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Source: Answering the Premier Christianity article by Michael Roberts – 10 questions to ask a young earth creationist – Part 1 – creation.com

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Source: Creation evangelism at Mars Hill – creation.com

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Although in the past I’ve written about Bible prophecies concerning Israel and the Last Days, I suppose I’ve avoided specifically addressing those pertaining to the world and its politics, because so many ‘prophetic’ ministries just end up tickling the ears as they almost fall over each other in order to tell us what the Lord has revealed or told them. eg the most recent Jewish Feast days and Blood moons fiasco. [I’m resisting the temptation to say ‘I told you so!’]  I’m sure they will have more future dates ready in their spiritual pipe-lines … while all the time denying they are date-setting of course.

On the other hand, I am delighted to say that I am finding more and more genuine, Bible – based prophetic ministries, who, far from promoting their own speculations, special revelations and theories to us, truly concentrate on what the Bible has to say. As they watch what is happening to our world and to the Church, it is becoming clearer to all Lovers of the truth, that God’s prophetic word is unfolding before our eyes.

It struck me the other day, on reading the first few chapters of the book of Acts, that the fulfillment of prophecy – as it was happening, then and there for the Disciples – was a major part of their preaching the Gospel. They confronted the Jews, and later the Gentiles,  with the scripture prophecies concerning Jesus.  They told them that what they saw happening was indeed the fulfillment of what God had long ago revealed through His Prophets and now through His Beloved Son.

And so, I believe it is in our day – we can use what is currently happening as a major tool in our witness to unbelievers, as faith in the Bible, God’s infallible word, has all but disappeared in our post modern world and church!  At the least it should make them THINK! Some fifty years ago , in my own atheist days, atheism was still  a minority view and non- militant and  those who were agnostic in the matter hedged their bets and wouldn’t have mocked Jesus and the Gospel story ‘just in case’ !  People in general accepted the Bible and it was referred to as the ‘Holy’ Bible – or The Good Book.  Most parents, believers or otherwise, would send their kids to Sunday School because they knew it would be a good influence.

But now, it’s a whole different ball game and those countries that were once custodians of the Gospel and considered ‘christian’ [in as far as ethics and morals were concerned] are becoming the enemies of the cross and the Christian way of life. Of course we know that all this is paving the way for the Man of Sin’s appearance on the world stage. Which I believe the Apostle Paul said is the second sign we are to watch for.

This is speculation on my part I admit – but could this eventual total apostasy of the [mainly Gentile] church be the reason God transfers His attention to the nation of Israel and entrusts the Gospel back into their hands, just as it was at the Church’s beginning?  Romans 11:22-27 seems to indicate this and would explain why the Book of Revelation deals with Jewish believers and their testimony and martyrdom and [so I’ve been told] not the ‘Gentile’ Church. Not because the Church has already been Raptured but because the last Gentile has come in, and we will eventually [ on the Day of the Lord] all be raptured together, at the same time, with the dead in Christ resurrected first. Otherwise – as I’ve said before  – the Rapture theory splits the one true Gospel into two – one for the Jews and the other for the Gentiles.

So  – back to what is happening now, prophetically: everyone seems to agree that all the signs are pointing to the fact that we are in the ‘beginning of sorrows’ and the birth pangs of catastrophe for this world are coming closer together and are fairly taking our breath away. I’ve often said that I am no expert in any of these matters – I just read and believe my Bible and praise and thank the Lord for my salvation. But He has promised blessings to those who love the Truth [of His word] and I have really been blessed by what I read and the ministries that I’ve found I’m in harmony with.

To that end I would like to recommend the following ministries which, as well as warning about what is happening, also encourage us to take heart, comfort one another and look up to our Redeemer ….   But of course, at this present time, most of these support a Pre-Tribulation viewpoint which I do not share; but I have high hopes that as events unfold, they will soon be changing their minds!

These can all be found with a Google search of their names or a search on YouTube :

John Haller – Prophecy Updates – You Tube

JD Farag – Prophecy Updates   – You Tube

Jan Markell –  http://www.oneplace.com    – Understanding the Times  – Radio broadcasts

Amir Tsarfati  – Behold Israel  – web site and videos

Jack Hibbs  – wwwreallifewithjackhibbs.org

These all cite the following Bible passages as being significant to what is currently taking place and what we’re heading for sooner or later  Psalm 83,[see note below]  Isaiah 17,  Zech 12,13,14  Ezek 37,38

Psalm 83: Amir Tsarfati thinks this was fulfilled in Israel’s 1967 six day war, but I’m not convinced. It doesn’t mention WAR specifically but indicates much conspiring and plotting by Israel’s enemies – which is certainly going on at the moment I think.

