July 15, 2010 ©Homer Kizer
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What Repentance Will Mean
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. … These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. (2 Pet 2:1, 17–21 emphasis added)
As there were false prophets in ancient Israel, there will be, according to Peter, false teachers within Christendom—and again according to Peter, it would be better for a person if that person had never heard of Christ than for the person to accept Christ as the person’s Savior and then believe a false teacher, thereby turning back from the holy commandment delivered to the Christian. … Is this not what the Galatians did? Paul says to them, “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is … I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate [mutilate or castrate] themselves!” (Gal 5:7–10, 12)
But what if the person has initially come to Christ through a false teacher? Would it still be better for the person if he or she had never known Christ? Or the better question, did the person really come to the glorified Christ Jesus, or did the person come to another Christ, an imposter?
The issue of genuine versus false teachers of Israel, now the nation circumcised of heart rather than in the flesh, is of great importance, especially considering that it would have been better for the Christian never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to the Christian. And mainstream Christianity has used the importance of this issue to hinder and even stifle dissent and to continue Christendom’s bondage to sin and death. As ancient Israel in Egypt continued in slavery rather than escape to the land of Midian as Moses escaped, the Body of Christ has continued its long stay in the grave rather than make a run for the border where life awaits them. For some 1200 years [325 CE to 1525 CE], the Christian Church used the power of the state to keep Christians locked in spiritual lifelessness [death] as if the Latin Church’s priests and bishops were Hebrew overseers answerable to Pharaoh for the nation’s production of bricks. And in the 69 spiritual weeks since 1528 CE, when Andreas Fischer’s ministry began, construction of the spiritual house of God has started and stopped in a manner analogous to Elijah’s first two attempts to return life to the son of the widow of Zarephath: the Church has not quite been able to breathe on its own. The last Elijah has laid over the Church and has “warmed” the Body of Christ and has breathed His breath into the nostrils of this Corpse, but so much damage was done to the inner organs of the Church by the centuries of lawlessness that Christians, with few exceptions, are a lost cause for it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them as was done beginning in the 1st-Century when the mystery of lawlessness (2 Thess 2:7) was hard at work to kill the Church.
The mystery of lawlessness was not of the Father or the Son, but came by the activity of Satan who introduced heresy into The Way before sound doctrine was firmly established in Hellenist Asia Minor. But the mystery of lawlessness within its name identifies the nature of the heresy: lawlessness. And the Apostle Peter writes,
Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these [new heavens and new earth], be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Pet 3:14–18 emphasis added)
The heresy that sweeps away the ignorant and unstable is lawlessness … if you as a Christian have so little faith or belief in God that you do not desire righteousness, holiness, and godliness, then you are worse than a dog that returns to its vomit and eats again what made it sick. If you believe God, you will necessarily believe the writings of Moses, the prerequisite to hearing and believing the words of Jesus. And if you believe the writings of Moses, you will keep the commandments. You will not succumb to the heresy of lawlessness.
In this endtime era when words are a deflated commodity—when words are easily produced and used without meaning; when the word of the President of the United States seems to be of no value—it is easy to assert that mainstream Christendom teaches heresy so this heresy needs to be seen:
· “‘For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?’” (John 5:46–47). … Does mainstream Christendom believe the writings of Moses? If mainstream Christendom did, why do Christians conduct business on the Sabbath while attempting to enter into God’s presence on the day after the Sabbath [J± :4 Jä< F"$$VJT<]?
· “‘And he said, “No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead”’” (Luke 16:30–31). … If Christians will not believe Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced by the resurrected Christ Jesus for they cannot hear Jesus’ words such as—
· “‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law [Torah] or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven’” (Matt 5:17–19)
· “‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness”’” (Matt 7:21–23)
· “‘I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day’” (John 12:46–48 emphasis added).
