The Great Apostasy

(apostasy = Abandonment of one's religious faith, Desertion of one’s post)

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as from us ,

as that the day of Christ is at hand.

 

Christ is the Lord, and the Day of Christ is the day of verse 2 Thess 2:1 The day of the Lord is also the day of the Old Testament prophecy of Isa 2:12

 

Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty. And upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low.

 

Vitally Important

Paul goes on to say that when “The Day of the Lord” comes it will not be until the unification of the churches into a one world church, Catholicism, and then they will realise, to their horror, who the “man of sin” actually is when he goes into perdition. (A state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation. the future state of the wicked).

 

 

2 Thessalonians 2:3-12

03. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,

04. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he as as god sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

05. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

06. And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

07. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

08. And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:

09. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.

10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

12. That they might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

Was held also to refer to a coming great apostasy.

This text announces that the Second Coming of Jesus and the gathering of the church to him, cannot come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

 

These were held to be prophecies of the Pope's claim to infallibility and to be the Vicar of Christ, sitting in Jesus' seat and in his stead.

This interpretation is the source of the traditional identification of the Pope as Antichrist, (It is important to note that NO INDIVIDUAL POPE is the man of sin.  It is the OFFICE of the Papacy, which is this symbolic "man.It is such because it falsifies its authority. )

which occurs throughout Protestant literature of the Reformation period and afterwards. Chapter XXV, article 6, of the Westminster Confession, a confessional statement issued in 1646 and important to the Presbyterian and other branches of the English-speaking Reformed churches, states that:

There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

Nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God.

 

"Roman Catholic apostasy" doctrine supplanted by dispensationalism

Most mainstream Protestant churches have backed away from, or at least no longer emphasise this teaching, which is now felt to be divisive, and to belong to the more vehement quarrels of another day. Conservative and fundamentalist churches insisted on these teachings the longest, and some still do, especially among the stricter Calvinists and Fundamentalists. The rise of dispensationalism as a widely held doctrine among Protestant fundamentalists has resulted in a re-interpretation of the end times; and while they may continue to believe that the Roman Church errs, they are less likely to believe that the Pope is Antichrist.

Dispensationalists generally view passages such as 2 Thessalonians (referenced above) as referring to a reconstructed Temple in Jerusalem  in the last days. The great "Falling Away", they tend to view it as a present or future affair, in which not only Rome but all of the world’s religions join against the truth, for the sake of a false peace and prosperity.

For an extensive 18th century Protestant perspective on the Great Apostasy, see the treatment on that subject by the German historian J. L. Mosheim, a Lutheran, whose six volume work in Latin on Ecclesiastical History is referred to by some Protestants who emphasize a great apostasy.

The end result.

In this view, it would be difficult to set a clear dividing line as to when the purported widespread Apostasy began. It was a gradual process of corruption, as venal and materialistic leaders came into the Church, in love with their own high office and authority. The Great Apostasy surely was complete, for purposes of the Reformers, when the Council of Trent emphatically rejected even a modified form of Protestant reformation for the Roman Catholic Church. The ultramontane tendencies of Rome continued to increase until at least the First Vatican Council, with its proclamation of both papal infallibility and papal absolutism, down to early 20th century changes in Canon law that make it more clear today than it was in the past that the Pope is the absolute monarch of the Roman Catholic Church, answerable to no council, no other bishop, and indeed to no other man or woman.

The Second Vatican Council stated the Church as the pilgrim "people of God" and the collegiality of all the bishops "in communion" with the Pope.

It is also important to note that this view of the general Apostasy does not mean that the Gospel had lost its power to save, or that all Christians during this time were denied Heaven; rather, the Reformers characterized the papacy and the hierarchy of priests, as an usurpatious government pretending to rule over the kingdom of God.

 

God's grace preserved the true teachings and the Bible intact despite the corruption of those who were supposed to be official spokesmen for Christendom.

 

At a future point in history, at the threshold of a great and epic moment of decision a global power broker and peacemaker will emerge onto the scene. He will confirm a covenant or treaty with 'many' for an agreed on period of seven years. Will Israel and the unified established western Church sign themselves over to this man? This will be the burning question and the intro into the end-time drama. What will they do? To sign on? Or not to sign on?

 

The prophet Daniel indicates that God's covenant people in Israel and in the Church will go along with this prince.

 

Daniel 9: 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the confirmation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

He shall make a firm covenant. The little horn will do this at the beginning of the last seven years “one week”. It may even be the beginning of the 2300 days of,

 

Daniel 8: 14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

 

Daniel 11: 21-24

21. And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

22. And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.

23. And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up and become strong with a small people. (Vatican)

24. He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

 

A vile person, one of the twelve titles given to the antichrist. The prophecy concerning him is continuous to the end of the chapter. He is not another successional king of the north, but a totally different and unique personage, still future. He comes in by “flatteries”, and in v.40 he is attacked by both a “King of the south” and a “king of the north”. See Daniel 11:40

 

Daniel 11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships.

 

The “one-week” This is the last seven years which completes the “seventy” of;

 

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy People and upon thy holy city,

To finish the transgression,

And to make an end of sins,

And to make reconciliation for iniquity,

And to bring in everlasting righteousness,

And to seal up the vision and prophecy,

And to anoint the most Holy.

