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Doctrinal Statement

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

 

The following doctrinal statement summarizes biblical truths I believe and teach.  Although I don’t believe that God ever intended for his church to be divided into independent subsections based upon their doctrinal differences, and I don’t place myself in a man-made box, this doctrinal statement could be summarized as a modified Baptist Confession of Faith. 

 

The book of Jude contains an exhortation for the church to earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. In order to successfully contend or struggle to defend and preserve the true biblical faith against the assaults of Satan, a strong doctrinal foundation is required. This is my contribution to the fight for truth.

 

GOD

 

Our Creator is an indivisible unity of three distinct persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Total human comprehension of this mystery is impossible in this life. (1 John 5:5-9; Matthew 3:16-17)

 

The Father, the Word or Son, and Holy Spirit are of one substance. Each has the whole undivided divine essence: the Father is self-existent; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son. All three are infinite and without beginning. They are one God, not divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations. (John 14:11; I Corinthians 8:6; John 1:14, 18; John 15:26; Gal. 4:6; John 5:7; Matt. 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Exodus 3:14; John 14:11; I Corinthians 8:6; John 1:14, 18; John 15:26; Galatians. 4:6)

 

God the Father is the one holy, unequalled, all knowing, infallible, invisible Creator dwelling in the light which no man can approach. His character, in short, is love in its fullness.  He‘s gracious, slow to anger and of great mercy as the just ruler of his universe. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Samuel 2:2; Psalm 145:8-20; Ezekiel 11:5; Isaiah 40:25-28; Daniel 4:19-28;  John 5:26; Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 1:9, 4:16; Revelation 1:5, 3:7, 15:3)

 

God the Son is the express image of God the Father revealed to us in human form.  Everything that was created was done through him and the creation is currently sustained by him. H e is the Savior of his elect that believe in him. (Hebrews 1:3; John 1:14; Colossians 1:15-19; 1 Peter 1:2)

 

God the Holy Spirit is a divine person existing to lead, teach, and comfort the believer and convict the unbeliever of their sin and future judgment. (John 14:15–18, 16: 7-13; Acts 1:8)

 

HIS WORD & TRANSLATION ONLYISM

 

The Holy Scripture is the only fully trustworthy source of all saving truth.  Although nature, humanity and their works reveal the ordered, intelligent mind of God; the evidence of God’s existence revealed to man in creation isn’t enough to give the knowledge of God and His will which is needed for salvation. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:29-31; Ephesians 2:20)

 

The 66 books of the Old and New Testament constitute the Holy Scripture now and forever. These books were given by the inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life for humanity. (2 Tim. 3:16)

 

The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, aren’t part of the canon or rule of the Scripture, and, therefore, are of no authority in the church of God. (Luke 24:27, 44; Romans 3:2)

 

The authority of the Holy Scripture depends not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God. (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Thessalonians. 2:13; 1 John 5:9)

 

All things in Scripture aren’t clearly understood by everyone; yet those things which are necessary to be known with regard to salvation and living a holy life pleasing to God are available to everyone who believes. (2 Peter 3:16; Ps. 19:7; Psalm 119:130)

 

In spite of their minor differences, these things necessary to salvation and holy living can be found in both KJV-type translations based upon the Traditional Masoretic Hebrew Text and the New Testament Traditional Greek Text (Textus Receptus) or Westcott-Hort Text based modern translations.  All of these printed texts are compiled or edited texts, formed on the basis of the informed opinions of fallible editors. Neither Erasmus nor Westcott and Hort is omniscient or perfect in reasoning and judgment. As their own preface to the 1611 KJV Bible reveals, the KJV translators never told us that the KJV was a perfect translation that could never be improved upon.

 

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The original masters penned by writers are spoken of as being "holy men of God” who were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21; Acts 1:16) in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally, plenarily, and verbally inspired, free from any error, infallible, and inerrant, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

It’s my current opinion that the original language Texts that are the closest to the original autographs of the Bible are the Old Testament Traditional Masoretic Hebrew Text and the New Testament Traditional Greek Text (Textus Receptus) underlying the King James Bible.

I don’t believe in divine re-inspiration/double inspiration of scripture as the basis of the KJV or any subsequent translation. Although I personally prefer the KJV, I believe that a bible translation isn’t to be the focus of fellowship. I don’t believe in glorifying any translation through claiming it to be the only true word of God; and especially by making its use a condition of salvation, church fellowship and full acceptance in the body of Christ. I don’t believe in attaching a “this translation only” label to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ creating a divisive sect based upon human translation work.  

Jesus himself wasn’t KJVONLY because he used text as scripture that was different from the KJV in the following verses.

  • Luke 4:16-21/Isaiah 61:1-2 (What Jesus stood to read, what Luke said was written, and what Jesus said was scripture is different from the KJV.)
  • Luke 7:27/Malachi 3:1
  • Mark 7:6-7/Isaiah 29:13

·         Mathew 26:31/Zechariah 13:7

·         Luke 10:25-28/Matt 22:36-37/Mark 12:28-30/Deuteronomy 6:5/Leviticus 19:18

 

 

The best and only infallible interpretation of scripture is scripture itself. Therefore,  when there’s a question about the true meaning of any Scripture, clarification should be sought within other areas of scripture.  (2 Peter 1:20-21; Acts 15:15-16) In teaching the word of God, however, its my current opinion that in some cases we should refer to the underlying Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Textus Receptus for clarification of meaning. Throughout this interpretation process, scripture must be compared to scripture via cross-referencing. Multiple bible dictionary and biblical study reference works are allowed to be used in determining the intended meaning of words, verses and passages.   