The Christian who teaches other disciples that Jesus abolished the Law at Calvary truly does not hear the words of Jesus, let alone keeps them, even when doing great works in Jesus’ name; this Christian delivers a mingled message, a mixing of the sacred and the profane, to those whom he (or she) would teach. This Christian is false. If he (or she) teaches others, this Christian is a false teacher, a liar, a bastard son of the Adversary even when the person brings a message about the person Jesus of Nazareth to the world.
The mainstream Christian can argue that Jesus spoke to Jews who were under the Law when He delivered the Beatitudes, that Christians since Calvary are under a dispensation of Grace and not under the Law and have no obligation to keep the Law … if that is the argument of mainstream Christendom, let these Christians take the matter up with Christ, who will deny that He ever knew them when their judgments are revealed. That is His promise to all who are “the lawless” [J¬< <@:\"< — from Matt 7:23].
Neither Christ Jesus nor the Body of Christ will judge the lawless, for they have a judge: the word [message] that Jesus left with His disciples will condemn them on the last day. They will be resurrected as livestock to be sacrificed when the temple is dedicated. Until then, they are as Black Angus cattle on a nighttime road, and it would be better for the Christian if he or she never encountered them for they wreck spiritual lives.
As difficult as it is to accept, if Peter is to be believed it would be better for a person in this era not to know Christ Jesus than to accept Jesus as the person’s Savior, then neglect the outward keeping of the commandments to the best of the person’s abilities. The person’s end will be worse than if the person had never heard the name, Jesus of Nazareth. For having known the goodness of God, the person, by neglecting the commandments, mocks Christ Jesus who kept the Law.
Jesus’ words: The person who would be great in the kingdom of heaven keeps the commandments and teaches them to others (Matt 5:19) … how hard is identifying Christians who will be great in the kingdom of the heavens? The “great” even before they are glorified keep the commandments and teach others to do likewise. What is difficult about that to understand? Especially when the Apostle John writes,
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil. (1 John 3:4–10 emphasis added)
The Christian who makes a practice of sinning [i.e., of not believing God] is of the devil—and this is why it would be better for the person not to have tasted the goodness of God than to have sampled Grace and then make a practice of sinning; for Paul writes, “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness” (Rom 6:16).
The Christian over whom sin has no dominion because this person is not under the law but under grace has no excuse for returning to sin and presenting him or herself as a willing bondservant to sin. This person escaped disobedience only to return to disobedience not as a slave but as a bastard son—
Every person is humanly born as a son of disobedience (Eph 2:1–3) because God consigned all of humanity to disobedience (Rom 11:32) because of Adam’s unbelief (Rom 5:12). This consignment to disobedience makes the person a slave of the Adversary, but this involuntary slave to the Adversary does not have his or her sin counted against the person until he or she comes under the law (v. 13). This person has no indwelling life, but this person [because of being consigned by God to disobedience] is under natural grace, not a term used in Scripture but a valid description of what it means not to have sin counted against the person.
Slavery should never be, nor should the living die. But both happen and have happened.
The problem that has confronted God from the beginning was how to portray a two-dimensional world in one dimension; i.e., how to show the indwelling of two lives or two breaths of life in one living entity, with the second breath making alive the inner self that is not visible in this world but is as real as the outer self. And no one initially receives this indwelling second breath of life prior to being born of God as a physically mature person: the first Adam didn’t have it, nor did John the Baptist, the greatest man born of woman. The first human to receive this second breath of life was Jesus of Nazareth when the breath of the Father [B<,Ø:" 2,@Ø] descended upon Him in the form of a visible dove (Matt 3:16) when He was about thirty years old, and the next humans to receive this second breath of life were the ten disciples upon whom Jesus breathed the day He was resurrected from death (John 20:22).
