The Gift(s) of the Holy Spirit

Friday, May 17, 2019

The gift of the Holy Spirit is to all born again believers, as God said, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:38–39).

We exist in body, soul and spirit, and upon conversion faith in Christ our spirit is the habitation of God’s Spirit, and we are God’s “true Jew” (Rom. 2:28–29). God’s Spirit, then, dwelling in our spirit causes us to desire the truth of His Word and “to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Consequently, Spirit-led men and women affirm and defend God’s written Word, while our enemy the devil works to nullify and destroy it.

Understand that Satan’s goal is to destroy God’s Word. Many men and women led by their own will seek ways to twist God’s Word to force it to say what it clearly doesn’t say, even to saying the exact opposite of its plain truth. Such people are not Spirit-led, but have their own agenda of pleasing the world. They reject God’s leadership for His Church, but the Spirit-led discern it.

Jesus promised that “when He [the Holy Spirit] has come, [and He came at Pentecost] He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Thus, believers must be discerningly Spirit-led, and not by the flesh or traditions of men, the latter being polar opposite from the former. Being Spirit-led and Spirit-filled always affirms God’s Word “which was once for all delivered to the saints”, and will never seek to circumvent God’s Word.

The Holy Spirit will always lead us in the truth of God’s Word, and will never contradict or violate it. But one creates trouble for the Church when one departs from God’s authority which can result in anxiety, depression, insomnia, eating disorders, psychological and physiological disorders and more. If not repented of it can even lead to suicide which is self-murder, and God said “No murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15). Yet very sadly today, pastoral suicides are at an alarmingly all-time high.

Christians must quickly and firmly agree with God and “not quench the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:19), that we might walk in the fullness of the Spirit which results in the promise of God, that, “You [God] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength” (Isa. 26:3–4).

Beyond the Holy Spirit given at conversion, there are nine gifts of the Spirit: “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge…to another faith…to another gifts of healings…to another the working of miracles…to another prophecy…to another discerning of spirits…to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (1 Cor. 12:7–11).

We must emphasize verse 11 in this text, saying, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills”. That point is crucial, because in our fallen flesh we are prone to telling God what our gift(s) should be. But it doesn’t work that way. We’re all unique, and only God knows which gift(s) are best utilized in us for “the profit of all”. It’s not our choice, but the Holy Spirit’s.

Many declare they have this or that gift, only to be disillusioned, humiliated or both. Many are self-appointed “prophets”, but their folly is proven when just one thing they say doesn’t come to pass, which proves their falsehood, for God said “when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:32).

If you haven’t yet prayed for or received one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, be encouraged to seek God in prayer. Don’t stop praying and asking. Be persistent. God wants to use you for His honor and glory and the benefit of other believers. Be encouraged by Luke 11:5–13 which concludes, saying, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

As you pursue spiritual gifts, you will gain knowledge of God and spiritual discernment which always affirms His Word and never opposes it. Walking in the Spirit matures and teaches us the truths of God, without which, we walk in the flesh. The Holy Spirit will ALWAYS affirm God’s Word, and NEVER lead contrary to it. Being Spirit-led results in knowing whether what we hear, see and experience is of God, or from man’s own self-serving agenda and flesh.

But be warned, by persuasive oratory, supposition and conjecture many make God’s Word appear contrary and culturally irrelevant. Here are just two examples of many: Jesus said He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), but false teaches say He gathers His elect before the seven-year tribulation even begins! And though God said “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence” (1 Tim. 2:11–14) ~ (1 Cor. 14:34–37), false teachers loving the praise of man say the exact opposite, and promote women to positions of authority over men! Both examples are open rebellion!

Christians must not allow the undermining of God’s Word. If God’s Word is allowed to be manipulated unto unbelief, the cross is emptied of its power. And Christ does not give us His Spirit so we can disown His Calvary-purchased Word at our will. True Christians must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). We do that by defending God’s Word, while lovingly yet strongly challenging those who would change it, because in new birth conversion faith we are spiritually married to Christ, not man.

Dear fellow believer, open your eyes and heart to the truth. Ours is the final generation before the return of Christ, and Satan is working relentlessly to destroy God’s authority and rule over His Church. If we allow the dissolution and rule of God personally and for the Church, then we promote what God calls “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) and defend a lukewarm spirit for which Jesus said, “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:16). But our calling is to be holy, trustworthy believers.

Marlin J. Yoder

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Rebellious Pastors and Women

Friday, May 10, 2019

God said through an ancient prophet “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Sam. 15:23). Merriam Webster says of “witchcraft” that it’s “the use of sorcery or magic…an irresistible influence or fascination”. For millennia, men have constructed and used many types of witchcraft, stubbornness, magic, influence, and oratory skills to nullify what God said in order to promote their corrupt will, pleasing to men and their traditions. One people-pleasing, culture-accommodating rebellion, begets another rebellion, then another etc.

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The 19th Century rebellion of the dispensational pre-tribulation rapture paved the way for the 20th Century rebellion of women in positions and offices of authority such as pastors, bishops, deacons and teachers, which paved the way for the 21st Century rebellion of the “Hashtag She Too Movement”, “that God is a woman”, “the Holy Spirit is female”, “there is no hell” and that “God will save everyone”! Teachers of such lies blaspheme God’s Word, they’re wolves in sheep’s clothing using licentious transgressions and unlawful freedoms.

God commands Christians to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). That’s not optional. God meant what He said, and He said what He meant. Contending for the faith requires Spirit-led men to teach the oracles of God and not the traditions of men. In that process the New Covenant guides Christians in the truth as delivered by Jesus Christ and men who spoke by the Holy Spirit, see 2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21.

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In these perilous days however, many in the Church boldly ignore the clear commands of God concerning leadership positions of authority. God specifically instructs “that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God” (1 Cor. 11:3). In the New Covenant Church and in homes of believers, God detailed offices of authority, and the leadership/headship is ALWAYS to men and NEVER to women.

Many deceptively point to Rom. 16:1 wherein Paul said “I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea”. Some translations interpret “servant” as “deacon”. The word “servant” can be translated as “deacon”, but in context is to every believer. Rom. 16:1 identifies Phoebe as a normal “servant” worker in the Church, but does NOT imply that she held the leadership “office of a deacon”; if it did Scripture would be entirely contradictory, for in the Church “the office of a deacon” is one of authority reserved specifically for men. See below.

