There was a family who lived in Melbourne who attended a Pentecostal Church. This was in the 1950s when they preached the Word and were strong against any kind of sinfulness.
We know, for example, that in the 1960s, Thomas Foster set up his CRC in Richmond. In those days, Pentecostals were using the King James Bible, and the Pure Cambridge Edition was in common use. The family that I am referring to actually had PCEs.
However, in the 1960s, there were massive attacks happening on Christianity through the Social Revolution, and the consequential Left-wing inspired attacks on the death penalty in Victoria, the Vietnam war in Australia and so on.
A young man growing up in that environment, in the family I am referring to, with Christians who actually had good beliefs, yet was seduced by the world, turned to sinfulness, promoted human rights and eventually became an atheist.
This young man went from Christianity to error in the following steps:
1. Embraced human rights activism/social revolution causes
2. Rejected the authority of the State
3. Turned to liberal theology
4. Embraced homosexuality
5. Believed evolution
6. Became an atheist
This is important to see in several ways. First, to see how temptation works as a seed by degrees.
The next point is one which contradicts some creationists, who say that basically evolution is the cause of many of today’s evils. At one time people did not believe in evolution, and did evil. As this man’s life illustrates, believing evolution only came at the end, it was actually accepting various errors about “causes” that first seduced him.
I doubt this young man had ever made a true profession of faith, but sort of was, like most, believing on his parents’ coattails.
I say this, because I was 14 when I was born again, and that was a decision independent to my own parents’ views. Evidentially, this young man at age 14 was essentially “converted” to the Left, and that seed of rebellion went the whole way to its full fruit.
This young man accepted a religion of the universal declaration of the human rights, because this is where the “power” of infidelity is based, in a human-based authority about human-derived freedoms.
So how is it that a good Christian family, who were filled with the Spirit, used the King James Bible, and spoke strongly against sins, yet brought up a son who rebelled entirely against this?
There’s a lot of children who have been abandoning the faith since the 1960s, and while the Church and families can be blamed for that, we also need to understand that in the world, the spirit of error has become very strong.
In those days Pentecostals viewed movies and television as evil. And in time, when they got a TV set, they would strongly restrict how much television the children could see. Often, young people who grow up feeling repressed would rebel. This was because Christians no long saw their religion as powerful, but rather thought that cutting off from the world would ensure purity and preservation of God’s tiny remnant.
While censorship and caution are commendable, the defeatist mentality and legalism were not right.
A truly born again person should not have internal longing for sin and carnality. The solution, therefore, would be to convert the children. This would require knowledgeable parents to instruct their children in the Lord. Sadly, the parents often were not knowledgeable, and this all the way back through the generations.
So then, the true solution would be a level of Christian education so that people who know the truth would be able to educate their children properly.
The most important spiritual movement we can ever see is where normal people are educated so as to educate their children properly.
Pr 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
Mt 8:30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
Mt 8:31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
Mt 8:32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
There is a hierarchy of spirits. When the legion of spirits, led by a spirit being called “Legion”, possessed a man, he went mad. That same being was able to enter into not only one being, but a group, a herd of pigs.
Those pigs, mere beasts, did not disperse as a group, but rather, as a group, in one accord, rushed straight into the water and drowned.
We know that those evil doers who do wickedly can become like animals, both physically (see 2 Samuel 23:20) and figuratively (see Matthew 25:33). People who do evil can become very low, and the Bible even calls such people beasts.
We read in the Bible of a man called Gog, leader of the people of Magog. But what would happen if devilish interference, so to speak, the hierarchy of devilish “surrogates” or “parasites” or “links” were made to the entire Magog nation, like how the devils entered into the herd of swine?
We must lay aside the wrong assumption that the devil is only the cause of madness. Could not an evil spirit be an intelligent being, a philosophical being, and could it not function in a certain kind of order? We should not assume that the devils are all chaos, because the account of the spirit of Tyrus.
Eze 28:3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
Eze 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
Eze 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches
Spirits do indeed operate in relation to nations, because when the angel fought the prince of Persia, Daniel was told that another spirit, the prince of Grecia would come. A godly man would not suggest that the Greeks were all possessed, but rather, that among the Greeks was found a devilish work: in the Greek kingdom of Syria, under Antiochus Epiphanes, this was certainly manifest.
The same can be said about the false religion of Islam.
This leads us to look at the Legion principle in relation to Gog, the spirit, and Gog, the rising leader of Russia, and that relationship with the spiritual outworking onto the people.
The rising leader of Russia then is a philosopher king who essentially embodies the spirit of Gog. However, this person is not detached, but rather, is connected to the people of Magog by the multitude of certain evil spirits.
