With Russian & Iranian forces now engaged in combat in Syria, people are asking, “What is the War of Gog & Magog?” Here’s the answer, Part One.

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

Standing in front of the famed Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. Standing in front of the famed Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

(Istanbul, Turkey) — With Russian and Iranian military forces now cooperating together and engaging in combat in Syria, just miles north of the border of Israel, people are asking me a lot of questions. Among them:

  • Is there any significance to these developments in light of Bible prophecy?
  • Do these events have anything to do with the prophecies found in Ezekiel 38 & 39?
  • Are recent events setting the stage for the fulfillment of what Bible scholars call the “War of Gog & Magog” that is supposed to take place in the End of Days?

Last Friday night, I addressed the topic of Apocalyptic Islam at a conference in Toronto, looking at how Shia and Sunni extremists see the prophetic trend lines in the Middle East. On Saturday evening, I then taught through Ezekiel 38 & 39, addressing these specific questions…

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A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson a practitioner of automatic writing

It’s too late. Alcoholics Anonymous has served its purpose. That purpose has been to weaken the church, dilute the theology of Christians exposed to the 12 Step religion, and to point unbelievers away from Christ.

Through A.A. and other 12 Step groups, millions of Christians have placed Christ in a modern day pantheon, a temple of many gods, and have become used to worshiping with non-Christians. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

Although frequently (and wrongly) portrayed as Christians, Bill Wilson and A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob Smith delved deeply into the biblically forbidden practice of spiritualism.

“As for the person who turns to mediums and spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My Face against that person and will cut him off from his people.” (Leviticus 20:6)

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder “Bill Wilson believed in spirits. There is a ‘spook’ room downstairs in Stepping Stones where he, [wife] Lois, and other like-minded recovering alcoholics tried to visit the spirit world and communicate with the dead. The archives have folders of the automatic writing he did when he and Lois would use their Ouija Board to invite the spirits to join them.” (Susan Cheever, My Name Is Bill, p. 157)

“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
T.A. McMahon, Editor of the Berean Call, writes, “A.A.’s official biography indicates Bill Wilson received the details of the 12 Steps through spirit dictation. Scripture condemns communication with familiar spirits. The Second and Third Steps encourage turning one’s life over to a ‘Higher Power’ and ‘God as we under[stand] Him.’  Any higher power? Yes! Any idea of God? Yes!” (T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call Newsletter, March 1, 2002)

Wycliffe, SIL, WEA Breach of Truth – Chrislam at the Core

Originally posted on Genesis16ministries's Blog:

Wycliffe, SIL, & WEA subject the Bible to Qur’anic authority.scribes

On September 22nd  2015 the WEA called another meeting to discuss their panel recommendations to Wycliffe and SIL regarding oversight of Divine Familial Terms in translating the bible into Muslim contexts. While I applaud their effort to retain the familial relationship of Father and Son between the Trinitarian Godhead, I find myself asking the question “why are we even debating the subject?” A troubling aspect of the panel critique is the four criteria for deciding how to translate the scriptures. The four criteria area as follows:

“Translators need to consider four primary contexts if the message of the Bible is to be accurately and clearly communicated to an intended audience today. The first context is the Old Testament, focusing on the covenant relationship between God and Israel and the development of the concept of Son of God as Messianic…

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Bethel Redding youth leader says Jesus asked him for forgiveness!

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. (Jude 1:3)

One more in a long train wreck of false claims and teachings from Bethel Redding. This youth leader states that in a vision Jesus picked him up, began to weep, and asked his forgiveness.

If you can’t find a passage in the Bible where Christ asks us to forgive Him, it is because it is not in the Bible.

What about the people who heard the youth leader claim this from the pulpit? Who will help them? Other Bethel leaders?

Not likely.

Some in the visible church will take a false vision over the Truth of the Bible every time.

