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Are the Spiritual Gifts still Bestowed Upon Disciples?

This is a question that has been thought about by many Christians over a long period of time; is God still bestowing his gifts of the Spirit upon disciples who are working in the Kingdom of God?

The answer is pretty simple and is a three-letter word. “Yes!”

“So does this mean we no longer have to read what follows?”

“No it doesn’t mean you can stop reading because there is a very important lesson for us all to be discussed and that is, why does it “appear” that the gifts are no longer given?”

We have addressed this question in an article now in our Book Shelf Page.  

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Are the Spiritual Gifts still Bestowed Upon Disciples?

Are Believers Commanded to Celebrate Passover on Nissan 15 Forever

It is so easy to under-read Passover in the Book of Exodus as a punishment on Pharaoh and all of his first born children plus his cattle for having put the Children of Israel into a slavery of hard rigour for hundreds of years, and secondly for refusing to let them leave Egypt to worship God in His mountain.  And pretty well that is cut and dried you might say.  God dealt Pharaoh and Egypt in general a pretty hard blow, they caved in and the Children of Israel went and worshipped their God in His mountain.  Besides which, that is Old Testament stuff and has all been done away with thanks to "our" salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.  

You see, by so describing the Passover judgment on Egypt and the subsequent exodus of Israel in the above manner , I have totally under-read and missed the very points that our Lord God had gone to pains to keep before our eyes - and yes even for us today in this modern world.

The whole account of Passover and the exodus is pure prophecy for an event that would occur some one thousand three hundred and one years into the future from that time, and in turn that event would be prophetic for another event to occur a further two and a half thousand years (according to Jewish wisdom) or so on from then again

The Passover and release of the Children of Israel is so important for all Christians because it graphically ties together the arduous life of Israel  as a fledgling nation under stress , their trust in a messiah and the mighty hand of God to lift them out of that world of slavery into a world where the Lord God became their "Immanuel" and resided with them in the wilderness initially and then in the Promised Land.

If that sounds familiar then it is because it speaks specifically of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour when he, the first born, took on the sin for all mankind and offered himself a sacrifice for the atonement of mankind's sin, but also released mankind to go and worship God in his mountain - and fifty days after his ascension to heaven God in Spirit came to dwell with mankind.

Now if that sounds familiar then it is because it speaks specifically of Jesus the Messiah returning to mankind to deliver all believers from the arduous world of sin and release them to worship God in his holy mountain - The New Jerusalem.

It gives me great pleasure to see this classic example of an event that is a trilogy on all planes of existence where God reaches down to his creation and lifts them up to his holy mountain.  If I may paraphrase scripture, God has said that if you do not believe what occurred in the past times, meaning the period of the Children of Israel being in slavery and how they were rescued out of that horrible world in which they had become trapped, then you "cannot" truly believe what will happen in the future.

The date of Passover and the exodus from Egypt occurred on Nissan 15 in the year 2448 of the Hebrew Calendar.  Jesus' ministry here on earth in the flesh abruptly ceased on Nissan 15 in 3789 of the Hebrew calendar.  And we can fully expect (ie take it to the bank - so to speak) that come time for all believers to be released from the bonds of this sinful world - it too will occur on Nissan 15.  But being prophetic, the exact year is only a discussion point.

This is why we see God saying to the Children of Israel (Note: they are in time and place believers back in that era) "You shall observe this day for ever" (Paraphrased by Ed.) That message is prophetic for us today - and for us tomorrow.

Exodus 12:14

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

So next time you are drawn into a discussion about the Old Testament and Passover in particular you might like to shine the light of God into that discussion.  If we choose to ignore the trials and tribulations of how God dealt with the early believers (Yes - the Hebrew peoples) then our belief is pretty shaky because it has no foundations.  And that you can take to the bank.

 

 

 

 

 

The Evil Trespass of Syncretism

Syncretism is the process of replacing Christian festivals and holy days with similar looking and sounding pagan festivals from ancient times where the heathen gods of old are resurrected but their names changed to still look to be Christian. It is now almost a worldwide phenomenon that this has occurred across the Christian landscape and millions of worshippers do not know who or what they are really worshipping when they go to church.

