of the Beast from the book of Revelation
have written this article as inspired by the Holy Spirit on the basis of the
Scriptures. I do not ascribe this
article to any particular servant of God identifying or pointing him or her as
the Antichrist. This article should
serve as an eye opener to anybody in God’s vineyard with an image larger than
his or her person. I also do not say
that anybody having his/her own image bears the image of the beast.
But I stress that any saint who builds or promotes his or her own image
which is actually larger than his/her original image does attribute to the image
building or the image worship work of the Antichrist.
If any of us has fallen into the snare of the Devil by building our own
images in the House of God, it is high time we examined our own ministries so as
to eliminate such images ruthlessly with the help of a prophetic sword.
Antichrist and the antichrists
writes in I John 2:18 to 23, “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye
have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists:
whereby we know that it is the last time. They
went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they
would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be
made manifest that they were not all of us.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. ….Who
is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ:
He is Antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth
the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath
the Father also”.
the above passage, John who had the revelation about the beasts in the book of
Revelation writes that there were many antichrists in his days.
They were earlier with him and other disciples in the Body of Christ. But
they went out from them because they could not continue with the true disciples
of the Lord. Anyone who denies that
Jesus is the Christ is the Antichrist. Today
many people deny this Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
These preachers present another jesus who is not the Christ Who was
crucified and resurrected from the dead. If you read their messages and
revelations reported to have been received from some angels or Old Testament
saints, you will find that they are projecting another jesus who is not the
Christ of the gospels. According to
them, this jesus exhorts them to reconstruct the temple in Jerusalem and to
gather the saints in Jerusalem and to hate the nations that make a war against
the land of Israel. These preachers
in fact deny the Father and the Son as revealed to us in the Old Testament
prophetic books and in the gospels. If
any preacher claims that the Father had called him or her to His throne in the
heaven and commissioned him or her to do a particular ministry, we can fairly
conclude that the preacher concerned has been deceived by the Devil. Some
preachers claim to have seen the Father in the heaven or heard Him speak in a
vision to them. This negates the cardinal truth spoken by John in John 1:18,
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the
bosom of the Father, he that declared Him”. They thus deny the Father and the
Son by presenting another God who is not revealed in the Scriptures.
writes,” every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of Antichrist, whereof we have
heard that it should come: and even now already is it in the world“(I John
4:2-3). “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This
is a deceiver and an Antichrist……Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in
the doctrine of Christ hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ,
he hath both the Father and Son. If
there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your
house, neither bid him God speed” (II John 8-10).
all know that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
But Islam presents Him as a prophet only and not as the Son of God.
Islam presents another jesus who is not come in the flesh. Many
religious leaders including Jews have not confessed that Jesus Christ, the
Messiah or the Savior of the world, was manifested in flesh. The so-called
Christians who call themselves as born-again Christians transgress and do not
abide in the doctrine of Christ. They deny Jesus Christ through their lives
a preacher presents some other jesus in his church or ministry who is not the
same Jesus Christ of Nazareth, he is one of the antichrists who had gone out
from the Body of Christ. What is the
doctrine of Jesus Christ? Jesus
summed up the whole ten commandments of God into a twin commandment.
That is loving God with all your heart and soul and loving your neighbor
in the same manner as you love yourself. Then
Jesus exhorted us to observe what He taught us on the mount called the Sermon on
the Mount. Do we really love those
who disagree with us or those who tell us on our faces our faults and sins?
Today if I write something to point out the unscriptural things a
minister is performing in the Name of Jesus Christ, he hates me, not to talk of
writes very clearly that there are antichrists in our midst in flesh and that
the spirit of the Antichrist is already in the world.
We have now to identify the antichrists in flesh who have gone out from
the fold of the Body of Christ and the spirit of the Antichrist who is already
at work in this world.
If the Antichrist reveals himself through
an earthly king today, we can easily identify him. However, he is a spiritual
being, functioning directly under the power of the Devil. It is saddening to
note from the prophecies that he has cast down some of the host and of the stars
to the ground, and stamped upon them (Dan.8: 9-10). Some
of the host and of the stars could be anointed servants of God or some Christian
rulers, who were shining in the kingdom of God.
us note that the spirit of the Antichrist is not slumbering but is active in
this world because the Devil has given him all his authority to deceive the
saints. He is reigning as a king in
his hidden kingdom. But he is not
yet revealed in flesh. Until and
unless he is revealed to us in flesh, we cannot see him through our physical
eyes. We can identify the
fallen saints who are the antichrists in flesh in our midst by testing their
spirits. These antichrists are
influenced by the spirit of the Antichrist who is already in the world. But we
cannot identify the real Antichrist, the first beast, now because he is not yet
revealed. If any preacher tells us that Mr.X is the Antichrist, we need not
believe his statement at all. But we
can believe his statement to the extent that Mr. X has been influenced by the
spirit of the Antichrist.
Paul in his epistle to Thessalonians
wrote, “The mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now
restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way”. This means that the power of the Devil as
a mystery is already at work. This is not something new, which will
happen at the end of the age. The work begun by the spirit of Antichrist will
reach its peak in the last of last days. The Devil and his representatives are
already at work. If any preacher says that the Antichrist will start functioning
only after the Rapture of the Church, he preaches only a false doctrine. The
doctrine of the Rapture is also not scriptural. I
do not deal with the subject of Rapture in this article.
the litmus test
have to use the litmus test of testing the spirit of the Antichrist who reigns
in a hidden kingdom and the spirits of those antichrists who live in our midst,
on the basis of what John taught in his epistles.
The antichrists cannot remain with us because of the spirit of the
Antichrist working in them exhibits their prideful hearts.
They will not listen to you. There
must be a point of time when they would have fallen from the grace of God into
the snare of the Devil. They would
not have listened to the prophetic voice of the children of God who had
admonished them or would not have studied the Scriptures thoroughly.
We have to be very careful in these last days.
Those who have already fallen into the snare of the devil are
hereby exhorted to re-examine their own ministries and to search for such hidden
images or idols in their magazine ministries, television ministries, internet
ministries, open air crusades, etc. They
have to remain in constant fellowship with the apostles and prophets in the Body
litmus test is to examine their doctrines and their ministries to find out
whether they present the same Jesus Christ of Nazareth in their churches and
ministries. This is very important.