“If a man desires the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work…Likewise must the deacons be grave…And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless…For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith” (1 Tim. 3:1–13 KJV). EVERY reference to an office of Church authority is to the masculine gender, NEVER to the feminine.

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God’s timeless truth remains, 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). And confirming that by a second witness God said, “Let your women keep silent in the churches, [plural] for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says…it is shameful for women to speak in the church. Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached? 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). [Bold emphasis added]

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In the Church, men and women not led by God’s Holy Spirit, but by their own desires, by rebellion, stubbornness, idolatry and irresistible influence, bring false doctrines and teachings into the Church. But they will answer to God as did King Saul, whose actions were licentious, unrestrained, wanton and full of freedom, having no qualms in leading people away from God’s commands. So are many in the increasingly liberal Church today. But God’s Word remains: “Indeed, let God be true and every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4).

From Merriam-Webster.com: “The Shared Roots of License and Licentious: License and licentious come ultimately from the same word in Latin, licentia, whose meanings ranged from ‘freedom to act’ to ‘unruly behavior, wantonness.’…Though we are likely to associate license with the card that grants freedom or permission to operate a motor vehicle and licentious with sexual wantonness, in actuality, there is considerable semantic overlap between the two words…A person who takes license with something (or someone) engages in ‘abusive disregard for rules of personal conduct.’ Hence, the semantic range of license in English mirrors that of its Latin antecedent, suggesting either permission or transgression, depending upon the context. Licentious, on the other hand, always implies excessive, transgressive freedom, as is true of its immediate Latin source, licentiosus ‘unrestrained, wanton’ (literally, ‘full of freedom’).”

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Pastors and women who exchange God’s Word for their will take license that is not theirs; they engage in abusive disregard for rules of personal conduct by rebelling against God. They can’t let God be true. They assert their own unrestrained will, being full of freedom from God’s holy authority! This matter is critical. To whom are you listening, God or man? It matters, because God’s truth matters, and our obedience and submission to His truth has eternal consequences.

Problems of rebellion, spiritual weakness, biblical ignorance and lack of discernment face the Church due to the erosion of God’s Word; many people and their pastors are ill-content with it. But God does not change, Mal. 3:6 and Heb. 13:8. There is a place of ministry for women in the Church if they are willing: “that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things – that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed” (Titus 2:3–5). [Bold emphasis added] As it is, however, many pastors want to give their flock what they want and not what God commanded.

Marlin J. Yoder

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Dispensational Heresy

Friday, May 3, 2019

Spirit-led Christians discern truth from lies – the oracles of God from the traditions of men. In that process we abase the mind of flesh to gain the mind of Christ. “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors – not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Rom. 8:14). “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4). These will produce in us “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).

The false dispensational pre-tribulation rapture put upon the Church by John Darby and Cyrus Scofield is a flesh-based and anti-Christ tradition of men. In their teachings of the dispensational pre-trib rapture these men were NOT Spirit-led. This is true because their doctrine opposes the end-time teachings of Christ. In pleasing the desires of the flesh, they and their followers turned away from the truth and testimony of Jesus, and this in the face of God’s Word saying “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10).

The Holy Spirit said, “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1). Secrecy is effective in “denying the Lord” – and in order for Darby’s and Scofield’s dispensational teachings to root in the Church they secretly silenced the testimony of Jesus Christ who authoritatively taught that He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt.24:29-31), not before!

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Darby, Scofield and their puppet ministers brought great heresy into the Church, deceiving and being deceived by a false hope. They robbed believers of Christ’s truth, telling them they have nothing for which to prepare regarding the final seven years of this present age. Of them and all their followers Jesus’ Words are true: “by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:37). They have twisted and perverted God’s Word to make it say what it never said. But they don’t care, and continue peddling their cash-rich, flesh-pleasing end-time gospel while denying the testimony of Jesus Christ, Who is “the spirit of prophecy”.

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If you have a Scofield Reference Bible get rid of it, ignore its poisoned footnotes because Cyrus Scofield changed the God of the Bible to a god of his own creation and wishful thinking for the times of the end. Following Darby’s and Scofield’s exchange from the testimony of Jesus Christ for the highly popular but false pre-trib rapture lie, thousands of copycat ministers, without remorse, have led and continue to lead millions AWAY from the testimony of Christ!

As a result many have been disarmed of discernment and the “whole armor of God, [and will not] be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:11). They’ve been taught they don’t need to discern Antichrist or the end-times as they’ll be raptured before Antichrist is revealed. They’ve also been taught that if they learn Antichrist’s identity, they’ve missed the rapture and were left behind! What a cruel lie and basis for deep offense (Matt. 24:10)! As a result of their heresy most professing Christians don’t even try discerning “The coming of the lawless one according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9).

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If you believe Christ “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21), and if you know it’s impossible for God to lie, then you know that Christ cannot “descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16) for the rapture before the tribulation, because the “restoration of all things” DOES NOT occur until “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). Any student of end-time biblical prophecy worth his salt knows this is the unchangeable truth.

There is NO secret rapture! “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thess. 4:16); at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6); “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54); “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52); when “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev. 11:15). The Lord Jesus returns only once more, and His return will raise the righteous dead in spectacular power and glory, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt.24: 29-31) just as He taught!

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If I didn’t truly love you or love the testimony of Christ, I would say nothing to you, my brothers and sisters in Christ concerning the end-times. But I love God and His Christ who saved me, and I love my fellowman, and my desire is to teach as many believers and unbelievers with the truth as my sphere of influence can reach. The so-called imminent, pre-trib rapture is a cruel and ungodly lie from hell, yet millions of deceived Christians embrace it and glory in that lie.

Who do you believe: myriad false teachers, or the SON OF GOD? Who in your heart carries the greater authority – man, or CHRIST? Who is best qualified to warn and guide Christians safely to the end – the abysmal authority of man or the testimony of JESUS? Who is your hero, and in whom is your faith grounded – men who are and love to be seen, or GOD and HIS CHRIST who are unseen? In what is your faith grounded – the sinking sands of men and their traditions, or the oracles of ALMIGHTY GOD? What you believe unequivocally identifies who you believe.

