LUKE, Chapter 10 – Like a divine shewbread in this world (Part II)

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Communion with the Bread of Life brings mission in divine holiness.

We see here that unity with Jesus results in holy labor. The number 70 (10 x 7) topologically stands for “perfect holiness”. Thus spiritual labor in perfect holiness is involved here. If, in the first shewbread (Chapter 9:1-11), we saw that our labor must be in the strength of the Holy Spirit (and this, of course, goes for ALL labor in Him), expressed there in the number 12; here we see which spiritual level our labor, in the power of the Holy Ghost, must reach; namely that of perfect holiness.The number 7 in God’s Bible always points to the end-time, namely to the moment the period of God’s grace (a 2000-year period), wherein we are (still) living now, will be closed. Prophetically this tells us that during the last worldwide revival of God’s latter rain (this is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end-time), of which we now already have received “the first drops”, a service in such holiness will be revealed; a service in God’s full justice and power, to which Obadiah 21 refers: “And Saviors (namely God’s anointed) shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau (herewith are meant: worldly Christians); and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”

LUKE 10 verse 1-2: “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.”
Let us reflect for a moment on this “therefore” of the Lord. There are only few believers who are willing to work for Jesus with complete dedication of self. It is written, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few!” As a result of His saints’ prayers, Jesus could bring about a change in this. He could make devoted laborers of repentant sinners, should they really want to; and draw them out of their social jobs to come and work in His Vineyard. Please note: we should not emit ourselves! We should not imagine that we be called, for such an imaginary calling never brings us Jesus’ necessary co-operation, namely the anointing of the Spirit, Who must do the work through us. We must be called by Him! And even if we are called and sent by Him, then we still must scrupulously follow his guidance through prayer contact with Him.
There are also different kinds of calling. The one is called to be an evangelist, the other a teacher, yet another a local shepherd, and the next a prophet; and, in the near future, during the worldwide revival of the great latter rain, we will see again apostolic callings. Apostles are the pillars of God’s Church here on earth; “all-round” laborers who will have the general leadership in the power, wisdom and love of the Holy Spirit.
Besides these five great callings we also find the smaller callings of “help” in the spiritual Body of Christ; these are helpers who, amongst others, must help the local shepherd to fulfill his pastoral service, such as: elders, deacons, youth group leaders, Sunday school teachers, choir members and leaders, musicians, typists and printing assistants, etc. We cannot push ourselves into such a calling. Should we do so, we would find out that it does not “work”, because God denies us the necessary anointing and devotion! It is God’s Spirit alone, Who can make us fruitful, in whichever spiritual labor; it is also God, Who determines for us the nature of the calling, because He, as no other, knows our heart. We may have a desire to serve the Lord in a certain calling; but a desire is not a calling (1 Timothy 3:1). However, each calling basically knows the human desire to be able to work for Jesus. But it always is the Lord alone, Who sends (forth) His laborers into His Vineyard (Mark 4:13).

LUKE 10 verse 3: “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.”
In this short command “Go your ways”, which the Holy Spirit gives, and will give, to His “emissaries”, lies a mighty force to send out, which urges the called to work for Jesus, irresistible drawn by His divine love; even if this labor takes them into circumstances which are not pleasant or comfortable, yes, which even might be dangerous! “Lambs” need the Shepherd; they do not have strength in themselves; their strength is that Shepherd. For when the wolf comes, then it is up to the shepherd to resist and chase off the wolf… Do not imagine that you are strong or clever enough to defeat the wolf, the satanic power, which reveals itself in the worldly person. It is God’s anointing in you which must do it through you! Never forget that you, as Jesus’ laborer, are up against a well organized, spiritual power of darkness, of spiritual evil (demonic forces) in the air which have the present world in their power, and which (in greater or lesser measure) lead all worldly people (Ephesians 6:12). But on the other hand we should also never forget that the Lord Jesus said: “…be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). In and by Jesus we will win the victory over the powers of the world and of hell! But this also shows us how important it is for this spiritual battle, to be equipped by Jesus with the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20). The stronger God’s servants are clothed with God’s Spirit, the stronger the resistance of hell will be revealed in the attitude of the worldly person. This is the reason that Jesus warns us for the danger of wolves.

