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- The Valley Of Decision - Martin Banner
- The Final Curse - Martin Banner
- Picture of a Prophet - Leonard Ravenhill
- The Fourth Beast - Martin Banner - 4/2000
- The Early Church - Martin Banner
- Nehushtan! It's Only Bronze! - Martin Banner
- Nice Wineskin! But Where's The Wine? - Martin Banner
- Why Did God Allow 911? - Martin Banner
Martin BannerJoel 3:14
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of YAHWEH is near in the valley of decision.
Multitudes in the Valley of Decision! When the Lord wants to deal with His people, many times He will bring them to a place known as "The Valley of Decision." Many of you today find yourself in that place. Many times it is a lonely place where we find ourselves isolated either geographically, emotionally or spiritually.
It is a Place Where Decision Meets Destiny!It is a place where decision meets destiny! In this place of isolation, the Lord tends to deal with His people one on one. The decision many times revolves around repentance. The Lord brings us to the Valley to bring us to a place of decision. Will we repent or continue in our sin? Will we allow God to mature us, or stay in our childish immaturity? Will we grow in God's grace or continue in our own human efforts? Will we forgive and be forgiven or continue to hold onto our offenses and stay bitter and resentful? The choice is ours to make, beloved! The Lord brings us to the Valley and then He allows circumstances to work on us to bringus to the place of decision, but the decision is always ours to make. The Lord will not interfere with our decision. He will guide us and the Holy Spirit will remind us what the right thing is to do, what is the right path to take. He will convict us and guide us through the Valley, but the decision remains ours to make.
Our Decision Will Determine Our Destiny!Deuteronomy 11:26-28
26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of YAHWEH your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of YAHWEH your God...
Our Decision Will Determine Our Destiny! The choices we make, beloved, will oftentimes lead us to our destiny. Which path we choose in the Valley will determine which mountains we must climb. The mountains of Gods glory, or the mountains of our trials which will come if we make the wrong choice. Our choices in the Valley of Decision ultimately determine who we are in God and where we end up in eternity.
To Make No Choice, is to Choose the Wrong Choice!Joshua 24:15
... choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve YAHWEH.
To make no choice, is to choose the wrong choice! If you think you can make no choice, and get away with that, you better think again! To make no choice is to choose. The Valley of decision is a place of choice, to make no choice at all is to choose to say no to God, and it is the wrong choice. The whole purpose of the Valley of Decision is to bring us to a decision in an area where God wants us to change. To make no choice is to choose to say no to God. You can not remain neutral for very long. Eventually circumstances will cause you to choose one path or the other, but know this; to make no choice is to make the wrong choice, and to say noto God.
Multitudes in the Valley of Decision!Multitudes in the Valley of Decision! Today there are multitudes in the Valley of Decision faced with a choice to accept Jesus Christ or to deny Him. Multitudes faced with a choice to return to God or to continue to backslide. Multitudes faced with a choice to repent or to keep sinning. Multitudes faced with a choice to get out of a wrong relationship or to continue in it. Multitudes faced with a choice to submit to God or to rebel. Multitudes faced with a choice to accept false prophets or to reject them. Multitudes faced with a choice to be deceived or to receive the truth. The choice is yours! Which choice will you make?
Satan Always Shows Up In The Valley!Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which YAHWEH God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Satan always shows up in the Valley. He will try to influence you to make the wrong choice or to make no choice at all. He influenced Eve to make the wrong choice and disobey God. He tried many times to tempt the Lord to make the wrong choice and failed. He will try to make you make the wrong choice at times of a crucial decision. For example: Many today are in the Valley of Decision to decide is Jesus Christ the Messiah? Many are now wrestling with this all important choice, and Satan would love to convince those who would believe to put off the choice or make no choice at all. If you choose to make no choice concerning the Lord JesusChrist, you have made your choice! You have chosen to reject God's provision for your sin and you have rejected God's plan for your eternal salvation. To make no choice is to make the wrong choice!
Many False Prophets Shall Rise Deceiving Many!Many false prophets shall rise deceiving many! Many today are being dealt with by God for following false prophets, ear ticklers and man pleasers into a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold I have told you in advance.
1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Those who have followed these false teachers but are longing for truth, may have found themselves in a place where God has lovingly placed them in the Valley of Decision. The choice God wants us to make is to follow Godly leadership that are preaching the true Gospel of Christ and who live holy lives separate from the world. Men who preach the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, to repent of their sin, and to believe on God.
Many today are in the Valley of Decision to decide: do I follow the truth and find a ministry that is truly hearing from God and preaching God's Word, or do I continue to have my ears tickled and hear what I want to hear?
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Beloved, are you in the Valley of Decision because you are attending the wrong church? Are you attending a church where you are told that God wants you to be rich?
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Are you attending a church where you are taught that you can keep sinning and still have eternal security? That you can keep sinning and still be right with God without repenting? The Word of God says something else. It tells if we sin willfully there is no longer a sacrifice for our sins and that if we sin willfully we are doing despite to the Spirit of grace and if we continue in sin that we trodden under foot the Son of God. We the people of God need to examine our hearts and be in a constant state of repentance.
Hebrews 10: 26-29
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
James 5 19-20
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
Notice the scripture says that if any of you err from the truth. Any of you is the church. You have to be in the truth to err from the truth. Notice James starts with Brethren. He is saying if any Brethren err from the truth and you bring them to repentance you have saved a soul from death or Hell. The Word of God means what it says.
Are you attending a church where you are told that we are in an end time revival?
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Luke 17: 26-29
26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Notice these scriptures point out that when Christ returns it will be like the days of Noah and like the days of Lot in Sodom. Do you think the conditions of Sodom would reflect revival? Or how about the Days of Noah, was a revival on during Noah's days? Do you know what the similarity between the Days of Noah and the Days of Lot were? Why did the Lord choose these two examples to reflect the conditions on earth before His return? The answer is in both of these examples only one family was saved. In the days of Noah it was just one family, 8 souls in all the earth that were saved. Does that sound like a revival? In the days of Lot it wasjust one family, 3 souls that were saved out of two major cities. Does three souls saved from two major cities which are burning from God's judgment because of their perversion sound like a revival to you? Now you know why Jesus asked the question "when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
God wants you rich, your eternally secure, we are in an end time revival, these lies along with many other delusions are being preached and promulgated in pulpits throughout America today. Are you beloved in one of those churches? Do you beloved find yourself in the Valley of Decision?
Are you being told that women are apostles? Are you being told to submit to women preachers?
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
1 Corinthians 14:34
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
Notice that not only does the Word of God not allow women to teach men it also commands them to be silent while the Word is being taught. Do you beloved find yourself in a Church that teaches the opposite of the Word of God? Could it be that the Church you attend is twisting God's Word?
Are you being told that you do not have to repent of your sins and that you are eternally secure with God no matter how you live?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Are you being told that the Church will be raptured BEFORE the tribulation and that you do not have to suffer for Christ?
These are all lies that are designed to snare your soul and bring you into spiritual bankruptcy.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Revelation 13: 7-8
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held
2 Timothy 2:12
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
Many have bought these lies and false doctrines and are now being dealt with by the Lord. When the Lord starts to deal with these issues the Valley can be long and grueling. It can be a place of drought and famine. A place where you have what you thought you always wanted, but it comes with leanness of soul.
