WHO IS ‘THAT PROPHET’ LIKE UNTO MOSES?

WHO IS ‘THAT PROPHET’ LIKE UNTO MOSES?

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

Who is “that prophet” whom the Jews referred to when they questioned John the Baptist of his identity? For they asked, “What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou THAT PROPHET? And he answered, No.” [John 1:21]

So who was “THAT PROPHET” which the Jews had in mind?

Even Philip who shortly after the Lord called him to be a disciple finds Nathanael and says, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” [John 1:45]

We know that all the prophets testify of Christ, but when did Moses make mention of our Lord? Tucked into the midst of Deuteronomy, talking about the punishment of false prophets, Moses made a remarkable prophecy:

“The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, LIKE UNTO ME; unto him ye shall hearken!” [Deut 18:15] And again –

“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, LIKE UNTO THEE, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.” [Deut 18:18,19]

One thing is clear from the above prophecy i.e. that “THAT PROPHET” whom God would raise from amongst the Jews would be one “LIKE UNTO MOSES”.

Are there any ‘similarities’ between Moses the deliverer and our Lord Jesus Christ? Let us see . . . .

1. First off, He’s definitely from “among the brothers” of Israel, so that’s a good start. The Prophet must be Jewish, and Jesus’ heritage was from the tribe of Judah.

2. Both were shepherds – The Lord Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd”, and Moses also tended sheep – figuratively and literally.

3. Both were sent to bring salvation after 400 years of apparent inactivity from God – the Israelites had been enslaved for 400 years in Egypt, and the 400 years before The Lord Jesus came had been notably silent years from God.

4. Both fasted for 40 days and nights – Moses while on Mount Sinai, and The Lord Jesus in the Judean desert, when being tempted by Satan.

5. Both spent time in Egypt as children (as Jesus had to be hidden there for a while as a baby to escape Herod)

6. Both were born at a time when evil kings pronounced death to all Jewish baby boys in the area – Pharaoh had commanded all Hebrew baby boys to be drowned at birth, and Herod had issued a command to kill all baby boys under the age of two. Both were miraculously rescued from that threat.

7. Both were called by God to lead and save.

8. Both did miracles to testify to their God-given authority

9. Both instituted a covenant of blood that brought salvation for many – Moses with the Passover lamb’s blood on the doorposts, The Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, brought in the new covenant in his blood on the beams of the cross

10. Both were given God’s public stamp of approval with an audible voice from heaven, heard by the crowd – Moses at Sinai, and The Lord Jesus at his baptism

11. Both gave up great riches to lead a humble life of service and poverty – Moses from the palace of the King of Egypt, The Lord Jesus from the heights of heaven. Both were noted for their great humility (Numbers 12:3, Hebrews 11:26-27, Philippians 2)

12. Both were initially rejected by the Jews when the foretold salvation didn’t seem as if it was going to happen. When Moses first challenged Pharaoh, things got a lot worse for the Israelites, leading to despair and anger. The Lord Jesus’s crucifixion looked like a hopeless defeat. Both salvation situations initially looked like the promises were not going to come true. But they did.

13. Both were criticized by their own families – Jesus’s brothers in John 7:5, and Moses’ sister and brother in Numbers 12:1.

14. Both were willing to sacrifice their own lives for the sake of those they were leading, and to pay for the sins of their people – Moses in Exodus 32, and The Lord Jesus’s own readiness to die on our behalf is evident in the Garden of Gethsemane

15. Both miraculously provided the people with bread to eat – manna was sent from heaven for the Israelites and The Lord Jesus miraculously fed the multitudes. Twice. And in one of those instances the people who witnessed the miracle exclaimed – “This is of a truth THAT PROPHET that should come into the world!” [John 6:14]

16. Both were accepted by Gentiles – Moses’ father in law, a Midianite, instantly believed (Exodus 18:10-11) The Egyptians too came to believe that the God of Israel was real and true. And the non-Jews readily accepted The Lord Jesus’s message of salvation.

17. Under Moses, all those who believed him, those who followed the instructions and put the sacrificial blood on their doors, were saved from death. Similarly, under The Lord Jesus, all those who appropriate His sacrificial blood, shed for His elect are saved from Eternal death!

18. Seven weeks (50 days) after the Exodus, the Israelites waited upon God to receive the Torah – now that they had been saved, how then should they live? God gave Moses His covenant and instructions on how to live as a community. Seven weeks (50 days) after the resurrection, the disciples waited as Jesus instructed them to receive the Holy Spirit, and the church was born – a new faith community, and a new way to live as believers.

19. Both of their faces shone with the glory of heaven, as was noted by people who saw them – Moses had to wear a veil over his face because it was beaming so much, and The Lord Jesus’s disciples saw His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration.

20. Moses chose 12 spies to explore Canaan, and The Lord Jesus chose 12 disciples. Moses appointed 70 rulers over Israel, and The Lord Jesus sent 70 disciples out to share the gospel.

21. Moses led the people out from slavery to Pharaoh! The Lord Jesus has redeemed us from slavery to Sin, Satan and the World . . . into life with Him forevermore!

The above similarities are mentioned just to ‘whet your appetite’. There are so many more similarities if you will but pray and dig into God’s Word! But there are a few crucial differences too: Moses was not perfect, and did not cross into the promised land, but our Lord Jesus is perfect, and has gone before us into Heaven itself, to prepare a place for us, and sits at the right hand of the Father not only to intercede for us but from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool! [Heb 10:12,13]

Hallelujah! Even so come quickly Lord Jesus!

[copied and paraphrased from sources on the web]

THE THEOLOGY WHICH GIVES GOD ALL THE GLORY  – THAT’S THE RIGHT ONE!