LUKE 10 verse 4: “Carry neither purse (wallet), nor scrip (travel bag), nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.”
When God’s anointing leads us then these words will be fulfilled in our lives. For by the urge to send out God’s servant will only seek to win souls of people for Jesus, unto their eternal salvation; he never seeks to enrich himself (purse), or to satisfy himself materially (scrip, shoes). If you do seek these things, then it would be better for you to try and find yourself a good job in the world, or to do business. When God’s anointing truly leads him, this servant will not seek honor among the people; which is expressed here in the words: “…salute no man by the way.” A true servant of the Lord does not seek men’s honor, but simply and solely the smile of the Sender! Neither does he seek dominion over them (1 Peter 5:3).

LUKE 10 verse 5-9: “And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them; The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.”
Here you see the old, but not antiquated, example of God’s mission: two by two, and from house to house; from city to city; looking for sons and daughters of peace; for people who inwardly long for peace with God. And this case has two (equally important) sides; the evangelists are to bring the Good (Gospel) News, but besides that, must also, as a confirmation of God’s grace and power, heal the sick in the Name of Jesus! Besides a physical one, here is also a spiritual task. One has to pray for healing of the sick, because sickness is a result of sin; and the Lord defeated sin on the cross of Calvary! However, we should not forget that the spiritual task, namely winning the souls of people for God’s Kingdom, must remain the most important one; and in order for Him to heal them, the souls of people must have turned to Jesus.

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 13: The victors – over (the power of) sin and satan in the last days

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  1.  Satan has been definitely defeated by the Lamb of God, by His death and resurrection.
    What still has to be defeated now are our personal sins, and those of the Church, on the basis of our faith in the victory of Jesus Christ!
     2.  Victors over (the power of) satan and sin are they,

  • that, notwithstanding temptation, no matter how strong, remain pure in their thinking, in their speech, and in their actions;
  • that, against pressure of circumstances, remain in the peace and joy of God;
  • that, notwithstanding all opposition and persecution of the enemy, continue to go forwards in their witnessing and Christian growth.


All, who are called by God and have proved to be willing to serve Him as bringers of His Word in this world, will be sealed on their foreheads, in their thinking, where He will reveal God’s Word, His eternal Gospel, by opening their understanding to it. For it is especially this Word of God, that through satan’s influence, has been damaged in ever increasing measure, from the beginning; because it is only through this pure Word of God that His power and holiness are worked out and revealed.
This is why God begins with His judgements at the House of God, the Church! His servants are to be the first to hear and understand the Word, that judges sin, and they are to be cleansed by it, in order that they, being cleansed by it, would pass on this Word to the Church and the world.
In Revelation 5 we read, that satan closes this Word with seven seals, which is why no one can understand this saving Word in the proper sense. Only the Lamb of God can help and deliver manhood from this satanic blindness, by freeing the true Gospel, which the Word calls the Eternal Gospel (Revelation 14:6), from all satanic and human deception and deterioration. One by one the sevenfold seal of satan will be opened, destroyed, through as many judgements the Lamb will send over this sinful world.

We see here God’s overcomers/victors of “the last hour“, fulfilled and glorified by the pure Word of God, the Eternal Gospel (Rev. 14:6), travel victoriously through the world. They ride (spiritually) on the white horse of God’s righteousness and they have on their heads the victor’s crown (the laurel wreath); in their hands they have the bow as a symbol of the true Word of God that preaches the victory, on Calvary, over satan by the blood of the Lamb of God. And through the preaching of this Word and their own justified lives, they travel through the world of the last days, conquering sin, until the full victory is reached by repentant manhood: the countless crowd, saved out of all nations, peoples and languages, standing before the throne of God and the Lamb, wearing long white clothes and having palm branches in their hands (Revelation 7:9).
Some teach wrongly that the rider on the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. This is an error, because Jesus Christ already conquered the enemy on Calvary, almost 2000 years ago.
Again: others teach, that this rider is the antichrist. This too is an error, because the antichrist has not (and will not) conquere(d) at all, and from God’s point of view, he will wear his ruler’s crown illegally.

