2036 Party Over (What, Again?)

2036 Party Over (What, Again?)
Vol: 65 Issue: 20 Tuesday, February 20, 2007

It wasn’t that long ago that the world was holding its collective breath in anticipation of “Planet X” — also dubbed “Death Star 2003.”

There was lots of breathless speculation about gravitational disturbances causing 200 mph winds, catastrophic seismic disturbances including violent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and even a 90 degree shift in the polar axis that would turn the planet over onto its side.

There were lots of important-sounding scientific explanations offered by important-sounding scientists about magnetic pull, repulsion forces, gravitational influences and, of course, the inevitable charges of conspiracies and coverups in high places.

“Death Star 2003” was scheduled to wreak its havoc upon Planet Earth in June, 2003.

June 2003 ended on schedule. The destruction of three-fourths of humanity was rescheduled by NASA for 2036. The deadline for avoiding destruction was moved forward to Friday the 13th in April 2029. After that, it is too late to do anything but get your affairs in order — or buy a really big umbrella.

The new Doomsday Rock threat is Asteroid 99942 Apophis. (Let me be the first to point out that “999” is “666” upside down.)

The “999” Rock (unless gravity reverses itself and makes it the “666” Rock) was discovered last June (June. Again. Hmmm.) and at first, the fear was that it would hit the earth on Friday the 13th, 2029. But later, NASA recalculated it and decided Doomsday would instead happen in 2036.

(It reminds me of a Henny Youngman joke. “The doctor gave me six months to live. I told him I couldn’t pay his bill in only six months. So he gave me ANOTHER six months.” Bada bing!)

As it turns out, we only have until Friday the 13th of April, 2029 to send Bruce Willis and his team into outer space to deflect it. According to NASA, the “999” Rock will have to be deflected by about a half-mile to avoid colliding with Earth on its next pass in 2036.

If it isn’t moved by 2029, the only hope of avoiding collision will require moving it a distance equal to the circumference of the earth. Evidently, one is doable, the other is not.

NASA’s review of the issue was triggered by a letter from the B612 Foundation, (which has no relationship to the vitamin of the same name).

According to the Christian Science Monitor, the foundation’s handful of specialists hope to demonstrate controlled asteroid-diversion techniques by 2015. (Bruce Willis had only a handful of oil drillers on his team. Great things can be done with just a ‘handful’ — if they have the Right Stuff.)

Representatives from the B612 Foundation (the astronomers, not the vitamins) have already met with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to “review the issue” — according to a report in a July 2005 issue of the Christian Science Monitor.

“We understand the risk from this object, and while it’s small, it’s not zero,” says David Morrison, the senior scientist at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute at the Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif.

(Actually, it is one in fifteen thousand, give or take a decimal point.)

Noted the Monitor’s Peter Spotts, “The call for a reconnaissance mission also illustrates how far the field of asteroid-hazard assessment has come.”

There is a “field” called “asteroid-hazard assessment”? Sure is.

They wear cool uniforms with a logo of an exploding planet embossed on their pocket-protectors and they have yellow helmets with a flashing red light mounted on them.

(Ok. You got me. I made that part up)

Noted Donald Yeomans, the head of NASA’s NEO project at JPL, “Ten years ago, we would have been blissfully ignorant.”

But thanks to the emergence of at least FIVE different world-wide NEO projects (Near Earth Objects) there will be no bliss for you.

If the “999” asteroid doesn’t get you, one of the other NEO’s being tracked by NASA might. NASA claims it will have catalogued 90 percent of the potential killers larger than a kilometer by 2008.

(This raises a couple of new questions for those of us who remain blissfully ignorant. How will they know they have 90 percent of them if they don’t know how many they are? And how do they know they will have reached that goal by 2008 if they don’t know now?)

That’s easy. They fill in the blanks by guessing. I mean, by considering “several factors.”

Noted the Christian Science Monitor, “JPL’s analysis will look at several factors. One involves estimating whether additional ground observations will be sufficient to resolve the question of whether the asteroid will pass through one of the keyholes. The asteroid belongs to a class known as Atens, which orbit the sun in less than a year and pass through Earth’s orbit.”

But it won’t be easy. That’s where the guessing comes in. . .

“Because Atens spend so much of their time in the direction of the Sun, observations from Earth are difficult. After next year, the next opportunity to gather data on the asteroid from the ground will come in 2012-2013.”

But we’d better hurry. Still quoting the Monitor;

“In addition, questions remain over how long a tagging mission – and if necessary a deflection mission – would take to plan and execute. If missions can be mounted in six years or less, NASA could postpone a decision to tag the asteroid until 2014.”

By postponing it, (still quoting) “This would give astronomers time to incorporate their latest observations as they refine calculations of Apophis’s orbit.”

Of course, the Monitor warns” . . . if a tagging mission took seven to eight years and a diversion mission took another 12 years, the case grows for launching the tagging mission sooner rather than later.”

In other words, something MUST be done. Soon.

Or later.

Assessment:

We’ve spent much of the past three weeks wrapping our RV’s plumbing with insulation against freezing while we were in South Carolina and Florida while the world’s carefully selected weather forecasters confidently predicted global warming in fifty years or so that demands UN intervention sooner, if not later.

Since we were so vulnerable to sub-freezing temperatures, we kept a close eye on the five day forecasts. Not one of those five-day forecasts was accurate 48 hours later.

We can’t be sure what the actual temperature will be 48 hours from now, but we can bet our sovereignty that, if one adds forty-nine years and fifty weeks to the forecast, it will be 100% accurate.

The “999” Asteroid is like that. We’re not sure now, but we have five different global space agencies scanning the stars for the next killer asteroid like the one that destroyed all the dinosaurs 85 million years ago.

However, notes the Monitor, this isn’t a sure thing — not like global warming.

“Dr. Yeomans, the head of the near-Earth-object program at JPL, says the next step is to examine whether additional ground-based observations are likely to solve the collision riddle in a timely fashion.

“I can’t stress this enough: The overwhelming most-likely scenario is that radar and optical data this year and next or in 2012 and 2013 will completely remove the impact probabilities,” he says.”

