Chinese writing proves Bible is God’s Word

May 14, 2009

Over 5000 years ago the Chinese written language was created and that same written language is still used today. The Chinese characters were in existence at least 1000 years before  Genesis was written down by Moses as he was inspired by God.

It would appear that these characters came into existence when one of Noah’s son’s or one of his son’s descendants moved to the east following the tower of Babel confusion of languages. This is concluded from the Chinese character for “ship” in the presentation below.

Each Chinese character is pictographic in composition and reveals its meaning in story form.

It is important to note that written Chinese depicts people in several ways: (a walker), (a mouth), (an upright individual),  (a walker glowing), which is also used for “fire”.

Also, when reading Chinese it is read from right to left and so the story of the origin of the character and its meaning is define from right to left.

   Chinese for SHIP:   (eight)  (mouths) in a   (boat).

Genesis 7:13 “And on the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark.”

1Peter 3:20 “who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.”

上帝Chinese for GOD ABOVE:    (The emperor) who is (above).

Isaiah 40:22: It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”

Chinese for GOD SPEAKS: (Expressions) from (God).

Psalms 33:6: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.”

Chinese for DEVIL:  丿(Alive) in a (garden)  (walks) a (deceiver).

Genesis 3:1: “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

Chinese for CREATE: 丿(Alive) from the (earth) came a  (mouth) who (moved).

Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Chinese for FIRST: 丿(Alive) from the  (earth) came a   (walker).

Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Chinese for GARDEN:  From the (earth) came a (mouth) that (walked) and another (walker) came out of his left side and they were(enclosed) in a garden.

Genesis 2:8 “The Lord God planted a garden eastward of Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.”

祖先 Chinese for ANCESTOR:  丿(Alive) from the  (earth) came a   (walker) who   (also) came from (God).

Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Chinese for HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS:   (One)  (mouth) in a (garden) with  (God).

Genesis 2:15 “The the Lord took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”

西Chinese for WEST: In China when someone dies, they say they have gone to the west. Why? This character answers that question:   (One)    (walker) entering into an  (enclosure) which is seen in the above character for garden.

Chinese for FLESH:  A  (hand) entering into an (enclosure) to take out a (walker).

Genesis 2:21-22: “And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”

Chinese for WIFE: Chinese refer to their wives as their inside man. This character for wife shows a  (hand) entering into an  (enclosure).

Chinese for FORBIDDEN:    Before two (trees) stands  (God).

Genesis 2:16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Chinese for TEMPTATION:  Under 广 (cover) near   (two trees) resides the (devil).

Gensesis 3:1-5 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die 5 for God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Chinese for COVET, LUST:  Before two   (trees) stands a (woman).

Genesis 3:6 “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”

Chinese for BEGIN:   (Something) going into the   (mouth) of a (woman).

Genesis 3:6 “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”

Chinese for CONVERSE:  火火 (Two glowing people) (talking) to one another. From the time they ate the fruit and sinned, (man) is written without a glow upon his body.  When in the presence of God, God’s glory comes upon mankind, (2 Cor. 3) as it did with Moses. Sin removed the glory of God (Romans 3:23) which came upon the man and the woman when they came into God’s presence daily.

Genesis 3:7-8 “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”

Chinese for TO HIDE:  (Almost) behind a (tree) is a (body).

Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

 Chinese for COME:  Hiding behind a (tree) are two 人人 (walkers).

 Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Chinese for DISTANT, FAR:  From the (earth) came a (mouth) that (walked) and another (walker) came out of his left side and they were (sent) far away.

Genesis 3:23 “Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.”

Chinese for PUNISHMENT:  (A sword) placed behind  (two)  (walkers).

Genesis 3:24 “So He drove out the man; and he placed a cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”

  Chinese for HOLY SPIRIT: Coming from above like (rain) are three 口口口 (beings) who work (signs and wonders).

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.”

Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

 Chinese for RIGHTEOUSNESS:     (A lamb) over (you).

John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Are there 100 disciples out there to create change?

May 10, 2009

While preaching and teaching in England a week or so ago I found some time to visit the grave of John Bunyan the author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. His timeless classic is a must read for all believers who seriously want to take up the challenge to move on from mere church membership to discipleship.