To know more about our Lord, we should live with Him very closely and
should have constant fellowship with Him and the apostles and prophets in His
Body who are the foundation of the Church. Then read His gospels and the
epistles of the apostles to know more about how Jesus lived, how Jesus preached
and taught how Jesus performed miracles and healings, etc. The
same Holy Spirit Who worked through the ministry of Jesus Christ should be with
us. He cannot be a different spirit
who performs only some miracles and healings. Whether
the preacher’s life style reveals the life of Jesus whom he preaches?
One Canadian evangelist, reported to have been used of God mightily in
America lived a life of immorality but preached the same gospel.
Miracles and healings took place. Many people were deceived because they
had received another spirit during his meetings.
Let us not use the yardstick of miracles and healings to judge the
ministry of some evangelist or pastor.
the book of Revelation
let us to read what the same John tells us about the Antichrist and the false
prophet in the book of revelation. Most
of the preachers tell us that the Antichrist will make his debut after the
so-called rapture of the Church, will set the abomination in the physical temple
in Jerusalem, etc, etc. If their
message is to be believed, then we have to make a discount of what John taught
us in his epistles as mentioned above. My
messages about the works of the Antichrist and the false prophet may be read in
my website at http://sites.google.com/site/antichristexposed.
of the beast
writes in Rev.14:6 to 9 that when the everlasting gospel is preached unto them
that dwell on the earth and to every nation, and kindred and tongue and people,
there is another announcement about the hour of God’s judgment and an
exhortation to “to worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and
the fountains of waters”. This is
followed by another announcement of the fall of Babylon, the great city, because
she (Babylon) made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her
fornication. Then the third angel
announces a message with a loud voice, “If any man worship the beast and his
image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall
drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into
the cup of His indignation, and he “shall be tormented with fire and brimstone
in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb”.
In verse 11, those who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever
receives the mark of His name shall have neither rest day nor night and the
smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever.
says that the beast was taken, and
with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he
deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped
beast and his image
rises up out of the seas (Rev.13:1). He is seated on the harlot woman, the
Babylon. He cannot be separated from
this woman, the false religious system in our midst. He is the representative of
the great red dragon, the Devil (Rev.12:9) and the dragon gave his power to the
beast (Rev.13:4). He was given a
mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and power was given to him “to
make war with the saints, and to over come them and power was given to him
“over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations”.
The representative of this beast is “another beast” coming up out of
the earth and he exercises “all the power of the first beast” and does
“great wonders” and deceives all those who dwell on the earth by the means
of those miracles. He exhorts those who dwell on the earth to “make an image
to the beast (first beast). He has
power to give life unto the image of the beast so that the mage of the beast
should both speak and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the
beast should be killed. He causes
all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in
their right hand or in their foreheads so that no man might buy or sell, save he
that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.
says that the spirit of the Antichrist is already in the world.
He is a spiritual man, not visible to our eyes.
The first beast, the Antichrist has an image.
This is called the image of the beast.
This image is being created throughout the ages by the second beast, the
false prophet. Image revolves around
the personality of a person. Image
is in the form of a photo, an art, a picture, shadow. Every
image also speaks or conveys a message. The
photo or the picture of Gandhi reminds us of our struggle for independence.
The image of a lion conveys a message that it eats other animals. Though
photography was not invented in the first century, we have the images of
important persons who lived during the first century in the form of sculptures
the image of the first beast is made or built by the second beast with the help
of those who dwell on the earth. The
false prophet, the second beast, can create the image of the first beast, the
Antichrist because he has all the power given to him by the latter.
But he takes the help of the human beings to make an image to the first
beast. The image of the Antichrist,
the first beast, can be easily identified by us if we study the characters of
the Devil, the great dragon. But
this mage is being made by the false prophet, the second beast.
It is a peculiar image that can be discerned through our prophetic eyes
have now to identify his unique image which is being built by the people of this
world. We have in our midst images
of great political leaders, religious leaders, great scientists, great doctors,
great engineers, etc. These images
are being made by the people who have benefited from these great persons. In
other words, the people who worship (adore, reverence or respect, love) are
making the images of these important personalities.
It is the good deed or the good work done by these great leaders that
makes them heroes in the eyes of the world.
The image of a person grows when he has more followers.
His image grew amongst the people to whom Jesus served, Jesus withdrew from the
crowd and went to the wilderness to be alone with His Father.
Then He specifically told the people healed by Him not to speak a word
about Him. However, His fame was
spread throughout the land of Israel. Jesus
did not allow His image to be built by His followers or His disciples.
He rebuked the Scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy and sins. He
rebuked His own disciples for their mistakes.
is the express image of His Father and did not have His own image at all.
The multitudes saw in Him the Father working.
Only the blind religious leaders could not see the work of the Father in
the ministry of Jesus. Now the Church, the universal Body of Christ is the
express image of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Body of Christ means the mystical Body of Christ Who lived 2000 years
ago. Those who are members of His
Body are supposed to express the image of the Son of God only.
or enlarging images
person who dwells on the earth, be it a child of God or otherwise,
making an image, or allowing
his/her own image to be built or made, contributes directly or indirectly to the
image building work of the false prophet only. This
image is being built through praises and worship (love, respect, adoration,
reverence). You may ask me a simple
question. If a preacher of the
gospel preaches the gospel, signs and wonders take place and the fame of the
preacher spreads like the wild fire. The
minister of the gospel establishes a mission or plants a church.
Multitudes are being saved through his/her ministry. The people who have
benefited from his/her ministry give their sacrificial offerings to the minister
concerned for the propagation of the gospel. The
multitudes are gravitated to his/her ministry so that the gospel is preached to
the lost. What is wrong with such an
image being built? No doubt, there is an image of the preacher concerned.
