THE WHO AND WHEN OF THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE

THE WHO AND WHEN OF THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE

 Hello all,

 I have searched far and wide for a study that puts the “who and when” of Jacob’s Trouble together in a complete and truthful way.  Once we know who Israel is we can plainly see who will be facing this terrible time of struggle and persecution, and when. Most modern churches teach that this time of trouble will be for the Jews in Jerusalem after the Gentile church has been raptured off the earth.  This is the height of deception, and why so many Christians are still blinded to the truth, and have fallen for this a strong delusion. 

This study deals first with who Israel truly is, and then when this time of trouble will occur.  One revelation reveals the other, and I hope that those who have come to the understanding of Israel being the true followers of Christ, from both the Old and New Testaments, will see that we, as His people, are the ones that are, and will be, experiencing this “time of Jacob’s Trouble”.   

I will present another study that speaks how we will experience this time on a personal level, individually, but this study speaks of it corporately, as the Body of Christ, and how it plays out on the world stage.  Even if you disagree with the first part of this study, I urge you to read the second, as I am confident you will relate to how the author proves that this time of trouble is happening now. 

To all those who are coming to this same revelation, I pray this study blesses you.  To all those that are opposed to this and see this as something else altogether, please understand, that I must continue in the light the Lord is shedding on my path, and do my upmost to share what I have learned  from His Holy Word. I come to my own conclusions before I search for studies that explain, what I have found, in the best possible, most biblically supported, way. In this instance, it took we weeks to find this one. 

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The Time of Jacob’s Trouble 

By Dr. Ken Matto 

(Jer 30:7 KJV) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. 

For many years the idea that a nation called Israel would once again rise from obscurity and become a nation among the nations of the world has been taught and is continually being taught in dispensational circles. This teaching came to a political fruition in 1948 when Israel became a nation.  

There is nothing in Scripture that teaches that a nation will rise with the direct descendants of true ancient Israel. The only reason that the present nation of Israel is so popular among the dispensational crowd, is because of the faulty hermeneutic which is found in prophecy books. For example, Ezekiel 37 is being erroneously taught that this is a prophecy of the formation of the nation of Israel but when you get to the latter portions of that chapter, you will see that this nation that God is speaking of will have the Lord Jesus Christ ruling over them. 

(Ezek 37:24-25 KJV) And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. {25} And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. 

Christ is represented by David. David had been in glory for about 300 years, so how could he rule over the physical nation of Israel? Some dispensational theologians believe that David is going to be raised to rule over Israel. Need I say there is nothing in Scripture that teaches a future rule of any man. The eternal ruler of His people will be the Lord Jesus Christ as we see in the above verse, Ezekiel 37:25. In that same verse which speaks of eternity, we see that the land was given to “Jacob my servant.” The name “David” means “beloved” which is also attributed to the Lord Jesus Christ. The term “my beloved” is found 22 times in the Song of Solomon. 

(Isa 5:1 KJV) Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 

(Mat 3:17 KJV) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 

Why would God contradict Himself in Scripture concerning the fulfillment of a prophecy that He has already fulfilled. The problem is that the dispensational theologians skip the following verses because it doesn’t make their case.  

(Josh 21:43-45 KJV) And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. {44} And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. {45} There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass. 

(Neh 9:7-8 KJV) Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham; {8} And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:

(Neh 9:23 KJV) Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it. 

(1 Ki 8:56 KJV) Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. 

(Deu 28:63 KJV) And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. 

When we look at all these verses, except Deut. 28:63, we read that God had kept His promise to Abraham concerning the land of promise. When Israel went into the land, there was a requirement of them for the purpose of remaining in the land. That requirement was obedience to the law of God. Now when we read Deuteronomy 28:63, we see that God had already told them that they would be plucked from off the land. God already knew that Israel could not keep the law nor the Sinaitic covenant.  

The covenant that God made with Israel was conditional. It was based on their obedience but we see that when they came into the land with Joshua as the head, there was order. When Joshua died, that ushered in the period of the Judges whereby Israel was beginning to be disobedient by playing the harlot with surrounding nations. Once they did this, they abrogated the covenant of obedience they made with God, and that violation of the Covenant meant that God was now going to judge them and part of the judgment was to be removed from the land forever. 

In 721 BC, the northern kingdom of Israel went into captivity with Assyria and they were never heard from again. They assimilated into the population of the world. In 587 BC, Judah went into captivity with Babylon. Judah received only a temporary sentence of 70 years. She needed to be revived because it was through Judah that the Lord Jesus Christ would come. Once the Lord Jesus Christ came and became the final sacrifice of sin for His Elect, that ushered in the culmination of the Temple system. In 70 AD, the final destruction came for Judah, and Judah, like the northern kingdom was never to rise again because the Lord Jesus Christ had come and went back to Heaven. God was now dealing with the entire world and no longer with just one nation. This is how it will be until the Lord returns on the last day. 

The true nation of Israel as God began forming it about 2000 BC was really a family tree, in reality it was the blood line of the Lord Jesus Christ. Israel did not became a nation until they came out of the land of Egypt in 1447 BC which was about 600 years after Abraham. The blood line of the Lord Jesus Christ started out with God promising Abraham a land and an eternal covenant. It must be delineated that the temporary covenant of Sinai was made with the nation if Israel while the eternal covenant, Grace, was made to the spiritual descendants of Abraham. (Gal 3:16 KJV) Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 

That covenant was then passed on through Isaac, and then to Jacob. Jacob’s name was then changed to Israel which means “prince with God.” Jacob went down into Egypt and stayed there 430 years when God brought them out in the great Exodus. After they left Egypt and settled in Canaan, they were then a bona fide nation among the nations. There was constant disobedience on their part in both the times of the united monarchy and the divided kingdom, which finally ended up with their separate captivities. 

Since God has fulfilled His commitment of the land to Israel and the Bible clearly states this without any guesswork, since they lost it by disobedience, it is outright blasphemy to say that God owes this disobedient people anything. God owes no man anything. Dispensational theologians forget that Israel and Judah were two of the most evil nations on earth. All one has to do is read the books of Samuel, Chronicles, and Kings.  

