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JESUS Is Our TRUE SABBATH!

                                  Karen Connell

This is supposed to be the holiday season of “peace and joy,” but for many it is a time of “stress & frustration”—due to being caught up in all the trappings of the season. When thinking about how this used to be my  situation, I felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to share some insights that have brought a great “rest” into my life. As one who truly loves God and wants to be and to do all that pleases Him, I seemed to always be “striving” to be “righteous” enough for Him. Striving creates stress and I truly needed to learn how to “enter into His rest.” Most Christians do not realize that “keeping the Sabbath Day” means just that. We are commanded to REMEMBER[1] and KEEP HOLY the Sabbath DAY (Literally: sanctify ourselves at a specific time) and we do this by “remembering” the great sacrifice of the body (the bread) and blood (the cup) that Jesus provided for us as a way of acknowledging our sin by self-examination at the communion table of the Lord. By the symbols of the BREAD and the CUP we acknowledge and make known our sin and partake of the bread and the cup as a sign that WE ARE cleansed by our faith in His broken body and shed blood, from all sin and declared righteous (justified) before God. Thus, no more striving… we can truly enter God’s rest. The word SABBATH[2] means “to put down or get rid of,” WHAT? All SIN! If we confess, He forgives—this results in “rest”—no more striving or condemnation! 

When we come to the COMMUNION table, we are told to examine ourselves before we partake of the “symbols” of the body and blood of Christ, which cleanses us from ALL sin (1 Cor. 11:28). Understanding that Jesus is our Sabbath (not a certain day of the week) and that all old Testament Sabbaths & feast days have been fulfilled by his birth, death and resurrection—is not something that most professing Christians are being taught. Not understanding this truth keeps people “striving” to practice laws that Jesus fulfilled. Striving to be righteous and holy keeps us feeling guilty & we never enter the true rest that comes through faith in the sacrificial life and death of Jesus Christ our true Sabbath.

Come unto me, all ye that labor (are striving) and are heavy laden (stressed) and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28) (Why? He is our Sabbath).

This is why the Apostle Paul told us not judge one another when it came to keeping the Sabbath or any of the Old Testament feasts

So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths… For these laws are only shadows of the reality that was yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality… Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial… (i.e. those who do) Their sinful (i.e. erroneous) minds have made them proud… and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it… You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the laws and ways of the world… They are mere human teachings … These laws and ways may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in (holiness or) conquering a person’s evil (carnal) desires. (Col 2:16-22) (Parenthesis mine)

May this season be a true time of SABBATH rest, peace and joy, as you truly make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior EVERDAY over all areas of your life!


[1] REMEMBER OT:2142 zakar (zaw-kar’) CWSD: the act of acknowledging, bringing to the memory or to the attention of, to make something known, by means of a memorial sign or symbol.

[2] SABBATH OT:7673 shabath (shaw-bath’) to cease, celebrate,  leave, put away (down), rest, get rid of.

Do You Know WHY You Believe… WHAT You Believe?

By Karen E. Connell  

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves …unless indeed you are disqualified as reprobates. (2 Cor 13:5)

*All Scripture is from the KJV or NKJV unless otherwise specified—all numbers are from the Strong’s Concordance.


It has taken me many years of seeking the Lord and a whole lot of time spent in studying God’s word—to unravel many unbiblical beliefs that I have embraced since becoming a sincere follower of Jesus Christ in 1970. These false beliefs have come from embracing false doctrines of men and demons, being propagated by popular modern-day denominations and other well-known Christian movements. I have finally learned to rely—as much as I know how to—upon the Holy Spirit to show me WHY—according to God’s word—a doctrine, an assumption and any “Christian” perspective or practice IS or IS NOT Scriptural. The Lord is still straightening out my theology in many of these areas—especially my eschatological (end-times) theology.

Asking Amiss

As you may or may not have heard me shared before, in 1983 I answered the call to become a fully dedicated servant of God, and was willing to serve in whatever type of ministry God had ordained for me. Quite naturally, I thought it would be necessary to go to a Bible school so I could become prepared for my ministry service. In my case however, God made it quite clear to me that what I needed to know for the ministry that He had calledme to—He would be teaching me Himself. Every time I would think about going to this or that Bible College… I would be reminded of these verses that the Lord gave me when I first sought Him about going to Bible School:

(1 John 2:20, 27)

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things… But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; for that same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

As a young Christian, I leaned heavily upon others to teach me what I thought I should know about Christianity and the Bible. This in itself is not a problem, but it was a problem for me, because many of my teachers did not correctly teach the foundational truths of Christianity according to the faith that was established by the twelve founding apostles and prophets—who were guided, in laying the foundational doctrines of Christianity, which they received from Jesus Christ their head cornerstone. When I asked the Lord why He allowed me to be subjected to so many false teachings and teachers throughout my Christian life—which I ultimately embraced for a time and were so destructive, He simply answered me by saying: 

(James 4:2-3)

 “…you do not have because you do not ask (me) (when) You do ask and do not receive, (it’s) because you ask amiss, so that you may consume it upon your own lusts. (Parenthesis for clarity)

 I can only say that my seeking and asking God amiss opened the door for many delusions that allowed much destruction into my life. However, God used these “destructions” to cause me to become honest and teachable.  As I sincerely sought the Lord—He revealed to me from the above verse—that I hadn’t ASKED HIM about what I was being taught—mainly because what I had been taught from others, I was simply ASSUMMING was Biblical and—I was also COSUMMING these false teachings upon my own lusts (personal desires and agendas). Thus, when I did ask the Lord questions about certain things I was being taught—I didn’t receive revelation from the word that came from Him—because I wasn’t asking Him the right questions.

My questions were coming from a self-gratifying perspective—which means my questions were coming out of something that was amiss within me and in my understanding of what I assumed to be the truth.  However, my false assumptions were apart from the true faith, because I wasn’t hearing God teach me His truth as personal revelation from His Word—thus, I couldn’t discern if what I was assuming to be true—really was the truth.  This was the working of pride in my life. Anytime we assume or presume that something is true without “hearing” personal revelation (rhema) from God’s Word… it may be because pride causes us to think we know the truth apart from hearing Him—because of relying upon our or others human wisdom and understanding.

The word amiss as used in the above verse in (James 4:3) is the Greek word (NT:2560) kakos (kak-oce’); which refers to being affected by something harmful, diseased or wrong. When we embrace wrong teaching, because we fail to ask God if what we are embracing is the truth… we run the risk of becoming infected with a devastating disease called deception. As with all harmful diseases, deception—if not cured by correction, will ultimately result in harmful consequences to us and to others.

All false teaching is leaven and the deception it breeds ultimately spreads like a cancer. If we are not willing to allow God to correct our sin (error) and to remove it… we run the risk of defending our wrong beliefs through pride issues. The Apostle Paul addressed this, when sin had entered a local church that prided themselves on their “spirituality.” Thus, because of pride the people were ignoring and not dealing with sin issues…

(1 Cor 5:6-7)

Your glorying (spiritual pride) is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven (error or sin) leavens (puffs up i.e., with pride) the whole lump? …Therefore, purge out the old leaven that you may be a new (regenerated) lump, (so that) you truly are unleavened. (Parenthesis contain literal alternate meanings to the underlined words for clarity).

In my case the Lord made it plain to me—I had taken pleasure in what was not right because I had (prideful) ulterior motives for accepting certain false teachings, which the Lord ultimately revealed these motives to me, when I humbled myself and finally became teachable.

Just as I did, many Christians remain ignorant by ignoring the truth from God’s Word when it is presented to them.  Or they choose to remain ignorant by unquestioningly accepting whatever their favorite teacher, denomination or preacher teaches them. Those in this place may, as I did—genuinely love and admire those who teach what is unscriptural—simply because it appeals in some way to their fallen carnal human nature. 

False teachers follow doctrines of men and demons, simply because they have failed to question God regarding whether all doctrine, they receive is truly Biblical—and also because it appeals to them for some (known or unknown) reason.

I want to emphasize again how crucial it is to realize that every wrong belief (known or unknown) ultimately produces unintended harmful consequences to ourselves and others. This is because lying and seducing spirits feed upon and are empowered by the errors we hold—leading us further and further into error and delusion. I learned from my own painful experience—when we embrace doctrinal error—because it appeals to our carnal flesh—we are truly headed for big trouble!

(2 Peter 2:18-19)

 For when they (false teachers) speak great swelling (prideful) words of vanity, they allure (i.e.,draw people into delusion) through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness (a strong desire for what pleases their carnal human nature), those that were clean escaped from them who live in error… While promising liberty, they (false teachers) themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom (this can also be translated as: for by what) a man is overcome, by the same is he brought in bondage. (Parenthesis contain literal alternate meanings to the underlined words for further clarity).

This text gives us a grave warning. It is telling us by whatever a person is overcome—which is the Greek word NT:2274 hettao (hayt-tah’-o), and refers to being made worse or being made inferior—thus, whatever it is that makes us worse or inferior will bring us into bondage to sin. In other words, if we are overcome by doctrinal error—this will be responsible for worsening or giving us an inferior spiritual life and ultimately put us in bondage (to serving Satan).

Thus, we can see the importance of asking God the right questions so the Holy Spirit is allowed to reveal and confirm that the doctrines we embrace are truly sound Biblically. I have no doubt that many of those who are unknowingly teaching error and especially erroneous endtime eschatology—are very sincere people who sincerely love God—but they are also sincerely deceived and serving Satan!

      When we are (knowingly or unknowingly) believing or practicing something that is erroneous, God will correct us—because we are His children and He loves us. He will see to it that we are given the opportunity to receive the truth so these areas of error can be “corrected.”

(Ps 39:11)

When you with rebukes correct man because of iniquity, you make his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. ALT

      This verse states that God uses rebukes(OT 8433) to correct us. This is the Hebrew word towkechah (to-kay-khaw’) which means: the use of words to instruct and prove something to be false or incorrect. The Lord has always used His Word (the Scriptures) to prove to me any false belief or practice that I had unknowingly embraced. On the other hand, when I wasn’t paying attention, He got my attention with painful judgments!

The above text goes on to say He will correct us this way because iniquity (sinful carnal urges) are a problem in our lives. If we are truly His children—His love for us demands that we be corrected, so we are not destroyed by deception. Also, our love for God demands that we receive His correction. To be corrected (OT 3256) literally means: He will see to it that we receive right teaching and instruction. According to the above verse this is needed because of iniquity (OT 5753). The Hebrew word for “iniquity”—refers to our human inclination to accept what is wrong—and according to the CWSD: it can also refer to: doing something right but in a wrong or twisted way. For instance, I did a lot of right things, such as praying, quoting the Word, fasting and many other “right things”—but I was doing them in a wrong way— (or for the wrong motive, which fear is usually the motivation). Thus, the right things I was doing were ultimately nothing more than an exercise in futility, for if fear is the motivation, we do not trust God, we trust instead in our “good works.”

This verse goes on to state that God’s correction consumes our “beauty” (OT 2530)—because (what we admire) it is like a “MOTH.” The word BEAUTY is the Hebrew word chamad (khaw-mad’)—CWSD: says this refers to: finding pleasure in something that leads astray—like a moth (this literally refers to being: fragile and easily destroyed). The Dictionary defines the word “fragile” as something that is “lacking substance” (i.e., truth-reality). In other words, the “right things” I was doing were being done in a wrong way—because of false teaching I had embraced, thus, there was no real “substance” for what I was doing because substance only comes by faith—which comes by (hearing) the truth from God’s Word (Rom 10:17).

(Heb 11:1)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for (lit: fully expected), the evidence of things not seen.

 The word substance (NT 5287) in the above verse is the Greek word hupostasis (hoop-os’-tas-is) which means: the foundation for reality (truth) and confidence (faith). When the teachings of man are not based upon or go beyond the bounds of the foundation that was laid by the founding apostles and prophets—and what they taught and put forth in their writings—our faith or what we embrace as “Christian doctrine” will not be based upon truth or reality. In other words, our faith and works of faith will lack true substance.

This is surely the case with all false doctrines and practices. The verse in (Ps 39:11) ends by saying, “surely every man’s “chamad” or beauty (desires that lead astray) is VANITY.” This is a very important word because God is telling us that when we find pleasure in something that is “lacking substance” (not based upon truth-reality) it is nothing more than destructive “VANITY” (Strong’s 1892). The CWSD: defines “VANITY” as: idolatrous or meaninglessness religious customs that are associated with delusions; and it also denotes vain talk or actions that are meaningless or empty. (i.e., again, religious customs or works that are nothing more than exercises in futility are vanity). So, you can make all the prayer declarations you want, pray and intercede all you want, but it is nothing more than VANITY, if what we are declaring or asking is not the result of hearing from God. We desperately need “sound doctrine” in order to have “sound Christian practices” … if we are to avoid what (Ps 39:11) is talking about.

Who and What to Believe?

Because false teachers invaded the Church right from its conception, the Apostle Paul told the Corinthian church to examine themselves so they could be sure they were “in the (TRUE) faith.” In these end times especially—we would do well to also heed this admonition. This examination involves not only HOW we are living our life morally, but it also involves examining WHAT we believe and WHY we believe it when it comes to “THE FAITH.” 

(2 Cor 13:5)

Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Don’t be without knowing for your own selves, that Jesus Christ (the way—truth—life) is in you, otherwise you will be reprobates. ALT (A more literal translation)

 The word reprobates in the Greek text (NT 96), and according to the Complete Word Studies Dictionary (CWSD)—refers to those who are: undiscerning and end up being disapproved of and rejected. Thus, we should closely examine any doctrines that we deem to be Christian, because our salvation (or deliverance) from evil or from what is “amiss” from the world that has invaded the church—depends on our ability to discern. The topics of doctrine and teaching then, are all about truth or error; or at least they should be. The founding apostles were very adamant that we only follow those doctrines that they had received from their cornerstone—Jesus Christ.

(2 John 1:10)

 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.

The fight for the true faith among the founding apostles and prophets involved on going spiritual warfare, exposing all heresy that greatly shaped the early Church. As mentioned, Satan tried from the time of its very inception to destroy the church by sending forth his false teachers and seducing spirits with deceptive, and very destructive doctrines. The Church would not exist today if the founding apostles and prophets, as leaders, had not actively engaged in spiritual warfare to fight against Satan’s heresies.

(1 Tim 6:12, 14)

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life… keep this commandment without spot, un-rebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 As an example of the importance for having correct doctrine: Let’s say a person is taught and believes they are saved by faith only—and that their actions have no effect upon their salvation. Thus, if they habitually commit “sins” (i.e., sins leading to death)  (1 John 5:16), this erroneous belief will cause them to become reprobate, and put their immediate salvation at risk. 

Professing Christians often object to the need to question “doctrine” or a person’s salvation, claiming that a belief in Jesus is all they need (however, the devil believes, but he is definitely not saved)! But the very foundations of the understanding of God’s nature, of man’s sin and his need for salvation, and of Christ’s sacrificial death and His resurrection on our behalf are all known through correct Biblical doctrine. Throughout church history and into the present day there are Christians and pseudo-Christians who have propagated errors in these foundational truths — because they have rejected true Christian doctrine, which is infallible doctrine.

Certain things must be embraced as “infallible”—meaning there is no chance of or room for error—such as the gospel message of salvation and the doctrines received from the founding apostles and prophets regarding the deity of Christ. Therefore, we should always choose to believe truth rather than doubt it or ignore it—because the slightest error (leaven) if not corrected—will lead us away from the true foundation of genuine Christianity. Many have had their faith shipwrecked because they have ended up building their Christian faith upon another mans’ foundation and not that of the true foundation of the Apostles and Prophets and their Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jesus made it very clear, that He would see to it that His true Church would be built by Him—for He claimed to be the source for TRUTH and for ETERNAL LIFE. Thus, true Christian doctrine (teaching) must be 100% truth—with no error allowed! As the Bible teaches, it only takes a “little leaven” (error) to spoil the whole lump. We are told that the foundation for the church—that Jesus said He would build, was built upon the founding (12) Apostles and His true prophets who had Jesus Christ as their head cornerstone. 

(Matt 16:18) I will build my church ; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

(Eph 2:19-20) …the household of God (true Christians) … are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.

