Rev 20:8              A Continual Bombardment of Arminian Theology                      6/8/2014

 

 

·         The Spiritual View of the Bible (Rev 18:4, Eph 2:1,1:5, Rom 9:11-13, Isa 48:11)

 

 

 

#1.       Armageddon (Rev 16:16, 20:7-9, 1-3, 2Pet 1:21)

 

 

 

·         The Sovereignty of God (Rom 9:11-16)

 

 

 

·         Does God Have to Offer Eternal Life to All Mankind? (Mat 13:28, Luke 19:14, Rev 3:21, Psalm 5:5-6, 7:11-13, 11:5-6, Mat 7:13-14)

 

 

#2.       About Prayer (Job 21:15)

 

 

 

·         Be On Our Guard in Bible Interpretations (Joel 2:25, 2Chron 7:14-16)

 

 

 

·         Instant Gratification (Gen 25:29-34, Rom 9:13, 3:11, Rev 22:19)

 

 

 

#3.       Many More Darts from the Devil (Rev 22:19, 20:9)

 

 

Today is June 8, 2014. This is Pentecost Sunday. Today we want to consider the words in the Bible from the spiritual point of view. God is a Spirit, and Satan is also a spirit. And thus, when we look at the words of the sermon today, let us look at those words as a parable rather than a story in real time.

·         The Spiritual View of the Bible (Rev 18:4, Eph 2:1,1:5, Rom 9:11-13, Isa 48:11)

On a day like today, a day near the end of time, Satan said to one of his closest allies from the realm of his army of spirits, “Come let us have some fun today, and not only today but let us have some fun with the humans there on earth until the end of time, and let us bombard them with Arminian doctrines continually, for they tend to believe us practically in all things that we throw at their feet. As you know, most of them are not worshipping the true God of heaven and earth but another god, and so we are given the OK from the Almighty to play with them, for most of them are just playing church. They have been taught that they want nothing to do with Arminian theology, but that is only in name. Most of them do not know what Arminian theology is.” The title of the sermon today is: “A Continual Bombardment of Arminian Theology,” and the bombardment I am speaking about has nothing to do with bullets or bombs, but it is a spiritual bombardment far more effective than real bombs. It is a bombardment from Hell. It is a bombardment not only on the worldwide church, but it is also a bombardment on all those people who despise the church, who like to view themselves as those who have come out of the church, according to Rev 18:4, to protect themselves against false gospels raging in the church near the end of time. They think they have sheltered themselves from false gospels. But is there protection from false gospels by leaving the church?

What is Arminian theology, and what is the theology of the true God of the Bible? Arminian theology is named after Jacob Arminius, a sixteenth century Dutch theologian, a professor of theology at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands, whose theology invoked an outcry of the churches of his days, and this outcry was written and we presently know it as the Canons of Dort. Arminian theology says that Adam after the fall, and all mankind after him, are not created totally depraved, but are created only partially depraved, and still have the ability to do something good, and so there is something good in man. But Eph 2:1 says that man is dead in trespasses and sins. In other words, the Arminian does not believe that when Adam sinned he spiritually fell from a 100 story building and was totally dead, but the Arminian believes that Adam fell from a two story building and broke a leg and crawled to a phone booth to call for help. But the Bible says that we are born totally dead in trespasses and sins. Who do we believe?

