“of no private interpretation”

Friday, August 25, 2017

Since the mid-19th century the church has gone to great lengths to protect its deceitful pre-tribulation rapture tradition, resulting in much of the prophetic Word being made of no effect; Word that would otherwise equip saints in love, truth and knowledge to endure the end-times.

Avoiding end-time truths is not love, but evil. And Jesus taught that, “he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles” (Matt. 13:20–21).

The true church indeed suffered persecution under Roman Catholic popes, which spurred fears of the end-times, for the papacy was rightly cast as the seat of the Antichrist. It appears that, Satan, seizing upon that fear gave John Darby (1800–1882) a vision that avoided the end-times witness of Christ, to allege that the church would be secretly raptured before the tribulation, a terrible lie.

It denies the Truth to suggest that anything is secret about Christ’s redemptive work: from His prophesied O.T. coming, to His finished work at Calvary, to His return for His elect saints. For, “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20–21). A right start in faith, eroded by falsehood, can end in eternal death.

What the church faced during the Reformation was clearly ungodly tribulation at the hands of the popes of Rome. But because Satan’s time is short, iniquities today are more covert and deceptive than during the Reformation. Rather than physical brutalities by papal agents of Satan, today it’s the gradual degradation, the all-inclusive, and non-threatening erosion of Biblical truths.

And without the truth of God’s Word hidden in our hearts empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will not be wise to the deceptive, kindly-smiling, inclusive, non-threatening erosion’s of God’s Word so very prevalent in the organized church today. This is why ungodliness, lies, immorality, false doctrines, false teachers, and the blatant departure from God’s Word flood the church today.

Pope Francis has already inclusively united the religious world. And any who think the Roman Catholic papal throne has grown any kinder, gentler toward other religious entities are highly mistaken, for the same spirit of Antichrist yet seethes beneath the Vatican facade of false unity and will for the last 3 1/2 years rule this world by economic mandate and mark of the beast.

Today, in these end-times, Satan is using a temporary reverse spiritual psychology to gradually sensor and unite world religions into one global religious cult led by his Antichrist. And unless you know God’s whole truth with Holy Spirit discernment you will not be wise to this, which describes many today who are led by a spirit of culturally progressive One World values.

Please be a watchman who sounds the trumpet of warning. Today, many so-called “authority” figures in the church say the Bible should not be taken literally; that Jesus is not the only way to God; that there’s no hell; that the church must be inclusive of LGBTQ lifestyles as Christian; and preferring the world, progressives call true Christians “haters” if we don’t agree with them.

God said, “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand” (Ezek. 33:6). Some of us are true watchman to the church, others are just pretenders who don’t truly care for the flock.

God is love, but He is also a God of divine judgment for unbelief. To hold the former but ignore the latter will reap disaster; ancient Israel is our example, 1 Cor. 10:1–13. To believe God’s love but hold unbelief of that which prophetically must come, is spiritually reckless and proud. And today, believers’ unbelief of needing to endure the 7-year tribulation is over 95 percent!

Sir, father, husband, you are the watchman of your home, not your wife or your pastor. It’s your priestly duty in Christ to discern the truth from lies and false tradition and to lead your family in truth empowered by the Holy Spirit. Rid yourself of progressive values. Believe Christ. We are waging a war with many “spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

The violence we’ve seen recently in Charlottesville, VA is a forerunner of far worse to come. And largely, the church doesn’t know how to respond to it because it’s dropped the proverbial spiritual ball and finds itself mired in acquiescing to the world. The so-called Christian’s now defending various forms of violence and immorality truly betray the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christians are increasingly marginalized; we’re now being called “haters”. Good is now evil, and evil is now good. Educational institutions are destroying Christian values. History is being totally rewritten. Christians in government are targeted for defamation and job loss. And the forerunner of the mark of the beast, the RFID chipping of employees, is sweeping the world at an alarming rate. Are you prepared for the “Christian” isolation that’s fomenting?

