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The Signs of the Times

 

But learn the parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch has become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near.  So also you, when you see all these things, know that it is near,

at the doors

(Matthew 24:32, 33).

The Signs of the Times: Part 2

 

 

Introduction

 

 

This special fellowship primarily concerns the saved believers who name the Name of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:19). It is dedicated to the brothers and sisters in Christ who seek to live in Him, live with Him and live because of Him.  This fellowship also regards those who seek to serve Him, know His will, His purpose, His desire and His divine intention. These saved believers desire to know the mystery of their human life. They are the believers who desire or desiderate to become God's overcomers to end this evil age and usher in the Manifestation of the Kingdom!

 

 

The Genuine, Intrinsic, Highest, and

Fullest Gospel of God’s Economy

 

The genuine, intrinsic, highest, and fullest gospel is the gospel of God’s eternal economy—the gospel of sonship for the building up of the Church as the Body of Christ by the building of God into man and man into God (1 Timothy 1:3-4; Ephesians 3:8-11, 16-19; Romans 1:3-4; 8:29; 12:5; 2 Samuel 7:12-14a).

 

We must believe that there is a God-created ability within man to receive and understand His gospel. “But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding…”; (Job 32:8). “Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him;” (Zechariah 12:1). “He has made everything beautiful in its own time; also He has put eternity in their heart…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

 

We should not preach a gospel that has been lowered down to what we think is the level of people’s understanding; we should preach an uplifted gospel! Brothers and sisters, never lower the concept, the teaching and the speaking of the high gospel. To preach and to teach differently does not require the exercise of the spirit, but to preach the highest gospel according to the truth does. To lower the gospel is to speak, preach and teach differently resulting in an unhealthy fellowship. Unhealthy teaching produces a different gospel. To lower the gospel, to preach a different gospel is to pervert the gospel of Christ. This is leaven! (Galatians 1:6, 7b-9). It is like the leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until the whole was leavened. (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:21). “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). “…and they shall eat it with unleavened bread with bitter herbs” (Exodus 12:8b).

 

What is leaven? In the Scriptures, leaven signifies what is sinful, evil, corrupt, and unclean in the eyes of God (1 Corinthians 5:6, 8). It also signifies evil things, evil doctrines, and evil teachings.

 

“For the time will come when they will not tolerate the healthy teaching; but according to their own lusts they will heap up to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they will turn away their ear from the truth and will be turned aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4). Myths encompass rumors, slanders, gossips, idle talk that leaks life, evil reports, lies, true/false stories and fictions.

 

“And knows this, that the law is not enacted for a righteous man but for the lawless and unruly, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and those who strike their mothers, for murderers, (v. 10) For fornicators, homosexuals, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever other thing that is opposed to the healthy teaching” (1 Timothy 1:9-10).

 

Examples of Leaven:

December 25, October 31 and Easter

 

One of the most striking examples of the deeds of the apostate church is the so-called Christmas. We want Christ, but we do not need a mass. Originally, December 25, the so-called Christmas Day, was the day the ancient Europeans worshipped the sun. They said that December 25 was the birthday of the sun. When the apostate church spread to Europe, she assimilated this ancient custom because she had taken in thousands of unbelievers into the church. These unbelievers still wanted to celebrate the birthday of their god. Therefore, to accommodate them, the apostate church declared December 25 to be the birthday of Christ. This is the source of Christmas. The book, The Two Babylons, exposes the origin of the evil, demonic, pagan things that were brought into the apostate church. If we see this picture on the negative side, then we shall know what we must be on the positive side!

 

Christmas is a blasphemy to Christ, and no Christian with a pure conscience should have anything to do with it! As the book, The Two Babylons, proves, Christmas originated from European paganism. Centuries before the Christian era, on December 25 the European pagans celebrated the birthday of the sun. When Constantine [the Great] embraced Christianity, he encouraged the Roman citizens to become Christians, and he even rewarded many thousands for being baptized. Thousands who knew nothing of Christ were baptized and came into Christendom, bringing their pagan customs with them. Later, the name of Christ was attached to the birth of the sun god celebrated on December 25. In principle, the celebration of Easter is the same.  To be sure, during the three and a half years of the great tribulation all Christians will abandon such things as Christmas, Easter, the worship of Mary, and all paganism.

