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Pivotal

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History is the chronological flow of events.  History explains why things are the way they are.  Certain events are of critical importance in the flow of history to this point in time.

Inventions such as the wheel, the sextant, the printing press, the steam engine, the telegraph, the light bulb, the transistor, and the Internet were of profound impact on human life on earth.

The Battle of Tours, the Reformation, the American Revolution, and the Battle of Stalingrad were pivotal points in conflict that had things turned out differently, we would not be where we are now.

In our individual lives, marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, the death of a child, studying abroad, or an automobile accident are examples of pivotal events that shape or re-shape our personal histories.  We all have them.

There are also events that transcend all human history (3 past and 1 future) and invade our personal histories.  I can think of four, and only four.

1.  The Fall of Man:  Man (Adam and Eve) disobeyed God and death corrupted all of creation.  Every person born since the Fall of Man has been born spiritually stillborn and emotionally crippled.

2.  God became a Man:  God so loved Man that He sent His Son in the form of a man to pay for all the wrongs man has committed against Him.  Jesus was supernaturally conceived in a virgin i.e. incarnation  (Jesus was given a human body and placed in a virgin’s womb), not fertilization (the result of marital relations between a man and a woman).  His birth was announced with “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

3.  “It is Finished”:   The Son of God, Jesus Christ, became a man for the purpose of paying the price for all of man’s wrongs.  He did so on a cross, where He voluntarily laid down His life as payment for me and you and all men.  But it was not possible for death to hold Jesus so on the third day, He arose from the dead to defeat death and the fear of death for those who chose to believe.  That belief/faith results in being made new on the inside, spiritually re-born unto eternal life.

4.  The Return:  Man has reigned on earth since the Fall of Man.  He has not done a good job.  As promised, Jesus Christ is going to return to earth and He will reign forever, and His government will establish perfect peace on earth.  The citizens of His kingdom will be those who chose to believe in Him.

These four transcending events, more than any others in the history of the world, are pivotal.  More than any other events, these explain why things are the way they are.  More than any other events in my personal history, these four invading events define who I was, who I am, and what my future will be.

The four transcending events have invaded your life to some extent.  Have they all invaded your life?  Perfect peace comes when all four do.

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False Prophet: Ecumenicism

Loud is the cry for unity.  Unity among Christians, unity among all religions, unity among nations, unity within nations.  The cry is loud because unity brings peace.

However, missing in all the cries for unity and peace is the cry for truth.  Unity and peace without truth are false.  Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”  (Matthew 10:34).  When praying to the Father for His followers,  Jesus prayed, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”  (John 17:16-17).

Given to the Apostle John in approximately 95 AD, the Book of Revelation must be understood to understand the days in which we live.  Jesus gives us the outline for the book in Revelation 1:19.

  1. has seen Ch 1                             the Revelation of Jesus Christ
  2. which are Ch 2 & 3                   present
  3. which shall be Ch 4-22           future

The seven letters to the seven churches dictated to the Apostle John by the Lord Jesus Christ, the period of time in Revelation 1:19 known as “the things which are” before the period of time known as “the things which shall be hereafter,” foretells Church history.  The sequence of the letters is of utmost importance in that in only that sequence do they map to Church history.

Ephesus:          Apostolic Church            30 – 100  (1st century)

Smyrna:           Persecuted Church        100 – 312  (2nd, 3rd)

Pergamum       Imperial Chuch             312 – 606  (4th – 6th)

Thyatira           Papal Church                 606 – Tribulation  (7th – )

Sardis              Reformed Church       1520 – Tribulation  (16th – )

Philadelphia    Missionary Church      1750 – Rapture  (18th – )

Laodicea         Apostate Church         1900 – Tribulation  (20th – )

The over-riding characteristics of the churches are:

Ephesus:          Pre-occupied:  neglected priorities, left 1st love

Smyrna:           Persecuted:  satanic oppression, persecuted

Pergamum:      Politically Correct:  religious and compromising,                                                                                             a perverted marriage

Thyatira:          Prosperous…but adulterous:  worldly, love affair                                                                                             with Jezebel

Sardis:             Powerless:  spiritual apathy, dead

Philadelphia:   Persevering:  small, faithful, raptured

Laodicea:        Putrid:  lukewarm

Still on earth in these end times are Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.   Clearly, according to Jesus Christ Who is dictating these letters, these churches are NOT on the same page.  They may seek unity under one leader but it will be a false unity because Truth (a Person, John 14:6) is excluded.

Beware the man-centered ecumenical movement sweeping the earth these days.  Be very discerning, not dull (“lazy”) of hearing (Hebrews 5:11-14), when you hear the words of the Pope or Rick Warren.  They are saying things contrary to the words of Jesus Christ in Revelation 2-3 and in so doing are luring “Christianity” into the One World Religion led by the False Prophet (foretold in Revelation 13) and destroyed by The Truth (Revelation 17).

Will we listen to the ear-tickling words of man  (2 Timothy 4:1-4) to our own harm or the ear-tingling Word of God  (1 Samuel 3:11, 2 Kings 21:12, Jeremiah 19:3) to our eternal good?

There can be no unity apart from truth.  Therefore, genuine unity and genuine peace will be possible only when Truth establishes His kingdom on earth and reigns on His Throne in Jerusalem (Revelation 19-20).

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