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June 2008 Issue

Laodicean - New Evangelicalism
Jun 1st, 2008
Art Sadlier
Uncategorized

We have witnessed nearly 70 years of new evangelicalism. When new evangelicalism took its divergent fork in the road in 1948, it was thought to be a slight course correction. Now many new evangelicals find themselves on a totally different road. Unless fundamentalists obey the Bible by separating from disobedient brethren, we will find ourselves with them on a broad road, totally different than the one on which we set out.

Charles Spurgeon said, “long ago I ceased to count heads, truth is usually in the minority in this evil world”. “The battles of Scripture were always won by an obedient minority, not a diverse majority”. John Ashbrook said, “Thousands of Churches have fallen to new evangelicalism while trying to be silent fundamentalists. At the same time the Bible believing Church was stolen (by vocal new evangelicals)”.

He also said, “the most dangerous deviation is the one closest to your own position. New evangelicalism sprang out of fundamentalism. It is a movement of brethren. The lie of new evangelicalism has deceived more fundamentalists than the siren of ecumenism.

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The Day of the Lord
Jun 1st, 2008
Art Sadlier
Uncategorized

The “Day of the Lord”, is a day (or time) in which God directly intervenes in judgment upon men. There are two periods of time referred to in the Scripture as the Day of the Lord.

The Old Testament Day of the Lord involved God’s judgment upon disobedient, unbelieving Israel at the coming of Nebuchadnezzar to bring destruction upon Israel and Jerusalem. The Old Testament Day of the Lord was a foreshadowing of the final Day of the Lord after the church age is over.

One of the judgments of the coming Day of the Lord will be a judgment on counterfeit Christianity.

There is an amazing parallel between the groups which exist prior to each of the Day of the Lord judgments. The first group, in the Old Testament, was unbelieving Israel. Israel was living in unbelief, disobedience and rebellion against God. The Lord said, “But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord,” Jeremiah 12:17.

Prior to the final, great Day of the Lord, there is another group who profess, like Israel of old, to be the people of God. That group is identified in Rev. 3: 14-20, as the Laodiceans.

The parallel between Laodicea and Judah prior to the Old Testament Day of the Lord is striking. Both groups are rejected by the Lord for their attitude toward Him.

In Rev. 3:16, the Lord said of Laodicea, “I will spew thee out of my mouth.” To Judah He said, “I will cast thee out of my sight,” Jer. 7:15.

The judgment upon Laodicea is to be “spewed out” into the tribulation period, compare with Philadelphia in Rev. 3:10.

I know of no premillenial Bible teachers who do not believe that Laodicea is found in the evangelical church of the present hour.

That causes me to tremble as I look out at the evangelical church today. I see an evangelical church, or at least a part of it, about to be spewed out into the tribulation period (Day of the Lord).

We also understand from Rev. 3, that there are two parallel evangelical churches in the world today. Philadelphia is presented as in the world until the rapture takes place (Rev. 3:10). Philadelphia today is no longer in the ascendancy, her day in the ascendancy is over (1800 – 1950?). She is now a faithful remnant, operating below the world’s radar screen.

Philadelphia is a saved church, which holds tenaciously to God’s Word and will not deny His name by compromising. She separates herself from lukewarm, compromising new evangelicals. She is willing, as Jude exhorted, to contend earnestly for the faith.

The sad thing about Laodicea is that she is blind to her perilous condition. Jesus said to Laodicea, “and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked.” Rev 3:17

In the same verse, the Laodiceans said, “I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing”.

Our merciful, loving, patient Lord said to the Laodiceans, “Be zealous therefore and repent” Rev 3:19. In verse 20 He gave an invitation to the Laodiceans for salvation.

Like Jesus, those who are Philadelphian, can not give Laodiceans comfort to continue on their disastrous path, we should call them to repentance.

In a similar hour the Lord said to Jeremiah, speak to those who come to worship me and warn them to repent. “Thus saith the Lord: stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word.” Jer. 26:2

I believe there are two great issues peculiar to this hour. First is to call Laodiceans to repent, to turn around. Second is to exhort Philadelphians to separate from Laodiceans and not become Laodicean.

