“and prevailing against them”

Friday, July 27, 2018

God said “By the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established” (Deut. 19:15); and then repeated it for Christians, saying, “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established” (2 Cor. 13:1). Thus, regarding His truths the first witness is God Himself, followed by one or more of His prophets. But don’t confuse the many false, self-appointed prophets today with the true prophets of God who actually gave us the Word of the Lord.

The prophet Daniel said of the end-times, “I was watching; and the same horn [Antichrist] was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them” (Dan. 7:21). Then the prophet John also said, “It was granted to him [Antichrist] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Rev. 13:7).

Herein, God, His prophets Daniel and John all agree on the temporal authority of Satan’s man Antichrist prevailing against the saints. That’s not a comforting picture. But God desires a bride, who “has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7) in word and deed. While the tribulation will do that, none of us looks forward to persecution, but we must prepare in the truth. None of us want to be overcome by Antichrist, yet we must abide in the truths of Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Even now the Christian faith is rapidly losing cultural ground; in fact, it’s increasingly being banned. And though many preachers and teachers have compromised the gospel to appease the culture, the world is against the true Christian, and the spirit of Antichrist is in full destruction mode against the saints, and ultimately “unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s [saint’s] sake those days will be shortened” (Matt. 24:22).

And in the midst of saints losing cultural ground, the compromised church is now entertained with Hollywood-style lights, smokescreens and showmanship that neglects truths of promised tribulation and persecution, exchanging God’s end-time truths to glorify man. Note this highly relevant article: http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2413

Another of Satan’s end-time tools is mass illegal immigration enforced by globalists. They create irreconcilable multiculturalism. Christianity and Islam are not compatible. Radical Muslims are committed to the slaughter of Christians. Hatred, violence, protests and murder punctuate open borders. It’s tearing countries apart. Citizens are losing their national security, culture, identity and productivity. U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to reverse illegal immigration and the results are viciously dividing our nation. But much, much worse is on the near horizon.

No nation is immune to Antichrist’s New World Order. In fact God said “authority was given him [Antichrist] over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Rev. 13:7). And that includes America. Persecution is coming and American Christians will not escape it. At this point Christians are only tolerated, but the day is fast approaching when we will be openly marked for death.

God said of the end: “Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand” (Dan. 12:10). The tribulation will do all of that. Who are the purified, white and refined but they who believe Christ. Who are the wise who understand but they who believe the testimony of our Lord Jesus.

God said of Christ, “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Heb. 5:8). How much more, then, is suffering required for our own obedience! But preparing for suffering and persecution is rarely taught; in fact, many Christians, due to false teachers, flatly reject the prospect of such things, but therein reject patient endurance.

With that in mind “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:3). End-time persecution will indeed test the lukewarm church. The difficult path of faith to eternal life will prove or disprove one’s faith.

Remember: from the beginning of Jesus ministry He said the gate of true faith is narrow and its path difficult, “and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13–14). But many false prophets, teachers and preachers have made that gate appear wide and its path easy. And quite naturally, if one sets before the people an easy path, they’ll take it. But as for tribulation, persecution, being overcome by Antichrist? False teachers say, “Fear not, you’ll be raptured before those end-time events even begin.” But don’t you believe their lying words! Be bold in the testimony of Jesus Christ!

In this, silence is not golden! True Christians teach and defend the Word of the Lord Jesus to prepare all who have an ear to hear. True Christians who love Christ do not allow doctrines and traditions of men from proclaiming God’s end-time truths. God commanded that “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). People who truly love the Lord Jesus love His truths, hold fast to them, teach and preach them, and prepare people to endure steadfastly to the end.

Jesus Christ taught that He gathers His elect saints “Immediately after the [7-year] tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31); 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 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); because “He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets” (Acts 3:21 NIV).

End-time persecution of Christians has begun in earnest. In America, true Christians are now discriminated against, excluded from employment, and are being sued just because they hold to Christian values, left to suffer devastating legal fees. Transhuman and transgender issues have taken center-stage while Biblical values are publically mocked. Satan’s grand finale end-time persecution of saints unto their destruction is now ramping up. Have you prepared?

Let’s abide in the truth. God said that Antichrist wages war against the saints and prevails during the last 3 1/2 years of great tribulation. Let’s prepare now for that reality. There is an escape, but it’s not the rapture. “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass” (Luke 21:36). Here’s the mid-tribulation escape: “Then the woman [the true Church] fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days” (Rev. 12:6, 14).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“for lack of knowledge”

Friday, July 20, 2018

Jesus said, “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men…making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do” (Mark 7:8, 13). Thus, man’s traditions oppose the knowledge of God.

It’s natural to grow up believing what we are told to believe. It’s quietly assumed that we can believe our pastor, doctor, teacher, professor, the police, the FDA, the FBI and our government. While that may instill respect for earthly authority, it overlooks the authorities’ self-interest to maintain their religious, educational and societal status quo, be they right or wrong.

The status quo is tradition from which it’s difficult to break free, it’s like a self-made prison. Consider the Pharisee’s of Jesus’ day. Repeatedly they were ready to kill Christ because He excoriated their traditions. But rather than repent they hardened their hearts even more.

Today, the discerning see layers of religious, educational and civil deceptions being exposed. And authorities who once held those powers of leading the masses as they willed, now labor to maintain their traditional status quo…be it increasingly fruitless under the New World Order.