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By E. van den Worm

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A closer look at Christ’s Second Coming

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Introduction:

When we talk about the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we must realize that there are (in succession) an INvisible and a visible Coming.
The INvisible Second Coming is the (hidden) coming for the Bride(church); this is the so-called “wise-virgin” part of the true believers.
The VISIBLE Second Coming is the coming on the clouds, when every eye shall see Him in His full glory as King and Lord, also the eyes of those that pierced (or rejected) Him.

The VISIBLE Second Coming

In my opinion the following Bible texts all relate to the VISIBLE Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, from the context of the following Bible texts we can learn that the visible Second Coming will take place AFTER the Great Tribulation and BEFORE the beginning of Christ’s Millennium of Peace.
The resurrection of all true believers who passed away (or died) in Christ in the course of the ages until the end of the Great Tribulation (see Revelation 20:4), will also take place AFTER the Great Tribulation, but BEFORE Christ’s Millennium of Peace. Nowhere in the Bible do we read that there is a resurrection of the righteous BEFORE as well as AFTER the Great Tribulation.
Also one and the same event is meant by the trumpet mentioned in several texts below; viz. the trumpet of Revelation 11:15. Here again one reads that Christ’s Kingdom (i.e. the Millennium of Peace) starts AFTER the sound of this trumpet (and the great voices in heaven – see also 1 Thessalonians 4:16).

  • 1 Thessalonians 4 verse 15-17: “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (the resurrected righteous [i.e. the believers]) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (namely 1,000 years with the returned Lord ON EARTH)
  • Matthew 24 verse 29-31: “Immediately AFTER the tribulation (the Great Tribulation, see verse 21) of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man (thus this is the visible Second Coming) coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15 verse 51-52: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (NOT all ‘pass away’ or ‘sleep in the Lord’), but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (AFTER the Great Tribulation), and we (that are left alive from [and thus AFTER] the Great Tribulation, because God saved them – see Revelation 12:6, 14) shall be changed.”
  • Revelation 1 verse 7: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
  • Revelation 10 verse 7: “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound (with the seventh, and thus last, trump), the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”
  • Daniel 7 verse 13-14: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom (thus His dominion starts with His [visible] Second Coming on the clouds when the 3½ years of the Great Tribulation wherein the Antichrist reigns is past!), that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
  • Revelation 11 verse 15: “And the seventh angel sounded (with the seventh, and thus last, trump); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”

Where and with whom shall He reign?

  • Revelation 5 verse 10: “And (the Lamb) hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
  • Revelation 20 verse 4-6: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God (i.e. the martyrs that died for the sake of Christ down through the ages), and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands (these can only be the true believers which have to suffer a martyr’s death in the Great Tribulation, because BEFORE the Great Tribulation the matter of this beast [i.e. the Antichrist] that must be worshiped, and the mark of the beast, are not raised); and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the FIRST resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years (on the earth).”

Thus 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 clearly refers to the VISIBLE Second Coming as the coming on the clouds is the VISIBLE Return. This we could clearly read in above Bible verses.

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For a correct understanding of the INvisible as well as the visible Second Coming of Christ it is important that we also see the differences (as regards the meaning as well as the time) respectively of the “taking up”, “the removal” and “meeting Him in the air”.
But before the so-called “taking up” and “removal” becomes a fact, preceding these is the (INvisible) Marriage Supper of the Lamb (see “the parable of the great supper” of Luke 14:15-24, and Revelation 19:9). For the Supper is the (spiritual) preparation for the Wedding. And this Supper will make us completely subservient to the Father. This will be necessary in order to achieve the restoration of the Church and the great worldwide revival.
Only AFTER this Supper the (INvisible) Marriage of the Lamb will take place (see “the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins”, Matthew 25:1-13 and Revelation 19:7-8).