 

The time when action commences in connection with Daniel’s “city” and “People” (i.e. Jerusalem and Israel) These have been in abeyance since,

 

Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

 

Israel is “Lo-ammi” (not My people)

 

Hosea 1: 9 – 10

09. Then said God, “Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not My People, and I will not be your God.

10. Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, `Ye are not My People’ there it shall be said unto them, `Ye are the sons of the living GOD.’

 

For the present interval between “R” and “T” (Companion Bible) verses 26 & 27.

 

Daniel 9: 26-27

26. And after threescore and two weeks shall messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the confirmation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate

 

This fills the first half of the “week” (see Rev 11:3-11) the midst of the week is the middle of the week (i.e. at the end of the first 3½ years). The sacrifice and oblation to cease is the action of “the little horn” (Dan 8:11-13, 11:31, 12:11). This belongs to the time of the end, and will be accompanied by the setting up of the abomination mentioned below, and spoken of by our Lord in,

 

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

 

The Ashērah the abomination of desolation

 

Two statements particularly jump out in this verse of Matt 24:15,

·         The abomination of desolation STANDS in the holy place, (Temple in Jerusalem) not sits, kneels, leans, stoops, rests, placed, or anything else; but STANDS in the holy place (temple).

·         I believe this to be the Ashērah, which can be studied in appendix 42 on page 35 for those who possess the KJV Companion Bible. Here are a few excerpts from the text.

The word Ashērah is from the root ‘ãshar, to be straight, erect, or upright. Compared with this, all that men may think or say about theAshērah is of little value. The word is always rendered grove or groves in the A.V. (Authorised Version) and always left as a proper name in the R.V. (Revised Version). It was made of wood or stone, and set erect in the ground.(Isa 17:8)What the shape was is indicated in,

 

1 Kings 15:13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.

 

Isa 17:8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.

 

”An idol in a grove”, should be (as in the RV), “an abominable image for an Ashērah. http://www.heavendwellers.com/appendix_42.htm

 It is often coupled with mazzevoth, or stone “pillars” (R.V.), As of Obelisks  (and rendered images in the A.V.), and are connected with Baal-worship. Like every form of “religion,” It had to do with the “flesh;” and hence, by the law of evolution (which is seen operating only in human affairs) it soon became corrupted. Evolution is seen in the progress of man’s works, because he begins from ignorance, and goes on learning from his mistakes and failures. From the moment he ends his works devolution at once sets in and deterioration begins. This is especially true in the “religious” sphere. All religions have become corrupt.

So too with the ‘Ashērah: Originally a tree, symbolical of the tree of life, it was an object of reverence and veneration.

Then came the perversion of the earlier idea, which simply honoured the origin of life; and it was corrupted and debased into the organ of procreation, which was symbolized by the form and shape given to the ‘Ashērah. It was the Phallus image of, Isa 57:8.

 

Isa 57:8 Behold the doors also and the posts hast set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, (Baal) and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it.

 

And the image of the male, Ezekiel 16:17.

 

Ezekiel 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of My gold and of My silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them.

 

For the overspreading of means on the wing or battlements of; but Ginsburg suggests ` al kannō (instead of  `al kanaph), which means, in its stead [shall be]: i.e. in place of the daily sacrifice.

 

Dan 11:7 But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the kingdom of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:

 

A branch of her roots, Her brother Ptolemy ΙΙΙ (Euergetes), “roots” referring to their father Ptolemy ΙΙ (Philadelphus),

In his estate means in his stead Heb kannō, in the stead (instead) Philadelphus, who avenged the murder of Berenice and her son by Laodice. Euergetes had been restored. This is the second king of the south.

 

The abomination that maketh desolate is certainly future.

Our Lord tells us where it will stand, in the holy place”: i.e in the Temple at Jerusalem: and we have the same admonition to “understand”

 

Matt 24: 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso readeth let him understand:).

 

Antiochus; the type of  the little horn”, defiled the sanctuary, but he did not destroy it. He cannot therefore be the fulfiller of this prophecy, though he forshadowed him. Abominations are Jehovah’s name for an “idol”, as being what He detests. Shakaz is Hebrew and means to be abominable. The “of” in the “abomination of desolation” is the connection being the Genitive (of the Origin), which causes the desolation.

Until the consummation means unto a full end, the reference is to Isa 10:22-23.

 

Isa 10:22-23

22. For though Thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

23. For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.

 

Determined, see note on “the wall” verse 25. (Companion Bible KJV) The street… and the wall means open place…and close street: implying the completeness of the restoration; which included the places of resort and the thoroughfares leading thereto, like our English “court and alley”.

·         Shall be poured upon, shall come pouring upon, for the fulfilment of.

·         Desolate is the causer of desolation, and then the consummation of v24 will be fulfilled

 

Daniel 9: 24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time. (Missiles)

 

 

So did Moses in the “Song of Moses”

 

Deuteronomy 4: 23 – 31

23. Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make you (not) a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.

24. (For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous GOD.)