Arminian theology says that election is conditional, based on foreseen faith. But Eph 1:5 denies this, “God has predestinated us through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,” and Rom 9:11-13 also denies this with the statement “Jacob have I loved but Esau have I hated.” Arminian theology holds that the grace of God is resistible. But this weak and incompetent Arminian god, having feeble grace, cannot hold a candle to the real grace and the real God whom no man can resist. Arminian theology holds that saved people can fall away from their faith if they sin bad enough. But how does this harmonize with the fact that there is no sin so great that it cannot be forgiven? Therefore the churches have protested and have formulated their understanding of the true Gospel with the following five solid statements of the true Gospel: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints. And so, the bombardment that Satan is conducting is aimed at the saints against these five points of doctrine. If the saints would wobble on only one of these five points then Satan would have won the debate, for these five points hang together as one great concept of the Grace of God. If any man would doubt only one of these five points he would have lost all five, because they hang together as one coherent whole. That whole is the sovereignty of God. Either God is sovereign, or He is not. Either God is infinitely righteous, or He is not. Either God is infinitely merciful, or He is not. Either God is infinitely wise, or He is not. And we have seen a few weeks ago that the true God of the Bible is a proactive God, and not a responsive god. In fact, a responsive god does not exist. To worship a responsive god is idolatry. What is a responsive god? He is a god who responds to the occasion; He is a god who waits for a problem to occur before He acts on it. This is Arminian theology. Please turn to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 48:11. The Arminian god is a god who waits for people to cry to him for salvation, and then he saves them. That is why Arminian theology starts with Universal Atonement, which means “God has provided salvation for all mankind, and now it is up to you to accept that salvation or reject it.” Has Man become the king-maker? Is this possible? Is it possible that God will give the glory of the act of salvation to man? We read in Isa 48:11, “For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? And I will not give my glory unto another.” Paraphrased Almighty God says, “I will do it myself. I will not give My glory unto another. If I give this task to mankind, they will mess it up, and My Name will be polluted.

Why has Satan now decided to throw bombs of Arminian theology on the saints? Is this a new invention of Satan? Paraphrased God says: NO! You stole that idea from the Bible. Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 20:7 (2X). There we read about:

#1.       Armageddon (Rev 16:16, 20:7-9, 1-3, 2Pet 1:21)

The name Armageddon appears in the New Testament only in Rev 16:16. It is the name of the last battle between Christ and Satan. However we see this last battle in many places in the Bible. For example, we see this battle also in Rev 20, and here it is obvious that we are reading about the very last battle between Christ and Satan. We read in Rev 20:7-10,

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Let us now look at this passage with spiritual eyes. Both the beast and the false prophet are representing Antichrist. Like Christ is the incarnation of God in man, so Antichrist is the incarnation of Satan in man. Satan is not omnipresent, for Satan is only one spirit. But as Antichrist he can indwell many people, and so have a worldwide influence. In Rev 20:1-3 Satan was bound for a symbolical thousand years so that he should deceive the nations no more until the thousand years were ended. And now he engages in the final battle, Armageddon.

This says that the army that is attacking the camp of the saints takes up the breadth of the earth. If anyone still hangs on to a literal army that is attacking the nation of Israel, here is a verse that will prove you wrong. Certainly no physical army in the world takes up the breadth of the earth. It is a physical impossibility. And certainly no physical army in the world attacking the tiny nation of Israel shall come with a force that is as wide as the breadth of the earth. But God does not lie. The army God speaks about in this verse is a spiritual army that involves almost the entire world population. It is not an army that comes with tanks and canons and airplanes, but it is an army that comes with a gospel which is a counterfeit gospel. It is not a gospel that God will use to save people by the hearing of it, but it is a gospel that God considers an abomination that makes the hearers thereof desolate. It is not an army that moves on wheels, but it is an army that occupies pulpits, and because of its popularity it will take almost every church by storm. It is not an army directed by generals, but it is an army that is directed by preachers and teachers of a gospel that comes very close to the true Gospel. However, it is not an army that takes the Bible seriously, but it is an army that pics out a few verses here and there. It is not an army that gives God all the glory, but it is an army that gives some of the glory to their imaginary god, and gives some of the glory to man. It is not an army that honors the God of the Bible, but it is an army that has their own gods, and wants nothing to do with the sovereignty of the God of the Bible. This is the army that is attacking the saints all over the world, and that is why this army is as broad as the breadth of the earth. This battle is presently being fought all over the earth, and the saints are losing. Why is the sovereignty of God so important in this battle?

Please turn to chapter 22 of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 22:19 (2X). You have heard me quote this verse many times, but today I will show you the enormous impact it has on the entire theology of the Bible. Let me first read to you Rev 22:19,

Rev 22:19  “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Do we all see this? If anyone denies the existence of something that is definitely stated in the Bible, then that person has taken away from the words of God. 2Pet 1:21 says it very plainly: The words that are in the Bible did not originate out of a man’s mind, but “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” These are words that God spoke and the Apostles and prophets wrote them down. And so, if anyone dares to erase any words from God out of the Bible, he should be put on notice that the curse of Rev 22:19 applies to him. This curse is as bad as the one stated in Rev 22:18. Now, let us look at the Sovereignty of God.

