Mark 13:21-23 (KJV) Why True Believers Can’t Be Fooled

Mark 13:21-23 (KJV)
And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

It is not possible to deceive the elect on three counts:
First, they have been warned
The element of surprise has been robbed the devil. Jesus has warned us that Satan will try to deceive.

Secondly; they have a choice in the matter
True believers can never fall victim to the devil’s devices. They have the power of the Holy Spirit and the will to follow the Lord.

Thirdly, they are the elect
That means they belong to God. Satan may desire to sift them but he cannot overcome the prayers of Christ fort them.

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Mark 13:21-23 (KJV) Why True Believers Can’t Be Fooled

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Matthew 16:12 KJV A Little Leaven

Matthew 16:12 KJV
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 

Verses one through twelve are taken up completely with both the Pharisees and Sadducees who, though nearly opposite in doctrine and philosophy, united in their opposition to Christ. The passage ends with Christ warning them that the doctrines of both are like leaven.

Albert Barnes writes:
“Erroneous doctrines are like leaven in the following respects:

  1. They are at first slight and unimportant in appearance, just as leaven is small in quantity as compared with the mass that is to be leavened.
  2. They are insinuated into the soul unawares and silently, and are difficult of detection.
  3. They act gradually.
  4. They act most certainly.
  5. They will pervade all the soul, and bring all the faculties under their control.”

I am here interested in that, though on opposite ends of the doctrinal spectrum, Jesus calls both leaven. It teaches us that it does not matter if a person is extremely right or extremely left. What matters is that a person is doctrinally correct. It doesn’t even matter that a person finds balance, common ground between the two, what matters is that a person has the correct relationship with Jesus Christ.

Leaven is an insidious thing. It can seem harmless. A little may even seem desirable. But leaven is never satisfied unless and until it leavens the whole lump.

We need no leaven. We need Christ.

 

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Matthew 16:12 KJV A Little Leaven

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Revelation 12:1-3 (KJV) Two Wonders in Heaven

Revelation 12:1-3 (KJV)
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

There are two wonders depicted in Revelation 12. The first I believe to be Israel. The second is declared to be the devil.

  • Both of the were observed by John
  • Both of them appeared in heaven
  • Both of them were said to be wonders

They appear as wonders because they are beyond human wisdom.
That God would call out one nation, no better than any other, to be the source from which the Saviour would come is wonderful. That an angel the magnitude of Lucifer would rebel against God, that he would lead a third of the angels to join in his rebellion, that he would effectively destroy the spirit of man through his temptation of Eve, that he would be brash enough to attack the very Son of God and that God would use it all for his good purpose is beyond human wisdom.

 

They appeared in heaven because both are of God
Though I would not say God created Lucifer to become Satan, God certainly allowed for Lucifer’s fall. God could have but did not prevent Eve’s temptation. God chained some dark angels to the pit but did not do that to the devil. God did not approve of Israel’s rejection of Christ but He did allow for it.

These and many other things are beyond our comprehension but nevertheless of God

 

They are both observed by John as the representative of the Christian
New Testament believers, because of our finished Word of God, are equipped to see the plan of God in its perfection:

  • The Christ as both Lamb and Lion
  • The devil as fulfilling the sovereign plan of God
  • The Tribulation as purifying Israel while judging Antichrist
  • The 1000 year reign as answering God’s promises to Israel and
  • Eternity as the ultimate fulfillment of the plan of God.

 

 

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Revelation 12:1-3 (KJV) Two Wonders in Heaven

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Revelation 10:7 (KJV) The Finished Mystery

Revelation 10:7 (KJV)
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

The fact that this is a mystery speaks to its challenges of interpretation. While there are a number of things the New Testament styles as a “mystery” I believe they may all be summed up in the Gospel of Christ.

The Old Testament promised a Messiah and gave prophecies regarding His:

  • Person
  • Character and
  • End

But these things were mysteries to the Jews, so much so that they missed the Messiah when He stood right in front of them.

  • The coming of Christ as a lamb
  • The judgment of Christ in the place of sinners
  • The church of Christ composed of Jews and Gentiles

These were all mysteries in the Old Testament that were revealed in the New Testament and find their fulfillment and finish in the end of the Tribulation.

 

 

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Revelation 10:7 (KJV) The Finished Mystery

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

Revelation 2:1 (KJV)
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

 

It strikes me that, though chapter two begins the letters to the seven churches, there is a continuity of thought that runs from chapter one to these seven letters. The Lord, who instructs John to write these letters, assumes that the readers of these letters (Ephesus expressly) will have read what is in chapter one of Revelation first.