“If this is the case, why are we worried now? If it’s a 1-in-15,000 shot and we come up a loser,” there’s still time to mount a tagging and a deflection mission, he says.”

In other words, “of course you know, we could be wrong.” But at least we aren’t blissfully ignorant.

If you are looking for sound investment advice, I am not sure which would be the better place to put your money. Giant space deflectors? Or heavy duty sun-block?

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:26-27)

Me, I’m betting on the next wave of anti-anxiety pills to hit the market. I’m headed out right now to ask my doctor which ones would be right for me.

The Rise of the Global ‘Superchurch’

The Rise of the Global ‘Superchurch’
Vol: 65 Issue: 19 Monday, February 19, 2007

The Rise of the Global ‘Superchurch’

According to the Book of the Revelation, during the Tribulation Period, the government of antichrist rests on three main pillars of power.

In Revelation 13:1, we are introduced to the political beast:

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy”

That this is a political entity is established by cross-referencing John’s description with that of the Prophet Daniel.

Daniel was given a vision of four successive world empires, each symbolized by different ‘beasts’.

Daniel saw four ‘beasts’ which Daniel saw rising up from ‘the sea’. Daniel was written in Aramaic.

According to Strong’s reference (3220) the Aramaic word “yawm” translated as “sea” in general means, “to roar” in the sense of noisy surf, but in context, it means the western side of the Mediterranean, or simply, “the West.”

(And before I go on, let me first say this. I am neither a Hebrew nor Greek scholar. I am relying on Strong’s references entirely for my understanding of these verses. “Sea” in Greek is “thelasses”. But Strong’s says the word translated “sea” is from the Greek root “ophelos”. The same explanation applies to the Daniel references.Some scholars may disagree — but if so, their beef is with Strong’s — not me. I make no claim as a Greek/Hebrow scholar. Just as a researcher.)

When we refer to “the West” in our own English lexicon, what are we referring to? Exactly the same thing that Daniel was, almost 2600 years ago.

We divide the northern hemisphere by West and East, separated by the “Middle East” – or the Mediterranean and its vicinity. The word translated “sea” in Revelation 13:1 is from the Greek “ophelos” which literally means, “to heap up, or accumulate profit.”

Strong’s identification of the sea as referring to the wealthy west is at the very least, interesting. The antichrist’s government is, in context, pictured by both Daniel and John as the wealthy accumulation of Gentile nations located west of the Mediterranean Sea.

“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

Daniel says the first was “like a lion, and had eagle’s wings;” the second was, “like to a bear;” the third, “like a leopard” and finally, the fourth, “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.”(Daniel 7:2-7)

Daniel said that out of the beast with ten horns would come arise “another little horn” which would take take authority over all.

Daniel’s “beasts” historically, corresponded with the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Alexander the Great’s Greek Empire, and finally, the Roman Empire.

John describes this ‘little horn’ as “like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

His power comes from the “dragon” who gives him “his seat” and “great authority.” The “dragon” is a symbol of Satan.

The second pillar of the antichrist’s government is his control of a global religious system.

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” (Revelation 13:11)

Strong’s reference 3786 for the word translated ‘the earth’ (“ophelimos”) is another form of the word ‘ophelos’ which means “serviceable” or “profitable”.

In Revelation 2, Jesus composes Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. He assigns characteristics to each that, with historical hindsight as a guide, corresponds with seven unique periods, or ‘epochs’ within the Church Age.

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos. . . I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is.” Jesus then ticks off this epoch’s primary characteristics;

1) The doctrine of Balaam. In the Old Testament, Balaam advised King Balak to seduce the men of Israel by using beautiful women to draw the men of Israel into unclean and idolatrous practices..

2) The doctrine of the Nicolaitanes. This is a reference to centralizing the Church according to a hierarchy of bishops, priests, cardinals, etc., under a supreme pontiff, or Pope.

3) Where Satan’s seat is. Revelation 17 identifies the Great Whore of Babylon — the “beast” that “was, and is not, and yet is” (17:8)

“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” (17:9)

No less an authority than the Catholic Encyclopedia confirms the identification of this city: “It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined.”

Don’t take my word for it. Google “city on seven hills” and see what YOU come up with.

Pulling it altogether, we find that the ‘Beast’ of Revelation 13:1 symbolizes both the leader of a prosperous Western alliance of nations and a religious leader who preaches a Dragon-inspired form of Christianity (two horns like a Lamb) from his headquarters in Rome, and specifically, the Vatican.

The third and final pillar of power is a global economy so tightly centralized that it would be possible to restrict economic activity to the degree only those who have government approval could buy or sell.

There exists today a revived form of the old Roman Empire, born out of the ten signatory nations of the Treaty of Rome, under whose authority is developing an entity known as the “Euro-Med region” and a global economy so centralized that it can be used as a weapon of war to cut off funding to organized terror groups.

The only thing not already fully developed is a centralized, apostate form of Christianity under the authority of the Vatican.

Assessment:

According to the London Sunday Times, a 42-page statement prepared by the leaders of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church is proposing a reunification of the Anglican Church with Rome under the authority of the Pope.

The following is a direct quote from the Times story, headlined, “Churches Back Plan to Unite Under Pope.” (I kid you not.)

“The statement, leaked to The Times, is being considered by the Vatican, where Catholic bishops are preparing a formal response. It comes as the archbishops who lead the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion meet in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in an attempt to avoid schism over gay ordination and other liberal doctrines that have taken hold in parts of the Western Church.”

“The 36 primates at the gathering will be aware that the Pope, while still a cardinal, sent a message of support to the orthodox wing of the Episcopal Church of the US as it struggled to cope with the fallout after the ordination of the gay bishop Gene Robinson.”

“Rome has already shown itself willing to be flexible on the subject of celibacywhen it received dozens of married priests from the Church of England into the Catholic priesthood after they left over the issue of women s ordination.”

“There are about 78 million Anglicans, compared with a billion Roman Catholics, worldwide.”