·         The Sovereignty of God (Rom 9:11-16)

Is the sovereignty of God in the Bible? There is no question that the sovereignty of God is in the Bible. But all those people who do not want to believe the sovereignty of God have in fact taken these passages out of their bible. They refuse to believe it, because they believe that a good God would not make such a statement. Let us consider the evidence. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 9:11-16 (2X). We read here about Jacob and Esau, the twin sons from Isaac and Rebecca, whose destiny has been foretold by God. We read here in Rom 9:11,

Rom 9:11  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Rom 9:12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

Rom 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Rom 9:14  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Rom 9:15  For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. And so, the children, Jacob and Esau, before they were born, before they could have done any good or evil, God said of them, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” And God set it up this way to make us understand the purpose of God according to election, to make clear to us that election is not of man’s works, but election is of God who calleth.” And notice the last words of the passage quoted here: Election unto salvation, or mercy from past sins, is not of given to him that willeth, nor to him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. God is sovereign. Our God is not a responsive god. God determines to whom He will show mercy, not the person that willeth, nor him that runneth, but God determines to whom He will show mercy to whomsoever He will. And so, God has His favorite people whom He loves and God also knows those people whom He hates. Does God hate some of mankind? Let us consider this fact of history.

·         Does God Have to Offer Eternal Life to All Mankind? (Mat 13:28, Luke 19:14, Rev 3:21, Psalm 5:5-6, 7:11-13, 11:5-6, Mat 7:13-14)

We have seen last week From Mat 13:28 that the Devil sowed tares among the wheat. Both the wheat and the tares represent people. The wheat represent the children of God, or the elect, and the tares represent children of the Devil, or the reprobate. Is God obligated to love the children of the Devil as much as He loves the children of God? NO! God is not obligated to do anything and certainly God is not obligated to love the children of the Devil. He Himself has declared that they are the children of the Devil. And when we consider the beauty of eternal life we certainly do not think that an infinitely righteous God would reward the reprobate with the same gift that He bestows on those who have loved Him in this earthly life. The reprobate have always hated God, and in their heart they have shouted, “We will not have this man reign over us” (Luke 19:14). What is eternal life? The Lord Jesus stated it here in Rev 3:21, and we could not state it any clearer than that. We read in Rev 3:21,

Rev 3:21,  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

What a beautiful promise of eternal life with Christ in the New Jerusalem. But this is a promise from God to those whom He loves, not to those whom He hates. Does God hate anyone? Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 5:5-6, and there we read,

Psalm 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

Ps 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man

The word “leasing” means “lies.” The Lord hates those whose words are lies that lead to the shedding of blood and deceit. What kind of lies are those that lead to the shedding of blood and to deceit? God gave an example of those when the Lord Jesus was brought to trial, and the false witnesses were brought in who accused Him of lies and their words spread deceit, and their words led to shedding of blood from the Lord Jesus. Please turn the page to Psalm 7:11 (2X). There we see more evidence that God hates the wicked. We read in Psalm 7:11-13,

Psalm 7:11,  God judgeth the righteous (at the cross), and God is angry with the wicked every day.

Psalm 7:12  If he turn not, He will whet his sword; He hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

Psalm 7:13  He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; He ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

Who are the wicked? The wicked are all those who are still unsaved. God is angry with the wicked every day. Who are the persecutors? The persecutors are all those who are persecuting the righteous because God is the Defender and the Avenger of the righteous. Let us look at one more example. Please turn the page to Psalm 11:5 (2X). There we read, “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.”

Psalm 11:6  “Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.”

This conveys the same principles as shown in Psalm 7. God is the Defender and the Avenger of the righteous. And so we see that God definitely loves some people and He hates other people. It is a principle of Arminian theology that God loves all people, which is definitely a lie for the purpose of making the acts of God dependent upon the acts of man. Such a god does not exist. And so, when you meet a preacher who says to you, “God loves you,” you know that he is most likely lying, for the Lord declares in Matt 7:13-14 that most people remain unsaved, and it is only a remnant that will be saved. The Arminian god is an idol. The Bible declares that an idol is an impotent thing, made by man that cannot do anything; he cannot walk, he cannot talk, he cannot bless you, he can only curse you, because the God of heaven and earth hates people who worship idols. And so, when we pray to an idol we receive no benefit, it only digs us a deeper hole in Hell. Let us now consider the subject of prayer. Be careful to whom you send up your prayers.