Understand that many peddlers of the dispensational pre-tribulation rapture have grown very wealthy through their flesh-pleasing TV shows, DVD’s, book sales and seminars as they SELL their message! Of pre-tribulation and secret rapture preachers and teachers, saints beware: “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matt. 15:14). God wants to sustain each of His children in vibrant truth, but in order for that to be a reality we must believe the testimony of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Marlin J. Yoder

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International Religious Intrigue

Friday, April 26, 2019

Let the truth and glory of the cross of Jesus Christ and His resurrection dwell richly in our heart, mind, spirit and soul as we remember with thanksgiving the Cornerstone of our faith, our great and faithful God and Savior Jesus Christ, for death and hell could not keep Him in the grave!

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psa. 103:1–5).

Some Christians believe that Jared Kushner, because he is extremely wealthy, has a charismatic nature, and has been drafting a Middle East peace plan since President Trump was inaugurated, and owns an office building with an address of 666 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, N.Y., that he is the biblical Antichrist. But that’s entirely false.

Undetected by most, Antichrist has already been building his One World Religion via deception and false unity now for many years. But it’s not Kushner, he doesn’t fit the biblical descriptions of “the son of perdition”. The first of many truths in that regard is that he is married to Ivanka Trump and they have three children together. And God says of Antichrist that “He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women” (Dan. 11:37).

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But what is possible is that because Jared Kushner is Chief White House Advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, and thus has international influence, and is anti-Christ in his Orthodox Jewish religion, he could draft the Middle East peace plan, but have the more globally prominent and revered “man of sin” (2 Thess. 2:3) administer the “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) to the Jewish-hating nations of the Middle East and the whole world.

A quality that endears Jared Kushner to Israel is the fact that he is an Orthodox Jew. And his wife, Ivanka Trump, has converted from Christianity to Judaism, meaning she had to deny her Christian faith! Orthodox Jews hate Christ. With the same malice expressed by first generation AD national Israel, Orthodox Jews yet reject Christ and His testimony of being the Son of God. Demanding their will of 2,000 years ago they “answered [Pilot] and said, ‘His blood be on us and on our children’” (Matt. 27:25). And so it remains today. Pray for their conversion.

Important to the end-times, Jared Kushner is hostile to Jesus Christ. His international influence provides him

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both the motivation and opportunity to attempt destroying the Christian claim that knowing Christ equals peace. The history of Roman Catholicism’s violence and death, however, stands in stark contrast to that claim, as the world largely views Christianity through the lens of Catholicism. The Middle East peace will be Antichrist showing the world that his One World Religion and not Rome’s historically violent Christianity, nor divisive Judaism holds the keys to world peace, and Kushner could be the agent through whom that Antichrist transition occurs.

The current pope, or his successor, will ultimately abandon false Roman Catholicism and exalt “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. 2:4). Thus he overcomes the world’s perception of false Christianity’s violent past, and Orthodox Judaism’s rejection of Christ, to establish his own One World Religion given him by Satan. The world and Orthodox Jews will rejoice over their “new messiah”. But “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).

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The temporal peace over which the world rejoices will be shattered by its author forty-two months after its beginning, and will suddenly be replaced with four mid-tribulation events and the mark of the beast that will terrify those not prepared or counted worthy to escape. “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).

Because reborn Israel has now aged 71 years, and Jesus said the generation that sees that would not pass away “till all these [end-time] things take place” (Matt. 24:32–35), and God identified a generation as 70 to 80 years according to Psa. 90:10, only about two years remain until the final seven years of this present age begins. However, that “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) could begin before two years expires. What’s important to all Christians is that we heed the Words of Jesus, and “watch” according to Luke 21:36. God bless you with discernment as you watch!

But most importantly, have you been born again? Have you repented of your sins and unbelief to trust in Jesus Christ for salvation? If not, do that now before anything else! Time is very short. The international religious intrigue now sweeping the world is deceiving many as the “man of sin is revealed” (2 Thess. 2:3), who comes “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).

No one has the promise of being alive tomorrow, or finding God later. God can call our life to account in the next second, hour or day. If you were to die in the next few moments, would you enter heaven’s gates or hell’s flames? The Church rarely places these stark, convicting questions before the people. And there’s no middle ground, no purgatory. When we die there is no chance for a do-over. Therefore, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Heb. 3:15). And “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

Marlin J. Yoder

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Christians vs Orthodox Jews

Friday, April 19, 2019

God warned: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7). And in God’s Kingdom, the sower is the one who scatters God’s Word abroad; leaders, pastors and teachers. And just as Moses will be the “accuser” of unbelieving Jews (John 5:45), Christ will be the Accuser and Judge of all who lead people away from His testimony. In that context, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, [genealogically] there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:28–29).

Just as the Spirit made clear that believers “are all one in Christ Jesus”, so to the Spirit makes clear that “There is one body” (Eph. 4:4), not multiple bodies of believers being gathered and given rewards at multiple gatherings of God’s elect as taught by false dispensationalism. That dispensationalism has led to multiple abominations, is an understatement.

One of the many deceptions today is the spiritual co-mingling of Orthodox Jews and Christians. The gospel of Christ came first to the Jews, but as a nation they openly and with malice rejected the Son of God. And Jesus said to them “If God were your Father, you would love me…You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth” (John 8:42–44).

Christ lamented over ancient Israel to whom He came, saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate” (Matt. 23:37–38). Don’t miss that Jesus prophesied that! Christians need to wake up to the massive deceptions being imposed by false teachers!

Since the time of Christ’s earthly ministry, there has not arisen a more openly hostile spirit of anti-Christ than that of Orthodox Jews, second only to Satan himself. It’s no wonder Jesus said of them: “Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?” (Matt. 23:33). And as a nation Israel has NEVER repented. Not surprisingly, then, Christ prophesied Jerusalem would be made “desolate” and destroyed, and that occurred in 70 AD. Israel ceased from being a nation, and its people, the Jews, were scattered across the face of the entire world.

To this day Orthodox Jews still hate Christ, they just haven’t had the deceit, funding, political influence and power to promote the spirit of anti-Christ as has Roman Catholicism. Starting on May 14, 1948, however, the Jews began returning from their dispersion to the land of Israel, not by their own desire, but the power and divine will of God pulled them back just as prophesied at Ezekiel 37 to fulfill the times of the end of this present age. Consequently the Jews have gained notoriety on the world stage, but still lack the influence and power

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of the Vatican.

Orthodox Jews are among the “many deceivers [who] have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ…[and carefully note that] Whosoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 1:7–11).  [bold emphasis added] Dear saints, we must pay close attention to this, but many refuse!

