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Dominionism Vs The Scriptures Part III B

 Carefully Comparing Dominionist Beliefs With The Scriptures Leads To An Inescapable Conclusion -  They Are Wrong On All Counts.

Carol Brooks

The New Apostolic Reformation HERE
Apostles Or Deluded Impostors
Although not a single living soul in the modern world has the qualifications, ability or credentials of the first century Apostles, an astonishing number of men today have not only appropriated the title, but claim they get their authority directly from God. Many of them hold that they are equal or even superior to the New Testament Apostles. They are part of a movement centered around the belief that an elite group of believers will be revealed in the end times to prepare the world for the millennial reign of Christ. In fact, Christ can't return to earth until they do.

INDEX TO ALL FIVE SECTIONS

Part I - Dominionism is an umbrella term for a number of related groups (the most extreme faction of the Religious Right) whose goal is to see every area of life (including governments and all other institutions) placed under God's law (See is a theocracy Biblical in Part IV below) Many of them believe that Christ cannot return until this is accomplished thus are willing to use force if necessary. The question being whether the Bible ever says (or even implies) that it falls to humans to make the world ready for Christ's second advent OR does this ideology stem from man's incredible conceit and exaggerated estimate of his own importance - imperialism hiding behind a Christian veneer?

Part II - History and Spread - Bill Hamon, John Wimber, C Peter Wagner, and The Occult Roots of Dominionism. This movement driven by numerous very deluded "Christian" leaders (a.k.a wolves in sheep's clothing) is influencing thousands of believers who have apparently never compared their teachings with what the Bible says, nor looked into the very dark roots of the movement.  

Part III A - Dominionism Vs. The Bible I - Genesis 1:28 and Matthew 28:19. God's instruction in Genesis 1:28 was a delegation of responsibility for the stewardship of this earth and its resources (that we have miserably failed at). However, Dominionists have interpreted this verse to mean that Christians were commanded to 'rule' the earth. They also assert that the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 supports the Dominion mandate - a biased self serving interpretation that has more holes in it than Swiss Cheese. 

 001orange YOU ARE HERE - Part III B - Dominionism Vs. The Bible II  - Every One Of Their Doctrines Contradicts Scripture. Not only is the Manifest Sons of God teaching based on an extremely shallow understanding of Romans 8:19, the Bible very clearly tells us what conditions exist just prior to Christ's return, that He already has dominion over the earth, and that God himself will destroy all earthly kingdoms (no overcomers involved).

Part IV - Is A Theocracy Biblical? The question we need to ask ourselves is whether there is a single scrap of evidence for a theocracy in the Scripture. The short answer is "No! Absolutely not!" - for which there are several compelling and irrefutable reasons straight out of the pages of Scripture.

Part V - Joel's Army - Where this diabolical doctrine is likely to take us.
 

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Dominionism Vs The Scriptures  - Introduction

Postmillenialism - The Ideology That Under Girds The Entire Superstructure

Who Exactly Establishes God's Kingdom and When
What seems to be forgotten is that Christ has already been given Dominion, Glory And A Kingdom by the Ancient of Days.

According to Scripture What Conditions Exist Just Prior to Christ's Return
Scripture neither says nor implies in any way that it is man's job to take charge, revamp society and make it ready for Christ to return to. Much to the contrary...

Romans 8:19 and The Revealing of The Sons of God
The Manifest Sons of God teaching is based on a completely distorted understanding of Romans 8:19 .

The Overcomers
The word overcomers is based on Chapters 2 and 3 of the book of Revelation. The question is 'overcome' what and how?

The Bible Tells us That God Will Destroy ALL Earthly Kingdoms
(No Overcomers Involved)
Those who believe that the church will have dominion over the world and hand it to Jesus on a silver platter are ignoring Daniel's interpretation of king Nebuchadnezzar's dream - among other Biblical teachings

Particularly Relevant New Testament Warnings
The New Testament is literally inundated with warnings about false prophets and false doctrines. However, there are two that, in the context of this article, need special attention paid to.


