Thus Saith The Lord God

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Seven Mountains Mandate, another end-time deception, is Dominionism on steroids. While some false prophets say the world will grow increasingly better, others preach a pre-trib rapture. Both falsehoods do great spiritual damage, as the evil days of the end-times are now at hand.

Thus saith the Lord God: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money… unholy…having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:1–2, 5). “But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13). False prophets tickle people’s ears for praise and profit.

Thus saith the Lord God: “For the time will come when they [pastors, teachers and people in the church] will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:3–4). This is relevant on multiple fronts today.

Thus saith the Lord God: “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies…and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth was blasphemed” (2 Peter 2:1–2). This too is very relevant for these last days.

Thus saith the Lord God: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars…For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places” (Matt. 24:6–7). This has never been more relevant than now.

Thus saith the Lord God: “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:9–10). Global persecution of Christians is rising.

Thus saith the Lord God: “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ [Antichrist] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand)” (Matt. 24:15). The rise of Antichrist is imminent as Israel awaits its Dan. 9:27 “covenant”.

Thus saith the Lord God: “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matt. 24:21–22). This requires much prayer, holy living and discerning God’s safety and provision.

Thus saith the Lord God; “and the same horn [Antichrist] was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High” (Dan. 7:21–22). Here, “the saints” includes present-day saints.

Thus saith the Lord God: “It was granted to him [Antichrist] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If anyone has an ear, let him hear” (Rev. 13:7–9).

Thus saith the Lord God: “And he [the false prophet] exercises all the authority of the first beast [Antichrist] in his presence and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed…He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Rev. 13:12, 16–17). During the great tribulation, global economies are ruled by the Antichrist.

Thus saith the Lord God: “Then the woman [the true church] fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days” (Rev. 12:6), and “the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness for a time and times and half a time, [3.5 years] from the presence of the serpent” (Rev. 12:14), so “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). This requires much prayer, holy living and discerning God’s safety and provision.

Thus saith the Lord God: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken…And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:29–31). This is the one and only gathering of all saints “at the last day”.

Thus saith the Lord God: “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40). “This is the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:5), and it will not occur pre-tribulation.

Thus saith the Lord God: “But the rest of the dead [the eternally doomed] did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power” (Rev. 20:4–5). Amen!

Thus saith the Lord God: “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev. 11:15). This is the resurrection rapture!

Remarkably, many Christians have been deceived to believe that Scriptures like those above do not apply to them. Such unbelief is best understood in the words of a pre-trib-rapture-preaching theologian who I heard saying, “I can’t conceive of a God who would drag His bride through the mud of the tribulation, and then marry her”. But if his unbelief has any merit, then God would need to apologize to all the apostles, prophets and saints who have been martyred for Christ!

Because of the overspreading unbelief caused by John Darby’s pre-trib rapture doctrine for the last 180 years, many Christians cannot conceive of other Biblical truths either. But everyone has a free will, to believe or disbelieve God’s Word. I pray you believe the Word of the Lord God, remove yourself from falsehoods, and prepare for the times of the end coming upon this world.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Do you not remember”

Friday, March 9, 2018

To the terror of principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this age, the resurrection of Jesus Christ validated His earthly ministry and title, Messiah, the Son of God. Consequently, the promised resurrection of His saints has been under attack by satanic forces. Even from the first century AD some taught an early resurrection, but they “strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already passed; and they overthrow the faith of some” (2 Tim. 2:18).

Scripture shows that the overthrow of Christian faith is the result of false teachings regarding an early resurrection of saints. And, no, this isn’t about knowing “the day or hour”, but the season of, and preparation to endure. The fruit of false teachings of an early resurrection created offense and hopelessness in the first century, and the early pre-trib teaching will do the same again.

The resurrection and rapture of true Christians at the last day will be the ultimate validation for Christians of the earthly ministry of Christ. Until then “the blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) is just that, a hope, believed by faith. In the meantime Satan has caused great controversy and unbelief as to when the resurrection of saints occurs. Most say pre-trib, others say mid-trib, yet others say pre-wrath, but Jesus Christ clearly taught “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31).

The blessed hope and resurrection of Christians has become convoluted. It’s become a smorgasbord of multiple choice. But Christ did not minister in multiple choice. The way in which the organized evangelical church has closed the door to this discussion, in that it protects the unbiblical and deceptive pre-trib rapture lie, is evidence that Satan has, in fact, caused great unbelief and destruction to the testimony of Christ, and many saints have fallen prey to it.

You might ask, just how important is the when of the resurrection and rapture of the righteous dead? – when will the Lord Himself descend from heaven for the resurrection of and rapture of saints? It was important enough for God’s Spirit to include it in the very first New Covenant sermon preached by the apostle Peter, and it’s intrinsically linked to repentance.

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19–21). The NIV translation of that last verse says that Christ “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets”.

Anyone who knows the Scriptures about when God restores everything, knows that He does so at the last day of this present age. Consequently, “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (2 Thess. 4:16–17) at the last day, when God restores everything; not seven years before the last day which would be required for a pre-tribulation rapture.

By the Holy Spirit, Paul preached with equal authority. In his second letter to the church at Thessalonica he said, “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him…[the same gathering of the elect Jesus taught at Matt. 24:29–31] Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition…Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?” (2 Thess. 2:1–5). It’s very important that we remember.

