February 19, 2017
It seems that almost every time I evangelize at the train and bus stops I get, amid the many who either say nothing or say something positive, a person who comes up to me to try to straighten out my theology. This last Friday there was another one of these types and he approached me to inform me that my sign which says, “Holy conduct is necessary for salvation” is not Biblical. On my sign I have several verse references to support the statement, but he could not be persuaded, even when a sinner (a man who later told me he believes but is gambling with his eternity because he wants to keep sinning) came up and tried to reason with the first man, saying that my sign IS actually Biblically correct. (I’ll call this man “Odie” here.)
The first man, Joseph (also not his real name), tried to explain to me that nothing is needed on our part, except faith, in order to come to Christ and be saved. I told Joseph that I realize this is true if we also consider that faith involves the genuine renunciation of sin, but, I also told him, salvation is not just a moment in time but a road (Mt. 7:13,14) –or even like a train we get on that continues along a track– and is a submission to the process of training over a lifetime, as well as a destination. I told him we are saved (Rom. 10:10), we are being saved (Ja. 2:22,24 // 1 Pe. 1:9), and we will be finally saved (Mt. 10:22 // 2 Pe. 1:10,11 // Rev. 12:10-12), if we remain in Christ and on His salvation road… if we remain holding on to the Lifeline, and continue holding on all the way to the shore. Joseph would not accept what I was saying as he let it be known that he believed in the Once Saved, Always Saved doctrine, even though I quoted many verses for him.
Odie, who was listening in, moved closer to us and began his attempt to persuade Joseph, saying, “You are missing it, Man.” However, though Joseph listened for a few minutes to Odie, Joseph just kept shaking his head, repeatedly interrupting, and then abruptly walking away. Odie and I continued talking, and Odie became obviously filled with conviction and fear over his own eternal destiny. He and I talked for another fifteen minutes or so, and his last words to me were, “I realize that I, because I know better, will be judged even more strictly than those who don’t understand.” I agreed with him and added a reference to myself, reminding him of James 3:1 concerning God’s strict judgement for teachers of His Word.
So, those of us who presume to know the Scriptures (including Joseph) –we better get it right. We better be reading and studying –no, not men’s doctrines, but the Word of God itself. We better pray for God to wipe away all our biases so that we can comprehend what we are reading. For what blindness there is these days! What a strong delusion many have bought into! Holy conduct is not necessary for salvation??! Really? Is that what Joseph wants us to believe? Why does he think my theology is askew when it is his that is false?
Jesus has told us, “He who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Mt. 10:22) He has told us that those who belong to Him (His family and His Kingdom) are only those who do God’s will, which comes by putting His teachings into practice so that good fruit is produced. (7:15-27 & 12:50 // John 15:1-10) Jesus tells us, “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.” (John 16:1)
Going astray is a possibility or Jesus would not warn us of it, nor would He warn us of persecution, lack of fruit-production, and sin which can cause us to turn to waywardness and be cut off from Christ and God’s love. (Luke 8:11-15 // John ch. 15) He would not warn church-goers of deeds that are not complete in His sight (Rev. 3:2) or warn them to repent and to obey His teachings. (v. 3) He would not warn us that becoming soiled, and being found unworthy and unable to overcome, can result in having our names erased from the Book of Life. (v. 4-6) “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.” Does this statement from Jesus in Luke 9:24 sound like He is teaching that all we need for salvation is a one-time moment of belief and confession of sin? Hardly! Instead Jesus makes it clear that losing our life for Him means denying Self, picking up our cross daily, and following Him. (v. 23)
Many other verses of Scripture say essentially the same thing. Rom. 6:6 tells us that “our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless…” while Gal. 5:24 says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” Col. 2:11 says that those who are in Christ have had their sinful nature circumcised off by Christ, while Titus 2:11-14 says that God’s grace teaches us to say “No” to sin (v. 11) so that Jesus “who gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness may have a purified people for Himself who are eager to do what is good.” (See v. 14) And I could go on and on.
One passage I quoted for Joseph was Heb. 10:26,27 about sinning deliberately and that it causes one to forfeit salvation. I wanted to continue on down to verse 31, but I kept getting interrupted. Even so, may the rest of us comprehend that this passage, unlike Joseph declared it to be, is speaking of those who have once been saved. Verse 29 shows us explicitly that it is about the person who has once been sanctified (washed clean and made holy) by Christ’s blood. It says, “How much more severely do you think a man ought to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” This passage is warning those once saved! Verse 30 warns, “The Lord will judge His people” while verse 31 says, “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Let’s understand that “a dreadful thing” does not equate to having the words said to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your Master!” (Mt. 25:21) No, it equates to this: “You wicked, lazy servant!” (v. 26) and a banishment to “the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (v. 30)
Truly, regardless of what Joseph and his ilk believe, the Word of God warns, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” (Heb. 10:36) Verses 35-39 make it clear that we “Christians” have the choice to continue living by faith or to make the choice to throw away our faith and shrink back under God’s wrath that destroys (see also Luke 12:4,5) and that sends us to eternal punishment. (Mt. 18:32-35 & 25:46 // 2 Thes. 1:7-9)
1 Cor. 16:22a says, “If anyone does not love the Lord –a curse be on him.” Oh, but those of Joseph’s theology would say, “But I do love the Lord.” Do they? –When they say it is not necessary to have holy conduct in order to be saved? –When they refuse to teach that completed salvation is not a reality until we actually step from this earth and stand before God’s Judgement (2 Cor. 5:10 // Heb. 9:27) and hear Him call us “Faithful”? Jesus says, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15) He says, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching” (v. 23) and so will be indwelt by the Spirit of Christ and the Father. (Same verse // Rom. 8:9) Indeed, love for God is to obey His commands (1 John 5:3) and, through the power of the Spirit, to walk in victory over sin. (v. 4 // Rom. 8:1-14)
Let us not be deceived: Jesus will not grant entrance into Heaven to those who refuse to abandon their sin and their disobedience to God. (Luke 13:3 & 23-27 // Eph. 5:5,6) Jesus will not grant Eternal Life to those who refuse to obey Him. (John 15:10 // Heb. 5:9) Yes, everyone is offered the gift of salvation (John 3:16 // 1 John 2:2), but not everyone is chosen. (Mt. 22:1-14) Only the fervently obedient, faithful, and worthy fruit-producers who have walked in God’s will are the ones chosen to enter the eternal joy and love of their Master. (Mt. 25:21 // John 15:10 // Col. 1:10 // 1 Pe. 1:7-9,13-17,22 // 1 John 2:15-17 // Rev. 3:14-16 & 17:14) I’ll say that again: Only the fervently obedient, faithful, and worthy fruit-producers who have walked in God’s will are the ones chosen to enter the eternal joy and love of their Master.
