My pastor, brother Caincross, Greenbush community Baptist, asked me a few days ago if I would teach the adults in Wednesday night service. Wow do I want a few million dollars? So after I teach each lesson I am going to post them here. I will have to smooth them out somewhat, and I will be including some material that I didn’t include when I taught it and I will also add enough, maybe even a lot as I did on this one, so that it will not be just an outline. Also I will use dark blue to highlight Bible text, and for copied text will be dark green all other highlights will very
I will name this lesson:
EVERY CHURCH AGE HAS A SPECIFIC SPIRITUAL FIGHT
I want to teach on prophecy
And here is why:
I don’t have the quote and therefore I may be wrong but I think it was Martin Luther who said that every Church age has a SPECIFIC spiritual fight.
In Ephesians Eph 6:11 Paul tells us about the spiritual war that every blood bought Christian is in.
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [WILES – DECEITFUL, SUBTIL (Genesis 3), trickery ]
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood [Islam, apostates, evil people], but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, [Government, courts, media], against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Spiritual warfare began in Genesis:
Gen 3:15 And I[Jesus] will put enmity [spiritual bitter hatred] between thee [SATAN] and the woman [EVE], and between thy seed [JN 8:44] and her seed [JESUS]; it shall bruise thy head [SATAN’s head will be crushed], and thou shalt bruise his heel [CHURCH].
THE 7 CHURCHES OF REVELATION chapters 2 AND 3 are important in the study of prophecy because we are living in the LAST Church age and when it is over the tribulation will be a sure reality to those who scoff at any teaching that the Lord Jesus Christ is returning. [2nd Peter 3:9]
I believe these 7 Churches of Revelation represent:
1] The Churches at that time. Every one of these Churches were in operation when Jesus sent them their personal unique letter. Every one of those letters could have been put in the New Testament epistles right along with Romans and Philemon, but they weren’t they were put in chapters two and three of the prophetic book of Revelation.
2] Every Church listed is in every Church age. You are attending a church that one of these churches typifies.
3] Each of these churches listed in Revelation in chronological order is the dominate Church in each of the seven Church ages throughout history. Each Curch age is proceeded by a unique event
4] there is no question on when the last two churches started. We are living in the Laodician church age and the one just before us is the Philadelphian. The Philadelphian Church age began in 1611 with the publication of the King James BIBLE, the AV1611 and ran until the Laodicea Church began. You should read about that time period because it was the greatest Church age bar none. Most of us Christians if Compared to the Philadelphia Church age would be subjected to Church discipline, that’s something Americans wouldn’t put up with today. I know this because Jesus kind of said so. He found nothing wrong with the Philadelphian Church age and nothing good with ours, that is the Laodician.
So, if Martin Luther was right then finding the dominate spiritual fight in each Church age should make an interesting study. And we should, for sure, find out ours.
We will now look at the last one, ours,
The Laodicean, found in Revelation 3:14-22 and the Philadelphian church age.
The 2oth century Laodicean apostate Church BEGAN in 1881.
THAT IS THE PUBLISHING DATE OF THE
Westcott and Hort The New Testament in the Original Greek. The title is a lie
By using “Original Greek” in the book title they gave the connotation, to the average person, that they used the original Greek Manuscript. They know that there are no original copies, that no one in well over 1,700 years has seen them. What we have today are extant manuscripts, that is, very old copies that have been preserved. Copies that agree with the manuscripts that the AV1611 translators used are found in over 95% of those extant manuscripts. That left 5% for Westcott and Hort’s brand new Greek text, The New Testament in the Original Greek.
For well over the next 75 years their Greek new Testament was the main text for every modern translation. still is however there is now some competition with other Greek texts assembled by those of the same character as Westcott and Hort. Today liberal schoolars have admited to many of the lies that were put forth by these two scallywags.