Every human being has his or her own image in this world. The image is
part of his or her person. The
question now arises is how this image is built or made or how his/her original
image grows. It is made or built
either by myself or by those who benefit from my work or ministry.
can now increase or build my own image which is quite different from my own
image. When someone starts his
humble ministry, he has his own image. As
his fame spreads or as he seeks to proclaim that he is a special person chosen
by God, he builds his own image surreptitiously.
His intention may not be to build his own image.
When he or she “advertises” that he is a special person, the image
building exercise starts without his knowledge.
It is not the testimony of Jesus but the testimony of that person
concerned. What we need is the
testimony of Jesus and not own testimony. If an evangelist announces his crusade
for the sake of the gospel, it is good. But
if he advertises his crusade by glorifying his ministry, then his image is being
made. If a pastor announces his
ministry in a street of his town for the sake of the gospel, it is good.
But if he seeks to advertise his big church and the big gathering that he
attracts in his church, his image is being made. A
pastor by virtue of the spiritual gifts given to him can make his image larger
in the eyes of the children of God by gravitating them to his image. A pastor or
a servant of God making his image before the children of God is very dangerous.
Of course, an evangelist making his image before the multitudes of the
lost for preaching the gospel can be justified if he does not take upon himself
the glory due to God. The moment a
pastor or a minister of God advertises his ministry before the children of God
that is the beginning of his fall. The
children of God are being made to worship the image of the pastor! This is like
the children of Israel worshiping the molten calf made by Aaron.
I find from the website of a pastor of a mega-church the photo of his
church and a large gathering of the children of God in his church.
Why does he show the big crowd in his church?
Is it to glorify God for bringing this crowd to his church? Or is it to
attract the children of God from other churches to his church?
our image grows, it gets distorted and the original image disappears. An image
larger than my life appears. I reproduce below a prophetic picture.
In this picture, you find two old people i.e.
a woman and a man. But their
shadows show them as a young girl and a young boy.
The second distortion is that both of them are dancing. Our images are
being manipulated by the Devil so as to present us to the world as great people
worthy of worship. The photo taken of me when I was a child cannot be presented
to you as my photo of today.
servant of God, have you attempted to project your image in a distorted manner?
Have you ever published in your magazine that you were mightily used by God
through signs and wonders, when only a few people were healed or only when a few
people had received miracles? Have you ever published a report projecting your
image as a great man or a woman of God used throughout the world?
in the outer court and inside the Temple
If an evangelist preaches the gospel to the children of the world in the outer court and performs signs and wonders in the Name of Jesus Christ, his own image is being built by his fame through the thousands of people who are being saved or who see miracles in the outer court. His or her image does attract the multitudes to the Cross of Jesus Christ. There is nothing wrong with such an image. Let it be there so long as it attracts the lost souls to the Cross and so long as he attempts to maintain a low profile of himself without appropriating the glory due to His Name. But if the same evangelist ministers to the children of God saved through his ministry, his ministry falls into the holy precincts of the Temple where he is not supposed to enlarge his image. Paul writes to his spiritual son Timothy, an evangelist that he should reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine; endure afflictions, and make full proof of his ministry (II Tim.4:2 to 5). Paul exhorts the young Timothy to "rebuke and admonish" them including the elder who are found guilty, and who persist in sin "in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels - "thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality...." (I Tim.5:20-21).
Open rebuke is better than secret love (Pro.27:5). David says in Psalm 141:5, "Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head; for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities". If an elder or a servant of God who has committed a sin and persists in such sin without repentance, the younger generations like Timothy have a right to bring an accusation against that elder through the mouth of witnesses and, if the charges are proved, to "rebuke and admonish" the elder concerned "before all" so that "others also may fear".
evangelists like to please their supporters and to pray for their material
blessings all the time. They prepare messages of promises on the New Year and
exhort their supporters to inherit material blessings only.
They want to be popular amongst the children of God inside the Temple by
enlarging their images.
may write a book for preaching the gospel or for edifying the children of God.
But if I make an advertisement that I am a special person chosen by God, then I
make my own image and appropriate a part of the glory of God forgetting that I
am doing this ministry by His grace only, not being made worthy by my own
righteousness. I can of course
publish my photo or the photo of my family in my website or in my book so that
others can know me personally for fellowship or for prayers. But
I glorify my ministry through my photographs, I enlarge my image.
If I cast out some evil spirits in Jesus’ Name, I am doing His ministry
so long as I do not covet His glory. But
I cast out evil spirits in His Name, advertising my ministry in a public
television network or in a video, I make my own image. Why
do you want the television camera to focus on the scenes of the demon possessed
people falling down? If Jesus were
with us, will He allow us to telecast His work of casting out evil spirits?
of a pastor in a city
metropolitan city of India, the pastor of a mega-church of a Pentecostal
denomination is a man of God, working round the clock, helping many pastors,
visiting distant places and nations for the sake of the gospel.
Thousands of people attend the Sunday church services where he preaches.
People of God from distant places in the city go to his church in vans
specially arranged by him for their transport. These people of God live in
places where there are small fellowships and churches.
But they choose to attend the church services of this particular pastor.
Do you think that the same Holy Spirit Who works signs and wonders in his church
is not present in the other small fellowships and churches?
I want the people of God to think on this line.
What makes this pastor great in the eyes of these thousands of people?
Is it the Holy Spirit in his church or his own image that has grown over
the years? I do not deny that he is
a chosen vessel of God who has labored more than the other pastors in the same
city. I also agree that the messages
preached by him and the signs and wonder that take place in his church also
attract the thousands of people of God to his church.
An image that is bigger than his original image when he started his
church in a humble manner many years ago, has emerged from his pulpit and from
the signs and wonders that had taken place in his church.
If people of God feel that his messages benefit them, they can very well
hear his messages in CDs/VCDs, etc. But
why do they flock in large numbers only in his church services? Do
they think that the same Holy Spirit cannot give those messages and perform
signs and wonders through other pastors who live next door to them? Just think
over it. You can now conclude that the image of this pastor that has emerged
from his wonderful messages and from the signs and wonders taking place in his
church does attract the thousands of people from the other parts of the city.
I happened to attend his church services three times.
When I was there on one particular Sunday, there was a special service
which was dedicated for releasing one of his VCDs.
He was being led in a small procession with beating of trumpets.