According to the Bible:
“Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, ‘The LORD declares,’ but it is not I who have spoken?”
Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, “Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you,” declares the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 13:7-8)

We have seen some unholy things come from Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church of Redding, California: Watch these videos and read this.


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God gave Spurgeon “Word of Knowledge”

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; (1 Corinthians 12:8)
From Charles Spurgeon’s autobiography:
While preaching in the hall, on one occasion, I deliberately pointed to a man in the midst of the crowd, and said, “There is a man sitting there, who is a shoemaker; he keeps his shop open on Sundays, it was open last Sabbath morning, he took ninepence, and there was fourpence profit out of it; his soul is sold to Satan for fourpence ! ” A city missionary, when going his rounds, met with this man, and seeing that he was reading one of my sermons, he asked the question,  “Do you know Mr. Spurgeon?” “Yes,” replied the man, “I have every reason to know him, I have been to hear him; and, under his preaching, by God’s grace I have become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Shall I tell you how it happened ? I went to the Music Hall, and took my seat in the middle of the place ; Mr. Spurgeon looked at me as if he knew me, and in his sermon he pointed to me, and told the congregation that I was a shoemaker, and that I kept my shop open on Sundays ; and I did, sir. I should not have minded that; but he also said that I took ninepence the Sunday before, and that there was fourpence profit out of it. I did take ninepence that day, and fourpence was just the profit; but how he should know that, I could not tell. Then it struck me that it was God who had spoken to my soul through him, so I shut up my shop the next Sunday. At first, I was afraid to go again to hear him, lest he should tell the people more about me; but afterwards I went, and the Lord met with me, and saved my soul.” [1] (bold mine)
Nor was this the only time the Holy Spirit used Spurgeon in this manner. Spurgeon writes:
I could tell as many as a dozen similar cases in which I pointed at somebody in the hall without having the slightest knowledge of the person, or any idea that what I said was right, except that I believed I was moved by the Spirit to say it; and so striking has been my description, that the persons have gone away, and said to their friends, ” Come, see a man that told me all things that ever I did ; beyond a doubt, he must have been sent of God to my soul, or else he could not have described me so exactly.” And not only so, but I have known many instances in which the thoughts of men have been revealed from the pulpit. I have sometimes seen persons nudge their neighbours with their elbow, because they had got a smart hit, and they have been heard to say, when they were going out, “The preacher told us just what we said to one another when we went in at the door.” [2] (bold mine)
Source Notes:
1. Charles H. Spurgeon, The Autobiography of Charles H. Spurgeon, Vol. 2: 1854-1860 (Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1899), 226-227.
2. Ibid.

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

According to Genesis 16 Ministries:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9

In an ecumenical bid for Abrahamic restoration we are told by the emergent church leaders that this verse in Matthew 5 is an over arching command by Jesus to initiate peace with Muslims. The peace they preach is political, social, economic, and it promises a world without conflict. But is that what this verse means? Does the Prince of Peace command us to make peace, and if so what kind of peace?

A common misunderstanding amongst the emergent church is the seemingly antithetical nature of Christ to be both divisor and unifier, peacemaker and antagonist. How do we reconcile the Jesus who blesses the peacemaker with the Jesus who “came not to bring peace but a sword”? The answers lie in the context of the verses. An unbalanced person, a manipulator of the scriptures, will selectively pull scriptures to defend a position rather than honestly looking at the scriptures through exegesis, and then shape their theology and thus Christian manner around the Bible. So the scriptures become a means to support the narrative rather than the source and course of the narrative.

With a proper biblical approach, the question no longer persists ‘how do I reconcile the prince of peace with the bringer of the sword’, the question now becomes ‘how do I reconcile myself to the nature and person of Jesus Christ be it peace or sword or both’?

