Can it really be? Can Christendom, which has both STOOD STRONG and continued to GROW for 2000 years FINALLY be COMPLETELY DECEIVED? And, if it is SO, that Christendom is NOW completely deceived, WHY DIDN'T IT HAPPEN BEFORE NOW? These are legitimate questions.
Jesus said: Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God (Matt. 22:29). I have been instructed by BOTH the scriptures and by the power of God in this matter. If I fail to show you what THE GREAT DREAM is, and what makes it a "new" religion; or if I fail to show you how it got here and WHY it wasn't here before; or if I fail to show you why it succeeds NOW and didn't in the past: my PREMISE shall fall to the ground, and I shall end up being a very great fool. Do not fear: I shall not fail you, MY EYES HAVE BEEN OPENED. Let us begin with:
|2Cor.11:4||For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, YE MIGHT WELL BEAR WITH HIM.|
Here we have a full and accurate description of a COMPLETELY FALSE CHRISTIANITY. In order for any "version" of the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3) to be COMPLETELY false, it has to be DEFECTIVE in 4 ways. The Apostle Paul describes the full experience of salvation as being able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height (Eph. 3:18). These are the 4 dimensions of our existence in the created universe, and they correspond PRECISELY to the 4 elements of The True and Saving Faith.
The 4 elements of a COMPLETELY FALSE CHRISTIANITY are:
1. Another Jesus: Your perception of height has to do with your perception of AUTHORITY. Jesus said: All power in heaven and earth is given unto Me (Matt. 28:19). If you have another Jesus, you have improperly assigned ULTIMATE AUTHORITY to "someone or something" other than the REAL, ORIGINAL, HISTORICAL Jesus of The New Testament.
2. Another spirit: Your perception of breadth (width) corresponds to your perception of the unity of The Spirit (Eph. 4:3). If you have another spirit, you are UNABLE to see how it is that YOU and all saints truly do have EXACTLY the SAME God, and EXACTLY the SAME religion, in spite of whatever MINOR differences and disagreements there are.
3. Another gospel: Your perception of length corresponds to your perception of The Gospel (glad tidings). If you have another gospel, your "faith" is INCONSISTENT with itself; so that the "details" and "conclusions" of your faith CONTRADICT, and are not harmonious with your confession.
4. No historical continuity: Your perception of depth (time, history, background) corresponds to the historical continuity of your faith. The True and Saving Faith is the faith that was ONCE delivered unto the saints (Jude 3). If you have no historical continuity to your faith, then you WILL NOT be able to IDENTIFY with the "religion" that saved the saints of all centuries; and their testimonies, and their experiences, will seem FOREIGN and EXCLUSIVELY PERSONAL to you.
|Eph.4:4||There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;|
|5.||One Lord, one faith, one baptism,|
|6.||One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all.|
Certainly: if you have replaced Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Gospel with something OTHER than the GENUINE ORIGINALS, there is NO historical continuity to your faith, and you have a COMPLETELY FALSE CHRISTIANITY. Rather then dwell on the nature of THE FALSE, we shall take note, by short definitions, of THE TRUE: letting THE FALSE be seen by contrast. THE GREAT DREAM is MORE than just a COMPLETELY FALSE "version" of Christianity; it is a COMPLETELY FALSE CHRISTIANITY with SOMETHING ADDED, as we shall see.
1. THE ORIGINAL JESUS is the Jesus of history, and He is not a chameleon, to change with the times (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus tolerates NO rivals (John 10:8). Jesus expects to be OBEYED(Luke 6:46). Jesus IS, and will continue to be, consistent with His own teachings (John 8:25). Jesus comes through for those who serve Him in Truth (John 15:7). Any "Jesus", or "imaginary Jesus" who is not CONSISTENT with THESE THINGS is NOT the Jesus of history.