The whole church was decorated with posters containing his photographs.
Preachers showered praises on him and eulogized him.
The pastor himself built his own image over the years. The thousands of
people who attended his church service had also been building his image over the
years. The same people could have
attended the small church services or the fellowships in their localities and
could have strengthened the hands of those pastors.
In these small churches, these people of God could have got opportunities
to develop their talents to preach and to witness.
10000 prayer warriors for a single ministry
writing this message, the Holy Spirit brought my attention to the ministry of a
beloved servant of God who has been given a unique talent of singing for
preaching the gospel to the lost souls. I saw an appeal in his website seeking
enrolment of 10,000 prayer warriors to pray for one hour in a week for God to
bless his ministry. Let us know that
an attempt is being made by this servant of God to build his own image through
the prayers of 10,000 prayer warriors. It would be appreciated if he had
solicited the prayer support of 10,000 prayer warriors to pray for other
servants of God who serve God in various villages and towns.
How can he expect the children of God to pray for one hour in a week for
his ministry alone? We covet the
intercessory prayers not for preaching the gospel in places not reached by the
gospel but for promoting the ministry of an individual servant of God who has
already been blessed by God with the abundant resources. Last month, I came
across a hear-rending report from a North Indian mission field being run by Bro.
S. Caleb Jeyakumar, a servant of God in Kattaruthurai, Kanyakumari District,
Tamil Nadu about the premature and untimely home-call of one of his
missionaries, namely Bro. Rajesh, a native of the state of Bihar, who served the
Lord in Bhimtal, Uttar Pradesh. He
was 28 year old youth. When he drove
his bike on a hilly region, a truck collided his two wheeler and he died.
He is survived by his wife, aged 27 year old, 6 year old daughter Anugrah,
5 year old son and 2 year old daughter Aradhana and an old mother. Are
we praying for such dedicated soldiers of Christ Jesus who face diseases and
accidents in distant mission fields? Do
we join the 10000 prayer warriors’ group just to pray for a single evangelist
who has already been blessed with all the resources for doing his ministry?
distorted to project image of an evangelist
quote yet one more instance. A dear
pastor informed me that a sister in his church was interviewed by a popular
televangelist just to record her testimony of how God had blessed her through
the television ministry of that evangelist.
Her testimony was recorded in the studio of the evangelist. In her
testimony, she also made a reference to the local church where she had
frequented for fellowship. But,
while publishing her testimony, that particular portion wherein she had made a
reference to the local church was deleted from her original testimony and only
that portion where she praised the evangelist concerned was published.
Here we can clearly see that the image of the evangelist was sought to be
built or enlarged.
now give below a prophetic vision interpreted by me some years ago so that you
can easily understand what I am trying to drive home.
A member of our
group from America emailed her vision to me for my interpretation. The following
is the dream:
My son David, who works in the Sheriff's department in the correctional facility, had this dream. He is a Sergeant. He is also a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, and loves the Lord very much.
He and a large group of men were heading to the rifle range. He knew some of them but not all. When they got to the place it was not like what he was used to seeing. There was a grassy clearing, bright green with weeds, flowers etc., a normal field. It was surrounded by deep wooded area. In the woods he could see these poles going up with wires (like the kind you see going up a ski slope that rides the people to the top etc.) At the end of the field there were buildings.
They were all brought into one of the buildings to receive instruction. The men were separated into groups. The one that David ended up in had no men he knew. The instructor came out to drill them, but he never saw him. He just knew he was there, and he KNEW it was Satan. This instructor proceeded to tell them he was going to demonstrate how they would kill Jesus. He took one man, but it was a demon that looked like a man. Suddenly this demon took on a beautiful appearance like unto Jesus. This "instructor" began to drive this hand held four-pointed weapon into the head of this demon. He told them all this was the only way to kill Jesus, was to stab him in the head.
Suddenly a small young girl about 15 came in all in white with pretty gold and light brown hair, and walked up to David and said he had a very important call and had to go home right away. As David left to leave the instructor told him to do what he had to, then to get "right back". David left by a side door on the right side of the building and began to run through this field of grass to get home. He ended up at a road that went North and South. He looked only to the right, to the North, and saw on the side of the road a statue of three men. The statue was covered with this white like sheer tarp or cover to protect it from the elements but he could see that the men started off tall, and the middle one was shorter, and the last one shorter still.
is my interpretation based on the Word of God:
This vision shows that the Lord is going to use your son in the
prophetic. The name "David" indicates that he is going to deliver the
children of God from the captivity of the evil spirits likened to Philistines,
Amalekites, etc. His ministry will expose the false prophets and teachers who
trap the children of God in men-made church structures. David and his group were
headed for the rifle range. They walked through a greenery area surrounded by a
forest but ended up in a building. David and his men went to fight against the
Devil. They were in the rifle range. They were led to "lie down in green
pastures" by the Great Shepherd (Ps.23:2). In the woods, he saw poles with
wires. These poles with wires did not lead them to the rifle range to fight
against the Devil. These were set up by the enemy to distract their attention
and to lead them away from the battlefield. But, ultimately, they ended up in
buildings. Buildings are symbolical of men-made church structures which do not
allow the children of God to grow in their spiritual lives.
The instructor seen by him is typical of the Antichrist who imitates Christ and deceives the people of God telling that He had power to kill the Body of Christ. The Antichrist attacks the Body of Christ when the people of God in the Body of Christ are in "a grassy clearing, bright green with weeds, flowers etc. a normal field". When the people of God enjoy the material blessings given by God and do not serve God in His vineyard, the Antichrist attracts them to the buildings in the woods. Buildings are men-made ministries and structures of denominational churches. The Antichrist traps the people of God in his captivity once they enter these buildings. Your son, being a prophet, is a sign.
The Antichrist imitates Christ and puts on the robe of Christ. He pretends to kill the Body of Christ but he cannot destroy the Church, the Body of Christ, which is built on the foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the Chief Corner Stone.
The young girl appearing there is a type of a pastoral ministry that helps the people trapped in the snare of the Antichrist. This young girl is endowed with the gifts of the Spirit. This ministry helps David to come out of the buildings. This role of the pastoral ministry is of the five fold New Testament ministry. A true pastor takes care of his sheep who are being trapped by the Antichrist.
