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Title: ANTICHRIST DECEPTION: “WHITE MAGIC” BEING PRACTICED IN THE CHURCH
Subtitle: Satan’s final deception for mankind could not have been possible were it not for his successful invasion of the Charismatic Church with actual White Magic Witchcraft, dressed up to look like Christianity, of course.
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THE CUTTING EDGE
The world is about to see the ultimate lie from Satan and his cohorts of world deception. An unholy trinity, with the devil posing as God, along with his false christ and false spiritual anointing, will produce a master lie, a lie so captivating and breathtaking that the very elect will reel with astonishment. This final lie must be the grandest thing that Satan has ever created. It will be his masterpiece of all time and eternity.
Apostle Paul spoke of this lie as he warned us about the coming “mystery of iniquity”. Along with describing this ultimate evil, he spoke of the “Restrainer” and His being “set aside” before this lie could materialize to its coming height. Read Paul’s words carefully.
“And now you know what is restraining him from being revealed at this time; it is so that he may be manifested (revealed) in his own appointed time. For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, but it is restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one (the antichrist) will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by His appearing at His coming.
The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels–[all of them] lying wonders– And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-11).
The Master Of This Lie
It’s very important that we understand the master of this lie. Antichrist is called the “mystery of iniquity“, but it is clearly stated that his “coming is after the working of Satan.”; he is a design of Satan in the similar sense that the Messiah or Christ was the “begotten of God.” In other words, Satan is about to produce a “false Christ” (Matthew 24:24) by using his “false anointing” resulting in the “greatest lie in human history.” Satan is an imitator and this will be his final imitation. A masquerading god, with a masquerading Christ accompanied by a masquerading False Prophet, will mesmerize the world.
Satan’s masquerading of this final lie will be accompanied with incredible miracles. The apostle stated that his coming will be “with all power and signs and lying wonders”. Satan is a powerful creature, second only to God Himself and he can produce paranormal happenings that will totally convince the unsuspecting. Notice that Paul called his activities, “lying wonders”. This clearly describes all the so-called miracles of Satan; they are not supernatural, but paranormal. God alone is supernatural (above or beyond nature. . . miraculous, spiritual – Chambers English Dictionary, W&R Chambers, Ltd, Edinburgh, 1990, p. 1474.), but Satan can only produce a paranormal (abnormal psychologically, not susceptible to normal explanation – Chambers English Dictionary, W & ft Chambers, LTD, Edinburgh, 1990, p. 1047.). Satan’s activities are nothing but clever tricks and masquerading lies that deceive. They appear to be supernatural, but under close scrutiny they are nothing but hidden lies. Yes, they will have the look of being supernatural, but they are distortions of reality.
Let us examine the incredible Satanic “lying wonders” planned to immediately precede the appearance of Antichrist.
“The Spirit of Peace is hovering close to humanity, seeking opportunity to make His Presence felt. The Spirit of Peace is not an abstract concept but a potent Individual, wielding forces hitherto unfamiliar to our planet. Great Forces are awaiting the hour when They can function as the Liberators and the Deliverers of mankind. But the door to Their entrance must be opened by humanity itself and it will be opened by a united act of the will, expressed through some formula of words and expressed in sound.” [“The Externalisation of the Hierarchy”, p. 173; Emphasis added]
Minutes before Antichrist arises, some seemingly supernatural sound will be heard, and spiritually felt, by everyone on the planet, simultaneously. At no other moment in world history will so many people be so devastatingly impacted at the same moment! This powerful sound is designed to get people looking outward and upward — even running out of office buildings to look skyward — to see what caused that heart-felt, soul-jarring sound. Images of Antichrist will appear all over the world simultaneously, speaking to each ethnic group in their own language. The true “Signs and Wonders” will have begun, and will be terribly impactful, leading many precious souls directly into Hell.
When this physical – spiritual “sound” hits, people’s souls will literally shake like a bowl of jelly. The Bible says that God is going to shake everything that can be shaken, so that those things which cannot be shaken will remain [Haggai 2:6, 21; Joel 3:16; Isaiah 13:13]. Too many Christians today are taking for granted that they will stand before the onslaught of the time of judgment when Antichrist shall finally arise. Too many Christians are so nonchalant about the appearance of Antichrist, that they may not be spiritually ready for the unbelievable, unprecedented soul-jarring experience. If you are not truly Biblically saved, if you are not righteous in Jesus’ Righteousness, and if you are not keeping a “short list” of daily sins committed, you may not be as protected against this unbelievable soul-jarring experience as you might believe. This is not the moment in world history to be a lukewarm, or “carnal” Christian!