2. THE ONE HOLY SPIRIT comes to remind us of Jesus, and brings comfort to all The True Children of God (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit gives us power to do great deeds, love to feel and share, and a sound mind to guide us through this life (2 Timothy 1:7). The Holy Spirit empowers us to do the MIRACULOUS, and establishes UNITY among ALL The True Believers (1 Cor. 12:1-31). The Holy Spirit baptizes all who obey God, and when this happens, YOU KNOW IT HAS HAPPENED (Luke 3:16, Acts 1:5, 2:2-4,5:32, 11:15). Any "spirit", real or imaginary, who does not DO ALL these things is another spirit.
3. THE UNCHANGING GOSPEL is a message OF and FROM (not "about") Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (John 6:63). The Gospel never changes, nor does it conform to changes in society or physical circumstances (Matt. 5:18). The Gospel and the Person of Christ CANNOT be divorced one from the other (John 12:48). The Gospel rewards those who OBEY it (John 15:7).
I feel compelled to SAY IT AGAIN here, that the Saving Gospel of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is expressed by Jesus HIMSELF in His own WORDS. To suppose that one is believing "the Gospel" just because one has a "confession of faith" or a "creed" of some kind; be it EVER SO FULL of quotations from Paul, or Peter, or The Fathers, or Luther, or Calvin, or anyone else: is IN FACT, to CONTRADICT Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He died for His friends, and His friends are those who DO whatsoever He commands us (John 15:14). This is the NUMBER ONE theological error of our times; that people think they may REJECT or PASS OVER or EXPLAIN AWAY the teachings and commands of Jesus Christ, and expect to be "saved" by some sort of LAZY CONCESSION made to "the fact of God" or "the necessity of religion". The WORDS that Jesus has spoken shall judge him in the last day (John 12:48): NOT the words that Peter, or Paul, or Luther, or Moody, or Wesley, or Scofield, or I, or ANYONE ELSE has spoken. And by the way, Pal, The Lord has told me that all who resist THIS message are going to get JUDGED. Pardon me, but I need to take a break from all this academia to READ YOU THE RIOT ACT: for in the end, THAT is what The Lord of All Authority has sent me to do. If I take the time to produce evidences, answer objections, or resolve riddles; it is because of your WEAKNESS. There is One Lord, and One faith, and if you disagree with me, well, then ONE of us must be wrong. AND IT ISN'T ME. The Lord has sent me to tell Christendom that they (you?) have rejected Him by REJECTING His words, and that He is going to AVENGE Himself against those who CLAIM to speak for Him and yet DENY, CONTRADICT, and FAIL TO MENTION the very things that He Himself said. YOU CAN BET ON IT.
4. THE HISTORIC UNITY OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE is that SAMENESS of doctrine and that SIMILARITY of religious experience which was observable in ALL the Great Saints of Antiquity. By Great Saints; I refer to famous Christians, of whom history records that they were victorious in their personal life, and also successful in the propagation of their Faith. I propose therefore this list; composed of Famous Names from several Denominations and eras: AUGUSTINE (5th century), FRANCIS (12th century), LUTHER (16th century), BUNYAN (17th century), WESLEY (18th century), DARBY (19th century), and Dietrich BONHOEFFER (20th century).
I doubt that anyone but the most narrow minded BIGOT would dispute this list, and it CANNOT be said that it is "one sided" or prejudiced to any particular party. This group of men represent virtually every VARIATION of Historic Christianity that has endured to the present time. I make no presumption that you know who all these men are, or that you know ANYTHING about what they did and said: NOR do I think it necessary for you to know, since I believe that The Bible is the ONLY Book that was ever needed.
I have thoroughly studied the lives of all these men. I have read books written BY them, and books written ABOUT them. I testify to you, that these men had a great deal MORE in common than they had at variance. They ALL testified to and displayed a SOBER FEAR OF GOD. They ALL had a deeply personal and CRISIS LIKE conversion experience. They ALL believed that The Bible was THE RELIABLE and THE TRUE Word of God. They ALL had a CONSPICUOUSLY profound reverence and regard for the Teachings of Jesus. They ALL devoted themselves WHOLEHEARTEDLY to the pursuit of Holiness and Truth in spite of ANY possible loss or danger. They ALL were always ready to preach the word, in season, and out of season (2 Tim. 4:2). They ALL persevered in their Faith, and remained absolutely CONSISTENT with their profession from the time of their conversion till the day of their passing from this world. BEHOLD! A list of SPIRITUAL GIANTS Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens (Hebrews 11:33-34).
