End Times Summit 2013
The 2013 End Time Summit is going to categorize a small list of items considered to be unclean [raven] occurrences and practices within the modern church. Then the soon to be posted 2014 End Time Summit Preview is going to have a small list categorized as clean (acceptable) [dove] church practices, traditions and occurrences.
Genesis 8:6-12 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro [didn’t return to the ark], until the waters were dried up from off the earth. Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she [dove] returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
1. Raven – The Deeds of the Nicolaitan (Superiority)
The Christian Church is ceasing to be a place of Worship, Fellowship and of Renewal for a hurting and fallen world. Instead the modern Church is becoming a place to be lorded over, conquered, stolen from, used and even abused by a voracious, unceasingly greedily, unskilled, unloving, unmotivated, uncaring, modern staff of semi-church professionals.
Revelation 2:5-6 Nevertheless I [Jesus] have somewhat against thee [Church], because thou hast left thy first [Agape] love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent [return], and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick [God’s presence, blessings] out of His place, except thou repent. But this [good practice] thou hast, that thou hatest the Deeds [superiority practices] of the Nicolaitanes [lit. Nico: conquer or even destroyer of the Laitan: “laity” the people – G3531], which I [Jesus] also hate.
2. Raven – The Doctrine of Balaam (Immorality)
Today modern day Balaam stumbling blocks are everywhere in secular society especially in the media, entertainment, sports and education. But now the same devious stumbling blocks, designed to topple our faith, come not just from outside the Congregation as it did in the days of Moses and Joshua but today the stumbling blocks are being cast from behind the very pulpits that are within the modern Church Congregations.
Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee [Church], because thou hast there them that hold the Doctrine of Balaam [a Gentile Prophet, Numbers 22:5], who taught Balac [a Gentile, Moabite King] to cast a stumblingblock [sexual immorality and worldly worship] before the Children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Numbers 31:16 Behold, these [Moabites] caused the Children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the [Redeemed] Congregation of the LORD. [Numbers 25:1]
Deuteronomy 23:3-5 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the Congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever: Because they met you [Israel] not with bread and with water in the way [desert], when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee (Israel) [by enticing Israel into immoral practices]. Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken (listen) unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
Joshua 13:22 Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the Children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them. [Numbers 31:8]
3. Raven – Antinomianism (Lawlessness)
Antinomianism is in essence a teaching that implies that the Bible as it is isn’t really relevant in the lives and times of today’s believers. Conversely of sound doctrine; human wisdom, socially acceptable trends and select personality traits are then used to replace, often as subtle substitutes, the previously existing doctrines, instructions and wisdom of the Bible.
Antinomianism: In Christianity, an antinomian is “one who holds that under the gospel dispensation of grace the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation”. The term antinomianism emerged soon after the Protestant Reformation (about 1517 A.D.) … Antinomianism in modern times is commonly seen as the theological opposite to Legalism or Works righteousness [the] notion that obedience to religious law earns salvation. This makes antinomianism an [extreme] exaggeration of justification by faith alone. – Wikipedia.com
1 Timothy 1:5-11 Now the end of the Commandment [God’s Commanding – Paul’s Apostleship] is charity [kindness] out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some [Christians] having swerved have turned aside unto vain [empty] jangling [talk]; Desiring to be teachers of the [Levitical] law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof [that] they affirm [a law-system that has passed]. But we know that the law [as it presents an image of God] is good, if a man use it lawfully [with mercy]; Knowing this, that the law [condemnation] is not made for a righteous [saved] man, but for the [unsaved] 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.
4. Raven – Modern Edited (Redacted) Bible Translations
Do to the many edits, discrepancies, personal assumptions and outright errors abounding in the translations of the modern bible publications it amounts to a “category error” to insist that a modern multi edited translation is still an authoritative representation of God’s Word.
A category mistake, or category error, is a semantic [grammar] or ontological [reasoning] error in which “things of one kind are presented as if they belonged to another” – Wikipedia.com
Correct: King James Version (KJV 1611) — Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Correct: Catholic Bible (Douay-Rheims 1899) — Revelation 5:10 And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.
These modern bible publications present both grammatical [sentence structure] and ontological [presupposition – presupposed] reasoning errors.
Error: Modern Catholic Bible — Revelation 5:10 You made them a kingdom and priests for our God, and they will reign on earth.”
Error: English Standard Version (ESV) — Revelation 5:10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.
i.e. “them a kingdom and priests to our God” is a grammatical error in that “them” does not fit the original Greek sentence structure – the original word “us” fits the correct Greek grammar sentence structure. It is also an ontological [reasoning] error because “them” and “our” are two separate categories and correctly it would be stated “have made them a kingdom … to their god”.
Error: New International Version (NIV) — Revelation 5:10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.
Error: New King James Version (NKJV) — Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.
In this publication the grammar structure is somewhat preserved but the intended meaning of the sentence has been rearranged, In the KJV verse people are Christians first and then as a result become kings and priests “unto” God. While the NKJV now reads as though it is ambiguous as to the role kings and priests will serve on earth, will they serve God or reign on earth for themselves?
5. Raven – Modern Reformation (Redacted) Sola Principles
Theological Issues of the Protestant Reformation from approximately (1517 – 1564 A.D.)
The word Protestant comes from two Latin words, “Pro” means “in favour of”, and “Testari” means “to bear witness to, to make a declaration of belief opinion or resolution”.
The theology of the Reformers departed from the Roman Catholic Church primarily on the basis of three great [Pro-Witness] principles:
- Sole authority of Scripture – Sola Scriptura
- Justification by faith alone – Sola Fide
- Priesthood of the believer – Sola Sacerdo
The Reinvented “Five Solas” of the Modern Reformation Movement
Original — Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone
Added — Solus Christus – Christ Alone
Added — Sola Gratia – Grace Alone
Original — Sola Fide – Faith Alone
Added — Soli Deo Gloria – The Glory of God Alone
Redacted — Priesthood of the believer – Sola Sacerdo
Not only has the Believer’s Priesthood of Revelation 5:10 been modified in ALL of the modern bible translations but the very concept of the Believer’s Priesthood [one of the original three tenants of the Protestant Reformation] has been redacted (removed) from modern Reformed theology.
In a review of Terry Johnson’s excellent The Case for Traditional Protestantism, Chad B. van Dixhoorn, Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University and Director of the Westminster Assembly Project, states the matter provocatively. “The popular delineation of these five solas is not a Reformation idea but a modern one. That is to say, if the Reformers were told to list their core doctrines they might as readily have spoken about salvation by the Holy Spirit alone in the church alone” (Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 23.1 : 119).
Conclusion: Two Parables of Jesus
Matthew 13:31-35 Another parable put He [Jesus] forth unto them, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the [unclean] birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake He unto them; The Kingdom of Heaven (on earth) is like unto [corrupt] leaven, which a [deceitful] woman took, and hid [inserted] in three [pure] measures of [fellowship – worship] meal, till the whole [church worship practices] was [corrupted] leavened. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet [Maschil from the Levitical Priesthood (Kohath) family of Asaph – Temple Worship Musicians – Psalm 78:2], saying, I [Messiah] will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
God bless everyone,
David Anson Brown