Paul Washer – A Warning not to Stray from the Gospel

1 Timothy 4:1 – Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons

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Now, let’s look at the first phrase: Now, the Spirit exlicitly says,” this is very unusual language. We don’t find this in any other place in the New Testament. A great emphasis is being given, which means ‘this is very, very important’, which means: „You should listen!” I mean, you should listen to all the words of God, and all the words of Christ, but once in a while, reading through the New Testament, we hear Jesus say, „Verily, verily…”, „truly, truly…I say unto you”. It doesn’t mean that it’s more true. It means that He’s putting emphasis on this. Listen, if you’re going to listen, this is what you need to listen to.  This is the way Paul is dealing with this, but the Spirit explicitly says that something’s gonna happen in the latter times.

Now we need to define latter times cause there’s a lot of confusion about that. Some people look back to the year 1948 and the reestablishment of Israel as the latter times. Other people of a charismatic persuasion look back to certain revivals to say the latter days have now begun. Well, all of that is wrong. According to the Scriptures, the latter days, the latter times began 2000 years ago. This is very clear, from Peter quoting Joel in Acts 2:17, when the Spirit of God is poured out and Peter said, „“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. The latter days began with the first coming of the Messiah, His death, resurrection, and ascension. These are the days of the Messiah, these are the latter days, which I don’t have time to get into, but it’s also time of trouble.

It was always believed that when the Messiah came there would be a time of trouble, a time of transition, a time of already and not yet, which is what we can see today in a macrocosm. We can see God’s kingdom advancing in the world, but, it hasn’t fully advanced. And, we can also see it in a microcosm, we can see it in you. There’s a time of trouble, in that Messiah has come into your heart. He has made great changes, but it is still a time of trouble in your own soul. You’re still not completely sanctified. It’s what we call in theology, ‘the already, but not yet’. The kingdom has come, the kingdom is coming, the kingdom has not yet come in its fullness.

So we’ve been in the latter days. Paul is going to describe something that is going to be a battle within the entire age of the church. It’s something that he had to write about here, when he was writing to Timothy. It’s something that you and I need to hear 2000 years later.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith. Now, this is very important. You say, „Well yeah, we live in that time.” Now, we live in a time, in the West, where there are not many believers, but people who are out and out saying they are atheists, they are agnostics, they are some other religion, but they are not Christian. This is talking about something that is going to go on within the context of what is known as the public or open church. It’s saying that within Christianity itself there are going to be people who will fall away.  (From the first 5 minutes with 44 min, remaining)

VIDEO by GoodTreeMinistries.com

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David Platt – Heaven, Hell, & End Times (from Secret Church)

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Someone has uploaded this video file (only) from David Platt’s Secret Church message on the End Times. If more video should be uploaded from this event I will certainly post it on this blog promptly. Video length is 80 minutes. Message is from the Good Friday 2013 broadcast of Secret Church)

David Platt, in video:

In the middle of our busy lives, we desperately need to contemplate the eternal. So many things that we focus our lives on will not matter 10 years from now…. and this is where Scripture draws our attention to tonight. To what will matter 10 billion years from now. A W Tozer said, „Let no one apologize for the powerful emphasis Christianity lays upon the doctrine of the world to come. Right there lies its immense superiority to everything else within the whole sphere of human thought or experience. When Christ arose from death, and ascended into heaven, He established forever 3 important facts. Namely:

  1. That this world has been condemned to ultimate dissolution.
  2. That the human spirit persists beyond the grave, and
  3. That there is, indeed, a world to come.

The church is constantly being tempted to accept this world as her home, and sometimes she has listened to the blandishments of those who would woo her away and use her for their own ends. But, if she is wise, she will consider that she stands in the valley, between the mountain peaks of eternity past and eternity to come. The past is gone forever, and the present is passing as swift as the shadow in a sun dial of Ahaz. Even if the earth should continue a million years, not one of us could stay to enjoy it. We would do well to think of the long tomorrow.”

