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“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:16 NIV

Before the D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War II, an unprecedented campaign of disinformation was carried out on behalf of the combined Allied forces. Realistic photos of what was, in fact, cardboard U.S. ships and  landing craft, were part of a clever ruse. It was the Nazi’s spy team in England that convinced Hitler the attack would center to the north, at Calais.

Prior to this momentous battle, Britain’s secret service converted several key German spies into double agents. Their espionage had proved credible making the spies’ disinformation all the more effective. Hitler ordered massive numbers of Nazi soldiers to defend Calais instead of the Normandy beaches. On the fateful day of June 6th, 1944, the deception proved to be the difference maker.

How many of our fellow Christians are aware that Satan is preparing an invasion of monumental proportion? (“What?” you say!) Soon the whole world will be under his control. (“Huh? How can that be?”)

Why do Christians not know this? For the same reason Hitler was fooled into looking the wrong way–disinformation.

Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians was written to counter disinformation from the pulpit that threw God’s people into confusion. Brothers became alarmed after receiving a prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from Paul, saying the day of the Lord had already come (2:2). The Apostle recalled what he had taught them. The message then was exposed as fiction.

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come [my emphasis] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction…”          (2 Thess. 2:3 NIV)

From established and credible pulpits, disinformation has spread which has convinced many Jesus is returning at any moment. Thus, the new breed of Thessalonian is lulled into apathy by these supposedly accurate Bible prophecies. The context of Paul’s letter teaches that before Christ comes in glory for his saints (see vs. 1) the rebellion occurs (sign #1) and the man of lawlessness is revealed (sign #2).

Wake-up! It is a set-up. From our pulpits we are told to expect Jesus; but, the Bible informs us the Lawless One arrives before Jesus does. The disinformation about who comes first will deceive many into believing that the Beast is, in fact,  Christ–so we have the rebellion or falling away. When disinformation like “no more signs” and “any moment” is promoted by an array of believable sources, it is certain to take hold among those who will not read their Bible.

Don’t fall for a cardboard Jesus. Reject the disinformation of Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) preachers. Expect the complicity of leaders who claim loyalty to Christ, but offer false prophecy. This is war! Soon the wrath of Satan will be upon us.

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This is what the LORD says:

“Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed… Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.”
(Isaiah 56:1, 3a
  NIV)

In the midst of a series of prophecies about the last days, the Lord reveals his magnanimous heart through Isaiah. He is the God of Judah. That will never change, because He never changes. The Almighty declares his salvation is close at hand for the people of Judah, for those who keep God’s laws. But in the above prophecy there is a promise for the foreigner or alien in their midst.

For those married to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) position, the rest of Isaiah 56 can make little sense. It speaks of those born outside of the tribe of Judah, non-Jews, coming back into the fold of the true Israelite.

“And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve him, to love the name of the LORD, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant–these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah 56:6-7 NIV)

In a complete reversal of the ten tribes of Israel’s assimilation into the nations (the Diaspora), foreigners will come to Jerusalem’s temple in the last days to worship God in the manner prescribed through Moses. Without verbal gymnastics, PTR teaching cannot accommodate prophecies that reveal Israel’s re-unification under King Jesus (John 10:16, Acts 1:6). Passages such as Isaiah 56–or Zechariah 8:20-23 for that matter–are simply ignored. God’s Word clearly foretells a Ruth-like (see Ruth 1:16-18) conversion of foreigners into temple worshipers as well as Sabbath and holy day keepers. Sadly, many Christians have a problem believing Jews will be saved at all.

The principle of re-assimilation is omitted from PTR’s popular teaching. The “any moment rapture” philosophy preserves the wall of separation. The Word promises that through Christ the barrier between Gentile and Jew will be destroyed. Pagan-based traditions among the saints won’t be around much longer.

By taking the Church up in the rapture before enduring tribulation, Gentile saints are denied participation in the festal procession at the end of the age (Zechariah 9:9-10). Regarding the timing and purpose of the rapture, PTR dogma does not allow for a restoration or a re-gathering into the worship established for Israel. The Pre-Wrath Rapture position, when rightly understood, accommodates this future event in prophecy.

Follow the logic: If “saved Christians” are in heaven when the Tribulation begins, how could they make burnt offerings or sacrifice in the rebuilt Temple? Saints will be re-gathered as exiles (Isaiah 56:8). There will be One God worshiped in one way. There will be one set of holy laws. As God says, the coming temple will be a house of prayer for all nations.

