Saturday, 7 November 2009

Are you supporting a Palestinian State? The Error of Replacement Theology

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There are many Christian denominations who are Signatories of An Evangelical Statement on Israel/Palestine. Part of the statement declaration is; "We also resolve to work for a viable permanent, democratic Palestinian State with a flourishing economy that offers economic opportunity to all its people. We believe that the way forward is for the Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a fair, two-state solution."

I am a born again Christian, Bible believer Christians, non-denominational, believing that Christ is the head of the church (His Body) with my citizenship in heaven awaiting His return for His bribe (at the rapture) while He judge the nations of this world and purify of His people Israel, then to reign here on earth with Israel for a thousand years. Until then, I am to represent Him as the salt of the earth , a light to this world and  a witness of the Kingdom of God to all nations.

 "Replacement Theology" is the greatest error that is taught by many Christian denominations. The greatest effect of this teaching is a total ignorant of God prophetic plan for the Church, Israel as a nation and for all gentile nations.

It is God's plan to re-establish the Nation of Israel for the purpose to prove to the gentile nations that He is preparing the return of His Son Jesus Christ who will reign with His chosen people Israel.  It is a witness to the world that it is "Time Out". Satan will do anything to interfere with God's plan. The establishment of a Palestinian State is part of it.

I have in the past tried to give awareness of this error so that many may seriously look at it and pass it on the your leadership so that they too could teach the truth to all members of their congregations worldwide. So what will it take to accept this warning seriously?

The next important advent is the sudden disappearance of hundred of thousand of people and children. This event is knows as the Rapture. Israel will be attack by an overwhelming war machine compose of Arab nations lead by Russia. The Western world will stand still totally indifferent as it was in all previous conflict in the pass where Israel against all odd survived all her enemies attacks. But this time, this war machine is so great and unexpected that Israel has no chance. God Himself will intervene. All gentile nations will realized that something super natural happen. Many Israelis will finally recognize that it is Jesus, the one that they had crucified who intervene. But this is only the beginning. A man of peace will introduce himself to confirm a 7 years peace plan. The Temple will be rebuilt….and you know the rest.

What Happens When the Church Replaces Israel?

1) The Church becomes arrogant and self-centred.
2) It boasts against the Jews and Israel.
3) It devalues the role of Israel or has no role for Israel at all.
4) These attitudes result in anti-Semitism in word and deed.
5) Without a place for Israel and the Jewish people today, you cannot explain the Bible prophecies, especially the very specific ones being fulfilled in Israel today.
6) Many New Testament passages do not make sense when the Jewish people are replaced by the Church.
7) You can lose the significance of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament, for today. Many Christians boast of being a New Testament (NT) Christian or a NT Church as in the Book of Acts. However, the Bible of the early Church was not the New Testament, which did not get codified until the 4th century, but rather the Hebrew Scriptures.
8) You can lose the Hebraic/Judaic contextualization of the New Testament, which teaches us more about Yeshua and how to become better disciples.
9) The Church loses out on the opportunity to participate in God's plan and prophecy for the Church, Israel and the world today.

What Happens When the Church Relates to Israel?

1) The Church takes its proper role in God's redemptive plan for the world, appreciating God's ongoing covenant relationship and love for Israel and the Jewish people.
2) We can see the consistency of God's redemptive plan from Genesis to Revelation as an ongoing complementary process, not as disconnected snapshots.
3) We show love and honour for God's covenant people, not contempt.
4) We value the Old and New Testaments as equally inspired and significant for the Church today.
5) Bible prophecy makes sense for today and offers opportunities for involvement in God's plan for Israel.
6) We become better disciples of Yeshua as we are able to appreciate the Hebraic/Judaic roots that fill in the definitions, concepts, words and events in the New Testament that are otherwise obscured. Why? Many were not explained by the Jewish writers of the New Testament, because they did not feel the need to fill in all the details that were already explained in the Old Testament.
Ref: The Importance of Jerusalem by Derek Prince.

Let me briefly sum up my conclusion. In the eternal counsel of God, He has determined to make Jerusalem the decisive issue by which He will deal with the nations. Those nations who align themselves with God's purposes for Jerusalem will receive His blessing. But those who follow a policy in opposition to God's purposes will be severely dealt with. Commit yourself to pray that divine wisdom, discernment and understanding would be the portion of all who hold positions of influence over matters in the Middle East.

God Word Of Warning To All Nations

"I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."  (Genesis 12:3)
Come near, you nations, to hear; and heed, you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come forth from it. For the indignation of the Lord is against all nations, and His fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter. For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, the year of recompense for the cause of Zion.  (Isaiah 34: 1, 2, 8)
For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined.  (Isaiah 60:12)
A Song of Ascents. "Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth," let Israel now say-- "Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth; yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed on my back; they made their furrows long." The Lord is righteous; He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked. Let all those who hate Zion be put to shame and turned back. Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, with which the reaper does not fill his hand, nor he who binds sheaves, his arms. Neither let those who pass by them say, "The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord!"  (Psalm 129)
'Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,' says the Lord, 'nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, and no one shall make him afraid. For I am with you,' says the Lord, 'to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished.'  (Jeremiah 30:10-11)
In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn."  (Zechariah 12:8-10)

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Sharing the Word of God

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That is what pleases God

Something wonderful is taking place in my little town of Glovertown, NL. A small group of Christians have started to gather each Wednesday evening for Bible study.  Not any kind of bible study, but one that the word of God takes precedence. A small group who recognize that Jesus is the head and have power and authority over the participant.  Jesus is center stage. 