25. When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of anything, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:

26. I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.

27. And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.

28. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

29. But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

30. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto His voice;

31. (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God); He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He sware unto them.

 

NOTICE the mention of the latter days. This is not for our past relatives and ancestors, this is for today.

This prophecy is completely neglected and avoided by popular Bible prophecy teachers. Their rigid lock tight dispensationalism, and their insistence upon there being two elects when the Bible only speaks of one single Elect, has partially blinded them to the truth. They have not understood

 

Gal.3: 27- 29

27   For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29    And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.


 It is of the utmost importance, that it be understood that we have not come into that final Kingdom of Heaven on earth yet. We are still in the flesh, and that Kingdom is not of the flesh, but of the Spirit.

 

Eph.2: 11-13

11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.

12. That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13. In whom ye also trusted,

·         after that ye heard the word of the truth,

·         the gospel of your salvation:

·         in Whom also after that ye believed,

·         ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.

 

 

Or Romans chapter 11

 

For them this Old Testament prophecy is "for the Jews only". Therefore, they are not able to see that this prophecy is for Christian believers as well as for the nation of Israel. The Christian Church and the Jewish nation will both need this message. Because when the 70th Week of Daniel opens up in the autumn of some future year, probably on a Jewish New Year, a Feast of Trumpets they will surely be entering into the crucible of the end-time together. All of God's chosen people will need to prepare their hearts for the final witness in Yeshua Hamashiach/Jesus Christ.

 

Presented by Gavin Finley MD
endtimepilgrim.org
October 2003

 

So did Jesus Himself.

 

John 5:43 I am come in My Father’s name, and ye receive Me not: If another shall come in his own name, (Abaddon) him ye will receive. (Antichrist)

 

This coming peacemaker, whom Daniel calls "the prince who is to come"

 

Dan.9: 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

 

Will confirm a 7-year covenant involving the sovereignty of Israel and the western nations. This will be a confirmation of a covenant that was previously in the works but unable to be consummated. Is it the end event of the present day "Road Map to Peace in the Middle East"? The Bible clearly tells us that events will come to pass that change the present political landscape. This man will open up a deal with God's people that will draw many of them on to the ultimate abomination that makes desolate at the midpoint of the 70th week.

After this initial deal the world will never be the same. The trumpets will blow and this world will be on its way into the final seven years of this age.

This humanistic 7-year covenant will certainly be an unprecedented compromise in which,

 

·         Israel will give their holy land away.

·         The west will hand their national sovereignty away to a global megadealer.

·         There will be consequences to this.

·         This man will be a selfist Luciferian.

·         He will lead many of God's covenant people on to deeper apostasy and to an abandonment of YHVH/Jesus Christ in the prophesied Great Falling Away of 2 Thess 2

 

Daniel tells us the story in that crucial verse of,

 

 Dan.9: 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the confirmation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

Half way through those 7 years the future world ruler, the false messiah, (Pope Pius ΙΙΙ) will be possessed by the most abominable beast demon this world has seen since the days of Antiochus Epiphanes. (Abaddon)

 

·         He will break the covenant he made with Israel and stop the Temple sacrifices.

·         He will then set up the "abomination that makes desolate" which both Daniel and Jesus spoke of.

·         He will then be "revealed" as "the beast".

·         At that time he will be supreme dictator of the world. And there is no surprise as to what happens next.

·         The beast-man will turn around and demand total commitment to himself.

 

Midway through the last 7 years of this age the Beast-Antichrist will establish his 666 economic system. This will be a worship based on some sort of blood covenant marking of the House of Israel, and The house of Judah, the scattered tribes.

 

·         Those who do not believe in God the father, Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit.

·         Who, do not adhere to God’s precepts, and Holy Days.

·         Who, do not abide in God’s Ten Commandments.

·         Those Christians who have allowed deception to cause them to err.

 

These have the Mark of the Beast.

 

This will be the ultimate apostasy. That 666 blood covenant marking, will be a sign before men, angels, and God of their eternal allegiance to him.. With this blood covenant initiation they bring their witness and show their devotion to the Beast.

 

·         Is the church prepared to witness in the face of this?

·         How devoted is the average Christian believer in the west today?

·         How likely is it that many will slip off into apostasy?

 

Many faithful Christians will make their stand in witness in those future days just as they are doing in China and in the Islamic world today. They will give their lives in martyrdom just as they have done in times past. But then God will also provide a Way of escape for His people just as He did before in the former exodus. Will many saints go off into exile at Bozrah? Apparently so. Jesus will return as the Deliverer not only at Jerusalem but also at a place called Bozrah.

There is some intriguing evidence of this exile in Revelation 12 where the woman in travail is given the wings of a great eagle and taken to a place where she can be nurtured for 1260 days,

 

Rev.12: 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

 

This is also 3.5 biblical years.

 

 Rev.12: 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

 

bozrah

 

The very same time span, 42 biblical months, is given by John for both the trampling of Jerusalem by gentile powers,

 

Rev.11: 2 But the court which is without the Temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread underfoot forty and two months.

 

And for the rule of the Beast.

