Loving “Knowledge” and “Vision”

Friday, July 15, 2016

Praying about today’s Letter, I was impressed by two verses: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6), and “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18). The “lack of knowledge” and “no vision” describes the spiritual estate of many in the church.

Time is running out and silence by pastors and teachers of the signs of the end-times is deadly. I read discerning Christian articles by those who love truth and hear their cry against the silence of end-time truths by church leaders. O, but many are up to par with their Hollywood-style light and smoke shows and a diet of “make ’m-feel-good” sermons to keep the money coming in.

Political correctness (PC), the denial of truth, has infected much of our government and media. Similarly, PC, the denial of truth, has infected the church as sexual perversions are now largely honored, and the path to God has many roads, and in-church teaching of biblical end-time truths is absolutely forbidden. Many will spiritually perish because PC pastors didn’t teach whole truth.

Hireling shepherds (pastors) flee their flock, John 10:13, not by physically leaving them, but by employing self-preservation tactics of political correctness, which is nothing but denial of whole truth. The statement, “God loves you” is a half-truth, for, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36b). Both together equal whole truth.

Jesus said, “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). So, if Jesus is the truth, but leadership refuses to hear His post-trib rapture voice at Matthew 24:29–31, what does that tell you about the trustworthiness of this end-time church and its leadership?

Note this July 11, 2016 SuperStation95 New York, NY headline, “This Friday: Violent Rallies Planned For 37 US Cities – being promoted on the Dark Web! (We have the list)”. And then this July 12, 2016 headline from the Canada Free Press, “Expect chaos to continue and worsen under the guise of equality. Cities are about to burn – Obama’s Agenda of Anarchy”. I’ve been warning for years that saints must prepare in heart, mind, body and soul for the coming tribulation.

Our prayers must agree with God.

One dear saint recently blogged prayer requests that domestic and global chaos stop. But if she knew God’s Word and realized that we are the last generation of this age, she would know that her prayers are actually against what God has decreed for the end-times. Like Gideon’s 300 men, saints must lift their head to see what’s coming. Then prayers would be rightly aimed at wisdom, knowledge, vision, discernment and faithfulness to navigate challenging end-times and to rejoice that God’s end-time Word is now globally in motion and coming to fruition! Amen!

But because the pre-trib rapture lie is largely the hope of the church, end-time Scriptures are not taught; but when taught, are assumptive and out of context, while Jesus’ teaching on the subject is disallowed because church tradition teaches that His teachings do not apply. They’ve drunk the happy pre-trib kool-aide and rejected knowledge. Not even Jesus can make them believe.

Deception is widespread.

Some months ago a Wheaton College professor was justifiably relieved of her position for showing solidarity with Muslims and wearing the Islamic hijab headdress, saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. It troubled me that a professing Christian, especially one of her position and influence, could come to such an apostate conclusion. Why, what happened?

Recently I discovered what may have been a factor leading to her apostasy. It was revealed that Franklin Graham, son of evangelist, Billy Graham, rightly spoke against that Wheaton professor for asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, saying, “Shame on her!”

However, the teaching of Billy Graham in 1997 on Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power broadcast made for an awkward situation in light of Franklin Graham’s dissent. Here’s why: Billy Graham taught, “I think that everybody that loves Christ or knows Christ – whether they’re conscious of it or not, they’re members of the Body of Christ”. [emphasis added] Then it got even worse.

“Whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they’ve been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their heart that they need something they don’t have, and they turn to the only light they have. And I think that they are saved, and that they’re going to be with us in Heaven”. (Christiannews.net, 12/20/2015)

But the truth is that New Age guru’s, Muslims, Buddhists, Scientologists, Wiccans and all false religions consist of people who, “turn to the only light they have”, but they are still lost. If Billy Graham believes what he taught, why does he preach Jesus? If he is right, and even unbelievers who, “turn to the only light they have”, are saved, then why send missionaries to evangelize the nations? Why bother following Jesus’ great commission of Matt. 28:18–20 if everyone is saved?

What Billy Graham taught denies Christ, the only way to God the Father, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Was that former Wheaton professor’s now-apostate position influenced by Billy Graham’s false teaching nineteen years ago? Only God knows. The church better wake up, for, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6), and “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18 KJV).

We need the whole gospel.

I once spoke to an Assemblies of God minister about the imminent final seven years of this age based on Jesus’ parable of the fig tree at Matthew 24:32–35. In an attempt to minimize what I presented he read the portion of the Olivet Discourse, that, “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).

He began to explain that the church, while having taken the gospel to many nations, had not even come close to taking the gospel to “all the world”, which he believed was required of the church before the end could come. I immediately thought to myself that he probably hasn’t spent much time in The Revelation or he wouldn’t have just said that. Here’s the deception of the pre-trib rapture: The Revelation and other end-time teachings are not necessary for pre-trib believers!

But a sincere reading of The Revelation reveals that the church will not achieve taking the gospel to, “all the world”. It needs help. The heralding of the gospel of Jesus Christ began with, and it will end with, the ministry of angels, who, “are ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). Herein God said through John that during the tribulation, “I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth – to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people” (Rev. 14:6).

If we really love Jesus Christ we will learn of His Word, becoming knowledgeable of it that we have Jesus’ vision of the end. None of us will understand it perfectly, but if we are of “the truth” and “hear His voice” (John 18:37) we must know and prepare for Jesus’ post-tribulation rapture promise of Matthew 24:29–31. If we do that, we will not be destroyed, “for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6), nor will we “perish” because we have “no vision” (Prov. 29:18) of the end-times.

This watchman has been sounding the trumpet.

The world increases in violence and destruction, for we have entered the times of the end, none of which should surprise knowledgeable and discerning saints. Having prepared or not prepared, however, is extremely vital. Preparing requires loving Jesus enough to believe Him and discover His end-time truths for ourselves, because most of the church will not teach you whole end-time truth because it actively seeks to protect its traditions of men more than the Word of the Lord.

Will global economies fail? Yes. Will violence increase? Yes. Will we see more of Noah’s day: transhumanism? Yes. Will we see more of Lot’s day: transgenderism? Yes. Will there be a great famine? Yes. Will there be destruction from the heavens? Yes, God promised it. Can God keep His saints through these? Yes, just as He did before. But it requires that we believe Him.

Dr. Tom Horn, former evangelical pastor, world renowned end-time biblical researcher and author of many books like Exo-Vaticana, Zenith 2016, The Final Roman Emperor, and others, has this headline on his Sky Watch TV broadcast: “As The Final Roman Emperor Preps His Appearance, Over 300 Denominations (Including Baptists, Protestants and Evangelicals) Join Petrus Romanus In Push Toward One World Church”. Of course, Petrus Romanus is Pope Francis, and the ecumenical unity he is now leading is an apostate unity by Antichrist!

Are you prepared in knowledge, vision and holy living to, “be counted worthy” (Luke 21:36) to find God’s Rev. 12:6, 14 safety and provision for the last 1,260 days of great tribulation? If that preparation has not been made before it’s time to flee, it’s nearly a certainty that one will not find it, “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (Matt. 24:28). “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). Only the wise (virgins / saints) entered.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psa. 23:4). Yet, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6) and “Where there is no vision the people perish” (Prov. 29:18).

Marlin J. Yoder

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I'm a non-denominational ordained minister, and have written TheFridayLetter.com for many years and teach the truths of Jesus Christ with an emphasis on the end-times. This on-line and in-person ministry to which God called me helps many people to know the truths of Christ rather than traditions of men which make "the word of God of no effect" (Mark 7:13).

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