No person has indwelling eternal life apart from receiving it as a gift from God in Christ Jesus (Rom 6:23), for this “fire” from heaven would consume the person if it were not “held” in a vessel also from heaven, the breath of Christ [B<,Ø:" OD4FJ@Ø — from Rom 8:9] … as human life is sustained by the dark fire of cellular oxidation of simple carbohydrates, with this dark fire initially received when Elohim [singular in usage] breathed into the nostrils of the man of mud (Gen 2:7) and with this dark fire contained by a person’s physical body, indwelling eternal life is sustained by the bright fire seen by the prophet Ezekiel:
And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. / Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. (1:26–28 emphasis added)
But this bright fire that sustains eternal life is invisible (outside of human beings’ spectra) in this world as is the inner self to which it gives life.
Again, the bright fire of eternal life cannot be housed in a tent of flesh, but must be held in a spiritual vessel: no one who had not first come from heaven could have indwelling eternal life. No one had indwelling eternal life prior to the spirit [B<,Ø:" (4@<] being given to the last Adam, who when glorified gave it to the ten first disciples who were assembled together the afternoon of the day He was received by the Father. And Second Temple Jews understood that human beings did not have indwelling eternal life, the reason why both the lawyer who sought to test Jesus (Luke 10:25) and the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18) asked Jesus what must they do to inherit eternal life. Since then, rabbinical Judaism has swallowed the Adversary’s lie that men and women are humanly born with immortal souls, a lie that conceals from endtime Judaism the penalty of Israel’s rebellion at Sinai that the nation continues to bear in its prohibition against kindling a fire on the Sabbath, with the Sabbath representing entering into God’s presence. No fire on the Sabbath equates spiritually to no life in God’s presence, or no indwelling eternal life.
A slave is not free to do or to go wherever he or she pleases, but has limitations placed upon the person’s body that a free person does not have. Likewise, a person who is a son of disobedience has limitations placed upon the person’s thoughts so that he or she cannot “go” to God, but can only go to the Adversary in the person’s pursuit of piety. This person is not free to keep the commandments, because sin still has dominion over the person: this person must transgress one or more of the commandments, with the Sabbath commandment being the one most often transgressed. However, because this person is not free to keep the commandments, the lawlessness of this person is not counted against the person. Therefore, because all of Islam (an ideological nation that will serve as an example nation) is not born of God and is not mentally free to keep the commandments, this nation is today under natural grace.
No Muslim has indwelling eternal life [i.e., an immortal soul].
Although Islam believes that human beings possess immortal souls when they do not—eternal life doesn’t come from a man having his way with a woman—Islam is not presently under the Law, so the sins of Muslims are not counted against them. However, these sins are not forgotten. They are just not now counted against the individual whom God has consigned to disobedience so He could later have mercy on all … a slave belongs to his master; thus, the sins of a slave are his master’s responsibility. And when God consigned all of humankind to disobedience, God delivered human beings into the hand of the Adversary to be the Adversary’s bondservants; hence, the sins of every Muslim today belong to the Adversary and are his responsibility.
If the person reading this Endnote [the auditor] is to intellectually understand what Paul writes about every person being humanly born as a son of disobedience (Eph 2:1–3), the person needs to think in terms of every person being humanly born into mental slavery to the spiritual king of Babylon as natural Israelites in Egypt were physically born as slaves to Pharaoh. This means that every humanly born person is analogous to an enslaved African American in the Antebellum South, an image more easily seen and more disturbing because of its nearness to the present. Thus, in one dimension—the enslaved African American—God can portray the ugliness of being mentally enslaved as a son of disobedience.
How can a slave holder prevent slaves from escaping as Moses escaped?
If the slave holder can successfully convince slaves that they are truly “free” when they are not, most slaves will not attempt to escape but will remain in bondage, believing that they have been liberated when nothing has really changed. If the Adversary could convince his slaves that they have been set free by Christ when they have not been set free, the Adversary will thwart attempts to escape. And how is the next generation of his slaves to know that they are not free when servants of the Adversary, each disguised as a minister of righteousness [for Satan himself comes disguised as an angel of light — 2 Cor 11:14–15], assure them that they have been set free and that they will go to heaven when they die.