 

In the apostate church are the deep things of Satan, the mysterious teachings of Satan. This is the satanic philosophy. The apostate church does teach the satanic mysteries. This indicates that the deep thought of Satan, Satan’s concept, has saturated the apostate church. Eventually, this church becomes the embodiment of Satan. The proper church is the Body of Christ, but the apostate church is the embodiment of Satan. Christ indwells the Church, but Satan indwells the apostate church in a subtle way. Satan always acts in a subtle way. When he first came to man, he came in the form of a beautiful serpent. Yet that was not merely a serpent—it was Satan. Satan always takes on a good form. No one would imagine that Satan could put on the church as his form. But in the epistle to the church in Thyatira, we see that this is the real situation of today’s Christendom. Christendom has become an organ of Satan! Although it has the name Christ in it, actually within it there is Satan himself. We all must see this!

 

The deep things of Satan, being the satanic philosophy, are subtle. In the apostate church, there are many so-called mysteries. All the mysteries taught by this evil church are satanic philosophies. One of their philosophies is that if you do not add things to the truths of the Bible, it will be difficult for people to accept them. The Lord, being wise, likened this to the leaven put into the fine flour that makes the bread easy to eat. The apostate church says that if people do not have a Christmas, it will be difficult for them to accept the truth regarding the birth of Christ. The mass is the leaven added to the fine flour. This is subtle and evil!  (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:21; Exodus 12:8)

 

The worship of Mary comes from paganism. The Mary in Catholicism, who is called the mother of God, is another form of the goddess, Venus. This is demonic! Christmas is also demonic, for December 25, the date of a pagan festival in honor of the birth of the sun, is said to be the birthday of Christ. What blasphemy! Although everything in Catholicism has a Christian appearance, its source is Babylonianism! For this reason, in God’s eyes, the Catholic church is the great prostitute who enriches herself by committing spiritual fornication. Therefore, the Catholic church is called the great prostitute! Both Judaism and Catholicism are satanic! Under Satan’s instigation, Antichrist will destroy Judaism and Catholicism. He will do this destroying work without realizing that he is doing it for God and for Christ. Over all this, God is sovereign! Antichrist will do all these things in the process of exalting himself above every kind of god, abolishing every religion, and making himself the sole object of worship.

 

I strongly believe that the Lord is using His recovery to produce the living firstfruit. This is the first function of the Lord’s recovery. After the rapture of the firstfruit, the local churches will be used by the Lord to help all the remaining Christians. This will be the second function of the recovery. During the great tribulation, …Christmas, Easter, [October 31] and all the traditional things of Christianity will be discarded. There will be no more arguments, all the divisive names of the daughters of the great prostitute will be abandoned, and the Lord will absolutely vindicate His way of the church!

 

The Christmas Tree

 

It is not a matter of the doctrine of the Trinity or of the teaching concerning the local church. It is absolutely a matter of Babylon! To call a pastor reverend—that is Babylonian! To set up a Christmas tree and to honor Santa Claus—that is Babylonian! To call yourself by a denominational name, such as Lutheran, Methodist, or Episcopalian—that is Babylonian! All denominational names are Babylonian factors of division and confusion. When Christians see the destruction of the great prostitute at the hands of Antichrist, they will be convinced about the church. Then they will see what the church is and where the church is. They will realize that the church has nothing to do with anything Babylonian. Any group that still practices Babylonian things or holds them is not the pure church!

 

The Great Prostitute Being the Mother of the Prostitutes

 

The prostitutes are the denominations and groups in Christianity with the evil doctrines, practices, and traditions of the Roman Catholic church. Since the Mother of the Prostitutes is the apostate church, the prostitutes, her daughters, must be all the different sects and groups in Christianity who hold to some extent the teaching, practices, and traditions of the apostate Roman church. The pure church life has no evil transmitted from the apostate church. As we all know, the so-called charismatic movement has entered into the Roman church. This movement has even been confounded with the worship of Mary and with the sacrifice of the mass. Although the cup is golden, the people drink the abominations. It is not the cup, but the contents of the cup that get into them.

