Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. -Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ
Many people like to pin name-tags upon themselves: ‘Pastor So and So’, or ‘Apostle Follow-Me’, or ‘Prophet Seen-This-Seen-That’, and so on and so forth. I personally choose not to; but if I had to put a tag upon myself it would probably be something along the lines of ‘Paul a Recovering Failure as a Christian’. You see, I am the one who faltered in his faith. I am the one who lost his vision of the Promised Land, and spent years wandering in the wilderness of sin.
By the power of God’s grace that era of my walk is now some two decades behind me. I live a sanctified life free from habitual sin. And although I have an absolute confidence the sins of my past are forgiven, and I walk free of any condemnation over that disobedience, still I do not particularly like discussing those days. But from time to time I get a prompting from the Lord to revisit the defeat of those years, and the victory God brought to me, in the hopes of helping someone else find the victory they need. Continue reading “Finding The Heart To Finish Strong!”
“Only the pure truth of God’s word will be as an anchor in the storm, and as a lamp in the darkness,” the man said. “All else will fade away into nothingness. For the days to come are dark days filled with turmoil and great anguish.” -excerpt from M. Boldea’s dream
(I feel anyone with the proper love and appreciation of God’s Word would feel a great affinity for this message from Brother Michael. I hope you enjoy it.-Paul Benson)
April 30, 2004
John 7:37-38, “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
It had been a busy four months. Geno and myself had been on the road since the beginning of January, and the weekend of April 30, we were scheduled to speak in North Dakota. This however, was a special meeting. It was to be held on an Indian reservation, plagued with countless vices, and in recent weeks with the spirit of suicide as well. It was an open meeting, where Christians and non-Christians had been invited. For the past two weeks I had been praying for direction as to what I should speak. It was a new forum for me, and I knew I needed guidance and direction. As the day drew nearer, I prayed even more, but had received no answer. Continue reading “An Anchor In The Storm”
Passover through Tabernacles: the Old Testament Feasts paint a prophetic tapestry of the Lord Jesus Christ and his role as our Savior. Recognizing this is a great faith builder!
by Paul Benson
The Prophetic Feasts Of The Lord
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39
One of the greatest blessings I have ever had in studying the Scriptures is how God revealed to me the prophetic nature of the Old Testament feasts. That from Passover right through to Tabernacles the ‘Feasts of the Lord’ present an awe-inspiring prophetic picture of the birth, life, ministry, death, Resurrection, ascension, and current role as intercessor of our Lord Jesus Christ; as well as his future Coming to rule and reign!
How amazing that all these things concerning Christ could be perfectly foretold in the various aspects of the yearly feast days celebrated by God’s people down through the centuries. As a student of God’s Word I had always had a tiny glimpse of these truths through the New Testament usage of phrases like ‘Christ our Passover’ and ‘Christ the Firstfruits’ and so on. But it took an amazing encounter with the Holy Spirit to really shine the light on this; and when he did a whole new dimension of God’s Word wonderfully opened up to me. Continue reading “A Faith Builder! Seeing Jesus In The Old Testament Feasts!”
Should we accept the notion that the coming ‘great tribulation’ Jesus spoke of is the Wrath of God being poured out; or is this a concept out of sync with God’s Word?
by Paul Benson
The Great Tribulation
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Matthew 24:21
When Jesus was teaching on the end-time events which would precede his Return he spoke of a period of tremendous woe upon mankind. He described a coming time of war, famine, plague, natural disasters, great religious deception and persecution of the followers of Christ on a scale never seen before.
Many Bible teachers are claiming this time of great tribulation is actually the wrath of God being poured out upon mankind. And that because God has promised to ‘save us from the wrath to come’ the Church will be taken to Heaven before this woe begins. But where did anyone get the idea that when the Bible speaks about being saved from God’s wrath it is referring to the ‘great tribulation’? Is this a notion that is actually presented by the Scriptures? Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Is The Great Tribulation God’s Wrath?”
I thought maybe this week it might be nice to take a breather from all the concentrating on doctrine, world affairs, and the unfolding judgment of God upon our nation, and take a fresh look at just how wonderful God really is. Care to join me?
by Paul Benson
We live in quite serious times; and much of the work I do as a Christian writer deals with subject matter a little on the negative side. Constantly warning about false teachings, the sinful condition of the world, God’s call for repentance, and the divine judgment now manifesting upon our reprobate nation can get to be a bit taxing. Sometimes we just need to draw aside and meditate on how wonderful God really is; and to renew ourselves in a revelation of his love and mercy. I’m kinda having one of those weeks.
When I pray I often like to recite the Lord’s Prayer, and at times I have difficulty getting beyond the first six words: Our Father who art in Heaven. I find my thoughts flooded and my feelings overwhelmed with the realization of how big God is (and how terribly puny I truly am); and yet he cares so deeply about me. How utterly amazing! Well I promised a question and a poem. Here’s the question: Continue reading “Just A Question and A Poem”
Should believers give up praying for America to turn back to God (as many are suggesting); or cease with their warnings of divine judgment upon her?
by Paul Benson
Are Americans Without Hope Of A Future?