The church, today, therefore, must preach the truth of Christ, and be reminded like the first century church that Christians must expect the Lord Himself to descend from heaven when the time has come for God to restore everything “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), for only then will God restore everything, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) and not before.

Dear saints, be very careful to whom you give ear. If what you are being taught does not agree with the clear, written Word of the Lord, depart from that voice. And do not allow yourself the disgrace of being wooed by groomed speech, those who use swelling words of academic and theological discourse that do not agree with the clear written Word of the Lord.

Paul said of his pre-salvation unsurpassed religious academia, “what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ…and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:7–8). And God reminds us, that, “when they [the religious leaders] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). To spend time with Jesus and feast on His Word equips the believer in truth and is far better than anything man has to offer.

Christian, the Word of the Lord has been entrusted to you. In that context, “Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge – by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen” (1 Tim. 6:20–21).

Why is all this so very important? Because, Satan, the master deceiver, does not want you to know the truth of when Christ descends from heaven for the resurrection and gathering of saints. Satan wants you to believe the flesh-pleasing lie that Christ will snatch you off the earth before the tribulation, a false hope and anti-Christ lie of this age.

The resurrection of Christ is the validation and certainty of the resurrection of true Christians. And the truth of when “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6) occurs is of great importance. But what about you – have you repented of your sins and unbelief and believed, not only in the Lord Jesus, for, “Even the demons believe – and tremble! (James 2:19), but do you truly believe Him?

Spiritual truths require new birth, Spirit-led discernment. And Jesus taught that the gate to that truth is narrow, its path difficult, and few find it. The gate to unbelief, however, is wide and easy and many go in that way, Matt. 7:13–14. The Holy Spirit confirmed this saying, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one” (1 Cor. 2:14–15).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Now learn this parable”

Friday, March 2, 2018

Confirmation that ours is the final generation of this present age is revealed by Jesus Christ Himself, when, in His Olivet Discourse He gave us the parable of the fig tree. God identified Israel as His fig tree, Hosea 9:10 and Joel 1:7. In that context Jesus identified Israel’s rebirth as the premier marker in this age of the beginning of the last generation of this age.

But many Christians have been deceptively taught to disregard the Olivet Discourse believing it is inapplicable to them, since, from the dispensational view it’s applicable only to national Jews. Jesus’ teachings, however, were only to national Jews, and what dispensational teachers refuse to disclose is that after Jesus rose from the dead, He commissioned Christians to “make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19–20), which destroys dispensational theology’s segregation of saints. [my bold emphasis added]

False teachers are not equipping believers in truths for navigating the very difficult end-times. But then, how can they? Jesus said “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a pit” (Matt. 15:13–14). If they teach one lie, they’ll also teach other lies.

In love, Christ gave us the parable of the fig tree that we might know the season of His return. Just as God warned Joseph in Egypt of the seven-year drought and how to prepare, so too God warned saints in knowledge how to prepare and endure the last seven years of this age. And just as God warned Moses of judgment on every family’s firstborn where the blood was not applied, so too God warned believers of this final generation how to endure the tribulation to its end.

But, largely, it’s being ignored by leadership because it’s an unpopular teaching, a teaching that doesn’t tickle the ears of people; a teaching that calls one to serious self-examination as to his or her faith to endure to the end as Christ taught at Matt. 24:13. A sobering examination to reveal unbelief and deception does not suit the flesh. Thus it’s ignored. But in that ignorance the times of the end “will come as a snare” (Luke 21:35) with many unprepared and offended.

The New World Order, the rise of Rome, the revived fourth and final beast-kingdom of Dan. 7:7, all under the guidelines of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is now engulfing the world, not suddenly, but gradually and deceptively, conditioning people to ignore and accept end-time lies created by Satan himself. But only those with discernment will see, hear and know.

In Jesus’ teachings of the end-times He foretold the destruction of Jerusalem, Matt. 24:2, which occurred in AD 70 by Titus the Roman Emperor. The parable of the fig tree then looks forward to a time future when Israel is once again established as a productive and fruitful nation, which the beginning thereof did not occur until May 14, 1948. And by the Hebrew 360-day per year calendar, May 2018 marks Israel’s 71st anniversary as that reestablished sovereign nation.

Jesus said, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree [the nation of Israel]: When its branch has already become tender [indicating new birth] and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, [Israel’s rebirth, maturation and signs of the tribulation (Matt. 24:4–28)] know that it [the end of this age] is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:32–35).

Just as God foretold ancient Israel’s Promised Land and how to get there, so also Christ foretold the end-times that post-Calvary Christians not be deceived by lies of a different return of Christ for the gathering of saints. The testimony of Christ for His return is as applicable for Christians as His testimony of repentance, confession, new birth faith, baptism and sanctification.

Jesus also said “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matt. 24:36). Pretribulation rapture teachers then erroneously use this as a proof text of an imminent return of Christ. But their assumption is again false because there’s a vast difference between knowing the “day and hour” from the season of His return for saints, as in, the unknown day within a period of 90 days for the gathering of saints, see Daniel 12:11–12.

While we keep an eye on Israel, we must discern other signs of the end. The rebirth of Israel is the sign Christ gave that reveals the final generation of this age. Other events like “wars and rumors of wars…nation will rise against nation…famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places…[being delivered] up to tribulation” (Matt. 24:6–8); “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring, men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of things which are coming on the earth” (Luke 21:25–26), are all very important signs to discern.

