PREFACE:  A Cup of Water

How God and Jesus Separate the Goats from the Sheep

The nations of the whole world stand before Jesus at the End of the Age, and what does Jesus use as a basis to separate the sheep from the goats, a cup of water.  It is certainly scary enough to think that our eternal welfare, can depend on a single act of kindness like a drink of water, or a free meal, or visitation of the sick and needy; and that it is our treatment of the “least” in the kingdom of God that is most important; but beyond the significance of our eternal welfare in hell or heaven, is the respect and treatment of kingdom members, Christ‛s brethren, that He demands of us.  You will find in this study of “A Condensed Version of Mark with Comments” that Jesus fervently sought out the least in the kingdom in order to do them acts of kindness.  Certainly among the least were the fisherman He chose to be His Apostles, a tax collector like Matthew had little respect in the kingdom, then there were the Gentiles where He healed their children, and the woman of Samaria at Jacob‛s well that He engaged in a conversation about the welfare of her soul. It was the little children, of whom He said “don‛t stand in their way of getting to Him”, and who He made examples of the simple faith necessary for kingdom membership; it was the blind man along the road, the leper that was shunned by society, and we can go on and on; and we will go on and on in the chapters to follow from Mark, always using Mark as only a condensed guide to the rest of the Bible, taking from the whole counsel of God in the Book, what will help in the understanding of the Giant Parable called the Bible.

And we are also surprised that it takes so little to get into the kingdom of heaven–a cup of water, a meal, or a single visit or act of kindness for the less important person in the kingdom.  Surprised that the great wisdom of the universe could find nothing more as a criterion for final judgment, and separation of the goats from the sheep,  as simply  a cup of water. Like Naaham, the leper, we would look for some famous body of water to cleanse in instead of the muddy waters of the Jordan.  But there we are:  It is from Jesus Himself, and we dare not neglect what He is teaching us!

“Leave them Alone”

Although the parable of the tares has been alive and well since Jesus taught it over two thousand years ago, there are implications of it for today that are not comprehended.  For example, the tares in the kingdom and churches have leaders, and those Bible teaching and preaching leaders are to be treated with the same distant respect as the tares themselves.  When the Apostle John tried to stop some disciples from work for Christ, those who had been disciples of John the Baptist, the bottom line of what Jesus told them was, “let them alone”.  Increasingly we are seeing more and more heaping up of weird and unusual Bible teachers and preachers, which we do not wish to label as false prophets and teachers; and in an effort to treat them with the toleration demanded in an American Democratic Society, we have hit on the “itching ear” label of II Timothy 4 in order to explain what is happening in this time of the Falling Away.

The distant respect of  “Leave them alone” might be considered in the same category of  the “forget about them” that I heard from one southwest seminary professor in reference to the fundamentalists like James Robinson.  {I will explain later the differences between a fundamentalists and conservatives on the Bible; however, may it suffice for the moment to say that they are not the same.}  This was approximately 20 years ago at the climax of the period in which the Bible church fundamentalists took control of the Southern Baptist Convention led by men like Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley, W.A. Criswell, and from a distance, Jerry Falwell.  It was a majority movement, very similar to the moral majority, where certain community traditions took precedence over real Bible.  It must remind one of how the religious leaders of scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees of Jesus‛ day were labeled as “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.  In the nature of church and denominational history it had to happen, but the shock of seeing it happen in the once most conservative and evangelistic denomination up to that point in history, made us seek explanations of the fundamentalists takeover in other terms.  {See some of the books written in the last 20 years with multiple attempts to explain what happened.}

However, I would maintain that the distant respect of “leave them alone” for these fundamentalists and other leaders of the tares is more like the “don‛t associate with them” of II Timothy 3, the roll call of bad church behavior, or the “do not keep company with such who are believers” of I Corinthians.  I hope you recall, or will check, these two Bible references on “non-associate” and “non-companionship” in II Timothy 3:1-9 and I Corinthians 5:9-11.

“In the World”, Not “Of the World”

“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.  Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.  But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone name a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.”  (I Corinthians 5:9-11)

A few explanations about these Bible verses which may or may not be obvious:  (1) the policy of Paul and John, which by the way they got from Jesus and the Holy Spirit can be generalized as “in the world, but not of the world”.  Paul said when I said “not to keep company” with certain people, I meant not to keep company with certain believers who are church members.  There had been so misunderstanding of what Paul wrote in a previous letter:  some people thought Paul meant not to keep company with the people of the world who were sexually immoral as a habit of life, or who were covetous, extortioners, or idolaters.  No, Paul is writing now:  if were to not keep company with such people in the world, you would have to get out of the world.  So you see a summary is “in the world, but not of the world”.  {What the Apostle John means in the “not of the world” of I John will be discussed in a later chapter, or perhaps you can read of it in SOME MORE SOUNDS….Snatching, Stumbling, and the Falling Away.}  (2)

Here is the bottom line according to the Spirit through Paul, if you know any believer or church member who practices as a habit of life these bad behaviors, which by the way is much like the bad behavior characteristics of church members of II Timothy 3, then you are not to even eat out with them or eat in their homes and have them over to eat in your home.  (3).  Stop right here, I am not calling these fundamentalists, or even the heaped up itching ear weirdos on television, things like “sexual immorals”, or “drunkards”; but in the getting around the toleration of the tares in favor of A CUP OF WATER for the least brethren in the kingdom, we will find that they do fall into the category of “covetous” for money, disciples, and status—much like the bad church member characteristic of “lovers of money” and “lovers of self”, also the “extortioners” as they do seek and get extorted money under the disguise of more noble ends, and later in this book we will even make a case for idolatry for them.

The sad reality, according to Jesus in the parable of the tares and the wheat is that Satan has put the tares into that part of the kingdom called the local church, even beyond that to the church and denominations; and Satan has done that in order to cause offences against the least in the kingdom.  We must preserver against this most detrimental of all influence in order to get past these that take the first places in the kingdom in order to serve the least in the kingdom with at least a cup of water.

You see in itching ears Bible teachers what we are addressing is the kind of bible preachers who talk a great deal about Christ, God, and the Bible.  You do not wish to call false prophets and teachers anyone you hear talking a lot about God, Christ, and the Bible.  And those are the people that Jesus told John to “leave alone”.  Jesus elaborated, “For no one can speak lightly of me that is active as one of my disciples.”  You see, it is not those who speak against Christ that is the subject of a cup of water versus toleration of the tares, it is those who are constrained to guard carefully their words about Christ because in order to create the very impression that they know they are creating.

Conservative, Not Fundamentalist

Fundamentalists will not admit that it is possible to be conservative on the Bible without being a fundamentalists.  Like so many people in the world who operate more on appearance than reality, they claim to be the only conservatives; yet with their “pick and chose” Bible interpretation method, they are only conservative on what they “pick”, quite liberal in what they chose to ignore, especially on the current realities of the Falling Away.  Since it is difficult to simultaneously claim to have all the answers, as the fundamentalists do, they ignore the parts of the Bible that teach that the Falling Away must happen before the Second Coming. Listen, do you not hear them on the Second Coming, and you do not hear them on the Falling Away.  This silence on the Falling Away is within itself proof of the Falling Away.  If you think about it for a while, you will realize that one of the most outstanding characteristics of the Falling Away, besides as sin abounds the love of many waxes cold from Jesus, is the intolerance toward sound doctrine.  There is no more intolerance of sound doctrine than to leave it out completely as if it were not part of the Bible itself.  You see, what they do is to pick what is convenient for them to preach, and ignore what does not serve their purpose.  A case could be made that this kind of pick and chose method of interpretation is worse than liberalism.

Here I should remind fundamentalists that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable”; and to ignore part of is to cheat church members and to overlook “every Word that comes out of the mouth of God.”  The time has already “come when they {the “they” in II Timothy 4 is obviously church members and other believers, but in the “tares” category} will not endure sound doctrine”, yet any Bible teacher can not ignore certain sound doctrines because they are not profitable to him or her personally or not profitable to the organization that he or she represents.  YOU JUST CAN NOT IGNORE ANY PART OF THE SOUND DOCTRINES OF SCRIPTURES.  {By the way the soundest doctrine of all is the kind of respect for all persons that must include the least in the kingdom, and the sound doctrine of giving them a drink of water.  What is truly being said by the example of the life of Jesus, and the teachings of Jesus, is that our treatment and graciousness toward the least brethren in the kingdom really is the evidence of our right to be among the sheep at the Final Gathering.}

The False Liberalism of the Scofield Feudamentalists of the Fundamentalists

Even the “proof text” method of Bible interpretation and teaching that they often practice is fraught with the “pick and chose” method when a verse or passage is not considered in the total context of the text.  This is the age old principle of hermeneutics called “exegesis” versus “isogesis”:  exegesis is to read the meaning out of the Bible, while isogesis is to come to the passage with some pre-conceived meaning or motivation to read meaning into it.  A case in point is the pastor of a large fundamentalist church and seminary in Memphis, Tennessee who wanted to preach an applicable message on the first Sunday of the year 2000, and he wanted that message to have some sense of urgency about end time.  So in his passage from one of the Gospels was the simple sentence that “after six days Jesus and the disciples went” some certain place.  Yes, you got it this fundamentalists spun and spiritualized the six days to be the equivalent of the last days on this earth.   There was no need for this:  there is Matthew 24 on eschatology, the book of Revelation, the teachings of Peter on the earth will melt with fervent heat, and Paul‛s book of II Thessalonians with the end time teachings that include the Falling Away, revelation of the man of sin, and the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from the earth, with the clarity that these things must happen before Christ comes again.  Is he worse than a liberal?  I think so, because he is preaching and teaching something under the guise of from the scripture, it is not in that passage at all.

Can a person talk about Christ, God, and the Bible, be in the church or be a church leader, and still not be “wheat”?  Yes, that is the gist of the Parable of Tares that was told by Jesus.  You see we have isolated our concepts of church membership from the realities of the Bible,  The Bible, time and again, faces up to the reality that many can be in the churches, denominations, or even claim kingdom membership, who have not learned Christ. Paul looked at the Gentiles in Ephesus and the church members at the Ephesus church:  then he noted that he did not see any differences.  The behavior of the church members was the same as other Gentiles in Ephesus.  Paul wrote in Ephesians, “This is not the way you learned Christ, if indeed you heard Him and were taught of Him.”

Wow, did you miss that in reading the book of Ephesians.  I am sure that you did not hear it from your fundamentalists preacher; for in this time of the Falling Away, the preachers that survive in their positions do so primarily by:  (1) convincing their congregation or audience that they are the elect of God; (2) that by joining in with them you are engaged in the real work of God; and (3) that they have “THE SOLUTION”, and that if you join them, with or without the new birth, you are part of the solution.  Later in the book we will deal with what it means “to hear Jesus” and “be taught by Him”.  Let me say now, however, that it is the opposite of the famous instantaneous new birth {or born again} concept of the fundamentalists.  It is amazing how these evangelists can take the analogy of Jesus between physical and spiritual birth with the obvious statement “you must be born again”; then fail to realize that the new birth may take the same 9 months or longer as does physical birth.  Does that make sense to you?  That is it takes at least 9 months to be physical born, or in that ball park for a normal birth, then it must take some period of time for the spiritual birth, eliminating many who claim to experience an instantaneous new birth.  {You see another case of pick and choice from the fundamentalists.}  In the parable of the seed and the farmer that was told by Jesus, the individuals who were compared to the seed sown among thorns instantly received it with joy, but later as time passed the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and other things choked it out.  Now, you know in most churches during revival and in any assembly if a person were noted to instantly received the Word of God with joy, that person would be labeled as “saved” without waiting to see if the 9 month new birth would be completed.  There actually are some very large churches who would assist the new convert with their examples and messages to accept the “things” of the cares of this world to the extent that their messages actually serve to choke out the Word.  This in the old fashion jargon was called “putting a live bitty under a dead hen”.  What has changed now is that while the “dead hen” generally in the past was considered to be some lethargic church members, now in this time of the Falling Away it is the Bible teachers and preachers that are the dead hens.  And they are very good at it.  They talk about Christ, God, and the Bible so how can they be a bad example.  Remember it is what is not said that is as important as what is said; and it is the thrust of the message more than key words.  Does their influence exert itself in the direction of the cares of this world for personal gain and prosperity, for the deceitfulness of riches, or other things?

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The American Democratic Faith

At first I thought it strange that an authority on the history of American Thought would call his book THE MAIN DOCTRINES OF THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC FAITH.  However though the years as I have pondered what Bible teachers and believers substitute for the faith of the Bible and of Jesus, it has dawned on me that the substitute is an American Democratic Faith.  I use to gainsay what former prime minister of  Israel said about Americans and Jews.  What he said was that “we in Israel are born Jews just like you Americans are born Christians.”  At first it sounded ridiculous, but that the two kinds of faith have been mixed should be obvious.  I think there are some overlaps because it is obvious that during this time of the Fulness of the Gentiles, the period during which the Jews are blind to the Gospel, the United States has been the undisputed leader in the spread of the Gospel to every nation.  This is another way of saying that God has indeed used the United States to help in the spread of the Gospel to every nation.  Some of us also reluctantly accept the observation by a foreign student of the US who said “to be an American is more a religion and a character than a set of beliefs or a mater of citizenship.”  More often you will hear from mister average citizen what I heard as a young pastor visiting with a man up the valley in Arkansas when I asked him if he was a believer. “Yes”, the indignant reply was, “I was born in this country!”  And, “Did you think I am a heathen?”

Quickly I would mention five obvious differences between the American Democratic Faith and the Faith of the Bible and Jesus.

  • The majority is king in the American Democratic Faith while it is the minority in the Bible that goes the narrow way that leads to life eternal. You will note that the schools as the chief custodians of American culture, government, and society do most of their work in terms of the priority for the majority.  Always, in the Old Testament, and in any movement or country in history, there has been a “remnant” of real believers, definitely a minority type word and concept.  Quite often in the Old Testament, God preferred a dedicated minority to a majority.  Jesus taught the parable of the broad and narrow way, clarifying that the many that go the broad way to destruction are the majority and the few that go the narrow way that leads to eternal life are the minority.  One might contend that the United States is completely different from the world in which Jesus taught in that now in our country and in our time, the majority of US citizens go the narrow and right way and the minority of US citizens go the broad and wrong way.  Perhaps, if it were ever true of this country, in this time in which our country has also become part of the world wide Falling Away movement, it is no longer true.  As far as real faith in God, Christ, and the Bible there is little difference between citizens of America and citizens of any other nation, and you can make a much better case for that conclusion.

We might put it this way for simplicity and agreement:  While the emphasis in America is on the priority for the majority, the emphasis in the Bible is on priority for the minority.

What difference does it make?  Well, without this Bible concept of priority of the minority, you will be more influenced by the world.  Satan, the prince of this world, runs this world whether it is in the United States or elsewhere, and consequently he uses the majority of this world in order to deter and destroy faith in Jesus and the Bible.  {By the way if you claimed that the majority in American go the narrow way that leads to life, then maybe you would be inclined to think that Satan only works in other countries.  You could have the simplistic concept that all evil is in Korea, Iraqi, and I forget what the other country is.}  What difference does it make?  Well, without this Biblical majority-minority concept for now and in this country, you will have trouble accepting the Scripture, “all that will godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution”, and this is not limited by any means to physical persecution.  The politically correct in churches, government, and society can separate you as a member of that Jesus minority.

