Seven years ago, if you asked me to visit your church for the purpose of sitting down and listening to the preaching being done there, I would. Seven years later I have completely changed. I now choose carefully the churches I go to. There are many reasons for this but I will give you two which I believe are critical.

1. Doctrine

The doctrinal stand point of your church is critical. If your church stands on unstable grounds with regards to basic biblical doctrines, then I won’t be coming there again to listen to the preaching because it would be poisonous to my spiritual life. If a church does not hold to the sound doctrine, then it is clear the same is a carrier of false doctrine. A false doctrine is not the word of God at all and the men who are preaching false doctrine are not men of God but they are the servants of the entity whose doctrine they teach and in most cases that entity is the devil. We often hear people say, “Love unites, Doctrine divides” whenever we speak of doctrinal issues. Love won’t overlook false teaching. If we throw away sound doctrine in favour of love then it would not be the love of God we would be favouring. We would be embracing an emergent poison that shall see millions of people to hell.

Example 1:  The Doctrine of Hell

The truth is, false doctrine is blasphemous against God. If one believed that hell will be empty and everyone will go to heaven irrespective of their religion and lifestyle, as this is the message propagated by the “Love and Acceptance Movement,” the same person would be contradicting Jesus Christ, as He said :

“So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:48-50

Jesus made it clear, not only in this passage but in many others, that there are people who shall go to hell. In His sermon on the mount, He told those who were listening to Him that many people shall go into destruction but few shall find the way to life (see Mat 7:13-14). There is not a single human being who knows better than Jesus Christ. If Jesus says that there is hell, then there is hell and there is no amount of argument anyone can raise to do away with that fact. No amount of “love and acceptance theology” can do away with the factuality of the doctrine of hell.

Example 2:  World religions

Another doctrinal problem that we witness is that of different religions. Hundreds of people believe that “all religions lead to the same God.” This statement is a lie, in fact nothing could be this further from the truth. The bible is very clear, Jesus Christ made this bold statement, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). When Jesus the Head of the church has thus spoken and we choose, under the false gazebo of love, to ignore His word and embrace the heresies of Islam, Roman Catholicism and many more, we become prostitutes and blasphemous breed in the sight of the Holy God. Those who teach that Allah is the same God which the Christians worship but under a different name, they teach a lie. Allah has no son but our God has a Son, and His Son is Jesus Christ. It is no rocket science to notice that one God has a Son and the other god is totally incapable of having a son no matter how much he wanted to.

2. Preachers

Another critical element that would determine whether I would come and listen to the preaching in your church, is the preacher. There are preachers I know for sure that they would speak nonsense because I have listened to them over and over again and they haven’t changed. Just to give an example of this, I would not waste my time and hard earned money going to a stadium to listen to Benny Hinn or Joel Osteen or even that crook from Malawi who goes by the name of Shepherd Bushiri. There are hundreds of wolves who come to steal people’s money under the guise of ministry. I am very careful and very selective as to whom I listen to. I don’t wish to spend 90 minutes listening to a sermon that tells me how powerless is Satan and what I should do to him. My aim is to hear about Jesus and be told how I should please Him. I don’t wish to be told how great I am or I could be, I wish to be reminded how great God is. I wish to be told how powerful Jesus is. If I am to believe on God then preach on God and glorify Him.

I had a very unfortunate experience in 2011 where I was invited by one friend to visit their church on a Sunday. I was very uncomfortable when a preacher took Psalm 23 and narrowed and centered its application upon the pastor. Without any shame whatsoever, he proclaimed that the pastor as a shepherd will lead the people to green pastures and to the still waters. This man deliberatly dethroned God and put his pastor friend on the throne instead. Jesus was not glorified in that preaching but the pastor received every last once of glory there was to be offered.

Friends, Psalm 23 is very clear as to who it refers to. The very first line says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” There is therefore no way whatsoever that one can accredit the verses that follow to a pastor and still be exonerated from being a heretic. It was at that moment that I decided never again to just go to any church and sit through a poisonous sermon.

“Is there a perfect Church?” You may ask. Of course there is no perfect church but there are worse churches out there and what makes them worse is the preaching that goes on in them and the lifestyle of their preachers. I would prefer to go to a church that has preachers who love Jesus and who seek to honour Him in their preaching and through their lifestyle. The bible tells us to take note of those who cause divisions among the brethren and this is what Paul says,

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” 

You see that Paul points out, that the trouble makers came with a false doctrine and Paul says, “avoid them.” In other words they should exclude and shut out false teachers because their “new doctrine” will cause division among the brethren. He  continues to say that these false teachers are servants to their bellies  and not of the Lord Jesus. These preachers are only in ministry as a means of getting a quick buck. They preach what men want to hear and not what God commands. He also points out that the false teachers are talented with words, they are eloquent oraters and they aim to deceive those who are gullible and stupid. So be watchful and be on your guard lest you be deceived also. I choose not listen to any garbage no matter who dishes it out.

Conclusion

I stand with conviction that there are people who are to be avoided at all possible costs due to their false doctrines and that I should not be under any obligation to continue listening to a preacher who has stopped proclaiming the pure and unadulterated word of God. The key factors that would determine if I would come to your Sunday church meeting are the doctrinal stand point of your congregation and the preachers. There are other factors that may influence my decision not to honour any invitation to any church but such shall be discussed when I find convenient time.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”  –  2Timothy 4:2

INTRODUCTION

In this post I am going to deal with the subject of Biblical Preaching. It is quite obvious that in this day and age we need biblical preachers.  There is too much circus going on in the church circles to the point that the bible has been evicted from the pulpits and has been replaced by the books written by these false and egomaniac preachers. There are only three points I am going to treat.  First we are going to look at the content of preaching, and then move on to the timing of preaching, and then we shall look at the application of preaching.

