Archive for February, 2008

Challenges to God’s kingdom

February 27, 2008

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Recently I have become increasingly aware, through an intensifying urgency in my spirit, that the world is moving toward a “crisis” involving the kingdom of God, and that we, as Christ’s disciples, are to become intensely sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in order to subdue the evil that is perpetrating this eventuality.  

We are to take bold and decisive counter measures against all insidious or blatant attempts by governments and New Age Denominational Christendom to pronounce edicts that suppress the preaching of the pure, fundamental Word of God. Such bold and decisive action by disciples should be initiated and conducted in the fullness of the power of personal holiness and the fullness of the divine power of the Holy Spirit as happened in the initial days of God’s kingdom once Jesus ascended and sat down at His Father’s right hand whereupon He was granted all power, riches, wisdom, might, honor, glory, blessing, and dominion, Revelation 5:12-14. 

I am persuaded that a marshalling of God’s “Joshuas”, so to speak, seems to be the call of God to His disciples; a call whereby we are no longer for ourselves or for our denomination, but for our Lord and His kingdom alone, Joshua 5:13-15, “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Are you for us, or for our enemies? And he said, No; but as prince of the host of Jehovah am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What says my lord unto his servant? And the prince of Jehovah’s host said unto Joshua, Put off your shoe from off your foot; for the place where on you stand is holy. And Joshua did so.” 

It appears to me through my less than adequate sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading, that we are being called to cast off the numerous encumbrances of worldliness and comfortable “churchianity” that have entangle us, and strive to be free to enter into deeper, more meaningful prayer, deeper, more meaningful reading of God’s Word, and greater dedication to whatever spiritual battlefield God is calling us to. This is a call to go beyond our present kingdom tasks. This is a challenge to seek a higher calling, which will bring down the strongholds and principalities that are now well established throughout the world and throughout much of the New Age Christendom presently permeating fellowships. 

This is a new time in the history of God’s kingdom upon the earth. It is a time to rise up in the fullness of the Holy Spirit and resist the principalities and powers that are attempting to influence most religions and governments to remove God’s kingdom from the earth. It is a call to all disciples to stand in the power of the Holy Spirit against all that seeks to oppose the advancement of God’s kingdom in our streets, our homes, our schools, our governments, our universities, and our work places.  

Surely the Father has tolerated our excuses, our weaknesses, our sins, our divisions and our failure to believe He is who He claims to be for long enough. Such ungodly practices on our part have kept us from preaching God’s command to repent to our lost world, Acts 17:30. But now He wants His remnant warriors to be the first to repent, rededicate themselves, seek to be filled with His Spirit and to stand and deliver the gospel message of repentance to all the nations so that seasons of refreshment may come from the presence of God while His mercy toward all sinners yet remains, Acts 3:19. 

Bob Chapman MA

**Award winning book 2007
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In the valley of the shadow of death

February 24, 2008

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Because I am still in good health, some people might say I don’t know anything about what I’m going to write in this article. You would be wrong if you said that. I have been preparing for my own death now for forty years. While waiting my turn to enter into the realities of its shadow, I have always been prepared to greet it with confidence and without regret. You might say my spiritual bags have always been packed.  

From the day I first read John’s gospel and realized I was a sinner, unsaved and indeed not going into the presence of the Lord at my death, I got born again and gave up all to follow Him. For the last forty years I have continued that journey towards the departure lounge on my final journey to see Him face-to-face. And despite the times when I slipped and stumbled, I have always trusted His promises, confessed my sins and pressed on through the valley of the shadow of death, as David the Psalmist confidently wrote.

Yet during my forty years in God’s kingdom I have found so many Christians, though hearing Psalm 23 at nearly every funeral they’ve attended, have not been preparing their hearts while walking in the valley of the shadow of death. The valley of the shadow of death is not those months or days in the last stages of one’s life; it is the whole of one’s life! Death is an event we will all participate in eventually and therefore we should be constantly prepared for it while serving Him in this fragile world. Death is merely the finality of God’s plan for our life. A plan which He prepared for us before the foundation of the world, Ephesians 2:10. The valley of death is our journey through life and death itself brings that journey to an end. Thereafter we enter into the presence of the Lord, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.  

In the light of this, rejoice in your new birth and while doing so, love those you live with. Love those God grants you in your youth and in your fading years. Enjoy the environment He allows you to serve Him in. Delight in your hope and the fellowship of faithful believers. Use the material wealth He grants you for His glory alone and regret not that you must leave it all behind. Focus only on His glory and His promises and trust not in the attractions in the valley of death as you pass through it. But above all, examine yourself and cast off all those earthly shackles that keep you from knowing Him and His Son intimately for therein is eternal life, John 17:3.

 

Bob Chapman MA

 

**Award winning book 2007
More about the book: http://www.christianstoryteller.com/Bob%20Chapman.htm 

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Prosperous Christian lifestyles will disappear?

February 22, 2008

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I was first introduced to the “One World Government or New World Order” in 1974. At that time I was given a book entitled, “None Dare Call It Conspiracy”. During the years that followed I paid attention to world news and engaged in further study of the subject. When I shared what I discovered, both privately and from the pulpit, people reacted negatively. Though I was mostly ridiculed when I mentioned the subject during the seventies and eighties, I persisted with my studies and news gathering. Then in 1990, thanks to President George Bush Senior, the “New World Order” was officially deemed to exist following the invasion of Iraq. Since then, believing in a coming New World Order or One World Government has become fashionable, both in Christian and non-Christian circles. 