In Matthew 10:34 Jesus said “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. How could the Prince of Peace, the ultimate Peacemaker, say that He did not come to bring peace but a sword? Context, context, context. (click here to finish Genesis 16 Ministries article)

Gotquestions.org makes excuses for advertising heretical The Message “Bible”

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Gotquestions.org has let the Body of Christ down by approving and linking to a splashy advertisement for the heretical The Message “Bible”–which is not really a Bible at all.

This is shocking, because for years Gotquestions.org has served as a faithful and reliable ministry.

Is this simply one more indication of the grievous state of the visible church? We are now watching ministers and ministries offend Christ and mislead the saints with growing regularity. Because I objected to gotquestions.org carrying this ad, thus lending credibility to The Message, I was offered the option of unsubscribing if I no longer wanted to receive their emails. 

The response about The Message was far different than the time gotquestions.org advertised the heretical Noah movie. Then, a representative acknowledged they had made a mistake and said it would not happen again. Gotquestions.org manned up. I wrote about it in Gotquestions.org comes through!

Times have changed.

I was informed via email that gotquestions.org didn’t believe the Lord was appointing them as anti-The Message crusaders, and that other things were far more important.

The emails attempted to portray The Message as a commentary and also called it a paraphrase.

However, the email link gotquestions.org sent out to thousands states: Does the Bible Move You?

The link leads to a full page ad where The Message 100 is advertised. The ad reads, “The entire  Bible, arranged for you to read like a good novel–cover to cover–and designed so you’ll enjoy every moving word–from beginning to end. Are you ready?” (bold mine)

Gotquestions.org stated via email that while they struggled over deciding to run the ad, they approved it because they liked the concept of the Bible in 100 readings.

Okay. Except, The Message is not a translation of the Bible. Nor is it a paraphrase, because author Eugene Peterson has omitted, and he has added.

The Message should not be used by the body of Christ at all. Here is why:

The Lord commands us to neither add to nor take away from the Bible. We see this in Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32, Proverbs 4:20-21, 30:5-6, 1 Corinthians 4:6, 2 Corinthians 4:2, and Revelation 22:19.

The Message seethes with deletions, additions, and alterations. For those of us who have repented of homosexual sin, such as my wife and myself, gotquestions.org’s promotion of  The Message is especially appalling because The Message flat out deletes homosexuality as sin from two key New Testament passages and gives a politically correct spin to a third (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:25-27).

Because an entire generation has been raised on The Message, with many using it as their primary text, it can be considered a factor in the confusion many Christians experience concerning homosexual sin.  We are all immersed in pro-homosexual media and entertainment; this is our culture today. For those who rely on The Message, the protection of the Word of God is not there. 1 Corinthians, 1 Timothy, and Romans 1 have all been altered.

The changed verses throughout The Message are too numerous to mention. So, briefly, let’s compare a couple of The Message verses with the same verses from a real Bible:

Here is Psalm 32:1-2, KJV:

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Now, Psalm 32:1-2 from The Message, author Eugene Peterson’s “lucky” psalm:

Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean. Count yourself lucky—God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from Him.

The Message author Eugene Peterson has taken away “blessed” and added “lucky,” thus changing the very meaning of the verse.

Now, let’s see what has been done to Romans 15:13, The Message:

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! (emphasis mine)

What God of “green” hope? Here is the same verse from the KJV:

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:13)

To understand just how hellish The Message is, this article compares a number of The Message verses with those of a real Bible.

The Bible says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).

But how can we understand God’s Truth when Truth is no longer there to be read?

Satan has always tried to twist or deny the truth of God’s Word (Genesis 3:1-5). Jesus Christ Himself showed us the importance of the Word of God. When the devil tempted Him in the wilderness, Christ fought the devil’s lies and temptation by answering with Scripture. Three times our Lord responded with “It is written” (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10).

Men like Tyndale and Wycliffe put their lives on the line so common people could have access to the unadulterated Word of God. Now, centuries later, when the Bible is altered, revamped, or tinkered with, there is relatively little objection.

Gotquestions.org isn’t objecting, they’re advertising.