Make no mistake about this fact: the very arising of Antichrist is God’s Judgment, the beginning of His most fearsome and furious judgments.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie”. (2 Thessalonians 2:11). This lie” is a definite article or “THE Lie” by which he deceives the world. It is the ultimate lie. While Satan is the ‘Father of Lies” and every untruth originates with him, this lie is more. Satan is masterminding an unprecedented master lie that will continue to grow and escalate until it replaces the God of the Bible. It will also replace all dependency on absolute Biblical truth as we now know it with a new occult theology. Jesus Christ will be preached and presented as the same historical Jesus of church history, but with a “new paradigm” of understanding. The working of the Holy Spirit will undergo such a radical reinterpretation that there will be only vague similarity.
White Magic In The Church
I believe the false spiritual anointing now being manifested all around the world is the first step in producing this “final lie.” When you look closely at this false spiritual anointing permeating Charismatic Churches, it becomes abundantly clear that it is nothing but White Magic dressed up in a “christian” garb. All throughout Scripture, Satan is seen using white magic, i.e., using his power for the “benefit” of mankind. This has been a clever trick or deceptive tactic of the enemy of righteousness. Satan hides behind the difference between black magic and white magic. In producing both expressions of his dark nature, much of the world never sees his presence in the many expressions of White Magic. As has been often said, “White magic is the beautiful side of evil” A witch will argue you to the end that her white magic has nothing to do with Satan — she serves Lucifer, she insists! The truth is that White Magic is only beautiful to those who are deceived; unfortunately, these deceived will never realize this side of the White Throne Judgment Seat that they were serving Satan all along.
Look at the effort of Satan to deceive Jesus Christ during His forty days of fasting.
“Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cost thyself down. For it is written. He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy fool against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him’ (Matthew 4:5-11).
The Scripture then affirms that He was in the wilderness all forty days (Mark 1:12-13), that the devil left him in the wilderness when the temptation was finished (Matthew 4:11), and that Jesus returned from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:14). Yes, Satan had tempted Jesus from the pinnacle of the temple and from an exceeding high mountain during those same forty days. There can be little argument that the devil used his only paranormal powers (White Magic) to endeavor in this defeated effort to deceive the Son of God; how else could he show Jesus the kingdoms of the world to promise them to Him if He would only worship Satan?
Philip, the evangelist, faced off with White Magic in the eighth chapter of the Book of Acts, Simon the sorcerer was apparently experiencing a revival of religion in this city of Samaria, The writer Luke tells us all about Simon.
“But there was a man named Simon, who had formerly practiced magic arts in the city to the utter amazement of the Samaritan nation, claiming that he himself was an extraordinary and distinguished person. They all paid earnest attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that exhibition of the power of God which is called great (intense). And they were attentive and made much of him, because for a long time he had amazed and bewildered and dazzled them with his skill in magic arts.” (Acts 8:9-11; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
His reputation in the city was, “This man is the great power of God.” Does that not sound strikingly familiar to our present host of new Charismatics?
White Magic In The First Testament
The Old Testament has many examples of different expressions of White Magic. Moses met these powers head-on as he dealt with Pharaoh of Egypt. The sorcerers of Pharaoh’s court could produce serpents with their enchantments.
“Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.” (Exodus 7:11-12).
In every case, the truth of God’s supernatural power was quick to judge and consume the devil’s substitute. All God needed was His man full of His Omnipotent Holy Spirit power to carry out the deed of judgment upon the White Magic practitioner.
The two sons of Aaron tried their skill in using White Magic in the tabernacle of Israel almost as soon as God had established the priesthood.
“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, and put incense on it, and offered strange and unholy fire before the Lord, as He had not commanded them. And there came forth fire from before the Lord and killed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, This is what the Lord meant when He said, I [and My will, not their own] will be acknowledged as hallowed by those who come near Me, and before all the people I will be honored. And Aaron said nothing.
Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Uzziel uncle of Aaron, and said to them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. So they drew near and carried them in their undertunics [stripped of their priestly vestments] out of the camp, as Moses had said. And Moses said to Aaron and Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons [the father and brothers of the two priests whom God had slain for offering false fire], Do not uncover your heads or let your hair go loose or tear your clothes, lest you die also and lest God’s wrath should come upon all the congregation; but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled. And you shall not go out from the door of the Tent of Meeting, lest you die, for the Lord’s anointing oil is upon you. And they did according to Moses’ word. (Leviticus 10:1-7; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).
