End Time Myth Part 1

The idea that it is the end times and as such things will not get better is a growing belief system that is halting progress in people’s minds and killing their will to move civilization forward. Funny thing is, proponents don’t know the origin of this mindset. They think this belief system originates from the Bible, but really, it doesn’t. It is the figment of a religious mindset.

Let’s talk scripture and facts. In the words of apostle Paul let’s discuss “the word of truth and reason” (Acts 26:25).

Why did Paul send Titus to the city of Crete? Was it just only to win souls and plant a church? No! It was ALSO to make the city a better place.

“For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every CITY as I commanded you—
Titus 1:5 NKJV

The apostles did not leave or abandon the responsibility of caring for a city to the government. They could have said, “we handle the faith and salvation of the people, while the politicians handle the governance of the people”. One of the responsibilities of good governance is order and Titus was charged with that responsibility by an apostle.

That same apostle gave this charge and instruction to the church;

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
I Timothy 2:1‭-‬4‭, ‬8 NKJV

Pay attention to that instruction:
Pray for kings and those in authority! Do you know what king was in power that time? It was Nero, the mad king who burnt Rome and blamed the church. He ended up killing a lot of believers and Jews for arson that he himself committed. This same king, Paul says to pray for. Our leaders are not even that bad and people are already saying things will not get better because of “Bible prophecy”? No, that is not the product of God’s word, but a product of despair.
Some may object and say, ‘he did not say what type of prayer we should pray’, that’s not true. If you combine vs 2 and 8 together, you’ll see that the prayer type was specified; a prayer without wrath…

If the world is not meant to get better then why ask to pray for these types of leaders for the sole purpose of “leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

The word of God says,
“Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for your possession.”
Psalms 2:8 NKJV

Will you ask for the nations and still allow it degenerate?
Our mandate is to disciple nations and baptize them, but we mistake this as an envagelical call to win souls and baptize them.
Joseph and Moses are a type and shadow of what it means to disciple and baptize nations.

Joseph shows us how to disciple a nation as he teaches their senators wisdom.

“He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him Lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.”
Psalms 105:17‭-‬22 KJV

Moses on the other hand shows us what it means to baptize a nation.

Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
I Corinthians 10:1‭-‬2 NKJV

To baptize a nation is to emancipate a nation from slavery and bondage into her prophetic destiny. You cannot do this without drafting policies and principles of governance of a people which is what Moses focused on in the book of Deuteronomy.

We have looked at scripture, now let’s look at world facts that show the potential for the world to get better.

Here are some facts about the world getting better. Let’s start from India, former poverty capital of the world. In spite of widespread paganism, India is getting better:

“NEW DELHI: In the time that it takes you to read this article, several Indians will have escaped the clutches of extreme poverty. In fact, about 44 Indians come out of extreme poverty every minute, one of the fastest rates of poverty reduction in the world. As a result, India has finally shed the dubious distinction of being home to the largest number of poor, with Nigeria taking that unwanted position in May 2018.”

You can confirm this fact from the link below:
https://www.google.com.ng/amp/s/m.timesofindia.com/india/india-no-longer-home-to-the-largest-no-of-poor-study/amp_articleshow/64754988.cms

“Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of one of Asia’s smallest but most developed economies, has died. Lee led Singapore after its separation from Malaysia to emerge as one of the world’s most powerful financial centres.
The tiny nation, whose main industry was manufacturing at independence, saw its GDP per capita skyrocket under Lee to one of the highest in the world in 2013, behind just oil-rich Qatar and private banking centre Luxembourg, according to the IMF. Its population has doubled to more than 5m.
Singapore flourished on the inherited advantages and foresightedness of Lee to transform into the ranks of New York, London and Switzerland as a global financial hub. As a key port in the British Empire, Singapore was in a strong position for trading activity. Lee built on this, as the country had no natural resources of its own to exploit.
Even though Lee was criticised by many for leading the country in an authoritarian style that stifled political dissent and press freedoms, his firm grip on power and maintenance of stability gave little scope for corrupt financial practices. The orderliness that Singapore became known for was attractive to foreign investment – billions of dollars poured in, ensuring the country’s success”.

You can also confirm this fact from the link below:
https://www.google.com.ng/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/how-lee-kuan-yew-transformed-singapore-from-small-town-into-global-financial-hub-39192

Nations are rising just as others are decaying. The fact that Slavery and the Holocaust happened on this planet does not mean that growth and development and freedom does not still happen on this same planet and sometimes to the same people and places that evil once befell.

