Why I beleive ~~The Tithe is Abolished! Part 2 – Is the Tithe Pre-Mosaic?

Is the Tithe Pre-Mosaic?

Now let us deal with the teaching that says that the Biblical tithe was pre-Mosaic. The first place we come across offerings of any kind is in Genesis 4:3-7. Cain brought forth an offering from the fruit of the ground to the LORD and Abel brought the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. The LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering which caused Cain to become very angry.

Most Christians who teach tithing would also consider themselves Bible literalists, that is, they are opposed to “spiritualizing” the Scriptures. However, when we get down to some of their pet doctrines, we find that literalists often quickly abandon their “literalism.”

In Genesis 4:3, the passage mentioned above, there is not a hint as to the amount being offered. Both fruit of the ground and flocks are acceptable offerings. One could point out that Able brought blood and Cain did not. One could perhaps make something of the fact that Able gave of his “first-born” while nothing is said about Cain’s offering. We could attempt to “spiritualize” here, but if we let the Scripture stand as it is with a “literal” interpretation, we do not have a “Biblical tithe” here. We have two offerings; one acceptable-the other unacceptable.

We have to travel 2000 years ahead in history to find another trace of offerings to the LORD. We come to Abraham and His offering to Melchizedek, the king of Salem. I want to make an emphatic point here as we analyze this portion of Scripture. As I said before, literalists are not very literal. If true “spiritual” understanding comes from a “literal” approach, then Scriptures such as the following do not make much sense: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, nor can he know them, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14) If the Bible can be understood with the natural mind using a literalist approach to the Bible, then the above Scripture is not true. The fact is, the Scriptures and the things of God need to be “spiritually discerned.” They are “foolishness” to the “natural mind.” Even Christians can be naturally, carnally, fleshly minded. “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.” (1 Cor. 3:1) A Christian, while claiming to be a literalist, who finds himself having to add to or subtract from Scriptures to make them fit into their doctrines, is still very carnal. The next portion of Scripture we will look at will bear this out.

There are those who say that, while we are not under the Mosaic Law, we Christians, are children of faith. Our father in this faith is Abraham. (So far so good.) Then comes the nice little carnal step which shows how unliteral the literalists really are. They say that Abraham was a tither and therefore we must be tithers. Well, let us be literalists for a moment and look at that Scripture to see what it “literally” says.

The 14th Chapter of Genesis deals with a battle between nine kings, five against four. The first part of Chapter 14, is very difficult to understand. The King James Bible does not tell us, but the Jewish Bible called the Tanakh (which is the Old Testament) tells us that some of the meaning of the Hebrew in this Chapter is uncertain. (It seems the Jews are more honest in their translating than some Christian Bible translators.)

Abram, with 318 of his men, went after the four kings who spoiled the king of Sodom and the king of Gomorrah. Abram defeated the kings, and set his nephew Lot free. On the way back with all the spoils of war, the king of Sodom met Abram in the king’s valley. Here a mysterious king of Salem, priest of the God Most High, brought out bread and wine and blessed Abram. Abram then gave a tenth of those spoils to Melchizedek. At this point, the king of Sodom told Abram to take everything except the people. It is not clear in the text whose goods and people are involved here. The armies which Abram defeated had attacked several other kingdoms before they spoiled Sodom and Gomorrah. When Abram defeated them, he must have collected a tremendous amount of wealth plus people which could be turned into slaves. One thing is clear in this passage, these “spoils” were not the property of Abram. They belonged to other kingdoms which were defeated by the previously mentioned kings. The dividing of all the “spoils of war” and the people is not completely clear. One thing, however, is clear, Abram, kept nothing! Furthermore, there is no reference in the Bible that Abram gave the king of Salem anything else, ever. In other words, there is no tradition prior nor antecedent to this event of “tithing” to the king of Melchizedek. In addition, there is no directive anywhere in the Scriptures which grants the right for any human being to place themselves into the priesthood of Melchizedek commanding tithes of God’s people! The jump from this event to the modern day tradition of offering tithes to a pastor or head of an organization claiming this fulfills the event in Genesis is going way beyond literalism and way beyond “spiritualizing.” It is nothing short of twisting the Scriptures for self-gain. Another thing, slavery was certainly a part of life in this region. Spoils of war included people. Are we to “tithe” captured enemies when Christian nations go to war?

The king of Sodom said Abram could keep all the goods, he just wanted the people. It is not clear which people he referred to. We may assume he was referring to his own citizens who were captured, but that would be mere conjecture.