Though Orthodox Jews loathe Christ, false teachers gush from their pulpits that Christians should support Israel financially, politically, and militarily, and donate money to build Israel’s third temple, which is an abomination, for it’s the seat of Antichrist. Some Christian men even prayer with the Jewish prayer shawl over their head! NO! DO NOT PARTICIPATE! Orthodox Jews will profane their temple by animals’ blood for the remission of their sins, though Christ shed His blood, a Sacrifice “once for all” (Rom. 6:10; Heb. 7:27, 9:12, 10:10; Jude 1:3).

In their fear of man, false teachers even tell their followers that Christians should not try to convert Jews, because they don’t need to be saved by faith in Christ. They teach heresy! God is clear that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). And the Apostle Paul speaking of his own people the Jews, said “I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites…For they are not all Israel, who are of Israel” (Rom. 9:3–4, 6). [emphasis added]

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Today’s Orthodox Jew and heretical Christian co-mingled beliefs is a result of John N. Darby’s (1800–1882) and Cyrus I. Scofield’s (1843–1921) dispensational pre-tribulation rapture heresy. They birthed a new false doctrine. These two men perverted the Words and testimony of Jesus Christ. They deceived the Church by peddling an ear-tickling, anti-biblical, anti-Christ doctrine. Not a single verse of Scripture speaks of a pre-tribulation rapture. Nor does Scripture teach that God has broken up His body of believers into dispensational groups. It’s all a convoluted lie!

Spiritually, true Christians have nothing in common with Orthodox Jews, including, even, the Old Testament. Jesus told the Jews that Moses, not Him, would be their accuser, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me” (John 5:46). God identified the true Jew, clearly saying: “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).

Further, Jesus Christ said of unbelieving Jews, “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie – indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you” (Rev. 3:9). There is only one religion that has as its house of worship a “synagogue”: Orthodox Jews. They say they are Jews, but they’re not, because they have not been spiritually born again by faith in Jesus Christ.

Dispensational teachers also reject the shift God made from O.T. Jews to New Covenant saints. God first said to Jews: “if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, [which they did not] then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people…And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exo. 19:5–6); but post-Calvary, God’s Spirit said to true Christians: “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special peoplewho once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9–10). [bold emphasis added]

Is God finished with Jews? No, “if they do not continue in unbelief, [they] will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again” (Rom. 11:23). And in the tribulation God seals 144,000 from the tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4–8). But Jews must gain salvation like any other unbelievers, which is this: “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has 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); however, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John

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3:36b).

Contrary to popular evangelical belief God does not love Orthodox Jews more than other people, and neither can we, His saints. We must love and witness Christ to all people equally, including Orthodox Jews, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. BUT, not the temporal peace Antichrist brings! We pray for that future, permanent, post-tribulation peace that comes after Christ, the Prince of Peace, descends from heaven at the last trumpet, at the last day, at the first resurrection, to restore everything! It’s near, but we don’t look forward to Antichrist’s false temporal peace of “the covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27), for it ushers in the seven-year tribulation and Satan’s wrath against saints. Beyond that, we look for our eternal Zion, the New Jerusalem from heaven!

Marlin J. Yoder

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In This Interim: The Deceiver

Friday, April 12, 2019

We’re now in a highly deceptive interim awaiting the “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27a). True Christians must discern this deception and the mounting hostilities against us while our message must remain exclusive in this: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8); and that Jesus Christ is exclusively “the way, the truth and the life.[and that] No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

There is, however, a deceptive works-based religious antithesis to that message that is and will continue to be led by a One World Order-minded global leader, one who is not only respected but is virtually worshiped. He is the Jesuit, Pope Francis, the first rider of the apocalypse on a white horse, a counterfeit of Christ on His white horse of Rev. 19:11, an imposter deceptively conquering world religions. In this interim he’s already unified deceived and false Christians, Judaism, Islam, and pagan religions, even people of no religious affiliation. After he completes his unifying role, the global hatred against born again Christians explodes just as Jesus promised, saying, “and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matt. 24:9).

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The true Church is under heavy demonic attack right now by the Roman Pontiff. Do you discern his deceitful papal overtures and Mary-worship being introduced? Satan’s false church demands global unity as the EU builds its One World Order, the modern-day Babel. “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, ‘Come and see.’ And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer” (Rev. 6:1-2). And “It was granted to him [the Antichrist] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue and nation” (Rev. 13:7;~Dan. 7:21).  

Popes took the title Vicar of Christ, meaning substitute, or “in place of Christ”. But when the Reformation exposed their evils, the popes exchanged their vicious ways for a pretense of non-violence. Thus the Rev. 6:1–2 end-time rider on a white horse has a bow but no arrows, a force without teeth, yet skilled to go out “conquering and to conquer”. Not only does the pope’s royal throne, tiara and attire deceptively represent Christ’s, but his Papal Cross shows Jesus dead on the cross, a strong subliminal message that Christ is dead but that, he, the pope lives!

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It’s well-recorded that since his conclave election six years ago, of March 2013, Pope Francis has gone out “conquering and to conquer” global religious belief systems, uniting them as one unto himself. Several articles confirming this can be found here, here, here and here. But don’t be deceived, and don’t ever give your allegiance to the pope of Roman Catholicism. God has given us physical descriptions of the great harlot, even of her proud, pretentious royal colors.

The history and desire of the popes of Rome has always been to make forced religious allegiance under their power and control. For twelve centuries they largely succeeded by using bribes, paid indulgences and forced worship. And when that no longer worked, the next four centuries was a religious bloodbath of brutality, persecution, murder, and the creation of Jesuit death-squads. We should never think that their mission has reversed just because they now appear to be a kinder and gentler friend of the world. Their mission is yet to utterly dominate, by whatever means, all religions of the world. And in these last days their deceptions have worked very well for them.

God identifies, for our benefit, the false church and spiritual harlot in living color: “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” (Rev. 17:4–5).

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The papal throne’s centuries-long, murderous conquest to gain control over religions has now been all but forgotten. Pope Francis has, of necessity, reinvented Roman Catholicism as a kinder, gentler, unifying brand of Christianity. Yet, Satan’s evil spirit of anti-Christ governs the Vatican, and its works-based idolatrous apostasy continues unabated. And consider that Pope Francis has, with the help of deceiving spirits, won large sectors of evangelical Christians, even to many evangelicals calling him Holy Father! Know that, “the falling away” is unmistakably here!

