Before we go into Chapters Four and Five, we want to look at a few of the signs of the times here, and see what God has to say. You’ll see that a lot of these things are taking place, today, right before your eyes. If you are an older person, you’ve seen a tremendous change in the United States of America in the last twenty to thirty years. We see things that were absolutely not heard of twenty-five years ago. There used to be morals. There were standards, honesty, principles, and values. You are seeing these disintegrate right before your eyes.
As we examine these times, let us go to 1 Timothy 4:1-4. We are not going to bring whole messages on these things, but we are just going to point out the things that are happening in our day, our age, that you can see. If we are willing to take what God says in the Bible, it is right before our eyes.
Two things are going to be prevalent in the last days. When we say “last days,” we are speaking from the time of the Lord Jesus Christ until now, and we are almost two-thousand-plus years down the road. In the “last days” are the times when these things begin to come in. Let’s notice here.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits (these are demons), and doctrines of devils (demons); (1) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (2);
The “seducing spirits” are demons—those are the third of the angels that fell. They rebelled against God. They hate God and they hate God’s children, the Christians. These are the “seducing spirits” and “the devils” who are giving out the false doctrine. The word “devils” is the Greek word “daimonion” and means “demons.” There is only one Devil. There are “trillions” of Demons—many, many demons. The Scripture goes on in Verse Three to describe two things: 1.“Forbidding to marry,” 2.“…and commanding to abstain from meats.”
“Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth” (3).
Two things we want to point out. Religion, especially the Catholic church, says, “Our priests have to practice celibacy.” Nowhere is that found in the Bible. Nowhere! Even the priests are deceived because, when they go to study, they are not taught the Bible. That may come as a big shock to you. But, question some of the priests, and you will find out they know about ceremonialism, and church doctrine, but they do not know the doctrines of the Bible. Go question your pastor, and you will find out real quick what he does not know. Ask him if he can quote John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8,9; 1 John 5:13; etc. See if he knows those.
This is a sign of the times. In fact, every pastor must be married. We are not talking about a pastor whose wife has died. We are not talking about that. We’re talking about the qualifications of a pastor. The Old Testament priests had to be married. No one could be a priest, unless they were married, and we find this in Leviticus 21:13-15,
“And he shall take a wife in her virginity (13). A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife (14).
Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him.” (15).
Religion says, “You can’t be a pastor, or a priest, unless you are single.” That is exactly opposite to the Word of God. God says that is “the doctrine of demons” in 1 Timothy 4:1-3. But you are not going to know that, if you never carry your Bible to church. If you are not encouraged by that church to carry your Bible, there’s not a way in the world that pastor or priest is going to read the verses to you, out of the Bible, that refute what their church leaders have said, that is contrary to the Word of God. Consequently, they will go though all the formalities and rituals and, you will learn nothing of the Word of God. You are totally deceived because you won’t read your Bible. You listen to a church, and a preacher, that practices exactly opposite of the Bible. How sad that really is, but this is one of the signs of the times. God says,
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (1). Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (2). Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:1-3).
Not eating meat is a traditional thing that means nothing. Why in the world would a church tell you not to eat meat, or not to eat certain things on a certain day?
“But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.” (1 Corinthians 8:8)
Whether we eat meat, or not, has nothing to do with Christianity. Here it is called a satanic, demonic, damnable doctrine. If you follow this tradition, then, you are following a satanic doctrine.
It doesn’t matter what your church is, or how big it is. It matters, first of all, if you are going to listen to God. This may come as a shock, but God doesn’t really care what your opinion is. He does care what you think about His opinion. This is the contrast between Humanism and the Divine Inspiration of the Word of God. One day you will stand before God. If you have chosen to believe one of Satan’s preachers instead of God’s Word, before you are cast into the Lake of Fire, you will hear the most devastating words you can ever hear,
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41):
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (1) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” (2) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (3).
I called one of the heads of the ELCA, the Evangelistic Lutheran Churches of America. I wanted to know what this church taught and I wanted to know from the “top dog.” So, I called them over in Chicago and said, “I want to know what you believe. If somebody asks me what your church teaches, I don’t want to tell them something wrong.” I have people ask me, “What does the Covenant Church teach? What does the Baptist Church teach? Or, the Lutheran Church?” There are many different organizations within the Lutheran Church. The ELCA just happens to be one I picked that I wanted to know about.
I have tried for a long time to get a doctrinal statement from the ELCA, but you can’t get it. It doesn’t exist. I went to several churches. I went to several pastors. You cannot get it. They will not print what they believe. You can’t get concise answers to questions like, “What do you believe about tongues?” etc. These are all signs of the times, when you have apostate churches that will not put in writing what they believe.
I asked him several questions, but I asked this particular question first. “I heard that your church ordains homosexuals. Is this true?” He said, “No, we don’t.” (Note: NOW they do.) I said, “Boy, that’s great!” Then I asked, “Do you take practicing homosexuals into your church as members?” He said, “Yes, we do. We do that.” My response was, “That is not good. That is contrary to the Word of God. It is absolutely contrary to the teaching of the Bible to take practicing homosexuals into your membership in your church.”
Now, before you accuse our church of not loving souls, because we do not take practicing homosexuals into membership, please note the qualifying word “practicing.” The Word of God talks about the “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. The conclusion of this passage of Scripture is found in Verse 11, “And such were some of you:”
There are homosexuals (“effeminate”) who have been saved. There are those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ. There are those who have denounced their perverted life style and said, “No! I was wrong. This is a perverted life style and I am no longer practicing this. I don’t want to do it anymore. I was wrong. It was sin. It was absolutely wrong!” God says you were that, but now...