As the fallen angels have a hierarchy, and as society itself has hierarchy, it leads to a kind of ordering of society, being obviously first, the leader. Under him directly is the class of the wise philosophers. The next is the class of the warrior knights. Then are craftsmen and farmers.
This requires a tremendous alteration in thinking, because it does away with “capital” and private property, and extols the virtue of extreme ego and talent.
Now, we know that God can and is pouring out His spirit, and that spirit can be throughout a nation for good. How much better and well ordered is a nation then where God is at work, not the devil.
Joe 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joe 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
That spirit or spiritual environment of openness to God, is of course of the Holy Ghost.
Bill Muehlenberg runs a website https://billmuehlenberg.com/
His views are fairly typical of serious Protestants from recent years.
On his site, he has tried to attack Infidelity. He has done this largely by confronting various social issues. This is like trying to kill a hydra by cutting at its heads.
Here’s how the battle used to be illustrated by Protestants:
This image from the old Creation Science Foundation should have put “Infidelity” as the foundation of the bad side, and added the flag of evolution to the castle. On the other side, “God’s word” is the actual foundation.
The way to really defeat the issues is to get the right foundation (on our side) and to strike at the foundation of the other side.
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6a).
According to Russian Eurasianist geopolitical articles from geopolitica.ru, Protestantism is somehow the “real” enemy of Russia. This is highlighted in an article called “The Crusade Against Us” by A. Dugin and “The Christian Right” by G. Krupey dated 16 May 2018.
This will examined and countered by a Protestant view which views multiple fulfilments of Bible prophecy and is by nature divine interventionist, geopolitical, ideological and providentialist as presented on bibleprotector.com by M. Verschuur.
Geopolitica.ru argues that Liberalism as backed by America is not mere pluralism, but a tyrannical ideology. Bibleprotector.com argues that the pervading ideology manifest in Liberalism is Infidelity, and that Infidelity is of spiritual antichrist.
Geopolitica.ru claims that Liberalism has a hidden layer or basis, one which is theological and religious, that is, Protestant eschatology. But bibleprotector.com says that this is incorrect. Infidelity and Liberalism, which is the basis of the infidelity of the Enlightenment and Modernism, is actually based on the work of Catholics, Jews, Deists, Freemasons and apostate Protestants. One can therefore not justly accuse Protestantism itself of being responsible, though apostate Protestants, ones who departed from Protestant traditions, are highly culpable.
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1 John 2:19).
A certain King James Bible only teacher said, “Some critics like to point to Joel 3:13 where some KJBs read ‘fat’ while others read ‘vats’ as proof the KJB is flawed. Who are these people and what is the answer?” (The word “fat” is the Biblical spelling of was is today spelled a “vat”, which is used in wine making.)
Of course, there are critics of the King James Bible who would indeed seek to cast doubt on the accuracy of the King James Bible and would want to undermine the continuing use of it. They would ask which is correct, should it be “fats” or “vats”? And if some King James Bibles have been printed with one spelling (most have “fats”), and some with another (a few more recent examples have “vats”), they then seek to undermine the Bible itself. If we are supposed to believe that the Bible is the Word of God, what is it, is it “fats” or is it “vats”?
But this KJBO teacher made a presentation where he said that there were King James Bible people who were using a spelling variation maybe to unintentionally condemn people or maybe to promote the particular printing ministry associated with their church. That is not the way Christian charity (love in action) should work, as the KJBO teacher rightly addressed this issue. But sadly, like many of the older KJBOs, he did not quite rightly explain or understand the “fats” versus “vats” issue, because although he said he was against modernising spelling today, he said that the smallest unit of preservation was only words, not letters or parts of words (which would relate to spelling, etc.).
What is the Hephzi-bah doctrine?
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
The future of the people of God is a blessed state. The Church is likened here to be as a crown, glorious and authoritative. The latter days glory for the Church is likened to be a blessed land, which is what the word “Hephzi-bah” describes.
8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
The BRANCH can be taken as a symbol, and it follows that it can be taken as an the acronym, each letter representing a word and concept: Book, Remnant, A pure language, Nation, Communication and Harvest.
Further, in the Hephzi-bah doctrine, it follows the idea of four civilisational areas coming together to a central point in the Church Restitution, which are: Religion, Nation, Politics and Culture.
First, the BRANCH:
Book. This says that there is one Bible which is exactly, precisely perfect, to be made the common heritage of the whole world generally. This is the King James Bible, specifically, the Pure Cambridge Edition. This book shows us the name of God, JEHOVAH.
Remnant. This says that Church history has been working towards the triumph of the Christian church in the latter days, and that even now there are believers and the gathering of proper doctrines (e.g. proper Pentecostalism), for unity of faith.
