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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Jesuits versus zealots

“And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.” (Dan. 8:12).
 
Much has been written and said against the Jesuit power. And no doubt it is a plague to planet Earth. Their purpose is to destroy everything in their path, souls, societies, nations, Protestantism and the blessings that our Protestant Constitution has brought to the world.
 
To do this massive undertaking, temptations, traps, intrigue, and many forms of death have been essential equipment. Under the cover of duplicity, fraud, and pretence they have stolen a long march on the world. Protestantism has been easy prey, and, the Jesuits have been like an insidious fox in a shut up hen house.
 
But, how did it come to this? Why has the Lord forsaken His Reformation children? The Bible has the answer.
 
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake Me, and break My covenant which I have made with them. Then My anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide My face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.” (Deut. 31:16-18).
 
Shortly before telling Moses this, Moses had reiterated to the people that God would not forsake them. “And the LORD, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:8). And it is true, the Lord wouldn’t forsake His people, if their heart was for Him. Like no one else on earth, Jehovah loves to keep His promises and see people blossom and bloom under the sunshine of His love.

“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.” (Deut. 7:9). But, likewise, and for good cause, He “repayeth them that hate Him to their face, to destroy them: He will not be slack to him that hateth Him, He will repay him to his face.” (Deut. 7:10). Not spiteful or vindictive, Jehovah knows the scandalous work of Satan in the hearts of fallen man, and He sees the hearts that are true and the ones that are pretending to love Him.
 
So, what is the cause of enemies to succeed at destroying the church of God? It is their own departure, the turning away of their hearts from the merciful kindness of God to spend their lusts on the devil, to his religion of self-exaltation and self-indulgence. “An host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.” (Dan. 8:12).
 
“And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His commandments;
We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from Thy precepts and from Thy judgments:
Neither have we hearkened unto Thy servants the prophets, which spake in Thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto Thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against Thee.
O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against Thee.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against Him;
Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.
Yea, all Israel have transgressed Thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey Thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against Him.” (Dan. 9:4-11).
 
Protestantism has fallen prey to the multitudinous temptations that came out of the bottomless pit in 1849. Protestants had lived detached from their Lord for too many generations for Him to allow this imposture to continue. So He let loose His scourge upon them. Their old enemy was given divine resuscitation. Satan was freed to bring an unlimited attack against the Protestant world. Having been bound up since 1527, when the Reformation received royal protection and then 1798 when the final public rejection came to the Papacy, Satan and his human workers had been symbolically chained up in a bottomless pit.

While the descendents of the Reformation would remain true to the gospel the beast must stay locked up. “Unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.” (Rev. 2:24, 25). “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” (Rev. 3:11).
 
But, we failed to keep sober and vigilant against backsliding from the gift of God. The work of righteousness is all of God’s work. We can’t comprehend the gift of God; much less accomplish it of ourselves. We can only know His work and its fruit after we have experienced them.
 
“As it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1Cor. 2:9, 10).
 
Yet, we tried; and we failed. And worse, after having failed, we pretended that we had achieved the work of God. And rather than repenting and going to God for His mercy and help, we went on, generation after generation, pretending to be saved. Our traditions and extra-biblical religious practices abounded. So the need arose to cleanse the church and begin anew with a few faithful Protestants. The Advent movement was born.
 
And the Protestants have continued departing further and further away from the Reformation, until today most have caved to the excitement of the world in a massive apostasy, in the church as much as outside of it. Convenience and entertainment, business and the cares of the world, fill their lives. Identically to the northern tribes of Israel, they have blended in with the pagan world around them. Unabashedly, they wear the look of Rome and her corrupting army from Ignatius Loyola. They have forgotten their resting place and what they are protesting against.
 
The warning comes to Protestantism for its abandonment of the God of mercy and truth, which was espoused to in the Dark Ages. “Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand. The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: so that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.” (Deut. 28:32-34).
 
Many will attempt to defend all the privileges and blessings which heaven poured upon the nations of Protestantism, especially in apostate America, but which they forfeited when they cut themselves off from heaven. All of their freedoms are going away and will soon leave them enslaved to another nation—their old enemy from the Dark Ages. But, will heaven stand behind the Protestants who try to fend off this old enemy, who is speaking very boldly these days? No. Deuteronomy 28 and 29 declare what God will permit for spiritual Israel’s punishment and discipline.
 
When the Jews remained under the foreign rule for centuries, and the Roman yoke was the final evidence from above that God was still unfavorable to them, they would take the work of God into their own hands, and began to plan how to overthrow the Roman power. The Jews would fight to regain sovereignty and then after ridding their land of the Romans, they would continue to rid the whole earth of them. But, we know what happened to this strategy. A.D. 70 and 135 saw the Romans completely destroy the Jew’s nation and send them into perpetual wandering without a home. The Jews couldn’t come up with enough weapons to stand against the Roman legions and armament.
 
Until the end, zealots hid among the people, ready to pounce upon Rome when the trumpet was blown. Did Jesus join this work of national defense? Did He teach His disciples to join it? Never. He even included Simon the Canaanite, a zealot, into His inner circle of twelve. But this He did to win Simon’s soul to His Father, and then to steer his zeal into holy endeavors. The zealot would fight for a heavenly kingdom, preaching the word of God and receiving a crown that would be laid up for him, his reward not a temporary earthly booty, but an eternal weight of glory.
 
Let every Protestant zealot find the love of God with which He so much loved the world, and be changed by it. Let us fall before the Lord and plead for His work to happen in our hearts, and repent for taking His holy work into our unholy, corrupted hands. Let us, every American and those around the world, heed the example of Christ in the light of the punishment coming our way, excessive, Inquisition-style punishment for our infidelity to our fathers’ Reformation covenant with Jesus. And let us not fight for earthly things and freedoms at a time when they must all go away in preparation for our eternal home in the heavens. Otherwise, we will run into the thick of battle without His protection, and fall there.
 
“Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.” (Isa. 8:12-15).

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