They were already to the point of doing child sacrifices to the false gods of the surrounding nations and someone is going to tell me that God owes this type of people anything? It is a miracle He just didn’t wipe them off the face of the earth. They had the truth of God and chose to go against it at every opportunity they had. There were brief periods of obedience, but they went right back to evil works as soon as they could.  

The present nation of Israel that was formed in 1948 is not a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. It is a political formation by the United Nations. While God allowed it to happen, it is not of divine origin. As we saw in previous verses, God had fulfilled His word in giving them a land but they lost it by their disobedience. The people who live in Israel have come from many different countries and are bound by one thing, the religion of Judaism. It cannot even be said that they are a single race since they have come from many different races. The first Israel was a race of people and were Semitic in origin, being Hebrews.  

The present inhabitants of Israel are not Hebrews but the majority are Gentile converts to Judaism by their descendants which was a result of the many diasporas. I speak English, but if I was to learn the Swedish language as good as a native of Sweden speaks, and then I moved there, does that make me a Swede and a descendant of Sweden? The answer is no. If I go to church does that make me a Christian? In the same manner, because one speaks Hebrew does not make them a Hebrew. Languages and customs when taught from childhood become second nature and can be mistaken and taught for lineage. When Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD, all the temple records were destroyed with it, which means that no one living today can trace their lineage back to the true Israel.

The focus of prophecy is not on the modern day nation of Israel, rather it is on the body of Christ, which is called Jacob. 

I want to go back to Ezekiel 37:25: 

(Ezek 37:25 KJV) And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. 

God injects the eternal element in this verse. First, He states that David will be their prince forever. Whenever God introduces the word “forever” we can instantly look for His eternal salvation program and can discount any notion of a physical land location. 

Notice, that God speaks of generations of children are going to dwell in the new land. Is He speaking of physical children? I think we need to investigate it a little bit and the Bible gives us our definition of children. Keep in mind these children are in the realm of everlasting and not temporal. 

(1 John 2:12-13 KJV) I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. {13} I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 

(1 John 2:18 KJV) Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 

(1 John 3:18 KJV) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 

These four verses reveal that God is speaking of His children as little children. These are the believers in Christ not little children on a playground. God uses this as an endearing term toward His redeemed. 

(Gal 4:26-31 KJV) But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. {27} For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. {28} Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. {29} But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. {30} Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. {31} So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. 

We see in these passages that we are children of the free woman who is Sarah in conjunction with the New Jerusalem who is the mother of us all. What is meant here is that the body of believers being the New Jerusalem continues to bring children into the spiritual land of Canaan. Whenever we witness to someone and that person becomes saved, in essence, we as the new Jerusalem, have mothered another child for the Kingdom of God. God calls us children of promise. So the children that God has in view in Ezekiel 37:25 are the believers in the future that will continue to bring new believers into the Kingdom through the sending forth of the gospel. It is a spiritual reproduction not a physical reproduction in view. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God only spirit can. 

The Time of Jacob’s Trouble 

It took us a while to get here but we had to define who the true Jacob was. We had to define which descendants were in view, the physical descendants of Jacob, of which no one can truly tell who they are, again, language and custom does not define lineage. Yet, we can easily tell who the spiritual descendants of Jacob are, these are the believers, the body of Christ.  

(Jer 30:7-10 KJV) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. 

8} For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:  

{9} But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.  

{10} Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.  

When we look at these four verses, we are not looking at a physical realm, instead we are looking at the verses of salvation. Notice in verse 7, we read that Jacob is going to suffer some great trouble yet, Jacob will be saved out of it. In verse 8, we read a great promise that the bonds, or the slavery of the true believer will be removed by God Himself. No longer will the world have any effect upon the true children of God. Then in verse 9, we see that Jacob is going to serve the Lord God and David their king. 

Now Jeremiah was written about 630 BC which means that David was dead for about 330 years, yet in this verse we are told that Jacob is going to serve the Lord God and David. We have seen that David was a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. So here we have the people of Jacob, the true believers, serving God the Father and God the Son. Then in verse 10, we read that God says to Jacob, they should not fear because He is going to bring them out from all over the world and will return them unto their own land, where they will have rest, quiet, and no fear. This is the language of salvation.  

(Psa 23:2 KJV) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 

(Psa 23:4 KJV) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. The land that the true believer is going to return to is not a physical land on earth in this present age, it is the land of Canaan which God promised to Abraham. (Gen 13:15 KJV) For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.  

(Gen 17:8 KJV) And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. Whenever God adds the words “everlasting” or “for ever” it means that what is in view is not a temporary land but it is the language of salvation or the covenant of Grace. The land that we go back to from every corner of the world, is Heaven. That is the dwelling place of the true believer. 

(Mark 13:27 KJV) And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Mark 13:27 gives us the answer that the people who have been scattered all over the earth are His people, the redeemed Elect of God, and on the last day they will be gathered and brought into their own land, which is Heaven.  

(1 Th 4:16-17 KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: {17} Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

(Isa 14:1 KJV) For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. 

Isaiah 14:1 is one of the best salvation verses. Notice in this verse that God is going to have mercy on Jacob which is the language of salvation. (1 Pet 2:10 KJV) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. God then goes on to repeat that He is going to place them in their own land, and we already saw what the gathering of the believers were. Then God adds something different to this verse. He says that, “strangers shall be joined to them.”  

(Isa 11:10 KJV) And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. The strangers were the Gentiles who did not know God. (Eph 2:19 KJV) Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; Isaiah 14:1 is telling us that the Gospel of Grace is going to be preached in the entire world, which means that the Gentile countries are included and that God’s children are now going to be found in every country on earth. Notice that it also says they will cleave to the house of Jacob. This is because the House of Jacob in view is the body of believers. 

(Deu 10:20 KJV) Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. The only ones who are going to cleave to the Lord is the ones He has redeemed. Isaiah 14:1 is a beautiful verse which teaches us about God’s wonderful salvation plan. The Israel that he will choose is another term for the body of believers. (Gal 6:16 KJV) And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. 

(Rom 11:26 KJV) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: Here is another salvation verse. When God forgives and removes the sin of the believer, He Himself is turning away ungodliness from Jacob or the body of Christ. The Deliverer is Christ Himself who cleanses His people from their sins by means of salvation. 

