Written by Doug Krieger


“No Prophecy ofrepparttar Scripture is of Any Private Interpretation”

(An Eschatological Treatise)

by Doug Krieger


What George Davis and Michael Clark are saying in their piece, HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLEN (the tribnet highlightsrepparttar 146629 article) strikes atrepparttar 146630 core of today’s COMMERCIAL APOSTASY afflictingrepparttar 146631 Church. Moreover, drunk withrepparttar 146632 wine of wealth—they (the false prophets and teachers overwhelmingrepparttar 146633 Church) now seek political power which replacesrepparttar 146634 empowering ofrepparttar 146635 Holy Spirit.

Beneathrepparttar 146636 crust of today’s “religious commercialism” lies a religious arrogance and pride, coupled with spiritual superiority, that has becomerepparttar 146637 bane ofrepparttar 146638 Church. This is NOT news—forrepparttar 146639 “Scribes and Pharisees” in Jesus’ time were plagued by this pathology.

They specialized in straining at gnats and swallowing camels (Matthew 23:24), while allrepparttar 146640 time heaping religious contempt uponrepparttar 146641 suffering masses. Their specialty, amidst their horrific hypocrisies and superlative distortions ofrepparttar 146642 very Word of God to which they boasted they so rigorously adhered, belied their true condition: “Inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence . . . . Inside you are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness . . . . Inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:25b, 27b, 28b).

The depiction given by Jesus ofrepparttar 146643 religious leaders of his day is perhaps one ofrepparttar 146644 most intense diatribes ever recorded in Holy Writ (Matthew 23). Jesus spares utterly no contempt, no derisive expression, in deploring their blindness—usingrepparttar 146645 word “blind” in His description of these insightful “fools” – another word descriptive of their condition (which Jesus uses in connection withrepparttar 146646 word “blind” – as in “Ye fools and blind!” – Matthew 23:17, 19).

The “Scribes and Pharisees” who sat in Moses’ seat (Matthew 23:2b) had evolved into an elitist cabal of self-righteous religious bigots whose external cups were clean—but whose insides were full of religious filth; whose whitewashed tombs radiated outward beauty, but inside were full of dead men’s bones and corruption; whose outward righteousness simply concealedrepparttar 146647 travesty of their hypocrisy and rebellious condition.

They wore broad phylacteries—while bashing people overrepparttar 146648 head withrepparttar 146649 Law of Moses itself! Theirs was a world of OUTWARD religiosity and hyper-spirituality, full of superficial pomp and complicated circumstance which few, if any—especially themselves—could attain. Alas! They had become “Serpents, offspring of vipers!” incapable of escapingrepparttar 146650 condemnation of hell itself (Matthew 23:33).

Well did Jesus declare of them:

“Whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers” (Matthew 23:3-4).

Indeed, like a blindfolded dolt who graspsrepparttar 146651 tail of a rat and declares: “I have within my handrepparttar 146652 immensity of an ELEPHANT!” Even so, these “blind leaders ofrepparttar 146653 blind” had extrapolatedrepparttar 146654 Law to include all manner of extraneous duties and responsibilities, while they “neglectedrepparttar 146655 weightier matters ofrepparttar 146656 law; justice and mercy and faith” (Matthew 23:23).

Again—straining atrepparttar 146657 GNAT, they swallowedrepparttar 146658 CAMEL! In sum—and to this I refocus uponrepparttar 146659 title of this article—these short-sighted, pharisaical enforcers of their own religious standards, had TWISTED THE SCRIPTURES to such an extent that their original intent had becomerepparttar 146660 furthest thing fromrepparttar 146661 Almighty’s plan and purpose for His people. They had become, as Paul later explained to Timothy: “Desiring to be teachers ofrepparttar 146662 law, understanding neither what they say norrepparttar 146663 things which they affirm” (I Tim. 1:7). What they were so adamant about is precisely of what they knewrepparttar 146664 least.


Most assuredly, at issue here is NOTrepparttar 146665 “spiritual meat” of God’s Word that will “nourish” His people—butrepparttar 146666 ABUSE and HANDLING of His Word which leads to “disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith . . . (for)repparttar 146667 purpose ofrepparttar 146668 commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (I Tim. 1:4b-5).


Written by Robert Bruce Baird


The Way ofrepparttar Peaceful Warrior is a great book that would allow people to see how they can cause change. It is written by Dan Millman who brings usrepparttar 146605 following from another of his books that are all worth contemplation.