THE THEOLOGY WHICH GIVES GOD ALL THE GLORY  – THAT’S THE RIGHT ONE!

Compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“Have you ever had a shopping cart with a broken wheel? You push it around and all it wants to do is run into the sides of the aisle. If you were to let the cart go on its own, it would immediately turn and smash into that case of pickles up ahead! You are like that shopping cart! The bad wheel is your heart. It’s always veering off, leading you away from what you were created to be. You were created for God’s love and glory, but instead, your heart pulls you away from Jesus and into something much worse than a case of pickles.

Being a rebel at heart means that you do not have the ability to choose God or even to respond to God on your own because you are spiritually dead; we all are.

REFORMED THEOLOGY teaches that, because we are more sinful than we could ever imagine, it can only be God who takes that broken shopping cart wheel (our sinful heart) and replaces it with one that has both the ability and the desire to seek him and to follow him. By faith in Christ, you are no longer set to smash into the aisles of sinful destruction. No, he promises to carry us in his grip of grace.”
[Brian Cosby]

“Whatsoever doctrine both depress and humble man and advance the glory of God, is true. It answers the design of the Gospel, which all centers in this: that man is to be laid low, and God to be exalted as the chief cause. It pulls man down from his own bottom, and transfers all the glory man would challenge into the hands of God: it lays man in the dust at God’s footstool. That doctrine which crosses the main design of the Gospel, and encourages pride in man, is not a spark from heaven. No flesh must glory in God’s presence (1 Corinthians 1:29).

The doctrine of justification by works is thrown down by the apostle with this very argument as a thunderbolt: ‘Where is boasting then? It is excluded…by the law of faith’ (Romans 3:27), that is by the doctrine of the Gospel. Boasting would be introduced by ascribing regeneration to nature, as much as it is excluded by denying justification by works. The doctrine of the Gospel would contradict itself to usher in boasting with one hand whilst it thrust it out with the other. Our Saviour gave this rule long ago, that the glorifying of God is the evidence of truth in persons: ‘he that seeketh His glory that sent him, the same is true’ (John 7:18). By the same reason also in things and doctrines” [Charnock, 1660].

Reformed theology gives God His rightful place as sovereign ruler and disposer of all things, who hath mercy on whom He will and hardens whom He will and places man in the dust where he belongs!

And remember whatever gives GOD ALL the glory THAT is what is right!

“He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that SEEKETH HIS GLORY THAT SENT HIM, THE SAME IS TRUE, and no unrighteousness is in him.” [John 7:18]

“So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” [Rom 9:16]

“The Reformed Faith, then, offers us a great God who is really the sovereign Ruler of the Universe. “Its grand principle,” says Bayne, “is the contemplation of the universe of God revealed in Christ. In all places, in all times, from eternity to eternity, Calvinism sees God.” Our age, with its emphasis on democracy, doesn’t like this view, and perhaps no other age liked it less. The tendency today is to exalt man and to give God only a very limited part in the affairs of the world.” [Loraine Boettner]

“ . . thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes!” [Psalm 50:21]

“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?” [Daniel 4:35]

HOLD MY HAND AND LEAD ME DEAR LORD!

HOLD MY HAND AND LEAD ME DEAR LORD!

Michael Jeshurun

“Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight.” [Psalm 119:35]

There was a time when David had confidence in his own ability and ‘will power’. But his sin with Bathseba and his murder of Uriah which followed changed all that!

There was a day when he had boasted – “”I WILL behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I WILL walk within my house with a perfect heart. I WILL set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me: I WILL not know a wicked person” (Ps. 101:2-4),

Commenting on the above verses, Pink says – Note the repeated “I will” in the above passage, and learn therefrom how much the “will” of man is worth”!

Now after many falls and serious sins, David was convinced that if he was going to go in the path of God’s commandments, GOD would have to make him go! As I have found out and proved through many years of bitter experience that only TO WILL is present with me, but to PERFORM that which is good I FIND NOT! And most often, the good that I would I do not, but the evil which I would not, THAT I DO! [Rom 7:19]

Augustine was right when he said – “Grant what Thou commandest and then command what Thou wilt”!

The man with the withered arm in Matthew 12 is a case in point. Remember what the Master told him to do? The Lord said – ‘Stretch forth thine hand”! Did he have the power to comply in his own strength and ability to stretch it forth?! Commenting on this Pink says –

“Listen! Here was a man with a withered hand, paralyzed, and Christ says. “Stretch forth thine hand”; It was the one thing that he could not do! Christ told him to do a thing that was impossible in himself. Well then you say why did Christ tell him to stretch forth his hand? Because DIVINE POWER WENT WITH THE VERY WORD THAT COMMANDED HIM TO DO IT! Divine power ENABLED him to. The man could not do it of himself. If you think that he could you are ready for the lunatic asylum, I don’t not care who you are. Any man or woman here who thinks that that man was able to stretch forth his paralyzed arm by an effort of his own will is ready for the lunatic asylum! How can paralysis move”? Good question!

And every regenerated child of God, unless Divine power enables him is much like the man with the withered arm! The inability under which he labors is not an inability to exercise volition, but an inability to be willing to exercise HOLY VOLITIONS. And it is this phase of it which led Luther to declare that ‘FREE WILL’ IS AN EMPTY TERM, WHOSE REALITY IS LOST; and a lost liberty, according to my grammar, is no liberty at all”!

“Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight”!