Truly, “no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20). Yet, pre-trib rapture deceivers garnering wealth and praise of men continue to build a false hope in millions that God will gather His elect saints in a private and secret rapture, sparing Christians from the coming tribulation and wrath of Antichrist. They bear witness to their own remarkable unbelief.

Children are naturally offended at parents who lie when it’s discovered. A spouse is offended when it’s learned the other has lied. Businesses fire employees who lie, because they are not trustworthy. And soon, many Christians will fire their pastors and other Christians when the tribulation is revealed, when they learn they’ve been lied to about a pre-trib rapture, and then “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) will be sudden and very grievous.

God’s Word did not come with multiple choice of three or four options from which to choose regarding His redemption and gathering of saints. Just as surely as Jesus Christ is the One and only way to God the Father, so too, Christ taught only one truth for the gathering of His elect, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) which is a “thus saith the Lord” of no “private interpretation”. Believe the Lord Jesus Christ and reap the rewards of eternal life!

Marlin J. Yoder

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“signs in the sun, moon and stars”

Friday, August 18, 2017

Last week I emphasized the need for Christians to know “All Scripture”, including the tough end-time prophetic testimony of Jesus Christ. We must not ignore knowledge and holiness that empower endurance until the resurrection rapture “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54). We must believe the whole “testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9) in love with power to endure to the end.

Consider: would one fill a car’s gas tank only two-thirds and still expect to go the distance of a full tank? Or, would one bake a wedding cake with only two-thirds of the ingredients and expect a good cake? Certainly not. Yet, many pastors exemplify cherry-picking only two-thirds of “the testimony of Jesus Christ”. But a cherry-picked gospel will never produce an equipped Christian.

Now is the time for repentance and humility before Christ to whom we must give account; now is the time to call upon the Lord Jesus for mercy, grace and forgiveness for unbelief; now is the time for spiritual awakening to endure until the end of this age. But now is NOT the time to take comfort in traditions of men that lead one away from “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9).

For, “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 those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:25–26). Time is now urgent to personalize the testimony of Jesus Christ.

In just three days a powerful sign appears in the sun and moon – a rare solar eclipse August 21, 2017 will strike a path of total darkness 70 miles wide across the heart of the United States from the west coast of Washington to the east coast of South Carolina. Judgment is imminent. Reborn Israel is now 70 years old, and the world will soon be in the winepress of the 7-year tribulation.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Heb. 3:14–15). Please, today, in sincerity, confess your sins and unbelief to Christ and be saved.

The ensuing 40 days could bring fiscal chaos; World War 3; civil war; a return of hybrid giants led by “a foreign [alien] god” (Dan. 11:39); earthquakes; volcanoes; “hail and fire…thrown to the earth” (Rev. 8:7); global pestilences and famines; or a measure of all the above. But more importantly, will this sign cause the church to repent of its mediocrity and unbelief? I pray so.

The 40 days following the eclipse will likely produce the “covenant with many for one week” (Dan. 9:27), which would signal the beginning of the final 7 years of this present age, otherwise known as the 7 years of tribulation. But as much of the church acquiesces to the world, are you equipped with knowledge of truth to discern the tribulation start should that event in fact occur?

In Noah’s day: “they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, [which is equal to the day “worthy” (Luke 21:36) saints enter God’s safety and provision for 1,260 days (Rev. 12:6)] and [unbelievers] did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:38–39).

In Lot’s day: “they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom [equal to the day discerning “worthy” saints enter God’s safety and provision for 3.5 years (Rev. 12:14)] it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28–29).

For this reason Christ said “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). Jesus said this in regard to the great tribulation, the last 3 1/2 years of this present age when saints that are “counted worthy” find their land of Goshen during “Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7).

If you’re a Christian, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not part of “Jacob’s trouble”, because, in Christ, we are “Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29). Jacob was the grandson of Abraham which makes the true Christian, a true Jew (Rom. 2:28 – 29), a part of “Jacob’s trouble”.

It’s the wise virgins, the “freewoman” of Galatians 4:21–31 who find the safety and provision of God and “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) during the great tribulation, the last 3 1/2 years of this age. Then, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) occurs the resurrection rapture “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54). But are you part of that “freewoman”?