“In one significant passage the report notes: The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the ministry of the Bishop of Rome [the Pope] as universal primate is in accordance with Christ s will for the Church and an essential element of maintaining it in unity and truth. Anglicans rejected the Bishop of Rome as universal primate in the 16th century. Today, however, some Anglicans are beginning to see the potential value of a ministry of universal primacy, which would be exercised by the Bishop of Rome, as a sign and focus of unity within a reunited Church.”

Now the kicker: “Other recommendations include inviting LAY AND ORDAINED members (Nicolaitanes, remember) of both denominations to attend each other s synodical and collegial gatherings and conferences. . . The report adds that special protocols should also be drawn up to handle the movement of clergy (Nicolaitanes again) from one Church to the other.” [comments in parentheses are mine]

Now, let’s return to the basic reason such a reunification is being considered. The Anglican Church is falling apart over one major issue — the ordination of gays.

Noted the Times; “Dr Rowan Williams, who as Primate of the Church of England is its focus for unity , has in the past supported a liberal interpretation of Scripture on the gay issue.”

The Times’ goes on to say, “A logical extension of that, once this crisis is overcome either by agreement or schism, would be to seek reunion with the Church of England’s own mother Church.”

According to the website, “About Christianity” the largest Christian denomination in the world is the Roman Catholic Church. The second largest Christian denomination in the world is the 78 million-strong Church of England.

A union of the RCC and the Anglican/Episcopalians would leave the rest of Protestant Christianity on the outside looking in.

The Apostle Paul, describing the last days of the Church Age, outlined the characteristics of the Church under the heading, “This know also, in the last days, perilous times shall come. . . men shall be lovers of their own selves . . . having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” (2nd Timothy 3)

And, if the Times’ story got it right, its about 1 billion, 78 million members strong.

”Oh Wretched Man That I Am”

”Oh Wretched Man That I Am”
Vol: 65 Issue: 17 Saturday, February 17, 2007

According to the Bible, when God created Adam, He created him in His own Image, and in His own Likeness, and ‘man became a living soul’, declares Genesis 2:7.

Already, something seems a bit off-center here — mankind was created in God’s Image, but God cannot sin. Mankind can’t do anything else BUT sin. The ‘soul’ of man consists of the mind, the will, the emotions . . . and the sin nature.

That part of mankind that is in God’s Image is man’s eternal spirit which, thanks to man’s sin nature, is stillborn until it is ‘quickened’ — or, as Jesus phrased it, ‘born again’.

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [Jesus] was made a quickening Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 15:45)

Humanists believe that good and bad are learned behavior and that man is born morally neutral. That belies the evidence of their eyes. Human babies are anything but morally neutral.

Kids have to be taught to share, since their basic nature is to be selfish. Kids have be taught NOT to fight — it isn’t the other way around. Kids have to be taught NOT to bite each other. They have to be taught NOT to cry every time they want attention. They have to be taught NOT to steal.

Notice the emphasis is on the word ‘NOT’ — babies are born ALREADY KNOWING HOW to be selfish, violent, willful and dishonest. No parent ever taught his kid how to be bad — that comes naturally. They are born with a ‘sin nature’.

But doesn’t the Bible say somewhere that Christians are set free from sin? Most churches I’ve been to excoriate sin and sinners and preach that Christians who continue to live in sin aren’t really Christians at all.

Instead, they are said to have a ‘head knowledge but not a heart knowledge’ of the Lord.

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin,” Paul writes in Romans 6:6-7.

So it would seem that, if we continue to serve sin, we have not been properly crucified with Him, because we aren’t free from sin. So it then follows that maybe we aren’t really saved, but only have a ‘head knowledge’ instead of a ‘heart knowledge’.

Paul seems to underscore that point, writing, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:12-13)

So you don’t. You try and try to keep sin from reigning in your mortal body. You fight against obeying the lusts thereof. You yield yourself to God as best you can. You dedicate your body and your members to His service.

You weep at the altar because you KNOW what a sinner you are, and you pray and pray and pray for the God-given strength to keep your committment not to sin. You KNOW your heart is in the right place as you cry out in despair to God.

And you continue to sin anyway. And wonder how you failed — or worse, how God failed YOU, because sin seems to continue to reign in your mortal body anyway.

You keep yielding to its lusts, and continue to wonder why it doesn’t seem to work for you, like it does your pastor. (And the lady who plays the organ — you KNOW she’s got the whole sin thing under control)

But YOU don’t. And you’ve been a Christian for years.

Oh, they SAY they still sin, but, c’mon — what kind of secret sins do you think the pastor or the choir lady agonize over? (“Was I too harsh on that telemarketer?”)

It is discouraging, to say the least. Everybody you know is a better Christian than you are. They don’t have the same doubts you do. They clearly put their sin nature before the Lord, and He dealt with it. Just look at them!

How come He didn’t do it for you?

Guess what! He didn’t do it for THEM, either. Any more than He did for the Apostle Paul. The Apostle Paul was miraculously converted on the road to Damascus. He was specifically chosen by Jesus Himself to fill the vacancy created by Judas the Betrayer. He saw the Risen Savior.

And Paul struggled with sin.

“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” (Romans 7:14-15)

Every time I read this passage, I am struck by how exactly Paul’s experience with sin mirrors my own. In spite of Paul’s first-hand knowledge, having actually met the Lord, seen His power, was himself empowered to work miracles, and was the greatest evangelist in history, Paul struggled with day-to-day sin. Just like you.

How can this be? Paul continues;

“Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (7:17-19)

The enemy hammers at me as he hammers at you — “how can you call yourself a Christian?”

Paul admits that, even though he is saved, sin continues to indwell his mortal body.

“Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” (7:20)

“I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” (7:21-23)

Paul cries out in despair, (as have I, using different words but the same sentiment,) “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (7:24)

The phrase Paul used, “body of this death” was deliberately chosen. In Paul’s day, one form of execution employed by the Romans was to chain the condemned to a corpse and withhold food and water. They would then bet on how long before the condemned would try to survive by feeding on it. To Paul, it was analogous to knowing the law of God, but feeding off the corpse of sin.

Hence the cry; “O wretched man that I am!”

