false teachers

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Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. In today’s study, I will do something I rarely do. Name, names. As a reminder though, you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Now this is a topic that many have heard before. But it is one that needs to be heard many times in many cases for people to listen to and hopefully finally acknowledge. This is also one of the many sticking points that cause numerous others to say there is no God and there is no Jesus. Why? Because they wish to be their own gods. The person fully in control of their own lives.

John 14:6 – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

How this one statement can cause so many to react with such a violent reaction. Yet that is the way of it. This is what Peter had to say about those that at one time had known the ways of Jesus Christ, yet they wished to be their own masters:

2 Peter 2:1-2 – But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.

Let us look at this last verse more closely in the KJV.

2 Peter 2:2 – And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Pernicious ways – G684 – apóleia – destruction, ruin, loss, perishing; eternal ruin, damnable (-ation); perdition, waste

Shall be evil spoken of – G987 – blasphémeó – to slander, to speak lightly or profanely of sacred things.

Many that deny the existence of God and Jesus Christ use examples of false teachings from those that profess to being “Christian.” However, what they teach does not follow the Bible and thus do not follow God or His Son.

Now I will do something I rarely do. Name, names. From 1974 to 1989 Americans were bombarded with the fantastic showmanship of Jim Baker and his wife Tammy Faye Baker. This showmanship gave birth to the PLT club (Praise The Lord club). Which resulted in a show modeled after the Tonight Show which ultimately led to a theme park. All of this if you truly understand the Bible is not what those that truly seek a Christian lifestyle seek to live like. All this behavior caused people to be self-focused and thus world focused. Which is totally opposite the teachings within the Bible. This “ministry” was exposed as a con which resulted in Mr. Baker being arrested and sent to prison for five years.

This is a prime example of a false teacher. I have no doubt that at some point in his early life Mr. Baker was saved and born again. Yet he allowed the world and money to ultimately become his true god. As a result, millions of people were conned out of their hard-earned money. In some cases, those wishing to retire at his theme park. This shattered many. Also in the same time frame was Jimmy Swaggart who also suffered in a sexual scandal as did Jim Baker. Both shattered the belief of millions causing them to move further away from God and thus causing an increase in those that say God is not real.

As you can tell I am not a fan of televangelists. Nor am I a fan of mega-churches. I will not deny this, as you can tell.

Why?

Because they became a business.

What is a business?

A particular company that buys and sells goods and services per Cambridge dictionary.

Sells goods and services.

To sell is to give something to someone else in return for money, also per Cambridge.

This is how it is for most churches. The larger it is, the more this applies. There are even those that specialize in it.

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Yet this is what these places have chosen for their masters. They use the facade of God to gather their true master. Worldly riches, wealth, and property. A prime example of this is Joel Osteen. Whose wealth is proudly stated by himself as being more than $100,000,000. All of it given to him by his “ministry.” A business formed upon teaching others to get wealthy here on this earth and not in heaven. Again, opposite the teachings of the Bible.

Matthew 6:19-21 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

So, Osteen is proud that his riches are of the world and not of heaven. Which verifies he is another of these false teachers Peter is referring to as is shown here:

2 Peter 2:3 – In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

This extreme example is why I am no fan of televangelists or mega-churches. Neither truly gives a person the needed fellowship with fellow Christians, but most importantly with Jesus Christ. Nor do they learn the true message within the Bible. In addition, they are not even told to seek a true relationship with God through His Son by learning. Truly learning what is within the Bible. Not by just reading but by studying the gospel.

2 Timothy 2:15 – Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. [The Amplified Bible (classic)]

It is verses like this that we should be learning. Yet I have never heard any teaching that included it. Which includes those teachings which says we are not to store up treasures on earth, but in heaven. As well as the fact that we can only get into heaven through Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 2:5 – For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.

John 10:9 – Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.

So, if we truly study the Bible and come to know the truth within it. We can all come to one conclusion. That there is a God that created the universe that we now live within. With this understanding we can see the power of our Creator. The genius of a God able to create something so complex yet with similarities to other aspects of creation. Like how when mapping the universe, it is like the neural pathways of the human brain. Such coincidences are impossible, this verifies that God does exist.

