VIDEO Which is Worse: False Prophecy or No Prophecy? – Beware False Prophets

People today have a more heightened awareness of the uncertainty because of the turbulent changes that are happening daily. Nations are roaring and for the first time even nuclear war seems possible

Which is Worse - False Prophecy or No Prophecy?
The 100% accuracy rate of Messianic prophecies (First coming of Christ) makes ignoring the premillennial prophecies (Second coming of Christ) the single greatest folly in the history of mankind. That would include the church or anyone who dismisses these warnings out of hand.

As to the question of which is worse; it is like finding that there is no exit door available when someone cries fire in a crowded room, or conversely, having someone pointing to a door that does not lead out of the burning building. It is a lose-lose situation.

There are three main reasons why some of today’s churches will not undertake serious teachings on Biblical second coming prophecies.

  1. The picture of great calamities and severe judgments produces too much fear.
  2. Some people don’t want anything to upset the status quo, they like things the way they are.
  3. The nature of second coming prophecy requires serious study and a good sense of discernment to grasp.

All three of the above difficulties with second coming doctrines are answered in the scripture.

Fear: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2Tim 1: 7)

The Status Quo: “And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2Pet 3: 4)

Serious Study: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2Tim 2: 15)

Yes, we live in a very confused world where perversion has become vogue and the day of evil approaches in a fearful sort of way, but this is the all-important reason to approach the scriptures circumspectly and with all gravity. The Lord asks us to take a positive view of the tumults and portents of the last days. To wit:

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”(Lu 21: 28)

 

A Step Beyond Jonah and Ezekiel

The refusal to take second coming prophecy seriously in the church results in a great loss for a sinful and dying world.

We see that most Christians take one of three approaches to the promulgation of end times prophecies and warnings. While they are all very human, only one may be strictly applied to the church today.

Jonah was the prophet who ran away. He was quite unsuccessful and eventually had to backtrack to carry out the commands of the Lord to warn the people of Nineveh. They repented and were spared which serves to amplify the folly of resisting the proclamation of God’s message to any people.

“But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.” (Jon 1: 3)

Ezekiel was different. The warnings to Israel were also accompanied with a serious warning to the prophet.

“When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” (Eze 3: 18)

Christians are given an imperative to broadcast the gospel, the promises and the details of Christ’s return in a far more serious way. It is a command, not just an idea.

In what is known as the great commission Jesus included a call to proclaim everything he said; we are not allowed to cherry pick only the parts of his message that peak our interest.

“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mt 28: 20)

 

Second coming doctrine is part of “all things” that Christ taught.

A perfect example of someone fulfilling this command is seen in the life of the Apostle Paul who proclaimed these words as he approached the end of his life and ministry.

“And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” (Acts 20: 25-27)

The question of which is worse false prophecy or no prophecy is moot; neither one is ever acceptable.

Don’t fear when men think you have taken to absurdity because of your urgency regarding Christ’s return. If you live in the United States you are living in the capital of absurdity.

Only in America will you find millions who think it is OK to kill 60 million unborn babies and pass laws that OK the marriage of two men.

Only in America do we find a former speaker of the house acting as a judge in a contest of drag queens at the same time the California legislature is considering a law that will put someone in jail for giving out a straw in a fast food restaurant.

On the practical side of the matter, after fifty years of studying, teaching and proclaiming the gospel and the doctrine of the second coming, I have learned that John 3: 16 always seems to have more punch when it is appendaged with John 5: 25.

People today have a more heightened awareness of the uncertainty because of the turbulent changes that are happening daily. Nations are roaring and for the first time even nuclear war seems possible.

Try it. When sharing the gospel with those who are reluctant, add the warnings and details of Christ’s return to your message and you will see many more responses from many more people – it is proven.

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Beware False Prophets (Identifying the Anti-Messiah)

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Be As White as Snow

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Isaiah 1:18

Last December, my family and I went to the mountains. We had lived in a tropical climate all our lives, so it was the first time we could see snow in all its magnificence. As we contemplated the white mantle covering the fields, my husband quoted Isaiah, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).

After asking about the meaning of scarlet, our three-year-old daughter asked, “Is the color red bad?” She knows sins are things God dislikes, but this verse is not talking about colors. The prophet was describing the bright red dye obtained from the eggs of a small insect. Clothes would be double-dyed in this bright red so the color became fixed. Neither rain nor washing would remove it. Sin is like that. No human effort can take it away. It’s rooted in the heart.

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Isaiah 1:18

Only God can cleanse a heart from sin. And as we looked at the mountains, we admired the pure whiteness that scrubbing and bleaching a piece of cloth dyed in scarlet red can’t achieve. When we follow Peter’s teaching, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” (Acts 3:19), God forgives us and gives us a new life. Only through Jesus’s sacrifice can we receive what no one else can give—a pure heart. What a wonderful gift!

Father, thank You for forgiving our sins and wiping them clean.

When God forgives, He purifies us too.

By Keila Ochoa 

INSIGHT

Sometimes we believe that once we’ve gone down a certain path in our lives, there’s no turning back. And, obviously, if it’s too late to go back, we think we might as well keep going that way. It’s easy to think this way about sin. We may believe we’ll always suffer for our sin, that nothing can heal us from its effects. If we believe this, we may sink even deeper into patterns of destructive behavior, thinking it’s too late to come back to a life of joy and peace with God.

In Isaiah 1:16–20, it’s as if God, through the prophet Isaiah, tells His people Israel, “You can go back.” The Israelites were suffering terribly because of their sin (vv. 4–5), but Isaiah pleaded with them to repent, promising them that if they turned from their sin and lived justly (vv. 16–17), God would cleanse and restore them, no matter how impossibly deep the stain of their transgression (v. 18). God makes truly new beginnings possible, not just once, but every day. His forgiving love is “new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22–23).