 

HUMANITY

 

In the beginning it pleased God to make the world in six literal 24 hour days. It was all created very good and for his glory. (John 1:2,3; Heb. 1:2; Job 26:13; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16; Gen. 1:31

 

After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female, after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness. They had the law of God written in their hearts along with the power to fulfill it. (Gen. 1:27; Gen. 2:7; Eccles. 7:29; Gen. 1; 26; Rom. 2:14, 15; Gen. 3:6)

 

Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. While they obeyed God, they were happy in their communion with him, and had dominion over the creatures. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:17)

 

Satan used the subtlety of the serpent to seduce Eve who, in turn, seduced her husband Adam to disobey God‘s command in eating the forbidden fruit. God, according to His wise and holy counsel, permitted this having purposed to order it to His own glory. (Gen. 2:16, 17; Gen. 3:12, 13; 2 Cor. 11:3)

 

Our first parents fell from their original righteousness and communion with God through sin. Through Adam‘s sin came death to him and all born after him. All humanity became by nature children of God’s wrath being conceived in sin and corrupted in all faculties and parts of their soul and body. (Romans 3:10-23, 5:12-19, 6:20; Titus 1:15; Genesis. 6:5; Jeremiah. 17:9; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22,45-49; Psalm 51:5; Job 14:4; Ephesians 2:3; Hebrews 2:14,15; 1 Thessalonians 1:10)

 

From this original corruption, whereby we are all utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil. (Romans 8:7; Colossians 1:21; James 1:14, 15; Matthew 15:19)

 

The sin nature remains in the believer following salvation; although sin is pardoned and mortified through Christ. (Romans 7:18-25; Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:23-25; Galatians 5:17)

 

SALVATION

 

Man brought himself under the curse of the law by his fall. It pleased the Lord, however, to make a covenant of grace in which He freely offers to everyone life and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. (Gen. 2:17; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 3:20, 21; Rom. 8:3; Mark 16:15, 16; John 3:16; Ezek. 36:26, 27; John 6:44, 45; Ps. 110:3)

 

It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus Christ to be the mediator between God and man. He is the prophet, priest, king, head and savior of the church, heir of all things, and judge of the world; unto whom He did from all eternity give a people to be His seed and to be redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified by Him in time . (Isaiah 42:1, 53:10; 1 Peter 1:19-20; Acts 3:22; Hebrews 5:5-6; Psalm 2:6; Luke 1:33; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 1:2; Acts 17:31; John 17:6; Romans 8:30)

 

The sinless Son of God took upon Himself man's nature, with all it’s essential properties and common infirmities, being conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one person who is both God and man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man. (John 1:14; Galatians 4; 4; Romans 8:3; Hebrews 2:14-17, 4:15; Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 1:27-35; Romans 9:5; 1 Timothy 2:5)

 

The Lord Jesus was crucified, died, and remained in the state of the dead, yet saw no corruption: on the third day He arose from the dead with the same body in which He suffered, with which He also ascended into heaven, and there sits at the right hand of His Father making intercession, and shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the world. (Psalm 40:7-8; Hebrews 9:24,10:5-10; John 10:18; Galatians 3:13,4:4; Matthew 3:15; Isaiah 53:6; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians. 5:21; Matthew 26:37,38; Luke 22:44; Matthew 27:46; Acts 13:37; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; John 20:25,27 ; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11 ; Romans 8:34; Acts 10:42; Romans 14:9,10; Acts 1:11; 2 Peter 2:4)

 

The Lord Jesus, by His perfect obedience and sacrifice of Himself, has fully satisfied the justice of God. He has purchased an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven for all those whom the Father has given unto Him. (Heb. 9:14, 10:14; Rom. 3:25, 26; John 17:2; Heb. 9:15)

 

To all those for whom Christ has obtained eternal redemption, He does make intercession for them; uniting them to Himself by His Spirit, revealing to them in and by His Word, the mystery of salvation, persuading them to believe and obey, governing their hearts by His Word and Spirit, and overcoming all their enemies by His almighty power and wisdom, in such manner and ways as are most consonant to His wonderful and unsearchable dispensation; and all of free and absolute grace, without any condition foreseen in them to procure it. (John 6:37, 10:15,16, 17:9; Rom. 5:10 ; John 17:6; Eph. 1:9; 1 John 5:20; Rom. 8:9,14; Ps. 110:1; 1 Cor. 15:25,26; John 3:8; Eph. 1:8)

 

This office of mediator between God and man is proper only to Christ, who is the prophet, priest, and only head of the church of God. (Tim. 2:5)

 

Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins. In accounting and accepting them as righteous; not for anything they’ve done, but for Christ's sake alone; not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing Christ's active obedience unto the whole law, and passive obedience in his death for salvation is the gift of God. (Romans 3:24, 4:5-8, 5:17-19, 8:30; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; Philippians 3:8-9; John 1:12, Romans 5:17)

 

Saving faith is evidenced by good works motivated by love. (Rom. 3:28; Gal.5:6, James 2:17, 22, And 26)

 

God continues to forgive the sins of those that are justified, and although they can never fall from the state of justification, yet they may, by their sins, fall under God’s fatherly displeasure. In  that condition they don’t have the light of his countenance restored to them, until they humble themselves, ask for forgiveness, and renew their faith and repentance. (Psalm 32:5, Psalm 5; Psalm 89:20-33; Matthew 6:12, 26:75; John 10:28; 1 John 1:7-9; Hebrews 12:5)

 

The justification of believers under the Old Testament was, in all these respects, one and the same with the justification of believers under the New Testament. (Galatians 3:9; Romans 4:22-24)

 

All those that are justified enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God. They have his name put on them, receive the spirit of adoption, have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry Abba, Father, are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by him as by a Father. They are never abandoned, but are sealed to the day of redemption, and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation. (Ephesians 1:5, 2:18; Galatians 4:4-6; John 1:12; Romans 8:15-17; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 3:12; Psalm 103:13; Proverbs 14:26; 1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 12:6; Isaiah 54:8, 9; Lamentations 3:31 ;Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 1:14, 6:12)

 

They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrection, are also farther sanctified, really and personally, through the same virtue, by his Word and Spirit dwelling in them; the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts of sin are more and more weakened and mortified, and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, to the practice of all true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. (Acts 20:32; Romans 6:5-6; John 17:17; Ephesians 3:16-19; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-23; Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:24; Colossians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14)

 

Human sanctification is throughout the entire person. In this life, however, it remains incomplete because of man‘s sinful nature which remains a real part of human life. From this nature there arises a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Rom. 7:18, 23; Gal. 5:17; 1 Pet. 2:11)