Having poured out his soul, (as you have, and as I have) struggling to understand the dual nature of the Christian life, Paul concludes, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

At this point, you are likely thinking I am preaching a license to sin. I am not. Human beings don’t NEED a license to sin.

Everybody wants to believe it is possible to reach some kind of spiritual state of nirvana where they don’t sin, and can usually point to someone in their minds’ eye that they think has come close to achieving it.

You probably have somebody in mind. (Reality check: I bet it isn’t you. You know yourself too well).

Sinning is what we do. Guilt is what discourages us. Forgiving is what God does.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,” Paul concludes in Romans 8:1.

Now THAT opens up a whole new can of worms! If you are sinning, are you walking after the flesh? And if you are walking after the flesh, then does that mean there IS condemnation? What about the eternal security issue?

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”

Which are you? Take a second for another spiritual reality check: Before you were saved, you sinned. Did it bother you? Now that you ARE saved, you STILL sin. Does it bother you now? Then you ARE minding the things of the Spirit, are you not?

“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:33-34)

It is the nature of man to sin. It is the nature of God to forgive.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19)

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9)

Since you are a Christian, there is nothing the enemy can do about YOU — you are forever beyond his reach. Scripture says you are now positionally seated in the heavenly places, as surely as if you were already there.

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” (Ephesians 2:5-6)

Our purpose as Christians is to do God’s will. God’s will is revealed thoughout the Scriptures:

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” (Ezekiel 18:32)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9)

“And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and THEN SHALL THE END COME.” (Matthew 24:14)

God’s will is that none should perish, and that all should come to repentance and be saved. As front-line soldiers in the King’s service, that is our objective. The enemy wants to convince us that we are unworthy to serve. Be encouraged! It isn’t true.

“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My Strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2nd Corinthians 12:8-9a)

Don’t let the enemy steal your victory. It was purchased at too high a Price.

“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath BEGUN a good work in you WILL perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Phillipians 1:6)

Marantha!

Divine Serendipity

Divine Serendipity
Vol: 65 Issue: 16 Friday, February 16, 2007

While not the main focus of this morning’s Omega Letter, with all the hubbub about global warming raging all around, it is worth noting that it was just barely above freezing when we woke up in Jacksonville, Florida this morning.

The forecast for today in Orlando is the mid-50s, and there are warnings of a hard freeze tonight. Some of you may have also noticed that the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality canceled its hearing, Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?

The reason? The record-breaking ice storm that layered the Washington DC area with several inches of ice and snow.

The day before we left Steve Spillman’s house in South Carolina, Steve gave me a book written by his father, Jim Spillman, in the late 1970’s. The book, called “The Omega Cometh” was an incredibly prescient examination of the signs of the times, as Jim saw them thirty years ago.

I was struck by the fact that, other than removing the dates that would have given the game away, one would have thought it had been published within the last couple of years.

The same could be said of Hal’s “The Late Great Planet Earth” published almost a decade earlier. How could both these men have been so uncannily accurate it their predictions?

The answer is simple. They followed the outline presented by the Bible for the last days. We don’t know the nuts and bolts details that God would use to paint the Big Picture, but we know what the Big Picture will look like when it is finished.

What does this mean? First, it adds to the mountain of evidence that supports the contention that these are the last days as predicted by the Scriptures. If these were not the last days, then neither Lindsey nor Spillman would have enjoyed such incredible accuracy.

Neither man was a prophet, but they did have the Ultimate Source of prophecy from which to work.

Secondly, since both books read as if they’d been written today, rather than thirty years ago, it confirms that we are as far along the road toward the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy in this generation as we think we are.

What they predicted as future events constitute the top headlines in our morning newspapers.

Jesus warned of signs in the sun, and in the moon and in the stars, the sea and the waves roaring, the distress and perplexity of nations, men’s hearts failing them for fear, etc. (Luke 21:25-26)

Both Lindsey and Spillman interpreted the Scriptures in light of what contemporary science was predicting for the near future. Science in the 1970’s was no less hysterical about the dangers lurking just around the corner, especially the dangers posed by global climate change.

Nations were just as perplexed and distressed about climate change then as now — except that in the 1970’s the global scientific consensus was that the world was facing an impending ice age.

Thirty years later, the global scientific consensus is no less hysterical, the nations are no less perplexed and distressed, the cry of “something must be done” is just as shrill, but the coming Ice Age has been replaced by Global Warming.

Jesus addressed neither an Ice Age nor Global Warming. He said that the generation that would see His return would be perplexed and distressed by the signs of “those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

All Spillman and Lindsey did was use the scientific consensus as it existed at the time to underscore the distress and perplexity over changing global weather patterns. Spillman and Lindsey were consistently accurate — they relied on the Bible. It is the scientists who keep getting it wrong.

Assessment:

While we were there, Steve and I got into a discussion about the Omega Letter membership, and in particular, the Omega Letter Member’s forums, including the Prayer Requests and Praise forums, Members Only Discussion forums, Bible Discussion Forums, Witnessing Discussion forums, etc.

I confess I bragged on you a bit. I am proud of the way you all come together to share the burdens of this existence, pray for one another, help each other with advice and answers to the ‘hard questions’ we all run into when sharing our witness of Christ, and the praise reports you share to encourage each other along the way.

Steve exclaimed, “This is like an electronic church — only without the bricks and mortar. It reminds me of my dad’s church when I was growing up.”

“Dad was not hung up with denominational divisions, and was more interested in Christian fellowship than in denominationalism. His flock were born-again Christians, rather than born again Baptists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, etc.”

I told Steve that the regular members of our forum family often refer to themselves the Omega Letter Fellowship.

Steve got a thoughtful look on his face, and said, “That’s interesting. My dad’s Church was called ‘The Omega Fellowship’.”

Steve told me that until that moment, he’d not noticed the connection.

Then he said, “Wait! I just remembered the name of Dad’s ministry publication. It was ‘The Omega Letter’.”

