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There Be Some that Trouble You

February 27, 2007

This post takes on an ominous sounding tone as it progresses; one that I didn’t expect to be present.  Therefore, I’m inserting  this opening paragraph beforehand; just as a “heads up.”  I always strive to be edifying and encourage all to draw ever closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that I would not be in the category of “some that trouble you” as it’s not my desire to be troubling to any.

John 20:27-29  “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Acts 1:9-11  “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing into heaven?  this same Jesus, which is taken up from among you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

The historical acount concerning the ressurrection of Jesus Christ has been under assault ever since the elders gave large sums of money to the soldiers in exchange for their claiming that the body of Jesus was stolen by his disciples.  Throughout the ages, misconceptions about this have been proposed along with an array of doctrines telling of “another Jesus.” One who remained on earth, had physical offspring, was a great prophet but not God, and a plethura of other claims which contradict the biblical account.  My sister has been involved with a particular group for many years and if you discuss things with her on the surface, it sounds like they’re preaching the same Jesus.  If you dig in with deeper questions, however, you’ll learn of their belief that Jesus was once a man like us; not the creator of all that is.  (John 1:10)  They are preaching another Jesus; one that is contrary to the Savior who came from glory to pay for our sins with his own blood.

This past year or so has witnessed a most incredible phenomenon.  There was the book and motion picture “The DiVinci Code which proclaims that Jesus went on to have physical offspring who’s descendants are alive today.  Then there was the “discovery” of the so-called “gospel of Judas” (a contradiction of terms in itself) manuscripts which seek to call into question the authority and accuracy of scripture.  And in the last couple of days, this claim by James cameron that folks have unearthed the tomb of Jesus and  have DNA evidence supporting the claim.  Normally, I wouldn’t give this story the time of day since it runs so contrary to scripture.  yet it’s been all over CNN, folks are talking about it, and it seems that many undiscerning may buy into it.  There seems to be a “racheting up” if you will of the rhetoric which would seek to destroy the faith in Jesus Christ; the Savior of “whosoever will call upon his name.”  I want to link to a blog where I first heard of this latest claim as the individual who wrote it has been blessed of God with a track record of being “ahead of the curve.”

www.cumby.wordpress.com/2007/02/24/james-cameron-claims-to-have-found-the-crypt-of-jesus-christ/

To one who is born again and has the Holy Spirit abiding within, the falsehood concerning such a story seems obvious.  I have heard some question “why give the story the time of day even?”  I do so because for many who are outside of the household of faith, these stories make sense.  I have had people in my own family ask me “how do we know that Jesus had no children?”  The biblical acount is questioned as logic seems to dictate otherwise.  This jump-starts the imagination and when Hollywood dramatizes the lie in theater, those who are not grounded in truth will succumb to error.  “Grievous error” because if Jesus isn’t who he claims to be in the bible, we are yet in our sins.  As we look to the days ahead, the lies will become more deceptive and truth increasingly obscured by the array of claims and counter-claims. 

This is a secular example; one that will reveal my age somewhat, but I remember the opening scene of the second Indiana Jones movie when the brawl is taking place in the night club.  Billie is chasing this huge diamond across the floor when a bucket of ice hits the floor.  The diamond is now hidden because of the hundreds of ice cubes that look almost like a diamond.  This is how deception works.  The more deceptions, the more obscured the truth becomes.  It’s a serious situation because to those who are not born again, logic is a primary factor as they try to decipher truth from error.  All deceptions will pander to this “logic” for the most part and the element of flesh will be ever present.  The idea that the physical descendants of Jesus are with us today will stir the imagination of many and call into question the biblical account of things.

One thing to remember.  Jesus is God manifest in flesh.  He is from everlasting to everlasting.  He created all that we see and take hold of and while he was in a physical body, he “never sinned.”  He was tempted in all points like as we are but was yet without sin. This very fact is under assault by an elaborate portrayal of falsehoods.  One comment that came into an earlier post on this site makes mention of the idea that “DNA evidence supports this latest claim.  Science is a seemingly sound method of determining truth from error in a world where natural understanding is trumpeted.  The following passage explains why I consider this topic so important.

