A Warning

Revelation 22:18-19– “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

 

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Good morning friends, Happy Hump Day! Today I am going to write about something near and dear to my heart, but first let me say this…..You are loved, you are chosen, and you are special. Anyone or anything that tells you otherwise is straight from Lucifer himself and should be discarded as such. Not sure who exactly that is for this morning but felt it needed to be said. Ok, moving on. 🙂

I know that there are two books of the Bible that almost always immediately make people turn the other way and run as far as they can; Genesis and Revelation. To even the most seasoned of biblical scholar, these books can be confusing and frustrating. Today, however, I am going to focus on just one thing that will be very clear and is becoming a cancer within the Christian Community and that is the passage above….you have been warned. What do I mean? Well its pretty simple actually; when John was stuck on this island by himself to write what had to be a mind boggling vision from God, it concluded with the above warning. I can simplify it for us by the following two points;

  1. If you add or put in things to the Scriptures that are not actually there, you will suffer the plagues that are discussed at length throughout.
  2. If you take away from the Scriptures, your part from the Book of Life will be taken away as well.

Still with me? Still confused? Ok, let me put it this way, stop changing the way the Scriptures are written to suit your personal agenda or their will be consequences that you will not be happy about. Do we not see this all the time? Here is my personal favorite: ““Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD- Leviticus 19:28″ Its my favorite because people spill that one to me all the time when they see my tattoos. Funny thing I always come back with is; “Did you happen to read the verse right before it which states “Do not trim off the hair on your temples or trim your beards” ? So oops, you shaved this morning so you are just as much in violation as I am. What about the one a few verses up? “Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin” I bet you are harboring some anger towards a family member as well, oops your guilty of that too. WRONG.

The bible is all about context and the verse about tattoos was given because at the time pagans roamed the land which were carving themselves up to worship the dead. God felt this was bad so He made a blanket rule for a very specific purpose; that goes for the shaving part as well….My point by giving you this example is that people chop up the Scriptures to fit their agenda instead of understanding and living what the words say and mean. Sometimes this is done just out of lack of study but more times than not there is a more sinister purpose at work. Today I give you the warning for such action, not by me but by our Creator. No one expects perfection when it comes to God’s Word. It is a living, breathing document which takes our whole lives to comprehend, but through this process we must not lead others astray by purposely adding or subtracting things to fit our purposes. Amen?

Let me know what you think by adding comments in the comments section and thank you all for reading my blogs. You are helping a middle aged guy fulfill his dream of writing and I can’t express that gratitude I have for your time and support. Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Peace and Love,

David

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Author: David A Fischer

Just a regular guy trying to get more like Christ every day!

5 thoughts on “A Warning”

  1. Aside from creation, which is clearly not God’s heart because He only devotes one chapter to it. However, you can hardly go 33 verses without reading about the return of Jesus Christ when you truly get to know what is in God’s heart for man – the return of Jesus: Revelation can be a tough chapter if you do not know how to divide it from past, present and future events and what is for the nation of Israel, what is for the church and what is for the unbeliever. Depending on who you are will depend on what is relevant for you in Revelation. When John was instructed to write things down or record these things, God instructed him in Revelation 1:9 Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. What John had seen is the past, the things which are is the present, and the things which will take place are things in the future. This is the first indication of division of time in Revelation. One thing to remember as a believer is that certain future things take place after the church is called up into heaven with Jesus. The error in many pastors today is that they look to the natural disasters or events such as lunar or solar eclipses stating that these are the signs of the end times. I do not deny that these are pre-staging events for things to come, however many of these pastors forget one very important aspect of the scriptures – the church has not been raptured. In the order of things to come – the church will be called up into the air before the signs of the tribulation are revealed – this happens before any of the Angels or Jesus break any seals of the tribulation. In Revelation 1-4 you see the mention of the church, but afterwards in Revelation 4-21 the church is not mentioned in these chapters until the church returns with Jesus to reign with Christ over the earth. Therefore, your warning – although it is a warning is not to the members of the church – nor is it meant for the Jew who goes through the tribulation and overcomes the anti-Christ. This warning is meant for the unbeliever in Jesus – those who have completely rejected the message of salvation.
    Revelation 2:26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations. The bible is very clear about what overcome means and how we as believers are to overcome in 1 John 5:4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. Overcoming anything is by having faith in Jesus Christ apart from our own self-works. You see, believers are complete in Christ Jesus and the proof of this is in Colossians 2:10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Jesus is over every ruler and authority (another example of proof that Jesus is in fact God) and in Him we are complete. So whatever your need is you are complete in Jesus. Jesus is my holiness and I am complete in Him. Jesus is my faith and I am complete in Him. Jesus is my health or healing and I am complete in Him. Whatever it is you are complete in Jesus. Those pastors who tell you that you need more of this or more of that to get right with God have not read this passage. You are complete in Him. Therefore that warning in Revelation is not for you because you are complete in Him and therefore through faith in Christ Jesus, God has judged you righteous (not guilty) and pure. So pure that now the Holy Spirit may dwell in you. Where are we in this time of tribulation? The answer is in Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. We are the church represented by the 24 Elders seated in thrones before His throne. We are prepared for and wed to Jesus in the wedding ceremony in heaven and then when Jesus returns to earth we come with Him not as servant, but as bride and co-regent of earth to reign with Him. The second part of this from the old testament Leviticus is primarily for the nation of Israel and not the church. The nation of Israel came under the covenant of the law to show them that they needed a savior and therefore the law was given to them and they had to obey the law in order to receive their blessing. This is not true of the church because Jesus came and fulfilled the law for us before the church age began. The true church age did not begin until Paul is commissioned by Jesus to spread the word of God to the gentiles in Acts. In Acts we see the message of Peter fade and the message of Paul rise after Acts 4. The OT reveals many types and shadows of things to come in Jesus and it speaks of many prophecies which many have been fulfilled. In fact the only prophecies remaining are ones which will only be fulfilled when Jesus returns. All those who say they are prophets today are truly false – because there is no new prophecy and all the revelation of prophecy reveals Jesus. Something to thing about.

    Kind regards,
    J Arnn
    Jewish Studies for Christians

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