SPURGEON’S COMMENT –

“To will is present with me; but how to perform that which good I find not.” Thou hast made me to love the way, now make me to move in it. It is a plain path, which others are treading through thy grace; I see it and admire it; cause me to travel in it. This is the cry of a child that longs to walk, but is too feeble; of a pilgrim who is exhausted, yet pants to be on the march; of a lame man who pines to be able to run. It is a blessed thing to delight in holiness, and surely he who gave us this delight will work in us the yet higher joy of possessing and practicing it. Here is our only hope; for we shall not go in the narrow path till we are made to do so by the Maker’s own power. O Thou who didst once make me, I pray Thee make me again: Thou hast made me to know; now make me to go. Certainly I shall never be happy till I do, for my sole delight lies in walking according to Thy bidding.

The Psalmist does not ask the Lord to do for him what he ought to do for himself: he wishes himself to “go” or tread in the path of the command. He asks not to be carried while he lies passive; but to be made “to go.” Grace does not treat us as stocks and stones, to be dragged by horses or engines, but as creatures endowed with life, reason, will, and active powers, who are willing and able to go of themselves if once made to do so. God worketh in us, but it is that we may both will and do according to his good pleasure.

The holiness we seek after is not a forced compliance with command, but the indulgence of a whole hearted passion for goodness, such as shall conform our life to the will of the Lord. Can the reader say, “therein do I delight”? Is practical godliness the very jewel of your soul, the coveted prize of your mind? If so, the outward path of life, however rough, will be clean, and lead the soul upward to delight ineffable. He who delights in the law should not doubt but what he will be enabled to run in its ways, for where the heart already finds its joy the feet are sure to follow.

Note that the corresponding verse in the former (Psalms 119:27 ) was “Make me to UNDERSTAND,” and here we have “Make me to GO.” Remark the: order, first understanding and then going; for a clear understanding is a great assistance towards practical action”. [Amen!]

One last quote from Thomas Marten – “Make me to go in the path of thy commandments. David, in the former verses, had begged for LIGHT, now for STRENGTH TO WALK ACCORDING TO THIS LIGHT. We need not only light to know our way, but a heart to walk in it. Direction is necessary because of the blindness of our minds; and the effectual impulsions of grace are necessary because of the weakness of our hearts. It will not answer our duty to have a naked notion of truths, unless we embrace and pursue them. So, accordingly, WE NEED A DOUBLE ASSISTANCE FROM GOD; THE MIND MUST BE ENLIGHTENED, THE WILL MOVED AND INCLINED. The work of a Christian lies not in depth of speculation, but in the height of practice.

The excellency of Divine grace consisteth in this, — That God doth first teach what is to be done, and then makes us to do what is taught: “Make me to go in the path of thy commandments.”

GOD’S ACTS AND GOD’S WAYS!

GOD’S ACTS AND GOD’S WAYS!

Michael Jeshurun

Way back in the Old Testament God had said, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth ME, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness . . . etc” [Jer 9:23,24]

This is something which God Himself ensures will happen! “I will even betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD”! [Hosea 2:20]

To “KNOW THE LORD” is to know His attributes and His ways!

In Psalm 103:7 it is recorded – “He made known HIS WAYS unto Moses, HIS ACTS unto the children of Israel”!

Moses was His ‘chosen’, His ‘elect’ and so God made known to him “HIS WAYS”, the ‘children of Israel’ on the other hand (at least the majority of them) as history proves were like the nominal Christians of our day, so all they knew were “HIS ACTS’!

It takes grace and revelation from above to know “HIS WAYS”.

No other school of thought sets forth the ‘ways of God’ and His acts, especially concerning His Absolute Sovereignty, His Attributes and His Providence as the Reformed school of thought!

While not all who call themselves ‘Reformed’ know the Lord I will say without hesitation that no man truly knows the Lord as the Reformed Christian!

The nominal Christian will ALWAYS attack the doctrines of grace by using all kinds of excuses – saying that we are being brainwashed by the teachings of ‘men’, the God of ‘Calvinism’ is a monster blah blah . .

“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.

But all these things will they do unto you for My Name’s sake, because THEY KNOW NOT HIM THAT SENT ME”! [John 15:20,21]

The Arminian gospel or the ‘gospel’ of man’s free-will offends no one! It never raises the question as Paul’s gospel did . . . “Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will”?

Nothing divides the sheep from the goats as does the doctrine of Absolute Predestination! A.W. Pink once wrote to his friend Lowell Green, who was looking for a Church to fellowship – Pink said – “preach election to them and they will show you the character of goats”!

I always tell the Christian Preachers and Pastors I run into – “If the contemplation of God does not ‘blow your mind’, then he is probably not THE GOD of the Bible you are contemplating. If the God you believe in can be understood and explained to satisfy your peanut brain, he is probably not THE GOD of the Bible! If after you are done with your preaching, the natural unregenerate man does not exclaim- “that is not MY idea of God” or “that is not the God of love I believe in” you probably haven’t preached it right!

As Boettner rightly said- “If the Gospel does not startle and terrify and amaze a man when presented to him, it is not the true Gospel”!

THE LORD GAVE THE WORD: GREAT WAS THE COMPANY OF THOSE THAT PUBLISHED IT!

THE LORD GAVE THE WORD: GREAT WAS THE COMPANY OF THOSE THAT PUBLISHED IT!

ALL of God’s children are ‘rare’ and ‘unique’ in their own merit! And the way God uses them is quite unique too. Some of God’s children are made strong to do mighty works for Him! God has His Samsons here and there who can pull up Gaza’s gates, and carry them to the top of the hill; He has a few mighties who are lion-like men, but the majority of His people are a timid, trembling race. They are like starlings, frightened at every passerby; a little fearful flock. But that is not to say that God does not use them in His Kingdom.