Let’s realize that Jesus has informed us that those who are eternally secure are those who follow Him. (John 10:27,28) Let’s understand that Jesus says that if we hold to His teaching, we belong to Him (8:31-36) but, if we do not, we have no Life in us. (6:53-57) John 6:66 shows us that “many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” Why? Because much of Jesus’ teaching offended and annoyed them and they did not want to accept it. (v. 60,61)
Again, let us not be deceived. For turning to false doctrines can, absolutely, make any Christian fall, or be cut off, from their secure position in Christ. (John 15:2,6 // Heb. 3:12-19 // 2 Pe. 3:17) So can the lack of fruit production or the remainder of sin in one’s life. (John 15:2 // Heb. 6:4-12 // 1 John 2:3-6 & 3:6-10) Thus we are warned, “See that what you have heard from the beginning [that is, the Truth first taught by Christ and the apostles] remains in you. IF it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what He promised us –even eternal life.” (1 John 2:24,25)
May Joseph, and all others who hold to his type of theology, come to see their dangerous error.
August 18, 2016
If we who claim to follow Jesus choose to keep saturating ourselves in the philosophies of men even while they contradict God’s Word, then we will veer far off the path of Truth. We will become so confused, so blinded, that we will not only cease from growing in the knowledge of the Truth, but we will actually slide backwards. Yes, those who are overtaken by falsehoods will incur upon themselves an ever-increasingly strong delusion so that, in the end, aside from a miracle that enables them to repent, they will be condemned. (2 Thes. 2:10-12)
Numerous Scripture verses warn us that the Truth –the true Gospel– is what we must adhere to in order to be saved. (John 8:31-36 // 1 Cor. 15:1,2 // 1 Tim. 4:16 // etc.) Gal. 1:6-9 says this emphatically, warning that those who desert the Truth by turning to a false gospel thereby have no Gospel at all. Teachers who teach false gospels will be, it says, eternally condemned. Of course all who refuse to repent of sin and false gospels will perish, but it is alarming to think of the extra-horrific punishment that awaits those who have not only rejected the Truth themselves, but have also persuaded others to do so. (Luke 17:1,2 // Rom. 16:17,18 // Ja. 3:1)
2 John 1:7-11 warns us to not lose what we have worked for by listening to deceivers who add or subtract to the teaching of Christ, particularly in disavowing the Messiah as coming in the flesh. For the teaching of Christ does not involve only faith, repentance, and how to walk in the will of God, but it includes all the doctrine (truths / Truth) concerning Christ found in both Old and New Testaments regarding both His first coming and His second coming. This is the Gospel, the Good News, the Message that declares what our Lord came to earth (in the flesh) to do the first time (Rom. 5:10 // 1 Cor. 15:21 // 1 John 3:5,8) and what He is coming back (in the flesh) to do the second time. (Isa. 11:6-9 // Mt. 19:28 // Acts 3:21 // Rom. 8:18-25 // 2 Pe. 3:13 // Rev. ch. 20-22) If someone does not grasp this Gospel, then that person has missed the centrality of the whole Word of God. If they remain stiff-necked about believing what God’s Word states concerning our Savior and soon-coming King, and go on adding what isn’t there and taking away what is, doing so through their reinterpretations, then such a person should not be viewed as a legitimate Bible teacher but instead as one whose work is wicked, void of God, and antichrist. (2 John 1:7-11 again // 1 Tim. 1:6,7)
Pr. 30:5 tells us that every word of God is flawless and verse 6 warns, “Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” Rev. 22:18,19, as well, warn that those who add or subtract from the prophecies in that book will incur plagues and will not share in the Tree of Life nor in the Holy City. Truly, the whole Word of God warns that both righteous conduct and correct doctrine are essential for salvation.
November 24, 2015
As I was walking to the bus and train stops to witness today, a big yellow truck stopped, the passenger window rolled down, and the driver, visibly agitated, said, “What does your sign say?” I let him read it again, as it says, “Faith without works (of obedience to God) won’t save.” The guy, with his two teens in the back listening, said angrily, “That’s not true!” Being that I have several Scripture references on the sign, I started to quote one of them –James 2:24– which says, “We know that a man is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.”
Without letting me really finish, the driver of the yellow truck said, “What denomination are you?” I said, “Non-denominational.” He then proceeded to vent his opinion, telling me that all we need is faith and that if we needed to do works, it would mean that what Jesus did for us was not sufficient for us to be saved. The man then drove off having never let me finish another sentence.
I tell about this encounter because I’m pretty sure that guy had been previously influenced by, maybe even entrenched in, Calvinistic doctrine –the teaching that man cannot, and should not, make any effort to be saved because it is all God’s doing and such efforts would be useless as well as insulting to God.
Isn’t it interesting that a man can become so upset when confronted with the Truth that faith alone does not save but must be accompanied with works of obedience to God? Why would “Christians” –who are considered servants of Christ– not be wanting to serve Him? Why are so many “Christians” trying to defend impotence concerning our ability to carry out God’s commands? Why are so many “Christians” insisting that we are not to make any effort toward pleasing God? Why are so many “Christians” teaching that we sin daily, that we carry around the sinful nature, and that there is nothing we ourselves can or should do as we follow Christ? Certainly it should be easy to understand that following Jesus means the follower is imitating Christ, is walking in His will and commands, and is doing plenty of works under the guidance and power of His Spirit!
