“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 TheFridayLetter.com, 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: https://ktfnews.com/joel-osteen-meets-pope/  This next article describes Kenneth Copeland’s and James Robison’s trek to the Vatican to meet the pope: http://christiannews.net/2014/07/03/tv-preachers-glowingly-describe-meeting-with-pope-to-tear-down-walls-of-division/

And Rick Warren also has a strong penchant for Pope Francis and Roman Catholicism: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=18028 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: http://christiannews.net/2016/04/10/lou-engle-of-the-call-prostrates-himself-kisses-foot-of-catholic-leader-as-act-of-reconciliation/

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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“know that it is near – at the doors!”

Friday, January 5, 2018

Welcome to the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, AD 2018! He was born of a virgin, taught truth and salvation, was killed on a cross for our sins and buried, but rose from the dead and ascended to His Father in heaven. His life marked the division of AD from BC on world calendars. No one in world history has had such power and influence in life, death and resurrection.

Begin this year by proclaiming the glory of the Lord. “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Rev. 4:8). And “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 5:12).

With the help of the Lord Jesus by His Word and Holy Spirit, I will continue teaching the imminent tribulation start and equipping the saints in the end-time knowledge God has so graciously given to all who by faith believe His Word. Let’s begin with the event Jesus taught was for our knowing the nearness of the time of the end: His parable of the fig tree.

The fig tree being Israel, (Hos. 9:10; Joel 1:7), Jesus said, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, [things of His Olivet Discourse] know that it 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).

At unique points of biblical history a generation can be found to mean forty years or one hundred years. But generally, and in context to Jesus’ parable of the fig tree, God refers to a generation as the normal lifespan of a man, saying, “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years” (Psa. 90:10). This is important in discerning the truth.

Jesus’ parable concerns the rebirth of Israel. Upon the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus the Roman emperor in AD 70, Israel ceased from being a nation. But God foretold the rebirth of Israel at Ezekiel 37:1–14. Israel’s rebirth marks the beginning of the end of this age. It’s now been seventy years since Israel was reborn as a nation. I believe the next ten years will fulfill the seven-year tribulation, Antichrist’s role, the great tribulation, and Christ gathering His saints in the rapture just as Jesus said, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31).

From AD 70 Israel lay desolate and overrun by foreigners until May 14, 1948 when David Ben Gurion and a few other leading Jews declared Israel’s statehood. That same day U.S. President Harry S. Truman led the world in acknowledging Israel as a sovereign nation. The very next day, “Arab armies invaded Israel and the first Arab-Israeli war began.” (Source: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). As biblically foretold, that conflict rages today.

That conflict will cease, however, by a quasi-peace agreement when Antichrist “shall confirm a covenant with many for one week” (Dan. 9:27), meaning seven years, which begins the seven-year tribulation. The world will rejoice at the man who brought peace to these warring nations. But God warned that “when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape” (1 Thess. 5:3).

Sudden destruction comes when, “in the middle of the week he [Antichrist] shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate” (Dan. 9:27). This quasi-peace “covenant with many” will allow Orthodox Jews to rebuild their third Temple and again offer Old Testament-style animal sacrifices, see Rev. 11:1.

After that sacrificial worship runs its course of 3 1/2 years, (42 months), Antichrist, who made the “covenant”, breaks it and “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. 13:16–17).

This is what Jesus called the “great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt. 24:21). This is when Satan’s full strength and wrath will be poured out on humanity through Antichrist, but especially upon all who claim faith in Christ Jesus. True Christians will be his main target of annihilation.

In the last two millennia there was another time over many centuries when Satan’s henchmen tried to kill every true Christian – and it came through the men who claimed to be God’s Vicar on earth! The brutal torture and death of tens of millions of innocent Christians came at the hands of the popes of Rome and their Jesuit priest death squads!

God said history repeats itself. “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). From their beginning the popes of Rome appointed themselves as the Vicar of Christ, but when people turned to the God of the Bible and His Christ, and refused to honor the popes as Vicar, and refused to pay the evil papal indulgences, they were hunted down, tortured and murdered in cold blood! It’s coming again!

The pride of the papal throne goes before its destruction, but not before it tries once more to destroy the true people of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Vatican was the only country that refused to acknowledge Israel as a sovereign nation until it made its own agreement with Israel on 12/30/1993, “The Fundamental Agreement Between the Holy See And the State of Israel”.