There are many questions which can be asked about this mysterious passage, but there are some very clear points that can be made. Abram gave a tenth of these spoils of war to Melchizedek. If tithing is the issue here, then Abram had every right to keep the rest, but Abram gave it all back. He used a part to feed his army and he allowed three men to keep their share. Abram didn’t give a “full tithe” of ten per cent. Abram gave it all away!

“I will take nothing from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ (Gen. 14:23)

There is nothing here to indicate Abram gave a tenth of his personal possessions. It should also be noted, these spoils went to this mysterious king of Salem, not to a pastor, denominational headquarters, etc. There is not one record that Abram did anything like this again. There is nothing in the Bible up to this point to indicate that God wanted a tenth of everything one owned. If He did want that, it seems it wouldn’t have been to difficult to simply state that He did, but He didn’t. Abram offered a free-will offering of spoils of war to a mysterious king.

If we take passages of Scripture such as the previous one which describes an event which occurred thousands of years ago in cultures totally foreign to our ways today and say that we should do the same things, we should be consistent. Why pick and chose those Scriptures which suit our carnal little minds? Take this Scripture literally and we will all starve to death. We end up with nothing! Obviously, something else is going on here other than what tradition has taught us.

There is another example of God’s people receiving spoils of war from which portions were divided into “offerings” to priests. Will we find this act consistent with what Abram did? Let us look at that event.

In Numbers Chapter 31, the Israel “took vengeance for the Lord on Midian.” (Num. 31:3) Twelve thousand Israelites went to war with Midian. First, they killed all the males. Forget the Geneva Peace Accord about proper treatment of prisoners. Kill them all. Remember how we feel when our troops are treated this way in war? We are outraged! Next they took the women and children captive and brought them along with the rest of the spoils to Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the congregation.” I suppose a modern day preacher would be delighted about this. The congregation went out among the heathen and brought the whole plunder to the ministers. But Moses was angry with them. “Have you kept the women alive?” he said. “Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man intimately. But keep alive for yourselves all the young girls who have not known a man intimately.” Now we could talk about this passage of Scripture for days and still not run out of things to say, so we won’t analyze this incident beyond its relationship to tithing. I have met some ministers who would love to go back to these days. Not very many, but some. Just a few glances into the New Testament where Jesus met Gentile sinners like the Samaritan women who had five men and was living with a sixth, the woman caught in the very act of adultery and His response should tell the average Christian who still has a mind to think with that the Law of Moses and the Grace which comes from the Life of Christ are not the same! Jesus never commanded anyone to kill anyone! Moses did. Could you as a Christian kill baby boys and women who were not virgins if your government told you to do it? I hope not!

“Count the plunder that was taken-of man and beast…” We see that humans were counted as “plunder.” Then the “plunder” was divided between those who went to war and those who didn’t. Then they had to give an offering of this plunder to the ministers. Those who went to war were to give one out of every five hundred persons, the cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep to Eleazar the priest. Those who didn’t go to war had to give one out of every fifty from the persons, the cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep to the Levites (ministers). So, the warriors had to kill a good part of their “spoils.” Then they had to give two-tenths of one per cent to the high priest. Those who didn’t fight had to give two per cent to the Levites (ministers). If tithing was like what is preached today, why does this incident totally contradict this “law” if ten per cent off the top was the practice then? Why do tithing teachers not refer to this Scripture and make it the standard for giving? These commands were given by “the LORD to Moses.” (Num. 31:25) They are God’s very words! Why do tithing teachers avoid reference to this passage of Scripture? We must go on. But I do want to point out that this portion Scripture of full of spiritual truths which the “literalist mind” will never be able to learn anything from. This Scripture as well as all Scripture needs to be “spiritually discerned.”

And why do the tithing teachers no longer practice slavery, and killing women and children? Well, perhaps they do, but most of the slaves do not realize they are slaves to a system which places burdens upon the backs of God’s people that He never placed upon their backs! And few Christians are aware of how spiritually dead they really are until they come out of the graveyards they worship in.

So we have seen two accounts of how spoils of war were dealt with. It should be pointed out that the incident with Abram was prior to God making a covenant with him. The Abrahamic Covenant is in Chapter 15 of Genesis. The tithe on the spoils given to Melchizedek is in Chapter 14. If God made a law that ten per cent of the spoils of war belonged to Him, then He must have changed the law in Numbers Chapter 31. But God never changed anything. The fact of the matter is there was never a law demanding ten per cent of income before Abraham, before Moses, before Jesus, or after them all. It has never existed except under deceitful or ignorant ministers claiming for themselves in the name of God what God never has asked for.