Lesser authorities are being assimilated to stronger authorities, and those stronger authorities are being assimilated to even greater authorities. Do you see where this is going? All authorities are being assimilated under one authority, the coming Antichrist. Thus, nationalism infuriates the authorities of the Deep State who desire globalism ruled by the New World Oder.

Pope Francis, fulfilling the first Seal, Rev. 6:1–2, has assimilated many Christians, Jews and Muslims, as though we all serve the same God. But we do not: Judaism and Islam vehemently reject Christ as Messiah! As a result true Christians are increasingly isolated and will ultimately be singled out for total destruction by the, now present, satanic New World Order.

The time has come when what tradition taught us to believe about the end-times must necessarily be challenged because largely, religious, educational, medical, governmental and civil authorities in this world no longer operate in our best interest, but in the interests of the New World Order.

Note civil examples: just because a label says “FDA Approved” does not mean it’s actually safe for human consumption. Much of our grains are genetically modified and our meats are infused with hormones that make our bodies sick with gastrointestinal problems, acid reflux, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. Then, sick, we go to the doctor who will prescribe medications that only put a band-aid on the illness. It’s a vicious cycle, the food industry makes us sick, and the pharmaceutical companies keep us dependent. Believe it or not, this too is end-times related!

Then there’s the highly popular fallacy that America’s founders were Christians, when in fact, many of them were high ranking Freemasons, members of an occult-based secret society. Take it from one of their own: Manly P. Hall, (1901–1990), a renowned 33rd Degree Freemason, said in his book “The Secret Teachings for All Ages” – “Not only were many of the founders of the United States Government Masons, but they received aid from a secret and august body existing in Europe, which helped them establish this country for a peculiar and particular purpose known only to the initiated few. The Great Seal is the signature of this exalted body – unseen and for the most part unknown – and the unfinished pyramid upon its reverse side is a trestleboard setting forth symbolically the task to the accomplishment of which the United States Government was dedicated from the day of its inception”. And that “task” is steeped in ancient occult mandates.

Additionally, many U.S. presidents were 32nd and 33rd Degree Freemasons. The end-times are now exposing the corruption of elected officials: Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist, makes no difference. We now know that Deep State politicians create wars, civil unrest, hatred and violence in their efforts to introduce and maintain the authority of the New World Oder.

Religious deceptions from the antichrist Vatican to the pre-trib rapture and other traditions in most churches reject the knowledge of God, and many are falling away from true faith in Christ Jesus as a result. Many, now believing Preterism, are tired of hearing about the end-times. Forty years ago they thrilled over the “Left Behind” lie, but now say, “So what, it’s time to move on!”

God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). That truth wasn’t just intended for Old Testament Israel, but also for the New Testament “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16).

Until the post-tribulation rapture, we who believe Christ must be about the Father’s business, telling the truth about Jesus and His redemptive work at Calvary and of His soon return. And in that process we must not fail to share the truth that Jesus gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), to prepare both new and mature Christians to endure to the end, a message the status quo Church of this late hour refuses to disclose to people hungry for truth.

Global violence will increase till Antichrist makes his “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27), then for 3 1/2 years he brings a quasi-peace in all matters religious, economic, civil, military, health and wealth. But Jesus said to us, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25). Are you and your loved ones prepared for that time? Do not be deceived by “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).

When tribulation “famines, pestilences, and earthquakes” (Matt. 24:7) strike; when “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard…[and] transgression shall be heavy upon it” (Isa. 24:20) and the mark of the beast goes global, and the violence of Noah’s day visits everywhere, you will not be raptured off the earth but will remain right here to bear witness to the saving power of Christ!

In the midst of that chaos, however, Christ is our strength and our refuge, IF we have believed Christ and have prepared like the five wise virgins…then He will see us safely to the end.

Jesus said “He who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). Have you in love believed and prepared in Jesus’ knowledge to do that? Will you believe the pre-trib rapture tradition that silences Jesus’ end-time truths as inapplicable to you, or will you believe Jesus Christ? It was God who said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Don’t you be one of them.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“He who is not with Me…”

Friday, July 13, 2018

In this world and its known and unknown cosmos, there is only one infallible and unchangeable truth – God’s Word in the Holy Bible; not to be confused with man’s progressive, revisionist versions and liberal commentaries in circulation today. To the eternal praise of God and His Christ, a few in holy fear revere the former but refuse the latter.

“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); for, “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:8). The Spirit also said of God, “You have magnified Your word above all Your name” (Psa. 138:2).

God’s Word, then, being the highest authority, why would a professing Christian pastor, teacher or author, add to, subtract from, undercut or change His Word? Well, the possibilities are many: the deceit of tradition, the deceit of position, the deceit of political correctness, the deceit of culture, the deceit of money, and the deceit of fearing man above God, just to name a few.

When you hear a Christian change God’s Word, you should discern the Serpent’s hiss, saying, “Has God indeed said” (Gen. 3:1)? If we profess to love God through faith in Christ, we must disallow ourselves participation in, or acceptance of, changing any of His Word. If not, we become like many, being wide open to “deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).

Note the following examples. When the 2007 heretical book by William P. Young, “The Shack” was published, it swept the evangelical church like wildfire. And having read it, I discerned its deceit. My dissension, however, was lost to the many voices who loved the book. But I warned then, and I continue to warn now of Young’s apostasy. Today his deception continues to deceive.