(Ezek 36:24-28 KJV) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. {25} Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. {26} A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. {27} And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. {28} And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 

Here are five verses that are dripping with the promise of salvation of the body of believers. First of all, God starts out in verse 24 again stating that he is going to bring all the believers out of the countries where they reside. Now when we look at verses 25-27, they are some of the most popular salvation verses in the Old Testament. God is saying that He will cleanse, after the cleansing comes a new heart and a new spirit. Then in verse 27 God defines what spirit He is going to give His children, it is going to be the Holy Spirit. Since the Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross and fulfilled the requirements of God’s holy law, the Christian is going to be viewed by God as one who will be walking in His statutes and keeping His judgments and doing them. This is because those people who are in Christ, have satisfied the requirements of keeping God’s holy law in Christ. Salvation is the fulfillment and keeping of the law of God which is imputed to the believer.  

Then after God speaks of granting salvation to His people, He once again states that they will dwell in the land that God gave to the fathers but He adds another dimension. He states these people will be His people and He will be their God, which is the language of salvation. We already saw that the land God is speaking of is not a physical land, but an eternal land, for that is the only suitable dwelling place for His children. 

(Amos 9:15 KJV) And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. Here is another salvation verse in that God is going to permanently plant His children in their eternal home. They are secure in Christ and can never be pulled out of Heaven. If this verse was speaking of national Israel, then we have a problem, first of all, they lost the land by disobedience and secondly, there was never to be another land of true Israelites to rise among the nations again.  

The present land of Israel is based upon the Talmud and not upon the true Scriptures. This is why it is a fraudulent nation and not borne out of biblical prophecy. God is now dealing with the entire world and not a single country again. It is absolutely reprehensible when Zionist Christians rejoice at the idea of another temple with animal sacrifices. These Zionist Christians are so retarded in their belief systems, they are actually an affront to God and are spitting in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ who was the final sacrifice for sin for His Elect.

God destroyed Judah in 70 AD for the reason that her mission was done and the temple/ceremonial system was now voided, never to have any purpose again. To try and say that God is the one who is going to bring about this temple is to make God a liar and that is exactly what Zionist Dispensationalism does. Why would God ordain another temple when the work of His Son was completed and accepted totally? This idea of another temple is just born out of political Zionism with the help of the ignorant clergy, seminaries, and sheep. (Rev 21:22 KJV) And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  

The Period of Time for Jacob’s Trouble 

(Jer 30:7 KJV) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. 

The words “the time” in the Hebrew do not refer to a single day but rather it speaking of a period of time. The word “trouble” in the Hebrew carries the meaning of “distress or affliction.” So we see here a period of time when the body of believers is going to be facing much distress or affliction.  

Now the last days began at Pentecost but when we read this verse we are seeing that within the confines of those last days, there is going to be a period when the body of believers is going to face an elevated level of affliction. Now it is not saying here what type of affliction but we know that the method which Satan will be using in the last days is going to be deceit. (2 Cor 11:13-15 KJV) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. {14} And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. {15} Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.  

There is no doubt that Jeremiah 30:7 is a prophetic passage speaking about the affliction of the body of believers in the last days, and that is what I want to look at in the rest of this study. I believe deeply that we are in that period when Satan has been loosed. (Rev 20:3 KJV) And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 

 (Rev 20:7-8 KJV) And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, {8} And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. The evidence for this is overwhelming as we look at the condition that Christianity is in, while all the other worldly religions are seemingly untouched by any affliction. 

Never before in history has Christianity been assaulted the way it is being assaulted today. We are definitely in a period of trouble or affliction and I want to bring to light some of the ways that we are being attacked and I believe that you too will see that we are living in that period of time known as Jacob’s trouble.  

 False Bible Versions 

One of the most prevalent attacks on Christianity is the attack on the Bible itself. Never before in history has there been new versions of the Bible coming out about one per year. The final translation that God gave was the King James Bible in 1611 and never again was God going to give a new translation. It was in 1871 when Hort & Westcott, two Catholics and occultists, took the ancient Egyptian manuscripts from Alexandria, and under the Vatican’s authority created the Revised Version which became the predecessor for all the modern corrupt versions. These corrupt modern versions were never sanctioned by God since these modern versions have been corrupted and with each new one, the true Gospel is more heavily obscured than in the last version. God never gave His Word to sodomites, Catholics, Cultists, Occultists, and unbelievers to correct and translate.  

(Psa 50:16-17 KJV) But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? {17} Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. 

If you go to any church you will find at least 10 different versions of the Bible in use in the congregation. When the pastor uses one version and the people use different versions, then you are going to have no understanding of the passages being taught, since it will say something different. These versions are causing massive confusion in the church and among Christians. It is the tower of Babel all over again, except at the tower of Babel, it was God who confused the languages. With the attacks on the Bible mounting, all the new versions are being created by unbelievers which means that Satan is behind the new move of false versions which has watered down Christianity and removed the power from the churches.  

More Physical Martyrs 

It has been said that there have been more Christian martyrs in the 20th century than in all the centuries of the past. With Muslim countries adding more capital punishment laws to their books concerning Christianity, the amount of physical martyrs will only increase as we head toward the last day.

Homosexual Invasion 

Never before in history have the homosexuals been attempting and gaining positions in the churches. God condemns homosexuality, as He does all sin, but He openly mentions this one as a sign that we are close to the end. Recently the Episcopal Church has voted in an openly sodomite bishop. What can anyone in this sin teach people about the Bible. It is a condemned man teaching other condemned people that their sin is okay. Wait till they wake up on Judgment day, none of them will be gay.  

In Canada they are trying to get the Bible declared as hate literature so if a pastor preaches against it, the pastor can then be removed and indicted under hate crime laws. Almost every TV program is an endorsement of sodomy and it is not for fun, but to desensitize you to accept their perversions. With the sodomites gaining ground in churches, pretty soon the real church is going to go underground. 

Dead and Dying Churches 

Another attack on true Christianity is the fact that churches are dying all around us because their failed leadership has accepted all the worldly philosophies of the day and have weakened the people in the pews. As a result of unqualified and overpaid leadership in most churches, the true sheep of God have been scattered, simply because they cannot sit under the teachings of a sold-out leader. A good leader will remove the worldly teachings at the point of their beginning. This means that false brethren will have to be removed from the churches. One of the biggest barriers to truth in the church is the leadership. 