There are yet other signs that must be discerned, such as Jesus warning that “as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:37). Noah’s day was equivalent to modern day transhumanism. The genetic code of mankind was being changed in Noah’s day and it’s reoccurring today. Chimera, the product of comingled animal and human genetics, are now being developed by many nations. Artificial intelligence (AI) is also an extension of the same.

Jesus also warned that “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so it will be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28–30). Lot’s day appeared normal, but was rife with sexual immorality, the equivalent of today’s increasingly normal LGBTQ and transgender issues.

I recognize the above is a daunting list “of things which are coming upon the earth”, but it isn’t the half of what’s to come. There are also the Seal, Trumpet and Bowl Judgments of Revelation. It takes a man with an undivided love for God and His Word to disseminate these truths to God’s people, to compassionately but boldly equip them beforehand with knowledge and truth.

As you carefully discern Jesus’ parable of the fig tree, also discern that God defines a generation from Psalm 90:10 as being 70 years and possibly 80 if by reason of strength, and realize that we likely have less than ten years before the end of this present age. Then press on to discover that God has a place of safety and provision for the time of the great tribulation. Love for God and people will compel you to teach the truth of the end-times. God, not man, will reward you.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“if indeed you continue”

Friday, February 23, 2018

Increasingly, it’s time to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:10–18).

God’s gift of salvation has come to us “by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8–9), teaching that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:3–4), and that, contrary to human nature, Christians must not “render evil for evil” (1 Thess. 5:15), and “not to resist an evil person” (Matt. 5:39), but to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:44–45).

Therefore the murderer is not to be killed, but the evil spirit of murder driven from him by a life-giving faith in Christ; the thief not imprisoned, but the dark principality of theft driven from him by an all-supplying faith in Christ; the adulterer not stoned, but the wicked spirit of lust driven out by a sanctifying faith in Christ, etc. Why? – because God desires all men to be saved.

A true Christian’s spiritual eyes have been opened to see that behind every work of evil lies an evil spirit, a ruler of darkness, a hostile principality and host of wickedness that causes people to commit evil acts. Therefore, as ambassadors of Christ we do not administer wrath against people controlled by the “rulers of the darkness of this age”, but to do good and pray for their salvation, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Rom. 2:4).

Until Jesus returns, the world will get darker and more violent, because Satan knows his time is short. Increasingly, the “rulers of the darkness of this age” are ascending from the pit to cover the earth. “And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon” (Rev. 9:11). This accounts for the sharp rise in murders, rage, theft, suicide, violence, hatred, corruption, immorality and disobedience.

Many Christians who hold to the false pretribulation rapture effectively stick their head in the sand and think there’s nothing to be concerned about for God will snatch them out of this world any second now before malevolent tribulation forces affect them, but they deceive themselves, because Christ gathers His elect saints “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31).

Our faith can remain strong in the midst of tribulation forces “if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven” (Col. 1:23). However, many will be caught in “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3), for when the tribulation is revealed “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). Why, because Jesus foretold it.

The burden of my heart is this: because the church has largely departed from end-time truth, and rests ignorantly in the pretribulation rapture and “Left Behind” lie produced by evil spirits, most Christians cannot discern evil spirits creating false unions with Rome and many other spiritual traps set by demonic spirits who come only “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10).

Since the pretrib rapture crowd believes they will not be on earth for the tribulation, they gladly remain ignorant of it. But avoiding the gospel’s end-time truths will not diminish the reality of an imminent tribulation. Sadly, falsehoods in the church keep most people in blissful ignorance, but that ignorance will lead to a slaughter of unimaginable proportion, for, it was Almighty God Himself who said that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6).

God warned us whose hope it is to be participant in “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13), when “we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16), to “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3).

Many pastors, teachers and church leaders, however, know the truth of all this but remain silent, having a greater fear of men and false tradition than of God. They could otherwise prepare their congregations in the truth for the posttribulation rapture that both Jesus and His apostle’s taught. In this case silence is not golden, but is an end-time death trap and contempt for the truth.

A God-fearing, Spirit-led man will boldly declare the truths Christ taught and make no apology for it. It’s time to resist the protectionist mentality of an indefensible tradition set to sweep many to their destruction. It’s time for men of God to boldly stand and teach the truths for the time of the end – the same truths Jesus taught, and rescue many from “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3).

That’s called being Spirit-led – knowing and believing the truth and waging spiritual warfare in the Spirit, “pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor. 10:4–5) in those who teach falsehood, and praying against evil spirits who cause evil and unbelief. We must clothe ourselves in the truth of God.

Pray with me that the church be delivered from false traditions and teachings that promote the flesh and remove God’s authority. If you care about those under your charge, if you care for the church, if you care for praise from God rather than man, then join me in fervent prayer.

Now is the time to, “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:10). One can only do this “if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard” (Col. 1:23). Are you prepared to endure to the end?

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Has God indeed said…?”

Friday, February 16, 2018

One cannot have a holy fear of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection with a dismissive attitude of any of Jesus’ and His Spirit’s teachings. That’s not love for Christ who purchased our salvation. We do well to measure what we believe in light of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection “For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him” (2 Tim. 2:11). Have you spiritually died with Him?

An effective deceit Satan uses against people, and especially Christians, is the same used against Eve in the Garden when he said, “Has God indeed said…?” (Gen. 3:1). When doubt regarding God’s authority overshadowed her heart, humanistic justification followed, God was dethroned, Eve was self-enthroned, and death was born. And the medium? – fruit that looked good!