Christians within the mainstream Church remain sons of disobedience, humanly born into slavery to the Adversary, but because, like the Pharisees, they claim to see and understand the mysteries of God when they are really blind, they will have their sins counted against them (see John 9:40–41). Their guilt remains; for by claiming to be Christians (i.e., circumcised of heart Israelites) these sons of disobedience have placed themselves under the law.
Because eternal life is the gift of God in Christ Jesus (again, Rom 6:23), with the indwelling of Jesus being necessary before a human being can receive the invisible fire that comes down from heaven as a second breath of life, the breath of God [B<,Ø:< 2,@Ø], no Muslim today has indwelling immortality. But then, neither do lawless Christians have indwelling eternal life.
Because Islam denies the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, Islam remains as unrepentant sons of disobedience; Islam remains under natural grace. But because mainstream Christians recognize the divinity of Christ Jesus yet steadfastly refuse to walk as Jesus walked, mainstream Christians are not under Grace or natural grace but have voluntarily placed themselves under the law through their open lawlessness … there are no Christians who do not know that Sunday is one day after the Sabbath [J± :4 Jä< F"$$VJT< — cf. John 20:1; Acts 20:7; Luke 24:1 in Greek]. There are no Christians who do not know that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath (Matt 12:8 et al). There are no Christians who do not know that Moses told Israel to remember the Sabbath, the day marked by manna gathered the previous day not spoiling and breeding worms overnight, as a memorial to liberation: “‘You [the children of Israel] shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord [YHWH] your God [Elohim] brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day’” (Deut 5:15).
The Sabbath is about liberation from involuntary servitude. And the Christian who ignores the Sabbath or who attempts to force his or her way into God’s presence on the following day reveals through his or her neglect of the Sabbath that he or she remains a son of disobedience, a willing son of the Adversary, a spiritual bastard fit only for the lake of fire. But thanks be to God, the Father and the Son will have mercy on all Christians regardless of which false teacher brought to the person knowledge of Jesus. The Father will fill every Christian with His divine breath at the Second Passover liberation of Israel. Every Christian will be made one in the resurrected Body of Christ. The problem, however, will be staying one for the differences between the false teachers will not be mediated before the return of life to the Body of Christ. Thus, these newly liberated Christians to whom spiritual life was suddenly and almost unexpectedly given will rebel against God by remaining-in or returning to their lawless ways when no sacrifice remains for them.
God is not a respecter of persons: the Baptist who is convinced that Mormons are not of Christ will be made one with Mormons at the Second Passover liberation of Israel. Same applies to Lutherans and Jehovah Witnesses; Seventh Day Adventists and Roman Catholics. This listing could go on, but the point should be understood: the body of Christ is one Body of one spirit, and Trinitarian and Arian Christians cannot return to their ideologies, for to return will be rebellion against God. Unfortunately, they will return in a Rebellion far larger than Christians today can imagine.
Christians proudly announced to the world that they are under Grace without understanding what Grace is and without realizing that this Grace that they thought they were under applies only to those Christians truly born of God, with evidence of being true spiritual birth coming through the Christian’s willingness to keep the law. Paul says that “the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot” (Rom 8:7). It cannot because the person remains in mental slavery to the Adversary.
In the institution of slavery, human beings can see themselves prior to being born of God. A son of disobedience is a slave to sin, but when a son of disobedience is drawn from this world by the Father and liberated through the indwelling of Christ Jesus, the slave has been set free. No longer does sin have dominion over the person. The power of the law is its pronunciation of death—and because the slave has been set free through receiving a second breath of life, the breath of the Father [B<,Ø:" 2,@Ø], the son of God is not under the law but under Grace, the mantle [garment] of Christ Jesus’ righteousness. But if this son of God were to return to lawlessness, this son would slip out from under Grace and would be condemned to death in the lake of fire. Therefore, in this era, only those human beings whom the Father foreknew and predestined, called and justified have been truly born of spirit. Everyone else awaits spiritual birth as ancient Israel waited for deliverance while in Egypt.