So, if God is real. Since there is true historical evidence of Jesus beyond the Bible. Then the resurrection is real as well. So is our salvation. For all of humanity it is real. All someone has to do is accept that truth and ask Jesus Christ into their lives as their Savior.

Then they need to learn the Bible. Not just read it. Learn it! Learn the truth of what is taught within it.

They should also seek to be baptized. Not sprinkled. Submerged underwater thus symbolizing being buried. And then rising again. Born anew in the name of Jesus Christ. Then you must seek out for the filling of the Holy Spirit who was sent to us by God in the name of Jesus Christ.

John 14:26 KJV – But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

All must be done in and for Jesus. For only He is worthy of our adoration. Having taken our place upon the cross. Having suffered the brutal beating and whipping that we deserved and not Him. To have nails pierced through His limbs. Instead of us suffering that agony. Yet He willingly surrendered what so many clings to in this temporal world. Our life. Jesus Christ surrendered His life so that all who ask Him to be their Savior will have an enteral life that will last billions upon billions of years. Not just a mere one hundred at the most. But an eternal life.

Yet there are many out there that deny any of this as truth. As fact. Why? Because they wish to be their own master of their destiny. A destiny that will end the moment they die without accepting Christ as their Savior. This world does offer delights and pleasures that seem to be amazing. Yet once a person achieves a goal. Is there not a realization when this happens? There is a void. A sense of letdown, if not loneliness. This is because this person was not seeking after the true goal of true satisfaction.

True satisfaction can never truly be found in this fleeting existence. All is ever temporary here in this mundane existence. As it should be.

For our true goal should be to seek after the everlasting. People try to be everlasting by trying to become a part of history. However, very few remember people from the past. It is shown within the Bible that all manmade history will be forgotten anyway.

Isaiah 65:17 – For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

If you truly wish to become eternal seeking after He who offers it to all. For all will receive it. Many though will find the eternity they are given will be filled with nothing but eternal suffering. That is because they did not seek after the true eternity that only comes from Jesus Christ. For He is the only way to the true and complete eternal life that is worth seeking after.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #26 (Olivet Discourse 2/5)


Intro

Welcome again to another broadcast this is once again Deamwalker1960

Today we continue our multiple part series on the Olivet Discourse. We pick up from where we left off last week.

Discussion

Christ’s reply

Section A – The rise of false prophets and false teachers

In Matthew 24. There are two references to this. The first is in verses 4 and 5. The next is in verse 11. After what as was explained in the previous part of this series as the transition point. So these are two separate events, even though related in part.

The precursor events of verses 4 and 5 have a stipulation from Christ Himself and it is something that all should heed and try to understand. So, let’s look at these two verses in the KJV and then break it down further so we can truly understand.

4 – And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

These false prophets have one dangerous element to them. It is something many did not even recognize, nor do they even see it today. We are warned not to allow ourselves to be deceived by our fellow humans. For we are all just the creation of God, and so we are to be alert to the truth and this can only come from knowing the true meaning of the Bible, by reading it ourselves. Let us look at the beginning of verse 5:

“For many shall come in my name.” He makes this very clear. That there will be those that say they come in the name of Jesus Christ Himself.

“My name.”

My – G3450 – mou- I, me, mine own, my

Name – G3686 – onoma – name, character, fame, reputation

They say they will come in the name of Christ, yet they will not. They will be there pretending to be doing the will of God through Christ but in reality, they shall be attacking upon their own belief.

A prime example of this is the popes of the Catholic Church. A church that requires to follow rituals, pray to statutes and to seek after God not through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, but through Jesus’ mother. They also said that it was due to God that the crusades take place to take Jerusalem form Muslims. They also stated that if you give them money, they would give you a piece of paper permitting to live a life of open sin.

Their actions and behavior were finally shown for what they were when true copies of the writing of the Gospel came to light due to the fall of Constantinople, which brought Greek copies into possession of men like Martin Luther. This led to the Reformation when it was found that the Latin verses of the Gospel has been changed and perverted by those within the early Catholic Church. Does this mean that there have been no one that can call themselves “Christian,” from the Catholics? No it does not. For there are have been many that have come from that church that are truly Christian.