I bring this encounter up because last Friday while witnessing down there, I happened to see, much to my (initial) joy, another evangelist (I’ll call him Paul here) who I’d not seen in a long time but who also used to witness at the bus and train stops. In fact, about twelve years ago I had witnessed to Paul at a bus stop and then, seeing him periodically, encouraged him to follow the Lord, which it appeared that he chose to do. Paul matured in his walk, went to a good church and Bible study, and organized evangelistic outreaches on the streets. I always very much enjoyed seeing him, talking with him about ministry, and sharpening one another in the Truth. I got to know several of his friends who often came out evangelizing with him, though, unfortunately, they seemed to not have the same beliefs about freedom from sin that I had.
So, last Friday when I saw Paul, I was excited to hear how things were going for him, especially concerning his walk with the Lord. However, I was surprised to hear him say that he was not doing much evangelizing of late. I also was surprised to hear he was not involved in the Bible study at his church he had helped lead. When I asked if he was still attending that church, Paul said he was but that he was also looking for another church whose doctrine would better fit his doctrine. This surprised me very much since I knew his church to be a solid Bible-believing church. I kept asking Paul “Why?” as he was telling me these things.
“Well,” Paul finally said. “I’ve become a Calvinist.” This definitely shocked me. I reminded him that we had often talked about the falsehoods of Calvinism and that he had agreed with me. He said, yes, but that he had come to see that Calvinism was actually true. He then went on, trying to convince me of what he had come to realize. It was really sad.
A friend of Paul’s (I’ll call him Jimmy here), one who had often accompanied him, showed up just then and I greeted him. I asked Jimmy, as I always used to ask, how his walk with the Lord was going. Jimmy often used to let me know he was struggling with sin, but that since he believed in OSAS (once saved, always saved), his continuation in sin wasn’t (supposedly) too critical of an issue to God –something, of course, that I would adamantly contend with him against. Now (last Friday), besides his falsehood of OSAS, I saw that Jimmy, like Paul, had succumbed to Calvinism, for he immediately joined in with Paul in trying to convince me, using their “proof-texts”. But sadly, even though I felt I was adequately refuting every one they brought up, it didn’t take long for me to realize that these two guys were already deeply entrenched in Calvinism. Nothing I could say seemed to be getting through to them, and they had, since I’d last seen them, most definitely come under a strong delusion.
“You and I are no longer of the same spirit,” I said, shaking my head.
That seemed to sadden Paul greatly. Even so, he merely went from the predestination argument to that of total depravity, thinking he could persuade me there. But that too I countered, and when I said again that it was obvious we were now no longer of the same spirit, the two guys at last gave up and said good-bye.
So again, I tell all this to say this: God’s Word tells us to watch closely our conduct, our thoughts, and our doctrine and to make sure that it all fits perfectly with that taught and required in Scripture. (Mt. 5:28-30 // 1 Tim. 4:16) We are warned not to listen to men’s philosophies, but to listen to the Holy Spirit teach us from the Word of God. (John 14:26 // Col. 2:4,8 // 1 John 2:26,27) We are cautioned about laziness in putting Christ’s words into practice and warned that it will reap destruction. (Luke 6:46-49) Over and over we are warned that it is the Truth that we must believe and follow, that falsehoods lead to false gospels, and that both false gospels and sin lead to Hell. (Gal. 1:6-9 // Heb. 10:26,27)
It all goes together: A continuation in sin, the slide into falsehoods, the delusion God sends to those who refuse repentance (2 Thes. 2:10-12), and the eternal condemnation for those “who have not believed the Truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (v. 12)
The number apostatizing is growing. May we take much precaution that we not join them.
October 30, 2015
It is grievous that Israeliteindeed has continued in almost every one of her posts for the past sixteen months, to teach not on the subject of holiness and obedience to Christ Jesus and His Word as she formerly did, but rather on the subject of the nation of Israel. She, like so many throughout the world, is not happy that Israel is a nation. Reasoning that the majority of Israeli citizens are ungodly people, and teaching that God took His promises away from the Jews and gave them instead to the church, she states that Israeli Jews are thus “occupiers” of land rightfully belonging to the Palestinians and others. This she often voices as if Jews, persecuted the world over for centuries, have no right to a homeland as other nationalities do, even though the majority in all the world’s nations are ungodly people.
But Israeliteindeed should ask herself some questions: Should a Canadian be denied rights to his home if he is a Christ-rejecter? Should Americans have the world tell them they should have no access to the country called the U.S.A. because the land was retrieved largely through war? How would Israeliteindeed respond if an angry crowd from Mexico, France, Britian, Holland, or a First Nations group came to her doorstep and demanded that she, an occupier, must give up her home? Would she give it, and more, up quickly –in line with the pacifism she teaches while using such verses as Mt. 5:38-42?
Maybe Israeliteindeed is not thinking about the fact that nations down through history –and with God’s hand in that history (Dan. 2:21)– take up residence in a new land through sale and/or conquest. But, regardless of her view, the Jews were restored to their land by God Himself as He promised them He would do (Isa. 11:12 // Jer. 23:3-8), for “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.” (Ezek. 11:17) Moreover, God has promised that He will one day give them, as a nation, total cleansing, salvation, and righteousness forever. (v. 18-20 // Isa. 45:17,25 // Jer. 24:7 // Rom. 11:25-29) In spite of these Scripture verses, and multitudes of others regarding God’s promises to the Jews, Israeliteindeed tells us to fall for her opposing doctrine.
