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Revived Roman Empire or Failed Experiment?

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Challenging the Mockers & Making Biblical Sense of the Brexit Vote

To some of you who didn’t live through the seventies, or are unfamiliar with the prophet Daniel or the book of Revelation, my title seems very strange indeed. So before I discuss the ramifications of the British vote to leave the EU (Brexit), which is personally painful to many of my readers, I need to explain why Bible Prophecy students see this as a big deal. I would also like to rebuff the mocking preachers out there who because of their ignorance or disbelief in End-Times, see this as an opportunity to sneer.

The Predictions of Daniel

The prophet Daniel, saw four different Empires that would arise in human history and swallow up the land and nation of Israel. The history of the Jewish people was unfolded to him right up until the end of the age. The first Empire was Babylon, the second Media-Persia, the third Greece and the fourth Rome. Rome scattered the Jews throughout the nations where they would remain until the end of the age and be brought back to their land by God Himself. With this all of the prophets agree both in the Old and New Testaments including Jesus Himself. Then when Israel was back as a nation in their own land, the fourth Empire would arise again in a different form. Though the Roman Empire was referred to as a kingdom of iron, this last empire was described as being of iron and clay. It is said that they would not adhere together as previous kingdoms but would be a sort of humanistic alliance to fulfill a particular purpose.

“In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay. As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.” Daniel 2:41-43

Europe Revived

In 1948, when Israel became a nation once again in their ancient homeland, out of the territory of ancient Rome a new European alliance began with the Treaty of Brussels.[1] For almost seventy years now Bible Prophecy adherents have been watching this alliance grow into what we know today as the EU. It is this alliance, that appears strong as an empire and yet brittle with national sovereignty, that perfectly matches Daniel’s prophecy and will sign a treaty bringing “Peace and Security”[2] and welcoming the re-established nation of Israel into its union. Thus according to Scripture, the EU is in fact the Ancient Roman Empire come back to life but in a different form. The Bible further states that this treaty with Israel would be for seven years and would be broken half-way through by the leader who brokered it. This individual would become the Anti-Christ who would usher in a 3 ½ year period known as the Great Tribulation. At the end of this horrendous period of human history Christ would return and establish His kingdom that will last forever and ever.

New Theories

In recent years, others voices have emerged to deny the fulfillment of these prophecies by the European Union. Many Christians have indicated a reluctance to believe Western powers could fulfill this role due to their “democratic benevolence,” while others have pointed to America or an Islamic Caliphate as the obvious candidate. Indeed, the clamor about an Islamic Caliphate and an “Islamic Anti-Christ” has reached fever pitch of late. I have addressed the fallacy of these theories in my recent book and an article on my website.[3] Now with the Brexit vote and all the talk about the dissolution of the EU, many are saying, “See I told you so!”  Others are genuinely wondering what it all means. But does this outcome guarantee the dissolution of the EU and signify an error in our understanding of Daniel’s predictions, or does in merely underscore their accuracy? Is the EU about to dissolve or is it becoming stronger and moving toward the implementation of its goals? Are the actions of the Brexit constituency, and their colleagues in the other EU nations, determining its demise or reigniting its passion? Are they destroying its iron components or catapulting it past its clay malaise?

Did We Get It Wrong?

The Brexit vote on Friday June 24th has sent shockwaves around the world. It has also caused many who follow Bible Prophecy to question if we got it wrong? What if the EU breaks up? What does this mean for the interpretation of the prophecies? The answer is actually very simple. First of all, even if the EU were to break up, it would not mean that our understanding of the prophecies is wrong. All that is needed is for ten nations to arise from the Ancient Roman Empire and appoint a leader to broker a peace deal with Israel on their behalf.[4] It is true that Daniel seems to indicate more of a union, but he does not specify how tight that union would be. He only says that it would have some of the strength of Ancient Rome (iron) but also that they would not adhere or mix together. This suggests that these nations would maintain some form of independence or sovereignty which is exactly what we see happening. The Brexit vote only underscores the inability to adhere but does not invalidate the interpretation of the prophecy. Furthermore, the UK does not have to be part of this union for it to fulfill the predictions. England was part of the Roman Empire at its peak, but Ireland or Scotland were not. Likewise, the countries in Eastern Europe that are now part of the EU were also not part of Ancient Rome. Nevertheless, Rome would have fulfilled Daniel’s predictions regardless of the expanse of its Empire and so will the EU or whatever it ends up becoming. The reality is that only ten nations are needed to be part of this alliance.