The INvisible Second Coming

Thus, there first is the (INvisible) (Marriage) Supper of the Lamb (see “the parable of the great Supper, Luke 14:15-24 and Revelation 19:9), and only thereafter the (INvisible) Marriage of the Lamb will take place (see the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins, Matthew 25:1-13 and Revelation 19:7-8). The Supper is the (spiritual) preparation for the Wedding, because when we TAKE PART in the Supper we choose for the ETERNAL (and thus PERFECT) deliverance from the power of sin and Satan based on our faith in Calvary (see Hebrews 9:12). For the Supper points to the death (but also the resurrection) of Jesus Christ. Those called to His Supper must have experienced (spiritual) death, just as He did. With this is meant a TOTAL dying to our old, sinful (“I”) nature. In this way, TAKING PART in this Supper will make us completely subservient to the Father. And this will be necessary in order to come to restoration of the Church and to the great, worldwide revival. It is only then that we can be part of His resurrection and belong to that Bride(-church) without spot or wrinkle. Only then will we belong to that group that will be “taken up” or “removed”.
And without the Marriage of the Lamb, which will also take place in the hidden place, there will be no perfect union (and thus no “fruit-bearing”) between Bridegroom and Bride. This Marriage and the ensuing perfect (spiritual) union between Bride and Bridegroom will see to it that there will be a great harvest of souls during the so-called Latter-Rain-revival (see a.o. Acts 2:17-21; Joel 2:23, 28; Obadiah 21). Requirements in order to belong to the Supper and the Marriage of the Lamb are found in the following bible texts:

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By A. Klein

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LUKE, Chapter 9 – Like a divine shewbread in this world (verse by verse explained)

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This part teaches us to keep God’s Word of protective grace on the table of our purified and sanctified heart!

In the previous chapter we had a close look at the servant, namely the priest of the Lord, being a glowing candlestick in this dark world to bring to others the light of God’s truth unto their salvation; now we will see that the life of the priests, God’s children, themselves are as many wondrous signs in this world by their relationship with Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. Their life, in the light of the Israeli Tabernacle, should be like a “shewbread”. In the Holy Place of the Israeli Tabernacle stood “the table with twelve shewbread”. Know, that 12 is the symbolic number of the Church, which should be the revealed fruit (or: the result) of the Holy Spirit. A “life like a shewbread” therefore means: a life, wherein the glory of God is revealed. Chapters 9 and 10 must now be seen in the light of the twelve shewbread.

The prayer life, the true gauge of our spiritual hunger

Beloved, we cannot be a shewbread in the world by our own strength. We must give Him access into our heart. And He will only come into our heart and being when we truly long for Him, and seek Him with all our heart… (Jeremiah 29:13). There also must be found a willingness in our heart to obey Him; a subjection of our whole being, whereby He can make us obedient. These are the conditions for being able to be baptized with His Holy Spirit. Only the wish to be baptized, without the act of seeking Him in prayer, which is characterized by a total surrender, in this case will not help you much further. Not for nothing it is written: “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain…” (Zechariah 10:1a). The true gauge of your longing for the Lord is your prayer life. How much time do you spend daily on the seeking and admitting of Jesus? How much time do you spend on seeking contact (communion) with Him? You should add up the times of struggling, seeking prayer until you found contact (communion) with that great Shepherd (i.e. Jesus); until you actually reached the spiritual Rock (i.e. Jesus), on which you, together with Jesus, could build your spiritual house (Matthew 7:24); you will then discover how much you truly long for Jesus; in what measure you truly want to be used by Him.
I know, you all long for (more of) Him, but you are prevented by all kinds of things, and these things are as many fruits of the increasing iniquities, such as: watching TV too much, and looking at the wrong TV programs; reading novels or gossip magazines; maybe even lust-arousing (pornographic) literature; the desire for more (or more beautiful) material possessions, whereby and wherefore you have to work overtime. You see, the things which keep us away from Jesus, and from prayer, can be of different sorts! The devil will do his utmost to keep you from praying; because nowadays he is weakening the prayer-life by tempting you with all kinds of worldly things, just as he made that fruit in paradise desirable to Eve. He will take away that “continual sacrifice” – namely the continual dedicated prayer based on His finished work on Calvary (Daniel 12:11; 2 Corinthians 4:10-11)! Because of the sin of this prayerless or prayer-poor life (1 Samuel 12:23) we could never have communion with Him, and because of this we could never come to the status of “shewbread” in this life.