The greatest danger of all is that you can subject yourself to Bible teachers and believers that have already become victims of the Falling Away.  You will tend to become like them, and you will listen to what they do teach and preach even though long ago they came to the point where they would not endure sound doctrine, “they out of their own desires heaped up teachers with itching ears”, turned away from the truth and turned into fables. {One word of caution, look for Bible teachers and believers that are preaching (1) the Falling Away and (2) A 9 month of so new birth, and shun the progenitors of silence on the Falling Away.}

  • A second major difference between the American Democratic

Faith and the faith of the Bible and Jesus is on the concept of “toleration”.  So much that believers know to be true they will not even speak, for the fear that they will seem non-tolerant and therefore non-American.  An extreme example is that the Presbyterian Church a few years ago voted whether to decree that a stop should be made on the claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation, because it seems too intolerant.  I don‛t know how the vote came out, but the very fact that a so-called Bible believing denomination would have to vote on such a fundamentals Bible belief about Jesus and salvation is within itself intolerable.

A Condensed Version of Mark?

As you read this book, you may think there is a lot of other Bible to be simply a condensed version of Mark.  Yes, there is; and that is the point.  What we can understand of Mark, in the very nature of revelation and illumination, is “profitable for doctrine, etc.” only as it is kept in the total context of the Bible; and what we truly understand of Mark is true only to the extent that it is consistent with the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation of the Bible.  The same God put the truth in Moses and John, Ezekiel and Revelation, Daniel and Mark.  The Bible when you come down to it is a reflection of the consistent mind and character of God; and above all in the characteristics of God we must see stability, consistency in God who is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  What you will find as you spend more and more time in the Bible is that you come to understand more as you also understand more the Great Author of the Bible.  It is like living with a loved one here on earth, the more you listen to them and see and hear the consistency of their character, the more you can even predict what they are going to say on other occasions. For example what God had to say in Daniel, and what God has to say in the many explanations of Old Testament quotes in Mark and other books of the Bible, lead to more understanding of the Christ and God we serve.

It will become more clear to you as you get away from the “kingdom” concepts of Darby and the 1000 year temporary reign of Christ on earth concepts of Scofield, those concepts effectively propagandized by the Scofield Reference Bible and Tim LeHaye, that with Jesus, Paul, and the first century Christians, we have seen most of what we are going to see in a spiritual movement from the Jews.  God gave them one year and the Messiah was cut off, as recorded in Daniel, to make things right with Him through faith-salvation in Christ, then the abomination of desolation was complete.  “What profit is it then to be a Jew?”  Paul asks and explains in Romans.  And the answer comes back, “because to them were committed the oracles of God.”  Wow, what a marvelous job, sometimes in spite of the majority movement among the Hebrews, did the Jewish people do in protecting and promoting the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament.  Paul was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, also a Roman citizen, and formerly a persecutor of the church, before the Ascended Christ decided that He needed a dedicated scholar and lawyer of the Jewish nation to write 14 book so the New Testament and sponsor with his influence and manuscripts three more, setting the pattern which Jesus gave to him in Saudi Arabia of quoting with an interpretation in the New Testament of the Old Testament truth.  So much of where fundamentalists {today‛s incarnation of Darby and Scofield, their hunt and peck method of Bible interpretation with superficiality of Bible more dangerous, with their fighting spirit, than even their concepts from Darby and Scofield}see in the Old Testament a period of peace and prosperity with a material kingdom in Israel is the “consummation” of Daniel.  It is the time, at the end of time, when the kingdoms of this world become really the kingdom of Christ; it is the time when the new Jerusalem is lowered down from heaven and all government is established there over all the multitudes which no man can number of every nation, tribe, and people; and it is the time when the new heaven and new earth are established by God for ever and ever, as the old heaven and old earth pass away, and there is no more sea.  It is going to be difficult for you to break free if you have been a victim of such fundamentalist teachings. One thing you will notice is that you are not hearing about the Falling Away from such fundamentalists that have taken control of the Southern Baptist Convention.  There are two reasons for that:  (1) it is difficult to stake a claim on having all the answers like Jerry Falwell, Tim LeHaye, and Charles Stanley—co-founders of the Moral Majority, and still admit that the Falling Away has come to fulfillment under their watch; and (2) they remain in power my convincing their audience that they are the chosen of God, therefore it is hard for them to say to the other Tares, you are Falling Away from God, Christ, and the Bible.  Indeed, Falwell believes as he says that Rick Warrens’ heresies in the name of church unity, LeHaye’s fictions, along with his political and social power are waves of spiritual revival, while indeed these efforts, including the takeover of the SBC by his group, are the very unsoundness in doctrine and spirit that has precipitated if not induced the Falling Away.  Certainly they have enhanced the Falling Away.  Why are they so silent on it.  That within itself is proof!  Won‛t it be amazing if these who have made themselves “first” in the kingdom of God, taking by force the prime seats at the feasts, are found to be the “last” when we come to the fulfillment of the kingdom of God.  And if they are among the tares, we will not see them at all!  Like the Jewish people of the first century, and about whom Paul wrote in Romans 1, they have tried to take and maintain the moral high ground.  While they would present themselves as teachers of the law, they need some one to teach them again what are the first principles of Bible and a proper spirit.

Although as we look for the two things to be fulfilled before the Second Coming as Paul laid out in II Thessalonians— the falling away and the man of sin; and while many times based on Daniel, we may lean toward Osama Bin Laden as the man of sin and of perdition; though sometimes we lean toward the Pope as the final anti-Christ which will be the man of sin, sometimes it seems that the fundamentalists have been the most dominant influence in the Falling Away.  I am sure it is our lack of understanding that forces us to speculate between men like Falwell, men like Osama Bin Laden, and men like the Pope for fulfillment of the man of sin.  And the fact, as Daniel was told, that our complete understanding of the last events is still somewhat sealed up, leads us to believe that we are still major steps from the Falling Away. Just remember, that like Satan himself, who was an angel of light, the man of sin and perdition must appear to be very right and righteous to be a wolf in sheep‛s clothing and in order to deceive many.  As sin abounds, he must be a leader in the waxing cold of love.  The love must diminish under his leadership, and the Gospel of the kingdom of Christ will have to be replaced with something else, like maybe the Gospel of the Moral Majority.

Book Bottom Line:  Spiritual Terrorism

“He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’”  (Matthew 13:28)  

Can You buy those words from Jesus Himself?  That there is spiritual terrorism within the churches.  We are concerned about physical terrorism in our country when we should be more concerned about the spiritual terrorism in our churches and the kingdom at large.  Our problem is that we can not tell the difference between wheat and tares even when they come out from being underground:  we do not know the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian, between a false Bible teacher and a true Bible teacher; and even when we do suspect a church member, a church, or a denomination, or their leaders we are so indoctrinated in the American Democratic Faith as to put tolerance ahead of dis-association from them as recommended by the Bible.  Do you get what Jesus is saying, “the enemy is within” the kingdom and the churches.  Satan has put many tares in our local churches in order to subvert the real work of the kingdom of God, and many of those tares are leaders with itching ears.

 

Gospel Pride

Gospel Pride in the Bible
1.  GOSPEL PRIDE IN ROMANS.

You have seen some of Gospel Pride in Romans so far as having the dual
thrusts of:  (1)  
We are not ashamed {more positively stated, we are
proud of the Gospel of Christ} of the Gospel, Romans 1:16, knowing that
it is (a) the Gospel or good news of Christ, (b) that it demonstrates the
power of God all the way to human salvation, (c) there is no
discrimination with God as it is for “everyone who believes”, and (d) it is
for the Jews first because of the election through Abraham, but also to
all Arabs, Greeks, and Gentiles; (2) Gospel pride because “
hope maketh
not ashamed
; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by
the Holy Spirit which is given unto us”, Romans 5:5, the inward Holy
Spread spread out all over our hearts gives the only pride admissable in
the sight of God, Gospel Pride; (3)
Not ashamed but proud of the “rock
of offense and stumbling block” (Romans 9:33) that God placed right in
the middle of Zion, that rock being Jesus Christ, and (4) Gospel pride
because of the awareness that by the grace and power of God,
He will
not allow us to be ashamed
after we believe, Romans 10:33.

2.  Is that enough on Gospel Pride, or are you interested in more?

NOTE:  Even though all human pride is forbidden in the sight of God,
pride is one of the 7 deadly sins and obvious in the sight of God,
Gospel pride is to “glory” in God and what He has done by grace and
IN CHRIST  like Paul wrote in Galatians 6:14, “But God forbid that I
should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the
world is crucified unto me and I unto the world.”

3.  Gospel Pride in Ephesians.

“In Him you also trusted, after you hear the word of truth, the
gospel of your salvation; in whom, also having believed, you were
sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”  (Ephesians 1:13)

4.  ALL BLESSINGS AWARENESS in Ephesians 1:3-14.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in
Christ…”  (Ephesians 1:3)

Frogs and Megiddo

                         3 Frogs Bring World to Megiddo

One might react to the title, saying, the whole world is far too smart to be led
anywhere by 3 frogs, especially the Western world of the US and Great
Britain, and especially not to Megiddo in Hebrew, called Armageddon in Greek;
because everybody knows that is the place of the last great battle where God
Himself intervenes to bring this old earth to an end, and to punish all
accumulated injustices.  Megiddo, now a Israeli Kibbutz of Megiddo, is located
just north of the West Bank in Israel–one of the Jihadists strongholds in
Palestine along with the famous Gaza over on the coast of the Med.  This
takes care of one of the three frogs, and the logic of what we see in the world
today in the light of prophetic predictions on eschatology is that the other
“unclean spirits that are like frogs” (Revelation 16:13) must be Al-Quaida
knocking on the northern border of Israel in order to get down a short distance
to Megiddo, and ISIS which can not wait to destroy Jerusalem and the “camp
of the saints”  (Revelation 20:9)


5-1:  Megiddo and the 3 Frogs
Why Megiddo and why one of the least harmful of all threats to humanity, 3
frogs?  Preliminarily and before full development from the Bible of Revelation,
Daniel, and II Thessalonians, let it be stated that God is still in control of this
Universe, intervening, and has chosen to allow this method of development in
order to bring the affairs of this old earth to an end, before the second coming
of Christ to intervene and win the battle, and the subsequent creation of a new
earth and new heavens where God lives and righteousness prevails.  A dream,
not really as that is what God has planned all along to wrap up world affairs,
and the reason He had it recorded as prophetic predictions in the Bible of
Zechariah, Daniel, Revelation, and II Thessalonians and other Scriptures
thousands of years ago.  God said in the Old Testament that He would never
do anything without first warning His own people; and furthermore while there
in the public record of the Bible for all the kings of the earth and other to read,
it will be only accepted by faith from His own people until the frogs are hopping
at the gate of Jerusalem and have taken one-half of the people captive
(Zechariah 14:2).
Megiddo, strategically located at the head of a pass through the  Carmel
Ridge  overlooking the  30 mile Jezreel Valley around the Tel of Megiddo,  is
famous as the site of at least 3 famous and large battles of history:  (1) in
1918 A.D> the last battle of World War I, by the way advertised as the war to
end all wars, was where the British defeated the Ottoman Empire; (2) In 609 B.
C.Solomon built a fort on the site and in 609 BC King Josiah of Judah was
killed there when opposing the march of the Egyptian King Necho II towards
Assyria  {Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/battles-of-
megiddo#ixzz3CSboxGfd}; and (3) In around 1476 bc Egyptian Pharaoh
Thotmes (Thutmosis) III led perhaps 10, 000 men in a rapid march against
rebel Palestinian chieftains. They had sent outposts to hold the Megiddo pass,
a covering force which was easily scattered leaving the king of Kadesh to face
the pharaoh on the Megiddo plain. Thotmes’ army advanced in a concave
formation, its southern wing enveloping the rebels while the northern wing was
driven between them and the town of Megiddo itself. They used surprise,
shock action (chariots) and firepower (archers), cut communications, and
enveloped the enemy. {Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/battles-of-
megiddo#ixzz3CScIWRq8}


5-2:  All the frogs are not in the Middle East.
As for the symbol of frogs to represent unclean spirits, remember that we are
talking about the Middle East tree frog, not those cute little frogs that hop
around in your yard.  According to Wikipedia {http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Frog}, the Middle East tree frog “is found in Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia,
Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.  And furthermore all frogs are noted for hoping
distances like ISIS is hopping across borders and countries; some frogs are
extremely toxic and in South America natives glean a poison from them; and it
is significant that encouragers of terrorists like the Boiling Frogs Posts {or
BFP} and in a recent online post:
“We will proceed by documenting the scale and scope of political repression
in each US backed police state. We will then describe the scale and scope of
US military aid buttressing the “remaking of the Middle East” into a chain of
political prisons run by and for the US Empire. The countries and regimes
include Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan and Turkey
. . . all of which promote and defend US imperial interests against the pro-
democracy majority, represented by their independent social-political
movements. – See more at: http://www.boilingfrogspost.
com/2014/04/24/obama-remaking-the-middle-east-the-american-
gulag/#sthash.CLsGU6gD.dpuf
While we know that some frog leaders in the US, going back to the follies of
the frog Bushes in creating Iraqi frogs, have out of ignorance of the Middle
East, have created thousands of little frogs that would destroy the US and
Israel, it is going a little far as does the BFP to suggest that the US has
created a chain of political prisons in “Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain,
Iraq, Yemen, Jordan and Turkey”.  And we hardly read in Sibel Edmonds
articles about the larger Muslim world from which funds for ISIS and other
terrorists are coming!


5-3:  Lest we follow the example of today’s itching ears teachers of
Christian fables on eschatology, and there are many mostly of the secret
rapture type, we must show support for these subjects and images in
Bible, primarily Revelation 16:12-16.
1.  First the 3 unclean spirits like frogs that come out of the mouth of the
Dragon, Satan; out of the mouth of the beast {generally a city-state system
and process as was Rome}; out of the mouth of the Prophet {a religious
system like some have thought was the Pope’s religion of the seared
conscience, but for right now in our period of time, it is in all probability the
Prophet Mohammed and at least Jihadists Muslims}.
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of
the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the
false prophet.” (Revelation 16:13)
The dragon is well identified in the Bible as a representation of Satan, really a
vicious monster like ISIS that will kill, destroy, and malign.
“He laid hold on the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan,
and bound him for a thousand years.”  (Revelation 20:2)
2.  Revelations 16:14 proceeds to give us some identifying descriptions of
these unclean spirits like frogs.
“For they are spirits of demons {did you get that BFP, spirits of demons,
of Satan and the fallen angels that were cast out onto the earth with
him}, performing signs, which go out to earth and of the whole world…”
(Revelation 16:14a)
NOTE:   Always in the Bible as false miracles that strive to simulate the
miracles and wonders of God like when He destroyed Sodom and
Gomorrah, some places as in the II Thessalonians description of the
“Lawless One”, the man of sin and of perdition–the very adopted son
and personification of Satan, these signs are called “lying wonders” (II
Thess. 2:9)},  These signs and wonders like suicide bombers with the
spirits of demons go all over the world, some as you recall having come
in 9/11/2001 to New York and the US,
3.  You have always wondered what would bring great and Christian nations,
and moderate Muslim countries to Megiddo for the final great battle; well, yes,
it is the 3 frogs of unclean spirits like ISIS, Al-Quaida, Hamas, Gaza, and the
West Bank and others.  Here is the answer in the second part of Revelation 16:
14, Revelation 16:14b, and the answer is that these 3 unclean spirits like frogs
brought the nations of the whole world to battle at Megiddo.
“…which go out to the kings of the earth and the whole world, to gather
them to that battle of the great day of God Almighty.”  (Revelation 16:
14b)


5-4:  The gathering by Terrorists {the unclean frogs} to Megiddo of the
Middle East is phrased twice, so we won’t miss it, in Revelation 16:14
and 16:15, and with in between the two a note of encouragement and
warning about the simultaneous with the great battle coming of the Lord
Jesus Christ.
1.  The terrorists “gather” the nations to Megiddo in Revelation 16:14.
2.  The terrorists “gathered” all the nations together at a certain place, no
doubt where there enlarged army is camped out to meet the boots on the
ground which they think they can defeat; and no doubt the army of terrorists by
then is so large that it looks doomed for Jerusalem, Judah, and the army of the
nations until God Himself and the Lord Jesus Christ intervene.
3.  Jesus, Who is giving all these revelations to the Apostle John, does not
want us to forget and be confused about the Bible fact that His Second Coming
will be at the same time as His rescue of half Jerusalem and some nations.


