Tag Archive: Church


The Restrainer?

Those who are using 2 Thessalonians 2:7 to ‘prove’ the (false) doctrine of a preTrib Rapture have no foundation to stand on. They say that The Church (or the Holy Spirit IN The Church) is restraining evil in the world, that the Holy Spirit/Church will be removed (‘Rapture’), and then The Tribulation will begin.  But the verse they use to support this belief does not say what we’ve been taught.

The (rough) translation would go something like this:

to gar musthrion (for the mystery) hdh (even now) energeitai (works) thV anomiaV (the lawlessness) monon (but) o katecwn (it is kept/held fast/restrained) arti (for now) ewV (until) ek (out of/from) mesou (the middle) genhtai (arises/happens).

There is no ‘he’ or ‘who’ in this verse, so the whole argument about who/what ‘the restrainer’ is is moot.

By itself, this translation might not seem to make sense–and it certainly doesn’t say what we were told. But if you read it in context of the verses before and after, it makes sense. It flows with them, and repeats what they say, but it doesn’t contain any big revelation by itself.

‘Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.’

**For the mystery even now works the lawlessness, but it is kept/held fast/restrained for now until out of/from the middle arises/happens.

‘And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.’ (2 Thess. 2:3-10)

If you don’t believe what I’ve said, go to this link and click the Strong’s number following each word, and look at the definitions.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/translationResults.cfm?criteria=who+letteth&sstr=1&t=KJV

Here you can see the same passage in the Greek. Each word is hyperlinked to its Strong’s definition.:

http://www.htmlbible.com/sacrednamebiblecom/kjvstrongs/B53C002.htm

Related post:  https://dontbefooled666.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/falling-away-or-catching-away-apostasy-or-rapture/

Forsake Not Assembling?

There are those who go around laying a guilt trip on others who are not in church. They are quick to quote: Forsake not ‘the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.’

But Jesus taught that we are to worship IN SPIRIT and in truth. Certainly if we are honest on Facebook, or in Christian forums, we are meeting with others SPIRIT to SPIRIT. And we must not forget WHY we are told to meet together–the important thing is that we fulfill the FUNCTION not merely the FORM (being present together with others).

 

‘And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins’ (Hebrews 10:24-26)

 

Let’s analyze this passage.

First: WHY is Paul instructing us to do something?

Answer: because ‘if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins’.  So, whatever Paul is instructing us to do, is going to be intended as a remedy or prevention against willful sin (backsliding).

Second: WHAT are we being instructed to do?

Some will say that we are being instructed to go to church, even every time the doors are open, if possible. Is this a remedy or prevention for backsliding? Maybe.

I propose, however, that we are being instructed to ‘consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works’ and ‘exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching’. Is this a remedy or prevention for backsliding? I think it’s our best bet.

 

So, now we are left with two instructions:

1. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together

and

2. ‘consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works’ and ‘exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching’

 

If we can do both, all is well and good. But if, as is often the case today, we can only do one or the other–which do we choose?

1. The Form: assembling ourselves together

or

2. The Function: provoking each other unto love and good works, and exhorting one another

I would say that function is FAR more important than form. Furthermore, in the case of assembling via Facebook or Christian Forums, I do not see this as a conflict with the instruction to assemble together. If we are honest online, we are meeting with others SPIRIT to SPIRIT. If worship (meeting with God) is to be done IN SPIRIT and in truth–how is it any less acceptable to meet with one another IN SPIRIT?

 

It has been a long, LONG time since I attended a church service and felt I was in spiritual communion with OTHERS there. Sure, I was in spiritual communion with God, but I found VERY few like-minded Christians in churches, and less and less as time went on. Most of the people I met there were very content to scrupulously fulfill the FORM of Paul’s instruction–but the spirit to spirit communion, the loving, provoking, and exhorting one another, were just not there.

This is what we call ‘religion’: the outward form, without the inner substance.

I found most people in church were surprisingly carnal, and until I gradually lost my zeal for God and came to adopt more carnal thinking and living myself (in other words, I backslid) . . . until then, I was not on the same wavelength as them. This desire for fellowship and acceptance caused me to backslide again and again.

I have learned now, that it is better to walk with God, with zeal for righteousness, even if I walk alone.

Church Building

‘ . . . Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it . . . ‘ (Psalm 127:1)

‘ . . . And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.’ (Acts 2:47)

Why then, should we become so concerned about numbers, that we compromise they truth to get people into the pews? Once we usurp God’s role in building a church, He will turn elsewhere to build it.