We must become wondrous signs in this world by communion with Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life

LUKE 9 verse 1-6, “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip (travel bag), neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.”
He called the twelve disciples unto Himself – namely the apostles sent (out) by Him; but here these apostles represent all the laborers of Jesus, high and low. Before sending them away He first gave them a portion of spiritual power over all demons and sicknesses (Luke 10:19). Here, they had not yet received the baptism with the Spirit, but they acted in the power of God which, as it were, was transferred unto them. The laborers of the Lord, from the time after the first Pentecost outpouring (see Acts 2:1-4), must act in His Name, under the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Essentially it remains the same: a child of God, by his communion with the Bread of Life, is put in this world as a wondrous sign! And it is only by this communion, and solely under His express guidance that he can fulfill the great mission, which is written in Mark 16:15-18, because the Spirit of God alone is the Binder and Looser of sins and powers of darkness! “And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). Compare this with Matthew 18:18. So all satanic powers and forces had to fall back before the apostles, and so all powers and forces of the (spiritual) darkness will still make way before each child of God, that is willed with the almighty Spirit, as long as he only does what the Spirit commands him to do. Do you then under-stand that the words of such a child of God are binding and loosing; that the preaching of such a person is binding and loosing; that such a ministry is binding and loosing? For the Spirit of God Himself is then active in and through His servant!
How wondrous such labor in the Spirit is, when the life of God’s servant has been completely crucified, and the Lord does not find any resistance anymore. In the end-time God will bring part of His Church to such a position. This then will be God’s Bride(church), namely that part of the Church which was willing to follow Him… in such a Bride-church; and, spiritually seen, they will be indeed “without spot or wrinkle”!
Verse 3 says: “Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip (travel bag), neither bread, neither money…” Nothing was to be taken that could support them (could help them). They were to completely depend on the omnipotence of God; there had to be faith which leaned completely on the almighty Sender. Verse 4 says: “And whatsoever house ye enter into there abide…” When someone of a town, wherein is preached, has accepted the Word, and offered the preacher lodging, and thus hospitality, then that preacher should not move to someone else’s house, because e.g. that house might be more comfortable; for so the love of the first one is rejected. And such behavior would not go with the Spirit of the Sender, and is unworthy of a laborer of the Lord! Verse 5 urges even to “…shake off the very dust from their feet…” of the towns that are not willing to receive God’s laborers. There is not to be any relationship between God’s laborers and those who reject His Word.

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 12: The false state church of the last days – The great harlot of Revelation 17

A co-ordinate institution of Christian Churches in the end-time

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The ecumenism of the end-time brought about by the pope

Isa. 4:1, “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.”
Already about 700 years before Christ Isaiah predicted of the ecumenism[1], that will be brought about by the pope not before the end-time. In this Bible verse a picture is given of the endeavour of the Christian community of faith, here pictured by 7 women, to strengthen itself by an external union. With this external union they will “eat their own bread”, this is: each will keep their own teachings, and “wear their own apparel”, this is: each will keep their own ceremonial customs, but so nevertheless are able to call themselves the “the Christian Church”
Here follows a vision got by “Muter Deebe” (from Germany) in 1924. In that year she was 23 of age and a witness of God. The following passage was taken and translated out of the German magazine “Mitternachtsruf”, number 134 from the year 1964.

  • “In a vision I saw a long table in a room. Around the table sat 24 men. At the head of the table sat the pope. At his right hand the bishops (leaders) of the Evangelical Church, next to them several men out of Christian Churches. At the left side the bishops out of the Orthodox Church. Further some officers (out of “the Salvation Army”?). The pope spoke: We have come in a time that we have to become united, for Jesus had prayed, that we should be one, shouldn’t we? As men of the Church it is our mission that we should become one. Therefore we have to found an ecumenism. We have to be a Church-union, not several kinds of churches. So we are able to keep our God and our religion, because in the Bible it is written, that there is only one faith and one salvation. Anyone thereby is able to have his own religious conviction; our Church will bind nobody, but that we are members of one and the same Church. This is an advantage for us in this present world. We all are Christians, we want to be Christians, that’s why we want to have a union-Church. The pope spoke much more. The Evangelical bishops then shook hands with him and embraced each other and said: It is well, what the holy father (the pope) said. Also the orthodox bishops did the same. Then they sat down.”