Bunyan was converted from a life of public debauchery in 1648 and joined the Baptist Church of Christ in Bedford, England in 1653. He began preaching in 1655. Five years later he was imprisoned for 12 years for failing to desist from public preaching as decreed by Charles the Second, King of England. John Bunyan died in 1688.

Nearby the graveyard where John Bunyan is buried is the church building where John and Charles Wesley preached nearly two hundred years ago. John Wesley wrote the following words, which have remained with me ever since I first read them 42 years ago, “Give me a hundred men who love God with all their hearts, and fear nothing but sin, and I will move the world”. Despite being shunned by the religious establishment of their day, the Wesley brothers preached in the fields and revival followed in their corner of the world.

Today’s world needs to be moved; so where are committed disciples like Bunyan and the Wesleys? Where are men and women, who want to love God with all their hearts? Where are the men and women who want to stand against sin in their own lives and in the lives of those about them, and say to the world – enough is enough, regardless of the cost? Where are the men and women whose life’s agenda is God’s and not their own? Surely there must be a hundred out there in the world?

I am of the persuasion that “God’s hundred”, if I may take the liberty to call them that, could indeed move the world if they existed. I am sure they do, but are they aware of each other? If such lack of identification is the case, I would like to see that change. I would like to see the 100s become aware of each other town by town, city by city and nation by nation in order that they link up and live out what they already are in God’s eyes – the most powerful influence in the world, Ephesians 1:15-23.

For a long time now I have been pregnant with this vision of God’s hundreds changing their nations and after my recent time in the UK I have been disturbed in my spirit with the urgency to do something about it. For a long time now I have had thoughts on how to birth the vision and I would like to correspond with anyone who would like to discuss it’s becoming a reality with me.

Those who would like to correspond with me about it need to realize that such a challenge to move the world calls primarily for radical changes with regard to yesterday’s religious traditions and today’s contemporary, worship orientated, doing church environment where entertainment is paramount and teaching of God’s word insignificant. Such a challenge to move the world, town by town, city by city and nation by nation, calls for a life laid at the throne of Christ emblazoned with the words of Isaiah 6:8, “Here am I! Send me.”

The challenge we face is to realize that God hasn’t called us to focus on the art of creating the most appealing worship service in town but rather, He’s called us into His kingdom and the war between it and Satan for men’s souls, (Matthew 12:24-30; 1Tim 1:18; 2Tim 2:4) And yet, despite this urgent call to spiritual warfare, we are not training up kingdom warriors who are acquainted with God’s armor or the sword of the Spirit – we’re training up frolickers to play before the golden calf of contemporary or traditional church. Sadly, we have replaced the invincible kingdom of God with today’s contemporary gatherings or yesterday’s traditional religion, both of which originated with men! Surely it is time to begin acting like the invincible kingdom declared by God, founded by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit and start overwhelming the world before the world overwhelms us!

Blessings

Bob Chapman 

The Fruit, the Gifts and the Glory

May 7, 2009

“All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory”, Romans 3:23

In their sinless state Adam and Eve, like Moses, could well have been endowed with God’s wondrous effulgence when He communed with them daily, Genesis 3:8.

Sadly, though, when sin transpired God’s glory may well have vanished from their bodies, only to be seen again momentarily on Moses, on Mount Sinai, in the tabernacle and in the temple never to appear again until Christ’s transfiguration and the Day of Pentecost where it entered the upper room, divided and came upon all who were present, Acts 2:1-4.

The glimpsed, fading glory which Moses displayed and covered with a shawl is now manifested in the ministry of righteousness, which exceeds in intensifying glory in the sons of God, 2 Cor. 3:9. It can be observed in God’s living temple – you and me, Ephesians 2:21-22, 1Cor. 3:16-17.

Yet to observe manifestations of God’s glory one has to look in the most unlikely places. It is not readily observed in assemblies, prayer meetings or today’s worship gatherings. Nor is it seen in the manifestation of spiritual gifts – this is not to say that these are to be set aside; indeed not!

So where is the glory of God manifested? It is manifested in the ministry of righteousness, which is fueled by the willingness of Christ’s disciples to allow the Holy Spirit to exercise His fruit in their lives, Galatians 5:22-23. How so?

Matthew writes in 25:31-40, that in ministering in the fruit of the Holy Spirit unto the desperate needs of others we actually minister unto God and Christ in them. So in ministering righteously to others, who came from God and were made in His image (Romans 11:36), we draw near to Him in them and thus His glory emanates from them toward us and then through us to the world about us, 2 Cor. 4:6.