#2.       About Prayer (Job 21:15)

Since the true God of heaven and earth is all wise, He knows the end from the beginning. He knows what we should pray for, and He knows what we are actually going to pray for, because His Holy Spirit prompts within us the subject matters that we will pray for. God will never be surprised. But God says ahead of time, “I change not.” And so, we should never ask God to change His plans, or His counsel, because this remains unchangeable. If we had the idea that prayer means that He is a God whose mind can be changed then we have the wrong attitude to prayer. If God is all wise, all powerful, and all good then prayer is apparently superfluous and futile. But if God in His omnipotence He knows our needs, then just as in His goodness and in His omnipotence He will certainly supply to all our needs. Then why pray? We do not pray because want certain things from Him, but we pray because we live to glorify Him, and we can glorify Him in many more things than asking Him to do something for us. We can ask Him to give us the wisdom wherein we can glorify Him. In other words, to ask God in what way we can glorify Him as His servants is often more beneficial to our souls than to ask Him how He can serve us. We have been created to serve Him, rather than the other way around. We pray because He is our heavenly Father, and we want to communicate with our heavenly Father, not because we want something from Him, but because we love Him. And so, what profit is it to us if we pray? Under the pressure of emotional and physical suffering Job inquired, “What is the Almighty that we should serve Him? And what profit should we have if we pray unto Him?” (Job 21:15)  It is the major element in the outworking of God’s program to make us grow through His edification. And for the rest we have to leave it in His hands how He wants to do it. His plan is always the best plan, and in this we must be content.

In Arminian theology we would always ask God to do something for us. But we should realize that there are many more things we can ask that will actually be more glorifying to Him. Arminian theology is a theology of selfishness. It makes us selfish in all that we do.

·         Be On Our Guard in Bible Interpretations (Joel 2:25, 2Chron 7:14-16)

Whenever we see in the Bible that we must do our part, and then God will do His part, that is a faulty interpretation. For example, a verse that is quoted many times in very conservative churches is 2Chron 7:14. You know this verse very well; you have heard it many times.

2Chron 7:14, If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Most churches who read these verses interpret these words this way: “If we humble ourselves and repent and pray, and seek the ways of the Lord, then God will hear our prayers and will forgive our sins and God will restore unto us the years that the locust has eaten. (Joel 2:25, 2Chron 7:15-16). Well, is that not what God says in these verses? It appears that this is what God says. But this would make Almighty God a servant of mankind. This would imply that our God is a responsive god, and we know that this is a wrong conclusion. A responsive god is an idol of Arminian theology. How then should we read those verses? Check your brains before you enter the room of Bible interpretations. We know that repentance is a gift from God. And thus, when we read 2Chron 7:14 the first step should be God’s action, and not man’s action. God the Holy Spirit will enter into the hearts and minds of the people in the church, and then repentance will follow. This must be the correct interpretation, for it makes God the Author of repentance and salvation, and this will give God the glory for everything good, and not man. And so, be careful when you interpret the Bible; do not make God your servant; you are His servant.

Another example is in the matter of satisfaction. This is a BIG one. You have heard a preacher say that if you serve Christ you gain a life that is much more satisfying than a life of selfish pursuit. In fact many hymns and spiritual songs praise personal satisfaction as the best thing since sliced bread. But that is a totally worldly view of the Christian life. Our personal satisfaction with the course of action that we take when we serve Christ is of no concern at all. What does matter is if Christ is satisfied with our actions. Is what we do pleasing to Him? Are our actions glorifying Christ, or are our actions glorifying man? That is the big question we need to focus on. And are our interpretations of the Word of God serving to bring glory to Christ because of what He has done for us, or are we serving Him for what He can do for us in the future? Where is our focus?

Let us now look at the subject matter of instant gratification.