 

Rev 13: 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies: and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

 

The ministry of the two witnesses is also given as 1260 days. (Rev.11: 3) What we are looking at here is the time span of the Great Tribulation, which is the second half of those seven years of Daniel's 70th week.

In the autumn of some future year the road narrows. The 'Highway of Holiness' awaits the passage of God's faithful witnesses. At some point in the future they will come into the end-time drama. Even now the end-time pilgrims are preparing to finish the race. That epic journey began with their father Abraham, father of the faithful. They will finish the journey he began 4,000 years ago.

 

Isa. 35: 8-10

08.  And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

09. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:

10. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

Desertion in the face of danger, dereliction of duty, and in military parlance "going A.W.O.L" or "absent without leave" is an awful thing. Abandonment is abhorrent to both God and man. This is amply demonstrated in the Acts 27 account of the shipwreck of the Apostle Paul. The Apostle Paul also warns us that there will be an apostasy, an abandonment of the faith by many in the end time.

 

Here is the Word of God.


2 Thes.2: 3-4

3. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first. and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
 

Daniel also shows us quite clearly that the coming 70th week of Daniel will involve a 7 year covenant entered into by "many" in the household of God.

 

Dan.9: 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the confirmation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

They will go down to make a deal with a coming prince, a prince who is not the true Messiah but a false one. Yes "many" in the Judeo-Christian family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will go to the table of the coming prince of darkness and make a covenant with this apparent global mega-dealer.

This is an awful truth but God always warns His covenant people of things to come. The initial ploy of this false prince is to present himself as a global peacemaker and power broker. He will apparently sell the deal as a temporary borrowing of power from the kings and national rulers, especially of the G-7 nations. He will probably say that this 7 year sovereignty sharing treaty with the western nations is just an "emergency measure" to be taken just temporarily until the Utopian vision of a New World Order can be firmly established.

This future great world leader will assume power by means of a sovereignty sharing treaty with Israel and the G-7/G-8 nations. This prince who is to come may even promise to hand back the political power to the rulers of the nations at the end of the 7 years. But during that time he will reveal himself to be a false messiah. He will be the coming prince of darkness prophesied to come in the apocalyptic passages of the Holy Scriptures. Basically he says to Israel,

 

"Trust me! Just give me the power and I will set things right. Then I will fix up the world and return it to you."

 

What a lie that will be! Yet the nations will have no choice. They have stated publicly that internationalism needs a "strong hand from somewhere".

 

·         They believe in man.

·         They are Utopians.

·         They are humanists,

·         This means both secular humanists and religious humanists.

·         They believe a man with charisma can initiate the humanistic dream of a New World Order.

·         They desperately want to see it firmly established.

·         Nuclear disarmament,

·         The assurance of middle east and global 'peace and security',

·         Freedom from hunger,

·         World health,

 

All these world programs need strong central leadership.

 

·         Global economic equality,

·         Global warming,

·         Global eco-salvation.

 

These are all burning issues that they believe can be addressed by this "strong leadership", and so they await 'the man'.

The dream of achieving this man centred Utopian happiness (without God) is not new, it goes back a long way. It hails from the ancient post flood Tower of Babel. At that time Nimrod and his mother/wife Semiramis attempted to gather the peoples under one humanistic politico-religious covering. Of course they left God out of the picture, and so they failed.

But the dream lives on in the humanistic pantheistic heart. It has been fostered down through time by a host of hidden entities, which we won't go into here.

So the world is waiting for this to happen. All that is required is the appropriate crisis and the emergence of the prophesied "crisis manager" onto the stage of history. The Bible tells us about this in,

 

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the confirmation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

This humanistic covenant with "many" is what initiates the final seven years of God's determined dealings with His Jewish and Christian people. These are all the people who claim allegiance to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The coming world history will not be a pleasant time for people of conscience and Christian devotion. Many will fall away from the faith in the coming great apostasy spoken of by our Apostle Paul. But we can rejoice in this one thing. God is in control. He sets the agenda of holy history. In all of this God's sovereign purposes will overrule. When all is said and done, God will bring forth the remnant of His people in a victorious deliverance and return. They will be refined from tribulation and Messiah will return in vengeance and deliverance of His people at a place (or places) knowable spiritually as, the "sheep-pens" of "Bozrah".

 

Micah 2:12-13

12. I will surely assemble, O Jacob all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

13. The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

 

As we come up to the last day of this age Jerusalem will be delivered, and the Jewish nation will be saved.

 

Zech.12: 7-13:1

07. The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.

08. In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

09. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

11. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

Hadadrimmon; which is now Rummanēh, west of Esdraleon, near Megiddo, where King Josiah was slain, and where the mourning was unprecedented.

12. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart.

Nathan: All these names are mentioned in the genealogy of Luke 3

13. The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimel apart, and their wives apart;

14. All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

 

Zech 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

·         In that day. The future day, when this prophecy will come to pass.

·         Shall be. This is not the simple future tense, but the verb hāyah, with the Participle, meaning that the fountain shall be permanently opened.

·         A fountain. This waits for a literal fulfilment, and is not an intangible one as in the present day.

 

And the gospel will have been preached to the ends of the earth.