The very idea that Aaron’s sons — two of God’s anointed priests — would use Satan’s substitute before the altar of God Jehovah was grievous blasphemy and was met with God’s immediate deadly judgment. Fire from the Lord devoured them. Moses would not allow their father, Aaron, or their brothers to grieve over their death. They could not even leave the Tabernacle of God to attend the burial. My friends, it is a serious thing to call White Magic the work of the Holy Spirit! When you see Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, and Benny Hinn performing with occult power and teaching occult doctrine, in the guise of Christianity, you can see the ultimate danger in which they are placing their very souls!
White Magic Transforms Satan’s Ministers
It’s overwhelmingly grievous to realize that Satan can transform himself and his ministers into powerful persons of remarkable charisma. We are not dealing with a back room filled with smoke, a witch’s brew, or some slight of hand magician. Black magic has always been an ugly thing that Satan used to paint a picture of how he wanted himself conceived. Then, he masquerades with his ‘beautiful” side so he can deceive and then damn the multitudes. White Magic has many forms, but false religion has always been its main expression. From Cain, the son of Adam and Eve, and Nimrod, the grandson of Noah, you can trace a line of White Magic straight to the New Age of our modern world.
We must now realize that paganism has gone mainstream in our Western Society. Satan’s “final lie” must take the “beautiful side of evil”, combine it with all the depths of its magical powers and then transform them into the theology of Apostate Protestant churches. Catholicism did this very thing during the early days of the third and fourth century. They are still teaching these doctrines of mixture. That’s why they can claim “miracles” by the thousands, apparitions of dead “saints”, holy water that supposedly chases away evil spirits, wafers “bleeding” with the very blood of Jesus, crying statues, etc. This same pagan spirit has invaded the Charismatic and Apostate Evangelical world.
Satan also set in place the worship of pagan goddesses that are equal in scope and powers to the Catholic Virgin Mary. The Dalai Lama bluntly told New Age author, China Galland, that the same spirit of “rangyung” who was producing the Madonna apparitions and miracles in America and Europe with the Virgin Mary was also producing the Madonna goddess miracles in China, Tibet, and India with the Hindu and Buddhist goddesses.
Here is Galland’s exact quote: “When I tell him [Dalai Lama] about the reports of the Blessed Mother appearing in the bark of trees in Poland, he concurs [with my initial impression that they are the same as with the Madonnas in China, Tibet, and India.] ‘Yes, that would be rangyung , the same thing as we have been talking about, of course, the same thing.’ ” [“Longing For Darkness”, China Galland, p. 93]
Doubt it not! The same demonic spirit that regularly produces these occult “miracles” in India and China is producing these “miracles” in the lands dominated by Roman Catholicism. White Magic is the power behind all these manifestations, and is setting up the peoples of the world for the final deception, the appearance of Antichrist.
Apostle Paul warned of this invasion of magic.
“For such men are false apostles [spurious, counterfeits], deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles (special messengers) of Christ (the Messiah). And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light; So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. But, their end will correspond with their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
Notice clearly what the apostle warned us about. He said that Satan could transform himself to an angel of light. That word “transform” is a derivative of a powerful word, metarnorphoo. These two Greek words mean basically the same, except that metamorphoo is positive, while this same word in the Greek, metasehematizo, is negative. In the first word, as Apostle Paul used to describe being “born again and sanctified’ by the blood (Romans 12:1-2) it is a beautiful transformation. In this second word it is a transformation also, but for the purpose of disguising to deceive and change. Satan transforms himself by his magical powers to deceive and change mankind.
He likewise transforms his ministers. Read 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 again, meditatively. This fresh revelation to my heart changed the way I now understand “the final lie.” These ministers are actually transformed by magical powers and a confusion of reality into counterfeit “ministers of righteousness.” Steve Hill at Brownsville Assembly preaches almost every night on a counterfeit repentance of some description. Magical powers would be soundly rejected by most Pentecostals and Evangelicals unless they were clothed over with an apparent facade of “righteousness.” There were very few churches that followed alter the manifestations at Toronto until Toronto was sanitized by this “transformation” of Pensacola. Now, Pensacola has legitimized the white magic of Toronto by giving it an appearance of righteousness.