Because of all of the heretical and false teaching that has invaded Christianity—since it’s conception by the twelve founding Apostles and the true prophets of Jesus Christ—it is difficult many times as a Christian to know who and what to believe. For this reason I found it was important to search out for myself, the true tenants of the Christian faith and establish why they are true—because I found it is too easy to fall prey to deception based on unbiblical opinions and philosophies of people. Heresy thrives when people are undiscerning—which is because of having a shallow understanding of God’s word or because they are shallow in their devotion and relationship to God and His truth.  Unless we are devoted to receiving our understanding of the truth from God’s revealed word… we are candidates for deception.

 Helpful Guidelines for Forming Christian Beliefs

In my ongoing search to discern true Christian doctrine and practices I have found it very helpful to follow certain guidelines. Here are some sound and essential ways I use to insure that my Christian beliefs are true Christian beliefs…

 1. I Study the Scriptures as much as possible in the original languages in which they were written—and I also sincerely believe the Bible (in the original languages and not modern “translations) to be the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God. In this way the Bible becomes the final authority for ALL of my Christian doctrine.

 2. I Study the writings of the Early Church Fathers known as “partristics” (i.e. especially those those whom the twelve apostles ordained and mentored the first 100 years of Christianity [i.e. Polycarp; Ignatius; Clement of Rome ect.]), by doing this, it revealed how many unbiblical beliefs and practices came into being after the death of the apostles—which were not taught by Jesus Christ or the founding twelve Apostles. I have found how just “one” false premise by an early church leader (often referred to as our early church “fathers”) took on a life of its own as other church leaders continued on with that premise and added to it—only to have it accepted or rejected by different  segments of Christianity—causing the need for schisms and divisions in the body of Christ. I find there is always a unified remnant that God uses who will reject doctrinal error.

 3. I Study church history—this reveals how both God and Satan have been at work in the same field, containing tares from the apostate church and also in the true wheat from the true remnant church.

 4. I am continually asking the Holy Spirit to reveal any hidden false assumptions coming from any heretical teachings, Philosophy, or science that I have been embraced, which can skew my perception of the truth.

 5. My emphasis is on thoroughly understanding what the founding Apostles and prophets taught and wrote in their epistles especially concerning the doctrines of Jesus, the Trinity, salvation, and the virtues of Christian character and living.

 6. Most importantly—I am always be open to revising my views!

  “Seeds” of Heresy

 The difference between falling into error versus embracing heresy is that a heretic is not willing to change their views when the truth is brought to them. A person may unknowingly embrace or teach error because they are simply mistaken about what they believe. If this person is open to revising their views, they are not a heretic. However, a heretic is one who is not willing to change their views when confronted with the truth, and  a person in this place will continue to lead people away from the truth.

(Titus 3:10-11) As for a man who is heretical …after admonishing him a first and second time, reject him from your fellowship and have nothing more to do with him… Be well aware that such a person is perverted and corrupted; he goes on sinning even though he is convicted of guilt and is self-condemned. AMP

 In the parable of the “wheat” and “tares” both began their existence as “seeds” planted in a persons’ field (life). The wheat seeds can represent true doctrine that was sowed (imparted to or received) by the person.

  (Matt 13:24) “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed (received) good seed in his field;

The “tare” or darnel seeds represent erroneous doctrines that are sown (received) from the enemy when they fall asleep on their job as watchman and do not closely examine what is being received as doctrine. 

(Matt 13:25) …but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed (imparted) tares among the wheat and went his way.

 Tares are actually darnel, a seed that is a strong soporific poison and hardly identifiable from the wheat seed, because immature wheat and darnel look alike. It isn’t until the seeds produce a crop that it becomes evident which is the wheat and which is the tare. Satan’s toxic seeds of heresy always produce a crop of deadly deception and destruction.

As mentioned, seeds of heresy have been sown among the body of Christ since the Church came into being in the days of the founding apostles and prophets. It is important to understand these early heresies because seeds from these various “winds of doctrine” are still blowing through various segments of the body of Christ today and by knowing the origins and content of these false teachings it makes them easier to detect when they find their way into our Christian theology.

Judaism  

 As most Bible students know, there were in the early church those known as “judaizers”—who taught that, in order for a Christian to truly be right with God, he must conform to certain Mosaic Laws. Circumcision, especially, was promoted as necessary for salvation. Many were teaching that Gentiles had to become Jewish proselytes first, and then they could come to Christ. The doctrine of the Judaizers was a mixture of grace (through Christ) and works (through the keeping of Jewish Laws and traditions). This false doctrine was dealt with in (Acts 15) and strongly condemned in the book of Galatians. Modern day judaizers, such as proponents of the Hebrew Roots Movement (HRM) are notorious for taking verses out of context and adding extra-biblical interpretations (Midrash) to God’s word.

There are many groups today with beliefs and practices very similar to the Judaizers of the New Testament. However, the teachings of the Hebrew Roots Movement are virtually identical to those of the Judaizers whom Paul rebuked in his letter to the Galatians. A primary focus of the Hebrew Roots Movement is to put followers of Christ back under the bondage of the Old Testament Law, through the keeping of Sabbaths and feasts.

(Col 2:16-17) So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a feast day or a new moon or Sabbaths…These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

 Again, they add to the word of God to force a different meaning on this text. They also insist that Christ died to remove the sacrificial system, but not the laws and customs. Thus, from that flawed conclusion they conclude that a truly spiritual Christian will observe the Mosaic Laws of diet requirements and Sabbath observance. Other claims include the need to understand the many Jewish traditions and Talmudic teachings which come disguised as wise and mysterious spiritual revelations.

Thus, those wanting to become more enlightened seek to sit under the ministry of a Hebraic Roots teacher who will tell him or her everything they need to know. Those motivated by such things only become puffed up by a religious seducing spirit and its deceptive and heretical teachings.

 Montanism

 Montanism,[1] known by its adherents as the “New Prophecy” movement, was an early Christian movement of the late 2nd century, later referred to by the name of its founder, Montanus, who as a new convert began prophesying in a village in Mysia named Ardabauar, around 135 AD. Before his conversion to Christianity, Montanus was a priest of Apollo. He believed he was a prophet of God and that the Holy Spirit spoke through him. Church history records that through his unquenchable desire for leadership, the adversary was given the opportunity to work through him. This is why Paul, one of the founding apostles, gave us the following warning about new converts being given a leadership position:

(1 Tim 3:6)

 (A church leader) must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. NIV

Many times I have seen new converts being placed in leadership positions as teachers or elders because they were so “gifted” or “talented” in some way. When we place new or immature Christians in leadership positions—without  allowing them to be mentored and to develop “fruitful” Christian character—we are making that person an easy target for Satan. Far too many have come to evaluate a Christian by how “gifted” (spiritually or naturally) they are—rather than by how fruitful they are. We are to know a Christian by their fruits not their gifts.

(Matt 7:16)

“You shall know them by their fruit.” .

It is also important to add that people like Montanus, who come out of pagan cults, have been taught and trained to operate in the spiritual realm, and have had a taste of being “empowered” by supernatural forces. This in itself establishes pride issues (such as the need to be recognized or admired) to be established in their lives. This is why cleansing through washing by the Word of God, following repentance is essential. Anyone who has sat under false teaching will need to be cleansed and delivered from demonic mindsets and influences upon their life. It has taken me years to rid myself of errors I unknowingly embraced—while I sat under many defiled ministries.  A good example of this is found in the account of Simon the Sorcerer, who after converting to Christianity—still lusted after supernatural power, to the point he was willing to pay money for it! Also, I have no doubt he would have been willing to receive money from others who wanted him to impart this power to others.

(Acts 8:9-23)

 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great… Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done… And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money… But Peter said to him, Repent… For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”

It is also stated that when Montanus, prophesied he was not in control of himself, (he came under the influence of sorcery) and would go into a frenzied state of ecstasy (as did the false prophets of Apollo), where he would rave and began to babble and utter and do strange things (i.e. supposedly under the power of the Holy Spirit). He would do his prophesying in a manner that was disorderly and contrary to the apostolic practices of the Church—as handed down by the tradition of the founding apostles.  When anyone acts “weird” or is out of control, no matter how accurately they may “prophesy”… the Holy Spirit is not the one influencing that person. God’s Holy Spirit is definitely not the author of “weirdness” (disorder) and “confusion”:

(1 Cor 14:23, 32-33)

 Even so, if unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting and hear everyone talking in an unknown language, they will think you are crazy. NLT

 …And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets… For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. NKJV

 When “demonic supernatural manifestations” occur they are always operating through a spirit of divination also called sorcery. The spirit behind sorcery is the “python” spirit. Many today label the manifestations of Python as those of an ancient Hindu spirit known as “Kundalini” which is manifesting in all its glory in the present day “Pentecostal, Charismatic and NAR Movements.” It is however, the same demonic spirit that manifested in the ministry of the Apostle Paul, while he ministered in the city of Philippi in Macedonia.

In (Act 16:16-18) we are told about a “damsel who was possessed with the spirit of “divination.” When this spirit manifested through the girl, it “grieved” Paul and he discerned it was an evil spirit at work in her. That young girl was associated with the pagan worship of Apollo. She was known as a Pythoness – in Greek paganism this means she was a priestess of Apollo who transmitted demonic oracles known as the “Pythia”(supernatural prophetic utterances). This girl had been hired by the Philippians to prophesy for money to those coming to the market. She evidently was a good “money maker” for them. She met Paul several days on his way to the place of prayer, and used to cry out and prophesy on each occasion in a state of ecstasy—as was the tradition of these false prophets:

(Acts 16:16-18)

Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by soothsaying. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

Please notice that what she said was totally accurate—so it wasn’t what she said—but how she delivered it, that let Paul know she was delivering her prophecy through the power of “Python.” For me it was most interesting to see that the word “divination” is the Greek word (NT 4436) Puthon (poo’-thone); meaning: Python, which is the Greek surname given to Apollo, the god of divination in Greek mythology.[2] Although Montanism came to be labeled heresy by leaders who were  discerning, because of its association with divination—the movement was accepted by the undiscerning because it also held to the basic tenets of Christian doctrine that was embraced by the Christian Church at large. In other words, it “looked” like a wheat seed, but was really a tare seed. This is where many Christians become confused and when we are confused on an issue we are unable to discern.

Confusion or mixture hinders discernment when a dangerous infiltration of “another spirit” is at work in a “professing” Christians’ life or ministry. As seen in the account given in (Acts 16)—false ministers can prophesy very accurately while claiming to embrace the basic doctrines of Christianity, just as Simon the sorcerer did.  Just because someone preaches or teaches the basic truths of Christian doctrine, does not mean they are not filled with or led by another spirit.

This again, is a good example of the wheat and tare principle of truth and error abiding together. The undiscerning who embraced Montanism—called it the “New Prophetic Movement.” The false prophetic movement that we see today has grown out of the “seeds” of Montanism. This movement according to early church history writers, was also known for exhibiting spontaneous actions without constraint because of claims of being under the influence of the “Holy Spirit.” In other words, when the “Holy Spirit” moved upon them—they had no control over their words or actions. This too is an earmark of the Charismatic Kundalini (sorcery) spiritual influence. In case you have not seen how those under this spirit are taken over by the sorcery. For more on Kundalini, PLEASE view the video documentary, by going to this page link found on this website at:

https://extendedlifectm.org/videos-2/

The most dangerous and heretical element of this movement was Montanus claimed that his revelations and those of his followers were  directly from the Holy Spirit (and should not be questioned) and could also supersede the authority of Jesus, Paul or anyone else!  The seeds from this heresy are very detectable in the modern NAR apostolic-prophetic movement today, in which they say, If a leader or those who are “spiritual” claim to have gotten a “revelation” from the Holy Spirit (especially when it is accompanied by the bizarre supernatural uncontrollable manifestations of the the Kundalini spirit)—we are not to question whether or not it is from the Holy Spirit.  Should we do so, we will be shunned for sure! Those under this heresy also believed that their “new prophecies” also supersede and fulfill the teachings and prophecies proclaimed by the  twelve Apostles.

It is quite evident then, that an earmark of this heresy is “pride in ones’ prophetic revelations”—that causes them to overstep the bounds of God’s Word by refusing to have what they say or teach judged by other believers.

(1 Cor 14:29)

 Let two or three prophets speak (what has been revealed to them), and let the others judge.

This movement also included an emphasis on asceticism. This type of rigorous self-denial demanded that females were forbidden to wear ornaments, and virgins were required to wear veils or head coverings. Other practices included prohibitions against remarriage following divorce (for any reason) including the death of a spouse. None of these practices however, are founded upon correct Bible teaching. They also emphasized keeping strict fasts and other religious works.

Montanus himself provided salaries for those who preached his doctrines, which the orthodox leaders in the Church at large did not permit. Two common earmarks of a cult can be detected by these Montanism practices. First is the controlling unbiblical demands placed upon females and—the second is money being used as enticement to propagate false teaching and practices. Seeds from this false movement are still being sown—as many parallels can be drawn between Montanism and modern-day movements such as Pentecostalism, the charismatic movement, and the New Apostolic Reformation (the false NAR Apostolic-Prophetic movement). I find it interesting that Montanus’ followers claimed they received the prophetic gift (i.e. as an impartation) from other prophets. New revelations and impartations are also key elements of the current NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) movement. The impartations of gifts from the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the New Testament (Romans 1:11), but there is always the danger of receiving an impartation of false spirits and manifestations from those operating in the supernatural under the power of demonic spirits.

These seeds of heresy have produced the same claims that C. Peter Wagner and many other well-known adherents of the current NAR movement make. Followers of the Mantanus’ New Prophecy Movement called themselves spiritales, meaning “spiritual people” and compared themselves to their opponents whom they termed psychici (“carnal people”). It is not hard to see the “spiritual pride” that becomes part of those under this heresy.

       The response to Montanus’ New Prophecy movement split the Christian communities, and the more orthodox clergy—those who followed the teachings of the founding apostles and the Scriptures—mostly fought to suppress it, because they could discern that evil spirits possessed these Phrygian prophets.

Church history tells us that both Maximillia and Priscilla, Montanus’ two female colleagues, also claimed prophetic inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is stated that these women were the targets of failed demonic deliverances—which made them prime candidates for sorcery. Also, the churches of Asia Minor pronounced their prophecies as profane and excommunicated any New Prophecy adherents. The popularity of these women even exceeded Montanus’ own. “The Three” spoke about their ecstatic visions and urged their followers to fast and to pray, so that they might share in these new revelations.

THE CONSEQUENCES of BAD SEEDS AREN’T ALWAYS IMMEDIATE …  
BUT THEY WILL PRODUCE BAD FRUIT!

The seeds of Montanism are being widely sown very rapidly today. It is such a deceptive “form of godliness”—because for the most part it is hiding behind a mask of orthodox Christianity—in other words it is appearing to follow the foundational doctrines of the original apostles, but in reality the worst elements of the original Montanism heresy have been expanded upon, creating new depths of error through some very popular “movements” and ministries.

Again, may we always remember that error compounds itself unless it is checked and denounced because of being convinced by the plain teaching of the Scriptures.

Eschatology Determines Theology

My prophetic watchman ministry compels me to look deep into the history, theology, and eschatology (endtime views) of a ministry. In the 60’s and 70’s during my association with the Pentecostal movement and the beginnings of the Charismatic Movement, I had, with great exuberance soaked up aspects of the theology and eschatology of these movements because before then, I hardly even knew there was such a thing as the Holy Spirit.

Since then I have studied church history and all related subjects extensively, and am now better prepared to understand the doctrine behind these movements and others they have produced. The thing I am on guard the most about is the theology and eschatology behind any new move of God. In any doctrinal camp a hefty portion of their theology revolves around, and comes from, their eschatology.  So a major portion of their theology will only be as sound, or as erroneous as their eschatology.

Sad to say, many Christians make it a rule to never study any eschatology but the one they believe; and even if they do, they read only the perspective from scholars of their school of eschatology who write their biased opinions concerning other eschatological views. It turns out that many who profess to be Bible scholars, often have not honestly and methodically studied any eschatology other than the one he/she was required to study while in a seminary that holds to their specific view, thus, no alternatives are honestly investigated. Or if other views are investigated, often there is a twisting or eliminating of the Scriptures that contradict their personal eschatology.

