Month 8:18, Week 3:3 (Shleshi/Bikkurim), Year:Day 5940:224 AM|
2Exodus 3/40, Yovel - Year 50/50
Gregorian Calendar: Thursday 17 November 2016
The Remnant Bandwagon
Do Not Be Deceived by the Frauds
The Bandwagon's Extravagent Promises
There are currently many ministers and ministries jumping onboard what I call the 'Remnant Bandwagon' claiming to have the latest 'take' or 'heavenly perspective' who then go on to make extravagant promises to their followers that they will experience this or that miracle. The response at gatherings where such promises are made is predictable - the usual whooping and cheering by those still in the pampered, self-entitled mindset, and not untypically by lawless Christians who are making little or no effort to repent or get their lives purified and in order. They are being psyched up as teacher's-pets for believing in the messenger's message.
It should be stated at the outset that everytime Yahweh reveals something new, or restores something old that has been hidden, that Satan immediately sends out his counterfeiters to claim it as their own and thus sow confusion. Interestingly, almost none are actually claiming to possess this wonderful anointing that they preach, saying it will suddenly 'come', like the first messianic Shavu'ot ('Pentecost'), with something akin to tongues of flame as a visible witness. Needless to say, no one has yet demonstrated this anointing but they certainly love to talk about it.
Left to Flounder
It has always been the position of this ministry that if we take care of what we have been called to do in the mundane - getting on with the simple work of evangelism and discipling - that Yahweh will take care of any new anointings in His own time and way. One thing that has become especially obvious to me, especially recently, is that until we are broken of all pride and sin that basically we are going to be left to flounder where we are.
A Deceptive Vision
One preacher who I was listening to yesterday (at the suggestion of a brother), who loves to dress up like a Hindu mystic, claims to have seen a vision in which an unbelieving teacher with a whithered arm just looked at him and his arm was suddenly healed. This teacher then went outside and preached to the whole school where he worked and all the pupils became believers when they saw how his arm had been healed. This hasn't happened yet (naturally) but his audience lapped it up, dizzy from the promise that sometime in the near future similar things would happen as others, just by looking at them and without a single word being said about Yah'shua (Jesus), would be suddenly healed of some dramatic infirmity and then go and testify, converting masses of people.
Miracles Rarely Produce Salvation Fruits
Brethren and sisters, this sort of talk is not only tommyrot but glorfies man first and then (indirectly) Yah'shua (Jesus)! Yahweh is the focus of miracles, not prospective super-men evangelists and prophets. Finally, physical miracles to not produce the kind of permanent spiritual reformation that accompanies true repentance as was clearly demonstrated in the First Exodus out of Egypt. All those wonder miracles did not convert them for very long. That whole generation (but two) perished in the wilderness, unqualified to enter and settle the Promised Land, a type of the Kingdom. The Second Exodus from the present world system will be no different. True, some who witness miracles will want to know more, genuinely repent and be saved, but most people are not converted by such things, but by having their hearts and consciences pricked by the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) when they become convicted of sin and a desire to get right with Elohim (God).
What We Mean by the Covenant of Miracles
It is very true that extraordinary miracles will accompany the servants of the end-time generation but not in the kind of way claimed by this false teacher. Saving miracles follow those who exercise genuine emunah (faith) in Yah'shua (Jesus) not in charismatic preachers! When I speak of the 'covenant of miracles or wonders' in the end-time it is primarily in the context of deliverance and rescue of the Remnant (who are already saved sotierologically) from those seeking to destroy them. When I speak of the 'covenant of miracles or wonders' in the end-time it is to bring about Yahweh's punishments on the wicked so that they are in no doubt who is doing the punishing, and not because of some 'natural' phenomenon or some 'super holy-man' who 'has' this extraordinary power. (Yahweh's servants don't 'possess' power, they simply request it in harmony with Yah's will). When I speak of the 'covenant of miracles or wonders' in the end-time then, yes, there will certainly be spectacular healings for those who trust and obey. If you want to know what gift specifically has been ordained to convert unbelievers it is tongues, not the gibberish you hear in charismatic meetings but the supernatural gift to speak in a foreign language for the sole purpose of preaching the message of salvation in the same language of the person to whom you are ministering. We will see more of that in days to come.
Showy Signs and Azusa Street
Charismatics have always been occupied with showy signs and miracles. It's a sign of spiritual immaturity and carnality. It was the problem of the first Corinthians. They love the spectacular and the entertainment-value of the supernatural to psyche themselves up with. The Remnant are not some highly privileged snotty children given spectacular miracle-toys with which to show their God off and leave themselves with a load of glory. This is worldly thinking. And Azusa Street was not, as this preacher insists, the precursor to this new binge of miracles coming the way of charismatics. Azusa Street was the catalyst of chaos, delusion and heresy in the Body of Messiah. Yes, Azusa Street represented a thirst and hunger for a more supernatural life in Messiah, especially more along the lines of what happened in the days of the Acts of the Apostles, to counter the drab lifelessness of much of institutional Christianity. But instead of only breathing new life, it simultaneously opened the doors to an invasion of mischievous and deceiving spirits which are now running rampant.