‘These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world YE SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’  (Jesus, John 16:33)

I PRAY NOT THAT THOU SHOULDEST TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, but that thou shouldest KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. SANCTIFY THEM through thy truth: THY WORD IS TRUTH.’  (from Jesus’ prayer to the Father on behalf of Christians, John 17:15-17)

‘ . . . But they said, We will not walk [therein].  Also I set watchmen over you, [saying], Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.’  (Jer. 6:16-17)

And it was given unto him* TO MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.’  (Rev. 13:7)

*’The Antichrist’

‘ . . .  the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end. MANY SHALL BE PURIFIED, AND MADE WHITE, AND TRIED . . . ‘  (Dan. 12:9-10)

‘After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne . . . And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, AND HAVE WASHED THEIR ROBES, AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB.‘  (Rev. 7:9, 13-14)

Have you ever stopped to wonder how the American/ Laodicean, last-days, lukewarm Church goes from their condition in Rev. 3:17 . . .

‘Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art WRETCHED, and MISERABLE, and POOR, and BLIND, and NAKED . . .’  (Jesus, Rev. 3:17-19)

. . . so disgusting to the Lord that He promises to spew them out of His mouth in verse 16 . . .

‘ . . . I will spue thee out of my mouth.’  (Rev. 3:16)

. . . to being in white robes, washed in the blood of The Lamb in Rev. 7:14?  There are two ways it can happen, verse 19 explains:

‘As many as I love, I REBUKE AND CHASTEN: BE ZEALOUS THEREFORE, AND REPENT.’  (Rev. 3:19)

Some will heed the call to be zealous and repent.  The rest will be rebuked and chastened.

How does a Christian get into such an awful condition, but by neglecting to study and live by God’s Word?  The Word WILL SANCTIFY those who know it AND LIVE IT, but I believe that those in these last days who refuse to be sanctified by The Word, will be sanctified by persecution and tribulation instead.   All of us must, by whatever means, be sanctified (made holy).

The preTrib Rapture doctrine is false.  As we can see, the American portion of the Church (where this deception thrives) is anything BUT ready to make their entry into the presence of God in Heaven.  So, what’s YOUR motive for believing this false teaching?

‘Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.’  (Luke 17:33)

While you’re believing a lie, you’re busy missing the truth.  And you’re also missing the comfort and increased faith that the Lord is giving to those who ARE willing to accept the truth.  The irony is, your fear of facing tribulation and persecution may be the VERY thing that puts you in the position of having to go through it.  Walk in faith instead, knowing that God is able to deliver those who put their trust in Him.

But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.’  (Hebrews 11:6)

Adopt Paul’s attitude:

‘Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,’  (Philippians 3:8)

Take Jesus’ words seriously:

‘And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.’  (Matthew 10:38)

And remember

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.’  (John 12:25)

‘For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.’  (Romans 8:18)

At the end of it all, we win!

‘And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.’  (Rev. 12:11)

‘And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’  (Daniel 7:27)

‘Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.’  (Luke 12:32)

It bears repeating . . . Catholicism is NOT Christianity . . . not a denomination of it, not the foundation of it, not a representative of it.  It is a pagan death cult that seeks to imitate and replace true Christianity.  It was inspired by Satan, and is a stronghold of evil and deceiving spirits.

If you believe in true, Biblical Christianity, don’t deceive yourself that you can have fellowship with (Catholic) unrighteousness, that you can have communion with (Catholic) darkness, that you can have part with (Catholic) infidels, that you can have agreement with (Catholic) idolatry.

”Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.’
(2 Corinthians 6:17-18)

If I had told Christians, thirty years ago, that in the not-too-distant future Christians would line up to lay down on a table, listen to relaxing music and have someone impart evil spirits into their bodies, they would probably have thought I was nuts.

If I had told them that, before receiving these spirits into their bodies, Christians would pray to them and invite them in, would they have believed me?

If I had told them that churches would actually be promoting the practice, they would have shaken their heads in amazement and wondered ‘Where are the pastors, where are the elders, where are those with discernment–how can this be?’

How far astray the church has wandered!!  Before I became a Christian, I dabbled in the occult.  I was told there was ‘black magic’ and ‘white magic’–that a person could have supernatural powers and use them for good.  I bought the lie that the ‘goodness’ or ‘evilness’ of the practice was determined by one’s intention.

The truth is:  the power, the energy force that empowers people who seek supernatural power, is evil It springs from demonic beings–beings that were once angels, but rebelled against God.

There is another lie:  that there are good spirits or evil spirits that can be our guides, and that we can choose which.

The truth is:  the only ‘good spirits’ are angels that are living in obedience to God.  They are in submission to Him only.  They do not submit to the will of men, or make themselves available to do their bidding.  Angels do not seek to live in the bodies of men, because they are spirit beings that live in the spirit realm, and have glorious spiritual bodies.