It’s been occurring ever since that fateful day in Eden when “Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression” (1 Tim. 2:14). Webster says to deceive is “to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid”. In this, many today are shameless.

It’s called pride. That first deception disguised as something good, even so notable as to “make one wise” (Gen. 3:6) causing the fall of the human race was rooted in Satan’s words, “Has God indeed said?” We must take serious note of that event which led to spiritual death, and apply it to everything we believe, what we don’t believe, and why. It’s truly about life and death.

The fruit of actually believing God produces true love, not a humanistic superficial love that avoids truth in order to achieve one’s will and favor of man, but true love for God, His Word and fellowman, a love that exposes deception and currents of humanism, yes, a love that warns God’s people of deceit and false church traditions. Hence, one’s great need for spiritual discernment.

The tempter, the deceiver, the evil one, the son of perdition, Satan, yet sows that same deceptive question into the hearts and minds of people today, in fact, more so today, because he knows that his time is short. And the only resource you and I have as Christians to discern deception from truth is the written Word of God contextually confirmed by the Holy Spirit.

However, many Christians, like Eve, seek justification of their own will and say things like, “The Holy Spirit told me this”, or “God is leading me to that”, when in fact, they haven’t searched the Word of the Lord regarding this or that. Their spirit is open like Eve’s, but clouded by their own desire, disguised even as wisdom. Thus, many are not led by God’s Word but by their flesh.

Here’s a reliable truth: God will NEVER lead anyone into any vocation or situation that is contrary to His written Word for Christians. Nor will God’s Spirit lead anyone to believe or teach that which runs counter to the testimony of Jesus Christ; rather, the one in Christ by faith will lay down his life for the truths of God in Christ who suffered Calvary for our salvation.

Though numerous, let me give you just two examples of humanistic justification many in the church enact in order to undo God’s Word. First, God clearly said, “Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says…If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Cor. 14:34–37).

Many theologians and church leaders, however, fearing our culture more than God, which hates those who segregate gender in business or religion, bow the knee to cultural dictates and appoint women to offices of headship and authority in the church. They do this on the guise that 1 Cor. 14:34–37 was applicable only to the first century church. How conveniently deceptive.

Though having no Biblical support, they who undo the truth say that because women in the first century were disruptive in church, this exhortation exists. It’s assumed that God’s Word for the first century church is not intended for the church of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. What a deception! This mocks God with conjecture and assumes that He changes! But we must apply the truth, that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:6).

Furthermore, God gave reason why women are to be silent and not hold authoritative offices, i.e., pastor, teacher, deacon, elder, in the church, saying, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression” (1 Tim. 2:12–14).

Secondly, many theologians and church leaders, fearing loss of their created pretribulation rapture tradition, assume that when Jesus taught the Olivet Discourse at Matthew 24, He spoke not to the church but only national Jews. Therefore, the gathering of Jesus’ elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) has no application to the church. This, they say, is rightly dividing the Word of truth, but they deceive for their own benefit. Again, how very convenient.

Let’s test their approach to God’s Word. When Jesus, at night, taught “a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews…Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:1, 3), He must have meant that only national Jews needed to be born again, right? Therefore, this cannot apply to the church? But we again apply truth: Jesus said, “what I say to you, I say to all” (Mark 13:37). Yet, the evangelical church teaches that one must be born again to be saved. Thus, their former assumption is deception.

Christians need to discern that Jesus said of His earthly ministry, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 15:24). Therefore, what Jesus taught was specifically to national Jews. But after Jesus’ death and resurrection He told would-be Christians, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19–20). The Words “all things” in that commission includes the Olivet Discourse!

Has God explicitly said “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve” (1 Tim. 2:12–13)? Most certainly. Has God explicitly said Christ “must remain I heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV)? Indeed. Has God explicitly said that He raises the righteous dead “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54) and in “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6)? Yes, indeed. Has God explicitly said that Christ gathers His elect saints “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31)? Yes. True Christians, then, have the obligation to teach and obey these truths.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Let no one deceive you”

Friday, February 9, 2018

The world is prepared for the “the man of sin…the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3). When he arrives it will be “according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thess. 2:9–10). End-time deceptions increase.

The union of Christianity and Roman Catholicism is one of those deceptions, and the union of Christianity with portions of Judaism’s law is yet another. But the false pretribulation rapture tradition taught by the church itself is the chief deception to lead “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3), and will be a cause of great offense, hatred and betrayal one of another, see Matt. 24:10.

The late George Eldon Ladd (1911–1982), “professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California”, in his book “The Blessed Hope”, has set forth the truth of the posttribulation rapture taught by Christ and His apostles. Yet, Ladd said he “knows of a good number of outstanding Christian leaders who hold this same expectation, but they do not wish to be quoted and they have not publically expressed themselves.” Really!

How can this be! How can “Christian leaders” believe Christ and His apostle’s posttribulation rapture truth but remain silent! Is that love for God? Is that love for people? Is Christ honored and His Church protected? Absolutely not! Godly love is never, ever silent about deceptions!