We are running out of time, before many end time events will explode upon the world’s stage, catching many professing Christians by surprise, who are not prepared to face them. Now is the time to seek God as never before and ask Him to reveal what we need to know about the end times in which we now live. Revelation from God is given in His time, to us, to help us prepare for what we are about to face, so we are not caught unaware and are prepared to fight the good fight of faith and remain unspotted and without deception’s blemishes!

There are many false teachings and teachers of eschatology that are leading God’s people astray causing them to be unprepared and blinded to what lies ahead. May we remember what the Scriptures tell us of those who are false teachers:

2 Peter 2:12-15
12 But these
(i.e., false teachers), like natural brute beasts are made to be caught and destroyed, speaking evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption,
13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you,
14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.
15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness. NKJV

Our God is a revealer of truth to all who really want to know the truth. Faith in the truth comes by hearing God speak it to our hearts as we study the Scriptures, because “faith comes by hearing and hearing from the (spoken “rhema”) word of God” (Rom 10:17).

Romans 1:17-19
As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by faith.”
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them. WEB

AMEN!


REFERENCES

[1] Robeck, Cecil M, Jr (2010), “Montanism and Present Day ‘Prophets’”, Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 32: 413

[2]  For more information on the spirit of sorcery see (chapter 6) in my book ANATOMY FOR DECEPTION If Possible Even the Very Elect Will be Deceived! This book as well as all of my books can be read or ordered free of charge on line at: http://www.extendedlifectm.org/uploads/1/5/2/5/15250278/

China’s Social Credit System – It’s Coming to the United States

In 2015, a 16-year-old student from Jiangsu, China, tried to board a train.

She couldn’t even purchase a ticket.

The student, Zhong Pei, tried enrolling in classes at her university. But she was not allowed to do that either.

Zhong had committed a serious crime: She was guilty of being related to someone else.

Her father had killed two people and died in a car accident. So the Chinese government blacklisted her as “dishonest.”

It took her four months before she was able to overturn the decision and go to her university.

China’s Social Credit System – America’s New Nightmare?

What Zhong experienced was the result of testing for China’s new “Social Credit System.”

The SCS aims to be a unified program that provides a “social credit score” for every one of China’s 1.3 billion citizens.

But the Chinese government needed help develop the algorithms that determine social credit scores. So it enlisted eight companies for pilot programs, including its two largest, trusted social media companies: Tencent and Alibaba. They both came up with their own solutions: Alibaba’s affiliate Ant Financial rolled out its own “Sesame Credit” system. And Tencent had a nationwide system that was trialed for less than a day before it was taken down with pressure from the People’s Bank of China.

Both Alibaba and Tencent own enormous Chinese payments systems. They also own the largest Chinese marketplaces.

So Tencent’s program and Alibaba’s Sesame Credit can easily measure how much, how often, and what is bought online in China… and more importantly, when it is paid for.

The plan, however, does not stop there. And the Chinese government has already laid the framework for the dystopian future.

Laws from 2012 and 2016 require internet companies to retain customers’ real names and information.

  • There will be no opting out from this future.

In 2020, the government’s current version of the system will become the full Social Credit System (SCS). And it will be owned and operated entirely by the Chinese state government.

The SCS will take into account not only purchases, but also hobbies, your lifestyle, and even who you hang out with.

If you raise a child, attend government events, or do well at your job – things considered ideal for a model citizen – your social credit score will go up.

However…

If you drink too much, play too many video games, or speak ill of the government – your social credit score will go down.

  • It’s a national database that will hold information on every citizen.

It will assess information as innocent as whether an academic degree was actually earned. And as personal as if a female is supposed to be taking birth control.

In short, the SCS will not be a measurement of how regularly you pay your bills.

It will show the government precisely how well you toe the party line.

Social Credit – Obedience to an Authoritarian State

It’s a great idea, right?

There are a lot of people in China. And it’s hard to prevent crime.

Just think of all the great things it will do for the country:

  • Citizens know exactly how trustworthy someone is before they befriend them.
  • Bad driving gets punished (if you have ever driven in Vancouver, Canada-this would be a welcomed feature). While good driving gets rewarded.
  • People become more confident in public institutions.

If your social credit is high, you’ll reap huge benefits…

  • You’ll be able to rent better cars and homes, without a deposit.
  • Your children will have access to the best schools in your area.
  • You’ll get access to better health insurance.
  • Prospective employers will be more likely to hire you.
  • It’ll be easier to get the paperwork to travel or to get a loan.

Chinese officials say that by 2020, the SCS will “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven…”

But that’s only looking at the benefits for people with a high score.

Here’s the end of that quote: “while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”

If your credit score drops too low, you’re basically ejected from society.

  • You’ll be rejected for housing and loans.
  • Your children won’t be able to attend good schools – even if their grades say otherwise.
  • You’ll have a harder time finding a date (dating sites and apps in China allow people to advertise their social credit score).
  • You’ll be turned away from good job opportunities.
  • Your internet speed could be cut.

Or, like Zhang, you’ll be locked out of being able to buy train tickets and plane tickets.

You won’t be able to leave the country.

In effect, the SCS is designed to completely eliminate mobility – social, class, or travel – for those who do not agree with the government’s definition of a model citizen.

If the punishments are so severe, surely it must be hard to get a low score. Only for horrific crimes, right?

Wrong.

The common slogan in China is: “whoever violates the rules somewhere shall be restricted everywhere.”

Punishment is already happening on a broad scale. Chinese authorities have already banned more than 10 million people deemed “untrustworthy” from boarding flights and high-speed trains.

It’s actually really easy to watch your SCS drop. Hang out with someone with a low score, and your own will go down.

You can lose points based on spending time with your family and friends.

By the way, that’s how North Korea keeps its citizens in line.

It gets worse. When you check your score, you can see precisely who is dragging it down. So you know instantly who to avoid in your life.

In a speech, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence described the SCS as:

“…an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every facet of human life.”

Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take… China’s Watching You

Here’s the kicker: The Chinese people seem to want this system.

It’s perfectly gamified, after all. People want to participate in the system to watch their score go up. They’re also unknowingly participating in a system of ostracism and social pressure.

  • The social credit system is a tool to get people to fall perfectly in line.

It’s not mandatory yet. Which means that all the people who want to do it – the ones who willingly toe the party line – are going to get in early to get super high scores. It will seem innocent. Fun, even.

The social credit system is not scheduled to reach full nation-wide implementation until next year. But parts of it have already been put into play.

Billboard in a chinese community that displays citizens with highest social credit score
Many communities around China are already running their own versions of the social credit system…

Last year, 17 million flights and 5.4 million high-speed rail trips were denied to would-be travelers who found themselves on the government’s blacklist.

It’s said that most of the people on the blacklist are debtors. These are people who have defaulted on loans.

And some of the current implementations of the social credit system only deduct social credit points when you break the law. Like getting a speeding ticket.

Again, there’s a Sesame Credit app, which encourages users to compare their credit scores to those of their friends. It’s an obvious push to get people to share their ratings as a status symbol.

More than 100,000 Chinese people have “tweeted” their SCS scores on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Above: A billboard in a Chinese community displays citizens with the highest social credit score.

The madness has not yet begun.

The logical implications of the system are horrifying to think about.

You can literally die a death by a thousand paper cuts. Buy the wrong thing on Alibaba too many times, and you can no longer even get a job.

Hang out with the wrong friends too many times, and you can’t get a loan or trade in the stock market.

And once you’re out of society, you’re out for good. There’s virtually no way to get back in. You’re muted and invisible. Persona non grata.

It’s an appalling return to the caste system of India. If your credit score is too low, you’re untouchable.

People will turn on each other. China’s elite State Council published a planning document on the SCS that says that the “new system will reward those who report acts of breach of trust.”

That’s a page straight from Soviet Russia’s KGB – only more effective.

Accurate information on China is hard to obtain. It’s likely the current reality is already far worse than we know.

The Land of the Decree, and the Home of the Slave

The majority of the elements are in place for the Social Credit System to be implemented.

Not in China.

In the United States.

We have:

  • The databases
  • The digital surveillance
  • The national credit score system
  • The systems of reward and punishment
  • The government-knows-best attitude
  • The electronic purchasing data
  • The ubiquitous social networks

Think about it. China started with Alibaba and Tencent.

In the United States, we have Amazon and Facebook and Google.

They know everything you read, see, search, buy, and say.

Your Android or iPhone already tracks your location and reports it hundreds of times per day.

And that information is already being used for complete censorship.

In 2018, Facebook began a program that assigns every user a reputation score, which predicts their “trustworthiness.” Sound familiar?

Here is how China implemented the Social Credit Score system in just under five years:

  • They subjected all online behavior to intense study.
  • They collected, stored and analyzed all social media and banking information.
  • They began to severely regulate the freedom to travel.

And here’s what’s going on in the United States…

Police threat-scoring algorithms are used to determine who the police should be tracking and surveilling. Social media is already being used in these algorithms. 

For the past decade, the NSA has been gathering information on people’s social media, locations, friends, and who they travel with.

The agency can enrich the data with bank information, social media information, voter information and even GPS location information.

The TSA has a rapidly expanding “no-fly” list. The list has no government accountability, and there is no recourse – unless, of course, you’re a powerful government official who ends up on it.

Indeed, a report from the World Privacy Forum indicates that in such a credit score system “error rates and false readings become a big issue.”

Implications on the Yuan and U.S. Dollar

Never underestimate the currency butterfly effect. This has huge implications for the yuan, which is the currency of China. The Social Credit Score will have incredible implications on business, government and ultimately, the strength of the currency.

The world has never seen anything like this. And it’s only going to grow. China is the first country to implement this and certainly won’t be the last. You know others will do so to maintain power, increase power and manipulate power.

Pay attention to this and it will be very important in the coming years, and will have significant indirect effects to your portfolio.

What could possibly go wrong?

Last year, Chinese authorities said that part of the program would be to freeze the assets of anyone deemed to be “dishonest.”

Imagine all of your assets suddenly disappearing because a red light camera read your license plate wrong.

The infrastructure for this system is already in place in the United States.

It’s just not about train rides or university classes anymore.

Any individual not aligning with the current social and governmental norms will face poverty… homelessness… starvation… or worse.

Under the new system of life by government approval, survival becomes simple:

Obey… or die.

Katusa Research

Source: https://katusaresearch.com/chinas-social-credit-system-coming-to-united-states/

Note: An earlier version of this article included that Tencent and Alibaba created Sesame Credit. It has been updated to read that Ant Financial (formerly AliPay) created Sesame Credit. Article last updated April 4, 2019.

Why Torah Obedience is Not Biblical

By Mike at: ONPOINT PREPAREDNESS

Once a Christian is saved, should they obey the old testament Torah out of obedience to Christ?  This question is proliferating across the internet and has confused many people in their walk with Christ.  At face value, it sounds very good.  If Jesus followed the Torah (old testament law of Moses) and I want to walk like Jesus, why wouldn’t I?  Additionally, there are several verses in the bible which state that not one dot or iota of the law would pass away until heaven and earth pass away (Matthew 5:18). However, when we simply read our bible, we figure out that the early churches (like Galatians) had this same mentality but were chastised by the Apostle Paul as it was false doctrine.  Today, the concept or Torah Obedience is known as “Hebrew Roots” or “Hebrew Roots Movement”.

What it all leads to is this:  when the bible says “the law” or “torah”, is it always referring to the Old Testament Law of Sin and Death?  The answer is NO.  What you’ll find is that the Old Testament Law which was physical in nature was fulfilled to a higher spiritual reality through Christ.  It is now called the Law of the Spirit of Life and is radically different than the old.

Isaiah 55: 8-9 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

What is the Torah?

The Torah is generally referred to as the instructions and commands given to Moses in the desert.  You can find the 613 rules given to Moses within the first five books of the Old Testament.  It includes rules such avoiding unclean meats (pork, shrimp, etc.), circumcision of males on the 8th day, head coverings for women, etc.  A new Christian might be reading through these rules and say to themselves, “Eating pork doesn’t seem like sin to me”.  But quickly after that thought, one might say “Well, his ways are higher than my ways.  If he commanded it, I should follow.”  What’s the truth in this matter?

Understanding the Law of the Spirit

The Lord really led me to do 3 core videos on this subject as the deception is incredibly great.  Once you come to a realization of how subtle the deception is, and how great the consequence, you’ll have a greater understanding of how cunning the devil is.

Video 1 – The Parable of the Wine & Wineskin

All the teaching that I give in the following three videos can be summed up in the parable that Jesus gave regarding the Wine and Wineskins.  It’s referenced in Luke 5:36-39, Mark 2:21-22 and other gospels.  I explain in 6 short minutes, why the Law of Sin and Death (physical instruction) was fulfilled or transformed into the Law of the Spirit (spiritual realities).  If this video intrigues you, you can then watch the 2nd and 3rd videos.  They are a bit longer at 20-35 minutes long.  However, one must really understand the deception occurring here.

Video 2 & 3 – Physical Requirements Transformed into Spiritual Realities

In Hebrews 10:16, it says, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds”.

If you think you need to obey the “letter code” of the Old Testament Torah law, you may be thinking this: “If the law is written on our hearts, how come I don’t instinctively know rules like unclean vs. clean meats?  If you are thinking only in “physical terms”, then no, you would not know of the rules concerning clean and unclean meats.  However, that’s only a physical teaching given to us by the Torah.  What is the fulfillment of this from a spiritual context? Jesus says in…

John 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

The Torah was simply teaching Israel spiritual truths in a physical context.  What Jesus revealed in the Law of the Spirit is that he wants you to only eat “clean meat” from a spiritual perspective.  Call it, “soul food” if you’d like.  Our souls require clean spiritual meat (food) which only Christ gives us. 

John 6:51
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.KJV

So one definitely knows (in their carnal mind or heart) what is good food for the soul (i.e. Christ’s word revealed by the Holy Spirit to our renewed mind) and what is bad food for the soul (carnal thoughts, opinions and false beliefs). (*NOTE: Parenthesis are Karen Connell’s additions)

The following videos describes the profound spiritual realities of the physical letter code of the Law (Torah):

If you’ve made it this far, you are probably receiving this word with great joy and gladness.  I hope you see how Christ set us free from the bondage of the old law.  However, the Hebrew Roots movement will continue to instill doubt whether you are on the right track or not.  In this video, I show you how obedience to the Torah does not hold water when contrasted against other Christian doctrines.  You will see though, that adherence to the Law of the Spirit does hold water against other Christian doctrines.  May you be blessed in all of this!

Video 4 – Testing the Torah Obedience Doctrine

For Such a Time as This

By Karen Connell

God has a DESTINY or a predetermined course of events planned for this end time age that we are now living in and also for His special chosen people, called the Saints, who are the Bride of Christ. We who are part of God’s HOLY NATION are destined to do GREAT EXPLOITS for Him, such as bringing the message of deliverance from sin and Satan, to those who become willing to answer God’s call to become part of His family, by being born again. Being delivered from the kingdom of darkness and the evil plans of those who hate God and His people, is part of their destiny. In light of God’s destiny for His people in these last days, I immediately think of what was said to Esther, when she was faced with having to make the choice of entering into the destiny God had chosen for her, or to just play it safe and not put her life on the line for God and His people…

(Esther 4:14) If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief …will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were “destined” for just such a time as this?”

There are two very important things revealed in the above verse. Firstly, God had chosen Esther to SPEAK and EXPOSE the plans of the enemy that would have destroyed not only her and her family, but multitudes of God’s people as well. FULFILLING her destiny, however, was a CHOICE she knew could cost her life, but she chose to make that choice despite the cost.

Secondly, it is important to note the fact that God’s destined plan of delivering His people, was going to be fulfilled, even if she chose NOT to fulfill her part in God’s plan. For she was told deliverance for His people could “arise from some other place” if she chose not to fulfill her “destiny.” Not fulfilling our destiny at God’s appointed times, will have personal consequences for us, just as it would have for Esther, who was told, “If you keep quiet… you and your relatives will die.

Fortunately for Esther, her family and all of God’s people, her decision was to speak out about the enemies and expose them, which resulted in salvation for her, her family and the people of God.

The destiny God gave to Esther, is the same destiny that is given to every true follower of Jesus Christ…

(Ephesians 2:10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God pre-DESTINED that we should walk in them.

So what is it God PREDESTINED for every follower of Jesus?

(Mark 16:15-16) He said to them, “Go into all the world, and PREACH THE GOOD NEWS to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.