Why Are You In The Valley Of Decision?Why are you in the Valley of Decision? For whatever reason you find yourself in the Valley of Decision today, it is God's will to bring you out of the Valley into His Victory and bring you to His Holy Mountain. From the Valley we often can not see what God is doing or what He is up to or what His ultimate plan may be, but once we make the right choice in the Valley and God escorts us up to His Holy Mountain we then can see things more clearly. From high up on God's Mountaintop we can look over the whole Valley and see and understand why we were going through the Valley and what God had in mind for us to learn and what choices Hewanted us to make.
The View From The Mountain Is Glorious!The view from the Mountain is Glorious! Once we climb up God's Holy Mountain and take a real long view of our Valley we will rejoice in God's plan and purpose and have the understanding we lacked down in the valley. From the Mountain everything looks different. When we see things from God's perspective they make a whole lot more sense and there is an assurance that God does indeed love us and that "He doeth all things well"! From the Mountain we are able to see the many choices that were confronting us in the Valley and from this place we can sometimes see where the wrong choices would have led or have an idea of whatthe wrong choices were and we can rejoice in that we made the right choice. From this vantage point we can see how we have grown through the Valley and how the Lord used the Valley to mature us and to bring us up to the Mountain. With God, obedience is not an option, it is required. The Valley is where we learn to either say yes to God or we make the wrong choice and say no. Those who make it to the Mountaintop are those who chose to say yes to God.
How do I get out of the Valley?How do I get out of the Valley? King Solomon, under inspiration from the Holy Spirit, made the following statement:
Ecclesiastes 12:13 & 14
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
Fear God and keep His commandments. What is the whole duty of Man? To fear God and keep His Commandments. God is looking for our obedience. The Word of God says that the beginning of Wisdom is the Fear of the Lord.
Your Choice Can Mean Life Or Death!Your choice can mean life or death. The choices you are now faced with in the Valley of Decision can be the difference between life or death. The Word of God says:
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Making the Right Choice in the Valley!Making the right choice in the valley! How do we make the right choice in the Valley of Decision?
1. When we are in the Valley we need to completely surrender and yield our circumstances to the Holy Spirit of God moment by moment. We must yield to and be completely led by God's Holy Spirit.
2. We need to make the right choices. Choices based on God's Holy Word. We can not do what seems right in our own eyes, but must obey the leading of the Holy Spirit and be careful to make sure all of our choices line up with God's Word. We can not be led by our emotions or by what friends or family are telling us. God speaks to our hearts, we must follow that heart leading. When we seek counsel it must be from Holy Men of God and from a multitude of counselors. Never put your trust in the counsel of a man, but rather seek the counsel of many wise Spirit led Men and Women. Make sure that all counsel lines up with God's Word;reject all counsel that is not in line with God's Word no matter who the counsel is coming from.
3. We need to do what Jesus would do in each of our circumstances. Stop and think of what the Lord would do and how He would handle the situation. Then do exactly what the Lord would do, the right thing!
4. We need to seek God in prayer and in His Word and let God guide us in our decisions. Let God guide us through prayer and study of His Word.
If we will do the above God will lead us out of our Valley into His wonderful Mountaintop to see our lives and circumstances as well as the lives of others and their circumstances as He does. I pray that all of you who are in the Valley of Decision will choose God's choices for your lives and watch as He transforms your Valley into a Mountaintop experience and as He leads you from your Valley into His destiny for your life.
Martin BannerIsa 3:12
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
When Isaiah prophesied this verse of scripture it was in times much like the times we find ourselves living in today. Isaiah was warning the people that their children would rise up and become their oppressors and that their women would eventually rise up over the men to rule over them. In past history this would be considered a great disgrace and tremendous embarrassment to the men, for the women to rule over them, and for the children to rise up and oppress their society in which they lived. In light of these words that Isaiah prophesied centuries ago, let us examine what is going on in our news headlines today in the United States ofAmerica.
We see regular headlines now that President Bush is having to battle with the Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi, a woman who is leading the House of Representatives. That is right, Nancy Pelosi, a woman, who is now leading the House of Representatives. We also see other headlines about how Hilary Clinton is preparing her campaign to win the presidency of the United States of America.
Now let's switch the scene to the Virginia Tech campus, and remember what you saw a few months ago in the media. A young man goes on a murderous rampage, and kills 32 other people and then takes his own life, while hundreds of police officers hide behind trees, buildings, and cars, while this young man blows people away for around 45 minutes straight, uninterrupted.
These are the headlines in America, young people butchering their classmates, a woman ruling over the House of Representatives and constantly challenging the President of the United States, while another woman is preparing to rule the nation in the White House. Now let us go back to what Isaiah said about these terrible circumstances that the nation of Israel was facing. Circumstances in which our nation, the United States of America, is now facing in this very hour, and let us examine further what God was saying to Israel, when He spoke through Isaiah the prophet, and what God is now saying to our nation in the times in which we now live.
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them .O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
"As for my people", first of all God is speaking about His people, not the wicked or the heathen, but those who believe in God. He then says children shall be their oppressors, the children shall rise up and oppress the people of God. Then He goes on to say and their women shall rule over them. Is that not what we are reading in our headlines in America today? Are not God's people being oppressed by their children, and are not their women rising up to rule over them? Now if this is the curse spoken over Israel by God, and this same curse is upon our nation today, we must ask ourselves why? Why did God pronounce such a curseupon the nation of Israel, and why has He sent the same curse upon the nation we now live in, known as the United States of America?
Well, first let us examine the rest of the verse to find the answer:
O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
God goes on to say to His people that they which lead thee cause thee to err. Now that is an interesting statement, and contains the answer to the dilemma. God is saying that the reason the children were oppressing the people of God, and the reason the women had risen up to rule over the men, was that their leaders had caused them to err.
What was the result of their leaders leading them astray into error? God went on to tell them that the error their leaders had brought them into had destroyed the way of their paths.
What was the way of their paths that was destroyed?
The paths of righteousness!
The leaders had caused the people to enter into error, and that error had destroyed the paths of righteousness so that the people had chosen paths that were leading them into sin, rather than into righteousness. This led the people into rebellion away from God. As the people followed these paths of unrighteousness and rebellion, they began to sin and depart from the living God. The results of the people following the wrong paths they had been deceitfully led into by these leaders, was that their children had risen up to oppress them, and the women had risen up in rebellion to rule over them.
How pitiful of an example of a Godly nation. Now it was going into spiritual rebellion and becoming bankrupt in the paths of righteousness, much like our nation is doing today. We as a nation are now following into the very footsteps that Israel went into by being led into error, and sinning against God. The results are that the children are rising up to oppress the peoples of the nation, and the women are rising up to rule the nation.
It seems to me that the men were being told by God that because they had despised His authority, He would cause their children and their wives to despise their authority. As a result, the children would rise up to oppress them, and at the same time the women would rise up to rule over them. The men had lost their authority in the eyes of their own children and wives, and they were helpless to do anything about the situation.
The men had become so spiritually bankrupt by following the paths of evil and rebellion that their leaders had led them into, and had departed so far from the paths of righteousness, that they had lost their authority! A society full of men with NO AUTHORITY, and helpless to stave off the evil that was overtaking their nation, and the decay that had overtaken their society from within, bringing the nation into spiritual bankruptcy and ruin. A society that was once a patriarchal society, with men ruling and walking in the paths of righteousness, had now become a matriarchal society with women ruling, and leading them down the paths of eviland into total rebellion against the living God. A society that was heading straight into CHAOS!