Introduction - Dominionism Vs The Scriptures
It is truly amazing as to how far Scripture can be twisted to suit one or another agenda, to what extent repeated warnings can be ignored, and how great the power of deception is. In fact, in a staggering display of complete Biblical ignorance (or an intentional opposition to what the Bible teaches),

The Berean's "cloak of spirituality"
Earl Paulk, in a staggering display of anti-Biblical rhetoric once actually rebuked Christians who are inclined to test spiritual truths by the Word of God. Disparagingly calling it a "cloak of spirituality", he said (All Emphasis Added)

    Another cloak of spirituality is when pastors say that every Christian needs to take his Bible and judge the truth for himself. This is not the instruction of God's Word. God gives the five-fold ministry for the "equipping of the saints" and the "edifying of the body" (Ephesians 4:12). Man has no right to private interpretation of the Word of God apart from those whom God sets in the Church as spiritual teachers and elders. [01] See Is Private Interpretation Even Possible?

 Besides which, I have no idea how Paulk would have explained away Acts 17:11 in which verse Paul tells of the people of Berea who

    " ...  were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

The apostle Paul called testing everything against Scripture "noble-minded", Paulk calls it a "cloak of spirituality". You have a choice as to who to believe. If Paul, then there is no question that the following warning in the New Testament could not be better suited to the times we find ourselves in.

    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NASB)


Here Are The Many Ways Dominionism Directly Contradicts The Scriptures. 

Postmillenialism - The Ideology That Under Girds The Entire Superstructure
This view of the end times virtually eliminates the chilling prospect of the Father's sweeping judgment on the entire earth, replacing it with a heartwarming scenario in which all nations are somehow unified. And that is not all. The Dominionist's version of end time events relegate the return of our Lord to no more than a formality - the cherry on top of the man made cake. In which case I have to wonder why the New Testament so often tells us to not only eagerly anticipate His return, but to keep ourselves in a constant state of readiness.

    Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. "Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. (Luke 12:35-36 NASB)

    Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  (1 Peter 1:13 NASB)

    so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,  (1 Corinthians 1:7 NASB)

    For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  (Philippians 3:20 NASB)

    looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. (Titus 2:13 NASB)



And When It Comes To The Question Of Who Exactly Establishes God's Kingdom Can We Please Remember That Dominion Over the Earth And a Kingdom Was Already Given To Christ By The Ancient of Days.
When, at Jesus' trial the chief priests and the council (that was looking for evidence to put Him to death) demanded that He tell them whether He was the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus' reply drew on two Old Testament passages...

    Jesus *said to him, "You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son Of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." (Matthew 26:63-64 NASB) (See Footnote 1)

"Sitting at the right hand of power" was a reference to Psalm 110:1 which reads "The Lord says to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet."

There is little doubt that this reference did not go unnoticed by the priests and council not only because Jesus was claiming Messiahship, but also because He was indirectly saying that as His enemies they would one day be reduced to the status of His footstool. This so enraged the high priest that he tore his robes and accused Jesus of blasphemy. (Incidentally, priests were not supposed to ever tear their robes. See Leviticus 21:10)

Although there are several New Testament references (Matthew 24:30, Mark 13:26, Luke 21:27, Revelation 1:7) to Christ's return on the clouds, many centuries earlier the prophet Daniel recounted a vision of One like a Son of Man coming with "the clouds of heaven". However, what Daniel saw had nothing to do with Christ's second advent, but was about Him appearing before the Ancient of Days from whom He received dominion, glory, and a kingdom. In Daniel's words,

    "I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented (brought near) before Him. "And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14 NASB)

Although Daniel doesn't tell us when the Son of Man was "given dominion, Glory and a kingdom", several of the New Testament apostles said Christ already had dominion. Paul wrote that He was

    far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  (Ephesians 1:21 NASB)

In his epistle Peter wrote,

    ... so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs (Gk. eimi) the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11 NASB)

    Note: The Greek eimi is usually translated 'is'. The NASB renders the word as 'belongs' simply because it is better English. Otherwise it would read something like 'to whom is (Gk. eimi) the glory and dominion forever'. Same difference.