A pure language. This says that English is spreading abroad so that world missionisation can occur by English-speakers, that not only has English been prepared to be able to conceptually convey the Gospel, but that it is out there as the means for using the best Bible in the world for evangelism.
Nation. That among all nations, particularly the union of Australia and New Zealand are to be used of God, and for the conversion of the Jews, and great worldwide revival.
Communication. This says that the communication technology being prepared, infrastructure built and transportation possibilities at hand, that this message may reach the whole earth.
Harvest. This says that all the seeds sown must come to fruition, and that we are to reap them, at the set time and season, even at the fall of Gog.
There are, in every category of our civilisational Christian Exceptionalism, two strands which must come together, so that in religion, the highest two separate forms of King James Bible only and Word of Faith must come together in the Word and Spirit Movement; that nationally, Australia and New Zealand must come together in Pacific Union; that politically the Whig and Tory traditions must come together in the Restoration of the Commonwealth, that is, national Christianity in a new spiritual British Empire so-to-speak; and that Australia has historically benefited and is the child of both Britain and America, to perpetuate what is good in our cultural influence in the world, that is, our Manifest Destiny.
The convergence of these four movements, i.e. Word and Spirit, Pacific Union, Restore the Commonwealth and Manifest Destiny are central to Church Restitution.
This thinking follows on from the progress of Joseph Mede, John Milton, the Hartlib Circle, etc. and with emphasis on Oliver Cromwell.
It is a belief in the Church Restitution, where all the seed sown of history must be harvested, and what the devil has stolen must be restored seven-fold.
It is a belief in Bible prophecy applying not just to the past or future, but to the present, particularly, the relevance of the New Testament understanding of the Old Testament to the present.
It is, unashamedly, a creationist and providentialist view that builds upon notions put forward by Cromwell, Josiah Strong, Churchill and others, that says that the people of Ashkenaz, that is, particularly the Anglo-Saxon civilisation, is to be used of God in this mighty way in the latter days, not after the measure of the flesh, but after measure of the spiritual, particularly for upcoming outpouring of the Spirit for all nations and for the conversion of the Jews.
It says that we are those who hold aloft an ensign to the nations, we sound the call of the trumpet. It says that every one of those verses of Scripture, too numerous to quote, are coming to pass, when all these things are “finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” (Rev. 10:7).
The Hephzi-bah doctrine is a millenarian view about our heritage and destiny, how we are vessels fit for the Master’s use. It puts us as the victors over Eastern Antichrist and as having the greatest responsibility for accomplishing the fullest measure of the Gospel, the outworking of grace for release and refreshing, so that the whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.
Australia has a Kenyan-born Pentecostal woman Senator named Lucy Gichuhi.
Here is an opportunity for standing up for Biblical views and traditional standards. But no, The Australian newspaper reported her saying, “I don’t operate on the extremes because the world we live in is about finding middle ground to coexist”.
This seems to indicate a view that if the Bible says, “Thou shalt do this,” and the world says, “Do that”, this kind of person is going to find a middle position. Honestly, the middle ground is the most anti-Christian position of all.
Re 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Re 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
These are Jesus’ words. He is demanding a people that stand for Him. Else, you can be fully committed to the world and its ways. But don’t try to be friends with everyone.
It is always bad when someone has the chance the stand up for Christianity, but instead they decline to really fight for what is right. Senator Gichuhi actually had the temerity to censure Pauline Hanson and swipe Christians in Parliament while she believes, according to The Australian newspaper, that the most important issues are “the state of aged care in Australia and financial literacy.” Really? With all the attacks on traditional values, abortion epidemic, rising national debt, war on marriage and the mainstreaming of leftist hatred of Australia, it seems like Senator Gichuhi’s “Christian” concerns are out of touch with reality, out of step with the Bible and out of order for a prosperous society.
It is dangerous to have a “Christianity” that actually is against what Christianity really means. It is often said that in Africa, South America and Asia there are movements advancing in Christianity way beyond our own. That’s unlikely to be correct, but even though Christianity is in serious decline in the West, this can be reversed. The biggest problem that needs to be overcome here is the decline in power and knowledge of Pentecostalism.
Smith Wigglesworth said, “I can see even in this Pentecostal work, except we see there is a real death, God will say to us, ‘Come out.’ Unless Pentecost wakes up to shake herself free from all worldly things and comes into a place of the divine-likeness with God, we will hear the voice of God, ‘Come out’ and He will have something far better than this. I ask every one of you, will you hear the voice of God and come out? You ask, ‘What do you mean?’ Everyone of you knows without exception, there is no word for Pentecost, only being on fire. If you are not on fire, you are not in the place of regeneration. It is only the fire of God that burns up the entanglements of the world.”