 

So that being said, let us face the facts of Holy Scripture. We are told that "many", (which we must assume will include God's people of interest, Israel and Christendom), will make a 7 year covenant with this "prince" spoken of by the prophet Daniel. Here they will "take the low road".

 

They will abandon their hopes, their faith, and their love for the coming Messiah. Instead they will turn aside to begin a walk with a global mega-dealer/peacemaker.

 

We know how all this will end up. In the very same verse Daniel tells us that this prince will step out of his guise as peacemaker Mr. Nice guy and reveal himself half way through the 7 years to be the coming covenant breaking Beast or Antichrist phase 2.

 

Dan.9: 27B… And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.

 

 To go with the man at this point will call for total commitment. He will call for, (and insist on), absolute surrender and obedience to himself and his 666 economic system.

·         Any man or woman who enters into his 666 initiations and into his worship ceremony will be entering into total and absolute apostasy with no hope of redemption. What is spoken of here is not fire and brimstone evangelism, this is the whole truth.

 

At the beginning of the 7 years it will be nice. Duped members of the political and religious institutions of mankind will sit down at the table and make deals with this man. Of course he will be the ultimate agent of humanism. And 20th century history showcased such absolutist leaders in

 

·         Stalin, (Russia)

·         Hitler, (Germany)

·         Mao Tse Tung, (China)

·         Pol Pot. (Cambodia, Vietnam)

 

So we know what we can expect from godless humanistic leadership. But men who deny God are fools.

 

Proverbs 1-7

1. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

2. To know wisdom and instruction; To perceive the words of understanding;

3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgement, and equity:

4. To give subtilty to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion.

5. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; And a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.

6. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation: The words of the wise and their dark sayings.

7. The fear (reverence) of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

·         Beginning of knowledge. Is only the “beginning” and not the end.

·         It is not “wisdom” itself.

·         True wisdom is to justify God, and condemn oneself.

 

They prefer to make a deal with a crook rather than cry out to God for His covering of grace. Thus they will begin their desertion. As they make this 7-year deal they will begin to turn away from YHVH/God and the way of holiness. They deny God and the power of His everlasting covenant. Of course many during those first 3.5 years will see the light, change their mind, and turn back to God. Others will proclaim the Kingdom of God right from that very moment. These faithful ones will go forth as the Anabaptists did and proclaim Christ/Messiah as their only King. They will operate without political protection. Thus begins the end-time drama.

 

This is a MOST IMPORTANT piece of information. How we respond on that epic coming day of apostasy will be a matter of life and death. This will be the ultimate collision between the Eternal Covenant in Jesus Christ and this ultimate Daniel 9:27 covenant of end-time humanism.

 

The professors of 'higher criticism' have always hated the book of Daniel and sought to discredit it. And partial preterism today seeks to twist its meaning. So now we can begin to realise why such a battle is raging over this one little scripture in Dan.9: 27.

 

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the confirmation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

Daniel was a man of prayer and fasting. He sought the face of God on behalf of His people. This includes his Jewish people and also us in the true church, which overflowed out of Israel 2000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost. We are also the congregation of God, the Elect, the ones 'called out' as an "ecclesia" to be the people in whom the promised Seed of Abraham is to reside.

 

Gal.3: 29 And if ye be Christ’s then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

So as we can see, Daniel brought to us a huge amount of critical information on the last days. This information relates heavily to the Gentile powers and how they will behave throughout history and right up into the final 7 years of this age. God gave us this information. It is critical information for the saints as they pilgrim on to Zion. It is absolutely essential that we get it right. God forbid that religious wheeler-dealers lead us astray, to find ourselves slipping and sliding down a precipice into apostasy.

 

Dan. 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the confirmation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

Dan. 9:27.Is the key scripture for us to understand, it is essential for our understanding of the end time. This is why it has been so often repeated on this page

·         It is the threshold into the 70th week of Daniel.

·         This verse is an enormously important signpost on the pilgrim pathway.

·         A veritable swarm of dark spirits are discharging a fog of false information over this verse.

·         Preterits heretics are saying that the "covenant" in Dan.9: 27 relates to the holy covenant.

·         They say that it was fulfilled in the life of Christ or was totally fulfilled back in the first century.

·         To any solid faithful Berean study of these verses such a notion is patently untrue.

·         The Dan.9: 27 "covenant" is dark and dirty.

·         There is nothing holy about it.

 

The latter part of the very same verse shows that this 7 year deal is cut by someone who goes on to become an abominator and one who leads many into apostasy. (Dan.9: 27B)

 

·         Dan.9: 27 is a revealing piece of information.

·         It raises the curtains to reveal the crucial scenes of the drama at the end of this age.

·         It sets the scene for the final act of the play.

·         This is a not a holy covenant being referred to here. It is a very earthy one.

·         Daniel is showcasing a future time when a covenant people who should know better give a man complete and total global dictatorial rule.

·         It is authoritarian politics on an international scale.

·         And they suffer for it.

·         They end up in a Great Tribulation.

 

 

And where do we as Christian believers figure in all this?


Well during our lifetime we ourselves may be the ones going up onto that stage when that curtain opens. We had best take the early opportunity we have right now to prepare our hearts. Because in the midst of this darkness God's Light will shine forth in the nations. (Isa.60) We need the Holy Spirit's infilling. We need to find the oil for our lamps against the coming night”.