Now it was my turn to look thoughtful. “Steve, I didn’t know that. Does that mean I owe your dad royalties? Your dad’s ministry was a bit before my time. Until we met, all I knew of your dad was that he had written the book that John Brown says inspired him to found Zion Oil to look for oil where the Bible said it should be.”

Steve laughed at the royalty joke, but as we talked, we were both struck by a renewed sense of what Steve called ‘Divine serendipity’.

Jim Spillman published the book that inspired John Brown to look for oil in Israel. We’ve discussed the global effect of a major oil strike in Israel in previous Omega Letter Briefs, and how such a strike would change the course of history.

Steve reminded me how he and I had met. Steve had heard of the Omega Letter and had written me to ask if he could advertise the book his dad had written and he had updated called “The Great Treasure Hunt.”

I read the book and published a column about the incredible implications of an oil strike in Israel. The column found its way into John Brown’s hands, and John Brown got in touch with me. It is worth noting that John told me while I was in Dallas;

“You know, I’ve written you twice and called you once, but you ‘blew me off’.” (his words). “It wasn’t God’s time. I believe that now it is.”

John’s contact efforts were more than four years ago. It was just last year that God had me sell everything we owned, move into an RV, and go where He would lead me. At that point, I had never met or spoken with John and had only met Steve once when he offered me a publishing contract I had not yet accepted.

As I have already said on more than one occasion, I had no idea what the mission was, and have even confessed that sometimes I thought I had taken leave of my senses.

That led to meeting Steve, who is also the president of True Potential Publishing. Through Steve, I met John Brown, whose Zion Oil was born out of the prophecies of Scripture predicting the discovery of oil in Israel in the last days first laid out by Steve’s dad, Jim.

Jim Spillman was the founder of the Omega Fellowship, whose ministry published a monthly “Omega Letter” that was, in essence, the ‘bricks and mortar’ mirror-image of our own Omega Letter Fellowship.

More remarkable than that was the fact that Steve and I had become very close friends before we’d made any of these connections.

And I’ve mentioned how, when I visited the Zion Oil offices during my recent trip to Dallas, that it seemed that God had assembled the major players in Zion Oil, most of whom shared the same refrain; “I can’t explain how I got involved in this.”

I wrote in Volume 64, Issue 28 (“Bigger Than Dallas”);

“John took me to the Zion Oil and Gas offices in Dallas, where he made a point of introducing me to the various geologists, accountants, executive officers and lawyers who work there.

It was more like being introduced to members of a church fellowship than the executive officers of an oil company.

While I was there, John called the Zion officials in Israel, including the president of the Israeli division of Zion Oil and its chief counsel. John would suddenly say, “I want you to meet Jack” and hand me the phone.”

I also wrote in that volume, “I actually heard him tell one of his marketing executives that he didn’t want them to try and entice new investors and not to waste time on such nonsense — his words, not mine.”

“This is God’s project,” he said. “God will provide in His time. We needn’t worry ourselves about that. The mission is to spread the message about what God is about to do for His Chosen People. Spread the word, and let God handle the rest.”

Right now, I find myself sitting in an RV park in Jacksonville, Florida, my rig parked beside Steve Spillman’s rig. We are here to attend the NRB convention, following last week’s “Night to Honor Israel” which I attended as John Brown’s guest.

I am attending the NRB at John Brown’s invitation. One of the reasons is to discuss an idea first broached by John Brown while we were in Dallas — to eventually write the story of Zion Oil and its role in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy for this generation.

What a powerful tool such a story would be in our efforts to lead the lost to Christ.

(And while here, as I mentioned, I will also have a chance to spend some more time with Sandra Levitt and Jeffrey Seif of “Zola Levitt Presents” — a Messianic ministry dedicated to introducing God’s Chosen People to their Messiah. That is a special ‘cookie’ for me personally.)

Let’s tie it together. The Omega Letter shares more than just its name with the ministry founded by Jim Spillman, Steve’s father, which coincidentally served as the catalyst that spawned Zion Oil, which is on the cusp of changing the course of Israel’s history by discovering the riches of the deep buried beneath the Land of Promise.

I had never heard of Zion Oil or Steve Spillman (or even Jim Spillman) until God brought us all together — through the auspices of the Omega Letter — which hosts the Omega Letter Fellowship we are all a part of.

The Omega Letter was so named because Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet and was used by Jesus Christ to symbolize the last days:

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Our Omega Letter fellowship is dedicated to the proposition that the Lord is moving in a mighty way in these last days, preparing an army of one-on-one evangelists to carry the message of the Lord’s soon return to the lost.

We come together in our forums as a fellowship, dedicated to pooling our resources and knowledge, for the express purpose of encouraging each other as we labor to expand the Kingdom while there is still time.

When one sits down to think about it, it is truly, truly awe-inspiring. There are just too many coincidence for this all to be coincidental. If one steps back, one can see the Hand of God all over the Big Picture — and you and I are part of it.

Just imagine! God is Personally using each of you, through your unflagging support of our shared ministry, and has raised up a global fellowship (our members hail from every hemisphere, and dozens of countries) to work a work that may eventually play a role in changing the course of history that will turn Israel from international pariah to one of the world’s leading oil nations in these last days.

You — each of you — find yourself playing a leading role in the actual fulfillment of Bible prophecies recorded by Moses more than three thousand years ago.

Steve called it “Divine serendipity.” From the perspective of Jack Kinsella, a redeemed sinner of no particular importance, I’d have to call it a ‘miracle’.

A REAL miracle, not the store-bought kind you see on TV.

It isn’t me. I just write a daily column. YOU are the fellowship that makes it possible.

This is hard for me to explain. I don’t want to sound like I think I am “all that and a bag of chips.” I know better. I am just a donkey that tries to carry the Message, but it is exciting beyond words to share with you where our Rider is leading us.

As I said, there are too many coincidences for this to be coincidental.

Why am I sharing all this? It is because I believe that WE, you and I, are being used as part of evolving prophecy fore-ordained by God for the nation of Israel at exactly this moment in history.

“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” (Habakkuk 1:5)

Habakkuk was right. I can scarcely believe it. But God is working in our days, and I wonder marvelously. And I believe that our fellowship has been thrust right smack-dab in the middle of it.