”..ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
I was talking to someone later in the week who goes to that particular church and, during the conversation, I asked them, “What do you think about taking practicing homosexuals in as members?” “Oh, that’s all right. That’s all right,” they said, Here, the person is following what their church teaches and, evidently, has not read the Bible at all. In Genesis 19, we find God destroyed the Sodomites. God destroyed the perverts. Homosexuality is a perverted lifestyle of plain, old sin that is contrary to the Word of God! God destroyed them in Genesis 19, but the churches take them in. Who will you follow, the church or the Lord?
If you go to that church, you are going to be taught that it is fine to take them in. I doubt that you will ever hear a sermon on Genesis 19, where God destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah, and three other cities because of this type of sin. Lot was in such a backslidden condition, after he moved to Sodom, that he could not even win his own family. When God’s angels visited Lot, the men of Sodom saw them, and they came knocking on Lot’s door. “Bring these men out,” they said. “We want to know them. This is ‘fresh meat.’ Bring them out to us.” They did not even stop trying to get in the house after the angels visiting Lot struck them blind. Read it for yourself in Genesis 19:11, and you will learn what God thinks about it.
This parallels the times we are living in today. You have your liberal churches, and you have others, now, that will ordain homosexuals, even those in a same-sex “marriage,” or relationship.
If your church takes practicing homosexuals in as members in good standing, how do you know that person is not leading the youth group? If they are, and your child goes on an outing with the youth, will that person pass their sodomite, perverted, lifestyle on to your child at some camp site somewhere?
All of this is contrary to the Word of God—Totally contrary—100%
Let us look at some other things. It says here,
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;…(2 Timothy 4:3a)
The sad thing about this is, the young lady I talked to goes along with this. It is total brainwashing, but if you don’t read your Bible, then, you are going to agree with men who actually call God a liar. Why in the world you would go to a church like that, I have absolutely no idea. I am going to take what the Word of God says over what the word of man says, and over their damnable philosophy to include the homosexuals into membership. I am not going to do that. We are not going to do that here. Thank God for the churches that do stand on the Word of God.
Remember this. God destroyed the Sodomites. In Romans 1:22-31, you find out God says they are “perverted.” They have left…
“…the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another;” (Romans 1:27)
These are reprobates. These are haters of God. Let me reiterate this, and we’ll go on to some other signs. You will find out that there are homosexuals who can be saved. There are those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ. There are those who have denounced their perverted life style and said, “No! I was wrong. This is a perverted life style and I am no longer practicing this. I don’t want to do it anymore. I was wrong. It was sin. It was absolutely wrong!”
If you go to a church that takes in practicing homosexuals, you had better keep an eye on your children. In the years I’ve spent on a police department, I’ve dealt with them, and I know what they do. I know how devious they are. I know that they’ll try to put their practices on to your children. If you are naïve enough to allow it, you could lose your child over something like this because you’re not “on the ball.” You’re not sharp. You’re not watching, and you are going just along with the philosophy of a church, instead of going along with the clear teaching of the Word of God. You are on dangerous ground, if you are in that type of position.
God knew what would happen to a nation, should homosexuality be allowed to flourish. When I was in school, these perverts were ashamed of their activities, but not so anymore! Now, they flaunt themselves publicly in parades and festivals, and loudly insist that it is their right to practice what God has condemned in His Word. God did not want them to infiltrate the nation of Israel. Here are God’s instructions to Israel concerning these perverts who would lead them to accept these false gods.
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13).
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,…”
“Scoffers” are men that laugh at the Bible.
“…walking after their own lusts,” (3)...
These “scoffers” live only for what they can get out of their church, out of the community, or anything else. They are pretenders. They are not real. They put on a phony front. These are counterfeit Christians. They could go to church every Sunday—if they could find one that doesn’t preach on sin! They will go, if they can find one that doesn’t mention Jesus Christ coming back at the Rapture. They are going to search diligently for one that says, “If you’re baptized, you’re all right. Do what you want.” Or, one that says, “Come in and confess your sins next week. You’ll be all right. Your preacher will forgive your sins.” But they will not go to one that will point you to Jesus Christ, and Him alone, as the only way to Heaven—Christ, alone, for the forgiveness of sins—Christ, as the ONLY way of salvation. No, they will try to find a church that engulfs them into their traditions.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Back to 2 Peter 3:3,4,
“…And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? (3) for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (4).
Well, this is the philosophy of the “scoffers,” and it is a damnable, lying, humanistic philosophy. This will be a good challenge for you. Have you ever heard of the Rapture in your church? Have you ever heard that Jesus Christ is coming back? Did you ever hear that when He breaks those clouds, the Christians are going to be caught up to meet the Lord in the clouds, and “So shall we ever be with the Lord.”? If you never hear it, you are in an apostate church. You are in a church that is just going along with the signs of the times. A church that is controlled by Satan.
You see, Satan doesn’t ever want you to hear that Jesus Christ is coming back. He does not want you to hear that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven. Oh, yes, we’ll believe on Christ, but…but...but… you got to do good works. But…I’ve got to be baptized. But…I’ve got to confess my sins. But…I’ve got to take communion.” BUT that’s NOT the Gospel, Folks! Galatians 1:6,7 says that’s a perverted Gospel.
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another [heteros] gospel (6):
- In Galatians 6:6, “another” is the Greek “heteros” and means another Gospel that is different from what Paul preached.
- In Galatians 6:7, “another” is a different Greek word, “allos,” and means “which is not another that is the same as Paul preached.”
- Which is not another [allos] ; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ” (7).
- “Allos” means another of the same kind.
- “Heteros” means another of a different kind.
The only Gospel that takes you to Heaven is the death, burial, and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, plus nothing! That’s it! That’s all! The Lord Jesus Christ paid the price. He said, “It is finished.” He didn’t say, “It’s almost finished, now you have to do the rest.”
