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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Should a New Testament Believer Pay Tithe?

tithing

There are two major reasons people give in their defense against paying tithe. The first is that it is an Old Testament practice. The second is that there is no record of it as a New Testament practice.

Both arguments are wrong.
Let’s look at some New Testament scriptures that point to the relevance of tithe in the New Testament.

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The Question of ‘Once Saved Forever Saved’ Part 3: What does grace look like in the context of scripture?

Does grace overlook it when we sin? No, it doesn’t. The Scripture says;

“…Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:22 NKJV

And again, in James it says;

“Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”. James 2:10 Berean Study Bible (More on these verses in my next post, because I know how these verses are easily labeled ‘Old Testament in nature’).

With that said, we need to understand the position of grace in relation to sin, so, let’s look at a profound verse in Romans:

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COMMUNICATION 102: A Lesson in Listening

I read the conversation between an atheist and a renowned Christian who is also an intellectual and I realized how much knowledge we have attained as a church and how much such height of knowledge might be costing us.

In the conversation, the atheist asked some questions and the Christian intellectual gave responses that I cannot help but say fell short of the right answers. It appeared to me that the great Christian intellectual just wanted to ‘fix’ the error of this atheist so much so that he lost him in the process.

Lesson one: People don’t want to be fixed, they want to be heard. They might NEED fixing, but it’s next to impossible to meet a ‘need’ that is veiled with a ‘want’ without first meeting that ‘want’.

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COMMUNICATION 101: The Soul of a Healthy Debate

COMMUNICATION 101: The Soul of a Healthy Debate

Lessons from a discussion between a five-year-old and his father.

A young boy of 5 asked his father, ‘’Dad, why do we pay tax?’’ The father went on and on about how taxpayer’s money is used to fix roads, fund security and education and he listed so many other uses appealing to logic and reason. He explained why tax should be paid but the young boy was still not persuaded by his father’s reply. Then the father said, “Even Jesus said, ‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar'”.

Then the young child jumped at that answer, “Dad! That’s exactly my point. Caesar died over 2000 years ago, why do we still pay taxes to him?”

THE LESSON
From this story, we can clearly see that the effective teacher is not the one who simply ‘knows his onions’ or the one who can merely communicate his points fluently.
On the contrary, the effective teacher understands his audience (not just his onions) and makes a conscious effort to connect with them (not just to communicate).

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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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The Man Child (Part I)

We continue to explore the prophetic message revealed in the Woman and her offspring from our last two posts.

If you have read the previous articles, then the identity of the Woman is quite clear by now – she is any generation of God’s people that is pregnant with a ‘Man Child’. When such a generation faces tribulation which the scriptures call ‘birth pangs’ – Mark 13:8 – then it is time to bring forth the Man Child. But only a generation who knows the worth and significance of the Man Child will be willing to endure such tribulation.

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