The statues of three men seen by David give a prophetic message to the churches. These statues are covered with "white like sheer tarp or cover to protect it from the elements". The Holy Spirit uncovers these statues and reveals the hidden elements to the fleeing "remnant". One statue-man started to grow tall and the other two were short. The taller statue is symbolical of the ministers of God who promote their own evangelical ministries and who grow taller by way of their global evangelical ministries. The short statue is symbolical of those ministers of God who do not want to grow taller but want to be short. They are just content with their church ministries and are interested in evangelism to some extent. They do not want to indulge in "aggressive evangelism". The third type of statue which becomes still shorter is symbolical of those ministers of God who are just content with their church ministries with no concern for evangelism at all. These three types of ministers were seen as statues in the dream. A statue is a representation of human or animal form. It has no life. But in the dream it was seen growing. The personality of a popular minister is likened to a growing statue. It keeps pace with the growth of his establishment. In fact, the establishment has no life. The popularity of the minister is intertwined with the growth of his establishment. However, the ministry has its life because the Holy Spirit performs signs and wonders through their ministries. All these three types of ministers have no vision for the universal Body of Christ, the Church. They are more interested in the promotion of their own ministries than in the growth of the whole Church.
These statues have a white cover. They appear to be "whited sepulchers", washed on the outside but inside they are full of "dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness" (Matt.23:27). The establishments of these ministers and pastors have become corrupt. They evade taxes payable to governments and ill-treat "their staff". They seek favors from the corrupt politicians and political rulers for running their establishments. They run their establishments on commercial lines.
The fleeing "remnant" should not be attracted towards these statues but should go to the mountains to commune with God and to find out what type of ministry they have to do. They should not fall under any of the above three categories of ministers.
Image of the
beast not a physical statue
should bear in mind a cardinal truth that the image of the beast is not
physically building or erecting an image of some individual religious leader or
a political leader. If an image of a
person is built by some powerful political leader or a powerful religious leader
of this world and he seeks worship of this image, then we can easily identify
the work of the spirit of the Antichrist. Every
physical activity that happens in the physical world can be seen through our
physical eyes. But it is a spiritual
activity in the spiritual realm. Image
of the beast is the sum total of images of all leaders and saints being built
over the ages. Even if make an image
of our Lord or God, it is also tantamount to making an idol.
Jesus is the express image of God. No
one can or should make an image of Christ Jesus.
Similarly, no human being is supposed to make an image of any member of
His Body. In the ten commandments, God
commanded the children of Israel not to “make unto thee any graven image or
any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath
or that is in the water under the earth (Exo.20:4).
an image is built?
love to preach from my own church pulpit every Sunday without sharing the same
with the other elders in my church, I build my own image by coveting my church
pulpit. If I advertise the spiritual
gifts given to me by the Holy Spirit, I make my own image. If
I do not do a team ministry, I am trying to build my own image.
Jesus deputed the seventy disciples for preaching the Kingdom of God.
He was always in the company of His disciples, while feeding the
multitudes or while preaching to the multitudes. If
your ministry revolves around you or your own family, there is an image already
built by you.
is the nature of the fallen man to seek to be popular or to build his/her own
image. A crucified person will not
seek to be popular. He goes into the
wilderness very often and encourages his co-workers to do the public ministry in
may not be worshiping the beast or making his image knowingly.
But, being deceived by the beast, we may be building his image
surreptitiously without our own knowledge. We
find that the beast was given to make war with the saints and that he has
already brought down the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the
earth (Rev.12:4). The beast works
through this worldly system only. Being
popular or seeking to be popular amongst the children of the world would become
a snare in the hands of the Devil to tempt a saint.
If the Antichrist works through a religious leader today, we can easily
discern his work. But if he works
through a deceived preacher of the gospel or a deceived pastor, we cannot easily
discern his work. In America, a
popular evangelist who performed “great miracles” in the name of Jesus
Christ was living in the sin of open adultery.
When the public came to know of his adulterous affair, he divorced his
own wife and married that woman with whom he had the adulterous relationship and
some popular evangelists endorsed his actions.
Today he is reported to be in his public ministry “after repentance”.
The deception is that he was reported to have repented of his adultery
with that woman. That adultery was
legalized in his second marriage. Deception
comes only by the adulteration of the gospel and by presenting another Jesus who
is not the Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
of pilgrims flock in a famous Catholic shrine in Tamil Nadu, known as Velangani
Matha, wherein they worship the images of Jesus Christ and his mother Mary.
Similarly, thousands of pilgrims flock in many famous Hindu Temples
wherein they worship the images of their gods and goddesses.
If the children of God also visit some particular pastors in their
churches just to hear his messages, we can conclude that the children of God are
attracted towards the images of the pastors concerned in such church structures,
though they may worship the living God in their churches.
In the same church where they worship the living God, they also make a
small image of their pastor. Just
think over it. Please note that I am
not saying that in such mega-churches, the children of God worship the images of
their pastors. But I stress here that unknowingly they subscribe to the image
building of their pastor.
of the beasts
first beast rises up out of the sea. Sea
or the waters prophetically mean nations or peoples (Rev.17:15).
The Antichrist emerges from the whole political system of the world. The
second beast comes up out of the earth. The false prophet emerges from the
materialism of the world. Earth is
the source of all material wealth of the world.
Even the material wealth of the sea comes out of the earth only.
Whatever material object that comes from down and not from above is
of the first beast
“And the beast which I saw was like unto
a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth
of a lion” (Vs.2). This is the appearance of the beast. A
leopard runs swiftly to catch its prey. Likewise the beast catches its prey. Its
feet were as the feet of a bear. The feet of the beast are so strong that
it tramples its prey. Its mouth is like the mouth of a lion. It
has the carnivorous teeth of a lion to eat its prey. All this shows a mighty and
strong kingdom which enjoys all political, religious and economic powers. This
invisible kingdom is visible through its powers. It influences the rulers or the
kings of the earth who are opposed to Christ. It persecutes the Body of Christ,
the Church in all ages.
of the first beast
great dragon gives his power to the Antichrist, the first beast.
