I Declare It To Be So
The young couple sat across from one another at their tiny kitchen table, stunned, and almost frozen with fear. For almost an hour Maggie and Sid Baker remained silent and transfixed; the only sound that could be heard was the chatter and babbling of their two year old daughter Kimberly Kaye.
Sid was a 27 year-old self employed painter. At night he attended “Victory and Success Bible Institute” founded through their church by the same name. Maggie was twenty-five, worked full time at a local bank, and also attended the same church and institute. Maggie finally broke the silence. “What is happening Sid? This can’t be going on in America! Pastor Bob taught us we would never suffer; we also have had class after class at the institute teaching the same thing. What is going on Sid? What is going on?”
Sid, placed his face firmly into his hands, and didn’t say anything for almost three full minutes. Then he pointed his finger to the ceiling and in a commanding voice said: “No! No! No! God No! You said you want to bless us! You said you want to prosper us! You said you will keep us safe and I am holding you to your word. I am your child! We are your children, and blessings, prosperity, and safety are ours! We are royalty; we are little gods and we are indeed blessed! I declare it to be so!!”
Then all of sudden he sprung up out of his chair like a private in boot camp being called to attention. He looked down at Maggie, took hold of her arm and pulled her out of her chair. He glared momentarily at the ceiling, and then looked at Maggie, pulled her in close to him, and said in a voice that was both collected and reassuring “I know God doesn’t want us to suffer! We are his prize and his treasure! We are the King’s kids. God has promised us the abundant life, and that abundant life is finally within our grasp. Look how God has blessed Pastor Bob; look at his house and his car. He told us what to do last Sunday about all that is happening. The money is coming Maggie, and safety is already here! It’s only our lack of faith that will stop us from doing anything our heart desires.”
Then he pulled Maggie even closer to him, squeezed her tightly and said in a quiet somber voice, so low that Maggie could barely hear him, “It will be all right Maggie; we will be fine; we will simply do what they ask! We don’t want to start anything like those radical Christians – they are causing trouble for all of us. After all, we are to obey the laws of the land, Romans chapter 13 teaches that. God is on our side. I declare it to be so Maggie! I declare it to be so!”
Maggie looked at him with a forced smile and in a nod of acquiescence said quietly, “You are right sweetheart; we will simply do what they demand, uh, uh, I mean what they ask. God wants us to obey the law. We will be fine –won’t we Sid?”
This vignette illustrates what I believe will shortly take place in millions of homes across the United States. Maggie and Sid mean well. They were trying to follow what they are being taught, but their theology will be their executioner. Maggie and Sid will be part of the millions mentioned in Second Thessalonians; the Apostle Paul speaking through the Holy Spirit of God declares this to be so!
Let no man deceive you, by any means: for that day shall not come except there come a great falling away first, and that the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Do you know what “falling away” means in the Greek? It means falling away!
This verse in Thessalonians applies to us all; salvation is not only a gift but a journey. It’s an enduring walk of holiness and we must finish that walk. That walk may take us to places we’d rather not go. It’s the one who endures to the end that will be saved!
Anyone can say: “I declare it to be so,” but when the Bible declares it we must take heed. Yeshua declared it to be so when He declared:
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them and cast them into the fire and they are burned. John 15:6 NAS
When Yeshua speaks He declares it to be so!
It’s not what Sid declares but what the Word of God declares!
Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. “At that time MANY WILL FALL AWAY and will betray one another and hate one another.
Matthew 24:9-10 NAS
Yeshua continues to declare some very outstanding things in the 24th Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. He declares how a falling away will occur.
Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Matthew 24:11-13
False teachers like Sid’s and Maggie’s Pastor Bob seem at times to be almost ubiquitous. They teach the prosperity doctrine and other doctrines that do not conform to the Word of God. They seem to take delight in exploiting people like Sid and Maggie for their own gain and selfish ambition. These are the self-apointed “prophets” who profit from their lying books, lying CDs, lying videos, and lying miracles.
I’m in no way saying that God does not want to bless us. He does! He is a God of love, but in the prosperty doctrine the focus is on self and a buffet bar of claiming and naming what one wants. Their message is deceptive and it will leave those entrapped in it unprepared for what awaits them.
I must warn that there are coming several catastrophic events that will shake the very foundations of planet earth. Many of these calamities will be weather related, but many will be in the natural, i.e. political upheavals, insurgences, plagues, economic disasters, and the list goes on. While Israel will be a focal point, the United States as well as the entire world will not go unscathed. In fact the United States will rock as never before and lie wounded and wander virtually helplessly - if she is moving at all.
