"One In A Thousand"
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An Appendix To
"The Seal of the Living God"
Editor's Note: One of the conclusions that I have reached concerning the Great Tribulation is that only a very small percentage of the Christians living when it begins will be ready. I reached that conclusion by comparing the number 144,000 in Revelation 7 with a reliable estimate of the number of truly Born Again Christians in the world today. Until I received this article by e-mail, I was not aware that there was so much Scriptural precedent for that idea. If you read the "Seal of the Living God" page and didn't agree with that idea, then read this. I didn't write it. Frankly, I don't know who did, or I would give credit where much credit is due.
The Greek word for 'false prophets' is "pseudoprophetes" and it means RELIGIOUS IMPOSTOR, A PROPAGATOR OF FALSE DOCTRINE, OR FALSE TEACHERS, PREACHERS AND EVANGELISTS. It is surprising, but no mention of MOTIVE is given. It simply means anyone who teaches the word of God in error. You will recall Paul fought it out with Peter in open assembly. At that point, Peter himself was a false teacher. Peter was totally sincere, and Paul did not JUDGE PETER IN THAT MANNER. HE JUDGED HIM BY SCRIPTURE. As soon as the error was detected, Peter bowed his knee to the TRUTH. That is also the mark of a true Son of God, for that soul, when the error is proven out by scripture, will acknowledge the mistake and ask God for forgiveness.
The root word of false prophets covers the main officers of the church: apostles, pastors, teachers and evangelists. Jesus says they come in SHEEP'S CLOTHING. Who are the sheep? Are not al Christians called sheep? Are they not part of the sheepfold? Is not Christ the TRUE = SHEPHERD? John 10:1-28 makes it very clear that the SHEEPFOLD IS THE ENTIRE BODY OF CHRIST UPON EARTH. The false prophets are PSEUDO CHRISTIANS, posing as the real thing, posing as authentic, born again Christians who are UPHOLDING JESUS CHRIST. They look like, speak like and act like AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANS. You cannot detect they are false except by very close examination of what they teach compared to Scripture. It should also be pointed out that the VAST MAJORITY OF FALSE TEACHERS ARE NOT AWARE THEY ARE FALSE TEACHERS. The many who stood before Christ rejected WERE NOT AWARE = THEY WERE IN FACT FALSE TEACHERS. To themselves and others they were sincere, dedicated men of God. They were in fact DUPES OF SATAN, BUT NEVER REALIZED IT. That is the nature of deception. They had a doctrine that was 99% accurate, but the 1% they left out damned them forever. This is not to say that there are not deliberate false teachers, such as Luciferian plants who have come into the church to destroy it.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that false prophets are easily identified, for they are not. False doctrine blends right into correct doctrine. These false doctrines ARE EMBRACED BY THE ENTIRE CHURCH as correct doctrine. In other words, the vast majority of Christendom will embrace and accept the lies of Satan and will REFUTE THE TRUTH ITSELF AS BEING FALSE. That is why Christ said that a little leaven leavens the entire body of Christ.
Christ said the vast majority of Christians will be rejected. They claimed they entered the New Covenant, but never did, for they come in to the "sheepfold" via "some other way", which is the WIDE GATE AND BROAD WAY, A SATANIC CREATION, A FABRICATION, A DELUSION. Only the few will find the real truth. Christ said the many would travel the broad way because the true way was hard, difficult and not easy at all. There would be anguish of soul, great pressure, and it would be anything but pleasant. The false prophets would label THE TRUE WAY a form of "works" or "legalism" of some type, the opposite of GRACE and FAITH. The broad way by contrast is easy, and it appeals to the carnal nature of man. It would be fabricated in such a way as to APPEAR TOTALLY CORRECT Scripturally. It would use all the right words, but the words would mean something different than what Christ intended.
That is exactly what Christ is telling us with the word "BECAUSE". The word 'because' is "hoti" and it means BECAUSE OF THAT, FOR THAT REASON OR WHY. The vast majority will reject the true way that leads to "life" because it is a route of hardship, WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WORKS OR ANY FORM OF LEGALISM WHATSOEVER. One of the primary methods Satan uses to keep people from walking the narrow way is by branding it a A FORM OF WORKS, which of course it is not. By redefining faith and grace, along with repentance and works, Satan keeps the many from entering in, BECAUSE THE DEFINITIONS OF THOSE WORDS ARE CHANGED BY FALSE THEOLOGY TO MAKE SURE THE NARROW WAY IS EXCLUDED AS A PROPER WAY TO SALVATION. IT IS THE PERFECT DECEPTION, THE WORK OF A SUPERNATURAL MIND. We have then a clear cut division set before us by the Lord Jesus Christ:
WIDE GATE vs. STRAIT GATE
BROAD WAY vs. NARROW WAY
EASY, FLAT, NO OBSTACLE vs. HARD, STEEP, DIFFICULT
NO TROUBLE, NO PROBLEMS vs. FULL OF ANGUISH, PRESSURE
THE MANY vs. THE FEW
SOME OTHER WAY vs. THE DOOR
These ways are then clearly delineated by Christ and NO ONE could mistake what Christ said. We could ignore what He said, we can claim He did not mean what He said, we can claim by theology that it was all meant for Israel and does not apply to us, BUT WE CANNOT SAY THAT HE DID NOT SAY IT. The final judge is not our theology or denominational bias, but is instead going to be the WORD OF GOD, AS INTERPRETED BY GOD, NOT THE CHURCH, NOR ANY DENOMINATION, NOR YOU OR I.
