The most important truth we need to have is the absolute, immutable, revelatory (rhema) truth concerning God’s covenant relationship with an elect remnant of mankind in Christ. And the most dangerous lies we may believe are those lies that deny this truth.
Our walk of faith, and even our understanding of prophetically revealed things to come, depends entirely on our ability to examine and understand WHY we believe what we believe about Christian doctrine, including prophetic doctrine, so that we will be enabled to cast off the deceptions, false presumptions, and false assumptions, and receive the truth as revealed by the Spirit of truth.
Spiritual Zionism is the belief that Israel and the Jewish people are still the primary covenant intent of God, meaning that Christianity and the church (body of Christ) are a parenthetic in which Gentiles are included in the covenant redemption intended primarily for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Zionism is also the source doctrine of “Dispensationalism,” which is the belief that God has provided salvation for mankind through various covenants, not just the New Covenant. Zionism is, then, a denial that Israel was redeemed at the first advent of Jesus Christ, and that it is the second coming of Jesus Christ through which all Israel, meaning national, ethnic Israel will be redeemed. But that is not what multiple witnesses of Israel believed as was recorded in the New Testament.
Spiritual Warfare and Deception: How to raise the shield of faith and wield the sword of the Spirit in the warfare of the beast kingdom against us
In Ephesians 6:12 Paul instructs us that our warfare is not with men but with “spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places,” whom we identify as Satan and his hierarchy of fallen angels, called demons. But, unlike the horror movies we allow our Christian children to watch, prompting their (and our) fear of the supernatural powers that demons and the men they control have in this world, the Lord instructs us in Luke 10:19 that He has ALL authority in heaven and on earth. And He has given us His authority and power (through faith) to TRAMPLE on serpents and scorpions (demons) and over ALL the power (supernatural abilities) that the enemy possesses, and nothing used by the enemy can harm us in any way IF we are walking by faith in our Lord’s authority.
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.