 

Here is another clue as to how this apostasy or 'great falling away' (2Thes.2: 3) from the faith will happen. Jesus said these very telling words to His disciples and covenant people. He told us just what spiritual qualities we would be looking for in our ultimate leader in the last days.

 

Apparently we will want a selfist strongman, yes, even a sort of "Fuhrer".

 

God help us. This is a sad and pitiful state of affairs, but it is true. Jesus said,

 

John 5:43 I am come in My Father’s name, and ye receive Me not (Christ) if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. (Abaddon)

 

It seems that the crowds in Israel and in Christendom will apparently favour giving total power to a leader, even if he is steeped in Luciferian selfism. We are already seeing that to a degree. However, this end stage humanism/selfism will climax with that "awful horror" midway through the 70th week. Jesus in Mat.24 spoke of this “abomination of desolation”. Jesus confirmed what Daniel had prophesied in Dan.9: 27.

He said that the "abomination that makes desolate" will be seen standing in the holy place and that this will initiate the Great Tribulation.

 

Mat.24: 15-21

15. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)

16. The let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains:

17. Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:

18. Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

19. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

20. But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

21. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

 

Selfism is the hallmark of both "secular humanism" and "religious humanism".

 

·         The dark spirit will not just be a secular reality.

·         It will come inside the church as well. (Dan. 9:27)

·         Selfism is even now a Trojan horse parked just outside the church.

·         After the Dan.9: 27 deal it will be trundled on into the church.

·         The fact that "religious humanism" is unrecognised and not spoken of shows just how far we have been deceived.

·         And it shows the extent of our present danger.

·         The awful compromise of religious humanism inside the church will eventually debauch the faith altogether.

·         This will inevitably lead on to the cessation of sacrifice and homage to God Almighty the Holy One of Israel.

·         Homage and oblation to the God of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be replaced by homage to an abominable sacrilege, the 'abomination that makes desolate'.

“Because Modern Humanism is so often associated with secularism, it is sometimes easy to forget that humanism also has a very strong and very influential religious tradition associated with it. Early on, especially during the Renaissance, this religious tradition was primarily Christian in nature; today, however, it has become much more diverse. Any religious belief system, which incorporates humanistic beliefs and principles, might be described as religious humanism — thus, Christian Humanism could be thought of us as a type of religious humanism. It might be better, however, to describe this situation as a humanistic religion (where a pre-existing religion is influenced by humanist philosophy) rather than as a religious humanism (where humanism is influenced to be religious in nature).”

In other words, a religion excluding God.

Just how far has the Christian church gone into this mire of compromise and double-dealing? The church is even now preparing to desert the "patriarchal" God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in favour of a more globally acceptable "generic god".

 

·         The marriage and ordination of homosexuals.

·         Along with the acceptance of infanticide/partial birth abortion.

 

These are just some of the gross and heinous sins covered up and "normalized" inside the church.

 

·         How many Christians are faithful to the God of the scriptures?

·         And just how many in the church will sign up with this Dan.9:27 global megadeal?

 

The answer is, we do not know. But we shall find out as the 70th week opens and the 7-year covenant is signed. The WCC and the United Religions Initiative have already begun to negotiate with the powers of this world. Many "roundtables" and "dialogues" are already in session. Many well-meaning but dangerously seduced Christian leaders have been invited to attend and are 'going over' to 'have a look'.

 

Religious peace in the world is the key to world peace we are told.

 

·         "Tolerance",

·         "Inclusiveness"

·         "Understanding"

 

Are the catchwords. A lot of money and religious prestige is spread out on the table. These emerging global entities are offering great opportunities for politico-religious activity. All sorts of new religious positions, privileges and perks are up for grabs. Many think this is a good thing. World peace is worth giving up nearly everything, (or so they say). Some are even ready to sell their most precious faith (Souls)down the river. To them holiness seems to be a matter of human "choice", just like abortion, homosexuality and perhaps gargoyle selection and steeple height.

 

Compromise is an awful thing. This is well known to those who know the God of the Bible. Warnings from scripture about mixing "the cup of Christ with the cup of devils"

 

1 Cor.10: 21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of the devils.

 

Do not seem to be a source of concern for those brazen church leaders who would dare to bring grief to the Judeo-Christian God who came in the flesh as Jesus Christ fully revealing the character of our God. But the Dan.9: 27 scripture, brought to us by our dear faithful Daniel tells us the outcome of all this compromise. Three and a half years into this 7-year "covenant" this other "prince who is to come" (Abaddon) will replace the true service of God with an unspeakable abomination.

 

 

This prince, who has now been "revealed" as "the beast", along with the ten global rulers will double-cross the very same religious double dealers who compromised the cup of Christ and bent over backwards in order to accommodate him.

 

Rev.17: 16-18

16. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

 

This deal of awful compromise spoken of in Dan.9: 27 is the great apostasy. This is the issue initiating the crisis of the end time. This act of high treason against the King of Kings is what starts the drama of the final 7 years, namely, the much discussed '70th week of Daniel'.

