If you know the Gospel, that Jesus has come, paid for our sins, and resurrected, then you know the cornerstone of all good news.
However, there is more. We know that we are in the midst of a season of darkness, as you can see by politics, society, media, etc. But the children of God have been pushed too far, and are rising as a nation to stand against it. But yet, it is the sinners that are taking up arms against God’s children, whereas God’s children are taking up their voices.
That does not mean that all of the Children of God are not being violent, but a few are working righteous work of saving others from a mob. However, there are many that are being violent for violence’s sake. If one is going to be violent for their own pleasure, regardless of their excuse, they need to set down the stolen banner of God and admit that they are doing this thing for their own reasons.
For those who stand to defend others, you are the ones I celebrate. For you are doing a good work. Just make sure that you are involved for the purpose of speaking light into darkness, not violence into darkness or violence into violence. There is a reason to defend, and a reason to speak, remember this is all for God’s kingdom.
Now, let’s talk about more good news. For years, we have been hearing prophecies that a new explosion of light is coming from the midwest, and it is going to reach across the world. I am convinced that this light will pour out as God’s word first, and healing will follow. God will provide His strength to those who are weak. God will provide His wealth for those who are poor of spirit. God will send out His messengers to bring back the wealth of the nations to pay for the needs of his people who will bring out His words to those whom he has called.
Due to many evangelicals being caught up in this Q phenomenon, we are having a great many prophecies that are speaking a new gospel, a false gospel, that is causing the people to be blown around with every wind of doctrine.
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,Ephedians 4:7-16
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Let’s break this down:
- Our Messiah was raised and assended on high.
- He a took a collection of spiritual forces captive.
- He provided gifts (Spiritual Gifts) to men.
- Before he could raise, he was descended, burried, in a tomb.
- His resurection was above the heavens, meaning he was raised outside of the extent of creation.
- He might fill all things. We know by scripture that he is establishing a place for us, when he returns.
- We have been given people who are supposed to do ths following.
- Apostles – To act as a legal representation of the one who sent him, and to bring that light to the current generation.
- Prophets – To act as messengers to bring a message from God or for God, to bring the people back to God.
- Evangelists – To act as front line people to win the masses to God. To bear the banner of God, that the people know where to go to hear His word.
- Pastors – To watch over God’s people, to keep the fields filled of God’s word, that His people may eat fully. To make sure that the troughs are full of living waters, that God’s people may drink deeply, and not thirst. To find the wolves and stand against then, that the God’s people are able to nurse the new believers, and minister the Gospel to them without distraction.
- Teachers – To make more perfect the understanding of God’s word, a steel sharpening steel, that the words that God’s children utter forth are pure, sharp, and effective.
- This is to do two things. Equip us completely, and to build us up. If you thing of a soldier, whi is to make sure we have the fullness of armor and weapons, which are sharp and well maintained, but it also is to make sure we have the strength of our faith in Christ and God to hold firm against the enemy.
- We are not to be tossed too and fro as little children caught in a storm of the trickery of men, of their deceitful scheming.
- We are to speak that sharpened word in love, and grow up in all aspects of the authority of Christ, who is our leader.
- We are to fit together like a phalanx defending one another side, while holding our swords out front. We are to denfend and support one another.
- We are to work with each other’s strengths, and assist with each other’s weakness,
- That we all grow in the strength by building each other up.
Let’s look at this prophet position.
1 “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.Deuteronomy 13:1-5
Now, before you start to get violent, let me stop you with some changes between the Old Testament and the New Testament times.
- The Tent of Meetings and the High preists of the Levitical, do not exists.
- The forgiveness of Sin that Christ Jesus taught us is still in effect.
- The teaching, and promise from John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, that we are to repent for the Kingdom of God is near, is in full effect.
- Paul pointed out that those who don’t repent, we are to call accurssed, that is sepparated from the people. Kick them out of your church if they don’t repent.
With those four points in mind, let us look at this passage from Deuteronomy.
- If a prophet or dreamer has a sign or wonder that comes true that they has foretold, and yet tells you to go after foreign gods, you are not to listen to them. And God will test your actions to see if you love, fear, and keep His word completely.
- That prophet is to be put to death. When you count a person as accursed, you have considered them as dead, and you don’t have to spend another moment on them. Your effort is done.
Let’s also look at what Jesus said.
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will know them by their fruits.Matthew 7: 15-23
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
- Beware of false prophets
- They will be disquised as part of the flock
- However, they are there to devour the flock
- You will know them by their fuit.
- Grapes cannot be gathered from bushes
- Nor Figs from thistles
- A healthy tree bears healthy fruit, and unhealthy bad fruit.
- Unhealthy trees, those bearing bad fruit, are to be accursed (cut down, and thrown into the fire). Note that this can be a field fire, that is from a farmer’s field when he burns the chaff, or ghenna where they burn trash.
- Not everyone who proclaims Jesus as Lord will be recognized or let into God’s kingdom.
- They must do the will of God.
- Even their miracles are not to be used as a measurement, because they were done for their own purposes and not God’s purpose.
It is numbers five and six that troubles most people. Can a person shout lord and still be lying according to their heart? Yes. Just look at a stage magician, or close-up magician, and see miracles before your eyes that stump even other magicians. Your measurement every time is to see if they bring the people back to God, or do they drive the people to false gods, proclaiming them to be real gods. Remember, even those who saw miracles and miracles, when leaving Egypt, still ended up having a golden calf forged to worship as they planned their return to Egypt.
Bottom line. Does the prophet bring people to God and His Word, or does it distract people from His word? Before you answer this, pls remember what Jesus said about false prophets. Below is Mathew 24. All of it are warnings about what to expect, and what is to come. Don’t be fooled.
Signs of Christ’s Return
1 Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”
3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation [a group of people, such as race, culture, or theology] will rise against nation, and kingdom [A ruler, and his people] against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
[This has happened, and not yet finished.]
15 “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25 Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. 27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
The Glorious Return
29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
Parable of the Fig Tree
32 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.
Be Ready for His Coming
42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.