5-5:  God Himself  with one foot north on the Mount of Olives and one
foot on the south as it is splits (Zechariah 14:3,4) “will fight against these
nations”  (Zechariah 14:2), and at this second coming, Christ the “King
of Kings and Lord of Lords” “He Himself treads the winepress of the
fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”  (Revelation 19:15,16)
1.  God the Fathers, “LORD” God, intervention at Megiddo.
“Then the LORD {this is always God the Father} will go forth and fight against
these nations, and He fights in the day of battle.”  (Zechariah 14:3)
2.  At His Second Coming, the simultaneous intervention of the Lord Jesus
Christ.


“Now out His mouth {the Word of God, the King of kings, the Lord of
Lords} goes a sharp sword, that with it He shall strike the nations.  And
He Himself will rule them with a rod or iron.  He Himself treads the
winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”  (Revelation 19:
15)


5-6:  Above is the good and winning side, but briefly from II
Thessalonians 2:1-12, let us look at the bad and losing side of Satan,
“The Lawless One”, most nations of this earth, and the condemnation of
all who do not believe the truth and had pleasure in unrighteousness”  (1:
12}.
1.  Satan.
2.  “the mystery of lawlessness”
3.  Withdrawal of the Holy Spirt from earth, who previously since His coming in
power and widespread after the Ascension bound the work of Satan and
damped the mystery of lawlessness through the people of God until “the power
of the holy people was completely destroyed”  (Daniel 12:7)
4.  The Lawless One, the mystery of lawlessness, and the Falling Away bring
on this earth the necessity of the END of justice, that God might be “just and
the justifier of all that believe”  (Romans 3:26)  One of those 3 frogs of unclean
spirits comes out of Satan, and that has to be the Lawless One of II
Thessalonians, the little horn of Daniel, and the unclean frog out of the mouth of
Satan himself.  {All of you saw on TV and internet, the work of a demon spirit
without regard for life and the laws of God; and if he is not himself, that is Al
Bagdady, the lawless one, he is a prototype of the worse that humanity can do
to other human beings.


5-7:  God is just and the Justifier of all that believe.  You perhaps
wondered at the simultaneous study of the book of Romans with Israel
and Christian fables, and now you know, and it is introduced from
Revelation 16:5-7.
1.  Revelation 16:5-7.

“And I heard the angel of the waters saying:  ‘You are righteous, O Lord,
the One who is and who was and who is to be, because you have judged
these things.  For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and
you have given them blood to drink.  For it is their just due.’  And I heard
another from the altar saying, ‘Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and
righteous are Your judgments.”  (Revelation 16:5-7)


2.  “The just and justifier” of Romans 3:21-26.

“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law has been
revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the
righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who
believe. {you can feel the rise in intensity from Paul as if the words of his
sermons all over the first century Roman Empire}  For there is no
difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God., being
justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ
Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith,
to demonstrate His righteousness {How about that, a demonstration
from God, and how great it was!}, because in His forbearance God had
passed over the sins previously committed {all those in past history
before Jesus and His death on the cross who exhibited faith}, to
demonstrate at this time His righteousness, that He might be just and
the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-26}


3.  “The just shall live by faith”  (Romans 1:16,17)

“For I am not ashamed {the Apostle Paul, the Hebrew of the Hebrews,
and a former lawyer of Judaism} of the gospel of Christ, for it is the
power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jews first
and also for the Greeks.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed
from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’”  (Romans
1:16,17)


4.  Mellow your optimism, those of the Christian fables, on the future of Israel,
only one half of them in Jerusalem will be saved; and only those who turn
around what the Hebrew of Hebrews, the Jew Apostle Paul said about “the
righteousness of God through faith”  (Romans 9:1-5 and Romans 10:1-4)
a.  Paul, the Christian Jew, did not write without tears, like Zechariah,
Jeremiah, and Daniel, of the inevitable partial salvation of the Jews. (Romans 9:
1-5)


“I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me
witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continued grief in
my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were accursed  from Christ for
my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites,
to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the
law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and
from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, , who is over all, the
eternally blessed God.  Amen.”  (Romans 9:1-5)


   b.  However here is the reality between God the Father and the Jews, a
reality that Paul with his soul captive to the Word of God as was Martin Luther,
could do and say none other about his countrymen according to the flesh.


“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they
may be saved.  For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God,
but not according to knowledge.  {They were first given the Bible and to
them were committed the oracles of God including the oracle of Jesus,
the Apostles, and the New Testament; and that was knowledge enough,
but knowledge rejected up until near the END.  Of course, we would dare
not recognize that all over the world are presently Jews that are
followers and witnesses to Jesus, for more than you realize unless you
are involved in social media where they make their witness.}  For they
being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their
own righteousness {this is true of so many other people in the world,
including Christians, but the Jews took and have the lead}, have not
submitted to the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law
for righteousness to everyone who believes.”  (Romans 10:1-4)


5-8: What can we do if Israel will not believe their own Hebrew Prophet
Zechariah, and what he plainly tells as a Prophet of God in Zechariah 13
and 14.
NOTE:  Out of time and space in this Bible session, but you can find
exegesis of Zechariah 13 and 14 among other Bible sessions in “Israel
Complete on the New Earth”.  Also if you go to the Bible study series of
Israel as related to distortions of Christian fables today, at least an effort
to straighten out the fables with sound doctrine, you should go to www.
biblecombibleman.com’Israel_LastThings.html .  You will also find in that
series “Jesus and Israel” for proper Bible perspective on both.


5-9.  The little horn of Daniel.
The “little horn” of Daniel is the Lawless One or the man of sin and perdition,
one of the 3 frogs and unclean spirits if you would; and you can find many
references to exegesis of Daniel in the Bible series on “Israel and Last Things”;
and you can download free “Cup of Water”, a condensed version of Mark with
comments; and which as with Mark leads into the sweeps of eschatology of
Daniel.  You can download Cup of Water, Mark and Daniel, in PDF free of
charge with the link of www.biblecombibleman.com/CupWater.pdf .
5-10: Those unclean spirit frogs {how gross each frog looks in the image
of the frog you shall at the beginning of this Bible session, in the history
of humanity, and on TV} and their allies; but them and the whole world
should know their inevitable fate under the hand of God as coming from
God through the Prophet Zechariah.


“And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the
people who fought against Jerusalem.  Their flesh shall dissolve while
they stand on their feet.  Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and
their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.”  {Zechariah 14:12)


NOTE:  For the extensive footnotes in the Adobe FrameMaker original of this
Bible study session on
“Frogs and Megiddo”, download the PDF free at this
indicated link.  After the download, you can either read it or save it to your
computer.  {Did you know that Adobe Reader will even read it out loud to you
in English?}  You must have Adobe Reader on your computer, but it is also
available free at
www.adobe.com .  And remember the progress chart on Israel
and Last Things
, also on studies on Christian Fables that originated these series,
and
Romans that is also a necessary supplement.

Israel Complete on New Earth

                                Israel Complete on New Earth 

The land of Israel and the chosen people of Israel will be complete only on
the New Earth!  And in order to complete our proper understanding of this
when and how of a complete Israel, some Bible history of people and land is
required.  For more specifics on how Israel becomes complete, you should
read online www.biblecombibleman.com/AllIsraelSaved.html and
download
the corresponding PDF
which has the footnotes from Adobe FrameMaker. 

2-1:  What God told King Solomon about the future of Israel’s land,
temple, and people.  First the blessing of obedience.

“And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the
house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire
which he was pleased to do, that the LORD appeared to Solomon the
second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.  And the LORD
said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou
hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast
built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart
shall be there perpetually.  And if thou wilt walk before me, as David
thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do
according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my
statutes and my judgments:  Then I will establish the throne of thy
kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father,
saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.”  (II
Chronicles 6)
1.  The extent of the kingdom of Israel on earth was greatest under King
Solomon.  The original promise to Abraham as compared to the puny sliver
of land for Israel today.
“On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your
descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the
Euphrates – the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites,
Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
(Genesis 15:18-21}

2-2:   BUT–the curse of disobedience–God promised something else
through King Solomon with the disobedience of Israel.

But, but, but and however.  The fundamentalists of Christian fables of today,
both the Progenitors of the Pentecostal Problem and the Bible Baptist
fundamentalists of the secret rapture, millennium, and dispensations, think
the Israel of today in under the same original promise of land and people to
Abraham, and then the first half of God’s words to Solomon in I Kings 9:1-5.
These fundamentalists of several persuasions overlook the splitting of the
two kingdoms with the spread of Baal worship, they overlook that half of the
people went into Assyrian captivity and half into Babylonian captivity, they
overlook the words from the angel Gabriel to Daniel on what was going to
happen to his people, they overlook those dark days of Jeremiah where God
told Jeremiah not to pray for these people anymore.  But primarily they
either overlook or distort the words from God in Zechariah.
 

”But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and
will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set
before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:  Then will
I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house,
which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and
Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:  nd at this
house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished,
and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto
this land, and to this house?  And they shall answer, Because they
forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the
land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have
worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought
upon them all this evil.”  (I Kings 9:1-9)
2-3:  Just compare, as in the map above, what was promised to
Abraham and his descendants for land, and the small sliver Israel has
today…  {You have a larger map and located here in PDF download.}
2-4:  Without the distortions of the fundamentalists, you must read
and understand–just let the Bible say what it is trying to say–
Zechariah 14, beginning with “Behold the day of the LORD is
coming…”  (Zechariah 14:1) and ending with “…In that day there shall
no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.”
(Zechariah 14:21c)

Even as here in a short time, we can not do complete justice to all the times
in the Bible the One day of the LORD and Lord is mentioned, consistently
from Genesis to Revelation, so also we can not do justice simply to all the
Scriptures on the New Earth, most of which have been disguised and
distorted by the fundamentalists.  In the next section, we will focus on the
New Earth of 14:8-21 with brief inserts of the final Plague on the Jerusalem
attackers, but now we summarize according to the Word of God in
Zechariah 14:1-7 the famous ONE DAY OF THE LORD AND Lord of Old and
New Testament.  {In fact, it is hoped that you will use the complete outline of
this section and the next, to take you through research in the Bible on:  (1)
the One day of the LORD and Lord, and (2) on the New earth.  Keep in mind
that these two major doctrines of the total Bible are among the most
victimized Bible doctrines by Christian fables.
1.  Beginning of that One Day, God gathers all the nations to battle against
Jerusalem (14:1-2).
(1).  Start of the One Longest Day of God and the Lord Jesus Christ (14:
1a)
(2).  “Your” the whole world possessions will be destroyed around you
right where you stand.  (14:1b)
(3)  God gathers all the nations together against Jerusalem (14:2a)
(4).  Jerusalem is taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished (14:
2b)
‘(5).  Half the city of Jerusalem is taken, but the people of Judah are not
cut off from the city (14:c).
2.  God effectively says enough is a enough, and joins the battle for justice,
extending across the whole new earth.  The Warrior God {LORD of hosts or
Yahweh} goes to war against these nations gathered against Jerusalem. (14:
3-5a)
(1).  The LORD God of this universe goes to war against those gathered
nations (14:3)
(2).  God in that day stands on Mount Olives, splitting it in two parts,
making a large valley as part of the Mount moves north and part south (14:4)
(3).  Israel shall flee through this mountain valley in the way they know,
for it is the way they fled during the earthquake in the days of Uzziah (14:5a)
3. The LORD God and Jesus with the saints come.  (14:5b-7)
(1).“Thus the LORD my God will come, and all the saints with Jesus.” (14:
5b-7).
(2).There will suddenly be no light (14:6).
(3). The One day defined: (a) known only to the LORD, and (b) neither
night or day, but (c) in evening there will be bright light.  (14:7)
4.  New Earth with the New King (14:8.9)
(1).  Living waters shall flow from Jerusalem east and west.  (14:8a)
(2).  Half of the living waters toward the eastern sea and half toward the
western sea (14:8b).
(3).  This water will flow continuously in summer and winter.  (14:8c)
(4).  About the New King:  (a)  The LORD God is King over all the
earth; and (b) “The LORD is one and His name is One.”  (14:9)
2-5:  Far too long, we Bible conservatives not fundamentalists have
remained silent while fundamentalists, with a false literalism for cover up that
adds words and dispensations to the Bible, have cheated God’s people of
God’s blessings of being on the New Earth after the Second Coming of
Christ as recorded in the second half of Zechariah 14, from verse 8 through
verse 21.
Actually 14:8-11 on the New earth, then 12-15 is a flashback to more on the
One day of the LORD,  on the plague with which God will strike all the
people who fight against Jerusalem (14:12); then finally and in conclusion on
Zechariah 14, from 16-21, what is left of the nations will come to Jerusalem
to worship at least once a year.
1.  The New Earth. (14:8-11)
(1).  Living waters flow out of Jerusalem.  (14:8)
(2).  The LORD will be One and King over all the earth (14:9)
(3).  Promised land of Israel turned into plain and Jerusalem raised (14:
10).
(4).  Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited by its inhabitants (14:11).
2.  The Plague on all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (14:12-15)
NOTE:  Read 14:12 carefully, does it not sound like either Israel or the US
drops a nuclear bomb on the vast army attacking Jerusalem.
(1).  Effects on eyes, flesh, and tongues of attackers with dropping of the
nuclear bomb or bombs.  (14:12)
(2).  Enemy neighbor fights against neighbor (14:13).
(3).  As Judah fights at Jerusalem, the wealth of the world flows in to help
with protection (14:14).
NOTE:  The US along sent 2 billion dollars equivalent of silver and gold to
help Judah right now in their present battle against Gaza.
(4).  The plague with be on all in and on all of the CAMPS surrounding
Judah and Jerusalem. (14:15)
3.  Remaining Nations worship the LORD God as King (14:16-21).
(1) Once a year the remaining nations will come up to worship the King,
the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feasts of Tabernacles.  (14:16).
(2).  No rain will come on the families of the earth that do not come to
Jerusalem to worship the King.  (14:17-19)
(3).  That day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” even on the horses and on
the pots of the LORD’S house, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah, and there
shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts (14:20,21).
 