I like a good novel, but when a professing Christian writes an alleged Christian novel depicting both God the Father and the Holy Spirit in the feminine gender, and further purports the unsaved being saved without going through Jesus Christ, he mocks the Godhead and Christ’s work at Calvary! Yet, many in the evangelical church applauded The Shack’s heretical theme.

What’s brought this to the forefront, again, are the apostate views Young continues to sow into the lives of unbelievers, new converts, the biblically ignorant and non-discerning. The 6/26/2018 Christian News headline, says, “’The Shack’ Author Claims Unsaved Can Still Be Reconciled to God After Death”. In his recent book, “Lies We Believe About God”, Young says “people are still given chances to receive Christ’s sacrifice after death”. But that’s a lie, its total heresy!

The one who dies in his sins and unbelief cannot thereafter repent and be saved, for, “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). The gospel according to Young encourages unbelief, to live life as you will, and get saved after death! But Jesus said, “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3), which occurs before death; and that “If anyone does not abide in Me, [present tense] he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:6).

Why produce apostate teaching? Follow the money! By 2009 The Shack sold over 10 million copies. (Wikipedia). “In July 2010 the Los Angeles Times reported that The Shack had ‘spawned a tangle of lawsuits over royalties and even the book’s authorship. Young claimed that he was owed $8 million in royalties…’ In January 2011 the court was advised that the case was settled or in the process of being settled.” (Wikipedia).

But Young is not alone in teaching apostasy. Rob Bell, another progressive having written a book entitled “Love Wins”, wherein he denies the existence of a literal hell, is also in his camp. Books that promise another way to God, or reject the promise of judgment for sin and unbelief satisfy the natural unbelieving mind of flesh. That’s why such books are #1 best-sellers.

If Young is correct that an unbeliever can be saved after death, then Christ died for nothing. If Bell is correct that there’s no hell, why suffer for Christ? But we who believe the truth know that Christ suffered the cross to save sinners from an eternal hell “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Though Jesus taught more about hell than anyone, progressives dislike, even refuse, to talk about sin and hell and that sin and unbelief separates us from God.

Today, many progressive Christians fearlessly change God’s Word to suit themselves and the culture. But in truth, men have been changing God’s Word long before Young and Bell were even born. Many gained license from those in the 19th and 20th centuries who liberally changed God’s Word to advance traditions of man and gain popularity.

If one pays close attention to why best-selling authors change God’s Word, it always satisfies the flesh, it never denies the flesh, nor calls one to live by faith the difficult path Christ promised. False teachers regularly teach people how to get around the difficult things Jesus taught.

There was a time when the Church taught the Lord’s return and the resurrection rapture of saints “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) just as taught by Christ Himself. But today, the large majority of evangelical Christians have been deceived by false teachers who changed God’s Word to say that Christ gathers His elect saints before the tribulation!

Why? Because Christ doesn’t suit them in their tradition. It’s difficult, it doesn’t preach well, so in keeping with dispensationalism’s 19th century liberal changing of God’s Word, church leaders have galvanized the pre-trib rapture lie into the Church while Jesus’ post-trib rapture is silenced.

There was also a time when the Church obeyed God’s Word and disallowed women from offices of authority and teaching. They believed God who said, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression” (1 Tim. 2:12–14). But today the leaders that honor God in this are indeed few. In fact, most pastors resolutely reject it.

Consider Jesus’ saying, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and He who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matt. 12:30). Many in the Church are not with Christ because they do not agree with Christ’s teachings as applicable to them. But true faith in Christ defends His Words.

Marlin J. Yoder

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The Deceit of Cultural Norms

Friday, July 6, 2018

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isa. 55:10–11).

Jesus said the end-times are inextricably linked to the days of Noah and Lot, respectively transhumanism and transgenderism. Many Christians ignore the threat and sudden rise of these so-called “new” perversions and their ultimate intent. But they are not new, they are ancient evils of the devil’s attempt to destroy mankind made in the image of God, which remains Lucifer’s ultimate end-time goal, and transhumanism and transgenderism lead that demonic vision.

To demonstrate how allegedly “new” these two perversions are, the 1996 edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary–Tenth Edition does not even list transhuman or transgender as words. And given their global prominence, that’s amazing. But those who are Spirit-led, recognize the end-times in which we live and know their ultimate goal is to destroy mankind.

While transhuman technologies appear less threatening, transgender gay pride flaunts itself, infecting both the world and church. Churches now split over the perversions of Lot’s day.

Though Noah was “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5), and “the wickedness of man was great in the earth…[and] all flesh had corrupted their way” (Gen. 6:5, 12), it was normalized. The transhuman DNA corruption of humanity, Gen. 6:1–4, was prominent. But then it rained “forty days and forty nights” (Gen. 7:12), and God destroyed them all except those in the Ark.

Though Lot was a “righteous man…vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their lawless deeds” (2 Peter 2:8), it was normalized. And when two angels came to Lot’s house “the men of Sodom, both young and old…called out to Lot…Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally” (Gen. 19:4–5). The transgender corruption of man had become normal. But then “the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah” (Gen. 19:24) and destroyed them all.