If you think Pope Francis is the kind, humble and gentle pope the world believes him to be, you would be very mistaken. First, understand that Pope Francis is foremost a Jesuit Priest. He’s the first Jesuit pope, and he, together with all popes, still desires the worship of the religious world.

In the last several years there’s been a collaborative move to unite evangelical Christianity and Roman Catholicism. Many evangelical leaders and pastors are now deceived by Pope Francis. But beware, in 2018 there will be an even greater surge of Reformation denominations and evangelical leaders finding unity with Roman Catholicism. The formation of such an apostate alliance, however, is of the devil.

Speaking of the great end-time harlot filled with wickedness, God said, “The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Rev. 17:4–6). This is because she murders the saints.

Do a computer search of “purple and scarlet”, then click images. You will see Roman Catholic popes, Cardinals and Bishops proudly “arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones”. Read Revelation 17 and 18 and seek God’s wisdom and understanding in this.

There are two types of end-time women in Scripture: the one represents the true Church, but the other, the false church and agents of Satan. The woman of the true Church, “the freewoman” is described at Galatians 4:21–31, and is the woman who, at the time of the great tribulation, “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).

The woman of the false church with her many agents, physically pursues and destroys all the saints of God she can find. It happened before and it will happen again, but on a much greater scale. This time the false church will assert its rule and influence globally, for she is “the great harlot who sits on many waters…The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” (Rev. 17:1, 15). Roman Catholicism is everywhere.

God warned that the end-times “will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 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 21:35–36).

We cannot “be counted worthy to escape all these things” in our strength. We are not sufficient in ourselves. We need Christ to cleanse and purge our lives from sin and unbelief, and trust Him in all circumstances. Daily we must be quick to repent and confess our sins that Christ might be enthroned in our hearts to overcome unbelief and sin, and be set apart to Jesus the Son of God.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“by the renewing of your mind”

Friday, December 29, 2017

Every New Year people make resolutions of this or that, generally related to doing better at something, maybe weight loss, more exercise, more family time, less work, less stress, to stop smoking, drinking less alcohol, being kinder, or even reading the Bible more. But renewal of our faith in Christ is especially important, not as a New Year’s resolution, but as an enduring victory.

The truth is, that, usually by mid-February or early March most New Year resolutions, if not all, have failed. Why? Because the heart and mind had not been renewed and empowered to actually change what the individual recognized as needing to be changed. God wants to change that.

The failure of resolutions is self-effort and not faith in Christ. In our flesh we can accomplish nothing pleasing to God or of eternal value. We can be victorious, however, in God’s conditional promise that, “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). Note the four conditions.

Note the conditional promise, then make your resolution, not according to the flesh but according to God’s power and ability working in you by His Spirit. We must recognize the insufficiency of our own strength and become “a living sacrifice”, for which we have Christ as our example.

For all who claim faith in Jesus Christ, note what’s needed for “a living sacrifice”: “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2). To “prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” is enabled only by God’s Word and His Spirit.

Do you want to know God’s perfect will? First, “do not be conformed to this world”. God is very serious about this, who said, “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4). Be warned, in these last days many Christians befriend the world to spare themselves persecution or rejection by the world, which results in being off from Christ.

Secondly, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Here, our prayer must be, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psa. 51:10). Actionable faith is required to renew one’s worldly mind by letting God create and renew “a steadfast spirit” within us. This requires patient faithfulness as God said, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Psa. 40:31). God is not in the business of instant gratification.

Christ demonstrated being “a living sacrifice” as He honored and obeyed His Father rather than the faithless world and its proud religious leaders. It’s painful to become “a living sacrifice”, for it requires denying the flesh to trust and “obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29). We Christians live for a Kingdom not of this world, and a right vision of it will produce actions accordingly.

We need a knowledge and vision that accords with God’s Word, saying, “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come” (Heb. 13:14). Do you seek the eternal city to come or is your heart and mind fixed on things of this world? Are you living by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit to attain Christ? Have you resolved to endure to that end no matter what?

Information technology (IT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are specifically arrayed against the Christian. These two powers are united in their 666 beast technology that has already developed human-like robotic images that can speak, reason and perform functions that far exceed that of humans. And many Christians, for lack of knowledge, discernment and vision, are not wise to it.

Since Caesar Augustus decreed that “all the world should be registered” (Luke 2:1), evil forces inspire governmental oversight systems: S.S., checking and saving account numbers, credit card numbers, 401K account numbers, RFID implant chips and much more. Evil forces have created global monetary systems that are being incrementally prepared to succumb to Antichrist’s brutal 666 mark of the beast technology that will ultimately control, by his mark, who can buy and sell.