Last winter I visited a small community for fellowship and praising God by singing hymn song.  It took place in a small church.  It is a building, in which two different denominations shared.  At one extremity, there is the podium of one denomination and at the other extremity the podium of the other.  In between, there are the pews. The pews back support swivel in a manner that it allows inclining in one direction to another without moving the pews.  Some commented how genius that the two different denomination came up to this solution to share the cost of administering the expense of the building.  I commented, "wouldn't it be better if the pews were all positioned in a circle so that Jesus could be in the centre?"

It is a blessing to be part of the Body of Christ; it is a greater blessing to be among those who agree and partake in searching for a greater understanding and knowledge of God. I have a long desire to be united with such a group. Although we are in a different level of understanding, I feel the Spirit of God is among the participants who desire to grow in the knowledge of God.

 "Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding".  Proverbs 3:13

"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law". Deut 29:29

"At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes". Matt 11:25  Boy I'm glad to be a babe.

"the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints."  Col 1:26

Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. Pro 8:24.  

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Praying to Dead Saints or love one

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Do you know where you stand on the subject of speaking to the dead?

"Some 'Christian' denominations teach that you can pray to your loved ones or to saints who have died and that they will hear you. Hmm do they really? You may argue that you do not pray to them but talk to them only, so what wrong with that?

Someone with deep problem went to consult a pastor for support and guidance. Unsatisfied of the result, he left to visit his father's grave and spoke to him. I few days later his problem was resolve, everything turnout well. On all saint day, in his message, the pasture explained that there was nothing wrong with that.

This, usually happen when someone teaches the tradition of man instead of the doctrine of God. "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ," Colossians 2:8.

In Deuteronomy, 18:10-11 teaches to stay away from medium and of consulting the dead. "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead".

Now, you may retort by saying that he was not consulting a medium that he was talking to his decease dad. It only shows how much he misses his dad. You would tell me "What right do I have to judge him and why should I not leave him alone?" It is his grief and his problem.

Did you ever experience talking to a friend on a cell phone only to find out that the signal was cut off and you only notice it a few minutes later? All that time you were talking to nobody. This is actually what happen when you talk to the dead, there is no one listening. That is explained in Ecclesiastes 9:5 "For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten".

Now what proof do I have that the dead cannot help us or communicate with us? If you are not a Christian, outside from the word of God I have no proof to argue the contrary, but for a Christian who talks to love one decease, I have a few arguments.

What would be the purpose of a resurrection if the dead keep on living on the other side? So Christian did ask that question in 1 Corinthians 15:12  "Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?" Please read the following commentary title, "The Resurrection Gospel."

There is a resurrection and this is the sequence on how it will happen. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 "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.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord."


You may argue that while they await for the resurrection nothing stopping them to help their close one still alive and you may argue that the dead saint intervene on our behalf, after all they are closer to God then us. By saying this, you are showing your doubt on the present of Jesus in your life. He is never too busy, and too tire to listen to you and to help you. Jesus continually invites us to rest in Him. It pleases Him that you trust Him and that you wait for Him.

Being saved by believing in Jesus does give us eternal life, yet the dead who are waiting for the resurrection have no power and no authority to help anyone.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth."  As a Christians, are we not called to trust in Him for all our needs?   We are invited to be in fellowship with Him and the Father. That is the reason Jesus die for us, to close the gap (sin) that was separating us.

Jesus instructs us to stay away from those who intervene in our behalf and from those who encourage doing so. Leviticus 19:31  "Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. God consider adultery those who talk to the dead." Leviticus 20:6  "And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people."

Jesus does not want you to be deceived by false spirit as Saul was.  Saul sought advice for a coming battle against his enemies. 1 Samuel 28:7  "Then Saul said to his servants, find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.  And his servants said to him, in fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor."

Now again, you will argue, that the person who spoke to his decease father got his prayer answered since his entire problem went away.  There is the proof that his dad heard him. This is the greatest deception. He was draw away from God instead of being draw closer to God.  Satan is the one that causes the problem. That is Satan device. He wants to make man turn away from God. Isaiah 8:19  "And when they say to you, "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter," should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?"

This man first seek advice from his pastor, and since the answer of his pastor was unsatisfied; he went to his decease father grave. Satan accomplishes his goal by taking away the problem that he had caused in the first place. This man is not any closer to God and to salvation.

Jesus describe Satan in this manner; John 8:44  "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, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."  Revelation 12:9  "So the great dragon was 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."

Do not talk to the dead, even the love one that you miss. Tell the Father in heaven that you miss them. Follow the real example of all the saints who are waiting for the resurrection, they trusted in Him and prayed to Him only. By the way, whoever believes in the One that God had sent are also considered saints. God sanctified you.  He make you righteous in His present, you are therefore saint.

Make the right choice. Leviticus 20:6  "And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people."

Follow this link to know more: Spiritualism: Answering the Hard Questions