(Matthew 28:19-20) Go ye therefore, and TEACH ALL NATIONS (ALT: disciple all ethnic groups), baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost… Teaching them to observe all things WHATSOEVER (ALT: as much as) I have COMMANDED (ALT: accomplished in) you

There we have it! Like Esther we are to open our mouths and preach the gospel and make disciples among all ethic groups.

The Fall of America is Due to Silent Christians

It greatly grieves me that professing Christians are so deceived about WHY what’s happening in this nation has been able to occur. It is not because of our politics or political leaders. It is because every follower of our Savior have NOT been preaching and teaching SINNERS the truth of the Gospel and making followers of Jesus among all people everywhere. Instead, professing Christians as a whole have been silent and have not fulfilled their preordained destiny. As a result, the forces of darkness have been able to prevail, not only in the lives of the unrepentant pagans and heathen, but also in the lives of God’s unrepentant people in this nation.  It is a sad fact that for generations, professing Christians have been kept busy by demonic forces fighting among their selves in order to keep their denominational practices, tradtions and doctrines (of men) in tact. It is sickening to see the pride and hypocrisy among professing Christians who refuse to humble themselves and allow God to search their own lives and reveal any leaven that is present.

Since the birth of Christianity, the spiritual battle for the souls of humanity has been raging in the heavenlies and has manifested in the lives of humans here on earth.  Those of us who name the name of Christ are supposed to be exposing the forces of darkness, by preaching the true Gospel message, yet the broad road leading to destruction is filled with professing Christians who do nothing about obeying the great commision, given by Jesus Chirst to those who profess to have put their faith in Him as His follower.  Faith without works is dead.  For too long, Christians have hidden their light (by NOT sharing the Gospel), because the light has been covered over by believing the lie of the enemy that says, “we should not push our religion on other people” and “we need to be loving by being tolerant of diverse beliefs.” By doing so the enemy has advanced to where we now find ourselves living in a Twilight Zone of insanity, just as the Bible said we would…

(2 Timothy 3:1-9) Interlinear Literal translation Bible *NOTE: My comments are in parenthesis

“This, however, realize that in the last days there will be present times of great danger and difficulty… This will be because people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive to parents, disobedient, ungrateful and unholy …  unloving, relentlessly hostile, slanderers, no self-control, savage, no love for what is good (i.e. in God’s eyes). They will be treacherous, reckless, inflated with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather that lovers of God… They will possess a form of godliness, but the supernatural power (of true godliness) is contradicted and refused to be identified with, these turn away from.

1950’s prayer in school days

In generations past, God was feared and honored and the Bible was the accepted standard for truth and practice in many, if not most American families. They attended church and children went to Sunday School and were taught right and wrong according to the ten commandments and the teachings of Jesus Christ. However, in a lot of Christian circles, ones personal “faith” was more or less a “private” thing, not something to be shared with everyone. After all, this was America, the land of the free, where everyone has the right to believe and freely practice their “faith” in whatever way made them happy. Being “tolerant” of others beliefs gradually became the order of the day, thus silencing individual believers, who didn’t want to appear “intolerant” (i.e. unloving).

Thus, telling people they were “sinners” and that Jesus Christ was the only way to be to “saved” from their sin, was seen as being condemning and again “intolerant” … paving the way for other false gospels like the “social-political gospel” and the “self-enhancement-prosperity gospel.” These false gospels did not preach on sin, repentance, and living the required death to self and the sanctified life. It is now all about ME-MYSELF and I.

Because the true gospel (that exposes sin) was not being preached by God’s people as a whole, the “silent majority” of Christians, chose to remain so, when public Bible reading and prayer that invoked the name Jesus Christ as our God, was removed from public gatherings. There was no outcry from Believers when abortion, same sex marriage and gay rights became issues. Why? Because political correctness produced silence and silence breeds apostasy.

God in His foreknowledge knew that in the end, there would only be a small faithful remnant, who are body members of the Bride of Christ. They would be willing to pay the price to remain on the narrow road leading to life and fulfilling the Great Commission of preaching the true Gospel of of Christ. His Bride is the dwelling place for the true Saints of God, who will live in the light of the glory of the Lamb of God and with Him, rule and reign in His Kingdom as Kings and Priests unto their God…

(Revelation 21″2-3, 9-10) 2Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God… 9Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God11having the glory of God.

Those of us in these end times, who have counted the cost and taken up our cross to follow and obey Jesus Christ our Savior and King, indeed understand that this not only means we are putting to death to our self-centered, selfish lives, but are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice of being put to death for making our uncompromising stand for the truth, and for being a follower of the Lord. With each passing day persecution and being put to death, becomes more and more of a reality as we see the beast system being incorporated world wide. Jesus made it clear that as a true follower of Him we are to expect to become targets of persecution for His sake.

(John 15:18-20) 18“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.

Knowing these things are a distinct possability, we must arm ourselves, not with carnal weapons to be used against our enemies and persecutors, but with the spiritual weapons of truth and love. For our protection lies in our brestplate of righteousness and in our shield of fatih. For we represent the true and living God, the Savior of mankind, who came to destroy the works of the devil…

(1 Peter 4:1-2, 7,8)  1Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God…   7The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Amen

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The Plan for our Demise

Compiled by Karen Connell

Excerpts below are from the Watchman Report: A BIBLICAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF JUDAISM—KABBALAH AND THE HEBREW ROOTS MOVEMENT

Doc Marquis, the former Satanist, now has a Christian ministry that exposes the information he learned as a member of the Illuminati. On YouTube, I viewed Marquis giving the blow by-blow blueprint plans the Illuminati are currently using to bring about a one world government.

He has done a DVD Documentary on a document, published in 1903, called, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It is the most notorious and widely distributed anti-Semitic publication of modern times. This 2-Part video Documentary can be viewed at the end of this article.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that The Protocols have been said to be phony, although many do believe it to be genuine. A cursory look at the agenda given in this document, which have been and are even now undeniably in play, only confirms its authenticity in the eyes of many. For example, Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote that the Protocols exhibit the mind of a genius. Adolph Hitler, (a Rothschild descendent, as will be discussed later in this article) was impressed enough by them that he often referred to “The Protocols” in his speeches and believed it was the plan for Judaism’s domination of the world.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

These protocols are addressed to Jewish Luciferians (Illuminati/Freemasons) detailing an incredible plan to overthrow western civilization and all of the wealth of the world. It has been hard to determine who actually wrote the Protocols, but it does convey a pathological hatred for non-Jews, and the desire to undermine and enslave them. Listed below are the number of these Protocols and the theme behind each one.

Protocol 1 – Play upon the greed, lust, and vanity of man. To become the sovereign lord of the masses.

Protocol 2, 3, 9, 12 – Address the propagation of ideas, such as Darwinism, Marxism, Nietzscheism, Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, Anarchism, and Utopianism, with the task of undermining established forms of order.

Protocol 4 – Materialism. The rat race will create heartless communities.

Protocol 5 – Faith is obliterated by cosmopolitan convictions. Create the desire for world government through disenchantment.

Protocol 6 – World government is the protector of all of those who voluntarily submit.

Protocol 7 – Increase police forces. Everyone must obey public opinion. Create world wars.

Protocol 8 – Brother-Jews must obey or face criminal charges or disappear.

Protocol 10 – Exhaust humanity with hatred, envy, torture, starvation, the inoculation of disease and want in order that the people take refuge in government money. Remove the importance of family and educational values.

Protocol 11 – Curtailment of civil liberties with the excuse of defeating the enemies of peace.

Protocol 12 – No one shall question the infallibility of government. Creating the impression of the existence of freedom of press, freedom of speech, human rights and democracy, all of which are subsequently undermined and become mere illusions or deceptive smokescreens behind which actual oppression lies.

Protocol 13 – Force the people to be humble servants. Distract the masses with amusements, games, art, sports…

Protocol 14 – Sweep away all forms of belief. Schemes develop an ever- worsening state. The people will grow in areas of our liking.

Protocol 15 – “The superior intelligence of the “Chosen People” confirms, “Nature herself has intended us to guide and rule the world.”

Protocol 16 – The erasing of history, every kind of freedom of instruction, and independence of thought.

Protocol 17 – The king of the Jews will be the real Pope of the Universe, the Patriarch of an international Church. Duty of service to state.

Protocol 18 – Political figures will be put to death.

Protocol 19 – Brainwashing and conformity

Protocol 20 – Economic depressions

Protocol 21 – Gold holds power.

Protocol 22 – Undermining financial systems by foreign loans, creating national bankruptcy, destroying money markets and replacing them with government credit institutions.

Protocol 23 and 24 – The King of the Illuminati Jews (i.e. antichrist) will be the King of the World. He will replace all existing rulers. The King of the Jews must not be at the mercy of his passions… He will be said to be “The holy seed of David” who must sacrifice to his people all personal inclinations. Signed by the representatives of Zion, 33rd Degree.

The worldwide Illuminati controlled media fervently claims to have “debunked” this document, however, after reading these protocols, it is clear to see how our world so closely parallels this agenda. No matter what the disinformation campaign claims, the “Proof is in the pudding!” It becomes obvious, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is a blatantly satanic document. It systematically lists all the steps that are necessary to establish their New World Order and its superman, Antichrist. It is obvious that these plans for the establishment of the Kingdom of Antichrist are so Satanically inspired and written, they could only be the work of demonically controlled authors.

As mentioned, the demonically controlled, Adolph Hitler, was one such individual that was a firm believer that the Protocols display the agenda of how antichrist’s Judaism intends to rule the world.  

One Last Unpleasant Finding

One message that Albert Pike received from his spirit
guide was described in a letter written to Giusseppe
Mazzini of Italy
(see photo). Mazzini was a 33rd degree Mason who became head of the Illuminati in 1834 and founded the Mafia in 1860. This letter graphically outlined plans for three world wars that were seen as necessary to bring about the New World Order. The first two wars and their circumstances were accurately predicted events that have already taken place. This is not because demons have powers of prophecy, but because Satan’s agents have undertaken to manipulate political events to closely follow his designs. Albert Pike told Mazzini that:
“The Third World War must be fomented by taking
advantage of the differences between the political
Zionists and the leaders of Islamic world, which was
caused by the ‘agentur’ of the ‘Illuminati.’ The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other.”

Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue, will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual, and economical exhaustion…We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm, which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the
universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out into the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement,
which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism; both conquered and exterminated at the same time.”

David Icke, is a well-known new ager and researcher. Even though I do not endorse his new age beliefs, he is a very a thorough and credible researcher. He states his findings in an Article that reveals information regarding the “bloodlines of the Illuminati” as related to modern day world leaders. David states the following in his article “Was Hitler a Rothchild Descendant?” as mentioned in his book:

Ike goes on to say… “The Rothschilds, like the Illuminati in general, advance the agenda of global control and mastery by a network of interbreeding bloodlines, impregnated with a reptilian genetic code, known to researchers as the Illuminati bloodline that has held the positions of royal, aristocratic, financial, political, military, and media power in the world for literally thousands of years. This is the bloodline that has produced ALL 42 of the Presidents of the United States since and including George Washington in 1789.

The World War Two leaders, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin, were of the bloodline and also Freemasons and Satanists. They were manipulated into office, and their country’s war effort was funded by the Rothschilds and the other Illuminati bloodlines. According to a book by psychoanalyst, Walter Langer, called The Mind of Hitler, not only was Hitler supported by the Rothschilds, he WAS a Rothschild. This revelation fits like a glove with the actions of the Rothschilds and other Illuminati bloodlines in Germany who brought Hitler to the fore as dictator of that nation. He was also supported by the British Royal Family, the House of Windsor (in truth the German House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha), and these included the British royal “war hero,” Lord Mountbatten, a Rothschild and a Satanist. Their royal relatives in Germany, were among his most enthusiastic supporters, who you would never have thought would normally support an apparent guy from the street like Hitler, but of course, they knew who he really was.

There’s a Star of David (the star of the god of Remphan) is on Rothschild’s coat of arms because the Rothschild family had such a great influence on the Zionist Movement their private coat of arms became the national emblem. To this day the Rothschilds (Illuminati) continue to control the State (Israel) that has their family symbol on its flag and it is they who use that country and its people to maintain the conflict, both within its borders and with surrounding Arab countries, which has allowed the Illuminati-Rothschilds to control their so called “Arc of Crisis” in the Middle East through divide, rule, and conquer (Protocols 2, 3, 9, 12). It has allowed them to control the oil-producing countries since the World War II, when the oil industry really came on line.

PROTOCOLS PART 1
PROTOCOLS PART 2

CONCLUSION:

All of the information contained in this article was obtained through researchers who interviewed defectors of high-level Freemasonry, former members of the Illuminati who are in hiding, or through writings of individuals who were in Masonic positions of authority. Their occult-inspired charade is designed to destroy Christianity by undermining our relationship to God, family, nation, and race. Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) wrote that the highest aim of Freemasonry is “to uproot completely the whole religious and moral order of the world which has brought into existence by Christianity.” The second goal is to eliminate the Torah-believing Jew, who should not be confused with the Talmud-Cabalist (Kabbalah) Jew.

The New World Order is an extension of the British Empire, in which elite British,
American, and Jewish imperial interests are identical. The British and Jewish goal of
world domination is synonymous, and they are using Freemasonry as their tool. All of their nation’s leadership are Freemasons. This is why our country has continued a close relationship with Great Britain and Israel. For example, do you recall the friendship between former President George W. Bush and former Prime Minister Tony Blair? It is interesting to note that during a recent trip to Washington, DC, a British newspaper wrote, “Tony Blair signed the VIP visitors’ guest book at the British Embassy. His role as a Middle East peace envoy may have led to a midlife identity crisis. His signature is there, but where guests are invited to state their “home” Mr Blair wrote “Jerusalem.” The former Prime Minister does not own anything that could be described as a home in the Middle East.” He did this because Satan’s counterfeit plan is for the headquarters of the Antichrist to be located in Israel. Blair will eventually be changing his residence.

It becomes clear then, Satan’s plans for world domination and the demise for God’s most valuable and most cherished possession among all of His creation, which is, humanity, whom he made in His own image and has always been Satan’s number one target for destruction. He has envisioned destroying humanity, and replacing it with his own race or creation by perverting and replacing the bloodline of humanity with his own creation, by using the Illuminati’s satanic bloodline and other technology. Why should Christians concern themselves with knowing Satan’s plans for our demise?

If we know what we are up against and are going to experience, I believe it will take away some of the fear of the unknown. The more we seek the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and the more we love and obey God the less we fear. Jesus Christ warned, “Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled.” (Mt 24:6). Jesus also said, “Take no thought for your life…” (Mt 6:25), which is rephrased by the Holy Spirit, “Be anxious for
nothing.” (Phil 4:6).
The Christian will “commit thy way unto the Lord and trust also in Him.” (Ps 37:5).

Even if we are unable to see how God will win a victory in all this, He has revealed in His Word that He most assuredly is going to! We know that it will be some kind of miraculous display of his power and glory. But we rejoice with the Lord always, and realize that today is the day that the Lord has made, we will take each day at a time, and rejoice in it. This is a call for people to face reality as it is today. I believe that if we are unable to face what the real situation is due to our fears, then the New World Order’s many tentacles will continue to wreak havoc with our lives, it will continue to sap our resources and spiritual strength for its causes and diversions, and it will continue to deceive us. May God give you hope and a spirit of courage that only God can give as you allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the reality of Satan’s plan for our demise as it unfolds before us.

At the present time, we are prophetically moving at break-neck speed. As I hope you can see, we need to learn to take what is reported to us by the media and exercise discernment. Our generation of nominal Christians has a difficult time spotting a fraud. Satan creates first-class images for his most valuable ministers, who often become prominent personalities through image campaigns that are designed expressly to deceive the masses. The wise Christian will disregard outward appearances and become impersonally objective, putting a man or woman’s message to the acid test of Scripture. Everything must be analyzed with careful attention to detail; be it a news event or doctrine. The enemy is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) and he is gaining strength, just as God’s word tell he will until Jesus Christ returns to put an end to his reign.

More importantly, we are the children of the true King. If we are serious about Jesus as Lord, then He has promised to take care of us. Since our time is limited, we need to begin to get serious about our relationship with Him, and take evangelism seriously. I urge you to share the Good News of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, because Jesus and His Gospel of the kingdom is our only Hope!