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Why don’t science professors insert their opinion when teaching natural law? Why don’t teachers tell their math students the area of a right triangle is calculated by taking 1/3, not 1/2 the base x height? Nobody would dare challenge the laws of science or mathematical formulas and theorems, but academics often question the Bible. While proclaiming that Scripture is God’s Law, many pastors and theologians continue to use their platforms to alter prophecy.

All Bible-centered Christians should affirm the six principles (below) as inviolable and unchanging law:
1) The 5 basic rules for interpreting the Bible are to be strictly adhered to. (See “Book Excerpts” category for these rules)

2) God does not lie (Numbers 23:19). His Word is truth. (John 14:6, 17:17-19, 18:37-38, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18)

3) The Lord does not change. (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)

4) The Law and the Prophets’ words MUST stand. Everything will literally be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17, 26:54-56, Luke 24:25-27)

5) Adding to what God has decreed brings severe judgment. (Deuteronomy 4:2, Revelation 22:18)

6) Taking away from prophecy disqualifies the offender from sharing in God’s rewards. (Deuteronomy 4:2-7, Revelation 22:19)

A prime example of drawing inaccurate conclusions are the teachings of Amillennialists, those who deny, in the next age, Jesus will physically rule on earth 1000 years. This prominent “end times” Amillennialist view rejects a literal interpretation of prophecy including Revelation 20. It calls into question Isaiah 65:17-25 which supports Revelation 20. We learn from this Old Testament prophet that there will come a time when Yahweh rejoices in Jerusalem and delights in his people. No infant will die after a few years and men aged 100 will be considered youths. Humans will live extended lives similar to the days of a tree or people’s ages before the Flood. The ground will produce tremendous harvests and wolf and lamb will feed together (cf: Isaiah 11:6-9).

For those who deny a literal Millennium, yet preach from Isaiah at Christmas (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7) and during Holy Week (Isaiah 53) , there is a major problem: They deviate from the formula. “God does not change” and “What He says, WILL happen!” So beware Christian! Do not stray from Divine Law to endorse human ideas. The resulting answer will be false. The outcome for not following the formula is a guaranteed to be disastrous.EJ

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This past week, a popular player was cut by the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles. After eight solid years as a wide receiver and team leader, Jason Avant’s services are no longer required. When interviewed, he said that he knew what was coming and he was prepared. There’s no doubt that this Christian role model will find another team. For him, the writing was on the wall. Jason (#81) read the signs.

Avant is still a good player. He will find another team. However, fools on the wrong side of prophecy will be condemned. The wise anticipate the brazen acts of their countrymen that invite judgment.

There’s an example of seeing the writing on the wall in Daniel 5. There we find God judging Babylon. The reality was that the Lord, speaking through his prophet Jeremiah, foretold the fall.

Flee from Babylon, and go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be like male goats leading the flock. For I am going to stir up and bring against Babylon a company of great nations from the land of the north; and they shall array themselves against her; from there she shall be taken…  Israel is a hunted sheep driven away by lions. First the king of Assyria devoured it, and now at the end, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has gnawed at its bones. ‘Therefore,’ thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, ‘I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I punished the king of Assyria.’ ” (Jer. 50:8-9, 17-18 NRSV).

When it comes to prophecy, does God make mistakes? The wicked go through life as if the Lord had said nothing. Oblivious to the enemy at his gates, King Belshazzar held a great feast to the gods. Under the influence of spirits, the ruler made a grave error. He ordered the vessels of gold that had been plundered from the temple be used for toasting idols.

Then came the wrecking ball. Immediately afterward, mysterious fingers appeared to write on the wall. In his fright, the king’s knees buckled. He called for the enchanters, diviners and wise men, but none of them knew what the writing meant.

Eventually, the prophet Daniel was brought before the court. He knew what God had written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN.

Mene- God numbered the days of the Kingdom of Babylon and brought it to an end.

Tekel- Belshazzar was weighed on the scales of God’s justice and found lacking.

Parsin- The kingdom was divided and given to the Medes and Persian.

That night Belshazzar was slain. Darius the Mede received his kingdom. The final act of idolatry, defiling what God made holy, invited the destroyer.

Belshazzar was God’s instrument to internally destroy a once glorious empire. It was according to prophecy.

Today, America stands on the rim of the abyss. We were warned on September 11, 2001. While some turned to Jesus in fear, it was temporary. Every form of evil and idolatry continues to rise unabated. Humanism is the religion of our culture. Everyone is doing what he/she thinks is best. So God has ordained for the Obama administration to do for the U.S.A. what Belshazzar did for Babylon, bring us to ruin from within. Meanwhile, enemies from the north are poised to strike at God’s command. One final act of defiance is all it will take. (It could come when America turns its back on Israel.) The writing is on the wall! -EJ

 

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