White Magic Will flatter Men Into Submission
As Daniel wrote his revelations of the future, he concluded them in chapters eleven and twelve to describe the very day in which we are living. He specifically spoke of the religious world and how Satan would deceive the people in the Latter Day church. He stated:
“And such as violate the covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits for God.” (Daniel 11:32; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).
The first step in spiritual deception is the light and careless treatment of God’s true covenant, the Holy Scripture. No one can be deceived until they take the Word of God lightly and handles it carelessly; this generation has fallen headlong into the new versions of a corrupted covenant. Now, Satan can do his intended work. He flatters them with his and his servant’s smooth words. This word “flattery” is a feminine form of smooth talk. It is actually a sensuous deception. In the Book of Revelation, John spoke of this very same spirit as the spirit of Jezebel.
In NEWS1841, we quote Paul and Jan Crouch, Kenneth Copeland and others as they speak the most blasphemous things imaginable about Jesus and His Holy Word; why, anyone who had even a minor amount of Scriptural knowledge would immediately get up out of their chair and walk out of the auditorium, or, if they are viewing this charade at home, would immediately turn the TV set off. But, no, these blasphemous people are applauded, admired as men of God, and are given money galore so they can build their palatial estates, their “Heaven on Earth”.
These blasphemies are clearly the work of Satan’s End of the Age deceptions.
Sensuousness Is At The Root Of The “Final Lie”
We are not fighting White Magic alone, but a sensuous form of White Magic. Sensuality in religious worship is how Nimrod made pagan religions so very captivating. Nimrod included in the temple worship: singers, dancers, and art forms to titillate the crowd with cross and/or sensuous dressing participants. The singing in most churches today has become the highest form of entertainment. Men and women alike dress to the fine points of showbiz excellence. The entire church world is being trivialized with singing that is appeals more to the eye, the body and the flesh than to God.
Religious rock music has also taken on a form of flesh and sensuousness that has absolutely no kin to Biblical worship.
Religion With A Sexy Dress
When you mix paranormal powers with slick entertainment, sensuous music that has a love song flavor and ministers that have been transformed into counterfeit “ministers of righteousness,” you have the making of a powerful movement We are still in the early stages of this development. White Magic has always been the favorite means of Satan’s deception and he is preparing a lie so incredible and so convincing that multitudes will be destroyed in their faith. Our modern technologies of communication have trained our current generation to respond to surface perceptions, clichés and glitzy presentation. It is the perfect vehicle for evil powers to use to present the false spiritual anointing and its white magic fanfare. When you add paranormal (Satan’s supernatural) activities to a fleshly display, watered down, twisted theology, and promotion by the biggest names in religious circles, you’ve got the power to convince a multitude!
Paranormal Activities Attributed To God
Many White Magic events being practiced in Charismatic Churches are now falsely being called “Signs and Wonders” from the Heavenly Father. We have documented some of the most insane behavior that is being called Holy Ghost impartations, manifestations. Already millions are accepting these activities. We Baptists just cannot believe that a person obviously under the control of the demonic host is being cheered by Charismatic pastors, their wives, and other church members, with everyone in attendance believing they were witnessing a manifestation of the Holy Spirit! What blasphemy! What unbelievable spiritual deception! Yet, this is the very same type of deception inherent in Antichrist; this type of deceptive spirit is the reason the people of the world will “rush in amazement and admiration” after Antichrist [Revelation 13:3]
We fear that such deluded Charismatics will be the ones who will be given the “strong delusion” that they cannot believe Biblical truth anymore. Listen:
“The coming of the lawless one, the antichrist, is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of pretended miracles and signs and delusive marvels–all of them lying wonders– And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness..” [2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Listen again to the pertinent warning: “God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness..”
As these poor, deluded souls shown on these various “Signs and Wonders” videos “take pleasure” in participating in the unrighteousness inherent in the White Magic they are practicing, if they continue such practice, God will send them a “strong delusion” to believe the lie of Antichrist so completely they can never see the truth to be saved!
Therefore, “… exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin … While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” [Heb 3:13-15]
Resist the temptation to get mad at us for simply telling the truth; instead, open your spiritual eyes and hearts to this truth, so you may turn to be eternally saved.
Jesus Christ In A Burrito
Francis Frangipane publishes his acceptance of a number of White Magic manifestations and expresses his clear support of them. Here are his words from an edition of his River of Life Ministries,
“I feel that the Lord is accommodating these things, or at least some of them some of the time, but they are bewildering, to say the least. In fact, I’ve witnessed services where respected charismatic leaders stood silent and immobile like statues for hours. I thought, Isn’t this amazing? People who are usually so animated are acting like statues, while in Catholic church statues are acting like people.”