God has His Mr. Great-heart’s, and Mr. Faithful’s, and Mr. Valiant-for-Truth soldiers . . . but He also has His Miss Much-afraid’s, and Mrs. Despondency’s, and His Feeble-mind’s. But ALL of them are very much needed and make an integral part of Hid glorious Kingdom! (paraphrased from Spurgeon)

There are those who preach, those who print what is preached and those who publish what is printed and many others who stand in the shadows and fervently uphold in prayer those who are preaching! “The Lord gave the Word: GREAT was the company of those that published it”! [Psalm 68:11] And they all shall receive the same reward according to their labours!

“As his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: THEY SHALL PART ALIKE”. [1Sam 30:24]

‘Those that tarry by the stuff’ are AS important as those who go down to battle! And whether we are called to preach, print or publish or pray we are all indebted to the ‘Grace of God’ which worketh in us mightily!

“Whereunto I also labour, striving according to HIS working, which worketh in me mightily”! [Col 1:29] And all the glory shall be to God ALONE! Amen!

Hallelujah!

HAVE YOU MADE JESUS THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE?

HAVE YOU MADE JESUS THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE?

The Lord Jesus is Lord of ALL – whether we want it or not!

“For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living!” [Rom 14:9]

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!” [Phil 2:9-11]

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” [Rev 17:14]

If God has called you through His Gospel in time (2Thes 2:14), it is because He has chosen you in eternity past (Eph 1:4) . . . and if He has chosen you and called you then He will keep you faithful! (Jude 1:24,25)

Salvation is of the LORD! [Jonah 2:9] And to Him ALONE is ALL the Glory!

“For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.” [Romans 8:29,30]

Hallelujah!

‘GOING TO CHURCH’ ON SUNDAY ?

‘GOING TO CHURCH’ ON SUNDAY ?

Here is an excerpt from a letter to a Sister who wrote to me telling me that the voice of God was convicting her to ‘GET OUT’ of a compromised Church which she was attending –

Dear Sister, the nominal Christian is raised from his childhood with the idea that come Sunday he needs to ‘go to Church’!

And this, without even understanding what ‘the church’ actually means!

The ‘Church’ is not a building with a steeple on the top, nor is it a group of religious folks who attest to a creed, and have learnt to sing a few hymns and spiritual songs!

The Greek word used in the Bible for the Church is ‘Ecclesia’ which just simply means ‘called out ones’! Individuals sovereignly chosen and ‘called out’ by the God the Father, supernaturally made alive by the Holy Spirit and have been made partakers of the mystical body of Christ!

So you cannot in any real sense ‘go to Church’ because if you are truly saved, you are part of the Church!

Oh but doesn’t the Scripture say, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. [Heb 10:25]

It sure does!

But notice, it is the assembling of “OURSELVES”!

Who are those who constitute the “ourselves” which the Apostle speaks of? Well, it is those to whom the epistle is written to in the first place –

“Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling” [Heb 3:1]

Hebrews 10:25 is not admonishing the Christian to go every Sunday and sit amongst a bunch of religious goats who have a ‘form of godliness but deny the power thereof’! The Apostle’s counsel concerning such is “from such TURN AWAY”! [2Tim 3:5]

Dear Sister, please understand that I am not against God’s children having a desire to find a true Church to fellowship with. But such Churches are VERY FEW in the world today and usually meet in very small numbers either in their homes or a rented shed. If God leads you to such a Church then you can praise God for it! If not, better to sit at home and worship God than to ‘attend’ a Church which has a form of religion without the power thereof. Even at this moment I personally know God’s precious children both in the USA and England who are without an official Church where they can attend!

And the reason is not far to seek, Sister! You see, we are living in a day when God’s sheep are an ‘endangered species’! Which means, there aren’t many of them left! You have more chances of running into a ‘Tasmanian Wolf’ in Australia than running into a true child of God in a large shopping mall or train station!

In Psalm 83:3 the Psalmist refers to the Lord’s people as “Thy hidden ones”. And I believe that that is a good description of God’s people in the day that we are now living in. First of all I guess you will agree that a Church is not a BUILDING. It is a collection of believers. How many believers does it take to constitute a Church? JUST TWO! The Lord said “where TWO or three are gathered together in My Name there am I in the midst of them”! I guess the Lord had a reason for limiting the number to two or three, because being the omniscient One He knew that the day would come (has come!) when in most parts of the world only two of three would come together in His Name.

Yes, if we can find other believers who love the truth and holiness and are against all that is erroneous like Free-Willism, Roman Catholicism, Christmas, and the Prosperity Gospel etc, then it will be our joy to join with such believers and break bread.

But I speak from 27 years of personal experience that such Churches are one in a thousand and they usually meet in homes. The Master called His sheep ‘little-flock’ (Lk 12:32) because compared to the multitudes that throng the nominal churches, they are VERY SMALL in number. If a true child of God is yet a member of one of these HUGE ‘churches’, it will not be long before the Spirit opens his eyes to the fact that he is sitting amongst goats.

In our day the Lord’s true sheep who love the truth are so few in number that for a preacher to be a FULLTIME SALARIED MINISTER he has to necessarily be an amuser of goats and an entertainer of religious hypocrites. Trust me, Sister; I do not say this lightly. I know what I am saying. If a preacher has gathered enough members to support him fulltime and build him a church building then 99% of those who are part of his ‘Church’ have to NECESSARILY be religious goats! I am sorry but this fact I have seen through my own bitter experience!

Incidentally, one does not have to ‘go to church’, or ‘go’ anywhere for that matter! If the Lord leads us to a group of true believers then great! We MUST make every effort to fellowship with them at every given opportunity and do our part to edify them.