Now, Jesus said, “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man” (Luke 17:26). And, Jesus said, “as it was also in the days of Lot…so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28, 30) The evils of transhumanism and transgenderism had become culturally normalized, but very few discerned it before God intervened.

Today, transhuman and transgender end-time technologies have become culturally normal. Even in the church there are many ministers and worship leaders that proudly identify as LGBTQ and if one dares bring God’s Word to the subject, he is criticized as insensitive and homophobic.

But the “rulers of the darkness of this age” want to destroy humanity. Artificial intelligence (AI), Google, Siri, Alexa, hybrid robotics co-mingled with human DNA and more, are rapidly moving the world toward that goal. But most people, lacking discernment, and blinded by the god of this age, desire the so-called benefits of technological normalcy rather than discerning the end-times.

Antichrist is seizing control of the culture. Transhumanism is in global demand. Hi-tech firms, industrial and military firms have an insatiable desire for it. AI and robotics being mingled with human DNA, is now, and will continue producing superior beings in both mental and physical capabilities. Hybrid beings can even be visually indistinguishable from humans.

In terms of transhumanism, think of it, you can ask Google, Siri or iPhone virtually anything on your mind and get the answer instantly. Humans can’t do that, we can’t process answers to even simple questions that quickly, let alone the difficult. The power of AI is now far beyond human ability. AI has even been developed with its own personality, emotions, and reasoning abilities.

Former Assemblies of God pastor, and author of numerous books, Dr. Tom Horn says: “the #1 END TIMES THREAT that the church is almost completely asleep to – TRANSHUMANISM. For many, transhuman concepts paint bright and glorious tomorrows filled with higher efficiency, ease, and convenience for our world. For others, the notion of irreversibly changing what it is to be human and the potential spiritual and biological repercussions that holds for the earth’s dominant species is, understandably, terrifying. For Tom Horn, it holds THE TOP END TIME THREAT THAT THE CHURCH MUST WAKE-UP AND ADDRESS FOR THEIR CHILDREN, THEIR CONGREGATIONS ASAP!”

The end-times have come in a deceptively normal way, but very few are discerning of it. The 20th century saw the outpouring of the Dan. 12:4 knowledge which exponentially continues into the 21st century. While that knowledge has led to life-enhancing technology, it’s also led to the most death by destructive wars in human history. Now, man is hybridizing AI and robotics with human DNA and the results are frighteningly “as it was in the days of Noah”! Are you prepared?

AI, co-mingled biometric DNA and robotics are today normal environments, and will serve to dominate the end-times, even, ultimately being “granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (Rev. 13:15).

In Dr. Tom Horn and Cris Putnam’s 2015 book entitled “On The Path Of The Immortals”, Gary Stearman, in his Forward, says, “The gates of Hell are opening! Dark forces are expanding their assault on mankind. Many have talked about the “end times,” the “last days,” or the “latter days.” There has been an ongoing debate about whether humanity has finally reached this long-awaited era. Though many have not yet realized it, we have entered that period.”

In addition to Satan’s seed of giant hybrid beings having corrupted human DNA in Noah’s day, “the earth was filled with violence” (Gen. 6:11). Today, the earth is again filling with violence by servants of Satan. Globalists desiring the One World Order are willing to sacrifice innocent lives for their own lust of power and control. And don’t be deceived by Dominionism’s cry of making the world “fit enough” for Christ’s return, because violence will continue to get worse.

One would think that with the technological and convenient advances in America, there would be tolerance and consideration one for another. But just the opposite is true. Rage, hatred, rioting and discord is surging through American cities and it’s largely fueled by partisan politicians with a seething hatred of President Donald Trump and his cabinet. Please join me in praying for him!

We’re seeing Lucifer’s end-time effort to destroy mankind, but God is triumphing in redeeming all who will believe Jesus Christ! God’s Word will not return to Him void, for “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matt. 3:12).

The apostle John was exiled “on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9). We who have been born again by faith in Christ must be committed to those same truths, even if those truths place us in religious and social exile.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“cast out, that serpent of old”

Friday, June 29, 2018

As you consider your response to the biblical end times, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:11–12). Amen!

God’s Spirit said of Satan: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations” (Isa. 14:12). And Jesus said of the devil: “I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven” (Luke 10:18). Yet, though he is “fallen from heaven” Satan still has access to heaven according to Job 1:6 and 2:1, where he is the “accuser of our brethren” (Rev. 12:10). But, “war broke out in heaven…” (Rev. 12:7–8).

At the mid-tribulation point, Satan will no longer be just “fallen from heaven” yet having access to it, but will be forcibly “cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him…[For which we are warned] Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Rev. 12:9, 12).

When Satan and his angels lose access to heaven, they cause great tribulation on earth. But as a Christian, you need to understand that you will never suffer the wrath of God which is reserved for all who take the mark of the beast. But there is no promise whatsoever in God’s Word that Christians will not be subject to the wrath, the hatred and the persecutions of Satan, his angels, his returning hybrid Nephilim beings, and of Antichrist. Christians must prepare in that truth.

This is why it’s vital that we, now, immediately, while we have time, prepare ourselves and loved ones to “Put on the whole armor of God”. Begin now to walk in peace and holiness with the Lord our God who said, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14); for, “as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:5–6).

If we live in holiness to the commands of Jesus to “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), then, at the appointed time of mid-tribulation we have confidence that we are part of “the woman [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).