Are you prepared to endure the coming seven-year tribulation under the rule of Antichrist and his beast-system? For it was Jesus Himself who said, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). But, do you believe Him? This requires much more than a New Year’s resolution.

Consider the cost of being a true Christian unto eternal life. Jesus said it like this: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’” (Luke 14:28–30). Likewise, to count the cost of following Christ to the end of the age is vitally important.

For the Christian, Christ must be first in all things. Jesus taught that “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it…For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:23–26).

Many in the church now acquiesce to the sins of Lot’s day (transgenderism), and sins of Noah’s day (transhumanism), both foretold by Christ as identifying the end of this present age. End-time evils, like the erasure of gender, promoted by U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, have been incrementally foisted upon this world as loving tolerance and inclusion, but it’s hatred for God.

Understand that unless you die beforehand, you will be on this earth for the seven-year tribulation during Antichrist’s rule with his false prophet who seizes global financial control causing all to worship the image of the beast or be killed. Read and discern Daniel 7 and Revelation 13.

Discern the fulfillment of Jesus’ “fig tree” prophesy, Matt. 24:32–35, and that ten more nations, with the U.S., have decided to move their embassies to Jerusalem, which is increasingly “a very heavy stone for all peoples” (Zech. 12:3). The resulting violence that erupts will likely produce Antichrist’s “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) for seven years, which begins the tribulation.

It’s time for a spiritual renewal “by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2). In the love of Jesus Christ, I implore you to do that by faith in the life, Words, teachings and Spirit of the Lord Jesus.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“unto us a Child is born”

Friday, December 22, 2017

God asks, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4–7).

“Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, that you may take it to its territory, that you may know the paths to its home? Do you know it, because you were born then, or because the number of your days is great?” (Job 38:19–21).

“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth? (Job 38:31–33).

These are not the result of evolution, but the work of Almighty God in Christ! “In the beginning was the Word, [Jesus Christ] and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:1–5).

Yet, because of God’s love for you and me “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:4–6).

Since the unbelief of Adam and Eve every human being is born into spiritual darkness, separated from God, destined to eternal judgment and hell fire. But God in Christ did what man could not do – provide redemption. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16, 18).

To effectively believe “in” the Son of God unto eternal life, the Holy Spirit clarified that “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). Therefore, to actually “believe the Son” is to gain eternal life, but to disbelieve the resurrected Son of God who suffered our penalty for sin, places the unbeliever in a position to suffer the eternal judgment and wrath of God.

This Christmas, rather than traditionally focusing on Jesus’ infancy, set your love and worship on the resurrected and reigning Christ who said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:18). For, in that authority, “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matt. 3:12). Jesus is not an infant, but the sovereign Lord and Ruler of heaven and earth, reigning in authority to bring this present age to its prophetic end!

No man’s pride and unbelief is sufficient to save himself from God’s wrath. The free gift of eternal life comes only through Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Is eternal life, then, exclusive? Yes! It’s exclusive for those, who, in humility, repent, confess their sins and believe Jesus Christ.

And to every unbeliever, “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).

Do you hear His invitation at the door of your heart? “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Rev. 3:20–21).

Indeed, “unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isa. 9:6–7).

Eternal life comes by humbled repentance, confession and faith in Christ. He suffered the cross of Calvary for your sins and mine. To disbelieve Christ will result in the eternal judgment of hell, the torment created for Satan and his fallen angels. To believe Christ by true faith, however, is to live eternally with God and His Christ in the glories of heaven. God sent Jesus Christ to suffer for our redemption, but to believe the testimony of Jesus Christ is entirely your choice.

God’s Spirit has already convicted you of “sin, righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). You know right and wrong, good and evil, and belief from unbelief, by that conviction. Man’s free will to believe was revealed when Adam and Eve sinned and God said to the Triune Godhead, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil” (Gen. 3:22).

After God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, they had sons named Cain and Abel. When Cain became angry because God did not accept his grain sacrifice but accepted Abel’s sheep sacrifice, God asked Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it” (Gen. 4:6–7). Cain and Abel made their choice. In like manner you have the choice to believe or disbelieve Christ’s Word of truth.

Yes, “unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given”, and He now reigns in power and glory. May you know His redeeming love and glory through a deeply rooted faith that will keep you until “the last day” (John 6:40), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16). Have a blessed Christmas celebration of Christ who gave Himself that we could have eternal life!

Marlin J. Yoder

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