Sunday, December 31, 2017

END TIMES INTERPRETATION


1 Corinthians 2:5 
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11-14 
For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.  (12)  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God(13)  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  (14)  But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

I just read this article where a Christian, "educated" biblical author said that the end times Babylon is in the Middle East and it is from this place where the anti-Christ will arise.

New York Times bestselling author Joel Richardson identified the location of what the book of Revelation in the Bible refers to as “Mystery Babylon,” the place where the Anti-Christ would come from—and it’s not what most people believe it to be.


You most assuredly DO NOT get this picture when we read Revelations 18, where Babylon is described and her interaction with the global community.
How many of us interpret scripture and times based on already presupposed beliefs about people, places and things? How many of us accept these type of interpretations and explanations? How many of us believed in the "Blood Moon" foolishness and "Obama must be the anti-Christ", while attempting to justify these views and out right lies using scripture? How many of us, in our "discernment from the Holy Spirit", received "direction" and "understanding" based on our prejudices, bias, political affiliations and denominational and doctrinal slants? How many of us are at the very least truly willing to put ALL of that worldliness and foolishness aside and let the Holy Spirit and the bible interpret the times for us? To that last question, I surmise NOT MANY.
I believe part of the reason, firstly, is most are simply not willing to truly let go of what has defined them because this may mean letting go of denominations, titles, friends, associations and families. We would begin to ask ourselves "If I'm no longer this, than who am I?" If we truly walk by God's standards, this will mean standing against the ant-Christ establishment and those who support it and are knowingly and willingly benefiting from it's support. Secondly, my experience in the faith and in life, and interaction with others has shown me that most are simply content with dwelling in lies, anger, racism and falsehoods.
We MUST be willing, especially in these last days, to die to self and what we think, in order to receive and understand the discernment of the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 3:1-12  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  (2)  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth(3)  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  (4)  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.  (5)  Mortify [to deaden, subdue] therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness [physically and/or morally], inordinate affection [lust], evil concupiscence [deep longing for what is forbidden], and covetousness, which is idolatry:  (6)  For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  (7)  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.  (8)  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth(9)  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  (10)  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him (11)  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all(12)  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;