The message to the church from these two visitations of the Lord is derived from their union. Considered separately, there is a communiqué in each of them, but together they form a unity of thought that surpasses and transcends their individual connotations. Perhaps that is the reason I had difficulty in pursuing a write-up of the first vision’s interpretation last year when Jeannette had it even though the elements of the vision were reasonably clear. I sensed that something was missing.
Jeannette asked me periodically throughout the year if the Lord had given me the interpretation to The Reels, because she could not forget it, being stunned by the gravity of her experience in seeing so much waste and devastation. I assured her I did not have one that I felt was certified by the Holy Spirit. After receiving notice that Jeannette had another visitation recently, and after receiving the written report about it, a content analysis revealed why I was not able to write up The Reels vision of a year ago. It was not finished! It took The Message dream-vision to complete the heavenly correspondence. It was during prayer that I realized the interpretation for both of them was a unit and sensed that the Holy Spirit was sanctioning me to bring it forth.
This is not the first time the Lord has given us messages in installments. The visions entitled Quartet and Couplet are other such phenomena. The trilogy entitled Climax of the Ages was a unit also. Furthermore, I have been on a spiritual pilgrimage the last several months in an area that has enhanced a more excellent rendering of the interpretation for the coupling of these two visions.
According to the above passage of Scripture, born-again Christians have been predestined to become glorified children of God in order to fulfill His purposes in the creation. The mere fact that God chose us to this high calling of divine royalty means that we have a divine destiny to fulfill. Before the foundation of earth was established, Jesus’ course was set and His goal or purpose in life was ordained. Upon incarnation, He searched the Scriptures, discovered the course He would have to take, and finished the work He was sent to do. How do we know that? At age twelve, He sat in the temple in the midst of the teachers asking questions of the rabbis and astonishing them with His understanding and answers [Luke 2:42,46]. He is our example, and we ought to do likewise.
The Message of The Reels speaks to the spiritual idea that a believer’s destiny is established before birth. Like Jesus, we were born to an end. God has a purpose for each life He supplies with breath. It is therefore, our duty to find out what it is and do it. This is nothing short of obedience to the will of God.
We must find our preplanned course and choose to finish it. A wayward course cannot locate its intended destiny. To say it more straightforwardly, our choices control our destiny in keeping with the adage that the means justifies the end. Whatever the means, whatever the process, or whatever the choice, it will lead to an inevitable outcome because the end is inherently embedded in the paradigm of one’s choices and the outcome cannot be otherwise. Why? It is because a good root will always produce good fruit, and an evil root will always produce bad fruit.
This means that we must be fruit inspectors as someone has said, and good ones at that. The tree might not be known immediately because false prophets and teachers sound good at first. This is how they creep in, in concert with the master deceiver of Eve. Fruit can look good on the outside but be rotten at the core. Do you think Eve would have eaten the fruit of the lie satan told if she could have seen its core? Jesus warned that deceivers would arise increasingly as judgment day approaches [Matthew 24:11] and that they shall deceive even the very elect [24:24]. What a sobering thought that even God’s chosen ones can be deceived and Jesus said that some are. In fact, anyone who thinks he cannot be deceived is already deceived.
The church has recently been bombarded with dozens of schemes and programs purporting to enhance evangelism and worship as if the old way is not enough – the simple preaching of the gospel message.
People have difficulty staying with the tried and true. They are ever more seeking upgrades because enticement through marketing techniques abound, and where the church is concerned, without spiritual discernment via the Word new stuff tickles the flesh. Marketing methods have transformed a spiritual enterprise with eternal consequences, namely the church, into a worldly business with the bottom line being numbers. Yet, even though he could, Paul refused to follow the world’s way of covering up the contents of a message with eloquent oratorical wrappings even though polished oratory was considered a high level accomplishment among the Greeks. Paul said,
It is the preaching of the gospel …in simplicity and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom (man-made schemes catering to the whims of people) that regenerates and sanctifies [2 Corinthians 1:12]. Paul feared, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so (their) minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ [ 2 Corinthians 11:3].
There is only one way a person can keep himself from deception and that is through KNOWING intimately the Scriptures. Did not Jesus admit to being the Word of God? If He is, then you get to know Him through meditating in His written Word, not chasing after concerts, conferences, and seminars. There is nothing wrong with attending these if they are bona fide spirit enhancers, but if those avenues were the preferred way, only people who could afford to go to these functions would be blessed, and we know that God is no respecter of persons. No, dear reader, the authentic way to spiritual growth is abiding in the Word. After meditating in the Word awhile, you learn of Jesus, as He said we should [Matthew 11:29] – what He did, how He acted, where He went, how He walked, and what He said, and hence can become like Him.