And the false prophet, in turn, exercises all the powers delegated by the
great dragon to the Antichrist.
Rev.13:4 to 8. The Antichrist usurps all the worship due to God. Any image of a
person who eclipses the image of God or Christ even to a little extent from the
public eye adds to the image of the beast. Nobody
can alter or increase the image of Christ but he can eclipse His image from the
other people who want to see Him fully. Any
mouth that speaks “great things” or boasts about himself or about his
ministry is of the Antichrist.
mouth that blasphemes the Name of Christ Jesus is of the Antichrist. Those
opposed to Christ Jesus blaspheme His Name.
But there may be some children of God who curse the Name of Christ.
There are many servants of God who deny the Name of Christ Jesus for
giving water baptism. We can give
water baptism either in the Triune Name of God or in the Name of Jesus Christ.
If someone preaches that we should not give baptism in the Name of Jesus
Christ, he denies His Name. Denial
of His Name is tantamount to cursing His Name.
who makes a war with the saints helps the Antichrist in his war against the
saints. God has appointed His
ministers in His vineyard for some specific functions.
As a spiritual man, I can spiritually discern or judge the ministry of a
saint as per 1 Cor.2:15. I can
discern the spirit of a person to find out whether he is a saint or not.
But I cannot make a war against a minister of God who has been entrusted
with the prophetic role in admonishing me. If
I resist an elder who admonishes me or a child who points out my mistake, this
means I am making a war against His saints.
first beast has the wound by a sword. We
can identify those people who had been wounded by a sword.
It is the prophetic word that becomes a sword in the hands of a saint
that wounds the Antichrist. Over the
ages, the Antichrist is being attacked and exposed by the prophetic sword in the
hands of the children of God like you and me. He stands exposed by the wounds
sustained by him through the sword. Any
false teaching that comes from the Antichrist stands exposed through the right
interpretation of the Word. But this
wound gets healed quickly and he appears in the scene again to deceive and
attack the saints. If any false
doctrine propagated through the beast is attacked and exposed by the prophetic
sword, after some time, we may forget the origin of deception or the error that
had snared the people of God. It
gets healed. The same Antichrist surfaces again through another or the same
of the second beast
11 to 17 may be read. Anyone speaking as a dragon, making a boast of himself or
his ministry, helps the false prophet in his work. Anyone who causes the people
to worship the first beast helps the false prophet in his work. Please note that
it is not physical worship of some image or some idol. But it is some spiritual
activity that happens in the spiritual realm.
Any person who does “great wonders” need not represent Christ Jesus.
By such miracles, if he deceives the people making them believe that he has such
powers in his body, he helps the false prophet in his mission.
person who gives life to the image of the first beast helps in the mission of
the false prophet. I have my own
image. If someone tries to make me a
great person or to popularize me in the public eye, that person indirectly
promotes the ministry of the false prophet by building my image.
person who causes all the people, both small and great, rich and poor, free and
bond to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads for buying or
selling, helps in the work of the false prophet. If I am induced to part with my
money in promoting the image of any person or a saint or a servant of God, I
help in the mission of the false prophet of making a mark of the beast on my
forehead or my right hand. And the person who induces me to do so is also making
a mark of the beast on his forehead or his right hand.
chips – an identification mark?
days, the electronic chips are being inserted into the bodies of persons for
easy identification. If we say that
this is the work of the Antichrist, we can easily expose him because it happens
in the physical world or the physical realm. But the mark of the beast is
spiritual and not physical. Today
many children of God are being identified not as the Lord’s sheep but as the
sheep of some evangelist or some pastor and they bear the name of such a pastor
or evangelist. I do not mean to say that they should not have fellowship with
the elders concerned or those who have brought them to the faith in the House of
God. Fellowship means sharing joy
and sorrow and revelations of the Word and bearing the burden of one another in
the house of God. Today, we do not
find any such kind of fellowship between the elders or the servants of God and
the children of God who are either the congregation members or the supporters.
The congregation members or the supporters simply attend the church
services or the evangelical meetings just to hear the sermons of their pastors
or favorite preachers or to receive God’s blessings.
should not accept every word that comes from the mouth of a pastor or an
evangelist as the word of God without examining it with the Scriptures.
If an elder “sins”, you have to rebuke him “before all”
that others also may fear (I Tim.5:20). Many of us do not rebuke elders /pastors
when their sins are made public.
who have rejected the gospel of Christ have already borne the mark of the beast
on their foreheads and on their right hands. But
the false prophet attempts to cause the children of God to bear this peculiar
mark of image building. It is the personal identification mark of the beast on a
child of God. The children of the
world are also being identified as belonging to some ethnic, religious,
political, social groups. They are
being influenced by their leaders or by the society in which they live.
It is the mark of the image of the beast. It
is not merely belonging to some group but making an image of a person so as to
worship him or her. Is
the false prophet marking the sign of the beast on our foreheads as we worship
another god or Jesus and as we make an image of ourselves larger than our own
us now read I Pet.5:2-3. The elders
are supposed to “feed the flock of God, taking the oversight thereof, not by
constraint, but willingly: not for filthy lucre (tithes and offerings), but of a
ready mind: Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to
the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of
glory that fadeth not away”. They are not supposed to merely preach from the
pulpits but also to be ensamples to the Lord’s flock. They are also not
supposed to lord over God’s heritage. The
sheep of the Lord should be known by the name of the Great Shepherd and not by
the shepherds who are hired by the Great Shepherd. Let
us not have the mark of a man i.e. 666.
Sign of 666
“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” (13:18). It is the number of a man. It cannot be a numerical figure in a literal sense. It cannot be an electronic number or a chip. Electronic chips are in the visible area, easily discernible by us. But what happens in the invisible area can be discerned only through our prophetic eyes i.e. the spiritual eyes feasting on His word.
This peculiar number ‘666’ shows the peculiar character of the Antichrist. It is the number of deception. He deceives any man. He adopts different methods in deceiving the people of God. He does not work in a stereotype manner. He works with sharp intellectual traits.