Amalgamated Gospels 

Another attack on the body of Christ comes when the true Gospel is diluted with the false sciences of today. Many preachers have taken up the mantle of the political gospel which cannot save a soul and has yet to save a country. God does not bless the ministries of those who pollute the true Gospel. There is nothing wrong for a Christian to be involved in politics but the Gospel cannot be mixed with the worldly principles of politics. There are many, like Jerry Falwell, who has taken up the political gospel only to fail in ministry. His university went millions into debt and he even took money from Sun Myung Moon.  

Whenever we depart from the true Gospel, we will wind up spiritually famished and sometimes even asking Satan for money. Those who teach political or psychological gospels, after a while, begin to lose the distinction between the true Gospel and their gospel additions. 

Christ replaced by Israel   

One of the main diversions that Satan has thrown into the church is the icon of Israel. Israel has become the deified nation in the majority of churches. If people would only study the history of this nation and their terrorist activities toward the Palestinians, of whom many are Christians, they would not blindly support this nation. The reason that this imposter nation of Israel enjoys such high status is because the ignorant clergy and seminary professors have blindly accepted dispensationalism as truly biblical, when not one tenet of dispensationalism can be proven without hyperbole and allegory.  

If your church sponsored a prophecy conference about Israel and one about Prayer, guess which one would fill up? The lie that the Jews are God’s chosen people has been accepted blindly, when the Bible clearly teaches that God has only one chosen people, and that is those who were chosen for salvation in Christ. The Bible teaches plainly that it was written about the Lord Jesus Christ and not to elevate the modern nation of Israel to god-status, as it is in the majority of churches. Those who live in Israel are not the direct descendants of the Hebrews, they are a people bound by a false religion called Judaism. When Christians ascribe all the promises of a land and the other promises to this nation of false religion, they are prostituting the truths of Scripture based on prophecy books written by well-paid Zionist sympathizers.  

(Psa 40:7 KJV) Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 

(Heb 10:7 KJV) Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 

These two verses teach us that the Bible was written about the Lord Jesus. Christians need to get their eyes back on Christ and off of Israel. Turn off those prophecy programs which are just a source of lies, deceit, and diversion.  

Attacks on Christ 

Another aspect of end time attacks are the ones coming against the Lord Jesus Christ. A special aired on TV called, “Jesus, Mary, and the Da Vinci Code” tried to get people to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was married. It was a resurrection of an old 2nd century lie. The deity of Christ is being attacked, not only by those outside the church, but by those inside the church.  

The modern versions aid this by removing much of the deity of Christ from their pages. The new age movement has taken the Lord Jesus and placed Him on the same level of false teachers like Confucius. They claim that the Lord Jesus is on the 7th plane with the other ascended masters of wisdom. The blasphemy is that these ascended masters are nothing more than demons who trance channel their deceit through willing subjects. Even in many churches Christ is looked on as only a great teacher and prophet.

Signs and Wonders 

Never before in history has every church been plagued by the infestation of signs and wonders. Almost every congregation has been menaced by tongues and many Christians who do not speak in tongues, endorse them. Tongues are supposed to be a message from God, just as modern day visions and dreams are. These charismatic congregations are all seeking prophetic words and supernatural healing.  

These things divert from the real reason the Christian is here and that is to send forth the Gospel. When people concern themselves with health, wealth, and prophecies, they have been derailed in their Christian walk. Every Christian has faced this problem and it is only a good study of Scripture on this subject which will help them to walk away from it unscathed. The modern tongues are not the tongues of Acts since they were legitimate, established languages, in fact, God even names those people who were represented on the first Pentecost.  

The tongues of today are just evil babblings with no meaning. Yet, we see Christians running after this because they feel that this is a great move of the Holy Spirit. This is untrue because the Holy Spirit is going to bring us into all truth and He couldn’t do that if we can’t understand instruction.  

Christianity Soon to be Outlawed 

A very serious situation which true Christians are facing now and will escalate is the outlawing of the very Faith which founded this nation. In the public schools (which were originally founded to teach children the Bible) you are allowed to discuss any world religion such as Islam or Hinduism. The names of Allah or Shiva are permitted in the schools but the name of Jesus Christ is not permitted. The cross is to be removed from every place it has been placed in, yet the Menorah is allowed to stand anywhere, even on Government property. This is because we have been placed under law 102-14 signed into law March 26, 1991 which was the birthday of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson who was head of the radical, anti-Christian Lubavitch Movement.  

They have imposed upon the people of the United States the Noahide laws which state that anyone who worships the Lord Jesus Christ is guilty of idolatry and according to their Torah is punishable by death. They have seven Noahide Laws and the 7th is a requirement that courts be set up to enforce the first six laws, one of them being idolatry laws. This law 102-14 was signed into law by President George Bush Sr. Basically, it is saying that every true Christian who worships the Lord Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures, has a reigning death sentence on them which can be enacted at any time.  

These laws are nothing more than hate crime legislation against Christians and the church still exalts these anti-Christian people as God’s Chosen People. This just shows the high level of stupidity in the majority of Churches. (sic) http://www.mechon-mamre.org/jewfaq/gentiles.htm  This is the website which claims Christians are punishable by death for worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ.  

They also list the 7 Noahide Laws. According to them, these laws were supposedly given to Noah and are binding upon the entire human race. Idolatry is number 1! I wonder why? Whenever you see some facet of Christianity being attacked, such as Judge Moore and the Ten Commandments, just look for the ADL funded ACLU behind it. Those who are attacking and vilifying Christianity are the ones being glorified in the church. Go figure! 

Governments all over the world have passed laws outlawing Christianity. Over half of the world has laws on the books which prohibit Christians from free exercise of their Faith. We think that because we live in the USA that this can’t happen. Look around. The IRS imposes penalties on churches who speak out in any politically incorrect manner. The IRS holds the removal of tax exemption over the heads of every church. So a church would rather compromise with the world just so they can give out receipts at the end of the year. What a pitiful, cowardly tradeoff, when the churches are already protected by the First Amendment. Most clergy and media preachers are so neutered that they have become only useful idiots for the one world order crowd. If all the true churches would start preaching and teaching the truth around this country, the government would back off of its attacks and think twice.  