But remember this – if whichever group we have decided to be a part of is growing to a number where we have to purchase or rent a building for our gathering, then chances are that the ‘pastor’ or ‘elders’ there are not preaching the WHOLE truth!

“Anything which is endured today in the religious world CANNOT be sound doctrine; anything which is approved of, well-attended, popular, is not sound ‘doctrine’. When God raises up His servant, equips him and sends him forth to preach, that servant will necessarily preach the WORD, and DENOUNCE all that is opposed to the world: hence his message is BOUND to be UNPOPULAR, in fact HATED by all who are not regenerated”. [A.W. Pink]

My dear Sister, I preach separation from false churches as IMPERATIVE! Ever since I left the Apostate Churches and started out independently, the Lord has gradually shown me little by little that the existing Christendom of our day is IRREMEDIABLY APOSTATE. We are living in a day when ‘Christians’ have no regard for sound doctrine or a hunger for true holiness. Even most who prate about their orthodoxy in sound doctrine do not demand holiness from the flock entrusted to them. Most preachers in our day desire to have a ‘ministry’ to show the world what they have accomplished for Christ.

But I know from EXPERIENCE that any preacher who faithfully preaches the WHOLE counsel of God, which means not just preaching the truth but exposing the lie (and the liars who masquerade in Jesus’ name), I believe such a preacher WILL be left WITHOUT A ‘MINISTRY’, for he will soon begin to see that the elect of God who sincerely seek to follow the Lamb by denying self, sin, and the world are only a mere HANDFUL. The Lord said “when the Son of man cometh shall He find faith upon the earth?” [Luk 18:8] Except for a few small groups of faithful disciples who gather in houses all over the world, THE WHOLE OF CHRISTENDOM WILL BE THOROUGHLY APOSTATE– which is why He says, “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins and lest you receive of her plagues”. [Rev 18:4]

But even if you cannot find an assembly of true believers to fellowship with, there is no need to ‘go anywhere’ on Sunday! Just stay at home and spend the time reading God’s Word and in prayer!

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without (outside) the camp (of nominal Christianity), bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come”. [Hebrews 13:12-14]

“Those who are “poor in spirit” have nothing in common with the self-satisfied Laodiceans. And how “distressed” in soul are they over the worldliness that has come in like a flood, over the crowds of unregenerate members, over the utter absence of any scriptural discipline? And what is to be the attitude and actions of God’s grieved children toward those having nothing more than a form of godliness? This – “FROM SUCH TURN AWAY” (2 Timothy 3:5). Identify yourself with Christ on the outside; walk ALONE WITH HIM”! [A.W. Pink]

So basically that is my take on present day Christendom. The truly elect know what I am preaching is the truth. But even among the elect, methinks that there are those who do not want to make a complete break with the established religion. For they love the praise of men more than the praise of God! But they have their reward and I am not the one to judge them.

Love
Michael Jeshurun

THE WAFER-GOD OF ROME

THE WAFER-GOD OF ROME

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

There is no Roman Catholicism without the Holy Mass, and there is no ‘Holy Mass’ without the Eucharist and the worship of it. You CANNOT be a Roman Catholic without having faith in this ‘wafer god’ and bowing before it!

AND THIS IS IDOLATRY AT ITS WORST! FOR IT MASQUERADES AS JESUS WHEN IN REALITY IT IS THE ‘MYSTERY OF INIQUITY’!

The Roman Catholic is taught from the cradle that the wafer and wine are miraculously transformed into the body and blood of our Lord by the Priest’s hocus- pocus! And according to their doctrine the Priest then sacrifices this supposed Jesus for the sins of the people. And when that is done he raises the wafer for all gathered to kneel and worship before it before they eat and partake of it!

If the Roman Catholic Mass is not a blasphemous false gospel of sacramental works, then nothing is!

If the so called act of “Transubstantiation” and the elevation and veneration of the “Host” as the “Real Presence” of the “true God” is not gross idolatry and another gospel, another spirit and another Jesus (Gal. 1:6-9; II Cor. 11:3,4), then neither is the Mormon Temple Ceremony false. So what if a Catholic claims to believe in only one God, Jesus Christ: “THE DEVILS ALSO BELIEVE, AND TREMBLE.” (James 2:19; Mark 1:24). Compare the false Romish gospel of sacramental works with the “ONCE FOR ALL…. ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOR EVER” in the true scriptures of the Holy Bible where “THERE IS NO MORE OFFERING FOR SIN” (and “WITHOUT SHEDDING OF BLOOD IS NO REMISSION”), even as the Lord Jesus Christ was dying on the cross some two thousand years ago, and said, “IT IS FINISHED” (John 19:30), and the old covenant of sacrifices offered by priests for the sins of the people was “FINISHED” and forever done away with at Calvary (Heb. 1:3; 8:13; 9:11-14,22,28; 10:10-18).

John Wycliffe, known as “The Morning Star of The Reformation,“ was the very first to translate the entire Bible into English, which he completed in 1382. With the translation of the Bible into the common language of the people, many began to see for the first time the numerous errors and corruptions of the Roman Catholic church. John Wycliffe said of the so called act of “Transubstantiation” (the sacrifice of the Mass) –

“I maintain that among all the heresies which have ever appeared in the Church, there never was one which was more cunningly smuggled in by hypocrites than this, or which in more ways deceives the people; for it plunders the people, leads them astray into idolatry, denies the teaching of Scripture, and by this unbelief provokes the Truth Himself oftentimes to anger.” (John Wycliffe, Patriot and Reformer, 1884, p. 162)

Many modern-day Bible believing Christians are unwilling to confront the issues of the idolatrous practices of the Roman Catholic church. Many Protestant ministers will readily speak out against Islam and Mormonism, but are strangely silent when it comes to exposing the false doctrines of Catholicism.