It is quite possible that these men would have accused and condemned each other, but even that couldn't take away from the conspicuous SAMENESS in their experience, their devotion, and their focus on Jesus Christ. A complete list of their disagreements can be resolved into just 4 subjects.
1. ASSOCIATIONS: Which local assembly to attend?
2. FORMALITIES: Which rituals and procedures?
3. PREDESTINATION: What does "Free Will" mean?
4. ESCHATOLOGY: What is the present state of the deceased, and how does the world end?
None of these things compromises the essential SAMENESS between all these men. Some of these same disputes can be found among the Apostles in The New Testament (Galatians 2:11, Romans 3:28 with James 2:20), and so these DIFFERENCES cannot be called "evidence" that they had DIFFERENT "faiths".
It is when men such as these decide to "forget their differences" for the sake of a "unity" that can only exist at the expense of Truth that a RELIGIOUS BABYLON is possible. There is no historic unity of successful and victorious heretics who all held to the SAME errors: for until NOW, God has seen to it that failure, moral decay, and personal misery, were errors rewards. What makes THE GREAT DREAM so much more deadly than your "ordinary" corrupted version of The Faith, is that it is being CONFIRMED by widespread support and apparent miracles. Because THE GREAT DREAM APPEARS to "work", it's followers will not care about how the Saints of the past LIVED and DESCRIBED their Faith.
|2Cor.13:5||Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?|
For those who live in The Fear of God, there can be no thought more ominous and sobering than the possibility of REPROBACY. THE GREAT DREAM is a reprobate religion: preached, and subscribed to by reprobates. Therefore it is CRUCIAL that we identify just WHAT a reprobate is, and how one BECOMES a reprobate. Flagrant "sinnings" such as adultery and murder alone cannot make one into a reprobate in the Biblical sense of the word. The popular understanding of what a reprobate is, " someone who is INCORRIGIBLE". INCORRIGIBLE means "beyond possibility of reform". Sampson committed both MURDER and ADULTERY; and the last words to come out of his mouth before he COMMITTED SUICIDE by demolishing the building he was standing in were a plea to God that he might be avenged on the Philistines for his two eyes (Judges 16:28), for they had blinded him when they captured him (Judges 16:21). Sampson did all these things, and he committed many great sins, but he ALSO made the Great Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11. There can be little doubt that Sampson will be waiting for us in Heaven when we get there. Whatever Sampson was: he was NOT a reprobate in God's sight, even IF he was a very great sinner in the eyes of men.
The story of Sampson provides us with a BIG CLUE about what will give God A REASON to withdraw His help and presence. IN spite of all his sins, Sampson continued to have his Divine Gift of supernatural strength until he revealed his secret and his hair was cut (Judges 16:16-19). This was in NO WAY a moral matter, but strictly a RELIGIOUS matter. Sampson only lost his strength when he had finally broken ALL of his Nazarite Vows; the last of which concerned his hair. None of Sampson's OTHER sins (and they were many) were sufficient REASON for God to withdraw His help and presence. When the Bible speaks of reprobates, it is referring to persons who are SPIRITUALLY and RELIGIOUSLY incorrigible: that is, they CANNOT and WILL NOT repent from their religious errors.