God had spoken that, "they which lead thee cause thee to err”,which leadership was God referring to? Was this political leadership or spiritual leadership? I believe it was both! I believe that first the spiritual leadership had failed the nation of Israel, and because God's spiritual leaders had led the people astray, the political leaders just naturally followed. I believe the reason we are seeing the children rise up to oppress this nation, and so many teachers are afraid to even go to school, because they fear they may be murdered or raped or beaten, is because the spiritual leaders ofAmerica have led the people into error. I believe the reason we now see women rising up to rule the nation, is because the spiritual leaders have failed the church. They have led the church in America into error, and they have destroyed the way of the paths of righteousness. The men who have followed these false teachers have now found themselves in a position where they have lost their spiritual authority, and their homes are going into chaos!
The pastors have not been faithful to preach God's Word, instead they have preached ear tickling messages, messages designed to make people comfortable in their sin.
1. The people of America have been told that God wants them rich, and that they need to pursue prosperity, when God's Word forbids the pursuit of wealth.
1 Tim 6:5-11
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after,they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
As you can see from the above scriptures, God's Word clearly warns us to flee from the pursuit of riches, and that those who want to be rich have fallen into temptation and a snare. The desire for wealth is a snare of the enemy designed to destroy your soul. Jesus went on to say that we should not store up riches, but should give them away into the kingdom of God. For wherever your treasure is, there shall your heart be also. Beloved, we need to have both our treasure and our heart totally focused on the kingdom of God.
Now think about this, if Jesus forbad us to store up riches on earth, how is it that so many professing Christians teach and practice to store them up on earth rather than in heaven? The answer, they are all deceived, and have been snared by the enemy.
2. The people of America have been told that they are eternally secure, and can keep sinning, when God's Word says that if you sin willfully, there no longer remains a sacrifice for your sins. It also warns that if God did not spare the natural branches, Israel, to take heed lest He also spare not thee.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spiritof grace?
Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
The above scriptures make it VERY clear that if a believer continues in unrepentant sin, that they will be judged for trampling the blood of Christ, and that there remains no more sacrifice for their sins. No sacrifice for their sins, that means they pay for them rather than Jesus, because they trampled the blood of Christ, and refused to repent, and did despite to the Spirit of Grace. Brethren, you do not want to be found trampling the blood of the Son of God, I assure you!
We are also warned about Israel, and that if we fall into unbelief, we will be cut off much like they were. What does this mean? Simply that if you fall into unbelief you can be cut off from your covenant with God, just like ancient Israel lost its covenant with God.
3. The people of America have been told that we are in an end time revival. God's word says that we are in and end time apostasy, and there is a great falling away from the faith, and from sound doctrine, and that it would be like the days of Noah, and like the days of Lot, when Christ returns. There was no revival in the days of Noah, just one family saved from the destruction. There was no revival in the days of Lot, just one family (minus one wife) saved from the destruction.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,having itching ears;
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 Cor. 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man isrevealed.
These scriptures make it clear that rather than a revival in the last days, there shall come a great falling away, and great deception in the church, with many false teachers, false apostles and false prophets, who shall deceive many. The scriptures mention nothing about a revival, but rather Jesus said it would be like the days of Noah and the days of Lot, where the earth was filled with violence. In both of these examples just a handful of believers were still serving and following God, and with both of these examples only one family was saved, which I believe represents the one true family of God, His holy remnant.
4. The people of America have been told by their spiritual leaders that they will be raptured before the tribulation, and not to worry that there is no need for them to prepare, either spiritually or physically, for the tribulation that is now coming upon them. The Word of God says immediately after the tribulation of those days shall you see the sign of the Son of Man coming in the heavens, and it also says that the antichrist will make war with the saints, and overcome them. Neither of these verses line up with a pre-tribulation rapture scenario.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
These errors have brought the church in America away from the paths of righteousness and down a path of Apostasy and evil, that has led to the present condition, which God described as:
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
The pastors who lead the church in America have led the people into error, and they have destroyed the paths of righteousness, and this is now destroying the foundations of our nation, and bringing us into the same curse that plagued the nation of Israel where their children had risen up to oppress them and their women had taken positions of leadership and authority to rule over them. This state of spiritual bankruptcy and apostasy in the church, has paved the way for our political leaders to lead us into further error, thus creating the Final Curse described in God's Word before God judges a nation which is a matriarchal society, ruledby women. Women ruling the homes over the men, women ruling the church over the men, and then finally, women ruling the nation, and then both the women and the children despising male authority and having nothing but reproach for the men in their families and nation.
The word of God says what you sow you will reap. The men have despised God's authority, and have chosen to submit to the authority of man, by submitting to pastors who do not teach God's Word, but tickle the ears of their hearers. Because these men have despised God's authority, God has caused their children and their women to despise their authority! We have a nation of spiritually bankrupt men, who have lost their authority with God, and the women and children know it, and they will no longer submit to or listen to them, so they have risen up to rule over them, and to rule themselves.
What is the answer to this dilemma? What do you do if you have been led into error by your spiritual leaders, and now you see that your children, and even your wife, despise your authority and they no longer respect you as their leader? The Word of God has the answer.
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them thatwalk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of His saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
God says if you will receive "My words and hide My commandments with thee". Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
If you will listen to God's word and follow His commandments, then you will understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity: yea, every good path.
What is the good path you will understand?
The paths of righteousness. The very paths that have been destroyed by your spiritual leaders, your pastors, who are tickling your ears, and lying to you, and leading you into a curse where your women and children will rule over you.
The reason many of you are being oppressed by your children, and ruled over by your women, is that you have forsaken the good paths. You have listened to your leaders and followed their evil ways. Which leaders are they that have caused God's people to err and destroy the paths of righteousness? The ones standing in your pulpits all over America, who refuse to teach God's Word, and refuse to tell people to repent and live Holy lives. These false teachers, whom you so admirably call your pastors, have caused your children to oppress you, and your women to rule over you, and they are causing your paths of righteousness to be destroyed.
Does this mean that all spiritual leaders in America are doing this? No, God has a faithful remnant, but if your pastor is telling you that God wants you rich, or that you are in an end time revival, or that you are eternally secure and can sin with no consequences to your salvation, or that you are going to be raptured before the tribulation. Then yes, your pastor is leading you from the paths of truth, into deception and apostasy.
Tell me who has more authority, your pastor or God's Holy Word? I can tell you that unless your pastor is teaching God's Holy Word, he is a false teacher, and he is leading you down the wrong paths of error and unrighteousness, and he is on the way to an eternal hell. If you keep following him, guess what that means?
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
In this scripture God is saying that there would be blind leaders in the church, and that they will lead the blind, and that they both will fall in the ditch or in hell.
GOD has the answer! God has the answer to every situation and every dilemma we find ourselves in. If we will humble ourselves and truly repent, God has the answer for this curse that has come upon our nation. The answer is always found in God's Word.
What does God say about men, women and children? Let's take a look at the Word of God and see what God says about who He has placed in authority, and how He intends for men and women and children to relate to one another.
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord
The Word of God has the answer. God's Word declares that the Man is the head or authority of the woman. Just as Christ is the head of the man, the man is the head of the woman. He is her spiritual authority. The Word also says that the women are to submit to their husbands as unto the Lord. When is the last time you heard this in church? God says the women must submit to their husbands as unto the Lord. They must obey their husband. The scriptures go on to teach that the women are to submit to their husbands in everything.
Now let me ask you men, are your wives submitting to you as unto the Lord? Do they have the same relationship with you that you have with Jesus Christ, where Christ is your head and you are completely yielded to Him, obeying Him in all things? Does your wife obey you in all things? Does she strive to please her head, which is you, her husband, the same way you strive to please your head, the Lord Jesus Christ?