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The popes desecrate the communion table of the Lord which is to be received in “remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:24–25), in that, their transubstantiation teaches that upon the priest’s blessings the elements physically change into the body and blood of Christ. Therein “they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (Heb. 6:6). God has visually described the harlot who sits on many waters, and even since the 15th Century Protestant Reformation those who came out of Catholicism knew the popes of Rome not only fulfilled the prophesies of “false christs” (Matt. 24:24), but that the pope’s would ultimately fulfill the end-time prophecy of the Antichrist.

By physical and spiritual descriptions, God identifies for us “the great harlot who sits on many waters” (Rev. 17:1), and alerts us to the fact that “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, nations, and tongues” (Rev. 17:15). Globally, Satan’s counterfeit church sits upon many waters of “peoples, nations, and tongues”, in fact, more so than any other religious system known among mankind. Satan’s false church is practically in every country, state, city, town, village and hamlet, enticing the biblically ignorant with her counterfeit Christianity.

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Not only has Pope Francis won false religions of the world, but he’s also seduced evangelical leaders, pastors, their ministers and flocks, some pictured here but many others not pictured here. This is apostasy among evangelicals. The Scriptures reveal that Antichrist establishes a One World Religion, which was this pope’s mission since his election, the first-ever Jesuit, to lead the great harlot. If you don’t know the history of the “Jesuits”, do research and find out why Jesuits have historically been hostile to true born again Christians.

On April 9, 2019, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won another term in Israel’s general election, and the proposed Trump / Kushner, Israeli / Palestinian peace plan is supposed to be disclosed shortly hereafter. And as we consider the signs of the times and imminent rise of “the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3) who mesmerizes the world with the “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27), one cannot help but recognize the Vatican’s role in that covenant-making process given the fact that Pope Francis has already authored two covenants with Palestine. Now, justifiably, Israel awaits its “covenant with many”, which divides up God’s Land! But “when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them” (1 Thess. 5:3).

As shown above, Pope Francis has falsely united world religions, even Islam and Judaism. He’s won the favor of the new Mormon Church in Rome. He’s wooed the Dali Lama and Buddhism, and he’s found unity with the Hindu and Sikh religions. Prior to Pope Francis’s reign, no one has united such diverse religions, but he, being the world’s pontiff, works the U.N’s 2030 Agenda of a One World Religion by the ever-increasing powers and deceiving spirits of Antichrist.

True Christianity that worships God’s Son Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth, is under heavy satanic attack, as the Restrainer of evil increasingly lessens His restraint. In order for the end of this age to come, the Restrainer of evil (see 2 Thess. 2:6–7) will altogether remove His restraint for the final 3 1/2  year period called “the great tribulation” (Matt. 24:21), when “the man of sin, the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3) rules “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). Have you received the love of the truth?

Marlin J. Yoder

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On Wings of a Great Eagle

Friday, April 5, 2019

Some ask, “What’s the urgency of the end-times?” Answer: time is running out, and very few have been taught the truths of what to expect and how to prepare. Reborn Israel has now aged 71 years, and Jesus said the generation (70 to 80 years based on Psa. 90:10) that sees Israel flourish would not pass away before all end-time events take place (Matt. 24:32–35). Therefore, roughly 9 years remain to complete the arrival of Antichrist and his seven-year tribulation which occurs in two halves of 1,260 days each, then Christ gathers His elect saints on one of the unknown 90 days following, see Rev.11:3; 12:6 and Dan. 12:11–12. This is not sensationalized and foolish “date setting”, but Christ-taught and Spirit-led “discernment of season” of end-time events.

Others ask, how is one “counted worthy to escape all these things” (Luke 21:36)? First, “it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16 KJV) and “without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14 NIV). We must live holy lives by true faith in Christ, being born again, not compromised, not lukewarm, and not spiritually inattentive. Secondly, knowledge of the truth is paramount, and exchanging the truth Christ taught for the pre-trib rapture lie will surely fail you. God does not remove His people from earth pre-tribulation, but is with them through it.

Consider Noah who had a choice to believe God and prepare for the deluge that would destroy the world, or, he could have thought that because he was righteous God would remove him and his family from the earth pre-flood. But Noah believed God and built the Ark saving him and his family. Consider that Jacob in ancient Egypt had a choice to believe God for the prophesied famine that would destroy many, including Israel, or he could have thought God would remove him and his people from the earth pre-famine and do nothing. But he believed God and prepared for the famine, saving not only his people but the whole house of Egypt.

“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself” (Exo.19:4).

Consider ancient Israel suffering 400 years of slavery, then coming to their Passover moment. Had Moses and Israel not believed God and prepared for the Passover, the firstborn of Israel would have been slain along with the firstborn of Egypt. And when God told Moses and Israel to possess Canaan, most disbelieved God when they saw giants and consequently could not possess their Promised Land! THAT ENTIRE GENERATION PERISHED BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF! Only Joshua and Caleb of that generation entered the Promised Land. Jesus did say “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14). Forty years later God said, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself” (Exo. 19:4).

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Consider the promise of God: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’ Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler” (Psa. 91:1–4).

Western cultures are affluent and impatient. The deceptive effects of convenience and faster technological development has taught us that we can have what we want, now. And not just do we want it now, our slogans urge us to “Have it your way”. Even our music reminds us, saying, “I did it my way”, which “lyrics were written by Paul Anka and popularized by Frank Sinatra”. (Wikipedia) However, the Christian life is lived by God’s commands, NOT the wishes of man. And it’s “those who wait on the Lord [who] 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” (Isa. 40:31).

“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” (Isa. 40:31).

Scripture repeatedly uses the metaphor of “eagles’ wings” as God’s protection, provision and deliverance for His people. That might seem foolish to some, but remember “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 12:14). With that in mind remember that “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise” (1 Cor. 1:27a KJV). Thus, when we see God’s repeated use of “eagles’ wings” and how it applied from ancient Israel to The Revelation, we do well to pay particularly close attention to its use at the great tribulation.