The King IS coming! And we — all of us, have been chosen to be part of the process. Be humbled. Be encouraged.

And be excited!

And Now for Something Completely Different. . .

And Now for Something Completely Different. . .
Vol: 65 Issue: 15 Thursday, February 15, 2007

And Now for Something Completely Different. . .

The Blind Men and the Elephant

It was six men of Indostan

To learning much inclined,

Who went to see the Elephant

(Though all of them were blind),

That each by observation

Might satisfy his mind

The First approached the Elephant,

And happening to fall

Against his broad and sturdy side,

At once began to bawl:

God bless me! but the Elephant

Is very like a wall!

The Second, feeling of the tusk,

Cried, Ho! what have we here

So very round and smooth and sharp?

To me tis mighty clear

This wonder of an Elephant

Is very like a spear!

The Third approached the animal,

And happening to take

The squirming trunk within his hands,

Thus boldly up and spake:

I see, quoth he, the Elephant

Is very like a snake!

The Fourth reached out an eager hand,

And felt about the knee.

What most this wondrous beast is like

Is mighty plain, quoth he;

Tis clear enough the Elephant

Is very like a tree!

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,

Said: E en the blindest man

Can tell what this resembles most;

Deny the fact who can

This marvel of an Elephant

Is very like a fan!

The Sixth no sooner had begun

About the beast to grope,

Than, seizing on the swinging tail

That fell within his scope,

I see, quoth he, the Elephant

Is very like a rope!

And so these men of Indostan

Disputed loud and long,

Each in his own opinion

Exceeding stiff and strong,

Though each was partly in the right,

And all were in the wrong!

Moral:

So oft in theologic wars,

The disputants, I ween,

Rail on in utter ignorance

Of what each other mean,

And prate about an Elephant

Not one of them has seen!

Assessment:

Gayle and I have enjoyed a wonderful, refreshing week with our friends, Steve and Elaine Spillman at their home in upstate South Carolina.

We came to Greenville to attend the “Night to Honor Israel” but we ended up staying with the Spillmans for the best part of a week. It was the most fun I can remember in a long, long time. God is so good.

Steve shared this poem by John Saxeman with me one night, and we discussed this poem, and the poet’s point, well into the evening.

There isn’t really much to add. God is so much more than we can ever imagine, yet we tend to be like the six blind men.

Food for thought. . . don’t you think?

Note:

This morning, we are pulling out from Steve’s to head to the NRB convention in Orlando. While we were here, we hammered out the last chapters of my new book, “The Last Generation”, which we hope to have out in April.

The NRB convention promises to be a special treat — Sandra Levitt emailed me to tell me that she and Jeffrey Seif (Zola Levitt Presents) are also going to be there. I am looking forward to building on the friendship we enjoyed when I was in Dallas last month. They are great folks.

There is much more to report — as soon as we get settled in, I’ll bring everybody up to speed.

Please pray for journey mercies for us, and for the Spillmans, who are convoying down there with us in their RV.

Maranatha!

On the Lunatic Fringe

On the Lunatic Fringe
Vol: 65 Issue: 14 Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The other day, I caught another rerun of the National Geographic special, “Doomsday – the Book of Revelation” produced by Morningstar Productions and broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.

I was hesitant to participate in the program when invited, but decided to go ahead after many assurances that the purpose of the program was to take a serious look at the prophecies of the apocalypse and not to present believers as members of the lunatic fringe of Christianity.

Instead, the program was divided between ‘serious scholars’ and ‘believers’ who, of course, were portrayed as being on the lunatic fringe of Christianity.

The ‘scholars’ chosen to exegete the last Book of the Christian New Testament included a Jewish rabbi and a Jesuit, whose role was to explain where the lunatic fringe believers (like me) had gone wrong in their understanding of Scripture.

Debunking the Gospels has been elevated to an art form in this generation — particularly when it comes to those parts of the Gospel that deal with eschatology (the study of the last days.)

The “Jesus Seminar” came into being in 1985 for the express purpose of “demythologizing” the Scriptures, especially the wave of apocalyptic preachers who had begun building on the work of my friend Hal Lindsey’s “Late Great Planet Earth.”

Hal was among the first to popularize the fact that the prophecies of Scripture for the last days had started to fall into place, beginning with the restoration of Israel to her ancestral homeland in 1948 as predicted by the Hebrew prophets of antiquity.

Hal was by no means the first to recognize the significance of the existence of a Jewish state called “Israel” as a harbinger of the last days. Matthew Henry’s “Exposition of the Old and New Testaments” (published in 1710) addressed Israel’s restoration as the key to unlocking the prophecies of the last days.

The purpose of the ‘Jesus Seminar’ (according to the seminar’s founder, Robert Funk) is to use ‘historical methods’ to determine what Jesus, as an historical figure, may or may not have said or done.

The group retranslated (actually, they rewrote) the New Testament and then used their own translation as their primary source of reference. The Jesus that emerged from their reconstruction of the Gospels was nothing more than an itinerant rabble rouser. Their Jesus was just a “wise man and a good teacher”. The Resurrection, they concluded, was a myth.

The seminar treats the Gospels as filled with fabrications — especially the Gospel of John. They concluded that the Gospel of Thomas (upon which the “Davinci Codes” was based) was more authentic than the Book of John and that the Gospel of Thomas rightly belongs among the Canon of Scripture.

That single conclusion encapsulates the Jesus Seminar’s incredible arrogance. Irenaeus, (130 – 202) dismissed the Gospel of Thomas as a Gnostic heresy as did virtually all the early Church Fathers — many of whom lived within living memory of the events described in the Gospels.

The Jesus Seminar’s Gospels are not prophetic — and neither is their “Jesus.” According to these alleged scholars, Jesus preached what they call ‘sapiential eschatology’ (repairing the world) rather than the traditionally understood ‘apocalyptic eschatology’ (the end of the world).

Therefore, they dismiss the Olivet Discourse (What will be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world? -Matthew 24, Mark 13 Luke 21) as a pack of lies.