If we could go back in time 100 years and ask Protestant Christians if the Catholic “Mass” is idolatrous, scarcely one in a hundred would have denied that the ceremonial mass of the Roman Catholic church, the adoration of the wafer/cake as the “real presence” of the “true God” in particular, is gross idolatry. In less than fifty years we have witnessed a great apostasy in the Christian churches. We are seeing the end-time falling away foretold in the scriptures, “A FALLING AWAY” FROM THE SIMPLE DOCTRINES OF “THE FAITH WHICH WAS ONCE DELIVERED UNTO THE SAINTS.” (II Thess. 2:1-12; Jude 1:3).

For years people have been slowly conditioned to simply avoid religious controversy. Unwilling to suffer shame for their Saviour, many Protestants today simply refuse to defend the sound doctrine of the gospel against false teachings. Many are afraid of being looked down upon by their friends or family, some of whom are Roman Catholic’s or Catholic sympathizers. But isn’t this precisely what Jesus said his disciples would go through for standing up for the gospel?

“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake…. for, behold, your reward is great in heaven:” (Luke 6:22.23). Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38)

According to the June 16, 1999 issue of the Roman Catholic weekly Our Sunday Visitor, “Eucharistic Adoration” –prayer and meditation before the “Blessed Sacrament”– is sweeping the country.” Most Protestants (and many Roman Catholics) do not understand the significance of this statement.

This worship of a wheat wafer stems from the teaching that the communion wafer, when blessed by an ordained priest, becomes the actual “body, blood, soul and divinity” of Jesus. In spite of the fact that it still looks, tastes and feels like a wheat wafer, it becomes the “Real Presence” of Jesus.

Any left overs which remain after the faithful have eaten and swallowed this absurdity, are displayed in a special sunburst shaped “monstrance” or in a sacred storage box at the alter called a “tabernacle.” “Eucharistic Adoration” is then performed by rotating one-hour shifts of parishioners, sometimes on a “perpetual” or round-the-clock schedule.

In 1992 Pope John Paul II established an adoration chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. His statement at the time illustrates how far the pope’s teaching is from the Bible: “The best, the surest and the most effective way of establishing peace on the face of the earth is through the great power of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.”

Since then, hundreds of Eucharistic Adoration chapels have been established in the U.S. Chicago has some 30 Perpetual Adoration chapels. In Joliet, Illinois, 3000 people are signed up to take turns “adoring” the wafer god. “Adoration” takes place in 207 parishes in the St. Louis area.

In Lombard, Illinois, the deacon in charge of the local Eucharistic Adoration stated, “There are three pillars that hold up the roof of our faith: Belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, devotion to our Blessed Mother, and obedience to the Holy Father. Without all three, the roof comes crashing down.”

This statement eloquently illustrates how the lowly parishioners perceive the teachings of Roman Catholicism. Not one of the three “pillars” rests on any kind of biblical foundation. The “real presence” doctrine is a perversion of one of Jesus’ teaching metaphors; the “Blessed Mother” teaching takes the sweet mother of our Lord and perverts her into a pagan-style goddess who elbows aside the King of kings to become the “Queen of Heaven.”

Obedience to the Holy Father is specifically forbidden by Jesus in Matthew 23 when He said to call no religious leader “father.” Some day the “roof will come crashing down” when Jesus judges this harlot church. Until then, we MUST warn as many as possible by telling them the Truth of God’s Word which is hid from them by this priestcraft system.

LETTER TO A DEAR BROTHER ASSERTING WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE DECRY ‘PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION’

LETTER TO A DEAR BROTHER ASSERTING WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE DECRY ‘PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION’

My dear Brother Glen, thank you for sending me your thoughts on the matter of Sanctification. As in many other matters of theology I must say that your thoughts are the same as mine, as are your concerns in the matter. After nearly thirty one years of walking with the Lord and studying this subject on and off I be fully persuaded that ‘Sanctification’ is both a ‘one-time thing and a PROCESS!

You said in your letter – “We have been sanctified (set apart) and we ARE BEING sanctified as we grow in Christ, becoming more like him. It is dangerous to ignore this process. And all His children will experience this process for if we are without chastisement, then are ye bastards and not sons.”

I heartily concur with what you have written. Please allow me to particularize . . . .

When we decry ‘progressive sanctification’ all we are saying is that that which is born of the flesh is flesh.” (John 3:6) and will remain so till we are delivered from the body of this death. There is no promise made that in this life, we shall be set free from the indwelling and the in-working of sin.

As Brother Philpot said long ago – “Many think that their flesh is to become “progressively holier and holier” — that sin after sin is to be removed gradually out of the heart — until at last they are almost made perfect in the flesh. But this is an idle dream, and one which, sooner or later will be crudely and roughly broken to pieces!

The flesh will ever remain the same — and we shall ever find that the flesh will lust against the Spirit. Our fleshly nature is corrupt to the very core. It cannot be mended. It cannot be sanctified. It is the same at the last, as it was at the first — inherently evil, and as such will never cease to be corrupt until we put off mortality — and with it the body of sin and death.”

But that is not to say there is no ‘process’ of sanctification wrought in God’s saints from the time of their regeneration until they are called to glory. While the ‘Old man’ remains unchanged there is a change wrought in the ‘New man’ by the operation of the Spirit or the Apostle had not said – “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” [2Cor 3:18] THIS is a process! To the same effect he says, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” [2Cor 4:16]

“These blessings (of both Justification and Sanctification) walk hand in hand; and never were, never will be, never can be parted. No more than the delicious scent can be separated from the beautiful bloom of the rose or carnation: let the flower be expanded, and the fragrance transpires. Try if you can separate gravity from the stone or heat from the fire. If these bodies and their essential properties, if these causes and their necessary effects, are indissolubly connected, so are our justification and our sanctification” (James Hervey, 1770).