Westcott and Hort called the textus Receptus, , a “Vile text”. The Textus Receptus, is the main Greek text that the King James Bible translators used. You may ask, did they really both say it? Westcott and Hort were a team they were always in agreement therefore what one said the other said also, but it was Westcott that said it.
Their text was based on 2 texts, the Alexandria, and the Sinaiticus and they were championed to be the oldest and the best.
Wekipedia has the following information, the highlights are mine
“Constantin Tischendorf (1815-74) was a German textual editor whom Dr. Frederick Scrivener of the English Revision Committee ranked “the first Bible critic in Europe.” Tischendorf traveled extensively in search of ancient documents and was responsible for finding the two manuscripts most relied upon in the Westcott-Hort Greek Text, the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus. Tischendorf discovered (c. A.D. 1844) the Vaticanus B manuscript in the Vatican Library and Sinaiticus Aleph in a waste basket in a Catholic Convent at the base of Mt. Sinai. (81) In The Revision Revised, Dean Burgon described for his English readers the corrupt character of the manuscripts primarily used by Westcott and Hort, not to revise the Textus Receptus, but to create an altogether new Greek Text.”
You should have files in your head, one could be labeled good guys and the other bad guys. When names come up you can pay attention and add to the file. Let me give you a few names
Westcott and Hort, and Tishendorf are bad guys.
They treated the Bible as any other book.
And laid the foundation of the mantra of modern higher criticism, “Inspiration is only in the original text”
Which has been picked up and taught in most contemporary fundamental colleges, Baptist Churches and self proclaimed apostates.
If we do not have the final authority of God in the AV1611 KJV Bible then where is it? Or was Peter lying when he said that we had a MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY
2Pe 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 2Pe 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 2Pe 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. [Matthew 17:1-9] 2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The AV1611 and modern translations are two of my favorite subjects so, once in a while, we will return to it.
From 1900 on through to today
The warfare was on the truth of Psalms 12:6-7 and 8
Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psa 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Psa 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
It is Psalm 12:8 that tells us why the Laodician Church age is corrupt and rotten to the core
THE 20th Century spiritual FIGHT WAS – IS THE AV1611 THE FINAL AUTHORITY OF GOD?
WE LOST THAT FIGHT
This is why I say WE LOST THAT FIGHT
Mat_7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
The Philadelphia Church age [REV 3:7-13], was blessed of God. Read Revelation 3:7-13 and anything else you can on those 200 plus years Here is something I copied from, http://scatteredchristians.org/Philadelphia.html
READ the following it is long but READ IT ALL and take notes or copy paste
The Days of the Open Doors
A general summary of the Philadelphian Church Age
“When John Wesley got saved, England was having a social upheaval. George Whitefield and John Wesley pitched into it, preaching the gospel, and turning England upside down. John Wesley would pray two to four hours a day. (He was preaching three hours at a time when he was in his seventies.) He and Whitefield preached in the open fields. They preached the new birth, and they preached repentance. They preached that the Roman Catholic Church was pagan, unholy, anti-Christian, archaic, and worthless. Wesley even broke with the Episcopal Church because it was too formal and too much like the Catholic Church. He said to his Episcopal priest, “The world is my parish,” and began to preach outdoors. George Whitefield did the same thing. These two men were persecuted, shot at and threatened. Both of them lived to a ripe old age, and preached right on up to their dying day.
Whitefield had some messages that were three hours long, and he would often preach until his throat bled. (Wesley preached in Dublin, Ireland, and when the CAtholics tried to stone him there and push him down from a statue he was standing by – a ten foot statue of the Virgin Mary – one Catholic fell and broke his leg, another one got hit in the mouth with a stone thrown at Wesley, and one man got his hand split open across the knuckles, when he tried to muzzle Wesley’s mouth.)
Once George Whitefield had a gun pointed at him about two feet behind his back by a man who said, “If you don’t shut up, I’m going to blow your head off.” Whitefield kept on preaching and the man walked around him for ten minutes, putting the gun against his nose, then in his ear, then on his eyes, then in his stomach, saying, “You blankety-blank, I’m going to blow your head off.” Finally, the man stopped about ten feet behind Whitefield, pulled the trigger, and the gun exploded and blew the fellow’s hands off, and just blew Whitefield’s shirt off his back.