Here’s a hypothetical situation for you. If you could go to Heaven on your own “good” works (which you cannot), and then stand before the Lord’s face, do you know what you would say? “Oh, Lord, look here! I’ve done this. I gave some money here. I gave some money there. I helped this person here. Oh, just look at what I’ve done for you, Lord.” And then you’re going to say to the Lord, “Oh, look how good I am!” You will still be congratulating yourself when you pass through the cherubim at the side of the altar. Then you will be there, face to face, with the Lord.
You know what you would probably say then? “Scoot over, Lord. There’s now two of us. Scoot over, Lord, I’m as righteous as you are. Scoot over on that throne and let me in, too.” Then, the Lord is going to look in the books, and reveal some of your underhanded things that nobody knows anything about. Of course, the Lord’s answer will be, “Depart from me, ye cursed…” “… All of your good works are nothing but a pile of filthy rags.”
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” ( Isaiah 64:6)
These are signs of the times. Does your church ever preach about Jesus Christ’s coming? Do they ever preach that the…
“…dead in Christ shall rise first: (16) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
If you never hear that in church, you’re in an apostate church. You’re in a church of the “last days.” You’re in a cult church, if you never hear Jesus Christ preached, and Him coming back. The last words that God gave to mankind, when Christ left this Earth for Heaven, were,
“…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)
The last words to mankind from Heaven, after Christ ascended back to Heaven, were the fact that Jesus is coming again! The last prayer in the Bible is, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” That’s it. The whole theme of the Bible is this. First Theme: Jesus Christ came to die on the Cross for your sins. The Second Theme is: Jesus Christ is coming! He’s coming again, and he’s coming for you and me.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (1) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (2) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,” (3).
There are two things I want to point out here, and we’re not preaching a whole sermon on each one of these.
- “Disobedient to parents…”
“There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. (11)
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness” (Proverbs 30:11-12)
The above verses describe the young people that we saw in the 60s and 70s, during the “Hippie Generation,” that are now mothers and dads. Their philosophy was, “Do your own thing! If it makes you happy, do it!” Their children are now doing the same things. That is why you see the toleration of drugs. Not by all of them, as some have come out of that generation that are Christians. But the percentage is few, compared to the populace. There are some, and, thank God for them! They have a tremendous witness for Christ. They have denounced their drugs. They say, “Thank God I’m saved from that kind of stuff. I thank God I have a home in Heaven. I thank God I’m not hooked on those damnable drugs anymore. They could have ended my life prematurely.” We thank God for those who have accepted Christ and come out of that.
But we have a lot of children, today, from those parents of the Hippie Generation in the 60s, who do the same things. They indulge in free love, and have no respect for others. Their philosophy is, “Do your own thing, whatever you want to do.” God knew this almost two-thousand years ago, and wrote about the time you are living in today. It is now being totally manifested. You are seeing it mushroom, in our times, and we are sitting right in the midst.
- “Without natural affection…”
We begin to see mothers kill their children. You see twins born, just a few hours old, and they will be put up for sale for $25,000. Or, we’ll find a little newborn baby, only five or six hours old, in a garbage can somewhere. That little baby needs someone to come, and find it, before it is too late. Hard to believe, isn’t it? That is a demonstration of someone “Without natural affection.”
Can you realize that children six, seven, eight years old will kill the neighbor’s children, because they get in a fight over a baseball. Perhaps the baseball rolled into their yard and they don’t like them. You can thank your television for that. You can thank the producers of the violent television programs that influence children to think that you can kill anybody, and not have any sensitivity about it.There is no value on human life, compared to thirty or forty years ago. These are the signs of the times.
If you are a Christian, you ought to be looking up. If you are not a Christian, you ought to be looking to the Bible to accept Jesus Christ, because, when the Rapture comes, you are going to be left behind to receive the judgments of God that we will read about in Chapter Six.
“Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;”
Do your own thing! If it feels good to you, just go ahead and do it. What they fail to realize is, there are consequences to that. These are the signs of the times, Folks.
Much of today’s music follows the pattern of the late Janis Joplin of the “Full Tilt Boogie” rock group. Rock music fans have bought probably over a million of her albums. Included in one of those is a “song” titled “Cheap Thrills.” She’s reported to have said, and I quote now, “Beatniks believe things aren’t going to get better and say, ‘To the Hell with things!’ Stay stoned, have sex, and have a good time.”
Let us go back in our Bibles to Psalms 55:23,
We want to look at this verse, because Janis Joplin thought she was going to fulfill all of these desires through singing her rock music, which was nothing more than jungle music designed to get you. Janis Joplin thought she was a very “cool” girl. She was fulfilling all her sexual desires and indulging in drug use. You’ll find out she died at the age of 27 of an overdose of drugs.
What a challenge for us to show the youth of today that “cheap thrills” demand a very costly price. When we go back to Psalm 55:23, we see that Janis Joplin fulfills this prophecy from the Bible. Perhaps not every one to each extent, but this young girl, when they examined her body prior to burial, was eaten up with syphilis, a venereal disease. She not only died of an overdose of drugs, but a venereal disease had practically eaten her up! She was 27 years old and got all of her thrills, didn’t she? Notice what it say in Psalms 55:23,
“But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee”
Surely Janis Joplin did not live out half her days, did she? There are many others like her today. Maybe you are one that’s hooked on drugs, or alcohol. Maybe you’re one hooked on sex. Sometimes teenagers go out and experiment with free sex and, when it comes time to get married, you’ve just been with about every boy; or, the boys have been with about every girl. God wants you to keep yourself pure. You may think it is “cool,” but you need to consider the prevalence of AIDs today. You may laugh while you’re having your “fun,” but you won’t be laughing when they tell you that you are HIV positive. There are a lot of high school students who have this now. They have AIDS. That is when they find out that immorality is not free. It has a very high price, and could literally cost you your life!