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Jesus and Israel
                          Perspective on Jesus and Israel 

Sometimes the world scene is depressing, many coming under “the spirit of
bondage to fear” (Romans 8:14-17) as if all the peoples of the world live in
defiance of the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and are getting away with
it!  Islam Jidahists all over the world that have no respect or regard for life;
the Balaks of the world of wealth, power and ungodliness like Russia and
China;  New York city where every 20th person is a millionaire; and fear of
children invasion on the US border which makes Christians forget Jesus’
teaching on the good samaritan–the ditch between the road and the border
fence are confused.  This is the picture of Jesus as imaged in the movie
“Heaven is for Real”, and as seen by both Colton Burpo and Akiane
Kramarik, a Lithuania girl who painted a similar image.  {See  http:
//
shroudstory.com/2011/02/23/akianes-jesus-heaven-is-for-real-and-the-man-
in-the-turin-shroud/.} 

1-1:  Rejected by the Jews then and now, but for 2,000 years some of
both Jews and Gentiles have been given power to become sons of
God.
 

1.  John 1:11-13.
“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as
received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even
to them  that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor
of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”  (John 1:11-
13)
2.  Romans 8:14-17.  The Apostle Paul, a Hebrew of the Hebrews, a lawyer
extensively trained in the Old Testament and author of 14 New Testament
books, as both a Jew and a Christian must be recognized as a writer of
authority with balanced perspective.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage to fear, but you received
the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’.  The Spirit
Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if
children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed
we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”  (Romans 8:
14-17)
 

1-2: John 1:1-5  The Pre-existent Christ, the Word of Creation. 

NOTE:  We dare not lose perspective on Who Jesus is, the Lord Jesus
Christ!
 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things
were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was
made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light
shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-
5)
 

1-3:  John 1:14-18.  What a marvelous true story of the first century and
today, the Bible story of Jesus.
 

“Come and See” and Look, in Jesus you see God the Father” 

“ And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace
and truth.” (John 1:14)
 

Now John the Baptist was a real Prophet that gave Jesus Preference! 

“John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I
spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was
before me.”  (John 1:15)
 

Even as Jesus was full of the grace and truth of God, we receive the same! 

“And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.”  (John 1:
16)
 

Law came by the Prophet Moses, grace and truth by Jesus Christ! 

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus
Christ.”  (John 1:17)
 

Why Not Heed Him who has seen God, the Son of God the Father! 

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in
the bosom of the Father, he  hath declared him.”  (John 1:18)
 

1-4:  Perspective today on grace, truth, and Jesus is darkened in all the
confusions of the world, so that the purpose of God through Jesus and
the cross of Jesus, is often forgotten and ignored.
 

1.  Primarily through Jesus and the cross, God is making one very selective
and new creation of humanity for the new earth.
2.  In the few times it has been accepted, as compared to the population of
the world, the middle wall between Jew and Gentile has been broken down
through the crucifixion of Jesus and the creation of one new body of
humanity.
3.  God has programmed and ordained One Certain Day, called in the Bible–
Old and New Testament–the Day of the LORD and Lord–when all the
confusion, fear, injustice, and wrong is to be rectified.
4.  God has chosen, for some reason beyond our understanding except that
all other things promised and predicted in the Bible are right, to usher in that
One “great and notable day of the LORD” at the same time His rescue of
Judah and Jerusalem is required, the time when the whole world of nations
comes against them.
 

1-5:  While the ungodly Balaks, Baals, and Prophet Balaams of the
world today seek and preach peace through substitutions like a two
party state, etc., the “Warrior God” in the words of  McCommerick, has
both a plan to clear the playing field and then populate the New Earth
under the new heavens with one new creation.
 

1.  First of all the world is confused away from grace, truth and Jesus in that
they can not see final and complete justice as with God’s destruction of all
unbelievers, only the beginning of which is when He stands on Mount Olives
and split it into the north and south.  (Zechariah 14)  Part of this confusion of
justice and injustice comes from the inability to see how the great God of
the Universe takes the rejection of His Son, even as He took it when
Judaism of the first century crucified Jesus.
2.  The same Warrior God that destroyed all on the earth except 7 souls in
the great Flood over all the earth in the days of Noah, the same Warrior
God that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because one righteous soul
could not be found, the same righteous God who sent the army of Israel to
destroy the Midianites because they caused with their ungodly influence
24,000 of the children of Israel to be destroyed, that same God plans
nothing less than the complete destruction of all on earth at the One Day and
the Second Coming.
3.  The majority at this END, like in any time of history has never been God’
s real concern like most people chose to think today.  True, God did send
His only begotten Son to crucifixion out of love for all the people of the
world, but as a God balanced between love, holiness, and justice, He
demands a leveling of the playing field.
 

1-6:  We have to be careful here on how many Jews and Jews in
particular in Israel are really the Jews of the real believing Israel of
which Paul, himself a Hebrew of the Hebrews, writes about in Romans
9-11.
 

For even in the days of when the King Balak was Ahab and Jezebel and
Baal the dominant religion in Israel, God told Elijah, the real Prophet of God
but who did not know about this group, that God had reserved to Himself
over 7,000 that had not bowed their knee to Baal, the Prophet Zechariah in
chapter 13 talks of the one-third saved but by fire–obviously first and
second century Christianity, then even at the very END which is close to be
now and in Zechariah 14, half of those in Jerusalem when the armies of the
nations come against them are saved!
1.  Can Jews, of Israel or otherwise, be saved today without Jesus because
before Jeremiah they were called out of Egypt to be the people of God?
No, not if you believe the Word of God in the book of Romans, and what
the Apostle Paul regretted to say about his own Hebrew brethren–
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they
might be saved.  For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God,
but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God’s
righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness,
have not submitted to the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end
of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”  (Romans 10:1-
4)
2.  For a short history of Israel from Zechariah 13 and 14, see the next Bible
session in this series–
Israel Complete on the New Earth. 

NOTE:  Download free JESUS and Israel in PDF {“Freely we have
received, freely we give
.”}.  As usual the PDF copy contains the
footnotes from the original in Adobe FrameMaker.

Religion of the Seared Conscience (I Timothy 4:1-5)

          City-State Leadership of the Seared Conscience



Andrea Bocelli in his marvelous “Sacred Arias” DVD, pausing from the
outstanding music to talk about Rome, and how it is two cities, one city–
the Vatican–within another city, the city of Rome.  While Rome and the
Roman Empire, and to a certain extent the Vatican city-state-religion, very
unique in the history of mankind, the Vatican striving and succeeding in
dominating religiously and social over half the world like the city of Roman
also became a city-state-Empire that dominated the world.  Listening to
the DVD, the classical Italian and Roman Catholic music even as seeing
in America their large educational institutions and hospitals, it is hard to
separate in our mind the kind of Vatican leadership that allows the raping
by priests of women and children and all these contributions for good.  {By
the way, what you read to follow did not in any way come from Andrea;
and I am sure that he like millions of catholics that have appreciated the
architecture, education, and music out of Italy whether it was Dean Martin
or Caruso, struggle in their own conscience with the raping of American
women and children by priests, and the cover ups of the Vatican
leadership that continues to allow it to happen.}
This Bible Study Session, continuing on “Christian Fables and the
Balaam Doctrine”, is dedicated both to all the victims of these rapes, to
those priests which struggle with the regulation of the Vatican that denies
them marriage and a family, and above all to the lawyers and social
workers that fight against these rapes and cover-ups.  Special thanks to
Jennifer Haselberger who spent five years as Archbishop John
Nienstedt’s archivist and top adviser on Roman Catholic church law,
according to a online news article,
“A canon lawyer alleging a widespread
cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and
Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing
archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.
S. bishops’ pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse”
; and you
can
read it for yourself online.
It is not the intent of this Bible study session to imply that the rapes of
the most representative of the Vatican, but it is to say that the 1014 A.D
apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church is represented honesty, bluntly,
and without fear in I Timothy 4:1-5; and since the Bible which is the
supreme authority Word of God chooses to talk about it so bluntly in these
five verses, we as servants of God and the Word, like Martin Luther, can
do not less.  As we progress through these 5 very potent and eye-opening
verses which should affect and change our concepts of such a city-state-
religion as the Vatican, we would also keep in mind the admonition of the
Apostle Jude not to bring “railing accusations against dignitaries”, but like
the archangel Michael did in contending with Satan, that powerful prince of
the world, Michael said, “The LORD rebuke you!”.  While being both
intellectually honest to the historical facts of the daily news, the total
history of the Roman Catholic Church, the respect the Pope and the
college of cardinals has in the minds and hearts of millions, even if a
symbol, throughout this session the exact words of the Bible are set forth.
As the WORD and words from God that are divine in origin, absolute in
authority beyond any dignitary on this earth, sufficient in its message
without the many denominational additions of religious requirements,
commands, and regulations, high fidelity in communication so that it can
be read and understood by all humanity without any assistance except
first the new birth and then the inward guidance of the Holy Spirit–in fact
God expects this of all believers as a way to please God, and the Bible as
Word of God is alive, active, and used by God, bringing fruit to the life of
the Christian like the gentle rain of heaven, and further and lastly the Word
of God, the Bible is self-interpretative
{ASPI of II Peter 1:20,21} so that all
can read and understand it, something the Vatican has always fought
against, in the dark ages more violently than now.  However their intent is
still the same, to put themselves above the authority of the Bible, to make
of themselves the only legitimate interpreters of the Word of God, and to
maintain autocratic control of relgion and life.  Read again
II Peter 1:21
and then recognize how hypocritical the Vatican is, really repeating the
follies of what Jesus said about the hypocrisies of Judaism, when they try
to identify and take their authority as successors to Peter, yet deny the
very basis of personal Christian life sustained in the Bible, and with the
very words of “no scripture is of any private interpretation”, yet their own
private interpretations would close to the average catholic that very door
of reading for themselves the Douay-Rheims catholic addition of the Bible.
{You can read an look up verses in it online at  
http://drbo.org/x/d?
b=drb&bk=56&ch=2&l=8-9#x
.}  Just as the official literal policy of the
Prophet of God Balaam, before he want off on his madness to advise
Balak against God’s people, that is with the policy of “No More and No
Less” than the words from God, we dare not either go ahead or behind
what the Bible clearly tells us.  In short, like on the Christian Fable of the
secret rapture, or Messianic Judaism, or the Pentecostal Problem, or the
Gospel of Prosperity, also on the Vatican problem of a city-state-religion
we have no right or other choice than to follow the Word of God, like
Martin Luther said, “we can do no other”.

15-1:  The Vatican of today with its good and bad like Judaism and
the Roman city-state-Empire strives to maintain many of the rules,
regulations, pomp and circumstances that Jesus came to this earth
to do away with in His crucifixion on the cross like the temple, the
veil in the temple separating us from God, intercession and
sacrifices of a priest, and the legalistic requirements of a mediator
between God and man.

“…having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was
against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the
way, having nailed it to the cross.”  (Colossians 2:14)

NOTE:  Granted that this is a day of lack of respect for government,
but keep an open mind as you come to read and understand I
Timothy 4:1-5, and you ask yourself could a group of religious
leaders claiming to represent God and Peter on earth depart so far
from the original faith “once for all delivered to the saints” and
recorded in the Bible.  When the Prophet of God Balaam, King Balak,
and Moab all come together in one city-state-religion organization,
the world is in a world of hurt!  Government, whether civil or
religious or both like the Vatican, will give you the appearance of
being human and hope you will overlook everything else, forgetting
that legitimate government is “of the people, by the people, and for
the people” and UNDER GOD through only the Lord Jesus Christ.

While those marvelous monk and priest missionaries were pioneering
Christianity all over the world, the City State (Vatican) back home in Rome
was going corrupt just like the city-state of Rome itself which destroyed
itself with corruption, though it once ruled the whole world.  Even as it is a
historical wonder that a city like Rome could become a city state and then
rule the whole world, often by allowing the existing cultures to remain like
in Palestine and the Greeks; so it is even more amazing that God has
allowed such a religious organization that started off like any other local
church in the earliest churches of Christianity, then by political and other
means {all should remember the persecutions of the monasteries by
Roman officials, recall the infamous dark ages}, exerted dominance and
control over at least half of the churches of the first century.  It reminds
one of the Bible Baptists fundamentalists of hundreds of small Bible
Baptist churches sat back and watched while Southern Baptists built large
local churches, then decided in approximately 1980 to take over control of
the SBC, starting at the top and by political means.
NOTE:  Beware brethren, now that they have political control, you will
notice how you see them striving to exert doctrinal control.  The first thing
they did before 1985 was to place leaders in large SBC churches of other
denominations like Bellevue, FBC Atlanta and Dallas, and the Dallas
Theological Seminary, then once secure at the top politically in the SBC,
you started to hear those weird doctrines of the secret rapture,
dispensational ism, and millennium ism–all those of us who grew up in the
SBC did very well without, while we our simple fashion were just reading
the Bible to see what it says!  Before we Protestants, the other half of
Christian denominations {yes, I am calling the Roman Catholic church a
denomination just like any other religious organization of today}, cast any
stones of self-righteousness at the Roman City-State of morphing from
something good in a real New Testament local church at Rome to the
“Religion of a Seared Conscience” that has allowed and continues to
allow priests to rape American women and children.

15-2:  And lest you think it too strong to allow a Religion like the
Roman city state to be called the Religion of the Seared Conscience,
just stop to consider how Rome allows the rape, in the name of
relgion, of American children and women.

1.  It is the Bible in I Timothy 4:1-5 that identifies them in terms of their
orders from Rome:  (1) to forbid marriage, that has been a powerful
influence in all these rapes; and (2) the command of abstinence of good
meats that God has provided for humanity, and that when prayed over and
blessed by God profits the consumer.

“…forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods
which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who
believe and know the truth.”  (I Timothy 4:3)

It is a slap in the face of God to command abstinence from good meats
which God has created, to thereby deny the blessings to followers of
receiving those same foods with thanksgiving, and “those who believe and
know the truth” should not obey those orders and commands.  Even the
most disciplined of military organizations do not forbid good food to their
soldiers, nor do they forbid their soldiers to be married.
2.  According to the Bible in I Timothy 3:1-7, any overseer in a church is to
be “the husband of one wife”.  If in the face of this clear and simple word
of God and Word from God, leaders in the Roman city-state-religion strive
to countermand God Himself on marriage and meat, what other doctrines
of devils have they been seduced into the last 1014 years.
“The bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate,
sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach’ not given to
wine, not violent, not greedy for money but gentle, not quarrelsome, not
covetous…”  (I Timothy 3:2,3)

15-3:  Even as II Timothy has been noted and outlined as the
apostasy guidelines for the Protestant half of the church, so I
Timothy could be considered as the guidelines for the Roman
Catholic apostasy of the other half of Christianity.