I. The Content of Preaching

“Preach the word”

Paul gives Timothy a charge before God and before the Lord Jesus Christ. He tells him to preach the word. There is nothing more Timothy is told to preach apart from the word of God. It shouldn’t be a surprise as to why Timothy must preach the word. It has been explained in the preceding verses, that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” The Scriptures are God’s word and therefore they must be preached. Amos says, “The Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:7).  So if God speaks to us today, there is no need then to listen to anything else except the preaching of God’s word.

There could be a number of activities at the gathering of believers but those activities no matter what they may be, are not worthy to be compared to the word of God in terms of importance. The word must be preached at all costs and irrespective of what activity we have in place. When we go to church we enjoy socializing and eating. We also enjoy having fellowship with other believers in singing or in dancing to music but the ultimate purpose is to have fellowship with God in hearing Him as He speaks to us through the preaching of His word. Paul says, “Preach the word, Timothy!” No gibberish! No funny stuf! Just preach the word of God without any reservation whatsoever. It is through the word of God that a man can live. The responsibility therefore, of the preacher, is to preach and to teach the word of God to the people.

II. The Timing of Preaching

“Be instant in season, out of season”

If one were to ask, “When should the word be preached?” this section of the verse covers it. It says, “In season and out season.” Lets us explore the two words. What does Paul mean by “In season, out of season?

1. In Season (ευκαιρως)

a. Time

Paul tells Timothy to preach the word in Season. The Greek word is “Eukairos” which is made up of two words, “Eus” an adverb which means “good” or “well” and “kairos” which means “opportunity,” or “proper time.” What Paul tells this young preacher is, he must make use of proper time to preach the word. He must preach whenever he is expected to preach.

b. Place

Time is always bound up with space. So this also implies that Timothy must preach the word at the right place for the preaching of the word. He must preach at church services, funerals, weddings and many other places where the word is always expected to be delivered. He must preach the word where and when it feels right to preach.

c. People

Preaching involves not only space and time but it also involves people. There are different kinds of people but the word of God must be preached to all the people whom God loves. To preach at the right time (in season) means to preach to believers. The people who needs to be edified and to be encouraged in the faith

2. Out of Season (ακαιρως)

a. Time

Again we look at the Greek word used in this text. The word is “akairos” which is a negative of “kairos.” The word ought to be preached also in times viewed as inconvenient to preach. These are the times where people do not think that there could be any preaching done. Preach it while waiting for the bus and on board the bus. Preach it while watching a football match.

b. Place

The word of God can be preached at a street corner or outside the sports stadium as people go in to watch the match. Preach the word at a community meeting or at the art in the park event. Anywhere and at anytime, preach the word of God, O man of God.

c. People

Preaching out of season means you are going to be preaching to people who do not care about the word of God. People who do not want to hear about Jesus. Sometimes they will be offended but some will be converted. The president of the country needs to hear the preaching. Your boss needs to hear the gospel and that potty mouthed neighbour of yours who is always drunk needs to hear the gospel from you. Since he won’t go to church to hear it there, intrude on his time like an angel of dead and preach the hell out of him. Who knows maybe God will touch his heart and he will come to repentance.

III. The Application of Preaching

“Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

Paul tells Timothy of four things which his sermons should aim to do. These four things should also be seen in our own sermons.

1. Reprove (correct)

At times people get wrong ideas about many things. When this happens, it is the duty of the preacher to bring about correction. A pastor’s role is to shepherd or guide his flock. When one sheep strays from the way, the pastor must bring them back onto the right path.  The preaching must bring correction. It must turn the prodigal son back to the Father’s arms.

2. Rebuke

When people are doing wrong things, they need to be rebuked. We need preachers who will rebuke wrongdoers without fear. We need the kind of preaching that would rebuke those people who are continuing in sinful practices. Under good preaching, people should have a vivid understanding of right and wrong. If this is not happening then the preacher has failed to execute his job properly.

3. Exhort (encourage)

a. Encouragement

Sometimes people got through seasons of drought and difficulty. Some are even on the verge to lose their faith. The preacher must encourage them to press on and never to give up. As a preacher you must encourage people to do the following (just to name the few):

i) Pray

ii) Read the Bible everyday

iii) Tell others about Jesus

iv) To  live in holiness

v) Fellowship with other Christians

vi) Be kind to other people

b. Patience

To encourage people is not an easy job. Often the result would not be seen as soon as we would like them. Therefore it is necessary to keep sharing and encouraging people with a great deal of patience. Don’t stop preaching just because you think there are no results.

3. Doctrine

Every preacher must understand the doctrines which the bible teaches and therefore must pass them on to the people of God. The people must understand the subjects like Justification, Sanctification, Resurrection and any other doctrine that we have in the word of God. We must always uphold the true doctrine in our preaching.

a. The Bible

As Paul had pointed out that “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God” He also pointed out that they are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Note: The scriptures are profitable (useful) for Doctrine. This means every doctrine that is taught in our preaching should always be based on the Scriptures, particularly the Bible.

b. Authority

To say that the scriptures are useful for Doctrine implies that in the matters of teaching, the Holy Scriptures are the only literary work that bears authority in the Christian body. Any other text should therefore be looked at with careful consideration and scrutiny. We teach the Bible and we preach from the Bible.