If not, why not? If she does not have that kind of relationship with you, then I must tell you that your wife is in rebellion to both you and to God. If she does not have that kind of relationship with you, does she try to tell you what to do? If she tries to tell you what to do, do you submit to her? If you find yourself obeying your wife, and you find yourself submitting to her, then you are now obeying your wife and now she is your head, which is a complete role reversal from what God has commanded. Now your wife has usurped the place of your head, the Lord Jesus Christ, and she is now your head, and you are obeying her and no longerobeying Jesus Christ. Now you are obeying her and submitting to her, and she has now taken the place of Jesus Christ in your life, and now your wife has become your spiritual head.
You are now under a curse, you are now ruled by your wife! In essence, she has now become your spiritual head, and you now worship her as your God, and obey her instead of God.
You are now a curse in the land. Soon your children will rise up to oppress you, they will make your life miserable, they will do things that you would never imagine they would do and they will oppress you continually. All because you have chosen to make your wife your head instead of Jesus Christ!
You are in the same position as Ahab, who submitted to Jezebel, that wicked women who tried to kill the prophet Elijah, before God Almighty decided to turn her into dog dung. He was a curse, and so are you, and you will have the same fate as Ahab UNLESS YOU REPENT!
Your women rule over you and your children have become your oppressors!
Leonard RavenhillThe prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men.
Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, "No man can be fully accepted until he is totally rejected." The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these experiences. They are his "brand name."
The group, challenged by the prophet because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested theology, is not likely to vote him "Man of the year" when he refers to them as habituates of the synagogue of Satan!
The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, "has almost always been that of recovery."
The prophet is God's detective seeking for a lost treasure. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity. Compromise is not known to him.
He has no price tags.
He is totally "otherworldly."
He is unquestionably controversial and unpardonably hostile.
He marches to another drummer!
He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration.
He is a "seer" who comes to lead the blind.
He lives in the heights of God and comes into the valley with a "thus saith the Lord."
He shares some of the foreknowledge of God and so is aware of impending judgment.
He lives in "splendid isolation."
He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.
His message is "repent, be reconciled to God or else...!"
His prophecies are parried.
His truth brings torment, but his voice is never void.
He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.
He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!
He is dishonored with epithets when breathing and honored with epitaphs when dead.
He is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, but few "make the grade" in his class. He is friendless while living and famous when dead.
He is against the establishment in ministry; then he is established as a saint by posterity.
He eats daily the bread of affliction while he ministers, but he feeds the Bread of Life to those who listen.
He walks before men for days but has walked before God for years.
He is a scourge to the nation before he is scourged by the nation.
He announces, pronounces, and denounces!
He has a heart like a volcano and his words are as fire.
He talks to men about God.
He carries the lamp of truth amongst heretics while he is lampooned by men.
He faces God before he faces men, but he is self-effacing.
He hides with God in the secret place, but he has nothing to hide in the marketplace.
He is naturally sensitive but supernaturally spiritual.
He has passion, purpose and pugnacity.
He is ordained of God but disdained by men.
Our national need at this hour is not that the dollar recover its strength, or that we save face over the Watergate affair, or that we find the answer to the ecology problem. We need a God-sent prophet!
I am bombarded with talk or letters about the coming shortages in our national life: bread, fuel, energy. I read between the lines from people not practiced in scaring folk. They feel that the "seven years of plenty" are over for us. The "seven years of famine" are ahead. But the greatest famine of all in this nation at this given moment is a FAMINE OF THE HEARING OF THE WORDS OF GOD (Amos 8:11).
Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last twenty-five years. Hundreds of gospel messages streak through the air over the nation every day. Crusades have been held; healing meetings have made a vital contribution. "Come-outers" have "come out" and settled, too, without a nation-shaking revival. Organizers we have. Skilled preachers abound. Multi-million dollar Christian organizations straddle the nation. BUT where, oh where, is the prophet? Where are the incandescent men fresh from the holy place? Where is the Moses to plead in fasting before the holiness of the Lord for our moldy morality, our political perfidy,and sour and sick spirituality?
GOD'S MEN ARE IN HIDING UNTIL THE DAY OF THEIR SHOWING FORTH. They will come. The prophet is violated during his ministry, but he is vindicated by history.
There is a terrible vacuum in evangelical Christianity today. The missing person in our ranks is the prophet. The man with a terrible earnestness. The man totally otherworldly. The man rejected by other men, even other good men, because they consider him too austere, too severely committed, too negative and unsociable.
Let him be as plain as John the Baptist.
Let him for a season be a voice crying in the wilderness of modern theology and stagnant "churchianity."
Let him be as selfless as Paul the apostle.
Let him, too, say and live, "This ONE thing I do."
Let him reject ecclesiastical favors.
Let him be self-abasing, non self-seeking, non self-projecting, non self- righteous, non self-glorying, non self-promoting.
Let him say nothing that will draw men to himself but only that which will move men to God.
Let him come daily from the throne room of a holy God, the place where he has received the order of the day.
Let him, under God, unstop the ears of the millions who are deaf through the clatter of shekels milked from this hour of material mesmerism.
Let him cry with a voice this century has not heard because he has seen a vision no man in this century has seen. God send us this Moses to lead us from the wilderness of crass materialism, where the rattlesnakes of lust bite us and where enlightened men, totally blind spiritually, lead us to an ever-nearing Armageddon.
God have mercy! Send us PROPHETS!
Martin Banner - 4/2000We are now living in the time of the prophesied Fourth Beast of the Book of Daniel. This Fourth Beast which is the beginning of the coming one world government is also known as the "International Community" the "New World Order" and a number of other titles and descriptions. It is one world government and will eventually be the government by which the Antichrist rules the entire world. Let us take a look at what the Word of God shows us in the Book of Daniel concerning this Beast that we might be wise and instruct many in these last days.
Daniel spoke, saying, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
The First Beast, the Lion!Daniel 7:4
The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
The first beast that Daniel was shown was the lion, the lion represents the nation of England and the British Empire. Their used to be a famous saying that "the sun never sits on the British Empire". The British Empire was so vast and world-wide that at one time the sun was always shining on British soil. The British Empire was the first beast Daniel was shown and interestingly the official symbol of the British Empire and of the nation of England is none other than a LION!
In Daniel's vision the lion had eagle's wings. One of the provinces under the rule of the British Empire was the thirteen colonies in America which won its independence from the British Empire on July 4th, 1776. These thirteen colonies became the United States of America with its official symbol being none other than that of an EAGLE! In Daniel's vision the lion (British Empire) had eagle's wings (United States) and the wings were plucked off. This plucking off is none other than the American revolutionary war in which The United States (the EAGLE) won its independence from the British Empire (the LION) and was lifted up fromthe earth and made to stand on two feet like a man (become a nation).
The term lifted up from the earth represents that the thirteen colonies would no longer be servants of the British Empire but would be made to stand on two feet like a man or come to full maturity as a nation.
After the United States became an independent nation it took on another symbol known as "Uncle Sam" which is a man dressed in stars and stripes fulfilling the scripture that a man's heart was given to it and the United States became known as the humanitarian nation helping starving and needy people all over the globe with a heart of compassion.
This first beast represents England, the British Empire and the United States which has become the Power of the British Empire in these last days. This first beast has come to be known as "CAPITALISM".
The Second Beast, the Bear!Daniel 7:5
And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: 'Arise, devour much flesh!'
The second beast that Daniel was shown was the bear, the bear represents the nation of Russia and the Soviet Empire. 'It was raised up on one side' represents war, when a bear gets ready to engage an enemy it will raise up on its hind quarters in order to strike with its paws. Russia has a history filled with war and violence, with many revolutions and much bloodshed.