As the living temples of God let us therefore be seen ministering the fruit of the Holy Spirit in righteousness to the unlovable, the lonely, the lost, the untouchables, the destitute and the desperate for in so doing we draw near to God in them and His glory returns upon us for the world to see. This in no way suggests we cast off the charismata of the Holy Spirit, but rather we manifest Christ’s love first and foremost as Paul reiterates in 1 Cor. 13 and in so doing, the charismata will find their true and rightful place in the ministry of righteousness and Holy Spirit engendered worship will result, (Acts 4).

Blessings

Bob Chapman

Italy devastation also mentioned in May 2008

April 7, 2009
Second mention of Eastern Italy devastation in May 2008
 
In May 2008 I once again spoke of the devastation that was coming upon Eastern Italy.
I have reproduced that article below also along with another vision for Europe, which I had at the time.
 
As I leave tomorrow for 3 weeks of preaching and teaching in London, Liverpool and Manchester in England  I am very aware of God’s desire that revival comes to Europe as soon as possible. Even the creation itself, just as it did at Sodom, is crying out because of the sins of mankind in Europe,Genesis 18:20-21.
 
Pray that the Lord use me in some small way to glorify His name.
Blessings
Bob
 
—– Original Message —–
From: Bob Chapman
To: Bobby
Sent: Saturday, May 24, 2008 11:55 AM
Subject: Trojan horses stand proud in Europe
While praying for Europe early this morning and especially for Eastern Italy and those to be caught up in a devastation in that area, I saw a vision of thousands of Trojan horses standing proud and readied for war.  

Those horses were located in strategic places in every European country and, as in the Trojan historical account; the inhabitants of those countries were sleeping. Suddenly crazed warriors emerged from the Trojan horses and fires broke out in shops and homes as the enraged hoards rampaged through towns and neighbourhoods. The destruction raged first through the UK and then Northern Europe. Great fear and bewilderment fell on the inhabitants of those lands. They stood transfixed, mouths open and minds racing; they just couldn’t comprehend what they were witnessing. “How could these we have given worldly hope and refuge to rise up against us and destroy the Western lifestyle we’ve welcomed them into?” they asked one another. “How can they mercilessly slaughter those who do not give glory to their religion and prophet?”

 

Despite the horror of this vision we must remember that God has in the past allowed such wickedness loose for a season, but He always has a remnant of faithful believers among the nations. Despite this, no deliverance comes to that nation if the sons of God are not the first to fall on their faces, repent and cry out to God day and night in order to be filled, led, empowered and anointed with His Spirit so they can overcome the enemy of God’s kingdom through Christ’s power in them (Colossians 2).

 

In the light of today’s move by Satan to attempt to destroy God’s Kingdom upon the earth through Islam, the devastation facing Europe will not be reduced or quenched unless Christ’s disciples get serious about God’s kingdom business right now. God’s kingdom business is solely the saving of souls (Luke 19:10); not the worship formats so favoured among many believers today. Also we must not ignore the fact that most Western governments, at local and federal levels, are currently passing legislation at blinding speed in order to bind up the conversion activities of Christ’s disciples.

 

Church-goers – the worldly influenced, worship focused, Sunday services are over; fervent prayer and bold witnessing must again be paramount in disciples’ lives, even on Sundays in their neighbourhoods! If it is, then true worship will emerge at night from the results of such bold witnessing during the day (Acts 4). It will not emerge from repetitive, worship focused meetings from 10am-12 noon on Sundays only.

 

What was Jesus’ focus? Jesus was emphatic about saving souls; that was His God given mandate and His first priority and He warned in John 9:4 that the time to do it was limited. Truly, there will be plenty of time to worship in heaven, but right now heaven is only rejoicing when souls are saved (Luke 15:10), not when two hours of programmed activities are convened once a week to conjure up feel good worldly “worship”!    

 

The outcomes in Europe have implications for all Western nations. Europe will be engulf in the very nucleus of this Islamic attempt through its planted cells of faithful martyrs to overwhelm the West from within, but the repercussions will race like a tsunami across the remainder of the world. If therefore the remnant of disciples in the remainder of the world will truly cry out to God and seek to be filled, led, empower and anointed with His Spirit in order to seek and save the lost, those nations will also be spared much sorrow and many lost will be saved.