Time Stealers 

As we approach the end times never have we had as many time stealers as there is now. We have so many things which can divert us from Bible Study such as TV, Radio, Internet, DVD’s, Walkmans, Video games, etc. 100 Years ago radio didn’t even exist yet, therefore, Christians had utilized much time in their day for studies. This is why there have been so many writings from past years. Today, there are many books out there, but if you look at the theology in them, you will see there is a shallowness and compromised atmosphere in them.  

Man’s books are becoming increasingly man-centered instead of Christ-centered, which means they are of no spiritual value to the true Christian. Isn’t it amazing that without the help of a computer that Martin Luther could put out over 40 volumes of studies. When was the last time you seen a true Christian author put something together like Luther’s commentaries or the Calvin’s Institutes? Today, somebody writes a book of 100 pages and fills it with psychobabble, and then they receive invitations to speak at 100 churches as if they are some expert.   

Summary 

We have biblically concluded that Jacob is the body of believers because of the salvation language that surrounds it. It is not the modern nation of Israel since God does not detail any gathering of Talmudic Jews into a land because God fulfilled all the promises of a physical land in Joshua‘s time. Ancient Israel lost the land by reason of their disobedience and this is seen in many places in the Scriptures.  

Since the Lord Jesus Christ came and died for His Elect, the ceremonial system has been abolished and since there is not going to be any more animal sacrifices, then there would be no reason for God to make another nation similar to ancient Israel, since the Lord Jesus Christ came and fulfilled all the true meanings of the Feasts and ceremonies, plus God is now dealing with His Elect world wide and in every country.  

To focus only on one country and animal sacrifices is to denigrate the final sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures that deal with re-gathering are speaking only of God re-gathering His Elect on the last day into Glory. The Israel that God has in view in these final days is the Israel of God which is the Redeemed body of Believers. 

We are seeing constant attacks on the body of Christ and we are also seeing the prohibition of the Christians to practice their faith, while every false religion in America is granted the right-of-way to practice theirs. Attacks against Christianity are on the rise, whether they are from the media or world religions. Governments all over the world, including the USA, fear the truth telling of Christians and is doing everything, even building concentration camps, to suppress the truth. There will come a time in our world when the Christian witness may be silenced and that time is fast approaching but it will only be for a very short time, and then all the Anti-Christian religions and governments will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and give an account for their hatred.   

(Rev 20:9 KJV) And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

As we see in this verse that the Christians will be silenced but right on the heels of that event will be the second coming of the Lord Jesus and the judgment of the nations. All those in false religions and their puppet governments will be brought before the Lord Jesus Christ and will stand for their crimes against Christ and His Body. 

(Rev 11:14-15 KJV) The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. {15} And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 

(2 Th 1:7-9 KJV) And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, {8} In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: {9} Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 

(Mat 25:31-32 KJV) When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: {32} And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 

May this study provoke you into a deeper study of Scripture. 


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Just as Jacob struggled with the Lord to overcome his self-rule and become a new man under the rulership of the Lord; we as born again Christians, who have had a face to face encounter with Christ, and have given rulership of our lives to Him, also have a new name, and that name is Israel. We are the target of all of Satan's wrath, and the elect "chosen ones" he so desperately wants to keep in darkness.

The time of Jacob's trouble is NOW and Satan has been loosed for His short time and is working overtime in the end time churches using his weapons of confusion and deceit, within each member, and within the Body of Christ as a whole. We must overcome this deceit, personally first, and then do our best to spread the truth, of the real Gospel of God, to all nations.

May the Lord find each one of us, that are citizens of New Jerusalem, standing until the last day.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

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THE SABBATH = SPIRITUAL REST

THE SABBATH = SPIRITUAL REST

 Hello all,

 Just as we discuss the nature of the true Israelites and we conclude that it is all about the Spirit of a person; so too we need to take a look at the Sabbath in the same regard.  We see a true Israelite is not one in flesh but in Spirit.  It matters not the color of the flesh when it comes to being born again, for when born again from above we become an Israelite at heart and in the Holy Spirit. 

This same concept applies to the Sabbath…it was once the physical keeping of one day a week to worship God.  That was before Christ came and changed everything.  During His ministry the Law was still in effect and He came to fulfill the law.  Yet, after His death and resurrection, He became our Sabbath rest via the Holy Spirit. The Sabbath rest, just like who Israel truly is, became a Spiritual thing, a Spiritual rest, one we partake of every day. 

Those who keep this Sabbath rest in Jesus every day are the true Sabbath keepers of the New Covenant. 

We must come out of our carnal understanding of Spiritual matters.  In that regard, I think the following excerpts from this article and study shows how this is so, and how important it is for us to understand that giving up our own will to the will of our Savior and His Spirit, is the true meaning of keeping the Sabbath. 

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The Connection Between Rest & The Spirit

http://www.word-spirit.org/ShouldWeKeepTheSabbath.htm  

By Frank Hilton  

(small part of entire article) 

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” (Isa 28:10-12) 

This is very important because this is a direct link between a prophecy of the Old Testament and the foretelling of the “stammering lips and another tongue” (speaking in tongues) in the New Testament. But, notice what the “tongues” are directly related to; A REST FOR THE WEARY! This is also a direct link between what Jesus said about rest (peace) and the Comforter as mentioned above. 

What About The Book Of Acts? 

The New Testament dispensation didn’t actually begin until after Jesus’s death, his ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Ghost (birth of the church). So, the time of the law was replaced (fulfilled) by the church age on the day of Pentecost. 

When you read the book of Acts, you read about the Apostles preaching in the synagogues of the Jews. And since salvation was offered to the Jews first, they went to the synagogue on the sabbath days to preach. It wasn’t until chapter 10, that the Gentiles got the Holy Ghost. And as the Gentile church grew and the Jews started realizing that they are saved by grace and not by the works of the law, confusion and trouble began within the church.  