Ladd challenges: “can we afford to be silent on this question? In light of the fact that the Word of God nowhere expressly asserts a pretribulation rapture, and since there is no plain affirmation that the Church will be taken out of the world before Antichrist appears, let us suppose that we are in fact in the very last days, and within a matter of months or a few years at most, God moves upon the events of world history so that suddenly a new Caesar or Mussolini or Hitler or Stalin appears who is unquestionably the Antichrist. Suppose that such a person, the incarnation of satanic power, actually gains domination of the entire world as neither Mussolini or Hitler or Stalin were able to do. Suppose that he uses this power to demand a worship of himself and his state upon penalty of death. Suppose that martyrs begin to fall by the hundreds of thousands, not only of Jews but particularly of Christians who will not worship the Beast or receive his mark. Suppose that suddenly the people of God find themselves engulfed in a horrible persecution at the hands of the Antichrist when they had been assured repeatedly on the authority of the Word of God that this experience would never befall them. What will be the result? We leave it to the reader’s imagination. Certainly we dare not propagate a teaching of safety about which the Word of God in not indisputably clear, nor should we accept the responsibility of filling the hearts of God’s people with what may be a false hope and thus leave them utterly unprepared for terrible days of persecution when and if they fall. If there is the possibility that the Church is to suffer tribulation at the hands of Antichrist, do not those who believe it have a God-given responsibility to do what they can to prepare the Church for what may be ahead, even though it is a very unwelcome message? Our responsibility is to God, not to man.”

Well said, George Eldon Ladd, “Our responsibility is to God, not to man”! But the problem is, many love the praise of man who is seen rather than of God who is unseen. Many also love the wealth that comes from teaching the pretribulation rapture lie entrenched in the Church.

But the day is coming when “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” (2 Cor. 5:10–11).

When Moses led ancient Israel out of Egypt to Canaan, most of the people disbelieved God about their promised inheritance when they heard of terrifying giants in Canaan, and as a result suffered offense and exclusion of their intended inheritance. As fear of the giants turned Israel to disbelieve God, so too, Antichrist and the tribulation are today’s counterpart. Accordingly, many Christians disbelieve the plain Word of God for the end-times and will fall away in offense.

Though God plainly said that Christ “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV), while knowing that the restoration of everything does not occur until the last day of this present age, lest there’d be no tribulation, false teachers yet assert that Christ “will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16) for the rapture seven years before the restoration of everything! Such false teachers woefully blind themselves and their followers.

Though the Son of God plainly taught that He gathers His elect saints “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), false teachers have persuaded the large majority of Christians through their academic jargon and flesh-pleasing nonsense that Christ gathers His elect saints before the tribulation and the revelation of Antichrist. They teach conjecture, assumptions, wishful thinking and falsehood! But the question is, are you discerning of their deceptions?

Though the Spirit of God plainly said “concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him…Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not 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 worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:1–4), false teachers persuade the ignorant that “our gathering to Him” occurs before the man of sin is revealed!

Though Jesus Christ Himself said, while teaching on the resurrection of the righteous dead, that everyone who “believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), false teachers say Christ raises the righteous dead seven years before the last day in a pretribulation rapture. They do grave violence to the authority and testimony of Christ.

One unrepentant lie begets another, and one undiscerned deception begets another, then another. The pretribulation rapture lie and deception now protected by the Church for over 150 years has emboldened the creation of a false god, as many in the Church believe according to their will. Don’t let that be true of you. You have the ability to believe the truth and prepare accordingly.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“you have fallen from grace”

Friday, February 2, 2018

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8–9). In these end-times, however, false teachers entice many to add to their salvation certain things of Jewish law that deceptively sensationalize.

True faith in Christ rejects adding works of any false religious systems, including Judaism. And for he who has known the way of grace through faith but returns to performing even a portion of that law, God warns, “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Gal. 5:4). If not for justification, why practice any of it?

In these end-times false teachers are convincing many to return to and practice certain portions of the law, but this leads to spiritual apostasy. Here’s how: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them’” (Gal. 3:10).

“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet’” (Rom. 7:7). No man can keep the law, only Christ was able to keep and fulfill the law, and grace through faith in Him justifies us before God, not any works of the law.

Just as God called Abram out of “Ur of the Chaldeans” (Gen. 11:28), saying, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1); and just as God told Moses to lead the Jews out of Egypt and never return, so too, true Christians must come out of false Judaism’s performance and live by faith, see Heb. 11:6.

Deception is leading many astray to observe certain portions of the law. But God’s warning at Gal. 3:10 should be sufficient to stop any professing Christian from returning to and performing any portion of the law, and to live by grace through faith alone.

False teachers are circulating in the church teaching to practice special Jewish days, customs, feasts and observances. Some pastors now wear the Jewish prayer shawl on their head to pray; others observe certain feasts, festivals and restrictions of foods according to the law. Spiritually, a return to the law after knowing Christ by faith, endangers one from being cut off from Christ.

But a return to Jewish law is just another of many end-time signs. Ancient Israel, having been led out of bondage to Egypt also desired to return, saying, “Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt? So they said to one another. ‘Let us select a leader and return to Egypt’” (Num. 14:3–4). But God destroyed that entire generation that desired to return to their bondage.

God said, “The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above…I the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they will be consumed, and there they shall die” (Num. 14:29, 35). A return to observing the law is likewise a complaint against God’s grace!

One of the deceptions yet to come is when Antichrist enables, by his 7-year peace “covenant” (Dan. 9:27), the return to sacrificial worship by Orthodox Jews in their rebuilt third temple, see Rev. 11:1. False teachings now, however, are preparing Christians to also return to the law. Sacrificial worship in the rebuilt third temple will be an abomination to God who sent His Son Jesus to die on Calvary but was raised to life for the redemption of all who believe Him by faith.