The three ribs in its mouth between its teeth represent those that would be devoured by the nature of this bear, which are war, violence and bloodshed. 'Arise, devour much flesh!'
Again represents the three ribs in the bear's mouth which are being devoured or eaten by the bear. The flesh that is being devoured represents the 10's of millions of people who have lost their lives because of this bear and its war-like nature. During world war two over 27 million Russian people lost their lives and were devoured by war.
The fact that their are three ribs represents the three bloody regimes from the Russian revolution, Lenin's regime, and Stalin's bloody rule. All three of these took place in the 20th century.
This second beast represents Russia, and the Soviet Empire. This second beast has come to be known as "COMMUNISM".
The Third Beast, the Leopard!Daniel 7:6
After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
The third beast that Daniel was shown was the leopard, the leopard represents the nation of Germany. Like a leopard, refers to its nature, the leopard represents the spirit of antichrist. This beast would have the nature of satan and the antichrist. The leopard is an unusual hunter, rather than pursue its prey it will circle ahead of its prey and climb a tree waiting for its victim to pass beneath, and then suddenly the leopard will leap upon its victim and destroy them quickly, like lightning.
Four wings of a bird represent four times of world dominance which in Germany are referred to as Reich's. Adolph Hitler led the third Reich and was the third head or leader of this beast. Now that Germany has been reunited they are already speaking of a fourth Reich of world dominance. The bird represents Germany's symbol of a black eagle, this black bird of prey has been the symbol of Germany for centuries. The color black again represents the nature and spirit of antichrist. This black bird of prey and its wings are a symbol proudly displayed to represent Germany's power and dominance.
The four heads represent the four leaders of the four Reich's who would try and rule the world. Hitler the third head developed a strategy for war known as the blitzkrieg, which was a method of modern warfare based upon surprising your enemy with quick and sudden strikes like lightning. This is exactly the way a leopard hunts its prey and Hitler and the Nazis had a fascination with cats and their blitzkrieg lightning strikes. They named one of their tanks the leopard and their tanks were called panzer divisions made up mostly of panzer and tiger tanks. Panzer means panther which is a black cat that stalks its prey much like a leopardusing the element of surprise.
Anyone who has studied Nazism would know that they had a fascination with black, representing the spirit of antichrist (black uniforms, Black Panther, panzer divisions, black eagle) and a fascination with cats (leopard tanks, tiger tanks, panzer divisions) and with quick strikes (blitzkrieg, storm troopers). All of this represents the nature of satan and antichrist and also the leopard.
This third beast represents Germany and has come to be known as "FASCISM".
The Fourth Beast, the Dragon!Daniel 7:7
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet.
The fourth beast that Daniel was shown was the Dragon with seven heads and ten horns, the dragon represents the United Nations and one world government, the New World Order of the antichrist. This New World Order will be a combination of Capitalism, Communism and Fascism all joining together into a one world government of the United Nations into a new world political union known as world socialism. This new world socialism will be a combination of the other three beasts of Capitalism, Communism, and Fascism joining together to form this new breed of socialism known as the New World Order.
John had a vision of this same beast while he was on the island of Patmos and in the book of revelations we can see a description of this same beast.
Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a LEOPARD, his feet were like the feet of a BEAR, and his mouth like the mouth of a LION.
John had a vision of the same beast Daniel had seen in a vision. This beast is the United Nations one world government of international socialism and here John is saying it is like the LEOPARD. It has the nature of satan and the antichrist and it looks just like Nazi Germany and Germany will be a part of it. John also saw that it had the feet of the BEAR. It moves and operates like Soviet Communism, it will be just as bloody as the Russian Bear of Communism and will devour the masses in its iron teeth just like Communism, and Russia will be a part of it. John saw that it had the mouth of the LION. It would speak just like Uncle Sam, andEnglish Capitalism and this fourth beast would talk just like the United States, and the U.S. and England would be a part of it.
We can see from the Book of Revelations that this fourth beast would be made up of the Lion, the Bear and the Leopard. Capitalism, Communism and Fascism joining together to make up satan's one world government to try and eliminate true Christianity from off of the earth. He will fail! And the meek shall inherit the earth, praise Yahweh!
Would you like some proof of this? Would you ever expect to see Russian troops and U.S. troops working together? You wouldn't 20 years ago, but just recently in the conflict in Bosnia we saw troops from England and the U.S.(the Lion) working with troops from Russia (the Bear) and troops from Germany (the Leopard). Bosnia was just the beginning of these world police actions by this new global police force.
Is this really happening? Yes my friend, it is really happening and at an unbelievable pace. The word of God is true and Almighty Yahweh has provided us with two visions to show us this coming world government in order that we would not be deceived by the antichrist or his false prophet.
But I have been taught that the lion is Babylon and the bear is the Medio-Persian Empire?
How many other things have you been taught that you are now finding out to be false?
The word of God will show you the truth, after the antichrist is destroyed at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ we see what happens to the rest of these beasts. (Lion, Bear and Leopard).
As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
Daniel sees the dominion of these beasts taken away at the return of Christ, so all three of these beasts must have dominion and be powerful nations at the time of the rule of the antichrist and during the tribulation period. Is Babylon a powerful nation at this time? How about Persia, are they a powerful nation at this time? The answer is no, and like most end time eschatology the organized church has produced, it must be rejected completely because it doesn't line up with God's Word.
Daniel also saw that their lives would be preserved, and they would continue to be sovereign nations into the millennial reign of Christ. Who are these nations which God has said in His word are beasts, which will ultimately join together as one, and are in the process of uniting at this time? I have told you who they are, now the question is will you believe God's Word as it is coming to pass before your very eyes or will you continue to walk in your traditions and be deceived?
Martin BannerThe Early Church had Holy Ghost meetings.
Today we have scheduled services and ushered seatings.
The Early Church was all Spirit-led.
Today we have a bulletin, to fill our head.
The Early Church had the blood of the martyrs.
Today we have comedians who think they are smarter.
The Early Church had many elders and servants.
Today we have Lords who act much like merchants.
The Early Church was unfeigned and anointed.
Today we are ordained and appointed.
The Early Church was Apostolic in Doctrine.
Today we need our Reverend, our Pastor and our Doctorate.
The Early Church was always on her knees.
Today we are busy making money like bees.
The Early Church had leaders who were seeking their Lord.
Today we have man-pleasers who think they're your Lord!
The Early Church would sit at the feet of Jesus, their Lord and their King.
Today we've erected an altar to Satan and we sit at the feet of a TV.
The Early Church had Holy Ghost fire and conviction.
Today we have ear-ticklers who turn fact into fiction.
The Early Church was completely sold out for her Lord.
Today we are burnt out, tired and bored.
The Early Church was alive, vibrant and elated.
Today we, like a business, have become incorporated.
The Early Church would speak whatever it sees.
Today we can not, because of our 501-C3's.
The Early Church was prophetic and could say Thus Saith the Lord!
Today we are pathetic and prophecy like psychics galore.
The Early Church was a bride ordained for her Lord.
Today we are lukewarm and unfaithful and much like a whore.
If The Early Church is what you would like to be.
Today, come out of Babylon and you will soon see.
The Early Church is still alive and well.
Today, if you find her, you can still escape hell.
The Early Church, her Saviour and her Lord has defended.
Today you can still be part of the Elect and of the Remnant.