CONCLUSION

We have established that Paul teaches Timothy to preach the word of God. He must preach the word of God to those who believe and he must preach to those who don’t believe. There is no place on earth where Christ shouldn’t be preached. Christ must be preached anywhere, anytime and to anyone.

To preach the word of God in our time means to preach Jesus Christ being the Saviour who was crucified and then raised from the dead, and then ascended to heaven and who is soon to return. Jesus Christ should always be the centre of attention and the centrifuge of our preaching. Jesus Christ at the Centre of it all.

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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2

INTRODUCTION

There is no doubt in my heart that this post is not going to be accepted by some people, particularly, the liberal theologians and atheists. Nevertheless, I am determined to write this post about the beginning. There is no other authority to which I shall refer except the bible. I believe the bible gives us an accurate account of the creation of the world and the origin of mankind. We shall look at verses 1 and 2 of Genesis chapter 1.

I. THE FIRST VERSE

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

There is so much information contained in the first verse of the bible. We are given the foundation and the beginning of the whole visible and invisible universe. These ten words are very important and if they are ignored, anyone attempting to describe the origin of the universe will by all means sound stupid.

Here we are:

a) God

There is no questions to  who is the subject of this verse. God is the main character in this verse. It is very interesting that the word for God in Hebrew appears as a plural. The singular for God is ‘El’ but in Genesis 1:1,  it is ‘Elohim.’ So it suggest to us that God is more than one person. Moses clarified this in Deuteronomy 6:4 by saying “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God (Elohim) is one Lord:” God is more than one person but He is one God.

b) In the beginning

We are given the timing of the creation of the whole universe.  It happened in the beginning. Some people would ask, “Beginning of what?” Well, this is the beginning of time and also the beginning of God’s work of creation. This is when everything started. I don’t know if there was a bang or it was just deafening silence but whatever it was, it marked the beginning of the whole universe. And God was there before it started.

c) Created

In this single verse we are also told of the action that God took. He created. The word used in the Hebrew language is ‘Bara.’ This particular word can only be used with respects to God. This is because it is only God who created everything out of nothing. He created everything without the use of pre-existing material. None of us can ever create anything at any given time. We can only make things out of materials that already exist, but to create was only pulled off by God alone in the beginning. Therefore God is the sole creator.

d) The heaven and the earth

• The Heavens

This tells us about what God really created. He created not only time (the beginning) but also He created space (heaven) that can be occupied. He created the heavens in their divisions. I am very much convinced that on the very first day the heavens and the host of them were brought forth. The Hebrew word for heavens is שָׁמָ֑יִם “shamayim.” This word is in the plural form and it suggests to us that in the beginning, there existed more than one heaven. It does not matter how many heavens are there,  what matters is they did not just pop up by themselves. God created them.

• The Earth

Like the heavens, the earth was also created in the beginning. There shouldn’t be any doubt about the origin of the earth. The earth was created by God and the case rests there. The psalmist sang, “Of old hast thou [God] laid the foundation of the earth:” (Psalm 102:25a). God created the earth and established it. He set it up for his own pleasure. He was pleased to create it. The earth was completely his own idea. It is God alone who could have thought of creating the earth and also to know what to do with it. He had the means and infinite wisdom to create it. No evolutionist, astronomer or even an atheist who can possess enough wisdom and knowledge to successfully contend or do any other thing against the fact that God created it all.

II.  THE SECOND VERSE

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

• THE GAP THEORY

This verse has been for centuries a seat for argument among the theologians. There are many views surrounding this verse. With the rise of Darwinian evolution, there has been theologians who came to believe that between verse one and verse two, there are millions, if not billions of years. This idea is called “the gap theory.” There is a suggestion of a pre-Adamic creation, which existed and was destroyed with the earth somewhere between verse one and verse two. As for the author of this post and those who are of like mind, we reject this notion.

• CONTINUATION

It is very clear that verse two is simply the continuation of the first verse. Any intelligent human being can see that the first verse introduces the story of creation by mentioning the earth’s creation in the beginning and then proceeds into the second verse to tell us about the condition of the earth at the moment of it’s creation. If one would continue reading verses 3-31, they would notice that these verses are summarized in verse one. Then in Genesis 2:1-3, the story of the six day creation which was introduced in Genesis 1:1 is concluded. God did not finish the work of creation in verse one and then waited for millions of years to start over in verses 2-31. God started His work of creation on the first day and finished it on the sixth and on the seventh day he stopped creating because He was done. Here is the conclusion statement on creation, “Thus the HEAVENS and the EARTH were FINISHED, and all the host of them.” (Genesis 2:1). This verse tells us that the heavens were created and were completed at the same time as the earth. Exodus 20:11 tells us, “…in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:…

• And the earth was without form and void

Here in this verse we learn that the earth itself in the very beginning was not organized. There was no atmosphere, there was no land but it was a large mass of probably frozen water. There was no life of any sort. The planet was not suitable for any kind of life to thrive there on. There was no sun to give it light and warmth. But God was still at work and six days later the earth would be filled with light, life and beauty.

