A WORD FROM THE LORD
Religious Leaders and their theological system are going to fall.
Matthew 3:10–12 (NKJV)
And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear “GOOD” fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
“These verses, especially v10 has been on my heart lately. I keep on hearing verse 10 in my mind…you know, like when you just can’t get that tune or those lyrics out of your head playing over and over. I think the LORD is saying something to me. I think it is about the times. I know what John the Baptist was speaking of in this verse… warning the religious leaders they were about to fall… as truth and light come into the darkness, the darkness cannot understand it or extinguish it. Even though the destruction of Jerusalem and their system of worship did not come for over 70 more years – it did come.
This verse haunting me started about the time of the uproar about Rob Bell’s new book “Love Wins” came out. I think it is a word from the LORD, I think it is about religion today, I think it is to the religious leaders and preachers of today just as John the Baptist was speaking to the religious leaders of his day. “LIGHT” and “TRUTH” have dawned once again to reveal the sometimes ignorance, sometimes lies, of these sometimes well meaning leaders and preachers that are in the darkness. Get ready, that darkness is about to be exposed by the LIGHT!!! The darkness does not understand it and cannot overcome it!
A new Age is dawning. Most people in the Message of Universal Reconciliation knew this was coming but we did not know who God would use or how it would come about. It looks like God decided for whatever reason to use Rob Bell to light the fire that will become an unquenchable bonfire as The LORD burns up the chaff and gathers the wheat - FOR ALL TO SEE - that “DIVINE MYSTERY” or “SACRED SECRET’ that has been hidden for ages in the darkness. And what is that mystery? The Apostle Paul begins to explain it:
Romans 16:25 (NASB95)
25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past,
Jesus Christ first announced its coming as the Kingdom of God coming and ruling on the earth.
Mark 4:11–12 (AMP)
11 And He (Jesus)* said to them, To you has been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God [that is, the secret counsels of God which are hidden from the ungodly]; but for those outside [of our circle] everything becomes a parable,
12 In order that they may [indeed] look and look but not see and perceive, and may hear and hear but not grasp and comprehend, lest haply they should turn again, and it [their willful rejection of the truth] should be forgiven them. [Isa. 6:9, 10; Matt. 13:13-15.]
Just because someone is in an important position doesn’t necessarily mean they are always right. I don’t know about you but I had always known from a child that there was something wrong with what I was hearing about this Loving God who would prepare a burning hell that people went to forever and ever – not because of sin as I was told but just because you did not follow the correct procedure or say the right words - which no one seemed to agree on…. I knew in my heart that something was missing or out of place in what I was hearing from the preachers and Sunday school teachers. I could even feel it down in my bones. “I KNEW” something was not right with all this. I did however have a different picture of God in my heart that I was taught to think was wrong! Taught to “think” it was wrong but I could not help but “believe” it was right…. God had to be much more loving and gracious than what I was hearing from the preachers (Not from my family). Now I have found we were right all along… Jesus said “Unless you become as little children”…. Mat 18:3
Ephesians 3:5 (AMP)
[This mystery] was never disclosed to human beings in past generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles (consecrated messengers) and prophets by the [Holy] Spirit.
“What is this Mystery or Secret Plan of GOD?”
Ephesians 3:6 (WNT)
I mean the truth that the Gentiles [All other People]* are joint heirs with us Jews, and that theyform one body with us, and have the same interest as we have in the promise which has been made good in Christ Jesus through the good news,
Ephesians 3:9 (JNT)
and of letting everyone see howthis secret plan is going to work out. This plan, kept hidden for ages by God, the Creator of everything,
Think God always does things the same way every time? Think again, the next verse says God is unlimited in the aspects of his wisdom in the creation, order and operation of His universe. Yet, it all works together beautifully and perfectly, somehow…. though many things seem so different and even opposite. We live in a Uni-verse, one song being sang in unison by a wide range of voices in beautiful harmony. God is not limited in any way by a law, rule, order, or formula that we would see as a problem. A plus B does not always equal C in God’s economy if He doesn’t will it so. His wisdom is much greater than that; delving into dimensions we could not begin to comprehend.
Ephesians 3:10 (AMP)
[The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.
It should be understood here that “the church” is from the Greek word ekklēsía which means “The called out assembly” of people. Not any church organization or denomination. It is talking about the body of Christ in particular.
I like how it is paraphrased here in “The Message Bible”.
Ephesians 3:10–11 (The Message)
Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!