If you’re not certain, you can be, for God promised “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). But God also said, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36b).

It’s not those who just intellectually believe Jesus died and rose again who are the “freewoman”, but those, who, with their heart believe and confess, and then actually believe “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9) and live a life committed to the truths of Jesus Christ. It’s the latter who are part of the “freewoman” (Gal. 4:21–31). Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Have you truly been born again?

Marlin J. Yoder

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“the spirit of prophecy”

Friday, August 11, 2017

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17). [emphasis added] Every Christian needs “All Scripture”. Yet, today, “prophecy”, nearly a third of God’s Word, is being harmfully ignored.

What pastor or teacher would ignore voluminous prophetic truths of Christ that would otherwise equip the saints to faithfully endure to the end unless they don’t actually believe Him? What true shepherd of God’s people would ignore “the testimony of Jesus Christ” for the times of the end?

Would a construction team use only architectural details and gracious floor plans, but ignore the tough structural disciplines critical to a building’s endurance? No, the project will fail. Would a finance manager use only assets, but ignore liabilities? No, such incompetence will fail. Will a garden produce good fruit without weeding? No, the weeds will choke the good plants.

The same is true with Scripture: ignore any part of it and you sow the seeds of spiritual disaster. If we ignore God’s design intent of end-time prophesy we have the certainty of spiritual failure, with the result being that “many will be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). That’s a promise from the Almighty, but do you actually believe Him?

To love God in Christ is to love His Word; to love His Word is to teach His truths; to teach His truths prepares one to endure to the end as Jesus said “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). But to teach truths of the end and be equipped in them requires knowledge of and faith in God’s “prophecy”, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10).

Yet, because leadership largely avoids prophecy, it creates an approved dissonance of what God said about the times of the end, and many like it that way. So, how can the church be equipped to endure the tough times of the end in light of such ignorance? Well, the truth is, that, like ancient Israel, the majority is not equipped because it doesn’t believe Christ’s prophetic end-time Word.

This raises a far more sinister issue: if one’s heart has truly been born again, that person will discern the times and will study to show himself approved whether or not his pastor or teacher does so. But if neither the pastor nor teacher upholds the testimony of Jesus for the times of the end that saints be warned and prepared, how is that love for Christ and fellowman? It’s not.

Jesus said, “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit” (Matt. 12:33). A good tree has roots that go deep into the tough ground where it finds resource to endurance. Is your faith in Christ just architecturally pleasing, or is it structurally sound, and rooted deep in the tough prophetic Word of God?

Great trouble is near, not just for America, but the world. This isn’t end-time hype, but truth founded in the deep prophetic Word of God and Christians need to start paying attention if they care about enduring the times ahead. The worst part of this: the church has largely stripped away the need for Christians to know the prophetic Word by its teaching of the pre-trib rapture, and as a result we will see the sudden “falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) as the offense will be unparalleled.

Jesus taught the end-times, the tribulation, the mid-point, and the final 3 1/2 years of great tribulation when Antichrist’s mark of the beast is forced upon all in order to buy and sell. God tells us what is to come and as regards the great tribulation, how we can be “counted worthy to escape all these things” (Luke 21:36). After Jesus’ ministry, death, resurrection and ascension, His disciples and apostles through the Holy Spirit affirmed the same things Jesus taught.

Note what will occur in this final generation: “The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall, and not rise again” (Isa. 24:19–20). Unless you die first, you will see the fulfillment of this prophetic Word regardless of how many lying pre-trib-rapture-promising theologians and pastors tell you otherwise.

Here is the result of those lies. Jesus said, “then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). Jesus taught specifically about offenses saying, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!” (Luke 17:1). Pastors and teachers should note well, that, silence, teaches, and will result in offense.

What’s the relationship between you and Christ? Is your trust and faith in traditions of men or in Jesus’ prophetic truths? Are you even aware of the differences? Conditional salvation faith is like Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed” (John 8:31). Do you desire to see Christ face to face? Yes? Then prepare to endure the tribulation, because what you do in the tribulation will reveal the true condition of your faith. Believe Jesus, “the spirit of prophecy”.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“be strong and very courageous”

Friday, August 4, 2017

The time is near. “The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up” (Rev. 8:7). This is neither metaphorical nor allegorical, but literal. Do you believe?