Over the last 50 years we have witnessed a great transition among evangelicals, (professing Philadelphians) becoming Laodiceans. One of the major factors in this transition has been spiritual deception.

Jesus warned that just prior to His coming, spiritual deception would be so great that He said “if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived”. That is why the call to Laodiceans is a call to salvation.... more

The Gathering Storm
Jun 1st, 2008
Irwin cotler
Uncategorized

The Gathering Storm

Irwin Cotler

The incendiary hate language emanating from Ahmadinejad’s Iran – in which Israel is referred to as “filthy bacteria” and a “cancerous tumor” and Jews are characterized as “a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians” – is only the head wind of the gathering storm confronting Israel on its 60th anniversary.

Indeed, we are witnessing, and have been for some time, a series of mega-events, political earthquakes, that have been impacting not only upon Israel and world Jewry but upon the human condition as a whole.

These include:

@ state-sanctioned incitement to genocide in Ahmadinejad’s Iran (and I use that term to distinguish it from the many publics and peoples in Iran who are themselves the object of massive state repression) dramatized by the parading of a Shihab-3 missile in the streets of Teheran draped with the emblem “Wipe Israel off the map”;

@ symmetrical terrorist militias confronting Israel, in particular Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north. These are not simply – though that would be threatening enough – terrorist in their instrumentality, but genocidal in their purpose as they openly and avowedly seek the destruction of Israel and anti-Jewish in their ideology. Both, by their own acknowledgement, demonize Judaism and Jews, not just Israel and the Israeli, as “the sons of monkeys and pigs” and “defilers of Islam”;

@ the globalization of a totalitarian, radical Islam that threatens not only Jews and Israel but international peace and security, while warning Muslims who seek peace with Israel that they will “burn in the Umma of Islam”;

@ the fragility, even erosion, of the Lebanon-Hezbollah divides, aided and abetted by the Iranian-Syrian pincer movements and further exacerbated in the present Lebanese-Hezbollah warfare;

@ the phenomenon of radicalized home-grown extremism, fuelled by Internet incitement, threatening the security of Jewish communities in the Diaspora;

@ exploding energy prices, with oil at $120 a barrel – six times what it was just six years ago – with the windfall billions of petrodollars encouraging and financing rogue states like Iran. Every $1 increase in the price of a barrel of oil represents millions more in the coffers of Iran;

@ the ugly canard of double loyalty, where the Jewish and Israeli lobbies are accused of acting in a matter inimical to the American and European national interest, as if it is somehow “un-American” or “un-European” to petition government for redress of grievances, an Orwellian politics of intimidation that chills free speech and public advocacy;

@ the trahison des clercs – betrayal of the elites – of which the UK is a case study, exemplified in the calls for academic, trade union, journalist, medical and intellectual boycotts of Israeli and Jewish nationals;

the singling out of Israel for differential and discriminatory treatment in the international arena, as when the UN Human Rights Council, the repository for human rights standards-setting, adopted 10 resolutions of condemnation against one member state of the international community, Israel, in its first year of operation alone; while the major human rights violators – Iran, Sudan, China – enjoyed exculpatory immunity;

@ the emergence of a new, escalating, global, virulent and even lethal anti-Semitism.

The Jewish people are the only people that still inhabit the same land, embrace the same religion, study the same Torah, hearken to the same prophets, speak the same aboriginal language – Hebrew – and bear the same aboriginal name, Israel, as it did 3.400 years ago.

The writer is the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal and the former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. He is a professor of law (on leave) at McGill University and has written extensively on human rights and Middle-East issues.

Editors Note: - We regret that space does not permit us to print the entire article. In this dark hour for Israel we remind ourselves of God’s promises to Israel. “Hear the Word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the Isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth His flock.” Jeremiah 31:10

We believe God is about to judge and chasten Israel and renew and restore her.

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Thus Saith the Lord
Jun 1st, 2008
W. W. Tozer
Uncategorized

Thus Saith the Lord”

“The Lord giveth wisdom; out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 2:6

In a time when everything in the world seems to be related to vanity, God is depending on His believing children to demonstrate that He is the great Reality; that we are made by God and for Him! The answer to the question, “where did I come from?” can never be better answered than by the Christian mother who tells her child, “God made you!”