The church as a whole will embrace an apostasy. Apostasy basically means total abandonment from one’s former loyalty. Like with Sid and Maggie many in the church will totally abandon their faith. Why? Because, for one, they have already abandoned sound doctrine and turned either to the liberal theology of anything goes or the self-focus feel-good theology.
We are certainly living in a self-focused society. Advertisements are full of “feel better and look better solutions”. You hear everything from getting rid of dark circles from under your eyes, to how to have longer sex, to how to fall asleep faster.
Prosperity churches can declare what they want; Yeshua declared:
If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24 NAS
The prosperity doctrine will only preach in a few places. It will not preach in most of the over forty countries where persecution is almost ubiquitous.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sin, led away with diverse lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 4:3 NAS
Many in the Church will dance the apocalyptic dance but they will stop in the middle of the music, get off the dance floor, and stand in the shadows and scream - just prior to their own destruction!
Like in the story of Sid and Maggie, most will go along with the powers that be and those powers will be part of an evil draconian system that governs this nation! It is a beast system and they will declare whatever they say to be law and to be obeyed. When any law is in violation of God’s laws we are free to exercise civil disobedience. This is illustrated when Peter was ordered not to preach in the name of Yeshua but he did not obey that order.
But Peter and the apostles answered, we must obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29
The true believer in Yeshua will be the villain and the one that is hunted.
Yeshua will bring peace inwardly to one’s heart, but He is the divider! Yeshua declared: Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth; I did not come to bring peace but a sword. Then He declared: A man’s enemies will be that of his own household.
Matthew 10:34, 36. NAS
There is another very dangerous teaching that has been around since the late 1800’s and has millions deceived.
It is the pre-trib rapture theory. Many true believers embrace this dangerous and destructive teaching of an elevator ride out of devastation via the pre-trib rapture. I have good friends who believe this. It is never a reason to break fellowship over! However, “I would rather be prepared for the great tribulation and be surprised by the rapture, than be prepared for the rapture and be surprised by the great tribulation."
While the pre-trib rapture theory and the prosperity doctrine may be relatives, they are not necessarily close kin. Many in the pre-trib teaching would never embrace the prosperity teaching, while most in the prosperity will most certainly embrace the pre-trib rapture theory.
Our pulpits have fed the sheep pabulum and sometimes poison. The so-called “word of faith” has been violated by lucrative- minded evangelists wanting to promote themselves and their bank accounts.
The real church is strong and cannot be moved. Men of God are preaching the true and undiluted Word of God. I thank and praise the Lord for these men who speak truth even when it is not popular. We must remember that there is a responsibility in hearing the Word of God as well as preaching it!
It is absolutely true that God wants to bless His children; He loves doing that; He is a God of love! That does not mean perilous times will not come.
There is a division taking place in this country. It is good versus evil. This division spills over into the political arena. I hesitate to write this but I am becoming convinced that a radical liberal is evil! I believe he is guided by satan and he is dangerous.
If America is to continue to exist, then revolutionary actions are now in order! The revolution must start with a return to the true Word of God! We must stand firm, intractable, in the face of the enemy, even it means our very lives!
Unless this country receives a new heart and a complete work over it will not survive. Unless we as a country return to the Lord we have sealed our doom. Unless we remember to obey the inscription that is still on our currency - “In God We Trust” - then God will remember to execute His divine judgment on us. I believe we may have already crossed the Rubicon and shut the door on true revival and instead have opened the door on His divine judgment.
If you have ever entertained the idea of getting serious with the LORD, perhaps the time is now!!!
If you do not know Yeshua, (Jesus) as your Lord and Savior may I suggest that you do the following?
Believe with all your mind and heart that Yeshua is who He said He is. Call upon His Name and turn from your sins in true repentance. You must believe in the death, burial, and resurrection and acknowledge your own death, burial and resurrection by your exchanged life in Yeshua through water baptism. Now it is important to note that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can do to earn salvation. We are saved by grace through faith. Yeshua did it ALL on Calvary. The finished work is in Him and Him alone! While we are saved by grace
through faith, we still should
never neglect water baptism. If baptism were not important, our Lord would not have set the example. After this, it’s imperative that one abides in Yeshua and follows Him all the days of his life. We live out our walk by faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Unless we go by the way of the Son we shall never see the Father! Yeshua declared it to be so!
I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me. NAS
I pray you will commit now! Eternity is a long time - a very long time!!
Persecution is coming to this country. We will learn what our other brothers and sisters are experiencing in the other parts of the world where the most severe persecution is taking place. I do not declare it to be so but God does!
Now may the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob bless you through His Son Yeshua.
In His Service,
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
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