• And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

This is the first mention of the Spirit of God in the Bible. The Holy Spirit was waiting to begin the work of arranging the earth into a life sustaining environment. He moved across the face of the waters, waiting for God’s instruction. God himself worked the earth by the power of his Spirit. He gave it life and beauty and all was pleasant to Him.

CONCLUSION

There is no question that the Bible teaches that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and that He rested from all His work of creation on the seventh day. The first and the second verses of the Bible give us the introductory summary into the six day creation campaign and there was no million or billion year gap between verse one and two.

The Passover vs. Good Friday

By Lungisa N Joctrey

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I have been asking myself one question that I couldn’t answer and that question is, “what is Good Friday.” The reason I asked this question is the fact that there is biblical evidence of that Jesus Christ did not die on Friday. To many people this statement is shocking and the reason for that would be due to the fact that many people do not take their time and study their bibles. It is a dangerous thing to rely on another person to read the bible for you instead of reading and searching out for truth yourself. It is not safe to take everything the pastor is saying without testing it against the word of God. People observe the Good Friday holiday due to the Christian facade that is put upon it. It is cloaked with pretentious and unbiblical celebration of the death of Christ while the Antichrist Romish agenda is being carried out by the very people that think to be doing God’s will. First of all, I will from the bible answer the question, “Did Jesus Christ die on Friday?” and lastly I will answer the question, “Should Christians celebrate Good Friday.” All scripture references will be drawn from the King James Version (KJV 1611)

Did Jesus Die on Friday?

To answer this question properly we have to look at the time in which Jesus Christ died, the time and day in which He was buried and the day in which He was raised from the dead. Over and above that we have to consider the words of Jesus Christ which He spoke concerning His death, especially, when He spoke of destroying the temple and raising it in a specified number of days and also that which He said about the sign of the prophet Jonah who was in the belly of the fish over a specified number of days and nights.

Let us first, turn our attention to the book of Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

And gain the Lord Jesus answers the Jews when they require a sign from Him in John 2:18-21 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.”

These words are true, seeing that the Son of God has spoken them. God who cannot lie became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ: He it is that tells the people that “… the Son of man [shall] be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” This tells us that whenever the story of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection is told it must show that He spent three days and three nights in the place of the dead. Jesus Christ spoke of those who were looking for a sign, saying that they will get none except that which has already been given, the sign of Jonah the prophet. Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so the Son of man was to be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The scribes and Pharisees would have believed in Christ if they truly knew and believed the scriptures. They should have believed on Him the more when they had received a report of that the earth shook and an angel descended from heaven and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the grave in which Jesus Christ was buried. This had been told to them by the guards who were watching the tomb. They should have remembered what He said about the sign of Jonah being in the belly of the whale. They should have remembered what the prophet Hosea said in chapter six, on the second verse,

After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”

Jesus Christ did predict His death and resurrection three times, in three different locations. The first location was Caesarea Philippi, the second was at Galilee and the third was on the road to Jerusalem.

Here are the Scripture references:

  • Caesarea Philippi                    :               Matthew 16:13-21, Mark 8:27-33, Luke 9:21-22
  • Galilee                                   :               Matthew 17:22-23, Mark 9:30-31, Luke 9:44
  • On the Road to Jerusalem       :               Matthew 20:17-19, Mark 10:23-34, Luke 18:31-33

In three of these predictions according to Matthew and Mark, Jesus stated clearly that the Son of man shall be killed and “after three days [shall] rise again.” With that being said, it is safe to say that to find out the day on which Jesus Christ died we must look for the day of His resurrection. After we have found such a day, we can then count three days backwards and we will land on the day on which Jesus died, however there might be room for error in doing so because there are two different methods that can be used to count the days, and these methods would produce two different outcomes, one of which would be correct. One method would be to count from the day of His resurrection, meaning we start by including the day of his resurrection and another way we can count is by excluding the day of resurrection, meaning we start by counting the day before the day of His resurrection.

We can find the day on which the Lord was raised from the dead in all four gospels. The gospels do mention the specific day on which Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Let us look them.

Matthew 28:1-8

In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

  • Matthew says “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to down in the first day of the week

Mark 16:1-9

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they anything to any man; for they were afraid. Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

  • Mark says, “…when the Sabbath was past” and in v9 he says “…Jesus was risen early the first day of the week

Luke 24:1-9

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

  • Luke says “…upon the first day of the week…

John 20:1-10

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.”

  • John say, “the first day of the week

So the Lord rose before the dawn of the first day of the week, which is the day the comes after the Sabbath day (or as it is called in the Romish calendar, Saturday). The day that comes after the Romish Saturday is the Romish Sunday. Now counting backwards, one method of counting would result to Thursday and another one would result to Friday. There is no need for us to trouble ourselves with this dilemma because we have scripture to guide us. In the scripture there is another day that is mentioned, the day and the time on which the Lord was buried and that is “preparation day”

  • Matthew 27:57-61 “When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
    • Matthew says “when the even was come,” we will look at the significance of that phrase shortly
  • Mark 15:42-46 “And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.”
    • Mark says “when the even was come, because it was preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath
  • Luke 23:50-56 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.”
    • Luke says of the day Jesus was buried “And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on.
  • John 19:38-42 “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
    • John says that they laid Jesus on that specific grave “because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

What we can gather on these four gospels is that:

– Jesus was buried at night because it is said by Matthew and Mark that “when the even was come” Joseph of Arimathaea came and requested the body of Jesus from Pilate and then went and buried it.