·         Instant Gratification (Gen 25:29-34, Rom 9:13, 3:11, Rev 22:19)

Please turn to the prophecy of Genesis, Gen 25:29 (2X). I asked an alcoholic one day, “What can the god of alcohol do for you that the god of heaven and earth cannot do for you?” The question stumped him. It made him consider his life, and where he was going. But what is the answer to this question? The answer is: Instant gratification. The subject matter of instant gratification appears many times in the Bible. Everyone knows the story of Jacob and Esau. Let us read here in Gen 25:29-34.

Gen 25:29  And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:

Gen 25:30  And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

Gen 25:31  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

Gen 25:32-33  And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?  And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

Gen 25:34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

This is again a story of “Instant Gratification.” Esau was not dying. He just wanted a bowl of lentil soup. He wanted to be satisfied now. He did not appreciate the uncertainty of the future. What was the birthright that he sold? It was the blessing that Messiah would come from his line of descendants. Jacob eagerly coveted this honor. But that was a blessing that would be far into the future. Jacob knew his brother’s desires for the here and now, and Jacob saw his opportunity to buy that birthright from Esau. When God said, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated,” in Rom 9:13, God did not say this because Esau sold his birthright. Esau sold his birthright because he did not receive the grace of God to be concerned for the future. Jacob was an elect of God, or sown as a wheat in terms of Mat 13, and Esau was a reprobate, or sown as a tare among the wheat. Esau was a child of the Devil, and Jacob was a child of God. Now that is a matter which the Arminian does not want to see. Arminian theology does not want to recognize that God has an elective program for those whom He loves. In Arminian theology every individual has an equal right to go to heaven, and every individual has the responsibility to choose if he wants to go to heaven. How long would God have to wait for people to make this choice? He would have to wait an infinite time, for no one will want to believe the true Gospel. Without election and without the grace of God, and without the action of God the Holy Spirit no one will end up in heaven, for God says in Rom 3:11, “There is NONE that seeketh after God.” And this NONE indeed means zero.

But is election in the Bible? Yes it is, and all those who deny God’s elective program have in fact taken the story of Jacob and Esau out of their Bible, because they do not want to see that God has a nation of favorites for Himself. And thus, those who adhere to Arminian theology are in violation of Rev 22:19, and are under the curse of Rev 22:19. It is no wonder that Satan is satisfied if we only deny one thing from the Bible, for that is sufficient to put us under the curse of denying what God has said in matters concerning election and predestination. Presently at least 99% of the world’s population does not believe election and predestination.

#3.       Many More Darts from the Devil (Rev 22:19, 20:9)

In summary then, we must realize that if we deny anything from the Bible, we are denying that God wrote about these things in the Bible. Let me repeat again Rev 22:19, which says,

Rev 22:19,  “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

“The book of this prophecy” refers to the whole Bible, from cover to cover. “The book of life” refers to the record where all the names are recorded of those whose place has been reserved in heaven. “The holy city” refers to the New Jerusalem which is the only city in the New Heaven and the New Earth and which is as large as from Maine to Florida, and from New York to Colorado, and which is as high as it is wide. And “the things which are written in this book” refers to all the other things that describe the promises of God for the New Heaven and the New Earth. And although these promises are written in earthly language, we can see that the spiritual meaning of these promises are much more glorious than can be described in earthly language. And when Christ said that we will sit in His throne we know that our destiny in the New Heaven and the New Earth is more glorious than can be described in any language.

All this then will be taken away for anyone who takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy. It means then that those people thoroughly despise the promises of God. They are like Esau who despised the promise of God for his birthright. Except the sin of Esau is minuscule compared to those who despise these great and glorious promises of God for those who may enter into the New Heaven and the New Earth for an eternity. Can you see that Satan really knew what he was doing when he planned to have people disbelieve any of the things that are in the Bible?

NO! Satan is not an idiot. Satan is an extremely smart individual, and his continual bombardment of Arminian theology is extremely effective. God assured us of this when He wrote Rev 20:9. And if God does not interfere we all will surely be mincemeat in the hands of Satan. But at the last minute God will interfere, and we will be saved. But let us be on our guard, for the words in Rev 20 are written to let us know that the number of saints at that time will be very very small. It means that the probability to be saved will also be very very small.

AMEN.     Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.