True Christianity has a world-reaching standard and call that must set the record straight, even if it contradicts messengers coming from some country which has birdlife in abundance.
(Also, being called the Australian Barack Obama is not an endorsement.)
The Australian news reported a high level assessment that “we do not see Russia … as posing a military threat to Australia.” (Date: 29/1/18).
There are big parts to this here: Russia’s military and Australia’s place. These geopolitical questions must be addressed from a Biblical perspective.
The first issue is about Russia’s rise in the coming years. This is clearly laid out in many Scriptures, such as Ezekiel 38, 39; Daniel 8 and Daniel 11:30-45. From this we would have to conclude that Russia is certainly a military threat.
From our Australian Biblical geopolitical view, we only have to look at the ultimate aim of the Russian power to ascertain Russia’s military threat level: “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.” (Daniel 11:44).
The next step that follows is to see what the Russian threat is actually designed against. This is identified in Daniel 11:31, which lists three things:
1. The sanctuary of strength being polluted.
2. The taking away of the daily sacrifice.
3. Placing an abomination that maketh desolate.
The sanctuary of strength deals with two areas: Christianity and where its “home base” is. This indicates that Christianity in the USA is the target.
10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
The “stars” indicate both Christian leaders as well as a symbol for some of the states in the United States.
The daily sacrifice means the practice of Christianity, the use and understanding of Scripture:
4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
(Psalm 56:4, 5).
As Christians, we are priests to God, offering up the daily sacrifice: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15). Proverbs 30 indicates that the proper name of God is found in the Scripture, yet there is a lot of attack on this by production of new and varying Bibles and alterations to the names of God (e.g. by Hebrew roots).
This then leads to the abomination that maketh desolate. This is the argument that Protestantism is not the inheritor of the Eastern Orthodox truth. The abomination says we must turn aside from the Protestant truth back to Eastern Orthodoxy. In reality, Protestantism is the true child of Eastern Orthodoxy, because (among other things) that is where the Protestant New Testament was taken from.
So we can certainly conclude that Russia would be a military threat to many nations. We can also see an associated ideological and religious conflict against Bible-believing Protestant Christianity (particularly in America) by Russian propaganda.
There is a geopolitical conflict at play. It would be naive and incorrect to deny Russia’s ability and power in this conflict. If anything, this is a time for Australians to turn to Biblical Christianity.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
(Isaiah 42:4, 12-14, 21).
“Rightwise”, a book by Matthew Verschuur, is available here: http://goo.gl/t2qZc6
This book is about the ideological struggle for the correct form of the right (perhaps it could be termed the ctrl-right as a Christian polemic to the alt-right).
Rightwise describes a conflict between “the wise” and the Eastern Antichrist.
Focus is ultimately put on the struggle between God with His angels and human followers versus the devil and his works.
This manifests very much as a war among the gods, which is to say, both that the angels are deployed and devils at work, and that whatever princes, whether spiritual or human, they fighting along a course which has been determined by God.
In Daniel chapter eight the prophecy describes the rise of Eastern Antichrist. This prophecy has three time periods which it has outworked. First was with Antiochus Epiphanes. Second was with Islam and the Turks. And third is at hand, which is Gog, the Russian leader.
Now, if people are to walk by sight, they would think that all the rise and might of Gog in Daniel eight is a hopeless situation. If you didn’t believe in Bible prophecy, you wouldn’t be sure what was going to happen. That’s like the old fears about Communism, Germany, The Bomb, Y2K or the global warming beat up.
But the way to look at situations is not by looking at what is seen (empiricism), nor what is reasonable (rationalism), but to look spiritually. Start from the Word and let the Spirit guide you.
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
(2 Kings 6:15–17).
We are to look at things not seen. Yes, there are devils and hordes of evil men. But the greater one is in us, and the fiery hosts of angels with us.
God knows everything and is determining everything. Our battle is spiritual, not merely carnal. You can’t defeat Satan merely with martial arts or gunfire.
So then, the wise know this. We are in a transcendent war where we stand, speaking the words of God and act in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ.
That’s how strange events happen, that’s how mighty armies can be thwarted.
35 ¶ And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
(2 Kings 19:35).
But you will notice that Hezekiah didn’t just pray, he prepared Jerusalem for the siege. The real battle is about spiritual princes, such as Michael versus the prince Gog (Eastern Antichrist). However, this battle is not based on dualism, because God in control. Also, the battle between angels and devils still requires the movement of men and deployment of arms. But wars are not won by mere forces, they are won because things that happen are happening because they were “set” to happen just as the Bible promised.