PROPHECY IS A DISTRACTION
Haven't talked to you for quite a while. Really liked your last article on the
founding fathers. BTW, when I was still in the LC, one brother gave me the book
"The Light and the Glory" - quite a different approach, a wonderful
piece of messianic anticipation of American Christianity)))) - just kidding you
Some time ago I watched a program on God TV where they traced the founding of
America to Freemasonry.
Anyways, just like to say hi!
Sergei (From Russia)
Sergei . . .
Good to hear from you!
"The False Prophet" series has many twists and turns...as the
platform is set for the final Antichrist. Allow me the liberty to expose
another element which I feel is a growing affront to the Kingdom of His dear
Son, as well as a "false flag" utilized by the pending appearance of
The False Prophet.
I heard from a brother the other day that my prophetical bombardments are but a
diversion, a distraction from the Gospel of the Grace of God. His
persuasion, coming from Dallas Seminary, looks like this:
"The Testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10)
- They, including my beloved John Walvoord, past President of Dallas
theological Seminary (which just shows you that one can disagree agreeably),
interpret this phrase to mean that if one bears the "testimony of
Jesus" that one must "speak up" about Jesus. Witness Lee’s "speaking
forth" as a means of prophetic witness - more akin to
"testifying" or "giving a testimony" akin to that which
took or takes place in the LC (even so, the fundamentalists adhere to this
interpretation) and, at best, this "testimony" is simply an extension
of "preaching/sharing the gospel.”
Adventists (although their "prophecy" is, in the main, very mixed up
because a literal, prophetic Israel of the flesh does not exist, and they are
determined to bring us all under law) do have the correct "sense" of
the "spirit of prophecy" - which demands an honest exegesis in the
context of the whole Revelation itself--i.e., the entire book of Revelation
brings one into the prophetical with all its prophetic concomitant
accouterments - including the 4 horseman, 7 churches, 7 trumpets, 7 seals, 7
bowls, 3 woes, 24 elders, 4 living creatures, 2 witnesses, 12 foundations, 12
gates, Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots, Antichrist, the Beast, False
Prophet and, as they say, "the whole ball of wax!"
The word "testimony" in this phrase connotes MARTYRDOM - with the
Greek word martaria as the root word which is also used for the
English word "witness" and even "testify" - in other words
this "Testimony of Jesus" is an "all or nothing" for
believers - a willingness to "lay down your life for the Son of
God!" This is indeed a prophetic witness but in the context of the
Revelation - there is an overall, super-abounding sense of the
"prophetic" - it is comprehensive and demands an awareness of all the
prophetic declarations contained within the Scripture, and, in particular, the
Apocalypse, and, therefore, the numerous prophetic outbursts throughout the
Hebrew Scriptures which are so abundantly alluded to in the Revelation.
The subtle degradation of that affiliation between the Testimony of Jesus and
"the spirit of prophecy" is what concerns - What is Jesus' Testimony?
Naught but the very impact of the relevance of the prophetic as declared
by these very Scriptures. Is this a distraction? If we abandon this
testimony we shall create a void for folks like our beloved SDA's to fill and
to contaminate - that is precisely what happened to the 2,300 days in Daniel
8:13-14 when C. I. Scofield and Dallas Seminary consigned its fulfillment to
time past under Antiochus IV Epiphanes. For evangelicals to consign this
passage to history past, gave immediate credence to the Mormons, Jehovah
Witnesses and the Seven-Day Adventists who used/use these very passages to
justify their entire "prophetic systems" and so contaminate the very
Testimony of Jesus (I have spoken extensively on this subject.).
What we have inadvertently accomplished is a tragedy of immense
proportions! The world is overwhelmed by cataclysms - natural, economic
and socio-religious . . . and we dismiss the acceleration of these horrific
occurrences as though the Bible is ostensibly silent as to their implications -
they are simply additional "distractions" - a sort of "sound and
fury signifying nothing" - a Shakespearean play, nice to behold but easily
forgotten with the viewer knowing it was but a play, a fantasy, having no
reality but a mere allusion to the plight of we humans.
As the "fool has said in his heart - there is no God" - even so,
there are a growing number of scoffers (frankly, FOOLS) who make inane and
ultimately harmful predictions that Jesus shall not return for 300 years or,
worse yet, as the Local Church Movement once conjectured: Jesus' coming
(again) is His coming in us! No, He shall come in LIKE MANNER as you have
seen Him taken up into heaven: EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM! (Acts 1:11)
The world is looking for answers - if the Church cannot or will not
"connect the prophetic dots" - then we are as irrelevant as these
cults have become and as non-committal as Dallas Seminary is becoming!
The abandonment of the prophetic witness embedded within the Testimony of Jesus
astonishes. "What the Spirit says to the churches" is the SAME
"Spirit" of Prophecy - in other words the SPEAKING (prophetically) in
a way of testifying to the churches in Revelation 2 and 3 does not end there;
this Spirit continues unto the very return of the "Faithful and True
Witness" in Revelation 19:10-16. Interesting, isn't it, that the
verse which talks about the "Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of
Prophecy" is immediately followed by: "Now I saw heaven opened,
and behold a white horse...and He who sat on him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness He judges and makes war..." - that is, the Second
Coming of Christ. The Second Coming of Christ is inextricably connected
to the Spirit of Prophecy.
They who blast the prophetic as tangential to the "churches" (i.e.,
having little to do with "church life" or the "love of the
brethren" and so-called "relational Christianity") or as a
distraction to the gospel of the grace of God (i.e., irrelevant to the
prophetic preachment of "another angel flying in the midst of heaven,
having the 'everlasting gospel' to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to
every nation, tribe, tongue and people' . . . for the hour of His judgment has
come" (Rev. 14:6-7) or worse yet, having little or nothing in so far as
impacting the holiness or transformation (i.e., inner life) of the believer -
which flies in the face of "Behold, I am coming as a thief - blessed is he
who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his
shame" (Rev. 16:15) which is immediately followed by "And they
gathered them together to the placed called in Hebrew, ARMAGEDDON!"
I can surmise from this disassociation of the prophetic from the building of
the churches, the preaching of the gospel and the inner life or "fruit of
the Spirit" in the life of the believer a complete lack of illumination, a
disregard of the prophetic imperative, and an obstinate refusal to come to
terms with the obligation to embrace the Testimony of Jesus AS the Spirit of
If you take away "prophetic aggression" you will take away the
"sense of urgency" - this (aggression/urgency) is true in the natural
world but more so in the spiritual. Being nonchalant concerning the
prophetic - restrained and, if you would, non-aggressive relative to the
"spirit of prophecy" - gives way to a resultant display of
indifference to the building up of the churches, the preaching of a vibrant
gospel and the commitment to holiness that results in the real transformation
of the believer for the glory of God . . . all will be diminished.
Church life, gospel and holiness must be embraced within the "spirit of
prophecy" - that is the Testimony of Jesus and I'm sticking with it!