|Heb.6:4||For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,|
|5.||And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,|
|6.||If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.|
|7.||For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:|
|8.||But that which beareth thorns and briars is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.|
|9.||But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we speak thus.|
The things in Hebrews 6:4-5 may be part of a man's religious experience, and yet NOT accompany salvation. This is that case in which a man does not take heed HOW he hears (Luke 8:18), so that in spite of being exposed to all these things, he doesn't bring forth fruit that is acceptable to God. The word for rejected is ADOKIMOS, which is translated to reprobate in 2 Corinthians 13:5, and almost everywhere else that it occurs. The words fall away in Hebrews 6:6 DO NOT mean "depart openly from the faith". The Greek word used here is PARA-PIPTO, which means "to fall, or fail, with". As in 2 Corinthians 13:5, where the reprobates are STILL very much a part of and involved with The Church' so Hebrews 6:4-9 does not describe people who have "left the church", but rather people who HANG AROUND and STAY INVOLVED but never take any of this business seriously enough to awaken from THE DREAM WORLD. The rain (the influences of the Holy Spirit) falls on ALL the ground (Heb. 6:7), but only SOME of the ground (people in the church) bringeth forth herbs which are meet (acceptable) to God. The rest are rejected (REPROBATES).
The churches of Apostate Christendom are now packed with reprobates. They have tasted and been made partakers of Holy Things. They have been enlightened as to their condition by the good Word of God. They continue to insist that they are "already" SAVED. Eventually, these Holy things lose ALL their effect on one who will not TAKE ACCOUNT of whether or not the "truth" he is receiving is making any REAL DIFFERENCE in his life, and who is not concerned whether or not the "truth" he is receiving FAITHFULLY and HONESTLY reflects the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Most of these RELIGIOUS reprobates put on a GOOD SHOW of religious devotion; they may be "willing workers" or generous to their church. They have the 3 things which make one a "Christian" in the religion of THE GREAT DREAM: PUBLIC MORALITY, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, and of course, CHURCH MEMBERSHIP. They put on a "pretty good show", and are sometimes hard to spot: but these are the people that Jesus was addressing when He said, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15).
The earth is presently populated by 3 types of men. There are the Children of God (1 John 3:2); these are the ones who are born again (John 3:3). There are the Children of the Devil (John 8:44); these are the ones who are reprobate. There are the Children of the world (Luke 16:8); these are the ones "in the middle", whose eternal fate is not yet fixed in time.
A reprobate may be very religious and talk much about 'god', but his god is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). The God who is expressed by the Person, Words, and Works of Our Lord Jesus Christ; they reject. And even as they did not like to retain (the True, One and Only) God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a REPROBATE mind...(Romans 1:28).
THE GREAT DREAM is a "term" that I use to designate and describe the COMPLETELY FALSE "version" of Christianity that HAS replaced Historic Christianity in Organized Religion in these Last Days. I believe that I received EVEN this "name" (The Great Dream)from the Holy Spirit, for it accurately represents the nature of this false religion, and distinguishes it from "ordinary" false religions; all of which exist only in THE DREAM WORLD. THE GREAT DREAM is different from past heresies, in that it is not just a corruption of Christianity, but is a TOTAL REPLACEMENT for it. The other unique "feature" of THE GREAT DREAM is that it APPEARS to be confirmed; so strongly confirmed, that it is easy to think that God is confirming it. In fact, God IS confirming it.
|2Thess.2:3||Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (when Christ returns) shall not come, except there come a falling away (apostasy) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.|
|9.||Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders,|
|10.||And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.|
|11.||And for this cause (receiving not the love of the truth) GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a lie:|
|12.||That they all might be DAMNED who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.|
We are told in verse 3 that an APOSTASY was to precede the coming of The Lord. The Greek word for APOSTASY is ALSO the word for DIVORCE. Now you cannot get DIVORCED from someone that you are not married to, and so this statement about an APOSTASY preceding the coming of The Lord CANNOT be anything but a prediction that Christendom as a whole will be APOSTATE before and when Jesus returns.
Almost all of the well known prophecy teachers in
Christendom are daily
telling us that we are at the End of the Age; and that we should be
ready for the SOON return of Jesus Christ. If they are right, (and they
are), then we are NOW in the midst of this APOSTASY. YET, we see that the
churches are still full, and it's BUSINESS AS USUAL. Where, you could ask,
is the EVIDENCE of this APOSTASY? Are the church-folks conspicuously less
moral? No. Are they withholding their money? No. Are they
openly denying the main historic doctrines of The Faith? No. Is there
any lack of displays of "gifts of The Spirit"? No.