1.  Brutal huh, but you see there is no graceful way for the Falling Away,
as predicted in the Word of God to happen without much sin, departure
from the original “faith once for all delivered to the saints”  (Jude 3) and as
recorded in the Bible, and yes, the help of seducing spirits and doctrines
of devils.  Notice that the announcement of the Protestant half of the
Falling Away comes in II Timothy, while the Catholic half is in I Timothy,
which is quite normal since the great apostasy of the Roman city-state
religion leadership happened about 1000 years ago, and the Protestant
apostasy, led in many ways by the BBF takeover of the SBC happened
approximately 34 out of the 40 year Falling Away designated in the Bible
(Hebrews 3:9,17, Acts 7:36,42).

“For the time will come {well, it is here now–in fact 34 years into the
designated 40 years for a Falling Away}, when they will not endure
sound doctrine {what is the standard recognized by God as the
criterion for sound doctrine, but the Bible as the Word of God}, but
according to their own desires {does that not sound somewhat like
seducing spirits of the previously written I Timothy 4:1}, because
they have itching ears {the leadership and the members developed
itching ears that lead away from original faith once for all delivered
to the saints}, they will heap up for themselves teachers {the will of
God is ignored, the guidance of Christ and the Spirit in the selection
of church and denominational leadership, instead churches and
denominations adopting the ways and methods of the world at
large}, and they will turn their ears away from the truth {how many,
many instances, do you not know now among Protestants and
Catholics, where they just plain stop listening and heeding the
Bible?}, and be turned aside to fables {yes, Christian fables, that is
what this series of Bible sessions is all about!}  (II Timothy 4:3,4)

2.  Briefly look at what I Timothy is all about for a outline to later use as a
guideline for the great and early apostasy of the Roman city-state-religion
leadership.  We keep saying earlier as it happened about 1000 years
before the similar Protestant failing away, and in many ways has provided
a bad example that many Protestant churches have followed in their falling
away of the last 34 out of 40 years.

15-4:  A Roman Catholic City-State-Religion falling away outline from
I Timothy.

NOTE:  First before the outline of the downfall of Rome, you should
note than rather than us bring railing accusations against dignitaries
like the Pope, the college of cardinals, numerous bishops and
priests, it is that the Bible, the Word of God and as such the ultimate
authority, that is allowed to express Itself on these railing
accusations. For example, and from Jude, we are reminded that the
DEPARTEES ( I Timothy 4:1) from the faith are themselves also the
ones who despise the legitimate authority of God–

“But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever
they know naturally {from their education and culture of the world},
like brute beasts {you see this is the end result of those leaders who
depart from the faith, and victims of seducing spirits and doctrines
of devils, those that develop the religion of the seared conscience
which forbids marriage and forbids good meats}, in these things
they corrupt themselves.”  (Jude 10)

 Back to Balaam Again

“Woe to them!  {No, they are not getting away with it!}  For they have
gone in the way of Cain {disobedience to God and the way God
wants obedience and service}, have run greedily in the way of
Balaam for profit {where is their profits obviously?  in the land state
of the Roman-city-state, in their army for security, in their stashed
away wealth, in their rich garments and houses and cathedrals, etc},
and perished in the rebellion of Korah {the popes of Rome usurped
the authority of other pastors of local churches, and misled them
away from the Word of God like Korah tried to usurp leadership of
God through Moses}.  (Jude 11)

1.  NO OTHER DOCTRINE than that taught by the Apostles and recorded
in the pages of the Bible.  Right up front in I Timothy, 1:3,4, Paul and God
through the Apostle Paul, plants the seed for the Catholic falling away of
1014 A.D. with “that they teach no other doctrine”.  Somehow, someway,
Christians on both sides of the fence have developed the habit of thinking
that Christianity that is modern is allowed to evolve into something away
from the Bible, and better than the Bible, something that “is teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:7-9 and Isaiah 29:13)
as Jesus warned.
2.  EARLY WARNING AGAINST CHRISTIAN FABLES.

“…nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause
disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.”  (I Timothy 1:
4)

NOTE:  We see the waste of time of not only the LDSers, which
started already in a falling way with their 4 substitute Bibles, and with
their endless genealogies whereby they baptize for their dead
people, letting the poor innocent children be dunked 50 times for
dead relatives; and perhaps you never thought about that ridiculous
and endless genealogy of the Popes whereby they attempt to go all
the way back to Peter as the first Pope.  Number one, there is no
Bible or otherwise historical evidence that Peter the fisherman was a
Pope, and further there is evidence that the humble fisherman for
Jesus would be embarrassed to see in Catholic Popes a repeat of
the pomp, circumstances, and worldly robes of today like the
Pharisees and Sadducees of his day.

3.          “SINNERS OF WHOM I AM CHIEF”  (I Timothy 1:15)  Do you
think you would ever hear a Pope or SBC top leaders saying–

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.”  (I
Timothy 1:15)

4.  And how about on where real HONOR and real GORY are going to go?

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is
wise, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  (I Timothy 1:20)

5.  Prayer is to be made for all those in social and political authority, Kings
and religious leaders (2:1-3).  Some need a lot more prayer than others,
and according to the Bible, it is those who less claim the need for prayer
that need it most, like the sinner who knows no need for a physician.
Those needing prayer for the forgiveness of God for sin, in the Vatican,
are those who think that only they can forgive sins; and that within itself is
an impossible dilemma.  Part of the reason these top leaders in the
Vatican refuse to control the rape of American women and children is that
they can not afford to destroy the ability, given by them in the first place
with their supposed august authority, to forgive their own sins and the sins
of others in their abused parish.
6.  THERE IS ONLY ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN, and do
not allow any one, no matter what the dress and worldly dignity, to cheat
you out of direct access to God through Christ.

“For there is one God and One Mediator between God and men, the
Man Christ Jesus…”  (2:5)

7.  REQUIREMENS FOR AN OVERSEER OR LEADER IN THE CHURH (I
Timothy 3:1-7).
8.  SPIRIT SPEAKS EXPRESSLY IN LATTER TIMES.  The great
apostasy, or falling away, of the Catholic half of Christianity with the gory
details.  This is probable the most starting revelation of the Bible to those
who are Christians, and were it no for the obvious identification of the
Vatican as the culprits by those forbidance of marriage and meat, we
would never have known. (I Timothy 4:1-5)
9.  How to also identify a “good servant of the Lord Jesus Christ”, I
Timothy 4:12-16.

15-5:  At what time in this downward trend of the increased Falling
Away of today, do you stop listening to the “itching ears’ teachings
of Christian fables, or wait until you also turn away from truth and
are turned aside to fables?  Wake up America, and wake up world!

1.  Like in the days of Jeremiah, when it was too late for peace in
Jerusalem and Judah, false prophets today are also saying “Peace,
peace, when there is no peace, and are only slightly healing the hurt of the
people.”  (Jeremiah 7:11)
2.  Turning away from the truth was a malady in the Jerusalem of
Jeremiah, turning away from truth was dominant in Judaism after Jesus,
and turning away from the truth of what will happen to Jerusalem, Judah
and the camp of the saints as a world army comes against Jerusalem to
wrap up world history, dominates Christian thought of today.  Likewise as
in the days of Jeremiah and the destruction of Jerusalem by the
Babylonians, people not only can not see how ISIS and other Muslim
terrorist groups that are dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the US,
how God will use ungodly nations like ISIS and Babylon and Moab to
destroy Gods own people, and then take care of them afterwards {“God
knows how to reserve the ungodly for punishment…”}, and further not
realizing how God can control making the decision Himself as to who lives
and dies during the time of destruction.  Although the Jeremiah is clear
during those final days in Jerusalem and Judah how God would control the
Babylonian swords to the extent that some would be saved and taken in
captivity but most killed, we still do not get it!  Although God told in
Zechariah 13 how only one-third of the Jews after the Roman destruction
of Jerusalem would be saved, but by fire, we still do not get it.  Although
God has told us in Zechariah 14 and 15 how only half of the city of
Jerusalem will be saved in the final battle as all the Muslim and other
ungodly forces come in an army against Jerusalem, we still find ways and
unsound doctrines and Christian fables to ignore and turn away from the
truth.
3.  How can the majority of the world do this?  It is a symbol to the power
of the “seared conscience”, Protestant and Catholic, that of Satan the
prince of this world who will bring forth many Men of Sin like the current
leader of ISIS who is brutal, a preacher, and has no regard for life–like
Satan, Men of Sin in many places of the Middle East today have no a
seared conscience.  It is a symbol of the ultimate in turning away from
truth on the real falling away, on the real resurrection of the dead at the
END time second coming of Christ, and the many Christian fables that
always keep the majority of the world, from Adam to now, from seeing the
truth.  Beware even if in your large group, clan, or etc it is popular to hold
a certain belief, for the way of the majority is within itself a clue to the
wrong way to go even as “broad is the way that leads to destruction, and
many that follow it, and narrow is the way that leads to life eternal and few
find it.”  The extent as a Christian and a church member that you have to
follow the Leadership of the Seared Conscience is up to you!  Even as
the explicit teaching of the Bible is that every Christian is a priest of God
and has only one Mediator, Christ, between Him and God, so the Bible
also teaches that your responsibility is directly to God through Christ; and
as no one can take your soul competence and the importance of you as a
individual in the sight of God, so no person can also take the place of your
stewardship and accountability in the sight of God.
There is some justification of some Protestant preachers claim that the
Pope is the “Man of sin”.  Of course Man of sin is generic in that at the
END of time as the armies of the world come against Israel and
Jerusalem, there will be among the leadership of those many armies
several Men of sin, the generic being that they both are religious and
preach and are men of war like the present leader of ISIS.  Another way
the Bible identifies this generic Man, a Man of sin, is that they will “stand
in the temple like God, and claiming to be God.  Do you not see that
anywhere?  Men of sin like the leader of ISIS claim to take the place of
God in their utter disregard of human life, putting themselves in the place
of God as to who lives and who dies!
Those who have made their own conscience, Christian or otherwise,
the supreme guide for what is right or wrong, sometimes by the educated
and cultured and sometimes by the opposite forget:  (1) that God is still
greater than our human conscience, where collective in a society, a
community, or individual (I John 3:20); and (2) the Bible teaches that some
may have a good conscience like Paul and Timothy, others even in
leadership, or maybe especially in leadership can have a SEARED
CONSCIENCE that has lost the ability to recognize and teach truth;
therefore when the Word of the God in the Bible is ignored, their is no
anchor or sail for the soul.

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Short Doctrinal History Christianity

           Condensed Doctrinal History of Christianity.

Beginning NOTE:  Please do not forget that even as “Sound Doctrine of the
Second Coming” is among the sound doctrine of the Bible and to a certain
extent reflected in Christians and Christianity, so
“Sound Living is Sound
Doctrine” is also a very large part of that sound doctrine of the “faith once for all
delivered to the saints”.  In that sound doctrine one must also consider the
examples in the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ–The Prophet that
was also Messiah–and the examples of his own life from II Timothy that Paul
admonished his own son in the faith, Timothy the evangelist, to follow (II
Timothy 3:10-13)

II Timothy combined with the letters to the 7 churches of Asia Minor of Revelation 1-3
provide us with a condensed history of Christianity right up to the present time of the
great apostasy called in the Bible the Falling Away.  More precisely, II Timothy with
Revelation 1-3 and Jude, provide Christians with a condensed outline of where
Christianity has come from the origin with the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prophet Messiah,
to where churches and denominations are today.
Of course the whole Bible is required to explain the details of the Outline of Christian
History, and will be so used.  For example when Paul writes about the resisting of truth
as exemplified by the rebellion of Jannes and Jambres to assume unauthorized spiritual
authority that God had approved for only Moses, the orginal historical incident as
recorded in Deuteronomy is required as background for understanding; and when Jude,
the brother of James, writes in defence of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints”
offers many OT examples of what Paul in II Timothy 3:8 previously called “men of
corrupt minds” and “disapproved concerning the faith”, Jude starts such a discussion
with “certain men” which can be recognized by the same “that sort” of men like Philetus
and Hymenaeus as in the
“What Sort” or “That Sort” outline of II Timothy.

For insights into what happened and when in the history of Christianty which led the
present churches and denominations into the mess they are in now, we can find in
primarily the three previously mentioned sources–II Timothy, Jude, and Revelation,
details about the “that sort” of men from Paul in II Timothy and the “certain men” group
of Jude.  For more details we must add what Jesus, the Prophet Messiah taught in
Matthew 24 that would happen near THE END to the majority of Christians, “because
sin will abound the love of many will wax cold”.  Even as “many” is the majority of
Christians that will fall away near the
END from the faith once for all delivered to the
saints in the first century, primarily through the NT, so as the rising tide of sin and
lawlessness of II Thessalonians 2:7 is a primary, according to Jesus, cause of the
grassroots in Christianity falling away.

NOTE:  What you will find in this condensed history of Christianity, culminating
in the Falling away and immediately thereafter the Second Coming, is that it
happens simultaneously with two groups in Christianity:  (1) the leaders of “that
sort” who wormed their ways into leadership by the stealing of unauthorized
spiritual authority {one case in point being the takeover by the Bible Baptists
fundamentalists of the SBC by political means starting in 1980, and with their
destruction of lesser brethren they called moderates}; and (2) at the grassroots
it was Mr. Average Christian and church member whose “first love” of Christ,
God, and the Bible was dying, or waxing away–almost undetected, those same
“many” or majority of Christians and churches who under the leadership of
“that sort” at the top became the power house of the 5 stages of the Falling
Away:  intolerance toward sound doctrine, heaping up as church and
denominational leaders that sort of itching ears preachers and teachers,
“purpose driven” by wants and desires over Christ and the Spiirt, turning away
from truth while their leaders were resisting truth and becoming academically
corrupted in mind, finally then historicly–more for some like the Mormons,
Masons, and secret rapture believers, and sooner for some more than others–”
turning aside into fables.” (II Timothy 4:3,4)  We will look in Bible detail at both
the cancer of that sort like Philetus which got its initial start with a false doctrine
of a “secret rapture”, amplified with the “certain men” of Jude; and also in Bible
detail from the 7 churches of first century Asia Minor to illustrate how the
grassroots movements of destruction among church members had already
started that eventually led to the falling away; and something about how.

I.  When the follies were no longer apparent, leading to the fables of 1909 and
until today.  The Watershed of American thought, of which Henry Steele
Commager writes in the American Mind, had a greater watershed about 1909 in
Christian Doctrine.

The real challenge in a condensed history outline from II Timothy is not to tell how the
cancer got started, for that is simple, it started with “that sort” like Philetus who taught
and preached a
“secret rapture” (II Timothy 2:17,18); but rather how to expain the
historical events in Christianity which led from II Timothy 3:9, where the follies of that
sort were temporarily revealed in the history of Christianity, from approximately 150 AD
to approximately 1909 AD with publication of the
Scofield Reference Bible {SRB} to the
present Falling away with its 5 stages of II Timothy 4:3,4.  All of the historical events of II
Timothy 3:10-17 are significantly, the most prominent being the period in Christianity
when church members and leaders still practiced the ALL SCRIPTURE approach and
movement of II Timothy 3:16,17, before the dividing up of Bible into parts by
fundamentalists and the divisions of God the great unchanging, non-variable Rock of
character, deeds, and Word.

NOTE:  What you will find below under this section is a condensed sub-outline
of the total outline of the history of Christianity with an effort to explain what
happened in the approximate period of time between 150 AD and 1909 AD.