Philippians 1:20-21
My earnest expectation and hope is that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but
with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my
body, whether by my life or by my death…
For to me, to live is Christ,
and to die is gain.

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God’s people need to know the truth: they are being led astray by BLIND WATCHMEN

***NOTE from Karen Connell: I previously shared this article several years ago but as I read it again I felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to share this TRUE watchman’s warning, by Nathan Leal, especially with any of God’s people who are involved with the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation). Please note the date of the article, and the accuracy of the dream given to Nathan during Obama’s presidency. As I read this again, I strongly sensed we are now entering the time he mentions, when it is going to look like things are getting back to “normal,” however, DON’T BE DECEIVED! As Nathan says in this article… that is when the economic “crash will happen.”

By Nathan Leal January 26, 2017

Being a watchman is not for the blind. The watchman is supposed to look and report what he sees. It’s a simple job. If the watchman sees something, they’re supposed to inform the people. God is clear about this, because if a watchman sees something and denies it, they will suffer at the hand of God. This takes us to another requirement – Denial. A watchman cannot deny what he sees. They cannot hide it. They cannot pretend that it is not there.

Obama

Eventually George W. Bush left office. Obama took over and the evangelical church became very concerned. Conservatives became vigilant in their Obama watch. The reporting on Obama’s evil was endless. A lot of folks suspected that he would be the last president. I myself wondered about it, but I wasn’t sure.

Why? Because during Obama’s presidency, God gave me a prophetic dream about a future president. I saw a glimpse. There was a mob that gathered in the night (Karen’s Comment: this happened when the mob hit DC just a short time ago, it was also at this time that Trump went into his bunker for fear of his life). They were holding torches. They were angry at the president and wanted to hurt him. In my prophetic glimpse, I also saw the Secret Service in division. Some of them also wanted to hurt the president. They were in a shootout, the president was cowering in a corner, so I could not see his face. It was toward the wall. A Secret Service agent had a gun pointed at him, but in my dream, I stood between the president and the agent. I told the agent not to hurt him. The dream was over.

I have shared this dream over the years, and I do believe that at some point, the atmosphere of chaos will arrive in America were citizens will want to hurt politicians. I don’t know when it will happen, but I believe it will. I also must include this. In my dream the president was a white guy (note: this was before trump came on the scene). I saw this during Obama’s reign. So in my heart of hearts, I always suspected that Obama was not going to be the last president. However, I did not trust Obama, nor did I trust Hillary, and I openly stated this many times.

America is in Judgment

Over the years, I also continually shared something else – America is under judgment. If you have been with us since the beginning, you probably heard me say it. The message from this watchman has been that America is under judgment. I have shared that the judgment will occur in four categories: famine, pestilence, the invasion of evil, and eventually war. I still maintain that warning. Why? Because at no point during Obama’s reign did America ever repent. In fact, the opposite happened. Over the past several years, the American church got slimed with a weird theology; the Dominionist – NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) – Kingdom Now – Seven Mountain theology incubated in the church, and the clerics of this theology contaminated evangelicals with the doctrine of demons. The Seven Mountain theology claims that before Jesus can come back, the church must take over the world and basically supply Jesus with a spiritual helipad so that He can land His white horse. Of course, this theology cannot be found in the Bible, but that doesn’t seem to matter. A lot of Christians now believe it. Why? Because they have not studied their Bibles and sadly today, we are witnessing a famine for the Word of God.

 Another Republican

Which brings us to the present. When Donald Trump showed up on the campaign trail, I did not know what to make of his rhetoric. Why? Because over the last several decades, Donald Trump has shown us what he is all about. He has a record. He has fruit. And folks, his record stinks to high heaven with shenanigans that have hurt a lot of people. I’m not making this up. There is documented proof about this that is exhaustive. But I still was not sure. Did he change? I wondered. Is he sincere? Is he really a Republican? Is he really a conservative?

I took it to God. I asked Him to show me the truth and He did. During Trump’s campaign, I had a prophetic dream where I saw a creature fly over America. The creature had pterodactyl looking bat wings. It was orange. It had leathery skin. It glided over America. And get this, the creature had Donald Trump’s face. What does this mean? I asked God. I wanted to understand. God answered. He told me that a spirit of deception had gone over America.3 It was a very powerful principality and it had a job to do which was – Deceive the country and deceive the church about Donald Trump. Why would God allow this? It’s Bible prophecy. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (1 Thess. 2:10). (For more information on this dream request the DVD series NAGAL: the Demonic Prince Over America”)

A crash is coming

It will happen when most people think that all is well… the collapse is coming in spite of Donald Trump being the president, it is still coming. He will not be able to stop it. If for some reason Trump leaves office, Pence won’t be able to stop it. Regarding Trump at the helm during the collapse, I have suspicions that he knows it’s coming and was purposely chosen to navigate America through it. It is coming folks. Why? Because America is under judgment. During Trump’s campaign, the Seven Mountain clerics went full force with their deception. They issued false proclamations about Trump. They told the church that Trump was Cyrus. Some of the clerics also claimed that Trump was a number of other biblical heroes, like John the Baptist, David, Samson, Elijah, Nebuchadnezzar, etc.

Mark Taylor, the retired fireman, was promoted by several of my ex-colleagues. Taylor then teamed up with lady-cleric Mary Colbert and they wrote a book about Taylor’s false prophecy. Mary Colbert promoted Taylor to the next level and slimed the church with his false words. Jim Bakker swallowed it up, the church swallowed it up. Why? Because someone didn’t read their Bible. Then it became weirder and weirder. Some of the voices that I respected in the past, also swallowed the Mark Taylor Kool-Aid. They jumped on the Trump – Cyrus train and promoted a lie.

How could these things be? How could people who call themselves watchmen look to the horizon, and ignore what they see? It is because being a watchman is not for the blind, and it takes bravery to stand for truth. It takes bravery to stick to the truth no matter how unpopular it is. It takes bravery and courage to not allow oneself to be tainted by popular trends. How can it be that during Obama’s reign the watchmen spoke out about things like the Bilderberg meetings, Goldman Sachs, CFR, the Illuminati, political corruption, the Hegelian Dialectic, but now those things are ignored. Donald Trump claims to be an outsider, but reality reveals something else.

His administration is full of insiders. It is full of Goldman Sachs, CFR, Rothschild, Skull and Bones men. This is the truth folks. Trump meets with the elite regularly. Several years ago, these watchmen spoke out about the elite. They spoke out about the globalists billionaires of the world who influence government policy. But now, those same globalists’ billionaires are riding in Air Force One with Donald Trump. Alex Jones used to scream about this… But now, Jones is a Trump apologist and blames everything on Deep State. Ladies and gentlemen, Deep State is a farce. I am not saying that it doesn’t exist, but it is in the White House. The members of Deep State are the globalists…. These are the same people who are guiding Trump. †

SOUGHT OUT—SEALED UP—and SAVED

By Karen Connell

 *All Scripture is from the KJV or NKJV unless otherwise specified—all numbers are from the Strong’s Concordance.

(Ezek 9:4) And the Lord said Go … and set a mark upon the foreheads of those that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that are being done…

There is a large segment of Christian believers who serve God, who minister through acts of love, and who have genuine faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, these same people, who have started out very sincere in their faith and in their love and service for God, have now fallen prey to powerful wicked principalities that have conned and bewitched them through the power of witchcraft and sorcery. I am referring at this point to the spirit of Jezebel. This is an ancient principality that has been around since the fallen angels rebelled against God. Their influence has shipwrecked the faith of many through false teachers and prophets. Jesus revealed the workings of this spirit: (Rev 2:18-20) “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet (i.e. the means for treading upon) like fine brass (i.e. symbolizes sorcery)… “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first… Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman JEZEBEL, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

 “4” Apostate Traits of the Jezebel Spirit

The spirit of Jezebel is the spirit behind the great endtime apostasy. It is camouflaged by seemingly good looking works —love —faith and patience. Many believe Jesus is commending the church in Thyatira for these things, however Jesus is NOT commending them for these things. Notice, His “eyes like a flame of fire” thus, revealing he is discerning and judging these things to be false acts that are motivated by Jezebel—the spirit behind false worship (service). I want to look more closely at the five things Jesus mentioned above, concerning the church being ruled by the Jezebel spirit. Great deception is associated with these five things that are found among apostate ministers and ministries that “look good” to those being deceived by them.

#1 WORKS …Apostate churches (as well as individual Christians) that are ruled by Jezebel have MANY good looking “works”—such as programs, productions and products—to promote their false apostate ministries, teachings and prophets.

#2 LOVE … The Jezebel spirit has also perverted the idea of “love” so that Christians now believe it is “not loving” to make God’s people feel bad or uncomfortable by exposing, correcting or rebuking them concerning their sin and deception. However, if we truly love those who profess to follow Christ, we will not want them to be deceived and will most certainly desire do what is necessary to warn and correct them. True godly love is the motivation for doing so. It is not an act of love to withhold the truth from someone at the expense of sparing their feelings. Two of the Jezebel spirit’s most effective tactics are intimidation, and self-pity. Unless we are discerning, these tactics (spiritual influences) will shut the mouths of those who are carriers of truth. I explain these in greater detail in my book and audio teachings on THE JEZEBEL AND AHAB SPIRITS  As a result sexual sin, idolatry and false teaching and false prophets along with witchcraft are running rampant throughout modern day Christianity.

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#3 FAITH … these false concepts of works and love, have opened the door to many false gospels and seducing and deceiving spirits. As a result, many who think they are involved in “service” (or ministry) are being used to seduce God’s people by teaching pseudo “faith” through  false dominion” messages that have elevated Christians to the position of being “gods” who can “speak, command and believe” things into existence by taking dominion over anything they want to control or change. All of the many “works” associated with these false faith and dominion teachings (i.e. prophecies, prayers and preaching) are also based upon faith in a false gospel and another Jesus. Don’t believe me? Seek God’s Word and research what is really being taught and find these things out for yourself. I personally sat under those who were teaching the false Gospels that present “another Jesus” for many years! It wasn’t until I had my eyes opened, by getting free of the Jezebel influence in my own life that I discerned these false teachings that were contrary to the truth of Scripture.

#4. PATIENCE … “patience” is mentioned by Jesus in (Rev 2:19) and is a Greek word, which according to the N.T. Complete Word Study Dictionary, literally means to endure or to show “tolerance” for something or someone, which in the context of (Rev 2:19) it refers to … TOLERATING the Jezebel spirit. Tolerance is something Satan has keenly promoted in this generation as a worldly virtue. Tolerant people don’t “judge anyone.” The saying “DON’T JUDGE ME” is heard everywhere. But that is not what the Bible tells Christians to do. On the contrary, the Bible says … (1 Cor 2:15) But he who is spiritual judges all things…

This false concept of tolerance has now invaded the church and now deceived Christians are tolerating sins like abortion, homosexuality, adultery, greed and not to mention numerous pagan practices, including that of making an idol of being a “priest” (pulpit minster). This is why TV ministers are idolized and worshipped (served) by their followers and the Scriptures are no longer the standard for truth that exposes their false teachings. Idol worship is self-centered, focusing on what a person can get from serving an idol that promises good fortune, prosperity, long life, and success and of course power and prestige. This happened to God’s people when they fell into idolatry. They expected to gain these self-centered things when they fell into idolatry in the Old Testament.

However, the worship of the true God is just the opposite. True believers are to be selfless rather than self-centered. Instead of expecting God to serve us, we are to serve him, expecting nothing in return. We serve God for who he is, not for what we get from him. The false worship mentioned above, again are traits of the Jezebel spirit within apostate Christianity that is ruled over by the “great whore” of (Rev 17:1). We can see the spirit of Jezebel at work in the Old Testament through Korah, who rebelled against Moses and Arron and his sons the Levites, who were selected by to be priests.

Korah and his associates as mentioned in (Numb 16:1-10) had seen the many advantages of the priesthood in Egypt. Egyptian pagan priests had great wealth and political influence, something Korah wanted for himself. Wealth and political influence are definite ear marks of the present day “prosperity” false gospel and the false “dominion” gospel, which both are advocated by the current NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) cult, of which I was part of from 1995-2007, until my eyes were opened to the truth of what was really happening.

 Korah may have assumed that Moses, Aaron, and his sons were trying to make the Israelite priesthood the same kind of political machine (which now operates in apostate churches), and he wanted to be a part of it. He did not understand that Moses’ main ambition was to serve God rather than to control others for self-serving reasons. Moses discerned their true motivation— these Levites wanted the power of the priesthood.

Like Korah, those under a Jezebel spirit are often jealous and competitive and covet what others have such as Korah, who desired what God has given to Aaron. Korah had significant, worthwhile abilities and responsibilities of his own, however, his ambition and greed for more caused him to lose everything in the end. Inappropriate ambition is greed in disguise, which is definitely a Jezebel trait. A study on Jezebel in the Bible reveals much about how this spirit operates.

The spirits of Jezebel and Ahab are empowered by carnality. Those who are carnally minded (who follow the flesh or carnal human nature) will be ruled and ultimately destroyed by the Jezebel spirit! What Moses said to Korah, is an important key for understanding what God is looking for in His true remnant Bride. The true remnant Bridehood saints are SELECTED as SEALED SERVANATS for God’s people (i.e. those who are born again). These sealed servants are represented by the Old Testament “Levites” who were specially selected out of the congregation of God’s people (representing the New Testament Body of born again believers) to serve (i.e. minster to) God’s people. The Levites who lived in the “Tabernacle of God” represent the “chosen Bridehood Saints” who live in the heavenly tabernacle the “New Jerusalem.” They are those who have been chosen, cleansed and consecrated by God to serve His people (i.e. God’s congregation) just as the sons of Levi in the Old Testament.

(Num 16:8-10) Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi: Is it a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the work of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to serve them… and that He has brought you near to Himself, you and all your brethren, the sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking the priesthood also?

The Old Testament priesthood is a ministry position of responsibility that corresponds to the offices of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor/Teacher. These positions are God appointed, not man appointed ministries. The Jezebel spirit has planted many tares (false ministers) within God’s field (the Body of Christ), who are posing as “God appointed ministers.” In these endtimes we need God selected, sanctified ministers to lead and guide us if we are truly to be saved from what lies ahead!

Selected and Sealed

God is looking for true servants among His born again ones who have “come out from among all that is carnal” and who have God’s heart and His perspective concerning all of the horrible wickedness in this world: (Ezek 9:4) And the Lord said Go … and set a mark [1] upon the foreheads of those that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that are being done…

[1] OT:8420 tav (tawv) CWSD: it was a sign of exemption from judgment.

The above verse also reminded me of the following verse:

(Rev 7:2,4) And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal (i.e. mark) of the living God …Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

REV 7:3

From the above text concerning the 144,000 … I recently was given more insight into who these may represent. I see this number 144,000 as representing the Bridehood Saints of God. I say this because the number 1000 in the Bible is symbolic God’s millennial reign through Jesus Christ and His saints, over the people of the earth, at His second coming. It is during this age that all people will be under the authority of Christ’s earthly kingdom for the purpose of separating the sheep from the goats, before Jesus hands the kingdom over to the Father, at the end of His 1000 year reign with His saints, before entering the New eternal heavens and earth. All sin and rebellion will have been put down at that time. The number 1000 is also associated with God’s covenant and His covenant with Israel, which according to the Apostle Paul, the Bridehood Saints are the true Israel.

(Ps 105:8-10) Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations (i.e. eternal people) … Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac … And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an age abiding covenant. (see also: 1 Chron 16:15 Dt 7:9).

(Romans 9:6-8) 6For they are not all Israel who are from Israel, 7nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac (who is the progenitor of the seed of Christ and not Ishmael) your seed shall be called.” 8That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise (i.e. Jesus Christ is the promise) are counted as the seed (of God’s covenant promises).

The Bride of Christ then, is made up of “people” whose home is the “New Jerusalem” (see: Rev 21:9-14). We are told the New Jerusalem has twelve gates (representing the twelve tribes), each tribe having a particular aspect of God’s authority. The number twelve in Bible typology represents the full authority of God. In my TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL teaching Manual, I identify how each tribe functions in their particular aspect of God’s authority, as seen by the typology of their assigned gem stone, and by what the prophecies given to them by Moses and Jacob reveal.