This catastrophe needs to be exposed and the believing members of Christian congregations made aware that they need to make urgent changes – either in how they worship or where they worship.  In putting pagan gods before the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob there is no middle ground; there is only the light of God or the blackness of evil.

In our Bookshelf Section we have addressed this ingress of paganism into our Christian churches though an article entitled, “Christendom is Suffering from a bad Case of Syncretism” where we identify exactly where this is occurring in almost every Christian congregation in the world. 

I believe it is time this paganism on a grand scale must be not only stopped but eradicated in a way that it will not return to destroy the eternal hopes of millions of souls.  Collectively, Christians on the ground will need to be single minded about not serving pagan gods before their God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and to do so push back against the Nicolaitan priesthoods that have allowed it to flourish under the false guise that  it is okay.

The article is no baby milk formula to swallow. To digest what God has to say about this will take a solid backbone and intestinal fortitude to go with the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation he wrought, bought and brought so that mankind could wrench free of the sinful state he was in. 

I can only encourage you to at least read the article, and implore you to make decisions about what actions you need to take that will release you from the grasp of this paganism that our Lord and God so hates.

We at Faithchasers believe this possibly is the biggest threat to Christendom since the 1st century after our Lord was crucified and ascended to heaven, so please help all earnest believers worldwide and distribute this to your Elders Group and those that have the responsibility for teaching your congregation.

 

 

View or Download the article from this link or go directly to the Bookshelf Section of the Website.  

  Christendom is Suffering from a bad Case of Syncretism

 

Well It Is This Time Of The Year Again - What Are You Going To Do This Year?

As the title states, it is this time of the year again and a great multitude of Christians around the world need to again address what they are going to do come April. And I am not so even sure that most Christians are aware that they have to do anything and just go on as usual while great spiritual battles rage over their heads; and this happens every year at this time.  

Let me ask a straight question.  What deity you think you are worshipping when you go to church - this year on April 10th and probably again on Sunday 12th.  This is not a rhetorical question, it is one that demands an answer. It is one that needs to be seriously addressed by every Christian, by every Christian Church and by the Theological training fraternity in the universities that are pumping out robo-priests, pastors and ministers that are truly ignorant of the immense issue over what god you are worshipping when you roll up to celebrate Easter. 

Why aren't the elders of the congregations examining the difference between the Passover dates (this year it starts on April 8th) and Easter and then researching why this occurs every year.  Surely someone must think about our Lord and Saviour, Immanuel, whom we call Jesus Christ in the English speaking counties, who was "the" Passover Lamb and the perfect and unblemished sacrifice for the atonement of the sin of mankind.  Do you think that we should be looking at God's Only Begotten Son - who incidentally is now the High Priest over "All" believers in the world and who now sits at the right hand of God his father in heaven.  Shouldn't we be saying, "Hang on! He was Jewish and was crucified on the days of Passover. What is this Easter thing doing that has made up a completely different date?"   

Well, let me implore you to at least take one tiny step to honouring our Lord and Saviour and read one article about who the "god "of this Easter festival really is.  Please take the time to at least understand that there are spiritual life and death ramifications at the source of this issue and every Christian needs to make themselves aware of the lies and deceit that have been perpetrated on our societies the world over.  The god of Easter is not The God of Passover.  So who are you really worshipping when you celebrate Easter with your family? There is a deep truth here to be realised. 

Faithchasers have provided quite a detailed article on Passover and Easter that lays bare the atrocities about the wolf in sheep's clothing that have been buried since our Lord's crucifixion.  The link provides access to two articles, or you can access them through the Book Shelf section of this website.  Please do yourself a favour and follow this through.

[A Deeply Concerning Look at Christian Festivals and Holy Days]

 

[Heathen Festivals and Christian Celebrations]

 

Geoff Rooke  

 

 

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It is Definitely NOT Okay to Send Your Precious Children to Halloween

Halloween derives its name and rituals from the pagan 16th century Celtic Harvest Festival that was "Christianised" through a process called syncrotism into a popular convocation that was then prominent in Ireland.  It's name refers to All Hallows Evening and in its correct context was dedicated to remembering those that had died.