Now, being in fashion is one thing, but the consequences of the existence of a New World Order is another. To take the “in vogue” approach to the New World Order is exactly what those behind the movement want us all to do. This allows them to implement legislation openly or subtly without too much attention being paid to it because it can be easily sold to the masses as “necessary” in order to maintain the status quo for “the good” of all mankind; particularly those in the first world nations. If any opposition attempts to negate the One Worlders’ agenda, such opposition is soon quashed in the interests of the overall good of humanity. Thus we now have Western societies that will accept any legislation as long as it promises, or appears to promise, that the present, prosperous, Western-lifestyle they are use to will continue forever. This even includes accepting legislation that undermines the constituted legislation that has served to maintain the lifestyle they are now experiencing. 

Multiculturalism, political correctness, hate literature, a single world religion, personal sexual preference, etc, are all contrived to contribute to the “planned” chaos we are witnessing around the world. Those who are most deceived and the most vocal are homosexuals. A few years back they were encouraged to emerge from their “closet” existence and seek to become accepted in society – foolishness! They are not aware of their coming fate at the hands of the One Worlders! The agenda of the One Worlders is for them to “come out” and identify themselves! Then, when the One Worlders attempt to implement their takeover in the future, the majority of homosexuals will be known to them and easily rounded up. And they, along with all others who have no place in the One Worlders’ imagined utopia for mankind, will be removed just as mercilessly as the Christians, Jews, Muslims and others on their “undesirables” list. Such eradication would continue until the determined number of controllable, “desirable”, humans remain alive to serve the One World masters.  

Christians are the most naive regarding these matters. This is the result of refusing to believe for years that such a “One World Government” agenda was subtly underway; even in the midst of their denominations and congregations. And most frightening of all is the misguided belief that Jesus’ promised return will occur before any action by the One Worlders is implemented because surely He will not let His disciples lose their current worldly-lifestyle to some Satanic plot by non-believers! Nowhere in the Bible does God promise to uphold the modern, prosperous, Western Christian-lifestyle many have grown to love! How can those who are supposedly “crucified to the world” as the Apostle Paul wrote, hope God will maintain their worldly lifestyle while much of the world is spiritually deluded and living in poverty? Poverty which has been created by the greedy in order to sustain their first world prosperity!

Are we Christians not merely pilgrims passing through? Do we not look for a heavenly dwelling prepared by God Himself, wherein is righteousness? Is not God our sure reward; not this world? Are we not called to seek and save the lost? Are we not called to go and make disciples of the nations – not go and exploit them? Hebrew 11:13-17 

History declares the foolishness of every generation. This generation will be as those of past eras who also hoped against hope that war, famine, destruction, depression, recession would not visit them; but it did!  

What we and our children face in the future is more subtle than anything previously experience in the history of the world. The enemy will not be visible on some distant horizon or on some over-the-horizon radar screen. The enemy is already in our homes, our churches, our education systems, our universities, our governments, our work places, our streets and our families! When the One Worlders make their final move to implement their plans, their forces will have undermined the fabric of Western, Christian society so effectively that the remnant, so often preached and written about, will indeed be all that remains! Though on the run, the remnant will overcome despite overwhelming odds.    

“But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, implacable, slanders, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof: from these also turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 

Only one question remains to be asked: “How’s the oil level in your lamp? Are you topping it up regularly?” Matthew 25:1-13 

Bob Chapman MA 

## Free International Bible Correspondence Course: http://www.ibcschool.ca/
**Award winning book 2007
More about the book: http://www.christianstoryteller.com/Bob%20Chapman.htm

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Fear the good times!

February 21, 2008

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They were good times. Money was easy to get, credit was readily available, political correctness was embraced, God’s Word was seldom heard, manmade, religious programmes had replaced a covenant keeping relationship with God, mammon was worshipped, and all this was going to last forever – hallelujah! hallelujah!

  

Sound familiar? Well familiar as it may seem, it is not about today’s lifestyle. It is about Israel in the days of Isaiah. Yet, it should be taken as a dire warning to us today.  Here is what Isaiah preached during the times of Israel and her neighbouring nations’ prosperity:

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·         Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants.

·         And it shall be:As with the people, so with the priest;As with the servant, so with his master;As with the maid, so with her mistress;As with the buyer, so with the seller;As with the lender, so with the borrower;As with the creditor, so with the debtor.

·         The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered, for the Lord has spoken His word.

·         The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty people of the earth languish.

·         The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

·         Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. 

As it was, so shall it be! Take to your knees and pray. Fast and learn to go without. Return to the Word of God and turn off your home entertainment. Count on nothing being secure, other than your faith in God. Demand the Word of God, and only the Word of God, be preached in your assembly. Put away church entertainment and fall down on your faces before the Lord in the assembly and seek His will for your life. But most of all, trust not in these times – trust only in the Lord. Many who claim to know Christ will surely fall away when present times fail and hard times begin in the months ahead.   

Woe to those who live in Europe and especially Eastern Italy! Devastation stands at your door. I would say repent, but your ears are waxed up and your heart hardened and you know nothing of the fear of God anymore. Your enemy is among you and yet you do everything possible to ignore his presence. God’s Word is no longer allowed to be heard in your midst and therefore you are blind and there is no light in your lives, and yet you think you understand all things. Even if Isaiah or another prophet came among you, you would reject his word. You brazenly choose to travel the wide road through the wide gate that leads to destruction just so you can continue to be the gods of your own lives.

Sadly, what is about to befall you shall spill forth upon all your neighbours and the rest of the world. This time God is against you, not with you as He was before. Dread is coming upon you for you have forgotten Him who delivered you in the past. 

Bob Chapman MA

## Free International Bible Correspondence Course: http://www.ibcschool.ca/
**Award winning book 2007

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Order: ISBN 1597815225
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