The New Jerusalem also has twelve foundations, which represent the authoritative government and doctrinal foundation for the New Covenant church and Christianity that was agreed upon and laid down by the twelve founding Apostles. It is upon this foundation that the Holy Nation is built upon, with Jesus Christ (the Word of God) as the Head cornerstone.

(Revelation 21:14) And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

(Ephesians 2:19-20) Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; … And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.

Again, in Bible typology the number “12” represents God’s full authority, and the word “gates” also represents the governmental aspect of God’s authority and power. In the Old Testament reveals that the rulers or elders of a city positioned themselves at the cities gates to conduct governmental affairs. Each gate in (Revelation 21:12) had the name of one of the tribes upon it. Thus, the 12 foundations x 12 gates = 144, this number representing these aspects (government and doctrine) of God’s authority that will be exercised during the 1000 millennial reign by those saints who rule and reign with Jesus Christ.

Together these represent the Old Testament Covenant (promises for the true Israel) and the New Testament Covenant (fulfillment of God’s prophesied OT promises for the true spiritual seed of Abraham) or the Holy Nation, meaning those born again from Abraham’s seed (i.e. Jesus Christ).

(1 Peter 2:9) But you are a chosen (specially selected) generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation…

(Gal 3:29) And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the (covenant) promise

The following is an excerpt from my SEPARATION OF THE BRIDEHOOD SAINTS post that I feel is worth repeating here…

The Saints (set apart ones) have counted the cost and are willing to pay the price for holiness, by dying daily to their carnal nature, and choose instead to live according to God’s Holy Spirit. This qualifies them to be selected and sealed (marked) by God to be among the saved (144,000 representing the) Bridehood Saints of Christ. Thus, the true Bride will not be harmed by God’s judgments.

We are in a season when God is “calling many out of darkness”—those who have been deceived and especially those who are God’s prodigal children, before the tribulation judgments begin. God has been using and will continue to use the many sever trials in their lives—to draw them back to Him. As with the prodigal son in the Bible, they are seeing their pigpen for what it really is and answer the call to serve. God is getting His Bride ready, and many are hearing God’s call at this time. He is drawing them to Jesus. (John 6:44) No man can come to me, unless the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. These are about to be “raised up” for they are reaching their “last day” or the “day” when they finally have reached their “end.” I recall my “last day” as a prodigal, when I finally reached the “end of my rope” and fell totally repentant on my face before the Lord, and He truly “raised me up!”

SAINTS: Spiritual Warriors and Agents of Conversion and Sanctification

Those who are being called to live closer to God, by answering His call to sainthood—will especially have conflict with the forces of darkness in a degree far more sever than those who are just interested in remaining in their comfort zone and are satisfied with living at a greater distance from Jesus Christ. Remember, there are just as many degrees in overcoming as there are degrees in God’s grace (His power, gifts and favor). When it comes to these things, God is not interested in equality—as demonstrated in the parable of the talents. Some think it is not “fair” if all things are not “equal” when it comes to God’s dealings with us— God is God and He alone determines the degrees of rewards and fiery trials we receive.

In any case, Bridehood Saints understand that their place is in the front of the battle facing their spiritual enemies, because they, like the O.T. Levites, have been chosen from among the whole to be the special servants of God. The Levites were the “first fruits” who were to go out in front of the army—blowing the trumpets, shouting and praising and being clothed with the beauty of holiness (2 Chr. 20:19-22).

Spiritual battles are fought in the minds of people, because the mind controls our desires, decisions and destiny. As such, the Bridehood Saints as spiritual warriors, fight these battles for the souls of people through their prayers, fasting, and through watching and giving out warnings, concerning enemy lies concerning the times and circumstances the unlearned and undiscerning don’t comprehend. There has always been a company of warring saints that have been on the forefront of spiritual warfare in every generation. These are the true overcoming Bridehood Saints who are the true AGENTS OF CHANGE!

These are God’s specially equipped spiritual servants who are used to bring about a true conversion (transformation) through their ministry of sanctification (purification) in the lives of God’s people. True Saints are the most interested in the welfare of the universal body of Christ and seeing to it that they are equipped and perfected (matured). In every church assembly on earth and throughout every generation there has always been a “few” who are more spiritually hungry and discerning than the rest. They are a small minority, usually misunderstood and considered the least in importance and without worldly power and prestige, and not often highly educated by the world’s standard. But these tried and true Saints are the genuine fathers and mothers of Zion. They are in the truest sense the “elders” (pillars) in the church of God—elders through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and not just because someone has appointed them an elder in some local assembly. (End of excerpt)-

Summing It All Up

The Bridehood Saints then, are those in the Body of Christ that have been sanctified, separated and fully consecrated (dedicated) to God’s purposes now and on into the ages to come. Thus, they are the extension of Jesus Christ as servants of God, who cause the body of Christ to be enlarged through their life giving ministry and by the continuation of the “greater works” of Jesus here on the earth in all the ages among ages.The Bridehood Saints of the Most high God, have turned their backs on this world and its ways in order to accept the high calling of God. They are truly the SELECTED—SEALED—SAVED servants of the Most High God. †

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Many are Called …but Few Choose to Answer!

By Karen Connell

*All Scripture is from the KJV or NKJV unless otherwise specified—all numbers and definitions are from the Strong’s Concordance and the Complete Word Studies Dictionary (CWSD).

–Ephesians 5:27—That he may present to himself a glorified church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

As we proceed through this time of political chaos and clamor over the Covid plandemic andsoon coming presidential election, I am amazed and saddened at how many professing Christians are attached to this ungodly worldly system and all that is associated with it. The true watchmen have been bringing forth God’s call to “come out from among it” and become separated from this world. They have been warning of the grave consequences for those who turn a deaf ear to the truth of God’s warnings of judgment against those who have not heeded His call to separate themselves from this Babylonian beast system.

I have become so wearied at having the messages and warnings God has been giving me since 2008, for the most part be ignored by those who are deceived and believe that they are “saved” and in right relationship with God, when in reality they only possess a form of godliness and no real power (especially to discern).

(2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

Because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved… for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: … That they (swine) ALL might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

(2 Tim 3:1, 4-5)

In the last days … men shall be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God… Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

I recently heard the Lord say to me, “quit trying to give My “pearls” (truth) to SWINE (defiled unrepentant people)!” He went on to remind me that we are in those prophesied end times that the Bible describes as a time of great deception when the majority of people have been seduced and deluded by the antichrist spirit, and are no longer open to hearing the truth… they no longer have ears to hear! The video at the end of this post by watchman Mike Adams, also confirmed what I have been hearing (it is worth the 11 min. to watch it!)

Because of the seducing deception, even the “very elect” (who at one time answered God’s call) …have lost sight of the fact that this world (and the USA) is NOT our home! They are deceived into believing we can change things politically or spiritually despite what Scripture reveals, concerning prophesied end time events. The true remnant of Bridehood Saints know they are foreigners and strangers in this world as Ambassadors of Jesus Christ, who have been given a mission and a mandate by their Lord.

Their number one priority of genuine Christians is that of serving their King, Jesus Christ, by strengthening and feeding His followers, and sharing the true Gospel of being born-again and entering God’s kingdom through repentance and water baptism, with the lost (who will still listen)!

Of course, if we are not true disciples, we can’t make true disciples! Only those who choose to answer God’s call to separate from this world and its ways, will choose to pay the price of becoming a genuine disciple. It is so sad to see how so few in this last generation of “so called Christians”— really understand this very basic truth…

(Luke 14:26-27) NLT

if you do not carry your own cross (meaning die to yourself) and follow me, you cannot be my disciple… don’t even begin until you count the cost.

Jesus is going to present to himself a “GLORIOUS (GLORIFIED) CHURCH.” The word church as used in the (Eph 5:27) text above is the Greek word ekklēsian, which literally means the assembly of called out (or invited) ones.

These “invited or called out ones” are those who obediently answer God’s call to leave the cares and affairs of this world behind and instead spend time “eating His BREAD in the kingdom of God.” Keep in mind the Bible tells us the Kingdom of God is presently a spiritual kingdom of His righteousness, peace and joy that is established in us by an intimate union with God’s Holy Spirit who lives WITHIN all who are born again…

(Lk 17:21)

For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

(Romans 14:17)

For the kingdom of God is … righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (literally: through an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit).

The word bread as used in the text below in (Luke 14:15), is the Greek word 740 ártos (ar’-tos) – HWS (Helps Word Studies) states: bread; (figuratively) is divine provision; all the sustenance God supplies to yielded obedient followers of Jesus Christ. Thayer’s Lexicon says: In (John 6:32-35) Jesus calls himself, the (λόγος, ártos (ar’-tos) “Divine Bread of Life” that is come from heaven, who contains in himself the source for spiritual life, which supplies divine nourishment for attaining and maintaining eternal spiritual life.

Those professing Christians who only possess a “form of godliness but have no power” feed on the things of this world, its movies, mainstream media, and a steady diet of their favorite YouTube entertainment, etc. Those in this place are deceived into thinking they are “saved” followers of Christ, but they are truly deluded! Here is what Jesus says to them…

Matthew 6:23

You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Those who feast on the cares and affairs of this world and give their time and attention to these things will not be part of the Bride of Christ. The call has gone out to many to become a Bridehood Saint, to separate themselves from this world. However, if we are too preoccupied to eat bread in the kingdom of God,” this means “feasting upon the Word of God” that feeds and strengthens God’s kingdom, by establishing His righteousness—peace and joy within us.   

(Luke 14:15-24)

When one of those reclining with Him … said to Jesus, Blessed is everyone who will eat BREAD in the kingdom of GodThen Jesus said to him, “A man prepared a great feast and called many  When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ …But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ …Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ …Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ …“The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ …After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ …So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full… For none of those I first invited (who did not answer His call)will get to taste (i.e. experience)my supper. (per/Thayer’s Lexicon: says, “tasting the supper” is used of experiencing the Messiah’s “marriage supper” … symbolizing experiencing being part of His kingdom {as a Bridehood Saint} in heaven).

(Rev 19:8-9)

For the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready… And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints… And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.

(2 Corinthians 6:17)

Therefore, “Come out from among them (worldly pursuits) And be separate (separate yourselves) , says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you... I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.”

The following text from Matthew’s gospel presents the same “wedding feast” story with different details regarding the qualification for being allowed to enter in after receiving the “call” …

(Matthew 24:13-14)

 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son… He sent his servants to call those he had invited to the banquet, but they refused to come… Again, he sent other servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet… But they paid no attention and went away, one to his field, another to his business… The rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them… The king was enraged, and he sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city… Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited were not worthy (*notice: those who did not answer the “call” were not “worthy” meaning they did not measure up and they experienced “judgment”) Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.’ …So the servants went out into the streets and gathered everyone they could find, both evil and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests… But when the king came in to see the guests, he spotted a man who was not dressed in wedding clothes (i.e. clothed in white linen as a sanctified saint)… ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But the man was speechless…. Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him hand and foot,(i.e. will have no power to “walk in the light” of God’s kingdom) and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’…For many are called (to come out of the cares and affairs of this life), but few are chosen (ALT: few choose to answer the call to come out).”

MARK 4:18-19

Such as these hear the word (truth) … but the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things enter in, choking the word (truth) and it becomes unfruitful.

The church however, that will be presented to Jesus Christ as His Bridehood Saints, will be a fruitful sanctified, separated and glorified assembly of saints. The Bride of Christ will be the genuine Church, who is not part of the counterfeit apostate defiled assemblies that we see everywhere here on earth, calling them “Christian Churches.” Those who are members of the true assembly of “called out saints” have been lovingly cleansed by the one who died to glorify them:

Ephesians 5:25-26

Christ did love the “called out assembly”(church), and did give himself for it, That he might sanctify (purify and separate it from the world) and cleanse it by the washing of water by the (rhema) word… That he might present it (the called out assembly) to himself as a glorified called out assembly, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. ALT

It isn’t UNTIL we ANSWER THE CALL to become perfected (brought to completion or maturity by being sanctified) that we will become part of the “glorious” (glorified) church.

Ephesians 4:8-15

Wherefore, he said, ‘Having gone up on high he led captive captivity, and gave gifts to men,’—and that, he went up, what is it except that he also went down first to the lower parts of the earth?He (Jesus Christ) who went down is the same also who went up far above all the heavens, that He may fill all things—and He gave some [as] apostles, and some [as] prophets, and some [as] proclaimers of good news, and some [as] shepherds and teachers…unto the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for a building up of the body of the Christ… till we may all come to the unity of the faith and of the recognition of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to a measure of stature of the fullness of the Christ … and, being true in love, we may increase to Him [in] all things, who is the head—the Christ …

As it stands now there are many divisions and false doctrines among us, because we do not yet know or see Christ as He really is (1 Jn 3:2). We have not come to a complete (perfected/mature ) knowledge of Jesus (the word of God) so there is not yet the unity that the glorified body will display. The text in (Eph. 4:11-24) is being miss-taught because certain verses are being pulled out their context to support a false premise in many cases.

This text is actually telling us that… (vs. 11-12) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers… for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (vs. 13) UNTIL we reach the point where we ALL come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to (BECOME) a perfect man (a perfected glorified body of true saints).

It isn’t UNTIL we reach the point where the 5-fold ministry is no longer needed to equip the saints (those who have answered the “call”). The saints ministry of reigning with Christ that this time, is a time of preparation and equipping that will come to an end. At what point does this equipping by the 5-fold ministers end? It is when we (the true church) become a perfect man at the time we become “glorified” and finally come to the place of reaching the fullness of Christ (to be fully like Him). Then we will have the unity of faith, all true Saints believing the same thing.

When Jesus comes back and we are glorified we the resurrected saints will then help Jesus put down all His enemies during His millennial reign. Then nations will be transformed by the glory of God, and not by the glory of man.

(Rev 20:4)

And they (the resurrected saints) lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years

It is Jesus (not us) who establishes His Kingdom on earth—after He returns to earth—and not before.

(1 Cor. 15:20-25)

Now however Christ has raised out from the dead first fruits of those fallen asleep … since for by a human came death also by a human resurrection from the dead … For as indeed through Adam (i.e. possessing his carnal nature) all die, so also through CHRIST all (possessing His nature) will be made alive …  each however in their own order: the first fruits of Christ, then those of Christ at the coming of him … then the end when there is a handing over of the kingdom to God the Father when there is an abolishing of all dominion (i.e. the first or initial rulers) and all authority (the power to influence) and dunamis (i.e. God’s supernatural abilities) … It is absolutely necessary for Him to reign until that he has put all the enemies under the feet that are His.  INTV (Interlinear version)

 In my book Investigating and Experiencing the Glory of God, I write the following:

“It is important to understand that how we live our life now while on earth is going to determine our eternal destiny and position in God’s eternal kingdom, which Jesus (not us) will establish it upon this earth. God has a role for those in His millennial kingdom and eternal rule, who are willing to seek Him and know Him intimately now while on this earthly journey. The saints of God will be vessels of His glory carrying that glory from the throne of God in heaven to the nations of the earth; for which task we will need glorified bodies. However if we are not sanctified (dedicated) temples filled with His glory that bring glory to God (making God very apparent to others) while here on earth; we will not receive a glorified body and be numbered as one of God’s saints—a faithful child of God who is a “son brought to glory” by the sanctifying fire of God in their life.” [1]

(Heb 2:10-11)

For it was becoming to Him, because of whom are the all things, and through whom are the all things, many sons to glory bringing, the author of their salvation through sufferings to make perfect … for both he who is sanctifying and those sanctified are all of one (unified), for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.

Amen!


[1] See author’s book Investigating and Experiencing the Glory of God P. 58

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SEPARATION of the BRIDEHOOD SAINTS

By Karen Connell

*All Scripture is from the KJV or NKJV unless otherwise specified—all numbers are from the Strong’s Concordance—CWSD is the abbreviation for the Complete Word Studies Dictionary.

(Num 16:9)
“…the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself…”

This is one of the most important articles that I have ever written. I pray that any
Christian reading this article will truly understand this message, because not
only does your eternal destiny rest upon what I am about to share, but also
what you may or may not experience—concerning many imminent prophesied end time events. The Lord led me through this topical study on the subject of the Bride of Christ—and one important thing God impressed upon me was that it refers to the abiding place of a company of people that are chosen from among Jews and Gentiles, who are united in one body as true spiritual Israelites, in whom there is no guile. This elect group of people are taken out from among the universal body of Christ who are going to be saved from the “second death” that is called “the lake of fire.” This company, who are taken out of or separated from the universal body of Jesus Christ, are especially marked by their Christ-like character. In this article I will refer to this special company as the Bridehood Saints of Jesus Christ.