Indeed, according to the Jesus Seminar, of all the sayings of Jesus, only fifteen quotes attributed to Jesus were”authentic” and other fifteen were “probably authentic.” They conclude that the remaining 82% of the Gospels were complete fabrications.

The Jesus Seminar concluded that the only part of the Lord’s Prayer that was actually uttered by Jesus were the words, “Our Father.” (I kid you not)

Among their other conclusions were:

Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great, but He had a human father whose name may or may not have been Joseph.

Jesus was not born in Bethlehem, but in Nazareth.

Jesus was an itinerant “sage” Who shared meals with social outcasts.

Those who were healed by Jesus were suffering from psychosomatic illnesses.

He neither walked on water, fed the multitudes with five loaves and seven fishes, changed water into wine at Cana nor raised Lazurus from the dead.

Jesus was executed for being a public nuisance, not for claiming to be the Son of God.

Jesus was not raised from the dead, and the empty tomb was a fiction perpetrated by Paul, Peter and Mary, all of whom were suffering from delusional hysteria.

Of the 74 ‘scholars’ listed in their publication, “The Five Gospels” only 14 could be considered leading figures in New Testament studies.

Almost half got their degrees from the same three liberal universities, Harvard, Claremont or Vanderbilt. The majority teach at such bastions of higher education as local community colleges.

Among the “scholars” are Catholics, Jews, mainstream Protestants, admitted atheists, various professors at universities and seminaries, one pastor, three members of the Westar Institute in California which sponsored the project, one filmmaker, and three others whose current occupations are entirely unidentified.

Noted William Lane Craig in his paper, “Rediscovering the Historical Jesus: Presuppositions and Pretensions of the Jesus Seminar:

“The real, historical Jesus turns out to have been a sort of itinerant, social critic, the Jewish equivalent of a Greek cynic philosopher. He never claimed to be the Son of God or to forgive sins or to inaugurate a new covenant between God and man. His crucifixion was an accident of history; his corpse was probably thrown into a shallow dirt grave where it rotted away or was eaten by wild dogs.

Now if these conclusions are correct, we who are Christians today are the victims of a massive delusion. To continue to worship Jesus today in light of these conclusions would be either idolatry or mythology idolatry if you worship the merely human figure who actually lived, mythology if you worship the figment of the Church s imagination.”

Ya think?

Assessment:

It is no accident of history that the Jesus Seminar came into being in this generation. When Jesus was asked to outline the signs of His soon return, the first thing He said was, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matthew 24:4)

He warned; “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:11)

The Apostle Peter warned; “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2nd Peter 3:3-4)

Peter called such ‘willfully ignorant’ — which is a pretty good description of the so-called ‘scholars’ of the Jesus Seminar.

I have always found it fascinating that so many have invested so much effort in ‘proving’ the Gospels are fiction and that Jesus was just a wise man and a good teacher.

As we’ve discussed on many occasions, Jesus claimed to be the Son of God sent to redeem the world from its sins and to restore fellowship between God and man.

If it were not true, He could not have been a “good teacher.” Good teachers do not teach lies. Neither could He have been very wise. Wise men don’t go to their deaths for a lie.

If Jesus was not the former, He could not logically have been the latter, either.

We have people who claim to be the Son of God in our world today. You can usually find them in nice, clean rooms, dressed all in white and playing Scrabble with the guys who claim they are Napoleon, not universally acclaimed by their critics as wise men and good teachers.

All of the Apostles (except John) were put to death for refusing to recant their testimony of Jesus Christ, His Deity, His Resurrection and His miracles.

(The Apostle John was boiled in oil but was miraculously delivered from death. Unable to kill him, the Emperor Domitian ordered his banishment to the Isle of Patmos.)

Matthew was run through by a sword in Ethiopia. Mark was dragged to death by horses in Egypt. Luke was hanged in Greece.

Peter was crucified upside-down. James, the brother of Jesus, was thrown from the pinnacle of the Temple. (James survived the 100 foot plunge and was finished off by beaten to death with a fuller’s club)

James, son of Zebedee was beheaded in Jerusalem. Bartholomew was whipped to death in Armenia. Thomas was speared to death in India. Jude was killed by archers.

Mathias, chosen by lot to replace Judas Iscariot, was both stoned and beheaded. Paul was beheaded in Rome on orders from Nero.

Every single one of the Apostles were ostracized by their families and friends for their witness of Jesus Christ. They lived as homeless beggars, were beaten and imprisoned on a regular basis, and each could chosen to recant their witness to save their own lives.

What else would motivate them to live the lives that they did and willingly embrace the deaths that they suffered? (Every single one of them — without exception?)

The Jesus Seminar has yet to offer an alternative explanation apart from mass hysteria. Instead, they simply argue that it never happened.

It is easy for me to understand why Christians want to preach the Gospel to the lost. The Gospels offer hope. They extend the promise of eternal life and reconciliation with God. The Gospel message answers the age-old question, “What is the meaning of life?”

What I cannot understand, in the natural, is the zeal with which atheists, agnostics and “scholars” like the Jesus Seminar preach their empty message.

The message they carry is utterly empty. The meaning of life remains an unanswered and unanswerable question. It offers no hope of redemption, holds out no promise of eternal life, and provides no incentive for doing good.

All that life offers is a cold grave at the end of a miserable and painful existence. If they are right, why should they care if others believe in an eternal existence in either heaven or hell? It isn’t any more real than believing in the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus.

Why expend so much effort to proclaim a gospel of misery? It makes no sense whatever.

There is only one context in which such devotion to emptiness makes sense. If God exists, so does Satan. As God is the embodiment of love, so too, is Satan is the embodiment of hatred.

The Bible says that Satan’s hatred of mankind is so intense that he will expend any effort to ensure that man eventually joins him in hell.

C.S. Lewis once remarked that Satan’s most effective tool is the belief that he doesn’t exist.

The most effective way to ensure he will have plenty of company in his eternal place of torment is to convince man that there is nothing beyond the grave to either aspire towards or fear. Which is precisely the ‘gospel’ advanced by the Jesus Seminar.

