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The title of this article is unusual, I know. Some may see it as an oxymoron. But it is the one the Lord led me to use. Is there such a person as a anti-Christ Christian? Yes! Bear with me and it will become evident. Every individual who considers him/herself to be a Christian is encouraged to read every word with an open mind and with ears attuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit, so that we might receive the message the Lord would have us hear.
It is probable that very few would deny that we live in fearful times. The breakneck speed of the decline we have been witnessing has garnered the attention of nations around the world. But what is this realization doing in the minds of the peoples of the earth? Is there an awakening to the fact that we cannot remain as we are--without hope in this topsy-turvy world? Is there even a glimmer of realization that Someone is waiting for us to acknowledge Him, so that if our lives come crashing down around us we have a steadfast hope that is firmly centered in Christ Jesus whose Life has become our Life? Is there a safe haven? Yes, but what is the cost?
Before we get to the essence of the message regarding the anti-Christ Christian, let's look at how the enemy's plan was put in place thousands of years ago. [full article]
"Where no wise guidance is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety." (Proverbs 11:14)
In recent days we have become painfully aware of how easily God's people can fall into deceptive teachings that have the potential to destroy many souls. It is a dangerous thing to isolate ourselves with "our" ministry and allow the great deceiver Satan to lead us down the path to perdition. As James tells us, there will be greater accountability demanded of those who instruct in the Word. Here is what James said: "My brethren, be not many masters [Greek: 'instructors'], knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. [Greek: 'For often we err in absolutely all']" (James 3:1-2b) As Proverbs 11:14 suggests, we need to remain teachable and hear the wise guidance of those in whom the Spirit dwells.
For those who follow the teachings of others, it is of utmost importance that we do not keep our eyes fixed on any one individual teacher. We must seek the Lord for our own selves and practice hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit Who will give clear witness with our spirit when we encounter truth, as well as error. The precious Person of the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in our spirit and we must listen to His voice - not the voice of our flesh, which we have as long as we live on this earth. That is why Paul said to "walk by [Greek: 'follow'] the Spirit, and we will not fulfil the lust of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16)
Rev. Stanley Frodsham (1882-1969) spoke a word from the Lord at Elim Bible Institute in the summer of 1965 and we can see that much of it has already been fulfilled. If you have read it previously, I urge you to read it carefully once more. May the Holy Spirit quicken to your spirit the truth it contains so that you may avoid the pitfalls in the days ahead. These are extremely perilous times, and surrender to the Holy Spirit's work in us must never be an option. There are many "voices" out there that will lead us astray with teachings that "tickle the ears" and appeal to the flesh. [full article]
For years, students of Bible prophecy have been taught that "Gog," spoken of in Ezekiel 38 and 39, cannot be the same as the Antichrist/Beast spoken of in the New Testament. Among the reasons set forth to argue that the two cannot be the same, none carry any weight.
In fact, any examination of the text will establish that the two are, in fact, one and the same individual. If this is the case, however, this changes everything within the world of popular biblical prophecy. If it can be shown that Gog is the Antichrist/Beast, then it is also clear that the Antichrist and his armies are from the Middle East and not Europe, as is popularly taught. But more importantly, it means that until Jesus returns, Islam is not going away. Instead of being a system of belief that is about to be "eliminated," as so many actually claim, Islam represents the single greatest challenge that the church will ever face. What then are some of the reasons to view Gog and the Antichrist/Beast as one and the same character? [full article]
The attention of the whole world has been captured by recent events in the realm of finances, politics and health, as well as religion. Financial failures are at an all-time high; corruption in politics has shocked millions; "solutions" to health border on being criminal; apostasy is more evident than ever, and "religious" wars in Israel are raging.
As for all four areas, the sources of "information" are plentiful. If we depend on the mainstream media for news about what is going on, we will be given reports full of extreme bias--all orchestrated by unseen "powers" intent on deceiving. If we desire a balanced view we must look to other sources where concerned citizens donate their time in uncovering the truth behind the propaganda-type "news" we are fed on a daily basis.
That being said, the Bible has ALL the answers; we need only allow the Spirit of Truth to open our eyes and enable us to discern what is REALLY going on. Although the complexities are myriad, we can learn a few simple truths to help us in this time in which we live. [full article]
"Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord. "
God's quiet operations are like Himself, they are deep, and quiet, and seem to be slow, and circuitous, and have to be searched into in order to be appreciated.
When we stand upon the margin of a swift river, it often happens that there are whirling eddies near the shore, where the water runs back up the stream, which looks as if the river was going the wrong way, but when we look out in the channel, we find the current speeding on toward the ocean. This is a picture of the way God works. In many things in the church, and society, as well as religious experience, it looks as if God was being defeated and that the movements of His grace and providence were failures, and that all His purposes were going the wrong way. It is only when we lift our eyes, and look farther away from the shore of the present moment, and take into consideration the entire stream of God's government among men--that we see. He is constantly getting the victory, as it were by strategy, and in quiet circuitous ways.