This company of believers have conformed themselves to Christ more than
the masses of those who are born again. They have answered the call to come out
from among all that defiles, to live a separated and consecrated life of holiness as
God’s true servants. Not all who receive eternal life and God’s salvation from
eternal punishment, go on to become true consecrated servants of God. Yes, they
have the gift of eternal life, but sadly will not be part of this group of chosen ones,
known as the elect of God, who will share in the royal reign of Christ in the future
eternal kingdom that He will establish when He returns to earth.

God’s Examples, Shadows and Patterns

God reveals many of His truths to us through an abundance of examples,
shadows and patterns that we find in the Bible. … (O.T.) priests that offer(ed) gifts
according to the law… serve(d) as the example [1] and shadow [2] of heavenly
things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the
tabernacle: (God), said see, that you make all things according to the pattern [3]
shown to you in the mount (Heb 8:4-5) . (See footnotes below).


Footnotes:

  1. The word EXAMPLE is Strong’s NT:5262 hupodeigma (hoop-od’-igue-mah) and means: a
    representation for the purpose of instruction.
  2. The word SHADOW is Strong’s (NT:4639) skia (skee’-ah) CWSD: Metaphorically, a
    foreshadowing or indication of a future event.
  3. The word PATTERN is Strong’s NT:5179 tupos (too’-pos); a type (typology) or mode

The Bible tells us that, “many are called but few are chosen” (Matt 22:14).
The few that are chosen are the “Bridehood Saints” of God. In my topical study of
this subject, I found found many Biblical examples, shadows and patterns relating to this company of “Bridehood Saints.” I say this because as we shall see, in order to be part of the Bride of Christ, we must be a saint. The word “saint” is the Greek
word (N.T. #40) hagios (hag’-ee-os); meaning a pure and consecrated person
(i.e. formally dedicated to God’s divine purpose).

Everything that God creates is according to His pattern. A pattern starts with
an original design and is used as a guide or model for future creations. The first
human being was a man named Adam. He is a perfect illustration of a divine
pattern that originated with God. Adam also perfectly foreshadows the second Adam Jesus Christ.

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul;
the last Adam was made a quickening spirit… The first man is of the earth, earthy:the second
(Adam) man is the Lord from heaven. (1 Cor 15:45, 47) (Parenthesis mine for clarification).

Adam’s body then is a type or representation of the spiritual body of Jesus
Christ. Jesus went down into death, representing the “deep sleep” God put upon
Adam, and out that crucifixion, God sent forth the Holy Spirit to form another body, as He did from the “rib”[4] of Adam. This new “body” from Adam was his “Bride” Eve, whose name means “life Giver.” In the same way the Bridehood (wife) of Jesus Christ is formed by the regenerating and life giving power of the Holy Spirit, and is also separated or taken out from the “body of the second Adam” (Christ’s universal body). Like Eve, those taken out from among the universal body of Christ, are those from the side of Jesus and they are an extension of Him on earth (just as the meaning to the word “rib” describes). This “rib” is also—His helpmeet, the true heavenly Eve of the Second Adam! The Hebrew word for “rib” refers to being an “extension”—which is defined as: a part that is added to something to enlarge it or to be a continuation of what it is added to.


Footnote:

[4] The word RIB (Strong’s OT:6763) tsela` (tsay-law’); an extension from the side of


The Bible says that the body of Christ is made up of “many parts” —the
Bridehood Saints are those parts of the body that have been sanctified, separated
and fully consecrated (dedicated) to God’s purposes now and on into eternity. Thus, they are the extension of Jesus Christ as servants of God, who cause the body of Christ to be enlarged through their life giving ministry and by the continuation of the “greater works” of Jesus here on earth. As Saints they have counted the cost and have paid the price of holiness, by dying daily to their flesh, and by walking in the spirit in a personal living relationship with Jesus Christ, so as to be chosen by God to be Saints in the Bride of Christ.

Their lives are a pure and holy testimony that brings great praise and glory unto God. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness (all error and defilement) intohis marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9) (Parenthesis mine).

Separation Anxiety

When God began the separation process in my life back in the early 90’s, it was
something I didn’t fully comprehend at the time. All I knew is that I was no longer a part of what I had once been so involved with. At first, this caused me great anxiety. The churches, the programs, the different ministries all eventually disappeared—not to mention most—if not all of my close relationships also were severed (including many of those in my family). It seemed I wasall alone—with no one to turn to—which is exactly what the Lord wanted. He wanted my full attention and my full consecration to His divine purposes in my life.

During those years in my separation process, I lost all interest in everything around me and I also lost my dependence upon others for fulfilling my needs. I learned to find my complete joy, contentment and provision for my every need, by abiding in God’s presence. By His “presence” I mean—by seeing His “face” (obtaining His perspective) on every person and every circumstance I was facing. This perspective came through my times of studying His Word and our conversations that were the result of what He was showing and teaching me.

In the original Hebrew, the word “face”[5] alludes to God’s presence, and His
attitude towards what He perceives; thus, separation is required if we are to see
God’s “face” or receive His perspective. Many think the “presence” of God is simply a “feeling” or a “soulish” experience, where we enter into some mystical place or receive “Holy Ghost” goose-bumps or some other physical manifestation. The presence of God is when His Holy Spirit is present, to give us inspired revelation from His Word, which brings encouragement, correction or warning to our spirit. When we are weighted down with the cares and the affairs of this natural life and with relationships that distract us or rob us of our peace, then separation from
these things is the only way that allows us to seek God’s face and experience His
presence.

At one point I had all of these things weighing me down, as well as my
own areas of unhealed issues that were a constant feeding ground for demonic
influence that kept me anxious and depressed and feeling accused and condemned and preoccupied with the natural life. Separation from defilement and distractions is what God requires if we are to truly become healed and holy by
seeing His face. The Bible tells us that no one can see God’s face and live… thus we
must experience death to our self life if we want to see God’s face and live in His
presence.


FOOTNOTE:

[5] FACE: Strong’s OT:6440 paniym (paw-neem’) CWSD: it can be a reflection of someone’s mood or attitude or sight; or it can also take on the concept being in the presence of someone.


The Psalmist understood this principle…

Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in
anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O
God of my salvation… When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me… Teach me Your way, O LORD,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies… Do not
deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have
risen against me. (Ps 27:8-12)

The prophet Hosea, was told by God to marry a prostitute, because this foreshadowed the gathering out or separation of a defiled people, who would become the true spiritual Israel. This separated people would be rescued from their defiled life, just as Hosea separated his wife Gomer from her life of defiling prostitution, and liker her, God’s “separated people” would end up having a loving intimate relationship with their God. The Apostle Paul alluded to Hosea’s prophecy, in which he stated: For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused (wed) you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (2 Cor 11:2)

Hosea said this: “And it shall be, in that day,” Says the LORD, “That you will call Me Ishi—’My Husband,’ And no longer call Me Baali –’My Master,’ … “I will betroth you (to be given in marriage) to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In loving-kindness and mercy… I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the LORD. (Hos 2:16, 19-20)

Both the Apostle Paul and the Prophet Hosea affirm that the Bridehood Saints are God’s chaste and faithful virgins. They like Eve are separated, taken out of or selected from the greater body of Christ, our second Adam. However, being chosen depends upon our willingness to choose God’s best and to meet the condition of being pure. This requires the work of sanctification, in order to hold a royal and ruling position in Jesus Christ’s coming eternal kingdom. Every person that has called upon the name of the Lord to become born again, does not just automatically become a saint. To become a saint we must first “call upon the name of the Lord” and become born again, and secondly, we must go through sanctification, which then qualifies us to be invited to become a saint or part of the Bridehood Company of Saints. Unto the church of God (born again ones) which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified (& continue to be sanctified)[6] in Christ Jesus, [7] (these are) called (invited) to be saints, among all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord… (1 Cor 1:2).


FOOTNOTES:

[6] The CWDS states that the Greek verb tense (perfect passive participle) reflects sanctification as a
verbal adjective that also represents an action completed in the past but has continuing results.
[7] In Christ literally means: To have experience a “union” with Jesus Christ that results in taking
on His power, influence and character because of being united to Him.


And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man
which had not on a wedding garment… And he said unto him, Friend,
how came you in here not having a wedding garment ? And he was
speechless… Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and
foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; (not the
Lake of Fire) there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth… For many
are called, but few are chosen. (Matt 22:11-14)

Please notice the person whom the King called a “friend”—tried to be part of
the Bridehood Company of Saints, but did not possess a wedding garment. Notice
also that this “friend” was bound “hand and foot”—representing the fact that he
had no power (which is the literal meaning for the word “hand”)—to walk in what
was promised only to the Bridehood Saints. For only they possess the required
garments—symbolizing they are covered with the sanctifying power of God and
are “pure” because they have allowed the fire of God to try their faith in order to
purify them. In (Psalm 45) we also have a perfect depiction of the “Bridehood
Saints” as a “Royal Queen” who is at the side of her “king”—dressed in gold.

“…upon your right hand (i.e. King Jesus’ right hand) did stand the
queen in gold from Ophir… Hearken, O daughter, and consider,
and incline your ear; forget also your own people, and your
father’s house… So shall the king greatly desire your beauty: for he
is thy Lord; and worship thou him. (Ps 45:9-11)

Notice the Bridehood Saints are willing to “forget” (separate from) their own
people (Culture) and their “father’s house” (their own family) and accept God’s
invitation to become a Bridehood Saint and their royal position along side Jesus.

Baptism of Fire

The name “Ophir” means: (Strong’s #211) “reduced to ashes” and gold
represents being clothed with God’s glory, purity and beauty which is the result of
being refined (sanctified), by allowing Him to take us through His purifying baptism of fire, so our defiling issues are “reduced to ashes.” This baptism of fire
is what qualifies us to receive our “gold” wedding garment, as depicted by the “queen” in (Psalm 45) representing King Jesus’ Queen or Bridehood Saints—who are His “chosen” glorious church: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:27).

There is the universal body of Christ that is not at present “glorious.” All we have to do is look around at the lack of holiness and wholeness that is exhibited in the lives and doctrines of multitudes of Christians to see the way Christianity is so poorly represented. But then we have the “rib” from this second Adam called the Bridehood Saints that are taken out of this disfigured body of Christ that is marred by deception and immaturity. The true spiritual Eve—the true life givers—are the glorious church who live without spot or wrinkle.

The majority of born again Christians are willing to follow Christ into water
baptism, so their sins can be remitted (i.e. all condemnation removed for past confessed and pardoned sin and all future confessed sin )… but they do not go on to receive God’s Holy Spirit’s “dunamis” power (supernatural ability) that enables them to die completely to their flesh (natural life), by enduring God’s baptism of FIRE, which will turn to ashes all that deceives and defiles.

“…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire… Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge the floor (i.e. the floor refers to our foundation) (Luke 3:16-17).

Thoroughly purged Bridehood Saints are those
who conform more entirely to the will of God, to the crucifixion of their flesh nature, and to being weaned from the things of this world, because their foundations have been raised up (exposed) and restored by God’s healing and deliverance ministry. It is by this that born again people are transformed into Saints—through the renewing of their minds through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit’s baptism of fire. Back in the early 80’s, when I first inquired of the Lord as to what type of ministry He was calling me to, He answered by revealing to me my deliverance and healing ministry, through this portion of Scripture:

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You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail… Those from among you Shall build the
old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The
Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (Isa 58:11-12)

From that point on in my life, God began to pour into me the revelation from
His Word, that is contained in the Threefold Cord Healing and Deliverance Manual,
which I used first in my own life and then in my counseling ministry. This manual
contains revelation from the Lord that He began giving me for my personal
sanctification back in 1991. By 1998, I had completed the first edition (I had gone
through a seven year period of personal healing and deliverance myself). It has
gone through several revisions since 1998 and I am now finishing the latest (and the last—I think) edition. Very few have ever completely used this manual as God
intends—because so few are willing to go through the “baptism of fire” that this
sanctifying revelation produces.

I have been amazed and bewildered, at how many who began this course of
study, with such anticipation and expectancy to find healing and deliverance from
sin and demonic influence issues their lives—end up experiencing a strong
reluctance (from demonic opposition), convincing them to turn away from God’s purging baptism of fire that would remove the rubbish from their foundation.

Sadly, those who are not fully persuaded of their need for God’s restoration in their foundation, are weak in their determination to endure to the end of the sanctifying process. It more than often is because of pride issues, that they baulk at having their rubbish exposed and thus quit before God can accomplish His deep foundational restoration work in them. Modern Christianity does not preach on sanctification like the churches did during past generations that spawned great
revivals—because this is not a comfortable or fun doctrine. As a result—few are chosen.

Many times I have heard it said, “Oh I’ve gone through all that healing and
deliverance stuff”—but they fail to realize that sanctification takes great effort,
time, determination and most of all great humility and endurance. Only those who
are sanctified will be able to endure to the end and be saved or truly delivered
(Mk 13:13). Again, when pride is given in to, it will not allow the deep sanctifying
work that exposes the “hidden things of darkness” within us and these things will
remain to be a hindrance to our spiritual purity and maturity.

What God has given through this Threefold Cord revelation goes far beyond
and deeper than just casting out demons and receiving relief from emotional pai
or trying to change our ways through behavior modification techniques. I believe in the casting out of demons, and of course emotional healing and changing bad behavior is also important—however, if there is hidden rubbish (ungodly beliefs, causing doubts) within our foundation, this becomes a feeding ground for demons.

Unless the rubbish is removed, we are subject to demonic influence—and worse
yet to an increase in demonic influences. Like flies on garbage, demons, after being cast out, will return with many more demons—if we are not “cleaned out.”

Then he (the cast out demon) says, ‘I will return to my house from
which I came.’ And when he comes… he goes and takes with him
seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and
dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
(Matt 12:44-45)

Jesus taught that in order to try and make a tree (Christian) fruitful or mature,
(which is a qualification for sainthood)—the “tree” must be “digged and dunged.”
The Threeforld Cord revelation does just that… but the majority of God’s people do
not like the uncomfortable or even painful digging and dunging process—so they
won’t go through it. Those who do not go through this process will not be fruitful
and will be eliminated and not be found in the vineyard of God’s Bridehood Saints.

A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came
and sought fruit thereon, and found none… Then said… cut it
down; why let it cumber it the ground? …And he answering said
unto him, Lord, … I shall dig about it, and dung it… And if it bear
fruit (becomes mature), well: and if not, then after that you shall
cut it down. (Luke 13:6-9
Parenthesis mine)

Thus, to be chosen or one of the elect of God—requires the purifying fire of
sanctification. There are many born again Christians who are not part of the chosen Bridehood of Saints but who are involved in many types of ministries. Because they have not gone through their baptism of fire, many of their lives and ministries are not “pure” and as a result both they and their ministries are filled with mixture. The truth is, every Christian will experience the “fire of God”—one way or another.

Those who do not deal with what needs purging in their foundation will experience
the “fire of God” at the judgment seat of Christ, for we cannot escape His Spirit of
burning and judgment…

But if anyone builds upon (their) Foundation,
whether it be with gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, straw, …The work of each
one will become plainly, openly known, shown
for what it is; for the day of Christ will disclose
and declare it, because it will be revealed with
fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise
the character and worth of the work each person has done…

If the work which any person has built on the (their) Foundation, anything produced of hisefforts, whatever survives this (test by fire), he will get his reward…
But if any person’s work is burned up under the test (of fire) , he will
suffer the loss of it all, losing his reward, though he himself will be
saved, but only as one who has passed through fire. (1 Cor 3:13-15)
AMP
(Parenthesis for clarification).

The “virtuous woman” described in (Proverbs 31), is describing the Bridehood
Saints or the glorious church, of which it says: Many daughters have done
virtuously, but you excelled them all. (Prov 31:29 ). As with any parent, God loves
all of His children, but those who are especially loyal, willingly obedient and faithful
children—who grow into strong mature Saints—these are truly the “apple of their
Father’s eye”—these are His special children, with whom the Father knows He can
entrust the rule and reign of His eternal Kingdom. That is why These “chosen” or
“elect” ones, are called the “daughters of Zion.”