 

Let us pause here and ask ourselves a question.

 

Have there been watershed moments in past church history when the ecclesiastical powers of established Christianity have bought into grievous compromise with the world and its systems?

 

There most certainly has been. The prototypical accommodation that the church made was back in 325 A.D.. At that time the church was invited to "go up" to sit at a covenant table with the Roman Caesar Constantine. There is no question that the Council of Nicea was a watershed moment in church history. The compromise with the worldly powers led western civilization into the Dark Ages for one thousand years. After a millennium of darkness, Gutenberg's printing press and the work of Bible translators brought the first glimmers of the gospel light back into mainstream Europe.

This history is all very interesting and instructive for us. But this future accommodation by the church, this 7 year covenant with a world prince as laid out for us by the angel Gabriel in Daniel 9:27, will be an even greater debacle. It will be a wrong turn in the pathway leading to grievous consequences for many. This 'covenant with 'many' will involve many of God's people. The deal these deceived ones are destined to make with the coming peacemaker will be a church-state, one world religious system, and Israel-Internationalist mega-deal. It will be much bigger in scope than Nicea and far worse in its implications.

Somewhere up ahead in our future church history and in the history of Judah and the nation of Israel, lies a crucial fork in the road.

 

It will give the people who think that they belong to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob a choice.

 

Two roads will be laid out before us in that epic future day.

 

1.       One road will lead through a strait gate of persecution, trials, and tribulation.

2.       The other is wide and easy, a popular Broadway.

3.       The difficult road is the Paradise road. That road will lead on to glory.

4.       But the Broadway is the road to perdition.

5.       That smooth and easy road will lead on to deeper compromise and eventual abandonment of the eternal covenant of YHVH/Christ/Messiah.

6.       That broad way that looked so 'nice' will be deceiving.

7.       It will lead the traveller onwards to apostasy.

8.       And at the judgment they will face eternal torment in the fires of hell.

 

So much for church deals with secular kings and princes. Can we learn from this earlier church folly? Pray God we shall. Because the church will be asked to revisit Nicea. It seems that the church state deal we have at present is not compromised enough for the emerging secular powers. Ah, yes. We shall be asked to "renegotiate" the Nicea deal. Eventually the epic Dan. 9:27 megadeal with a humanistic global power broker will open the 70th week.

 

This event, my dear brothers and sisters, is of critical importance to be aware of. This covenant between God's people and the principalities and powers of darkness is the crucial starting gun for the 70th week of Daniel and the final 7 years of this age. This event is what initiates the end-time drama.

 

Now is the time for us to draw near to our God. He knows all about this coming apostasy. And He has made abundant provision for us by His divine grace and favour.

 

The coming global peacemaker, who is probably even now working behind the scenes will ask us to go even further into pagan admixture. To participate, to profit, to even be licensed to operate legally,

 

The church denominations will be asked to mix the cup of Christ with all the other religions of the world. This concession will be called for in the interests of "unity", "inclusivism" and "world peace". This end-time renegotiating of the Nicean accord in politics and religion to embrace not just Christianity but also Buddhism, Islam, Wicca, and animism and the deadly Luciferian selfism is what really starts the 7 year drama, NOT the rapture. This is the hidden church compromise that attempts to cover up the reality of the end time witness. This truth is being "cloaked" by this other story of a fabled special early rapture for comfortable western Christians.

 

Bible prophecy teachers repeat loudly and often that the rapture, ripped out of its resurrection moorings… 1Thes.4: 15-17

 

1Thes.4: 15-17

15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16. 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.

 

At the end of the age will occur early, at the beginning of the 7 years. But this is incorrect. This doctrine is without Biblical foundation. There is no scripture to support an early pre-resurrection rapture. Quite the contrary. The rapture will follow right on the heals of the resurrection of the righteous dead in Christ. Jesus said that He would raise His people up on the last day of this present age. (1Thes.4: 15-17) Our Apostle Paul tells us clearly that the Rapture is actually a combined Resurrection It cannot occur one millisecond before that resurrection, let alone 7 years before it. The word rapture is an ecclesial (man’s) invention and is not found anywhere in God’s Word, The Bible.

 

Rev.20: 4-6

4. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not

·         worshipped the beast,

·         neither his image,

·         neither had received his mark upon their foreheads,

·          or in their hands;

and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: On such the second the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

This shows us quite clearly that the resurrection of the righteous dead will occur at the end of the 70th week since those saints given honourable mention at the head of that glorious company are resurrected tribulation martyrs. We know that the time frame here must be post-tribulation because John was told that these resurrected tribulation saints had not taken the mark of the beast.

 

A battle royal is raging in the church even among evangelicals and charismatics right now over this telling scripture given to us in Dan. 9:27. The rejecting and twisting of the message in Dan.9: 27 by the Kingdom Now or Dominion Theology movement is alarming. Furthermore we are seeing a resurgence of preterism and partial preterism. (Preterism is a Christian eschatological view that interprets prophecies of the Bible, especially Daniel and Revelation, as events which have already happened in the first century A.D) Partial preterism is a more subtle and sinister version of preterism. If they cannot feed a full lie to the saints they will try a half lie.