Whilst there are a number of other modern day festivals around the world that have also been put through this process of disguising and inclusion into Christian and pseudo-Christian religious congregations, the core of the festivals are never washed clean of their pagan spirits who revel in their new found Christian homes.  Putting it bluntly, a pagan festival can never be washed clean of its spiritual foundation and can never be "made" acceptable in any form to be celebrated in a Christian context.

In today's world, Halloween rites are orchestrated to be a children's festival consisting of "trick or treating" in disguises of witches, wizards and monsters from Hell, costume parties with the same theme, depicting grotesque heads in hollowed out pumpkins, bonfires, apple bobbing, spirit divination games and performing pranks.  It also includes visiting said haunted places, telling horror stories and/or watching horror movies. Observances also sanctioned by some convocations include lighting candles on the graves of the dead and meat and other dietary practises.  

So you ask the question, "What is the problem with letting our children have some fun?"

Well indeed! Let's not stop the fun if your definition of fun is desecrating the dead, dressing up as the worst kind of witches and monsters, communicating with evil spirits (Oh you thought that was just an innocent game!) telling stories of ghoulish savagery and other despicable acts on humans and animals.  I take it that you are all Okay with this?  

"What was that, you didn't think that anything was wrong with it.  Well Okay then go right ahead.  But don't think for one nano-puff of a millisecond that this is acceptable to God.  Let me assure you it definitely is not and you and your young family are in great jeopardy."

Let me again tell you bluntly.  If you knew the heart of God over this matter you would grovel for weeks to try and restore yourself and your family back under the protective cover of our Salvation Messiah.  Why are you so blind?  Where is your discernment?

If I were a martyr currently sitting at the altar of God as per Revelation 6:9, I would be  appealing to God for this gross misrepresentation that was being done by Christian families to Christians of great faith from the past.  Who on Earth could possibly think that these great men and women of God who were slain for the testimony of God and his Word would be nothing short of devastated to be made out to be celebrated through all of these dark and evil "fun" things - and, to top it off, we sacrifice the most innocent of our race to do it.  God please help our exploited children.

This is blasphemy at its very worst.  Shame on every household that professes God and who celebrates this evil festival. 

A Short Tale about an Old Bloke

There was this wealthy land owner who was the original pioneer who had worked very hard throughout his life to bring prosperity to his family and friends in new lands that he had developed.  In fact the whole community benefitted from the prosperity of the dynasty in its later years and it came to be well known throughout all of the land.  Before he died he decided to put great effort into teaching his family and those close to them how to be successful and overcome the adversities of the lands and what, how and when they needed to labour in the fields and the crops. 

And one of the things he said that we all could take a lesson from was, “I am going to tell you about things that happened in the past, and I am going to labour the points of the historical markers that I set up over the years. And then I am going to tell you what will happen in the future if you will follow my instructions, and also what will happen if you don’t.” 

He continued, “I am doing this for the very important reason that you will know that historically I am telling you the absolute truth about it all and that there is not one skerrick of untruth in this tale.”

He looked at each one directly in the eye and said, “If you do not believe what I said I did in the past, how then will you ever believe me when I tell you about the future?” 

And then he finished by saying, “You will only prosper if you believe in what I did back in the very early years which will open your eyes and ears so that you are able to believe also what I tell you will happen in the future.”

This is a truth that is as old as the hills themselves.  For as long as mankind has been walking on the planet this lesson has been both learned and discarded with each pathway being mutually exclusive to the travellers who journey upon them.  And I could ask the same question today as did this character from olden times did, and I might ponder the range of answers that I received back thinking about if they were only repeating what others before them had said.

What would you answer?  Would you think silly old codger, what would he know about these modern technosavvy times, you know, computers, smart phones and all of the good stuff that comes with them.  I bet he wouldn’t have a clue about these modern times. No! I don’t think he is qualified to make any comment on life in today’s fast lanes.