Is there any less interest in evangelizing the world? No. Is there
any slump in religious book and Bible sales? No. Is there any lessening
interest in religious television and music? No. WHERE'S THE APOSTASY?
Yet I have just used THOUSANDS of words to describe it to you, and to point it out to you; so that, just a few minutes ago you thought you could plainly see it. All I did was take your attention off WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS for a moment and direct your attention to "appearances", and POOF! The Apostasy disappears from sight. You would think; that IF things are SO BAD, as bad as I say they are, that God would DO SOMETHING about it. He has, He has CONFIRMED it. In 2 Thess. 2:9-12, the Apostle says that because they received not the love of the truth....God shall send them strong delusion. The words translated to strong delusion mean "a working, or energizing of error". God is ADDING ENERGY or GIVING POWER to their error. God is NOT "feeding them a lie", He is CONFIRMING their OWN lies. How is God confirming it? In the first place, by not punishing them for it; and in the second place, by granting them OUTWARD and VISIBLE success; and in the third place, by granting them power and signs and lying wonders.
When Jesus was asked what would be the SIGNS of His coming and the end of the age (Matt. 24:3), one of the things He said was: For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew GREAT SIGNS and WONDERS; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Matt. 24:12). The plural use of Christs and prophets definitely means MORE than just a FEW; and the words deceive the very elect have to mean that the Real Christians are here to see those signs and wonders. Well, HERE WE ARE, and HERE THEY ARE, and HERE IT IS.
This is what makes THE GREAT DREAM so DIFFERENT from past heresies: that it is a COMPLETELY FALSE "version" of Christianity CONFIRMED on a GRAND scale. There have been heretics in the past that displayed supernatural powers; but NEVER in history has a whole class of heretics arisen together, who while all approving of each other, DIFFER in their doctrines, and "evidently" work the same miracles. This is RELIGIOUS BABYLON. Here we have the Catholic who has NOT given up his Pope, or his "Mother of God" or his purgatory, or ANYTHING ELSE: he speaks in tongues and claims miracles. Here we have the Baptist whose Official Doctrine DENIES the present use of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit: he can speak in tongues and heal a few people too. LOOK AROUND YOU! Watch some "Christian" TV; attend a "conference"; what do you see? Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Catholics, Quakers, Mennonites, Episcopalians, Orthodox, and representatives of EVERY Denomination: all "getting together" to share the pulpit. They clap each other on the back and flatter each other with long winded testimonials. They ALL claim to have "the power" and a Divine "commission" to represent the One Lord, and the One faith (Eph. 4:5). After their "conference" they all go home to their respective churches: churches whose Official Doctrine CONDEMNS and DENOUNCES the Official Doctrine of the "preacher" they just got done SHAKING HANDS with. This is NO PROBLEM for them, for they have taken away the key of knowledge (Luke 11:52). They have DENIED that there is ANYTHING True and Final to be known about Christianity; and all that matters to them is whether or not their "preaching" is popular.
|2Thess.2:7||For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He Who now restrains, will restrain, until He be taken out of the way.|
Their DOCTRINE is the mystery of iniquity, which WAS restrained; but that restraint only prevents the Antichrist from coming into his time (2 Thess.2:6); it does not prevent The Apostasy, which comes FIRST. God has sent them strong delusion, and NOW, there is no stopping them. The word translated to iniquity is ANOMIAS, which is sometimes translated to LAWLESSNESS. This does not mean that these FALSE PROPHETS are immoral in some DETECTABLE way. ANOMIAS means "without fixed principle". There is in RELIGIOUS BABYLON no "fixed principle" or CLEAR and UNAMBIGUOUS doctrine; YET, everyone has "the power". This IS the fulfillment of that prophecy: that GOD WILL ENERGIZE THEIR ERROR. Be aghast! Be horrified! This is The End! Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues! (Rev. 18:4)
TSO SAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT ABOUT REVIVED RELIGIOUS BABYLON. The time would come, that God's People would discover to their AMAZEMENT that their own church is part of RELIGIOUS BABYLON. If you say that this has not happened YET, then describe to yourself WHAT MORE is required than the present situation to completely fulfill these prophecies. WHAT MORE?