 

We are foolish if we think the Father is so pleased with our worship orientated, Sunday gatherings rather than our discipleship making of the lost that He will not fulfill in us individually and corporately what Peter wrote below…

 

I Peter 4:12-19, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and sinner appear? 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.”           

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman MA

 

Trojan horses stand proud in Europe

Italian earthquake prophecy fulfilled today!

April 6, 2009
Fifteen months ago I had a vision of devestation from an earthquake in Eastern Italy. It was stated in this article I wrote dated 18th Feb 2008.
Since the day I had the vision during a prayer meeting in the small town of Roelands, Western Australia I have prayed daily that few would be harmed.
It would appear that few have been harmed in today’s devestating earthquake in Eastern Italy, thank you Lord!
The details of the prophecy are recorded in blue below.
 
Blessings
Bob
 
—– Original Message —–
From: Bob Chapman
To: Bobby
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 8:17 AM
Subject: Fear the good times!
Fear the good times!
 
Extreme Life Ministries Inc.®
 

Fear the good times!

 

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:

 

Isaiah 24:1-6

·         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 is 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

This world needs us — NOW!

April 5, 2009

I would like to write a million words on this occasion, but who would read them?

 

Surely most disciples of Christ must be greatly troubled at this time as we hear of senseless mass killings, suicide bombings, misguided politicians fantasying about their power, popularity and deluded statesmanship, imminent wars between nations and godless minorities forcing changes to legislation in most developing nations.

 

I rack my brain continually about how best to win just a few to Christ, let alone humanity as a whole. I analyze and ponder all kinds of methods of outreach but inevitably I come back to what I’ve learned from the first century disciples.

 

How come the first century disciples turned the world upside down during their lifetime? What was it they were led to do that we aren’t doing? Ah, contained in that question is the answer – they were “led” continually by the Godhead’s direct involvement in their God appointed ministries. The Book of Acts confirms this in so many places. Why, they were even given specific addresses to go to and the names of specific people to ask for from time-to-time. Also let us not forget that angels assisted them on occasions.

 

Our failure to change the world lies in our failure to realize that when we were converted we became traitors to Satan’s kingdom and allies of Christ’s kingdom and enter into the fullness of the Godhead and all that it is and can do, Col. 2:8-12. This is distinctly different from putting aside the country club activities on a Sunday and replacing them with church activities. The reality is; Kingdoms conqueror other kingdoms, they do not build Camelots!

 

So the reality is; Satan is presently in our faces, mocking most of what is being done in the name of pleasant and soothing religion! But for those who have a mustard seed of faith and live for the kingdom of God they disregard such mocking. Their Christ has overcome this world and the principalities and powers in the heavenly places that influence it. They don’t do things in the name of any religious order or denomination, they do it in the name of Christ and they turn this world upside down wherever they can, just as their brothers and sisters did in Christ’s name in the first century!

 

Surely it is time to get off the back foot and advance against the insidious darkness of unbelief in the nations and do all that is possible in Christ in order to win the few Jesus spoke of. Let’s get out of our Camelots and tear down those Satanic strongholds in the hearts of men and woman across the nations and fill the void with Christ. Let’s use every possible method we are “led” to use in order to bring them to Christ, despite the personal physical cost and the financial cost!

 

(Your prayers are solicited at this time as I am leaving Australia for London and Liverpool on Wednesday for 3 weeks of Extreme Life Seminars and gospel outreaches)

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman

Which Jesus do you serve?

April 4, 2009

WHICH JESUS DO YOU SERVE?


-Posted by Brendon Powell.

There seems to be more than one Jesus to choose from these days – which one is the true Jesus and who am I following?

 

·        There’s a ‘seeker friendly’ Jesus, He’s the one who will not
offend anyone in anyway. He loves everyone no mater what they do.

·        There’s a ‘sow and reap’ Jesus, He made a covenant with man
so that man could sow His seed and reap wealth and happiness on
earth and then go to heaven when he dies.

·        There’s a ‘blend in with the world’ Jesus, He wants us to look
like, act like, and be like the world in order to reach the lost.

·        There’s a ‘neverending grace’ Jesus, His ‘grace’ covers us no
matter what we do or how we live.

·        There’s a ‘just believe’ Jesus. As long as you truly believe
in your heart, you’re saved.