The first trumpet judgment is imminent. Israel is reborn 70 years. Destruction is coming from the heavens. God will get the attention of this world and the lukewarm church. End-time signs on earth abound. Signs in the heavens herald judgment. The blood moons are past. The church is asleep. Sin is exalted. And a path of darkness in broad daylight will be visited upon the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina in just 17 days. God’s judgment is not sleeping, are you?

The age of reborn Israel is important to discerning the time of the end because Jesus promised the generation that sees Israel reborn and flourish, which began May 14, 1948, “this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place” (Matt. 24:34).

Jesus warned the end-times would be marked by apostasy and a lukewarm church, and both are increasing. That condition worsens as many pastors and teachers minimize the truth of new birth conversion faith as an intellectually simple and generally easy process. But it’s not, for Jesus said one must count the cost, for the gate of faith is narrow and its road difficult, read Matt. 7:13–14.

Salvation is not found in membership of any church. Nor is it found in Mary the mother of Jesus, or any deceased saint or apostle, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Salvation is a personal relationship between you and Christ, not between you and any organized church.

Though circumcised, the generation of ancient Israel that came out of Egypt all perished in the wilderness, except two men, Joshua and Caleb. These survived and entered the Promised Land because they were circumcised and they believed God and prepared accordingly. They did not believe the “bad report” (Num. 14:36) of the majority, but faithfully believed and trusted God.

Before ancient Israel under Joshua’s leadership fought the many tribes of giants that lived in Canaan (their tribulation) Joshua was commanded by God to circumcise the second generation who succeeded the first generation who disobeyed and disbelieved God, the ones who gave the “bad report” and therefore perished in the wilderness, read Numbers 13 and 14 and Joshua 5.

A pre-requisite to ancient Israel inheriting their Promised Land was physical circumcision and obedience to God, the two were inseparable. The post-Calvary pre-requisite of inheriting heaven is also spiritual circumcision and obedience to God in Christ, those two are again inseparable.

Spiritual circumcision is required to inherit eternal life. Similar to the circumcision Joshua performed on that second generation of Israel on their way to possess their inheritance, New Covenant circumcision of heart requires repentance; submission; humility; it’s painful to the flesh; spiritually, it kills the flesh; its identity is in the death and resurrection of Christ.

You may ask: “Who is the true Jew God accepts?” God answers, saying, “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God” (Rom. 2:28–29).

But we live in an apostate day when many pastors and teachers teach new birth conversion faith lightly, even entertainingly, on the guise of “no need for change”, “be who you want to be”, “live life your way”, “God made you that way”, “you’re fine just like you are”, “God loves you”.

But the Holy Spirit said to Mary the mother of Jesus about her own salvation and that of many others, “(yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:35). Just as the circumcision of ancient Israel cut away the flesh, so too, the sword of the Spirit cuts away the proud flesh of the heart that Christ be highly exalted.

New birth conversion faith is a deeply humbling event of submission to God, accepting personal guilt for sin with confession and repentance, trusting in the blood of Jesus to forgive you, then living a Christ-honoring life, desiring to know Him through His Word, knowing His prophetic truths, His coming judgments, and His coming redemption at the resurrection rapture.

God’s prophesied tribulation trumpet judgments will soon begin, but like ancient Israel, the majority view Jesus’ teaching that He gathers the elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) as “a bad report” (Num. 14:36), twisting and disinheriting this critical part of God’s Word. But the minority who actually believe Christ take to heart what God said to Joshua: “Only be strong and very courageous” (Joshua 1:7). Only new birth faith in Christ empowers that.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“led by the Spirit of God”

Friday, July 28, 2017

The NWO, Antichrist, and the associated tribulation are all near, the signs are everywhere, the preeminent being that Israel is now reborn 70 years on God’s Hebrew calendar. And Jesus said the generation that sees this “will by no means pass away till all these things take place” (Matt. 24:34) being the 7-year tribulation, “offense” (Matt. 24:10) and “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) during it, followed by the resurrection rapture of saints “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54).