Spending time with the Lord in His Word is the only way to intimacy with God. The inevitable effect of learning about Him is to grow ever more in love with Him. O…taste and see that the Lord is good… [Psalms 34:8]. You taste Him through His Word – not experiencing Him as many of the new practitioners in Christianity are promoting. David said, How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! [Psalms 119:103].
Spending time with Christ implies abiding in His Word, settling down in it and dwelling in it in the same way you live in your physical abode. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you can ask what you will and it will be done unto you. In this is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, so shall ye be my disciples [John 15:7,8]. What carte blanche! Jesus can declare that because in getting to know what pleases God, you will know how to ask for what you need and qualify for what you want.
The Lord said that if you do not do the things that He taught, you really do not love Him.
How can you keep His words if you do not know them? When you abide in Jesus’ Words, He and the Father abide in you. This is God’s way of spirituality. A counterfeit has crept into the church called ‘experiencing’ Jesus. This is not a new fad because its rooted in medieval, mystical Christianity, but it is new in evangelical circles. The biggest problem with it is that it does not conform to the Biblical way to know Jesus. Yet, it is making tremendous inroads and especially with our youth. Young people naturally want to experience things and indeed should be encouraged in this natural trait. But, how many young people have enough Biblical discernment to be able to know when what they are opening themselves up to is demonic involvement?
As was stated, experiencing Christ has its roots in mystical practices, both Western and Eastern that have been around for ages. There are all kinds of problematic consequences associated with its practice. Instead of teaching people to meditate in God’s Word and concentrate on the words of the Lord, the goal of experiencing Jesus is to get beyond thinking about words. During quiet time in prayer, a person is taught to contemplate on a mental image conjured up by the contemplator or one suggested by the instructor. The technique is known as contemplative prayer. Yoga exercises, another intruder into the church, are similar in practice.
The objective in contemplation is to get beyond thinking and listen for subjective communication from God. This meditative practice is contrary to Biblical instruction, which tells us to meditate on God’s law – His Word, teachings, or doctrines – so that the believer will know how to please God, fellowship with Him, and prosper in all that he does [Joshua 1:8]. On the other hand, these types of new inroads into Christianity including mantra praying teach believers to do away with an emphasis on words and intuitively experience our Lord.
It is not possible to delve into the sinister implications of this contemplative movement. Perhaps the worst one is the opening up of demon involvement within Christian circles. The literature is available for anyone to check this out, and my advice for parents of children is to research it. The 2004 National Pastors’ Convention was steeped with the aroma of ‘experiencing’ programs. It opened up with contemplative prayer and yoga exercises, and offered curriculum to teach all types of mystical prayer techniques. The 2005 convention is programmed to include more of the same with highly visible Christian people leading the flock. The title for one topic at the convention reveals the course that our pastors of the last day’s church are planning for the sheep, to wit, “A New Theology for a New World.” Could this be the springboard for the Christian church to dive into the Interfaith pool?
For the purposes of this Interpretation and this website, the greatest threat of any of these new integrative methodologies that the church is experiencing including the confusion being spawned by the hundreds of new versions of the Bible is that they are all working in concert to mushroom the Laodicean church. Jesus’ scathing words about this consummate church was that she was wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked [Revelation 3:17].
If you are a lukewarm Christian, as Jesus called the Laodiceans, you are at risk of being thrust into the tribulational era. Jesus said He would spew lukewarm believers out of His mouth [Revelation 3:16]. They actually cause Him more grief than someone who is cold because they confuse new converts into thinking that their behavior is acceptable Christianity. Hot and cold readily defines where people are headed. Their course is highly marked with signs. Lukewarm people’s activity and fruit beclouds truth and muddies ‘The Way’ to heaven. For your own sake, I beseech you to stoke your furnace and be assured of a place in the bride of Christ.
tastes of Jesus through reading about Him, and this is the way one
comes to know His voice.
He said His sheep know His voice and will not follow another [John
Hence, those who are following unsound doctrine do not know Jesus intimately.
They will be the ones who suffer and follow the Antichrist right into
the tribulation – all because they did not take time to read
the Bible. Recent statistics show that 85% of Christians do not read
let alone study it. If that is true, it is no wonder that the Laodicean
endtime church will be judged with the world [Revelation
People who follow the crowd and who attend churches integrating methods of secular humanism 1 with those of the Bible are in jeopardy of being deceived. Integration of the world’s methods and techniques into church programs is rampant. There are too many to list in this short paper. However, to add to the ‘Experiencing’ movement that I have already mentioned, there is The Twelve Step Programs agenda for all kinds of addictions. It stems from the original Twelve Step Program for Alcoholics Anonymous. This movement even has its own version of the Bible.