1.  The follies of that sort publicly revealed in II Timothy 2-14-39, as Christ–the
Ascended
Prophet Messiah–provided messages to the 7 churches of Asia Minor, and
as Christians took seriously, for a while, the message of Jude about “certain men”.
Really a work of the spread and influence of the Bible.
2.  Period of the
ALL Scripture Movement.  During the approximately two  thousand
years of Christian doctrinal history as Christians and churches took seriously the ALL
Scripture movement and approach, say from 150  to 1909; that period in which,
relatively speaking, the majority of Christians and Bible readers took seriously the
example of the Apostle Paul in (1) doctrine, (2) manner of life, (3) purpose, (4) faith, (5)
longsuffering, (6) love, (7) perserverance, (8) persecutions, and (9) afflictions.

“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith,
longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to
me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra–what persecutions I endured.  And out of
them all the Lord delivered me.”  (II Timothy 3:10-11)

NOTE:  Of the 9 examples Paul left here for church leaders, the one most often
neglected by fundamentalists was “love” of fellow Christian brothers in arms,
those whose reputations and careers they slaughtered in route to taking control
of the SBC.  It was an unauthorized stealing of spiritual authority by political
means, much like Jannes and Jambres; however due to the falling away of the
times this sort was successful in a
takeover of the once largest Protestant
denomination in the world, the SBC.

3.  Christianity’s revival of the Follies.  Period during which church leaders ignored the
ALL Scripture approach and movement in favor of a divided, dispensational, and hunt
and peek isolated to about 300 oft quoted verses, say from about 1909 until now.  In
short, the follies of “that sort” of Philetus and of the “perilous times” began a revival of
subverted hermeneutics and Bible study academics. These leaders were respected and
prosperous in the world, no doubt like Philetus and Hymenaeus, but of whom Paul wrote
in II Timothy 3:8 of “corrupted minds” and “disapproved concerning their total body of
faith”.

II.  Shunning the ALL Scripture Approach and Movement in the watershed of
1909, what are the Scriptures fundamentalists most often ignored.

III.  Time is History.  If you have trouble reading II Timothy as the doctrinal
history of Christianity, tray a focus on the “time will come” of 4:3 and on the
“perilous times” of 3:1.

IV.  From Follies to Fables.

V.  A History of Christian Fables.

VI.  Itching Ears Theology.

VII.  What did the Prophet Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, have to say and
predict about all this doctrinal history of Christianity.

VIII.  Changes in the SBC and in Protestantism started with lack of respect for
and participation in the “Priesthood of Believers”.

IX.  Demonic Veil of a False and Secret Rapture.

                                    SORT OUT “THIS SORT”

Note:  If you do not sort out such leaders as “this sort” of II Timothy, then you,
your church, and your denomination must pay the results of intolerance toward
sound doctrine, eventually a turning aside to fables.

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        The Pentecostal Problem and Solution in a
Preliminary Nutshell

NOTE:  The straw man that these famous, prosperous, and popular
evangelists have created is:  “You Pastors and other Christians must
be filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence thereof, speaking in
unknown tongues.”

1.  If God had meant for this straw man statement above to be true:  (1)
He would have listed unknown tongues as one of the fruits of the Spirit
instead of only
“love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control….”  
{notice how similar these
fruits of the Spirit from Paul in Galatians 5:22 are to the additions to
faith listed below from Peter in II Peter 1:5-7 and shown in read
below
.; and (2) both Peter in I and II Peter and Paul in Galatians would
have themselves through the moving of the Spirit of God, make the same
statement that creates a straw man–“You Pastors and other Christians
must be filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence thereof, speaking in
unknown tongues.”; and (3) Peter and Paul, if it is really as important as
these increasingly popular evangelists claim, that is THE EVIDENCE of
“filled with the spirit”, both these Apostles would have mentioned it.

2.  Those, like these famous evangelists who tend to knock all other
pastors, teachers, and Christians as second class are the same “sort”
that:  (1)  say we are the head and we don’t need the rest of the body,
while at the same time letting one gift that they have, or maybe even two
or more, minimize the other gifts and those in the church body that have
them:  (2)  it is sorrowful to say, but we that are constant students of the
Bible and learners after Christ, are sadly reminded when we hear these
famous evangelists {while respectfully recognizing that their leader is one
of the greatest evangelists of our generation}, think of “lovers of self,
lovers of money, proud, and boasters”  (II Timothy 3:2a)–the most
prominent faults of “that sort” in the short doctrinal history of Christianity
in II Timothy.

NOTE:  To stay positive with self-control, brotherly kindness, and the
read manifestations of godliness and the knowledge of Jesus Christ,
faith, and the cross please read again the introductory word from
Peter below–

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and
of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that
pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who
called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us
exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you
may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption
that is in the world through lust.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith
virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control
perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly
kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren
nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For he who
lacks these things is short sighted, even to blindness, and has
forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and
election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble, for so
an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting
kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  (II Peter 1:2-11)

Specifically on tongues today in churches, see especially I
Corinthians 12-14:  (1) there are known and unknown tongues and
Paul could speak both, same as known and unknown languages; (2)
the bottom line of the great chapter on how to use tongues in a
church has for a bottom line, “do not forbid to speak with tongues”;
(2) tongues should not be considered as a litmus test of either the
godliness of a Christian, the dedication, or the power of the Holy
Spirit “upon” them and in their lives;  (3) unknown tongues are for
private devotionals between a man and God, not for public worship;
(4) 15 words of preaching and teaching in a known tongue like
English, Spanish, or French is worth more than 10,000 words in an
unknown tongue; (5) unknown languages are more a worshipful
language of heaven, not actually spoken in any nation of this earth;
(6) only some in the total church body have the gift to speak in
tongues, but they have other gifts higher on the totem pole than the
speaking in and interpretation of tongues; (7) the biggie on known
tongues is Acts 2, here in this one time historical event {never to be
duplicated} of the coming of the Holy Spirit on earth to take the place
of Jesus, as all of the approximately 150 present were filled with the
Holy Spirit and they spoke in the languages {tongues} of all those
Jews present there from all over the Roman world; and on the Bible
rankings of gifts, at the top is the gift of faith that every Christian has,
sort of like the head of the body that needs not to be ashamed as a
lesser member of the body.

There is in the Bible much more on the positive side of the work,
presence, and workings of God the Holy Spirit, including the
historical event of His withdrawal from earth of II Thessalonians, and
the detailed teachings of Jesus in John 14-17, especially for
disciples; and those, and the whole Bible will be considered in this
series of Bible studies.

Real Bible on Christian summary

                         The Cross and the Comforter

10C’s of in a nutshell the Christian view of Life and Living.  To briefly
summarize the Bible on this must not be complicated, yet it can not be
too simple since it takes the 66 books of the Bible to completely explain
the will and way and plan of God for the life and living for all humanity.
{also considered as the subject of “The Cross and the Comforter”, since
the “cross” summarizes not only what Jesus did for atonement,
justification, redemption in His death on the cross for our sins and
salvation, but also the cross and the Comforter of the Holy Spirit makes
complete the truth about our complete salvation in the One Baptism of
Galatians 2:20}.  If we must have a theology then it must be a Bible
based theology with preference for the “sound pattern of words” used in
the Bible, otherwise we quickly degenerate into a cult or something
similar.

CHRIST  [1]   —    Even as there is no word Christian without Christ, so
there is no Christian life and living without the foundation in the virgin
birth, sinless life, teachings, miracles, death on the cross, resurrection,
ascension to heaven, and the promised return of Christ.

CONVERSION  [2]  —  There must be a drastic change in the view of
life and living, so drastic that Jesus taught that adults must become
again like little children under God and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Even as the Apostles in writing Scriptures of the Bible expressed
salutations as “bondservants” of God and Christ, even so all those who
would become disciples after them, according to Jesus, must be
converted.
“Assuredly I say to you, unless you are converted and become as
little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 18:3
)

“COME AND SEE”  [3] —  Jesus invented pragmatism in the first
century, telling his first disciples to “come and see”, actually to live with
Him for almost 3 years to learn discipleship from what He taught, what
He did, the way He died on the cross, His miracles, His resurrection and
Ascension; and so the COME is being extended today as Jesus through
the Holy Spirit tells each would be believer with the right attitude of the
repentance of conversion and faith of conversion that God the Father
and Himself with come into their heart personally to live with him.  How
Christ can reveal Himself to individuals today without the world seeing,
Jesus explained in John 14:22-24:
“Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, ‘Lord {see here is another
servant like little child, alias a disciple, calling Jesus Christ “Lord”}
how is it that you will manifest Yourself to us {more pragmatism},
and not to the world {the Contrast with the Christian and the world
is always there in the Bible, then and today}?  Jesus answered and
said to him {even as many of the most awesome teachings of
Jesus were delivered to one person in response to a question, but
also for the benefit of the other listening disciples and us, so
Jesus deals individually through the comforting Holy Spirit with us
today}, ‘If any man loves Me, he will keep my word {this is part of
the Cross of obedience and discipleship}; and My Father will love
him, and We will COME to him and make Our home with him.”
(John 14:22-24)

CALL  [4]  — The “come and see” is also a personal call to all humanity,
anytime and at any place in the world, as “faith cometh by hearing and
hearing by the word of God”; and it is the call of hope, the hope a new
life and way of living on this earth and eternal life to come.
“…the eyes of your understanding being enlightened {more of the
come and see of today}; that you may know {more personal
experience} what is the hope of His CALLING, what are the riches
of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the
exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,
according to the working of His mighty power {a subtle
introduction to the presently available power of the Holy Spirit, our
COMFORTER, which is coming up in the list 0f 10C’s}…”
(Ephesians 1:18,19)

CONFESSION  [5]  — The way of salvation that starts the Christian
way of life and living, continues it, and completes it is the way of
believing and confessing salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.

“But what does it say {the word of God and of faith in the Bible say
to the individual}?  {And the answer comes back from the word in
Deuteronomy 30:14—about as far back into the word as you can
get!}  ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that
is, the word of faith which we preach) that if you CONFESS with
your mouth {somebody has to hear it from you, and that prime
somebody is Christ and the Father} the Lord Jesus and believe in
your heart that God has raised Him from the dead {always back to
CHRIST, CHRIST, and more CHRIST!}, you will be saved.”
(Romans 10:8,9)

NOTE:  Not perhaps you will be saved, or maybe you will be saved,
or there is the probability that you will be saved, but as part of the
same word of God in the NT, YOU WILL BE SAVED!

CROSS  [6]  — It is not all comfort and ease as there is a unique and
individual cross for every Christian as part of Christian life and living.
True the COMFORTER, the Holy Spirit, comes into your heart to live
with you bringing the Father and the Son with Him, and true the
Comforter also goes along side you as “the paraclete”, the other Jesus
on earth to help you when you do not push Him way to “grieve Him”; and
that paradox of CROSS and COMFORTER is as mysterious, except by
personal experience, as how the Christian “dies in order to live”, or how
the Christian dies to life in order to live to fuller life.  Jesus taught:
“And he who does not take his cross and follow after me is not
worthy of Me.  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses
his life for My sake will find it.”  (Matthew 10:38,39)
And—
“Come to Me {the CALL of the CROSS and COMFORTER}, all you
who labor or are heavy laden
{the worker has the advantage over the
rich as does the individual who recognizes the heavy laden}
, and I will
give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you
{the yoke of obedience, the
cross, and discipleship}
and learn from me {knowledge of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and more knowledge leads to godliness, the cross, and
beyond to “brotherly kindness and love”  (II Peter 1:6.7) , and you can
certainly learn personally from the One that is inside your space
}, and
you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my
burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)
And—{as you are crucified personally with Christ, you come to
experience and continue to experience the One Baptism of salvation}
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but
Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by
faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
(Galatians 2:20)

COMFORTER [7] – The Holy Spirit, our Comforter who took the place
of Jesus on earth, the One inside us with “the divine nature”, and the
“paraclete” Who goes along beside us to help us.  Again, it is Jesus
talking:
(1).  The Holy Spirit as Comforter and Helper.  Until you can get rid of
the unfortunate “Holy Ghost” translation of the KJV, probably from
Shakespeare who was on the King James translation committee, you will
neither gain the respect of the Holy Spirit nor get the full knowledge of
the truth of the truthfulness.  Ralph Herring in “God Being My Helper”
expressed the whole truth about the Spirit as none others in our
generation.  While we respect their dedication and commitment to Christ
and the cross, generally, those same worshippers who confuse speaking
in known tongues, as the disciples did on the day of Pentecost in order
to communicate with the Jews of the dispersion there for the day of
Pentecost, with their outbursts of speaking in unknown tongues which
magnify themselves, are the same people who chose “ghost” over
Spirit.  How confused denominations and churches can get when they
substitute “ghost” for Holy Spirit is exemplified by the claim of the LDS
that they only receive the Holy Ghost and all others receive the Holy
Spirit.  {Thank you, LDS.}  Those are also famous for their forgetfulness
after those moments of unknown tongues, and as they go out to live in
“godliness, brotherly kindness, and love”, using such claimed
manifestations of the Spirit for proof of salvation like our Roman Catholic
friends use the confessional to give them comfort in the midst of habitual
sin.
“But when the Comforter comes, whom I shall send to you from
the Father, the Spirit of truth Who proceeds from the Father, He
will testify of Me.”  (John 15:26)
(2). It is God the Holy Spirit that came to take the place of Jesus on
earth, and it is He and He only who “convicts the world of sin, of
righteousness, and of judgment”.  We work in vain without His help!
“And when He has come {this, of course happened on the first day
of Pentecost after the Ascension}, He will convict the world {there
it is again the CONTRAST between the Christian and the world} of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment…”  (John 16:7,8)
(3). The Holy Spirit guides, teaches truth, and “glorifies”  and makes
declarations of truth about Jesus–
“However when He, the Spirit of truth {careful to allow the
knowledge of truth and of our Lord Jesus Christ to take the lead
over other claimed outbursts of the Spirit}, He will guide you into
all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority
{even as Jesus
spoke and taught in the authority of the Father, so does the Holy Spirit}
,
but whatever He hears, He will speak
{oh, if Christians and others
could only realize that Jesus first and then the Spirit only spoke what
they heard and hear from the Father—“the teachings are not mine, but
of the Father Who gave them to Me”}
; and He will tell you things to
come
{careful here to magnify truth by not confusing illumination with
revelation which came only through Prophets, Jesus, and the Apostles
}.
He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to
you.” (John 16:13,14)
(4). The Holy Spirit seals up for salvation, unhampered unless you
grieve Him with habitual and unconfused sin to God the Father through
Jesus, until the day of complete salvation of redemption, that is the
complete buying back of the soul, spirit, and body to likeness in God and
our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good
for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were
sealed for the day of redemption.”  (Ephesians 4:29,30)