Peter was rebuked by Paul because he lived as a Gentile, but compelled the Gentiles to live like a Jew and follow some of the Law (Gal 2:11-16). Certain Jews from Judea started telling the Gentiles that except they be circumcised after the manner of Moses, they cannot be saved (Act 15:1). So, whichever Jews, who kept the sabbath, tried to teach the Gentiles to be circumcised and or keep the sabbath, it was out of ignorance. 

The Apostles had a meeting about this issue, and they, with direction from the Holy Ghost sent letters to the Gentiles telling them that they didn’t have to keep the law, except they had to abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: (Act 15:27-29). 

Now think back… Circumcision was instituted by God way back in Abraham’s time, even before the Law of Moses. Yet, in the New Testament, circumcision is not necessary to be saved. So, since the circumcision was replaced by water baptism, that law was fulfilled in Baptism.  

The lesson we should see from Acts 15 is that certain Jews tried to make Gentiles observe some things of the Law in the flesh, but the Holy Ghost only forbidded them things that was directly linked to sin. And the sabbath was not one of those things. So, now we will see how the sabbath was fulfilled. 

Entering Into Rest By Ceasing From Our Works 

In Hebrews 2:1-11 is some teaching on the rest that the people of the Old Testament failed to enter because of unbelief. The context of the chapter is not directly about the sabbath, but a rest that believers get through the finished work of Calvary and the promises made to the New Testament believers. 

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (Heb 4:2-11)

 Earlier, we defined that rest means to cease as God did when he finished creation. There is a direct connection between the prophecy of Isaiah’s rest (28:11-12), teachings of Jesus concerning salvation and rest (peace) and this scripture above. The key to the entire chapter is how a person finds this rest by “CEASING” from their own works as God did from His. Therefore, since the scriptures always speaks of the seventh day sabbath as a ceasing and rest, the New Testament “sabbath” is fulfilled when we enter into our rest through faith in Jesus Christ and the new birth plan of salvation. So, it is clear that entering a “rest” is directly linked to our salvation and how we are to “CEASE” from our own works as God did when He ceased from His when He created the earth in 7 days!! 

The Shadows Have Come 

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? (Col 2:16-22) 

If there was one scripture that could imply that we are not obligated to observe the actual Sabbath day, it is the one above. However, you have to interpret it correctly because if you read it to fast you will miss why Paul is writing this. 

The statement “Let no man therefore judge you in meat… or of the Sabbath days”, on the outside, looks like Paul is saying we should observe the Sabbath day. However, look at the context of all those verses. He says, “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” He is warning believers to not let outsiders (or false Christians) draw them away from the faith and the worship of God. He accuses the deceivers of not seeing the truth and judging them because they don’t keep the Sabbath. 

He then asks us a question. If we are dead with Christ (saved), then why are we subject (observing) things of men; Touch not; taste not; handle not; after the commandments of men? Paul is telling us; don’t let outsiders judge you because you are not keeping the law like they think you should. When we try to keep the letter of the law, without the Spirit of the law, we then are not justified by Christ. 

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (Gal 3:2-3) 

An important point in this entire study is found within these words at the beginning of (Col 2:16-22 – above)… “Which are a shadow of things to come;” The Sabbath is referred to as shadow. Which means it is an example or allegory that ushers in the real thing. 

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (Heb 10:1) 

Since the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, it is also applicable that most of the Old Testament rituals and ordinances was just a shadow of things to come. What that means is a lot of the physical things done in the Old Testament is fulfilled spiritually and done only through Jesus Christ. Because, we are not saved, or justified by the law, keeping the letter of the law will do us no good. And since the verse specifically mentions the “Sabbath day” as being one of those shadows, we can safely say that the physical Sabbath day has been replaced with the spiritual rest we have through Jesus. 

The First Day of the Week 

The only reference of the church having a service on the first day of the week is found in 1 Cor 16:2. This is the only passage that actually states Sunday as being the day of worship. If you were to look back at some history, you will read that Sunday was the day they worshipped on as well. And since a Jewish Sabbath was on Saturday, and if the church did hold services on Sunday, then we can conclude that they didn’t observe the actual Sabbath day on Saturday. 

Now, do we doctrinally consider Sunday as a Sabbath day. No! (even though we do set this day aside). Since the Holy Ghost is our “Sabbath” rest, it doesn’t matter what day we have church. Even if we wanted to have it on Saturday, it doesn’t matter to God because he is only interested in our “spiritual sabbath” (rest) between us and Him. All he cares about is if we are living in sin or not, no matter what day it is! 

Points To Ponder 

• If God wanted the sabbath to continue as a literal day, then why didn’t Jesus teach it? 

•Why didn’t the Apostles put that in their letter to the Gentiles in Acts 15? 

•Why hasn’t people died because they refuse to obey the sabbath like they died in the Old Testament? 

•If Christians are not keeping the physical Sabbath day, then why do people get the Holy Ghost on Sunday or any other day? 

•The keeping of an actual Sabbath day was enforced in the Old Testament only because it was under the Old Testament covenant with Israel. 

•Nowhere in the New Testament are we commanded to keep an actual Sabbath day. 

•A person can decide to honor a day above another if that is their conviction (Romans 14). But, it is not a command or a law that we have to keep the Sabbath to be saved, for salvation is in Jesus. 

•Back then, God was more interested in what people did on the Sabbath, than the actual Sabbath day. Just like today, He is more interested in the sin we commit than if we keep a Sabbath day. Because, if you are sinning on a “Sabbath day”, then the Sabbath day doesn’t matter, it’s the sin that will cause you to be lost.

The last point is… 

 DO WE KEEP THE SABBATH? … YES!!! … 

 IT’S A SPIRITAUL SABBATH OF REST WHEN WE ARE SAVED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! 

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In the following Scripture we see what happens to those who are not saved by Jesus Christ: 

Rev 14:11

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they HAVE NO REST day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” 

“they have no rest”….. 

Salvation and Sabbath rest go hand in hand…there cannot be one without the other, and neither without being born again from above, and resting in Jesus and His Holy Spirit. 

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!! 

Patti C.

 

 

 

RELIGION= SELF AND TRUTH = GOD

RELIGION…BUT NOT AS WE’VE KNOWN IT

 Hello all, 

I had never really looked into the meaning of the word “religion” before, but when describing to my friends the difference between religion and Truth I would say; religion is a dead pinned down butterfly and Truth is a living, and freely flying, butterfly.  When I read this article and saw how the author defined and described the word, I felt good that I had come so close to its official meaning, of being tied or pinned down. 