Matthew 24:23-24  “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

While the most recent story doesn’t have signs and wonders, it does fall into the category of “Lo here is Christ.”  The passage about signs and wonders tells us that in days to come there will be “false Christs which are accompanied by false signs.  If a persons trust in the bible can be loosened, they’ll fall for the signs that seem to validate another.  It’s like bringing down a tall building.  First they go in, compromise key components of the structure and strategically place explosives throughout.  Then, when the charges are detonated, the building comes down straight to the ground, leaving behind a very small debris field. 

In conclusion, I truly believe that in the coming days, there will be deceptions so convincing that we will literally have to stand by faith while the gale-force winds of logic and common sense are swirling about.  Such is the case now, but it will take on a whole new dimention once largescale supernatural happenings on the other side enter the fray.  This happened when the children of Israel were in Egypt as on a number of occasions the magicians “did so with their enchantments.” 

Luke 21:18  “But there shall not an hair of your head perish.”

I place that verse in here because this post has taken an unintentional “ominous” tone.  If we are in Christ, he will be with us no matter what and the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth; regardless of what the enemy comes up with.  This I am most confident of.  He’ll give us the measure of faith needed to stand and his grace will be sufficient for any situation.  This I bring up because of a dream that I had going into monday morning.  I am one who rarely has dreams that are remembered in the morning.  Even the cold-pizza dreams are forgotten by the time that I awaken.  As a result when a dream is remembered, it’s notable and when it involves this topic, it grabs the attention. 

Sunday afternoon was a time when we were running about tending to natural matters. (not bad things; just matters of life in general.)  My focus throughout the day was on the physical; not where I would prefer to be.  This state of mind carried into the dream.  In the dream, I was with a house church up in Three Rivers which was meeting in an attached garage.  The assembly was invaded by folks and in my spirit I knew that they were going to demand that we either deny Christ or be killed.  I found myself fleeing into what looked like an attic.  Others were taken but I escaped.  This disturbed me as I felt that I shouldn’t be running.  I found myself on some type of a landing; hidden for the moment and suddenly trying to get back into a spiritual frame of mind with only moments remaining before I was discovered.  I knew that if I had been in prayer and close to the Lord Jesus prior to this event taking place, I wouldn’t have been rattled. 

It’s imperative that we walk in the Spirit at all times.  This is what I gathered from this dream and what I know to be true.  We have the Holy Spirit abiding within and should never be fearful of physical events.  I need to wrap up this post which has now wandered all over the map.  We look ahead and see things taking place in the physical world which are indeed disturbing.  We see our faith in Jesus, who saved us from sin, being attacked from every angle.  The attacks are distressing as we know that there is no other way to eternal life except through Jesus Christ.  I pray that this post would not be distressing to any who are in Christ, but rather, that we would all draw ever closer to the Author and Finisher of our faith. 

Romans 8:28-31  “And we know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?”

IF GOD BE FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?

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22 comments

  1. I’ve posted this elsewhere, but it bears repeating:

    Watch the paroxysms of joy that atheists and God-deniers are going through over this. Then think on this:

    “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” II Thessalonians 2: 11-12.

    Now watch how they take joy in “killing” God. How they revile those who continue to believe, while they worship their own reason.

    -J. Kaiser

    BTW swing by my blog and check out the entry on living a deliberate life.


  2. Excellent post, and your points are so valid in exhorting us to be alert and be ready. There is already a “spirit of AntiChrist” at loose in the world in the form of another false religion that seeks to destroy Christianity eventually too by making us deny Christ or die, and make no mistake – they ARE on the march at the moment whether many in Islam care to believe that or not. Satan is stirring his forces up as he knows his time is getting shorter by the day, and we equally know ours is too, but to a better end – the Bridegroom cometh :). It’s up to us to heed His warning to have our lamps oiled and lit, and to be ready for His coming for us. Marantha.


  3. Greetings. The part of God sending them strong delusion used to throw me a little until realizing that the reason for the strong delusion was the repeated rejection of truth. Thanks for stopping by. I was just at your site as we keep passing each other in the Blogosphere. It’s great to find so many like-minded saints here.


  4. Greetings Ha Tikvah. Indeed these are times to be alert. Also to know that we have an expected end; a most glorious end as Jesus return is truly at hand. I often think of Stephen seeing Jesus standing at the right hand of God rioght before the accusers stopped their ears and took him out. Thanks for the reflection.