– Jesus was buried on “preparation day” which is the day that comes before the Sabbath. Which means Jesus was buried on Romish Friday because the Romish Friday comes before the Sabbath (which happens to be the Romish Saturday)

Days and Times In The Bible

Days

The points I’ve stated above are still not enough to help us conclude on whether Jesus Christ died on Friday or not. We need some information concerning the way days and times are counted. In the book of Genesis chapter 1, we are told how days begin.

Genesis 1:3-5 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Moses noted that when the first day was created, the order of counting days was set in motion and it is revealed in these words, “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” For the second day in verse 8, “And the evening and the morning were the second day.” The same applies to the rest of the days. The 24 hour day begins at evening and comes to end on the next evening. The 24 hour day it is divided into two portions the first one is Night and the other one is Day. The night begins at evening and the day begins at the

This is not like in the modern day where it is said that the 24 hour day begins at midnight.

Times of the Day and Hours

Just like the days, hours are also calculated differently in the bible from our modern day watches. Consider the parable of Jesus in Mathew 20: 1-16,

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Let me draw your attention to the times the Lord is mentioning in this parable

1. early in the morning

2. third hour

3. sixth hour

4. Ninth hour

5. the eleventh hour

6. Even

The day has 12 hours and the night also, adding up to make 24 hours. Now “early in the morning” refers to the time the sun rises or modern day 06:00am. The “third hour” is 09:00am, the “sixth hour” is Noon, the “ninth hour” is 03:00pm and the eleventh hour is 05:00pm. Hear the protest made by those who were working all day from the morning until end of day, “These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.” The say that the people who were hired on the eleventh hour have work for only “one hour” which means work had stopped at the 12th hour.

Let put this in order

early in the morning    :               06:00am

third hour                         :               09:00am

sixth hour                         :               12:00pm

Ninth hour                       :               03:00pm

the eleventh hour          :               05:00pm

Even                                    :               06:00pm or Sunset

Matthew, Mark and Luke are showing us that Jesus died around the ninth hour, which means he died around 03:00pm (see Matthew 27:46-50, Mark 15:33-37, Luke 23:44-46). It is quite clear that Jesus Christ died while the sun was up, in the vicinity of the ninth hour (03:00pm) after the global darkness saga. When the evening came which happens to the beginning of the new 24 hour day, Jesus Christ was buried. So literally, He died on the afternoon of the one day and was buried on the evening of the other. We know from our earlier discussion that Jesus was buried on “preparation day” which is the day that precedes the Sabbath. We also established that preparation day is Friday, since that is the only day which comes before the Sabbath or Saturday. The information above give us a very good picture of that Jesus died at 03:00pm on the afternoon of the day that comes before preparation day, that is to say, the day before Friday which happens to be Thursday.

Now let’s paint a clear picture, Jesus Christ died at the ninth hour (03:00pm) Thursday, the even came which spelt the beginning of Friday, Jesus Christ was then buried and somewhere between the end of the Sabbath (on Sunday eve) and the dawning the first day (Sunday), He was raised from the dead and on Sunday morning He was not found in the grave.

Does this fit the three days and three night prediction?

Let us look at the tables below:

The Passover vs Good Friday (Tables)

As you can see the tables above, the three days and three nights prediction is flawlessly fulfilled. The information on Table 1.1 is based on how the Jews in biblical times counted the days and times, while Table 1.2 show the same information based on the modern day view of days and times. Both these illustrations show that Jesus Christ died on Thursday, which counts as Day 1 and was buried on Thursday night/ Friday Eve which counts as Night 1.

This information shows that Jesus couldn’t have died on Friday if he rose early before the dawning of Sunday. Good Friday makes it impossible to count three days and three nights from Friday to early Sunday morning. Thus we can draw our conclusion that Jesus died on Thursday afternoon and not on Friday.

Should Christians Celebrate Good Friday?

Seeing that we have shown from the scripture that Jesus Christ didn’t die on Friday, it quite obvious that true Christians have nothing to do with Good Friday. There is no scripture reference where we are commanded to celebrate such a holy day. Of course the bible wouldn’t say “Good Friday” but instead it could have said “Good Preparation day.” We are not ordered to celebrate such a day. We are commanded to observe the Lord’s Supper to His memory in Luke 20:19-20,

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Apostle Paul also reminds us of the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26,

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

The Holy Communion is the one we are commanded to observe in order to remember the Lord. All these Holidays: Easter, Good Friday, Christmas and others are not from the Lord and therefore Christians must avoid participating in them. It is not wrong to worship the Lord on any day but it is wrong to celebrate Good Friday or Easter in the name of the Lord. That is like worshiping the devil to the glory of God…that doesn’t work.

  On the morning of the Sabbath Day (10-01-2015) at 07:08, I received an SMS from brother Jono saying, “Hi man of GOD hope c u street later ta j” I couldn’t respond to it because I wasn’t really sure if I was going to town that day, after all I enjoy resting on this day. It is the day of rest, is it not? After deep thinking I decided to get ready and I took my back pack which is always packed with some tracks, a digital camera, a video camera, my KJV Bible and a bottle of water. I got my bicycle ready and I cycled 9.03Km for 25minutes to town. When I got to our favourite preaching spot, (that is to say the city centre) right outside City Hall of Pietermaritzburg, I phoned Brother Jono and told him that I was in town. I didn’t know if he was coming to town or not but he thanked me for letting him know.

