Galatians 1:8 ‘But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.’
Revelation 22:18-21 ‘For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: ‘If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in the book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus!’
Evidently there have been many in history that have warned against the evil’s of twisting, and using man interpretation of scripture rather than relying on the inerrancy of Scripture of itself. Did you know that prior to 1827 there was no rapture of the Church taught. At least not a secret rapture. John Darby introduced this interpretation and it stuck. Did you know that he developed this theory after he was seriously injured by a fall from a horse? Click on his name above and research him and his doctrine, you might be surprised. The Apostles didn’t teach this. They taught that Jesus was indeed returning but they didn’t teach that there would be a secret rapture for secret chosen Christians, and the rest would have a second chance to straighten out their lives and repent. This was not taught. The Bible doesn’t say this. I can quote all the verses that prove this, but Mathew 24:29-30 should be all the teaching we need. ‘Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give it’s light, the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of th heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son Of Man will appear in Heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. and He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.’
That was Jesus’s words, but if that’s not enough look at 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 ‘Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.’
The return of our Lord and Savior, will not preclude the revealing of the man of sin who holds himself above God, and we know from Isaiah that this is Satan himself. Ever read the Didache? It’s writings that was used by the Apostles and the early church to teach, the doctrine of Christ. It’s not in the Canon but it’s very helpful to see what they taught. You might be surprised to know that they taught the man of sin would be an actual man claiming to be Jesus! Click here to read the Didache.
The Desciples and the Apostles understood. They understood when the Holy Spirit descended on them on the day of Pentecost. This is so much more than some make it out to be. Jesus told the Desciples right before His death and resurrection that the ‘Helper’ would come and guide them into truth. Why is this so hard for some to understand. John 16:7 ‘Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in me; of righteousness, because I go, to My Father and you see Me no more, of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. all things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.’
So when you study prophecy, rely only on the Holy Spirit of truth. Not on twisting and fitting a piece of scripture into todays world. Or of men who claim to have revelations and understand the scriptures to mean something they do not. I read an article on this I will put the link at the end, but he said something that struck home with me. He said:
“Those who are suffering and dying in more than fifty countries around the world have already asked and answered the question. The escape-hatch mentality of the pre-tribulation theology sells well in the West, but is generally considered an error by most of the believers throughout the rest of this world, especially those who are facing persecution, arrest torture and death on a daily basis.”
Below is a poem written by a man who served as an evangelist for the Assemblies of God. He criticized the ministers who preached Liberal Christianity. I wonder what he would think of the liberal ministers today twisting and distorting scripture to placate the sins of today like sodomy. But that’s another post. You can click on his name below to read about him, but his poem fits some today also.
The Modernist Preacher – Entering Hell
He was an ordained minister, but modern in his views.
He preached his twisted doctrines to people in the pews.
He would not hurt their feelings, whate’er the cost would be,
But for their smiles and friendship and compliments sought he.
His church was filled with wicked souls that should be saved from sin,
But never once he showed the way or tried a soul to win.
He preached about the lovely birds that twitter in the trees,
The babl’ing of the running brooks, the murm’ring of the seas.
He quoted fancy poetry that tickled list’ning ears
When sorrow came to some, he tried to laugh away their tears.
His smooth and slipp’ry sermons made the people slide to hell.
The harm he did by preaching goes beyond what we can tell.
He took our Holy Bible, and preached it full of holes,
The Virgin Birth, said he can’t be believed by honest souls,
The miracles of Jesus and the resurrection tale
For educated ones like us, today, cannot avail.
We’re living in an age, said he, when wisdom rules and reigns,
When man’s intelligence is great and superstition wanes.
He said, we’re all God’s children who live upon this earth,
No message of salvation, no need of second birth.
His coat was bought with money that he had wrongly gained,
For through his twisted sermons his wealth he had obtained.
He was just like the Roman soldiers that watched at Jesus’ grave,
For money in abundance, to them, the people gave;
It all was theirs by telling what was a sinful lie -
A resurrected Savior, they, too, were to deny.
The day at last had come for the minister to die,
When to his congregation, he had to say good-bye.
His form lay cold and lifeless, his ministry was past,
His tongue with all its poison was hushed and stilled at last.
His funeral was grand; he was lauded to the skies-
They preached him into heaven where there are no good-byes.
Upon the lonely hill, underneath the shady trees,
His form was laid to rest in the whisp’ring of the breeze.
A tombstone was erected with words: “He is at rest,
He’s gone to heaven’s glories to live among the blest.”
His body now is lifeless, but Ah! His soul lives on,
He failed to enter in where they thought that he had gone.
The letters on the tombstone or that sermon some had heard,
Could not decide his destiny, ’twas not the final word.
He still had God to deal with, the one who knows the heart;
While others entered heaven, he heard the word, “Depart.”
He pauses for a moment upon the brink of hell;
He stares into a depth where he evermore will dwell.
He hears the cries and groanings of souls he had misled,
He recognizes faces among the screaming dead.
He sees departed deacons which he had highly praised.
Their fingers pointing at him as they their voices raised:
“You stood behind the pulpit, and lived in awful sin,
We took you for a saint, but a liar you have been.”
Accusing cries! He hears them, “Ah! You have been to blame,
You led us into darkness when you were seeking fame.”
“You preached your deadly doctrine, we thought you knew the way.
We fed you and we clothed you, we even raised your pay.
You’ve robbed us of a home where no tear-drops ever flow,
Where days are always fair and the heav’nly breezes blow.
Where living streams are flowing, and saints and Angels sing,
Where every one is happy, and Hallelujahs ring.
We’re in this place of torment, from which no soul returns;
We hear the cry of lost ones, we feel the sizzling burns;
Give us a drop of water, we’re tortured in this flame;
You failed to preach salvation to us through Jesus’ Name.”
The preacher turns in horror, he tries to leave the scene,
He knows the awful future for every soul unclean,
But there he meets the devil, whom he has served so well,
He feels the demon powers as they drag him into hell.
Throughout eternal ages, his groans, too, must be heard-
He, too, must suffer torment-he failed to heed God’s Word.
He feels God’s wrath upon him, he hears the hot flames roar,
His doctrine now is different, he ridicules no more.
By Oscar C. Eliason, c1960
This is a very clear warning for God’s sheperds that are not leading the flock in the righteous path. The Bible holds similar warnings. There’s a video on youtube about a teen girl who died and went to heaven and Jesus gave her a tour of Hell, and she saw prominent religious leaders there for this same thing. I don’t know of any ministers who heeded her warning either. Be very careful about following these ministers. And if anyone say’s to you that you should repent for the time of Christ’s return is at hand, but you will have a second chance when the chosen are secretly raptured, run! We will be here to see the man of sin, the Bible tells us this, we will be here for the great tribulation as it’s called. We need to prepare, for it is at the door.
Ponder Prophecy But Don’t Presume-The hard questions(http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55355)
Hat tip to Doris & Albert