Returning back to our search for tithing in the Old Testament, we see the word tithe is found in Genesis 28:20-22. Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, spent the night at a place called Luz (almond tree). He had an incredible dream in which Yahweh reaffirmed the promise He made with Abraham. Jacob anointed the stone which was by his head when he slept and called the place Bethel, which means “house of God.” At this point, Jacob tried to make a deal with God.

“If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD (Yahweh) shall be my God. And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” (Gen. 28:20-22) What we see here, is typical of Jacob, the heal-grabber, conniver. If Abraham had taught his children to tithe, then Jacob had no business trying to make a deal with God. “You give me all I want and I’ll give you back 10 per cent.” Jacob, the heal-grabber made a conditional promise to God. We do not find God answering Jacob. (Jacob also called a stone which he anointed with oil the “house of God.” Is that stone the “house of God?” If we are going to be literal, then let us be consistent. Either that stone is the “house of God,” or Jacob still had some growing up to do spiritually.) While we find Jacob playing “Let’s make a deal,” with God, we do not find a single passage of Scripture which declares the deal was made or that that deal was to be passed on to his off-spring. There certainly is no indication whatsoever that any of His attempt to make a deal with God has anything to do with us apart from the fact that many of us seem to have the same nature Jacob had and we seem to play the same games with God that Jacob played. There are many truths we can learn from Jacob who would one day become Israel, tithing is not something we can learn from him. There is not a single record that God commanded him to tithe and not a single record that he ever did.

If there were ever an opportunity for God to conclusively show He was interested in 10 per cent of gross income, Joseph had a perfect opportunity to make it absolutely clear. If you recall, Joseph interpreted a couple of dreams foretelling 7 years of good harvest followed by 7 years of famine. Joseph, “a man in whom the Spirit of God is” (Gen. 41:38) told Pharaoh to set aside one fifth of the grain from the 7 years of plenty to carry them through the 7 years of famine. I am sure there are many great truths we could dig up in the 47th Chapter of Genesis but we must stay on the topic of tithing.

As the famine grew, Joseph sold grain to those living in Egypt and Canaan, until “Joseph brought all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan.” The famine continued. The Egyptians then sold all their livestock to Joseph. At the end of that year they came to Joseph again. This time he bought their land and their very bodies in exchange for food. At this point, the Pharaoh through Joseph’s administration, owned everything in Egypt except the land of the priests’. Pharaoh had given them an allotment of food throughout this time and they therefore did not sell their land.

Joseph had in that moment in history, a perfect opportunity to create a perfect economical system. What did he do? Did he institute a “tithe?” After all, if tithing was a God ordained system among the patriarchs, here was Joseph’s perfect opportunity to set up the system. After all, Joseph’s descendants were going to spend the next several hundred years in Egypt. He had a perfect opportunity to create an environment in which Yahweh would bless them and not curse them. So, did he set up a tithe of 10 per cent of gross or net income? No! Joseph first of all did not give the Egyptian people their possessions back. Capitalism was out. He gave them seed to grow new crops on land which now belonged to Pharaoh. Then, of the harvest from the government-given seed, 20 per cent went to Pharaoh to do with as he willed. The citizens of Egypt were allowed to keep the other eighty per cent. The people remained servants of Pharaoh.

“And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have one-fifth except for the land of the priests only, which did not become Pharaoh’s.” (Gen. 47:26)

It should be pointed out that there is not even a hint in Scripture that Israel while in Egypt would be under a different system than the one Joseph set up. For those of you who do see types and shadows in the Old Testament, many see Joseph (increaser, adding) as a type of Jesus Christ. There is much to learn here, but tithing is not one of them.

Now twenty per cent, is a very reasonable and probably healthy tax to keep a government running. You see, most of the countries at this time were not structured anything like governments today. Those who teach tithing do not tell us that there was no such thing as separation of church and state at this time in history. The kings and Pharaohs were often recognized as gods. These kingdoms were theocracies. What the king collected from the people could be used for anything from building roads, paying teachers, or building temples. Like I said, there was no separation of church and state.

What Joseph set up, whether we like it or not, was an economic system which forbid private land ownership with a twenty per cent tax. Keep in mind, the Spirit of God was in him. We do not find a 30 to 40 per cent tax for the government, and then a ten per cent tithe for the priests (pastors). Joseph did not institute a 10 per cent tithe off the top because God did not require it! Pharaoh did, however, need funds to keep the government running.