More and more information is leaking out about this dreaded disease. The government doesn’t want everybody to know to the fullest extent about AIDS. It is a full-blown epidemic in America. A full-blown epidemic! You may go with that boy in high school that maybe has slipped over to the cities, went out to a house of prostitution, and picked up AIDS. You never knew anything about it, young lady! You go out with him and have your free sex, but you’ll find out sometime later that you are HIV positive. You’ve got AIDS. You’re going to die. You’ll probably die before age 30 because you went out and you wanted to fulfill your lustful desires. Truly, this verse would have an application, would it not? Let’s read it again.
“But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee” (Psalm 55:23)
You may be in that dilemma yourself. It is not God’s will that you should die before your time. It’s not God’s will that you should have a venereal disease that penicillin, terramycin, and other drug treatments have little, or no effect on. And, of course, if you get AIDS, that’s a death sentence. If you ever practiced morality, the time is now. When your parents call me, or some other preacher, and say “My son or my daughter has AIDS. What can you do?” Well, there’s nothing we can do, but tell them about Jesus Christ to get their soul saved for Heaven, but we can’t save their life. We can lead them to eternal life, but we can’t save their physical life, and, truly, they’ll not live out half of their days. What a sad plight. Just to have some fun like Janis Joplin, who died at the age of 27.
Now, let’s go on back to the Old Testament and get some things back here that were prevalent, before the judgment of God was upon the nation of Israel. Let us go to Jeremiah 5:25-31 and read it there. This is when God was about to bring the judgment, and these are the signs that took place in the nation of Israel, prior to God’s judgment upon them. We see the same signs today. Get this now in Verse 25,
“Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you” (25).
What a lesson for Christians! “Your sins have withholden good things from you.” You have been your own worst enemy!
“For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men (26). As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich” (27).
Lesson 1: So, they use people in their organization in order to fatten their own pocket books.
“They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked” (28a):
Lesson 2: These are your most wicked, but they cover it up by self-righteousness on the exterior. Inside, they are full of dead men’s bones.
“…they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper;” (28b)...
Lesson 3: Isn’t that amazing? It seems that these are getting paid, even though they have not fulfilled their responsibilities. However, there is always a “pay day someday,” and it will not be the one they expect. If judges do not do right, God promises a judgment concerning this in Verse 29.
“…and the right of the needy do they not judge (28c)...
Lesson 4. These do not care about anything but themselves!
“Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?” (29).
Lesson 5. Picture this as being America! God is a righteous judge. If God withholds judgment on America, this would make Him seem unjust in His treatment of Sodom and Gomorrah.
“A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; (30) The prophets prophesy falsely,…”
Lesson 6. Any church that does not preach Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, as the only complete payment for sin is a cult religion. Period! And Satan loves that church. He loves it because that kind of message will never get you to Heaven. It is Jesus Christ crucified, and Him alone! His last words on the Cross in John 19:30 were, “It is finished.” That is it! Also, Christ said,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
If they tell you that you can go to Heaven any other way, you are in a cult church. Mark it down!
“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means;…” (31a)
Lesson7. In other words, what that pastor says, Buddy, you’d better do, or, you are going to get ex-communicated out of your church! They say, “Listen to me, it’s not necessary to bring your Bible to church. Just listen to me!” (Read Matthew, Chapter 23.) And then, in the last part of this verse,
“…and my people love to have it so” (31b):
Lesson 8. Foolish, foolish, brainwashed people go to the same kind of preachers that “prophesy falsely.” You know how you can tell if they are brainwashed? They never carry their Bible to church, and they don’t have a chance against false doctrine!
“and what will ye do in the end thereof?” (Jeremiah 5:25-31).
Lesson 9. What will ye do? There is nothing you can do. Your pastor ought to be telling you, “Bring your Bible to church every Sunday. We are going to study this text today. We are going to preach out of the Bible on this today.” If you don’t carry your Bible to church, you are a “sitting duck” in a cult church, because that preacher can tell you anything. He can open his little prayer book up and say whatever he wants. You have nothing to compare it with. The Bible is Truth.
“…yea, let God be true, but every man a liar,” (Romans 3:4)...
So, if you don’t carry your Bible, you can’t compare humanism and human philosophy against the truth of God’s Word, because you don’t take the Truth to church with you. The Truth is the Word of God. You don’t have a chance. You have been totally brainwashed.
The return of Israel back to the land was prophesied some 600 years before Christ was ever born. We’ll go to Ezekiel 36:24; 37:10,
“For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.” (36:24)
“So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army” (37:10).
Here in Chapter 37 of Ezekiel we have the Vision of the Dry Bones. Ezekiel looked out and he saw all of these, and they were symbolic of the Nation of Israel who had been scattered throughout all of the world. Yet, notice what Ezekiel 37:11, 12 says,
“Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. (11) Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.” (12)
God kept this promise that he made to the nation of Israel on May 14, 1948, when the United Nations declared Israel a sovereign state. You have seen that in your lifetime—May 14, 1948. When we look at Verse 8, I would like for you to notice,
“And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them (Israel), and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them” (Ezekiel 37:8).
So, we find out from this, the “many parts” are now one, bound together as a single entity as a living, unified organism. This was proof of the fusing of the Jewish colonists, and the Zionist workers of all kinds, into a recognized unit among the family of nations. In short, as we’ve said, “It is the creation of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.” Therefore, we have the return, the rehabilitation, and their statehood. That is significant and one of the major signs of the times. What times? The times before the Rapture of the Church. Before Revelation 4:1, when John is caught up into Heaven, picturing the Rapture of the Church.
Let us go on to Isaiah 3:12. We are just going to hit on a few of these here. Isaiah 3:12 tells us here what’s going to take place as signs of the times. The same signs were given before Israel’s judgment. We have the same signs before God throws His judgment out upon the world. Notice in Isaiah 3:12,
“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:12).