But God’s promise is clear: “They will live in the land I gave to My servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David [Jesus] My servant will be their prince forever. …Then the nations will know that I make Israel holy…” (Ezek. 37:25-28) God is speaking here about land, about Jesus’ throne there, and about the rest of the nations recognizing Israel’s holiness and her being the habitation of the Lord. This is not in Ezra’s time, as Israeliteindeed teaches, but is instead speaking of that time when God Himself takes “the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone… and bring[s] them back into their own land.” (v. 21) For God promised that He would make the two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, to be “a single stick… in My hand” (v. 19), yes, “one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel” (v. 22), never to be divided again. (Same verse) God has also promised that He will cleanse the nation (v. 23), that they will remain in the physical land forever (v. 25), and that Jesus will live there as their King. (v. 24-28) When speaking about the rebuilt physical temple, God says, “This is the place of My throne… This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile My holy name.” (43:7)
But Israeliteindeed changes God’s Word and tells us that these promises have been spiritualized and transferred to the church. No, all true Christ-followers have been invited to share in, not usurp, the Lord’s promises to the one (physical) nation whom God chose as His own inheritance. (Dt. 10:15 & 14:2 // Rom. chs. 9-11) As the angel, Gabriel, told Mary concerning Jesus, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32,33) It is Satan (who, at present, still rules the world –2 Cor. 4:4 // 1 John 5:19) who is furious that God, in preparing to bring in the mighty and eternal rule of Jesus (Rev. 19:15,16), has brought Israel back to her own land. But even as he musters everyone he can to help him derail God’s promises to the Jews, the devil actually plays right in to the fulfillment of God’s plan.
So, it is God who has given His own special holy real estate (Lev. 25:23 // Ezek. 36:5 // Joel 3:2) to Jacob’s descendants (Rom. 9:4-13); but even from a mere human perspective, we can know that the Jews were certainly granted their homeland legally by the British Mandate as well as by purchasing much of it, even at a heightened monetary cost. (For those who appreciate genuine historical fact concerning Israel’s right to the land, see this article by U.S. Senator, James Inhofe: http://www.aish.com/h/iid/48891682.html ) The land that Israel won through war (and maybe Israeliteindeed is forgetting that land conquered goes to the winning side) were wars of self-defense against those who wanted them to have no land and to actually be annihilated. Truly, it is Israeliteindeed whose reasoning is unjust, for if a force came to her door with such demands and intent, and with no alternative for her and her descendants to live anywhere else free of persecution, it is highly unlikely that she would keep the same doctrine she preaches.
In spite of Israelitieindeed writing often against Israel’s right to exist and right to defend herself, in skimming her latest post (on 10/14/15), we should take note that she calls David’s fighting men who had his faith, “God’s children”. She says there,
However, calling fighting men “God’s children” is quite odd of her since she insists throughout many of her writings that pacifism is the only righteous way. As she writes in her 9/14/15 post,
Considering that Israeliteindeed’s consistent theme over the last sixteen months has been centered on vilifying Israel, on trying to prove that they are not a legitimate nation, and on trying to convince her readers that God has negated His promises to the Jewish people and transferred them to her and the rest of the church, a certain comment of hers at another blogger’s site is definitely strange, for she speaks of those who have an “obsession with the natural land of Israel”. Yet in reality, she is the one who appears to be quite obsessed with the subject as she tries to prove her replacement theology to be God’s Word. It would be good if Israeliteindeed would realize that her own fixation with the natural land of Israel has caused her own stumbling, blindness, and sin. She herself is one who has turned her eyes from the Lord and His Word and she herself is the one focused on Israel while trying hard to “prove” her false doctrine correct. Here is her comment:
I appreciate this post very much. The Lord also showed me through the Scriptures that the Israel of God is made up of all who have the faith of Abraham. His kingdom is “not of this world” and its weapons are “not carnal.” Jews and Gentiles have indeed become “one new man” in Jesus Christ, and there is only one Salvation offered to all men. Though we are accused of following “replacement theology,” it is actually “grafted in theology” according to the olive tree example in Romans 11. There is only one Olive Tree.
This obsession with the natural land of Israel has become a stumbling block to the American church, leading her to embrace political involvement (to support Israel) rather than to repent of sin and get right with God. It is commonly taught that as long as we vote in leaders who support Israel, America will be blessed. America defies God with sin every day, and she will not be blessed until she repents. Just as Israel has always been judged for sin, America will be judged for sin regardless of her political involvements. It is disheartening to see Christians focused on Israel rather than focused on Jesus Christ.
Thank you for shedding light on the propaganda and lies. May many read and get understanding. God bless you.
This is the site where Israeliteindeed posted that comment:
(The site is not one I would recommend. A case in point: Without documentation to support his statement, that blogger writes in his 3/25/13 article: “There are many leaders that are in fact Satanists pretending to be Christians and there are many Christian centers that are secretly centers of ritual satanic abuse.”)
Israeliteindeed often denies, as she did in that previous comment of hers, that “replacement theology” correctly names her doctrine, but once again, her denial of this is additional evidence of how she makes up her own truth. Her dishonesty is revealed further when she switches the argument from God’s unique and lasting promises to the Jewish nation and erects a false disagreement concerning the solid belief that there is only one Way of salvation –something all true Bible-believers agree upon. Moreover, when she claims to be adhering to “grafted in theology”, she is not at all doing so, but is instead usurping God’s promises to the Jews and replacing herself and the church as the recipients.
The Lord has absolutely not rejected the Israelites (Rom. 11:1,2) nor ever viewed them as not being His chosen nation (Jer. 31:36 // Rom. 15:8,10), for He turned from them only for a time so as to discipline them. (Jer. ch. 30 & 31 // Amos 3:2) They will, as a nation, be fully redeemed and become “the greatest of the nations” (Jer. 31:7), as God has promised and decreed. (Same verse) Contrary to replacement theology, Rom. chs. 9-11 are clear: Those who believe God’s Message are grafted into the Covenant of Salvation which is a covenant established by God for the Jews, the nation He set His affection upon above all others. (Dt. 10:15 & 14:2) The Jews who are unbelieving cannot partake of it unless they too believe and obey it (Rom. 3:20-31), but the Covenant, which Christ confirmed, is absolutely one made by God to the Jews. (15:8 // Heb. 8:8-13) Gentiles have graciously been invited to “share in the nourishing sap from the olive root” (Rom. 11:17), through having faith (as must Jews), but we are of those cut from the wild olive tree, and we are not to boast over, or attempt to replace, the cultivated one. (v. 17-24) Israeliteindeed has a gross misunderstanding.