Many Christians are now deceived to believe that a return to practicing at least a portion of the law, its customs, observances, special days and feasts is pleasing to God. But to every soul who so believes and practices, be warned that God said “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them” (Gal. 3:10). You cannot do it!

Deceiving spirits are convincing many Christians to return to certain customs of Judaism which is the precursor to accepting the return to temple worship when Antichrist makes his seven-year peace “covenant” (Dan. 9:27), and will be an enabling element to “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3). One cannot be “estranged from Christ” (Gal. 5:4) if he didn’t once belong to Christ.

And if anyone attempts to practice just one portion of the law, he is obligated to “continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them”, which is impossible, for no man is able to perform or keep the law. That’s why “as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse”, for which, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law” (Gal. 3:13).

A departure from faith and return to the former performances of law have been put in motion by deceiving spirits. The law of Judaism was fulfilled by the Man, Christ, who came from heaven and returned to heaven. No other man was or is able to keep the law. But a deceptive return to portions of it is being espoused as pleasing to God. BUT IT’S A LIE, DON’T BELIEVE IT!

Performing the law or any portions of it appeals to the flesh. IT LOOKS AND FEELS SO RELIGIOUS! That’s also the deception of Roman Catholicism; it ministers pride to the flesh. People are motivated to worship by what they perceive with their physical senses. But that doesn’t please God who said “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb. 11:6).

True saving faith is not based on what we perceive with our physical senses. Yet, that’s the beguiling apostasy of Roman Catholicism and Judaism. Both minister to the flesh as religious regalia, articles and customs of false worship make their return in the church. Many are not discerning of these deceptions. Many are sincere in their worship, but are sincerely wrong.

All the pieces of the prophetic gospel are coming together in fulfillment of the end-times. Know that, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). We have entered the end-times and prophetic replay of ancient Israel when she was supposed to possess her inheritance, Canaan, but disbelieved God and desired to return to her bondage in Egypt, and suffered destruction in the wilderness.

Preparations are now underway for the same to reoccur. “See, I have told you beforehand…For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (Matt. 24:25, 28).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“great signs and wonders to deceive”

Friday, January 26, 2018

Fathers, husbands and brothers in Christ – we, not our wives or daughters, are commissioned as the spiritual heads of our homes; we are the watchmen on the wall; we must sound the alarm of an approaching enemy; we must always be scanning the spiritual horizon of life for the enemy who comes only “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10).

Spiritually, we must be like Gideon’s three hundred chosen men, who, scooping up water with their hands to drink were able to be ever-watchful, unlike those who knelt with their faces to the water to drink were unable to be vigilant. We, like the former, must be prepared with the Sword of the Lord, meaning God’s Word, to watch for and recognize the enemy and sound the alarm.

The church is in a time of grave deception when even many popular evangelical Christians are unable to discern the enemy within Christianity: Roman Catholicism. Jesus warned “false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24). In 2018 this deception will increase mightily. Are you discerning it?

Pope Francis is a master deceiver, the architect of false unity foisted upon the Christian church. The popes have always believed they are God on earth and that all should worship them as God, and Pope Francis is no different. Typical of deception, it’s incremental but highly effective as deceiving spirits draw increasingly more evangelical Christians to the side of the great whore.

Many Christians are like the cowards of Gideon’s men who were afraid to confront the enemy and went home; who turn their spiritual faces down, or are carelessly unaware of imminent danger. What makes this situation so much worse is the fact that many church leaders themselves are either afraid or unable for lack of discernment to warn the people of imminent spiritual peril.

As you know from many years of me writing, I seldom provide links to other articles, but it’s important for readers to understand that there are a few other Christians with discernment of this vital issue that has the possibility to carry millions to perdition. There are a few of us sounding the alarm that the enemy has breached the walls and is now within!

Note this link demonstrating the false unity and popularity of Pope Francis and evangelicals:  This next article describes Kenneth Copeland’s and James Robison’s trek to the Vatican to meet the pope:

And Rick Warren also has a strong penchant for Pope Francis and Roman Catholicism: In this article be sure to read the linked articles within this article. Church leaders and pastors who lead their people to false unity with Roman Catholicism are “false prophets” who approve of the great whore of Babylon.

This April 10, 2016 article shows Lou Engle of The Call, a popular evangelical Christian leader, falling prostrate, bowing the knee to and kissing the feet of a Roman Catholic priest in a show of reconciliation with this false unity now underway:

The Lou Engle article goes on to say that, “During the segment at Azusa Now, [Azusa Street being the birthplace of the Assemblies of God] Calisi [a Catholic priest] told the audience that division between Christians and Catholics is a ‘diabolical sin,’ and that Jesus ‘doesn’t care’ that Christians and Catholics disagree on biblical doctrine.” While Calisi’s statement is of the devil, many Christians are unable to discern it and thus fall headlong into its deception.

Saving faith in Jesus Christ is highly exclusive. It does not co-mingle doctrines of devils with the doctrines of Christ. True Christians do not pray to the dead, nor elevate Mary the mother of Jesus to the position of divinity, nor believe the pope is the Vicar of Christ, nor believe that salvation is dependent on membership in the Roman Catholic Church, which all popes have decreed, etc.

Jesus warned that “false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24). The Pope of Rome, his Cardinals, Bishops and Priests are “false christ’s”. And Christians who propose unity with them are “false prophets”, and their false unity is a manifestation of “great signs and wonders to deceive”, but few discern it.

God warned of those who find false unity with the beast. “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful. Then he said to me, ‘The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues’” (Rev. 17:13–15).