I pray you’re prepared in the truth and testimony of Jesus Christ because much of the church is led by men and women who are not led by the Spirit of God, holding God’s word in partiality, teaching only select portions while ignoring the third of Scripture that deals with the times of the end. But God said “as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Rom. 8:14).

The church has gone out of its way to protect its pre-tribulation rapture lie by silencing all who so love Christ as to teach the “testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9) for the time of the end, while religious academics assert that Jesus’ end-time Olivet Discourse was not intended for the church. But they lie against the Christ who suffered the cross of Calvary for their salvation.

Belief in the truth of “when” the resurrection of saints occurs is essential to enduring faith, see 2 Tim. 2:15–18. Yet, proof texts of “when” the resurrection occurs is silenced by church tradition.

The Spirit warned “there is no partiality with God” (Rom. 2:11) and “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to the flesh [partial truth] will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit [whole truth] will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Gal. 6:7–8); and, God also warned that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). How true!

Not only has the church largely watered-down and rewritten God’s Word to suit its tradition, but many churches now entice the world by fake smoke, light and sound shows exciting to the flesh. Jesus indeed saves, but only those who actually believe Him, for the Spirit said, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36b).

And God said “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). Thus, true faith is killed by sensory enticements, and “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” (Luke 14:28–29).

And so it will be when the tribulation is revealed: “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). [emphasis added] This will occur because God’s Word was taught in partiality as tradition(s) of men trump it.

It’s again as God said to ancient Israel: “An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests [pastors] rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” (Jer. 5:30–31). Who leads you?

Marlin J. Yoder

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“those who call evil good”

Friday, July 21, 2017

There’s a fierce battle raging for your eternal soul. Are you discerning of it? Only a few are, I hope you’re one of them. Anything except the testimony of Jesus and His Holy Spirit will utterly fail you. Do not listen to best-selling authors and people who wax eloquent of speech, for, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe” (Prov. 29:25).

Do not listen to men and women who speak contrary to Christ and His Holy Spirit. I’m certain the editors of Charisma News were saddened as I was by their headline dated 7/13/2017 saying, “8 Evangelical Leaders Who Have Publically Embraced Apostasy” and then the article goes on to name them – not to gossip, but in love to awaken true saints to our spiritually perilous day.

The article begins with the best-selling author of over 30 books and creator of “The Message” version of the Bible, Eugene Peterson, who “said he would be willing to officiate at a same-sex marriage.” Both he and his “The Message” are indefensibly corrupt. Yet many non-discerning so-called “Spirit-filled” pastors and leaders use The Message from which to preach and teach.

The article continues with “Jen Hatmaker – Evangelical leader, author”, and “Jim Wallis – The founder of Sojourners magazine, was raised evangelical”, and “Matthew Vines who wrote the book, God and The Gay Christian”, and “Rob Bell – former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church”, and “Trey Pearson – Christian rock musician”, and “Julie Rodgers who speaks and writes as an advocate for LGBT Christians”, and “Rachel Held Evans who the Washington Post called the most polarizing woman in evangelicalism”, and “Vicky Beeching a Christian rock star”.

These 8 so-called Christian leaders are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of apostate leaders infecting the world. Satan’s death attacks against the truth are increasingly unrestrained, and what’s more – God is allowing Satan that freedom as false church leaders and ear-tickling, culture-accommodating traditions continue to minimalize the Son of the Most High God.

The days of Lot are upon us. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isa. 5:20). Yet, that describes much of the big business styled church today. If your church is progressive, then it’s very likely that your pastor has already, if not publically, then silently, backed away from defending God’s Word regarding the abomination of homosexuality and the LGBT agenda.

Many ministry leaders are now “coming out” as homosexual, silently refusing to acknowledge that “even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful…And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased [KJV “reprobate”] mind” (Rom. 1:26–28). Amen!