 

In this war, although the remaining corruption may temporarily prevail, yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome; and so the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, pressing after a heavenly life in obedience to all the commands which Christ as Head and King, in his Word has prescribed to them. (Romans 6:14, 7:23; Ephesians 4:15-16; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 7:1)

 

The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts. It is ordinarily increased and strengthened by the ministry of the Word, the administration of baptism, the Lord's Supper, prayer, and other means appointed of God. (2 Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:14, 17; Luke 17:5; 1 Peter 2:2; Acts 20:32)

 

This faith, although it is in different stages, and may be weak or strong, though it may be many times assailed and weakened, ultimately gets the victory. It grows up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ. He is both the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 5:13-14; Matt. 6:30; Romans 4:19-20; 2 Peter 1:1; Ephesians 6:16; 1 John 5:4-5; Heb. 6:11-12, 12:2; Colossians 2:2)

 

Whereas there is no one that doesn’t ever sin, and the best of men may fall in to great sins and provocations; God has, in the covenant of grace, mercifully provided that believers who fall into a sin may be renewed through repentance unto salvation. Repentance is to be continued through the whole course of the believer‘s life. (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Luke 22:31-32; Luke 19:8; 1 Timothy 1:13, 15)

 

This saving repentance is a grace through which the Holy Spirit makes a person aware of the many evils of their sin.  In response, the convicted humbles himself with godly sorrow and hatred of their sins and actions through faith in Christ and by praying for forgiveness and strength of grace through the power of the Holy Spirit to live pleasing to God.  (Zechariah 12:10; Acts 11:18; Ezekiel 36:31; 2 Corinthians 7:11; Psalm 119:6,128)

 

Such is the provision which God has made through Christ in the covenant of grace for the preservation of believers unto salvation. Although there is no sin so small but it deserves damnation, yet there is no sin so great that it shall bring damnation to them that repent, which makes the constant preaching of repentance necessary. (Rom. 6:23; Isaiah1:16-18, 55:7)

 

Good works are evidence of God’s presence within the believer. Good works are only such as God has commanded in his Holy Word. They aren’t devised by men out of blind zeal, or upon any pretense of good intentions. (Micah 6:8; Hebrews 13:21; Matt. 15:9; Isaiah 29:13)

 

These good works, done in obedience to God’s commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith; and by them believers reveal their thankfulness, strengthen their assurance, edify their brethren, adorn the profession of the gospel, stop the mouths of adversaries, and glorify God, whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus, that having their fruit unto holiness they may have eternal life. (James 2:18,22; Psalm 116:12,13;1 John 2:3,5; 2 Peter 1:5-11; Matthew 5:16; 1 Timothy 6:1; 1 Peter 2:15; Philippians 1:11; Ephesians 2:10; Romans 6:22)

 

God maintains the salvation of his people: Those whom God has accepted in the beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, and given the precious faith of his elect, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere in it to the end, and be eternally saved, seeing the gifts and callings of God are without repentance. Though many storms and floods arise and beat against them, yet they shall never be able to take them off that foundation and rock which by faith they are fastened upon; notwithstanding, through unbelief and the temptations of Satan, the sensible sight of the light and love of God may for a time be clouded and obscured from them, yet he is still the same, and they shall be sure to be kept by the power of God unto salvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession, they being engraved upon the palm of his hands, and their names having been written in the book of life from all eternity. (John 10:28-29; Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 John 2:19; Psalm 89:31-32; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Malachi 3:6)

 

This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father, union with Christ, the oath of God, the abiding of his Spirit, and the seed of God within them, and the nature of the covenant of grace; from which arises it’s certainty and infallibility. (Romans %:9-10, 8:30, 9:11, 16; John 14:19; Hebrews 6:17-18; 1 John 3:9; Jeremiah 32:40)

 

Backslidden true believers will be restored: and though through the temptation of Satan and of the world, the reality of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their spiritual preservation, professing believers may fall into and continue for a period in sin by which they incur God's displeasure, grieve his Holy Spirit, wound their consciences, hurt and scandalize others, and bring temporal judgments upon themselves, if they are true believers they will renew their repentance and be preserved through faith in Christ Jesus to the end. (Matt. 26:70, 72, 74; Isaiah. 64:5, 9; Ephesians. 4:30; Psalm 32:3-4, 51:10-12; 2 Samuel 12:14; Luke 22:32, 61-62)

 

True believers are confident that they’re saved: Although temporary believers and other unregenerate men may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes of being in the favor of God and in a state of salvation, yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity,  desiring  to walk in all good conscience before him, may in this life be certainly assured that they’re in the state of grace, and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, which hope shall never make them ashamed. (Job 8:13,14; Matt. 7:22,23 ;1 John 2:3, 3:14,18,19,21,24, 5:13;Rom. 5:2,5)

 

THE LAW OF GOD

 

The same law that was first written in the heart of man continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness after the fall, and was delivered by God upon Mount Sinai, in ten commandments, and written in two tables, the four first containing our duty towards God, and the other six, our duty to man. Besides this moral law, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel ceremonial laws, containing several typical ordinances, partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits. These ceremonial laws expired together with the state of that people and the advent of the New Covenant. (Hebrews 10:1; Colossians 2: 14-17; 1 Corinthians 5:7, 9:8-10; Ephesians 2:14-16; Romans 2:14, 15; Deuteronomy 10:4)

 

The moral law forever binds everyone to obey it and the authority of God the Creator who gave it. Christ came to fulfill the moral law, not destroy it.  (Rom. 13:8-10; James 2:8, 10-12; James 2:10, 11; Matt. 5:17-19; Rom. 3:31)

 

WORSHIP AND THE SABBATH DAY

 

The light of nature shows that there is a God, who has lordship and sovereignty over all; is just, good and does good to all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart and all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God, is instituted by him, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imagination and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representations, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scriptures. (Jeremiah 10:7; Mark 12:33; Deuteronomy. 12:32; Exodus 20:4-6)

 

