How they who call themselves Christians
(“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Acts 11:26) They were called “of Christ” by those round about them. They did not call themselves “of Christ”. They were identified with being “of Christ” by their words and deeds…They will know you are of the Mashiach by your love one to another.)
greatly misunderstand the judgment of God! Many were wrong about judgment in the generation after the death, burial and resurrection of the Mashiach. For Paul admonished them about this understanding in 2 Thes 2:1,
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Yeshua ha Mashiach, and by our gathering together unto him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of the Mashiach is at hand. Let no person deceive you by any means, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
It was forty years between the death, burial and resurrection of the Mashiach, Yeshua, and in less than that time false prophets were spreading messages that the day of the Mashiach was at hand when the time was not at hand. The day of judgment was coming but to say it is at hand is totally different. When God says it is at hand it is at hand. And for it to be at hand a falling away must already occurred and the man of sin, the son of perdition, the betrayer of the assembly, the false prophet must be revealed.
When Paul wrote in the letter called 2nd Thessalonians that the falling had not already occurred and the man of sin was not revealed- God had not yet given understanding, even to Paul, who the betrayer of the assembly was in that generation to fulfill the purpose of God. John when he wrote the letter called Revelation (it was written before 70 AD) had understanding of the betrayer for he wrote to the assembly of Ephesus and to the assembly, “But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of those of Nicolas.” Nicolas was the betrayer of the assembly in the generation of judgment that ended in the judgment of Yerushalem in 70 AD. The Romans were God’s instrument of judgment. John also wrote, “the time is at hand”. To say this John must know that the falling away had already occurred and the man of sin, the betrayer of the assembly was already revealed by God. The falling away had already happened and the man of sin was already revealed.
To not understanding the judgment of God is to not understand the Mashiach, God eternal purpose fulfilled in Yeshua ha Mashiach, the only begotten Son of God. It is not by chance that if the Mashiach, Yeshua, is rejected, then all God’s judgments are rejected. The judgment of the earth in Noah’s day, the partial judgment of God upon the Egyptians, the judgment of the kingdom of Yisrael by the Assyrians, the judgment of Yudah in 586 BC by the Babylonians, the judgment of Yerushalem in 70 AD by the Romans and the final judgment of the nations which is at hand.
Below is a timeline from the Old and New Testaments on the judgments of God
- Creation of man (circa 4000 BC, Genesis)
- The judgment of God on the earth in Noah’s day (c. 2948 BC, Gen 6)
- Written language c. 3000 BC
- The partial judgment of God upon the Egyptians (c. 1700 BC, Ex 11)
- The judgment of God upon the 11 tribes of Yisrael called the kingdom of Yisrael in 722 BC by the Assyrians (2 Kings 17)
- The judgment of God upon Yudah by the Babylonians in 586 BC (2 Chron 36)
- The judgment of God upon Yerushalem in 70 AD by the Romans. (Mat 24, Rev 6)
The judgment of God upon the nations is at hand. This is a generation of judgment. For the falling away has occurred. Those who call themselves Christians have fallen away from Yeshua. The one true gospel is rejected by those who call themselves Christians, and the man of sin, the son of perdition, the false prophet, the betrayer of the assembly has been revealed – I hate the deeds of those who follow Billy Graham.
When God uses the nations as his instrument of judgment, afterwards they are judged, when it be the Assyrians or the Babylonians. The instrument of judgment in our generation will not escape their judgment. And then the end. I see a new heaven and new earth without the sea, without sin and all its effects. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Yeshua is Lord to the glory of the Father. In Adam all died, in the Mashiach all are made alive, each person in God’s own order.
And the one true gospel is the Mashiach, Yeshua, died for our sins according to the Old Testament, he was buried and he rose again the third day according to the Old Testament. Who calls themselves a Christian can refute and reject the one true gospel?