Now that is the end of any Scriptures relating to anything close to what we would call tithing prior to the institution of the Mosaic Law. Clearly, if God had instituted a 10 per cent tithe prior to Moses, either the Biblical characters must have been unaware of it, or God did not make it very clear. The truth is, He never demanded or even suggested it.

Stay Tune…There is more to come, next week!

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Why I beleive ~~The Tithe is Abolished!

The Tithe is Abolished!
By Gary Amirault

The tithe is a subject that is very dear to most church leaders. Those denominations that can get their members to actually bring in a full 10% of gross income can create very powerful forces far beyond their strength in numbers. The leading “tithing” sects according to an article in Christian Ministry, are interestingly what Evangelicals would term “cults.” The Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and the World Wide Church of God are the leading givers. The fourth is the Assemblies of God. According to Newsweek, most church members give far less than 10%, most giving under 2%. Not surprising is the fact that the poor give a far greater portion of their income than the rich. USA Today (Oct. 25, 1990) tells us that families earning less than $10,000 give 5.5% of their income to charity (not necessarily to church). Families earning between $50,000 and $60,000 give only 1.7% of their earnings. (While the article in Christian Ministry lists the Jehovah’s Witneses among leading tithing denominations, I’ve since been informed by that organization that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not practice tithing.)

We hope to show in this article that while many church fund-raising organizations and Christian financial counseling ministries tell us that not paying “the tithe” is robbing God, the actual Biblical facts are that those who put the tithe upon Christians are, in fact, the ones who are “robbing God.” As we go through this article, keep in mind the above statistic that the poor far out-give the rich.

I am going to make a statement that will probably shock many Christians who have been in church for a long period of time and feel they know the Bible pretty well. I hope this statement encourages the reader to “see for themselves” that this statement is 100% Biblically true. My hope is that when we see how far off Scriptural ground we have come in such basic Christian teachings as giving, we will renew our desire to study to “shew ourselves approved.” Here is the statement: The tithe as taught by most Christian denominations as being 10% of gross or net income is not contained on the pages of the Bible! Many Christian publications say that those who do not tithe are robbing God and will suffer curses for not doing so. I am going to use one of them as an example of what Scriptures and reasoning is usually used to support the idea that the church is full of God robber’s, that is, people who do not tithe 10 per cent of their income. A booklet entitled Tithes, Offering, and Alms states: “Today many churches do not teach tithing because they do not want to drive people away. In reality they are robbing God’s people of their blessing. When tithing is not taught, they are allowing their people to ignorantly rob God. By this they allow the devourer to have free access to their people. Then the church and the people wonder why they are not being blessed. When God’s people return again unto God, He will return unto them as He has promised.

We will not mention the author of this work. Perhaps, in days ahead he will see the foolishness of what he wrote. Therefore, we will withhold his name hoping repentance is forthcoming. (I will furnish the name of the minister and ministry to those who write and request it.)

In one small paragraph, this man condemned entire congregations who do not tithe to the devourer. As long as people do not tithe, he says, they have turned their backs to God and He cannot bless them. They are God robbers! This booklet I just quoted is very typical of publications like this. They all refer to the same handful of Scriptures to justify their position. I will use this one as an example of which Scriptures are used to support their view and then show how these Scriptures have not only been grossly taken out of context, but even these Scriptures out of context do not support the teaching of tithing being 10% of income. We will then study the history of tithing in the Old Testament, the early church view on the subject, and what we believe is the correct Biblical view on giving.

While this booklet “Tithes, Offerings, and Alms” deals with more than just the tithe, we will only focus on the tithe since that is the subject of this article.

Those who teach that Christians are obligated to tithe can be categorized into two main groups: those who say we are still under the Mosaic Law or portions of it; and those who say the tithe is part of the Abrahamic Covenant which is pre-Mosaic. The Abrahamic Covenant is the covenant of faith which is still binding upon believers and therefore, the tithe is still in effect for Christians.

Let us deal first with the pre-Mosaic tithe fallacy. This teaching is used by those ministries who have taught the Mosaic Law is done away with and therefore cannot be put upon Christians. They are correct in this view.

We cannot get into this subject fully because it would take up too much space, but a handful of Scriptures might be helpful to those who disagree on this point. See 2 Cor. 3:11,13; Hebrews 8:13; Gal. 4:21-26; really all of Galatians and Hebrews.