Speaking of the great tribulation, Jesus spoke to the urgency of being prepared when “the one will be taken, and the other will be left…the one will be taken, the other left…the one will be taken, and the other left” (Luke 17:34–36). (See the 03/15/2019 Letter for the meaning of to “be taken”). Jesus prefaces this discourse with “Remember Lot’s wife” (17:32), a command directly correlating to Lot’s urgent need to leave Sodom and Gomorrah with his wife and daughters. So it will be for those who “watch” and are “counted worthy to escape all these things” (Luke 21:36) at the mid-point of the tribulation. The moment will be urgent, and its window of time, small.

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At their short notice and command to flee, Lot, his wife and daughters fled the twin cities under God’s command to “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains lest you be destroyed” (Gen. 19:17) But as they were escaping for their lives, the heart of Lot’s wife was not found “worthy to escape all these things” because her heart was where her life stuff was, back amongst the cities, she didn’t really believe God, and was left behind!, for “his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” (Gen. 19:26). She was likely holding her husband’s hand, and then let go, but loving God more than his wife, Lot didn’t turn back, but remembered God’s urgent Word, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you…” And at our time to flee, we too must love and obey God more than anyone or anything. With that example and backdrop intended for our benefit, read with discernment Matt. 10:37.

At the end of the Luke 17:32–36 discourse, where “one shall be taken, and the other left”, we know Jesus was speaking of a place of safety and provision for the believing who watch and are prepared to quickly leave everything behind, their homes, jobs, opportunities and possessions, to access the place God has provided, where the

“Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (Luke 17:37).

wise are sheltered under His wings. We know this because “they answered and said to Him, ‘Where Lord?’ So He said to them, ‘Wherever the body is, [God’s provision] there the eagles will be gathered together’” (Luke 17:37). In God’s love, mercy and grace, He’s given us a sign that wherever “the eagles are gathered together” that that is the place to which His prepared and watchful saints flee at the time of the mid-tribulation crisis. Sound foolish? Remember 1 Cor. 1:27a KJV. Those who know not of that safety will be “left behind” and open to the wrath of the dragon, who “went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 12:17). In those days many saints will be hunted and killed by the beast.

“But the woman [the true watching Church] was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, [3 1/2 years] from the presence of the serpent” (Rev. 12:14).

Therefore, when we come to The Revelation of Jesus Christ regarding the highly pivotal time at which to flee Satan’s wrath as he is hurled to the earth, and the pit is opened from which come demon spirits and hybrid beings, as black smoke obscures the sun, when God’s two witnesses are slain then resurrected and ascend to heaven, while Antichrist walks into the temple in Jerusalem claiming to be God, and blasphemes the God of heaven and those dwelling there; then it is holy and consistent with the witness of Scripture that “the woman [the watchful Church, prepared to escape] was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, (3 1/2 years) from the presence of the serpent” (Rev. 12:14). This is critical, because “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back” (Luke 17:31). “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).

Fellow born again saints, in living a holy life, we must endure through the difficult time God calls the first 3 1/2 years of tribulation, and then be prepared to find His safety and provision for the last 3 1/2 years of great tribulation, because there will not be a pre-tribulation rapture, as that entire narrative is a lie from deceiving spirits to keep you from finding the Rev. 12:6, 14 safety and provision of God for the most horrible time in the history of the world. And many will suffer greatly because they exchanged the testimony of Jesus Christ at Matt. 24:29–31 for the empty and deceptive pre-tribulation rapture promise of false teachers. Do not be one of their victims.

Marlin J. Yoder

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The Pre-Trib Rapture Terror

Friday, March 29, 2019

Jesus warned of the end-times, “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matt. 24:4). God’s Spirit followed that up with, “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him…Let no one deceive you by any means” (2 Thess. 2:1–3). We will either respond to those warnings by faith and prepare accordingly, or redirect the warning to others which would be the worst possible choice.

Yet, the worst possible choice has been made by many Christians who have been deceived by false teachers ignoring the testimony of Jesus using dispensationalism, conjecture, assumption, and all its ear-tickling tradition, making the end-time testimony of Jesus Christ of no account for present day saints. And it’s been done by redirecting Jesus’ testimony to others, namely Jews.

For the pleasure of the people and self-profit, false teachers have defrauded the testimony of Jesus. They’ve taught the Church that the Olivet Discourse was intended only for Jews since He was talking to Jews when He spoke it. But if that were valid, (which it’s not) why do those same theologians preach that “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7 KJV), since Jesus said that to a Jew, Nicodemus, who was “a ruler of the Jews” (John 3:1), under cover and darkness of night?

Their testimony falls apart, as does their deceptive pre-trib rapture doctrine. Nearly all of Jesus’ testimony was given to Jews, for “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). Further, Jesus concludes His Olivet Discourse, saying, “And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:37). He was speaking to “all” which includes the future Church, confirmed in His great commission to “make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19–20); “all things”, then, includes the Olivet Discourse.

Many pastors and churches unwittingly allow Satan to ravage their flock, now by deception, but will later be proven the pre-trib rapture terror! What believers don’t know can and will hurt them. In this case it can terrorize them to the point of “falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3). Those who believe in the pre-trib rapture believe a lie that restricts them from preparing in truth because they believe they won’t need to endure to the end, contrary to what Jesus taught at Matt. 24:13. Often, their favorite but highly misplaced responses is, but “God has not appointed us to wrath” (1 Thess. 5:9) as if that highly conditional verse settles it, which it doesn’t.

Consider: neither have the state’s governing officials in which you live “appointed” you to a vehicular crash. But if you ignore the signs and laws intended to keep you safe, and you cause injury or death to yourself or others, the fault is your own because you ignored the laws provided and intended to keep you safe. And so it is with the testimony of Jesus Christ. He will safely navigate you through the end times only if you believe His written Word and act accordingly. No, God has not “appointed” saints to wrath, but if we ignore His end-time Word of truth, He promised that we will reap exactly what we sow.

God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). He also said “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18 KJV). As believers, our vision must be that which is according to the end-time testimony of Jesus Christ, else we invite destruction.

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Prayerfully consider the 4 global terrors that occur 42 months into the tribulation. First, Satan and his fallen angels are permanently cast out of heaven and onto the earth having great wrath because they know their time is short. But God has a place of safety and provision for those “counted worthy to escape” (Luke 21:36). God being eternally the same did this for ancient Israel when He metaphorically bore them “on eagles’ wings” (Exo. 19:4).

“Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke rose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace…Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth…and to them was given power like scorpions” (Rev. 9:1–3). Demonic hybrid beings “as it was in the days of Noah” (Luke 17:26) will cover the earth. This is 2 of 4 mid-tribulation events. But if saints are prepared, and “counted worthy to escape”, God has a place of safety and provision.