All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:26–28 (AMP)
26 The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints),
27 To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles [All other people]* are the riches of the glory of this mystery, WHICH IS CHRIST WITHIN and AMONG YOU, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.
28 “Him” we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing EVERYONE and instructing EVERYONE in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present EVERY PERSON mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect)“IN CHRIST” (the Anointed One).
Colossians 1:26–28 (The Message)
This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews,to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this:
“CHRIST IS IN YOU”, [All you People]* so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. IT’S THAT SIMPLE! That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound COMMON SENSE so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. (The Message)
This is really all very simple common sense teaching. Though it has been a mystery hidden in God for ages – it was because God willed it so; it is crystal clear and cannot be denied once you see it. Christ is in you - all of you. Because Jesus died to reconcile all back to God, all were reconciled back to God, 2 Co 5:18-19 It’s really that simple. Just Christ, in all, that’s it, no more no less, not adding any religious rules, rituals, or rehearsals, formulas or creeds. One died for all therefore all died with him; He was raised to life for all therefore all have his life, 2 Co 5:14-15 1 Co 15:21-22, 49 it’s that simple. One man’s sin brought us all under sin and condemnation therefore one man’s righteous act bought us all out of sins’ condemnation; Ro 5:18-19 it’s that simple really. Just Believe it, you have already received it. This is not some new teaching. This is all in the bible, always has been; it’s just simple, common sense. Jesus was a no nonsense man; He said He came to save the world Jhn 3:17, Jhn 12:47 and so He did and said “It is finished” Jn 19:30 He meant it, It really is that simple. Sound too good to be true? See Hab. 1:5. It’s because you have been brainwashed by religion. It’s religion that has “added” all the rules, regulations, rituals, and rehearsals, formulas and creeds to Jesus’ “Only Believe” Mark 5:36. It is the religious systems that have multiplied complications to all this. And it is these organizations and those that support them that are about to be exposed and fall because of their UNBELIEF in the truly “Almighty” “God” Isa. 45:18 and “Lord” Jesus Christ Acts 2:36 the “Savior” of the “World” 1Jhn 4:14 who “took away” the sin of “the world” Jhn 1:29. You cannot possibly believe these verses and attributes of God are absolutely true and believe at the same time in limited salvation and eternal torment. Unless you believe The Father and the Son have failed in what They planned and said They would do; and the Holy Spirit hasn’t enough power to accomplish what He was sent to do….
Do YOU really believe God is God and is able and will do what He says?
IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE!
Colossians 1:20 (NKJV)
20 and by Him (Jesus Christ)* to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
“Things” is not in the original language but was added by the translators. So the text reads “RECONCILE ALL TO HIMSELF”. “Things” on earth or in heaven is there but should be “he/she/or the” on earth or in heaven. (Reverse interlinear for NKJV-NT with Scrivener’s edition of the Textus Receptus and Louw-Nida Greek Lexicon 92.24)
Ephesians 1:9–10 (AMP)
9 Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him,
10 [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
Ephesians 1:11 (NIV)
In him “WE” [ALL]* were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of “HIS WILL”, (Not ours)* ( “we all” suggested by the context and ref Col 1:20 )
“Yet, HIS WILL was that OUR WILL would BECOME His Will. As Jesus said “Not my will but Thy will be done” that is the essence of the message or gospel of the Kingdom or Reign of God that Jesus came proclaiming, God’s Will overcoming ours bringing heaven to us not vice versa – “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. So that eventually in the maturity and climax of the ages; ALL -no matter what realm they are in; heavenly, earthly, under the earth (sheol or hades) – ALL will voluntarily turn to Him being overcome by His extravagant LOVE and GRACE after having seen and made to understand that they were reconciled to God by His Mercy through the Cross, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ” No one will want to - or be able to, resist our Beautiful Savior and God when they truly see Him as He is - portrayed in our Lord and Savior of the world, Jesus the Christ! Jesus Himself said;
John 12:32 (NKJV)
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL peoples to Myself.”
I looked up the word for “ALL” in the Greek and do you know what it means? – “ALL” the totality of any object, mass, collective, or extension—‘all, every, each, whole. (Louw-Nida Greek Lexicon 59.23)
It should be noted that the Greek word used here translated “draw” means to pull or drag, requiring force because of the inertia of the object being dragged –(Louw-Nida Greek Lexicon 15.212). Here are references to every place it is used in the NT. It is translated “drag or dragged” in Act 16:19; 21:30 and James 2:6 and with the same meaning as using force in Jhn 18:10; 21:6 it is also in Jhn 6:44 Yes, we are so self-centered and stubborn most of the time we have to be strongly motivated to change our minds. I think the meaning here is; when we see the Love and Mercy of God in the Cross of Christ we are “irresistibly drawn” by such a display of Love!