Gideon’s men who stood and scooped up water in their hands to drink were able to be ever-vigilant; but those who comfortably knelt to drink were not. Much of Western Christianity is, likewise, so comfortable that many are unable to be a watchman, guarding the truths of Christ, content with maintaining the peace and status quo. “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matt. 11:12). That forcefulness, in love, sounds the trumpet of warning, bringing division of darkness from light.

Remember, it was Jesus who said “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword” (Matt. 10:34). That Sword is God’s Word that divides between falsehood and truth, and as Christians we must wield that Sword exposing the lies and deceptions of the enemy who comes only “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10).

God calls us to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:10–12).

The problem is that it’s easier to conform to those we are able to see than God who is unseen, which truly defines the meaning of walking by faith versus walking by the flesh, for which God reminds us, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“shake off the dust under your feet”

Friday, January 19, 2018

I reaffirm what I said on 01/05/2018. Based on Jesus’ parable of “the fig tree” (Matt. 24:32–35), and a generation being “seventy years and if by reason of strength they are eighty years” (Psa. 90:10), and that Israel is over 70 years old, the next ten years will fulfill the 7-year tribulation, Antichrist, the great tribulation, and Christ gathering His saints in the rapture just as Jesus said, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). I hope you believe and prepare likewise.

When Jesus said “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself” (John 14:2–3), all other Scriptures regarding His promise to, “come again” to gather His saints, agree that this occurs after the seven-year tribulation.

The truth of Christ’s return is very important as it’s part of the full gospel. It teaches “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16), “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21), when “we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31).

The season of Christ’s return, however, is readily disallowed from being taught in the organized church because of Satan’s pre-tribulation rapture lie (now solidified as doctrine) being foisted on the church by John Nelson Darby (1800–1882), since about 1830 after his satanic epiphany. Not a single verse of Scripture says that Christ gathers His elect saints pre-tribulation, not one.

Numerous deceptions have a home in the so-called full gospel church. And in many churches the gospel is only a partial gospel infused with man’s wishes and pet traditions. Why? – because the full gospel destroys the wishful desires of man, but very few are up to the task of preaching and teaching God’s full truths that run counter-culture and counter-tradition.

And Jesus said, “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). And He also said, “For laying aside the command of God, you hold the tradition of men…making the word of God of no effect” (Mark 7:8, 13). “The Pharisees, Jesus said, lived for the approval and praise of other people, and he called it one of the most deadly dispositions in the world.” John Piper

They even tried to kill the apostle John by boiling him in a vat of oil. But when that failed they exiled him to “the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9). Being exiled for teaching the full gospel truth is not new. Consider how the Reformers were exiled by the popes of Rome. Yet, to protect pet church traditions, certain of God’s truths are exiled by the evangelical church today. They learned the practice from popes.

For example, Jesus’ end-time testimony is exiled by those steeped in religious doctrines and traditions that disagree with Christ. But true followers of Christ are bold and indeed willing to lay down their lives for the testimony of Jesus even if it means being publically rejected by those in church authority because “We must obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29).

Much of the church has also exiled God’s Word saying, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression” (1 Tim. 2:11–14). But evangelical leaders boldly appoint women to positions of authority over men, even ordaining them as pastors, leaders and teachers while God’s Word is exiled and mocked. Should we think God smiles at disobedience? No.

Be encouraged, don’t allow yourself to be compromised by doctrines and traditions of men, hear the Lord Jesus say, be strong, be filled with the Spirit, do not fear men, let Me be your example, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” (Mark 6:11).

Knowing the truth of Christ’s return is critical to enduring the years, months, weeks and days leading to that day. And anyone teaching the pre-trib rapture lie will be accountable to God for having maligned His Word and having created a seedbed of offense which will be revealed in the tribulation just as Jesus taught at Matt. 24:10 bearing fruit to “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3).

Do not let that be said of you, but rather, that you loved Christ enough to teach and defend His testimony. In the judgment (2 Cor. 5:10) you will not be judged by men, but by Christ Himself. Therefore, don’t fear men or their church doctrines and traditions that gain the praise of men. It takes love for God, strength and courage to obey God rather than man. Be encouraged and do it.

Time is short. The world is on the brink of tribulation wars. Mark of the beast technologies are being rolled out with broad acceptance. Persecution of Christians now escalates globally. The U.S. will not be exempt. Governments want the New World Order. Deceptions increase. God’s Word is increasingly compromised in order to please man. Many deceived evangelicals find cause to unite with Pope Francis and Roman Catholicism. The sudden falling away is near.

And from JEWSNEWS 01/13/2018, posted by Dr. Tom Horn, a former Assemblies of God pastor: “The EU will convene in ‘extraordinary session’ to force Israel into national suicide in accepting the ‘Two-State’ solution once and for all”. Continuing: “Norway and the European Union announced on Wednesday they will convene an “extraordinary session” at the end of the month in an attempt to push the “two-state solution” to end the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict.

Many end-time signs and events are now unfolding, but unless one knows God’s Word regarding these prophetic events, they will be discounted as normal. But in reality, God is calling people to attention, to consider their relationship with God in Christ, to repent, confess and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life, for the last day of this present age is quickly approaching.

But take comfort in the God of our salvation because, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked” (Psa. 91:1, 7–8). Do you dwell in “the secret place”?