Briefly, the Old Covenant was a two-sided agreement Israel and Yahweh in which Yahweh would bless them if they kept their part of the agreement and He would curse them if they didn’t. It was an all or nothing package. A person was not allowed to turn this agreement into a smorgasbord, picking and choosing what suited one’s religious diet. They could not chose what to keep and what to throw out. James 2:10 tells us that “whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” Almost all denominations of Christianity have taken portions of the Mosaic Covenant, “Christened them,” and added them to the New Covenant. Without being aware of it, this has made most Christians guilty of the whole Mosaic Law (which says all must be kept) while at the same time “falling from grace” because of mixing it with a covenant which no longer served a purpose for those under the New Covenant. The fact that most denominations of christendom have not understood this vital point has caused us to fall from “grace through faith,” the very power of the New Covenant itself. What is tragic is that most Christians are not even aware of this “falling away” which has been going on for hundreds of years. Most denominations have mixed the Mosaic Covenant instituted by Moses with the New Covenant, which is the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 8:2) One covenant brought death (and always will) the other brought Life. If you believe any of the Old Covenant is binding to a believer in Christ, read what Paul has to say in 2 Corinthians Chapter three verses four through eighteen about the cornerstone of the Mosaic Covenant, that is, the Ten Commandments. This should cure anyone of binding themselves to the “ministry of death.” The consequences of this mixture have been catastrophic. A careful non-biased survey of church history from a non-Christian bias should reveal what this mixture has caused. While this paper is not about Mosaic Law versus Grace, I felt the subject had to be touched somewhat. Back to the subject at hand.

Is the Tithe Pre-Mosaic? Coming next weeK…come back!

I Am An Elect are you…THE FEELING OF FRUSTRATION SOMETIMES FELT BY THE ELECT- Part VII

QUESTION #5: How can I be sure that I will not falter in the end times, and especially if and when I am delivered up to the synagogues of satan?

ANSWER: I say: “If and when I am delivered up to the synagogues of satan,” because not all will be. It is not conceivable that satan as anti-christ will parade seven thousand people before live satellite uplink and have them deny him before the world. Very little is written about the details of the delivering up, but perhaps there will be local jurisdictional trials that will culminate in the final delivering up of some of the Elect to satan himself for a testimony witnessed by the world. But whatever the trials are, we are commanded not to prepare anything to say. We were ordered to let the Holy Spirit speak through us.

So, being one of God’s Elect is not a reason to be full of ones self. It is more of a responsibility than a badge of Honor. Christians don’t even realize that there is an Election of God, some of them have read their Bibles for 50 years or more and never caught onto the plan of God. That is because they are not supposed to at this time. Oh many of ignorant among them think that when it speaks of “God’s Election,” “God’s faithful,” and “God’s Saints,” that it is talking about the “raptured saints.” What a joke, how dare the rapturist’s call themselves the Saints of God, the rapture crowd are the ones who will usher in and worship satan as the false christ. Talk about irony! Yeah they’re saints alright, pitiful fallen apostate saints who listened to the traditions of man in their churches rather than the True Word of their Heavenly Father. Like I said, satan has them right where he want’s them. May God pick them up on that fateful day.

But we who know the truth are not to hate the deceived that will commit the abomination of all abominations by worshiping satan as the false christ; For there would go we without the grace of God. And we are to have compassion on them even though it will be they who accomplish delivering us up to death, death is simply one of satan’s many names and roles that he has played throughout history. The Elect being delivered up to death means being delivered up to the synagogues of satan for a testimony against him, with the Holy Spirit speaking through them.

And finally, don’t worry about your well being during these “trials,” for Jesus Christ Himself gave us a promise, and He told us all things:

Luke 21:7-19 (Christ speaking with His disciples about the end time)

7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls. (KJV)

In the eternal name of our Savior Jesus Christ; God bless you always!

That’s it folks for this post… Stay tune for others to come!

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I am an Elect are you…THE FEELING OF FRUSTRATION SOMETIMES FELT BY THE ELECT- Part VI

QUESTION #4: Why don’t I feel like I’m doing anything? Am I being useful to the Father? How come the seeds that I plant do not seem to sprout?

ANSWER: I know that at times it seems like we are not accomplishing anything for the Lord. We study and study, we learn and learn, but when we try to share it with people they get a blank look on their face. Either they do not have a clue what we are talking about or they really just don’t care about anything other than what is in this world. I wonder how many people in this world would actually trade their eternal soul for the winning lottery numbers and a long life to live deliciously; I bet the number is a lot higher than anyone would guess, perversely higher.