This however proves what Jesus was forewarning of. Those that say they are in the service of Jesus Christ, but in reality, are in service only for their own lust, greed and desires.

This is why Christ gave the warning so that those that saw the truth would not blindly follow those that did as many did in the early years of the Catholic Church. So, as you can see this statement has been relevant ever since the time that Christ Himself walked amongst us, till now and pertains to any type of religious group, and so must be tested upon through the Bible.

Section B – Rumors of wars

Now in the first part of this series I uses this as an example. At that time, I showed that this world in general has constantly be in a state of wars and rumors of wars. I also established that at the beginning of 20th century things start to change. Here things call “world wars” took place. Something that had never been even thought possible before that war actually occurred. It must also be pointed out that it was due to events that took place in this first of two world wars that laid the foundation for the return of the Jewish people to the lands that was theirs up until 70 A.D.

An uneasy peace took place between 1918 and 1939, which was really a time of rebuilding and restocking more than an actual peace. As a result, the Second World War took place, which resulted in the death of over eighty million lives worldwide and in particular the death of over six million Jews. It was the death of the latter that resulted in making the Jewish people to return to their homeland to escape a future rise in anti-Semitism, which has been on the rise since 2009 due in large part by the election of president Obama. A person who made it clear that he hated the nation of Israel and everything it stood for.

At the end of the Second World War, the world has never known peace. There have been wars and rumors of wars. The United States was involved in two wars that the same time since 9/11/02 and in reality, we still are.

NOTE:

At the time this was written in 2017, this was true. Events have transpired since the election of Trump to the presidency in 2016, which had not come to light at the time this was written. We are now in one war and in the process of removing ourselves from that. Also there has been several peace treaties, which I personally was shocked by. However, there are still other wars present elsewhere throughout the world.

Now to continue:

It must also be noted that these verses themselves has a division.

Matthew 24:6-7 – And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

In the KJV it says:

6 – And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 – For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”

Nation – G1484 – ethnos – a race, people, nation; the nations, heathen world, Gentiles

Kingdom – G932 – basileia – kingship, sovereignty, authority, rule, especially of God, both in the world, and in the hearts of men; hence: kingdom, in the concrete sense

So, let’s use this in the verse now:

For races of people will rise up against other races and countries shall rise up against other countries.

This has always been an issue, but since 2008 this has been amplified by the Obama leadership of the United States. It is also being seen in Europe. A prime example of this was the 2016 New Year’s rape parties of Muslim men that went through the streets of Germany raping German national females.

NOTE:

Now as I stated this was first written in 2017. At that time different leadership was present. Now in 2020 there is different leadership that has exposed a doctrine that is being spread throughout the bureaucracy and the school systems call “Critical Race Theory.” This initiative has been teaching people to actually return to a state of racism that has not existed since the 1960’s. This has resulted in destroying the sacrifice made by Martin Luther King when he was assassinated. This has actually made these verses to be even more fulfilled than they were three years ago.

So both the prophecies of Section A and Section B are fulfilled and ongoing.

This will end this part for this series. Return next week as we continue to explore the Olivet Discourse.