Now herein is a valuable lesson that I learned; for what it is worth.

              It is an indisputable fact that if you won’t believe the history then you “cannot”

  believe the future.

Here at Faithchasers we have learned this lesson very well.  Mind you it takes a minute to get your head around it all, but none-the-less we have endeavoured at every corner to think back and reflect on the history before moving forward into the future.  And it has worked extremely well indeed.

Have you fathomed the depths of the matter to which I am referring?  Well it’s pretty straight forward but it is also stonkeringly (do you like that word) profound. 

Let’s talk about God.  The story above is actually true, only that I have embellished it somewhat to emphasise one of life’s most basic lessons.  Call it Lesson 1.01 (that might catch on) and for those, as I said, who learn and practise this lesson the rewards in life will surpass everything that the world has in its full arsenal of weaponry to drag you down. 

It is a fact of life that most people in the world either do not believe the Hebrew/Christian Bible or at best cherry pick out bits and pieces that suit them and think that is all that they need to do.  It is my experience that when a person argues against or denies the authenticity of the Book of Genesis ie, calling it fables and old camp fire stories from the ancient past, they have a traceable fault seam that runs through their entire foundation upon which their faith in God is based.  And this is where the story above comes into play.

It is God himself who is saying to mankind that he has given us the record of creation and the early song lines from the period of the first modern Adamic man and he did so in a way that it firmly secures our mindset to a foundation that can support the full weight and height of the truth behind our world and all that is in it.  And please hear this.  If we are not secured firmly into the Genesis foundation (in every detail despite the nay sayers) we will never realise our full faith in Y’shua the Messiah and saviour to mankind to bestow upon us his holy spirit and receive us into salvation through the redemption of the righteous in his Lordship.  Does that mean we are denied eternal life?  Well that is a very deep question for discussion between the earnest of the faith but the short answer is; it might.

We could almost take it to the bank (there’s an interesting worldly saying) that those who deny Genesis have belief issues in other parts of the Bible, and this is particularly prevalent in all of the Nicolaitan churches of the world.  I am really concerned at the poor level of teaching that is being done in congregations generally and I don't have to wonder any more why the general societal view is in free fall about Jesus Christ and discipleship to a life surrendered to God. 

But the real cruncher (ouch!) is that there is almost a complete dearth of knowledge and belief in the Book of Revelation – and we cannot even get to discussing the deeper parts surrounding its understanding.  The principle reason is this: 

There was this wealthy land owner who was the original pioneer who had worked very hard throughout his life to bring prosperity to his family and friends in new lands that he had developed.  In fact the whole community benefitted from the prosperity of the dynasty in its later years and it came to be well known throughout all of the land.  Before he died he decided to put great effort into teaching his family and those close to them how to be successful and overcome the adversities of the lands and what, how and when they needed to labour in the fields and the crops. 

And one of the things he said that we all could take a lesson from was, “I am going to tell you about things that happened in the past, and I am going to labour the points of the historical markers that I set up over the years. And then I am going to tell you what will happen in the future if you will follow my instructions, and also what will happen if you don’t.” 

He continued, “I am doing this for the very important reason that you will know that historically I am telling you the absolute truth about it all and that there is not one skerrick of this tale that is not true.”

He looked at each one directly in the eye and said, “If you do not believe what I said I did historically, how then will you ever believe me when I tell you about the future?” 

And then he finished by saying, “You will only prosper if you believe in what I did in the past which will open your eyes and ears so that you are able to believe also what I tell you will happen in the future.”

 

The lesson is we will never be able to understand the future until we master the beginning.  This is a foundational principle established by God for learning by all of mankind.

 

Geoff Rooke

What in the World is Really Happening to us?

The response to our release of the re-edited treatise on the Book of Revelation is quite revealing of a general societal view that cannot see past the things of this world and what exists before their eyes. In the treatise we examined in quite some detail its meaning and the ramifications for the world as we developed the outworking of the Lord’s prophecy as it was given to John the apostle, on the island of Patmos where he was held under confinement by the then government of the day. 