Further evidence is found in Jude's writing that leaves no doubt that at the time of writing Christ already had dominion

    to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.  (Jude 1:25 NASB)

The combined testimony leaves absolutely NO ROOM to doubt that Jesus has already been invested with power, authority, glory, dominion, and the kingdom just as Daniel saw.

All of it is His already.

Lance Wallnau, Psalm 110 and Dominionism
Ignoring all of the above Lance Wallnau puts forth the Dominionist slant on Psalm 110 miraculously turning it into the the Seven Mountains mandate. In the video, he is referring to Psalm 110, the first verse of which reads

    The Lord (Heb. yehvh) says to my Lord (Heb dn): "Sit (Heb. yshab ) at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet."  (Psalms 110:1 NASB)

    Note: To make someone a footstool for their feet was based upon the practice of military conquerors who put their feet on the necks of their defeated foes (See Joshua 10:24-25).

Wallnau says (See www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAP5mQ6Kgtw&t=47s)

    "Christians focus on just getting people saved so that when Jesus comes back He can repopulate the earth with people that are followers and let Him take over the planet. There is just a little problem with that: the little problem is Heaven is his throne and the Earth is the footstool of his feet and he was told that he was to sit at the Father's right hand until God made his enemies a footstool for his feet, which means He doesn't come back until He's accomplished the dominion of nations"

In the first place, there isn't the  slightest hint that humans are at all involved in subduing Jesus' enemies. Psalm 110 says "I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet".  Lance Wallnau actually reiterated this when he said "God made his enemies a footstool for his feet"

We will have to turn to the original language to be clear who the Psalm is referring to. In Hebrew the verse reads Jehovah said to dn - "Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet". God himself was speaking to Him whom David called his Lord.

The picture gets more clear  if you turn to 1 Corinthians 15:24-25. The verses immediately preceding these two establish that Paul was speaking about Christ

    (22) For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. (23) But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming,  (24) then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:22-24 NASB)

In other words, it is Jesus who hands over the kingdom to the Father, but this only after yehvh (not a human army) has defeated his enemies, until which time Jesus reigns.

So when are the last of Jesus' enemies defeated?

It will begin with what the Bible most often calls the 'Day of the Lord' when God's righteous anger for all the wrongs committed will cause Him to bring punishment on the transgressors. He will flood the earth in a series of judgments, which get progressively worse as the end times progress. See The End of The Age. After which Christ's followers come to to life and reign with Him for a thousand years (The Millennium).

However this is not Christ's foes last hurrah. After the millennium Satan will be released from his prison and will then come out to deceive the nations" gathering an uncountable number of people for war. (No information has been given us as to who these people are that turn against the Messiah so quickly). All we know is that they will surround the camp of the saints and the beloved city until fire from heaven devours them and Satan is permanently disposed of (Revelation 20:8-10 ). In other words, this will be the last time the earth will see or hear from Christ's enemies. The White Throne judgment is in Revelation 20:11-15.. Also See The Second Death and The Lake of Fire

It is only after this that John said he saw "a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea" and "the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband" (Revelation 21:2). (See What and Where is Heaven? Chapter V - A New Heaven and a New Earth) That this represents the Father Himself returning to earth is made evident by the next verse which reads,

    And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, (Revelation 21:3)

So only after the Father makes all Christ's enemies a footstool for His feet will He return to earth and dwell among His people. Until then, as Paul and the Psalmist said, Jesus reigns.


The Conditions That Exist Just Prior to Christ's Return
I have absolutely no idea how Dominionists get around the fact that the Scriptures so plainly tell us how badly our world deteriorates before Jesus returns. In fact, Paul minced no words when he warned that the world will get progressively worse prior to the coming of Christ - that terrible times were to come. In his words...