Worship is to be given to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit alone; not to angels, saints, or any other creatures including ourselves, our feelings or our visible interests. The entire life of a believer, including his daily work, is worship if it‘s done in faith for the glory of God. (Matthew 4:9-10; John 6:23; Matthew 28:19; Romans 1:25; Colossians 2:18; Revelation 19:10; John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 12:1-2)

 

Prayer, with thanksgiving, is required by God of everyone. But that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son, by the help of the Spirit, according to his will. with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance. (Psalm 95:1-7, 65:2; John 14:13, 14; Romans 8:26; 1 John 5:14; 1 Corinthians 14:16, 17)

 

Prayer is to be made for things lawful and for all sorts of men living or that shall live hereafter; but neither for the dead, nor for those of whom it may be known that they’ve sinned the sin unto death. (1 Tim. 2:1, 2; 2 Sam. 7:29; 2 Sam. 12:21-23; 1 John 5:16)

 

The reading of the Scriptures, preaching, and teaching the Word of God, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord; as also the administration of baptism, and the Lord's supper, are all parts of worship of God, to be performed in obedience to him, with understanding, faith, reverence, and godly fear; moreover, solemn humiliation, with fasting, and thanksgivings, upon special occasions, ought to be used in an holy and religious manner. The music of the believer is to be sacred and not secular. Like the believer, it‘s to be separated from the music of the world. (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 4:2; Luke 8:18; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19; Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:26; Esther 4:16; Joel 2:12; Exodus 15:1-19; Psalm 107)

 

Location doesn’t make worship acceptable to God.  God is to be worshipped everywhere in spirit and in truth. This means both in daily family life and privately and publicly with other believers.  Assembling with other believers in worship isn’t to be habitually neglected. (John 4:21; Malachi 1:11; 1 Timothy 2:8; Acts 10:2; Matthew 6:11; Psalm. 55:17; Matthew 6:6; Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:42)

 

God has particularly appointed one day in seven for a Sabbath to be kept holy unto him. The Sabbath is kept holy unto the Lord as people, for their good, after preparing their hearts and organizing their lives, rest all day from their regular work responsibilities in order to focus their energies on public and private worship and helpful duties of necessity and mercy. Although many currently teach otherwise, even incorrectly interpreting the scriptures as justification, there‘s no basis for changing the Sabbath day from the 7th day (Saturday) to the 1st day of the week true biblical (Sunday). (Exodus 20:8; Isaiah 58:13; Nehemiah 13:15-22; Matthew 12:1-13)

 

GOVERNMENT

 

The only nation that God has a special covenant relationship with is Israel. The United States or Britain isn’t synonymous with the nation of Israel in the scriptures. The historical Christian roots of a nation don’t make a nation a Christian nation any more than the true Christian faith of one’s ancestors makes one a Christian and a true member of the church. The U.S. and Britain, like every other nation including Israel on this earth, is under satanic control and contains its own cultural false gods, or idols.  Until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth, the entire world system, including the secular culture of the United States of America and Britain, is under the control of Satan and contains false gods or false idols.  (Psalm 105:8-11; 1 Chronicles 17:20-24; Psalm 89:1-4; Amos 3:1-2 ; Philippians 3:2-20; John 3:1-6; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; 2 Corinthians 4:1-4; 1 John 5:19-21; Matthew 4:8-10; John 14:27-31)

 

God, the supreme Lord and King of the entire world, has ordained each nation with a form of government over its people for his own glory and the public good.  It‘s the function of national government to obey and enforce moral laws for national good.  It‘s the responsibility of the believer to obey laws of the land that don‘t contradict the commands and principles of scripture. 

 

In a Constitutional form of government like that of the United States of America, intended to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people under the authority of a correct interpretation of the Constitution; the believer is responsible under God to hold government leaders accountable to biblical morality and the oath of office these servants took committing themselves to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. (Romans 13:1-4)

 

It’s lawful for Christians to serve God in national government; if they can remain unpolluted by the world system, serving in holiness free from secret oaths and involvement in secret societies, as it’s morally lawful to seek to serve God by maintaining justice and peace according to the wholesome laws of a nation.  (Daniel 1:3-8)

 

The believer is called to spiritual war, not physical war.  The battle of the believer isn’t against humanity, but against internal lusts and external demons.  God is able to man national militaries with unbelievers to accomplish his purposes. The believer is called to spiritual warfare in the battle for and harvest of souls. (Ephesians 6:12-18; 2 Corinthians 10:3; 1 Timothy 1:18; 1 Peter 2:11; Matthew 26:51-52; Matthew 9:37-38)

 

Governments may  lawfully wage defensive war under just circumstances in order to protect and defend their people in the way that the head of a household would act courageously in unselfish love to physically protect his family. Pre-emptive war and or selfish foreign war for revenge, territorial expansion, population reduction, pride, prejudice, or to protect and or extend off-shore national financial interests or the financial interests of financial elite don’t constitute just circumstances. Selfish warfare is fornication; idolatrous covetousness and murder. (2 Samuel 23:3; Psalm 82:3-4; Luke 3:14; Revelation 17:2)

 

We ought to make supplications and prayers for kings and that entire are in authority, that under them we may live a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

 

MARRAIGE

 

Marriage is to be between one man and one woman. It‘s unlawful for any man to have more than one wife, for any woman to have more than one husband at the same time, or for same sexes to marry one another.  (Genesis 2:24; Malachi. 2:15; Matthew 19:5, 6)

 

SATAN

 

Satan is the god or prince of this world. He has temporary control of the world system. Although he is the god or prince of this world, Satan temporarily operates within the constraints of the will of the Lord to fulfill God’s will. We are not to fear him, or deny his reality in order to overcome fear concerning his power s and plans. Instead, we overcome him by the greater power of love and his truth. (Job 1:6-12; Revelation 16:14, 17:16-17; Zephaniah 3:8; Zechariah 14:1-4; Psalm 97:5-10)

 

