“And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.” – Genesis 16:2
When Abraham listened to the voice of his wife rather than the voice of the Lord he ended up with Ishmael via a slave girl (essentially a bastard). Now before anyone flies off the handle, please understand that a born again Christian man should be able to listen to the voice of his born again Christian wife. Her job is to compliment and help her husband so obviously we should see our wives a blessing and one also hearing from the Lord. In fact in the bible wisdom is depicted as a ‘she’. Anyway, back to Abraham… At the beginning of Genesis 15 the Lord spoke His promise to Abraham of his coming lineage:
“And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.“ – Genesis 15: 2-16
Then Abraham asked the Lord how he would know that he (Abraham) would inherit the promise and the Lord responded by commanding him to present a sacrifice (Genesis 15: 8-11). But then the Lord brought some bad news/good news, in the form of another promise made in Genesis 15: 12-14:
“And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.”
So God is saying to faithful Abraham that his promised divine seed would become a stranger in a land that was not their own and that they would be enslaved for 400 years – a prophecy of the captivity in Egypt under the rule of the Pharaoh(s). This can also be seen as a type of what has happened to the human soul. We have all been captivated by the world and our souls have been vexed by the powers of darkness and we have thus become enslaved to Pharaoh (Satan), the world and our fleshly desires. But God is faithful to deliver us – yet deliverance from the world does not happen all at once nor is it easy – it takes time and it is hard (see Exodus 23: 20-33). This is totally contrary to the ‘word of faith’ proclaimers that confidently state that ‘Satan is under our feet’ yet that ‘church’ is blind, deaf and in prison – thinking they are free and serving the Lord!
God said in Genesis 15:14 that he would judge the Egyptians that His people had been subject to and then His people would come out with great substance (a type of the church at the day of Pentecost)…But then He says in verses 16 and 17:
“But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces”.
Since the days of Pentecost have passed, the church has been being filled with the iniquity of the Amorites. Jesus said in Matthew 23:32: “Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.” but read the whole chapter to get the full context and impact of what the Lord is saying to his people. But then the last generation of this captivity shall repent as we enter into the days He describes next in Matthew 24 – the end of the age. The world is now a very dark place and will become even darker very quickly and there will soon be a fiery furnace awaiting those that are that burning lamp who have agreed with God by walking going through [with] that sacrifice that He has required (Genesis 15:17). The servant is not above the master – Jesus was our forerunner and we must meet him in the middle and do as He says and as He does.
In the here and now, the real church of Jesus Christ is reflective of tiny Israel that we see on a current world map. And of course the world scoffs at God’s Word and still to this day tries to reduce and ultimately eliminate Israel. They are contrary to the Most High God who has said that He has given the land that far exceeds those current borders (Genesis 15: 18). And in further contrast, the world sees this large, mega-giant Christianity with billions of ‘members’ being led by an abomination known as Roman Catholicism which now effectively states that the Israelis are no longer God's chosen people but it is now the [Catholic] Church) (see also a form of godliness in 2nd Timothy 3). That which the world decrees is all but lies. However and thankfully, that is not the real church. This is why we pray that people still ensnared in this entire system (all denominations) can see! The real church is still scattered about being formed into a presentable offering that God will then ignite to go into the entire world to proclaim the gospel as a witness to Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost and then the end shall come.
The church has for all intents and purposes for the last 17 or 18 hundred or so years been presenting Ishmael to the world instead of Isaac. Jesus’ said in His last statement to His disciples before He ascended to heaven in Luke 24:49:
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued (clothed) with power from on high”
The church just prior to Pentecost was obedient to that command and the results of the promise were realized. But over time, Satan, the world and the flesh have compromised the mission. We find that between the end of Genesis 16 and the beginning of Genesis 17 that it appears that 33 years passed before the Lord spoke to Abraham again. And then, prior to Him speaking specifically to the birth of Isaac by a barren Sarah he initiated another convent with Abraham. This was the covenant of the circumcision of the flesh of the foreskin (Genesis 17: 9-14). He states that without this circumcision, that soul will be cut off from God’s true people – because he would have broken God’s covenant (i.e., been disobedient). It’s no wonder that God chose this type of covenant to show us exactly what it takes to inherit the promised land – especially to men – which God requires to lead His church. The cutting of the penis?!? Lord – isn’t there another way? It’s no wonder that Abraham fell on his face and laughed when God told him all of this (Genesis 17:17). This is also another way to show us that being delivered from Satan, the world and the flesh is not an easy and painless endeavor but we must proceed in faith daily believing it just the way His voice has spoken it to us else we hear in error: “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.” – Luke 8:18. The circumcision on the eighth day is also reflective of a daily sacrifice required as depicted by the eight pieces offered by Abraham per God’s command.