There are hundreds of references to this Divine Plan to save the world in the OT but it wasn’t completely understood until the missing piece of the puzzle emerged and plainly proclaimed by Jesus Christ himself and later explained by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul who was the first apostle and prophet to be given the complete revelation. The Old Testament writers could see it and spoke of it by did not fully understand it because Christ was yet to come. Here is just one of the beautiful references to it in the Psalms. It is also interesting that this is an undisputed messianic Psalm clearly portraying Jesus Christ’s suffering by crucifixion, the purpose and accomplishment of it being beautifully expressed here in verse 27.
Psalm 22:27 (NKJV)
All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the Lord, And all the families of the nationsShall worship before You.
Now that’s a Promise!
And then the Psalm ends with this magnificent prophetic statement saying that it will be future generations that will proclaim and understand this truth!
Psalm 22:30–31 (NIV)
Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it! - see John 19:30
Most theologians greatly underestimate the power of God in the work of the cross of Christ while accusing us who believe in Universal Reconciliation of lessening its value in some way. Which has more effect, power, and value; saving some – really only a few considering all of history; or saving the entire world? It’s pretty simple isn’t it?
Yes, He will irresistibly draw all to Himself through his cross, death and resurrection. As it says here in these verses in some translations; He will accomplish and complete his purposes and finish his plan. It is a sure and steadfast promise for the anchor of your soul and for the world! This is when it will be fulfilled where it is said in Philippians:
Philippians 2:10–11 (NKJV)
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the GLORY of God the Father.
“Today’s religious leaders and preachers will say that this is a “forced” confession. Let me tell you with all confidence; God the Father or Jesus Christ would receive no glory or enjoyment from a forced fake confession”. Furthermore the scriptures say in 1Cor 12:3 that “no one can say Jesus is LORD except by the Holy Spirit” Furthermore the Old Testament reference to this says “Every tongue shall take an oath or swear allegiance” one says “give praise” Isa. 45:23 That doesn’t sound like a forced confession to me.
These secret truths are what the religious leaders and preachers of today and all the way back to those coming out of the dark ages have not been able to see because of the blindness of their hearts.
Today however these secret basic truths are once again being revealed by the Spirit through the openness and softening of many hearts through the work of the Spirit. Why now? It’s Gods timing… I say “once again” because before the dark ages Universal Reconciliation was the predominant teaching for the first five hundred years!
Although there have been many before him; however, Rob Bell and his new book “Love Wins” have been chosen by God to pierce the hearts of many today that they might take a much closer look at themselves and what they are actually teaching about our Heavenly Father and His Successful Savior and our LORD Jesus Christ. I pray for all the religious leaders, teachers and preachers of today; Christian or otherwise to be granted the grace that I myself and many others have been granted to open our eyes to truly see Our GOD and LORD; to see what He is really like, fully considering all His attributes and character; then hopefully look at the original meaning of the scriptures from that perspective and “RETHINK” what they believe about God our Father, The Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 45:5–10,18, 21–23 (NKJV)
5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;
There is no God besides Me.
I will gird you, though you have not known Me,
That they may know
from the rising of the sun to its setting
That there is none besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
7 I form the light and create darkness,
I make peace and create calamity;
I, the Lord, do all these things.’
8 “Rain down, you heavens, from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation,
And let righteousness spring up together.
I, the Lord, have created it.
9 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker!
Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth!
Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’?
10 Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What are you begetting?’
Or to the woman, ‘What have you brought forth?’ ”
18 For thus says the Lord,
Who created the heavens,
Who is God,
Who formed the earth and made it,
Who has established it,
Who did not create it in vain,
Who formed it to be inhabited:
“I am the Lord, and there is no other.
21 Tell and bring forth your case;
Yes, let them take counsel together.
Who has declared this from ancient time?
Who has told it from that time?
Have not I, the Lord?
And there is no other God besides Me, (think about it…)
A just God and a Savior;
There is none besides Me.
22 “Look to Me, and be saved,
All you ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
23 I have sworn by Myself;
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return,
That to Me every knee shall bow,
Every tongue shall take an oath.
And Jesus Christ said of his work - “It is Finished”
And so I believe and therefore say,
So be it,
It is So,