The church is the specific target of the artful tricks and cunning travesty of Satan and his powerful hierarchy of demonic beings. These demonic rulers and their fellow demonic beings act as if they are in a wrestling contest with individual members of the body of Christ as they cunningly seek to “pin the church to the mat” and immobilize her spiritual service to the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in God’s word and prayer according to the will of God offered through faith in Jesus Christ defeat the devil and his demons in this spiritual battle. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

 

Satan will wage a 3 ½ year war against the church during the final 7 years. Although Antichrist will succeed in destroying the physical lives of many believers as he enslaves the world under his evil dictatorship; he will eventually be destroyed at the second coming of Christ and thrown into the eternal lake of fire.  (Daniel 7:8; Revelation 11:2, 12:7, 13:5-10, 17:6, 14, 18:20-24, 19:11-21)

 

THE CHURCH

 

The catholic or universal church, which (with respect to the internal work of the Spirit and truth of grace) may be called invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one body under Christ the head.  (Heb. 12:23; Col. 1:18; Ephesians 1:10, 22, 23, 5:23, 27, 32)

 

Professing believers who are physically able should gather with other believers in order to worship God and encourage one another. (1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 11:26; Romans 1:7; Ephesians 1:20-22)

 

The purest churches under heaven are subject to error. Some have so degenerated as to become synagogues of Satan; nevertheless Christ will always have a remnant of believers in this world and the gates of hell shall not prevail against his church. (1 Corinthians 5; Revelation 2:3, 12:17, 18:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12; Matthew 16:18; Psalm 72:17, 102:28)

 

One of the many names given to the church in scripture is the house of God. As the house or household of God, the church is where God presently lives on earth. He lives within his believers in the person of the Holy Spirit. Another name for the church in scripture is the pillar and ground of the truth. As the pillar and ground of the truth, the church supports the truth that there is one God, and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:4-6, 3:14-17; Ephesians 2:19-22

 

As the pillar and ground of the truth, the church provides a supporting basis for the truth that the man Jesus Christ is the one true living God the Son whose once for all blood sacrifice on the cross in obedience to God the Father’s will was offered on behalf of everyone’s sin. Through faith in the once for all blood sacrifice of God the Son, Jesus Christ, a person can receive the righteousness of God freely. (Romans 3:21-26, 5:6-10)

 

The blood of the sinless Christ provides people the only means of salvation from the power and penalty of sin. The blood of Christ, shed as a ransom payment for sin, has purchased the church. (John 14:1-7; Hebrews 1:1-3; Acts 20:28)

 

The church doesn’t include everyone, but only those that repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s just punishment of sin for those who refuse to repent and receive the forgiveness of sins from the Lord Jesus Christ is hell and impending eternal judgment in the lake of fire, the second death. (John 3:16-18; Revelation 20:12-15)

 

The ransom payment of Jesus Christ, however, if properly received in repentance towards God and faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, results in forgiveness and eternal life in the kingdom of heaven for the otherwise condemned. This faith makes one a member of the house of God, the church. (Acts 2:36-38, 26:20; Hebrews 9:24-28; Colossians 1:12-20)

 

In light of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul taught that it was only logical for Christians to worship and serve the Lord in holiness by placing their lives totally at the Lord’s disposal rather than patterning their thinking, speech, actions and interests after the present culture in which they live. (Galatians 1:3-4; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1)

 

Another post-modern counterfeit Jesus is thought to be able to be our friend and buddy, or enlightening mystical force, without being our Lord. The true Lord Jesus Christ isn’t our friend until he’s properly received for who he really is; not our buddy or some mystical force, but the great God and Savior. Love for others is based upon love for God as expressed in obedience to his commandments. The true church consists of those receiving Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior. He cannot be divided into component parts. He can only be truly received as the great God and Savior that he is. (John 15:14; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 5:2-3)

 

The church is God’s own private property so to speak; a gathering or assembly of citizens called together, marked off and separated from the rest of humanity, in united worship of the living Head of the church, Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22-23)

 

Those chosen by God to be his own special possession receive the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in scripture as truth. They worship Jesus Christ alone in spirit and in truth. They believe that God’s word is perfectly written and preserved by him forever. They consider the entire canon of scripture constituting the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments to be equally inspired by God. The promises of scripture equip them to live holy lives and escape the corruptive power of the world which naturally appeals to the various lusts of their fleshly human nature. (John 4:16-26, 14:6, 17:17; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 19:11-16; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 12:6-7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:2-4, 16-21, 3:15-17)

 

The moral acceptability of church teaching, attitudes and actions is to be determined only from the sound doctrine of Jesus Christ and his apostles found only in the 66 books of scripture. Truth isn’t determined by comparing ourselves against any other individual person or group of people inside or outside any period of church history. (1 Corinthians 1:10-31; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18)

 

The church is composed of all people from all nations who have turned to God from false gods or idols in order to serve the only living and true God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Like Israel was specially chosen by God to be the holy nation of God as promised in the Abraham Covenant, individuals from all nations chosen as believer’s in the Lord Jesus Christ become a holy nation, the people or Israel of God in the New Covenant.  (Exodus 19:3-6, 34:10-17; Deuteronomy 26:16-19; 1 Corinthians 10:1-14; Galatians 6:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 2:4-10)

 

The Lord desires that we enjoy the good things that he brings into our lives, but that enjoyment is a by-product of doing his will and not a deliberate pursuit of happiness or pleasure. The body of Christ in America, or anywhere in the world, isn’t to love the secular culture or the things that characterize the devil’s world system like the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  (Matthew 6:19-34; 1 Timothy 6:3-10; 1 Timothy 6:17; James 2:1-7; Revelation 3:14-17; Colossians 2:1-10; 1 John 2:15-17; Revelation 18:1-19)

 

The church is the living body of Christ. Christ is the living Head of the body. Each Christian is a member of the church of God, the body of Christ. Each Christian is the temple of God housing within them God the Holy Spirit. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 12:4-5)

 

Individual members of the body of Christ, the church, are also compared to living stones which make up a spiritual house which has Jesus Christ as its chief corner stone. (Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:5-10)

 