When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of
Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst
thereof (HOW?) by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of
burning… And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of
mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day,
and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall
be a defense… And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the
daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert
from storm and from rain. (Isa 4:4-6)

The word “daughter” in Hebrew is (Strong’s #1323) bath (bath); which denotes
a company, and also denotes a special relationship of being the “Apple of the Eye.” This reveals that as the “daughter of Zion”— Bridehood saints are the “apple of God’s eye”—a company in a especially cherished relationship with their God.

The word Zion (OT:6725) tsiyuwn (tsee-yoon’) in one of its forms, literally means “guiding pillar” and is symbolic of the dwelling place of God or the people within whom God dwells as their supernatural guiding pillar. Just as the natural O.T. Israel followed the guiding pillar of cloud by day—this represents when things “heat up” or trouble arises, God has us covered and will guide us by His Spirit of judgment (His spiritual perspective) regarding whatever we may face each day. Likewise, the pillar of fire was their defense at night—representing anything dark or unseen will be exposed and consumed by His Spirit of burning. So it is with the Spiritual Israel—the Bridehood Saints of who wander as pilgrims in this world, being guided and protected by the indwelling presence of their God.

Another important “typological” word is the word “Jerusalem”— this is a
compound Hebrew word consisting of the words yarah (yaw-raw) and shalam
(shaw-lam`). Just as God ordained Jerusalem to be the capital city for His O.T.
People, it is also the “capital” dwelling place for the Bridehood Saints in God’s
eternal kingdom. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down
from God out of heaven, prepared as a (can also be translated as “for the”) bride
adorned for her husband. (Rev 21:2)

As stated, JERUSALEM is the CAPITAL of the Bridehood Saints. One definition
given for the word “capital”—refers to something that is MOST IMPORTANT. By
looking at the definitions in the Hebrew, we can see why “Jerusalem” is MOST
IMPORTANT to God. These two words reveal not only what is most important to
God for His Bridehood Saints, but they also reveal the most important ministry God has given them. Following are the meanings to these two words for Jerusalem:

Yarah (yaw-raw’) Strong’s OT: 3384; This means: to flow as
water (i.e. living water [the rhema word] flows from the belly of
saints), to shoot arrows (i.e. saints war with the living word), it
also means: to point out by teaching, directing, informing and
instructing (i.e. through the flow of living water this is the saints
ministry and mode of warfare).

Shalam (shaw-lam’) Strong’s OT:7999; This means: to be safe in
mind, body or estate (i.e. safety for our whole being and what
we possess); it also refers to being made complete (mature); to
make amends, bring to an end, restore, reward. (i.e. shalam
then describes the healing and delivering process and power
that saints go through and also minister out of to others).

In the text from (Isa 4:4) above, God reveals the capital ministry for the Bridehood Saints, includes the “purging of blood” (symbolizing the purging of “guilt” and
shame” through all that “Jerusalem” represents—as stated in the definitions just
given for the compound Hebrew words for Jerusalem. However, this work
associated with Jerusalem comes only through the “Spirit of Burning” and the
“Spirit of Judgment.” This means every true saint must be tested in order to have
their faith and character purified. God, however, will not allow anyone to be tested
beyond what they can endure—He knows how much we as individuals can endure
and how much testing is required, because God knows our individual “frame”… No
trial comes on you, but what pertains to men: and God is faithful, who will not
permit you to be tried beyond your ability, but will provide the way of escape,
that ye may be able to sustain it. ( 1 Corinthians 10:13).

To become a fully mature Christian (as a saint and a member of the Bride)
requires then, God’s “baptism of fire” which means we must go through many trials and testings from God. The word “trial” or “temptation” as used in other
translations in the above verse, is the Greek word (String’s NT:3986) peirasmos
(pi-ras-mos’); and it means: to scrutinize, assay, or examine by a putting to proof, by the experiencing of evil, by being disciplined or provoked. CWSD: defines it as: A
Trial, a putting to the test, when God is the agent, it is for the purpose of proving someone. Peirasmos is the work of the God’s Spirit of judgment and burning in our lives.

When this is happening, will we praise
God and learn to wait on Him in a peaceful expectant hope for His “way of escape”—or will be grumble, and take on a victim mentality and try to find a way out of peirasmos—by listening to demonic influences or to the voices of human reasoning from ourselves and others? It isour choice and what we choose will determine how mature we become as a Christian.

The “Mature Man Child Saints”

The Bridehood or mature saints are also pictured in Revelation 12 as the “man
child” (a company of mature saints) that are birthed from the “sun Clothed Woman”—who represents the universal church of God—whom the devil hates and is out to destroy. There is so much I could go on to say about this, but space does not permit me to elaborate at this time, on many of the things concerning this portion of Scripture in Revelation 12.

(Rev 12:1-6)
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the
sun
(i.e. universal body of Christ/kingom of light), with the moon under her feet (i.e. the woman represents Christians who overcome False religion … represented by a crescent “moon”/kingdom of darkness/ false light), and on her head a garland of twelve stars (the garland represents the twelve apostles, which represent the foundation for God’s apostolic authortiy given to the body of Christ/the Universal Church possessing the fullness of God’s authority that Jesus said He gave to us (Lk 10:19) i.e. the -#12 represents authority)… Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth…. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads…. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon
stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her
Child as soon as it was born. She bore a man Child
(i.e. Bridehood
Saints) who rule all nations with a rod of iron (i.e. in the
coming eternal Kingdom). And her Child was caught up to God and
His throne… Then the woman
(i.e. those in need of maturing (healing and deliverance) in the universal church who were not part of the “man child” company) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days (the remaining 31/2 years of the tribulation period). (Parenthesis mine for clarification).

The “man child” represents those who have come out from among them (the univeral church still needing purification) refusing to touch any unclean or defiled thing.

2 Cor 6:17-18 “Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters.

The Bridhood Saints are those who have been crucified with Him and have died to the cares and the affairs of this world, their flesh and the devil and will rule and reign with Jesus Christ. This man child company will be among those in the “first resurrection”—who are raptured BEFORE the final SEVEN VIAL judgments of the WRATH of God are poured out during the final 3 1/2 year tribulation period.

Revelation 12:5
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Those who are not part of the “man child” company of Bridehood saints but who are part the universal church of the Sun Clothed Woman, will be left to face the wrath of Satan’s persecution for further purification and find some protection in the ongoing tribulation period—the remaining 3 1/2 years of the tribulation. This will be the universal body of Christ’s time of judgment and burning or their baptism of fire—in order to purify them. Following are two texts regarding these things:

(Dan 11:33-35)
And they that understand among the people
(i.e. those who are part
of the universal church who finally become saints—after the man child is
raptured) shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword,
and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days
(these include
the martyred who become Bridehood Saints during the later part of
the tribulation period—as revealed in the following Revelation text).
During these persecutions, little help or protection will arrive, and
many who join them
(i.e. “them” being those who become saints
from the universal church after the man child is resurrected) will not
be sincere. And some of them of understanding
(true saints) shall fall, to
try them, and to purge, and to make them white
,
even to the time
of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

Rev 20:4
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them
(i.e. the manchild saints): also I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus (those Christians enduring the tribulation during the time of antichrist), and for the word of God, and which had not
worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his
mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and
reigned with Christ a thousand years.

I is very clear from the Scriptures that there are many Christians in this place and time who have never matured in their faith and consecration to holiness— to the point where they qualify to be part of the Bridehood Saints called “the glorious church.” Many are called to be part of this company, but a few will ultimately be chosen, because the cost is “death to self” … a price few are willing to pay!

Time is short and we are progressing further into the end time tribulation period. Now more than ever is the time to do all that is needed to be part of the Bridehood company of Saints, so we do not have to experience the latter part of the tribulation and go through our baptism of fire at that time. We are now experiencing the “birth pangs” or the “beginning of sorrows” that will culminate in a time of great tribultion…

Matt 24:3-8
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of
your coming, and of the end of the world?… And Jesus answered
and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you… For many
shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive
many… And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye
be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end
is not yet… For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places… All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Everything that Jesus talked about in the above are beginning of sorrows that
the Bridehood Saints here on earth now are experiencing, but before Satan’s full
blown devastation begins, the man child—the Bridehood Saints are caught up
(raptured) to the throne of God! However, those of the universal church who are
not currently part of the Bridehood Saints company, needing furhter sanctification will remain on earth and go through a further time of sorrow and great tribulation.

I Would like to share what I see on the subject of the “ resurrection of the righteous”— which corresponds to the three O.T. times of harvest (gatherings). These three harvests symbolize the “order” of the “the resurrection” also called the “resurrection of righteous.” Remember there are two resurrections—the first is called the “resurrection of the “righteous” (i.e. born again…water baptised…sanctified Saints of God) and the second resurrection is called the “resurrection of the dead,” which is referred to as the second death—because they are resurrected to face the Great White Throne judgment of God and will be cast into the Lake of Fire, which is called “the second death.”

(Rev 20:4-6)
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on
such the SECOND DEATH hath no power, but they shall be priests of
God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years… But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were
finished.

Most Christians do not realize there are three” gatherings of God’s saints that occur at specific times at the end of the age. The Apostle Paul alluded to these “three gatherings” (harvests) when talking about the “first resurrection” that is related to the “three harvest seasons” that O.T. Israel had[8]. These three harvest seasons are typology for the “three gatherings” of God’s Saints who will be part of the New Jerusalem.


Footnote

[8] The “THREE HARVESTS” are: 1st harvest is Pesach, known as Passover; 2nd harvest is Shavuot, also called Pentecost; and 3rd harvest is Sukkot, called Tabernacles


The following verse in (1 Cor 15:20- 24) is a KEY verse concerning the “three harvests (three gathering of Saints) up until the return of Jesus Christ and His second coming to establish His earthly kingdom, in which the Bridehood Saints will rule and reign with Him.

(1 Cor 15:20- 24)
For as in Adam all die, even so
(those who are) IN CHRIST(i.e. in relationship with Him by being born again ) shall all be made alive (be part of “first resurrection” of the righteous dead)
BUT every man IN HIS OWN ORDER
(i.e. harvest season): (the 1st harvest or gathering of thosein Christ are) Christ’s firstfruits (i.e. Passover/spring harvest—also called in the O.T. “first fruits” harvest (Lev 23:9)—those Jesus preached to in hell, who were led to paradise with Him when He ascended i.e. see: Ephesians 4:8); afterward (the 2nd harvest/a gathering of saints) they that are Christ’s at his coming (represented by the summer harvest—the “Last 7th trump” “Man Child” rapture during the end of the first 31/2 years during the tribulation period)…. Then cometh the end, (the 3rd harvest gathering of saints) when he shall have delivered up the kingdom (i.e. his tabernacles/temples of end time saints) to God (the /Sukkot fall harvest—the last gleanings—those (i.e. temples/tabernacles) saved during the millennium and out of Satan’s final rebellion after he is loosed from the pit at the end of the millennial for a short time of final rebellion and finally cast into the Lake of Fire). (Parenthesis mine for clarification)

1 Corinthians 15:52
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMP: for the
(7th trumpet/2nd harvest) trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Rev 11:15 Then the last angel sounded (THE LAST/7th TRUMPET/2nd havest): And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ,(same as [1 cor 15:24] … also keep in mind Jesus said the “Kingdom of God” dwells within God’s people” i.e. their temple/tabernacle Luke 17:21) and He shall reign forever and ever!”

Daniel 7:13-14
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him… And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom
(2nd harvest i.e. mentioned in Rev 11:15), that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Revelation 18:2, 4
He cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and she has become a habitation of demons, a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird!And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people,
(the final 3rd Sukkot Harvest, called Tabernacles harvest, at that time saints are taken out of the destruction of antichrist’s NWO) that ye be not partakers of her sins (become saints by repenting of Babylon’s/NWO sins/antichrist’s world system and ways) and that ye receive not of her plagues (gathered/harvested out and not receive i.e. the seven last vial/bowl judgments of God’s wrath) .

Revelation 14:14-16 And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand… And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap (3rd harvest) for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” …Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped

As I have already stated, all saints must experience their baptism of fire. The
Bible says that “to whom much is given—much is required (Lk 12:48). Therefore,
those who have been given much in the way of truth, gifts and grace from God—
will experience a greater degree of testing and purging, because they are
accountable for the “much” that was given to them. I have seen this principle at
work in so many cases—where people who once walked with God, and have
received much truth and grace from God and experienced God’s call upon their life, but fail to accept or use what they have been given.

The Drawing Power of God

People who were born again at one time, and go back into the “pig pen” as prodigals, go through many sever trials in their lives—because it is God’s way of drawing them back to Him, just as with the prodigal son, who almost physically died in his dreadful pig pen of sin.

Therefore, when I pray for those who are backslidden or in a state of deception and sin, I pray for the Father to “draw them” back to Jesus—Because
we are told by Jesus in…

(John 6:44) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up at the last day.

So when I see things getting worse in the lives of those I am asking the Father to draw back to Jesus, I am encouraged and not discouraged, because I know they are reaching their “last day” or the “day” when they finally have reached the “end” of their rope and rebellion—like the son in the pig pen. I recall that “last day “ in my life, when I finally reached the “end of my rope” and fell totally repentant on my face before the Lord, and He truly “raised me up” when I confessed my sin and declared I wanted to make Him the LORD of my life and serve Him the rest of my days!

SAINTS: Are Spiritual Warriors and Agents of Conversion and Sanctification

Those who are being called to live closer to God, and especially those who have
answered His call to sainthood—will always have conflict with the forces of
darkness in a degree far more severe than those who are just interested in remaining in their comfort zone and are satisfied with thinking they are “saved from hell” and thus live at a greater distance from Christ. Remember, there are just as many degrees in overcoming as there are degrees in God’s grace (His power, gifts and favor). The greater the degree of “FIRE” we are willing to endure, the greater degree of God’s power and favor we will have!

When it comes to these things, God is not interested in equality—as demonstrated in the parable of the talents. Some think it is not “fair” if all things are not “equal” when it comes to God’s dealings with us— God is God and He alone determines the degrees of rewards and fire we receive from Him. In any case, Bridehood Saints understand that their place is in the front of the battle facing their spiritual enemies, because they, like the O.T. Levites, have been chosen from among the whole to be the special servants of God.

(Num 16:9)
“…the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself…”

The Levites were the “first fruits” who were to go out in front of the army—blowing the trumpets, shouting and praising and being clothed with the beauty of holiness (2 Chron 20:19-22). Spiritual battles are fought in the minds of people, because the mind controls our desires, decisions and destiny. As such, the Saints as spiritual warriors, fighting battles for the souls of people through their prayers, fastings, and through watching and giving out warnings, in times and places the undiscerning don’t comprehend. There has always been a company of warring saints that have been on the forefront of spiritual warfare in every generation. These are the true overcoming Bridehood Saints who are the true AGENTS OF CHANGE!

These are God’s specially equipped spiritual agents who are used to bring about
the true conversion (transformation) through sanctification (purification) in the
lives of God’s people. True Saints are the most interested in the welfare of the
universal body of Christ and in their being equipped and perfected (matured). In
every church assembly on earth and throughout every generation there has always been a “few” who are more spiritually hungry and discerning than the rest.

They are a small minority, usually considered the least in importance and without worldly power and prestige, and not often highly educated by the world’s standard. But these tried and true Saints are the genuine fathers and mothers of Zion. They are in the truest sense the “elders” in the church of God—elders through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and not considered elders just because someone has appointed them an elder in some local assembly.

True parental Saints, have a rare gift of grace, which is very scarce in many parts
of the universal body of Christ, because they carry the burdens of our Lord for the
deceived, devastated and backslidden among His universal body. They truly cherish all who “name the name of Christ” and desire to see them come to the knowledge of the truth that will bring healing and deliverance so they become mature Saints in the Bridehood Christ.

These Bridehood Saints of the Most high God, have turned their backs on this
world and its ways in order to accept the high calling of God. I pray God’s people in
all places and in all stages of their Christian growth and experience, will understand and receive this message and also accept their invitation to become part of God’s SPECIAL company of BRIDEHOOD SAINTS! †

Revelation 19:7-8
Let us be glad and rejoice,
and give honor to him: for the marriage of the
Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself
ready… And to her was granted
that she should be arrayed in fine linen…

YOU SET MY FEET ON FIRE

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