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Archive for April, 2011

A Look at End Times with Dave Wilkerson

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 28, 2011


The Vision” by David Wilkerson

by Bob Gal on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 7:39am

David Wilkerson received a vision April 1973 and published a book called ‘The Vision.’ (38 yrs ago) Do you think his death will release the fulfillment in the next 2 years? I wonder about the 5th point.

5 Main points were:

1. “Worldwide recession caused by economic confusion”

* “At most a few more fat flourishing years, and then an economic recession that’s going to affect the life style of every wage-earner in the world. The world economists are going to be at loss to explain what’s happening. It’s going to start in Europe, spread to Japan and finally to the United States.”

* There will be a move toward a worldwide, unified monetary system. The US dollar will be hit bad and it will take years for it to recover.

* The only real security will be in real estate (until a somewhat later stage, at which point this apparent security will also disappear).

2. “Nature having labor pains”

* Environmentalists will come under heavy criticism.

* There will be major earthquakes.

* There will be a major famine.

* Floods, hurricanes and tornadoes will increase in frequency.

* “A new kind of cosmic storm appearing as a raging fire in the sky leaving a kind of vapor trail.”[4]

3. “A flood of filth and a baptism of dirt in America”

* Topless women will appear on television, followed by full nudity.

* Adult, X rated movies will be shown on cable television. Young people will gather at homes to watch this kind of material in groups.

* Sex and the occult will be mixed.

* There will be an acceptance of homosexuality, and the church will even say that it is a God-given gift.

4. “Rebellion in the home”

* “I see the new number one youth problem in America and the world as hatred towards parents.”[4]

5. “A persecution madness against truly Spirit filled Christians who love Jesus Christ”

* There will arise a world church consisting of a union between liberal ecumenical Protestants and the Roman Catholic Church, using Christ in name only.

* There will be a hate Christ movement.

* There will be a spiritual awakening behind the Iron and Bamboo Curtains.

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Day 52: Who Murdered Jesus?

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 22, 2011


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Several years ago, Mel Gibson came out with the movie The Passion of the Christ. A lot of controversy swirled because one could draw a conclusion from the movie that the Jews killed Jesus.

While there is no question from Scripture that the rejection of the Jews was the basis for Jesus murder and that the leaders of the Jews wanted Jesus killed, I propose that they were only a party to the crime.  The actual murder still lives today.

The Romans

The Roman leaders were acting in behalf of the Jewish leadership because the Jews could not, under Roman law, sentence a man to death. Pilate, Herod and company simply placed their stamp of approval on the murder of an innocent man and condemned him to death.

So who killed Jesus?

The Roman guards were the ones who beat and whipped him.  They were the ones who pulled out his beard and crowned his head with thorns. They were the brutes who made him carry his own instrument of death to the top of a dirty hill where they stripped him of his clothes, casting lots for his underwear and  nailing his hands and feet to cross beams of wood to be raised up in order to let the sun beat on his naked, battered and bruised body for six long torturous hours.

The Roman guards watched him breath his last and saw the darkness and earthquakes.  They made sure of his death by thrusting a spear in his side.  So obviously, they are guilty.

But wait…

Didn’t Jesus say from the cross, “Father, forgive them. They do not know what they are doing”?

So maybe they aren’t the only ones guilty.

So who murdered Jesus?

Judas

Let’s blame Judas.  If he didn’t betray Jesus to the Jews, maybe Jesus would still be walking the earth today.  That back-stabbing man ate dinner with Jesus just before he sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver… the cost of a slave, and to add insult to injury, he pointed him out to the Jewish leaders with a kiss of friendship.

But wait…

Didn’t Jesus approve Judas’ task by telling him before hand, “What you are going to do, do quickly”.  That really muddies the waters.

So who murdered the perfect man?

His Father

What about God?  I mean, didn’t God send his son to earth to die? How many fathers would do that to their child? Didn’t he love Jesus? Didn’t he care? Couldn’t he have stopped the whole thing? Didn’t Jesus pray for another way and God not answer that prayer?