But, if through false teachers one is led astray from Jesus’ end-time truths, to trust in the false pre-trib rapture, he forfeits God’s provision and becomes open game for Antichrist, when, “the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he 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). For, “Wherever the [dead] body is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (Luke 17:37).

Remember that due to ancient Israel’s unbelief, their dead bodies littered the wilderness where they were consumed, Num. 13 & 14. And “That which has been is what will be…” (Eccl. 1:9).

Some believe the truth, are wise, and watch, and pray and are prepared, but not others. “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. Remember Lot’s wife…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 17:31–36).

This defining time will separate the wise who believe Jesus, from the foolish who do not. “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). At Luke 17:31–36 Jesus’ disciples understood that He was telling them there is a place of safety and provision for believers, for “they answered and said to Him, ‘Where Lord?’ So He said to them, ‘Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together’” (Luke 17:37).

Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish virgins at Matt. 25:1–13 confirms the need for preparation. The wise knew their wait would be difficult and long, and prepared sufficiently. But the foolish never expected a long difficult wait, and prepared insufficiently. Finally, when the Bridegroom was revealed, the wise were prepared and went into the Wedding Banquet, but the unprepared foolish, having gone out to buy, were too late and were excluded from the Master’s Banquet!

When Satan is cast out of heaven he fully embodies the Antichrist who issues his mark “that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Rev. 13:17). Here, Antichrist breaks his seven-year “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27), and standing in the temple “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:4). Jesus warned that “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).

“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matt. 24:21–22). Are you part of God’s “elect”? If yes, then why not believe that Jesus gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) and prepare accordingly? To believe otherwise is utterly foolish.

Eternal life is this: “if you confess 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). This is conditional, however, on your faithful continuation, that, “if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard” (Col. 1:23); “for there is no other name under heaven given among men [Jesus] by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“He is Lord of all”

Friday, June 22, 2018

“The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ – He is Lord of all – that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached” (Acts 10:36–37). Think on that marvelous truth, that, “Jesus Christ – He is Lord of all – that word you know”. Because “He is Lord of all”, true faith in Christ honors and defends the testimony of Christ, and never silences or opposes it.

Though the truth was initially “sent to the children of Israel”, the Jewish nation, it was not after Christ’s resurrection intended only for national Jews, but for anyone who would by faith believe Christ. We know this by Jesus’ great commission to all Christians, saying, “make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19–20). All of Christ’s teachings, then, were, and remain today, indiscriminate of Jews and Gentiles.

Yet, with much unbiblical thought and assumption false teachers claim that Christ’s Olivet Discourse at Matt. 24 is not for the Church, and thus exchange the truth for a lie. Silencing the testimony of Christ, neither they nor their followers discern Satan’s lie – a lie that will offend their unbelieving hearts when they see evidences of the tribulation clearly identified by the “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) and the Seal, Trumpet and Bowl Judgments of Revelation.

I’m deeply concerned for the many Christians deceived by dispensationalism, for they have rejected Jesus’ truths to create their own unbiblical tribulation escape plan. My prayer is that you will join me in making the truth known, to oppose the popular tide of tradition, to turn as many hearts back to true faith in Jesus as possible, because “Jesus Christ – He is Lord of all”.

Here’s one way of knowing that the dispensational rapture narrative is false: in order for the resurrection rapture to occur, “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16). Yet, Peter, in his first sermon preached by the Holy Spirit that Christ “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV), which occurs at the last day of this present age. Therefore, if Christ left heaven before the time came for God to restore everything, there would be no seven-year tribulation! But we know there is a seven-year tribulation.

Christians defend the One who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Think about that. Why then, if Jesus is “the truth”, do many turn away from His truth that He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) to believe those who teach the exact opposite, who say He gathers saints before the tribulation! I urge you in the love of Christ, turn away from such false teachers and receive by true faith that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” and equip yourself in Christ’s indiscriminate Word of Truth, and live!

Is Jesus Christ “Lord of all”? Have you confessed the sin of unbelief to believe the testimony of Jesus rather than the ear-tickling lies of Satan designed to promise you an easier way? Does the Holy Spirit live in you giving you discernment of truth versus deception? This is important for the Holy Spirit 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” (Acts 2:38). But in truth, if the Holy Spirit is absent, also is absent spiritual discernment of Christ’s truths.

The heart that’s been born again, having the Holy Spirit, will believe Jesus’ testimony, including His truths of the time of the end. It can be no other way because Jesus said He is “the truth”. This is critically important, for the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, also raises His saints “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), not seven years before the last day which would be required for a dispensational rapture. And the Spirit said, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). So, is Jesus truly your “Lord of all”? Do you personally, by faith, believe His Word, and are you prepared for the times of the end?

The day is fast approaching when “Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword” (Rev. 6:4). Simultaneously, the first Trumpet could sound “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).

In the midst of such chaos “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. 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. 24:7–10). Are you prepared for a Christ-honoring response to that?

There is a rapidly rising end-time hatred of Israel, and of God’s true Jews, meaning Christians, see Rom. 2:28–29. Not only his spirit, but the person of Antichrist wants to destroy both. We are increasingly viewed as the world’s problem to be removed. We are increasingly deemed worthy of nonexistence. But Jesus warned us, saying, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25). But, largely, the church does not heed His warning.