(Evil spirits, on the other hand, have been cast out of heaven.  Their spirit bodies are now devoid of power, because they are no longer empowered by the presence of God.  Their true appearance is distorted and misshapen, because they no longer reflect His glory.)

For people seeking spiritual power, there is the promise of a symbiotic relationship, a ‘win-win’ situation for both them and the disembodied spirits who seek a fuller existence in the physical realm.  These spirits are willing to submit themselves to you, to a certain extent, in trade for the right to dwell in your physical body.  (Contrary to popular belief, these spirits can inhabit the body of a Christian!)

However, just as they did not submit to God, these demonic spirit beings are not going to submit themselves to the will of men for long.  Once they take up residence inside your body, they will battle with your spirit for control.  Unlike you, they do not need food or sleep.  They will battle you 24/7 until your spirit retreats and they become the dominant spirit in your body.

These demons are part of Satan’s army here on Earth.  There are many deceptions, tailored to the beliefs and cultures of different people, that encourage them to open themselves to spirits.

Wherever there is sin, there is demonic activity.

Each of the ten commandments, if followed, is a protection against opening oneself (inadvertently) to different kinds of evil spirits.  At the top of the list is the commandment that offers protection against the most powerful of the demonic spirits, and it works itself down from there:

1. Not worshiping other gods–protects against possession by powerful territorial spirits, and even Satan himself.

2. Not creating or worshiping idols–also protects against possession by powerful territorial spirits, and even Satan himself.  Physical idols create a place of habitation, and a point of contact, for demons.

3. Not misusing the name of God–protects us from spirits of blasphemy.

4. Keeping the Sabbath–keeps us in remembrance that God alone is The Creator.  This protects us from pride and the temptation to follow men (who may be hosting demon spirits).

5. Honoring one’s parents–protects us against spirits of rebellion.

(pride and rebellion were the origins of Satan’s fall)

6. Not committing murder–protection against  murderous spirits.

(rebellion was the first human sin, murder was the second)

7. Not committing adultery–protection against the multitude of unclean spirits that lead us to partake of every kind of sexual impurity.

8. Not stealing–protection against thieving spirits.

9. Not giving false testimony–protection against lying spirits.

10. Not coveting–protection against spirits of greed (and the love of money, which is the root of allevil).

When evil spirits enter in, they bring others with them.  Never underestimate the potential of small things.  Most people, as children, begin sinning ‘at the bottom of the list’ (of the ten commandments).  Once the spirits of greed, lying, or stealing enter in, they open the door to others, and we get involved in sins of ever-increasing severity.

Because these demons are part of Satan’s army here on Earth, he goes to great lengths to encourage people to sin–to open the door to them, so that they can take up residence in physical bodies where they can do greater work to promote his rebellion against God.

No, not everyone who is possessed of evil spirits becomes a murderous zombie!  But, because of the voices they begin to hear, the spiritual leadings they feel, many become false teachers and promoters of all kinds of heresy.  And that brings us back to the subject of this post.

There are now many in the churches who have been bewitched and bedeviled, who have opened themselves to ‘spirit guides’, and have then worked, at their behest, to become promoters of these practices in their churches.

Chances are, many of you have been exposed to these heresies and deceiving spirits–it has become very widespread within the churches.  It will be hard for some of you to consider the information that I am providing, because of pride, disbelief, and/or the influence of demonic spirits that will seek to snatch away the truth, to protect themselves, lest their deceptions be exposed.

Please listen to this audio!!  There is VERY important information here. If you find yourself becoming angry or defensive . . . step back and ask yourself why.  The unwillingness to receive correction (pride) can keep us in bondage.  No one likes to admit that they were wrong, or that they were fooled, but we are all susceptible to deception, and to making mistakes.  Focus instead on what you can do about it.

If you were involved with this, please repent of your involvement.  Then you will need to do some spiritual warfare–renouncing of spirits and (later) possibly obtaining deliverance.

But before you ‘jump from the frying pan into the fire’–PRAY!!  Ask God for direction, protection, and guidance.  There are false deliverance ‘ministries’ out there that are linked to this whole spiritual movement!  It is bigger than you think–this audio focuses in on just one aspect of it.

Besides repenting and renouncing, don’t do anything else until you have spent much time in prayer and seeking God, and until you have learned much more about what you have gotten ensnared in.

http://olivetreeradio.com/OTM2011_01_22A.mp3

Here is a second interview, that delves into the subject of ‘Christian’ yoga.   Why is it dangerous?

http://olivetreeradio.com/OTM2011_04_30B.mp3

Well–this came up out of the blue!  I was just reading info that Glenn Beck has brought out, regarding George Soros.  One item was an article written by Richard Poe, regarding Soros’ role in the 2007 election in Kenya–and the resulting violent aftermath.