Please – as always – if you want to comment or put me right on anything do feel free  –  may the Lord bless and keep you, Maranatha!   Eileen

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Since my original post I thought I needed to add and clarify something that I’d taken for granted every Christian would do. That is that they would be grounded in the basic, historic and traditional doctrines of the Faith, once delivered to the saints [Jude 1:3]  The Apostle Paul especially tells us that we should follow his teaching and example – what he wrote he had received directly from the Lord.

Every Christian should know what the Gospel is of course. When I was born again I knew that I was saved, but a complete theological understanding of what that meant came gradually with study of the scriptures. I knew God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in a truly personal way, but understanding of how the Trinity doctrine was formed, again came with study. I was fortunate enough after moving from London to Crawley, to join a newly formed Elim church where the emphasis was on the Bible and not on our ‘experiences’ – except that of our salvation. The choruses and hymns for the most part were doctrinal too. It was while there the Pastor loaned me a book called ‘In Understanding be Men’ which set out all the historic Bible doctrines. [As a sad little note – Elim as a denomination has now strayed far – and imagine my shock and sadness to see that my old Elim church has been rebuilt into a Mosque!! If we could have seen into the future, we wouldn’t have believed it…]

I was brought to the Lord in a high Anglican church so my initial grounding in the faith, fortunately, was in the repeating of the Apostles’ Creed every sunday. However, although I believed it, there were many there who didn’t – it was simply just trotted out as a ‘tradition’. More attention seem to be paid to the Book of Common Prayer than to the Bible. The sermon was usually based on explaining away Jesus’ miracles eg. the feeding of the five thousand was simply that Jesus had made those in the crowd who had brought food with them, feel guilty so they shared their sandwiches with everyone else!!

Anyway – the point is that we really need to know what the great Christian Doctrines are to be able to refute the teachings of Cults eg – their favourite is to attack the Trinity doctrine, so we need to know exactly how the scriptures describe the Godhead. Yes – the cults may well use the names Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but their meaning is totally different to ours.  I think I may have taken that grounding for granted, when I advocated that believers should always check out what they hear from their Leaders – especially their latest revelations and prophecies and what they all claim God has ‘laid on their heart’ or has outright ‘told’ them. Time was when I naive enough to believe them and give them the benefit of the doubt if I had any.

If we don’t know really what Bible truth is, then how can we tell truth from error? We will be ripe for deception because we are impressed with man and his ‘ministries’.  The worst deception of course is when we think the Leader/Preacher must be so close to the Lord that he/she couldn’t possibly lead us astray. Being Christian believers, we are loathe to criticise or ‘judge’ anyone [ a misapplied term if ever there was one] , let alone a respected Leader – so the false is allowed to fester along with the true … and that is precisely why things have got so bad in the Church today.

Because Doctrine is considered dry and almost a dirty word now, it gives the green light to relative truth … the teaching that if something works for you then that is your ‘truth’ – mine may be different to yours but all truths are valid. So if there are good testimonies coming out of certain questionable ministries, then God must be in it, and if it’s good enough for God it should be good enough for us too. How dare we question God’s anointed? We should just eat the meat and spit out the bones [ a saying I find really horrible]. I’m not saying that in His sovereign grace, God doesn’t ‘work’ in an individual heart and circumstance – but that doesn’t mean His overall approval of what is going on.

Anyway – enough of all this seeming negative stuff. You can only discern and stand your ground if you are confident in your own scriptural foundation. There is plenty of help out there if you look in the right places. A google search for the historic, traditional doctrines of the Christian faith [ not Roman Catholicism] will be profitable I’m sure. Of course – it goes without saying that we first and always look to God for help. It is He who guides us and if we feel we lack incentive and desire to to study His word, He will instill a love for His word in us if we but ask Him.  It is our food after all and He doesn’t give us a stone instead of bread.We need the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment as we read and we should ask for wisdom in our reading and application. In 2 Tim 2:15  Paul’s advice to Timothy was ‘Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  See also 2 Tim 3:13-17

Never doubt God’s words – always doubt man’s if they are bringing ‘new’ revelations and teachings – search the scriptures.

till next time, Maranatha!     Eileen

 

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