Martin BannerI want to show you what happens to men when God moves, when God moves in power and revival and miracles among His people. All through church history we can see how man responds to the move of God. Revival, that's what we are always crying out for, but tragically, church history has proven it is man's nature to worship the move of God more than the God who moved. Man has an incredible ability to focus on the creation rather than the creator and in every previous move of God; man has eventually worshipped the revival he was a part of rather than the God who brought the revival.
I believe that in this hour the Lord is looking for a people who will worship only the creator. They will not be moved by revival by signs or wonders or by religious rhetoric. They will be a people who have learned to worship the Creator more than His creation.
Let's go back to the time when Moses was commanded to lift up the brazen serpent in the wilderness. The people had rebelled against God and spoke against Yahweh and Moses. The Lord responded by sending serpents into the camp, which bit the people and many of the people of Israel had died.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
Now we see that after Moses had prayed for the people the Lord responded with wonderful signs and wonders and healed everyone who would look to the brazen serpent. Can you imagine what a time they had? What a revival must have occurred. First they sinned and Almighty Yahweh sent snakes into the camp and the people by the hundreds were being bitten by serpents and dying. Then they cry out in repentance, Moses prays to Yahweh and the Lord says make a serpent and look to it and LIVE! God sends a mighty healing revival into the camp of Israel, and everyone who is bitten by a serpent, instead of dying, looks to the brazen serpent and is HEALED!You had better believe they had a REVIVAL!
Now let's look down the road 700 years later in the time of King Hezekiah. In 2 Kings 18:4 we see a young King Hezekiah filled with the zeal of Yahweh, removing the high places, breaking the images and cutting down the groves. Hezekiah is going through the land and cleansing it from pagan practices, preparing for a revival. Then he finds the people of God, 700 years after Yahweh commanded the brazen serpent to be set up, worshipping and burning incense to the brazen serpent. Can you imagine this scene? The children of Israel worshipping and burning incense to a bronze statue. This statue had not been used by God to heal anyone forapproximately 700 years! Yet the children of Israel worshipped it like a pagan god, and even had the audacity to burn incense to the brazen serpent. Hezekiah was enraged; he smashed the brazen serpent and cried out NEHUSHTAN! Which means, It's Only Bronze!
2 Kings 18:4
...and brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
It's Only Bronze!It's Only Bronze that is what Hezekiah cried out. Why are you worshipping that which was made by the hand of man? Man fashioned that brazen serpent and God anointed it. Now 700 years later God had long since removed His anointing from it. There came a time when the last person looked to that brazen serpent in faith and was healed from his snake bitten condition and then God went on to do something better! Now 700 years later Hezekiah finds a people worshipping that which God has removed His hand from. Now the only thing that is left is a bronze form, with no anointing, no power and no purpose, that which the hand of man has made.
Worshipping That Which The Hand Of Man Has Made!Today beloved, many of God's people are doing the same thing. They have a form of Godliness but deny the power thereof. They worship that which man has made. They go to church week after week but never experience the presence and power of God.
Reformation!During the great Reformation in the 1500's the Lord anointed men such as Martin Luther to restore the church back to its fullness. There was a great revival with thousands of people saved and a great work of restoration took place. But today over 400 years later, people are still talking about how God used Martin Luther and still attend churches he started. They do the same thing the Israelites did when the burned incense to the brazen serpent 700 years after God had anointed it. They assemble and burn incense unto Martin Luther and the Lutheran denomination.
It's no different beloved! God used Martin Luther over 400 years ago! The Lord has long since removed His presence and anointing. Yet week after week people by the millions attend these services, and like the brazen serpent, it is no longer anointed and God has removed His presence and has gone on to do something better.
They Burn Incense To A False God!If you attend church week after week, and you do not experience the Lord's presence, no anointing, no manifestation of the Holy Spirit, no power of God, you my friend, are burning incense to a FALSE GOD! That's right! Just like the children of Israel were burning incense to a false god when they worshipped the brazen serpent. When you go into a dead religious form and offer up worship to that religious idle, you burn incense to a FALSE GOD!
Wesleyan Revival!During the 1700's there was another great revival in which the Lord anointed John and Charles Wesley. The Lord poured out His Spirit in a profound way, with great revivals occurring throughout England and the United States. Out of that revival came what is known as the Methodist and Wesleyan denominations.
Today, every week millions of people go to these churches and offer up incense to a religious form that God anointed over 200 years ago. At one time the fire of God burned in these churches with many souls being converted. Today, they are only a form of what they used to be, much like that brazen serpent, the Glory of the Lord has departed.
Ichabod - The Glory Has Departed!That's right beloved! All over the land there are these denominations which were built around powerful moves of God, around great demonstrations of the power and anointing of God. But today, God has lifted His hand off them; the only thing that is left is the form which the hand of man has fashioned. The Glory of the Lord has departed, they are Ichabod!
Beloved, I'm not just talking about denominational churches either, their are thousands of Pentecostal churches that were once anointed mightily of God that are in the same condition. There are multitudes of independent churches that once knew the power and presence of God and are now DEAD - ICHABOD - THE GLORY HAS DEPARTED! So why do the masses of people continue to go to these dead religious forms of worship? The same reason the children of Israel were burning incense to the brazen serpent 700 years after the Glory left! That reason is: MAN IS BASICALLY RELIGIOUS!
Man Is Basically Religious!Man likes to worship the creation more than the creator. Men are religious in nature! Men like to worship that which is fashioned by the hand of man rather than that which is the hand of God. So we see millions upon millions of people attending these dead religious institutions every week, offering up incense to a FALSE GOD and worshipping some former move of God while wanting absolutely nothing to do with the move of God today! That's right; they want nothing to do with what God is doing NOW in this generation. They would rather reflect on what God did centuries ago. You see beloved, religion does not require change. You can come tochurch and pretend, make believe you're a saint and not really change. The Glory will change you. You will no longer be religious once you experience the Glory of God.
So What Is The Answer?What is the answer? We need Hezekiahs in this generation. We need men of God who will take the rod of God's authority and smash our religious idles as King Hezekiah did with the children of Israel. King Hezekiah found the children of Israel worshipping this brazen serpent (The old move of God) and he knew God wanted to do something better. King Hezekiah knew that if there was going to be a revival he had to get the people's eyes off of what God did in the past and back onto God himself. So King Hezekiah smashed the brazen serpent and destroyed the people's religious idles.
God Wants To Smash Your Past!God wants to smash your past! He wants to get your eyes off of that which He has already done and get them onto that which He is about to do! The Word of God says in:
Phil. 3:13, 14.
...forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Beloved forgetting those things which are behind is not just talking about the bad things. So many of us want to forget the bad and remember the good. Remember that great Azusa Street Revival in the early 1900's, remember the great healing revival in the 50's and 60's? Remember how God moved in our church 10 years ago? The Word says forgetting those things that are behind. All things, good and bad! That's right beloved. Forgetting even the good. For some of you it's the good things that are holding you back from your destiny! You continue to reflect on what the Lord did in the past! God wants to smash your past, good andbad, so you can experience what He's doing today and prepare you for what He's going to do tomorrow. That's what King Hezekiah did, he smashed the past and said look to God for what He's going to do today!
What the church needs today is relationship, not religion! There are multitudes today who attend these dead churches, who are trying to receive deliverance from an old move of God and God is no longer there! If you're going to receive deliverance you need relationship.
Relationship! A Definition!Relationship - Sitting at the feet of Jesus. Feasting on every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God for this generation.
Is this your testimony beloved? Are you sitting at the feet of Jesus, feasting on every word that is proceeding out of the mouth of God?