Whitefield came to America and preached in Georgia. The “old time religion” went right up through the Carolinas, and on up to Boston with him. When Whitefield got to Boston Common, Professor Stidger of Boston University met him “on the green” in Boston, and said, “I’m sorry to see you here, Brother Whitefield.” Whitefield said, “So’s the Devil,” and began to preach. (Wesley and Whitefield probably led over two million men to Christ during their time.)”
1500-1900 is the great period of the “open door,” when Roger Williams came to America and became a Baptist missionary among the Indians. Roger taught “separation of Church and State,” knowing that the Roman Catholic Church would eventually try to take over in America.
At this time, around the 1700’s, we have Jonathan Edwards preaching. WE have Thomas Webb and WIlliam Strawbridge, great Methodist preachers. WE have Darby a little later, in 1900. We have Phillip Embry, a great Methodist preacher. We have Munhall and Culpepper in the 1800’s. WE have great missionaries in this period like William Carey who went to India, David Brainard who went to the Indians, Judson who went to Burma, Hudson Taylor of the China Inland Missions, C.T. Studd, Livingstone, Gordon. All the great missionary activities in China, Japan, and India take place in this period, between 1800-1900.
One will hear great pulpit preachers in this period. We have Talmadge, Baxter, Payson, Culpepper, Jacob Knapp (a traveling evangelist), Peter Cartwright (the Methodist circuit rider), who would knock a man down, sit on him, and tell him to trust Christ or he would bust his teeth out! WE have James McGready, a backwoods preacher in Tennessee, and Lorenzo Dow, a half-breed Seminole Indian who preached in Alabama and Georgia. We have Sheldon Jackson, Billy Bray and Charles Guthrie, and the great Methodist Welsh preachers.
This is the period which saw Charles G. Finney’s great revivals, and the revivals under Spurgeon and Dwight L. Moody. Moody, who led millions to Christ, talked so fast it took two shorthand stenographers to write down what he said. Once a man came up after Moody had finished a message and said, “I counted 84 grammatical errors in your message.” Moody stuck out his tongue and said, “You see that,” pointing to his tongue. “I’m using that for the glory of God, what are you using yours for?”
Moody founded the Moody Bible Institute, which has gone by way of Modern Christianity today. Moody was succeeded in his preaching by R.A. Torrey, a great evangelist and militant theologian, who studied under Franklin Delitzsch. (Torrey inherited some of his Bible criticism from Delitzsch and he occasionally used the RV or the ASV, but Torrey was true to the word of God, and was a Pre-Millennial, fundamental, hell-fire-and-damnation, new-birth preacher.)
We have Joseph Parker and Simpson (Missionary Alliance) at this time, putting out the word of God; they were both great preachers and great souls.
As we come nearer to the 1900’s, we find Sam Jones, a circuit riding Methodist preacher, who was born in Alabama. (He had a circuit in Cartersville, Georgia and his preaching salary for a year was $80.00.) Sam Jones was a drunken lawyer, and he was saved at his father’s deathbed. He preached all over Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, California, Texas, the Carolinas, Mississippi, and Arkansas, as a circuit riding Methodist preacher. He later became a great evangelist, another truly great soul. (Half of what Will Rogers and dave GArdner knew, they got from the cracks and side remarks which Sam Jones made.) He was a great wit and he led thousands of people to Jesus Christ.
We have in this period the great George Mueller, who founded the orphanage in Bristol, England, and prayed in more than four million dollars. We have the Haldane brothers, converted from Godless sea privateers and pirates to great men of God. We have David Livingstone, who died out in Africa, and had his heart cut out of his body and buried in Africa. We have also C.T. Studd, Gordon and A.J. Cronin and the great Presbyterian preacher Earle, who traveled up and down across the western seaboard.