“The etymology of the word “religion” is quite revealing. It stems from two words: re (again) and ligare (meaning to bind or tie, a bond or obligation). Religion puts people into bondage and blindness again and again. “ 

When we really think about it, Jesus never intended for his followers to form a “religion”, in fact He was very anti-religious. I always cringe a bit when people call me religious, as to me, being a follower of Christ is very far removed from such a word.  I am sure most of you understand what I mean.  The Pharisees and Scribes of Christ’s day were very religious and He called them “blind guides” “white washed tombs” and “vipers”!  Perhaps religion is what He meant about having “form” but no “power”…I think so. 

Religion becomes the traditions of man and not the power of God. 

The following article is a very good one on this subject, and the author describes it well when she says:“It is part of the curse because it separates us from God. It is something which has been part of mankind ever since Adam and Eve decided to trust themselves and their own judgments rather than trusting God and we are daily faced with this same choice: trust God or Self.” 

Here is the whole article….enjoy! 

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Religion… but not as we’ve known it

By Lynette Woods 

“The time is coming when people will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching for something pleasing and gratifying, they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, and will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.” 2 Tim. 4:3,4. 

If there is anything that epitomizes “myths and man-made fictions” then religion would have to be it! These verses describe exactly what we see in the world today, whether people call it “religion” or not. Religion is a word very closely associated with the church and is thought of in a positive light by many Christians. Those outside of the church typically think of someone religious as being legalistic, traditional, crusading for Christianity etc. However, what I’m wanting to focus on is a One World Religion which I believe to be at the root and foundation of every single human being, regardless of age and regardless of what belief system they have and regardless of whether they go to church or not. This One World Religion is behind every religion that is on this earth (whether “Christian” or not). This religion has only one god and this god is worshiped and served like no other. The name of this religion’s god is: Self. 

Being religious extends far beyond Pharisees, beyond Muslims, beyond Christians, to the very core of who we are: Self with a capital S. Jesus said some awful things to the religious, so if this is true, then we may find Him saying some harsh things and upsetting a few of our temple’s tables in order to reveal the god that is behind it all, releasing us from our self-made religion and revealing the freedom which can only be found in Him. 

The etymology of the word “religion” is quite revealing. It stems from two words: re (again) and ligare (meaning to bind or tie, a bond or obligation). Religion puts people into bondage and blindness again and again. It is part of the curse because it separates us from God. It is something which has been part of mankind ever since Adam and Eve decided to trust themselves and their own judgments rather than trusting God and we are daily faced with this same choice: trust God or Self. 

Even people who believe they are not religious may be part of this religion because the basis of all religions and religiosity is Self; whether it is Self doing works or doing nothing and simply “being”. Many leave their religion or church not because they heard God ask them to, but because that is what Self wanted to do; and the same can also be true for those who go back to it all. Self justifies anything and everything. This religion is quite simply a case of Self listening to Self. Self doing for Self. Self defence. Self righteousness. Self preservation. Self realization. Self help. Self enlightenment. Self justification. Self discovery. Self expression. Self governing. Self discerning and judging. Self disguised as “spiritual”. Self-ish to the core. This religion is based on us and what we think, do, and say whereas true spirituality is based upon all that Christ has done and is doing; upon all that He has said and is saying! 

This religion of Self is not particular about whether you go to a church or not, whether you are devout outwardly or not; so long as Self is served. Its creed is: do whatever you believe to be right. This religion is all about what Self likes, what feels right to Self, what Self dictates and then “crusading” towards that end. And when the message which Christ proclaims through the Bible about denying Self, dying daily and losing your life is given, it is often rejected because the god which Self has created would not ever say such things! You get a reaction because the god of Self is governing rather than the God of Jesus Christ. 

The Great Deception

The spirit of this world is not ignorant of our susceptibility to being governed by Self and makes the most of it by making what is false sound like truth; but the truth is it can be just our interpretation of what seems right to us. “But you must understand this at the outset, that no prophecy of scripture arose from an individual’s interpretation of the truth. No prophecy came because a man wanted it to: men of God spoke because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. But even in those days there were false prophets, just as there will be false teachers among you today. They will be men who will subtly introduce dangerous heresies… With their high-sounding nonsense they use the sensual pull of the lower passions to attract those who were just on the point of cutting loose from their companions in misconduct. They promise them liberty. Liberty! – when they themselves are bound hand and foot to utter depravity. For a man is the slave of whatever masters him.” (2 Pet. 1:20-2:1,18,19). 

Many these days are bound by religion even when they have left the visible traditions of their religion. Their religion has not left them because they are still enslaved and governed by Self; they are finding “freedom” in SELF rather than in Christ. This is an absolute tragedy. It is also diabolically devious… to be tricked into leaving one form of bondage for another in the guise of “freedom” and thinking you are free and yet to still be imprisoned, is tragic.  

How could we be so deceived? Because religion is a spirit, it is spiritual. Behind all of religion are spiritual forces which are determined to deceive “if possible even the elect”. How do they attempt to do this? Through Self: what we see, hear, think, desire and even genuinely believe. When God opens our spiritual eyes to see what is real and true and what is merely an illusion of reality and truth, it is quite shocking. We wonder how we could have been duped and been so blind! Knowledge is a very powerful commodity; it can either release or bind. When we think we know something, we will stubbornly cling to that knowledge and not seek to find out more because we think we already know. But it is only when we realize we know nothing that we begin to know Everything (Christ) and receive Him as our Wisdom which sets us free from our very little world and religion of Self… We begin to discover the ever expanding Universe which is Christ in God. 

Only what is received and revealed through Him can transform us. Religion will simply conform and deceive us. We need to be born into our Father’s family and not just call Him “Father” or “Papa” because others do. We need a Revelation of Christ and not a religion about Christ. Saul of Tarsus was not released from religion by Stephen’s amazing and Holy Spirit inspired speech; all it needed was for him to personally see, experience and hear Christ for himself; a Revelation of Christ. This principle still applies to each of us today. 