Each individual believer is an integral part of the overall body of Christ. Each receives a spiritual gift distributed to them by the head of the body, the Lord Jesus Christ. That gift is to be used in service to other members of the body of Christ. The Lord designed these diverse gifts to work in united, biblical love through each member of his body. Each Christian is arranged by the Lord to be either a visible body part like a hand, foot or eye or some other less visible, but most essential interior body part. The purpose of the gifts is to edify or promote the growth of Christ-like character and well being of each member of the body that meets together. (Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Corinthians 14:26; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-27; Romans 12:4-8)

 

According to scripture, the purpose of the church is to grow to reveal the full character of the Lord Jesus Christ to all people and the heavenly powers. This purpose is to be accomplished through the working of a variety of spiritual gifts distributed by the Lord. (Ephesians 3:9-11)

 

The church isn’t a financial bottom-line oriented organization to be led by the coercive, authoritative external political power of a pastor functioning in the manner of a corporate executive officer.  (Luke 22:24-27; 1 Peter 5:1-3; 2 Corinthians 2:17)

 

The church becomes unequally yoked and is committing spiritual adultery by incorporating under the authority of the state as a 501-c3 religious organization.  It is the responsibility of believers to separate themselves from such organizations and seek to establish new gatherings independent of 501-c3 constraints. (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1) 

 

Being a living body rather than an organization, the church is to be served by those whose Christ-like character and spiritual gifts equip and qualify them to serve as bishops, elders and pastors. These individuals exist primarily to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by exemplifying the life of Christ and speaking all of the truth in love to the body of Christ.  The shepherding work of these members involves first studying and then obeying and teaching sound doctrine from the word of God that applies to every aspect of the believer’s life.  (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Acts 20:25-31; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Titus 1:5-13; Titus 2:1-15; 1 Timothy 4:1-7; Ephesians 5:11; Ezekiel 3:7-10; 2 Timothy 3:10-17, 4:1-5)

 

Business administration isn’t the biblical function of the pastor. This truth is clearly evidenced by both the ministry of Christ and the ministry experience of the apostles of the early church. Although the most intelligent, creative and powerful person to have ever lived, the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ was one of humble simplicity, not flashy complexity. Likewise, the ministry of the apostles was characterized by simplicity. (Mark 13:1-2; Acts 6:1-8; John 13:34-35; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4; 2 Timothy 2:2-4, 15-19, 5:17; 1 Timothy 4:12-16; 2 Timothy 2:15-19)

 

People aren’t targets to be persuaded to receive the Lord Jesus Christ through the mere use of human tools in human wisdom. Conversion from serving idols to Christ is a supernatural, spiritual work of the Holy Spirit beyond mere intellectual enlightenment, psychological conditioning and healing. (1 Corinthians 1:2-5; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 2 Corinthians 4:1-5)

 

It’s not God’s will for his church to follow the teachings of or to exercise favoritism towards any particular individual, group or subculture inside or outside the body of Christ based upon external human criteria.  Such criteria includes, but isn’t limited exclusively to, things like cultural acceptability, popularity, age, appearance, income level, education level, numerical growth or financial success. Deliberately fashioning your dress, décor, or music to appeal to a particular target group of people in order to determine the kind of people that will attend your church is a subtle form of favoritism. (James 2:1-9)

 

According to scripture, the work of the pastor is spiritual, not psychological warfare. The weapons or tools designed by the Lord to be employed by the pastor and other members of the body of Christ in their wrestling match against the cunning methods of the devil are spiritual, not carnal.  The devil’s kosmokrators, or hierarchical organization of supernatural demonic beings, possess intellectual and spiritual power superior to mere human intelligence and ingenuity. Because of this, the war against the darkness of this world isn’t truly accomplished through human excellence employing tools like secular music, organizational psychology, business marketing and systems integration.  The tools of the body of Christ in its service to their Lord are personal faith in and obedience to the word of God, the spoken word of God, and prayer. (2 Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Timothy 2:15)

 

Pastors are spiritually gifted but fallible human shepherds. Because of their fallibility, it’s the responsibility of each individual member of the body of Christ to search the scriptures to see of what they are being taught is true. Pastors and teachers are to be held accountable by the body of Christ and corrected from scripture when they’re wrong. (Acts 17:10-12; 1 Timothy 5:19-21)

 

The ministry of speaking the truth in love is critical to the spiritual health of the church because Satan’s ministers transform themselves as angels of light in order to deceive the church and cause quarrels. They lead professing Christian teachers to teach false doctrine and misrepresent the true character of Jesus Christ. Satan plants tares (self deceived and false professing Christians) within the true professing body of Christ in order to corrupt the good behavior and values of true believers. (2 Corinthians 11:2-15; Matthew 13:36-43; Jude 3, 4; Matthew 7:13-27 1 Timothy 6:3-10)

 

God’s word is truth intended to make his church holy. To be made holy means to be distinguished or set apart from the actions, attitudes, idols, and values common to the secular culture in which one lives. While there is a place for remaining balanced in the center of biblical tension concerning issues like the sovereign election of the church by God, it’s never acceptable to balance the application of biblical truth to life. (John 17:13-23; Hebrews 12:14)

 

Quarrels are not God’s will within the body of Christ, his church. God‘s will for his people is unity based upon the mutual submission of believers to the authoritative teachings of scripture. This unity is proof to the world that Jesus is the Son of God. The refusal of individuals to submit to the commands and principles of scripture can cause division. According to the Lord Jesus Christ, however, holiness isn’t to be compromised or balanced with practicality for the sake of unity and peace. (Matthew 10:34-41; 2 Timothy 3:12-16)

 

Quarrels result from the selfish desires of the sinful human nature or flesh. Variance (quarrels  based upon differences of opinion,interpretation, or altered legal conditions), emulations (malicious, unrighteous heated jealousy or indignation), wrath (fierce, violent, extreme anger), strife (any form of competitive rivalry or contention for superiority for the purpose of promoting yourself above someone or placing them below you) are all works of the flesh. (Galatians 5:19-21; James 4:1-4)

 