It is sad that Israeliteindeed did not stay focused on reading God’s Word and listening to His Spirit. “No lie is of the Truth.” (1 John 2:21b) Therefore, if someone teaches a lie (a falsehood / a false doctrine), then they are not taking it from the Truth / God’s Word / Christ, nor are they speaking under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. In fact, they are opposing God’s Word and Spirit. If they refuse to listen to correction / if they block their ears to the Truth, then they have rebelled against the Spirit’s conviction, they have run ahead in their own path, and they no longer remain in Christ. (John 15:6 // 2 John 1:9)
Of this very danger, Israeliteindeed, in her 6/13/14 a.m. post, seems to be unwittingly warning herself when she writes,
Unfortunately, Israeliteindeed turned from taking her own good counsel. In choosing to adhere to the teachings of those who make up their own doctrines, she turned from being obedient to God’s Word and Spirit. This we know she has done, for Jesus told us we can know false teachers by their fruit. Israeliteindeed’s fruit has been a hostile obsession against a race of people, against the multitudes of God’s promises to them, and against the Son of Man (the Jewish King) Himself. (Jer. 33:23-26) As she herself wrote earlier in that same post,
Later that same day, in a different post, she writes,
This is what I believe she herself has done. She was writing for God and then made the choice to turn from the Truth. The more she turned from it, the further she fell from it. Truly, she should take warning from her own description of false teachers which she describes in the same post:
Yet Israeliteindeed herself, when characterizing those who disagree with her or who try to point out her error, resorts to using words such as: idolaters, blasphemers, wicked, blind, naked, spiritual whores, apostates, antichrist, etc. She should listen to her own counsel and heed the warnings that it is she who is deviating from what the Word of God abundantly states. It is truly alarming that she can so blatantly disregard God’s Word and not understand that she herself is in danger of being cursed by God. Rev. 22:18,19 warns that anyone who adds anything or takes words away “from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city.” The same warning holds for those who twist any of God’s Word. (Pr. 30:5,6 // Gal. 1:6-9 // Rev. 3:9 & 21:8)
God promised and covenanted with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Israelite nation, swearing to each of them with an oath (Gen. 26:2-4 & 35:11,12 // Ex. 6:8 // Ps. 105:8-11), “To your offspring I will give this land.” (Gen. 24:7) Israeliteindeed wants us to believe her when she states that this regards spiritualized promises to the patriarchs’ spiritual offspring, the church. But we know that God directed His promises to the Jewish people and that He included literal land boundaries in His oath: “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.” (15:18) Should we believe Israeliteindeed when she attempts to twist and spiritualize even this verse, or should we believe God’s plain words?
Concerning this exact boundary, God told Abraham with “an everlasting covenant” (Gen. 17:7), “The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” (v. 8 ) In 48:3,4 we read this again when Jacob reminds his son Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me… and said to me… ‘I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.'” But Israeliteindeed tries to explain to us, in post after post, that God has reneged on His oath –that He has taken the promises away from those to whom He made the oath, and transferred them to the church, and the church alone. Indeed, only arrogance and blindness would cause a person to deny God’s words and replace one’s own words as the authority.
Israeliteindeed rejects that Jesus is coming to set up His rule in a physical place on earth called, “the Holy City, Jerusalem” (Rev. 21:10), that this will be in the literal land of Israel with literal real estate boundaries, and that year after year all the peoples of the nations of the earth will bring their worship and splendor into it. (Zec. 14:16 // Rev. 21:24) As Zec. 14:17 says, “If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain.” Israeliteindeed rejects God’s clear meaning and replaces her own meaning into the text. She does this concerning hundreds of verses.
When Jesus comes back to earth to rule bodily from Jerusalem, then will the prophecies be fulfilled, such as, “He [Jesus] must remain in Heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets.” (Acts 3:21) Jesus had already gone back into Heaven when Peter said this, and by saying that Jesus would remain there (in His body) until that time of restoration, Peter is confirming that Jesus will come back to the earth to restore it. As Rom. 8:21 tells us, “…the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
Israeliteindeed is very unwise in the way she speaks against the Jews who claim Israel as their homeland. By this, she essentially speaks against the twelve apostles who will rule under Christ on twelve thrones (Mt. 19:28) –their names written on the twelve foundations of the new city’s wall. (Rev. 21:14) She also speaks against Jerusalem (which, when renewed, will have on its twelve gates the names of the twelve tribes of Israel –v. 12) and which, being “the city of the Great King”, Jesus commanded us to view reverently. (Mt. 5:33-37)
Israeliteindeed also speaks against Jesus Himself, for though Jesus is fully God, He is also fully man –a Jewish man, and from the lineage of Jesse and King David. (Isa. 11:1,10 // Mt. 1:6 // Rom. 15:12) Our Lord considers Himself a Jew. We see this clearly when He said to the Samaritan woman at the well, “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.” (John 4:22) Jesus was not only saying that salvation is from the Jews, but He was contrasting two races while identifying with the one. He speaks similarly in His response to the Canaanite woman in Mt. 15:21-28. Even so, Israeliteindeed disparages Christ’s humanity and unashamedly speaks against this Almighty Jewish King who will, when He returns to earth, rule the world from His throne in Jerusalem. (Ps. 2:6 & 68:16 // Isa. 2:1-5 // Ob. 1:17,21 // Mt. 5:35) She obviously thinks it inconsequential that when asked by Pilate, “Are you the king of the Jews?” (Mt. 27:11), Jesus replied, “Yes, it is as you say.” (Same verse) We see her attitude on this in her 8/20/14 post, titled “Religious Racism is of the Devil”, in which she says,
Israeliteindeed apparently does not believe a fundamental doctrine of the Truth –that Jesus’ humanity is highly important. Jesus, the bodily form of God and the Creator (Col. 1:15-20 & 2:9) who became human (John 1:1,14), and who repeatedly called Himself “the Son of Man”, does forever remain fully human (as well as fully God); and His humanity is Jewish –which is emphasized repeatedly in God’s Word. (Mt. 1:1-17 // Acts 3:17-26 // Rom. 1:3 & 9:5) For sure, “many false prophets are gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come [has come and remains] in the flesh is from God.” (1 John 4:1,2) But those who are unified with the deceiver and the antichrist spirit do not declare the humanity of Christ. (2 John 1:7) We are to watch out for and reject these people lest we too run ahead of Christ’s teaching and become void of God. (v. 8-11)
In that same 8/20/14 post, Israeliteindeed states,
So we ask her: Have all Christ-followers become one ethnicity, or is it not rather that the Body is made up of different parts (individuals and nations), each with their unique functions in God’s plan of history?
