Prophecy Fulfillment Cannot Be AccidentAn engineering professor at Wichita State University says that Christs fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies cannot be attributed to coincidence, chance, or accident.
The professor, well-schooled in mathematics and the laws of probability, gave the following explanation:
If 1,048,567 people each flipped a quarter 20 times, only one of them would get 20 consecutive heads. What about 40 straight coincidences? Heres what you would need to do. Imagine 200 planets like earth. Put 5 billion people on each of them. Only one person out of 5 billion on all 200 planets would get 40 straight heads. Is it even reasonable to believe that Christ fulfilled 40 prophecies by accident or by chance?
What would be the odds of Christ fulfilling 109 prophecies by accident? The explanation: NASA now says there are 100 billion galaxies like our Milky Way. These galaxies average 100 billion stars each. If we could put 5 billion people on each of the 100 billion stars in each of the 100 billion galaxies and give each person a quarter to flip, no one would get 100 heads in a row.
The professor concluded: This is why I believe Christ is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. When Jesus Christ came, He fulfilled 109 very specific prophecies. Prophecy is God writing a sure word, not just the guesses of men.
Its clear that God does not give the gift of the Holy Spirit by measure. If you dont understand that God doesnt give any gift by measure, then youre simply not open to the truth of what God says.MEASURE (NOUN AND VERB)
1. metron denotes (I) that which is used for measuring, a measure, (a) of a vessel, figuratively, (Matt. 23:32; Luke 6:38) (twice); in (John 3:34), with the preposition ek, (He giveth not the Spirit) by measure, RV (which is a necessary correction; the italicized words unto him, KJV, detract from the meaning). Not only had Christ the Holy Spirit without measure, but God so gives the Spirit through Him to others. It is the ascended Christ who gives the Spirit to those who receive His testimony and set their seal to this, that God is true. The Holy Spirit is imparted neither by degrees, nor in portions, as if He were merely an influence, He is bestowed personally upon each believer, at the time of the New Birth ...
Is that open to interpretation or is it simply a plain statement of Gods truth concerning false prophets?Deuteronomy 18:20-22:
20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?
22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
The phrase are least esteemed in 1 Corinthians 6:4 is the word xoutheneo in the Greek, which means literally, to make of no account.1 Corinthians 6:1-5:
1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
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World-renowned pollster George Barna has the numbers, and they indicate a revolution is already taking place within the Churchone that will impact every believer in America. Committed, born-again Christians are exiting the established church in massive numbers. Why are they leaving? Where are they going? And what does this mean for the future of the Church? Using years worth of research data, and adhering to an unwavering biblical perspective, Barna predicts how this revolution will impact the organized church, how Christs body of believers should react, and how individuals who are considering leaving (or those who have already left) can respond. For leaders working for positive change in the church and for believers struggling to find a spiritual community and worship experience that resonates, Revolution is here. Are you ready?
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Millions of believers have stopped going to church...and chosen to be the church instead.
Research by renowned pollster George Barna points to a hidden Revolutionone that will impact every Christian believer in America. Millions of committed Christ-followers, dissatisfied with the church experience, have stopped attending on Sunday mornings. Why are they leaving? Where are they going? And what does this mean for the future of the church?
In this groundbreaking book, Barna examines the state of the church todayand compares it to the biblical picture of the church as God intended it to be. He documents how and why a new brand of devout Revolutionaries is abandoning the local church building while attempting to become the church that Christ commissioned us to be.
This Revolution will challenge you with
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Maybe youre afraid of the changes to come. Maybe youve been waiting for this moment to arrive. Either way, the Revolution is here.
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rev-o-lu-tion \rev-e-lü-shen\ nrepudiating tepid systems and practices of the Christian faith and introducing a wholesale shift in how faith is understood, integrated and influencing the world.
A Revolution is a fundamental change. A paradigm shift in the way a person views and interacts with his or her world. According to years worth of data collected by George Barna, the church is about to see the biggest Revolution of our time.
For thousands of years, Christians have been inventing church, but neglecting to be the church Christ commissioned. Droves of committed believers are foregoing Sunday mornings to live a 24/7 faith unfettered by the clutter and bureaucracy within the church walls.
In stark contrast to both the stuffy, formulaic religiosity sometimes found in the established church and the feel-good, invent-your-own spirituality, the Revolution is casting off anything that hinders a full, vibrant life of discipleship to Christ.
