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Our Bible: The Most Critical Issue

The Holy Bible

 

Our Bible: The Most Critical Issue

by J. Sidlow Baxter
 

Christianity is based on a book. It centres in a Person. It expresses itself in a message. It authenticates itself in an experience.

That basic book is the Bible. That central Person is Jesus.

That expressive message is the Gospel. That authenticating experience is the new birth.

Think here about that basic book. Christianity stands or falls with the Bible. It is no use saying, as the liberalists or modernists do, that so long as we have Jesus we do not need an infallibly inspired Bible.

Nay, all that we know authentically about the Lord Jesus we owe, and shall keep on owing, to the Bible. To say that so long as we have Jesus we do not need the Bible is about equal to saying that so long as we have the sunshine we don't need the sun.

The Early History of PWMI

100 years
(The following is taken from "The Midnight Cry"
- 50 years of prophetic witness
- published by PWMI in 1967)
 

 

Historical Origins

 

In the parable of the ten virgins, our Lord declared that at midnight a cry came, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh: go ye out to meet him” (Matt. 25: 6). Prior to that awaken­ing shout, all the bridesmaids had slumbered and slept, oblivious to their responsibilities on that nuptial night. For centuries it seemed that the church, like the ten virgins, was comparatively without thought of her heavenly Bridegroom or hope of His Second Advent. Indeed, it was not until the nineteenth century that there was much attention given to this subject. In the last 150 years, however, there has been a deepening interest in eschatology and an increasing belief in the imminence of our Lord’s return. This revival of interest and expectancy (never, of course, completely absent), more­over, received a very great impetus fifty years ago.

Early in 1915 proposals were submitted to the British Government that Palestine should be converted into a dom­inion for occupation by the scattered nation of Jews, but although the recommendation was sympathetically received, no action was taken. Consequently, in the following year, the Zionist organisation put forward a “programme for a new administration of Palestine and for a Jewish resettlement of Palestine in accordance with the aspirations of the Zionist Movement”. This too was shelved. But the matter was brought to a head by other developments.

Left Behind or Led Astray - Exposed

Left Behind or Led Astray? - Exposed

A new DVD documentary has just been released by Good Fight Ministries entitled, "Left Behind or Led Astray? Examining the Origins of the Secret Pre—Tribulation Rapture." Good Fight Ministries is run by post—tribulationist Joe Schimmel, the senior pastor at Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California. Schimmel’s ministry is endorsed by evangelist Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, star of the original "Left Behind" movies. The following write—up appears on the back cover: "Take a fascinating journey with us as we examine the shocking origins of the secret, pre—tribulation rapture doctrine... Featuring expert commentary from David M. Bennett, Dr. Mark Patterson, Jacob Prasch, Joel Richardson, and Dave MacPherson."

The truth of the matter is that the 4 1/2 hour film seriously distorts the historical evidence and is full of false accusations, unsubstantiated myths, and lies.

Signs That Make You Wonder - James P Smith

Signs that make you wonderExamining the roots, shoots and fruits
of the modern-day prophetic movement.

James P Smith

In a recent edition of Prophetic Witness we published and article which included the names of several individuals who are, or have been, connected with Toronto Pensicola, the Kansas City Prophets or the New Apostolic Reformation. As a council we are unanimous in saying that our movement does not endorse any of the above.

For that reason we are happy to promote the attached book of the month, 'Signs that make you wonder' by James P. Smith which more accurately reflects our position.

It is, as it suggests, an examination of the roots and fruits of the modern day prophetic movement and it leaves no stone unturned in its exposing of falsehood within the modern charismatic movement.

Christ's Second Coming - Donald CB Cameron

Christ's Second Coming

SEVEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS

Donald CB Cameron

 

This excellent little book on Christ's Second Coming looks at seven questions in relation to the event; Who, What, Why, How, When, Where and How we can be prepared?