|A medical doctor who received the method from a spirit guide originally started the program. When he developed it, he was adamant that Jesus would be excluded from the meetings of the alcoholics. All that is necessary is that the member has a supreme being to look toward for help. The supreme being can be a chair, a tree, a person, or anything. Yet, the name of Jesus is not allowed to be spoken in the meetings. At least it was that way in the beginning with Alcoholics Anonymous. I assume it is still the same way. How the church programs proceed, I do not know. I ask you, do we need techniques for solving problems that stem from the pit of hell? Did the Creator God fail to include in His Holy Bible manual sufficient information for how to correct the addictions of people? Are we supposed to look to the flesh for help, or, the power of the Holy Spirit?|
Another worldly infiltration the church is experiencing is Christian
psychology. It is perhaps the most subtle complicated method
encroaching upon the
sufficiency of Scripture today. Having traversed that course myself
during my second life-style, I can tell you personally that this
is the hardest for believers to accept as a problem. In addition,
it is all the harder if you do not know Scripture.
Can you see the problem with integration? It is the intrusion of men’s theories into the practice of Christianity. It demotes the Bible’s competence by diluting Scripture, and hinders spiritual growth by developing the flesh instead of the spirit. By distracting the believer from searching out answers to problems in the Word for himself or herself, psychological counseling dishonors God by insinuating His Holy Bible needs help.
How does integration work? A counselor selects from over 250 secular methods, none of which have been validated by scientific research, the one he wants to use with a counselee. Then he selects from the Bible verses he wants to integrate with the method of choice. Is a method that mixes God’s truth with man’s devices reliable? I submit that it is not. To make matters worse, there is research that has shown that psychology fairs no better in helping people than an untrained non-practitioner. This means that there is evidence to show that a Christian friend with a Bible has as much and even more success in helping people as a certified Christian psychologist!
The most deceptive of all the problems centering on psychotherapy is the fact that it is not a science but rather a philosophical religious system. The forum for psychology includes well-recognized learned men and women in its own ranks who have written scathing reports denouncing this branch of knowledge as a science. The scientific method works with hard concrete facts that are repeatable. There are none with complex human beings. There is no instrument powerful enough to penetrate into the soul to produce an image of what is within. 2 Listen to R. Christopher Barden, a psychologist, lawyer and President of the National Association for Consumer Protection in Mental Health Practices: "It is indeed shocking that many, if not most forms of psychotherapy currently offered to consumers are not supported by credible scientific evidence." 3 This statement by Dr. Barden sums up the state of the research regarding clinical counseling whether in the church or outside of it.
Given the status that research does not support any psychological method as more useful or helpful in solving problems than the consolations of a friend or brother in Christ, is there justification for people to pay a fee for psychological help? The Bible tells us to help others out of love. Have we freely received? Then we ought to freely give [Matthew 10:8].
The great chasm that separates Christian counseling from Biblical counseling is the fact that psychological treatment focuses on the problems whereas the Bible focuses on the answers. We are informed in Scripture that as believers we are new creatures and have been blessed with everything needed for life and godliness right now, here on earth.
Can you see from the above verses how believers just need to find out what God’s promises are and use them to solve their need? Focusing on the problem, ruminating on past events, which is the typical procedure in psychological counseling, reinforces the very thing the seeker of help needs to forget. In the typical counseling session, the counselee is encouraged to dig up memories in an attempt to find the root cause of the problem. Is it possible to get rid of that which you keep bringing to the forefront? The answer is no. You cannot get rid of something you keep on handling. The law of contact and transmission forbids it. Paul gave us the prescription to overcome the problem when he said to forget those things that are behind, reach forth to the things that are before, and focus on the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus [Philippians 3:13].
God has prepared the soul of man for His own habitation. He wants to be His children’s wise Counselor. Is not Counselor one of His glorious names [Isaiah 9:6]? I am convinced that the absence of research supporting psychotherapy, a sophiscated name for counseling, is because God does not want man tampering with the sacred cavern of the soul. Only God knows the heart and soul of man. It borders on blasphemy to regard fabricated theoretical systems of men as good at solving problems as God’s wisdom in His Word. Put yourself in God’s place for a minute. If blasphemy is scorning or belittling the name, person, or work of God, would you be grieved if you were God that men think your prized work – the Bible – needs supplementation? Would you not be distressed to see your children opt for a human counselor laden with unproven techniques to help alleviate problems instead of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God?
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Secular humanism is a philosophical religious system in which man becomes his own savior. Self is the measure of all things as one Greek philosopher remarked. A large percentage of self-help programs and selfism books are rooted in this stance. Their strengths are in developing the flesh. (with)
|Paul L. Houts, ed. The Myth of Measurability, p.221. Quoted in Annie Murphy Paul. The Cult of Personality. New York: Free Press, 2004, Epilogue. (Listen)|
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