Massacre Site:  Assemblies of God Church in Eldoret, Kenya

Massacre Site: Assemblies of God Church in Eldoret, Kenya

The Soros backed challenger was Raila Odinga.  The name was familiar, so I was racking my brain, knowing that Obama and Odinga are connected somehow.  I did a Google search and found an article detailing their role in the Kenyan elections, and the fact that they are cousins.

Obama campaigns for Odinga

Obama campaigns for Odinga

Obama actually campaigned for Odinga, and Odinga did his part to divert an investigative reporter from learning more about his connection to Obama, during Obama’s presidential campaign.  I was surprised that the first article (by Poe), made no mention of the Obama-Odinga connection.

It all goes back to the plan to spread Islam and institute Sharia law, both in Kenya and in the United States.  The article was posted February 1st of 2008, and was right on target–explaining that Obama is a Muslim, and exposing his agenda, which most of us have only come to realize recently.

The article is worth reading, and was merely a repeat of things I had already learned, and forgotten.  (My usual disclaimer:  I have not had time to really explore the site, so I can’t say whether or not I agree with all the material presented there.)

(See also, First Beast Rising)

While Christians have been looking for the ‘end-time’ religion everywhere else, Islam has been sweeping across the globe.  Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world.  The influence of ‘Christianity’*  is declining, and Islam is moving in to fill the void.  I believe Islam is the ‘end-time’ one-world-religion that Biblical prophecies describe.

Islam is a system of governance, that rules by a system of law (Sharia) that is not based upon the 10 commandments that God gave to men.  It is a system of law based upon the teachings of satan contained in the Quran and other Islamic writings.  This law, and system of governance, demands that every soul on earth be in submission to it and, furthermore, involves and demands worship from its subjects.

Islam makes no separation between ‘church’ and ‘state’.  Indeed, it inextricably weaves the two together.

 

*My belief is that the way most ‘Westerners’ have practiced Christianity has weakened its power and compromised the gospel message.  We have adopted the culture and standards of the West, creating a ‘lukewarm’ Christianity that appeals to very few. In the end, it will not stand against the forces that will oppose it, but instead, will seek to find common ground and join with them.  God is calling His true followers to separate themselves from this watered down, in-name-only ‘Christianity’.

 

My belief is that the first beast (spoken of in Revelation 13) is a new, socialist, Islamic, empire that rises from the ruins of America.  Our current America is represented by the seven heads; and the new, socialist, Islamic Amerika-led world empire is represented by the ten horns.

Rulership/authority will change from the seven heads (global elites that have been in power for hundreds of years) to the ten horns (ten new rulers, on the not-so-distant horizon).

The revolution/coup is already taking place before our eyes, but thanks to the spin the media puts on everything, many people are unaware.  Of those that are spiritually discerning and are wakening to what is happening politically, few recognize its Biblically prophetic significance.

 

Notice that the second beast (with two horns like a lamb, who ‘speaks like a dragon’) is a religious leader.  Many Christians refer to him as ‘The False Prophet’.  (Not to be confused with ‘The Antichrist’, who is the ‘mouth’ of the first beast.)

This religious leader will ‘[exercise] all the authority of the first beast’ (world empire) ‘on his behalf, and [make] the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast’ (world empire).

In other words, we will have a world-wide religious leader exercising all the authority of the beast (the world government). This can all come together, quite simply, under an Islamic world government.

But, if you’ve read my other posts, you know that I believe the world empire (called ‘the first beast’), is America.  I still believe this, because I believe that America fits the description.  And, as I’ve stated here, I believe the first beast will be an Islamic world government.  So . . . that must mean an Islamic America . . .

Is an Islamic America really a possibility?  As unbelievable as the idea was just a few short years ago, there seems to be a good probability of it all coming together under the ‘leadership’ of Barack Obama. Furthermore, to me, he seems to fit the description of the one referred to as ‘The Antichrist’, as I have outlined in other posts.

Yes, it all seems quite surreal to me too.  Christian, if you really want to know the truth, I ask you to commit yourself to pray to God and read your Bible.

If you are not a Christian–Jesus Christ is where it all begins.  Without Jesus Christ, you do not have the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the ‘key’ that opens the spiritual ‘lock’ on the Holy Bible, so that we can understand it.  Without help from the Holy Spirit, you will not be able to understand the Word of God.

 

Obama And The ‘Peaceful, Loving’ Islamic Invasion Of America

Why Obama Won’t Salute The Flag

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