TEVEN IF all these Last Days FALSE PROPHETS can work miracles, and even if the reprobate multitudes of Apostate Christendom are "looking good and feeling fine"; you'd think that SOMEBODY (besides me) would NOTICE that all these "preachers" seem to get the SAME results NO MATTER WHAT they say or what they CLAIM to "believe". Even the traditional critics of Christianity aren't saying anything about it. Just 100 years ago, the intellectuals and the atheists would have had a HEYDAY pointing out that all these "Christians" that profess to be in unity are endlessly contradicting each other. Even the leaders of Satanic churches and Occult religions aren't taking advantage of this opportunity for them to discredit Christianity! Why?
|Isaiah.60:1||Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.|
|2.||For, behold, the DARKNESS shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.|
Those who believe that there is a coming Kingdom of God on Earth have always seen a prophecy and description of That Kingdom in the Prophecies of Isaiah, chapters 60-66. At the beginning of these chapters, is a prophecy about a light and a darkness. The light is going to come to the True Saints of God, and the gross darkness is going to cover the people.
The Hebrew word translated to people is LEUMMIN, a derogatory term which means, "the teeming multitudes of the Godless nations". The light shall come to US; but the darkness shall cover THEM. This particular light, and this particular darkness, are prophetic EVENTS which precede the coming of The Lord and the establishment of The Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
The light in this prophecy is a SPIRITUAL and RELIGIOUS enlightenment in matters heretofore UNKNOWN which will take place at the time of the end.
|Daniel.12:4||But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal thebook, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.|
This book that you are holding in your hands is a product of that End Times Enlightenment. This End Times Enlightenment is NOT any "new" revelation; but is the resolution of long standing RIDDLES and MYSTERIES which were always in The Bible. The book is sealed, even to the time of the end. The words run to and fro are a Hebraism for comparing scripture to scripture; but may also describe how electronic communications permit us to know in a flash what is happening on the other side of the world; thus enabling us to see the fulfillment of prophecy in a way unavailable to all previous generations. At the time of the end, Bible study will yield increased knowledge.
The darkness in this prophecy is also a feature UNIQUE to the time of the end. It is a gross (thick, impenetrable) darkness that shall cover the GODLESS MILLIONS at the time of the end. As Daniel also said: None of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand (Dan. 12:10).
The Apostle Peter said, For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21). And so it is, that the Apostle Paul MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN the full significance of his own prophecies; so that what he thought was included as a figurative illustration in his own writings takes on a momentous significance under that additional light that has been given to us in these End Times.
|1Thess.5:1||But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.|
|2.||For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.|
|3.||For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.|
|4.||But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.|
|5.||Ye are all children of light, and children of the day, we are not of the night, nor of darkness.|
|6.||Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.|
|7.||For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night.|
Both the night and the darkness represent the same condition in this prophecy; that is, of SLEEPING (Mark 13:36). The day of the Lord comes....in the night.
Our Lord Jesus Christ ALSO spoke of this coming darkness, and there can be no doubt but that Jesus knew EXACTLY what He was talking about.
|John.9:4||I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.|
When Jesus said the night cometh, He obviously means that THAT night had NOT YET COME. This is a COMING night, an event yet FUTURE when Our Lord uttered this prophecy. When this night cometh, no man can work. The Greek words translated to can work are literally, "has power to get anything accomplished". Any man who is swallowed up in THAT night, and THAT darkness will have no power to do anything about it OR escape it. And, when THAT night comes, the True Saints will have no power to dispel it, or stop it from putting THE GODLESS MILLIONS to sleep.
THIS PRESENT DARKNESS is the fulfillment of these prophecies. The signs of The End of the Age are all around us. Christendom is pursuing UNITY at the expense of Truth. Christendom has blindly slipped into full blown APOSTASY, and almost nobody, is noticing.