If Not, Maybe You Are Experiencing Religion!Religion - Sitting at the feet of a pulpit, analyzing that which God has already spoken to some previous generation.
Or is this your testimony? You find yourself analyzing that which God has spoken to some other generation?
God has something specific to say to this generation. To you and me and everyone who has an ear to hear what the Spirit is speaking to the church. Are you willing to hear beloved? Or are you too busy being religious to care what God is saying to you.
700 Years Later!God did bring a revival to Hezekiah's time, after the people got their eyes off the past and onto God, but if we really want to see what the Lord was doing when Hezekiah smashed the brazen serpent we have to look 700 years down the road. You see Hezekiah knew that 700 years earlier there was a great healing revival in the wilderness when Moses raised up the brazen serpent in the desert. Hezekiah also knew the Lord wanted to bring a revival in his time as well. What Hezekiah did not know was that 700 years down the road, in the little town of Bethlehem, in a manger, in a stable, a child would be born. Unlike any child before Him, He wouldbe the Son of the Living God, the Messiah, the King, Emmanuel, God in the flesh. What Hezekiah did not know was that brazen serpent represented Him. That brazen serpent represented the King of Kings, the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and even as that serpent was lifted up, one day this Child would be lifted up. He would become that serpent, He would take the sin nature of man upon Himself and He would be lifted up on a cross. So all who had been bitten by the serpent of sin who looked to Him in faith would be healed. This Child would die for the world, to make atonement for sin, so we might live. You see God had a greater plan.Hezekiah had to smash the brazen serpent for it was only a type and shadow of better things to come. He cried NEHUSHTAN! It's Only Bronze! For it was only bronze indeed. For God was getting ready to send His beloved Son in the form of human flesh that whoever looked to Him would be healed and live for all eternity! Praise His Holy Name Saints!
Martin BannerIt has come to my understanding through much observation of those who adhere to the House Church movement that there is something seriously amiss among our meetings. There seems to be this endless search for the recovery or restoration of the structure of the early church meetings. A continuous babbling of certain rehashed rhetoric and terminology like body life, shared leadership, servant leaders, plural leadership, elder governments, co-equality, body ministry, corporate worship, House Church and new wineskin.
They continuously put the focus of their efforts onto this supposed new wineskin, while there is this inconspicuous absence of the wine to fill it! They remind me of Captain Kirk and Spock on some endless voyage of the Starship Enterprise on a search where no man has ever gone looking to recover this all ellusive new wineskin, which they claim is what the early church possessed!
Maybe we should entitle this article In Search Of The Missing New Wineskin Of The Early Church. Well, has anyone ever pointed out to you that if this new wineskin we are searching so desperately for was possessed by the early church that it is not new at all, but in fact is now 2000 years old, making it the oldest wineskin of all! Now isn't that a thought? All of us have been determined to restore or recover the wineskin of the early church which is, in fact, now 2000 years old making it the oldest wineskin in church history!
Jesus said you must put new wine into a new wineskin! Well, when Jesus said a new wineskin he certainly was not referring to one that was 2000 years old, was he? Of course not, so then why are so many of us continually looking back 2000 years to try and restore the wineskin God used to hold the move of God (or wine) that was poured out at Pentecost for that generation? If you want to restore the early church wineskin, then you should say you are restoring the ancient wineskin or maybe the historic wineskin or perhaps the old wineskin. Then you should start praying for God to pour out some old wine to fill your archaic wineskin and perhapsyou should then call your movement the old wine movement or possibly the no wine movement, for both would be aprapoe, because if you're going to restore an old wineskin, you're going to need some old wine to go into it! The other misconception is that we are constantly focused on the wineskin rather than the wine!
I ask you, which is of more value, the wineskin or the wine? The wineskin has no purpose other than to hold the precious wine, the wineskin is manufactured of necessity to hold the wine. It's kind of like building a garage when you don't own a vehicle. What good is a garage if you don't own a car to park in the garage? Like building a doghouse when you don't own a dog and have no intention of buying one. Like buying a guitar case when you don't own a guitar! That is what many of you are doing, trying to reconstruct an old wineskin, which you believe is new, and you don't have any wine to place in it, and have nointentions of getting any wine to put in it! Rather futile in my estimation!
When Jesus said you must put new wine into a new wineskin, the focus was on the wine, not the wineskin. The wineskin is merely a vehicle to hold the wine and without it the wine would be lost, but the focus is definitely the wine, not the wineskin. To prove this point, I ask you to go to any vineyard anywhere in the world and ask them this question. "Are you known by your wine, the quality of your wine and how it tastes or are you known by your bottles, how you package your wine?" I guarantee you any vineyard anywhere in the world is known by the quality of their wine and has nothing to do with what bottles they use to hold it. Askany vineyard anywhere what is more valuable, the wine you sell or the bottles you market it in? Again, I guarantee you, the answer will be the wine, of course! Then, why are so many of you spending all your time searching for this new wineskin, which in reality is an old wineskin, 2000 years old, and spend no time seeking God for His new wine, His presence and anointing for your meetings?
You say what is this new wine? The new wine is the new outpouring of God's spirit. It is the move of God, what we tend to call revival! It is marked with an awesome outpouring of God's Spirit and accompanied by manifestations of His Spirit and operations of the Gifts of the Spirit. Usually with certain manifestations, or signs and wonders and genuine miracles. When God is pouring out His new wine, there is a tangible manifestation of His presence and anointing in the meetings. I say to you this new wine is precious and it is what is to be sought after. If you receive this new wine, then the Holy Spirit will help to construct the newwineskin to hold this move of God.
Each time God pours out His Spirit, He does this in a new and special way, restoring the Body of Christ to what He wants it to be to minister to that specific generation and people. It is urgent that we receive the new wine and let God construct the wineskin designed to hold it. Know ye not that the scriptures say that the glory of the latter house shall exceed that of the former? The wineskin of the Early Church is not sufficient to contain that which God is about to do in our generation. We need a new wineskin to hold the glory of the latter house, it will be a wineskin never seen before, and will be a prophetic house to speak to thiscurrent generation the Word of God to bring to completion His eternal purposes and a close to the church age in a mighty harvest of souls to make up My endtime habitation says the Lord.
Do you want that new wine? Then get your eyes off of the Early Church and get them onto the Lord Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. Stop searching for a new wineskin and start seeking God for His new wine, the outpouring of His Spirit and His manifest presence in your life.
PROPHECYI say to you, many of you are weak in the faith and have left your first love. You no longer know My presence or power in your midst. You no longer expect Me to show up in your meetings. You have left your first love and have become satisfied dining at other tables that will not satisfy. Know ye not that I have set a table before you to dine in My presence saith the Lord? Come to Me ye who are weak, come to Me ye who are heavy laiden. I say return, return, return unto Me with all of your hearts and you will find rest. You will find nourishment for your weary souls. Come, come, come and dine at the King's table. For I have prepared abanquet feast for all who are thirsty. Thirst I say, thirst for righteousness in this hour of darkness and I will fill you. I will fill you with the sweet manna of My presence. Come and dine with Me and I will be your all in all. Look up and rejoice, rejoice I say, for the time of your redemption surely is drawing nigh. Yeah, I say go not to their feasts of the flesh and dine not on that which is not spiritual meat and does not satisfy. Return to Me with all your heart and you shall be hidden in the day of adversity, which is soon to come.
Martin BannerFirst, I want to condemn this horrific act of terrorism perpetrated against the American people and all acts of terrorism committed anywhere against anyone. Acts of terror and fear, designed to manipulate people, are condemned by God and by His word.