Frustrating Integration

Another point that needs to be made is that Brexit in no way indicates the EU will break up. Of course this is possible, but it’s a bit naïve! It suggests that the leaders in Brussels were clueless of what might happen, played no part in the whole affair, and had no plan for the future. Really? Anyone who has followed the planners of European integration would have to say that is absurd. It is also clear that London was hindering the integration of Europe for some time and frustrating its architects. This situation had to be remedied. Surely David Cameron was aware of this? Furthermore, the treaties and obligations of EU members are not that easy to cast away! Just a day later we are hearing that Brussels wants an immediate divorce but England’s Brexit leaders are pleading for more time. Even a polite split up would take up to two years to complete, but what happens if it gets messy? What price will the EU exact from Britain and what affect will it have on their economy? Could it be possible that the central banks of England and the EU, didn’t know what was about to happen? Are we to believe that they are not working a plan? Did the EU arrive at its current level of integration by praying and hoping for the best? Don’t you think they knew Scotland was anti-Brexit and would likely cut the UK in half? Are we supposed to believe they were unaware of all these things? Surely this kind of naiveté is exactly what they are counting on?

Backing Up the Truck

While the pundits rattle on about all the other referendums that are about to take place in Europe, the Brussels elite begin to float their newfound alternative. As millions in England mourn and beg for a new referendum they suggest that after the divorce, they could kiss and make up. How about observer status they say? How ingenious, how original? Let’s go back to the old WEU[5] strategy when we had 10 member states, 6 associate members, 5 observer status and 7 associate partners. It worked then, why not now? And what about all that lively democracy and Euroscepticism? Do you think that also escapes their notice? Have you forgotten how well that worked for Greece? And what about the vote by Ireland to reject Lisbon and then the second vote to accept it. Just lively debate and democracy? Really??

Conclusion

Dear friends don’t believe everything you hear and don’t be foolish enough to think that politicians are not hiding the truth. Learn the lessons of history and know that when Bible prophesy is fulfilled in such a spectacular way, as it was in the 20th Century, it is not going to be undone by some young upstart be it a politician or a Christian revisionist. Those Christians who mock and sneer at the literal fulfillment of End-Time events in our day, are taking advantage of the ignorance of the church to peddle their sanitized version of events. They use the tactics of the world to marginalized those who disagree with their rosy colored optimism, calling them Dispensationalists,[6] Doom and Gloom Preachers, Xenophobes, and whatever else resonates with their trendy audience. By poking fun and finding fault with those who seek to observe the signs, they elevate themselves and secretly introduce their views which they know the majority of believers would be shocked to discover, and which will not stand up to scrutiny. They like to categorize all Bible Prophecy teachers as those who make false predictions, while their wild “prophetic” claims of worldwide awakening and global transformation plunge believers into denial and false hope. Be careful of those who mock End-Time prophecy and remember that they too are fulfilling it.[7]

[1] Treaty of Brussels was signed on 17th of March 1948

[2] 1 Thess 5:1-3

[3] http://www.understandingbibleprophecy.org/category/islamic-caliphate-myth/

[4] Rev 17:12

[5] The Western European Union was the original body that created the modern EU

[6] Those who believe history is divided into dispensations or ages. Most popular Bible Prophecy teachers hold to this view. I am not a dispensationalist and one does not have to hold this view to believe we are at the end of the age and Jesus is coming soon!

[7] 2 Pet 3:3-4

The Sifting of the Church & Why You Shouldn’t Drink the Kool-Aid

siftingThe church is called to be a Bride made ready for the Bridegroom.[1] Her passion and pursuit is to be of Him and His presence. Bringing others to Him should be her commitment and dedication but not her preoccupation. Love for Him is to consume her as she eagerly awaits His return. Her hope is not in her ability to change the earth but on His promise to come back for her. This is the true apostolic teaching – the true apostolic emphasis (Consider Paul’s concern for the Corinthians in 2Cor 11:2-3). Today however, many are rising up within the church calling themselves apostles and leading believers astray. Whole movements and networks are embracing a man centered agenda of social transformation and calling it the kingdom. Others are embracing the age old heresies regurgitated and photo shopped for the 21st Century. The Scriptures clearly warned us that this would happen, yet it was hard to imagine it would come on such a grand scale and with such ease that the majority would be swept off their feet. But this is exactly what is happening. It is what John the apostle warned:

“Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.” 1John 2:18-19

Twisted Brothers

It is absolutely astonishing to see how false teachers have become so popular and gained such ground, so much so that hardly anyone is confronting them. Something in them is awry as they twist the Scriptures and deceive people. They take the true doctrines of the faith and distort them replacing them with doctrines of demons, and the church is eating it up. And of course, they mock those of us who believe Jesus is coming soon. Peter warned us of this, and it is clear from his writing that he was referring to believers, since only they would speak of creation or “the fathers.”