The 23rd chapter of the Prophecies of Jeremiah is a prediction of events to happen AFTER the restoration of Israel AS A NATION that took place in 1948 (Jer. 23:7-8). These predicted events include this present APOSTASY and the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom (Jer. 23:5-6). And, we are PLAINLY told that these events, and these prophecies, WOULD NOT be understood until the latter days.
|Jer.23:20||The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He have executed, and till He have performed the thoughts of His heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.|
Every single word, and every single phrase in Jeremiah 23 applies to these End Times. I am not going to comment on the whole chapter, read it for yourself. I want to draw your attention to a peculiar feature of this chapter.
|Jer.23:25||I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in My name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.|
|26.||How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophecy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart.|
|27.||Which think to cause My people to forget My name by their dreams, which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten My name for Baal.|
Baal is NOT a proper name. Baal is one of the 2 Hebrew words for Lord. ADONAI is the other Hebrew word for Lord, and is the term that Jehovah God used to designate Himself. Baal also means Lord, but is also the name of the god of Babylon. The god of Babylon is called THE LORD. GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY: LOOK IT UP.
|Jer.23:32||Behold, I am against them that prophecy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.|
DREAMS? Is the Lord saying that these latter days false prophets are prophesying dreams which are the deceits of their own hearts? Well, well, what do we have here? And how do they cause the people to err? By their lightness. Their LIGHTNESS? These are nothing other NOR less than prophecies about THE GREAT DREAM. They preach a CONFUSION of contradictions and so the Lord accuses them of lightness; They prophecy in the name of "The Lord", but their "Lord" is the GOD OF BABYLON.
|Jer.23:17||They say still unto them that despise Me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.|
|18.||For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath perceived and heard His word? who hath marked His word, and heard it?|
The contrast is between those who walk after the imagination of their own heart, and those who have marked His word. Must I become redundant and point out again that THE GREAT DREAM is a religion in which there is no ABSOLUTE STANDARD for truth except popular opinion? This is clearly a description of this present APOSTASY. Furthermore, these DREAMERS are also FLATTERERS: they cater to the whims of their audience, telling them Ye shall have peace, and No evil shall come upon you.
|Jude.3||Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend forthe faith which was once delivered unto the saints.|
The entire Book of Jude is written as a present-tense address to the GREAT and FINAL APOSTASY of prophecy (2 Thess. 2:3), for it speaks of the last time (Jude 18) in the present-tense, and asserts that the prophecy in 2 Peter 3:3-4 is fulfilled. Jude gives us a lengthy, and detailed description of the character of the apostles and heralds of this APOSTASY. They are NOT outsiders, but INSIDERS; for they have crept in (Jude 4). They include men of public authority in The Church (Jude 11). These men are the HERALDS OF THE GREAT DREAM.
|Jude.8||Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.|
The word FILTHY is not in the Greek original, and so you will find it italicized in the KJV. These men are JUST dreamers. They are plenty filthy in God's sight though, because they are twice dead (Jude 12). This means that they are REPROBATES. Dead to God like all unsaved men; but also dead for good: INCORRIGIBLE. Jesus said: That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man (Mark 7:20); and these men defile themselves by their wicked thoughts, their hatred of the Truly Righteous, and their presumption to spiritual office; they speak evil of those things which they know not (Jude 10). The dominion they despise is the dominion of the Holy Spirit, which they have replaced with their BUREAUCRACIES. The word for dignities is DOXAS, which means,"glorious, heavenly things", and the word for speak evil is BLASPHEMOUSIN, which means "blaspheme them". They are BLASPHEMERS of GLORIOUS HEAVENLY THINGS. The Glorious Heavenly Things they are blaspheming are the teachings of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: for they are said to deny the only Lord God, and Our Lord Jesus Christ (Jude 4). The word for denying is ARNEOMAI, which means "to deny by CONTRADICTING", or in other words, THEY CONTRADICT JESUS CHRIST.
The DREAMERS in the 23rd chapter of Jeremiah, and the DREAMERS in the Book of Jude are THE SAME. They are THE HERALDS OF THE GREAT DREAM.