How does God’s promise of new beginnings give you hope today?

A Passionate Faith

Romans 6:5-14

Paul served the Lord enthusiastically. The apostle’s zeal was motivated by three things: gratitude for the amazing but undeserved gift of salvation; conviction that the gospel message was true; and the realization that through the cross, sin’s power over him had been broken.

Before salvation, we were slaves to sin and unable to break free. But now, having been united with Christ in His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:5-6), we have received the power to say no to temptation and can choose God’s way instead. Paul knew his old selfish nature had been crucified with Christ; sin no longer had control over him. This knowledge fueled his passion to follow Jesus and live for Him (Gal. 2:20).

Guided by his commission from Christ, Paul expressed his zeal through obedience to the Lord’s direction. Our heavenly Father wants us to focus our passion on carrying out His plan (Matt. 28:19-20).

Like Paul, we are called to live a crucified life—one in which we make the Lord first in our thinking, attitudes, and actions. Such a life includes learning how to walk by faith and stand firm against temptation. While we are unable to do this in our own strength, it is possible through the Holy Spirit. He empowers us to let go of self-centered ways and replace them with godly ones.

Paul’s faith and commitment to the Lord were integral parts of his thinking, conversation, and work. His passionate faith kept him moving forward, even in times of great adversity. The apostle knew that salvation brought forgiveness of the past and a way to live victoriously in the future.

God’s Everlasting Covenants

“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” (Genesis 17:7)

The phrase “everlasting covenant” (or “perpetual covenant”) is used no less than 16 times in the Old Testament, plus once in the New Testament. It always refers to a covenant promise of God to man, made in grace, for only He can make an everlasting promise.

The first everlasting covenant was made with Noah (Genesis 9:16), a promise never to send a worldwide flood again, sealed with the sign of the rainbow.

The second is recorded in today’s verse and was God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants. The promise was to give them “the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:8), and the seal was to be the rite of circumcision.

Many of the “everlasting covenant” promises have to do with Israel. Some were stated unconditionally, but others were “broken” because of man’s rebellion against God’s covenant terms. One of the latter was the covenant of the Sabbath. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath . . . for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed” (Exodus 31:16-17).

The last reference is the most important of all: “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21). HMM

Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever

2 Chronicles 35:20-27

2 Chronicles 35:20

Probably he thought he had good reasons for so doing: it may be that he was bound by treaty to side with the Assyrian king; but it would have been far better to have let the matter alone. God’s people were separated for himself, and they did well when they remained so. What had they to do with the quarrels of these two great kings? They had better have said, “Let the potsherds strive with the potsherds of the earth;” as for us, we will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 Chronicles 35:21

Pharaoh knew that Josiah was a devout man, and therefore hoped to keep him quiet by a pretended message from God. It was not likely that the true God would send a message to his own favoured servant by a heathen like Necho; and Josiah is by no means to be blamed for disregarding the cunning advice of the Egyptian.

2 Chronicles 35:22-24

Though Pharaoh had only intended deceit, the event proved that God had resolved to take his servant home by an honourable death, removing him speedily from the evil to come. Josiah intended no wrong infighting with Necho; but felt in honour bound to oppose his march against the Assyrian king, to whom his grandfather owed his restoration to the throne: the fact that he was killed by no means shows that he was in error, for in the best of causes a man may die.

2 Chronicles 35:25

This is not that Book of Lamentations which forms part of Holy Scripture, but some other volume which is now lost. There were many books extant in those days which were not inspired, and the fact that these are lost should make us the more grateful for the special providence which has preserved the sacred volume entire.

Lamentations 5:15-22

Though not written in sole reference to Josiah, the following portion of Jeremiah’s Lamentations is appropriate.

 

Child of sorrow, do they leave thee,

Those on whom thy hopes were stayed?

Jesus calls, and will receive thee

With a love which cannot fade;

 

Hark, he bids thee

Seek the home for sinners made.

 

Prayer of Concern

Gracious Father in heaven, I am a pastor in the flock of God and I confess that I am a troubled man. It is too late in my ministry for me to be engaged week after week with men and women who do not hear Thy pleading voice.

O Lord, we often wonder if Thou wilt be forced to turn from those who have heard all of the Bible truths over and over again, in order to find willing and responsive listeners elsewhere? We recognize that Thou hast given us plain warnings in Thy Word. We remember all too well that the Jews of Jesus’ day held stubbornly to their attitudes of presumption: “We are Abraham’s descendents. We know who we are. If God is going to bless anyone, He is going to bless us.” Yet at that very time those same self-serving men were planning to kill their promised Messiah, the eternal Son whom Thou hadst sent in the fullness of time.

We pray earnestly, O God, that we may not be found among those with hardened hearts, no longer able to hear Thy voice.

 

God Always Hears

“My God will hear me.” Micah 7:7

Friends may be unfaithful, but the Lord will not turn away from the gracious soul; on the contrary, He will hear all its desires. The prophet says, “Keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. A man’s enemies are the men of his own house.” This is a wretched state of affairs; but even in such a case the Best Friend remains true, and we may tell Him all our grief.

Our wisdom is to look unto the Lord, and not to quarrel with men or women. If our loving appeals are disregarded by our own relatives, let us wait upon the God of our salvation, for He will hear us. He will hear us all the more because of the unkindness and oppression of others, and we shall soon have reason to cry, Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy!”

Because God is the living God, He can hear; because He is a loving God, He will hear; because He is our covenant God, He has bound Himself to hear us. If we can each one speak of Him as “My God,” we may with absolute certainty say, My God will hear me.” Come, then, O bleeding heart, and let thy sorrows tell themselves out to the Lord thy God! I will bow the knee in secret, and inwardly whisper, “My God will hear me.”

 

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