The Church in the end times, false teachings, prophecy by Pastor Don Moore
Taught June 10, 2011
Prophecy causes us to center on the call of our life for the end times. The Church (ecclesia) is the gathering of the saints, the Body of Christ.
The saints are told not to forsake the assembling of the brethren, together they are the spiritual body of Christ.
The problem comes when the flesh gets in the way of the spiritual.
The Church is not a democracy. And many churches try to shape the church to the image we understand. But that is not God’s vision.
Ephesians 4:10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
This is referring to Christ.
Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
Notice – it is given to SOME, not all. The modern day church does not recognize the apostleship. Not all recognize the prophetic. To speak to the congregation from the pulpit can be prophetic. Some tell Forth the Word of God and some tell what will happen.
Evangelists – if there are no evangelists, the church is not destined to grow, no visitors, no one saved.
Signs and wonders are rejected by the church.
Today pastors are being asked to do many things, but a pastor’s chief role is to love the sheep and shepherd the flock. Not all pastors are anointed to teach. Some pastors are not anointed to teach. Some can teach, but it isn’t their calling.
God established five offices in the church and each one is important. What are they for?
Ephesians 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
The reason for the five offices is for the equipping of the saints, to edify them for the work of ministry. Ministry does not fall solely on the pastor. The whole congregation should be out there reaching the unsaved. God is building His church. Apostles sit in authority. Not all that call themselves apostles are acting in that role and many are not truly apostles the way Jesus spells it out.
Ephesians 4:13-14 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, The purpose of these offices for the equipping of the saints is for us to all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God…
We should be in the process to be growing in this way. If we are still caught in some stuff of the past, we need to be showing movement in the direction that God wants us to be, we are not perfect, but should be striving to line our lives up with God’s will. We need to cast our cares on the Lord and not pull back and wait for our lives to be fulfilled. If we don’t have faith that God can produce these changes in us, then we won’t possess what God has planned for us.
Ephesians 4:15-16 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
This won’t happen until we die to self. it won’t happen until the church comes under pressure and gets in line with God’s will. When the end times exerts pressure on the church, churches will have to pull together to survive, to work together as one body. God will feed what He has planted. Judgment begins in the house of God. We will have a choice – step up for Jesus, or not. We want to spread the Gospel.
What happens when we try to reach the lost and it didn’t work. Why?
Isaiah 28:9-12 “Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.” For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, to whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing”; yet they would not hear.
The world would not hear. God gives us the power to share the Good News. We need to be like CIA agents for the Lord, sometimes the price of sharing is difficult, but what God gives you to share is a test for your ministry. Will you obey Him?
You get the teaching of the Gospel line upon line, precept upon precept. You don’t get the Gospel listening to a band or at a barbecue. When you share the gospel, you need to stay with the people and teach them until they understand it.
Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was to them, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little,” that they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught.
We are to minister to the people, and when the power of the Lord comes, some may fall backward and be broken. God does the surgery, the person gets off the floor and is snared and caught.
Isaiah 28:14-15 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”
The Church commits falsehood and lives are not touched. When the Church brings forth the Gospel, people get saved. Do we put the Word of God over entertainment in the Church or do we have our priorities wrong?
Isaiah 14:12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!
How did he weaken nations?
Isaiah 14:13-20 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?’ All the kings of the nations, all of them, sleep in glory, everyone in his own house; but you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, like the garment of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a corpse trodden underfoot. You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land and slain your people. The brood of evildoers shall never be named.
Leaky praise and worship, false teachings in the church, will pull down nations. Our culture has become dominated by the airwaves, false teachings, secular music, and satan is the lord of that heaven. We need to take back the airwaves. We are not trying to sound like the secular music, but rather to teach the truth of the Gospel.
Ezekiel 28 also speaks about the fall of satan and the world system.
Hope this teaching blesses you.
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