Justification is by a righteousness without us, sanctification is by a holiness wrought in us. Justification is by Christ as Priest, and has regard to the penalty of sin; sanctification is by Christ as King, and has regard to the dominion of sin: the former cancels its damning power, while the latter delivers from its reigning power.

 Justification is a judicial act, by which the sinner is pronounced righteous; sanctification is a moral work, by which the sinner is made holy: the one has to do solely with our standing before God, the other chiefly concerns our state. They differ in their cause: the one issuing from the merits of Christ’s satisfaction, the other proceeding from the efficacy of the same. They differ in their end: the one bestowing a title to everlasting glory, the other being the highway which conducts us there. “And an highway shall be there,…and it shall be called The way of holiness (Isaiah 35:8).

To sanctify, then, means in the great majority of instances, to appoint, dedicate or set apart unto God, for a holy and special use. Yet that act of separation is not a bare change of situation, so to speak, but is preceded or accompanied by a work which (ceremonially or experimentally) fits the person for God. Thus the priests in their sanctification (Leviticus 8) were sanctified by washing in water (type of regeneration: Titus 3:5), having the blood applied to their persons (type of justification: Romans 5:9), and being anointed with oil (type of receiving the Holy Spirit: 1 John 2 :20, 27). As the term is applied to Christians it is used to designate three things, or three parts of one whole:
First, the process of setting them apart unto God or constituting them holy: Hebrews 13:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
Second, the state or condition of holy separation into which they are brought: I Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 4:24.
Third, the personal sanctity or holy living which proceeds from the state: Luke 1:75; 1 Peter 1:15.

We be fully persuaded that ‘Personal holiness’ or experimental sanctification is equally imperative as is the forgiveness of sins in order to eternal bliss! When the Apostle wrote to the Hebrew Christians that “without holiness no man shall see the Lord” [Heb 12:15] he was not speaking of their ‘positional sanctification’ in Christ but their practical living!

“This entire sanctification of our whole inner and outer man is absolutely indispensable. As there must be a change of state before there can be of life — “make the tree good, and his fruit (will be) good” (Matthew 12:33) — so there must be sanctification before there can be glorification. Unless we are purged from the pollution of sin, we can never be fit for communion with God. “And there shall in no wise enter into it (the eternal dwelling place of God and His people) anything that defiles, neither whatever works abomination” (Rev. 21:27). “To suppose that an unpurged sinner can be brought into the blessed enjoyment of God, is to overthrow both the law and the Gospel, and to say that Christ died in vain” (John Owen)

Way back in 1600 Walter Marshall wrote – “Conclude we, then, that holiness in this life is absolutely necessary to salvation, not only as a means to the end, but by a nobler kind of necessity — as part of the end itself. Though we are not saved by good works as Procuring causes, yet we are saved to good works, as fruits and effects of saving grace, ‘which God has prepared that we should walk in them’ (Ephesians 2:10). It is, indeed, one part of our salvation to be delivered from the bondage of the covenant of works; but the end of this is, not that we may have liberty to sin (which is the worst of slavery) but that we may fulfill the royal law of liberty, and that ‘we may serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter’ (Galatians 5:13; Romans 7:6). Yes, holiness in this life is such a part of our ‘salvation’ that it is a necessary means to make us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in heavenly light and glory: for without holiness we can never see God (Hebrews 12:14), and are as unfit for His glorious presence as swine for the presence-chamber of an earthly king.”

Experimental sanctification or personal holiness is indeed an integral part of salvation itself. One of the most serious defects of modern day ministry is the ignoring of this basic fact. Of too many present-day “converts” it has to be woefully said, “Ephraim is a cake not turned” (Hos. 7:8) — browned underneath, unbaked on the top. Christ is set forth as a fire-escape from Hell, but not as the great Physician to deal with the malady of indwelling sin, and to fit for Heaven. Much is said upon how to obtain forgiveness of sins, but little is preached on how to be cleansed from its pollutions. The necessity for His atoning blood is set forth, but not the indispensability of experimental holiness. Consequently, thousands who mentally assent to the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice, know nothing about heart purity.

Again; there is a woeful disproportion between the place which is given to faith and the emphasis which the Scriptures give to that obedience which flows from sanctification. It is not only true that “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), but it is equally true that without holiness “no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Not only are we told “in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation” (Galatians 6:15), but it is also written, “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God!” (1 Corinthians 7:19).

It is not for nothing that God has told us, “Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). Not only is there in all the promises a particular respect unto personal, vital, and practical “godliness,” but it is that very godliness which, pre-eminently, gives the saint a special interest in those promises.

Alas, how many there are today who imagine that if they have “faith ,”it is sure to be well with them at the end, even though they are not holy. Under the pretense of honoring faith, Satan, as an angel of light, has deceived, and is still deceiving, multitudes of souls. But when their “faith” be examined and tested, what is it worth? Nothing at all so far as insuring an entrance into Heaven is concerned: it is a power-less, lifeless, and fruitless thing; it is nothing better than that faith which the demons have (James 2:19). Whereas the faith of God’s elect is unto “the acknowledgment of the truth which is after godliness” (Titus 1:1). Saving faith is a “most holy faith” (Jude 20): it is a faith which “purifies the heart” (Acts 15:9), it is a faith which “works by love” (Galatians 5:6), it is a faith which “overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4), it is a faith which brings forth all manner of good works (Heb. 11). In a word it quickens and motivates us to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God!” [2Cor 7:1]

To be sanctified or live a holy life is just as requisite as to be justified. He who thinks to come to enjoyment of God without holiness, makes Him an unholy God, and puts the highest indignity imaginable upon Him. There is no other alternative: we must either leave our sins, or our God. We may as easily reconcile Heaven and Hell, as easily take away all difference between light and darkness, good and evil, as procure acceptance for unholy persons with God. While it be true that our interest in God is not built upon our holiness, it is equally true that we have none without it.

