The Church: Is Not What You Think - www.sbpra.com/Yefulkay
To many people, "Church" includes hundreds of different denominations or religions that disagree with one another in name, organization, doctrine, worship, and plan of salvation. Such a situation clearly constitutes division, not unity. Yet all the denominations claim to be the Church of Jesus Christ.
If we really want to please Jehovah God, however, we must forsake what we want and practice what He wants.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Matthew 16:24 - Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
The word "church" is used two ways in the Bible: universal and local
The church in the "universal" sense:
The "universal" church refers to the body or group of all saved people everywhere. It includes all who have been redeemed by Jesus' blood, have been forgiven of their sins, and have been born into His spiritual family. (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 3:11; Eph. 5:23, 25; Acts 2:47; Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18, 24; 1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Cor. 12:12-14 to Acts 2:38; 22:16; Mark 16:16.)
The church in the "local" sense:
The "local" church refers to a congregation of Christians in a region or a particular place who have united themselves to work and worship together in Jesus Christ name. According to the Bible, they have a pattern of organization, work that they are to do, and funds they use to do this work.
In the Bible, Christians were not just members of the universal body of all saved people, but they also associated themselves into local churches. (Acts 8:1; 1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Thess. 2:14; Rev. 1:4, 11; Gal. 1:2; Rom. 16:16; Acts 11:22; 2 Cor. 1:1; 8:1; Gal. 1:22; 1 Cor. 16:1; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 14:33
In this book I have explained what the Bible says about the meaning of the word CHURCH, characteristics of Christian and Non-Christian Churches, church membership, the purpose of the church, Church Governance or management and Administration, Church Conflict and resolution etc.
This book also answers critical questions such as: what does Jehovah God really think about the religious division that exists today? Does He want unity instead?
Who is Jesus and who is Jehovah? Is the use of anointing oil and incense Biblical or not? Is ones saved ever saved? Are there any conditions to be a Church member? Is Church discipline Biblical or man’s idea? Things that differentiate true Christian churches; Can someone be called a prophet today; Are angels Gods; What is God’s true name; Is God one person; The Father of Jesus Christ is GOD; What difference does the doctrine of the trinity make? The authority and power in the name of JESUS CHRIST; What is Church growth? What would the Church of Jesus Christ be like without conflict? Can we ever fully understand everything in the Bible? (Isa 55:9, 1Cor 13:12); Can we at least reach correct conclusions about major doctrinal differences as a whole as individuals? (2 Tim 3:14-17); Should we be satisfied with the opinion of our teachers and pastors or our denomination's "official" viewpoint if we have not done a thorough study ourselves? (Acts 17:11); Is a church a true Christian church if they do not believe that the Bible is the final authority for a Christian?; Can a church be a true Christian church if they do not believe that the Bible is the literal and inerrant Word of God?; With so many Bible versions available today, how do we know which Bible is the Word of God?
I hope you will be able to distinguish the chaff from the grains after reading this book. My intention is not to condemn any denomination or church but to point out practical doctrinal errors in Christianity today, so that we all may be conscious of the truth.
To understand Jehovah God, it is not necessary to find answers to every question that comes to your mind. Stay before Jehovah God so He can give you understanding through the Holy Spirit of what is important. The WORD was written by the Holy Ghost and it is spiritually discerned.
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THE REALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is Eternal. Hebrews 9:14.
The Holy Spirit is Omnipresent. Psalms 139:7.
The Holy Spirit is Omniscient. 1 Corinthians 2:10.
The Holy Spirit is Omnipotent. Luke 1:35. Romans 15:19.
The Comforter given by Christ. Luke 4:28. John 14:26.
Author of the New Birth. John 3:5-6.
Comforts the Believer. Acts 9:31. John 14:26.
Teaches the Believer. 1 John 2:27. Luke 12:12. John 14:26.
Imparts the love of YHWH GOD to the Believer and through the Believer. Romans 5:5. Galatians 5:22.
Gives assurance of salvation. 1 Corinthians 2:10. 1 John 3:24.
Guides the Believer. John 16:13.
Empowers the Believer. Acts 1:8.
Strengthens the Believer. Ephesians 3:16.
Imparts Hope to the Believer. Romans 15:13. Galatians 5:5.
Communicates Peace and Joy to the Believer. Romans 14:17.
Source of Wisdom. Isaiah 11:2.
Source of Knowledge. 1 Corinthians 12:8.
Source of Miraculous Power. Matthew 12:28. Acts 19:11.
Inspires Scriptures. 2 Peter 1:21. 2 Timothy 3:16.
Edifies the Church. Acts 9:31.
The Holy Spirit spoke in, and by, the prophets. Acts 1:16. 1 Peter 1:11,12. 2 Peter 1:21.
Helps our Infirmities. Romans 8:26.