True love for God and fellowman teaches all of God’s Word, but hate conceals select truths, and “it would have been better for them [false teachers] not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them” (2 Peter 2:21).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“they overthrow the faith”

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jesus said “many false prophets will rise up and deceive many” (Matt. 24:11); and “there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Matt. 7:15), and “do not believe every spirit…because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

When you hear a pastor, prophet or teacher add to or subtract from God’s Word do you excuse it because you like him or her? Do you, like so many, overlook the deceptive lie because you don’t want to be a voice of dissension? If so, you love that false teacher more than Christ, for God said, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11).

The truth of when the resurrection of the dead occurs has been under attack by Satan for a very long time. Satan didn’t wait until the times of the end to deceive people through false prophets and teachers, he began that apostate strategy in the first century church when certain men taught “that the resurrection is already past, and they overthrow the faith of some” (2 Tim. 2:18).

False preachers, prophets and teachers never appear in wolves clothing, but are “experts” at twisting God’s Word to suit your flesh and their financial and social gain. They love praise of men more than praise of God. They love popularity. They’ve learned church lingo and how to appear like the real deal, but are not. Many even speak in tongues but it’s not from God.

But we who truly love Christ by faith, however, have a mandate from God to discern and judge falsehood from truth, for “he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one” (1 Cor. 2:15). If you believe the resurrection of saints occurs pre-tribulation, you didn’t learn that on your own but from a false teacher, for Jesus told us when the resurrection occurs.

Jesus taught two resurrections at John 5:28–29, and that “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), occurs “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), but false prophets and teachers say it occurs before the tribulation; seven years before “the last day”. It gains them popularity and financial wealth. The creators of the “Left Behind” book and movie series grew rich but have deceived millions.

False teachers persuade gullible, non-discerning, non-judging Christians to believe them rather than Christ. Thus when you hear the pre-trib rapture taught, false teachers never use the Words of Jesus, but deny Him by silence. But God said, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine [teachings] of Christ does not have God” (2 John 1:9). The belief in or teaching of the pre-trib rapture is manifest evidence of that person’s bondage to Satan’s destructive lie.

As false teachers overthrew the faith of people 2,000 years ago by teaching an early resurrection, so too, but in much greater measure, teachers of the pre-trib rapture (also an early resurrection) will be culpable for the faith-destroying “offense and hatred” (Matt. 24:10), and “falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3), of many Christians taught to “not receive the love of the truth” (2 Thess. 2:10).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Who has bewitched you”

Friday, July 7, 2017

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth” (Gal. 3:1). They believed “in” Christ but in partial truth did not wholly “believe” Christ. The Dictionary says that to be bewitched is “to cause someone to be enchanted; cast a spell over someone”. Spiritual bewitching did not end with the Apostle Paul’s rebuke, but is at work yet today.

How? By deception. “And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth…that they might bring us into bondage)” (Gal. 2:4). Satan deceives people of whole truth through revered but “false brethren” in the church. And those “false brethren” were, then, and are yet today revered and trusted. But why? Because they had and yet have credentials.

Those “false brethren” were academics with influence, they were religious “experts” in the law, equal to academically credentialed and influential PhD’s, D. Th.’s, D.D.’s and BS degrees today. And many Christians today are more impressed with letters after one’s name than with Christ.

Understand, that, in the organized church academic religious credentials often carry more authority than Christ. Many church goers are bewitched today by pastors and theologians who are “experts” on select tradition(s) of men that make God’s Word “of no effect” (Mark 7:13).

“false brethren” teach partial truth by avoiding select truths that disagree with traditions of men. Remember, Satan is the master deceiver by partial truths. Today, “false brethren” teach a partial truth of the resurrection rapture, but not “at the last day” (John 6:40) nor “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31); they teach that saints are resurrected from the dead and raptured before the tribulation in direct opposition to what Jesus taught, and the majority believe them!

Religious “experts” make God’s Word of no effect regarding truths they want concealed. They say “this no longer applies”, or “that isn’t what ‘that’ means”, or, “Jesus wasn’t talking to the church when He said ‘that’” They destroy “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3). They make God’s Word difficult thus causing people to trust their teachings. Where is our Paul!

