The Day of the Lord
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People get confused with the term. One thing I am absolutely certain unless the Lord shows me otherwise is that the Rapture of the church and "the day of the lord" occur at the same time. In fact the removal of the church ushers in " the day of the Lord" When we look at the circumstances, the time it happens, why it happens and when relating them to other typological examples in the bible we see that the timing is always associated with the rescue of Gods, believers Jewish and gentiles. The day of the Lord happens suddenly like a thief in the night. It always happens during the night. Jacob wrestled with the angle through the night. In other words Israel as and those who are not messianic will go through the tribulation. It is the result of this that the lord returns at the end of the tribulation. They realise the one whom they have pierced, repent and mourn consequently causing the Lord to return that brings an end to the tribulation period. This is why Satan wants to destroy the Jews. He some how thinks by doing so he will avert the return of the Lord.
There are a number of results when this event happens.
- It will come as a snare on people. People will be trapped.Lk 22:21
- It will happen suddenly.
- It will come as a shock for people. 1Thes 5; 1
- It will come as a division for people. Matt 24:40 - 42 the distinction between take and taken have two different meanings.
- It will come as a time of darkness and war. Joel 2
- It will come as a surprise. Lk 17:26 - 30, 2 Pet 3:8! Thes 5
- It will come as a seduction. Matt 24:1! Tim 4:1, 2 Tim3:1
- It will come as a time of suffering. Matt 24; 19-20, Mk 13:17-19
Half of the world's population dies. It ushers in a time of suffering.
Isaiah 51:6 - 7 ... the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke; the earth will wear like a garment and it's inhabitants will die like flies.
In Joel a list of things with regards to the falling of the Holy Spirit in the latter times and the effect of that is given. This has happened in part here and there around the world. The latter rain falls here and there in that wadee and that but not every ware at once. The text refers to Abrahams seed in the last days and therefore implies Israel and not the gentiles in the world. For this to occur results in a contradiction in the verse in regards to The Lords attention turning back to the true vine. If this is so then the latter rain starts fading out rather than building up as it does for the people mentioned in Joel. The early rain starts with the Jews and it will end with the Jewish people during the tribulation period.
Deceptions happening today in churches
If people do not understand the word of God and especially the basic truths regarding eschatology people will be deceived.
These are just a few headings that are deception today
- Counterfeit spirit or Holy Spirit.
- Replacement theology.
- Kingdom now theology. (Reconstructionism)
- Prosperity doctrine.
- Hyper faith.
- Agnostism. (A western helinisation of Jewism.)
- Hyper charismania.
- Over realized eschatology.
- No eschatology.
- False Israelogy or made up Isrealogy.
- Social Gospels. (Teaching to bring people into the church, compromising standards)
- Etc, etc.
We are told what the Holy Spirit explicitly says in 1Tim 4:1-5 and what the Holy Spirit implicitly says elsewhere in texts in respect to wrong doctrines and the last days.
Every distortion of truth in religion will either deny the cross or leave it out.
1st deception today is the lack of interest in eschatology.
2nd deception No rapture.
No meaningful coviet today.
Math 24 False prophets are not the ones deceiving ungodly. They are already deceived. False Prophets are the ones coming into the church to deceive the elect if possible. Math 7, Acts 20?, Luke 21.
(These are the beginning of things to come.)
Dangers. 1: Obsession of events and therefore distortion.
2: No interest. The apathy of churches regarding this has increased greatly.
Another deception that many churches have been caught up in is the calling down of the Holy Spirit. This started with Linial Frisbee in America during the hippy movement.
Linial Frisby had an encounter with God on LSD spaced out in a cave. He began speaking to hippies everywhere telling them of the Love of God. I do believe God used him. He uses every thing for his purposes. Many hippies were baptised and came to the Lord. He attended Calvary Chapel Church. He was found to be in homosexual misconduct and stood down. He repented of this and was asked to speak at one of the services at Calvary Chapel.
He began calling down the Holy Spirit and the place went wild. People were making and imitating all kinds of things surnomonous to a zoo. It was then that Linal Frisbee was asked to stop and step down. Linal Frisbee died tree weeks later from aids...