    But realize this, that in the last days difficult (Gk. chalepos) times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-4 NASB)

In this verse the NASB translates the Greek chalepos into 'difficult', the KJV renders it as 'perilous' - both very mild terms that do the original word no justice. The only other occurrence of chalepos in the New Testament is in Mark's description of two men (8:28) who were demon possessed. The KJV and Young's literal translation both say the men were so "fierce" that no one could pass that way. The CLV uses the word 'ferocious' and the NASB translates chalepos into 'violent', both words quite a bit stronger than 'difficult'.

In fact, ferocious and violent is quite an apt description of our world that is only getting steadily worse.

Paul also told the Thessalonians 'not to let anyone deceive them' for the day of the Lord would not come ...

    unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NASB)

    Verse 9 adds that his coming "is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders".   

However, there is no room in Dominion theology for the Antichrist and no wonder. It is entirely possible, even probable ,that this man of lawlessness who seeks to take the place of Christ will arise from their own ranks. See Joel's Army Part II.  


As it Was in The Days of Noah and Lot

In fact, Jesus picked the days of Noah and the days of Lot (two particularly bad periods in Biblical history) to describe conditions that would exist just before He returned.

    "And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. "It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:26-29 NASB)

Here is what we know about those two periods

    Genesis 6:11 says this about the days of Noah - "Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence".

    And this about Lot's time - "Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord." 


Romans 8:19 and The Revealing of The Sons of God
The Manifest Sons of God teaching is based on a completely distorted understanding of Romans 8:19 - For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God." Dominionists hold that...

    An elite group of believers will be revealed in the end times to prepare the world for the millennial reign of Christ. These believers will become a literal incarnation of Christ on earth and, while still living, will obtain immortal spiritual bodies; With these new bodies they will be invincible, able change their appearance, to speak any language, and to teleport;They will have the ability to perform signs, healings, and miracles greater than those of the the Apostles; They will complete the Great Commission by bringing about the greatest revival of history, converting the majority of the world to Christ. [02]

(Is this what Jesus intended when He sent the disciples out on the "Great Commission"? HERE)

Certainly it is true that when man fell every part of God's creation came under the same curse (Romans 8:20). Our environment has long been sending us messages which we have turned a deaf ear to and, as should be painfully clear to any one who cares about the issue, the earth and the seas have reached a point of no return. Our half hearted attempts to slow the deterioration have had little or no impact.

In Romans 8:21, Paul explains that the entire universe eagerly longs for the day when both man and the earth will be freed from death and decay and no longer subject to the curse (Revelation 22:3). Only then will Isaiah's prophecy be fulfilled

    "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17 NASB)

However, the doctrine espoused by NAR has a fatal flaw. They consider themselves to be the "sons of God" of Romans 8:19 who will be revealed or manifested about which time Bill Hamon wrote that there will be "a redemptive chain reaction throughout all of creation" [03]. This completely ignores earlier verses in this chapter and other New Testament letters that clarify who exactly the "sons of God" are.

1.) Who are the "sons of God". The context makes it very clear that all true believers and followers of Christ are the "sons of God". Just four verses earlier Paul wrote (All Emphasis Added)

    For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  (Romans 8:14 NASB)

And in the letter to the Galatians he said

    For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  (Galatians 3:26 NASB)

2. Revealing of the sons of God. Although in most ways believers are indistinguishable from unbelievers, at a certain moment in time our bodies will be delivered from the clutches of the grave and changed into the same type of body that Jesus had when he was resurrected. This redemption of our bodies spoken about in Romans 8:23 will be quite obvious to the world - hence the use of the word "revealing". Quite obviously it is brought about by the Savior

    For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:20-21 NASB)

3.) The Timing of Redemption
Colossians 3:4 tells us this takes place

    "When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4 NASB)

And 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 tells us exactly when Christ is revealed

    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NASB)

In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul pinpoints the time even further - i.e. at the sounding of the last Trumpet.

    Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:51-53 NASB)

In other words, on His return at the last trumpet Christ will transform or change the outward form of our mortal bodies into conformity with His body as it was after the resurrection. In a sense the Seventh Trumpet will be the most eventful of them all, since it literally ushers the old age out and the new one in. In summary, this last and final Trumpet...

    a) Brings an end to the mystery of God, when the doors to the Kingdom are closed forever and there will be no possibility of redemption for any that have not yet become a disciple of the Lamb.

    b) Marks the point when believers are caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (the rapture). The dead will rise first, followed by those still alive at this point. Note: "sons of the kingdom", as they are called, are physically moved off the earth for a very specific reason.

    c) Introduces the Seven Bowls that signify the end of all things.. The battle of Armageddon takes place, the cities of the nations fall, and the islands and mountains 'disappear'

See The End Of The Age Part IV... The Seventh Trumpet

I guess it is far more intoxicating to believe the fantasy that when a group of present day apostles and prophets are manifested it will send a "redemptive chain reaction throughout all of creation".

 
The 'Overcomers'
The word overcomers is based on Chapters 2 and 3 of the book of Revelation that contain the seven specific messages Jesus had for each of seven churches. Although each message dealt with different issues they had one thing in common - each of them were promised significant blessings if they overcame. For example, the overcomers in Ephesus were promised that they would eat of the tree of life, those in Smyrna would not be hurt by the second death, and the successful Laodiceans would sit down with Christ on His throne. See full list in Footnote II

Which begs the question - 'overcome' what and how?

The Dominionist Understanding of 'Overcomers"
Kingdom Now proponents believe that as 'overcomers' they will have supernatural spiritual power and will be instrumental in physically taking control of the world governments and institutions.

Jane Hamon said at the end of December 2019 she had a vision of "Jesus handing out white stones to Believers who have been pressing in to overcome and bring God's Kingdom into the earth". According to Steve Shultz, Founder and Publisher of the Elijah List, this was an "in-depth revelation straight from the throne of God". (Emphasis Added) [04] Please Note: The word "believers" was capitalized in the original article.

Another article on the Elijah list web site documents a vision seen by Ryan Wyatt of Abiding Glory Ministries. He said that he saw Jesus "covered and dripping with oil" looking like "a war horse or a racehorse anxious to be released from the stall and run the track". Jesus supposedly told Ryan that He was dripping with the oil of an Overcomer and was ready to pour it out on His overcomers that have been preparing themselves for such a time as this. Here are a couple of excerpts from the article (Emphasis Added)

    "Caleb and Joshua stood up with the spirit of an overcomer and proclaimed that they were well able to overcome the enemies of the land and they must possess it. This is the mindset that comes when the oil of the Overcomer is poured out upon us"... I'm prophesying to you now that God is about to pour out this Oil of an Overcomer, and those who have been hidden in the wilderness and feasting on the Lord are about to emerge on the scene and they will be gripped with holy hunger and a holy violence to lay hold of their inheritance and they will not be denied. [05]

The New Testament Begs To Differ
As the time of Jesus' death drew near He sought to prepare His disciples for the very difficult and challenging days that He knew lay ahead of them. His final message to His followers severely contradicts the Dominionist point of view,

    "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome (Gk. nikao) the world."  (John 16:33 NASB)

The Greek nikao means 'to subdue (literally or figuratively): - conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory'. Please note that Jesus did not say 'I am going to overcome the world' but that He had already done so - The victory was already His. The underlined portion in another of Jesus' statements says we overcome just as He did which makes it very important that we understand how He did so.

    'He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame (Gk. nikao) and sat down with My Father on His throne.  (Revelation 3:21 NASB).

Although Colossians 2:14-15 does not use exactly the same Greek word, it tells us,

    having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed (Gk. thriambeuo) over them through Him (Gk. autos.).

Because autos can mean he, she or it, some Bible versions render the last part "triumphed over them through it - meaning the cross. In fact, the Berean Study Bible renders the verse "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."