God Bless

What to look for when listening to false prophets


This is actually a very complicated and at times difficult thing to actually see, hear and realize.
One thing I have come to understand is that people truly do listen and accept these teachers of lies and swear it is the truth and is fact. In fact too many fall for these deceivers lies and embrace them and carry them out for others to hear.
The core element that gives these serpents power over those that chose to listen is one thing. The person that listens and chooses to follow them.
You see human nature is to seek after self-gratification, the desire to satisfy one’s own lusts and desires.
Many teach this doctrine. You can have wealth here and now. You must only seek after that which makes you happy. You must only care only for your own happiness.
You have heard these teaching stated in various ways, but all equal one think. Self-approval, self-reward, self-glory. The self.
The desire to come to work at the last minute or late, because it is inconvenient for you to come to work, and you only do it because you need money to indulge your other wants and desires. This is the self.
Taking advantage of others for your own glory and reward. This is the self.
Hording all your wealth for your own personal wants and desires in this world. This is the self.
If you find that others call themselves “Christian” live totally different then you. If those that say they are “Christian” seek to help others and you look at them and see them as blind misguided. In reality it is you that are blind and misguided and should in no way call yourself “Christian,” for in reality you aren’t.
If you hear people say that to seek after your reward here is this life is not truly seeking after God. This is real Christian teachings.
If you hear people say that Jesus will physically return to this planet and upon that day the Mt. of Olives will split in half. That is real Biblical teachings.
If someone names a day for the return of Jesus, understand that the Bible makes it clear that only God Himself knows the day of Christ return and none of the creation can know what the Creator knows. If that someone that named a day and it comes and goes without Christ, as it should happen as stated above. Yet they go and say it was a “spiritual” happening. Know that they are liars and tools and followers of the father of lies. So to them the “god” they worship is not the true God, but Lucifer, the angel that was cast out for his personal desire is to be worshipped and they are giving him his greatest desire.
Galatians 1 makes it very clear that ANY that say they are giving the good news, and profess to be saying or doing the will of God or Jesus Christ and it does not fall in line with what is written in the Bible are twice over cursed.
If they say you can get your reward now. They are cursed. If they say we are in a spiritual tribulation. They are cursed. I am not judging. I am not saying this. This is the words of the Bible and per 2 Timothy 4:1-5 I am simply reproving, rebuking and exhorting. Any that would accuse me of judging are themselves doing the judging and so it is they that most remove the timber form their eyes before they seek after my splinter.

A true reflection of 2 Peter 2


Once again I was drawn to re-read 2 Peter 2. Why? For I have witnessed a false teacher and many have chosen to embrace his words.
The details of want to look for in false teachers is made very clear in this chapter of this book of the Bible. So let us look at these details.
Lust of uncleanness – lust – epithumia – desire, eagerness for, inordinate desire, lust
Uncleanness – miasmos – the act of pollution, defilement
Defilement – to violate the sanctity of; the sully, dishonor
Sully – to damage or ruin the good quality of
Despise government – despise – kataphroneo – I despise, scorn, and show it by active insult, disregard
Government – kuriotes – lordship, domination, dignity
Special note: Daniel 4:17 – For this has been decreed by the messengers; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses— even to the lowliest of people.

Presumptuous – tolmetes – a daring, bold man
Selfwilled – authades – self-satisfied, arrogant, stubborn
they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities – afraid – tremo – I tremble, am afraid
to speak evil – blasphemeo – I speak evil against, blaspheme, use abusive or scurrilous language about (God or men).
Dignities – doxa – honor, renown, glory splendor
Speak evil of the things that they understand not – understand not – agnoeo – I do not know, am ignorant of
sporting themselves with their own deceivings – sporting themselves – entruphao – I revel in, live luxuriously
deceivings – apate – deceit, deception, deceitfulness, delusion
Having eyes full of adultery – adultery – moichalis – (a) an adulteress (that is, a married woman who commits adultery), (b) Hebraistically: extended to those who worship any other than the true God
that cannot cease from sin
beguiling unstable souls – beguiling – deleazo – I allure, entice by a bait
bait – An allurement; a thing intended to tempt or entice
unstable – asteriktos – (lit: unpropped), unsteady, unstable, unsettled
unpropped – having no prop : unsupported
unsupported – not supported physically, financially, emotionally, or spiritually
souls – psuche – the soul, life, self
heart they have exercised with covetous practices – heart – kardia – the heart; mind, character, inner self, will, intention, center
exercised – gumnazo – train
with covetous practices – pleonexia – covetousness, avarice, aggression, desire for advantage
2 Peter 2:17 – These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

In every single detail this describes Donald Trump. A false teacher, a corrupter of the Body of Christ.
So go ahead and continue to support him. However, in this case it is not just your sorrow, but the sorrow of all those that you say you love and those that are yet to be born in this nation.

Why do so many listen to false teachers?