These phenomena continued with John Whimber who was told to leave Calvary Chapel for mysticism.
The wrong understanding of the functionality of the Holy Spirit and how he works has led to a counterfeit spirit that God allows. People think they can drum up or call down the Holy Spirit when they do not have the right... Some people are sincere in this aspect and God will show them. The Holy Spirit is never called down any where that I am aware of in the bible. People everywhere have been saying come Holy Spirit forgetting that the baptism of the Holy Spirit automatically happens through repentance. Refreshing happens through getting right with God. This was how revivals occurred. People were convicted. God can do some strange things by his power and the presence of the Holy Spirit may result in some interesting reactions but it is never from the fruits of the spirit. E.g. self control purity, etc.
When people start praying for the Holy Spirit and start behaving like animals and saying they can't control themselves this is not the Holy Spirit. In fact it is a judgement of God. Incidentally there is no where in the bible that it says to pray to the Holy Spirit apart from the verse that says "if you ask for a fish will he not give you the holy spirit". Yes but in baptism. This is in no means a directive to be calling down the spirit continuously. In fact it just becomes a mantra. We do not have the authority to be calling down the Holy Spirit. Sure we can ask out of ignorance and sincerity but that is up to the lord and he says in all your petitions make it known to the Father through his son Jesus Christ.
The job of the Holy Spirit is always to lead us to Jesus and we can not see the father but through Jesus Christ. When we have a Holy Spirit or Father centred church we have missed the point it has to be Christ centred.
The apostles laid hands on people to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit after known sin was repented. When people are after something else other than what the Holy Spirit wants then a counterfeit spirit is allowed. The fruit is a lot of manifestation and falling away. Satan plays them along and they go for a sixer. They end up in a worst state than before. Some go ultracalvanistic afraid to have anything to do with the spirit.
Pensacola, Toronto and Florida had these false moves of the spirit and look at the fruit of them now. Some people were genuinely caught up in the movements who sincere hearts had for the Lord and the lord met them but others who were in it for something else got something else but it was not of God.
How many people still are caught up in this way of thinking? They still call down the spirit as though they think they have a right too and wait on the spirit. Jesus says "in all your requests make it known to your father through his son Jesus Christ". Waiting on the spirit is fine as long as God has told you too.
Often people take the Pentecost example to apply to themselves when it was for the apostles then and there and because God told them to. Many times we can take scriptures out of context and we need to be aware of this. How many people think that the jailer and his family all coming to the lord applies to our family, when it applied to the jailer's family in acts? Jesus told the disciples to wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Is he telling us to wait?!
When people encounter the Holy Spirit it is life changing. I was going to a vineyard church here in Christchurch; they prayed and fasted for a month while the pastor was overseas or elsewhere doing something. I remembered the amount of times the people kept asking and calling down the Holy Spirit as though they owned him. Sometimes people would be shaking and other times nothing happened which does not mean nothing was happening. God knows who is sincere and whose hearts are right and I would say that God might have done something. I do not know all but what I do know is that when the pastor returned he openly confessed that a lot of people were having affairs, were into this and into that and were actually backsliding.
I wrote to this pastor to challenge him after all the Holy spirit was asked to come down and any encounter with the spirit in the way they were wanting an encounter would have results in the opposite direction. Apparently I heard that what was happening was that people were coming under attack because they were moving on with God. I never got a reply from the pastor. The whole episode was a joke.
Another situation I believe needs mentioning is watching leadership speaking to congregations. Now I do not know weather there was anyone new or near new in the congregation. If there was they would be subject to watching a person speaking and allowing him or herself to be supposedly hit by the power of God through the Holy Spirit. Some of these leaders would contort and stiffen and do the odd little twists and turns, their voice also contorting then gaining composure. They may have complete control in that situation and allowing oneself to be affected by it. The issue is it says to avoid the appearance of evil. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is gentleness, self control, kindness etc. My question is "do you think the Holy Spirit the gentile nature he is would manifest like that full well knowing that a new person in the church maybe there.
To begin with it would seem the person is out of control and therefore contrary to Gods promises about his gifts.
I do not believe the Holy Spirit would present himself like that to a none or new believer as it's too space cadets.
