And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power…(authority)… is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore,…(in My authority)… and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe…(understand and obey)…all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world…(age)…. Amen.…Matthew 28:18-20 KJV (insert is the author’s) Are we doing all things whatsoever He has commanded us to the end of the age (i.e. the last day resurrection)?
Ephesians 6:18 is like a CODE RED message from Paul as he defines prayer in militaristic terms after telling us in verses 1-17 that we are engaged in continuous warfare with spiritual forces of evil intent on killing, stealing, and destroying as revealed to us by the Lord (John 10:10). He doesn’t see this warfare as an occasional raid by terrorists. He sees it more like constant trench warfare. Kill or be killed. But it seems like many in the church are scarcely aware that this warfare is taking place, though it is evident all around us, and many Christian believers are suffering as defeated POWs with subsequent consequences for themselves, their families, their friends, and their church fellowships.
The primary warning given to the church by the Lord, with special emphasis for the end times church, is DO NOT BE DECEIVED. This warning specifically relates to false Christs, false prophets, and “doctrines of demons” secretly introduced into the body of Christ through satanically inspired men masquerading as ministers of righteousness. It also relates to the authoritative presumptions of men who are disconnected from the revelation of the Spirit of truth in their painstaking intellectual examinations of biblical scripture. Our example from the OT are the Pharisees, the intellectual giants of Israel who knew by memory every prophetic reference to the first advent of the Messiah, but completely missed Him as He lived out every single prophetic detail in their very presence. This is not unlike the intellectual giants of the organized church today, with doctorates in biblical Hebrew and Greek, who are, in large part, missing the revelatory details concerning the second advent of the Messiah.
I find it both strange and disturbing that those who propose a pre-tribulation “rapture” of the church are ignoring the Lord’s very clear prophetic response to His disciples’ question, “When will these things happen, and what will be the signs of your coming and of the end of the age? ” This is the same question we are asking today, and any search for the truth should begin with an examination of the answer He gave to His immediate disciples who wrote it down for His future disciples who would experience these events. Any understanding of end time prophecy that is in disagreement with the Lord’s own answer is then, a false prophecy.
An expose' of the Satanic origin and empowerments manifested in and through all false religion, and specifically Transcendental Meditation, by a man who experienced a myriad of Satanic empowerments that he was taught to believe were spiritual gifts. He was eventually rescued by the Lord to become a witness against the deceits of Satan through both false religion and overt psychic powers, and a minister of freedom to others including those who were similarly caught up in the Satanic deceits, and those Christian believers with various other strongholds of demonic influence.
Few Christian believers are aware of the origin and history of the various conflicting doctrines concerning "things to come." The history of the most popular protestant doctrine concerning things to come is demonstrated in detail for the edification of those astute Christians who are not content with just assumptively accepting doctrines related to salvation and related end times prophecies concerning the church without a thorough Spirit-guided, Spirit-confirmed examination of those doctrines. What is demonstrated in this article is the history of the development of the Dispensational (multiple covenants of redemption), Zionist (Jewish supremacy in the covenant intent of the Father) doctrine of a pre-tribulation "rapture" of the church.
A very interesting passage in Matthew 11 is essential to our understanding of what the Lord expected of His immediate disciples and continues to expect from true “born again” disciples today as we are faced with escalating warfare between the beast kingdom and the kingdom of God in Christ. Strong’s identifies this “violence” as: “a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought for with the most ardent zeal and the intensest exertion”. Seizing the Kingdom of God is also demonstrated in the "armor of God" passage in which we are told how to seize the full armor of God so that we are equipped to do battle with the beast kingdom. This armor is not automatic with the new birth. It must be pursued with great zeal as is demonstrated in the Matthew 11 passage.
How important is the rhema truth of God? Our reception and obedient faith responses to the absolute, immutable, didactic, revelatory word of God is the only way in which we will individually or corporately overcome the assaults of the beast kingdom against us and ultimately prevail against it as we manifest the presence and glory of Christ through our obedient faith responses to His truth, promises, and commands. For that reason, we need to be aware of the deadly triad of error assaulted against the body of Christ to divide us and weaken us by preventing us from receiving and responding to the absolute, immutable, rhema truth of God. Then it will be through our understanding of this truth intended by the Author and Authority for all truth, that we will individually and corporately be empowered to overcome the enemy’s assaults against the kingdom of God in the earth as well as the enemy’s assaults against us individually.
John 16:13-16 perfectly reveals the Authority for truth, and how the Spirit of truth conveys and confirms His rhema word to us concerning the Lord's truth, His covenant promises, and His commands. It is this word spoken into our hearts, our spirit-soul connection, that enables us to walk by faith in the truth, promises, and commands of our Lord. All else is mere religion.
Which Christian traditions practiced by almost the entire church of Jesus Christ have their origins in Babylonian false religion? How can we tell the difference between doctrines of demons and doctrines of the Spirit of truth? What is “the cup of demons” that many Christians are participating in? How is the Jezebel spirit influencing the church of Jesus Christ to produce the great end times apostasy of the “foolish virgins”? What is the responsibility of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in regard to false doctrines, false practices, and false religious traditions? What is our individual responsibility? And what are the consequences if we do not “hear” and “heed” what the Lord is saying to the church in this regard?