For the son of disobedience who only has the breath of life received from the first Adam, the want of a second breath of life is portrayed through slavery, with the institution of slavery being kept alive within segments of Islam—
When an American progressive condemns historical slavery, he or she neglects to condemn Islamic fundamentalists, or traditional Native American cultures, or his or her own mental bondage to lawlessness. When Christian America condemns Black Activists who rant about Killing Crackers, these Christians do not see themselves as slaves who should be angry at the Adversary. No, they have been duped by the Adversary into believing that they have been set free … if they are truly free, these Christians would, by faith, begin to voluntarily keep the commandments, especially the Sabbath commandment. That they will not keep the Sabbath is prima facie evidence that they are not free but remain enslaved by disobedience.
The young Muslim who sacrifices him or herself in Jihad simply ends his or her life early. This person will be resurrected in the great White Throne Judgment; whereas, if the person had lived until the Holy Spirit is poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28) when the kingdom of this world is given to the Son of Man (Dan 7:9–14; Rev 11:15), the person would have been born of God as a firstborn son who only had to endure to the end to be saved (Matt 24:13; 10:22). And the world being baptized in spirit is not in the distant future, but is near in time.
Those who teach Muslims to kill themselves actively seek to prevent Muslims from becoming part of the firstfruits of God, with Christ Jesus being the First of these firstfruits. They are enemies to their own people just as false Christian teachers are enemies of Christ Jesus.
Again, in this era no one can come to Christ unless drawn by the Father (John 6:44, 65). By force of will, no one can make the Father call the person. Either the person is foreknown by the Father, predestined, called, and justified (Rom 8:30), or the person if a self-professed Christian will await being born of God until Israel’s Second Passover liberation at the beginning of the seven endtime years of tribulation: the self-professed Christian will then be born filled with spirit, and liberated from indwelling sin and death.
If, going into the seven endtime years, the person is not a self-professed Christian the person must wait until the kingdom of this world is given to the Son of Man before the person is born of God as part of the harvest of firstfruits. So it isn’t a matter of salvation not coming to Islam, but more a matter of the first being last and the last being first with this reality occurring first within Israel, then to the world, meaning that as natural Israel stumbled so that salvation could come to the Gentiles (Rom 11:11), circumcised of heart Israel will stumble in the 21st-Century so that salvation can come to the third part of humankind in the Endurance, with this third part including all of Islam.
But Islam cannot today be grafted onto the Root of Righteousness: this nation is too filled with its own righteousness so Islam has to be softened by tribulation for three and a half years. Today, Islam is far too hard-headed and hard-hearted to be grafted onto Christ; the nation has to be made teachable, and unfortunately, this means that the nation has to be humbled.
Concerning his own people, Paul writes,
So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean! / Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. (Rom 11:11–16 emphasis added)
I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Christians jealous and thus save some of them … is this not the extension of what Paul writes? My own people are not natural Israelites, but Anabaptists, and to wit, Sabbatarian Anabaptists. And have Anabaptists not stumbled in their trespasses? Do not Mennonites and Hutterites transgress the Sabbath as if entering into God’s presence were a light and trivial thing? And if by their trespasses salvation comes to the world through the Holy Spirit being poured out on all flesh, does not their failure to follow in the 16th-Century footsteps of Andreas Fischer as Fischer followed Paul who followed Jesus mean riches to, say, to Islam? Of course it does. All of humankind will be blessed by Christians’ rebellion against God in the Apostasy of Day 220 although that will not seem to be the case when this rebellion occurs—those who rebel will not, though, be blessed but will be utterly condemned. Those who first received the good news of Christ, like natural Israel before them, will be rejected because of their unbelief after having received mercy.