As promised I would like to discuss those that say that only certain parts of the Bible need be listened to. I will go further into that shortly when I address the letter to Galatia from Paul, but first I wish to make it clear that I have nothing to gain by my writings and know for a fact that I will be hated by many for what I have said and what I will say. I have been called a “Nazi hunter.” I have been called a “homophobe.” I have also been called much worse, but that means nothing to me. For I know it is not me they are attacking, but my message, which comes from the Bible and so comes from God. So in actuality it is not me they are attacking or insulting but it is God Himself they are calling names and berating. I know I am not perfect, but I get my message and my knowledge from one source: The Bible. The entire Bible. I know without a doubt that God is real. I know without a doubt that Jesus is alive this very moment having risen from the dead, the final example that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, is the Son of God.
It is through the Bible that we learn how to be true servants to God. Within the Bible it also warns of what to look out for, what to avoid, and to be alert against.
1 Galatians 1:6-12 – I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Removed – metatithemi – (a) I transfer, mid: I go over to another party, desert, (b) I change. To turn from, to fall away, to become apostate (NTD)
Apostate – a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle
Another – heteros – another, different; of uncertain affinity; (an-, the) other or different:–altered; something which is not identical with what has been referred to previously. – is revoked by the apostle (NTD)
Gospel – euaggelion – the good news, The Gospel as thus proclaimed is heard (NTD)
NOTE: In the first two verses set before you we find Paul is confronting an issue. There are those that were taught the true gospel, the story of Jesus Christ, but they have turned their back upon these teachings for an altered version of these teachings and so have fallen away from their salvation. This is happening today as well. When people take a few words form the Bible and say it is biblical fact. Or when they take only the certain parts of the Bible and do not teach the book in its entirety. Example: Say that God loves all, but leaving out the fact that if you do not repent and stop sinning you will become an apostate.
Preach any other gospel – euaggelizo – I bring good news, preach good tidings. {1}
Other – para – properly, near; from, in the presence of. A preaching contrary to that previously commanded. (NTD) {1}
Accursed – anathema – a curse, a cursed thing. For Paul the word denotes the object of a curse
NOTE: In verses 8 and 9 it is made clear that if anyone even an angel does not fully and correctly teach the true gospel then they are to be cursed, damned. This is why it is so very important to teach the entire Bible, both the old and the new and completely. Not just the love of God but the anger of God as well and the result of making God angry.
To please – aresko – I please, serve. Where serving men and being the slave of Christ are brought into contrast. (NTD)
In the next verses it is made clear by how Paul worded the sentence that men were changing the teaching of Christ to please men, which would allow them to continue in their sinful lifestyles but feel they were one with God which it is made clear earlier this is the furthest thing from the truth. He says clearly that if he only taught that which would please men he would no longer be a true servant of Christ.
Revelation – apokalupsis – an unveiling, uncovering, revealing.
NOTE: It this usage of the word “revelation” it was due to the fact that Jesus Christ appeared to Saul in person and so due to this he became Paul the servant of the Messiah. He did not learn for any human source but by Christ’s appearance to him.
2 John 1:10 – If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
Here is it made clear that those that do not give the full and true version of the Bible they are not to even be received or bid a blessed farewell. For they do not represent God, but man or even the father of all lies.
So any that does not tell you that if you continue to live in sin you are not one with God, but may even be considered to be the enemy of God.
James 4:4 – Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
The friendship – philia – friendship, affection, fondness, love. It is first of all love for; are the strongest ties of love;
NOTE: The meaning is that the world has more power over the people then God does. They embrace the ways of the world. The culture of the world. The daily activates of the world over those of the Bible and God. The lukewarm of Revelation 3:15-16. They call themselves of God but love the world more and so are hypocrites.
You cannot live in sin and in the world and be a true Christian. You must pick one over the other, and far too many choose the world over God. Going about acting like everyone else is not true Christianity. Does this mean to act superior then others? By no means. The Bible makes it very clear we are to be servants, humble. If you think you are superior then others then you are a Pharisee and not a true child of God. It is extremely important to read the Bible yourself, to know the Bible yourself and to share the knowledge of Jesus Christ yourself by action at the very least, by telling people of your Savior at the most.

NTD = Theological Dictionary of the New Testament Unabridged Editors Gerhard Kittel, Gerhard Friedrich.