“Then there is the Ohio water tower that bore on its side the likeness of a portrait of Christ. Throughout the nation, news stations reported that sign-seekers by the hundreds of thousands caused massive traffic jams. And, let us not forget the burrito in Texas that, as it was fried, took on the supposed appearance of the face of Christ. It is now enshrined and producing ‘good fruit’ in many’ (River of Life Ministries, Vol 9. No 2. August, 1995, p2.)”
What can I say, except that we have now entered the prophesied time of deception unparalleled in church history.
The Final Lie Of Satan
We will certainly continue to report to you this exploding revival of white magic in the church. We believe it is the outpouring of Satan’s “Final Lie”. We will only see the first stages until the Rapture of the Bride and the removal of the “Restrainer.” Our text for this article made it clear that the ultimate expression of the “mystery of iniquity cannot be revealed until the “Restrainer is taken out of the way.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7). We must not allow this great Truth to blind us to deception that may well proceed the Rapture. We must prepare ourselves and every soul that will listen as we await His supernatural return. It will grow worse and worse and darker and darker.
The infallible Word of God, unspoiled by false human interpretations — obeyed and loved — is our anchor of the soul. Be careful that your “anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock” (Jesus Christ).
This great deception truly is a firm sign that we are in the End of the Age.
Are you spiritually ready? Is your family? Are you adequately protecting your loved ones? This is the reason for this ministry, to enable you to first understand the peril facing you, and then help you develop strategies to warn and protect your loved ones. Once you have been thoroughly trained, you can also use your knowledge as a means to open the door of discussion with an unsaved person. I have been able to use it many times, and have seen people come to Jesus Christ as a result. These perilous times are also a time when we can reach many souls for Jesus Christ, making an eternal difference.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, but have been very lukewarm in your spiritual walk with Him, you need to immediately ask Him for forgiveness and for renewal. He will instantly forgive you, and fill your heart with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Then, you need to begin a daily walk of prayer and personal Bible Study.
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, but have come to realize His reality and the approaching End of the Age, and want to accept His FREE Gift of Eternal Life, you can also do so now, in the privacy of your home. Once you accept Him as Savior, you are spiritually Born Again, and are as assured of Heaven as if you were already there. Then, you can rest assured that the Kingdom of Antichrist will not touch you spiritually.
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The following is drawn from an autobiography written by the Rev. Daniel Iverson, founding pastor of the Shenandoah Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida. That church closed its doors some years ago, but the legacy lives on.
The Shenandoah Presbyterian Church in its first twenty-four years under Daniel Iverson grew from seventeen worshipers in an old dance hall (half of them Iversons) to 1664 members with a Sunday School of 1200. 150 went into full-time Christian ministries, 4000 persons made a public profession of faith joining Shenandoah and her missions in this period, and some twenty-one churches were founded through Shenandoah and its pastor, together with its “children and grandchildren. With the vast shift of population, seventy five years later, the Calle Ocho Church began to replant the church, “Reformed according to the Word of God” in the heart of what is now known as “Little Havana.” This autobiographical sketch in Dan Iverson’s own words best explains the miracle of Shenandoah. It is a simple answer. Obviously, God did it!
The Work Begins: Sweating in Miami
In February, 1927, Mrs. Iverson and I began to visit from home to home in the Southwest section of the city to see about prospects. The people were in such an unsettled condition due to the collapse of the business boom and the terrible hurricane, it looked like a hopeless task. We were greeted with more or less indifference. We did not have a place to worship, and did not know where we could secure such a place; but we felt it was God’s will that we should work as though everything would work out alright, trusting Him every step of the way.
We found some people suspicious, charging that we had an ax to grind. We found some very receptive and interested, and that most of them had heartaches they were trying to hide. Having had some experience with people (Dan was about thirty eight years old), we felt it was our duty to penetrate the crust that hid the real self, and be of comfort and service to those in distress.
Having felt it was the time to start the church in the Shenandoah community, I put notices in the newspapers, inviting those who were interested in establishing a Presbyterian Church to visit us in our home on a Tuesday evening in late February. About eight people attended that meeting, but only one became a member of what is now known as the Shenandoah Presbyterian Church.