“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.’”2Pet 3:3-4

 Peter also identified two types of people who confuse and distort End-Time teaching – the untaught and the unstable.[2] The untaught distort Scripture because they do not have the background or training necessary to interpret it correctly. They are simply missing the context and information required to unlock passages or interpret revelation. They have either not been taught or they have been taught wrong.

The second group that distorts Scripture, according to Peter, is the unstable. The unstable have a propensity to twist the truth or spin it in such a way that it promotes their agenda or inner motive of the heart. This is a serious warning for all who teach the word to consider. It is not merely about some troubled souls who cannot overcome temptation or sin. It is addressing the ones who preach and teach the Bible but are operating out of some inner conflict or woundedness. This inner instability is distorting their perspective and leading them to erroneous conclusions and revelations that will ultimately result in derailment for them and their followers. They may have started well, but over time, this inner instability led them to force conclusions on Scripture that were complimentary to their “ministries.” They began to take license and liberty with verses, distorting their context and meaning because it was advantageous to their agenda.

Teaching Matters

Make no mistake about it, the condition of our heart and the healthiness of our soul will determine the soundness of our teaching. In addition, what we teach will have a profound effect on our practice as well. Wrong teaching will lead us to wrong conclusions and wrong conclusions can lead down the wrong path. How many good people have gone astray because they neglected the inner issues of the heart? How many good men and women have gone astray because they would not listen to the gentle rebuke of another and took their own perspective too seriously? This is a vital truth and one that all teachers, and especially those who make confident assertions about eschatology, must understand. In the same way, those who say that one’s position on End-Times or the Rapture is not important, are making a colossal mistake and throwing away the compass and revelation of God’s Word given to guide them through the difficult canyons ahead. They are assuming that “so long as we love the Lord it doesn’t matter.” By this, they are already embracing error. The End-Time revelation contained in God’s word is not just for debate and discussion. It is intended to guide us in faith and practice and to ensure that we have the correct stance at the end of the age.

The end of the age is a time of great sifting and testing and indeed, it has already begun. Those who are not aware of this are nonchalantly paddling their little boats toward the great Niagara. They may think all is fine and dandy but a rude awakening is coming. The Scriptures tell us that God will send a strong delusion in the last days and that the enemy will deceive all who have the ability to receive error. Anyone who has had to deal with error and deception in their own life, or the life of a friend or colleague, knows how easily it can creep in. And, though it is the result of something wrong in the heart, it can be brought on by wrong teaching or unhealthy reactions to something with which we disagree. Bad teaching sows bad seed in the heart that can latch on to some area not yielded to Christ. One has to prepare inwardly as well as outwardly for the Lord’s return. We need to keep our spirit, soul and body blameless until His coming.[3] How easy it is to become discouraged and take our eyes off Christ. How easily we can become arrogant, adopting some new plan or “revelation,” and dismiss those who do not “get the vision.” This kind of arrogance can set us up for failure and deception.

Too Nice to Confront Evil

Whenever one brings up the issue of false teaching, there are many who immediately flinch. Any thought of false teaching or Christian celebrities being confronted is “negative” to them. They find the thought of challenging the message of anyone who “loves Jesus” as divisive and against the Father’s love. Of course we know there are many who sow division and strife in what they write, particularly on the internet. The so-called Heretic Hunters are everywhere with poison on their lips. However in reaction to them the church seems to be refusing to confront anything no matter how outrageous it is. Surely this is not the attitude of leaders who are caring for Christ’s sheep.[4] It certainly wasn’t the attitude of the apostles who publicly admonished God’s people, often mentioning names. In fact, in one of Paul’s letters which was read publicly, two women were rebuked and told to get along (Phil 4:2). Indeed, when it comes to false teaching the Scriptures are very strong. Consider the following verses.

“Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.” Rom 16:17-18

“This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.” 1Tim 1:18-20 

“…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” 2 Tim 4:2

“Watch yourselves that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 8-9 

The Apostles of the Lord seemed to have this idea that they were protecting the church. Therefore, they confronted everything that was off whether it was absolute heresy or simply somebody saying something that is false. And they did this without being, critical, judgmental, or legalistic. They knew that false teaching would produce bad fruit, and that God’s people should be protected from it. But today however, one can hardly confront anything without being labeled divisive. Believers find it shocking when anyone disagrees with their celebrities. It’s the spirit of Hollywood among us. They have no use for theology and almost never read anything scholarly. Consequently, people just make up their own doctrine without checking the Scriptures. And rather than confronting what is false, they will often promote it because of the popularity of the speakers and their ability to draw crowds. It is no wonder that the church is in such a time of sifting and testing. Indeed, we have created the perfect environment for false prophets to flourish. When will we catch on? When will we speak the truth in love to one another?

When doctrine is promoted throughout the world that is false, we not only have a right but a responsibility to confront it publicly. And if it is dangerous we must mention names. How else will people know what we are talking about? Do we expect them to discern everything on their own? Hardly! That is not the attitude of a true pastor or apostle but merely political correctness masquerading as godly behavior. We must speak the truth in love and stop being children tossed here and there by the craftiness of those who call themselves apostles and prophets. If you love the truth, you will value correction. If you do not value correction, then you do not love the truth. It is possible to love one another while still confronting false teaching and/or simply disagreeing with direction or emphasis. If what we are teaching is true then scrutiny will only prove it. If it turns out to be wrong, shouldn’t we turn away from it?

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid

Drinking the Kool-Aid is a figure of speech unknown to many millennials but it refers to an event that took place in the 1970’s. A cult leader named Jim Jones led his followers in a ritual drinking of poison laced Kool-Aid and they all died. Hence the expression, “Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid. The apostle Paul said something similar when he told us to “examine everything carefully” and “hold fast to what is good” (1Thess 5:21). Sadly, most are not in the habit of doing this especially in this era of social media. What is popular is embraced as the truth. After all, such famous and “anointed” leaders couldn’t be wrong, could they? If that’s the way you think, the Kool-Aid is already in your system. Wake up! Don’t just believe what is popular! Don’t just drink it because all the people in your network are! Don’t just believe it because it comes from some big name “prophet” or “apostle.” Examine it carefully! Ask questions. Is this true? Is it Biblical? What is the fruit? Since when has the truth become popular? There have always been more false prophets than true ones. Beware of all fads and new teachings that spread like wildfire! Reject any ministry that is unwilling to be challenged or submit to Biblical scrutiny outside of their circles. And never allow anyone to label you a rebel or divisive because you ask questions or respectfully decline to sip the liquid or align yourself with the latest “apostolic decrees.” This is a very serious matter because your eternal future may depend on it!

[1] Eph 5:25-27

[2] 2 Pet 3:14-16

[3] 1Thess 5:23

[4] John 21:15

The New Apostolic Crusaders and the U.S. Presidential Primaries

crusaderFor the past twenty years or so a new movement has been sweeping the church. It comes to us in many trendy packages and teachings designed to convince us that social transformation is the mission of the church. And sadly many are falling into its deception, especially the so called “millennials,” who want to be radical in their generation but lack the background and teaching to discern delusion. Some of the common themes associated with this movement are; “Kingdom Now,” “Taking the Seven Mountains for God,” “Dominion Theology,” “World Revival,” and of course “Transforming Culture.” Its leaders are big shot celebrities who live in a sort of Christian conference bubble that convinces them everything is getting better. Indeed, the predictions and decrees issued at these “apostolic centers” would suggest this transformation of the planet is well underway. Consider the following:

“The world is on the verge of massive change, and even though it looks very dark in some ways, God has a plan! We are in the birth pangs of a new world. 2012 is the year of shifting governments, as the church rises to take her place on the world stage, bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth.” (1)

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12 Reasons this is the Final Generation

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Reasons Why This is The Final Generation

 

Bethel Says Jesus Can’t Come Back

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A recent article in Charisma entitled “Eschatological Core Values” makes the most bold and astonishing statements I have ever heard. The piece was written by Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church in Redding California, and in it he absolutely forbids Jesus to come back any time soon. Indeed, if we follow his logic, it doesn’t look like the Messiah will ever need to make the trip. Are you serious? Really????