While I was getting ready to preach, I heard a car hooting. I looked and to my greatest joy it was Brother Gary. He went and parked the car and then joined me. While we were busy discussing some theological controversies we have encountered on social networks, we were joined by Brother Aziz and minutes later Brother Jono joined us.

 

 

Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15
Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15

I was then greeted by a Muslim man whom I had known while I was in prison and I started a short lived debate by simply asking him as to when he will become a Christian. I can’t recollect the actual words that were exchanged but it was about Jesus being the Son of God, a thing any good Muslim finds to be blasphemous. After that I took the stand and preached on Jesus Christ coming to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). While I was preaching we were joined by Brother Philip and he assisted in handing out gospel tracts. When I made the end of my speech, Brother Gary preached next, raising his voice to glory of our God and Saviour Yahshua haMashiach (Jesus Christ) while Brothers Jono, Aziz, Philip and I, handed out tracts. While I took some pictures, I spotted Brother Mandlakhe Mncwabe coming towards us and he joined us in handing out tracts.

DSCF1902After Brother Gary had made the end of preaching, we said our goodbyes and all the brothers departed except Mandlakhe who was chatting with me while I was getting my cycling gear ready (that is gloves, cap, sunshades and some good music). When we were about to part, this young man by the name of Mxolisi came to us. He had been standing by while I was preaching and he was listening to what I was saying because I had changed the language from English to IsiZulu.

Before he could tell us anything about himself, I picked up from his tongue that he was a member of the TACC. He told us that he was listening to the preaching but he could not understand the part where I said God punished His Son on the cross. I then explained from Isaiah 53, how that it was prophesied that “it pleased the LORD to bruise Him” linking it with Jesus’ well known cry, “Eli Eli lama sabchthani!!?”

Isaiah 53:4-12 KJV

(4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

(5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

(6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

(7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

(8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

(9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

(11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

(12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

He then asked us if we had received the Holy Spirit. This is the question I always get when I converse with the TACC people and I enjoy answering it. So we answered him, “No one can believe on the Lord Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit, because according to Jesus the Holy Spirit is the one that comes to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Paul also tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed and no one can say Jesus is the Lord except by the Holy Spirit”

“There is a lot of misunderstanding here” He said, “What I know is, in the book of Acts when the people of Samaria had believed the apostles were called for to lay hands on them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. And when Simon the witch saw that “through the laying on of the hands of the apostles the people received the Holy Spirit” he produced money asking if they could sell this power to him. You see there, it shows that one can only receive the Holy Spirit through the laying on of the hands of the apostles”

DSCF1907“You are mistaken” I interrupted, “You see, Acts 8:18, tells us of Simon’s opinion based on his observation. He was not an apostle therefore we cannot be taught by his opinions. This is Simon’s opinion and not the ultimate rule that one would ONLY receive the Holy Ghost through the laying on of the hands of the apostles. There are accounts on the book of Acts where believers received the Holy Ghosts without having the apostle’s hands laid on them. One elephant in the room is Cornelius. Peter did not lay hands on anyone in the house of Cornelius but they received the Holy Ghost while Peter was preaching. Paul himself received the Holy Spirit when he was in Damascus, there was no apostle there. Ananias was not an apostles but he laid hands on Paul and He received the Holy Spirit ”

(Acts 9:17 KJV)

“And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

“But what do you say of the people that Paul asked if they had received the Holy Ghost sinced they believed and they said no, and they hadn’t heard that there was any Holy Spirit?” He asked

“The people that Paul found in Ephesus in Act 19:1-6- were not Gentiles and they were not Christians, but they were Jews who were the disciples of John the Baptist, since they were baptized by John the Baptist. Now Paul was compelled to preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ and after that they were baptized again in the name of Lord Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit came on them.”

“I believe you are now answered on the issue of receiving the Holy Spirit, can we move on?” Mandlakhe asked

“Yes, I would like to ask you, what do you say of the resurrection of the dead?” Mxolisi asked

“The Bible says the dead will rise from their graves, just like Jesus was raised from His grave, as we all know that the disciples and the women found His grave empty. I know that your church the TACC, teaches that the dead are saved through the works of those are yet alive and they come and live in the bodies of the living in order to perform good deeds. That is not true, because firstly, the book of Ecclesiastes tell us that the dead have not a part in anything that is done under the sun. Secondly, the book of Revelation tells us that on the last judgment the dead are judged based on what is written on the books, according to their works. Those who qualify for heaven are those who have their names written on the Lamb’s Book of Life. There’s one way that anyone could have his name on that book. It is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“But there were people in the times of Abraham who had never heard the gospel…” said Mxolisi

DSCF1904“Abraham heard the gospel, as it is written, “Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness” You see, he was justified by faith before the coming Jesus Christ, same goes for Noah. As for the people who lived before the days of King Shaka (for the gospel came to this land in the days King Shaka) where the gospel wasn’t heard, Paul says of them, “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another”  It is God’s business to deal with those who haven’t heard the gospel but I tell you the truth, that the laws of God were written in their hearts, therefore their conscience made them aware of what right or wrong. Those who have sinned without the law shall perish without the law and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.

DSCF1905“I have no argument on this matter” Brother Mandlakhe added, “I take what the scripture says, the person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved and the one who doesn’t believe will go to hell, that is enough for me”

Romans 2:12-16 KJV

(12) For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

(13) (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

(14) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

(15) Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

(16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

“Are you guys from Faith Mission?” Mxolisi asked

“No, We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” I replied.