Israel also suffered slavery for 400 years under Egypt. Did it mean the end of their world? Did it mean things won’t or didn’t get better? Cause things for better for Israel.

Israel also suffered a Holocaust under the Roman empire, did it spell their end? Did things not get better?

Maybe you think this is different because it is Israel that it happened to so things just had to get better.

What about Japan? America’s retaliation against them for the Pearl Harbor bombings was with an with atomic bombs that left generations devastated and deformed. I mean generations after, children where still being born deformed as a result of the effects of the atomic bomb.

Japan was a developed country before Hiroshima. Before World War 2.
Japan was a large, functional industrial economy before World War 2.
The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a small part of the damage done to Japan during WW2. Those were just two of forty Japanese cities that were completely destroyed. There were over thirty more cities that were severely damaged. The entire population of Japan was suffering from several years of malnutrition.
After the war, the Japanese people did an unbelievable amount of hard work to re-build their country. They were given extensive support by the United States.
As Robert Mashburn points out, the Japanese industrialists had the foresight to follow American quality expert Edward Deming, leading to a reputation for quality products that further boosted their economy and helped them take a major share of the world market for cars.

Look at them today. They are;
Number 9 on the list of median total wealth per adult by country over $10, 000 in 2017 (credit Suisse).
Number 3 on the list if countries with the most global 500 companies in the world n 2018 (fortune global 500).
Number 3 on the list of countries with individuals worth over $50million 2017 (wealthreport)
Number 4 on the list of countries with the best infrastructure in the world 2018 (WEF).

There are so many accounts of countries and people who went from bad to great. The key is for people of goodwill to rise to the challenge and take responsibility for the greatness and betterment of their nations.

If we continue to think that things won’t get better, then we would be part of the decay of the planet. And whether or not we contribute to the betterment of the nations of the world, there will always be a remnant who will commit to it.

Let us arise to our calling as salt and light of the world and make it a better place. If the world is falling apart and we think it is biblical, then we don’t know who we have believed. It’s a slap on the face to be salt of the earth and yet it is decaying, it is a shame for the world to be in darkness and yet we are the light of the world.

 

Adams Allison.

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The Pagemaster Symposium – The Dynamism of Change

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Mainstream Mavericks presents
The Pagemaster Symposium

The Dynamism Of Change
a back to the basics series

Date: Saturday, 13th October 2018
Time: 1pm prompt.
Venue: Excellence Hotel, Aguda-Ogba, Lagos.
(Description: its the small hall outside just before you enter the reception. Adjacent the banquet hall)

Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
II Corinthians 5:16‭-‬17 NKJV

It’s a basic expectation in the kingdom that who you are before and after you meet Christ are two distinct persons. There must be a change to herald that encounter of yours with the Lord.

If you and your environment can’t testify of undeniable changes in you since you met Christ, then there is a problem of stunted growth.

We trust God for the power to inspire that change in this up coming symposium. Join us as we draw out from God’s word, life changing truths.

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Adams Allison.

 

 

The Question of ‘Once Saved, Forever Saved’ Part 2: Why most people beat about the bush when debating ‘hyper-grace’

In my first post about this doctrine of ‘once saved, forever saved’, I said that many are poorly equipped to fight this error. So, in order for us to be better equipped, I spoke about the fundamentals of their philosophy of ‘grace’, so that we know what we’re up against. In this post, I want to speak about another factor that many lack which makes them ill-equipped to contend for the true gospel of grace – it is the rules of engagement which should govern us in this ‘civil war’ in Christianity.

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The Question of ‘Once Saved, Forever Saved’ Part 1: The Fundamentals of this New Grace Rave

There is a new wave of doctrinal error rampaging the church.

Those who peddle this erroneous message are called ‘hyper grace’ teachers/preachers and like Jude, “I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ“.
Jude 1:3-4 NKJV

This fight for the faith has been waging since time immemorial. It’s not new.

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Becoming A Son

The Christian’s journey from birth to maturity is a progression from servant-hood through friendship to son-ship. According to Galatians, a child is no different from a servant even though he is the heir of all things. That means that what we are by birth-right is not necessarily what we are by experience. Therefore if a believer must experience his inheritance in Christ, he must make the transition from a servant to becoming a friend and then ultimately a son. A believer does this by converting his birth-right into life experiences in Christ Jesus.