My point is that if someone is not ready to love God and to search His Word, then you can do nothing for them. They may come around at a later time, but until they do you are wasting your time and theirs. To push God’s Word on someone who does not want to hear it disrespects the Word of God, if they don’t want it, they don’t deserve it, and God doesn’t whant them to have it. The Bible tells us not to bother with those who do not care, and it states that we are not to keep offering the beautiful truths of God’s Word to the heathen unbelievers who couldn’t care less. The bottom line is that they must chose the Lord by their own free will. The Elect do not free have will in that respect.

Matt 7:6-8 (Christ speaking. And the heathen are referred to as dogs in the Bible)

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (KJV)

You are to plant a seed one time in someone and then leave them alone if they do not follow up with questions. God calls whom He will when He will, and you cannot alter that. For some, it would ultimately cause their demise if they were to fully understand the truth now and then be too weak to stand up to anti-christ in the end time. But God, through His love, has chosen to “blind” the weak to the truth at this time for their own good. This “blinding is called “spirit of slumber” and it is not a curse from God placed upon them, it is a gift bestowed to them that will insure that when they, through their ignorance, worship the false messiah; their eternal soul is not liable.

Why would one of God’s Elect, who know this truth, try to circumvent Almighty God’s wisdom in the matter and push an issue with someone that God will not allow to comprehend? Perhaps there is a certain disobedience in that, be careful. Satan will use love and concern for others against God’s Elect if you allow him to. He even accomplished it with Apostle Peter. Satan used Peter’s love for Christ to make him try to interfere with God’s plan. Peter told Jesus that they would not allow them to crucify Him. But just as we sometimes do not see the whole plan, Peter did not realize that if Christ was not crucified then salvation would not have been be opened to any of us. For when Christ was ultimately crucified on the cross, it was for the sins of the world, our sins. Without realizing it , Peter by his actions would have condemned mankind. Jesus rebuked satan, not Peter, but Peter should have been more prepared than to be used by satan in such a way.

Matt 16:21-23

21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (KJV)

The bottom line is that God is in control, and if we love and trust Him then we must trust His judgement. God has told us of this spirit of slumber in both the New Testament and the Old Testament, it should not come as a surprise to any of God’s Elect.

Mark 4:11-12 (Christ speaking)

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. (KJV)
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Matt 13:10-15 (Christ speaking)

10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (KJV)
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Isa 29:13-18 (God speaking)

13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. 15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? 16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? 17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest? 18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. (KJV)

It is no small thing that you study God’s Word diligently whereby you can confidently and accurately answer peoples questions about it. You establish and protect you credibility with people by being able to answer their Biblical questions gently and with scriptural documentation. Nobody comes to someone with questions if they are made to feel stupid for asking, and they will respect the fact that everything you tell them is documented from God’s Word and shown to them from the Bible. Put yourself in their shoes, they have seen so many fakes and con men who claim to teach God’s Word, that it is difficult for them to believe anyone or anything. This of course was satan’s plan from the start and it is why he plants the false teachers, but the average lay person doesn’t realize this.

It is quite a good accomplishment to our Father if you build confidence in people so that they confidently know that if they have a Biblical question, then you are the person to come to for a sound answer. And if you obediently do this, God will send those to you that He would want to learn the truth. And really, wouldn’t you rather have the opportunity to teach and share the truth with one person who wants to learn, rather than a hundred who are only listening to you out of courtesy?!? If you push God’s Word on people, you only push them away from God. Be careful, we don’t lead God, He leads us.

Besides, you know of the millennium and the opportunities for salvation that will be offered there, why do you sorrow for souls now that may be saved in the millennium? Trust God, ask Him for direction, and always stand ready to be used by Him. Other than that, let Him do the picking and choosing.

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I am an Elect are you…THE FEELING OF FRUSTRATION SOMETIMES FELT BY THE ELECT- Part V

QUESTION #3: If I am to be one of the instruments through which God will defeat satan, won’t satan target me for attack? Satan is supernatural, should I fear?

ANSWER: When satan, as the anti-christ (the false christ), comes back to earth to deceive the nations and the peoples As it is written, he is not in control of anything that God does not allow him to be in control of. Even satan’s very coming to earth is not of his own doing. Satan does not escape from incarceration in Heaven. Satan does not defeat Archangel Michael and come to the earth to wreak havoc. Oh he does come down and wreak havoc, but satan is defeated by God’s underlings in a battle in Heaven and is cast out onto the earth to fulfill prophecy [Rev 12:7-9], whether he likes it or not! Almighty God will not have to lift a finger to accomplish it. Satan and his evil angels are subject to the power of just one of God’s Archangels and his assisting good angels. Certainly satan then cannot be assumed to be a threat to Almighty God, the one that created the Archangel Michael and whom created satan himself for that matter. Almighty God states: “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” [1st Chr 16:22]. Therefore, we as God’s Election, most certainly have nothing to fear in our spiritual battle with satan – as long as we have God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit behind us. We can be sure to always have them behind us by staying in God’s Word. To God’s Elect, knowledge is strength and power; and ignorance is the weak link that leads to the downfall that we cannot afford to participate in.