SO, just what is the doctrine of THE GREAT DREAM? WELL, that's the problem. THE GREAT DREAM doesn't have any particular doctrine, or you could say, THE GREAT DREAM has every doctrine. I have shown you what THE GREAT DREAM isn't: it ISN'T historic Christianity. I have shown you what the dreamers look like, and how they speak great swelling words, having mens persons in admiration because of advantage (Jude 16). But I can't tell you EXACTLY what THE GREAT DREAM is, because it isn't anything in particular.
THE GREAT DREAM is a "fluid" religion, conforming itself to whoever embraces it. Among the Disciples of THE GREAT DREAM every variation of doctrine is possible, so that if I were to say "They teach this or that", there would always be some among them that can assert that they never subscribed to "this or that". Trying to pin down THE GREAT DREAM is like trying to grasp a handful of smoke. THE GREAT DREAM is a vague religion: a sort of CHIMERA of Christianity; decorated with traditional symbols; and "painted in" with religious terminology.
The disciples of THE GREAT DREAM avoid precise definitions for theological terms. For them, the word SAVED can mean born again, or religious, or just acceptably moral. In order to be a First Class Member of the Church of THE GREAT DREAM you only have to show proof of 3 things: PUBLIC MORALITY, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, and of course, CHURCH MEMBERSHIP.
THE GREAT DREAM does, however, have 3 conspicuous Articles of Faith:
1. COMPLACENCY about religious doctrines. They
aren't interested in
Truth, but only in cooperation. It's that BABYLON SYNDROME.
2. COMPROMISE whenever religion interferes with political, cultural, or family loyalties. It's that UNITY thing.
3. COWARDICE whenever obedience to any religious doctrine may put them at risk. They are the fearful and unbelieving of Revelation 21:8. They DO NOT TRUST GOD. It's that WORLDLY WISDOM thing.
In the end, THE GREAT DREAM delivers to us a helpless, impersonal Christ; who will not, or cannot, rescue us from the miserable drudgery of the common human condition. The latest findings of SCIENCE become equal to the laws of God. Everyone, saint and sinner alike, end up subject to the same rules for health, happiness, and success that the Godless world has always believed in. Rather than contradicting SCIENCE and CONVENTIONAL WISDOM, (which The Bible plainly does), THE GREAT DREAM certifies all these things. THE GREAT DREAM isn't really a "religion" at all; it's just a cry for unity and peace at ANY expense. In the West, it takes on a "Christian" form, in the East it will find other masks. Really, all it is, is nominalism.
The BABYLON SYNDROME is the idea that God is impressed by magnificence and multitudes. The Heralds of THE GREAT DREAM are hard at work to create a "super church", that will incorporate people, money, and clergy from all Denominations. They truly believe that God wants them to do this. They are very busy right now, setting up television networks so that we can all keep in touch with "headquarters". They believe that if they can get 100million people to all agree in prayer, that God simply has to act. Through the television, they have constructed a sort of "United Fund" of Christianity, through which we may send Bibles to Russia, food to Honduras, and missionaries to China. You can even do all this with a credit card and a single phone call. Anyone who doesn't join in or help out is a "bad citizen". And are they ever ambitious! Everyone of these BIG-SHOTS thinks they are the ONE who has to go save the whole world, and that the WHOLE WORLD needs to hear from THEM personally. They tell you that if you don't help THEM that "souls will perish" and you will be blamed for it.
|Matt.23:14||Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites! For ye devour widows houses (gimmee gimmee gimmee), and for a pretense make long prayer: (publicly, of course) therefore shall ye receive the greater condemnation.|
|15.||Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites! FOR YE COMPASS SEA AND LAND TO MAKE ONE PROSELYTE; and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.|
Did you ever wonder WHY these guys don't just ask you to give your money to older established Christian organizations that ALREADY take in orphans, feed the starving, distribute Bibles, and send out missionaries? DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY? Let me tell you why: They want to make disciples to themselves because they rate their own success by the volume of applause and the size of their income.
Folks, this is it. It's ALL OVER for Organized Religion in this world. God is done with it. He sent me to tell you this.
|Heb.13:13||Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.|
|14.||For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.|
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