Excerpts from Holmans Bible Dictionary:Any one of the Bibles six marks of false prophets is sufficient identification:
1. through signs and wonders they lead astray after false gods (Dt. 13:1-4);
2. their prophecies dont come to pass (Dt. 18:20-22);
3. they contradict Gods Word (Is. 8:20);
4. they bear bad fruit (Mt. 7:18-20);
5. all men speak well of them (Lk. 6:26);
6. they deny that Jesus, the one and only Christ, has come once and for all in the flesh (I Jn. 4:3).
I took the time to check out the track record of this tabloid false prophet and compare it against the scripture quoted above. In the process I also discovered the facts on many other prominent and influential persons whose teachings and prophecies are widespread. I have nothing against this person or their associates. However, I violently oppose what has been stated publicly, inferring that they are speaking for God, or speaking the mind of counsel of God. I see a clear and distinct contradiction between what has been said publicly and the heart of My Father, the God and Creator of the universe and all thats in it.While the term false prophet does not occur in the Old Testament, references to false prophets are clear. The pages of the Old Testament are filled with men and women who fit the description of a false prophet given in Jer. 14:14 (NASB): The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.
The true prophet must be loyal to the biblical faith directing one to worship Yahweh alone (Deut. 13:1-3). A second test required that the words of a true prophet be fulfilled (Deut. 18:22; Jer. 42:1-6; Ezek. 33:30-33).
Accurate prediction was not a final test. Other tests included agreement with previous prophets words (Jer. 28:8), good character (Mic. 3:11), and a willingness to suffer because of faithfulness (1 Kings 22:27-28; Jer. 38:3-13). Similarly, the New Testament believers had to distinguish true prophecy (1 John 4:1; 1 Cor. 14:29).
The apostles instructed believers to be diligent in faith and understanding of Christian teachings, in order to discern false prophets when they arise (2 Pet. 1:10; 1:19-2:1; 1 John 4:1). The tests of a prophet are:
1) Do their predictions come true (Jer. 28:9)?
2) Does the prophet have a divine commission (Jer. 29:9)?
3) Are the prophecies consistent with Scripture (2 Pet. 1:20-21; Rev. 22:18-19)?
4) Do the people benefit spiritually from the prophets ministry (Jer. 23:13,14,32; 1 Pet. 4:11)?
God did not prophesy multiple events in one prophecy with no specific events, names, deadlines, or nothing that could be identified specifically. That is a practice of the false prophets of today. Then when one, or more events happen (or close enough to claim they prophesied it) they claim partial fulfillment and encourage their devotees to wait until more, or all, parts of their prophecy happen.REPENT, TO
God usually changed His mind and repented of His actions because of mans intercession and repentance of his evil deeds. Moses pleaded with God as the intercessor for Israel: Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people (Exod. 32:12). The Lord did that when He ...repented [changed His mind] of the evil which he thought to do unto his people (Exod. 32:14). As Gods prophet preached to Nineveh, ...God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them... (Jonah 3:10). In such instances, God repented, or changed His mind, to bring about a change of plan. Again, however, God remained faithful to His absolutes of righteousness in His relation to and with man.
I urge you to read at least that part of the book.False Prophets
Every Believer Is Capable Of Being Deceived
False Prophets Look And Sound Real
False Prophets Are Well Received
False Prophets Are Not Assessed, Accountable Or Disciplined
False Prophets Will Tell You Exactly What You Want To Hear
They Are Like Chameleons And Blend In With Their Environment
They Love Attention And Credentials
They Value Praise For Themselves
They Are Rebellious
False Prophets Are Numerous
God Will Test You Through False Prophets
I repeat: Do your own homework, saint, just search for false prophets on the internet and spend some time checking out your results. And read them with fear and trembling. Or are you trying to avoid working out your own salvation with fear and trembling?God Will Test You Through False Prophets
God allows false prophets to flourish in order to test your love for God.
Proveth in verse 3 is nacah meaning to test. God will test you to know whether you love Him with all your being.1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
In what way is that a test? You will transfer your love for and dependency upon God to false prophets. Their teachings and prophetic utterances will begin to control you. This is a step into witchcraft, using intimidation and manipulation to control others.
The Holy Spirit leads, He does not control.
Americans religious faith in self and church, not Christ. Americans religious faith is in self and church, not Christ, the Bible or God as biblically illiterate people obey flesh strongholds not the Holy Spirit.