To summarize, the church has since gone out to the reach the world (Gentiles) without being filled with the Holy Ghost. All the missionaries have done is feed people some, in most cases, very unappetizing food, while most just fly back to their mansions and continue on with their daily talk shows, leaving the starving and fly infested children there with their buckets of goop and some tracts or bibles that they have no understanding of. The contingent left behind by the missionaries in these places is then set about with the task of making clones of those that have volunteered to join the cause – so you end up with more Baptists, Methodists, Buddhists, and Pentecostals etc – still no power. You have street preachers going out to the city street corners with signs and tee-shirts quoting bible scriptures and yelling at people with mega-phones while they engage in
debates with people that are demonized and ending up being made to look like complete
fools to the people walking by and watching on the YouTube…still no power. All because they have not really hearkened to
the voice of the Lord to ‘tarry within the confines of the church until they
are cleaned and filled with the Holy Ghost’. Another
way to put it is as Jesus said to Peter: “Simon,
Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But
I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted,
strengthen thy brethren.” – Luke 22:32.
He requires for us to be made clean before we go out. He is saying to stay put in the church and
let iron sharpen iron before we go out there (WITHOUT ANY POWER) and be made a
fool out of – which bears repeating – is exactly what the church heretofore for the most part has
been doing. In other words – it has been a work of
the flesh and it will only sow to the flesh – it will only produce Ishmael – a bastard
– unless we are truly hearing from God and then being obedient to what He has
said. This is why he gives us apostles,
prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4: 11-12) to work on and
perfect the body of Christ so that they would then be equipped to go out and
handle the devil effectively – to do the same purpose for which the Lord came –
to destroy the works of Satan. Now at
this point I would clarify something. I’m
not saying that everything that the church has been doing for the last 18
centuries has been total vanity. Many
people have been turned to Jesus Christ and been given the opportunity for
salvation. What I am saying is that the
time is now for the church to see the landscape for what it really is and when that appropriate
number huddles up in that upper room again and stays there until the Holy Ghost comes
again like the sound of a mighty, mighty rushing wind - game changer!!! Satan you have a problem!
That is this reporter’s view and to quote Walter Cronkite “and that’s the way it is, Tuesday, December 25, 2012”. Another reporter colleague of mine and sister in Christ has also posted an article on this ‘Christmas’ day 2012. I can’t think of a better time to speak out and come against the devil than when he’s right in your face like he now with his phony ‘Christmas spirit’. This is the way it is and we pray for all of God’s people to turn and come out of this evil world and not look back.
One thing that stood out for me what this caption under a picture of
“Children will remember what we have told them about Jesus upon realizing that Santa is not real...and it will cause them to wonder if belief in Jesus is just as much a myth as Santa.”. This is a master stroke of genius on the part of Satan. He purposely makes a correlation between that which he knows will inevitably be exposed as a lie to the children (Santa Claus) and Christmas which he has masterfully
tied lied to the birth of Jesus. This will most certainly tie together the lie
of Santa Claus and Christmas with Jesus Christ and therefore Jesus will then also
be in doubt. To that end Christmas
itself is entirely a lie from Satan.
There is such thing as Merry CHRISTmas.
There is no Christian ‘reason for the season’. Jesus wasn’t even born in December. It’s all just a big fat devil lie and
multitudes have fallen for it hook, line and sinker. Jesus Christ does not mix in with that which is
from man or Satan. We must conform to Him and that can only happen if we are circumcised from this world.
“Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy. For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed. The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.”