Very interesting! We’re in a day and age when we have the Women’s Liberation. There was a time when that was unheard of. And you say, “How is this being fulfilled in prophecy?” Well, let me answer. Did you ever hear of a man and woman getting married, and the woman not taking the man’s name. Oh, yes, you have in the past few years, but you have not heard of such a thing prior to that. They would live together and not be married, but when you got married, you went by your husband’s name. That was the law of the land, let alone a preacher’s wife doing that. This is how you’re being led today by these liberal preachers. Some preachers and their wives do it, and they are supposed to be the example of God’s Word. When you practice this sort of thing, it is a sign of the times.
When you find a First Mention Principal, you will find it carries that same principle all through the rest of God’s Word. In Genesis 5:2 we are told,
“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their [plural] name [singular] Adam, in the day when they were created.”
Eve became Adam’s wife. God “called their name Adam.” They were now Mr. and Mrs. Adam.
When we say “liberal,” as compared to “fundamental,” fundamental churches believe the Bible. They practice the Bible. They teach the Bible. Your liberals have a “form of godliness,” and they’ll preach a little of the Bible, but nothing that is going to contradict what their Synod, or what their Councils have done. They will preach a little of the Bible just to appease the people! These are the signs of the times. Proverbs 30:11,12 describes this.
“There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother (11). There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.”
Yes, today it seems like, even in the church, that sin can be practiced. Adultery can be practiced with all of the heartache associated with it, and, what does the church do? Nothing. Nothing at all. Yet, we begin to see all these things. What are they? Just signs of the times.
Here’s what would have happened years ago, if you were in a good Bible-teaching church, and you had a person in your church, whether a woman or a man, knowingly, outwardly, committing adultery and both parties were still married. What would happen? They would be called before the deacon board, and be given the ultimatum. “Look! Get your act together. You are hurting a lot of people. It’s a total disgrace to yourself. It’s a total disgrace to your children. It’s a total disgrace to your church, and, a total disgrace to humanity. Most of all, it is a disgrace to God, Himself. If you’re going to go to church and claim to be a Christian, then, you need to get your act together. Don’t misrepresent us as a church. This isn’t what we teach!”
That would help the family. That would help the people to realize that God does not approve this. They would be told, “You are not going to use our church to play out your ungodly, unholy, adulterous situation, and, then, peddle that into the church, along with your reputation. No, you are not going to do that. If you want to do that, find another church!” But you have your liberal churches that accept that today. Yes, they are not going to take a stand on that. Why? It’s a sign of the times. Notice again in Proverbs 30:12,
“There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” (Proverbs 30:11-12)
We are in an age when the television programming is plastered all over with this psychic, and that psychic. This one is better than that one, etc. A sign of the times. Go with me to Deuteronomy 18:10,11,
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, (10). Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer (one who contacts the dead)” (11).
A “necromancer” is one who claims to contact the dead. A “wizard” is one who claims supernatural powers, but not those of God. Not those of God at all.
When the verse says “one that maketh his son, or daughter, to pass through the fire,” this is referring to their sacrifices to Molech. Even Israel did this. Molech was one of the Amonite gods that was worshiped as a deity. They would make a statue of him with his arms outstretched, and underneath the arms was a fire. They would kill their little babies by placing them over the fire, on the outstretched arms of the idol, where it was almost like an incinerator. They practiced human sacrifice.
We have the same thing today, do we not? Absolutely! Don’t we have it in abortion? Many do sacrifice their children by aborting them and killing them. They commit First Degree Premeditated Murder to cover up their adultrous situations, or fornication. They certainly do. Because of their adultery, and their sin against their own bodies, and their lust of the flesh which they seemingly can’t control, they are going to sacrifice their son, or daughter. They are going to kill them, now, because they are an inconvenience to them, and they are unholy. They are adulterers, or adultresses, and to cover up this sin, they will go ahead and kill the children. That is supposed to take care of it all. They think that will cover up their act of killing a human baby, just like the heathen did.
What this country really needs is morality, isn’t it? Yet, we have a Supreme Court that endorses abortion. Israel, right before they were judged, were offering their children as sacrifices. I would hate to be in a mother’s shoes when she stands before God, who, because of her ungodly, unholy act of adultery, and who couldn’t control herself like she should, becomes with child and has it put to death by aborting it.
How is it done? They open the womb. They go in. They suck the brains of the child out. They, then, squeeze the skull so it will make a “better delivery,” an easier delivery for the mother. After that, it is sucked out of the womb, and you are aborted. You have committed First Degree Murder by sacrificing your child to cover up your adultrous situation. We think that is all right. Are we a twisted up nation, or are we not? The practice of abortion today is no better than those who burned their children in the fires of the false idol, Molech.
What is it? Signs of the times.
Let us see what God says about these psychics who are nothing more than demon-controlled, satanic spirits. It was prohibited by God in Leviticus 19:31,
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.”
Also, in Leviticus 20:6,
“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people”
Notice Leviticus 20:27, where the penalty for these psychics and wizards is given.
“A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit (that’s a demonic spirit), or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them”
Yes, God is against that, and God thinks that these activities are worthy of death. With that in mind, let us get a couple more Scriptures. Let us go to Isaiah 47:13, where God inspired Isaiah to really come down on them,
“Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.”
We have heard that even some of our presidents, and their wives, have contacted psychics to try to tell them what decisions to make. What a disgrace, not only to themselves, but to the nation that we live in. Instead of going to psychics, which are nothing more than demonically controlled people, why not go to the Word of God? Amen?
God gives the principles that will save a nation, and the guidelines on how a nation is to be prospered. Let’s get down to punishing the criminal. Let’s get down to not committing First Degree Murder by killing our children because we commit adultery. We kill the fruit of that adultery to cover up our own sin. Our country has approved that. I hope we can get back to God’s view of human life.
It is too bad that any man running for office, that is going to come out against abortion is not going to get elected. Even though there are a lot of Christians that would like to see us go back to those principles, you’ll find the majority in government are not Christians. The majority love to live in their sin. The majority do not have a conscience about killing their own children to cover up their own sin and shame. Just kill it! Get it out of the road, and let me have my fun.