Another example: God clearly commanded, that, “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). Yet, just take a look around your church and note the number of women pastors, deacons and teachers!

Today, we have no Apostle Paul to rebuke and correct religious academics who teach contrary to God’s Word, who often judge and justify themselves by themselves. The average Christian is thus largely left to himself to discover the whole truth, absent tradition(s) and alone with God.

Understand too, the church at Galatia had everything we have – the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. It’s not as if they were ignorant of one or the other. Know too that the proud controlling nature of “false brethren” has not changed in two-thousand years, but neither has God in Christ changed His mind or His Word or His commands for the church in these two-thousand years.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“the end of all things is at hand”

Friday, June 30, 2017

“But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins…If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:7–11).

If God, through Peter, said the end of all things was at hand two thousand years ago, how much more is that true of our evil day? Their spiritual eyes, ears and hearts newly opened to the truth and light of Christ, the apostles and true believers of two millennia past, recognized and were alert to the unbelief, the deceptions, and evils, both in the world and in organized religion.

Since then, humanity has increasingly digressed toward self-destruction and the earthly-minded do not discern it, but aid Satan’s warring mission to steal, kill and to destroy (John 10:10). The result – “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3). How very true!

You need to understand that you live in a church age when “the simplicity that is in Christ” has been largely corrupted by organized corporate church leaders, theologians and pastors interested more in the praise of men than praise from God. Numerous passages for the governance of the church, and truth, are made irrelevant. The result – the spirit of antichrist is in the church.

Many evangelical pastors and theologians say we must love and honor Christ and His teachings. But when it comes to the cardinal doctrine of the resurrection rapture and gathering of the elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) these same leaders, by silence, deny Jesus. They’re two-faced. They mock portions of the gospel, not truly believing the testimony of Jesus.

What I teach and write I do because I love you in Christ. I love Christ and you enough to declare to you the truth, to warn you against deceptions, lies and what’s just ahead, though I know that’s highly unpopular and even disallowed in much of the church. I use the talent God gave me to speak the oracles of God as disclosed in His Word. I minister as God supplies, that Christ, indeed, may be glorified, who alone is worthy of all praise, glory and honor.

We must be willing and prepared to lose all for God’s Son. Love of Christ and His Word must come before family, friends, pastors and theologians. If not, one can’t be Christ’s. I’ve taught end-time truths according to Jesus’ teachings that present-day saints must endure Antichrist’s seven-year tribulation, and be like the wise virgins (Matt. 25:1–13), prepared to endure to the end, for it was Jesus who said, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13).

Thank you for your emails and phone calls regarding the possibility of TheFridayLetter.com resting from writing. By God’s grace and direction I will continue writing the Letter, but probably in a shorter format. God bless you.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“the Lord shut him in”

Friday, June 23, 2017

Deceptions and apostasy now flood the church. God’s Word has been overturned by many as outdated. The end-times are upon us and what you believe about it has eternal consequences.

“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Prov. 30:5–6); “and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).

God further warned: “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18–19).

The pre-trib rapture belief is a hostile addition to God’s Word of something that’s NOT there. It’s a scourge against the very character of God. He does not snatch His people off the earth to spare them from tribulation. Never has. His character is to lead His people through tribulation; that is, His holy people who actually know and believe Him, for they are counted worthy.

“Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation’…and the Lord shut him in” (Gen. 7:1, 16). [emphasis added] Noah’s faith actually believed God, and thus built the ark which preserved him and his family through God’s global judgment of that apocalyptic day.

God to ancient Israel: “You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children’s children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have” (Gen. 45:10). By Joseph, the great grandson of Abraham whom Pharaoh made ruler, God shut His people into Goshen and kept them through that tribulation, ten plagues and judgments.

The time came when God delivered His people from Egypt. “And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, in order that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the land” (Ex. 8:22). And, “Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no hail” (Ex. 9:26).