CONTRAST [8] – Now, right now while we are in a section of the last
teachings of Jesus on earth and from John 16, etc, we should contrast
the “world” with Christian life and living, as Jesus Himself did; and further
begin some convictions of what the world is and means, among other
things in order to keep, like Pastor James said, “ourselves unspotted
from the world” (James 1:27) as part of “pure religion and undefiled”.
NOTE:  Granted that while up until now, all the words of C’s have
been straight from the Bible, the word “world” is found
innumerable times in the Bible, and “Contrast with the World” is
the real subject here; and next in line of C’s, we will come to
CONFORMITY, as in “Be not conformed to the world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind”, which is so Bible and
in the sound pattern of words of the Bible that it is Bible!  There
are so many ways that the Christian way of life and living is
commended as a CONTRAST of non-CONFORMITY to the world,
so numerous to name except for a few:   Paul told the Ephesians
that they showed a lack of proper learning of Christ when they
lived in a worldly fashion like the “other Gentiles”  (Ephesians 4:17-
21}; and by the way in that same passage illustrated how the
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ is so personal, pragmatic, and
a matter of COME and See—“..if indeed you have heard Him and
been taught by Him {you see Jesus did not come to Ephesus in
body form, He will later at the Second Coming, amen!}, as the truth
{here the Comforter can help you, for real truth is real comfort} is
in Jesus.”
(1).  “all that will godly (the godliness and difference and contrast
is a difference that the world can not endure} in Christ Jesus will
suffer persecution”.
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated
you {the world is an it while Jesus is the great Me, by contrast; and
“greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world”}.
2. The Christian view of life and living is summarized from the
Bible, and in the sound pattern of the words of the Bible as “in the
world” but “not of the world”—in the words of the Apostle John,
the apostle of live, “Love not the world, neither the things of the
world.  All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world.
The world passes away and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the
will of God abides forever.”  (I John 2:15-17)  Jesus continues from
John 15:18-25:
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own {you can tell
false teachers today like the false prophets of Jeremiah and of the
OT because the world loves them and flocks to them and buys
their best sellers because of their popularity}.  Yet because you are
not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the
world hates you.
 {Can’t you see the CONTRAST with the world,
because they see and hear Jesus in you, they can not endure, and that
intolerance turns to hate.  By the way a contrast of the American
Democratic Faith as not the same as Christian faith,  is that among other
differences, it is a faith of and in the world.}

“Remember the word that I said to you, the servant is not greater
than his Master
{again the CROSS and servitude to Jesus and the
yoke of Jesus
}.  If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute
you.
 {The Christian must worry when not persecuted in any way by the
world, when the world is so with him that he is considered more a part of
the world in which he lives and makes his living.}
 If they kept My word,
they will keep yours also.  But all these things they will do to you
for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
Another CONTRAST with the world and the way the world apart
from Jesus thinks, they have no real personal knowledge of God
the Father if they do not know Jesus!
(3). The CONTRAST of the CHRIST and the world is the contrast
of knowing sin and not knowing sin as sin against God the Father.
“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but
now they have no excuse for their sin.  He who hates Me, hates My
Father also.”
The world and many Christians just can not get this connection
between the Father and the Son correct, what you do with One you
do with the Other, for the Father says in the Word that They are
inseparable and “that every knee should bow and every tongue
CONFESS that Jesus is Christ {the Messiah} to the glory of God
the Father”; and for the glory of the Father.  You who think you
can worship God apart from our Lord Jesus Christ are just plain
fooling yourself even as the most religious people of all time, the
Pharisees and other Jews at the time of Jesus, faked themselves
out saying, “God is our Father”; and Jesus had to correct them by
saying, “You are of your father the devil, and the works of the devil
you do.”
(4). The world seeing, hearing, and knowing about Jesus makes
them sinners, and now Jesus through the Holy Spirit, the
COMFORTER, convicts the world of sin.
“If I had not done among them the works which no one else did
{still another CONTRAST between Jesus, all other religions, and all of
the world that no other works have ever been seen like those of Jesus,
amen!}
, they would have no sin  {This is another reason for
persecution, the world can not endure to have their sins made known to
themselves.  The concept is if they don’t know it can not hurt them, and
once they know, they think, then they are in trouble.}
; but now they
have seen and also hated Me and My Father.”  (John 15:18-24)

CONFORMITY [9]  —
“I beseech you therefore, brethren {this is for Christian brothers in
Christ}, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a
living sacrifice
{more of the CROSS, servitude and obedience to
God and Christ, the yoke, and then getting into sanctification and
godliness}
, holy {yes there is some sanctification and godliness},
acceptable to God,
{acceptable to God because it is efforts to be
like God, who demands “Be you holy as I am holy”}
, which is your
reasonable service
{reasonable because of all Christ has done for
us on the CROSS, is doing now to rescue us from a life of habitual
sin and with the help of the COMFORTER}.
“And do not be CONFORMED to this world {there is the CONTRAST
with the world, against Jesus and God again}
, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind
{again knowledge and more knowledge in
the mind is far more important than any unknown tongue that no one in
the congregation can understand, and certainly is not being
communicated in any known language to those on TV}
, that you may
prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
(Romans 12:1,2)
NOTE:  We come back to where we started on CHRIST and “the
hope of His CALLING”, also a matter of conformity to Christ by
transformation and renewal of mind, and of the great hope and
hopes of that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God!

CHALLENGE [10]  —  Would be added here, and is the tenth of the 10
C’s; but space nor time would permit the same justice to the subject that
is already done, and available to you in the book by SunGrist_Bible, and
available in paperback on amazon.com and on www.biblecombibleman.
com in PDF format, that is FRIENDS OF JESUS, a CHALLENGE
sufficient for the Falling Away.

NOTE:  An 11th is added for a necessary bonus, for CONTINUING
of the Christian way of life, that of “Continuing Faith”.  And this
inspires a 12th, CONTACT, a personal contact with God through
Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit–real and personal
relationship with God and Christ throught prayer and Spirit led
Bible study and illumination,  indispensable to a real and
continuing Christian Life.  But we must add one more C for
Completness, the COMPLETE work of the Trinity in your personal
salvation.

COMPLETE —  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
Spirit, all should be respected, appreciated, and glorified in a
personal knowledge and experience of your salvation–past,
present, and future.  As someone summarized salvation, “God the
Father thought it, God the Son bought, and God the Spirit wrought
it.”  To have the contact mentioned above through successful
prayer and Bible, the Trinity works in the opposite direction:  The
Holy Spirit, our Comforter helps you prayer as you ought to;
prayer God hears and heeds come through the Son of the Cross,
who ever lives at the right hand of God to make intercession for
our sins; and as Jesus taught in the model prayer, “Our Father
which art in heaven”, goes to the head of the Trinity, our Father, a
word for God, “Abba” that naturally flows from a born again heart!

Outline of II Timothy as Christian Fables Bible Background

                       A “That Sort” Outline of II Timothy.