Here an extern unity has been formed, while the Lord Jesus wanted a unity as a result of a divine and glorious inhabitation of our almighty God and His precious Word.
John 17:21-23, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
Paul taught us in Eph. 2:19-22, that the Christian Church should be build on the foundation (the teachings) of the apostles and prophets, on the Old and the New Testaments, on the Biblical teachings.
Eph. 2:19-22, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are build together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

The forming – by satan – of the false prophet of the end-time

Revelation 8:10-11 predicted that after the casting down in the sea of the burning meteorite as large as a mountain in Revelation 8:8-9, a great star was cast down from heaven burning as it were a lamp, by which one third of the rivers and the fountains of waters became bitter.
Rev. 8:10-11, “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”
Clearly not the fall of a natural star here is mentioned and not a natural disaster, but of the fall of a spiritual star is here the question, a great spiritual leader. It is the last pope, who shall fall in the snare of satan, and who then shall teach a false doctrine, by which one third of the believers will become apostate, will become bitter.

By E. van den Worm

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[1] Ecumenism (or oecumenism) = A movement which pursues “the brotherhood”, the fraternization between the different Christian churches.
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Living and working in the spiritual sabbath´s rest (or peace) of YaHWeH, our almighty God

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Psalm 92

Psalm 92:1-3, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy Name, O most High: To shrew forth Thy loving-kindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.”
The psalmist sang this psalm on the Sabbath and exalted YaHWeH with his song. In the Old Covenant God, according to His law, commanded for the Sabbath day to be kept holy.
Deuteronomy 5:12, “Keep the Sabbath day (the seventh day, with us the Saturday) to sanctify it, as the Lord Thy God (YaHWeH) hath commanded thee.”
In the Old Covenant God expressed His will through a day of rest, which his people had to sanctify. God wanted to teach His people to dedicate their thoughts, works and their lives to Him alone, in order that He, through the inspiration of His Spirit, could fill His people with His will and His Word, so that they, being delivered from the influence of the enemy, could learn to rest fully in His will and Word. Even now, under the New Covenant, He wants this; He wants us to do this continuously, and not to desecrate this rest in Him.
In order to teach man this in the Old Covenant, He commanded in His law (the Ten Commandments), that His people should rest from their labors once a week, namely on the Sabbath day, and that they should sanctify this day by dedicating it to Him. In the Old Covenant He had to express His spiritual purpose for man through a shadow image, because man then could not yet understand His will, because the Rebirth of God did not yet exist; for only a born-again person can conquer sin in His power and grace, and rest in His will and Word. This was really God’s purpose when He introduced the Sabbath day in the Old Covenant.
Colossians 2:16-17, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holiday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”
In the Old Covenant this was still to come, but now the Body of Christ must fulfil God’s true purpose, namely to rest always in His will and Word, and must not desecrate this rest by falling into sin again. If, in the Old Covenant, God commanded this for ONE day, for us, under the New Covenant, we should dedicate EVERY day to Him, and rest in His will and Word continuously.
Romans 14:5-10, “One man esteemed one day above another: another esteemed every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regarded the day, regarded it unto the Lord; and he that regarded not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and gives God thanks. For none of us lived to himself, and no man died to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge Thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought Thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ.”
The psalmist sanctified the Sabbath day, according to the Mosaic law, and he sang YaHWeH’s praises and confessed Him to be the Most High in his life. We usually do this on the Sunday, but also EVERY day of the week. Let us then judge no one, whether he wishes to dedicate a specific day to God, or whether he wishes to honor Him every day. The same applies to food and drink. The one may not eat or drink in honor of God, the other does. The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 15 verse 11:
“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth (our speech, when we judge or slight someone), this defileth a man.”
Acts 10:15b, “…What God hath cleansed, that call not thou (Peter) common (impure).”
Let us then judge no one, whatever he eats or drinks, because God cancelled these legalistic rules of the Old Covenant as they are symbolic of spiritual matters of the New Covenant. This also applies to the eating of black pudding. Everyone should be fully assured inwardly/in his or her own heart on the basis of God’s Word (Colossians 2:16-17).