In her 8/4/15 post Israeliteindeed writes using Rom. 4:9-13 as if it is a passage that proves everyone of every race is a Jew if they have faith in Christ. No, this passage, as well as Gal. 4:21-31, Eph. 2:11-22, and others like these, are teaching that anyone from any nationality has had God’s salvation promise to Abraham and Israel extended also to them –if they believe. These passages have nothing to do with negating anyone’s physical bloodline, for God’s Word teaches (such as in Ps. 68:16-35, Isa. 66:12, and Rev. 21:24-26) that there will be separate nations (though God will have completely destroyed the nations among which the Jews had been scattered –Jer. 30:11) even after Abraham becomes “heir of the world.” (Rom. 4:13) But, disregarding multitudes of promises and statements God gives, Israeliteindeed twists Scripture to deny that God has a special (thus different) decree, plan, and purpose for the Jewish nation than He has for Gentiles. It does not involve a different way of salvation (as Israeliteindeed pretends her opposers teach), but it does involve a different purpose in history, including future history.
Presumably, Israeliteindeed would agree that God has ordained specific tasks, careers, homelands, families, and ministries for each individual on earth. Therefore, just because all humans must come to Him through Christ Jesus, this plan of salvation does not somehow negate God’s other preordained plans concerning history, nations, governments, rulers, and individuals. Certainly she would agree that although we are all unified in Christ, what God has planned for each of us is not nullified by that. Certainly she would agree that although Gal. 3:28 tells us that in Christ there are no distinctions between Jew and Gentile, slave and free man, and male and female, this refers to the issue of being justified by faith, not about there being no distinctions between role or physical make-up!
Truly, God does have distinctions concerning all He has made. To one He gives this gift, to another that gift (Rom. 12:4-8) “and He gives them to each man, just as He determines.” (1 Cor. 12:11) To one He ordains leadership, to another He commissions them to assist. “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.” (v. 5) Are there different roles for Christian employers than for Christian employees? Or should both groups say, “There is no distinction because we are all one in Christ”? Israeliteindeed is encouraging the body parts to insist that we all have the exact same roles, even though God’s Word tells us this is not God’s arrangement (decree / plan) at all.
Are males and females to consider themselves all one gender if they be in Christ? Are all ethnic groups to consider themselves one physical nation? Or, does God work His plan in and through the distinct roles He has given to each of these groups? It is one thing to say we are unified in Christ’s body, but quite another to say everyone in Christ is thereby one physical gender, race, nationality, and nation. We most certainly are not! Instead, as Acts 17:26 tells us, “From one man He [God] made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” This is plain language telling us that it is God who determines the rise and fall of nations and their land boundaries. Israeliteindeed says that all Christians are Jews because they have become the offspring of Abraham. No, we have been grafted into the promises because of our faith; but this does not change our physical bloodline or the claim to the land God has designated for that bloodline. The Word of God does not call Gentiles “Jews” or “Israel”, and Jesus gives a strong rebuke to those who claim such, stating that their worship is of Satan. (Rev. 2:9 & 3:9)
Here, in her 1/8/15 post, is the type of claim we see from Israeliteindeed:
But Israeliteindeed again classifies as she wishes, regardless of the established rule that a person is a Jew if he was either born Jewish or has gone through the formal process of converting to Judaism. Christians having the faith of Abraham and being grafted into God’s promises to him, and to his Israelite descendants, does not make us Israelites or Jews. And the fact that anyone who becomes unfaithful to Christ will be cut off from salvation, does not, as Israeliteindeed teaches in her latest post, negate the person’s ethnicity.
We are all reconciled to God the same way –through Christ– and in this way we are all one body. (Rom. 12:5) However, the members of the body “do not all have the same function.” (v. 4) Definitely, through Christ, Gentiles are no longer “foreigners to the covenants of the promise” (Eph. 2:12) but have been made “fellow citizens with God’s people” (v. 19) –those chosen people to whom He made the Promises: The Israelite nation. And God will keep His promises, for He does not lie to anyone.
So let us understand that God has promised that Jacob’s physical descendants, after being spiritually-cleansed as a nation, will have a ruling role in the age of justice and righteousness to come and that they, in Christ’s great splendor, will be honored, praised, and served by the rest of the nations. (Dt. 26:19 // Isa. ch. 60 // Jer. 33:6-9 // Zeph. 3:20)
Truly, the generation that lived when Jesus walked the earth, and many since, have paid dearly for rejecting their Messiah (Luke 11:50,51 & 19:41-44), but one day, when the nation of Israel is surrounded by armies and all looks hopeless for them, the Lord will deliver them Himself, they will look on the One they pierced, and they will, as a whole nation, repent. (Zec. ch. 12-14) This is spoken about numerous times in God’s Word, including in Rom. 11:25-27 which says, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; He will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins.'” The whole context of the chapter is about Jew versus Gentile, and for Israeliteindeed, or anyone else, to teach otherwise, is to exhibit the exact ignorance and conceit that we are being warned against.
It is definitely grievous to see someone writing for the Truth and to then watch them turn from the Truth and write against it –something Israeliteindeed has immersed herself in doing.