Perhaps I can understand a mind that won’t have a bar of God, or for that matter anything that might even smack of religion, even though the two are starkly different, that it is a mind locked shut with the vital parts that facilitate comprehension blocked toward anything that even vaguely connects to either.  And this is exactly what we are seeing in response to some very clear facts that we raised in that article.

Despite anything that may point to danger signs in relation to the direction technology is taking mankind it seems to be a fatal attraction, or even a resigned fait accompli that “they” will do what they want to do no matter what.  But I was surprised to see the Hon. Federal Treasurer saying in parliament that everyone should just embrace all technologies and essentially go-with-the-flow.

I would have expected our federal politicians to be better that this – to at least have had a clue about the ramifications to society if we abandon so many of our skills and life’s lessons in favour of pressing buttons and invoking AI as if it were a real human giving advice.  I could ask the question, “Did no one understand what the beast of Revelation is actually doing to mankind?” Or was it another “See no evil and hear no evil because we mentioned that “G” word in the article.

Well heavens above! All that the Royal Priesthood of believers is trying to do is open your eyes so you can see what’s really going on.  There are forces at work in the world today that are just blatantly evil to the core and their job is to take down as many souls as they can before their time is called before the Judgment Throne of Almighty God himself.  And their chosen weapon at this point is technologies that compromise the human thinking process; that lay souls open to being vulnerable to persuasive ideologies and to kick against everything that is wholesome and good in our societies.

We are seeing very worrying trends in the dismantling of legislation that uphold God given standards of decency in favour of very narrow and twisted minds that are systematically picking off everything that is blessed by God for community and in doing so are driving the societal view down to accepting anything that is dished up to it.  I mean to say even the garbage truck doesn’t pick up everything from the gutter so why aren’t our governments and our responsible leaders in society standing up and addressing these failings.  Surely the CV to become the treasurer of this nation would have to spell out that the candidate is savvy to societal needs and is respecting of the God given decencies bestowed upon mankind. If not, what is he doing in a parliament that is undergirded by the necessities of the Australian Constitution framed at Federation to do only that which attracts the blessing of God.   

Where are the watchmen on the walls, and where are their fire towers to signal the approach of the enemy, and if you don’t understand this saying you need to know you are hugely at risk because you really are deaf and blind – and to boot, asleep.   

 

Wake up Australia – God is calling.

     

Are the End Times Upon Us Now?

Many would scoff at this, Christians included, and therein tells a story that reveals the ugliness of the deception that Satan is currently perpetrating on every human being on this planet by having them believe either there is no God in heaven, or this is a boring subject and the show on TV is much more interesting. 

We have just re-published a comprehensive study into the End Times from which details we have principally drawn from the New Testament Book of Revelation in the first instance and also the prophecies from the Old Testament, including Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel and others.  The discoveries we have made are truly staggering and the Lord was not kidding when he said there were great blessings to be had for those who would read and act upon the message that it delivers.

If you have a desire to understand the Book of Revelation and you wish to have in your hand the keys to unlocking the sequence of all of the chapters and their meanings this is a one-stop-book that will turbo charge your appetite for getting to the truth about why we are on this planet in this life, who our Lord and Saviour really is and finally who why and where the forces of Lucifer are.  

In answer to the question asked above, let me be unambiguously clear that the material we have presented, without question, has identified serious issues that are impacting our societies today and are the precursor that none of us really wanted to see start to happen.  To the elders of the church congregations and the Royal Priesthood of believers,  it wouldn't hurt you guys to pick this up and see how you and yours are faring.  This is so serious and yet so covered-over through lack of educating the congregations and lack of leadership teaching that it is genuinely a tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes.

The article is over 300 pages and includes verse by verse explanations with supporting charts and diagrams to clearly show the whole story of the Redemption Plan for mankind administered by our Lord and Saviour from the very beginning.  

The Revelation Study is in our Book Shelf section for reading on line or downloading.

Ed.  

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