He works in a hidden way, as if with gloved hands, under what we call second causes, and by forces that are spiritual and not mechanical. His great operations in grace, in subduing the soul, are accomplished by the invisible and almost unrecognized power of serious thoughts, gentle heart yearnings, heavenly attractions in prayer, secret apprehensions of great danger, or sudden openings in the mind of hope, and bright possibilities, or by the alternations of a sense of utter helplessness on the one hand, and then great courage and determination on the other.
Have you noticed that. . . [to full article]
"And it shall be in the last days," God says, "that I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind [alt. 'flesh']; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on My bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy.
And I will grant wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Acts 2:17-21).
Peter is quoting from the prophet Joel, who spoke of an outpouring of the Spirit in the last days immediately prior to the day of the Lord--the coming of the Lord as Judge. Cataclysmic signs in the heavens were to mark this event. Biblically-minded Jews of that generation anticipated an apocalyptic conclusion to the age; that when they saw one of the signs of the Spirit being poured out on the Jewish believers present there that day, they assumed that the other signs would soon follow, and that indeed the apocalyptic end of the age was imminent. Peter's message to his listeners was clear: If they wanted to be saved from the judgments coming upon the world, then they needed to be "saved from this perverse generation!" (Acts 2:40b).
The context of Joel's prophecy suggests that the "all flesh" spoken of is "all Jewish flesh.". . . [to full article]
Before we get into the 'meat' of this very stirring message, we need to clarify what is meant by the word "Church" and the purpose for its use in this article. The Greek word ekklesia was translated "church" by the King James Bible translators and is found in the majority of bible versions. For many, the word itself brings to mind the apostate condition of many who make up "the church" today. But for simplicity, here, the people to whom Church refers, and because of the various quotes from others, we are speaking of those who have come to put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
God's ultimate purpose for Israel and the Church is a topic that is seldom, if ever, shared by 'ministers' today. That purpose, conceived in the mind of an awesome God, is almost beyond comprehension to the human mind. Yet, God is GOD, and ultimately His plans and purposes for us will reveal both the kindness and severity of His Being; and in the end, all glory will belong to Him alone. If we sincerely count ourselves a part of His body, His glory is what we all should long for.
Throughout this article, an amazing picture will emerge; or as the Apostle Paul called it, "a mystery," that shows God's ultimate purpose for His people. It will be breathtaking, as well as challenging, in that we will stand in awe at the greatness of God and, at the same time, be brought to a place of humble surrender to His will--if we truly desire to be a part of His purpose for the end of the age. . . . [to full article]
In the last article we talked about the ineffective gospel that Satan loves. It suits his purpose in keeping man from the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. He desires to keep man from understanding that asking to have his sins forgiven will never change what a person is, and that eternal Life comes solely through a work of the Spirit of God.
Peter Xu Yongze, a persecuted believer in China, said:
"Lost human souls are firmly chained prisoners of Satan and his demonic forces. They cannot be argued into the kingdom of God because their problem is not an intellectual one. Nor is there any point in trying to change their outward behavior if they do not have the inward spiritual life that only Jesus can give. . . . There is not the slightest possibility that we can lead anyone to the foot of the cross unless Jesus himself becomes involved. Only his power can save a sinner." 
The One who created man in the beginning is the only One who can regenerate a person who is born flesh and must be born again. As Christ comes to dwell in one who is born again it is just the start of his new life. He is a baby in Christ and must begin the process of growing up to maturity, like a child does.
As much as Satan loves the false gospel, there is something he hates even more. And that is the focus of this article. Someone asked a question about sin not being an issue after one is born again, so we will be showing what the bible says about that. But first of all, let's take a brief look at what is behind Satan's hatred for Life. . . [to full article]
There is a gospel that is greatly loved by the enemy of man's soul. It is the one that seems to be most accepted, especially in the western world. Tragically, it is ineffective since it is completely unbiblical. And Satan loves it because it falls right in line with his plan to keep man from the knowledge of the truth and, ultimately, eternal life.
In a recent audio message by a well-known and well-respected minister, this well-loved gospel was presented in what he called "clear" terms. But it wasn't the Gospel preached by Jesus, Paul and the others. It was the gospel that has become a tradition among evangelicals who have accepted it without question. If only they had read through Jesus' own words on the new birth, they would have discovered the truth. Instead, the gospel they preach denies the real reason He died.
One day soon, all who have spread this anemic gospel, and told their converts that they are now "born again," will give answer to the Lord, the Righteous Judge. All the while, Satan will be laughing uproariously over the deception he has brought upon the body of Christ.
When I heard the minister elaborating on the gospel in the way that he did, I was shocked and grieved. Immediately the Lord spoke to me and told me I need to address the subject yet again, but this time bringing in the passages He so strongly brought to my mind. Come along with me as we reveal the difference between that false gospel and the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.. . . [to full article]