I will read for you verses four to eight in the 45th chapter of Genesis: â€œI am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be grieved, and let no anger be in your eyes because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to save life. For the famine has been in the midst of the land for two years. And there are still five years in which no plowing and harvest will be. And God sent me before you to put a remnant in the land for you, and to keep alive for you a great deliverance. And now you did not send me here, but God.â€
The ages where God gave his hand of power and his word for our direction is over; we are in that end of the ages just as surely as those Corinthians Paul wrote to had been. Two covenants requiring complicity have been forged on the hot anvil of God’s will and under heaven’s mighty hand, and only two. When that second one was completed the bellows were shut down and the fires were quenched for all time.
And therefore God’s book is finished. Virtually every writer of the New Testament said so, as did the Christ. No one has added a thing to it since those days – nothing has been allowed by God from then to now. There has been no addition, no amendment, no codicil, no election — the completed product is as God sought it to be. The writer of Ecclesiastes said: “I know that whatever God does, it will be forever; nothing can be put to it, and nothing taken from it; and God does it so that man will fear before him.”
Revelation still has only 22 chapters; and not John, not Peter, not Paul, not any other named apostle or prophet has to date posted another lesson or letter for our consideration. The Bible was completed and closed nearly 2,000 years ago, not long after the events concluded.
We are in the end of the ages.
Sorry friends, but that must mean that the Creator, God Almighty, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit along with the hand chosen apostles, all left nothing else to be accomplished, nothing else to say on the matter, as everyone they wrote to while alive, and thereby those to come, had all hit upon “…the end of the ages.” Jesus said all authority and power was being ceded to him upon his ascension, at which event it was stated “he sat down at the right hand of God in glory” indicating a solid conclusion to his work and portion. The apostles and prophets spoke of the gospel that was delivered “once for all time.” (Jude 3)
That must mean the writings that have popped up in the interim and the books about somebody’s secret codes provide nothing of value to the salvation of your soul. The Apocrypha did not make the cut. Your Apostle’s Creed or your Book of Mormon is worthless. The Pearl of Great Price as an addendum is meaningless. The Watchtower can’t add a thing. It would seem your recitation of Jabez’ prayer alone won’t get it done either. Please read Galatians 1:6 — 10 and explain for yourself how you can maneuver around the very clear words of God in this matter.
This means that learning Scientology or anything like it is a waste of your time, no matter what somebody named Travolta or Cruise may have to say about it. It will avail you nothing, whether you like it or not. Such things will get you nothing more than reproof from the face of heaven and a later casting down. They have no value.
Therefore, the made up nonsense that surrounds us must be from the imaginations and machinations of evil men, men who do not serve God. And it follows that if what you are doing or your denomination’s image can’t be found in God’s book by pattern, in name and detail, that would mean as long as you serve those ideas, that you too are weighed in the balance and found wanting; and that your soul is in immediate danger of falling straight through the gates of Hell come judgment.
That covers a lot of groups: for look though you may, you will never find Baptists (the word only occurs in the singular) or Episcopalians, the Catholics and Lutherans, the Methodists, Presbyterians, or the Seventh Day Adventists (or any other Adventists on any other day); the Pentecostals of any stripe, any Mormons or any version of the Church of Latter Day saints, no Christ’s Fellowship, or the Apostle’s Church of the Holy Tabernacle, or the Miracle Church of the Apostle’s Creed — not one of them makes the cut, just to name a few. Not one can trace themselves, what they practice or even just their names, back into the pattern for worship that comes from within God’s book. They do not exist there and their practices cannot be found there. They must be sought and can only be found outside of God’s pattern book. This means eternal trouble unless the people who promote or follow the things taught by such groups turn back to God. It means the church down the street may do you more harm than good if they and you are not following the instructions and seeking to follow the pattern that was given by God.
It is a fearful thing to fall unprepared into the hands of the living God. If we don’t pay attention to the pattern there is simply no hope for us. There would simply be no hope, no advocate, and no reward — not in this world and not in the next, no matter how well we may be able to sing “Oh, How I Love Jesus.”
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:21 — 27)
The Lord also said, “Repent, or you shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)
Now if you wish to continue doing things that God did not authorize you to do, supposing that God approves of it, good luck with things; but it will come to naught. You cannot dictate to God the terms of your acceptance. It is his terms that matter. The late Marshall Keeble said it would all come home on “Rootin’ Day” — “When God and Christ will root up every plant they have not planted.”
“And every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess.” (Found in both Testaments.)
Now please read John 12:48.
God Almighty says that his word is not subject to dispute or interpretation. There is no point in argument or debate. It is precisely as you see it on the page and it means what is stated; and God has said exactly what he wants us to know and to do.
One pattern has been given. A simple reading will make it obvious to the most casual reader.
If you disagree with this and it all makes you mad enough to look into the Word then good, if it only makes you angry enough to think that I am against your religious take on things (which may be true, but would also be irrelevant), then you have missed the target by a country mile. You can verify every word in your Bible or prove me wrong if I am giving it out incorrectly (conveniently, I have here left off most scriptural references so that you must do the work on your own).
You see, you must, “study to show yourself approved to God.” Though the essays on this site involve these things (as I mentioned in the first essay in this set); your Bible is the proof text for all things religious, and the answers certainly lie between its covers. And I stand with the text and with what is given here.
If you do not see it, perhaps you need to read it again and pay closer attention. The very safety of your soul depends on it.
In the next essay I will take up the pattern for salvation that is given in God’s book. That will be a short but sensible excursion as the topic has been dealt with in great depth in previous essays on the site. Yet I would be remiss to leave off some mention of the gospel plan of salvation in a study like this, so we will mention the high points, and then in the next outing we will look at the pattern for the church.