LEST WE FORGET
The Church of Jesus Christ is peculiar and distinct. What makes’ us peculiar is our thoughts, speech and conduct. The fact that doctrine from the received text is not considered the unifying ground of our faith, many are bound to fall foul of doctrine of devils. There’s no question as to what will happen to us if we neglect the received text.
Hebrews 2: 1-4 (KJV) "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?"
We stand today at the very crucible of spiritual delusion and the Lord’s call in Isaiah 1:8…… ‘Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool’……is as clear and present as it's written.
Unity with Romanism is being urged upon us and many congregations in the protestant world who’ve ‘done wickedly against the covenant’ have been corrupted by her. They agree with her doctrine and have become daughter of the whore of Babylon. They have through deception become partakers of her foretold judgment. The warning to those who’ve joined her through ecumenism is to come out of her my people that you may not partake of her sins and share her plagues. It’s the worst disaster that could ever happen as it’s the sin that ruined ancient Israel. The Papal power is condemned very strongly in Rev 14 and 18 together with those affiliated with her. The abominations are shown to be the very things which ancient Israel engaged with. The worship of idols, fornication, murder and every vice are the measure of her golden cup. She has seduced men and merchants, bond and free, prince and pauper …..'for all the world wondered after the beast’.
The Lord has sounded the warning in the loud cry of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd angels in Rev 14 and the 4th angel in Rev 18. The Angels messages which spell out the deadly warning against her and those associating with her is the last warning to the world. The body of men and women who promote and teach her doctrines is the false prophet.
The Beast of Rev 13 is the Vatican. The Beast that arises out of the earth with two horns like a lamb and speaks like a dragon is the United States of America. The distinct feature of the beast from the earth is its two horns. The USA was founded by masonry and masonry is a product of Rome. The horns upon this beast are’ Church and State government’ which makes it the image of the Beast. As the image speaks like the beast, it’s the same old power that is filled with the blood of the prophets and the saints and of all that were slain upon the earth Rev 18:24. The USA was never a Christian nation but it’s a nation with many Christians in it. We’ve been led to believe that it's a Christian nation because of its lamb-like horns but that’s where the similarity ends. The in the bible the horns are symbolic of power. Rome is both a state and a church and this power is being wielded by one man, the pope: It therefore qualifies as a fascist state. Just as Rome was never a Christian Church so is the USA. However, the Roman Church has many Christians who’ve come to God in their innocence. But once they discover her treachery, many are they that shun her and seek truth as the Lord wouldn’t leave his people without a saviour.
THE MARK OF THE BEAST
Gibbons claimed that Sunday-keeping was the mark of Roman Catholic authority:
'Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act. It could not have been otherwise, as none in those days would have dreamed of doing anything, in matters spiritual, ecclesiastical and religious without her. This act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters’.
Extract from a letter written by the Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons (November 11, 1895):
‘The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.’ Catholic Record, (September 1, 1923).
Burns and Oates, Library of Christian Doctrine, as quoted in Carlyle Haynes, From Sabbath to Sunday (Review and Herald, 1928): 48.
‘You will tell me that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath, but that the Christian Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Changed! But by whom? Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God? When God has spoken and said, 'Thou shalt keep holy the seventh day', who shall dare to say, nay, thou mayest work and do all manner of worldly business on the seventh day, but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead? This is a most important question which I know not how you can answer. You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet, in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that which He has commanded. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten commandments; you believe the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principle, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered.’
The mark of the beast is Sunday. For it is the Mark of her Ecclesiastical power and authority. The Lord made the Sabbath day or the 7th Day of the week the day of rest and therefore the day in which he rested and commanded all men to rest. Those who rest on the 7th Day of the week acknowledge God as the creator and the maker of the heavens, earth, the seas and all that in them is. This therefore is the mark of God’s authority. Those who acknowledge Sunday as the rest day have acknowledged the beast power (The Pope and the Vatican) as their King and God.
THE SABBATH OF THE LORD
It’s the fourth commandment and the 7th Day of the week. Is it just a day? There’s great debate today that we needn’t keep the law because we are under grace. The great deception began in Eden where the serpent told the woman that God was a liar. ‘You will not surely die!’ he said; but the truth is they died according to the word of the Lord. The Lord issued the commandment not to eat from the tree of good and evil and as long as they did not they had access to the garden and fellowship with God. Disobedience at one tree caused death and alienation but obedience at the tree of Calvary restored fellowship and abolished death. However, as it were as Adam, we are required to keep the commandment as a condition of maintaining relationship with God and to enjoy every blessing… ‘If you love me, keep my commandments’ - Jn 14:15
To understand the Sabbath we must look at the tree. When the children of Israel sinned against the Lord and he sent serpents among them, he gave commandment that anyone who looked at the brazen serpent lived. It was obedience to the commandment that brought the healing and redemption. The pole and the brazen serpent were a sign or medium of communication. And so is the Sabbath – a sign Exd 31:13, Ezk 20:12, Ezk 20:20. In fact this is clarified in that the children of Israel who later worshipped the brazen serpent (nehushtan 2 Kings 18:4) were condemned as idol worshippers, which reminds us not to worship the Sabbath. The Lord appointed the death of our Lord upon a cross but this act is compared to the brazen serpent lifted by Moses that those who look upon Christ Jesus in faith receive forgiveness of sin and the healing of every manner of disease. The significance of the crucifixion is not only to destroy the devil but also the promise to forgive and heal all who believe in God through Jesus Christ. It was to open a new and living way (through His flesh Heb 10:20) to God through the broken body of Christ offering a better hope.
Now we know not Christ after the flesh (2 Cor 5:16) and for this reason transubstantiation is an abomination. Likewise, God attaches a special significance to the Sabbath in that it’s not about the day but the acknowledgment of his authority, that those who obey the Lord by keeping the Sabbath, receive the blessings and promises associated by keeping it: Isaiah 58: 13-14 - If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
God said: "You shall eat of all the trees of the garden but the tree in the middle of the garden thou shalt not eat of it. "Of the Sabbath He said, "6 days shall you do your labour but on the Sabbath no work shall be done." One tree among many, and one day among seven: And we may so say, one death among many!
Naaman the Syrian could have washed in any other river but his miracle was tied in with the Prophets Command, the Jordan River and seven dips. Ecclesiastes 1:15 (KJV) - That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
PEACE AND GRACE TO ALL WHO LOVE THE TRUTH!
Senior Pastor, Faith Light International Church