In the Philadelphia period are Taylor, Morgan, Goforth, Judson, Fiske, General Booth, Captain Bliss, Fannie Crosby, Havergal, the great woman missionary, Payson, Andrew Murray, who wrote books on holiness, Baxter McClendon (Cyclone Mac), a circuit riding Methodist preacher, H.C. Morrison, a great Methodist preacher and a great soul, and J. Wilbur Chapman, who was in a measure responsible for the success of Billy Sunday. We have the men born who edit the Scofield reference Bible – Gaebelein, Pettingil, and C.I. Scofield.
As we come up toward 1900, we see the tremendous impact of the Methodist Church which preached, “Ye must be born again.” (Before the Methodist Church went modernistic in 1910-1920, it won literally thousands of people to Jesus Christ in the United States and England.)
During this time, we run into Billy Sunday, a converted baseball player (who still holds the fastest base running record of any man in the American League – and in his bare feet, too.) He got saved outside of Mel Trotter’s Rescue Mission in Chicago, while two of his “buddies’ laughed at him. Yet, Billy Sunday led more than a million souls to Christ. In response to the last sermon he preached before he died, eighteen grown men walked the aisles for Jesus Christ and were converted. (Billy Sunday is the evangelist whom Sincalir Lewis makes fun of in his dirty book, Elmer Gantry. Lewis was a chronic alcoholic and he hated Billy Sunday’s ‘guts’ because Billy preached about liquor. So Lewis wrote a dirty book and from this came a dirty movie called “Elmer Gantry” which dirty people like to see, and especially drunken people who like to drink and don’t like to listen to preachers talk against liquor. It was voted an ‘Academy Award’ winner some years ago in the US by the same kind of dirty people who subscribe to that particular kind of dirt.)
Billy Sunday was a clean and honest man. Homer Rodeheaver knew him for twenty years and said, “I never heard Billy Sunday tell a dirty joke offstage or on stage. He lived what he preached – one of the cleanest men that ever lived.” He was a hard-hitting evangelist, and a great soul, who won literally thousands, perhaps millions, to Jesus Christ.
This is the period in which Mordecai Ham was born, the man who led Billy Graham to Jesus Christ. (Although a personal worker in Ham’s meeting led Billy Graham to Jesus Christ, it was during one of Ham’s meetings in Charlotte, N.C.) Mordecai Ham was raised in Kentucky and Arkansas. He was a great soul and a great soul winner. He was an iron man of God. Catholics threatened him; thugs threatened to kidnap his son, and on one occasion they knocked Mordecai down in the street with a car and dragged him a good ways on the bumper. Before Billy Graham was saved, a man stopped Mordecai Ham outside of his hotel, put a .45 pistol in his stomach, and told him to get in a cab, and that “they” were driving him out of town. Ham said, “I’ll give you five seconds to put up that gun or I’ll call a cop.” The man put up the gun, and left himself. Later, Billy Graham was saved.
Along about this time, we have a man showing up who was born back in the little town of Brannon’s Stand near Dothan, Alabama – Bob Jones, Sr. We also have a man raised in Texas, J. Frank Norris, who later attended Louisville Seminary.
This is the great hey-day of the true church, 1500-1900. While Darwin, Huxley, Marx, Bertrand Russell, Rauschenbusch, BAcon, Brunner, Ritschl, and all the lost, humanitarian, self-righteous Bible rejectors were trying to destroy and overthrow the word of God, the gospel was going across America, Canada, the United States, and Asia like a prairie fire, and people were getting saved by the thousands. Wherever the Bible went, educational standards came up. Wherever the Bible went, God blessed with material wealth and health. The power of Bible Christianity was so great that unsaved educators actually thought that man was evolving from a money! They figured he had come so far that he just must have come up all the way! A greater mistake could not have been made.