The great store of knowledge in today’s world cannot improve on that simple answer! The scientist can tell us the secrets of how matter operates, but the origin of matter lies in deep silence, refusing to give an answer to man’s question.

It is important for Christian believers to be able to stand firmly and positively in this declaration: “Thus saith the Lord!” Our chief business is not to argue or to persuade our generation. With our positive declaration of God’s Word and revelation, we make God responsible for the outcome. No one can know enough to go beyond this!

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Time is Running Out
Jun 1st, 2008
Art Sadlier
Uncategorized

Abortion is a Sign That Time is Running Out

At the midpoint of the last century, abortion laws began to be overturned all across the world.

The Guttenmacher Institute of Planned Parenthood estimated that since the 1950s, 46 million babies were aborted world-wide each year. This means that over 2 billion babies have been aborted world-wide, cruelly murdered in their mothers’ wombs.

When Moses, the first type of the Saviour, entered the world, there was a mass extermination of babies (Exodus 1).

When Jesus the Saviour entered the world the first time, there was a mass extermination of babies. (Matthew 2)

Today, as the return of Christ nears there is a mass extermination of babies. This present killing of babies is the greatest of all.

The Lord said to Cain, “The voice of thy brothers’ blood crieth unto me from the ground. Our Society is now ready for Christ to come the Second Time in judgment upon a rebellious world. Time is running out!

Same Sex Marriage is another sign that time is running out

Same sex marriage is legal in Canada, in the State of Massachusetts and now in California. It seems poised to be legalized in the rest of the US.

Jeffery Satinover, who holds an MD from Princeton and a Doctorate from Yale, MIT and Harvard has stated, that according to the Babylonian Talmud, there was only one time in history, according to these writings, where men were given in marriage to men, and women to women.

Rabbi Spero said, “The Talmud’s writings reveal that, before the flood people started to write marriage contracts between men, in other words, Homosexual Marriage, which is more than homosexual activity.

Rabbi Spero went on to say, “Even in Ancient Greece, they did not write marriage contracts between men. There was homosexuality, but there was not an official ‘blessed’ policy.” “Marriage is sanctification, not just partnership.” He said, “to confer the title of sanctification and holiness upon this behaviour is probably one of the greatest sins of all that one does against God’s Plan for the world.”

Rabbi Spero went on to say, “the writings (Babylonian Talmud) indicated it wasn’t so much the straw that broke the camel’s back, but that the sin, in and of itself, is so contrary to the order of God’s Nature, that God said then and there, I have to start all over to annihilate the world and start from the beginning.” Matthew 24 says, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the Coming of the Son of Man be.” Same sex marriage would seem to indicate that time is running out!

A Dramatic decline in Bird and fish and animal population is another indication that time is running out

Because of Adam’s sin, God cursed all of creation. We read about this in Romans 8: 19-22. The whole creation has groaned under the curse since the day Adam sinned. The Scripture teaches that all of history is headed for a great climax. I believe that in the animal kingdom we see this approaching climax, the climax of the curse on the animal kingdom just prior to the lifting of the curse at Christ’s return.

A report by the World Wildlife Fund, the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network reveals that the population of animals, birds and fish has dropped by a third in the last 35 years. This is an astounding figure. We are also aware that many species are becoming extinct on a daily basis. These disturbing facts are an indication that, time is running out.

Impending Famine is a sign that time is running out

One of the early signs of the Lord’s Second Coming will be “famines” (Matt. 24:7). Today, suddenly and unexpectedly, the world is troubled at the prospect of impending famine that seems inevitable and disastrous.

The UN Food Index (a measure of the cost of food) is up more than 45% since 2006. In the last year, wheat prices have risen more than 100%, corn has risen 66%. The cost of rice has more than doubled since the end of 2007.

It is not unusual for families in poor countries to spend as much as 75% of their income on food. Those living on $1 a day (more than one billion people worldwide), must eliminate one or two meals a day. Those living on .50 cents per day often eat only a few times each week.

Oil prices, cost for agricultural production, petroleum-based fertilizers and crop transportation have all risen steeply. There are many other reasons for these price increases and no relief is in sight. The prospect is for severe famine on the near horizon. Time is running out!