·        There’s a ‘name it claim it’ Jesus. You name it; anything and
it’s yours!  If you don’t get it, it’s because you lack faith. It’s your fault.

·        There’s a ‘carnal’ Jesus. He doesn’t expect you to overcome
sin; He understands you’re just carnal.

·        There’s a ‘heart dwelling’ Jesus. All you have to do is ask
Him into your heart and voilà, He’s there.  You’re going to heaven!

 

Truth :

 

·        There’s the Jesus who said “Repent and believe the gospel,
the kingdom of God is at hand.” -Mark 1:15

·         He said, “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him.” -Lk 9:23-25

·         He said without Him you are already condemned.  -John 3:18

·         He said He came to save the world -John 3:16

·         He said unless you forsake all you have, you cannot be His disciple. 
-Luke 14:33

·        He said if we love anyone more than Him we are not worthy of Him.
-Matt 10:37-39

·         He said if you love this life you’ll lose it. -John 12:25-26

·         He said you cannot serve God and money. -Matt 6:24

·         He said fear God who can destroy both body and soul in hell. -Mt 10:28

·         He said be extreme in your war against sin. -Matt 18:8-9

·         He said love God with all your heart, soul and mind and your
neighbour as yourself. -Matt 22:37-39

·        He said He is the light of the world. -John 8:12

·        He said the gate is narrow and the way is difficult and few find it.
-Matt 7:13-14

·        He said those who believe in Him but work iniquity will be
cast out. -Matt 7:21-23

·        He said you’ll be hated for His name’s sake, but if you endure to
the end, you’ll be saved. -Matt 10:22

·        He said I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to

·        the Father but by Me. -John 14:6

 

Which Jesus do you serve?

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman MA

Without prophets, God’s kingdom struggles!

April 2, 2009

One of the most influential ministries in God’s kingdom is also the most misunderstood, the most misappropriated and the most uncomfortable. However it is among the charismata to be coveted if the church is to be consoled, edified and exhorted, 1 Corinthians 14:1-4. And yet, like most ministries appointed by the Lord Himself to function in the church (1 Cor. 12:28-30, Eph. 4:11-16, Romans 12:3-8), it has been replaced by the solo preaching act of the “senior pastor” and a staff of executives overseen by a board of directors or board of elders. This is not scriptural! It is not acceptable! It is not effective! Such worldly clerical appointments never have, nor will they ever produce lasting results in any country; especially among idol worshippers or Islamists.

There can be no true consoling, edifying, comforting in the Body of Christ if the ministries God Himself appointed within the church are resisted by men and women with power agendas or who fear to welcome God to be Himself in their midst. The world sees only the religion of men in such institutions and the power of God is, at best, limited among them.

From among Pentecostal believers to the most orthodox of the religious, prophets have been silenced. And yet, if ever there was a time in history for prophets to be heard it is now. The prophetic ministry (not preaching ministry as some advocate 1 Cor 14:4 means) must be allowed to function in the Body of Christ. The great thing about the prophet’s role is that they cannot deceive anyone, for if what they declare does not come to pass or has no substance of truth in it, they are exposed as frauds. Other ministry roles though can deceive believers and non-believers and there are so many elders, pastors, teachers, apostles, evangelists and psuedo-prophets out there who look good and sound good and are hard to distinguish from the real thing. This alone is one good reason why the prophet is needed today – to reveal the corrupt fruit so many fraudsters deceitfully bare.

When the church begins to recognize the God ordained role of the prophet once again, elders who are not spiritually qualified will be removed from their politically appointed offices, teachers who fail to exegete God’s word correctly will be stood down, preachers who tickle ears will find no one to preach to, and finally the clerical mindset will be removed. Only then shall all who come to assemblies where God’s truly appointed ministry roles are active, including that of the genuine prophet, will have the secrets of their hearts revealed and declare God is with the believers in that place, 1 Corinthians 14:25.

Why has the Body of Christ gone so far away from these simple principles? Why doesn’t it let God reveal those He has called to the various offices of ministry that He has designate in order to console, edify and comfort the Body of Christ while it waits for the marriage feast of the Lamb? The answer is FEAR in the first instance and the loss of humanistic POWER in the second. The fear I speak of is the fear of letting God be God in the lives of the assembled saints as they gather to surrender to God’s will in His ministry of reconcilation, 2 Cor. 5:17-6:2. The humanistic power I speak of exists in virtually every assembly of believers on the planet and is a hideous abomination that binds the saint and impedes the work of God’s Holy Spirit among them and the lost in the world, Acts 7:51-53.