We need to listen with humility. The kind of things we’re contemplating tonight, we cannot afford to be wrong on. We don’t wanna live in a world of conjecture, when it comes to eternal realities, especially when we know what is certain. God’s word is the only foundation we can stand upon when we think about these things. Jesus said, „Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. What transcends this world? God’s word! So, tonight, let’s minimize the thoughts of man and magnify the truth of God. The purpose for al these quotes (from Tozer and from men and women of God) is purely to point us to the truth of God, to the word of God. From the first 6 1/2 minutes of the video. There are 74 more minutes remaining.

A few other points:

  • PEOPLE DO NOT GO TO HEAVEN AND COME BACK – All the books written about heaven are best sellers even though the buyers are evangelical born again Christians who should know that in Proverbs 30:4 it says: „Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
    Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know!
     and in John 3:13 it says:  „No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man”.  ALL 4 accounts of heaven in Scripture  are visions, not journeys taken by dead people. These visions are rare: 4 biblical authors had visions about heaven and wrote what they saw: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Paul, and John. All of them were prophetic experiences, not near death experiences. Not one person raised from the dead in the Old Testament, or the New Testament ever wrote down what he or she experienced in heaven, including Lazarus, who had a lot of time in the grave, for 4 days. Paul describes it as being caught up in heaven, but gives no details. He sums it up in 3 verses. These 4 authors agree in that their visions are all fixated on the glory of God, which defines heaven and illuminates everything there. They are overwhelmed, chagrined, petrified, and put to silence by the sheer majesty of God’s holiness. Notably missing from all the biblical accounts are the frivolous features and juvenille attractions that seem to dominate every account of heaven, currently on the best seller list. Why do we buy this stuff, when we have the word of God? Let’s minimize the thoughts of man; magnify, trust, let’s bank our lives and our understanding of the future on the truth of God. (11:00)

Secret Church – Session 13 Part 1from Dr. David Platt’s Heaven, Hell, & End Times from STBC Videos on Vimeo.

MORE David Platt Video SERMONS here

Perry Stone The Jerusalem Prophecies

An excerpt from a profile and interview done with Perry Stone by Charisma magazine:

Perry Stone is a study in contrasts. He has limited formal education for someone sought after as a Bible expert, yet he’s written over 40 books. A Southerner, he’s popular in the Northeast. He bases his ministry in a small Tennessee town, yet he impacts the world through television. He is a fourth-generation Pentecostal preacher whose largest group of followers are Baptists-and Roman Catholics are in the top four.

Best known as a teacher of end-times Bible prophecy, his biggest pleasure is pouring over the Scripture-he claims to have put in 60,000 hours of study. Stone also defies nearly every stereotype leveled at Pentecostals. Affiliated with the Church of God ( Cleveland, Tennessee) he can preach like a Pentecostal but usually teaches in a more academic style. He’s on thousands of TV stations, yet he never asks for money.

As one of America’s foremost experts on biblical prophecy, Stone often is invited as the keynote speaker at internationally attended prophecy conferences. But don’t expect him to agree with those who dub his prophetic teaching „end time theology”.

„I just call it New Testament Theology,” he says,”It’s basically three main points.

  • No. 1: There comes a time of end; not the end of time, but a time of the end. Our basic theology is to understand there is a time of the end and an end generation.
  • No. 2: There are specific signs [in the Bible] indicating when that generation is to come.
  • No. 3: is to preach those signs to encourage people to come to know Christ.

„Those are the three simple ways that I look at what I do”. To read the entire Charisma magazine interview online – click here.

Perry Stone website –Voice of Evangelism

Charisma Magazine (online edition) site

The following is a  2 1/2 hour seminar held in Jacksonville,Florida with historical and prophetic implications for the nation of Israel from the beginning to the end generation. Perry weaves historical events with and through the prophetic writings of the Old and New Testaments, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls and rabbinical prophetic writings. The series is available on Perry Stone’s Voice of Evangelism website here. Or click on photo and it will take you to the videos:

Click for videos from Perry Stone on his website http://media.voe.org/2213993

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