 

That suggests that the seven letters were always a part of something bigger than themselves; that the seven letters were never meant to be sent individually to each one of these churches. It tells me that, though each church was a whole in and of itself, it was not to think of itself as isolated and alone. It tells me that the seven letters rest upon each other for interpretation and that the whole message of the Lord is not to be found in one letter or the other but in all of the letters taken together and in consideration of the book of the Revelation as a unit.

 

This principle would be true of the Bible. No one part of it stands without every part of it.

  • A verse of the Bible,
  • A chapter of the Bible,
  • A book of the Bible; yea,
  • A Testament of the Bible

taken without consideration for the rest of the Bible, is wrested from the Bible.

 

 

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

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What About Bible Principles that Seem Not To Work Today?

Deuteronomy 25:11-12 KJV

When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets:
Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.

 

I practiced Kenpo Karate for a number of years. It was good exercise and an interesting project. The instructor was a Christian and handled the class accordingly. There was one problem I kept having; many of the defensive and offensive techniques involved either striking or kicking in the groin. Since there were women in the class, this raised in my mind the issue of this passage. The purpose of these techniques seems obvious and sound, especially when employed by a female; they effectively stop a male attacker.

 

Now, I am a New Testament Bible believing Baptist. I do not subscribe to Old Testament law for NT faith. I do however believe that all the Bible is profitable. Since there is no specific NT passage denouncing this passage it seems to be one that should be given NT consideration.

 

What would be the purpose for this command? Modesty does not seem to be the issue here as she obviously isn’t being intimate in this circumstance. I believe the issue stems from two directions.

First is the context.

Passages just previous deal with the progeny of Israeli families. This was considered a heinous act because it strikes at not just the man but any possibility of his having future children. She is purposefully judging not just him but the children “in his loins”.

 

Second is the broader topic of faith.

This technique though effective, is unacceptable because God said it was. What other answer do we need? God says she is not to employee it. That settles the issue.

 

There are a number of Biblical principles that seem unreasonable and are rejected in modern society.

  • Avoiding loans
  • Forgiving debts every seven years

Our world would be much better off if these principles would have been kept up. The United States has ignored the principle of the Bible and the laws of our early forefathers concerning borrowing and handling of currency and have now created an economy that will take a miracle to recover from. (Not likely to happen since we haven’t repented of the action.)

 

Perhaps this is a matter of similar nature. Perhaps what a woman should do is to trust both the Lord and her husband to protect her and leave the consequences of that faith in the hands of God.

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Deuteronomy 25:11-12 faith

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1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit Speaking

1 Timothy 4:1 KJV

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

 

Paul wrote these words years previous to the completion of the New Testament. God’s Spirit spoke to those who were the instruments of transmission of the Bible (such as Paul) uniquely. But God hasn’t stopped speaking. Paul said that the Spirit spoke (his word choice tells us he continues to speak) expressly:

  • in plain language
  • in terms not easily misunderstood

 

The believer may rest assured that God’s same Spirit speaks expressly to us through the Word of God. We have no new revelation as we need none. But we do have illumination; the leading and the witness of the Holy Spirit with our spirit as we study the Word of God. I have no doubt or questions concerning the message of the Bible. It is plain enough. My only failure rests in my own ability to retain what it is God has provided.

 

Paul said that the Spirit spoke expressly concerning the last days. He did not say when those days should come to an end but he did detail the character of them. This gloomy forecast in no way discouraged Paul and it was not intended to discourage Timothy. It was an honest report on the future that God’s people might be steeled and prepared, but it did not slow their efforts to:

  • win souls
  • reach out for holiness and
  • urge Christians to sanctification

Neither should it ours.

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1 Timothy 4:1, Last Days, Soul Winning

 

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The More Perfect of the Testaments

1 Timothy 1:9-11 KJV

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

 

Albert Barnes writes, “The gospel … makes known the will of God. It states what is duty, and accords in its great principles with the law, or is in harmony with it. The law, in principle, forbids all which the gospel forbids, and in publishing the requirements of the gospel, therefore, Paul says that the law really forbade all which was prohibited in the gospel, and was designed to restrain all who would act contrary to that gospel. There is no contradiction between the law and the gospel. They forbid the same things, and in regard to morals and true piety, the clearer revelations of the gospel are but carrying out the principles stated in the law.”

 

We may verify the appropriate use of an interpretation of the law by the gospel. They are not in conflict but in harmony. The gospel however is to be the judge as it is

  • the newer
  • the higher and
  • the more perfect

testament from God.

 

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