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“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day [the rapture] will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed the son of perdition…[who] sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:3–4). This is fulfilled by the one the Bible calls Antichrist, at which time global terror reigns for the last 42 months of this present age. And dear saints, we will still be right here on earth! But “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). This is the 3rd of 4 mid-tribulation events. But God wants saints to metaphorically escape on His “wings of a great eagle” (Rev. 12:14).

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And “in the middle of the week he [Antichrist] shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. [He breaks his false peace “covenant” (Dan. 9:27a)] 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. 9:27b). “Therefore 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). Antichrist, “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God” (2 Thess. 2:4). But those who believe God flee to His safety for “one thousand two hundred and sixty days” (Rev. 12:6).

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“When they [God’s two witnesses who testify for 3 1/2 years during the first half of the tribulation] finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified…Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven” (Rev. 11:7–13). This 4th event signals to saints the time is NOW! to find God’s safety and provision. Read Jesus discourse at Luke 17:20–37 with special emphasis on verse 37.

These four events will strike terror into the hearts of most. The Jews’ messiah will be proven false. And many Christians, having ignored, nor being taught, how or when to escape on “wings of a great eagle” (Rev. 12:14) to enter God’s provision for the last 3 1/2 years will be terrorized and offended according to Jesus’ teaching at Matt. 24:10. With these events will come the mark of the beast, and the last 3 1/2 years will be so horrible that “unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matt. 24:22).

In times of judgment and great calamity, it has never been God’s Biblical character to remove His people from the earth in order to avoid those things, but what is His character is to warn His people in advance of what’s coming with commands to prepare accordingly. Therein, regarding the end-times, Jesus told us it would be like the days of Noah and the days of Lot. In both cases they had to first believe God, then secondly, act accordingly to that belief. And since God does not change, we have the certainty that He is not going to change His character for the end-times.

Next week TheFridayLetter.com will take a closer look at what it means to be “counted worthy to escape all these things” (Luke 21:36) on “wings of a great eagle” (Rev. 12:14), something that pre-trib rapture dispensationalists don’t think worthwhile bringing to you. Please be prayerfully prepared to receive from the Word of the Lord what the organized, denominational Church is refusing to teach you; “know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“I stand at the door and knock”

Friday, March 22, 2019

God said to Christian preachers and teachers: “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:1–4).

In the Church, the prophetic end-time Word wherein men “will not endure sound doctrine” was in part fulfilled when Darby preached his ungodly dispensational and anti-Christ epiphany to the Church. And ever since the mid to late 19th Century his ear-tickling dream transfixed itself upon the hearts and minds of millions. As a result, about ninety-five percent of the Church today has discarded, as inapplicable, the sound teachings of Christ that foretell of Antichrist’s seven-year reign wherein many perish. Out of sight, out of mind!

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Pictured here is John Nelson Darby (1800–1882) whose epiphany gave the 19th Century Church, and beyond, its dispensationalism. He carved up the saints into different groups, dividing the Eph. 4:4 “one body” of Christ into multiple bodies being gathered or raptured at different times. Of course, his epiphany preferred him and his followers being raptured pre-tribulation. So convenient! But as for believers of later dispensations?–well, too bad for them, because by Darby’s doctrine, they’ll suffer the tribulation and Antichrist while Darby and his followers watch from the grandstands of heaven, being spared the seven-year tribulation. Please do not trust Darby’s lying spirit and witness, but believe and trust only the witness of the Lord Jesus Christ! Darby’s pre-trib rapture heresy poisoned much of the Church to grave unbelief!

But here’s what God said about men’s dreams that contradict His Word: “‘Behold, I am against those who prophecy false dreams,’ says the Lord, ‘and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,’ says the Lord” (Jer. 23:32). Not only is God “against those who prophecy false dreams”, He is also against those who perpetuate them.

Darby’s false dream divides the Body of Christ into multiple groups: Old Covenant saints are one group; New Covenant saints another; and tribulation saints yet another. But the truth is that you can’t find that sort of slicing and dicing of Christ’s Body anywhere in Scripture! In fact, God states just the opposite, saying that, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:4–6).

Dispensationalism changes God from impartial to partial. That alone should turn every saint against it. God created only one true Jew: those who believe Him! God confirmed this twice: first, He said to ancient Israel “if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people…And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation’ (Exo. 19:5–6); and secondly, to post-Calvary saints, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people…who once were not a people but are now the people of God” (1 Peter 2:9–10). No division!

This was made possible by God who said “you, being a wild olive tree, [Gentiles] were grafted in among them, [original Jews] and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree” (Rom. 11:17); thus, “Branches were broken off [that is, unbelieving Jews] that I might be grafted in” (Rom. 11:19); “And they also, [post-Calvary Jews] if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again” (Rom. 11:23).

God confirmed that Jew and Gentile believers together become true Jews when He said, “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). Thus, we who are not blinded by traditions of men know that the two bodies of believers, both from the Old and New Covenants, have been united together into Christ’s “one body”, because there is no division in Christ.

Believing Jews and Gentiles are grafted into the Vine of Christ and form the “one body”, the Church, called “the Israel of God”. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God” (Gal. 6:15–16). Therefore, every believer, Jew and Gentile, constitutes the Church, and together are in fact “the Israel of God”. [emphasis added]

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This familiar picture has two applications. First, the Biblical text: “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” (Rev. 3:20). The literal application of this text is that Christ is outside the door of the Church asking to be let in by anyone who hears His voice. This is largely representative of the end-time Church as it’s focused on programs, politics, economy, culture, media and entertainment, pleasing people more than God. The second application is very personal. Have we invited Christ and His Word of authority into our hearts and lives, or are we happier with traditions of men that keep Christ outside? John Darby’s false pre-trib rapture doctrine is just one of many that abandon our Lord’s testimony that would otherwise lead us safely to the end of this age by finding the safety and provision of God for the final 42 months of the great tribulation.

Today, Darby’s followers continue being seduced by deceiving spirits attempting to make the testimony of Jesus of no effect. And men and women who perpetuate Darby’s dispensational narrative are culpable with him for leading many believers away from the testimony of Jesus whose very testimony “is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10). Do you hear Jesus knocking?