The Bible tells us, in 2 Timothy 3:13, that things are going to wax worse, and worse.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
To go along with our discussion of psychics, let me identify a popular one of our day, Kenny King. He claims to be the best. These are nothing more than demon-controlled and demon-possessed men. According to Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, reference “psychics,” here’s what it says (two definitions):
- Especially sensitive to influences, or forces, of a non-physical, apparently supernatural nature.
- A person who is especially sensitive to psychic influences, a medium.
You have more of that going on today. Call this psychic and call that psychic. “Oh-oh! She told me everything about myself. This was wonderful…!” Are you going to be stupid enough to pay this woman for that? Can they tell things about you? Yes! I believe the demons come around and can put it into their minds to do that. It doesn’t come from the Lord, but it can come by demons. Absolutely!
“The Days of Noah” Compared to the “Days of Lot.”
“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man (26). They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27).
Notice, carefully, that in the “days of Noah” they married wives. God doesn’t say that they “married wives” in the “days of Lot.” They were Sodomites, and they were perverts. They didn’t marry anybody! They just had an affair with each other.
In Genesis 6:5 “…GOD saw… that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)
Christ gives, “Likewise, as it was in the days of Lot,” in Luke 17:28,29, as a sign of the times before His Return. He says:
“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot, they did eat,
They did that in Noah’s day, didn’t they?
“… they drank,
They also did this in Noah’s day.
“…they builded, (V.28)
BUT in Lot’s Day, it doesn’t say “they married.”
“But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all” (V.29).
In the area where Lot lived, they were totally Sodomites. They were perverts. God went in and destroyed them all. God hates the Sodomite!
Then, the Lord says in Luke 17:30,
“Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”
This takes us to Revelation 19:11-21 and His Return in Glory,
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (11).
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, you have a lot of sins that are listed there, and there were some that had been “…effeminate,” meaning they had been homosexuals. When you continue reading the Word of God there, it says, “such WERE some of you,” in Corinth. That is past tense. That means they realized that homosexuality was wrong, and with God’s help, they changed their manner of living, not to BE saved, but because they WERE saved!
Just to show you the signs of the times, we mentioned the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America takes in practicing homosexuals. They do not denounce their homosexuality. They are not sorry about their homosexuality. They say God made a mistake! And this church takes them in as members “just the way they are.” They do not denounce their sin. They enjoy living in it.
I just wonder how many parents ever think about when they send their child to youth group, will that child be molested? How do you know that you don’t have a homosexual the church took into membership accompanying the youth on an overnight camp out. Do you know that? No, absolutely, you don’t! And that homosexual isn’t going to tell you either. The church may know, but they’ll keep it “Hush! Hush!” Many ELCA Lutherans, that I have talked to, didn’t even know that their church took in practicing homosexuals, because the church never told them. They hid it from them. They didn’t want them to know, because they were afraid they would leave the church and take their money with them!
I don’t mean to be repetitive, but it’s a sign of the times, Folks. The ELCA is not the only church that takes in practicing homosexuals.
If you move to Walnut Grove and come to our church and want to know what we believe, we’ll sit down with you and give you a doctrinal statement that says, “Here’s what we believe.” No “if’s,” “and’s,” or “but’s.” Whenever you find a church hiding things, you’ve got a false church, my Friend. The cults do the same thing. They never tell you what they believe until they get you “sucked in.”
There are some homosexuals that tell us, “Well, I was born that way.” If that’s the case, you are accusing God of being a liar. God did not create you that way. He created man and woman. He didn’t create women to have men’s desires, and He didn’t create men to have women’s desires. He created a man to desire a woman, and a woman to desire a man. These are absolute perverts, practicing homosexuals, who come out and say, “You created me this way, God.” And we have churches dumb enough, absolutely stupid enough to buy that, and take them into their membership. I would run from that church, or any of the several churches that take in practicing homosexuals.
The Gospel of Luke says “God “destroyed them all,” but the church will take them in. What is it? A sign of the times. Go with me to Isaiah 5:20, notice what it says,
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Are we in that day and age? Yes, we are. It’s a sign of the times.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).
This is a very interesting verse.
- “Where there is no vision…” The words “no vision” mean “there is no word from God.”
- “The people perish.” The word “perish” means “cast off restraints.”
It would literally read this way, “Without the Word of God, the people go to pieces.”
We can’t even have a Baccalaureate, or a Commencement Service. We’re not going to have a Graduation Service now, because we’re going to corrupt these Seniors if we mention God. We’re not going to mention faith in Christ. We’re not going to mention God is the Creator, because we’ve got some of these atheists sitting in there, as Biology and Science teachers, who have tried to brainwash these graduates by saying there is no God. Taking God out of public life, the schools, and our homes is the cause of all the problems we have today.
We find a remarkable individual among the kings of Israel, named King Josiah. We will read about him in 2 Kings 22, because it would be wonderful to have a president like this. It would be wonderful to have pastors like this. It would be wonderful to have governors like this, and leaders of our country like this.
Josiah was the son of Ammon and Jedidah, and the grandson of Manasseh, who was a wicked king, and the son of Hezekiah. Josiah’s reign on the Davidic throne lasted for about 31 years. It was the last surge of political independence and religious revival, before the disintegration of the Southern Kingdom ended with the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Let’s go to Chapter 22, and read the account of a man that God was well pleased with. If Josiah were here today, he would say, “Instead of taking the Bibles out of the schools, we’re going to flood the schools with Bibles. We’re going to teach the kids about God.” Notice in 2 Kings 22:13,
“Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found (the Bible): for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book (the Bible), to do according unto all that which is written concerning us. “
Josiah said, “Get that Word of God back here before God pours judgment out upon us!” Josiah got rid of all the phony preachers and the idolatrous priests. Verse 20 says He took them out and killed them. We find this in 2 Kings 23:5,
“And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven” (2 Kings 23:5).