The nation of Israel that left Egypt and that was numbered in the census of the second year (Num chap 1) rebelled against the Lord and was condemned to die in the wilderness because of national unbelief … except for Joshua and Caleb, no one numbered in the census of the second year entered into God’s rest. And except for the Remnant of the offspring of Israel, with the Christian Church being this offspring of the Woman (from Rev 12:17) and with this Remnant being Christians who keep the commandments and have the testimony of Jesus—the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Rev 19:10)—no Christian liberated from indwelling sin and death at the Second Passover will bodily enter into the Endurance, the 1260 days immediately preceding Armageddon. But the third part of humankind, with Islam comprising much of this third part, will enter into God’s presence either spiritually (by having taken judgment upon themselves through baptism) or physically (by not being baptized). This third part of humankind (from Zech 13:7–9) is represented in Jesus’ Olivet discourse by the ten virgins, the mirror image of the ten “Christian leaders” who ally themselves with the Adversary during the Affliction.
When Israel rebelled against the Lord in the wilderness of Paran, Israel believed the ten spies who brought an evil report about the Promised Land. These ten spies opposed Joshua and Caleb, the two spies who brought forth a good report, with Joshua and Caleb forming a continuation of Moses and Aaron and with Caleb speaking to the people (Num 13:30) as Aaron spoke the words of Moses. Therefore, in type, Joshua and Caleb represent the endtime two witnesses who will be opposed by ten Christian leaders, the miry clay of the toes of the humanoid image King Nebuchadnezzar saw in vision, with these ten Christian leaders representing allied and opposing factions within Christendom in the Affliction, the first 1260 days of the seven endtime years.
Those Christians who rebel against God in the Apostasy account for almost all of today’s mainstream Christian Church. There will not be many Christians who do not rebel. And Satan would seem to have thwarted the plan of God except for one small detail: God has hidden most of His harvest of firstfruits in competing ideologies, with the nation of Islam holding perhaps the greatest number of future sons of God that are today untainted by Christian lawlessness.
The above is not to say that Muslims will be glorified; for there is only one name by which men [humankind] can be saved, and this name [authority] is that of Jesus the Christ. Rather, this is to say that within the nation of Islam are many human beings that spurn evil and embrace goodness; who are not “fouled” by worship of the cross; who will not mingle the sacred and the profane in Christmas and Easter observances. But God has placed upon the nation of Islam an almost insurmountable burden: the nation must become “Israel,” keeping the commandments, especially the Sabbath, the sign of sanctification. The nation of Islam must come to the Remnant of the Woman’s offspring after God writes the Torah on the hearts of all living human beings through the world being baptized in spirit, and this nation of Islam must repudiate its long-held hatred for Israel in an act of humility that brings salvation to all who endure to the end … it isn’t Muslims or Christians who will be glorified, but circumcised-of-heart Israel.
It’s easy to utter words of repentance, especially in a culture that approves of lying to save one’s life, but it isn’t easy to repudiate generational hatred, what every Muslim will have to do to be saved. God knows this; so He will soften the nation of Islam as a cook “pounds” meat to break down muscle fibers.
The Affliction represents a time of testing for Israel, but no one escapes the wrath of the Lamb or the plagues of the Seventh Seal. Islam will be softened by stones falling from the sky, by mighty signs in the heavens, by stinging that the nation cannot escape, by a second slaughter of a third of humankind. The nation will be brought to the point where it will embrace Israel rather than die; it will become teachable before the kingdom of this world is given to the Son of Man.
God is not a respecter of persons: if Islam will have to embrace Israel and become Israelites to be saved, Christians will also have to be Israelites to be saved. As much as Islam collectively hates the modern State of Israel today, mainstream Christendom hates the Law of God, which it will have to keep to be saved. God doesn’t ask more from a Muslim than He asks from a Christian, nor does He ask less. But Islam will swallow its pride and much of Islam will repent and will be numbered among the firstfruits whereas most of mainstream Christendom will not keep the Sabbath even after the Law is written on hearts and placed in minds.
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