But wait…

Didn’t Jesus tell us that “I am in the Father and the Father is in me”. Didn’t he tell us that God so LOVED THE WORLD that he gave his son.  Maybe God’s love for the world was so great that he did what he had to do to make a way for the world to return to him. Maybe Jesus meant what he said in that same prayer when he concluded his plea with “nevertheless – not my will, but your will be done.”

So who was it really?

You and Me

What about us? You know… “the world” that God loves so much.

It started with a man named Adam and a command from God that said, “Don’t eat of this one tree, for in the day you eat of it, you will die”.

Adam defied God’s instruction, and Adam’s first sin planted a seed in each and every person ever born in this world that God loved so much.

Every person is doomed to die apart from God because of sin that rules and reigns in the hearts of men.

Sin lived in the Jews that wanted Jesus dead, the Romans that carried out their wishes, and it lives in you and me today.

It is the sin in us that murdered Jesus.  If we had not sinned, Jesus would not have died.  An innocent lamb sent to the slaughter so that by his death, anyone who believes on him won’t have to die apart from God, but can have eternal life with God.

We are all guilty.  We committed the murder of the ages, a crime beyond any every conceived. We all participated in the death of God, and yet… It is by that very death that we are forgiven for the very murder we committed.

It is the only crime that makes things right again in the heart of those that committed it, but only to those that believe on the saving work Jesus death brings to mankind.

Though we are all murderers, the wrath of God was poured out upon his only son so that we could all live in peace and freedom with God.

So yes, we are all guilty, but you can be free of that guilt by accepting what Jesus went through on your behalf. Believe in Jesus, receive the gift of salvation, ask for forgiveness, confess Jesus Christ as the master of your life and you too can be free of the crime of the ages.

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Breaking News Flash! The Day Goes Dark

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 22, 2011


The Sun Goes Dark: Day becomes Night

by Jeff Ben Les, AP

A day that just seems to be getting weirder by the minute.

It’s been a couple hours since the trial of Yeshua in which he was found innocent yet condemned to death, and the sky is going black.

The guards just brought three men to the top of skull hill to impale them upon wooden beams.  It is a horrific practice of execution invented by the Romans where they nail or tie the victim to a horizontal wooden beam and place it atop a vertical beam planted in the ground.

Suspended between heaven and earth, with their naked bodies completely exposed, they slowly suffocate in agonizing pain while the sun beats down upon their wounded bodies.  It is a death designed for the worst criminals.

In fact, two thieves are being put to death in this manner along side this innocent man found guilty.  In a conversation between the two thieves, one was overheard mocking Yeshua.

The other thief jumped to his defense proclaiming their guilt and recognizing Yeshua’s innocence.

In one of the few words heard from Yeshua throughout this ordeal, he responded to his defender by stating that he would be with him in Paradise.

This seems to go against the tradition of thieves spending eternity in Sheol, but then again, this man is coming to be known as one who defies traditions.

After six hours pass, he is heard again praying to God.  His prayer, though, does not follow reason.  First he speaks in Aramaic asking why God has forsaken him, then he actually  starts praying for the forgiveness of those that are actually killing him while they are killing him.

It could be a mild form of delusion from the stress, but then again, it does seem to follow the pattern of his life.

A few moments ago, he was even making sure that his mother was taken care of by giving her to another man that was standing at his feet.

When asked about this, the man simply replied, “I don’t know why, but He just loved me.”

As the darkness continued to grow, and clouds began to build Yeshua was heard over the wind and the rain as he shouted with his final breath, “It is Finished!”

As soon as he said it, and earthquake tore through the city.  It was such a powerful moment that the guard standing their proclaimed that this man must be the son of God.

There are reports of people that had died, good people,  roaming the streets because their tombs had opened.  However, the claim has not yet been substantiated.

One thing this reporter can say is that even in death, this man, Yeshua, has a huge impact and influence upon those around him.  He death brought his killers forgiveness, which you just don’t see everyday.

Reporting from a hill just outside of Jerusalem, I’m Jeff Ben Les.

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Breaking News Flash! Innocent Man Found Guilty

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 22, 2011


Innocent Man Found Guilty

Judge goes against his own decision

by Jeff Ben Les

In a strange turn of events, the judge in the case against Yeshua, a construction worker and part-time speaker from the middle country, pleaded with the accusers asking, “What did he do that was so wrong?”