It’s God’s will that the church walk (conduct and regulate one’s life) in the Spirit and not fulfill (perform, execute, complete) the lust (desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden) of the flesh (mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God) (Romans 8:5-9, Galatians 5:13, 5:16, 22-26, 6:8; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 4:1-5)

 

The liberty that the church is called to isn’t a license to act and think as one pleases or to believe or do whatever feels good. It’s a true liberty giving us the desire and power to live in obedience to the commands and principles of the word of God. It’s being a servant of others and not a servant of our own selfish desires. (Galatians 5:13-14; Philippians 2:1-7)

 

It’s not acceptable to offend (lead into sin or alienate and cause to fall away from faith) any member of the body of Christ over personal beliefs or preferences not mandated in scripture such as music, political or economic philosophy, fashion, entertainment or dietary concerns.  Activity or beliefs which causes distrust, hurt or temptation in the life of another member of the body of Christ should be forsaken out of love. (1 Corinthians 8:13, 10:32-11:1; Romans 14:19-21; Galatians 5: 13-26)

 

The inability or unwillingness to teach and or follow the commands and principles of God’s word regarding the inter-relationship between the church, the flesh and the world, is the cause of true division in the church. Whether or not a person or a teaching is divisive isn’t determined by a congregational vote or a pastor’s opinion. Divisiveness is determined solely by whether or not a person is teaching or behaving contrary to the word of God. The attitude of a person shouldn’t be taken out of the context in which it is displayed in order to label a person divisive. (Ephesians 5:26; Mark 3:1-5;  Acts 5:1-11, Acts 8:9-25;  Acts 13:6-13;  Acts 17: 16-18; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Ephesians 4:26; Matthew 24:4-5; Romans 16:17-19; Philippians 3:17-4:2; 2 Peter 2:1-3; Acts 20:26-32; Titus 2:11-15; 2 Timothy 4:1-18)

 

It’s taken for granted that Christians should increasingly manifest love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and brotherly love in their interpersonal relationships within the body of Christ seeking to do all things, even church discipline when necessary, in God’s protective and restorative love. Balanced biblical love doesn’t exclude anger when the anger is an unselfish response towards injustice and hardness of heart in others. The commands concerning interpersonal behavior within the body of Christ assume that associating believers aren’t currently practicing sexual sin, covetousness, idolatry, drunkenness, unethical financial dealings, verbal abusiveness, or departure from teaching sound biblical doctrine. Paul taught Christ’s followers to reprove and disassociate themselves from professing Christians with moral character of this nature. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Ephesians 5:1-12; 1 Timothy 6:3-10; Revelation 2:20; 2 John 9-10) The church is to mildly warn them of the seriousness of their sin, prove them wrong from scripture as necessary, and call them to repentance before disassociating from them for refusing to listen. (Ephesians 5:11; Matthew 18:15-20) The church is not to kindly, patiently and forgivingly tolerate rebellion against the commandments of God among its professing members. It’s the morally neutral irritating personality differences and imperfections that we are to put up with in relationships.

 

IDOLS AND IDOLATRY

 

Idolatry is a gross sin of the mind or impulses of the will against God. It’s revealed in thoughts of evil which are the root of evil deeds. The hostility of man’s natural mind against the law of the Lord alienates all people from God until they are reconciled to God by repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In being saved a person turns away from living for the false gods or idols to living for the Lord Jesus Christ. The human heart naturally establishes false gods or idols if it isn’t devoted to the true God, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:21; Genesis 6: 5-6; Romans 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1-3; Acts 2:37-41; 1 Thessalonians 1:9)

 

Idolatry is an expression of human pride. It’s a by-product of the deceitfulness of the human heart. The human heart naturally causes us to trust in things appealing to our senses and to seek approval from visible people rather than the only true invisible God. (Isaiah 2:5-22; Jeremiah 17:5-9, 51:17-19; Romans 1:18-25)

 

Idolatry and idols exist today both inside and outside the United States. An idol is primarily a visible phantom or likeness of an idea or fancy. The idea is a reflection or an image of a false god that is adored and worshipped. It influences a person’s life in ways contrary to the will of God as revealed in the word of God.

 

An idolater is enslaved to the ideas that his idol represents. The idol may exist in many realms of life including, but not limited to areas such as religion, the arts, entertainment, fashion, and others.  Covetousness, which is idolatry, is the greedy desire for more wealth or mammon.  The scriptures teach the church to flee and keep itself from idols and idolatry. (1 John 5:21; 1 Corinthians 10:14; Colossians 3:5-7; Ephesians 5:5-8)

 

The scripture teaches that devils (demonic beings) and their associated powers lie behind idols. (1 Corinthians 10:14-22; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 Peter 4:1-4)

 

Those unacquainted with the Lord Jesus Christ offer sacrifices to demons. The cup and table of demons is real today. It involves communion with devils. Participating in pagan feasts where things are being publicly offered to idols and eating things commonly and publicly known to be sacrificed by unbelievers to devils or demonic beings  (demonic beings, fallen angels and false gods) is idolatry from which the church is to flee.  (1 Corinthians 10: 7, 14, 20-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:22)

 

The teaching of the apostles and Jesus Christ in scripture condemns eating things publicly advertised or acknowledged by someone to you as being sacrificed to idols. The same teaching condemns tolerating teachers leading the church to eat things publicly advertised or acknowledged by someone to you as being sacrificed to idols. (1 Corinthians 10:28; Acts 15:28-29, 21:25; Revelation 2:12-23)

 

THE RETURN OF CHRIST ( my current interpretational opinion based upon prayerful study of the prophetic scripture)

 

The return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth will come at a time when the general population, including many professing Christians, doesn’t expect their sudden destruction because a strong delusion or mass psychosis is controlling their minds. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

 

This deceiving mind control will be so strong that it nearly accomplishes the impossible task of deceiving the true believer. (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22)

 

The context of Christ’s glorious return is a stressful time in which the deluded global populace is being promised security, peace and prosperity by their mind control handlers. (Matthew 24:32-44; Mark 13:32-37; Luke 12:35-40, 17:20-37, 21:34-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12;  Peter 3:1-10; Revelation 3:3,16:15) 