Dwelling in Saints (Believers). John 14:17. 1 Corinthians 6:14.
The Witness. Hebrews 10:15. 1 John 5:8.
Convincing of Sin, of righteousness, and of Judgement. John 16:8-11.
The Holy Spirit Strives with Sinners. Genesis 6:3.
The Holy Spirit Creates and Gives. Job 33:4.
1 Corinthians 12:13. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Irrespective of race, nationality or whether you are of the highest profession or a slave, or a person with no education at all – THOSE worshipping YHWH GOD are drinking of the one and same Spirit. There is no such thing as you or I being a better Believers in Christ/HaMashiach than other Believers in Christ/HaMashiach are, we ought to worship together and YHWH GOD knows every heart.
Without examining too closely the Believer’s doctrine of the Holy Spirit we may summarise its teaching as follows: The Holy Spirit is GOD; the Third Person within the Godhead, knowledge of whom depends on the Revelation of the Father and the Son; from both of these HE proceeds. Before the “Word became flesh” HE spoke by the prophets, and HIS was the agency by which the “Word became flesh.” The atonement was consummated through the Church; HE communicates HIS POWER to the individual Believer, HE is also the mediator to a person of new birth and of forgiveness, strengthens and purifies that person’s whole personality, and knits him/her (the person) closely into the fabric of the body of saints (Believers), crowning all by bringing him/her to eternal life through the resurrection of the body. The body of saints is the ‘Bride of Jesus Christ/Yeshuah HaMashiach’ the ‘Church’ which is made up of true Bible believing Believers (true Christians and Messianic Jews) throughout the whole world of different races, just like the other saints who believe in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ/Yeshuah HaMashiach and believe that HE was resurrected from the grave and that HE is in heaven preparing a place (mansiona) for all the Believers in HIM when HE fetches us in the ‘Rapture’ which is closer than we realise. ALL other saints who have gone before us are already in heaven waiting for us to join them.
The purpose of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is as follows:
Controls the Believer:
2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Galatians 5:16-18. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
1 John 2:20. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.
Jesus anointing people through HIS Holy Spirit while they were worshipping HIM in spirit and truth. When you worship you must not be afraid of those around you as to what they will think or say, you go to church to worship the living GOD who gave you breath, so therefore when you worship forget about those around you – let it only be Jesus and you then you will feel HIM hugging you with HIS warm presence and anointing you. Believe me – it is AWESOME!
Acts 13:52. The disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (Mark 1:8.) (John 1:33.) (Acts 1:5.)
Matthew 3:11. (John the Baptist spoke about Jesus/Yeshua) “As for me, I baptize you in water for repentance, but HE who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not even fit to remove HIS sandals; HE HIMSELF will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Luke 3:16).
A lot of people do not know what is meant by being baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. The ‘fire’ spoken of here is not physical flames that people can see with their fleshly eyes. It is a hot feeling of Yeshua’s/Jesus’ presence of HIS love that causes the HOLY SPIRIT to overpower a person, making a person feel the heat of Jesus’/Yeshua’s love, which is known as being baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.
The Collins Dictionary explains it beautifully under the word ‘baptism’: ‘Baptism with fire’ = Christianity, the penetration of the Holy Ghost (Spirit) into the human spirit to purify, consecrate, and strengthen it, as was believed to have occurred initially at Pentecost.
Matthew 10:20. “For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks for you.”
Mark 16:17. “And these signs will accompany those who have believed; in MY name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues.
Acts 2:4. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
Act 10:46. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting GOD.
Acts 19:6. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.
1 Corinthians 12:4-12,30-31. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same LORD. And there are varieties of effects, but the same GOD who works all things in all persons. But each one is given the manifestation of the Holy Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of the spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues, but one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as HE wills. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body (the church), so also is Christ. All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak in tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 14:1-5. PURSUE love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For the one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men, but to GOD; for NO ONE understands, but in his spirit speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.
1 Corinthians 14:23-25. If therefore the whole church should assemble together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say you are mad? But if all prophesy , and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; the secrets of his heart are disclosed; so he will fall on his face and worship GOD, declaring that GOD is certainly among you. (Nobody can convict a person, ONLY the Holy Spirit will do so, but the person is called to account by all that he/she has done, to GOD personally – and does not have to account to the people in the church of what he/she has done if he/she so wishes. He/she might disclose the secrets of his/her heart to the church as to how GOD had changed his/her heart through the Holy Spirit.)