After visiting for several weeks, we had interested enough folks, we thought, to jusify our finding a place of worship. There was an apartment on the corner of Southwest 20th Avenue and 12th Street that had stores on the ground floor. We thought that was the place to begin, and tried to secure one of the stores. The owner of the building said that if we could gain the consent of those in the apartment building, we could use the store for a short time. After four days, we had the people’s consent, but then the owner of the building decided against it. This was discouraging, for we had tried several places and met with similar rebuffs.
On Tamiami Trail and 20th Avenue there was a wooden building, now very much dilapidated, but then being used as a dance hall. It did not look to be the right thing to start a church in a Dance Hall. I found the building open, and walked in to take a look, and found it ideal as a Tabernacle. I felt God had led me to this place. There was a little orchestra stand in the center of the building, and I knelt down behind the stand and claimed the building for God, and as I knelt and prayed, I felt God had answered my prayers. I did every thing I could to secure this building, but failed. Yet I felt in my heart that it would finally be ours.
I kept looking around the area and found an open air theater, now known as the Trail Auto Parts Company, that had closed its doors as a moving picture concern. I felt it was an unwise move to begin, but feeling it was imperative, I was ready to accept anything. I secured this building for ten dollars per Sunday, and did not have the ten dollars to pay it.
That week, having printed ten thousand invitation cards, my two boys, Dan and Ned, and my little girl Ella Lillian, went with me and assisted me in placing under the doors of 1000 homes these cards. This interested them in the venture, and I found in family prayers they were constantly remembering this effort before God. Having given out one thousand cards, they thought everyone would respond and expected to see a large gathering on that first Sunday, March 13, 1927 at the Kew Garden Theater.
We advertised the Bible School hour at 9:45 A.M. I painted a sign and placed it outside the door, and opened up at 9:00 AM. There were five from our own family present, At 9:45 there were still just five present, and that was a matter of anxiety for us all. As we were beginning with just our family at five minutes of ten, one person strolled in and asked if this was the place for the service, and wondered where the crowd was. At five minutes after ten, there were possibly ten present, and by 10:15 AM we had our first Sunday School of seventeen people divided into three classes. These classes were led by Mrs. Jennie Anderson, and for the adults a class by Mrs. Daniel Iverson, and one by Miss Alice France.
The open air theater had a concrete floor and sunshine rules very strongly in Miami in March. It was unbearably warm and the glare very hard on the eyes. We found we were laboring under tremendous hardships. After a brief Sunday School session of the three classes, we asked the people to stay for church, and we would not keep them long. Some people were added to the eleven o’clock service, making the attendance perhaps twenty-five or thirty. The sun was so hot that the people complained about it. I suggested we hold a short service and someone suggested that they go home and get their parasols and come back. I was afraid that if I let them go, they would not come back. They were so nice and kind, I gave them their wish and everyone came back. This was just a little thing, but that was an encouraging thing, and I needed that little encouragement at what seemed to be a very dark moment in the blazing sun.
We had no hymn books, but I found a friend from my home town that was kind enough to make a couple hundred copies of three hymns. We used those hymns for a number of weeks for we had no funds with which to purchase hymn books. During the following weeks I felt it necessary to get another place of worship, but found it impossible to secure them. So I printed one thousand more cards and with some neighbor children and my own, we placed cards under the doors again. I know we were not as welcome as we ought to have been, but I overlooked that, and went on. In spite of the handicap of a very uncomfortable place, we had a slight increase of both Bible School and Church. On these cards we suggested that people bring their parasols, and they did. We prayed earnestly that God at that time would answer the prayers for the dance hall. Another week went by with the same disappointment and fear, but again, there was a slight increase in attendance.
Words to Live By:
When the Lord has a work to do, He prepares the way. Nothing will prevent or hinder the accomplishment of His will. It will happen in His time. Our role is to watch, and to faithfully obey, as He leads. The Gospel must be proclaimed. God will do the rest.
How can we find benefit in times of affliction, frailty and illness? For one, the Lord can use such times to “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12). There is the means—affliction, but note also the purpose—to apply our hearts unto wisdom, and also the method—teaching us to number our days. When we are well and prospering, it is so easy to rely upon our own efforts and to forget God. But He would have us to redeem the time, for the days are evil. (Eph. 5:16). Our Lord would have us to remember Him daily—constantly—to live our lives resting upon Him for all that we are and have.
The following material comes from THE NEW YORK OBSERVER, a 19th-century Presbyterian newspaper. The PCA Historical Center has a modest collection of these newspapers, and these two articles recently caught my eye.