God himself sends satan as the anti-christ (The assyrian by another name), against the people of His (God’s) wrath. Satan is no more than an errand boy, fulfilling the negative part of God’s plan. Below is a type, it happened literally historically, but it also prophesies the coming of the anti-christ.

Isa 10:5-6 (God speaking)

5 O Assyrian*1, the rod of mine*2 anger, and the staff in their*3 hand is mine*4 indignation.

6 I*5 will send him*6 against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath*7 will I give him*8 a charge *9, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them*10 down like the mire of the streets. (KJV)

*Explanations from above verse: *1 Assyrian = satan, who is the antichrist. *2 mine = God’s. *3 their = satan’s workers. *4 mine = God’s. *5 I = God. *6 him = satan as the antichrist. *7 an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath = The apostates, the deceived who participate in the end time one-world religious system. *8 him = satan as the antichrist. *9 charge = order/command. *10 them = The disobedient faithless ones who participate with the first beast, which is the one world system, and eventually worship the second beast, which is the antichrist. They are no more than a spoil and a prey to satan, whom is the antichrist!

Naturally, if you are not among the people of “His wrath,” then you do not have to fear. God is not angry with you if you are not like those people in the scripture above. It is not you that God sends the anti-christ upon. If you are not “the people of my (God’s) wrath” from verse 6 above, then the anti-christ has no power over you. “The people of my (God’s) wrath” are those who allow themselves to become deceived by satan and who worship the false-christ, and thus participate in the great apostasy.

God is in total control. He always has been. He always will be. Satan can do nothing unless Almighty God allows him to. It was God who allowed satan (then named Lucifer) to go only so far in causing and leading the revolt in the first earth age before God promptly and quite totally destroyed that age. God then created this second (flesh) earth age, and once again allowed satan (then called the serpent) to participate in it. God’s children again fell to satan’s deceptions, as evidenced by Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden.

But this time, God also supplied a way of escape for His children. Through the very womb that satan desecrated and created death from, God created life from it – eternal life. God sent a savior to this flesh earth age through Eve’s womb, were by through Jesus Christ all sin and transgression could be forgiven and forgotten. We are told of and promised that we will always have a way to escape the wicked one, and the adversities, temptations, and tribulations of this world:

1 Cor 10:13

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (KJV)

And we as Christians know that it is impossible that the scriptures be broken, be made of none effect, or fail to come to pass:

John 10:33-36 (Christ speaking to the “religious” men of that day)

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods*1? 35 If he called them gods*2, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken*3; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? (KJV)

*Explanations from above verse: *1 Ye are gods = In the Hebrew language this word is ha-‘elohim, and it means those standing before God (representing Him) and acting in His stead. Jesus was not calling them a God, He was quoting [Psalm 82:6]. *2 gods = Same as *1. *3 and the scripture cannot be broken= This your documentation directly from the mouth of Jesus Christ that the scriptures are unbreakable and that they will come to pass exactly as they are written.

This way of escape, this promise of forgiveness, this Savior of course would be Jesus Christ whom satan has diligently spent the ages futilely trying to destroy. The point that I am trying to relay is that satan is not to be feared by God’s Elect. In fact the opposite is actually true, satan fears God’s Election, not because of who they are, but because of whom stands behind them, strengthening them, and that is Jesus Christ. God’s Elect have no power over satan except it come through the power of the name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ defeated death when he arose on that third day; death is one of satan’s names [Heb 2:14]. And the Elect are granted the power to rebuke satan and all his evil, through the name of Jesus Christ – and ONLY through the name of Jesus Christ. If they were to try to rebuke satan without invoking the name of Jesus Christ, then satan would have them for lunch. Below is an example of what happens when an unbeliever tries to cast out satan. The person below is a non-believer in Jesus, but he tries to cast out an evil spirit in Jesus’ name. Naturally Jesus was not with this unbeliever, and the evil spirit jumped all over the man. The moral of the story is: Don’t mess with satin or his evil spirits without the protection of Jesus Christ!