It seemed that the judge, Pontius Pilate, couldn’t find any actual charges against Yeshua, so in an attempt to set him free, he pleaded with the Jewish leaders who were yelling and accusing Pilate that if he did not kill Yeshua, he was no friend of the king.

Pilate gave into the rant of the accusers and handed Yeshua over to be executed. Looking at Yeshua, one could tell that he had already been severely beaten and whipped.  His garments were saturated in blood, and he was wearing some sort of head dressing made from what looks like a vine with huge thorns.

When Pilate was asked about the ruling, he grabbed a bowl of water, and in a symbolic act, washed his hands of the whole matter proclaiming, “His blood be on the heads of those that accused him.”

The guards promptly took Yeshua down below the court to the guard house, where rumor has it, they aren’t very kind to the prisoners.

The court was filled with the noise of weeping and wailing, but most of that came from the poor people and some outcasts.

One rather short IRS agent was asked about the matter and he responded, “I was on top of the world, but an outcast to my own people. One day this fellow Jew came to town with a mass of people following him.  His message seemed different than the message I’d heard from the other local teachers. ”

He went on to say, “I couldn’t see everything that was happening, so i climbed a tree… something I hadn’t done for quite some time.”

“He saw me and called out my name… I don’t know how he knew me. He told me that he had to have lunch with me.”

“Me… lunch with me?  I couldn’t believe my ears.  Nobody every wanted to eat with me, especially a Jew.”

“I jumped at the opportunity!  I climbed out of that tree and immediately began pledging the riches that I had acquired in questionable ways back to those I had wronged.”

“He told me that salvation had come to my house.  Me, an outcast tax collector… I just didn’t know what to say.”

“Now they are killing him, and I just don’t get it.  All he ever did was change peoples lives; now what ever will happen to us?  Will God ever forgive us?”

More to come as it unfolds on this increasingly bleak day.

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Breaking News Flash! Man Arrested Last Night Goes on Trial this Morning

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 22, 2011


Man Arrested in Garden Gets Planted in Court

by Jeff Ben Les, AP

At about six this morning, just before sunrise, Israel Daylight Time, a ruckus broke out in the halls of local leaders as they dragged a man before the local procurator. After about an hour of questioning, with no apparent results, the procurator sent the man over to the king’s chambers for further investigation.

After another hour of questions that went without answers, the king, Herod, sent the man back over to the procurator, Pontius Pilate.

Further investigation revealed that the man’s name is Yeshua.  He is from a small hillside town in Galilee from which, reportedly, nothing good comes.

One fisherman, wishing to remain nameless, said, “This man was a good man.  My mother-in-law was sick and he healed her… a blessing I did not ask for.”  When asked if the man knew him personally, he denied it.

Another person said of Yeshua, “I know him. He was always hanging out with the wrong crowd.  He’d eat at the houses of the refuse among us.  I think he was even hanging out with prostitutes and leprous people.  Any man like that should be put on trial.”

In contrast, another man with a big smile on his face just kept saying, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I do not know; one thing I do know… I was blind, but now I see!”

More from the trial as it happens.

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Day 51: Bad Supper

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 20, 2011


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I wouldn’t really call the meal Jesus ate with His disciples the “Last Supper”, because He is going to eat with His bride again at the marriage supper of the Lamb. However, I would say that the supper could have gone better.

It would seem that the only two people that knew it would be Jesus’ last meal on earth was Jesus and Judas.  No one else at the meal was catching Jesus’ hints or straight talk like when he said, “The one I hand this bread to is the one who is going to betray me.”

When the disciple heard Jesus say this and saw Judas leave, they thought he was going out to buy more food. Not exactly detectives in the making.

But one point that can be discerned from the meal is the way Jesus treated Judas.

We can discern from the location of the bowls of charoset, the mixture in which Jesus dipped the bread and handed to Judas, that Judas had to be reclining next to Jesus.  We know that John was on the right side because he was actually leaning against Jesus, so that puts Judas on his left.

These two locations were of great significance to the host.  These are the sought after spots. Remember John and James’ mother asking Jesus, “When you enter your kingdom, allow one of my sons to sit on your right and the other on your left.”