As such it is a perfect introduction to the subject outlining simply but thoroughly God's prophetic plan in relation to the return of His Son. Following his answer to the first six questions posed above, the author proceeds to set out a comprehensive list of so called 'signs of the times' - topical evidence to support his belief in the immInence of that great event.

JFK's Question - And Yours?


FIVE DAYS before he became the president of the United States, John F. Kennedy asked evangelist Billy Graham to have lunch and play golf with him. After the game they were driving back to the Kennedy home when the president—elect stopped the car, turned to Billy and said, ‘I want to ask you something. Do you believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?‘ The evangelist replied, 'I most certainly do.‘ Kennedy then asked, ‘Well, does my church believe it?‘ (he was a Roman Catholic). ‘They have it in their creeds,‘ answered Billy. 'They don't preach it,‘ said Kennedy. 'They don't tell us much about it. I'd like to know what you think.‘ And so Billy Graham explained what the Bible said about this great prophetic event. (Sources include: Billy Graham, "Just As I Am" p.395).

Q1. Will there be a General Resurrection?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q1. Will there be a General Resurrection?
 

I have received many questions on the subject of the resurrection of the dead and matters related to it, such as, where will the dead remain until the resurrection?

The subject is a broad one and not always clearly understood without a concentrated study of the issues.

Let me begin by saying that the idea of a general resurrection, followed by a general judgement, often espoused by amillennialists, is a fallacy. Scripture clearly teaches that there will be a number of judgements, just as there will be a number of phases in the raising of the dead. On the matter of a general judgement this teaching is based mainly on two scriptures:

"Marvel not at this for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5 v 28-29).

Q2. Who Are The 144,000 mentioned in the Book of Revelation?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.

Q2. Who Are The 144,000 mentioned in the Book of Revelation?
Will they be Jehovah's Witnesses?
 

The people mentioned in the question will most certainly be Jehovah's Witnesses in the truest sense of the words. But let me emphasise that they bear no relation whatsoever to the followers of the Watchtower Tract Society who meet in Kingdom Halls.

The J.W.s or Millennial Dawnists, as they are sometimes called, are a spurious and heretical cult who deny many of the foundational truths of scripture. By contrast, the 144,000 will be true men of God who will give faithful witness to Jehovah Himself. To understand who these people are and exactly what there function will be we need to consider three things.

Firstly, we must look at their chronological appearance; secondly, their genealogical background; and thirdly their eschatological role. All of this can be gleaned from the two short passages in which they are mentioned - Revelation 7 v. 1-8 and 14 v. 1-5.

Q3. Does the parable of the Ten Virgins support the idea of a Partial Rapture?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q3. Does the parable of the Ten Virgins support the idea of a Partial Rapture?
 

The partial rapture theory is not a widely held one but it is gaining some popularity; especially among some extreme charismatic groupings.

The parable of the virgins is just one of a number of scriptures used by proponents of this theory in support of their particular belief.

Partial Rapturists will seize hold of particular verses and use them as proof texts. Such verses centre on the idea of 'watchfulness' and 'readiness' - sentiments held, of course, by all believers of the imminent return of the Lord.

Q4. When the Jews rejected Christ, did this end God's purposes for them as a nation?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q4. When the Jews rejected Christ, did this end God's purposes for them as a nation?
 

No! No! No! and a thousand times No! God has not terminated His relationship with His ancient people Israel. This fact cannot be overstated, especially in these days when so-called "Replacement Theology" is gaining popularity; asserting that the church has taken the place of Israel in God's plan and purposes.

The question posed above, however, is not a new one, nor is it merely a reaction to the falsehood stated. The same question obviously existed in peoples minds in the New Testament days. The great apostle Paul, the theologian of the New Testament, poses this question rhetorically in his treatise on Israel in Romans 9-11. He says, "Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which He foreknew" (Romans 11 :1-2a).

Paul is most emphatic about God's relationship to His people Israel and is convinced that the sovereign and eternal purposes cannot in any way be altered by the whimsical attitudes, or even the downright rebellion, of the people themselves.

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