Three idols form his visible image i.e. god of religions (religious rites and ceremonies, devoid of spiritual growth), god of materialism (seeking only material prosperity) and god of power (seeking power to perform miracles and healings without salvation of souls from sin).
Three are his functions i.e. duplication, deceit and destruction.
Three are his manifestations i.e. abominations (making the children of God commit abominable sins), blasphemy (denying the Father and the Son by presenting another father and another son) and unrighteousness.
exposes and wounds the Antichrist?
is only the prophetic sword in our hands by meditating on His word and by
aligning our lives in line with the Word of God that exposes and wounds the
Antichrist. By merely shouting at
him and by invoking the Name of Jesus Christ, we cannot overcome him.
We cannot cast him out in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Of course, we can cast out the evil spirits or the demons in the powerful
Name of Jesus Christ. When the devil
tempted Jesus by quoting the Scriptures, Jesus defeated him by quoting the same
Scriptures and saying, “Thus saith the Lord”.
The Antichrist will be destroyed with the spirit of Lord’s mouth after
he is revealed during the second advent of Jesus Christ (II Thes.2:8).
Before that particular point of time, we have to attack and expose him
only through the prophetic sword of the Word. Let
us follow the best example of the church in Berea in studying and examining the
Word of God.
to alter the enlarged images?
minister of God whose image has grown in a gigantic proportion has to go into
the wilderness and in his place his co-workers have to do the public ministry.
A great lesson through two parallel lines
the Baptist cried in the wilderness, “He (Jesus) should increase and I should
wanted his own image to decrease in proportion to the image of Jesus Christ.
us now draw two parallel lines of equal length. One line is meant for
the image of Jesus Christ and the other line for the image of John the Baptist
or our own image. Now the image of Jesus Christ cannot be altered because He is
the express image of the invisible God (Col.1:15). No one can alter the image of
Jesus Christ at all. By praising Him or giving a testimony about Him,
we cannot increase His image. By ridiculing Him, we cannot decrease
His image. By publishing scurrilous books like The Da Vinci Code,
etc, or publishing some ridiculous cartoons, nobody can decrease His image. As
such, let us not touch the first line which represents the image of Jesus
Christ. Now to magnify His image through our vision, we can alter the
second parallel line. By decreasing the second line, we can magnify the first
minister of God becomes popular through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and his/her
image grows. Multitudes follow him/her to experience the power of
God. The minister concerned can increase or decrease his/her own
image. When he/she grows in image, he/she can withdraw into the
wilderness and spend the time in intercessory prayer or in other ministry that
does not propel him/her into popularity. He/she can devote the time to writing
messages or interpreting the word of God. At the same time, the minister of God
can equip his/her co-worker to do the public ministry. In this
manner, he/she can decrease his/her own image.
days, we can see the image of a “popular” servant of God through his
magazines, television channels, etc. If he promotes his co-workers or those in
the second line of his ministry in the public gaze, he can definitely decrease.
Paul had a team of co-workers with him in his ministry. Even Jesus
Christ did have the company of His twelve disciples. He did equip and
send them for ministry. The Pentecost ushered in a body ministry of the Holy
Ghost. The individual Levitical ministry came to an end when Christ died on the
Cross and the veil of the Temple in Jerusalem was rent in
twain from the top to the bottom (Mark 15:38). Those who have been redeemed by
the precious blood of the Lamb have been made unto God kings and priests to
reign on the earth (Rev.5:9-10).
man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in
to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine
runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and
both are preserved (Mathew 9:16-17).
find today is the same old Levitical ministry but in new bottles. New cloth and
new bottles mean the new dispensation under the new covenant through the gifts
of the Holy Spirit. Let us put on the new cloth by discarding the old
cloth. Similarly, let us put the new wine of the gifts of the Holy Spirit into
the new ministry of the New Covenant. The new wine should be put in the new
servants of God promoting their own ministries should decrease by replacing
their ministries with “body” ministries. They should discard the old
clothes but should put on the new clothes. They should not combine the new
dispensation with the Old Testament tool of Levitical ministry.
we find today is the decaying of these individual popular ministries. The
Levitical ministry has to perish. If the Levitical priesthood is
practiced continuously, it will definitely become “worse”.
the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who
coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were nobler than those
in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and
searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of
them believed; also of honorable woman which were Greeks, and of men, not a
few.” (Acts 17: 10-12)
The city of Berea in Macedonia (northern Greece)
some forty-five miles west of Thessalonica, was visited by Paul and Silas on
their first missionary journey. Before coming to Berea, Paul and Silas
had laid the foundation of a thriving church in Thessalonica in a short time.
However, due to the unbelieving Jews, persecution arose against them to such a
degree that they had to leave the newly founded congregation, and came to the
city of Berea. The Holy Spirit, who inspired Luke to write the book of
Acts, recorded for us some key lessons we can learn from the Bereans. These
lessons have to do with our attitude toward God’s word and his ministers; our
discipline in the reading of God’s word; our willingness to acknowledge the
truth when shown from the word of God; our willingness to be a discerning
Christian, and our willingness to share the truth of God with others in order
that they might be saved. So the question we need to ask ourselves is; how can I
become a Berean Christian? That is: What we can glean from this account of the Bereans
would clearly demonstrate the mark a true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ
should bear. There would be less deception in the church if everyone who names
the name of Christ would become Berean Christians. There would be more converts
to the faith if more people would examine the claims of the Holy Bible with an
I. Receive the word
of God with all readiness of mind.
of mind in
the Greek is prothumia that
is, zeal, earnest, alacrity. If
we choose to be Berean Christians, we must approach the word of God in the
correct attitude of heart. We should approach the bible with a ready mind to
understand what saith the scriptures, and pray that God the Holy Spirit would
grant us understanding of the word of God. In I John 2:20 it
says that we have an unction, and
in verse twenty-seven it says we have an anointing;
these are translated from the same Greek word meaning, special
endowment. Jesus said that
man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds out of the mouth
of God. The Bereans didn’t turn Paul and Silas away, but received them and
were eager to hear them concerning the gospel. We too must be eager to hear the
word of God, and to put it into practice. When we come to church, we should
expect to hear the word of the Lord preached. We should desire and hunger for
the sincere milk of the word, and the meat of the word to grow thereby. We
should always let the word of God be true, and every man (including ourselves)
becomes the liar.