  5. Yes, after so much rejection (and I mean outright rejection) the Spirit leaves them and turns them over to their lusts and desires.

    “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.” Romans 1:24


  6. Timbob, another provocative post and very worth reading. Thank you!

    You wrote: “It’s imperative that we walk in the Spirit at all times.” I couldn’t say Amen enough regarding this and its importance for one and all, who genuinely profess the Lord Jesus Christ as their own.

    As I was reading this, I also though of the scripture in Luke.

    Luke 18:8b (NKJV) … Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

    As we see, read and watch things unfolding in rapid succession, this question becomes more and more a warning in our own days and times.

    Romans 13:11-14 (NKJV) And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

    May we awaken and put on the Lord Jesus Christ, making no provision for the flesh, fulfilling its lusts and its lies.

    Blessings in the Lord Jesus Christ!


  7. We need to be sober and alert, understanding that our enemy is ever seeking to destroy the saints of the Most High God. We cannot presume that just because we are Christians we are immune to deception, no, we must ever guard our hearts! We need to draw near to our Saviour and remain hidden in Christ who is our only hope, but in Him there is strength to endure to stand fast and walk uprightly.
    Help us Lord Jesus!

    And as for the James Cameron thing..this whole DNA thing is absurd. Even I know this is a ridiculous claim from a scientific view, and find myself wondering why news people even air this stuff.
    Then again some scientist will corroborate the lies and so it goes…
    Guess I am glad we don’t have cable after all! 😉

    These are the days in which we live, more signs of the times pointing to the nearness of our Lords return.

    So we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, looking up with rejoicing that our redemption draws nigh!

    Blessings to you Timbob, you are in my prayers!

    Susan


  8. Good post. I too believe this type of thing will ratchet up We need to be alert and we need to walk in the Spirit.


  9. This post reminds me a lot of the verse, “be ready in season and out of season (ii tim 4:2).” Just in the past year, many things have been shown to me where ppl are easily deceived and are searching for the truth. When one looks at the different religions (and I’m no theologian), there are parallels but only one way is right even though I’ve been told numerous times in the past month that there are many ways to God. Movies like this can challenge a person’s faith both negatively or positively. We must be ready in season and out of season to give an account to why we believe what we believe and why we do what we do.


  10. Thanks for the link and the mention, timbob. You and so many others here at WordPress are so very supportive. It means a lot to me.

    Thanks to totaltransformation for posting the scripture in II Thess. I’ve been searching for that for days. Now I can be at peace. 😀

    “As we look to the days ahead, the lies will become more deceptive and truth increasingly obscured by the array of claims and counter-claims.”

    Yes, I believe with every fiber of my being that this is only the beginning of the “apostasy” and “the falling away from the faith.”

    Could it be that when the Lord says that “judgment begins in the house of the Lord” that this is part of the process of separating the wheat from the tares, the “true Christians” from the “fence sitters?”


  11. No problem Cumby. Always a pleasure to help a brother out…lol.

    And you are dead-on. the Apostasy is only beginning- if this is its time. Expect to see MASSIVE numbers of people (the social believers) fall away as persecution sets in in the West.

    The pressure is building from society, science, education, etc. for people to compromise their beliefs to gain acceptance. Many will choose that path to avoid conflict or to look good in the eyes of men. I find the following to be a faithful saying (that paraphrases Paul)

    “Better to be a fool in the eyes of men, then a genius among the condemned.”


  12. Thanks for the thoughts.

    Steve.

    http://newpsalms.wordpress.com/


  13. What a GREAT post Timbob!!!
    I wonder why we all here talk almost on the same things the passed few days. I keep surfing the blogs and all people tlak about the coming rapture. Wonderful written!
    And the James Camaron thing…its not even worth to laugh about.
    Wow what great comments you got here. We are at the endtimes, we sure are, and it will show who is and who isnt a true christian.
    Love Andrea


  14. Your posts are usually so convicting for me that they prompt me to instant prayer.

    Lord Jesus, we put all of our faith and trust in you and you alone regardless of what deceptions are going on around us. Increase our faith, Lord, protect us from the evil one, guide us in Your Truth. Help us, Lord to stand firm against the wiles of the devil and to embrace Your Holy Spirit dwelling in us. You are holy and worthy of our admiration and praise forever. Amen!


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