Hopefully from SunGrist_Bible on www.biblecombibleman.com or with the books on
Amazon.com, you have seen previous outlines of II Timothy, especially in the “Life and
Letters of Paul”, volume 3 of the LCC commentaries.  This outline is somewhat different
with a startling focus on “that sort” while still consistent with the obvious content of II
Timothy on sound doctrine for the ministry and for the church.  If you are not careful, you
can read II Timothy many times, as I did, and miss the emphasis on “that sort” of church
member and “that sort” of church leader.
7-1:  II Timothy for an exegetical gist still retains sound doctrine as central, as
spoken by Paul as revelations of the Word of God, and the sound doctrine of Paul’
s life and ministry as living sound doctrine.  {Please read “Sound Living is Sound
Doctrine” online at www.biblecombibleman.com.}
1.  First, the positive side of sound doctrine.  That central theme climaxes with the “they”
of “they will not endure sound doctrine” (II Timothy 4:3,4), they being another word for
the two, or more, main “sorts” previously listed in II Timothy, and first really gets going
except for background of the Asian Christian problem, really always a Christian problem
with those who would strive to be more independently creative in the way the deal with
sound doctrine of the Bible, in II Timothy 1:13:
“Hold fast to the pattern of sound words {about the same as phrases of sound doctrines,
recalling that doctrine in the Bible quite often is expressed as teachings, especially as
related to the teachings or doctrines of Jesus, then the Apostles as they followed the
example of Jesus in living and other aspects of sound doctrine} which you have heard
from me {lest we commit blaspheme against the Apostles like Paul as “holy men of God
speaking as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”, we pause right now to recognize that
what first century Christians heard from Paul and what we read now is Word of God} in
faith and love which are in Christ Jesus {faith and love being the obvious contrast to “that
sort” Paul will tell us about extensively in II Timothy.}  (II Timothy 1:13)
NOTE:  “That sort”, like the fundamentalists that took control of the SBC between
1970-1980, and who now try to take doctrinal control from their established high
positions in churches and denominational leadership, definitely started a trend of
departure from the “faith once for all given to the saints” as they tampered at the
1970 Convention with the priesthood of believers {See under “Baptist
Distinctives” online at www.biblecombibleman.com.}, and there can hardly be
any love in their destruction of careers and reputations of much better Christians
and ministers than themselves.  They are going to pay the price one of these
days for all those acts of murder, but right now we must “contend for the faith” to
hamper their doctrinal takeover.  They still have to win the hearts and minds of a
lot of southern baptists, but from their perches at the top of the heap that is what
they are working on!
2.  Second the degrading side of sound doctrine and a sound pattern of words, II Timothy
2:14-18, “strive about words to no profit {like debaters and national extreme
communicators} that ruin the hearers.  This is where the cancer or gangrene starts that
lead near the end of Christianity to the intolerance toward sound doctrine of the Falling
Away, the great apostasy.
3.  Third the opposite side of sound doctrine, II Timothy 4:1-4, “They will not endure
sound doctrine…”  This listing is of the 5 historical and doctrinal steps of the falling away,
combined with unsound living that emphasizes purpose driven wants over purpose driven
Christ and Spirit:  intolerance toward sound doctrine, church member dominant
motivations of wants over Spirit and Christ, the heaping up of itching ears teachers that
revive the first century doctrines of “that sort”, centered around the secret rapture, the
absolute turning away from absolute truth, and then comes widespread “fables”, the
teaching for commandments the doctrines of academic men of that sort.
7-3:  With the fruit inspection of this sort as being of that sort in II Timothy are we
slinging mud at the mud slingers.  Not if we follow the example of Paul in order
to retain doctrinal control of the SBC?
1.  Paul, and the Spirit of God through Paul for revelations, were so slick that we have
read over the “that sort” for many years, not fully comprehending the significance as with
a group of church members leaders advocating a secret rapture, and further not
comprehending the marvelous applications of the Word of God to the fundamentalists
takeover of the SBC today, whether they are just the “wood and clay” sort or during this
Falling Away have gone all the way to fables.  {I don’t know about you but as I hear more
and more of these idle babblings about secret rapture, millennium, and dispensations,
they sound like fables to me!}
2.  Paul first attack, II Timothy 2:14-18, is not on certain church members by names or
even on that select group of church members called “that sort”, but is ion “WORDS TO
NO PROFIT THAT RUINS THE HEARERS”.
3.  Paul even identifies that sort and the cancer they spread into Christianity, before he
actually mentions two specific names, II Timothy 2:16,17.
“But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.  And
their message will spread like cancer.   Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort.”  (II
Timothy 2:16,17)
Did you not notice the gentle way Paul starts with an explant ion of that sort as windbags
with words to no profit in 2:14, and then here in 2:16 the words get more dramatic with
“profane and idle babblings” that “will increase to more ungodliness”?
7-4:  And what we know by way of fruit inspection about this “sort” so far is: {and
while we are slinging mud per Paul and the Bible, we might as well list all the
characteristics of that sort found in II Timothy 2.}
1.  Words to no Profit.  Maybe not all of their words, but many of there words are TO NO
PROFIT that do the hearers more harm than good.  Suddenly what has been a good
preacher, pastor, evangelist, or national leader, for other reasons than to profit the
hearers toward complete Christian maturity, use some other motivation like academics or
drawing disciples to themselves, or even financial gain, in the word and subjects, also
phrases that they chose.
2.  Profane babblings.  Before in I Timothy Paul describes this sort that oppose his
doctrine and ministry as blasphemers (I Timothy 1:20), but here they are profane
because they take sound doctrine on the resurrection and pervert it’s pure simplicity into
something else.
NOTE:  You know it is just plain wrong to take the pure and precious promises of
the doctrines of the Bible, from Paul or other wise, and to divert them into
something else no matter what the reason.  They are no better than the LDS
members who maliciously add 3 non-Christian Bibles to the word of God.  And
when we talk about the resurrection from the dead at the second coming of
Christ, we are talking about salvation; for we are talking about the completion of
salvation as “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”  And with
some fundamentalists you will also find this completion of salvation a problem
with them, having disregarded the 9 month new birth–waiting 9 months to see if
that 100 new members have survived the cares of this world and the
deceitfulness of riches so that the word is not choked out of them, they also
think of salvation as all done in the past.  In one instant it is all over, leaving
sanctification and glorification dangling.
3.  “Idle babblings that increase to more ungodliness”. (2:16)
4.  Names are not important except as examples of that sort.  “Hymenaeus and Philetus
are of this sort” (2:17).  What is important is their message–”their message will spread
like cancer”–and the effect it has on the Falling Away destruction of Christianity.
5.  Hymenaeus and Philetus are just two early church leaders that strayed from the truth
by preaching a secret rapture–”they have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the
resurrection if already past” (2:18a).
6.  “They overthrow the faith of some” (2:18b).  Fundamentalists are licking their chops
here, saying “we have you know as our business is all about saving souls, or at lest
adding them to our local churches”.  Well, have you consider, as made clear in the online
presentation “The Demonic Veil of the Rapture” that false doctrines like the secret
rapture overthrow the faith of some in the doctrine of the Falling Away and the final
tribulation by leading them to think Christians will not be part of both!
7.  Communicators and debaters of “foolish and ignorant disputes” (2:23), disputes which
like debates generate local and national strife as in the recent closure of the
government.  Have you not noticed that the fundamentalists Baptists are on the move
again to play politics on the national level?
8.  That sort, like fundamentalists, “quarrel”  (2:24).
7-5:  “That Sort” is much larger than Hymenaeus, Philetus, or the
fundamentalists today, and the sound doctrines with sound patterns of words is
vastly larger than on the resurrection and gathering of the saints at the Second
Coming.  Looking back at II Timothy 1 you see more of the magnitude as “all
they in Asia”, in the very churches that Paul started turned against him as he
became a prisoner of the Roman Empire; as you see as Paul in II Timothy 3
presents the attitudes and behaviors of that sort; and finally in II Timothy 4, as
that sort of Christian leaders lead us head over heels into the Falling Away.  In
short, the battle created by the fundamentalists as they took political control of
the Convention and now try to take doctrinal control, is a battle for the integrity
of Bible truth.
As bad as it is to tamper with the marvelous doctrine of the gathering of the saints at the
Second Coming, and after the falling away and a visual on the man of sin, it is the
tampering with sound doctrine and sound patterns of words itself that is far more
dangerous.   Once men like Hymenaeus set themselves up above the “faith once for all
delivered to the saints” by the Apostles and Jesus, it is the release of a Pandora’s box of
special revelations.  It is a battle for the total truth of the Bible, not to be watered down or
distorted by any that “have a form of godliness without the power”.
1.  Granted sometimes the BBFers seem to be doing the work and will of God, and they
seem to be nice guys that sometimes are trying to help people.  However, if you ever
hear one of them pass on to you this little tell tales of untruth, then you know what you
are dealing with:  “The Bible did not intend for the church to help the poor, there are
other organizations for that.”  And the helping of the poor is reserved for a later period of
time after this false secret rapture.  It would seem that their lack of respect for the truth
creeps into their doctrine of the church and churches.  {Although we do remember how
John R Rice so scattered as one of the original fuedamentalists of note, did carry the day
of how “There is one church, but many churches”}
2.  We will leave it up to you as to how to decide which are the real fundamentalists or
fuedamentalists–this is called righteous judgment based on the Bible; and the specific
Scripture to use is the Bible condemnation list of II Timothy 3:1-9.  Oh yes, Paul did not
leave us to wonder what kind of men of “that sort” would distort the simple truth of the
gathering of the saints at the Second coming of Christ.  Yes, you see that sort again in
the bad habits and bad attitudes of those who appear to be religious of II Timothy 3:1-9.
“But of this sort are those {“those” now, previously that sort like Hymenaeus, and later
the “they” that will not longer endure sound doctrine} that creep into households and
make captives gullible women {most commentators agree there is no sexual content
here, only these were the itinerant academics of the first century that came into homes
sort of like home schooling or Bible study} ladened down with sins {idle time and wealth
had misguided them many ways, the majority sins being their improper Bible attitudes as
related to men and their husbands}, let away by various lusts {we still have trouble
seeing that the forbidden “pride of life” among the well-to-do is lust}….
And then comes the key verse to understand this sort, the church members who do the
learning and the sort of the previous bad habits and attitudes that do the leading…
“…ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  (II Timothy 3:6-7)
3.  If you have trouble understanding this “sort”, because not all home study is of this
sort’ then Paul offers you another example by name in include in the list of that sort of
Hymenaeus and Philetus, the Old Testament names of Jannes and Jambres.  They
thought they had all the answers, and were qualified to take over the leadership of God
for the people of God from Moses.  Except, something you should note in 3:8, that this
sort “resists the truth”.  During the “perilous times” of almost two thousand years of
Christianity, it was more distortions and resistance against truth among this sort of
church members and leaders, obviously off and on during certain periods of Christianity,
and sometimes with the follies being revealed.  However once Christianity with certain
Christian leaders got beyond and skipped over the ALL Scripture movement and method
of II Timothy 3:16,17, the consequences of the original cancer was inevitable, the seeds
of the Falling away were planted after 1830 as the cancer spread and finally led in 1970
to the fourth stage of the Falling Away, “turning away from truth”.
The rebellion of Jannes and Jambres, and of the similar sort of Christianity, was not
against a person primarily, but a rebellion against truth.  A rebellion of that sort that finally
lead around 1970 to “they will not endure sound doctrine” (II Timothy 4:3).  Even as we
benefit often from our heritage, good things brought forward, so also we from this sort of
persons and leaders have suffered, like cancer, from their message and type of religion.
7-6:  Before the fundamentalists took control of the SBC, the common
understanding among most southern baptist regulars was that they were
“fuedamentalists”–you knew what they were against more than what they are
for–but now that they are in political control of the convention, it is harder to sort
out that sort, the Bible being the only possible criterion for fruit inspection and
the only kind of righteous judgment, especially II Timothy 3:1-9.  It can be said
that if you can find one or more obvious habits in a church member as listed in
this list of THAT SORT, then they are of that sort.
1.  You can always go by the nature of their message if it includes the untruth of certain
patterns of words like “secret rapture”, “millennium”, and “dispensations of time and Bible
divisions”.
2.  Then they should back up with some bad behaviors and attitudes from the list of II
Timothy 3:1-9 to convince you that they are of that sort that tamper with total Bible truth
and have become more academic than spiritual in their religion.  As you read that list
from the Bible, or below, don’t forget as the commentators agree, that all fundamentalists
will not exhibit all the bad habits and bad attitudes in the list; but their group will!
(1)  At the top of the list are “lovers of self” and “lovers of money” perhaps the two most
tell tale signs of this sort.
(2).  “Boasters and Proud” are more easily covered up by this sort, justified in the ways
of the world often as success and permitted pride like in the world.
(3).  Blasphemers are really hard to find, while you are sorting out that sort, unless you
have caught the spirit and message of II Timothy, that often blaspheme can be those
“little” distortions of the total truth of God as given in the Bible.  Those things that for
years in the Convention we tolerated, until we started to see the inevitable results of truth
distortions.
(4).  “Disobedient to parents” is really hard to understand as coming from Paul and the
Spirit of God, for we would be very reluctant to accept that any church member or leader
to make such a bold violation of the 10 commandments…unless, we consider that in deny
sound doctrine, this sort has also denied the heritage for truth of their parents, truth most
often recognized as Baptist doctrine.  “Unthankful and unholy” is also difficult to see in
this sort of Christian leaders for we, like God and the Word of God, can not peer into
their hearts.  I would think that once again, it might be more related to the heritage of the
Baptist that have gone before them, parents and otherwise, that they in their quest for
academics and disciples, have neglected thankfulness and holiness for that heritage.
(5).  “unloving, unforgiving, and slanderers” is easy for us as we saw between 1970 and
1980, and following with the fundamentalists destruction of the careers and reputations
of many outstanding, supposedly Christian brothers, in leading pulpits and colleges and
seminaries.  Even more in denominational positions.  And that split under the influence of
that sort, and direction of that sort, of the Convention into 3 conventions.  Do you really
think that God is going to overlook the bad feelings and results of that sort?
(6).  If any self-control was exercised among that sort of “without self control”, pastors
and lawyers, as they met in secret to forge a revolution in the SBC by controlling
politically the convention by electing presidents between 1970 and 1980.
(7).  It does not matter what they thought of themselves or even the respect they had
from their own group as they brutally slaughtered careers and reputations of better men
than themselves, the end results to the extent that their follies have come to light among
the average church member, they were indeed “despisers of the good”.  And what did
they gain for this slaughter of the innocents?  Disciples to themselves, control, and
academic recognition as being smarter than other pastors and teachers.
(8).  “traitors, headstrong, and haughty” would describe the disregard of this sort toward
the Baptist heritage and statements of faith.
(9).  It is hard to understand but the pleasure of this control of a vast body of Christian
people must have given them some pleasure as they gave priority to being “lovers of
pleasure more than lovers of God”.
7-7:  Sorry we got off of the necessity for complete truth in the Bible through true
doctrines, and on to the bad habits and attitudes, even practices with academics,
of THAT SORT.  Now, we will remedy that by looking again how often the word
“truth” is used in II Timothy, and the connection to doctrine; however, in passing
to the end of this outline of II Timothy, it should be noted that “righteous
judgment” as compared to the appearance and impression practice of the world,
a practice that fundamentalists have used to court their communities and world
is also truth.
Recall how Jesus said in the sermon on the mount of the most religious leaders of all
times, the Jewish Pharisees and scribes, that “Unless your righteousness exceed the
righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter the kingdom of
heaven.”  (Matthew 5:20).
1.  Truth # 1 in II Timothy, truth in doctrine and religion, truth as desecrated by THAT
SORT in the church.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to
be ashamed, rightly dividing  the word of truth.”  (II Timothy 2:15)
Before Paul launches into revelations about that sort of persons in the church body, he
holds up a positive and high standard of truth and the word of truth, which we
immediately see as Bible truth.  Even as fundamentalists of American Christianity has
hidden behind the word “literal” related to the Bible, to cover up so many of their sorts of
indiscretions to the Bible, so they have had, as you well know, in the history of American
Christianity, mis-used “rightly dividing the word of truth” to cover up, rationalize, and
justify dividing up the Bible into time and group divisions, choosing themselves how to
divide when and what is for what group of God’s people.  You should be able to see that
they have used the word “literal” as a cover up, like the robes of righteousness of the
Pharisees, how from their academic theology they have tried to sneak in words that are
literally not even in the Bible, like secret rapture, millennium, and dispensations.
2.  Truth #2 in II Timothy, truth in doctrine and hermeneutics, religion and truth as
distorted by that sort.
“…who (Hymenaeus, Philetus, and others of that sort throughout Christian
history} have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is
already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.”  (II Timothy 2:18)
You clearly notice here that this sort has strayed from doctrine and truth, truth being so
very closely related to doctrine.  Specifically they were the original blasphemers of a
secret rapture, telling their people and churches that the gathering of the saints by the
second coming of Christ resurrection had already happened, and that they were not
Christians because they did not even know about.  Some of that same sort of message
and thinking is in the preaching of that sort today.  They strive to make new converts to
their group with a fear that they can miss a postulated secret rapture; and if you have
grown up in southern baptist work, especially among preacher boys, you know how they
make claims, spoken or otherwise, that if you do not believe in the Scofield Reference
Bible Notes on eschatlogy, you are among the wood and clay members of the house of
God instead of them, if you are Christian at all.
3.  Truth #3 in II Timothy, truth about the resurrection, about doctrine and hermeneutics,
and religion and truth.  You know, one way you can see how serious are the distortions
of this fundamentalist sort is, is to recall that the second coming of Christ with the
gathering of the saints, is also part of the gospel, not to be distorted or to be accursed,
as it deals with the completion of salvation as “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him
as He is.”.  Also you should note that it is most often the case among those same
fundamentalists that they think one instant act of redemption is all there is to salvation.  “I
was saved, and that is all there is to it.”  Hang sanctification and glorification as part of
the truth of salvation” this sort also says.
“And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel {have you noticed how increasing
from southern baptist leaders, lawyers and politicians or pastors, it is magnified
and practiced to quarrel through debate} but be gentle to all {you did not see this
gentleness as the BBFers split the convention and destroyed careers and
reputations in the name of a secret rapture, or exclusiveness on the truth in the
church}, able to teach, patient; in humility correcting those who are in opposition
to the truth, if God will perhaps grant them repentance, so that they may know
{the full and complete} truth.”  (II Timothy 2:24,25)
4.  Truth #4 in II Timothy 3:7,8, two mentions of “truth” and we are starting to accumulate
so many on truth as it would seem that II Timothy is more a book of truth than on the
departures from truth of that sort.  You would think by the proliferation of that sort today
and in the news, that these either consider themselves above the truth, like Nixon was
above the law, or that think of themselves as truth makers.  Since that is what generators
of special revelations are, and since we know that in Ireland with pentecostal meetings,
as one woman had a vision, that was a historical beginnings of churches of the secret
rapture.
“…always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the TRUTH.  Now
as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these {of this sort} resist the
TRUTH, men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith.”  (II Timothy 3:
7,8)
At least you would have to include this sort as having a lack of intellectual honesty, in the
world of Elton Trueblood, if not a just plain lack of respect for the truth.  We know
lawyers, especially the best of them, out a polished debated of both sides independent of
truth can become gadded on integrity and truth; and not only are we aware that many of
the secret rapture advocates, including Scofield himself, got their start in law.  However,
we are shocked to find these fundamentalists ministers, except those who started in law
or became enamored with debate {Paul calls it vain babbling and quarreling} showing a
similar disregard and disrespect for total and complete truth.  It is almost as if they are
willing to set aside everything else they have learned in the Bible when they come to
eschatology, violating the fundamental principle of hermeneutics of comparing scripture
with scripture, staying in context, and the ASPI version of the Bible–”no scripture is of
any private interpretation”, evangelists of literalism or the fundamentalists that now
control the SBC no matter how large the pulpit and the church.  Once again, a sign of the
times is like Dr. R. G. Lee predicted in Menace of Mediocrity, “Wrens make prey where
eagles dare not perch”.  Dare we ignore that respected church leaders like Rogers,
Criswell, and Stanley led in the takeover of the SBC, and can we forget hearing Criswell
tell Bill Moyer that “we are going to keep fighting until one side of the other wins”.  These
three, two of whom are now deceased, have their disciples, many of whom are notable at
the top of the heap in the SBC, and even though now in control they are quieter and
holier than before the takeover, beware because now having political control they are
more interested in doctrinal control  Tim LeHaye, in liaison with such noted
fundamentalists as Falwell and Stanley {originators of the moral majority} made new
secret rapture breakthroughs when the “Left Behind Books” were published.  Even
though they are fiction, much of the public actually things it is Bible, and the
fundamentalists have been emboldened to come out of the closet with their secret
eschatology.
7-8: We are beginning to recognize that this sort is much like the Tea Party sort,
especially as you see their behavior in Congress, and in the meetings before
that when they heckled and disrespected Senators; and knowing that this party
was largely started by white, retired millionaires, and the young lawyers they
sent to Washington, it lets us see on both the religious and political scene that
integrity for truth is about ready to die, the ultimate result of the Falling Way as
church leaders and church people in the fourth stage of the Falling Away of II
Timothy 4:4,5 turn away from the truth and turn into fables.
“For the time will come when they {hopefully you see this they as the previous
and total subject matter of II Timothy, and of the cancer of their message and
methods that grew through perilous times into these last days of the last days}
will not endure sound doctrine {the Falling Away starts mildly with a tolerable
intolerance toward sound doctrine, little turning aside from the ways and means
of that sort}, but according to their own desires {wants, desires, prejudices, and
emotions dominant as the falling away progresses}, because they have itching
ears {you should think of these sort described previously in II Timothy, starting
with the itching ears of Hymenaeus as of that sort, and they have multiplied each
other in fundamentalists schools and pulpits outstripping the regular Southern
Baptists like Summers and McDowell as the more aggressive sort}, they will
heap up for themselves teachers {in law, in baptist church academic schools, in
seminaries, and primarily in pulpits}, and they will turn their ears away from truth
{have you not noticed that this sort does not listen anymore, to the people or to
truth}, and be turned aside to fables {fables was the beginning of this sort with
the fable of the secret rapture, and unless we wake up it can be the end for us
all}.”  (II Timothy 4:4,5)
And how can we end a comparison of the message of “that sort” versus truth, without a
brief and Bible quote consideration on what is true and truth–
“Now, brethren {you immediately recognize that Paul has something to
straighten out in first century Christianity, and so do we today}, concerning the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ {you of that sort this is about the second
coming, the events, and the time sequence, don’t overlook it again} and our
gathering together with him {that sort likes to us a non Bible word and words of
secret rapture, but how about the pattern of sound words in “our gathering
together with him”–that is difficult to misunderstand unless you try very hard},
WE ASK YOU…”
NOTE:  This is a reasonable request from Paul to protect the faith once for all delivered
to the saints, and primarily a request from God through Paul.
“not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled…”  {it was not soon as it took over two
thousand years for Christianity, primarily the SBC, to get in this mess}
“either by spirit, or word or by letter as if from us, as though the Day of Christ
had come…”
NOTE:  In our wildest imagination we can speculate that Scofield was given golden
plates from an unknown supernatural being, he inscribed them in the SRB notes in 1909
and 1918, and then they disappeared again, taking on at least in the minds of
fundamentalists an invisible and secret additioinal of new revelations letter from Paul.
And surely Paul himself does not recognize the “gathering of the saints” from this lost
should be dead sea scrolls that are invisible.
“Let no one {no matter how large the pulpit or denominational position} deceive
you by any means, for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first,
and the man of sin is revealed…”  (II Thessalonians 2:1-2)

Final NOTE:  Even as Paul said “follow me in that I follow Christ”, or to the extent that I
follow Christ, so Baptist intellectually honest with the Bible would say follow BAPTISTS
only to the extent they follow the New Testament pattern, doctrine, and pattern of sound
words.

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