II. We must search
the scriptures if we are to be Berean Christians.
we choose to be Berean Christians, we must be dedicated students of the
scriptures. We must recognize that the source of the truth is the word of God
and the word of God alone. And as students of the Word, we must try by the Word
whether the things preached and taught are true. Notice how the Bereans did not
accept what Paul and Silas preached because they were great preachers or
well-known. In St. John’s gospel
chapter 5:39 we read, “Search
the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they
which testify of Me.” If
we choose to be Berean Christians we must subject all that is taught or spoken
to the authority of God’s holy word. The Berean Christians must not establish
truth on what he senses on the emotional level, or on his personal opinions but
strictly on the basis of the scriptures. The preacher should demand that his
hearers make recourse to the word of God to make sure that what was preached, or
taught was correct.
Christians are suspicious of any minister that discourages questions, and simply
demands blind obedience. No where in the bible are we taught that we are to
blindly follow anyone; this would include the minister. In Isaiah 8:20 it
says, “To the law and to
the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is
no light in them.” The
faith in Christ is a rational faith, and a faith that can stand the test of
intellectual scrutiny. We do not have to dump our brains and become brutes to
believe the scriptures as some in the scientific world imagine. The Lord Jesus
himself commanded that the scriptures be searched. This shows us that God is
interested in a thoughtful consideration of the truths advanced in the
scripture. Unlike that of cults and false religions, true servants of the Lord
encourage the asking of questions on the part of the hearer. An unexamined faith
is not worth anyone’s commitment. Truth is not afraid of being examined
because truth will always prove to be the truth every time.
III. The word of God
is for the Berean Christians, daily bread.
passage in Acts 17:11 says that they searched the scripture daily. If we choose
to be Berean Christians, we must read the word of God everyday if we possibly
can. Some days will naturally bring exceptions, but hopefully these are rare
exceptions. The prophet Jeremiah in the chapter 15:16 said, “Thy
words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and the
rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of host.” If
we choose to be Berean Christians, we must eat, or rather, internalize the word
of God. When we take the word of God to heart, we are obedient to its commands.
Psalms 119:11 says, “Thy
word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” In
Psalms chapter one, the writer speaks of the blessing of those who stand not in
the counsel of the ungodly, but finds his delight in the law of the Lord, and in
it, meditates day and night. “.
. . It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (St.
IV. A true Berean
Christian is a discerning Christian.
as the Bereans searched the scriptures to try what was being preached of Paul
and Silas, we too must have a heart of discernment; especially since these are
the last days. In the book of Hebrews chapter 5:14, we read, “But
strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of
use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” In
the first general epistle of John in chapter 4:1: “Beloved,
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because
many false prophets are gone out into the world.” This
is why it is so important that we all become Berean Christians. There is great
danger of being deceived and lead astray into deception and destruction. The
bible warns us that Satan transforms himself into a messenger of light, and
therefore it is no marvel that his ministers appear as ministers of
righteousness. Satan has ministers in the Church today who preach another Jesus,
another gospel, by the power of another spirit. Exercising good discernment was
one of the things Jesus commended the Church of Ephesus for.
They tried them that called themselves apostles, and found them to be liars. The
discernment of a Berean Christian depends solely on “it is written” and not
on signs, wonders, and miracles. Miracles are no sure way of discerning whether
some one is of God or not.
V. The Berean
Christian is concerned about sin.
in verse twelve of our text: “Therefore
many of them believed. . .” That is, they repented of their sins when they
were called to salvation. If we choose to be Berean Christians, we must be
concerned about sin. The concern should begin with us; we need a clear
revelation of ourselves.
VI. The Berean
Christian is jealous for the word of God.
is something that seems to be lacking in the church today. It is difficult to
find those who care about what “thus saith the Lord.” It would seem that
most believers are more jealous for their denominations than for the things of
God. We live in a day where the holy word of God can be butchered, perverted,
twisted, and completely ignored. It would seem that God’s people love to have
it so. But any true Christian who desires to be a Berean Christian will contend
for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. In the book of St. Jude
verse three, we read, “Beloved,
when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was
needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly
contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (St.
VII. The Berean
Christian is willing to suffer for the faith.
This is also seldom realized in the Church of Jesus Christ in the western world, particularly in the Christian nations and in those places in India where there is no severe persecution. We seem to think that the persecution of Christians died out with the Roman Coliseum. But the persecution of the believers in Christ never really stopped. Down through the centuries whether the Romans or the Catholic Institution, and later the religion of Islam, Christians many times had to give up their lives for the testimony which they held. This is one of the greatest legacies of our faith and the blood of our brothers and sisters who loved not their lives even unto the death bears testimony to our faith. Should we now betray their sacrifice by compromising the faith for which they suffered and died? And what of our brothers and sisters in our day; in many countries of the world many are under great trail? In every Muslim country Christians are suffering great persecution such as imprisonments, torture, decapitation, castration, and deportations. Many Christians around the world are sitting in some cold, filthy prison cell right now, and they are full of joy of the Holy Ghost.
are just a few indicators that we can use to determine if we are being the
Bereans we should be. These are by no means all the characteristics of a Berean
Christian, but I hope that this will spark your own study on this subject. The
need for discernment is great in our day, and there is every wind of false
doctrine blowing throughout the Church and the World. The only sure foundation
that will not be moved in these tempestuous times and seasons is the holy word
of God. We are built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. This
means that the word of God is our ultimate authority on all things; especially
when it comes to sound doctrine. The word of God is alive, and energetic; it is
dynamic in its working, and sharper than any two-edged sword. If we let it guild
us by the Spirit of God, it will reveal to us the will of God and shine the
precious light on our path. But it will also pierce to the dividing asunder or
soul and spirit, and will even divide the bone from the marrow and expose all
the thoughts and intents of the heart. This is the word by which the true gospel
is preached unto men.
(Written by Job Anbalagan -
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