Acts 19:13-16

13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. (KJV)

A word to the wise: do not try to go against satan nor dare to even speak to him without Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit!!! For even the Archangel Michael, who now holds satan a prisoner in chains, dared not to converse with satan. Michael simply rebuked him in the name of the Lord:

Jude 1:9

9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. (KJV)

I repeat for emphasis, do not talk to satan other than to send him back to where he came from, and always in the name of Jesus Christ! If you do try to take on satan by yourself, there is a very strong possibility that you will become something that you would not want to be: “An example of what not to do, and of what happens to those who do so.”

God forbids satan to touch one of His Elect, but satan still tries. Satan isn’t one to obey God of his own free will. But when satan tries to approach one of God’s Elect, it is at that time that the Elect rebuke him in the name of Jesus Christ. Satan must then go – Period.

Satan will also try to plant seeds of doubt in the mind of God’s Elect. If you let him, satan will fill your head with fears and concerns over whether or not you can fulfill the mission that God has appointed you for. Satan will try to sideline any of God’s Elect that he can by causing them to fear their own resolution and/or loyalties. After all, if satan could cause you not to engage him in spiritual battle in the end times for fear of failure, then you would be one less enemy that he would have to deal with during his five month reign.

And let’s be real, the Lord and His Elect are the only resistance that satan as anti-christ will encounter in that time. For through the “dummying-up” of the lay-Christian, the false and incomplete teaching in the money drunk churches of this end time have and will continue to pave the way for anti-christ to rise and rule.

Now let’s take another look at the definition of “frustrate” from page one of this study. Sometimes in the course of their duties, God’s Elect can allow themselves to become frustrated with the way things are. This can have no good effect. Below, when you re-read the definition supplied from page one of this study, this time pay special attention to the underlined and embolden words. This is what satan would love to do to one of God’s Elect. We of course can not allow this to happen. Through prayer and obedience to the Lord, we know that He won’t allow it to happen either.

Excerpted from: Webster’s © 1998 New World Dictionary: frus-trate (frustrat) vt. -trated, -trat|ing [[ME frustraten < L frustratus , pp. of frustrare, frustrari , to disappoint, deceive < frustra , in vain: for IE base see FRAUD]] 1 to cause to have no effect; bring to nothing; counteract; nullify [to frustrate plans] 2 to prevent from achieving an objective; foil; baffle; defeat [to frustrate an opponent] 3 Psychol. to prevent from gratifying certain impulses or desires, either conscious or unconscious –vi. to become frustrated –adj. [Now Rare] frustrated; baffled; defeated SYN.–to frustrate means to deprive of effect or render worthless an effort directed to some end.

Don't listen to satan, rebuke him, for God chose you not because you could fail; but because He knew you would not. God knows what He is doing, He knows your capabilities, and God would not pick someone who obviously overcame in the first earth age, unless He knew that they would overcome in the second.

Mark 13:22-23 (Jesus speaking)

22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. 23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. (KJV)

I think you get the point, it is not possible! Furthermore, God commanded satan and his fallen angels (the locust army) to leave His Election alone [Rev 9:4], but if you freely open a dialog with satan, then he has the right to take you on. And you most assuredly do not want to take on a supernatural being of ultimate pure evil genius without God's protection. Why would you, whom are the living, want to give him, who's name is death; the opportunity to take you with him?!? Satan is a master manipulator, and he would like nothing more than the opportunity to deceive one of God's Elect. This however will not happen. Satan's deceptions only live in the vacuum of ignorance, God pulled back the veil a little bit and flooded the Elect with the knowledge of the truth. Truth blots out ignorance and deception eternally.

An excellent witness to the fact that satan can not even come near one of God's Elect without God's permission is the story Job. Yes satan did hurt Job, but he had to get special permission from God to do it. In other words, God had to allow satan to do it.

Job 1:8-12

8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (KJV)

Continuing on in the story, God even allows satan to physically hurt Job. And Job never fell. How much more sure we can be of our fortitude when we know that satan cannot even go this far with us!

Job 2:3-7

3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. 4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. 5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. 6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. 7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. (KJV)

God was not being mean to Job, He was preparing us. Just as with the Elect, God had a "hedge" around Job so that satan could not touch him. Job was a type of the Elect who did not rebuke satan. We see what happened to Job. It was done and recorded for our benefit, so that we would know to rebuke satan in the Lord's name. Had Job rebuked satan in the Lord's name at any point, his suffering would have ceased. Job did not know that, for if he had, he surely would have done it. But we through his story and suffering have learned a lesson that Job paid so dearly to teach. Never leave that "hedge" of protection that God gave you. It is the shadow of Christ, and we must stay in it to survive – both physically, spiritually and eternally. Enough about that.

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