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:25–26). This takes sincere preparation of heart, mind, soul and strength, but the lukewarm environment of the church today cares little for such preparatory work. It’s much easier and more pleasant to believe the pre-trib rapture lie than to prepare for such difficulties.

But God’s truth remains unchanged, that, “all who desire to live godly in Christ will suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12), and that, “the same horn [Antichrist] was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom” (Dan. 7:21); and “It was granted to him [Antichrist] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation…If anyone has an ear, let him hear…Here is the patience and faith of the saints” (Rev. 13:7, 9–10).

Marlin J. Yoder

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From Difficult to Easy

Friday, June 15, 2018

“I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Tim. 1:12). Until what Day? “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him…Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:1–3). The Day of the Lord at the resurrection rapture of saints.

Jesus said “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Not only is that choice difficult, but the path beyond even more so. Some come to faith in Christ in a memorable moment of time and day, others over an extended period of time. But all must enter by the “narrow gate” of Christ and travel the “difficult path” that leads to life as Jesus taught at Matt. 7:13–14. And that’s God’s unchangeable Word.

Yet, men have changed it. Many decades ago the Church began making the gate wide and the path easy. Men changed God’s terms to gratify those who feared Roman Catholicism as many remembered the indulgences and murders of the popes and their Jesuit priests. Many reformers rightly taught that the papal throne would prove to be the seat of end-time Antichrist. And many Christians wanted those fears relieved, and theologian John Darby answered the call.

After the Reformation the overt murder of saints diminished as the evils of Roman Catholicism came to light. Satan then laid a deception that exchanged the “narrow gate” and “difficult path” for an easier one – one that would allay Christians’ fears by nullifying God’s Word that Christ gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). Thus, with the threat of Antichrist and the tribulation removed, the gate widened and the path to the end greatly eased.

Largely today the definition of a Christian has become whether or not one attends a church, and with that are led to think they are saved. It wasn’t always like that. Church fathers and preachers like Charles Spurgeon and others are proof. Fear of the Roman popes began the downward spiral to the wide gate and easy path. Satan, finding a willing vessel in Darby in 1827, deceptively, yet theologically, attacked the faith required to endure the end-time tribulation of this present age.

If Satan could nullify Christ’s teaching that He gathers His elect saints “Immediately after the tribulation” with a pre-tribulation rapture lie, he would greatly enlarge the end-time falling away. So he made the end-time path easy by spiritually seducing many that Jesus’ Olivet Discourse at Matthew 24 was not meant for the Church. And many Christians eagerly bought the lie.

Think of it, millions of Christians were relieved as the “difficult path” became easy, hence its popularity. God’s promise that Antichrist would “overcome” the saints (Dan. 7:21, Rev. 13:7) was now of no consequence! The Seal, Trumpet and Bowl Judgments, gone! No tribulation or great tribulation! Famines, pestilences, offenses and being hated by all nations, all gone! All the Biblical knowledge God gave us of the end-times otherwise intended to prepare saints for the last seven years of this age was gone! It seems that John Darby took his cue from President Thomas Jefferson who literally cut out portions of the Bible that didn’t suit him. And that’s exactly what pre-tribulation rapture theologians, preachers, teachers and their followers have done.

God doesn’t want Christians to fear the end-times, but to be equipped in knowledge and power of the Spirit to engage those times, and be a witness to the lost. For Jesus said of the tribulation that “it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony” (Luke 21:13). But the pre-trib rapture tradition has destroyed the need for end-time knowledge and endurance to the end at the last day.

Darby said Matt. 24 is not for the Church, thus, men have silenced God’s Word. Darby said it’s for unbelieving Jews. He nullified Jesus’ testimony and God’s character wherein the Spirit said “there is no partiality with God” (Rom. 2:11). For Jesus taught Nicodemus, “a ruler of the Jews” (John 3:1), that “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Thus, using Darby’s theological rationale of discrimination between Jews and non-Jews, why does the evangelical Church contradict that rationale and teach that non-Jews must be born again?

The greatest threat to the Church is not from outside, but from within. Note the strong warning from the Holy Spirit by Paul: “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves” (Acts 20:29–30).

And that’s just what happened. Men, fearful and discontent with God’s promise of the coming end-times with its Antichrist, became willing recipients of deceiving spirits that promised the Church it was excluded from that “difficult path”, and thus they exchanged the truth for a lie.

If you’ve been on the easy pre-trib rapture path, please believe Christ and move to the “difficult path”, because you will then believe Christ’s truths and be equipped to endure to the end, (Matt. 24:13). You will also remove the possibility of offense when Antichrist is revealed, for Jesus warned that when the persecutions of the tribulation begin “then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10).

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1967 Steelers Lecture) Sadly, in our final generation of this present age, the silence of our friends, refusing to defend Jesus Christ’s end-time truths is deafening.

Marlin J. Yoder

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A Personal Note to You

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Good morning to friends and readers of TheFridayLetter.com. An unexpected event occurred. Some have called and emailed wondering why TheFridayLetter.com of Friday, June 8, 2018 was not posted. Desiring to advance the gospel truths of Christ, and not calling attention to personal issues, I yet owe you an explanation. My health has changed.

This past Tuesday, June 5, 2018, I suffered a heart attack, but didn’t recognize it as such and put off going to the doctor. When the chest pain persisted Wednesday morning, and at the urging of my wife and our children, I consented and went to the nearest hospital. (Here a word of caution to you, the reader, my EKG registered normal, but all was not normal. A blood test revealing the release of certain enzymes the heart releases upon a heart attack was the confirming factor.)