Unfortunately for many Christians, especially those of the ‘new creation’ and ‘positive confession’ movement, they presume that they are already sons. They presume maturity without process because they mistake our birth-right for our experience, but this is not entirely true. One is inherent while the other is relative. Our birth-right is Christ’s provisions of grace for us, but our experience is based on how much of these provisions we draw on by faith.

An heir that lives like a servant is just like a man with hundreds of billions in his account but refuses to make withdrawals from it, his living standard will not mirror his account balance. You can be the heir of the universe and still live like a pauper. You can decide to make minor adjustments to live like a millionaire, but you will still be living below the standards and possibilities destined for you by virtue of your bank account. That’s the difference between the provisions of grace and our experience by faith. As our faith experiences increases, our journey progresses from that of a servant to that of a son. In other words, we can tell whether we are servants, friends or sons based on the particular experience we have on this spiritual journey.

There are still those who think, based on the superfluous nature of their experiences, that they have become sons. Sadly, this is not true either. It is not the nature of an experience but the experience itself that serves as an indicator of where we are. To illustrate, you don’t progress from an employee to an entrepreneur simply because you had a exponential raise in your salary. Neither do people cease to be C.E.Os simply because they became bankrupt. So don’t let the spectacular nature of your Christian experience (or lack of it) delude you into presumption. Instead, look at the sign posts in your prophetic pilgrimage and let them be an indicator for where you are.

For those still in doubt about where they are on this journey, here is a poem God inspired me to write about servants, friends and sons. Meditate on it, it will help you pin point where you are on this journey of faith.

Of Servants, Friends and Sons

Servants are valuable, they come at a price,
Friends are rare gems, they are hard to come by,
Sons on the other hand, are priceless.

A man becomes a servant when he sacrifices his free will,
A servant becomes a friend when he begins to love,
A friend becomes a son when he accepts adoption.

Servants go the whole distance,
Friends go the extra mile,
Sons don’t keep scores, they walk in the Father’s footsteps.

Servants worship because it’s in their job description,
Friends do because they love to,
For sons, worship is second-nature to them.

A servant is committed to work of service,
A friend is committed to relationship,
And a son is committed to legacy.

A servant is driven by duty,
A friend by loyalty,
But a son by family name, heritage and posterity.

Servants are given responsibility,
Friends are given access,
Sons are given authority.

Servants are stationed in the Father’s field,
Friends in the Father’s house,
but sons at the right hand of the Father.

Servants know Him as the way,
Friends know Him as the truth,
Sons know Him as their life.

Servants are entrusted with instruction,
Friends with secrets,
But sons are entrusted with the whole estate.

Are you a servant of God, are you a friend of God, or are you a son? A true son does not leave the virtues and culture learnt while being a servant or a friend, he takes them along with him into son-ship. To be a son in whom the Father is well pleased we must do the same. For in the end, we are all called to wear these three hats, so that as believers, we continue in the service of our king, befriending our God, and crying out Abba Father.

Adams Allison.

 

Dedicated to my father, Pastor Tunde Bakare.

Signs Of The Times (Part 1): Discerning The Face Of The Sky

After the outcome of the U.S. elections, many were startled. Most of those who wanted Hillary to win were outraged at the results while many of those who supported Trump were surprised that he won. Either way, no one saw it coming. In light of this unexpected outcome, a brother and friend in church began to wonder why we (as believers) didn’t see this coming, why we couldn’t read the ‘hand writing on the wall’. He told me that the shocking outcome of the U.S elections led him back to these words of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. Matthew 16:3b

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The Celestial Garment

Criteria For The Last Move Of God In His Church

In our last post we spoke on the significance of the Man Child, today, what I want to do is show us what we need to do to transit from ‘The Woman’ (of Revelation Chapter 12) to the Man Child. To do this I have to expound on the significance of the attire of the Woman – the ‘sun, moon and 12 stars’.

Clothed with the Sun.
Like we said before, the Sun is the glory of the Father, each time the Woman surfaced on the earth, she was clothed with the glory of the Father. In Israel before Moses was born, it was the Blessings of Jacob upon his twelve sons, in Mary, it was the Power of the Holy Spirit that overshadowed her. Therefore, it is of uttermost importance that this generation be clothed with the glory of the Father if we must take the leap from being the Woman to being the Man Child.

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