Yet a simple solution exists. Just recognize the role of the genuine prophet again and allow God to speak when He wants to once more to assemblies through those whom He appoints to this role and God’s kingdom will be as it is supposed to be in this present world, 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:26-33.  

Blessings

Bob Chapman MA

Repent for the kingdom of God has come!

March 23, 2009

John the Baptist, Jesus Christ and the disciples preached, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is coming”. The Apostles preached, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God has come”. When are we going to return to preaching this message?

 

Unless we return to the proclamation of this simple, yet very offensive gospel message, we are going to see little that resembles the kingdom of God on the earth. Unless we return to living as the kingdom of God on the earth we are going to continue to see assemblies of hip hop believers, but not assemblies of faithful, powerful, earth changing disciples.

 

Not only did the Apostles preach this kingdom of God message, they taught their disciples to live the message 24/7. God never established the church on the corner; He set in motion His kingdom on earth and referred to those entering that kingdom as disciples. The reference to God adding the saved to the “church” in Acts 2:47 merely identifies a gathering of repentant, immersed, Spirit filled believers who are of one mind and soul and have all things in common.

 

Today we see “churches” everywhere, but not commonality among them. How in the world are we going to convince a hell bound world that what we have is the answer they are looking for if we can’t even replicate what existed in the first century?

 

The first thing that is necessary if we are going to change our world is to realize who we are and what we are supposed to be in this world. We are the most powerful people the world has ever known (Ephesians 1:15-23) individually and corporately. We are the kingdom of God with power, not the little congregation down on the corner fighting with the little congregation on the next corner, 1 Cor. 4:18-20.

 

Until we realize that nobody in Christendom has got it exclusively right as far as doctrine is concerned and that salvation is solely based on the blood of Jesus we will continue to see “church membership” espoused and not disciples made. Until we realize that nothing has changed since the Holy Spirit was poured out in His entirety to minister to the Bride of Christ as He wills and to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment through the preaching of the God’s word with signs following, then we will continue to fail to change the world, Acts 2:33, 38, 39, I Cor. 12.  

 

The world is not looking for “church” they are looking for reality in the lives of the disciples of Christ. Millions of dollars are still being spent on mega facilities, attractive worship programmes and numerous other endeavours to attract the world to the Christian faith. Sadly though, because there is no kingdom mentality or desire to live kingdom lives before others, we have division, contentions etc. Let’s wake up and realize that only when we return to kingdom basics will non-believers repent and become true disciples making true disciples who shall change the world.

 

Blessings

Bob Chapman    

I wanted to kill my kid sister and myself!

March 13, 2009

I have often wondered how these articles impact people’s lives and the following email certainly answers that question. It is such a joy to see lives were spared because articles like this are regularly sent out on ministering missions, the fruit of which is known mostly by God only.

Blessings Bob

 

 I am Habakkuk Watara Sackor,

 

I am a Liberian from African, and my country was in a bitter civil war for 14 years, during the war, i lost my parents and they were murdered right in my presence. That was how i and my little sister had to fleed to Ghana to seek refuge on the refugee camp there in Ghana.

 

I was there and never had anyone to help me, the lady who took us there escape from us because of the hard times. I had to go from homes to homes and beg for i and my kid sister to eat for a day.

 

I again used to to beat bricks and made blocks for people and we were paid loofs of bread.

In all these states, i gave up and wanted to kill my kid sister and myself. I went at the internet cafe that day to check mails and i saw an email from u that really inspired me and give me new hopes in the mist of nothing, but nevertheless, i encouraged myself to live.

 

I managed to complete high school and at the same time send my kid sister to school. I later further my education by obtaining a degree in computer science.

 

Late 2008, i made my way back home to Liberia, and i really wanted to meet you and also to know you really good. I love you Bob. I realy want to meet you in person, you are so good to me and may God bless you.

 

Even though i dont have a job now and a place to stay because i am just getting by i know that He is the Same Y,T, & F (Yesterday, Today, & Forever). Please let us stay in touch. I love you.

 

Bye for now, and I will really explain in deepth to you how things really happened if you dont mind.

Habakkuk”