On Wednesday I was transferred from the first hospital to the second, where doctors performed heart catheter and ultrasound tests which confirmed a 95% blockage in one artery and 80% in another. Because of the dye used in those tests doctors said they had to wait until the dye was flushed from my kidneys before advancing to the final procedure to open the blockage.

Friday, June 8, 2018 at about noon, doctors installed two stents in the blocked arteries. I suffered significant chest pain for the next eight to ten hours, but the faithfulness of my personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a chorus of prayer ascending to the Father, and the wisdom He gave doctors, preserved my life for continued life with my wife and children, Christian ministry and sharing life-changing truths of the gospel, and calling attention to the end-time imminent tribulation.

Please know my heart-felt thanksgiving for your many prayers offered on my behalf during this difficult time. Lord willing, next Friday, June 15, 2018, TheFridayLetter.com will continue to the glory, honor, praise and majesty of King Jesus, the eternal God, the Maker of all things, the One to whom we must all give a personal account, the Giver of eternal life for all who believe Him.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“what will you do in the end?”

Friday, June 1, 2018

“What will you do in the end” is an important question from God. What preparations of heart, mind, body and soul have you made to endure the end of this age, for “there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows…and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matt. 24:7–9); and “distress of nations…the sea and the waves roaring…men’s hearts failing them from fear” (Luke 21:25–26).

Famines ravage food supplies; pestilences bring diseases; earthquakes destroy nearly everything in their paths. Volcanoes now erupt all over the world. Unexplainable ground fissures are ripping open swallowing homes. Sink holes now swallow buildings and vehicles. Is this the return of the days of Numbers 16 when God ripped open the earth and took down alive rebellious Korah, Dathan, Abiram and their families, and incinerated 250 disobedient priests with fire?

Some rivers in the world are running blood red. Vast lakes have dried up. Lightening, hail and flash floods are sudden killers. Deadly lava now erupts in Hawaii destroying homes, highways and vegetation, as poison gasses belch from the Kilauea volcano. The Pacific Ring of Fire and especially the West Coast’s Cascadia Subduction Zone increasingly show signs of imminent massive earthquakes. These signs are a witness to unbelievers, even those in the church!

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Rom. 8:19–22). Are you warning unbelievers to repent?

Christ’s invitation to believe Him is still open. He stands at the door of your heart saying, “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). He will not force Himself on you, for it’s your choice to respond to His invitation. Have you? Are you born again as Jesus taught at John 3:3, 7? Have you repented and confessed your sins and unbelief, trusting in His shed blood sacrifice to save you? Is He your first love, and does your life bear fruit to that?

These are critically important questions that will determine you enduring the times of the end just ahead…or not. Believing and acting upon the testimony of Jesus is the only thing that will save your soul and lead you safely through the seven years of tribulation. Unbelievers do not believe God and perish accordingly; remember Noah’s day and the days of Lot; and ancient Israel at the edge of Canaan; and most of national Israel at Christ’s first advent.

Have you learned to walk by faith in Christ; to deny yourself and take up your own cross daily and follow Him, Luke 9:23? Have you learned to identify and guard against false prophets and false teachers, and lies and deceptions of this world? Do you love Jesus more than any human relationships? Do you love your country more than Christ and His commands? Again, is Christ your first love, because if He is second to anything, yes, anything, you are not worthy of Him as Jesus taught at Matthew 10:34–39. Here, true faith separates believers from unbelievers.

Have you learned to identify deceptions in the church, the one place where you should be able to believe everything that’s taught, but unfortunately cannot? Do you lead your spouse and children in God’s truths of the coming tribulation and how to endure to the end according to Jesus’ Olivet Discourse at Matthew 24? All these are important questions because the time of the end of this age is now upon us. As Jesus promised, even nature is increasingly in travail and upheaval.

An unmistakable prophetic marker of the end-times has overspread America and the world. “An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests 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). Today unbelief of the truth is popular, but what will people do in the end? God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). And today there is much “lack of knowledge” among God’s people, and the institutional church is largely responsible.

To whom will they go – the false prophets who led them to disbelieve the testimony of Jesus? The false teachers who led them to put their faith in the traditions of men rather than Christ? To whom will they go? Their “live your best life now” theology will scorn them. Their wealth and prosperity gospel will mock them. Their pre-trib rapture lie will offend them. Their greater love for country than Christ’s commands will haunt them. Truly, to whom will they go for the truth?

Jesus further said of the end-times that “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). This is now a chilling reality all across the world. We see lawlessness in children killing parents; mass school shootings; gang killings in cities; infanticide, otherwise called abortion; corrupt politicians loathe each other, spurring on hatred; corrupt media create fake news; corrupt corporations and banks defraud the people; even Christian televangelists scam their followers for $40 million jets with seed money, and false doctrines in the church.

Global fiscal collapse of nations is also now on the brink. National currencies will soon become worthless as the U.N. seeks the global redistribution of wealth in the implementation of its “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. A global One World “mark” must and will be developed. All this, while Christians are increasingly discriminated against for job opportunities. The world is now uniting against Christians, the “true Jew” (Rom. 2:28–29) and they “will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matt. 24:9) just as Jesus promised. Are you prepared for that?