Israel’s Return to the land is another sign that time is running out

The Old Testament Scriptures are filled with promises that the Lord would bring Israel back to her own land in the latter days.

The Lord said through Amos the prophet, “I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of vineyards and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.” Amos 9:14. We are witnessing that prophecy being fulfilled in this very hour.

The Lord said, through the prophet, Hosea, “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a King and without a Prince, and without a Sacrifice --- and afterward shall the Children of Israel return …” Hosea 3: 4-5.

After nearly 2000 years of being in exile and off their land, Israel has returned in our lifetime and they are now waiting for the chastening and renewal God has promised. Time is running out!

The Gathering Storm
Irwin Cotler

The incendiary hate language emanating from Ahmadinejad’s Iran – in which Israel is referred to as “filthy bacteria” and a “cancerous tumor” and Jews are characterized as “a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians” – is only the head wind of the gathering storm confronting Israel on its 60th anniversary.

Indeed, we are witnessing, and have been for some time, a series of mega-events, political earthquakes, that have been impacting not only upon Israel and world Jewry but upon the human condition as a whole.

These include:

@ state-sanctioned incitement to genocide in Ahmadinejad’s Iran (and I use that term to distinguish it from the many publics and peoples in Iran who are themselves the object of massive state repression) dramatized by the parading of a Shihab-3 missile in the streets of Teheran draped with the emblem “Wipe Israel off the map”;

@ symmetrical terrorist militias confronting Israel, in particular Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north. These are not simply – though that would be threatening enough – terrorist in their instrumentality, but genocidal in their purpose as they openly and avowedly seek the destruction of Israel and anti-Jewish in theirideology. Both, by their own acknowledgement, demonize Judaism and Jews, not just Israel and the Israeli, as “the sons of monkeys and pigs” and “defilers of Islam”;

@ the globalization of a totalitarian, radical Islam that threatens not only Jews and Israel but international peace and security, while warning Muslims who seek peace with Israel that they will “burn in the Umma of Islam”;

@ the fragility, even erosion, of the Lebanon-Hezbollah divides, aided and abetted by the Iranian-Syrian pincer movements and further exacerbated in the present Lebanese-Hezbollah warfare;

@ the phenomenon of radicalized home-grown extremism, fuelled by Internet incitement, threatening the security of Jewish communities in the Diaspora;

@ exploding energy prices, with oil at $120 a barrel – six times what it was just six years ago – with the windfall billions of petrodollars encouraging and financing rogue states like Iran. Every $1 increase in the price of a barrel of oil represents millions more in the coffers of Iran;

@ the ugly canard of double loyalty, where the Jewish and Israeli lobbies are accused of acting in a matter inimical to the American and European national interest, as if it is somehow “un-American” or “un-European” to petition government for redress of grievances, an Orwellian politics of intimidation that chills free speech and public advocacy;

@ the trahison des clercs – betrayal of the elites – of which the UK is a case study, exemplified in the calls for academic, trade union, journalist, medical and intellectual boycotts of Israeli and Jewish nationals;

@ the singling out of Israel for differential and discriminatory treatment in the international arena, as when the UN Human Rights Council, the repository for human rights standards-setting, adopted 10 resolutions of condemnation against one member state of the international community, Israel, in its first year of operation alone; while the major human rights violators – Iran, Sudan, China – enjoyed exculpatory immunity;

@ the emergence of a new, escalating, global, virulent and even lethal anti-Semitism.

The Jewish people are the only people that still inhabit the same land, embrace the same religion, study the same Torah, hearken to the same prophets, speak the same aboriginal language – Hebrew – and bear the same aboriginal name, Israel, as it did 3.400 years ago.

The writer is the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal and the former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. He is a professor of law (on leave) at McGill University and has written extensively on human rights and Middle-East issues

Editors Note: - We regret that space does not permit us to print the entire article. In this dark hour for Israel we remind ourselves of God’s promises to Israel. “Hear the Word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the Isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth His flock.” Jeremiah 31:10

We believe God is about to judge and chasten Israel and renew and restore her.

The Day of the Lord

Art Sadlier

The “Day of the Lord”, is a day (or time) in which God directly intervenes in judgment upon men. There are two periods of time referred to in the Scripture as the Day of the Lord.