 

The Separation of the Lord’s Table from the Demons’ Cup/Table

 

1 Corinthians 10:16-22 says, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the fellowship of the blood of Christ? (v. 19) What then am I saying? That what is sacrificed to an idol is anything? Or that an idol is anything? (v. 20) No, but that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become those who have fellowship with demons. (v. 21) You cannot drink the Lord’s cup and the demons’ cup; you cannot partake of the Lord’s Table and of the demons’ table (v. 22) Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?”

 

Every denomination must be examined to see whether or not it still has something of the great prostitute in it. To have a Christmas tree in your home is to practice something of the great prostitute. Probably you cannot find one Christian group that has not been influenced by the prostitute. Perhaps only in the local churches can you find a place that has nothing of the prostitute. We have seen that the daughters of the great prostitute are the Christian groups that hold the doctrines, practices, and traditions of the Roman Catholic church. If a group holds any one of these things, that group is a daughter of the Roman church.

 

We do not want to provoke the Lord to jealousy. We are not stronger than Him. The Lord charged us to always remember His death, as we do every Lord’s Day—but never His birth! 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 says, “And having given thanks, He broke it and said, This is My body, which is given for you; this do unto the remembrance of Me. (v. 25) Similarly also the cup after they had dined, saying, This cup is the new covenant established in My blood; this do, as often as you drink it, unto the remembrance of Me" (Matthew 22:19).

 

When I came into the Recovery, by the Lord’s love and mercy He opened my eyes to see and know the truth. I repented with tears. Brothers and sisters, we desperately need to repent! Repent for the Kingdom! You must repent! Repent from what you are. Repent from who you are. Repent from where you are. Repent from your loose talk and idle words that leak life. Repent from what you are doing. Repent from what you have done and still doing. Repent from your thoughts and what you love. Repent from what you have committed and still committing. It does not matter if your intentions are good or bad. As long as you are NOT for the Kingdom all these things make absolutely no difference whether you are right or wrong. We all must repent for the Kingdom! The entire New Testament is for the Kingdom! Therefore, if you are not in the Kingdom, and if you are not living in the Kingdom, you need to repent!

 

Second Corinthians 6:14-18 says, “Do not become dissimilarly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? (v. 15) And what concord does Christ have with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever? (v. 16) And what agreement does the Temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, even as God said, “I will dwell among them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” (v. 17) Therefore come out from their midst and be separated, says the Lord, and do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you; (v. 18) And I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.”

 

A Word of Exhortation

 

“Then Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you go hopping between two opinions? If Jehovah is God, follow Him; but if Baal is, follow him. And the people did not answer him a word” (1 Kings 18:21).

 

One of the greatest idols on earth besides cable TV, CDs,  movie theaters, and all manner of entertainment is Santa Claus! However, if you rearrange the letters in Santa, it spells SATAN! Brothers and sisters, the Lord is still asking this question in these last evil days: How long will you go hopping between two opinions? If God is God, then follow Him and worship Him, but if Santa (SATAN) is Santa follow him and worship him. You should only have Christ and the Church NOT Christ and Santa!!! You cannot continue hopping between 2 opinions in these last evil days. You cannot do both, you cannot love both and you cannot have both! (Matthew 6:24)

 

December 25 is fully and completely leaven with unclean things. Thus, we should not touch it. If we touch it, we become unclean, defiled, our homes becomes defiled which gives the evil one the ground in our house to defeat and occupy those who live in it! Satan indeed loves to transform himself into an angel of light! (I John 2:15; 2 Corinthians 11:14)

 

December 25 is under the power and authority of darkness and is a component of the deep things of Satan. (Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 2:24)

 

December 25 is an abomination to God and to His holiness. It is demonic, satanic and devilish. Moreover, it is a blasphemy to Christ and to His own Body. Thus, it is an insult to the Spirit of grace. Furthermore, it is a blasphemy to Christ who is today the Life-giving Spirit! Consequently, to associate Christ with the Christmas tree that honors Santa is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit!  (Hebrews 10:29; Matthew 12:31, 32; I John 5:16)

 

December 25 will bring judgment to those who eat and drink of it. This particular judgment is an Iniquity Against the Sanctuary. Our eating and drinking (what we take in) is a daily matter and if we touch the unclean thing and assimilate it, we become unclean which will bring an adverse effect to the organic Body of Christ! “Because of this many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we discern ourselves, we would not be judged.” (1 Corinthians 11:29-31) Thus, this is a serious, daily matter, not just on the Lord’s Day.