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. -Paul an apostle of Christ
As human beings it is quite natural to take concern for the future; for our own, and also that of our children and grandchildren. We want to live a peaceable life, and to have an assurance that our offspring will grow up in a culture where they can thrive and prosper as they raise families of their own. But these days many are wondering if there will even be a future for them to live in!
The prophets of God have long since been testifying of the coming destruction of this nation. Looking around at the current condition of our society: the economy, food and oil production, industry, religion, education, and now outright acts of terrorism (not to mention the tyrannical turn our government has taken) it becomes quite apparent the blessing of God has been removed from this country.
A very popular notion; but is this truly something the Bible teaches?
by Paul Benson
Who Were The Sons Of God In Genesis 6?
…when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. Genesis 6:1-4
I think God went to great lengths to make the Bible an interesting and mysterious book. One that would hold our attention and provoke us to study. While the basic doctrines of the Christian faith are explicitly and plainly stated in the Word of God (with multiple witnesses), there are many truths in the Scriptures which are not so clearly expressed. Some are scattered like pieces of a puzzle throughout the pages of the Bible, and must be gathered into your understanding by much prayerful study, and then sorted out and pieced together.
Then there is another category altogether. Mysterious segments of Scripture which raise serious questions; of which we are given little assistance answering by the remainder of the Bible. One such passage is Genesis 6:1-4. The wording of these verses has led many to believe that fallen angels took wives of human women, and produced hybrid offspring. Others absolutely reject that idea. This debate has been ongoing since the days of the early Church. Here are my thoughts on the matter. Continue reading “Genesis 6: Did Fallen Angels Marry Women And Produce Hybrid Offspring?”
During my early morning prayer time on July 24 2016, the Father spoke the following words to me.
“There is a poisonous pollution being spewed across the churches of America. A false prophecy of hope, rooted in the trust of a man. I will expose this false Hananiah prophecy in the coming days! I will clear the air in My Churches with fresh revelation and fresh anointing. I am not the author of confusion! I have not sent these false prophets, who are not prophets, but mouthpieces for the wicked one!
Confusion, deception, and false revelation reeks from the mouth of these vipers and snakes. Their venomous poison has been designed to confuse My Church, to paralyze them between two opinions. Whom shall I serve and whom shall I believe? But I will settle the score and I will settle the issue. I will silence the prophets of Hananiah with great vindication to My Jeremiah’s, My Isaiah’s, and My Prophets of Truth!
I will clear the air says your God. I will remove the stench of the Prophetic Pollution that the prophets of Baal proclaim. This will be the showdown of My Word against the god of this world.
The prince of the air has confused many but I will reveal My Truth. I will reveal My Voice and those who know Me will respond and follow Me. My Sheep know My Voice, My Church knows My Ways, My Bride knows the time of Her departure. For it is when the fig tree bears her fruit, the time is nigh. Do not be dismayed by the prophesies of false peace and false hope. The tares will always grow among you. But you must abide in Me and My Words abide in you. That will be the difference between the wheat and tares of the last days. I know the difference says the Lord and I will reap, bundle, and store what is Mine!
But for the unprofitable servant, I will cast him out. For I will reward both the wicked and the righteous. Choose this day; to whom will you serve, and to whom will you listen!”
What direction are we being steered in by those who claim to be at the forefront of what God is doing in this generation? Do we actually know where our mentors are headed; or for that matter even really care? Well, we should!
by Paul Benson
When leadership goes astray one is faced with two choices. Either continue to follow that leadership and end up at whatever destination it does; or divorce yourself from it, and seek the proper path through other means. Prayerful informed choices will always trump those make in haste or ignorance.
Quite alarming to me is the realization most Christians of this generation have absolutely no idea what their favorite celebrity preacher or prophet really believes as doctrine, or what they perceive to be the divinely mandated role of the Body of Christ in the end-time scenario ahead of us. I think we need to ask ourselves just where are these supposed leaders of today’s Christian community actually leading us to; and more importantly: is that where God wants us to go?Continue reading “Cotton Candy Prophets and the Road To Rome”
Do you ever wish you had a greater ability to know which ministries to trust, and which ones you should avoid? Maybe this will help.
by Paul Benson
Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. -Jesus Christ
These words of Jesus are not a warning of people claiming to be the Christ as some suppose, but of those who will come in Jesus name, declaring Jesus to be Christ, but preaching deception. Just because someone opens a Bible and says, ‘Jesus is LORD!’ does not mean what they say came from God.
The warnings of false Prophets and false Teachers among us occupy a sizable chunk of the Scriptures. We are given not only stern and frequent warning about these beguilers; but also many clues to recognize their attributes and tactics, as well as the fruits that follow them. The inability to distinguish between correct ministry and deception is directly related to a lack of familiarity with the teachings of God’s Word. Let’s take a fresh look at some key points the Bible gives on recognizing false workers. Continue reading “Discerning Deceivers: 12 Biblical Keys To Recognizing False Prophets and Teachers”