Many have greatly erred in concluding that, because piety and obedience are not meritorious, they can get to Heaven without them. The free grace of God towards sinners by Jesus Christ by no means renders holiness needless and useless. Christ is not the minister of sin, but the Maintainer of God’s glory. He has not purchased for His people security in sin, but salvation from sin!

In closing please allow me to say that if a man has indeed received the ‘Grace of God’ as he claims he has, then it will teach him something and that is – “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, he should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world!” [Titus 2:12]

“Those who have been justified are now being sanctified; those who have no experience of present sanctification have no reason to suppose they have been justified.”  – F.F. Bruce

“None can know their election but by their conformity to Christ; for all who are chosen are chosen to sanctification.” – Matthew Henry

“Whom God legally saves, He experimentally saves; whom He justifies, them He also sanctifies. Where the righteousness of Christ is imputed to an individual, a principle of holiness is imparted to him; the former can only be ascertained by the latter. It is impossible to obtain a Scriptural knowledge that the merits of Christ’s finished work are reckoned to my account, except by proving that the efficacy of the Holy Spirit’s work is evident in my soul.”

“For just as weight cannot be separated from a stone, or heat from a fire; so cannot justification from sanctification.”– A.W. Pink

[Much of the above is gleaned and paraphrased from the works of John Owen and A.W. Pink. For controversy we have no taste, and we shall not accept any challenge against those who desire to debate the truths discussed in the above paper.]

THE ARMINIAN JESUS KNOCKING ON HEART’S DOOR

THE ARMINIAN JESUS KNOCKING ON HEART’S DOOR

Michael Jeshurun

The ‘god’ of the average nominal ‘Christian’ is not the Sovereign King of the universe who “hath mercy on whom He will and hardens who He will”! [Rom 9:18] He is a weak impotent ‘god’ who is at the mercy of the supposed mighty ‘free-will’ of man!

There is a familiar painting which depicts the Lord Jesus standing at a door and knocking. Much ado is made of the fact that this ‘door’ has no handle or knob on the outside . . . implying that it is inside!

I have heard more than one Arminian preacher use this painting as an illustration to plead with sinners to ‘get saved’! “Have you noticed” says the untaught evangelist, “that the artist has deliberately omitted painting a handle to the door. And why is this? Because, my friends, this is the door of the human heart. And the handle to this door is only on the inside, and it is YOU who must open this door and let Jesus into your heart” blah blah!

REALLY?

Granted, that the door on which Jesus is knocking is the door of the human heart, the Bible leaves us with no doubts as to WHICH SIDE of the door the handle is placed and WHO it is that opens that door.

Speaking of Lydia the seller of purple who responded to Paul’s preaching and was saved, it is written, “THE LORD OPENED her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul” [Acts 16:14].

And incidentally when the Lord of glory decides to enter through any ‘door’, He needs no handle or knob to open it! He is the Mighty God who “breaks in pieces the gates of brass, and cuts in sunder the bars of iron”! [Isa 45:2]. He is the Great Jehovah who that hath the ‘key of David’, Who openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth”! [Rev 3:7]

As said the Psalmist –
“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD STRONG AND MIGHTY, the LORD mighty in battle”! [Psalm 24:7,8]

And for those who are new to the faith, please understand that even if the illustration of the painting above was true and it was indeed the Lord who stood there ‘knocking and pleading’ to be let in . . . He would have to stand there and ‘knock’ away for all eternity!

Do you know why?

BECAUSE FALLEN MAN IS SPIRITUALLY DEAD AND STONE DEAF TO THE VOICE OF GOD!

Unless God sovereignly ‘opens’ his spiritual ears, man can neither hear not receive the things of the spirit!

God has His chosen FEW whom He calls His Elect, His Sheep, His Little ones, His Little flock etc . . . and these and THESE ALONE are GIVEN ears to hear and an heart to understand (Matt 13:11) and are ‘MADE WILLING’ in the Day of His power! [Psalm 110:3]

THIS is the God we believe and serve! THIS is the God who hath saved us! And to THIS SOVEREIGN GOD shall be ALL THE GLORY AND PRAISE!

HALLELUJAH!

“The “god” of this twentieth century no more resembles the Supreme Sovereign of Holy Writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the midday sun!

The “god” who is now talked about in the average pulpit, spoken of in the ordinary Sunday School, mentioned in much of the religious literature of the day, and preached in most of the so-called Bible Conferences is the figment of human imagination, an invention of maudlin sentimentality.

The heathen outside of the pale of Christendom form “gods” out of wood and stone, while the millions of heathen inside Christendom manufacture a “god” out of their own carnal mind. In reality, they are but atheists, for there is no other possible alternative between an absolutely supreme God, and no God at all. A “god” whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title to Deity, and so far from being a fit object of worship, merits nought but contempt” [A.W. Pink]

The words in Rev 3:20 are the words of our Lord, addressed not to unbelievers but to believers in the Church of Laodicea. To quote this verse in an appeal to ‘win the lost’ for Christ betrays not only our ignorance but our blindness