‘Tongues’ is a heavenly language that nobody – not even Satan can understand but only GOD. GOD gives people the prophecy (interpretation) of the tongues as well. ‘Tongues’ is something that a person cannot learn or be taught but a gift from YHWH GOD, it is through the anointing of the Holy Spirit that a person can speak in ‘tongues’ and not know what you are saying because it is a heavenly language. By basing all your thoughts on Christ Jesus/Yeshuah HaMassiach only while worshipping HIM from the bottom of your soul causes the Holy Spirit to give you utterance from your soul and not from your mind. Remember the soul is a part of the body that cannot die, and it is that part of your body that goes to heaven, your flesh and your mind do not go to heaven as it is part of your earthly body. That is why GOD works from within your soul. When you speak in tongues it feels as if it comes from your stomach area because it is not from your mind. DO NOT ridicule people or churches with people who speak in ‘Tongues’ because the Bible does tell us about ‘Tongues’. There are a lot of people who feel bad because they cannot speak in ‘Tongues’, do not feel bad because not all people have the gift of Tongues and the gift of Interpretations, whereas they might have some other gifts. Some people and churches view ‘Tongues’ the way other people write about it by saying that it is not right and that it is of Satan. Well, why would the Bible tell us that it is of GOD?? Do not go according to the scorn of people who are against ‘Tongues’ and against the moving of the Holy Spirit because they are NOT GOD – it is what GOD says through HIS WORD (the Bible) that is important NOT what man thinks or says.
Even INTERPRETATIONS were given by Jesus/Yeshua through HIS SPIRIT.
I did not see those who are of other religions, or evil doers. I only saw Believers in Jesus Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach and others busy accepting Jesus Christ as their own personal Saviour at a distant, also individuals at their homes and in fields in different countries but it was too far for me to see their faces, they all were praying to GOD for all types of needs to be met and praying about other things, and HIS ears attend to their prayers.
ONLY YHWH GOD can see every person close up because ONLY YHWH GOD even knows the thoughts of every person and ONLY YHWH GOD knows the numbers of hairs on each person’s head - that is how well HE knows every individual and how close YHWH GOD is to us.
Matthew 10:30-31. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7.
Psalms 34:15. The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, and HIS ears are open to their cry.
There were people who had sinned crying and weeping before the LORD and surrendering to HIM. Plus the little boy whom YHWH GOD allowed me to see from a distant, but only he was close enough for me to see that he had short blondish colour hair, but his face was buried in his hands crying bitterly and asking GOD not to allow his parents to divorce, as he loved them so much.
Matthew 21:22. “And everything you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”
The ‘Rapture’ and the 2nd Coming of Jesus/Yeshua are two different events. The Second Coming takes place while the Battle of Armageddon (WWIII) against Israel is taking place according to Bible prophecies.
John 20:25-31. The other disciples therefore were saying to him (Thomas), “We have seen the LORD!” But he (Thomas) said to them, “Unless I shall see in HIS hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into HIS side, I will not believe.” And after eight days again HIS disciples were inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then HE said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see MY hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into MY side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to HIM, “My LORD and my GOD!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen ME, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in HIS name.
I saw the nail scars in Jesus’ hands and feet. NOBODY can persuade me to believe the lies of Satan that Jesus was not crucified for all mankind – Jesus WAS crucified!
Ephesians 1:7. In HIM we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of HIS grace.
How did the blood of Jesus come about to redeem us from all sin? Only through Jesus being crucified!
Isaiah 48:17. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; “I am the LORD your GOD, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way that you should go.
Who is our REDEEMER? Jesus Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach! The One who redeemed us through WHAT? The One who redeemed us through HIS BLOOD that was shed for us! HOW? By being crucified for us and was resurrected by GOD the Father and HE is seated on the right side of GOD the Father. AMEN!
Yehsuah/Jesus’ face was very bright with the way it shone that I could not see what HE looked like, but I recognized HIM through the nail scars in HIS hands and feet.
Luke 21:19. By your perseverance you will win your souls.
Romans 13:11. And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
We ARE living in the ‘last hour’ also known as the ‘last days’ according to the Bible, when we see how Bible prophecies that go hand-in-hand with world news, IS unfolding very fast before our very eyes, with the world going against Israel – it is a ‘great warning sign’ that we hardly have any time left before the ‘Rapture’ takes place. It is going to be absolute hell and chaos on earth for those who are left behind, it will be then that those who are left behind will earnestly wish that they could have had a second chance – but will be in despair for there will be NO second chance and realise “It is too late” and that they are doomed for eternal hell! NOW is the time to make right with YHWH GOD! NOW is the time to win the lost for YHWH GOD because the fields have been ripe unto harvest for years and time is running out! Bring the lost to the nail pierced FEET of Jesus Christ/Yeshuah HaMashiach through ministering to them, and hear YHWH GOD say to you: “Well done! My good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21.)
Revelation 14:15. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to HIM who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, because the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
The harvest that are ripe are those who are ready to become true born again Believers to belong to Jesus Christ/Yeshuah HaMashiah through the redemption of HIS Blood. Are you ready and amongst the harvest? If not, you better get right with Jesus/Yeshuah before it is too late!!