 

“But Daniel set his heart not to defile himself with the king’s choice provision and with the wine that the king drank, so he requested of the leader of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (Daniel 1:5, 8).

 

In principle, October 31 will reach its peak, issue, result, ultimate climax and total consummation on December 25!!

 

Thus, whatever we do, whatever we preach, and whatever we teach must be for the divine dispensing of Christ as the Head into all of His members. He must have the preeminence; He must gain the preeminence, the first place in all things for His expression! (Colossians 1:18)

 

The highest gospel is that we would be saved to the extent that God and we, we and God, are completely mingled as one, having one life and one living. This is the highest truth, and this is the highest gospel!

 

We, therefore, urgently need to learn how to walk according to the mingled spirit and have our being according to the mingled spirit in order to enjoy and experience the designating Spirit. Romans 13:13 says, “Let us walk becomingly as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in fornication and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy.” Brothers and sisters, our walk should be without uncleanness and fornication of every kind as we approach these last evil days.

 

“But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor adulterating the Word of God, but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every conscience of men before God” (2 Corinthians 4:2). We should be those who have renounced the hidden things of sin and shame.

 

“And many will follow their licentiousness, because of whom the way of the truth will be reviled” (2 Peter 2:2). The more we touch and follow the mingled Spirit, the more we are sanctified, transformed, conformed, and glorified to become God in life and in nature but not in the Godhead for the building up of the Body of Christ to consummate the New Jerusalem. However, brothers and sisters, in these last evil days, many will follow their licentiousness instead of following the Spirit. We should always follow the Spirit by way of the truth. Never follow licentiousness with fornication of every kind that the way of the truth will not be reviled!

 

The genuine and intrinsic gospel is that God intends to work Himself in Christ into His called, chosen, redeemed, regenerated, transformed, conformed and glorified tripartite people that Christ may make His home in their heart. (2 Samuel 7:12-14; Romans 1:4, 9; Ephesians 3:17).

 

The topmost verse in the New Testament that indicates that Christ is building Himself into us is Ephesians 3:17a “That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith,” This is building! Brothers and sisters, we have a very critical and crucial question that we all must ask ourselves before the Lord: How much has Christ been built into you? How much has Christ been built into your heart in order to make His home there? Although Christ is in our spirit, how much has Christ spread from our spirit into our heart to make His home there? Regrettably, most of our hearts are still filled with vacuity, nihility, unoccupied and empty of Christ. Every day our hearts are filled and occupied with many things other than Christ.

 

How much of Christ has been built into our hearts will determine whether or not we can preach the fullest and highest gospel. How much Christ has been built into our heart will determine our move with God.  In order to preach the fullest and highest gospel, we need to have Christ built into our entire being that Christ may make His home there!

 

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). We should be the earthen vessels to contain the Christ of glory as the excellent treasure! These vessels are like today’s camera, into which Christ the figure enters through the flash of God’s shining. This treasure, the indwelling Christ, in us, the earthen vessels, is the divine source of the supply for the Christian life. It is by the excellent power of this treasure that the apostles as the ministers of the new covenant were capable of living a crucified life that the resurrection life of Christ, whom they ministered, might be manifested! Thus, they manifested the truth for the shining of the gospel!

 

Brothers and sisters, we are an earthen vessel and God in Christ should be the treasure in our earthen vessel. Our entire being should be filled with Christ and with Christ alone. He should be our living content as the priceless treasure in our earthen, transparent vessel! We should only contain Him!

 

Further Reading:

Verses and footnotes are taken from The Recovery Version of the Holy Bible and Words of Ministry from Brother Witness Lee, Life-Study of Revelation, Messages 13, 41, 51, [with personal enlightenment and inspiration]. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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