One way or another the verses refers to Christ crucified.

Although the cross appeared to be an ignominious and shameful end to Christ's life, Paul portrayed it as the means by which evil principalities and powers were defeated. When Jesus bore the sin that was his claim and hold on human beings, God turned what looked like Satan's greatest moment of triumph into Satan's greatest defeat. In fact, Paul wrote that if the spiritual powers of darkness and their earthly minions had been aware of the significance of the cross, they would never have crucified Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:8).

They were defeating themselves and didn't even know it.

To Summarize, Jesus overcame the world by His victory over sin and we have to do the same - except that our victory is not of our doing but comes about through Christ. As John said

    For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God ? (1 John 5:4-5 NASB)

Regardless of the dangerous scenarios dreamed up by wayward men, the only place that even comes close to mentioning a physical war is when the beast with ten horns and seven heads that came from the sea was allowed to make war with the saints (the ten horns symbolizing ten kings who would receive authority with the beast for a short period - Revelation 17:12). These ten kings will unsuccessfully go to war against the Lamb

    "These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome (Gk. nikao) them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful."  (Revelation 17:14 NASB)

See Chapter V for the reasons Joel's Army is a dangerous and ungodly doctrine


The Bible Tells Us That God Will Destroy ALL Earthly Kingdoms (No Overcomers Involved)
Those who believe that the church will have dominion over the world and hand it to Jesus on a silver platter are totally ignoring Daniel's interpretation of the dream king Nebuchadnezzar had one night.

In summary, the king dreamt of an enormous statue that had a head made of fine gold, chest and arms of silver, the belly and thighs of bronze, and the legs made of iron. The feet were a mix of iron and clay (The last being a particularly alarming statement SEE DETAILS. But then, as King Nebuchadnezzar watched, a stone cut "without hands" out of a mountain, struck the image on its feet  crushing them along with the rest of the statue. In Daniel's words...

    "You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. "Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. (Daniel 2:34-35 NASB)

In summary, Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream as four great kingdoms that would, in succession, dominate history (History tells us that this happened exactly as Daniel predicted See Daniel Sets the Stage

However, in the final scene, the entire statue is reduced to dust by a rock that becomes a mountain and fills the earth. Daniel 2:44 interpreted the unhewn stone as a kingdom set up by God that starts out small, but expands until it fills the earth and crushes the statue putting an end to ALL the other kingdoms all at the same time.

    "Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.  (Daniel 2:35 NASB)

    "In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. (Daniel 2:44 NASB)

In other words, ALL earthly kingdoms will be crushed by God and ONLY by God.
 

See The Wrath of God
There is a day looming on the horizon when mankind's iniquity will reach the brim, at which point in time the Father will have had it up to here and will pour out His wrath (retributive justice) on the earth - a time the prophets called The Day Of The Lord.

Two Babylons
Revelation chapters 17 and 18 speak of The 'Great City' which is a figurative description of two faces of the same coin ... Chapter 17 deals with the spiritual side of Babylon.... a false religious system that includes heresy in the church and the worship of false gods. Chapter 18 deals with Babylon as a political and commercial system founded on values that are antithetical to God. 

The End Of The Age Part I... The Day Of The Lord
This time was foretold by prophets in both Old and New Testaments who described it using several different terms. The exact phrase the 'Day of the Lord' was used some 30 times, Jeremiah 30:7 called it the "time Of Jacob's Trouble", Isaiah 34:8 said it will be a "Day Of Vengeance", and Daniel 12:1 said it will be the "Time Of Distress". In Romans 2:5 Paul called it the "Day Of God's Wrath".

The End Of The Age Part IV... The Seventh Trumpet
This last and final Trumpet is the most eventful of them all as it literally ushers the old age out and the new one in.