Logically speaking, there can be only one answer that explains such dedication to debunking the Gospels as myths and portraying Jesus as just another historical nut case.

Because Jesus was EXACTLY Whom the Gospels portray Him to be; the Son of God, sent to make atonement for the sins of the world.

No other answer passes the logic test.

“Grace, Grace, God’s Grace”

“Grace, Grace, God’s Grace”
Vol: 65 Issue: 13 Tuesday, February 13, 2007

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8)

In reading Ephesians 2:8, one notices four important words; grace, saved, faith and works. The reason they are so important is that each has only one logical meaning.

Grace is unmerited favor. My car insurance company gives me a grace period. The bill is due on a certain date, but my company allows me a few days ‘grace’ before canceling my policy.

They don’t have to. If I had an accident during this grace period, the insurance company could easily deny my claim. I didn’t earn this grace period, I can’t even claim I deserve it.

The company grants it because it wants to keep my business, but if I were a lousy driver and a bad risk, it could just as easily (and legally) revoke my policy for non-payment the day my policy expired.

That is why it is called a “grace” period. This life is our grace period. When it is over, that grace period has expired.

Saved is another word that has but one logical meaning in the context of this verse. “Saved” means to rescue or keep safe from harm or danger.

“Faith” means complete trust or confidence in someone or something. One cannot partially trust someone or something, since it implies a partial lack of faith.

Finally, there is the word “works” which means, “activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.”

Let’s put it all together in a logical syllogism (deductive reasoning as distinct from induction).

God’s grace is extended to all men, but not all men will be saved.

In order to be saved, one must have faith (a complete trust in Someone or something) in this case, trust that the shed Blood of Christ is sufficient payment for our sins.

Ephesians 2:9 says our salvation is not of works, “lest any man should boast,” eliminating the argument that man can create his own path to salvation.

Note that even saving faith is a work of God. “And that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God.”

“Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, that YE BELIEVE ON HIM Whom He hath sent.” (John 6:28-29)

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus . . . Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:23-24,27-28)

Pulling it all together, the Bible says that ALL men are sinners without exception. Doing good works cannot undo bad works. One cannot be ‘good enough’ to be saved.

God grants all men a ‘grace period’ during this life before demanding payment for sin.

During this grace period, man can be saved by having faith that God, Who cannot lie, will accept the payment for sin extended by Jesus Christ as sufficient payment for one’s sins.

To be saved, one must believe.

“Believe” verb, [trans.] as true; feel sure of the truth [intrans.] have faith.

Assessment:

There are many who believe God exists, and may even believe that Jesus was the Son of God, but they are not necessarily saved. It depends on whether they trust His Promise, or if they put their trust in their own righteousness.

Merely believing in God is not enough. Satan believes in God. But Satan isn’t saved.

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19)

Salvation demands faith that Jesus is able to keep safe all those who put their faith in Him to do so, no matter the circumstances.

The central theme of Scripture centers around three main points;

1) Man is a sinner constitutionally incapable of keeping the law.

2) Nobody is qualified to enter into the Presence of God based on his own merits and,

3) That “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Remove any of those key points from the equation and the theme of salvation makes no sense. If point 1 were not true, then it would negate point 2, which would then eliminate the necessity for point 3.

If eternal security is a false doctrine, that means we each play a role, through our works, (either sinful or righteous) in maintaining our salvation.

In that case, maintaining one’s salvation would require working at it by maintaining our personal righteousness. But the Scripture says that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6)

Remember, our native unrighteousness is the central theme of Scripture — and it demands the necessity of a Savior.

Therefore, if maintaining one’s personal righteousness is a condition of salvation, then point 1 is not true, point 2 is partially untrue and point 3 is unnecessary. That would defy the central theme and context of the revealed Word.

The first lie of the Garden of Evil was that man should trust in himself and on his own understanding. The Scriptures teach the precise opposite.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

The doctrine of eternal security flies in the face of that first lie by removing man from the equation altogether. Eternal security says that human righteousness is as ‘filthy rags’ before the Lord, therefore, Jesus paid the FULL penalty for sin.

It teaches that man plays no greater role in his salvation than that of accepting the gift of Pardon offered him by repenting (which means to change one’s mind) about his sin and trusting in the shed Blood of Christ as a completed work.

The Scriptures teach us we can be, “confident of this very thing, that He which hath BEGUN a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phillipians 1:6)

One doctrine, that of salvation plus works, teaches that once He hath begun a good work in me, it is up to ME to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

The other, that of eternal security, teaches that, once He hath begun a good work in me, HE will continue to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Which doctrine lines up best with the main theme of the revealed Word of God?

We return to the message of salvation, but presented WITHOUT the implicit promise of eternal security for the believer.

“You are lost and deserve to go to hell. But Jesus has made a way for you to be saved. All you have to do is believe in Him and not sin again. Go to church, learn the Bible, quit smoking, drinking, swearing, having lustful thoughts, avoid all your old sinful friends, do good and don’t sin, and you shall be saved. But if you continue in sin after trusting Jesus, you will go to hell anyway.”

If one discounts the doctrine of eternal security as some kind of Satanic lie, then giving the Gospel in any manner differently that the one above is deceptive advertising.

But the Scriptures teach, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:15)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17)

If one is turned into a ‘new creature’ through God’s extension of Sovereign grace accepted through faith, how then does one turn ONESELF back to the old creature by an act of human will (sin)?

“Grace” is not a license to sin, it is Divine permission to get back up and try again. Sin is burdensome because it tends to pile up so fast. Soon, it becomes so heavy you CAN’T get back up on your own.

The burden is lifted by the grace of God so that we can get back up, heal our wounds and return to battle. Grace is not license to sin. It is medicine to heal and bandages to cover our sin so we can fight on.

Understanding grace is to understand what Paul meant when he told the Galatians, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:21)

Be encouraged. If you’ve trusted Jesus, not only will you make it to heaven, in God’s eyes, you are ALREADY there.

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and MADE US SIT TOGETHER IN HEAVENLY PLACES in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:6)

Trust “Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 1:24)

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

You can trust Him. He won’t let you down.