We each need to see and know Christ for Who He really is rather than how we would like Him to be. My love for Him is not truly for Him if I don’t want to see Him or accept Him as He is. Both historically and today, He often reveals something of Himself and people reject Him… just because He is different to what Self/Religion expected! Listen to what He says: “Anyone who intends to come with Me has to let Me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow Me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, My way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life, will lose it; and whoever gives up his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:34-36). 

True Freedom 

Only freedom from Self will bring true freedom from religion, obligation and bondage. This is why the message of freedom given in the Bible is Life which comes through death! The only way to be free of Self is to die to Self. Doing whatever Self wants is not freedom, but bondage; because you are bound to do what YOU want – Self is your master. Some pride themselves on what they can do within religion; others pride themselves on what they can do outside of religion. BOTH can still be religious because whether legalistic or liberal, by the book or having none, BOTH extremes may be dictated by Self and by the temperament or type of person they are naturally. BOTH extremes can be based on Self’s preferences and what Self naturally likes; it is a religion where the god of Self is worshiped, deified and obeyed without question!  

“God’s will must not be made subject to my own temperament. When we know a man’s make-up it is often all too easy to guess what ”guidance” he will get, because his natural proclivities intrude so subtly upon the leading of God. Too much so-called guidance among us is little more than personal bias. A timid brother is “guided” to take a back seat. A forward brother is “guided” to take a front seat. Each claims to be led of the Lord. Is he? Or is his temperament ruling him? The pure will of God demands of me that what I am temperamentally shall be set aside. I should be so Spirit-filled that the man beside me cannot foresee, on grounds of my temperament alone, how God will lead me. Oh let me beware of slanting the will of God in the direction of my own natural leanings! Even the Lord Jesus, whose own will was surely faultless, nevertheless set it aside in favour of the Father’s who sent Him. If He should do that, how much more must I!” (Watchman Nee, A Table in the Wilderness). 

Yes, how much more must I? Being led by the Spirit of God does not mean we are led by our natural preferences and whatever we like as some seem to believe. Religion and Self distort God, even to the point of creating a god in our own image; a god we are happy and content with, a god we can understand and identify with, a god we can worship and love. But there is nothing loving about a god who does not convict or correct you and just allows you to believe a lie and do whatever you want (see Heb. 12:5-11). That is not the God of Jesus Christ Who Himself said: “Those whom I dearly and tenderly love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten them” (Rev. 3:19). 

In the same way as we confuse socializing with fellowship, licentiousness with freedom and condemnation with conviction, so too we can confuse being religious with being spiritually mature. There is a vast gap between each of these ‘dynamic duos,’ for one is earthly and the other is heavenly.  

God did not create religion, man did. At the tower of Babel man had a spiritual-sounding goal and were even united in their efforts “to reach the heavens”. But God’s verdict on all their hard work was: “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.” (Gen 11:6-8). Why did He do that? We today might think it a good thing to be as one people, all working together in unity on one thing, but God does not. Why? Because pride and Self were at the root of it and not God Himself. We still see His same judgment on religion in the world today: wherever people are like-minded and ‘speak the same language’ and work together building something here on earth, you eventually find division after division among them as they are scattered abroad. 

Leaving the Confusion of Religion 

Religion is certainly a confusion of many voices, it is a mixture of what is true and false that God must divide in order to reveal what is of Him and what is not. The very essence of Babylon and religion is mixture and confusion; in fact the name “Babylon” (which is the same Hebrew word for Babel) means: confusion by mixing. From the Garden of Eden to the end of this world, the mixing of truth with error remains a very successful means of deceiving and seducing us. In the book of Revelation in reference to Babylon is written, “by your magic spells and poisonous charm all nations were led astray, seduced and deluded. And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints…” (Rev. 18:23,24) and the cry to us all is: “Come out from her, My people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues…” There are some things which God must divide and separate and which we must reject and turn away from.  

People need religion to feel good about Self and what they’re doing; but God scatters, confuses and divides in the hope that individuals will repent of their religion and turn to Him instead. His original desire was simply relationship with each and every human. In an attempt to have some form of that relationship, He set aside some as priests and prophets who would mediate between Himself and His people until His Son came to earth to completely undo the damage which had been done and to establish a personal, individual relationship with each of His children. God’s focus is always Christ, and all the meticulous details and laws of the Torah were a way of pointing to the Perfection of Christ while also highlighting the imperfections and inadequacy of man.  

Religion is basically a set of beliefs, personal beliefs… also known as mindsets and paradigms! Instead of having our beliefs formed by Self or other people, no matter how spiritual others may seem, we simply must learn to listen to only our Father and know His voice. We cannot trust ourselves but have to yield up our minds and what we think is right in order to learn Christ! “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph. 4:17-24). 

We are new creations in Christ and as our minds are renewed we learn daily through experience to distinguish and discern between what is the new Life in us, and what is the old nature: Self. What is from God often makes no sense to Self, instead it may completely contradict what we naturally think. Not one of us is willingly deceived or duped by Religion. We will instead be sincerely deceived; we will sincerely believe that we are right! But sincerity does not mean something is true. We cannot discern right from wrong or truth from deception ourselves; at all! Discernment must come from outside of Self… it comes only from knowing the living Word of God; not a head knowledge of Him, but a genuine, experiential, intimate, heart knowledge of Christ as He really is which results in distinguishing between His voice and the many voices, including our own voice. 

Religion robs God of what is rightly His: people’s hearts! Religion is a substitute for Christ. The religious heart is absorbed and blinded by what it sees and worships – and it is the same end result whether you’re worshiping Mary, the Church, Allah or unconsciously worshiping your Self! Religion results in blindness, bondage and death – again and again; re-ligion = being bound again. We desperately need to know through personal experience the liberation and freedom which only Christ brings and the true meaning of the word “release”: to free and loosen (relax) and to have a lease again – to be given over to Another with a new lease of Life! May this be the experience and living testimony of each one of us. 

“The Spirit of the Lord… has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” Luke 4:18,19. 

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 Rather ironic that “religious people” appear so selfless when actually religion is all about “self”.  Perhaps part of what happens when mankind calls good evil and evil good. 

The Lord calls His to come out of religion and into Truth…all those who have ears to hear.  

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!! 

Patti C.