“Words of a Childless Widow on the Benefit of Affliction.”
[excerpted from The New York Observer, 18.38 (19 September 1840), p. 1, columns 4-5.]
My husband died, and then disease seized on my children, and they were taken one by one. In the course of a few years, I had lain those in whom my heart was bound up, in the grave. Oh! They were many, many bitter tears that I shed. The world was dark. The very voice of consolation was a pain. I could sit by the side of my friend, but could not hear him speak of my departed ones. My affliction was too deep to be shared. It seemed as if God himself had deserted me. I was alone. The places at the table and the fireside remained—but they who filled them were gone. Oh the loneliness, as it had been a tome, of my chamber. How blessed was sleep! For then the dead lived again. They were all around me. My youngest child and last, sat on my knee—she leaped up in my arms, she uttered my name with infant joyousness; and that sweet tone was as if an angel had spoken to my sad soul. But the dream vanished, and the dreary morning broke, and I waked and prayed—and I sought forgiveness even while I uttered it for my unholy prayer—prayed that God would let me lie down in the grave side by side with my children and husband.
But better thoughts came. In my grief I remembered that though my loved ones were separated from me, the same Father—the same Infinite Love, watched over them as when they were by my fireside. We were divided, but only for a season. And by degrees my grief grew calmer. But since then, my thoughts have been more in that world, where they have gone, than in this. I do not remember less, but I look forward and upward more. I learned the worth of prayer and reliance. Would that I could express to every mourner how the sting is taken away from the grief of one, who with a true and full heart puts her trust in God. I can never again go into the gay world. The pleasures of this world are no longer pleasures to me. But I have trust and hope and confidence. I know that my Redeemer liveth. I know that God ever watches over his children. And in my desolation, this faith of the heart has long enabled me to feel a different kind of pleasure indeed, but a far deeper, though more sober joy, than the pleasures of this world ever gave me even when youth, and health, and friends all conspired to give them their keenest relish.
‘You have learned in your own heart,’ I said, ‘that all trials are not evils.’
It was with eyes up-turned to heaven, and gushing over with tears, not tears of sorrow, but gratitude, and with a radiant countenance, that she answered, in a tone so mild, so rapt, as if her heart were speaking to her God,—‘It has been good for me that I have been afflicted.’
Whether you hold to cessationism or continuationism, sound theology matters. In this lecture you will hear a clear presentation exposing an ancient heresy invading Christianity today.
“JD Hall recently spoke at the NorCal Fire conference in California. The following is audio from his sermon, Modern Day Montanism. This is a critique of the charismatic movement, and defends the doctrine of Cessationism, particularly in regards to new prophecy.”
STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM
by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn
A. Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.
Scripture References: Psalm 110:3; Isa. 33:22; I Cor. 15:25; Acts 12.17; Acts 18:9,10.
1. Does the Bible teach that Jesus Christ is a King?
Yes, the Bible teaches it in Psalm 2:6 and again in John 18:36.
2. When was Jesus Christ made a King?
He was made a King even from the very beginning. He was proclaimed as a King at His birth and again at His death.
3. How does Christ exercise His Kingship?
He exercises it in two ways:
(1) Over His elect people (John 1:49).
(2) Over His enemies and the enemies of His elect people (Psalm 110:2).
4. How does Christ exercise His Kingship over His elect people?
He exercises it by subduing them to Himself. He does this through the power of the Spirit in the Word so that He makes them willing to embrace the Saviour. He finds them as stubborn and disobedient and rebellious but He calls them unto Himself.
5. How does Christ exercise His Kingship by ruling His elect people?
He exercises it by ruling inwardly by His Spirit, by working in them the disposition of obedience unto Him.
6. What change does this make as to the people’s relationship with the Word?
The change is that though they are still in the world they are not really of the world but are members of Christ’s invisible kingdom. This also means that the world will hate them.
7. How does Christ exercise His Kingship over His enemies and the enemies of His elect people?
He exercises His Kingship by defending His people; by restraining and conquering all His and their enemies (by setting bounds and limits on them); by conquering them.
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2).
Calvin tells us, in his commentary on this verse, that “David, therefore, here equips the faithful from head to foot.” He goes on to say, “Let us, therefore, learn from his example, to apply to our own use those titles which are here attributed to God, and to apply them as an antidote against all the perplexities and distresses which may assail us; or rather, let them be deeply imprinted upon our memory, so that we may be able at once to repel to a distance whatever fear Satan may suggest to our mind.”