Psalm 92:4-5, “For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through Thy work: I will triumph in the works of Thy hands. O Lord, how great are Thy works! and Thy thoughts are very deep.”
If we walk and live on the Way of YaHWeH’s grace, and no sin or sinful state will accuse us anymore in our conscience, then there will be JOY in our hearts, poured in there by YaHWeH, and we will thank, honor and praise Him, and we will often accompany our praise with musical instruments.

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By E. van den Worm

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LUKE, Chapter 8 – Like a sevenfold candlestick for God (verse by verse explained)

7-armed candelstick

In the previous chapters we saw how the priest of God was formed; namely out of sinners, lost in sin and guilt. For Jesus was willing to cleanse us, who were sinners, in His blood, and to renew us in and by His Spirit. In Chapter 7 we saw, that in Christ we may be resurrected into NEW LIFE. In this Chapter we shall have a close look at the different kinds of priestly labor we may perform in and by Him after having been anointed for it by Him. We will discover that we have been saved by Him in order to save others! We will also discover that this labor, in its totality, makes God’s light to shine as by a sevenfold, gold candlestick which was also to be seen by those who, deliberately coming out of the Forecourt, entered that Holy Place.
This candlestick consisted of a shaft (one arm with a foot on which the whole candlestick rests) in the middle, and of six branches, which come out of the shaft by twos. That shaft and those branches together give a sevenfold light. The same way the spiritual candlestick of God (namely our testimony in and by the Holy Spirit) today gives its sevenfold light in this dark world for the glorification of the wonderful Name of God. So a child of God, cleansed in the precious blood of Jesus, and renewed in and by the power of the Word and the Holy Spirit, must walk in priestly service in this world; in order to proclaim to that same world the sevenfold light of God’s glory, and to reveal it. Let us have a closer look at this sevenfold Light, in sequence.

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We must deny ourselves things and be prepared to bring sacrifices in honor of Jesus.

LUKE 8 verse 1-3: “And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him. And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”
We see here, as the first light of God’s candlestick, the willingness to bring a sacrifice for the use of the Gospel of God… We see here women willingly going with Jesus, Who is the Word of God, Who proclaimed His Father’s Word, namely the Gospel, the Good News. They took care of all the material and financial things He needed for this. The life of each servant of God should be like this. Everything he possesses materially, should be dedicated to the increase of God’s Kingdom.
There is a clear characteristic in the life of a servant of God: he is not stingy for the work of Jesus! His purse is always open for the work of his Lord. He even put all his belongings in Jesus’ hands. When you see someone who is stingy with regard to Jesus’ work (think of the biblical “tithe”), then you know such a person is not yet born again. Which is not to say, that a servant of God is wasteful with his money, but the Lord has full control over it. Jesus knows that His children still need money in this world for all their activities.

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We must dedicate our life to Jesus, and labor in honor of Him alone.

A servant of God is a revealer of the Word, a proclaimer to the world of the Gospel. God’s Word must be heard from his mouth. He must be a sounding board of God, that is always ready (and thus pure); an open and not a clogged channel.