When the time came for the tenth plague, the death of every firstborn in Egypt, God instituted Israel’s salvation by the Passover. Only if His people obeyed, would their firstborn be spared. The Passover required the death of a sacrificial lamb, a foreshadowing of the death of Christ.

“And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you” (Ex. 12:22–23). [emphasis added]

As with Noah, twice, God shut His people behind His door of safety and provision, from there to await the end of God’s wrath and judgment against the ungodly. But note that God’s protection was only valid IF His people believed Him and then by faith acted upon that belief. The same holds true for the time of the end, during the last 3 1/2 years of the great tribulation.

In ancient Israel’s walk with God, the time came for her to inherit Canaan, the Promised Land, the land God swore to Abraham “as an everlasting possession” (Gen. 17:8), literally, the eternal dwelling place of all God’s saints from both the Old and New Covenants, for there is only “one body” (Eph. 4:4) of God’s people, not multiple bodies as dispensational teachers purport.

When Israel came to Canaan, however, she fell into unbelief and rejected what God said when they saw “the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants)” (Num. 13:33). And the people said, “Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” (Num. 14:3).

Then God said, “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me…?” (Num. 14:11). God said to those who did not believe Him, “The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in the wilderness…until your carcasses are consumed” (Num. 14:29, 33). Today, it must again be asked, how long will the church not believe God?

Be reminded that God said “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mal. 3:6). And we see the same on the New Covenant side, for, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

Be reminded also that God said, “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). The question is do you believe?

Be reminded too that “the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment” (2 Peter 2:9).

Likewise, at the beginning of the last 3 1/2 years of this age, the great tribulation, Jesus tells us, “when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads let him understand)” (Matt. 24:15). Why – the time has come to flee to the safety and provision of God. But those in their pre-trib rapture lie will not know it.

Then, as it was outside Canaan, so will come to pass Jesus’ Words, that, “wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (Matt. 24:28 and Luke 17:37). For unbelief, false church tradition and hardness of heart, many Christians will know nothing of God’s safety and provision during Antichrist’s crushing rule and many will perish.

Antichrist of the end-times is the equivalent of the giants of Israel’s day which caused great fear and sudden offense and unbelief among God’s people, and they perished outside their otherwise intended eternal inheritance, and their bodies literally became food for carrion birds. Jesus said of that day, “Then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another”.

At the time of the great tribulation there is again a place of safety and provision for saints who believe God as the ancient prophet said, “Come my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain” (Isa. 26:20–21).

God will again shut His people in behind His door of safety and provision, but it will only be available to those who believe His Word and live a holy life, for Jesus said, “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). Now is the time to live a holy life set apart unto the Lord Jesus. Now is the time to know and believe God’s Word. Planning to wait until the fateful day to then start living holy, will likely fail you, for deceptions will be great.

When the tribulation begins, and giants of Noah’s day return just as Jesus said, and Antichrist breaks his “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) mandating “that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or name of the beast” (Rev. 13:17), will it be true of you that, “the Lord shut him in” because you are of the “freewoman” (Gal. 4:21–31) who “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) because you believed God and were thus prepared?

Next Friday will mark ten years that I’ve been writing TheFridayLetter.com, defending the righteous end-time teachings of Jesus Christ, and showing that faith in Christ must necessarily include believing and acting upon “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9) for the time of the end, because “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17).

Much of the church is now in the big business of making itself a friend of the world by accepting cultural immorality to escape ridicule and rejection, but in that very context God said, “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

Though signs abound, the church largely ignores “the testimony of Jesus Christ” for the times of the end, which is contempt for God and fellowman. The pre-trib, mid-trib, and pre-wrath rapture lies reject Jesus’ testimony for the end-times; that there’s nothing to see here; that Jesus gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) is just fearmongering, and has no impact on present-day Christians. But the days of Noah and Lot are indeed increasingly upon us!

After 6/30/2017, TheFridayLetter.com is considering resting. I’m praying daily about that now and want to be led by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. I ask for your prayers, that God’s will, and not mine, be done. The great and sudden “falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) and that “many will be offended” (Matt. 24:10) is near, yet most church leaders are silent. God help the church.

Marlin J. Yoder

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