Spoiled Brat Entitlement Syndrome
There are no 'King's Kids' in the Remnant. That's a worldly, lawless Western mentality, where the pursuit of 'glory' outpaces humility many times over, that has to die out of that part of the Body called to be the Remnant. Enough of this Spoiled Brat Entitlement Syndrome that has ruined not only the Western nations but the Western churches too! And enough of the misquoting of the navi (prophet) Haggai, and especially the second chapter that takes about the promised glory of the 'New House'! That 'New House' was not Azusa Street nor its anticipated sequel currently being mislabelled by false teachers as the 'Remnant'.
Haggai's Temple Glory Prophecy
The substance of Haggai's prophecy is as follows. Yahweh had promised that He would dwell in the land of Judah with the people when they came back from Babylonian captivity. Haggai reassured them that Yahweh was, in fact, with them - His Ruach (Spirit) remained with them (Hagg.2:5). He also encouraged them with the reality that though this new, second temple would be nowhere as grand or impressive as the former one built by Solomon which the Babylonians had destroyed, it would, in fact, have a greater glory (Hagg.2:9).
The Latter Glory Stood in the Temple
Centuries later, a young rabbi from Nazareth named Yah'shua (Jesus) would enter this temple and teach the people about the Kingdom of Elohim (God)! No, there wasn't a blazing fire that came out of Heaven during the first temple's dedication to burn up all the offering, but the Voice of the Creator manifested in flesh, teaching emet (truth) in ahavah (love), humility and with toqef (authority).
A Different Kind of Glory
This glory, however, was only discernable to those with right hearts - it was not something dramatic to be witnessed with the eyes. Does this mean that Yah'shua (Jesus) did nothing of a supernatural nature which could be witnessed with the eyes? Of course not, but either they were reserved for a select few (walking on water) or in certain settings (healing, casting out of demons, multiplying of fish and loaves). And it is a fact that probably the vast majority whom He healed never accepted salvation. We know that at one point most of His followers deserted Him when He indicated the kind of sacrifice that would be required of them. No, the latter-day glory was of a different kind, that of hearts being changed and souls regenerated through the "foolishness" of "the message of the cross" (1 Cor.1:18, NIV).
Purpose of the Latter-Day Glory
Yahweh did fill His House with glory again (Hagg.2:9) but not in the way the people expected and certainly not in the way that modern charismatics expect or those still influenced by the charismatic mindset. In any case, they tend, all of them, to miss the last part of the prophecy which says what this glory's purpose is and what it brings:
The Conversion Process Established 2,000 Years Ago
"'The glory of this present house (Temple of Zerubabel) will be greater than the glory of the former house (Temple of Solomon),' says Yahweh-Elohim. 'And in this place I will grant shalom (peace),' declares Yahweh-Elohim" (Hagg.2:9, NIV).
The conversion process established 2,000 years ago has not changed and is not about to change into some more 'dramatic' way. The Besorah (Gospel) Message is exactly the same and the gifts are distributed severally according to their need. Believers are not all expected to have the same gift like like 'tongues' so it can't be evidence of anything except a counterfeit spirit. Salvation does not require outer showy signs to authenticate it. We already know what the fruit of the Ruach (Spirit) is - "ahavah (love), simcha (joy), shalom (peace), patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Gal.5:22-23, NIV) which are hardly dramatic or showy, are they? If you're going to be worried about anything in your spiritual life, worry about an absence of these. Don't fret yourselves over whether you're a 'supernatural champion' or not.
Don't Be Fooled
Finally, don't be fooled by all the bad exegesis of pop theology used to justify these false manifestations and expectations of the Remnant like 'former and latter rain' which these teachers have back to front. Test everything. Don't just accept the word of a famous minister or a denomination that's been around a while. The Remnant is not so lazy or irresponsible. So test what I say too and test it thoroughly.
If you're looking for drama and showiness to either validate or spice up your emunah (faith) (the Jewish Weakness) - or by contrast, simply trying to intellectualise it and be saved through gnosis (knowledge) (the Greek Weakness) - then you're on a slippery slope and a prey for deceiving spirits.
So keep it simple.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of Elohim (God). For it is written: 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.' Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not Elohim (God) made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of Elohim (God) the world through its wisdom did not know him, Elohim (God) was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Messiah crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom Elohim (God) has called, both Jews and Greeks, Messiah the power of Elohim (God) and the wisdom of Elohim (God)" (1 Cor.1:18-24, NIV).