He then took my number down and promised that he would try to connect me to some of the TACC guys who might try to explain their faith to me. I responded, “That would be great, I wish to meet them because it seems like there is a lot of deception you have been taught by your pastors. I don’t blame them but I blame their teachers. You need to search the scriptures yourself and not just take the words of men. Do like the Bereans in Acts 17 who searched the scriptures in order to see if what the apostles taught was true or not.”

Amen.

ALL GLORY TO OUR GOD ALONE

 

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 2 Peter 2:1-3

BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

The subject issue of false prophets is all over the bible. It is certainly not a new thing. What makes it appear new to many people today is that we have not been taught how to spot or mark false teachers, thus when we finally learn, we find ourselves shocked because we’ve never thought that the most trusted of the clergy could be false prophets. It is always scary to discover that the so called “men of God” could be wrong. I remember 6years ago, I used to defend Benny Hinn as the man chosen by God to heal the people. I didn’t want to hear any criticism concerning him and I believed that one day I will meet him and he would lay his hand on me and I would be healed of any disease in my body.

In 2011, God opened my eyes and showed me the heresy contained in Hinn’s teachings and also in the teachings of other TBN/FAITH teachers. I then held to Chris Oyakhilome and believed his teachings were true but then again while watching his program on television God showed me that this man was not to be trusted. I was sadden by the realization of the heresy preached by the men on television.

These men are not preachers, they are shop owners. They sell lies in exchange for money. Every bit of truth (if any), is sold for money. My estimate is, 70% of their teachings is about money. Sometimes they demand the money and sometimes they beg for it. These calls for money are always coupled with threats or promises which are supposed to be from God, and such, will be carried out based on whether one gives money or withholds it.

Apostle Peter warned us in his second epistle,

    1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

(2 Peter 2:1-3)

The passage above is showing us the deeds of these false prophets. He says that, they will privily (secretly) introduce damnable heresies (false teachings). This means these false prophet will not come out in public and say “Hi everyone, I am a false prophet and I’d like to give you false teachings” but they will come in as good guys and give these false teachings under the radar.

The Lord Jesus Christ has taught us to watch out for these false prophets and he likens their unscrupulous behavior to the viciousness of wolves. This is what he says,

    “15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

(Matthew 7:15-20)

These deceivers are “coming in sheep’s clothing,” that means they come in as believers. They look, talk, sing and act like Christians but their mission is to deceive. Peter says, “through covetousness shall they with feigned (deceptive/fictitious) words make merchandise (business) of you.” Yes, he said they will make merchandise of you. Don’t you see how crafty they are in using the scriptures in order to pick your pockets. They talk about “revelation knowledge” and this knowledge of theirs seems to be more interested in your money than in your spiritual well being. They always teach messages that are encouraging self glorification rather than Christ glorification. They love money and physical wealth more than the God who made the heavens and the earth. Not only are they false teachers but they are idolatrous false teachers.

DECEIVING AND BEING DECEIVED

Many of these false teachers are very sincere in their “faith.” They truly believe that what they teach the masses is the truth of God. They call upon the name of Christ out of sincerity, yet, they remain deceived because most of what they teach does not honor the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus warned,

    1 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

(Matthew 7:21-23)

You see, these people sincerely called Jesus “Lord” and in His name they prophesied, cast out demons and performed wonders but the Lord Jesus Christ will say unto them, “I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Paul also gives a number of warnings against false teachers, and he shows them to be deceived.

    “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

(2 Timothy 3:13)

These false teachers will grow worse and worse in their deception. They will continue to deceive and being deceived and deceiving one another. They will continue to sow divisions in the body of Christ by introducing these damnable heresies. Unless we learn to mark them and avoid them, we too shall fool into their falsehood and find ourselves spreading their lies, like the wind driving a wild fire.

“17 Now I beseech you, brethren MARK THEM which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. – Romans 16:17-18

BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS!!!

The Two Evils
Introduction

You might be having questions in your mind regarding the title of this post. I wouldn’t blame you if you do have questions because I would do the same if I were in your position. Needless to say, the whole world is surrounded by (if not drowning in) evil. All the wickedness that we see in the world is due to that people have committed two greater evils before God their creator. And we shall discuss these evils shortly. All scripture references will be taken from the unadulterated non-copyrighted Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible (1611). The main purpose of this post is to warn God’s people and to give glory to God.
Point Raised
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13
As we all know that these are the words of God by prophet Jeremiah. Our God who will not tell a lie spoke and His infallible word remains. God said and is still saying in His word that His very own people have committed not one but two evils. These two evils are:

  • They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters
  • And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water

God exposed the sin of His people yet they refused to repent. He warned them but they would not return from their ways. They have provoked the Lord since He brought them out of the land of Egypt the house of bondage. They saw His wonderful works, they saw His deliverance, His provision but they would not refrain from provoking the Lord to anger. Their children were also a stiff-necked people, they went and whored after strange gods and forsook the Lord and the Lord sold them to their enemies. The Lord had mercy on them and raised up judges to deliver them and to judge among them.

They continued to provoke the LORD and they demanded a king in the days of Samuel the seer. They rebelled against their eternal King who lead them, fought for them and provided for them. The Lord gave them the king out of the tribe of Benjamin. Saul the Benjamite sinned against the LORD by not taking heed of the command that God gave concerning the Amalekites that he should surely destroy them and everything that belong to the Amalekites. Saul allowed that the things which were accursed be brought to the land of Israel that they may be offered unto the LORD. The LORD was sorely displeased and rejected Saul as king. The Lord sent Samuel to anoint David the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son Boaz the husband of Ruth the Moabitess.