It would seem that at the meal, at least one was sitting in that spot – John.

But you get a sense from Jesus that even though he knows that Judas will betray him, Jesus keeps reaching out. He gave him hints, called him out in front of everyone. He gave Judas every opportunity to stop what was in his heart, but in the end, Judas would not be saved.

Jesus still reaches out to millions upon millions every day.  He holds before them the piece of bread, his body, dipped in the charoset, which represented the mortar the Hebrew slaves used to build in Egypt and the suffering they endured.

Jesus says to them, “I suffered and died for you, do not deny me; let me save you.”

But alas, while a few receive the gift with gladness, millions upon millions would not be saved.

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Day 50: Worship Thought – “Personal”

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 19, 2011


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Most worship Christians experience is corporate. By our design, we promote times of corporate worship without a whole lot of discipleship on how one should cultivate personal worship.

Worship is first and foremost – personal!

The ideal setting for intimate worship is one-on-one time with God. Jesus tells us to “pray in your closet, and the Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you” (Mat 6:6)

The practice of personal worship is key to deeper experiences in corporate settings. The corporate worship experience should be an overflow of the personal times you spend with God on a daily basis and not the fuel for doing personal worship.

Keys to developing personal worship:

  1. Make the time, don’t wait for free time.
  2. Read your Bible – the word of God, buried in your heart, becomes the fuel for the Holy Spirit to speak to you
  3. Listen – Don’t do all the talking, listen for the voice of God – He still speaks in still small voices.
  4. Don’t worship to receive from God, worship to give to God.

Always remember that you have everything you need to worship God if you come to him with faith and a humble heart. (music is NOT required)

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Day 49: Worship Thought – “Passion”

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 18, 2011


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There is a word used over and over to define a biblical relationship with God – “know”.

This word is poorly understood to be a “knowledge”. The word actually is the same word that refers to the intimacy of a husband and wife in the marriage bed. There is no stronger word that reflects the depth of human relationship than the biblical understanding of “knowing” God.

This word should breathe into our worship several factors:

  • passion – governs the depth of the experience between the lover and the loved
  • desire – is the drawing together of two hearts so that when they are separated for any length of time, the longing to be together cause the ones separated to ache for each other.
  • intimacy – is the focus between the lovers so that all the outside commotion, influences and trappings fade as they are lost in each other’s embrace.

Paul takes this to a whole new level when in Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings“.

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Day 48: Worship Thought – “Sweet Release”

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 17, 2011


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Where response to the holiness of God is trembling and awe, the response to the beauty of God is sweet release.

It has been said, “It is better to love and lost than never to have loved”, but I think is is best said, “It is best to be loved and know that you will never be unloved.”

Worship that touches the heart of God echoes back a strong sense of release… release from the cares of this world, release from the fear that comes from living in a dying world, release from a heart the is oppressed, release from temptations, struggles, doubts, despair and hopelessness.

If we try to gain release outside of our relationship with God built on our worship of God, we build on foundations that will crumble.

Sweet release is not about “loving yourself more”; it is about “dying to yourself more and allowing God to release the Holy Spirit to live in you more.”

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Day 47: Worship Thought – “Reckless Abandon”

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 16, 2011


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I’m thinking right now that this is the possible theme for the summer session of Sunday morning class. Pastor suggested that we read a book called “Radical” by David Platt about a month and a half ago, and I have… oh, my!

In worship, reckless abandon is flipping the tables on what you think worship is and worshiping God the way God wants to be worshiped.

Reckless abandon says,

  • “I’m not ashamed of God, and will dance like David danced and not worry about those around me.”
  • “I will lift my hands when prompted by the Holy Spirit and not worry about what the guy sitting behind me thinks”.
  • “I will run to the front of the auditorium and fall on my face before God in front of the stage and totally abase myself so that God may be exalted”.
  • “I will think only of being with God and not be concerned with how well I sing, that I get the words to the song right, that I stand, sit or kneel because that’s what people expect”.
  • “I will die to myself so that I might live for Christ!”

Reckless abandon is the call of the humble, the duty of the called and act of the chosen.

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