 

We are warned beforehand by the Word of God that many professing Christians and others will deceive many regarding the nature and timing of the second coming of Christ and the end of this global age. (Matthew 24:4-5, 23-25; Mark 13:21-23; Luke 21:7-8, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

 

The signs preceding his return are provided for us in scripture. (Matthew 24:3-35; Mark 13:4-31; Luke 21:7-33; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Revelation 6-19)

 

In order to be ready for his return, we must vigilantly watch for it by prayerfully correlating the study of biblical prophecy with current events and holy living. (Mark 13:32-37; Matthew 25: 1-13; 2 Peter 3:10-13)

 

Seven years before Jesus Christ returns to earth, the leader of an incredibly powerful imperialistic nation with global vision greater than his political associates will ascend to global dictatorship. (Daniel 7:7-8, 19-21; Revelation 13:11-18)

 

This powerful nation is the beast out of the sea of nations prophesied in Revelation 13.  This beast is a nation, not an individual, as evidenced by the fact that therion, translated beast, and is neuter gender. The pronoun his used to describe the beast in the KJV translation doesn’t indicate that this beast is a person any more than using her to describe the U.S. makes “her”, the U.S.,  a person.  In addition, this beast, unlike any human being, has seven heads. One of the seven heads of this beast is violently maimed and then served or restored to health as the entire world follows this beast like a dog licks his master’s hand as the world fawns before the fearful, supreme military power of this beast nation.  (Revelation 13:1-4)

 

This beast nation is led by the false prophet Antichrist.  He is the mouth of the fourth and final global beast kingdom; the beast out of the sea of Revelation 13:1-10.  He leads the beast out of the earth nation of Revelation 13:11-18 which corresponds with the little horn nation of Daniel's prophecies.  

 

This man will be vile and despised with relatively few supporters. (Daniel 8:21-23)

 

He ascends to power, however, through treacherously betraying public trust and national allegiance. He rides on the wings of lying wonders: strange, unusual, astonishing events beginning his oppressive, destructive global warmongering deceitfully and enigmatically promising global security, peace and prosperity. He succeeds in erasing national borders as he plunders the wealth of the nations in integrating them into his New World Order. (Daniel 8:23-25, 11:21-24; Isaiah 10: 13-14,14: 4-20; Habakkuk 2:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, Revelation 6:1-2, 13:4)

 

His global dictatorship is finalized after 10 leaders present him the authority to rule over them after they’ve conspired together to destroy the global superpower he led. This superpower is known in the Revelation as Babylon the Great; the region currently known as the United States of America/North America. (Revelation 17:11-17)

 

There is just one Babylon the Great, not two, found in Revelation 17-19:4. This is evident by comparing her description in Revelation 17 with her description in Revelation 18 and noting that she is described the same way in both chapters.  (Compare Revelation 17:2 with18:3; 17:16 with18:8; 17:2 with18:9; 17:16 with18:8, 10; 17:16-18 with18:15-19; and 17:6 with18:24)

 

She is mysteriously presented as a woman; a great commercial whore and the leading global superpower at the time of her judgment.  (Revelation 17:16-18)

 

Following the survival of this fatal wound to his homeland, his leadership strength will prevail for seven years over a united confederacy of many.  (Isaiah 14:19-20; Daniel 9:27, 11:23)

 

He will demand the allegiance of the global population. As the leader of the beast nation, the false prophet Antichrist will speak on and act convincingly and astonishingly in support of the deceitful policies and actions of the global beast kingdom.  His global ID legislation will make everyone give themselves a mark or imprint of their right hand or their forehead/face.  In order to be considered secure to buy and sell in the global economy, people will be required to give themselves this ID mark.  Many who refuse to integrate into this global economic rule set or universal law will be martyred. (Daniel 11:35, 12:9; Revelation 6:9-11, 7:0-17, 13:11-18, 19:20, 20: 4)

 

At the beginning of his reign of terror, he restrains himself from revealing himself. At some point following his fatal wound and resurrection to power, he reveals himself as the wicked man of sin/ the son of perdition/ Antichrist the beast. (Isaiah 14:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; Revelation 13:18)

 

About 31/2 years into his seven year reign, he will put an end to all public religious expression in his 3 ½ year war on the church. (Daniel 7:21, 25, 9:27, 12:11; Revelation 11:2, 13:5, 7)

 

His military will conquer many and will eventually move his troops into Jerusalem and surround it setting up the abomination of desolation. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Luke 21:20; Daniel 11:44, 12:11)

 

His troops will bring great distress and desolation upon the land of Israel.  (Daniel 9:26-27; Zechariah 14:1-2)

 

He will assert his will over the people declaring himself God.  (2 Thessalonians 2:4)

 

Immediately following the tribulation of those days, the heavenly bodies undergo radical changes signaling the supernatural judgments accompanying the day of the Lord.  (Matthew 24: 29-31; Revelation 6:16; Isaiah 2:12-22, 13:9-19)

 

 He‘ll  plant his palace in Jerusalem before eventually being destroyed by the Lord Jesus Christ when Christ returns in vengeance upon Antichrist and his global army. Antichrist the false prophet and his global beast army  are thrown into the eternal lake of fire and brimstone. (Daniel 11:45; Zechariah 14; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 19:11-21)

 

At the last trumpet and the coming of the Lord, deceased believers are resurrected and gathered to the Lord immediately followed by the worldwide gathering of living believers to the Lord. These glorified saints will reign as kings and priests in his literal 1000 year reign as King from Jerusalem.  Israel‘s faithful remnant is gathered to their promised land as all Israel is saved. (Isaiah 11:10-12:6; Daniel 12:1-4; Matthew 24:27-31; Romans 11:26; 1 Corinthians 15:50-52; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4; Revelation 20:6)

 

Satan is bound in the bottomless pit during the 1000 year kingdom. (Revelation 20:1-3)

 

After the 1000 years is complete, Satan is loosed and defeated in his final effort to deceive the nations. He is thrown into the eternal lake of fire and brimstone with the beast nation and the false prophet Antichrist. (Revelation 20:7-10)

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