Here is her site address: https://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com
October 13, 2015
Col. 3:25 tells us, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.” This is a warning to every human, including those who have been serving the Lord. (v. 23,24)
But what do we have in Christendom? We have many who claim that once they have accepted Christ as their Savior, they are immune from having to obey all of Christ’s commands. They teach that there is favoritism with God. They teach that God chose them to be His and therefore no disobedience of theirs will change their position of being in Christ, of being in God’s family, and of gaining an eternal inheritance in Heaven.
It is truly distressing to realize that masses of people will end up in Hell because of false teaching. Thinking they are securely saved, even while they commit sin, these multitudes, having clung to deception, will actually be cast out into utter darkness and fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mt. 24:45-25:46 // Heb. 10:26-31)
Is the one claiming to be a Christian producing good fruit? Jesus says that by a person’s fruit we can tell the false from the true Christ-follower. (Mt. 7:20) He also says that everyone who does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. (v. 19) Good fruit are those words, thoughts, motives, attitudes, and actions that are pleasing to God. (Luke 3:7-14 // Gal. 5:22,23) If good fruit is not being produced, that branch, even though it may have at one time been in Christ, will be cut off. As Jesus warns in John 15:2, “He [the Father –v. 1] cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit.” A person cannot be cut off from being “in Christ” if he wasn’t IN Christ. Anyone who does not continue walking in the will of God through the obedience that true faith produces will not be spared destruction. (v. 6 // Rom. 1:5 & 11:20-22 // Heb. 10:35-39)
“No, no, no,” many “Christians” counter. “Once we claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive His righteousness and are forever after viewed holy by God.” But such people are teaching that God acts with favoritism, even though Scripture says He does not (Acts 10:34,35 // Rom. 2:6-11 // Eph. 6:9) but instead judges people in accordance with their heart and behavior. (Same verses // 1 Cor. 4:5 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // Heb. 4:12,13 // Rev. 20:11-15) Such people mock God, contradicting His Word which tells us that all of us will reap, into eternity, what we sow here on earth. (Same verses // Gal. 6:7-10 // Ja. 4:4 w/ 5:5)
Is 1 John 3:7 hard to comprehend? It shouldn’t be. It tells us, “He who does what is right is righteous, just as He [Christ Jesus] is righteous.” How are we righteous as Christ is? By doing what is right! In contrast, verse 8 says, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil.” It is plain wording. Do what is right –be viewed righteous by God. Do what is sinful, be considered by God to belong to the devil. And in case those false teachers are trying to persuade us to disbelieve God’s Word here, the first part of verse 7 is a warning: “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.” This warning is being addressed to those “children” hearing the Message (v. 11) –that they “not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one…” (v. 12) For, as already warned about in verse 10, “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God.” Indeed, those who are born of God stop sinning and do what is right according to God’s commands. (v. 6,9,24 & 2:3-6,29 & 5:18) This is the way to remain in Christ / in the Truth / in God’s love / in Righteousness / in Salvation. (2:3-6 & 4:16,17 // John 15:10)
The Lord has been pleased to reveal His Truth to those who, in the world’s eyes, are unlearned. (Luke 10:21 // 1 Cor. 1:26-29) Is this not because the arrogant, in thinking God will forever look favorably on them even as they abide in sin, have chosen to blind themselves by loving a lie? (John 3:19-21 // 2 Thes. 2:10-12) Therefore, let us not be partners with them. (Eph. 5:7) Let us never be deceived by their falsehoods, for God’s wrath will certainly fall on all who remain sinful and disobedient. (v. 6 // 2 Pe. 2:17-19) Regardless of who they are.
September 13, 2015
Many “Christians” seem to work hard at twisting the Scriptures so that they can feel safe in their continued sinfulness.
On Friday, while I was evangelizing downtown, a Calvinist approached me to interrogate me as to whether or not I was proclaiming the real Gospel. How insistent he was about “once-saved, always saved”, about not giving people “the wrong idea that we must work for our salvation”, and about that true believers do go through seasons of sinfulness.
I answered this guy’s questions and conversed with him at least fifteen minutes, but I was glad I was able to avoid the argument he apparently wanted to have with me. Over and over he kept trying to pin-point my exact beliefs to see if they lined up with his pet doctrines, but, I believe I wasn’t giving him the answers he expected. When he was disgruntled over my sign– “Christ’s cross doesn’t cover a continuation in sin. Heb. 10:26”, saying that I should instead preach the straight Gospel Message, I reminded him that Paul said in Rom. 1:5 that his Message was a call “to the obedience that comes from faith.” I told him that is my call as well, and that it is a much needed call being that most preachers are not correctly clarifying the necessity of obedience –obedience to Christ’s Word and Spirit.
This Calvinist guy said, “You do believe, don’t you, that we cannot earn our salvation through works but only through what Christ has done for us?” I replied, “James 2:24 says, ‘We know that a man is justified by what he does, and not by faith alone.'”
“Okay,” he said, but still plowed forward: “But we do not receive salvation through obedience; obedience is a result of our salvation.”
I answered, “Jesus says in Mt. 19:17, ‘If you want to enter Life, obey the commandments.’ And, in Acts 5:32 it says that God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him.” I opened up my Bible and read to him 1 John 3:24 which says, “Those who keep God’s commands live in Him and He in them.”
I quoted Jesus’ words in John 10:27,28 because I know that most once-saved, always saved adherents love verse 28 about no one being able to snatch Christ’s sheep out of His hand. “But,” I said. “In verse 27 Jesus tells us what these sheep do: They listen to Jesus and they follow Him. In other words, they obey Him.” I walked a few steps and said it again: “Christ’s true sheep keep following. They don’t turn around or rebel or go back. If they did, how would they be following Christ? Verse 27 must be a reality for the promises in verse 28 to be so as well.”