1. “They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters”
The first evil that has been committed by the people of God is that they have forsaken God. They have removed themselves from the very fountain of living waters. This is rebellion at its best. Forsaking the LORD is to rebel against Him, His laws and everything that He had put in place. One evidence of that people have forsaken the LORD is that they start refusing His word. They claim that the present times are more advanced than the word of God. They attempt at all times to change the scriptures by omitting what they deem irrelevant for these times or that which is offensive to the general public. They add their own words which would agree with all their abominable lust-filled idolatrous lives.

We live in the time where the Lord Jesus Christ, the very source of life is being forsaken by many. Many churches have removed Jesus from His throne and they have put their own false christs to rule over them. Though they say “In the name of Jesus” it is only another “Jesus” they are calling. This attack against the true God and Christ was seen by the Psalmist and is found in the second psalm, being laid out in this manner, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3) The nations and all the rulers of the world have ganged up against God and against his anointed. They say “let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.” They have removed all ties between them and God.

Instead of total surrender to the Son of God, the people have distanced themselves from the true God and censored anything that glorifies Christ on circular media. They allow only that which would blaspheme. The non-discerning Christian will be deceived thinking what they see and hear on television is the truth, while the name of Christ is being desecrated before them and they be busy nodding amens to all the circular religious television garbage.
In most government institutions, it is okay to say the word god but as soon as you say Jesus Christ, it becomes a problem. The societies believe in a god but not the true God. They would settle with anyone who says “god” because anything can be called “god” thus giving room to pluralism which says, “You have your god and I have mine.” This is to turn away from the One True God who made all things.

The modern day churches have deviated from biblical evangelism and biblical preaching of the word. Churches are now built by means of entertainment and motivation. Circular/demonic music is now played in what is supposed to be (by circular definition) the house of God. Repentance, Judgment, Hell and other gloom and doom sort of messages have not only been tossed out the window but they have found their place in the nearest garbage bin by these circular church builders. Church meetings are no longer about “Thus saith the Lord…” but instead they are about “You need to speak the word over your life…” The truth of God is being turned into a lie. That which is created is now being lifted far above that Creator who is blessed forever. Amen. The people of God have forsaken the LORD. They have committed an evil thing.

2. “And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water”

The people have not only forsaken the LORD but they have found an alternative for God. This is the second of the two evils. The people ran after Asher and Baalim, the gods which were no gods at all. To say “they hewed them cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water” tells us that the people have replaced God with inferior or useless alternatives. They forsook the very spring of living waters and put their trust in that which cannot hold the water due to that it is broken or weak. They entrusted their lives to self made gods and systems of men. They made their own religions instead of living by the words that proceed from the mouth of God.

Some people have denied the existence of God and opted to believe that nonsensical idea of evolution which is based on nothing but fiction. The Roman Catholic people have removed Christ (as if it were possible) from running the church and they appointed the Pope in instead. The Pope decided that faith on Jesus Christ is not enough for salvation, thus he glorified Mary the mother of Christ. This over glorification of Mary is deception because this catholic Mary is just an anthropomorphization of Isis, an idol of the heathens. The Hindus bow to every abominable idol which they themselves have made and not only that, but also, just about anything is a god to any Hindu. Muslims have opted to follow their false prophet Elijah Muhammad who dared to write a book and renounced Jesus as the Son of God. Muhammad started his own religion based on a lie, just like any other false religion.

TBN, God TV and other few “multi-million dollar pastor” owned networks have been spreading lies in the name of the Lord. They perpetrated the old lie of the serpent which he told Eve in the Garden of Eden, saying “Ye shall be like gods.” They have removed the teachings of Christ and have spread men’s teachings. The Bible is now a reference book and their books are now the “must have” pieces of scripture. Often you hear them quoting from their books rather than quoting from the gospels or from any other book in the bible. If they happen to quote the bible, it would be to back the heretical points they have raised by misrepresenting the scripture or reading from the perversions of scripture which they have translated themselves in order to suit their abominable and damnable heresies.

People have hewed themselves broken cistern that can hold no water. They have trusted in the words of men and have rejected the infallible life giving Word of the True and Holy God. They condemn the bible as irrelevant to this day and age. They have put their trust in what they believe, only on the basis that “the pastor said so, therefore it must be true.” The churches today have formulated their own ways and have strayed from the way of truth. This is evil and it will not go unpunished unless the church returns to the very spring of living waters. God is that spring of living waters.
There is no need for false fire and false rain. These wicked preachers forsook God the very spring of living and now they stand in their churches shouting that the “rain of the Holy Spirit is falling” not realizing that they are just being blessed by demons and not God. How can God be in something He is not part of? If God were to bring the rain of fire, would all these sinners and hypocrites survive? Will God change and be the friend of those who blaspheme His name? God forbid! Surely He will utterly do away with the wicked who persist in their wickedness. As the LORD spoke about the destruction of the cities of Israel because of their evil doings, He is warning us today and we should take heed.

“Hast thou not procured this unto thyself,
in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
when he led thee by the way? And now what hast
thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor?
or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria,
to drink the waters of the river? Thine own wickedness
shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore
and see that it is an evil thing and bitter,
that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. ”
(Jeremiah 2:17-19)