LUKE 8 verse 4-15: “And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be (mean)? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the (explanation of the) parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with (daily) cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth (spiritual) fruit with patience.”
Here we see a sower sowing seed. The Lord explained that the seed is the Word of God that is proclaimed to the world. The Word of God comes forth from the heart of the Father. And it is God’s servant, who in prayer must be open to this and having received it must sow this Seed into the hearts of the people.
Elsewhere in Scripture we read again, that the Word is the Sword of the Holy Spirit. Therefore it is the Holy Spirit, Who must wield this Sword, and neither you nor me… Again: we should not wield the Word; it is the Holy Spirit within us, Who through us must wield the Word. Then it will be a Sword. To what purpose? For the destruction of bonds of sin and powers of sin. The Word must cause the souls of the people to want to die to bonds of sin, and must deliver them from the powers of sin. But if we are not willing to be delivered, then this Sword will be judgment to us! But when we are prepared to see the evil within ourselves – by the Word revealed to us; and when we are prepared to lay our (old and sinful) life in the hands of Jesus Christ, our Lord, then this Sword of the Spirit will kill all sin in us and… deliver us from all works of satanic powers in our life (Romans 8:2).
Seen in this light, who do you think the Sower is? It is God’s Holy Spirit, Who works in and by His servants… He builds the Kingdom of God! He alone is the Builder of the Kingdom of God and of the temple of our heart (Matthew 16:18; John 15;:5; Psalm 127:1-2). We are merely channels; human channels in His hand, through which the Word may flow which must come directly from the heart of the Father; and for which we pleaded, wrestling in prayer before His throne. It is His bread, the Bread of life, which we must pass on in His Name. And this Word, this Seed, is mighty Seed, which must be sowed by Him Himself working through His servants. In this parable are mentioned four cases of reception of this Seed (namely the Word) in the heart, and only in one case this event has eternal value!
In the first case we see the seed fall by the roadside. In this case the Gospel message is heard – maybe with great attention, whereby the listener saw himself, in God’s mirror, as a great sinner whom Jesus in His mercy wants to save – but one does not come to actual surrender to the Savior; the seed is not planted IN the heart, even if it lies temporarily “on the table” of that heart.
You might know how powerful the germination strength of natural seed is. I was told that even stones can split apart when such a stone is in the way of the germination. So is the Word of God, but it must be planted in the heart of man. The human heart must embrace and love the salvation of the Lord Jesus; it must gratefully grasp His promises, and praise Him for that; it must familiarize itself with the Word of God as it is given to him in His mercy. Then the Word will work! But in this case one does not surrender to the Savior, and… the evil one rushes in, and takes that Word away from his heart.
In the second case we see the seed fall in stony ground, it landed on a rock! There might have been a thin layer of soil on that rock, otherwise the seed would never have sprouted. But when the seed wants to take root, it is stopped in this activity by that rock of stubbornness, and self-centeredness.
The seed at first was received with great joy… Why? The person who received the seed noticed in his spirit an open gate to God’s heaven he also wanted to enter. He saw that God’s gifts of grace contain power, namely (the power) to become a son (or daughter) of God, and to receive power in Christ; and he longed to have this, or be it. He only sought glorification of self, for in his heart was a rock of self-centeredness, and he sought to have found this glorification in religion. God’s seed cannot take root here; the Person of Christ cannot grow in them, because this heart seeks itself, and only wants to clothe itself in the glory of Christ! This person’s own spirit here is the great handicap to grow and to come to maturity in the (LIVING) Word in his life. Such people do not seek to magnify Christ in their life (something which can only happen by crucifying self), but they want to be important themselves amongst their fellow-believers. The Word of God is bound to be doomed in such a heart.
Beloved, if you ever wanted to receive God’s Word in your heart in order to gain honor and glory in your life with it, in order to shine like a star in the religious sky, then stop now! Then there will be a true turning unto the Lord. Do you know, satan[1] loves to see this kind of “believers”, for he knows that such “Christians” (and the works in their own strength) are doomed. If you find this “rock” in your own heart, then come to Jesus with it, that He completely pulverize it. All self-will and self-centeredness in us must completely disappear, and this is only possible if we surrender to the works (of grace) of the Lord.
This is why Paul is opposed against leadership of novices, of newly converted (people) in the Church: “An overseer (bishop)… not a novice lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” (1 Timothy 3:6) For, in a novice, a newly converted, self is not yet completely crucified, and it will therefore be the honor, which (unfortunately) often is the result of this leadership, which is not killed… but rather fed… with conceit as a consequence. Something, which will bring to the fall himself and many of the Church.
The self-centeredness of the believer and servant of God must be pulverized by the Holy Spirit just like grains of incense are. And when these “grains of incense” are burned, they will only serve for the glorification of the great God, Who transformed a lost sinner into a child of God!

By E. van den Worm

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[1] We write the word satan not with a capital, as it is not a name, but a word meaning opponent or adversary, accuser.
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