I’m hopeful that the guy gained some progress into the Truth, for at that point he responded agreeably and quoted Gal. 5:25: “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”
I quoted a lot of verses while responding to this guy, and when I quoted Rom. 8:9 to him, he seemed satisfied and said goodbye, adding that Calvinists evangelize too. I hadn’t said they don’t, but I did feel like saying, “Why should they if God has predestined everyone’s eternity already?” I didn’t say it though because I sure didn’t want to get into that debate with him!
Rom. 8:9 says that those who possess the Spirit of God and Christ will be controlled by the Spirit and not by the sinful nature. This verse, along with so many other verses in God’s Word reveal clearly that those who are controlled by the sinful nature do not possess the Spirit. Calvinists should ask themselves, “How long can a person claiming to belong to Christ go on in sinful behavior and still be considered to be controlled by the Spirit?” If the Calvinist must admit that the sinning person is not being controlled by the Spirit for a season, then should he not admit that Rom. 8:9 states that such a person does not possess the Spirit and does not therefore belong to Christ during that season? And if the season goes on for six months, or a year, or five years, or ten years, then was that person never truly saved to begin with? Or, was he saved, and therefore, no matter if he dies without any visible fruit of repentance, he remains an inheritor of Eternal Life? What maneuverers Calvinists must go through!
Well, Jesus warned that prostitutes and such will get into the Kingdom ahead of those who consider themselves to be “in the know” about God’s Word, but actually are deceiving themselves. (Mt. 21:31) Why? Because those who claim they possess the Truth but do not, remain guilty, not safe, before Christ. (John 9:41)
July 18, 2015
Israeliteindeed continues to show that she has chosen to walk with those who promote falsehoods. Today she has given us (in her post https://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/zionism-is-antichrist/ ) an article to read by a man named Alton Raines who teaches contrary to God’s Word and who also makes numerous inflammatory statements against Zionists, calling them racist, self-absorbed, deluded, tyrannical, deceitful, sociopathic, and antichrist.
In his post which Israeliteindeed commends, Raines gives a quote (in his fifth paragraph under his subtitle “A Sucker Punch”) that was supposedly stated by Menachem Begin who was Israel’s Prime Minister from 1977-1983. However, being that simple research reveals that this quote is a hoax, (see these two links for starters: http://begincenterdiary.blogspot.com/2009/05/correcting-misquotation-reputedly-by.html and http://www.zionism-israel.com/fake_zionist_quotes.htm ), it is alarming that Israeliteindeed is believing people like Raines and recommending their writings. Truly, she has joined those who, in their obsession against Israel, have become very unwise.
Regardless of what is taught by Israeliteindeed, Raines, or any of the many others who are aiming to disparage Israel, God’s Word clearly teaches these things:
1. Jesus is coming back to earth to deliver Israel from her oppressors (Ps. ch. 2 // Isa. ch. 49 // Joel ch. 2 & 3 // Zech. ch. 9 & 12:1-9), to dash those oppressors to the ground (Ps. 2:9 // Isa. 51:17-23 & ch. 52 // Mal. 4:1-3 // Mt. 13:40-43 // Heb. 1:13 // Rev. 19:11-21), and to set up, in physical Zion, His mighty rule. (Ps. 2:6 // Zech. 14:9,16 // Acts 3:20-23 // Rev. 11:15-18 & 12:5)
2. The Israelite nation as a nation is going to recognize their Messiah, repent, be forgiven, and unite themselves to Him forever. (Ho. ch. 2 & 3 & 14 // Mi. 7:18-20 // Zech. 12:10-13:2 // Rom. 11:1,2,12,25-29 // Heb. 8:8-12)
3. There is going to be a future physical Temple in the physical land of Israel before the Tribulation, as well as during the Millennium. (Isa. 2:1-5 & 66:6 // Ezek. ch. 40-48 // Dan. ch. 7 & 8 & 9:24-27 & ch. 12 // Zech. ch. 6 // Mt. 24:14-31 // 2 Thes. 2:1-4)
4. God chose to make, and after their punishment, to restore, Israel to be a special nation to Him and to be a light and a sign for His glory, righteousness, justice, and Truth. (Dt. 7:6-8 & 14:2 & 26:17-19 // Ps. ch. 89 // Jer. ch. 31-33 & 46:27,28 // Ezek. ch. 34-39 // Amos 3:1,2 & 9:11-15 // Zech. ch. 2 // Mt. 19:28 // Acts 26:6,7 // Rom. 9:4,5 // Rev. 21:9-14)
5. We are to bless the nation of Israel because, in spite of her current (but temporary) adultery against God, she, as a nation and physical descendent of Jacob, is God’s firstborn, His beloved and the apple of His eye, and His uniquely chosen vessel. (Gen. 12:2,3 // Num. 24:2,9 // Dt. 32:8-12 // Ps. ch. 122 // Isa. 61:4-9 & ch. 62 // Jer. 31:7-9 // Zech. ch. 2 // Rom. 9:1-13 & 11:11-29 & 15:27)
I have supported my statements above with numerous Scripture passages but there are actually many, many more I could point to in order to show that Israeliteindeed’s stance is contrary to God’s Word. As is recorded in Mt. 19:28, “Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'” No one can rightly pretend that Jesus’ promise here to His apostles is figurative when He is addressing those whose nation was trusting in God’s promised restoration of their national kingdom under Messiah’s rule. (Isa. 9:1-7 // Luke 1:54,55,67-75 & 2:25-38 // Acts 1:6 & 3:20-23 & 26:6,7) Yet Israeliteindeed, in post after post, has tried to convince us that Scripture’s references using the name “Israel” or “Jacob” are either about that nation’s past history or about the Church.
Even so, for Truth-followers, as Isa. 62:1-11 says, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent… till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch… You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand… for the LORD will take delight in you… You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth… Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. The LORD has made proclamation…” And it is about Zion. It is about Israel. And it is about their salvation, redemption, reward, compensation, holiness, and honor. (v. 11,12)
Truly, those who reject or try to twist what God’s Word repeatedly teaches and commands are the ones who have joined themselves with the antichrist spirit. This is evident to all who know and walk in the Truth, though sadly, many in the Lie seem blind to the reality of their position.