God gives New Age terminology for seekers via dream?

Once again, the Elijah List provides an astounding, aggravating article. God Is Financing What He Builds–His Plan, His Church, His Harvest, is written by Cindy McGill.

An associate of Patricia King and Shawn Bolz, she writes, “Jesus spent most of His time out and about with people who were not even close to coming to a temple. His whole passion was to heal ALL who were oppressed by the devil. He not only healed their bodies but also their hearts, minds, and spirits. Those who were forgiven much loved much more.” [1]

Jesus did indeed go to the unsaved–but He didn’t do what McGill claims He instructed her to do in a dream.

According to McGill, “I had a dream with clear instruction on how to compel today’s seekers to receive the Lord. In the dream, God spoke to me about a menu board with items on it to ‘scratch the itch’ of the seekers and to create ‘prophetic healing circles’ of no more than three people. The menu board had language on it like ‘organic spiritual alignment,’ ‘original root recovery,’ ‘spiritual cleansing and re-definement.'” [2]

Prophetic healing circles? Spiritual cleansing and re-definement?

That is not all. According to McGill, “In between the small circles, I saw intercessors. God told me to call them ‘spiritual connectors,’ as they are the ones to pray during the encounters. When I awoke, I knew it was a new blueprint for reaching this generation who were turned off by church.” [3]

By no means do I question McGill’s sincerity. But that is not the issue. That dream was not from the Lord.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
Source Notes:
1. http://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=15207
2. Ibid.
3. Ibid.
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War Room book says “trying to empty your head of all conscious brain activity is not prayer”

One of the products associated with the War Room movie is The Battle Plan of Prayer, a book written by Stephen and Alex Kendrick. The Kendrick brothers accurately point out just what is not prayer:

“Sitting with your eyes closed and trying to empty your head of all brain activity is not prayer.” [1] The Kendrick brothers also note, “Repeating words incoherently is not prayer. Crossing your legs and chanting a mantra.” [2]

Source  Notes:

  1. Stephen and Alex Kendrick, The Battle Plan of Prayer, p. 32
  2. Ibid.

Pastor Robert Jeffress quotes

He did right in the sight of the LORD and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he turn aside to the right or to the left. (2 Kings 22:2) 
A pastor I know didn’t appreciate it at all when Tim Tebow canceled his speaking engagement at Pastor Robert Jeffress’ church a couple years back. This left Jeffress hanging. It seemed like a victory for the secular media and their campaign against Jeffress for his biblical stand against homosexual marriage and unapologetic defense of the gospel.

For years, Jeffress has been bold for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Now however, it would be good if Pastor Jeffress stepped back from some of his television involvement. We don’t really need a pastor who is a Fox Television contributor.

The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted. (Proverbs 29:25)

Pastor Jeffress, we need you. Let the NAR types do their political prayer gatherings, let TBN be its own sad self, let Fox and all this extra stuff go. Celebrity Christianity is rife with potential compromise.

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)

Some quotes from Robert Jeffress:

“I see apostasy in many ways occurring in Evangelical churches that really aren’t teaching the truth of God’s word. I do believe that some churches have become entertainment centers and a[re] teaching a type of prosperity Gospel rather than teaching God’s word.” Robert Jeffress

“I want to remind people that the Nazis weren’t able to take the Jews to the crematoriums immediately. The German people wouldn’t have allowed for it. Instead, the Nazis had to change public opinion. They marginalized the Jewish people, disparaged them, and made them objects of contempt.” Robert Jeffress

“The fact is you cannot talk about the love of God. The love of God has no meaning whatsoever unless you understand the judgment of God that all of us deserve.”  Robert Jeffress
You cannot find one single verse in the New Testament that calls for violence against non-believers. Jesus said to love your enemies. Muhammad said to butcher your enemies.” Robert Jeffress
And here is a “quote” from the Holy God, for Pastor Jeffress and the rest of us:
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

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