These counterfeit religious leaders were probably bought off, but Josiah said, “No more of you phonies. You’re out!” We will look at Verse 20 while we’re here. He got rid of them, permanently!
“And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem” (2 Kings 23:20).
Another thing Josiah did is found in 2 Kings 23:7,
“And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove” (2 Kings 23:7).
King Josiah cleaned out all the sodomites, but we take them in, don’t we? They “were by the house of the LORD.” They lived right beside the church, didn’t they? Isn’t that a lovely scene? The “groves” were the idols that the women wove “hangings” for, and there were the Sodomites right next door.
Josiah came in and said, “No more, you perverts! You’re done! You’re not corrupting our children! You’re not corrupting our people!” He took action and cleaned them out, didn’t he?
And then in 2 Kings 23:10 we find them offering their children as sacrifices!
“And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech” (2 Kings 23:10).
Josiah ordered that no man was to make his son, or his daughter “pass through the fire” of Molech. He cleaned them out. There was to be no more of that! That would be like saying, “There is no more adultery. There will be no more abortion! It’s cleaned out, once and for all. That’s it! No more!”
The Supreme Court of the United States of America has given a mother the legal right to kill her child inside her womb. They are just like the corrupt leaders that Josiah faced. From 1973 to the present, this court has given permission to a woman to legally commit Premeditated First Degree Murder on a live human being in her womb. Since 1973 to this time in 2015, this heinous act has never been reversed. If Josiah were president, these men and women would be out of a job and would never be eligible for a judgeship in the future.
We have a Congress and a Senate, but where is there a Josiah for today? These two branches of government, along with our so-called President, and a so-called Supreme Court, have given a so-called mother permission to kill a human baby who wants to live, but is unable to speak, or defend itself in any way. Congratulations, Satan! You have proven God’s Word to be true.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a country with a President, a Congress, a Supreme Court, and Governors, made up of individuals who had the same principles as Josiah? Wouldn’t you want your pastor to be like that, and not some wimp who is afraid he’s going to lose his congregation, or his church, or be kicked out of the organization if he didn’t continue to preach perverted doctrine? But what if he taught the Bible in his responsibility to God? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a pastor like that? If you’ve got one, you’d better take care of him, and thank God for him. They are surely not in a multitude today.
In 2 Kings 23:24, King Josiah did away with the psychics and the demons.
“Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD”
And, in 2 Kings 23:15, he got rid of all the cult religions.
“Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.”
It’s just a sign of the times we’re living in. What’s the answer to it? There is no answer except “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
But the answer for you to escape God’s judgment is to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” that He died on that Cross for you. He took your judgment when He gave Himself on that Cross, so you would not have to die, spend eternity in Hell, and make the judgment payment for your own sin. Christ took your sin upon Him. Accept His righteousness today.
We are bringing out these signs of the times to let you know how close it is to the coming of Jesus Christ.
“These things have I [Christ] spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. (1) They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service (2). And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me” (John 16:1-3).
The words, in the verse above, were spoken by our Lord, in the Upper Room, the night before He was crucified. But they have an application to what will happen during the Tribulation Period, when the Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel, and sends his followers and executioners out to kill every Christian and Jewish person they can get their hands on. They are so convinced that the Antichrist is the real Messiah, that has returned to Earth, that they will absolutely believe it is God’s will to carry out such a massacre. They will think they are doing God a service. Sadly, antisemitism is on the rise today, and the leaders of our country want to turn their backs on Israel.
The charismatic attraction of evil men in the past, who have come into leadership, is well known. One does not have to turn many pages of world history before they find the evil Adolph Hitler. Using the words of Martin Luther, himself, Hitler was able to persuade some in the church they were doing God’s work by operating concentration camps and gas chambers. He convinced many to inflict excruciating torture and murder on innocent men, women, and children, “in the name of Science.”
Many thought that God wanted them to rid Germany of all Jewish persons, gypsies, or anyone not deemed up to Hitler’s standards. There was a man like that in Hitler’s Germany. He was a theologian, and the son of a theologian. Let me tell you how the demon-possessed Hitler caused him to do horrible, inhuman acts.
His name was Gerhard Kittel and he was Hitler’s Chaplain. His name is really a household word among New Testament Greek scholars. Kittel edited the 10-Volume standard reference work used in New Testament Greek word study. It is entitled The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. All of the new translations, the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the Living Bible (LB), the Living Letters (LL), the New International Version (NIV), all of these have used the definitions of the words given by Gerhard Kittel. The NIV translators relied on its judgment, when selecting words, as do most all translators. When a pastor, or media preacher, elaborates with reference to the Greek, it is virtually certain that he is citing a judgment about the correct meaning, or choice of a word, from this particular dictionary, or the Abridged Compendium which has adopted the citations. The editors of the work remarked and, of course, they are going to say very complimentary things, “This set is the standard that is a necessity for serious Greek students. It is the best New Testament dictionary ever completed. Every serious Greek student dreams of owning a set.” Well, if you are going to publish it, and you want the money from it, that is exactly what you are going to say.
Kittel’s labors on his ten-volume New Testament Dictionary began the same year he became Hitler’s hired man. Kittel was a German. Kittel’s trial, conviction, and his imprisonment for his key part in the extermination of two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population is a harsh fact, hidden from those who are seeking hidden meanings in the Greek.
In Gerhard Kittel, Satan found a man who could destroy both the Seed of Israel and the Incorruptible Seed. His writings penned between 1937, and 1943, caused the physical death of Jews, and spiritual death of untold others. Using the cloak of Christianity and Science, Kittel was the chief architect of the so-called “racial science” and “Christian-base” for Hitler’s antisemitism. “Kittel is,” as one man said, “Even darker and menacing than anyone I know. He has the grim distinction of making extermination of the Jews theologically respectable.” That’s what one man wrote about him.