I don't believe he would manifest like that in a person to reveal his power like that full stop. It has to be concluded that this is something else other than God.
Fourthly if I was a teacher and allowed myself to be effected like that in front of people am I being sensitive enough.
In some situations it maybe okay depending on who's and how the Holy Spirit is leading. The moment a person is out of control or cannot control by decision what is allowed to happen this then will not be the Holy Spirit.
1: To the Holy spirit.
2: To other people who are new and watching.
3: Is this the character of God to be like this in front of people?
Sometimes God does things out of the ordinary but never in contradiction to the aspect of divine order.
Privately it maybe a whole different story I do wonder though whether too much emphasis has gone into out of control manifestation and people being confused with the disciples being drunk at Pentecost which they weren't.
On the other side I have been to churches that are not open to the Holy Spirits gifting consequently shutting or disallowing the functionality of the spirit to operate in the way it should. When this happens, man made programmes, control measures start to creep in, leading into monoppistic, Nicolailistic and other non spirit led programmes which is proof that the leadership have their own agenda's.
Often people misquote the whole aspect of being drunk in the spirit to the disciples at Pentecost. I have heard leaders and preachers talking about this saying that the disciples were drunk in the spirit. No they were not. People around them thought they were drunk not because they were staggering around out of control but because they were talking in other tongues or languages. The Lord has a deliberate aversion to this state of being drunk. People tried to accuse Himself of being drunk in (Math 11:19)
.He warns people in Joel about being drunk but tells them to be sober in spirit. There is actually no such thing as being drunk in the spirit. When people claim to be intoxicated and out of control this then is not the Holy Spirit. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self control. There is a difference between letting go to the power of the Holy Spirit but when one can't stop a manifestation or power encounter going on then this is a counterfeit spirit. People don't get intoxicated that is poisonous they are filled with the Holy Spirit or refreshed or baptised more.
This type of thing is going on or was everywhere. It will happen again and this time it will happen in such deception with supposed miracles and froth and bubble that it will sweep people into the net. I have heard so many false prophecies about God is going to do this and God is going to do that and he doesn't There is a prophecy about God moving in a huge wave about to fall on everyone. Really? Be careful if it is in the nature of what I am talking about it won't be God. It's usually the minority that has it right not the majority. When mass events are taking place be very careful. I talked to a friend who was convinced that because a church is big proves that it is right. Really?
Did Jesus have healing crusades? It is not impossible for a lot of people to be involved in something of God but we need to be listening to the Holy Spirit. Towards the end many will fall away. So much for mass and Global revivals or the notion that we will change the world for Christ. Kingdom Know theology are into that.
As you can see from just this exposition a number of deceptions have been discussed and are taking place. I could go onto naming people like the bible does. A number of these people are dead. Some of them God has judged and destroyed them. It is not a laughing matter but very serious and understandably so.
There are times when the power of God seems to slay people. I remember being at a prayer session with my fellow YWAM'ers, Youth With A Mission praying for this Dutch guy. He suddenly fell backwards and hit the concrete floor with a whack and stood up after a few minutes perfectly fine.
Another time a friend of mine witnessed a couple who got slain in the spirit or what ever was happening and they fell back into the music pit off the stage. They floated down like feathers from a four and half foot high stage.
Incidentally the true power of God is always through resurrection.
So there are times when things are out of our control but it is not in the way of out of control manifestations.
When people start calling down the spirit or start asking the spirit to come along side them and do what ever they are then calling God a liar. Especially if they have already been baptised in the Holy Spirit. The spirit already resides within us so what are they asking for. We already have the power we need the faith. The fullness of the spirit requires a clean heart which needs repentance. This brings about the example regarding the belt of truth.
The belt of truth had the rest of the armour connected to it. It was strategic and instrumental to the functionality of the armour of God. The belt was made of flax. Flax has the ability to absorb water, a type for the Holy Spirit as other liquids are. The strength of the belt depended on it.
In other words he who abides in the truth the Holy Spirit will abide in him. This is why repentance is so important. Also the truth actioned always resulted in the Holy Spirit to flow. Jeremiah was told to place his belt in a cave. When he came back after a period of time the belt had disintegrated. The truth need to be out worked otherwise the spirit will dry up in us.
Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.