John Darby’s dispensational pre-trib rapture, or the testimony of Jesus that He gathers His elect “one body” Bride of Christ “Immediately after the tribulation” has monumental consequences. The former is of deceiving spirits, the latter is of the Spirit of God; the former a departure from “sound doctrine”, the latter is the “sound doctrine” of Jesus Christ; in the former “many will be offended” (Matt. 24:10) and increase “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3), while the latter equips saints to endure to “the end of the age” as Jesus taught. We have free will, who do you believe?

The world is ready for the “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) and for its socialist New World Order leader. Unfortunately, the Church is largely asleep to these growing realities which will bring sudden and crushing reforms against Christians. This global leader hailed as the savior of the world will ravage true Christians of employment and the marketplace. If you don’t already see that fomenting, I pray that the spiritual eyes of your heart be opened to that obvious reality.

As the world pushes into 2020 and 2021, the end of this age will rush toward us like a flood, and only those who have prepared in the testimony of Jesus Christ will be prepared. And know this: there will be no pre-tribulation rapture! Additionally, those who know their God will not only “carry out great exploits” (Dan. 11:32), but are “counted worthy to escape” (Luke 21:36) the last 42 months as they are metaphorically carried on “wings of a great eagle” (Rev. 12:14), to their place of safety; “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (Luke 17:37).

Marlin J. Yoder

 

 

 

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The Wise vs. The Foolish

Friday, March 15, 2019

“EF Hutton is an American stock brokerage firm founded in 1904…[and] was best known for its colorful TV commercials in the 1970s and 1980s based on the phrase, ‘When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.’” (Wikipedia) I remember those ads very well, but EF Hutton is not the point, the testimony of Jesus is. If Christians can be savvy investors and profit listening to their financial planners or advisors, (and they do) then how much more important is it that when Jesus talks, Christians listen and profit to victoriously endure to the end of this present age!

Jesus told us what’s coming in these end-times, and unlike the unbelieving world which doesn’t love Truth, professing Christians must actually believe Him and prepare in His testimony. That it will be a pivotal moment at mid-tribulation when Satan and his angels are permanently cast out of heaven to the earth, and for believers to then “be counted worthy to escape” (Luke 21:36) to God’s provision and safety on “eagles’ wings”, (Rev. 12:6, 14) is a huge understatement.

At mid-tribulation Antichrist breaks his (Dan. 9:27a) covenant, and “shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering” (Dan. 9:27b); “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. 2:4), and issues his “mark of the beast” (Rev. 13:17). Powerful evil entities and hybrid beings of Noah’s day whose eternal abode is hell will suddenly ascend from the pit (Rev. 9:2–3), “coming on the earth” (Luke 21:26) and will cause men’s hearts to fail for fear of those things.

Therefore, Jesus said, “when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place,…[the third temple] then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes…For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time” (Matt. 24:15–21).

Speaking to the urgency of that day, Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left” (Luke 17:32–36). Verify the below with your Greek Lexicon.

Be discerning, that, to “be taken” is the Greek word paralambanō  Strong’s #3880 meaning “to take to, to take with one’s self, to join to one’s self”, to move under one’s own power, and “not to reject, not to withhold obedience”. This is imperative, because, to “be taken” does NOT mean to be supernaturally caught away as taught by false teachers of the pre-tribulation rapture tradition!

Similarly, Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins, comparing the wise to the foolish, (Matt. 25:1–13), clearly makes the point. All ten were virgins, symbolic of believers; all ten had lamps; all ten had oil, albeit in unequal amounts; and all ten were expecting the Bridegroom, but obviously at very different times. The five foolish were convinced of His early arrival, similar to the ever-popular but false pre-trib rapture, and had not prepared for the difficulty and protracted wait. But the wise forsook the ear-tickling early-arrival report and believed the Word of the Bridegroom, and thus prepared for the difficult wait and time of the tribulation. You know the account: the wise were welcomed to the Wedding Banquet, but the foolish were denied entry by the Bridegroom!

Understand that ever since the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, His words and teachings have been under attack. Today, many pastors falsely teach that there is no literal hell, though Jesus taught more about a literal hell than anyone else. Others falsely teach that miracles and tongues ceased with the first century Church. Many falsely teach that people are so depraved as to have no free will of choice to believe the gospel. Yet others teach that The Revelation of Jesus Christ is simply allegory, not to be taken literally. There are even professing Christian witches who say the Bible is a book of magic. Attacks on the testimony of Christ now increase exponentially.

The end-time liberal attacks on Christ was spearheaded by John Nelson Darby (1800–1882), wherein he taught the Church would be raptured pre-tribulation, which deliberately denies the teachings of Christ who taught that the righteous dead are raised “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), and that He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 29–31), and that Christ “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV). Darby’s dispensational teaching claims that the Church-age ceases seven years before the end of this age, though Jesus taught, saying, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). Who do you believe, Jesus Christ, or Darby and his deceptive false teachers?

Consider the days of the great tribulation: Jesus said to “pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape” (Luke 21:36), which infers that some, like the foolish virgins, will not endure because they were not prepared to endure to the end. This is crucial as the Church is ignoring the truth that to “be counted worthy to escape” begins with actually believing Jesus and forsaking false teachers. If professing Christians actually believed Jesus, they would rightly prepare in His testimony. It’s a matter of believing Jesus, or not; of preparing in His testimony, or not; of being wise, or not; of enduring to the end, or not. God will not force you to believe Jesus’ testimony.

The decision to believe and personally apply the testimony of Jesus is an individual choice. We all have free will, that’s how God created us. And some of the most difficult things to overcome are those things in which we have been indoctrinated, specifically religious indoctrination, where traditions are assumed to be right just because that’s what’s been handed down to us generation after generation, but upon careful examination in light of God’s inerrant Word have no factual or theologically sound biblical standing. Quite literally, the pre-trib rapture tradition overtly opposes the testimony of Jesus Christ. When one comes to terms with that vital truth, why believe its deceptively false narrative; “let God be true but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4)!

2,000 years ago Scripture records that “there was a division among the people because of Him” [Christ] (John 7:43). And to this day that hasn’t changed, but we can change that by making this powerful hymn the theme of our hearts: “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live”. The music and full lyrics of this great hymn can be found here. Turn up the volume and be blessed! Commit to love and trust the Lord Jesus enough to believe Him for the end-times, and to “take Him at His Word”, and be set free!

Marlin J. Yoder

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