Under cover, the old depraved scholars worked away, and hammered at the foundations of Christianity. The 7th Day Adventists started in 1833 and tried to teach salvation by works. The RV was translated in 1885 and tried to replace the King James Bible. Mary Baker Patterson Eddy, 1879, came out with a lot of ‘chittlens’ and tripe not worth talking about. Then, of course, we find a group of spiritual degenerates called “Latter Day Saints,” and “Mormons,” who thought they were pretty smart. They professed to have discovered some gold plates. They put on a big show, and got real upset when people criticized them (as they do today), and they blasphemed the word of God, and contradicted the Holy Spirit, and began a century-long trip to hell out in Salt Lake City in a big religious way with a lot of show that doesn’t amount to anything scripturally.
In the Philadelphia period, the Catholic Church goes undercover into the Bible revision committees. The Council of Trent in 1546 had officially pronounced a curse on all Bible-believing Protestants. (At the Council fo Trent, you will find the Roman CAtholic Church officially cursed every man who doesn’t believe the Apocrypha is inspired, every man who teaches salvation without water baptism, and every man who teaches you can be born again of the Holy Spirit without subscribing to the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church! Religious bunk!) The Catholic Church went underground in 1700 and began to work on the Westcott and Hort revision committee.
So, when the RV comes out in 1884-1885, it comes out not as a new translation of the Bible, but as a completely new book from a DIFFERENT SET OF MANUSCRIPTS. The RV (1884), ASV (1901), and RSV (1952) are nothing but the recovered corrupt Roman Catholic text of 325 A.D. They are resurrections of the text that Eusebius and Constantine used to destroy the Apostolic church! This test is “Vaticanus” written in 350 A.D. and “Sinaiticus”, written in 331 A.D. This is basically the text from which all Roman Catholic Bibles are taken. (In 325 A.D., this was the type of text that was adopted at the Council of Nicaea.) Consequently, we are not surprised to find the Federal Council adopting this text in 1900, the National Council adopting it in 1940, and the Ecumenical Council adopting the same text in 1962.
The year 1900 brings us to the end of the greatest, most wonderful, and most powerful period of church history. This is the Philadelphia period, the period of the church of the open door – when people were saved, when the gospel was world-wide, when the doors were open.
No matter what scholars think about it, the door stayed open as long as the born-again Christians believed that the 1611 Authorized Version was the word of God. The missionary doors to the gospel only closed when the Body of Christ rejected the King James Bible, and replaced it with the Westcott and Hort Vatican Text. (Dr. Ruckman personally says we can quote him on that to any Greek professor you know, anytime, anyplace, anywhere, under any condition, with his blessing. He will gladly discuss it with them anytime, out of Nestle’s Critical Apparatus, containing the emendations, interpolations, transpositions, and conjectures on all 1600 manuscripts.)
There isn’t any such thing as defeat and apostasy in the Body of Christ until God’s people reject the English Bible. But, when they do, brother, you’ve had it. (Whether you know it or not!)
This brings us to 1900, the final church period before the Rapture, the Laodicean church.
In Revelation 2 and 3, we saw how the Church Age began with a good church, whose only fault was that it had left its’ first love. But, by the time we reach the end of the Philadelphia period and enter the Laodicean period, the church is lukewarm and is everything except what it ought to be.
As the church was ‘on fire’ in Ephesus and Smyrna, and “went to pot” in Pergamos and Thyatira, the church is “on fire” in Sardis and Philadelphia, and goes “to pot” again in Laodicea. History repeats itself. As we always have said before, the only thin men learn from history is that men never learn from history.
What you are learning in the Book of Revelation is church history which is NOT TAUGHT in the public school system. No man is able to comment intelligently on ‘the news’ unless he knows what God has done in history, what the Devil has done in history and what the political movements of the Roman Catholic Church are in history. These things are found ONLY in church history – and what you just read, was a small segment of church history!
Mat_7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat_12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
THE 20TH CENTURY TREE OF TRUTH IS CORRUPT AND ROTTEN TO THE CORE