Famines will virtually destroy food supplies during the first 3 1/2 years of the tribulation, not to mention the inability of Christians to buy or sell anything in the last 3 1/2 years of the tribulation. But Christians who believed God and prepared accordingly will find their safety and provision by God for those last 3 1/2 years, when “the woman 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). What is your source of knowledge, and what is your source of preparation?

Marlin J. Yoder

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The Time is Short

Friday, May 25, 2018

The time is short and the days are evil. Therefore, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Therefore “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:10–11).

Christ is enthroned at the right hand of God having all authority in heaven and on earth. And to His true saints, to those who by faith believe the testimony of Christ, they now prepare to endure to the end of this age, when they are gathered to Him at His “glorious appearing” (Titus 2:13), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last day” (John 6:40), “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:52), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven…with the trumpet of God” (1 Thess. 4:16), 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). Even so, come Lord Jesus!

But getting to that last day will not be easy. Here’s why: just as ancient Israel had to face terrifying giants, the seed of Satan, before possessing their Promised Land, so too, we must face Antichrist and 7 years of tribulation. First, we must overcome the beast’s deceptions for 3 1/2 years, then endure his wrath for another 3 1/2 years before possessing our eternal life. It’s the promise of God in Christ and we do well to believe Him and prepare accordingly.

Remember that God said “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mal. 3:6), and that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8), and that “there is no partiality with God” (Rom. 2:11). Even after God provided for them, most of ancient Israel failed their test of faith in God at the edge of Canaan because of those giants, and disbelieving God, perished accordingly. And, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done” (Eccl. 1:9).

I have taught for many years that one of the worst satanic hoaxes to be put upon the church is that of a pre-tribulation rapture which has utterly blinded multitudes to the truth. It changes the very nature of God. False teachers have foisted this lie on the church and what’s worse is, most believe them instead of God! The end of this age will be a replay of ancient Israel at the edge of Canaan. Departures from truth since the 19th century and continuing in the 21st lead that process.

Darby’s 19th century pre-trib rapture lie was the grandfather deception that created other lies, causing much truth to fall to the ground. Many are now caught in the ungodly web of the wealth and prosperity gospel; many befriend the world in order to wage war like the world regardless of God’s command that His saints “do not war according to the flesh” (2 Cor. 10:3); many church leaders exalt the woman to offices of authority 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. 2:12–14); and much more.

But God will prove every jot and tittle of His Word 100% true and infallible. And woe to them, who, like ancient Israel, complained against the Word of the Lord. You see, believing God is the seedbed of how we will endure to the end…or not. The choice is ours. God will not force anyone to believe His Word. Many Christians are like 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).

Spiritually, God’s Word crucifies the flesh. Physically, proud flesh is what must be cut away from a wound in order for that wound to heal. The same is true spiritually. The uncircumcised and naturally proud heart must, by the Sword of the Spirit, have the proud flesh of self-rule cut away. Many initially believe, but by giving themselves over to false teachings, deceptions and traditions of men, turn away from the truth, and can subsequently fall away from the faith.

There’s a deceptive teaching in the church that says once one is saved, his or her salvation is sealed, guaranteed, that nothing can cause one to lose their salvation. That sounds good, but it too is a grievous deception. While it’s true that no external force can cause the loss of salvation, one’s personal choice(s) to believe deception(s) can indeed lead to falling away from the faith.

Deception is a very powerful tool for Satan, he’s been using it for millennia. Regarding one’s faith, consider these possibilities just from the Book of 1 Timothy. Some “shipwreck” their faith (1:19); “some will depart from the faith” (4:1); some “have denied the faith” (5:8); some “have cast off their first faith” (5:12); “some have already turned aside after Satan” (5:15); and “some have strayed from the faith” (6:10). Consider the office of Deacon. God commands that such a man must not be “a novice, [new Christian] lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil” (3:6). Now, we know the devil is doomed to eternal destruction!

In much of the institutional church, today, the progressive slide to perdition continues. Sin and unbelief of God’s Word now flaunts itself openly as the gospel is being rewritten to allege that there is no hell. Many now believe that because God is love He saves everybody. Perversions and homosexuality are now accepted by many. A personal holy reverent fear of God is swiftly being abandoned. And this slide to unbelief and perdition began with Satan’s deceptions.

The entire platform upon which Antichrist comes is based in deception. And unless one knows God’s Word whereby deception is revealed, one is indeed susceptible to falling away. Warning! “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1). Culture-accommodating teachings and today’s entertainment-styled, all-inclusive happy church reveal the truths of 1 Tim 4:1.

The pre-tribulation rapture is a doctrine of demons. It is a seedbed of the soon-coming end-time offense of which Jesus warned at Matt. 24:10. Yet, to this day, false teachers continue deceiving multitudes with this false doctrine for which not a single verse of Scripture can be found! O, but those same multitudes love to believe what tickles their ears. Spiritual discernment of the truth has been exchanged by many for a lie that pleases the unbelieving mind of flesh.

What must be our response to these things? Believe and defend “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9). That’s what true Christians do though it crucifies our flesh. By faith we conform our will to God’s Word, not He to ours! God said, “keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 21). Don’t miss our participation and obligation in the faith to keep ourselves in the love of God. We do that by believing Him.

Marlin J. Yoder

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