It is true that as believers we must live in this world. And what a world it is in this day and time! The Lord told us that in this world we would have tribulation. A good translation of that word is “pressure, affliction.” It is not only a good translation but an apt one in this day and age. Hardly a day goes by that we are not faced with the pressures of life, with affliction of a tempest that arises to vex our very hearts and minds. How do we react to such times? Do we recognize that we have a Deliverer? Do we recognize that He is our King? Do we recognize that a King is always duty bound to defend, watch over his subjects?
Lina Sandell put it in true and helpful language:
“Help me then, in ev’ry tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, 0 Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy Holy Word.
Help me, Lord when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.”
Our heritage, through our great King, Is that we can be “more than conquerors” in the midst of all sort of tribulation. Our Catechism Question and Answer for this study is pertinent to us in this day. We go forth each day into battle with complete armour, the armour of God. Read again, Ephesians 6:13-17 and be thankful!
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Vol. 3 No. 26 (February 1963)
Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn, Editor
STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM.
by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn
Q. 102. What do we pray for in the second petition?
A. In the second petition, which, “Thy kingdom come,” we pray, that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed, and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it, and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened.
Scripture References: Ps. 68:1; II Thess. 3:1; Ps. 51:18; Ps. 67:1-3; Rom. 10:1.
1. What is meant by “Thy kingdom” in this question?
The word “kingdom” in this question has a twofold meaning:
(1) The kingdom of grace in which He exercises His work in the hearts of His people.
(2) The kingdom of God’s glory in the other world. The first is the beginning of the second.
2. What does our petition involve when we pray “Thy kingdom come” to our Lord?
First, we are praying that God’s kingdom of grace might have free course in this world and that God might be glorified. Further, we are praying that Satan’s kingdom on this earth might be destroyed. Further, we are praying that His kingdom of grace might make those of us who are believers as those who are strengthened and established here on this earth. Second, we are praying that the second coming and appearance of our Lord may be hastened. We should be earnestly praying that this will come in His time and that we will be ready for it.
3. What is the “kingdom of Satan” referred to in the above answer?
The “kingdom of Satan” is everything in the whole universe that is contrary to the will of God. Satan has as the seat of his kingdom the heart of every man and woman by nature.
4. How can Satan’s kingdom be destroyed?
It can be destroyed only by the work of Christ, the Son of God, who came to destroy it (I John 3:8). It is destroyed partially when the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of sinners, through the Word of God, and conversion takes place. It will finally be destroyed when Jesus Christ comes again.
5. What would be one good test that our prayer, “Thy kingdom come” is sincere?
When we delight to do the will of God (Ps. 40:8).
“EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS”
One of the Puritans used to say that these words are “pinned as a badge to the sleeve of every true believer.” Indeed, such should be our badge and should be our daily prayer to Him. Every time we pray this portion of the Lord’s Prayer (“Thy kingdom come”) we should be thinking, in part, of that wonderful Day. The poet states it:
“What am I waiting for?—Jesus my Lord.
He’s coming to take me, so says the Word.
To be with Himself in the mansions above,
Enjoying forever His infinite love.”
How can we be certain that our lives are consistent with this wonderful prayer that is a badge on our sleevesd, by His grace? How can we prepare ourselves for the return of Jesus Christ?
First, we can have an expectancy of His coming that will enable us, motivate us, to flee from sin in our lives and hate it. Speaking of the return of Christ, Paul tells us, “. . .but let us watch and be sober.” We should be watchful regarding where we go, what we do and how we act in every situation. As we enter every situation, every conversation, our approach should be one that is in keeping with the sincere prayer, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
Second, we can be making each moment count for Him. We should be “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:16). We should (as the word “redeem” means here) be “buying up the time.” We should be convinced by Him that each moment is important in our testifying for Jesus Christ in our lives. As we are busy about our Master’s work indeed we will be praying with our lives, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
Third, we can be proving our relationship with Him by our concern for others. Herein lies one of the greatest faults of the average believer. He is a man that is certainly concerned with his own salvation but not too concerned for those about him. Matthew 25: 34-36 are words we need to take to heart and as we actively live them we are indeed crying out with words that show up in deeds, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
There are ever so many other methods we could mention. The question comes to us: Do we really want Him to come? Another question is asked with it: Is our desire for Him to come so firmly implanted as a badge on our sleeves that we are always ready for Him? May it be so, all to His glory.
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Vol. 7, No. 7 (July 1968)
Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn, Editor.