Another scholar said, “There was a cancer in 19th Century Germany. The German theologian, Kittel, had deteriorated to an unbelieving liberalism. Understanding the moral treason of churchmen required knowledge of the doctrinal state of much of Europe during the first four decades of this country. He was that satanic influence.”
Why don’t you go to your pastor and ask him if he has a 10-Volume set of the Kittel Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. The New King James Version, and all the new versions, have abandoned the traditional Old Testament text, and follow Rudolph Kittel’s 1937 corruption. (Who was Rudolph Kittel? He was Gerhard’s father.)
What was the source of these bizarre notions of Aryan Superiority and Jewish Inferiority? Kittel’s Volkisch mysticism, and Hitler’s occultism, were at the root of their mutual antisemitism. The United States Army discovered Hitler’s library of personally marked occult books, and noted that he kept a copy of The Secret Doctrine by Helen Blavatsky. She is the mother, and the seamstress, of the New Age movement that you have today. She formulated the Luciferian Doctrines, and the damnable doctrines of Shirley McClain. Shirley McClain says: “God is not our God. We are our God.” You want to remember that name, Madame Blavatsky. Hitler was a student of hers and read all of her writings. Blavatsky’s book was also used by the Mystical Societies of Germany after WWI, and was, perhaps, the source of Kittel’s antisemitism, as well as that of others.
As early as 1909, Hitler joined the Anti-Semitic Union. His speeches of 1919, and 1920, were peppered with this poison. Finally, January 30, 1939, Hitler told the world, “In a new world, the Jewish race of Europe will be destroyed.” One man notes that Kittel saw God’s hand in the evaluation of Hitler’s power. Kittel’s defense, during his trial for war crimes, included his assertion that his actions had been imposed upon him by God. He said God had done this to him,and he was just following God’s leading. What a deranged man.
Theologian Martin Buber had this to say, “Kittel’s work cannot be seen as anything but a satanic distortion of Christianity.” Kittel promoted a new Bible version for Hitler’s new church, to replace Luther’s traditional German Bible, based on the Majority Text, which is the same one the King James is translated from. The Majority Text is the one where all the 5,200, or the majority of them, all agree as to the text, not the one per cent that the new translations are based upon that cane out of Alexandria, Egypt. What a joke!
In 1933, Kittel joined the Nazi party and his Mystical Maze hit a turning point. That year he also began to work on the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, the one found in most pastor’s studies and libraries, today. Kittel hoped his work would give theology a more “secular” sub-structure. The potential for trouble suddenly became concrete in 1933. Ego involvement must have played a role in Kittel’s career in 1933. After 1933, Kittel’s work changed its tone. Before 1933, Kittel defended Judaism. Then Kittel produced a body of work between 1933, and 1944, filled with hatred and slander toward the Jews. In 1933, Kittel wrote a book and gave speeches, vowing, “We must not allow ourselves to be crippled; because the whole world screams at us of barbarianism. How the German Volk[i] regulates its own cultural affairs does not concern anyone else in the world.” That’s why he felt free to take part in the extermination of six million Jews. Kittel had a part of that when he was a hired agent of Hitler in 1933.
Between 1933, and 1944, Kittel was cranking out volume after volume of the lengthy Theological Dictionary. He was also taking a leadership role in the Nazi organizations and publications.
Rudolph Hess, you may remember him, was one of the earliest members of the Occult Society and Hitler’s right hand man. He attended the opening ceremonies, which were followed by newspaper headlines pronouncing the organization as the scientific weapon in the Nazi fight against the Jews. Kittel became the most frequent contributor to this journal, writing six of the eight volumes, the last being cut short by the end of the war and Kittel’s imprisonment for war crimes.
Amazing isn’t it. Many of you did not know that. This is the man that penned out this ten volume Dictionary for the Greek words of the New Testament. All of the new translations: the NIV, the New International Version followed this. The New American Standard Bible also followed this. This is where it came from.
He recommended all German Jews be dismissed from their jobs, stripped of their German citizenship, and their property confiscated. Kittel admitted knowing about the Jewish murders and wrote of his support Adolf Hitler’s actions. As late as 1944, Kittel was lecturing at the University of Vienna, speaking of the “depraved Jews” who were the cause of the fall of the Roman Empire.
Now, we have God’s answer to all of this found in Psalms 50:16-20,
“But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? (16) Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. (17) When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. (18) Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.(19) Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.”
The picture of Kittel which emerges is not that of a devout Christian. He refurbished it with a touch of contemporary racialism and mysticism. You see, that refurbishing touch was that of the paw of the “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Gerhard Kittel massaged the meanings in the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament and he is manipulating a new generation of Christians when they touch their new versions. “Yea, hath God said?” Hitler, knowing good and evil, chose the evil.
God’s Answer: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
If you feel that you have been deceived, you are not alone. At the very end of Kittel’s life he confessed that the years of his editorship of the dictionary and his propaganda ministry for Hitler, “was based upon the most bitter deception of my life.” That is what he said.
“His lack of spiritual discernment, or his diseased conscience,” as one scholar—Erickson—has called it, seems to have been accompanied by defect in his scholarship. In citing a defect in Kittel’s work, Erickson writes: “This example throws a shadow of doubt on all of Kittel’s research. Kittel’s factual base may not have always been strong enough to support the conclusions he drew. He was quite prejudiced.”
And what are the conclusions? Perhaps you will hear some of them next week from the pulpit of your church, your radio or television preacher, as you read in a new version, the NIV, or the NASB. This is the man who hated the Jews, was tried for war crimes, and penned out this trash used by your new modern translations.
[i] “German Volk” According to Hitler, the natural unit of mankind was the Volk (“the people”), of which the German people were the greatest. Moreover, he believed that the state existed to serve the Volk.