What Time is it? by Callin

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

What Time is It? by Callin

Matthew 24:1-8 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”   Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

If you look at this passage in light of the events of the day, you see many of these prophecies are coming to pass. This is the beginning of sorrow, there are false christs and many are deceived.  Callin spoke about how God convicted him of listening to worldly music that is edifying to our flesh, but not to our calling. How we get indoctrinated into the worldly things through TV, music, false teachings, etc. The media is rocking the world asleep and satan is gaining control through our negligence.

Callin shared with us from the Dake Bible the 16 marks of false ministries mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11. Callin gave us a few scriptures for some of these traits.

1. hold secret things of shame: 2 Corinthians 4:2  But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
 2. walk in craftiness
3. handle Word deceitfully
4. walk and war after the flesh: 2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
 5. Look on outward appearances Matthew 23:27-28 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.
6. commend selves
7. compare selves to others
8. prey on works of others
9. greedy of income
10. false; seek highest offices
11. deceitful workers
12. counterfeit apostleship
13. pose as righteous ministers
14. seek occasion to glory
15. boastful and self-exalting
16. destitute of apostolic signs

Reading 1 and 2 Thessalonians gives us more of an understanding of the end times and false prophets. We need to be able to discern false from true prophets, so that we can fight the battle of faith successfully.If we receive a prophecy we need to discern if it is accurate, and also important:: the TIMING. To do something that is right at the wrong time will not be as successful.

Callin spoke about Elliott Spitzer who pretended to be righteous as he attacked people who committed sexual sins, but was caught in the same acts himself.

We are part of the Kingdom of God. So we need to honor the governing authorities, but we are not to be forced to do what is ungodly.

Romans 13:1-2  Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

Whomever we sit under as our spiritual leader we need to discern to make sure that they are teaching the truths of God as shown in the Word of God, that they are not speaking presumptuously, teaching error, act in ways that do not demonstrate righteousness, and that their teachings give light, not take the light of truth away.  We cannot compromise the truth.

From the same Dake Bible there is a listing of 34 other marks of false ministers. This one gives Bible references. I am going to cite the reference and trust you will look them up if you need them.
1. Lead men from God (Deut. 13:1-5)
2. Speak presumptuously (Deut. 18:20)
3. Propagate errors (Proverbs 19:27; Is 3:12; Jer 23:32)
4. Have no sense of righteousness (Is 5:20; Jeremiah, 22, 24, 32)
5. Destitute of light (Isaiah 8:19-20)
6. Teach lies (Isaiah 9:14-16)
7. Live like sinners (Is. 28:7)
8. Ignorant of spiritual things (Is 29:10-11; 56:10-12; Jer 2:8; Hos 4:6)
9. Compromise truth (Is 30:10)
10. Greedy and lazy (Is 56:10-12)
11. Deal falsely (Jer 6:13; Ezek 22:27)
12. Do not pray (Jer 10:21)
13. Destroy and scatter (Jer 12:16; 23:1)
14. Preach lies (Jer 14:12-16)
15. Commit adultery (Jer 23:14)
16. Encourage sin (Jer. 23:14; Ezek 13:22)
17. Deceitful (Jer 48:10; Ezek 13:10; Rom 16:18; Eph 4:14; Col 2:4-8;  Tim 3:6-12)
18. Sinful (Ezek 22:25-28)
19. Liars (Jer 23:14; Ezek 13:19-22)
20. Selfish (Ezek 34:2-3)
21. Unfaithful (Ezek 34:4-10)
22. Covetous (Mic 3:11)
23. Teach doctrines of men (Mt. 16:9)
24. Work iniquity (Mt. 7:15-23)
25. Blind (Mt. 15:14)
26. Cause divisions (Rom. 26:17; 1 Cor. 11:18, Phil 1:15-16)
27. Corrupt truth (2 Cor. 2:17)
28. Teach doctrines of devils (1 Tim)
29. Seared conscience (1 Tim. 4:2)
30. Proud and perverse (1 Tim 6:3-21; 2 Tim 2:14-18; Titus 1:10-14)
31.  Teach damable heresies (2 Peter 2:1, 2 John 7-11)
32. Deny Christ (2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1-6)
33. Consecrated to destroy Christianity (2 Peter 2:1-19; Jude 4-11)
34. Hypocrisy (Mt. 7:15; 23:1-33; Lk. 11:35)

We discussed some of these as examples came to mind in the group.

I hope these notes help you. Dake is a good reference Bible if you like lists (she says smiling).

Have a blessed day!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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