The Old Testament Day of the Lord involved God’s judgment upon disobedient, unbelieving Israel at the coming of Nebuchadnezzar to bring destruction upon Israel and Jerusalem. The Old Testament Day of the Lord was a foreshadowing of the final Day of the Lord after the church age is over.

One of the judgments of the coming Day of the Lord will be a judgment on counterfeit Christianity.

There is an amazing parallel between the groups which exist prior to each of the Day of the Lord judgments. The first group, in the Old Testament, was unbelieving Israel. Israel was living in unbelief, disobedience and rebellion against God. The Lord said, “But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord,” Jeremiah 12:17.

Prior to the final, great Day of the Lord, there is another group who profess, like Israel of old, to be the people of God. That group is identified in Rev. 3: 14-20, as the Laodiceans.

The parallel between Laodicea and Judah prior to the Old Testament Day of the Lord is striking. Both groups are rejected by the Lord for their attitude toward Him.

In Rev. 3:16, the Lord said of Laodicea, “I will spew thee out of my mouth.” To Judah He said, “I will cast thee out of my sight,” Jer. 7:15.

The judgment upon Laodicea is to be “spewed out” into the tribulation period, compare with Philadelphia in Rev. 3:10.

I know of no premillenial Bible teachers who do not believe that Laodicea is found in the evangelical church of the present hour.

That causes me to tremble as I look out at the evangelical church today. I see an evangelical church, or at least a part of it, about to be spewed out into the tribulation period (Day of the Lord).

We also understand from Rev. 3, that there are two parallel evangelical churches in the world today. Philadelphia is presented as in the world until the rapture takes place (Rev. 3:10). Philadelphia today is no longer in the ascendancy, her day in the ascendancy is over (1800 – 1950?). She is now a faithful remnant operating below the world’s radar screen.

Philadelphia is a saved church, which holds tenaciously to God’s Word and will not deny His name by compromising. She separates herself from lukewarm, compromising new evangelicals. She is willing, as Jude exhorted, to contend earnestly for the faith.

The sad thing about Laodicea is that she is blind to her perilous condition. Jesus said to Laodicea, “and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked.” Rev 3:17

In the same verse, the Laodiceans said, “I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing”.

Our merciful, loving, patient Lord said to the Laodiceans, “Be zealous therefore and repent” Rev 3:19. In verse 20 He gave an invitation to the Laodiceans for salvation.

Like Jesus, those who are Philadelphian, can not give Laodiceans comfort to continue on their disastrous path, we should call them to repentance.

In a similar hour the Lord said to Jeremiah, speak to those who come to worship me and warn them to repent. “Thus saith the Lord: stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word.” Jer. 26:2

I believe there are two great issues peculiar to this hour. First is to call Laodiceans to repent, to turn around. Second is to exhort Philadelphians to separate from Laodiceans and not become Laodicean.

Over the last 50 years we have witnessed a great transition among evangelicals, (professing Philadelphians) becoming Laodiceans. One of the major factors in this transition has been spiritual deception.

Jesus warned that just prior to His coming, spiritual deception would be so great that He said “if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived”. That is why the call to Laodiceans is a call to salvation.

Laodicean –

New Evangelicalism

Art Sadlier

We have witnessed 60 years of new evangelicalism. When new evangelicalism took its divergent fork in the road in 1948, it was thought to be a slight course correction. Now many new evangelicals find themselves on a totally different road. Unless fundamentalists obey the Bible by separating from disobedient brethren, we will find ourselves with them on a broad road, totally different than the one on which we set out.

Charles Spurgeon said, “long ago I ceased to count heads, truth is usually in the minority in this evil world”. “The battles of Scripture were always won by an obedient minority, not a diverse majority”. John Ashbrook said, “Thousands of Churches have fallen to new evangelicalism while trying to be silent fundamentalists. At the same time the Bible believing Church was stolen (by vocal new evangelicals)”.

He also said, “the most dangerous deviation is the one closest to your own position. New evangelicalism

sprang out of fundamentalism. It is a movement of brethren. The lie of new evangelicalism has deceived more fundamentalists than the siren of ecumenism.

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