Second, I want to pray and ask God for healing for all those who lost loved ones, family, and friends in this terrible event. Our prayers and our sympathy go out to each and every one of you and we pray for healing for your hurt and pain. The word of God says to weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn and I know that many of you have suffered an irreplaceable loss, due to this wicked and evil criminal act.
All Americans suffered loss on that terrible day. All Americans still feel the hurt and pain when they remember the events of that day. I remember where I was on the morning of that terrible day. I remember exactly what I was doing when I heard the horrific news. I was trying to make a phone call on two different phone lines from my home, and neither one of the phones would work. I continued to receive a fast busy signal every time I tried to call out from either phone. After trying several times on both lines, I then called an operator and told her neither phone would call out. She said to me, "Don't you know what has happened?America has been attacked by terrorists, the Twin Towers have been hit, and the Pentagon is burning!" I replied, "No, I haven't listened to the news yet this morning" and I ran to the TV and turned it on just in time to watch the first Tower collapse. I remember the anguish I felt as tears streamed down my face. I felt a feeling in the pit of my stomach like I had never felt before. It was as if the whole world had changed. Thoughts started to race through my mind. What will happen next? All Americans remember and know exactly what I am talking about.
Why Didn't God Intervene?
I know this is a very sensitive topic, but what I want to discuss is why did this event occur? Why would a loving God allow a nation like America, to go through such pain, loss and suffering? We know that God is love, so why didn't God intervene?
Well, if you remember terrorists tried to attack the building years earlier. I do not recall what year it was, but the terrorists had tried an earlier attempt with explosives to bring the Twin Towers down and failed. During that attempted attack, God did intervene and He spared many lives and protected the nation from a great calamity. The Lord in His mercy had protected America from what would have been a very devastating attack at that time. If God protected us from the first attack against the Twin Towers, why didn't He protect us during the second attack, where was He and why didn't He protect us the second time? Where was Heduring the second attack? What exactly is God saying through these events to this nation?
Well, I think we have to go back to the founding of this great nation. When America was first becoming a nation, during the Revolutionary War, there was a saying that became very popular, "No king, but King Jesus!" In other words, they were saying that this new nation, the United States of America, would be ruled by God, and God alone.
We placed on our money "In God We Trust." We placed in our courts "The Ten Commandments." We placed in our schools "daily prayer to God." We placed in our Pledge of Allegiance "One Nation under God." We were a nation that honored God and feared Him, and kept His commandments, and God prospered us greatly. For over 200 years God placed His hand of protection over our great nation. We were a blessed nation that God prospered and protected. We were a mighty nation and we were feared throughout the world. We became the strongest military power on the earth. We were the greatest financial power on theearth. We were a moral people who put God first, family second and nation third. We were proud to be Americans. We had something that all the other nations of the earth wanted and coveted after. We had the blessing of our God.
What Happened to the Blessing?
Could it be that God allowed 911 to happen because we as a nation are no longer honoring God? Could it be that by removing God from our schools, by removing the Ten Commandments from our courts and by attempting to remove "One Nation under God" from our Pledge of Allegiance, that we have offended and caused great pain to a holy and just God, who had blessed us more than any nation in the history of this earth? Could it be by allowing easy access to porn all over the internet and by promoting sexual perversion, and by having such a high divorce rate and so much adultery, that we have angered the God who loves us so much, that Hedecided to remove His hand of protection and blessing from our once great nation?
Could it be that God is dealing with America's sin by removing His hand of protection and blessing from the nation? Could it be that the reason why 911, Katrina, the collapse of Wall Street and our economy, all the storms, tornados and hurricanes are ravaging our nation, and now sicknesses and new diseases are rapidly spreading, is because God has removed His hand of protection? Just consider for a moment what America was like in the 1950's, and then look at America today. It was an America that once honored God, honored family, honored moral values, and honored righteous, moral living. An America that once had God's blessings,prosperity, and God's protection. Now look at that same America today. Could it be that we have sinned away the blessings of God?
Instead of promoting morality, we have promoted perversion. Instead of promoting prayer in our schools, we promote secular humanism. Instead of honoring the Lord Jesus Christ, we have honored sin.
What have we done with all the blessing and freedom and liberty we were given from God? We took our freedom and our liberty and used it as freedom of choice, freedom to sin, freedom to choose death and abortion rather than to choose life. We used freedom to say no to God and His word, and to say yes to sin and immorality.
Is it any wonder we now see our freedoms and our liberty quickly slipping away when you look at what we have done with freedom and liberty?
Why Did God Allow it to Happen?
Why did God allow 911 to occur? I believe God allowed these events and the events of Katrina and other hurricanes and tornados to get our attention because He loves us! He loves us so much that He has removed His protection from our nation! Why? Because God wants America to repent of their sins, and to turn back to Him, and to live a righteous and moral life, to do what is right and good and just before His eyes again.
God has removed His hand of protection as a last measure to try to get this nation to repent and turn back to Him. If we do not repent, I fear that the storms will intensify and things will get much worse with both the weather and our economy. If America still refuses to repent, I believe then God will bring Judgment and I believe we could end up in a world war without God's protection!
Protection Comes From God!
America, your only protection is from God who formed you. Your only protection against your enemies comes from the Lord God Almighty. America, your only protection against terrorism, natural disasters, storms, diseases, crop failures, food shortages, economic collapse and civil unrest is in returning to the Lord your God, and living according to His Word. God is your only protection. Return to God and serve Him and God will place His protection and blessing on your land again. If you continue to turn away from God, I fear that God will remove His hand of protection completely.
America Needs a Healing!
America needs a healing. America needs healing from 911, healing from Katrina, healing from a sick economy, and healing from sin. There is only one way for you to be healed America, return to the fountain of your blessing, the Lord your God. Repent of your sins which are many, and return to God, and He has promised to heal your land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
America needs to get back under the protection of God. God can protect us from every enemy, from every storm, from every natural disaster, and from every disease, if we will just repent and turn back to God. He will abundantly pardon our sins of abortion, perversion, adultery, pornography, and idolatry. The choice is yours. You can choose God's blessing if you obey, or His curse if you disobey.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
God is very clear in His word that if we obey Him we choose Life and Blessing!
Choose you this day whom you will serve America. If God be God serve Him.
Joshuah 24: 15, 20
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
God is in control of everything, the weather, the storms, the crops, and the rain. He is in control and He can bless a nation or curse a nation with these elements.
The America We All Love!
I want the America we all love back again! I want prayer back in our schools, God's presence back in our churches, and Godly marriages that last. I want morality back again; I want righteousness in our land. Give me back the America we once new, the America we all love and were proud of. Who will stand with me and say I want God back in America? I want His blessing back. I want His protection back. I want His prosperity back and I want His hand of guidance and protection over my nation again. I want His presence back in our churches.
I call all Americans everywhere to humble themselves, to repent of their sins, and to seek God and to cry out for their nation that God may return His blessing to this once great land. I call out to all Americans to love their God, their family and their nation again. For them to do that which is right in God's eyes again. To humble themselves, to live morally and righteously again, and to be a righteous people who walk in the fear of God.
I fear, if we do not do this soon, what will become of us? What will become of our once great nation? What will happen if God removes His protection completely? Let's not let that happen. Let's humble ourselves now and return to the Lord our God and always do what is right in His eyes, that which pleases Him.
We like to say "God Bless America", but the truth is, God can not bless America, until America repents and turns back to God. It can start with you and with me and with our families. We can be the ones who humble ourselves and turn from our sins and bring healing to our land. Let it begin with me and with you.
Amen and Amen.
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