It is a cover job, a "cloaking" of the real truth. Lesser angelic rulers in the lower heavens who rule over those who do not recognize the Lordship of Jesus Christ or the authority of the Holy Scriptures instigate it. These angelic powers preside over nations, religions, marketplaces and over the religious hirelings operating on their behalf.

There is another big lie abroad that is weakening the church. This doctrine claims that it is impossible for those who say that they belong to God to ever desert the faith. This Laodicean deception causes spiritual sloth and indolence. The reality is that apostasy from the faith is happening all the time. And it is happening to many who think they are okay with God. This 'falling away from the faith or apostasy would not be apostasy if it was not happening to those who claim to be and probably are of God, at least for the moment.

 

Pagans do not apostatise!

 

·         They never were at God's table. So they never were in a position to leave and desert Him!

 

This is an uncomfortable truth. But it is needful in these times of great deception. Our apostle Paul has prophesied the great “Falling away” from the faith.

 

2 Thes.2: 3-4

3. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first. and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The possibility of apostasy, desertion of God, was clearly taught by Jesus in the parable of the sower.

 

Mat.13: 1-23 The Sower.

 

Christians and also the so-called "Christian nations" can and do fall away from the faith.

 

King David wrote a song warning us about the end time new world order conspiracy against the covenant of Messiah. David clearly saw the end time apostasy and the raging of the nations against the legitimate blood bought righteous rule of the returning Messiah. It is laid out for us clearly in,

 

Psalm 2.

 

Here is what the Bible says.

 

There will indeed be an apostasy. A look at the World Council of Churches (Unification) and the United Religions Initiative shows that the established church is even now deep into this false covenant with the emerging New World Order. So rather than neglect these lessons as "negative" we had best pay attention. There are many examples of abandonment in scripture.

One classic case of dereliction of duty is laid out for us in Acts 27. This recounts the story of the shipwreck of the Apostle Paul. Let us look at them and learn. Then let us all seek the face of our God. He knows exactly where we are. And He always takes care of His own.

 

Having shared that basic truth let us go one step further.
 

·         Why do we not discern the pre-trib rapture phantasm for the dangerous selfish notion that it really is?

·         Why do we not recognize dereliction and apostasy when we see it?

·         Is the pre-trib rapture a "Pollyanna" style storybook fable?

·         Is it Disneyized western Laodicean religious folklore that just happens to sell well to the profane quasi-Christian crowds in the religious marketplace?

·         And does this "cover story" actually "cloak" the real story of the apostasy by "many" in the 70th week so we don't hear the warning trumpets sound forth on that epic future day when the prophesied Dan.9:27 deal is signed?

 

Let us pause to take stock here. The Church, just like ancient Israel has a problem. The heart of that problem is the tricky Jacob character trait and playing fast and loose with the end-time fidelity to Jesus Christ.

Pagans and sinners out there in the secular world are not the problem. But a compromised double-dealing church certainly is. Nice and easy superficial religion built upon half-truths and 'cover stories' crafted for the nominal Christian masses may make for a profitable religi-business. But the true saints arriving at this critical time in holy history deserve better than this. So these half-truths just won't 'cut it'.

 

·         Brothers and sisters in Christ we need the truth.

·         We need the truth so that we can be motivated to seek the face of God and repent.

·         We need to seek the oil of His anointing to prepare our hearts for the coming trials. Why?

·         Because we are His witnesses! This judgment is not a terrible thing. It is merely an opportunity for a refining and separation of the gold from the dross through tribulation.

 

All these "nice" spins on the scriptures negate the necessity for us to seek His Presence in our lives. Like the five wise virgins we are to prepare ahead of time. Darkness is coming. We are to procure the oil of the Holy Spirit for the lamps of our spirit against the coming night.

If the saints knew this information would we do things differently? Would we get up from the football game or the soap opera or the stock market report and seek the face of God? Perhaps we might. And this would be good.

This disturbance to our comfort agenda that our flesh says is “negative” is actually exceedingly "positive". And as for future trials we need not worry about them if we have committed ourselves to God and our lives to His witness. If certain "adventures" in future times do take us away from the cares of this world and on into God where we belong then this will turn out to be a redemptive serendipity for us. Could tribulation actually be the "good grief" that Charlie Brown in the 'Peanuts' comic strip always knew was coming and always agonized about? If so, what is so 'good' about it?


We shall find out.

 

Pray God that in the times to come we are found as faithful servants of the King. I realize this has been a heavy dissertation, but I beg of you all to stay with me here. These words of caution are not sent to scatter, but to restore the saints to their true and glorious destiny. They are sent, not to dismember, but rather to cause the saints to remember the eternal covenant. The shed blood of the promised Sacrifice Lamb has secured this for us. He is the Redeemer of Israel, Yeshua Hamashiach and our Lord Jesus Christ. He is outside, knocking at the door of our heart.
Shall we let Him come in?

 

In the Jewish marriage betrothal, the Bridegroom sets the cup before the prospective bride. Either she drinks the cup in total commitment to her Betrothed, or she walks out on him. The new covenant in the cup and blood of Christ is in like manner set before us.

 

DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 4 (KJV)