"On an otherwise ordinary day, an angel appeared to a young merchant and former camel herder, known by all inrepparttar 146606 city where he was born. The angel's words filled him with awe and dread--it told him that he was to defy his people's ancestral religion, to denounce 360 deities carved in stone and worshipped for centuries, to declare himselfrepparttar 146607 prophet of a single God, to abolish a way of life upon which countless lives and beliefs were founded--and establish a new religion out of nothing. Surely, he would be met with incredulity, rejection, violent persecution, and exile. Could his seemingly mad quest bring anything but failure--or at best, a martyr's death?

Or would this mortal, obedient torepparttar 146608 divine command of an angel, achieve a victory beyond any that reason could have foretold?

He was born in Mecca in A.D. 570. His father died before his birth. His devastated mother, unable to nurse him, named Muhammad and gave him to a nursemaid--a shepherdess in a band of Bedouins. Muhammad spent his first five years with these nomads, living a hardy open-air existence followingrepparttar 146609 grazing flocks through desert grass and scrub, sleeping in tents beneath a vast desert sky. Once weaned, he drank camel's milk and ate mostly rice, dates, wild birds, and locusts fried in oil. Fromrepparttar 146610 beginning,repparttar 146611 desert claimed Muhammad as its own. He would always be a Bedouin at heart.

At age six, he returned to his mother, but she died later that year. He ended up living with an uncle, a caravan merchant. Inrepparttar 146612 years that followed, Muhammad traveled throughout Arabia with his uncle's caravans, learningrepparttar 146613 wisdom ofrepparttar 146614 desert,repparttar 146615 ways of business, andrepparttar 146616 art of war as they fought off bands of marauders. His travels took him into close contact with various tribes and religions--Judaism, Christianity, andrepparttar 146617 Arab sects who worshipped hundreds of gods and goddesses inrepparttar 146618 form of stone idols. These experiences made a deep impression on this thoughtful, introspective youth. From these early threads,repparttar 146619 tapestry of his fate was woven.

He grew into a handsome young man admired for his strong character, moral integrity, and sharp mind. But he had come to a merchant's life more by chance than choice. Disinterested in money and drawn to solitude, he leftrepparttar 146620 caravan to work as a shepherd inrepparttar 146621 desert for months at a time.

When he was 25, Muhammad took a position in a trading company owned by a beautiful woman 15 years his senior. Her name was Khadija. For two years, he led Khadija's caravans throughout Arabia, rising torepparttar 146622 position of company manager. Not surprisingly, Khadija fell in love with him. Finally, she proposed to him through an intermediary. Their marriage, which blessed them with six daughters, would last until Khadija's death 21 years later.

But almost as soon asrepparttar 146623 wedding ceremony had ended, Muhammad's mind again turned inward. His encounters with so many cultures and religions had planted hidden seeds within him that began to grow. He found himself pondering howrepparttar 146624 360 stone gods inrepparttar 146625 temple of Mecca could save souls. Such questions drew him to once again search his own soul inrepparttar 146626 solitude ofrepparttar 146627 desert.

Muhammad began spending his days in a cave inrepparttar 146628 hills outside Mecca, fasting, praying, and meditating. Sleeping little, he began to enter altered states {Seems a man away from a woman having visions who is a shepherd and poor person, might have begun to prove appealing inrepparttar 146629 literary tradition.} and have waking visions--to experiencerepparttar 146630 inner life of a mystic. At times, violent trembling seized him and he lost consciousness. A practical man of robust health who had endured many grueling journeys acrossrepparttar 146631 desert, he found these phenomena strange and disturbing. But these inner quakes {Buddha's story includes lots of this kind of thing. What would happen to them today?} that he feared might berepparttar 146632 harbingers of failing health were actuallyrepparttar 146633 premonitory tremors of a great awakening.

One night inrepparttar 146634 holy month of Ramadan in his 40th year, while fasting and praying in his desert cave, Muhammad heard a voice calling him with great urgency. Looking up inrepparttar 146635 darkness of his cave, he saw an angel standing before him, emanating a dazzling light. Muhammad fainted with fear, when he awoke, he foundrepparttar 146636 angel still standing there.

'Read, thou,'repparttar 146637 angel commanded him in a voice of stern authority.

'I cannot,' Muhammad stammered, for he could barely read.

'Read, thou,'repparttar 146638 angel commanded him again in verse, 'inrepparttar 146639 name ofrepparttar 146640 Lord who created all things, who created man from a clot. Read inrepparttar 146641 name ofrepparttar 146642 Most High who taught manrepparttar 146643 use ofrepparttar 146644 pen and taught him what before he knew not.'

In awe, Muhammad repeated these words, memorizing each one. Thenrepparttar 146645 angel said, 'Muhammad, thou artrepparttar 146646 messenger of Allah and I am his angel, Gabriel.'

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