Particularly Relevant New Testament Warnings
The New Testament is literally inundated with warnings about false prophets and false doctrines. For example, Matthew recorded several statements made by the Savior warning that many false Christs and false prophets - ravenous wolves in sheep's clothing - would arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (24:11, and 24. 7:15). In Acts 20 Paul warned the elders of the Ephesus church to watch out for men he called "savage wolves" who would arise from the flock itself. They would speak perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

However, in the context of this article there are two particular warnings that we need to pay close attention to.

The First is in Matthew 7 that seems to apply directly to the charismatic movement.

    "Not everyone who says to Him, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.' (Matthew 7:21-23 NASB)

There are a couple of points to be noted.  1.) Jesus was not speaking about an individual but "many" people. 2.) The "many" are very likely to be charismatic considering that Jesus said they would prophesy, cast out devils, and perform many miracles. Note Bill Hamon's 1983 prediction...

    ...there will be such worldwide demonstration of God's power over the elements, people raised from the dead, miraculous control of natural catastrophes, miraculous prophetic words and endless supernatural manifestations, signs and wonders, until everyone will have to acknowledge that there is no god like Jesus Christ, the God of gods and Lord of lords. [06]

The Second is in Paul's letter to Timothy.

    But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, (1 Timothy 4:1-2 NASB)

And considering the occult roots of the Latter Rain teachings (See William Branham) there is little question than Dominionism is a "doctrine of demons". Although Dominionism is one of the most dangerous, there are plenty of others floating around. See Index to Doctrines of Demons


Continue To Chapter V - Joel's Army.
It is entirely possible that the Joel's Army delusion will bring about the events prophesied to take place at the opening of the Fourth Seal when, as Jesus said, everyone who kills you thinks that he is offering service to God (John 16:2). HERE


Footnote I
The second part of Jesus' reply that they would see Him "coming on the clouds of heaven' may be a little confusing because Jesus, speaking to men who wished to kill him, said "hereafter you will see (Gk. optanomai) the Son of Man..."

His words seem to indicate that the specific men Jesus was talking to would see Him return which would be impossible unless they were resurrected before He returned. This we know is not going to happen because sinners will only be resurrected after the millennium.

However, the word "see can also mean comprehend. In English we often say "I see" to mean I understand - and the Greek is no different. Luke 3:6 says "all flesh will see the salvation of God".) {PLACE IN TEXT}


Footnote II - The Promises Made to The Genuine 'Overcomers'

    Ephesus: 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes (Gk. nikao) , I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'  (Revelation 2:7 NASB)

    Smyrna: 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes (Gk. nikao) will not be hurt by the second death.' (Revelation 2:11 NASB)

    Pergamum: 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes (Gk. nikao) to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.'  (Revelation 2:17 NASB)

    Thyatira: 'He who overcomes (Gk. nikao) , and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him i will give authority over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. (Revelation 2:26-28 NASB)

    Sardis: 'He who overcomes (Gk. nikao) will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.  (Revelation 3:5 NASB)

    Philadelphia:  'He who overcomes (Gk. nikao) , I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. (Revelation 3:12 NASB)

    Laodicea: 'He who overcomes (Gk. nikao) I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. (Revelation 3:21 NASB) {PLACE IN TEXT}


End Notes
[01] That the World May Know, 10; cf. 143-44. Quoted in The Gospel According to Paulk: A Critique of "Kingdom Theology". Christian Research Journal.  https://christian.net/pub/resources/text/cri/cri-jrnl/CRJ0022A.TXT

[02] Manifest Sons of God. https://www.theopedia.com/manifest-sons-of-god

[03] Bill Hamon, The Eternal Church: A Prophetic Look at the Church-Her History, Restoration, and Destiny. Destiny Image Publishers; Revised ed. edition (January 18, 2005) Pg. 359

[04] Jane Hamon. To Those Who Overcome! The Time of Receiving the White Stone
https://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=23438

[05] Ryan Wyatt "The Release of the Spirit of an Overcomer" Abiding Glory Ministries.
http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=2965

[06] Bill Hamon, Apostles Prophets and the Coming Moves of God (Destiny Image Publishers (March 1, 1997) Pg. 271

 

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