You already know that the word 'many' means vast majority, but what does the word "few" mean? The word "few" comes from 'oligos' and it means PUNY, TINY, SMALL. It is the perfect contrast to the word "many" and verifies that the vast majority of Christians end up in ruin.
"ForMANY ARE CALLED, but FEW ARE CHOSEN."
for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
(Luke 12:32)The Greek word "little" is "mikros" and it means LEAST, SMALL, TINY OR EXTREMELY TINY. That is where we get our word MICRON, which means ONE THOUSANDTH OF A MILLIMETER. We could say ONE IN A THOUSAND. That is a very small number indeed! We should find a verification in the OLD TESTAMENT that indeed there is only a very small of number of people who actually become part of the TRUE FLOCK OF GOD, and who KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE MYSTERY OF GOD:
"I know it is so of a truth:
but how should man be JUST with God?
If he (God) will contend with him,
HE CANNOT ANSWER HIM ONE OF A THOUSAND"
This is a very telling verse of Scripture and it goes right to the heart of the matter: HOW IS A MAN MADE JUST OR = JUSTIFIED BEFORE THE LORD? WHAT IS THE REAL MYSTERY OF BEING = JUSTIFIED BEFORE GOD? HOW IS IT DONE? If God were to come down upon earth and CONTEND WITH THOSE PROFESSING TO KNOW, ONLY ONE IN A THOUSAND COULD ANSWER GOD CORRECTLY. One in a thousand is a very small number:. The vast majority of Christians do not know the answer: they only think they know the answer. Speaking of man going to the grave, it says:
"IF THERE BE
A MESSENGERWITH HIM, AN INTERPRETER,
ONE AMONG A THOUSAND,
TO SHEW UNTO MAN HIS UPRIGHTNESS:
Then he (God) is GRACIOUS UNTO HIM, AND SAITH:
DELIVER HIM FROM GOING DOWN TO THE PIT:
I HAVE FOUND A RANSOM."
This verse is equally telling and verifies that when Jesus used the term LITTLE, that he was borrowing from the Old Testament ONE IN A THOUSAND. The messenger, the interpreter, is AGAPE LOVE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, AND IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THAT SAINT. If that soul is clothed in the AGAPE LOVE ROBES OF JESUS CHRIST, then God is merciful, and will deliver him from the pits of hell. That soulFOUND A RANSOM. JESUS SAID SEEK UNTIL YOU FIND, KNOCK UNTIL THE DOOR IS OPENED. THE RANSOM WAS JESUS CHRIST THAT SOUL IS THEN COVERED BY THE BLOOD, WHICH WAS THE RANSOM PRICE PAID. That soul ALSO FOUND THE LIVING JESUS CHRIST, THE MYSTERY OF GOD, THE MYSTERY OF AGAPE LOVE. All others go to the pit.
BEHOLD, THIS HAVE I FOUND,
SAITH THE PREACHER,
COUNTING ONE BY ONE,
TO FIND OUT THE ACCOUNT
Which yet my soul seeketh, BUT I FIND NOT:
ONE MAN AMONG A THOUSAND
HAVE I FOUND."
(Eccl. 7: 27:28)
Here we find yet another verification of this difficult saying. ONE MAN IN A THOUSAND CAN ANSWER CORRECTLY. That which the soul seeketh after, that which is so desperately wanted within the human soul is AGAPE LOVE. Without it the soul dies, is eternally separated from it' s creator and goes to the pit. With AGAPE LOVE AS THE INTERPRETER, one finds the mercy of God. If this be the case, then HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED THAT WE FIND THE TRUTH AND UNLOCK THE MYSTERY OF GOD?
It is a hard thing to understand, but God calls many out of the world into the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many are called INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST, THE SHEEPFOLD. Out of that many, God chooses HIS FEW, = CALLED OVERCOMERS. IT IS A SELECTION PROCESS, AND THIS PROCESS IS BASED UPON = ONE THING; OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST. It is not God's will that ANY should perish, yet He knows ALL UNBELIEVERS WILL, AS WELL AS THE VAST MAJORITY OF CHRISTIANS. What is the dividing line? What causes God to = select one and not another? We must at all cost find the Scriptural = answer.
"For ye see YOUR CALLING, = BRETHREN,
wise men after the flesh,
NOT MANY MIGHTY,
NOT MANY NOBLE,
(1 Corinthians 1:26)If not many are called, then how many are CHOSEN? ONLY A FEW, ONE IN A THOUSAND. The call of the Gospel is no joke; it is the most serious of all callings. If you neglect the call, then you are in serious trouble for eternity. DO NOT NEGLECT THE CALL OF GOD, GIVE ALL DILIGENCE TO IT. The vast majority of Christians are going to eternal ruin. ................
Editor's Note: I disagree with the idea that the other 999 out of 1000 Christians will go to eternal ruin. What I do believe is that they will be "saved so as through fire" (I Corinthians 3:15), which, relevant to Second Coming Prophecy, means they will go into the Tribulation without protection. That will hurt! So, once again, BE READY!!!
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