As I try to gather my composure from the shock of such proclamations coming from such an influential person, I can only wonder if anybody else heard what I heard. I realize that most dear saints are just longing for Jesus’ appearing, as the Bible tells them to be, and are not privy to the strange eschatological teachings of the church’s dark days. They have no idea what Preterism[1] is. They have never heard of Dominion Theology.[2] Nevertheless, most should be able to detect that there is something wrong with this article – something flawed in its reasoning. And after all, what authority does he have to announce, “I won’t tolerate,” and “I won’t allow?” I realize that some of you will think I am overreacting or jumping to conclusions. Therefore, I would like to look at each of the clearly stated “Values” and explain the bankrupt and hopeless eschatology behind them. Read More

World War III & The Coming Revival? (Conclusion)

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We started this series of posts discussing events in the Middle-East and the connection between war, prophetic fulfillment, and revival. Now as the summer winds down and September looms, we are poised to see a major escalation of all three. On September 13th, the 29 of the Hebrew month Elul, there will be another solar eclipse. This is also the beginning of the Jubilee year of 2015/2016. The last Jubilee was 1967 which was also the last time the Tetrad of Blood Moons appeared on Jewish feasts. And we all know now how significant that year was for the restoration of Israel and the Church. Now something even more significant may be about to happen. As we look at the prophetic events remaining, we have solid evidence of what is on the horizon for Israel and the nations. I want to conclude this series then by examining what may be the next move of restoration for the Body of Christ.

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World War III & The Coming Revival? (Part 5)

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As I sit down to write this post, the US Secretary of State John Kerry has just concluded an agreement with Iran that makes Neville Chamberlin look like a hardliner. Seeing the Iranian foreign minister, puppet of the Jew hating Khamenei, waving to reporters from the same balcony in Vienna that Adolf Hitler waved from in 1938, should send chills up the spine of any lover of Israel. Nevertheless, as the war in the Middle-East rages, and Israel is surrounded both by terrorists and cowardly politicians, the coming months promise to be very significant indeed. All eyes are on September, as the Shemitah year ends and the Jubilee or year of redemption begins. Something catastrophic seems imminent, but regardless of what it is, the outcome will advance Israel to the next phase of restoration and bring a fresh wave of revival to the church.

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World War III & The Coming Revival? (Part 4)

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In the last three articles we discussed the history of the parallel restoration of Israel and the church. We saw that in each case where there was an impasse between the plan of God for the Jewish people and the agenda of the nations, either a world war or a Mid-East war ensued. Now here we are again. Israel is being surrounded by radical terrorists and ostracized by the nations. A Middle-East war is already underway and Israel will be drawn into the conflict any day with devastating results. Likewise, the nations of the world plan to squeeze and boycott the only democracy in the Middle-East and force them to accept a Palestinian State by the end of September – coinciding with the last Blood Moon on the Biblical Feast of Tabernacles. Thus there is potential for this to be become a world war as well. With the number of nations already involved many believe we are already there. One thing is clear however; there will be no ceasefire or armistice with ISIS. These radical Islamists will continue their march until they are stopped by force. Nevertheless, when it is all over the Middle-East will be rearranged and the status of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount will have changed. Having drawn this conclusion then with regard to the Middle-East struggle, we will now focus on what God is doing with the church.

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World War III & The Coming Revival? (Part 3)

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In the last two posts we discussed the parallel restoration of Israel and the church that began in the Twentieth Century. We discovered that each time there was a restoration of God’s promises to Israel in the last days there was also a significant revival and restoration in the church. Another pattern we observed is that when Israel is at an impasse and cannot move forward the result is either a Middle-East war or a major world war. Twenty years ago the Oslo Accords began the scenario that will culminate in the covenant or treaty of Daniel’s Seventieth Week. This treaty will divide Jerusalem and the Temple Mount (Rev 11:2) and allow Israel to worship God in the Holy Place once again. However, three and a half years into this time of Middle-East Peace and Security the Treaty will be broken by the one revealed as the Anti-Christ and the Tribulation period will begin (1Thess 5:3). Since this is the outcome then, we can analyze the current situation and safely predict the path of the perfect storm that is now churning in the Middle-East.

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World War III & The Coming Revival? (Part 2)

 

war and revival p2In the last article we examined the restoration of Israel and the church during the Twentieth Century. We discovered that when revival took place in the body of Christ it was always accompanied by a simultaneous restoration of the nation of Israel. For instance, the Pentecostal Revival happened at the same time as the Zionist Movement and the Latter Rain and Healing Revivals took place at the same time as the Rebirth of the State of Israel. Also in 1967 during the Charismatic Revival and subsequent movements, such as; the Messianic Jewish Movement, Israel one again possessed the Biblical City of Jerusalem in fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy (Luke 21:24).

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