness really pleasing to the Lord?  I know..I know.. I will say it for you….I am a good person what more does God want?

What God wants is your total surrender….

I  desperately want to be always in God’s will.  When i feel that i am, i am so humbled in the realization of His mighty greatness.  That He would even consider using me to glorify Him, instantly bows me down to his feet to be his servant forever.  How is that when He uses me i feel so humbled?  It is the only way that He can truly use me or you. Daily i ask Him, “Lord, please use me to do your will. I want to please and serve only you. Open doors that you want me to walk through, close doors i am not to enter”.

I encountered a woman who was buying a cross for a friend who she said was “spiritual”.  I know another woman who says that she is not religious but “spiritual”. I know not what she means, but i know that she does not confess Jesus Christ as her Saviour, and i know that she does not read the Bible.  I dare not try to know the heart of others, it is not my place, but it makes me wonder who will be deceived in the end times. Many Christians do not know the word of God anymore and have no discernment whatsoever.

Mat: 24: 4-5 says “…Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

Luke 18:8 “…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

What a horrible question to ponder… when Jesus returns, will he find any believers? Christians who do not know the word of God or who do not have a personal relationship with Him will be deceived.  Listen to a description of the last generation…

II Tim 3:1-2      “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers…despisers of those that are good…lovers of pleasures more than God, ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  

Sound familiar? Men shall be lovers of their own selves. This is what is happening in the Word of Faith teaching with the well-known advocates calling themselves, “little gods” and with contemplative spirituality seeking the “god within”. 

Mystical spiritualism, Word of Faith/Prosperity/Health teachings, the blending of paganism with Christianity, Mega churches that do not teach the gospel anymore are all concerns for the church today.

It is a cruel joke that Satan plays…making people believe his lies..that they can have material wealth… heal and save themselves by speaking forth the words, being saved by a  religious system devised by man. What a cruel ending there will be when one gives in to these deceptions. Do not let Satan reign supreme instead of letting the Supreme reign in your life.

Going to church on Sundays is not enough. You need to read and study the Bible daily for yourself.  If you are truly seeking Him and are interacting with the Holy Spirit, the Word will come alive and thrill you, speak to you and give you instruction on how to live for the Lord Jesus Christ. Live each and every moment for Him. Allow the Lord to direct every facet of your life. Let His living gospel change you EVERY DAY and compel you to share this joy and good news with others. 

If you do not study the Bible, and hear his word,  you may fall asleep at the wheel, and what will your fate be?

kim 

I had fun with this little quiz about demons. Try it and see how you do!

http://www.christianet.com/bible/demons.htm

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