December 14, 2007
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Commentary — From the Margins
“Whether They Hear or Refuse to Hear”
And he said to me, “Son of
man, go to the house of
story I have told before: on Thursday of the second full week in January 2002,
about 10:12 CST, as I was pulling into the parking lot of
But beginning on that Thursday of the second full week of January 2002, I was called to reread prophecy in a manner less spectacular than how the Apostle Paul was called but in a similar manner—and I make no apologies for being called. It wasn’t me who did the calling (I would not have chosen me for this task, for I know what is covered by the blood of Christ), but I am thankful for the chance to do a work. And since being called, beginning that very day, I have been about the task of rereading prophecy, which has opened all of Scripture.
I wasn’t called to make nice with sin, or to play patty-cake
with heresy, or to say pleasing things to keep financial contributions coming.
I wasn’t called to soft-sell the gospel to a world increasingly unwilling
to hear the Christian message. I
wasn’t called to apologize for the soon-coming slaying for all firstborns
not covered by the blood of Christ, the Passover Lamb of God, a slaying of
approximately a third of humankind. Yes, God will again give the lives of human
beings as ransom for Israel as He gave the lives of Egyptians before for the
ransom of Israel, then a physical nation (Isa 43:3-4).
You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father,” for I tell you, God [Theos] is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Matt 3:7-10)
Christians, Sabbatarians and the lawless, need not
to presume to say what Korah said to Moses and Aaron, “‘You have
gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the
Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the
Lord [YHWH]?’” (Num
16:3). Indeed, everyone in
The sealed and secret prophecies of Daniel were not
unsealed by Ellen G. White, who died more than a century before the spiritual king [sar]
of Persia pushed against the spiritual king of Greece, the event that began
a war within the bottomless pit that has seen the king of Greece flying out of
the west to trample the king of Persia, an on-going war fought partially with toy soldiers firing real bullets and
dropping real bombs and exploding real IEDs in Iraq. The king of
The visions of Daniel were not unsealed by Herbert
W, Armstrong although it was possible that they could have been if he had
“gone spiritual” in 1943, when he saw that world events were not
unfolding as he then understood biblical prophecy. As it was, he identified
himself as a watchman sent to warn
· If Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world, then why teach that it is of this world? Why teach that His kingdom is a one-world-government like that attempted to be formed by men through the United Nations?
· Satan as the present (though disqualified) prince of this world doesn’t rule through a single human government, but through a mindset of disobedience and rebellion.
· Jesus will not rule men through other men but through a mindset of obedience to God; for He will receive the kingdom taken from the four demonic kings by the court of the Ancient of Days (Dan 7:9-14). And He will not leave this kingdom to others to rule, but will rule through every person being fully empowered by the Holy Spirit, thereby giving to every person the mind of Christ.
Both Ellen G. White and Herbert W. Armstrong were without prophetic understanding, the most polite way that it can be said that they were false prophets. But as the exiles of Israel in Babylon said, “‘The Lord has raised up prophets for us in Babylon’” (Jer 29:15), so too has spiritually circumcised Israel said of the many prophecy pundits who would have the holy nation of God focusing on what happens in physical Jerusalem, while barely acknowledging that the heavenly city is without occupant.
The house of God in the heavenly city, along with
its walls, are to be built on the foundation Paul laid before the great and
dreadful day of the Lord comes upon the remnant that left spiritual Babylon. If
a portion of this remnant is figuratively caught on the plains of
Herbert W. Armstrong figuratively reached heavenly
And in the
Those disciples who have swallowed the sacred names heresy shall receive no apologies from me—I am presently watching an infant in Christ spiritually die from ingesting this poisonous weed. Friends from Lewiston died now several years ago although they would say that they are enlightened while the rest of us err in holding that the Logos who was with God [Theon] and was God [Theos] and who made all things entered His creation as His only Son, the man Jesus. If I err in believing Jesus, then let me have that error counted to me. And let those who deny that the One who created all things came as the man Jesus also have their denial of Christ counted to them, for this denial shall not be forgiven in this world.
How many infant sons of God did the Apostle Paul
watch die? All in
There can be no compromise with sin.
The world was baptized into death in the days of Noah’s Flood, and out of death came eight, plus seven pairs of clean animals and one pair of every common species. Death is darkness, and out of the darkness came light in the face of Christ Jesus (2 Co 4:6), a life-giving spirit (1 Co 15:45) with seven spirits that function as His eyes and with seven horns that are seven churches (Rev 5:6). What isn’t seen at the beginning of the seven endtime years is the single pair of every denomination, every sect, every schism within lawless Christendom, for these single pairs have not yet been visually determined … which congregation of the tens of thousands of Baptist fellowships will be the one that will hear the words of Jesus and believe the one who sent Him? Which congregation of Methodists will believe? Or which congregation of the Assemblies of God will believe? Even those congregations that will believe do not, today, know who they are. If they did, they would begin to keep the Sabbath and would become one of the seven churches.
It is always an error to say that the seven named
churches in Revelation are seven eras of the
When disciples are born of Spirit [the divine
Breath of God] they are typologically represented by humankind being born from
physical breath. They must now be baptized into death in a manner analogous to
the world being covered by the waters of the Flood [sprinkling is not
baptizing]. Their physical bodies are types of Noah’s
But of Noah’s descendants, only one found favor with God and had his belief counted to him as righteousness: Abraham, who left Ur of the Chaldeans [Babylon] and journeyed by faith to Canaan, the Promised Land, God’s rest, represented typologically by Sabbath observance (cf. Heb 3:16-4:11; Ps 95:10-11; Num chap 14). Only one is called the father of the faithful. And if disciples are to have the faith of Abraham—this is the criteria for being chosen from the many called (Matt 22:14)—disciples will leave the common pool of those who have been born-of-Spirit and who today lounge in the wealth of Babylon, and these disciples will journey to the Land Beyond the River, with this mental journey taking disciples into living outwardly as physically uncircumcised Judeans.
The Methodists, the Baptists, even Latter Day
Saints—all of these denominations have built spiritual houses in
And I watch an infant son of God die from ingesting spiritual locoweed, the sacred names heresy.
I don’t know that I will ever get used to seeing sons of God perish in disbelief. Health care workers become somewhat desensitized to death as they see it on a regular basis. I suspect that will happen … another dead son of God, a corpse that still breathes physically, a promise that did not develop. But I’m not yet to that point although I have seen many who have died, including a pastor with whom I shared a couple of deer hunts back in 1982, ’83—including my own daughters, who knew to keep the commandments and who were baptized but who have since returned to the world or to exile in spiritual Babylon.
God will send a great delusion over those disciples who return to sin after being liberated from indwelling sin and death by being filled with the Holy Spirit. Those under this great delusion will believe that they are correct in what they do; thus, they will not repent of their lawlessness. And because they will not repent, their blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven them. They will still physically live in lawlessness while believing that they please God, but spiritually, they are dead … they are observable; they are known to me, to others; their lives are today the saddest stories in the world. Well, almost the saddest stories, for even sadder is the story of someone who left Babylon, then left fellowships in Moab to cross the figurative river Jordan only to be given a false translation of the Bible, a translation that encourages its readers to feast on locoweed.
Jesus wept over
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