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Come out of her, my people”

Friday, January 12, 2018

God said, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:1, 13). This benefits no one if it’s glossed over and ignored, assuming it’s irrelevant. The Holy Spirit here is not speaking of “evil men and imposters” outside the church, but on the contrary, meaning inside the church!

Today, a spiritually destructive end-time deception is setting upon the church: the false unity of Roman Catholicism and evangelical Christianity. Are you paying close attention to written and oral materials being disseminated in your church? Is Mary elevated? Are Catholic meditations and prayers promoted? Is unity with the Roman Pontiff being suggested?

There’s a spiritually destitute effort underway by Roman Catholic leaders and non-discerning evangelical Christian leaders for the reunification of Reformation denominations who had come out of Roman Catholicism. Many who had left Catholicism when they found the truth of Christ in evangelical Christianity, are returning again to the deceptive performances of the flesh.

Many now desire to return to Catholicism as its works-based religion satisfies the flesh. But the same idolatrous Catholicism that gave rise to the Protestant Reformation, is the same today as it was during the thousand years that led up to the Reformation, it just wears a different mask. And be warned, to turn from the truth one once knew is spiritually fatal, see Hebrews 6:4–8.

Throughout the history of Catholicism popes made Papal Bulls, man-made decrees befitting of their pharisaical traditions. And as long as the church or any successor pope does not rescind the Papal Bull of a former pope, the decree stands as an official decree and belief of the church. With that in mind, note just a few Papal Bulls that intimidate and threaten the biblically ignorant.

“The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in heaven and earth” Pope Pius V (1504–1572); “We may according to the fullness of our power, dispose of the law and dispense above the law. Those whom the Pope of Rome doth separate, it is not a man that separates them but God.” Pope Innocent III (1160–1216); “We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty” Pope Leo XIII (1810–1903).

“We declare, assert, define and pronounce to be subject to the Roman Pontiff is to every creature altogether necessary for salvation…I have the authority of the King of Kings. I am all in all, and above all, so that God Himself and I, the Vicar of Christ, have but one consistory, and I am able to do almost all that God can do. What therefore, can you make of me but God?” Pope Boniface VIII (1230–1303); “I alone…am the successor of the apostles, the Vicar of Jesus Christ. I am the way, the truth, and the life…” Pope Pius IX (1792–1878).

“To such extent did Mary suffer and almost die with her suffering and dying Son; to such extent did she surrender her maternal rights over her Son for: man’s salvation…that we may rightly say she redeemed the human race together with Christ.” Pope Benedict XV (1854–1922)

“Every day, as the Church herself recommends, priests will recite the Holy Rosary, which, by proposing for our meditation the mysteries of the Redeemer, leads us to Jesus through Mary.” Pope Pius XII (1876–1958); “No man outside obedience to the Pope of Rome can ultimately be saved. All who have raised themselves against the faith of the Roman Church, and died in final impenitence have been damned, and gone down to Hell.” Pope Clement VI (1291–1352)

Popes demand they be worshiped as God, and for many hundreds of years popes tortured and murdered people who rejected their proud claims. And so will Antichrist, “the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:3–4).

I trust you know God’s Word with discerning spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear the blasphemy against God and His Christ in the above papal quotes. They frighten people into submission with their proud threats, self-exaltation and wishful authority. Pope Francis does it with false humility. So, how is it possible that large sectors of evangelicals now desire unity with such apostasy?

This is how it’s possible: “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:9–12).

When the Holy Spirit warned, saying, “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4), He warned people to come out of the great harlot, for, “her plagues will come in one day – death and mourning and famine…that great city [the Vatican] that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet…in one hour such great riches came to nothing” (Rev. 18:8, 16–17).

Roman Catholicism instills fear unto performance into the hearts of her subjects. She exalts the popes as God. She venerates Mary as equal to Christ. She makes repetitious and vain prayers to the dead, and bows down to her own carved images. She blasphemes Almighty God. And soon, she will once again pursue the true saints for their destruction, see Dan. 7:21 and Rev. 13:7.

Roman Catholicism creates an unholy fear of man by its intimidating papal decrees rather than a holy fear of Christ that “whoever believes in Him [Christ] should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16), and that “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9–10).

“Pope Francis said “Division is the Work of Devil” (The Gospel Herald Church–5/26/2015). But Jesus said He brings division! “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother…and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household…” (Matt. 10:34–39).

In effect, Pope Francis and evangelicals who support him make Christ a liar in order to promote a false unity that must not be allowed, “For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial?…And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (2 Cor. 6:14–16).

Pope Francis is a deceiver. He is first and foremost a Jesuit Priest who gave leadership to the Jesuit’s from 1973 to 1979. “Jesuits are bound by oath not to seek higher office in the Roman Catholic Church, and now one of them has been elected to its highest office: Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Pontifex Maximus. Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope, not only represents a paradox for the papacy, but also the larger history of the Society of Jesus, as the Jesuits are formally known.” (Source: Religion News Service 03/14/2013)

Leading to the Reformation it was the Jesuits under oath of obedience to the pope who often carried out the tortures and murders of Christians who opposed the self-exalted and pretentious popes of Rome. Their oath of obedience has not changed. And the Roman Pontiff’s desire to be worshiped as God has not changed either. Nor has the papal throne forgotten the severe wound it suffered 500 years ago, and its revenge that comes through the Antichrist will be much worse.

God said saints cannot be silent about works and deceptions that lead away from Christ, and are thus commanded to, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11). Many deceived, are returning to Babylon, but God says, “come out of her”.

Marlin J. Yoder

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